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So. That was about the best thing ever. And it ended about as well as you can expect a series about a bunch of freedom fighters struggling against a colonial power to. Especially when that colonial power doesn't leave until 1945. But there was one scene which just ripped my heart out, threw it up in the air, and then did a little dance on it with spiked heels.

Naturally to reduce my trauma I felt I needed to post pictures.

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Here is the Playboy and the Repressed teacher

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The Repressed Teacher meeting the other man who is a Korean returned from Japan who is working as a policeman for a the Japanese. He has a Past. This is very important.

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Here is playboy and repressed teacher in the imagination of the playboy's friends. Sometimes they are convinced that he will convert her.

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And sometimes they imagine her converting him to the cause of Korean freedom. They are not sure which way it will be.

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Here's the other female, Seoul's most famous courtesan as a girl. She has just been sold to a courtesan house and the policeman tried to save her but couldn't because he was but a boy.

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Back to Playboy and Repressed Teacher (and freedom fighter) again. I can't remember if this is the scene where she headbutts him or not. She also punches him and kicks him at different times. Despite her deep Victorian sensibilities she is not exactly a shrinking violet

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Playboy trying to teach her to dance. The height difference is really cute.

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A not at all romantic scene. The Repressed Schoolteacher has to run from the police and runs right into the courtesan house where Playboy is living. She threatens him with a gun to make him hide her. He is a bit shocked by all of this as you can see.

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Another shot of the Korean policeman. He also turns out to be a freedom fighter and the head of their cell but he has a Past and Deep Guilt. The Past and Deep Guilt have to do with the Playboy's brother who died as a teenage while also fighting for independence.

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Here is a scene of much misunderstanding. The Repressed Teacher has been tortured and thinks the Korean Policeman is Playboy and she confesses she likes him. Of course, Playboy thinks she is saying she likes the Policeman.

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This whole scene broke my heart. The Courtesan and Policeman and her driver/co-conspirator are trapped by the Japanese police. To save the Policeman she pretends he is their hostage and she and the co-conspirator are killed in the process. It's just awful as the Policeman has loved her since he was a boy and they have managed to admit everything to each other.

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The spreading of the Courtesan's ashes. There is quite a bit of screaming manpain but I couldn't enjoy it because I was sniffling

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A happier scene with the Playboy and the Repressed Teacher playing chess on a picnic

A few MVs

This one makes it seem love triangelly but it isn't.

This one is worth watching for the scenes of Our Heroine headbutting Our Hero and kicking him after he has made improper advances. (These vital moments occur about halfway through). The other featured lady is the courtesan who dies. That made me cry.

This is the second couple, the courtesan and the Korean Policeman.

ETA: I finally received Last of the Mohicans and am watching it but, um, I am a bit shocked by the scene in the fort between Daniel Day Lewis and the Colonel's daughter. You know what I am talking about. Zip is also a bit strange in that you never really know what you are going to get. They've gone from Babylon 5 to Veronica Mars (and god knows when I will get another Young Riders DVD).

Those two girls are about the unluckiest women ever, aren't they? What are the odds of being part of two English army convoys that are attacked by rampaging tribes? Pretty low, I'd guess. But I am enjoying the scenes of Daniel Day Lewis leaping through forests. It's very exciting. But this 'Last of' business worries me. I would look it up, but this isn't about the entire tribe being wiped out, is it? I bet it is. I should probably know this stuff but the French-Indian wars is not something they teach in Irish schools. Though they did cover the Cherokee and the Trail of Tears and some of the other 19th century horror stories of the treatment of the Native Americans.

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