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Iljimae Question Time

Sunday, June 22, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

I was going to reply to the questions in the comments section, and I realized, once again, that I would end up talking too much to be acceptable – so here I am – question and answer time!

Joy: Also, when Yong was telling the warbler story, do you think the writers are hinting the Eun Chae will die?

– I hope not. I have had enough of main leads dying off in my favourite dramas. Thinking objectively, her dad is this super powerful noble who’s obeying the king and quite close to him, she’s fairly smart and astute, she’s got one heck of a protective older brother (who will probably try really hard to kill Iljimae at the same time) and another fairly useless but also protective one. And if she dies, we know Iljimae does too, go drama logic. However, if you think about it – Kyum is the tree. Eun Chae thinks that Kyum is dead, remember? So she’s like the warbler, forever circling the tree and thinking of her dead love. One day a plum tree, aka Yong, pops up, and she is so happy. When she discovers that Yong = Iljimae, she’ll probably have to change herself to better protect the one she loves, and they’ll live with each other happily ever after. It’s my theory. (No dashing cold water on Sevenses, please.)

Emilia: the messenger was the dude trying to deliver the message that kyum’s dad’s friend wrote to kyum?

– No. The king remarks that the messenger was not in fact trying to get to Kyum. He thinks that he made a mistake in the beginning, assuming that Kyum was alive. He is now going to focus his attention on the nobles who have noticed Lee Won Ho’s strange death. The messenger was headed for, I believe, the person Kyum impersonated at the party (didn’t quite catch his name, Minister Kim something or other).

Everyone: What happens to him in the end??

– Lols. No clue. Assuming they don’t go down the HGD road, Eun Chae and Yong will probably get together and pretend to be prosperous hotel owners or something.

Really really itching for Wednesday,


  1. idabi
    Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Did you hear about the recent claim that they’re putting Iljimae on the rocks thanks to the dog fight incident in episode four?

  2. sevenses
    Monday, June 23, 2008 at 10:22 am

    O rly? I assumed that the dogs were okay – I mean, it was for a very short amount of time and there was no blood (plus those doggies looked very thick-furred). If I didn’t know I really would have thought they were playing tussle. Dogs do that, you know.

    Oh well. For a country that used to eat dog 50 years ago, this is remarkable progress.

    (But seriously? I hope they don’t. It’d be like banning 300 because of the violence. They were portraying life as it was. If the Animal Protection Society or whatever wanted to do something, why not actually go after dog abusers?)

  3. flyingcrispi
    Monday, June 23, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    “Oh well. For a country that used to eat dog 50 years ago, this is remarkable progress.”

    Used to?

    See here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosintang

    “Bosintang (보신탕) is a traditional South Korean soup that includes dog meat as its primary ingredient.”
    “In modern South Korea, bosintang is not an everyday dish. Although consumption of many types of meat has risen, some of South Koreans still occasionally consume bosintang as a traditional tonic and consume it during the hottest days of the year.”
    “The negative image and publicity that dog meat generates internationally has led many restaurants (especially outside of Korea) to use lamb or goat meat as a substitute”


    And they chose to sue this drama ’cause it gets good ratings, so a lot of publicity!
    They should maybe have put a “no animals were harmed in the making of this drama” in the end..

  4. Monday, June 23, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for the explanation… Yes, I also hope for a happy ending too for Iljimae/Yong/Geom and Eun Chae…. I just love the scene when they’re together, altough it’s always short… 🙂

  5. sevenses
    Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    flyingcrispi: They generally do put a disclaimer, it surprised me that they didn’t – and I couldn’t check, what with being non-Korean-proficient. I remember a by-law that forbade the consumption of dog meat being put in place around the time of the Seoul Olympics, no?

    Still, I think it’s way too much of a publicity stunt to actually do the animal rights movement any good. (Now, the obvious signs of fatigue on the horses and actors, I could talk about.)

    Thanks for stopping by, Matahari_Biru! I think the Eun Chae + Yong/Kyum/Iljimae scenes will get better and longer, though a third of them will have Eun Chae going “I hate you”, at least until she figures out that Yong actually is Iljimae… 🙂 But we can wait, right?

  6. leleohead
    Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Regarding the thing about the messanger, I believe one of the good minister’s name starts with Kim, and he is apparently the one who initiated the sending of the message, so i think on the contrary, the Kim guy the king was refering to was not the person Yong had impersonated at the friends of heaven party, but the minister who would eventually save Yong and uncover the truth behind his father’s death. The King also mentioned that he had made a mistake, instead of being wary of Lee Won Ho’s son, its really this Minister Kim guy who is trying to dig up the truth. and i believe this particular Minister Kim has already received some significant screen time to differentiate himself from the other parking lot ajusshis in the ministerial bunch.

    Also, the message was bound for Qing (which i still believe is China, No?) where in earlier episodes was stated to have posed a threat to the King’s rule. Therefore i believe the message that was sent was meant to surrender some vital weaknesses regarding the King’s rule to the enemy in Qing. (which could be how the king got to the throne by killing his brother or something)

    THIS is assuming that the Chinese subtitles were right. The same subtitles which refered to the golden toad as a “golden turtle”. …

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