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Iljimae Episode 13, recap

Thursday, July 3, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Good episode, I think, given the overall tone. But! BT WAS SO SLOOOOOOOOOW. (Found a thingy, whatsitcalled, and watched it online. Am still feeling guilty doing this in a library, surrounded by all these studious people. It’s July! Why are you all studying?!)

Episode 13

Yongi gets a lot better, and so does Shi Hoo!! They can both beat their masters in a fair fight now.

Lol, Byun Shik and Eun Chae host the opening of their inn. (Technically Eun Chae’s.) Miss Eun Chae explains everything about her inn and expounds upon its perfections (apparently you can just bring yourself to the hotel and not drag a whole host of pots and pans etc). The Chinese ambassador is running around being ugly, and his son is being sleazy. Eun Chae likes his horses, but not the owner.

He makes a rude joke about riding horses and Eun Chae gives him the evil eye. He goes away. Her servant remarks that the hooligans who hang around are better than that dude, and slyly insinuates that her mistress actually misses having Yong underfoot. Eun Chae laughs and turns the conversation to Iljimae…

… who is still getting trained by Kunghe. Both he and Shi Hoo are basically learning the same set of skills, but with different intents. (LJK does lots of pretty jumps.)

As he learns, he remembers his father’s words: to use his sword for the life, and not death.

At night, Eun Chae approaches the taciturn Shi Hoo, and she asks him to teach her how to do archery… which I think is a ploy to get him to speak to her again, but you can think of it however you want. (Oh, so he was the one who taught her how to ride. Speak of spoiling perfect little sisters.)

Shi Hoo doesn’t refuse as much as ignore her, and she grab a bow and arrow to do it herself. Not surprisingly, she hurts herself, and he has to teach her the right way after all. There’s a lot of happiness when she gets her first shot. First time I’ve seen Shi Hoo smile in a long time. ๐Ÿ˜€

Yong, too, learns archery, but with dulled arrows and live rabbits. (Poor guy gets shot in the butt alot by Kunghe.) Actually, the monk is trying to teach him how to shoot arrows without giving his own position away, which is important, giving both their side jobs.

Ugh. Shi Hoo is actually killing the rabbits. (Yo, animal rights people, look the other way.)

At the end of training, Shi Hoo’s master gives him an unsheathed sword, and tells him:

This is the sword I used when I first started out. Use it to strike down anyone who stands in your way, be they gods or friends. Use it.

Whereas Kunghe gives Yong a sheathed sword (so pretty!). He takes off the sheathe only to discover a blade that has got the edge taken off. After a lot of shouting, they settle down and Kunghe gives him the lesson inherent in the blade (which is actually a treasure of his and a really good sword, I bet):

There are two types of swords in this world. The sword of death, used to kill people, and the sword of life, used to save people.

During the speech, Yong flashes back to his younger days with his dad and remembers the exact same speech.

Even without an edge, a person who has killing in his heart will bring death with a blade. The thing that kills is not the weapon, but the heart.

Yong stares at the dull sword for a long time.

When it’s time to leave the island, Kunghe monk decides to stay a few more days. He also lets Yong know, via circuitous conversation with the boatman, that he knows he’s Iljimae (and that his real goal isn’t to assuage the poor). Awww, they’ve grown so close together.

Lol. Bong Soon hears the news with joy and immediately sets out to buy food to cook yummy things for him (she’ll have to nudge Dani aside for that one). She meets Yang Soon, the veggie seller’s daughter, and is annoyed at her for showing off her ribbon from Yong.

Mr. My Dad is the Ambassador So I Can Be As Much of an Ass as I Want is drunk and races down a crowded street. As in, racing on horses.

Yang Soon and Bong Soon have a little spat in the middle of the street about who’s going to marry Yong (my answer: if anyone, it’d be Eun Chae). It’s like a Mexican standoff, but cuter and more Korean.

Meanwhile, the nobles gallop down several really crowded streets, forcing everyone to scatter in every direction, and generally causing lots of mayhem.

Yang Soon drops her ribbon, so she goes to pick it us, but the ambassador’s son has already gotten to the street. When he sees the little girl in the middle of the street, he spurs his horse on, intending to make it jump over her. The other nobles rein up their steeds, while noble dude gallops and runs Yang Soon over.

She lies prone in the streets, and Bong Soon drops everything, but it’s too late, she’s dead.

The noble dude gallops away, aware that he’s in trouble. Bong Soon gives chase. (I’m amazed that she can keep up with galloping horses, but then this show is not to be taken seriously. Eh.)

Yong sets foot on his native land again. Since everyone is off with Yang Soon’s parents, his welcome is decidedly cool. He walks up to where the crowd of people are and sees the ribbon lying on the ground. When he sees the corpse, Yong loses it, and chases off after the evil nobles too. (How he knows to go there, I won’t ask either. It save time.)

Noble dude gets home just in time to slam the doors on an infuriated Bong Soon.

Yong gets there to see Bong Soon tussling with the guards on the ambassadorial residence (which looks a lot like the palace, actually). Yong puts on his street boy mask and tries to get Bong Soon away, but the girl’s hot tempered. Yong drags her away by the scruff of her neck (where is Bong Soon’s kung fu?), even after hearing that Yang Soon died for the ribbon he gave her. The guy’s just trying to contain his grief, really. Yong lets her go back, and Bong Soon sits down in front of the doorway in protest.

Bong Soon stays there for the night. People from nearby houses give her things to eat and drink, but she doesn’t take them. A very worried Yong sits at a house just out of sight of the main door and chews on his nails. Oh Yong. Why so two-faced?

Just as he’s worrying about how ignored she is, Yang Soon’s parents, Daeshi, the alehouse owner, Mr. Leatherworker and father come up and sit down with her. They don’t even want him to go to jail or get his head chopped off, just an apology, which makes it sadder, as we all know that nobles wouldn’t get even a slap on the wrist for a crime like this. (Equivalent to criminal recklessness, I believe.)

So they sit. And they wait.

Yong walks off, assured that Bong Soon is safe for the moment.

Swe Dol is at home, holding a different vigil. He knows that his son got back yesterday, so why didn’t he come home? Yong sneaks up on him and announces his arrival in typical flamboyant Yong fashion. Dani is conspicuous by her absence, but only because she is furiously making all his favourite eats in the kitchen. Her greeting is curt, but we know she love shim really. Swe Dol teases him about the pink ribbon he has tied on his belt and a possible girlfriend, but Yong changes the topic really, really fast.

His parents hurry off to the protest too, and Yong puts down his chopsticks, deep in (angsty) thought.

From a different part of town, Eun Chae comes too, trailing her protesting servant. When another peasant objects, Eun Chae takes some dirt and smears it on her lovely hanbok, and gives a speech about yangban being part of society too.

She is dragged to the back by her servants, but refuses to leave.

Inside, noble idiot is panicking, but his dad goes out the back door and uses his influence with Byun Shik to get something done about the people sitting at his front door. The ambassador has Byun Shik by the short and curlies, to use a vulgar expression, as he helped Byun Shik cover up some embarrassing events while he was on duty in China. Byun Shik delicately bring up the issue of riding while under the influence (lol) but is too cowed to actually refuse.

So the troops are set to disperse the crowd, but they’re all very angry and refuse to scatter. Bong Soon rushes up with a cry of, “We pay our taxes for you to protect murderers? Everyone, go!” When the people are shoved away, Eun Chae rushes up and gives the soldiers a good scolding. They recognize her expensive clothes and there is a lull in the attack.

My favourite moment by far: Bong Soon and Eun Chae stand together, facing the soldiers with their wrath. (Yay! They totally have this kindred acknowledgment thing going on.)

Inside, Shi Wan and Shi Hoo are both going, liek what? at the noble idiots, who are playing mahjong. Byun Shik gives orders for his subordinate to drag a few of the instigators and beat them up. The subordinate doesn’t want to, but he obeys.

It turns into an all-out brawl and the unarmed peasants are at an obvious disadvantage. Eun Chae is in there somewhere, to the distress of her servants, but the girl refuses, absolutely refuses, to leave.

Yong comes up, after gazing sadly at his ribbon, and sees Bong Soon, his father, the leatherworkers and others tied up and bloody. Just then, his mother and the alehouse owner come up with the cart that contained Yang Soon’s body but is now full of pots, pans and brooms. Yong is compelled to help by his mother’s command. With their improvised weapons, they beat away the soldiers, who don’t really want to hurt them anyway.

The demonstrators are untied. Yong keeps Yang Soon’s parents back, but the rest of them rush up with ‘weapons’.

Yong sees the melee and knows that it cannot end well, so he rushes back to his lair in the mountains and starts making his own armour. (Oh, so that ugly mouthpiece was homemade? Okay, I forgive him for having a horrible sense of armour fashion. Perish the thought that Yong never learned how to do all this blacksmithing. He’s obviously a genius.)

Oops, Yong is missing something to beat with, so he goes to the mafia headquarters, where they have just received orders from Byun Shik to go and beat the stuffing out of the protesters. Mafia dude welcomes him back with open arms, and he is the only one to notice that Yong didn’t do much studying, but got a lot fitter.

While Yong is retrieving the hammer, he hears about the order to disperse the assembled protesters and follows.

In front of the gate, a quite impressive crowd has built up. The soldiers are tired and the people are too, which makes Swe Dol extra panicked when he sees all the local thugs coming for them.

Which makes it all the better when parents in the crowd of protesters spot their offspring and drag them by the ear to the ‘good’ side. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

When mafia dude hears the truth (he thought he was here to calm a rebel riot), he decides to merge with the protesters. Which leaves Yong alone, and he truly shines as a shameless street kid as he refuses to join. Dani may just kill him with the mallet he’s holding, but thankfully she’s too far back in the crowd to do any damage.

Byun Shik responds to this new change by adding soldiers. Yong gets into the embassy via the back door and scouts around for a later mission. The reserve troops come out for another round of beating, and everyone scatters for cover. Swe Dol covers Dani while Bong Soon and mafia dude do some beating back.

Yong realizes that all the extra soldiers have been called off for something and he rushes outside in time to singlehandedly beat off half the soldiers. (Don’t think anyone saw him though.) Everyone leaves the area for some regrouping. But they’re coming back for sure.

In some random warehouse (I suspect it’s Eun Chae’s hotel), everyone lies around getting treated. Dani treats Swe Dol, as he bashfully tries to hide the extent of the damage. She says the sweetest thing that’s come out of her mouth so far: If you died, I wouldn’t be able to go on living either.

Swe Dol’s endorphins kick in and he looks like he’s forgotten his injuries.

Dani walks away to help Eun Chae, who wants to wear something slightly less encumbering than her silk hanbok. Daeshi and co. complain about Yong’s cowardice.

On the island, the monk walks around alone. He notices Yong’s mania for putting his name on everything he owns, and chuckles at this quirk. Then he notices that on the other side of a vest, Bong Soon wrote “Yong is Bong Soon’s”. His face grows sombre. Then he sets off across the deserted island.

Back home, Yong is almost done making his own armour. (If ever there is a nuclear explosion, go to Yong’s lair. He has everything there.)

Swe Dol plans, along with Bong Soon and his friends, a reprisal of today’s protests.

Byun Shik and the ambassador gloat together, little knowing that the new and improved version of Iljimae is about to strike. (Not sure who I dislike more, the sycophant or the cruel bastard.)

Yong gets ready, putting on his armour. (So rare to hear his own, serious voice.)

End episode.


– Yo, flyingcrispi, pls to be explaining the abundance of evil Chinese people. It’s kind of getting irritating at this point. We fought, we conquered, we got taxes in return for protecting/lending the army against the Japanese and all of a sudden we’re evil. I don’t see any Japanese people being lampooned. But then, the Korean government officials aren’t any better, so I’d better not complain ๐Ÿ˜›

– Now, I’ve noticed that Korean swords are more akin to the katana than the broadsword of Europe or the straight sword used in China (let’s not get into scimitars, yea?), so … which one came first?

– And the baddie is called Zheng, but I think I’ll keep with the ‘noble idiot’ stuff. It’s fun. ๐Ÿ˜€

– I’m not sure why Yong is keeping up this facade thing so thoroughly, I mean, even regular roughs (like that mafia dude) will object to something like this, so why pretend he’s so heartless? Unless he means to keep under the radar, but you know, he stands out more like this than amongst a crowd. Oh well. I’m sure Iljimae will do something.

– Word count: 2550. Am approaching HGD levels of epic again. Don’t worry until you see 3500. Then you can worry. ๐Ÿ˜€


ETA: Not sure if you noticed, but as I’ve said, am busy working till the next week, go Montreal and its love affair with sidewalk salesโ€ฆ Iljimae episode 14 and 16 might be a bit delayed (I managed to wrangle a break day out when 15 is released). Hope you guys are okay with that.

  1. kermity
    Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    so far so good… ep 14 will rock your boat my friend.
    can’t wait to hear the juicy details of what actually happened (in english) haha ^^

  2. lyn
    Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    hey thanks..imma go watch episode 14 now..hopefully sumone uploaded it…cuming bac for ur recaps…thanks again

  3. gule2
    Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    nice recap.. been waiting for it.. and enjoy every bit of it. You never fail to make it so entertaining.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Note: dont worry about the word count coz as for me the longer the better..lol

  4. Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜€ Crazy people lol. Btw, epic post. Might consider watching The Legend.

  5. koopa
    Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    I second that – awesome recap! So happy when I saw it’s up. This drama is so addictive. Can’t wait for the next episode. I hope no one dies – yeah, no HGD. I really don’t want to see anything happen to Swe Dol. Each time he grins, I feel like crying looking at his gapped smile. What a kind little guy.

  6. min
    Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Coolsmurf Blog just post a video of Iljimae that made by Jun Ki’s fan and its just so damn funny.You all should take a look and has some laugh^^

  7. Joy
    Friday, July 4, 2008 at 5:34 am

    Thanks for the recap! Thought this episode was pretty good.
    Oh and good luck with the sidewalk sales. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. flyingcrispi
    Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    “- Yo, flyingcrispi, pls to be explaining the abundance of evil Chinese people. Itโ€™s kind of getting irritating at this point. We fought, we conquered, we got taxes in return for protecting/lending the army against the Japanese and all of a sudden weโ€™re evil. I donโ€™t see any Japanese people being lampooned. But then, the Korean government officials arenโ€™t any better, so Iโ€™d better not complain :P”

    Ahem. Life is unfair. All I can say about the evil Chinese people is that they are the only baddies available. (Capital Scandal didn’t happen yet).
    But hey look at us French people. Hollywood hates us. there are lots of movies with us as baddies (Ocean 12, Sahara, The Legend of Zorro, Derailed, Live free or Die hard…)because we didn’t go to Iraq, but we helped with the independence, we gave a big statue…

    I’ll get back here as soon as I watch the ep.

  9. flyingcrispi
    Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Aigoooo, that was heartbreaking and revolting. Someone’s got to give the poor the Anarchist Cookbook if they want to beat the crap out of the nobles. Somehow it reminded me of the movie Battle in Seattle.
    Iljimae carries on being Jarod in “The Pretender”, and I loved Dani in this episode!

  10. Mulan
    Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    flyingcrispi: I love Jarod in “The Pretender”! Nice to find someone else who watched that show.

    Sevenses: Thanks for the recaps! I love your writing style. I’m watching with English subs and I had the hardest time telling the old noblemen apart. Your recaps really help me clear up things I missed.

  11. Michelle
    Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    ^ agreed

    Before I found your recaps the old nobles confuzzled the heck out of me. I had no idea who was who. (=.=);;

  12. hursheyj
    Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 7:18 am

    the sword making was originated in china. then went to korea & developed/diffused their own sword making. then it went over to japan. this is usually the case w/basically anything. china, korea, then over to japan.

  13. lonrhodes
    Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    Couple of thoughts after I read this recap. I was confused about who were the officials from China aka ‘Qing’ (wtf this is the first time I’ve heard of the nation being referred as an dynasty, or maybe my history is really weak) and who were the King’s officials and nobles because they all speak Korean… which makes me go wtf again because they’re so fluent in Korean even though they are ambassadors from China. Granted the inaccuracies for period dramas like this… it still made the Court matters and conspiracies laughable and dismissible. This drama is only fueled by the brothers rivalry and Iljimae’s ‘revenge’, a little overrated just because Lee Jun Ki is the lead. As for the evil Chinese people in the side commentary… is that a hint at a inferiority complex? Guess who’s a brown-nosin’ them for profit in return, ta-da~ corrupted officials. Besides, what nation isn’t screwed over by force and political power strategies… and I’ll leave it at that. The plus side, I really liked both female leads in this, and my thoughts were similar when they have their eye contact moment. Other than the dynamics between Iljimae/Yong, his brother and the girls, and Iljimae being kick ass I wish I skipped everything else.

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