[Review] Legend of the Blue Sea – 푸른 바다의 전설

PART OF YOUR WORLD

After a series of encounters in Spain, a modern-day mermaid (Jun Ji Hyun) follows her love, Heo Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho), to Seoul to reunite with him.  Unaware that she’s a mermaid, he is intrigued by the peculiar girl and names her Shim Chung.  Despite traveling miles to be with him, the innocent Shim Chung is unaware that Joon Jae is skilled conman.  He works with Jo Nam Doo (Lee Hee Joon), a veteran conman who taught Joon Jae the trade, and Tae Oh (Shin Won Ho), an expert hacker.

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[Review] Mirror of the Witch – 마녀보감

MIRROR, MIRROR, MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR

As Queen Shim (Jang Hee Jin) is unable to have a child on her own, she seeks help from Shaman Hong Joo (Yeom Jung Ah) who convinces her to deceive a young servant to sleep with the king so she can become pregnant.  Hong Joo then uses black magic to transfer the fetus to the queen, which in turn kills the servant, but not before she places a curse on the royal family.  Queen Shim gives birth to twins, Crown Prince Soon Hwae and Princess Yeon Hee (Kim Sae Ron) but the queen abandons the infant princess for fear of the curse left by the servant.

At the king’s behest, Yeon Hee’s life is saved by Shaman Choi Hyun Seo (Lee Sung Jae), who was once Hong Joo’s master.  Yeon Hee is able to grow up as a beautiful, young girl but she’s forced to remain isolated away from everyone, living in a house surrounded by talismans so that her curse doesn’t affect others and so that she can’t be detected by Hong Joo.

Hyun Seo’s son, Poong Yeon (Kwak Shi Yang) grows up harboring more than platonic feelings for her but when he takes her out on a night in the village, they relationship is forever changed.  Meanwhile, a young scholar, Heo Joon (Yoon Shi Yoon), has a chance encounter with Yeon Hee and their fate becomes entwined as they worked together to lift her curse.

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[Review] Jang Young Shil – 장영실 (蔣英實)

THE AGE OF RENAISSANCE

Born as a peasant, Jang Young Shil (Song Il Kook) is an innovative scientist and astronomer that is placed on the national civil service through a new policy established by King Sejong (Kim Sang Kyung).  This new policy supports that officials should be selected based on their talent and not by their wealth or social class.  As a result, Jang Young Shil is the mind behind some of Joseon’s famous inventions such as the water clock, sundial and the celestial globe.  Although he earns the respect of the king and becomes popular with the commoners, he also incites the jealousy of those government officials who dislike the fact that he becomes one of the king’s confidants.

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