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Description: Lee Na Young (Kim Ha Eun) was trained to be an assassin after bing rescued from servitude when her high ranking father was convicted of treason. Her childhood sweetheart Park Sang Kyu (Jin Yi Han) who had returned from studying abroad and worked as a government official was looking all over for her. So did her former servant Yang Man Oh (Lee Chun Hee) who had become the leader of the merchant group. The three got entangled in a conspiracy against the Emperor who was determined to carry out reforms to create a new Korea whereby the class system would be eliminated. The three main characters of this drama pose the question of what a ?righteous life? is in the era of political and social turmoil of the late Joseon Dynasty, when progressive thinking and the Confucian social reform movement ?Silhak? began penetrating into Joseon from the Qing Dynasty. It was also a period when the 400-year Joseon Dynasty was gradually losing ground, unable to respond to external and internal changes in the wake of the Japanese invasion of the 16th century and the Manchu War, resulting in clashes between the king, who dreamed of restoring his authority through powerful reforms aimed at improving the lives of grass-root people, and conservative political forces, which felt threatened by the self-justified royal authority.
If you like Chuno -- you will like this! Great Drama!!
This drama AKA Seoul’s Sad Song came out in 2007. Directed by the same director of Chuno—it has a nice combination of bittersweet story, great acting, and seemless direction. I remember watching Chuno and getting completely absorbed by it and I’m finding the same kind of kinship watching this drama unfold. The main actress Kim Ha Eun does such a good job like she did in Chuno but there as a supporting role. Jin Lee Han has a commanding voice with such good looks—sometimes, it distracts from his acting ability I think. Lee Chun Hee has an understated style of acting but very convincing in his character. Although I have not finished watching this drama series, and from what I have read—it’s only 8 episodes. I just hope I won’t need a box of Kleenex like I used up after watching Chuno. :-) Please don’t this drama pass you by!