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 'My Country' Jang Hyuk, Lee Bang-won in history.. the opening of a masterpiece

 

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[OSEN] Actor Jang Hyuk's intense debut with his immense performance.


In JTBC's new Fri/Sat drama 'My Country' (written by Chae Seung-dae / director Kim Jin-won), which was broadcasted for the first time on Friday, Jang Hyuk displayed a short but heavy presence in building the skeleton of the story.
  
In the first episode which is about the 'First strife of the princes' 10 years ago, Han Hee-jae (Seol Hyun) became entangled with the story of Seo Hwi (Yang Se-jong) and Nam Sun-ho (Woo Do-hwan). The scene left the audience breathless.
 
At this time, Jang Hyuk appeared as a outsider planning the early stages of the princes' strife, opening a huge encirclement of the pole with his unique suction power and serious acting, as well as planting the skeleton in the pole to capture the hearts of the viewers.
 
Despite the short appearance, the audience is attracted by the acting ability they believe and see, such as unfamiliar eyes and unknown expressions.
 
Jang Hyuk, who finished his first appearance with such an intense acting power, appears in 'My Country' twice today at 10:50 pm.

 

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http://osen.mt.co.kr/article/G1111235449

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After Arthdal Chronicles & Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung, I was thrilled to see Netflix streaming this drama. Their catalog is fast becoming the go-to place for international fans. I fully expect this drama to be good - unfortunately, I'm preparing myself for a lot of angst. 

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An exciting episode.

Sun-hu and Seo-hwi are good friends, but Seo-hwi seems to be

more capable and better at handling the bow and arrow.

This has been proved most during the hunt.

 

I liked that Seo-hwi got the chance to apply for the exam after all

because the General gave him half of his arrow.

 

Seo-hwi is a strong character and Sun-hu looks kind of melancholic.

 

 

 

 

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I can smell greatness in this drama ! I missed the thrill of Arthdal and here we go, just some weeks later. Netflix, be blessed !!!!

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YSJ, Wow! Just Wow! I'm speechless. There are really few actors who can make me cry with them, he definitely tops the list.

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10 hours ago, Fabbo said:

 

 

Don't they usually cry if people in historical dramas dont have the accents they know from those saeguk soap operas? Which i highly doubt is historically accurate. It just somehow is part of it now.

Seems like they didnt go for such exaggerated speech in this one which i appreciate. 

 

Actually I think that 'exaggerated' saeguk accent is more likely to be accurate. A couple of generations back people used to speak in more forceful way. Particularly the men were expected to talk like the 'men'. It's even more applicable for the warriors/figthers. You may have noticed that elderly Korean men are rather 'firm' or 'curt'.:sweatingbullets:

But I'm genuinely not worried about enunciation of the actors in this drama.

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My heart really hurt for Hwi this episode,it really was true that one's life can change in a moment for good and for the worst and sadly Hwi got the very end of one's stick and from the one he considered the closest to him after his younger sister which is even more horrible...I felt sad that such a friendship of years got teared apart sooo easily,does this mean their friendship wasn't that powerful to begin with and is better that it ended?Who knows,after all humans aren't one dimensional even if truly i can't forgive Sun Ho... I guess in the hard enviroments one will show his true nature and we got to see his and i suspect from here one he will only go down the hill,that path of no return that will end with death more than sure because otherwise can't fanthom him survive...Can't wait to see Hwi's hellish journey from here and how he will come above all the horror that will face and how he will be able to keep his sanity in one place as he will clearly be quite broken...I must say i want to see soo much his relationship with Bang Won and how he will be such a dependable person to the fiersome Prince,how will he discover Hwi and his potential... I'm also quite eager to find out more about Hee Jae and about the secret letter that took her Mother's life...I'm curious if it's the same person responsable for making Hwi's Father a traitor and bringing calamity over their family...Could it be Nam Jeon the one who framed Seo Geom and became the man he is now thanks to that or is someone else we don't know yet...Hope now that Hwi will sonner or later discover the truth and return his father name and bring him justice... 

Curious if there is still any man that was under his command that still felt some kind of loyalty for him and how he treated them in those times and reach out even now to stand by Hwi,otherwise it truly is too sad that no one actually stands by  a man who was like a hero 

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this drama gets me at the very first episode. I am not a fan of saeguk. I only selectively watch saeguk (most of the time because of the male leads). Likewise, I choose to watch this for Yang Se Jong and Woo Do Hwan and I am not regretting it as the story is so good from the start. The teasers did not lie. The pace, the plot, the writing is all so good. 

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Ooh, these first two episodes were good. I just need to thank the drama gods for blessing me visually with the bare torsos of some very fit men lately. Jang Dong Yoon in Tale of Nokdu, Kim Jae Young in Secret Boutique and the heavenly sculptured Woo Do Hwan here. Thank you, thank you. Please continue with your fine work. 

Aside from my perving, I can't wait for Hwi to overcome his banishment to the hell of war and become strong enough to get revenge. 

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I just started the second episode and I take back what I said about the female lead. When she cried while remembering the past with Hwi's dad, her acting was okay. Not the best, but enough, I guess. :star: 

 

Also, I was laughing so hard at the squid kite. I hope it flies the best. Also, Hwi's sister's make up :lol:

 

I'm just 10 minutes in but boy am I hoping this series gets the attention and love it deserves. I want it to be successful. 

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Just finished ep 2 and I am glad the sister did not die, at least not yet.. phew

 

@lollyminx Yeah the female lead's remembering the past was quite good, it made me tear a little

 

My Country: The New Age Episode 1 Recap

 

The series begins by informing the viewer that private armies were approved by the king to keep unrest to a minimum.

 

Day of the 1st Strife of Princes, August 1398…

 

A group of men ride in the night. An army waits. Lee Bang Won (Jang Hyuk) is asked what their next move is. They need to move or the morning will find them cornered. JH needs Seo Hwi to join them. His advisor doesn’t agree.

 

Seo Hwi (Yang Se Jong) arrives with his men. Bang Won orders him to go to Chwiwoldang and attack. Nam Jeon is there. And the watch word is…sanseong.

 

Continue reading here :

https://kjtamusings.wordpress.com/2019/10/06/my-country-the-new-age-episode-1/

 

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i am really sad that their friendship ends so fast. From this two episodes we get to know that Seon Ho did not value his friendship as much as Hwi does (because he did put his ambition first). He wanted to be recognized by his father and also you can see he is jealous when Yi Seong Gye recognized Hwi's talent in arrow and gave him special token. 

 

He also proove his friendship means nothing when he chose to save his dad from being killed because of the bribery case. My heart wrecks when he chose to kill instead of fight for Hwi's justice. 

 

But when he cried out during the scene where Hwi was taken away, I do feel he regretted his decision. So I really hope we get the answer on why he ask Hwi to be enlisted in military immediately and takes him away from his sick sister. I am hoping he has better plan (tho what ever plan he might have is useless as Hwi already think he is a traitor). I hope the reason he betrayed Hwi isn't solely for his dad because his dad never really care about him. 

 

I also have a feeling Nam Jeon (Seon Ho's dad) is the mastermind behind the death of Seo Geom (Hwi's dad). I believe he started the rumour as he wanted the position of Chief of the North Guards which was Hwi's dad position in the first place. 

 

I do not want to hate WDH character but seeing how pitiful YSJ character is I cannot help to side Hwi for now. 

 

On 10/5/2019 at 8:46 AM, Prettysup said:

Ok to sort out the timeline for myself

 

Flashback 10 years ago - 1388

Lee Seong-gye ascending thorne - 1392 (beginning of Joseon dynasty)

Beginning of ep 1 : First strife of the princes - 1398

 

So the flashback brings us back to the Goryeo dynasty

 

yup this is the end of Goryeo era before the beginnign of JoSeon where Yi-Seong Hye/Taejo of Joseon (one of the chief minister)manage to abdicate the throne from the last Goryeo prince.

 

And in 1398 (first strife of princes) is when Yi Bang Won went against his dad and abdicate the throne after he won the battle. 

 

So we know Seon Ho maintains on Yi Seong Gye side and Hwi is Yi Bang Won important general. 

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Just finished Episode 2 and I have thoughts...

 

About the military exam, wouldn't the military be gaining more men if they narrowed down the search to maybe 5, 10 people? I mean, why do they choose only one when there are many skilled men who prove their capabilities by making it to the top 10. It's the military's loss, to be honest.


Seo Seol intrigues me because we don't know whose side she's on. She knows everthing that's happening. She sent Nam Jeon's message to the examiner to rig the exam, but she also showed Hwi the room where Nam Jeon and the examiner were drinking. She's choosing what information to share to people and I want to know what her end game is. 

 

Also, I kinda get where Sun Ho is coming from. I'm not saying he's a good person. He's bad. But it's not easy to be good when you've been raised in a cruel environment. He wants to own his life, and I get the strong desire for independence, but he did so at the expense of Hwi. I don't think his suffering since childhood of being constantly pressured by his father outweighs Hwi's suffering of being separated from his sister and sent to war. 

 

Despite all the conflict between them, I love their friendship and their respect for each other. I was cheering when Hwi said, "See you in the final round!" I hope someday they patch things up (although it will be hard to get past all the heartbreaking things Sun Ho did), but (1) maybe taking care of Hwi's sister and letting her live long as she wished will make up for everything Sun Ho did (I also wish they marry haha because it's Hwi's sister who will be able to see the good in Sun Ho), and (2) fight alongside one another for a country they both envision as theirs.

 

That's my ultimate wish, I think, to see Hwi and Sun Ho be allies and work together to bring about a prosperous country they both hope for. 

 

I wonder how Hui Jae will also repay her "debt" to Hwi's father and to Hwi, who was sent to the military because of her actions. I have a feeling there's going to be sacrifice involved, and it will be heartbreaking.

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46 minutes ago, lollyminx said:

 

 

Also, I kinda get where Sun Ho is coming from. I'm not saying he's a good person. He's bad. But it's not easy to be good when you've been raised in a cruel environment. He wants to own his life, and I get the strong desire for independence, but he did so at the expense of Hwi. I don't think his suffering since childhood of being constantly pressured by his father outweighs Hwi's suffering of being separated from his sister and sent to war. 

 

 

Not only this, by being the person closest to Hwi he should know that Hwi suffered more. Being taken away a status and force to become a lowlife. Being called a 'ghost' because his dad is said to die in cauldron (when clearly his father killed himself do that his children will not suffer) but definitely that are all lies. For him to did that to a man who already is pitiful, he really needs to do something really really big to get forgiveness from Hwi and from Yeon. 

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I do not understand this, in episode 2 ,  Nam Seon threatened his father that he can tell General Choi that he knows about the rigged exam.  However, Gen Choi already knows that Seon knows about it.  He was there in the forest and shot an arrow at the other guy who knew about the rigged exam. What does this mean?

 

Also, why is it Hui Jae's fault that Hwi was sent to the military?  I thought it was Nam Seon who sent Hwi, so that he won't broadcast about the rigged exam?

 

And did i understand it correctly,  it was Nam Jeon who saved Hui Jae as a young girl?  That's why she felt indebted to him.

 

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1 hour ago, cherriesblue said:

I do not understand this, in episode 2 ,  Nam Seon threatened his father that he can tell General Choi that he knows about the rigged exam.  However, Gen Choi already knows that Seon knows about it.  He was there in the forest and shot an arrow at the other guy who knew about the rigged exam. What does this mean?

 

Also, why is it Hui Jae's fault that Hwi was sent to the military?  I thought it was Nam Seon who sent Hwi, so that he won't broadcast about the rigged exam?

 

And did i understand it correctly,  it was Nam Jeon who saved Hui Jae as a young girl?  That's why she felt indebted to him.

 

 

I thought it was Seo Hwi's father who saved Hee Jae as a young girl? And who said it was her fault that Hwi was sent to the military? I don't recall that part.

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3 hours ago, cherriesblue said:

I do not understand this, in episode 2 ,  Nam Seon threatened his father that he can tell General Choi that he knows about the rigged exam.  However, Gen Choi already knows that Seon knows about it.  He was there in the forest and shot an arrow at the other guy who knew about the rigged exam. What does this mean?

The one who found out is not General Choi Young. He is General Lee Seong Gye, who will later be the first king of Joseon dynasty.

3 hours ago, cherriesblue said:

Also, why is it Hui Jae's fault that Hwi was sent to the military?  I thought it was Nam Seon who sent Hwi, so that he won't broadcast about the rigged exam?

Indirectly Hee Jae played a part in Seo Hwi being sent to the military. If she hadn't sent the letter (through the other gisaeng) to let Lee Seong Gye know then everything wouldn't have happened the way it did.

3 hours ago, cherriesblue said:

And did i understand it correctly,  it was Nam Jeon who saved Hui Jae as a young girl?  That's why she felt indebted to him.

Seo Geom (Hwi's dad) saved Hee Jae.

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