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[Drama 2019] My Country, 나의 나라

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"You will desert Hwi in the end. How are you different from my father?"

 

Until this episode, there are only three people Seon Ho cares about. 

 

Firstly, it's Hwi. The friend whose father he helped buried. The one who he loves deep down in his heart. He actually tries to protect Hwi in his own way many times. None seriously wants to kill each other - even when Hwi's sword cuts through Seon Ho, he knows it's not a fatal move. 

 

Secondly, Hee Jae. The girl he once liked. He didn't get her love at first and then lost her friendship too. He never tries to do any harm to Hee Jae and I don't think he ever will.

 

Thirdly, Yeon. The only one who loves and trusts him until her last breath. The most innocent one whom he tried but failed to protect. When she was alive, Hee Jae's beauty and intelligence overshadows Seon Ho's judgment - he didn't realize how important Yeon is to him until she's gone. We all know how he lost his soul the day Yeon dies and he is no less in pain than Hwi.

 

Seon Ho has no one to turn to. His father whom he hates finally told him he did well - did that bastard really mean that or just want to trigger something in Seon Ho again so that he would go against Bangwon later? Seon Ho can go to the right path with the right guidance and good people surrounding him but he just has no one. Technically, Hwi didn't kill his father - Bangwon did so it's not strange when Seon Ho is after him again as a life pursuit. According to wiki:  "In 1400, General Bak Po, who was disappointed by Yi Bangwon for not rewarding him enough for his action in the First Strife of Princes, allied with Bangwon's older brother Yi Bang-gan (Prince Hwi Ahn) and rebelled against him in what came to be known as the Second Strife of Princes. Yi Bangwon successfully defeated his brother's forces, then executed Bak Po and sent Yi Bang-gan into exile. " So Seon Ho will work with Bang-gan to try to break down the world Bangwon wants but fails again. Hwi's life is tragic but Seon Ho is worse.  He wants to fight for recognition in the beginning but his life is now driven by revenge.

 

Yes, Hwi was all out for revenge too. But he didn't lost his soul for that. The look in Hwi's eyes when seeing his wounded friend, dead bodies everywhere and the King mourning the dead Crown Prince..he will not continue a life like that. He is a warm and kindhearted man, not a killer by choice. I am glad that Hwi understands he still has a life after revenge. Yeon is gone but he still has Hee Jae - she is now his only family left - and his brothers. These 4 people help him in his revenge quest and don't hold him back; instead they do whatever they can to keep him alive because he is precious to them. His world was broken but it he can go on even if it's just for their sake.

 

The short scene with Hwi and Hee Jae in the preview of episode 13, I want to yell at Hwi to propose to Hee Jae, asking her to be with him for the rest of his time and leaving all the political mess behind to start their own life. She deserves that after waiting for him all these years. They'd better have some moments together before hell breaks loose, again. How long will it take until the venom destroys Hwi's body? Is it too much to let him have some happiness after all the pain? Don't pour too much tragedy on him please - that would become too repetitive and tiring to watch. I can't imagine how Hwi will be if anything bad happens to Hee Jae. But among the three leads, Hee Jae is, for me, the survivor and she actually may outlive the two men.  Seolhyun is really immersed in her role for the last two episodes for me and she is so beautiful in ancient traditional costumes.

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1 hour ago, melp said:

Yes, Hwi was all out for revenge too. But he didn't lost his soul for that. The look in Hwi's eyes when seeing his wounded friend, dead bodies everywhere and the King mourning the dead Crown Prince..he will not continue a life like that. He is a warm and kindhearted man, not a killer by choice. I am glad that Hwi understands he still has a life after revenge. Yeon is gone but he still has Hee Jae - she is now his only family left - and his brothers. These 4 people help him in his revenge quest and don't hold him back; instead they do whatever they can to keep him alive because he is precious to them. His world was broken but it he can go on even if it's just for their sake.

 

I think the battle scene yesterday showed us the true Hwi we've seen in the first episodes. YSJ did a great job with his eye acting and delivered the emotions beautifully, he conveyed to us the true self of Hwi with the look on his eyes, one who does not belong to those battle fields, who's not meant to kill.

 

We were all excited for Hwi's revenge and his character transformation, but the moment he was about to kill Namjeon, the pain he felt for Sunho, the fear in his eyes, as if the new Hwi did not exist at all. Bangwon words for him, as if he reminded him of who he truly was. Some view his character as weak, as he could not kill Namjeon, but I think that's who he truly is. 

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15 minutes ago, r047 said:

 

I think the battle scene yesterday showed us the true Hwi we've seen in the first episodes. YSJ did a great job with his eye acting and delivered the emotions beautifully, he conveyed to us the true self of Hwi with the look on his eyes, one who does not belong to those battle fields, who's not meant to kill.

 

We were all excited for Hwi's revenge and his character transformation, but the moment he was about to kill Namjeon, the pain he felt for Sunho, the fear in his eyes, as if the new Hwi did not exist at all. Bangwon words for him, as if he reminded him of who he truly was. Some view his character as weak, as he could not kill Namjeon, but I think that's who he truly is. 

It also showed that Hwi valued his friendship with Seon Ho over his revenge. He was so eager to kill Nam Jeon but when he was at the moment already he felt hesitant as Seon Ho was there. Hwi knows that it feels like to get your father killed in front of you. It was also obvious that he knows he messed up and he regrets it especially with seon ho he just went too far. Their actions are understandable so far in my opinion except the part where Hwi and his gang left Seon Ho alone with that wound. Everyone on twitter and tumblr are mad about it hahaha. What I love about My Country is that the story doesn't really focus mainly on the historical figure. It is a new approach to their history where they tackle the story of those who contributed to what happened

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29 minutes ago, jasminssiii said:

It also showed that Hwi valued his friendship with Seon Ho over his revenge. He was so eager to kill Nam Jeon but when he was at the moment already he felt hesitant as Seon Ho was there. Hwi knows that it feels like to get your father killed in front of you. It was also obvious that he knows he messed up and he regrets it especially with seon ho he just went too far. Their actions are understandable so far in my opinion except the part where Hwi and his gang left Seon Ho alone with that wound. Everyone on twitter and tumblr are mad about it hahaha. What I love about My Country is that the story doesn't really focus mainly on the historical figure. It is a new approach to their history where they tackle the story of those who contributed to what happened

Both Hwi and Seon Ho has this friendship tandem that you can know their inner feelings even if they don't utter a single line. I think Seon Ho understands that Hwi needs to leave him and I don't think he will resent him for that. Considering he too did many wrong things towards Hwi. Am I the only one who like the scene where Bang Won slash Nam Jeon on behalf of Hwi as he did not want him to live in regrets for the rest of his life. Bang Won still protects Hwi like an older brother even at that moment. 

 

In Twitter some said Bang Won is the real villain and he will be the next monster since Nam Jeon is dead. But I don't think so. The next villain to me next is Bang Gan (Bang Won's brother). There must be a reason we were introduced to his character in depth for this week's episode as he played an important role that led to second strife of the prince which he will go against Bang Won. So for the next 4 episodes I guess the writer will take us on what led to the second strife of the prince and finally the moment Bang Won took the throne. The King still treating Bang Won unfairly. Even now The CP is dead, but Yi Seong Gye still did not pick Bang Won as CP. He will name his second son Bang Hwa (also one of his weakest son who did not possess the traits of a king). This will make Bang Won keep going against his father. 

 

The question now is Hwi and Seon Ho. Which side will this two takes afterwards. Will they continue being 'enemy' siding opposites sides or they will become ally and mend their friendship. 

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When Hwi and Sunho fought I thought that no one would seriously hurt the other.

Anyway, they both were extraordinary in those after fight scenes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hwi appears to have been a little shaken when he saw the king

next to the slain crown prince and BW standing next to them.

The way Hwi looked at BW tells how tired he is of all that killing.

 

 

There is a similar scene in SFD though much more brutal as the crown prince

was a little boy there.

BW himself killed the crown prince by the sword and then turned around

and met the horrified gaze of his bodyguard.

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That was intense!  Whistling arrows and slashing swords and armed men roaming around in the night.  Namjeon, Sambong, the ministers supporting Namjeon and the crown prince all dead.

 

I have the feeling Whi is finding out that the revenge he so desperately sought was not as sweet as he imagined.  Besides, his feelings for his old friend, Sunho, still exist.

 

I like how Bangwon stepped in and finished Namjeon off himself, saving Whi from the guilt of killing his friend's father. He seems to be protecting Whi not only physically, but mentally and spiritually also.  I get the feeling that Bangwon would like to have Whi by his side while he builds "the nation of the abandoned".  Remember, that was Whi's initial statement he made to Bangwon before Yeon was killed.  Whi stated he wanted to see this new nation with Bangwon.  I think Bangwon trusts Whi and would like to see him next to him as he continues his rise to power. I think Bangwon allowed Whi his revenge against Namjeon, but now that Whi has satisfied his revenge, Bangwon hopes Whi will continue to support him.

 

Whi's loyal brothers-in-arms are there again right by his side, covering his back and supporting him out of love.  When Munbok got hit with the arrow, I shouted,"NO, NOT MUNBOK!"  But it turned out he had three layers of protective vest under his clothes.  Was he just seeing if he could make Jung Beom cry?  Or was he hoping Hwahol would be ready to patch him up again?

 

Speaking of patching up.  These dudes in this drama overcome being shot by arrows, slashed by swords, dragged and beaten and live to tell the tale.  What's up with that?!

 

Heejae finally shows she is a strong woman of action and determination and steps forward to deliver important messages to Whi and also devised a plan to build that burning wall to stop the king's progress.  She probably saved everyone, including Ihrwahu.

 

Now it seems it will be Sunho's turn for revenge against Whi and Bangwon.  Will the sorrow never end?  

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Like many have said, Bang Won saved Hwi on many aspects. It takes one to know how a guilty feeling goes deep and gnaw your conscience and your soul if you have to kill a friend or someone you consider a friend or family but the act has to be done anyway for the greater good. Bang Won allowed Hwi to go to Nam Jeon's villa to have his revenge on the evil minister, who's betrayed his friend, Hwi and Yeon's father out of greed and saved Hwi from feeling guilty on top of everything else by killing NJ himself because he also had valid reasons to do that.

 

Sun Ho was trying to prevent Hwi from killing his father because he doesn't want Hwi to add to his sins. Sun Ho wanted to be blamed for his father's death, because he wanted to save his friend, as maybe due to his affection for Yeon, whom he failed to protect while her real brother is gone. When he was finally stabbed by Hwi, he told the latter that even his stab is warming. It seems Hwi intentionally stabbed him in a spot that will not do too much damage. As Moon Bok said, he's not going to die from that stab wound.

 

It's a pity that Hwi will continue to suffer and be in the frontline once again for the next chapter of Bang Won's rise to power. It's predestined that Bang Won will go against King Taejo but before that he will have to fight Taejo and his army and Sun Ho and Bang Gan's forces. What's good about the alliance of Bang Won and Hwi is that both are military tacticians since both of them honed their skills on the battlefront. 

 

In the preview, someone was telling Sun Ho to align with Bang Gan to go against Bang Won and in effect Hwi. Bang Gan is a sly character and he sides with anyone as long as it favors him. He's been trying to get Hwi to his side and when he saw the way Hwi fights, he thinks that the latter's fighting style is familiar. Since Bang Won and Bang Gan have the same mother, they both received military training from Hwi's dad. Bang Gan is also ambitious and he's envious of Bang Won's fame and fortune.

 

King Taejo is ruthless, and that's understandable so he could establish a new country and a new era. Aside from fear, I think he's jealous of the prowess of Bang Won. He knows Bang Won can get want he wants, which means he needs to build a thick wall to prevent Bang Won from usurping his position. Did he think that Nam Jeon is a good enough shield?

 

He's a user as well. He keeps NJ by his side despite knowing the atrocities and abuses that evil minister fosters, as a foil against Bang Won. While he may believe that he has to keep your enemies closer, he's not good at reading people, because NJ continuously went against him. Okay, he receives intel, but those are after the fact most of the time. He's trying to show NJ that he's keeping tabs on him but that's just for shock effect, because NJ already had done the deed.

 

He chose the youngest prince as his successor because he wants to rule longer. What a lame excuse. He did not even think that the country he violently founded will suffer when his successor is a weakling in every aspect. He knows that NJ was going to support the CP so NJ can rule behind a puppet king, but King Taejo did not do anything to keep NJ from realizing that ambition. He's more interested in preventing Bang Won from becoming the next king.

 

Why won't he recognize Bang Won's contribution to his cause? It was real and in-your-face fact. Telling him that as a king's subject Bang Won was useful but as a father, he considers Bang Won just his fifth-born child is challenging Bang Won. He's two-faced as well, because he tells people before he became king that he considers Bang Won as his first born. So he is a person who goes back on his word.

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I’ve been reading some comments about that part when SeonHo was hurt and Hwi left him. At first I couldn’t understand it either. I had to rewatch that part again and it’s clear now what had happened. When Hwi was helping SeonHo to sit down, SeonHo didn’t want Hwi to be there. He removed Hwi’s hand two times. That’s why Hwi was just sitting there like a lost puppy. I think he would just sit there and follow SeonHo if ChiDo and the others didn’t come to get him. 

 

SeonHo wasn’t seriously injured. (Well that’s according to the script heh). That’s why it wasn’t urgent for them to help him like what they did when they escape from Liadong. As for SeonHo’s reaction, I’m thinking he realized that now his father is dead, the power that he thought he could have through his father is now also lost. He probably thought the other Minister will look down on him once more. And now he is just a bastard orphan of a low class woman. Also I think his pride is probably hurt that the tables have been turned and Hwi is the one now who has all the things he doesn’t have. And that is the reason why he rejected Hwi. These are just my speculations. What do u guys think?

 

I am am so relieved that it wasn’t Hwi but Bangwon who took NamJeon’s life. That would surely be the end of his friendship with SeonHo. I just hope whatever it is that is that is separating them will still be mended. Their relationship is really complicated and I’m not saying one is good than the other because I really think their friendship goes deeper and their brotherly love is still strong inspite of all that has happened between them. 

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I don't understand why people are concerned about Hwi leaving an injured SH behind? After all, he was wiling to drive a sword through the latter's body in the first place.

 

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Sunho looked at that embroidery around his sword for a moment

before they began to fight.

Its clear he would never hurt Hwi with that sword. 

 

Hwi stabbed Sunho with the sword without hesitation.

That was unexpected.

Maybe that somehow undoes that Sunho sent Hwi to that battlefield.

 

Anyway I liked how calm they both were. 

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Question.  Park Chi Do told Hwi that just as Yeom is precious to him, Hwi is precious to some people (indicating them). The next scene showed a flashback of Park instructing a boy in swordfighting.  Was that young boy Hwi?  If so, does Hwi remember Park from his childhood days?

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24 minutes ago, cherriesblue said:

Question.  Park Chi Do told Hwi that just as Yeom is precious to him, Hwi is precious to some people (indicating them). The next scene showed a flashback of Park instructing a boy in swordfighting.  Was that young boy Hwi?  If so, does Hwi remember Park from his childhood days?

No that is not flashback and that is not young Hwi. That boy is Chi Do current student. He is a beginner and his sword skill is still not good. But he insisted Chi do to train him hard as he wanted to pass the army test to get rice. That’s how important rice is to poor people. They willingly to go thru hardship to get free rice. Just like what drives Hwi to take the exam years before. 

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@rocher22 They were in battle in a swordfight. Stabbing could have gone either way. Either one of them could get hurt at any moment. It’s not fair to say Hwi stabbed SeonHo with the sword without hesitation. 

 

And no, I don’t agree that stabbing SeonHo will make up for sending him to the battlefield. 

 

It is just unfortunate and quite sad that they were born in turbulent times. And both of them have to take opposite sides. 

 

But it doesn’t look like they can still preserve their friendship. SeonHo is now angry at Bangwon for killing his father. 

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It was a beautiful shot of the door of that big gate closing and

Sunho and BW standing and looking at each other. :D

 

  

 

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It was a beautiful shot of the door of that big gate closing and

Sunho and BW standing and looking at each other. :D

 

  

It was brilliantly shot. Both of them looked really good.
 
I’m seriously worried for SeonHo though. What’s gonna happen to him? I hope he realizes that he’s not alone in this. Having a father like Nam Jeon must not be easy. In that part of their world where people like him get trampled on. I wish he would rise to the occasion and uphold himself in doing the right thing and prove everyone wrong. I hope he realizes that being a son of that despicable person is not the definition of who he is. He is so much better than that. That heart he had as a child from way back when he helped Hwi bury his own father. That’s the kind of compassion that he has. Not to mention the way he cares for Yeon. His heart is in the right place. He just needs to learn how to deal with all the negativity surrounding him. I really want him to prove everyone wrong in how badly people think of him. 
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Gotta admit it. It's reaaallyy difficult to return to watching other Kdramas, no matter how good they are. After watching spectacular performances from all the cast in My Country, despite the tension, the sad yet beautiful scenes. All seems irreplaceable now! 

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