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14 minutes ago, r047 said:

 

I had my hopes high until the very beginning of this episode. Once it started, hints were here and there, Hwi and Heejae's scenes made me 100% sure of where it was heading to, and it would have felt irrational to kill one of them, it made perfect sense that both were heading to the same fate, together. 

 

The kiss scene in the rain pretty much let me knew what would come ahead.

 

I said before that I was worry about a very likely scenario: they had their one and only night before the final battle, then the two friends died from protecting each other. In the end, Hee Jae is left with only memories of Hwi and the bracket he gave her as the symbol of his love - but I don't even complain about them not consummating their love. And the two friends stay side by side until their last moment. 

 

Hwi's final moment is really heartbreaking but also fulfilling in a way that I can't explain. I am still crying while typing these sentences.

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Yeah, the scene with the rain, the ost lyrics, the memories she's left with, all were hints. 

 

Same here, that last scene of Hwi, smiling at Heejae, and her tears broke my heart, her acting was touching in this scene. I prevented myself from crying and trying not to, I want to remember the joy of the journey only. 

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1 minute ago, r047 said:

Yeah, the scene with the rain, the ost lyrics, the memories she's left with, all were hints. 

 

Same here, that last scene of Hwi, smiling at Heejae, and her tears broke my heart, her acting was touching in this scene.

 

I am also glad that Hwi takes notice and buys the couple bracelets. It's a very simple wish that Hee Jae didn't dream of saying out loud, yet Hwi catches that moment and does something he should have done a long time ago. Hwi's last moment thinking about Hee Jae and smiling at her before the door closes with the bracelet on his wrist is more than enough to show how much he loves her. 

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3 minutes ago, melp said:

 

I am also glad that Hwi takes notice and buys the couple bracelets. It's a very simple wish that Hee Jae didn't dream of saying out loud, yet Hwi catches that moment and does something he should have done a long time ago. Hwi's last moment thinking about Hee Jae and smiling at her before the door closes with the bracelet on his wrist is more than enough to show how much he loves her. 

 

Exactly, the bracelet in his hand, his friend dying in his hands, and Heejae being the last person he sees and smiles at, symbolizes the priorities of Hwi in his life, protecting his friend and his only love, until the last breath. 

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Exactly, the bracelet in his hand, his friend dying in his hands, and Heejae being the last person he sees and smiles at, symbolizes the priorities of Hwi in his life, protecting his friend and his only love, until the last breath. 

 

Damn, I can't stop crying. And yet I saw many comments that this drama is all about bromance, Hee Jae is simply a weak third wheel with no role. Hwi was fighting nonstop with no time to think about his personal happiness. With his sister's rescue and revenge, the poison in his body,  he never has a proper break for Hee Hae though he understands how she patiently stays by his side. It's not like Hee Jae needed him to protect her before. And when she really needed him, he was there, willing to protect her with his own life. 

 

Didn't these people see how Hwi waited for Hee Jae to come back to Ihwaru before going to treat Seon Ho? Like he reported what happen to her, sharing things with her like a true couple. How he treats her so gently and sincerely when he is no longer bounded by revenge. They do not consummate their yet but their hearts are connected - they wait for the right opportunity to leave things behind and start their life though it never happen. 

 

A lot of things happen to Hee Jae happens off screen.  How she became the Queen's trusted adviser, how she led Ihwaru and rebuilt it, how she navigated  information to use during the first and second strife, how she was there when Hwi was treated and pinned for his to return, how guilty she felt at the loss of her family, how she grows from a naive girl to a much wiser and more responsible person...Not a lot of these things are shown probably due to the drama's length and the focus on Hwi's journey but she is not a useless character at all 

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That was a completely and utterly depressing ending. I'll definitely have to do a rewatch with English subs before I do a final write up and gather my thoughts on the series as a whole, but man Hwi, Seon Ho, Hee Jae's story is just so tragic. I'm honestly at a loss of words. 

 

I normally dig my sad endings, but after all they went through, I really just wanted a happy ending for Hwi and Hee Jae.

 

I'm so gutted.

 

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What an amazing journey for all our players,more sad than happy i might say but invested till the end in this characters even if i wanted another ending for our dear leads...I actually wished for all of them to have a taste of living a simple happy life while actually seeing the country Bang Won would create...I was expecting a sad ending as sageuk unofficial rule is quite known for the ones who watched them but it still hit me hard actually seeing the outcome for Sun Ho and Hwi...Life is unfair but oh boy,their lives were a hell for so many years,they truly deserved a happy ending...It was quite depressing seeing their ultimate outcome,they truly didn't deserve it and i doubt it wasn't unavoidable...It was just heartbreaking seeing the last moments of Sun Ho telling Hwi he missed him a lot before dying and that his happiness was so close yet he couldn't see it because he was busy aiming too high to actually see what he had close to him aka him and Yeon(his Country) while Hwi left Hee Jee with a smile as his last memory...In the end,the hardest part was for the living ones left behind,also the ones who would carry one in their hearts their memories...In the end both f them dieb to save all the others...

It was sooo heartwarming to see Sun Ho like a fish out of the water along Hwi's friends and realizing that maybe he did have other options for another way of life but like Hwi pointed out he just wasn't able to see it based on his background surroundings etc. to actually see it(like a fish locked in his bowl)...

Bang Won ended up all alone like Seo Geom predicted,the price he utterly paid for his throne...

 

No matter the ending i'm still uterly happy this drama gave us the precious oportunity to have Yang Se Jong and Woo Do Hwan play together in one drama along with the brilliant Jang Hyuk..That is such a rare thing and who knows if we'll ever be able to see them again in another project!!!

Fan Of Doom&Change didn't dissapoint till it's end!!!!

Me wants one of those amazing fans Jang Hyuk mastered with such elegance making it a IT thing!!!

Another think i wanted to mention was the camera,i totally loved the Director's work,sooooo beautiful along with the BGM(Still waiting for the V.A) made this drama quite epic for me visually wise!

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My Country’ ep 16 (finale) Knetz comments (SPOILER ALERT)

 

1.       Thank you all for your wonderful acting in my country. (+1084 -17)

 

2.       Although the story got worse and worse, but the actors and actresses had all been loyal with their great acting, everyone worked hard (+802 -20)

 

3.       Do you have to kill everyone? (+594 -9)

 

4.       I was happy to see Jang Hyuk’s Lee Bang-won !! (+450 -24)

 

5.       It’s all torn up, I am crying (+199 -14)

 

6.       I've been expecting a sad ending from the beginning, but it was sadder than I thought especially when Seon-ho died. It's a good drama with a good title. Thank you all the actors in my country. I hope you can see Woo Do-hwan and Yang Se-jong together in another work! (+174 -12)

 

7.       I know the drama is different from the actual, but I think I can understand why Lee Bang-won chose to be lonely and killed all people, should have given him the credit from the start. Great acting from Jang Hyuk (+170 -10)

 

8.       The ending is a little.... It's strange to go to the palace recklessly and fight. It's strange that smart Seon-ho had no plans, and I don't understand why they decided to join hands so late; the ending is such a pity. (+153 -7)

 

9.       It’s better than Vagabond (+140 -3)

 

10.   I like the harmony between the older and younger actors. Jang Hyuk as expected was full of strength. Although Yang Se-jong, Woo Do-hwan, and Seolhyun were new, I find them refreshing and I liked their emotional lines. Moonbok also had a challenging time hahaha. You have all worked hard. (+129 -5)

 

11.   I was amazed that Seon-ho remained alive till Hwi came out (+124 -2)

 

12.   Woo Do-hwan was so handsome (+135 -13)

 

13.   It was Jang Hyuk's supporting role. Jang Hyuk shines and the young actors have been learning seriously ~ I look forward to future works from Woo Do Hwan, Yang Se-jong and Seol Hyun. (+113 -4)

 

14.   Occasionally I admire Seon-ho’s beauty, his eyes acting were good, should be able to become an outstanding actor (+112 -9)

 

15.   I admire Jang Hyuk's performance. Writer.. Lee Bang-won worked hard for all the actors and actresses (+110 -7)

 

16.   Once you mention Lee Bang-won you think of Jang Hyuk. Although the plot of the last episode was disappointing, but it's the best acting ever. (+98 -7)

 

17.   My Country Review: Jang Hyuk, Lee Bang-won "Worked hard" (+90 -2)

 

18.   Jang Hyuk's final scene is a smash hit. (+87 -5)

 

19.   You're so good at acting Woo Do-hwan! (+96 -15)

 

20.    Jang Hyuk’s face was full of tears …  It was a good and fun drama, everyone had worked hard (+80 -2)


https://entertain.naver.com/ranking/read?oid=117&aid=0003304347

 

 

1.    It was a heartbreaking ending for Hwi and Seon-ho. I liked all the actors' performances, but I think Jang Hyuk, who did a great job even if he were not the main character in every episode of the drama, will be remembered as an actor well suited to the character of Lee Bang-won! (+74 -5)


2.    Writers should have killed all of them so that they could go far away and lived in a village and lived happily ever after.ᅲ (+49 -0)


3.    It’s a zombie drama which all the extras die after being hit once, but the main characters survived even after being pierced by a sword. (+37 -5)


https://entertain.naver.com/ranking/read?oid=117&aid=0003304379
 


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AOA’s Seolhyun Receives Praise For Her Growth In Acting Through “My Country”

 

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AOA’s Seolhyun has made an impressive transformation as an actress through her role in “My Country.”

 

The JTBC drama stars Yang Se Jong as Seo Hwi, Woo Do Hwan as Nam Seon Ho, and AOA’s Seolhyun as Han Hee Jae in a story about the conflict between the desire for power and the desire for protection. It is set between the end of the Goryeo Dynasty and the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty.

 

In the drama, Seolhyun perfectly expressed a tough yet self-reliant female character that was hard to see in historical dramas. She portrayed Han Hee Jae’s charm of pioneering life with her own choices and abilities in an era when women couldn’t easily make their voices heard. The viewers enthusiastically supported Han Hee Jae for making her own decisions to overcome the crisis in her life.

 

Seolhyun’s efforts played an important role in creating the details while acting as Han Hee Jae. Whenever the current of the plot changed, she expressed her character’s standing and emotions with her stable acting ability and deep eyes. She also completed the story by not missing the details when Han Hee Jae rose in status, such as transformations in her appearance and the tone of her voice.

 

Seolhyun has drawn attention ever since she was cast in “My Country.” It was her first time returning to the small screen after four years, and she has also shown growth through stable acting by playing various characters in movies. However, there were some concerns about her role this time because it was a medium of different characteristics.

 

Not only did Seolhyun dispel the concerns with her improved acting skills, but she also captivated viewers by fully expressing the character’s charms. She expressed the three-dimensional image of Han Hee Jae by not losing her character amid the turbulent development and adjusting to the changing situations. She perfectly depicted the delicate emotional lines of Han Hee Jae who becomes stronger in order to protect herself and her loved ones from the pain, affection, and longing from losing someone. In addition, she strongly expressed the power Han Hee Jae has because of her ability to wield information, which added tension to the drama.

 

“My Country” came to an end on November 23.

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1367674wpp/aoas-seolhyun-receives-praise-for-her-growth-in-acting-through-my-country

 

 

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Well, I just finished watching the finale subbed and man My Country ended on a devastatingly sad note. I'm honestly still gutted on the second watch. Despite its flaws, I'm seriously going to miss this one and it's definitely one of my favourite historical dramas. And quite easily my favourite historical drama of 2019.

 

Overall, it was just so tightly produced: cinematography, acting, soundtrack, battle choreography--everything just oozed with style. I think it's definitely a great entry point for people who don't enjoy sageuk, and a probably bit less so for the more serious sageuk fans because when you dig a little deeper there's issues.

 

The series was originally planned to run for 20 episodes, but 16 Episodes with an average episode run time of 70 minutes was what we got. This is no where near enough to cover the historical timeline of the end of Goryeo to start of the Joseon era and it really showed. At times I felt like from the character dialogue that things just happen off-screen and I feel like I'm just missing a whole great deal of context. As a proper historical drama about Joseon era, this is not the drama you want to be watching.

 

Another one of my biggest gripes I've said and said again is that getting slashed, stabbed, or even impaled really does not mean much in the show for our main cast. It's just so disappointing that some form of decision was made in writing, direction, editing for really little to no gain at all. For starters, Seon Ho's immortal body guard--no more words to be said about this one. A more recent example would be Seon Ho stabbing Hwi at the end of Episode 14. The shot clearly shows Seon Ho's sword go right through his abdominal, but Hwi just shrugs it off, goes into battle straight away and says it's not that deep of a wound to Mun Bok in Episode 15. There's just straight up inconsistencies with fatal wounds being delivered for 'dramatic' effect, but then the next shot the wound disappears. It's incredibly jarring to watch and really waters down the fights, the great battle choreography and the series a a whole.

 

Flaws aside, I think My Country at its core is character driven drama in a historical setting more anything. Hwi and Seon Ho, Hwi and Hee Jae, Bang Won and Yi Seong Gye, Nam Seon Ho and Nam Jeon.  I was enthralled by the great production values, but stayed for the characters and the character dynamics. There's really not many dramas where I happen to like all the characters and I feel like My Country is one of them. I think the casting, acting, the chemistry between the cast was really spot on for the series overall and covered a lot of weaknesses of the show.

 

This said, as much as I loved the characters they still did suffer from the irratic pacing of the series. There were often times where things would happen that really came out of nowhere.  Seon Ho confessing to Hee Jae jumps to my mind, but there was definitely more than that. Either way the biggest loss, really, was that there was just so many interesting character developments that we didn't see. An extended arc of Hwi at Liaodong? Seon Ho's journey building influence with the Jurchens post Nam Jeons death? An extended journey of Hee Jae departing Iwharu to become the Queen's attendant? More Hee Jae Ihwharu politicking? I dream of a world where this series was 30 or 40 episodes long.

 

Hwi, overall, from the start to beginning stayed honest, loyal, compassionate and warm at heart. A true bro. I feel like Yang Se Jong is just so well casted for Hwi as a character. He just looks like a warm, nice guy haha. Only complaints was that I would've to see more development and interactions with Hee Jae early on as the romance did jump the gun a bit and at times I felt like his leadership prowess, plotting skills came out of nowhere post Liao Dong time-skips.

 

Seon Ho's character started so strong, but I feel like the writer really didn't know what to do with him half way through the show. As we find out in the finale he intended for him to go full circle with Hwi but after Nam Jeon died his character's motivations and drive just didn't quite make sense to me. I feel like if it wasn't for Woo Do-whan's stellar performance and his on-screen chemistry with Yang Se Jong I would have enjoyed his character much less.

 

Hee Jae. The least popular of our three main leads from what I see. She was the queen's attendant, led Ihawru, negotiated with princes and kings. She was a boss. It's a shame there wasn't more scenes with her. I lowkey have a soft spot for Hee Jae, and I really would've loved to see an extended journey of her departure from Ihawaru and just more general Ihawaru shenanigans. She's smart, brave, kind and generous, possibly the most loyal girl you can get by the way she supported and protected Hwi over 10 years and it's really endearing. Her love story with Hwi is just so crushingly tragic and the finale hammered that in with the all the Hwi and Hee Jae scenes.

 

I mean. That. Final. Scene.

 

With Hwi gazing at his couples bracelet, with Seon Ho dead in his arms mumuring "You're going to cry again. And I wish you made you smile more when I could." And then the gates open and cue in Hee Jae at the gate seeing Hwi with a squadron of archers behind him primed to kill the love of her life. A terribly tragic throwback to the end of Episode 1 as Hee Jae watches Hwi and Seon Ho beat up the guards to sign up for the military exam.

 

Ugh.

 

I feel like I could write about this drama forever. When I find some time I'll think I'll have to do a re-watch, but for now:

 

Hwi, Hee Jae, Seon Ho.

 

You'll be missed.

 

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I was reluctant about watching the last 2 episodes with subs. I've been pushing myself away knowing the pain that awaits me and in the same time, I didn't want to say my final goodbye. 

 

"You'll always be my dream until my last breath"

 

I kept saying, what if, what if, and many what ifs. Would it do any harm if everyone had a happy ending? No, writer-nim. 

 

Anyhow, that ending scene, though so sad, depressing, aching, it will be the most remembered ending scene of any other drama I've ever watched. It left a deep impression on me and it was simply: EPIC!!! 

 

One of the things that console me when watching My Country is despite the sadness, I get to enjoy the acting that I could watch a sad scene again and again just to impress myself more!

 

I won't stop if I start talking about this drama, so I'll stop here. 

 

Thank you all for being part of this journey. I enjoyed it despite the ache and tension, I enjoyed our discussion the most. Let's hope our joy continues when our cast are awarded with lots of prizes!

 

Now I need to go watch some cheerful drama to change the mood lol. 

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Post-drama interview with Jang Hyuk :

 

‘My Country’ Jang Hyuk Interview :I wanted to portray a human Lee Bang-won instead of an ambitious one


As he enters his 23rd year of acting, Jang Hyuk has also shown off the special weight that he carries, capturing the agony of a humane Lee Bang-won in JTBC's "My Country," which ended on Sunday.


Jang's relaxed smile at the interview did not make one feel that he is tired after finishing the work that had been shooting for about eight months. "I can't cut my hair because it's going to be used in the next drama," he said with a big smile.


"I wanted to show you an emotional humane Lee Bang-won, not an ambitious blood lord. In fact, during the ‘Age of innocence’, I was always thinking about playing Lee Bang-won again one day. In ‘The Age of Innocence’ , Lee Bang-won feels like the background in the first strife of the princes. ‘My Country’ Lee Bang-won is a weighty villain, and he's at the center of the story, so there's a little bit of freedom and coolness."


"My Country" is basically the story of fictional characters Seo Hwi (Yang Se-jong), Nam Seon-ho (Woo Do-hwan), and Han Hee-jae (Kim Seol-hyeon) who help Lee Bang-won revolt in the drama. However, the three-dimensional confrontations between Lee Bang-won (Jang Hyuk), Nam-jeon (Ahn Nae-sang) and Lee Seong-gye (Kim Young-chul) who contributed to the founding of the country showed off their existence as much as traditional historical dramas. Among the past works dealing with Lee Bang-won, Jang was particularly attracted to ‘The Deep Rooted Tree’ which he also starred in.


"I wanted to show everyone the Lee Bang-won who stood against his father. There was a scene in ‘The Deep Rooted Tree’ which Baek Yoon-sik senior told Ido (Song Joong-ki) to live. I was very impressed with that fascinating look."


Actor Kim Young-chul, who plays Lee Seong-gye, had also portrayed Taejong two times previously through "The Great King Sejong" and "Jang Young-sil." Kim Young-chul, however, rarely talked about his works because he feared it would have an unnecessary impact on Jang's performance. On the synergy of their acting, Jang said, "We acted as father and son during ‘Iris 2’, and even if we don't talk about it, we can immerse ourselves in real-life feelings. You just have to get the emotional intensity that your senior members are driving at and pour it out as it is," he explained. These are words coming from an actor representing the acting class in the entertainment industry.


"Although it's a work of fictional characters, stories beyond historical characters may not be convincing. Most people know how the Strife of the Princes went and what roles and actions Jeong Do-jeon, Lee Bang-gan, and Bakpo played. If you go too far-fetched, it’s going to be hard to accept. So instead of creating a new story, I wanted to reinterpret the feelings behind it, while keeping true to historical records. Did Lee Bang-won really think that he was going to be a king? Maybe he didn't, but he was just swept away by the surging emotions and became the king. We only know the records but we didn't see it and feel it personally, so I focused on capturing the inner thoughts of Lee Bang-won."


As a result, "My Country" Lee Bang-won became Jang hyuk's new life character. Lee Bang-won's relentless confrontation with his father, Lee Seong-gye, excited viewers. "I'm grateful that you have enjoyed this drama because it's so emotional," Jang said with a smile.


Jang Hyuk also talked about being a senior among the cast. He said, “Although there were seniors on the set, but most of the other cast and crew were younger than me. There was only Tae-ryeong (Kim Jae-young), who is three years younger than me at the set and we talked a lot," he said, confessing to his unexpected loneliness. 


He reiterated that he learned a lot from young actors like Woo Do-hwan, Yang Se-jong and Seol Hyun. "One of the most regrettable works of my life is ‘Daemong’. They're only a year or two older than me when I did ‘Daemong’, but are very well prepared. I was surprised that they can act so well at this age."


Jang Hyuk's choice of a master scene in ‘My Country’ is a question-and-answer session with Lee Sung-gye at the end of the drama. Jang recalled, "I fell in love with Kim Young-chul's feelings. Would I answer as king or as father? The sixth, seventh and eighth are already dead, and the fifth, you will be king. He's hitting the line. I've stopped feeling so much. Do you have any fingers that don't hurt? It's because I'm a royal family member. There was no line in the original script that said Lee Bang-won resembles Nam Seon-ho, but I added it on the spot because I felt that he resembled Nam Seon-ho."


Jang Hyuk's personal favourite acting scene is when he threw his crown on the throne after becoming the king. Unlike Lee Seong-gye or Nam Jeon, the throne was just a mean for Lee Bang-won to create his version of ‘my country’.


"I wanted to depict the feeling of cutting the opponent's head off and throwing it down. It's my seat, I have went through a long way to reach there, but I don't know what to do when I get there. I raised my sword not to make the abandoned, but the reality is that I abandoned everyone from Seo Geom (Yoo Oh-sung) to Seo Hwi and Nam Seon-ho. Lee Bang-won is just like the characters at the end of the movie ‘The Graduate’, where they ran away from the wedding, sat on a bus, like two pathetic, helpless, empty people."


Jang Hyuk also confessed about the scar on Lee Bang-won’s face, which further sharpened his image in the drama. “It was a coincidence, I got hurt while working out. But then I found that it suited my character well. Doesn't it feel like the character from Lion King - ‘Scar’?"


The most beloved historical character Jang Hyuk has ever played is Lee Dae-gil of ‘Chuno’. At one time, viewers commented that they see Lee Dae-gil in every character that he played. However, through ‘My Country’, Jang hyuk has completely shed the shadow of Lee Dae-gil, which had been hanging for more than a decade. Jang Hyuk said, "I forgot about Dae-gil a long time ago as I needed to move on to my next projects. It has already been 11 years and I'm grateful that there are so many fans who remembered Dae-gil for such a long time."

 

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I cried for two hours the night of the finale. Honestly, I always knew there would be a sad ending but I kept deceiving myself otherwise. 

 

Since I couldn't find a streaming link, I kept refreshing the news page and naver portal for any update. And the picture of Hwi dying with arrows on his back hit me hard. For two hours, my tears kept falling until I forced myself to go to sleep. 

 

Whenever I think back about the Hwi's final scene, my eyes are still teary. Exactly like what Seolhyun said, it's an amazing, sad and heart-breaking drama. So many things I want to say about "My country" but I have yet been able to gather my thoughts to write a proper post. The least I can say is I never regret spending time waiting for each raw episode on Friday and Saturday for the last two months. And I also never regret watching the journey of Hwi and Hee Jae. Whatever people say, I am glad that I am on the ride of this OTP.

 

If it's not hard enough, if it don't hurt enough
If it's not hard to find, if it don't change your life
Then it's not love

(Take That - It's not love)

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12 hours ago, Prettysup said:

Post-drama interview with Jang Hyuk :

 

‘My Country’ Jang Hyuk Interview :I wanted to portray a human Lee Bang-won instead of an ambitious one


As he enters his 23rd year of acting, Jang Hyuk has also shown off the special weight that he carries, capturing the agony of a humane Lee Bang-won in JTBC's "My Country," which ended on Sunday.


Jang's relaxed smile at the interview did not make one feel that he is tired after finishing the work that had been shooting for about eight months. "I can't cut my hair because it's going to be used in the next drama," he said with a big smile.


"I wanted to show you an emotional humane Lee Bang-won, not an ambitious blood lord. In fact, during the ‘Age of innocence’, I was always thinking about playing Lee Bang-won again one day. In ‘The Age of Innocence’ , Lee Bang-won feels like the background in the first strife of the princes. ‘My Country’ Lee Bang-won is a weighty villain, and he's at the center of the story, so there's a little bit of freedom and coolness."


"My Country" is basically the story of fictional characters Seo Hwi (Yang Se-jong), Nam Seon-ho (Woo Do-hwan), and Han Hee-jae (Kim Seol-hyeon) who help Lee Bang-won revolt in the drama. However, the three-dimensional confrontations between Lee Bang-won (Jang Hyuk), Nam-jeon (Ahn Nae-sang) and Lee Seong-gye (Kim Young-chul) who contributed to the founding of the country showed off their existence as much as traditional historical dramas. Among the past works dealing with Lee Bang-won, Jang was particularly attracted to ‘The Deep Rooted Tree’ which he also starred in.


"I wanted to show everyone the Lee Bang-won who stood against his father. There was a scene in ‘The Deep Rooted Tree’ which Baek Yoon-sik senior told Ido (Song Joong-ki) to live. I was very impressed with that fascinating look."


Actor Kim Young-chul, who plays Lee Seong-gye, had also portrayed Taejong two times previously through "The Great King Sejong" and "Jang Young-sil." Kim Young-chul, however, rarely talked about his works because he feared it would have an unnecessary impact on Jang's performance. On the synergy of their acting, Jang said, "We acted as father and son during ‘Iris 2’, and even if we don't talk about it, we can immerse ourselves in real-life feelings. You just have to get the emotional intensity that your senior members are driving at and pour it out as it is," he explained. These are words coming from an actor representing the acting class in the entertainment industry.


"Although it's a work of fictional characters, stories beyond historical characters may not be convincing. Most people know how the Strife of the Princes went and what roles and actions Jeong Do-jeon, Lee Bang-gan, and Bakpo played. If you go too far-fetched, it’s going to be hard to accept. So instead of creating a new story, I wanted to reinterpret the feelings behind it, while keeping true to historical records. Did Lee Bang-won really think that he was going to be a king? Maybe he didn't, but he was just swept away by the surging emotions and became the king. We only know the records but we didn't see it and feel it personally, so I focused on capturing the inner thoughts of Lee Bang-won."


As a result, "My Country" Lee Bang-won became Jang hyuk's new life character. Lee Bang-won's relentless confrontation with his father, Lee Seong-gye, excited viewers. "I'm grateful that you have enjoyed this drama because it's so emotional," Jang said with a smile.


Jang Hyuk also talked about being a senior among the cast. He said, “Although there were seniors on the set, but most of the other cast and crew were younger than me. There was only Tae-ryeong (Kim Jae-young), who is three years younger than me at the set and we talked a lot," he said, confessing to his unexpected loneliness. 


He reiterated that he learned a lot from young actors like Woo Do-hwan, Yang Se-jong and Seol Hyun. "One of the most regrettable works of my life is ‘Daemong’. They're only a year or two older than me when I did ‘Daemong’, but are very well prepared. I was surprised that they can act so well at this age."


Jang Hyuk's choice of a master scene in ‘My Country’ is a question-and-answer session with Lee Sung-gye at the end of the drama. Jang recalled, "I fell in love with Kim Young-chul's feelings. Would I answer as king or as father? The sixth, seventh and eighth are already dead, and the fifth, you will be king. He's hitting the line. I've stopped feeling so much. Do you have any fingers that don't hurt? It's because I'm a royal family member. There was no line in the original script that said Lee Bang-won resembles Nam Seon-ho, but I added it on the spot because I felt that he resembled Nam Seon-ho."


Jang Hyuk's personal favourite acting scene is when he threw his crown on the throne after becoming the king. Unlike Lee Seong-gye or Nam Jeon, the throne was just a mean for Lee Bang-won to create his version of ‘my country’.


"I wanted to depict the feeling of cutting the opponent's head off and throwing it down. It's my seat, I have went through a long way to reach there, but I don't know what to do when I get there. I raised my sword not to make the abandoned, but the reality is that I abandoned everyone from Seo Geom (Yoo Oh-sung) to Seo Hwi and Nam Seon-ho. Lee Bang-won is just like the characters at the end of the movie ‘The Graduate’, where they ran away from the wedding, sat on a bus, like two pathetic, helpless, empty people."


Jang Hyuk also confessed about the scar on Lee Bang-won’s face, which further sharpened his image in the drama. “It was a coincidence, I got hurt while working out. But then I found that it suited my character well. Doesn't it feel like the character from Lion King - ‘Scar’?"


The most beloved historical character Jang Hyuk has ever played is Lee Dae-gil of ‘Chuno’. At one time, viewers commented that they see Lee Dae-gil in every character that he played. However, through ‘My Country’, Jang hyuk has completely shed the shadow of Lee Dae-gil, which had been hanging for more than a decade. Jang Hyuk said, "I forgot about Dae-gil a long time ago as I needed to move on to my next projects. It has already been 11 years and I'm grateful that there are so many fans who remembered Dae-gil for such a long time."

 

 

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He is on another level. I am glad that Yang Se Jong and Woo Do Hwan get to act alongside Jang Hyuk. I can see how much these two grow as an actor especially when there is Bang Won in the scene. 

 

Jang Hyuk did not just accept this drama to be Bang Won but he wanted to show the different Bang Won. The one history did not tell. He really understands the character well and he succeeded in showing the humane BW as till the end I cannot hate Bang Won though he is the one who caused Seo Geom killed. There is always sadness in his eyes. 

 

My Country is the best saeguk drama ever made. 

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