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[Drama 2019] The Joseon Romantic Comedy: Tale of Nok-Du, 조선로코: 녹두전


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17 hours ago, Latte_Anyday said:

DUDE. TMI:blink::blink::blink:

Wait you sound like you have experience...eheheh:phew::w00t::lol::P

 

E-eh? What do you mean experience? :joy:

 

10 hours ago, annamchoi said:

Hi All, newbie here .❤️

Loving this drama so far...question though, is Nokdu a prince or somewhat with royal blood? Thanks!

 

Hello~ Like what some said, I think it is leaning towards that. However, I really  don't want it to happen :D.. since that trope has been overused already when it comes to sageuk. So I would love a twist though^^.

 

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Okay, I wonder why JDY wants the is-there-a-kiss-scene-or-not statement to be a secret :joy:... it's a romcom so of course, there would be. That V-Live interview too, looks like JDY and KSH's stylist match their clothes :D. Hope we get lots of kisses here coz in the webtoon, they did, not sure how many though. Idk whether I should ship these two because they're too cute. I also watched their radio interview with Eunji and I love how JDY always look/stare at KSH whether she was talking or he was talking :wub:.

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1 hour ago, lightbringer06 said:

 

Hello~ Like what some said, I think it is leaning towards that. However, I really  don't want it to happen :D.. since that trope has been overused already when it comes to sageuk. So I would love a twist though^^.

At first I thought Nok du is definitely the child the King wanted to get rid of, but after first 4 episodes I think they have made it too obvious about that birth secret that there must be a plot twist here (hah Kdrama instinct). So what if Nokdu isn’t that royal baby? There are two : either that baby is Dong Joo or Nokdu’s brother Hwang Tae. But I think that baby can’t be Dong Joo because what a baby girl could possibly threaten the King power? It’s also clear that Dong Joo family was accused of being rebels and got killed by the King. So my choice is on Hwang Tae. Remember the scene at ep 1, Nok du and Hwang Tae are at similar age, so maybe Jung Yoon Jeo (Nokdu and Hwang Tae father) swapped his baby with the royal baby identity to protect them (?). I couldn’t think of Nokdu as the royal baby anymore because they made it too obvious and it’s not fun at all. 

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1 hour ago, Ly Khánh said:

At first I thought Nok du is definitely the child the King wanted to get rid of, but after first 4 episodes I think they have made it too obvious about that birth secret that there must be a plot twist here (hah Kdrama instinct). So what if Nokdu isn’t that royal baby? There are two : either that baby is Dong Joo or Nokdu’s brother Hwang Tae. But I think that baby can’t be Dong Joo because what a baby girl could possibly threaten the King power? It’s also clear that Dong Joo family was accused of being rebels and got killed by the King. So my choice is on Hwang Tae. Remember the scene at ep 1, Nok du and Hwang Tae are at similar age, so maybe Jung Yoon Jeo (Nokdu and Hwang Tae father) swapped his baby with the royal baby identity to protect them (?). I couldn’t think of Nokdu as the royal baby anymore because they made it too obvious and it’s not fun at all. 

It a high possibility that Hwang Tae is the royal baby. When their mother on her last dying breath, she keep saying hwang tae's name not nok du. 

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3 hours ago, Ly Khánh said:

At first I thought Nok du is definitely the child the King wanted to get rid of, but after first 4 episodes I think they have made it too obvious about that birth secret that there must be a plot twist here (hah Kdrama instinct). So what if Nokdu isn’t that royal baby? There are two : either that baby is Dong Joo or Nokdu’s brother Hwang Tae. But I think that baby can’t be Dong Joo because what a baby girl could possibly threaten the King power? It’s also clear that Dong Joo family was accused of being rebels and got killed by the King. So my choice is on Hwang Tae. Remember the scene at ep 1, Nok du and Hwang Tae are at similar age, so maybe Jung Yoon Jeo (Nokdu and Hwang Tae father) swapped his baby with the royal baby identity to protect them (?). I couldn’t think of Nokdu as the royal baby anymore because they made it too obvious and it’s not fun at all. 

 

Or it could be that they're making it obvious for us to think it might not be the case, but then it's actually true :D. Twisting our minds in the end. 

 

 

Here's a translation of Jang Dong Yoon's story about using the men's restroom :lol:.

 

That ~ JDY: I went through that before, I went out and told them, "I'm a guy2, and they laughed. :joy:... aigoo..poor Dong Yoon... too beautiful for a woman :lol:

 

 

 

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Tale of Nokdu: Episodes 1-2

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A young man and woman cross paths, and clash, under unusual circumstances. Maybe it’s fate bringing them together as our protagonists only meet after a team of assassins seeks out the young man in question. In order to uncover some answers and to learn his true identity, our hero enters a widows’ village where no men are allowed by masquerading as a woman.

 

 
EPISODE 1: “First Encounter”

 

A young man spears a fish in the ocean, cheered on by a young girl who calls him her husband. As the young man returns to shore, the camera zooms out to show that they’re on an island.

While cooking the fish, the sight of an incoming boat reminds JEON NOKDU (Jang Dong-yoon) that he needs to leave the island. Nokdu explains to Aeng-du that he can’t marry her after all and asks her to tell her father, his martial arts teacher, but she refuses. When Aeng-du’s drunk father stumbles towards them, Aeng-du whines that Nokdu won’t marry her but he quickly explains that it’s only because she’s too young.

A woman comes running to inform Nokdu that his family is in trouble. At home, his father faces a team of assassins who have wounded Nokdu’s brother. Nokdu flies over a shed to protect his family but he and his father are outnumbered. Just as an assassin is about to strike Nokdu with a sword, Aeng-du’s father knocks it away.

 

Nokdu uses the sword to slash the assassin’s leg and demands to know, “Who are you?” The assassin pulls out a knife and turns it on himself but Nokdu disarms him. Before Nokdu can ask more questions, his father restrains him and yells at the assailant, “Go now!”

As the assassin limps away, Nokdu’s father claims that he was the target and suggests leaving the island. Nokdu knows better, “It’s all because of me,” and a tear escapes as he recalls that his mother was killed even though they lived in hiding.

Nokdu runs to his brother’s side and his teacher informs him that the wound isn’t serious. Nokdu’s teacher wonders who sent such highly trained assassins and urges Nokdu to follow the survivor to find out.

 

After his master promises to take care of Nokdu’s father and brother, Nokdu goes after the assassin. Nokdu’s brother pulls the mask from one of the dead assassins and gasps when he sees that it’s a woman.

Palace soldiers on horseback clear the city streets as the king’s procession nears. A young woman dressed as a man, DONG DONG-JOO (Kim So-hyun), follows the procession along side streets just as a man limps by with Nokdu close behind.

Dong-joo finds a spot with a clear shot at the king and assembles a hidden bow. After launching an arrow that embeds itself into the king’s side, the king’s guards find Dong-joo and point their swords at her neck. It turns out that Dong-joo only imagined the assassination and before she can finish assembling her bow, Nokdu bumps into her and knocks it to the ground.

 

Dong-joo pushes Nokdu away before he gets a good look at the bow and he loses sight of his assassin. By the time Nokdu runs off, the king has passed and Dong-joo has to find another vantage point but the procession comes to a stop when a grief-stricken man, whose son and grandson were killed during construction on the palace, hits the king with a stone.

As the man is taken away, the real king, disguised as a guard on horseback, orders the minister next to him to find the attacker’s accomplices. Dong-joo rids herself of her bow and arrow but they’re soon discovered and Nokdu catches sight of his assassin just as he’s arrested.

Nokdu frees himself and sees the assassin disappear into a shed. When the guards find him, Nokdu points to the shed but the noblewoman who emerges is allowed to continue on her way. Nokdu gets away long enough to snatch the cloak covering the woman’s head and is surprised to discover that his assassin is a woman.

 

Dong-joo ends up in the same prison cell as Nokdu and yells, “I lost him because of you.” Nokdu is just as angry since he lost track of his attacker after bumping into Dong-joo. They argue until they’re warned to be quiet and when Nokdu sits down, Dong-joo notices that one of the bars has been sawed loose.

That night, once the prisoners and the guard are asleep, Dong-joo kicks away the loose bar to slide through the opening. When her shoulders get stuck, an awake Nokdu reminds Dong-joo that escaping from prison is a guaranteed death sentence and suggests waiting to be set free.

Dong-joo insults Nokdu when she calls him stupid and is forced to say, “Master, please,” before he’ll rescue her. Dong-joo hits her head when Nokdu pulls her back into the cell and she snaps at him. All Nokdu cares about is that he’s finally in the city of Hanyang to find out who he really is.

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In his quarters, KING GWANGHAE, (Jung Joon-ho) wakes up with a jolt. He dreamed that his open hand inched towards the face of an infant in his arms and the king stares at his shaking hand in horror.

While Dong-joo sleeps, a bad dream causes her to whimper and a tear falls from her eye. Nokdu finds himself patting her on the shoulder comfortingly and when she looks cold, he covers her with his coat. In the morning, Dong-joo wakes up to find Nokdu curled up next to her, her leg thrown over his, and they jump apart in alarm.

The prisoners are taken for questioning and when Dong-joo sees other prisoners being tortured, it triggers a memory of a nighttime massacre at the hands of palace soldiers.

 

As she kneels before the minister in charge, Dong-joo can’t explain why she was in the city and is warned that she won’t survive if she lies. Dong-joo recalls her bloodied mother gasping, “Stay alive, my baby…You must stay alive.”

When a soldier points a sword at Dong-joo’s throat, Nokdu sighs in exasperation. Nokdu stands up and demands, “Let me meet His Majesty,” just as King Gwanghae is passing by. Nokdu explains that instead of arresting hundreds of innocent people, the king should place grass on the graves of the old man’s son and grandson to show how magnanimous he can be. Such a gesture might inspire the people to work harder at building the palace.

 

King Gwanghae scoffs at the idea but orders MINISTER HEO (Kim Tae-woo) to follow Nokdu’s suggestion. Of course the man who threw the stone isn’t to escape with his life.

The newly freed prisoners exit the palace and Nokdu suggests that Dong-joo can buy him some soup as a thank-you. When a noblewoman walking towards them reaches into her pocket, Nokdu pushes Dong-joo out of the way but the woman was only reaching for a handkerchief.

Nokdu distracts from his blunder by criticizing Dong-joo and the two bicker. When Nokdu reminds Dong-joo that if it wasn’t for him, she’d be dead, she suddenly remembers that she left behind her will. Dong-joo runs off, warning Nokdu that they’d better not meet again.

 

Nokdu pulls the assassin’s cloak from his pack and it’s marked with a crescent symbol. The assassin watches Nokdu as he secures a room at an inn for the night.

In his room, Nokdu stays awake with a knife in hand and waits for the assassin. Anxious to return to his father and brother, Nokdu recalls that as boys, his brother was punished for failing to keep Nokdu away from the boats. A defiant Nokdu demanded to know why he couldn’t learn to read or handle a boat and his mother had to tend to the welts on his legs after he was punished.

Someone approaches Nokdu’s door but it’s just the innkeeper with a tray of food that a customer didn’t eat. She offers it to Nokdu and closes his door as he pours himself a drink.

 

It’s not long before Nokdu throws open his door and staggers into the street. The assassin follows Nokdu with her knife drawn but hides when he collapses in front of some guards. When the guards announce that Nokdu is dead, the assassin returns to the inn and kills the inn keeper.

The guards bring their superior to Nokdu’s body but they find an unconscious drunk in his place. As the assassin limps away through the forest, Nokdu isn’t far behind.

EPISODE 2: “Widows’ Village”

 

In the morning, the assassin changes into a simple hanbok before entering a village where Nokdu’s presence causes a stir. A trio of women attack him, explaining that Nokdu just entered a widows’ village. A beaten Nokdu finds himself outside of the village’s entrance where a sign reads, “Women Only, Village for Widows.”

Realizing that the village offers the perfect protection for the assassin and her leader, Nokdu puzzles over what to do just as a party of men nears. Nokdu overhears their plan to catch a runaway widow before she can escape into the village.

That night, the escaped widow runs away through the forest. When she falls, Nokdu is there to offer his help and he carries her away to safety. Once they’re safe, Nokdu is attacked by a peasant who is the young widow’s sweetheart.

 

The peasant apologizes to Nokdu once he realizes that he was trying to help the widow. Nokdu warns that her father-in-law is waiting for the widow outside of the widows’ village and the peasant understands her plan. Knowing that they’ll never see each other again, he begs the widow to reconsider but she’s determined to protect him until Nokdu shares an idea.

In the morning, the widow’s father-in-law intercepts a woman on her way to the village. He reminds the young woman that it’s an honor to sacrifice her life for her family’s honor and warns, “You will not be able to meet a peaceful death anymore.”

When the father-in-law grabs the cloak covering the woman’s head, he’s slapped away. Angry, he pulls the cloak away and then apologizes to Nokdu, who’s disguised as a woman. Nokdu walks away as the father-in-law’s servant marvels, “She is lovely.”

 

Near the village’s entrance, Nokdu recalls that he was ready to abandon his plan the night before once he’d changed into the widow’s hanbok. Dressed as a peasant man, the widow insisted that there was no other way for Nokdu to infiltrate the village. Before they parted, she gave Nokdu a valuable figurine in appreciation of his help.

One of the women who threw Nokdu out of the village finds him and escorts him inside when he explains that he’s a widow who needs protection. Nokdu learns that the village sprang up after the Japanese invasion when widows were expected to commit suicide. With time, the village gained the approval of the king.

Nokdu’s escort explains that the only two ways into the village are the main entrance and the gibang. The other two women who beat up Nokdu join them, an unconscious man tossed over the shoulder of the tallest one. They introduce themselves as the “Virtuous Women Corps” who remove any man who enters the village.

 

Nokdu’s escort calls out to LADY CHEON (Yoon Yoo-sun), the woman in charge of the gibang. When Nokdu asks why a gibang is next to the village, his escort explains that the widows produce the alcohol and sew the gisaeng’s clothing in exchange for Lady Cheon’s protection.

There’s a discussion about where Nokdu should stay and it’s decided that he can stay with the tallest woman, Soon-nyeo. Alarmed, Nokdu suggests staying at the gibang instead.

On their way to the gibang, Lady Cheon explains that Nokdu will share Dong-joo’s room. They’re distracted by the sound of a crying girl as she’s dragged to the gibang by a wealthy aristocrat.

 

Dong-joo confronts the man and protectively moves the young girl to her side. When he threatens Dong-joo, Lady Cheon yells out in alarm but composes herself to ask about the reason for his visit. The lord angrily explains that he offered the girl the chance to become a gisaeng but she refused.

Dong-joo tries to explain that twelve is too young to become a gisaeng but the lord doesn’t care. Lady Cheon argues that someone of the aristocrat’s standing must observe well established customs and urges him to wait until the girl is three or four years older.

The aristocrat grabs the young girl and threatens to cut off her long braid to prevent other men from stealing her away in the interim. When the lord points his knife at Lady Cheon and asks if she’ll sacrifice her hair instead, Dong-joo grabs the knife and dramatically slices off her braid.

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As Nokdu gazes at Dong-joo, a breeze blows through her newly shorn hair and their eyes meet. Enraged, the lord instructs his assistant to teach her a lesson but before he can lay a hand on Dong-joo, a handsome young chef, CHA YUL-MOO (Kang Tae-oh) arrives carrying a live chicken. Yul-moo tosses the chicken at the lord and then steps protectively in front of Dong-joo.

Yul-moo pretends to sympathize with the thwarted aristocrat and shoves a remedy into his mouth to soothe his anger. When the lord complains about its bitterness, Yul-moo produces a bottle to wash away the taste but it turns out to be vinegar.

Yul-moo regrets his mistake because vinegar makes his remedy poisonous and the stricken aristocrat is carried away by his companion. As things get back to normal, Nokdu doesn’t notice the smitten nobleman by his side.

 

Lady Cheon points Nokdu in the direction of Dong-joo’s room and then summons Dong-joo. Nokdu wonders where he’s seen Dong-joo as the smitten nobleman makes his presence known, only to be ignored.

Nokdu finds Dong-joo’s room and sighs when he sees his reflection in a mirror. A sack hidden under a dresser catches Nokdu’s interest.

When Lady Cheon confronts Dong-joo about her actions, she’s reminded that the last young girl that the aristocrat took was returned dead only a month earlier. Lady Cheon lectures about the importance of a gisaeng’s hair but Dong-joo points out that she’s still just a trainee.

 

Dong-joo gets angry again just thinking about the awful aristocrat and Lady Cheon can’t help but laugh. She dismisses Dong-joo but not before she mentions the trainee’s recent outing and cautions her to stay out of trouble.

Outside, Yul-moo is waiting for Dong-joo and is scolded for getting involved in her business. He pulls out the will that Dong-joo left behind as the reason for his worry but she reminds him that he promised not to meddle in her life. After she threatens to run away, Yul-moo agrees to mind his own business and Dong-joo runs to her room.

Dong-joo finds Nokdu with the sack that holds her disguise and pushes him away. They wrestle over a small pouch until Dong-joo brushes against Nokdu’s chest. Indignant, Nokdu assures Dong-joo that he didn’t see what was in the sack and then explains that Lady Cheon granted him permission to stay in Dong-joo’s room.

 

After agreeing not to touch Dong-joo’s things, Nokdu storms out. As he walks away, Nokdu recalls that he recognized the robes in the sack, solving the mystery of how he knows Dong-joo.

Dong-joo happens to be on the same path as Nokdu when they encounter Nokdu’s admirer. The man declares that he’s seen the “beauty of Korea” and Dong-joo assumes that he’s talking about her. She’s shocked when he hands Nokdu some flowers and explains, “I knew at first sight that you were the woman I have been looking for.”

Dong-joo stalks off, leaving Nokdu alone with the man who introduces himself as Yeon-geun, the village’s supervisor. Nokdu is about to walk away until he gets an idea and soon he has a map of the village, thanks to Yeon-geun.

 

Nokdu consults the map as he walks through the village and notices a limping woman. Nokdu mumbles, “I found her,” and jumps when Soon-nyeo announces, “I found you.” The trio of women invite Nokdu to join them for a bath and they won’t take no for an answer.

The women carry Nokdu to the bathing pool and run into Dong-joo. Nokdu appeals to her, “You and I were supposed to go to that place together,” but Dong-joo is on her way to bathe after cutting her hair and joins the women.

 

At the bathing pool, Nokdu can’t escape because he’s busy diverting his eyes as the women remove their outer garments. Desperate, Nokdu announces that he has a skin disease but is told that the water is medicinal.

Dong-joo walks towards Nokdu as she reminds him, “All of us are women here,” and he backs away until he falls into the water. Nokdu is alarmed when the women look up in surprise. Dong-joo turns around modestly as Soon-nyeo hoists a rock and aims it in Nokdu’s direction.

 

 
COMMENTS

Jang Dong-yoon as Jeon Nokdu is first introduced to us as a very manly fisherman who manages to survive an assassination attempt by a team of female assassins. That makes his transformation into a delicate young widow even more jarring, especially when his female alter ego turns out to be such a prude. Nokdu is more unsettled by the female bonding that the village widows expect than by any of the very real dangers that he’s faced. Tale of Nokdupromises to be lots of fun while solving the secret of Nokdu’s birth. Is it too soon to predict that Nokdu is the baby that King Gwanghae was about to smother?

Trying to keep straight the gender swapping disguises that the characters have employed has been a challenge but now that the story is centered on the widows’ village, Nokdu should be the one who isn’t what he appears to be. Interestingly, the women in this drama are exceptionally strong, including Nokdu’s young fiancé. Even though Nokdu has trained with a martial arts master, he gets tossed around like a doll by the Virtuous Women Corps. I love it.

I can’t wait to learn more about Dong-joo’s story. How did she end up at the gibang and why does she want to assassinate the king? Dong-joo is obviously a bust as a gisaeng trainee but Lady Cheon keeps her around for a reason. Dong-joo doesn’t appreciate Yul-moo’s concern and clearly doesn’t return his affection, which is difficult to understand. The other gisaeng can’t stay away from Yul-moo but Dong-joo makes it clear that he’s to leave her alone. Does she want to protect him since she plans to kill the king?

I was impressed by Nokdu’s transformation into a woman. I found it hilarious that in only a matter of hours, Nokdu had a bonafide suitor and that Dong-joo was actually upset that Yeon-geun preferred Nokdu over her. Will Nokdu’s presence make Dong-joo care more about becoming a gisaeng? Nokdu is sure to shake things up as he gets to the bottom of why an assassin is living in the widows’ village, which means that the person who arranged his assassination attempt must be a woman as well.

 

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4 Things We Loved & 2 Things We Hated About The “Tale Of Nok-Du” Premiere

4 Things We Loved & 2 Things We Hated About The “Tale Of Nok-Du” Premiere

Oct 4, 2019
by aetcult

Landing strong rating numbers is a sure sign a drama is off to a smashing start and rightfully so! “Tale of Nok-Du” dives headfirst into the story of a young man named Nok Du (Jang Dong Yoon) who is forced to disguise himself as a woman in order to infiltrate a mysterious village run by widows and uncover the riddle behind his true identity. His journey is intertwined with that of Dong Dong Ju (Kim So Hyun), a gisaeng-in-training (female courtesan) who clearly has her own agenda and aspirations.

From the teasers and stills, I had expected the drama to be quite tense (imagine all the potential oopsies moments!) and thrilling, and I must say, “Tale of Nok-Du” sure has delivered all of that. With the extra perks of busting my gut every few minutes and inducing starry-eyed sighs, this drama has got me hooked! Here’s what I loved and hated from the first four episodes.

Warning: Spoilers for the premiere episodes below.

LOVED: Nok Du’s successful disguise

Playing disguise is an old trope, but not all dramas that play this card do it well. Some dramas featured women only changing their hairstyles to be disguised as men, with makeup still outlining their feminine features instead of obscuring them. “Tale of Nok-Du” does exceptionally well in this aspect; we aren’t just getting a man in a pretty pink hanbok, but he fully commits to the pretty pink make-up, airy bangs, and high-pitched voice to pull off the disguise.

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Nok Du’s transformation from a chiseled (those abs don’t lie) man into a blushing lady who wins the hearts of men is gold, and I’m loving that look of pure shock and disgust he makes every time a suitor tries to get a little handsy. Fingers crossed that Nok Du doesn’t drop the ball soon!

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Also, toes crossed that Nok Du drops that makeup tutorial, ‘cause boyyy that’s one look we’re going to have to come back to for that spring-summer glow!

LOVED: The budding friendship between Nok Du and Dong Ju

You can bet that things didn’t get off on a good start for these two. I mean, meeting and then landing in jail together doesn’t exactly make for the best bonding material, but I’m excited to report that they are on their way to a super cute dongsaengunnie (younger sibling-older sister) relationship! Despite initially grousing that the other person is a pain and bother, this has become sort of like playful banter for them as they grudgingly care for each other anyway.

The absolute cherry on the cake is also how such caring moments swing from aww to oof in a matter of seconds with Dong Ju sometimes coming close to exposing Nok Du’s gender with her innocent kind gestures. Read: Getting flung to the other side of the room just for being good-hearted and trying to remove Nok Du’s pants to apply herbs on “her” burnt bottom. Oof!

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HATED: That Nok Du has to part from his family

It’s clear that Nok Du shares a loving relationship with his father and brother, and I, for one, am living for the little flashbacks of their interactions. While the show hints that Nok Du might not truly be their son and brother, the two men still care for and protect him like he is part of their family.

It’s not clear why the father was disapproving of Nok Du studying or learning martial arts (oh, and going onto ships for some reason), but the fact that he nonetheless learned some cool swash-buckling skills shows how determined Nok Du is to safeguard his little family from the dangers that dog their every step.

So far, we do know that his mother passed, and her last words to Nok Du are a riddle waiting to be unraveled. From choking on her attempt to tell him his real identity to rapidly switching gears and vehemently claiming it’s his fault the family is in the state it is in, the mother figure in Nok Du’s life sure has some surprises in store for us!

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Little tiger cub taking on the burden of protecting his family!

LOVED: The mysterious widow village

The central location of the plot and also where our hero and heroine currently reside, the village and its whole concept and duality are interesting to me. Just imagine a village populated by women who have formed a self-sustainable community where everyone is encouraged to work based on their strengths. The strong and powerful ones form the village guard, who patrol and throw out invaders of the male variety, while others become seamstresses and wine-makers that supply the gisaenghouse bordering the village.

And somewhat surprisingly, the village is very welcoming and gracious to the gisaengs, who command respect here.

The village also seems to have its own secrets, with some of the widows forming a contingent of assassins who distribute information, participate in search operations, and kill their targets without batting an eye.

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Oops, busted!

LOVED: Dong Ju’s defiance and righteousness

From little flashbacks, the show’s hinted that Dong Ju was not born into the gisaeng house and was instead the young daughter of a noble family that was extinguished violently.

Even though her circumstances have led her to the gisaeng house and to becoming a gisaeng-in-training, Dong Ju still maintains a fiery strength and kind heart. Becoming a gisaeng is in none of her plans, and she’s quick to jump to the aid of other young girls who are targeted by demanding nobles. It’s this righteousness that had Nok Du’s heart (and ours too!) fluttering.

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Bravely shearing her locks in place of the head courtesan who’s also like an adoptive mother to Dong Ju, just how sweet can this girl get?!

HATED: The unexplained relationship between the nobles

The scenes in the widow village are interspaced with scenes of the nobles and royalty in the drama, and so far, the complicated web of unexplained relationships has got me royally confused. There’s no introduction to the identity and position of the nobles as well as how they are related to Nok Du.

The sense I get is that one faction is secretly trying to protect Nok Du after sparing his life when he was an infant brought into hiding by the man he now calls his father. And the other is the one loyal to the king that tried to kill baby Nok Du and still is trying to hunt him down.

But whatever their relationship, I’m hoping the next few episodes will iron these details out and we can get fully on-board with the mystery of Nok Du’s true identity!

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5 hours ago, Breeze said:

Dramabeans recap:

Dong-joo happens to be on the same path as Nokdu when they encounter Nokdu’s admirer. The man declares that he’s seen the “beauty of Korea” and Dong-joo assumes that he’s talking about her.

God save Dramabeans recaps. I really thank the effort Viki's subbers are doing, besides they're volunteers, but sometimes their fast translations make no sense. "Korean Intellectual Property"? :sweatingbullets:

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Top 5 Scenes That Make You Want To Fall In Love This Week

2- “Tale Of NokDu

Kim SoHyun and Jang DongYoon as Dong DongJoo and Jun NokDu

This week the drama “Tale of NokDu” started. Kim SoHyun and Jang DongYoon’s couple seems promising with their good chemistry and intriguing characters. Jang DongYoon first met Kim SoHyun when she was disguised as a man but at the second encounter he was the one disguised as a woman and she was in her usual female outfits. This is when he fell for her.

The selected scene is the first time Jang DongYoon saw Kim SoHyun dressed as a woman. At the gisaeng house, a noble was making a fuss because he wanted a 12-year-old girl. Kim SoHyun came at the rescue of the little girl and defied the noble.

After arguing, the pedophile agreed to wait for the girl to become a woman but asked in return for her hair. To save the girl’s hair, Kim SoHyun courageously faced him and coolly cut her hair with a knife.

Jang DongYoon looking at the scene was mesmerized by her and her courage. He was starring at her with impressed eyes. This was a romantic scene with great acting.

 
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https://www.kpopmap.com/top-5-scenes-that-make-you-want-to-fall-in-love-this-week-oct1/

 

Entertainment weekly 191004 - Nok Du Jeon casts interview

 

 

 

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[Spoilers] The Tale of Nokdu (Pilot) + Rating

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Naver – Xports News: ‘The Tale of Nokdu’ Jang Dong Yoon got caught by Kim So Hyun

1.[+2128, -63] Jang Dong Yoon’s acting is so good ㅋㅋ he even changed his voice tone but why isn’t awkward? ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Jang Dong Yoon’s the prettiest among all the girls in here ㅋㅋㅋ

2.[+1161, -45] Kim So Hyun reminds me of Moon Embracing the Soon…a daebak rookie

3.[+765, -13] Seriously today ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ i laughed and time just flew by ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Dong Joo put down the scissors

4.[+754, -7] He got caught! but ‘Omo’ what was that ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

5.[+285, -14] Dong Joo and Nokdu’s chemistry is being built gradually ㄷㄷㄷ

6.[+198, -1] She hits him in the private part but what’s with ‘omo’ ㅋㅋㅋㅋ

7.[+189, -3] I watched it because of Kim So Hyun but it’s a drama that makes you a fan of Jang Dong Yoon

8.[+136, -3] ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Ah seriously ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ This is Jang Dong Yoon’s life character ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ he will become a big actor ㅠㅠㅠㅠ on top of that he studied in Hanyang University, Economics & Finance department ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ Nokdu unnie has it all ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

9.[+115, -2] It’s seriously been a long time since I laughed so loud, It’s so fun ㅠㅜㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ Ah Nokdu is so pretty, this is not fair ㅠㅠㅜㅜㅠㅠㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

10.[+102, -5] It’s seriously so fun ㅠㅠ Ah Jang Dong Yoon and Kim So Hyun’s chemistry is so good

11.[+88, -0] He caught a robber at a convenience store and that’s how he debut as an actor but he is so good at acting~~

12.[+83, -2] Jang Dong Yoon’s rediscovery. He is pretty, cute, funny and good at acting. Today, I laughed a lot because of Nokdu ㅋㅋㅋㄴ

Rating: 
E01- 02: 5.6% | 7.1% 
E03-04: 6.5% | 8.3%

https://www.netizendrama.com/spoilers-the-tale-of-nokdu-pilot-rating/

 

Joo Soo  Hyang ig uptade

 

 

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This interview reminded me of Jang Dong Yoon's backstory of how he became an actor. I actually forgot that he was that guy who helped the police apprehend this robbery guy in a convenience store while he was a university student back in 2015. They showed that story in this clip :blush:

Yokshi, Nokdu is meant for him as a character... catching some bad guys even way back then :joy:

 

 

 

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  • Jillia changed the title to [Drama 2019] The Joseon Romantic Comedy: Tale of Nok-Du, 조선로코: 녹두전

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