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Hi all. I'm Minoz since 2009..

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48 minutes ago, gtLmh0622 said:

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On 8/8/2018 at 7:34 PM, lmh122 said:

Hi all. I'm Minoz since 2009..

Welcome! Please join us do the Faith re-watch starting this weekend.

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is everyone ready for Faith rewatch?

 

City Hunter wasn't only my first Lee Minho drama but also my first kdrama ever, I fell for minho at the first sight :p I started marathoning all of his other dramas after finishing CH, and put Faith at the end of my to-watch list because I don't like watching historical series or movies and the posters of this drama weren't attractive at all and I didn't like his long hair and the fact that it had some CGI work done didn't help but.... I loved it when I finally decided to watch and kinda regretted why I kept on avoiding it. it's one of the loveliest dramas ever made and minho's acting was amazing in it. I've been wanting to rewatch it since last year and I'm happy to do it together with you guys so let's start ~

 

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Episode 1

 

The episode starts with a legend of a great doctor named Hwata who performed surgeries and cured every disease, but a bad guy called Jojo wanted him to be his personal doctor to which Hwata refused. Jojo wanted to kill Hwata but the gate of heaven opened and swallowed Hwata. 

 

Present day, 1351 AD. 

that same gate of heaven seems to be opened now

at the border of Yuan dynasty we see a handsome guy riding a horse in the rain leading an entourage and a royal carriage.. 

The carriage’s wheel gets stuck and they don’t have a boat till tomorrow so the handsome guy suggests that they stay overnight and leave the next morning. Apparently that handsome guy is being called ‘daejang’ aka General and he’s our Choi Young ♥️

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the whole entourage goes to an inn

One of the guys told Choi Young beforehand that they’re being followed, now tells him that those folks are the ones who made all boats unavailable and they’d know they will be staying at this inn since it’s the only one... Choi Young lazily replies that he’s aware of all of that and there’s nothing to be done and just sleeps :lol:

 

Now we’re introduced to the king of goryeo, and some annoying guy is lecturing him on how it’s wrong that woodalchis(royal bodyguards) are sent from goryeo to escort him back home secretly which the king has been away from for 10 years, and that he should arrest the General once they arrive at goryeo. Just then our Choi Young enters their room yawning and telling the king that he’d be escorting the princess to his room because it’s hard to protect them both separately.. just who’s the king here exactly? Haha I’m loving how he’s just giving away orders instead of receiving them

He gives a small sword to the annoying guy and tells him to defend the window 

 

At night, they get attacked by some intruders who outnumbered all woodalchis and managed to go all the way up to the King’s room where Choi Young was alone by himself protecting the king and queen, a royal physician was there too and fought back but no one could avoid the attack at the queen tho Choi Young killed her attacker eventually. The royal physician treats her wound with acupuncture and with the help of Choi Young’s inner energy (yes! There are some kind of super powers here) 

The queen is a princess from Yuan(China now) and if she dies, Goryeo dies. The royal physician says he stopped the bleeding temporarily but that isn’t the solution and saving her could be hard unless he was the divine doctor. “As soon as I became a king, I couldn’t even protect my country. What a great king I am” says the king

Speaking of the divine/great doctor

The annoying guy(I still don’t know what to call him by tbh) says there’s a way to reach the great doctor through that heaven gate, Choi Young immediately asks where that is. I think he feels guilty and a sense of responsibility at what happened to the queen and wants to try every possible way to make things right again. 

While Choi Young was leaving, the king stops and asks Choi Young about how he felt to travel from goryeo to yuan to bring him to goryeo. Choi Young says his people would be lucky to have a kind and good king like his majesty, but the king asks why does Choi Young dislike him.. uhh how did he sense that? Choi Young tried to avoid answering honestly and eventually said because he was a king who’s been living in Yuan since he was 10yrs old, he’s 21yrs old now and would  think the same way as Yuans do and that’s really unlucky for the Goryeo people. The king seemed disheartened asking if that’s too how all the goryeo people think of him, but Choi Young says he’s the 5th king in 11 years so the people wouldn’t care really, the king thanks Choi Young and Choi Young replies “that’s why I don’t particularly dislike you” I’m loving their relationship already.

The character names are finally introduced now as subtitles, King Gongmin the king of Goryeo and Choi Young the general of woodalchis. 

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Let’s skip through Choi Young going through the heaven gate and time travels to the future, 2012! in search for the great doctor he roams around with his sword and looking so serious lol he’s shocked by how different everything looks, confused, he sits down for a bit at a temple and goes to a monk who happened to pass by wearing headphones.. why did I find this particular scene very funny? Anyway, so Choi Young says some weird stuff which confused the monk, asking where he could find a divine doctor and showing with his hands that the problematic area is a neck haha the monk took that as he wants a plastic surgeon claiming that there’re a lot of them here since they’re in Gangnam! XD

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Choi Young again says he doesn’t want just any doctor but a ‘divine’ one, so the monk took that as he wants someone famous and remembers that he saw a banner of a convention being held now where many famous plastic surgeons would participate in. Choi Young asks how could he go there, and the monk says he needs to ‘just go there’ perplexed Choi Young thinks that this is a test he needs to pass lmao the monk then talks to someone on the phone asking if they’re doing some hidden-camera show because if it was a drama he would’ve known about it XDD 

Choi Young gets ready to ‘just go there’ and crosses a busy street like a lunatic and everyone snaps pictures of him with that weird outfit he’s wearing lol I’m loving this!! 

Our Choi Young enters the convention center which luckily has Chinese writings too all over it, he reads on the screen(in Chinese) about a seminar(?) being held about the history of incision, suture and rejuvenation so he goes there and sees a woman giving a presentation. He couldn’t stay there for long as he was taken outside by the security guards and to a room full of cctv screens, he sees that woman on one of the screens walking from booth to booth and asks the security guy to let him go there- yes, right into the screen XD

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The security guy calls the police and runs away. 

Meanwhile, our Choi Young goes to the lady doctor and asks her for help briefly explaining his situation, of course she wouldn’t give him much attention and thought he was weird. The security guy comes at him with a backup and Choi Young again asks the doctor if she can help him, scared she now says she has to see the patient and see how much is he hurt. Choi Young gets the most terrible idea of how he should show her the wound.. he cuts that security guy at the same place as the queen, with the same depth. The lady doctor stitches his wound up and Choi Young decides he met the right person and she needs to go with him to treat the queen so he takes her all the way to the heaven gate fighting the police and everyone who came in his way with his super inner energy, all while our doctor was crying for help and trying to run away but to no avail.. I found it funny how she was calling him ajussi when she’s way older than him irl. 

In front of the gate, she cries and believes she’d be killed since she saw his face thinking of him as a kidnapper who can’t let his identity be revealed but our Choi Young introduces himself as the goryeo warrior and promises her on his life that he’d bring her back no matter what.... I truuuuuly love this scene, I can feel their love already ^^ 

 

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The moment is paused for a while and we’re taken back to the lady doctor’s recent memories of her meeting a fortune teller who predicted that she’d meet a man from heavens and leave for a year to somewhere very far away. 

And now back in memories of the world of goryeo, 7 years ago woodalchis has received the news that a new captain is appointed and he’s very young at age 22 only, and was the head of red crescent moon army. There’re rumors about him of killing 3 enemies with 1 swing of his sword, shooting lightning from his hands, and beats anyone who wakes him up when he’s soundly asleep. That’s our daejang who’s 29yrs old now :) I see that woodalchis didn’t like him at first but it has all changed once they got to know about him. 

 

The ending ost is amazing!!

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@lmh122:  Hi!  That's fantastic that you've been following LMH since 2009.  I hope that you'll join us either rewatching his dramas, throw back Thursdays, translating etc.  

I think almost 6 years ago Faith aired on SBS.  I wish I knew what they were saying. 

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FAITH EPISODE 1 MY THOUGHTS

 

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Thank you Latifah_ for starting the recap of Faith!  The first episode is usually the most difficult because many characters are introduced.

 

I think I mentioned that Faith is not my favorite drama. I like LMH's performance in Faith, but as a drama, I rank it near the bottom.  I do love Kim Hee Sun and LMh together; they are my favorite couple.  I just love watching the BTS of the two; they seemed to have fun together.   I know many loved the first scene with LMH in the rain with his cape so thanks for posting it Latifah.  I like LMH's hair even though it is a variation of LYS's hair when he was in Thailand.  Dang, he's so good looking.  But, I remember thinking that energy from CY was pretty dumb.  I wonder why they added it.  I do find it interesting that the King asks CY his opinion.  I also remember thinking LMH isn't bad looking but wasn't really into him--yet.  I also didn't like the energy burst when CY took Eun Soo(ES).  I guess that I don't like fantasy.  One thing that I like and now appreciate is when Dr  visited the fortune teller and asked about her man.  She will meet a heaven sent man, a man from the past.  I had forgotten about this scene.  I also liked the scene when CY became the leader of the Wu Dal Chi.  Some of the subbing is funny,.  I doubt the Wu Dal Chi used the word "Dude" lol..

I was surprised that DB liked this first episode.  I think overall they rated it a Bor B- --still better than Heirs.  

 

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4 hours ago, Latifah_ said:

is everyone ready for Faith rewatch?

 

City Hunter wasn't only my first Lee Minho drama but also my first kdrama ever, I fell for minho at the first sight :p I started marathoning all of his other dramas after finishing CH, and put Faith at the end of my to-watch list because I don't like watching historical series or movies and the posters of this drama weren't attractive at all and I didn't like his long hair and the fact that it had some CGI work done didn't help but.... I loved it when I finally decided to watch and kinda regretted why I kept on avoiding it. it's one of the loveliest dramas ever made and minho's acting was amazing in it. I've been wanting to rewatch it since last year and I'm happy to do it together with you guys so let's start ~

 

 

 

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Thanks for doing a great recap. Yes, he looks dreamy in the rain and hood.

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I like how serious he is in Seoul, everything is strange but it is heaven anyway so anything goes. It is hilarious that he is not fazed out. Completely fixated on completing his duty to the king. Must find doctor, cannot be distracted by anything else. Since he has superpowers, it is not impossible to go throw the TV screen just has to figure out how, LOL. Even though he is completely loyal to the king since that is his duty and his role, he does not enjoy what he has to do. It is such a contrast. He does it because he has to. He rather be sleeping though. He is also as Dramabeans say, Mr Literal. Nothing devious about him, completely straightforward and uncaring about status,  not a sycophant. Even though he is lazy and sleepy, nothing gets past him. He knows what is going on. That is the great thing about the general. 

I enjoyed his first meeting with the great doctor and how materialistic she is, wanting a rich boyfriend LOL. How she reacted to him being a psycho and weird. On to the next episode

 

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LMH in Faith episode 1:

 

Thanks for the recap Latifah!  It was hard for me to appreciate Faith at first, too.  It was my first sageuk drama--and fusion-fantasy-time travel at that.  :crazy:  I had to stop and start again, and then get past the first few episodes before I accepted what was going on.  I've been looking forward to re-watching, hoping that a few Faithlings will be here to share their insights.  It's easier to watch now because I already know what heroic and lovely moments are coming.

 

My favorite part of this episode is honorable Choi Young's promise:

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Disclaimer: This is my first time to watch Faith. Although previously, I gave in to the temptation of skimming through the LMH scenes of the first few episodes. :D

 

That skimming-through, I did after watching LOTBS. And this time watching it, right after CH. I have to say, I can't help but compare the "look" of those dramas. I am not a film major, but unlike in Faith (and also in PT), CH and LOTBS had that "cinematic look" to it. Considering that this is a historical series, I think it would have been better if they gave that "cinematic look" to it, to add more drama and feel. Well, I guess I would have to get used to how Faith was filmed.

 

So this time, LMH's character is a skillful yet apathetic general. With his great acting, such traits of his character are quite easy to grasp even at the very first episode. Compared to his ingenious use of ordinary things as weapons in CH, this time, he has a distinct weapon that is the sword. In the bts video, he is quite good in handling a sword. And I do remember seeing a photo/video of him shooting an arrow. And magical powers? Hmm...considering that this is a historical drama/fantasy, I would have to see how that plays out in the story.

 

The character of the king is quite interesting. He seems to lack confidence, I think, but at least he is brave enough to ask and hear what Choi Young actually thinks of him. The dynamics between the two would be interesting to watch.

 

Choi Young in the future is quite funny. He does take things literally, walking straight into traffic to "just go." And actually slashing a man's neck to illustrate what the princess' injury is. And his odd outfit doesn't really help; I can't blame Eun Soo calling him "ajhussi." :D

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So that's where he got the plastic shield. While I was skimming through the episodes, I was wondering what a plastic shield was doing in the Goryeo period. Heh.

 

My favorite part, too, was when he makes a sincere pledge to return her to her home. How he softens up in this scene is notable.

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I look forward to watching the interaction of a perky doctor and an apathetic general. I just read days ago that Faith is LMH's favorite drama of his? If this is true, I can't wait to find out why.

 

 

 

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Actually I didn't like LMH's hair style at the beginning of Faith (except he's on the horse in the rain and hood), and I even was a little confused on the story. If it's not LMH's drama, it's hard for me to insist on watching it to the end.

But after the first time of watching and understood what's going on (why Eun Soo's notebook and materials had existed before the time she lived), it's not bad to re-watch it twice or more times. And importantly, Minho looked very handsome after his hair style changed :    :P

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5 hours ago, syntyche said:

hat skimming-through, I did after watching LOTBS. And this time watching it, right after CH. I have to say, I can't help but compare the "look" of those dramas. I am not a film major, but unlike in Faith (and also in PT), CH and LOTBS had that "cinematic look" to it. Considering that this is a historical series, I think it would have been better if they gave that "cinematic look" to it, to add more drama and feel. Well, I guess I would have to get used to how Faith was filmed.

 

I look forward to watching the interaction of a perky doctor and an apathetic general. I just read days ago that Faith is LMH's favorite drama of his? If this is true, I can't wait to find out why.

  

 

 Everyone notice that in Episode 1, the king did not order Choi Yong to enter the portal but asked him if it was a good idea to try. He was so uncertain. Choi Yong just decided to go and claimed that it was an order. I thought that was cute.

 

Syntyche:   Can you give me the link to the article you read a few days ago with LMH saying that Faith is his favorite drama? Thanks!

 

I can give  a historical context about Faith. I have read quite a bit about it. It was planned to be a great cinematic drama like "the Legend" written I think by the same scriptwriter and directed by  the same director as well. It took years for Faith to be finally filmed. It experienced a lot of bad luck and delays. There was an initial trailer with another actor as the lead and Kim Hee Sun and Lee Philip. The fantasy was high quality. That was postponed. The lead actor role was offered to several actors before LMH was offered the role but Kim Hee Sun and Lee Philip waited to act in the drama. Kim Hee Sun was loyal to the director and waited a few years, I believe. It also seems that the story line changed from the original because of plagiarism claims so this drama was somewhat jinxed from the beginning. If I can find the original trailer, I will post it here. There were money woes and not sufficient backers. The writer said the the story she had in mind came out differently. Even Kim Hee Sun's role changed. During the filming, a lot of the scenes she wanted to do was cut due to lack of money and time. A lot of times it was rushed and the crew worked throughout the night. Editing was splotchy too. In episode one there was supposed to be a scene showing Choi Young show his fighting prowess and save the honor of his team in a fight with another group and thus gain the respect of his troop. That was not filmed or removed from the drama. I think a lot of the times what kept the drama sane was Kim Hee Sun and Lee Min Ho. They kept the set light with their jokes and antics. LMH and KHS worked well together as a team.

 

The poor ratings made it even harder for the drama. As it went on more scenes were cut and the direction of the story changed. The fantasy was reduced to almost nothing, court drama lessened and I think the love story became the main theme because of fan feedback. Those that loved Faith, it was because of Choi Yong and the Great Doctor. They became the Imja couple. Complains were centralized around the repetitious  nature of the drama. Also a lot of scenes were repeated. I believe it was because of lack of money and time constraints. It ended with a lot of the crew not being paid even Kim Hee Sun. Not sure if LMH was paid though. It was not clear. The crew including KHS sued the director for mismanagement and wages. The director was a great director who filmed one of the most watched dramas of all time " The Sand Glass". He finally committed suicide. A sad end to a great director.

 

I can safely say at that time that I do not think it was LMH"s favorite drama then. It was really a hard drama to film in summer. The heat was unbearable and LMH had to wear heavy armor. He lost 10 lbs or something he complained and got skinny. When the drama ended, there were no post drama promotions at all like all his other dramas. It just ended. He cut his hair really short the very next day and did not talk much about the drama after it ended. He did some CFs for Eider, Innisfree.  There is even not a DVD because of copyright issues released from Korea. Japan got the rights and there is a Japanese DVD release and a Singapore release, not sure if that is bootleg but no Korean DVD. During a Japanese interview, he went back to the set and said that he had actually not wanted to return there again. I took it to mean that the memories were not great. (That is my opinion).  He got a lot of criticism for his acting as being wooden and I think he took responsibility for the poor ratings too.

 

The drama did not get awards except for LMH and the Queen. They did not win the couple award or EVEN nominated for the couple award. I was shocked because the Imja couple was loved by Faith fans. It was solely because of low ratings, I think. It is all politics. They had to give LMH and award because he is so popular but none the other actors did. The king was excellent but did not get anything. LMH was lonely at the awards as the queen left soon after receiving her award. He was happy the next year as all his fellow  actors were there for Heirs and they won the best couple award, him and Park Shin Hye but to me the Imja couple is way better than the Heirs couple. It is all about ratings. I think as the years passed, he realized that he got the most fans from Faith. Faith also helped many fans through their personal difficulties. I know one such person personally. Faith has the record number of pages in Soompi, far more than any other forums, even LMH's own forum page that we are now on :D. I think it has a record number of fan made videos too on YouTube. Joonni's blog that did re-caps for a few dramas, her Faith re-cap brought many visitors to her site and it was her most popular and successful re-cap. Thus through the years, he realized that Faith had a strong effect on many viewers and gained him many new fans and came to be his favorite,  I guess. Anyway he said once that Kim Hee Sun was his most compatible co-star.

 

I think in the end Faith failed on being a blockbuster, or a great drama, poorly edited and directed due to money constraints but it succeeded in having a strong message about duty, loyalty, simplicity, honesty, uprightness, love, dedication. The hero was simple, did not covet power or money. There was no greed, avarice, or jealousy. He was brave, strong, kind, honorable, incorruptible  a great leader, yet humble. His word was his honor.  That is what the fans loved about Choi Yong compared to LMH's other characters. I think LMH finally realized that through the messages he got from fans and he always wants to be a good role model to his fans thus his fondness for Faith.

 

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@CalliePThanks for the background behind Faith.  I think many of us, who are here now, began following LMH around Heirs or after.  I do remember one part where I said "again?".  Since Syntyche hasn't seen all of Faith, I won't mention specifics until we reach the episode.  I wonder why LMH accepted the role.  do you know?  I have seen the SBS award video in which LMH won the award and he looked so sad.  Almost ready to cry.  I felt so bad for him watching it.  I'm glad that he now can look back at Faith with more fondness.  

 

Here's a question for everyone on Faith.  Why did the King ask CY for his opinion?  did he sense something about CY?  I guess he did.

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