I loved the first episode. Very interesting and exciting. Loved the painting aspect of it too.
What I didn't understand is okay the queen dowager got caught in a painting for doing something or being somewhere she shouldn't have been. So she looked for the painting and she found it. Why in the world didn't she just burn it and be done with it? Why parade the painting to all the councils to make them find and punish the painter? That didn't make any sense to me.
The scene when the students were being interrogated about the painting was so funny. The interrogator was making me laugh so much! How he was trying to make them all confess and then when it was his "son" and s/he tried to confess, he's like any idea who it is? No? Okay, then you can go. So funny!
So I guess since her "brother" is somewhat attracted to her I'm assuming he is not her blood brother...
When the king asks the queen dowager how she found out about the "obscene" painting anyway I was like ha!! Got you there!!
And when the girl meets the lead guy - really? Can they not look at a painting together?? So funny!
This episode really was packed with excitement and emotion. Really enjoyed it.
The nine-dot puzzle scene was so exciting when Yun-Bok explains to Danwon how the nine dots could be connected by just three lines. That was so cool how they filmed that. Boy is she smart!
It's amazing what they considered were erotic or obscene paintings back then. Wow! And what I don't understand is how is it that if you're not supposed to paint women in that painting school, Yun-Bok didn't know that rule? In any case, I felt so sorry for her for what may happen to her hand.
That whole music scene towards the end of the episode was very moving. The music was really beautiful and I loved the way Yun-Bok so fully appreciated what the giesang girl was playing. The Princess' Man lead girl is so much prettier in this drama, I think. Both the female actresses have the same last name of Moon. That's cute.
Two quotes from this episode that I really liked: "Mountains and rivers may change but human nature does not." "The nail that sticks out gets hammered down."
Thanks from me, too Truth. The link was interesting, I loved looking at all the paintings-- I loved watching the painter's paint in the drama, and I love looking at all the paintings-- the style of painting (watercolors?) is so beautiful. Makes me want to get out the paint and brushes and give it a try!
Wow, this episode was so exciting! I don't think I've ever experienced such edge-of-your-seat excitement in the 3rd episode of a 20-episode drama before. When the king notices the beauty mark on the painting I was so happy! And I was very sad when the brother came forward to try to save the girl.
But I have to say I just don't understand why the dowager queen made such a stink about the painting. I mean, isn't she just drawing attention to herself and her wrong-doing when she does this? Very strange...
Enjoyed this episode very much too. Loved all the paintings and the interaction between the teacher and student.
The waterfall/swing scene was very funny with the guy at the tree asking for a girl for himself and that half-naked girl coming out from behind the tree and asking for his help. And also when the teacher shows up in hanbok, with his moustache and all. So funny. I can't believe that giesang girl didn't even suspect that Yun Bok could be a girl. She thought Yun Bok was just disguised as a girl, which was a little hard to swallow.
So I guess the king Bae Soo Bin is playing is the same king as in Yi San?
Is Yun Bok like in love with the giesang girl or what? She sure dreams about her lot and looks at her with such loving eyes. Sort of confusing.
Ohmgosh, so the friend of Danwon's daughter is named Yun?? And he doesn't put two and two together? Or even suspect?? That's kinda hard to believe. And these "skinship" they've been having, doesn't Danwon feel anything wrong?? With all these piggybacks and full-body hugs, (not to be crass but) doesn't he feel something "missing" when he has Yun Bok so physically close to him??
In any case, it was very good. The ending was very suspenseful and I was glad everything worked out for Yun Bok. Though it doesn't really make sense to me that he can draw naked women now when he almost got his hand crushed for drawing a fully clothed woman leaning against a tree cuz that was considered vulgar and indecent. Go figure...
However, I did have some problems with it. I've come across this before in other dramas and it bothers me to no end. Why do these dramas think your child face changes so drastically from your adult face? So Danwon is looking for his friend's daughter now that he knows she is alive but he KNOWS what she looks like. A person's face doesn't change THAT much. And it's not even like he met her once or twice but from the flashback it looks like they saw each other often. And it's not like she was a baby at the time - she was like ten. Come on! That beautiful little girl grew up to look like that dumpy, unattractive woman?? (You know, that ugly girl who was pretending to be Yun) And another thing - HIS face didn't change. He was an adult when he knew her and he is a little bit older adult now when she meets him. Shouldn't she know his face??
I think to make all this more believable they should've just not known each other personally in the past. He could have just known that his friend had a daughter and let it go at that. It's also kinda creepy to have him know her as a little girl in the past and now they're gonna be love interest to each other. I find it a little distasteful.
Another thing that bothered me was the end scene when the giesang starts taking off her clothes cuz she wants to spend one night with Yun Bok. Why does YB wait until the girl is practically naked before she tells her she can't be what the giesang wants her to be. And then why does she starts taking off her own clothes? I got so confused... I find it strange how attracted Yun Bok is to the giesang. Sometimes I almost think YB really is a man.
Hey Birdy, don't know if you're still watching with me but I'm gonna just go on with my speed. Don't wanna lose the momentum (which I tend to do sometimes and then I lose interest in the drama altogether).
I sort of understand now why Yun Bok is so into the giesang. She says when she looks at her it's like looking at her lost self. I understand and felt the sadness she felt in having to live like a boy but at the same time I thought it funny cuz there's no way she's anywhere near as pretty as the giesang. I found it funny that this beautiful girl reminds her of herself, though I guess I know she doesn't necessarily mean physical resemblence.
I have to say I found the scene when Danwon touches Yun Bok's lips (while she's sleeping) kind of distasteful. Especially after that other girl tells the story about the man and boy being flogged for having "that" kind of relationship. And then Danwon thinks back to touching Yun Bok's mouth... eeww. It's not so much the homosexual connotation but that he's supposed to be the teacher and also Yun Bok was sleeping. I didn't like him taking advantage of his position and the situation. Couldn't shake off the feeling he was acting like a dirty old man.
Sorry I havent watched this much (and am feeling a bit guilty since I said I would ), but I have been watching "Jang Young Shil" with Song Il Suk (I watch him and his triplets in "Return of Superman" )and watched "A Dirty Carnival" from Netflix since in has Jo InSung in it. BUT I will say that I have read all your posts and I am so happy that you are enjoying this--
please don't feel guilty, I'm enjoying the drama lots. you know what tho? - I'm starting to find the lead girl so ugly... I think it's cuz she's disguised as a boy. in other dramas I always found her cute.