1) If it's Gannan, the actress was my uncle's girlfriend about 20 years ago lol.
Yow-wee can he introduce me to her? Looked her up online and she's real pretty, and the right age too. Please tell me she wasn't as dumb as a box of rocks...or maybe I should just be quiet before I get into trouble!
Jokes aside, she's already married lol.
My uncle also most likely lost any form of contact with her since the breakup.
Also liked the sequences in the prison cell and then later pushing the corpse cart when Musang was struggling with whether or not to enter the tournament. They way they showed what was going through Musang's mind, weighing all of the pressures and conflicts, that was well done.
Yes, I agree with what you say here. I really liked Musang so much more when he didn't jump at the chance to fight in the tournament. I really admired him for that. And showing of the internal struggles before finally deciding to enter the fight made him a thoughtful, more rounded character for me.
Speaking of the military ruling through monarchs as figureheads, the coats of the high ranking military officials make me think of the haori coats the samurai wore. The costume designers must have had the Japanese bakufu in mind, since feudal Japan has emperors as figureheads with samurai running the government.
Not far off really Sageuk ,as the military revolts against the aristocracy took place in the very same year in both Goryeo and Japan,of course this has nothing to do with haori's, just find it funny the two rebellions took place in the same year and against the same ruling class.
Speaking of haori's and Japanese, I'm reading A Chinese traveler in Medieval Korea, and it frequently mentions battle robes. Xu Jing also writes of warriors wearing gold flowered decorated hats that are two feet tall. I recall seeing paintings of samurai with pretty tall hats.
Who knows how Korean history would've been if the Mongols never invaded?
Koryo dynasty might have continued until today with the Wang dynasty figurehead and a prime minister just like Japan.
Wangs even have a mythical background story just like the Japanese emperor.
Very curious about the middle comment, Truth. Are you saying the Wang dynasty could've somehow fought off the Japanese Imerialism better than the Yi dynasty?
Yes. One of the things that led to Joseon's downfall was their close door policy. They locked down their door to isolate themselves from the rest of the world while Japan westernized by opening their doors to the West. Japan was able to build their strong westernized military due to them not having an isolationist policy.
Koryo was open to new things unlike Joseon. They traded with the Arabs and even accepted Arab immigration during their whole dynasty for example. Koryo was so open to the world that one of their folklore has exactly the same story as the Greek myth about Midas. It is very likely that Koryo would've continued to have an open door policy had it continued to exist and westernized early just like Japan had done. Joseon, on the other hand, had an isolationist policy from the beginning, as they stopped trading with the Arabs and banned Arab immigration during its first 100 years.