HanCinema's Drama Review 'The King's Face' Episode 21

HanCinema's Drama Review 'The King's Face' Episode 21

King Seonjo comes face-to-face with his own demons in the kind of a guy he once trusted: Do-chi. Like the king, Do-chi is crammed with arrogance and the theory that he's invincible. Neither are ready for their downfalls, which makes this episode and their crash to rock backside the most attractive thus far.Do-chi has spent years manipulating and mendacity to people, construction up his energy base and hoping to bring about alternate in Joseon. The irony of it all is that he has changed into the guy he despises so as to do it. He has develop into as twisted as he imagined King Seonjo to be. All of his deceptions are now coming back to hang-out him and the poetic twist is that he is too corrupted through the facility he accuses the king of abusing to peer what he has become. It"s the maximum productive a section of his character"s creation, this culmination of his pathetic being.

Gah-hee, at the other hand, has come into her own whilst Do-chi jumped off the deep end. She stands robust in the face of the new, very arrogant queen and works neatly with Gwanghae"s quiet, yet strong-willed wife. I actually like that the ladies have a greater role to play now as they sorely lacked any veritable activity. Even though Ga-hee used to be a warrior, she was still two dimensional and that warrior"s spirit didn"t appear to hold over into her lifestyles as the king"s companion. Now it in spite of everything shines via and makes me wish for personality consistency.The introduction of Queen Inmok, like the introduction of Heo Gyeon a couple of episodes ago, serves the similar reason - bringing in a brand new face and together with it new interest. Unfortunately Heo Gyeon"s novelty temporarily wore off secure for the infrequent spats he has with Eunuch Im. Queen Inmok may hang some intrigue, but the writers eliminate her lack of confidence and most effective display the confidence that mask it, growing yet some other stale character.

Also, the direction from time to time tries to be inventive in the shape of fast camera cuts which are more nauseating than effective. It"s a flailing try to seize for more cast written floor that fails.Written by: Raine from "Raine"s Dichotomy"

"The King"s Face" is directed by Cha Yeong-hoon and Yoon Seong-sik, written by Lee Hyang-hee and Yoon Soo-jeong, and contours Seo In-guk, Jo Yoon-hee, Lee Seong-jae, and Sin Seong-rok.

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HanCinema's movie Review 'King of Pigs': Zoomorphism and sophistication Warfare

HanCinema's movie Review 'King of Pigs': Zoomorphism and sophistication Warfare

Their faculty existence is governed via a merciless elegance gadget that exists inside of their world, with a sturdy emphasis on an oppressive determinism that defines them as individuals. The zoomorphic analogy of "dogs" and "pigs" is used to assign placement within this hierarchy, with the latter being where those two pals exist. there's a transparent melancholic tone and sense of powerlessness here as the 2 are continuously reminded in their inferior role in the world, trapped within a components this is as unforgiving as it's miles inescapable. 

The two then befriend Cheol-Yi (Kim Hye-na); a morbid particular person who, regardless of being a "pig" himself, stands up to the abusive "dogs" and in the procedure earns himself royal prestige within the sounder. Jong-Suk, in particular, embraces Cheol and all that he stands for, permitting him to constitute all that he desires he may neatly be and achieve. Cheol is the leader or king whose actions, and more importantly choices, are against Jong-suk"s own station. 

"King of Pigs" is a dismal animation that's saturated with pessimism and salted with helplessness. This is global were category is king, where the system regulations all, and where one"s position within it's final. Depression, abusive, violence, and cruelty are the vices that continually beat down upon Jong-suk and his company as they exist, struggle, and hand over to the hardships the arena has set for them.

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Below is the Q&A consultation that happened at the 2011 Busan Overseas movie Festival previous this year. (Source)

Audience Question - The voices of the 3 kid characters were conducted by women. I would love to grasp if this used to be done to symbolize the characters as weak?Yeon Sang-ho (director) - Originally, I planned to have these 3 characters voiced by men. Yang Ik-joon stated he couldn"t voice the center school elderly edition of his character. The voice of an adult guy would now not sound appropriate and if done by youngsters it can be tough for them on account of complicated phrases. In animations, usually, girls carry out the voices for young male characters. the more youthful characters in my film are first year center school students, so I assumed that it could be more suitable to have girls voice the college children.Audience Question - I have 3 questions for the director. Firstly, for your outdated animation "Love is Protein" (part oof "Indie Anibox : Selma"s Protein Coffee"), dogs and hen seem as humans. Is there a explanation why you personify animals? Secondly, in "King of the Pigs", bullied kids are labelled as pigs and bullies are labelled as dogs. What class is upper than a dog? Lastly, while you were in class what class did you fall in?Yeon Sang-ho (director) - In the animation "Love is Protein" (part oof "Indie Anibox : Selma"s Protein Coffee"), low source of revenue other people exploit each and every other to survive. So a white meat delivers a chicken. Resolution to your 2d question - the system which made the categories of pigs and dogs is above the dogs. Answer to your ultimate question - when i used to be at school I become a student who just watched what occurred and felt guilty.Audience Question - I idea Chul-Yi resembled a pig. Was this associated with Chul-Yi being called the "King of Pigs?" Did you're making Chul-Yi seem like a pig on purpose?Yeon Sang-ho (director) - I didn"t draw Chul-Yi to seem like a pig. I thought Chul-Yi was a sexy boy. some of the characters, Chul-Yi was the maximum handsome.Audience Question - i am getting curious when I watch videos about school violence, because when I attended school there wasn"t that more or less violence. Did you operate school violence in this film to specific positive broader mind or in my opinion revel in violence in school like in the film?Yeon Sang-ho (director) - I witnessed the Wager denims incident and the pouring of urine in middle school. That actually happened. I drew the characters whilst taking a look via my middle school yearbook. Even the nature names are very an identical to sure scholars I knew. i suspect if they watch the motion picture they'll know which persona represents which student. I feel nowadays, the placement in colleges are worse than in the movie.Audience Question - In the animation, Chul-Yi continues to have evil thoughts, but, suddenly, after Chul-Yi hears his mom speaking at the telephone and confronts Kyung-Min"s father his way of thinking changes. I know it"s imaginable to modify like that, yet what do you take into consideration that? In the first actual scene, Kyung-Min"s wife seems to be dead. Did she kill herself or was she murdered? For the voice actors let us know how the voice acting went?Yeon Sang-ho (director) - Kyung-Min"s wife is dead. That scene was there to create an ominous temper from the beginning. Kyung-Min killed his wife and attempted to kill himself. But, he in the end is going out to satisfy Jong-Suk. Chul-Yi realizes that he cannot solve the class complications in his school after seeing kids who are less than him have folks which are better than his. At that point he's confused. the opposite reason his frame of mind adjustments is due to his mother. When I made this movie I keen on making the audience feel uneasy or disturbed. Hopefully, the audience feels that.Kim Kkobbi (actress) - The voices for adult Jong-Suk and Kyung-Min were recorded sooner than the animation was completed. the kid characters were recorded after the animation was done. So, for the newborn characters, it was more difficult. The acting for an animation is a lot more challenging than an ordinary movie. In movies, I will express what I wish to express, but for animations I need to sync my voice to the picture and put emotional emotions into my voice, in addition stay the mindset of a boy. It was difficult, but we finished in 2 days.Yang Ik-joon (actor) - About 5-6 years ago I read the state of affairs for "King of Pigs" and that evening I couldn"t fall asleep. I was apprehensive by the social nature of the scenario. those that express one of these hobby and violence were bystanders in school. When they transform adults they act this stuff out. I am one of them. My motion pictures are the same. 5-6 years ago, when I read the script I was shocked. The script was the most efficient script I had read up till that point. Because of this, I kept an eye on him and watched the development of the animation. He"s also a close friend & colleague of mine. I made my first long film slightly before Yeon Sang-ho. We talked a lot. Korea isn"t known for its animations and for any person from here to make an animation like this they will have to be admired and respected. i am hoping you give him a large circular of applause.Audience Question - I am a painter so I concentrated on the visual images. I know the rough, minimalistic drawings created the precise mood for the film, but, at the similar time, i may see that spatially some things didn"t appear right. For example, the small condominium had a wide door which would be more appropriate in a miles larger apartment. I would prefer to understand if this was an error or you didn"t care about the spatial qualities of the drawings?Yeon Sang-ho (director) - About the animation. a huge number of it leaves much to be desired. We worked with a limited budget. It was difficult to mediate. Animation calls for individuals to paintings in combination and make corrections unless it is right. payment is generated by making these corrections. As a director, i must come to a decision whether it has to be corrected or not corrected, unless, we can"t even whole the work due to the budget. What I targeted on the most was the emotional expressions. Made certain to have a consistent form of emotions. I wrote the scenario in no time powered by a surge of emotions. I was hoping to have the animation advanced like that. I think the animation went out like that.Audience Question - Background of the movie is decided in a school. i might be expecting teacher"s to have gave the impression a load more than they did in the movie. Could you give an explanation for why?Yeon Sang-ho (director) - I gave a lovely thin description of dogs, who are essentially students that wields power, because studies involving students who wields vitality has been handled in quite so much of movies. What "King of Pigs" deals with is the children who don"t have power. That"s why I didn"t have a number of instructor characters. They are like beside the point people, who don"t go unless it advantages them. By some means they wield justice.Audience Question - I would love to know the importance of Jong-Suk"s tear in the last scene?Yeon Sang-ho (director) - I think Jong-Suk"s tear in the last scene seems like atonement and one way or the other feels liberating.Audience Question - You discussed that you finished the normal script very quickly. What encouraged you?Yeon Sang-ho (director) - I were given inspired by my dream. While serving in the military, I wrote down about 10 pages of memos from a dream. When writing the original screenplay the tale replaced a lot. While making "King of Pigs", the work that inspired me the most was the manga "Himizu" by Minoru Furuya. Also, while writing the original screenplay, I was inspired by Clint Eastwood"s "Mystic River".

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[HanCinema"s Drama Review] "The King"s Face" Episode 23 (final)

The finale matched "The King"s Face" run in that it was disappointing and anticlimactic. Like the show, there were a few highlights, but those moments were not enough to save the finale or the show.

Gwanghae, through wisdom and an ability to read faces, climbed to the throne by using his intelligence and compassion. That was the premise of the show and "The King"s Face" stuck to it. The show was rather haphazard about Gwanghae"s land tax reform and diplomatic relations, which are two of his major contributions to Joseon. The tax reform seemed tacked on as an afterthought. It had been mentioned earlier in the drama"s run, but then dropped until the last hour.

This is a general pattern of the show. Drama"s with longer runs do have to pick and choose with plot threads to run with, but "The King"s Face" lacked consistency in almost all of the plot threads. The romance was used at will, which made the final goodbye between Gwanghae and the self-sacrificing Ga-hee lackluster. In fact, I don"t even get the last scene between them or why she was left alive. Another misused plot idea was the tensions between brothers who coveted the throne. That kind of tension molds and changes relationships. Brothers who care for each other have to struggle in their love. The only tension shown was Imhae"s never ending fury. I would"ve liked to see Jungwon, who admired his older brother Gwanghae, struggle with that admiration and the goal"s of his ambitious mother.

King Seonjo was another character I wanted to see more out of. Yes, he was weak, selfish, and a lackluster king, but his jealousy of Gwanghae and the innate competitiveness he felt towards his more competent son was not was used to its fullest. The reverse is true. Gwanghae was not unaware of his father"s emotions and still blindly worshiped him. It is part of what made Gwanghae a two dimensional character as well. He had all the makings of a hero, but his inner workings were not shown nearly enough nor did we see the emotional turmoil he felt when his father made bad decisions or when he felt jealousy or selfish anger. In fact, I don"t recall much selfish anger in this show. It was mostly righteous anger on behalf of his country, which is great, but it doesn"t help to flesh out Gwanghae. In fact, Gwanghae had very little fallibility, which made him boring.

Seo In-guk did the best he could with what he had. Based on his other work, Seo is a capable actor as are the other main leads who have impressive bodies of work behind them. I must conclude that the writing turned a cast of talented people into an army of stiff players who had little depth. As time went on, the performances became even more stilted as the characters became caricatures of heroic, evil, and subservient. The humanizing factor was lacking. On a few occasions there were some powerful moments, but they didn"t not carry nor were they replicated.

Do-chi, the ultimate villain, was the bad guy, but he wasn"t truly pitiable, which would"ve made him a fantastic villain. He drove himself insane trying to achieve his goal, twisting himself and the people around him to win. It"s such a fantastic, tragic character path that, in the end, was badly planned and timed so that his death meant little. It carried little emotional ambivalence or feelings of pity.

The face reading aspect of the show was also mismanaged in that it was utilitarian rather than a way of life for those who practiced it, but the ending statement was powerful: it isn"t the king"s face that should be read, but the people"s. The people reflect the work of the king. That was a powerful statement to be made when the ruling class has been, and continued to be, corrupt and selfish.

Do-chi, the ultimate villain, was the bad guy, but he wasn"t truly pitiable, which would"ve made him a fantastic villain. He drove himself insane trying to achieve his goal, twisting himself and the people around him to win. It"s such a fantastic, tragic character path that, in the end, was badly planned and timed so that his death meant little. It carried little emotional ambivalence or feelings of pity.

"The King"s Face" is not a show I"d recommend nor would I watch it again. It lacked heart, which is disappointing because the cast and the premise forecasted a better run.

Written by: Raine from "Raine"s Dichotomy"

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"The King"s Face" is directed by Cha Yeong-hoon and Yoon Seong-sik, written by Lee Hyang-hee and Yoon Soo-jeong, and features Seo In-guk, Jo Yoon-hee, Lee Seong-jae, and Sin Seong-rok.

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[HanCinema"s Drama Review] "The King"s Face" Episode 22

In it"s last episodes "The King"s Face" has curled into a complex, layered show that finally holds genuine tensions that do not feel contrived. Sixteen years have passed since Gwanghae became the Crown Prince and the warring factions in the government have a lot of fodder for battle.

A strong point of the episode was the fact that it brought Ga-hee"s actions full circle. In the first episode she says that traitors should be punished, and the dialogue plus the images on screen referenced that the traitor was Gwanghae, the man she supposedly loved. The same scene appears in this episode and the reference was indeed correct, Gwanghae is the traitor to which she refers, however, we now know she does it for his own sake. Politics and love have become so twisted over time that the only way she can protect Gwanghae is to completely denounce him. Her story is a sad one, but it is also satisfying. Despite all she remained loyal, and loyalty is a winner in storylines, especially ones that include star-crossed lovers like Ga-hee and Gwanghae.

Speaking of Gwanghae, he is much more confident now and the passage of time has been well-shown in his character. The time skips still make little sense in how they are placed and utilized, especially in the ensuing scenes that should explain what has passed during the skipped time. Regardless, Gwanghae has gained many followers and many enemies. One of the biggest followers is Heo Gyeon who made his entrance as comic relief and who is now showing is true worth: an ideological radical who is believed to have penned the legendary story of Hong Gil Dong, the Korean Robin Hood. Before the last two episodes he didn"t live up to his historical name, but he certainly does now. His extreme views sink Gwanghae into trouble as well as those who support Gwanghae as a future king. This is the kind of plot stuffs that should"ve been brought in sooner. The episode was the most exciting yet with all of the intrigue flying about.

Part of the intrigue is due to the dogged perseverance of the escaped Do-chi. He is loyal to no one but himself, and uses power-hungry royals to further his cause. The young queen Inmok and the disregarded oldest prince Imhae are the two that he has in the palm of his hand. Although his plans and ability to network are remarkable and provide wonderful plot material, Do-chi"s character still lacks. The inner motivations that drive him are still not made clear and they would allow the viewer to connect better with him.

After all of this time, the king has become no less self-centered. He has, however, become even more paranoid and willing to strike out at anything that threatens his throne. King Seonjo"s deteriorating health has put him on guard against rumors and Do-chi uses that tension to his advantage. In fact, the king has become more irrational with age and he makes unilateral decisions that are influenced by the gossip he hears. While his retainers become more crafty with age, the king does just the opposite. It makes him a terrifying and unpredictable opponent.

The question that remains is: What is the endgame for "The King"s Face"? Does the show just hope to crown Gwanghae and let that be that? Does it want to show all the wonderful and terrible things that happened under his rule? We"ll find out next episode.

Written by: Raine from "Raine"s Dichotomy"

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"The King"s Face" is directed by Cha Yeong-hoon and Yoon Seong-sik, written by Lee Hyang-hee and Yoon Soo-jeong, and features Seo In-guk, Jo Yoon-hee, Lee Seong-jae, and Sin Seong-rok.

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KBS2 Drama "The King's Face" Episode 18 Review and Full Video

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KBS2 Drama The King's Face Episode 18 Review and Full Video

Fresh blood has been brought onscreen in the form of the hilarious, life-filled Lim Ji-gyoo. He colors all the scenes he"s in with humor, which doesn"t fit the current tone of the show. It does, however, liven up "The King"s Face".

Lim Ji-gyoo plays Heo Gyun, a Joseon merchant who has traveled the lands north of Joseon, Manchuria and the Ming Empires, gathering information and making friends. His character is a font of knowledge of the world outside Joseon as well as a quirky sidekick to Gwanghae"s hero. It pits him against Gwanghae"s trusty eunuch, Young-soo, as number one sidekick, and that is just fun. Lim always plays the most entertaining sidekicks.

Aside from the face, Ga-hee is settling into court life and the court is struggling to acclimate to her. Lady Kim, the head consort, is insanely jealous of her replacement. As the mother of four sons, she aspires for one of them to be king. Since Sinseong passed, her eyes are now set on Jungwon who is cunning and set to avenge his mother"s humiliation at being pushed aside for Ga-hee. He is more dangerous than Sinseong was and hopefully that"ll make him more interesting than Sinseong and Imhae, the two brothers who were in line to push Gwanghae from the throne. Imhae is still pathetic and dimwitted. He is like a royal placeholder for the bloodline and nothing more. Despite the fact that he is historically inane, such a character can still be used better than he has been. The introduction of Jungwon into the running has made Imhae less useless.

Then there is the streak of jealousy running through the "The King"s Face". The king is jealous of any time that Ga-hee spends with any other men, which only means its a matter of time before he discovers her relationship with Gwanghae. Lady Kim is jealous of Ga-hee as the favored concubine. Im-hae is jealous of Jung-won as the favored son. As political tensions rise, they fan the flames of jealousy. The tension is a breeding ground for jealousy.

The foreign relations are bolstering the intrigue of "The King"s Face". Again, this show"s dependence on the historical prestige of the story of Gwanghae is frightening. It has very little intrinsic motivation. Give me more.

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KBS2 Drama "The King's Face" Episode 17 Review and Full Video

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 KBS2 Drama The King's Face Episode 17 Full Video

This episode of "The King"s Face" vacillated between good and boring. The scenes that showed antagonism between the main characters had impact while the more romantic scenes were exceedingly dull.

Romance between Gwanghae and Ga-hee has been nothing more than longing stares and soulful ballads. There is little to show a romantic connection between them so this episode had to flashback to their one, stale kiss in order to spice up their chemistry. When Gwanghae discovers that Ga-hee has become his father"s concubine, the scene is so anticlimactic that it was humorous. It lacked the gravity that it should"ve had because there was no real romantic buildup and the anticipation that preceded her ultimate decision was drawn out for far too long. When Gwanghae passed out from the shock, it seemed like overkill - to put it mildly, it was ridiculous.

What is interesting about Ga-hee"s decision to become the king"s concubine is that it puts her at direct odds with Do-chi. They have opposite goals: he wishes to destroy Gwanghae; she wishes to help him to the throne. But they both made similar journeys along difficult paths to come to the inside of the palace. They began as friends and ended up as enemies. I want to see how their former relationship colors their new one. That would add much needed depth to their storylines.

King Seonjo has, as of late, been making more appearances, showing that he is a coward and letting other people take on his responsibilities for him. Pitting this weak king against Gwanghae"s magnetic personality is one of the inherent literary beauties of the story. What makes the king strong is those around him; what makes Gwanghae strong is his spirit. The juxtaposition of the two family members and enemies is something the show seems to be using. The king allows Do-chi to do his dirty work; the prince does his work himself. Involving Ga-hee as the king"s concubine may change the dynamic between father and son; it should, but the writing in this show hasn"t been strong enough or consistent enough for me to expect it.

Do-chi and Gwanghae"s rivalry is a good one. They have loaded conversations that grow into action. The scenes between them are purposeful and engaging. On the other hand, there are strange, disjointed scenes that depict what Gwanghae"s men are doing in Manchuria. These don"t have much impact at all. In fact, it would"ve been better to narrate them than to spend the time and money filming them.

With Ga-hee in the palace, "The King"s Face" enters its third stage. I"ve lost hope that the quality will improve. I can only hope that the import of the original story is able to carry it through.

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[HanCinema"s Drama Review] "The King"s Face" Episode 16

Some aspects of "The King"s Face" are strengthening, like the development of King Seonjo. He has finally become a 3-D character who is more than just a face on screen. Until now he has been a puppet character. The same is true for Do-chi who has sat on the backburner for quite some time. Most of the other elements have remained the same.

What "The King"s Face" lacks is intrigue. Many shows use similar themes, filming techniques, and character journeys, but this show hasn"t found it"s angle yet; the particular stance that makes it unique. There is little adventure in the camerawork and even less storytelling. There are closeups that enforce the obvious: Do-chi is planning something evil, or, the king is jealous. It doesn"t little to build suspense and isn"t very well combined with the music. The music blankets scenes rather than enhancing them.

On a good note, King Seonjo finally shows his true colors: he is a jealous, weak man who makes impulsive decisions and who envies his more capable son, Gwanghae. This jealousy has begun to fuel an honest rivalry between father and son. It is the first time the antagonism between them that was billed during the drama"s promotion has come to fruition. Here is where Lee Sung-jae can use his skills, and has. He has turned the king into a pathetic creature who is much more interesting than the blindly barking character he has been for the past fifteen episodes. Lee also brings out the best in Seo In-guk, and the two have an honest-to-goodness on screen rivalry.

Do-chi has come into his own and is less of a pushover character. He has chosen his path and acts on it. His cunning is what makes him interesting. I want more of what"s happening internally. That"s a blanket comment. The characters" inner turmoil is hard to decipher unless it"s spoonfeed with a voiceover or belabored dialogue. At least Do-chi now has a discernible motivation as a villain. His emotions regarding Ga-hee are ambivalent, which shows a lack of follow through, especially since he was so in love with her at the start of the drama. All of Ga-hee"s relationships are lukewarm in presentation although in dialogue they are mentioned as intense. It"s a disservice to the actor, the character, and the people who have to watch her go through the motions. Perhaps when she transitions into her role as the king"s concubine her character will find her legs much like Do-chi and King Seonjo did.

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KBS2 Drama "The King's Face" Episode 15 Review & Full Movie

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KBS2 Drama The King's Face Episode 15 ReviewFull Movie

Episode 15 was, by far, the strongest episode of the drama. It brought together history, character development, and a large,exciting event that acted as an impetus for further development.

That event is the reclamation of Hanyang, what is now Seoul, from the Japanese. It is paired with the tragic death of Gwanghae"s younger brother, and the king"s inability to extricate himself from his greed. It highlights Gwanghae"s intelligence and his ability to bring people together and overcome nearly insurmountable odds. Unlike his father, King Seonjo, Gwanghae was able to inspire people to help him, and this episode best shows a plausible way in which the crown prince could"ve done that. He throws himself into the thick of things, using his quick wits to win small, decisive victories over the Japanese and keep them at bay.

The way this episode is put together is exactly what I"ve been asking for since Gwanghae was made the crown prince. It had forward motion, intrigue, and history that was woven into the plotline, not just dictated over maps. Sinseong"s death was poignant, but not as powerful as it should"ve been. Even though he and his mother, Lady Kim, were painted as the bad guys, had their relationship been more empathetically portrayed, the death would"ve carried beyond the scenes it was directly a part of.

Another part of the episode I enjoyed was that it fleshed out the Japanese and made them more than mindless invaders. They searched for precious Korean treasures and kidnapped ceramicists to take back to Japan. Porcelain was a precious commodity back then and the forced importation of Korean ceramicists greatly boosted Japanese art and economy. It"s a really important point to include. I hope that the Japanese continue to be developed to be more than just cackling, blade-swinging invaders.

As for Ga-hee and Do-chi, they are two characters who have partially fallen off the grid. The writer only makes use of them as pawns. They are no longer strategic parts of the plot or interesting characters in and of themselves. I"d like to see Do-chi"s downward spiral developed (are you noticing a pattern?) beyond simple steps towards his goal. He needs psychological dilemma; interactions with more than one or two people. This is a recurring issue with "The King"s Face", wonderful setup, and little follow through. Any time serious development is necessary it is avoided by including pointless plotting, or with copout voiceovers.

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KBS2 Drama "The King"s Face" Episode 12 Review & Full Video

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War is upon King Seonjo, his family, and his country. Just the nature of war kicks up the excitement of "The King"s Face" a notch. It"s a well-known story, but the spin that the production team takes is what makes it either unique or just another story.

King Seonjo notoriously leaves his people and flees north to protect himself. He leaves Prince Gwanghae in charge of defending the capital. "The King"s Face" depicts the king as a coward we know him to be, but it also shows the struggle he faces in making that decision. While this drama, for the most part, has failed to make the king an interesting character, the agony that Seonjo faces in deciding to flee makes him much more colorful. He is less a writer"s tool and more a veritable character. Until now, he"s been selfish and jealous, but not much else. The change in his character wasn"t shown. He was supported by the cast of characters we find in his bickering, narcissistic ministers, but could not stand on his own.

Gwanghae, on the other hand, can and mostly does stand on his own as a character. Unfortunately this episode turned him into the caricature of a hero who made noble speeches, but lacked the depth to pull it off. Seo In-guk made a noble attempt to make him powerful, but the whole thing was rather Shakespearean in delivery - it didn"t fit.

The few scenes with interesting filming techniques also didn"t fit the general tone of the drama. They were beautiful and visually alluring, but stuck out of the visual landscape the director had previously created. That is the general issue I have with "The King"s Face" - a lack of consistency in tone whether it be in dialogue or camera work. The history that backs the script is what holds it together.

Two characters who became more interesting were Do-chi and Ga-hee. Both are fighting for the same idealistic cause and, in the end, fight for something intensely personal. Ga-hee struggles against her destiny. It makes her unpredictable and way more interesting than she has been as of late. Do-chi gives up his revenge to help Ga-hee, becoming more like the king he so despises - he cuts down his allies to get what he wants, even if it is a noble intention.

As for the plot, it lacks a coherency that prevents me forming a true attachment to the story or the characters. Each piece of the drama feels like an independent entity rather than woven inextricably together. There is not enough push and pull. Gwanghae is noble. His brothers are not. It paints a black and white story. Luckily, there are a few moments sprinkled here and there that are powerful in performance and inspired in writing that saves face for "The King"s Face".

"The King"s Face" is directed by Cha Yeong-hoon and Yoon Seong-sik, written by Lee Hyang-hee and Yoon Soo-jeong, and features Seo In-guk, Jo Yoon-hee, Lee Seong-jae, and Sin Seong-rok.

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KBS Drama

KBS Drama "The King's Face" Episode 11 Review and Full Video

By: Dramabeans

Pieces were forced into place in this episode of "The King"s Face". It is almost the halfway mark and something large needs to happen or change - that event is a compounded national and character shift. The Japanese invasion has begun in earnest, and Ga-hee enters the palace, most likely for good. The changes are welcome. It"s just that the changes felt as fluid as the Tinman"s joints before Dorothy found him.

"The King's Face" tends to be overly dramatic. In other words, it's downright cheesy. The way rumors are spread resemble a Disney move gossip chain and the music is ridiculously emphatic during more emotional scenes when a quieter, rhythmic piece would be much more effective. Everything from music, to acting, to direction tends to shove the plot down our throats instead of drawing us in.

Also, there is one huge logical flaw that baffles me. In fact, it also baffles the major players who then miraculously understand the situation. Ga-hee is the daughter of a traitor. At that time, progeny of traitors were killed or sold into slavery. Ga-hee would not be accepted into the palace as the king"s concubine under such conditions and the plot is twisted in order to get Ga-hee into the palace. It makes little sense. Or none.

The Japanese invasion from the south is the best thing to happen to the show thus far. The romance was (and is) staler than week-old bread, and where Gwanghae proved himself was in his brilliant protection of Joseon. That, and this will finally involve King Seonjo in the plot on a deeper level than that of a man who only makes threats.

Gwanghae"s brother, Imhae, is more developed than Seonjo. Imhae is slow-witted, ambitious, violent, but had a good relationship with his younger brother despite his jealousy of the keen Gwanghae. Gwanghae looked up to his brother. While the relationship wasn"t the closest, it was definitely very relatable. "The King"s Face" would"ve done better had they made this relationship more solid. In any case, now that Imhae has declared Gwanghae his enemy as they battle for the title of crown prince, the brotherhood has fractured and the pain spurs Gwanghae on. It"s a tried but true plot device that works well in the drama.

If Imhae was brighter, he could be Gwanghae"s true adversary – that role goes to Do-chi, who lacks the consistency of development that Imhae is fortunate enough to have.

Perhaps now that war has broken out the pace of "The King"s Face" will pick up and there will be more intrigue. Thus far, everything has been quite predictable and rather lackluster.

"The King's Face"

Directed by: Cha Yeong-hoon and Yoon Seong-sik

Written by: Lee Hyang-hee and Yoon Soo-jeong

Cast members: Seo In-guk, Jo Yoon-hee, Lee Seong-jae, and Sin Seong-rok.

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