Do you know how my life was with the Kangs? Once they threw me into the biggest wolves den in Shinju. I spent all night fighting the animals with their gnashing teeth. Then I burned down the entire mountain. I burned and killed all of them in there. And I lived. The revolting stench of burning flesh was still on my body.
His eyes. Just look at his eyes.
Re the preformative badassery. I'm blanking on the drama now but she was a cop and it seemed like every male character kept forgetting she was a highly trained police officer? And were constantly worried for her safety!? And there was another (maybe the same drama?) where they highlighted her fighting skills but then within the same episodes had her surprised and overpowered by a man so the ML could save her.
That actually sounds familiar but I can’t think of it!
Can we talk about Ji Won in Flower of Evil for a minute tho? She’s such an excellent example of a competent detective who is also a badass in ton of different ways. She’s a fighter who not only comes to her husbands rescue more than once, but does her regular job while also trying to clear her husbands name. Also remember that time she put up an excellent fight against her husband with a bag over her head?
so I always thought it was sweet but hysterical how jiwon could like, never call hyunsoo anything but jagi/jagi-ya (honey/sweetie) no matter the scene. Like she called him that when she was telling him she’d fallen out of love and was leaving him and she even said it when he was holding a ‘knife’ to her throat (I can’t😭). But now I think it was very much deliberate even beyond “they are married and it’s sweet how married they are”, just for the emotional impact of this moment:
hearing her affectionate name for him in the midst of that horror is so jarring it’s hard to quantify. It just wouldn’t be the same as his fake name or “do hyunsoo/hyunsoo-ssi”, which anyone would call him.
Ji Won and Hyun Soo are really the perfect couple. Both of them feel intensely which is a good thing, normally.
But while Ji Won struggles to hide them and looks like she’s digesting a cactus but saying it’s a marshmallow, there is Hyun Soo who sucks at reading emotions, thinks he cannot feel emotions and assumes he’s being stoic while he’s literally falling to pieces in front of people.
So, in conclusion, these two are dumbasses and that’s why the lord saw it fit to pair them up because nobody else would complement them as well as they complement each other.
Why I found this opinion so right 🤣
And value it. Value HIM. Wang So has been a character from the start who has sought only relationships. Not power. Not wealth. Only relationships. He would sacrifice anything for bonds. And right now what’s driving him further and further into darkness is how people are turning their backs on him when he needs them the most. This is the same man who would’ve died fighting for Eun’s survival. Who killed him at his request and had to live with his brother’s blood on his hands.
I know I myself keep saying that Soo has no obligation to So - but I also believe that a relationship works two ways. If So treated Soo as she treats him - people would have been blowing a very different horn.
The show literally gives zero acknowledgement to So’s abuse. Every single person who has harmed him or the people he cares about has been treated as a victim at his hands. The writers are insistent on making him a villain for standing up to abuse and just keep overlooking the pain they inflict on him.
Honestly, if Soo wants to leave, that’s fine. But she should go to So first and talk to him about how she feels. He doesn’t even know that she feels suffocated in the palace and that’s partly what’s driving her decision to leave. It’s all too much and I get it. She should’ve left a long time ago for her own sake, but making that decision this way and at this time is just a cruel move, imho. So has no clue what shit is going down behind his back even among those that he trusts the most.
Exactly. Soo is more than worthy of choosing to leave. But you can’t be in a relationship with someone and refuse to communicate.
She has 100 reasons to leave the palace - everywhere she looks she is being betrayed by people and their toxic behaviours.
What annoys me is the fact that none of these reasons not even her physical and mental health is what prompts her to leave.
She’s leaving because she still only sees the Gwangjong she was taught about in school. She’s not looking at the context, but the action. Whereas with everyone else, she seems to overlook the action because of the ‘context’.
MLSHR Anniversary Week: Day 8 — “When You Knew” Moment
I was pretty much disappointed after the first three episodes. The drama was too goofy, IU’s acting seemed quite flat and I couldn’t understand how Wang So and Hae Soo can be a couple when they’re so different and there’s no any connection between them. I decided to stay for aesthetic, historical drama’s prettiness and LJK’s acting. Let’s be honest he captured our attention as soon as he appeared on the screen. But then happened that slaughtering monk aftermath scene. Burning temple, red-orange palette, close up on Wang So’s face that expressed numbness and utter devastation, then they showed his bloody sword and everything with Gesture of Resistance in the background - I was absolutely amazed and shook, at that moment I realized that this drama is something more than just an ordinary sageuk. It was overwhelming.
Next week 4 ep happened aka life changing experience that was the beginning of mlshr trashiness for a lot of us. The first scene after So talked with his mother. He’s destroying all prayer towers in rage, for him - symbols of mothers caring for their children, something he has never experienced
“Why you killed them?” - after this simple line, I went from “idc about this pairing” to “I’LL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP”. The way she said it, the way she delivered this simple sentence and then Wang So’s astonished expression, full of disbelief, it was super emotional. After all death threats, rudeness and coldness towards her, Soo understands, simply understands him, maybe the first person who does that, what is remarkable, without any explanations and talks. It makes him cry, it shocks him and touches his heart deeply.
So simple, so raw, it was built on human emotions and it made me fall in love with this drama to the point of immense emotional attachment from which I can’t get rid off after even a year.
October 20, 2020
Korean drama ‘Flower of Evil’ finished with perfect ending last month. It was the second collaboration between leading actors Moon Chaewon and Lee Joongi, after Criminal Minds in 2017. The role played by Lee Joongi is of a apparent excellent husband and father who could devote himself to his family. But in fact he is a suspect in a serial murder case, in addition, he deceiving his wife (played by Moon Chaewon), a detective who has loved him for 14 years. The audience of the drama were addicted to the intense and exciting story. In the past few days, Moon Chaewon received an overseas interview with Sanli News. She shared her thoughts about acting and interesting things behind the scenes.
▲ Lee Joongi and Moon Chaewon collaborating on “Flower of Evil” for the second time after “Criminal Minds”
▲ Moon Chaewon accepted an exclusive interview with “Sanli News Network” to share her experience with acting.
The detective played by Moon Chaewon kept discovering all sorts of amazing secrets about her husband Baek Heesung/Do Hyunsoo (Lee Joongi), even handcuffing him herself. She was asked about which part of the script shocked her the most when she read the script for the first time. Moon Chaewon said that on Episode 8, when Cha Jiwon eavesdrop Do Hyunsoo by the abandoned swimming pool, when he was answering his sister Do Haesoo (Jang Heejin) with considerably indifference: “Even only for an instant, I have never loved Jiwon”. The moment of hearing this was very shocking and full of betrayal, “This is a feeling I don’t know how to describe, and there is no way to describe it with one word, therefore, it is actually quite difficult to express and act Jiwon’s inner feeling. This is the part I was concerned at that time.”
▲ Moon Chaewon constantly discovers various amazing secrets about her husband in the drama.
In the process of arresting criminals and rescuing her husband, Cha Jiwon also had many highly difficult action scenes. Moon Chaewon revealed that fortunately, during the shooting, she was lucky not to be seriously injured, only some minor scratches. She also shared about a scene which she had to jump up the stairs quickly, but it had rained heavily that day and the stairs were slippery, so she slipped and fell. She laughed and said, “I felt so embarrassed at the time. Although it was painful, because I was so embarrassed, I had to endure it all the time”. Compared with Cha Jiwon’s bravely rushing into every crime scene, even entering the terrible basement of Do Hyunsoo’s home, Moon Chaewon said that in real life, she is actually quite timid. When she goes to play in haunted houses, she always stands behind her friends, “I’m afraid of ghosts, haha”.
▲ Moon Chaewon had a lot of difficult action scenes, but fortunately there is no serious injury.
When Moon Chaewon was asked at the press conference how she felt about partnering with Lee Joongi again, she was shy and blew herself up talking about how often she went to the theater to watch movies after school. At that time, Lee Joongi’s emblematic movie “The King and The Clown” was released. She went to watch it with her friend, but then her friend was fascinated by him and searched about Lee Joongi on the internet. She didn’t expected to work with him with after “growing up”, she was called a successful fan. Later, she revealed that after the first episode was broadcast, she talked with that same friend for 3 hour on the phone. When asked Moon Chaewon which Lee Joongi’s scene deeply impressed her, Moon Chaewon replied, “On Episode 15, Hyunsoo is shoot to save Jiwon. Because of his deeply love for Jiwon, he could give up his life, right?”
▲ Moon Chaewon talked with a her friend who likes Lee Joongi for 3 hours on the phone.
▲ Moon Chaewon felt that the moment Lee Joongi was shot to save Jiwon was the most impressive.
And about which three scenes in “Flower of Evil” impressed her the most, Moon Chaewon replied, “Compared to scenes of sadness and showing a lot of emotions, I still think the most about the moment of happiness.” She told the scene she liked the most is when Cha Jiwon dove into the pool without hesitation, to save Do Hyunsoo at the opening, “The feeling of love for Hyunsoo can be felt, and she is willing to sacrifice for him.” The second scene is under the cherry blossom tree, when Cha Jiwon took the initiative to kiss Do Hyunsoo, and then the couple kiss lovingly, “The scene is beautiful. It contains romance, whether it is feelings or visual. The heartbeat feelings which can bring people into Spring, and Jiwon, who loves Hyunsoo, is a a bit clumsy but also has a sincere heart.” It’s also a meaningful turning point, “Because it shows Hyunsoo falling in love with Jiwon unconsciously”. The last scene is when Do Hyunsoo and Cha Jiwon hide under the edge together because of the rain, and smile into each other’s eyes, “A slight heartbeat can be felt, so I like it”.
▲ Do Hyunsoo and Cha Jiwon looked at each other and smiled.
In the end, Moon Chaewon did not forget to leave a message to her Chinese fans: “Thank you everyone for supporting ‘Flower of Evil’ and Jiwon. Audience and fans could enjoy our performance and support us until the end. It gave us a lot of strength. I hope everyone will be healthy and all of you can feel happiness!“
For me the best and saddest part of Hyun Soo character was the fact he was always in love with Ji Won. He always felt something for her, in all the ways he could he took care of her. But because he spent his entire life hearing that he couldnt feel anything for anyone he truly believed he was only manipulating her.
And i’m like who are you fooling darling? No one waits outside in the cold for the electricity to return because they don’t care about that person.
Basically Hyun Soo was a clown the entire time and we love him for that
The way Jiwon came to his life was like: “I am here to give you reasons to actually live this beautiful life, you just dont know it yet, so please wake up”.
But the thing is he already experienced all that after their first met, he just didn’t realize it, or didn’t know how to describe it.