November 1, 2012
Masquerade is a costume drama set in the royal court of 17th century Korea. Although the film was supposedly inspired by Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, it’s more nearly a remake of the American 1993 Kevin Kline/Sigourney Weaver film, Dave.
A jaded leader, surrounded by political intrigue and assassination threats, hires a working-class lookalike to cover more frequent visits to a favorite concubine than his neglected queen would approve of. He suddenly falls ill, and his stand-in has to go full-time while he recovers. MORE…
September 29, 2012
The third episode of Damo continues to develop the back stories of Hwangbo and Chae Ohk, and their conflict over Chae Ohk’s safety comes to a head. While the Left Police Bureau engages in a sting operation to lure out counterfeiters, the audience sees signs that the counterfeit operation is just the tip of the iceberg.
SPOILER ALERT: Stop here if you haven’t watched yet.
September 11, 2012
Damo – Episode 1
Something about fall puts me in the mood for sageuk. SO many episodes, though! Do I want to be watching the same drama until spring? But I found just the thing in my DramaFever queue.
Damo (다모), an MBC drama from 2003, is positively petite by sageuk standards, at a mere 14 episodes. I’m curious to see some of Lee Seo Jin’s earlier work, and I always appreciate a storyline that revolves around a Spunky Heroine.
SPOILER ALERT: stop here if you haven’t watched yet
September 7, 2012
I’m hoping my readers can help me identify an Iron Age sageuk I saw a few episodes of last year. I think it was set in early 3 kingdoms times (that’s Korean Three Kingdoms, of course, not Chinese), around the 4th century. The plot centered on a race to develop iron forges. The location may have been the kingdom of Gaya/Kaya.
From the production values, I’d say it was filmed after 2000.
Ring any bells?