[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 12 2015/03/22,
Seong-ryong appears to have lost all hope of trying to resolve the situation through meaningful diplomacy, and has shifted to reluctantly accepting that clandestine military preparations are the only hope the country has of getting through the war. King Seonjo, still refusing to acknowledge that the war is even going to happen, insists on terrorizing Seong-ryong for his impudence. On that end it's more of the same from "Jing Bi-rok". War is portrtayed as an inevitable outcome of political psychology gone wrong,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 11 2015/03/21,
We finally get some action...in the previews. Yes, we're in for yet another episode of general political dysfunctionality. King Seonjo is still chronically depressed, Hideyoshi is still putting the last touches on the invasion plan of Korea, and the Chinese continue to be about as unhelpful as possible. In all fairness they're probably not taking Hideyoshi seriously because his plan is kind of impossible. Japan couldn't even take over China several hundred years later with modern weaponry after China had been reduced to a giant opium den by Western powers. The country's just too darn big,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 10 2015/03/15,
Something exciting almost manages to happen here- I feel somewhat guilty having to state that. "Jing Bi-rok" establishes, as usual, that while all of the people with real power are just messing around with political games, the actual ordinary population is genuinely in panic mode. From their perspective, this isn't an epic adventure narrative. The possibility of invasion means the possibility of widespread death and destruction. And that's very, very bad,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jing Bi-rok" Episode 9 2015/03/14,
Technically speaking the war is at a standstill- but as countless modern examples have shown us, just because the fighting stops doesn't mean the underlying problems have gone away. The Japanese still have an army, and they still plan on taking over the world. So this is really not the best time to be thinking about executing the people who to date have shown the most foresight as to what's actually going on. San-hae, unfortunately, has decided to make politics the big priority here,...More
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