-The faithful romantic Kim Yusin (Uhm Tae-woong
) becomes stronger; he chooses to serve Deokman as his princess
Kim Yusin is the quintessential example of a loving and self-sacrifical man dedicated to one woman. It is this man who splits a boulder with a wooden sword.
Yusin has already shown us how he hits a large boulder with wooden swords in episode 17. He takes up the wooden sword once more, hoping for a revelation that will change his life.
The romanticist Yusin has already stolen hearts all around by proving his dedication to Deokman with the line "I chose you". In episode 26, he ends up back at the boulder at the Yeoham training ground, hoping to figure out a way to save both Deokman and the impoverished Gaya citizens.
This scene was filmed on the 13th, the hottest of the dog days, at the peak of the Uijeongbu Hoam Temple. It once again highlights Yusin's growth in strength.
Filming continued all morning as Uhm Tae-woong
makes his way through the supply of wooden swords.
As he hits the boulder, he remembers his father's words that one of the unchanging facts of life is that wood cannot break rock.
And the boulder splits in half. Seeing this, Yusin has a revelation and descends from the mountain.
He once thought of Deokman as the woman he had to protect his entire life. But now he knows that he must protect her as Silla's princess.
Yusin didn't realize that his years of hitting the boulder had strengthened him and helped him become a great swordsman. But he is definitely stronger.
commented after wrapping up the scene, "I feel like I hit that boulder hundreds of thousands of times. [...] I'd like to believe that the real Kim Yusin would've done the same". Having previously shot a scene like this, Eom was a bit anxious because he knew that his arms would feel a lot of shock. But once filming began, he hit the boulder with everything he had.
Eom hinted, "Kim Yusin is already a lot more serious and mature than he was before. [...] Soon he'll persuade the remaining Gayan forces to join forces with Deokman and become her people".
Eom is already great friends with Lee Yowon after all the all-nighter filming they've done together. Of the amazing feat of 40% ratings, he said, "There are a lot of interesting elements to our drama. The plot makes sure not to focus too entirely on one character. We're receiving so much love from the viewers because the script is so great".