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Moon Lovers (Curtain Closure)


It is a good feeling… to find a finale subbed early in the day. Before reading anyone else’s thoughts, I can rush to this page and first give a bow of thanks for all that was right, before tempering that thanks with just a few comments to show I didn’t partake obliviously.

Although, I may have suspended disbelief more than most. 😉

What matters to me when dust has settled, is whether Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo conveyed something unique… imparted an emotional experience. And it did. The story itself was told in a substantive way that gave textures to contemplate and carry forward.


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Finally reaching the place I hoped it would, Scarlet Heart: Ryeo is officially far more than beautiful to look at, and IU officially an actress coming into her own. I thought the main players did wonderfully with episode 11, and that great care must have been taken by all involved, to do what Korean drama does best of all.



Han or Haan is a concept attributed as a unique Korean cultural trait which has resulted from Korea’s frequent exposure to invasions by overwhelming foreign powers. Han denotes a collective feeling of oppression and isolation in the face of insurmountable odds (the overcoming of which is beyond the nation’s capabilities on its own). It connotes aspects of lament and unavenged injustice.

The minjung theologian Suh Nam-Dong describes han as a “feeling of unresolved resentment against injustices suffered, a sense of helplessness because of the overwhelming odds against one, a feeling of acute pain in one’s guts and bowels, making the whole body writhe and squirm, and an obstinate urge to take revenge and to right the wrong—all these combined.”

(snip)The term derives from the Chinese term, hen (恨), a concept of deep hatred and resentment towards an aggressor who had forsaken the victim, a feeling of anguish and ultimate failure due to animosity that could only be relieved through revenge, which may seem like an impossible task. The hanja for Han is 恨. (from wikipedia)


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