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19 September 2007 @ 09:32 pm
The Legend/ Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi  

This is so amazing that I am squeeing and making other incoherent noises. meganbmoore why are you not watching this? It is like a dream wuxia that came true and embodied every perfect and wonderful thing there is. The Second and Third episode (I haven't seen them yet as I don't have subtitles) are reaching the 1st place in the ratings and I absolutely can see why. Fantastic, never seen before special effects + outwordly story+Bae Yong Joon . I think this has a great promise!

Episode 1 is all about the beautiful pre-story
The son of Heavens Hwan-Woon is living among people, together with the three gods (Pong-Baek, Wusa and : Woonsa)

One day he meets a wounded priestess of Fire, all-powerful Kajin

He heals her wound

And she falls in love with him

But because Kajin is not ready to stop fighting and hurting his people Hwan-Woon decides to stop her and take away her powers.

A long battle ensures during which Hwan-Woon looks really gorgeous:

Special effects are gorgeous too:

The battle ends with Hwan-Woon capturing Kajin's power over Fire and encasing it in a red jewel.

Hwan-Woon gives a jewel and it's powers for protection to Sae-Oh, a beautiful human with whom he fell in love. And they have a baby.

But not before he kisses her on her forehead in one of the most poetic scenes in human history:

When the baby is born, jealous Kajin steals him (the baby is the future king)

And throws him from a cliff:

Thinking her baby is dead Sae-Oh is transformed in her rage into the Black Phoenix (Phoenix is God Guardian of the South).

The Black Phoenix is all-consuming deadly fire:

(But do not worry, the baby is saved by his father)

To stop the Black Phoenix Hwan-Woon calls upon the three other gods:
Pong-baek, White Tiger - God Guardian of the West:

Wusa, Black Tortoise – God Guardian of the North

Woonsa, Azure dragon – God Guardian of the East

But because the powers of the four Gods are equal Pong-Baek, Wusa and Woonsa can't stop the Black Phoenix and Hwan-Woon has only one thing left. He must kill the Black Phoenix (his love Sae-Oh) before she destroys the Earth.

And after that he kisses her goodbye:

And then it all becomes even more interesting because Hwan-Woon decides to leave Earth (he failed). He captures the four Gods into four symbols. And there is a promise that one day the great king will be born who will assume the power over the symbols and bring peace and prosperity to Earth.

Megan B Mooremeganbmoore on September 19th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
I am not watching it yet because I'm waiting until I have a lovely DVD set and can watch it all at once on a screen 4 times bigger than this one.

It is a powerful incentive to wait.
Alexandra Leaving: The golden Age - Strength insidealexandral on September 20th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, this should look MAGNIFICENT on a big TV screen. They spent 45 billion won on special effects and it is showing. :D I don't have a particular big tV screen so I don't mind. I also never can wait! This drama seems to be climbing up in the ratings, it is 31-33% for the episode 4.
Calscalixa on September 19th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
I just watched ep 1. It is awesome, awesome, awesome.
Alexandra Leaving: Bauer - Queenalexandral on September 20th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Wasn't it just? I can't wait for subtitles , the episode 4 was 31-33% in the ratings..
Never mess with the sacred chickenslesbiassparrow on September 20th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
EEp! It looks very lovely, but my new resolution is only to watch doramas on DVD. Too much computer viewing makes me sad...and my eyes twitch.
Alexandra Leaving: Star Wars - Han Listeningalexandral on September 20th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I am so sorry! I watch quite a bit on my computer and I got used to it (hee! I don't have any patience). I have a nice little computer den though. :D
Ninjabear: coming for a stealth hugdangermousie on September 20th, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
I want to watch this now.

Btw, I'll be shipping BN to you tomorrow.
Alexandra Leaving: Bauer - Queenalexandral on September 20th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
EEEEEE! Thank you so much!

You can get "The Legend" in jdramas: http://community.livejournal.com/jdramas/1685128.html#cutid1. It is really doing extremely well with the ratings, reaching 31-33% for the episode 4.
allbloomedoutallbloomedout on September 20th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
I've really been debating whether I should check this out or not but from you caps I really think i should. :) I just need to find time..:/
Alexandra Leaving: Howl's - Pretty placealexandral on September 20th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
I really REALLY like the first episode, I'll let you know about the rest. They sept a lot of money on special effects and this is showing. :F This show is doing extremely well in the ratings, better with every episode..
Vacuum state of peacebzoppa on September 20th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
Would this be a good one to start on?
Alexandra Leaving: Asoka - Kaurwaki singing and freealexandral on September 20th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
It seems to be, if you like wuxia!
Vacuum state of peacebzoppa on September 20th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
I... don't know what wuxia is. I haven't watched any of the dramas you guys have talked about. (You gave me a place to go before but I never followed through.)
Alexandra Leaving: House of the Flying Daggers - takeshi Blalexandral on September 20th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Wuxia is a "knight/sword" type story (like for example, "house of flying daggers"). If you like this type of stories "The Legend" is very good , you can download it with subs here http://community.livejournal.com/jdramas/1685128.html#cutid1 (but you need to join jdramas com)

Or you can download it from here http://www.d-addicts.com/forum/torrents.php?search=first+king%27s+four+gods&type=&sub=View+all&sort= , typing "first king's four gods" in the "Torrent search" filed.

And get subtitles from here: http://www.d-addicts.com/forum/viewtopic_53290.htm

Have a look and see if you like it!
Vacuum state of peacebzoppa on September 20th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
Alexandra Leaving: House of the Flying Daggers - takeshi Blalexandral on September 20th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
I hope you will enjoy it!
...---...lil_octopie on September 20th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
wuxia literally translates to "martial arts hero" in chinese : ) so any dramas/movies that involve martial arts... and err...heros haha
Alexandra Leaving: Goong - Victory signalexandral on September 21st, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the translation - I didn't know!!
...---...: L mmmlil_octopie on September 20th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
yay thanks for the caps. i watched the really badly compressed trailer and i wasn't sure... although i heard WETA did all the effects O__O love that crazy cat creature

i'm definately going to watch! but might need to wait for a few more subbed episodes comes out, not sure i can watch just one...and wait... :D
Alexandra Leaving: Goong - A perfect day togetheralexandral on September 21st, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
i'm definately going to watch! but might need to wait for a few more subbed episodes comes out, not sure i can watch just one...and wait... :D

I am dying here - scouting soompi and all,just because I can't wait for subs. :D