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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.

Meganmeganbmoore 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