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Every time Yoon Kang pulled of some ridiculous feat of wiping out a dozen or more armed attackers by himself, all I could think was "Of course he can do that - he's Iljimae!" Seriously, it was a good drama, not great, but the real stars of the show (and the best characters) were Choi Won-shin and his daughter, two people overcome by greed and revenge. By the end, it was easier to be sympathetic to them than to still be interested in Yoon Kang's flawless skills and Soo In's perfect goodness. It was a bit of a cop-out at the end; historically, this did not end well for Korea, and moving them to a remote mountain village for a happy ending was pretty forced. 4 stars is a stretch, but I guess it can have an extra half star for the eye-candy - and good actor - that Otani is.
There's nothing wrong wit this - which, sometimes is high praise. it's not a great classic but it's a nice piece of entertainment, with good writing, good acting and nicely developed characters. Lots of laughs. As someone who manages a museum, it was special fun for me, since all the talk about cultural treasures is my daily concern. It made a nice break from taking it all too seriously.
Too much butler, not enough combat - and I don't even like combat. This should have been a very funny over-the-top comedy, but lame characters, stodgy writing and mediocre acting left it dead and lifeless. Maybe it just lost everything in the translation. I ended up skipping half the episodes and it was still too long. Don't waste your time.