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A wonderful profusion of suspense and intrigue blending the vision of a sensational drama with a much talented cast of characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this drama in spite of its awkward gender bending high jinks. Recognition, acknowledgment and acceptance for ones God given talents despite ones gender hit a chord at a time when such enlightened thinking was unheard of. I applaud this writer for coming up with such a 'funastic' period piece. Stretching the imagination of what it would be like to be under an assumed identity while blending in with the norms and customs of the time was innovative. You will definitely not come away from this drama unfulfilled, I guarantee it.
The enemy within is a phrase quite relatable when used to describe the protagonist or antagonist depending on how you interpret the events in this drama. His "Lee Dae Gil's" obsession with his lost love and new vocation corrupts the inner peace within that he so longs to achieve. The humanity which he decides to leave behind in pursuit of the demons of his own making comes at a crossroads when faced up against the social evils of the time. This is a series about Love, Transformation and Redemption. A definite must see.
By far, this multilayered drama uncovers the core reality of the fringes of social culture. I was taken aback by the deep well of emotion pouring out of Joon Soo. This darkness that enshrouded his life made for an unstable mind which Hye Jin quieted through her saving grace. In essence both of them used each other to escape their demons (his past and her toxic relationship with her spouse) for it was a symbiotic relationship between the two of them. Unfortunately for Joon Soon, those demons clawed at him at every turn causing his anguish. Even so, he was still able to affect a positive change in Hye Jin's life making his purpose that much more profound. We all have a reason for being, his was to give Hye Jin a new lease on life. This is a series that will grab a hold of you and shake you up as I was captivated by it at every corner. It is indeed a drama for the ages.