After the tragic assassination of his family, Choi Chil-woo (Eric Mun) decided to leave with her younger sister and move to another place and decided to live separated to keep a low profile to hide their true identities. As the years goes by, Chil-woo become a low-level officer of 17th century Joseon Dynasty. But due to his sister's innocent death, he transform into an assassin by night. Together with two assassins, Seung-kuk Min (No-min Jeon) and Jaja (Lee Eon) they fight against the corrupt world. But as soon as they carry out their mission to help the ordinary people, they stumble upon the biggest case of all, the Crown Prince Seoyeon's death. As they tried to reveal the mysteries of the Crown Prince death, they crosses path with opponent, another assassin Heuksan (Yoo Ah In).
The actors played their roles very well. Except for two. (1) Lee Eon, if he was still alive, I think he should be careful in choosing his next role. I mean, he should stick to comedy or funny romance instead of action because he does not give justice to his character. I still remember watching him on this series as if im watching his scene in Coffee Prince. (2) Yoo Ah In, this boy is really awesome. His acting was great. When I watched him, I asked myself "Where does this boy came from?" I think he shines the most from this drama. I actually wanted to see more of him in the future.
The story goes from past to present and because of the slow progress of the series, it will keep you in a hang up until the fourth episode. But the story makes sense when it reaches the last four episodes and takes you to the edge of your seat because of the twist plots and mysteries that are revealed and discovered. However, I was somewhat disappointed with the ending. I was expecting an action packed and a nice ending with a bang. But it doesn't. The ending doesn't makes sense at all.
There are some scenes in the episodes that were cut and did not give me an idea of what happened to a man they assassinated. Like the episode where the fake famous mystery poet won the highest score in a civil exam, and because the King thought he was the famous mystery poet, the King made him one the highest ranked officer in Joseon Dynasty. But Chil-woo and his comrades knew that the fake poet was a cheater. Her fiancee was the one who actually passed the exam, and she was the famous mysterious poet. The fake poet after getting the position he wanted, he decided to kill his fiancee in order for her to be silent, and this is where our heroes rescued her. They killed the man but the thing I didn't understand was why there weren't officers or just one officer who asked where the fake poet was. I mean, the director should show that part of the series right? There were just a few loose ends here and there that I thought really detracted from the movie.
The soundtrack was excellent. I really really like the songs they used but not with the song they used when our heroes were fighting. What in the world they used the "Ice ice baby" kind like of song. It's a good thing that they just used the instrumental one not really the real version of the song. I was hooked on their costumes and going to say wow, but when I heard the background fighting music, I laughed. This is the first time I actually heard a weird background fighting music. If the director wanted to put some humor in series, I would say he really did.
All in all, this was a pretty good drama series of 2007, however, I would say that it wasn't the best of the year. Check it out if you like action dramas.
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