I love how K is getting through to D’s father more than the man’s daughter. Through the father, K is going to get acceptance as one of them and later on his heroic actions will finally open D’s eyes. Something tells me that it’s going to take some time for D to accept that K is not who she thought he was. During all this time, he gave her plenty of reasons to hate him. Not sure if all that hatred can turn into love overnight. One step in the right direction would be if he saves the only parent she has left. Then I bet she will be willing to see K in a whole new light.
Thanks to Semi-fly for her torrents, Sparkskey for written preview translations, and Yanna for video link.
Preview for ep18: When Shunji finds out that Mokdan has disappeared from the hotel she was supposed to be in, he finds out from Hongjoo that she almost killed Mokdan but she was saved by Gaksital.
The next day, his suspicions only grow stronger when Kangto fails to turn up for work. Shunji is absolutely sure that Gaksital will appear on Damsari’s public execution and shoots at Gaksital when he appears to save Damsari..
My wish came true -even with everything on his plate saving D, her father, and Koreans, his character Gaksital found the time and got a haircut and a slight wave perm. I have been praying for a trim for I don’t know how long. It’s a miracle I tell you. Shaggy layers really work with this cute face.
Did anyone else notice in this action scene, Jun and H gave Gaksital a moment with D. Gaksital turned his back on them to motion to D to run away and they both just stood there and didnt stab him in the back. That’s pretty polite for ruthless attackers.
at first the guy on the left scared me till I realized that’s Abe.
Starts from the officers getting out of their trucks and gunshots ring out. DS’s guy tells the woman that K is next to DS so she says don’t shoot willy nilly. DS tries to get away from K but K says be still. K shoots an officer before the guy kills the woman and DS sees that.
S and more officers head over and S tells the lackey to go faster.
The woman and the two guys surround K and DS. She says give us the leader so K lets DS go. Just before K is shot, DS tells his guy ”don’t.” then the guy gets shot down by S and other officers. Everyone starts to open fire. DS’s group runs off and K stops DS from running away by hitting him (so it looks like K is doing his job). K says to S: there would have been big trouble if you didn’t come. S: what happened. K: suddenly they started shooting at us. I thought we would lose DS. S asks how DS’s men knew to ambush them here so K guesses they have been keeping watch and waited for them here. lackey say DS’s group were too fast and couldnt catch them. S: dont worry they will end up getting caught (S referrred to DS’s group as ”mice”). put DS in the car. S tells K to take care of the rest of the things at the site. K asks if they weren’t going to keep going to their destination the prison but S says we are going back to the capitol. K: did you get permission from the chief (goji)? S: just cuz you love the daughter of a rebel do you not see stuff like your duty? I cant forgive you if you cross the lines of a Japanese officer. K: like you said – you shouldnt cross the lines of a Japanese officer. the chief ordered this transport for DS. K tells Abe and another officer to take care of the site and then come. K tells S: let’s go
S takes DS back to the precinct. K walks into the precinct right away so S watches him. lackey asks S: will it be ok? S tells him not to let K talk to DS. Then S whispers orders about D (to have her moved) and says hurry. so no one can catch on.
K went inside in a hurry to see Goji. K reports to Goji and says how on the way to transport DS to the prison, they were ambushed by DS’s group. thankfully DS didnt escape but 9 officers were killed. but the truth that we know now is that they still have a lot of ammunition and grenades left. goji asks what that means – how could they have ammunition and bombs. (since Goji still doesnt know this fact) K tells him about the armory being robbed by DS’s group on the night of the event. goji:what? K: knowing this now do you still have to have DS publicly executed. a lot of people will be gathered -what will you do if in order to rescue DS, his group sets off those grenades. Goji doesnt know this and asks: public execution? K: didnt you give permission for that? S brought DS back here. Goji gets angry and calls for S.
*in the previous episode Goji intended to carry out DS’s original death sentence by sending DS to prison but goji never okayed a public execution.
When S goes in he gets hit by Goji for ignoring his orders. Goji: I told you he couldnt be publicly executed. goji removes S’s stripes. goji gives K an order to remove S and arrest him for not following orders. S says I put my life on the line to catch gaksital so you think I will give up just cuz you arrest me. goji orders K to put S behind bars. S tells K to stay out of it. cuz S isnt going to move a step till he gets permission for the public execution. goji motions to K so K handcuffs S. K: let’s go. Just then the governor calls and says execute DS in front of the public. goji argues with the governor saying if they do that then every Korean will know (about the bombing at the event) and the officers wont be taken seriously (cuz they didnt stop the bombing). goji says officers follow the law, but the governor says just do as I tell you. K wonders in his head how S is doing this – how he managed to control goji. since taro was fired, K wonders who the person is in charge that S is following orders from. S tells him to release the handcuffs so K does. S thanks goji for permission to carry out the order to execute DS.
*K totally looked like a little kid who is watching his brother get in trouble with their dad and hoping like crazy he wasnt next to get in trouble.
H is with the governor. She is feeding him ideas. gov says even though I ordered the public execution like you said but what goji said is 100 percent right. he doesnt like the idea of the public knowing but she says the public will side with those with power. gov says to be honest that guy that threw the bomb during the event, I wanted to tear his skin and break his bones with my own hands and kill him but of course I cant do that. she says leave it up to the citizens and don’t worry.
K goes to meet S cuz S called for him. S tells him to sit. S asks why K rushed into transferring DS. seeing how DS’s guy tried to kill you a while ago, I know for sure that you are not working with DS but the timing is questionable. you rushed to transport him and then ended up caught in an ambush by DS’s men. I feel uneasy so I am asking you so you will talk. K says I heard the chief giving you orders to take DS to prison. like the chief, I am opposed to what you think. how will you handle it if something goes wrong and there is a mass bombing. S: so that’s the only reason why you rushed. K: I didn’t want D to see that – how could I let her see her father being publicly executed in front of people. S: so you rushed to take him to prison when you obviously knew he would be killed anyway cuz of his death sentence. K argues: you know too. no matter how much the governor is rushing to execute DS. for what DS did at the event and the bombing he needs to be tried again. after he has gone through a trial then he should get the death sentence -just cuz he would have had a death sentence – have a public execution? S: I think differently from you and the chief. with DS -not just gaksital and DS’s men but also the rumor that will spread through the independence movement rebels -it’s a shock/terror that can grab hold of all of them at once. wouldnt it be a waste to put that shock/terror behind bars.
K goes to the cell but D isnt there. he is alarmed and looks everywhere
S gets a call from the lackey and says I brought her like you said. S: I will go there now so keep watch over her and don’t move.
K goes to S’s office and he isnt there. K thinks to himself: that S took D away for certain. S already ignored goji’s order now he is doing whatever he wants and taking out someone who was in jail. Since when did S get this strong. K wonders who is backing S. K remembers back to that night of the event and Jun. and how S ordered Jun to step aside. then how K followed Jun. K calls the hotel and asks for suite 501 (the one Jun went inside) but there is no answer so K leaves and the spy officer follows him
S goes to the hotel room and smiles then knocks. Jun watches him from outside.
S sits in front of D. she glares at him. He calls her esther and asks if she is ok. She spits in his face. He wipes and smiles. S: just now I brought your dad back. The governor ordered DS to be executed right away so as soon as he got there he would have been killed. K was hurrying to carry out the order but thankfully I was able to bring your father back. D: even when he knew my father would be executed, you are saying K rushed to take him there. S: you dont by any chance believe that K loves you do you? D: am I crazy. S: there are a lot of things Goji and K want to know through DS. if you remain in custody then in the end your dad will give in. when his child is dying before him would he maintain his loyalty/patriotism. you heard too your father’s cries. for your father’s sake, for your sake, the only thing i can do is delay. please dont think of running away and stay here and dont move. that’s how you can help your dad. I will do my best to stop the execution. please trust me. She says you want me to trust you. after what officers who wore the same uniform as you did to my mom. starting from when I was 7 I was dragged along with my mom to be interrogated. they asked her to reveal where my dad was. all night they beat her. after beating then they burned her. then they put her in the crate. to threaten my mom they said they would drop me and laughed. they were Japanese officers who wore the same uniform as you. but you want me to trust you? he holds her hand and says -esther for your sake - to protect you to save you I put on the uniform. She pulls away. S:you know too that gaksital killed my hyung. If I catch him I cant take this uniform off right away - I want to take it off. I want to take this uniform off and teach kids. I really want to live like that. Please now I dont want anything from you. after watching you go into the nail crate, I wasnt going to ask you who Gaksital is. He cries and says I just want you safe and by my side. Cant you just do that? D: my father is in the interrogation chamber and even in this moment he will be attacked by our oppressors -you want be to sit here quietly. am I your play thing? S gets furious. he gets up and slaps her. he orders the officer to put handcuffs on her so she wont get away from this room even one step and guard her carefully. S goes out and orders the lackey to put up more guards.
S walks down the hall angry. Jun is standing there.
H thinks to herself : in this urgent situation he is going around hiding a girl away. S comes in and asks what she wants. She says during DS’s public execution the governor is worried about another bombing so S says that wont happen. H says how all this time S kept losing gaksital so this time you have to do it for certain. any more mistakes wont be forgiven. S: if I make any more mistakes this time I wont forgive myself. H: ok let’s talk about personal matters. since your plan failed. You have to give me back the fish I caught. He says don’t talk out of turn and say my plan failed. H: in your trap, instead of gaksital, even though it’s unfair didnt lee kangto get caught in it. S says I set that up not to catch gaksital but K. H: so did you get any proof that K is Gaksital? S: even though i learned K is not Gaksital for certain, but I thought there were plenty of possibilities he could be. H: ok but I still need the fish I caught returned to me. S asks why she is after that girl. H says cuz you still love that girl. a member of kishokai and a korean girl. I have to get involved and help you. he steps closer and says “UR –if you touch even a hair on that girl’s body you will die by my hands.” H: what? S: I am warning you but don’t mess with mokdan. she asks if he plans to ruin their takeover strategy over a korean girl. S: you mean that plan to take over other lands. is that what you live for? H: to do that isnt that why you are putting your life on the line? S: you are a really pitiful woman. He walks away.
She is stunned speechless. but she cries cuz his words sink in and I think she sort of envies S for willing to die for love cuz that’s a way better reason than hers. she probably realizes she wishes she could feel that way about K the way S feels about D.
S leaves the hotel and drives off. K watches and goes in. his spy watches
K goes to the room but hears the door so he hides. H and Jun come out. K sees that. he remembers H kissing him. He says in his head: did Lala approach me on purpose.
The officer is looking in the mirror but D runs and pushes him. She manages to get outside but K comes and stops the officer before he can hit D.
K puts her back in the room and says to the officer- you almost lost her so keep guard. K goes in the room with D and his spy watches. He reports to the lackey and lackey says keep watch. he tells S that K is with D right now. S: what? S leaves
K goes in and sits across from her. D: you said you would help my dad escape. I am the crazy one for counting on those words. believing the words of a traitor and someone who arrests those in the movement -I am the crazy one. You are Korean too so how could you use the heart of someone who wants to live like this. K says: I thought you died. If I knew there was even a little possibility that you were alive, I would have known who you were a little sooner. don’t you know who I am Boon. That knife - young ee the one who gave you that knife. don’t you know who I am?
Flashback to young boon and K asking his dad to take her along. Then boon asking about the knife and K saying it’s his. How he got injured and lost his knife so she goes back out to find it in the snow. She comes back in the dark and gives him his knife and faints. How he made a fire to keep her warm. when his brother took him away, how K tried to take her with him but he closed his eyes as she was about to be killed.
K cries looking at her.
S goes down the hallway of the hotel
D cries and says: (you are saying) Lee Kang To - the one who captured my dad and made him get the death sentence- that LKT is young master? LKT – the one who catches and kills those in the independence movement -the Japanese officer is the young master I was waiting for all this time? To catch Gaksital, LKT – the one who caught me and tortured me- LKT the one who was going to stand me up in the square and kill me – is the young master who told me to just stay alive and that he would be sure to find me? How? How can you be young master? This is a lie isnt it? Say you are lying! How can young master become a human being like you. I thought young master was Gaksital. I thought he was Gakistal – the one who could save Koreans. But you the traitor who arrests those in the independence movement is young master? He says listen to me but she says get out. get out right now. K: now I know down to my bones how much I lived the wrong way.
S hears her yelling “get out” from outside the door. K keeps saying boon – please believe me - I was really trying to help your father escape. there is no time. please tell me where I need to go to meet his comrades. She says “i said get out.” S comes in. S tells K: didn’t you hear her say to get out? K stands and looks at her then leaves. D wont look at K or S.
K goes out and he still has tears in his eyes.
At Lee’s home, just as he is about to get in the car his wife tells him to change jackets. Lee says something that is truthful so she says how could you say such things. She tells him not to tremble, not to cower, and not get sleepy when he gets there. He tells her not to go anywhere and stay home
Lee goes to a meeting with the governor and other men. Another new character comes out. My eyes are glazing over from all these hard words – lee says something about DS and his comrades. They wait for his order and the governor gives it. Based on Sparkskey’s preview this happened in this scene : Wada orders a parliamentary hearing where they decide “evil criminal Mokdamsari”‘s public execution
K goes to see DS and wakes Abe up. he tells Abe to go out. abe says you are not allowed to come in but K gives him a look so abe says ok I will go out.
K goes and releases DS from his restraints. He catches DS before he falls and helps him sit on the chair. K sits across from him and DS remembers how K shot that officer to save that woman. DS says on the road to Hyunmoso I saw risk your life to save my comrade’s life. even though you try to be Japanese you are still Korean. K tells him how DS will be executed. I promised Boon that I would help you escape but I cant do it alone. Tell me where your comrades are. DS says even you go there will they trust you. K: leave that up to me. to rescue you, at that time a person died (the one who tried to kill K) so that death is not in vain (or a waste) I want to make sure you escape. please tell me where the comrades are. DS says don’t plan anything futile. to save me, I cant watch young people die anymore. K: It wont be for nothing. like you told me, the egg is breaking the rock right now. Since K repeated DS’s words about eggs (Koreans) and the rock (Japanese empire)- DS believes him.
K dresses as gaksital and goes to meet DS’s comrades. The guy hugs K. the woman smiles at K
H asks taro: are you saying you did not know that S still loves that girl. Taro says that’s not possible these days S is working harder than his hyung kenji. H: how could you not know this much. H says that S has no interest in anything else and just loves that girl still. Taro: does that mean you want me to kill that girl. H: no I will kill that girl. So you just take care of your son after he hears that girl is dead. Taro says ok and is about to leave but she says sit there. you have to watch that girl die here for yourself before you go
Jun knocks out the officers and carries D out of the hotel. (did Jun kill them cuz that’s a lot of officers this drama is killing off every week). Jun puts D in the backseat of his car. K drives up just in time and watches Jun. then K sees D in the backseat of the car. K scrunches up his face in the cutest angry look ever and follows the car.
Jun carries D over his shoulder and takes her into the room with H and taro. K watches him.
Jun drops D on the floor and she opens her eyes and sees H sitting there. D sits up. H: I told you we would meet again. Kimura (Taro)-relay this to your son well. what you need to put your life on the line for is not love that can change at any time. She orders Jun to kill her. taro looks over at D. Jun takes out his sword. D closes her eyes.
Suddenly a dagger comes through the partition and gaksital comes in and knocks out Jun. he is about to take D away but taro draws his sword and gaksital fights him. Taro gets knocked down but H attacks gaksital with her sword. Gaksital and D run away but H chases after them.
The fight continues outside. Jun gets up and goes down one side and H on the other side. Gaksital fights Jun and H joins him. Gaksital and Jun fight in the pond while G tries to kill D. D is avoiding H’s sword by doing acrobatics. H kicks her down. During all this, gaksital fights Jun and still keeps an eye out for D. he gets back up and protects D. gaksital gets stabbed by jun. he pushes D away to run but D just stands there. H and Jun step closer to gakistal and he fights them off again. He knocks out H. Jun is about to kill gaksital so D throws her knife at Jun but he deflects the blade with his sword and the knife hits the tree nearby. gaksital tells D to hurry and run away. This time D obeys and runs off. But that knife is stuck on the tree. After gaksital knocks out Jun he goes and retrieves the knife. Then he runs off
H comes to and sees gaksital running away.
D is running in the woods. She stops. then she prays for Gaksital’s safety while holding tightly to the sheath for her knife.
The horse comes with gaksital slumped over on it. she steps closer and reaches for the mask. She takes it off and sees that it’s K. he opens his eyes and blinks and looks at her.
But we dont really need one do we? We can just use our imaginations. It’s pretty obvious the horse is going to take them to Baek’s home in the woods. D will nurse K back to health somewhat so he can stand upright and put his uniform back on cuz he needs to report back to work before S gets more suspicious. I wonder what that spy is going to do. so far he hasnt been doing that great a job trailing K. did he follow K and watch him change into Gakistal and then watch K fighting Jun and H. or maybe the spy lost K and will get hit again by the lackey. the most important thing is for a whole week we can imagine K being taken care of by D and for the first time since this drama started, maybe she will finally give him a smile. or better yet, she could give K a reason to smile. KBS was smart to have this love story percolating in the back burner for another week and drive viewers insane with anticipation.
I am curious if this is JW or his stunt double. cuz you can see they used a rope cuz it’s visible on his back. From far away this scene just looked like they were having fun playing in the water.
Am I the only one that noticed this is the same exact spot from King 2 Hearts when JH asked S to wait over to the side. then JH went over and stood next to the man who kidnapped his family. JH asked the crazy guy for info about where the lunatic took his mother and fiance but the nut job claimed not to know. granted it was filmed during the day and it was pretty and serene, but it’s still the same location. I noticed from the first time I saw Bridal Mask but kept forgetting to point this out.