This scene made me realize this is what a real hero does. He takes the punishment he deserves. He accepts his fallacies and confronts the truth about himself. By now he knows who his brother was and what he did for these people who are throwing things at him. Even though Kangto is just beginning to realize the personal motive behind KS’s actions, as the one who killed the hero these people counted on, he knew he had this moment coming. When he kept taunting them to come out, he knew this would happen and yet he didn’t flinch even once from the pain and just endured it all. I don’t know if this is a premonition for what kind of hero he will become, but if this is the kind of Gaksital we will be seeing, I would say he stepped into the role when it was the most difficult and dangerous – for that alone, he deserves some atonement for accidentally taking the life of his own brother. I bet if his mom and brother are watching this, they are beaming with pride for the first time in years.
Thanks to Semi-fly for torrents, Sparkskey for written preview translations, and Yanna for video. 🙂
Written before it aired: I don’t get how Kangto is going to continue working as an officer and still be Gaksital on the side. After Kenji died, Taro will put S in charge of tracking down and killing Gaksital, but something tells me once S figures out what Kenji did and that Kangto is now Gaksital, I doubt he will kill his friend. Kenji killed Kangto’s mom first so how can you overlook that. Kangto had every right to go after Kenji. What I am curious is what Mok Dan is going to do once she figures out the original Gaksital is dead and has been replaced by Kangto. I bet some of her hatred for him will go away a bit once she realizes the circumstances behind Kangto becoming Gaksital.
When I first started this drama, I knew this day would come. That we would have to see JW behind the bridal mask, but I just didn’t see this look coming. Why does becoming Gaksital entail this awful hairstyle? Isn’t the formless white outfit bad enough? The same smile is there, but this new hairstyle is aging JW in a way that is sort of scary. It’s like giving the hairstyle of someone 20 yrs older and putting it on a baby. I can almost bet you there will be less screencaps from here on if he slicks back his hair or dons this mask and outfit more often. I can’t believe it, but I am actually hoping his character will wear more hats just so we don’t have to see this ajussi hairstyle. Thank goodness for small favors cuz this mask doesn’t cover up his dimples at least.
Joo Won as Lee Kang-to (K)
Jin Sae-yeon as Mok Dan (D)
Park Ki-woong as Kimura Shunji (S)
Han Chae-ah as Chae Hong-joo (a gisaeng. Japanese identity: Ueno Rie). (H)
Shin Hyun Jun as Lee Kang-san, Kang-to’s older brother who is the original Gaksital. (KS)
Yoon Bong – kil as Abe Shinji (the chubby guy with the hat that is with K all the time)
Jeon No Min as Dam Sa Ri (D’s dad and leader of the independence movement )
Kimura Taro (the actor who played the president on city hunter- dont know his real name. he has two sons kenji and shunji)
Kimura Kenji (that scowling guy with the mustache who is out to kill K. Kenji is Taro’s son and S’s brother)
Kono Goji (the old actor from Moon who played minister yoon and B’s dad. Goji can also be spelled as Koji. On the show he is referred to as Konno but there are way too many K names as it is.)
Leader Jo – head of the circus (I give up memorizing any more circus characters – too many names to remember as it is)
Sunhwa (Dan’s circus friend)
Kenji’s spy girl from the circus
Baek Geon is Lee Sun’s (k’s dad’s) subordinate
Katsuyama Jun is H’s bodyguard – the guy with the long hair tied back (what kind of spy has her own bodyguard-this drama is trying to kill me by adding on more characters each episode)
The Ki group that the 5 men belong to is called the Kishokai (I cant remember how to spell this during live recaps to save my life)
the other Kishokai members besides Taro are:
UH– Ueno Hideki – the leader of this group and the man H calls “father” cuz he adopted her
Lee Si Young is a Count with the wife who cheats on him. his son is friends with K.
Woo BJ -hospital director and doctor
Park IS Newspaper owner
Jo YG-in charge of banking
*If anymore new characters come out, I am going to make up my own name for them and call them “Bob” or something – it wont matter as long as it doesn’t start with another “K”
Starts from the mountainside as K sits by the graves and looks at the mask and cries. He remembers his brother saving his life and he calls out “hyung” repeatedly then he recalls how he shot his brother. He cries out-you should have said something – you should have given me a clue/hint at least. how could you make me shoot you with my own hands. what do you want me to do now. how do I live now? he looks over at the mask and says: What’s so great about that – Was this that important – more than our family? Who will know? who will know that you did that hyung? Baek stands nearby and keeps vigil. K remembers how his mother prayed over him –for him to live like a person and not commit more sins and for her to pay for all his sins. So K beats himself on his chest and holds his head and yells. He suddenly grabs the mask and club and leaves
Kenji and his lackey are at the station. kenji asks him what happened. The guy says K’s home burned down and of course his brother and mother died. Kenji says I worried for nothing. Suddenly Gaksital shows up and kicks both of them down. S rides up on his bike and goes inside the station.
D is being guarded
Gaksital kills kenji with his bare hands just as S comes in and sees that. S looks at kenji and yells hyung. Then he goes after Gaksital.
as they fight the lights in the basement flicker and alarm goes off that Gaksital is here. D smiles
S and Gaksital are fighting. Gaksital kicks S away and climbs up out of his way. S throws his sword and almost stabs Gaksital but Gaksital runs off. S was going to go after him but stops to look at his brother. He grabs kenji’s pistol and goes after Gaksital
Taro comes in with his men and says what is this about Gaksital. he sees his dead son on the floor
Gaksital rides off on his horse and S shoots after him. He gets on the bike and goes after Gaksital. Sunhwa watches S leave chasing after Gaksital
As her guard goes to check out what’s going on upstairs D kicks him and gets his keys to free her restraints. Sunwha watches officers chasing after gaksital. Sunwha sees D escape and calls out to her. they go together
S is shooting at gaksital. they go thru a tunnel and S shoots again. the horse goes down so gaksital is thrown over the cliff and into the water below. S stands on the cliff overlooking the water and tries to shoot again but he ran out of bullets.
*someone please tell me that horse and rider was ok cuz that horse took a hard fall-nose first. really hope korea has state of the art CG and that was not a real horse.
In the water the mask comes off. The lackey orders the other officers to shoot into the water
As D runs away with sunhwa she looks back. Camera shows K drowning in the water. Sunhwa grabs her hand and runs off with her
At night the officers are looking in the water for gaksital’s body. S asks the diver if he didn’t find anything. The diver makes an x with his arms and shakes his head no. The lackey asks where the bast&*^ disappeared to. he tries to say no matter how much they look there is no sign of gakistal, but S says they have to find gaksital -even if they have to scour the mountainside and wade through every inch of the river. we have to find him. the lackey says it’s too dark. S goes into the water himself. The guy stops him so S says how can I face my father if I go back empty handed. The lackey says if anyone drops from that cliff they all die. just wait till light to keep looking the body and let’s stop for today. He stops the search
Nearby someone picks up the mask -it floated to the water’s edge
S goes to the hospital and asks abe what happened to his brother. Abe says kenji died as soon as he was moved to the hospital. Taro stayed at the emergency room and hasnt said anything at all since a while ago. also I have to report something. lackey asks what. Abe tells them how D escaped. The lackey gets mad cuz on top of everything D escaped. The guy says he will do everything to capture D until the wake is over. S says the important thing is to find gaksital. lackey tries to say shouldnt finding D come first but S reminds him how the guy said he would look for the body as soon as there was light. S says it wont be too late to capture that girl after finding Gaksital’s body. the guy nods ok
S knocks and goes in. his dad is practicing his golf. S looks shocked that his dad is not mourning. S says they gaksital was chased, shot, and went over a cliff but they weren’t able to find the body yet. His dad calls in and says put in the paper that S shot and killed gaksital at the river. S tries to say it hasn’t been confirmed that he is dead. Taro continues and says into the phone to put on the headlines that S and Kenji were brothers so S did that for his brother’s dead. after he hangs up, taro says that guy killed kenji, even if gaksital is alive he will die by your hands. S puts the gun down and says he saw gakistal kill his brother so he chased after him. but proving Gaksital was the murderer is up to the police. taro:what? S: if he is alive, I will do my best to help K capture the murderer (gaksital).
S goes and looks at his brother’s face. He lowers the sheet and kenji’s eyes are still open. S cries looking at him and closes kenji’s eyes for him. S stands over him and cries. Hyung I am sorry. I knew you had a hard time being next to father’s side – for calling you his puppet. I am sorry.
In the morning, D is awake and remembers how gaksital rescued her and left her in the woods. How she gave him her name and asked for his. How he just rode off
She goes outside and runs off so sunhwa asks where she is going. She runs after D. D says she thought she could meet him if she came here (to the forest). sunhwa asks is this where gaksital dropped you off. sunhwa remembers how S went after Gaksital. she tells D how she saw gaksital run away before D came out. dont worry he will be safe. D wonders why she cant reach S. she asks if S wasnt at his home. sunwha S says how many time did I tell you that I went 3 times and he wasnt there. D says S promised to check on what happened to gaksital. sunahwa leaves first and D calls out “young master”
K is lying in bed with an IV drip. He wakes up and looks at the light. He sees the governor’s picture and Japanese flag framed on the wall. He calls out for Abe. He gets out of bed and staggers to his feet. The room spins. He takes out the IV. He goes down the hall and sees a body being rolled towards him. S is pushing the body along too. S calls out to him and says you got hurt cuz of that guy too huh? gaksital killed hyung – he killed my hyung. What happened. You said he got shot by your gun so how could a guy who was shot be so healthy. What’s wrong with you. can you hear me. Kangto ya. can you hear me? K passes out
News spread that gaksital is dead –he was killed by S. Koreans are upset- now who do we trust?
Lee is happy that Gaksital is dead. He does a happy dance. He wants to celebrate tonight. His wife gets up and dances with him. She says they can rest easy now (cuz of gaksital’s death) the son watches them be happy and shakes his head
Leader Jo shows the paper to D – he asks is this true. that gaksital killed the chief of police’s son. and he was chased by the brother ,the teacher, and gaksital was shot and kill at the river. sunhwa didn’t know S was taro’s son. Sunhwa says it really was S. D asks what she means. sunahwa mentions how she saw S chase after gaksital at the station yesterday. D:what? why are you telling us that now? sunhwa says she thought she saw wrong. leader says then this article is not a lie. Sunhwa wonders out of all the officers why did gaksital have to kill S’s brother. D yells out her name. sunwha defends S and says since gaksital killed his hyung S couldn’t help it and killed gaksital. he couldnt help it. her little brother says his teacher wouldn’t kill. He runs off to ask S himself. sunhwa goes after her brother. D asks the leader if he thinks gaksital is really dead. He says since it’s been revealed that gaksital killed the chief’s son so it doesnt seem like a lie. but D says gaksital cant be dead cuz there is not a single picture of gaksital. if gaksital really died, they would have taken off the mask and put his dead face all over the papers. they would have revealed who he was. gaksital did not die.
H talks to UH over the phone. she says since the body hasnt been recovered yet, she cant say for certain that gaksital died. UH says even if he died, the guy’s identity has be to be revealed. she says they have to wait and see more if the guy is dead and if he has any relations to Lee Sun cuz he killed kenji. UH thinks it could be a warning to taro. H says if you look at how gaksital killed kenji – so rashly without any of the Ki marks, it means there is a terrorist among them. UH orders her to use all her resources to find out the reason why the officers cant capture gaksital. She asks if he knows that reason. she repeats how he said gaksital cant be a hero to the people and now she gets why UH said that. UH says something about cats that went right over my head and she repeats it. She asks jun where she needs to go to buy precious stuff.
Jun drives her to the club. H gives the girls and the woman in charge some gifts. the woman asks what the gifts are for. H says after the event ended, she was going to go back to tokyo but she is going to stay here and perform. H offers to help mari get a contract too. The girls are excited about the makeup they got as presents. The owner takes it and wants to use it on his face so the waiter says it’s for women and gives it back to the girl. The owner looks at H like he is interested in her. the woman in charge thanks H and says we will see you often since you will be staying. H asks the woman in charge permission to perform at the best club. The girls want to practice again with H.
H sings and the girls dance in the background.
There is a funeral for kenji. Taro doesn’t look sad at all. Goji bows to taro. He says as soon as you got in charge of gaksital and this happened. Taro says anyway they killed the guy so they should be comforted by that. Goji says what the best officers couldnt do a teacher was able to do. he says people are talking so Taro should hurry and find the body so you will feel more at ease. He asks isnt that right teacher (to S) but S says the dead body will float up for sure
The lackey, diver, and officers are still looking in the water for gaksital’s body. D goes over there and watches them. She takes off her shoes and dives in the water to look for herself. She comes up for air and then goes back down again. She finds her knife in the water. She goes back up with it. she remembers as a kid how he told her to stay alive no matter what happens. D says aloud: I guessed right. Young master is Gaksital. she hears the officers call out so she gets out of there
There are flashbacks to everything that happened in K’s head. He wakes up in the hospital bed again. The director and doctors come inside so K pretends to be unconcious. Another doctor says someone brought K in cuz he was found collapsed on the streets. If it wasnt for S, they almost didn’t recognize he was LKT (meaning they wouldn’t have treated K since he is Korean if it wasnt for S). The director says the guy who chased gaksital is like this so that’s why kenji died. he asks if K didn’t wake up yet. The other doctor says he hasnt woken up yet. there is nothing wrong with K from looking at his x-ray. Abe comes running in and worries over K – I didnt know you were here and looked everywhere for you. if it wasnt for S we wouldnt have know. so the director yells at him for yelling.
Abe says K looks really unwell -that K’s face has been reduced to half (meaning K lost weight from being sick). how much you must have suffered over what happened yesterday. He holds K’s hand and says I am here. Abe is here. they should tell me how hurt he is. He goes back out to ask.
K finally opens his eyes and sits up
The nanny is crying over kenji’s photo. S comes over and sits by her. he asks did father leave cuz I have to leave. she asks if his father isnt it his room. S asks: did you cry again? hyung was the one who was always mean to you. how much longer are you going to cry like that. She says that’s not true. kenji wasnt mean to her. there was no one who cared about him so he just took out his annoyance out on her. S says why wouldnt kenji have someone who cared about him since their father really liked Kenji. she says do you know much much kenji worked so that his father would like him. S holds her hand to comfort her. she tells him to wait while she packs up some food for him
S goes to check on his father but Taro is weeping over kenji’s bloody uniform so S is shocked
The circus guy is praying for the safety of the circus and trying to honor the dead gaksital. the woman comes in and says does it make sense that S is the chief of police’s son. the man mutters how he hates seeing that woman but she has to show up at a time like this. the other girls note that he is having a memorial for gaksital so the woman overturns the table and says you really think gaksital is dead
At the Korean market, K is drinking and asking for more alcohol but he is being ignored. Koreans are watching him through the window.
When K goes out everyone scatters. The guy who set fire to his house trips and falls. He expected K to hit him but K ignores him and keeps walking. K watches kids sing and march the way his brother always did with them. The kids see K and scream out his name and run away. One kid stays and faces K. he says I am not scared of you ajussi. our daejang (he means KS) said you aren’t a bad person ajussi. but where is your hyung -our daejang (maybe it means leader). He starts to cry and call out for his mom. his mom takes him away. All the Koreans stare at K. that guy who burned K’s home throws a rock at him. K yells out “who was it? all of you come out – all the bast%$#s who set fire to my home. all the bast&*# who beat my brother. All of you come out.” Suddenly K remembers how he beat and kicked his brother telling him to die. I dont need a hyung like you. K yells for all of them to come out. Another guy throws a rock at K’s head then the rest of the Koreans throws vegetables, eggs, shoes, rocks, etc at K. he just stands there and gets hit.
S rides by on his bike and hears someone say K is getting hit so he runs over. Officers go and surround K so people don’t throw things at him. S runs over and calls out K’s name. K almost faints so S holds him and takes him away. S glares at the people for doing this before he leaves with K.
S takes him on his bike and says-kangto can you hear what I am saying? K grunts yes. S: listen carefully – you are really hurt –please let’s go to the hospital first. K: it’s ok. it didnt hurt. S: what do you mean it didnt hurt. you are crying now. you think I don’t know. K starts to cry. S: cuz of my hyung’s funeral, i didnt get to go (to K’s family’s funeral). You had a hard time all alone huh. I liked KS hyung so much. If we only caught gaksital sooner, my hung and mother and KS hyung too -they wouldnt have died that way. If you were just at home and not out looking for him, then how would those koreans be able to do those things. My father cried. I thought he didn’t have tears or blood, but my father sobbed. If gaksital is alive – now what do I do. K cries listening to him cry. K says in his head: I am sorry – I am sorry S. he cries more as S cries.
Taro and the rest of his Kishokai group are drinking and having fun with girls. (Omg this scene is hurting my eyes.) A woman asks if taro has changed his taste in women. He asks what that means. She says some girl is outside.
Taro goes outside to the car and H is there. he gets in the car with her. she brings up what happened to kenji so he says don’t mention it again. She says she is surprised he came back to his place so soon. She dropped by to see him but he wasnt there so she worried. he asks if there was anything urgent. she says how it’s all over the market that gaksital went to K’s home. they knew very clearly that it was stolen money and not a single one reported it in. so you should teach them at this time how big a crime it is to keep stolen property. taro gets mad and says how dare he (gaksital) steal Kishokai’s money and distribute it over the market area. he asks if she will be satisfied with him pulling up 500 of the barley (meaning koreans) as payment for messing with them. she says she wasnt thinking he would go that far but is it possible. he says just wait and see
Officers go to the market and beat up the Koreans
S brought K to his home and wakes him up. S: you are hungry right. Let’s hurry and go in. K: no I will be going. he tries to walk away but S asks where will you go this late at night. you dont have a place to live. K: dont worry. he takes a step to go but S holds onto his arm. S worries that K will try to hurt himself (like commit suicide)-if something bad happens to you too then how will I live? so K says: after doing that to my family -why would I leave those guys who made me like this. why would I die. S keeps holding onto him and says: that’s right- you are Lee Kangto. even if the koreans call you a traitor, you are lee kangto. If gaksital is alive. You be sure to capture him. Got that? K walks away
K goes to Baek’s home and looks at the news clippings of all the Kishokai group members. He focuses on the director, choi, Lee, Jo, etc. He remembers his brother’s words before he died. I am sorry- I wanted to take care of everything on my own and not give you any burden. I wanted to take care of everything on my own…
K looks down at the mask and glares at it like he resents it, but he picks it up.
Baek comes home and finds K coming out holding the mask and stick. K walks away in the dark. Baek kneels down and bows after K walked away. it was Baek’s way of honoring the new Gaksital.
K goes to the mountain and finds the horse waiting for him.
In the morning K is dressed as Gaksital and he puts on the mask in slow motion. He looks out over the city. He suddenly gets on the horse and rides off.
someone says they have to make Gaksital into a murderer (I think they are going to frame him for killing K’s family)
Holy crap – H asks “do you not recognize me? dont you remember?” K pulls her and makes her sit on his lap and she kisses him.
K tells S the order that came down to capture that girl (D)
Taro fires at his own son.
circus people are captured including D
S tells someone it happened after hyung died
S says something about his memory of that girl (D)
S says as a Japanese, he will put on the officer uniform
OMG the preview for tm night is killing me – someone tell the woman that’s not how you say hello. cuz it looked more like “thanks for saving my life back then.” Seriously – how is doing that going to jog his memory at all?
This is just my theory on the ratings drop for tonight. it’s all of the side characters fault. The Count aka that Lee character who makes my skin crawl by overacting bugs the rest of Korea too. the guy in charge of the club with that awful looking wig and the lewd looks he gave H grossed out the viewers too. dont even get me started on the scene with the Kishokai members partying – no one needed to see that old guy from Lie to Me playing hide and seek with his robe coming undone. the hardest thing I ever had to do was try to watch that scene with one eye and still listen to the dialogue while praying for a random power outage so I would have an excuse to skip that scene. I kept begging “whatever gravity is keeping that robe tied -please spare us from seeing more of his underwear.” Part of the blame goes to editing. each scene didnt blend into the other as well before and slowed down the episode. random scenes kept popping up in between serious ones. you cant have such a beautiful crying scene with K and S on that bike in the field and cut to lecherous old men partying. that was just wrong. and that terrible music score at the end – total overkill. Mostly, I bet the ratings dropped cuz JW’s face was covered up too much. Let’s see if that kiss tm night brings back the ratings.
I am really curious why this drama shows scenes in previews that do not come out. last week in the preview for tonight, S was supposed to back hug D. none of those other scenes came out either where K confront S and asks can you protect that girl. Guess they are saving all that for tm night.