Apparently I still have some residual inner child in me because I loved everything about the mythical world in Arang. Whether it's the spooky phantoms who roam at night or the pretty immortals lazing on clouds… I'm pretty much sold.
(so pretty I have no words)
The story is comical and haunting all at once, and not one note is out of place. This scene below especially spooked me with how well it was shot. The juxtaposition of the three towngirls in faded clothes walking by an aristocrat in bright garments is just striking. And then adding to that was the context of what was actually going on. The girls are crossing the bridge, minding their own idle rumors. Except it's a ghost tale, whispered on a foggy night, with eerie background music to boot, and it happens to be linked to rich guy over there… you know they're human girls, and yet the whole scene makes it seems like they're in truth spirits who are voicing what is in the man's mind.
Ohhh, and that guy? He's the 2nd lead. But he seems to have dirty secrets up his sleeves, so I'm actually very interested to learn more about him. Has Korea finally done away with nice-guy oppas? Hmm~
I'm still not a Lee Junki fangirl. But at least I find him less… odd looking now. His chin less chiseled, the tails of his eyes less drawn. I can finally look at him and process the fact that he's a man now. Shin Minah as always is <3. I liked her in the Gumiho role a lot, but that story just went nowhere for me. The mythological aspect wasn't anywhere intricate enough for them to drag the show on for 16 episodes. There, it was just a scheme, not an integral system. I have a lot more hope for Arang & the Magistrate OTOH. This whole world is built on mythology and will be here to stay.
I will now attempt to go study without chewing my fingernails off while waiting for ep 2's sub.