Feb 9, 2008

The Story of the First King's Four Gods aka Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi (4)

A long long long long...time ago, a tribe that respected the tiger and controlled fire called the Ho-jok (Tiger Tribe), ruled the world. They eliminated and assimilated all tribes except the tribe that respected the bear, called the Ung-jok (Bear Tribe). The Tiger Tribe and the Bear Tribe fought, and Hwanung (The God's son) could not bear to see so many people getting killed. He brought the three gods of nature; Baek-Ho (White Tiger), Cheong-Ryong (Blue Dragon), and Hyeon-Mu (Black Turtle-Snake).

He removed the power of fire from the leader of the Tiger Tribe, Gajin, sealed the power into an artifact called the Heart of Ju-Jak (Red Phoenix), and gave it to the woman he loved; Sae-O. However, Gajin who was once mortally wounded while attacking another tribe, then healed by Hwanung, also fall in love with him. When her tribe wanted to take back the power of fire, attack the Bear Tribe and kill Hwanung, Gajin slays her tribe's council with her own blade, and escapes from her own tribe and headed towards the Bear Tribe, deciding to become Hwanung's woman. Alas, the god's son only had Sae-O in mind and declared his love for her.
Unfortunately, Gajin was watching them secretly when this took place,she was infuriated by this and began regrouping the Tiger Tribe to attack the Bear Tribe. She planned the attack to coincides with the time Sae-O giving birth. Gajin kidnapped the baby and told Sae-O to bring Hwanung and Heart of Ju-Jak in return for the baby. When Sae-O confronts Gajin without Hwanung, Gajin dropped the baby from the edge of the cliff, thus making SeoJini out of control and releasing the Heuk-Jujak (Dark Phoenix) - and even though Hwanung had saved the baby, she can't stop herself. Hwanung release the other three Gods, the White Tiger, the Blue Dragon and the Black Turtle-Snake to fought the Dark Phoenix, but were no match for it. Left with no choice, Hwanung had to used his Heavenly Bow and killed the women he love; the source of the power of the Dark Phoenix, and managed to seal it once again in the heart of Red Phoenix.
When its all over, Gajin jumped off the cliff because she "had no reason to live in this world any more". Hwanung sealed the powers of the 'Four Gods' (The Red Phoenix, White Tiger, Blue Dragon, and the Black Turtle-Snake) in certain artifacts and left them in the cares of certain people, telling them that they will wake when the King of Jushin is born, and the star of Jushin will be bright.
However, when the star of Jushin was shining, two baby boys were born, both the King's nephew, but one was born in the palace (Yeon Hogae) and the other (DamDeok) in the woods. Along with the births the artifacts shines brightly, thus putting the guardians in danger from the power hungry Fire Tribe.
During the raids, one of the guardians had two daughters, before they were slayed, the mother gave the JuJak pendant to her eldest daughter and told her to protect her baby sister no matter what. She hid the baby in a rice box, therefore when the Fire Tribe found her- wearing the pendant- laying unconcious because of the smoke, they only took her and leaving the baby behind. The baby was later found by the guardian of the Black Turtle-Snake and named her SeoJini

So the story start to repeat itself with a slight alterations here and there. At the end of this drama, I keep on thinking if only their Gods didn't interfere, if only they hadn't given hint of the fututre...maybe their life wouldnt be such a mess and misery. Cousins who could become the very of best friends, become sworn enemy , sisters torn apart and met as strangers, lovers turn to bitter competitors and all because of the prophecy....

To me the young actors/tress stole the show from the adults. Shim Eun Kyung who potrays the young SeoJini was so adorable while Yoo Seung Hoo as young Damdeok really tugs at your heart with his sad eyes as if the burdens of the whole worlds was thrusts upon him. The nickname Little So Ji Sup was so fitting... ^_^
Anyway, overall Ballads of Seo Dong still my no.1 choice of historical drama, follow by Dae Jang Geum, Lord of The Sea and Jumong. Still dont like the lead hero Bae Yong Jun though no matter what.......
A little bit of history lesson:
Who was Dam-deok (Gwang Gae Toh Dae Wang): He was the 19th king of Goguryeo (lasted from 37 B.C. to 668 A.D.). During the time of Dam-deok, Goguryeo was the most powerful nation in East Asia (yes, even the Chinese dynasty couldn’t defeat Goguryeo). At age 11, he was made the Crown Prince and became King when he was 16. In 396, he attacked Baekje (a nation Southwest of Goguryeo) and took over the northern area above the Han River. He defeated the many invasions made by the Yeon Dynasty (China) after 400 A.D. During his reign, the number of castles he took over numbered in the hundreds and villages numbered in the thousands. However, he died at an untimely age of 39.

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