K-Drama Review: ‘The Legend of the Blue Sea’ a ‘Little Mermaid’ Mixed with ‘Splash’, with Some Thriller Elements Thrown In

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K-Drama Review: The Legend of the Blue Sea, a Little Mermaid Mixed with Splash with Some Thriller Elements Thrown In

Korean drama synopsis of The Legend of the Blue Sea raises the story of a fisherman who captures a mermaid but releases her again. It tells the story of a love story between a child from a noble family in the Joseon Era and a mermaid figure Both were thrown in modern times in the city of Seoul.

Joseon’s mermaid named Shim Chung (Jun Ji-Hyun) realizes that she is now thrown in the modern era. She is then be arrested by Heo Joon-Jae (Lee Min-Ho) who is a handsome and cool man and the son of a nobleman in the Joseon era. In the modern era Heo Joon-Jae works for Jo Nam-Doo (Lee Hee-Joon) as a great con man.

Shim Chung’s life changes as she meets handsome and cold Heo Joon-Jae. In fact, she gets a lot of difficulties in her life even though Heo Joon-Jae gradually starts liking Sim Chung who can turn into a human on two legs. This Synopsis of The Legend of the Blue Sea also tells that Heo Joon-Jae has a friend named Cha Shi-Ah (Shin Hye-Sun) who works as a researcher at KAIST which is Shim Chung’s only hope that she can survive in this new world.

Joseon Dynasty History

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For 518 years (1392-1910), the Joseon Dynasty was one of the longest-running monarchies in the world. Its founder, Yi Seonggye, took the title of King Taejo (“Great ancestor”), moving the capital to Hanyang (Seoul). This ended the rule of the Goryeo Dynasty (Wang’s family) and was replaced by the Chonju clan from the Yi family. Referring to the surname, the Joseon Dynasty is often mistaken for the Yi Dynasty (because all Joseon kings were surnamed Yi/Lee).

Besides Buddhism, Confucianism emerged as the dominant political and social power. The strict social hierarchy of Confucianism placed the king and his family at the top of the social strata, below that was the class of aristocrats (yangban) which had developed since the Goryeo Dynasty. Under there are classes of ordinary people (sangmin) such as farmers, traders, workers, and fishermen. At the bottom there are exile castes, including slaves who are employed in undesirable jobs. Social classes are passed down through generations because assimilation and liberation of status are almost impossible.

The Legend Of The Blue Sea Review

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Plot

This drama tells the story of the Joseon era, where a mermaid loves a governor named Kim Dam-Ryeong, but unfortunately, their love must be blocked because of differences. In addition, the myths circulating in the area also believe that mermaids are a curse and something dangerous. Therefore, the surrounding residents also captured the mermaid and were instead made a spectacle.

Until one day, when Kim Dam-Ryeong found out about this, he immediately released Se Hwa, the mermaid. Because of this, the surrounding residents also considered Kim Dam-Ryeong strange because he released the mermaid who clearly brought disaster to them. Of course, these residents also believe in this myth because it was provoked by Mr. Yang. In this day and age, this Mr. Yang is the antagonist. Mr. Yang’s character is cunning, he is also the one who caught Se Hwa and provoked the people so that Se Hwa was arrested and locked up.

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Turning to modern times, where Heo Joon-Jae, a fraudster and fugitive, accidentally meets a woman who suddenly enters his hotel room when he is on vacation in Spain. Heo Joon-jae also reports this woman to the nearest police station. But, Heo Joon-Jae feels uneasy after he is taken to the police station. Finally, Heo Joon-Jae also realized that this woman was unique. In the beginning, she couldn’t speak and could only answer Heo Joon-Jae’s questions with a nod or shake, she didn’t even know her own name.

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Something strange happened, when Heo Joon-Jae arrived in Korea, he felt something was missing. His memory is lost because the woman Heo Joon-Jae met in Spain is a mermaid. Mermaids can erase someone’s memories through kisses. Heo Joon-jae tries to remember what he missed in Spain. Heo Joon-Jae still can’t remember until he finds a woman who is also weird.

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She also can’t communicate and even doesn’t know her own name, until Heo Joon-Jae names her Shim Cheong, which means stupid because of her behavior that Heo Joon-Jae thinks is like a fool. Even though Shim Cheong is a strange girl whose origins are unclear, Heo Joon-Jae doesn’t tell Shim Cheong to leave because according to Heo Joon-Jae there is something that makes Heo Joon-Jae curious when he sees this woman, this rich woman he had known before. And Then! Heo Joon-Jae also realizes that this Shim Cheong, the same woman he met in Spain. And slowly, while looking for Shim Cheong’s origins, unwittingly, Heo Joon-Jae falls in love with mermaid Cheong. Unfortunately, just like in the previous life, there were also pebbles that blocked the story of the two of them.

The Legend Of The Blue Sea’s Cast

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Jun Ji-hyun as Se-hwa or Shim Cheong

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Lee Min-Ho as Kim Dam-ryung or Heo Joon-jae

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Kal So-won as child Se-hwa

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Shin Eun-soo as teenage Se-hwa

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Jeon Jin-seo as child Kim Dam-ryung or Heo Joon-jae

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Park Jin-young as teenage Kim Dam-ryung or Heo Joon-jae

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Lee Hee-joon as Jo Nam-doo or Park Moo

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Shin Hye-sun as Cha Shi-ah

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Shin Won-ho as Tae-oh

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Lee Ji-hoon as Heo Chi-hyun

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Hwang Shin-hye as Kang Seo-hee

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Sung Dong-il as Mr. Yang or Ma Dae-young

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Choi Jung-woo as Heo Il-joong

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Park Hae-soo as Hong Dong-pyo

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The Legend Of The Blue Sea’s Soundtrack

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Lyn – Love Story

Yoon Mi-Rae – You Are My World

Jung Yup – Lean On You

Ha Hyun-woo – Shy Boy

Sung Si-kyung – Someday, Somewhere

Lee Sun-hee – Windflower

Ken VIXX – Idiot

Coffee Boy – Why Would I Do This?

Park Yoon-ha – Day by Day

Sejeong Gugudan – One in Ten Thousand

Min Chae – Love Road

10 Reasons Why You Should Watch K-Drama ‘The Legend Of The Blue Sea’

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The Korean drama The Legend of the Blue Sea, starring handsome actor Lee Min-Ho, who collided acting with beautiful actress Jun Ji-Hyun, seemed to be increasingly in demand in the market as more loyal viewers couldn’t wait to watch each episode. Why not, because the Korean Drama genre of romantic comedy wrapped in fantasy presents an interesting storyline. Want to know why you must watch The Legend of the Blue Sea? Here are 10 reasons you must watch The Legend of the Blue Sea!

The Legend Of The Blue Sea Is Lee Min-Ho’s Comeback And Last Drama

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The drama of The Legend of the Blue Sea is Lee Min-Ho’s comeback project after The Heirs in 2013, and also farewell. How come? Yeah, because this could be Lee Min-Ho’s last drama before he took military service for two years.

Interesting And Funniest Story

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This romantic-fantasy comedy drama has an unusual story. The story is about South Korean fairy tale, the love story of the last mermaid in the world played by Jun Ji-Hyun with a great con artist played by Lee Min-Ho. Besides you are made to hover with romantic scenes, you will also laugh during the drama because of Shim Chung’s behavior that tries to adapt to the human world.

Starring Renowned Actors And Actresses

 

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The drama The Legend of the Blue Sea stars Lee Min-Ho and Jun Ji-Hyun who are known as kings and queens of romantic comedies.

Lee Min-Ho’s Role Changes

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You can watch Lee Min-Ho change character to support his role as a cheater. You will witness at least 5 different characters played by Lee Min-Ho.

Showing Beautiful Places

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The Legend of The Blue Sea displays different and very beautiful filming locations on the islands, and also island countries in the Pacific Ocean, and beautiful views of the Spain. Not only does it show the beauty of Spain, but also the beauty of South Korea that will amaze the audience.

Park Ji-Eun As The Screenwriter

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Park Ji-Eun who previously succeeded in making the scenario of the popular drama My Love from the Star, in the drama The Legend of The Blue Sea promises many unique stories wrapped in romantic-fantasy comedy.

Directed By Renowned Directors In South Korea

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Apart from starring famous actresses and actors, the director of this drama is handled by Jin Hyuk who has directed many cool and quality dramas.

Jun Ji-Hyun’s Comeback Drama After Giving Birth

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The Legend of The Blue Sea became the first drama for Jun Ji-Hyun after giving birth in February.

Presenting Talented K-Pop Idols

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The Legend of the Blue Sea will be enlivened by the presence of K-Pop idol, Got7 Junior aka Jinyoung who plays the young Lee Min-Ho. Besides that there will also be f(x) Krystal which will be a cameo as Flight Attendant.

Presenting Talented Actor As Cameo

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Cha Tae-Hyun appeared as a cameo and acted as a person whose profession is the same as Heo Joon-Jae. He also tried to cheat Sim Cheong but was foiled by Heo Joon-Jae. Previously, Cha Tae-Hyun and Jun Ji-Hyun starred in the film My Sassy Girl in 2011, a dialogue from this popular film also appeared when both of them acted in drama.

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The second Cameo that appeared was Jo Jung-Suk who had just finished the drama Jealousy Incarnate. He plays the character as a mermaid son who falls in love but is “dying” because the woman he loves leaves him. When he met Sim Cheong, he also taught how to live as a human. The first lesson taught is, pearls are money. So to get it, these two people watched the drama Master Sun in order to get tears that would turn into pearls.

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