Jin Hyuk | Park Seon-Ho
Episodes: 20 + 1 Special
Release Date: November 16, 2016- January 25, 2017
Romance | Fantasy
Jun Ji-Hyun as Se-Hwa | Shim Chung
Lee Min-Ho as Kim Dam-Ryung | Heo Joon-Jae
The television series centers on the love story of Heo Joon-jae (Lee Min-ho), the son of a rich businessman who becomes a handsome and clever con-man after his parents’ divorce, and a mermaid named Shim Cheong (Jun Ji-hyun).Focusing on rebirth, fate, and unrequited love, their tale is juxtaposed with the parallel story of their Joseon era incarnations, town head Kim Dam-ryeong and the mermaid Se-hwa.
My Point of View:
From the creator of Love from Another Star, here goes another fantasy-romance, Legend of the Blue Sea. This 20-episode story is all about a mermaid who risked everything to follow the man he loves in Seoul. As she tries to adjust her life in the land, feelings developed between them and hindrances occurred. But as their love story goes by, they will dream about their past life which made them afraid to go on with their relationship.
This is a mixture of romance, comedy and fantasy on which centers about reincarnation. Combination of modern day and the 16th century was amazingly showed within the story plot. It was focused on the modern day and showed some glimpses of the past on which the word reincarnation will appear. For the first few episodes, you will definitely see the future problems that the story may lead. It seems that everything was already laid in front of you but as the story goes by, plenty of twists and turns will appear unexpectedly. I never see it coming, honestly.
The story was perfectly plotted and everything was worth watching for. You will regret if you will skip one of the episodes of the story because it was definitely breathtaking especially when the time has come to reveal who is who. This is the type of story which will break your heart from suspense up to breaking heart scenes between the leading characters. It will wake up your sleeping imagination in knowing who is behind everything that is happening in the story.
AS IN! It was really a roller coaster ride which rambled all my emotions that made me want to cry and laugh at the same time. The underwater scenes are effortlessly made and how they can stay underwater is what I admire the most. While watching the drama, you will realize plenty of things like how they can overcome all the challenges that life is throwing them and how will they change the past in repeating in the present. It was a complicated plot but with a colorful ending.
- Jun Ji-Hyun as Se-Hwa/Shim-Cheong
Se-Hwa is a mermaid who lives in the Joseon Era while Shim-Cheong is a modern mermaid who followed Joon-Jae in Seoul. She has the capability to erase and read someone’s mind. I admire her sweet and charming face and how she deliver her lines effortlessly especially when she’s talking too fast. HAHAHA! It seems like she’s not breathing. Another I admire is the way she swims underwater like a real mermaid. I definitely acknowledge her effort in bringing up her best in portraying a mermaid. Though, this is not the first time I saw her on screen, Ji-hyun seems developed alot as an artist.
- Lee Min-Ho as Kim Dam-Ryung/ Hae Joon-Jae
Kim Dam-Ryung is the town head who fell in love in a mermaid who is Se-Hwa during Joseon Era while Hae Joon-Jae is a modern-day con-artiist who uses his looks to conducts scams with the help of two other guys. He eventually met a mermaid under the name of Shim-Cheong and fell in love again in his present life.
Lee Min-Ho is Lee Min-Ho and I think everyone will definitely if I say that he gave justice to the characters given to him. From the underwater scenes up to the cold weather of Seoul, he acts like the cold never bothered him. It was seldom for me to see Min-Ho in dealing heavy scenes just like when he broke down and cry. But other than that, he is the type of actor who keeps on developing as projects keeps on going to him.
Other Characters which deserves to be recognize:
- Lee Hee-Joon as Park Moo/Jo Nam-Doo
Park Moo worked on Joon-jae’s stepbrother in their past lives while Jo Nam-Doo is Joon-Jae’s mentor in being a Con-Man.
Everything turned upside down as the story goes by but my heart was pierced when it turned upside down gown. I was touched how loyal he was towards Joon-Jae. Thanks to his principles in life.
- Shin Won-ho as Tae-Oh
A genius hacker together with Joon-Jae and Nam-Doo who has a secret feelings towards Shim-Cheong but everything changed in a glimpsed of an eye. Though he’s quiet in the story, you will see in his movements and eyes how he cares with his Hyung’s who taught him what real life is.
- Sung Dong-Il as Mr. Yang/ Ma Dae-Young
Mr. Yang was the one capture Se-Hwa and eventually wants to traffic her to gain money during the Joseon era while Ma Dae-young is a murder criminal who runs after Joon-Jae. I really thought that he was the one who DID it but eventually, it was revealed who is who and I was broken inside.
To sum it all, artists were very well chosen and characters were too perfect for each of them. Especially to the leading characters, Ji-Hyun and Min-Hoo. It was an all cast story that I never regret watching it. Legend of the Blue Sea is not a typical romance, comedy and fantasy story but it is the type of story on which the past can be connected in the present.
At the end, can the present change what happened in the past
The love you have for each other would be enough to kill each other.