Summary: Dan Hwal has lived for 600 years as a Bulgasal, a mythical creature who feeds off human blood and is cursed with immortality. He became a Bulgasal when the previous Bulgasal killed him and stole his soul, and is currently living as a human, who dies and gets reincarnated over and over again. Dan Hwal wants to claim his soul back so he’s been chasing a woman called Min Sang Woon, who’s the cause of his misery.
Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural
Stars: Lee Jin Wook as Dan Hwal
Kwon Na Ra as Min Sang Woon
Lee Joon as Ok Eul Tae
Gong Seung Yeon as Dan Sol
Likes: Just love this kind of storytelling, when the scenes keep switching from present to past to gradually shed light to the current gloomy setting. In this drama, they’ve been detailed with what happened during different periods. There was the Goryeo era, early Joseon, then Joseon during the Japanese invasion, also I think year 2006 and of course, the present. It’s amazing to see the same place in different times, totally different worlds.The change in costumes, the hairstyles and location sets were very well-thought of. I just love Dan Hwal’s look during the Japanese invasion.
Cinematic experience. I’m very impressed with a lot beautiful and brilliantly shot scenes. My favourite is when Dan Hwal and Ming Sang Woon were next to that field with an amazing sunset as the backdrop. The details on the grasses, the colour of the sun and the silhouette of these two souls starting to remember each other. Just beautiful!
Different monsters. They definitely added extra challenge to Dan Hwal’s goal, although, he was also confused most of the time who his allies were. The other monsters served as obstacles to get to the biggest monster of them all, which was Ok Eul Tae.
Impressive makeup. I especially love Ok Eul Tae’s makeup when he slowly turned into an old guy. Pitiful and scary at the same time!
The twists. It was so difficult to understand at first, only the very last two episodes when it finally unraveled, who the original Bulgasals were. And of course their tragic story, which lasted for several hundred of years to fix.
Lee Jin Wook as Dan Hwal – fell in love with his hair ❤️. He looked extra good during Joseon’s Japanese invasion, especially the hair and the kimono. Also love his warrior look during the Goryeo period.
Kwon Na Ra as Min Sang Woon – so beautiful as the Bulgasal lady in red! As Min Sang Woon, she was this chatty and trustful person, who was so drawn to Dan Hwal, which was explained at the end.
Lee Joon as Ok Eul Tae – I’m most impressed by Lee Joon’s acting here. He was just brilliant. His voice, expression and mannerisms gave Ok Eul Tae’s character the edge. Ok Eul Tae gave an impression that he was the good person, and that was somehow always convincing. Well done Lee Joon for such an awesome performance.
Gong Seung Yeon as Dan Sol – I was surprised she took the supporting role, but although she was in a supporting role, you can’t deny her dominating presence. Gong Seung Yeon is such a beauty with beautiful speaking eyes.
The Power Ladies. Kwon Na Ra and Gong Seung Yeon in one frame is just blinding. Two gorgeous ladies (both top leads material) as sisters in one show, I just can’t get over that.
The Ending. We had two epilogues! One was 8 months later… The other one was 50 years later. I’m so glad the scriptwriters put an end to it.
Dislikes: The chemistry between Lee Jin Wook and Kwon Na Ra wasn’t that strong. I wish they had more time together after the final revelation.
The drama was a bit draggy at some points. It was going back and forth without any relevant progress.