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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 24

Try as I might it's surprisingly difficult to parse the motives of any of the antagonists in "Saimdang: Light's Diary". This is especially awkward since the drama is now at the climax and everyone's getting there comeuppance/unjust victory. Headmistress Choi is jealous. It's dumb but it makes sense. Everyone else? Chi-hyeon is evil for the sake of being evil. Won-soo hates his wife and apparently his children too. King Jungjong is...I don't know, suddenly not appreciative of art any more?

But then really, the answer to any given "why" is pretty simple. Because it's whatever outcome is specifically designed to make Saimdang the most perpetually miserable. I don't doubt that Saimdang's life had a lot of low points. Everyone does. What specifically makes "Saimdang: Light's Diary" so frustrating is that it goes beyond the plausible and simply makes up horrible melodramatic nonsense for the sole purpose of inspiring us to pity Saimdang and everyone unfortunate enough to be in close proximity to her.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 25

It's back to the framing device as Ji-yoon...pretty much gives up on any hope of recovering the painting and just goes on a road trip with her son. This road trip is rather geographically challenged. Ji-yoon's father lives in Pyeongtaek, yet the first place they end up going is Chuncheon, which is practically on the opposite side of the country. All while Ji-yoon is holding down a teaching job apparently.

That's more nitpicky than my usual criticisms of "Saimdang: Light's Diary" although in a way it's somewhat relieving. If the production team can't even keep track of basic local Korean geography, their inability to turn a coherent story out of a relatively ambitious project is somewhat more forgivable. Emphasis on the word "somewhat"- I don't have a clue whose idea it was to tap a team with no interest in art or academia to produce a story entirely centered around art or academia. But they're the real villain here.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 26

So as predicted, Jeong-hak's thievery of Saimdang's Kumgang Mountain painting is easily detectable by anyone with proper training in classical art. This isn't exactly a surprise, considering that Sang-hyeon identified the errors in Jeong-hak's fake way back in the first episode and it was mainly hubris that prevented Jeong-hak from realizing the error himself. At the time, I was expecting the central conflict would be over Jeong-hak stubbornly refusing to acknowledge Sang-hyeon's argument even as Ji-yoon discovered the genuine painting.

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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Saimdang: Light's Diary" Episode 27

It's more than a little late for me to be figuring this out, but apparently Lee Gyum wasn't a real person either. It's hard to tell whether this makes "Saimdang: Light's Diary" better or worse. On one end, only Saimdang's name has been sullied by the exceptionally goofy plotting of this drama. On the other end, "Saimdang: Light's Diary" has spent a preposterous amount of time and effort dedicated to the romantic anguish of a fictional character whose only reason for existence is to have a tragic extramarital love affair with Saimdang.

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[Video] Added Korean drama 'Saimdang: Light's Diary' episode 24

Added episode 24 for the Korean drama 'Saimdang: Light"S Diary"

"Saimdang: Light's Diary" (2016)

Directed by Yoon Sang-ho

Written by Park Eun-ryeong

With Lee Young-ae, Song Seung-heon, Oh Yoon-ah, Choi Chul-ho, Yoon Ye-joo, Yoon Da-hoon,...

28 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00

Also known as "Saimdang, the Herstory"

A reinterpretation of Saimdang from the Joseon times. She was a genius artist and passionate lover. Lee Young-ae takes on two roles; a college professor who specializes in Korea Art History and Saimdang.