Whoa. I first saw this in 2005 and it’s still as beautiful as ever. I think they edited out some scenes in this version. Pretty sure there was a point during the journey where everyone gathered round and shared what they were going to do once they got home. I wouldn’t have felt so attached to them otherwise.Seeing this movie the second time, I understand the plot a whole lot better. I now see where the love story plays into this. If the general didn’t have a crush on the princess, he wouldn’t have bothered trying to save her. The whole group would’ve returned to Korea safely. I can’t help but feeling sorry for him anyway though. Toward the end when everyone is dying, the princess chooses to hold Yeosol instead of him. I guess dying with that in sight will just hurt.
In this version, Daejung is called Sergeant Jinlip. I don’t see the resemblance between the two names, but then I don’t know any Korean at all. Jinlip is still the wise one, the one who looks after the general without being obvious about it. He doesn’t want power; he just wants for everyone to get home safely.
The text in the beginning of the movie says this: “This is the story of those who were unable to return home [to Korea].”
Kind of makes you wonder if Jinlip was unable to make it home using that raft.