Part of the appeal of So-geum is her sharp sense of analytical perception. She cuts right to the chase and figure out when someone is lying. The sheer force of her cold charisma has that effect on people.
She also has world-weary advise for the lead character Yi-je. When he talks about showing the people of this place a new king, she warns him that those who can't make good on their boasts here end up dead. When Yi-je responds with more bluster, So-geum just maintains her poker face.
Her name is particularly appropriate to this appeal. It means 'salt' in Korean. Yi-je's name, by contrast, has the obviously thematic appropriate meaning of 'right now'.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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