Shin Saimdang, whom the current Wednesday and Thursday drama revolves around, was a true person in Korean history.
Born in 1504, her real name was Shin In-sun who was a famous poet, writer, calligrapher, and painter. In modern Korean culture, she was the first woman to be printed on a Korean currency, the 50,000 won note.
Shin was the eldest of 5 daughters and in a Confucian era, where boys were favored, Shin’s grandfather educated Shin as if she were his grandson.
Her unique education and high social class allowed her to have many children, many of whom went on to become civil servants. Most notable was her son Yi I whose pen name is Yulgok who is one of the most respected Confucian scholar during the Joseon Dynasty who is also on the Korean currency 5,000 won note. On the backside of this note is his mother’s artwork.
Episodes 49 & 50
Today, 6:30 p.m.: Bong and Ki-ja are happily dating. They get couple rings. Soo-jo gives Ji-ha strollers as a present. Ji-ha feels both burdened and happy at Soo-jo’s attention.
Today, 7:45 p.m.: Jae-soon attends Ddol’s first day of school alone. Gab-dol and Young-ran are glued to each other, as they keep working together. Gab-soon starts to question their relationship.
Episodes 4 & 5
Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Young-joo barely escapes the club with an unconscious Dong-joon. Dong-joon accepts Young-joo’s offer to catch Soo-yun and Jung-il. Dong-joon starts to close in on them. Jung-il finds out Dong-joon’s assistant Yun-hwa is actually Shin Chang-ho’s daughter, Shin Young-joo.
Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Young-joo and Dong-joon try to get the performance test results of the bulletproof vest, which is in Soo-yun’s safe. Soo-yun and Jung-il work together to prove Dong-joon slept with the defendant’s daughter, asking the judge for an internal audit. As Young-joo is devastated over Chang-ho’s cancer, Jung-il makes a proposition on a stay of execution of the sentence….
Saimdang, Memoir of Colors
Episodes 23 & 24
Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Under the King’s royal order, Yi Gyum and Saimdang are to paint his portrait together. The King schemes to push out Saimdang, who won people’s hearts, along with Yi Gyum.
Contrary to the King’s wishes, their finished portrait is received with much love from the people.
Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Yi Gyum faces off Min Chi-hyung, who has kidnapped Saimdang. This ends in Min Chi-hyung’s demise. Whieumdang rescues Saimdang, asking her to look after her son. Yi Gyum discovers Min Chi-hyung was under the King’s order to get rid of him and Saimdang. He confronts the King with a sword…
Band of Sisters
Episode 1 & 2
Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Ha-ri and Jae-il finally get married and happily leaves for their honeymoon, when they realize the brake is faulty. Eun-hyang comes home to find her house on fire with her daughter inside. To make things worse, the ambulance headed for the accident site gets into a multiple car accident.
Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Ha-ri comes to pay her respects to Jae-il’s parents. She’s shocked to find that her sister’s teacher is Jae-il’s father. Jae-il’s parents are less than happy to meet the girl their son wants to marry. Dal-hee is framed for theft and is on the verge of being fired.
Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or firstname.lastname@example.org.