Lee Jun Ki “Iljimae” drama continues to set a new rating high with its 4th episode last Thursday obtaining 18.9%, with the 20% mark in its sight.
In the episode, Ryung (Lee Jun Ki) was beaten to a pulp by his half-brother Shi Hoo (Park Shi Hoo) in the ring but the latter gives up the fight upon realizing his real identity. The fight scene was really exciting and shocking (just look at Jun Ki’s bloodied face). Another scene sees Ryung being dragged on the ground by an assassin on horseback through the woods for quite a distance which made the viewers cringe. Both scenes were filmed without any stunt doubles, showing Lee Jun Ki’s professionalism towards acting.
Many netziens praised Lee Jun Ki for his acting on the official website saying, “Once again, we can see that Lee Jun Ki popularity comes from his dedication and hardwork”, “No one is more suitable than Lee Jun Ki for the Iljimae role after this”, “What an elegant fighting scene!”, etc.
Another highlight was the scene where Ryung goes under the cherry blossom trees in his old home, after having been whacked earlier, he finally regains all his painful childhood memories and cried his heart out. Coupled with the sad music playing in the background (화신 by Park Hyo Shin), the viewers felt his pain and anguish as well. (Youtube clip from the scene)
Netizens gave their highest compliments, “Hope that the Iljimae OST can be released soon”, “Please play this song more often in the drama”, etc.
SBS must be very happy since “Iljimae” has managed to keep the momentum going following the success of “On Air” previously.