The Legend of the Blue Sea is the last drama starring Lee Min Ho before his mandatory 2-year military service. It’s the first appearance for Jun Ji Hyun after having her first child.
Synopsis for Legend of the Blue Sea from Viki:
Shim Cheong (Jun Ji Hyun) is a mermaid who follows her one true love, a nobleman’s son named Kim Moon from the Joseon Dynasty to modern-day Seoul. Moon’s modern doppelgänger is Heo Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho), a highly skilled scam artist who first becomes interested in Shim Cheong because of a jade bracelet worth $6 million that Shim Cheong wears.
With nowhere to go, Shim Cheong is taken in by Joon Jae, who also finds his con partners, Jo Nam Doo (Lee Hee Joon) and Tae Oh (Shin Won Ho), hiding out in his home from a vengeful past victim of their scams. Shim Cheong discovers a rival for Joon Jae’s heart in Cha Shi Ah (Shin Hye Sun), a researcher at KAIST who deals with ancient artifacts.
When a dangerous killer named Ma Dae Young (Sung Dong Il) sent by Joon Jae’s stepmother who wants to make her own son the heir to Joon Jae’s fortunes, can Shim Cheong survive her strange new environment while also helping Joon Jae avoid the dangers that await him?
Initially, I had a hard time beginning the Drama. I didn’t care for the first episode and I didn’t see any character progression for the first two. K-Drama episodes are generally over an hour long and progress very quickly. Because I find that Lee Min Ho is an astonishing actor I continued with the show. By episode four I had forgotten my nascent dislike of the drama. The reincarnation theme of everything is happening in 2016 as it happened before in the Joseon Era is fascinating. A past life with a tragic ending and a plan set in motion to help love last in the next life is fresh. Adding mermaid legend to the mix really improved the story.
The charisma between the leads and the characters all playing their parts in this predestined fate was phenomenal. The Legend of the Blue Sea will be going down in history as one of my favorite dramas.
I don’t think this is a starter drama. There are too many unanswered questions until the end and some confusing dialogue if you haven’t watched a ton of drama from Korea.