Bulgasal : Immortal Souls
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural
Origin: South Korea
Air-date: Dec 18, 2022 to Feb. 6, 2022
Starring: Lee Jin Wook as Dan Hwal, Kwon Nara as Min Sang Un, Lee Joon as Ok Eul Tae,
You know.. I finished this drama days ago, but I decided that I needed to chill a little before writing this review because like why they do shit like that? I am disgusted by the fact that I truly enjoyed this as much as I did. Hahaha. First of all, let me say I had no desire to watch this drama, I just started it on a whim one Sunday and was hooked for the six episodes that I had binged.
I have always been a very big fan of fantasy stories and especially ones with Korean mythology. I know the reason why this drama stood out the most to me was because it wasn’t marketed as some epic love story, but instead the story of a man seeking revenge for what happened 600 years ago. I will give credit where credit is due because while I suspected that the reincarnations were of these people, I still had no idea what the actual story of what happened 1000 years ago was even with three episodes left to watch. In all honesty, I thought for sure I would be thoroughly disappointed when it was revealed, but in actuality, I was just like well.. is it not kinda all Eul Tae’s fault? Like hear me out, if he didn’t kill his brother then lie on Sang Un then Hwal wouldn’t have killed all those people to defend his love which abandoned him and cursed them for generations to come. Now, I’m not saying that we should relieve him of all his wrongs, but like maybe Sang Un should’ve minded her business and left them humans alone…..
The clear star of this show was Lee Joon. He gave a stellar performance as Eul Tae and we love to see it. I always appreciate a villain who can make you feel for them even when they are absolutely batshit. The scenes where he stabbed Do Yoon and where he begged Hwal to choose him over Sang Un were chef’s kiss. Definitely a highlight. I do think that everyone else also did a pretty decent job. Special shoutout to Kim Woo Seok as Do Yoon when I tell you I was in love with his sweetness? I would say the weakest person would be Nara, but you know, pretty privilege still reigns in the end. I just found Sang Un to not require much strength in a performance, I would’ve loved to see her with a stronger personality.
One thing that I didn’t really fuck with was the implied happy ending.. See, this drama wasn’t marketed as a romance so like I was very content with them both dying as a way to break the cycle. What I couldn’t fuck with was the fact that Hwal was somehow reincarnated when he doesn’t have a soul. Y’all said it constantly that Bulgasal’s didn’t have a soul so like why have them reincarnate? You also said that the soul that Sang Un had was the last time to reincarnate as well so like huh? HUH? As for the romance, they didn’t really give me the feel FEELS, but I got a tingle occasionally, I would be interested in seeing a romance centric drama with them. Also, I got why there was a heavy push on the romantic connection later on because it was necessary to show the connection of the first two Bulgasals. This was a fate that was connected throughout many lifetimes (1000 years ago, 600 years ago and current time.)
All in all, I can say I am thoroughly satisfied with this drama and I would absolutely rewatch it. Granted, I was someone who binged more than two episodes at a time so I didn’t feel the dragginess that everyone claims. I also am OBSESSED with the OST. I thought it was fantastic and complimented the cinematography and scenes so well. I would recommend this one as a watch for fantasy lovers. It is definitely one of the few Fantasy korean dramas that I have enjoyed in recent times.
Rewatch Value: 8/10