Kdrama Podcast: MY COUNTRY THE NEW AGE overview

Get stabbed in the belly multiple times with a sword and cough up some blood, but then be totally fine in every way, because this week on the podcast Lee Evie is discussing one of her favourite 2019 Korean dramas MY COUNTRY: THE NEW AGE. Starring the beautiful Woo Do-Hwan, Yang Se-Jong and Jang Hyuk, this Kdrama is a bloody and tragic tale of the end of an empire (Goryeo) and the emergence of a new dynasty from the ashes (Joseon). Oh … and it is also a drama in which every major character walks around literally covered from head to toe in blood. Did Lee Evie mention this drama was bloody? Because it is bloody.

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13 thoughts on “Kdrama Podcast: MY COUNTRY THE NEW AGE overview

  1. I know this is an old podcast but I just stumbled across it today. My Country: The New Age is my absolute favorite K-Drama! I don’t know anyone else who watches Korean dramas (although I convinced my mom to watch this one with me), so your podcasts bring joy to my heart. Your review of this drama is so spot on with how I felt about it. My Country sparked my obsession with Korean history and led me to your book “Promise Season.” I read it in one day. I literally couldn’t put it down. LOVED IT!!! Looking forward to reading your other novels. I will be buying them all! Your book covers are beautiful as well!

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    1. Oh my gosh, this was such a lovely comment to read, thank you so much Kristen! I am just so super excited you liked my book!! Thank you. I hope you enjoy the others if you read them, and I am so glad you like the covers! Thank for letting me know your thoughts, it is so encouraging for me 🙂

      And secondly … I am rather excited you are into My Country too! I feel like it seems like such a gem but maybe flew a little under the radar? I really adore it and it is definitely a massive favourite for me, so I am so glad you think so too! And I love that it sparked an interest into Korean history, I totally know the feeling, I am so obsessive about the history now, all because of dramas. 🙂


      1. If you haven’t read A Silence of Bones by June Hur, I highly recommend it! It’s a Joseon-era detective story. I loved it, so I am looking forward to reading A Song for Lonely Wolves. And I’ve already pre-ordered Promise Thief!

        Regarding My Country, I loved your comment at the end about the guys growing out their hair for the roles. Yang Se-Jong’s long hair is gorgeous! And Woo Do-Hwan looks so handsome and striking in a top-knot. One of the many things I love about this drama is the soundtrack. Both the instrumental tracks and the K-Pop songs really struck an emotional chord with me. I’ve watched this drama at least 8 times, and I still can’t get through it without bawling my eyes out. Especially Woo Do-Hwan crying scenes. I was emotionally gutted by his character’s reaction to Yeon’s death. I understand her death was the motivation for Hwi to further involve himself with Yi Bang-Won but I would have loved to see more from her character. Your comments about the scene where Yi Bang-Won kills Nam Jeon so Hwi doesn’t have to live with the guilt of killing his best friend’s father really resonated with me. In the end, Nam Jeon does still win and Hwi finally achieving his revenge isn’t satisfying the way he thought it would be. I think when he sees the slain Crown Prince he finally realizes, “What have I been doing with my life?” and regains some of the humanity he’s lost since Yeon’s death. Such a poignant episode.

        I have been slowly making my way through your podcasts, and I listened to Ten Reasons to Love Save Me. I’ve been on the fence about Save Me for awhile; I thought maybe it would be too gritty for me. I loved Seo Ye-Ji in It’s Okay to Not be Okay and Woo Do-Hwan in My Country and The King: Eternal Monarch (side note – I felt EXACTLY THE SAME as you regarding The King…loved many aspects but could never get fully invested in the love story. It was reaffirming and hilarious to hear you articulate all the things I was feeling as I watched that drama). After listening to your Save Me podcast, you convinced me! I binge-watched the first 5 episodes and now I am hooked!

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      2. I have read Silence of Bones and oh my gosh, I absolutely LOVED it, what an atmospheric and chilling book! I think it was a favourite for me this year. I’m so glad you liked it too! 🙂 I am so excited for her next one too, which I think is coming out next year!

        I loved reading your thoughts on My Country, I watched it (and recorded my episode) last year so it is really nice to be brought back and reminded how wonderful it is! I still listen to the soundtrack (I liked the instrumental songs best, so epic!) and every time I listen it gives me those same vibes from the show. 🙂 I loved all the complex layers to that show and all the relationships which get so twisted, between best friends, or father and son, or Yeon and Woo Do-Hwan’s character, I felt like all those twisting relationships were just so well written and added another layer to the big historical moments and sweeping action. Sigh. What a show! It was really fun to read your comment 🙂

        Yes! Save Me is such a beloved drama for me, I really adored it, but it is definitely very dark and creepy! Very disturbing but just so beautifully written and filmed. I really hope you enjoy it all! I was definitely hooked on that one!


    2. I feel the same way! I too stumbled upon Lee Evie a couple of months ago and read her books and enjoying her take on the dramas she has watched. I don’t know anyone else who watches dramas except I get my husband to watch them with me, and he doesn’t really want to debrief in depth about all that happened and my thoughts and reflections on them, so am so happy to have Lee Evie here to listen to.

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  2. This drama would have to be one of my favourites of this genre. I adored the way it was filmed, I loved the conflicting feelings I had about the characters, I loved the calculated parts, the gory parts and the softer more tender parts too. I actually really enjoyed the character (I can’t remember his name off the top of my head), that was kind of a “lookout” for Hwi and worked with his father back in the day. I liked that he was trustworthy and reliable amongst so much chaos. But OMG Woo Do-Hwan!!! Very nice indeed 🙂 haha.

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    1. This comment made me smile! I was just telling a co-worker about this show and how I became interested in Korean history. I like Park Chi-Do (Hwi’s guy) as well! He kept everyone grounded, and after Hwi’s six-year period of smuggling and slaughtering people, reminded him that people cared about him. I like that all the main characters have their own right-hand man. I also appreciate Seon-ho’s right-hand guy, the Jurchen (whose name, ironically, I can’t remember). Not too warm and feely but loyal until the end. It felt vindicating when Seon-ho, after basically failing to accomplish anything he set out to, at least was able to take out Bang-won’s right-hand guy Tae-ryeong and avenge his friend’s death.

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      1. Kristen, Yes! I am glad you remember his name – Park Chi-Do. And I agree with you regarding Seon-ho’s right hand guy (I don’t know his name either). As much as we didn’t learn a lot about him, it was emotional when he was killed. Oh the whole story had such a spectrum of emotion – from heart wrenching sadness, to sweet moments (although often bittersweet). I love it when a drama really makes me FEEL. My only issue is that apparently you can be fully impaled and be just fine lol. I am too interested in Korean history, but am really so new and don’t know anything really at this stage, only that I had never been exposed to the history of Asia (I am from Australia), but am excited about learning more.

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      2. Hahaha…I agree about the impalement! Apparently, if you’re stabbed through the gut, it’s fatal, but if you’re stabbed through the side, you’ll live and it was just a friendly impalement. 😂 Pretty sure you’d die either way. I’m also all about the feelings! I’ve watched this drama 13 times and have never made it through the ending without sobbing like a baby. I am fairly new to Korean history, also – just in the past few months. I’m from the U.S. and I only vaguely knew about the Korean War. (Now that I’ve read a book about it, my heart hurts for Korea) I’ve been reading practically everything I can find about Korea – both fiction and non-fiction – because there is so much I want to know. The historical K-dramas help me visualize everything and give me specific events or periods in history I want to know more about.

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      3. I love how we now have so much access to learn about anything we are called to thanks to the internet – access to history, books, and film/dramas. I am a forever student. I totally agree about how Kdrama can introduce us to periods and culture (and give us a visual depiction) and then can go away and learn more about specifics. Love it.

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      4. Haha, loved reading both of your feelings around the many many impalements in this show! And feel so excited all over again to just be thinking about this show. Gosh, I love it so much! A definite favourite for me.
        I am actually the same with reading all about Korean history now, it was completely triggered by watching kdramas and wanting to know more about those specific historical times! I’ve read so many good fiction and non-fiction books too! The Great Homecoming by Anna Kim was amazing, and right now I am reading a non-ficton about women and Confucianism in Joseon Korea. It is quite academic though, so not such an easy read, but I am certainly learning a lot (though reading very slowly in an attempt to actually understand it, haha. It is a little over my head! :))


      5. I am actually in the middle of reading The Great Homecoming right now! You talked about it on one of your podcasts, and it sounded fascinating. So far I’m really enjoying it! I read The Korean War: A History by Bruce Cumings in preparation, and that’s helped me understand some of the background of The Great Homecoming. Even though I’m American, we are taught almost nothing about the Korean War.

        Oddly enough, shortly before I discovered your books and podcast, I also purchased the same Korean History in Maps book you’ve mentioned (on Instagram, maybe? And in a podcast, I think). I found it delightful that someone else was interested in the same rather obscure books that I am. I love historical maps/atlases.

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      6. Oh wow, that is so cool you have the Korean History in Maps too (and weird! It does seem very obscure, haha) That excites me! And also that you are halfway through The Homecoming, I so hope you enjoy it 🙂 The maps book is so fascinating, I am quite excited by it, for the maps, which I am weirdly obsessed by, but also all the timelines and the information about the different political factions and money amounts and all that stuff. It feels like the kind of details that can be so difficult to find elsewhere. I particularly love the city maps! I really was hoping to find a map of Pyongyang but that is proving difficult so far, but I loved poring over the map of Hanyang from the Joseon dynasty, so fascinating! I’ve been trying to do heaps of research and reading lately, and it is all very fascinating! I have bought quite a few different history books (I seem to buy them faster than I can possibly read them … ooops!) so I will hopefully add them all onto Instagram soon 🙂


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