In the moor, on a stormy and dark day...
On the ground, bloody dead corpses of Joseon Royal guard soldiers.
Mutilated, eviscerated, limbs cut off, broken bodies in impossible positions.
Only one man is still standing.
He's a high-ranking officer of the Joseon Royal police, and he's dying.
His eyes are wide open, he can't articulate a word, and he expectorates a flow of blood.
He tilts his head down to look at the way he dies.
He was pierced by a huge supernatural and blackish limb.
The limb does not have a defined shape, and its contours are made of shadow dust.
At the end of the limb, a gigantic hand of shadow dust.
And on this hand, a beating heart, his own heart.
The shadow hand closes and crushes the heart, the officers' eyes switch to white.
Lightning strikes the moor, briefly illuminating the scene.
For a fraction of a second, we can see a dark silhouette with bright smoking eyes, behind the officer.
At the speed of thought, the limb withdraws from the man's chest, leaving a huge gaping hole.
Subtitle: Joseon, year 1887.
Royal city, a stormy end of the day.
A horseman gallops towards the royal palace.
He steps ashore and runs to the royal police station.
The guards give in passage and he rushes inside.
In the police station.
|-||Abeoji, my father... what happened to him?|
|-||I'm sorry, Wang Shin, your father is dead, murdered.|
|-||How? Who did this to him?|
|-||He was pursuing the guild of darkness, I don't know any more.|
|-||They are certainly the culprits!|
|-||Father, why didn't you listen to me...|
Why didn't you wait for me...
An officer broke into the room.
|-||Wang Shin, you are expected at the office of His Majesty's Intendant.|
Wang Shin enters the intendant's office.
Intendant Han has a strange expression, eyes lost in the vagueness.
As if he wasn't really looking at what's in front of him.
|-||Why did you ask me, Intendant Han?|
|-||Wang Shin, your father died, he was chief of police.|
|-||But as far as you are concerned, you have no status in court.|
|-||What trivia are you talking about?|
|-||In fact, your presence at the palace is prohibited.|
|-||I ask you, by law, to leave the palace.|
|-||Funeral has not yet been arranged.|
|-||I have barely begun to cry for my father.|
|-||And you ask me for such a thing?!|
|-||We have no time to waste.|
|-||Guards, escort this commoner out of the compound!|
Wang Shin is forced to leave the room, surrounded by two royal guards.
|-||Intendant Han, I no longer recognize you.|
Why are you doing this?
The officer calls him to order.
|-||Come on, let's hurry. Come to your quarters to pack your things.|
Once alone, the intendant doesn't move a centimeter.
He seems frozen, with an empty gaze.
A dark silhouette slips behind Intendant Han.
A female hand with black varnished nails starts to touch his cheek.
The mysterious woman, whose face is partly hidden, whispers in his ear.
|-||You will soon forget this character, intendant.|
|-||As if he had never been part of your world....|
In a room annexed to the police station, Wang Shin finishes his luggage.
He begins by dressing in a buffet outfit, reinforced by protective equipment.
Then he wraps a breech rifle in a sheet, one of the first to appear in Korea.
He also stores in the sheath of his belt a 6-shot revolver.
It is one of these ancient models, requiring to manually raise the firing pin with each shot.
He loads a stick of dynamite, yarn, herbs and compresses into a bag.
He stores half a dozen daggers in sheaths all over his body.
He is equipped with a sword on the side, a bow on the back, and ammunition belts.
Finally, the rest of his stuff is a package the size of a small pillow.
Wang Shin comes out of the house and addresses the officer.
|-||Let me at least say goodbye to Lady Cha.|
|-||All right, I'll walk you to the heavenly hall.|
In the garden of the heavenly hall, there is a lady of the palace, dressed in a Shaman's outfit.
She is so beautiful that no other woman could compete in all of Joseon.
Her only flaw is a kind of sneer on her face making her naturally contemptuous.
She stands next to a large vase carved in the central fountain.
She cuts a plant, holding a shear from her delicate hand with black nails.
Wang Shin arrives at the center of the square.
Lady Cha lifts her head, and standing still, the man and woman look at each other.
Their eyes are charged with a vibrant emotion.
|-||Yu-Sun, it's terrible, my father is dead and I'm being forced to leave the palace.|
|-||I don't know what's going on, but I'll stay close to protect you.|
Cha Yu-Sun's gaze then becomes shady, inflexible.
|-||Who authorizes you to speak to me in a familiar way?|
|-||Yu-Sun, what's going on?|
|-||Have we been intimate?|
Wang Shin's face is tightening.
A dull shiver rises from the bottom of his spine to his ears.
|-||Lady Cha, we love each other... Our kiss....|
|-||As if it had any meaning.|
Tetanized, Wang Shin staggers back one step.
|-||Did someone do something to you too?|
|-||Are you under any constraint?|
|-||You've just deluded yourself.|
|-||No, not you, it's not you...|
|-||It's enough now!|
|-||Let's send this unwelcome one back!|
Immediately two guards seizes Wang Shin, while Lady Cha turns her heels.
Suddenly, Wang Shin puts a guard down with a push/swipe motion.
Immediately, he kicks the second guard in the chest, who is pushed back, half knocked out.
Wang Shin grabs Cha Yu-Sun's forearm, which is forced to turn around.
|-||I want to know for sure.|
With their faces barely ten centimeters apart, Wang Shin looks deep into Cha Yu-Sun's eyes.
But she looks at him with an ulcerated gaze.
|-||Never appear in front of me again.|
The officer is approaching with reinforcements.
Unceremoniously, they catches Wang Shin, who no longer opposes resistance to his evacuation.
A path in the forest, at night.
It's a blue night with a full moon, and rain begins to fall.
Wang Shin's horse advances indolently, at man's pace.
The young man stands bent over his saddle, and cannot hold back his tears.
|-||Shin, I'm finally about to discover the secret identity of the Queen of Darkness.|
|-||So let me intervene with you.|
I fought her guild more than anyone else.
|-||Because of this, you have not recovered from the serious injury inflicted on you by her henchmen.|
|-||It's my duty to finish the job, with the army!|
|-||Your duty is to rest, if you want to survive.|
|-||I can't lose my only son like this....|
|-||I beg you, Wang Shin, don't go, you're in no condition.|
|-||If anything happened to you, I would die without even killing myself.|
|-||So what can I do?|
|-||Stay by my side.|
|-||I'm so scared, the Darkness Guild has already attacked the Heavenly Hall.|
|-||I love you, Wang Shin.|
The two lovers look at each other with concern, their eyes wet.
Then Lady Cha kisses Wang Shin, who answers her kiss.
Wang Shin is suddenly pulled out of his reverie.
His horse rears up and collapses.
After a quick examination, he died, inexplicably.
Wang Shin looks at this faithful companion with a sad and frightened look.
But his instincts bring him back to order.
And he immediately slips into the thickets by the side of the road.
He feels a malicious presence around the road.
He decides to go deeper into the woods.
Two red eyes light up at the top of a slope, between two trees.
We can see a dark, smoking mass standing out from the blue of the night.
It's a wolf, too big to have been birthed by nature.
The evil beast leaps towards Wang Shin, who draws his sword.
Wang Shin takes the lead in this anarchic struggle.
He cuts the creature to death.
Disregarding the sword pushed into his side, the giant wolf tumbles Wang Shin into hand-to-hand combat.
The monstrous mouth closes on his forearm.
Despite the reinforced leather bra, the fangs sink into the flesh.
Horrified, Wang Shin pulls out his gun.
He shoots a bullet into the monster's skull at close range.
A sheaf of blood splatters his distraught face.
But as they swirl between the trees, other enemies are emerging.
The mysterious shadow killers, whom Wang Shin has already fought....
Wang Shin runs to the top of the slope, then turns around.
He arms his rifle, targets one of the killers, and fires.
It is impossible to know the outcome of the shooting in this shady undergrowth.
Wang Shin is running to lose his breath to get out of the forest.
Behind him, the shadow killers sneak in.
They hide behind a tree, then reappear behind another, closer tree.
Wang Shin finally comes to a clear plateau.
He's trying to hide behind a rock.
One of the killers comes out of the woods, and this time Wang Shin's shot hits the target.
Instead of collapsing dead, the killer vanishes into a cloud of shadow.
There are too many shadow killers.
Wang Shin is forced to back down further.
He then realizes that there is no escape, because he is on the edge of a promontory.
He shoots yet another killer, who evaporates, as if swallowed up in the strips of his uniform.
His next opponent is only fifteen meters away, just long enough to reload the breech rifle.
He shoots, and although his aim is perfect, a supernatural phenomenon occurs.
His enemy disappears into a kind of dark implosion, and reappears a meter away.
Forced into close combat, Wang Shin tries to repel the fighter with his rifle.
This killer is much stronger than the others.
He wears a scary mask.
Facing such a formidable enemy is a very difficult task.
That gives the other killers time to rush to Wang Shin.
The hero has the ultimate reflex to take out his sword, and cut one of them up.
And while this killer pulverizes, the others immobilize Wang Shin.
Finally, the masked killer struck him in the head with the guard of his sword.
Stunned, Wang Shin is brought to his knees, close to the edge of the cliff.
Wang Shin sees a silhouette approaching, behind the blood curtain dripping from his eyebrows.
Imperial, the queen of darkness stands in front of him, her abdomen radiating a red supernatural light.
Her body and face are completely dark, nestled in shadow dust.
Her eyes are two smoking light slits.
|-||Choi Jang-Jun, Seo Yong-Gi, Lee Hwon, Park Yoon-Kang.|
I eliminated all these heroes.
|-||You had your hour of glory, a little longer than the others.|
|-||It seems that I had a certain weakness for you for a while....|
|-||But that's it. You're going to erase yourself from my memory.|
Suddenly, the queen of darkness arched backwards, as if possessed.
Like a terrible hallucination, a titanic arm of shadow sprung from her belly.
The supernatural limb rushes at an unimaginable speed to perforate Wang Shin.
|~||That's it, it was some thumbnails of the "Queen of darkness" manhwa, as an introduction....|
|~||Pictures from this week's episode.|
|-||You are watching MBC. I'm Adrien Lee.|
|-||Our current "Culture-Hallyu" show is dedicated to the 8th art.|
|-||This evening, I am hosting a cartoonist so talented, that he is more famous than many authors.|
|-||Park Soo-Bong, it is an honour for me to welcome you.|
|-||Kamsahamnida, thank you very much.|
|-||This is your first television interview, I presume.|
|-||So I'm even more delighted!|
|-||(embarrassed laugh) Ah ah....|
|-||You were the main assistant of the famous Oh Sung-Moo, the author who revolutionized the world of Manwha with "W".|
|-||"Queen of Darkness" is the second Manhwa in which you have participated.|
|-||Can you tell us more about this important turning point in your career?|
|-||The author Moon Mi-Ra has an exceptional graphic talent.|
I learned a lot from her.
|-||In return, I wanted to contribute to her work, by bringing the character of Wang Shin.|
|-||It was a risky bet. Before that, this manhwa was known for its main character, the Queen of Darkness.|
|-||What pleased the readers was the surprising and dark side of the story, featuring a villain instead of a heroine.|
|-||Yes, and she has made a great consumption of heroes, killed in all kinds of Machiavellian ways.|
|-||However, adding a regular hero could bring more stability to the story, and interest new readers.|
|-||And that doesn't stop the queen of darkness from continuing her exactions, which her traditional fans love so much.|
As Soo-Bong talks, the view gradually recedes and we find him on a giant screen of Home Theater.
|~||I am satisfied that readers continued to appreciate Wang Shin, even a year after I left.|
The giant screen is in a very spacious luxury apartment, both modern and Gothic.
The living room is messy, with cans and food wrappers lying around on the floor.
In addition, thick smoke hovers in the atmosphere of the room in black, gold, white, and ochre tones.
On a coffee table, a cigarette butt extinguished in an ashtray looks like a hand-rolled cigarette.
Two women slumped in a huge sofa watch the show.
Moon Mi-Ra is a 30-year-old woman.
She is of divine beauty, but with a naturally disdainful face.
She is dressed in a black and sexy Gothic style, with make-up and black nails.
Kim Yoon-Hee is a very fat 28-year-old girl, with a round and charming face.
|-||You'll see what I do with your hero, Soo-Bong!|
Moon Mi-Ra looks drunk, or under the influence of a psychotropic drug.
|-||But Unnie, it's true that the manhwa sells better thanks to him...|
|-||When I draw Wang Shin, all I see is Soo-Bong.|
|-||And I have only one desire, it's to dismember him!|
|-||After all, I would rather see you angry than depressed. It was about time.|
|-||Only you understand me a bit, Yoon-Hee.|
|-||You must be the only girl who is less lucky in love than I am.|
|-||"Butterfly Girl", it's a totally different style.|
|-||By what incredible feat did you manage to take on the role of lead draftsman?|
|-||It's not so new to me, I had already worked for author Jang Soo-Bin before.|
|-||I didn't know that, and I guess our viewers didn't know that either.|
|-||It's again a success for you.|
|-||How did you come up with the idea of participating in "Butterfly Girl"?|
|-||I really appreciate the rigor of Jang Soo-Bin's scripts, as well as her eccentric and acidulous universe.|
|-||She didn't have time to draw this manhwa, in addition to her main work.|
The view gradually recedes and Soo-Bong is found in an ordinary television screen.
|~||As we had kept in touch, I jumped at the opportunity to draw her story.|
Two elegant women sit on armchairs and watch the television show.
Park Da-Ye is a 44-year-old woman of a very classic high class.
Jang Soo-Bin is a woman of the same age, dressed and styled in a whimsical way (seen in W ep06).
They are in a good quality apartment of medium size, without exaggerated luxury.
The living room is very neat, impeccably clean.
|-||Your designer has style. I thought he was dressing like a teenager.|
|-||That's because I forced him to wear a suit for his interview!|
|-||And to remove his fake stupid glasses....|
|-||I will miss this manhwa, you wrote such a moving story....|
There's a sound of a front door opening.
|-||Is that you, darling?|
|-||Hurry up, you just have time to see the end of the show.|
Professor Park Min-Soo enters the living room.
|-||Are they going to talk about "Queen of darkness"?|
|-||It has already been done.|
|-||Now they're talking about "Butterfly Girl"...|
|-||Rah, I missed the point!|
|-||And now we're going to deal with this rose water romance completely tearful.|
|-||... (Sad and upset)|
|-||Oh, sorry, Soo-Bin, I wasn't saying that to upset you.|
|-||You must certainly be very good at what you do.|
|-||It doesn't matter, it needs something for all tastes....|
|-||Wang Shin versus the Queen of Darkness. That, it's a story that is punchy!|
|-||Name of a coronary bypass! "W" finally had a worthy successor.|
|-||And no grotesque intruders coming to ruin this masterpiece!|
|-||Well, I'll have to leave you.|
|-||I promised Soo-Bong that I would pick him up at the TV studio.|
Jang Soo-Bin left the audience.
Park Min-Soo looks intrigued and watches the television screen.
|-||Hey, that's the mad dog!|
|-||The lunatic who yelled at me in the hospital two years ago...|
|-||he is working for her? (Ting.)|
|-||"Butterfly Girl", it ended this week.|
|-||What do you plan to do now?|
|-||Wait, I have something new for the public.|
|-||We will publish a special episode for "Butterfly Girl", as an epilogue.|
|-||It's your fans who must be happy!|
|-||Yes, the audience often likes to know what happens at the end of a story, to discover the future of the characters.|
|-||And enjoy some of the touching moments of their happy lives.|
|-||"Butterfly Girl" was a rather short one-year work, so we wanted to please our readers.|
|-||We look forward to that.|
|-||But tell us about your future projects.|
|-||I think it's time for me to become an independent, full-fledged author.|
|-||My current assistant is good enough to make up stories, in addition to being able to draw.|
|-||Then we should team up.|
|~||1st principle, autonomy.|
|~||Let your characters live! First ask yourself what they would do, not you.|
|-||They should not become a substitute for your wishes.|
|-||2nd principle, consistency.|
|-||Who has a first aid certificate here?|
Many students raise their hands.
|-||That's a lot of people.|
|-||And what do you think when you see a cliché scene, in which a character gives a cardiac massage on someone who is still breathing?|
A student answers.
|-||Give a cardiac massage, on someone whose heart is beating, causes cardiac arrest.|
|-||That's right, and it's really unbearable to see that.|
|-||Not only is it poorly written, but if ignorant people reproduce this gesture, they could put someone in danger.|
|-||So, consistency in detail, and consistency of the scenario as a whole.|
|-||Take for example a story in which the hero poses as dead, after someone tried to murder him.|
|-||He returned to his city a few years later, determined to take revenge.|
|-||To do this, he makes a false identity for himself, although he is barely disguised.|
|-||The city is fuuuuuull of people or relatives who knew him.|
|-||In fact, he might be discovered every 5 minutes!|
|-||It's simple, my 5-year-old nephew is smarter than this hero...|
|-||...Or than his writer!|
An unknown student woman is laughing.
|-||I just read a manhwa with this scenario recently.|
|-||Share your feelings with us.|
|-||I loved it!|
|-||There was a terrible suspense when he was going to be recognized by his enemies.|
|-||And it was heartbreaking when he had to pretend to ignore his former fiancée, with whom he is still in love.|
|-||And also, the hero was such a cute Oppa...|
(General laughter in the amphitheatre.)
|-||(Amused) Thank you for your candor and enthusiasm, Oh Yeon-Joo.|
|-||Such naivety is rare, the public has become more mature.|
|-||We can no longer serve a scenario filled with unbelievable things out of context.|
|-||And just that....|
|-||3rd principle, the context.|
|-||Investigate thoroughly the environment in which your story takes place.|
|-||You will see that reality is often more extraordinary than what comes out of your imagination.|
|-||It will also give you tons of unexpected ideas, all credible.|
|:||Ah, what if I wrote my manhwa script in the hospital environment?|
|:||I would probably have lots of fabulous and realistic stories...|
|:||Surgical operations would have instructive reversals.|
|:||I could even put a character who looks like the Mad Dog in it.|
Oh Yeon-Joo is going to the campus.
|-||Unnie, wait for me!|
A student is trying to catch up with her.
|-||The teacher called you Oh Yeon-Joo....|
|-||Yes, it is me.|
|-||The real Oh Yeon-Joo?|
|-||Oh Sung-Moo's daughter, the one he drew in "W"?|
|-||I look like me, don't I?|
|-||You are also pretty.|
|-||It's deabak (amazing)! |
I never thought I'd meet you at this script class.
|-||About the lesson, isn't that a bit rigid as a method?|
|-||Are you kidding, you don't know who the teacher is?|
|-||Is it someone famous?|
|-||Of course, she wrote scripts for TV.|
|-||Oh I see, I rarely watch television.|
|-||She even takes care of the future adaptation of "W" into a drama.|
|-||Gosh... the world is a small place.|
|-||Would you like to have a drink?|
|-||I'm sorry, I have an appointment.|
|-||After maybe? Please, Unnie.|
|-||Then I have to pick up my baby from my mother.|
|-||I had so many questions to ask you.|
|-||We can do that next time, before the class.|
|-||Yes, I promise.|
|-||Where should I take you?|
|-||At the Han River Bridge.|
Han River Bridge, at night, in the rain.
|-||I thought my destiny was in this world.|
|-||But I was wrong, my destiny has always been here, on this bridge.|
Near the entrance to the Han River Bridge at night.
Oh Yeon-Joo's taxi arrives near the bridge, but a crowd blocks its access.
|-||Looks like something bad happened.|
|-||I'm sorry, I'm going to have to drop you off here.|
Oh Yeon-Joo gets out of the taxi, and hurries to join the crowd of curious people.
As she tries to make her way, she hears the conversations.
|-||Did he jump off the bridge?|
|-||Yes, I saw it all!|
|-||Lee Jun Ki is Wang Shin. Excerpts from the drama "Joseon Gunman".|
|-||Kim Tae Hee is Cha Yu-Sun. Excerpts from the drama "Jang Ok Jung, Living in Love".|
|-||Kim Tae Hee is Moon Mi-Ra. Excerpts from the drama "IRIS".|
|-||Yang Hye-Ji is Kim Yoon-Hee. Excerpts from her Youtube channel Mukbang.|
|-||Han Hyo-Joo is Oh Yeon-Joo. Excerpts from the drama "W: two worlds".|
|-||Lee Jong-Suk is Kang Chul. Excerpts from the drama "W: two worlds".|
|-||Lee Si-Un is Park Soo-Bong. Extracts from all available sources.|
|-||Heo Jung-Do is Park Min-Soo. Excerpts from the drama "W: two worlds".|
|-||Adrien Lee is himself. Excerpts from the "Showbiz Korea" program.|
|-||Song Jae-Jung is herself. Excerpts from the drama conference "Nine".|
|-||Lee Yo-Won is Park Da-Ye. Excerpts from the drama "Avengers social club".|
|-||Hwang Suk-Jung is Jang So-Bin. Excerpts from the drama "W: two worlds".|
|-||Baek Seo-E is a university student. Excerpts from the drama "Let's Fight Ghost".|
|-||Jung Jin-Young is Wang Il-Do. Excerpts from the drama "Dong-Yi".|
|-||Choi Cheol-Ho is an officer of Joseon. Excerpts from the drama "Joseon Gunman".|
|-||Choi Jae-Sung is an officer of Joseon. Excerpts from the drama "Joseon Gunman".|
|-||Jung Sun-Il is Intendant Han. Excerpts from the drama "Dong-Yi".|