A few days ago, I saw a movie whose name is “음란서생” in Korean and it can be translated into “Lustful Scholar”.
This is comic movie and to my sorrow, it has little probability. The queen – well exactly speaking, the number one royal concubine – playing harlot is impossible.
Let me talk about the background first. The historical background is Joseon Dynasty. There are three major characters in the movie. Two are noble men, and the other is royal concubine, who is beloved most by the King.
The low probabilities:
- Co-operation between the two families of conflict is almost impossible or difficult.
- Honour and dignity are worthier than their lives for noble men of Joseon era. And they write porn novels and paint porn pictures? No, it is not possible.
- Queen loves another man and sleeps together?
- The servants of King, the noble men, made the queen the model of porn picture?
- The king knows that the queen had sex with the noble man, and the he did not kill them all. He even just keep her near, and sent him afar. There was no such gracious king not only in Joseon but also in the whole world of entire history.
Well, well, well. Above all, it is comic movie. If you know Korean language and understand the current cultures in Korea about internet and computer, you may feel it so funny and interesting.
But what I love most is not the comic but the romance and love – the illogical and non-sense love with almost zero probability and possibility.
See the translation of the almost ending part. The king tries to kill or make the writer of porn a eunuch. In the big threat, the writer confess to the queen (before the king)!
Writer: Dear queen. The flowers were in full blossom outside. You were kidding me. You were very pleased kidding me. Then suddenly a bee flew in and I drove it out. It was really, really good day. I am sorry that you have been always in my heart and in my mind from that time every single moment. But I had lustful images in my mind – which I cannot know it is love or lustful desire. How can I easily call it love and say I love you that I even don’t know? And more of it, how can I say I love you that I cannot live when I say I love you? I just, just have it in my heart and hope to be with you in the next world.
Queen: I will be with you there. That is it then.
You can read the original Korean scripture below:
작가: 정빈마마, 밖은 꽃이 만발하였습니다. 마마는 저를 놀리셨죠. 그러면서 즐거워하셨습니다. 갑자기 벌이 한 마리 날아들었고 제가 그 걸 쫓아 드렸죠. 참, 참 좋은 날이었습니다. 황공하옵게도, 그 날부터 한 시도 마음 한 곳에서, 제 머리 속에서 떠나 본 적이 없습니다. 다만 마음 속에 음란한 상상이 자리잡아 그 것이 사랑인지 아니면 음란한 욕심인지 분간이 안되었습니다. 분간이 아니되는데 어찌 사랑이라 쉽게 말하겠나이까? 게다가 사랑이라 말하면 목숨을 부지할 수 없다는 데 어찌 사랑이라 말하겠나이까? 다만 가슴속에 담아 저승에서 만나뵈올 뿐입니다.
정빈: 그러겠습니다. 그러면 되었습니다.