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“Faith” Q&A Part 2

Song Ji-na’s “Faith” Q&A Part 2

Part 1 here.

8. The question was about which scenes Writer Song was the most regretful about (or which scenes left a lot to be desired) and which scenes she treasured the most. Writer Song replied:

“The scene which I am most regretful about right now at this moment is the ending. The most treasured scene is…there are many…if I have to pick…

At the end of episode 19, the feeling of Eun-soo wearing the hat and carrying the cane stick. (The loneliness of future Eun-soo came out without a line of dialogue.)

The expression of Young, fighting alone in episode 22. (Ah, this actor is Choi Young now.)

Gongmin embracing Noguk on the bed in episode 20. (When I wrote it in the script I was okay, but when I saw it broadcasted, I choked up…)”

9. The poster asked if Writer Song had a message she definitely wanted to relay to viewers and the poster asked Writer Song to do it with a line from the drama. Writer Song replied:

“It’s okay. Everything will turn out fine. This is just the beginning.”

Remember, this is Young’s inner thoughts as he is lying in the field, dying.

10. Repeat question of how long Eun-soo was in the past by herself. Writer Song’s answer, “One year.”

11. The question was about why the portal opened so quickly when it was supposed to open every 67 years. If Writer Song is saying it is because of faith, why didn’t Eun-soo go back to dying Young the first time around?

This time, someone else answered. This poster wrote:

“The portal doesn’t open every 67 years; it was supposed to open again in 67 years. The portal opened a few months after Eun-soo first arrived in Goryeo because the portal doesn’t operate regularly. So the portal can open after some time again when Eun-soo goes back in time 100 years. Eun-soo must have traveled through time that way. Although the last time it opened, it seemed to be because of faith. Well, at least this is how I understood it.”

Underneath this comment, Writer Song replied, “Yes, yes. This is so.”

In sum, Eun-soo’s calculations weren’t entirely correct. There was always the possibility that the portal would open at other times besides Eun-soo’s calculated dates. But at the end, Eun-soo was the one who opened the portal with her faith.

12. The question was, “Did you plan the situations involving the poison and diary from the beginning? The poison didn’t seem to simply be something that harms people but something with an important meaning. What was it symbolic of?”

Writer Song replied, “I thought the diary was a record. The poison is poison. Something that harms us- we who should living healthily and properly. The poison when we talk about addiction. Drug addiction, alcohol addiction, materialistic addiction, apathy addiction, etc. I wanted to show it through different situations. But first, the lack of imagination on the part of the writer. Second, adverse conditions. Because of the lack of other things, I used the poison as a metaphor. I used it easily because it was simple…ㅜㅜ”

13. The question was about Son Yoo again. The poster asked if he was from the future and why he had the watch and told his assistant to burn Eun-soo’s tools. The poster also wanted to know if the person that Eun-soo wasn’t supposed to save was Lee Seong-gye.

Writer Song replied:

“The two stances regarding history. One is Son Yoo. The other is Eun-soo. This is what I thought. I couldn’t let go of my greed and attachment so while I was unable to draw it out from the story, I dealt with it only through dialogue. About Son Yoo, the answer is above…” (Answered in Part 1.)

It seems Writer Song really wanted to further explore the differences between Son Yoo and Eun-soo’s treatment of history but she couldn’t due to constraints. I’m hoping she writes more about this in her novel version.

14. This poster asked Writer Song to clearly explain why so many scenes from the script were deleted. The poster can understand if they had to film centrally on sets because of the budget but he/she can’t understand other things.

Writer Song replied, “*weep* The first mistake is that the writer couldn’t write scenes to meet the conditions of the production.”

It must be really difficult for drama writers in general to have to write in terms of budget and other production conditions, which may be very different what they had envisioned for their drama. I would probably be heartbroken if I couldn’t get a scene I desperately wanted.

15. “Why couldn’t Ki Chul go through the portal?”

Writer Song replied, “I’m curious about that too! I was just concerned that there would be people waiting in front of the Bongeunsa(temple) when there are solar flares. As a prevention measure ;)”

LOL. Writer Song has a sense of humor! I think I remember her answering this question a little more seriously later on when someone asks again.

16. This question is one that everyone here is also curious about. The poster asked if they filmed the kiss scene, with hopes that it might be included in the DVD.

Writer Song replied, “If they filmed it, it is unlikely that they would have taken it out during editing because the editing team had pressured me to put in kiss scenes.”

Hahahaha! I guess everyone wants a kiss scene.

17. “Which scene do you like the most?”

Writer Song replied, “I answered a similar question up above.” (Question 8 above.)

18. The question is about which scene Writer Song put the most effort in.

Writer Song replied, “In the beginning, action scenes. Later on I gave up after I realized they can’t be filmed the way I want. It was hard trying to develop both Young and Gongmin’s growth side-by-side, step-by-step.”

19. This question was about the 500 nyang situation- why Writer Song wrote this kind of situation.

Writer Song replied, “Just because… 😉 I wanted to put Choi Young in a situation that we experienced because I thought if I put Choi Young in that situation, it would seem more realistic…Truthfully, I wanted to extend that 500 nyang issue a little longer but I got irritated and just ended it.”

I’m getting the feeling from the way the poster asked the question and the way Writer Song answered it that there was some real situation in recent Korean issues that was similar to what happened to Choi Young.

20. “Were there other images of Choi Young that you wanted to show in the drama?”

Writer Song replied, “I wanted to show a cheerful, cute, and happy image, but strangely ever time I wrote that kind of scene, it would get cut at the film site. ㅜㅜ I thought they must not like it and later cowered a bit.”

Ha! I wonder what happened on the film site for people to agree that a cute and happy Young wasn’t going to work. Curiouser and curiouser.

21. “While every character that came out in ‘Faith’ was good, I felt that you put a lot more effort into Choi Young. I read here and there that women felt like they were dating Choi Young. Did you ever feel like you were dating Choi Young while you writing the script?”

Writer Song replied, “I disliked him a bit while I was writing. ㅎㅎ It was because it hard writing lines for a character that used succinct speech. I heard that on the set, Eun-soo and Choi Young worked with smiling faces despite harsh conditions because they both have great personalities, so I was very grateful.”

I never got the feeling with Choi Young, the way I did with Kim Boong-do from “Queen In Hyun’s Man,” that the writer was in love with the character and I guess I was right. With Boong-do, you could the writer was head-over-heels with her own character from the way she set up this character, speech, and Hee-jin’s reaction to him. It wasn’t the same feeling with Choi Young.

22. This poster was curious about Young and his sword. She/He asked how Young was able to stay a general when he said his sword was heavy. Was the burden in his heart cured? If it was, at what point? What made him able to pick up the sword again?

Other people answered this- that Young answered this question during his conversation with Gongmin in episode 2. He wasn’t going to follow his teacher’s footsteps. Writer Song replied that the people above answered for her.

23. Once again, this question was about why there were so many missing scenes from the script. The poster seemed pretty upset about it.

Writer Song replied, “Ah…I just took sleeping pills after I watched the episode yesterday and went to sleep. I’m just thinking that the filming situation must have been difficult…that they didn’t have time.”

24. The question was about what message Writer Song wanted to deliver through the drama.

Writer Song replied, “Even if we live just one day, let’s live it loving.”

Or maybe, “Even if you live one day, love.” Does that sound better? The one above is more true to the Korean, I think, but in English, the second one sounds more smooth. Anyway, I love the message.

To be continued with Part 3.

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50 Comments Post a comment
  1. So the writer was as frustrated as us, viewers, about the deleted scenes that she had to take sleeping pills! Really wished that the budget/filming situation could have been better.

    The reply given by another poster about the 67 years really helped to clear my doubts. It sounded logical.

    November 17, 2012
  2. aiya…seems like writer song couldnt freely wrote what she wanted to!! If only she had free rein! perhaps we would get to see more KISSES!!! and the story would flow much smoother…

    thanks! cant wait for part 3!

    November 17, 2012
  3. naughtycat #

    But this drama was in the works for several years already. They had to change actors, and story line but still ended up racing against time. I wonder what went wrong. And for a writer to feel this frustrated means we, viewers, signed up for a drama that’s supposed to be better than what we actually saw. Nonetheless, Faith is not a failure. Hope writer Song, the production team and actors don’t take it this way. They had to make do with what’s available in terms of budget and time. I still find the drama’s insights simply brilliant and cut above the rest in terms of depth and heart.

    November 17, 2012
    • minozlove #

      It is wonderful to hear from the writer, and I must say that Faith is absolutely amazing to me no matter what, I do get her message of love so clearly, that is why I am so addicted I think. Faith is perfect, I fill in the missing scenes in my head

      November 17, 2012
    • joonni #

      Well, Writer Song joined the project late in the game and she had to work with a lot of the changes required by the lawsuit from Dr. Jin. I think there might have been other reasons why the drama was changed so much.

      November 18, 2012
      • Here in the US, for every writers must have a copy writes for a story (patent) same thing. If a story exisist somewhere or a history, you must have permission to write or re-write a portion of a story. It gets more complicated, but that’s a simple version of it in the Film Industry. “Harry Potter” took 2 yrs for patent..approval started shooting after 5yrs. That’s inside info.

        November 19, 2012
  4. “Even if you live one day, love.” :”/>
    I really love that. I think the problem lies with the low ratings, hence the reception of the Korean audience dictated their budget so as Writer Song put it, she can’t be always sure that what she wrote would be possible to film for the production team. I understand that. Besides, we shouldn’t blame them all the time, they insisted on kisses so we should be thankful for those kind of touches, right? Hihi.
    I’m waiting for the Faith novel so I’ll grasp Writer Song’s complete picture of Choi Young and Eun Soo’s story. (Joonni, since you’re translating most of Faith-related stuff, can you help us also with this? It’s a bit too shameless on my part, considering the amount of work that would require but can you consider that for us? Even if you say no, still a million thanks. I am indebted to you for your hard work, so to show my appreciation, I would soon start watching Queen InHyun’s Man, your first recap project here.)

    November 17, 2012
    • joonni #

      People asked me to translate already. I don’t think I can translate all of it, if at all, but first I have to get my hands on it. Let’s see how it goes.

      Yay! QIHM!

      November 18, 2012
  5. ann #

    Hi Joon, how are you? I can rehab myself from faith by sending LMH message on his FB everyday, maybe 4 or 5 times a day. I don’t care he would read it or not. Haha.. It seems he doesn’t understand english very well.. And secondly I intens following his trip to Philipine for a few days!

    I do miss to get a long with another girls in this blog. Or just watch them having a party, discussing and gossiping here. I miss daejang and eun soo so much, that’s why I don’t wanna be disappointed if I couldn’t met them (faith family) here again, that’s why I’m better not to open your blog. Because the faith is over!

    But I get recover now, day by day, little by little, it’s just a story not a real life, there’s no daejang, there’s no eun soo. There’s only LMH and KHS. But the story would be still living in my mind. And sometimes I’m smile myself when I remember part or the scenes that memorable in my heart.

    There’s a video of Bench Fun Meet that I saw, one scene on stage, between LMH with a lucky girl to have poster with his autograph, was he helped her posing by holding his poster in front of her from behind with his two hands. It reminds me of the scene when daejang told of his sword to eun soo and help her hold the sword from behind with his two hands.
    In the video I heard the girls screaming very jealous to see LMH was very gentlemen to treat women.
    Also about some fans question :
    Host “what do you do first thing in the morning?”
    LMH “I have a dog name Choco, will first feed him breakfast.”
    See how he so cares with something he loves so much, than I remember when daejang always says in front of Gongmin, “that person always comes first”. Another question :
    Host “Besides acting, what others do you want to challenge?”
    LMH “Dancing. I feel my dance is not bad but fans are making fun of me so I won’t dance anymore.” Haha.. I remember when eun soo took a flower and put it on his ear, see how his reaction when eun soo laughed at him.
    Last question :
    Host “Do you know you are very handsome and have a good figure. How do you maintain it?”
    LMH : “Fans told me I am nice looking so i remember it.”
    Remember how choi young cleaned up him self from blood before seeing eun soo.
    Some characters daejang or incident on faith turns out there at LMH. By watching how he treats a woman, his attitudes, his smile and body languages, I think LMH is a very kind and warm person, people around him must love him so much. Just like wudalchi love him and adore him.

    Shall I could erase the shadow of daejang by seeing LMH in real life? I really miss him.

    Ohh Joonni, I’m so easy to get addiction, and it takes so much energy, that’s why I won’t watch KDrama for a few while, maybe I will wait LMH next project on early 2013. Please be sure you would recap it. Haha.. Can I not watch another drama?

    Love you Joonni, you too Softy. You two won’t be easy to be forgotten, as I won’t be able to forget LMH, haha.. (Big hug!)

    November 17, 2012
    • joonni #

      Thanks for that little interview! I see you think of Faith all the time 😉 😀

      November 18, 2012
  6. Dear Joonni… thank you for your monumental effort reading the scripts and Q&A with Writer Song, to share with us non-Korean speakers. I appreciate it so much – me, the still-unable-to-let-go Faith (or more apt, Choi Young-Eun Soo) addict. Can I give you and everyone a great big HUG?

    I have one question. ES mentioned to CY that he’s so famous in heaven, that there is a song about him. Does this song really exist? If yes, I really hope there’s a youtube link? 🙂 Thanks so much and another HUG!

    November 17, 2012
    • joonni #

      There is a song, just like ES said, but I can’t find it on youtube.

      November 18, 2012
  7. Sunshine #

    I’m really enjoying reading the q&a with writer Song. I find it interesting that she wasn’t in love with her character of CY like the writer of QIHM. How could she not fall in love with a guy like CY?! 🙂 I also thought it was cute that they were wanting more kiss scenes…didn’t we all. LOL. I wonder how this story even came to her. Whether it was from a novel, real people, or a drama….what was it that sparked her interest and compelled her to in write Faith. Maybe it is in q&a part III?

    I think it is very touching that the message she wantd to impart to her readers/the viewers was that we are to live each day lovingly. That is really beautiful. It would be so awesome if she is doing a book signing for the novel when we are in Korea!

    November 17, 2012
    • It boggles my mind how a character she wasnt in love with came out so well on screen – maybe we need to give LMH a lot of credit for that. She might not have loved CY, but he did and made his character come alive. I think he got who CY was and how he should be portrayed so on set they took out the cute, happy, cheerful sides to him that she wrote in – makes me think that’s the type she goes for in real life (the real LMH). if CY was suddenly cute or cheerful, I woul have wondered what got into him.

      November 17, 2012
      • chikoku #

        You’re right, Softy. LMH does make a legend in FAITH.

        He able to make me – a picky person who ignore him from his debut on BOF to City Hunter – become his huge fans trough this Faith. Before, I just think he as the a handsome actor with so so talent, so that I ignore him. Now, i become the most type of fans that i avoid so much, a stalker. T___T

        But if i re-think again, the reason i’m falling in love with him is the mature act, just like i love Kim Nam Gil in Queen Soen Deok (ooh GOD, he damn good in that
        drama) I love whoever put him/herself to the character and bring it to live. The people like this are doing their job not just because of the money, but also with passsion and love.

        November 17, 2012
        • Cariad #

          I am the same as you chikoku… Wasn’t really a big fan of LMH before but because of FAITH, and his portrayal of Choi Young I have come to admire him…really admire him… And somehow made me hope that there is such a Man as Choi Young for real out there… Someone who loves as passionately as him and who is as honorable as him…. Sigh… He made me believe… I love that even writer song said LMH is Choi Young now on that scene in episode 22… Just love that….

          November 19, 2012
      • Sunshine #

        Hey Softy! Completely agree. I’ve read of some actors getting so into the role that they truly believe, they are that person. (albeit temporarily)
        I think LMH really has a natural knack for interpreting what should happen…and not in a forced way. Like the scene after ES is kidnapped, and CY patted Dae-mans head, in a “well done/glad you are okay/thanks” affectionate manner towards one of his “kids” who had just been injured trying to protect his beloved general’s woman. Cutesy is just not part of CY’s warrior image.

        November 17, 2012
  8. So much to consider, to pour over and to rethink. I guess I have to learn how to read Hangul now so I can buy the Book 🙂 Or depend on some kind soul to translate it – roughly – I would even volunteer to novelize it properly 😀

    Thank you Joonni for translating the Q&A as well as being the fairy godmother to us Faithers 😀

    November 17, 2012
    • joonni #

      teeheehe! “Fairy godmother.” 😀 I feel so old.

      November 18, 2012
      • Aww Jooni, you are not old (Pst, I’m probably older than you LOL).
        But seriously, I have started to novelize episode 1 (am planning to translate it into German later for a friend who isn’t fluent in English) and IF Writer Song publishes the novel, someone could translate the changes made instead of the whole thing. This way we would get the complete book. without needing to translate it all.

        December 2, 2012
  9. CallieP #

    Writer Song replied, “I disliked him a bit while I was writing. ㅎㅎ It was because it hard writing lines for a character that used succinct speech.
    Joonni, could you please explain this further, “hard writing lines for a character that used succinct speech.” What do you think she mean by that? (Succinct means concise, to the point, clear so would not that be easy to write???) That made her dislike the character??? One would think such a character would be delightful, someone who does not play games, straight forward and sincere. Different from the usual. I think I am missing something. Thanks.

    November 17, 2012
    • minozlove #

      I have to say that writer Song’s ability to use so few words is what made me so enamored with drama in so many ways. I think she uses language SO well that I just melted with it so many times. So many times. I love her writing.

      November 17, 2012
    • Joonni, a million thanks for an awesome translation for the Q/A part 2. I really enjoy reading the whole comments. I can understand what writer Song was going thru w/ her writing and to translate it in to screen/writers is two different things! As for the love situation, the build up was interesting! It’s sad that a production couldn’t full fill the write’s imagination, and to collaborate it w/ Dir./Cam. vision!! Thanks again Joonni

      November 17, 2012
    • joonni #

      Yes, that is what she meant by succinct. I can imagine it being really hard to write for a character like that actually because you have to find the balance between making everything clear and covering all the points you want to cover without being too verbose. I struggle with that too.

      November 18, 2012
  10. minozlove #

    Deajang Joonni, YOU ARE THE BEST

    November 17, 2012
  11. omiki #

    Thanks a million for translating the Q & A. You are really a god sent for us non-Korean readers/speakers who like Faith the drama dearly and still cannot get over it!

    November 17, 2012
  12. Geneva Ashdene #

    Don’t think too much is what I have to tell myself. Just enjoy the story, Lee min ho and the cast’s performance. For instance, if faith causes the portal to take one ES in and rejected KC, and the hesitation puts her in a different time when she tried to return, then I don’t understand how Choi Young was able to bring ES through the first time. He had faith and nothing to lose but she did not. She was grabbed.
    I was very affected by the reactions and emotions shown at the time they went through the first time. No matter how good looking he is, he is a psycho to ES. He has known himself to be righteous and noble but had to do all this to her, grabbing and carrying her off. Choi Young would not harm anyone just like that but had to go through with it. Choi Young had killed many people. But I haven’t see KC or DC killing as many. Twisted.

    November 17, 2012
    • To answer your question, the ideal of being a warrior is always defend with no questions ask.. Ask after.. if they survive the cause of approaching with intent to kill! CY had no reason to questioned an order given by the King, but he hesitates in the early eps. As to the other two they are noblemen, not warrior!!

      November 18, 2012
      • Geneva Ashdene #

        Exactly. How difficult it must be for CY, killing more than the villainous noblemen and grabbing a defenseless woman begging not to be taken . Writer wrote it and LMH portrayed the reluctant soldier perfectly. Had to go through everything he would not have done in his nature, but did. HIs hesitation came later, when his hand started to shake. Sword became heavy. Totally sympathised with his situation.

        Agree with writer that LMH is CY.

        November 18, 2012
        • Most book writer’s embellish the story and wants the story to be told as is!! But along the way, screen writer’s that collaboratives w/ writer Song had to cut corners for Production purpose. There are so much more that could be done..but couldn’t!! I would of loved to work on that Production..!!?

          November 18, 2012
    • joonni #

      I got the feeling that Writer Song did not have a clear idea on how the portal worked actually, like she was thinking if one actually exits, no one would exactly know how it works either.

      November 18, 2012
      • Geneva Ashdene #

        Dear Joonni

        First thank you for everything you did.

        Episode 24 made Episode 1 very powerful – there is much more to it and now I understand the story more and why LMH said his favourite scene in ep 1 is the beginning and also the end.

        My favourite episode is ep 1 for many reasons.

        Thanks for making it possible to realize and understand the story by putting up the scripts, the Q and A and your explanation.

        Love you.

        November 19, 2012
  13. wow, the writer of Faith is so humble and funny. Thanks for this.

    November 18, 2012
  14. Chepie2 #

    About the many missing scenes from the script that writer Song replied to this way: “Ah…I just took sleeping pills after I watched the episode yesterday and went to sleep. I’m just thinking that the filming situation must have been difficult…that they didn’t have time.”

    This cracked me up. (lol) I think Ms. Song is a kind of “matter-of-fact” person who also would rather give a straightforward answers (much like her main character CY) than elaborate on the why’s—and you translated it in one of her answers describing CY as “succinct.”

    I tried to search what the legal case was with “Dr. Jin” in particular but I didn’t find any English article about it. I saw its trailer but haven’t watched the drama yet (but now I’m intrigued). What was really the issue about apart from a similar time-travel theme for Faith to be cut short(er) than how it would have been??

    BTW, thanks so much for your diligence in translating this. Hope your wrist is better now that you don’t have to keep up with the pressure of Faith. 😉

    November 18, 2012
  15. Cariad #

    Thank you so so so much Joonni… Love to know all these information… Can’t wait for the book…

    November 19, 2012
  16. minozlove #

    Quick question, did anyone watch Secret garden? Do you know how many episodes it has, would you recommend it? thank you

    November 19, 2012
    • WendyM #

      Yes. I think they are 20 episodes. Really enjoyed it, I like Hyun Bin acting and the dialogues for his character were really good. First drama I saw Ha Ji Won but after that I watched Damo which is very good.

      Secret garden commentary by HB and HJW

      November 19, 2012
      • Yes, I highly recommend it! It’s has a little bit of everything, enjoy!!

        November 19, 2012
    • Sussie #

      Ditto, minozlove… As Wendy, I enjoyed watching SG… it´s funny and a total different plot. Also, you have Hyun Bin as the leading male 🙂

      November 19, 2012
      • minozlove #

        Sussie, thank you so much and for the link, I appreciate it very much. I do need to start watching something else to get my heart of Faith just for at least an hour a day :). Thank you for the link, I am getting so used to reading the commentaries.

        November 19, 2012
  17. minozlove #

    Joonni, thank you so much for doing this. I must say, I love, love, love LMH, but I truly miss our daejang and imja, I miss their kind and understated loving. I was just watching the show “Parenthood” on hulu last night and there was a kiss scene, and I almost felt, “oh too much, too much” I just love the understated loving that is also so powerful. Thank you for helping us understand more of it.

    November 19, 2012
  18. Sussie #

    Joonni, thks for posting part 2 😉
    “The scene which I am most regretful about right now at this moment is the ending”… I feel so sad for Writer Song… how frustrating it must have been for her to watch them shoot such an important scene in very different way at what she had in mind… since it was the ending scene, she was clearly looking for a scene that could display all …
    I believe that this is one of the main reasons why she has decided to write the novel :)… she is writing it for all Faith´s fan… including herself!

    November 19, 2012
  19. Thank you, Joonni. You make life much, much more pleasant. I shall look forward to Part 3. 🙂
    Faith is like writer Song’s baby. I can imagine her frustration when it couldn’t tell the whole story like she intended. I sincerely hope her novel will be translated so that those who are Korean illiterate can enjoy.

    Here’s to the story teller, Writer Song and to Joonni for a wonderful blog!

    November 20, 2012
    • Sorry, I meant Korean language illiterate’s like myself.

      November 20, 2012
  20. I know this is an old show but I would like to check why does the future Eun-soo say the queen will die and king will not be king? So does that mean she was with Choi young before and they had escaped before and that is why the queen died? And she is telling the present Eun-soo not to run away even it is her last day. So does that mean she is with Choi young the 2nd time already?

    January 7, 2017

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