“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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