This time on “Would I Date Him?”…I reflect upon a secondary leading man from the series Haechi .
Our candidate: Haechi’s king of the streets, Dal Moon, portrayed by Park Hoon, is the defacto leader of the streets. Dal Moon had an extensive network and can find out anything. He can and did influence the people through story tellers, flyers, etc. Initially Dal Moon’s services could be bought and he worked against the rising Prince Yeoninggun. But he grew to like and support the prince who became King.
I’ve never seen a drama with Park Hoon, so he was a new actor in my kdrama repertoire. His swarthy looks and smile scored with me.
Background. Dal Moon was born on the streets and through smarts and innate leadership rose in status and power. He had an Achilles Heel, Cheon Yoon Young (Bae Jung Hwa) a girl he loved who spurned that life for power and status as the concubine of the evil Prince Milpoonggun.
SMART & STRATEGIC. Dal Moon had an fleet of followers that could get any kind of information inside and outside the a palace. He was no dummy and gave excellent advice to Prince then King Yeoninggun. Through his repeated dealings with the King, they became friends. The King thought nothing of visiting Dal Moon to discuss information and strategy.
LOYAL. Dal Moon because a stalwart supporter of King Yeoninggun. The King’s policy of listening to the people and making changes based on what he heard, was unheard of. Dal Moon used his underground network to ferret out key information that the King needed to make correct choices.
BLINDED BY LOVE. Dal Moon’s Achilles Heel was Cheon Yoon Young. He loved her. She knew it. She lied to him many times and he saved her every time. At one point, he literally hid her so the King and his men would not find her. She wasn’t worthy of his love and she knew it. While Dal Moon may have intellectually known she was no good, his heart couldn’t give up hope that she could and would change. Eventually it was moot and Dal Moon was set free to potentially love again.
Is he my next date?
Dal Moon proves power isn’t just for the nobles. His sphere of influence was large. He treated his band of followers well, they were a team and he was their leader. For the most part he was a smart, trustworthy confidant of the King. While I didn’t like seeing him played by his first love, it made him human and fallable. And aren’t we all? YES, I would date him. 👍