Bulgasal: Immortal Souls

  • 08 Jan - 14 Jan, 2022
  • Mag The Weekly

Bulgasal: Immortal Souls is another Korean import for the streamer, this time incorporating fantasy horror elements. An immortal man driven by revenge and cursed since birth conducts his quest for appeasement across the vast arc of time. “On this land 600 years ago, there lived beings that were not human,” a man says in voiceover. “They were monsters. Human-eating monsters.” 600 years into the past, and a ragged band of freezing peasants trudge through the snow. It’s the late Goryeo period of Korean history, and an attack on their village by Japanese pirates has forced this group into the mountains. Problem is, that’s where the monsters live. And it only gets worse. One woman in their group, pregnant, hangs herself, but gives birth after she dies. It’s a cursed baby, a wise old hag says. “It should have never been born. It should have died with the mother. It has no soul and it cannot die. Bulgasal has cursed the baby. And Bulgasal has a grudge against your baby from a previous life.” Ten years later, it hasn’t gotten any easier. The boy, nameless, lives as an outcast from the village, which is constantly terrorized by monsters. But then Goryeo General Dan Geuk encounters the boy. He adopts him and gives him the name Hwal, which means “rebirth.” And the action flashes forward 17 years to the early Joseon Period. Hwal has become a fearsome warrior; the general trained him well. Hwal proceeds to vanquish one of the last monsters standing, the bloodthirsty Dueoksini. All of this heroism, and he is still a haunted man.

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