Bulgasal: Immortal Souls, or 불가살/Bulgasal, is a fantasy-thriller Korean drama created by Jang Young-woo, Kwon So-ra, and Seo Jea-won and stars Lee Jin-uk, Kwon Na-ra, Kim Woo-seok and Lee Joon, alongside other cast members. There are 16 episodes, and Bulgasal episode 14 has a runtime of 62 minutes.
Netflix describes the series as:
Cursed since birth and exempt from death, a revenge-driven immortal sets out on a quest to reclaim his soul and end a 600-year-old vendetta.
– Bulgasal episode 13 recap contains major spoilers –
Ah, the emotions around Hwal trying to stab someone to death and Sang-un desperately trying to stop him from becoming like Eul-tae. It’s going to be a tough episode, I am guessing, so hang tight.
As Do-yun and Si-ho try to figure out a way to escape their murdering captor’s clutches, Sang-un cries over Hye-suk’s dead body. As they figure out where Min-su is taking the other two, Sang-un is taken aback by Hwal’s cold attitude over Hye-suk’s death. On the other hand, Si-ho and Do-yun make a daring escape from Min-su, although running away becomes a problem thanks to Do-yun’s stomach wound.
Hiding in a greenhouse, Si-ho touches Do-yun’s hand and has a flashback of the day when he died in his previous life. Shocked, they try to run away but each of them try to sacrifice their lives for the other. As Min-su gets closer, Si-ho shouts for Do-yun to run away and find Hwal. Meanwhile, Hwal, too, is running towards them. It’s too late though and when Hwal reaches them, he finds Do-yun gravely injured and Si-ho kidnapped. Hwal literally sees red.
Sang-un, meanwhile, gets an inkling as to where Min-su is and run towards him. After a showdown, he is almost about to stab her when Hwal knocks him out with a shovel. A fight ensues and Hwal is able to finally kill him. Si-ho is fine too, so thank everything that is holy. Weirdly, both of Hwal’s eyes are injured in the fight.
As everyone gets ready for an imminent boss fight in Bulgasal episode 14, Eul-tae thinks back to when he had lost his soul to Hwal 1000 years ago. Hwal had taken his soul to be born as a human. Eul-tae had to do one thing though – find Hwal and turn him into a Bulgasal in his next life and take his soul back. Otherwise, the hole in his chest would never heal. In the present, Hwal tells Sang-un the truth about everything and asks all of them to leave.
Eul-tae’s next target seems to be Ho-yeol though. He calls him over and tells him that Hwal had murdered his father, who was actually a Monster who murdered his wife and neighbours. Apparently, that totally buys Ho-yeol over, someone who has spent so much time with Hwal and apparently likes him. I mean, sure man. You know Eul-tae but you’re so easily swayed by him talking to you for one minute.
Either way, sitting alone at home, Hwal finally acknowledges the pain and guilt of losing Hye-suk. Going through seeing visions of her throughout her lifetime, he realises that he was unfair to the only person who was actually his family in this life. Man, it’s so sad. Hye-suk has had it really tough and her happy exterior would’ve fooled anyone of the heartbreak that she has felt throughout her life. Hwal’s heartbreak at Hye-suk’s death finally comes to the surface where he sobs and then tries to kill himself. Or well, stab himself because he can’t technically die.
Sang-un gets to him just in time to stop him and Hwal finally opens up to her and says that his anger has kept him from realising that Hye-suk was like a daughter to him and he couldn’t save her. His desire to become a Bulgasal resulted in him losing his family over and over again – he’s in perpetual pain. Sang-un hugs him and tearfully promises him that she will help him save his family this time.
Final thoughts: Bulgasal episode 14
The preview for the next episode shows that apparently Eul-tae did everything thus far for Hwal and I am so confused right now.
Either way, ah man I am just glad no one is dead this time around. I don’t think I could’ve handled another heartbreak. Just that poor Do-yun just constantly gets stabbed by Eul-tae – such a shame. Regardless, what an engaging episode! I just could not stop wondering what was going to happen next. I think the highlight of the episode was Hwal finally acknowledging what Hye-suk means to him. I mean, being alive for 600 years with revenge in your heart cannot be easy and that’s what I feel has happened to him. Either way, the fact that he came to the conclusion that Hye-suk was like a daughter to him is enough to give him some sort of humanity because otherwise, his nonchalance was leaving a bad taste in my mouth.
I also desperately want to know what’s going on with Eul-tae, Hwal and Sang-un. What is this revenge triangle that we are watching? So, Hwal wanted Eul-tae to make him a Bulgasal and then made him one. He was reborn as Hwal and Sang-un took Hwal’s soul, which was actually Eul-tae’s, and made him a Bulgasal instead. So now Eul-tae is going after Sang-un to get his soul back from her. I think that’s the gist of it. But, there are intricacies here, I feel. Why did Hwal want to become a Bulgasal again? Why was he in a relationship with Sang-un back then? How did Sang-un become a Bulgasal? Or was she, too, one, 1000 years? Too many questions, too few answers!
Bulgasal: Immortal Souls is streaming on Netflix.
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