[Pexers Write-Ups] Shin Jung Tae’s World: The Art Of War episode 22
All wars need excuses and justifications. The Hwangbang and ill Gook Hwae had a long standing feud of sorts between its representatives. It is only a matter of time when a flashpoint is created. Jung tae is seen as allied with Hwangbang though ironically he personally wishes to destroy it to avenge his father’s death. He can’t do it alone nor do it in the quickest possible time. Its enemy must be used to topple the old man’s empire and end his greed and evil ways.
Fortunately for Jung Tae, the aggressive and impetuous Aoki and Gaya of IGH had been burning with desire to take over Club Shanghai. They’ll do anything to destroy Seol Doo Sung’ s stranglehold on the prized space. Aoki had dangled money and power to Jae Hwa just to get the latter’s alliance with them. It was this that triggered Jung Te to fight with Jae Hwa.
Series of previous foray of IGH if you recall include involvement in the corpse snatching, attempts on the life of Jung Te, failures of Gaya in taking over Shanghai, Aoki’s failure to get the club and brewing internal revolt indicate a weakening structure of the organization. Shinichi’s thwarted assassination mission on the life of the old man of Hwangbang was the last straw for it to demand the head of Aoki. To save himself and Gaya, Aoki’s preempted strike was to kill Denkai. If Denkai was using diplomacy in dealing with HB, Aoki is a war hawk. Jung Te knew the war between the two organizations will erupt anytime, he used their animosities for Bangsamtong’s advantage. Jung tae also extracted his “father’s” promise to return OK Ryeon to him after the war.
Wars don’t have to be executed with weapons alone. Planning with Mo, Jung Te’s best strategies include the use of deception such as false emergency calls using the telephone system to divide the deployment of the IGH’s troops, take advantage of the thinning of forces to rob its bank of gold and money, get the cooperation of the Security Director by bribing him, utilization of HB’s soldiers , and entrap Aoki by his “gift”.
All the above was in place ready for execution by the Bangsamtong team and Mo’s team , once Jung Te emerged out of the IGH headquarters.By doing so Jung Te risked his and the old man’s life when they paid respect to Denkai’s funeral. It was an entrapment to their death set up by Gaya. But Jung Te was able to skillfully defeat and kill Aka, Gaya’s personal sword man. In effect, JT fulfilled his promise to exact justice to her father’s death. Debt paid. But Gaya is becoming desperate asking Jung Te to side with them.
What happened in Shanghai was a local war between the two organizations. With the defeat of IGH, HB stands alone without a mortal enemy or so it thinks. Bangsamtong, on the other hand, has smelled victory and looking forward to the spoils of war: houses for the people and better living conditions. That is what they left Korea and what they had been fighting for not ideologies.
But wait, Jung Te is not through yet. The last battle belongs to him. But first he had to secure Ok Ryeon is out of harm’s way by proposing to her. By publicly asking endorsement from the Chirinbang for this proposal Seol Doo couldn’t refuse his request.
The happy occasion is almost perfect-the couple kissed after exchanging vows and promises amidst the applause of the visitors except there’s poison lurking around looking for its intended victim.