Thursday, October 18, 2007

"Jumong", A Historical Drama of Goguryeo

Jumong (2006) is a historical drama which aired on South Korea's MBC television network as a 45th Anniversary Special Drama. Originally set to be 60, MBC decided to extend it to 81 episodes (1 hour/episode) due to its popularity. It portrays the life of Jumong Taewang, (founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo). Because few details are found in the historical records on Jumong, much artistic license is taken. Much of the original myths surrounding Jumong have been replaced with more down-to-earth storylines, such as that concerning his birth. It is also considered a major part of the "Korean wave." This film were directed by Geun-hong Kim and Ju-hwan Lee.


Song Il-gook as Prince Jumong
Han Hye-jin as Lady Soseono
Kim Seung-soo as Prince Daeso
Jeon Gwang-ryeol as King Geumwa
Oh Yeon-soo as Lady Yoohwa
Kyeon Mi-ri as Queen Wonhu
Kim Byeong-ki as Yeontabal
Jin Hee-kyeong as Sorceress Yeomieul
Lee Jae-yong as Prime Minister Budeukbul
Heo Joon-ho as General Haemosu
Song Ji-hyo as Lady Yesoya
Won Ki-joon as Prince Yeongpo
Bae Soo-bin as Sayong
Park Tam-hee as Lady Yangseolran
Lim So-yeong as Buyeong
Yoon Dong-hwan as Yangjeong
Ahn Jeong-hoon as Mari
Lim Dae-ho as Hyeopbo
Yeo Ho-min as Oyi
Jeong Ho-bin as Wootae
An Young Jun as Yuri

The most surprising time in history has come back 2000 years later, a time when the nation, Goguryeo made China fall down to their knees and when they fought other nations without any fear. Meet a hero bigger than the myth. Alexander, Genghis Khan, we have the hero who overwhelmed his generation and changed history, Jumong! Up to now we have been used to dramas dealing with the history of kings and knights but now we are about to challenge in creating a drama with the birth of a true hero. A name only remembered as a myth. Get ready to meet Jumong, the hero who opened up the skies of the Old Joseon, which was once ours, by fighting thousands and thousands of armies. Meet the love even bigger than the history.‘Love’ seems to be the one common denominator across people of all generations and nations. ‘Love’ gets swept away with the waves of time and also gets hurt with biased views in societies, but it also creates a new kind of history by wrestling against adversity and the trials of time. True love, which is uncommonly seen in history, is re-drawn through the drama of our once forgotten history. Through the wisdom and courage of Korea’s first queen So Seo-no...

This Friday, the last episode will be shown on GMA-TV and it’s so sad that the story is about to end. I have already finished watching this on April 2007 and there are scenes that you’ll be wistful for Jumong. I wanted Jumong to grab and kiss Soseono, and see Hyeppobo and Sayong together. I loved, hated and pitied Geumwa, almost all at the same time. I wanted to see Xuelan get her due. I feel sorry for Haemosu and the years lost, I wept with Jumong when he realized Haemosu was dead. I wanted Yesoya happy but Jumong lived only for 40 years. I waited for Oyi to find Buyeong and marry her. I craved for the continuation of the story of Yuri and how he defeated Daeso.

"True love is when love is Sacrificed"...

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