The Painter Of The Wind / 바람의 화원***** (2008)
SBS Drama / 20 episodes
Genre: Historical Drama
Directors: Jang Tae Yu (장태유), Jin Hyeok (진혁)
Screenwriter: Yi Eun Yeong (이은영)
Cast: Pak Shin Yang (박신양), Mun Geun Yeong (문근영), Bae Su Bin (배수빈), Ryu Seung Ryong (류승룡), Mun Chae Weon (문채원), Yi Jun (이준), Pak Hyeok Kweon (박혁권), Im Ji Eun (임지은), Jeong In Gi (정인기), An Seok Hwan (안석환), Kim Eung Su (김응수), Kim Bo Mi (김보미), Park Jin Wu(박진우), Han Jeong Su (한정수), Yi Mi Yeong (이미영), Yun Ju Sang (윤주상), Kim Yu Jeong (김유정), Yi Kyeong Hwa (이경화), Han Yeo Weon (한여운), Yun Bong Gil (윤봉길), Ko Gyu Pil (고규필), Yi Sang Hee (이상희), Son Hwa Ryeong (손화령)
King Jeong Jo, 22nd king of Joseon Dynasty, secretly orders Kang Su Yang, senior member of Dohwaseo, the Royal Painting Academy, to make the portrait of the Crown Prince. He is soon assassinated. The king then appoint Seo Jing, another Dohwaseo painter, to find the painting and solve the murder case but he and his wife are murdered too. Han Pyeong, an ambitious noble, remembers that Seo Jing had a daughter, very talented for painting to whom he taught the arts secretly. He went to look for her and adopted the child telling everyone that she is a boy so that she can climb the social ladder to his profit. From than point on, Yun Bok is forced to live as a man and developed her talent for painting.
This is a must see. It is a fictionalized story of royal painter Shin Yun Bok. In history, Yun Bok is not known for being a woman. This is the writer’s fantasy (little side note: it’s the first time in Korea that a 2 woman couple is elected as best couple, Mun Geun Yeong/Mun Chae Weon). The story is great, beautiful landscapes, beautiful costumes, lots of tension, emotions, sensuality. The love triangle is interesting. Both couple, Yun Bok/Hong Do and Yun Bok/Jeong Hyang have good chemistry. The sound of gayageum and the paintings are really ravishing for the eyes and ears. Note that Kim Yu Jeong is playing young version of Yun Bok. She was also playing young version of Dong Yi and she recently had a more important role in The Moon Embracing The Sun.