Jumong / 주몽***** (2006)
MBC Drama / 81 episodes
Directors: Kim Geun Hong (김근홍), Yi Ju Hwan (이주환)
Screenwriters: Choi Wan Gyu (최완규), Jeong Hyeong Su (정형수)
Cast: Song Il Guk (송일국), Han Hye Jin (한혜진), Kim Seung Su (김승수), Jeon Kwang Ryeol (전광렬), Oh Yeon Su (오연수), Kyeon Mi Ri (견미리), Bae Su Bin (배수빈), Song Ji Hyo (송지효), Yi Kye In (이계인), Jin Hee Kyeong (진희경), Kim Byeong Gi (김병기), Yi Jae Yong (이재용), Jeong Ho Bin (정호빈), Weon Ki Jun (원기준), Im Dae Ho (임대호), Yeo Ho Min (여호민), An Jeong Hun (안정훈), Pak Tam Hee (박탐희), Im So Yeong (임소영), Song Min Hyeong (송민형), Yi Weon Jae (이원재), Kweon Yong Un (권용운), Oh Ji Yeong (오지영), Jo Myeong Jin (조명진), Pak Nam Hyeon (박남현), Song Ok Suk (송옥숙),
Gojoseon empire has fallen to the Han (China) and is reduced into pieces. Surviving clans have to deal with the Han to maintain a relatively peaceful status-quo and not be exterminated. Hae Mo Su, member of the Gojoseon imperial family, joins forces with Tong Buyeo and creates the Tamul Army to protect Gojoseon’s refugees. After a fight, Mo Su is badly injured but he is saved by princess Yuhwa of the Hae Baek tribe. As the Han hunt him down, they discover his hideout and as a result, the whole tribe is massacred… He shortly escapes and is saved by a family of traders but fate will lead him back to Yu Hwa whom he marries and with whom he will have a child, Jumong.
This is a fictionalized story of Ju Mong aka King Dongmyeong of Goguryeo (58 BC – 19 BC, r. 37 BC – 19 BC), founder of Goguryeo. Actually, only few details are known about his life. I was scared when I saw the number of episodes but the series is so interesting that you watch one episode after the other without even noticing. This drama is really good. Song Il Guk does the job. Mo Palmo’s face is so funny. He’s my favorite character in this drama. Also Young Po’s mean look is quite something. Special mention to Kim Seung Su who delivers amazing wrath/madness scenes. He is super scary. All in all, this saga is epic, one of the best I’ve ever watched. Great production. The cast did a great job. I loved it! 좋습니다!^^