Emperor of the Sea / 해신**** (2004)
KBS Drama / 51 episodes
Genre: Historical Drama
Directors: Kang Byeong Taek (강병택), Kang Il Su (강일수)
Screenwriter: Hwang Ju Ha (황주하), Jeong Jin Ok (정진옥)
Cast: Choi Su Jong (최수종), Chae Shi Ra (채시라), Song Il Guk (송일국), Pak Su Ae (수애), Kim Heung Su (김흥수), Yi Weon Jong (이원종), Kim Kap Su (김갑수), Baek Seong Hyeon (백성현), Pak Yeong Gyu (박영규), Chae Jeong An (채정안), Jo Dal Hwan (조달환), Jeong Seong Hwan (정성환), Yi Hee Do (이희도), Kang Seong Pil (강성필), Jeong Ho Geun (정호근), Pak Jeong Hak (박정학), Ko Do Yeong (고도영), Kim Ah Jung (김아중), Ko Myeong Hwan (고명환), Kil Yong Wu (길용우), Seo Do Yeong (서도영), Choi Sang Gil (최상길), Yi Yeon Hee (이연희), Kim Hyo Weon (김효원), Yi Jae Yong (이재용), Kim Hyeong Beom (김형범), Do Gi Seok (도기석), Bae Su Bin (배수빈), An Jae Hong (안재홍), Heo In Beom (허인범), Shim Eun Kyeong (심은경), Seo Jin Uk (서진욱)
Gung Bok and his father are slaves working at a governmental harbor of Cheong Hae. As his father is the best, he is asked to repair a ship, not knowing it was a pirate ship. The pirates attack Cheong Hae and kill many, among them Gung Bok’s father. Gung Bok escapes and succeeds in saving Jeong Hwa, the governor’s daughter. Framed for colluding with the pirates, he and his friend Yeon are sent to Mujinju a horse ranch which they try to escape from.
That is a great production. I thought it would happen more on boats at first but the boat part comes later in the story. Although she’s quite young here, I recognized Masquerade and Sunny‘s Shim Eun Kyeong right away. Her dimples gave her away. hehe. I love Chae Shi Ra. She’s a great actress that I discovered in 5 Fingers. Jo Dal Hwan and veteran Yi Hee Do make a rather good and funny pair. This production must have cost a lot of money. Great costumes and hair-dos, especially for Madam Ja Mi. There A LOT of fights. I believe there were at least one fight per episode. This drama is putting the emphasis on friendship, loyalty and justice. Social elevation has its limits. You need people to step on to get higher and maintaining your status, especially if your greed is high. Although the ending is logical, it’s quite depressing. Overall, it’s a good saga.