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Jumong one of The Best Historical Korean Drama
After watching some of Korean's Saeguk Dramas like Jewel in The Palace and The Great Queen Seon Deok, I've learned many things, like how Korean people really admire their history and culture that finally made me a total stranger could be hooked on their shows, and how Korean people packaged their dramas, movies with cultural and tourism development which attract so many tourists and people around the world to visit and learn about their culture and country.
I also learn that most Korean honored their elders so much, no matter what kind of drama, you will find the character of daddys, moms, aunts, grandmas, etc that I seldom find in a western movie. The bond of a family is the serious matter in Korean dramas. Even with the "enemies" like what happened in Dae Jang Geum, how Jang Geum's attitude towards her big enemy Lady Choi and Deok Man towards Lady Mi Shil, both were showing at least respect, cool headed, and not just emotional and hatred toward their enemies. That thing is the strength of Korean dramas.
In Saeguk dramas you will learn about respect, understanding, trust, loyalty, friendship, honour, love, bravery, spirit, cooperations, strategy, planning, and many more. In a nutshell, you will learn about people and live. So complete and natural. After I made a hub about Queen Seon Deok, two of fellow hubber tony0724 and emievil have mentioned about Jumong, they said it also a one big and great drama, so I decided to take a look and yes I agree, Jumong is one of the best Korean historical drama ever. It broadcasted first in May 15, 2006 in Korea. MBC production, 81 episodes wow...
Jumong was directed by Lee Joo Hwan and screenwriters : Jung Hyung Soo and Choi Wan Kyu. Jumong also had some awards like :
2007 43rd Baeksang Awards: Highest Award for a TV Drama
2007 43rd Baeksang Awards: Best Screenplay for a TV Drama Jung Hyung Soo and Choi Wan Kyu
Jumong is a historical drama based on the true history of parts of Korea peninsula. It's The Kingdom of Goguryeo and its struggles againts the Han Dynasty of China, over 2000 years ago. The real facts of the story are limited and lack of historical details so, most of the stories of this drama has been invented to maximize entertainment value. Originally set to be 60, but MBC decided to extend it to 81 episodes due to the high popularity. Jumong portrays the life of Jumong Taewang the founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo.
Jumong has surrounded by many myths and to adjust with the modern audience, the drama has replaced all the myths surrounding Jumong with more down-to-earth storylines. Like about Jumong's birth.
Jumong was the founder of Goguryeo Dynasty in 37 BC. Jumong was the son of General Hae Mo Su and lady Yoo Hwa and he was raised by King Geum Wa who took him and his mother in when Hae Mo Su was believed to have been killed in an ambush by the Han Dynasty.
Soh Suh No was a merchant's daughter who helped Ju Mong in realizing his dream to build a new country and later she became Jumong's second wife.
Korean History Books
Gojoseon, the ancient Korea Kingdom has fallen to the Han Empire of China. One of Gojoseon soldier, Han Mosu joins forces with Geumwa, crown prince of Buyeo to counter the Han savagery. They're creating Damulgun or Damul army, the soldiers that defend Gojoseon's refugees. One day Han Mosu is badly injured, he was found by the princess of Haebaek tribe, Lady Yuhwa who nurses him back to health and the love has sprung. But unfortunately the Han soldiers are looking Hae Mosu, they discover that the man with princess was looked like Hae Mosu. So they raze the tribe to the ground.
Hae Mosu could escape, he met Yeon Ta Bal a merchant who offer him a job not knowing who he really is. Finally the merchant suspect that the guest is Hae Mosu. In the middle of their journey, Yeon Ta Bal's wife has gone into labor and So Seo No is born. Although Yeon Ta Bal know exactly that his guest is Hae Mo Su and he will gain big reward from Han if he reports him to Han, but Yeon Ta Bal decided not to turn Hae Mosu in, because he had protected his caravan and his daughter.
Hae Mosu returns to Geumwa and met with the princess again, now they could married and live together. But after one incident, Hae Mosu is captured by the Han and tortured and blinded by the Han. His friend Geumwa frees Hae Mosu but they separated and Geumwa believes that he fails to save Hae Mosu and he thinks Hae Mosu is dead. Geumwa takes Hae Mosu's wife who bears his son Jumong become his Royal Concubine of Buyeo.
20 years later, Jumong is grown up overshadowed by the other two Geumwa sons, Daeso and Youngpo. Jumong become a weak and cowardly prince but he has a great talent at womanizing. Lady Yuhwa urges her son to take martial art lesson. but Jumong starts to cause trobles over troubles. Finally Jumong is stripped of his title as a prince and is expelled from the palace. The two brothers of Jumong also hate him and send assassins to kill him. Jumong in his journey, meets Oi, Mari, and Hyobbo who later will become his subjects and treat him like older brother.
Jumong also met So Seo No and establish a relationship with the Gyeh Ru trading clan. Jumong met his father Hae Mosu who usually train him but he never realizes who that old man really is. Hae Mosu trains Jumong to be a better fighter, better archer, and they build a strong relationship between master and student. One day when Jumong does not around, his brothers come and kill Hae Mosu. Jumong finally knows who Hae Mosu is and he swears to complete Hae Mosu's works. King Geumwa allows Jumong to return to the palace. Jumong is led to marry Ye Soya.
The two brothers now are rivals. Due to Daeso's temporary taking over the power from king Geumwa. Yongpo tries to kill his brother Daeso and Jumong saves Daeso. Now Jumong earns his trust. But Jumong uses his trust against him with the help of his 3 lieutenants.
In three years, the new Damulgun that led by Jumong and Gyeh Ru that led by So Seo No cooperate to unite under one banner. Finally the Kingdom of Goguryeo is established. Jumong become its first King and So Seo No become its Queen. Jumong rules Goguryeo over 15 years.
Jumong's Kingdom of Goguryeo eventually grew into a great regional power. Goguryeo stood for 705 years and was ruled by a total 28 kings in the Go Royal Family. Until it was conquered by the Shilla-Tang alliance. The modern descendants of Jumong still bear his family name "Go."
Song Il Gook as Jumong
One of the popular South Korean actor. Graduated from Cheongju University and majored in Performing Arts. He is the grandson of Kim Du-han, son of the famous Korean independence movement general Kim Jwa-jin during the early 1900s. He is the son of actress Kim Eul Dong.
In April 2008, Song Il Gook carried the Olympic torch trough Seoul.
Song is a brilliant actor, even if when he played as Jumong he was 35, he could manage to be like a 20 years old guy. The way he walks and acts is outstanding.
Han Hye Jin as So Seo No
As a wise and strong queen. She had the intelligence and foresight to look out for the future generations but because she was a woman she could not live her dreams. She was not afraid of death but because she was from a weak nation, she had to bear a pain more painful than death. Although she couldn’t become the love of a lifetime to a certain man, she stands up to be a most powerful and wise leader. The first queen history remembers, in a time when love was lavished, yet not considered everything.
Jeuo Kwang Ryeol as Geum Wa
An affectionate king.
Fought in a war with the Han Nation alongside of Hae Mo-soo; the two shared a friendship even thicker than blood but eventually surrender to the Han nation after which he betrays Hae Mo-soo.
Oh Yeon Soo as Yu Hwa:
Motherhood of sadness. The daughter of Ha Baek-joek, she has looks so stunning that anyone would fall in love with her at first sight.
She nurses Hae Mo-soo’s wounds with great devotion but ends up facing a tragedy when her people get murdered by the Han army for hiding Hae Mo-soo.
After hearing that Hae Mo-soo has passed away she falls into great sadness, but gets married to Geum Wa and gives birth to Hae Mo-soo’s son Jumong.
Kim Seung Soo as Dae Soh
Jealously itself. As a child he lost all his father’s love to Jumong. As an adult he bears a scar from not being able to be with the woman he loved. He brings Jumong’s father to his death and also does everything he can do to take Soo Seo-no away from him.
He takes in Hae Mo-soo’s wife, a woman who lives every day longing for Hae Mo-soo, as his own wife and also takes care of Hae Mo-soo’s son as his son with both love and hatred and a very heavy sense of guilt.
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