Jun Kwang-ryul as Heojun (MBC 2000)
Last month I watched Mandate of Heaven (KBS 2013) which portrays the plot to kill Crown Prince Yi Ho who went on to become King Injong. (1544-1545). The next king in the Joseon period was his half-brother King Myeongjong. However, Myeongjeong (r.1545-1567) was too young to rule at first so his mother Queen Munjeong became Regent (and I’ve covered lots about her in recent posts including how Queen Munjeong was portrayed in Mandate of Heaven). King Myeongjeong did eventually rule himself but I haven’t found any dramas yet about his reign. So moving on to King Seonjo (r.1567-1608) we come to my all-time favourte sageuk drama…. Heojun (MBC 2000) starring Jun Kwang-ryul as the famous Joseon doctor Heojun. There was a recent remake of Heojun’s story this year but I plan to watch the 2000 version directed by Lee Byung Hoon. (BTW He also directed other huge hits including Dae Jang Geum (MBC 2004) Yi San (MBC 2008), Dong Yi (MBC 2010), Horse Doctor (MBC 2013), Merchant (Sangdo MBC 2002).
I want to watch Heojun again since it’s been several years since I watched it the first time. And it was also one of the first sageuks I watched so I’m interested to see if and how I see it differently the second time around. Will it still be my favourite? BUT it IS 64 episodes!! My plan was to try and get through one sageuk a month but this is going to be a marathon event and will probably take longer. On the other hand, I remember the last time I watched it each episode always ended on a cliff-hanger so I had to keep watching ….FOR HOURS and HOURS. There was no time for stuff like work or sleep. Can I really put myself through all this again?
Yes I can.
Do Ji’s mum is critically ill but at first refuses to be treated by Heo Jun until he BEGS her to let him help her. We also find out more about the role of a court nurse and the reality is pretty grim … Continue reading “Heo Jun episode 47 Humble Pie” »
Do Ji’s mum takes his demotion very badly and becomes ill. But unfortunately for her, now that Do Ji is disgraced the only doctor who is prepared to come and look after his mother is, of course, Heo Jun. Even though she is seriously ill, she refuses to let Heo Jun anywhere near her as she blames him for her family’s bad luck! Continue reading “Heo Jun episode 46 Do Ji’s Demotion” »
At last we get a moment to breathe as Heo Jun is given time to celebrate and enjoy time with his family after his patient recovers. He is given a house as a gift and a promotion, and everything suddenly looks rosy. On the other hand, Do Ji’s life takes a turn for the worse – he loses his top job as doctor to the princes, and an unsavoury rumour almost gets him thrown out of the palace altogether … Continue reading “Heo Jun episode 45 Rumours” »
Heo Jun does his best to cure the cancer patient but it seems that he can’t cure him by the deadline. Gong Bin loses patience with Heo Jun who must now be punished -he is to have his hand cut off by guillotine. But at the last minute the eunuchs rush in – looks like the patient has recovered after all… Continue reading “Heo Jun episode 44 The Guillotine” »
Heo Jun perseveres with his VERY ANNOYING patient who remains uncooperative although Gong Bin tells him to do as Heo Jun says! Eventually the king comes to see how things are going. Everyone is shocked to hear that the patient is sicker than was first thought. Now the king wants to know how long EXACTLY it will take to cure the patient. Heo Jun ends up committing to cure the patient in 5 days – so if the patient has not completely recovered by then Heo Jun will be in for it. Oh no. What did you say that for, Heo Jun? Continue reading “Heo Jun episode 43 The Deadline” »
Another annoying episode as Heo Jun has to deal with a very difficult and arrogant patient in the royal family. I still haven’t recovered from the last episode yet and there is no relief here. Do Ji is very put out when he is taken off the patient’s case and replaced by Heo Jun! He decides to drink his sorrows away but this gets him in more trouble.
Continue reading “Heo Jun episode 42 A Royal Pain” »
I hate this episode. We’ve only just been introduced to Sir Lee – the possible new love interest for Ye Jin – but now suddenly with very little warning he is arrested and tortured and given the death penalty for treason! I didn’t enjoy watching this at all. It just made me angry. Continue reading “Heo Jun episode 41 Treason” »