Loving my sageuk dramas


Yes, it’s time for another epic 50 episode sageuk drama directed by Lee Byung Hoon. The last one was Dong Yi the story of a servant girl who becomes a high ranking concubine for King Sukjong and becomes the mother of the future King. (that one was 60 episodes) This time Lee Byung Hoon has teamed up with Kim Yi-Young  again (screen writer for Dong Yi) for this new drama Horse Doctor – it is said to be similar to Heojun (MBC 2000) which is based on the life of the great Korean medicine doctor. In fact, there has been talk that it may be TOO similar to Heojun – especially since many of the same actors also appear again and again in Lee Byung Hoon’s dramas. But I’m not worried about too many similarities since Heojun is my ALL TIME FAVOURITE Korean sageuk drama!

In the other sageuks I’ve seen directed by Lee Byung Hoon (Dae Jang Geum, Heojun, Sang do, Dong Yi) the first three episodes are devoted to the main characters as children. But this first episode goes even further back to before the main characters are born. So we get to see the background and the coincidences (or should I say acts of fate) that bring them together. So in episode two the child actors will take over and I’m guessing we’ll be introduced to the leads around episode 4. I’ve only watched the first episode but it’s all looking good so far.

The drama is set in the 17th century and starts during the reign of King Injo (r.1623 – 1649) (see my chart of Joseon Kings and sageuk dramas) who is not considered to be one of the greatest of the Joseon kings. In episode 1, the lives of the doctors are changed forever when the king’s son, the crown prince, returns from China but suddenly becomes mysteriously ill. This is based on fact as King Injo’s first son did return from China and died very mysteriously. So who was responsible? The circumstances around his death were kept very hush hush …

Here are some Posts on the Joseon Dynasty

Did Dong Yi and King Sukjong really have a romance?
Concubine Ranks in the Joseon Period
Jang Hui Bin – Is she pure evil? Or does she act out of love?
King Sukjong and Jang Hee Bin’s Tombs
Jeonju – Home of King Taejo, the First King of the Joseon Dynasty
Searching for original portraits of King Sukjong
The Secret of Joseon Portraits
Portraits of Gisaengs
Book: Great Korean Portraits
China and Korea Ruling Dynasties and Relations Chart
Chart of Joseon Kings and Related Sageuk Dramas
Jongmyo Shrine
Tomb of King Sejong the Great in Yeoju

6 thoughts on “Loving my sageuk dramas

  • May 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    I love Rooftop Prince, 2 more episode left. But I love Queen Inhyun’s Man better, have you watched it?

  • May 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    No I haven’t seen Queen Inhyun’s Man but thanks for letting me know about it. It sounds a bit similar to Rooftop Prince with the Joseon time travelling idea – I’m not complaining, I really like watching the mix of Joseon with contemporary life. So I’m keen to watch this drama too especially since the scholar comes from the Joseon period when King Sukjong reigned (Sukjong is the king in the sageuk Dong Yi where Jang Hee Bin is the baddie who causes all the trouble for Queen Inhyun)

  • September 27, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    i know that it is a late-comment!
    but the Korian drama, Dong Yi ,is showing in my country right now!
    i have sth to ask you: i want to know more about the clothes that they wear and their jobs ,everyday works, food , etc. Totally i am interested in their culture.
    could you help me & give me some information ?
    thanks alot!

  • November 15, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I also love sageuk dramas

  • July 20, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Annyeong-hasseyo.. Up to now I was hooked in JANG OK JUNG drama..i love the story.. the characters.. (YAI-KTH).. and til now im not yet ready to be in a rehab.. It led to have an interest about Joseon history, and gained more knowledge. But I think i better watch DONG-YI, i know it might confused me and hurt me,coz JANG HUI BIN had a bad character in that drama (i like JANG HUI BIN), but I like to give a try.. though it has a long episode..
    but anyway who knows the real story during that time.. only the people in Joseon does,and they’re all gone now..

  • October 31, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I just watched Dong Yi – was really good. But i love Moon Embracing the Sun. You should watch it!

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