A Tree With Deep Roots

A Tree With Deep Roots (2011)

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Kang Chae Yoon, a former slave, sets off on a journey to the Capital to avenge his father's murder. Working as a member of the Royal Guard, he inadvertantly becomes embroiled in a conspiracy surrounding the creation of Hangul by King Sejong that will reveal long hidden secrets.

  • Native title:

    뿌리깊은 나무
  • Also Known as:

    Deep-rooted Tree; Bbu-ri-gip-eun Na-mu

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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Apr 28, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Enjoyed this drama very much. It tells an amazing story- an arduous but worthwhile journey to realize a larger dream.

The characters are great. The cast is brilliant. Each one of them- good or bad,even the irredeemable ones, stand out in our minds.

It's hard to say what I feel about the drama without giving spoilers, because there are so many great moments, conversations and scenes that come back to me now. read more Suffice to say, there's more than one hero in this drama and many memorable characters.
King Sejong is a great king, more human than any Sageuk king I can remember having watched. Chae Yoon is our hero, and he stays strongly in character until the end.

The most charming part of the drama are the many relationships it shows- between King Sejong and Moo Hyul(great rapport, even cute at times), King and Chae Yoon, King and the girls, Pyung and Jung Gi Joon and so on.

One thing you shouldn't expect going into this drama, though, is romance. There isn't much or any really. A hint of it comes from Chae Yoon, but isn't built up or even entertained beyond that.
Our lady, So Yi is smart, emotionally strong and with a very capable head on her shoulders, but her devotion all falls on her King and her cause. There isn't time or space for anything else.

But it doesn't matter really,as viewers, because.. it's all about great story telling and this is a sageuk everyone can watch without getting bored at any point.
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7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Mar 19, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Watching Korean dramas has made me always go on my Girl Scout attire in case of an unprecedented tragic ending, which normally is the case in KDramaLand. So even if the conclusion was heartbreaking, Tree with Deep Roots in its entirety was a drama full of heart. I can’t find fault on how the narrative swept me off my feet and won me over as I applaud the main characters in executing read more their roles to the best way they can.

It’s hard to formulate a selling point to a friend to encourage him to watch this drama because go figure… who would want to watch a series about Korean alphabet in its premise? But my persuading skills will settle to making it known that my super Starwars fan brother really loved the drama to a point where he was annoyed when I was asking him details about it in times when I dozed off while we did the marathon of it. *giggles

Seriously it’s a well-rounded sageuk, with a conflict not too conflicting and a balanced plot it will create an impression with you that is exciting and lingering at the same time. The villains have stalked well enough and have made the sufferings of the protagonists fitting to the painful but sweet ending. The exemplary performance of the main cast added up to additional plus points on why this serious period drama was a must-see on my list.

Stellar and definitely sumptuous… -jediprincess ^_^
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    HAVA-RAVA May 23, 2014

    Just started and watched first 3 episodes. Would watch more but have to sleep as I've been awake soon 24 hours...

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    Sima Apr 28, 2014

    I just started watching this drama .. and i didn't know Song joongki was part of it xD !! omg i spazzed hard when i saw him !! missed his baby face ? !!
    anw the drama sounds so epic :D i'm sure i'm gonna enjoy it

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    WEPserioja Feb 13, 2014

    good one

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    Ghettoe Nov 20, 2013
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    DiaNine Oct 15, 2013

    For those who watched this and are wondering... Yes, the Korean alphabet (Hangul) is as easy to learn as they make it sound.

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      DimpledGangster May 15, 2014

      Japanese is fun to learn though! Kanji can be memorised as pictograms. The only thing you need is to persevere and be consistent all the time. You cannot learn it and then stop otherwise you can forget it easily. But the kanji are so fun and every one of them is different and has several readings. Such richness!

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      DiaNine May 15, 2014

      Doesn't look like something a lazy person could learn, and I'm extremely lazy so... Yeah.

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      maboksan May 17, 2014

      your post made me read about the hangul history..and made me dig deeper to korean history...and yeah...make me very interested to the drama to learn more about the history..

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      MaRinaLuli Jun 1, 2014

      Arabic is only 28 letters and is really easy to write :)

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    Starae Oct 4, 2013

    This drama had so much potential....Really not thrilled with how it ended. The first like 10 episodes were really good then it took a plunge, I feel like I wasted hours of my life finishing this.

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    Mssankacoffee Aug 11, 2013
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    emily235 May 28, 2013

    Double Post >.<

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    emily235 May 28, 2013

    I really want to watch this, and I am normally a fan of things for reasons other than aesthetics and romance, but is there any in this drama? I've seen the first two episodes, and so far I haven't seen anything too promising, so I was just wondering if I should expect romance from this drama. Thanks c:

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      babis3 Jun 7, 2013
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      emily235 Jun 7, 2013

      Okay. Thanks for the advice. I plan on watching this drama anyway, I just didn't know whether I should expect too much romance from it. Thanks! <3

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    educto1 Apr 27, 2013
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    ManaSura Apr 17, 2013

    I didn't hate this drama at all....Very interesting story (I actually started it coz I wanted to know about King Sejong and Hangeul making) though I hated the two young leads' acting (the male being over-dramatic and the female lead being mediocre with minimum expression-changing) and thought that if it wasn't for the king's acting (both young and old) it would have been a disaster, but anyway acting was never my only point in viewing a drama.<br />despite all that, I have a question that I wish someone can answer for me...why can't I manage to finish it,,,I'm stuck with the final episode for like over a month now!!!

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      babis3 Apr 17, 2013

      As someone who liked almost everything about this drama, I'm surprised when ever I see that other people don't share my point of veiw about it (I know it sounds kind of childish, but I'm childish like that when it come to the things I love). So I wouldn't know how to even start and guess what is stoping you in this case, but I know from my past experience in other shows that I can lost interest before the end, if the character I cared about are already out of the series, or if I've heard spoilers about the end and I'm afraid that watching it would made me feel bad, or if I've got sucked into something else that I found more interesting and then somehow it's hard for me to find the right time to return altough I always tell myself I'm going to do it one day.

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      ManaSura Apr 17, 2013

      In my case it might have been the "got sucked into something else" one...might be so, but still when I remember how I never managed to finish this one, I'm like "half surprised/half not surprised" (weird and doesn't make sense right?) surprised coz I normally NEVER give up a show after watching more than it's half, and not surprised coz I somehow remember how near the end (the last episodes i watched I mean) I was starting to lose most of the interest in the plot. <br />Btw, now that I've read your comment i'm thinking about giving it another try after all, but I'm afraid I don't remember most of the plot @_@

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      babis3 Apr 18, 2013

      In your case (not liking the show very much so no point of re-watching it all for remembering sake, but still want to finish the show and not really sure what happened in the plot) I would have recommend you to try and rewatch episode 23, since you've already watched it, I think it will help you remember where you stopped watching, and give you a better idea of whether you really want to finish this show or drop it.

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    sunflower63 Apr 7, 2013

    I thought this drama was absolutely WONDERFUL!! I loved the story which was very complicated but very well laid out so that the viewer could follow and understand every single step. I agree with Sarah87 here below that the King was the best charachter as he was incredibly clever and sensitive at the same time. I recommend this to all who want to see a great historical drama which allows us to understand a lot more about Korean history (and most of all Korean writing). I rated it a 10 as it was a real masterpiece for me.

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    romnin18 Nov 29, 2012

    is it that good?

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    Sarah87 Nov 2, 2012

    Amazing drama, very interesting. The King was the best character!
    I didn't like Jang Hyuk's acting, his crying voice was so annoying and fake!


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Oct 5, 2011 to Dec 22, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 9 min.


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    8.4 (scored by 974 users)
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