A Tree With Deep Roots

A Tree With Deep Roots (2011)

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Early in his reign, King Se Jong accidentally causes the death of his in-laws and their slaves in an attempt to save them from his brutal father, King Tae Jong. Two young slaves, Ddol Bok and his friend Dam, survive but neither knows the other has. Ddol Bok blames the king and vows to kill him to avenge the deaths of everyone he loved. He spends several years becoming a great warrior. read moreDam, who has a photographic memory, becomes a court lady called So Yi, but she feels so guilty about her role in the other slaves' deaths that she is mute.
Ddol Bok returns to the palace under the name of Kang Chae Yoon in order to kill the king. However, he becomes embroiled in the mystery surrounding the deaths of several Hall of Worthies scholars. The deaths were caused by a secret society called "Hidden Root," which was created long ago by followers of Jeong Do Jeon, with the goal of giving more power to ministers and less to the king. King Tae Jong killed Jeong Do Jeon and all of his family except his nephew, Jeong Gi Joon, who is now the leader of Hidden Root and lives in disguise not far from King Se Jong.

  • Native title:

    뿌리깊은 나무
  • Also Known as:

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

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Jun 25, 2012
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  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
No matter what people say for me this is one of the best dramas of 2011 if you ask me. I regret that I waited so much to watch it. If you are into history you will love this drama since it haves a lot of historic facts around the creation of hangul. The characters are AMAZING and well developed along the story. It haves everything you can ask for in a read more drama: Action, fights, betrayal, romance, funny moments and even some csi period style). Very intriguing with great cliffhangers. I cried a few times cause I got emotionally carried away with the story. I would totally re-watch it any given day. Another fantastic period drama that you might end up loving. The actors that portray the king where PERFECT. It might start slow but just hang in there cause you are in for a really bumpy roller coaster ride.
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May 11, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I doubt many writers wake up and say “Hey, let’s do a show about creating an alphabet! That will be exciting!” I suspect even fewer producers would greenlight such a project. Presumably, in the case of Tree with Deep Roots, the authors sold it as a conspiracy thriller, emphasizing the murders, mysteries and epic fight scenes. There is plenty of stylishly choreographed action and several hot guys with swords. However, as befits read more the show’s subject, the real battles are fought with words. And those battles are some of the most extraordinary I’ve ever seen on film.

“Tree” took a while to pull me in, but once the writers found their groove and the verbal fireworks began, it was riveting. Against the backdrop of a violent era, it asks if the brush can ever be mightier than the sword. If there is power in writing, and if so, who deserves to use it. If literacy is liberation or a different kind of slavery. Characters wield speech like blades in philosophical duels where systems of government and social orders hang in the balance. This is argument as blood sport – spectacular, visceral and deadly.

The cast tackles their paragraphs of text with gusto, and the director keeps the camera moving and the tension high. The final episodes falter a bit, veering away from ideas and more towards traditional action, with an ending that felt yanked from a summer blockbuster instead of developing organically from the drama's themes. Perhaps this was designed to appease nervous studio execs desperate to get to away from all the talking. It’s a small price to pay though for a show that is otherwise so smart, unconventional, and emotionally engaged as it teases out the limits and possibilities of language.
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One of the standing blocks of QSD is the script, the deep conversations between "good" and "evil" characters, and how much the drama made you think of politics, justice and morality. Tree with Deep Roots also has the same ingredient.
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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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      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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      Ginger Jul 30, 2014

      yeah but in Arabic each letter has 3 forms and different sounds...the pronunciation is really hard...some sounds are just "impossible" to learn if it's not your mother language!

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      ArabianBeauty Aug 6, 2014

      I learned the arabic, greek & Korean alphabet and tried to learn the Japanese, but was to lazy. But I think Korean is indeed the easiest out of them. And I'm not born with Arabic as my mother language. As ginger said pronunciation is really hard.

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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 28, 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 8, 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 3, 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 1,015 users)
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