Deep Rooted Tree

Deep Rooted Tree (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; Bburigipeun Namu; A Tree With Deep Roots;

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phoenixtearz9
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Dec 25, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Without spoilers, this is going to be a hard review to write, but I figured since no other reviews were written for it, I would give it a try. I used to not be a fan of sageuks, but recently I have been proven wrong, and this is one of those that did it.

In terms if writing, the story was well written. I kind of kept you guessing, and the cliffhangers read more were killers. The way the characters were written was brilliant, as well as the way history and fiction were mixed. It kept you coming back for more. Granted there was your typical backstabbing and plot making, but it fit in with the story, so it didn't seem out of place or to be to much.

In terms of acting, brilliant. Each actor portrayed their characters to the point you actually believed they were the character, not an actor playing someone. I have to say I was very impressed by Jang Hyuk, yet again, and after seeing two sageuks of his, I have a hard time picturing him playing any other type of role.

The music, I would have liked to have heard more traditional instruments, but all in all it wasn't bad.

I will definitely be watching this again. I was thinking that with 24 episodes that it would get boring, but never once was I bored. Give it a try.
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biniBningPunkista
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Oct 5, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This Drama was heavy, heavy, heavy. For a sageuk themed drama, with the glamour of a King and his followers... this had a fantastic story to tell.

Before checking this out, you, the viewer need the proper mindset before committing yourself into watching this drama (unless you are already into this kind of drama). Why? Because this is too far away from being romcom or light. There are witty scenes where you read more find the "funny" but not so much, because it would be obliterated in a second by the realism of the situation the characters are in. Watching this drama was heart racing, mind boggling and most of all tear jerking if you get to finish this in one go.

It was also frustrating being in the perspective of the king - because a person with so much wealth and power could be so helpless at the same time. *sigh*

My favorite character here was King Sejong - Han Seok Kyu's portrayal of him was so convincing that my heart was moved every time he does or say something. His decisions throughout the drama was really something, because it amounts to the lives that revolve around him, one mistake means the death of someone and one right thing could lead to the abundance of the entire nation. His role was really something and his acting was so deep into the character, I tend to forget that he was only acting about the agony of a king who cherished his people.

Then here comes the King's person: Kang Chae Yoon and So Yi.
These characters were portrayed by high fantastic artists - Jang Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung. Their roles were vital and important for the success of the king's plan and well... the ending was very dreary but there's that sense of fulfillment despite everything they have gone through. All in all their characters made this drama an unforgettable one.

The music isn't that catchy or is something that would stick to your head forever, but it does add to the drama. As for the re-watch value, I would not want to re-watch this lest I want to depress myself or stress myself all over again, but over all this drama is still dear to my heart. I loved this drama and would highly recommend it to those who love watching sageuks involving historical documentations.

Tree With Deep Roots - will move you, haunt you and make you change your outlook about your given language. Because this drama depicts history and the people who sacrificed a lot to make things possible.
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Both dramas are directed and written by the same director/writers and Deep Rooted Tree serves as a direct sequel to Six Flying Dragons.
It follows the story of King Sejong who is Lee Bang Won (King Taejong)'s son (he appears in the last episode of SFD).
Since the two dramas are written by the same writers, many characters are interrelated such as Moohyul and Lee Bangji who are actually made up characters. Also, Mokya, Parkpo, etc. who are supporting characters in Deep Rooted Tree made special appearances in the last episode of SFD.
I highly recommend watching DRT where you can see the older and the more mature Moosa Moohyul.
It's really heart-warming to see recurring characters and you'll end up missing SFD but then again, you'll fall in love with the new ones from DRT.
P.S. Although Shin Sekyung appears in DRT, she takes on the role of a different character :)
Recommended by redtealeaf
Both are about establishing great things for the common good: one about an accurate Joseon map, the other about an easy writting system. Both matters are presented as life and death and treated passionately.
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    Panda 2 days ago

    Its 3am and it took me a week to watch this beautiful drama.
    Story - king wants to make korean language letters while everyone uses chinese letters. The chinese letters are so hard to learn with thousand of letters and characters. Only people who have free time can learn chinese and only rich people have free time, poor people have to farm or be slaves/servants to survive. If writing and reading becomes accessable to everyone then "nobles and slaves will be equal" and a lot of people dont want that.
    There is no good or bad in this drama, if you put yourself in the kings shoes youll understand him, if you put yourself in the other organizations shoes youll understand them a bit.
    At one point a character said " im a butcher if everyone become a butcher then what will be so special about my job, if everyone is a warrior then what will make the royal guards special, if everyone knows how to write and read whats so special about scholars then?"
    And his point of view can even be seen today, if everyone can do my job, then what am i suppose to do.
    Actors - the king was the best actor, he really showed all possible emotions and he was so alive in the role. He felt royal haha
    Evil ministers are veteran actors i enjoy their schemes and smirks.
    Jang hyuk is so fucking good at martial arts i had to google him and realized he actually has some international taekwondo awards.
    Shin se kyung is hot and i love her for being hot.
    9.5/10 because one thing i didnt like which is i dont know if i spelled it right its earsdropping. I know there is no CCTV or mobile phone cameras in historicals so earsdropping on people is the only way things are heard and spresd but i dont like it.

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    Panda 2 days ago

    I really love how the story never stops moving, if an issue is solved another issue starts and the story moves on, equal power struggle, no lame one-sided "bad vs good" its more of ideas vs ideas.
    I might rate it 9 or 10 depending on the final episodes

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    Panda 4 days ago

    Episode 12 thoughts
    -The twist made my neck twist
    - i think its the first time i love a king in a historical drama. He is too real, not that fake royality shit, when he gets angry he swears and curses just like a normal person.
    - the plot goes calm and then BAM you are mindblown.
    - shin se kyung #Fans self
    - jang hyuk is too beautiful in fight scene its like he knows real kungu

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    Panda 7 days ago

    Making song joong ki play the young version of the king is the smartest thing ever. Its easier to sympathize with the older king because i keep remembering the cute young king sejong. The drama is amazing till now, shin se kyung is in every great historical. Love seeing her, my type ♡
    Im at episode 4

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    namopanik 10 days ago - edited

    It took me more than a year to finish this (I was a little too persuasive when I tried not to watch 6FD and this side to side to avoid spoilers and Jang Hyuk isn't my favourite actor...), but it was so worth it. A high quality drama. Great photography and writting. Maybe a little too much lenghty flashbacks towards the end and I could live without those two sidekicks from the guard and their antics, but all important plotlines stayed relevant until the end, so I'm satisfied. Even irritating characters were essential, as they provided with counterlines and acted as catalysts. More a battle of thoughts than pure power struggles. I had goosebumps when they were discussing writting system. Who would have thought.

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    etcetera Mar 26, 2017 - edited

    ahhh finally ive finished watching this! i watch SFD prior watching this and was unhappy with the ending. i wanted to know what happened to other characters on that last episode. so i was quite happy to see so many familiar faces and characters in TWDR oh and "warrior moo hyul!!" XD. it was also sad seeing the characters u came to love in SFD end in this drama.

    the only problem i have with this drama is that its a little bit too slow in the earlier episodes. then towards the end i feel like they rushed the last 5 or 6 episodes when they couldve developed the plot earlier. i still enjoy this drama nevertheless!

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    Panda Mar 24, 2017

    after watching six flying dragons twice
    its time to start this

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    namopanik Mar 15, 2017 - edited

    It's strange watching it after 6FD, I keep seeing characters and almost deja-vu scenes that seem to be a halfboiled ideas waiting to be developed and re-used. It's like how I loved So Ji Sub in Master's Sun only to find out later that all his mannerism are heavily based on the lead of previous Hongs' work, that kind of feeling.
    Contrary to popular opinion, I'd recommend watching both Deep Rooted Tree and Six Flying Dragons according to the date of release, because there's much improvement on cinematography and an attempt to connect them both in the end of 6FD. You'd miss those references when watching in a historical order.
    But in the end, it doesn't really matter that much, it's not like any of them is incomprehensible without the other.

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    iambulletproof Mar 8, 2017

    the stellar cast is more enough reason to watch this. this is just epicness

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    SuperDrama101ohyea Nov 12, 2016 - edited

    Are Six Flying dragons and Deep Rooted Tree related, and if they are, how? Which one should i watch first? I haven't seen none yet

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      Mighty_Brosia Nov 14, 2016

      they are related try to watch first the Six Flying dragons before Deep Rooted Tree because DRT is the story of LEe Bang Won(SFD)' son.

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    homaKP Nov 1, 2016

    I so wanna watch this @.@

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    usagi Nov 1, 2016 - edited

    Put this one off too long--was about 10x better than I expected based on reviews I'd read. It wasn't 'heavy' or dark, but had lots of substance, thoughtful writing, some excellet acting (esp. JH and Han Seok Kyu in his super demanding role) and was highly entertaining to boot. *But* I kind of want to strangle the original novel writer...and whoever thought it would be a good idea to not adapt a better ending by better utilizing some of the great potential provided by the fictional characters.

    No spoilers, but for those who've seen it and know what I'm talking about, did anyone else think they completely wasted the potentially amazing plot devices/characters/relationship of Yeon Doo and Gaepayi? That last episode could've been written completely differently and accomplished so much more thematically, not to mention...well, no spoilers! Since this is categorized as a tragedy on this page, I'll just say I don't feel like the storyline warranted the melodrama of the last episode, and could've actually held more weight without it. And I'm all for well-done tragedies that thematically require a certain ending...but this just seemed like a waste of the characters. But I loved most of it and would recommend it to anyone regardless.

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      babis3 Nov 7, 2016
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    _Ahsen_ Oct 11, 2016

    Must watch before Six Flying Dragons

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    Mighty_Brosia Sep 30, 2016

    Chae Yoon and So Yi is like a pillar that hold the King together. They gave so much support and inspiration to the King for him to succeed... And also there's Mu Hyul... :)

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    Mighty_Brosia Sep 21, 2016

    Yey! I will watch this because of Jang Hyuk..After seeing so many historical dramas my heart started to accept that it's not always a happy ending for all.. still its sad.. damn it Chuno... :(

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    24
  • Aired:

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

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 9 min.

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    8.4 (scored by 1,708 users)
  • Ranked:

    #217
  • Popularity:

    #365

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