New Tales of Gisaeng

New Tales of Gisaeng (2011)

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New Tales of Gisaeng depicts the love, sadness and pain of people surrounding a gisaeng house, where only VIPs can enter.
Dan Sa Ran majored in classical dance while attending college. Her mother died when she was still young and her father remarried, bringing with him a new stepsister and a materialistic stepmother whom she has trouble warming up to. Sa Ran comes from a poor family, but she maintains her dignity read morearound friends who come from rich families. Either fate or coincidence brings her together with Da Mo, to whom she feels an instant attraction, but her awareness of her poor background restrains her from voicing it. A head gisaeng at Buyongkak observes Sa Ran's natural beauty and grace as well as dancing talent, and recommends her to become a gisaeng.
Ah Da Mo takes business administration training at his father's company. He does not get along with his father, who is indifferent towards his family and only shows affection towards their pet dog. Da Mo is cocky and tends to look down on women, but begins to question his attitude when he meets Sa Ran by chance. He finds himself involuntarily drawn to her, and their relationship begins.

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    Shin Gisaeng Dyeon ; New Gisaeng Story

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May 3, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Watched it last year but still a great drama! I usually get bored & drop dramas very easily, so i can't believe i watched the 52 episodes !

The beginning is kind of slow, so i found myself skipping most of the family oriented scenes & only wanted to see the relationship between the 2main leads. But after (i'd say around the 10th-15th episodes maybe?) those were my favorites scenes & i read more couldn't miss one. Indeed the interactions between all the characters (there are a lot!) are very fun to watch, the characters are lovable & really grow on you & it depicts a lot of aspects of Korean culture which i found really interesting.

One of the most important thing for me is that there aren't any frustrating or despicable characters. They're all amazing (especially Ah Damo, his father, Gongjoo & Sonja!). Even the "bad" ones (annoying jealous rara for instance) change & become nice. Characters getting on my nerves & whose behaviours are stupid, irrational to the point I wanna murder them are the main reason why i often cannot finish dramas (especially when they are the main leads). So the fact that the only person i hated in there has a bad ending, god i wanted to hug the writers!

On the romance side, great great great! Even though the story is somewhat far-fetched (well, it's a kdrama we're talking about), their relationship feels real & reaaaally passionate at the same time. Completely fell in love with Ah damo. (I usually don't fall that hard for a character haha) Dan Saran is also great & strong-willed ,of course she isn't perfect & can get kind of irritating sometimes (Not to me though)

=> If you want a mix of warm&hilarious; family-oriented scenes (Andreeeeeee) and a passionate romance, wrapped up in a nice setting (Gisaeng;)!), providing you're patient (52 episodes!) this is the drama for you !

I rated 7 for the story because it's good but kind of typical, it's actually the humor & the amazing acting that made the drama ! Rewatch value: i usually don't rewatch dramas, & especially not this one since it's so long, but i have found myself rewatching some parts here & there , still laughing.
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Sep 11, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Well first off, I really loved New Tales of Gisaeng. When I first started it I got stuck around episode 7 or so and took a few days off from it. I was determined to finish it though so I continued on. What I love the drama is that Ah Da Mo and Dan Sa Ran had so much chemistry.

Story: The story was pretty good. The fact that Dan Sa Ran read more was a foundling and the route she took in her life to supplement this was a bit different from other dramas. People usually try to live their lives better after learning something so shocking; Not sink further down not minimize the damage. I think the idea of using Gisaengs is something that many dramas have not touched upon, it really brought an old world feel to a modern age situation. I do think it was a little cheesy how everyone was connected by the Gisaeng House but it didn't take away anything from the drama. The only thing that people may find fault with about this drama is the fact that it took so long for the secrets to come out and to find out anything really. The other fault would be the story progression in episodes 40-50.

Acting: I absolutely loved the casting for this drama. Im Soo Hyang is perfect for the role of Dan Sa Ran. Dan Sa Ran is wise with classic beauty and a cautious but loving heart. Sa Ran's character was played perfectly, more so than any other character. Ah Da Mo was played by a new actor and while he was shaky in the first couple of episodes, you could see that he loosened up and really embraced his role as the cocky rich son who falls in love and is willing to give everything up. Geum Ra Ra had a lot growth in the drama, going from the spoiled rich girl to someone who really wanted genuine happiness. At first I was not sure how her character could redeem herself because the actress looks arrogant but she pulled it off and I developed a new found respect for Han Hye Rin.

Acting;Other characters: As far as other characters go, for the stepmom I don't think they could have found anyone as annoying as they did, the adoptive father was soft as tissue, and the sister took the family ties further than anyone else in the drama. The hospital director was very stoic and I felt he could have displayed more emotion. The head chef played the bereaved mother perfectly also.

Music: While I think they played the same song too many times, I can't really complain because I loved it. Kim Ye Won/Kim Shin Ah (the Vietnamese girl from Romance Town) sings the ending song for this drama. It is titled Yeonjungga (Song of Passion). It was beautiful and sad and seemed to match the drama perfectly. During happy times they would play a more upbeat song that still conveyed elegance.

Rewatch Value: Well I think that the rewatch value for this drama is pretty high (I've watched it twice already and will watch again) I think that for many of the actors to be old and quite a few of them to be young and new to the acting scene, you realize a lot of the differences between the generations. Watching it over you can discover new things and think of the situations from different perspectives. I know that the number of episodes is a turn-off for a lot of people but the drama really is worth it.

Overall: Overall I think this drama was absolutely brilliant, by far my favorite drama. This isn't just a one dimensional view of the drama. Considering the acting from Im Soo Hyang and Sung Hoon to the unique storyline, to the beautiful ending song that sprang up at best times during the drama I think this drama is a must watch.
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    Dieu Sep 14, 2016

    I don't really like this drama it is a bit boring tbh

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    KaMi-HiMeBVB May 15, 2016 - edited

    Does anyone know what in what episode Da Mo and Sa Ran break up in? I know that it's somewhere between episodes 11-20 but I dont know which one.

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    saycheese Mar 11, 2016

    Nice plot, but too much episodes :/ Yes, it is a family daily drama but I sat through 52 episodes with much fast forwarding because the plot and the main characters and background story kept me watching. Chemistry is good, but can improve!

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    Humbledaisy Nov 11, 2015

    I'm enjoying Im Soo Hyang in the heroine role - but it looks like she hasn't really gotten any better or more popular roles since then. Is she a one-note actress?

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    Valier Oct 21, 2015

    Except for that unnecessary supernatural part, it's a really nice drama.

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    Focussen Oct 6, 2015 - edited

    Everything that can go wrong, actually goes wrong in this drama. I'll have to say, even though the parents of the Reply series will always be my number 1 parent couple, Ah Da Mo's parents are serously on the second spot. They are hilarious. And omg, I'm falling for Jun Ji Hoo. He is perfect boyfriend material.

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      Ceki Oct 11, 2015

      He's the cutest :)

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      saycheese Mar 11, 2016

      Rara's grandparents were also rather entertaining! Their endless bickering xD

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    Ceki Oct 2, 2015

    But that Da Mo's self and half naked portrait in his room... totally random, but I still approve xD

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    Chrisstina Sep 29, 2015

    Forever in my heart! Chemistry is TOP! Obssesion, jealousy, sweetness, it has everything. And leads are perfect! ♥

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    Closeacademy Mar 21, 2015 - edited

    I'm only half-way through and I have a hard time stopping at the end of episodes or even in the middle and the story keeps me awake at night worrying about what will happen to the characters and if everything will turn out OK. It's the best sort of addictive drama.

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      saycheese Mar 11, 2016

      Yes.. addictive but the episodes are kinda too much :( but you still want to continue watching to know the ending.

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    CristinaIoana Mar 2, 2015 - edited

    Except on Drama Fever, where can you watch this drama?. I hate commercials!!!

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    Montse Feb 13, 2015

    Nice Drama , but tooo long.

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    alice Nov 15, 2014 - edited

    I like this drama, main OTP has a good chemistry. Something abt this drama is really addicting. It' on as well, i recommend to check out this drama if u r contemplating. There are some scenes you just need to skip such as Dan Saran step mother scenes.

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      SHIRLEYMOLINA Sep 19, 2015 - edited

      Oh I hated that step mother wanted to shake her a lot and wanted to pass those scenes as well. You are right it is very addicting your comments lead me to try these and it is nice to watch. I find when I wanted to pass those scenes I could not because it made me like Saran more, and hate her stepmom more.actors do their job when we hate or love them.

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    ahtaena Oct 17, 2014

    I loved it and not bored at all every episode was good and i really love the romance between the main leads i enjoyed it a lot... Watch it for sure

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    PrettyBrown_Eyes Aug 14, 2014 - edited

    I miss this drama!!! So good and entertaining. It literally has everything!

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      NewKDramaAddict Sep 6, 2014

      I finally watched Assorted Gems! Kyle's character was so underused in this drama!

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      alice Nov 15, 2014

      Yup, this is one of my favorite family drama. Love both Im Soo Hyung and Sung Hoon, Im Soo Hyun has other dramas but i really like her character Dan Saran so i fell in love with the chemistry between her and Ah Damo.


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    South Korea
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    Jan 23, 2011 to Jul 18, 2011
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    Saturday, Sunday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 1,004 users)
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