Arang and the Magistrate

Arang and the Magistrate (2012)

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Arang and the Magistrate tells the story of a cynical and not so friendly government official named Eun Oh who wanders the whole nation to look for his mother who disappeared because of his mistake. Eun Oh has the ability of seeing ghosts, so he's used to be bothered by many kind of ghosts. As a result he isn’t afraid of ghosts anymore.

Then Eun On meets a virgin ghost named Arang. read moreBefore she became a ghost, Arang was a beautiful girl who was murdered. Arang asks Eun Oh to seek vengeance for her death and Eun Oh tries to appease her request.

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Oct 18, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
As a person who rarely (meaning almost never, you can check my list) watches sageuk dramas, I must say this drama rocked my world all the weeks I was watching it! Though you cannot pass it only under sageuk drama, as it is also a detective story(finding the murderer), a fantasy (mythical world with ghosts, fairies, gods of heaven and hell, grim reapers, goats with flowers growing on them, liver eating demons, read more etc.), romance (tell me about falling in love with a ghost, falling in love with a person who doesn't know and doesn't even care you exist/ed), family melodrama (EunOh's searching for his mother!), politics (satto against Lord Choi)...I can go on, but I won't. My point is, that taking on so many genres is risky, you never know which one of them is going to get loose and go very wrong and make the drama not so successful... you know what? This drama did not let any of the many plots get loose, the director, actors, the crew, the screenwriters - everyone has done a great job in keeping this drama meaningful, interesting, always keeping the viewer on the edge of the chair with a crazily beating heart.
One of the most important points of this drama is that is answers EVERY question it posts in the beginning and throughout the series, it has not even once made me hang and guess (not that I wasn't trying, but I mean before the answer was given :P).
The fantasy plot was the main reason I started this drama and it did not disappoint me. The detective story went on very smoothly and I like that my guesses were wrong, I like being surprised by the drama.
To say anything about the acting is really unnecessary, as I enjoyed every second with JunKi and MinAh, they are brilliant, but their brilliancy is mostly seen not in the general picture that I would write about if talking about their acting the drama overall, but in the little moments, and maybe that moments will even seen to you not that important, but I was gasping for breath (note: JunKi's acting when his father was reading the Royal Order, MinAh's acting when she was telling him she did not want to leave him in 19th episode). Also Yun Woo Jin - fell in love with him... I was crying for who JooWal had become and how perfectly he portrayed the pain and fear of that poor person. I'm going to follow this guy now!
I am almost sure the music crew of King2Hearts was working on this, as I got the same vibe from the score. Absolutely matched with the feel of the drama, bravo~
I am going to miss my dark-mysterious-ghostly-but-lovely Arang ^^
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Nov 6, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
At first, I can honestly say that I watched Arang and the Magistrate simply for Yoo Seung Ho's prettiness (c'mon, he was rocking the Barbie hair and the Chinese robes!). However, I soon started watching it because of the show itself. The story was quite exceptional and the plot was quite original in my opinion. Arang is about an amnesiac ghost that requests the help of the city's magistrate to discover her read more identity, and her eventual murderer. Each character suited his/her role (especially Lee Jun Ki- his fighting scenes were kick-ass!). The supporting characters (Bang Ul Ri and Dol Soe) added a lot of heart and laughs to the story. Of course, the music selection was amazing; I had goosebumps during the creepy scenes and chills during the romantic scenes XD. The directing was top notch and the script kept me hanging for each episode. I was dying for Wednesday and Thursday to come around every week. :P

On the other hand, the actors were not exactly mind-blowing, except for maybe Eun Oh's mom. The rewatch value is sorta low because the drama is mostly suspenseful, and all that suspense would be gone if the drama was rewatched.

Over all, I would say give Arang a go, though! If only for Yoo Seung Ho's hotness ^__^
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of their mythology! Both dramas have incorporated the heavenly (and hell) beings to their story. Though they don't exact;y have the same conflict going on, both dramas have a matter-of-life-and-death conflict to deal with.

And though I like Goblin, Arang is still the number one on my list when it comes to a resolution for a love that transcends death.
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Supernatural, spunky female lead (ghost in Arang, mermaid in Legend) with a male lead that starts off indifferent but changes because of the female. Both males have to protect the females throughout the drama. Both males are also looking for their mothers. Both have fantasy, mystery, comedy, drama and romance, and both are based off Korean folktales.
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    KmjSsk 4 days ago - edited

    i usually hate watching sageuks but i decided to watch continue watching this after watching ep 2, and plus im not a fan of neither of the actors but this drama is surprisingly good that im almost done watching it but i gotta admit the story is going a little too slow

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    RodJun828 18 days ago

    Ignore the negative comments and just start watching this drama. You will thank me later

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    jesy 26 days ago

    despite all the negative comments, i really loved watching this. it touched my heart indeed. i love the voice of LJG, manly.

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    namopanik May 28, 2017 - edited

    I know it's silly, but it saddens me this drama is underappreciated. Yes, the beginning has a generic setup for character development of a male lead and reason for the villain turns out to be insignificant in the end, but this drama has an unexplicable charm for me. The Heavenly Emperor, King of Underwolds and three Bangs' antics are pure gold.
    Please, don't be discouraged if the first episode looks low-budget to you! You'll be missing out a great fantasy drama.

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    Miss-Addicted May 1, 2017

    it's a pretty decent drama, but personally I didn't enjoy it that much.

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    claudya87 Apr 14, 2017 - edited

    I love the leads but the series was a snooze fest for me.

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    Namasya Apr 11, 2017

    I liked the voice of Lee Joon Gi in this drama the most, the nasal voice, as if he caught cold during voice recording of this drama.

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    Heathenkitties Mar 14, 2017 - edited

    I just finished this drama. I wish I could say I loved it; after all, I love the main leads and many of the supporting cast. However, it was so SLOW GOING. It became a chore to watch this. 20 episodes are too many; could've done this with 16, at the least. And, then, after all that, the ending seemed rushed.

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    RodJun828 Mar 8, 2017

    For some reason, I cant get attach to this particular drama altho I love the main leads

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    Akaisora Jan 30, 2017

    This isn't what I would normally watch, so I wasn't expecting much... but ended up loving this series.

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    nouramu Jan 27, 2017 - edited

    I wanna re-watch this soon:"

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      anastassia Mar 5, 2017

      me too. the chemistry is far top notch and realistic. I found and have watched both leads with another actor and actresess but doesnt match them.

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    tell me this has happy ending, I wont watch another tragic ending drama with LJG lol

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      Chuu Jan 29, 2017

      Nooo. Wait, please. Could you spoil it for me and tell me if she remains a ghost or idk, some magic happens and she comes back to life? Or the cliche where she's in a coma (or in this situation (because of the era), she's asleep, I suppose)?

      I can't handle stories with sad endings :(

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      Unnie25 Jan 29, 2017

      You sure???

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      Chuu Jan 29, 2017

      Well, now I decided that I'm watching this regardless of the ending (or at least, the first episodes to see how it is). But anyway, still would want to know, so go ahead and spoil me please. :)

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      Unnie25 Jan 30, 2017
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      Chuu Jan 30, 2017 - edited
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    catemine Dec 20, 2016

    i <3 this show. Two people working together to solve a mystery and the story is so well thought out

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    iambulletproof Nov 8, 2016 - edited

    sorry but i have to drop this. i put it on hold for a very long time and tried to come back, i ended up fast forwarding a few scenes just to get thru an episode and its still not working for me.

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    Rouzmary Aug 7, 2016 - edited

    Had the drama on my to watch list for a while now and am so glad I finally did watch it! There were no loose ends left and the ending was satisfying too :)

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      Rouzmary Sep 25, 2016

      He does perform his duty...while searching for his mom. More like, he performs it when the unjustice gets too much or since people come to like him, they bring stuff to him anyways XD
      And he is definitely good at martial arts and does seem to be intelligent too

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      anastassia Mar 5, 2017


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      iambulletproof Mar 6, 2017

      im not sure which of this spoil the drama for you,

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      anastassia Mar 7, 2017
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    South Korea
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    Aug 15, 2012 to Oct 18, 2012
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    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.1 (scored by 7,114 users)
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