Ballad of Seo Dong

Ballad of Seo Dong (2005)

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Ratings: 7.9/10 from 141 users
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This drama is loosely based on one of Korea's oldest folk songs. Suh Dong was the illegitimate son of the Baekje king and with the help of Princess Sun Hwa, the daughter of the king of the Silla, he went on to become the king of Baekje against all odds.

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    Seodongyo; Seo Dong Yo; Seo Dong's Song; Ballad of Suh Dong; Song Of The Prince

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Feb 24, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This drama has left a big impact on me.
The storyline was well written and beautifuly interpreted. As it is based on an old Korean folk story, it started to interest me even more, beacause those kind of stories I love the most.

Actors were amazing; every one of them so alive in their roles. The three main actors did especially good job, because you could just immerse yourself in their acting, read more and enjoy the whole time.

Music was beautiful, and appropriate for the plot. I immediately downloaded the OST and am stuck with it, repeating it over and over again.
The funny thing is, when you watch a lot of historical dramas, you can hear that there are some melodies that repeat but are changed a bit, so you can reminiscence on other dramas too.

All in all, I give the Ballad of Seo Dong/Seo Dong Yo, a pure 10/10, because I will definitely watch it again some day, and enjoy in it like I am watching it for the first time.
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Feb 22, 2014
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Possibly the most uninteresting sageuk I have ever watched. What could have been a most poignant, emotionally stirring story of forbidden love between the prince and princess of two enemy kingdoms, turns into a horribly messed up, half-hearted attempt at making a great historical drama! The plot progresses at a snail's pace and right after it advances 5 steps, it takes 10 steps back and this keeps on going till the last read more episode. Casting is shoddy and the acting is either over-the-top exaggerated or too mellow. Jo Hyun Jae as Seo Dong/Prince Mookang possibly features in his worst role ever. He doesn't act, emote, mouths dialogues like a robot and he has no chemistry at all with Lee Bo Young.
Worst part is, right when you reach the happy resolution of all conflicts, they ruin the ending by trying to make it tragic and serious. Sheesh! I cannot believe the writer of this drama is the same person who wrote Queen Seon Deok, which is near flawless in every aspect.

The saving grace of this drama are Lee Bo Young as Princess Seonhwa, Ryu Jin as Giroo and Heo Young Ran as Princess Wooyoung (she, specially, shows astonishing character growth and integrity towards the end and does a fine job) who instill some vigour into a lifeless drama with their nuanced performances.

Otherwise this is simply a terrible drama. I hope the folksong 'Ballad of Seo Dong' is dramatized again by a better production house with more talented writers who shun mindless cliches and actors who can translate this extremely powerful story of forbidden love into a worthwhile onscreen adaptation.
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its a romance, conspiracy just like all the other great ones.. love historical dramas with several extra romance couples in it. they just add to the story and make you have hope for the main actors! ^_^
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    lunatepe May 31, 2015 - edited

    I have to agree with you Nadoosha, the sword sound effects as well as the other sound effects were poorly done. The greatest problem however in my opinion, is the poor translation for those of us that have to watch with subtitles. My apologies to those who have I am sure worked very hard to translate this. It's just that the translation is too literal and with pronouns being mixed up it makes it very hard for non Korean speakers to make sense of much of what is being said.

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      Juls Nov 17, 2015 - edited

      yeah, the translation (at least the one I've found) is as if it was done via google, well at least one can get the general sense of what's going on. The script itself is ok, the story is interesting, but some of the actors and the overall production are just meh.

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    Nadoosha Feb 22, 2015 - edited

    Best swords sound effect you will ever hear in a drama..Don't you dare say otherwise.
    They sure made me laugh at a time i should not,It was aired in 2005 but it looks like a drama from the Nineties..Dropped but might pick it up again someday.

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    KMR Dec 2, 2014 - edited
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    Almonda Nov 3, 2014

    One of my all time favourite dramas!! The first episodes are not really that promising, but it gets really really good after Jo Hyun Jae appears in the drama. I have rewatched this one countless times.

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    I just finished the first episode - I honestly feel like I am sitting in a theater watching a play on stage - it's not the best done - fake like a play but somehow still intriguing enough to want to watch odd O.o lol (i don't like the sound effects of the swords - very bad) - if I continue I think I will just pretend that I am watching a play ;) I still want to watch it b/c of Lee Bo Young and Jo Hyun Jae (they aren't shown on the first episode - first episode is apparently about Jo Hyun Jae's parents story).

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      KMR Dec 2, 2014 - edited

      I agree, the dialogues were so over dramatic it felt theatrical rather than a drama. Maybe it was the style at the time for sageuks.

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    Ari_Lee Apr 2, 2014

    Hmmm... Just watched the first episode.

    I felt like I couldn't care less about the characters. Lee Il Wa was just AWFUL as Yeon Gamo (or whatever her name is). The acting.... horribly boring and disconnected and the sound effects were bad too. The drama is from 2005 not 1905, why couldn't they make better sword action effects?!?! It's very lacking I'm wondering if I should stop now or keep going.

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    gksthaud01 Mar 27, 2014

    Is there scary part in this drama??

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    ranimi Feb 8, 2014
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    Mone Feb 24, 2013

    Where can i watch this one ? (:

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    Ceinwyn Feb 23, 2013 - edited

    Beautiful drama, I enjoyed every minute of it! <3

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      ladymay Mar 26, 2017 - edited

      i did too <3 this drama is one of my all time favorites <3 ♥

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    Mahmoud Nov 13, 2012

    me too

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    consolador Sep 6, 2012

    This is one of the best dramas I've ever watched! plan to watch it again in the future :p


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    South Korea
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    Sep 5, 2005 to Mar 21, 2006
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    7.9 (scored by 141 users)
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