The Painter of the Wind

The Painter of the Wind (2008)

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Shin Yoon Bok is a talented painter who disguises herself as a boy to search for her father's murderer and meets a master painter who guides her into being a great painter. Kim Hong Do is the man who teaches Yoon Bok how to paint, and they develop a strong friendship of mentor and disciple.

  • Native title:

    바람의 화원
  • Also Known as:

    Wind's Flower Garden; Garden of the Wind;

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May 11, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
One of my favorite sageuk dramas, Painter of The Wind is a rare gem that can only be appreciated by watching it carefully.

I give it a 9, because overall the story, casting, directing, and rewatch value are very good.

A story about genius crossdressing painter in Joseon era, it highlights the arts, especially paintings and makes it one of the most artistic Korean drama. Not only that, the cross-dressing story also read more create problems to hero's journey to find love and soulmate. This drama will taught us that love is not as simple as people think. Love is complicated question.

As a sageuk, this drama delivers compelling story with enough politics but not make it as boring as in any sageuk. The characters feel and think like human being. The villains are interesting and the leads really adorable.

There's also some comic relief injected throughout the drama. But the drama itself won't be this great without outstanding performance from Moon Geun Young as Shin Yun Bok and Park Shin Yang as Kim Hong Do. As a duo, they're really amazing and adorable.

Overall, it's a very good historical drama that not focused on politics but more on the arts, especially paintings.
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May 7, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
If you are interested in Korean classic art and you enjoy slow-paced dramas, with just a hint of romance, this series is perfect for you.

What was good:
- The male lead (Kim Hong Do) suprised me... he looks kind of like any old "ahjussi", but in the end he was very charismatic and he depicted the character's ambivalent feelings well.
- There are many female-pretends-to-be-a-man instances in Korean dramas that are read more quite ridiculous, but this time the female lead (Moon Geun Young) could be mistaken for a young boy. It brought additional realism to the series.
- The romantic story arch is very slow and mostly only hinted at. Although I love dramas bursting with romance it was refreshing to still understand the characters feelings without much even going on between them (almost none of the old drama clichés).
- It was interesting to see Korean art. The series was very similar to "Goddess of fire" in that there was much attention to detail and you actually felt that the characters were painting these pictures right before your eyes.

What was not so good:
- The female lead (Moon Geun Young) is a very good actress, but I had just watched "Goddess of fire" before watching this and I was struck by the similarities of the female characters she depicted. Of course similarities in storyline would also make you feel that, but still I felt she could've have done more with her character. Still keep in mind she is one of the better drama actors, so I have higher standards for her.
- Besides the romantic story arch I was not very interested in the story. A lot of scenes were boring (although necessary) backroom discussions among nobles trying to one-up each other. This is most likely why I didn't give the series a 9.
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Both female lead roles disguises herself as a man in a historical period.
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Jewel in the Palace goes deep into Korean cooking and Painter of the Wind shows you traditional Korean painting. Both depict a really detailed image of the time period and both have a strong female main character. The romance in both is also quite mild and builds slowly.
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    Wednes Jul 5, 2017

    I'm surprised to come across this one just now and found so many good reviews and comments, and look at the rating! I've never heard of this one before :O

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    Lena Jun 1, 2017

    Glad I gave it a try - the time and tears I've spent on it where absolutly worth it! Great act, beautiful art and scenery, lovely music and an exciting plot filled with heart-touching relationships centered around friendship and love. I really loved it <3

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    Lili Sep 26, 2016

    Is there romance in it?

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    Syranus Mar 8, 2016

    It's good but I can't include it in my favorite list. Moon Chae Won is my girl crush, though.

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    HAVA-RAVA Nov 26, 2015 - edited

    I've had this on hold for few years and today I tried to continue it. Encountered the same problem why I put it on hold - really bad subs. I don't mind bad subs for modern dramas but for historical ones I need good subs.

    Does anyone know where I can find this with good subs?

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      HAVA-RAVA Mar 5, 2016

      If you don't mind PM'ing me where you watched it it'd be helpful :)

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      Emily Mar 13, 2016

      Dramafever has this subbed, and theirs are consistently decent. Have you tried there?

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      HAVA-RAVA Mar 14, 2016 - edited

      Dramafever doesn't work here in Finland ://

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      Emily Mar 14, 2016

      Hm... well if you're desperate, and you have Google Chrome, then you could technically download the VPN extension 'Hola' and set it to somewhere in North America whenever you want to watch it. No confirmation as to whether it would work or not, but I can't see why it wouldn't.

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      HAVA-RAVA Mar 14, 2016

      I have it but it doesn't really work

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    tattooedvenom Sep 2, 2015 - edited

    i see alot of people say this made them cry, is this worth the tears?

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      nastou19 Mar 3, 2016

      Definitely! This is a very beautiful drama. It has won numerous awards as well.

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    TheGrowlingStomach Jul 25, 2015

    kudos for being the first gender bender where the female lead actually pulled off being a guy and the whole town didn't realize she was a girl by episode 3. That ending was still a piece of shit though

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    SamuraiSx Mar 10, 2015 - edited

    mfg... just mfg... this drama succeeded to make a mess of myself, and it was long ago that I felt like this toward some k-drama... Brilliant story actors sceneries flow music atmosphere chemistry.. uhhh everything was so exceptional and delicate totally different from other historical korean dramas! BUT LAST EPISODE as FAIL total fail and strike for me.. I couldn't believe that last 30 minutes of drama would go so unusually and unnaturally down, and the most regreting and surprising thing at the end... I really loved everything until last episode, but lead chara really surprised me by stupid and ungrateful behaviour at the end... uhh so much unsettled feelings..>_< I can't calm still and I really would like some remake of last episode..
    but in all it was amazing amazing drama, so much details beautiful sceneries full of meanings speaches and touching and subtile music with ofcourse great cast work~ I am trulley in love with all actors here :3 especially Choona and Tam Von XD

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      nastou19 Feb 24, 2016
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    hilaben-david Jun 9, 2014 - edited
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    Ghzz May 17, 2014 - edited

    I can't find episode 14 anywhere. Where can I watch it ?

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      Hessa Aug 22, 2014

      Viki or DramaFever

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    dobime Jan 11, 2014

    i want to read novel too. this drama is awesome. i was cried like a moon geun young & moon chae won couple

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    Saiaki Jul 26, 2013 - edited

    Probably my favorite drama so far.

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      Syranus Mar 8, 2016

      I like the drama but it's not my favorite, though. Princess Man and Queen Seon Deok are my all-time favorites in historical genre so far. Have you watched both?

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    luna41111 Jun 2, 2013

    great drama >.<

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    PinkyPie May 15, 2013

    How come I never heard about this? :O

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    EJ_101 Apr 27, 2013

    let me get some encouragement to continue to watch this....

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      sunflower63 Apr 27, 2013

      Are you not enjoying it? I found it great,if there is anything you need to know I will gladly reply via pm.

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      EJ_101 Apr 28, 2013

      thank you.. i will :)


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    South Korea
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    Sep 24, 2008 to Dec 4, 2008
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.0 (scored by 1,227 users)
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