The Great Seer

The Great Seer (2012)

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The Great Seer begins during the reign of King Gongmin. But despite being about seers, geomancers, divinators and the like, this drama is less about the fantasy and more about the political movers and shakers — people who had the power to advise, and therefore control, kings.
Mok Ji-sang is a gifted seer/geomancer, born with the ability to see into people’s pasts and futures. There are those who believe falsely that he read morehas dark supernatural powers, thinking him possessed by ghosts. He eventually becomes a "king-maker," who holds the key to a major political shift in the overthrow of Goryeo and the rise of Joseon when he backs General Yi and effectively shapes the future of Korea as we know it.

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Feb 10, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I’m not an avid historicals watcher but the fact that it had a large main cast of actors I like definitely got me curious enough to try out the first couple eps…

Story: It was like I was watching three different dramas because the plot changed so much and there were many time jumps. The first part is about Ji Sang growing up meeting both his loves and discovering he is a read more Seer. The second part is romance, political war, and the journey of Lee Sung Gye to be come King. The last part is tragedy central and the eventual crowning of Lee Sung Gye. The ending is bittersweet so expect both sad and happy endings for our main characters.

Acting: I'm going to start with our 3 male leads since they got the most screen time compared to the gals. Ji Jin Hee mostly has played stiff characters from the dramas I’ve seen but I got to say you haven’t seen him play a character like Lee Sung Gye. His character development was so awesome as he starts off as what seems like a crazy lunatic eventually becoming what you’d expect from the King of Joseon. I’ve only seen Ji Sung in Protect the Boss but he plays a different character in this. He did a great job portraying his character that experiences different personality changes from playful to serious/dramatic due to circumstances. Song Chang Ui played the villain well and his chemistry with Lee Yoon Ji was so great that I was rooting for their characters to get together and find their own happiness. As for the 2 female leads, they were perfect, as I would expect from them. There were MANY supporting characters and they all were able to make their characters stand out because a lot of them came and went as the plot kept changing, I found myself wondering what happened to them or I felt bad when their character was killed off.

Music: What you would expect from a historical drama but nothing particularly memorable.

Rewatch: I wouldn’t mind watching this again cause the plot was fresh but not for a while cause the drama is long and it was kind of sad.

Overall whether you like historicals or not the Great Seer will not waste your time and it’s a very intriguing ride.
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13 people found this review helpful
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Mar 30, 2013
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
OMG...It took me soooo long to watch this. I now remember why historical dramas are not my favorite. If Ji Sung had not been in this, then I would have quit after the first two episodes. It was like watching Big for Gong Yoo. The conspiracy theories were great, but who becomes king and all the political BS is just so BLAH!!! Plus 50 years and 35 episodes and I look up read more the history and Lee Sung Gye was only king for 6 years. REALLY??? Ok...enough of that. There were nice romances, but they really don't capitalize on that so if you are looking for romance, then this is not the drama you are looking for. The story isn't bad per say, it is just long and drawn out. I could only watch this a few episodes at a time, because I felt like they took FOREVER. I don't understand why they trusted some people knowing that they were you watch this, you will understand where I come from. I yelled at my screen so many times..."Why are you trusting her/him???". So annoying. I'm just glad it is over.

The acting is really well done as well as the cinematography. Ji Sung, Ji Jin Hee, Song Chang Ui, Lee Yoon Ji, and Kim So Yeon are well worth the watch if you are into this genre. I didn't even realize that Kim So Yeon was the same girl that I like so much in Iris. Good for her, she is versatile.

The music is fine.


Again, if you like historical dramas, then I'm sure you will like this.
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Even if the plots and the main characters are different, some characters appear in both dramas (in Faith they're young, while in The Great Seer they're older).
In both dramas there are supernatural powers (used to fight and to time-travel in the first, used for divination/geomancy in the second).
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They have one thing in common: both dramas have a mother that, after losing her son (for different reasons), take care of another child raising him as her own.
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    namopanik Nov 11, 2016
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    namopanik Nov 1, 2016 - edited

    anyone remembers in which episode main cast appears?
    /what a drag. As interesting it is to watch a Six Flying Dragons' story from a different perspective, I can't wait for the plot to take some speed and substance. The storytelling here is really mediocre - this kind of showing every detail of cause-outcome line and explaining like a 5 year old. Some stories deserve 35 episodes, but this one doesn't use it well.
    It's very true that a story is only as good as its villains.

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    KmjSsk Sep 2, 2016

    crap how did i miss this!... all 3 of these guys r some of my fav actors <3 omfg

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    yukified Oct 2, 2015

    Boring in the 1st episode =/ Meh. I expected better starting episode to keep me engage, but perhaps because I don't understand the history of Korea, so meh, skipped and dropped.

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    SHIRLEYMOLINA Sep 11, 2015

    Can someone tell me in what episode the Priesttess died?

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    SHIRLEYMOLINA Sep 10, 2015 - edited

    I would like to ask a couple of drama fans who are a little more knowledgeable in historical dramas then I am. Why is it that all villains in these drama feel wronged and never admit to any wrong doing? Why in these dramas or in this time period was the only way to settle anything by killing or assignations? If anyone has a clue would really appreciate the input. Thanks

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      Kate Aug 1, 2016

      A lot of the time, the only 'wrong' that villains in historical dramas did was believing in the ideology/leader who didn't win. Honestly, the heroes probably did their fair share of evil but they emerged as the winners in the end so nobody really blames them much. To the villains, it could have turned out either way. With a twist of luck, they might have been the ruling party instead. And in that case, their image will be beautified and the wrongdoings they did becomes more forgiveable because "it was necessary". Also, I would assume lives back then are not as precious and there weren't as much "human rights" so killing is fine. Plus, your life will probably be considered worthless unless you are of royal blood.

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      SHIRLEYMOLINA Aug 1, 2016

      Kate thank you I never really thought about it that way and it makes sense now because the winners are always portrayed as the righteous ones and losers as villains as you say situations could easily have turned out in reverse. It makes me look at the historicals a little different now thanks so much for the enlightenment we are never to old to learn. Thanks for sharing your perspective I appreciate it.

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    chante Mar 27, 2015

    Not a bad drama but for me it was just to many episodes.

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    Nadoosha Mar 2, 2015

    this drama was strange,a little twisted,complicated & tiresome to watch,the whole cast were villains except Ji Sang & Hae In..Lee Jung Geun & Lee In Im were one of those villains who makes you want to punch your screen in frustration.
    I gave it a 6 but it was not a bad drama at all in my opinion but not for everyone.

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    AnaK24 Aug 6, 2013 - edited

    True historical dramas must tell the history. I see negative comments and I trully believe these people just wanna see their favorite actors, nice clothes, fast and easy development solutions to everything. Oh! And more couples screen time. But what about the script? What about the writers work and creativity? I see a totally different drama. I see kids delivering message of faith. A man dying to teach loyalty and protect his beliefs. I see a king swallowing his pride to find friendship and protect his people despite the fear of betrayal. So what Im trying to say is...please watch and make your own opinion. Open your mind to enjoy The Great Seer. Forget about score and popularity.

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      Nat Mar 31, 2016

      They follow the real story?

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      AnaK24 Apr 1, 2016

      No. They always dramatize things to make it impressive and interesting.

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      Toppiyo Nov 1, 2016

      Wait, what? The reason I hate this drama is because the story is so awful and badly written. You can't honestly think people dislike it because their favorite actors aren't in it, can you?

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    zu_ai_grusz Feb 24, 2013

    I've taken this drama based on synopsis while gauging all reviews and comments. There's bits that I would have nitpicked on from the very beginning but it really begun to nag on me starting at episode 15, from then on the flaws just keeps jabbing on my sensibilities. And now I couldn't barely bring myself to finish the last 3 episodes. It simply failed to convinced me, of "the great seer", of "a great love", of "a son's devotion and love for his mother". It just goes to say that it failed to convince me of many things. By chance, I decided to start "Faith" since I needed something new to get pass my slump with this drama. Boy! what a surprise that "Faith" was tackling the same period of Goryeo Dynasty and so I'm actually watching the same characters in Korean history. And for comparison, I've already completed that drama in under 3 days time while I'm still deliberating when I can finish this one.

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      zu_ai_grusz Mar 25, 2013

      I did finally managed to finish this. And for a more concrete conclusion, I'd say that besides the flawed writing, most major characters had been miscasted, excepting 'the great general lee sung gye'. I consider the ending even a bit cheesy.

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    KdramaQueen89 Feb 10, 2013

    I swear everyone in this drama has a death wish!This was an underrated drama rating wise. Its sad that it didnt find a Korean audience because the main cast was wonderful and acted thier a**es off.

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    myt124 Feb 9, 2013

    finally done with the drama!=)

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    linnneleh Feb 8, 2013
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    Mareina Feb 6, 2013
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    Panda-Sama Feb 3, 2013

    This drama is the prime example of a good cast but an average script...damn shame.

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      _Rosie Feb 6, 2013

      I know what you mean. I just couldn't get into this drama and dropped it after ep 10


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    South Korea
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    Oct 10, 2012 to Feb 7, 2013
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    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.1 (scored by 500 users)
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