The Legend

The Legend (2007)

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This drama portrays the life of the 19th king of Goguryeo, Hwanwoong, who was sent from the heavens to make the world a better place. He falls in love with Saeoh and gives her the joojak necklace; however, Kajin becomes jealous since Saeoh has given birth to Hwanwoong's son. She takes the baby and throws him off a cliff. Saeoh, thinking that her son had died, is overcome with grief and turns read moreinto the black joojak to destroy the world. Hwanwoong is the only one who could stop her. Afterwards, Hwanwoong returns to the Heavens and prophecizes that 2000 years later, the true Joo Shin king will come to Earth. With the help of the four gods, he will rebuild Joo Shin.

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    The Story of the First King's Four Gods ; Tae Wang Sa Shin G ; Taioshijinki

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Jan 4, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This drama was epic! The timeline, characters, locations, sets, costumes, special effects, everything. Myth, legend and history rolled up into one awesome package. Clearly, this drama had a huge budget. The main thread of the story is to get the prehistoric mythology of the origins of Korea to line up in the end with the historical figure of Gwanggaeto the Great of Goguryeo. To do this requires much help from supernatural forces, read more most especially from the Four Gods from Heaven said to reanimate for the true Joo Shin King. Fine, just go along for the ride. If you want a big romantic payoff in the end and that’s the reason you’re watching, then you’ll most likely be disappointed. There will be no sullying the purity of historical figures, thank you very much. You’ll recognize many veteran actors, as well as newer faces (in 2007), so the performances were, of course, superb. The story had enough characters of all types to allow for lighter moments and comedy as well. The leader of the Hwacheon Clan was very entertaining to watch, nearly stealing every scene he was in. I believe this compelling drama is a must-see.
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Feb 12, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
what I have to say?? I really enjoy watching period drama and in this story there is the addition of fantasy and also adds mythical elements. I don't know why but I wasn't interested in the beginning. It didn't seem to me a remarkable story, only later I realized that I was beginning to like it. I hoped in more scenes of affection. I prefer romantic stories even so I was impressed read more by scenes of war, so I can't say that the romance is the central theme (who is looking for a love story in the past I suggest trying another drama). The music is not less than the story (composed by Joe Hisaishi) and some actors were really good in acting.
P.S. Sorry if there are errors, I'm not very good in English =)
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I have a historical addiction. If The legend is my best kdrama, then Ice fantasy is best C-drama in my drama life.

- Big budget drama in history.
- Love long WHITE haired characters.
- Great ost, mesmeraizing background music.
- immortal /Gods.
- Same type of adventures.
- Strong female lead.
- Quest for same kind of power relics and ice crystals.
- Trajic ending of favourite characters.
- Lack of extreme romance, that's why I find both similar, and love both in my ways. (I really miss romance between ying kong shi- Yan da, but like their sweet-sour friendship )
- Annoying villain, I wanted to kill them for god's sake.

Overall both are worth watching. Happy watching.
Recommended by AngelRu
- both the male lead have supernatural power or something even though the main lead of gu family book is not a prince or soon to be king.
- both have a combination of supernatural and historical genre
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    keifferodartseam Feb 6, 2017 - edited

    I like this drama, even though I'm not satisfied with the ending. . there are so many thoughts in my heads. that needs to be answered . . . arggh... whatever, all in all I like this except the ending.. . .
    check this out, you might like this drama

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    namopanik Sep 12, 2016 - edited

    Nah, it's unwatchable today.
    /on a second thought, the fact that Yoo Seung Ho was apparently born with this smug of his is still amusing.

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    KMR Jun 3, 2016 - edited
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    AngelRu Feb 2, 2016

    This one is one of my most rewatched kdrama... only for you <3 BYJ <3

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    AngelRu Feb 2, 2016

    This one is one of my most rewatched kdrama... only for you <3 BYJ <3

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    NewKDramaAddict Dec 18, 2015

    Not sure what to say about the ending, though I understand why. But I must say that I did like the action and the side characters.

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    Syranus Nov 26, 2015 - edited

    What I can say about this drama is you'll enjoy the ride even though the destination is not very satisfactory. :-)

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    ruesanchez Nov 20, 2015 - edited

    the ending was good enough considering that it was rushed. byj had an accident on the set that’s why it was cut down to only 24 episodes. he had to film the last two episodes with crutches. he was advised to rest the injury er else it would have worsened. so yes, i guess it was the best the writers could do at that time.

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    mira Oct 14, 2015 - edited

    Can anyone help give a link to download it? Many tx

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    AngelRu Aug 21, 2015

    The legend = 12 /10, kdrama addicts.... what r you waiting for, just grab this BYJ drama. You have a worthy drama to watch, hurry to watch it....:)

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    7Har Jul 28, 2015

    Such a good drama, but ending was just not what I expected..........!

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    homaKP Jul 10, 2015 - edited

    it's good to see a historical drama with as little cliche as possible. it wasn't predictable. and man, that plot twist of ep18!
    the ending wasn't as magnificent as i hoped. but it wasn't hanging imo. it got resolved in a way that it made the love triangles resolve too. the problem is, the whole drama was so good that it made the ending look somehow not exciting.
    the only thing i regret is that the characters' potentials were very high. they could show so much more of the king and guardians. but that's precisely the reason i'd never, ever miss on such an awesome drama and characters. such rare deep and distinctive personalities. i'm glad i watched it. and i know i'll be re-watching for a while.^___^

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    AngelRu Jun 29, 2015

    As a kdrama addict, i recommend my chingus to must watch this. WHY ?

    1. Casts- for the very first hallyu wave star- Bae Yong Jun. Lee-ji-ha as a cute, tomboy- win my heart .
    2. Romance- the only kdrama without a single kiss , but the chemistry between damduk and sujini is great. When damduk (bae yong) realizes that he needs sujini (lee-ji-ha) by his side, search and run to her like a mad guy ,you feel like - wow !!!
    3. Action- if you are fan of it, it's for you. All casts are superb in action .
    4. Ending- don't push it saying a bad ending. Be happy that damduk at last find his 2 thousand years love - sujini. Think the ending as, damduk goes to heaven to return so called 'heavenly power' and make the world a peaceful one by himself.

    [ Trust me, this 24 hours will be best in your life, you wont regret it - fighting bae yong jun !!! pray for his drama-come back soon :) :) ]

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    alexk345 Jun 7, 2015

    OK Anyone who did not watch this beccause of ending , you are missing out on EPIC drama. Probably best Sageuk KDRAMA ever. It still better than all drama even with ending. We all wanted spectacular ending but still its worth it.

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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Sep 11, 2007 to Dec 5, 2007
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 1,215 users)
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