Jang Ok Jung

Jang Ok Jung (2013)

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This drama tells the story of Jang Hee Bin, one of the most famous royal concubines in the Joseon Dynasty who was behind the deposition of King Sook Jong’s wife, Queen In Hyun. However, unlike the countless dramas and movies about this famous villain, this drama will tell the story of Jang Ok Jung before she became concubine Jang Hee Bin and focus on her role as a fashion designer and cosmetic read moremaker in the Joseon era.

  • Native title:

    장옥정, 사랑에 살다
  • Also Known as:

    Jang Ok Jeong, Sarange Salda ; Jang Ok Jeong, Live For Love ; Jang Ok Jeong, Live In Love ; Jang Ok Jeong, Lives In Love

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Jun 26, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
After 12 Weeks of laughter and tears this drama has come to an end. This was just an amazing love story between the King and JOJ. From start to the finish i was just memorised and in awe with this drama. The writers have done a very well done job (round of applause), also there are many Historical dramas about Jang Hee Bin but this one for me showed me who she read more actually was and not the evil person they make her seem out to be.

The acting was just lush Yoo Ah In is by far the BEST KING, every Monday and Tuesday i waited to see him, he will melt your heart. Kim Tee Hee also did an amazing job. However the story dragged on a bit for like 4ep but it picked up right away that's why its (1 point away from a 10)

Please, please, please please do not hesitate to watch this drama give it a chance you will love it as much me and the other hundreds who watched it.

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Jun 26, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
Even if you are not a fan of historical dramas (I'm not), this is one that is worth watching. I made the mistake of reading the history of these people before watching the drama. So, I knew what was coming from the beginning. There are also other dramas that are about this story. I think what makes this one different is that the writers write it as a love story between Jang read more Ok Jung and King Sook Jong from beginning to end. It also written for you to sympathize with Ok Jung. She isn't the villain in this drama (although she does some crazy stuff because she is forced into a corner by the Queen Mother). She would have been happy to be by the king's side in any capacity, but they treated her like crap and made her want more. Also, I loved the beautiful Hanboks. The women were gorgeous. I enjoyed the story and the setting, but that isn't what is captivating.

The acting is amazing!!! Yoo Ah In is the best king ever!!! His portrayal of emotions is all consuming. I felt everything with him to the point that I smiled when he smiled and cried when he cried. BTW...his understated crying scenes are so well done. It is more moving than the over the top wailing. Kim Tae Hee as Ok Jung is just beautiful. I realized after watching this that the only other drama I have seen Tae Hee in is Iris. I think I should watch her other dramas, because her acting is fantastic. I also enjoyed the other actors, but they don't stand out. BTW...if you are watching this for Jae Hee, then don't waste your time. His scenes are limited.

Oh, and just a side note. That baby (although never looking like a newborn) was as cute as he could be.

The music is pretty.

I won't rewatch this.

If you like romance mixed with some historical political junk (the stuff I totally don't care about), then you would enjoy this drama.
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both of the dramas are similar as the are period drama. The story line is different but each has it unique features.
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The two are about a famous royal concubine who was known for her beauty and her cruelty
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    souldoc70 9 days ago

    I liked this despite it being controversial for many people. I applaud the writer for narrating JOK 's and King Sukjong 's story from a totally opposite point of view. I do believe that the king really loves JOK - she is probably the only concubine that was promoted to Queen and post humously ,even after many years, her tomb was moved next to King Sukjong and Queen Inhyun. Choi Suk Bin is portrayed villainous here that irked many Dong Yi fans but from history,nothing much is written about her. And like the writer I believe Dong Yi is not as angelic as portrayed in Dong Yi esp how she made the king meets her.

    Anyway most importantly I really love YAI 's performance here. The last two episodes made me cry buckets esp after watching his face. There's the rebellious Yi Bang Won as well as the hopeless romantic Lee Sung Jae in his acting as King Sukjong. I strongly recommend to watch this if you are a YAI 's fan. Other cast worth mentioning is the Queen Mother and Jang Hyun (played by Sung Dong Ill) Kim Tae hee is just ok for me. This drama has beautiful costumes .

    Up to date, YAI has portrayed strong and controversial kings/ monarchs of Joseon - King Sukjong, Prince Sado and Prince Yi Bang Won . For me, he's the best in these roles. And he's very versatile - can act well both saeguk and modern dramas

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    Antonin Jun 23, 2017 - edited

    Must be weird to watch this and Dong Yi or any dramas/movies about Queen In Hyun

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    VishalIngle Jun 15, 2017 - edited

    so, I just finished watching SIX FLYING DRAGONS. is this show worth watching? how much worth is watching this show?

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      souldoc70 13 days ago - edited

      Just finished,I would say worth watching. Suprisingly the fighting among queen and concubines was minimal and not overdone. YAI plays a major part in this drama despite its title JOJ. The first third of the story is more about their love,second part is their struggles and solidifying their feelings and final part the most depressing part. I like how this writer took a different POV of JOJ however warning !if you have watched Dong Yi first (which I didn't) you will be disgusted with this .

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      VishalIngle 12 days ago

      nope I too haven't watched Dong Yi yet. I hardly watch historical dramas and that one is 50+ hrs.
      thanks for your insight. I'll be watching this, just not sure when.

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      ctinav23 5 days ago

      Dramas are different when you watch it a couple years later. The world runs pretty fast and certain trends end while some new ones start. As for historical not so much the history and culture but the directing and focus as well as the creativity of the story trends change over time. I watched this drama while it was airing and it was by far one of my favorite historical dramas. I've been watching dramas for almost over 10 years now, of course I'm not able to watch every single one out there but I can tell you that I've observed enough actors and actresses, seen enough dramas to be able to compare to a good handful of other dramas out there, this particular drama by far you won't be as disappointed as you would other dramas. Some dramas today don't even compare to the talent of these two main characters. And since you just finished six flying dragons, you won't be disappointed at all with Yoo Ah In in this one. :)

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      VishalIngle 5 days ago - edited

      thanks! i was worried that this one too would follow that 'certain trend' and so my reluctance to start watching it.
      I'm amazed at YAI but not so much with KTH since I am not familiar with her work. I've seen her in IRIS(main focus on action), Boku to Star no 99 Nichi(light comedy, wasn't upto my expectations) and Yong Pal(mostly focuses on the male lead).
      but thanks for your input. i've put this one in my Plan to watch list.

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      ctinav23 5 days ago

      This is probably Kim Tae Hee's better works I would say. How she portrays her character has a lot of richness. You see her more in a 3D light, most main actresses you see often have one side and it's either a super innocent, nice girl, a lazy messy clumsy kind of obnoxious girl, or a super cute and shy girl. Otherwise, they play the antagonist. Kim Tae Hee's role in this drama is more 3D and unique. Most of her work has been of bold characters, which probably explains why she was casted in this drama. All in all, you see all sorts of side to her in the drama that you may or may not like.

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    OKasiandrama Jun 7, 2017

    Officially the drama with the most awkward evil laughs that aren't necessary

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    OKasiandrama Jun 5, 2017 - edited

    I have a question about this drama. I know it comes from Jang OK Jung's point of view which likely means it will not make her out to be the villianous woman whom history knows her as, however I'm wondering if this will give a love story between King SukJong and Queen In Hyun or is it just about Jang Ok Jung and King SukJong? Are they going to make Queen In Hyun seem kinda evil for the sake of making the heroine of this drama more likable?

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      QueenCherry Jun 7, 2017

      yes this drama was from her point of view so they TRIED to make her seem good and pitiful blah blah blah but i didn't fall for it LOL.

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    QueenCherry May 29, 2017 - edited
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      OKasiandrama Jun 5, 2017

      Edit your comment and label it under spoiler.

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      OKasiandrama Jun 5, 2017

      I know it's history but some people are unaware of that, so please do not release such extreme spoilers for those who are unfamiliar with this story

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      rumtumcat Jun 5, 2017

      agree this should mark as spoiler =)

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      QueenCherry Jun 7, 2017 - edited

      I truly apologize to everyone i thought it was marked as a spoiler

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      VishalIngle Jun 18, 2017 - edited

      i think it shouldn't matter because it is already listed as a TRAGEDY in the genre section

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    elvirad May 19, 2017

    Omg the ending, am crying my eyes out, my heart aching so bad but it's beautiful. Am glad watching this drama before Dong Yi, Kim Tae Hee & Yoo Ah In are so great in this, imo the ratings didn't do any justice & it's definitely better than that.

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    Annalisse Feb 19, 2017

    I love when shows tell the story from the "villian's" POV. She never goes full on evil, but she does get quite crazy in her plots and actions. She comes full circle and there is redemption, (which makes the ending even sadder). This is a classic love story written around what happens when good people are pushed too far. And even though there are a lot of light and cute moments, this is a historical palace drama. So no surprise happy endings and not everyone gets whats coming to them. All in all I'd say it was good, not great,

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    namopanik Jan 8, 2017 - edited

    so, when does she go wicked? I'm at ep 10 and nothing of interest happens.

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    Akaisora Dec 14, 2016

    I went to check out the ending of the last episode before stating this. Hahaha I am literally an idiot.

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    Karinna Nov 3, 2016 - edited

    This drama was on my 'to watch' list for the longest time. After I finished Scarlet Heart, I felt the need to watch another historical drama and some how I thought this would be good. It took me two days to watch this, but I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed watching the chemistry between the leads even though they made me cry several times. I really enjoyed Lee Sang Yeob's acting and Hong Soo Hyun's acting was very good too. Great drama and I'm glad I finally watched it.

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    rumtumcat Oct 8, 2016 - edited

    I need other drama as romanticas this

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      OKasiandrama Jun 5, 2017

      Scarlet Heart Ryeo is another romantic sageuk based on history. It's dramatized and edited for the sake of storytelling and drama but it's BASED on history (or at least historic characters), similar to Jang Ok Jung.

      Empress Ki is another drama based on Korean history. I haven't seen it but I know it's super popular with high ratings and an excellent cast. I'm also familiar with the story of Empress Gi and Gi Cheol.. either way, I hear it's a must-watch. Plus it stars Ji Chang Wook sooooooo...

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      rumtumcat Jun 5, 2017

      watched both. Empress Ki is my favvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv <3

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    Gabriella Jun 29, 2016 - edited
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    SHIRLEYMOLINA May 16, 2016

    I have seen Jang Ok Jungs story told in a few dramas about that time and most of the time I thought the character was a ruthless person and had no empathy for her outcome. In this portrayal however I could see how the palace and the politics turned her into a power hungry person and the actress even made me feel a little sorry for her end. I did some research and the story is way off in some aspects but the king was very much in love with her in the beginning her actions I think made him loose faith in her. This story was great as far as acting went and I adored lead actor , but I like anything he does drama wise. It is worth watching so I recommend it.


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    South Korea
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    Apr 8, 2013 to Jun 25, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 1,951 users)
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