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 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I've just completed it and I'm just overwhelmed. The drama starring Yoo Ah In and Kim Tae Hee started of really romantic with the love story of the two which even began in their childhood. I really liked the beginning of the drama because it was something new that the main character in a saeguk drama is a 'fashion designer'.

Then her struggle as a concubine began and I finally remembered that read more in the drama 'Dong Yi' Jang Ok Jung was ordered to poisen herself after having done so many bad deeds. At that time Choi Dong Yi even entered the scene arousing my hatred for the writers.

I'm glad that I didn't drop the drama as I would have missed the great ending of the drama. (JOJ writers manse! JOJ writers manse! JOJ writers manse!)

To be honest I've started this drama only because of Kim Tae Hee as I'm not really a Saeguk fan nor was I a fan of Yoo Ah In since Fashion King. But both Kim Tae Hee and Yoo Ah In excelled themselves and did a wonderful job. It's by far the best drama of them I've watched.

The music was just perfectly used in the drama. Especially in the sad scenes (Don't why I liked these the most too...)

I would definitely recommend this drama for Saeguk, Dong Yi and romance fans. It's definitely a beautiful love story.

PS: Now I can forgive Yoo Ah In for Fashion King although I know it was more the writers fault than his...
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18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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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 dramas take place during the same time of history. Queen In-Hyun's Man is a time traveling drama, but the characters are the same and have a focus on the deposition of Queen In-Hyun.
Recommended by 1004_blue
Both dramas have similar stories about a poor female with strong personality. Also, it has amazing OST, cast and it's based on real life of the royal concubine Jang Ok Jung/ Jang Hee Bin.
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    justinkim Nov 4, 2015 - edited

    Yoo Ah In face and nature carriage is not strong enough to portray a Legendary King. He even clearly looks younger than Kim Tae Hee. At the end, the ending does not satisfy.

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    Martina Sep 29, 2015

    I'm watching E08 and I'm already in love with this drama!! *___*

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    joongkieoppa Aug 13, 2015 - edited

    Yoo ah in. rawrrr! So handsome. Actors did well. Its not that good because Jang ok jung died because of that Choi hee bitch. Anyways! Its an ok drama but dont expect too much

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      Domo 10 days ago

      oh the beauty of dramas and power of writers. I'm sure you know Choi Dong Yi is the actual "good" concubine of the two in real history, while Jang Ok Jung was the most notoriously evil concubine who had it coming. It's funny how anything really can happen in dramaland as it can even make us sympathize and root for a villain like JOJ ! :p

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    maral Aug 4, 2015

    It wasn't bad but not good enough...it could be better!

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    Moony Jul 20, 2015 - edited

    Just finished the drama and this is def going to be one of my fav! The low ratings are a joke, just because it's a different side of Jang Ok Jung (which story is the real one can't be proven since it happened too long ago.) ! I enjoyed it so so much, the actors did a great job and the show went from "bittersweet to epic"! This one will stay forever in my heart. <3

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    Viki Lin Jun 25, 2015

    I haven't been able to finish the drama because of the ending

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    2013started Mar 2, 2015

    OH MY Goodness!!! I seriously need to get on with my life but this drama is a big impediment. It is THAT captivating. And I am a romcom kinda drama, and there is no single comedy in this show and this is awesome!!! Argh, you just really feel the angst in this drama. Ahhhhhh...

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    2013started Mar 1, 2015

    I am at ep 13... What a good historical show, not to mention that smile of that King... I was hesitant at first but I am enjoying it. Does it have a happy ending? I am sucker for that... =)

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    fadetoblack Feb 28, 2015 - edited

    okay after watching almost half... some of the acting is downright bad, particularly from lee soon's mother and jang ok jung's uncle. there is also too much stupid south/west politics that nobody cares about. BUT...the romance scenes from yoo ah in are more than swoon-worthy.

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    KMR Dec 25, 2014 - edited

    JOJ was so crazy evil and devilish in Dong Yi, as well as in real life according to History, that I can't bring myself to watch this...too bad...since it seems...from the comments...that it's a cute romance here.

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      DiaNine Jan 23, 2015

      You really should watch it, it's truly a great drama, it doesn't matter how history portrays her.

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      OppaHasLongLegs Jan 24, 2015 - edited

      in here, dong yi is the evil girl lmao, irony. but u should rlly watch at least half of it cuz it stupid near the ending

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    Akumi Sep 29, 2014 - edited

    gah, ten minutes in and I already feel like the drama is lying to me. Haha Anyone else have these problems after watching Dong Yi first?? From what I read about the actual people in history, this drama is doing exactly what the synopsis said, telling a different story with a LARGE creative license. XD

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      LMitsuki Oct 27, 2014

      I haven't watched this yet, but if it's as the sinopse says it seems legit.. as she was in love with the king for a long time and in the beginining she was kinda nice, defending Dong Yi and everything.. Dunno as I haven't watched this, It will be hard to watch a new face of her... should have watched it sooner haha

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    Akumi Sep 29, 2014

    I want to start this drama, and have tried so many times, but I always feel disloyal to Dong Yi whenever I get close to starting Jang Ok Jung. XD I just can't seem to help it.

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    Chrisstina Aug 26, 2014
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    SpicedSugah Aug 13, 2014 - edited

    This drama was so good. Yoo Ah In and Kim Tae Hee (Rain's Girlfriend?) didn't disappoint. Love Yoo Ah In's portrayal of a King. He's so masculine and strong as a king, with a never ending love for Jung Ok Jang. He did everything he could to keep her safe, but she had her own ideas and way of doing things that kept her...well, you just have to watch. It's well worth the time.

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    DramaPanda_ May 9, 2014

    I just finished this dramas and I'm a mess, the tears won't stop.


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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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    7.7 (scored by 1,563 users)
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