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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23 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 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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    elvirad 9 days ago

    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

    so, when does she goes 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

    I need other drama as romanticas this

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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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    moondust May 7, 2016 - edited

    I am absolutely loving the acting, politics and plot in this drama. The acting soo well done and chemistry is fabulous and Yoo Ah In steals the attention everytime he's onscreen. Such a commanding actor and oh so handsome to look at. Writers definitely did a great job of doing what they set out to do...tell the perspective of a historical figure viewed ever so differently by history. It's quite the story they have created here as people will find themselves rooting for Jang Ok Jung .. the same evil concubine in the drama Dong Yi who we all felt had it coming when she finally got hers !

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      SHIRLEYMOLINA May 16, 2016

      I so agree with you as I said in my post I even had empathy for her in this and hoped for a better ending for her. In Dong Yi I could not wait for her to get her's and felt she deserved her end Dong Yi is closer to what really happened at least from what I could find in my research. This is a little more romantic and Yoo Ah makes any drama.

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    PatyRedf Mar 30, 2016

    This drama is superb! Yoo Ah In is such an amazing actor! And well, it's based in the real history, then the end couldn't be any different. Btw, I really loved it. 10/10 ^^

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    Tayane Mar 29, 2016 - edited

    What happend in the end? is a good end?

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    iambulletproof Mar 28, 2016

    i stopped watching this drama after jang ok jung had her son. Ive read a lot of reviews and i dont want to see how she became the person she becomes. I know whats gonna happen to her because she was also portrayed in the Drama Dong Yi.

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    Syranus Feb 19, 2016 - edited

    I am at episode 20 as of this writing. I apologize to those who liked Jang Ok Jung (Jang Hee Bin) in this drama. I can't bare to see her evil face. I cover her face with my hands every time and just read the subtitle. Since Ok Jung became wicked, I've always wanted to drop this drama but what keeps me going is seeing Ok Jung die along with her selfish ambitions. I am so looking forward to episode 24. Bwahahahaha! :D

    Updated: This drama is outrageous! Why did they alter history? It made me hate Hee Bin more than before!

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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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    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.


  • Score:

    7.8 (scored by 1,900 users)
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