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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purplenette
22 of 24 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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werwiewowas95
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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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They are both about a romance between the king, and a lowly peasant who later becomes one of his concubines. There is also hate towards the main lead girl due to her low social status, and if you have seen Dong Yi, Yi San is King Sukjon's (the kinf in Dong Yi) which is also the king in Jang Ok Jung, is his great-grandson.
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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.
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    Gabriella Jun 29, 2016 - edited
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      frost 13 days ago

      i know, that why i dont want to watch it anymore xD

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    SHIRLEY MOLINA 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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    Domo 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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      SHIRLEY MOLINA 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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      Domo May 7, 2016
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      Tayane May 7, 2016

      Ahhh...it´s make a sense...:\
      Thanks!

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    5Clivi 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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    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 Feb 2, 2016 - edited

      oh the beauty of dramas and power of writers. it's interesting how Choi Dong Yi is the actual "good" concubine of the two in real history, while Jang Ok Jung was a notorious for being evil. 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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      silvermcv Feb 18, 2016

      ironic since history is written by writers and influenced by the winning party. What actually happened we will never know.

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      Domo Feb 18, 2016

      Something to keep in mind for sure. Similar to history, the power of writing in modern forms such as the media, can have a huge influence on whose story is being told and to which kind of audience. Definitely matter of perspective I suppose

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      silvermcv Feb 19, 2016

      Yes, we are all influenced by what we read, watch, hear, etc. All these shows are embellishing history.

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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... =)

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    24
  • Aired:

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

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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  • Score:

    7.7 (scored by 1,711 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1362
  • Popularity:

    #415

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