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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Red1
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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.

THE BEST DRAMA FOR 2013 FOR ME :)
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SeRose
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Oct 22, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I've never been a huge sageuk fan, but I can't resit a good ‘what if?’ historical retelling. What if, Jang Ok Jung wasn't the evil, conniving woman that history paints her as? What if she wasn't totally about greed and power. What if it really was all about love between Lee Soon and herself, to hell with all else…?

Pshh.. This is well documented Korean history.

But that doesn’t mean there couldn’t read more be more to the story than history has to say. Or that the inner motivations of these highly visible personages were ever truly known by more than themselves or a few other people.

In other words, history always gives us this much leeway to make a romance out of nothing. If you want to approach Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love as infallible history, don’t. But if you’re in the mood for a sweeping epic love story set in historical period based more or less on real people– this might be a good drama for you.

We’re certainly not working with highbrow historical revisionism here.
JOJ: Live in Love is a snapshot of Joseon history ca. 1680s. It's a complicated and very violent story of King Sukjong (before, Crown Prince Lee Soon) and his wives/concubines- among whom are some of the most well known female figures of the age, including the famously tragic Queen Inhyun.

JOJ, however is a romantic and simplified spin on what’s probably 10x more complicated than the drama depicts. I’m actually okay with that, because it does a decent job of making all these events make sense in a way that won’t make your head spin.

But it’s also romantic in that the story it tells is exactly opposite from what history tries to tell. Give a quick thought back to last year’s hit drama Queen Inhyun’s Man, and the depiction you get of Jang Ok Jung is of a conniving bitch. So who wants to see Ok Jung get a makeover? Apparently not Korean audiences, because the ratings were just not there. It took an extra dose of romantic scenes to garner interest in the show. I think it’s shame because despite the unconventional retelling, Jang Ok Jung wasn’t all that bad.

The actors were fabulous, particularly Hong Soo Hyun- she just does sageuk figures so well, and I loved how they played with her Inhyun character in tandem with Ok Jung's dramafied character.

Overall, it was compelling. However, this is history, and history has an outcome that won’t be undone by fiction no matter how good your script is. As for the love between Lee Soon and his beloved concubine/queen, I bought it completely. Even within the grounds of how unhistorical it was that King Sukjong could’ve only had one person he ever loved (or even slept with – because, history says he had tons of concubines and a parcel of children). But I liked how the relationship between the two worked as an anchor for the overall political story. Ok Jung was portrayed as smart and wily, King Sukjong as a master politician, and as such their teamwork was a boon to the storyline. It kept things fresh and interesting at least 80% of 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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    attyarly May 4, 2014

    I love the first half but I had to put this on hold because I was afraid of the ending, since I read the history halfway through the drama... After reading the comments, I am gonna continue watching this... crossing fingers!

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    Sweety-Face Apr 27, 2014

    is this a good drama??

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      Sima Apr 28, 2014

      yeah it's realy worth watching x) !! but you need to know that it has such serious plot with almost no comedy .. it reflected in the best way how the palace is realy no joke !!

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      Stephanie0606 22 days ago

      it's such a great drama that you wouldn't want to miss. it's either give the drama a go or regret for not watching it forever!!!

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    Lorraine71 Apr 19, 2014

    wonder..how come this drama rated so low???

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    Lorraine71 Apr 19, 2014

    Wow it was amazing..Just finished the whole ep..I love the King acting but I don't really like the ending. A Handsome young king :-) who loves Jang Ok Jung the maid.

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    TAMAREXXE Mar 17, 2014

    Finished it, blown away. This will go to the top of list of top 5 cherished dramas ever. Cried until I had bags under my eyes. It was romantic bliss.

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    patyredf Mar 17, 2014

    I don't know why this is rated low. It should be rated at least an 8.5.
    There's a very great plot, besides amazing characters. Since this drama is based in a real story the end probably had to be like that.
    For me, overall: 10

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      Stephanie0606 Mar 20, 2014

      so true. this is probably one of my most favorite drama ever. the first time i watch it, it deserve a 10. then the second, third, fourth, fifth times, i don't know what to say but the more i watch it, the more amazing it is. Loving it forever. Yoo Ah In is daebak!!!

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      patyredf 13 days ago

      I totally agree with you! xD
      I don't reserved a time to rewatch yet, but maybe some day I'll do it!

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    TAMAREXXE Mar 16, 2014

    Have finished 14 episodes thusfar and I must say this is one very special drama. I'm loving like nothing else since The Princess' Man. Just re watched SungkyungKwan Scandal because of Yoo Ah In, and then decided to watch this after and it's freaking awesome. Although this is somewhat the same story as Dong Yi, one of my faves, the chemistry of Yoo Ah In and Kim Tae Hee is SMOLDERING and smokes Dong Yi on every sensual level. I know the story and I'm already in tears at episode 15 knowing this is going to break my heart into pieces when it's over.

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    TAMAREXXE Mar 15, 2014

    I'm just beginning this. Of course, knowing the history I realize this is not historically accurate, as by all accounts, Queen Inhyun was a good sort and Jang Ok Jung was a seething bitch, but oh well, let the drama commence! One small niggle, the historical accounts, even by her enemies, unfailingly credit Jang Ok Jong as being the most lovely woman imagineable. I think that judging by beauty, Hong Soo Hyun would have made a better Jang Ok Jung. Can't wait to see how I feel about her after I finish this drama.

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    katrina21 Mar 3, 2014
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    Temmie7 Jan 23, 2014

    The best historical film hav ever watched

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    forever_shawol Jan 13, 2014

    The acting was perfect in this drama Kim Tae Hee is amazing and Yoo Ah In, even the Queen's mom's acting was great

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    BlackGlitter Dec 28, 2013

    i put this drama on hold for quite a while now, i finally finished the last 4 episodes that i couldn't before, mani cried 4x more than the actors/actresses did. This is a must watch, it has great history that u will like.

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    Stephanie0606 Nov 23, 2013

    What a great drama. it really gave me a different perspective about JOJ and the king is so handsome. it was fun and a pleasure to watch but as it go, it get so painful to watch(not because it's bad but because it's so SAD). on the last ep, my tears couldn't stop pouring down. Great to watch. Highly recommended.

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    gizelle Nov 22, 2013
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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 1,132 users)
  • Ranked:

    #803
  • Popularity:

    #53

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