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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Mar 6, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I love sageuks. I always do. When they come in with romance and eye candy I just end up loving them. Jang Ok Jung is one of such sageuks. Is it brilliant? NO. Is it entertaining? Hell YES. This is why I gave this drama an 8 in spite of the things that bugged me about it.

Firstly, the plot is fictional as well as realistic. It presents you the love between read more King Sukjong and Jang Hee Bin as epic and legendary irrespective of what happened in reality. It was a controversy in Korea but hell I don't care- I am not a Korean. It presents me a history with all the twists and tropes of a formulaic Kdrama. However whatever it presented was cute, sad and likable. But I have to say I was yelling in some parts because of having seen Dong Yi before (they are related, you see). So separating Dong Yi and Jang Ok Jung is crucial when you watch either of the two.

I loved the romance between Lee Soon and Ok Jung. Both Yoo Ah In and Kim Tae Hee are ridiculously good-looking people and had believable chemistry together. Their romance was for most part cutesy and angst-ridden. It's been a while since I've seen a drama like this one. I also liked the male second lead in it and plan to stalk the guy from now on. :D

There were moments when this drama had me tearing out my hair in frustration or left me plain annoyed. Similarly it left me very high when it had its good parts going. So this drama managed to make me feel a variety of emotions. It is even cheesy at its best in many parts where you just wanna LOL but it is so DAMN entertaining!

For me the drama was an interesting one-time watch. The OST wasn't great but I didn't hate it either. Overall, this drama is good and definitely worth the time.
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May 4, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This drama really exceeded my expectations! This is a completely re-imagined version of historical events. Like Shakespeare's historical plays, It's less about being historically accurate, and more about exploring themes ... specifically love & fate. I didn't really know about the true history until after I finished the drama, which I am thankful for. Not really knowing anything kept me on the edge of my seat until the end.

I was afraid read more that a sageuk with a very political plot would get boring, and confusing, but that was not the case. The politics in the story is just there to set the stage for this tragic but beautiful romance. If you already know Jang Ok Jung's story, I suggest pretending that you don't. Kim Tae Hee's version is not an evil villain, greedily ambitious, nor is she a passive victim. The Jang Ok Jung of this drama is inspiring, but flawed. I liked her, even when she did things that frustrated me, which I think made her more human, and relatable. (Something told me she was a scorpio, and I was right. lol.)

Yoo Ah In & Kim Tae Hee's amazing chemistry are the driving force behind this drama, and both do an excellent job in their roles. I loved how King Sookjong would go from an arrogant smirk, to moments of complete sensitivity. Like Jang Ok Jung, he is also flawed, which made me love his character more.

The majority of the cast was excellent. I hated the villains I was supposed to hate, but they also had moments where they completely won my sympathy. There were too many great performances to point them all out, but I think Hong Soo Hyun, as Queen Inhyun, was the most complicated of the supporting cast, and my favorite.

The two cast members I was least impressed with were Han Seung Yeon as Sookbin Choi & Jae Hee as Hyun Chi Soo. Sookbin Choi seemed to be the only one dimensional character, with one arrogant "stank" face throughout. This was probably done in order to justify Jang Ok Jung's actions, which worked, but I wish she had as much depth as the other characters. And Jae Hee was just... well... boring. Maybe it's because I still can't forgive him for "Color of Woman", but I thought he was the worst of the cast, and subtracted a full point for his performance alone.

Overall, even if you're not a sageuk fan, I would make this one an exception. I'd suggest avoiding spoiler happy "Dong Yi" fans, or Korean History buffs, to have the best experience. Romance fans, keep in mind that this is a romantic tragedy, filled with many more depressing scenes than cute ones, so just keep your tissues handy, especially in the later episodes. Kudos to the makers of this drama for making 24 episodes without any unnecessary "filler". I laughed, cried, cheered, and got pissed off, but was never really bored. I could see myself watching them all again, it was that good.

This story may not be heavy on truth, but it did succeed in making me not only interested in her life, but other dramas that tell the story of the women of King Sukjong of Joseon's royal court. I guess I'm now officially coming out as a sageuk fan!
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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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A different side of Jang Ok Jung but the main character is of course, Dong Yi a palace maiden who has stolen the king's love.
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    Martina 9 days ago

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

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    joongkieoppa Aug 13, 2015

    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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    maral Aug 4, 2015

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

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    Moony Jul 20, 2015

    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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    onewbaby Feb 28, 2015

    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

    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

      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

    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

    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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    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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    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:

    7.7 (scored by 1,466 users)
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