Hur Jun, the Original Story

Hur Jun, the Original Story (2013)

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Ratings: 8.3/10 from 120 users
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The drama will tell the life story of Heo Joon, from dramatic childhood to royal physician. He became a court physician during the reign of King Seonjo (latter half of the 16th century), and went on to write what would become the defining text of traditional Korean medicine. The groundbreaking thing about it at the time was that he wrote it in Hangul, so that medicine could be understood and learned by read morecommoners, as was his hope.

  • Native title:

    구암 허준
  • Also Known as:

    Guam Heojoon; Gua Am Heo; Gu Am Heo Joon;

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Sep 4, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
With 135 episodes, definitely not a drama that I would watch again. I thought it was well acted by all. I especially liked the fact that Heo Joon's character wasn't a squeaky clean character from the beginning but morphed into the great man that he became over time.

Only the second time seeing Kim Ju Hyuk (Heo Joon) in a drama but definitely a fan of both Nam Goong Min (Do Ji) read more and Park Jin Hee (Ye Ji). Go Doo Shim (as Heo Joon's mother) as always is a consummate actress. I was impressed with Park Eun Bin (Da Hee, Heo Joon's wife) because there is a 20 year difference in their age (yeah, I was shocked too) but she held her own from start to finish. The rest of the cast was great. There are a couple of the younger actors (who remain nameless) that I will be looking forward to in the future.

Overall, this is a drama only medical and sageuk watchers would possibly appreciate. I don't recommend it otherwise.
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May 7, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
For those with patience and a little knowledge of the era it's set in, this drama is a gem that is sorely underrated. It's episode format is a little different from most dramas; they aired 30 min episodes 5 days a week for about 6 months. This format let the characters slowly age and grow in a more organic way. This compelling slice-of-life storyline isn't for everyone, especially those that need a read more shocking revelation every episode to keep their attention. That's not to say that there isn't excitement though, Heo Jun's life was packed full of danger, compassion, intrigue, war, and dedication. The fact that these are actual events just makes it all the more compelling. I found myself eagerly checking for new episodes almost every day.

I am notoriously hard to please when it comes to rating dramas, especially historical dramas, but this one is one of my favorites. I gave it a 9, which is high praise that only a few other dramas have gotten from me.
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    Quizy Amhely Oct 22, 2016 - edited

    Guys, where can i watch the 2013 version please help. I wanna watch it

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      iambulletproof Mar 1, 2017

      thank you! ive seen the 1999 version, i have to check this one :)

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    Sara Jun 24, 2015 - edited

    I am planning on watching this drama and I would like to know if it is worth watching. Oh and also why and why not.

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      NewKDramaAddict Sep 11, 2015

      This is a drama only medical and sageuk watchers would possibly appreciate. If you are not used to daily dramas that tend to drag from time to time, skip it. I don't recommend it otherwise.

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      Sara Sep 22, 2015

      Thanks, appreciate it.

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      irilight Dec 5, 2015

      I loved it. Marathoned it very fast

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    alexk345 Jul 25, 2014 - edited

    VERY AWFUL DRAMA. director uses cheap trick and plot to extend episode. I like to strangle the director. I hate this type of useless drama. Story was ok but plots are induced just for extending episode than natural occurance. Pathetic. Waste of time.

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      shiu545 Oct 5, 2014

      thanks for your comments … I, too, find it a waste of time to watch dramas in which plots "are induced just for extending episode."

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      SHIRLEYMOLINA Sep 16, 2015

      I respect your opinion, but would like to say this is a good drama history is not always the way we might like it but it is informative and very enlightening. For me it was a good drama and I would recommend it to anyone as a should try. It is not useless by any means and it took time for a lot of people to put this together. While we are all entitled to our opinions a respect for the people who did their best would be nice. Just saying.

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    mivale May 28, 2014 - edited

    Which one is better - this or the 1999 version?

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    Lyrical May 24, 2014

    Is there Romance?

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    Seung225 Sep 24, 2013

    Can anyone tell me where I can find this drama, either to watch online or download, please?

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    Mitchinyeoja Sep 6, 2013

    So this is actually 135 eps

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    dwayne1990 Sep 5, 2013

    it has more then 120 episodes.. since the raw of episode 121 is already on

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    NewKDramaAddict Sep 4, 2013

    I think this is longer than 120! The last ep didn't look like the end. Anyone have an idea?

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    Mitchinyeoja Aug 22, 2013

    10 more eps ugh gonna miss this

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      Rascal Aug 24, 2013

      What is so good about this? I dropped it at ep 15 because it was boring/typical. Anyway, did it get better?

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      Mitchinyeoja Aug 24, 2013

      oh yes it did get really good.

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    myt124 Aug 17, 2013

    105 episodes down... 15 more to go! how time flies! love this drama! =)

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      _Rosie Aug 17, 2013

      Good to know its still going strong. I plan to pick it up from ep 21 when its finished airing

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    yakuzaprincess Aug 2, 2013

    I fell in love with this amazing drama from episode 1 ..!
    I have to write a review of it when I'm finished watching it :)

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    Apri Jul 8, 2013

    I really liked the original so I'm curious about this one. Plus Nam Goong Min is part of the cast but he's playing the role of Do Ji... I'm afraid that I'll dislike him too much, lol.

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    Monkey_D_Ransa Jun 20, 2013

    I want to watch it because of Nam Goong Min, and the high rating here ..
    but I'm not sure should I start it or not?

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      yakuzaprincess Aug 2, 2013

      I'm not disappointed with this drama!
      I've watched 50+ episodes so far and I enjoy every minute of it! Plus every episodes is like 30 minutes anyway so you won't feel like its being dragged out or anything :) I've cried, screamed and laughed throughout. This drama is amazing and the actors... just wow, I can honestly say that it's one of my favs, and I haven't even finished watching it.! I would recommend it if you are into historical dramas, and medicine. It's not really a romance type of drama either, so don't expect it to be like other dramas. Give it a chance is all I can say, if you are into historical dramas you will love this one! :)

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      Monkey_D_Ransa Aug 21, 2013

      thanks a lot for your opinion :)
      I will give it a try .. I feel like I will like it ^^

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    EJ_101 May 29, 2013

    sad so sad... epi 50


  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Mar 18, 2013 to Sep 27, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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  • Duration:

    31 min.


  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 120 users)
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