Kim Soo Ro

Kim Soo Ro (2010)

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This drama charts the life of Kim Soo Ro, legendary founder of Geumgwan Gaya, the ruling city-state of the Gaya confederacy, which dominated sea trade and iron working during the Three Kingdoms Period. Kim Soo Ro's fiery temperament, charisma and intelligence are his only defense in the extended political struggle, with competition for the throne from his half-brother and lifelong rival, Ijinashi, his former friend Suk Tal Hae, and the dangerous ambitions of Shin Kwi Gan.

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    The Iron King

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Jun 5, 2014
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I really liked Kim Soo Ro (the Iron King) I think it is my 4th favorite Saguk <3
The story is about a man who was basically "taken" at birth - he lived believing someone else was his parents - while people fight him and his "different values" he fights back.
Cast: Ji Sung (Kim Soo Ro) I liked him a lot, I loved how he viewed things and how his beliefs read more never seemed to waver - he also had a strong sense of loyalty for one woman. there are two women in his life - one I didn't like (you'd find out later by watching the drama why she isn't acceptable) and the other woman who was always silently by his side (who I loved a lot) - I thought the romance between them was beautiful (even if it did get a late start by him - hers came early on).
Music: usual Saguk music - I can't really remember as it has been awhile since I've watched this drama now...
Re-watch Value: I really want to re-watch this drama at some point -

Either way I think this is a beautiful love story and development of a new land by Kim Soo Ro
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Oct 6, 2015
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
I watched this drama only for Ji Sung. He was great, but the story dragged a lot for me. I knew the ending because I'm always curious to read the real life stories of historical fiction dramas while watching it too. The plot felt very true to life, but I wonder if they could have cut out a lot of scenes to help move the story along. I was bored. Frequently.

The read more chemistry between the leads was great, but it was barely there, so that was disappointing. I don't really want to recommend this to anyone because I felt I only finished because I had Ji Sung withdrawals after Heal Me, Kill Me and I ran out of dramas to occupy my free time.
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These two dramas are related in how korea came to be. Events in Kim Soo Ro are before events in The Legend. Even so, the drama Kim Soo Ro uses logic more, compare to The Legend that uses power. Both stories involve the male lead having a love triangle with two women.They both are also about two men who are pre-chosen by destiny to be leaders.
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They are both Heart wrenching, action packed Historical dramas centered around the life of a young man during a power struggle in the Joseon Dynasty.
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    yukified Oct 25, 2016

    I dont really love the romance part, i literally skip through it. Anyways other than that, the story is great.

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    czell91 Oct 22, 2016

    the only drama i can find,,related to the ancient kingdom of Gaya, hoping there are others,,, a nice drama,, and a must watch if you are into the korean ancient history

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    LPA Jun 7, 2016 - edited

    I have to agree that this drama was just okay. I watched all episodes mainly because of Ji Sung and the other excellent actors, and I like to finish what I start if it's not too excruciating.

    The cinematography was beautiful as were the costumes. Even the overall storyline was good, but the execution was very poor. It seemed that some scenes didn't follow others in sequence or they were just short and choppy and left you hanging.

    The chemistry between Ji Sung and Kang Byul was really disappointing. I kept trying to use my imagination--it was almost there, but really not so convincing. The last few minutes of the ending was okay, but just a narrative of history.

    This drama wasn't really boring because I kept wanting to see what was going to happen in the next episode. I watched "Kim Soo Ro" on Dramafever, but sorry to say, the English translation was terrible (syntax and pop culture terminology for a historical period drama?). The timing of the display of words was really off also. It was such a challenge to get through this drama because the words would display for 2 seconds then disappear while the actors continued speaking for 10 seconds, so I was constantly pausing and replaying so I could read what was said.

    I really don't know all the details of directing, but judging from the many other historical dramas I have watched, I'm sorry to say that this one did not measure up. It really had such good possibilities and could have been so much better, but lost it's effectiveness especially after the first ten episodes.

    I would watch this for the actors and the scenery, but I probably wouldn't rewatch especially with the timing and translation issues.

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    dore430 Oct 24, 2015

    Magnificent and Majestic Historical Epic Drama ... Ji Sung adds his amazing talent to make history come to life.

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    chante Mar 21, 2015

    This was a OK drama it didn't bring much so I wasn't emotionally invested in it. But it had  Ji Sung whose natural character is very appealing. But it wasn't enough to keep me from skipping some of the episodes.  The supporting characters were more interesting like Choi Soo Rin, Lee Won Jong, Lee Jong Won, Kim Hyung Bum and Park Gun Tae actors worth watching. Even though I didn't like Yoo Oh Sung role, in the earlier eps I found his scenes very humorous he always had that same type of setup making that same facial expression I couldn't help but to laugh.

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    Annie Choice Mar 21, 2015 - edited

    one of the worst directed kdramas i have watched so far. Ji Sung was a waste in here... a total waste of talent. The characters werent fleshed out properly and behaved like robots. I didnt shed a single tear in spite of so many deaths.. because of poor script and direction.
    A complete waste

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      SHIRLEYMOLINA Sep 14, 2015

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I respect yours, but in my opinion this drama was better than a lot of historical sites and Ji Sung proved he can act in a period drama which I once doubted. Overall it could have been written a little better but it was interesting enough to keep me watching.

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    dashster Mar 10, 2015 - edited

    where can I watch this subbed?

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    DanielTommey Mar 5, 2015

    this drama is really one of the best historicals around if you love dramas like jumong and kingdom of the winds then this is a must watch

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    Dounie Jul 28, 2014

    I must definitely Watch this drama , at least for Ji Seong *0*

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    HakushoN Oct 11, 2013

    To me it feels like it ended at the best part. :(

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    Bladey Apr 27, 2013 - edited

    I liked this drama. I did not like the love triangle, one of the female leads annoyed me - that first girl was really needless. Could have been better without it. I liked the ending a lot. But I liked most of the characters in this drama and Ji Sung proved me wrong- he actually can act. pretty good overall. I was afraid to watch it because I didn;t believe Ji Sung can pull off a historical role, but this one actully was very fitting for him. He was quite charming. The story is overall quite "soft", there were some moments I really liked.

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      GreenPaintedRose May 4, 2013
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      Ambitious_96 Nov 20, 2015

      Who does he end up with? Ah Hyo?

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      Ambitious_96 Nov 20, 2015

      Who does he end up with? Ah Hyo?

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      GreenPaintedRose Nov 21, 2015
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    SHINeeShawol711 Apr 14, 2013

    his role in Protect The Boss was my favorite

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    GreenPaintedRose Apr 14, 2013

    I'm addicted... This drama is seriously amazing O.O It's different than the other historical dramas. I've only watched until ep 13 now but i think i'll finish this soon.

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    Kamiya_Suzugamori Feb 16, 2013

    Talhae for the best character in this drama :D

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    Dark_Howler Jan 12, 2013

    I'm not sure why I lost interested after 3rd episode for a while, but I'm glad I picked it up again. The drama is really good.

    So don't give up if you're thinking about dropping it yet.

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      Bladey Apr 12, 2013
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    South Korea
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    May 29, 2010 to Sep 18, 2010
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 411 users)
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