Jumong (2006)

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Jumong was the founder of Goguryeo in 37 BC. He was the son of General Hae Mo Su and Lady Yoo Hwa, and was raised by King Geum Wa who took him and his mother in when Hae Mo Su was believed to have been killed in an ambush by the Han Dynasty. So Seo No was a merchant's daughter who helped Jumong in realizing his dream to build a new country, read moreand later became his second wife.

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    The Book of Three Han: The Chapter of Jumong ; Samhanji-Jumong Pyeon ; Jumong - Prince of the Legend ; 삼한지-주몽 편 ; 三韓志-朱蒙 ;

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Mar 22, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Jumong was my gateway drama. Someone might as well have handed me 81 packets of heroin and said “Go for it!”. Epic in all the best ways, it steals shamelessly from adventures stories ranging from the Odyssey to The Three Kingdoms to Robin Hood, traversing decades of time and miles of gorgeous mountain scenery as it crams in battles, family strife, romance, betrayal and the occasional heavenly portent. It has a sweeping, read more old-school Hollywood feel, but with modern touches that include a smart, independent heroine and a transgender character who actually gets to have an adorable romantic relationship with the most unlikely of partners.

The plot lines may hardly be original, but the complexity of the main characters gives the old stories a freshness and power they would otherwise lack. Song Il Guk does a fine job as the young prince destined to found an empire, but my favorite actors (and characters) were Hu Joon Ho as the grizzled veteran Haemosu and Jun Kwang Ryul as the tormented king Kumwa. Hu exudes presence every moment he’s onscreen, and Jun’s portrayal of the king’s increasingly conflicted and destructive loyalties is devastating. The show also uses its length to draw us so completely into its web of relationships that many of its most powerful scenes are not the giant battles but the quiet moments where a truth is revealed or a lie is told or a heart is broken.

Does everything work? No. The plot meanders in the final third, with wild goose chases down narrative lines that seem designed to kill time rather than actually deliver meaningful revelations. I could have lived without the saccharine pop ballad love songs on endless repeat and you could get rip-roaring drunk in no time if you took a shot whenever someone stages an ambush, falls off a cliff, discusses an evil plan around an ornate wooden table or survives getting shot by multiple arrows. However, if you’re looking for ridiculously immersive popular entertainment and don’t mind sleep deprivation, you’re in for a hell of a ride. Just be careful – this whole drama thing can get addictive . . . .
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Jan 13, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
This is an amazingly epic drama. I first watched this drama while it was on air and I loved it then but watching it again years later made me appreciate it more. Don't let 81 episodes discourage you from watching this wonderful saguek. I was thoroughly entertained by each and every one of those episodes. The story is fantastic, the writing, directing and acting is done so well. This drama really grabbed read more me from the first episode and then it took me along on a journey like I've ever experienced with any other drama. This is now my all time favourite drama.
I would highly recommend this drama to anyone who can appreciate a great story with action, romance, bromance and a great cause to fight for.
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destroying Goguryeo and remake it in this shows.
very attractive tv series for whom want to see survival of Goguryeo .
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It's the sequel to Jumong - following the journey of Jumong's grandson

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    Mari Ela Apr 13, 2016

    i always thought that jumong was but a mere warrior who assisted a king or something but when i went thru wiki and summary of the drama after watching QSD, i was awed! so he was the founder of the great goguryeo kingdom! i just wished there would be a drama , historical that is, about the life and sturggles of the second lead so seo-no who is in real life, was the key figure in establishing 2 of the 3 ancient kingdoms of korea which is gugoryeo and baekje ! it would have been great

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    LeeJaeShin Feb 23, 2016

    I'm so young when this drama shows in my country. I definitely love this. I know its a good drama but I can't remember the story. I think its time to watch this again ☺

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    AnotherARMY Dec 24, 2015

    Very good drama, I don't care I gave it a 10

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    irish Nov 23, 2015

    As The title character, Song Il Gook is okay didn't make a great impression. He was adequate, but that's really about it. But Luckily he is surrounded by a great cast.
    the best were probably
    Hu Joon Ho as Hae Mo Su
    Oh Yun Soo as Lady Yoo Hwa
    Jun Kwang Ryul as King Geum Wa (although I dn't know what the laughing was about.
    and the guy who played the prime mininster
    But most of the cast were fine.
    I liked Han Hye Jin as So Seo No
    and Kim Seung Soo as Prince Dae So too, and others too
    At first I liked Bae Soo Bin as Sayong, and even thought he might have better in the title role. But Now I think, it was a rather one note performance. I did like the
    gay relationship though.
    The costumes were magnificent.
    The battle scenes were the best I've seen in a korean costume drama. Although it was only from around ep 50 or so, that I thought that.
    I'm not sure about the jumping around. If it's for a purpose fine. but some of the time, it seemed to be just for showing off.
    Some great horse riding scenes

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    Pixiemage7 Sep 12, 2015 - edited

    planning to watch this again

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    Oppa-kiss-me Jul 21, 2015 - edited

    DAEBAK! 81 episodes = 81+ hours of my life = NO SLEEP for about 4-5days! I'm adding it to my list cos I wanna see Il Gook-sshi~ He's so hot! ^^
    Tho, I'm not ready to accept this 81 hrs of life challenge yet. Haha xD

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      Sobi 7 days ago

      Have you watched it? Idk if I should start this drama.. xD

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      Oppa-kiss-me 7 days ago

      No. I haven't watched it yet. When I have enough time, I'll watch it. Are you going to start it?

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      Sobi 6 days ago

      Maybe later xD I added it on my plan to watch list

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      Oppa-kiss-me 6 days ago

      XD Yeah. I'm still not quite ready to take up the challenge yet. Lol~

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    racheltan Apr 10, 2015 - edited

    watched til ep 28/29 and im finding it boring!! omg the romance is so meh there is no chemistry and you dont even know how they suddenly had feelings for each other. Nth to motivate me to continue watching except for jumong himself! i think im going to have to drop this! what a waste :( was looking for a nice historical drama like princess man or dong yi. would jewel in the palace or king's daughter soo-baek-hyang be better instead? I like those w strong lead pairing.

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      catshannah May 3, 2015

      it's not a romance drama.... it's just...drama; with a hint of romance. romance lovers shouldn't really watch it.

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      catshannah May 3, 2015

      but yes, jewel in the palace has a fair amount of romance and i prefer it over dong yi mostly because i love the lead :D (but its an epic drama anyway)

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    Nadoosha Feb 15, 2015 - edited

    (Han Hye Jin) as Soh Seo No is main female lead however her presence was very very weak compared to Jumong's Mother Lady Yoo Hwa,king Geum Wa and Prince Dae So, in my opinion they were the main drive of the story.(No offense to Han Hye Jin fans but her acting ability in this drama was not good and her portraying of Lady Soh Seo No and her love for Jumong was not convincing enough, I found it odd that it is one of my favorite shows considering it has little/weak romance probably Jumong's awesome character (Song Il Gook) great acting and the drama overall is great it made me forget about any kind of romance in the series completely even though it's the most important thing for me in a TV Show,sadly most Historical dramas the same that's way i always try to avoid watching.

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    KJDL Feb 8, 2015 - edited

    No matter where I look episode 6 is either with no voice, or really late subbing... Can anyone tell me where I can find a well synced subbed one? please help!!!

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      risingsun Mar 18, 2015

      In case you're still looking, I watched it on drama.net and the subs were fine.

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      KJDL Mar 18, 2015

      Thanks a lot :)

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    Datez Jan 29, 2015

    Jumong was the 1st k drama I watched. And become my stepping stones to love k movies. Epic!!

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    wolfgirl9 Oct 19, 2014 - edited

    ok so this is a shot in the dark! I'm currently on ep 19 of Jumong and was wondering if there is anyone else who's currently watching it and would like to discuss the drama together? Jumong is long, and since it's not airing nor has flower boys, it's not that popular in MDL. Not to mention it's not on Viki, so there is no place for me to see how others felt about it, I mean not as a whole but for each episode, or each character ... and hence the reason why I want to find someone else who's currently watching it :D Thanks

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    Draagon Sep 17, 2014

    The good and bad parts of this drama were pretty equal for me... it was boring to tears at some points, engaging at others, and little meandering in between.

    It had some brilliant actors (Kim Seung Soo as Prince Dae So; Jun Kwan Rul as King Geum Wa, Bae Su Bin as Sa Yong) and disappointing actors (Won Ki Joon as Prince Young Po, Park Tam Hee as Yang Sul Lan - she could've done so much more with that character!).

    The writing was pretty tight and kept the plot moving along for the most part. It just felt like it had a lot of fillers, like an anime that's caught up to its source material. It's not that that extra stuff was unnecessary per se, it's just... extra.

    The awkward lingering camera scenes and having the actors glance to the bottom left of the screen every single time a serious scene transitioned about drove me crazy, though. That was the breaking point in deciding between a 7 or a 6. I know the fact it was filmed in 2006 should be accounted for, but... it really mangled my feelings for this otherwise pretty spectacular show. It was an adventure to watch at least, that's for sure.

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    EXO-Nee May 4, 2014 - edited

    Which episode do the main leads get married and what happens at the end?

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      Draagon Sep 17, 2014
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      EXO-Nee Oct 3, 2014

      Thank you!! :D

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    fadetoblack Mar 6, 2014

    it's really hard for me to get into it... there are interesting parts and then there are some really boring parts. i think it moves too slow

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    Bera Feb 1, 2014 - edited

    can anyone tell me if this is Tragic? please help *.*

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      catshannah May 3, 2015

      not really tragic.... well my 12 year old self never cried while watching it. and i was a kid with a lot of feelings.

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      AnotherARMY Dec 24, 2015

      Better late than never but I'm here to say that the first half is pretty fun to watch and exciting, the other half is where everything kinda gets sad and basically is all about war. So it's so so

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      Bera Dec 24, 2015

      Thank you! :)


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    South Korea
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    May 15, 2006 to Mar 6, 2007
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.4 (scored by 1,330 users)
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