Jumong

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.

  • Native title:

    주몽
  • Also Known as:

    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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wonhwa
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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 a bit 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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Triple-R-
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Jan 13, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
WOW

What a journey, a long but good one i so enjoyed it. i actually had this on my list quite a while but i had to be mentally prepared before challenging all 81 episodes lol..... no skipping also (I HATE SKIPPING).
Jumong has managed to put all in one package: History, action, romance & drama it was all rounded for me. As for the Story it was every informative, i learnt read more tonnes of history from this show and helped me to connect the dots of the various tribes, states & kingdom along Korea`s time period. Oh Watch Kingdom of winds its a very good addition to Jumong and explains further about Goguryeo or Koguryo.
the last few episodes were very sad for me, it hurt to see some of my main charactors go( wont call any names) but i know nothing last forever. It pained me to see the Queen leave but i know it had to go that way for thats how Baekje came about, but i wonder how Silla fitted in all of this. i soon find out.

GOOD SHOW
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It's the sequel to Jumong - following the journey of Jumong's grandson
They are both about a person who founds a new land - both engaging and very good.

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    wolfgirl9 Oct 19, 2014

    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

    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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    onewbaby 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

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

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    forever_shawol Nov 21, 2013

    The whole adventure of Jumong and the 3 guys...the bromance is so amazing and touching I can't even explain THE FEELS

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    Taravat Nov 17, 2013

    very very nice.

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    cuzie Nov 11, 2013

    i love this drama so much, so long but worth the time, i can't found something similar to it right now, but i have high expectation on Empress Ki,

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      Lily2PM Apr 23, 2014

      Have you watched Kingdom Of The Winds?

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      cuzie Apr 23, 2014

      yes, i've watched it, but not even close to my feelings when i watched jumong, :D

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      Lily2PM Apr 24, 2014

      Really? Cause for me Kingdom of the Winds is the best drama out there… The only reason I'm putting of watching Jumong is the fact that it is 81 episodes…

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      Lily2PM Apr 24, 2014
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      cuzie Apr 24, 2014
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    FatemehVIP Oct 22, 2013

    so many memories with this <3<3 im watching ja myung go so i was reminded of this

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    forever_shawol Oct 14, 2013

    I'm a sucker for Historical, Romance ...
    Need to give this a go...If it's as good as they all say then after finishing I'll try The Kingdom of the Winds :)

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      forever_shawol Oct 14, 2013

      Hmm I see every episode is so great so far very well paced for a 81 ep drama ...You've convinced me to watch it to the end

      Are you going to watch the sequel?

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      Rascal Oct 14, 2013

      I've already watched the squel and that one leaved me speechless also

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      Lily2PM Apr 23, 2014

      Rascal… Is it as good as Kingdom Of The Winds?

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      Rascal Apr 23, 2014

      Yeah Lily, it's slightly better! Just brilliant :)

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      Lily2PM Apr 23, 2014

      Okiedo Thanks ^_^

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    Maryam58 Aug 15, 2013

    I have seen this drama 5 times and im not tired of it!!! i will see it again now ^^

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      soumatra Oct 28, 2013
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    animefayinc Aug 11, 2013

    S-so many episodes... *twitch twitch*

    But I'm still going to give it a go because of all the good reviews :D

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    Rascal Aug 4, 2013

    OMG I PLAN TO WATCH THIS! IT WILL BE A HUGE JOURNEY FOR SURE!! :)

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    xxpopopxx Jul 29, 2013

    So much epic. Watch it !!!

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    shiroi-ookami Feb 27, 2013

    I've watched it out of curiosity because it played a major part in the korean wave. I'm very critical when it comes to hyped movies and dramas, so my expectation were high. But I was surprised how addicted I became and how much I enjoyed this drama. It truly deserves the hype and every recognitin it got. Excellent cast, nice soundtrack without being too penetrant, great acting from everyone (which is usually not the case in most of dramas), good pacing and execution. The plot never felt dragging despite the huge numbers of episodes. Through this drama I got to know some fine actors such as Song Il Gook, Bae Soo Bin and Han Hye Jin.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    81
  • Aired:

    May 15, 2006 to Mar 6, 2007
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 934 users)
  • Ranked:

    #122
  • Popularity:

    #256

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