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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This is truly one of the greatest drama's on earth it would have been wonderful if they had 6 seasons like Game Of Thrones because as a HUGE! GOT Fan Nirvana and Fire Out Wits Out Smarts and all around Out Class Game Of Thrones in every way. Nirvana in Fire is up to par or I may even say far more superior than many high rated American Shows. I was stunned by the Brilliance of NiF in every way plots, screen writing, soundtrack, acting, cinematography etc the directors are extremely talented I would watch anything created by this Magnificent team.
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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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    EmpyreanConqueror Apr 10, 2017 - edited

    81 Dang episodes, is this worth watching?

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    Panda Apr 3, 2017 - edited

    I love this drama but literally every episode someone is getting ambushed lol xD

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      Jaylan Apr 25, 2017
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      Panda Apr 25, 2017

      Depends on who do you as a viewer like more. I personally loved the second female lead more. Both of the females are extremwly strong and smart and wise equally

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      Jaylan Apr 25, 2017 - edited

      i didn't watch it yer that's y i am asking about the end to take a decision cause i am hesitating about how long this drama was

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    Panda Apr 1, 2017

    It became much better im @ episode 17 and loving it now

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    Panda Mar 31, 2017

    im on episode 11 , its good but not great

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    LPA Mar 14, 2017 - edited

    I can't believe that it took so long for me to finally watch this. Other things kept getting in the way and I'm so glad I finally got to it. It's a really, really good drama. Loved every episode. Sorry that it has to end. I would like to see more of the story line continued. Loved the struggle for Koguryeo and everyone's dedication to each other and their cause/county. Excellent theme of integrity and morality especially in the main characters. The music in this drama was amazing and perfect for each scene, and worth downloading. The filming and scenery were beautiful and the acting/characters were very well done. Loved the touches of humor amid the realistic drama scenes. I liked that it spanned three generations and, as in real life, took a bit of a turn at the end. It was a very good ending. Surprisingly, it was not too long and I would have watched more episodes if there had been more. I will put this on my list of best historical dramas and my list to be re-watched. I do feel right now that I will genuinely miss this drama. Well done everyone! Take care.

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    Lili Dec 23, 2016

    sad ending?

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    BeautiBea Dec 6, 2016 - edited

    I was thinking of watching it but 81 episodes?!

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      mennma Dec 10, 2016

      I kept it my list for a year I'm still visiting here and look at the 81 episode and then I back off again xD

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      BeautiBea Dec 10, 2016 - edited

      I just put it on my plan to watch list for now too >.< I'll probably watch it when I have the time

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      usagi Feb 1, 2017

      I totally forgot it was 81 episodes...but that's shorter than a lot of these type saeguk, and I remember the time flying as it was so great. It's a classic for a good reason...you guys should give it a try!

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    Bladey Nov 12, 2016 - edited

    Has remained the best saeguk for me, with epic storytelling, epic engaging characters and actors who embody the characters and all of them are fabulous. I love the dark horse theme and Jumong is a phenomenal watch for it. Jumong always has a surprise one or other up his sleeves and I particularly enjoyed seeing all the archery tests he came up against. Loved the story overall, strong female characters, bonds that have complexity and depth. This is a truly epic story, with lots of great themes. It has remained one of my strong favourites of all time, this drama never gets old for me.

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    SelfBalancingUnicycle Oct 30, 2016

    Amazing drama ♥

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    yukified Oct 25, 2016

    I wished it could continue a bit like how he conquer the whole journey. plus more of yuri contribution etc =/ tsk. anyways, good job in keeping me engaged :D

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    stringfan Oct 5, 2016

    81h of epic advendure

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    Sharn Sep 25, 2016

    Remember watching this long time ago. The plot was hella great and the OSTs are perfect.

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    iambulletproof Aug 30, 2016

    wow, im so proud of myself finishing this. was able to endure it because Song Il Gook is just so H-O-T. he's the only reason that made me watch this. and also bragging rights that it is 81 effin episode. The only thing i enjoyed here is his journey finding out who his real father is. then after that, it got so dragging that i have to skip a lot of scenes. I can't say that this is really great. I was able to see Empress Ki before this and Empress Ki set the standard for me for Historical / Romance drama. Sa Yong and Hyop Bin romance were more interesting than the lead haha.

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    sonya Jun 4, 2016 - edited
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    sonya Jun 4, 2016 - edited

    I'm at ep 26, I'm wondering does it get better? Like it's not bad, but it's not good enough for the hype and 81 episodes. I don't really like the main character, I don't think he is badass, intimidating, or intelligent enough to lead such a long show. But I just came from SeonDeok and I have quite a high standard..Deokman was all of that and more. Plus Lee Yo Won was an actress strong enough to carry a long show, and I don't think the same of Song Il Gook. But I've seen pictures of the later episodes where Jumong gets a moustache, he looks much more handsome and like a true leader. Maybe it'll change. I'll make an example in next comment, don't see if you haven't watched past eps 20 or so.

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      Zarrisva Jul 24, 2016

      I've watched it for the second time. It goes better and better. U should watch it till finish cuz song il kook really make a great impession when he struggles trough his fate. Try to watch it till ep 40-45, then u will find it worth ur time. Sorry for the bad grammar

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      sonya Jul 24, 2016

      Don't worry about the grammar!

      I finished it a while ago, it got much better, or at least more exciting. Took a while though. I hope this happens with Flower in prison too. It's hard to explain because they're not downeight boring, but good kdramas usually keeps me at the edge of the seat u know?


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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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    8.5 (scored by 1,573 users)
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