Hwang Jin Yi

Hwang Jin Yi (2006)

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This story is about the life of Joseon-era dancer, musician and poet, Hwang Jin Yi, who seeks perfection in her art relentlessly and the hardship facing women due to their lowly social status.

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Mar 4, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I watched this Drama a while ago and there is actutually a lot to say about it. At first it is one of the most beautyfull dramas i have seen so far. The acting is great and the music matches well with the scenes. I often have the problem that historical dramas get boring after a while and I see myself skipping some dialogues in order to go on to the more read more "interssting" parts. In the drama Hwang jin yi however this feeling wasn't there as much as in the other so i nearly watched every second of it. The only thing I didn't like that much was the sadness that you find yourself in while watching it. There are many scenes where I actually cried and that is the reason for me not to rewatch it that many times.... But that doesn't mean that it's not worth rewatching. The dances and the acting of Ha ji won in particular are sooo outstanding and in my opinion they portrait hwang jin yi soo good that all the time you get what she stands for, fights for and how great of a women she is. For all those who are interessted in Art this is a drama that leads them back to the past to discover what being an artist means.
To sum up this drama is valuable in acting, art (costumes are great) music and dancing also the storyline is interessting. The only thing you need to prepare yourself is getting a bunch of tissues ready as it gets really emotional ;)
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Feb 18, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
So many aspects of this drama are beautiful and poignant: cinematography, story, themes, characters, and acting. Unfortunately, what really brought Hwang Jin Yi down was the execution.

Hwang Jin Yi herself (excellently portrayed by Ha Ji Won) is a legend and a difficult character to center a drama around because she's so enigmatic. The show handles this by making her almost otherworldly, the epitome of beauty, grace, and intelligence whose passion for read more dance eclipses everything else in her life. However (or perhaps because of this), there was too much of a focus on the supporting characters - love interests especially - and how they were affected by Hwang Jin Yi, often putting her on the sidelines. As the series progressed and she became more guarded, the emotional weight of the story shifted to them as well. Instead of Hwang Jin Yi being the subject of the drama, she was the object.

Nonetheless, although the show had a tendency to be over-dramatic towards the end, it has great commentary on art (painting, music, and dance) and the life of gisaengs. If you are interested in these, then this is the perfect drama for you.
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    tabbassom Aug 19, 2017

    this drama is very very very very very nice and beautiful and efficient . i never fotgot this drama

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    Fortuna Feb 14, 2017 - edited

    I liked the femininity of this drama. There was a lot of beauty. I liked how it focused on the women.

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    souldoc70 Nov 29, 2016

    This is a great drama and I am glad I watched it despite being an old drama (10yearsago). This drama made me appreciate the current status of women. During those era, a beautiful talented woman if born to low social class is cursed/ doomed. I like how this drama depicts the pride as artist in these gisaengs esp the part where Baek Moo insisted her girls to finish their dance. And the fact that despite being a prodigy , Hwang Jin Yi is only human. Ha Ji Won portrayed her role so well that one can feels her struggles and pain. She is also so beautiful and graceful in her dance moves. She definitely deserves the Daesang .

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    OppaHasLongLegs Sep 5, 2015 - edited

    rewatching this again, even tho this drama is old, it never gets old. the feelss...

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    Anthony Ezeh Aug 10, 2015

    Hi dear

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    Sharon Jul 17, 2015
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    kuroioni Apr 22, 2014

    Such a disappointment (5/10).

    Everyone was whining all the time, no one was sticking to their words/motivations and the characters weren't likeable (nor interesting, to be honest).
    The most irritating part was, that even though the heroine was supposed to be a prodigy, unable to live without music and dancing, she dropped everything several times, just as a guy appeared. Plus, without a man in her life, she seemed to be unable to do literary anything, instantly dissolving into a drunken mess.

    The only likeable characters in the whole series were the heroine's mistress, the head mistress and Bu Yong.

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    LEE Mar 28, 2014 - edited

    I felt sad when I was watching it, but for me is a masterpiece. It is a very poignant story about the impossible love in gisaeng's life: I liked Hwang Jin Yi's character and I was attracted by the dance, the poems, the music and the beautiful colors in every scene.Plus all the actors and actresses mastered their roles, especially Ha Ji Won and Kim Young Ae.Worth watching!!

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    Destati13 Feb 22, 2014

    This is a really good drama ^^ The acting was all well-done, Ha Ji Won is especially a wonderful actress! I used up my whole tissue box while watching though, haha;; But it's a great drama, definitely worth a watch, especially if you're a fan of art or historical dramas :)

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    Mary28 Jan 31, 2014

    any romance? I don't mind if there is no romance I just hate when writers mislead people and nothing absolutely nothing happens.

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      Aerislover Feb 2, 2014
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      Mary28 Feb 4, 2014

      Thanks. I get what you are saying because I started watching the drama and it is good with or without the romance even though there is romance.

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    OppaHasLongLegs Jan 17, 2014

    ha ji won is best in historical dramas <3 just completed
    now watching her in Empress Ki very good

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      Aerislover Feb 2, 2014

      Ha Ji Won is always amazing but in historical dramas particulary. If you didn't already watch it, you should see Damo. She was younger but already very good and so pretty.

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    Aerislover Nov 1, 2013

    The must. I never saw such a drama where everything is amazing. The music, the story, the acting, the emotions ... I feel able to speak hours about it but the most wonderfull things for me in that drama are : the pictures (often beautiful in historical dramas but never like this one) and Ha Ji Won. I don't have words to describe her performance ; she made Hwang Jini existing, not as a character in a fiction but as a real person. Hwang Jini lived, she was Ha Ji Won is a previous life.

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      frost Nov 2, 2013
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      Peace25 Nov 11, 2013

      Yes. There's romance. Actually, there's quite a bit. It's kind of tragic however.

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    steph_ravita May 28, 2013

    Just finished it! It was absolutely amazing! One of the best sageuks I've watched.
    If anyone else loved Kim Jaewon and Ha Ji-won as a couple, you can also watch them in 100 Days With Mr. Arrogant! :D

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    consolador Nov 12, 2012

    I really didn't expect much of this drama but when I watched it I was shocked. This drama is so amazing and I recommend everyone to watch it right away.

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    Ceinwyn Oct 17, 2012

    Beautiful drama, and so sad..


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    South Korea
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    Oct 11, 2006 to Dec 28, 2006
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    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 4 min.


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    8.0 (scored by 1,254 users)
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