Joseon Gunman

Joseon Gunman (2014)

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In the time of enlightenment of 19th-century Joseon. It stars a hero who is the son of Joseon’s greatest swordsman. He loses his father and his younger sister gets sold as a slave, after which he trades sword for gun as he embarks on his revenge mission, and in so doing the drama will “depict the pain and courage of the young people of the era.”

  • Native title:

    조선 총잡이
  • Also Known as:

    Joseon Chongjabi; Chosun Gunman; The Joseon Shooter

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Aug 24, 2016
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
This drama was on my list for a long time but I didn't pay much attention to it until now. After my newly developed obsession for Lee Joon Ki, I finally had to try out this one of his works as well.

So, what's this drama basically about... Love, revenge, adventure, action, drama. Park Yoon Kang, son of the head of the palace guard becomes a criminal after his dead father was read more falsely accused of high treason. Common plot in sageuks. He swears to take revenge on everybody who was involved in those conspiratorial accusations. And how is he doing that? He's taking on the new identity of a Japanese merchant.

Although the main story is nothing new, the way it was developing was quite interesting and kept me glued to the screen. One misfortune chasing another, and every time something good happened, at the same time a subtle ominous feeling was coming along. I was never able to relax because it seemed like the bad guys were always one step ahead which drove me crazy to a point that I wasn't even able to concentrate at my work.

What I liked about this drama were those well-defined, multi-faceted characters. Watching their development - for better or worse - was really interesting and sometimes shocking at the same time. You grew to like someone, understood him or her... and suddenly everything changes and you just get disappointed in that person. Or you discover a new side of somebody you didn't like at the beginning but can now relate to him/her a little more. If I remember correctly, the only character that stayed true to himself till the end was the main lead. And as we have Lee Joon Ki here, he delivered his role perfectly and didn't disappoint one bit. He just got even better during the drama.

I also and especially liked a particular bond between one bad guy and his daughter. Although I don't pardon everything they did, I'm still able to acknowledge the suffering that drove them. The only thing I really missed was the daughter's inner conflict caused by her lost love and the decision she made afterwards. I would have liked it more if they had made her look more torn by her actions in the second half of the drama.

But the romance part was sometimes lacking anyway. I was not always convinced by it as there were just too few scenes that got me emotionally. Most times it was solid but it didn't get me completely.

What also bothered me were those obvious moments where you just think "Wtf?! Keep a straight face if you're going to spy!" or "Stay at your hideout if you're one against hundred!". Minor issues but they kept popping up towards the end. Maybe I'm too stubborn on this as it is a general issue in k-dramas. So, don't mind me ;)

Nevertheless, something I enjoyed wholeheartedly were those awesome fighting scenes. Seriously, just perfect. I wish they had added more of those because it was highly entertaining to see Park Yoon Kang (Lee Joon Ki) fight off the bad guys. That alone should be a reason to watch the drama.

So, despite my small criticism on some points, Joseon Gunman is still a highly recommended drama in my eyes. If you wanna watch an adventurous historical drama, this one will quite satisfy you.
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Sep 5, 2014
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 5.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 5.5
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
I love LJK to death but this foine man could not save this drama. At the final episode all i could do was breathe a sigh of relief. The story was lost somewhere in the middle and ended up being dragged to nowhere. If you already started it and are stuck in the middle you might as well skip to the last 2 eps and save yourself the torture.
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Lee Joon-gi in another period piece doing what he does best by bringing the titular lead to life.

Park Yoon-kang is the son of the last great swordsman of the 19th Century Joseon. After the murder of his father and the enslavement of his younger sister, Yoon-kang trades his sword for a Western rifle on a revenge mission to find his sister and those responsible for destroying his life , but he ends up becoming a hero for the people as he fights corruption and his own inner demons.

Lots of action and romance with strong characters both male and female.
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Both having a similar story-line with slight differences and Lee Jun Ki plays the main role in both dramas. As for me Iljimae has the greatest story from both.
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    EmpyreanConqueror 15 days ago

    Meaning to watch this, but so busy with school. Lee Joon Gi, I'm coming for you boy. This has a good ending apparently (AMEN). Scarlet Heart Ryeo took a piece of my heart.

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    BeautifulSwan Jul 21, 2017 - edited

    What i love the most is the history of Joseon that i learned from this show, call me weird, but i love to learn, after this show, i read wikipedia about this uprising in south korea. Poor small country that always get intimidated by Qing dynasty and Japanese imperial. Ok, this is a very much historical drama based on what really happened in the past, that's why i like it.

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      Jaylan Aug 19, 2017
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      Jaylan Aug 19, 2017

      many consider it as spoiler LOL

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      EmpyreanConqueror 16 days ago

      Thank you so much to both of yous for having this conversation. After seeing Lee Joon Gi's role in Moon Lovers Scarlet Heart Ryeo... the ending took a piece of my heart. It made me so mad, but this has a happy ending as you said so I'm going to watch it!

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    BeautifulSwan Jul 21, 2017

    I don't really like political drama, normally, too heavy for me, but this one is interesting and keep me glued to the screen, plus that face, ohhh that beautiful face of lee joon gi, omg. He is prettier than the male lead hahahha watching until episode 7 now and it keeps getting stronger.

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    Heba Jul 17, 2017

    I loved this drama so much. I regret that I didn't watch it before! Finally if the actor is Lee Joon Ki the drama will be amazing for sure.

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    Poia May 22, 2017

    I just started episode 4, for the moment i like it.

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    namopanik Apr 15, 2017

    can they please stop coming closer to a faulty explosive to see why it didn't blow up...

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    namopanik Apr 11, 2017 - edited

    I like it so far. The plot moves forward without prolonged misunderstandings, we aren't hanging for episodes wanting for someone to get finally recognized or an unconvincing gender-bender to be revealed. Even within this whole Monte Cristo frame, it's not overly dramatic. Families interact naturally. Two female leads have a friendly relationship from before they knew the male lead and more topics to discuss than just him. No cruel step mothers or cotrolling parents, no jealous, plotting rivals, no characters self-pitying or whining because of their descent or social standing. It seems very casual for a sageuk. It makes a good background for exceptions.

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    namopanik Apr 10, 2017 - edited

    hey, it's not that bad. At least there's no gigantic retrospection sprawling over 3/4 of the drama nor Arsene Lupin walking through a night in a shiny, noisy suit like in Iljimae.

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    Miss-Addicted Jan 2, 2017

    i was worried to watch it since there is so many negative comments but it's actually a good drama plus the female lead isn't annoying :) so i'd recommend to give it a shot

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    dayidream Dec 8, 2016

    Actually I really like this show , LJK so handsome in this drama , I like NSM too and ship the main OTP so much :)
    About Plot I have to say , yes , it lost main reason in the middle of it and goes somewhere else but even so I like the ending .... It is not the best saeguk ever but it is not the worst either
    I really want to say LJK's style so good when he was in suit I cannot take my eyes off him ;)
    Soundtrack is good and acting is good enough
    Like I said above only problem is story development but again I want to say it it is not that bad
    As this drama's fan I want to write this comment because of negative feedbacks at below
    Watch it and judge yourself :)
    Enjoy it

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    Remz23 Nov 3, 2016

    The worst drama of lee joon ki ....

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    MilenaDias Oct 5, 2016 - edited

    The end of So In disappoint me. She begins the story as a woman ahead of her time who dreams of being free, and ends as a wife of a village chief. She had so much potential. But it always happens in kdramas ... I do not know why I still disappoint. Anyway, it was worth it.

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    shoetsukiyama Oct 2, 2016

    First few eps were pretty confusing (imho) BUT what kept me hooked is ofc JG's acting ;; I love that man so much

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    RodJun828 Jul 17, 2016 - edited

    Wow, lots of negative comments. Now I'm skeptical to watch this. Should I watch this or not ?

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      Kizzofdeath Sep 16, 2016

      u should try then if u don;t like it dropped it like what i did :(

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      RodJun828 Sep 17, 2016

      I see, thanks! This is on hold for now. Watching airing ones atm

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      BeautifulSwan Jul 21, 2017

      you should, i don't regret it

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    LeeJaeShin Feb 14, 2016

    I want to watch this because I love JG so much but reading the comments, they seem unsatisfied with this drama. Is it that really bad?


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Jun 25, 2014 to Sep 4, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 10 min.


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    7.7 (scored by 1,959 users)
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