Jun 19, 2011

The Great Queen Seon Deok




Profile
# TV Show: The Great Queen Seon Deok
# Revised Romanization: Seondeok Yeowang
# Hangulė„ ë•ė—Žė™•
# Director: Park Hong-Kyun, Kim Keun-Hong
# Writer: Kim Yeong-Hyeon, Park Sang-Yeon
# Network: MBC
# Episodes: 62
#Format: Drama, Historical Drama, Romance and Tragedy
# Release Date: May 25 - December 22, 2009
# Language: Korean
# Country: South Korea


The Drama
The drama is directed by Park Hong Kyun and Kim Keun Hong. MBC production. 50 episodes and due to audience attention was added by 12 episodes more. Writer Kim Young Hyun.
The story takes place in the southeast Korean kingdom, Silla, which has been expanded by the late King Jinheung. An aristocrat named Mishil, whose power could rival a king's influence, desires to be queen. One opportunity comes when the wife of Jinheung's grandson, Jinpyeong, gives birth to twin girls.
There was a prophecy saying that if a king has twin girls, the male seeds in the royal bloodline will dry up, in other words, no proper royal male heir (Eochul Ssangsaeng Seonggol Nam Jin). Mishil and the nobles on her side plan to expose the twins so they can remove the current queen and get Mishil that position. In order to prevent this, Jinpyeong sends his youngest daughter away with a clumsy palace maiden, though not without huge regrets (he's shown shaking when he carries his oldest daughter). The maid, Sohwa, manages to escape pursuit with the help of one of the hwarangs (Silla equivalent of knights), Munno, the strongest hwarang in Silla.
15 years later, the younger twin, named Deokman, grows up in the Taklaman Desert in China, where she lives in a merchant town with Sohwa. She is cunning, witty, and a tomboy. She meets Chilsuk, one of Mishil's men who was sent to find the younger twin, who has been trying to carry out his lady' orders for FIFTEEN YEARS. Chilsuk later realizes that Deokman is the twin and tries to capture her, but fails when a sandstorm strikes. <br>

Deokman resolves to go to Silla to find out why she was being pursued. When she arrives, she meets her older sister, Cheonmyeong, and future Korean general Kim Yu-shin. Five years later Deokman learns that she's the daughter of the king who abandoned her, and Mishil once again tries to expose her, while a noble loyal to the king sends assassins to kill her. Chunmyeong tries to help her younger sister escape, but is accidently killed by one of Mishil's people. Deokman then resolves to get the royal court to reacept her as princess of Silla and fight Mishil in her struggle for power.
The drama is so addicting, thrilling, full of wisdoms, awesome, and I just feel that I can't get enough of it.


Beautiful Cast
•.¸¸.•* Lee Yo Won as Queen Seondeok *•.,,.•
"The Queen is my Destiny"

After surviving many crises in her life, she finally became the ruler of Silla. Her loyal followers included General Kim Yusin and Kim Chunchu. She became the first female ruler in Korea's history and laid the foundation for the unification of the three kingdoms under Silla.
She was born as the twin sister of Princess Chonmyong and had a close brush with death as a baby due to the attempted assassination by Mi-shil, who had ambitions for the throne. A loyal servant named So-hwa rescued her by fleeing the kingdom with her. She was raised outside of the kingdom and when she turned 15, she learned that she was a Silla princess. So she returned to Silla to meet her parents.<br>

•.¸¸.•*⌒ Kim Nam Gil as Bi Dam *•.,,.•
"The Son of Mi-shil"

He is Mi shil's son with King Jinji. Mi shil has abandoned him and he was taken as a student by Moon Noh - the best Hwarang Captain. Bi Dam also in love with Princess Deokman and make the story to be more interesting.
Bi Dam is like his mother Mi Shil, he also has a unique and complicated character. Although he was the son of Mi-shil, he helped Princess Deokman become the ruler. When he saw that Princess Deokman trusted Kim Yusin more than him, he became jealous and led a revolt against Kim Yusin.He could be charming, smart, funny, kind, energetic, hilarious person but suddenly he could become very fearful and mean.

•.¸¸.•* Go Hyun Jung as Lady Mi Shil *•.,,.•
"Archenemy of Queen Seon Deok”

Mi Shil is a complicated character with many tactical strategy. She became powerful due to her relations with Kings and Poongweoljoos. She was the wife of Sejong, 6th Pungweolju, and was the major royal harem of 3 kings(Jinheung of Silla, Jinji of Silla, Jinpyeong of Silla). Also, she was in love with Prince Dongryun, eldest son of Jinheung, and Seolwon, 7th Pungweolju.
Her power was proved when she persuaded Jingol nobles to expel King Jinji from his throne. And her two sons (Hajong, Bojong) also became 11th, 16th Pungweolju respectively.
Go Hyun Jung is a brilliant actrees that make Mi Shil character become outstanding. She had the most audience attention within this drama.
As a beautiful seductress, she held sway over kings and the elite Hwarang corps. Her duty was to promote the children of the noble class to high positions, but instead she used her beauty to seduce King Jinheung and King Jinpyeong to wield enormous power. But Princess Chonmyong and Princess Deokman opposed her and stopped her from becoming the ruler


•.¸¸.•* Eom Tae woong as General Kim Yu Shin *•.,,.•
"A Great Silla General"

He's a great General of Silla and in love with Princess Deokman. But fate make this couple unable together. With a handsome face and outstanding battle skills, he became the leader of the elite Hwarang corps. With a grand vision of unifying the three kingdoms under Silla’s rule, he aligns himself with Princess Deokman who puts her complete trust in him. Princess Deokman later fell in love with Kim Yusin but they were unable to be together due to a twist of fate.


•.¸¸.•* Park Ye Jin as Princess Cheon Myeong*•.,,.•
"Seon Doek's Twin Sister”

She was born as Princess Deokman's twin sister but only she was chosen to live in the palace as a princess. She grew up with everything she could desire. Due to Mi-shil's influence, she lived quietly in the palace, but she possessed charisma and intelligence. After learning that she had a twin sister, she and Princess Deokman were reunited. While trying to reinstate her sister as a princess, she was assassinated by Mi-shil. She's under Mi shil's influence. She has charisma and intelligence. After learning that she had a twin sister, she and Princess Deokman were reunited. While trying to reinstate her sister as a princess, she was accidentally assassinated by Mi-shil's man.


Additional Cast Members

Princess Cheon-myeong (King Jin-pyung's older daughter)
-as a young girl:  Shin Se Kyung
-as an adult:  Park Ye Jin (Hearts in Bali)
Princess Deok-man (King Jin-pyung's 2nd daughter)
-as a young girl:  Nam Ji Hyun
-as an adult: Lee Yo Won (Cruel Love)
Mi-shil: Go Hyun Jung (Spring Days)
Kim Yoo-shin:
-as a young boy:  Lee Hyun Woo
-as an adult: Eom Tae Woong (Resurrection)
King Jin-heung:  Lee Soon Jae (Who's My Love)
King Jin-ji: Im Ho (Dae Jang-geum)
King Jin-pyung
-as a child:  Baek Jong Min & Kang San
-as an adult:  Jo Min Ki (Yellow Handkerchief)
Maya (King Jin-pyung's wife)
-as a young girl:  Park Soo Jin
-as an adult:  Yoon Yoo Sun (Love Letter)
So-hwa (Deok-man's foster mother): Seo Young Hee
Eul-je: Shin Goo (Pure in Heart)
Kim Yong-soo (Jin-ji's son; husband of Cheon-myeong)
-Park Jung Chul (Blue Fish)
Kim Choon-choo (son of Yong-soo & Cheon-myeong): Yoo Seung Ho (Sad Love Story)
Kim Yong-choon (Jin-ji's son):  Do Yi Sung
Bi-dam:  Kim Nam Gil (Lover)
Se-jong (Mi-shil's husband):  Dokgo Young Jae (Purity)
Ha-jong (Se-jong & Mi-shil's son):  Kim Jung Hyun (Who's My Love)
Seol-won (Mi-shil's lover):  Jun No Min (Family of Honor)
Bo-jong (Seol-won & Mi-shil's son)
-as a young man:  Kwak Jung Wook
-as an adult:  Baek Do Bin
Seo-ri: Song Ok Sook (Smile, Honey)
Mi-saeng: Jung Woong In (Last Scandal)
Kim Seo-hyun (Yoo-shin's dad):  Jung Sung Mo
Yoo-shin's mom:  Im Ye Jin (Palace)
Kim Moon-hee (Yoo-shin's sister):  _______
Moon-no: Jung Ho Bin (Good Day to Love)
Jook-bang: Lee Moon Sik (Damo)
Wol-ya: Joo Sang Wook
Si-yeol: Moon Ji Yoon
San-dak: Kang Sung Pil
Go-do:  Ryu Dam<br>
Seol-ji: Jung Ho Geun (Trio)
Gok Sa-Heun: Jung Young Bin
Hyup-sung: Kim Dong Soo
Dae-poong: Park Young Seo


THE HWARANG THINGS

Hwarang were elite Silla warriors who also received training in the arts and music.
Hwa Rang Nine Virtues:  In-Humanity, Oui-Justice, Yea-Courtesy, Ji-Wisdom, Shin-Trust, Seon-Goodness, Deok-Virtue, Jung-Loyalty & Yong-Courage.

There are 10 elite Youth Corps of Hwa Rang.

Il Wyol Seong Do (Sun & Moon elite cadre) lead by Bo Jong;
Cheon Ryeong Ing Do (Green/Blue Dragon elite cadre-one of the celestial emblem of the east) lead by Seok Bum – brother to Chil Sook;
Yi Hwa Jeong Do (Pear Blossom elite cadre) lead by Deok Chung;
Dong Baek Mae Do (White Camellia Elite Cadre) lead by Baek Yui;
Bi Cheon Ji Do (Flying Fairy Elite Cadre) lead by Al Jeong;
Hyeon Mu Ji Do (Black Warrior elite cadre-celestial emblem of the North) lead by Pil Dan;
Hu Guk Seon Do (Defender State sylph elite cadre) lead by Im Jong;
Baek Hu Bo Do (White tiger/Kirin elite cadre –celestial emblem of the west) lead by Dae Nam Bo;
Yun Sang In Do (Above the cloud elite cadre) lead by Seon Yeol;
Cheon Si Hwon Do (Celestial city elite cadre) lead by Wang Yon

and added by Yong Hwa Hyang Do (Dragon Flower Tree elite cadre) lead by Kim Yu Shin.


The Grandeur Setting
This drama has many amazing settings. Really represent the great of Silla dynasty.
I really admire how Korean people brought up their history into movie or drama series. They really admire their history and are able to make other people from different culture eager to learn about their history.
Once again, I think this is very enjoyable and exciting drama series I ever watched.


Soundtrack



The song Can't I Love is one of the Original Soundtrack from Queen Seon Deok. An additional soundtrack that just released at January 8, 2010. The song is sung by Mr Kim Nam Gil who played as Bi Dam. The man who really loved the Queen but in the end their love story has ended just like that because of some miss understanding.
The Song is quite suitable with Bi Dam's character in these series. The one who is so lonely, insecure, covering all his pain with the smiles. What made it interesting because originally Mr. Kim Nam Gil is not a singer, but I just realized that his voice is quite good.

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