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Yeon Gae Somun (SBS, 2006)

Post by Bam-Bam » Jul 12th, '06, 09:16

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goguryeo


Seoul Broadcasting System's epic drama "Yeongaesomun" garnered over 20 percent of viewing rate Saturday with its first episode that depicted the historical battle between Goguryeo (37 B.C.-A.D. 668) and China's Tang Dynasty (618-907) at Ansi Castle.

This is the first of 100 episodes that will dramatize the latter period of Goguryeo, which was the first to be established and developed into the largest, of Korea's three ancient kingdoms.

The $40 million-budget drama is competing against another much-hyped TV drama "Jumong" also set in the same era. However, the drama declares that it is more thoroughly based on the historical facts, although there is not much of record on its hero,

Yeongaesomun (played by veteran actor Yoo Dong-geun).
[img]http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/data/ ... 090008.gif[/img]
"Yeongaesomun"

The drama will shed light on the heroic side of Yeongaesomun who has been painted more as a tyrant that seized power through a coup, than a general who waged seven battles successfully against the invaders of Tang Dynasty. On the other hand, "Jumong" is based more on imagination since it tells a story of founding myth of the kingdom. Jumong (played by Song Il-guk) was born between the heavenly emperor and the god of water, and was named so for his exceptional archery skills.

Introduced in May, the 60-episode drama (14th will air tonight) of Munhwa Broadcasting Company has seen its viewing rate soaring near to 40 percent, boosted by its legendary character and concoction of romance.

"Jumong" will be aired overseas starting in September, as it has been sold to five countries, including Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, at the Shanhai TV Festival last month.

"Yeongaesomun" and "Jumong" will face stiff competition for viewers when Korean Broadcasting System's "Daejoyoung," also set in Goguyreo, will begin airing in early September. Featuring another veteran actor Choi Su-jong as general Daejoyoung from Goguryeo, who founded Balhae Kingdom (698-926), the large-scale drama will also be aired on weekends.

After the demise of Goguryeo by Tang Dynasty, Daejoyoung founded Balhae whose territory spanned over the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, eastern Manchuria and the Russian Far East.

The last to join the Goguryeo fad is "Taewangsasingi," currently being made and scheduled to be unveiled in October. The 20-episode drama will chronicle the history of Goguryeo Kingdom from the beginning through its heyday, highlighting the reign of King Gwanggaeto.

The king, played by none other than Bae Yong-joon, the pioneer of Korean Wave, who will return to TV screen for the first time in six years, is credited to have expanded Goguryeo as far as Manchuria.

As for the identical setting in Goguryeo, some attribute it to the fact that drama writers have exhausted stories set in Joseon Dynasty, as most of the past historical dramas were based in the era.

However, it is hard to deny that the heated dispute over the history of Goguryeo between China and Korea has peaked interest in the era, leading to the making of these dramas.

The last time for a television drama set in Goguryeo to be produced was mid-1960s.

Writer Lee Hwan-gyeong of "Yeongaesomun" openly stated that one of the reasons the drama was made was to counter China's claim over the history of Goguyreo.

Nonetheless, there are voices of concern that these dramas," which combine historical facts and figures with fictional plots, might result in biased understanding of history, especially when there is not much historical documents or records on Goguryeo.

The grand battle scene at Ansi Castle from "Yeongaesomun," enhanced by computer graphics and presented with kind subtitles on historical, military glossaries, was spectacular, but has stirred controversy among viewers. Many questioned why General Yang Man-chun was reduced to a supporting role for Yeongaesomun when the historical record said Yang headed the battle into a victory, shooting the emperor of Tang in his eyes with an arrow.

http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/data/ ... 100026.asp

The Communist Chinese Gov. is not amused:

http://www.rjkoehler.com/2006/06/22/chi ... ry-dramas/

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:cheers: I will be in Heaven with all these freaking Historic Dramas coming out. :cheers:

Has anyone uploaded this yet?

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Post by dettol » Jul 13th, '06, 08:15

wow. thanks for the details explanation. I believe this drama is going to a big budget production. With veteran actor as a cast, there must be some really good acting.

When will this series be available?

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Post by ChristinePak » Aug 10th, '06, 17:53

Hello~ I just wondered what people's thoughts were on this drama? Has anyone been watching it?

I wanted to know if it was good before I started downloading it off clubbox~


THANKS :wub:

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Post by marvelous » Aug 17th, '06, 00:13

It didn't seem big budget to me... I like Jumong better...

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Re: Yeon Gae Somun (SBS, 2006)

Post by Rinaldo » Mar 17th, '07, 21:20

ChristinePak wrote:Hello~ I just wondered what people's thoughts were on this drama? Has anyone been watching it?

I wanted to know if it was good before I started downloading it off clubbox~


THANKS :wub:
its good but no english sub for it.. :(

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Post by beertax » Mar 17th, '07, 23:15

Yeongaesomun the drama is very flexible with the actual historical events to the point it should be termed as fiction. Having studied the period extensively, I am appalled by some of the fictitious events that happen in Yeongaesomun's life. For example, Yeongaesomun would never have fought FOR any Chinese side; in that era, Koreans despised Chinese for repeatedly invading their kingdom and would use the prisoners as slaves. As far as history is concerned, Yeongaesomun stayed in Goguryo and fought for his country all his life. The drama directly defies history by making young Yeongaesomun travel to China and fight in its Civil War.

Also, as is typical with all Korean historical dramas, the writers make the protagonist, Yeongaesomun, sound like a perfect, virtuous and heroic figure when in reality he made as many mistakes as he won battles. Specifically, Yeongaesomun made the mistake of naming his first-born son as his heir and the de facto leader of the Goguryo kingdom. This son was not only incompenet, but he later betrays his country and defects to China, becoming the direct cause that destroyed the Goguryo kingdom and ending its one thousand year history.

Yeongaesomun, and Eulji Mun Duk, his predecessor and greatest general of his time, are great heroes of the korean history. They beat back several Chinese invasions, massacring hundreds of thousands of them, and repeatedly saved the Goguryo Kingdom. But Yeongaesomun the drama do them great injustice by distorting the truth to make the story more dramatic and more palatable, when in fact what actually transpired is as dramatic and more inspiriing than any fictitious nonsense the writers can come up with. So while you may find the drama to be a good yarn, don't for a moment think you are getting a lesson in genuine history.

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Subtitle for Yeongaesumon

Post by marcosyh » Apr 17th, '07, 17:07

Does anyone know where I can download Yeongaesumon's english subtitles? any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Subtitle for Yeongaesumon

Post by getawayfrom » Dec 12th, '08, 18:51

marcosyh wrote:Does anyone know where I can download Yeongaesumon's english subtitles? any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
I'm dying to see this drama too! Can't find it anywhere to download with subs......

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FINDING NEW DRAMA TO WATCH; Goguryo

Post by Tai » Mar 4th, '10, 13:57

While looking for a new drama to watch I came across these paragraphs written a few years ago. I think the thoughts here are very good and genuine.
beertax wrote:Yeongaesomun the drama is very flexible with the actual historical events to the point it should be termed as fiction. Having studied the period extensively, I am appalled by some of the fictitious events that happen in Yeongaesomun's life. For example, Yeongaesomun would never have fought FOR any Chinese side; in that era, Koreans despised Chinese for repeatedly invading their kingdom and would use the prisoners as slaves. As far as history is concerned, Yeongaesomun stayed in Goguryo and fought for his country all his life. The drama directly defies history by making young Yeongaesomun travel to China and fight in its Civil War.

Also, as is typical with all Korean historical dramas, the writers make the protagonist, Yeongaesomun, sound like a perfect, virtuous and heroic figure when in reality he made as many mistakes as he won battles. Specifically, Yeongaesomun made the mistake of naming his first-born son as his heir and the de facto leader of the Goguryo kingdom. This son was not only incompenet, but he later betrays his country and defects to China, becoming the direct cause that destroyed the Goguryo kingdom and ending its one thousand year history.

Yeongaesomun, and Eulji Mun Duk, his predecessor and greatest general of his time, are great heroes of the korean history. They beat back several Chinese invasions, massacring hundreds of thousands of them, and repeatedly saved the Goguryo Kingdom. But Yeongaesomun the drama do them great injustice by distorting the truth to make the story more dramatic and more palatable, when in fact what actually transpired is as dramatic and more inspiriing than any fictitious nonsense the writers can come up with. So while you may find the drama to be a good yarn, don't for a moment think you are getting a lesson in genuine history.
Since I saw DaeJoyoung and its portrayal. Has anyone heard of something coming out about this period that is accessable.
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