Jumong: A Korean Drama Review

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Hangul:  주몽

 

Jumong,  (Song Il-gook)was born of a general father. He was believed to bring chaos to the kingdom of Buyeo and was persecuted. His father was the king’s best friend and praised by the people because of his bravery to save the refugees. The general was believed to have died and his mother has no choice but to live as the king’s concubine and raise him as a prince.

 

Competition for the crown prince position was fierce that led the two king’s sons to kill him. He was then rescued by So Suh-no (Han Hye-jin) and later on, he met his father, General Hae Muso ( Heo Joon-ho) who was imprisoned for 20 years. After his death, Jumong was bent to complete his father’s mission: to save the refugees from slavery in the Han country and to build a new country.

Jumong is an awesome Korean historical drama that will leave you in awe. The costumes are outstanding, especially the battle gear. The main characters portray kind-hearted individuals but look fearsome with their battle gears. This is a must-see drama for those who love action and martial arts. The Royal robes are also astonishing with bright colors and intricate designs.

 

My verdict On Jumong

 

I struggled to watch the first two episodes. I think this is the weakness of the otherwise perfect historical drama for others. It looks like they can simply shorten the story of the relationship between the king and the general before he was imprisoned. These two episodes showcased battles but I think it lacks connection to the audience that it took me three attempts to watch this because I wasn’t paying attention and I had to watch it again. This drama has 81 episodes but it’s worth it. The rest of the episodes can stand without these two.

Political conflicts were intense in this drama. It keeps you guessing who will win in a particular situation among the royals. One thing that I love the most about Jumong is that the antagonists are not only portrayed as evil, heartless individuals. They are also people who are after power but have compassion and love for other people. The main antagonist, Prince Tae-so (Kim Seung-soo) who madly hated Jumong still loves his father, the king, and refuses to kill him even though there are numerous chances for him to do so to take over the crown.

The female lead is an amazing actress in this drama. A badass queen that I would love to see in other drama.

If this drama fails to captivate you in the first episode, continue to watch. It is definitely worth your time and patience. This is the number one historical drama on my list of recommendations.

 

In the Korean drama Jumong, Jumong,  (Song Il-gook)was born of a general father. He was believed to bring chaos to the kingdom of Buyeo and was persecuted. His father was the king's best friend and praised by the people because of his bravery to save the refugees. The general was believed to have died and his mother has no choice but to live as the king's concubine and raise him as a prince.

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