5th Republic (TV series)

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5th Republic
Also known as The Fifth Republic
Genre Period drama
Written by Yoo Jung-soo
Directed by Im Tae-woo
Kim Sang-rae
Starring Lee Deok-hwa
Seo In-seok
Hong Hak-pyo
Lee Jin-woo
Cha Kwang-soo
Lee Jae-yong
Narrated by Ahn Ji-hwan
Opening theme "Deus Non Vult"
Ending theme "Deus Non Vult"
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 41
Executive producer(s) Shin Ho-gyun
Location(s) Korea
Running time Saturdays and Sundays at 21:40 (KST)
Original channel Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original run 23 April 2005 (2005-04-23) – 1 September 2005 (2005-09-01)
Followed by Shin Don
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5th Republic (Hangul: 제5공화국; hanja: 第5共和國; RR: Je5 Gonghwaguk) is a 2005 South Korean television series that aired on MBC from April 23 to September 1, 2005 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:40 for 41 episodes. It depicted the Fifth Republic of South Korea, during which Chun Doo-hwan was president from 1981 to 1988, from his rise to power through a military coup to his downfall after a series of democratic movements, such as the Gwangju uprising and the June Democratic Uprising. It was a politically and socially turbulent era in the country's history, which generated controversy for the drama series.[1]

17 former politicians and key aides of Chun's (including Chang Se-dong, his former chief-of-staff; Hur Hwa-pyong, lawmaker; Jeong Ho-yong, former Army Chief of Staff; and Lee Hak-bong, former vice director of the Korea Central Intelligence Agency) attempted to halt the drama in pre-production, and failing that, sent a statement to the producers with claims of historical distortion and threatened legal action unless the script was changed. The production refused, with producer-director Im Tae-woo saying that they tried their best to maintain objectivity by basing their script on historical records and information that they collected for three years, such as Supreme Court rulings, and other hearing documents and news reports at that time.[2]



  1. ^ Park, Chung-a (24 May 2005). "Political Drama Sparks Controversy". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2014-10-18. 
  2. ^ Kim, Tae-jong (15 April 2005). "Drama Deals With Politically Sensitive Era". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2014-10-18. 

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