The King of Legend
|The King of Legend|
Promotional poster for The King of Legend
|Also known as||King Geunchogo|
|Written by||Jung Sung-hee
|Directed by||Yoon Chang-bum
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||60|
|Executive producer(s)||Lee Jae-young|
|Running time||Saturdays and Sundays at 20:55 (KST)|
|Original channel||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Original run||6 November 2010– 29 May 2011|
The King of Legend (Hangul: 근초고왕; hanja: 近肖古王; literally King Geunchogo) is a 2010 South Korean historic drama based on King Geunchogo of Baekje. Besides than the historic info obtained from Samguk Sagi and Samguk Yusa, it was also inspired by a novel written by Lee Munyeol, a renowned Korean writer. The drama aired on KBS1 in Korea, and internationally through KBS World.
The 60-episode drama tells the story of King Geunchogo, warrior king of Baekje. Under his reign, the kingdom experienced its glory days, with military conquests that saw him controlling most of the Korean peninsula and a subsequent enhancement of political power that reached its greatest height in Baekje's history. This king is not Gwanggaeto but Baekje's King Geunchogo, who seized and ruled a Chinese region at least 60 years ahead of Gwanggaeto.
- Kam Woo-sung as Prince Bu Yeogu (Buyeo Gu) (Later as 13th Eoraha of Baekje, Geunchogo of Baekje)
- Kim Ji-soo as Bu Yeohwa (Buyeo Hwa)
- Lee Jong-won as King Sayu or Gogugwon of Goguryeo (16th Taewang of Goguryeo)
- Lee Ji-hoon as Hae Gun (Jwapyeong Hae Nyeong's Son)
- Ahn Jaemo as Jin Seung (Jwapyeong Jin Jeong's Son)
- Lee Se Eun as Wi Hongran (Wi Birang's sister)
- Yoon Seung Won as King Biryu (Geunchogo's father,11th Eoraha of Baekje)
- Suh In Suk as Heukganggong Sahul (King Biryu's Father)
- Choe Myeonggil as Haebi Hae Sosul (Biryu's 1st Queen; Also known as Wanwoldang,Bu Yeochan's Mother)
- Kim Doyun as Jinbi Jin Saha (Biryu's 2nd Queen;also known as Sosukdang, Bu Yeogu's Mother)
- Lee Jong Soo as Bu Yeochan (Buyeo Chan,Crown Prince of Baekje)
- Lee Byung Wook as Bu Yeohwi (Buyeo Hwi,Wisagun Army Division Commander)
- Kim Tae Hoon as Bu Yeosan (Buyeo San)
- Han Jin-hee as King Gye (known as Bu Yeojun,son of 10th Eoraha of Baekje,King Bunseo,head of Wiryegung faction. Later proclaimed as the 12th Eoraha of Baekje)
- Ahn Shin Woo as Bu Yeomin (Buyeo Min)
- Choi Jina as Seok Rahae (Buyeo Min's wife)
- Hwang Dong Joo as Bu Yeomun (Buyeo Mun)
- Jung Woong-in as Wi Birang (Leader of Danbeomhoe; grandson of King Mayeo of Former Dongbuyeo (East Buyeo) Kingdom)
- Kang Sung Jin as Payun (Bu Yeogu's men)
- Kim Hyo Won as Jwapyeong Jin Jeong (Leader of the Jin Clan)
- Kim Gibok as Jwapyeong Hae Nyeong (Leader of Hae Clan)
- Kim Hyeongil as Jin Godo (Wisagun Division General)
- Jung Ui Kap as Bu Gantae (Leader of Malgal Tribe)
- Kim Eungsu as Jobul (Prime Minister of Goguryeo)
- Jun Byung Ok as General Ko Naja (Goguyreo Army Commander)
- Park Chul Ho as Ko Chisu (Goguryeo Army General)
- Won Suk Yun as Sou (Goguryeo Minister)
- Kim Joo Young as Onjo (1st Eoraha of Baekje)
- Lee Deok-hwa as King Dongmyeongseong of Goguryeo (Go Jumong,1st Taewang of Goguryeo)
- Jung Ae-ri as Soseono (King Dongmyeongseong's 2nd Consort,later Founder of Baekje)
- Park Jung Woo as Yuri (Later as 2nd Taewang of Goguryeo)
- Han Jung-soo as Bok Gugeom (cameo,Bu Yeogu's men. Later known as Mok Nageumja)
- Uhm Kyung Wan as Naman
- Jun Gwangjin as Sagi (Son of late dalsol Sa Chungseon)
- Ham Eun-jeong as Jin Ayi (Jin Godo's daughter)
- Qri as Princess Bu Yeojin
- Lee In as Ajikgi
- Park Geon Il as Soekkop (later as Geungusu,14th Eoraha of Baekje)
- Jung Hong Chae as Dugo (Danbeomhoe General,later appointed as one of the Generals in Baekje Army,and later known as Mok Gohae)
- Ungniha River (욱리하; 郁里河), mentioned in the drama is now known as Hangang River (한강;漢江) in Seoul.
- Hansan (한산,閑山) is also one of the former names of Seoul,after Wiryeseong (위례성; 慰禮城-Baekje Era), Hanju ( 한주; 漢州-Silla era), Namgyeong (남경; 南京- Goryeo era), Hanseong (한성; 漢城,-Baekje and Joseon era), Hanyang (한양; 漢陽,-Joseon era), and Gyeongseong (경성; 京城,Japanese colonial era).
- The Seven-Branched Sword (칠지도, 七支刀, Chiljido in Korean), (七支刀, 七枝刀, shichishitō or nanatsusaya no tachi in Japanese) marks the friendly relationship between the Baekje Kingdom and Japan,during his reign.
- The title of the Kings in this drama differs,as Kings of Baekje were known as 'Eoraha', while Goguryeo is known as 'Taewang' (태왕,太王).
- When he reclaimed the throne of Baekje upon the death of King Gye in 346,it marks the end of the alternating kingship of two lines,and sealed the permanent ascendancy of the descendants of 5th Eoraha, King Chogo over those of 8th Eoraha, King Goi.It was reflected in his reign name,Geunchogo.The ascendancy lasted until the 31st and last Eoraha of Baekje,King Uija when he surrendered when Baekje was conquered by Silla-Tang forces in 660.
- King Sayu,or Gogugwon of Goguryeo would be later killed by Geunchogo's son,Crown Prince Geungusu (later as 14th Eoraha of Baekje) when the Baekje Army captured Goguryeo's capital of Nampyeongyangseong (South Pyeongyang Fortress;present-day Pyongyang,North Korea).
-  The King of Legend (KBS official website,English)