Arang and the Magistrate

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Arang and the Magistrate
Arang and the Magistrate-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Arang and the Magistrate
Also known as Tale of Arang
Genre
Written by Jung Yoon-jung
Directed by
  • Kim Sang-ho
  • Jung Dae-yoon
Starring
Composer(s) Kim Hyeon-jong
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 20
Production
Cinematography Kim Jong-jin
Running time 60 minutes
Release
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original release August 15 (2012-08-15) – October 18, 2012 (2012-10-18)
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul 아랑사또전
Hanja 使
Revised Romanization Arangsattojeon
McCune–Reischauer Arangsattochŏn

Arang and the Magistrate (Hangul아랑사또전; Hanja阿娘使道傳; RRArangsatojeon; also known as Tale of Arang) is a 2012 South Korean historical television drama, starring Lee Joon-gi, Shin Min-ah and Yeon Woo-jin. The period horror-romance is based on the folklore of Arang, who died unjustly and returns as a ghost in order to reveal the circumstances surrounding her death.[1][2][3] It aired on MBC from August 15 to October 18, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.[4]

Plot[edit]

A nobleman named Kim Eun-oh (Lee Joon-gi) comes to town searching for his mother after hearing a rumor that she is staying at the village of Miryang. He has the special ability to hear, see and touch spirits, but pretends he doesn't because he gets annoyed when they ask for favors.

Arang (Shin Min-ah) lost all her memories when she became a ghost and is unable to rest in peace until she finds out how she died. After appearing to three magistrates, none of them survive the fright of seeing her. When she finds out that Eun-oh is able to see her, she begs for his help.

At first, Eun-oh rejects her request. However, he changes his mind after seeing that Arang somehow has a distinctive hairpin that he gave his mother at their last meeting. He believes that if he helps her, Arang will regain her memories and give him information about his mother. He exasperatedly (then affectionately) nicknames her “Amnesia.” As the town's newly installed magistrate, he teams up with her to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death, which may involve the mysterious nobleman Joo-wal. Along the way, they must prevent Arang from being captured by Mu-young, the leader of the local grim reapers.

Arang and Eun-oh's actions, meanwhile, are being tracked by the Jade Emperor and Yeom-ra themselves, who fear that events in Miryang are much more horrifying than they appear.

Cast[edit]

Background[edit]

The drama is based on famous folklore, as most ghost stories are: During the Joseon era in the city of Miryang, Arang was the pure, beautiful, goodhearted daughter of a magistrate. She grew up without a mother and was raised by a wicked caretaker who conspired to have her raped and ruined by a servant, Baekga. He attacked and she resisted, so he stabbed and killed her, and left her body to rot in the woods. Her father, the magistrate, just believed that she dishonorably eloped with a man and so resigned his position swathed in shame. Thus the legend goes that every time a new magistrate comes to Miryang to fill the position, Arang’s vengeful ghost shows up to tell him her story and he flees in terror. But one day a new magistrate comes to town — a young man by the name of Lee Sang-sa. Arang appears to him like every other magistrate before him, but this man doesn't flee, and instead sympathizes with Arang, and promises to find her killer and avenge her death. Lee Sang-sa has Baekga seized and executed, and thereafter, Arang's spirit ceased to trouble the town.[19]

Production[edit]

It was Lee Joon-gi's comeback acting project after being discharged from military service in February 2012.[5][20][21] This also marked the first historical drama for Shin Min-ah and return to television since My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox in 2010.[22][23]

The series was filmed at MBC Dramia in Gyeonggi Province.[24] The first behind-the-scene photos were released on show of June 22, 2012ing scenes shot on location in Namyangju on May 23.[25] This was followed by more teaser photos released on July 11, 2012, showing action scenes and an intimate scene of the two leads, Lee and Shin laying down together.[26]

Ahead of the series' premiere, MBC aired the special episode How to Enjoy Arang and the Magistrate 100 Times More on August 8, 2012. It included never-before-seen clips, special behind-the-scenes stories, and detailed the characters and their relationships. It was the first drama special produced by MBC in five years since The Legend in 2007.[27]

The drama's rights was sold to Japan for a record-breaking ₩200 million per episode, which amounts to ₩4 billion for the 20-episode series,[28] the highest per episode for MBC, surpassing the previous record set by Moon Embracing the Sun.[29]

Ratings[edit]

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the premiere episode achieved a nationwide rating of 13.3 percent in viewership, almost doubled rival To the Beautiful You on SBS with 7.4 percent for its premiere episode but behind Bridal Mask on KBS with 19.4 percent. It was also 4.2 percent higher than the last episode of its predecessor I Do, I Do.[30]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[31] AGB Nielsen[32]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
Special episode August 8, 2012 5.1% 5.4% 4.9% (<8.0)%
1 August 15, 2012 14.4% 16.8% 13.3% 15.1%
2 August 16, 2012 14.3% 16.5% 13.2% 14.4%
3 August 22, 2012 16.0% 19.3% 13.2% 14.2%
4 August 23, 2012 16.2% 14.4% 15.7%
5 August 29, 2012 12.1% 13.3% 12.4% 13.7%
6 August 30, 2012 14.0% 16.3% 13.0% 14.4%
7 September 5, 2012 13.1% 14.6% 11.7% 12.8%
8 September 6, 2012 11.7% 14.2% 10.9% 11.9%
9 September 12, 2012 17.0% 19.5% 14.1% 15.3%
10 September 13, 2012 20.5% 14.5% 15.1%
11 September 19, 2012 15.3% 17.2% 13.8% 14.9%
12 September 20, 2012 14.9% 16.0% 13.1% 14.0%
13 September 26, 2012 13.9% 15.9% 11.7% 12.9%
14 September 27, 2012 14.3% 16.0% 12.5% 13.0%
15 October 3, 2012 15.0% 17.7% 13.3% 14.5%
16 October 4, 2012 13.9% 16.2% 12.9% 14.4%
17 October 10, 2012 13.0% 15.2% 12.6% 13.8%
18 October 11, 2012 13.5% 15.1% 11.4% 12.1%
19 October 17, 2012 13.2% 14.7% 12.4% 14.0%
20 October 18, 2012 13.8% 16.5% 12.4% 13.8%
Average 14.3% 16.5% 12.8% 14.0%

Original soundtrack[edit]

Album Track listing
Part 1
  • Released: August 15, 2012
Part 2
  • Released: August 22, 2012
Part 3
  • Released: August 29, 2012
Part 4
  • Released: September 5, 2012
Part 5
  • Released: September 13, 2012
Part 6
  • Released: September 19, 2012
Part 7
  • Released: September 26, 2012
Part 8
  • Released: October 3, 2012
Part 9
  • Released: October 10, 2012
Special Edition
  • Released: October 17, 2012
  • Artist: Various artists
  • Format: 2CD

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2012 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Best Supporting Actor Kwon Oh-joong Won
MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Lee Joon-gi Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Shin Min-a Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Yoo Seung-ho Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Hwang Bo-ra Nominated
Best New Actor Yeon Woo-jin Nominated
Best Couple Award Lee Joon-gi and Shin Min-a Won
2013 Seoul International Drama Awards Excellent Korean Drama Won
Outstanding Korean Drama Actor Lee Joon-gi Won

International broadcast[edit]

  • It aired in the Philippines on GMA Network from January 20 to March 14, 2014 under the title Tale of Arang: A Love Without End.[40][41] Re-aired this 2017 on GMA News TV, coming soon.
  • It aired in Japan on cable channel DATV.[42]
  • It aired in Vietnam on VTC9 - Let's Viet channel beginning June 18, 2014 under the title Arang sử đạo truyện.
  • It aired in Thailand on Workpoint TV beginning January 5, 2015 under the title อารัง ภูติสาวรักนิรันดร์ (Arang Phuth Saw Rak Niran, literally; Arang: ghost girl love eternal).[43]
  • It aired in Malaysia on cable channel NTV7.

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