Hwang Jini (TV series)

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Hwang Jini
Hwang Jin-i (TV series).jpg
Promotional poster
Based onI, Hwang Jini
by Kim Takhwan
Written byYoon Sun-joo
Directed byKim Chul-kyu
StarringHa Ji-won
Kim Young-ae
Wang Bit-na
Kim Jaewon
Ryu Tae-joon
Jang Keun-suk
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes24
Producer(s)Lee Sung-joo
Running time64 minutes on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)Olive9
Original networkKorean Broadcasting System
Original releaseOctober 11 (2006-10-11) –
December 28, 2006 (2006-12-28)
Preceded byFugitive Lee Doo-yong
Followed byDal-ja's Spring
External links

Hwang Jini (Korean황진이; Hanja黃眞伊) is a Korean drama broadcast on KBS2 in 2006. The series was based on the tumultuous life of Hwang Jini, who lived in 16th-century Joseon and became the most famous gisaeng in Korean history. Lead actress Ha Ji-won won the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the 2006 KBS Drama Awards for her performance.[1]

The series was popular in the ratings, giving rise to a boom in gisaeng-themed entertainment—musicals, TV dramas, films, even cartoons.[2][3][4][5]


Hwang Jini is the illegitimate child of a nobleman and Hyun Geum, a blind gisaeng. A gisaeng is a singer, dancer and hostess who lives a life catering to the whims of the yangban elite. Fearing that her young daughter will follow in her footsteps and determined that she should become more than a mere plaything for men, Hyun Geum sends Jini to a remote mountain temple to be cared for by an old monk. But one day, the seven-year-old Jini slips away from the temple and comes across a gisaeng performance, and is drawn to her destiny. Enraptured by the beauty of their singing and dancing, Jini runs away and enters the gibang, or gisaeng house, where she meets her mother for the first time. They discover that she displays an outstanding talent for dancing and playing the geomungo. From that day on, Jini trains to become Joseon's top gisaeng. She studies under Im Baek-moo, one of the best court dancers in the kingdom and a harsh and manipulative teacher.

Jini then falls in love with Kim Eun-ho, son of a powerful nobleman, but his parents refuse to accept the relationship due to the difference in their social status. Jini's first love ends in tragedy when in a futile attempt to elope with her, Eun-ho catches pneumonia and dies.[6]

Unable to forget Eun-ho, Jini no longer has any desire to dance; for the next five years, she spends her days making music and conversation with the middle class (becoming enormously wealthy in the process) and her nights drowning herself in misery and alcohol. While drunk, she decides to kill herself, but the poet Kim Jung-han saves her. Thus, Jini begins a troubled love affair with Jung-han. Meanwhile, she continually rejects Byuk Kye-soo, a royal relative who is obsessed with her, and faces off against Bu-yong, her rival in dancing and love. At Jini's side in times of need is her devoted bodyguard Yi-saeng. Jini later finds out that Baek-moo's scheming had a hand in Eun-ho's death, and jealousy and bitterness build between the two as they prepare for what turns out to be a fateful performance of the crane dance.

In an age when women were treated as if they were invisible, Hwang Jini becomes a celebrated gisaeng-singer-dancer-poet of the 16th century. Her beauty, wit and intellect propels her from obscurity into the company of Joseon's most powerful aristocrats, eventually winning the acclaim of King Jungjong and his court. In a relentlessly class-based society, Hwang Jini was a woman ahead of her time, who pursued art relentlessly and saw life in beautiful colors. She was both revered and reviled in her lifetime, and left her mark in history.




  • Jo Sung-ha as Eom-soo
  • Lee In-hye as Gae-ddong/Danshim
  • Jung Kyung-soon as Geum-choon
  • Song Yi-woo as Aeng-moo
  • Yoo Yeon-ji as Seom-seom
  • Kim Sun-hwa as Gae-ddong's maid
  • Jo Ye-na as Hyang-rim
  • Mi Se as Ae-rang
  • Lee Ji-eun as Geum-hong
  • Hwang Eun-ha as Han Yeon-woo/Wol-hyang
  • Hyun Seok as Sung Ik-hwan
  • Seo Hyun-jin as Jung Ka-eun
  • Kim Seung-wook as Jang Soo-man
  • Lee Dae-ro as Joo-ji
  • Jo Jae-wan as Jang-yi
  • Lee Hee-do as Kim Cham-pan
  • Ahn Hae-sook as Lady Cha
  • Moon Chun-shik as Deok-pal
  • Jung Sang-hoon as Sang-soo
  • Choi Sang-hoon as Jung-chook
  • Yoon Jae-rang as Yeon-hong
  • Park Kwi-soon as Sang Jwa-seung


The shooting schedule for Hwang Jini was particularly arduous for a television series, sometimes going on for seven days without a break.[1] In addition to such popular younger actors as Ha Ji-won, Wang Bit-na, Kim Jaewon and Jang Keun-suk, the series featured many noted veteran Korean actors, including Kim Young-ae and Kim Bo-yeon.[1] The costumes (designed by Kim Hye-sun), dances and music in the series were noted for their flamboyance and sensuality.[1]


Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2006-Oct-11 1 20.1% 20.9%
2006-Oct-12 2 20.9% 22.0%
2006-Oct-18 3 18.4% 18.7%
2006-Oct-19 4 18.7% 19.0%
2006-Oct-25 5 16.9% 16.7%
2006-Oct-26 6 17.7% 18.1%
2006-Nov-01 7 17.2% 17.1%
2006-Nov-02 8 19.2% 19.3%
2006-Nov-08 9 16.6% 15.8%
2006-Nov-09 10 19.7% 19.9%
2006-Nov-15 11 23.3% 23.7%
2006-Nov-16 12 24.9% 25.4%
2006-Nov-22 13 24.6% 25.7%
2006-Nov-23 14 26.7% 27.4%
2006-Nov-29 15 22.9% 22.9%
2006-Nov-30 16 23.9% 25.5%
2006-Dec-06 17 23.0% 24.1%
2006-Dec-07 18 24.8% 25.1%
2006-Dec-13 19 22.9% 24.0%
2006-Dec-14 20 22.9% 24.6%
2006-Dec-20 21 22.2% 22.6%
2006-Dec-21 22 24.3% 25.2%
2006-Dec-27 23 24.1% 24.8%
2006-Dec-28 24 25.0% 26.8%
Average 21.7% 22.3%

Source: TNS Media Korea

International broadcast[edit]

The series was also broadcast in Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines in 2007,[7]

Monthly screenings of selected episodes were held at the Korea Society in New York City from November 2008 to February 2009.[8]

The series was also widely available via several major viewing services in the U.S. as of November 2015.

In Thailand the series aired on True4U starting October 26, 2015.[9]

See other[edit]


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  2. ^ "Flowering of the feminine". The Age. 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  3. ^ Herman, Burt (2007-01-08). "South Korea's gisaeng a cultural craze". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  4. ^ Yu, Sook (2007-05-24). "송혜교의 고고함 vs 하지원의 열정, '황진이'의 두 모습" (in Korean). Hankook Ilbo. Retrieved 2008-06-16.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ 요염한 기생 '황진이'로 변신한 하지원: 드라마 '황진이' 포스터 촬영현장 하지원 인터뷰 (in Korean). The Chosun Ilbo. 2006-09-22. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  6. ^ "Hwang Jini TV Series (2006)". Asiandb.com. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  7. ^ "Gisaeng serve as role model for women, Ha says". The China Post. 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
  8. ^ "KBS Drama Hwang Jini to Premiere in New York". KBS Global. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-11-12.
  9. ^ "เรื่องย่อละคร Hwang Jini ฮวางจินยี จอมนางหัวใจทรนง". dara.truelife (in Thai). October 25, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2016.

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