Jumong (TV series)

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Jumong
Man and woman kissing, in period costume
Also known as
  • Prince of Legend
  • The Book of the Three Hans
Genre
Written by
  • Choi Wan-kyu
  • Jung Hyung-soo
Directed by Lee Joo-hwan
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 81
Production company(s) Chorokbaem Media
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Release
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original release 15 May 2006 (2006-05-15) – 6 March 2007 (2007-03-06)
External links
Website imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/jumong

Jumong (Hangul삼한지-주몽 편; Hanja三韓志-朱蒙篇주몽; RRSamhanji-Jumong Pyeon; lit. "The Book of the Three Hans: The Chapter of Jumong") is a South Korean historical period drama series that aired on MBC from 2006 to 2007 as the network's 45th anniversary special. Originally scheduled for 60 episodes, MBC extended it to 81 because of its popularity.

The series examines the life of Jumong, founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo. Few details have been found in the historical record about Jumong, so much of the series is fictionalized. The fantastic elements surrounding the original Jumong legend (such as those concerning his birth) have been replaced with events more grounded in reality. Jumong is considered part of the Korean Wave (Hallyu), with viewership in Iran exceeding 80 percent.[1]

Cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

Jumong film set at MBC Dramia

Following the conquest of Gojoseon by Han China in 108 BC, the surviving tribes and city-states of Manchuria and the northern Korean Peninsula are harshly subjugated as tributaries to the Han, who are portrayed as ruling with an iron fist from the Four Commanderies. Haemosu, the leader of the local resistance in the form of the Damul Army, covertly teams up with Prince Geumwa of Buyeo to defend and rescue Gojoseon refugees throughout the land. After being injured in a battle, Haemosu is rescued by Lady Yuhwa of the Chinese deity of the Yellow River Habaek tribe (to whom Geumwa has taken a fancy), and they fall in love. Haemosu is subsequently ambushed and captured by Han forces (and after falling off a cliff is presumed dead by the outside world), and the now-pregnant Lady Yuhwa is forced to seek shelter in Buyeo, where she becomes Geumwa's concubine and gives birth to Haemosu's son, Jumong.

Flag used by Jumong

Twenty years later, the young Jumong is a weak and cowardly prince overshadowed and scorned by his elder half-brothers Daeso and Youngpo, who are vying for inheritance of the Buyeo throne from their father (the now-King Geumwa). After escaping an assassination attempt by his half-brothers, Jumong leaves the palace and by a twist of fate, encounters his father, the now-elderly Haemosu in the wild. Jumong becomes skilled in combat under Haemosu's covert tutelage, but is unaware of their father-son relationship. At the same time, Jumong forms a close relationship with Lady Soseono of the Gyeru trading clan of Jolbon. Following Haemosu's assassination by Daeso and Youngpo, Jumong learns the truth and vows to avenge his father and drive out the Han. He returns to Geumwa and leads the Buyeo army in a campaign against Lintun and Zhenfan Commanderies, but is reported missing in action and presumed dead following an injury in battle. Subsequently, Daeso seizes power in Buyeo by colluding with Xuantu Commandery and forces Soseono to be his queen. In desperation, Soseono weds her trading partner Wootae (not knowing Jumong is still alive). Jumong, however, is rescued by the Hanbaek tribe and nursed back to health by Lady Yesoya, whom he weds. They return to Buyeo and Jumong feigns servitude to Daeso, thereby earning his trust. With Daeso's guard down, Jumong and his lieutenants manage to intercept and lead a large group of Gojoseon refugees into the wilds of Mount Bongye, where they establish a fortress and re-form the Damul Army, against Geumwa's wishes. In despite, Geumwa holds Yesoya and her son Yuri hostage in the palace, after regaining power from Daeso.

Over the next three years, the Damul Army grows and begins uniting various local tribes, to the discomfort of Buyeo and Han. Following Wootae's death in battle, Jumong and Soseono form an alliance and unite the five clans of Jolbon and the Damul Army into a single powerful entity, which succeeds in conquering Xuantu Commandery and establishing the Kingdom of Goguryeo. When Yesoya and Yuri are reported missing from Buyeo (and presumed dead), a grieving Jumong weds Soseono and they become king and queen of the new nation.

After ruling Goguryeo for fifteen years, Jumong succeeds in reuniting with Yesoya and Yuri (who had been living in exile after escaping from the palace). Following Geumwa's assassination by Han mercenaries, the newly-crowned King Daeso forms an alliance with Jumong, and the combined armies of Goguryeo and Buyeo succeed in conquering Liaodong Commandery with utter annihilation of the Han army in Manchuria. With Jumong's lifelong mission finally complete and in order to prevent internal strife due to Yuri's return, Soseono departs from Goguryeo and heads south with the pro-Jolbon faction and her teenage sons (with Wootae) Biryu and Onjo, who subsequently found the Kingdom of Baekje on the Korean Peninsula. Buyeo eventually collapses following the battlefield death of Daeso at the hands of Jumong's grandson Muhyul. Jumong continues battling against Han China to consolidate his realm, and dies at age 40 after passing the crown of Goguryeo to Yuri.

Episode synopsis[edit]

Production[edit]

Jumong film set

Jumong was filmed on location at MBC Dramia in Cheoin-gu, Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, where other period dramas (such as Dong Yi, Moon Embracing the Sun and Queen Seondeok) were also filmed.[2]

Ratings[edit]

Jumong received the highest viewership ratings of all the Korean dramas that aired in 2006.[3]

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2006-05-15 1 16.3% (3rd) 17.5% (3rd)
2006-05-16 2 18.4% (3rd) 19.2% (3rd)
2006-05-22 3 21.8% (1st) 23.6% (1st)
2006-05-23 4 25.3% (2nd) 26.6% (2nd)
2006-05-29 5 28.0% (1st) 29.9% (1st)
2006-05-30 6 28.7% (1st) 29.6% (1st)
2006-06-05 7 27.9% (1st) 29.2% (1st)
2006-06-06 8 32.3% (1st) 33.7% (1st)
2006-06-20 9 29.4% (1st) 30.7% (1st)
2006-06-26 10 33.2% (1st) 35.3% (1st)
2006-06-27 11 32.9% (1st) 34.8% (1st)
2006-07-03 12 36.4% (1st) 38.1% (1st)
2006-07-04 13 37.6% (1st) 38.8% (1st)
2006-07-10 14 35.8% (1st) 37.5% (1st)
2006-07-11 15 37.2% (1st) 38.8% (1st)
2006-07-17 16 40.1% (1st) 42.8% (1st)
2006-07-18 17 38.7% (1st) 39.9% (1st)
2006-07-24 18 39.6% (1st) 41.1% (1st)
2006-07-25 19 39.9% (1st) 40.5% (1st)
2006-07-31 20 35.1% (1st) 36.1% (1st)
2006-08-01 21 36.8% (1st) 38.2% (1st)
2006-08-07 22 37.3% (1st) 37.9% (1st)
2006-08-08 23 37.4% (1st) 38.9% (1st)
2006-08-14 24 35.5% (1st) 35.8% (1st)
2006-08-15 25 39.3% (1st) 40.7% (1st)
2006-08-21 26 38.1% (1st) 39.6% (1st)
2006-08-22 27 39.5% (1st) 40.0% (1st)
2006-08-28 28 40.3% (1st) 41.7% (1st)
2006-08-29 29 40.3% (1st) 40.9% (1st)
2006-09-04 30 39.7% (1st) 40.6% (1st)
2006-09-05 31 40.3% (1st) 41.4% (1st)
2006-09-11 32 39.3% (1st) 40.6% (1st)
2006-09-12 33 38.5% (1st) 39.2% (1st)
2006-09-18 34 39.5% (1st) 40.3% (1st)
2006-09-19 35 43.0% (1st) 43.9% (1st)
2006-09-25 36 42.8% (1st) 43.9% (1st)
2006-09-26 37 43.6% (1st) 44.4% (1st)
2006-10-02 38 42.6% (1st) 43.2% (1st)
2006-10-03 39 44.9% (1st) 44.8% (1st)
2006-10-09 40 44.2% (1st) 45.0% (1st)
2006-10-10 41 43.6% (1st) 43.8% (1st)
2006-10-16 42 43.1% (1st) 43.6% (1st)
2006-10-17 43 42.4% (1st) 42.2% (1st)
2006-10-23 44 44.5% (1st) 45.4% (1st)
2006-10-24 45 45.0% (1st) 45.2% (1st)
2006-10-30 46 44.6% (1st) 45.1% (1st)
2006-10-31 47 43.8% (1st) 43.7% (1st)
2006-11-06 48 46.6% (1st) 47.9% (1st)
2006-11-07 49 47.2% (1st) 48.3% (1st)
2006-11-13 50 43.6% (1st) 43.5% (1st)
2006-11-14 51 48.1% (1st) 49.2% (1st)
2006-11-20 52 44.8% (1st) 45.4% (1st)
2006-11-21 53 44.0% (1st) 44.5% (1st)
2006-11-27 54 45.1% (1st) 45.2% (1st)
2006-11-28 55 44.4% (1st) 44.9% (1st)
2006-12-04 56 44.0% (1st) 44.4% (1st)
2006-12-05 57 42.9% (1st) 43.2% (1st)
2006-12-11 58 46.4% (1st) 46.1% (1st)
2006-12-12 59 41.5% (1st) 42.6% (1st)
2006-12-18 60 44.4% (1st) 45.3% (1st)
2006-12-19 61 46.6% (1st) 47.1% (1st)
2007-01-01 62 44.8% (1st) 45.8% (1st)
2007-01-02 63 45.2% (1st) 45.3% (1st)
2007-01-08 64 45.5% (1st) 45.4% (1st)
2007-01-09 65 46.8% (1st) 47.1% (1st)
2007-01-15 66 46.8% (1st) 47.5% (1st)
2007-01-16 67 47.1% (1st) 47.9% (1st)
2007-01-22 68 49.8% (1st) 50.5% (1st)
2007-01-23 69 42.0% (1st) 43.6% (1st)
2007-01-29 70 47.9% (1st) 48.3% (1st)
2007-01-30 71 50.3% (1st) 51.0% (1st)
2007-02-05 72 47.1% (1st) 48.5% (1st)
2007-02-06 73 46.0% (1st) 47.2% (1st)
2007-02-12 74 47.6% (1st) 48.1% (1st)
2007-02-13 75 47.1% (1st) 47.8% (1st)
2007-02-19 76 41.9% (1st) 42.1% (1st)
2007-02-20 77 49.7% (1st) 49.9% (1st)
2007-02-26 78 47.2% (1st) 47.1% (1st)
2007-02-27 79 50.6% (1st) 50.9% (1st)
2007-03-05 80 49.8% (1st) 50.0% (1st)
2007-03-06 81 51.9% (1st) 52.7% (1st)
Average 40.98% 41.83%

Awards and nominations[edit]

International broadcast[edit]

Broadcast rights for Jumong were sold to Iran (Channel 3), Turkey, Romania (Channel Tvr1), Kazakhstan, Georgia (Imedi TV), Armenia, Japan (Fuji TV), Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam (VTV1), Singapore (Mediacorp Channel U), Indonesia, Thailand (Channel 3), Malaysia, Brunei Daresalaam, Philippines (GMA Network), Fiji (Fiji One), Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Cambodia (Cambodian Television Network), United States (AZN Television).[7][8][9][10]Myanmar(Myawaddy TV), Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation )

According to Reuters the most popular episodes of Jumong attracted over 90% of Iranian audience (compared to 40% in South Korea), propelling the its lead actor Song Il-gook to superstar status in Iran.[11]

Hong Kong broadcast controversy[edit]

Asia Television bought the Hong Kong broadcast rights; however, controversy surrounding its translation escalated debate about ATV's editorial independence in news and drama. The controversy primarily surrounded the cutting of certain segments,[12] the mistranslation of place names and the mistranslation of a character's occupation. The changing of the word "nation" (in reference to Goguryeo) to "tribe" and the translation of the Han Dynasty as the "heavenly dynasty" has generated controversy about the station's editorial independence. This is related to controversies involving the governments of China and South Korea over the history of Goguryeo.

Legacy[edit]

When this series was released, Filipino DotA fans used Jumong's name as a slang for Mirana's second skill, just like Jumong's straight focused shot.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Song, Sang-ho (10 August 2011). "Korea's mark on an expectation-defying Iran". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Lee, Cin Woo (16 March 2012). "Beyond Seoul: 19 reasons to explore Korea". CNN Go. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  3. ^ TNS Media Korea
  4. ^ Chung, Ah-young (1 January 2007). "Broadcasters Award Top-Rated Dramas". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Pais, Jon (27 April 2007). "43rd Baeksang Arts Awards". Twitch Film. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "송일국, 日기무라 타쿠야와 SDA 남자배우상 경합". starnews. 
  7. ^ "Popular historical TV drama has raked in $50 million". The Hankyoreh. 3 March 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Jumong to Air in Japan". KBS Global. 21 March 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Special Meeting At Japanese Fuji TV About Drama Jumong". Broasia via Hancinema. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Reyna, Trixie (6 January 2007). "JUMONG: Korea's No. 1 series For 2006 now on GMA-7". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 5 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Song Il Gook is a superstar in Iran because of Jumong". Allkpop. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  12. ^ 《世界日報》:韓劇醜化漢人 爆爭議 朱蒙 網友揚言抵制 [Korean drama attracts controversy for denigrating Chinese people. Net users calls for boycott] (in Chinese). 6 February 2007. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. 

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