The Slave Hunters
|The Slave Hunters|
Poster for The Slave Hunters
|Also known as||Chuno|
|Written by||Chun Sung-il|
|Directed by||Kwak Jung-hwan|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Running time||Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST) 70 min|
|Production company(s)||Chorokbaem Media|
|Original network||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Original release||January 6– March 25, 2010|
|Followed by||Cinderella's Sister|
|The Slave Hunters|
The Slave Hunters (Hangul: 추노; RR: Chuno) is a 2010 South Korean action historical drama set in the Joseon Dynasty about a slave hunter (played by Jang Hyuk) who is tracking down a general-turned-runaway slave (Oh Ji-ho) as well as searching for the woman he loves (Lee Da-hae). It aired on KBS2 from January 6 to March 25, 2010 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 24 episodes.
An adequate display of muscular brawn, intricate yet gritty fight scenes, bawdy humor and eloquent moments of pathos and humanity made the series both visually and intellectually appealing to audiences. Critics gave special mention to director Kwak Jung-hwan's lush cinematography, the use of a Red One camera giving each shot its theater-worthy luster. The hit series topped the ratings chart for 7 consecutive weeks, averaging 31.7% and reaching a peak of 35.9%.
In 2010, the series was honored at the Seoul International Drama Awards, and the KBS Drama Awards (notably the highest prize Daesang for lead actor Jang Hyuk). Jang also received a best actor nomination from the 2011 International Emmy Awards for his performance.
Set during the Joseon Dynasty, The Slave Hunters follows the story of Lee Dae-gil, Song Tae-ha, and Kim Hye-won.
Lee Dae-gil is a man from a noble family, whose life is ruined by Keun-nom (큰놈이/Big One), a slave owned by Dae-gil's family. Because Keun-nom's sister Un-nyun and the young master Dae-gil are in love, Dae-gil's parents lock Un-nyun in a shed and leave her to die of dehydration. So Keun-nom burns down Dae-gil's house while rescuing her, then uses a sickle to slash Dae-gil's face. The house collapses shortly after, and Keun-nom and Un-nyun believe Dae-gil to be dead.
Keun-nom runs away with Un-nyun and eventually accumulates enough wealth to buy Jokbo of a noble family. Assuming the identity of the yangban Kim family, he then changes his name to Kim Seong-hwan and his sister Un-nyun's name to Kim Hye-won.
Driven by his desire for revenge as well as his obsession/love for Un-nyun, Dae-gil endures ten harsh years on the street and makes his name as a slave hunter. Dae-gil carries a sketch of Un-nyun at all times and searches for her wherever he goes.
Song Tae-ha is a military general who has spent years serving Crown Prince Sohyeon in China; Sohyeon has been held as a hostage after Joseon lost the war with the Qing Dynasty. Upon their release to Joseon, they find themselves embroiled in an even bigger political turmoil. The crown prince dies under suspicious circumstances shortly after returning to Joseon, the crown princess and two of his three young sons are also killed, and the youngest son is exiled on Cheju island. Tae-ha is framed for stealing military rations and is demoted to a slave along with his loyal subordinates.
When Tae-ha learns that the exiled youngest son of the late prince, who he believes to be the only rightful heir to the crown, is in danger, he is determined to protect him and have him declared the new crown prince. He escapes forced labor and sets off his journey to Jeju island. Along the way, Tae-ha comes across Hye-won/Un-nyun, who is on the run from an arranged marriage to a powerful noble, and saves her from danger. Dae-gil is hired to capture Tae-ha and chases after him, who, unbeknownst to Dae-gil, is now traveling and starting a romantic relationship with the woman for whom he has been obsessively searching for ten years.
- Jang Hyuk as Lee Dae-gil
- Oh Ji-ho as Song Tae-ha
- Lee Da-hae as Un-nyun / Kim Hye-won
- Gong Hyung-jin as Eop-bok
- Lee Jong-hyuk as Hwang Chul-woong
- Han Jung-soo as Janggoon Choi ("General Choi")
- Kim Ji-seok as Wang-son ("big hand")
- Sung Dong-il as Chun Ji-ho
- Kim Eung-soo as Lee Gyeong-sik
- Kim Ha-eun as Seol-hwa
- Min Ji-ah as Cho-bok
- Yoon Gi-won as Won Ki-yoon
- Danny Ahn as Baek-ho
- Yoon Ji-min as Yoon-ji
- Jo Jae-wan as Keun-nom / Kim Seong-hwan
- Ahn Suk-hwan as Hwabaek Bang
- Lee Han-wi as Pogyo Oh
- Yoon Mun-sik as Horse doctor
- Jo Mi-ryung as Keun Jumo ("elder hostess")
- Yoon Joo-hee as Jakeun Jumo ("young hostess")
- Cho Jin-woong as Kwak Han-seom
- Park Ki-woong as Geu boon ("that person")
- Kim Ha-yoon as Crown Princess Kang
- Yoon Dong-hwan as Long Guda (General Qing)
- Kim Young-ae as Mogabi
- Kim Kap-soo as King Injo
- Ha Si-eun as Lee Sun-young (Chul-woong's wife)
- Jo Sung-il as Lee Kwang-jae
- Kim Jin-woo as Lee Seok-gyeon
- Kang Sung-min as Crown Prince Sohyeon
- Lee In as Grand Prince Bongrim
- Lee Dae-ro as Im Yeong-ho
- Choi Deok-moon as Seonbi Jo
- Joo Da-young as Eun-sil
- Ahn Gil-kang as Jjak-gui ("slat ear")
- Yoon Jin-ho as Park Jong-soo
- Kim Young-ok as Chul-woong's mother
- Song Seo-yeon as Kisaeng Chan
- Go Joon-hee as Je-ni
- Wi Yang-ho as Bandit boss
- Lee Dae-yeon as Bhikkhu Myung-ahn
- Jo Hee-bong as Kkeut-bong
- Sa Hyun-jin as Jang Pil-soon
- Park Hee-jin as Village woman
- Hwang Hyeon-hee as Spy at the inn
- Kim Kyeong-jin as Boatman
- Jang Dong-min as Bookstore owner
- Jung Ho-bin as General Shin
- Jeon Se-hyeon as Wang-son's lover
- Lee Won-jong as Double-acting slave at the training site
- Yoo Chae-yeong as Wang-son's lover
- Choi Cheol-ho as Monk inside the jail
- Oh Ji-heon as Bandit
- Jo Sung-ha as Lee Jae-joon
- Marco as Yangban
- Kim Sung-soo as Citizen
- Kim Chang-ryul as Citizen
- Lee Ha-neul as Citizen
- Han Min-kwan as Citizen
|2010-01-06||1||22.9% (4th)||23.8% (3rd)|
|2010-01-07||2||24.8% (2nd)||25.3% (3rd)|
|2010-01-13||3||27.2% (2nd)||27.6% (3rd)|
|2010-01-14||4||30.8% (2nd)||31.4% (2nd)|
|2010-01-20||5||30.3% (2nd)||31.0% (1st)|
|2010-01-21||6||33.7% (1st)||34.9% (1st)|
|2010-01-27||7||31.6% (1st)||31.7% (1st)|
|2010-01-28||8||33.5% (1st)||34.3% (1st)|
|2010-02-03||9||34.6% (1st)||35.2% (1st)|
|2010-02-04||10||35.0% (1st)||35.8% (1st)|
|2010-02-10||11||32.5% (1st)||32.6% (1st)|
|2010-02-11||12||33.9% (1st)||34.0% (1st)|
|2010-02-17||13||32.5% (1st)||32.4% (1st)|
|2010-02-18||14||31.9% (1st)||31.7% (1st)|
|2010-02-24||15||31.9% (1st)||32.2% (1st)|
|2010-02-25||16||33.4% (1st)||33.6% (1st)|
|2010-03-03||17||31.6% (1st)||31.8% (1st)|
|2010-03-04||18||33.8% (1st)||33.8% (1st)|
|2010-03-10||19||33.5% (1st)||34.0% (1st)|
|2010-03-11||20||32.0% (1st)||31.5% (1st)|
|2010-03-17||21||31.2% (1st)||30.9% (1st)|
|2010-03-18||22||30.4% (1st)||29.6% (1st)|
|2010-03-24||23||32.8% (1st)||33.2% (1st)|
|2010-03-25||24||35.9% (1st)||36.3% (1st)|
Source: TNS Media Korea
Awards and nominations
||Best Drama||The Slave Hunters||Nominated|
|Best Actor (TV)||Jang Hyuk||Nominated|
|Best New Director (TV)||Kwak Jung-hwan||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay (TV)||Chun Sung-il||Won|
||Best Miniseries||The Slave Hunters||Won|
|Outstanding Korean Drama Prize Category: Grand Prize (Daesang)||Won|
|Outstanding Korean Drama Prize Category: Best Director||Kwak Jung-hwan||Won|
|Outstanding Korean Drama Prize Category: Best Actor||Jang Hyuk||Won|
||Best Drama||The Slave Hunters||Won|
|Best Actor||Jang Hyuk||Won|
|Best Writer in a Miniseries||Chun Sung-il||Won|
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||The Slave Hunters||Won|
|Best Short TV Drama||Won|
|Best Director||Kwak Jung-hwan||Won|
|Best Screenplay||Chun Sung-il||Won|
||Best Actor||Jang Hyuk||Won|
||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Jang Hyuk||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Jang Hyuk||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Lee Da-hae||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Oh Ji-ho||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Sung Dong-il||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Jo Mi-ryung||Nominated|
|Best New Actress||Kim Ha-eun||Nominated|
|Netizens' Award, Actor||Jang Hyuk||Nominated|
|Netizens' Award, Actress||Lee Da-hae||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Jang Hyuk and Lee Da-hae||Won|
||Best Actor||Jang Hyuk||Nominated|
The broadcasting rights to the series were sold to Japan even before its television premiere in South Korea. It began airing on April 20, 2010 on Japanese cable channel So-net, with reruns on Mnet Japan beginning November 1, 2010.
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