Jumong or Chumong K drama 2006

23 10 2010

I am apparently stuck in 2006.  Just finished Jumong and already started Playful Kiss and Goong (which was also released in 2006).  But let’s stay on track…

Jumong is a sweeping historical drama and one for a fan of the genre not to be missed.

What was good!

1.  The lead actors and many of the supporting actors were excellent.

Song Il Guk(Kuk) who plays Jumong is awesome.  He did a nice job aging through the project.

Han Hye Jin, formerly of Be Strong Geum Soon, was wonderful as the female lead.

Song Ji Hyo, who plays Jumong’s wife was also very good, she is also in Goong so 2006 was a busy year for this girl.

2.  The sweeping historical story was interesting and frustrating and kept me yelling (in my head) at the characters.  I could have used some more Hae MoSu because his character drew you in and held you and basically he was (spoiler alert) blind and dead before I was ready for him to go.  His scenes with Lady Yuhwa were the most romantic of the series.  I also hated and loved Emperor Kumwa.  For those of you who have already seen this series you know what I mean.  I was so ticked at him for being a wuss and not just choosing to stand with Jumong.  I hated him for killing Lady YuhWa and letting Tae So get away with killing Hae MoSu.  Argh!!! But in the end I felt so much compassion for him and cried when he died.

What wasn’t as good…

1.  Won Ki Joon, or Prince YounPo.  I hate to say this because I did like him, but he should be in American soaps for sure.  He used that singular “something” smells bad expression so much I couldn’t help but laugh.  Totally reminded me of Joey in Friends when he talks about his method acting.  And truthfully I got bored of Tae So being somewhat one note as well.

2.  I don’t know if it is even fair to say this, but it is long… really, really long.  It felt like 4 seasons or chapters and really a viewer could stop at any one of those points and watch something lighter and then come back to it, but I didn’t know that and I think at some point around episode 50-60 it started feeling long.  There were definite times when it dragged or too much set up, but you always knew it was bringing you somewhere else.

3.  Biggest Complaint – No Romance!!! As I mentioned before the scenes between Hae Mo Su and Lady Yuhwa were as hot as it got and that wasn’t enough for me.  Especially when you consider the hot poster shot between JuMong and So Suh No which is part of what got me interested in the series.  But there wasn’t much chemistry really shown between them.  More in the beginning, but I would have liked to see them with some tension and chemistry.

Park Kyoung Hway played Bu Bun No, one of the soldiers who switches from Puro to Tamul Army and I swear he is Lee Seo Jin (the lead from Lovers) twin brother.  When he first appeared I had to look it up to find out if Lee Seo Jin was in this.  Does anyone else think they are secret twins?  or is it just me?

Overall this was a great series, I would highly recommend it to any historical drama lovers!  The story does suck you in and you spend so much time with the characters that you get really frustrated and emotionally moved by them.  I give this an A-, the minus because it can drag, some soap opera acting and not enough romance.

I know this is a short commentary for such a long series, but really there is no way to really tackle this series without just watching it, but I welcome any comments to open discussion on the series.