The Book of the Three Hans (2006–2007)
"Jumong" (original title)

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An epic based on the myth of Jumong Taewang, founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo in 37 B.C., (one of the three kingdoms of Korea).

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Il-guk Song ...
 Jumong (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Hye-jin Han ...
 So-suh-no (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Seung-su Kim ...
 Prince Tae-so (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kwang-leol Jeon ...
 Kum-wa (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Yeon-su Oh ...
 Lady Yu-hwa (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Mi-ri Gyeon ...
 Wan-hu (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Hee-kyung Jin ...
 Yeo Mi-eul (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Jae-yong Lee ...
 Bu Deuk-bul (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ho-bin Jeong ...
 Woo-tae (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Jung-hoon Ahn ...
 Ma-ri (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Gye-in Lee ...
 Mo Pal-mo (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ji-hyo Song ...
 Ye Soya (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Won-jae Lee ...
 Do-chi (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Yong-woon Kwon ...
 Moo-song (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Do-hwan Bae
(81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Soo-bin Bae ...
 Sa-yong (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
So-yeong Dan ...
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Kyeong-seon Han
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Won Ki-Jun ...
 Min-woo (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Bo-yeong Kim
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Byeong-ki Kim ...
 Ta-bal Yeon (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kyeong-hwan Park ...
 Bu Boon-no (81 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kwi-hyeon Song
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Wok-suk Song
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Jun-ho Heo ...
 Hae Mo-su (53 episodes, 2006)
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An epic based on the myth of Jumong Taewang, founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo in 37 B.C., (one of the three kingdoms of Korea).

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Fine Korean Costume Drama
12 June 2007 | by (California, baby) – See all my reviews

I became addicted to this fine Korean drama series in the late spring of 2007, when I got sick of paying my cable company over $50 a month for premium service and switched back to the Limited Basic package for less than $20/month. As a result I was forced to look through some of the foreign-language-network offerings, and lo and behold, found this gem of a quasi-historical Korean epic costume drama on AZN.

Now admittedly, there is a fair bit of pretty silly stuff going on in this series (see the Minuses section below), but the good far outweighs the bad. I especially like the humorous character vignettes, for instance the Iron Chamber master Mo Palmo always cracks me up. :)

**Pluses:**

  • Gorgeous costumes;




  • Good acting, especially from the actors who play the following


characters:

* Emperor Kumwa - The MacBeth of Jumong; carries much of the first 50 episodes of the show. Watching the actor who plays him, I can't help being reminded a little bit of Toshiro Mifune.

* Prime Minister Unavoidable - with a name like that, how can you not like this guy?

* Sorceress Yeo Mieul (I admit she took a while to grow on me)

* Sosuhno - Love those take-charge gals who can do it without being nasty

* Prince Taeso - Every great drama needs a quality bad guy, and the conflicted Taeso is a worthy foil to Jumong.

* Prince Youngpo - The feckless prince #2. I love it when he does his "evil scheming" face. :D

* Keru Troop Chief Yuntabal - Like the name says, this guy has major, um, guts, I love it when he (literally) laughs in the face of the bad guys. Also just plain a fine dramatic actor.

* Oi, Mari, Hyoppo: Jumong's 3 Musketeers. Especially like the "forbidden love" subplot involving tough-guy Hyoppo and someone from Sosuhno's Keru troop. The later addition of the reformed bandits as their 3 counterparts and oft-times rivals makes for a great ongoing source of tension and humor.

* Mo Palmo and his friend, the chief of the Guards - absolutely hilarious pair, they're like the Laurel and Hardy of Korean Costume drama.

  • Gorgeous Women (I'm a guy, so I admit I was looking more at the


ladies ;): Sosuhno, Ye Soya, Buyong and Lady Yuhwa are all major hotties. Even the bad girls have their moments. :) And did I mention the costumes?

**Minuses:**

  • Jumong: I know I'm probably going to catch a lot of flak for his, but


Song Il-Guk's portrayal just lacks something. Perhaps this is partly the fault of the series writers, but it's just not as convincing as it should be.

  • Too many royal people sitting at fancy carved tables doing nothing at


the start of scenes - I mean, don't these people read, or do needlework, or paint, or play board games? A missed opportunity for adding depth and texture to the series.

  • Fight scenes way too unrealistic (at least for my taste) - OK, I


realize you probably can't have severed heads, limbs and guts flying around without alienating a large part of the audience, but could we maybe occasionally have a little *blood*? (And not just a dab on the tip of some guy's sword). And, all these good guys fighting brutal battles and coming out without a scratch? (except for "designated manly upper arm wound guy".) Or even breaking a sweat...

But as I said, the negatives are far outweighed by the good stuff - unless you're the kind of person who insists on "realism" (whatever that means) in all aspects of a show.

All in all, excellent entertainment for the whole family - highly recommended. 8/10


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