Sunday, November 02, 2008

Jumong - Prince of The Legend

Genre : Historical
Also known as : The Book of Three Han: The Chapter of Joo Mong
Episodes : 81
Aired in Indonesia : not yet (DVD only)

Gojoseon has fallen to the Han Empire of China. All that is left are separate city-states that have no choice but to appease the Han Empire. In the series, the Han are portrayed as cruel, taking refugees prisoner and demonstrating their new iron weapons on them.

Hae Mosu, a legendary soldier, joins forces with Geumwa, the crown prince of Buyeo, in order to counter Han savagery, creating the Damulgun, (Damul army) a band of soldiers who defend Gojoseon refugees. Hae Mosu is injured after a skirmish against Han soldiers, and floats down a river, half alive. The princess of the Haebaek tribe finds him and nurses him back to health. The two start a relationship. However, the Han are looking for Hae Mosu, and discovering that the man the princess was sheltering looked like (and was) Hae Mosu, they raze the tribe to the ground. Hae Mosu escapes just in time and travels until he meets a caravan from the tribe of Gyeh-Ru. The head merchant, who is also the ruler of the Gyeh-Ru tribe, offers Hae Mosu a job within the caravan, not knowing who the man is. The ruler, Yeon Ta-Bal, tells Hae Mosu to join him in his tent, and they introduce each other and share a conversation. News of the Haebaek tribe pops up in the middle of the conversation, and seeing the shocked look on his guest's face, Yeon Ta-Bal begins to suspect that his guest is Hae Mosu himself. The next day, the caravan travels but stops when they hear that Yeon's wife has gone into labor. They set up camp and So Seo-No is born and protected, as Hae Mosu defends the trade caravan against a band of thieves, reinforcing Yeon's assumption. Yeon's caravan has trading rights with the Han Dynasty itself, so Yeon knows of Hae Mosu's escape, and of the great reward for his capture. At this point, he is fully convinced that his guest is Hae Mosu. Yeon decides not to turn Hae Mo-su in, because he had protected his caravan and his daughter from harm.

Hae Mosu returns to Geumwa, and they resume the skirmishes. However, as the Damulgun progress in their objective to free all refugees, the Han disguise their soldiers as fake refugees, whom the Damulgun attempt to rescue. Ambushed by the fake refugees and "ironclad cavalry," the Damulgun with him are killed, and he is captured. Hae Mosu is subsequently tortured and blinded by the Han.

Geumwa frees Hae Mosu, who, though blind, is able to ride a horse. Due to his blindness however, he and Geumwa get separated while fleeing from the Han forces in pursuit. Geumwa believes he ultimately fails in his task to save Hae Mosu, who Geumwa sees, trapped upon a chateau, shot with arrows and presumably falling dead into the river.

The Haebaek princess has Hae Mosu's child. She goes to the Crown Prince of Buyeo after bearing her son, Jumong. He becomes a prince of Buyeo (after the enthronement of the Crown Prince) and she a Royal Concubine upon the new Emperor's insistence.

The series then flashes twenty years into the future, where the majority of the story takes place. Having grown up being overshadowed by Geumwa's two sons Daeso and Youngpo, Jumong has grown into a weak and cowardly prince with a talent at womanizing. Yoohwa decides that she has had enough, and arranges for Jumong to begin training in swordsmanship and the martial arts. The man that trains Jumong is the chief jailor of an underground prison, and Jumong begins train there. Within a few episodes however, Jumong causes major trouble. First he womanizes a royal priestess, causing her to be kicked out of the palace. After that, he accidentally starts a fire in the Buyeo blacksmith workshop, exposing its existence to the wary Han nation and bringing major dishonor to Buyeo. Following these two events, he is stripped of his title as a prince and is expelled from the palace. His expulsion does little to staunch the rivalry between him and his two brothers, who send assassins to tail and kill him.

While wondering around Buyeo with nowhere to go, he encounters three common robbers named Oh-yi, Ma-ri and Hyup-bo, who disrespect and beat him up at first, but decide to serve and treat him as an older brother once they learn his true identity. He also runs into a now twenty-one year old Soseono, Yeon Ta-Bal's daughter, and establishes a relationship with the Gyeh-Ru trading clan.

Jumong also encounters a mysterious old man in the prison that he used to train in, who tells him that he used to be part of the Damulgun. Though Jumong does not know this, the old man is actually Hae Mosu, his father. After narrowly escaping the prison together after Daeso and Youngpo attempt to assassinate them, Hae Mosu trains Jumong to become an even better fighter as well as an archer, and a strong master-student bond grows between them. Hae Mosu is assassinated by Daeso and Youngpo while Jumong is away however, and Jumong does not realize the old man's true identity until well afterwards, upon which he swears to complete the work that his father could not. Seeing that Jumong has finally become the worthy successor to Hae Mosu that he had always envisioned, Geumwa allows Jumong to return to the palace.

Meanwhile, intense rivalry breaks out between Daeso and Youngpo, who are both vieing to become the Crown Prince. Youngpo brashly makes an attempt on Daeso's life, but Jumong saves Daeso and earns his trust. Jumong uses this against Daeso, and with the help of his three lieutenants, commandeers a group of refugees that were to be sent as slaves to the Han nation, and establishes his own settlement in the mountains. Jumong names this new settlement the Damulgun, symbolic of is revival. Over the next three years, the new Damulgun (led by Jumong) and Gyeh-Ru (led by Soseono) cooperate to unite the nearby settlements under one banner. Through many struggles with Daeso, Youngpo, Buyeo and the Han nation, the kingdom of Goguryeo is finally established. Jumong becomes the nation's first king; Soseono its queen.

Cast :

Song Il Gook as Ju-Mong
Han Hye Jin as Soseono
Kim Seung Soo as Prince Dae-So
Hu Joon Ho as Hae Mo-Su
Oh Yun Soo as Lady Yoo-Hwa
Kyun Mi Ri as Queen Wan Hoo
Jun Kwang Ryul as King Geum-Wa
Song Ji Hyo as Ye So Ya (Jumong’s wife)
Park Tam Hee as Yang Seol Ran
Bae Soo Bin as Sayong
Im Dae Ho as Hyoppo
Ahn Jung Hoon as Mari
Yeo Ho Min as Oi
Jung Ho Bin as Woo Tae
Jung Han Hun as Woo Tae’s father
Lee Kye In as Mo Pal Mo
Park Nam Hyun as Na Ro (Dae So’s loyal subject)
Lee Sang Yi
Jin Hee Kyung as Yeo Mi Eul (the sorceress)
Lee Jae Yong as Boo Deuk Bool
Kwon Eun Ah as Mau Ryung (sorceress from Wan Hoo’s clan)
Won Ki Joon as Prince Young Po
Kim Byung Gi as Chief Yuntabal (Soh Suh No’s father)
Im So Young as Bu Young
Ha Yong Jin
Ahn Yong Joon as Yuri
Kim Suk as Ohnjo
Yoon Dong Hwan as Yang-jung
Kim Min Chan as Muk-geo
Kang Eun Tak as Chan-soo
Jang Hyo Jin
Lee Won Jae

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Jumong Part 1 OST or OST 1

01 . 주몽 Main Theme
02 . 하늘이여, 제발 - 인순이
03 . 천애[天愛] - 지경
04 . 약속 - 이성욱,한지원
05 . 처음 그 때처럼 - 임태경
06 . 운명의 칼
07 . 사모
08 . 피의 전장
09 . 해모수 Theme
10 . 추적
11 . 백일몽[白日夢]
12 . 철기군의 습격
13 . 어둠의 늪
14 . 결투
15 . 왕자의 여정
16 . 슬픈운명
17 . 난생신화
18 . 개벽
19 . Heaven
20 . 주몽 Ending Theme


01. Joo Mong (Main Theme)
02. Ha Neul Ee Yuh Je Bal - Insooni
03. Chun Ae - Ji Kyung
04. Yak Sok - Lee Sung Wook, Han Ji Won
05. Chuh Eum Chuh Rum - Lim Tae Kyung
06. Oon Myung Eh Kal
07. Sa Mo
08. Pi Eh Jun Jang
09. Hae Mo Soo Theme
10. Choo Juk
11. Baek Il Mong
12. Chul Gi Goon Eh Seub Gyuk
13. Uh Doom Eh Neup
14. Gyul Too
15. Wang Ja Eh Yuh Jung
16. Seul Peun Oon Myung
17. Nan Saeng Shin Hwa
18. Gae Byuk
19. Heaven
20. Joo Mong (Ending Theme)

Jumong Part 2 OST or OST 2

01 . 사랑의 기억
02 . 영원한 빛
03 . 세상이 나를 오라 하네
04 . 악몽
05 . 영웅의 부활
06 . 사랑의 기억 (Piano Version)
07 . Hero
08 . 미지의 땅
09 . 풍운
10 . 암투
11 . 비밀
12 . 다물군의 후예
13 . 비련
14 . 파란의 세월
15 . 위대한 전설
16 . 음모
17 . 폭풍
18 . 비망록
19 . 사랑의 기억 (MR)
20 . 주몽 Ending Titlle (대사)


01. SarangUi Gieok ("Memories of Love") - Jo Su Mi, Kuramoto Yuki
02. Yeongwonhan Bit ("Eternal Light")
03. SesangI NaReul Ora Hane ("The World Calls Me") - In Soon I
04. Akmong ("Nightmare")
05. YeongungUi Buhwal ("Rebirth of the Hero")
06. SarangUi Gieok ("Memories of Love") - Piano Version
07. Hero
08. MijiUi Ddang ("Unknown Land")
09. Pungun ("Whirlwind")
10. Amtu ("Secret Strife")
11. Bimil ("Secret")
12. DamulGunUi Huye ("Damul Army's Offspring")
13. Biryeon ("Tragic Love")
14. ParanUi Sewol ("Stormy Period")
15. Widehan Jeonseol ("Great Legend")
16. Eummo ("Conspiracy")
17. Pokpung ("Storm")
18. BimangRok ("Memorandum")
19. SarangUi Gieok ("Memories of Love") - Instrumental
20. Ju Mong - Ending Title (Dialogue)


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