Jang Ok Jung, Live In Love review

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Jang Ok Jung Live in Love (2013) is a historical drama that loosely supported the lifetime of a notoriously beautiful concubine to Korean King Sukjong of the Joseon era (1661 – 1720): her name was originally Jang Ok Jung, and later changed to Jang Hui Bin after she became a concubine to the King. The drama focuses on the progression of her life from childhood to adulthood, and on the earliest years of King Sukjong, beginning when he was prince Lee Soon, and his love relationship with this commoner woman who became his concubine and gave birth to his first son Yi Yun, later to become King Gyeongjong of Joseon. We see Jang Ok Jung’s transition from an oppressed commoner, to a maidservant within the palace, and so to become the lover of the King. We also see her fall from grace, which strokes a chord in my memory somewhat of a King Henry the Eighth of England and queen story, only here during this drama a number of the harshness of that truth was avoided, to stay the story more romantic than it really occurred in history. Only you’ll be able to decide if that softening from history is worth some time to observe.

The cast of “Jang Ok Jung Live in Love” (2013)

Actress Kim Tae Hee (IRIS, story In Harvard) is incredibly adept at playing women who are sweet, and also women who are vixens and troublemakers (just watch her within the classic Stairway To Heaven to determine that fact clearly!). So she was perfect casting to play Jang Ok Jung, who starts off being very sweet and loving and trusting, so transitions into a more hard-hearted, troubled, and bold conniver. Her life had been hard, so it’s perfectly understandable … to a degree. However, if you decide to look at this drama just make sure to grasp that you simply are probably NOT visiting like her at the top the maximum amount as you liked her within the beginning. Her childhood version was played by an incredible young actress named Kang Min Ah, who had an early small role in When a person Loves. She was very powerful in her role because of the younger Jang Ok Jung, while it absolutely was of short duration.

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Lead actor Yoo Ah In as prince Lee Soon, later King Sukjong, shows plenty of fireplace and depth in his portrayal of this young man, who became one in every of the more famous Kings of the Joseon era. I believe he was excellent within the role. it absolutely was a faithful history that the Prince / King he plays here was several years younger than his concubine Jang Ok Jung, so his casting was a justifiable one for this drama. I also was quite pleased to work out that his childhood character was played by Suspicious Housekeeper youngster Chae Sang Woo, who is an excellent young thespian. Koreans really excel finding child actors who often resemble a T that of their older counterparts.

Jang Ok Jung Live in Love (2013) plot

In this drama, they create Jang Ok Jung a seamstress, which isn’t exactly faithful history, but that’s a tiny low quibble. they are doing show her turbulent childhood, where she was separated from her beloved mother, brother, and watched her father die tragically after being persecuted unfairly by the nobles. They show her troubled relationship along with her ambitious uncle Jang Hyun, a fashionable trader, played to a T by veteran actor Sung Dong Il (It’s Okay, That’s Love and Chuno), who tries hard to convince her that she should be more ambitious in life so as to succeed, that she should join the court as a maid, with the important intent to extend the King’s romantic and sexual interest in her (and even more important to him, to extend his own influence at court).

Pic 2 - Jang Ok Jung, Live In Love reviewFinally, to avoid wasting her mother (Kim Seo Ra) from slavery she decides to enter the court as a maidservant and despite the jealousy of other maids, and also the dislike of the King’s mother Queen Myeongseong (actress Kim Sun-Kyung) Jang Ok Jung eventually submits to King Sukjong’s desire for her. Their relationship is consummated, while the new King is legally married a second time to a girl he doesn’t love who is infertile, Queen In Hyun (played intelligently as always by actress Hong Soo Hyun of The Princess’ Man and Roommate). His first bride had died of smallpox which too had been an arranged marriage of convention and not of affection.

When Jang Ok Jung, now Hui Bin, bares the King his first son he’s overjoyed, on the other hand, he seems to fall ill and lands up in a very coma for a brief time, at which point the warring political parties make power plays and check out to seat the King’s loyal uncle, Prince Dongpyung (actor Lee Sang Yeob, who actually became my favorite character during this drama!) on his royal throne instead. They take the small baby prince far from his concubine mother and place it within the arms of the infertile Queen In Hyun instead.

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However, it seems that the coma was only partly a ploy of clever Sukjong to reveal the treasonous intents of a number of the nobles who are imagined to be serving him loyally, the most offender being the crafty, ambitious father of the infertile Queen In Hyun, nobleman Min Yoo Joong (Lee Hyo Jung, who won an SBS Drama Award for his performance). The ministers of the Western party who conspired against the King while he was supposedly unconscious are swept out of power and imprisoned and also the Southern party takes its place; however, King Sukjong soon realizes that the ministers during this Southern party are pretty inept fellows when it involves politics. They think the land is gone, but King Sukjong doesn’t think so the least bit. He tries to ram his own personal political agendas down the throats of the remaining ministers, including laws that will tax the noble class and also approving of the ouster of his legal wife as Queen thanks to her infertility (and the very fact that he just doesn’t love her, preferring his concubine instead). another time I used to be reminded of King Henry the Eighth of England getting obviate his first Queen Catherine of Aragon because she hadn’t given him a living son and since he wanted to position his real lover, Boleyn, on the throne instead.

Pic 4 - Jang Ok Jung, Live In Love reviewTo save her life which of her son while her lover King was supposed during a coma, Jang Hui Bin had agreed to go away the palace and her son to Queen In Hyun, but once the King’s ruse of a coma is revealed she is brought back to the palace, and Queen In Hyun deposed and compelled to go away instead. it’s revealed that the King’s loyal uncle had been in on the plot also and had helped the King to tug off his plans to rout the treasonous ones. The scriptwriter’s little doubt expected me to think that Prince Dongpyung was in with the decision to put him on the throne but I never for one moment doubted him. He’s probably the foremost loyal character I’ve ever seen in 138 K-dramas watched as of this writing! although he had fancied himself smitten with Jang Ok Jung, he had backed off completely when he saw that the King loved her.

However, as Hui Bin descends into a variety of madness just when she should are at her happiest, stricken with strange nightmares and falling into jealous questionable and erratic behaviors, her personal power within the court wanes, and he or she even earns the criticism of the King for the primary time. Whoever tries to warn her or help her is risking their own security so she quickly loses friends, even her childhood protector Chi Soo who had returned to her life after a few years, who wanted to rescue her far from her plight and take her to China. She tells him she is not any longer the identical person she was in childhood, and he or she won’t go along with him. Handsome actor Jae Hee from the famous Ki Duk Kim film 3-Iron played Chi Soo, who was the 000 reason I started watching this, though he doesn’t show up until episode 13. I could not help myself from wondering if he had been cast as King Sukjong instead whether I might have warmed to the present King quite I did.

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Personally, I wondered if Hui Bin’s cruel life had finally wedged together with her as she got older, and he or she began to lose her sanity. Perhaps she developed paranoia or schizophrenia. In the real world she apparently even harmed her own son so he couldn’t have children later in life. Her uncle had told her that if she bore the King a son that she would forever be protected, but tragically that finally ends up not being the case in the least.

This King Sukjong went on to own many other women in his life, and other children with a number of them. However, most of that’s not covered during this story, which ends with the tragic life and death of Jang Hui Bin. Whereas this drama shows the King trying to pass a law to create his baby son a consort at a young age (and as a toddler of a concubine that was frowned upon by the ministers), in world Sukjong actually tried to pass a law preventing the kid of a concubine from taking the throne. I’ve got a sense that if this story were made into a contemporary film, rather than a television drama airing within the family hour, they may be freer to inform the reality of what really happened during the first reign of this powerful King and his relationship with this concubine. The writers here try and keep the sympathy on Hui Bin, despite her real-world flaws. It only partially works, for keen observers of history know that lots of ugly truths of the royals are covered up in modern tales of their lives. in fact, it’s possible that some evidence against Jang Hui Bin could are manufactured, because it is feasible it absolutely was manufactured during the reign of Henry the Eighth against Anne Boleyn, but on the opposite hand if she had stayed as strong and admirable an individual in later life as she did in her younger years it’d are harder to drag that off.

If you wish a fervent romance set in a historical era then by all means give this drama a try. It does boast an amazing cast, great sets and costumes, and an addictive storyline. Just know that a lot of real facts are touched on lightly, twisted around, or not observed in the slightest degree. it is your call.

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