If you are looking for a long historical drama to watch, I would highly recommend Jumong and Dong Yi. They leave the deepest impression on me + I am satisfied with the endings+ there are many twists here and there + I watched them a few times without feeling sick of it. Both is about the journey of the main character as he/she encounters setback and achieves a lot to become a better them. Both lose many things and have to use their wits to survive. Although they may become person of high rank, they still care about the poor citizens in the country.
For Jumong, there are many battles which he has to win as the drama goes. As a prince, he is immature at the start and has two stepbrothers that cannot wait to get rid of him. He gains his extraordinary arrow shooting ability from his blind birth father who has excellent martial arts skills but is kept in jail due to his past involvement in revolution. He stumbles and falls and creates a lot of trouble. However, with the help of 3 friends who were once mere robbers and many others, he becomes a capable leader and forms a new country.
Jumong’s first lover and second wife (after he thought his first wife is dead)
For Dong Yi, she is a sensible and intelligent girl but her family is from a secret group that helps the poor escape. The group is framed for murder of the nobles which caused her to lose her whole family except her brother’s closest friend which she calls brother. She survives on her own and finally meets up with her long lost brother. She solves many mysteries in the palace and overcomes many difficulties to become the King’s favourite concubine. This drama is on a sadder tone which makes it heartwarming.
In addition, you can consider Jejoongwon which is about the story of a butcher, one of the lowest rank in the society then becomes a physician out of coincidence with his great skills at sewing and cutting. Yeon Jung Hoon plays a nobleman who gives up his status to be a physician while Hwang Jung has to hide his status. Hwang Jung (Park Yong-woo) is a butcher’s son who becomes a physician while Yoo Seok Ran (Han Hye-jin) enters Jejoongwon as an interpreter but takes on medical training to become a physician. He falls in love with a girl from a noble family. I don’t think (don’t really remember) the ending is bad. It is interesting to see the butcher who cuts beef daily is able to do western surgery (cutting up a person) well due to his skills. While Hwang Jung is a caring physician, Yeon Jung Hoon’s character just wants to be the best.
There is still a social hierarchy and people think that people of the low rank have no right to learn or practise medicine. An interesting scene is when Hwang Jung does a blood transfusion to save his love one of higher status and he is surprised that there is no such thing as blood of lower status.
Click here to watch Jumong (81 episodes).
Click here to watch Dong Yi (60 episodes).
Click here to watch Jejoongwon (36 episodes).
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