Korean Historical Dramas/ Movies



Movie based on the real story of a North Korean defector into China



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Chi-hwa-seon (Painted fire)

A 2002 South Korean film about Jang Seung-up (Oh-won), a nineteenth-century Korean painter who changed the direction of



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The Warrior ( 武士 무사 Musa)

A squadron of Korean soldiers, sent to protect a diplomatic envoy to China, find themselves unmoored when the envoys are killed in clashes with Chinese and Mongol soldiers. Struggling to return home, they rescue a high-handed Chinese princess (Ziyi Zhang, House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and decide that protecting her is their best chance to survive, and possibly improve Korean-Chinese relations as well. Unfortunately, the Mongols want her back, and the squadron find their numbers slowly diminishing as they fight their way to an isolated military outpost. Though there's a more realistic context for the action--



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A dedicated band of warriors from the Baekje Dynasty travel to Japan in hopes of mending the broken Heaven's Sword and restoring Baekje to its former glory. 30 years later, the only surviving warrior Woo-do vows to complete the task by seeking out Kanemaru, the master of swords, and bring the Heaven's Sword back to life. SAULABI is a spectacular Samurai epic with action choreographed by longtime Akira Kurosawa collaborator Eizi Takakura (Samurai Fiction)




Jumong (Korean: 주몽, Hanja: 朱蒙) is a historical drama It portrays the life of Jumong Taewang, (founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo). King Dongmyeong of Goguryeo (58 - 19 BCE, r. 37 – 19 BCE),"Dongmyeongseongwong"(東明聖王) or "Dongmyeongwong"(東明王) also known by his birth name Jumong (주몽, 朱蒙), was the founding monarch of Goguryeo, the northernmost of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. In the Gwanggaeto Stele, he is called Chumo-wang (King Chumo).


Legend of the Shadowless Sword (무영검)

Korean historical drama Set in the Parhae kingdom,The kingdom of the land has been conquered, and the ruler's only remaining descendant is the exiled Prince Jung-Hyun (Lee Seo Jin). Unaware of the darkness that has fallen over his homeland, female warrior Soha (Yoon Soy) comes to his aid and guides him toward his royal destiny. Meanwhile, the vicious Killer-Blade Army are hot on their trail, determined to spill the last remaining noble blood



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Yeon Gaesomun


Yeon Gaesomun (연개소문; 淵蓋蘇文) is the title of a television historical drama. Yeon Gaesomun (603 - 665), was a powerful and controversial military dictator and Generalissimo in the waning days of Goguryeo--one of the Three Kingdoms of ancient Korea. Traditional Korean histories paint Yeon as a despotic leader, whose cruel policies and disobedience to his monarch led to the fall of Goguryeo. However, his achievements in defending Goguryeo against Chinese onslaughts have inspired Korean nationalist historians, most notably the 19th century Korean historian and intellectual Sin Chaeho, to term Yeon the greatest hero in Korean history. Many Korean scholars today echo Sin and praise Yeon as a soldier-statesman without equal in Korean history, though other scholars strongly disagree. Chinese and Japanese scholars continue to hold an unfavorable view of Yeon.


The Immortal Yi Sun Shin


The Immortal Lee Sun Sin (Korean: 불멸의 이순신) is a KBS2 drama. Yi Sun-sin (April 28, 1545 – December 16, 1598), also commonly transliterated Yi Soon-shin, was a Korean naval leader noted for his victories against the Japanese navy during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-1598) during the Joseon Dynasty. It was first broadcast in August 2004 in Korea and later in the United States near the end of August. Many times, it filmed on location at the actual battle sites. I




Emperor of the Sea (해신 Hae-sin, lit. Sea God) is a 51 episode South Korean epic drama that aired in 2004 on KBS2. The show focuses on the life of famous historical figure, Jang Bogo(장보고), who was born a slave but rose to the highest ranks of Silla(신라) society. Jang Bogo (?-846, alternately 841), also known as Gungbok, rose to prominence in Korea in the late Unified Silla period as a powerful maritime figure who for several decades effectively controlled the Yellow Sea and Korean coast between southwestern Korea and China's Shandong peninsula. His impressive fleet of ships was centered around the island of Wando off Korea's southwestern tip. So influential a figure did Jang become in late Silla politics that he was granted official office as Maritime Commissioner of the Cheonghaejin garrison (on Wando) and came near to marrying his daughter into the Silla royal house before his assassination in 846.



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Dae Jang Geum  (대장금)

 Dae Jang Geum, sometimes known as The Great Jang Geum, or Jewel In The Palace, is a 2003 TV series produced by South Korean TV channel MBC.

Based loosely on the historical figure depicted in the Annals of Joseon Dynasty, the show focuses on Jang-geum (played by Lee Young Ae), the first female royal physician of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea



Age of Warriors 무인시대

Three Kingdoms drama



Taejo Wanggeon

Taejo of Goryeo , was the founder of the Goryeo Dynasty, which ruled Korea from the 10th to the 14th century.






Salangeul chajaseo (사랑을 찾아서) (In Search of Love) is a 1929 Korean film written, directed, produced, edited by and starring Na Woon-gyu (1902-1937).The plot concerns three characters who have lost hope in continuing their lives in Korea-- Kokosu (Lee Geum-ryong), an old man who has lost his farmland; Dong-min (Na Woon-gyu); and Jong-hui (Jeong Ok), who had been betrayed by her boyfriend. Kokosu had been a bugler in the Korean military during the last days of the Joseon Dynasty. Seeking a better life in Manchuria, the three are attacked by bandits and the Japanese while attempting to cross the ice-covered Duman River which borders Korea and Manchuria. With his last breath, Kokosu blows the army bugle he had carried with him all his life. Dong-min takes the bugle and continues playing it.



Viva Freedom! (자유만세, Jayu Manse, aka Hurrah! For Freedom) is a 1946 Korean film directed by Choi In-kyu. It was the first film made in the country after achieving independence from Japan. During the country's occupation Choi was only allowed to make Japan-friendly films, but the plot of Viva Freedom! is distinctly different, telling the story of a Korean resistance fighter in 1945 . Watch here .


Taegukgi (known as Brotherhood - Taegukgi in Europe, Brotherhood of War in America, or 태극기 in Korea or 太極旗 in Hanja] is a 2004 film directed by Kang Je-gyu dealing with the Korean War. The film's title, "Taegukgi" (Flag of the Taeguk), is the name of the prewar Flag of Korea as well as the postwar Flag of South Korea .


The Three-Day Reign (삼일천하 During the last days of the Yi dynasty, conflict arises between the China-leaning conservatives, and the Western-learning and Japan-leaning reformers over how to rule Korea in the future. The reformer Kim Okgyun helps persuade the king to announce Korea's independence, breaking with China.