Saturday, January 29, 2011

‘Dae Jang Geum’ expecting

Top actress Lee Young-ae, famous for her role as Jang Geum in “Dae Jang Geum,” is expecting to give birth to a girl sometime in February, according to a report by local entertainment daily Ilgan Sports.

There had been speculation about Lee’s private life ever since she married a businessman in August 2009. Her pregnancy was first announced last August by her father.

The Ilgan Sports team received news that Lee will be giving birth at a hospital in Cheongdam-dong sometime in mid-February, and has avoided going outside to keep the baby healthy. 

The TV miniseries Daejanggeum, or Jewel in the Palace, which aired on MBC from September 15, 2003 to March 23, 2004, set many new records. The miniseries, whose viewer rate averaged 47%, and even reached a high of 57.8%, is based on the story of a real historical figure (Jang-geum) who was the first and only woman to serve as head physician to the King in the rigidly hierarchical and male-dominated social structure of the Joseon Dynasty. 
Daejanggeum, in English, “the Great Jang-geum,” caught the attention of Korean TV viewers with its unique combination of two themes: the successful rise of a female, which is rarely covered in historical genre, and the elements of traditional food and medicine. For three months, beginning in May 2004, Daejanggeum aired in Taiwan, overtaking other Taiwanese miniseries, and snatching the title of most viewed program of the season. In fact, nowadays, visiting Taiwanese fans flock to the main filming locations on Jeju Island, at the Korean Folk Village, Naganeupseong, Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace. The series was also launched on NHK satellite TV beginning October 8, 2004. In spring 2004,Daejanggeum also gained popularity in the West when the drama aired in 60 episodes on WOCH-Ch in Chicago, drawing large numbers of Daejanggeumaficionados. 
These days, the main filming locations on Jeju Island, at the Korean Folk Village, Naganeupseong, Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace are crowded with Taiwanese fans.
< Detailed Info >
Airing: MBC TV / Mondays & Tuesdays at 9:55 pm from September 15, 2003 to March
          23, 2004 
Production : Producer Cho jung-hyeon / Screenwriter Kim Yeong-hyeon /
Director: Lee Byeong-hun 
Main Casts :Lee Young-Ae, Ji Jin-Hee Hong Li-Na, Im Ho, Yang Mi-gyeong, Gyeon Mi-ri

Jang-geum (played by Lee Young-ae) is the daughter of Seo Cheon-su (played by Park Chan-hwan), a former judicial officer-turned butcher (the lowest social class) who lives in hiding after being expelled from the royal palace, and Madame Park (played by Kim Hye-seon), a former court lady working in the royal kitchen who narrowly escaped death following a murderous conspiracy planned by Court Lady Choi. As a young child, Jang-geum loses both parents and enters the royal palace in the kitchen. In the royal kitchen, she spends a harsh childhood in continuous competition with Choi Geum-yeong (played by Hong Li-na). Under the protection and tutelage of Court Lady Han, Jang-geum makes every effort to become the best cook in the palace. Her endeavors enable her to become a recognized cook; but Lady Choi and her faction, jealous of the success of Lady Han and Jang-geum, plot a conspiracy, which leads to the death of Lady Han and Jang-geum’s expulsion from the royal palace. Jang-geum is relegated to the position of maidservant for the local government office on Jeju Island. While in exile, Jang-geum learns medicine. Through native intelligence and patient efforts, she earns her reputation as a woman doctor on the island. After a time, she returns to the palace, where she is recognized by the king and becomes the royal physician, and also the first female physician in history to serve the king. The king falls in love with her, but she cannot return his love, as she is already in love with Min Jung-Ho, who has stood by her side during the most difficult times. * The concluding part omitted.

The Cast of Daejanggeum(Jewel in the Palace
Daejanggeum-Lee Young-AeSeo Jang-geum / Played by Lee Young-Ae - More Info 
As a beautiful and intelligent woman blessed with a positive attitude, Jang-geum is haunted by numerous difficulties. Yet, she overcomes them with an iron will. She enters the royal palace at the age of ten and puts her heart and soul into cooking, finally achieving recognition for her talents. However, she is entrapped in a conspiracy aimed at her mentor Lady Han, and she is expelled from the palace. She is forced to work as a maidservant for the local government in Jeju Island. There, she studies medicine and re-enters the palace, ultimately becoming the head physician and also the first woman physician in the history of Joseon to serve the king.
Daejanggeum-Ji Jin-HeeMin Jung-ho / Played by Ji Jin-Hee - More Info 
Min Jung-ho becomes closely bound to Jang-geum after his appointment as a Royal Guards officer. He is an outstanding scholar who not only passes the civil service examination, but also possesses great talent as a military officer, which leads to a position with the Royal Guards. He is a learned man with intelligence and good looks. 
Deeply touched by Jang-geum’s wisdom and passion for learning, he helps her in many ways. At the same time, he falls in love with her, but his love also puts him in deep trouble.
Choi Geum-young / Played by Hong Li-na – More Info 
Geum-young enters the royal palace with Jang-Geum and becomes her long-time rival in the royal kitchen. She is the niece of Lady Choi, who holds the place of power in the royal kitchen. Arrogant and burning with ambition, Geum-young has loved Min Jung-ho ever since she was a little child, but her love is never returned. She considers Jang-geum her rival, and is always out to defeat her.
King Jungjong / Played by Im Ho – More Info 
He is the 11th king of the Chosun Dynasty. A gentle man, but at the same time irresolute and indecisive, the king cherishes Jang-geum’s many talents and later falls in love with her.
Lady Han (Han Ae-jong) / Played by Yang Mi-gyeong 
More Info
Lady Han is an outstanding cook and one of the teachers and mentors of the royal kitchen. Strict in her principles, yet warm-hearted, she cares for Jang-geum like a daughter. She dies in a conspiracy planned by Lady Choi.
Lady Choi (Choi Seong-geum) / Played by Gyeon Mi-ri 
– More Info
She is the younger sister of the wealthy Choi Pan-sul and the aunt of Geum-young. Arrogant and self-assured, she is a master of cooking with a frightening tenacity to succeed. Her desire for power leads her to plot the death of Madame Park, the mother of Jang-geum, and Lady Han. She also expels Jang-geum from the palace.

1 comment:

  1. like magic even in Indonesia my loving country
    and I believe the most clever and intelligent is one who choose the people who became a star..