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Princess Ja Myung Go (자명고)

자명고 (Ja-myeong-go)

Directed by Lee Myeong-woo (이명우)

Screenplay by


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39 episodes - Mon, Tue 21:55
Alternative titles : "The Drum", "Princess Jamyeong", "Jamyeonggo"
Ja-myung and Ra-hee were born as princess in Nakrang Country in the same hour as half sisters. An oracle warns that one of two would save the country and the other would destroy it. Ja-myung almost becomes assassinated by Wang Ja-sil, the ambitious mother of Ra-hee. But miraculously, she escapes to Shandong Province at the last minute. Ja-myung grows up to be a top artist of the Artist Group in Shandong. She meets Prince Ho-dong and realizes that she was meant for him. She returns to Nakrang Country as a royal princess. Her return provokes the conflict over the right to the throne. Her mother makes Ja-myung the priestess of the sanctuary to save Ja-myung’s life. She invents the Ja-myung-gogak System to defend Nakrang Country from the attack. She leads and turns the Nakrang Army into an invincible army after winning many battles. Afterwards, her life is threatened by Ra-hee and her mother, Wang Ja-sil. Ja-myung becomes furious at her half sister, Ra-hee, when Ra-hee marries Prince Ho-dong. Prince Ho-dong manipulates Ra-hee into destroying the Ja-myung-gogak System to strengthen his political position as a prince of Goguryeo Dynasty. Ra-hee is forced to pull out her sword to kill her half sister Ja-myun


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 Produced by
 Lee Han-ho (이한호)
 Roh Young-sim (노영심)
 Score composer
 Kang Sook (강숙)
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60 min HD 16/9
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Airing dates : 2009/03/10~2009/07/21

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Will this movie ever show again?
2011-01-20 17:31:38
2009-06-22 22:22:24
for sure this is a beautiful drama.... cant wait to see it....
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Slandering! 2009-08-15

Princess Ja Myung Go, the TV series I have been waiting for so eagerly, has disappointed me to the bottom of my heart. A fake kingdom, Nak Rang, a fake princess, Ja Myung and a fake story.
After watching Jumong and learning about his legend and his struggles to rebuild the old Kingdom of Chosoen and free his people from the cruelty of the Hans, and then watching The Land of the Wind, in which Muhyul tried to overcome a destiny of omens that had been foreseen, I was expecting another master piece about Hodong, Muhyul’s son, and his love story. I never expected these two heroic figures to be slandered like this.
Jumong defeated numberless of obstacles and enemies to establish Gogoryo and is considered a hero and a father to a nation that I as a foreigner respect a lot. The sacrifice he made as a strong and devoted general to unite the scattered nation of Chosoen should be respected at least by the writers who want to depict the life of his grandson. How on earth did the writers of this disappointing drama dare to create a new independent Kingdom and then claim that the only reason Muhyul wanted to conquer it has been his ego and desire to be the one and only core of power in Gogoryo, where in fact Nak Rang had only been a dependent state ruled by an appointed puppet of the Han dynasty of China? It seems to me the writers did not, cannot, understand that by changing Nak Rang into a Kingdom, they have changed Muhyul, King Daemushin, into a tyrant. And this fake figure of Ja Myung has made Hodong a detestable liar who abused Princess Nak Rang only in order to conquer her land.

Such libeling is really shameful!

And of course there is the matter of not-very-good make up and choice of actors and actresses. King Daemushin is at least 50 years old from Hodong’s childhood till his young hood and the greatest beauty of Nak Rang, Jashil, is not beautiful at all.

The only reason I followed the story was the wonderful acting skills of the drama’s young actors and actresses, especially teenage Hodong, Yeo Jin Goo.

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