Hwang Jini also known as Hwang Jin Yi is a Korean drama broadcast on KBS2 in 2006. The series was based on the tumultuous life of Hwang Jini, who lived in 16th-century Joseon and became the most famous gisaeng in Korean history. Lead actress Ha Ji-won won the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the 2006 KBS Drama Awards for her performance. The series was popular in the ratings, giving rise to a boom in gisaeng-themed entertainment -- musicals, TV dramas, films, even cartoons.
Hwang Jin Yi 황진이 (2006) NTSC 6xDVD9
The tumultuous life of Korea's most famous gisaeng comes to screen in the acclaimed KBS period epic Hwang Jin Yi. Having already left a deep impression with the period drama Damo, actress Ha Ji Won takes on the challenge of portraying the titular Hwang Jin Yi, a 16th-century gisaeng (Korean geisha) renowned for her beauty and her intelligence. Both revered and reviled in her lifetime and the next, Hwang Jin Yi left behind some poems, scant records of her life, and a myriad of rumors about her romantic encounters. In the hands of director Kim Chul Kyu (More Beautiful Than Flowers) and writer Yoon Sun Joo (The Immortal Lee Soon Shin), Hwang Jin Yi paints a sensitive portrait of a strong, unyielding woman who saw life in beautiful colors, ahead of her time in a relentlessly class-based society. Ha Ji Won received the top Daesang award at the 2006 KBS Drama Awards for her performance. Born to a blind gisaeng, Hwang Jin Yi (Ha Ji Won) was sent to a remote mountain temple at a young age, as her mother hoped that her daughter would be able to escape the life she led. Fate, however, works in strange ways. One day, seven-year-old Jin Yi comes across a gisaeng performance. Captured by their beautiful singing and dancing, young Jin Yi runs away the next day and enters a gisaeng training school. From that day on, she walks a lonely path, eventually becoming the Joseon era's top gisaeng. Hwang Jin Yi is forever linked with the names of those who loved her. Her tragic first love with a nobleman's son (Jang Geun Suk) sets the tone for much of her later relationships, including her troubled marriage with poet Kim Jung Han (Kim Jae Won, in his first costume role). Brazen royal Byuk Kye Soo (newcomer Yoo Tae Jun) and loyal bodyguard Lee Seng (Lee Shi Hwan) would also play great roles in Hwang Jin Yi's life. Her name belonged to the times, but her heart would spend a lifetime searching for its home. Also taking front stage in the drama are the brilliant costumes and amazing set designs that bring the world of Hwang Jin Yi to life. KBS spared no efforts to recreate Joseon era Korea, and the results unfold magnificently on screen. The vivid array of hanbok (traditional Korean dress), designed by Kim Hye Sun, has attracted a lot of attention, as far as to influence Korean fashion trends, and the elaborate set has become a tourist spot.
This story sheds new light on the life of Joseon-era dancer, musician and poet Hwangjini, who made her art blossom even when her love was put to test. The series also depicts the tragic life of a woman who faces hardships due to her social status. The drama drew the spotlight even before its premiere because Hwangjini is portrayed by top actress Ha Ji-won. Meanwhile, Wang Bit-na portrays another prominent dancer of the same era who is jealous of Hwangjini’s artistic talent. The role of nobleman Kim Eun-ho, Hwangjini’s first love who dies because their love turns out unrealistic due to differences in their social status, is played by Chang Keun-seok, while king’s relative Byuk Kye-soo, who becomes addicted to Hwangjini but fails to win her heart, is played by Yoo Tae-jun. Actor Lee Shi-hwan portrays Yi Saeng, an ambivalent character who is neither Hwangjini’s lover nor friend. Kim Young-ae plays the role of dancing girls’ trainer, while Kim Bo-yeon portrays her rival, Mae-hyang. The role of dancer Heon-keum, Hwangjini’s mother who gave birth to her as a result of her belief that love only comes once in a lifetime, is portrayed by Chun Mi-seon.
IMDb Link..........: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2319856/
English Wiki Link..: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwang_Jini_%28TV_series%29
Wiki.d-addicts Link: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Hwang_Jin_Yi
Asianwiki Link.....: http://asianwiki.com/Hwang_Jin-Yi_-_Korean_Drama
Hancinema Link…....: http://www.hancinema.net/korean_drama_Hwangjin-i.php
Koreandrama Link...: http://www.koreandrama.org/hwang-jin-yi/
Yesasia Link.......: http://www.yesasia.com/global/hwang-jin-yi-dvd-end-multi-audio-kbs-tv-series-taiwan-version/1005098892-0-0-0-en/info.html
Genre..............: Action Romance Period Drama
Distributor........: Poh Kim Video Pte. Ltd.
Director...........: Kim Chul Kyu
DVD Format.........: NTSC
DVD Size...........: DVD9
Programs Used......: DVD Decrypter
Video Bitrate......: Avg. 3684kbps - Info. taken from Bit-rate viewer
Screen Format......: LetterBox 4:3
Audio Language.....: Korean, Mandarin - Selectable
Audio Format.......: Dolby AC3 48000Hz 2ch 192kbps
Subtitles..........: Traditional Chinese, English - Selectable
DVD Extras.........: None on source
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