the latest k-drama to hit the DLee household: jumong.

Jumong was the highest rated korean television drama of 2006. The miniseries recently finished up and now we have the whole series on DVD. but i’ll leave all the viewing to my wife who can understand korean. unfortunately our local korean grocery store only carries the dvd versions without english subtitles. it would have been too much of a burden for the wife to continually explain to me what’s going on in the story so i opted not to watch the miniseries with her. hopefully the next k-drama the wife gets into will have the english subtitles available on the DVDs.

here’s a little more about the series for those that are interested:
Jumong (Prince of Legend)

from MBC Global Media: [you have to love the korean to english translation here. heh.]
You are about to go back to the time of Goguryeo, a time which was bigger than now.
A time when our nation was the most beautiful, A time when our nation was the center of the world. Have you ever met such a time? dare to journey into a time no one has ever gone back to. The most surprising time in history has come back 2000 years later, a time when the nation made China fall down to their knees and when we fought other nations without any fear.

Meet a hero bigger than the myth.

Alexander, Genghis Khan, we have the hero who overwhelmed his generation and changed history, Jumong! Up to now we have been used to dramas dealing with the history of kings and knights but now we are about to challenge in creating a drama with the birth of a true hero. A name only remembered as a myth. Get ready to meet Jumong, the hero who opened up the skies of the Old Joseon, which was once ours, by fighting thousands and thousands of armies.

Meet the love even bigger than the history.
Love seems to be the one common denominator across people of all generations and nations. Love gets swept away with the waves of time and also gets hurt with biased views in societies, but it also creates a new kind of history by wrestling against adversity and the trials of time. True love, which is uncommonly seen in history, is re-drawn through the drama of our once forgotten history.
Through the wisdom and courage of Korea’s first queen So Seo-no…

I’m not totally sure of MBC’s synopsis of the story here but the wife reassures me that it’s a great show.
the miniseries even made it into the Wall Street Journal.

you can get a taste of the k-drama with the series trailer up on youtube.