천명: 조선판 도망자 이야기 Mandate of Heaven: The Fugitive of Joseon (Korean Drama)

I’ve been looking forward to this sageuk drama since the news came out… mainly for 3 reasons. One, because it starred Lee Dong Wook. I quite like his two previous work (Wild Romance and Scent of a Woman), two because Song Ji Hyo my favorite gal aka the ACE from Running Man is in it and three because I’m curious (궁금 해요) how are they going to make a fugitive last for 20 episodes! Won’t he ever get caught?

Joseon was a Kingdom in Korea circa 1392 to 1897. So I bet you know what the title means now. Lee Dong Wook is playing a dad here. Now how awesome is that? I can never imagine that… a dad? *chuckles He’s pretty good at it actually and his drama daughter is super cute and talented as well. Basically I’m happy with everyone’s acting except Song Ji Hyo. Yes my favorite Song Ji Hyo. Why oh why?? Her facial expressions and traditional Korean speech just doesn’t add up with her beauty. I had to winced every time she’s in the frame. Too bad. 🙁 On another note, I think I might have seen her in Princess Hours but I don’t remember her.

Love this poster a lot. What an art!
Can you see the queen there? She’s eying the king’s seat. She remind me of an aunt of mine.

Korean title: 천명: 조선판 도망자 이야기
Korean romanization title: Cheonmyeong: Joseonpan Domangja Iyagi
International English title: The Fugitive of Joseon
Literal title: Mandate of Heaven
Chinese Title: 天命: 朝鮮版逃亡者故事
Running period in Korea: 24th April 2013 to 27th June 2013
Running period in KBS World: 15th April 2013 to 18th July 2013
Total episodes: 20
Genre: Historical, thriller, medical, political, romance

Lee Dong Wook as Choi Won, the fugitive of Joseon.

Synopsis (source from KBS):
A royal physician of King Injong is mistakenly accused of poisoning the king. He struggles to save his daughter from a fatal disease while he has become a runaway of the Joseon Dynasty.

Lee Dong Wook as Choi Won and Song Ji Hyo as Da In.

Choi Family
Lee Dong Wook as Choi Won
Kim Yu Bin as Choi Rang (daughter of Choi Won)
Kang Byul as Choi Woo Young (sister of Choi Won)
Ko In Beom as Choi Hyung Goo (father of Choi Won)
Yoo Chae Young as Geum Ok (stepmother of Choi Won)

Kim Yu Bin as the lovable Choi Rang. When she cries, I cry.

Da In Family
Song Ji Hyo as Hong Da In
Lee Hee Do as Jang Hong Dal (Da In’s adopted father)
Seong Woong as Do Moon

Im Seul Ong as crown prince Lee Ho.
Amongst all the saguek crown princes I’ve come to know, he’s the most smart, honest and kind crown prince. I love the way he talks in traditional royal speech.

Royal Family
Im Seul Ong as Lee Ho (crown prince, later King In Jong)
Park Ji Young as Queen Moonjung
Choi Il Hwa as King Joongjong
Seo Dong Hyun as Prince Kyungwon

Song Jong Ho as Lee Jung Hwan aka Measles Ghost. Love watching him tease Choi Woo Young (Choi Won’s sis) and eventually liking her.

Together with him and Im Seul Ong, they are my new discoveries!!! I have basically turn my eyes blind toward Lee Dong Wook because of this 2 men. Kekekee

Police Investigators
Song Jong Ho as Lee Jung Hwan
Kim Yoon-Sung as Gon Oh

Bandit Group
Yoon Jin Yi as So Baek
Lee Won Jong as Geo Chil
Kwon Hyun Sang as Im Kkeok Jung
Park Seon Woo as Kae Pal -Son

Royal Medical Staff
Kim Mi Kyung as Jang Geum
Phillip Choi as Min Do Saeng

Officers and People on Queen Side
Jeon Kuk Hwan as Kim Chi Yong
Kim Jung Kyoon as Yoon Won Hyung
Kim Dong Joon as Assassin Moo Myung

Lee Jae Yong as Cheon Bong
Jo Dal Hwan as Deok Pal
Yun Ki Won as Mak Bong
Kim Hyeong Beom as Pil Doo
Jung Yoon Sun as Wol Ha

Heart-breaking moment.

I love the bandit family as well. Oh and worth mentioning is Seo Dong Hyun as Prince Kyungwon (Crown Prince Lee Ho’s kid brother). He’s cute and there are some scenes where I feel like giving him standing ovation. You have great future kiddo.

All in all, I find the start and mid of this drama really fascinating. The last 6 episodes… well they’re like a bit messy… and dilly dally which got me shouting “Already, please??” Even the actors look as if they’ve taking it easy.

Well, tonight is the last epi. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

My only favorite song from this drama is 뜨거운 안녕 (Passionate Goodbye) by Moon Myung Jin.

Photos from KBS.


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