Dvd: Dvd 9 Dual Layer
Video: Mpeg 2
Audio: Dolby Digital AC3
Audio Channels: 2
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Resolution: 720×480 px
Region code: All Countries
Special Features: Interactive Menus, Scene Selections
This unique drama starred Moon Geun-young, Koreans’ favorite “little-sister” and established actor Park Shin-yang (Lovers in Paris and War of Money), and was something of a sensation even before production was complete. Focusing on the intrigues, dramas, and romance of Shin Yunbok and Kim Hong-do, two of the Joseon dynastys most famous painters, the drama tells the story of Yunbok, who is actually a girl disguised as a boy. This is the drama that won Moon Geun-young the Best Actress award during the 2008 SBS Grand Acting Award ceremony. She is said to have shown wholehearted commitment to this drama and even broke her nose during filming. Shin Yunbok and Kim Hong-do, also know as Hyewon and Danwon respectively, really did exist, and some of their paintings, which feature in the drama, can be seen at the National Museum of Korea.
The drama takes us back to the 18th century Joseon era. Kim Hongdo is the royal court’s best but most controversial painter. When he starts to teach Yunbok, he is stunned by the young painting student’s huge talent. The two work together on many projects and develop a close bond. One day Hongdo and Yunbok receive a secret order from the king to investigate the murder of the painter, Seojing, who used to be a close friend of Hongdo. As they start to unravel the mystery, Hongdo begins to realize that Yunbok is actually a woman disguised as a man so she can be a court painter, and that Seojing was her father.
Kim Hong-do performed by Park Shin-yang
An unrivaled painter of the time, Hong-do always has people lining up to buy his paintings. His pride and his obstinacy continually gets him in trouble, as does his habit of challenging Joseon’s art society. However, the King recognizes Hongdo’s talent and unique vision and intervenes to save his favorite artist. At times he is jealous of Yunbok’s talent, but he is startled by his attraction to her, even though at first he doesn’t realize she is a woman.
Shin Yunbok performed by Moon Geun-young
When she was young, her parents were murdered and then her adoptive father, realizing her extraordinary talent, disguises her as boy so she can become a painter in the royal court. She is rather emotional and loves her freedom, so she often breaks the rules and gets into trouble. However, she grows stronger under the training of Hongdo. As she and Hongdo start to unravel the mystery of her father’s murder, Yunbok finds herself falling in love with him, but her long disguise as a man leaves her confused about her feelings.
Kim Jonyeon performed by Ryu Seung-ryong
Jonyeon was born into a poor family and then abandoned by his parents at birth. However, he developed an exceptional talent for making money, due to his good intuition and decisiveness, and became one of the richest merchants of the time. He learned to appreciate works of art while traveling to foreign countries, and when Yunbok is kicked out of the royal court, he becomes her sponsor. He is also the owner of Jeonghyang, the most famous and beautiful gisaeng of the time, who actually has a close relationship with Yunbok. As the drama develops, we discover that Jonyeon has sinister links to the royal court, and was involved in the murder of Yunbok’s father so long ago.
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