Well this one floored me. Was Googling around for info on a series for the drama timeline, and came across a blog that someone started about historical dramas. It didn't have much on it, but there was a very thorough post about all of the Jang Hee Bin dramas that have been made over the years, including movies. And the guy must know some Chinese because he actually came across the 1961 movie about her on that Youku website. And it even has English subtitles. Here it is:
Aw, and I was so excited I'd found something myself...Thanks for sharing that link, it explains the English subs. I was wondering who did them and why.
Yeah that was quite a rundown. Same with the Heo Jun stories. Too bad the person didn't keep up the effort; looks like he was good at finding info on these older shows that might have helped with the timeline.
When I look at that there are so many versions of the same historical tale, it actually made me ask this: did constantly telling the same story based on historical texts over and over contribute to the waning interest in historicals?
Not just Korea. Japan has lots and lots of historicals taking place in the Bakumatsu and the Sengoku period, so I imagine it can get stale for many.
Another 1961 film Love Story of Chun-Hyang w/English subtitle
Love Story of Chun-Hyang is one of the oldest existing folktale with the original version believed to be first written during King Youngjo's era and changed to the story we know today over the next 100 years.