Post by CaptainVideo on Mar 31, 2007 10:50:29 GMT -5
I didn't get to see the other titles, but compared to everything else I've seen (not just Korean dramas, I mean everything) I thought this was a great drama both storywise and visually, this show is stunning.
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It's too bad you didn't see The Great Jang-geum, CV - if you had, it would be difficult to recommend Hwang Jini, since everything that was good about HJ was pretty much a rehash of the same formula, but not done nearly as well.
The costumes, acting and production values were all top-notch, but the character of Jini herself is hopelessly shallow in comparison. Where Jang-geum was selfless, inventive and idealistic and concepts like the harmony of flavors in Korean food were quite profound, Hwang Jini's approach to conveying truths about art are as cliched as I've ever seen and ran in direct contradiction to Jini's character as it was established. Being true to your art does not necessarily mean what HJ implies and there was nothing spiritual or special about Jini's insights that haven't been seen or presented in a better way elsewhere.
The Great Jang-geum, despite its historical inaccuracies, was one of the great historical dramas. HJ, IMHO, ranks only slightly above Dawn of the Empire and below all the other historical dramas shown here in the last 6 years. I really wouldn't recommend it.
Sheesh, reading this a day later makes it sound like I hated the show. I didn't - it's well above the levels of Pure in Heart and most of the modern dramas. It's simply not in the same league as a truly great series like JG or EWG.