Like I said many times before, I am not a history professor so I also have to rely on information I read on the Korean Internet. I'm usually not familiar with people who aren't well known like Su Baek Hyang and Baek Dong Su. I just assumed Baek Dong Su was a fictional character without even googling about him after looking at the fantasy looking pictures from the drama.
lol I think we found your Achilles heel at last, truth. Don't worry, I won't take advantage. Let's see, I think I can troll around and cobble together a bunch of likely sounding Korean names and claim they are historical figures. Oh, wait! I can just look in the Wikipedia, they have PLENTY of sorta true info on Korean stuff there.
PS sorry to ajk for kinda hijacking the thread. I'll shut up now.
From Dae Jang-geum: Sun-dol: "Are you trying to dry me up and kill me? Why do you say the same things over and over every day? Rather, come and hit me once! Aigu!" But then: Dr. Lazarus: "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan... You shall be avenged."
You're not hijacking, Bo--anything that makes the timeline better, I'm grateful for. As far as I know there's nothing else like it out there (at least not in English) and I want it to be as accurate as possible.
yeah, truth, I know you're not an academic, was just having fun...but you know what, being smart about stuff isn't always having it in your head, it's knowing how and where to get it. You always impress me!
I've been slow to get the timeline updated...my apologies. Some good info from truth posted above and some information about the newest series, that all has to be added. I'm planning to do to it when Shin Don ends in ten weeks, and will also do another round of research to see if I can fill in any more of the missing information about older shows.
Un. Freaking. Believable. The person says "I found a U.S. source that helped me very much." Yeah, I would agree with that. People are absolutely shameless these days about copying others' work without crediting it.
Yes same thing happened to me about 10 years ago i did a list of every film ,tv movie and drama on the Bakumatsu era ,being the end of the Shogunate in Japan ,it was a list of about 300 films ,dramas ect for a Magazine and it ended up being reprinted both on the web and paper without any credit . Because of that i never updated it which would have extended the list to about 500 titles ,i did not have the heart to do it anymore after seeing it reproduced so much . I would contact the poster and demand a credit as he has copied the whole filmography ,tell him you will contact the owner of the web page if he does not comply .
Anyway some more info on a couple of titles .
Jang Gil San SBS 2004 ..is about a peasants failed rebellion against Sukjong and Lady Jang (Heebin ),there are thieves in it but minor characters .The title character is a swordsman not a thief as often described .
Daemang /Great Ambition is set in 15th century Joseon about a merchant family ,the main characters in both are fiction though Jang Gil San is based on a real event .
Funny thing i found by accident Tears Of The Dragon and King And Queen share the exact same theme and musical score ,people must have gotten real tired of hearing that for about 4 years inc the break between dramas .
There's still no information on most of historicals date back to the 80s, 90s.
Few more details about these dramas, I hope it will help.
Secret Door is not historical. It's about fictional ideal conflicts between King Yeongjo and Prince Sado. The king wants sole authority, while the prince wants equality and loves for his people.
MTR: I remember this drama since I'd watched it few years ago.
The Great King's Road (34 episodes): Based on "Diary of Lady Hyegyong" it emphasizes the tragedy of Prince Sado. Prince Sado was not killed because of his homicide like in history, but he was accused of instigating a revolt. He did have mental disorders, but didn't really commit any crimes.
Royal hospital Jejuwon, or Gwanghyewon (20 episodes, took place around 1885) is nowaday Severance Hospital. The male-lead character "Hwang Jung" was based on the real-life historical Jejuwon first generation doctor Park Seo Yang. He was a surgeon, doctor, independence activist; and he was born in a low-class family. And Yoo Seok Ran, a female student, later the first woman doctor of Western medicine in Korea.
The overall storyline is about the clash between traditional medicine and Western medicine, as well as the social turbulence and political tumults that challenge the doctors of the brand new Western hospital.
King's Daughter Soo Baek Hyang (MBC daily 108 episodes) This drama starts at king Muryung's reign in 501 and ends when the prince becomes king Seong and Soo Baek Hyang (Seolnan) becomes his queen in 523.
Goddess of Fire Jung Yi.
After Toyotomi's death in 1598, the Japanese forces retreated, taking with them some Korean potters for producing the ceramics for the Japanese tea ceremony. I suppose this drama probably ends at that time (1598) when Jung voluntarily left to Japan (I just assume it, since this drama doesn't state any information clearly). Thus, it starts when Jung was a teenager, so the start point should be 1570s.
Ceramic master Kim Tae Do also went to Japan with Baek Pa Sun (historical characters & facts), he married her and they had children. Their descendents had settled in Arita and had been praised as the ancestors of Japanese porcelain in Arita (probably the Imari ceramics line). Their contribution to Japanese porcelain development is well acknowledged, and there exists a temple and tablet honoring Baek Pa Sun in Japan. Their productions are displayed in Kyushu Ceramics Museum (in Arita town, Saga Prefecture).
Queen Insoo (JTBC 2012) Life story of the powerful and ambitious queen in Joseon. She wanted to establish her power and rule Joseon by herself; she was able to make kings her allies. Yeonsangun was her grandson.
Gae Guk(KBS 1983): Its English name is "Foundation of Joseon Dynasty" (1351 ~ 1392, same era as Jeong Dojeon). Including 5 main characters: King Gongmin, Queen Noguk, Choi Yeong, Jeong Mong Ju, Lee Seong Gye, Jeong Dojeon.
Eyes of Dawn (MBC 1991-92) 1943 ~ 1953, 37 episodes, fictional story. Based on a bestseller (novel) by Kim Seong Jong (1981), Eyes of Dawn is the story of three young Koreans caught in the maelstrom of the nation's modern history. Spanning from the colonial period to the Korean War, the series brought to attention such issues as Japanese war crimes (especially the existence of 'comfort women') and the tragedies wrought by Korea's ideological divisions. (Genre: Historical, Drama, Romance) (Dramawiki)
Dazzling Dawn(KBS 1995-96), 1863 ~ 1895, 100 episodes. It's about the "Gaehwapa (Reformist) Movements" in the late Joseon dynasty (King Gojong, Empress Myeongseong), involving the 4 famous historical Gaehwapa (scholars) leaders: Yu Hong Gi, Kim Ok Gyun, Lee Dong In, Park Gyu Su. There's no fictional character here.
Dawn (KBS 1992?)
I've found a KBS1 weekend historical drama aired in 1993-1994 named "Breaking Dawn" (먼동) with 39 episodes. It's when Korea was under Japanese colonial rule from 1910, and focus on the Samil Movement on March 1st, 1919. It has the same storylines and timelines, I think it's probably the drama you've mentioned above.
The First Republic (MBC 1981), 1945 ~ 1960, 39 episodes, cover 4 important milestones.
Critical political conflicts between North and South Korea from 1945 when the Republic was established in the South, and the Democratic was established in the North; and their land reform policy. The Korean War broke out in June 25th, 1950 by the North. 1953, post-war, the South again experienced political chaos under president Lee Seung Man's autocratic rule. It was not until April Revolution by students & professors (April 19th, 1960), despite being assaulted by martial laws and open fires from the military, the revolt was a heavy blow to the government, eventually forcing the resignation of President Lee on the 24th. The First Republic ended.
The Age of Three Kims (SBS 1998), 1945 ~ 1987, 26 episodes?
3 famous political figures of Korea. 2 presidents (Kim Dae Jung "Nelson Mandela of Asia", Kim Yeong Sam), and military general/politician Kim Jong Pil.
Moon Embracing the Sun (MBC 2012) It does take place in Joseon dynasty, but none of its characters related to anyone in history. You should leave it "time period unknown."
Hung thank you so much for all of this! I really appreciate the contribution. We have a holiday coming up soon here in the US and I will try to use part of it to get this updated. I still have to finish the Shin Don board too. Been very busy with work and life chores and time has been short lately.
Thank you AJK. I'll be your assistant in this project, to fill the void in orange highlights. I really love traditional historicals and I'm looking forward to watch them all.
Footages from "The Imjin War" (1985) (500 Years of Joseon). Hope you like it. It's 38 years ago but The filming techniques and arrangements back then were excellent. The mass murders of Japanese troops in the city seemed quite violence. The sea battles were realistic and intensive without the abuse of CGI.