Broadcasting company: KBS
Official Website : http://www.kbs.co.kr/end_program/drama/jangbogo/index.html
TV Premiere: November 24, 2004
Production : screenwriter- Jeong Jin-ok, Hwang Ju-ha
Director: Gang Il-soo
Main Casts : Choi Soo-jong, Chae Si-ra, Song Il-guk, Soo-ae
Running Time per Episode : 70 mins
Total Episodes : 50 eps
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'Emperor of the Sea' is 50-episode HD drama based on the Choi In-ho's novel of the same title. The drama depicts the life of Jang Bo-go (?~846), who dominated the sea of the East Asia and international trade during the Unified Shilla Dynasty (676~935).
Jang Bo-go also eliminated pirates by installing Cheong-Hae-Jin on Wando, which is a geographically important sea route. Likewise he erected the order of the marine trade in East Asia from Dang(China) and Japan to the North China sea.
Drama 'Emperor of the Sea' will show historical figure Jang Bo-go's growth, the emerging as Emperor of the Sea and love, and add artificial figures madam Jami and Jeong-hwa to add more spices.
Choi Soo-jong, who has shown impressive performance in historical drama 'King Wang-geon,' will play as Jang Bo-go. Chae Si-ra will play as Madam Jami, who is a noble of Shilla and fights for the trade right in the South Sea against Jang Bo-go.
Song Il-gook will play the role of Yeom-jang, who is a comrade of Jang Bo-go and competes to win love from the same woman against Jang. Song Il-gook has shown good performance in recently concluded weekend drama 'Terms of Endearment.' Many new faces are cast in the drama too.
Jang-hwa who falls in love of destiny with Jang Bo-go will be performed by Soo-ae. The last son Kim Heung-soo of 'More Beautiful than Flowers' will perform as the confidant of Jang Bo-go.Since 15 billion won will be spent for the production, there will be lots to catch eyes.
Visitors' house, market place, the Shilla office in Dang, ports were built as sets, not to mention Cheong-Hae-Jin in Wando, Jeonnam, home to Jang Bo-go. For two months from August, overseas shooting in Shanghai and desert area Dunhwhang in China is planned.
The large-scale war scenes and the sea fights for eliminating pirates were processed using computer graphic technique.
Director Gang Byeok-taek says, "I want to focus on the human aspect of Jang Bo-ho who starts from lowest social class but rises to the position of controlling the East Asian sea, instead of simply reviving a historical figure."
Jang Bo-go lost both parents when he was young. He was born as a slave. Thanks to his farther who worked as a carpenter slave of the police office, he knows very well about the sea and has the knack of building ships. Faced with challenges, he becomes calmer and bolder. Such character has helped him to rise from gladiator to a security guard, military head of Muryong-gun and then ambassador of Cheong-Hae-Jin.
Madam Jami is highest class Gingol novel. She is also beautiful and smart. She is also good at making strategies to win what she wants and sometimes she pursues for her lust regardless of the means. She is longing for wealth and power. She decides to take care of Jeong-hwa (Soo-ae), who lost her father to pirates. But she tries to use Jeong-hwa to fulfill her ambition.Madam Jami accepts Jang Bo-go as her private solder after Jang escaped his salve position after winning a fight at Bangmajang, but plans to put him at trouble when Jang gets help from Seol-pyeong (Park Yeong-gyu), who is a rival to her.
Yeomjang. When young, he was raised by pirates. He lives a rough life. Yeomjang is capable of using short knives in a remarkable skill. He is a charismatic figure. But he has one-side love toward Jeong-hwa (Soo-ae), who lives only Jang Bo-go. In the end, he betrays Jang Bo-go and kills him.
Jeong-hwa falls in love of destiny with Jang Bo-go (Choi Soo-jong). She is a daughter of six-grade novel. She has mild character but doesn’t avoid challenges in order to make her dream come true.