Tuesday, May 4, 2010

[Kdrama] Slave Hunter / Chuno

Oh my! oh my! .. I really in L.O.V.E with this drama .. the cast..the script .. the PD .. the cinematography .. the OST.. all are amazing!!! ...

Synopsis :

After the end of the war with the Ch'ing Dynasty (Manchu Invasion), slaves talk about joining an uprising of a righteous army. With a new king everyone would be made equal, living a decent life irrespective of social standing.Keunommee, a slave, is excited but anxious as he joins the uprising.
Dae Gil, a son of a noble, and Un Nyun, a slave girl, are in love. One day Keunommee, Un Nyun's older brother, sets his master's house on fire and runs away with Un Nyun. Because of the fire, Dae Gil loses his family and becomes a slave hunter to catch Keunommee and Un Nyun. even so, Dae Gil still can't give up his feelings for Un Nyun.
Tae Ha, a general-turned-slave, escapes when he hears about Crown Price Seo Hyun being in danger. On the way he runs into Un Nyun who ran away on her honeymoon.

Dae Gil, the number 1 slave hunter in the country, is after Tae Ha.
The story of their entangled fate unfolds. *(taken from KBS Global Media, reworded by o-cha@soompi)Lee Dae Gil, A Nobleman Turned Slave Hunter

Lee Dae Gil (Jang Hyuk)
Late 20s
The only son of the yang ban/noble family preparing for state examination.
He only has eyes for the slave girl Un Nyun.

One day Un Nyun’s brother the slave Keun Nomee burned the house down. His (Dae Gil’s) whole family perished and he ran away and lived all alone
After that he took the path as a slave hunter to catch Keu Nomee and Un Nyun. He is now known as the best slave hunter in Joseon.He tries to forget Un Nyun’s face but he still cherishes her in his heart. After 8 years have passed even though Un Nyun is still in his heart he couldn’t turn back to the happy times because of his thoughts of revenge.

He learned martial arts from the streets. He is clever and skillful in transactions.
He seems cold hearted but he can’t ignore and kick people out of his heart.
Then came a request from the military training center to capture the escaped Song Tae Ha.
He overheard political talks and plots concerning the royal palace but with the pursuit of Song Tae Ha he found himself tangled in the center of royal power strife.
His only aspiration wasn't that big one: he just wanted to find the Keunomee siblings and to make his left men - General Choi and Wang Soni - settled. But the world did not allow him to achieve this.
Or, his aspiration to live 'outside' the world must be a too big desire from the beginning.
The Hunter’s First Love, The Hunted’s Last Love

Kim Hye Won (Un Nyunee) (Lee Da Hae)
Mid 20s
When she was not aware of the status system, she just liked Dae Gil without any thought.
As she got older and found out how different they were, she still couldn't give up her love to him that she should have finished, to her agony.
Hanyang (Seoul) was turned upside down during the Manchu invasion, Un Nyun was dragged by the troops.Dae Gil saw this but couldn’t do anything as he came too late to the rescue.Because of this Un Nyun suffered a lot.After being flailed, accused of seducing the son of her master, she was to be sold off.
Being sold off' was nothing to a slave girl who saw her mom and dad all sold off, but at this moment, that was so sad because that meant she should part with Dae Gil.

The day before she was to be sold off her older brother Keun Nomee set the house on fire and ran away.
Keun Nomee begins working at a merchant business at Kyung Gang.
Un Nyunee threw away her name and take on the name Kim Hye Won.
Choi Sa Gwa, who had backed Keunnomi all the time, proposed Hyewon, and they got married. But on her first night she ran away.
How can a woman live in Joseon?
A woman is born as a man’s daughter and dies as a man’s wife,A woman lives and moves at the will of a manShe (Un Nyun) wants to end that kind of life.
Hye Won, who only knows live at a house, comes out on the road at that moment. She doesn’t know the harsh world.Right before she is to be taken by bad men, Tae Ha’s help came like destiny and she went with him. They got entangled in a power struggle fight as Tae Ha went to look for prince Suk Kyun.
After 8 years there is one name that she can’t forget for a moment-Dae Gil.
Consistently with Tae Ha, she missed him (Dae Gil) when she hears the name of the demon like slave hunter with the same name. She was too late in finding out the slave hunter’s face is the face of Dae Gil.
Oh Ji Ho, Best Joseon Warrior Song Tae Ha Turned Runaway Slave

Song Tae Ha (Oh Ji Ho)
Early 30s.
He is the best military warrior whose sword skills is unmatched in all of Joseon.
He became the best Joseon warrior while being an instructor at the military training center. During the Manchurian invasion he lost his family but he kept fighting until King Injo surrendered and the war ended.
He ventured into enemy territory alone and went head-to-head with Qing China general Yong Gol Dae but was defeated. He and Crown Prince So Hyeon were headed to Qing China.After 8 years he went back with Crown Prince So Hyun to achieve their big dreams together.
After returning home, So Hyun suddenly died. Tae Ha was framed and became a slave.
He lives quietly until he hears about So Hyun’s last son Suk Kyun in a death situation and escapes. He met Hye Won (Un Nyun) on the road.
Though part of the servant/lowly class, he never lost his self-consciousness of having been a yangban/noble class.
He reaches out to the undervalued low class in strengthening and enriching Joseon. He is building the dream that he had with crown prince So Hyun. Though So Hyun isn’t there anymore, Tae Ha believes in a new world with So Hyun’s son (in place).
At the same time he protects Hye Won who goes along with him and whom he treasures as much.He threw away everything to get So Hyun’s son who was in a deathly situation.
Hwang Chul Woong -- Second Place Turned Berserk Assassin

Hwang Chul Woong (Lee Jong Hyuk)
You’ve always thought you’re better than me
That is the reason why I will kill you now.
Early to mid 30s.
Studied under the same teacher for military service examination with Song Tae Ha. They passed the exam and entered military training together. He is overshadowed by Tae Ha and had to settle for second place.When Tae Ha rushed towards the enemy camp, Chul Woong did not follow.
For him being alive is more valuable than a glorious death.Afterwards there was a promotion at the military training center. Tae Ha who just came back was promoted to a higher position.
Then and now Tae Ha didn’t change and treated him (Chul Woong) as a friend, but Chul Woong couldn’t let go of his inferiority complex of being second place and decided to get rid of Tae Ha dishonorably.
After the now slave Tae Ha ran away, Chul Woong after receiving instructions from Lee Kyung Shik to assassinate Prince Suk Kyun and those supporting him, set out on the road for the mission, along with the infamous Chun Ji Ho gang.
From the beginning though he’s not the murderer, he (Chul Woong) has caused the death of many innocent people. This made him increasingly lonely and desolate.As he encountered Dae Gil's slave hunter gang, things were not going as he planned. He got more violent.

If you want to listen to the OST , download here : Chuno OST

I just love the OST especially Lim Jae Bum's song! .. It's a heart ache song ... =)

* Synopsis credit to Chuno soompi thread

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