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Promo photos for Jejoongwon

My interest in SBS’s medical period drama Jejoongwon just shot up from zero to sixty (okay, maybe zero to forty) with these new promo photos. I knew in my head that with this cast and this writer (Lee Ki-won of White Tower, one of the best kdramas in the contemporary medical genre), the drama was likely to be good. But these photos give me a tangible sense of the time and the look of the show, and I like it. A lot.

Jejoongwon is the first medical school that taught Western medicine in Korea and was established in 1885. This era captures not only the meeting of the traditional and modern in a medical sense, but also in a greater cultural sense — you can see it in the wardrobe, for one. Assistant director Kim Hyo-won explained the drama’s background as displaying the large social and political changes of the time, as well as wartime and chaos.

With this large-scale unrest in the backdrop, the lead characters study to become doctors of Western medicine. Nobleman Yeon Jung-hoon (East of Eden) leaves behind his aristocratic life to attend medical school, while Han Hye-jin (Terroir) is an interpreter who wants to be a doctor. Baek Jung-in and Park Yong-woo are also aspiring doctors.

Jejoongwon, which will air on Mondays and Tuesdays, is set to premiere on SBS on January 4.

Via BNT News

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i was always curious about yeon jung hoon! i know he's a very solid actor but never saw any of his projects. only reason i know his name is because he resembles singer ha dong kyun. maybe it's time to check yjh out!

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for one thing, the costumes look gorgeous. Yeon Jung Hoon is barely recognizable in the 2nd and 3rd photos. these promos truely give off the vibe that this drama will be a must-see in January. i am a fan of medical dramas, and if this is up to par like "White Tower", count me in as an avid watcher.

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looks classy although i never did like medical dramas..

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Yeon Jung-hoon is not the main lead??? I thought he is...... Poor the guy.. He hardly got many leading role...

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Dayummmmmmmm, Han Ji-hye looks good!

Not sure I'll catch this, but it looks like it's going to be a gorgeous drama..

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"But these photos give me a tangible sense of the time and the look of the show, and I like it. A lot."

Agreed.
These pictures lend 'tangibility' to the hope that this drama will rise above the mundane in every way.

@BOGCHI: classy is definitely the right word.

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Does this mean you might actually watch a sageuk Javabeans?

The story kind of reminds me of the japanese series Jin which is currently airing.
What a coincidence.

Love Han Hye-jin, but I'm not so sure about the male actors. The guy with the fish eyes kind of creeped me out in Blood Rain.

I guess we shall see.

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@all4movies: Reminds me of Jin too~ The fear of western medicine will probably be more strong in this show as there's no guy from the future reminding you that it's all going to work out swimmingly with his advanced techniques...

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(i didnot watch EoE) so to me, he's the guy from Daddy Long Legs.

btw, nice costume

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judging from the posters, it seems like yeon jung hoon is playing the secondary male lead. but i've always thought that yeon jung hoon would be headlining jejoongwon as the male lead... so my question is, is yeon jung hoon playing the main male lead? or the secondary male lead?
can someone please provide more info on whether yeon jung hoon is playing as the main lead or a secondary lead in jejoongwon?

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HYUN!!! DONGA!!! HYUUNNNN!!!! DONGA!!!!! *sigh*

Anyway, looking forward to this drama. Should be SBS's best show of the year.

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Yay, I´m very curious, because the promo photos are interesting.
It reminds me jdrama JIN too, because of mix medical and historical main theme, displaying the large social and political changes - and its sense of the tangiblily of old time is catchy.

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I've said it before in the last Jejoongwon's post but I have to say it again. Han Hye Jin is freaking gorgeous!
The guys are not on my "hot" radar but I'm sure they'll do a good job!
Looking forward to this drama (:

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I had to take a longer look at the female lead. At first I thought she was the pretty lady in Gourmet, then I realized my mistake and remembered 'Be Strong Geum Soon'

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hmmm .... it takes a while for the promo photos to surface ... ...

I think there will be some english dialogue in this drama, it be interesting to see whether all the casts speaks some english or only HHJ (since she is the interpreter) :P

there was a write-up about the non-korean actor (mustache and hat) in one of the newswire a while back. seems like he has an acting background in musical :P

and the 2 male leads, all suited up, they look like twins to me ..lol

anyway, here is the teaser video if anyone is interested to see,

http://kr.news.yahoo.com/service/news/shellview.htm?articleid=2009120117064336994&linkid=4&newssetid=1352

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@ LM j - Wow, thank you for teaser! I like that flute theme at the beginning *she goes rewatching it again again*

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(okay, this comment is a repost...stupid f***ing internet connection!!!)

And this will be the 2nd time I'll be seeing Korean leads in Western apparel (as Myeongseong (Su Ae) did in the film "Like Fireworks, Like a Butterfly)...Nice :)

Like in "Dong Yi", I'll be waiting who's gonna be casted as the Empress (Myeongseong, then Queen Consort) and Gojong, since it was from royal support that kept the hospital going...:D
(...okay, so maybe I'll include the Daewon-gun...but I hope they don't put her ASSASINATION!!!)

In the 1st pic, is the man (with long hair and beard & moustache) at the rear Horace Newton Allen??? I'm asking since Allen founded the hospital 10 April 1885...
Also, is he the man who will have HHJ as his interpreter???

Oh, and I hope they depict the hospital with the name Gwanghyewon first, since that was the hospital's orig. name...
("Jejungwon" became its replacement name 23 April 1885)

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Rovi,

About Horace Newton Allen, you might be right. Here is the link to the said article;

http://kr.news.yahoo.com/service/news/shellview.htm?linkid=4&articleid=2009101511001612508&newssetid=1352

I understand bit and pieces thru google translation but if you can translate into english, do you mind to post the translation here please?

On another note, no subbing group has planned to subbed this drama :(

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@18...

(According to my very limited Korean knowledge :P) the bearded man is gonna be played by Sean Dulake, British-Korean (the former on his father's side, the latter from his mother) who resides in Boston. From what I get, he understands Korean...

...but no mention if he's gonna be Horace Allen...can't see the name of the founder of the hospital anywhere in the article...

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This looks really interesting and I might give it a try when it airs.
Love the wardrobe and the pictures.
Yeah, it quite reminds of JIN but in a different way, Jin afterall is about a modern surgeon who ends up in Edo period Japan with his knowledge of modern medicine and the way he possibly changes history by saving people who should have died.(don't know will he save Sakamoto Ryoma though)

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Edit on my comment above: Sean Dulake IS Horace Newton Allen...

...just saw the name "Allen" in the article...

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as someone who is extremely interested in modernizing projects (east vs west) of nations, this drama hits the spot. I hope is it as informative as it is entertaining.

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i loved han ji hye ever since geum soon - SO YAY! :D

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Gosh.. I'm excited for this drama! especially because:

-dae jang geum is still my top fav drama, although i've seen more than 100 kdramas. and this one resembles dae jang geum a bit, since it about medical drama.

-i like sageuk drama, i've seen around 8 sageuk dramas, but this one just gave a fresh new vibe. fresh & interesting storyline.

-i always hope, a drama wont just 'only' give the audience good storyline. i see this drama has potential to make the audience understand how the culture and modern era clashed.

-the casts seems to be promising. especially han hye jin in the ever successful Jumong. and yeon jung hoon is also one solid actor.

but, i'm also anticipating DongYi, where my fav Director Lee Byung Hoon and cast Ji Jin Hee from Dae Jang Geum work together. hmm..

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For a brief second (or two) I thought the patch on the doctor's coat in the first picture looked like a Dharma logo haha.

I had no interest in even checking out this drama until you posted these pictures either. You have converted me to give it a try.

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I also had no interest in this drama, but those pictures are making me rethink that. I'll have to wait a bit and decide later on after it starts airing, by then (and based on other people's comments) I should have a decision as well, especially since Sageuk is not my favorite type of drama. We shall see, thanks for posting the pictures.

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Beautiful costumes- especially Han Hye-jin's black dress with pink ribbon!

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Okay when I heard the summary I was curious about the drama and then I saw some of the earlier stills you had put up and my expectations dropped because I thought it would be a typical sageuk. But after seeing these stills it has shot back up again...but I'll probably wait and see how it turns out.

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Wow! These promo shots are great and the costume awesome. I'm definately going to watch this. Can't say I'm excited (I only get excited later, when the series actually starts and if it's good), but I'm definately looking forward to it.

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I'm a fan of Han Hye Jin...

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The promos are stunning. As much as I like Han Hye Jin, I'm still debating whether or not I should watch this. Time will tell.

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Their clothes are lovely. <3

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This is one of the dramas I've been waiting for.
But so far no group has signed up to sub it yet.
I would be heart broken if there are no subs :( .

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This is the only drama I'm waiting for so far (due to main lead Park Yong Woo.) Hopefully some group will sub it.

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lovely costumes. i am putting this on my future watch list, too.

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It seems the drama would be interesting. Hope that my expectation on it would not be disappointed.

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Javabeans, from the promo pics the actual male lead is Park Yong Woo? Are there no details on park's character? Since your focus has been on Yoon Jung Hoon, I kept thinking he was the main.....

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Jejoongwon is shaping up well. I just wanna put Yeon Jung-hoon far far away from the weepy mess of East of Eden

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I think the lead is Park Yong-woo, but the only description I've read of him is that he's someone who studies to be a doctor, which applies to all the leads. Yeon Jung-hoon seems to be the secondary lead but they give more info with him "cutting his topknot" to give up his upbringing to be a doctor. I presume we'll get more details about the rest of the characters as the premiere nears.

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It is made clear that PYW is the main lead however I can see it is not emphasized because it seems he's not well known as the others (though he is a very good actor.) His role here reminds me of Hur Jun (which I like a lot.)

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Park Yong-woo somehwat reminds me of a HK actor - can't recall his name ATM (but each time i saw him he's in period costume, as emperor or something)

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javabeans, thanks for the clarification on yeon jung-hoon's role in jejoongwon. : )

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I am really hyped up for this drama, particularly since Lee Ki-won of White Tower is writing it and the storyline sounds interesting. (In fact, I think it's the only one I'm really anticipating and plan on watching vigorously out of all the upcoming dramas. And this is coming from someone who, before watching White Tower, didn't like medical shows all that much!)

@Gitik: Thanks for the link! :-)

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that girl looks classical lol the dress suits her

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may I ask, is this drama slated for 36 episodes? a user in YT posted the teaser trailer, and the info about the 36 episodes came from MyDaily Korea...

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omg! since when does park yong woo look so old???

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Everyone looks wonderful and I am so excited and can't wait.
Who is playing Dr. Allen? He looks good.

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@48...

please look at comment 21...TY

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I want that black gown! It's gorgeous!

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