Rating:
Average user rating 3.9
46

Chuno brings in hit ratings with premiere episode

KBS’s Chuno kicked off to a fantastic start with a premiere boasting 22.9% ratings (that’s TNS; AGB puts it at 19.7%). In this day and age, that’s a great number for a series to end on, but to start off that high is something to get excited about. Already the press is calling it another IRIS — in terms of popular success, of course, not story.

I’m not done with the first episode yet, but I’ve seen enough to say that the fusion sageuk thriller looks marvelous and feels badass. I was approaching it with lowered expectations because I thought the pre-show buzz was getting a little too heated based on mere stills and previews, but for once the premiere delivered on that excitement and then some. There’s a stylish directorial flair and breathtaking cinematography, on top of solid acting led by the chief slave hunter played by Jang Hyuk. Above all, there’s an energy pulsing through the show, and it’s been a while since we’ve (or I’ve) felt that.

In the same timeslot, SBS’s Will it Snow For Christmas slipped into second place, but still managed to post a respectable 14.5%. MBC’s Hero continues to lag as it heads toward its finish with a 5.3%.

Via E Daily

RELATED POSTS

Tags: ,

46

Required fields are marked *

Yay! So excited! This has been my most anticipated drama for a very very long time.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

OMG JH looks so hot I cannot wait to see this series. I am so glad the ratings were good. I love JH and LDH.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Looking good, I have been waiting for this series I need a new addiction after YB (which i still miss) I love the two leads JH and LDH. wish them all great success.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yippie! I'm so happy for the cast..especially LDH. It's great to see her rise up once again in the drama world. You go girl. ;-)

Anyways, I love everything about Chuno so far. I can't wait until the soundtrack comes out. Best drama soundtrack I've heard in awhile. Also, I can't get enough of the scenes between Dae Gil and Un Nyun. Beautiful.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

jang hyuk looks totally awesome in that picture!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Good to hear that it seems the so far the first episode seems pretty good! It's so disappointing when there's a drama you've been waiting that seems great, but just isn't.

I can't wait to watch the episode later today! Btw, did you get to see much of LDH's acting? Hopefully she's improved, as if the drama has a great story/directing/cinematography/etc, and yet it would be such a waste to have the lead actress to pull things down.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@Ant
I know exactly how you feel...

Now that Chuno is airing, I think God of Study will fall second place on my priority list, Pasta on third, and Smile You on fourth... I am getting a little bored watching Smile You, maybe because there are too many episodes and the pacing is slow....don't hate me SY fans, I still adore the Jung In-Hyun Soo tandem ;)

yay! I really missed Lee Da Hae... I hope the story gets really good and exciting... I have watched 3 of her dramas ( My Girl, Green Rose and Hello! My Lady) and only HML really disappointed me....

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow awesome news, cannot wait to watch it.
Jang Hyuk is still handsome despite all that grime. ;)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I watched like the first 15 minutes and I was a bit bored, so I went on to re-watch a Seinfeld DVD instead. :)

Why? Because there were certain aspects that didn't do it for me in that first 15 minutes. For example: in the bar there was a blond dude (where does he come from? The future?); also the opening scenes in the desert with the sand storm looked rather lame with all the green forrest in the background; finally the action scenes didn't do it for me (Did they try to mix some lame Matrix style into it)?

I guess I should give 'Pasta' a try instead...

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ robotmatsuri

Jang Hyuk with grime is the best Jang Hyuk, because grimey JH, OJH and the rest of the men in Chuno will need to take a sageuk shower. :-)

I loved the first episode, not a dull second and masterfully paced.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@Biscuit,

LDH has appeared in quite a lot of scenes in Ep 1, but a lot of them were flashbacks, and she didn't really say much. So far so good, but the MEN stole the show in the first eppie. Especially Sung Dong Il. He's eeriee!!

Point aside, I'm happy Chuno hit it big with the ratings. ^^

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Go Chuno! I couldn't resist and skimmed the first episode despite not understanding Korean and the drama looks really good. I loved the flashbacks of LDH and JH...so sweet!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

We'll see. I'm not a fan of Jang Hyuk's perpetual sneer and bad boy attitude, but if can act beyond that image, I may be interested.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yay! I am so excited it's doing good. I've been anticipating this dramas since I first LDH would be in it. I was disappointed with EOE. It was supposed to be a great drama for her! But hopefully with Chuno things will be much better and she can truly show the world what a capable actress she is. I love that it's getting rave reviews too! I too didn't want to get too excited since I didn't want to be let down. Now I can't wait for subs to come out; although, I might just watch raws to satisfy myself! Go CHUNO! <3

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I forgot to ask: Javabeans, will you be doing recaps for this drama? Pretty please with cherry on top? If you're busy, it's okay. ^^

Also, why is no.13 also named Gems? (I'm no.12) I just want to say that's not me because I love JH's smirkyness! I think the website sometimes leaves the name of the last poster by default...

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

the first episode was fantastic!
it was full of action and real plot.
there are so many great actors and famous ones too.
i also liked the feel of action, drama, romance, with humor!
it was really great. although i love will it snow on christmas, i understand the big ratings.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@Ripgal:

Really? Let's see how she is when the lines start coming out, heheh.

@15 Gems:

Usually that happens often. The name of the last commenter will sometimes appear in the name box in the comment box.

#13 probably just didn't notice it to change it.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

IRIS, SCHM-IRIS... ;)

Kwak Jung Hwan and the outstanding cast deserve this! :D
The first episode was FANTASTIC! Directing, music, cinematography, acting, and pacing - all SUPERB.

The dichotomy between Dae Gil's pre- and post- Manchu Invasion personalities was fabulous. Well done, Jang Hyuk! Sung Dong Il's character was eery and wonderfully well-acted. Lee Jong Hyuk - hot dayum, and Han Jung Soo with his sageuk shower (I nearly fainted)...OJH and LDH were great.

Oh...this is going to be one f*ing [email protected] ride! :D

(Too bad for Hero, though. :( Team Underdog, Fighting!)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This drama feels like a movie.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

ooooops!! i forgot to include "will it snow for christmas" on my list! WISFC should be second and the rest follows ;)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@hjkomo

Damn, I missed the bathing part!! But I caught the funnier parts of Kim Ji Seok seducing that lady or gisaeng (?), and it was hilarious! LMAO....

I also love the chemistry between the slave hunters. They're so much fun together!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i was SO damn excited for this.. like a month ago. now i can't seem to even want to go looking to download the first episode......

probably from the influx of new dramas this week LOL.

and i'm in a strange mood for j-doramas latelyl... o_O

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Looks like from the movie - THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Go Lee Da hae!!!!!!!!!!! I know it will do well...She's so pretty in here!!!!!!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am glad! LDH deserves a hit drama! I cannot WAIT to start watching itttttttttt!!!!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yay!! What better way to start off kdrama for the new year? :D My fingers are itching to click on the download link for the raw of the first episode but I MUST RESIST. No use understanding only 0.01% of the dialogue especially when it's a sageuk.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i was watching last night, all i got was mostly fuzzy & blank bits, it was expected, (WISFC on another screen was ok.. but the hair just doesnt do me at all) and then for 5 straight minutes i was blessed with a clear view of that shower scene..

luckily the boys in the house were doing their own stuff tho they did ask, what's with mama?

will catch it later all proper.. so far im liking it much already! yayyy.. can't wait for february when it comes to kbsw

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@18 hjkomo -

Strangely, I am yet to be fully enthused by Chuno.

It feels a bit like a 3-ring circus with one ring having action, one ring having drama, and one ring having comedy. Your eyes go back and forth across all three rings... but it can be distracting.

An Seok Hwan is great tho. And of course LDH is about as pretty as you can get.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ Samsooki

O_O ???

That's just your leftover buzz from CitC talking (crazy). Remember, Chuno is supposed to be geared more towards the mainstream. Hang in there, so you don't end up having to eat your own shorts. ;)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Aw yeah! Count me in! Chuno is looking good

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I just quickly looked through the episode and I am not totally impressed. I guess I am not a big fan of the fighting moves in the drama - it looks kinda fake? - Epically fake, which reminds me of Hero (the Chinese movie) minus the poetic component.

Having said that, the show reminds me somewhat of those Hongkong kungfu dramas back in the 90s. I used to watch these growing up, so Chuno does bring nice feelings.

For now I will shut up and wait for the sub. Only then I can see the real quality of the show.!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@29 hjkomo -

I'm not saying that I dislike it. Far from it! All I'm saying is that there is a lot going on at the same time. You have your witty repartee and comic relief, you have your action sequences, and obviously, the love story. All in one episode.

Jang Hyuk's martial skill was very impressive, and certainly he has buffed up and slimmed down quite a bit. But inasmuchas he has changed his physical appearance and learned stunt work, I'm not sure if his acting has also improved by the same degree... Oh Ji Ho, however, does seem to have improved his acting quite a bit. Way more relaxed, reactive, and generally fun to watch.

In any case, I guess I am waiting for a singular flavor to emerge for Chuno. My guess is that the singular flavor, should there be an overriding theme, will end up being the love story, but that may or may not be the most suitable choice for the main taste. I'm going to clear all preconceptions though, and continue to watch with an open mind.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow! With what everyones saying, I cant wait to watch this!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

omg.. just finished watching first episode. :] it was GREAT
as usual, LDH is stunning and jang hyuk is pulling through the part realli well
cant wait for tomorrows episode!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

JH has changed (for the better) quite a bit from his "Windstruck" days - definitely has a tougher, edgier look going on.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I Love JH so I am definitely going to be watching this I hope JH and LDH will get together they have great chemistry.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

A dirty Jang Hyuk is such a sight...he looks sexy...omo...
Should I watch this...hmmm...

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

i think chunno will success with many interesting.
i like style of lee dae hee, jang hyuk this drama.
let's watch ^-^

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@ Samsooki

Nah...just messing with ya ;)

I direct you to imogene_af's always fabulous reviews -
http://www.soompi.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=303202&view=findpost&p=15236871

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

w00t! Lots of rippling muscles, ackshun, suspense and slick production! Ohmygoodness! The uncontrollable giddiness! Hee hee!
(Jang Hyuk oppa, fighting! ^^)

I won't watch this one episode at a time though, going to watch it all in one go, nearing the end of the series, it would kill me to watch it in bite-sized portions, KILL!
I should have watched Will it Snow in one go aswell, I seriously can't handle all the waiting.

*squealies* So excited for this!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This series is hot! Just watching those guys in the bathing scene got me all excited. The muscles and the abs - WOW. I will be watching this series. Hope to see a lot more ... bodies.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Waaahhh....Jang Hyuk! Unkempt, sweaty, and muscular. <3

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

@10 ockoala

Jang Hyuk with grime is the best Jang Hyuk, because grimey JH, OJH and the rest of the men in Chuno will need to take a sageuk shower. :-)

I... didn't think of that! lol. ;)
I haven't seen ep1 yet, but I did see a screencap of the shower scene. *fans self*

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Dang. KBS totally pawns with its dramas. They practically win the first competition in 2010 against MBC and SBS from Monday til Thursday. First with God Of Study now with Chuno! This is great! I haven't watched Chuno yet, but now from the rating boost in the first episode I think I'm gonna watch this for sure.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

SOOO EXCITED TO WATCH THIS OMG!

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

[…] more interesting considering that the man who got me interested in dramas, Jang Hyuk (Voice), aka Dae-gilaaaaa, will have a cameo appearance in the show in support of his best friend Cha Tae-hyun (The […]

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *