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Queen Seon-deok team reunites on new drama

The writing pair of Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-yeon were behind one of the biggest dramas of the past year, Queen Seon-deok, so interest is high to see if they can replicate that success in their new series, A Tree With Deep Roots [뿌리깊은 나무]. (Other titles they have penned include hit sageuks Dae Jang Geum and Seo Dong Yo.)

Adding to the anticipation is the fact that the new drama is based on a bestselling book of the same name which was published in 2006. It was authored by popular writer Lee Jung-myung, who also wrote bestselling novel Painter of the Wind, which was turned into the critically acclaimed sageuk drama in 2008 starring Park Shin-yang and Moon Geun-young. For her performance as a young woman dressing as a man to pursue painting in the Joseon era, Moon won a Daesang at the age of 21.

A Tree With Deep Roots takes its name from a famous poem that says that trees with deep roots do not sway. It takes place a prosperous time — the era of King Sejong, who invented the modern Korean writing system in the 15th century. The book deals with a series of murders that occur in Gyeongbok Palace (or Gyeongbokgung) that targeted scholars of the Hall of Worthies (an institute set up by King Sejong for scholarly research). According to the director of the production company, the project has been under preparation for a long time and is taking particular care in building its large-scale sets of Gyeongbok Palace.

Queen Seon-deok may have had some crazy writing (due to tailoring scripts to satisfy the audience’s tastes) but it was decidedly a hit; Painter of the Wind, on the other hand, was a modest ratings success but had superior production values (gorgeous cinematography, for one) and wonderful acting. Add a murder conspiracy in the mix, and this should be one to keep an eye on.

A Tree With Deep Roots will begin casting in May, but doesn’t plan to hit airwaves until early 2011.

Via OSEN

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Hope MBC won't take this..

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Something to look forward to.

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I'm on epi. 53 QSD, I didn't know that QSD was tailoring scripts! Gosh.. that's explained everything :-) . My hubby don't like the idea Bidam suddenly became wishy washy .. "I'm loyal to the princess.. oh wait.. I want the throne..."

Hopefully this one will be good. I haven't watched painter of the wind, is it good? anyone???

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Definitely looking forward to this! I love watching mystery murder conspiracies unfold.

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I'm pretty sure it's Park ShinYANG, not YOUNG.

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@lxoR - Painter of the Wind is worth watching - directing, acting (not just the main cast but the supporting cast as well), ancient Korean paintings and story - they are all very well done; if Park Shin Yang weren't absurdly banned that month, he might very well grab some awards due to this drama.

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May is looking gooooood for sageuks!

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Painter of the Wind was a gorgeous drama! Definitely worth watching. Hope this new one is just as good, if not better...

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I so want to read that book! Anyway, it sounds like an interesting idea for a drama.

Oh since Park Shin-yang was mentioned, I was wondering if there's any news about him and his situation? Does the ban he got still stand?

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well untill now it sounds good, worth keeping an eye on it, let's wait and see the cast

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oh gosh no.......QSD was only good for the first 50 eps......pleaseee dont let the director from QSD onboard. Im going to vomit from all the overly dramatic close-ups.

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QSD was so-so. I was entertained but it was way too long and draggy at some points. I was also never able to warm up to the lead character. I can't hate though. If it weren't for this drama I wouldn't of have been introduced to the great Kim Nam Gil and for that I am grateful. lol.

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I hope QSD PD won't be touching this because QSD's directing was horrible.

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seems awesome, i just love sageuks. i think it'll be MBC, since most of the hits come from there. i look forward to this one. :3

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@sere, despite Park Shin Yang won both the initial lawsuit (May 8, 2009) and the subsequent appeal (Mar 25, 2010), the CODA ban is still on.

He did quite a bit (outside of the drama) and has remained productive and creative. As a passionate and dedicated art performer Park won't collapse easily - he still has the fire.

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Attractive title there. I surely will be into this when it releases.

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When I saw the pic, I thought I saw "bburi kipeun namu"...

Then I thought, this was familiar...
...racking my brains, now I remember...

The title was the 2nd episode of "The 500 Years of the Joseon Dynatsy (조선왕조 500년)", which aired from 08 July 1983 to 31 December 1983.

This is not entirely new, since this would be like a remake, but as they said, it's based on a novel

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@15 Eeefu

Thanks! I figured he'd still be active, but as someone who doesn't live in Korea, movies and dramas are the only ways I could follow his career. Thanks for the info, though.

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Where is the Original Soundtrack of this film? Please post it...
Kamsahamida

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