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Mandate of Heaven’s man on the run

Huh. You know, this show just looks better and better. Lee Dong-wook’s new framed-father-on-the-run sageuk thriller Mandate of Heaven has released a teaser, and it’s short but dramatic fiery. And perhaps more importantly, it has the heart-pounding rhythm of a suspenseful thriller, which is a good sign. Ruuuuuuun, daddy, ruuuuuuuun!

Lee Dong-wook stars as a royal physician with an ailing daughter, who gets framed in an assassination plot against the king. Suddenly he finds himself a fugitive who has to save his daughter (Kim Yu-bin) and clear his name to have himself. I always love a good Wrong Man setup, and it looks like Lee Dong-wook is going to town playing the runaway hero.

Song Ji-hyo plays the nurse who’s in love with him, and Im Seul-ong is the suspicious crown prince who ends up thinking he was betrayed by the one person he trusted in the world. There are only tiny glimpses of Yoon Jin-yi as the bandit’s daughter who helps him on the road, and Song Jong-ho, the Euigeumbu detective who’s on the case to capture the hero, but so far everyone looks great in their roles. It’d be nice if the drama could manage to maintain this kind of dramatic suspense throughout. There’s a lot of sageuk this spring, but who knows, maybe this one will be the dark horse.

Mandate of Heaven premieres April 24 on KBS.

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This looks just awesome! I was looking forward to the drama already but now I just can't wait for the premiere :)

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Same here! The last drama I watched was Arang I think... since I didn't finish Nice Guy. I'm so excited about this drama!

Question: Is Jihyo the female lead? I really hope so. But between girl-who-loves-male-lead and daughter-of-a-bandit-who-helps-male-lead... it just doesn't seem like Jihyo's character would be the female lead....

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SJH is the female lead, but I wouldn't be surprised if she doesn't end up with the main lead guy if ever. She never does. Lol.

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You just cant go wrong with Song Ji-hyo in sageuks. She has done more sageuk than modern drama. I liked her in the movie "The Frozen Flower" eventhough the main focus was on Jo In-sung and Joo Jin-mo's characters.

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*sigh*
She got Song Il Gook heart and protection in Crime Squad... And make me envy her more and more!! *grumbles*

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She got him first in Jumong, her first sageuk.

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TT_TT ..She's 1 lucky leading lady indeed.. TT_TT

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Song Ji Hyo needs to get lines at least as good as her classic lines from Running Man:

"I will now proceed to stick my sword in the Giant Turtle!"

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WOAH.
The quality looks like it will be another Chuno!
OMG. I've been waiting for a good sageuk these days after Tree!!!!
I hope it's [email protected]#$%^&*

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OMG,never thought that this saeguk will drop a really good trailer..my interest suddenly goes up from zero! Is the girl who stab like crazy Yoon Jin-Yi?I love her! I hope this drama can deliver..

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Wow, it looks awesome and I can't!

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I mean "can't wait".

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Here is the official thread for this drama <3
Please come visit and support this drama :x
Can't wait for it!
It looks totally awesome :)

http://forums.soompi.com/discussion/2014391/upcoming-drama-2013-mandate-of-heaven-the-fugitive-of-joseon-천명-first-trailer-is-out/p1

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OMO. The trailer commands attention. Looking forward to watching this one.

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Thanks!

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I watched this trailer last night, and it looks really good. Like GF said, it would be awesome if they could maintain the dramatic suspense throughout the drama (and have other elements as well) and keep it to the end. Well, I guess we will find out when we watch it.
They seem to make a point of telling us how dark the drama might be, what with the running away at night and how dark (as in obscure) some of the visuals are. Another drama to check out in the Spring. So many dramas, so little time.

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lol I agree soo little time...have finals soon will have to cut back on my drama watching time </3

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Hi Tosin, cutting back on your drama watching time sounds like a good idea. Dramas will still be here when you get back to watching them the way you used to :-)

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how many episode this drama? i still can't decide gonna watch this or not, but if at the end i decide to watch this, my reason is to watch the child actress who plays as the daughter,her expression in those picture is so awesome. I also love her in Thank You ^^

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I'm so there! Just hope to see it somewhere I can watch!! So excited!

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Ooh! Thank you!!! I just got a whole lot more excited for this drama!!!

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Ooohh, the trailer looks good!

This drama may be on my to-watch list then.

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Ever since I first read about this plot, this has been the sageuk I thought would take the cake this season. It just seems to have all the right stuff. I love it when a show has a simple tight plot that doesn't require a lot of "ands" (and she gets amnesia, and he's actually her half brother, and the man she thought was her father isn't really, and his family loses their fortune, and she's a math genius, and he has a doppleganger, etc....).

This show has all the tension it needs in its tight, simple premise. I'm really excited. Please don't let me down!

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So excited! I love me some sageuk (as evidenced by my undying love for both The Princess' Man and Tree with Deep Roots). But recently the sageuk fare hasn't been altogether that great. Great King's Dream and War of the Flowers weren't really my thing. So I was hoping either Jang Ok Jung or Mandate of Heaven would be good. But if it's based on trailer alone, it looks like Mandate is going to be pretty awesome. *Fingers crossed!

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I think the younger generation prefer shorter and less traditional sageuks like The Princess Man and Tree With Deep Roots. Great King's Dream and War of the Flowers are long and more traditional, geared more for the older folks. Thats probably why they are shown during the weekends.
I still prefer the more traditional sageuks because they dont stray too far from the real history and I very much like reading about Korea and the history of its people.

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I agree with your statement that younger people tend to like the shorter fusion sageuks more, but that's not why I'm not watching Great King's dream and War of the Flowers. I am a fan of the long running sageuks, and have seen quite a bit in my time since I don't need subs-the original Huh Joon, Sangdo, Dae jang geum, Jang Heebin, Daewang Sejong, Queen Seonduk, Dong yi. I just mean the two long running sageuks out at the moment haven't captured my interest.

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Fogive me I misunderstood the first part of your post. QSD is still fresh in my mind so I wasn't ready for another 3 kingdom era sageuk. I'm watching War of the Flowers because I love writer Jung Ha Yun's previous sageuks especially Shin Don. So far I'm loving it and I probably will watch all 50 eps since I dont have any drama on my watch list.

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Oh! I've seen Shin Don and liked that sageuk too! I didn't realize War of the Flowers was a Jung Ha Yun kdrama. Maybe I will give it another try....

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The teaser looks awesome and I think we can safely say this is almost the only drama poster that looks professional from the spring dramas starting these weeks... Looking forward to this drama!

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Wow! Now I'm excited.

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Wow. Intense!

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That little girl is about the cutest thing I have ever seen. And the lucky little actress gets to play the daughter of LDW!

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I'm watching for that little girl. She is the cutest thing ever, and such a good little actress. She makes my ovaries want babies. Who remembers her in Hurray for Love (the curls... and dialect) and Oh My Lady (the quiet defiance)?

Aside: I know Oh My Lady wasn't the best but I watched it for Siwon and Chae Rim, separately. Him cuz well, he's hot and her because Dalja's Spring was the first Chae Rim drama I saw and I loooovveeed that drama. Ever since then, I can watch anything she's in. Even if it's the equivalent of her painting a wall.

More aside: AND ever since Faith, this has extended to her brother. He was so wonderfully self serving and evil. Loved how he played, or tried to play, everyone.

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Oh I love her too, who is her brother ?

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Her brother is the poisoning price from Faith. Don't know if I can post links but here is his asianwiki page: http://asianwiki.com/Park_Yoon-Jae

They look the same around the eye and lips area.

He's currently in a daily drama called Your Woman.. which I'm watching.. I like the dailies.

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What?! I love Chae Rim because of Dal Ja's Spring, but I so hated that poisoning prince from Faith. And now I kind of love him after finding out who his sister is. I must watch again to look for the resemblance, lol.

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He was such fun to hate in Faith. Every time he came on screen I was like "Jesu, what is this one up to now?" And yes, it's definitely there, the resemblance. I notice it a lot now that I'm watching him on a daily basis in Your Woman. You might not notice the resemblance in Faith. The actors tend to look so diff between historical and modern. Case in point, Lee Dong-wook in the first image above. I still don't think that's him...

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Oh! She's Siwon's child in OML? No wonder her smile look familiar to me, but can't recall.. She's captivating!

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Dong Wook oppa has grown a lot acting wise, hasnt he? I was rewatching My Girl yesterday for the umpteenth time and the rewatches have helped me to see all the faults of the drama including the crappy acting. But Lee Dong Wook has come a long way from there. Still, My Girl introduced me to the world of Kdramas. So will stay partial to it

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Good news on the female characters, aside from the cute baby girl: the "warrior woman" is stabbing someone like she means it, instead of looking like she's posing for promo stills; Song Ji Hyo is doing some serious emoting, instead of having to play the stoic, as she was stuck doing in other dramas.

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lee dong wook is in my opionion one of the hotest looking actors in kdrama. but he doesn't look that pretty in this one. which is a good thing. it will let him stretch as an serious actor not going only on his good looks. the plot does seem intriguing!

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yes agree,i first watch him in my girl n first thing that i taught is handsome, but after watch some of his drama, i think he's not bad

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WOWWWW!! That teaser was just great... excitedddd!!

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I really like the preview! I've always liked well-made suspense thrillers and this one seems to get the tone right. Sageuk's not my favorite genre but if this preview is any indication of the drama itself, it definitely feels taut and engaging.

And it doesn't hurt at all when my bias LDW is the man on the run here. Think JB once said something along the lines of him more of an actor who'd like to go deeper and darker and only surface for lighter fairs to pay the bill. I too get this vibe from the guy. And what a gorgeous face he has (okay, here's the shallow bit :-) )!

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lighter fares (me and my typos..)

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SO GOOD OMG. My man <3

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SO EXCCCCCIIITTEEEEDDD THIS LOOKS FREAKING AWESSSSOMMEEEE!!! *crosses fingers* Please be a good one, please be a good one!! I'm in need of some good sageuks!

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omg i didn't recognize LDW! XD
looks pretty intense~

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OMFG I was interested in this before b/c of the casting of Lee Dong Wook and Song Ji Ho BUT OMG this looks epic!!! I'm super excited now!!!

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so gonna be the dark horse!

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Could be if the writing is good too but I've never heard of these writers. This is also helmed by the director of Baby faced beauty and Birth of the rich. The actors are solid but the team behind it has never done a sageuk project before.
I'm hoping this will end being a hit from an unknown writer like "Queen In-hyun's Man.

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Love the black and whites!!! I'm definitely tuning in.

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Why do they come in batches? I'd appreciate if melos, rom-coms, and saeguks could be evenly distributed so i dont tire so much of one genre per drama season.
Melos have worn me out so i'm ready for some saeguk this spring.

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Wow. Would have tried this one just for the beauty of LDW *sigh*, but that little girl? Those tears? Gah. I'm definitely going to try this one.

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I'm in!

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Normally I love LDW but hate sageuks but that little girl is seriously looking traumatized there.
I am in because of her.

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Little Kim Yu-bin is a tiny powerhouse. She's still at that age where the light in her eyes is childlike and fresh.
I adore her. ~ ❤

Even at her tender age -- she blows idols outta the water.
Go Yu-Bin!

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I agree. I loved her in The Princess's Man and I'm so glad she's getting more roles.

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THIS LOOKS SO GOOD! I'm in all the way!

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This looks amazing! I will watch this. The plot is intriguing, the actors look great, the costumes look great. Can't wait!

So is Song Ji-hyo the female lead? Awesome if she is! She's so cool on Running Man.

I almost didn't recognize Lee Dong-wook, he looks so different! I think he'll be great in this!

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This definitely looks the most promising among the trailers that we've seen. Aw YEAH! Be awesome, Show! You know you wanna! :D

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For the first few second of the trailer, I felt like I watch Arang... This 1 is def fall under have to watch live in my book. Can't wait to see how good is LDW portraying a good and loving father.. Hope he could be 1, one day in RL.. ^^

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Song Jong-ho - yum, yummy...YUM.
(I'm in)

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I secretly loved him in The Princess Man cause I thought he was yummy too lol.

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Oppa Marry 2 Me :)

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I love him too. :-P

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This may be the sageuk that reigns supreme amongst all the others coming out.

I am so watching this!!! Love all the actors.

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After Arang it seems like another Suspense Thriller Saeguk is on its way and its Lee Dong Wook so I just cant wait for it and also Kim Yu Bin was Adorable and Cute in Oh My Lady.
Just keeping my fingers crossed hope it wont disappoint with the twist/turn grows.

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I. Am. Ready!

Lee Dong Wook is back and the story looks awesome.

Song Ji Hyo, love her. <3 <3 <3

Song Jong Ho must have actually been a Joseon police office because he always looks so dashing in that uniform. Also, I love stories with kids in it so hopefully the daughter is a character who gets screen time.

I'm exciiiiiiiiiited....I just have to remind myself that sageuks, especially dramatic sageuks mean lots and lots of death. I will take the remaining time till the premiere to prepare myself for the blood.

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The little girl is just soooo cute!

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That last picture of Lee Dong Wook screaming is going to make ladida bust a gut.

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That last picture of Lee Dong Wook screaming is how he REALLY felt making that 230 meter bungee dive on Running Man. AAAAAAHHHHHHRRRRRRGGGGHHHH!!!!!

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Yeay, LDW in a new genre. Never ever watched him before in Saeguk. He looks more hot here that when wearing a suit ^^

And also, that little kid's expression is so pitiful, makes my heart moved and so wanted to help and hug her.

So...,count me in.

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I love Song Jong-ho. So much. Ever since I caught my first case of second lead love in The Princess's Man. So glad to see him here!

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Gotta say my bias is Lee Dong Wook.. I'm not too much into sageuk but this looks exciting and i think (depending how this turns out) he's either lucky to be cast in this or smart to get this role. I think he'll do well ;) both lead women look interesting and daughter sooo cute!!

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Lee Dong-wook's he's like Ji Jin-hee on the first pic .. hahahaha ..

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Correct me if I'm wrong or whatevs, but will the drama's timeline center around the early- to mid-16th century??? 'Coz I think there's a character named "Queen Munjeong" (who was in "Dae Jang-geum", "Women of the World", & "Hometown of Legends")...

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So intense! I got goosebumps watching it. I can't wait to see this drama.

I like Song Ji-hyo and Lee Dong-wook!

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