Drama Casting & News
New posters for SBS’s Jang Ok-jung
by | April 1, 2013 | 40 Comments

A week out from the drama’s premiere, we’ve got new posters out for SBS’s Jang Ok-jung, Live By Love — which, by the way, has had two name changes since it was announced. You probably haven’t heard about them, though, since the show merely dropped its second half of the title, then decided their heroine should live by love after all. Fickle producers, always changing their minds.

I think the posters look pretty in a general sense and I don’t really have a problem with them — it’s just too bad they’re so generic-looking. The one up top actually looks like an outtake to me, as though the camera caught Yoo Ah-in and Kim Tae-hee slumping in an off moment when they thought they weren’t being shot. It’s just so… droopy.

Perhaps it’s to remind us that this is a sad romance between a king and the woman he obsessed over and then had killed? In which case I want to see a lot more fiery Anne Boleyn-ness out of our anti-heroine. Though I’m pretty sure we can count on Hong Soo-hyun (playing discarded Queen In-hyun) to provide intensity, even if her character has historically been interpreted as the meek, gentle one railroaded by the usurping vixen. I am curious to see just how far the drama twists the “standard” narrative in giving us the alternate history, because we all know how it ends.

In the second poster, we also get a glimpse of secondary characters played by Lee Sang-yub, Jae Hee, and Han Seung-yeon. The drama follows Yawang as SBS’s new Monday-Tuesday drama, and premieres next Monday, April 8.

Via SBS E!


40 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. verte

    Hong Soo Hyun looks kind of scheming in the second poster! :O

    • 1.1 JO

      or meek and unconfident
      I wish she had the titular role though.

    • 1.2 Rovi

      She does look scheming always (if you notice TPM & LTM). XD It would be good to see a new take on Queen Inhyeon. “Dong-yi” was just the start, though…but still traditional view on her.

      And look how KARA’s Seungyeon looks almost, almost edged out of the poster. XP Why, because she entered the story a little later???

  2. snow_white

    The posters look so sad and gloomy…..

  3. Jules

    Weirdly, I can’t view the images on Firefox or Opera. But Chrome, Safari, IE? Fine. o_O

    • 3.1 John

      Jules ~

      Same here.

      Fwiw, using a Kindle, I get a question mark. If I click it, sometimes it will load the image, other times, nada.

      • 3.1.1 JoAnne

        oh that happens to me too sometimes on the Kindle. I hadn’t noticed it here but on Tumblr it does. Not always, though, so it’s weird.

    • 3.2 Hagar

      glad it isn’t just me

    • 3.3 sayuri

      I was madly refreshing the page before reading your post. Thanks! LOL

    • 3.4 Ivoire

      I am experiencing the same thing: I have no pictures on my screen (for this thread) and I use Firefox…

    • 3.5 ilikehim

      Using Firefox, cant see.

  4. Apple pie

    loved the Anne Boleyn reference…exactly my thought..I just don’t get this drama! it’s like everything I know just the opposite..BTW ah in’s expression in the 2nd one is exactly the same as his fashion king face only in sageuk avatar..

    • 4.1 TS

      Apparently that’s his Blue Steele.

  5. Belle3005

    Still feeling pretty undecided on whether I should watch the show for Lee Sang Yeob and Yoo Ah In. EEE I loved Yoo Ah In and Sungkyunkwan Scandal and also I adored Lee Sang Yeob in I Live In Cheongdamdong! Dilemma. On the other hand,pretty unexcited about Kim Tae Hee though hmm.

  6. raindrops1

    @Jules and @John I’ve had the same issue as well in regards to loading pictures. Well actually the entire background or anything not text related. It started happening since I updated my droid RAZR. Now the only way I can view images on DB is by using Chrome because using my regular browser with Google all I see are the words (plain text). I was wondering if anyone else had this issue?

    Sorry about the side track comment above ^^

    The first poster does look droopy, as if no one told them they were taking pictures.

  7. pinny

    Well I hope the first pic’s not an outtake! It’d be difficult for the poor guy to walk around in robes that doubled as a carpet! 🙂

  8. Melmax


  9. Annie

    Wow, he looks really really young. Not sure I’m buying this.

    • 9.1 pogo

      the real Jang Hee-bin was six years older than the king, too, so I can buy it. It’s just a shame the promo so far looks so boring.

      • 9.1.1 Kiara

        Agree about the age difference.

      • 9.1.2 Annie

        I don’t really care about the age difference, it’s just a bit of a visual mismatch for me, that’s all.

      • 9.1.3 Annie

        Also, iirc, Shin Se Kyung was first offered the role? And I don’t think anybody really knows when Jang Hee Bin was born.

        • Rovi

          Shin Se-gyeong? Then she should’ve signed on to this than that Drama-Which-Should-Not-Be-Mentioned-While-Not-Yet-Airing-…-And-Which-Ripped-Off-Infinite’s-Song-WTF.

          Jang Ok -jeong was born in 1659:
          -12 September O.S. (lunisolar Korean calendar)
          -27 October N.S. (Gregorian calendar; though that wouldn’t be adopted until 1896)

  10. 10 KDR

    I don’t see anything.. O_O

    • 10.1 El

      me too 🙁

  11. 11 jandoe

    Hong Sung Hyun in the second poster seriously looks like she’s on FIRE.

    Ah can’t wait to watch this!

  12. 12 Emaan

    I will watch it for Hong Soo Hyun. Loved her in The Princess’ man.

  13. 13 ajewell

    *shifty eyes*

    Can’t figure out if my browser is malfunctioning or if it’s an elaborate April Fool’s joke.

  14. 14 lala

    I don’t see any pictures here..

  15. 15 sayuri

    Judging from the comments there is really nothing to see anyway.

  16. 16 Gala

    Are they twisting the roles and giving the “scheming” characteristics to HSH/in-yun? I don’t mind Kim Tae Hee but I just don’t see her as a “scheming vixen”. now, it’d be great if KTH will be able to rise above average expectations and blow us all away. I want her to do good.

  17. 17 Gabby

    …Yeah, I can’t see it either. Oh well.

  18. 18 jennie

    i really cant wait for this drama!

  19. 19 tiffshin

    Ahh looks good!! Looking forward to it

  20. 20 leslie

    aside from the weird poses… that’s some really bad photoshop. sheesh I can see some white aroung yoo ah in’s head and kim tae hee’s skirt where the background wasn’t properly blended

  21. 21 jubilantia

    Jae Hee! Yoo Ah In (hopefully in a drama that doesn’t suck)! I am less excited about Kim Tae-hee but willing to give her a chance!

    I don’t know about this one, especially since I’d be investing time into something that simply cannot end well, but I am intrigued.

  22. 22 Snowman

    Looking forward to this drama. Saw the long trailers today and it seems promising.

  23. 23 Francesca

    Saw the trailers and it seems interesting. I hope dramagod doesn’t screw this thing up. Besides, there are 3 hotties up there.

  24. 24 RosyFlower

    Wait to see this drama.

  25. 25 Steph

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees the Anne Boleyn thing in this drama. But I’ve watched the first two episodes and I’m hooked. It’s good, guys. It’s really good.

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