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Cha Seung-won to follow up Hwajeong with another Joseon-era sageuk

I guess we won’t be seeing Cha Seung-won in this century anytime soon, because he’s following up his current 50-episode historical drama Hwajeong with a new movie also set in Joseon. (Though you know what we’re really waiting for is another stint as Chajumma on Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village. *puppy eyes*) The film is called Gosanja, The Great Map of the East and tells the story of Kim Jeong-ho, a cartographer in late Joseon who walked the entire length and width of the Korean peninsula in order to draw a complete map.

It’s the newest project from director Kang Woo-seok (Moss, Silmido, Fist of Legend), and it’ll be his twentieth film as a director but his first sageuk to date. Cha Seung-won will play Kim Jeong-ho, who is more widely known by his pen name Gosanja. He was a geologist who traversed the peninsula in order to create a highly detailed and accurate large-scale map of Joseon (Daedongyeojido, or The Great Map of the East, published in 1861), and is believed to have died a mysterious death a few years later.

Yoo Joon-sang (Heard It Through the Grapevine) is reuniting with the director once again to co-star as Heungseon Daewongun, father of King Gojong. He was regent of Joseon during the early years of his son’s reign, and held immense power in the late 1800s. He opposed the publication of the maps because of possible breaches in national defense, and after another version of the maps is printed, Kim Jeong-ho is never heard from again.

The movie is about Kim Jeong-ho’s passionate desire to draw the first accurate map of the country, after losing his father due to a mistake on a map. He sets out on his quest and carves his masterpiece onto wood blocks, his success eventually challenging the fate of the nation.

Gosanja, The Great Map of the East plans to start shooting after Hwajeong’s run.

Via Newsway

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they say, "if you cannot learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it." nice thought, going around, and around, and around with Cha Seung Won no matter the time or place! ahhhhhhh, the joy in the thought . . . .

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This sounds fun. I have trouble with 50 episode long sageuks, but I loooooooove period movies and I love Cha Seung Won, so I hope I get to see this!

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Oooo i smell mystery and conspiracy! Plus maps!! As an ex-geography student.. me likey. Can't wait!!

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Yoo Joon-sang is so good in Heard It through The Grapevine! His character id my favorite in the drama so far.

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He opposed the publication of the maps because of possible breaches in national defense...

What kind if nonsense logic is that? What about your merchants and other frequent travellers? And isn't national defense what the army is for? And I'm not sure if the monarch has accurate maps... But if they don't how are they supposed to strategize in war? The generals don't even know their own land!

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Well, actually Heungseon Daewongun part is historically inaccurate. It was made up during Japanese occupation. Kim jeong-ho's sponsor Shin heon was close to Heungseon Daewongun. And Heungseon Daewongun was quite interested in foreign things, even ordering to study the remains of General Sherman. Sadly, a lot of Koreans are not aware of this fact. People should not believe what they learn from sageuks, because it's more like fiction. (Hwajung is also criticized for distortation of history among Korean viewers)

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Am i only one who think hwajung really mess since its story focused to princess coughleeyeonheecough...
chajumma its only reason why i watched hwajung...guess i will switch to school 2015 now

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He's so yummy. Mmmm.

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The premise of this movie sounds interesting. However, I was really looking forward to seeing Cha Seung-won in a current-time drama. Nonetheless, like everything Cha does, I will watch it. He is one of my top favorite actors.

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This could have also made quite a good and interesting drama.

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Hwajung is getting interesting hehehe. Or am I just loving Cha and Lee Yeon-hee with so much passion heh heh... I love Cha Seung-won in a sageuk. I have been seeing him in modern dramas and movies so "Cha in a Sageuk" is a DELIGHT and SUCH A SIGHT for me to see!!! Woooohoo, Cha Seung-won is born to wear manly traditional hanboks hehehe!

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