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First teaser introduces the merchants of Master of Trade—Inn 2015

Here’s our first look at KBS’s upcoming sageuk drama Master of Trade—Inn 2015, the late-Joseon-era series centering around the success story of one man (Jang Hyuk) who worked his way up from being the inheritor to a defunct inn to becoming one of the most successful merchants in the nation.

In the teaser, Jang Hyuk’s character is labeled “one who knows how to play with money,” which would make me nervous if not for the fact that we’re told up front that he’s gonna succeed. Yoo Oh-sung is great at playing complex rivals and antagonists, so I look forward to his portrayal of the man “who aims to be the king of merchants.”

But he’ll have to first find a way to surpass sageuk veteran Lee Deok-hwa, who’s the current merchant king, and not likely to give up that title easily; in the teaser he comments, “If you want to beat me… live longer than me.” Well, that’s one way to issue a challenge. Just watch your back, is all I’m sayin’.

As for the ladies: Kim Min-jung plays a shaman who became a peddler who travels the country selling her wares, dressed as a man. Her difficult life toughens her up and shapes her into a “woman of tenacity and ambition,” to such extremes that her desire to have things she cannot have causes pain for those around her. And yet she’s also our heroine, so I wonder how things will change as the drama goes on.

Park Eun-hye will play Jang Hyuk’s older sister, while Han Chae-ah will have a loveline with Jang Hyuk that sounds like it’s headed for tragedy and tears (it’s called “a love that cannot be” and causes her heartache). Sad, I was hoping Han Chae-ah would get to be the main lead in a drama, though I’ll take consolation in the fact that she’s often very good at getting me to care about supporting leads when they could be otherwise annoying.

The teaser closes out with what will surely be a major running theme in the drama, telling us that money is the one thing that can allow you to fly when you have no wings, or bring forth impossible things—in short, Make Things Happen: “This is the era when we fight using money.”

Based on a long-running serial novel that was initially published in 1979, Master of Trade—Inn 2015 follows Assembly in the Wednesday-Thursday slot and premieres on September 23.

Via MBN

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Looking forward to this! Anything based on a novel is quite safe for me.. plus it's Jang Hyuk in a saguek !!

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Jang Hyuk + historical = perfect

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I hope it's less preachy than Assembly at least....

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Lol i gave up on Assembly after 10 minutes

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I disagree respectfully.Assembly isn't preachy at all but I understand it's not everyone's cup of it because of the complicated political setup and realistic portrayal without many dramatic twists.First 6 episodes were a bit boring because of it's slow plot pace but it gets really interesting therefrom.

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I agree. I don't see how Assembly is preachy, but I guess the fact that it's quite realistic puts viewers off. I love it, personally.

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Thanks for defending Assembly. True, it's not everyone's cup of tea but it's fascinating for people who want an insight into "politics as it is done" in the real world. Back room boys, party politics, dirty tricks, gaming the system - it's all there.

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Broadly speaking, thinking that politics is anything else is naiive. And when you get to see the underbelly, the absolute worst offenders are those who claim to champion the little guy.

Fittingly, in the western world, those ridiculous 1%/99% movements were kindled and stoked by the biggest carpetbaggers of them all.

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i tried to get into assembly, it wasnt preachy imo from what isaw anyway. i watched a whole episode and part of ep 2 and i was interested in the male lead and his whole thing but i was not interested in the female lead. she started out pretty cool and then devolved in like 20 seconds flat cause having a cool capable female politician is asking 2 much i guess? I mean i didn't see but 1 and a 1/2 eps like i said so its entirely possible she does a 180 or its more complex than that but like I NEED to like the female lead to get into a drama, the couple can be lukewarm and the male lead can be ok but if the female lead isnt someone i am super into then its like the rest falls flat for me.
tbh i thought it might be more like the jdrama CHANGE which tbf isnt super realistic but had a similar set up (in tone its more Mr Smith Goes to Washington than State of Play or Manchurian Candidate, if you know what I mean.) and the male lead has big fresh ideas but is a political novice and benefits from a team of capable political insiders (one of which is the main female character) and its both exciting and amusing.
Assembly's problem is it's too serious to be a fun watch and not dark and intense enough to be a true political thriller/expose. the episodes are SO LONG and so little happens its hard to sit through it even if their is plenty of good potential there.

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Sounds boring.

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Okay. Bye.

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I'm all in. This has all the elements that I love about Saeguks! Jang Hyuk usually picks good scripts, and there are a bunch of really good veteran players in the cast. I am looking forward to this one!

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Holy longevity, this is Kim Min-jung's 43rd tv series in 27 years. She likes working, for sure.

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Whut. O___O That's quite a number. And drama shoots are tiiiiiiiiiring.

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Btw this series seem to have some identity crisis. Here it is called Master of Trade, on asianwiki it is called The Merchant and on facebook it's called God of commerce. I have also seen it as Innkeeper and God of trade.

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Anything with Jang Hyuk is a must watch for me,but why does every female leads in saguek always has to dress like a man(and not a convicing one at that),it's getting tiring

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I thought Han Chae ah is the female lead?

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Ha, it's funny how the kbs sageuk ended up being the one with crossdressing involved.

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What? Kim Min Jung 43rd projects, sure a favorite among directors, but poor her, still basically unknown among i-fans. Very talented actress based on some of works shown on TV.

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She is very talented for sure. I have zero problem with her being the leading lady.

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Now I'm confuse. The early news state Han Chae Ah is the lead. Kim Min Jung is female antagonist here.

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Looking forward to this.

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Could Han Chae-ah still be the main me as even if the live line doesn't come to fruition? I'm thinking Chuno here where the leads also had a doomed love, so even if they didn't end up together they were still clearly the leading actors...

anyway, I hope that"s the case. It's high time Han Chae-ah got a big leading role, she's really talented and gorgeous too.

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The main lead*

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Y'all, I think fated to love you spoiled Jang Hyuk for me. I really want to like him but I'm scarred by that laugh. I tried to watch the show he was in after but the laugh again ??. Lol. I guess I'll keep track in the recaps and if it's good I'll try it...

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Ha, ha! My very fist thought reading about this show was, that hopefully Jang Hyuk will not use that laugh again. If he does I'm out.

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Thanks for recapping the trailer in such detail! It's a sageuk starring Jang Hyuk, so of course I'll give it a try. Hopefully writer Jung won't lose the plot halfway through, this time. Does anyone have any familiarity with the novels it's based on?

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Hmm, not sure I can handle another sageuk with Jang Hyuk and Lee Deok-hwa and a crossdressing woman in it. It's just too similar to Shine or Go Crazy.

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Jang Hyuk is almost always playing sageuk roles. Sageuk > Serious modern > Rom com.

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This one just feels too similar to the last one. He needs to break things up a bit. Plus, the last couple I've watched have been not the best.

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His last good sageuk was Tree with Deep Root (2011). His latest sageuk Shine and Go Crazy drove me crazy. Can we have a prayer circle for better wigs next time?

If this drama is based loosely on Joseon's legendary merchant Im Sang -ok then I'm in. I've been waiting for a remake of Sangdo or something close to it for a long time.

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My manly Jang Hyuk! Welcome back (not that you ever go away) lol. And HCA finally has a well deserved main role, so i'm going to check it out mainly for the leads and try it out for a couple of eps. I'm not that keen on the plot.

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Jang Hyuk is always a guarantee when it comes to sageuks. I've seen the last three Sageuks he did and loved them to bits. I hope this can continue his streak.

So disappointed though, that Han Chae-ah isn't the lead. Whyyyy??? So frustrating when she was just as big of a reason why I'm excited for this. Sigh. Hopefully their love-that-cannot-be is amongst the main storylines. There's always a way to turn those things around anyway.

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Quite excited for Han Chae-ha!!

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I'm quite excited for Han Chae-ha!!!

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Every time I see a smiling picture of Jang Hyuk, his laughter from Fated to Love You always enters my head, lol. I can't take him seriously after that role. :P

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I adore Jang Hyuk! I hope this drama isn't boring though....... My favorite actors can't save a lame plot. :(

I've only seen Kim Min-jung in Gap Dong (not a good show), but she didn't impress me then.

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If it is based on a long running story published in newspapers I guess the plot shouldn't be too boring.. else how could they have sustained readers interest for so long?

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Sigh... I'd probably watch Jang Hyuk pass gas on film.

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Lee Doek Hwa. He's so good at being the villian that I hate seeing him. And then there that actor that played Ki-Chul in Faith as well the bad guy in Josoen Gunmen. I feel for Jang Hyuk character already. He's up against the very worse villians. Lol. At least I know he will succeed eventually. Looking forward to it. ?

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I remember Ki-chui from Faith too. I think he had the same name in Spy as well? First time I actually remembered a villian's name haha...

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Jang Hyuk ♥ Han Chae-ah loveline you say? Oh boy I am prepared to drop more and more dramas, JUST TO watch this one! Oh boy I dislike random sageuk (those who sageuk just for sageuk's sake) but u say Jang Hyuk and Han Chae-ah in a loveline? Ohhhh boy, I love it.

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(Ok mecantsstand Assembly haters I cannot read the comments above. I looooove Assembly so much. Why do some ppl dislike it. Aint preachy but I agree it lacks some romance edge to it but why hate it waeyoooo kkk)

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Jang Hyuk looks good in every drama everrrr

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jang hyuk! tho i prefer the messy mane of glory on him...
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I am sure that topknot will get undone somewhere in the drama as in TWDR at the end

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*squeeeeee*

wait, i didn't like the end of TWDR.......
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Haha but at least u got the messy mane of glory

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