Hwangjini (2006)

Korean title: 황진이 (Hwangjin-i)

What’s popping:

The Korean Wave is breaking on Malaysian shores with a purpose, isn’t it? Nearly every other channel on local TV is airing a Korean drama series. 8TV- checked. RTM2 – checked. Phoenix channel – checked. Prima channel – checked. Wah Lai Toi – checked. AEC – checked…you get the idea.

And now, we discovered that the latest TV network to join the fray is NTV7! Say 안녕 to Ha Ji-won‘s very popular drama Hwangjini!

The 3rd episode aired yesterday and we saw the transformation of the young Jini into a beautiful woman who loves learning how to become a gisaeng.

Her blind mother discourages her to continue, saying that she should settle down and start a family, but the determined young lady prefers the arts than family life.

Also, Jini meets an admirer, Eun-ho (Chang Keun-seok), who is a nobleman.

So far, the elaborate costumes in the period drama reminds me of Dae Jang Geum. And like Jang Geum, Hwangjini is at a “school” learning the finer skills of her art.

The plot:

The story of Hwangjini, the legendary gisaeng (similar to Japan’s geisha) or entertainer who lived in the Joseon era.

Stealing a kiss: Hey, Ha ji-won has a scene exactly like this with
Kwon Sang-woo in Love, So Divine. She must be a pro at it already!

Watch it:

  • NTV7 – free TV, yay! (Astro Channel 107)
  • Monday to Friday
  • 9.30pm to 10.30pm
  • Dubbed in Mandarin with Bahasa Malaysia subtitles; toggle function doesn’t work. Darn.

Pics credit: HanCinema

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