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[2010 KDrama] Chuno / The Slave Hunter
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I want this to air already! It's like my dream drama
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Chuno’s Lee Da-hae and Oh Ji-ho spend first night together


These newest stills feature Lee Da-hae with runaway slave Oh Ji-ho, and are described as a “heartbreaking love scene,” although without the context, it’s a little hard to tell.

The recent stills that preceded these showed Lee Da-hae looking sad in wedding garb. In this part of the story, her love with Jang Hyuk has come to a dead end when she meets with Oh Ji-ho, who had lost everything when he was made a political scapegoat. Now a slave, he fights for his freedom. Although we don’t have the details of their escape, they fall in love as they travel together. These stills feature the couple spending their first night together, as they start to feel attraction, although Lee is still haunted by her previous love.


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Photos from Film Set of 'Slave Hunters'
[2009-11-12]

The production crew of the KBS TV special drama "Slave Hunters," which will premiere in January 2010,
gathered on November 5 at a studio in southern Seoul to photograph the poster for the drama.



The drama shoot began in summer, with the majority of the scenes filmed in a natural setting.
It has been a while since the production team gathered indoors. Everyone felt awkward to be inside a building.

They make a perfect team, and they had fun at the poster shoot. Take a look.


Jang Hyuk as slave hunter "Dae-kil"

Jang Hyuk plays the best slave hunter of the Joseon period. He showcased his impressive abdominal muscles,
grabbing the spotlight.


Oh Ji-ho as slave "Tae-ha"

Tae-ha had to escape from slave hunters. The profound look in Oh Ji-ho's eyes raised everyone's
expectations about his role.


Lee Jong-hyuk as killer "Cheol-woong"

Lee Jong-hyuk is back as a charismatic assassin. So far, he has played brusque characters with
a strong sense of justice. This time, he portrays a sinister character.


Lee Da-hye as "Hye-won"

It is Lee Da-hye's first role in an epic drama. She plays a woman whose status has been lowered and
who agonizes over love. She is loved by the characters played by Jang Hyuk and Oh Ji-ho.


Hye-won alongside "Dae-kil" and "Tae-ha." The three seem to enjoy the shoot. We look forward to
seeing breathtaking action scenes in this drama!



Here's a bonus cut! The smiling slave hunters Kim Ji-seok, Jang-hyuk and Han Jung-soo.
They play slave hunters using their unique martial art skills. Their teamwork in the drama is very impressive.
Plus, they are always in a good mood on the set, like in this photo.

"Slave Hunters," which features large-scale action scenes and a high-profile cast, will go on the air in January.
You may look forward to it!

By Jin Young -joo, KBSi
Photos by KBSi
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Kong Hyun-jin to Play Charismatic Shooter in New Epic Drama

[2009-11-18]

Actor Kong Hyun-jin will transform into a charismatic shooter in the upcoming KBS2 epic drama “The Slave Hunters.” He is well-known for his distinctive supporting roles in many dramas such as “Alone in Love” and “Dalja’s Spring” and films such as “Taegukgi: Brotherhood of War” and “Good Morning, President.”



Kong will play Eopbok, a former tiger hunter who is sold to be a slave because of debts. Dreaming of an egalitarian society without class, he shoots noble people to death out of hatred, but at the same time agonizes over a feeling of guilt for killing people.

At a filming site in Mungyeong, North Gyeongsang Province on October 15, Kong showed off a different side of himself as he resolutely targeted a nobleman who was exploiting slaves. He showed no traces of his usual humorous personality but projected charisma.

“The Slave Hunters” is written by Chun Sung-il, well-known for screenplays such as “My Girl Friend is an Agent” and “Once Upon a Time,” and produced by Kwak Jung-hwan, whose previous work “Conspiracy in the Court” received rave reviews. Starring Jang Hyuk, Lee Da-hae and Oh Ji-ho, it will begin airing on January 6, 2010.

Writer: KBSi Jin Yeong-ju
Source: Film company Haneul
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‘The Slave Hunters’ Stars Show off Martial Arts Skills
[2009-11-25]

With expectations running higher for the new special KBS2 drama “The Slave Hunters,” scheduled to air in January next year, the latest news that its three stars will show off spectacular martial arts skills in the drama is yet another draw.


▲ A still of the drama featuring the three stars engaging in a fight. From left, Oh Ji-ho, Jang Hyuk, and Lee Jong-hyuk

Jang Hyuk, who plays slave hunter Lee Dae-gil, is taking full advantage of his already-famous martial arts skills, such as jeetkunedo, by performing most of the stunts himself. In addition, he is reported to have successfully performed other serious action stunts on a wire and a horse. He is expected to show impressive performance with powerful, spectacular action scenes.

Oh Ji-ho, who plays Song Tae-hwa, a former army general reduced to a slave, reportedly had a hard time dealing with the action scenes at first since this is the first time he is appearing in an action drama. In particular, he has to handle a larger and heavier sword than any other sword in the drama. But with repeated practice--he never put it down even when not shooting--he now looks natural wielding it.


▲ Top: Jang Hyuk. Bottom left: Oh Ji-ho. Bottom right: Lee Jong-hyuk

Lee Jong-hyuk takes up the role of a cold-hearted army general, Hwang Cheol-woong, who does everything to defeat his enemies. Mastery in using a sword and swift action are essential for his role, and Lee possesses basic skills that are solid enough to perform actions scenes without difficulty.

The three stars are expected to show their unique characteristics through their roles in the drama where they chase each other and fight for their fate.


Writer: KBSi Jin Yeong-ju
Source: Film company Haneul
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From Oh Ji-ho's Japan Blog "Beginning ~Zio~'
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yeah lee da hae
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The Slave Hunters: Kim, Yoo and Chun Play Entertaining Roles
[2009-11-30]

The new KBS TV drama "The Slave Hunters," which will air in January 2010, features well-regarded supporting actors such as Kim Ji-seok, Yoo Chae-young and Chun Se-hong.




▲ Kim Ji-seok plays "Wangsoni," while Yoo Chae-young and Chun Se-hong appear in a comical love scene.

This scenes were shot on November 14 at the Suwon Drama Center. Wangsoni, who is a notorious womanizer in the Joseon era, seduces women in his neighborhood and leaves under all kinds of excuses. To portray his character, Kim Ji-seok prepared thoroughly and even did his best to set a friendly mood on the set. He approached other actors with whom he happened to be working with for the first time, and even took off his clothes first so that the actresses who played opposite him did not feel embarrassed when shooting love scenes.

Yoo Chae-young, who is very comedy-savvy, made everyone on the set laugh with her witty ad-libs. Chun Se-hong, who has been appearing in provocative costumes at award ceremonies and fashion shows these days, looked nervous before shooting the first scene where she exposes her shoulders, but once the cameras started rolling, she was completely engrossed in acting and finished her scene without bloopers after just a few tries.

"The Slave Hunters" features breathtaking action scenes, a magnificent scale and well-knit plot as well as the elements of comedy. It stars Jang Hyuk, Lee Da-hye, Oh Ji-ho, Lee Jong-hyuk, Kim Ji-seok and Kong Hyung-jin, among others.


By Jin Young-joo, KBSi
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KBS2 teaser trailer for 'Chuno' was aired Dec. 2nd & 3rd during 'IRIS' broadcast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaI3t_1GvYo&feature=player_embedded

Lee Dae Gil (Jang Hyuk)


Song Tae Ha (Oh Ji-ho)


Un Nyun / Hye Won (Lee Da Hae)


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Interview with Stars of ‘The Slave Hunters’
[2009-12-11]

"The Slave Hunters,” which is scheduled to air on January 6 on KBS2, is a period drama about two men--one chasing a slave who ruined his noble family and the other an army general reduced to a slave--and a woman both men love. Jang Hyuk will play the slave hunter Lee Dae-gil and Oh Ji-ho the army general Song Tae-ha. Lee Da-hae was cast for the role of the lucky woman Kim Hye-won. The three stars gave a pleasant interview ahead of the show’s release.


From left, Oh Ji-ho, Lee Da-hae and Jang Hyuk

Q. (To Oh Ji-ho and Lee Da-hae) This is the first time you two have appeared in a period drama. How do you like it?

Oh: It was certainly not easy at first. The way of talking was quite unfamiliar to me, and I was told a lot that it didn’t suit my image. I also felt pressure since this is the first time I’ve starred in a historical drama. But now I am really enjoying it. Compared to dramas of present-day life, an epic drama has fewer lines to deliver but has more spectacular scenes to watch. There’s more fun in shooting it.

Lee: I too was worried a lot since I’ve never appeared in an epic show. But it turned out to be really fun. Now I have no problem climbing a mountain and answering nature’s call on a mountainside. The thing I like most is that I can spend a lot of time with other cast members and staff. Because the shooting takes place in a remote mountain, we have no choice but to be together all the time, eating together and talking together.



Q. (To Jang Hyuk and Lee Da-hae) This is the second time you two have starred in a drama together. How do you feel about it?

Lee: It’s good to work with him again. I feel comfortable acting since I already know him.

Jang: I found her very cool when we performed together in the previous show. So I’m very happy to work with her again. And I think a lot about how I can successfully express feelings for her since we are parted early in the drama and reunited a long time later.

Q. (To Jang Hyuk and Oh Ji-ho) It seems you will be able to impress many fans with your well-built bodies. How have each of you worked out to build such a physique?

Jang: I’ve tried to make my body suitable for my character, who needs to look agile rather than muscular. And that’s what the director wanted as well. He told us that since the drama is about men who basically live on the street, we need to engage in lots of physical activities and look tough and swift.

Oh: I’m not as well-built as Jang. All actors in our drama boast a good body. Jang’s even nicknamed “chocolate man” because his stomach is so well-built that it looks like a square chocolate bar.

Lee Da-hae interrupted, saying, “That’s why I like coming to the shoot. I was surprised to see all of them have such a nice body. Jang and Oh are making real efforts to keep fit and they like working out so much that they do it even on the set whenever they find available time.”

Q. (To Oh Ji-ho) Do you have any difficulty playing your role since he is supposed to be good at martial arts as an army general?

Oh: I had a hard time at first. Not only is it the first time that I appear in a historical and action drama, but I also have to use a big, heavy sword. I had lots of cuts and injuries. But I’ve gotten used to it, and Jang helps me a lot. So, it’s ok now.

Q. (To Jang Hyuk and Oh Ji-ho) You are at odds with each other in the drama. But how do you get along in reality?

Oh: We hit it off easily because we are the same age, although our interests are a bit different since he’s married and I’m not. I don’t usually gets nervous about people I work with, but I do when I’m with Jang because he is such a great actor who gives all he has to his role. And he is humorous, too.

Jang: I think Oh is very smart. He is also doing his best in his work. And I’m more humorous than Oh. (laughter) That’s perhaps because I’m married.

Q. (To Lee Da-hae) You must be very happy to be at the shoot, right? And who is closer to your ideal type?

Lee: Yes, I am. It’s so much fun. Often I am the only woman at the shoot, so everyone is so kind to me. I won’t be able to do any other work after this. And it’s hard to tell who is closer to my ideal type because both of them have their own charms.

Hearing that, Oh said jokingly, “You should choose me since I’m single,” while Jang said, “It’s just ideal type, and you should remember that we have starred together previously.”

The three stars all promised to give a good performance and asked viewers to show interest in the drama.

Writer: KBSi Jin Yeong-ju
Video: KBSi Chung Yeon-kyu, Kim Seung-hee
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2009/12/10
Another KBS Teaser Trailer 'CHUNO'
http://www.youtube.com/user/lbp7700#p/a/u/0/NahEhFUJxWw










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Chuno boasts a solid supporting cast


Not only does Chuno have a pretty solid lead cast and crew, it’s beefing up its ranks with a strong supporting cast as well. For instance, there’s Ahn Seok-hwan (above), who’s a familiar face from dramas like Partner, Boys Before Flowers, Painter of the Wind, Spotlight, and Hong Gil Dong, among many others. In the drama, he plays an artist who loves to gossip and talk politics. He often seeks out Jang Hyuk’s character Dae-gil, and earns his friendship when he paints a likeness of Hye-won (Lee Da-hae), whom Dae-gil loves.

The rest of the list includes the fabulous Kim Gab-soo, comic fixtures Lee Han-wi and Sung Dong-il, and actress Jo Mi-ryung. Actually, what’s interesting is that these are actors with a strong comedy bent, which makes me wonder if Chuno will have an unexpected comic angle, which we haven’t seen from the previous stills.




Sung Dong-il, for instance, has been in dramas like Lawyers of Korea, New Heart, Don’t Hesitate, and Green Coach, but his biggest claim to fame was in the recent hit sports film Take Off, which did so well that it entered the Top 10 all-time box-office list. The film also got him an acting award at this year’s Chunsa Film Festival.

In Chuno, Sung Dong-il takes a departure from his well-known comic image with a villainous role. He’ll play “Joseon’s biggest roughneck” with a “sly but strong” character who promises to complicate matters for Joseon’s top slave hunter Dae-gil (Jang Hyuk).

Interestingly, the always-wonderful Kim Gab-soo has a role not only in Chuno but also in another sageuk that premieres the same week, Jejoongwon. (They aren’t ratings competitors, however, since Jejoongwon is a Monday-Tuesday show and Chuno follows on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) Kim has had memorable roles in IRIS, Hon, The World They Live In, and Tazza; here, he plays King Injo, who reigns during the first and second Manchu invasions. It’s his first time playing king.




Lee Han-wi is another familiar face in comedies; some of his many recent projects include Job Well Done, Beethoven Virus, Coffee Prince, and 200 Pound Beauty. He was also in Take Off and also the recent Good Morning President.

In Chuno, he plays Jang Hyuk’s client who requests his services in tracking down slaves, and although he’s described as a hateable character, he also adds energy to the cast. (I suspect it’s more of a love-to-hate type character).




Meanwhile, Jo Mi-ryung (I Love You, Ja Myung Go) plays a “sexy and comic” woman who has her eye on one of the men in the slave hunter group, played by Han Jung-soo (of dramas Painter of the Wind, King and I). Her attempts to win his favor lead to bright laughs.


Chuno premieres January 6.

Source : http://www.dramabeans.com/2009/12/chuno-boasts-a-solid-supporting-cast/
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MOST anticipating drama next year..................!

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Lee Da-hae takes on a male disguise for Chuno


Lee Da-hae dresses in drag in these latest stills for the upcoming fusion action sageuk Chuno (Pursuing Slaves).

Lee Da-hae plays Hye-won, a woman who is born a slave and is adopted into a noble family and passed off as an aristocratic young lady. She’s disappointed in love with Jang Hyuk’s character, and in deciding to take her fate into her own hands, she runs away from home. In the process, she has to hide her identity and dresses in men’s clothing, speaking as little as possible and trying to keep as low a profile as she can.

Chuno premieres on KBS on January 6.


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Whoa. I hope that's not Lee Da-hae in male guise. She doesn't look masculine enough, or even pretty boyish.
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Chuno Starts Off with a Bang!


The new KBS2 drama Chuno starring Jang Hyuk, Oh Ji Ho and Lee Da Hae started off very successfully!

According to TNS Media Korea, Chuno already past the 20% ratings with a whopping 22.9%, and it was only the first episode! The second episode’s rating was 24.8%. The ratings already surpassed its popular competitor dramas, Will it Snow on Christmas? (SBS – 14.5%) and Hero (MBC – 5.3%). Will this be the first hit drama of 2010?

The drama itself is making headlines, but the OST is already getting popular as well. Lim Jae Beom’s Brand, which came out at the very end of the first episode, garnered attention for it’s powerful vocals as well as its emotional depth. Lim Jae Beom is known for his deep and charismatic voice, and his name is currently topping search engines such as Naver.

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‘The Slave Hunters’ Opens to Rave Reviews
[2010-01-11]

The latest KBS drama “The Slave Hunters” has received an enthusiastic response from the first episode. Even before it had begun airing on January 6, the show had drawn significant anticipation with its star-studded cast and large production budget of some 10 billion won (approximately 9 million dollars).



Spectacular action and cinematography scenes were what set the show apart. Comic elements were also harmonized with dramatic ones in a solid storyline buoyed up by impressive performances by supporting actors as well as the leading stars.

In addition to three heartthrob actors -- Jang Hyuk, Lee Jong-hyuk and Oh Ji-ho -- Danny Ahn, Han Jeong-soo, Kong Hyung-jin, and Sung Dong-il showed different sides of themselves. Cho Mi-ryeong, Kim Ji-seok, Yoo Chae-young and Yoon Ki-won added lightheartedness through their comic roles. Veteran actor Kim Kap-soo made a cameo appearance as well.

The story development was also intense enough to make it difficult for viewers to become distracted. It featured the kinds of lives the main characters lived in the past and the relationships formed as a result.

On the drama's online board, many viewers expressed deep satisfaction with the show, saying it was better than expected. A person wrote, “It was interesting to see Jang Hyuk and other actors showing a solid performance. I’ve never enjoyed a historical drama as much as this. I can’t wait for the show to air every Wednesday and Thursday night,” while another said, “It’s worth having waited for it. All the elements are perfect -- cinematography, directing, performance, and featured music.” Others also said included that it was the first well-made drama seen a long time, that it would become a huge hit, and that it made them lose track of time.

“The Slave Hunters” is directed by Kwak Jung-hwan, who made his name among enthusiastic fans with “Conspiracy in the Court,” and written by Chun Seung-il, whose previous works include screenplays for “My Girlfriend is an Agent” and “Dad Likes Women.”




Kim Ji-seok in Another Love Scene in 'The Slave Hunters'
[2010-01-11]

Kim Ji-seok of “The Slave Hunters” captured the attention of viewers through his love scenes in the drama. Once again, Kim immediately caught viewers’ attention for delivering a love scene with sexy actress Jeon Se-hong after he had played a comic bedroom scene with singer and actress Yoo Chae-young in the last episode.


In the second episode of “The Slave Hunters” (director Kwak Jung-hwan, writer Kwak Seon-il) on January 7, Wongson (Kim Ji-seok) slept with gisaeng (Korean geisha) Jeon Se-hong, who appeared as a special guest, while Dae-gil (Janh Hyuk) went out of town. In the episode, Wongson said goodbye to the gisaeng, who wanted to follow him, and said, “I hope you have a happy future before you, through we are destined not to live together. That is our sad destiny.”

In this episode, Wongson made viewers laugh by presenting different voice tones. The gisaeng drew out an “Ornamental Silver Knife” and then put the knife into his hand after Wongson gently refused to sleep with her. The gisaeng explained that the gesture meant that a woman would never forget her lover in heaven. Wongson expressed embarrassment over her gesture, but was relieved over her explanation. Viewers were provided another laugh when the gisaeng boldly came on to Wongson by calling him “my darling.”

Meanwhile, the bedroom scene of Wongson was the second one in the drama. In the first episode of the drama, Kim delivered a comic lovemaking scene with Yoo Chae-young, who had received high praise for her outstanding performance in the movie “Form is Emptiness.” “The Slave Hunter” became the highest-rated drama among the dramas premiering from Monday to Wednesday after only a single episode on January 6.

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