무사 백동수 Warrior Baek Dong Soo
野 餒 ( 야 뇌, ‘Ya Nwe’) 백동수 Baek Dong Soo (1743 ~ 1816)
Receiving the teachings of his master, the sword saint Kim Kwang Taek
What’s most important isn’t his identity
But his strong desire to make the world a righteous place
Baek Dong Soo’s pseudonym
야 뇌 [ 野 ‘of the wilderness’ 餒 ‘with a hunger for’ ]
Even in the roughest wilderness, suffering the torment of extreme hunger,
He who maintains a warrior’s will not to submit to the injustice served by those in power.
JOSEON, where martial art traditions were disappearing
Whose vibrant culture and thinking led to 문치주의 (‘ideals of government by the people’)
But also left her people with physical and emotional wounds that will never be forgotten.
One man who brought 문 (‘literary culture’) and 무 (‘martial arts’) together
Completing the 무예동보통지 (illustrated manual of Korean martial arts), of the best in East Asia
He’s not wielding a sword invincible of all enemies..
But a sword for saving lives.
This true legend, of the greatest Joseon warrior
Ji Chang Wook
will be the chilvarous Baek Dong Soo, greatest martial arts fighter of Joseon during the turbulent reign of King Jeongjo, who will eventually compile the 무예동보통지, an illustrated manual of Korean martial arts, not only from Korean sources but also from their Chinese and Japanese counterparts.
Yoo Seung Ho will be his nemesis, as talented swordsman Yeo Woon, while Jeon Kwang Ryeol will be Kim Kwang Taek, the ‘gom seon’ (‘sword saint’) who will impart his skills to Baek Dong Soo (please tell me the teacher doesn’t have to die a grand death~~ ㅡㅡ; ). Well, of course the best good guy wouldn’t mean a thing if there isn’t a worst bad guy – introducing Choi Min Soo as Cheon (‘sky’).
The lead actresses are Yoon So Yi and Shin Hyun Bin, though I haven’t seen their earlier works (if there’re any). Warrior Baek Dong Soo is writer Kwon Soon Gyu’s first drama, an adaptation from a comic series by Lee Jae Hon and Hong Ki Woo. It is directed by Lee Hyeon Jik (OB & Gyn, Tazza).
It will start airing from July 4, the Mon-Tue timeslot at 9.55pm. Despite how Jjakpae turned out, I still hold my hopes high for non-palace sageuks. Well there’s Yoo Seung Ho.. and I’m really looking forward to Jeon Gwang Ryeol’s appearance!
Here’s a 6 minute highlights preview ~
And a relationship diagram below (click to enlarge), from the blog of 대원만화~
>—-< enemies | —-> have feelings towards | – – – > has a history with
thick line = joins forces with | one thin line = performs together with
More updates at the official site: http://tv.sbs.co.kr/baekdongsoo/
And youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SBSbaekdongsoo
2011.07.05 ~ excerpts from a TV Report article by reporter Ha Soo Na
The nerve-tingling charismatic showdown between Jeon Gwang Ryeol and Choi Min Soo dominates 1st episode screening
The charisma showdown between Jeon Gwang Ryeol and Choi Min Soo marks a strong beginning to the running of Warrior Baek Dong Soo.
In the July 4 episode of SBS TV’s ‘Warrior Baek Dong Soo’, Kim Gwang Taek (Jeon Gyeong Ryeol), also known as the ‘No. 1 Sword of Joseon’, had a sword duel with Cheon (Choi Min Soo), leader of the ‘Heuk Sa Cho Rong‘ (‘Black Lanterns’), a band of assassins from China. They had known each other for a long time, and their showdown is not one between foes, but of brotherhood. After some wine, Cheon suggested, “Gwang Taek, let’s test our swords!” as he swiftly withdrew his sword.
Seeking the best swordsmanship out of each other, the duo fought unforgivingly before Cheon smiled and said, “I guess I will win today.” After more rounds, Cheon declared, “It’s too hasty for one to die now – it chills me to the bone.” Handling out his wine instead, he says, “Go ahead, quench your thirst.” Accepting the wine, Gwang Taek says before leaving, “We’ll duel again the next round.”
And here’s the first OST by BMK, called 야 뇌 ‘Ya Nwe’~
The life story of Baek Dong Soo, chivalrous fighter and the best swordsman of the Joseon era~
“In search of the Path of the Sword! Here I come!”
image credit: 대원만화
Some high-res photographs of Choi Min Soo’s Cheon~ ^^*
* more Choi Min Soo below the following previews… ^^;
Episode 3 preview
Episode 4 preview
Episode 5 preview
Episode 8 preview
Episode 15 preview
Episode 17 preview
Episode 20 preview
Episode 26 preview
Episode 29 preview
Choi Min Soo when he’s not Cheon..^^;
(images thanks to 앤잴언니~ more at her blog!)