Emperor of the Sea

The drama series entitled Emperor of the Sea is centered on the life and experiences of Jang Bogo. He was a popular and well known for his contributions in the history of his country. The drama was full of adventure and a mixture of intriguing suspense. It was all based on a true and real life story. The drama comprised 51 episodes and was broadcast on channels like the KBS2.

Jang Bogo was born into slavery and saw a very tough and challenging childhood growing up as a slave. However things experienced a turnaround for him in the later days of his adult life when he rose to positions of authority and leadership.

When Jang Bogo was still a very young boy he lost his mother. She was abducted and killed by pirates in Cheonghae where they lived and which was the birthplace of Jang Bogo. It was after the death of his mother that Jang Bogo was forcefully taken to China slave dealers and sold into slavery where he worked as a gladiator slave. Since he was a very smart and crafty young man he worked very hard and dvelopded many skills and friendships too.

He became friends with Yeom Jang who was a young man liked by others around him because he was full of charisma and charm. Jang Bogo and Yeom got trained by the same trainer in martial arts and this made their friendship to become even stronger. After his training Jang Bogo rose became a commander in the military and later became a sea merchant. He engaged in waging wars against sea pirates with so much determination.

Jang Bogo's hardwork and dedication to his tasks made him become very popular among his fellow countrymen. The pirates feared him terribly. He was highly respected by the members of his government as well as his fellow citizens too.

The story continued with the two friends Jand and Yeon falling in love with the same young lady known as Jeong-hwa and this caused some rivalry to develop between the two friends as they competed for her love.

The main characters in the drama include Choi Jong starring as Jang Bogo, Song Gook starring as Yeom and Kim Heung Soo starring as Jeong.

KBS America
1 Season, 51 Episodes
January 1, 2004
Action & Adventure
Cast: Soo-bin Bae, Seo Do Young, Gi-seok Do, Ho-geun Jeong
Emperor of the Sea

Emperor of the Sea Full Episode Guide

  • Jangbogo pledges war against Kimyang when he learns of Kimyang?s scheme to overthrow the King and become the King himself. Despite much opposition, Jangbogo meets Yumjang.

  • The doctor confesses that he poisoned Kim Woo-jing to death under Kim Yang and Yumjang?s order. Meanwhile, Jangbogo is saddened to leave Jung-hwa alone with young Emperor, and asks Yumjang to take good care of her.

  • Lady Jami acts bold and brave after being captured by Jangbogo?s soldiers, but begs Yumjang to spare her life at the price of all of her hidden fortune. Meanwhile, Kim Yang suggests Yumjang to kill Jangbogo, and Yumjang hesitates.

  • Lady Jami tries to negotiate with Jangbogo to provide her with troops and Kim Woo-jing at the price of Jung-hwa?s life. Jangbogo firmly refuses to make any kind of comprise with her.

  • Lady Jami and Jangbogo finally face their final showdown, and the war begins. Meanwhile, when Kim Yang learns that Lady Jami is in Mujinju, he orders Yumjang to go and capture her at once. Lady Jami is shocked to see Yumjang and his men in front of her house as she tries to sneak away.

  • Jang Bogo and Yum Moon go to Yangzhou to try to reestablish trade at the Chunghae Base.

  • With the permission of Jang Bogo, Yum Moon and Kim Yang seek refuge in Chungae.

  • Kim Myung takes Lady Jami?s advice and hands over his right as the newly appointed Emperor to Kim Jae-yoong. Meanwhile, in order to kill Kim Woo-jing, Lady Jami volunteers to go to Chunghae to negotiate with Jangbogo.

  • Lady Jami tries to escape Hwangdo with the injured Kim Myung, and Kim Yang orders Yumjang to kill Lady Jami. Meanwhile, upon the news that the Emperor has died, Lady Jami feels threatened for her life.

  • To earn the trust of Kim Woo-jing, Kim Yang decides to kill Kim Myung, and plans to kill him by using Yumjang. Yumjang, disguised as Hwarang, participates in the Hwarang gathering, and quietly waits for Kim Myung to appear.

  • Jung-hwa is shocked to see Yumjang walking into Kim Woo-jing?s room. Yumjang is just as surprised to see that Jung-hwa has seen him, but quickly tells her that he is no longer living the life he has been leading before.

  • When Cho Jang-kil realizes that Jangbogo is delaying his wedding with Chae-ryung because of his undeniable love for Jung-hwa, he meets Jung-hwa and asks her to help Jangbogo give up on her.

  • Kim Yang appoints Yumjang, Dae-chi and Baek-kyung as his secret soldiers. Yumjang states to Kim Yang that the only thing he wants is to kill Jangbogo.

  • Jangbogo warns Yumjang that he will feel a pain greater than death itself, and tattoos the word ?Thief? on Yumjang?s forehead. Instead of killing Yumjang, Jangbogo orders the tattoo on his forehead and orders that he?d live the rest of his life as a slave.

  • Jangbogo successfully hides on the island and fights off all pirates. When he points his sword to Lee Do-hyung?s throat, he is reminded of how his parents were killed by Lee Do-hyung.

  • Kim Woo-jing is angered at Lady Jami and pledges to swipe out all the corrupted officials on her side. At this warning, Lady Jami feels greatly threatened.

  • The injured Seol-pyung continues to be unconscious, and Chae-ryung and Jangbogo watch in great sorrow. Upon waking up, Seol-pyung stops Jangbogo from starting a battle with Yumjang.

  • Jung-hwa encounters Jangbogo after some time and quietly tells him to forget all about her as she has about him. Meanwhile, Yumjang and the pirates attack a ship, and when Jung-hwa finds Jangbogo and Yumjang battling, she falls into shock and confusion.

  • Jangbogo points out Lady Jami as the person behind the assassin and sends his troops to Kim Woo-jing?s house. Jung-hwa makes up her mind to cut ties with Jangbogo, and he is saddened by her sudden cold response.

  • Yumjang?s heart aches for his love for Jung-hwa but he is saddened to realize that her heart is directed to Jangbogo. Meanwhile, Lady Jami plans to murder Jangbogo using Yumjang, while prying into how Jung-hwa became such an influential merchant in a short time.

  • Kim Woojing agrees to Jangbogo to permit his men to come to Shilla and promises to cooperate in any way he can in helping Jangbogo defeat the troubling pirates. Jangbogo orders Jungryun and Paik Hajin to be trained to fight the pirates.

  • When pirates attack the ships filled with imported goods to Shilla, Jangbogo comes to Shilla to deal with these pirates and asks for Lady Jami?s cooperation to have his men come also.

  • Two years later? Lady Jami who has lost all of her wealth over the past 2 years makes a lavish comeback as a successful merchant who holds the key to trading with Shilla. Her unexpected offer to give the key to trading with Shilla to anyone who offers the cheapest price for silk makes the merchants? hearts waver.

  • Yumjang betrays Leesado to save Junghwa, and sets Leesado's camp on fire. While being saved by Yumjang, Junghwa's eyes catch those of Jangbogo's for a brief moment. Yumjang ignores Junghwa's teary eyes and takes her away from the chaotic war scene.

  • Yumjang leads his troops to save Junghwa, and Jangbogo leaves immediately after hearing the news that Yumjang is within his territory. Yumjang comes face-to-face with Jangbogo after saving Junghwa.

  • Jangbogo's troops and Yumjang's troops have their final showdown. Although Jangbogo's troops are greatly outnumbered by Yumjang's soldiers, he manages to defeat Yumjang and safely brings Wangjiheung back.

  • Jangbogo safely returns to Yangju, but is furious after finding out that Junghwa has made up her mind to marry Yumjang in exchange for his life. Jungryun tries to bring Lady Jami down by exposing that she has aligned with Leesado, but Jangbogo makes a deal with her to bring Junghwa to Yangju.

  • While Jangbogo and his troops head for Leesado's camp, Leesado orders his men to capture Jangbogo alive. Yumjang sends Joongdal and his men to kidnap Chaeryung. Meanwhile, when Jangbogo hears that Chaeryung has been kidnapped, he risks his own life by stepping into Leesado's camp.

  • Jung-hwa takes off to Mujinjo at Lady Jami's request, completely unaware that Yumjang is hiding in the carriage. Yumjang is heartbroken as he watches in secret Jangbogo and Jung-hwa speaking to each other with so much affection.

  • Jangbogo and Yumjang have a final showdown. Jangbogo finds out by Jung-hwa that the person who saved his own life from poison arrow was none other than Yumjang.

  • After Jung-hwa makes up her mind to marry Yumjang, she is startled to find that Jangbogo has returned home. Meanwhile, Jung-hwa discovers that the person who attempted to kill Jangbogo was in fact Yumjang.

  • After Jangbogo leaves Wonhang to bring back the lost dignity of Seolpyung, words soon spread that he has been killed. Jung-hwa, unable to control her grief, jumps into the sea to kill herself, but Yumjang saves her.

  • Seolpyung appoints Koongbuk as n high-ranking official, giving him the new name of Jangbogo. Meanwhile, Yumjang gives Jung-hwa rare gems, and pledges to her that he will devote the rest of his life for her.

  • Upon finding out that Lee Do-hyung was behind the incident with the pirates, Jangbogo (Koongbuk) shivers with anger at how his life has changed upside down and how his father was killed in that incident.

  • Jangbogo (Koongbuk) and Jung-ryun are sent to prison after getting involved in a fight with Joong-dal on the street. The worried Chae-ryung does everything in her power to release him.

  • Jung-hwa nurses the unconscious Koongbuk, and Yumjang watches her with an aching heart. Both of them leave just before Koongbuk wakes up from his long unconsciousness.

  • In an attempt to save the imprisoned Jung-hwa, Koongbuk participates in a sword contest once again, risking his life.

  • Koongbuk kills Yupo in the sword contest and wins the final victory. When Koongbuk sees Lady Jami in the audience, he immediately thinks that Jung-hwa would be in Yangju as well.

  • After intensive sword training, Koongbuk and Jung-ryun excel, and Koongbuk participates in a sword contest. When Koongbuk takes off his mask after the final victory, Lady Jami is shocked to see him still alive.

  • When the Major General finds out that Koongbuk defeated Ryusa, he secretly takes him in to train him as a swordsman. Koongbuk undergoes intensive training.

  • Jung-hwa pledges to devote her life to Lady Jami for saving Koongbuk?s life. When Lady Jami realizes Jung-hwa's hidden talent as a merchant, she appoints her as a clerk. Meanwhile, tired of their lives as slaves, Koongbuk and Jung-ryun get into a fight, and Koongbuk kills Ryusa, who was known as the best swordsman.

  • Choi Mu-chang is severely injured, and Koongbuk and Jung-ryun become imprisoned by Lady Jami. Lady Jami sends Koongbuk and Jung-ryun as slaves, when Jung-hwa begs her with tears to save their lives.

  • Koongbuk tries to persuade Jung-hwa to elope with him, but she refuses in an attempt to revive her fallen family and brother, Chan-kyum. Meanwhile, Yumjang hides in the nobleman's house.

  • Koongbuk reencounters with Jung-hwa, and the two confirm their love for each other. Yumjang is heartbroken when he sees how deeply Jung-hwa feels for Koongbuk. Lady Jami plans to send Jung-hwa as a concubine of an old nobleman.

  • Just before Koongbuk is able to participate in the sword contest, he is drafted as a solider. Meanwhile, Yumjang succeeds as a merchant in Dang Dynasty. Jung-ryun becomes Lady Jami?s private soldier with the help of Yumjang.

  • Koongbuk attempts to try out for a sword contest held by Lady Jami, aiming for the first prize, which will guarantee his freedom to break away from his slave status. Koongbuk learns his sword skills from Choi Mu-chang.

  • Koongbuk helps his father, Du-man, with work on a ship but later realizes that it is a pirate ship, and that they have been schemed. Du-man loses his life while trying to save his son, and Koongbuk and Jung-ryun get caught by soldiers.

  • As a slave boy, Koongbuk, hides on a ship headed to Dang Dynasty. Koongbuk pledges to learn how to use a sword to survive. When he meets Yumjang who has excellent sword skills, he begs him to teach him.

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