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The saga of "The Great Jang Geum" continues in Vol. 2 of Dae Jang Geum! Collecting episodes 19-36 of the epic Korean drama, Dae Jang Geum 2 finds Jang-Geum (Lee Young Ae of Joint Security Area) at the center of even more factional battles in the royal household.

Jang-Geum must contend with the daily struggles between the kitchen ladies, whose battles over hierarchy and preferential treatment from the King grow increasingly vicious - and even murderous. At first, Jang-Geum cannot trust anyone in the kitchen, but she discovers that she may have a secret ally among the ladies. Even more, this ally knew Jang-Geum's late mother! But even this revelation comes with a terrible price...

An extended historical drama set in 16th century Korea, Dae Jang Geum (a.k.a. Jewel in the Palace) tells the story of real-life historical figure Jang-Geum, an apprentice cook who rose to untold prominence in the Emperor's Court. During its initial television run, Dae Jang Geum garnered a record 54% ratings share, and the series proved equally popular abroad, earning record ratings in Hong Kong and Taiwan!

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Product Title: Dae Jang Geum aka: Jewel in the Palace Volume 2 (MBC TV Series) (US Version) 大長今 第二卷 (MBC TV Series) (美洲版) 大长今 第二卷 (MBC TV Series) (美洲版) 宮廷女官 チャングムの誓い (大長今 : テジャングム) 第2巻 (第19 - 36話) (MBC TV Series) (US版) 대장금 2부 (MBC TV시리즈) (미국판)
Artist Name(s): Lee Young Ae | Ji Jin Hee 李英愛 | 池 珍熙 李英爱 | 池珍熙 イ・ヨンエ | チ・ジニ 이 영애 | 지 진희
Release Date: 2005-04-20
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Publisher: YA Entertainment
Other Information: 6 DVD (18 Episodes)
Package Weight: 580 (g)
Shipment Unit: 3 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1003964128

Product Information

* Screen Format: 4:3
* Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
* DVD Type: DVD-9

During its run in Korea, MBC's Dae Jang Geum TV mini-series achieved an amazing 54% ratings share, the highest viewer rating in Korean television history!

A historical drama based on a true story, Dae Jang Geum tells the tale of Jang-Geum, the first female to become a personal physician for a King. Jang-Geum (Lee Young-Ae of JSA and One Fine Spring Day) faces tremendous odds while working her way to the top of the royal court during 16th century Korea. With her extraordinary determination and wisdom, she manages to achieve the impossible in a time when women had little influence in Korean society.

Dae Jang Geum makes its US debut with high-quality English and Chinese subtitles that capture all the important details of the royal cuisine and ancient Korean medicine. The well-written and clever plot full of twists and turns will have you rooting for "The Great Jang Geum!"

Also starring Ji Jin-Hee (Love Letter).

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January 17, 2005

This professional review refers to Dae Jang Geum aka : Jewel in the Palace Volume 1 (MBC TV Series) (US Version)
Having been initiated by members of my family, I am now addicted to the most popular drama series in South Korea. The series, The Great Jang-Geum, is an extended historical drama set in the sixteenth-century court of the Korean Emperor. It tells the story of a real historical figure, Jang-Geum, a girl who grows up as an apprentice cook in the royal kitchens and rises to prominence within the palace. The affairs of the kitchen and the royal household are depicted as matters of the most grave import; the factional struggles and battles over hierarchy and preferment among the Kitchen Ladies are vicious and at times murderous. In this hostile world, the virtuous Jang-Geum is constantly tested and always prevails.

The production values are high: the photography, the interiors, the outdoor locations and especially the costumes seem carefully and expensively done. The point, though, is the storytelling, and that has the elements of a nineteenth-century novel: obscure parentage and hidden identity, a clear distinction between good and evil (with occasional surprises), a sub-plot of forbidden but chaste love, and comic minor characters. Even the rhythm of crisis and resolution and the end-of-episode cliffhangers fit the mold perfectly. Compelling writing, a very competent cast, and frequent Iron-Chef-like cooking sequences make the hour-long episodes go by too quickly. The only fault may be that Jang-Geum, like Esther Summerson in Bleak House, is too perfect. It's not an insignificant fault, but perhaps it's unavoidable if things are to be kept chugging forward through the sprawling, extroverted plot without getting bogged down in anyone's subjectivity.

It certainly does sprawl. The Great Jang-Geum is projected to run for about sixty one-hour episodes, aired at a rate of two per week. A steady two episodes per week for half a year without interruption makes for a longer and more concentrated viewing experience than what an American drama series can provide, which seems meager by comparison. The result is that watching The Great Jang-Geum becomes part of one's life; it adds enormously to the pleasure to have someone to talk with about the story as it unfolds. It might be most accurate to think of it as a high-class soap opera, but with much tighter plotting and better production, and without the aimlessness, absurdity and desperation that the voracious open-ended soap opera format seems to engender.

What surprises me most is that someone has gone to the all the effort to subtitle this vast program in English. Could it be a labor of love, a purely disinterested act of cultural outreach? Whatever the reason, I salute the effort.

by Peter Riis - The New Companion
Originally published March 2004

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Customer Review of "Dae Jang Geum aka: Jewel in the Palace Volume 2 (MBC TV Series) (US Version)"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.8 out of 10 (6)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (84)

Gary
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July 11, 2014

This customer review refers to Dae Jang Geum (End) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (MBC TV Drama) (Singapore Version)
Another Poor Singapore Version Customer Review Rated Bad 4 - 4 out of 10
Most of the reviewers are commenting on the US version by YA Entertainment that unfortunately is no longer available. I do have both the US and also the Singapore version by Poh Kim. The Singapore version leaves much to be desired. The picture quality is compressed from the 18 D5 discs in the bright, clear US version, to either 14 D5 or 7 D9 discs in the Singapore versions, resulting in a picture lacking in definition. Worse, Poh Kim have decided to chop certain scenes entirely from their version, leaving the viewer wondering why the sudden and unexplained cut from one scene to another. Why couldn't they have left it alone? Money and cheap-ass Singapore production considerations I guess. (See my review of Poh Kim's edition of 9 Times Time Travel DVD). I would advise to avoid Poh Kim, but there is not much alternative now that we can't obtain the US DJG editions anymore, so it is better than nothing. Even in it's butchered Singapore version, this is a superb, unique drama that must be seen.
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May 2, 2011

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Fantastic, Loved this K-Drama Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
A true story with beautiful scenery, historical accuracy, and great acting. It is absolutely engrossing! It is a fascinating story which has been wonderfully adapted for television and is beautifully acted and filmed. This young woman's life story weaves through the palace intrigues of the Chosun dynasty in Korea, which for most Americans is totally unfamiliar territory. However, on a personal level, any modern person will identify with the problems Jang Geum encounters fighting a corrupt administration. In addition, the Korean philosophy of life which underlies individual's choices and the events in the story makes the story unpredictable to most Americans and Western civilizations.
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July 11, 2010

This customer review refers to Dae Jang Geum (AKA : Jewel in the Palace) :The Complete Series (DVD) (MBC TV Drama) (US Version)
FANTASTIC MOVIE, FABULOUS CAST! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I fell in love with the series when it was being aired in my country. I looked everywhere for the dvd and just recently bought it from YA. The story is as wonderful as ever, the best korean drama of all time, and the quality of the us version is just marvelous.. The picture is bright and the english sub is very good.. I look forward of enjoying this dvd for many years to come..
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June 29, 2010

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GREAT SERIES Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
THIS SERIES IS NOW WATCHING IN TV CHANNEL 6(GOVERNMENT AND CULTURAL CHANNEL) IN PUERTO RICO AND DUBBED IN SPANISH(EXCELENT DUBBED VERSION) AND THE STORY IS VERY INTERESTING. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. IS THE FOURTH DRAMA KOREAN TO BROADCAST IN PUERTO RICO IN THE SAME CHANNEL.
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Michelle
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February 13, 2010

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My first favorite Drama Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I don't usually like dramas but this one I got addicted too and fast. I love this show! Jang Geum serves as a role model for all girls who struggle in the process of achieving goals. Her strength, perseverance, loyalty, Compassion and integrity should be things we all should strive for against the Lady Chois in our lives. We should all be like Jang Geum and I definitley recommend this show.
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