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Gaekju 04

Title: 장사의 신 – 객주 2015 / The Merchant: Gaekju 2015
Chinese Title: 生意之神 – 客主2015
Also Known as: God of Commerce: Gaekju 2015
Previously known as: 객주 (The Innkeeper)
Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 36+5
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2015-Sep-23 to 2016-Feb-18
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 22:00

Synopsis

Based on the ten-volume original novel “Gaekju” by Kim Joo Young which was published from 1979-June to 1983-Feb through daily newspaper “The Seoul Shinmun”.

A drama that tells the story of tradesmen in the late years of the Joseon era. Cheon Bong Sam (Jang Hyuk), the descendant of a merchant family, starts off in the market as a barker and makes his way up to become a wealthy merchant.

Cast

Main Cast

Jang Hyuk as Cheon Bong Sam
Jo Hyun Do as Cheon Bong Sam (child)
Yoo Oh Sung as Gil So Gae
Park Gun Tae as So Gae (young)
Kim Min Jung as Mae Wol
Han Chae Ah as Jo So Sa

Chun Family Merchant Group

Park Eun Hye as Cheon So Rye
Seo Ji Hee as Cheon So Rye(child)
Im Hyung Joon as Oh Deuk Gae
Im Dae Ho as a peddler
Song Young Jae as Mung Gae
Park Hyo Joon as Ahm Mang Chi

Songpa Stables

Jung Tae Woo as Seon Dol
Ryu Dam as Gom Bae
Kim Myung Soo as Jo Sung Joon
Park Sang Myun as Song Man Chi
Yang Jung Ah as Bang Geum
Lee Dal Hyung as Choi Dol
Bang Hyung Joo as Wang Bal

Yuguijeon Merchant Group

Moon Ga Young as Wol Yi
Lee Duk Hwa as Shin Suk Joo
Kim Il Woo as Maeng Goo Bum
Kim Gyu Chul as Kim Bo Hyun
Kim Hak Chul as Kim Hak Joon
Kim Jong Kook as Park Seo Gi
Im Ho as Min Gyum Ho

Others

Jun Hun Tae (전헌태)
Kim Seung Wook
Kim Ha Kyoon
Kim Duk Hyun
Jun Jin Gi
Seol Ji Yoon
Gi Yun Ho (기연호)
Go Kyu Pil
Go In Bum
Kim Jin Tae
Jung Dong Kyu
Lee Ji Hyun
Lee Ki Yeol
Choi Ji Na
Ahn Jae Mo
Jo Duk Hyun
Woo Hyun
Kim Ki Doo
Park Yoo Seung

Cameos

Kim Seung Soo as Chun Oh Soo (Chun Bong Sam’s father)
Lee Won Jong as Gil Sang Moon (Gil So Gae’s father)
Choi Joo Bong

Production Credits

Chief Producer: Kang Byung Taek
Producer: Kim Min Kyung (김민경), Park Woo Ram (박우람), Ahn Chang Hyun (안창현), Han Hye Yun (한혜연)
Director: Kim Jong Sun, Kim Dong Hwi
Screenwriters: Jung Sung Hee and Lee Han Ho

Note

– The word “Gaekju” was used during the Joseon Dynasty period and has not been used in the present days and the meaning is “Broker” or “Commission Merchant”.

– The drama was initially announced as a 36-episode drama. Due to the high ratings of this drama, the production team decided to increase 5 more episodes to total of 41 episodes. (source)

Awards

2015 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Awards – Jang Hyuk & Han Chae Ah (The Merchant: Gaekju 2015)
2015 KBS Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actor – Park Bo Gum (I Remember You) & Kim Gyu Chul (The Merchant: Gaekju & Jingbirok)
2015 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Actress (Medium Series): Kim Min Jung (The Merchant: Gaekju 2015)
2015 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Actor (Medium Series): Jang Hyuk (The Merchant: Gaekju 2015)

Episode Ratings

Date Ep TNmS TNmS AGB AGB
    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2015-09-23 1 5.2 (<6.7) 6.9 7.3 (18th)
2015-09-24 2 4.5 (<7.2) 5.9 5.8
2015-09-30 3 4.1 4.0 6.0 5.8
2015-10-01 4 4.3 (<7.8) 6.7 6.7
2015-10-07 5 6.9 (18th) 7.2 (20th) 7.8 (17th) 8.2 (15th)
2015-10-08 6 7.4 (19th) 7.7 (18th) 9.5 (12th) 10.0 (12th)
2015-10-14 7 8.7 (14th) 9.1 (9th) 11.1 (7th) 11.5 (7th)
2015-10-15 8 8.4 (19th) 9.2 (16th) 10.0 (11th) 9.8 (13th)
2015-10-21 9 8.1 (17th) 9.1 (11th) 9.9 (10th) 10.5 (9th)
2015-10-22 10 8.0 (19th) 8.5 (18th) 10.9 (10th) 11.2 (10th)
2015-10-28 11 8.2 (17th) 8.5 (15th) 10.1 (14th) 9.9 (13th)
2015-10-29 x Posponed For Baseball Game
2015-11-04 12 7.7 (17th) 8.2 (16th) 11.1 (7th) 11.3 (8th)
2015-11-05 13 7.8 (20th) 8.3 (17th) 10.2 (12th) 10.2 (13th)
2015-11-11 14 7.9 (17th) 8.7 (14th) 11.3 (8th) 11.7 (7th)
2015-11-12 15 9.5 (13th) 10.2 (8th) 12.1 (6th) 11.6 (6th)
2015-11-18 16 Not Available 12.0 (6th) 11.9 (7th)
2015-11-19 17 8.0 (19th) 8.9 (12th) 11.7 (7th) 11.6 (6th)
2015-11-25 18 8.6 (16th) 8.9 (11th) 12.2 (6th) 12.2 (6th)
2015-11-26 19 9.2 (14th) 9.6 (9th) 13.0 (6th) 12.8 (5th)
2015-12-02 20 8.1 (15th) 8.7 (12th) 12.4 (6th) 12.6 (7th)
2015-12-03 21 9.7 (14th) 10.6 (8th) 12.2 (6th) 12.3 (6th)
2015-12-09 22 8.4 (15th) 9.2 (9th) 11.6 (7th) 11.8 (6th)
2015-12-10 23 8.5 (14th) 9.4 (9th) 11.4 (7th) 11.6 (7th)
2015-12-16 24 8.4 (17th) 8.7 (12th) 10.6 (12th) 10.1 (10th)
2015-12-17 25 7.4 (20th) 7.6 (16th) 11.6 (8th) 10.9 (9th)
2015-12-23 26 7.7 (18th) 8.2 (11th) 11.7 (6th) 11.0 (8th)
2015-12-24 27 7.6 (18th) 8.0 (11th) 11.0 (8th) 11.1 (7th)
2016-01-06 28 7.7 (19th) 8.5 (12th) 9.8 (7th) 9.7 (8th)
2016-01-07 29 8.8 (19th) 9.6 (12th) 11.4 (7th) 11.6 (9th)
2016-01-13 30 8.0 (19th) 8.5 (17th) 10.7 (11th) 10.4 (11th)
2016-01-14 31 9.2 (17th) 9.5 (15th) 11.4 (8th) 11.5 (8th)
2016-01-20 32 8.4 (20th) 8.1 (19th) 10.8 (12th) 10.2 (11th)
2016-01-21 33 9.8 (18th) 9.3 (15th) 11.5 (8th) 11.0 (10th)
2016-01-27 34 9.1 (18th) 9.1 (14th) 10.2 (11th) 9.9 (11th)
2016-01-28 35 9.9 (16th) 9.6 (13th) 11.8 (10th) 11.0 (10th)
2016-02-03 36 9.1 (18th) 9.0 (14th) 11.2 (9th) 11.1 (9th)
2016-02-04 37 9.9 (15th) 10.1 (11th) 11.4 (11th) 10.6 (12th)
2016-02-10 38 8.7 (20th) 8.9 (20th) 10.4 (16th) (<10.0)
2016-02-11 39 8.4 8.5 (17th) 11.1 (10th) 10.4 (13th)
2016-02-17 40 8.5 (20th) 8.5 (16th) 10.4 (12th) 9.7 (15th)
2016-02-18 41 8.8 (20th) 9.4 (13th) 11.2 (10th) 10.9 (10th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

*** Different between TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielson – Here

Poster

Gaekju Poster1 Gaekju Poster2 Gaekju Poster3 Gaekju Poster4

Related Photo

(Other Photo from Official Site)

Gaekju 1 Gaekju 10 Gaekju 2 Gaekju 3 Gaekju 4 Gaekju 5 Gaekju 6 Gaekju 7 Gaekju 8 Gaekju 9

Official Site

Trailer I & Trailer II & Trailer III & Trailer IV & Trailer V & Trailer VI

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60 Responses to “The Merchant: Gaekju 2015”

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  1. 51
    kdramasubindo Says:

    bagus banget filmnya nih.. semoga episodenya lebih panjang 😀

  2. 52
    korea fan Says:

    I’ll continue to support jang hyuk, he deserves the name of kibg of dramasm kudos! Fighting!

  3. 53
    maukaman Says:

    Can’t believe Jang Hyuk would accept a role of a hero who is so stupid and ignorant that he is repeatedly fooled by Gil Sogae. He repeatedly is outfitted by all the bad guys and gets all his friends and family killed. I guess some actors will take any role for money.

  4. 54
    kathlyn Says:

    i dont like this drama .

  5. 55
    dramalady Says:

    same here. I dont like the drama. very slow and with no point with script badly written. Wasted Jang Hyuk’s acting.

  6. 56
    asma Says:

    nice

  7. 57
    winnie Says:

    For me it is boring, too. Although I like period dramas a lot

  8. 58
    yosuf starship Says:

    Jang Hyuk best actor 😉

  9. 59
    rian Says:

    why extend this drama ? not interesting!!!!

  10. 60
    tncdel Says:

    I’ve watched over 200 Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese dramas over the years, including about 60 historical Korean dramas. This one was about the WORST.

    A great cast was wasted on a lousy script about subject matter presented in a boring way.

    Jang Hyuk’s talents as an action hero were wasted, playing the role of a complete idiot. And it was boring.

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