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The Story of the First King’s Four Gods

Title: 태왕사신기 / The Story of the First King’s Four Gods
Chinese title : 太王四神記
Also known as: The Legend / Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi
Genre: Period Drama
Episodes: 24
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2007-Sept-11 to 2007-Dec-05
Air time: Wednesdays & Thursdays 21:55 (9:55 Korean time)
Theme song: ‘A thousand years love song’ by DBSK (Dong Bang Shin Gi)

Synopsis

This drama portrays the life of the 19th king of Goguryeo. Jumong, the founder of Goguryeo, establish Goguryeo with his Four Gods: Cheong-ryong (Blue Dragon), Baek-ho (White Tiger), Joo-jak (Phoenix), Hyeon-mu (symbolized as a turtle). The Japanese may know them as Seiryuu, Byakko, Suzaku, and Genbu. Jumong marries Soseono, who had a big part in the founding of Goguryeo. They have two sons, Onjo and Biryu. When the son of Jumong’s first wife came to Goguryeo in search of his father, and is named Crown Prince, Soseono takes her sons, Onjo and Biryu, South and establishs Baekje. This is how Baekje and Goguryeo were known as “brother countries”.

As time passed, the Four Gods secluded themselves from society and watched as Baekje and Goguryeo’s relationship worsened (worsened more mainly because Goguryeo’s king was killed in a battle between Baekje and Goguryeo).

One day, Ju-ahn, “Hyeon-mu” of the Four Gods, sees two stars sour up into the sky. Since one came from the palace in Baekje, it predicted the birth of “Su”, later known as King Ah-shin. The other star came from Goguryeo, prophesizing the birth of Dam-deok, later known as Gwang Gae Toh Dae Wang.

Realizing that his new master has come to the world, Ju-ahn awaits in the vast Manchuria with a young girl, Sujini, to see which of the two will be his master. Sujini was picked up as an orphan by Ju-ahn and considers Ju-ahn as her father.

Therefore, the story is on the Four Gods looking for their master, Gwang Gae Toh Dae Wang, who was an expert in tactics, the woman he loved (Sujini), who was also loved by the coldhearted King Ah-shin.

Who was Dam-deok (Gwang Gae Toh Dae Wang)?: He was the 19th king of Goguryeo (lasted from 37 B.C. to 668 A.D.). During the time of Dam-deok, Goguryeo was the most powerful nation in East Asia (yes, even the Chinese dynasty couldn’t defeat Goguryeo). At age 11, he was made the Crown Prince and became King when he was 16. In 396, he attacked Baekje (a nation Southwest of Goguryeo) and took over the northern area above the Han River. He defeated the many invasions made by the Yeon Dynasty (China) after 400 A.D. During his reign, the number of castles he took over numbered in the hundreds and villages numbered in the thousands. However, he died at an untimely age of 39.

Cast

Bae Yong Jun as Damdeok / Hwanwoong
Yoo Seung Ho as young Damdeok
Lee Ji Ah as Sujini / Seoh
Shim Eun Kyung as young Sujini
Moon So Ri as Seo Ki Ha / Kajin
Park Eun Bin as teen Ki Ha
– Kim Eun Suh as 5 year old Ki Ha
Oh Kwang Rok as Hyeonko (Sujini’s master)
Oh Seung Yoon as young Hyeonko
Choi Min Soo as Daejangro (Hwacheon leader)
Yoon Tae Young as Yeon Ho Gae
– Kim Ho Young as young Ho Gae
Park Sang Won as Yeon Garyo (Ho Gae’s father, Goguryeo’s Prime Minister)
Park Sung Woong as Jumuchi
Lee Philip as Cheoro
Lee Hyun Woo as young Cheoro
Park Jung Hak as General Go Woo Cheung
Jang Hang Sun as Heuk Gae (Julno chief)

Extended Cast

Kim Hyuk as Dalgu (Heuk Gae’s son)
Kim Suk as Dalgu’s friend
Park Sung Min as Saryang (Ki Ha’s guardian)
Shin Eun Jung as Dalbi (Ho Gae’s servant)
Kim Mi Kyung as Bason (blacksmith)
Min Ji Oh as Soidooroo
Baek Jae Jin as Bool Deul
Hong Kyung Yun as Dae Shin Kwan
Jung Yoon Suk as Ahjik (Kiha and Damdeok’s son)
Lee Da Hee as Gakudan (Royal guardian)
Song Kwi Hyun as Jo Joo Do
Woo Hyun as wheat seller (Hyeonko’s friend)
Kim Sun Kyung as Ho Gae’s mother
Dok Go Young Jae as King Yang (Damdeok’s father)
Lee Ah Yi
Jo Seung Yun

Production Credits

Producer: Kim Jong Hak
Writer: Song Ji Na, Park Kyung Soo
Director: Yoon Sang Ho

Episode Ratings

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2007-09-11 1 20.4 (3rd) 21.6 (3rd)
2007-09-12 2 26.9 (1st) 27.7 (1st)
2007-09-13 3 26.9 (1st) 28.3 (1st)
2007-09-19 4 31.7 (1st) 33.3 (1st)
2007-09-20 5 31.5 (1st) 33.1 (1st)
2007-09-26 6 23.4 (2nd) 25.3 (1st)
2007-09-27 7 30.9 (1st) 33.0 (1st)
2007-10-10 8 25.9 (2nd) 26.4 (2nd)
2007-10-11 9 28.2 (2nd) 29.3 (1st)
2007-10-17 10 27.5 (2nd) 28.6 (1st)
2007-10-18 11 28.3 (2nd) 29.7 (1st)
2007-10-24 12 29.6 (2nd) 30.2 (1st)
2007-10-25 13 29.1 (2nd) 30.4 (1st)
2007-10-31 14 27.9 (2nd) 29.0 (1st)
2007-11-01 15 31.9 (1st) 33.2 (1st)
2007-11-07 16 30.0 (2nd) 31.0 (1st)
2007-11-08 17 30.4 (2nd) 31.9 (1st)
2007-11-14 18 30.4 (2nd) 31.5 (1st)
2007-11-15 19 31.6 (2nd) 32.8 (1st)
2007-11-21 20 30.4 (2nd) 32.1 (1st)
2007-11-22 21 32.3 (2nd) 33.4 (1st)
2007-11-28 22 31.6 (2nd) 32.9 (1st)
2007-11-29 23 33.0 (2nd) 34.6 (1st)
2007-12-05 24 35.7 (1st) 37.0 (1st)
2007-09-10 1st Special 14.1 (6th) 14.5 (6th)
2007-12-06 2nd Special 16.9 (2nd) 16.0 (2nd)

Source: TNS Media Korea

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Theme song (A thousand years love song) by TVXQ/DBSK

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