Kingdom of Joseon Korea (1392-1897)

by indeetee | created - 22 Jan 2017 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Films and series set during the Joseon or Choson dynasty, the longest-lived dynasty in world history.

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1. Masquerade (2012)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

A look-alike commoner is secretly hired to take the place of a poisoned king to save his country from falling into chaos.

Director: Chang-min Choo | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Seung-ryong Ryu, Hyo-Joo Han, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 5,160 | Gross: $0.92M

2. Painted Fire (2002)

Unrated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

78 Metascore

In a time of political and social unrest in nineteenth-century Korea, an uncouth, self-taught painter explores his natural talent amidst the repressive world around him.

Director: Kwon-taek Im | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Sung-Ki Ahn, Ho-jeong Yu, Yeo-jin Kim

Votes: 2,394 | Gross: $0.06M

3. Chunhyang (2000)

R | 120 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

79 Metascore

Mongryong marries the beautiful Chunhyang without telling his father, the Governor of Namwon. When his father is transferred to Seoul, Mongryong has to leave Chunhyang and finish his exams.... See full summary »

Director: Kwon-taek Im | Stars: Hyo-jeong Lee, Seung-woo Cho, Seong-nyeo Kim, Hak-young Kim

Votes: 1,515 | Gross: $0.80M

4. The Sound of a Flower (2015)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography

During the Joseon Dynasty, lowborn Chae-sun challenges the rule that states only men allowed to sing while navigating devotion to her teacher and the demands of the king's father.

Director: Jong-pil Lee | Stars: Seung-ryong Ryu, Suzy Bae, Sae-byeok Song, Nam-gil Kim

Votes: 165

5. The Throne (2015)

125 min | Drama, History

Set in 18th century Korea, long-ruling King Yeongjo's struggle with his son, Sado, sees the king take extreme measures in order to deal with his heir.

Director: Joon-ik Lee | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ah-in Yoo, Geun-young Moon, Hae-sook Kim

Votes: 1,581

6. The Moon That Embraces the Sun (2012)

TV-Y | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The story of the secret love between Lee Hwon, a fictional king of Joseon, and Wol, a female shaman. Wol was born as Heo Yeon Woo, the daughter of a noble family who won the love of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mi-seon Jeon, Mi-kyeong Yang, Eung-soo Kim, Eun-pyo Jeong

Votes: 1,237

7. The King and the Clown (2005)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, History

Two clowns living in Korea's Chosun Dynasty get arrested for staging a play that satirizes the king. They are dragged to the palace and threatened with execution but are given a chance to save their lives if they can make the king laugh.

Director: Joon-ik Lee | Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Jin-young Jung, Seong-Yeon Kang, Joon-Gi Lee

Votes: 4,650

8. Gunman in Joseon (2014– )

Not Rated | Action, History, Romance

Based in the time of enlightenment of 19th-century Joseon, This drama tells the story of Joseon's last swordsman named Park Yoon Kang who grabs a gun ditching his sword and grows to become ... See full summary »

Stars: Ji Hyun Ahn, Seok-Hwan An, Cheol-ho Choi, Jong-won Choi

Votes: 203

9. Iljimae (2008)

60 min | Action, History, Romance

Set during the Joseon Dynasty, Ryung acted as a hooligan in the marketplace by day but at night he was a thief who robbed corrupted government officials to give to the poor.

Stars: Joon-Gi Lee, Sung-ryung Kim, Kil-kang Ahn, Won-jong Lee

Votes: 617

10. The Princess' Man (2011)

Drama

A tragic love story between the daughter of Prince Suyang and grandson of Kim Jong Seo. The son of Kim Jongseo, Seungyoo, is a handsome and wise man who carries a noble quality. Princess ... See full summary »

Stars: Chae-won Moon, Shi-hoo Park, Jong-ho Song, Soo-hyun Hong

Votes: 372

11. Russian Coffee (2012)

115 min | Drama

About a man who must betray his country to protect the woman he loves. Revolve around the first introduction of Coffee in Korea.

Director: Yun-hyeon Jang | Stars: Jin-mo Ju, So-yeon Kim, Hee-soon Park, Seon Yu

Votes: 182

12. The Face Reader (2013)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History

About Nae-kyung who is able to assess the personality, mental state and habits of a person by looking at his face. Because of his abilities, he gets involved in a power struggle between Prince Sooyang and Kim Jong-Seo.

Director: Jae-rim Han | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Jung-jae Lee, Yun-shik Baek, Jung-suk Jo

Votes: 1,747 | Gross: $0.52M

13. The Fatal Encounter (2014)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Drama

King Jeongjo (Hyun-Bin) attempts to protect his royal powers from the conflict of two factions: Noron and Soron.

Director: J.Q. Lee | Stars: Hyun Bin, Jae-yeong Jeong, Jung-suk Jo, Eun-chae Jung

Votes: 866

14. Empire of Lust (2015)

113 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Kim Min-jae (Shin Ha-kyun), is a brilliant general who's distinguished himself by protecting the borders of the recently established Joseon dynasty. He keeps a close eye on Yi Bang-won (... See full summary »

Director: Sang-hoon Ahn | Stars: Hyuk Jang, Ha-kyun Shin, Ha-Neul Kang, Han-na Kang

Votes: 275 | Gross: $0.01M

15. The Royal Tailor (2014)

127 min | Drama

Story of a rivalry between two tailors Dol-Seok, who is the best master artisan in charge of royal attire and Kong-Jin - genius like designer, born with dexterity and an excellent sense, plunges the court into scandal and tragedy.

Director: Wonsuk Lee | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Soo Go, Shin-Hye Park, Yeon-Seok Yoo

Votes: 558

16. The Concubine (2012)

Unrated | 122 min | Drama, History, Romance

A tragic love triangle story between Hwa-Yeon, a daughter of a nobleman, her true love Kwon-Yoo, a servant and the man who will be King, Prince Sungwon.

Director: Dae-seung Kim | Stars: Yeo-jeong Jo, Dong-wook Kim, Min-Joon Kim, Ji-Young Park

Votes: 1,229

17. Portrait of a Beauty (2008)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Romance

Born to a family of established court painters, a woman is forced to carry on her family name and take over her brother's life after he commits suicide.

Director: Yun-su Jeon | Stars: Gyu-ri Kim, Yeong-ho Kim, Nam-gil Kim, Ja-Hyeon Chu

Votes: 536

18. Untold Scandal (2003)

124 min | Drama

73 Metascore

In late 1700s Korea, Lady Cho challenges the playboy Lord Jo-won into seducing and sleeping with her husband's coming young, virgin concubine. Lady Cho agrees to sleep with him if he succeeds.

Director: Je-yong Lee | Stars: Mi-sook Lee, Yong-jun Bae, Do-yeon Jeon, Hyeon-jae Jo

Votes: 2,029 | Gross: $0.06M

19. Forbidden Quest (2006)

R | 142 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A noble, high-class scholar starts to write erotic novels in 18th century of Chosun dynasty. He falls in love with a king's woman.

Director: Dae-woo Kim | Stars: Jong-ryol Choi, Suk-kyu Han, Gyo-jin Hong, Min-Jung Kim

Votes: 303

20. The Treacherous (2015)

133 min | Crime, Drama, History

The story of Joseon's tyrant king Yeonsan who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures, his seemingly loyal retainer who controls him and all court dealings, and a woman who seeks vengeance.

Director: Kyu-dong Min | Stars: Ji-Hoon Ju, Kang-woo Kim, Ho-jin Chun, Ji-yeon Lim

Votes: 906

21. The Servant (2010)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A servant falls in love with a girl whom his master also desires. Although the girl loves the servant, she also longs to improve her station in life.

Director: Dae-woo Kim | Stars: Ju-hyuk Kim, Seung-bum Ryoo, Yeo-jeong Jo, Hyeon-kyeong Ryu

Votes: 582

22. Chuno (2010– )

Action, Drama, History

Dae-gil is the leader of a group of slave hunters that are hired to find a runaway slave named Tae-ha, who was once a great warrior.

Stars: Hyuk Jang, Ji-Ho Oh, Da-hae Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 473

23. Lost Flower Eo Woo-dong (2015)

101 min | Drama

A triangular relationship between Eo Woo-dong, her husband Lee Dong, and fantasy character Moo-gong, highlights on the first half of the Joseon Dynasty and portrays the contradicted life of... See full summary »

Director: Soo Sung Lee | Stars: Do-bin Baek, Eun-pi Kang, Wook Han Yeo, Kyung-eup Nam

Votes: 33

24. Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (2016)

Romance

The unlikely love story between a crown prince and his eunuch.

Stars: Bo-Gum Park, Yoo-Jeong Kim, Soo-bin Chae, Dong-yeon Kwak

Votes: 1,236

25. The Rebel (2017)

TV-14 | Drama

Story of Hong Gil Dong, often said to be Robin Hood of Korea during Joseon Dynasty.

Stars: Ye-June Kim, Sang-Jung Kim, Hee-seop Sim, Kyun-Sang Yoon

Votes: 145

26. Six Flying Dragons (2015–2016)

Drama, History

Story of the the foundation of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea and ambition, success and fall of several real and fictional characters.

Stars: Ah-in Yoo, Yo-han Byun, Se-Kyung Shin, Kyun-Sang Yoon

Votes: 417

27. Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011– )

Action

Childhood friends Baek Dong Soo and Yeo Woon are both prodigies in combat. But while Baek Dong Soo became the top swordsman in the land, Yeo Woon would go on to serve a group of clandestine assassins whose aim is to overthrow the throne.

Stars: Chang-Wook Ji, Seung-ho Yoo, Ho-Chang Kim, Min-su Choi

Votes: 259

28. Dong Yi (2010– )

TV-Y | 60 min | Drama, History

A moving historical drama set in the Chosun Dynasty of old Korea, Dong Yi tells the story of a simple maid that rises high in the royal court as a consort and, ultimately, mother of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Hyo-Joo Han, Soo-bin Bae, Ran Choi, Da-Min Han

Votes: 857

29. Lee San, Wind of the Palace (2007–2008)

TV-Y | Drama, History

Yi San dramatizes the life of Korea's King Jeongjo, the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty. Jeongjo is remembered in Korean history for his sympathy with the harsh conditions his people had ... See full summary »

Stars: Seo-jin Lee, Ji-min Han, Soon-jae Lee, Seo Beom-Sik

Votes: 334

30. The Great Jang-Geum (2003–2004)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

A series based on a real person in Korean history, Suh, Jang-geum.

Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Hyeon-shik Lim, Jin-hee Ji, So-yi Kim

Votes: 2,526

31. Tree with Deep Roots (2011)

Not Rated | Drama, History

A series of murder occurred during the reign of King Sejong. As Kang Chae Yoon who is investigating these cases gets closer to the root of the truth, he finds himself embroiled in a massive... See full summary »

Stars: Seok-Hwan An, Jin-Woong Cho, Hie-bong Jo, Gi-Bang Kim

Votes: 274

32. Saimdang, the Herstory (2017)

60 min | Drama, History

Lee Young Ae (Jewel in the Palace) and Song Seung Hun (Autumn in My Heart, When a Man Loves) star in a historical drama about the untold story of the artist who defied the limitations of ... See full summary »

Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Seo-Joon Lee, Jong-hwan Choi, Seung-heon Song

Votes: 178

33. Grand Prince (2018– )

Drama, Romance

The story of two princes, one hungry for power and the other longs for love. They enter into a rivalry when they fell in love with the same woman.

Stars: Shi-Yoon Yoon, Soo-Hyun Choo, Jae-Suk Han, Moon Ji-In

Votes: 69

34. Rampant (2018)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

Lee Chung is a Prince of Joseon, but he has been taken hostage to the Qing Dynasty.

Director: Sung-hoon Kim | Stars: Hyun Bin, Dong-Gun Jang, Ji-hye Seo, Ju-hyuk Kim

Votes: 1,346 | Gross: $0.17M

35. The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018)

110 min | Comedy, History, Romance

Princess Songhwa refuses her fate of marrying someone who matches her marital harmony. There are 4 men on her future husband list with different fate signs. Refusing her fate, she decides ... See full summary »

Director: Hong Chang-Pyo | Stars: Jun-ho Choi, Minho Choi, Woo-sik Choi, Bok-rae Jo

Votes: 238

36. The Fortress (2017)

Not Rated | 140 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1636, King Injo hides in the mountains to avoid being part of the Qing dynasty.

Director: Dong-hyuk Hwang | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Yoon-Seok Kim, Hae-il Park, Soo Go

Votes: 1,064 | Gross: $0.25M

37. The Crowned Clown (2019)

80 min | Drama

Joseon is in a state of disorder due to uprisings and a power struggle surrounding King Lee Hun. To avoid assassination, a clown named Ha Sun is brought to the palace to take the place of ... See full summary »

Stars: Gwang Jang, Young-nam Jang, Hye-Young Jung, Sang-kyung Kim

Votes: 121

38. Secret Healer (2016)

TV-14 | Drama, Fantasy, History

Can a young royal physician change the fate of a cursed princess? When Queen Shim (Jang Hee Jin) is unable to conceive, she visits the shaman Hong Joo (Yum Jung Ah). Hong Joo's powerful ... See full summary »

Stars: Sae-ron Kim, Sung-Jae Lee, Shi-Yoon Yoon, Jung-ah Yum

Votes: 290

39. The Flower in Prison (2016)

65 min | Drama, History

In the Joseon Dynasty era, Ok-Nyeo (Jin Se-Yun) was born in prison. She belongs to weji-boo which helps people in the realm of law.

Stars: Se-Yeon Jin, Soo Go, Mi-suk Kim, Jun-ho Jeong

Votes: 88

40. The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (2017)

Drama, History, Romance

Set in the 18th-century Joseon, it tells the story of Crown Prince Lee Sun and his fight against a powerful and wealthy organization Pyunsoo hwe, who controls the country behind the scenes.... See full summary »

Stars: Seung-ho Yoo, So-Hyun Kim, Hyun-soo Shin, Myung-Soo Kim

Votes: 265

41. 100 Days My Prince (2018– )

75 min | Comedy, History, Romance

Lee Yul falls off a cliff and nearly dies in an attempted assassination. He loses his memory and wanders for 100 days under a new name and personality. During this period, he meets Hong Sim, head of the first detective agency in Joseon.

Stars: Kyung-soo Do, Ji-Hyun Nam, Sung-ha Jo, Han-chul Jo

Votes: 326

43. The King's Face (2014–2015)

Action, Drama, Romance

Gwanghae (Seo In-guk), a son of a concubine, becomes the crown prince of Joseon . For the next 16 years, the illegitimate prince lives through conflicts, enduring death threats and ... See full summary »

Stars: In-Guk Seo, Yun-hie Jo, Sung-Jae Lee, Seong-rok Sin

Votes: 60

44. Secret Door (2014– )

Drama, History

Set during the king Yeong-jo's reign in Joseon dynasty, the drama follows the king's uneasy relationship with his son, Sa-do.

Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Je-hoon Lee, Yoo-Jeong Kim, Eun-bin Park

Votes: 43

45. Maids (2014–2015)

Drama, History, Romance

Set in the Joseon Dynasty, three women learn what love means as they try to navigate through the class system and survive. In Yup is a beautiful noblewoman who becomes a servant overnight ... See full summary »

Stars: Yu-mi Jeong, Ji-Ho Oh, Dong-wook Kim, Nae-sang Ahn

Votes: 50

46. Diary of a Night Watchman (2014– )

60 min | Drama, Fantasy

Being able to see ghosts and other supernatural spirits is a heavy responsibility. Prince Lee Rin (Jung Il Woo), like his father before him, discovers that he has the ability to see ghosts and other supernatural beings.

Stars: Seong-oh Kim, Chang-Seok Ko, Jae-yong Lee, Se-chang Lee

Votes: 69

47. The Scholar Who Walks the Night (2015)

Action, Fantasy, History

Set in an alternate Joseon dynasty, Jo Yang-sun (Lee Yu Bi) is the daughter of a nobleman whose family loses everything when her father is framed for treason. To make ends meet, Yang-sun ... See full summary »

Stars: Joon-Gi Lee, Tae-Hwan Choi, Hie-jin Jang, So-eun Kim

Votes: 502

48. Splendid Politics (2015– )

Drama, Romance

Fair Princess Jungmyung (Lee Yeon Hee) lives a life of the highest privilege, until her half-brother Prince Gwanghae (Cha Seung Won) executes the rightful crown prince and usurps the throne... See full summary »

Stars: Tae-Ri Lee, Joon-hee Song, Seung-won Cha, Yeon-hee Lee

Votes: 51

49. Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love (2013)

Drama, History, Romance

Life Of Jang Ok Jung, Later Known As Jang Hee Bin, one of the most famous Concubines of The Joseon Dynasty who was known for her hunger for power.

Stars: Tae-hee Kim, Ah-in Yoo, Sang-Yeob Lee, Seung-Yeon Han

Votes: 155