NewsLetter DailyWeekly
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

Japan Journalist Takes Issue With Yi Sun-shin Drama

2005/08/05 | 160 views | Permalink | Source

The Seoul bureau chief of Japan's Sankei Shimbun has thrown down the gauntlet to Korea's famously fierce patriots by pointing to historical distortions in the hit TV drama "Immortal Admiral Yi Sun-shin". According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the KBS drama about the national hero who repulsed the Japanese invasion of 1592-98 recorded viewer ratings of 28.5 percent on July 31.

In his column in the July 30 edition of the Sankei Shimbun, Katsuhiro Kuroda writes, "Although it gives a fairly serious account of Yi's anguish at being caught up in the power struggles of the Chosun court, the depiction of Japan or the Japanese is ridiculous, and that reduces the impact of the drama as a whole".

He said famous commanders from the Sengoku Period like Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Konishi Yukinaga are rendered cartoon-style and given to hollow laughter. More, "Despite the fact that the period is the late Sengoku Period, in back of Hideyoshi's throne is a ukiyo-e (a genre of the later Edo Period) by Katsushika Hokusai". While most of the troops dispatched to Korea by Hideyoshi were from Nagoya in Saga Prefecture, another Nagoya, in Aichi Prefecture, keeps being shown. Artistic license or not, Kuroda says, a historical drama should be based on proper historical research.

Neither does the show seriously consider why the foolish scholarly elites ignore Yi Yul-gok's advice to train a 100,000-man army, or why Yi Sun-shin met his death while "needlessly pursuing retreating Japanese troops". Then comes the clincher: "Perhaps to a people who have had a warped understanding of Korea's history with Japan, these points may be difficult to understand".

Kuroda in no stranger to controversy. In April, when Seoul-Tokyo ties grew tense, he said during a briefing by Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, "Korea asks for an apology every time there's a change in administration, and that makes it questionable whether Korea is pursuing normal diplomacy and whether it's a normal nation".

Source :

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss



More videos

 Previous news
  • `Samsoon' Mobile Game to Debut
    2005/08/05 (Source)

    A mobile-phone game based on the hit television drama "My Lovely Samsoon" - "My Name is Kim Sam-soon" will debut in September.

    Web EnG Korea will produce the game along with a series of game for another drama, "Hello Franceska", which will be launched next week.

    Both dramas ran on MBC televi,...

  • Asia's First Lesbian Festival Opens
    2005/08/05 (Source)

    Asia's first international lesbian film festival is taking place in Taipei, Taiwan, through Wednesday.

    The First Asian Film and Video Festival is featuring 31 films from 10 countries, including South Korea, China, Japan, Malaysia and Canada.

    "We hope that this film festival can help change t,...

  • TV drama produced by two Koreas to hit air in 2006
    2005/08/04 (Source)

    The first episode of a television drama series co-produced by South and North Korea is expected to hit the air as early as August 2006.

    "Sayuksin,' comprising 24 episodes each of 70 minutes in length, is now in production by South Korean television network KBS and North Korea's Chosun Central ,...

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.


Remove ads

Sign up




Visible, hide

Drama of the week

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations