'Arthdal Chronicles' to explore fabled, first monarchy on Korean Peninsula [VIDEO]

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'Arthdal Chronicles' to explore fabled, first monarchy on Korean Peninsula [VIDEO]

Song Joong-ki plays Eun-seom in an upcoming TV series "Arthdal Chronicles." Capture from YouTube account of "tvN DRAMA"

By Dong Sun-hwa, Park Si-soo

Forget Song Joong-ki being stylishly outfitted in "Descents of the Sun" and Jang Dong-gun in gentle tuxedo in "A Gentleman's Dignity."

They will appear in ragged animal skins, barefooted and dirt-coated from head to toe in cable network tvN's big budget (40 billion won) drama "Arthdal Chronicles."

Their stunning transformation came to light on Friday through the drama's 15-second teaser video.

Watch the teaser:
bit.ly/2KznpZA

The clip starts with a narration: "Here is the place where everything begins." It shows Song and Jang competing or partnering in a ruthless race to take the helm of fabled ancient kingdom Arthdal, portrayed in the drama as the first monarchy on the Korean Peninsula.

While Song plays "Eun-seom," a cursed child who later takes control of Arthdal, Jang plays "Ta-gon," an ambitious war hero and rival of Eun-seom. Actress Kim Ji-won plays "Tan-ya," an unblessed woman who becomes the kingdom's first female politician.

The first episode of the 18-episode drama will be aired in June.
"Arthdal Chronicles" will premiere in June. Courtesy of tvN

Meanwhile, the drama's producer has come under fire for its exorbitantly long shooting time that way exceeded the 68-hours-a-week legal limit.

Studio Dragon reportedly forced shooting crews to work more than 151 hours in seven days (Feb. 27-March 5) in Brunei, a blatant violation of the Labor Standard Act laying the ground for the upper ceiling for weekly working hours.

Some crew recently filed a complaint with the labor ministry, calling for an investigation into what they called "unfair" working conditions.

The production company said it "had strived to improve working conditions."


Song Joong-ki plays Eun-seom in an upcoming TV series "Arthdal Chronicles." Capture from YouTube account of "tvN DRAMA"

By Dong Sun-hwa, Park Si-soo

Forget Song Joong-ki being stylishly outfitted in "Descents of the Sun" and Jang Dong-gun in gentle tuxedo in "A Gentleman's Dignity."

They will appear in ragged animal skins, barefooted and dirt-coated from head to toe in cable network tvN's big budget (40 billion won) drama "Arthdal Chronicles."

Their stunning transformation came to light on Friday through the drama's 15-second teaser video.

Watch the teaser:
bit.ly/2KznpZA

The clip starts with a narration: "Here is the place where everything begins." It shows Song and Jang competing or partnering in a ruthless race to take the helm of fabled ancient kingdom Arthdal, portrayed in the drama as the first monarchy on the Korean Peninsula.

While Song plays "Eun-seom," a cursed child who later takes control of Arthdal, Jang plays "Ta-gon," an ambitious war hero and rival of Eun-seom. Actress Kim Ji-won plays "Tan-ya," an unblessed woman who becomes the kingdom's first female politician.

The first episode of the 18-episode drama will be aired in June.
"Arthdal Chronicles" will premiere in June. Courtesy of tvN

Meanwhile, the drama's producer has come under fire for its exorbitantly long shooting time that way exceeded the 68-hours-a-week legal limit.

Studio Dragon reportedly forced shooting crews to work more than 151 hours in seven days (Feb. 27-March 5) in Brunei, a blatant violation of the Labor Standard Act laying the ground for the upper ceiling for weekly working hours.

Some crew recently filed a complaint with the labor ministry, calling for an investigation into what they called "unfair" working conditions.

The production company said it "had strived to improve working conditions."


Dong Sun-hwa sunhwadong@koreatimes.co.kr


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