Bae Yong Joon into the drama, GO!

2006, July 18

The television drama series ‘Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi’ (screenplay by Song Ji Na, directed by Kim Jong Hak) that draws the life of Gwanggaeto Daewang (King Gwanggaeto) started filming on location in Kyrgyzstan.

The production director Park Chang Shik of Kim Jong Hak Productions said, "Scenes of riding horses and other outdoor scenes are being filmed on location in Kyrgyzstan while indoor scenes are being filmed on sets built on Cheju Island and the Icheon area of Gyeonggi Province. "

Bae Yong Joon who is the main lead recently started filming. Director Park also said, "Bae Yong Joon filmed his first scene at a lecture hall of Pocheon Daejin University located in Gyeonggi Provice the other day (11th). We also filmed the scene where Yeonogae (King Gwanggaeto’s rival) is being born in water." Yoon Tae Yeong was recently casted as Yeonogae, the son of the head aristocrat (played by Park Sang Won) that is in conflict with the royalties.

‘Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi’ which was accused of plagiarizing the Korean comic series ‘Barameui Nara (Nation of Wind)’ recently received a decision from the Seoul District Court stating that it is "not possible to determine it as plagiarism," ending the plagiarism argument.

Despite the many criticisms regarding the production and airing of the series along with plagiarism issues, ‘Tae Wang Sa Shin Gi’ has picked up speed in filming with Bae Yong Joon joining the crew. Director Park commented, "It is scheduled to be aired on MBC around January or February of next year. Different from the various rumors, the actually production is moving forth as planned without problems and will be a fantasy style drama."

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