Category Archives: The Merchant – Gaekju 2015

Jang Hyuk wins Excellence Male Actor – KBS Drama Awards 2015


 

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Yeorobun!!! (imagine I said that in Bongsam’s voice) I have an announcement to make:

1)It’s almost 2016 here so HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!

2) How have you been? Long time no see!

3) It seems our Bongsamee’s pain and suffering in Gaekju have paid off (for those of you not watching Gaekju, yeah, Bongsam suffers a lot, nothing is ever easy for this character :p)

So, uri Bongsamee (Jang Hyuk) was nominated for KBS Awards in the category of Excellence Acting – Male – Mid length drama (or something) but the most important thing is, EVIL So Gae was also nominated along with other very fine actors. And guess what? Our Bongsamee WON! Yayyy (And here I inmaturely stick my tongue at So Gae LOSER!)

Just so you know, Im loving actor Yu Oh Seong who interprets So Gae in Gaekju. And I loved him more when he smiled sweetly as Jang Hyuk gave his acceptance speech. But So Gae? I hate So Gae with a passion I haven’t felt for a character in a long time! So I’m just going to imagine this was Bongsam defeating So Gae for once! 😀 Just the thought gives me great pleasure.

This selfie of our Gaekju beauties and Dragon brother Cha Tae Hyun was posted by Han Chae Ah on her instagram account @chaea_han

On the other hand, they should have a special award for villains. I would throw all those awards at So Gae although Mamanim (Kim Min Jung) and Head Merchant (Lee Duk Hwa) are strong competitors.
  
Jang Hyuk also won in the Best Couple category with Han Chae Ah (along with other four couples as it is tradition for KBS) Actresses Han Chae Ah and Kim Min Jung also received awards individually. Congratulations to them!   

Jang Hyuk, Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun in an adorable hug. Credit: Chin at JH DC Gallery .

Back to our Hyukie, he was ADORABLE on the red carpet. I guess I could choose other adjectives like, hot or handsome but this time the vibe I got from him was “adorbs”. His hair was errrrmm well…He has lots of hair, and that’s nice right? *quickly changes subject*

  
Here is a video recap of the Red Carpet in case you are interested in seeing all the stars that were present: https://youtu.be/xkksbQF46rE

And RED CARPET PICS (Click on each to see them larger)

The Merchant Gaekju Episode 25 Recap


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So Gae learns who the baby’s father is. Bong Sam learns who the baby’s father is. So Sa has to decide who to trust. Does she make the right choice?

The Merchant Gaekju Episode 25 Recap

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Out of prison and looking remarkably refreshed Bong Sam (Jang Hyuk) reads the Head Merchant’s letter which directed the Government official to kill him. Thank goodness Sun Dol, Gol Dae, Man Chi, et al hired a forger to write an alternative letter that directed the Government official not to kill him. Bong Sam burns the Head Merchant’s letter to the surprise of his colleges. Bong Sam declares he and the Head Merchant will compete head to head….may the better businessman win.

They “rob” (but pay) merchants for dried pollacks. Have to laugh at the masks and night shopping. Bong Sam suggests they sell the fish directly from the stables.

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Merchants are not happy at Bong Sam’s tactics. So…

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Gaekju – 7 minute trailer explained – sort of 


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Gaekju is coming guyssssss! It starts on September 23rd at 10pm in Korea. It’ll also be available with english subs through KBS World (starting on September 30th) and on Viki.

My enthusiasm level for this drama has increased with each trailer. The 7 minute trailer sent it through the roof! I hope it has the same effect on you my friends!

We already saw the good quality of filming and acting in previous trailers but we didn’t know much about the story itself. The 7 minute trailer reveals some of the background of our characters, especially the conflict that triggers the personal struggle of Bongsam (Jang Hyuk) and Gil So Gae (Yu Oh Seong) and the nature of their relationship. A lot of pain and guilt in these men past! Gaekju will show us how both of them deal with it.

Below is how Gumi summarized the trailer for me. WARNING! She did fill in the blanks so the actual story might turn out slightly different. The trailer, after all, only showed isolated scenes with revealing facts and Gumi sort of connected dots.

Chun (Bongsam’s father) and Gil (So Gae’s father) worked together. They were friends and colleagues. At some point Gil needs money, desperately so he gets involved in opium trade.

Chun Bongsam’s father, as leader of Chun’s gaekju, had to punish Gil and according to the law, an opium trader should be sentenced to death. Chun gives poison to Gil. Gil drinks it and dies. His son Gil So Gae screams and cries “No, please don’t drink it father!” Gil’s father dies leaving these as his last words “You should become rich, you should become the leader of all those merchants”

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Gil So Gae is now traumatized and he hates Chun Bongsam’s father. So Gae seems to become involved with opium as well. Now someone had to be responsible for that opium and Chun says he will take the blame so he is executed. This way Gil So Gae caused Bongsam’s father death as well 😦 Oh the pain already!

The now enemies, share a past where they were raised almost as a family.Chun and Gil were friends so their kids were like cousins and there was  even a promise that Bongsam’s sister would marry Gil So Gae. This should make for some amazing inner conflicts and angsty bromantic frenemy situation between Chun Bongsam and Gil So Gae. Can’t wait!

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We all know how serious and hard working Jang Hyuk is, so its no surprise that he is once again giving his all to this project. But the spirit that can be perceived from interviews and the press conference is that every single person involved in this production is extremely passionate about it! The PD is a serious, earnest man who was responsible for very successful sageuk, such as the series Wang Gun. To create the background of Bongsam in this series (something that had not been dealt with in the novel), he actually consulted the writer of the original novel and asked him what he thought his past would’ve been like.  Now that’s what I call dedication! Given the love, effort and talent that is surrounding this drama I really wish it much success, and not only because my favorite actor is in it. GAEKJU FIGHTING! 

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Gaekju – Press conference and rice wreath


We want to send a BIG THANKS to all of you who cooperated to send Jang Hyuk all our support during Gaekju’s press conference. Look at the pictures below and feel free to freaaak out when you see Hyukie standing next to Stuck on Hyuk’s wreath! 😀

Many thanks to Vanilla Latte for this picture

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 Quotes fron the press conference – translated by Gumi

“If Daegil is the one who only lives today, Bongsam is the one who reflects on how he lived yesterday.He is the one who lives tomorrow with memories from yesterday” – Jang Hyuk

“Our filming site was not a place to create, it was a stage to present. Everybody had to come immersed in characters. – Jang Hyuk

“The synopsis I received was about 400 pages. Every actor here is the one who was willing to read such long synopsis.” – Kim Min Jung

“It’s important for the actors to quickly get into their characters. I’m not a fan of re-shooting. Our actors are ready and they are in characters, so filming moves on quickly. I’m satisfied.”- Director Kim Jong Sun

Just spend a little time with Jang Hyuk and you immediately know he is a very good person. – Kim Min Jung

“In SoGC I thought Wang So transforming would be interesting. In this drama, my character slowly grows to be responsible over 36 eps. He learns about weight he didn’t know before. I think I’d be able to show something I couldn’t as Wang So.” – Jang Hyuk

Jang Hyuk and Yoo Oh Sung are charismatic actors with manly charm even with their clothes on – Gaekju’s novel writer

“Average age at our site is about 50 yrs old. When I watch seniors’ dense acting, I feel like I’m learning step by step again.  I hope to learn the 10 years of experience and better myself.” – Jang Hyuk

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Gaekju – Teasers and official posters


I absolutely LOVE the Gaekju posters. The wardrobe is spectacular for the females but also for the guys!  Even the “regular folk” outfits look on point on this drama. It gives it a very authentic feel. 

  

 And the charisma battle going on right here! I’m totally feeling Bongsam’s playful character 😀 
 

Check out the poster making BTS to see more of these beautiful outfits. 

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