2 of the Korea biggest superstar actress, Ha Ji-won and Song Hye-kyo will be starring the same character ‘Hwang Jin-i’, based on the real life stories of a 16th century Kisaeng.

Korea actress Ha Ji-won vs Korea actress Song Hye-kyo

Different is, Ha Ji-won will be starring in a TV drama while Song Hye-gyo will be acting in a movie instead.

People in Korea can’t wait to make comparisons between these 2 popular actress, wondering who will excel in the end.

Ha Ji-won has upper hand though, she already acted in some Korea classic TV dramas and movies; whereas this will be Hye-kyo’s first attempt as a 16th century character.

Both of the stars have to practise in traditional dancing and Geomungo (a music instrument) before starting the actual filming.

A bit about the story of Huang Jin-i (wiki)..

Hwang Jin-i (or Huang Jini), also known as Myeongwol (‘shining moon’), was one of the most famous Kisaeng (similar to Japanese Geisha) of the Joseon Dynasty (16th century).

Jin-i was the child of an aristocratic man in Gaeseong; accounts of her mother vary, but many indicate that she was a blind woman named Hyeon Hak-geum.

Because her mother was of cheonmin birth she was unable to marry into a yangban family because of different classes, which was heavily emphasized during the Joseon Dynasty.

Thus, Jin-i became a kisaeng herself and quickly rose to fame thanks to her beauty, intellect, and preternatural talent in playing the geomungo.

Thanks to her fame, Jin-i is among the few kisaeng whose names have survived. She is said to have received a typical aristocratic education in her childhood, studying the Chinese classics.

When she was fifteen, a nearby bachelor is said to have died of love for her. After becoming a kisaeng, she carried on with various notables including Ji Jok-am, and also associated with the philosopher Seo Gyeong-deok. Her place and time of death are unknown.

Several geomungo compositions attributed to Jin-i have been preserved, as have a handful of her sijo poems reflecting on the famous sites of Gaeseong, such as Manwoldae Palace and the Bagy?n P’okpo waterfall.

In the late 20th century, Hwang’s story began to attract attention from both sides of the Korean divide. Her life has been depicted through media including fiction, film and opera.

Novels dealing with her life include a 2002 novel by the North Korean writer Hong Sok-chung, which was the first North Korean novel to win an award in the South. Another novel, by South Korean writer Jeon Gyeong-rin, became a bestseller in 2004.


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