HUR JUN, THE ORIGINAL STORY
Title: Hur Jun, The Original Story / Gu Am Heo Joon
Also Known as: Gu Am Heo Joon
Genre: Historical, Medical, Romance
Director: Kim Keun Hong
ScriptWriter: Choi Wan Kyu (All In, Iris, The Book of Three Han)
Broadcast network: MBC, Monday to Friday 21:00
Broadcast period: 2013-March-18
“Hur Jun, the Original Story”is a miniseries that traces the life of a man who beat the oppressive caste system to rise to the top in his field. The actual Hur Jun, the Original Story wrote Dongui Bogam, which is registered as a UNESCO Memory of the World, 400 years ago. Even after his death, Hur Jun, the Original Story’ book is used by oriental doctors in the 21st century to heal people.
Born from a concubine and the governor of Yongcheon, Euijoo. Hur Jun encounters a brilliant doctor () by the name of Yoo Eui-tae in Saneum. He finds work as a medicinal herb gatherer to start a new life. When Hur Jun witnesses Yoo Eui-tae save a dying person through medicine, he decides to become a doctor. Through the help of Ye-jin whom Hur Jun meets at Doctor Yoo’s Oriental clinic, he is able to study rare medical texts imported from the Ming Empire. This enables him to expand his medical knowledge to the point where he can start treating patients. Hur Jun even missed taking an important state exam because of an emergency patient who needed immediate treatment to survive. Hur Jun returns to Yoo Eui-tae to learn more under his tutelage and together they cure many patients. But Hur Jun despairs that he cannot cure his mentor’s stomach cancer.
A famous Oriental medicine doctor in Saneum who was regarded as the best. Not only was he a skilled doctor but he also had empathy () for his patients. He would suck out pus from sores, treat leper patients and would not shy away from any grotesque ailments. He only cared about the well-being of his patients. When Yoo sees that Hur Jun has become a healer who connects with his patients, he accepts him back at his clinic. After Yoo Eui-tae diagnoses himself with stomach cancer, he asks Hur Jun to dissect his body upon his death and use the knowledge he gleans from this to help future cancer patients.
Both of her parents died when she was young and so her father’s friend Yoo Eui-tae stepped in and adopted her. Naturally smart with a warm heart, she is fully capable of becoming a doctor but in the male-dominated Joseon era, she was denied opportunities to advance. But one day she meets a young man with piercing eyes at the clinic and she stirs a passion within her. So she shares her knowledge of medicine with the young medicinal herb gatherer who aspires to become a doctor. She recommends essential medical texts and supports him to continue his career goals. Surviving the Japanese Invasion of Korea, she works as a royal nurse together with Dr. Hur Jun, who rises to the prestigious position of royal doctor, after they both spent many years healing commoners.
Credit : MBC Global
Kim Joo Hyuk as Heo Joon
Kang Han Byul as Heo Joon (young)
Baek Yoon Shik as Yoo Ui Tae
Park Jin Hee as Ye Jin Ah
Nam Goong Min as Yoo Do Ji
Go Doo Shim as Son Ssi
Kim Mi Sook as Oh Ssi
Lee Jae Yong as Kim Min Se
Kyun Mi Ri as Ham An Daek
Park Chul Min as Goo Il Seo
Jung Eun Pyo as Oh Geun
Yeo Ho Min as Yang Tae
Park Eun Bin as Da Hee
Jung Ho Bin as Ahn Gwang Ik
Choi Jong Hwan as Yang Ye Soo
Kim So Yun as Im Mi Hyun