Title: Myeongga / The Reputable Family / Great Family
Genre: Drama, historical, period
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS1 , Saturday & Sunday 21:40
Broadcast period: 2010-Jan-02

At the time of war, in 1636, Choi Jin-lip donates his fortune to a crowd of refugees out of generosity when they flood into his quiet village. Choi Guk-sun is unhappy with his grandfather being too generous with poor people. Man-gap, one of the refugees, and Kim Man-bae, Jin-lip’s tenant, bear grudge against Guk-sun over his arrogance. When being appointed to a higher post in Gong-ju, Jin-lip sets his slaves free and lets them share his land. Before leaving for Gong-ju, Jin-lip leaves his grandson a word of great significance saying “People are the most valuable asset in the world…’

The whole world what Guk-sun believed to revolve around him seems to change. Man-bae’s father, Kim Ja-chun buys the land Choi Jin-lip gave to his slaves for free. A group of refugees led by Gil-man takes a commission from Ja-chun.
After witnessing all the changes, Guk-sun comes to realize what his grandfather tried to say. Guk-sun leaves for Hanyang to stand on his own feet once he learns the family’s decision to put him up for adoption to an affluent family.

Guk-sun happens to settle down at Jang Gil-taek’s place where he comes to realize the power of wealth. Aside from Jang’s ability to accumulate fortune, Guk-sun sees his cruel side when it comes to making money.
Guk-sun feels confused finding a proper answer to the question, “Would it be the right way to live caring only about one’s gain while neglecting the poor?”

Jang Gil-taek and Yu Hyeong-won order Guk-sun to reclaim barren land in Gyeong-ju province by giving him a book named “NongsaJiksul(The Agricultural Techniques)”. Guk-sun borrows seed money from the government office to start his reclamation work in Gyeong-ju.

He gathers villagers and introduces performance-related pay which results in a huge success. Kim Ja-chun and Man-bae start to get nervous about Guk-sun’s success.

Credit : KBS World

Cast Character

reputable-family-pic-cast-1Choi Guksun

He started gaining wealth by merchandising to recover his family.

He started his career in the government with a big ambition, but he became involved in a power game within the government. During the incident, he witnessed the tragic end of his godfather, Jang Giltaek, who was a big businessman. From it, he recognized reality of life and decided to return homeland and devote to agriculture.

He influenced Chosun dynasty agriculture very much. He helped agricultural development and also creates a basis for his family’s basis which continues on for generations.
At his old ages, he donates his wealth and fulfills “‘noblesse oblige”

reputable-family-pic-cast-2Han dani

She met Guksun when she took refuge at Kyungju. At that time, she was disguised as the daughter of Sangnam, servant of her family.

Furthermore, she lead a trade group in Hanyang with a determinable power. She became adopted by Jang Giltaek and taught basis of business to Guksun.

When her step-father, Jang Giltaek collapsed during the power struggle, she ran away.  Afterwards, she comes back as a big merchandiser to help Choi Guksun. She is a character that shared a heartbreaking love with Guksun and lives a vicissitude life.

reputable-family-pic-cast-3Kim Wonil

Son of Kim Jacun. His complex was that he was born of a servant family.
He was always second but, things changed when Horan took place.

Choi Guksun was a descendant of a collapsed family. Wonil tried his best disturbing Guksun’s recovery, so that he may never regain his position. He became a rival in love with Guksun to win Dani.

Through his father’s purchase of high society family identification, he was able to take the examination for government official, and finally became a police official. When his father died during a national disorder, he tried to plot Guksun’s involvement. However ironically, his true identity was revealed and he lost his position.

Because of his stubborn character, he becomes a interrupts Guksun at many different occasions and proves that he is a lifetime rival of Guksun.

reputable-family-pic-cast-4Choi jinlip

A person with a big heart, that everyone knows.
He  brought  royalty and fame to his family as he joined two big wars.
He died honorably at his third war to protect king Injo.

He is a person who can abandon his personal interests to keep official justice,  He is a symbol of Confucian loyalty and faithfulness
He left the virtue of  “ Human being is important than anything else”

Choi Guksun understands his grandfather’s teachings as he grows .
He is Guksun’s emotional anchor as well as a warm grandfather.

reputable-family-pic-cast-5Kim Suman

He was a leader of Chosun’s samurai society.
He was an assistant of general Choi Jinlip. After he recognized the real side of Chosun society, he became a leader of national wide anti society group.

Elusive.  Many government office and rich man’s house were robbed by him. Cold and calm when judging, but warm inside.

He organized gangster group to change the world with a support of Jang kiltaek, but later is caught by Wonil who followed the order of Choi Wonyoung.
He kept his mouth in spite of torture, and  when Jang Giltaek was in danger, he chose to give up his life to save him. He gave great knowledge to Kukyoung and created a turning point in his life.

Main Cast
Cha In Pyo as Choi Guk sun
Han Go Eun as Han Dani as Kim Wonil
Kim Sung Min as Kim Wonil

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Episode 1 2010/1/2–11.6
Episode 2 2010/1/3–11.7
Episode 3 2010/1/9–12.5
Episode 4 2010/1/10–12.4
Episode 5   2010/1/16–11.0
Episode 6   2010/1/17–11.7
Episode 7 2010/1/23–10.6
Episode 8 2010/1/24–10.0
Episode 9 2010/1/30–10.2
Episode 10 2010/1/31–10.9
Episode 11 2010/2/6–10.3
Episode 12 2010/2/7–11.7
Episode 13 2010/2/13–9.3
Episode 14 2010/2/14–9.1
Episode 15 2010/2/20–10.3
Episode 16 2010/2/21–10.9


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