The Tale Of The Bookworm
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KBS (2014) 1 Episode Special
Historical Melodrama, Thriller, Grade: B
Korean Drama Review by Jill, USA

This KBS historical drama Tale of the Bookworm (2014) starts off like a comedy, but quickly becomes more serious, even becoming more of a story between life and death for its characters, than a story about a clumsy fellow who loves to read books. It becomes more of an action thriller as it progresses, a story surrounding a famous and revolutionary novel written in Hangul by Heo Gyun during the Joseon era, called Hong Gil Dong. Heo Gyun was the younger brother of the famous Korean poetess Ho Nansorhon who committed suicide in her twenties.

This book goes missing and a scholar who loves books is commissioned by a high ranking government official to find it. However, as he goes on his search for it he discovers secrets that leave him having to choose between following his passion for reading, or saving lives. What will his choice be in the end?

The cast includes Han Joo Wan, Min Jia, Jung Eun Woo, Ahn Nae Sang, and Choi Dae Chul. Good show!

You can watch this drama special here embedded from a YouTube video. Enjoy!

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