‘The Bangja Chronicles’ Records High Ratings
The Servant is continuing its success on the big screen with its small screen adaptation, The Bangja Chronicles.
On November 5, the first episode of Channel CGV’s original TV movie, The Bangja Chronicles, recorded high ratings with an average of 1.510%, with its highest peaking at 2.475% (AGB Nielsen Media Research). The female viewer ratings showed that it was being especially loved by women, as they recorded an average of 1.274% and peaked at 1.932%.
The first episode was mainly centered on how Chun Hyang (Lee Eun Woo), Bangja (Lee Sun Ho) and Mong Ryong (Yeo Hyeon Soo) first met. But things didn′t stay so simple, as Bangja and Chun Hyang quickly started their affair, while Mong Ryong became outraged after learning the two were together.
The splendid images did well in grabbing the eyes of its viewers, capturing the beautiful love of Bangja and Chun Hyang, along with Mong Ryong’s emotions toward Chun Hyang. The disapproval of Lord Lee, who, as Mong Ryong’s father, tried to stop the relationships from progressing any further, and the schemes of Chun Hyang’s mother, Wol Mae, who aimed to step up in society by having Chun Hyang marry Mong Ryong, added to the entertaining plot.
Many said that the characters, completely different from those in the film, were enough to entertain the viewers on their own.
Bangja became a more passionate and manly romanticist. Chun Hyang was drawn up to be a rebellious temptress, while Mong Ryong was reborn with the great looks and background he had in the original, but also with a twisted personality. The other characters also practically became new ones: the femme fatale Hyang Dan, the scheming Wol Mae and Lord Lee and the charismatic Byun Hak Do, who deep inside believed that his wife and children were all embarrassed of him because of his appointment to Namwon.
The sensual videos were also received well. The traditional Korean homes, beautiful environment, splendid setting, clothing and props all added to the attractions. The first meeting and bed scene between Chun Hyang and Bangja were especially portrayed with beautiful images, as the emotions of the characters mixed well with the sad music.
The characters, along with foreshadowing of the exciting events to follow in the plot, heightened anticipation for the next episodes.
The Bangja Chronicles is Channel CGV’s second original TV movie this year. The four-part TV movie recreated the characters and story of the feature film The Servant with a more shocking and stronger twist, bringing together the directing of Bong Man Dae, the man behind The Sweet Sex and Love and Cinderella, and the script of Jun Chul Hong of Crying Fist. Episode two of The Bangja Chronicles will air on November 12.
Photo credit: Channel CGV
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