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Series / Jingbirok

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Jingbirok is a KBS Historical series that aired in 2015, based on the memoirs of Hideyoshi's invasion of Korea, also known as The Book of Corrections. Starring Kim Sanghoon as the writer of said memoir, Yu Seong-ryong, the drama details the events that led to the war and the internal strife that developed in the Korean court as the invaders left behind a trail of destruction.

This series provides examples of:

  • Ambition Is Evil: Hideyoshi's desire to conquer Asia.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Japanese lose the war and retreat back to their homeland, but so many people, including war hero Yi Sun-shin, are dead, and Yu Seong-ryong ia driven out the court, spending his days writing the Book of Corrections hoping that future generations would learn the mistakes from his time. Unfortunately, history repeats itself several years later when the Manchus attack.
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  • The Purge: At least two take place prior to the war.
  • War Is Hell
  • Watching Troy Burn: When the royal court make the decision to flee the capital, the civilians respond by burning down the palace. Seonjo witnesses the flames consume his former home.