Go Filmography - Oriental Dramas
A1) Ashes of Love Year: 2018 Source: IMDB Watch: YouTube Comment: This a 2018 Chinese television comedy fantasy romance series, based on the novel "Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost" by Dian Xian. At the end episode 11, there is a scene where Jin Mi (daughter of the flower godess) finish of a game of Go with Run Yu. They have a board with decorated side and legs, on a table, with red bowls and translucent stones. She plays a white empty triangle and then thanks him for letting her win. As he starts to pack away the stones she tries to magic a stone into a bun, but gets a hailstone instead! B1) Bubujingxin Year: 2011 Comment: A Chinese TV drama where in one episode two characters in period dress sit at a table with a Go board with a random position on it. The board is brown with white lines and one of the lids of the round bowls is on part of the board. G1) General and I (Gu Fang Bu Zi Shang) Year: 2017 Cast: Wallace Chung, Angelababy Source: IDMB Dramafever Comment: In this Chinese historical romantic drama there is a whole episode (episode 52) on Go. The heroine Bai Ping Ting goes to a gambling house to seek help, where she is challenged to a game. Her lover and adversary Chu Bei Jie is secretly in charge there, but believes Bai is dead. The proprietress, Thirteenth Lady Yan, ensures the game is played blindfold, the players having to remain in their rooms, so the opponents do not recognise each other. The two players gradually recognise each others style from their moves. For the viewer the game is played out on a huge Go board set with ninja fighters acting out Go moves. G2) Gosei Sentai Dairanger Year: 1993-1994 Comment: A Japanese TV series in the Power Rangers genre that ran for 50 episodes. In one episode a boy named Akomaru is in trouble with a big chap named Gorma. At the start of a scene the edge of a Goban, with very dark Go bowls, can be seen and later it is seen with stones scattered over it. Even later Gorma can be seen placing stones it. J1) Ja Myung Go Year: 2009 Comment: A Korean TV period drama where, in episode 10, General Wang Geng plots assassinations while seated at a Go ban, brown with white lines and with black translucent white stones. K1) Kamen Rider 555 Year: 2003 Cast: Kento Handa, Masayuki Izumi Source: Wiki Watch: YouTube Comment: This live action Japanese sci-fi series sees the battle fought against shape-shifting "orphnocs" created by the evil Smart Brain Corporation to replace feeble humans. In episode 1 (9:20 minutes in) we see a Go ban and bowls in the foreground of a shot in Yuji's uncle's house. This is followed by the uncle playing through tsumego problems from a yellow book he is holding. While he is doing this he discuses his late brother's business with his son. We see close ups of white and black stones being placed on the first line of the board and also the uncle rearranging the position on the board. As each stone clicks on the board the sound echoes through the head of Yuji, despite him being elsewhere, who has just recently been resurrected from the dead. M1) Misaeng Year: 2014 Watch: Episode 1 Source: WikiPedia Comment: This popular Korean drama is about an insei, Jang Gue-Rae (played by Yim Si-Wan), who has failed at Go and given it up to work as an intern in a large international trading company. He uses his Go skills to get ahead in the company. Various scenes in flashback show games being played and tournaments (episode 1 at 48:50 in). A lot of the later plot-action is filmed in Jordan. It is based on the webtoon and manga by author Yoon Tae-ho. Q1) Qi Hun (Hikaru no Go) Year: 2020 Cast: Hu Xianxu, Zhang Chao, Hao Fushen Source: My Drama List Comment: This is a 2020 live adaption of the manga/anime Hikaru no Go. It has been changed from Japan to China of the 1990s, with a few plot developments but faithful to the original in many areas. 36 episodes chart out the relation between Shi Guang (Hikaru) with his friendly Go ghost (Chu Ying) and the rivalry with the pro's son (Yu Liang). As can be expected there are special effects with the ghost being see-through, but also animated moments such as the Divine Move. R1) The Rise of the Phoenixes orig. Tian Sheng Chang Ge Year: 2018 Cast: Kun Chen, Hong Yuan, Ni Ni Source: IMDB Watch: YouTube Comment: This 2018 Chinese television historical drama series is described as the story of power, desire, lust and love among people of different kingdoms in ancient China. The trailer for season one features Go four times. First comes a single black stone wobbling on an empty Go board. Secondly we see two men talking with the subtitle: "Are you going to let one stone destroy your entire Go Board?" The other scenes two show men placing opening stones on an ornately decorated Go board, typical of historical dramas. R2) Reply 1988 (Eung-dab-ha-ra 1988) Year: 2015-2016 Cast: Lee Hyeri, Park Bo-Gum, Go Kyung-Pyo Source: IMDB Comment: This Korean family drama features the lives of five families who live on the same Seoul street in 1988. One of the young men is a quiet genius Baduk (Go) player, but struggles with ordinary life. In every episode Go concepts are used in the plot. Go features in lots of episodes. In episode 3 our hero Choi Taek reveals the match he is going to is in Tokyo, in epsiode 4 he tries to teach the girl Sung Deok-seon to play and in episode 9 he plays and beats a pro, for example. S1) Samurai Gourmet Year: 2017 Cast: Naoto Takenaka, Tetsuji Tamayama, Honami Suzuki Source: IDMB Comment: In this drama (shown on Netflix) there is a Go scene in the third episode of season 1 "Mackerel in the morning". Recently retired Takeshi Kosumi explores the local restaurants helped by a fantasy samurai. In this episode he stays up late playing Go with his friend and misses his train home.
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