ESC to close 3.71 (by 1200 users)arang sattojeon 아랑 사또전
  • 2012
  • TV
  • Korea

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romanized arang sattojeon
english Arang And The Magistrate (literal)
aka tale of arang, arang magistrate story, arang: magistrate’s chronicle, 아랑사또전

Based On

based on folklore


genres comedy, drama, history, horror, romance, supernatural


language Korean


country Korea
type real
format TV
network MBC


date 15 Aug, 2012 - 18 Oct, 2012
episodes 20
duration 70 minutes
air day Wednesday, Thursday
at 21:55 - 23:05
status released


avg. score 3.71 of 5 by 1200 users
total users 2257
rating 4448
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When magistrates continue to drop dead one by one in the Joseon city of Miryang, a rumor begins to spread that the deaths are the work of spirits. With no memory of her true identity, the ghost of a determined young woman called A Rang has been unintentionally scaring people to death in her efforts to ask for help. After some rather unorthodox events land a newly arrived Kim Eun O in the office of magistrate, no one expects him to last the night, but it isn't long before A Rang discovers his rare ability to see spirits. While Eun O may be the key to learning the truth about her demise, as well as his own mother's disappearance, he's reluctant to help, and the stakes become greater when it appears the mystery surrounding A Rang's death may be just one piece of a celestial puzzle centuries in the making.




Kim Eun O
A Rang
Choe Ju Wal
The Great Jade Emperor
Dol Soe
Bang Ul




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23 Mar, 2014
While Kim Eun O is looking all around the country for his mother, he meets the ghost A Rang. While she fought for her ghostly life, he saw her hair pin and since it was the one he gave his mother, he saved the girl to get more information about his mothers whereabouts. At the same time, A Rang is actually looking for her memories, so she can find out who she is and who killed her. And since the gods Yeom La and Jade made it that way, those two have a closer destiny, than they thought.

This ancient fantasy drama has many elements, that makes it enjoyable. For example showing the gods and how they live was aways a great way to amuse me. The production company really seems to use fog, since they used the fog machine whenever possible. I still liked the background and landscape they used. To me it looked like they tried really hard, to make the surroundings fit perfectly for the scene they are showing. They did well! Sadly I can't say that about the OST. This OST sometimes was epic and good, and other times I wondered how they thougt that the song would fit the drama. It was a regular up and down of feeling the scene more intensely because of the music or getting all emotions destroyed because of it.

Now, for the important part: The story was not bad! I think it is exciting! If they could have made it into 16 episodes... The thing is, whenever there was some kind of questions to lead one step closer to their goal, I could answer it in seconds. But they needed 5 episodes to figure it out. Maybe it was made obvious, because it's not a detective drama. But then again, it gets boring quite easily, if you already know it and the characters don't act. Especially, when one of them is pressured with time.

What also kind of bugged me is the missing chemistry between the two lead characters. They were cute together, they ware both beautiful. But when they kissed or looked at each other, I felt like it wasn't that bad. No matter what ending both of them have, I feel like I wouldn't be all too touched. I kept watching for the puzzle, not for the lovestory. Which is kind of sad, since they focused on love a lot.

So, I really liked to watch the drama, but the lack of emotion made me give it only 4*. And barely 4*. Watch it, if you like ancient dramas or the actors or need an easy quiz to solve.
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22 Dec, 2012
Arang and the Magistrate is a fun filled showed that takes romance, fantasy and comedy and successfully manages to balance all three.

The plot is tightly woven and well laid out, so that as a viewer, you have trust in knowing that everything will come together in the end. Answers are revealed in a timely manner and twists constantly appear. It's great to have show where the plot is so well done.

The acting is great, with the camaraderie between the characters being one of the highlights. While it sometimes lacked in some areas, it was enjoyable enough to have you get invested.

While not a perfect show, if you managed to get behind the characters, this show is truly an enjoyable one.
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24 Jul, 2015
Both are supernatural romance dramas set in Joseon, with Lee Jung Gi in the leading role.

18 Oct, 2012
Both dramas have a beautiful soundtrack and a unique and intriguing story line.


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aquariia 21 Sep, 2012
I like the characters but not much is happening recently. 16 episodes would be enough for this story.
naath 20 Sep, 2012
Arang and Eun O should get together already
That kiss/CPR from episode 11 was not enough for me lol
murii 19 Sep, 2012
I don't know, but to me it's great 8D I'm having a great time watching it. My favs are Mu Yeong and Bang Ul xD
eunhye 18 Sep, 2012
thefreak 17 Sep, 2012
I'm quite disappointed in this drama, I hoped for much more.
luciffer 11 Sep, 2012
Really great drama, it´s getting better and better. The only think I dislike is the actress that plays the magistrate´s "mother". She looks very plastic to me.
vanelya10 09 Sep, 2012
Lee Jun i realise hoooow much i misssed u and your wonderful acting skilleees >....<
still got the moves there i believe since Iljimae with the fighting scenes :P

perfect yet dangerous combination....Lee Jun ki and Shin Min Ah XDXD nice couple
eunhye 08 Sep, 2012
@thefreak About Ju Hwal: I didn't googled that myth yet, but here was very seem story. There was a whole family which needed to give a heart or a liver, don't exactly remember, to a demon to be powerful and rich. It seems that Ju Hwal is the same. He was poor sick boy and that plastic yeoja found him and magically turned into a strong wealth namja. So now he must pay her , giving innocent girls to be healthy and rich.

Ep 7 disappointed me. I've skipped the half. As for me, that was extremely boring to watch scenes in the cave, that ghoul things, and even Jade Emperor and King of the Underworld didn't make it better.