ESC to close 3.71 (by 1201 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 1201 users
total users 2257
rating 4451
favorites 47



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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ilate 31 Jan, 2017
I gave this drama three chances, and I just can't get into it. Dropped.
tamayatz 18 Sep, 2016
I keep waiting for the story to start. I am already in ep 5 and it still feels it hasn't started. I don't get the fuzz over this drama but let's hope it's changed at some point watching this drama.
What bothers me the most so far is the predictability of the story. There's so surprises and the characters are very dull just following the task they were given by the scriptwriter. The characters feel very distant too.
Maybe I just keep fast forwarding.
hiroyuki 13 Apr, 2015
Junki was AMAZING!! Ah~ i really loved this drama. ^_^
jangminhae 05 Feb, 2015
I wanted to just make myself watch untill the end but I couldn't.
This drama is so slow I may die in the prossess so I decided to drop it (after lots and lots and lots of effort and after having it on hold for months in ep9)..
I was curious to know what had happened to Arang, but I guess I'll just have to ask my sister who has already watched it.
I believe it could have worked out if it was like 10 eps shorter and all these unnecessary and unrealistic (fight) scenes were edited out.....
Gave it 2* because it's got potential and I liked the main characters.
Average: 2/5
zor6a 03 Jul, 2014
yuukarin80 04 Apr, 2014
it's overall good and one of the best dramas but there's lots of dragging I even had to fast forward some scenes! they could've cut all those unnecessary scenes and made it 16 episodes, it would've been extra great
other than that, good unique story, good ost, good CG, you'll love it

and I ended up shipping those two xD
irate 11 Feb, 2014
oh my god, such a pain. took me more than a year to watch. really dragged...
limenora 10 Dec, 2013
I loved this drama. Contains everything I like. Comedy, romance, historical theme...
The OST was great, I really liked the modern music at the fighting scenes (by the way, the fighting scenes were awesome)
I didn't feel much chemistry between the main characters, but it is not their fault. The lead male and female did a great job, both of them were awesome!
The ending a little bit disappointed me, but...
it's probaly because I don't really like the reincarnational endings. (like Rooftop Prince)