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  • `Jujube Tree` Films 700th Episode
  • [2004-11-03]


  • KBS TV1 drama series `Jujube Tree` (Wed, 7:30 p.m. ) will air its 700 th episode Oct. 20. As the only drama series tackling the subject of farming and currently being broadcast on TV, `Jujube Tree` has been on the air for 14 years since its debut in September of 1990, and has gained much popularity for portraying the bucolic life of farmers. Since MBC's `Country Diary` ended, `Jujube Tree` has been the only Korean drama to depict rural life.

    As one of the longest drama series in Korea , `Jujube Tree` has starred a large number of actors and actresses. Kim Sang-sun (as Hwang Nol-bu), Seo Seung-hyeon, Kim In-moon and Jeon Won-joo starred in the drama's first part; Kim Moo-saeng, Nam Neung-mee, Park In-hwan and Park Hye-sook starred in the second part; and currently the cast includes Kim Seong-kyum, Baek Il-seop, Yoon Mi-ra and Shim Yang-hong. The production team alone comprised 27 members, including producer Koh Seong-won. But the drama's scriptwriter ? Yang Keun-seung -- has not changed in 14 years.

    If you add up the running time of the 700 episodes aired over the past 14 years, that will amount to 27 full days. The length of the recorded tape alone reaches 231.2891 kilometers ? a distance from Seoul to Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province , where the drama set is located.

    The 700 th episode, which will be aired Oct. 20, is called `Meoksoe's Heaven.` It features a preliminary singing contest in the village called Hoam; the winner of the contest will be sent to the main competition. The episode also features a special guest ? artist Yoo Hyun-sang. Viewers will also have an opportunity to see the hidden talents of the drama's cast as they sing and dance at the contest. When the episode was filmed on Oct. 8, president of KBS and the head of KBS' Drama Team visited the set to congratulate the cast and production team.

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