I was originally looking forward to this period piece especially since the events going to be depicted are in the recent past. While everyone enjoyed The Chaser, I still can’t comprehend why I didn’t…. I’m not totally eliminating this from my radar just yet but I have to see the reviews once more.
The writer-director team from sleeper drama The Chaser is getting the band back together for Empire of Gold, which will tell the twenty-year epic of a rising chaebol empire. It begins in 1990 and follows the journey of a poor hero whose ambition grows feverishly after witnessing the misfortunes of his poor hardworking father. The heroine, meanwhile, is the second daughter of the giant conglomerate at the center of the story, who struggles between love and family loyalty as the hero goes head-to-head with her family’s company. It’s another political thriller very much in the same vein as The Chaser, this time with a focus on the turbulent economic era and a struggle for power within one family. There are same themes and setups from The Chaser being reworked into a different set of characters.
This is a multigenerational saga depicting the power struggles and turmoil of one chaebol group and those in its orbit. Empire of Gold’s central family arises out of the ruins of the 1990s IMF financial crisis that wreaked so much havoc on the economy, and becomes the top conglomerate in the nation.
Empire of Gold follows Jang Ok-jung and premieres on July 1.
Go Soo (The Front Line) He will play Jang Tae Joo, a dirt-poor man who builds himself up through his blood, sweat, and tears. He raises his little sister, Hee Joo on his own after their father dies. He’ll rise to the top by his wits alone, and fall in love with Seo Yoon.
Lee Yo Won (Horse Doctor) She plays Choi Seo Yoon, chaebol heiress and rival for the group’s top seat.
Sohn Hyun-joo (The Chaser) He plays Choi Min Jae, the older brother of Seo Yoon. He is also the unscrupulous first son of the family who spends his days lobbying and making backdoor deals. He’s ruthless and cunning, whose face doesn’t betray his emotions easily. He has the ambition to become the owner of the group, but also the wisdom to know when to keep that ambition hidden.
Jang Shin-young (The Chaser) She plays a woman who uses her looks to get insider information, and sets up a real estate consulting firm to sell what she knows. It’s a rather dangerous line of work but she’ll go into business with Go Soo and team up with him against the family.
Ryu Seung-soo (The Chaser) He play a mob boss who become a growing threat as he amasses more and more power through dirty money. He foils Tae Joo and Jang Shin-young’s startup business.
Lee Hyun-jin (Operation Proposal) He will play Choi Seong Jae, the youngest son of Sungjin Group, whose dream is to become an economist. Lucky for him, then, that his family runs the Sungjin Economic Research Institute, where he works. He falls in love with the enemy’s little sister.
Yoon Seung-ah (Panda and Hedgehog) She plays Jang Hee Joo, Tae Joo’s younger sister. Although oppa sent her to college and she pursued the life he wanted for her, “an incident” causes her to hate him.
Park Geun-hyung (The Chaser) He plays Choi Dong Sun, the head of the chaebol family. He’ll play one of the baddies who clashes with the hero.
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