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- Movie: The Story of the First King's Four Gods / Legend
- Revised romanization: Taewang Sasingi
- Hangul: 태왕사신기
- Director: Yun Sang-Ho, Kim Jong-Hak
- Writer: Song Ji-Na
- Network: MBC
- Episodes: 24
- Release Date: September 11 - December 5, 2007
- Runtime: 60 min.
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
Hwan-ung, the Son of God, descends to earth and builds a country called Jyusin. Before the founding of Jyusin, there existed the Tiger Tribe, which worships a tiger, and the Bear Tribe, which workshops a bear. Ga-jin, a member of the savage Tiger Tribe who continues to harass Hwan-ung, and Sae-oh, a member of the Bear Tribe who falls in love with Hwan-ung, are both Jujak, or gods of fire. However, the three form a love triangle. Mad with jealousy, Ga-jin throws the child of Sae-oh and Hwan-ung from a cliff. Blinded by grief and rage at the loss of her child, Sae-oh sets the world ablaze. Hwan-ung ultimately kills his love, Sae-oh, to save the world. Ga-jin also kills herself atop a cliff, and the tragic love story of the three comes to an end. Later, Hwan-ung imprisons his followers—Baekho (White Tiger), Cheongnyong (Blue Dragon), Hyeonmu (Black Turtle), and Jujak (Phoenix)—in objects and foretells of a new king who will rule Jyusin who will be born on the day the stars of Jyusin light the sky thousands of years later. He then returns to the heavens after ordering these four gods to awake at the right time and aid the king of Jyusin.
Thousands of years later, the stars of Jyusin light up the sky and a son is born to each of the Royal family and the Yeon family, the highest noble family of the Goguryeo Kingdom. The Crown Prince Dam-deok pretends to be weak and slow from childhood because of people’s attempts to harm him. Leading a lonely life in the palace, Dam-deok befriends Gi-ha, a female priest from the Hwacheon Group, and Yeon Ho-gae, who was born on the same day as Dam-deok.
Yeon Ho-gae’s mother, who believes her son must be the king of Jyusin because he was born on the day the stars of Jyusin lit up, plots a conspiracy to poison the king. However, with the help of Gi-ha, Dam-deok exposes the conspiracy and Yeon Ho-gae’s mother kills herself. Yeon Ho-gae begins to hate Dam-deok as he learns that Gi-ha, who he had feelings for, loves Dam-deok and believes that Dam-deok is responsible for the death of his mother. While fighting the generals and noblemen of the Hwacheon Group, who try to make Yeon Ho-gae king, Dam-deok falls victim to a conspiracy. In the end, Dam-deok’s father is killed and Dam-deok, in the heat of a crisis, one by one discovers Hyeonmu, Jujak, Baekho and then Cheongnyong. Is it really possible for Dam-deok to become king as foretold by his destiny thousands of years ago?
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