Genre: Period, romance
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2011-Jul-20 to 2011-Oct-06
Moon Chae Won as Lee Se Ryung
Park Shi Hoo as Kim Seung Yoo
Synopsis: A tragic love story between the daughter of Prince Suyang and grandson of Kim Jong Seo. The son of Kim Jongseo, Seungyoo, is a handsome and wise man who carries a noble quality. Princess Seryeong, a daughter of King Sejo, aka prince Sooyang, is a cheerful, lively lady with a strong curiosity and bold personality. They fall in love instantly but later they find out that their parents are sworn enemies. It’s a Chosun dynasty version of “Romeo and Juliet”.
Let me start with – I’m going to copy a review I already have posted on another site (MyDramaList – my name is the same there). It’s one of my better reviews so I wanted to share the love for it – this drama I mean, haha. This is still one of my favorite dramas and it’s got to be one of the best dramas from 2O11! Also I didn’t use or post any spoilers. The videos I posted have nothing more than maybe a sneak peak. And the pictures don’t give much away (:
Ohh where to begin! This drama I wasn’t sure I was even going to pick up but around 4 episodes out I started to watch it. It’s my very first saeguk drama as well. In the beginning I didn’t have any expectations for it – except for a happy ending. As the episodes progressed I found myself more and more liking the drama. And then somewhere around episodes 8 or 9 I became addicted to it. Each episode kept getting better – I found myself in a whirl of emotions while I watched. Waiting each week I tried to be patient but as soon as subs were available I dropped everything else to watch it.
The story has a Romeo & Juliet theme – for most people this might turn them away. After all, everyone knows the tragedy that befell that couple. This drama is indeed a tragedy in many parts. Don’t let that turn you away from this drama – everything about it turned out right in the end. I encourage you to watch it to understand what I mean by that (:
The characters….oh where to begin. I found myself rooting for our leads in their struggle to be together – the fight against Su Yang. His character is one you find yourself hating right away. Shin Myeong – his character many hated but I couldn’t bring myself to hate him. Why? Because he was so pitiful. I imagine his choice was a difficult one and I could feel that he was torn in making it. Princess Kyeung Hye – I didn’t like her in the beginning, there were things she did that made it hard to like her. I felt myself understanding her character more as time progressed – and by the end her character was one I found myself liking.
That being said – the acting is wonderful!! No complaints at all! This was the first drama I’ve seen Park Shi Hoo act in and I absolutely loved him! Moon Chae Won I remember seeing in Shining Inheritance as the step sister. Seeing her go from her pitiful character in that drama to the role she has in this makes me think she’s a good actress. Of course the rest of the cast is great as well!
The music….it’s beautiful! The entire soundtrack is beautiful! From the instrumentals to the actual songs – all of them are great and fit the flow of the drama very well. I also loved the songs they had in Italian – “Vola” and “Destino.” The original Romeo & Juliet story is from Italy so I felt this was a nice touch.
I can see myself rewatching this drama someday – although not anytime soon.
Overall – what else can I say? This is a terrific drama! A must watch of 2O11! It’s the best drama I’ve seen this year from the handful I have seen. If you haven’t already begun this drama I highly recommend it!
Also – in my own personal opinion I felt this was a much better story than Romeo & Juliet. By that I mean it felt more realistic and believable to me.
Watch it!! (:
It’s been 3 months since I’ve written this review, and I still agree with everything I’ve said. I’m still listening to the soundtrack, from the beautiful instrumentals to the theme songs. I miss this drama already :p
The song’s title here is “And Longing”
This drama aired around the same time Protect The Boss aired. The two dramas were head to head for the #1 spot for the longest time, which should tell you how popular this drama was while it was airing in Korea – (Take a look at the ratings)
So if you haven’t seen this drama yet, I highly recommend you find some time and watch it (: It’s worth it!!
I still give it a full 1O/1O!
Or you can stream it at DramaCrazy!
Some pictures to look at (: