Another Monday-Tuesday drama premiered this week, MBC’s historical series Dong Yi. It wasn’t able to top its competitors with its first outing, but its initial 11.4% held its own against SBS’s medical sageuk Jejoongwon (13.2%) and KBS’s comic trendy show Birth of the Rich (15.5%).
As is often the case in historical series, Dong Yi started off with its child actors, who earned praise for their performances. Drawing particular notice is 10-year-old Kim Yoo-jung, who is quickly becoming a fixture in historical dramas and, coincidentally, played Han Hyo-joo’s younger self in 2008’s Iljimae. (She also acted in period series Tamra the Island and Painter of the Wind.) Dong Yi is also being praised for its top-notch visuals and cinematography, earning the show the descriptor as a “premium” drama.
Because it’s slated for 50 episodes, it may take several episodes for the story to really get going, and we’ll have to wait a bit longer to come to a verdict on whether Han Hyo-joo has been able to rise to the pressure and carry off the biggest role of her career satisfactorily. Ji Jin-hee plays a king and Lee So-yeon his shrewd concubine, but it’s Han as the title character who will be the backbone of the drama.
Via Star News
- Bae Soo-bin as a beggar in Dong Yi
- Dong Yi’s official posters
- Han Hyo-joo looks forward to Dong Yi
- The cast of Dong Yi gets into character