Here are the first stills for sageuk drama King Geunchogo, which premieres next month on KBS starring Kam Woo-sung as the king and Kim Ji-soo (currently besieged by netizen complaints due to her drunken hit and run) as his love interest.
The drama focuses on warrior-king Geunchogo, the 13th ruler of Baekje, who reigned from 346 to 375 A.D. in what is considered Baekje’s golden age. He expanded the kingdom’s territorial reaches far into the north and occupied much of the Korean peninsula, opened trading lines between China and Japan, and encouraged culture. Kim Ji-soo plays Baekje princess Bu Yeo-hwa, and is dressed below in royal finery.
On the 8th, Kim Ji-soo released an official apology for her recent accident via her management company, admitting that it was a mistake to drive drunk and to leave the scene of the accident. She expressed her deep apologies for her bad judgment, stating that she was frightened and shocked by the collision and therefore left the scene in a friend’s car (who had been following her own). She went to the police the next day for questioning and admitted to the accident.
KBS has stated that they have no plans to remove her from the drama, but they have been the target of a wave of complaints demanding that her behavior ought not be condoned and that Kim should be cut. The anger is particularly strong because this is Kim’s second such offense; in 2000, she was caught driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol content of 0.175% (yikes!), and lost her license.
King Geunchogo is currently scheduled for a November 6 premiere.