Drama Casting & News
The King 2 Hearts’s poster and trailer
by | March 6, 2012 | 127 Comments

The first official poster is out for MBC’s The King 2 Hearts, which has finally fixed (again) on a title after changing it a jillion times. The funny thing? Each change was minuscule, accompanied by some nonsense explanation that (1) totally overexplained, (2) and yet explained nothing, like we were in a merry-go-round of nitpickery.

In case you’re keeping track: It went from King [킹] to The King [더킹] to King 2hearts [킹투허츠] to The King 2 Hearts [더킹 투허츠] to The King 2 Hearts [더킹 투하츠]. If you’re wondering what the hell is the difference between the last two: hardly anything. It just went from phonetically spelling out huh-chu for hearts, then changing it to ha-chu.

(Apparently the production felt people were having too much trouble pronouncing huh-chu, thereby changing it to ha-chu. I’m not sure if they think we’re all idiots, or if there actually exists a large contingent of angry, internet-savvy pronounciation nazis out there who care deeply about the proper way to transliterate a foreign word. IN A TITLE THAT SUCKS ANYWAY.)

Anyway. Ahem. The drama stars Lee Seung-gi as the king of South Korea in a fictional world where the monarchy still exists. Ha Ji-won is a North Korean spy who falls in love with him, giving us Goong: Shiri meets Myung-wol. Or something.

Here’s the trailer, which is a lot more serious than I was anticipating:

So maybe it’s more like Goong: Shiri meets Myung-wol and becomes Daemul of The Royal Family. I wasn’t actually thinking The King would be a romantic comedy, because the writers (the “other Hong sisters”) don’t hew comedic. Their past dramas have been dramatic, with music-centered Beethoven Virus and idol-wannabes-in-training Over the Rainbow being the most recent entries on their resumés. It’s for that reason that I’m also, sadly, pretty uninterested in this drama, even though the actors are charismatic and the plot sounds eventful. But unless the writers have recently learned how to build up angst without dragging out plodding plotting, I just can’t get excited.

On the upside, Lee Seung-gi and Ha Ji-won look gorgeous together in the poster. And her long angled bob is pretty awesome. (Yay for no more mullets!)

The King 2 Hearts follows The Moon That Embraces the Sun, meaning its premiere just got delayed a week to March 21.

Via Osen


127 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ililaa

    Wow, Ha Ji Won is hot stuff! LOL @ the drama title. I’m still more interested in Rooftop but I’ll definitely tune in just to see Ha Ji Won.

    • 1.1 diorama

      Same here. I’ll check it out for Ha Ji Won. There’s a tiny forlorn hope in the fact that the writers wrote a brilliant little short drama called Taereung National Village several years ago…I couldn’t believe they were the same people who wrote Beethoven Virus. If it ends up more Goong and Shiri than Spy Myungwol it could be decent…?

    • 1.2 poyi

      same boat

    • 1.3 Lenita

      i know, right, she just looks a day older compared to daddy long legs…

  2. BellaMafia

    Probably .. The King With 2 hearts!

    • 2.1 momosan

      But that would make him a TimeLord. And that means he’d be the timetraveling king instead of this one.

      Or something. Yeah, I got nuttin. Not even for Ha Ji Won will I watch this show.

      • 2.1.1 Cynthia


        Wait! That was Jae-suk’s superpower in Running Man….so there can’t be TWO of them running around. It would mess with the time/space continuem-thingy.

        • zsa

          kakakaka…funny you

        • momosan

          Well, you know – it’s all a wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey thing. As long as they don’t cross paths in the same time, we should be ok.

          • Cynthia

            Heh. It’d be like that scene in Timecop w/Jean Claude VanDamn where old Badguy gets tossed into young Badguy and they both merge into one glutenous eyeball.

            Problem solved!

          • JoAnne

            Time Cop!

            Yes, many many years ago I had a boyfriend who loved JCVD movies…and so I’ve seen quite a few. He was pretty back then, too. Not so much now.

      • 2.1.2 gilthegreat

        Maybe Ha Ji Won can be his companion then?

      • 2.1.3 weissman

        I caught the time lord line (LOL)

  3. Fasiris Fay

    I love Woong-ah! But this drama isn’t really capturing my interest… 🙁

    • 3.1 gaea

      Same goes to me
      I love both of the lead actor…
      But the title changed make me..*bleh*

      And yea~ black comedy? Why do I only catch serious tone of the trailer? *shaking head*

  4. Mystisith

    That poster is… gorgeous. Men in uniform are almost as beautiful as men in hand towels. Honestly i find both of them magnetics. I was expecting for a bit more of comedy in the teaser, but we will have Prince for that so the dark tone doesn’t bother me.
    I will just burn a few candles to avoid Myung Wol curse and dragging plot : Please, please make that drama epic. Those actors and us viewers deserve it.
    Now excuse me, i will get back above to drool on that uniform… mmmmm.

    • 4.1 JoAnne

      Mysti. Mysti, Mysti, Mysti.

      Uri Seung Gi looks grown up and handsome, I will give him that.

      But I know the Hand Towel, Mysti. I admire the Hand Towel. I respect the Towel and all it cov…er, represents. And Lee Seung Gi, Mysti, is no Hand Towel.

      • 4.1.1 Mystisith

        JoAnne, don’t tell me those golden chains don’t give you some ideas… And those heavily adorned belts. And Seung Gi has such a lovesick expression, such puppy eyes. Sorry, i can’t resist. I’m becoming royalist all of a sudden.

        • JoAnne

          …visions of a hand towel with a royal crest, suddenly…

          But actually, Puppy looks like a Big Dog all of a sudden.

    • 4.2 Kim Yoonmi

      Rooftop Prince has count them–4 hand towels they need to give out. ^_^ (Screw the track suits)

      So I would like the Rooftop Prince (and minions/allies) the discover the joy of a hand towel, ’cause I’m pretty sure they didn’t have them back in Joseon times…

      • 4.2.1 JoAnne

        wow…joys of a hand towel took in me in directions that are REALLY not appropriate for work…

  5. Biscuit

    I don’t know much about the writers and I’m not sold on the plot, but talk about watching a drama for the eye-candy.

    Maybe it’s because the last projects by these two were comedic (unless, SG was actually trying to be serious…..) and the recent memory of Myungwol hasn’t completely faded yet, I was think thing was going to be a rom-com.

  6. topper

    I prefer something action/dramatic after the glut of saeguks and romcoms. So will check out the premiere. But I too have not much confidence in the writers.

  7. ccinta

    I think they said because they want to emphasize both Seunggi & Ha Ji Won, that’s why they decided to put “2 hearts” as the title as well. But I still love “The King” – it sounds more regal.

    I also don’t know anything about the writers; but will give this drama a chance because I love Ha Ji Won. She must trust the writers, otherwise she won’t choose to take the role in TK2H so I’ll trust her too.

    And Seunggi wants to take more serious role, so I’ll give him a chance too. He may surprise us.

    The poster above is so romantic and regal – can’t wait to see their chemistry.

  8. everriell

    has anybody noticed seung-gi’s nose? i think his nose was a little bit enhanced. i like him still….ü

    • 8.1 JoAnne

      When would he have had time to do that, though, with all the MC work he’s had and 1N2D to film?

    • 8.2 Arhazivory

      His nose is still as big as it’s always been. My mom and sis called him Big Nose. Maybe in the photo they photoshopped it a bit but in the stills…still the same nose.

  9. JoAnne

    It actually looks interesting, but I will admit I haven’t seen anything else from these writers. The trailer at least looks beautifully shot, crisp, lovely colors – and I’m kinda thinking they look like they have chemistry.

    I’m thrilled if this is Goong for Grownups with her all secretly pining for the King in marriage of convenience and political alliance.

    But I could also be happy with ‘their eyes met across the DMZ…their love would build a bridge.’

    Yes, I’m a big sap.

    • 9.1 canxi

      I think that’s probably what it will end up being, JoAnne! hahaha. With some North Korean pride slapped somewhere in there probably getting in the way of things?

    • 9.2 Mystisith

      DMZ as the evil plot device to separate our OTP. Just to change from crazy in laws.
      I come to your place or you come to mine ?

      • 9.2.1 JoAnne

        Well we’ve been looking for something new…

    • 9.3 Tishi

      Hahaha! Your: ‘their eyes met across the DMZ…their love would build a bridge.’ reminds me of Jo In sung’s Love Impossible without the Goguryeo excavations.

      I HOPE they bring in the funny in this one. I’m just sticking with this for Seung-gi, so if they turn on the Makjang button up too much, I’d just have to fast-forward to Seung-gi’s scenes. Who knows? Maybe he’ll show a bit of flesh underneath that uniform of his. His back exposure in MGIAG wasn’t really enough, but I’m not really wishing for Hand Towel scenes since this is Lee No-to-nekkidness Seung-gi.

      • 9.3.1 JoAnne

        awww, is he saving himself for his some-day bride?

  10. 10 DB5K

    I don’t know how you can’t be excited about this drama JB >_<!! It looks great, and I bet it will be, for the first half at least. IDK why, but that's when most action/thriller dramas start losing steam.

  11. 11 em

    Will definitely watch King 2 hearts. Like Ha ji won a lot. Very solid actress.

  12. 12 Caroline

    Enough said.

  13. 13 Kacey J.

    Can Seungi be my King? *_*

  14. 14 canxi

    So…because of what ccinta said, I’m guessing the tile is supposed to be like “The King: 2 Hearts”? (or hoping…) That would make loads more sense, honestly…Also the way they set the typography with the big “the King” and the little “2 Hearts” at the bottom seems to suggest that also. Maybe it’s a grammar problem we’re all witnessing here…?

    But, anywho…the poster looks all kinds o’ romantic though. And when this was first announced there were complaints up & down that they wouldn’t look good together. Pfft.

    It does look dramatic though. I was actually expecting it to be more comedic, but I’ll keep a look out anyway. It looks pretty interesting. But yeah, I hope it doesn’t plod.

  15. 15 KDrama Fan

    Thanks JB for the update.

    Imagine if they called this drama King2Heads.

    Why is it when I look at Lee Seungi I think ‘puppy’? But when I think of puppy getting it on with the sexy Ha Ji-won I’m like ‘This is every male’s fantasy’. I think a good movie with these 2 would be a coming of age story.

    Want to see how the drama actually pans out even though it seems quite serious.

    Puppy fighting!

    • 15.1 Mystisith

      King2Heads. LOL !!!
      Now i have images of Mars Attacks in my own head.

      • 15.1.1 KDrama Fan

        Hi Mystisith.

        Now I’m thinking of Mars Attacks with top Korean actors playing the roles:)

  16. 16 Toya

    You guys are gonna think I am weird for saying this, but I am so used to not seeing Lee Seung-gi’s forehead that it took me a second to realize that was him in the poster…

    • 16.1 ~Feather~

      i know! he finally got a haircut! XD

      • 16.1.1 otchosais

        yup!! the BEST HAIRCUT I saw to him ever since?.. haha

        anyway, I support them both!

        since I loved them BOTH tonss!!! “_”

  17. 17 Funkypicklez

    For some reason… This is a case where my faith in the drama does not lie in the writers or pd but the actors. I just can’t imagine Lee Seung Ki and Ha Ji Won choosing a project that they don’t completely love and have faith in. That’s why I’ll definitely be checking this one out! Hopefully they surprise us. My body shivers whenever I think back to Over The Rainbow. What a mess. Definitely a hot mess though. Haha

  18. 18 ryuu99

    god if you actually exist please make this an action/drama like IRIS rather than a dry-humoured semi-serious drama. please please please. with a big budget like this and stellar supporting actors please don’t do a mildly comedic drama i just want a full-on action/thriller dramatic drama with its serious plot. kinda like 24.

  19. 19 nomu nomu nomu

    “I just can’t imagine Lee Seung Ki and Ha Ji Won choosing a project that they don’t completely love and have faith in.”

    I remember thinking the same thought with Kang Ji-hwan and Yoon Eun-hye with a particular drama. (but…well, most knows what happened)

    however, I do hope that this drama will be awesome. I love Ha Ji-won

    • 19.1 nomu nomu nomu


  20. 20 poyi

    any doubts remaining were just erased



  21. 21 Cindy

    I think I’ll be watching this drama just for the pretty more than the plot.

  22. 22 jandoe

    Title is ridiculously blegh but Seung-Gi! why so cuteeee?!

    Will be watching – for you Seung-Gi, just for you.

  23. 23 Mel

    Love lsg so I will watch. Hehe him in the snow. So darn cute

  24. 24 VanillaSalt

    With a title like that you’d think it’d be a rom-com. Hm.

  25. 25 Daniela

    He looks very handsome, I like her and I love the” hate transforms into love”stories, but I have no desire to watch this one. Maybe the trailer is fooling us and this drama is more into the direction of a rom-com (they said it was a rom-com and a human melo black comedy, as it says in one article, but who knows). Im not going to watch the first episodes, but if i hear good things about it, maybe I can watch it.

  26. 26 kbap

    Wow I love the poster! The look just draws me in…
    but I’m not so sure about the drama itself. The premise sounds interesting enough, but the trailer looks too serious for my tastes. Or maybe it’s just misleading?

    • 26.1 Mystisith

      I’m almost sure the trailer will show the lighter side of the drama.
      MBC recently almost scared me away from Feast Of the Gods with the same trick : Makjang teaser. Then, tada ! Funny trailer.
      Look at the pink writing on the poster, the goofy face of the King to be, training for gas attack. This is going to be fun.

      • 26.1.1 ccinta

        I hope they’ll release another trailer which depict the black comedy / comedy side of this drama on their press conference tomorrow. Just by looking at their BTS stills, it looks like we’re going to enjoy a fun ride…

  27. 27 Cruelsummer

    Yeah…the only thing that comes to mind is Ha Jiwon is pretty and Seungi has stubble…yum.

    I wish this were more ‘Ninotchka’ and less Jerry Bruckheimer, but I might watch the first episode just for the pretty.

  28. 28 Yvonne

    Wow the poster is love!

  29. 29 LeiDiAngelo

    Goong: Shiri meets Myung-wol and becomes Daemul of The Royal Family. = totally agree .

  30. 30 21

    They both look very pretty but I am more into rom-com… might watch the first episode.

  31. 31 biankoy

    Gorgeous poster is Gorgeous!!!

    I love that in no way you can tell that they actually noona-dongsaeng, unless you know it beforehand.
    Ha Jiwon looks so pretty, it’s been too long since I last saw her with a long hair. and Lee Seunggi!! gone are the traces of the maknae in that awesome-awesome King!! ( at least in the poster, he’s the same ‘Woong-ah’ in the uniform stills )
    but um, yeah. the title sucks. bigtime.

  32. 32 Salie

    i love the poster 🙂

  33. 33 asianromance

    I love the poster! I’ve never seen Lee Seung-gi look so hot! The trailer’s pretty interesting. It seems like all the royals-in-the-modern-era dramas tend towards comedy, but this one chooses to go the slightly more dramatic route. I’m not sure if i will watch this. The constant title changes has left a bad taste. Makes me wonder how stable the script will be if they can’t seem to even settle on a title.

  34. 34 Sunmi


    Not another show that doesn’t know what genre it wants to be!! It makes my heart weep to see these shows popping up like wayward little daisies in fields of roses. It’s like the PDs don’t know if they want to make a hearty rom-com or a serious melo with a dash of romance. In the end you get a clusterfck of different genres that only equals HOT MESS.


    Heh, you know I’m still going to watch it. What else will I waste time and procrastinate with. :3

    • 34.1 Sunmi

      Oh bullocks! It’s not supposed to be a rom-com…. Then what the hell is it? Drama? Melo? Revenge-thriller? Makjang?

      *Sigh* Still going to watch it…

      • 34.1.1 dea

        It’s been described from the beginning that this is a black comedy, human melodrama. They never said that it’s going to be a rom-com. Probably to separate themselves from the curse of Spy Myung Wol 🙂

        Please correct me if I’m wrong, but black comedy may also involve lots of action scenes combined with sometimes non-sense parody. Or they try to make parody based on sensitive issue (ie. in this drama, the political issue between the North & South Korea).

        It’s a genre which may not suit large number of viewers (who prefer a light drama – rom-com drama); so kuddos to Ha Ji Won & Lee Seung Gi to take up the challenge.

        They will have their press conference tomorrow so they may release longer trailer / more trailers.

        • JoAnne

          I’ve always understood black comedy to mean you’re laughing in spite of yourself – wringing the humor out of a tragic situation.

          • Cynthia

            Well, there was ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’.

          • Sunmi

            @JoAnne: Yes, I thought the same as well.

            @Dea: I’m still a little lost as the premise. Most dramas can’t seem to do rom-com right in 20 episodes so how exactly is this drama going to get black comedy and human melo right in 20? Especially since black comedy has to be done JUST right or else you end up getting campy and weird and just plain bad.

            I’m just concerned that the show is trying to take on more than it can chew like dramas like Spy Myung Wol, Wild Romance, etc. They start out as one thing and then spiral into a hot mess of 100 other things. I mean I don’t mind black comedy; I actually prefer it to slapstick comedy and romance. It makes for a better plot. I’m just not sure if it can be executed properly in a drama. Maybe a movie? I dunno. Still going to watch it though. >.<

  35. 35 Arhazivory

    I don’t care what it’s supposed to be, in terms are free genre…as long as it’s good. I’ll trust Seung Girls and Ha Ji Won.

    On an unrelated note, the 7 minute preview of Rooftop Prince looks awesome (although I understand not a word). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xa0eLmPBe8

    • 35.1 Arhazivory

      *in terms OF genre. ><

  36. 36 saranghae_12

    Loved the trailer.LSG, why so hot?I’m pretty sure he’s trying to break out of his comfort zone by taking on meaty roles. LSG and HJW really look good together. I don’t really care about the title changes since it’s not really much of an alteration to the identity of the drama, although the final one is grammatically incorrect.lol. I’m still gonna watch anyway. Hoping there’s a requisite shower scene.keh. Yeah, yeah.I know it’s seunggi so it’s most likely not happening. But hey, a girl can dream.

  37. 37 8siupo

    Girlfriday/Javabeans, will you ladies be recapping this drama? I really hope that you will! I love reading your recaps and I’m looking forward to your own opinions of this drama. Besides, this might be Seunggi’s last drama project before he goes for the military. Pretty pls..

  38. 38 Noelle

    HAHAHAHA … Ha chu. Anyone else think of Men In Tights? Anyways love the clothes and the leads but I thought the story would be different so now I don’t know what to think. I might have to read a review or a recap to see if it’s worth watching. Sorry HJW!

  39. 39 Ani

    My choice out of the upcoming dramas is going to be Rooftop Prince. I’m no Yoochun fan, but I prefer rom-com. Unless it’s not rom-com, than I’m still dramaless. I just can’t do melo unless it’s something like Fermentation Family. I wish this were a rom-com because I’d be so up for it. EEEEEEH! I’ll stil check out the first episode. X/

    • 39.1 ryuu99

      variety is important. and thank god not all people prefer rom-com because god forbid we’d have a Jennifer Aniston movie twice a year, every year.

      • 39.1.1 Ani

        Variety is good, and melos are ok when done right: Fermentation Family and Thank You (Jang Hyuk). But when it’s drama and kaflama and endless tears of stupidity that moves me NOT, than I’d rather pass the melo for the laughs thank you very much.

  40. 40 koreandramalover / kdl / kay

    After MGIAG which was written by THE Hong sisters, LSG is in a drama which is written by ANOTHER set of Hong sisters? Interesting…

    Like you, Javabeans, I am less than interested in this drama even with LSG in it precisely because the writers are not THE Hong sisters who made me fall head over heels eternally in love with MGIAG…

    So I am going to watch the first few episodes with no expectations whatsoever, so that if it turns out to be a flop, I will not be too disappointed…

    I am hoping that the fact that LSG and HJW had chosen to be in this drama (out of the made other dramas which could have been offered to them) will in some way help viewers to give it a try and wait and see if it is worth our while to stay with it till the end… 😉

    • 40.1 koreandramalover / kdl / kay

      ooops!! a typo!! how did I not notice it??!!

      …(out of the *many* not *made* other dramas which could have been offered to them)…

  41. 41 koreandramalover / kdl / kay

    I forgot to mention something…

    Javabeans, if you and/or Girfriday will be recapping this drama, then I will definitely watch it for however long your recaps will be… 😉

    My deepest appreciation in advance if you do decide to recap it… 😉

  42. 42 Osi

    I love the poster. They look gorgeous. Now I really can’t wait to watch this drama.

  43. 43 M

    Just on the poster alone I might actually tune in to this!

    Lol, but sadly I’m not much interested in spy and king and definitely not 2 hearts king.

    Reminds me of cards.

  44. 44 Eliza Bennet

    The trailer looks amazing and all the best for this drama which seems very interesting (but I’d have watched it anyway, go LSG!) and intense.

    HJW is an actor I don’t really like but everytime I watch her I appreciate her performance. I hope that her MIL this time will be more sympathetic towards her (in every drama I watched her in, the MILs never wanted her for their sons)

    Also HJW’s hat looks really silly.

  45. 45 sam

    oh guys I hope you recap this, pretty please?? Love the pairing, love the trailer, love the posters! I know that it took awhile for Seunggi to choose a drama and he went with this. May this be as amazing as the actors! Love you, Seunggi yah!

  46. 46 Bern75

    Oh Seungi Gi….! *gulp* he looks so suave in that poster, in that uniform. And, did anyone feel like he was channeling Hyun Bin in that tracksuit photo (ala Secret Garden) ?

    and… HA JI WON!! gorgeous! :))

  47. 47 jolli

    OK, i am in for the ride… don’t matter as Ha Ji Won rock since the first time i saw her in “Whatever happen in Bali”.

  48. 48 Nica

    Is Ha Ji Won wearing a wig in the last pic???

  49. 49 Delia

    Beautiful poster (I wish I were Ha Ji Won…) interesting trailer, but I’ll be cautiously keeping my eye on this -crosses fingers-. Btw, woman’s rockin’ that NK accent! 😉

  50. 50 Jaykah

    That picture is so gorgeous, they both just look so incredibly stunning and handsome.

    I may tune into this drama but after angsty TMTETS, I may delay watching this for a while

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