The King Loves to play in azalea-filled forests
The latest round of promo stills for MBC’s The King Loves includes this playful scene between Yoon-ah (The K2), Im Shi-wan (Misaeng), and Hong Jong-hyun (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo), which was shot on an azalea-filled mountainside in Ganghwa-do. The upcoming sageuk is about the love triangle between the three of them, that’s wrapped up in a power struggle as both men vie for Yoon-ah’s heart and the Goryeo throne.
Jung Bo-seok (Monster) will be playing Im Shi-wan’s father, King Chungryeol, who politically marries a much younger woman to stabilize Goryeo’s power. Although his ancestors were warriors who fought to conquer the Goryeo lands, King Chungryeol is of a weaker mold, preferring to receive validation of his manhood through spending the national treasury on wine, women, and hunting. He’s a poor father figure to Im Shi-wan and a sorry excuse for a ruler. Park Hwan-hee (Descended from the Sun) plays Hong Jong-hyun’s sister, who has a one-sided crush on Im Shi-wan’s character, while Oh Min-seok (Secrets of Women) plays King Chungryeol’s kinsman and Goryeo’s hidden political mastermind.
In addition, some still cuts of the childhood scenes for The King Loves have been released, featuring one of my favorite budding stars, Yoon Chan-sung (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim), who is Hong Jong-hyun’s younger counterpart. Im Shi-wan’s childhood character is played by Nam Da-reum (Pinocchio), while Yoon-ah’s is played by rookie child actress Lee Seo-yeon. Especially in some sageuks, the prelude with the younger actors can steal the entire show, so I’m excited to see what these new talents will bring to the table.
Pre-produced historical melodrama The King Loves will be broadcast on MBC sometime in 2017.
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