Elegant tears and waking forbidden hearts in Seven Day Queen
Park Min-young (Remember—Son’s War) looks beautiful as the fallen Seven Day Queen in the latest stills for the upcoming KBS sageuk. The drama is based on a historic legend about the star-crossed lovers, King Jungjong and Queen Dangyeong, who are known as a real-life Romeo and Juliet of Korea.
Not everyone can pull off hanboks well, but here, Park Min-young looks like she was born to wear them. Her character Shin Chae-kyung (who later becomes Queen Dangyeong) is the tragic heroine who is caught between two powerful men, as indicated in the newest promo clip. It opens on a verdant field and a couple sitting under a gazebo in the gently falling rain, while her voiceover says: “I awakened a heart I should not have. And I accepted a heart I should have not have.”
I’m assuming the woman under the gazebo is Park Min-young, and that the man is Jungjong, played by Yeon Woo-jin (Introverted Boss). Although, with two men vying for her affections, it could also be Jungjong’s brother Yeonsangun, who will be played by Lee Dong-gun (Laurel Tree Tailors).
Historically, Yeonsangun was a tyrant who is known for having the bloodiest reign throughout the Joseon dynasty, initiating massive purges of his own court and converting scholarly institutions to royal brothels. After enduring his excesses for more than a decade, his subjects finally had enough and overthrew him for his half-brother Jungjong.
Queen Dangyeong was Jungjong’s wife and first consort, who is known for having the shortest reign in Joseon history of only seven days. She became a victim of the tumultuously shifting political tides as her husband ascended to the throne, and was quickly exiled to the mountains. In the drama, it looks like she’ll be at the center of both the political and romantic entanglements between the two royal brothers.
Wednesday-Thursday drama Seven Day Queen will begin on May 31, after the end of Mystery Queen.
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