Thwarted kisses and rom-com hijinks in Seven Day Queen
Well this is a 180-degree turn if I’ve ever seen one. The first teaser for KBS’s new Joseon-era romance Seven Day Queen promised tragedy and tears for the royal love triangle, but this newest teaser for the series could not be more different, featuring pratfalls and kissyfaces. Did the show become a rom-com overnight, or are they just trying to lure us in with cuteness? I don’t know, but I can’t say it’s not working.
The drama is about the real-life tragic love story of King Jungjong and Queen Dangyeong, who were torn apart by political enemies, forcing the queen out of the palace after only a week—the shortest reign of any queen in Joseon’s history. Park Min-young (Healer) stars as Dangyeong, and Yeon Woo-jin (Introverted Boss) will play Jungjong. At the start of the story he’ll be a prince who lives a stifled life so as not to threaten his half-brother, tyrant king Yeonsangun, played by Lee Dong-gun (Laurel Tree Tailors). In this story, Yeonsangun will be a powerful king who has everyone under his feet, but will never have the heart of the woman he so ardently loves.
The teaser opens with Park Min-young’s voiceover: “Because I love you, all of the tears in the world came to me along with you.” She sees Yeon Woo-jin smiling at her, arms stretched wide. She breaks into a smile and runs to him in slow motion… and then suddenly trips on a rock and falls flat on her face. The tone goes full-on comedic, as the romantic mood is shattered by her mortifying fall, though Yeon Woo-jin just seems to think it’s adorable.
He takes full advantage of the moment by swooping in for a kiss, only to have Lee Dong-gun literally get in between them like a haughty child. And for added cheekiness, the song in the background goes, “Oppa-ya, I found someone I really like.” Heh. I don’t know that this teaser’s tone is one that we can expect for the drama, since it feels more like a commercial for the show than a preview of what’s to come, but it does make me hope for some happy romantic moments for the couple, because they’re pretty darn cute together.
Seven Day Queen follows Mystery Queen on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning May 31.
Via Ten Asia
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