Assassin-filled forests and masked dances in The King Loves
Romance sageuk The King Loves has released its first teaser, and it already shows signs of heartbreak as a tight friendship among a trio of friends devolves into a painful love triangle. Set in the Goryeo period, this pre-produced melodrama is about how misaligned love connections and twisted ambition leads to backstabbing and betrayal between two best friends as they become rivals in love and power.
Im Shi-wan (Misaeng) stars as a prince with dual sides, who masks his inner power-hungry side with a virtuous outer mask. His best friend is another royal, played by Hong Jong-hyun (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo), who ends up losing everything to Im Shi-wan and vows to take his one true love, played by Yoon-ah (The K2). She’s the daughter of the wealthiest merchant in Goryeo, and becomes the main source of contention between the two men as they begin to vie for her affections.
The teaser shows Yoon-ah and Hong Jong-hyun running through the market streets, and the three friends meet in a meadow of flowers. Then later, Im Shi-wan and Yoon-ah dance together at a night festival wearing masks, while Hong Jong-hyun watches from afar wearing an inscrutable expression through his mask.
A scene of assassins fighting in a sunlit bamboo forest is shown, and the mood changes to one of sadness as clips of Im Shi-wan and Yoon-ah crying are seen. The copy reads: “A beautiful and sad love story of two men and one woman.”
The last scenes are character shots as flower petals descend around them, introducing the three main characters: Wang Won (Im Shi-wan), Eun-shil (Yoon-ah), and Wang Rin (Hong Jong-hyun). Im Shi-wan narrates in the background: “This is the story of the me who loved you better than myself.”
Monday-Tuesday drama The King Loves will begin this July on MBC.
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