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Junho, Lee Se-young confirmed for sageuk melodrama The Red Sleeve Cuff


Junho, Lee Se-young

Previously, it was rumored that Kim Kyung-nam and Park Hye-soo were in the running to lead sageuk drama The Red Sleeve Cuff, but it was recently confirmed that Junho (Confession) and Lee Se-young (Kairos) will be starring as the main couple. It’s a palace romance story about a maid who wants to protect her chosen way of life and a king who believes his duty is to his country first above love.

Based on a novel written by Kang Mi-kang, this drama is a fictionalized portrayal of Yi San (King Jeongjo of Joseon). Junho is set to play the haughty, perfectionist Prince Yi San. He desperately wants to become a benevolent king, but his father’s death has left a deep emotional trauma in his heart.

However, after meeting cheerful palace maid Sung Deok-im, Yi San begins to learn that he has a romantic side to himself. From then begins his internal war between the cold, logical ruler inside him and the passionate man in love.

Lee Se-young’s character, Sung Deok-im, doesn’t want to live as one of the many harem women around the king. She’s adamant about choosing her path independently. Despite all the urgent palace intrigue around her, she makes it a point to seek out the little things that make her happy. When she meets Yi San, her entire life begins to change.

MBC Wednesday-Thursday drama The Red Sleeve Cuff, directed by Jung Ji-in (Radiant Office) and written by Jung Hae-ri (Ruler—Master of the Mask), will begin airing in the latter half of this year.

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I marathoned the novel after hearing about the drama, and boy is it painful in the last third lol. I love the leads (haven't seen Junho in a sageuk though, so we'll see) and there's been a drought of serious sageuks, but I'm leery about the writer and it'll be hard to not think of the 2007 Yi San. I know the novel goes on a different angle but Lee Seo Jin and Han Ji Min had insane chemistry in one of the best written sageuk romances (in a drama that was actually not mainly about the romance), all without even a kiss scene. Lee Se Young fits the role like a glove though, so I'll keep my eyes peeled even though the ending will inevitably be a heartbreaker. (why, history, why??)

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where did you read it?

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Naver series app (in Korean) - I don't know if there's a translation anywhere if you need that though.

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Junho was pretty good in Homme Fatale, a historical film, so I'm looking forward to his performance here. But the director/ writer make me wary.
Did the novel have a sad ending? I know the historical background broadly so was wondering where the novel ends.

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He was in MEMORIES of the SWORD also with Kim Goeun, Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Byung-hun.

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Oh yes I've seen that too though his role was much smaller.

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Yeah, there's a few more chapters after Consort Sung/Sung Eui Bin dies (per history), so.... (I stop after ep 71 on Yi San rewatches which shows you my tolerance for sad endings)

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2007 Yisan will always be my favorite. Also the most historically accurate version of any Jeongjo era sageuk.

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*adds to never-ending list of sageuks to watch*

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Highly recommend (until ep 71 at least, if you're averse to tragedy like me). I've rewatched it an embarrassing number of times.

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I really like both Jun-ho and Lee Se-young but why does it have to be a sageuk??? Sigh.

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Fair, though Junho will be sexy as a prince IMO.

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and i will take them both in whatever they choose. been waiting for Junho's return. i love them both and i think they will be able to make this great!

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Written by Jung Hae-ri (Ruler—Master of the Mask) Hum... I don't trust this writer. Th PD did Radiant Office and I loved it.

Lee Se-Young cut her hair for Kairos, I wonder how they will do with that. But I really like her, she was great as Queen in The Crowned Clow.

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At the AsianWiki page for RULER there are two writers listed:
https://asianwiki.com/The_Emperor:_Owner_of_the_Mask

Another interesting tidbit to be found there is under the ‘other’ writer’s (Park Hye-jin) page.
Scroll down through the 2017 (10th) Korean Drama Awards to
Best Screenplay and see what you find:
https://asianwiki.com/2017_(10th)_Korea_Drama_Awards

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I clearly don't share the same taste than Korean awards...

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My word I was burnt so bad by RULER... but I love both leads. What a dilemma...

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I haven't seen Lee Se Young in a sageuk since Dae Jang Geum it seems like...will probably check the premier out for her and Junho is supposed to be pretty good of a actor...

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The writer of RULER is doing what with Yisan?

Good casting with a very questionable writer. *sigh*

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Exactly.
I can't trust the writer if Ruler at all. I don't need a nonfunctional FL that is useful at the tail end.

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I'm going to be compelled to watch this one unless it goes totally off the rails.

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lol same. I'll even try to watch the inevitably-sad ending with my wimpy, tragedy-allergic self.

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Yeah, Kim Yi Young isn't the greatest or most consistent writer of our times but novel adaptation or not, that writer in particular shouldn't touch that story with a 10 foot pole after Kim Yi Young made the most tasteful and seamless incorporation of sageuk romance with those same historical figures...ughhh

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@eazal, where art thou? I immediately thought of you when I read the news yesterday, right after I screamed Junhoooooo. lol

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Here, here!!!! I'm here!!!!
I didn't have much time this week!!!! But I'm here for my babe!!!!!!!!

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I was worried, I was like where is my twin, lol. I'm glad you are back.😍😁😜

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I just said the other day that I miss Junho but that I hope that when he gets cast it's in a role that will draw on his slighlty unhinged energy...

... So they cast him in a melo Sageuk...

*cries*

Why does Dramaland hate me so much? Is it because I hate Subway? Is it because I don't drink instant coffee? What sacrifice do you require?

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LT I am so glad you did not add:
“Jeonha, please kill me!”

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Jeonha is Junho so we are all going to say YES PLEASE 😂😂😂.

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There are far worse fates.

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I think the sacrifice is to watch this. Then maybe he'll choose a contemporary drama we'll love.

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The sacrifice is too great, I must bow out in defeat to the Drama Gods.

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The "melo sageuk" category is new to me. I don't like melos so this is not encouraging me to watch, although I love the leads.

I've only ever classified sageuks as "fusion sageuk" or "faction sageuk" according to how much they follow history, but I guess that's not enough to describe sageuks anymore. Don't they all have angst and tragedy (melo???)
#nerdexistentialcrisis

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Oh look, I completely agree. What even is a melo sageuk? Will that make it fusion? I don't know. Melo is usually associated with finely tuned relationship dramas but sageuks are usually about the unbearable weight of history. These two things don't mesh. Unless they finally make the fusion sageuk about two ordinary people who never even go near the Royal Palace.

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Most of the historically accurate(ish) sageuks seem to be melos to me.

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Well, yes because life was harder back then. But "melo" is already included in the nature of a sageuk: people are confronted with the weight of history and customs, and fight to create the life they want according to the mentality of that time. Death is a daily thing, and there are tears. In short, the "melo" tag is superfluous.

Anyway, the most important thing is if Yi San will eat carrots. I can survive the melo then.

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Carrots ok but no magic horse please.

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I have only seen two Junho dramas and enjoyed both of them: CONFESSION (2019) and WOK OF LOVE (2018). In both dramas he played a character that was wrapped kind of tight and rarely smiled. So in RED SLEEVE he will be portraying Prince Yi San son of Prince Sado. Probably another uptight guy.
I have yet to see CHIEF KIM or JUST BETWEEN LOVERS so I can’t comment on his character in those dramas. CHIEF KIM has been on my must see list for quite awhile.

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Confession was an okay drama, nothing to write home about. He was good in it though. Chief Kim is good and while I don't love it as others do (I think the writing is a bit slipshod), Junho's character is a blast.

Apropos of nothing, I loved Wok of Love/Greasy Melo and I loved his character and what he brought to it. I even did a piece defending it for Fangirlverdict. It's here if you're interested
https://thefangirlverdict.com/2020/07/19/guest-review-greasy-melo-an-alternative-lens/

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Oooh please give Just Between Lovers a try if you ever get a chance! He doesn't smile much either in this one but he's a delight to watch.

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I left it off because I'm one of the few people who didn't like JBL at all. In fact I dropped it after four episodes. I was trying to avoid courting controversy 😹

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Hehe I admit it's the first I hear of someone not liking JB but now I'm intrigued as to your reasons. Mind sharing? I take no offense.

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Bearing in mind it's been well over three years since I watched it... if I remember correctly I found the characterisation weak and confused and I didn't know why anybody did anything they did.

There was one particular scene where the female lead fell down a hole on a worksite and everyone's response to this workplace health and safety violation was downright bizarre. It wasn't long after that I dropped it.

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@leetennant I see. Now next time I rewatch it I'm going to be overanalyzing it. 😂 There were certain things (like the work hazards) that weren't realistic but I loved the themes and dialogues so much that I easily overlooked its shortcomings.

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I have been trying to watch his drama Memory (TV series) for a while now, to no avail. I heard that one was super underrated/amazing. I heard Chief Kim is amazing, very fun ensemble comedy.

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This made me cackle. I too despise Subway, luckily for both of us even if this saeguk is terrible we definitely won't see subway. My love for Junho is overcoming my exhaustion with saeguks.

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I can’t help but thinking that he’s reserving his unhinged energy to torture his 2PM members, mostly Chansung tho. But true, his most memorable role for me was Seo Yul in Chief Kim.

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This year you have to make an offering of lighters, preferably gold, to appease the drama gods.

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At least it's less messy than the clams or the fish

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That writer... noooooooo. Dramaland must hate me.

Love the idea of a Junho and Lee Se-young pairing though. The director isn’t terrible either. Still, idk if I can be entirely optimistic after how badly Ruler burned me.

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I am very pleased with the casting of Junho and Lee Se-young in RED SLEEVE CUFF.

I was intrigued with the early talk of Kim Kyung-nam as main lead. KKN is one of my favorites and he made a great impression in THE KING.
I checked his work in AsianWiki thinking he had no sageuk experience but discovered he appeared in SBS’s FAITH (2012). Hopefully in the future will see him in a sageuk.

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@marcusnyc20 When I first read that KKN was cast in this I had to rewatch parts of FAITH. He was not a Woodalchi, and for the life of me I could not find him. Please enlighten me on what character he played (if you know). 😆

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Sorry Toki I can’t help you. I have never seen it. What are your impressions.
On FAITH’s AsianWiki page KKN is listed third from the bottom on the cast list. Interesting that the two actors listed after him are both respected characters actors: Jo Young-jin and Seo Kwang-Jae.

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Awww, it was one of my first dramas so I have a soft spot for it. I still think it was Lee Min-ho's best role, as General Choi Young. It's a time-travel drama with some fantasy elements. I've rewatched the first episode many times. If anything it will tie in very well with MY COUNTRY, because it depicts the rule of King Gongmin of Goryeo.

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I see it is available on Viki (US) under the title: THE GREAT DOCTOR.
I am a LMH fan so another to add to the list.

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I'm not one for the pseudoscience that is neuro-linguistic programming but over the last few weeks the drama Faith has been mentioned suddenly across many different forums and I realise I've never seen it. Is it worth watching?

I'm not sure about the cast, especially the male lead who I feel like I've seen before but can't quite place. Kim Hee Sun however is good (I only just found out she once did a Jackie Chan film?? That's amazing). So maybe I should buckle up and take this ride soon.

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@leetennant
It might give you a good laugh or drive you slightly out of your mind, but you know WHO is in it, sporting a Mane of Glory. Let me know if you watch it.

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LMWho?

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@ndlessjoie Precious, don't make fun of my second love Choi Young (Jumong is still first). I dare say Lee Min Who's hair in FAITH is even better than JGS's.

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You're forgiven (for your questionable taste in this case) since I understand having a soft spot for an early drama. JGS's hair is hard to beat though.

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Toki, I came to kdrama land in 2016. My viewing log (which I have kept from the beginning) tells me that my first exposure to the sageuk/historical genre was the historical part of LMH’s THE LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA (2016/2017). I enjoyed LEGEND. I am still a LMH fan (so sue me lol). Then my second sageuk exposure was HWARANG (2016/17). I am sure I watched both simultaneously because they overlapped six weeks.
It was all new to me and I had nothing to compare those dramas to.
I am proud to be a HWARANG ‘Survivor’.
It was however my introduction to the Park brothers Seo-joon and Hyung-sik.
I followed PHS to his next drama SWDBS (2017) but it wasn’t until ITAEWON CLASS (2020) that I saw PSJ again in a drama. I had seen him in the film THE DIVINE FURY (2019). He was great in both productions.
My third sageuk was RULER: MASTER OF THE MASK (2017).
So there is my sageuk foundation. Sageuk 101 if you will. Somehow I became a fan of the genre.

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I'm ff-watching that one family drama (don't even remember the name) because KKN is in it. What the heck is wrong with me? I don't even like it.

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Have you seen him in Where Stars Land? Him and his colleague are the only good thing about that drama (imo at least) but they're SO cute.

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I can also recommend SPECIAL LABOR INSPECTOR JO! A really fun drama.

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When I was on my KKN high I considered watching it but couldn't figure out if it was worth it. Might have to give it a try if you say it's worth it!

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@yongsital, I missed KKN in INPECTOR JO when it aired. At about the time THE KING was about to air I lamented in a comment about the fact that in the five dramas I had seen KKN in (DEFENDANT, STRONGEST DELIVERYMAN, PRISON PLAYBOOK, COME AND HUG ME and WHERE STARS LAND) the poor guy had never received a kiss!
Well I think it was you @wishfultoki who told me that issue was resolved favorably in his favor in INSPECTOR JO.
Lol. He got a kiss in THE KING but from the wrong girl!
I really should get to INSPECTOR JO.

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@yongsital
It's worth it! It wasn't recapped and hardly any beanies watched it, but it did really well in Korea and won several MBC awards in 2019.

@marcunyc20
Yes, it was me! INSPECTOR JO is a great watch for KKN fans. It gave me lots of joy. XD

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@marcusnyc20 @wishfultoki Oohh now I'm really intrigued!! *Adds to watch list*

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Han Aeri ssi travelled further back in time and landed in sageukland 😂.

Yay Lee Se Young! ½ my Kairos and Trot Lovers pair has a new drama 🥳.

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First...YESSSS JUNHO! ❤

I just watched Doctor John not too long ago and I despised Lee Se Young's character with such passion. So whenever an actor's last project leaves a bad taste in my mouth it tends to reflect on their next project for me. So not super excited about LSY but hopefully she'll have a good character in this. I really liked her in TBH.

Also, production team also said this:
"We will greet viewers with a proper traditional romance sageuk (Korean historical drama) that is aimed precisely at the viewers’ hearts in the second half of 2021, so please look forward to it.” Um is this your failed attempt at being subtle that this drama won't be historically controversial? Lol what even is the definition of proper traditional romance sageuk? Do you need any more adjectives?

But back to Junho!! I'm excited but have a feeling this might be a disaster. 🙃

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I think what they meant by “proper traditional romance sageuk” is that this won’t be a fusion sageuk, which has ben more trendy over the last couple years. However, I’m sure this drama - fusion or traditional - with be chock full of historical anachronisms and revisionism. Let’s just hope it doesn’t go too far and anger local Korean audiences.

As for LSY, I highly recommend Kairos. Her performance was excellent and her character was very well-written (along with the rest of the drama). I agree with your Doctor John assessment though, that show was a trash-fire disaster no actor could’ve saved.

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How about "Proper traditional romance melo sageuk" 😇

At least there won't be zombies or fantasy or time travel, so that's good.

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I found their phrase of "proper traditional romance sageuk" to be a bit of an oxymoron, but I believe by that they are referring to the style/feel of mbc's sageuks in the 2000s (dae jang geum, jumong, yi san, queen seon deok). Difference is the main storyline wasn't romance in those dramas like red sleeve will be, but they all did have romantic pairings.

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Ooh, those are all my faves! (Except YI SAN, which I will get to when I finish DAE JO YOUNG). I thought the romance in Dae Jang Geum was really compelling but it wasn't the main storyline. That is my kind of sageuk.

Anyway yes, it seems they're trying to refer to their classic sageuks but entice modern viewers with the "melo romance" tag.

In my humble opinion, if RED SLEEVE CUFF is set in the palace it would be a waste to focus only on romance. But I'll give it a try anyway. MBC needs a good sageuk.

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Junho is finally back! Loving the pairing, but judging from some of the comments the writer is terrible lol. I'm hoping that since this is a book adaptation, the drama will stay close to the source material. Hopefully the author is part of the writing team too, since the book itself seems to be well-loved. I generally stay away from saeguks but I'll try for you, Junho!

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Loved Lee Se Young in The Crowned Clown! So this is a good casting choice for FL. I would have preferred that they kept Kim Kyung Nam as the ML. But I will watch anything with Lee Se Young.

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Yeah! She also did good in Doctor John, and had good chemistry w/ Ji Sung despite being like double their age gap :D. She's naturally beautiful, and I like her presence on screen.

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Saw them present an award at the Baeksangs. At least we know the chemistry between them is great.

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Oh, I think I have read about Yi San on Wikipedia! On there, it said that he fell in love with a maid, but was turned down by her two times. Before trying a third time, he punished her friend/servant as a warning, and she accepted his third proposal. I think that woman was who the FL in "Yi San" was based on.

To be honest, when I first read this story, assuming it is even "correct" (as correct as one CAN be, at least), I was curious about the idea of Yi San being portrayed as an antagonist of the maid and her main love, something akin to how the Emperor acts in the Chinese drama "Story of Yanxi Palace" (SPOILERS for that drama!). By "antagonist", I do not mean an evil person or bad guy, just someone who is on opposite side of the protagonist, ie the female lead and her possible love. And perhaps, when the FL does become his concubine to protect her loved ones, they find common ground, hopefully followed by him realizing his douchebag ways of hurting others to get his way.

In some ways, I can see the writer for "Ruler" be good at this, since "Ruler" did include an asshole who wanted the FL for himself and cheated to get his way. Hopefully they have learned from their mistakes and will do better, mainly with the FL, but also a lot of other things. It has been so long, I no longer remember much about Ruler.

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Ooh, I really like Lee Se Young. She's so underrated, she's one of the best actresses of her generation. She's also naturally beautiful, and feels like a warm presence whenever she's on screen.

MBC has had a bad year (ratings wise), so I do hope this does semi-ok, esp. since historical dramas are pricer to make than normal/realistic settings.

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