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Kim Hye-soo protects her princes with The Queen’s Umbrella

New promos have been released for tvN’s black comedy sageuk The Queen’s Umbrella, including new stills and a video teaser of our regal queen Kim Hye-soo (Juvenile Justice).

As Queen Hwa-ryung, Kim Hye-soo is wife to the reigning King Yi Ho – played by Choi Won-young (Golden Spoon) – who is well-revered for bringing an era of peace and prosperity for the nation. But, alas, this peace did not spread within the palace walls and the rivalry between the king’s sons has brought shame upon the royal house. In order to restore their dignity, Hwa-ryung takes matters into her own hands and decides to personally manage the princes’ royal education.

The Queen Dowager – Kim Hae-sook (Tomorrow) – is fiercely proud of Yi Ho and his accomplishments as a ruler, but has little regard for her troublesome grandsons. Also complicating matters in the palace is the powerful Kim Eui-sung (Taxi Driver) along with the royal concubines, Ok Ja-yeon (Big Mouth) and Kim Ga-eun (Kiss Sixth Sense).

Taking on the role of princes, we have Moon Sang-min (My Name), SF9’s Chani (Imitation), Yoo Sun-ho (The Great Shaman: Ga Doo-shim), Yoon Sang-hyun, and Kim Min-ki (The King of Tears, Lee Bang-won).

The short new teaser features Queen Hwa-ryung outside in the courtyards where she lovingly looks down at a young child prince. As soft music plays overhead, the prince looks up at Hwa-ryung as she shields him from the rain with her umbrella.

With scripts by Park Ba-ra and directing helmed by PD Kim Hyung-shik (About Time, Secret Door), tvN’s The Queen’s Umbrella will be coming to our screens this October.

Kim Hye-soo protects her princes with The Queen's Umbrella

Kim Hye-soo protects her princes with The Queen's Umbrella

Kim Hye-soo protects her princes with The Queen's Umbrella

Kim Hye-soo protects her princes with The Queen's Umbrella

Kim Hye-soo protects her princes with The Queen's Umbrella

Kim Hye-soo protects her princes with The Queen's Umbrella

Via JTBC, News1

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I know I am going to love The Queen’s Umbrella ☂ even though Kdramas don’t hit Australian shores until after everybody else sees them I shall be waiting for the day. Lovely music, very poignant, thanks for the video.

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I am pretty sure you would know this: Netflix and Viki release some KDs at the same time internationally. Disney Plus also has some which are not streamed elsewhere in the AP region but sadly, there are a fair few that don’t get streamed at all. That is a bummer for sure.

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I get whiffs of catnip from this teaser. I shall give it the traditional 4 eps (in October) before deciding.

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Kim Hye-soo can do no wrong.

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I have high expectations for this one! can't wait

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I will just write some thoughts and experiences here:

One of the first Asian palace harem dramas I watched was "The Virtuous Queen of Han", where the titular queen rises from being a mere entertainer to be married to her Love-At-First-Sight Emperor, and how she handles her responsibilities and feelings, since she lives in an age where harems are normal but she loves her husband but she is expected to carry certain duties as the main wife, etc.. (semi-spoilers?) She is at first sad that other women become pregnant, but she decides to view them all as her own children, and she leads the harem to do the same. Thus, when another concubine's child is threatened by another concubine, she tries to be understanding of the reasons, but is also enraged that the concubine would harm "her own child", as it were. The show was far from realistic, but having watched many harem dramas where jealousy is rampant and we rarely have to see the heroine in that position, it intrigued me. It carries another kind of strength of heart, and speaks to me because I love children and I would love to see the second most powerful woman in the country (in this drama, after the Queen-Dowager I guess) protect the children, even if they are not her own.

So this show, where the queen decides to protect the royal family's honour by protecting the princes, even those that are not hers (I assume, at least), there is something there that just draws me to it! I mean, I do not care for helicopter-parents, so I hope it is not what they mean about her taking their education in her own hands. But I am excited nonetheless!

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Kim Hye-soo is always fantastic in her roles, however I don't think I've ever seen her in a sageuk. I just might check this out.

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