Kim Hye-soo takes her sons to task in The Queen’s Umbrella
They say parenting is universal, regardless of status, and if the newest teaser is anything to go by, even the Joseon royals of tvN’s The Queen’s Umbrella struggled with getting their children ready in the morning.
The black comedy sageuk stars Kim Hye-soo (Juvenile Justice) as Queen Hwa-ryung, wife of reigning King Yi-ho, who is played by Choi Won-young (Golden Spoon). Although Joseon is currently well in order – thanks to the King – the princes are in no shape to lead the nation’s future and Hwa-ryung is determined to make them worthy of their royal name.
Hwa-ryung isn’t the only prideful mom in the palace, though, a precedent set by the Queen Dowager Kim Hae-sook (Tomorrow). We also have to watch out for the royal concubines, including Ok Ja-yeon (Big Mouth) and Kim Ga-eun (Kiss Sixth Sense).
The new video teaser opens on an irate Queen Hwa-ryung, who tries to stay calm as she fumes, “It had to be today of all days…” She rushes to wake up her youngest son – Park Ha-joon (What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang) – threatening, “Hurry! Get the crust out of your eyes and get ready to run. Otherwise, you and me, we’re both dead.” Racing through the courtyards together, they arrive for class just in the nick of time, and an anxious Hwa-ryung leads her son to his seat. We then read in the appearing text screen: “If it’s for the sake of your children, things like dignity are thrown away.”
The other palace moms take measures to help their sons as well and we hear (and see) the latest superstition that has secretly taken trend: “They say there’s a special way to wash your face which will help improve your studies.” But while their sons are agreeable, Hwa-ryung’s princes sing a different tune. Despite her wailing, Moon Sang-min (My Name) refuses outright: “I’m not even considering going.” Yoo Sun-ho (The Great Shaman: Ga Doo-shim) avoids her gaze and Yoon Sang-hyun tries to make it conditional: “Let me get married first!”
The final text screen then prompts us: “Make way for Her Royal Highness, the Queen!” Jumping back to Hwa-ryung, the teaser comes to a close as she studies through the night herself – trying to figure out a strategy for her sons. With fierce determination, she turns to the camera and we end on her competitive resolve: “I can’t sleep if I lose.”
Directed by PD Kim Hyung-shik (About Time, Secret Door) and written by Park Ba-ra, tvN’s The Queen’s Umbrella will be launching next month on October 15.