The King Loves (2017)

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Im Siwan's long anticipated comeback is a historical melodrama that's sure to test his acting chops and leave us all chewing and biting our nails - my poor, fickle heart is weak against these historical romances and tragedies!

The King Loves k-drama
Set during the Goryeo dynasty, Crown Prince Wan (Im Siwan) has an elegant and charming appearance but hides his ambitiousness and lust for power. His best friend, Wang Rin (Hong Jong Hyun) comes from a noble, royal family and is his bodyguard, the only person he can rely on and trust. The friendship is tested and becomes shaky when the beautiful Eun San (Yoona) appears before the two. She's the daughter of the richest man in the kingdom but possess her own personal charms. The three become close friends but when Wan and Wang Rin both fall in love with her, things soon drastically change and will affect Wan's desire for the throne.

The Crown Prince is described as cold and cruel, and I think Im Siwan is perfect for the role with his boyish looks but extensive depth when it comes to acting and portraying emotions. He'll no doubt give a performance worth remembering and I'm excited to see his progression as an actor in a drama series once more since it's literally been ages.

The King Loves k-drama



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What I'm concerned about is the hype around this drama - it's one thing to draw public attention by signing on Im Siwan and a popular girl-group member but will the drama itself deliver? It takes more than actors for a series to be successful so I hope this promises exactly what it has been promoting - if the script sucks, I'm out. 

Personally, the deciding factor may come down to Eun San - if she's the typical damsel in distress then I'm sure most of us will simply move on but if she's a character we've never seen before or is unconventional and could care less for romances, then she'll be a historical heroine worth watching.

The King Loves k-drama Im Yoona



The King Loves k-drama Hong Jong Hyun
Considering the premise, this has a lot of potential to be a decent historical drama but it also has the potential to be generic, with tropes we've seen already. Love triangles involving best friends aren't something new to Kdramaland so the characters need to be well written and evoking in order to sell this to me.

What are your thoughts? Will you be watching this simply for Im Siwan? Or do you think this drama has a lot to offer? I'm interested to see how this will compare to Queen for Seven Days since I feel like both females in these dramas are central for character development for the their male counterparts. If Wan is cruel and hungry for power, will meeting Eun San quell that or fuel his need for the throne more? I definitely appreciate how complex the Crown Prince is so I have my fingers crossed for a female lead that's just as complex.

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Release Date: July 17, 2017 (Eng Sub available on Viki)

P.S. The official posters are absolutely stunning 💗

6 comments:

  1. Alas, a girl ruins another beautiful bromance.. sad. The men don't seem all that good though? I am getting Scarlet Heart vibes for some reason, could be because Hong Jong Hyun was in that too.

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    1. Would it kill a director to have a historical drama without boys at all? xD A sismance as a historical sounds fresh and fun ;)

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    2. Alas, a girl ruins another beautiful bromance.. - bromance or yoona? Yoona of course hahaha

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  2. The plot sounds pretty thin. Is there anything more to it than the love triangle?

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    1. As far as I know, none :/ the only character that seems compelling is the Crown Prince but the drama has been garnering a lot of media attention prior to it's premiere. I'm going to wait it out and see what the ratings and reviews are before giving it a try.

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  3. I enjoyed it o far! I would recommend anyone who is hestiating to watch at least the two first episodes :D

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