Now that we’ve seen the dazzling and toothy Jang Ok Jung with a resplendent Kim Tae Hee in a purple and black hanbok ensemble, its time to meet this latest and greatest incarnation of King Suking. King Sukjung’s given name was Yi Sun and he succeeded his father King Hyeongjung at the age of 16 when he ascended the throne. He’s well known in history for the trouble that his wives and concubines caused in vying for power, but as a ruler he governed over a prosperous time in Joseon. As a politician he often set factions against each other in order to cement the power of the royal family, and losing factions would be completed wiped out so the price was steep to pay indeed. Other notable drama King Sukjong’s in recent years were Ji Jin Hee in Dong Yi and Jeon Kwang Ryul in Jang Heebin, but Yoo Ah In is definitely the youngest in years to play this character. Based on the stills of the childhood portion, King Sukjong likely meets Jang Ok Jung right before the time he’s about to become king, and their budding love might be nipped in the bud once he has to assume the mantle of power and thus needs to marry according to political dictates. We all remember the mess that came of childhood loves in The Moon Embraces the Sun, yes? Seeing Yoo Ah In in these first stills has me flashing back to Sungkyunkwan Scandal and wondering why suddenly Geol Oh cleaned up so nicely. Does he have an exam to go to? And where is the rest of the Joseon F4? Actually, all I need to see is Song Joong Ki beside him and all is well with the universe again. Geol Oh and Yeo Rim, forever that drama’s OTP. Like I wrote in the previous post, JOJ the drama is adapted from a 2008 chick lit novel called Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love. It’s been out of print and with the recent interest stirred up by this drama, publishers are getting ready to re-release it. Now I sorta get the Bu Bu Jing Xin reference even more, since that was also a drama adapted from a period romance novel about a famous real life emperor’s made up love story.
Yoo Ah In doesn’t disappoint. He still rocks a sageuk outfit like no other, clearly the man was born in the wrong era. Whether he has chemistry with Kim Tae Hee is still up in the air. I sure hope so for the sake of creating a good drama.