The first stills are out for upcoming romance sageuk A King Loves, which true to it’s title is based on a novel all about said king’s love for a woman. Maybe there’s the typical palace and power play intrigue involved but all I see in the synopsis is a love triangle set in period garb. Starring Im Shi Wan and Yoona of SNSD, the drama released the first batch of stills showing the two leads as their respective characters. It’s a testament to how visually burned I’ve been from the recent batch of sageuks featuring the worst hair pieces ever, namely Hwarang and to some extent Rebel: The Thief Who Stole the People, that my first reaction is relief that the hair looks good here. It’s not the first sageuk for either lead but Im Shi Wan’s turn as a childhood era character in The Moon Embraces the Sun was actually one of the most underwhelming among all the talented youngsters so here’s hoping he can take the improvement shown in Misaeng and translate it into sageuk style.
Rounding out the cast is notably Hong Jong Hyun as the second male lead and the other point of the love triangle while Park Hwan Hee is the second female lead. Veterans Oh Min Seok, Jung Bo Seok, and Jang Young Nam, among others, add depth to the proceedings, with the drama being directed by the PD of Glamorous Temptation, Mama, 7th Grade Civil Servant, Royal Family, and Dong Yi.