Han Hyo-joo is marvelous in the leading role.She is backed up a terrific cast. For me, the standouts
were Park Ha-sun as queen Inhyeon, Jung Jin-young as Seo Yong Gi. I
first came across this actor in Kingdom of the winds, and loved his
performance as King Yuri. It's probably the best portrayal of a king
I've seen. It's how I would want a king to be. Oh Yeon Seo as Queen
Inwon, Kim Yoo Jung playing Dong Yi as a child first spoiler Nam Da Reum
as Dong yi's second child second Spoiler the guy who played Dong Yi's
nemesis after the death of Lady Jang. The drama itself is a terrific
mixture of romance, political intrigue, romance, adventure, mystery and
some comedy as well. For me, the comedy was probably the weakest part.
I'm not saying I didn't laugh at the antics of the two court musicians,
or the idiot who was obsessed with Dong Yi, But I never warmed too any
of those characters. My favorites scenes Queen inheyon's return to the
palace Dong yi's entry to the palace Dong yi's return to the palace
Jung Jin-young smiling in the last episode. most moving scene-Dong yi
cradling her dead child Dong yi and Chun soo finding each other again.
I loved the tenderness of the scenes between Dong Yi and her second
son. The romance between Dong Yi and the king was very convincing. The
realtionship between the two princes's was very well done. Yes, you
could say the drama was quiet predictable, and that Dong Yi would
always turn up trumps.But the drama was so well told, that it didn't
matter, and yes, it is a great story. There is a lot of love in this
series. The love between Dong Yi and her two children, between the king
and Dong yI. But also between Lady Jangm and her mother, and brother.
Yes, they are the villains, but they are also willing to lay down their
lives for each other. At one point, Dong Yi says something like "Even
the most evil person hides a tender heart" At first I thought"Really".
But then I thought about it more, and realised it was true. Heck, even
Hitler loved somebody. Although I'm not quite sure that's what the
scriptwriters meant. Now a few things that bugged me. (1) When Consort
Chun/Choi/Dong yi's room is being searched for the deployment records,
lady Yu,(was it her) and her two helpers are discovered by one of the
consort's attendants. Lady Yu tells her helpers to get rid of her,
which obviously meant to kill her. Did those two girls really look,
like they could kill anybody. But leaving that aside, there is only a
brief mention of the girl's dissapearence afterwards. There is no
investigation into it. I also thought that the drama didn't have to go
so far as to have Dong Yi lose a child, so that the king wouldn't have
had to execute her. Surely he could have stood his ground with the
ministers, and said "Look, I'm having the woman I love, exiled. If
that's not good enough for you, tough luck" Highly recommended.
oh, yes. One other character, i liked
Kang Yoo Mi as Ae Jong. It's nice to see a young person, who wasn't a beauty.
I suspected, she might have been a comedien.
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