Summary: In the modern times, the soul of a male chef finds its way into the body of a Joseon royalty, Queen Cheorin. He has to live in the palace as the newly crowned queen who has to deal with her new husband, King Cheoljong. Luckily, the king becomes fond of the queen’s new personality and even gets fascinated of her use of the future vocabularies. They become close and support each other against the powerful families that tried to harm them both which are headed by the queen and grand queen dowager.
Genre: Period, Comedy, Fantasy, Kings & Princes, Gender Bender, Food
Stars: Shin Hye Sun as Kim So Yong / Queen Cheorin
Kim Jung Hyun as Lee Won Bum / King Cheoljong
Sul In Ah as Jo Hwa Jin (King Cheoljong’s concubine)
Likes: Such a light-hearted, downright funny, colourful historical drama packed with action, twists and talented, good-looking cast. Enjoyed every episode of it and glad they stretched it to 20, with each episode longer than an hour. My period drama craving this year has been almost satisfied but won’t complain if there will be more coming ahead especially with this caliber.
Brilliant story. Whoever came up with it should get an award for making all of its fans laugh and forget our daily miseries. A male celebrity chef stuck in a female body and not just anyone’s but a royal in Joseon era. I was so curious how it would turn out. And absolutely impressed how the story broke boundaries and at the same time keeping it traditional.
Colourful costumes. The attention to costume details was superb. I love all those gorgeous Mama outfits! The colour, the material, the embroideries! Queen Cheorin wasn’t the only one privileged to wear those royal Hanboks, we also had the Queen Dowager, Grand Queen Dowager and even Jo Hwa Jin, a royal concubine, who were all looking grand in their respective Hanboks. And not to mention those lovely and intricate hair accessories they all wore! King Cheoljong’s royal attire wasn’t lagging behind. He had quite a showdown actually. From the red robe (he would normally wear inside the palace), purple (when visiting Queen Cheorin at her home), black ensemble (fighting and hunting mode), noble man (when he was undercover) and those sexy nighties for those special nights ;-).
The Joseon era set. I was again taken back in time to this fascinating world where electricity, cars and concrete roads were non-existent. I love the palace. Glad they put a lot of effort on the different sets inside the palace. From the King’s Hall, Queen’s Chamber, Concubine Jo’s Villa, Grand Queen’s palace, Queen Dowager’s place of worship, to the royal library and of course the most important, the royal kitchen. Like the costumes, they put a lot of attention to details.
Man trap in a woman’s body. Jang Bong Hwan, a playboy chef suddenly trapped in a queen of Joseon’s body was the most entertaining plot I have this year! I will always remember “No Touching”, the moment when he was having his mentruation, his first kiss and night with the King, when he was flirting with the other concubines, his first time with embroidery. Nevertheless, he remained what he was good in doing and that was cooking, he was the master of the royal kitchen!
The Queen’s charm. Who would not fall in love with the queen with her knowledge of unknown-to-that-era vocabs (that the King made an entire dictionary of her language), her unrefined manners, her sweetness to her court ladies, her mastery in the kitchen (after all he came up with Mac Donaldu, Fortune Jelly and Yongsu potato), her wits using k-food and k-beauty to win allies, her tactical knowledge on battles and fights. King Cheoljong was such a lucky man!
Favourite Queen’s Vocabs. “No touching”, of course, is number one! I also like “anti-fan”, “all-in”, “lotto” and “brunch!” She always made my day!
Brilliant Cast. This drama is packed with good actors. The leads were already daebak so as the support. The antagonists were brilliant, from the Grand Queen (played by Bae Jong Ok), her brother Kim Jwa Geun (played by Kim Tae Woo) down to those scheming government officials. But let me go through the list of lead cast and their roles…
Shin Hye Sun as Kim So Yong / Queen Cheorin – She’s done it again! Shin Hye Sun is such an amazing actress. Her role here is so funny and she’d done it with ease. She seems to be a naturally funny person. Love seeing her as queen for once. Her beauty is regal fits perfectly as queen of Joseon. Her Jang Bong Hwan character won everyone’s heart even the King’s.
Kim Jung Hyun as Lee Won Bum / King Cheoljong – I’m glad Kim Jung Jyun landed a lead role after Crash Landing On You. As the gentle King Cheoljong in this drama, he looked somewhat different but always dashing in his royal robes and outfits. I love his voice especially when he talks to the queen. His chemistry with Shin Hye Sun was undeniably top!
Sul In Ah as Jo Hwa Jin – this girl is so pretty! She looked amazing in her royal hanboks especially that orange ensemble. Fighting with the queen over the king’s affection was somehow cute especially when she lost her temper and shot an arrow on the queen’s head.
Choi Jin Hyuk as Jang Bong Hwan – I think Choi Jin Hyuk found his genre, and that’s comedy! After Zombie Detective, then this. This guy definitely knows how to make everyone laugh.
The OST. Loving the full Mr. Queen OST but Here I Am is my favourite.
The Ending. I knew the show would come to an end and I was worried they would mess it up but it came out okay. Okay but not great. Refer below…
Dislikes: Like King Cheoljong in the last part, I miss Jang Bong Hwan’s personality in the Queen.
Kim Byung In, the queen’s famous cousin was so annoying with his entitlement. Good thing he was able to redeem himself at the last hour.