Summary: King Lee Hwi has a big secret. She’s a girl who has to live as a king to replace her crown prince twin brother who got killed for pretending to be her. Things get complicated when the king’s new teacher happens to be the guy she once liked.
Genre: Period, Romance, Gender Bender, Kings & Princes, Flower Boys
Stars: Park Eun Bin as Lee Hwi
Ro Woon as Jung Ji Woon
Nam Yoon Soo as Lee Hyun / Prince Jaeun
Choi Byung Chan as Kim Ga On
Bae Yoon Kyung as Shin So Eun
Likes: Another gender bender favourite, this time taking the role of the king of Joseon himself. A very tricky situation and I thought at first this would come out too shabby, but thanks to the brilliant cast, especially Park Eun Bin, who did such an amazing job as King Lee Hwi! Accompanied by a detailed story of love, friendship, family and loyalty, and with a great focus on character development, this drama exceeded my expectation.
Background story. We had 2 long episodes of how the whole switch had happened and I love how detailed the story was about the young crown prince and his twin sister. It involved many beautiful scenes in the past, but it didn’t end without the heartbreaking ones. This well-told background story clearly gave us a good understanding of the later King’s challenges and sufferings.
I love the girl who took the role of the young crown prince and Dam-i. She was brilliant! Really good casting as I couldn’t even tell if she was a boy or a girl. Her acting skills are quite impressive for such a young age.
Brilliant Cast. As mentioned above, even the young actor was pretty good. Let’s take a look at the rest…
Park Eun Bin as Lee Hwi – Hands down to this lady for being so awesome in this role! In fact, she took our KdramastoWatch 2021 best actress award. She very well deserved that! She commanded strength, courage, power, intelligence and above all beauty. Park Eun Bin managed to be handsome and beautiful at the same time, and I thought that was very impressive. I loved her voice too, not too feminine, could really get away with being a man. Her shooting arrows, sword-fighting, horseback riding, saving someone from tripping may it be a gentleman or a lady, made my poor heart flutter so much 😂.
Ro Woon as Jung Ji Woon – I’m starting to like Ro Woon but to match Park Eun Bin’s height, they could have casted someone a bit shorter. In fairness to Ro Woon, he was quite cute here and he had a good chemistry with Park Eun Bin.
Nam Yoon Soo as Lee Hyun / Prince Jaeun – oh my our poor second lead who of course didn’t up with the lady but at least he got the throne in the end. I like Nam Yoon Soo’s very friendly face. And as Prince Jaeun, his loyalty, love and friendship to the lady king was very commendable.
Animated Intro. You might not have noticed how beautiful this animated intro is, so please check it out here. It’s short but somehow it captures the king’s journey at one glance. Such a pretty watercolour art too!
Undeniably fitting OST. I just thought the song was perfect for the drama! The romance is there but you can also feel the pain, the longing, and the sadness. Check out One and Only by Lyn, this will bring you back memories.
Favourite Quotes: “A good rain knows its season right.”
“Until the end of my days, my life would have been filled with nothing more than meaningless attempts to stay alive. What king of a life would that be?” -King Lee Hwi
Ending: Loved the epilogue! How beautiful she had become with that hairpin on her hair!
Dislikes: They should stop casting too caucasian-looking-Koreans for historical drama. Their looks just don’t suit well in this era.