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Fantasy Romance “The King: The Eternal Monarch” Airs in April

“The King: The Eternal Monarch” will be a fantasy drama about two parallel universes of monarchy and democracy.

The scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook’s highly anticipated soap opera has confirmed its premiere.


By Anna Kim

Staff Wrtier



What’s the common feature among dramas “Secret Garden,” “The Heirs,” “Descendants of the Sun,” “Guardian,” “The Lonely and Great Good,” and “Mr. Sunshine”? If you come up with a dramatist, You are close to a correct answer. It is Kim Eun Sook, who has penned numerous hits such as the aforementioned titles.

Last week SBS unveiled a firsthand teaser for Kim’s upcoming drama “The King: The Eternal Monarch,” which will be a fantasy drama about two parallel universes of monarchy and democracy. TV viewers are looking forward to the way how she will write the story in a fresh way and how her power of a brush stroke breaks out of the boundaries of standard fantasy romances.

This new drama will feature the male lead Lee Min Ho, the young Korean heartthrob, who returns from his military service. He will play Emperor Lee Gon who tries to close the virtual cross-dimensional gate connecting various worlds together. To be specific, a devil is released into the human world and opens a door into a parallel world. The devil asks if someone lived a better life in the other world. In an effort to protect his loved ones form danger, Lee teams up with a modern day detective to shut the door between the two worlds—monarchy and democracy.

As a perfect ruler, Lee Gon is quiet, sensitive, and compulsive. He has good looks and a calm demeanor. Hating to be touched by others, Lee considers his place the safest place on earth although it revealed a scheme of treason against his father. At some point, he starts to feel like escaping the palace, having no thoughts of marriage or family lineage.

It is said that this historic fantasy thriller began filming last October in North Chungcheong Province at one of the main sets for the drama. A two-story house with a spacious backyard that has a large gingko tree and a sign is the home of the female lead Kim Go Eun’s character—Jung Tae Eul, a detective who works with the emperor to protect the masses’ lives. She strives to keep the door open for the sake of love and friendship. Kim will also portray the role of her lookalike criminal from the Empire of Korea named Luna, who was abandoned in the poorest neighborhood. With no family, she has no identity recognized by the government. She has to fend for herself to stay alive.

The teaser video starts with Lee Min Ho facing away from the camera, in a stately room. As the scene overlaps and flips, we see a king’s robes intercut with Lee Min Ho giving us blue steel. Lee says in voiceover, “I am Lee Gon, emperor of the Korean empire.”

A blackboard covered in complicated looking equations is seen and the image returns to that stately room. We get a full shot of Lee’s face as the camera zooms in on him. The teaser is closed with the Lee’s statement similar to the initial opening, “My name is Lee Gon.”

“The King: The Eternal Monarch is scheduled to air in SBS’ Friday-Saturday timeslot. Stay tuned for even more teasers and information leading up to “The King: The Eternal Monarch’s premiere this April!

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