Invincible Lee Pyung Kang

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Invincible Lee Pyung Kang
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Promotional poster for Invincible Lee Pyung Kang
Also known as Taming of the Heir
Genre Romantic comedy
Written by Park Kye-ok
Directed by Lee Jung-seob
Starring Nam Sang-mi
Ji Hyun-woo
Seo Do-young
Cha Ye-ryun
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 16
Production
Running time Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) Shinyoung Entertainment & Communications
Release
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Original release 9 November (2009-11-09) – 29 December 2009 (2009-12-29)
Chronology
Preceded by The Queen Returns
Followed by Master of Study
External links
Website

Invincible Lee Pyung Kang (Hangul천하무적 이평강; Hanja天下無敵李平岡; RRCheonhamujeok I Pyeong-gang), also known as Taming of the Heir, is a 2009 South Korean television series starring Nam Sang-mi and Ji Hyun-woo. In a modern retelling of the classic Korean folktale "Princess Pyeonggang and the Fool Ondal" in which a princess helps her timid husband transform into an outstanding general during the Three Kingdoms era,[1] Lee Pyung-kang is a golf course planner who "tames" Woo On-dal, the prodigal son of a rich man. It aired on KBS2 from November 9 to December 29, 2009 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.[2][3]

Synopsis[edit]

Lee Pyung-kang moved to Gangwon Province, far away from Seoul as a teen due to her father's occupation. Thanks to him, a renowned golf course designer, Pyung-kang was able to fully understand every detail of golf course planning while growing up. Her father, however, unfortunately met with an untimely death before completing his ambitious work. Frustrated, Pyung-kang tried to support the family, but the harsh reality didn't allow her and the rest of the family to live a comfortable life.

Eight years later. Pyung-kang who wanted to follow in her father's footsteps to become a golf course designer, has to come to terms with the reality. She is now the breadwinner of the family, living paycheck by paycheck. She does odd jobs at a resort town where she meets Woo On-dal, the owner’s eldest son.

On-dal's charismatic father Pyung-won demands that On-dal pass the semi-pro qualification test in a month. When he fails to make it, On-dal is told that he will be removed from his father's will due to his incompetence. To make matters worse, Pyung-won collapses from a sudden stroke and in the midst of misfortune rumor circulates that On-dal's stepmother and her son are going to take over the resort town. Being cornered, On-dal has no other choice but to stand on his own feet. But for On-dal who lacks competence and determination, retaking the resort is beyond his capacity.

Ever since they met, On-dal and Pyung-kang have been on bad terms with each other, but together they join forces to save the resort. As Pyung-kang whips On-dal into shape, thus taming the spoiled heir, they bicker their way to friendship and romance.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Nam Sang-mi as Lee Pyung-kang ("Princess Pyung-kang") 李平岡, 이평강
She may have been the infamous crybaby "Princess Pyung-kang" in her previous life, but in this life, she is the headstrong and stubborn employee of a resort town. Pyung-kang wants to follow in her dead father's footsteps to become a golf course designer, and she proudly works hard at her lowly chores. Everything was going well for her until she meets Woo On-dal, the hateful prodigal son of the rich man who employed her to design the new golf resort. She and On-dal are always bickering whenever they meet. But she wonders sometimes if they'd already met a long time ago as she finds him strangely familiar... And why is she developing endearing feelings towards him? Shouldn't she be hating him for making her life miserable?
In his previous life, On-dal was once the most famous fool in Korean history, often bullied by people around him because of his good nature and extreme honesty. But he managed to turn his fate around in his present life as Woo On-dal, the son of a rich man. Being sharp-tongued and cold, he commands fear and respect from the people around him. So how dare that lowly employee, Lee Pyung-kang go against him and cause him to get into embarrassing situations all the time? But why is he feeling the sting of jealousy whenever he sees Edward getting close to her?
Born to an American father and a Korean mother, he is a professional golfer who's won the PGA Championship several times since he was young. As Pyung-kang's "daddy-long-legs" suitor, he gets on On-dal's nerves, which makes him realize that he's fallen for the stubborn girl.
In her past life, she was a rival princess who lost in her battle of love against Princess Pyung-kang, who entered On-dal's life first. But in this present life, she is a model and Woo On-dal's girlfriend, the only person he loves wholeheartedly despite his cold exterior. But she notices that On-dal is beginning to change since he met Pyung-kang. Although he is becoming more like a human being instead of the ice prince that he has always been, she feels that they are drifting further apart.
She was the evil queen that separated Princess Pyung-kang and On-dal in 1400 BC, and she has followed their reincarnations into their present lives as well. As Woo On-dal's stepmother and a real estate tycoon, she creates trouble and misunderstandings between Pyung-kang and On-dal when they get in the way of her ambitious plans. Will she be able to keep the destined couple separated or be outwitted by them this time?
He lost his parents and childhood memories due to a Gangwon landslide accident when he was young. It caused him to develop autism, and he can only express his feelings through rap music which is like medicine that heals his inner wounds. He is in love with Jo Bi-yun, a divorcee.
  • Yeon Mi-joo as Jo Bi-yun ("Princess Pyung-kang's lady-in-waiting")
In her previous life, she was Princess Pyung-kang's palace maid who was willing to risk her life to protect the princess from danger and harm. And in her present life, she is a loyal friend and "eonni" to the stubborn Pyung-kang, protecting her like always. She knows that Jo Sun-in likes her, but she keeps rejecting him because of their age difference and her divorced background.
The son of real estate tycoon Je Hwang-hu, and the stepbrother of Woo On-dal. Though he possesses the skills and resourcefulness in dealing with others, he was forced to give up on his dreams and love due to his mother's ambitions.
In his past life, he was a king who threatened his crying daughter that he was going to marry her off to the fool On-dal if she didn't stop, but ended up regretting it when Princess Pyung-kang later insisted that he keep his word. Though she married On-dal, Pyung-won kept rejecting him until her "training" made him a worthy son-in-law in his eyes. In the present life, he is On-dal's father who is constantly worried and angry over the actions of his wayward son. So it's time for Pyung-kang, to whom he has taken a fatherly liking, to "train" On-dal once again and stop his ambitious new wife and stepson from taking over his golf "kingdom."

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Lee Deok-hee as Yun Na-bu
  • Jo Deok-hyun as So Doo-shik
  • Ahn Hye-kyung as Wang Sung-hee
  • Shin Ha-yeon as Go Min-hee
  • Choi Yoon-young as Bong So-hee
  • Kang Soo-han as Lee Sung-woo
  • Kim Hwan-hee as Lee Pyung-ohn
  • Oh Wook-chul as Ma Hyun-tae
  • Kang Dong-yup as Lawyer Han
  • Kim Ji-won as Kim So-hee
  • Jung Eun-pyo as Lee Jang
  • Lee Cheol-min as Chun-bong
  • Choi Seung-kyung as village leader
  • Lee Jin-sung as Taebaek policeman (ep 4)
  • Yoo Oh-sung as policeman (cameo)
  • Song Mi-jin
  • Shin Na-ri
  • Hwang Gun

Ratings[edit]

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2009-11-09 1 6.7% 9.2%
2009-11-10 2 5.2% 8.0%
2009-11-16 3 6.2% 9.2%
2009-11-17 4 6.2% 8.0%
2009-11-23 5 6.1% 8.5%
2009-11-24 6 6.8% 8.2%
2009-11-30 7 7.0% 8.4%
2009-12-01 8 5.7% 8.6%
2009-12-07 9 4.8% 8.1%
2009-12-08 10 5.5% 7.9%
2009-12-14 11 5.5% 8.4%
2009-12-15 12 6.2% 7.9%
2009-12-21 13 6.1% 8.5%
2009-12-22 14 5.0% 7.9%
2009-12-28 15 7.0% 9.2%
2009-12-29 16 8.0% 9.3%
Average 6.1% -

Source: TNS Media Korea

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2009 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress Choi Myung-gil Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Ji Hyun-woo Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nam Sang-mi Nominated
Best New Actor Park Ki-woong Nominated
Best Young Actress Kim Hwan-hee Nominated
Best Couple Award Ji Hyun-woo and Nam Sang-mi Nominated
Kil Yong-woo and Choi Myung-gil Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Well-known Goguryeo Personalities: Princess Pyeonggang and Ondal". Daum. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 2013-03-31. 
  2. ^ Kang, Myoung-Seok (9 November 2011). "PREVIEW: TV series Invincible Lee Pyung Kang". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  3. ^ Kim, Linda (2 December 2009). "Invincible cast unhindered by cold weather". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-02. 

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