The King and I (TV series)
|The King and I|
|Written by||Yoo Dong-yoon|
|Directed by||Kim Jae-hyung
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||63|
|Running time||Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)|
|Original network||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Original release||August 27, 2007– April 1, 2008|
|Preceded by||Catching Up with Gangnam Moms|
|The King and I|
|Revised Romanization||Wanggwa Na|
The King and I (Hangul: 왕과 나; Hanja: 王과 나; RR: Wanggwa Na) is a South Korean historical drama series that aired on SBS from August 27, 2007 to April 1, 2008 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55. Starring Oh Man-seok, Ku Hye-sun and Go Joo-won, the series was moderately successful, with its ratings peak at 20%.
Cheo-sun secretly loves his childhood friend So-hwa, but he cannot confess his love because of their difference in social class. Eventually, when So-hwa becomes betrothed to King Seongjong, he castrates himself and enters the palace as a eunuch, determined to watch over her and protect her.
Initially the King's second concubine, So-hwa later becomes the Queen Jeheon. But she becomes a pawn of the intense strife among warring political factions, and is stripped of her title and cast out of the palace in disgrace. Despite Cheo-sun's attempts to help her, she is sentenced to death. Cheo-sun carries out his orders by handing her the bowlful of poison, as he watches the woman he's loved all his life die before his eyes. After her death, he looks after her son, Prince Yeonsan.
- Oh Man-seok as Kim Cheo-sun
- Joo Min-soo as young Cheo-sun
- Ku Hye-sun as Yoon So-hwa, later Queen Jeheon
- Park Bo-young as young So-hwa
- Go Joo-won as King Seongjong
- Yoo Seung-ho as young Jaeulsangun (later Seongjong)
- Jun Kwang-ryul as Jo Chi-gyeom, head of the eunuchs
- Yang Mi-kyung as Queen Jeonghui, Seongjong's grandmother
- Jeon In-hwa as Queen Insoo (Sohye), Seongjong's mother
- Ahn Jae-mo as Jung Han-soo, a eunuch
- Baek Seung-do as young Han-soo
- Jeon Hye-bin as Seol-young, Chi-gyeom's adoptive sister
- Lee Jin as Queen Jeonghyeon
- Shin Goo as Noh Nae-shi, Chi-gyeom's adoptive father / former eunuch
- Kim Soo-mi as Old woman So-gwi, in charge of discipline at the eunuch training house
- Yoon Yoo-sun as Wol-hwa, Cheo-sun's foster mother / Soginopa's daughter)
- Kang Nam-gil as Choi Cham-bong, eunuch trainer
- Jung Tae-woo as Prince Yeonsan, King Seongjong and Queen Jeheon's son
- Jung Yun-seok as Yi Yung, later Yeonsan
- Kim Sa-rang as Eoudong
- Yang Jung-a as Lady Oh, Cheo-sun's mother
- Lee Il-jae as Kim Ja-myung, Cheo-sun's father
- Sunwoo Jae-duk as Yoon Ki-kyun, So-hwa's father
- Choi Jung-won as Lady Shin, Ki-kyun's wife
- Han Da-min as Queen Gonghye
- Kim Hee-jung as young Gonghye
- Han So-jung as Royal Lady Um
- Yoon Hye-kyung as Lady Eom Gwi-in
- Ahn Gil-kang as Kae Do-chi
- Kim Jung-min as Beo Deul-yi
- Jo Jung-eun as young Deul-yi
- Kim Da-hyun as Choi Ja-chi
- Yoo Tae-woong as young Ja-chi
- Kang In-hyung as Moon So-woon
- Jeon Ha-eun as young So-woon
- Kim Ha-kyun as Jang Soon-moo
- Kim Myung-soo as Yang Sung-yoon
- Han Jung-soo as Do Geum-pyo
- Kim So-hyun as Lady Jung, Ji-gyeom's wife
- Kim Byung-se as King Sejo
- Yoo Dong-hyuk as King Yejong
- Kim Jong-gyul as Han Myung-hoi
- Kim Young-joon as Hong Gwi-nam
- Shin Tae-hoon as young Gwi-nam
- Kang Jae as Kim Ja-won
- Choi Soo-han as young Ja-won
- Lee Gun-joo as Song Gye-nam
- Maeung Chang-min as young Gye-nam
- Lee Sang-won as Shim Ki-soo
- Park Ha-sun as Pye Bi-shin, Yeonsan's wife
- Kim Hyuk as Park Deok-hu, So-hwa's first love
- Jung Eun-chan as Yoon Ki-hyun, So-hwa's older brother
- Ho Hyo-hoon as young Ki-hyun
- Lee Young-eun as palace member
- Kim Yong-heon as Eom Nae-kwan
- Kim Byung-choon as Yang Sung-yeon
- Park Dong-bin as Goo Sung-gun
- Choi Ha-na as Hong Bi
- Lee Ji-oh as the Crown Prince, Yeonsan's son
- Jun Hyun-ah as court lady Kam-chul
- Oh Soo-min as Jang Nok-su
- Nam Hyun-joo as Han-soo's mother
- Jung Ki-sung as Jogeobi
- Song Young-gyu as Lee Ki
- Shin Soo-jung as Hoo Koong
- Seol Ji-yoon as Court Lady Kim
- Jung So-young
- Kang Soo-han
- Noh Young-hak as Grand Prince Jinseong
- Jun Tae-soo as Han Chi-geun
Reportedly enraged because the scripts were routinely turned in late, resulting in exhaustion for the actors in the cast, Jeon In-hwa's husband Yoo Dong-geun assaulted two producers on the The King and I set on December 29, 2007. He later apologized for the incident.
The King and I performed moderately well, getting ratings in the 20%–25% range and ranking in the top 10. However, in late January 2008, due to competition from MBC's Yi San, ratings fell to the mid-tens, barely cracking the Top 20 in Korea.
- 2007 SBS Drama Awards
- Top Excellence Award, Actor Jun Kwang-ryul
- Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama: Oh Man-seok
- Top 10 Stars: Jun Kwang-ryul
- Best Teen Actor: Yoo Seung-ho
- Best Teen Actor: Joo Min-soo
- Best Teen Actress: Park Bo-young
- Achievement Award: Shin Goo
- New Star Award: Ku Hye-sun
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