Queen for Seven Days
This is a historical melodrama based on the tragic love story between King Yeok (Yeon Woo Jin) and Queen Chae Kyung (Park Min Young). Shortly after her crowning, Queen Chae Kyung is dethroned and put for execution.
This drama aired a while back, but I have been too busy to edit this drama review during the school year. Winter break has just started, and you can bet I’ll be uploading drama reviews these next few weeks!
First things first, I would like to announce that I did not suffer second lead syndrome in this drama. I mean who could not fall for Yeon Woo Jin?
I absolutely love the cast!
With parents who have been warned of their daughter’s prophecy, Shin Chae Kyung (Park Min Young) was sent to a rural town at a young age with her nanny, away from her wealthy family. Chae Kyung is the daughter of a top official (I believe he’s the prime minister) and the niece of Queen Shin. Chae Kyung grew up with a very naive mindset, which slowly matures to a strong female lead as the story progresses. She takes on problems and serious situations herself. She knows when she should take action or keep things to herself for other’s sakes. She is greatly loved by her adorable parents and nanny. They all show great love for Chae Kyung no matter how stubborn or troublesome she is.
I’m still waiting for Park Min Young’s Braveness of Ming Chinese drama to air! I hope she continues to take on historical dramas because she is an absolute beauty and amazing at acting! Her Princess Ja Myung drama was one of the best dramas I watched growing up! It was fun seeing her doing some gender bender acting in this drama since it has been almost 7 years since her famous Sungkyunhwan Scandal drama!
I would say that I’m unfamiliar with the two male leads.
The relationship between Lee Yoong(Lee Dong Gun) (left) and Lee Yeok(Lee Woo Jin) (right) is one that you do not want to get between. While siblings can get into heated arguments, this relationship is full of blood! Lee Yeok is the younger favored son, who has idolize his older half-brother no matter what anyone says. Lee Yoong is the older son who is always cautious of his younger brother stealing his throne. I feel that this relationship was the center of this drama, more so than the relationship between Yeok and Chae Kyung. A cliche romantic relationship in dramas can be overbearing at times, but this drama has captivated me with this chaotic relationship between the brothers.
Lee Woo Jin was very charismatic in his acting. On the other hand, Lee Dong Gun portrayed the ruthless King well. Despite his coldness towards Yeok, I love how Yoong has a soft spot for Chae Kyung. Chae Kyung is the only person who was brave enough to try to reconcile the two half-brothers.
The young child actresses and actors were phenomenal. I love the childhood portion in this drama. Usually I would be annoyed or stay away from childhood cliches, but this drama got me hooked. The childhood portion of the drama truly set the story of the drama. It was longer than what most dramas would have allowed, but I felt that the complex relationship between the brothers and Chae Kyung was better detailed in their childhood years rather than their adult years. Continue reading