The King Loves Garners Promising Ratings With Premiere Episodes

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The King Loves Garners Promising Ratings With Premiere Episodes
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The King Loves Garners Promising Ratings With Premiere Episodes

MBCs new drama The King Loves has aired its first episodes!

On July 18, according to the results from Nielsen Korea, The King Loves brought in 7.8 percent and 8.1 percent viewership ratings for its first and second episode, respectively.

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The drama was able to record a higher rating for its premiere episode than MBCs previous drama Lookout, which brought in 6.0 percent ratings. During the first episode, The King Loves introduced the main characters, played by YoonA, Im Siwan, and Hong Jong Hyun, as they tried to complete the mission that was given to them by their teacher.

MBCs Pre-Produced Drama The King Loves Set To Wrap Up Filming Soon Ahead Of July Premiere
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MBCs Pre-Produced Drama The King Loves Set To Wrap Up Filming Soon Ahead Of July Premiere

The King Loves will soon be wrapping up filming!

According to industry sources, MBCs new Monday-Tuesday drama The King Loves is nearing the end of their filming schedule with the script of the final episode completed.

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Filming for the pre-produced drama began in January, and once the six-month-long journey ends, the drama will go through post-production before airing in July. The project has been garnering a great deal of attention as it is set to be Im Siwans last before enlisting in the military.

[HanCinema's Drama Review]
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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King Loves" Episodes 1-2

Won (played by Im Si-wan) and Lin (played by Hong Jong-hyun) are brothers. Won is small, impulsive, and reckless. Lin is patient, thoughtful, and tall. For most of the first episode we get into a fairly complicated and beautifully choreographed backstory about how Won and Lin were witness to the tribulations of Eun-san (played by Yoona), a girl who was on the wrong end of a bunch of assassins.

To be honest I wasn't totally that enamored with the first episode of "The King Loves" because while it looked cool, almost all of the action was being initiated by characters who lacked screen presence. The main important establishing storytelling it does is by showing off all those kickin' rad Goryeo era costumes. As is usually the case for Goryeo dramas, all of the characters, even the women, are unusually aggressive, so no poking around with obscure court procedures here.

[HanCinema's Drama Review]
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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The King Loves" Episodes 3-4

The editing in "The King Loves" is very quickly starting to confuse me. Here I was thinking that we were just going to watch the three main leads deal with the whole bridge situation chronologically then for some bizarre reason the production team keeps jerking us around between events from before the bridge incident and after the bridge incident and other far away stuff that has nothing to do with the bridge incident and it's just, getting really hard to keep the story straight.

This is where I can see that "The King Loves" is clearly adapting itself from a novel, where introducing a large number of characters in an exceedingly complex plot can be done fairly economically. But the sheer level of exposition going on is the kind where I really kind of need a chart in front of me just to keep track of each character's known motivation. Which is harder than it sounds, since a lot of this motivation is for now being kept fairly intentionally vague.

[Spoiler] Added episodes 1 and 2 captures for the Korean drama 'The King Loves'
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[Spoiler] Added episodes 1 and 2 captures for the Korean drama 'The King Loves'

Added episodes 1 and 2 captures for the Korean drama "The King Loves" (2017)

Directed by Kim Sang-hyeob

Written by Airborne, Song Ji-na

With Im Si-wan, Yoona, Hong Jong-hyun, Kim Jung-wook, Bang Jae-ho, Ki Do-hun,...

40 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00

A period romance drama, based on the novel of the same title, depicts a sad yet beautiful story of friendship and love during the reign of King Choongryeol to King Chooseon in Goryeo.

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2017/07/17