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Friday Flicks: Queen In-Hyun’s Man

This drama had me rolling, it is honestly one of the best dramas I’ve ever watched, and of course, I recommend you watch it.

Queen In-Hyun’s Man‘ was aired in 2012 It was broadcast on cable channel tvN from April 18 to June 7, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 23:00 (11 PM) for 16 episodes.

Synopsis (Taken from DramaFever): Ji Hyun Woo (Wanted, Trot Lovers) and Yoo In Na (My Love From Another Star) star in a fantasy historical drama about a man whose loyalty survives three centuries of time travel and helps him find the woman of his dreams. In the Joseon Dynasty, year 1694, Kim Boong Do (Ji Hyun Woo) is a nobleman and scholar with a high-born background. He loyally supports Queen In Hyun (Crazy Love’s Kim Hae In), who was deposed as a result of a conspiracy on the part of the wicked Lady Jang (Signal’s Choi Woo Ree). It was that same conspiracy that also took the lives of Kim Boong Do’s family, and he now lives for the sole purpose of reinstating the removed queen.

One day, due to a mysterious talisman, Kim Boon Do is magically transported to the future Seoul, year 2012. There, he comes across struggling actress Choi Hee Jin (Yoo In Na), whose new TV period drama role is none other than Queen In Hyun. While this could be the role that nets her both critical recognition and commercial success, Choi Hee Jin needs all the help she can get to truly become the famed queen. And who better to help her get in the shoes of the character and bring a little authenticity to the proceedings than the Queen’s most loyal fan?

Now, as Choi Hee Jin and Kim Boong Do work together over the role, they slowly grow closer together, but can their love survive a conspiracy older than themselves?Adding to the drama are Hee Jin’s ex-boyfriend Han Dong Min (Remember and Golden Cross actor Kim Jin Woo), who now suddenly sees a handsome but mysterious stranger all around his ex, and Jo Soo Kyung (Sweet Savage Family alum Ga Deuk Hi), Hee Jin’s friend and manager. Also known as “Queen and I,” Queen In Hyun’s Man is directed by Kim Byung Soo, who fans will remember from his work on Vampire Prosecutor and Three Musketeers.

The drama is written by the writing team of Song Jae Jung and Kim Yoon Joo, who also worked together on Nine: Nine Time Travels. The drama was notable for being Yoo In Na’s first leading role and led to a much-publicized romance between its two leads. Queen In Hyun’s Man debuted on tvN on April 18, 2012, in the 11:00PM time slot, with subsequent episodes airing every Wednesday and Thursday.

Clearly, we can’t trust DF to write these synopses so let’s just say that one, Boon Do and Hee Jin were definitely not studying this role together. Boon Do was given a talisman for safety from one of his servants which would save his life in his time of need which (spoiler alert) would lead him to time travel into ‘present day’ which was 2012 in the drama. He just kept going back to Hee Jin because she was familiar and kind.

This is literally just happenstance but they keep being drawn together and eventually fall in love. Her ex is fuming over this because his whole schtick is that he wanted to co-star with her because he wanted to get back together.

The drama is super hilarious, and I only cried during like, the last three episodes. There was one episode where I was super happy for them and cried, so like I cried for four but that one doesn’t count.

There’s a lot of Joseon political drama, petty celebrity drama, and hilarious hi-jinks. I highly recommend watching it.

Here’s a preview:

 

Also, I wanted to just take this time to note that I’m changing the format of Friday Flicks and it will be for films instead of all-encompassing (animes, live-action dramas, films, mini-series, etc). If you’d like to see the other coverage from now on, I’ll be posting it on my Hi:Asia site (here).

If you want to watch the drama, watch it on DramaFever and Viki!

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