Finally! … and with thanks to eggyplant … it is done. I have finished watching all 24+ hours of last year’s smash Korean TV hit: Palace. English summary of this fine comedy-drama can be found here. The plot revolves around the concept that modern day Korea has a constitutional monarchy, and, due to the machinations of a previous king, poor commoner, Chae-Kyung, ends up engaged then married to the Crown Prince, Shin. The 24 hours follows their love-hate relationship as Chae-Kyung struggles to integrate into palace life and Shin struggles to open up and let someone in.
Palace is a soap opera thru-and-thru-and-thru but it is done with humour, great sets, greater imagination, fine acting and a style that is a cross between Amelie and Northern Exposure. At its heart though is a wonderful (sigh) love story with characters that emote real feelings we’ve all known. My rating 9 out of 10.
And ok, granted, it doesn’t hurt Asia’s Top Model of 2005 Joo Ji Hoon stars as Crown Prince Shin. For those of you with stalking tendencies, you can get eyefuls of Joo Ji Hoon here.