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SBS’s highly-anticipated drama “The King: Eternal Monarch” has released teasers of a scene that is a study in extreme contrasts.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” is the new drama from acclaimed writer Kim Eun Sook and tells the story of two parallel universes, one in which Korea is a constitutional monarchy and one which is similar to the present-day republic. Lee Min Ho stars as Emperor Lee Gon, who tries to close the door between the worlds, and Kim Go Eun stars as Detective Jung Tae Eul, who teams up with him to protect people’s lives.
Lee Jung Jin also plays a supporting role in the drama as Lee Rim, Lee Gon’s uncle. He was the half-brother of the preceding emperor, Lee Gon’s father. Even though Lee Rim was the oldest son, he was removed from the line of succession at age 13 because he was the son of a concubine, a resentment he still carries in his heart to this day.
In the new stills, Lee Min Ho looks like a fairytale prince as he rides a pure white horse through a bamboo forest dressed in his royal attire. However, this fairytale turns dark with the appearance of Lee Jung Jin, dressed in a modern suit that is liberally stained with blood.
This fateful encounter was filmed back in February in a forest in Gijang County, Busan. When Lee Min Ho and Lee Jung Jin arrived on set, they were impressed by the bamboo forest’s natural beauty, despite the winter wind that made filming cold and difficult. Lee Min Ho was more concerned for the horse than himself, checking frequently to make sure it wasn’t uncomfortable in the cold, while Lee Jung Jin showed a 180-degree change from his character with his warm smile and respectful attitude on set.
“The King: Eternal Monarch” premieres on April 17 at 10 p.m. KST.


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