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The King 2Hearts

Drama Title: The King 2hearts
Korean Title: 더킹투허츠
Romanization Pronunciation: Deokingtuheocheu / Deo-King-too-heo-cheu
Also Known As: The King 2 Hearts
Previously Known as 더 킹 (The King) / 킹2hearts (King 2Hearts)
Chinese Name: The King 2Hearts
Japanese Name: キング2hearts
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Place: South Korea
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 21 March 2012 – 24 May 2012
Language: Korean
Air time: Wednesday and Thursday 9:55 PM

Preceded By: The Moon Embracing the Sun / The Sun and the Moon
Followed By:

Plot Summary / Synopsis

A black comedy and mellow drama that is set against a background of fictional modern day South Korea which practiced constitutional monarchy form of government, telling the story of South Korean prince and North Korean special force agent get together due to politically arranged marriage, and eventually falls in true love despite prejudice against each other and obstacles in life.

Cast

Ha Ji Won (하지원) as Kim Hang Ah (김항아) – North Korea Special Forces instructor / Republic of Korea reserve queen
Lee Seung Ki (이승기) as Lee Jae Ha (이재하) – King of Republic of Korea
Jo Jung Suk (조정석) as Eun Si Kyung (은시경) – Royal Guard Lt.
Lee Yoon Ji (이윤지) as Lee Jae Shin (이재신) – Republic of Korea princess
Yoon Je Moon (윤제문) as Kim Bong Goo (김봉구) – Club M president
Lee Soon Jae (이순재) as Eun Gyu Tae (은규태)
Yoon Yeo Jung (윤여정) as Bang Young Sun (방영선) – King’s mother
Kwon Hyun Sang (권현상) as Yeom Dong Ha (염동하)
Park Geon Tae (박건태)
Yeom Dong Heon (염동현)
Ra Mi Ran (라미란) as Royal court head of department (궁중실장)
Lee Sung Min (이성민) as King Lee Jae Gang (이재강)
Lee Do Kyung (이도경) as Kim Nam Il (김남일)
Jun Gook Hwan (전국환) as Hyeon Myeong Ho (현명호)
Jung Man Sik (정만식) as Ri Gang Seok (리강석)
Choi Kwon (최권) as Kwon Young-Bae (권영배)
Lee Yeon Kyung (이연경)

Production Credits

Director: Lee Jae Kyu (이재규)
Screenwriter: Hong Jin Ah (홍진아), Hong Ja Ram (홍자람)

Synopsis by Summary

Viewership Ratings (Ranking)

Date Episode Nationwide (TNS) Seoul (TNS) Nationwide (AGB) Seoul (AGB)
21 March 2012 1 16.5 (5th) 19.3 (1st) 16.2 (4th) 18.8 (3rd)
22 March 2012 2 16.6 (5th) 19.3 (2nd) 16.5 (4th) 18.3 (2nd)
28 March 2012 3 14.2 (6th) 16.2 (3rd) 14.5 (5th) 17.1 (3rd)
29 March 2012 4 15.6 (5th) 17.9 (2nd) 14.6 (5th) 17.4 (4th)
4 April 2012 5 12.1 (7th) 14.1 (3rd) 13.5 (5th) 15.8 (3rd)
5 April 2012 6 12.2 (12th) 14.7 (6th) 12.1 (10th) 14.3 (5th)
12 April 2012 7 10.7 (16th) 13.1 (10th) 11.0 (14th) 12.6 (11th)
12 April 2012 8 12.3 (10th) 14.8 (5th) 12.5 (9th) 14.4 (5th)
18 April 2012 9 9.7 (14th) 11.2 (8th) 10.8 (10th) 12.6 (5th)
19 April 2012 10 10.5 (16th) 12.3 (10th) 10.5 (12th) 11.9 (10th)
25 April 2012 11 11.2 (13th) 13.7 (7th) 11.3 (11th) 12.9 (6th)
26 April 2012 12 10.0 (12th) 11.8 (10th) 10.7 (11th) 12.5 (8th)
2 May 2012 13 10.5 (11th) 13.3 (6th) 11.3 (9th) 13.3 (6th)
3 May 2012 14 11.1 (11th) 14.2 (5th) 11.1 (10th) 13.0 (6th)
9 May 2012 15 11.2 (10th) 13.3 (5th) 11.1 (8th) 12.5 (6th)
10 May 2012 16 10.2 (13th) 12.6 (9th) 10.5 (13th) 11.9 (10th)
16 May 2012 17 10.8 (9th) 14.0 (6th) 10.2 (10th) 11.7 (8th)
17 May 2012 18 11.2 (9th) 14.2 (8th) 11.2 (9th) 13.0 (6th)
23 May 2012 19 12.5 (5th) 15.9 (4th) 12.1 (5th) 13.9 (4th)
24 May 2012 20 10.4 (9th) 13.6 (6th) 11.8 (8th) 14.3 (6th)

Source: AGB Nielson and TNmS

Trivia

  • Actor Lee Byung Hun was offered the leading role, but joined movie Masquerade instead.
  • Actor Zo In Sung was offered a lead male role, but turned down the offer.
  • Actor Lee Je Hoon was also offered the leading role, but joined SBS drama series Fashion King instead.
  • The drama was originally scheduled to start airing on March 14, 2012, but was delayed due to union strike caused the postponement of the end of The Moon that Embraces the Sun.
  • Goof (Factual Error): Ticket machine of South Korea appears in North Korea subway station

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The King 2Hearts Trailers

The King 2 Hearts OST Part 1 – Missing You Like Crazy
The King 2 Hearts OST Part 2 – Love is Crying
The King 2 Hearts OST Part 3 – First Love
The King 2 Hearts OST Part 3 – I Can’t Say It
The King 2 Hearts OST Part 3 – I Want to Live My Way
The King 2 Hearts OST Part 4 – Only You

Watch online with English subtitle at viki.com or dramafever.com.
Watch online with Chinese subtitle (not yet available).

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