Episodes: 62 + 1 special episode
Main actresses: Lee Yo Won, Ko Hyun Jung, Park Ye Jin
Main actors: Uhm Tae Woong, Kim Nam Gil, Jeon No Min, Jung Woong In, Ahn Kil Kang, Yoo Seung Ho…
(Sorry, but this is endless! There are way too many main actors in this drama! xDD )
Story: Deokman (Lee Yo Won) is born as the second twin to the king and queen of Silla in Korea. A famous prophecy had it that the moment royal twins are born bad luck will fall upon the kingdom and endanger every citizen. To safe their two daughters from being murdered, the parents decided to send Deokman far away to have her live a normal life while their other princess Cheon-Myeong (Park Ye Jin) will stay in the palace. So Deokman grew up knowing nothing about her real family whatsover but eventually finds out later on. She comes back to Silla to face her destiny – and her greatest enemie ever: Mishil (Ko Hyun Jung), the most influential court lady who has about half the palace under her control. Luckily, Deokman doesn’t have to fight for her right place all alone: Always at her side is the strong and loyal warrior Kim Yushin (Uhm Tae Woong) who’d do anything to help and protect her. Later on, the mysterious and kind of funny guy Bidam (Kim Nam Gil) joins them out of curiosity but soon after becomes a trustworthy and lovely companion. Watch the path of a woman who’ll have to go through many hardships before finally being the first female ruler in Korean history by using intelligence, trust and inner strength as her weapons of choice.
Okay, I can’t find even one video which could describe this dramas awesomeness without showing too much spoilers so I decided to let you listen to the main OST:
Own opinion: One word – EPIC!!!
Please don’t let yourself be discouraged by this dramas length. I also started watching this with the clear intention of never finishing it without skipping half of the episodes but I was unexpectedly wrong.
“Queen Seon Duk” is the most epic drama I’ve ever watched. Let alone the fact that the history behind the plot and most of the characters is true: The acting, music, costumes, action scenes, landscaping and details are enchanting, to say the least. I got sucked into this drama like dust into a brand new vacuum cleaner. 😉
I loved the development of the main heroine from a somewhat vulgar teen to a strong and independent queen by fighting a seemly lost battle. Deokman fails more often than she succeeds at the beginning of her path – which shows not only great realism as well as determination to pull through but also her amazing talent to gain strength out of a loss. “Queen Seon Duk” is, ultimately, not about birthright but about experience, what you make of it, how it shapes you and if you’re willing to fight for what is right – even if it means sacrificing something else. This drama presents you with a whole new universe of Korean history and maybe it’s because it is so long or detailed or emotionally surrounding but once it’s over you’ll feel its loss on a level of losing a home.
My favorite part, however, is forever Bidam. He is and always will be my most beloved drama character of all times. Beautifully twisted and torn, funny and dangerous, pitiful and creepy is he “Queen Seon Duk”s secret weapon. Fans were amazed by Kim Nam Gil’s display of his character, a guy so deep that he hits you directly where it hurts and leaves a scar that’ll never stop tearing at your insides. Bidam is, ultimately, the reason why I came to love this story so much. Kim Nam Gil became my favorite actor and, to this day, I still re-watch his most memorable scenes in “Queen Seon Duk” over and over again. I guess it’s the very blurry line of what makes a human being good and/ or bad that Kim Nam Gil’s interpretation of Bidam draws which makes him so captivating.
All in all, “Queen Seon Duk” is a drama classic; THE historical drama out of all historical dramas ever. It’s one of those stories that, if you haven’t watched it yet, will make you only half a Korean drama lover. 1. Because of the history behind the story (You ought to know that part of Korean history, pal!); 2. because of the actors (Half of today’s main actors played the child versions of the main characters here and the other half is today’s pool of veteran actors and actresses. I swear, you’ll recognize every face in that drama!); 3. because of its popularity (The scale of detail in this drama, really! It’s breathtaking!).
Rating: 10 / 10. I really don’t have anything else to say to this other than epic.