Intense, nerve-racking family drama and sappy romance. Yup, this historical has it all and gives me anxiety merely from the title. Please for the love of chocolate chip cookies don’t let this be a case of abdication or worse…death!
P.S. Ever since Scarlet Heart Ryeo, I’ve been apprehensive about picking up another historical drama since it left me emotional tattered and in ruins. I’m still glaring at the Director in the back of my mind.
Queen for Seven Days is a heart-wrenching Joseon drama about the daughter of a high-ranking noble, Shin Chae Kyung (Park Min Young) who falls in love with Crown Prince Lee Yuk (Yeon Woo Jin). Unfortunately their love is full of obstacles as the Crown Prince lives under the ruthless, tyrannical rule of his half-brother, King Yeon San Gun (Lee Dong Gun).
Lee Yuk will eventually gain the throne and makes Shin Chae Kyung his Queen but with their royal marriage, politics and ambition looms over them. She’ll be caught between two brothers with differing political ideologies and visions for the kingdom, and eventually becomes exiled, banished from the palace, having only served as Queen for seven days.
Like I said in the beginning, I was really hoping this wouldn’t lead to abdication but I was clearly wrong and I can already picture myself going through several Kleenex boxes, crying over innocent love that’s been lost. If it’s anything like Nine Days Queen then prepare yourself for an emotional rollercoaster and bids the question, who does the Crown Prince love? The woman, or the qualities that make her a good Queen?
I’ll warn you in advance, the drama contains some heavy stuff and is more melodramatic and romantic in comparison to the teasers that have been light and comedic. I think that’s the trend lately with Korean dramas, teasers are all light and fun but once you start watching the drama itself, it’s something entirely different which can be misleading.
I’m glad Park Min Young is back because she’s been in the closet and missing since her last project and I’m also hoping that this drama gives Yeon Woo Jin a better foothold, elevating him as an actor because he has great acting range and could use some more love since his last drama (which will not be named because I didn’t like it at all) wasn’t successful and garnered quite a bit of backlash for poor writing and low ratings.
Historical dramas in general have been scarce lately, so if you’re a huge fan of Joseon period dramas then this is for you! Personally, it’s nice to see beautiful hanboks on screen once more.
Release Date: May 31, 2017 (Eng Sub available on Viki)