While new K-drama releases have often stolen our attention for a certain time being, only a select few land among those that stand the test of time. A potential on the list is tvN and Netflix’s latest period comedy Under the Queen’s Umbrella.
Despite only having a few episodes aired, the Joseon-set drama has captured audiences in its homeland of South Korea, already landing in the 22nd spot of the highest-rated dramas of all time. Not only that, but it has cinched its mark in the recent top 10 TV shows on our home turf, Netflix Philippines.
So what exactly is all the buzz about? Read on to find out the essentials of this potential must-watch series.
Here’s everything you need to know about Netflix K-drama “Under the Queen’s Umbrella”:
Labeled by most as a black comedy with political undertones, the period drama sees Joseon-era Korea, where queen-slash-mother Im Hwa Ryeong (Kim Hye Soo) grapples with more trouble than running a kingdom: her rebellious, disobedient sons.
With their monarchy needing a new king in the foreseeable future, the queen sheds her poised and dignified royal persona in exchange for her unabashedly hot-tempered self, as she takes it upon herself to shape her sons into proper crown princes.
Filling the role of the queen herself is K-drama regular Kim Hye Soo, who viewers last saw as the no-holds-barred lead judge in this year’s Juvenile Justice. The 52-year-old veteran actress has been a notable presence in Korean dramas and films since the '80s, including recent lead roles in 2020’s Hyena and 2016’s Signal.
Playing the Queen Dowager Cho is fellow vet Kim Hae Sook, best known to local viewers as the endearing grandmother in Start-Up, Choi Won Deok.
Stepping into the shoes of the noble and virtuous King Lee Ho is Choi Won Young, an actor who previously starred in hits like Sky Castle, Hwarang, and The Heirs.
But the core of the series might just be the royal brood, a.k.a. the ragtag team of sons that Queen Im Hwa Ryeong wrangles. On the list are regulars and new faces alike, including fresh up-and-comer Yoon Sang Hyeon, and familiars Moon Sang Min (My Name), SF9’s Chani (Sky Castle, True Beauty, Imitation), Yoo Seon Ho (Doctor Lawyer), and Kim Min Gi (True Beauty).
In the director’s seat is Kim Hyung Sik, a filmmaker whose 18-year career boasts of works such as 2018’s Prince Coffee Lab, About Time, 2015’s Twenty Again, and 2010’s I Am Legend. Penning the series’ episodes is Park Ba Ra, a screenwriter who actually lists Under the Queen’s Umbrella as her first drama!
Where to Watch
Under the Queen’s Umbrella is streaming on Netflix, with new episodes airing every Saturday and Sunday until December 4. Want a peek? Watch the trailer below!
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