King 2 Hearts (2012) 回避两心
Genre: Politics, Romance, Mystery, Action
Enjoyment: 9/10 Pace: 8/10 No. of times I watched it: 2
As Jae Ha’s brother was being murdered, Jae Ha suddenly bears the responsibility of being the king and Hang Ah suddenly becomes the queen. Both have a lot to learn but as long as they are willing they can do well.
Liked the portrayal of Jae Ha being immature at the start and at times, offending many. It is funny that he is a scaredy cat when at the mercy of the North Korean soldiers including Hang Ah, being so afraid of the acupuncture (?) needles Hang Ah has, thinking they are poisonous needles. While his impulsive and immature behaviour leads to negative consequences, it also brings the relationship between them closer, for example, the impossible race he “earned” and he thought he could pretend and get over with it easily but he ends up running it for real with Hang Ah, with his serious leg injury. Although it seems like Hang Ah is more capable than him, at important times, Jae Ha manages to stand up for Hang Ah which makes him look cool.
My sister felt the drama plot is too mature for her but to me, I liked the simple romance between the 2 important figures in the country. Rather than great romance, I enjoyed watching how they can lean on and rely on each other and understand each other’s movement. I guess with such great responsibility, they only can have simple romance haha? Enjoyed watching how they overcome challenges after challenges together. The evil is disgusting and cruel, playing with lizards, torture equipments, weapons and drug injections. Too bad he killed his own people due to his lack of trust which leads to his downfall haha. It is interesting to see news from the television in South Korea and North Korea. The king also has a diary that can be activated by the king’s voice which will be useful (hint).
In addition, I liked Hang Ah’s North Korean team/friends who support her all the time and provide much help to her. Also enjoyed the romance between Jae Ha’s sister, the princess, and a royal guard who is Jae Ha’s right hand man. He seems rigid but he is brave and loyal while the princess is active and mischievous but with a kind heart. The princess seems out of his reach due to status but he is the best person to protect her in all those bad times. Sad that she becomes handicapped due to an accident caused by the evil and the ending between the royal guard and the princess turns out sad (sry for spoiler) even though there are nice heartwarming moments for them.
Learnt that intelligence is important but people are more important. When we have people as our support, it gives us strength and helps us overcome challenges. There are always people who try to create chaos and war but we can always prevent wars from happening. As long as the leaders act appropriately, citizens can avoid the sufferings of war. We should treasure the peace we have now and remember the importance of harmony.
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