Why This Show Is A Must Watch For K-Drama Fans
Netflix has recently aired the first episode of a new Korean drama, which adds a modern twist to the age-old saying that “opposites attract.” “King The Land” follows the love story between two people who work at the same resort. The unique aspect of the story is how it relates to the characters, Goo Won and Cheo Sa-rang, who are brought to life by incorporating quick time jumps in the premiere entry. The story revolves around their rocky relationship, with Won being the wealthy heir of the parent company that owns the King Hotel and Sa-rang working her way up from being a gym maid to becoming a guest manager. This drama is produced by Npio Entertainment, By4m Studio, and SLL.
Despite their differences in personality and social skills, the audience is bound to be left wanting more after watching the inevitable and incoming meeting between these two characters. Unlike other shows, Netflix will release the sixteen other episodes of “King The Land” one by one on a weekly basis every Saturday, leaving fans of the Korean drama genre intrigued until the very end.
The drama’s supporting cast also adds to its appeal. The hotelier is consistently cheered on by her two roommates, Oh Pyeong-Hwa and Kang Da-Eul played by Go Won-hee and Kim Ga-eun. Actor Ahn Se-ha, who plays Goo Won’s friend and personal secretary, brings comedic relief to the story. The drama also features Son Byong-ho and Kim Sun-young, who play Goo Won’s father and sister, respectively, and are constantly at odds about financial affairs.
“King The Land” is created by three talented creators – the same trio that brought “The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasure,” “Reflection of You,” and “All of Us Are Dead” to life. With the unique storyline and remarkable cast, this drama is not one to miss. Just don’t forget to smile like the employees at The King Hotel, or you might miss your own prince charming.
Putting a modern spin on the age-old adage that says opposites attract, Netflix has quietly released the first episode of a new drama this past week that quickly straps viewers onto a growing love story between two people who just so happen to be working in the same resort. While the outline of the premise could sound very cliché and dull to most, what is unique about this story that is set in present-day Korea directly relates to the lead characters.
Produced by Npio Entertainment, By4m Studio, and SLL, King The Land pulls the audience into the lives and personalities of the two main leads, Goo Won and Cheo Sa-rang, by incorporating quick time jumps in the premiere entry. By having these sequences placed right at the beginning of the series and before their destined (but awkward) first encounter, there is more than enough time to be stunned by Goo Won’s stoic demeanor as he outwits corrupt office workers as well as be blindingly charmed by Cheo Sa-rang’s bubbly personality as she plays a form of air piano during her interview for a position at the King Hotel. Foreshadowing the rocky beginnings of their relationship, Won is soon revealed to be the wealthy heir of the parent company that owns the King Hotel, while Sa-rang is seen working her way from being a maid inside the gym to actually holding the rank of guest manager.
Even with their distinct differences in both personality traits and social skills, the inevitable and incoming meeting between the two is bound to leave first-time watchers of King The Land wanting more. Unlike the usual release recipe of other shows that are distributed by Netflix, the sixteen other episodes will become available one by one on a weekly basis every Saturday. This program plan will surely leave fans of the Korean drama genre intrigued until the very end. After all, the conclusion from the first week’s installment already showed a surprising reaction from Goo Won that proves we all are in for a bumpy ride toward love.
The Supporting Cast Helps King The Land Shine
Besides the quirky story and lavish plot devices, King The Land already boasts a memorable and unforgettable cast who help greatly supplement the main plot. Besides actor Lee Jun-ho (who has starred in Netflix’s Rain or Shine as well as on an upcoming psychological drama on the same streaming platform called Celebrity) and actress Im Yoon-ah (who has a lead part in Netflix’s The K2), who step into the roles of the aforementioned characters, the hotelier is consistently cheered on by her two roommates, Oh Pyeong-Hwa and Kang Da-Eul who are played by Go Won-hee and Kim Ga-eun respectively.
While perfecting her comedy chops as a cast member of her home country’s version of Saturday Night LiveGo has also performed in numerous other Netflix productions, including dramas, romances, and wacky sitcoms. Besides being nominated for various roles, Kim was just recently part of a Disney Plus drama called Kiss Six Sense that was adapted from a webtoon of the same name. With so many different works under their belts alone, audiences will instantly become curious about the side characters these actresses represent.
In the opening scene of King The LandGoo Won quickly befriends a male co-worker named Noh Sang-sik in his temporary office position for the King group. When he whimsically resigns from his position due to negligent leadership from the manager, he decides to take Noh Sang Sik with him to become his personal secretary instead. Bringing this comedic relief role to life, actor Ahn Se-ha does a great job bouncing off of Lee Jun-ho’s unwavering resilience against formalities. Starting in the world of theater in 2011, he has come to star in over thirty different television shows since then, including Netflix’s Abyss and Viki’s The Heavenly Idol. With numerous films in his credits as well, Ahn Se-ha becomes a much-needed foundation for this new Netflix series.
There Is Romance Behind The Rough Demeanor
It wouldn’t be a Korean drama without some family tension, and that comes provided by the way of Goo Won’s father and sister, who are played by Son Byong-ho and Kim Sun-young. With the three on-screen roles constantly at each other’s throats about financial affairs, it is no wonder the male main character finds happiness somewhere else. Since 1994, Son Byong-ho has been in all sorts of films, such as thrillers, dramas, and time period movies. Stepping into her first drama role, Kim Sun-young bursts out of the music industry and stands out as a tough, cut-throat woman who has no time for Goo Won’s careless endeavors.
With the three creators behind this irresistible K-drama also helping to bring such titles to life, like the exciting Korean action movie The Pirates: The Last Royal Treasurea drama out of time serial called Reflection of You, and the massively popular zombie outbreak series All Of Us Are Dead, King The Land is one show you do not want to miss. Just don’t forget to smile like the rest of the employees at The King Hotel, or else you might not find your own prince charming.