Secret Door follows the conflict between King Yeong Jo and Crown Prince Sa Do in the longest reign in Joseon history, at 52 years. King Yeong Jo pursues strong royal authority, while Crown Prince Sa Do insists on equality for all.
I would have given this drama a higher score, but I got bored. I read the history of Prince Sado and the writer did a good job mixing the historical truths and rumors. I enjoyed the first 14 episodes the most, then they traded Kim Yoo Jung with Yoon So Hee and the story line also changed. It became more political and boring. I don't understand why they changed actresses when they read morebasically dropped Ji Dam's story line. I get it if there had been more of a mature story line, because Kim Yoo Jung is only 15, but I didn't see anything that she couldn't have done believably. It was disappointing. The best part of the story line is that the king and prince are consistent through out. The ending was good, considering.
Han Seok Kyu is an excellent actor who made me hate and love King Yeong Jo equally. Above the boring politics story line is a father/son relationship that was volatile. The conflicted thoughts and emotions Seok Kyu portrayed was palpable. Lee Je Hoon is unexpectedly good as Prince Sado. He was strong, conflicted, sad and did what he needed to do to realize a world for the citizens to the very end. I wonder if he was happy even once in his entire life. I believed him and that is a tribute to his acting. I love Kim Yoo Jung. She is a wonderful actress that only seems to get better as time goes on. They shouldn't have replaced her. The other actors are good too, but for me it was all about the father/son relationship.
The music is appropriate.
I will never rewatch this.
If you favorite genre is Seaguk, then you will certainly love this drama
What a powerful and touching drama - I love Prince Sado now <3
Story: Based on the true story of King Yeongju & Prince Sado - a powerful display of rulers who think differently - The king cherishes power and authority over humanity and the Prince desires equality for everyone - from children of traitors, slaves, concubines and commoners. We see him come head to head with his father countless times - read moreand I'd cheer him on every time. If you read the history of these two (which I recommend you don't) then you'll know it will be a bittersweet end. But even so, even if I did cry a bucket of tears, the end still left me hopeful of a better future to come ;)
Cast: Prince Sado (Lee Je Hoon) the son of King Yeongju (Han Seok Kyu) a honest and righteous prince with enduring principals - if he believed something was wrong he wouldn't ignore it - He has my respect for that, when some people would cave - he never did, he stood his ground even if he had to suffer immensely for it - he earned trust of his "followers" and the viewers <3 Plus he is handsome to boot^^ His eyes would captivate me when he'd speak - and the emotions displayed there were magical <3 King Yeongju a political terror if I may say so - he didn't blink if he killed someone or did wrong things - he fought tooth and nail with his son throughout the entire drama - he'd make me really mad most all the time and sometimes his discussions early on drove me up the wall - but the actor really did well in displaying his love/hate for his son. Seo Ji Dam (Kim Yoo Jung) I liked her while she lasted for 13 episodes (the older version I could care less about so I won't even mention her) she was great when she was Sado's sidekick and helped him out. When she's "older" she's just kind of there... Lady Hye Gyeong (Park Eun Bin) I didn't like her when the drama started but as time passed she grew on me and I could see the love she had for Sado (even though her love for power would sometimes speak louder). Shin Heung Bok (Seo Jun Yeong) he had a guest role when the drama started but he became the reason Sado & his father came head to head with each other - even though his time was short - he left a deep impact. The rest of the cast did a splendid job in their roles too ;)
Music: "Erase and Erase" by The One (my favorite) & ??? by Block B
Re-watch Value: 8/10 It's very political but really draws you in - so I will re-watch this again someday - even if only to see Lee Je Hoon (Prince Sado)'s eyes <3 I LOVED his deep dark eyes - they pulled me in every time ;D
I highly recommend anyone who likes historical or political dramas to check this one out - you won't regret it ;)
Both dramas are highly political, both have leads who dream of a fairer world and besides, Han Seok Gyu plays amazing kings in both (I never thought I could see him in another king role because I thought it would never be as good as Se Jong, but guess what he's just as good as Young Jo or even better.) Both are equal in quality of story and development of characters and both dramas deal with factions that oppose each other. I just feel that if you liked one, you will like the other.
For my taste the throne is better because it's just 2 hours but more or less enough to understand this twisted son-father relationship but the throne it's about the same character "Sado" and how he was killed by his own father
In case you still want to know the answer is: it's complicated. Romance isn't the main theme here. There was some tension and mutual attraction, but the younger actress was replaced in the middle, there was a time skip and the whole sublot was pretty much subdued. Still a great drama though!
how is ji dam a supporting role??? I watched it for her! And then the other actress showed up and I decided to quit. She was too depressing for me. Then again I think that was her character...I prefered the younger ji dam though
It took all the will in me to stop reading a book and finish this drama. I just lost all the drama mood at the time but thankfully, I was able to spend a whole day on this one and enjoyed it to the fullest.
It's amazing how captivating this drama can get, all the political clashes and mesmerizing characterization got me tripping. I always loved politics in historical setting and man did Han Suk Kyu ahjussi did wonders with his king Yongjoo's character. I also like Lee Je Hoon's Sado; he's a pretty good actor.
Amazing drama even when I was in 'go-to-hell-dramas' mood.
It's too bad that the drama changes about midway through...or so I've read from multiple sources The sets and costumes are beautiful. It boasts an amazing cast of talented actors. There would be some scenes where I'd be in awe of Han Seok Kyu. I'm just worried about spending more time watching if I'm just going to get stuck later on. Does it get that bad later? Or is it just a matter of opinion.
I want to watch the drama but please someone tell me a little spoiler: Who will the prince end up with? Without telling i won't watch...really...i just need to know because i can't take heart breaks T.T
You could check out The King's Face., it's still ongoing so we don't know if th min girl will end up with the main guy but romance is a subplot and they've kissed and all so I guess you'll get your dose of romance.
*Spoilers Gu Family Book & King's Daughter Su Baek Hyang*
Well, I suggested Gu Family Book because of the parent's story (not the main one), but if you hate Suzy and you want a happy ending, you better don't watch it ;)
King's Daughter Su Baek Hyang has a happy ending. The last episodes and the ending would have been more satisfying without the cut (the drama was supposed to be 120 eps not 108), but fortunately that didn't ruin the drama and it managed to give us a happy ending :)
I really liked the dialogues and confrontations between father and son. I admire the idealistic and passionate Crown Prince who dreams of impossibile dreams, but I also understand the King's position and his realistic point of view. And this Crown Prince's idealism vs King's realism ''battle'' is exactly what I liked most about this drama.
Ji dam's character was really useless, from the start to the end, I really don't understand the purpose of creating such character. Well, the screenwriter probably was going to add the romance story line, I'm glad she didn't do it. She also could make better use of some characters like the Crown Princess and Na Chul Joo, but it's okay. The Crown Prince and the King were enough for me.
If you liked this one, I advise you to watch Tree With Deep Roots with Han Seok Kyu as King Sejong, the story line is more interesting than this one :)
Now I know why KYJ was removed after the 14th or 16th ep. It wasn't because the storyline was turning mature. It was because the adult Ji Dam barely had few scenes in the remaining eps. It would have been a waste of KYJ's talent had she continued to be in the drama. So I am actually happy and relieved they decided to let KYJ go. Lol.
Powerful and moving historical fiction drama! Amazing story portrayed by excellent actors with superb writers and directors! It's one of those dramas that just come together to make you feel as if you weren't just watching, you were participating in every episode. The actors were so talented that they had the ability to draw me into the action. This is one drama that you Must See. I don't know how its ratings did in Korea; but one thing I know, those that watched it online around the world, truly have nothing to say but that it was amazing, awesome, excellent, etc....
This drama was amazing! For a Sageuk it was so hooking. Each episode is interesting and the cast is just brilliant. Han Seok Gyu as the king was wonderful, his acting is so great. I totally became a fan of Lee Je Hoon for his acting and looks. For the female character, Park Eun Bin was amazing, her character was complex and so interesting. I just didn't like the adult Ji dam. Overall this drama is the best historical drama I watched so far. I completely recommend it !