The Princess' Man

The Princess' Man (2011)

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Princess Se Ryung is the headstrong and forward-thinking daughter to Grand Prince Su Yang, who is determined to be King. She falls in love with the son of his mortal enemy, and their romance gets caught in the crossfire of her father's quest for the throne.

  • Native title:

    공주의 남자
  • Also Known as:

    Princess' Man; Kongjooui Namja; Gongjooeui Namja

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11tiggers
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Aug 18, 2011
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I'm going to throw myself out on a limb here and say, YOU MUST ABSOLUTELY WATCH THIS DRAMA! There is no doubt in my mind that despite this Drama is currently ongoing, this is quite possibly the best Drama i have ever watched. I even watched the RAWS to just feed my obsessive love for this Drama and still they do not suffice, i I WANT MORE!



Park Shi read more Hoo's performance in this is absolutely stunning. Words cannot begin to formulate how well he plays his role. At first i watched it as i would a normal Drama...check out the first episode see how things go from there; and as soon as i watched the first 20 minutes...i was captivated. Some may say i am overreacting, that it is not as good as i make out. Well, it's a matter of opinion at the end of the day, and me being ESPECIALLY fond of historical Drama's, find this to be an extremely grand surprise.



Anyone who is considering on watching "The Princess' Man", what is there to consider about? GO NOW! Watch. Enjoy.
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Jeaniessi
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Nov 3, 2011
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So...if I start this review by saying I'm giddy in love with Park Shi Hoo would you roll your eyes, call me a fangirl and stop reading? You would? Well, then I'm not going to say it! Hey! Stop hovering your mouse over that unhelpful button and keep reading! I've have lots more to say about this Amazing show.

This drama started out with a lot of comparisons to Romeo and Juliet. read more It does have the element of two people who fall in love in spite of their family's bitter rivalry. But where the two part company is that in Mr. Shakespeare's original work you don't really get very much back story about why the Capulet's hate the Montague's. You simply know they hate each other and that the love between Romeo and Juliet is forbidden. In The Princess' Man you get a big sweeping story and you know exactly what odds are stacked against these two. They should have called this... "The Princess' Man and Her Father's Single Minded Drive to Be the King!"

The Princess' Man is packed full of action and revenge, sword fighting and battles to the death! What I'm saying is...This drama isn't just for women or those looking for a well told love story. If you are a person who prefers action, you need to know there is a perfect balance of badassery as well as a lovely and sweeping romance.

The acting in this show is stellar. I can't think of a single character in a single moment that had me cringing or thinking they were wrong for their part. Park Shi Hoo is wonderful and forgetting what I said up there...He is actually wonderful in everything he does so I wasn't surprised. Moon Chae Won is luminous as Sae Ryung. She pulls in a great performance. I loved her character's bravery and steadfastness. The plot kept me guessing until the very end and I love that I was never bored watching this show!

There is a lot going on, plot wise, and it is told to us by a writer with real story telling ability. I say that because I was also kept interested by the side character's stories as well. They were an intrinsic part of the tale, perfect satellites to the main characters and plot. I wanted to know their fates as well as the main couple's.

Let me sum up why you should watch this show in one sentence. The Princess' Man has an extremely well done and balanced combination of incredible acting, writing, directing and amazing cinematography.

I felt the music was a perfect fit for feel of the drama. There was only one song piece that felt a little overplayed. This show was so well crafted otherwise, I feel like I'm nitpicking but the music is my one 9 vote in a sea of 10's. I will watch this Lovely Show again. I can't recommend this highly enough!
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Both are historical dramas that deal with a 2nd born son who tries to avenge and find his family. Both have a fun and strong (although in Princess Man stronger) love interest.
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    CorinneKeo 19 days ago - edited

    i don't really get why the ost is in italian..the music is good but the lyrics make no sense

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      rainruma 3 days ago - edited

      Read the eng subs for the lyrics.... they make sense for those scenes.
      Although in Italian, the music fits and enhances the mood of the scenes.
      and only two songs of entire OST is in Italian.

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      CorinneKeo 3 days ago

      I'm italian so i understand the lyrics meaning however they are written strangely and they aren't correct grammatically..also it feels weird as an italian person since it has no connection with the show..it would be like watching a western drama about europe in the middle ages/renaissance with a korean soundtrack

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      rainruma 3 days ago

      I don't know about the grammar .... I feel both the translated lyrics and the music enhance the scenes nicely and fit perfectly ... no matter what language they are in.

      - In Chuno, for example, "Bakkwa" by Gloomy 30s is rap/ hip-hop mixed w/ Gregorian Monk chants, but the drama is an action sageuk ... It is just as alien to the show as "Vola" or "Destino" are to TPM .... Yet, in both examples, the music fits and enhances the mood of the scenes perfectly.
      - In the K-movie A Moment to Remember, they have two classic Latin music songs, sung in Spanish by a Korean group..... worked just fine!

      Using soundtrack music that is not temporally or culturally similar to a particular genre is done all the time in movies and TV shows from around the globe, to achieve wonderful effects!

      I have seen K-dramas where the lyrics and music are Korean, yet they don't fit or enhance the scenes.....

      Music is a universal language, what matters is if it achieves the desired mood of the scene .... and a good OST elevates the meaning of those scenes to another level ... I feel the music director did that wonderfully in TPM!

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      Alekwang 1 day ago

      I'm also from Italy and yeah the grammar is off but hey, this is still my favorite drama! So don't let this small detail ruin the show!
      A dire il vero non riuscivo nemmeno a capire cosa stava cantando inizialmente! Capivo solo ''non dormo più, non parlo più'' ecc, comunque, la serie è una delle mie preferite!

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    namopanik 21 days ago - edited

    lmao, I forgot about those subtitles. "I wishn't spend a single moment with a heinous recreant like you." And I thought Queen Seon Duk subs are overdone. Silly me.

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      rainruma 3 days ago

      It is ridiculous that the subbers chose to use archaic and outdated English, not even used in English historical dramas! ..... even native english speakers would struggle w/ these subtitles :P
      I am grateful for all subbers volunteerig their time.... but that is an utterly stupid decision!

      The best subtitles are on DramaFever , excellent quality .... I think GoodDrama used the Dramafever subtitles, but their video quality is low !

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      namopanik 3 days ago

      Yes, is so distracting, I'm thinking of their wording instead of the meaning. The worst thing is, sometimes they just choose their own style and disregard the orignal, trying very hard to sound sophisticated and historical in every sentence (Queen S. case).
      And I don't think a native would say 'wishn't', even in old times. Even googling turns only some video game for that search. A short form goes against the high style too.
      But yay for subbers anyway, even if sometimes they try too hard.

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      rainruma 3 days ago

      The one good thing about Dramafever I guess, most of their subtitles are very decent! ... (for most Kdramas at least , including QSD),.

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    emma 29 days ago

    This show honestly puts most other fusion sageuks (especially ones of the last few years) to shame.

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    lovelydream Apr 14, 2017 - edited

    One of my favorite female leads of all time, she was just phenomenal.

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      rainruma Apr 18, 2017 - edited

      I agree! SeRyung is my absolute favorite female lead .... She's awe-inspiring!

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    zuojenn Apr 12, 2017 - edited

    very well done historical drama. It's a somewhat Romeo & Juliet storyline but very well done. If I could give actors for their performance a rating too I'd give Moon Chae Won alone a +12! She was amazing! And the character that she portrayed as well. And a great character development too!
    10/10

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    Tavi Apr 2, 2017 - edited

    The female lead is SO annoying at times

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      sonya 20 days ago - edited

      Why?

      So many people complain female kleads are annoying, but I don't see what she did wrong here?

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      namopanik 19 days ago

      What did she do right? She was extremely childish, egoistic, kept running around endangering everyone around her without a bit of gratitude or family feelings. She had no political sense whatsoever (or common sense to start with) and neither she nor the male lead weren't too smart. Does she get a major character development in second half?

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      sonya 19 days ago
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    UnAvailable Mar 19, 2017 - edited

    happy ending?

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    BaekInHa Mar 17, 2017 - edited
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    bahar Mar 10, 2017
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    usagi Feb 22, 2017 - edited

    Wish I had listened to the few reviewers who didn't think this came close to a masterpiece. Glad many people loved this sageuk, but after awhile it's not Romeo & Juliet, and turns into literal Much Ado About Nothing. It's basically people doing stupid things one after another that create pointless conflict. The idea could have been a great take on this part of history, but ended up feeling so shallow. So many better historical dramas than this!!

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      Maks Mar 31, 2017

      Again thanks a lot! I've heard about NIF, and already put in on my ptw list, but not about LHM, I'll add it on it too.

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      usagi 7 days ago

      I know this is wayyy later, but I just happened to remember your post, and that I left out one obvious recommendation to fit your request! For a short (20 eps) historical romance drama, you might like The Moon that Embraces the Sun. It's about 10x better than this drama in terms of writing, plot, characters, acting, and cinematography, not to mention much more meaningful. The romance is far better, too. Hope you'll enjoy it if you've not already seen it.

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      Maks 6 days ago

      In the meantime I've already watched TPM and loved! i'll check it out The Moon; thxxx ^.^^

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      usagi 6 days ago - edited

      Ooh!! Yay. So glad you went ahead in spite of your reservations (and my comment). In fact, I was just telling someone that I really love the fact that everyone responds to stories differently and have diverse tastes...that even if I wasn't thrilled with a story, someone else may love it like crazy! Anyway, if you liked TPM, I'm positive you'll also love this one. I believe I marathoned it in like 3 or 4 days! Unlike most, it doesn't even try to place itself in a specific reign, so it is free to not stick to any historical outcomes. But you'll still enjoy learning more about elements of the era it's set in as it does a great job working with those aspects of history that are accurate, and that makes the story ring true. Hope you're historical drama 'journey' continues to be a great experience!

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      Maks 5 days ago

      I also love hearing different opinions on something and the fact that a story can touch (or not) people in several ways and degree, it's interesting. You really sell me this one with conviction, will definitely try it on!

      Thx, I hope so too! (I plan to watch Queen Seon Deok, for my next historical watch :))

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    Vixin24 Feb 20, 2017

    I already loved every moment of this drama as I was watching it but then I watched the ending and it really became absolutely perfect! So many great dramas let me down with a disappointing ending but this one.... ahhh what a flawless story from start to finish! Heart wrenching, poignant, moving, stunning and oh so romantic! If only ever historical drama was as good as this one!

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    YukiIwama Feb 6, 2017

    Highly recommend!!! But..

    [Minor spoiler]

    I wish they'd made him more of an anti-hero for a bit longer than a few episodes. Those were my favourite moments! Anti-heroes and morally questionable characters = so much yes.

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    Suicidal_Hermit Feb 4, 2017

    That was good but I've never seen so many chickens trying to fight a lion in my life. I definitely found myself shaking my head with the face palm more than a few times. Ah Kang was so damn cute!!!

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    Shi Dec 22, 2016

    First half was good.
    But second half was so boring. I skiped a lot. I should have dropped it.

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    namopanik Nov 14, 2016 - edited

    I may be unable to go past ep 10 and maybe I'm cheering for Team Evil, but I'll give this show one thing; it's well written and suspenseful in this kind of way that knowledge is unevenly distributed: one person is always one step further, can see what others are doing in a broader perspective, has fuller view on their feelings and lowkey pity them (or plan his or hers next step). The one knowledgeable constantly changes. The viewer can easily forsee how the events unfold, but that anticipation is all the fun: you keep thinking 'I want to see his face when he realises this or that', 'if only she knew' etc. It's not surprising, but very satisfying to watch, in a bittersweet way.
    Cliffhangers are always on point, never once failed to made me play another episode no matter how sleepy I were.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    24
  • Aired:

    Jul 20, 2011 to Oct 6, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    KBS2
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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    8.6 (scored by 5,187 users)
  • Ranked:

    #81
  • Popularity:

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