King2Hearts (2012)

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Kim Hang Ah, is the legendary top female instructor working in North Korea’s elite special forces unit. With stamina, training tactics and strength in all areas, she is the perfect female soldier; however, she has never fallen in love before. Pure and candid, Kim Hang Ah’s goal is to fall in love and get married to a man. Lee Jae Ha, is the prince of South Korea’s monarchy. His personality reflects his read moreroyal position, with refined humor and a handsome face; however, he has little interest in pursuing politics. Though he seems perfect on the exterior, Lee Jae Ha is actually very materialistic and blunt about his own desires.

  • Native title:

    더킹 투하츠
  • Also Known as:

    The King; Deo King ; The King 2 Hearts; King 2hearts; The King 2hearts

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May 24, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I apologize in advance for the length of what follows.
This drama hit me like a tsunami of emotions and has left me bruised in so many places I'm in dire need of a strong tonic
I had promised myself to never say this, but rules are made to be broken: King 2 Hearts is the best drama I have ever watched. It is so because it fully responds to what I read more ask a work of fiction: not just to entertain me, but to make me feel. Deeply.

I suppose it's not for everyone though. It raises issues which require a level of maturity, as well as a huge dose of emotional strength. It plays on prejudices and the rotten nature of politics, sparing no one: the arrogance of the western world, the obtuseness of military regimes, the cowardice of politicians, the corruptive power of money no matter where. But it highlights the best virtues too: loyalty, friendship, courage, honesty, responsibility towards the people we love. This story is the growth of a group of people, from biased to understanding, and most of all is the birth of a king worth of this name.
It's obviously a love story too, but I'm glad this is only partly the focus of the drama. Don't expect a rom-com, or you'll be disappointed. The comedy is there, mainly in the beginning, and it is a clever sort of fun, but it's devoid of the usual comedic tropes, and it always has a black undertone - which I personally adore.
So to me this is a truly romantic drama, in the classical sense of the word, full of awe, suspense and heartbreak. There isn't even an ounce of fluff: if this is what you're looking for, King 2 Hearts is not for you.

Two words about script and direction: the first is one of the most consistent I've come across, never deviating from reality even when the setting is fictional. I am aware some of the scenarios are controversial to say the least, but if you give a look at the way international politics works, you'll see that - alas - it's a lot more plausible than we would like to admit. This said, the writers managed to create an ensemble of wonderful characters who touch the heart, and always thought-provoking dialogues. Direction is splendid, very film-like, playing on grand-angle and close-up shots, on colours, light and dark. The action scenes are believable and thrilling.

Standing ovation for the performance of the entire cast. Everyone has done such a brilliant job, I'm in awe.
Ha Ji Won is wonderful, to say the least. I've read some arguing that a north Korean soldier can't be so girly and trusting in the matters of the heart, but her multiple layers are what make Hang A the incredibly believable character I fell in love with, and Ha Ji Won the awesome actress she is. Besides her doing most of her stunts, she studied the North dialect, voice intonation and poses. The result is a charming mixture of vulnerability and strength which is profoundly feminine.
I'm glad I've really got to know Lee Seung Gi with this drama, because this young man has done an amazing step forward in terms of acting. His performance as the shallow, prejudiced playboy he's in the beginning slowly growing to be a king to be proud of, is mind-blowing. I truly felt all his suffering, doubts, uncertainties, fear… stress. He has gained a loyal fan for his professionalism and for the courage to accept a controversial part which more mature actors had refused before him.
Jo Jung Suk and Lee Yoon Ji have been an incredible revelation for me, both acted so naturally it's almost unbelievable.
Hat off to all the other actors. I was just as involved in their fates as I was in that of the main couple. They all made me laugh, weep (buckets, really), be proud or exhilarated.
Yes, even the villain. It won't be easy for the actor to shrug off the image. He embodies evil in its most horrific, unadulterated form: gratuitous cruelty, the pleasure to see others suffer, vanity and megalomania, all highlighted by a child-like behaviour which is as disquieting as it reduces him to the sub-human this character actually is.

Oh, the music!
A good soundtrack explains the scenes with the notes. When he wrote the score for the 1993 film "The Piano", Michael Nyman said he needed some piano pieces which could speak for Ada, who is mute, and work as a substitute to her voice.
That's what the music in King 2 Hearts does: if you close your eyes and listen to it (I have it all on my i-pod) the music will speak for the scene, and will keep on speaking to you when the show is over. The instrumental pieces are simply perfect and aching. "Two Hearts" begins with the pound of two hearts, hence explaining in a second a title whose meaning I had been pining over for weeks.
Simply beautiful.

I have already re-watched half of the drama and am going through a second (third?) complete marathon. If I gave this a lower re-watch value I'd be a hypocrite. And, believe it or not, it improves on second watching.
There's so much more I'd like to say about it, but I fear I've been wordy enough. I feel a last word of… warning is needed though: be prepared to feel strongly. If what you ask a drama is to entertain you or divert you, don't watch King 2 Hearts; only approach it if you're ready to grow so much attached to these characters, seeing them go will give you an almost physical pain.
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Jun 9, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Originally, I expected this Drama to turn out like all the others; just a love story that hits all the major cliches and ends when the two main characters finally get together. After the first episode, I became OBSESSED with this show. It was amazing.
The cinematography was perfect, the story was well written, and the actors fit their roles well. The best part about its drama was definitely the characters and read more their relationships.
I love how the writers developed each of the main characters, but not so much that they were predictable. They grew along with the story, changing for the best, but also remaining true to their original selves. Character relationships grew in complexity and each one of them served a different purpose throughout.
There are very few dramas or TV shows that add so many sub-plots within the story. Normally, there's just one main plot line and two or three smaller sub-plots that rarely appear in all the episodes. However, this drama had quite a few and managed to show the watcher how it was progressing in every episode. I think that's what really made this show shine.
Lastly, I really loved the emotional value of this drama. It made me laugh, cry, scream at the screen and tear my hair out in frustration- all at once. Kudos to the writers for managing that.
There were a few parts I thought could have been done better; for example, a few character motives didn't quite make sense- but overall the King 2 hearts is really a masterpiece. There is no doubt that I am going to rewatch it.
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Both have kick ass female leads and laugh out loud moments. Both male leads are quite smart and though they lack the physical punch, they usually come out on top of most confrontations.

They both play on the idea of the male lead falling unexpectedly for someone they are engaged with/married and wanting to give up anything for that love. Both got a bit boring in the middle when the melodrama kicked in as they both had an overarching Evil Plot to overcome.
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Both are about a South Korean man and North Korean woman falling in love. Blow breeze is different in that the man is a lawyer and the woman defects from North Korea as a pose to Han Ji Won's character who was a soldier in South Korea on a joint mission and ends up falling in love with the then prince and who eventually becomes king.
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    Bookdork1 11 days ago

    I love this drama so much. I watched it five years ago and I still remember the amazing characters, chemistry, and plot. 10/10 would recommend.

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    Lavendova 17 days ago - edited
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    Faa Jul 17, 2017

    I still miss this so much !

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    real_Mokona Jul 7, 2017
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    real_Mokona Jul 7, 2017

    I absolutely loved it. I adore Ha Ji Won and her character in this Drama. The Story is great. I cried a lot!

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    joannesmith Jul 7, 2017

    Easily one of the best kdramas. Made my top 10. Very emotional show, from highs to lows and all in between. I was engrossed.

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    keke Jul 5, 2017

    i love this drama :((((((((((((((((((( so much

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    Faa Jun 10, 2017

    Anyone knows a drama kind of like this? I miss this one so much. It's a perfection.

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    KimchiFever Jun 8, 2017

    Just finished watching this for the second time. It's even better than what a remember! Lee Seung Gi and Jo Jung Suk are just perfect !

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    lovelydream May 19, 2017 - edited

    the secondary romance in this straight up f*cked me up, still not over it.

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      joannesmith Jul 7, 2017

      i hear ya. Luckily, if you watch Jealousy Incarnate, you might feel better.

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    ykflower Apr 13, 2017 - edited

    Is it a happy ending?

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    LPA Mar 28, 2017 - edited

    This was a really good drama. I have to admit that I started and stopped watching this drama three different times, but because the rating was so high I assumed that I must be missing something and decided to persist through all the episodes to the end. It was worth it! If you can just get past the first five or six episodes the drama changes--almost like two different plots. In the beginning, I really couldn't stand the female lead being so strong (which I liked), but then acting so pouty. She acts that way again in a few places, but not so much as in the beginning. The prince was over-the-top with his arrogance and insincerity. (The story seemed to jump back and forth with almost sincere, then not. It was confusing.) If I skip the beginning episodes (okay maybe I'll watch them again to see if I gain a different perspective), I will watch this again. Very well done in the end--I would give it a solid rating of 9 out of 10 if it wasn't for the beginning. Very well done in the end--good actors (every character was cast perfectly) and storyline!

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    Annalisse Mar 26, 2017

    Such a nice drama that hits all the feels. I'm glad I've finally watched it. Ha Ji Won always delivers a strong female lead that's relatable and sympathetic, w/o being (too) whiny. The romance between her and Lee Seung Gi was nice to watch. I love watching romance dramas where its our OTP against the world, and that's exactly what I got right up until the end!

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    Maya Feb 26, 2017

    i started this drama on a whim but im starting to like it so much.... I really like Ha Ji Won's accent sweet,..

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    Jenny Feb 18, 2017 - edited

    I feel this drama deserve higher rating. This drama shows how the king being pushed to grow up and take responsibility. How he find loves in a woman from his enemy country. Great chemistry between the leads. Awesome story and great ending. This is how new kdrama should end instead of leaving us hanging...


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Mar 21, 2012 to May 24, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


  • Score:

    8.4 (scored by 10,254 users)
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