The King of Dramas

The King of Dramas (2012)

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Anthony Kim, a brilliant CEO of a drama production company who will do anything and everything for the sake of money, fame and success. He is known to possess the Midas touch as he has created blockbuster dramas and Hallyu stars. When a death on the set precipitates his fall from grace, Anthony attempts to regain his former status by putting the drama "The Morning of Keijo" on air. And to accomplish read morethat, he needs the help of idealistic Lee Go Eun, who dreams of becoming a top writer someday, and the handsome but egoistic actor Kang Hyun Min.

  • Native title:

    드라마의 제왕
  • Also Known as:

    Deuramaeui Jewang; The Lord of Dramas;

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TheJ
35 of 38 people found this review helpful
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Jan 7, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Story: The story, for me, was totally refreshing. It gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes when dramas are being made, and it was nice to see. Like most dramas, it obviously had it's cliche obstacles for the main characters to pass so they could move on (I find it hard to believe making a drama is THAT troublesome), but it was never really anything that lasted read more more than one or two episodes.

It moved along at a nice speed for me. It seemed to slow up a little bit when they got their extension from 16 to 18 episodes, and all of the added flashbacks made it a tad boring at times, but nothing that I couldn't ignore.

Acting/Cast: Loved them. Loved all of them. This would definitely be one of my favorite casts in a drama.

I'd never seen anything with Kim Myung Min before, and this drama definitely made me regret it. He played his bad-boy-the-gets-nicer role perfectly. He always had this air of total confidence, and it was just really awesome to watch in action.

This was the second time I'd watched anything with Jung Ryeo Won in it, and while I wasn't really a fan of her in that, I loved her in this.

Siwon though. That man just made this drama for me. Whenever he was on the screen, I could always count on laughing. Always. He was hilarious, he was adorable, and he was hilarious (yep, I'm saying that twice). And he had this laugh that was completely infectious. If you could watch this, listen to him laugh, and not find yourself smiling, I'd be shocked.

This was also a first for Oh Ji Eun for me. She didn't make her entrance into the show until almost the halfway mark, but that didn't stop me from loving her all the same.

When they were all together, for me, the chemistry was undeniable. Even the actors in the smaller roles of this show were amazing for me.

Music: I loved the OST for this show. That's really all I can say about that.

Rewatch Value: With the cast and the story being different than a lot of other dramas out there, I could definitely see myself watching this more than once in the future. Hell, I could see myself rewatching it multiple times just for Siwon's laugh.

Overall: Overall, I gave the show a 10. Like I said, it had some cliche obstacles, but it was fun (for me) to watch the main characters trample over them when they happened.
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ylisse
33 of 37 people found this review helpful
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Jan 7, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Want to discover the world all MDLers are connected with? Watch King of Dramas—The Ultimate Drama-within-a-Drama for us drama-addicts. Indeed, it was an extreme remark, but what can I do? I love this drama to pieces.

Story: Basically, the plot will give you a parody about behind-the-scenes of drama-making and a man who will conquer everything for the sake of his ambition. The story isn’t really life-changing but it is certainly highly read more influential and enlightening in my case--at least on how drama production works. Yes , it’s supposed to be fiction but watching this one and at same time hearing news about real life drama made me wonder if in reality what was happening here is based on real life-drama filming experience.

I love the writing— Simple yet has a refreshingly engrossing storytelling and it managed to combine right amount of angst, romance, huge dose of comedy while handling issues about ratings, writer and director difficulties, financial problems, sponsorships, actor- behaviors and even extras. Of course, KoD is still a drama, there is a main story going on and I can guarantee that this one gives no dull moments. Intense and fast-paced, you’ll realize what I’m talking about if you try now and watch the first episode. Since KoD satirizes drama-making, it’s only natural for it to be funny, and if I may add, it is enjoyably hilarious in almost every episode. Comedy-wise, it’s a genuine masterpiece for me. Romance is subtle yet touching at first and tends to develop later which makes it more believable and truly romantic—not the usual wrist grabbing can determine the person you love. Did I mention a lot of anti-cliches here? Well, It has. And I love every bit of it! The ending was lovely and very satisfying for my taste.

Cast/Acting: Another thing to love about this drama was the evident character development on the main casts. In the end I have no choice but to love all of them. When I first watched this, I had known little of the casts and it was a great surprise watching all of them. Kim Myung Min also played stellar performance, the character change is very convincing on his part. He is amazing that he can take full control of his facial muscles while conveying the right expressions on his role. I love the strict, straightforward Representative with a sexy voice. Yes, I have to add that, lol. Jung Ryeo Won’s character is loveable-simple yet strong and determined. Her expressions are adorable. Their chemistry was noticeable just with their eyes and gestures, oh well, it comes with the leads personality, that’s why it’s like that—at first. The chemistry was wonderful, with just their gazes alone, I’m melting; Anthony Kim-Lee Go Eun has just become one of my top OTP’s this year. The biggest revelation, I credit it to Si Won—He is simply a truly great actor here. At first it was all funny just because it innates from his personality and self-love, then his expressions, his eyes, and then it comes a time that just his presence evokes hilarity. That’s how funny he is. Min Ah’s character is annoying at first but becomes likeable later on. World’s boys, who wouldn’t love them? Let me join your group! Tehe-

Music: Blind for Love, Keep In Your Heart and Tuesday Song are memorable OST’s for me, now another fave added. Even the instrumentals were catchy.

Rewatch Value: 10 because I rewatched some episodes already while waiting for the new one.

Overall: If a true drama lover runs in your veins, I believe you should watch this!—err, scratch that, I mean you would appreciate, relate and enjoy this refreshing, funny, one-of-a-kind drama as much as I did. :P
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Both center around show production and have a idol cast member (Siwon). While Producers centers around variety. The King Of Dramas centers around the production of drama and the relationship between cast members, writers, producers and ratings.
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Thematically, the stories in MK and The King of Dramas were very similar. A boy who has wronged a girl in the past now needs her help to save himself and his dreams, while also trying to help her fulfill her own dreams. Trust issues abound, but they both pull you into their struggles and have you cheering at the TV for every win they get.
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    neaa Jun 6, 2016 - edited

    Too many drama cliches.. so a 7.

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    neaa Jun 5, 2016

    I'm on episode 4 and the only feeling I have so far is hatred for Anthony Kim.

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    Zah May 28, 2016

    So what would Anthony do?

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    AnicsiRoscoe May 15, 2016 - edited

    I loved this drama much more than I thought I would. It took a couple of episodes to really get into it, because even though there was a lot of suspense, all the disaster caused by Representative Oh & Co became really repetitive by episode 6 or so. That's why I must say I liked the second half of the drama much more, also because the romance can finally sail. The focus of the character development definitely rests on the leading actors instead of actresses, and I think Lee Go Eun could have undergone a bigger change as well. It didn't feel that balanced. All in all, I really liked the theme of this drama. Discovering how film works behind the scenes is always fascinating to me. I also applaud Kim Myung Min for an excellent performance as Anthony. As much as I hated his character in the beginning, he made the development so believable that I couldn't help but fall for him at some point. He lives by his strong principles, and that doesn't change until the very end. The final episodes made me tear up more than once. On a different note, Siwon shines as usual in his geeky role and brought me close to tears from laughter on several occasions. I really love the cast!
    I recommend it to everyone who is tired of the same old plot-lines (this one has the clichés too, but somehow they don't bother me that much) and love triangles and wants a refreshing change. Don't give up on the romance, it might be slow, but it's there!

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    sara Apr 28, 2016 - edited

    i have seen this drama until episode 11 there was no interesting romance relation ship
    how is episode 12-18

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      AnicsiRoscoe May 15, 2016

      12 is when it slowly starts to take off, so keep watching :) it's still a slow romance, but heartfelt and beautiful.

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    Marooya Feb 2, 2016

    Delightful well made drama

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    abri Jan 9, 2016 - edited

    This seems like an interesting drama, is romance a main focus in it?

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      Maks 10 days ago

      Yeah but not during all the drama

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    naccu Dec 16, 2015

    Daebak drama <3

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    DenisaFl Oct 27, 2015

    I don't know why I started this drama, because I never watch the old dramas. Maybe it was destiny! But what a show! Exciting, different and so good. I recommend it!

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    SHIRLEY MOLINA Oct 11, 2015

    Just started this because of all the good reviews thanks everyone. I will let you know how I liked it .

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    gaga Oct 6, 2015

    after watching this i can say that making drama is srs bzns :P

    but in all seriousness, even tho they used all possible cliches that there exist, it still turned out great. i like how the story was fast paced and kept you on edge every episode. and the cast was perfect, i think they had a lot of fun making this, their chemistry with one another was just right. i love the romance in this and all other relationships between characters because you can see their bonding, changing, developing feelings for each other, it wasn't rushed or love/respect/adoration at first sight, it was built gradually and i really really liked that here. it was just a really nicely written story with every cliche imaginable that strangely fits very well with it and it was never over the top.

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    Bladey Aug 20, 2015 - edited

    This drama is so much more than just romance. Sigh. This drama is brilliant on ALL counts. im just glad it was made. It gathered a huge fan support as well as they sent messages to producers. i remember writing a message too, they included it. It was an awesome awesome drama. Blindness and sight were a important theme and I loved the ending, it was harder but fair ending for this man. I Loved Anthony Kim. And Jung Ryeo Won is such a great costar for him. I thoroughly thoroughly loved this drama.

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    lillith Aug 1, 2015

    it had been a while since I last watched a Kdrama without skipping a single episode.
    I got really hooked on this one. It was great fun to watch :)

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    LocationNarnia Jun 22, 2015

    I adored this drama. I hope the actors had as much fun filming it as I had watching it.

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    Nina Apr 7, 2015

    Siwon is so funny in this haha :D

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    18
  • Aired:

    Nov 5, 2012 to Jan 7, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

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  • Score:

    7.9 (scored by 3,568 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1026
  • Popularity:

    #422

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