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The King 2Hearts - Korean Drama 2012

Updated on October 12, 2014

Flawless combination of action, humor, romance, politic and human melodrama

My first impression about the newest MBC drama, The King 2Hearts (TK2H): it exceeded my expectation! It brings up the theme of peace, hope, love, and unity.

All the teasers that they've released didn't give impression that TK2H will be a black comedy drama. The intense feeling given in the teasers may caused the viewers think that TK2H is an action, romance drama. I love action, romance drama such as IRIS, Athena; so I have a high expectation of the TK2H. After watching the whole series, I'm shamelessly have to admit that I'm obsessed with this drama.

TK2H is not like a usual Korean drama as it depicts some of the sensitive issue about the reunification of North & South Korea (to achieve this, they arrange the marriage between North Korea's woman & South Korea's Prince). The writer has cleverly inserted some metaphors to create light humor in between, as the viewers love funny scene. But at the same time, the writer has also bravely raised the issue about the reunification.

And I have to say that TK2H's genre is not a black comedy nor melodrama. The first part is black comedy, but the second part is black & thriller. Strong heart is needed to watch this drama as it has a roller coaster scene which will make your heart pounding so much. One word about this drama: expect the unexpected. The writer is so good to throw so many unexpected plot.

The King 2Hearts is a really brave drama (and it's not everyone's cup-of-tea), raising the sensitive issues which may not be accepted well by the viewers. But I hope viewers can open their mind and not judging a drama based on its ratings only.

TK2H is a really great drama! Love the sizzling chemistry between the OTP (One-True-Pairing) Couple and I can't wait to see where the drama will unfold. And whether or not the drama will maintain the light humor after the tragedy happens (spoiler alert! ^^). The witty writing, solid acting, great background musics & OSTs; as well as amazing cinematography; TK2H so far is my #1 drama of the year.

Some viewers may find this drama boring as it's about military, war, guns, politics. I suggest you to watch episode 4, it went from a prank which went wrong then to light humor then to a trust-betrayal issues then to the young Prince who wanted to prove that he's worthy to be part of a royalty. Combined with a sweet romantic moment between Jae Ha & Hang Ah, episode 4 is truly off-the-charts episode.

[Spoiler]: The meaning of the King 2Hearts

Today is a very good day, so many clouds, the sun is out...

Lie down for a bit

It's hard to meet such a nice day during the winter.

What's the point of all these worries?

You have to enjoy moments like this to be really be alive.

"Hang Ah" - The King 2Hearts Episode 4

Are you excited for The King 2Hearts?

Details, Synopsis & Cast Members

The King 2Hearts Trailers


The King 2Hearts:

"When The North meets The South...

Let's make the 2 Hearts beat as one"

Number of Episodes: 20

Previously Rumored Title: The King / King 2 Hearts

Genre: Black Comedy, Human Melodrama

Theme Song: Kylie Minogue "2Hearts"

Original run: March 21, 2012 - May 24, 2012 on MBC every Wednesday & Thursday 21.55 KST


- Lee Seung Gi as Crown Prince Lee Jae Ha (later on King Lee Jae Ha)

- Kang Han Byul as Young Lee Jae Ha

- Ha Ji Won as Kim Hang Ah (later on Queen)

- Lee Yoon Ji as Princess Lee Jae Shin

- Jo Jung Suk as Eun Shi Gyung

- Yoon Yeo Jung as Bang Young Sun (Lee Jae Ha's Mother)

- Lee Soon Jae as Eun Gyu Tae

- Yoon Je Moon as John Mayer (Kim Bong-Goo)

- Choe Min

- Kwon Hyun Sang as Yeom Dong Ha

- Lee Sung Min as King Lee Jae Kang (Lee Jae Ha's older brother (the King))

- Park Gun Tae as Young Lee Jae Kang

- Kwon Hyung Sang as Yeom Dong Ha

- Lee Do Kyung as Kim Nam Il

- Jun Gook Hwan as Hyeon Myeong Ho

- Jung Man Sik as Ri Gang Seok

- Choi Kwon as Kwon Young Bae

Director: Lee Jae Kyu and Jung Dae Yoon

Writers: Hong Jin Ah

Production House/Company: Kim Jong Hak Production

Official Website: King 2Hearts

Official Mnet Japan Website: King 2Hearts

Average Rating: 12.2% [Nationwide] | 14.2%[Seoul]

Brief Synopsis

The King 2Hearts portrays a story based on an imaginary modern-day South Korea Monarchy.

Prince Lee Jae Ha (played by Lee Seung Gi), a reckless Prince (younger brother of the current King Lee Jae Kang) is a very smart man (IQ is 187), humorist and playboy Prince. But he doesn't want to be involved in the political issue, claiming that they're just puppets. Thus he wasn't happy when his older brother tricked him to join World Officer Championship (WOC) straight after he was released from his mandatory military service.

In this WOC, he met with Kim Hang Ah (played by Ha Ji Won), a top North Korea secret agent who is longing to be loved by a man. A tough woman on the outside, but has a very soft heart; she agreed to join WOC as her general promised that he would help her to find the man of her dream.

For the first time ever, South Korea and North Korea who were in the talks of reunification; decided to join forces in this WOC. So the WOC team from Korea comprise of 3 people from North Korea (Hang Ah) and 3 people from South Korea (Jae Ha, Shi Gyung).

Tension raised as the reckless Prince who didn't want to be in the team throwing lots of tantrums which made Shi Gyung (the team leader of SK WOC team and son of the Chief Secretary) picked up Jae Ha's slack. Hang Ah gave Jae Ha lots of hard times; but in the end, Jae Ha hurt her more than she could imagine.

After much bickering back and forth, Jae Ha & Hang Ah got engaged, but then the tragedy struck. This time, Jae Ha will have to choose the love he has for his country and the love he has for his woman. Who will he choose in the end?

The King 2Hearts will not only portray an unlikely love story between Lee Jae Ha & Kim Hang Ah; it will also portray a love story of Lee Jae Ha's sister "Lee Jae Shin" (played by Lee Yoo Ji), a free-spirited character who goes back to Korea to attend her brother's engagement. But an event occurred and she holds the key of the country's biggest tragic event. Thankfully, she has Shi Gyung who stays by her side and together.

The King 2Hearts - Casting Chart

The King 2Hearts - Casting Chart
The King 2Hearts - Casting Chart

The quote on The TK2H Casting Chart is adapted from German Novel by Hermann Hesse titled "Demian"

"Der Vogel kämpft sich aus dem Ei. Das Ei ist die Welt. Wer geboren werden will, muà eine Welt zerstören."

The bird struggles out of the egg. The egg is the world. Whoever wants to be born, must destroy a world.

Source: Wikipedia

The King 2Hearts Casts & Character Description

Kim Hang Ah (by Ha Ji Won)

Lee Jae Ha (Lee Seung Gi)

Kim Bong Gun / John M (Yoo Jae Moon)

Princess Lee Jae Shin (Lee Yoon Ji)

Eun Shi Kyung (Jo Jung Suk)

Image Credit and Source: The King 2Hearts imbc

The King 2Hearts Wallpapers

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The King 2Hearts OST

OST Part 1 - Released March 28, 2012

Missing You like Crazy (Kim Hang Ah's Theme Song) by Taeyeon (SNSD)

OST Part 2 - Released April 11, 2012

Love is Crying (Lee Jae Ha's Theme Song) by K Will

OST Part 3 - Released April 25, 2012

1. First Love by Lee Yoon Ji

2. I Can't Say A Word by J-Min

3. I'll Live My Way by Super Kid

OST Part 4 - Released May 2, 2012

Only You (Shi Kyung & Princess Jae Shin Theme Song) by Hyunseong (Boyfriend)

The King 2Hearts OST Album - Released May 10, 2012 - You can purchase this album on YesAsia

1. The King (Opening Song) [Instrumental]

2. Missing You Like Crazy (Kim Hang Ah's theme song) - Taeyeon [SNSD]

3. Love Is Crying (Lee Jae Ha's theme song) - K.Will

4. I Can't Say It (Eun Shi Kyung's theme song) - by J-Min

5. Only You (Shi Kyung's & Princess Jae Shin's theme song) - Hyunsung [Boyfriend]

6. I Will Live On My Own - Super Kidd

7. First Love (Princess Jae Shin's theme song) - Lee Yoon Ji

8. The King Love and Emotion [Instrumental]

9. Hang Ah's Dream [Instrumental]

10. Dead Line [Instrumental]

11. Two Hearts [Instrumental]

12. Together [Instrumental]

13. Special Mission [Instrumental]

14. Sad Sky [Instrumental]

15. Smiling Day [Instrumental]

16. Painful Love [Instrumental]

17. Lovely Yours [Instrumental]

18. Breach [Instrumental]

19. If You Close Your Eyes [Instrumental]

20. Burning Heart [Instrumental]

21. Greasy [Instrumental]

22. Lazy [Instrumental]

23. Black Message [Instrumental]

24. Bright Day [Instrumental]

25. New Beginning [Instrumental]

The King 2Hearts DVD

The King 2Hearts DVD
The King 2Hearts DVD

The King 2Hearts DVD (7 Discs) is now available on YesAsia

Memorable The King 2Hearts Scenes (with English Subtitle)

All video credit to dramafever

(1) Refrigerator Kiss

(2) Proposal

(3) Kim Hang Ah danced to T-ara Bopeep Dance

The King 2Hearts - News | Casting News

I first heard about The King back in October last year, I saw the news that The King Production Official was considering Lee Byung Hun to take the lead role as the King in this drama. I'm a big fan of Lee Byung Hun so I'm so excited to welcome him back in the drama-land.

But in the end, he decided to take the lead role of "I am the King of Joseon" with Han Hyo Joo as his Queen.

So the lead casts for this drama went back to ground zero.

In December, fans of Jo In Sung & Ha Ji Won couple were incredibly happy hearing the news that "What Happened in Bali Couple will reunite in the King". But Jo In Sung decided not take the role.

The King Production team then offered the lead roles to Cha Seung Won and Ha Ji Won. In the end, Ha Ji Won confirmed to play in the King, now they just needed to find the King. ^^

Finally, they cast Lee Seung Gi to play King Lee Jae Ha!

Press Conference Interview


MBC Drama Awards 2012 - 30 December 2012

- Excellence Actress (Mini Series): Lee Yoon Ji

Seoul Drama Awards 2012 - 30 August 2012

- Hallyu TV Drama Silver Bird Prize (Outstanding Korean Drama): The King 2Hearts

- Hallyu TV Drama Best OST: Kim Tae Yeon "Missing You Like Crazy"


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    7 years ago

    This is one of the best dramas aside from secret garden I have seen so far. The acting was really good, you can even see the depth in their acting. Yep, it was surprising that the ratings where low, maybe because this was not everyone's cup of tea when it comes to romance.. But then again this drama is definitely one of the best! Daebak!

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    7 years ago

    Criminally underrated..... n u know what? i don't care. TK2H is the best korean drama i've ever watched. EVER

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    7 years ago

    This is my favorite drama of this year. What a twist at episode 19; but it shows that life is unfair. Thumbs up to the writer who bravely wrote such a brave script.

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    7 years ago

    Its really exciting but I don't understand why the ratings are so low.

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    7 years ago

    I really love tk2h! Yeap! Best K-drama in 2012 so far... XD

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    7 years ago

    Love TK2H drama above any others. Lee Seung Gi's acting is DAEBAK!

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    hirephp lm 

    8 years ago

    nice lens


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