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[Review] Mr. Queen

We’re back with a new K-drama review and this time we (finally) watched ‘Mr. Queen’. This 2020 drama has been on our to-watch list for ages, and since Netflix added the show to its portfolio we had no excuse not to watch it anymore. 

Mr. Queen

The series was directed by Yun Seong-Sik and written by Park Kye-Ok and Choi A-Il. There are a whopping 20 episodes. 

We follow our main character Jang Bong-Hwan (Choi Jin-Hyuk) as he literally falls into the past and into a different body. The body that he takes over is Kim So-Yong’s (Shin Hye-Sun). She’s on the verge of becoming queen of Joseon and the wife of King Cheoljong (Kim Jung-Hyun). However, things are not that straightforward. 

There are tensions in Joseon, tensions between Kim So-Yong and King Cheoljong and tensions between the Kim family and the Jo clan who are both vying for power in the court.

One of the things that really helped bring ‘Mr. Queen’ to its fan favorite spot is the incredible cast. The performances were amazing and Shin Hye-Sun really deserves all the accolades for it. Also the chemistry is another plus. We really followed the King and Queen as they went from an enemies-to-lovers relationship. 

Another thing that was absolutely adorable was the friendship between the queen and her Court Ladies Choi (Cha Chung-Hwa) and Hong Yeon (Chae Seo-Eun). They were so great together and their friendship so wholesome. Their scenes are so much fun. 

Another fun part of ‘Mr. Queen’ are the cooking scenes. Before he fell into the past, Jang Bong-Hwan was a chef cooking for state heads. He brings his cooking knowhow to the past and wows the court with his ‘McDonalds’ and other dishes. 

Even if you’re usually not into sageuk series, you should still give this one a chance because it’s really great!

Go ahead and watch the trailer below.

A writer with a slight coffee addiction and a tendency to find K-Indie gems in the YouTube rabbit hole.