the wife and I had some extra time during the holidays so we ended up filling some of it by watching the K-drama Palace on DVD. You might remember me mentioning this drama earlier in the year. We had stopped watching the korean soap after the first two discs a while back because the plot moved along at such a snail’s pace. Plus it was odd to imagine such an alternate universe with a royal family still in place in korea. But we thought of giving Palace (aka Goong) another try since we heard it was one of the most popular dramas of 2006. after watching all nine DVDs, I still have mixed feelings about the series. Ultimately I think the two leads (Yoon Eun Hye and Joo Ji Hoon) carried the show. also the drama had great visuals including set design, cinematography and costumes. but the writing was simply atrocious. all the k-drama cliches made their presence known throughout the 24 episodes. the plot was stretched out so thinly that it was just too painful to watch at times. Obviously the producers made a commitment for 24 episodes but with the lack of material, the whole series could have easily been edited down to 12 episodes. There was a lot of needless moping about - especially whenever Royal Prince Yool appeared onscreen. Both Prince Yool and his mother Lady Hwa-Young had a knack of sucking the life out of a scene. but i do have to mention that I thought Yoon Eun Hye was quite good especially in the comedic bits. We’ve already seen her star in her other drama The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince and it’s obvious she’s got a bright future ahead of her.
Goong Palace
Kdrama info: Palace aka Princess Hours aka Goong.
featuring: Yoon Eun Hye, Joo Ji Hoon, Kim Jeong Hoon, Sung Ji Hyo and Lee Yoon Ji
Country of origin: South Korea
Language: Korean
No. of episodes: 24
Original Air date on MBC: Jan 2006 through Mar 2006
No. of DVDs: 9
U.S. Distributor: YA Entertainment