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Lee Min Ho Reunites With Writer Kim Eun Sook For His Comeback Drama

He is back.


Actor Lee Min Ho has been confirmed for his comeback drama, and it will reunite him with writer Kim Eun Sook, who was also the writer for SBS‘s mega hit drama The Heirs.





Kim Eun Sook’s newest work will be called The King: Forever the Monarchand is set to be broadcast in the first half of 2020.

Hwa&Dam Pictures, which is also Kim Eun Sook’s agency, shared why they cast Lee Min Ho for their new drama.
This is the second time we will be working together, after The Heirs. He is an actor we have so much trust in. You will be able to meet a more mature and profound Lee Min Ho through The King: Forever the Monarch.
— Hwa&Dam Pictures
The King: Forever the Monarch will deal with the idea of parallel worlds, an idea that is rarely seen in dramas today. A God set a devil free in the human world, which opened up a door to the parallel world.
The specifics regarding broadcast, such as the airing channel and broadcast date have not been decided yet. However, since the production team and the male lead have been determined, filming is set to begin in the second half of 2019.
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Lee Minho Confirmed First Drama Comeback after Completing His Military Service


Lee Minho will be on screen soon!


On May 7th, it's confirmed that Lee Minho will reunite with famous writer Kim Eunsook for his first drama since military discharge. Production company Hwa&Dam Pictures announced that Kim Eunsook was working on her next drama project, tentatively titled 'The King: The Eternal Monarch' (literal translation), and that Lee Minho had been cast as the male lead. 



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The production company revealed, "This is our second time working together after 'Heirs.' This is because he is an actor we can trust. You can expect to see more mature and deeper acting from Lee Minho in the drama."


The filming will start sometime in the second half of this year and the drama is scheduled to premiere in the first half of 2020. Baek Sanghoon, who also worked for 'Descendants of the Sun,' will direct the series. 


It's said that the fantasy drama will bring the story of parallel worlds. In one world, the emperor of the Korean empire seeks to keep the doors closed, while in the other, a detective of the Republic of Korea seeks to protect his life and the people he loves.    




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Lee Minho to Star in a Drama Written by Writer Who Wrote 'Guardian'·'The Descendants of the Sun'

Published Tue May 07 11:59:00 KST 2019 
Updated Tue May 07 12:06:00 KST 2019

Lee Minho to Star in a Drama Written by Writer Who Wrote 'Guardian'·'The Descendants of the Sun'

Korean actor Lee Minho has confirmed to lead an upcoming fantasy romance drama that is written by screenplay writer Kim Eun-sook.

On May 7, it was announced that Lee Minho has decided to join a new drama titled 'The King: the Eternal Monarch' (literal translation) as his comeback project after serving his national mandatory duty for the last two years.

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'The King: the Eternal Monarch' will be directed by Baik Sang-hoon, who directed 'The Descendants of the Sun' (2016) and is written by famous screenplay writer Kim Eun-sook.

Kim Eun-sook is well-known for writing mega-hit dramas, such as 'Secret Garden' (2010), 'The Heirs' (2013), 'The Descendants of the Sun' (2016), 'Guardian: the Lonely and Great God' (2016), and many more.

As Lee Minho worked with Kim Eun-sook for 'The Heirs', this will mark his second time joining forces with Kim Eun-sook.

Lee Minho

It has been said that Kim Eun-sook has written another story of her specialty for this drama: fantasy romance.

'The King: the Eternal Monarch' is a drama that tackles the subject of an alternate reality.

In one world, the Emperor of the Korean Empire seeks to keep the door to an alternate reality closed, while in the other, a detective of the Republic of Korea tries to keep the door open in order to protect his life and the people he loves.

  Lee Minho

Meanwhile, 'The King: the Eternal Monarch' is planned to begin broadcasting in the first half of 2020.


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Lee Min Ho confirmed to reunite with 'The Heirs' scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook for his first drama since discharge



Actor Lee Min Ho has confirmed his first project back since his discharge from mandatory service!


According to Hwa & Dam Pictures on May 7, actor Lee Min Ho will be partnering up with star scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook for a new fantasy drama series, titled 'The King: The Everlasting Monarch'.


This will mark Lee Min Ho's second time working with scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook - the mastermind behind Lee Min Ho's hit drama 'The Heirs' as well as 'Descendants of the Sun', 'Goblin (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God)', 'Secret Garden', 'Mister Sunshine', and many more. 


'The King: The Everlasting Monarch', also be directed byPaek Sang Hoon of 'Descendants of the Sun', will tell the story of two complex, fantastical parallel worlds. In this story, mankind discovers that a parallel world in which a different, and sometimes "better off" version of yourself exists just across a doorway. On one side of the door, a modern day king of a Korea governed by a monarchy struggles to close the parallel doorway, while one the other side, a detective struggles to protect life and love. 


'The King: The Everlasting Monarch' aims to premiere some time in early 2020. Do you find the storyline interesting so far?


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According to Asian Wiki LMH will play both King and detective. I hope this is true. 




Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©

The Devil is released into the human world and soon opens a door into a parallel world. The Devil asks if he lived a better life in the other world, if he could live in the other world. Against the Devil's question, Korean Emperor Lee Gon (Lee Min-Ho) tries to close the door to the parallel world and South Korean Detective Jung Tae-Eul (Lee Min-Ho) tries to protect the lives of people and the person he loves.



Also read in twitter from acct @sabss_XD that weibo article says: The demon which was unleashed into the world opened the doors to parallel universes. The demon posed this question "If the other "you" in the parallel world is living a better and happier life, would you then choose to exchange your life with your other self." This drama depicts the choices to be made by the "science" type King who wishes to close the doors vs the "arts" type police officer who wishes to protect lives, his friends and love and how they deal with the demon's question. Both of them will straddle between both worlds as they help one another.


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@syntyche please check your pm on how to start the thread. I have already included this thread in the directory but you'll need to set up the first post as per my message. Thanks

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Lee Min-ho reunites with star writer Kim Eun-sook for sci-fi romance


Whatever her faults, one thing I do appreciate about star writer Kim Eun-sookis her willingness to experiment with genres. Romance is always at the center of her stories, but, at least recently, her stories have been set against some really interesting backdrops, whether that’s in a disaster zone, or pre-colonial Joseon. This time around, she’ll be trying her hand at sci-fi for the first time (unless you count Secret Garden or The Lonely Shining Goblin as sci-fi), and the writer will be reuniting with her Heirs star Lee Min-ho (Legend of the Blue Sea) in his first project post-army duty.

The drama, titled The King: Eternal Ruler, will center around a door between two dimensions, and two very different Koreas. In one dimension, Korea is still an empire, and the ruling emperor fights against demons in order to close the door linking his dimension with another. On the other side of the door is the Korea that we know, where a detective does his best to protect the life, love, and loved ones of someone dear to him. The detective and emperor will work together and, I expect, find love along the way.

The emperor is described as the rational, logical type, whereas the detective is more creative and emotional. Specifically, the show’s synopsis labels them as ‘STEM’ and ‘liberal arts,’ which is shorthand in Korea to describe ‘left-brained’ and ‘right-brained.’ From the casting reports, it sounds like Lee Min-ho will be pulling double duty and playing both the emperor and the detective, which should make for some interesting mistaken identity shenanigans. I always love the fish-out-of-water situations when Joseon-era characters find themselves in modern-day Korea, so this should be an interesting take on that trope.

I have to say I am intrigued by the concept of parallel universes, and I would be fascinated to learn how these alternate dimensions came to be: Did the realities split at a certain point in time? When did that split occur? Does that mean in the dimension where Korea is an empire, the peninsula was never colonized by the Japanese? Knowing Kim Eun-sook, I know there’s a good chance that these questions are never answered in the show, but it’s an interesting subject to ponder about at the very least.

Kim Eun-sook will be teaming up with director Baek Sang-hoon, who is credited as a co-director for Descended from the Sun and whose other works include Who Are You—School 2015 and Secret. I’ll be interested to see how working with a different director than PD Lee Eung-bok will affect the style of Kim Eun-sook’s latest entry.

The King: Eternal Ruler does not yet have a broadcaster, though I’m sure the stations will be lining up their bids soon, and is planning to premiere in the first half of 2020.



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When i first heard about kim eun sook reuniting with dots director ... im kinda waiting what kind of drama this time... but when i read that lee min ho is the male lead i couldn't stop grinning from ear to ear knowing that....DAEBAK!!!!!!!! 

This one is a must watch list!!!!!

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  • Guest changed the title to [Upcoming Drama 2019] The King: The Monarch of Eternity, 더 킹: 영원의 군주 - Lee Min Ho

I´m hoping the king role is NOT from the Josean era. I hate the men´s hairstyle from that time.  I´d like to see him again in longer hair like he wore in Faith. He looked so gorgeous in that series!

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I still can't really believe this drama :bawling: Story seems wonderful , I think Faith, LOBS and City Hunter mixed , fantastic, rom, historical, action there are everything :bawling:  thank you so much Minho , I can' wait this awesome drama :wub:


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 Kim Eun-Sook + Lee Min-Ho = LOVE!!!:heart::heart::heart:

But the drama script does not look like the old Kim Eun-Sook scenarios ... The more interesting it will be to see what happens.


And so ... the main thing is that the rest of the actors in the drama should be good. Especially the second male actor. Because this scriptwriter is best at the bromance ... So what exactly is it I am looking forward to.:wub:

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Lee Min Ho Confirmed To Reunite With “Heirs” Writer Kim Eun Sook For New Drama

Lee Min Ho and Kim Eun Sook are teaming up once again!

On May 7, the production company Hwa&Dam Pictures released an official press release stating that Kim Eun Sook was working on her next drama project, tentatively titled “The King: The Eternal Monarch” (literal translation), and that Lee Min Ho had been cast as the male lead.

The drama is scheduled to air sometime in the first half of 2020 and will be directed by Baek Sang Hoon. He previously worked with Kim Eun Sook in the hit drama “Descendants of the Sun.” Lee Min Ho previously worked with Kim Eun Sook in the 2013 drama “Heirs.”

This drama is Lee Min Ho’s first announced project since his military discharge in April. In Hwa&Dam’s statement, they said, “This is our second time working together after ‘Heirs.’ This is because he is an actor we can trust. You can expect to see more mature and deeper acting from Lee Min Ho in ‘The King: The Eternal Monarch.'”

“The King: The Eternal Monarch” is a drama that tackles the subject of parallel worlds. In one world, the emperor of the Korean empire seeks to keep the doors closed, while in the other, a detective of the Republic of Korea seeks to protect his life and the people he loves.

Yoon Ha Rim, the production company’s representative, stated, “Nothing has been decided yet with regard to the broadcaster or any broadcasting details. But we have the director and the male lead and we will begin filming sometime in the second half of this year.”

Are you excited to see Lee Min Ho and Kim Eun Sook work together again?








Lee Min Ho Reunites With Star Writer Kim Eun Sook For Dual Roles In New Fantasy Romance Drama


Touted as a sophisticated imaginative series, Lee Min Ho will be joining a powerhouse creative team. Hwa&Dam Pictures confirmed that writer Kim Eun Sook will meet the actor again for The King: the Eternal Monarch (working title).




In 2013, Lee brought life to Kim Tan in SBS series The Heirs – the only youth-oriented series penned by hitmaker writer Kim. This time around, they will work together for an inventive story threading on “parallel world” premise.

Joining them in executing the script is director Baek Sang Hoon, who will also reunite with Kim Eun Sook since Descendants of the Sun. Collating the drama portfolio of Lee, Kim, and Baek, features some of the most popular and highly-rated Korean dramas in the last five years. It includes Mr. Sunshine, Goblin, Descendants of the Sun, Love in the Moonlight and The Legend of the Blue Sea.

READ: 35 Benchmark Korean Romance Dramas You Should Have Watched By Now


Based on the narrative overview, The King: the Eternal Monarch features two settings following its parallel universe concept. It is also billed to showcase romantic moments for the hero and chosen female lead.

Fusing traditional and modern times, Lee Min Ho suits up to portray two roles. In one world, he is Korean Emperor Lee Gon, who wants to close the door that connects the two realms. In another world, he is South Korean detective Jung Tae Eul, who protects the lives of the people and his loved ones. Both characters have to confront the Devil, the projected villain of the story.


Aiming a broadcast date in the first half of 2020, the production team starts filming in the second half of the year. Hwa&Dam Pictures expressed confidence with their new venture citing that Lee Min Ho is an actor they can trust.

Additionally, the production company disclosed no definite information on broadcasting details yet, but promises a huge scale fantasy romance project.




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All The Details You Need To Know About Lee Min-Ho's Comeback Drama



For those of you who can't wait to see Korean actor Lee Min-hoback on your screens, it may come sooner than you think.

Lee is wasting no time after his military discharge and is heading straight back to work with a new drama that will air sometime in the first half of 2020. Produced by Hwa&Dam Pictures, who also made hit TV series such as Goblin in 2016 and Heirs in 2013, the new drama will take on the theme of parallel worlds.

Korean news site soompi reports that the drama will feature two storylines: One involving a Korean monarch who seeks to keep his kingdom closed to foreign influence, and another that involves a detective of the Republic of Korea who wants to protect his loved ones.

he team behind the production is also an experienced one — the drama counts Baek Sang-hoon as its director, and Kim Eun-sook as the main writer. Baek is an experienced director who has previously directed two of 2016's most notable K-dramas: Descendants of the Sun and Love in the Moonlight. Meanwhile, Kim has worked with Lee before for Heirs in 2013, among other works that she has written.


Speaking about the production, a representative for Hwa&Dam Pictures mentioned that the filming for the show would begin in the second half of 2019, before its release next year.

Join us as we wait impatiently for Lee Min-ho's new show to be out!




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