Dong Yi / 동이***** (2010)
MBC Drama / 60 episodes
Genre: Historical Drama
Directors: Kim Sang Hyeob (김상협), Yi Byeong Hun (이병훈)
Screenwriter: Kim Yi Yeong (김이영)
Cast: Han Hyo Ju (한효주), Ji Jin Hee (지진희), Yi So Yeon (이소연), Bae Su Bin (배수빈), Jeong Jin Yeong (정진영), Kim So Yi (김소이), Jeong Yu Mi (정유미), Yi Kwang Su (이광수), Kim Yu Jeong (김유정), Yun Chan (윤찬), Pak Ha Seon (박하선), Jeong Dong Hwan (정동환), Yi Kye In (이계인), Choi Cheol Ho (최철호), Kim Yoo-seok (김유석), Son Il Kweon (손일권), Shin Gook (신국), Nah Seong Gyun (나성균), Kim Dong Yun (김동윤), Park Jeong Su (박정수), Kim Hye Seon (김혜선)
Overall ratings in Korea: 24.3% (peak: 31.9% – episode#30 – 2010-06-29 / 1st)
Dong Yi, a smart little girl, becomes one day the witness of murder. Not knowing it, she becomes the witness of high treason conspiracy. Because of this, her family dies and she decides to enter the palace to find out who ordered their execution and why. This drama is a fictionalized version of real historical persona Lady Choi Suk Bin.
This is absolutely a must-see. For those who don’t love politics and conspiracy stuff, they may find it boring and skip it. I almost did the same mistake. I held it through the first 3 episodes or so before getting into the story. You have to get into the conspiracy stuff to understand the interest of the whole story. I absolutely loved it. I found it well balanced between comedy, action and emotions… One of the best drama I’ve watched so far. The scenery, the sets, the costumes are gorgeous. Very good music. Excellent lighting. Excellent cast. This is a great production. I find this battle for power interesting as you see one person rising to the top using dirty, even bloody hands and the other one doesn’t really care about reaching the top but she does so because she’s being good, faithful and fair to people around her. Ji Jin Hee, Han Hyo Ju and Yi So Yeon are absolutely great in their respective parts. The show really dwells on them. I just loved it.
Dong Yi Opening Theme
Walk in a Dreamy Road – Jang Nara (장나라)
부용화 (Ending Theme)
부용화 (Ending Theme) – Im Hyeong Ju slow version)
Instrumental – Dan-Ae
Instrumental – Myeong-hyeon
Im Se-Hyeon – Yeonryeon [Piano Version]