Rooftop Prince together with Man From The Equator and King 2Hearts which ended their run not too long ago at SBS, KBS and MBC respectively have been on the 3 horses race since from the get go. These 3 dramas started showing on the same day and same time and the fact that the TV ratings for this 3 dramas came so close make it even more interesting! King 2Hearts led the pack first then it’s Rooftop Prince (both exchanging places in the ratings as the episodes went by) and finally Equator Man got hold of the lead at half-way point… all the way to the 2nd last epi. Rooftop Prince managed to run away with the highest rating on the last episode of these 3 dramas. Still what a wham-bam situation!
I started watching King 2Hearts online first but stopped after only 2 episodes. It’s just not my thing although I’m a fan (not a big one though) of Lee Seung Gi. Then came Man From The Equator at KBSWorld. Like I said in my review here, it’s one of the best Korean drama I’ve ever watched. I then went on a 4 days marathon watching all 20 episodes of Rooftop Prince. Well… it was worth it!
Rooftop Prince is entertaining, fun and interesting. If you’re interested in the subject of people telling lies, about reincarnation, fate and destiny and especially comedy, then Rooftop Prince is for you. The 2 last episodes were excellent.
Korean title: 옥탑방 왕세자
Korean romanization title: Oktab Bang Wangseja
International English title: Rooftop Prince
Chinese title: 屋塔房的王世子 / 阁楼王世子
Running period in Korea: 21st March 2012 to 24th May 2012
Runtime in Korea: Wednesday and Thursday 9.55pm
Total episodes: 20
Genre: Fantasy, romance, comedy
Lee Gak and his 3 stooges learning to eat ramen (instant noodles) from Park Ha.
Synopsis – contains a whole lotta spoilers. Just head for the drama straight! (source from koreandrama.org):
Joseon era (300 years ago)
Lee Gak is the Crown Prince. When he is ready to marry, Lee Gak wants to marry a beautiful woman. Bu Yong and Hwa Yong are sisters. Hwa Yong, the older sister wants to marry Crown Prince Lee Gak, but her father makes it clear that younger sister Bu Yong will marry the Crown Prince. Hwa Yong is so upset, she uses an an iron to burn Bu Yong’s face, pretending it was an accident. Now, Bu Yong carries a big scar on her face. Eventually, older sister Hwa Yong marries Crown Prince Lee Gak. Time passes and are now adults. Younger sister Bu Yong is now a smart woman, good with needlework. Older sister Hwa Yong is uneasy that her husband, Crown Prince Lee Gak, and Bu Young get along well. One day, Crown Prince Lee Gak wakes up in the early morning. He finds that Hwa Yong is not next to him. He feels something strange about the situation and calls for an eunuch. At this time, an eunuch comes running to the Crown Prince and informs him that Hwa Yong is found dead in a pond. Lee Gak suspects that his wife’s death is not by accident. He puts together a team to investigate his wife’s death. When the team awaits to interview a witness, a group of assassins appears and chases them. Crown Prince Lee Gak and his men are chased to the edge of a cliff. The group jumps off the cliff. The Prince from the Joseon era travels to the future with his entourage Song Man Bo, Woo Yong Sul and Do Chi San.
When Park Ha was young, her father remarried and Park Ha gained older step-sister Se Na. When their parents left for work, older step-sister Se Na despised having to take care of her younger sister. One day, while younger sister Park Ha sleeps inside a truck, the truck suddenly departs. Even though Se Na sees the truck leaving, she turns around and pretends that it isn’t happening. Time passes, younger sister Park Ha is now living in America. While, Park Ha sells fruits as a sidewalk vendor, Yong Tae Yong sees her and feels a connection with Park Ha. Yong Tae Moo appears in front of Yong Tae Young. They are cousins. The following day, the two men boards a yacht. While the boat is sailing, they have a small fight and Yong Tae Yong falls into the water. His cousin doesn’t attempt to save Yong Tae Yong and actually attempts to hide evidence that he was there. He then jumps into the water and swims away. At this time, younger sister Park Ha receives a phone call that her family has been located in South Korea. Park Ha travels to South Korea and learns that her father has just passed away. At her father’s funeral, Park Ha meets her step-mother and older step-sister Se Na. Park Ha has no memory of how she was separated from her family. Park Ha settles down in Seoul. One night, when she comes back to her rooftop room, she discovers four men, in Korean traditional clothing, sitting in her room…
Love them both!
First saw the lovely Han Ji Min in Resurrection. She’s proving to be one of my favorite Korean actress. As for Park Yoo Chun, this is his first drama that I’ve watched. Couldn’t be bother with Sungkyunkwan Scandal and has always wonder what’s so charming about him. Finally I know! LOL
Park Yoo Chun as Yong Tae Yong / Lee Gak
Han Ji Min as Park Ha / Bu Yong
Lee Tae Sung as Yong Tae Moo / Prince Moo-Chang
Jung Yoo Mi as Se Na / Hwa Yong
The 3 stooges:
Lee Min Ho as Song Man Bo
Choi Woo Sik as Do Chi San
Jung Suk Won as Woo Yong Sool
Choi Won Hong as Lee Gak (young)
Jun Min Seo as Park Ha (young) / Bu Yong (young)
Kim So Hyun as Se Na (young) / Hwa Yong (young)
Ban Hyo Jeong as Yeo Gil Nam (Tae Yong’s grandma)
Ahn Seok Hwan as Yong Dong Man (Tae Yong’s uncle, Tae Moo’s dad)
Park Jun Keum as Yong Sul Hee (Tae Yong’s grandaunt)
Lee Mun Shik as Yang Taek Soo
Song Ok Suk as Kong Man Ok (Park Ha’s and Se Na’s stepmom)
Na Young Hee as President Jang Seon Ju
Kang Byul as Lady Mimi
Kim Dae Hee as Bang Soo Bong
Maeng Sang Hun as Park Ha’s father (cameo)
Kil Yong Woo as Boo-Yong’s father (cameo)
Kyeon Mi Ri as Boo-Yong’s mother (cameo)
Kim Hyeong Beom as Boo-Yong’s brother (cameo)
Kim Yu Seok as King (cameo)
Ahn Sang Tae as Police Officer
They make a good pairing!
Love the song by Baek Ji Young (After A Long Time), Ali (Hurt), Empty and Sleep Together With Flower Tonight
Since I’ve watch Man From The Equator and Rooftop Prince… here’s what I think of both: Equator Man still rocks! Though I must said Equator Man is more to revenge-twisted-physiology-dark-side kind of drama hence it may not be the cup of tea for many people especially youngsters hence I fully understand why the young guns will prefer a lighter romantic drama like Rooftop Prince. Gotta said the final 2 epis of Rooftop Prince was still playing in my mind for a good 48hrs after I’ve completed the drama. Means this is a good watch. Go for it! I didn’t reveal much right? That’s because I want you to watch this drama. Hehe
But then I know a lot of the viewers hated the ending. I liked it because that was the only way to solve the mess.