It’s one and the half years since we bade farewell to 2007. Yet many people continue to discover what a gold mine that year was, giving us some of the best Korean dramas ever made.
Among 2007′s quality offerings was a relatively unknown period drama aired on cable TV. Eight Days – The Mystery of Jeongjo’s Assassination did not blow me away like Conspiracy in the Court did, but that’s like comparing a Pulitzer Prize to the Nobel Prize, a Lexus to a Lamborghini.
Both of these two 2007 dramas are short: Conspiracy at just eight episodes and Eight Days ten. Both deal with the same subject: King Jeongjo.
You will see a very different king in each, but both are unforgettable and portrayed brilliantly by actors at the top of their game. Eight Days’ Jeongjo is played by Kim Sang-joong. I love his version more than Ahn Nae-sang‘s in Conspiracy, if that is even possible. Ahn Nae-sang’s king made me sad, but Kim Sang-joong’s made me swoon, so smitten was I by his charisma.