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K-DRAMA: The King condemns Yi Seong-gye; Kyung-su defends Young-shin

Following are this week’s synopses of shows on KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles.

Weekly Update

The year marks the 120th Korean Immigration to Hawaii and the 70th anniversary of the Korea-U.S. Alliance. To culminate the yearlong celebration, KBFD will be broadcasting a special documentary every Saturday starting on Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m. till end of the year.

The documentary covers several topics from early Korean immigrant life — the fight for Korean independence, K-food, Hangeul, Korean entertainment and Pansori. As generations move on, the unique stories passed from generation to generation are fading away.

We feel the urgency to document and produce programming for future generations before the stories are forgotten.

Root of the Throne
Episode 21 &22 (Sunday)

Sunday, 6:40 p.m.: Yi Seong-gye’s repeated requests for withdrawal are denied. But Yi Seong-gye decides to withdraw and come back to the capital. The King orders to execute Yi Seong-gye’s two sons when he finds out Yi Seong-gye disobeyed him.

Sunday, 7:50 p.m.: The King condemns Yi Seong-gye and his family as traitors and orders them to be arrested. Yi Seong-gye and his army breaks through the city gate and seizes the palace. A song goes around town that Yi Seong-gye will become king.

Escape of the Seven
Episodes 1 (Monday); Episode 2 (Tuesday)

Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Greed takes precedence above all as a high schooler is pushed to the limit by her family as well as her alumni. Da Mi starts a new life with her birth mother La Hui. She leaves behind a loving parents who’d give their life for her. She starts a new life in a new home, new school and new friends.

Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Da Mi messes with the wrong kids at her new school and her life takes a turn for the worst. Da Mi, newly dubbed Pompom, has a new set of troubles on her hands. Fake news turned her into a baby’s mama and the victim of an incestuous relationship. Everyone has turned on her. Can she prove her innocence?

Good Supper
Episodes 105 &106 (Wednesday); Episode 107 &108 (Thursday)

Wednesday, 7:50 p.m.: When Kyung-su doesn’t show up at the blind date, Sook-jung comes down on Young-shin. Kyung-su defends Young-shin. Sook-jung threatens to harass Young-shin if Kyung-su doesn’t do as asked. Kyung-su threatens to leave Sook-jung if Sook-jung disapproves Young-shin. Jung-hoon tells Kyung-su how he raised Young-shin that he can’t have that kind of relationship with her.

Thursday, 7:50 p.m.: Jong-kwon tells Kyung-su that he’ll give the company to Kyung-su regardless of his relationship with Sook-jung. Kyung-su replies that he’ll decide when he gets his memory back. Kyung-su shows Jong-kwon Young-shin’s mother’s photo. Everyone welcomes Young-shin back at Jong-kwon’s. Young-shin tells Sook-jung she’s worse than a brute. Sook-jung puts up a guard when Young-shin tells Jong-kwon to hire a professional management.

Episodes 87 (Friday); Episodes 88 (Saturday)

Friday, 7:50 p.m.: Goguryeo and Houyan forces fight against each other relentlessly. Eventually outnumbered, Goguryeo forces retreat. Murong Xi and Damdeok end up in a fierce one-on-one battle. As Damdeok faces grave danger and Seol Ji is unable to come to his rescue.

Saturday, 7:50 p.m.: When his forces face a food shortage, Murong Xi turns into a tyrant and demands that the people give up their food. As the people face starvation, Ko Un gets concerned. Yeon Salta aims his arrow at Murong Xi.


Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 808-521-8066 or
Source: The Garden Island

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