The K-drama world has a big reason to celebrate! The King’s Affection won Telenovela at the International Emmy Awards in New York on November 21.
Starring Park Eun-bin and Rowoon, The King’s Affection tells a fascinating story about forbidden love and political turmoil.
At the 50th International Emmys, tensions ran high between Telenovela categories as The King’s Affection competed at the event with Nos Tempos do Imperador from Brazil, Two Lives from Spain, and You Are My Hero from China.
But, it was the K-drama that bagged the attention of this year’s jury. The executive producer Yoon Jae-hyuk received the prestigious award on behalf of the entire team.
Yoon expressed his gratitude towards the fans who loved The King’s Affection. He said this win is a big success for both Korea and its drama industry, which has earned international recognition.
Lee Geon-Joon, the leader of the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) in South Korea, portrayed his feelings on receiving the accolade.
Lee Geon-Joon expressed happiness that this show became the first-ever K-drama to win an International Emmy Award. He mentioned feeling a special responsibility given that K-content continues to receive so much attention from around the world lately.
It’s no surprise that The King’s Affection is one of the most popular K-dramas in the industry right now.
It has romance themes, hidden identities, and a twist that takes traditional Korean dramas in a new direction.
The K-drama is a period piece and tells the story of the twin children of the future King. However, when one of the children born is identified as a girl born to the King, it is considered a very bad omen, and the King commands that she be killed.
Since the Crown Princess couldn’t bear to lose her daughter, they faked her death and smuggled her out of the palace. Dam-Yi, the smuggled child, grows up unaware of her royal title. Later, when she gets older, she returns to the palace as a young court maid in training.
When she enters the palace and meets the royal prince, she realizes that he’s actually her twin brother.
The bond they’ve formed until now becomes stronger as they realize their true identities to each other.
But trouble ensues when the past king knows about her daughter being alive. Lee Hwi is on the verge of death when Dam-Yi sees him in a case of mistaken identity.
He convinces Lee Hwi to swap places, but this causes a chain of events that ultimately leads to his death.
When Dam-yin’s mother finds out the palace is in chaos, she convinces her to pose as her brother instead. Now she grows up pretending to be a man and the Crown Prince.
But then suddenly comes one highly romantic curveball in the form of her Royal tutor, Jung Ji-Woon (Rowoon), who ends up starting forbidden love between her and herself. Between her secret, court life, duties as future King, reincarnate love, and many other things, she faces rough waters.