This drama will be about the practicers of divination and the power that they hold over the fate of the country. The story will focus on the turbulent decline of Goryeo and those behind the scenes who held the power to back a new leader. Ji Jin-hee plays the man put into power who sees the end of the Goryeo dynasty and becomes the first king of Joseon, and Go Soo is the seer who cements that destiny.
In this drama, these seers put their support behind a new hero and back him as he works to establish a new nation. That hero is Lee Sung-gye. In real life, Yi Seong-gye was a key figure in the overthrow of the Goryeo dynasty in the late 14th century. He was the founder of the Joseon state, bringing to power the Yi (Lee) dynasty that would rule for the next 500 years. Posthumously known as Taejo, first Joseon king, he was father to Taejong and grandfather to Sejong.
Directing is Lee Yong-seok, who has some prior fusion-sageuk experience doing Lee Jun-ki’s Iljimae. The project was initially planned as a 50-episode series, but has settled on 36 instead.
Ji Jin-hee (Take Care of Us, Captain) He plays General Yi Seong-gye, who becomes the first king of the Joseon dynasty. Ji Jin-hee’s version of the character is described as a man who could enjoy bawdy talk with gisaengs — unlike the high-ranking officials who emphasized honor and dignity — and is called a “light-hearted general,” though once on the battlefield he turns fierce and charismatic.
Ji Sung (Protect the Boss) He will play Ji Sang, who is a scholar of divination who gives Ji Jin-hee the political power to overthrow the Goryeo dynasty. He is a gifted seer, born with the ability to see into people’s pasts and futures. There are those who believe falsely that he has dark supernatural powers, thinking him possessed by ghosts.
Kim So-yeon (Coffee) She will play Hae In, another quirky healer, who is bold when it comes to protecting her beliefs and her love. Her character is tied to the king’s destiny, but she falls in love with the seer, Ji Sang.
Song Chang-eui (Syndrome) He plays the Lee Jung Geunrival seer, who has great influence. He too has studied all the divination texts, and challenges Ji Sang at every turn.
Lee Yoon Ji (King 2 Hearts). She plays Banya, a concubine who ends up the mother to a king. When she was young, she was sold off to become a gisaeng. She then becomes the mistress of King Gongnim’s advisor, and when she becomes pregnant, the King takes in the child as his son. It is this child who will grow up to be King Woo of the Goryeo period, the royal whom General Lee Sung Kye will dethrone.
RYU TAE JOON
LEE SEUNG YEON as Yeong Ji
LEE JIN as Young Yeong Ji
OH HYUN KYUNG as Soo Ryun Gae
JO MIN KI as Lee In Im. “A military hero and high official … [who] led a small yet strong anti-Ming faction that assassinated King Gongmin” (Wikipedia).
YU HA JUN as Shin Don. A buddhist monk, who served as teacher and advisor of King Gongnim.
LEE MOON SHIK
AHN KIL KANG
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