100 Days My Prince (KDrama Review & Summary)
- Genre: Historical fiction, Drama, Comedy, Romance
- Release Date: September 2018
- KDrama: 15 Episodes
- Origin: South Korea
- Do Kyung-soo as Lee Yool / Wondeuk
- Jung Ji-hoon as young Lee Yool
- Nam Ji-hyun as Hong-sim / Yoon I-seo
- Heo Jung-eun as young Hong-sim
- Jo Sung-ha as Kim Cha-eon
- Han So-hee as Kim So-hye
- Choi Myung-bin as young Kim So-hye
- A crown prince had amnesia and for 100 days lived as someone else.
At the age of six, Lee Yool was a happy, energetic boy, who wants nothing to do but play outside and take revenge on a girl, who was self-possessed, intelligent and calm. He is part of the royal family, his father is a brother to the king.
Lee Yool is playful, one day they misled the little girl into going in a little shack to rescue a child who had been kidnapped.
The girl was caught by the owner of the shack, which shocked the young Lee Yool so much, he runs off leaving the girl behind.
That night he can’t sleep worrying about the girl, so he sneaked out to go find the girl, who at that time was having a happy time with the ‘ogre’. Lee Yool was so surprised and developed respect for the fearless girl. He told her that he likes her and will marry her one day.
His mother is calm and collected who loved him dearly and who he loved the most. He used to tell her everything including a crush on the girl, who he thought was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen.
In the background, his father was approached by an ambitious minister who told him that he will make him the king but he had to leave his wife. At first, the father was having none of it.
While Lee Yool was with the girl, he saw soldiers came to slaughter the girl’s family including her father. She got away with her brother.
Lee Yool prevented the soldier from going after the girl and her brother by telling them that he is part of the royal family.
He was taken to his father, who was assured that everyone had been massacred as per his instruction and that he is now the king.
The boy was heartbroken. He can’t believe his father was that evil.
During the coronation, he found out that his mother had died on her way back from the temple.
Lee Yool was absolutely heartbroken.
I have to admit the young boy who played him was excellent, I was crying with him when he was howling in grief about his mother.
Fifteen years later, he is the crown prince and married but the nuptial had not been consummated.
Prince Lee Yool, had lost all of his sense of humour and he is anti-social. He hated people who are happy and giggly. if it fits his mood, he would have them executed.
His father and the various ministers have been pressuring him to consummate the marriage to end the droughts as apparently his current state of affair is upsetting the natural balance of yin and yang.
Though the crown princess is pretty, she just doesn’t rock his boat.
The pressure to shag the princess got to him, he was so stressed out that he was laden in bed for ten days but beforehand, he issued an edict that everyone who is still single, male and female in their 20s should get married, no exception, towards the end of the month. This should end the drought! 🙂
Now, Yoon I-seo is in her 20s. She was absolutely incensed to find out about this marriage ruling. She told them that she was engaged to someone who was doing his military training in the mountains.
Yoon I-seo was the girl Prince Lee Yool liked as a young boy. I-seo decided to leave her village to go look for her brother.
Her path then crossed with the prince who was entranced with her beauty. He was looking at her with such longing but she runs off.
Again it became a mission for the whole palace to pressure the crown prince to sleep with his wife. This got him thinking. What is the real reason for the haste?
He is clever in his own way, so he visited his wife with a female medical doctor but the princess won’t let her touch her.
Lee Yool then asked her how can it be possible that she is pregnant when they haven’t even so much as held hands?
He went to tell this to the king, who was not interested. Instead, he was sent to attend some hunting festivities, where he was almost assassinated. He was badly wounded and fell into a deep ravine and rescued by I-seol adoptive father.
This was rather timely as I-seol needed someone to pretend as her betrothed, Wondeuk, before she was beaten to death for being still single.
I have to say DO is superb in this drama. I did not know that he is actually very fanciable. His acting was so good in this drama.
The amnesiac Crown Prince in the guise of Wondeuk appeared while ISeol was being pummelled in her bottom.
Though Wondeuk cannot remember anything, he retained his normal characteristics and traits. He looks down on them. He was behaving like a prince. He doesn’t like the food, the house is too filthy, his clothes are second hand and rough to the skin. He even said that ISeol was too common; he would have not allowed himself to be betrothed to her.
There was a funny scene where they were trying to convince him that it was too late to back out from marrying Iseol as he already had his way with her at the WaterMill before he went to for his military training.
In the end, he did not have much choice but to marry her but told Iseol that it would be a marriage of convenience, he was not touching her.
At the end of the episode, he was not averse to touching her.
Iseol was beginning to get tired of Wondeuk. She told him whether he has amnesia or just plain stupid. He was not only unwilling to do work but had also single-handedly put them into debt but falling for the tricks of an infamous loan shark.
He used the money to buy himself the best silk silla. He also redecorated the house, front garden and bedroom but kicked Iseol out of the bedroom.
Meanwhile, the palace has doubled up their search for the body of the crown prince.
Towards the end of the episode Wondeuk begs Iseol to help him remember. He know as much being a noble because he is convinced he had never bowed down to anybody before.
This drama is quite entertaining. Can’t wait for next week.