A brand-new Korean drama is about to launch on Netflix, but what time will episodes 1 and 2 of The King’s Affection release around the world?
Following the global domination of Squid Game, this week will be a big one for fans of fantastic Korean dramas.
Not only are we getting the Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha finale, but the premiere of two new series: Reflection on You and The King’s Affection.
The first to make its on-screen debut is The King’s Affection, but what is the K-drama about and what time will new episodes release for international fans on Netflix?
What is The King’s Affection about?
The King’s Affection is a historical romance series set during the Joseon Dynasty in South Korea.
The Crown Prince of the region’s consort gives birth to twins, which were considered as an ominous sign at the time. He gives orders that the daughter be killed, but she is secretly moved out of the palace and her identity hidden.
However, after the son dies from a disease a few years later, the Crown Prince’s wife brings the daughter back to the palace to be raised as Price Lee Hwi without anyone knowing.
“Lee Hwi eventually becomes a crown prince, but she is afraid her real identity will be revealed. Because of her secret, Lee Hwi is unable to have anyone close to her. She hides her emotions from others, and she makes biting remarks.” – Synopsis, via AsianWiki.
One day, she gets a new teacher, a young man called Jung Ji-woon who comes from a noble family. He is smart, handsome, and well respected by everyone, which leads the ‘imposter’ Prince Lee Hwi to develop feelings for him.
The King’s Affection: Netflix release date and time
The King’s Affection is scheduled to release through Netflix on Monday, October 11th with episode 2 launching on Tuesday, October 12th.
New episodes air first on South Korean television network KBS2, before arriving on Netflix around the following expected international times:
- Pacific Time – 7: 30 AM PDT
- Eastern Time – 10: 30 AM EDT
- British Time – 3: 30 PM BST
- European Time – 4: 30 PM CEST
- India Time – 8 PM IST
- Philippine Time – 10: 30 PM PHT
- Australia Time – 1 AM ACDT
The described time has not been officially confirmed by Netflix but is based on the broadcast in South Korea and the release of previous simulcast K-dramas on Netflix.
Meet The King’ Affection cast…
The King’s Affection has a stellar cast that fans of Korean dramas will certainly recognise, with the series being led by Park Eun-bin and Rowoon.
Park Eun-bin is a South Korean actress from Jamsil-dong in Songpa who made her acting debut as a child actress in 1998 in White Night 3.98.
The 29-year-old rose to acclaim in 2012 when she played the leading role in TV Chosun’s hit time-travelling romantic series Operation Proposal.
Eun-bin has gone on to feature in a variety of popular Korean television series, most notably Hello My Twenties (2016), The Ghost Detective (2018), Hot Stove League (2019).
However, her most popular appearance came in the 2020 series Do You Like Brahms? – a performance that earned Eun-bin the Top Excellence Award at that year’s SBS Drama Awards.
Alongside her in The King’s Affection is the signer, actor and model Jim Seok-woo – better known as Rowoon.
The 25-year-old from Seoul may be best known as a lead vocalist in the K-pop boyband SF9, but Rowoon is proving himself to be one of the best rising talents within the K-drama industry.
He made his acting K-drama debut in 2017’s KBS2 series School 2017 but made his mark in 2019 when he portrayed Ha-ru in the incredibly poplar Extraordinary You.
He has since gone on to star in She Would Never Know (2021), as well as cameo appearances in Find Me in Your Memory and Was It Love?
Other members of The King’s Affection cast include:
- Nam Yoon-su as Lee Hyun
- Choi Byung-chan as Kim Ga-on
- Bae Yoon-kyung as Shin So-eun
- Bae Soo-Bin – Jung Seok-Jo
- Jung Chae-Yeon – No Ha-Kyung
- Kim In-Kwon – Yang Moon-Soo
- Jang Se-Hyun – Jil-Geum
A full cast list can be seen here.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]