On the March 22 episode of MBC’s Wednesday-Thursday drama series The King Two Hearts, South Korean Prince Lee Jae Ha, played by Lee Seung Gi, goes to North Korea for military training.
On his way to North Korea, he has a scared look on his face. When asked by a military officer, “What can you say about North Korea? Isn’t it great?” he utters rough words: “You call this great? It’s horrible.”
“What a funny chant it is: Even though a dog barks, we’ll keep marching in procession. Why does a procession keeps marching when a dog barks? Does it mean your leader is a dog?” he adds, building the tension in the bus.
Thanks to the efforts of Kim Hang Ah, played by Ha Ji Won, to dissuade the other North Korean officers from attacking Jae Ha, he manages to survive the dangerous situation. However, his impudent behavior foreshadows that he has a huge mountain to climb while staying in North Korea.
Lee Jae Ha never stops uttering provoking remarks. Through a window, he cries out, “What are the commies doing there?”
The first episode, which aired on March 21, also has similar scenes in which Lee Jae Ha raises tension with his impudent talk. As South and North Korean officers first meet, he makes the atmosphere combative by speaking so carelessly.
Lee’s provocative remarks well reflect Korea’s divided reality and the tense subject of this drama series: the confrontation between South Korea and North Korea.
AGB Nielsen’s TV audience ratings showed that the March 22 episode of The King Two Hearts achieved 16.5% of the viewing audience, a 0.3 percentage-point rise from the 16.2% of the March 21 episode, while SBS’s Rooftop Prince got 10.5%, and KBS 2TV’s Man From the Equator rated 8.1%.