The leading stars of 2 ongoing Friday-Saturday dramas, Now, We Are Breaking Up and The Red Sleeve are being compared.
Compared to Song Hye Kyo’s Now, We Are Breaking Up, it is no exaggeration to say that The Red Sleeve is the most domestically successful year-end Korean Drama in 2021. It became the miniseries with the highest rating on the weekend despite airing in the same time slot. It’s been years since MBC last released a drama with a rating of over 10% like The Red Sleeve.
Along with the drama’s popularity, the female lead Lee Se Young, who was born in 1992 and started out as a child actress, attracted much attention from the audience. Both her acting and visuals in The Red Sleeve have earned plenty of praise.
However, there are some netizens who think that Lee Se Young’s appearance only suits historical dramas and that she looks somewhat less pretty when she smiles.
- I also tried to see who was hailed as more beautiful than Song Hye Kyo but in the end… So disappointed
- She once said that when she was young she was so pretty that her parents were afraid she would be kidnapped. But she doesn’t seem that pretty when she’s grown up
- She’s pretty but not when she’s smiling
- She’s not like overwhelming pretty but she’s very attractive
- The important thing is that the drama is so good and her visuals match its vibe well.
Sung Deok Im is a court lady. She gets involved with Crown Prince Yi San and he falls in love with her. The crown prince eventually becomes King Jeongjo. He now desires Sung Deok-Im to become his concubine, but she refuses. Sung Deok-Im wants to live her life freely, something that will not be possible as a concubine. She also knows that life of a royal concubine does not generally bring about happiness. Yet, Sung Deok-Im becomes the concubine of King Jeongjo.
The inner palace maids’ clothes frequently have red borders on the sleeves. These red lines indicate that they are the king’s women, and that they must be completely obedient and submissive to the king and royal family. This is also why the drama is titled The Red Sleeve.