Netflix heads to Korea for historical summer romance
James R | On 07, Jul 2019
Netflix is heading to Korea next month for a summer romance.
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung tells the historical love story between aspiring historian Goo Hae-ryung, who dreams of a future where all people are equal, and prince Yi Rim, a lonely man who leads a double life as a romance novelist.
The series is set in the 19th century Joseon Dynasty when society is old-fashioned and holding onto things of the past. But in order to leave records about the queen’s quarters, which are off limits to male historians, an unprecedented government exam is held to select female historians, and Goo Hae-ryung officially becomes a ‘rookie historian’ working at the palace.
Goo Hae-ryung, played by Shin Se-kyung, is brazen and honest, and she believes that the brush can be mightier than the sword. Shin is best known for her leading roles in The Bride of Habaek and Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me.
Cha Eun-woo – who is Gangnam Beauty, a member of the popular K-pop boy band Astro and is well known for his acting role in My ID – plays Yi Rim, a prince who is second in succession to the throne. Yi Rim’s father, the king, however, dislikes him and even considers him a threat to the royal family.
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung is written by Kim Ho-soo and directed by Kang Il-soo and Han Hyun-hee.
It will premiere on Netflix on 17th July, with two episodes arriving weekly.