May Queen is a 38 episode Korean melodrama series set against the backdrop of the shipbuilding industry during Korea’s modernization. With themes of love, betrayal, ambition and revenge, May Queen will have you on the edge of your seat after every episode.
This drama primarily focuses on three characters; Hae Joo, Chang Hee and Kang San. Hae Joo is an optimistic girl who begins life in utter poverty. She grew up with a father who absolutely adores her and a mother who completely despises her. But despite the hardships she goes through as a child, Hae Joo grows up to be a hardworking person and successfully lands her ideal job in shipbuilding. Hae Joo’s childhood sweetheart Chang Hee, is the son of a butler.
More specifically, the butler of the chairman of the shipbuilding company that Hae Joo works for. Like Hae Joo, Chang Hee also rises above his humble beginnings to become a successful prosecutor. On the other hand, Hae Joo and Chang Hee’s childhood friend Kang San is a bright, playful and privileged boy. After years studying abroad, he returns to Korea to find out that he still carries a torch for Hae Joo even after finding out Hae Joo and Chang Hee are together.
Firstly, I would like to mention that the child actors in May Queen were absolutely amazing. Generally, Korean drama series will focus a couple of episodes on the child actors but for May Queen, the child actors played a significant role in the drama and they acted for around 9 of the 38 episodes. The fact that May Queen is set in the shipbuilding industry (which I promise is not as boring as it sounds!) is what really makes this drama unique from all the other typical melodramatic Korean dramas out there. May Queen is now on my “all-time favourite dramas” list and is one I would highly recommend to anybody who loves a good melodramatic series.
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Kylie Chan is a student studying in London (but a country girl at heart!). Kylie loves to eat, shop, watch dramas and read mangas. A girl who takes life as it comes, you can find Kylie posting about her life on her blog and Tweeting excessively on Twitter.