There are many dramas featuring independent protagonists who break social taboos in the Joseon Dynasty.
Let’s take a look at the main female characters of these dramas.
KBS2TV’s Monday and Tuesday historical drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”
The drama tells the story of a woman dressed as a man to enter Sungkyunkwan in the Joseon Dynasty, which was absolutely taboo at the time.
The female protagonist Kim Yoon-hee (Park Min-young) wonders why women cannot study and decides to dress up as a man to secretly enter the prestigious education institute Sungkyunkwan, where only men can go.
Actress Park Min-young also identifies Kim Yoon-hee in the drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” as her life-time character!
KBS2TV’s “The King’s Affection”
KBS2TV Monday-Tuesday drama “The King’s Affection” is a historical drama set in the imaginary Joseon Dynasty.
It depicts the romantic relationship between Lee Hwi, a girl who dresses up as her twin brother, and Jeong Ji-woon, her teacher.
Female protagonist Lee Hwi (Park Eun-bin) breaks all the male protagonist cliché in a romance drama.
Not only does she ride a horse, shoot arrows, and fight with a sword, but she also saves Jeong Ji-woon (Ro Woon), the male protagonist, when he is in a dangerous situation!
Actress Park Eun-bin portrays a princess in a woman’s body but sits in the king’s position in the form of a man. The actress perfectly depicts the character’s confused feelings between love and her country, which helped her win at the 2021 KBS Drama Award.
The drama is about the romance between a alcohol smuggler and an inspector who chases her against the backdrop of a period with a strict ban on alcohol.
In order to make money, a woman who used to be anoble secretly makes and sells alcohol in the imaginary Joseon Dynasty where alcohol prohibition orders were issued.
Kang Ro-seo (Lee Hye-ri), the female protagonist who makes a living by working various jobs in an era where taboos became a means of rule, accidentally finds out about the world of smuggling when her brother is in debt of 100 nyang.
Instead of a colorful and beautiful hanbok, she usually appears in plain clothes, rolling around the poop field, and driving down the street with a cart larger than her body to avoid smuggling inspectors.
Sometimes, she’s reckless enough to grab a bow and a gun. Also, she is a woman with a short-tempered personality who boldly crosses the line and opposes it!
Through “Moonshine,” Lee Hye-ri is receiving favorable reviews for her portrayal of a female protagonist who tries to break the taboos by acting as a female blacksmith who we see for the first time in a historical drama!
KBS2TV’s Monday-Tuesday drama “Moonshine” airs every Monday-Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.