Kim So-hyun becomes warrior princess in new stills from upcoming drama ‘River Where the Moon Rises’

With only less than a week before its premiere, KBS2’s upcoming historical drama River Where the Moon Rises has dropped new stills of Kim So-hyun’s amazing transformation into the legendary Princess Pyeonggang.

River Where the Moon Rises follows Princess Pyeonggang (Kim So-hyun, The Tale of Nokdu), an ambitious royal who wants to become the first female Taewang or “greatest king” of Goguryeo. To achieve her goals, she takes advantage of the feelings of On Dal (Ji Soo, When I Was the Most Beautiful), a pure-hearted commoner who is willing to risk everything to protect her. The fictional story is based on a 2010 novel by screenwriter Choi Sa-gyu.

Unlike how the Korean urban myth describes Princess Pyeonggang as a weeping princess, the drama presents her as a passionate royal who was trained to fight like a soldier. In contrast to her innocent and delicate beauty, Pyeonggang’s cold eyes and fierce expressions in the still cuts indeed show that she is not someone who cries very easily. The way she wields her sword suggests that she knows just how exactly to defend herself against any oppressor. In one of the pictures, Her Highness is dressed in ordinary clothing and is hiding her face, which could hint that she goes outside of the palace as a commoner, alone and unguarded, to learn the ways of the people in the kingdom.

Kim So-hyun as Princess Pyeonggang in River Where the Moon Rises

River Where the Moon Rises is helmed by director Yoon Sang-ho of Kingmaker: The Change of Destiny (2020) and penned by screenwriter Han Ji-hoon of Woman of 9.9 Billion (2019–2020). The Monday-Tuesday drama is set to air on KBS2 beginning February 15 at 9:30 p.m. KST and will be released internationally via Viu.

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Aurora Bae

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