Rooftop Prince is featured in the Malaysian newspaper The Star (the leading daily newspaper in Malaysia), in both paper and online versions:
[NEWS] Brave New Worlds
As Spock would say, they are “highly illogical”. But this does not make One HD’s new drama series Rooftop Prince and Fashion King any less fascinating.
HOW greedy can one get? Well, when it comes to “Flower Boys”, one can never be too greedy, methinks.
And not when the Mat Bunga in question are the Jalgeum Quartet ofSungkyunkwan Scandal – Micky Yoochun, Yoo Ah-in, Song Joong-ki and Park Min-young (who played a girl impersonating a male scholar).
Ever since the fusion historical drama ended its run in 2010, fans have been hankering for another chance to see the “coveted foursome gang” on the telly. Unfortunately, a sequel is not on the cards, not with the same cast anyway.
But thanks to One HD (and definitely SBS), fans can now whet their appetite with two new dramas featuring two of the quartet – Yoochun in the Rooftop Prince and Yoo in Fashion King – on our small screen. In Rooftop Prince, Yoochun reprises his haughty, stiff-collared character as Joseon dynasty Crown Prince Lee Gak. After his beloved wife is found drowned, he finds himself drawn into a web of political lies and deceit.
However, just as he is about to get to the root of the conspiracy, he and his three-men posse are transported 300 years into the future, landing right in the centre of modern-day Seoul. The four Joseon noblemen are rescued by struggling grocer Park Ha (Han Ji-min), who helps them navigate the strange new world until they can find their way home. One day, however, Lee Gak catches a glimpse of his late wife in the bustling streets of Seoul.
It is interesting how much humour you can eke out from the fish-out-of-water premise. Of course, there is an endless list of modern idiosyncrasies versus ancient awkwardness jokes to play on, but they can also easily wear thin fast if not treated well. Somehow, Rooftop Prince manages to keep things fresh and funny. There are the cliché drama moments, of course – Lee Gak’s modern day doppelganger, for one, is caught in his own office political conspiracy with a fight over the chaebol throne, yawn …
Luckily, these moments are kept brief and breezy. An equally smart decision is to explain the complex time-travelling element well early in the series. This allows viewers to relish to their heart’s content the most important aspect of the romcom – the characters.
Even though Lee Gak in many ways is no different from his earlier roles, Yoochun here shows how his acting repertoire has improved. His sharp comic timing and expressive face makes his Lee Gak adorably hilarious, especially when his lame idiocy cracks through his obnoxious aristocratic veneer.
Yoochun’s cute chemistry with Han, meanwhile, gives their love-hate rapport that extra spark. And when you throw in the rest of the Joseon “Power Rangers” (the nickname given to the time-warped noblemen due to their colour-coded tracksuits) it’s a real lark with their crackling energy.
The laugh-every-minute vibe of Rooftop Prince is unfortunately something that Fashion King is devoid of but could have sorely done with. Not just because both are highly makjang (over-the-top and absurd) but because Fashion King’s unrealistic plot will drive you crazy with frustration if you can’t see the funny side of things.
And Fashion King pushes its makjang way over the hilt. After mere two episodes, you get everything you can imagine under the sky: evil “stepmother”, cruel boss, fire, mugging, mobsters and human smuggling. There is even a shipwreck! But I digress. In Fashion King, aspiring fashion mogul Young Gul (Yoo Ah-in) of Seoul’s “Sungei Wang”, Dongdaemun, meets talented fashion designer wannabe Ga Young (Shin Se-kyung). Together, they try to break into the high fashion world but haute couture couple Jae-hyuk (Lee Je-hoon) and Choi Anna (SNSD’s Yuri in her acting debut) stand in their way.
I guess, for many fans, what irks most is the unmet high expectations they had of Yoo in his comeback drama. To see such a talented actor lost in this illogical mess of a series is a big disappointment. To me, however, it is the eccentricities and lack of direction of the show that is the most endearing. Like Yoo’s Young Gul, Fashion King may be an acquired taste with its rough edges, but if you are patient, you will be rewarded as the frayed seams are finally sewn together. With so many cookie cutter dramas around, I find it refreshing to be taken on their wild flight of fancy. And like Rooftop Prince, it is the actors in Fashion Kingthat keep me going back for more (so I am biased…).
I’m not alone though – one delirious fan even mashed-up the two series into a short bromance clip that went viral instantly. The parody video received the seal of approval from the SBS folks, who then hinted at future drama possibilities with the two. They had better not forget Gu Yong-ha and Daemul!
Rooftop Prince airs every Monday and Tuesday on One HD (Astro Ch 393) while Fashion King airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 9.05pm.
Credit: The Star + @ChewyAlmond
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And Rooftop Prince also appears in the Chinese newspaper Southern Metropolis Daily and in an ad of the Malaysian newspaper The Star again
Credit: @XiahDerTod + @leaudemissha_ + on picture
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Tagged: Chinese Newspaper, Malaysian Newspaper, Rooftop Prince, Yoochun
wow. That’s great. Every one love RTP very much. It’s such a good drama ^___^
Sorry to put this here but:
PLEASE CONTINUE TO VOTE FOR ROOFTOP PRINCE:
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Rooftop Prince are receiving attention everywhere. 🙂
Malaysian leaves RTP. Yoochun and JYJ …FIGHTING!!!! Please keep on voting …
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I’ve been getting huge favors for RTP from my friends and colleagues. Since the channel had only aired until the 4th episode-it has been gaining large momentum and I’ve been hearing of how funny the show is and how awesome Yoochun is in it.
Just to share a story..My friend who had tagged along with me when I visited Yoochun’s Gelato Shack last year was awed by how much he could deliver in RTP and I’m so happy that she and her family is enjoying RTP the way I do!
mat BUNGA…hahaa….^_^proud to be Malaysian~
LOL “mat bunga” aka flower boy~~~~~~it means different though as m’sian keke
proud to be Malaysian too…haha…i’ve watched it online but i still watch it at One HD…because it’s HD…LOL…
same here!! ^^
proud to be malaysian three!!
hahaha..btw harian metro also have some news about yoochunnie today! its regarding the accident with his manager..yay!!! way to go yoochunnie~ =)
eh..?? ONE HD already aired RTP?? waaa gotta persuade my mom to change package..
QUESTION TO MALAYSIANS (anybody)
does Astro Beyond comes with ONE HD?? my mom said she recently changed the old package with Beyond, and i didnt get the chance to explore the new Beyond yet since im in college now, havent been home for a while..i’m hoping it comes along with ONE HD also..
as far as i know..u need to subscribe another package that include one HD also but i’m not so sure what package was it..because my mom also have change from old package to beyond package but yet it doesn’t include one HD and i need to watch rtp just from online too..T____T
*excuse me for my broken english..i’m not so good with it..^^
awww really?? *sobs* i got a feeling she didnt subscribe ONE HD..cuz she didnt wanna ‘koreanize’ the whole family~ she nagged me many times already for watching too much korean shows lol. and it certainly didn’t help that my youngest sister got influenced into kpop as well >.<
hahaha! same goes here rtt..i’ve got my younger sister into kpop as well and yeah~ there is no way for me to watch korean shows on tv coz the remote was under my parents control all the time! *sobs
Hello @rtt and @JYJ_SilentLurker
Oh? I didn’t know that. I guess it comes with package. You know, Astro got this and that kind of promotion and come with certain package. I have Beyond as well, and three of my uncles got beyond too. Us four got One HD. So I thought when you subscribe beyond, you got One HD in the package. Why don’t you try searching on Astro website? I prefer watch online, since One HD is way too late. It’s 5th episode on 7th May. And we can watch up till 14th episode already. ^___^
As far as i know when you subscribe to beyond, One HD is automatically included, so dont worry. You can watch it as much as you one. They air on Mon-Tues, 9.00pm, then they repeat the next morning before 8.00am. They repeat also on Sund night. Happy watching 🙂
Hi rtt my dear..
It comes with package..I mean..once you’ve subscribe to Beyond, it will automatically included in any basic package you’ve subscribe. U better get one HD, we never know maybe they bring the RTP cast to Malaysia, like Scent of Women. LOL.
Thanks for sharing ^^
The elevator scene cracks me up once again. Hahaha!
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Great article. Keep supporting RTP everyone; and vote @SDA often 😀
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