This South Korean historical drama traces the tumultuous life of Lady Choi Sook Bin (Han Hyo Joo), who was born a lowly commoner but rises to the position of a royal concubine by winning over King Sook Jong (Ji Jin Hee) with her warm heart and wit. Lady Choi has a son by the king, Prince Yeoning (Lee Hyung Suk), who means everything to her. She gingerly and wisely maneuvers through the deadly political infighting in the royal court in order to survive and protect her son. She raises her son into a well-balanced and educated person though strict discipline, and will be rewarded by seeing him become the king.
“Dong Yi” is a 2010 South Korean historical drama series directed by Lee Byung Hoon, who also directed “Jewel in the Palace” (2003) and Kim Sang Hyub. The series is based on the historical character of Consort Suk, who lived during the reign of King Sook Jong in the Chosun Dynasty. The series swept all the major awards, including the Grand Prize, during the 2010 MBC Drama Awards.