The gungnyeo is a group of court maids during the Joseon Dynasty who are expected to be discreet, submissive and celibate and devote their lives to serving the royal family. With no heir to the throne, royal concubine Hee Bin (Yoon Se Ah) gives birth to a son, and the queen mother pushes to have the queen adopt the baby as her own. But one morning, Hee Bin’s must trusted maid, Wol Ryung (Seo Young Hee), is found hanging from the palace rafters. Royal doctor Chun Ryung (Park Jin Hee) is pressured by Hee Bin to rule the death as a suicide. But as Chun Ryung decides to pursue her own investigation and an autopsy on Wol Ryung reveals some shocking secrets that could topple the throne. “Shadows in the Palace” is a 2007 South Korean historical film directed by Kim Mi Jung.