Rooftop Prince

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Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince.jpg
Promotional poster for Rooftop Prince
Also known as옥탑방 왕세자
Attic Prince
GenreDrama
Romance
Comedy
Fantasy
FormatTelevision series
Written byLee Hee-myung
Directed byShin Yoon-sub
StarringPark Yuchun
Han Ji-min
Jeong Yu-mi
Lee Tae-sung
Lee Min-ho
Jung Suk-won
Choi Woo-shik
Theme music composerKim Ji-soo
Opening theme"Rooftop Prince (Title)"
Ending theme"A Happy Ending" by Jay Park
"After a Long Time" by Baek Ji-Young
Country of originSouth Korea
Language(s)Korean
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)Son Jun-hyun
Producer(s)Kim Yong-jin
Location(s)South Korea
Running time70 minutes
Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)
Broadcast
Original channelSBS, SBS Plus, SBS E!
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio format2-channel stereo sound (Analog)
2-channel Dolby Digital (Digital)
Original run14 March 2012 (2012-03-14) – 24 May 2012 (2012-05-24)
Chronology
Preceded byTake Care of Us, Captain
Followed byGhost
External links
SBS Rooftop Prince homepage
 
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Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince.jpg
Promotional poster for Rooftop Prince
Also known as옥탑방 왕세자
Attic Prince
GenreDrama
Romance
Comedy
Fantasy
FormatTelevision series
Written byLee Hee-myung
Directed byShin Yoon-sub
StarringPark Yuchun
Han Ji-min
Jeong Yu-mi
Lee Tae-sung
Lee Min-ho
Jung Suk-won
Choi Woo-shik
Theme music composerKim Ji-soo
Opening theme"Rooftop Prince (Title)"
Ending theme"A Happy Ending" by Jay Park
"After a Long Time" by Baek Ji-Young
Country of originSouth Korea
Language(s)Korean
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)Son Jun-hyun
Producer(s)Kim Yong-jin
Location(s)South Korea
Running time70 minutes
Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)
Broadcast
Original channelSBS, SBS Plus, SBS E!
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio format2-channel stereo sound (Analog)
2-channel Dolby Digital (Digital)
Original run14 March 2012 (2012-03-14) – 24 May 2012 (2012-05-24)
Chronology
Preceded byTake Care of Us, Captain
Followed byGhost
External links
SBS Rooftop Prince homepage
Korean name
Hangul옥탑방 왕세자
Hanja屋塔房王世子
Revised RomanizationOktab-bang Wangseja
McCune–ReischauerOkt'apbang Wangsecha

Rooftop Prince (Hangul: 옥탑방 왕세자; Hanja: 屋塔房王世子; RR: Oktab-bang Wangseja; MR: Okt'apbang Wangsecha) is a 2012 SBS television series about a Joseon crown prince who, after his wife dies mysteriously, time travels to the future where he encounters doppelgängers, modern-day devices, and corporate intrigue.[1]

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Synopsis

Tae-mu (Lee Tae-sung), after killing his lost cousin in the United States, returns to Korea, claiming that his cousin, Tae-yong (Park Yuchun), could not be found in New York City. Meanwhile, Tae-mu has been having a secret affair with Se-na (Jeong Yu-mi), his secretary, who, in turn, runs into her long-lost stepsister Park-ha (Han Ji-min). Park-ha has been missing for a prolonged period of time and it is revealed that she was in the US after Se Na abandoned her on the streets at age 9.

Two years after Tae-yong's disappearance, four men dressed in Joseon era garments, fall onto Park-ha's rooftop house. Hungry, homeless and having nowhere to go, the four men decide to stick with Park-ha. Their leader claims that he is the Crown Prince of Joseon (Park Yuchun), along with his entourage Scholar Song Man-bo (Lee Min-ho), Personal Bodyguard U Yong-sool (Jung Suk-won), and Palace Eunuch Do Chi-san (Choi Woo-shik). One day, Crown Prince Lee Gak sees Se-na who is the spitting image of his beloved wife, who was found drowned in the 18th century. He is convinced the two are reincarnations of each other. Meanwhile, company president Yeo (Ban Hyo-jung) mistakes Lee Gak for her grandson, Yong Tae Yong, because of their exact same appearance, and believes that her long lost grandson had finally returned. Lee Gak realizes that he has time traveled 300 years to 2012, Seoul, to search for the truth behind the mysterious death of the late Crown Princess. In order to approach Se-na, who is also President Yeo's personal assistant, Lee Gak pretends that he is Tae-yong. Tae-mu, believing that he already killed his cousin in New York, lives in constant fear of his devious act being discovered by the family and Tae-yong aka Lee Gak who claims not to have remembered the event. Tae-mu has always been jealous of Tae-yong's favored position in the family.

On the other hand, Park-ha is shocked by the news that her new friend who calls himself the Crown Prince is, in fact, the grandson of CEO. But before long, her feelings for Lee Gak blossom and she is hurt when she finds out that Lee Gak is courting Se-na, who still holds very tender memories of his dead wife. Lee Gak also believes that marrying Se-Na in Seoul year 2012 would bring him closer to solving the mystery of the Crown Princess' murder in the Joseon era.

Cast

He is the Crown Prince in the Joseon era. Intelligent, kind, wise, cautious and exercises good judgment though a little pompous and prone to think highly of himself, the Crown Prince finds himself time travelling 300 years into the future and confronts considerable challenges as he adapts to 21st century Seoul and Park-ha.
Strong, resilient and having a optimistic personality, Park-ha has endured many hardships and trials since she was separated from her family at age 9. She has been looking out for herself ever since.
Park-ha's gorgeous half-sister. She works as the secretary at the company owned by Tae-Yong and Tae-Mu's grandmother. Ambitious, intelligent, scheming and vengeful, she has relied on Tae-Mu in the past to advance herself. She loathes Park-ha and has done many things to make her sister's life difficult.
Tae-Yong's cousin and Se-Na's secret lover. He holds a high position in the company and is not lacking in skills nor industry. But because of his father's transgression with another woman, there is no blood relation between Tae-yong's grandmother, who is also the CEO of the company. As a result, Tae-Mu has always been sidestepped in favour of Tae-Yong. Smart and ruthless, he resorts to whatever means necessary to get what he wants. Unlike Se-Na, he has no conscience.
One of Lee Gak's entourage. A child prodigy, he has become proficient in all fields of study by age 22. However, because he is an illegitimate child, he cannot sit for any government exams and thus, cannot take a position as officer. Because of the hopelessness of his future prospects, he has abandoned the study of the classics for an immoral lifestyle until Crown Prince Lee Gak enlisted his help to solve the Crown Princess' murder.
One of Lee Gak's entourage. He murdered the nobleman who killed his mother and raped his sister, as well as the nobleman's guard of about 15 others. He is very skilled with the sword. When later questioned by Lee Gak, he said that he learned to fight in order to protect the innocent, his nation and his king. His intentions are true and the Crown Prince saved him from the executioner's axe and appointed him as his personal bodyguard.
One of Lee Gak's entourage. Smooth with the ladies and skilled with men, Chi-san works at the largest brothel in Joseon. From the palace to the bedroom, Chi-San is wise in the ways of the world. Lee Gak appointed him as Palace Eunuch to discover what the people are saying about the Crown Princess' murder.

Production

Cartoon depiction of the Crown Prince and his men with empty stomachs during their first night in modern day Seoul. Cropped screen capture from the series.

Prior to the script reading, the main actors were required to undertake a camera test whilst dressed in traditional costumes. The first script reading occurred at the SBS Ilsan Production Center on February 1, 2012.[citation needed]

Filming for Rooftop Prince began on February 4, 2012. On February 7, 2012, a traditional wedding scene was filmed at Gyeonghui Palace in Seoul, involving child versions of the characters, Crown Prince Yi Gak and Se-na.[citation needed]

Reception

The drama has been popular overseas. Fans from 35 different countries have visited the set,[3] and its related videos on Chinese video hosting service Youku have received a total of over 77 million hits.

Soundtrack

To date, 3 extended plays and one album were released.

Rooftop Prince OST Part 1

Rooftop Prince OST Part 1
EP by Baek Ji-Young & Ali
ReleasedMarch 22, 2012
GenreSoundtrack, drama
LabelSBS Contents Hub
Baek Ji-Young & Ali chronology
Rooftop Prince OST Part 1
(2012)
Rooftop Prince OST Part 2
(2012)
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."After a Long Time" ("한참 지나서")Baek Ji-Young3:20
2."Hurt" ("상처")Ali4:01
3."After a Long Time (Instrumental)" ("한참 지나서 (Inst.)") 3:21
4."Hurt (Instrumental)" ("상처 (Inst.)") 4:01

Rooftop Prince OST Part 2

Rooftop Prince OST Part 2
EP by Jay Park
ReleasedMarch 29, 2012
GenreSoundtrack, drama
LabelSBS Contents Hub
Jay Park chronology
Rooftop Prince OST Part 1
(2012)
Rooftop Prince OST Part 2
(2012)
Rooftop Prince OST Vol. 1
(2012)
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."A Happy Ending" ("해피엔딩")Jay Park3:14
2."A Happy Ending (Instrumental)" ("해피엔딩 (Inst.)") 3:14

Rooftop Prince OST Vol. 1

Rooftop Prince OST Vol. 1
Soundtrack album by Various artists
ReleasedApril 19, 2012
GenreSoundtrack, drama
LabelSBS Contents Hub
Various artists chronology
Rooftop Prince OST Part 2
(2012)
Rooftop Prince OST Vol. 1
(2012)
Rooftop Prince OST Part 3
(2012)
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."After a Long Time" ("한참 지나서")Baek Ji-Young3:22
2."Hurt" ("상처")Ali4:03
3."A Happy Ending" ("해피엔딩")Jay Park3:16
4."Buyongji yeonmot" ("부용지 연못") 1:55
5."Bin" ("빈") 1:51
6."Oktapbangwangseja (Title)" ("옥탑방 왕세자 (Title)") 1:22
7."Jjoljjori 4inbang" ("쫄쫄이 4인방") 2:31
8."Seoul Nadeuri" ("서울 나들이") 1:25
9."Geumsohwadongsuk" ("금소화동숙") 2:27
10."Susukkekki" ("수수께끼") 1:46
11."After a Long Time" ("한참지나서 (Inst.)") 3:22
12."Hurt (Instrumental)" ("상처 (Inst.)") 4:03
13."A Happy Ending (Instrumental)" ("해피엔딩 (Inst.)") 3:14

Rooftop Prince OST Part 3

Rooftop Prince OST Part 3
Soundtrack album by Various artists
ReleasedApril 27, 2012
GenreSoundtrack, drama
LabelSBS Contents Hub
Various artists chronology
Rooftop Prince OST Vol. 1
(2012)
Rooftop Prince OST Part 3
(2012)
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."After a Long Time" ("한참 지나서")Cho Eun3:22 or 3:25
2."Even Under the Sky" ("어느 하늘 아래 있어도")Park Ki Young3:45
3."Andante"  Jiin4:02
4."Difficult Love" ("사랑은 어려워")Twilight3:31
5."Shine" ("비춰줄께")Kilgu Bong-gu3:22
6."After a Long Time (Instrumental)" ("한참 지나서 (Inst.)") 3:22
7."Even Under the Sky (Instrumental)" ("어느 하늘 아래 있어도 (Inst.)") 3:45
8."Andante (Instrumental)"   4:02
9."Difficult Love (Instrumental)" ("사랑은 어려워 (Inst.)") 3:31
10."Shine (Instrumental)" ("비춰줄께 (Inst.)") 3:22

Ratings

Episode #Original airdateTNmS Ratings[4]AGB Ratings[5]
Average audience share
Entire CountrySeoul National Capital AreaEntire CountrySeoul National Capital Area
1March 21, 20128.7%9.7%9.8%11.3%
2March 22, 201212.0%14.0%10.5%11.7%
3March 28, 201210.2%11.2%11.2%12.3%
4March 29, 201211.1%12.9%11.4%12.7%
5April 4, 201210.9%12.1%11.2%12.5%
6April 5, 201214.0%16.0%12.5%14.0%
7April 12, 201212.1%13.5%12.5%14.2%
8April 18, 201211.6%14.8%11.4%12.2%
9April 19, 201211.8%13.7%12.0%13.4%
1011.2%14.3%10.4%11.9%
11April 25, 201211.6%13.0%10.6%11.4%
12April 26, 201212.3%13.7%11.3%12.4%
13May 2, 201211.5%14.1%10.3%11.1%
14May 3, 201212.0%14.0%11.6%12.5%
15May 9, 201211.4%13.2%11.6%13.0%
16May 10, 201212.4%14.5%12.5%13.8%
17May 16, 201213.8%16.1%11.8%12.7%
18May 17, 201213.5%16.0%12.1%12.9%
19May 23, 201215.1%17.3%12.8%13.8%
20May 24, 201214.9%16.2%14.8%15.7%

Awards

2012 (7th) Seoul International Drama Awards

References

External links