The Iron King Korean Drama Review

The Iron King or better known as Kim Su-ro is a 2010 South Korean television series. It aired on MBC from May 29 to September 18, 2010, with a total of 32 episodes.

The Iron King Korean Drama Review

Drama Details

Title: Kim Soo Ro ( The Iron King )
Episodes: 32
Release Date: May 29, 2010
Genres: Historical, Romance
Country: South Korea
Original Network: MBC


Synopsis and Plot Summary

This drama tells the life of Kim Soo Ro, the legendary founder of Geumgwan Gaya, the ruling city-state of the Gaya confederation, which dominated the sea trade and ironworks during the Three Kingdoms Period.

Kim Soo Ro’s fiery temperament, charisma, and wit are his only defense in an extended political struggle, with competition for the throne from his half-brother and lifelong rival, Ijinashi, his former friend Suk Tal Hae, and the dangerous ambitions of Shin Kwi Gan.


The Iron King Korean Drama Review

I really wanted to find another great historical drama after watching Queen Seondeok, my first Korean drama. Kim Su-Ro did well in certain areas, but the drama, in the end, left a lot of things I wanted.

The plot centers on the life of Kim Su-Ro, the first king of Geumgwan Gaya, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, who founded the country (roughly the early 1st century).

Kim Su-Ro separated from his birth mother, who later had another son and married a local tribal chief. Su-Ro grew up as a nomad and eventually finds out who his mother is.

He becomes embroiled in a power struggle with his half-brother for leadership of Gaya and faces off against a brutal village lord and an old friend, among other political foes. Heo Hwang-Ok, a Korean-Indian woman, and Ah-Hyo, her first love, both have a claim on her heart for a while.

Ji Sung features in this drama, which I thought was excellent casting. Su-Ro is given life by Ji Sung, who transforms him from a frivolous, carefree youth to a solemn figurehead who governs the citizens of Gaya.

He makes Su-Ro the protagonist likable and entertaining, making it easy for you to support her. Ji Sung’s romance with the vivacious Ah-Hyo was fantastic. This made it somewhat challenging for him to accept his later romance with Hwang-Ok.

However, I primarily blame the writers for the romance problems since they made Hwang-Ok and Su-Ro seem oddly passive and silent while portraying Su-Ro and Ah-Hyo as very affectionate and engaging in amusing banter.

I recall that I paused the drama about halfway through (mostly because I was irritated with the direction the love triangle was taking), but I later went back and finished it.

This Saguek gets points from me for having a satisfying conclusion. Again, there were a lot of tears in the middle of the program, so it probably all balanced out. That is incredibly hard to find in historical dramas.


The Iron King K-Drama Cast

Main Role

Ji Sung as Kim Soo Ro

Seo Ji Hye as Heo Hwang Ok

Kang Byul as Ah Hyo

Go Joo Won as Iljinashi

Bae Jong Ok as Queen Jung Gyun

Yoo Oh Sung as Shin Kwi Gan

Support Role

Lee Won Jong as Yeom Sa Chi

Kim Ki Hyun as Heo Jang Sang

Lee Pil Mo as Seok Tal Hae

Jang Dong Jik as Deuk Sun / Yoo Chun

Wang Bit Na as Ah Ro

Yang Joo Ho as Suk Chil

Lee Jong Won as Jo Bang

Park Gun Woo as Soo Ro

Chae Bin as Yeo Wei

Kim Hyung Il as Kim Yoong

Han Min Chae as So Hwa

Lee Ah Jin as Beo Deul


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who is the first king of Gaya

King Suro was the founder of the Gimhae Kim clan in addition to being the first king of Gaya and the first Korean to wed a foreigner. The mighty dynasty of the Gimhae Kim clan is claimed to have begun with the birth of Queen Heo’s ten offspring.

How Many episodes of Suro Iron King are There

Kim Su Ro, Suro Iron King has 32 episodes


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