This drama is loosely based on one of Korea's oldest folk songs. Suh Dong was the illegitimate son of the Baekje emperor and with the help of Princess Sonhwa, the daughter of the emporer of the Silla Kingdom, he went on to become the emporer of Baekje against all odds.

Ballad of Suh Dong - Netflix

Type: Scripted

Languages: Korean

Status: Ended

Runtime: 65 minutes

Premier: 2005-09-05

Ballad of Suh Dong - Lee Hyori - Netflix

Lee Hyo-ri (born May 10, 1979), is a South Korean singer, record producer, activist, actress and television presenter. Dubbed as the “Nation's Fairy” during her Family Outing days, she debuted as a member of South Korean girl group Fin.K.L, but has since become a solo artist. In 2003, she released her debut solo album Stylish which won several “Artist of the Year” awards. In 2006, Lee was the highest-paid female singer in South Korea when she signed a contract with Mnet Media.

Ballad of Suh Dong - 2006–2007: Signing with Mnet and Dark Angel - Netflix

In February 2006, Lee released her follow-up album, Dark Angel. The first single, “Get Ya!”, was accused of being plagiarized by the songwriters of Britney Spears' single “Do Somethin'”. It was reported that Lee had signed a three-year contract with Mnet Entertainment (currently Mnet Media) for ₩2.2 billion, becoming the highest-paid female singer in South Korea (approx. US$2.2 million per year). Despite the failure of her previous drama Three Leaf Clover, in 2007 Lee starred opposite Lee Dong-gun in the mini-drama If in Love... Like Them. Although originally announced as being only one episode long, it aired for four episodes on Mnet. An edited two-episode version of the drama also ran on SBS. During filming, part of a roof Lee was standing on collapsed. Only her foot fell through, but reportedly the fall might have been fatal if co-star Lee Dong-gun had not rescued her. In February 2007, Lee announced her new digital single which would essentially be the soundtrack to If in Love... Like Them. She performed all three main tracks from the single on Inkigayo on February 25, 2007. The lead song was “Toc Toc Toc” (Hangul: 톡톡톡; RR: Toktoktok). Despite the single's genre being R&B, Lee had begun to sing more ballads afterwards, slowly moving away from her “sexy superstar” image. The single, although initially given a digital-only release, was given a limited retail release of only 30,000 copies. It was released on March 6, 2007, and in addition to the three tracks found in the digital single, it included a reworked version of “Toc Toc Toc.” It was the best-selling album for that month, selling 27,845 copies. Although her single was commercially successful, her drama was heavily penalized for violating advertising guidelines, as If in Love... Like Them had several instances of overt product placement, in addition to using Lee's songs in the soundtrack. The Korean Broadcasting Committee ruled that the drama would never be aired in South Korea again, and that the network must apologize to its viewers. Lee also did promotions in Japan when Japanese network Fuji TV aired If in Love... Like Them, where the Lee was given the same VIP treatment offered to other international stars. The drama was broadcast on CS Fuji, a smaller satellite channel that Fuji TV owned.

Ballad of Suh Dong - References - Netflix