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Red Sleeve

Title: 옷소매 붉은 끝동 / Red Sleeve
Also known as: The Red Sleeve Cuff / Dress Sleeved Red / Red Cuff of the Sleeve
Genre: Romance, historical
Episodes: 17
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2021-Nov-12 to 2022-Jan-01
Air time: Friday & Saturday 22:00


This drama is based on novel “Red Sleeve Cuff” by Kang Mi Kang which was published on 2017 by Chungeoram.

It tells the record of a royal court romance between the King of Joseon who believes his duty is to his country first above love, and a court lady who wants to protect the life she has chosen.


Main Cast

Lee Jun Ho as Lee San, later King Jeongjo
Lee Se Young as Sung Duk Im, later Royal Noble Consort Ui
Kang Hoon as Hong Duk Ro / Hong Kook Young

Royal family

Lee Duk Hwa as King Yeongjo
Jang Hee Jin as Queen Jeongsun
Kang Mal Geum (강말금) as Hong Hye Bin, later Lady Hyegyeong
Kim Yi Eon (김이온) as Princess Chung Yun
Jo Seung Hee (조승희) as Princess Chung Sun

Court ladies

Park Ji Young as Head Court Lady Jo
Ji Eun (지은) as Kang Wol Hye
Cha Mi Kyung (차미경) as Court Lady Park

People around Lee San

Oh Dae Hwan as Kang Tae Ho
Moon Jung Dae (문정대) as Seo Kye Joong
Bae Je Ki as Jung Jae Hwa
Kim Kang Min (김강민) as Kim Doo Sung
Yoon Hyo Sik (윤효식) as Crown Prince’s Eunuch

People around Duk Im

Jang Hye Jin as Court Lady Seo
Lee Min Ji as Kim Bok Yun
Ha Yool Ri (하율리) as Bae Kyung Hee
Lee Eun Saem (이은샘) as Son Young Hee

Production Credits

Production Companies: npio Entertainment, WEMAD
Director: Jung Ji In
Screenwriter: Jung Hae Ri

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2021-11-12 1 - - 5.7 (12th) 5.7 (10th)
2021-11-13 2 4.8 - 5.6 (11th) 5.2 (8th)
2021-11-19 3 6.6 - 7.0 (9th) 6.3 (10th)
2021-11-20 4 6.3 - 7.5 (4th) 7.6 (3rd)
2021-11-26 5 6.7 - 8.8 (4th) 8.1 (4th)
2021-11-27 6 - - 9.4 (2nd) 8.5 (2nd)
2021-12-03 7 - - 10.7 (2nd) 10.5 (2nd)
2021-12-04 8 7.8 - 10.5 (2nd) 10.3 (2nd)
2021-12-10 9 8.9 - 10.9 (3rd) 10.9 (3rd)
2021-12-11 10 9.1 - 10.2 (2nd) 10.2 (2nd)
2021-12-17 11 10.8 - 12.8 (2nd) 12.7 (2nd)
2021-12-18 12 10.2 - 13.3 (2nd) 13.6 (2nd)
2021-12-24 13 10.8 - 12.8 (2nd) 12.8 (2nd)
2021-12-25 14 - - 13.0 (3rd) 12.7 (3rd)
2021-12-25 15 - - 14.3 (2nd) 13.8 (2nd)
2022-01-01 16 12.3 - 17.0 (3rd) 16.4 (3rd)
2022-01-01 17 11.8 - 17.4 (2nd) 16.8 (2nd)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea


Main Cast Photo

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Official Site

Official Poster

Official Trailer
Trailer I
Trailer II
Trailer III

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  1. 1 : Sean S Says:

    Is this a remake of the drama Lee San, Wind Of The Palace with actor Lee Seo-Jin who played King Jeong Jo???? This drama aired September 17, 2007 – June 16, 2008. This drama was 76 episodes

    Red Sleeve is 16 episodes and has some of the same court people.

  2. 2 : Cheorin Says:

    @Sean — Yes, the same characters. I liked that drama.

  3. 3 : Cheorin Says:

    FYI, the drama airs next week Nov 12th.

  4. 4 : Cheorin Says:

    First episode is as exciting as watching paint dry.

  5. 5 : buddymuddy Says:

    I tried watching Ep 1. Had to give up mid-way. Too slow moving and boring …

  6. 6 : annmasae Says:

    I am a fan of Lee Se Young so I am enjoying this drama. It is slow moving but the interaction between the 2 main leads is very interesting. Glad the ratings are going up

  7. 7 : Kzenia Says:

    Well crafted story at episode 12, it is obvious adults penned this tale of royal palace intrigue. I hope it remains so to the end.

  8. 8 : Rach Says:

    Oh this drama is just beautiful!

    The gentle pace; the tasteful unobtrusive music; the well written script and excellent cinematography.

    Sung Duk-Im was about 15-16 years old at the time San was courting her. As a teenager, her intelligence was quite developed. The concepts presented in the dialogues between San and her and between Hong Duk Ro and her were more sophisticated than most teenagers today would grasp.

    Anyway it should get better; she gave birth to their first son when she was 17.

  9. 9 : George C Says:

    Best Actor (“The Red Sleeve”) – 2021 MBC Drama Awards – December 30, 2021

    Best Couple Award (“The Red Sleeve”) – 2021 MBC Drama Awards – December 30, 2021

  10. 10 : Frankie Says:

    Oh gosh. I cried from episode 16 till 17 where the king on his death bed only thought of his only beloved Sung Duk Im

  11. 11 : Frankie Says:

    Lee Junho and Seyoung both deserve the Top Excellence awards. Congratulations to you both on your hard work and dedication in making this drama the best drama.

  12. 12 : Simon+K Says:

    I like this drama but disappointed at the ending. I don’t like the writer don’t spend time on the happier time but once they get together, just jump from one tragedy to the next tragedy. Better end after 10 minute into episode 16, no need for the rest.

  13. 13 : Autumn Peach Says:

    I was able to finish the series and I would say that it’s not too bad though. 🙂 Good job to the writer.

  14. 14 : silverswan Says:

    Sad ending but no doubt the main actress is pretty, but no emotional or affectionate feelings, so I cannot say it is a perfect drama. However I hate sad ending drama

  15. 15 : N Says:

    This is one of the best sageuk drama ever created. The story is beautiful and the characters were well portrayed by the actors. I highly highly recommend it. 🙂

  16. 16 : Joszi Says:

    I loved it so much but the ending was tragic and so sad. It made me cry and I’m not even emotional so I wish they had changed the ending.

  17. 17 : Vio Says:

    Junho & seyoung 😍👍good characters

  18. 18 : tigerb Says:

    a good one. it is still a happy one since they reunited after passing on to the next life.

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