This drama is based on the web novel “Bitnageona Michigeona” by Hyun Go Woon which was first published from 2014-March-17 via “daum.net“. It takes place during Goryeo’s early years, when various clans jockeyed for power.
The drama centers on Prince Wang So (Jang Hyuk), who later becomes a king pivotal to Korean history. The story is about how Wang So meets and weds his leading light, Shin Yool (Oh Yeon Seo), the last princess of Balhae.
The narrative begins in 943 AD, with Goryeo’s founder, Wang Geon, still in power as the first king, Taejo. Taejo sees how the jockeying clans threaten the newly unified nation. To counter this, he recalls his 4th son, Wang So, from exile, as his potential heir. Exile has toughened Wang So and taught him to think independently. To help his heir, Taejo plans to wed Wang So to Princess Seo Won (Lee Ha Nui), who has a star-like omen as a birthmark.
Balhae, an empire to the north and east of Goryeo, fell to the Khitans in 926 AD. In the story, Princess Shin Yool is born with a fate to shine for a nation. The Khitans learn this and see her as a threat. They throw baby Shin Yool into an icy river. Her nanny secretly saves her. They flee to China, where Shin Yool grows up to become a successful merchant. But she too has a star-like birthmark.
Title: 빛나거나 미치거나 / Shine or Go Crazy
Chinese Title: 辉煌或疯狂
Genre: Historical, Romance, Fantasy, Comedy
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2015-Jan-19 to 2015-April-07
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00
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People around Wang So
People around Shin Yool
People around Hwang Bo
People around Wang Shik Ryum
Kang Ki Young as Wang Phoong
Park Hyun Woo (박현우) as Park Sool
Ho Jok and administrations
Kim Byung Ok as Ji Mong
Woo Sang Jun as Hwang Bo Je Gong
Seo Bum Suk as Wang Gye
Kim Jin Ho as Park Soo Kyung
Lee Jung Hoon as Yoo Kwon Yool
Song Young Jae as Yoo Mok Won
Ahn Suk Hwan as Kim Jong Shik
Choi Jae Ho as Hwang Gyu Ui
Kim Kwang Sik as Baek Choong Hyun
Wol Hyang Roo
Chief Producer: Lee Chang Sup
Director: Son Hyung Suk, Yoon Ji Hoon
Screenwriter: Kwon In Chan, Kim Sun Mi