Love Song for Illusion (Korean: 환상연가) is an ongoing South Korean television series starring Park Ji-hoon, Hong Ye-ji, Hwang Hee, and Ji Woo. Based on a Naver webtoon of the same name by Vanziun, it is about the romance and fierce obsession between a man with two conflicting personalities and a woman with a dark past. It premiered on KBS2 on January 2, 2024, and airs every Monday and Tuesday at 22:10 (KST) time slot. It is also available for streaming on Wavve in South Korea, and on Viu and Viki in selected regions.
Yeon Wol (Hong Ye-ji) hides her identity and becomes an assassin to avenge her family. Her mission is to assassinate the king but fails when she falls into a trap set by an unknown person. She wakes up the next day with no memory of her past, and is appointed as the crown prince’s concubine.
- Park Ji-hoon as Sajo Hyun / Ak-hee
- Lee Joo-won as young Sajo Hyun
- Sajo Hyun: the intelligent and multi-talented crown prince who works as a fashion designer at a downtown boutique while hiding his real identity.
- Ak-hee: Hyun’s alternate personality who is charming but is cursed to feel extreme pain whenever anyone touches him.
- Hong Ye-ji as Yeon Wol / Consort Eun-hyo: the royal descendant of the fallen Yeon dynasty and the only daughter of Yeon Pung-hak who becomes an assassin called Gye-ra.
- Kim Soo-ha as young Yeon Wol
- Hwang Hee as Sajo Yung: Sajo Hyun’s half-brother.
- Ji Woo as Crown Princess Geum-hwa / Jin Chae-ryun: Sajo Hyun’s first wife who goes to any lengths to satisfy her desires.
- Kim Tae-woo as Sajo Seung: Sajo Hyun’s father and the king of Asatae who overthrew the Yeon dynasty, and ascended to the throne through rebellion.
- Woo Hee-jin as Consort Cheong-myung: Sajo Seung’s concubine and Sajo Yung’s mother.
- Kang Shin-il as Jin Mu-dal: Jin Chae-ryun’s father.
- Hwang Seok-jeong as Chung-ta: a mysterious shaman with various personalities.
People around Sajo Hyun
- Woo Hyun as Eunuch Neung: Sajo Hyun’s closest eunuch.
- Han Eun-seong as Ji Jeon-seo: Sajo Hyun’s bodyguard.
People around Yeon Wol
- Kim Dong-won as Yang Jae-i: leader of the assassin group Baramkal.
- Lee Joo-an as Ha-rang: a member of Baramkal.
- Shin Gi-hwan as Hong-gun: Yeon Wol’s gungnyeo.
- Oh Ji-ho as Yeon Pung-hak: Yeon Wol’s father.
- Choi Yoon-young as Eun Mi-so: Yeon Wol’s mother.
Peopel around royal court
- Yoo Hyung-gwan as the minister of finance
- Kim Kyung-ryong as the minister of personnel
- Lee Kwan-hoon as the minister of war
- Jo Han-jun as Gi-chul: Sajo Yung’s loyal right-hand man.
- Moon Yu-bin as Noh Ri-sa: Geum-hwa’s gungnyeo.
Production and release date
The first script reading of the cast was held in mid-March 2023, and filming was scheduled to begin in May.
Originally, the series was scheduled to broadcast the first two episodes consecutively on January 2, 2024 from 21:45 (KST).bHowever, its time slot was changed to 22:10 (KST), and the broadcast of the second episode was pushed back to January 8.
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