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The Red Sleeve (aka The Red Sleeve Cuff)

Korean Drama The Red Sleeve: Cast, Synopsis, Trivia

The Red Sleeve poster

General Information

  • International Title: The Red Sleeve
  • Original Title: 옷소매 붉은 끝동 (romanization: Otsomae bulgeun kkeutdong)
  • Genre: Period, Romance
  • No. of Episode: 16
  • Airing Date: 2021.11.05 ~ 2021.12.25
  • Airing Slot: Friday – Saturday
  • Broadcasting Channel: MBC
  • International Distributor: TBA
  • Starring: Lee Junho, Lee Se Young, Kang Hoon
  • Director: Jung Ji In, Song Yeon Hwa
  • Screenwriter: Jung Hae Ri
  • Highest Rating: 17.4% Nationwide (Nielsen Korea)
  • Awards: MBC Drama Awards 2021 (Drama of the Year; Best Couple – Lee Junho & Lee Se Young; Best New Actor – Kang Hoon; Best Supporting Actress – Jang Hye Jin; Best Writer Award – Jung Hae Ri; Lifetime Achievement Award – Lee Deok Hwa; Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries – Lee Junho; Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries – Lee Se Young)


‘The Red Sleeve’ is adapted from novel series of the same name written by Kang Mi Kang. It tells the love story between Lee San later King Jeongjo of Joseon (Lee Junho) and a palace maid Seong Deok Im (Lee Se Young).

Lee San develops feeling for Seong Deok Im. After ascending to the throne, the now King Jeongjo asks her to be his concubine. Seong Deok Im who possesses strong pride in her duty rejected the King’s proposal since being a royal concubine will confiscate her freedom and might bring her misery instead of happiness.


The Red Sleeve Lee Junho as Lee San

Character: Lee San/ King Jeongjo of Joseon
Portrayed by: Lee Junho
Lee Junho’s notable works: Cold Eyes (2013), Twenty (2015), Chief Kim (2017), Confession (2019)

The Red Sleeve Cast Lee Se Young as Seong Deok Im

Character: Seong Deok Im
Portrayed by: Lee Se Young
Lee Se Young’s notable works: Daejanggeum (2003), The Crowned Clown (2019), Doctor John (2019), Kairos (2020)

The Red Sleeve Cuff Cast Kang Hoon

Character: Hong Deok Ro
Portrayed by: Kang Hoon
Kang Hoon’s notable works: Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryeong (2019), You Are My Spring (2021)

Extended Cast

Lee Deok Hwa as King Youngjo
Jang Hee Jin as Queen Jungsoon
Seo Hyo Rim as Princess Hwawan
Kang Mal Geum as Hyebin Hong
Jo Seung Hee as Princess Chungsun
Bae Je Ki as Jung Jae Hwa
Kim Kang Min as Kim Doo Sung
Park Ji Young as Head Court Lady Jo
Jang Hye Jin as Court Lady Seo
Cha Mi Kyung as Court Lady Park
Kim Ja Young as Court Lady Kwon
Park Jung Eon as Court Lady
Lee Min Ji as Kim Bok Yeon
Ha Yul Ri as Bae Kyung Hee
Lee Eun Saem as Son Young Hee
Jo Hee Bong as Hong Jung Yeo
Kwon Hyun Bin as Jung Baek Ik
Oh Dae Hwan as Kang Tae Ho
Jo Chan Hyung as Ikwisa military officer

Cameo & Special Appearance

Do Sang Woo as Crown Prince Sado
Nam Gi Ae as Royal Noble Consort Yeong Bin Yi
Ha Seok Jin as Janghwa Hongryeonjeon Sato

Character Relationship Chart

The Red Sleeve Cuff Character Relationship Chart

Lee San is a king who puts his country first. He falls in love with palace maid Seong Deok Im. The feeling reciprocates as Seong Deok Im also has feelings for the king.

Hong Deok Ro is the King’s favorite servant. He is loyal to the king, but Seong Deok Im is always on guard around him.

With the help of his people: royal bodyguard Kang Tae Ho, Seo Kye Jung, Jung Jae Hwa, Kim Du Seong, and his eunuch, Lee San tries to protect the throne from his enemies Hong Jung Yeo, Princess Hwawan, and Jung Baek Ik.

Original Soundtrack

‘I Wish’ by Wheein
‘Starlight Heart’ by Ben
‘My Wonderous Miracle’ by Jung Se Woon
‘I’ll Be With You Every Day’ by Minhyun of NU’EST
‘Beautiful’ by Shim Kyu Sun
‘Every Step You Take’ by Jeon Sang Geun
‘I’m Still’ by Xia Junsu
‘I’ll Leave You’ by Lee Sun Hee
‘Always Be Your Star’ by Lia of ITZY

Trailer Videos

Awards & Nominations

MBC Drama Awards 2021

  • Drama of the Year
  • Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries – Lee Junho
  • Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries – Lee Se Young
  • Best Couple – Lee Junho & Lee Se Young
  • Best New Actor – Kang Hoon
  • Best Supporting Actress – Jang Hye Jin
  • Best Writer Award – Jung Hae Ri
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Lee Deok Hwa


  • ‘The Red Sleeve’ will air after MBC 60th anniversary special project ‘The Veil’.
  • It will be 2nd MBC drama that airs on Friday – Saturday slot.
  • Lee San and Seong Deok Im’s character is based on real-life figures King Jeongjo and Royal Noble Consort Ui respectively.
  • This is Lee Junho‘s first leading role in a period drama.

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