Shine or Go Crazy

Also Known As: 빛나거나 미치거나
Genre: Comedy Fantasy Historical Romance
Episodes: 24
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: January 19th, 2015
to: April 27th, 2015


This drama is based on the web novel “Bitnageona Michigeona” by Hyun Go Woon which was first published from 2014-March-17 via ““. 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.

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Wang So

Shin Yool

Hwang Bo Yeo Won

Wang Wook

Wang Sik Ryum

King Jeongjong

Eun Chun

Empress Dowager Yoo

Yang Gyu Dal

Kang Myung

Wang Phoong

Hwang Bo Je Gong

Yoo Kwon Yool

Yoo Mok Won

Kim Jong Shik

Hwang Gyu Ui

Baek Choong Hyun

Wang Won

Wang Jong

Chun Ok

General Kwak

snake eye man


Lee Hyun Bin

Wang Wook (young)
Shin Seung Hwan

Gil Bok
Kim Sun Young

Baek Myo
Jung Woo Shik

Lee Eun Woo

Chun Ah
Jung Jae Hyung

Na Moo
Park Hyun Woo

Park Sool
Seo Bum Suk

Wang Gye
Kim Jin Ho

Park Soo Kyung
Jin Seo Yun

Geum Sun
Hwang Ji Ni

Ryung Hwa


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Last Update: November 22, 2019