Thanks to my grueling daily work schedule, I totally missed out on a few KDrama premieres. However, I came across a snippet on how lethally Daebak the first two episodes of Hwajung were, and I JUST HAD to activate my powers to enter a parallel universe and immersed myself in Hwajung.
This is yet another take on the life of Prince Gwanghae (the latest one being The King’s Face with Seo In Guk playing the titular character). With an awesome ensemble cast of Cha Seung Won, Cho Song Ha (fave King in Sungkyungkwan Scandal), Kim Chang Wan (fave nose-picking Ahjussi in Coffee Prince), Lee Sung Min (fave boss, Chief Oh in Misaeng) and many others, I braced myself for sterling quality acting.
That guy is McGyver of the Gastronomic Kind… my kinda namja 😀
Back to Hwajung…
Thank Goodness this drama just premiered this week XD
Verdict: REDONKULOUSLY DAEBAK to the Power of Greyskull.
I didn’t even realize the hour had passed by. Given the fact that this drama’s run is half-century long (ie 50 episodes ) the pacing and tense-filled moments in the first two episodes certainly camouflages that epic journey the viewers will have to take.
This drama begins when King Seonjo (who deserted his people and land during the Imjin War ) is adamant NOT to announce Gwanghae as his successor despite the fact that the latter fought the Japanese and won the hearts of many for his courage and generosity. Prince Gwanghae had been sidelined and ill-regarded for sixteen long years until one fateful night, King Seonjo was poisoned just before he could install his three-year old son as the true Crown Prince.
The tension is so thick you could cut it with a fishing line !!
Yet another drama worth investing my time… and why is it that good dramas snowball at almost the same time when us humans have only 8 hours in a day to watch these gems? What an utter predicament
Two episodes in, Cha Seung Won has effectively shown why he is a bonafide MotherFather of an actor.