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  • 2017
  • TV
  • Korea

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romanized hwayugi
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english A Korean Odyssey

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genres comedy, romance, fantasy

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language Korean

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country Korea
type real
format TV
network tvN

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date 23 Dec, 2017 - 04 Mar, 2018
episodes 20
duration 80 minutes
air day Saturday, Sunday
at 21:00 - 22:20
status released

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Son O Gong
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U Hwi
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Jin Seon Mi
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P.K
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Yun Dae Sik
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Secretary Ma
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06 Mar, 2018
It has been a while since I’ve been obsessed with a drama as much as I was with Hwayugi and it is with an aching heart that I bid this show farewell.

While at times cheesy, over-the-top, brimmed with questionable fashion choices, and suffering from some terrible CGI work (was there really no better way to portray that dragon?) Hwayugi constantly dished out exactly what I wanted and for that reason I will always love it.

The good:

LEE. SEUNG. GI!! What a comeback! I have seen all of Lee Seung Gi’s dramas and love him more every time. His portrayal of Oh Gong here felt very reminiscent of his performance in The King 2 Hearts which made me all sorts of giddy.



The writing – The Hong Sisters proved that they’ve still got it! As leaders and trend-setters in the Korean drama industry, The Hong Sisters have been pioneers of the modern K-Drama. They’ve always pushed the boundaries and dared to be bold with their writing. Hwayugi is no different and by far one my favorite shows from them thus far (I’ve seen them all except for Warm and Cozy which I have very little ambition to watch). There were moments I didn’t necessarily enjoy but overall I felt like the story and their take on this classic tale was pretty solid. Plus, it was often times hilarious. I love it when writers are able to bring out humor in their shows naturally…like a scene where you are laughing your head off but if someone were to randomly glimpse it they would have no idea why you think it’s so funny. There were so many inside jokes, sidesplitting cameos, meta references, and subtle nudges of humor that remained consistent throughout the entire run of this drama.

The music – I really enjoyed this soundtrack. It was a little repetitive at times but the music fit the mood well and did a good job at wringing my emotions along.

THE KISSES – Hot damn, we got some good kisses *fans face*

I also loved the use of the bracelet as opposed to the headband from the original story. It was a very clever way to keep both the characters and the audience on their toes wondering about Oh Gong's true feelings. And while I really did enjoy how the scene of him taking off the bracelet for the first time was played out (flawlessly) I wish it had happened in the final episode, after he regained his memories. They still could have even done it the exact same way, I just feel like the emotional pay-off would have been higher. As it is, all of the flashbacks in episode 20 felt pointless and like a huge waste of precious screen time because we already knew and I would have much rather been on board with Sun Mi waiting for that big reveal. The emotional punch would have been much more profound.

The luke-warm:

Sun Mi’s character – She was alright (at times cute, at times strong) but overall she kind of paled in comparison to the rest of the cast.

Boo Ja’s sudden end – I held out hope we would get a final good-bye for her but turns out she was gone ever since her body was possessed. Too unfair. Bummer.

The inconsistency of the bromance/friendships – I loved the relationship between Oh Gong and Mawang but it felt really inconsistent to me. One minute they would be bromancing and the next Mawang would be contemplating eating Sun Mi. Not cool. Plus, I was holding out hope for Sun Mi to make some friends during this but in the end it turns out the only one who really cared about her was Oh Gong (and Boo Ja, I suppose). When she lost her Sam Jang-ness everyone else just disserted her and didn’t seem to care about her, personally at all—which was really disappointing.

The ending – The ending itself has left me feeling conflicted. On the one hand, it didn't end how I wanted it to (ie miraculously Happy Ever After) so I feel like whining, complaining, and sniveling. On the other hand, the ending remained true to the trajectory of the story (the Hong Sister's interpretation anyway, definitely not the original) and I realize that it could have been so.much.worse (this is me giving the side-eye to Black and Gu Family Book). I like that they at least gave us that open-ending since we know that Oh Gong is going to turn Heaven and Earth upside down to get Sun Mi back, no doubt about it. I just wanted to see it happen and not have to use my imagination. I feel like as viewers, we deserved that much. Plus, it would have been way more exciting to see a final episode where Oh Gong goes off to save Sun Mi from the underworld or whatever, than having practically an entire episode devoted to flash backs. Just sayin'.

The climax – I also felt very frustrated with the overall Doomsday arch. And this is again where we could have devoted more time to Saving Sun Mi rather than just waiting for her to die. The climax of that felt very anti-climatic and it's my one huge problem with the writing/directing. I felt pretty bored and boggled down in politics when it came to the End of The World plotline and in my option there was just a million other directions they could have gone with that to make it way more interesting, especially since they had endless possibilities given the world that was created for this drama. I think this is the show's weakest link and a huge stain on the last 4 episodes or so that cooled me down from obsessively invested to just wanting them to get it over with already.

Overall there are way more things to love than to hate about this drama and I could still go on and on. It’s not perfect but I know for sure I will definitely be re-watching it in the future and gushing over it just as much.
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mikkie28 13 Apr, 2018
I hate not finishing dramas, I really hate it. But I just can not watch this any longer. I love everything here but the relantionships between the main couple. If someone calls THIS romance - weeeeell, let it be so, but I call that VERY NOT HEALTHY. Dropped after episode 5.
ilate 04 Apr, 2018
So the drama was good, very good (Cha Seung Won *standing ovation*), but I can't remember when was the last time ending left me so disappointed.
unknown 22 Mar, 2018
Totally loved it!!!! ...& i need a 2nd season!
jeaudrey 16 Mar, 2018
love it more than i could imagine.
the Ost is amazing, storyline and actors did a great job.
It remember me a lot of goblin.
Good kisses too.
Favorite already.
purtysunshine 06 Mar, 2018
It has been a while since I’ve been obsessed with a drama as much as I was with Hwayugi and it is with an aching heart that I bid this show farewell.

While at times cheesy, over-the-top, brimmed with questionable fashion choices, and suffering from some terrible CGI work (was there really no better way to portray that dragon?) Hwayugi constantly dished out exactly what I wanted and for that reason I will always love it.

The good:

LEE. SEUNG. GI!! What a comeback! I have seen all of Lee Seung Gi’s dramas and love him more every time. His portrayal of Oh Gong here felt very reminiscent of his performance in The King 2 Hearts which made me all sorts of giddy.

The writing – The Hong Sisters proved that they’ve still got it! As leaders and trend-setters in the Korean drama industry, The Hong Sisters have been pioneers of the modern K-Drama. They’ve always pushed the boundaries and dared to be bold with their writing. Hwayugi is no different and by far one my favorite shows from them thus far (I’ve seen them all except for Warm and Cozy which I have very little ambition to watch). There were moments I didn’t necessarily enjoy but overall I felt like the story and their take on this classic tale was pretty solid. Plus, it was often times hilarious. I love it when writers are able to bring out humor in their shows naturally…like a scene where you are laughing your head off but if someone were to randomly glimpse it they would have no idea why you think it’s so funny. There were so many inside jokes, sidesplitting cameos, meta references, and subtle nudges of humor that remained consistent throughout the entire run of this drama.

The music – I really enjoyed this soundtrack. It was a little repetitive at times but the music fit the mood well and did a good job at wringing my emotions along.

THE KISSES – Hot damn, we got some good kisses *fans face*

I also loved the use of the bracelet as opposed to the headband from the original story. It was a very clever way to keep both the characters and the audience on their toes wondering about Oh Gong's true feelings.
And while I really did enjoy how the scene of him taking off the bracelet for the first time was played out (flawlessly) I wish it had happened in the final episode, after he regained his memories. They still could have even done it the exact same way, I just feel like the emotional pay-off would have been higher. As it is, all of the flashbacks in episode 20 felt pointless and like a huge waste of precious screen time because we already knew and I would have much rather been on board with Sun Mi waiting for that big reveal. The emotional punch would have been much more profound.


The luke-warm:

Sun Mi’s character – She was alright (at times cute, at times strong) but overall she kind of paled in comparison to the rest of the cast.

Boo Ja’s sudden end – I held out hope we would get a final good-bye for her but turns out she was gone ever since her body was possessed. Too unfair. Bummer.


The inconsistency of the bromance/friendships – I loved the relationship between Oh Gong and Mawang but it felt really inconsistent to me. One minute they would be bromancing and the next Mawang would be contemplating eating Sun Mi. Not cool.
Plus, I was holding out hope for Sun Mi to make some friends during this but in the end it turns out the only one who really cared about her was Oh Gong (and Boo Ja, I suppose). When she lost her Sam Jang-ness everyone else just disserted her and didn’t seem to care about her, personally at all—which was really disappointing.


The ending – The ending itself has left me feeling conflicted.
On the one hand, it didn't end how I wanted it to (ie miraculously Happy Ever After) so I feel like whining, complaining, and sniveling. On the other hand, the ending remained true to the trajectory of the story (the Hong Sister's interpretation anyway, definitely not the original) and I realize that it could have been so.much.worse (this is me giving the side-eye to Black and Gu Family Book). I like that they at least gave us that open-ending since we know that Oh Gong is going to turn Heaven and Earth upside down to get Sun Mi back, no doubt about it. I just wanted to see it happen and not have to use my imagination. I feel like as viewers, we deserved that much. Plus, it would have been way more exciting to see a final episode where Oh Gong goes off to save Sun Mi from the underworld or whatever, than having practically an entire episode devoted to flash backs. Just sayin'.


The climax – I also felt very frustrated with the overall Doomsday arch.
And this is again where we could have devoted more time to Saving Sun Mi rather than just waiting for her to die.
The climax of that felt very anti-climatic and it's my one huge problem with the writing/directing. I felt pretty bored and boggled down in politics when it came to the End of The World plotline and in my option there was just a million other directions they could have gone with that to make it way more interesting, especially since they had endless possibilities given the world that was created for this drama. I think this is the show's weakest link and a huge stain on the last 4 episodes or so that cooled me down from obsessively invested to just wanting them to get it over with already.

Overall there are way more things to love than to hate about this drama and I could still go on and on. It’s not perfect but I know for sure I will definitely be re-watching it in the future and gushing over it just as much.
limenora 06 Mar, 2018
I very much enjoyed the whole drama, I anticipated every episode from week to week....aaaand I hate the way they "ruined" the ending.
I LOOOOVE the Hong sisters and their dramas, but they have this tendency to write a magnificent drama, and ruin it or unfinish it at the very last momet.

The drama plot was pretty much always predictable, but it was fun and the OST of this drama is high quality for sure. Loved the relationship between Son Oh Gong and Ma Wang. :)
I really liked the cast, I think they did a wonderful job. I'm not really a big fan of Oh Yeon So, for me she was the weakest link in this drama. I didn't dislike her acting or her character, simply just others were more natural and outshined her.


About the ending...
I just hate unfinished stories, and this is one of them. It slightly hints, that Son Oh Gong will find a way to find Jin Seon Mi .
Especially because I believe that the baby in a previous episode - the one the white heron sent to lure them to Sam Jang's hometown- is Seon Mi's and Son Oh Gong's baby from the future. I think that's why the white heron said someting along the lines of sending the baby 'back' because it's not his time to born/live yet. And everyone was mentioning (Ma Wang...ect.) how the baby resemled Son Oh Gong so much.

So I think he will find Jin Seon Mi, and they will live happily ever after in the future. But I would've loved a proper ending. Instead of flashbacking for a whole episode, they should've just give the main couple the ending they deserved.

On the other hand I liked how every other storyline was wrapped up nicely - especially Ma Wang's.
missiealice 05 Mar, 2018
Sobre o romance desse drama:
Assim como foi em I'm not a Robot, o que me incomoda é esse romance não fiável, por ser um amor "falso" por parte do prota. Dá até pra pensar "ah, não, mas no fundo é verdadeiro sim", ou no fim vão dizer que a tal pulseira não tinha realmente esse efeito do amor. Mas não adianta, a mocinha se apaixona de verdade, porém a recíproca não é convincente por conta de um detalhe-obstáculo (neste caso, a pulseira). Incomoda, sabe?
Vão deixar pra mostrar que o amor é real mesmo só no final, mas até lá a mocinha é a trouxa.
Oh Gong poderia ser perverso como era aparentemente, e não se tornar mais "mole" por um amor forjado numa pulseira. A pulseira podia funcionar de um modo diferente, sem envolver sentimentos, pois assim os sentimentos surgiriam naturalmente e seriam sólidos. O rebelde aprenderia a se controlar por necessidade, e não porque a mocinha ficaria toda triste e a pulseira não permite isso e blabla.
Enfim, acho que deu pra entender kkkkkk.
eunhye 02 Mar, 2018
It was so good, so good till the romance started. And then everything screwed up. Gosh. I have no power to finish it.
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