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Goddess of Fire’s teaser and couple posters
by | June 17, 2013 | 83 Comments

Here’s a peek at Moon Geun-young and Lee Sang-yoon in their new MBC sageuk Goddess of Fire Jung-yi, set to premiere in two weeks. I never thought I’d say this, but the more cutesy stuff I see for this show, the less I’m interested in it. Either Moon Geun-young has outgrown the cutesy, or this just wasn’t the tone I was expecting for this drama. But on the upside, I’ve been led astray by drama promo before (or, okay — almost always) so I suppose it’s no reason to write a show off entirely.

It’s just going to take something more than this teaser to get me to watch a 32-episode series, that’s for sure. I can’t figure out why they chose a tone so juvenile for a historical drama, even if it is a love story first. If your hero is King Gwanghae, shouldn’t there be a little more pomp and a little less lovesick puppy?

The posters are cute and I can see potential in their pairing (though it’s not the kind with explosive fireworks, to say the least), but that teaser just feels like it’s aimed at the child actress’s fan base more than the leading pair’s. At least Jin Ji-hee (Aging Family), who plays the young Jung-yi, looks like she’s having fun.

The Monday-Tuesday drama comes from the PD of Heading to the Ground and the writer of Warrior Baek Dong-soo, and will follow the life and love of the heroine who grows up to be the first female potter in Joseon, and shares a classic Love That Cannot Be with the king. That can’t possibly end well, but hey, she’s got Kim Bum waiting in the wings, so how bad could it be? Let’s just hope the show is better than it looks right now. If the goal was to set our expectations really low so that you could surprise us on premiere day, you’re halfway there, Show.

Goddess of Fire Jung-yi follows Gu Family Book and premieres July 1 on MBC.

Via TV Report


83 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. lovedrama

    Thank you for the update, I saw the second teaser and he looks not bad , It is better, but I think that the first one to teaser hints at the progress of the history. At the moment I love and I really look forward to being there on July 1st

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      The second teaser is a bit better but I’m still wary. Anything associated with Heading to the Ground needs to be buried and contained in the ground.

      • 1.1.1 Pipit


        And anything that associated with ‘a classic Love That Cannot Be with the king. That can’t possibly end well’ have been noted in my book of kdrama viewing guidance as ‘Don’t Watch It’.

      • 1.1.2 quesft


        No offense to anyone, but this drama looks very dry (boring). I am so over fusion sageuks at this point, what is the new theme/genre that kdramas will all copy and beat to the ground.

  2. dangerousgoods

    Thanks! Looking forward to its release, I can’t wait to see Kim Bum’s teaser pictures 🙂

  3. crazedlu

    I legitimately cringed a little when I first saw this teaser. Let’s hope the show is nothing like it.

  4. Llamaesque

    So what does the holstein cow that provided the background pattern have to do with this drama? (Or maybe it was a dalmatian?)

    • 4.1 kumi

      Don’t you know? They used cow dung in pottery! 🙂

      • 4.1.1 gingeranna

        I actually tought it was a Petri dish gone wrong. Maybe it’s actually a Petri dish made with cow dung! 😀

  5. Jillia

    I will always see Shin Yun Bok when I see MGY in sageuk attire… It’s just so weird/good – I don’t know. But I know for sure I will stay away from this… whatever it is.

  6. snow_white

    Well….I don’t know why but the drama sounds boring…..but stills are cute….so may be I might give it a try!!

  7. unknown

    Im not gonna lie that I cringe with that teaser! But in the bts videos, its nothing related to the story itself… So thank god… The second teaser is out and it looks sooo much better!

  8. Mystisith

    That teaser is awful. I don’t know that actor who will be the male lead but I find him not charismatic. Let’s hope for the viewers that he is a good actor… As MGY, I must have some kind of allergy.
    Sorry Bummie, I will wait for your next project. Where is he, by the way? It’s going to be like with Jae Hee in JOJ… Bleh.

    • 8.1 Jillia

      LMAO You mean like Jae Hee who was gone with the wind of boat until… which episode – episode 12? xD

      • 8.1.1 Gaeina Lee

        …and only few mins per ep afterward? 😀

    • 8.2 trixicopper

      I thought I was the only person on the planet with an MGY allergy! 🙂 I’m not an anti. That is just too much work and I’m too lazy. But I do have an allergy. 🙂

      • 8.2.1 anvesha

        I have it too.. but it’s mild enough that I can watch it for other actors if I want to but this drama doesn’t have any of them, so passss..

    • 8.3 Annie

      Moon Geun Young is a good actress but the fact that she looks perpetually 12 is disconcerting. Far be it from me to harp on an actress’ face but I really cannot imagine her in an adult role – which is quite a pity.

  9. spring

    Looks more like a brother-sister pairing. I guess I’m still hook on “My daughter, Seo-Young”.

  10. 10 KDaddict

    The photo of the sweet and pretty child actress standing among 6 tough guy ajussi’s all with world class choco abs! 😀

    • 10.1 bee

      “At least Jin Ji-hee (Aging Family), who plays the young Jung-yi, looks like she’s having fun.”

      After reading this I saw that picture. She’s still young, but I can see her sending this pictures to her eonnis, ha!

      • 10.1.1 JoAnne

        Yeah, I hope she saves a copy for later when she can appreciate it!

    • 10.2 Midori

      I was wondering why all the bodybuilders popped up in a saegeuk but not too hard as I was ogling all the pretty.

    • 10.3 Alex

      I know if anything i’ll watch this drama just to see the yummy ajussis with the choco abs 😀

      • 10.3.1 Bashful82

        My eyes did keep going to that pic. Not enough skin showing in sageuks…..

      • 10.3.2 scarlett

        is choco abs the trend in korea these days? that;s the first thing I noticed, too, while scrolling down.

    • 10.4 bd

      Jin Ji-hee has a very promising career ahead of her.

      Right now, if I were casting for the role of a “smart-alec” tweener, she’d be my 1st choice.

      As for the “beef” – normally I’m not that all impressed by the physiques of actors or idols, but darn, these guys are huge and cut; even Spartakooks would look like the “runt” in the litter.

  11. 11 KDaddict

    I thought you mentioned Ji Jin Hee. I thought he was gonna play King Gwanghae.

  12. 12 houstontwin

    I really don’t think that we can draw any conclusions from the promos. But,judging from the photo of the guys with the abs, the peasants of that time period must have had time for lots of crunches!

    • 12.1 Gaeina Lee


      What a diligent observer you are… ^^

  13. 13 cherygel

    My opinion is mitigated enough, i am again going to wait to comment but I am happy to see again Moon Geun Young

  14. 14 Gaeina Lee

    The teaser don’t sell anything to me, but both look cute.
    I love LSY, and I do love MGY.. Am in, and hoping that this would be good, way better than Horse Healer that made me doze off from 28+ eps.. *solemnly praying*

  15. 15 acejihyo

    still waiting for mgy to pick a project i really like.

    • 15.1 eny

      me too, the only her drama that i like is cinderella’s step sister

  16. 16 Tired of anti fans

    I love simply surement because of Moonie hehe otherwise it is just necessary to wait before talking nonsense lol

  17. 17 Kiara

    Sounds like it will be a great first 10 eps like WBDS. I love Jin Ji-hee, her part seems more lively and fun to watch.
    I’m not feeling the 2 leads although I love them both. MGY looks like child beside LSY.

  18. 18 dtp_jnr

    MGY’s young face is her biggest disadvantage cos she ends up looking like a child instead of a woman hence i don’t feel any kind of connection between the leads….It’s more of an Uncle and Niece relationship…I don’t think i’ll be watching past the children’s arch……

  19. 19 kimchi pop

    Is that ab picture…real? It looks fake but that could be due to bronzer usage.

  20. 20 Rach^^

    Moon Geun Young as an adult actress is not doing it for me. Her baby face is the biggest disadvantage now.

  21. 21 lovedramas

    I don’t even know what to think. Nothing really jumps out at all at all. But I have been burned many many times by decent trailers and horrible actual drama. So I won’t be fooled just yet. I am must harder to please nowadays so I doubt that I will follow this when it’s airing live.

    But I really want it to be good. I do! MGY – fighting! I think the main lead can act. So I just hope it will be good.

  22. 22 Noelle

    Woah! Those gents be ripped.

  23. 23 Addylovesbwood

    I love Lee Sang Yoon and will be watching for him… not so sure hw I feel abt MGY starring opposite him…oh well guess we’ll find out in two weeks

  24. 24 lemondoodle

    Moon Geun-young doesn’t look any older than the actresses playing her child hood self.

    • 24.1 BeanieLurker07

      They do look about the same age, don’t they? :\ Not sure what I think about all this yet. Will wait and see…

  25. 25 beggar1015

    I’m not planning to watch this drama because I don’t like MGY at all, but I may have to save that picture of the Six-pack Pack.

    Eye Candy – It’s a Good Thing

    • 25.1 feisty_gal

      Good. No need to fight. I keep my Moonie, you have your beef burgers.

      • 25.1.1 beggar1015

        Everybody wins!

  26. 26 Jo

    For me I’m really interested in this saguek mainly because of the history. The Immortal Lee Soon Shin touched a bit of this part of history in that drama, so I’m excited to see more (even though it’s not exactly the same period…but potters being kidnapped!funfunfun) I’m definitely going to give this drama a chance.

  27. 27 goldeng

    and my question is: where is kim bum??! scrolled down to see himand surprise! no kim bum…

  28. 28 bebeswtz

    I feel I need, NEED, more Kim Bum for me to get sucked into this one

  29. 29 Qued

    I Love Geun Young. Really.
    But recently her choice of drama makes me stay away from her, I want to love her again. Wishing the drama all the best.

    Moonie hwaiting.

  30. 30 MariD

    I’ll ask the IMPORTANT question….
    Where is my Bummie?????

    • 30.1 Shiku

      In China

  31. 31 Noemi

    I was really surprised by the tone of the teaser; it didn’t mesh at all with what I was expecting from the bits of synopsis I’d read so far. It kind of reminds me of the tone of MTETS, essentially a Disney-esque teen show masquerading as a historical drama. Then again, as GF pointed out, teasers can be misleading, so I may be completely wrong.

  32. 32 Missy

    Am I the only person that thinks MGY isn’t pretty enough to be the OTP. Every time I watch a drama with her I have to get used to her. Maybe that’s vapid but hey she’s a movie star

  33. 33 Annabelle

    who’s the lead actor? kim bum or lsy? read somewhere that it’s kim bum

    • 33.1 OxyR

      I think it’s LSY..judging from the poster.

  34. 34 sososo

    The peasants at that time must had a very good diet, well nourished.

  35. 35 aX

    eXciting but omg, that picture with all those guys! O_O

  36. 36 Mar

    Reasons Not to Watch-

    -I generally never like MGY dramas
    -The guys in the wood and the little girl scream Snow White and the & Trolls and kind of wigs me out
    -The lead actor is not my cup of tea
    -I’m willing to bet all the good stuff happens with the child actress and we spend the rest of the time watching MGY be conflicted and not sell the pottery making and watching the lead actor be conflicted as he watches MGY not sell the pottery making.

    Reasons to Watch-

    Kim Bum

    Sooooo….yeah, I’m thinking I’m going to just have to look for pretty recap pictures of that pretty boy on the net and PASS.

  37. 37 cheliwel

    I loved MGY in cinderella’s sister and thought she portrayed the adult role well. But I’m not sure if it’s the makeup, hair, costume but she looks like a teen with a man that could be old enough to be her uncle. Also does she has two leading man?

  38. 38 dduk

    hummm this trailer I don’t like as much. it’s not engaging? or… uhh doesn’t pull me in. But the second trailer that played after Gu family book today was really interesting… It even got my dad to ask me what that was…and he doesn’t even watch dramas!

  39. 39 Amy

    The second trailer was much better. No matter what I’m tuning in for one of my favorite actress, love my Moonie.

  40. 40 melo.boy

    its Moonie ! . and her fans are waiting…
    And by the way , girlfriday ,you are absolutely right ! it will be quite difficult to tell its a good saguek drama .. with 32 episodes, lovesick puppies, juvenile tone ?!
    but it would be interesting to check out 2-3 episodes., u can’t tell how it would turn out !

  41. 41 bambledd

    Finally. It’s been a while they’ve had a saeguek where the lead lady doesn’t look like the lead guy’s mother or aunt.

    (Specifically talking about Han Ga-In in Moon Embracing the Sun and Kim Tae Hee in her current historical piece. The lead women were fine, but they should have gotten men their age, not babies when compared to them. Just sayin’.)

  42. 42 anais

    I love Moon Geun Young’s acting, but I really wish someone would do something about the caterpillars above her eyes. Please. Such a pity to have such distractions.

    • 42.1 feisty_gal

      @ anais. By the way, could you post a picture of your own caterpillars for us to take a look? If you do, let us do the comparisons and be the judge of it. Until then, I think you should take a good hard look at yours before passing such tasteless remarks.

      If you find Moonie’s caterpillars such distraction, pray do not watch her drama then. You might just get blinded when it turns into a butterfly.

    • 42.2 bambledd

      Not her fault though. She’s not the makeup person! :0

  43. 43 Hazel

    MGY is a very capable actress. The problem is that actresses in Korea basically cannot get roles that do not revolve around or prominently feature lovelines, and MGY’s primary deficiency as an actor is the difficulty she has in creating chemistry/sparks with her male leads.

    I wish she could snag a role that didn’t center around romance.

  44. 44 Heelie

    Woah! I did not know doing pottery can build so much muscles!! Look at all those abs!!

  45. 45 Nilechoclat

    Let us see the drama first seriously only matter you is the face actually I will watch the story which only I care about I wish strong story that will make actors awesome or not .

  46. 46 Rovi



    • 46.1 Alicia

      was going to ask the same thing!!!

  47. 47 Bayard

    Definitely hope Kim Bum gets his first really leading role after the Tsui Hark´s film, at last. This waiting in the wigs, well … Definitely would want to watch him in something interesting, and this, frankly, doesn´t look very appeasing so far.

  48. 48 Newborn Fanatic

    yea..i’m not sure if I’ll take the time to watch this drama. Maybe read your recaps first and then decide. 🙂

  49. 49 Abbie

    I had no plans to follow this drama at all, but now…. yeah, still won’t follow it. I’m really getting tired of all the sageuk this year. Gu Family Book I love because Lee Seung-gi is in it, and the story is compelling. But this Goddess of Fire just looks so childish. It doesn’t help that the female lead looks like she should still be in school. Don’t get me wrong, I love Moon Geun-young, but I just can’t see her in a sageuk as the lead. I can see her as the lead’s younger sister. That’s all. It doesn’t matter that Kim Bum is also in this. I most likely will not watch it.

    I also think it’s about time Kim Bum was a lead in a drama. He plays the loyal best friend very well. Let’s see him play the hero for once with a loyal best friend of his own.

  50. 50 addict

    IM DISSAPOINTED!!! MGY she still have a baby face… and yet she always pair up with man much older…
    it will be wonderful if they could pair up mgy n kimbum…
    seem like kimbum yet again!! can’t get the heroine this time!!
    most probably I won’t be following this drama
    1st it’s too long …
    2nd I don’t like the pairing.. it’s painful to watch 2nd lead being the perfect match with the heroine while can’t never get it…
    3rd I dunno the male lead!

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