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More flower boy warriors and a princess for Hwarang

Additional character posters are out for KBS’s upcoming fusion sageuk Hwarang. Hwarang is a fully pre-produced, coming-of-age story that takes place 1500 years ago during the Silla dynasty, centering around the Silla Hwarang warriors who were known for their flower boy looks as well as their military prowess. It’s a youth sageuk that will depict the warriors’ fiery passions and loves as they grow as men and fighters. Park Seo-joon (She Was Pretty), Go Ara (You’re All Surrounded), and Park Hyung-shik (High Society) headline.

Here we have flower boy warrior Min-ho (Because It’s the First Time). Hot-blooded and chivalrous, he’s also known as the resident playboy. However, contrary to popular belief, he’s actually not a serial womanizer, but a man who has a dedicated love. Do Ji-han (Basketball) plays a callous and prickly “gold and silver spoon” young man with great political ambitions.

Seo Ye-ji (Moorim School) plays Princess Sook-myung, a lonely and unhappy young woman due to her sheltered royal upbringing. Jo Yoon-woo (I Order You) is handsome on the outside and harbors sharp thorns of pain on the inside. The youngest warrior is played by V of Bangtan Boys (BTS), and he’s described as a fresh-faced boy with a pure spirit.

The posters definitely scream flower-boy loud and clear, but the cheery tone is a major contrast to the dark and somber posters of recently concluded sageuk Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, which was also populated with beautiful boys. I think we’re in for lighter fare this time, but I hope there’s going to be some drama underneath all the sunshine and flowers.

Hwarang premieres on December 19 after The Man Living in Our House ends its run.

Via My Daily

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please be good please be good.
please don't be dissapointing...

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*fingers crossed hoping it's nothing like Scarlet Heart* >.<

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As another poster said, please "Don't Scarlet Heart This Show!"

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I'm not biased about anything (hopefully)... But I think I will end my silence now. I'm not alone in saying that the original BBJX (w/ Nicky Wu) was better. I don't like to sound like a hater, a "complete fanatic of the Chinese" version, or be mobbed by the large following of Scarlet Ryeo. To each his own, but I gave Moon Lovers (KR) a chance.

Scarlet Ryeo, to be fair, had huge fanbase. I like IU very much so I'm happy it was a huge success for her. But I will be honest now: The original Bubu Jing Xin was really better. Promise.

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These flower boys aint doing anything for me.

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This was my exact thought, too. Actually, I kind of cringed a bit, TBH.

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I don't even want to think about their acting, especially in a sageuk. Very little to zero experience.

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I wish for Hwarang the dark version w/ Lee Jun-ki.

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I second this one. Only LJK and no one else. Gosh, thankfully he could walk out being the best thing out of a hot mess.

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This hairstylist will ruin LJK.

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This drama is not on my "want to watch" list, however even I am surprised at how bad the posters/pictures have been so far.

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Agree. The hairstyles are really unflattering on everyone. I was looking forward to this drama, but these posters are lessening my anticipation.

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I get that they are flower boys. But they don't look like they could actually hold a sword. Too effeminate IMO

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I feel the same... & these posters are making it worse..

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I didn't even recognize Seo Ye Ji. She looks so different...

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Hope it will be balanced,if the hair is so ugly at least the story should be good,there must be fairness in this dramaworld,no?
The mane of glory definetly isin't for everyone!

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Lmfaoo

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is this how they are gna look for most of the drama? Is there gna be awful cheesy cgi as well? We aren't supposed to take this drama seriously, right??

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The posters sure are pretty. I like the bright, blurry background contrasting with the clear image of each character.

The guys' hairstyles are definitely bad.

I'd like it if this drama can balance both the lighter side of things along with the deeper, angsty scenes. I don't want it to be pure fluff.

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The posters are pretty! Yes, it reminds me to Moonlight's individual posters (which were totally amazing). But sadly instead of Joseon's simplicity, it has Silla's trademark of long hair and fancy accessories (that is surely exaggerated).

But on the other side, keep it in mind that this (along with Moonlight and The Man Who Lives in Our House) would be the only ones of KBS mid-length rom-com this year.

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Moon Lovers posters were too photo-shopped for my taste with all the smoke and dark filters. Plus, the floating heads! Eeeek. Moonlight's posters were good. Simple, been-there-done-that but fresh and lovely. I think KBS is doing the same with Hwarang but I just don't see the lightness of Moonlight's promo materials applying to Silla's warriors.

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These posters make me look forward to the "Mane of Glory" & "Mane of Shame" sections in the year-end polls, instead of the show.

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I'm sure Wang So's mane of glory in Scarlet Heart Ryeo will be the winner. Damn...his hair was gorgeous that I shipped WS-his hair as my 2nd OTP!

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Lol I second this

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Agree and Ji Soo may win "Side Burn of The Year".

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I think they were on the brink of fusing together and becoming a singular side burn.

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His brows too...they fused and became one single long brow stretching across the forehead.

He believed in fusion.

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'Til he could tie them in a bow under his chin *shudder*

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My fav mane of glory was the monk slaughter scene...LJK looked ethereally beautiful and his moves were so graceful yet deadly, and when he took a deep breath and closed his eyes, and the scene froze, he was beyond beautiful....ah, I miss Wang So so much....sobs...

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Damn, I feel you! LJK is the only one who can perfectly pull the paradox of a gracefully beautiful and badass deadly warrior. <3 He's the one and only.

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tbh lee junki at least didnt have us cringe at the teaser poster... but look at how park seojoon did... (finger crossed it be better in the drama)

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True, LJK looked beautifully hot and badass from the get go!

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This is weird but I feel that among all the flower boys, and although she's pretty, the princess is looking like a boy in disguise...
I was really looking forward to this drama when I saw the picture of Park Seo-joon back in April. I am now getting more and more disappointed with every additional character poster.

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Exactly my thought, I wasn't sure if it was a boy a girl until I saw the earrings. Unfortunately the boys are prettier.

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LMAO, I agree with you about princess. This actress just always looks older than her age and doesn't have cute face like other actresses.

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I thought I was the only one that felt that way. LOL.

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Wow, now Min-ho look dreamy in this poster.

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I am not digging any of them.

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Woaah, I don't know that Seo Yeji will be in the show. Pretty excited to see V's acting. And awww, they let him show his rectangle smile :)

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and I'm just here appreciating do jihan's face.

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The girl looks like her face was photoshopped into the photo. She looks more like a male than the guys in the posters too.

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The man in the poster after Seo Ye Ji looks prettier and more feminine than her

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So glad that I wasn't the only one thinking that way. I actually had to scroll up whether if its a she or he. And the fact that I am not so familiat with Seo Ye Ji didnt help at all.

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I'm just here for V and I ain't ashamed to say it

#btsnoonafan

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Same friend. Same. #alsoanoonafan

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Let the V noona flags fly!!! Taehyung fighting!!

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Aww~~~ our little puppy, Tae Hyung <3
Please don't suck, Show.. ^_^v

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Bts noona fans unite!!!

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I reaaaaaalllllyyyyyy hope he worked well so to the level that at least he didn't overact and be criticized.... just take a slow pace and be like B1A4 Jinyoung I hope...

Taehyung-ah.... we believe in you...

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Same, I am only here for Taehyung^^ Gosh, I hope this drama turns out good!

#btsnoonafan

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Yes!! Will watch anything with cutie V! Hope they don't kill him in the drama!
#anotherbtsnoonafan

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I can already see it for myself Min Ho is going to come off bad maybe even worse then beakhyun on this show

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I have sweet tooth, but this is too much.
Me likeeeeeeeeey...

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Didn't know SYJ was in this till I saw the posters! Let's hope this is gonna be a good show, displaying proper use of pre-production!! Not just the pretty!! XD

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oh man. those photos made me laugh a little. xD

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Mmm... Minho looks so good in his poster, and the last guy looks a lot like Kim Ki-bum, I miss that guy. Can't wait to watch this. Hopefully it has the same light-hearted vibe Moonlight had in the beginning.

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these are some really cheesy, questionably photoshopped posters.

flatters none of them. is this going to be another moon lovers?

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the posters are cringy, the fact that they make the male look prettier than female make this even more cringy. the bet the story also will be cringy.?

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Some of the comments for this article and the last article about the Hwarang posters had me in stitches. So amazing how verbal we are about these images... The mane of glory sure ain't for everyone. And I really hope this drama turns out good. Let's go the Moonlight route instead of Moon Lovers, okay, show?

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Lee Junki's mane of glory is so strong that these guys hair just...

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LOL. I am looking forward to drama end's voting poll. Who would win the Mane of Glory category and who would win Mane of Shame?

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They are seriously going for the flower boy concept that these posters are overflowing with cheese... and I cringe. SYJ looks like a guy and the guy after her looks like a girl... I'm confused. The team behind this drama's poster shoot is not doing its job well. Here's to hoping that the drama is good despite these badly made posters.

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They all look like guys in drag. Guys in drag with fugly hair. Guys in drag with fugly hair and questionable taste in accessories. Urgh

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Sometimes we mistakenly equate pre-production with quality. I don't know how k-drama production works, but the creative team may not actually spend the extra time on the show. Maybe because of budget constraints, they don't hire editors for longer periods to polish the show. If the writer and director are not all that exceptional, then they might not deliver a story even with longer planning stage. I was under the impression that because of various factors such as budgets, and actor's schedules, they just don't have as much time to spend on the show as pre-production might suggest. Movies are all shot before their release, and yet we end up with terrible films. Dramas ate the same. While most shows benefits from pre-production, it doesn't automatically guarantee a well thought out show.

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yes you are right. Pre-Production definitely has more pros than con. I just wanted to point out that, we, dramabeans readers, hold a different expectation from shows that are not live shoot. flimming earlier is a plus for actors and crews, but it doesn't mean the story would be something epic or amazing.

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Personally, I'd prefer a drama that was 50% pre-produced. That way, the production schedule won't be tight but the team can still take audience response into account. I think TvN uses this system (which also explains why they produce some top-quality dramas).

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So I completely misread the character descriptions and got excited by myself. I totally read Minho's character as having a dedicated love for Do Ji Han because I thought I saw a comma. I really thought for a second that Minho's character, despite looking like a player, is actually lowkey, a player for the other team. I was so proud of the progressiveness of the drama for a second and was thinking if this were truly the case I'd have to watch it, manes of shame be damned. I was anticipating all the delicious and heartwrenching forbidden love angst reminiscent of Reply 1997 or The Lover. But nope, just my delusions acting up again. However since I'm on the topic, can we get another loveline like Takuya and Joonjae again? That ends happily? Please?

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Im honestly looking forward to this drama, I'm a fan of BTS so seeing Taehyung in a drama makes me really happy I'm also really looking forward to seeing Go Ara and the other actors in this. I think it is a bit much to judge how the drama will be based on the posters but I hope it's an enjoyable drama to watch. Why can't december come sooner?

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What's up with the girl from Moorim School? That was a bad drama and she wasn't very good in it. I don't get why they keep casting her. Is there something special I'm missing?

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Me too. I'm never interested wherever she's concerned, and Jung Yoo-jin totally outshines her in Moorim School. But I'm gonna watch this for the boys and Go Ara.

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This is result after they wasting of money..

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I actually like the picture, I find it pretty and minho with do ji han suit the hairstyle.

This hair looks better than the average hair in moon lovers and as I remember, this is the hairstyle in Silla as in QSD and Sadam.
We can't expect they all to look fabolous cause not all people that lived in the era can pull off the hairstyle to,
just like in Qing dinasty..

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When photobucket is under maintenance... it seems it is sparing me from seeing Hwarang's posters. LOL

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Min-ho knows these posters are wrong. He is crying on the inside. You can see it in his eyes.

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WTF is this?!!!

The dudes are supposed to look beautiful AND BADASS! Like Lee Jun Ki/Wang So!

These dudes got 0 badassery IMO! >_< though they are pretty enough but I do not see the warriors in them, at all!

WTF?! These dudes better surprise in the drama by doing their own badass stunts and kicking assess an shopping heads off like there is NO tomorrow!!

I've been looking forward to this drama since it was announced and I hope it doesnt disappoints by falling into a fluffy plot.

GIMME WAR! thy are freaking warriors!! goddamnit!!!!

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