The pretty and fierce guardians of Silla in first teaser for Hwarang
The first teaser is out for KBS’s new youth fusion sageuk Hwarang, a drama that takes place 1,500 years ago during the Silla Dynasty. The story revolves around the Hwarang warriors, known for being handsome and militarily skilled, as they exhibit their fiery passion, encounter love, and grow as men and warriors.
The teaser offers us a glimpse of the six main Hwarang warriors played by Park Seo-joon (She Was Pretty), Park Hyung-shik (High Society), Min-ho (Because It’s the First Time), Do Ji-han (Basketball), Jo Yoon-woo (I Order You), and Kim Tae-hyung aka V of Bangtan Boys (BTS). Park Seo-joon plays a brave, legendary warrior of low birth who falls in love with Go Ara (You’re All Surrounded). Go Ara’s character is half commoner and half royal, and she’s sunny and honest. Park Hyung-shik plays a lonely, distrustful king who secretly becomes a Hwarang warrior and in the process regains his strength and leadership ability. V plays the innocent maknae, Jo Yoon-woo plays the handsome one harboring inner turmoil, Do Ji-han plays the one with expensive taste and great political ambitions, and Min-ho plays the chivalrous Casanova.
The teaser opens with Park Seo-joon’s intense gaze as he wields a sword. Sung Dong-il (Legend of the Blue Sea), the overseer of Hwarang, addresses the empress dowager played by Kim Ji-soo (Memory) and describes his Hwarang warriors as a “beautiful and special existence” willing to risk their lives for the sake of the country and the people; he says Hwarang is the future of this divine nation.
Park Seo-joon declares, “Hwarang, with the spirit of the divine nation and on behalf of the divine nation and imperial family, will do our utmost.” The rest of the warriors repeat this mantra and draw their swords in unison as they stand in formation.
The teaser is a decent breadcrumb with quick flashes of the main Hwarang warriors and lengthier screentime for lead Park Seo-joon. Also, is there a drama Sung Dong-il hasn’t appeared in this year? After the disappointment that was Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, I’m tempering my expectations for Hwarang. Expect nothing, and I’ll never be disappointed, right?
Hwarang is fully pre-produced and will premiere on December 19.
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