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Two demons and a human woman face off in Hwayugi

Very cool. I love the stylish teasers that have been coming out of the Hong sisters’ newest fantasy drama Hwayugi, though they don’t really give much away in terms of plot. I’m trying not to let my hopes get too high, but it’s difficult when the main leads are Lee Seung-gi (You’re All Surrounded), Cha Seung-won (Hwajeong), and Oh Yeon-seo (My Sassy Girl), all looking badass and ready to kick some demonic butt.

First, we have Lee Seung-gi’s Sun Wukong, aka the mischievous Monkey God, who introduces himself as “decadent and devilish.” I’m loving the decidedly rascally vibe he’s giving off from this short teaser, and I’m looking forward to the havoc I’m sure he’ll be wreaking in the show. Next, we have another powerful demon in Cha Seung-won’s Bull Demon King, who descends (ascends?) from hell in the teaser, with steaming tar covering his white shoes. He might look genteel and suave on the outside, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s the “king of demons,” as he declares in front of his masked followers.

And last but not least is Oh Yeon-seo, playing the rare human in Hwayugi’s mythical lineup. She wields an umbrella with a talisman attached underneath, which doubles as a weapon against evil spirits. She calls herself a “human with the ability to see demons,” and I can’t wait to see her whacking demons out of the way with her umbrella. I’m curious to see how the allegiances line up, since it looks like Lee Seung-gi and Oh Yeon-seo’s characters are facing off the same horde of demons that stood behind Cha Seung-won, which does suggest there might be some epic fighting among our leads, at least in the beginning.

I’m just excited to see promo material for Hwayugi, since it feels like forever since the project was first announced, and the cast is pretty amazing. In addition to the leads, the supporting cast includes Lee Hong-ki (Modern Farmer), Bora (Doctor Stranger), Lee Se-young (The Best Hit), and Lee El (Black), some of whom are pictured in the script read stills below.

Also, as part of the ongoing partnership between Netflix and tvN, the online streaming service has acquired the international broadcasting rights to Hwayugi, and is planning to make the series available in early 2018. Hopefully, international fans won’t have to wait too long in the new year to watch the show.

Hwayugi will premiere on December 23 to take over tvN’s weekend slot from The Most Beautiful Goodbye in the World, which is set to follow Revolutionary Love.

Via tvN Facebook, Herald Pop, Sports Chosun, Maeil Kyungjae

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These teasers are fun. Looking forward to this.

Hoping TvN won't be letting the episodes get too bloated because I just can't with the hour and a half episodes anymore. Also hoping the Hong sisters have gotten their groove back with this one since they have solid source material and an excellent cast. At least with them I know I'll be in for some good laughs and fun characters.

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Oh gosh yes! I hope its not insanely long.. Smart Prison Living suffers from the same issue..

btw is Oh Yeon Soo good? I have only seen her in My Sassy Girl and that show was all kinds of terrible...

Looking fwd to this too!

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She's brilliant. She was in Shine or Go Crazy and Go Back Mister, and whether or not one liked the dramas, she was great in them.

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I've only seen her in Come Back Ahjusshi, and that show had all sorts of issues too, but she committed to the comedy and so I really liked her. (It also probably helped that she was in the better of the two major storylines.)

I feel like with the Hong sisters you need a leading lady who doesn't mind going all in with the funny and OYS seems to fit that mold well. Just hope the writing holds up -- maybe with source material to follow they'll have a better shot this time around?

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Yes I like that she can go all out on comedy. But for me the biggest question is can she rein in it? She was too slap sticky in Sassy Girl. Even though the tone of the show veered that way, I still felt her acting was too over the top which just put me off the show entirely so I'm not sure what to expect from her this time.

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She was amazing in Come Back Mister. That drama was just OK but she was great in it. She went all out with her role, and I was even shipping her with Honey Lee. She did both slapstick comedy and melo well in it

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IS IT DECEMBER 23rd YET????

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The umbrella is too cute as a shield from demon 😊 (don't tell me that her late mother gave it to her when she was a child)

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haha I can see this korean trope happening straight away.

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Does this mean we have to wait for Netflix to release it!? If that’s the case I might have to kill myself because that’s so unfair.

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NOOOOO I hope not 😭😭😭 someone please answer is Netflix gonna monopolize the airing of the show?

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This looks a bit unlike the usual Hong Sisters drama. I’m not sure what it’s gonna be like but I’ll try out the first few episodes. Something about it feels a bit like I won’t like it despite loving the cast. But I really want to be proven wrong on this.

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What a SOLID cast!

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I'm getting serious Constantine (Movie) vibes from these trailers. Hope it's good!

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Oh sweet potatoes I just wet my pants with excitement!!! #hongsisters #chaseungwon #leehongki #leeseunggi

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The teasers appear in a deliciously dark chocolate background. I am hoping for something that tilts towards a darker comedy and a stronger story rather than the romance being central to it.

They appear to have a cast to kill for. With this built in interest, I hope they're going to take some chances on the story and characters rather than making something run off the mill and insipid.

Fighting!!!

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lee el is here too? Wow, i'll have to check it out. and Oh yeon seo looks so pretty in the script reading pics. I hope the 'powers' don't come out cheesy though.

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"Netflix (...) and is planning to make the series available in early 2018"

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The leads and supporting actors are making me excited for this. The trailers look really slick and make me want to watch this. Please be good!!!

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I'm very interested to see how Hong sister will change Oh Yeon Seo's character. I really hope she won't turn out to be kind of useless character and always needed to be saved (as shown in the original Journey of the West), she looks really badass in the trailer so please Hong sisters surprise us pleasantly! And please no "must eat her flesh to be an immortal" BS... *eyeroll*

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Two gods and a human girl.... I'm getting Goblin vibes somehow.

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Nope. It's Journey to the West vibe.

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Definitely Journey to the West vibe. All of them are demons except the girl

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I'm watching this for Cha Seung-SWOON 😍 Please let this show be the Christmas gift that we deserve, drama gods!

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Cha Seung-swoon indeed!😍

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I see Lee El I click.

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I can never decide if Lee El deserves lead roles or if she should just stick to supporting roles because she's always AWESOME in them and might suit them better than most female lead roles.

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i am going to be all over this. Lee Seung Gi + Cha Seung Won + Oh Yeon Seo....
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i missed lee seung gi so much omg
like when i heard his voice in the teaser, i didn't expect it to sound so familiar

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As far as I know, this drama will also be on Viki. And I don't know why everyone hates Netflix, next to Viki they're the only platform that provides subs in multiple languages. But I forgot, most people want everything for free and watch their stuff on illegal platforms.

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I watch everything legally and pay for subscriptions to dramafever and viki as well as having netflix, but I detest that Netflix wants exclusive rights to shows that they don’t plan on simulcasting. It’s unfair to the fans who are paying for that privilege by have it stripped from them because of these stupid money hungry partnerships. If viki has it as well then that’s fine but if not a lot of people will end up turning to illegal sites because they have to wait much longer for the content. It’s just unfair and if Netflix wants to join the game they really need to change their system.

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Exactly. I have absolutely no problem watching dramas legally and that's my preferred way, especially because I like watching them on my Roku. If a drama is available legally within a reasonable time-frame then I will definitely watch it legally.

The problem comes when Netflix is the only option, like how it is now with Smart Prison Living. It's really a stupid business strategy on Netflix's part, especially their choice to make US viewers wait until the show is complete. Dedicated drama fans that like to keep up with currently airing shows are going to be much more likely to turn to illegal sites to watch their dramas when Netflix does this. It just doesn't make sense to me.

Also, I really can't understand why Viki and DF are able to provide subs on the same day while even for non-US viewers Netflix is taking a week to upload. Surely Netflix has the resources to provide faster subs.

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It must be nice to live somewhere that gets licenses for most shows and movies... Apparently means you can afford to be snarky to all the people who don’t.

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Excellent example of the polite disciplinary Punnery Seargent!! *clap clap*

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Oooh Kaybee is indeed awesome like that! :)
*claps with you*

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Lol, I am not living in the US that gets most licenses. But not having enough money is no excuse to support things you like or do you think Viki & Co. are getting their licenses for free?

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I didn't say you live in the US nor did I mention money or whether or not one should support sites like viki. I only responded to how you seemed to assume that everyone will have this drama available to them on a paid streaming site, which, as far as I know, isn't true.

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honestly I am looking forward to this. i have zero dramas right since none from the new batch of dramas have made me feel interested. I hope the Hong sisters have brought their pre- Big mojo back and make this drama a fun one with high concept and solid comedic beats.

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I'm interested but skeptical. The Hong Sisters most recent dramas have a tendency to make me interested in the beginning, but fizzle in the middle and towards the end. There's a great cast here though so hopefully they wont waste it.

I'm also not liking this whole netflix thing. It's great that they're joining the game so kdramas can potentially reach more people, but it sucks when they're holding subs weeks/months after the shows premiered. The excitement dies down after awhile.

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I need me some supernatural. Yay!

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Same! Would upvote +1000

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I didn't expect to love Hwayugi's teasers... but I love them a lot. I love the stylish feels, I love the effects (CGI?), and I love how well these clips introduce our main characters.

But I don't trust Hong sisters anymore :(. I'll start watching this if the reviews are great!

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Lee and Cha had a good chemistry in You're All Surrounded as team leader/rookie cop! Looking forward to this fantasy action drama!

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I’m here for Lee El. But so excited to see this for the “new people” whom I’ve never seen!

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As expected from tvN, it looks gooooood! But like always: where are the women????

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These trailers are very good :)

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Choi Kang Chi is back but now he has yellow eyes! Miss Gu Family Book so much

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