The yangban, the merchant, and the rebel leader in SBS’s Mung Bean Flower
Ask and ye shall receive! Ever since SBS’s Mung Bean Flower released its first teaser featuring Jo Jung-seok (Two Cops), I’ve been eagerly waiting to see the rest of the main cast in character. Though it might not be another teaser, the show has released stills of Yoon Shi-yoon (Your Honor), Han Ye-ri (Switch), and Choi Moo-sung (Mr. Sunshine), which already have me excited for what’s in store.
Yoon Shi-yoon, in his aristocratic garb, plays the legitimate half-brother of Jo Jung-seok’s character. Their father is a notorious and wealthy government official, though his station isn’t too high on the yangban totem pole. Yoon Shi-yoon’s character is described as everything opposite to Jo Jung-seok’s: Articulate, patrician in manner, with an air of high society about him. Like his half-brother, Yoon Shi-yoon’s character will undergo a dramatic transformation thanks to the peasant rebellion he gets swept up in, which sounds a little sad, given that he starts out as a young and intelligent man who hopes to reform Joseon from within the system.
How much do I love how fierce Han Ye-ri looks in these stills? Her character is described as a “woman of steel,” which sounds about right for a woman who aspires to become the foremost guild master of all of Joseon. Born as the only daughter to the head of a regional merchant guild, she’s also the owner of a well-known inn, an unenviable job that sounds a lot like a school teacher with a lot of hot-headed boys in her classroom. She might want to employ Choi Moo-sung to quell any rabble-rousers, which I’m sure he could do quite quickly with that impressive glare of his. Choi Moo-sung is the only one of the main cast who is playing an actual historical figure, Jeon Bong-joon, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the actor play the charismatic rebel leader, which I’m sure he’ll do with aplomb.
Mung Bean Flower is slated to air on SBS’s Friday-Saturday slot, premiering on April 26.