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Matchmaking for the king in Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency

I love this fusion sageuk drama already. Recently, Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency has been doing more promo, gearing up for its September air date. Still cuts of the matchmaking trio, Kim Min-jae (Mr. Sunshine, The Great Seducer), Park Ji-hoon (formerly of Wanna One), and Byun Woo-seok (Search: WWW) have been released.

Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency’s plot centers around a man who became king overnight, but he still longs for his first love from the village. The king is being played by Seo Ji-hoon (Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter), and his romantic interest by Gong Seung-yeon (Are You Human Too). Because he’s the king and she has humble origins, their statuses are incompatible, making it impossible for them to marry. So he hires Kim Min-jae and his flower crew to do a My Fair Lady-esque transformation on Gong Seung-yeon.

According to his character description, Kim Min-jae plays the handsome leader and ace of the matchmaking agency, with a marriage-introduction success rate of 99%. Although he may look like a rich nobleman’s son on the outside, he’s more than his graceful looks. He knows how to deftly command language and sharply observe people and their habits. Park Ji-hoon plays the image-making consultant Young-soo, and Byun Woo-seok plays information expert Do-joon.

Although matchmaking agencies run by men are not the norm, Kim Min-jae and his crew are known to have the Midas touch when it comes to marriage so they’re sought out by men and women alike. The secret to this success is not trust, hope, or even love between his matches; it is objective compatibility. He looks at the partners’ mannerisms, personalities, financial assets, educational and family backgrounds before suggesting the matches.

On September 16, JTBC’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday drama Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency, written by Kim Yi-rang and directed by Kim Ga-ram, will air its first episode.

Via Osen, JTBC

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Ha ha the one guy's hanbok looks like Joseon nurses' scrubs

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I'm guessing he's the image making consultant, so I'm expecting pretty,stylish, fashionable hanboks. Let's see if they can top Song Joongki's Yeorim of Sungkyungkwan Scandal wardrobes. Those were so fancy!

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SJK is a traditional rich hanbok, while him is more fusion futuristic modern/traditional hanbok. So yeeee

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Song Joongki's fancy style matches well with his playful personality. He was the total opposite when he wore the king's robe in TREE WITH DEEP ROOT.

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That commented totally made me laugh out loud! Haha haha. Totally agree!

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Nae maeum soge jeojang! 😉

This cast is Hwarang pretty, and hopefully this drama is Hwarang better.

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HA!

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Amen

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I heard the writer of the source novel is helming the script. Probably a good sign?

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I hope this show is not only cute and funny but it will also showcase the acting abilities of the cast because we all know that all of them can act!

This show is going to be pretty but please be light with some depth.

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I'm a little... confused. As I read the description I kept expecting Kim Min-jae's character to be revealed as the real other half of the OTP, because that fits with the how these kinds of stories usually play out. Eliza Doolittle herself being a prime example. Along with pretty much every girl who has been made over in the history of film. Maybe he ultimately will and maybe he won't, I'm still curious either way, but the detour from the predicted path was a surprise.

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Kim Minjae seems to be the male lead from what I heard, and the teasers seem to focus on him

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Kim Min Jae was under utilized in "The Great Seducer", and I didn't watch "Mr. Sunshine"....

For his sake, please be good, please be good, please be good....

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Kim Min-jae was only a cameo in Mr. Sunshine.

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Yea, I didn't watch "Mr. Sunshine"

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Exactly my sentiments. Please let this be good for his sake. I miss him in drama land.

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:)

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@bebeswtz,
I agree that THE GREAT SEDUCER wasted Kim Min-jae (along with the rest of the cast). His cameo in MR. SUNSHINE, however, was perfect, as he played the young adult version of one of the youngsters who managed to survive the turbulence of late Joseon, and would continue the fight for Korean independence from Japan.

KMJ did a great job in THE BEST HIT as the earnest, mature idol trainee son of a time-traveling arrested-adolescent 90s pop star. He knocked it out of the ballpark with his rap number, "Dream." In ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM, he memorably played a Doldam Hospital ER nurse, which put him on my radar. He also made an impressive young king in GOBLIN, and looked every inch the part in his royal garb. I'm tickled at the prospect of seeing him in a sageuk that hopefully will be a Joseon PYGMALION.

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The teasers aren't even out and I love this already

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That's an interesting angle, to make a kdrama that's all makeover.

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The one with that futuristic fashion is an child actor. If i am not mistaken his last work as an actor is on 2014?2016? with Yoojung. Both a achild actor. He is good at expression on stage, so i am looking forward to see him as an adult actor. I hope his professor at ChungAng University, give tips, SO I AM ALL EXCITED FOR HIM

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In this case a "you're all set but feelings happen" with actually falling for someone else would be more fascinating.

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When I heard about this drama, I thought Seo Ji Hoon was the male lead but it looks like it's Kim Min Jae. I hoped Seo Ji Hoon would have finaly a lead role! I guess he still got the girl in his last drama, so it's ok :p

Gong Seung Yeon is a good actress, she was pretty funny in My Only Love Song.

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The actor who portrays the image expert, Park Jihoon, did acting as a child and he mostly played beggars in sageuks, so his wardrobe is definitely an upgrade (plus his clean face) 😂
I think it's finally time Kim Minjae played the main protagonist in a drama, and I sure hope he's rootable.
What's interesting about choosing the Crown Princess (or Queen) in Joseon is that basically all young eligible women are called to enter the selection process (except if they are of low class, like butchers, beggars, courtesans, or from a widowed parent), but ultimately the one with a good bearing and intelligence and grace is ultimately chosen.

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I'm more excited for Tale of Nokdu but both these dramas have such cute plots and amazing actors I'm excited to watch them! Ratings wise I expect this to perform better being on cable which generally has better production and writing quality. Next time can we please have a crossover with Kim Minjae and Kim Sohyun for their much needed reunion!

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This looks fun and it's good to see Gong Seung-yeon back in a sageuk.

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Oh and Ko Won-hee was hella good in JTBC's CRUEL PALACE. I'm excited for the girls.

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Lol I hope she plays an ambitious but good-meaning lady because she mostly played conniving queens in sageuks 😆 Girl needs a breather.

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I didn't know what to expect from her in CRUEL PALACE because she was still very green back then but Jung Ha-yeon knows how to write female characters in a way where we could understand where they are coming from.
I miss his sageuks and how he interpret history.

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Thank you for the casting news for FLOWER CREW, @tineybeanie. Pygmalion in Joseon? Sign me up. But now I cannot get Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins out of my head -- and Kim Min-jae is too young to play that kind of crusty old confirmed bachelor who falls for his latest "project." But I can imagine how a Mr. Hyper-Rational might just get hoist by his own petard, however, when ambushed by emotions lurking in the recesses of his being. Can we look forward to sageuk elocution lessons à la "The Rain in Spain"?!

Since you mentioned MY FAIR LADY, "The Street Where You Live" http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/857174/, "I Could Have Danced All Night," and "Get Me to the Church on Time" are flitting through my mind. Here's hoping the drama has a delicious soundtrack. ;-)

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I really need this lighter fair before MY COUNTRY. Hope you'll be watching :).

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Aloha, @kiara. It feels like a dog's age since we last chatted. This fusion sageuk, FLOWER CREW: JOSEON MARRIAGE AGENCY, appeals to me. For some reason, the rookie historian one doesn't -- probably because the idea of female historiographers in Joseon is so far-fetched it sprained my suspension of disbelief. ;-) -- Not to mention NOKDU FLOWER's impact. That was such a thoroughly excellent production from start to finish that just about anything else feels like an irritating distraction. I must be stuck in sageuk nerd mode.

I was so taken with Kim Min-jae as the young king in GOBLIN that I've been keeping my eyes peeled for him in another sageuk role. FLOWER CREW sounds like fun, and right up his alley.

As for MY COUNTRY, I'm looking forward to Yang Se-jong gracing our screens along with Woo Do-hwan and Jang Hyuk. YSJ did a very good job in the Joseon time line in SAIMDANG, LIGHT'S DIARY as the young version of Song Seung-heon's royal artist character. I'm not sure what to expect from WDH in a sageuk, but he capitalized on a minor role in SWEET STRANGER AND ME, and did a great job in MAD DOG.

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I've been wanting to see Yang Sejong in a sageuk for so long.

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@lumiere,
I hear you loud and clear. Our wait is nearly over. And since Yang Se-jong will be portraying a warrior, we can anticipate lots of swordplay from him, and also aspiring military officer Woo Do-hwan -- and Jang Hyuk. I've been a fan of JH since seeing him in CHUNO, and am tickled to bits at the prospect of watching him hacking and slashing once again.

Did you watch SAIMDANG? Alas, it went off the rails in the modern time line. I enjoyed the Joseon bits much more, and found the paper-making footage to be very interesting. But that was after artist Lee Gyeom grew up and was no longer played by YSJ. He morphed into Song Seung-heon. ;-)

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I did start to watch it for a few episodes. Haven't managed to finish it yet. Yang Sejong seems so boyish and is just adorable in this. No complaining of his metamorphosis though, he he. SSH is also a gem.

Lee Young Ae truly belongs in a sageuk. I wasn't too enthusiastic about her modern-day portrayal, lost some of the x-factor that made her brilliant in sageuks, somehow. Don't know, just my feelings about it.

Oh, and they dropped a character trailer for YSJ's My Country!
https://youtu.be/0cZiG8xGuMk

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@lumiere,
Thank you so much for that link to the trailer. Very nice! <3

Yang Se-jong is looking even more like Lee Min-ho's boyish Choi Young in FAITH in this clip. ;-)

As for SAIMDANG, the modern makjang time line turned me off. I put up with it just to see how the story would pan out. I guess we're supposed to see that corruption and political power tripping went hand-in-hand back in Joseon, just like today.

I really enjoyed the artworks, with the "Water Moon Avalokitesvara" thangka being especially memorable. Saimdang's ink drawing of Mount Geumgang was also noteworthy. The residence where Lee Gyeom lived and worked in Italy was also quite beautiful.

I think that Lee Young-ae's comeback and the production in general were over-hyped to the extent that they were done a disservice. Too bad. If it had been more tightly focused, it could have been a great drama.

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OMG ... I was ALSO thinking how much YSJ looked so much like LMH's General Choi Young in the drama Faith! That was another sageuk that had SO much potential. It had a helluva premise and a line of stellar actors as well. Too bad the editing had been awkward and choppy. Some of the costume designs had not come off realistic as well, like for instance LMH's costumes also made his fighting scenes look heavy and cumbersome, kind of bothered me somehow. But I loved the chemistry between the lead actors and the camaraderie between Choi Young and the Woodalchi. I remember being so pissed off whenever any of them had to die. The ultimate ending was lovely, although the final episode felt a bit rushed.

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Aloha @pakalanapikake <3.

It has been a while. Sageuk news will always bring the sageuk nerds together lol.

Rookie historians doesn't appeal to me either for the same reasons. I would've probably check it out if it was set during the 3 kingdom era where women had more freedom and we could argue that it was possible but omitted by the gender biased historians.
Fictionalizing what was obviously non existence in that era is not my cup of tea.

As a long time fan of Jang Hyuk and Kim Yeong-cheol, I am super excited for MY COUNTRY and this FLOWER CREW will balance it out.

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@kiara,
That's a good point about women in the Three Kingdoms era being allowed to write -- as demonstrated in THE KING'S DAUGHTER, SOO BAEK HYANG when Seol-nan drills her little sister, and later her Bi Moon buddies, in the Thousand Character Classic. She herself learned to read and write because her mother had been the daughter of a military commander, and as such was an educated person.

Manseh! This is the first I've heard that Kim Yeong-cheol will be portraying King Taejo in MY COUNTRY. It will be my first time seeing him in a sageuk. (I still haven't gotten around to GREAT KING SEJONG or THE PRINCESS' MAN.) I've mainly seen him playing dads in family dramas such as LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and HAPPY HOME. His portraying the father of Jang Hyuk's Yi Bang-won makes me jump for joy. You just made my day. <3

That info has not yet been added to http://asianwiki.com/My_Country, but I did find it here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Yeong-cheol_(actor).

FLOWER CREW ought to be a nice diversion. I've missed Kim Min-jae so much that I vegged out and watched a passel of clips from THE BEST HIT so I could enjoy the soundtrack -- and see his time-traveler dad Yoon Si-yoon in a happier role than that of Baek Yi-hyun. Anything to help me forget GREAT SEDUCER, a depressing modernization of the exquisitely artful UNTOLD SCANDAL -- which I finally got around to watching some months back.

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