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Couple stills of Sword and Flower’s tragic lovers

Here we go, folks, the first stills of our leads of upcoming epic romance-revenge sageuk Sword and Flower. Playing the fate-crossed lovers are Uhmforce, aka Uhm Tae-woong (Equator Man), and Kim Ok-bin, who’s returning to television a much better actress than when she left it (her last drama series was 2006’s Over the Rainbow; she’s been doing films since then, like The Front Line and Thirst).

Uhm Tae-woong plays the illegitimate son of famed general Yeon Gaesomun (played by Choi Min-soo, pictured below right), while Kim Ok-bin plays the daughter of Goguryeo’s King Young-ryu (Kim Young-chul, below left). The fathers are enemies, the king and his family are killed by Yeon’s side, and the princess embarks on a revenge mission. Too bad there’s that whole romance angle to complicate matters, leaving our hero torn, wanting to protect her despite knowing she hates him for his family’s actions.

I would have preferred to wait for the pretty versions of these stills with colorful backgrounds edited in, because these studio shots always look so dry. They don’t convey the same excitement as the drama’s first poster, which is a lot more evocative of the drama’s revenge and its sword-and-flower motif. The titular flower is supposedly representative of love, to stand as the contrast against the sword of hate.

Also cast is Ohn Joo-wan (Twelve Men in a Year), who plays Kim Ok-bin’s cousin. He has particular fondness for her, but he receives “an offer he can’t refuse” from General Yeon and ends up betraying his royal family. As reward, he is made the next king (and Goguryeo’s last), Bojang—but then realizes that he’s nothing but Yeon Gaesomun’s puppet and faces off against him.

I think the jury’s still out on whether that’s a mane of glory or a mane of shame Uhmforce is sporting, because I can’t decide. On one hand, he wears the grizzly look well. On the other, there IS a certain very faint mop-ish quality to that wig that I can’t quite get over. I think we’ll have to see it in action—and from the looks of it, we can expect plenty of action. Here’s to hoping that the fierce fighting heroine gets a hefty slice of it. No reason the boys should have all the fun.

Sword and Flower airs on KBS on Wednesdays and Thursdays, premiering July 3.

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still I am not able to make up mind whether I'm gonna watch it or not....I'll wait for the reviews....

you are absolutely right about that wig :D

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I ditto the sentiments of ambivalence. On one hand the actors are splendid, but for me, I always feel so meh about the goguryeo period. People go too wild and weird with that period (people making dramas I mean). le sigh

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May I ask what you mean by too wild and weird?.

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Never thought will see Tae Woong oppa that way. Cant stand the wig. But wont stop me to watch.. ;)

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It's smexy from a distance lol. I hate close up shots because you can tell that he is wearing a wig.
I think they look great together and I'm looking forward to a heroine that I can root for.

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I still can't bring myself to watch 'Princess' Man', pretty sure I wont be watching this for that same reason...I don't mind tragic endings if they sneak up on me but when am going into it knowing there is definitely gonna be a tragic ending...what's the point!

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Princess' Man doesn't end tragically at least not for the main pair. Yes, there are losses and the don't get a perfect ending, but it is definitely an HEA for the OTP.

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I cannot believe this is the same girl from Thirst! Kim Ok-Bin is looking lovelier as she ages. She kinda resembles Lee Ji-Ah in these stills. And her dress, gosh i'm a sucker for billowy sleeves and vibrant colors.

Uhmforce's up-do is a miss for me in these stills. Hope the drama version will look less scraggly.

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wow. choi min soo and uhm tae woong look kinda alike in these stills. if you just take in the face and not compare the hair. OK. Maybe it'd be more accurate (albeit weird) to say Choi Min Soo kinda looks like Uhm Tae Woong in his still.

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http://theuhmforce.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/uhm-tae-woong-vs-choi-min-soo/
This article is about the similarity you mentioned...

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For a moment I thought it was Han Jung Soo O_o
But then I recognized Uhmforce, lol.

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Me too!!

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Waaah!!!!! Great posters :) I hope JB and GF would recap it. Thanks again :)

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Er...sorry, Umhforce,
But should not the hands be put lower ?
But....my mind can't be still...

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Lol ikr?.

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He is kinda flirting with a boob grab there isn't he? Naughty! :)

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LOLOL I had to take a second look... Thanks

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I thought I saw wrongly, but thank you for confirming... HAHAHHA first I was like: Why is that girl's hand so large? and so high ?! XD

why is uhmforce holding on to her...rib cage HAHAHHAAH

Thank you for the updates javabeans! hehehehe looking forward to it, as long as it is not a long draggy kind of sageuk...

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Yup, when I saw the picture, what I noticed was Uhm's notty hand. LOLOLOLOL and checked all the pix... His hands all grabbing aim too high. tee hee hee

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These stills, of 2 ppl standing against a white background, aren't doing anything for me. They don't tell me a thing.

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I know right, the less known characters have (much)better shots...

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Blegh, no that is a Mane of Shame. Probably won't watch since sageuks just aren't my thing, but the plot seems interesting.

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I keep thinking of the wig he wore in 1N2D!

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Is he wearing that mustache for 1N2D? HAHAHA.

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uhmforce and choi minsoo. humona~ I'm going to dub it a mane of glory since uhmforce is rockin' the grizzled look. the couple shots look gorgeous too

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Oh I LOVED Kim Ok-bin in Over the Rainbow, that whole drama was a big pleasant surprise. Not sure about this one though.

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Well, if Kim Ok-bin does get to do some action scenes, we won't have to worry about her looking like a lollipop who learned to kick just in time for her first scene.

"Specialty: Marital Arts (3rd dan in Hapgido and 2nd dan in Taekwondo) and Muay Thai"

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I sort of giggled when I saw UTW with that hair.. and that expression..

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Looking forward to this solely because of Uhmforce. I love him so much. He's awesome!

Is Choi Min-soo the bad guy then? I can totally see that thinks to his visits to Running Man. He's really scary as the Hunter.

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I meant *thanks to his visits to Running Man.

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sigh.... I LOVE historical drama (japan, korea, china), but goguryeo period always turns me off. Maybe because of the clothes, the setting or the behavior which I don't find them appealing.....

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I'm all in with this one!

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I think I am in. Thus far, nobody looking like a 21st century hothouse plant transplanted back to the Goryguyeo era.

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and hopefully, since this isn't a fusion sageuk, no one will behave like one either.

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Love his hair!!! Can't wait for this drama!!

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I'll wait for the first two episodes before making up my mind, but this could be good - sure, my wished-for OTP of Song Joong-ki and Park Shin-hye didn't happen, but this looks no less exciting.

(and thank goodness for the female lead ultimately not being Yoona. She was decent in Love Rain, but I do not think she can do a sageuk, and it's bad enough when some idols half-ass it in fantasy sageuks, I do not want them near the real article)

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