Go Ara scribbles away in Hwarang still cuts
Let’s be thankful this holiday season because soon it’ll be raining pretty men. KBS youth sageuk Hwarang, a coming-of-age historical drama set in the Silla kingdom 1500 years ago, premieres this December and they’re revving up for it with a flurry of promo activities. Flowery posters and the official teaser just came out this month, and now still cuts of the two main actors on set have been released.
Go Ara (You’re All Surrounded) looks gorgeous in her simple but cheery hanbok. On the other hand, Park Seo-joon (She Was Pretty) looks a bit awkward with the sword in his hand. Let’s hope he got the fighting scenes down pat before filming actually started. In Silla, Hwarang was a select group of males handpicked from families of good standing, who trained from a very young age to become the king’s personal guards. (Hwarang means flower knight.) The upcoming drama tells the story of how these beautiful youths mature and grow in their bonds of brotherhood.
Of course this is all complicated by a forbidden love between Go Ara, who is half-commoner, half-noble, Park Seo-joon, who has become a Hwarang warrior despite his low birth, and Park Hyung-shik (High Society), a king who hides his identity and joins the Hwarang. Silla implemented one of the most intricate caste systems in history, called bone rank, dividing even the aristocracy into different levels of status, though in other ways they were pretty progressive, being one of the only ancient East Asian nations to allow female sovereigns to rule. All the bright smiles in the stills and posters lead me to be optimistic though, that there won’t be too much classism angst in the show.
Monday-Tuesday drama Hwarang begins December 19, after The Man Living in Our House finishes its run. Oh, and in case one flower boy isn’t enough, here’s the cast behind the scenes at a High Cut photo shoot.
- The pretty and fierce guardians of Silla in first teaser for Hwarang
- More flower boy warriors and a princess for Hwarang
- Hwarang’s beautiful warriors: Take two
- The carefree flower warriors of Hwarang
- Hwarang: The Beginning to begin in December
- Meet the beautiful knights of Hwarang: The Beginning
- Hwarang confirms cast, secures summer broadcast on KBS
- Park Seo-joon, Go Ara, Park Hyung-shik courted for historical drama