Ambition and money decide fates in MBC’s Money Flower
Wow, these posters take saturation to a whole new level. MBC is getting ready to launch their newest weekender Money Flower, and we’ve got three new, glossy posters of the main leads, played by Jang Hyuk (Voice), Park Se-young (Whisper), and Jang Seung-jo (Scholar Who Walks the Night). Heavyweight veterans Lee Soon-jae (Yes, That’s How It Is) and Lee Mi-sook (Temperature of Love) round out the cast in the melo, where love, ambition, and money are all interconnected and defines our characters’ relationships with each other.
Money Flower’s one-line synopsis is quite vague, but at the same time, sounds very dramatic, with high stakes and emotions involved: The show will follow those who are under the illusion that they wield money, but are actually controlled by it. However, its message is meant to be a hopeful one, where the pure love of those living in a brutally capitalist society will somehow prevail over money. It’s so pessimistic and yet wide-eyed idealistic at the same time.
Jang Hyuk will play a self-made man who started out life as an orphan, but has risen to become the director of a large conglomerate’s legal division. He almost sounds like an anti-hero, who considers love just one of many tools for his ambition. Park Se-young, on the other hand, is a bright environmental activist who dreams of a fateful love. She’ll get more than her fair share of fate though, as she gets involved with Jang Hyuk and Jang Seung-jo’s wishy-washy chaebol heir character.
I thought the first two posters were quite standard and pretty, but I especially liked the last one, with Jang Hyuk pulling marionette strings connected to Jang Seung-jo, and Park Se-young looking away from the two men. It’s a lot of symbolism that I find—prejudicially, I admit—surprising in a poster for a weekender, what with the empty frame, and the three birds in a gilded cage. It’s certainly evocative, and beautiful too.
MBC has decided to schedule Money Flower differently than its predecessor, Thief-nom, Thief-nim: Instead of airing its two weekly episodes over two days, both episodes will air right after the other on Saturdays, starting on November 11.