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First look at tvN’s Hwanhon with Lee Jae-wook, Jung So-min

Character teasers have been released for tvN’s upcoming Hwanhon, featuring lead actors Lee Jae-wook (Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol) and Jung So-min (Monthly Magazine Home).

The fantasy romance takes place in a mystical land called Daeho that cannot be located by any map and doesn’t appear in any historical records. There, Lee Jae-wook is a member of the noble Jang clan, while Jung So-min is a skilled warrior. But the destiny of our two heroes is forever altered when their souls become changed.

The first video teaser begins with Lee Jae-wook amidst a cold, wintry landscape, where he sits before a small fire. After staring off into the distance, he tosses an unmarked book into the fire to burn. However, as if turning back time, the charred book rewinds back to its original state. The teaser then comes to a close on Lee as he stares intently into the camera.

Jung So-min’s teaser starts in a warm, spring field where Jung practices her swordsmanship alone. As the camera zooms in on her eyes, we see them light up and we transition to a sequence of a darker and magically powerful Jung within her. Returning back to the Jung in the field, the second teaser ends similarly with her close-up as she gazes into the camera.

Premiering June 18 in the weekend slot, Hwanhon was directed by PD Park Joon-hwa (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, Because This Life Is Our First) with scripts penned by the Hong Sisters, Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran (Hotel Del Luna, Hwayugi).

Via inews, Insight

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This is either going to be crack or a hot mess -- there is no in-between.

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Also going under the title: ALCHEMY OF SOULS. This will be my first Hong Sisters’ drama. That is if it truly becomes available on Netflix. I like the cast. I have no doubt Lee Jae-wook is in shape based on his performance in MOVE TO HEAVEN where he played a boxer I really enjoyed his performance in DO DO until the crash landing of an ending. (Full blame to the writers non LJW).

‘Crack or a hot mess’. Is that a common outcome for a Hong Sisters drama? I am waiting to see.

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Personally, I've found that the first half of their dramas is usually very addictive, fun, and romantic, with strong world building, gorgeous cinematography and sets, and the actors often seem to be enjoying themselves. But things tend to go south in the second half.

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Your first Hong drama. Dear LORD be with you.

"Is that a common outcome for a Hong Sisters drama"- if you're Hwayugi you're both.
So yes. Yes it is. Very common in fact.

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Being a kdrama fan I guess watching a Hong Sisters drama is something we all have to do at some point maybe along the lines like the guys in SK fulfilling their mandatory military service.
It seems my time is now.

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🤣🤣🤣 Oh man, that seems like the perfect take based on what I've read about their dramas. The only one I've seen is Master's Sun and that was enough. I'm glad I got my mandatory service out of the way early.

I admit this one sounds intriguing, though, because of the PD.

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@elinor now you will understand why I'm sobbing in the corner, because every narrative red flag in the books is telling me NOT to start this drama (it was made to personally torture me I'm sure of it) and yet I'm still tempted...

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@marcusnyc20 ... hwaiting~!

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@sicarius, thanks Sic. I think I am ready.

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“…crack or a hot mess”

So basically every Hong Sisters drama lmao.

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Let's no shy from the combination. A crack-mess is precisely what I found Hwayugi to be.

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*not

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It reminds me of Arthdal………
(*´Д`*)

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I find both description true for their every drama I have watched so far. It's pure crack till last few episode and then it's hot mess.

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Lee Jaewook acting/characters instigate strong reactions in me. I either love it or loath it. There is no middle ground.

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@dncingemma: He’s certainly very talented, there’s no denying that. Even if some of his choices in projects have been…extremely questionable, shall we say.

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Stick to the fantasy. Stick to the romance. Avoid all the politcking & talking heads, & we should be good...right?
Mesmerize us, Hong sisters. Don't deal bad cards to such fine actors like Jung So-min & LJW!

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Oh, in the weekend slot. That’s a relief.
🙄🙄🙄

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That’s exactly what I was thinking! LOL.

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Still kind of confused over how Jung So-min (who I love, don’t get me wrong) is supposed to be a replacement for Park Hye-eun, someone quite a bit younger than her and much closer in age to Lee Jae-wook himself. I’m sure her acting will be perfect, but won’t it affect her character description? Or was the script changed when the recast happened? I’m sorry if this seems annoying to comment on, but I’m morbidly fascinated by the behind-the-scenes drama for this show.

As this is a Hong Sisters drama, I’ll definitely check it out. Their works are usually a hit-or-miss with me. Hopefully this one’s the former because I love Lee Jae-wook as an actor.

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If I didn't know any better I would think this was a xianxia c-drama based on the trailer.

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100% about the Xianxia. It was the blind-fold for me. But then I realized it hasta be a Korean Production cuz of the shitty wigs. xD

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I'm uncertain about this but nonetheless I will check it out. If nothing else, the Hong sisters always deliver on excellent snappy and witty dialogue.

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... *goes and sobs in a corner somewhere*

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*stops angrily weeping momentarily* Ya know, usually a Hong drama can be guaranteed to have good costumes at least, despite everything else... but I'm not sold on design look of this show by the trailers, at all 😬😬😬
... you know, along with everything else so uh *goes back to her corner*

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I'm skeptical about this drama.

First, the change of actress, if I have no problem they changed because they thought the actress didn't fit, I'm not sure that Jung So-Min still corresponds to the first description of the drama aka story about young adults.

Secondly, Kdramas didn't prove until now they were very good at creating a whole new world. Arthdal Chronicles was a disaster.

Thirdly, I really like Jung So-Min and I'm happy to see her in a new drama after Monthly Magazine Home's mess, but she didn't really send badass warrior vibes in this teaser. They should have focused on the part with the hair tied and the armor.

Fourth, the Hong's sister fantasy dramas showed some weaknesses in the past... and the PD doesn't have any experience in this kind of drama.

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And Arthdal wasn't even technically a whole new world hahahaha.

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I’m in this just for Jung So Min, honestly. She plays young well (I.e. her cameo in My Roommate is a Gumiho where she was the Joseon girl who loved Jang Ki-tong’s gumiho) and if you are concerned about that, I don’t think you should be. Didn’t Kim Tae Ri just play a high schooler? And I didn’t like Hwayugi which was the last Hong Sister’s drama but did like both the dramas I watched that the director was involved in (Wwwsk and touch your heart). Have they done sageuks??? No. But willing to give this a shot if I can get it into the schedule of everything else I’m watching.

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Just a minor correction to your comment, their last drama was Hotel Del Luna which came after Hwayugi.

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Right, but I never watched it (or finished it, rather). So, yeah, I should have clarified, the last Hong sister’s drama I watched it it’s entirety I didn’t like. 😂

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Watching a Hong sisters' drama without Javabeans' and Girlfriday's excellent commentary and cultural educating is just watching a weird fantasy drama with most of its meaning and nuances going unnoticed.

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Sigh...I wanted to watch long-haired Lee Jae Work wielding a sword, but not in a fantasy...

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I am looking forward to this one. Delight me or disappoint me, dear Hong sisters!

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Hwayugi second the half til the end was disaster but Hotel Deluna is so much better and I like Master Sun.
I love Lee Jae Wook, I kind of miss him since Do Do. I think Jong Su Min is still fits with the younger role.
Jae Wook so far always have best chemistry with his female partner in drama, even all of them are older that him. I'm sure someday he'll partner with female actress around his age.

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I have only seen two dramas from the Hong sisters: Hotel Del Luna and Master's Sun. They weren't perfect but I did enjoy both of these dramas. I'm a sucker for fantasy dramas so I will be giving this one a watch.

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Hong sisters' dramas are always either a hit or a miss. So I'm extremely cautious and will keep expectations super low. lol

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I don't know if I can trust the Hong sisters, but I adore Jung So min and Lee Jae wook is ultra cute when he plays dork or cute characters. (Thinking of WWW).
Anyway... let's wait and see...

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