i just saw a commercial for this drama. it came on just before likeable or not today. it is going to start this sat. march 15th. at 4:30 pm and i think two episodes because it said episode 1 and 2. this is very exciting!
I’m five episodes into Hong Gil-dong the Hero. And, let me tell you, this is a show that’s . . . well . . . different. ;D
The basic storyline is pretty good. Conspirators, thinking that they’ve killed the rightful heir to the throne, install the king’s corrupt, mentally unstable illegitimate son as the new king. But, the young prince actually escaped death, and with a handful of loyal people, he plots to retake the throne.
Oh, and that guy Hong Gil-dong? He’s the good-natured illegitimate son of a powerful minister, and he wreaks terror upon the town as the local troublemaker and hoodlum.
It’s all pretty good so far, but the presentation (especially episode #1) is done in the most ridiculously corny manner possible. Consider the portrayal of the town’s brothel, which (I kid you not) features things like metal music and flashing strobe lights.
While this show isn’t at all to my taste, fans over on the California board are just raving about it, so who am I to criticize? Hey, give it a shot! Though I’m watching with only partial enthusiasm, you may end up loving it.
I'm currently watching HGD. It's an action comedy (fusion) drama. It's a blend of historical and modern. It's definitely different but that's what I like about it. Plus it has Sung Yuri.
Kang Ji Hwan from "Scandal in Old Seoul" plays the role of Hong Gil Dong. He's like the Robin Hood of Joseon. Jang Geun Suk from "Hwang Jini" plays the role of a prince, who's thought to be dead but is the rightful heir to the throne. Sung Yuri from "The Snow Queen" plays the role of Heo Yi Nok. She's somewhat naive and bit of a tomboy. It's my understanding that her character was modeled after Chun Li from Street Fighter.
and it sounds really interesting. I'll have to edit the programming so that I get the 2 eps plus Daughters-in-Law on Sat. I also can't wait til Unstoppable Wedding starts. That has piqued my interest as well.
Here we go again with all the VHS tapes. Yes, VHS tapes. I don't like daily recording with the DVD recorder. It's annoying and things can get deleted all too easily.
I watched both episodes of this tonight. It's definitely hard to categorize. I never use the word "wacky," but many parts of this are just that. The closest I can come is to say it's like a live-action cartoon or maybe a comic book come to life. I plan to watch this show. Please, if anyone knows when it is rebroadcast, post the day and time. Its current time is inconvenient, but I'm recovering from a nasty virus and had lots of time for TV lately. Is the star the same actor who played Wan in "Scandal in Old Seoul?"
Well, pip, I also cringe when I hear the word "wacky," but I guess it does describe this show pretty well. ;D The first episode, especially, was just a little too over-the-top for my taste, but subsequent episodes have downtoned the wackiness a bit and (for me) made it a more interesting show to watch.
And you're pretty observant: until someone pointed it out to me, I didn't even realize that the character of HGD is played by the same actor we saw in "Scandal in Old Seoul."
This is my favorite new show so far, mostly due to the fact that I've seen too many consecutive dramas featuring tragic women and I find the change refreshing. I'm definitely adding this one to my collection when it comes out on DVD! Speaking of DVDs, does anyone know where I can get the box set of the Hwarang Fighters with English subs? I tried YesAsia but can't seem to find it there. That or I am blind as a bat.
"My spirit burns as the sun, and I shall dry you like a prune."
Oh my gosh!!! The first 3 minutes convinced me that this is a definite watcher. I think that when production started, and the director shouted "Action", the cast really took that order to heart. I was tired just watching the rappers, cheerleaders, high flying fighters, and even the swinging officials. Looks like much fun, but two hours and 20 minutes was a bit long for one sitting.