50 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00
Formerly known as "Six Flying Horses" on HanCinema
A fiction historical about the passion and success of six characters based around the Joseon monarch Lee Bang-won.
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 26 2017/04/25
Now that Eorini has finally been identified, it's up to attempted memory triggers by her brothers and various flashbacks to explain how exactly Eorini has not been able to recognize anything of her own life. It's not clear to me that Eorini was really young enough for such brainwashing to plausibly work, and the motives for anyone to even try it in the first place were comically pointlessly evil for the sake of being evil. Haven't we had enough of that by now?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People" Episode 7 2017/02/20
Gonghwa (played by Lee Honey) is a royal consort, although she spends most of this episode gallavanting around with Gil-dong. The only royalist plot developments happen near the end. Gonghwa is also the presumed love interest to Gil-dong, although Ga-ryeong (played by Chae Soo-bin) also makes a play for his affections, mostly by snickering in the background. Ga-ryeong is the presumed true love interest, although to date Gonghwa has been much more helpful when it comes to Gil-dong's actual goals,...More
[HanCinema Awards] Best Sageuk Drama - Cast Your Vote! 2016/12/14
Sageuks, or Korean historical dramas, are a staple of Korean television. They reimagine the history of the Korean people, bringing kings and generals to life and allowing viewers immerse themselves in the rich backdrop of Korea's past. From December 14 to December 21 you can vote for your favorite Joseon-era drama.,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 50 Final 2016/03/22
Having whetted our appetite for an epic final fight, "Six Flying Dragons" does not disappoint, providing us with a suitably vicious and climactic battle. Then it drags us down by pointing out the obvious- what's the point of being a supremely powerful swordwielder when a single hero can't win a war, or even their own battles? While Sa-gwang is the more obvious failure, Bang-ji's harsh self-assessment is just as accurate. Little wonder so many of the characters here simply retire here. Until "Deep-rooted Tree" anyway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 49 2016/03/21
In between real history and "Deep-rooted Tree", there isn't really anywhere "Six Flying Dragons" can go plotwise. We know that for the most part all the main players will live to fight another day. The dramatic tension is instead on how specifically these choices will be made. Bang-won quickly commits to child torture as part of his new regime. Oddly enough this is less jarring than the fact that, with the exception of Boon-yi, he's completely sold out an organization that used to be on his side,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 48 2016/03/15
The big grotesque irony about the fight between Bang-ji and Muhyul is that it's completely pointless. For that matter so were Yeon-hee's actions which precipitated the struggle. By the time either Bang-ji or Yeon-hee had any inkling that something was going to happen to Do-jeon, they were already too far away to offer any support. This, oddly enough, is Bang-won's central political argument. Now that it's impossible to stop him, won't striking back simply be wasted effort against the greater good?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 47 2016/03/14
The time has finally arrived- one bloody night, where Bang-won dispatches his most powerful political enemies one by one. And he's only just getting started. Going by the preview the day after is probably going to be even worse. As much as "Six Flying Dragons" has jumped around from making Bang-won seem sympathetic to evil and back to sympathetic again, somehow I just did not feel adequately prepared for the sheer brutal carnage here. The almost manic humor of the situation doesn't help matters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 46 2016/03/08
The characters in "Six Flying Dragons" are counting down the days. Bang-won's opportunities to even so much as talk to fellow sympathizers in the government are severely limited, so dates for possible conspiracy have to be fixed and adhered to on a strict schedule. These dates are historical ones, the likes of which can be found in textbooks. That much explains why "Six Flying Dragons" is being specific with the timescale now when normally the exact timing of certain dramatic events has until now been left intentionally vague,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 45 2016/03/07
The irony in "Six Flying Dragons" has reached a boiling point. By pushing for military solutions, Do-jeon and Seong-gye have betrayed those most basic principles that got them to fight against Goryeo in the first place. While their intentions and long-term goals are certainly much more defendable that those of the early antagonists in "Six Flying Dragons", what good is intent when the potential pitfalls are so catastrophic? Check the climax for an example of how intent is meaningless when everyone is busy brandishing swords in a panicked manner,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 44 2016/03/01
The rivalry between Bang-won and Do-jeon is stymied by one unfortunate problem- Bang-won and Do-jeon continue to act like this is just an interpersonal rivalry, where the goal is to dishonor and humiliate the other. That's not what's at stake here. Seong-gye has to constantly remind everyone that the entire future fate of Korea hangs on actions in the present day. Bang-won and Do-jeon are trying to win battles rather than the war, which is why one or the other keeps managing to slip away,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 43 2016/02/29
One timeskip later Bang-won and Muhyul have finished their China adventure. Aside from that cool-looking facial hair what's changed? Not that much really- the perception gap is mainly on our end. Without Bang-won hanging around ordering the murder of anyone who gets in the way, Do-jeon is having more and more trouble looking sympathetic. He's attacking political enemies less because they're doing anything bad and more out of long term concerns that may end up being self-fulfilling prophecies,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 42 2016/02/23
Joo-che (played by Moon Jong-won) is the provincial ruler of Yan. His birthright is powerful enough that he could conceivably seize control of Ming China, making him the third emperor of the world's largest nation state. In fact, we know from the subtitles that this is exactly what Joo-che does, eventually taking the title of Yongle Emperor, leaving a mixed legacy of effective government coupled with despotic brutality against all enemies be they real or imagined. Remind you of anyone we already know?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 41 2016/02/22
Bang-won's moral compass has been difficult to defend lately, although I was struck by how in this episode "Six Flying Dragons" rather subtly makes an important point- lately the ancient conspiracy hasn't really done anything all that bad. While these people are obviously not to be trusted overall, so far all Bang-won has done is talk to them in lieu of the fact that he can't talk to Do-jeon. In Bang-won's worldview, honor and respect are what matters and lately he hasn't gotten much of either from his actual or metaphorical father figures,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 40 2016/02/16
Given how so many of the characters in "Six Flying Dragons" are trying to pull off secret deals on an international scale, it was really only a matter of time before they accidentally ran into each other and alerted their opposites to what was happening. This is bad news for Bang-won's team, because his secret scheme has no official sanction. Do-jeon is, for all his greater ethical values, still working as an agent of the current King of Joseon. Bang-won hasn't even clued in all his brothers to what's going on yet,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 39 2016/02/15
We already know that Bang-won is willing to do anything to hold on to power, but this episode the other younger dragons struggle to reconcile the increasingly cold and heartless Bang-won of the present day with the young man whose first priority was always justice. Muhyul gets the first crack at that problem, and he barely has time to reminisce about how they just made a deal with former enemies when an ethical conflict comes up. One where Bang-won doesn't even feel the need to pretend like he cares about wanton bloodspill,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 38 2016/02/09
It's very tempting to just dismiss Bang-won's actions as being those of a crazy person. Unfortunately, what we're really seeing here is the culmination of a very slow burn. From the very beginning of "Six Flying Dragons" Bang-won has thought his way out of tough spots by acting generally impulsive and borderline psychotic. Back when the antagonists were more indisputably evil, this wasn't that big a problem. But here, Bang-won is using military force to subdue non-violent, principled scholars. The effects of this will be mixed at best,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 37 2016/02/08
Bang-won spent much of the last episode agonizing over his decision to murder Mong-ju. By contrast, here he easily comes to term with the decision- for entirely the wrong reasons. Do-jeon's statement about how Bang-won has made his own unsavory place in the New Joseon plan was not intended as a compliment. Yet the farther away Bang-won gets from the original context, the easier it is for him to convince himself that he's just a guy making touch decisions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 36 2016/02/02
Bang-won is no longer at the point where he can reasonably acquiesce to the orders of Do-jeon and Seong-gye. He's not even at the point where he can pretend to acquiesce to the orders of Do-jeon and Seong-gye. As is laid out right in the beginning, everything about the plan to take down Mong-ju came straight from Bang-won. He can't care if anyone hate him or even tries to kill him if what happens at the bridge is going too far, because Bang-won is out of options,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 35 2016/02/01
One problem with having the story of the founding of Joseon fictionalized with epic swordfights is that every so often we're left wondering why it is that the political leaders can't just rely on their hired muscle to solve every minor inconvenience. This episode tackles that problem by devoting much of the philosophical discussion to the question of why our lead characters fight. They're all in a fairly unnatural situation, really. Normally humans fight to live. In this case, living for the sake of living is not seen as enough,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jang Yeong-sil - Drama" Episode 10 2016/01/31
Hee-ji (played by Lee Ji-hoon) is the actual main character of "Jang Yeong-sil - Drama" at the moment, on account of the fact that he's the only Korean character who actually has any idea what's going on in the Chinese portion of the story. I feel like I'm constantly repeating myself on this point but...why exactly is Yeong-sil the main character when he doesn't know what's going on, no one wants to tell him what's going on, and it doesn't even seem to matter whether or not he knows what's going on?,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 34 2016/01/26
Mong-ju has made himself some rather powerful enemies by attempting to use a legal runaround to (eventually) kill off Do-jeon and eliminate the threat our intrepid dragon poses to the Goryeo regime. For those of you who have trouble keeping track of all the characters- Mong-ju is the respected minister with no particular allegiance to secret societies who is Do-jeon's spiritual and intellectual equal. It's for this reason that his betrayal especially hurts, and why Bang-won is unlikely to ever take an understanding big-picture appraisal,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 33 2016/01/25
The overall tone of this episode is of waiting. No physical action, but lots of plotting and scheming. What's more, this plotting and scheming is not at the behest of the heroes. People are upset abut Do-jeon taking extra-legal action to deal with the land reform issue. It's ironic yet all too appropriate that they end up working rather narrowly within the confines of the law- and completely manage to blindside Do-jeon as a result,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 32 2016/01/19
In addition to being heroic, Bang-won also manages to be quite noble. While it's easy enough for us to sit here in the future and question the efficacy of Bang-won's technique, in the immediate term Bang-won is always thinking in terms of self-sacrifice and personal appeal. The irony here is that Bang-won doesn't want to sacrifice himself in such a way that will make future sacrifice impossible. Bang-won can give up on Boon-yi and still live to fight another day. But it really is quite impossible to see how the fight for Joseon can succeed without Bang-won's continued assistance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 31 2016/01/18
Bang-won has a bit of a hero complex. Normally when stories portray this as a bad thing, it's in the immediate sense. Like, our would-be hero is so completely dedicated to rescuing people that he completely disregards his own safety in the process, that kind of thing. In Bang-won's case, the problem is shaping up to be long term- our protagonist is so dedicated to saving Korea he can't stand the idea that someone else will do it instead,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 30 2016/01/12
Sa-gwang (played by Han Ye-ri) is yet another important antagonistic character in "Six Flying Dragons". You know, it bears repeating- this drama has way too many characters to keep track of. It's relatively easy to remember who Sa-gwang is mainly because to date we haven't had any other women swordfighters. But back when Sa-gwang was just Yoon-rang I couldn't even figure out why she was in the story at all. Shoot, I didn't even notice she was being played by Han Ye-ri, who normally works in film,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 29 2016/01/11
The focus is on adventure here, as lots of problems have been identified with no easy solutions. First off, Boon-yi needs to survive an icy standoff with a man who's main distinguishing characteristics are that he is excellent at fighting, and also he doesn't much care to identify himself. Once that matter is settled, it's on to more traditional action material as the dragons make an effort to hit the new strong point of their antagonists,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 28 2016/01/05
The heroes start out by raiding a monastery that is actively being used as a place of worship, then we move on to the torture chamber where they're still trying to bloodily squeeze information out of a guy who just isn't talking. The discordance between Do-jeon's philosopher kingdom ruled by justice and wisdom and the actual kingdom that is being ruled by threat of military force is getting wider all the time. Until the current conflict is resolved, though, Do-jeon is limited in options for how to respond peacably,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 27 2016/01/04
Mong-ju (played by Kim Eui-sung) is the new primary villain of "Six Flying Dragons", and he's a pretty unsatisfying one. It's one thing to fight against guys who want to start unnecessary wars and force peasants into serfdom. But Mong-ju is a scholar- an intellectual of similar mental weight and moral standing to Do-jeon. He's also quite possibly the first person who even understands what Do-jeon's greater plan is. A pity that Mong-ju thinks these goals can still be accomplished within the system,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Jang Yeong-sil - Drama" Episode 1 2016/01/02
Yeong-sil (played by Song Il-gook) first appears as a decrepit old man moving across a vast field for one purpose- to view an eclipse. While the action soon moves into flashback mode eclipses remain an important plot point. While technically irrelevant to daily life, knowing when and how an eclipse will happen is a sure sign of scientific advancement. Under New Joseon, currently led by King Taejong (played by Kim Young-chul), science is a pretty big deal,...More
[HanCinema's Report] Underground K-Drama's Women of K-Drama Awards 2016/01/02
With 2015 now over, drama awards are plentiful. From the channel organized ones, such as the SBS, MBC and KBS drama awards to the fan-made ones, now is the time to acknowledge the efforts and excellence of those who make Korean drama a reality for its viewers. The wonderful ladies of Korean drama, from PDs to actresses to musicians, are a big part of their success and also one many of its viewers can most relate to.
This is where blog "Underground K-Drama" comes in. Since 2013, its members have been running the "Women of K-Drama Awards", where fans can not only vote on their favorite women of Korean drama, but also participate in creating the nominations. The awards are already created for 2015, so if you would like to vote as well, click on the link at the bottom of this post,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 26 2015/12/29
One frustrating fact quickly becomes clear in the aftermath of the massive battle- whoever's bankrolling this operation has enough clout to keep his identity from being discovered. While we don't see too much of the sentiment this episode, it's clear that for the long term the characters, and Bang-won in particular, are going to keep getting sucked into paranoia. There's really not any other way to react when the enemy could quite literally be anyone,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 25 2015/12/28
The first portion of the episode deals with the political power players sharing information and discussing political philosophy, until Do-jeon finally figures out what we knew from the beginning. Those guys hiding in the back room with axes aren't planning to liven the party up with a logsplitting demonstration. Bang-ji always suspected something strange was going on, but for the wrong reason. It's hard to be excited to break bread with a guy you so desperately want to violently murder,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 24 2015/12/22
Among Ryeon's more eccentric abilities is face reading. While this probably comes off as kind of gimmicky it's actually the most important thing Ryeon does this episode- once the dragons are able to regroup and pull victory out of nowhere all Ryeon is left with is the knowledge of what he's learned about the major players. As usual, it's going to be a long time before we get much of a payoff on this but what do you want? We're not even at the halfway point yet,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 23 2015/12/21
Ryeon (played by Jo Hee-bong) is the first villain in "Six Flying Dragons" who we can be sure has long-term staying power. In addition to his colorful exposition in the last episode's cliffhanger, Ryeon effectively manages to spend most of this episode slinking about in the shadows, only revealing enough of his plans to keep the exposition engaging. This gives him quite an advantage over Do-jeon, who acts openly and gives speeches,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 22 2015/12/15
As expected, the big climactic battle in "Six Flying Dragons" is so ridiculously one-sided that there was barely even any point to showing it. The huge fight scene is mainly just an exercise in letting Seong-gye's soldiers show off just how tough they really are, and how any attempt at resistance is futile. King Woo, for all his aplomb upon entering the scene a few episodes ago, is quickly resigned to give up here because there's just nowhere else to go,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 21 2015/12/14
Now that Seong-gye has decided to actively and forcefully move against the current Goryeo regime, the main obstacle in his way is...more obstacles. It would appear "Six Flying Dragons" is still decently far away from Seong-gye actually being able to match his ambitions with action, because first the proper political warnings need to be exchanged. And also there's still the whole hostage situation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 20 2015/12/08
There's very little in the way of characterization or political plotting this episode as the entire runtime winds down to the single pivotal event that ends up changing the course of Korean history- Seong-gye's decision to finally put his foot down and say "no" to the boss. The weird part is that this decision doesn't even have much to do with the political logistics. Seong-gye's mind ultimately ends up getting changed by the awful weather,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 19 2015/12/07
King Woo (played by Lee Hyeon-bae) only just now makes his appearance this episode. There's good reason for this- King Woo does not have what anyone could really call serious political talent. Indeed, the only reason King Woo even shows up this episode is because monarchal authority is invoked as part of the new increasingly complicated plan by the antagonists to maintain Goryeo, and with it their iron grip on the kingdom. It naturally does not occur to anyone that guys like King Woo are part of the problem. Except for the heroes of course,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 18 2015/12/01
Straightaway the immediate important conflict of "Six Flying Dragons" is put to an end with a suitably epic swordfight. But before the swordfight is even over characters have already started discussing the new question- now what? It is, naturally, the villains who are asking this question. While they know who Do-jeon is and the general layout of the team that's been opposing them, until now none of the heroes has felt any reason to bother explaining their reasons,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 17 2015/11/30
After Bang-won's daring move last episode, there's not really much left to do but hunt In-bang down. Of course, the irony is kind of difficult to ignore. Yes In-bang was pondering treason but so are our heroes. What all of this is meant to establish is that one way or another the Goryeo regime is finished. The rest is little more than elaborate politicking meant to be used for the sake of moral authority. Well, there's that, and also securing the loyalty of the soldiers,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 16 2015/11/24
In-bang (played by Jeon No-min) is at present the major antagonist of "Six Flying Dragons". I'm never sure which villains to discuss at any given point in this drama, because there's just so many of them. In-bang, though, is such a powerful driving force here that his presence is impossible to ignore. The man just runs roughshod over every possible obstacle to the point that an insanely elaborate scheme is all that's able to even slow the guy down,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 15 2015/11/23
I've mentioned it before and it bears repeating- the excitement level of any individual scene in "Six Flying Dragons" is directly proportional to how many dragons are present. And the rather glorious opening battle sequence involves all six of them. Granted half of them are just helpless bystanders but even so. Everyone is finally and completely in agreement on what the long-term goal is, and how they're going to accomplish it. Fighting off assassins is just the most stylish way to show this off,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 14 2015/11/17
Now that the loyalties have more-or-less been clearly cemented, it's time for the "Six Flying Dragons" to get to work. Bang-won is able to prove his usefulness to the group somewhat hilariously by not actually doing much of anything. Any one of Seong-gye's sons could have done what Bang-won agreed to do. It's just that Bang-won is the only nearby enough and willing enough to act as a proxy for marital purposes,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 13 2015/11/17
The opening portion of this episode clearly establishes that, at least for the moment, Bang-won has managed to learn some badly needed humility. It certainly helps that when explaining himself, Bang-won gives nearly the exact same tearful explanation that Boon-yi has been spreading around. Bang-won is in this to help the common people, and it's mainly his fervor that got him into this mess. But with that common goal, Bang-won's loyalty is unconditional,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 12 2015/11/10
For all practical intents and purposes Bang-won has become a damsel-in-distress. In this way he indirectly manages to become the impetus for Do-jeon and Seong-gye to finally join forces, creating a rather mixed metaphor. Bang-won is only in this situation at all because of the poor choices that he made. And yet it's quite unclear if or when Do-jeon and Seong-gye would have started cooperating if they had not been united by this common goal,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 10 2015/11/03
The episode starts out as a standard victory lap, because it seems like everything is going great. At least that's what it seems like from Bang-won's somewhat aloof onlooker status. What Bang-won isn't aware of is that Do-jeon's plans work from very minute calculations, and even unexpected help in the short term can cause major problems in the long term. Do-jeon needs moral authority more than anything else, and Bang-won undermines that,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 9 2015/11/02
Yeon-hee (played by Jung Yoo-mi) was, at first glance, just Ttang-sae's motivation to become involved in the fight against Goryeo. But since the timeskip, we keep getting brief glimpses of her in a very important role- information mover. "Six Flying Dragons" very correctly recognizes that the women of history were far from helpless. Information is at a premium in an age where messages can easily be intercepted and subverted. That's a pretty big deal considering how everything hinges on the outcome of incredibly complicated plans,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 8 2015/10/27
Early on this episode an interesting question is posed that ends up saying a lot about the motivation of several of the dragons. Why Seong-gye? Sure, the guy has honor and morality. But to date he's been pretty determined to defend the Goryeo state now matter how obviously terrible it is. Paradoxically, it's actually Seong-gye's sense of submission that makes him an ideal candidate. He has an iron resolve but no personal ambition. Anyone who has ever met Seong-gye has a strong impression of his moral character. Except Bang-won anyway,...More
[Spoiler] 'Six Flying Dragons' It's up to Byun Yo-han 2015/10/27, Source
On the 7th episode of 'Six Flying Dragons', while Yi Bang-ji (Byun Yo-han) was not aware that the woman who was captured by the monks and disappeared later was his missing little sister, Boon-yi.
However, he sensed that it might be related to Jeong Do-jeon. He was perplexed with the chaotic society, which didn't seem to improve even after he had killed the greedy corrupted official, Baek Yoon (Kim Ha-kyun). He went out to see Jeong Do-jeon as everything should have been much better according to what Jeong Do-jeon had told him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 7 2015/10/26
Incremental progress is made toward the characters finally catching up with the plot. I can't help but find it a little amusing that Do-jeon is the main character actually doing stuff, and yet he's also constantly out of focus because, well, because the younger characters haven't gotten that far yet. But then he's not the only one. Seong-gye finally makes an important appearance having been out of action for so long, and the scene is telling,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 6 2015/10/20
Yeong-gyoo (played by Min Sung-wook) is Bang-won's bodyguard, and also one of the more underrated characters in "Six Flying Dragons". Sure, the guy's not a dragon. But he has very basic observational skills. Yeong-gyoo's the guy who points out that Bang-won's plans never make any sense, and Bang-won always has to struggle to get Yeong-gyoo to help out. While Bang-won is smart he's frequently lacking in any kind of common sense, as is quickly demonstrated when Bang-won tries to commit to a plan without Yeong-gyoo nearby to offer muscle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 5 2015/10/19
For the first time "Six Flying Dragons" feels like it's about six completely different main characters. That's not a good thing- the mood whiplash gets pretty severe as we have to jump from the usual horrific grimness to comic relief, sometimes in the same scene. If anyone's to blame for this it's Muhyul (played by Yoon Kyun-sang). The guy's too much of a dorky goofball. To some extent this can be charming, but not when the other character in focus is Boon-yi (played by Shin Se-kyung), and she has to deal firsthand with the death which for Muhyul is just an abstract concept,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 4 2015/10/13
The ending of the last episode was gloomy, and the denouement we get here is almost enough to make us consider that maybe Bang-won has gone too far. It's at that point that the perspective more fully shifts to Ttang-sae (played by Yoon Chan-young), the street urchin with more important parentage than he could have possibly guessed. Ttang-sae is given a brief respite from destiny, but then we see what happens to those who don't fight the Goryeo regime as Bang-won did. They get crushed anyway,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 3 2015/10/12
The apparent resolution of the political situation at the end of the last episode is quickly revealed to be only a temporary fix. The deranged people still control Goryeo, and predictably react to these setbacks through cruel, mindless, pointless torture. Bang-won doesn't even get to give a meaningful goodbye to his new friends before the characters are once again scattered to the winds. So the future king resolves that, for now, he's going to solve his problems by studying,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 2 2015/10/07
Do-jeon (played by Kim Myung-min) is the most politically important of the "Six Flying Dragons". He doesn't become royalty, and without spoiling too much, Do-jeon is in many ways fighting an overall losing battle. But in the immediate sense, his goals are the same as Yi Seong-gye- Do-jeon wants to avoid war. In this conflict, he has to struggle against a political system which favors (poor) long-term strategy over short-term reality,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Six Flying Dragons" Episode 1 2015/10/05
Immediately prior to the Joseon era Korea was kind of a giant hot mess. "Six Flying Dragons" doesn't get into too many details on how or why this happened. All that's known is that General Yi Seong-gye (played by Chun Ho-jin) is a capable leader who appears to be the target of constant attempted subversion precisely because he is a capable leader, and the people in the palace don't seem to have anything better to do with their time than to gossip about him. The situation is a little absurd, actually- although that's part of the point,...More
Yoo Ah-in, Lee Seung-gi, Lee Min-ho working hard on projects before enlisting in army 2015/08/27, Source
It's not over till it's over.
All of male entertainers, who were born in 1986 and 1987, must enlist in the army within this year if early or within next year at the very latest. As you cannot avoid serving the mandatory military service if you're a Korean man, they don't have any other choice. However, they are concentrating on their acting career as if they would want to show it is not over till it's over.
It is evident that they are making efforts to communicate with their fans continuously. We've put together the three actors for this article: Yoo Ah-in, who will become an actor of 10 million viewers soon, Lee Seung-gi, who makes his noona fans smile automatically and effortlessly, Lee Min-ho, who is in the middle of getting ready for his Korea & China joint film project.
Yoo Ah-in works back and forth across the silver screen and the small screen.
Yoo Ah-in will be crowned as an actor of 10 million viewers this weekend for his role in movie, "Veteran" for the first time since he debuted. While he has already been recognized for his acting performances, he is now recognized for his marketability at the box office. He has been appearing in projects continuously without break from 2014 to 2015.
He will also appear on the small screen as well as the silver screen in 2015 this year. Yoo Ah-in is currently filming SBS' 'Six Flying Dragons'. In terms of his silver screen presence, he is getting ready for movie "The Throne" following after "Veteran" which was filmed last year and has been released recently. After "The Throne" has been released in September, his drama, 'Six Flying Dragons' will air its first episode in October.
Lee Seung-gi will concentrate on movies for the time being.
Lee Seung-gi's main title is a singer, however he has been broadening his position as an actor based on his strong acting performances. After he has made a comeback with his new album as a singer in last June, he will return to an entertainment program by co-starring in 'New Journey to the West' with the members of his previous entertainment show, '2 Days & 1 Night' and producer Na Yeong-seok,...More
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