Hwayugi just finished airing on TVN and is the anticipated new show from the famed Hong Sisters.
Synopsis of Hwayugi from Viki:
When a human woman can give great powers to any demon who devours her, how can she stay safe?
Jin Sun Mi (Oh Yeon Seo) is a successful real estate CEO who has the ability to exorcise demons from bad-luck properties. But to the demons living on Earth, she is known as Sam Jang, who carries the irresistible scent of a lotus flower and can give great powers to anyone who eats her.
When Sun Mi was a young girl, Son Oh Gong (Lee Seung Gi), a trouble-making deity, tricked her into releasing him from a castle where he was imprisoned and made a contract with her to always appear and protect her whenever she called out his name. But he tricked her again by removing her memory of his name. In modern times, Son Oh Gong freeloads off of Woo Hwi (Cha Seung Won), another deity known as Woo Ma Wang who works as the CEO of an entertainment company and enjoys more fame and adoration than some of the celebrities in his company.
Son Oh Gong is intent on finding Sam Jang so that he can eat her and become the most powerful god. His friend, top idol star P.K (Lee Hong Ki), wants just a nibble for himself. When Song Oh Gong realizes that Sam Jang is Sun Mi, he at first protects her from attacks from other demons to save her for himself. But with the help of Woo Ma Wang, will Sun Mi find a way to force Son Oh Gong to serve as her protector?
Hwayugi couldn’t decide what it really wanted to be. I’ve come to expect some disconnect from the Hong Sisters, don’t get me started on Big, but Hwayugi could have benefited greatly from cementing itself in one camp. Was it an epic romance? A monster-a-week romp? A look into Korean folktales? Who knows!
Despite the discombobulation, the actors really knocked this out of the park. Oh Yeon Seo portrayed a woman that takes the punches thrown at her perfectly. Between her and Cha Seung Won the drama was saved for me. I didn’t really care for Lee Seung Gi’s acting in this one. I didn’t feel the advancement of his feelings toward Sam Jang.
As always Lee Hong Ki delights and was the only character to make me ugly cry.
All in all a strong 2018 drama that will keep you interested. I do feel it’s better for a binge watch, rather than weekly viewing so you’re all set.
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