Hwajeong

Hwajeong (2015)

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Princess Jeongmyeong, sister of Seonjo’s (late-born) legitimate heir, Grand Prince Yeongchang. He’s only two years old at the time when Seonjo has to pass the regency to one of his heirs knowing that he’s about to die, and thus the throne ultimately goes to Gwanghae. The political factions are split amongst the heirs, and after failing in an attempt to usurp Gwanghae with his older brother, they try again with Yeongchang, who read moreends up exiled and then murdered.

As a result, the rightful queen and her daughter, Princess Jeongmyeong, get ousted from the palace to live as commoners and fall to slave status.

  • Native title:

    화정
  • Also Known as:

    Splendid Politics; Princess Jeongmyeong; Hwajung; Hwa Jeong; Princess Jeong Myeong;

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KiRa
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May 25, 2016
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
It took me over 6 months after this show was completed for me to finish watching it, and no that is not because it was 50 episodes, its because it became so monotonous.
So many of the things that I really enjoyed about the drama came to an end around episode 15 with still 35 more episodes of almost nothing really important.
There were so many scenes where the main character just read more stared "meaningfully" at the camera, or into space, or at each other.
The main character Princess started off as a strong willful and fun character, but then just fell into this "ugh" phase where all she did was act like every other woman in Joseon. I was so disappointed by her. Over all the acting was sub par and the story just got dragged out more and more. Then the "special armory" people who didn't even have a real role would just show up in a scene sitting and talking to each other like they had so much free time, it was so unrealistic. I really like King Gwanghye and the actor in that role but he is not in it long enough, it would have been really interesting if they had made it more about him than her, and King Injo.
It ends with them trying to pull at some heart strings but it just doesn't work, mostly because by that point I was just irritated with all of the characters I didn't see a reason to care. Over all I would not suggest this drama to anyone.
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DreamingKoreanBallad
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Feb 21, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I enjoyed their take on these historical figures - it was very interesting to watch!

********Skip 'Storyline' if you don't want to know the actual History of this drama before you start it *******But it would be better to read up on the history of each character as they appear - so you will be prepared for what is coming & so you can see how their take on the historical characters.************* read more Storyline: We follow the drama as it takes us through the end of Seonjo's reign to when Gwanghae takes the throne, when Gwanhae get's usurped by Injo, the following rebellion, the 2nd Manchu war, Sohyun's demise & finally to Bongrim taking the throne. We also get a fictionalized version of Princess Jungmyung's disappearance & return after they had thought she had died.

I loved watching Cha Seung Won play/portray Gwanghae! <3 My favorite character by far in this drama!!! and he was GREATLY missed after episode 30 :'( I thought he was a really good ruler! Who ended up having a couple of bad subjects that lead to others misunderstanding him. His scenes were the best! I loved watching him give commands & do things in secret! When Kim Jae Won appeared and played Injo - I was pleased by his performance (his first time playing an actual bad guy lol) I pitied his character in this drama a lot - he was such a misguided/mislead king :( He wanted to be a good King but ended up being the opposite - an incompetent King who always listened to the wrong council. I also enjoyed Prince Sohyun's entrance into this drama ^^ He would have been a great ruler! He simply wanted to help his people & his country! I cried when he left us :'( I think he was on from ep.39-44 :) One thing: Seo Kang Joon & Lee Yeon Hee needed to improve their acting - I thought they did pretty much okay during the first 30-35 episodes - but after that they always had the same expressions, same reactions, and were rather poor actors (what happened?) *sigh* SKJ as Joo Won was really innocent and almost nerd-ish in his actions lol - It was cute ^^ I enjoyed his scenes with Gwanghae the most & there were a couple scenes of him with Jungmyung that I really liked as well ;) LYH played Jungmyung - (basically her character was the most fictitious one in the drama b/c the Princess according to Wikipedia stayed out of politics completely - whereas in this drama she is deeply involved in politics - enough to make several enemies - & there is this whole "prophecy" thing surrounding her - that I honestly found annoying in the earlier part of the drama (they had to have some basis for her "revenge" stuff) Her character when she grows up was good for the most part - I started to like her once she let go of her anger towards Gwanghae. She was strong & had a "stronger" part to play in the latter half).

Music: I liked the songs by Lena Park & Yesung the most - and I'd laugh whenever they played this instrumental ost that seriously sounded like they were saying "pyeha" lol - every time it came on - I said and again with the "pyeha" song lol

If I ever rewatched this it would probably only be Cha Seung Won's scenes as Gwanghae - they were the most impactful and meaningful parts to me :)

As someone else said on this page: "the first 30-35 episodes were addictive, after that it went up and down." I remained interested in the story line - up until King Injo dies - Injo lasted until episode 47? I think. After that I started to lose interest in the drama - and kind of pushed myself through the remaining few episodes lol... But, I don't regret watching - if you are interested in Korean History (even if you've read up on it on Wikipedia - like I did lol) and you'd like to see it "come alive" before your eyes (even if parts are fictionalized - like the Princess being involved in politics at all) then you should enjoy this drama overall - despite the poor acting of SKJ & LYH in the latter half...
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Takes place in Joseon and shows non-expected viewpoints, one of a prison warden, the other of a long lost Princess. Both engage in a series of event that try to over turn the political corruption and help the people of Joseon.
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Both historical dramas that are 50 episodes, and take place during the same time period of Gwanghae's life.
Each are a different story of what goes on, but they have similar characters.
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    namopanik May 8, 2017

    I feel bad about dropping this, but I don't want to get into this if the second half is underwhelming.

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    sweetmelissa Aug 25, 2016 - edited

    Finally the long journey is over. I agree with the others posters; the first 30 episodes were good and exciting but after that it became more or less a borefest. You'll see the same pattern going on which is boring. You will get very annoyed at the puppet King Injo who's basically as useless as it can get. Also, there's no romance (only a peanut size at the beginning, after that no) so if you're expecting anything in that light, you'll be severly disappointed. This drama is very heavily politics-based with officers sitting around a table and discussing politics in every episode. So you'll need A LOT of patience to go through it LOL. Towards the end things stopped to make sense. So, don't try to overthink and make sense of it. It's pointless lol. As for the acting, I only liked the acting of Cha Seung Won, Han Joo Wan and Kim Jae Won (his acting as an old man was very convincing, kudos). The others couldn't impress me..Even in the final episode I didn't feel anything even though something sad happened, so yeah.

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    As someone else said on this page: "the first 30-35 episodes were addictive, after that it went up and down." I remained interested in the story line - up until King Injo dies - after that though there were way too many repeats and unnecessary scenes :/ But, I don't regret watching - I loved watching Cha Seung Won play/portray Gwanghae! <3 My favorite character by far in this drama!!! and he was GREATLY missed after episode 30 :'( When Kim Jae Won appeared and played Injo - I was pleased by his performance (his first time playing an actual bad guy lol) I pitied his character in this drama a lot - he was such a misguided/mislead king :( I also enjoyed Prince Sohyun's entrance into this drama ^^ I think he was on from ep.39-44 :) Injo lasted until episode 47? I think. After that I started to lose interest in the drama - and kind of pushed myself through the remaining few episodes lol... One thing: Seo Kang Joon & Lee Yeon Hee needed to improve their acting - I thought they did pretty much okay during the first 30-35 episodes - but after that they always had the same expressions, same reactions, and were rather poor actors (what happened?) *sigh* - But if you are interested in Korean History (even if you've read up on it on Wikipedia - like I did lol) and you'd like to see it "come alive" before your eyes (even if parts are fictionalized - like the Princess being involved in politics at all) then you should enjoy this drama overall - despite the poor acting of SKJ & LYH in the latter half...

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    Datez Feb 16, 2016

    This one is underrated drama. Recommended to watch

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    Queen_Makjang Dec 27, 2015 - edited

    Worth the commitment? It is 50 eps.....

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      Mareina Feb 11, 2016

      Nope. If you're interested in the story, your time is better spent reading the wikipedia article about Gwanghae and Injo.

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      MinaVIP Mar 30, 2016

      Watch the drama the King's Face instead. Almost the same story, but much better!

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    Janey Dec 27, 2015

    Worth to watch?

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    kiki bella Nov 20, 2015 - edited

    can someone tell me is it a happy ending or a sad one and the princess is going to end up with who ???? pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase

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    JustJackieB Oct 17, 2015 - edited

    Kim Jae Won superbly played the role of King Injo. I hope he is nominated for an award.

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      ladymay Nov 29, 2015

      he sure did ♥♥ and me too

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    Mareina Oct 3, 2015

    Welcome to a highspeed race through histroy. Although I appreciated the speedy pace at first, the latter half of the show is just a renarration of historical facts without giving proper due to any single event or even adding twists. All the ploys are laughably simple and there are no surprises, but the show keeps pretending to be smart and feels the need to explain the details though the many exposition fairys all the time. It's kinda amazing how they managed to make these events boring. Gwanghae and Injo are the only interesting characters (and the only ones who are gray instead of black and white) and the first half is good, but this should have never been 50 eps and sadly, the latter half kills any love I had for the show in the beginning.

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    DBSK Oct 2, 2015

    This drama has finally ended and though it did get slightly boring towards the end, I am very pleased with the ending. I tremendously miss Gwanghae, but the drama had to follow the historical timeline..sigh. I knew both Cha Seung Won and Kim Jae Won were amazing actors, but in Hwajung they just shone in a different way. And as sunflower63 said, unless you don't get bored with political plots, this will not please you.

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    sunflower63 Oct 1, 2015 - edited

    What made this saeguk special was certainly the great cast. In the first 30 Episodes Cha Seung Won did a great job in portraying a very insecure and tormented King and the remainder of the cast in the last part of the drama contributed greatly to the success of the story.
    Certainly the title here is very appropriate as the plot is mostly about politics and power struggles and I couldn't find any feature that made it special or different from other saeguks seen before. In any case, being a lover of this genre myself I enjoyed it and appreciated the story but I would not recommend it to viewers who don't like political and/or historical types of plots.

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    Lily2PM Sep 15, 2015 - edited

    Is the show worth watching? I love Cha Seung won and I love historical dramas…
    and I have been in a Kdrama withdraw for the past couple of months…

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      WhiteGoldMVs1 Sep 19, 2015

      In my experience the first 30-35 episodes were addictive. Nowadays its up and down. Sometimes the build up takes a bit of time but when you get past it gets exciting again... Then a build up and the cycle goes on. I would say it's worth watching... I don't regret watching this drama at all... And Cha Seung Won really nails it as usual❤️

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    Mareina Aug 28, 2015 - edited
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      DBSK Aug 29, 2015

      I agree. Everything about the new characters is amazing.

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    SaeedAzizi Aug 18, 2015

    Excellent

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    50
  • Aired:

    Apr 13, 2015 to Sep 29, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 469 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1304
  • Popularity:

    #266

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