Six Flying Dragons

Six Flying Dragons (2015)

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A fiction historical drama about the ambitions and success of six characters based around Lee Bang Won.
Lee Bang Won was the third king of the Joseon Dynasty in Korea and the father of King Sejong the Great. He helped his father King Taejo establish the Joseon Dynasty.

  • Native title:

    육룡이 나르샤
  • Also Known as:

    Yookryongi Nareusha; Roots of the Throne;

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yankumicho
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Mar 23, 2016
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Is there any difference? Is there any difference?
I’m asking the world, on deciding life and death
Is there any difference between politics and swords?

These words, from the song “Muiiya,” a Six Flying Dragons OST, emphasize the human cost of both politics and the sword. Six Flying Dragons, as a drama, does the same when it implores the viewer to contemplate the possible outcomes of choice and the effects of those read more choices on relationships and society as a whole. If anything, Six Flying Dragons attempts to answer this question without limiting the answer toward one argument. As a result, this drama and its writers Park Sang Yeon and Kim Yeong Hyeon effectively communicate the answer to this vital question through the display of its narrative and characterization.

Six Flying Dragons’ narrative ponders the above questions by its creation of characters and actions that test the functions of relationships and its lack of limitation of the characters to a particular faction of good and evil. Characterizations are layered and multi-faceted; for example, Lee Bang Won’s early desire for justice masks a desire for recognition and power. One is surely good, and the other is dangerous, but they both exist within the character. Similarly, in Jeong Do Jeon, one can argue that desire for the people masks desire for recognition and power. Where history tries (and goes back and forth) on the bad/good spectrum of these two characters, Six Flying Dragons delivers realism--the reality, of course, that all humans possess a bug which may swallow them whole. It renders choices, not fate nor relative determinism, as the progenitor of results, effects, and conclusions while maintaining neutrality in its tone.

The narrative achieves this as a whole by offering twists and turns on a grand scale. Tiny, even miniscule character introductions turn into important aspects of character and scene later on; conversations between characters that are seemingly benign hold importance at the right moment. Between betrayals and loyalty, is there any difference? may be the question asked here; the question may also be Between two forms of government, is there any difference? Six Flying Dragons, then, explores these subtexts throughout its frames, urging the viewer to contemplate them as well.

Another way that the narrative urges viewers to explore these notions is through its cinematography. The cinematography of Six Flying Dragons colors and frames the narrative in much the same way that the characterization does. Through use of light, dark, colors (in particular, the deep scarlet of blood), the viewer sees the overt versus the subvert. Overt actions are more splashed in light; subvert or covert actions cloaked in darkness. In doing so, Six Flying Dragons plays on the eyes of the viewer at times, asking us whether the subvert cannot be seen in the overt and vice versa. Between light and dark, is there any difference?

The crispness of character aspect and portrayal not only resides in the narrative, but also in the acting of Six Flying Dragons. With a stellar cast at the outset, one could argue that potential for this drama’s outcome was high, but it would be remiss to leave it at that. The cast of Six Flying Dragons supersedes any previous notion of greatness accorded to it; they crash down the barrier of greatness and replace it with excellence of the highest caliber.

While extending regard to the entire cast of Six Flying Dragons, the focus of the show, and the most compelling character-wise, is its main cast. Yoo Ah In as Lee Bang Won and Kim Myung Min as Jeong Do Jeon bring depth and mindfulness to each of their characters. They allow the viewer to see all aspects of their personality. Yoo Ah In, in particular, plays Lee Bang Won with such nuance that the viewer sees the inner motivations of Bang Won’s heart clearly and sees the influence choices make even in expression and emotion. Kim Myung Min does the same; the viewer sees a man whose concern for the people gets lost a bit in the desire for political recognition. The phrase, “You are the same as me,” is a common and apt theme when it comes to the characters, and in their brilliant acting, one can see how this phrase manifests itself throughout the narrative.

Along with the two protagonists (as I refuse to name either an antagonist), Six Flying Dragons peppers the narrative with great acting. From young men to hardened warriors, Byun Yo Han (Ddang Sae) and Yoon Kyun Sang (Mu Hyul) provide insights from those who are not political but honor bound and how choices made by others affect them. Shin Se Kyung (Boon Yi) ignites a fire and demonstrates the plight of the people in politics--how, between love and loneliness, is there any difference? Jung Yoo Mi (Yeon Hee) shows the importance of standing up for values in light of all other desires. These are just a few of the many great performances Six Flying Dragons introduces into the dramatic world.

As the narrative and action set the drama, music sets the tone. In Six Flying Dragons, the music glorifies an already-rich narrative with lyrical power and earth-jolting strength. This OST is quite simply one of the best. A favorite, surely, is the song “Muiiya,” a song with so much meaning that pervades the narrative and asks the viewer to contemplate its short lyric for far longer than the song. One cannot get enough of the sound of Six Flying Dragons. If I could rate the OST, I would give it a 10, hands down.

Despite its 50 episode length, I need to rewatch this again. There remains much more for me to glean from the drama’s depths, much more for me to contemplate about character, much more for me to study about politics and choices. From someone who could not watch a long drama until last year, I could not get enough. I could go another 20 or 30 episodes if only to see more of this drama’s richness and characterization.

Overall, Six Flying Dragons provides me with the overarching question, Is there any difference between politics and swords? My answer to that question...well, I will let that remain a mystery to the for the new viewer. Instead, I will sit here in the grey, where these questions keep being pondered. Instead, I implore the new viewer to ask themselves these questions while watching and see if they can find a conclusive answer as well.
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Dounie
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Mar 22, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I really can't write about this drama without mentioning the writers ''Park Sang Yeon'' & ''Kim Yeong Hyeon'' and the wonderful team who worked on it. As soon as I heard about this drama I was so excited, I did not care about the cast who'll be part of this big project, only those two names I mentioned earlier I knew I would be in for another incredible and memorable journey and I read more was right. Indeed it's as great, thrilling and passionate as Tree With Deep Roots and Queen Seon Deok both also written by these two writers, I consider them as the best Korean historical dramas I ever watched and of course SFD is third in the list for me.

It's not in my habits writing reviews for a Korean drama, actually it's the 2nd I write but this time I had to, because it was such an exciting and incredible experience. I want to always remember the emotions I went through while watching this drama, I really screamed, smiled and cried a lot (well did not cry that much but some scenes were so touching and lovely which had me in tears) I already feel very empty now we're already in the end. I'm wondering when I'll be able to watch and find such a gripping and fascinating long Korean period drama ?!

I started SFD while it was airing but I had to stop cause I knew waiting each week for only two more eps would be a pure torture for me, so this was only three weeks ago I decided to properly marathon it and aigoo those three weeks went way too quickly. This drama is simply addicting, once I finished an episode I felt the urge to watch the next one, it leaves you no choice but to go watch immediately what's coming.

Maybe now I should tell how this drama managed to captivate me like that and how every ep killed me, first reason is all those references from Queen Seon Deok and Tree With Deep Roots, and I bet all people who watched those two fantastic dramas are/were feeling the same, I was always so impressed and reminiscing about the quotes and characters of these dramas, simply yes I was speechless and always thinking those two scriptwriters are real geniuses to make me going crazy and happy like that. Secondly it's all those political intrigues, the way Sambong and Bang Won were portayed here, how they could manipulate people and control them the way they both did and most of all their ability to read in their opponent's minds, I admire both them for that. I love smart moves and political intrigues in dramas and this drama had all of that. And third reason is that I always wanted to watch a drama which would show how Joseon Dynasty was established and here it was so wonderfully explained and done.

When I think about all the cast I have no words because all actors were so into their characters and we could feel how much invested they were for this long historical drama, they delivered such a electrifying , sincere and wonderful performance, I literally fell in love with all of them, just maybe from my point of view I did not like Seo Yi Sook 's acting (Moo Hyeol's grandmother) it's very personal and I just did not find her very convincing, otherwise all other actors did so well, zero complaint about them simply the opposite, they were all phenomenal.
Of course first I have to comment about Yoo Ah In and Kim Myung Min's awesome's portraits, they were totally the characters they played ''Lee Bang Won'' and ''Jeong Do Jeon'', it did not feel like they were acting, it was simply really as if they were in front of me, like I was seeing each one of their every actions and moves.
Frankly speaking I'm not so fond of Kim M.M but I will never ever forget his flawless performance here, one word : grandiose. As for Yoo Ah In, his facial expressions, words, moves gave me goosebumps, he was too imposing and magnificent. I think I said enough about these two amazing actors, they would definitely not leave you indifferent.
It's hard for me to choose a favorite character cause I think the writers here wrote them so perfectly, there's no one I love more than the rest, well maybe Gil Tae Mi because he added so much fun to this dark and very tense atmosphere, he was so cool, skilled, sometimes stupid and hilarious even when he was about to kill some people, I just couldn't hate him ! Another one I liked a lot was Lee Bang Ji and I personally do think his character was so well written , I'm just a bit too sad he did not have (in my humble opinion) as much screen time as other dragons, in some scenes I was completely missing him and was wondering where he was and what he was doing, I love him because his care for his sister and his loved one was so sincere, beautiful and pure, he did not want to involve himself into politics and all what he did was only because of their dreams and ideals, he lives for them, that's how unselfish his love is for both of them, I can only admire him!
I would like to write some words about other dragons and characters however I think I already said too much, just I will say these things : Cheon Ho Jin as Lee Seong Gye did an awesome job, he never fails to surprise me, I don't know much about Lee Seong Gye and did not read anything about him except that I know he was the first king of Joseon and from what I saw here in SFD he really had a tragic and sad life.
Boon Yi I like her a lot and especially her relationship with her brother which is so beautiful genuine and filled with so much tenderness, I always have a thing in drama for brother/sister's bonding and in this one it was simply just so touching, I was always so happy when they were only together on screen, discussing, eating playing together. Boon Yi is a very caring, brave and smart girl, I really appreciate that she never gives up on her dreams and till the end she believes in it and simply wants to be happy with her family and people.
Moo Hyeol I love him so much in the first place ( eheheh TWDR yeah) so badass, unselfish, generous, strong and sweet at the same time, I always found his way of fighting so cute and funny but in the end he had to grow up and become mature, it was very painful to see and Yoon Gyun Sang did a really great job with his Moo Hyeol's portrayal. I also wanted to say I loved all these supporting characters as well especially Ha Ryun, Yoon Rang (very charismatic woman), Lee Bang Woo, Lee Ji Ran, Jo Joon, Gil Seon Mi and Hong Dae Hong and for sure the drama would be totally different without them <3

Needless to say the sceneries, settings, colors and costumes were so gorgeous, every costume fitted perfectly for each character, I particularly loved Boon Yi's dresses so simple and yet very eye-catching, suited her personality so well, I also loved her hairstyle <3 I would say the same for all other characters' costumes especially those Yoo Ah In, Byun Yo Han, Cheon Ho Jin, Gong Seung Yeon, Park Hyeok Kwon and many other wore, very colorful and elegant .
The Ost was really great and the ballads were always used in appropriate moments though there weren't to my taste, I loved BGM more and songs Muiiya and Cheongsanbyeolgog (I think it's the title) more. In any case the ost was wonderful so no complaints from me.


I'll end this review with those four fantastic quotes, I had shivers all over my body when those sentences were said.

-''The King is just this country's flower. The Roots have to be this land's scholars, confucian scholars and officials"
-''If you want to fool your enemy, you'd have to fool those around you including yoursel''
-''How can betrayal be a sin ? In this turbulent times, believing someone is a bigger crime ''
-"Since the world began, the weak have always been stepped on by the strong. Even a thousand years ago, even a thousand years from now! The Strong steal from the Weak. In this world the only truth is that the strong take and swallow the weak ... this is only the constant truth"

I would probably rewatch this drama as it brought me so much feels since the very first second, Political dramas are generally too heavy for me but I always found Political Historical dramas to be to my liking as I've already seen many and I noticed the writers always manage to make them so interesting and appealing especially when the characters are so well written like it's the case here.
Highly recommended, it's the first time for me to watch such a long drama and to not feel the length, 50 eps of pure awesomeness and if you want my opinion I did not see the time passing.
Last but not least, this is one of the most intelligent dramas I watched and I would recommend for people who haven't wacthed Tree With Deep Roots nor Six Flying Dragons to start with SFD first and then watch DR.
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If you like the politics and plotting aspect of Six Flying Dragons then you will like Empress Ki. Empress Ki has more romance but it also has great acting and a well written plot. Like in Six Flying Dragons you will find the extended cast has a variety of characters that the writers try to develop throughout the story.

Similarities:
politics
plotting
great acting
strong female characters
action
Recommended by silvermcv
They mention several times Queen Seon Duk and Bidam.
Also Bidam actions in Queen Seon Duk have consequences in Six Flying Dragons.

Other similarities:
- Same writers.
- Politics.
- The "bad" characters are also very charming.
- Strong female characters.
- Both dramas tell historical events.
- Almost there is no romance (Is more subtle compared to SFD).
- Action.

They have more things in common, like the treatment of the characters and the drama structure (the sequel A tree with deep roots also follow the same structure).
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    oppalover87 1 day ago

    Song of Chungsan and Byun Yo han's voice gets me every time. Oh the feels! ;-(

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    Shina 2 days ago

    I have finished ep 46, I feel like a tragedy will take place, this is the most outstanding historical drama, I tend to feel sad for both sides. All the actors were brilliant, seriously its the best I even watched. Who is right? Who is wrong? Everyone has a responsibility... Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.

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    MClyd 6 days ago

    I think I'll make my own story - since I've been shipping Mu Hyul to end up marrying Gwak Swa Gang (Han Ye Ri). They'd be perfect together and produce Six Acrobatic Cute Dragons Babies. :)

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    JohnGilbert 6 days ago - edited

    I'm just finishing episode 28 and it was by far the most lackluster, flabby episode. Constant expository fluff. Redundant. There have been so many flashback repeats of something just said moments before - lol. Maybe something was going on with production or writing, but it was so noticeable I decided to write this. No worries, I'm sure it will tighten back up. I never skip ahead ever, but I know many who do. You likely would be safe to pass through this episode.

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    sweetpeamama 8 days ago

    Finally finished and decided I will watch again. Once is not enough.

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    Aliyyah Rusdinar 8 days ago

    This drama should have at least score a 9.0 :( This is the best sageuk I've seen, even better than empress ki <333

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    JohnGilbert 9 days ago - edited

    I absolutely can't believe Park Hyeok Kwon did not win an award for his portrayal of Gil Tae Mi/Gil Seon Mi. Hyeok Kwon is by far the most captivating and enjoyable character to the series thus far. He's awesome. Tae Mi's death was one of the saddest bad guy deaths I've ever or in a great long time remember. I hated seeing him go down.

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    souldoc70 13 days ago

    I miss this drama too. Planning to re watch it soon- really hope YAI is going to do a new drama soon- I want to see him in a romantic comedy

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    rheabiel 19 days ago

    I miss Lee Bang Won and Boon Yi. I miss the drama, sigh, Yoo Ah In should do another drama like this, another epic drama pls writter nim.

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    Drama4lover 19 days ago - edited

    This was just..... A....AAAAMMM.....AMAZING! OMG SO DAEBAK!
    I can't believe. It's the first drama I have stayed so long wondered and was worried about a character. King TaeJong. A character who I have never seen or am going to meet ever in life. And here I am worried about him. Worried what happened to him. Worried how stressed he must have been killing so many people. How hard it must have been on him. I'am going crazy. I read his story.... But Iam still anxious. As if I ACTUALLY went through all this next to him. As if he was a part of me. OHHHH Iam going crazy!

    YO AH IN! DAMN YOU! You made me absolutely LOOOOVVVEE u after this drama. All the characters WERE Amazing. The writers phenomenal. I can't get it out of my head.
    It took me 2 days to actually watch the last 2 episodes since I was afraid it was going to end. I stayed up for so many nights watching this drama. Iam in a killing mode LOL. LeeBangWon ruined my mind. I think I became crazy like him too HAHA. OH GOD I need to pull myself together.
    Also I am going to order the biography of KingTaeJong and his son >_<

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      MClyd 7 days ago

      You can watch "Tree With Deep Root". Historically related.

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    RodJun828 Aug 29, 2016

    MUUUUUSAAAAAAAA! Moo-Hyul!

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    JohnGilbert Aug 29, 2016 - edited

    Ok. I'm starting episode 6. Tell me I'm not completely stupid - lol. Tell me others had trouble keeping up with all the names and faces and time leaps and so forth. I ardently sticking with it. I love it, but a wee bit frustrated that I can't seem to keep the names and faces sorted. I'm hoping if I stay with it it will be ok.

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      RodJun828 Aug 29, 2016

      You dont have to remember all the names. Just the important figures (e.g. six dragons)

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      JohnGilbert 30 days ago

      Ok. Lol. WHEW!!

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      Drama4lover 24 days ago

      No hahaha I am the same. Also just at ep 7 and I got the 2 swordsmen confused. They looked a lot like each other

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      JohnGilbert 10 days ago

      Yes they did! It was about episode 7 that it all just SNAPPED into focus and I now know what's going on and understand the names etc.

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    Remz23 Aug 23, 2016

    Sam bong .. I will miss this guy

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    naccu Aug 21, 2016

    I want to start saying that I always find politics and war as two veeeeeeery boring subjects. Yet, for some bizarre reason this drama charmed me and made me fall in love with everything so much! If I could use just one word to describe it it would be EPIC! Now that it's over for me I want to cry :'(

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    Kiseki Aug 17, 2016 - edited

    About to give this a try, can someone briefly explain to me the historical aspects of this drama, like what year AD is this suppose to be and what significant historical events occur in here and which characters are based on real characters recorded in history etc? It will help me have some perspective when I start watching, thanks!

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      DiosaUnica96 Aug 20, 2016 - edited

      This drama has many important true events about the birth of the Joseon Dynasty. The main characters who are fictional are: Bong Yi, Ddang Sae, Mu Hyul. The other dragons really existed. (Yi Bang Wol - General Yi Seong gye, Jung Do Jeon) This drama begin with the collapse of the Goryeo dynasty (XIV century), and finish after the first years of Joseon Dinasty. We can see how the Joseon Dynasty has been established, who make it possible, and how many hardship there has been. It's an amazing drama with many plot twist, you'll love it.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    50
  • Aired:

    Oct 5, 2015 to Mar 22, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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    8.9 (scored by 1,508 users)
  • Ranked:

    #18
  • Popularity:

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