Hwarang (2016)

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History is often made on the backs of truly passionate, talented young people. During the Kingdom of Silla, a group of elite youth known as Hwarang (literally "Flowering Knights") would wield great influence. These dashing, talented knights – Moo Myung, Sam Maek Jong, Soo Ho, Ban Ryu, Yeo Wool, Han Sung, and maiden Ah Ro – could outsmart and outfight anyone as they pushed for justice in Seorabeol, the capital city. One read moreof them would become King Jin Heung of Silla and change the course of history.

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    Flowering Knights; Flower Knights: The Beginning; The Beautiful Knights; Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth; Hwarang: The Beginning; 화랑: 더 비기닝;

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Both drama's are Time Period dramas. Both have an evil Queen. In SHR the Queen is more evil, whereas in Hwarang the Queen is more neglectful.
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Both historical drama with good blend of lightness and serious/sombre scenes. Has a main girl and many visually pretty/handsome guys. Overall it gives the same vibe but different plot.
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    MClyd 6 hours ago

    Although I'm just at ep 5, I have difficulty differentiating one guy from the other. They are so alike in the uniform - top to toe.

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    DiosaUnica96 6 hours ago - edited

    I'm so damn curious... they will ruin everything or at least they will do a right thing according the true history? I hope the second one, but since it's already a mess... At least give me a second couple scene <3 And fighting King Jinheung

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    yaima 6 hours ago

    Well I don't have anything against Ji Dwi it's just that I love them both but if I were to pick I'd pick Su Won just for the simple reason that ji dwi only cares for the throne and taking it away from him mom, while su soon has gone through a lot of thing like threatening experiences and seen lots of love ones die and wishes to protect everyone a king can't be king if you don't have the guts to protect the people not the throne what good is the throne without people to rule think about it

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    Kenul 11 hours ago
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    Tse 13 hours ago

    Episode 19 was a mayhem.

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    Eos 13 hours ago

    I wish Sun Woo will work secretly with Jinheung to get the traitors and reinforce the Hwarang status. This would be more exciting than the depressing preview scenes.

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    Kdramerzzz 14 hours ago

    There really is no chemistry with both leads. Hahaha. The plot minus go ah ra is okay yet everything went downhill. I want Sun Woo to be king.

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    dearD4NI 15 hours ago - edited

    I am beyond annoyed. Historically inaccurate plot aside, the writing for this drama is absolutely terrible. The whole throne battle is stupid. The writers spent 85% of the drama showcasing Ji Dwi's struggle against his throne-obsessed mother and building viewer sympathy for him to push through the pain, become stronger, and claim his title. The writers kept building and building, and then he finally does it. He claims his title, and all of the sudden the man who is supposed to be his friend comes along and tries to steal it from him.

    Sun Woo is the main character, and the viewers are supposed to support him. But after all of the build up behind Ji Dwi being the rightful king, the writers are suddenly trying to turn him into the bad guy? It doesn't work! All I feel is sympathy towards Ji Dwi and resentment towards Sun Woo for betraying his friend, and that is not what I want to nor what I should be feeling as a viewer. Now I'm the one feeling betrayed, because I feel like my beloved Hwarang are all turning against their friend. Dramas are essentially a product, and this is not how you attract consumers.

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    Fortuna 1 day ago - edited
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    AneMi 2 days ago - edited

    I usually don't write negative stuff, but when Go Ah Ra frowns, she looks devilish not cute like other actresses! She can easily play in a horror movie!
    Everytime she acted like being sad or nervous .. her frowns gave me such a strange feeling that made me impossible to follow the plot! I have never felt like this before about an actress and I saw a lot of dramas since 2008 till now!
    Don't get me wrong, I find her beautiful but her acting frustrates me! What's wrong? Is it me?

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      Tse 2 days ago - edited

      Have you, by chance, watched other dramas starring her? I have the impression that either Hwarang is simply not her kind of drama or she is supposed to be this way, somehow different. Can't tell since I haven't watched other series she contributed to. I am not bothered by the frowning, but I think her facial expression is too plane sometimes, which is a shame.

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      AneMi 2 days ago

      I can't say I saw her too much! I tried 'You're All Surrounded' but dropped it.. Haven't seen Producers yet and the 'Replay' series is not my cup of tea!
      But it's not that I can't stand her..there are some other actors and actresses that I just can't follow no matter what they do or how good they are.... it is the strage feeling she's gaving me when she's acting and I don't think she can change her grimaces just because she's playing another character...to be honest, she's not that good, so no need to see more stuff with her! Maybe it's my problem...

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      Tse 1 day ago

      I'm sure you're not the only one out there feeling this way! I will give some other series starring her a chance in the future so I can satisfy my curiosity. As for Hwarang, I think the female lead herself is poorly written.

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      AneMi 18 hours ago - edited

      You are right! Thank you Tse for your comments! :)

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    Brooke 2 days ago - edited

    I don't understand all this hate. This drama has some flaws but yet it has a very interesting plot, great characters and AMAZING action scenes. I seriously can't avoid loving it.

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    nadia 2 days ago - edited

    In my opinion the chemistry between the leads (Ahro and Sunwoo) is the worst one I've ever seen and I must say I've seen many dramas. I just can't feel it at all.

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      blacklatina 2 days ago

      I agree...I've never seen a main couple with 0 chemistry like those two.

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      SanjuktaRay 1 day ago

      Exactly the romance is so much forced between them .

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      SweetCakes 22 hours ago

      I agree! I think the bromance is way better lol

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    SweetCakes 2 days ago - edited
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    Tse 2 days ago - edited
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    naccu 3 days ago - edited

    After episode 18:
    All aboard the NOPE train! That didn't happen. Nope.. nopity nooooooope! Is that tears in my eyes? Nope, it's just raining!!!

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      Fortuna 1 day ago

      Exactly. I'm facepalmed...after the rain.


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    South Korea
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    Dec 19, 2016 to Feb 21, 2017
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 1,680 users)
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