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  • Drama: Cruel Palace - War of Flowers
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 50
  • Aired: Mar 23, 2013 - Sep 8, 2013
  • Aired On: Saturday, Sunday
  • Network: jTBC
  • Duration: 1 hr. 1 min.
  • Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 197 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #2724
  • Watchers: 896

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A legendary femme fatale, So Yong uses her natural beauty, sensuality, and wit to win the King’s love and becomes part of his royal concubine. King Injo indulges himself in So Yong and neglects his sovereign duties. Taking advantage of King Injo’s impotence, So Yong snatches his power and exercises absolute control over the entire country. She even joins a rebellion along with her stepfather. Crown Prince So Hyeon, upon returning home after seven years in captivity, tries to develop his country by adopting advanced scientific practices and culture. However, the young Prince is a threat to So Yong and she decides to manipulate the King into poisoning his own son. After Prince So Hyeon’s death, Kang Bin, the Crown Princess, finds out that So Yong is the culprit. In league with the courtiers, Kang Bin tries to defeat So Yong and win the country back. But So Yong is conniving and not about to roll over. The vicious story of the Bloodied Palace begins.
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  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 50
  • Aired: Mar 23, 2013 - Sep 8, 2013
  • Aired On: Saturday, Sunday
  • Network: jTBC
  • Duration: 1 hr. 1 min.
  • Score: 7.6 (scored by 197 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #2724
  • Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Completed
xxx
8 people found this review helpful
Mar 22, 2015
50 of 50 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 7.0
Story 6.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 5.5
I kind of am in a love/hate relationship with this show. I like how this is a show in which the main female lead can be considered "evil". You know why she's doing the things she does, you pity her for it, but also grow to hate her for it and keep saying "Haven't you had enough girl?". Which brings me to my second point. I love the acting, Lee Duk Hwa plays an excellent role as King Injo. He is portrayed very human, he has emotions too. He knows (in my opinion) very well what every one around him is thinking and planning, but he also wants to have someone around him and someone to love him, which makes him, to me, a very complicated and human character. Also Kim hyun Joo plays her role very very good. You pity her for being in her position and fully understand her reasons, but also hate her for her actions. There really is more to all the characters than meets the eye, if you're willing to look deeper and try to understand why they are doing this. If you're planning on watching this show, make sure to put yourself in to their shoes and try to understand their reasoning. Than this show is worth it.
One big problem I stepped on was the repetitiveness and slow progress of the story.

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Completed
suga_eomma
2 people found this review helpful
Feb 14, 2018
50 of 50 episodes seen
Completed 4
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 10
This is probably my favorite drama ever. The story and its pace are unbelievably perfect. The acting is so well done that it got me cheering for many characters such as King Injo, the Crown Prince and Princess, the queen and Yam Jun...

Yam Jun is what I like most about this drama, because she is in a very thin line between hero and villain since she's the main character and she's playing the role of a villain but I caught myself cheering for her, wanting her to succed in her plans so badly.  She isn't your regular kdrama hero... She's the exact opposite of it. In any other drama she would be considered a villain, but if you're like me you will be cheering for her for the most part.

The role played by Lee Duk Hwa was extraordinary. It was a beautiful thing when he was around children. King Injo has many beautiful relationships with other characters like Crown Prince So Hyun and his other children and grandchildren. Also, in his world he had a very very beautiful relationship with Yam Jun, despite all her manipulation and schemings. I think, for the most part, taking his perspective, it was a beautiful love.

There is a set of characters I love so much in this drama and that is the Crown Prince and Crown Princess. They have an amazing relationship despite being very different from each other. They make a very good team to go through hardships together in China. He becomes stronger with her and for him and her children she can get through it all. She's the strongest female I've ever seen in a kdrama so far. So Hyun is a gentle and thoughtful son to King Injo. He suffers so much in his life, trying to be the best son he can be to his father. The Crown Princess is the fearless female warrior always seaking to thrive and So Hyun is all heart. This couple seriously gave me the feels. I felt like they are, together with Injo, the only heros to cheer for.

The plot is all about scheming and ambition for the throne. It is a very political drama. Don't expect to see love and romance. Most characters would be considered 'evil' by most people I think... But I don't think exactly like that though. I think most of the characters feel very convincing... Not exactly bad or good... They feel almost human, I guess. It is indeed a very 'cruel' story for all characters so the plot is VERY dramatic (although I can say I never cried once but laughed quite a few times because this drama can be absurd sometimes and most of those times it is because of Yam Jun's way of thinking and scheming. She's just too much I guess lol). I've found the story unpredictable for the most part so I didn't get bored once. The storytelling still feels very fresh in the kdramaland imo. It is definitely not something you can easily find in another drama.

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