I confess to finally succumbing to sageuk fatigue. Even someone like me who grew up on period dramas and love sageuks big and small (as long as its done right and stays good) is finally hitting that tipping point. It’s not necessarily caused by the double crap of Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love and Gu Family Book, though those are the most recent two sageuks I watched. It’s just been so many all happening at the same time that I need a bit of modern rom-com lightness to change it up some. I’m also making room for the new batch of sageuks to come along, namely Goddess of Fire Jeongi and Sword and Flower. I confess being more into the former because of the cast (Moon Geun Young! Kim Bum!), but the latter actually sounds more up my alley based on the story alone. Starring Uhm Tae Woong, Kim Ok Bin, Choi Min Soo, and Kim Young Chul, the drama has recently gotten a more poetic English title of The Blade and Petal, which actually sounds like a romance novel title if you ask me. Airing on KBS Wed-Thurs following The Fugitive of Joseon, the story centers around Moo Young, the daughter of King Yeongnyu of Goguryeo, who disguises herself as an assassin to infiltrate the usurpers camp led by Yeon Gaesomun, and there she falls in love with Yeon Choong, the son of her father’s killer.
Nice. Talk about some pretty big daddy issues looming for the both of them. Everyone has already pointed out that this sounds like a reverse The Princess’s Man in many ways, and indeed it does. The era is different since TPM was a Joseon period story while this one takes place in the earlier time period of Goguryeo. Expect lots and lots more fighting and intense battle scenes, especially as the two daddies engage in epic warfare for control of the country. I love Uhm Tae Woong but his last sageuk foray in Queen Seondeok was a massive dud. He was the first male lead and was so underwhelming both in character and performance that Kim Nam Gil‘s second male lead ended up with all the screentime in the latter half of the drama. I also thought Uhm Tae Woong didn’t look great in sageuk garb, but I might have to rethink my opinion because the first peek at the two leads for Sword and Flower are out and both look absolutely stunning. Kim Ok Bin especially blows me away with how beautiful and intense she looks. The chemistry is also crackling between them just in the poster filming alone. I also love how the drama is giving Uhm Tae Woong two looks, the well-groomed warrior and the mane of glory dark assassin. There are also a whole lotta swords and flowers in the poster filming alone. Oh Korea, always so obvious.