The second teaser for Sword and Flower (The Blade and Petal) was released today after Mandate of Heaven and I almost flipped out of my chair in excitement. It looks sooooo good. And not just good in that trifecta possibility of acting excellence, directing prowess, and narrative intrigue, it also looks good in ways that mirror the best period dramas from Hong Kong and China way back when those countries actually produced good romance period dramas with great martial arts action sequences. This is the best of both worlds, which really was what Damo was supposed to usher in when it started the fusion sageuk trend but by and large Korea hasn’t really gotten the formula right. I worry a bit that this drama will pile on the romance of the star-crossed Romeo and Juliet variety so thick one might feel turned off by it. But then I see the two daddies played by Choi Min Soo and Kim Young Chul respectively and that worry is alleviated a bit since their intensity can slice through cheese and evaporate the sticky sweetness of most K-drama love stories. I want more epic fight scenes, more smart strategizing, more carefully deliberated hard decisions, more sense versus sensibility. So far the OTP of Kim Ok Bin and Uhm Tae Woong are sizzling and utterly gorgeous apart and together. This one looks like a winner so let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Second teaser for Sword and Flower: