Now that SBS drama While You Were Sleeping has premiered and I’m contently loving it, up next in the anticipation department is the Hong Sisters fantasy drama Hwayugi loosely based on the Chinese classic Journey to the West. All leads are on board and the drama will take place in modern times with the main characters being fantasy beings now with modern identities. Lee Seung Gi is the handsome mischievous Monkey King, Oh Yeon Seo is the beautiful alluring Monk, Cha Seung Won is the charismatic Bull Demon King, Lee Hong Ki is the attractive Pig, and veteran Jang Kwang rounds out the leads as the Sand Demon. In modern times all have unique identities and find themselves banded together to fight a coming dark evil, with the Hong Sisters turning the classic narrative into a romantic comedy with laughs and creative fantasy elements. Filming is slated to start at the end of October just as Lee Seung Gi is discharged from the military, with the drama scheduled to air in December on tvN.
So here’s what I’ve read so far on the characters. Lee Seung Gi as the Monkey King retains his brash personality. Oh Yeon Seo as the Monk who in modern times is the successful and rich female CEO of a company that buys distressed and condemned properties and cleans it up to sell at a profit. Cha Seung Won’s Bull Demon King wants to be idolized but can’t get temples or churches built around him so is instead the CEO of a top entertainment agency and is even more popular and well-known than even his own artists. Lee Hong Ki as the Pig character is a top idol star who needs female fans energy to keep himself handsome and vibrant. The trio of demons someone finds the Monk again who makes them her “pupils” again and together the quartet set out to battle an impending evil darkness.