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Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth ~Korean Drama~

Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (Hangul: 화랑; Hanja: 花郞; lit. Hwarang) is a South Korean television series starring Park Seo-joon, Go Ara and Park Hyung-sik. It airs every Monday and Tuesday at 22:00 (KST) on KBS2, starting from December 19, 2016.

Synopsis

Jisoo has ruled the Kingdom of Silla as regent since the murder of her husband, keeping her son Sammaekjong hidden outside of the capital Seorabeol and safe from enemies and assassins. As Sammaekjong reaches the age of majority nobles, citizens, officials and Sammaekjong himself have all grown impatient for her to cede power. However the powerful nobles that tried to usurp power in the Kingdom continue to eye the throne and Jisoo fears the consequences of her ceding it.

In order to break the power of the nobles, who have grown accustomed to their privileges under the bone rank system, Jisoo plans to create a new elite, the Hwarang, that will cut across the existing power factions, and to bind them to Sammaekjong and the throne. As this new elite of male youths bond and grow, they are unaware that within their number is their future king, Sammaekjong, and Kim Sun-woo, a commoner harbouring a secret even he is not aware of.

Cast

Principal

Park Seo-joon as Moo-myung / Kim Sun-woo
Also known as Dog-Bird. A young man of low birth who rises above his situation in life to become a legendary hwarang warrior.
Go Ara as Kim Ah-ro
A "half-breed" (derogative term for aristocrat (jin-gol)-lower class offspring) with a cheerful and straightforward personality. She works multiple part-time jobs to support her family.
Park Hyung-sik as Sammaekjong / Kim Ji-dwi
A young and distrustful king who secretly becomes a hwarang warrior, gaining strength and leadership ability in the process. Joins the hwarang under the assumed identity Kim "Ji-dwi" (contraction of 지독한 뒤통수 (hangul jidokhan dwitongsu, trans. "terrible back-handed revenge")), Kim Wi-hwa's "nephew".

Supporting

Hwarang

Choi Min-ho as Kim Soo-ho
An aristocrat born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Hot-blooded and chivalrous, he is seen as a shameless playboy but is devoted in love.
Do Ji-han as Park Ban-ryu
Having been taught politics (by his two fathers) from an early age, he is cold-blooded, competitive and seeks for more power.
Cho Yoon-woo as Kim Yeo-wool
Beautiful and mysterious (among others the true identity of his father), he possesses a sharp tongue.
Kim Tae-hyung as Seok Han-sung
The youngest hwarang, he is bright and innocent. The last "true jin-gol" of his family
Kim Hyeon-jun as Seok Dan-se
Han-sung's elder half-brother, who is powerless due to his "half-breed" status.
Sung Dong-il as Lord Kim Wi-hwa
Founder as well as the first Chief (pungwolju) of the hwarang.
Kim Jin-tae as Kim Jang-hyun
Han Jeong-hun as Juki
Jeon Beom-soo as Park Shin

Royal Family

Kim Ji-soo as Queen Mother Jiso
Silla's acting regent for her son, whom she has hidden ever since the death of the previous king.
Seo Ye-ji as Princess Sukmyeong
Sammaekjong's maternal half-sister, as well as future consort.
Song Yeong-kyu as Lord Hwi-kyung

Royal Capital citizens

Choi Won-young as Lord Kim Ahn-ji
A jin-gol who was driven to poverty and was separated from his only son Sun-woo 12 years prior. Works as a physician aided by his daughter Ah-ro dispensing free aid to the people.
Yoo Jae-myeon as Pa-oh
Sammaekjong's personal bodyguard.
Kim Kwang-kyu as Pi Joo-ki
Owner of the store Dayiseo.
Lee Da-in as Kim Soo-yeon
Younger sister of Soo-ho, friends with Ah-ro.
Ooon as Kim Ki-bo
One of the sons of the nobility, part of Ban-ryu's clique. One of the hwarang rejects (nangdo).
Kang Dong-woo as Mu-cheol

Mangmangchon people

Lee Kwang-soo as Mak-moon / Kim Sun-woo (Ep. 1-3)
Moo-myung's best friend. Originally named "Sun-woo", he was separated (for still-unknown reasons) from his family for 12 years and ended up at Mangmangchon. Killed because he saw the King's face; even before he was even reunited with his family.
Kim Won-hae as Woo-reuk (Ep. 1-3, 6, 8-10)
Skilled musician from the conquered Kingdom of Gaya and inventor of the gayageum, he becomes the music and dance teacher of the hwarang. Mak-moon & Moo-myung's care-taker/foster father in Mangmangchon, who holds the secret to the latter's true identity.

Ministers of Silla

Kim Chang-wan as Park Yeong-shil
Ban-ryu's adoptive father. Leader of the opposition against the regent.
Lee Byung-joon as Lord Ho
Ban-ryu's biological father. Member of the opposition.
Ko In-bum as Kim Seub
Soo-ho & Soo-yeon's father. Main supporter of the regent.
Kim Jong-go as Seok Hyun-je
Han-sung & Dan-se's grandfather. Member of the opposition.

Others

Kim Dae-hoon
Yoon Jin-ho
Song Min-hyung as Kim Hyung-won
Baek Jae-jin as Yang Jo-jang
Ban Min-jung as Mi Roo-hyang
Lee Kwan-hoon as Hyun-chu
Lee Jae-yoon as So-yoon
Jang Se-hyun as Kang Sung
Song Bo-eun
Lee Kyu-hyung as Do-go
Jun Bum-soo
Lee Pung-woon
Cha Oh-bin
Lee Min-ho as So-gam
Kim Tae-hoon
Park Ki-hoon
Park Ha-yan as Yoo-ji
Jang Yoo-tae
Oh Eun-ho as Mo-yeong
Lee Do-hoon

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