A Korean Odyssey 화유기 – “Even though I don’t have family, friends, or a lover, in my life, there’s me. Although I’m alone and live well, I’m more affectionate and proud of myself. I want to continue living. That’s why I need you.”
Anyone else watching Hwayugi? 100% recommend it for the acting and the ensemble cast. It’s light and a real no-brainer so if you’re looking for something to watch for 90 minutes and not think too much, this is it.
I’ve never been a fan of Lee Seunggi although I have seen him on shows, he’s just been one of those pleasant people onscreen I’ve been quite indifferent towards. This show, I have to admit, is the turning point. He pulls off the amoral and selfish deity to boot. There’s something about trickster Gods that are irresistible (read Loki) and Son Oh Gong is my new favorite.
I also adore the fact that the female protagonist is emotionally vulnerable and real but will not let that get the better of her. She is clearly lost and alone and needs someone to be there to fall back upon but at the same time realises that Son Oh Gong is only there because the bracelet makes him.
And speaking of the bracelet, involuntary love is a popular trope but I love the portrayal here with the reality of messy emotions and the awareness that the line between reality and magic is blurred and thus cannot be trusted. Both characters involved know and understand that Son Oh Gong’s feelings are a direct product of the bracelet (for now at least) and that in itself is a nice concept.
The ensemble cast is hilarious and share their own intricate subplots, which I’m sure will go hand in hand with the overarching end goal of ending world destruction.
If you’re looking for something to curl up to and don’t mind a few jump scares from ghosts, Hwayugi is the answer.