Kdrama: Six Flying Dragons

I still haven't gotten over this 50-episode Korean historical drama yet. Six Flying Dragons, this drama left quite a deep mark in both my mind and my heart. It was the most realistic historical drama I have ever seen so far in terms of the portrayal of the real historical characters, particularly Yi Bang Won (Others subbed it Lee Bang Won), which is the main figure.

The effort exerted on the drama by the people working on it sure had paid off for it was truly remarkable, making the drama one of the highest rated, most viewed dramas.

Fifty episodes would likely bore the viewers but this drama left no space of boredom in your brain. Instead, it let your brain work along with the story. Taking an an hour off my sleeping time watching an episode of this drama every night was all worth it! 50 days, it was! 

Now you must have been wondering who the Six Flying Dragons are and why the drama is called as such. It is called Six Flying Dragons because the story evolves around the lives of these six powerful characters and the unity and conflict between them.

The Six Flying Dragons

First Dragon:
(Real Historical Character - Portrayed by Chin Ho-jin)
Yi Seong Gye / King Taejo
First King of Joseon

√ One of the most respected Generals during the Goryeo period. 
√ An undefeated, most-feared general who never lost a battle against Japanese invaders.
√ A bow and arrow master.
√ Yi Bang Won's father and his first strongest man.
√ The commoners' hero.
√ Sambong's one and only choice to rule the country he was to create - Joseon. 
√ The founder and the First King of Joseon Dynasty.


Second Dragon
(Real Historical Character - Portrayed by Kim Myung-min)
Jeong Do Jeon 
Pen Name: Sambong
Head of revolution against Goryeo
Creator of Joseon 

√ One of the most unforgettable person in Korean history.
√ Sungkyunkwan's most respected teacher.
√ Known for his penname:  Sambong.
√ The head of revolution against Goryeo.
√ The creator of Joseon country.
√ The advisor/schemer of Joseon's first king.
√ The brain behind the Parliamentary form of Government.
√ Yi Bang Won's strongest man.

Third Dragon
(Real Historical Character - Portrayed by Yoo Ah-in)
Yi Bang Won/ King Taejong
3rd King of Joseon

√ Yi Seong Gye's 5th son. As a kid, he looked upon his father and thought of him as the strongest man. 
√ An energetic Sungkyunkwan scholar, a very smart student to his mentor, Teacher Sambong.
√ He was the big help in establishing the Joseon dynasty through his excellent judgement and reckless acts.
√ Reckless, impatient, childlike and one who couldn't stand the sight of injustice and inequality were his colorful sides as a youth.
√ Fell in-loved with a commoner Bon Yi but married another noble to support his father's political status.
√ Rose to power and ascended the throne as the Third King of Joseon.
√An idealist who wanted nothing but absolute power for the royals.
√ Known as the most ruthless king in the Korean history who slaughtered everyone that opposed him in achieving absolute power.
√ Sambong's final enemy and his killer.
√ The main cast in this drama


Fourth Dragon
(Fictional Character - Portrayed by Byun Yo-han)
Ddang-sae / Yi Bang Ji
The Viper/The Best Swordman of The 3 Kingdoms (referred to as the entire Korean Peninsula)

√ A weak, scardy boy who lived a tragic childhood: lost a father, deserted by their mother and watched his childhood love dishonored before his very eyes. 
√ Motivated by revenge and desire to protect the people he loved, he decided to learn how to be strong from a Chinese Martial arts guru.
√ Disguised as the leader of Goryeo's carnimal team.
√ Became the deadliest assassin known as The Viper, but also the most reliable protector.
√ Defeated Goryeo's best Swordman and earned the title for himself.
√ He is like the wind; he belongs nowhere and to no one.
√ Most feared warrior who believed that the real power lies at the tip of his sword.
√ Given a new name Yi Bang Ji by General Yi Seong Gyi in thought of him as his new son.
√  Sambong's bodyguard.
√ Bon Yi's brother.

Fifth Dragon
(Fictional Characters - Portrayed by Shin Se-kyung)
Boon-Yi
Yi Bang Won's Lover
Represents the People/Commoner 

√ Ddang-sae's sister. Like her brother, she shared the same tragic childhood. She grew up bearing the guilt for losing her brother, as she thought of him dead. √ Grew up among the commoners and lived through cultivating lands.
√ Leader of a commoner's group that helped Sambong's cause, which is to create a new nation.
√ Strong-willed, dignified and brave despite her low social status.
√ Yi Bang Won's Lover.

Sixth Dragon 
(Fictional Character - Portrayed by Yoon Kyun-sang)
Moo-hyul
The best Swordman of Joseon
√ Dork, it was my first impression of Moo-hyul. Born a warrior, he was big and strong for his age. His strength was unknockable despite his innocence and ignorance.
√ The eldest of the 9 children brought up by his widowed grandmother in a remote area of Goryeo. 
√ A complete illiterate who dreamed to be the best swordman of the Three Kingdoms in order to secure and support his poor family.
√ Learned martial arts under Hong Dae Hong who was a former famous martial arts expert, whom later he easily surpassed.
√ Left home to search and defeat the mysterious warrior, The Viper, to earn a name for himself.
√ Got into an accident meeting with Yi Bang Won (The future prince and King of Joseon), which was his ticket to become a warrior of the great general Yi Seong Gye and Yi Bang Won's body guard.
√ Achieved a lot of great works in Joseon together with Yi Bang Won.
√ Became Joseon's Top Swordman and Sejong's (King Yi Bang Won's son) bodyguard.

I loved all these six characters. They are powerful in their own way. They are governed by their own beliefs, empowered by their own goals, stuck to their own rules and strengthened by their own weaknesses. They were united by the idea of building a new nation with the people and for the people but clashed on the idea of leaving all the political power to the ministers, which was too modern during their time and keeping the royals powerless and merely a display. 

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