“Hwayugi” is a modern reinterpretation of the classic novel “Journey to the West.” The newly released posters clearly depict each character’s individual personality traits, and the surreal vibe of the posters reflects the fantasy drama’s supernatural elements.
Lee Seung Gi will be playing the lead role of Son Oh Gong, a mischievous troublemaker who embarks on a journey to search for light in a dark world. His poster shows him dressed in a flashy patterned shirt and wearing a roguish smile, looking like the perfect embodiment of a “self-indulgent, impish demon who isn’t afraid to taken on even the divine Jade Emperor.”
The framed photo of a monkey in the background also hints at Son Oh Gong’s identity as a monkey demon who was born out of volcanic rock.
Cha Seung Won will play the character of Woo Ma Wang, “the refined, gentle demon who has been trying to achieve enlightenment for the past 1,000 years.” In the human world, Woo Ma Wang moonlights as Woo Hwi Chul, the head of Korea’s largest entertainment agency. His poster shows the actor wearing a stylish suit and looking both sophisticated and powerful as he confidently stares down the camera.
Oh Yeon Seo, the only woman among the five “Hwayugi” leads, will play Jin Seon Mi, a human who can see demons and evil spirits that other humans cannot. The caption describes her as a “woman who can tame Oh Gong with just one word,” hinting at the dynamic between the two characters. The actress looks elegant and poised in her poster, with a framed photo of a lotus flower representing her character’s beautiful and mysterious qualities.
FTISLAND’s Lee Hong Ki will be playing the role of Jeo Pal Gye, the “superstar demon who steals women’s hearts with his magical powers.” The character is an A-list celebrity under Lucifer Entertainment, the agency run by Woo Hwi Chul, and goes by the stage name P.K. He is both a lovable prankster and a seductive charmer, and his sly gaze in his poster hints at both characteristics.
In the poster, the actor sports an eye-catching hair color and a trendy look befitting a famous celebrity. He also holds a framed photo of a pig that represents his hidden identity as a pig demon.
Last but not least, Jang Gwang will play the character of Sa Oh Jung, “the chairman of the No. 1 company in the financial world, who is devoted to serving Oh Gong.” Amusingly, in spite of his appearance, Sa Oh Jung actually turns out to be the “youngest demon.” The actor smiles good-naturedly in his poster as he comically dusts a statue, highlighting his role as Son Oh Gong’s attendant.
The producers of the drama commented, “Not only did we try to show the charms of each of the five main characters of ‘Hwayugi,’ but we also decided to add framed photos that symbolized each character, so that [the viewers] could better understand them.”
“Hwayugi” will be airing its first episode on December 23 at 9 p.m. KST.
In the meantime, check out the trailer below!