Starring: Yoo Seung Ho as Magician Hwan Hee, Go Ah Ra as Princess Cheong Myung, Kwak Do Won as Gwi Mol, Jo Yoon Hee as Bo Eum, and Lee Kyeong Yeong as Ahn Dong Hwi
Rating: PG-13, some violence
Running Time: 122 min
Twinkies: 4 1/2 heart stars
Synopsis: A Princess in the Joseon Dynasty travels to the Qing Dynasty to marry. On the way to there, she meets a young magician and falls in love with him.
Musings: Oh I “heart” Yoo Seung Ho as Hwan Hee! I am so glad for his return to the screen! And what better way than with a movie in early Joseon period clothing! I swear, some of the scenery was borrowed directly from Arang and the Magistrate with the beautiful colors, rolling fields of florals and just tremendously gorgeous scenes of green screen!
If that isn’t enough, we can definitely say that Go Ah Ra as the Princess found her male muse! What great chemistry and decent acting! Definitely takes the bitter taste of You’re Surrounded away!
Jo Yoon Hee as Bo Eum, Hwan Hee’s childhood friend who is a blind gisaeng; definitely another one to watch in this movie. As the woman who silently (and jealously) loves Hwan Hee in the background is a character to remember.
The Magician surprised me with all the romance in the story. I was unprepared but pleasantly surprised because of it. For someone so young, Yoo Seung Ho could teach a lot of his elders about kiss scenes…seriously! I really was surprised by the level of romance in this. I loved every scene of them together. From their first meeting at the cliff, the other times he met not knowing who she was the Princess and later when he realized who she truly was. Yes, I was enthralled and enjoyed it immensely!
Last but not least is the awesome supporting characters like Kwak Do Won as the evil Gwi Mol and Lee Kyeong Yeong as Ahn Dong Hwi, the Princess’ man who came to Qing as her protector. Both actors added a lot of the action to the movie throughout and especially towards the end as the race to save the Princess began.
Again, a very nice romance and I don’t mind saying that! I put this very high on my romance movie watch list which sadly is very, very short. So, if I liked it a lot, most of you will LOVE it! Nelly, your boy did good!!!
Trailer is available on on YouTube Website only. The movie is slowly making its way on streaming sites, so keep watching out for it!
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