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|The Blade and Petal|
|Also known as||Sword and Flower |
Knife and Flower
|Written by||Kwon Min-soo|
|Directed by||Kim Yong-soo |
|Starring||Kim Ok-bin |
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Executive producer||Lee Geon-joon|
|Cinematography||Lee Yoon-jung |
|Editors||Seon Han-saem |
|Running time||Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)|
|Production companies||Love Letter |
Blade and Petal SPC
|Release||July 3 –|
September 5, 2013
The Blade and Petal (Korean: 칼과 꽃; RR: Kalgwa kkot; lit. "Sword and Flower") is a 2013 South Korean television series that aired on KBS2 from July 3 to lớn September 5, 2013, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for đôi mươi episodes. Kim Ok-bin and Uhm Tae-woong play star-crossed lovers doomed by their fathers' epic battle for political power during the Goguryeo dynasty.
The period drama takes place in the twilight years of Goguryeo. Military general Yeon Gaesomun wants to lớn go to lớn war with the Tang Dynasty, but the pacifist King Yeongnyu opts for diplomacy and national stability, and in their battle of wills the palace council is divided between the "hawks" and the "doves."
Yeongnyu has two children, the princess So-hee, and the crown prince Hwangwon. The king is particularly proud of his older daughter So-hee for being intelligent, assertive, empathetic, and an excellent swordswoman, and he respects her opinion during their frequent discussions about matters of state and politics. Despite being the heir, the younger, more frail Hwangwon acknowledges that he isn't particularly suited to lớn rule, and prefers to lớn quietly read his books in his quarters. Nevertheless, the siblings share a close, loving relationship with each other and their father.
Meanwhile, hoping for an audience with his father, Yeon Gaesomun's illegitimate son Choong, born of a slave mother, arrives in the capital. While on the road, the crown prince and princess are attacked in their carriage; Yeon Gaesomun and his allies had hired assassins to lớn nhái a Tang attack, since this could become grounds for war. Observing this from a rooftop, the masked Choong uses his bow and arrow to lớn kill the one surviving assassin in custody, to lớn prevent him from implicating his father. Shortly after, Choong and So-hee meet in the marketplace and fall in love at first sight.
After his father rejects him, Choong decides to lớn make something of his life and becomes a thành viên of the royal guard, with So-hee ignorant of his paternity. When he foils another assassination attempt, Choong gets recognized by the king's nephew Jang as the masked archer, and he is sentenced to lớn death. Yeon Gaesomun preys on Jang's ambitions, and together they plot to lớn save Choong from hanging, unbeknownst to lớn the grieving So-hee, who believes he has died. But Choong cannot resist revealing himself to lớn her, and the lovers joyfully reunite.
Fearing that the general's power and influence are rapidly overtaking the throne's, Yeongnyu orders Yeon Gaesomun to lớn oversee the construction of the defensive wall Cheolli Jangseong in a remote province, which would effectively exile him. In retaliation, Yeon Gaesomun and his co-conspirators plan a revolt; it fails because of Choong's intervention, but the crown prince becomes seriously injured after he falls off a poisoned horse. The king unexpectedly declares So-hee as his successor to lớn the throne, dashing Jang's hopes and causing him to lớn finally shift his allegiance to lớn Yeon Gaesomun.
Yeongnyu asks the Geumhwadan, a secret group of warriors meant to lớn protect the royal family and the citizens in times of uprising and war, to lớn investigate. But they have difficulty finding unequivocal evidence linking Yeon Gaesomun to lớn the failed rebellion. Seeing no other solution to lớn their ideological impasse which is causing political unrest, Yeongnyu decides to lớn have the general and his fellow traitors assassinated. But Yeon Gaesomun has his own carefully laid plans in place, and he warns Choong to lớn correctly choose a side, with his family. He tells Choong to lớn cut off the princess's head to lớn prove his loyalty, and orders a soldier to lớn kill Choong if he acts against them. Enormously conflicted yet unable to lớn betray his father, Choong agrees to lớn join the plot, but only because he's secretly planning to lớn save So-hee from what's to lớn come.
Thus, Yeon Gaesomun, his allies and their troops enter the palace, launching a bloody coup. The royal army stands down under Jang's orders, and the plotters massacre the ministers in the council and the remaining loyal soldiers. So-hee's brother the crown prince is murdered in front of her eyes. The Geumhwadan urge the king to lớn escape, but he stands his ground in the throne room, facing his enemies with dignity. Truly believing that he is doing what's best for Goguryeo, Yeon Gaesomun commits regicide by stabbing Yeongnyu straight through the gut with his sword. Once she sees Choong there, the utterly devastated So-hee assumes the worst that he was part of the conspiracy, not realizing that Choong risked his life fighting his father's own soldiers to lớn protect her.
Yeon Gaesomun installs Jang as the new king Bojang. But he is only a puppet king, and Yeon Gaesomun becomes the Dae Magniji ("Grand Prime Minister"), or the de facto ruler and dictator of Goguryeo. Believing that So-hee had died in the coup, Choong reverses his earlier stance and joins Yeon Gaesomun's cause in order to lớn gain power, castigating himself that if only he hadn't been powerless, he might've been able to lớn save her. But So-hee is alive, and being hidden by the Geumhwadan. She renames herself Moo-young (meaning "shadowless" because she no longer exists in the world), and vows to lớn avenge the death of her family.
In one of the flashbacks, Yeongnyu asks his daughter which she thought was stronger — the sword or the flower. He tells her that the sword can easily cut off the flower, but the flower can bloom again after being cut. And in the constant cycle of cut-and-bloom, the sword would inevitably rust and give way. Yeongnyu concludes, "The sword is not to lớn be used to lớn cut the flower, but to lớn protect the flower."
Conversely, according to lớn another saying, "Flowers wither lượt thích love, only blades are eternal."
- Kim Ok-bin as Princess So-hee/Moo-young
- Daughter of the king. Proud, loyal and capable, the princess loses everything when her father and brother are assassinated. Vowing revenge, she cross-dresses as a male warrior to lớn infiltrate the Choeuibu, Yeon Gaesomun's elite group of intelligence agents.
- Uhm Tae-woong as Yeon Choong
- Chae Sang-woo as young Yeon Choong
- Yeon Gaesomun's illegitimate son. Despite his talent, he finds he cannot rise higher in the ranks because his mother was a servant. Choong wants nothing more phàn nàn to lớn be accepted and acknowledged by his father, so sánh he joins the palace guard to lớn prove his warrior skills and gets assigned as the princess's bodyguard.
- Choi Min-soo as Yeon Gaesomun
- A powerful military general who comes from a long line of political players. Because of the increasing frequency of Tang Dynasty's attacks against Goguryeo cities, he believes that swift and more aggressive retaliation is necessary. He wants the king to lớn declare war in order to lớn prevent a possible Tang invasion.
- Kim Yeong-cheol as King Yeongnyu
- The 27th ruler of Goguryeo. A former soldier, he believes that war would ravage his country and that of neighboring kingdoms Silla and Baekje, and therefore diplomacy, not war, is the solution to lớn their problem with the Tang. Yeongnyu tells his council, "It is not the strong who survive — it is those who survive who are strong."
- On Joo-wan as Jang (later King Bojang)
- The 28th, and last ruler of Goguryeo. The nephew of Yeongnyu, he betrays his family to lớn side with Yeon Gaesomun, who places him on the throne as a puppet king.
- No Min-woo as Yeon Namsaeng
- Yeon Gaesomun's eldest legitimate son.
- Park Soo-jin as Mo-seol
- A female warrior on Yeon Gaesomun's side.
- Lee Jung-shin as Shi-woo
- A master swordsman and the youngest of the princess's bodyguards.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||3 July 2013||7.0%||7.0%||6.7%||6.9%|
|2||4 July 2013||5.5%||5.8%||6.4%||6.6%|
|3||10 July 2013||4.3%||5.3%||5.4%||5.1%|
|4||11 July 2013||4.3%||4.7%||5.3%||4.9%|
|5||17 July 2013||5.0%||5.2%||4.5%||4.9%|
|6||18 July 2013||4.1%||5.0%||5.8%||5.4%|
|7||24 July 2013||3.8%||4.3%||5.6%||5.1%|
|8||25 July 2013||4.2%||4.9%||5.8%||5.6%|
|9||31 July 2013||5.1%||6.1%||5.5%||5.2%|
|10||1 August 2013||4.7%||4.7%||5.0%||5.0%|
|11||7 August 2013||5.1%||4.9%||6.3%||6.4%|
|12||8 August 2013||4.7%||5.5%||6.5%||6.3%|
|13||14 August 2013||4.9%||5.8%||6.4%||6.1%|
|14||15 August 2013||4.1%||4.4%||4.6%||4.4%|
|15||21 August 2013||4.4%||4.7%||5.7%||5.4%|
|16||22 August 2013||3.9%||4.7%||4.5%||4.7%|
|17||28 August 2013||3.3%||3.4%||5.0%||4.7%|
|18||29 August 2013||4.0%||4.3%||5.4%||5.1%|
|19||4 September 2013||3.0%||3.6%||5.0%||4.7%|
|20||5 September 2013||3.2%||3.4%||5.3%||5.5%|
Awards and nominations
KBS Drama Awards
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Uhm Tae-woong||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Uhm Tae-woong||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Kim Ok-bin||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Choi Min-soo||Nominated|
|Best Young Actress||Hyun Seung-min||Nominated|
2nd Asia Rainbow TV Awards
|Best Costume Drama||The Blade and Petal||Nominated|
It began airing in nhật bản on cable channel KNTV on March 18, 2013.
It began airing in Thailand on PPTV on October 12, năm trước.
It began airing in Indonesia on RTV on January 16, năm 2016.
- ^ Credited as Lee Min-ho.
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- Official website (in Korean)
- The Blade and Petal on KBS World
- The Blade and Petal at HanCinema
- The Blade and Petal at IMDb