Anatomy Of A Scene: Go Ara and Park Seo Joon On Hwarang [Episode 8]

Damn, that scene was so good.

Go Ara and Park Seo Joon have their best performances yet.

In (quite possibly the best scene in) Hwarang, Aro (Go Ara) realizes she has feelings for Myung Moo (Park Seo Joon). And he couldn’t remember that their mother was mute.

It’s a brief scene, and there’s so much going on here that’s not being said. Hellooo, professional actors – thank you for rising to the occasion.

Aro’s gut tell her that this guy isn’t her real brother, Sunwoo. She has her doubts, and deep down she knows they’re legit.

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Park Seo Joon as Moo Myung is absolutely brilliant. His character is palpably vulnerable, his identity at risk of being  found out. The tension is firmly entrenched between them, solidifying Myung Moo’s vulnerability as Aro fumbles through her feelings, while wielding all the power in exposing his scam. All so carefully crafted in the subtleties of their performance.

Aro gives him the benefit of the doubt here. She chooses to trust him, despite all her doubts; she chooses him – of which Moo Myung is acutely aware, and reacts to that so beautifully. He admits nothing; he acknowledges everything.

And I had passed this drama off as one too frivolous to fall for.

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5 thoughts on “Anatomy Of A Scene: Go Ara and Park Seo Joon On Hwarang [Episode 8]”

  1. Certainly, you’re not the only one who noticed! Lots of international fans love this beautiful JunAra couple in Hwarang, without which many would not have watched too. Their love story is simple and beautiful, full of protective moments and unspoken silence and shy love between them. If Park Seo Joon does not fall in love with Ara in reality, I’ll be more than surprised, because Go Ara is such a beautiful angel, inside and outside. I’m shipping them totally because I’ve fallen head over heels in love with their combustible chemistry on and off screen.

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  2. I absolutely agree with you on your assessment of these 2 professional actors – Go Ara and Park Seo Joon! They are brilliant in executing their roles in Hwarang. Totally captivating with their beautiful love story – a love so self-sacrificing that it’s heart-wrenching as well. PSJ is superb as Sun Woo, a clumsy, simple peasant who loves his people and who puts his life on the line for his beloved one and only Ah Ro. Go Ara is equally brilliant in bringing life to the lead female character, which other otherwise have been lost in this male-dominated sageuk drama! She adapted so well to the entire story. I love Ara and Seo Joon and hope that they’ll find their ultimate soulmate with each other and I can’t wait to see them being cast together again as lovers in a romantic comedy or action thriller soon! Miss them so much and I totally enjoyed Hwarang because of these 2 beautiful artistes. A match made in Heaven!

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