Oh Yeon-seo and Lee Seung-Gi in A Korean Odyssey. Photo courtesy of Netflix
Fantasy, romance, comedy, drama, adventure ⎼ A Korean Odyssey has all the elements we love in Korean shows.
A Korean Odyssey, a modern re-imagination of the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, is currently streaming on Netflix.
Below is a brief introduction to the main characters of A Korean Odyssey:
Son Oh-gong (played by Lee Seung-gi) – “Arrogant and Decadent Exiled God”
A powerful god in the celestial sphere, the Monkey King, Son Oh-gong (based on Sun Wukong), is exiled to the human world with his powers sealed. In order to recover his power, he must eat the flesh of Jin Sun-mi (monk). However, when Oh-gong finally meets Sun-mi, he falls in love with her due to a golden ring that puts him under a spell. Although Oh-gong desires to take off this golden ring, eat up Sunmi, and regain his power, one thing keeps him away: he is gradually falling for Sun-mi.
Woo Hwi-chul/King Wooma (played by Cha Seung-won) – “God of all the Evil Spirits”
Woo Ma-wang was a Bull Demon King in the celestial world, but in modern life he is a popular and charismatic CEO of an entertainment agency. In the past, he made a fatal error that led Oh-gong to be released from a spell that stranded him from the world. With that reason, Ma-wang has to take care of Oh-gong, and clean up his mess. Currently, he is in his last training to become a Supernatural Immortal.
Jin Sun-mi (played by Oh Yeon-seo) – “One and Only Person who can Tame Oh-gong”
Born as a Samzang monk, Sun-mi is unaware of her extraordinary powers until she meets Son Oh-gong. In modern life, Sun-mi is a beautiful and attractive woman who can see evil spirits. The golden ring she wore as a child has the power to protect her but when she gives it to Oh-gong, she gets involved in bad incidents. With Oh-gong beside her, Sun-mi is not afraid of any evil spirits. However, Sun-mi is curious whether Oh-gong will still love her even after the golden ring is taken off.
P.K. (played by Lee Hong-gi) – “Superstar Idol who Supports Sun-mi”
Originally a pig monster, P.K is currently a top star and has the power to entice women. By absorbing the spirits of the women who worship him, P.K slowly develops his power. While trying to absorb Sun-mi’s spirit, he gets caught by Oh-gong and is nearly banished. However, thanks to Sun-mi’s mercy, he survives and follows Oh-gong and Sunmi. His popularity and sociability help Sun-mi solve problems and move forward.
About A Korean Odyssey:
A Korean Odyssey is brought by the famous Hong Sisters ⎼ Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran ⎼ who wrote The Master’s Sun and The Greatest Love. This is Lee Seung-gi’s first role after his military service. Actor Cha Seung-won joins him as the Bull Demon King, who forms an odd relationship with the Monkey King and the Monk.
Son Oh-gong (Monkey King) was once a powerful god, but due to his arrogance, he is banished to the human world with his power sealed. Only finding the monk (Jin Sun-mi), and drinking her flesh and blood will allow Son Oh-gong to regain his power back. When Son Oh-gong finally encounters Jin Sun-mi, instead of reacquiring his power, he finds himself falling deeply in love with her due to a spell. Woo Ma-wang has to take care of Oh-gong due to his mistake in the past, which is the biggest obstacle of him being the Supernatural Immortal.