Money Flower Review

Money Flower Review

This 24-episode kdrama centers around Pil Joo (Jang Hyuk), the Jang family “fixer”, a lawyer that is smart and strategic. What the Jang family doesn’t know is that Pil Joo has been positioning himself for 20 years to to extract revenge for the murder of his younger brother and attempted murder of his mother and himself.

What I liked about Money Flower


* Perfect showcase for my favorite actor, Jang Hyuk. I love this guy. He’s a gifted actor that hasn’t been fully utilized in recent dramas. Money Flower’s spotlight was squarely on Pil Joo every episode. Jang Hyuk delivered a character that was a cool as cucumber chess master. The stylist clothed him beautiful suits and outerwear. Even his haircut was terrific (not always the case for Jang Hyuk). Bottom line, Money Flower revolved around Pil Joo and Jang Hyuk delivered every episode.
* Cliffhangers that mattered every episode. Writer Lee Myung Hee consistently surprised driving each episode to a pinnacle point ending with a cliffhanger that made me eager to watch the next episode.
* Excellent pace and flow. Money Flower was beautifully written. This drama was intellectual, a battle between the elite Jang family and the resourceful, clever, Pil Joo. I’ve never watched a series from Writer Lee. I’m now a fan and will watch the next series.

What I disliked about Money Flower

* Final episode was good but not great. Writer Lee spoiled me with tightly woven episodes full of tension and story progress. The final episode had much resolved so the tension was not as intense. I wanted stronger punishments than was metered out. In no way did the final episode leave a pall on the series, but it paled in comparison to other stellar episodes.
* Jang family consisted of self-centered, self-serving, pure-blood/legitimate centric people. They weren’t kind people. Their money and power were a weapon to get whatever they wanted. The factions in the family battled each other. I didn’t like the Jang family, making Pil Joo’s revenge quest justified even if it cost part of his humanity.

Would I recommend Money Flower?
Absolutely. If you like dramas that are a chess game, full of moves and countermoves, this drama will work for you. If you like dramas where the leading character often has the edge, this drama will work for you. If you like Jang Hyuk and want to see him coiffed to perfection and the driving force in a series, this drama will work for you.

Money Flower is my highest ranked show since I started tracking individual episode rankings over the life of a series last year. I rank the episodes on a 1-10 scale. Money Flower’s average rating was 8.6, an impressive score!

The Money Flower OST had 5 solid vocal songs. The entire OST was released in two volumes. The first volume features the five vocal songs and their instrumental counterparts. The second volume is all the instrumental songs throughout the series. Details of the OST can be found on dramawiki (link). Here’s the entire album:

1-2 | 3-4 | 5-6 | 7-8 | 9-10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | Series

Asian drama fan. I watch and blog dramas on https://kjtamusings.wordpress.com/.

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Kdrama, Money Flower, Reviews
12 comments on “Money Flower Review
  1. prettysup says:

    BTW Writer Lee is a ‘she’ not a ‘he’. This is a drama which both the director and writer are females.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Beez says:

    Great overall review, enjoyed the thought-caps throughout the series.

    The only thing I beg to differ about is the elite Jangs weren’t about “pure blood” as they knew their illegitimate children were theirs (unless you define “pure blood” as legitimate). They were more about money and a clean public image. And I believe that clean public image only mattered because scandals affected the bottom line so, again, it comes down to money. I can’t believe they only recognized the legitimate heirs because the Jangs cared about their wives so therefore only recognized legitimate offspring. If that were the case, they wouldn’t have so many by-blows coming out the woodwork trying to lay claim to their share of the family riches (meaning they wouldn’t be such repeat offender cheaters in the first place).

    I followed the link kjt provided to the ost and I find it amusing there’s a title called “I Am Your Father”. I instantly thought of Darth Vader’s theme – Da da da dum ta da. lol So fitting for the Ol’ Git and Pil joo.

    Liked by 1 person

    • The only thing I beg to differ about is the elite Jangs weren’t about “pure blood” as they knew their illegitimate children were theirs (unless you define “pure blood” as legitimate).
      Agreed, I meant legitimate births when I used the term “pure-blood”, which isn’t strictly correct.

      I can’t believe they only recognized the legitimate heirs because the Jangs cared about their wives so therefore only recognized legitimate offspring. If that were the case, they wouldn’t have so many by-blows coming out the woodwork trying to lay claim to their share of the family riches
      Good point. The Jang men believed it was their right to pursue outside the marriage relationships. Was their justification that marriage was based on a business deal/status not love? Or they wanted an affair and believed as as man it was their right pursue it?

      find it amusing there’s a title called “I Am Your Father”. I instantly thought of Darth Vader’s theme – Da da da dum ta da. lol So fitting for the Ol’ Git and Pil joo.
      That is amusing. I did not notice that.🎵 I just read through the instrumental track list and the titles reveal a nutshell progression of the show .

      Like

    • Drama Fan says:

      Yes! And there was one called Death Star. Isn’t that also a Star Wars inspired title? 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      • Beez says:

        DramaFan, were the Money Flower episodes individually titled? Is that what you’re referring to?

        (If so, then you know I can’t answer your question because I didn’t even know they were titled.) lol

        Like

  3. Jane Tilly says:

    I concur with your assessment of Money Flower. It was nice to see Hyuk be in a drama worthy of his acting skill.

    It seems Jang family marriages are M and A deals, all about increasing the family wealth. I agree that “pure blood” in in the Jang family lexicon refers to legitimate offspring.

    I had the same reaction as Beez to the OST selection “I Am Your Father”. I had to chuckle again at Beez’s remarks …. Beez you make me laugh 😆

    Like

    • It was nice to see Hyuk be in a drama worthy of his acting skill.
      It felt like it has been too long since that happened, so I relished every moment.

      in the Jang family lexicon refers to legitimate offspring
      I’m going to tweak the review to clarify that point, because that is what I meant.

      Beez you make me laugh 😆
      Diito!🤭

      Like

      • Beez says:

        I feel Hyukie gave his all as always, even with the previous three projects.

        We all loved his performance in Beautiful Mind – he was perfection.

        The Voice was lacking in so many ways but he still created a character and a large part of that character wasn’t a lovable, or even likable, guy. But he brought that aspect to life to show he loved his wife but was a typical, take-her-for-granted, slob.

        The TSTL Merchant. (TSTL = To Stupid To Live) He did what he could with poor direction, poor writing, poor everything, IMO. A likeable character until his stupidity made you want to find the biggest rock and brain him with it. Not enough to kill him, but just enough to produce a sizable hickey and hopefully give his brain room to expand. But in the words of Jessica Rabbit “…I’m just written that way”.

        Like

      • Jane Tilly says:

        I agree Hyuk did his best in all the projects you mentioned. Voice and the Merchant would have been unwatchable without our Hyuk. I also think that his castmates upped their game due to Hyuk’s example and/or influence.

        Like

    • Beez says:

      As you already know – I crack me up! (Even if nobody else thinks I’m funny. 😆)

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Posts
March 2018
M T W T F S S
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  
Copyright

© kjtamusings.wordpress.com, 2014-2021, All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without expressed and written permission from this site’s author is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to kjtamusings.wordpress.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Categories
%d bloggers like this: