Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency Korean Drama Review

Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency is about a man (Seo Ji Hoon) who suddenly becomes king and asks the Flower Crew Matchmaking Agency (Kim Min Jae, Park Ji Hoon, Byun Woo Suk) to protect his first love (Gong Seung Yeon), so they help transform her from a peasant into a noble woman.

Seo Ji Hoon plays Lee Soo. He lived his life as a humble blacksmith and wanted to marry the woman he loved, Gae Ddong, but his life is turned upside down when he suddenly learns he is actually the King and is swept away from the life he once knew.

Gong Seung Yeon is Lee Soo’s love, Gae Ddong. She has an outgoing personality and is a bit rough around the edges. She also has a huge heart and just wants to find out what happened to Lee Soo as well as find her missing brother.

Kim Min Jae plays Ma Hoon. He is the head of the Flower Crew who are known as the best matchmaking agency in Joseon. He’s a very strict and no nonsense kind of guy, but Gae Ddong really shakes up his life.

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The other members of the Flower Crew include the handsome ladies’ man Do Joon (Byun Woo Suk) as well as the fun and fashion savvy Go Young Soo (Park Ji Hoon). Finally, Go Won Hee plays Kang Ji Hwa who is the daughter of a high ranking official.

Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency was a great drama overall. It starts out pretty light with a lot of fun surrounding the Flower Crew. Nothing like a group of handsome men matchmaking to keep things interesting.

A solid story is quickly introduced too. We have several plot lines running throughout the drama with Lee Soo’s having to adapt to suddenly becoming king, a group of baddies plotting to control Lee Soo, Gae Ddong’s search for her brother, all of the escapades of the Flower Crew, a budding romance between Ma Hoon and Gae Ddong, and a couple story arcs that go deeper with the Flower Crew. Plenty of stuff to keep things exciting!



I thought they handled the multiple story lines pretty good as they all flowed nicely and came together well. This also allowed for a nice pace with things happening all of the time. I wasn’t as invested in the matchmaking stories, but they were still good and there wasn’t too many of them.

The overall production of this drama was also fantastic. The cinematography was great with a gorgeous color palate that combined with a really nice soundtrack which enhanced all of the scenes.

Really the only problem I did have was that I went into this drama thinking that Seo Ji Hoon was the lead, which he wasn’t, and that ended up not so great for me. He always seems like such a sweetie in his dramas, and this one was no different. Well, it turned out that Kim Min Jae was the lead, so I ended up with some serious Second Lead Syndrome!

They set up Lee Soo and Gae Ddong quite strong in the beginning, so I was all for them. Then when Lee Soo gets whisked off to become king, Gae Ddong is left to deal with the aftermath.

And that’s where Ma Hoon comes in. Now, I do also like Kim Min Jae, but he took a lot of warming up to in this series. He’s a bit of a stick in the mud who likes to play by the rules and doesn’t show his emotions. So it took some time for me to connect with him.

Kim Min Jae plays him wonderfully though, and Ma Hoon does slowly start to open up, especially as he develops feelings for Gae Ddong. I did also quite enjoy her with Ma Hoon since he was so supportive of her.

My heart still really wanted Gae Ddong to end up with Lee Soo though. I rarely feel this way about a character in a drama, but they just did him wrong! He’s a wonderful man, and he’s so good with Gae Ddong, then by no fault of his own, he has to go away.

SPOILERS: He does everything he can to make it back to her and find a way to still marry her, but she thinks he’s dead or has abandoned her, so she ends up moving on and liking Ma Hoon. Lee Soo’s little heart gets broken into pieces!

Plus, he actually makes a good friend in the palace that gives him a tiny bit of solace in the midst of his suffering, and then they go and kill her! This poor boy was just done wrong on so many levels! END OF SPOILERS

The stories involving the other main characters were done really well too. The one I was most impressed with was that of one of our Flower Crew, Young Soo. Because of his energetic and high maintenance nature, you wouldn’t guess he had such a sad back story. It’s actually surprisingly dark, and going more in depth with his past and what led him to where he is now was very emotional and heartbreaking.

There are a few things that potential viewers of this drama should be aware of. It starts off light and then gets more serious as it goes with a bit more politics, but I thought they handled it well, and the last few episodes are very dramatic.

The love triangle is pretty prominent, and if you get on the wrong ship, you may be disappointed. This is also one of those historical dramas that takes a lot of liberties. Don’t take it too seriously. Fans seemed quite divided on this drama with a pretty equal love/hate split. Taste will likely majorly come into play with this one.

I quite enjoyed Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency. Even though I didn’t love the direction the love triangle went, I liked the mixture of humor and serious and thought the pacing was good all the way through which is something I always appreciate. The story was solid and the characters were both interesting and entertaining. All in all, it was a very fun watch.

My Rating: 8/10

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13 Responses to Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency Korean Drama Review

  1. Fred says:

    Well, I was initially planning to say “This is just the type of storyline I like. Will definitely watch this.”

    But then you mentioned the love triangle going the “wrong” direction. And that is coming from you. You were okay with the King Loves ending while I was so pissed off with it. HAHAHA. So I’ll pass this one off. I do not want another drama wherein I root for the wrong guy. I’m here to watch, be happy (even if bittersweet) and move on. Only Scarlet Heart has a sad ending I like. HAHAHA.

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    • Kay says:

      Haha, yep, this was one of those rare cases where the love triangle went the wrong direction for me. Luckily, in The King Loves, I was on board with the right couple. Not so with Flower Crew! hehe

      Ah, it’s just hard when they set up one guy so strongly right from the get go, and he doesn’t do anything wrong and then she falls for another guy. I mean, I still liked her with Kim Min Jae and lots of other people did too, so you could always end up liking the right pairing. But the triangle is definitely strong. It’s fun overall though and has a happy ending too. Not like Scarlet Heart with it’s glorious tragic romance that still rips our hearts apart years later, hehe

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  2. Kate says:

    So nice to see an 8 rating! I am only 4 episodes into this one so I’m guessing the “light” part will soon be over. I don’t normally read your reviews this early into viewing but I was so confused about the lead I had to see where this was going. But honestly I’m glad it’s going in the direction it is. I feel awful for the king and I expect some tears to come but from ep 1 I was shipping Ma Hoon and Gae Ddong! I love the stick in the mud who warms up because of the spunky girl ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Kay says:

      Right?! It’s been awhile since I doled out an 8 ๐Ÿ™‚ And don’t worry, even though it does get more serious as it goes, it still has an overall light feel to it aside from maybe the last few eps.

      Oh good! You’re on the right ship then ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully, that will make your viewing experience even better. Oh, I’m a sucker for the prickly types warming up too, but this was one of those rarities where they just set up Seo Ji Hoon so strong, and he was so sweet that my little heart just melted. I was rooting for him immediately.

      I did still like her with Ma Hoon though. If the story was presented in a bit more traditional way, I wouldn’t have had any problems with him. He doesn’t loosen quite as much as usually like, but he does soften, and I was able to still enjoy the romance. It’s definitely saying something for me to give an 8 despite rooting for the wrong love line, lol ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Kate says:

        Oh that second lead syndrome is strong in this one, but the heart usually tends to pull one way or another and I’m glad it’s pulling toward Ma Hoon for me because I agree, Lee Soo was set up as the ultimate sweet, perfect guy. But isn’t that the giveaway in kdramaland ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • Kay says:

          That it is! Haha, isn’t that exactly right! Lee Soo was just too sweet ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Those few super nice guys that are leads gave me hope though. One of my favorite sweet leads was Hogu in Hogu’s Love. He gives me hope for the other sweeties out there, hehe

          The thing that helps in this one though is that Gae Ddong mostly spends time with Ma Hoon so we do see that connection build between them. Mostly we just see Lee Soo’s pain over the situation until a bit later in the drama. Since he was removed from the developing situation, it helped me some. And I think you’ll like the developments between Ma Hoon and Gae Ddong. It’s very sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • Kate says:

            Finished this one and LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!! Perfect all the way through! A tad too much politics in the final episode but enough romance throughout to keep it on my “best” list. Just started Tale of Nokdu and I’m getting the same positive vibes ๐Ÿ™‚

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            • Kay says:

              Yay!! So happy you loved this one so much! It really was such a fun and lovely drama all the way through. I really liked how they balanced all of the different elements and incorporated a lot of nice story lines to keep things interesting. I definitely enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

              Glad to hear that The Tale of Nokdu has similar positive vibes. I think I’ll need it after My Country. It’s a really fantastic and wonderfully done drama, but it definitely has the Scarlet Heart angsty vibe that will rip your heart up, lol

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              • Kate says:

                Tale of Nokdu gets serious about a third of the way in but I’ll tell you, it’s one of the best things I’ve watched and you know this is not my genre. I’ve been so impressed with the period dramas I’ve watched lately! Can’t wait for you to watch and tell me what you think! As for My Country – sorry, no “angsty vibe that will rip your heart up” for me for the holidays, thanks!

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                • Kay says:

                  Oh yay! Tale of Nokdu sounds great ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll watch it after I finish Extraordinary You. The historicals have been seriously good this year, and I’m getting several of them in right here at the end.

                  Oh yes, My Country is serious, angsty, and kind of depressing, lol. It’s so well done though. The acting and production are just fantastic. There are moments of levity, but the drama is mostly heavy. Definitely best to save something like this for when you need a good cry, hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. D says:

    Hi Kay you gave an 8 to this one which sure is a rarity. But I must say I agree with you. I nearly didnโ€™t pick this up because I read somewhat that Seo Ji Hoon wasnโ€™t the lead and he was the reason why I wanted to check this out. In any case Iโ€™m glad I checked this out because I loved it so much. Thankfully I was aware who the lead was and so I prepared my heart before I started. Besides Kim Min Jae won me over. Nevertheless, it was so sad to see the King not get the girl. He was so very sweet. I really liked how they gave time to other side characters especially the flower crew. I also liked how their job – flower crew agency was there throughout the whole show until the end not just used as a introductory story. Great writing. Loved it and agree with your score. Iโ€™m so glad I got a nice historical as I didnโ€™t like Rookie Historian so much. I wonder how Nokdu will be like as I will be checking that out too.

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    • Kay says:

      Hi D! Oh, I’m so glad you enjoyed this one too! It really was a nice surprise how much I enjoyed it, and yes, was even able to bust out that 8 for the first time in a while ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m sure it did help going in prepared for Kim Min Jae to be the lead. Not knowing for sure combined with how they set things up with her and Seo Ji Hoon, I fell hard! hehe Luckily, like you, Kim Min Jae did eventually win me over. Of course, I still really wished she could be with Lee Soo more, but I really warmed up to their relationship. I also thought the writing was great with a good story and wonderful characters. I just had a lot of fun with this one!

      I hope Nokdu is a good one too as I’m really looking forward to that. I’m going to go the opposite direction next though and go with a more angsty historical for My Country. Then hopefully Nokdu will pull me out the angst hole afterwards, lol ๐Ÿ™‚

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