Sep 132018
 

thirty but seventeen kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: Woo Seo Ri falls into a coma and wakes up 13 years later. She finds herself going back to her old home but now owned by Gong Woo Jin. She begs to be taken in by the new owner for a period of time until she finds her relatives but during that short time both of them start falling for each other. “Surprisingly awesome! And it’s sooo good to have Yang Se Jong back! So handsome! ”

Trailer: Thirty But Seventeen

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Shin Hye Sun as Woo Seo Ri
Yang Se Jong as Gong Woo Jin
Ahn Hyo Sup as Yoo Chan

Aug 022018
 

Summary: Shancai, a new student at Mingde University meets the formidable F4. Those four snobs change her life instantly as she becomes the center of attention specially the leader of the group, Dao Mingsi. As Dao Ming Si starts to show interest in her, Shancai has her eyes only on the other F4 member, Hua Zelei. However, Dao Mingsi never gives up and continues to pursue her until she is slowly shifting her attention to him.

Trailer: Meteor Garden 2018

Genre: Chinese Drama, Romantic Comedy, School
Episodes: 48
Stars: Shen Yue as Dong Shancai
Dylan Wang as Dao Mingsi
Darren Chen as Hua Zelei
Connor Leong as Mei Zuo
Caesar Wu as Xi Men

Likes: It’s the same storyline all over again but never got tired of Hana Yori Dango / Meteor Garden / Boys Over Flowers. It has a special place in my heart as BOF was my gateway to kdramaland. I love the anime version and BOF but Meteor Garden 2018 is not far off for being a favourite.  Although I knew what I’ll have to go through, I was more than willing to go through it all once again… the meeting, the rejection, the falling in love, the breakups, the make ups, and the happy ending.

First off, I love the cast. They are all well-chosen. Let’s start with…

Shen Yue as Dong Shancai – she’s just perfect for the role – not overly pretty, simple, cute but tough and she’s simply a good actress. Her role comes annoying sometimes but she remains likeable throughout the drama. To be this simple-looking but had successfully established a good chemistry between her and the most good-looking members of the F4, Dao Mingsi and Hua Zelei; I would say that Shen Yue did an amazing job.

Dylan Wang as Dao Mingsi – two words – “really handsome”. Yes, he really is handsome and thankfully he did justice to Dao Mingsi’s character. I like his cool face, angry face, naughty face, scheming face, jealous face, being hurt face and most of all, his very in love face. Dylan Wang impressed me with lots of facial expressions but still has to work on a more convincing smile. Minor glitch but he was great!

Darren Chen as Hua Zelei – honestly, he can be mistaken as a girl. That face is so pretty and cute! And those dimples! At first, I thought he was too thin, weak and lacking aura but as the drama progresses, he started to grow in me. Well, I guess it’s been always like that, I always got fooled by Hua Zelei’s character. Great job Darren Chen for being a lovable Hua Zelei! You gave justice to that cute, weak (everyone thought of) but then actually the most mature character.

Connor Leong as Mei Zuo – super tall and thin and hard to ignore due to his choice of outfit :-). That’s Mei Zuo! I had to warm up to his looks but Mei Zuo’s character is so likeable. Young but mature and I love his honesty and humour. He looks fun to be with. Connor Leong, applause for you.

Caesar Wu as Xi Men – if I have to personally pick, I would go for Xi Men. Somehow he looked super sexy when he was drinking all those tea :-). Very charismatic! And he looked like the best kisser in the group! Xi Men all the way :-)! Caesar Wu of course did a great job here, he was someone hard to ignore. So tall and handsome.

I would love to mention everyone but it’s gonna be a long list so I’ll now shift to those favourite best moments that never got old…

    • Dao Mingsi attacking Shancai at the stairs moment – he sure looked scary
    • the waiting in the rain moment – want my lover to wait for me that long as well!
    • being stuck in the elevator moment – I’m pretty sure scary as hell but when you’re with the person you like, it’s NOT
    • the blizzard moment – love the fact that the blizzard looked real and our beloved Shancai and Dao Mingsi had to warm up each other in a remote cabin.
    • Dao Mingsi coming to Sanya in a yacht moment – I’ll be elated too!
    • the Dao Mingsi look-a-like cookie moment – looks yummy!
    • the saving Shancai from thugs moment – oh my hero!
    • the 520 roses moment – I’m sure it was just ad placement but it was cute
    • sleeping in the same bedroom moments – It happened twice but nothing really happened
    • the London Bridge moment – I thought my heart was crumpled as well
    • the pineapple moment – everyone has to be inspired by something or someone
    • the meteor moment – when Dao Mingsi confessed his love properly with a necklace that comes with a meteor pendant and he said to her, “I’ll not trade you for all the meteors in the sky”.  Omo omo, I’m melting!

Kissing Scenes. Not bad, not bad really. Who would forget the first ever kiss when Shancai had to be treated in Dao Mingsi’s room. I also love that awkward birthday kiss. Shancai looked so nervous. The meteor moment kiss was great but I like the one best when Shancai stole a kiss on Dao Mingsi by pulling his necktie so he could lean closer to her face. Well, how about Shancai and Hua Zelei’s kiss on the beach. Sure it brought Dao Mingsi’s blood into boil! And Xi Men and Xiaoyou on the rooftop, that was awesome! And I mentioned above, Xi Men seemed to be the best kisser!

I love the OST. Can’t stop listening to it. Here’s a link… Meteor Garden 2018 OST.

Ending. I love the closures to the sub stories at the end and the fact that our beloved couple ended up with each other as we already knew. I’m glad they came up with a classy exit for Daoming Feng.

Dislikes: Smog in Shanghai ruined most of the daylight and night scenes but what can we do.

I don’t find London a romantic city at all. It looked sooo cold and wet. Even the actors looked like they were freezing there. It ruined the romance.

I’m pretty sure everyone noticed that this show is plagued with ad placements. Too many, just too many! I don’t wanna get started because it’s just gonna be a long list. It’s a pity because the story is close to the original but a lot of scenes got bent around to suit ads. Shameless really.

Caina’s love story was nice but it was just off the Meteor Garden storyline. It was unnecessary. And Mei Zuo got even dumped in this part. Not fun at all.

Cooking show where Shancai was a participant was supposed to help Shancai look good for Dao Mingsi’s mum but that didn’t even happen so I wonder if that was a promotion of an actual cooking show.

Last of all, they so messed up the ending. Why did they make it like cast credits in a play. And the never ending ad placement even in the ending. You’re supposed to be honeymooning but why wash your hair with a dandruff shampoo? Ugh, so annoying. I love Bishop Briggs – River but they just killed it with that dance performance by Dao Mingsi’s sister. I mean, I love Daoming Zhuang, I thought she was hot but that dance scene was unnecessary. And what’s with the street performer at the very end, everyone started singing with him then a lady joined them (must be the producer but why???). Yeah so messed up.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Jun 212018
 

Are-You-Human-Too kdramaSummary:  Nam Shin 3 is a very advanced robot created by the brilliant scientist Dr. Oh to replace her son the real Nam Shin whose been separated from her since he was young. When Nam Shin falls into coma, Nam Shin 3 has to replace him to act on his behalf as the director of the company the real Nam Shin will have to inherit. Nam Shin 3 is doing fantastic in his job and he even gets close to the lady bodyguard, Kang So Bong.

Trailer: Are You Human Too?

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Romance
Episodes: 36 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Seo Kang Joon as Nam Shin / Nam Shin III
Gong Seung Yun as Kang So Bong

Likes: I never expected this futuristic drama will turn out so good! First impression was… okay, big budget with all the explosions and actions in the first few episodes. But as it progressed, I was starting to think it was getting more exciting. In fact very exciting that it surpassed What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim which I was watching in parallel.

What do I like most? The story is great although at first I wasn’t sure it will focus on the human Nam Shin or the robot. When I was kind of  certain about the main character, my curiousity increased on how they will pull off a good ending. And I’m glad they did!

I like the positive introduction of AI to humans. Not the usual “robots taking over the human world”. Well, this is kdrama afterall :)! If all robots will be as good-looking, gentle (in most occasions), intelligent, diligent and very human-like and I think the future is bright! I won’t say no to another Seo Kang Joon robot look-alike!

The Cast is brilliant! Everyone did a great job in their roles but I think my praises will go mostly to these 4 people…

Seo Kang Joon as Nam Shin and Nam Shin 3 – applause to this guy for making it to my crush list. Well, it’s already a long list but he’s somewhere on the top right now! He fairly deserves it as he was brilliant in this double role! Seo Kang Joon proves that he’s not just a pretty face like any current or former kpop idols, he’s a great actor as well. I’m impressed of this handsome young man! His looks on the other hand is flawless! Well, really just like a robot! I love both roles and I think Seo Kang Jooon did so well as the arrogant, hot-tempered, rebellious and handsome human Nam Shin, as well as the gentle, smiling, thoughtful, strong, hero-like and perfectly handsome Nam Shin 3! Simply excellent performance in these two contrasting characters!

Gong Seung Yun as Kang So Bong – her role came out very annoying in the beginning but in the later episodes she proved to be well-deserving of the top lead post. Gong Seung Yun was perfect for this role, I can’t imagine any other actress doing this. I love her looks… sturdy but sexy with a beautiful face. I also love how she talked and pronounced words. She was lovable in the drama that even robots fell for her :). Most importantly, her chemistry with Seo Kang Joon was awesome!

Lee Joon Hyuk as Ji Young Hoon – he was the right hand of Nam Shin, the Hyung in this drama! Although, it was a supporting role, it’s hard not to notice him. His presence is dominating, maybe because of his handsome face or his acting or maybe both.

Yoo Oh Sung as Seo Jong Gil – the annoying almost-father-in-law and CEO of the company who wanted to take over everything! Yeah this guy. He was so annoyingly good! Always eavesdropping on important conversations! Such a bully really. If he made me annoyed, it just proved he’s a good actor, that there is no doubt.

Cheesy scenes and dialogues. What are my favourites?

  • When Kang So Bong heard her own heart beating so loud and fast, she thought it was Nam Shin 3 but then he said, “I have no heart.” 🙂
  • Nam Shin 3 hugs everyone who was crying ! *Love*
  • The wink reflex when someone is lying. It was so cute especially when he says, “Koejitmal!” 😉 .
  • When Nam Shin 3 tried to understand what Love is and he pulls out the dictionary definition: “A chemical process!”
  • Wrist-grabbed by a jealous robot. Yay!
  • The first kiss! When Nam Shin 3 relied on the net on how to say NO to a girl. Well, grab another girl and kiss her 🙂 .

The Ending. I was really hoping they won’t mess up the ending and I’m glad they didn’t resulting to me giving a high rating for this one. For a moment, I thought they would settle with the human Nam Shin but when Nam Shin 3′ s identity was finally revealed, yay future is brighter :-). But then unfortunate things happen and my favourite Nam Shin 3 got shot a number of times (I love that scene! Reminds of Day6 Shoot Me video), sank in the water and took forever to have him repaired or was he not? Watch the drama if you haven’t ;-). The very ending was so *LOVE* !

Dislikes: Some characters in the beginning were just so unreasonably annoying. A few holes in the story but can be ignored.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

Jun 212018
 

what's wrong with secretary kim kdramaSummary: Secretary Kim, the very capable secretary of 9 years of the quite handsome but full of himself vice chairman Lee Young Joon is quitting and leaving the very handsome boss frustrated. She has 2 months to train her replacement and convince her boss to let go of her so she can finally find what she likes doing most.

Trailer: What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim

Genre: Romantic ComedyOffice
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Seo Joon as Lee Young Joon
Park Min Young as Kim Mi So
Lee Tae Hwan as Lee Sung Yun

Likes: One of the dramas I was crazily waiting every week. Once in a while (if kdrama world allows it), I like to indulge myself into something eye candy -iesh with lots of cheese in it then topped with lots of laughing (sometimes crying) emojis!  Why I like this one so much? Let me enumerate…

The LEADS! They are definitely my top reason. Even more than the story.

Park Seo Joon as Lee Young Joon – he looked so gorgeous and sexy here! This got to be my favourite Park Seo Joon’s role so far. Super eye candy – tall, handsome and dashing in every outfit. I must say, “AURA”! I love the cocky and narcissist character which made him always look perfect plus that determination that he would get everything that he wanted. He was by all means right at the end when he said, “You have this most eligible bachelor taken, thanks for getting me sold out”! Park Seo Joon’s hot bud is probably driving everyone nuts now! The director knows how to tease you girls. Look, how many scenes were there when you see him topless, gosh! Even that first night scene, he was the only one stripping! Oh well, when you have it, flaunt it, they say :).

Park Min Young as Kim Mi So – she is a doll! I mean how tiny is she to fit in those small-waisted office pencil skirts?! Kim Mi So character has to fit the perfect look of her boss so she had to look perfect as well. But damn, how perfect she really looked! Pretty face with proportional body and she rocked every office outfit she wore. Park Min Young is one top actress and this role was a break from her usual serious roles in the past. She always connects with her leading men and with Park Seo Joon, the chemistry is just so good.

The STORY! Well, it was this typical office romance or rich guy / poor girl kind of story but there was this semi dark twist to it which I really like. I think without it, it would have been quite boring. I like the flashbacks, the story that brought the two top characters to the present. I even like the child actors, they were quite good! It was well told which made the bond of the top characters more understandable. That, in combination with the rest, made it a really fun drama to watch.

Other small mentionable reasons:

  •  So generous with kissing scenes! I will never complain about this and with our hot, sexy, gorgeous top leads, I couldn’t have enough.
  • With a 16-episode office romance drama, I’m glad they didn’t stick to filming inside the office all the time. Pretty good variations when it comes to set.
  • I’ve got to give credit to the stylists and makeup artists. The outfits  and makeup were top and I’m not just talking about the top leads’ but everyone. Everyone looked great! And if you need business attire ideas, watch this drama.
  • Extra love teams! To get the focus away from the main characters, we had three extra love teams and I think these two extra teams were ice breakers!
  • Love the cars! Hot leads, hot cars of course! It’s a Maserati overload!
  • I love this non stop caramel promotion! I’ll try to make them myself. Soon!
  • Kdrama fans would know this… Lee Young Joon’s glass house is the same Kim Joo Won’s house (Hyun Bin) in Secret Garden. Hm, memories. Definitely, place fitting a chaebol!
  • Mi So’s rocker dad, I think he was funny :).
  • If you love the OST like I do: What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim OST.
  • This drama is big in picture perfect background. Referring to the big events at the very end. Lovely water backgrounds!
  • To those who are suckers for good ending like me, this one’s a BIG one for us!

Dislikes:  Brother wasn’t much of a competition. Handsome, yes, but lacking personality to compete with awesome Lee Young Joon!

That intimate moment when only the guy was undressing. Although I don’t complain about Park Seo Joon’s hot topless bud, it looked so awkward ;).

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Fanmade Video:

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim Highlights

Jun 142018
 

the-undateables kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: Love guru meets an undateable who is also a desperate matchmaker! Watch the chaotic combination of hectic and loud Hwang Jung Eum and sexy Nam Goong Min! There is an undeniable chemistry between these two and makes every episode worth watching.

Trailer:  The Undateables

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Nam Goong Min as Hoon Nam
Hwang Jung Eum as Jung Eum
Choi Tae Joon as Choi Joon Soo

 

Jun 142018
 

wok-of-love kdramaSummary: Seo Poong is a chef of a popular Chinese restaurant but got fired and ends up working in a small restaurant owned by a gangster boss, Chil Sung. He then meets Sae Woo, who used to be rich but is now desperately looking for a job and ends up in his newly open restaurant. Together, they work hard to get new customers and compete with the big Chinese restaurant across the street.

Trailer: Wok Of Love

Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 40 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Jang Hyuk as Doo Chil Sung
Jung Ryeo Won as Dan Sae Woo
Lee Joon Ho as Seo Poong

Likes: 3 top reasons why I really like this drama… The food, the cast and the bromance!

Let’s dissect each one of them…

The Food. This drama will make you wanna visit a Chinese restaurant soon and eat Jajangmyeon! Honestly, I only tried the instant one but seeing how delicious it was in the show, I’m considering getting one from a restaurant. Jajangmyeon, for all of you who don’t know, is a Korean Chinese noodle dish topped with a thick sauce made of chunjang, diced pork and vegetables. Although, the black noodle was the most popular, there were also several dishes like the sweet and sour pork, wonton noodle soup, almond tofu, jjampong, dim sum which were deliciously featured in the drama and surely will make one’s tummy growl so loud. I love the way they put so much emphasis in the cooking and the food: ingredients, techniques, presentation. Not only it will make one eat but also will make someone love cooking especially with a wok. I personally love cooking with wok. Quick heat and it definitely helps me make good food. However, it is hard work. I understand why Lee Joon Ho, the chef Seo Poong in the drama, really learned how to cook with wok before filming the show. Which is, I think, necessary. This is my second drama after Temperature of Love, which is focused a lot in cooking and I just love the importance they gave to making good food. So if you love food and you value the process of making them, this drama is definitely a must-watch!

The Cast. Everyone was good but will have to focus on my top 3…

Jang Hyuk as Chil Sung the gangster boss. It’s good to see him in a less serious role than his previous one. Chil Sung is like a good gangster and loan shark (which is an oxymoron,) a big brother to all, not so lucky with women and that includes his own mother, but one focused and reliable guy that you too would want to be under his wing. He’s tough and cool!

Lee Joon Ho as Seo Poong the chef. I’m impressed with Joon’s Ho’s talent in acting considering his background as an idol. And I’m more impressed on his determination to do good in his role here as a chef by learning how to actually cook with real world chefs. His effort had definitely paid off as he was totally looking like a pro chef in the drama. Aside from that he also successfully established a good chemistry with his leading lady.

Jung Ryeo Won as Dan Sae Woo the rich daughter who aspires to be a chef as well. She was more believable as the rich daughter but as a chef who works with heavy woks, she was too thin to lift a wok. That’s just the looks anyway, her acting skills compensate for everything. She’s a good actress. Very natural. And most importantly she had a good chemistry with Joon Ho.

The Bromance and Camaraderie. Watching the drama, made me want to be part of the whole family. The bromance between Chil Sung and the gang members was something to envy. I see loyalty and friendship and it was great! I love the bonding moments of the boys, those hot spring moments and the singing in the car.

The bromance between Chil Sung and Seo Poong is also admirable. Seo Poong became like the baby brother of Chil Sung even though he got the girl that Chil Sung likes. Till the end, they supported each other and that what brothers are for really.

The camaraderie in the small restaurant then later in the big hotel restaurant was also a highlight of the entire show. First the atmosphere was always stressy, lots of shouting and scolding but in the end, everyone learned from each other and stayed friends. Hm, I don’t know how much of that is in reality.

Small Things That Made Big Impacts. That wall writing in Hangeul which translates to “Was that Life? Well then, once more!” And of course the fortune cookie message!

Dislikes: The ending was obviously shortened.

Lots of Subway commercial for something trying to put focus on the greatness of Chinese food.

I thought the horse had more later episode roles. They forgot about it until the end.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

May 232018
 

suits kdramaSummary: Choi Kyun Seo is the most sought lawyer of the law firm Kang & Ham. He comes across a talented young man, Goo Yun Woo and hires him as his junior associate knowing that the latter did not even finish school. With Goo Yun Woo’s skill, he is quickly becoming an asset not just to Choi Kyun but to the whole firm. As the company crumbles apart, covering Goo Yun Woo’s secret is becoming difficult.

Trailer: Suits

Genre: Legal
Episodes: 16 episodes
Stars: Jang Dong Gun as Choi Kyung Seo
Park Hyung Shik as Go Yun Woo
Chae Jung Ahn as Hong Da Ham
Go Sung Hee as Kim Ji Na

Likes: I don’t know about the US Suits as I never watched it, but this Korean counterpart is quite good. Although the concept is not original but there’s no denying that it is a good one. Every episode is actually a lawsuit! Seriously, I thought of the suits our hot lawyers here are wearing haha! But yes, a lawsuit and every lawsuit is an interesting one! So we had 16 smaller stories for that! Very satisfying!

I love the cast! I welcome back Jang Dong Gun with open arms! Whew, it’s been 6 years since A Gentleman’s Dignity. I’m glad this gentleman is back and even hotter than he was 6 years ago. Yes, he looked so fine in his suits, well-groomed hair and overall well-rested face. Very handsome hands down! Also the character suits him well – sneaky, competitive, fearless but remains charming and confident. I also love the way he was mentoring his junior. He’d got some tough love with a hint of bromance going on.

As to Park Hyung Sik, he did great as well. Although, next to Jang Dong Gun, he looked like a HS student, he still good looking, in a cute way :). He also looked good in suits and snickers with a backpack and riding a bike on the way to work. I love his well-defined character. Young, simple, makes a lot of mistakes but his brilliant mind compensates for everything. He wasn’t timid. He knew his talent and he was making the best of it. His conversations with his senior were always fun and entertaining.

The rest of the cast is awesome! Everyone did very well!  Honorable mention is Hong Da Ham, the secretary of Atty. Cheo and the annoying-bully-lawyer-turned-ally Chae Geun Shik! Brilliant acting!

The wardrobe in this drama is very well thought off. If you need inspiration for business attire, you can learn a lot from here. The men all looked dashing in their suits and the ladies as well. I specially love the bold colours in the ladies’ outfits.

I love the OST and I miss it since I’ve done watching so for all of you who love it too, here’s Suits OST. And that victory theme is sooo good. Uplifting and everyone always looks good everytime it plays. Here it is… Victory Theme Suits Korea.

It took me a while to warm up to the young loveteam but I ended up liking it anyhow. Was it the kiss? Perhaps. Two kisses was quite generous you know.

My favourite suits (because they sound sooo good and put me in deep thoughts, haha)…

  1. If you wish to swallow a demon, you must swallow its horns too.
  2. The moment you’ll be flying with wing called lie, you won’t be landing.

Ending was good. Though it felt like it will have season two, I’m already good without it. I love the last scene: hot men in a hot car!

Dislikes: Nothing worth mentioning.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 192018
 

switch kdramaSummary: When Baek Joon Soo, a prosecutor fell into coma while after a drug ring, Sa Do Chan who looks just like him fills in his role. Sa Do Chan, a pro conman, who has the ability to be someone else and deceives people becomes a prosecutor for his own hidden agenda; and that to catch Grizzly who he believes killed his father.

Trailer: Switch: Change the World

Genre: Legal, Comedy
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Jang Geun Suk as Sa Do Chan / Baek Joon Soo
Han Ye Ri as Oh Ha Ra
Jung Woong In as Geum Tae Woong

Likes: Double role seems trendy these days. After Good Witch, I’ve been enjoying another drama where our lead is doing two roles and I’m not complaining. Jang Geun Suk is more than capable of taking the two challenging roles of a prosecutor and a conman. He always looked good in suits with matching serious face and at the same time I also liked his cool and and more relaxed get ups when turning into a smart conman. Although I miss him in a romantic drama, I know he’s been taking in some more serious and challenging roles like this one which he portrayed so well. Another proof he’s not just a pretty face :).

It’s a very thrilling and entertaining drama! With all the scenarios and setups plus great cliffhangers, this was one exciting drama to watch. I loved it when their conning always came out successful and made the villains looked stupid. I always looked forward to the next smart setup. It seemed like Sa Do Chan had endless awesome counter moves against the bad guys! Hurrah for that!

I love Sa Do Chan’s team! Highly skilled people in one small family. The friendship, love and support towards each other. Lots of bromance, well except for the lady. It was sooo heartbreaking to see them go separately… well almost.

Oh Ha Ra keomsa, she’s actually very pretty! One tough, cute and pretty prosecutor! I’ll have to see, they picked the right girl for the role.

Geum Tae Woong is awesome! A good villain always makes a drama complete. Thanks to him! And Jung Woong In did this role so well… like his other villain characters! His finale drama in prison was brilliant.

I love the relevance of that gruesome painting of a “father trying to eat his son” to Geum Tae Woong. So ironic for him. Have to look this one up… It’s  a painting by Peter-Paul Rubens depicting the Roman god Saturn devouring his own son. 1636 CE. (Museo del Prado, Madrid) . See picture.

Noticed this quote… “The biggest con in life is winning over a person’s heart completely!”

And did anyone notice how tall and handsome Manager Kim was?! Song Won Suk is the name to watch!

The ending? It was so good to see everyone back in their own business. A good closure to an exciting 16-episode prosecuting and conning drama!

Dislikes: I was missing the romance. There were early signs but nothing came out of it. Oh well, better luck next time.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 202018
 

Tempted kdramaSummary: Kwon Shi Hyun would do everything to please Choi Soo Ji, the lady who he likes that when she asked him to seduce a girl, Eun Tae Hee, he did without hesitation. But while doing so, he falls in love with Tae Hee and puts his childhood friendship behind. More so, Kwon Si Hyun finds out his ill-fated connection with Tae Hee which makes it harder for him to pursue her.

Trailer: The Great Seducer

Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Woo Do Hwan as Kwon Shi Hyun
Joy as Eun Tae Hee
Moon Ga Young as Choi Soo Ji
Kim Min Jae as Lee Se Joo

Likes: I loved the different versions of this story made into movie / drama, from the “Dangerous Liaisons” with its impressive Rococo setting to the Holywood’s carefree and chaotic student life in “Cruel Intentions”. I was hoping to get my korean version of it in this drama and yes, I wasn’t disappointed. Since it’s the kdrama version, it wasn’t as tragic compared to its predecessors. The story: I will always love and never get tired of it. It never gets old, it’s like Boys Over Flower all over again for me. Will always watch a new version, lol!

There were some notable twists that adds curiosity to a simple romantic story. I also love the entertwined lives of each character in the drama. It was fun trying to solve all the puzzles.

The cast is awesome, so talented and very promising. Although I think everyone was good in this drama, I would focus on the main young cast which consist of…

Woo Do Hwan as Kwon Shi Hyun – Whoooah, that face! He looks so handsome and my super crush right now :). But can he act? An absolute YES! I was very impressed actually. He did so well portraying KWH, the cool, rich, handsome heir but behind the shiny facade, a lonely and sad young soul. I loved his voice, sooo sexy. The way he says “Yepeo” (pretty) is sooo adorable, it always felt like it was addressed to me, lol! And dang this guy can cry, so naturally! You’ll feel like crying with him all the time.

Joy as Eun Tae Hee  – The character wasn’t not as fierce as I hoped for. There were times when she was super clingy that it was so annoying to watch. But Joy as a kpopstar is so cute and sweet, it’s hard to ignore her. Eun Tae Hee’s character  turned out to be the two earlier mentioned plus genuine and independent. As a package, she deserved all of Kwon Shi Hyun’s attention.

Moon Ga Young as Choi Soo Ji – I love her! She’s not just a pretty face but a really good actress. She did Choi Soo Ji with ease, it was very pleasing to watch. The bratty, bitchy, princess-like character with a compassionate tinge and a love in music was the personality See Jo fell in love with.

Kim Min Jae as Lee Se Joo – at first I really pity this guy. It’s not that he’s not cool and handsome, he actually was but it was so sad to watch him only having eyes on Soo Ji who was into his bestfriend. Lee See Joo’s one sided-loving felt so real, you just wanna hug him. But hey, he wasn’t hopeless in the end!

I quite enjoyed the OST! Specially the intrumental ones!

I kind of miss drama that integrates cherry blossoms as part of the story. Glad that I have it back in this one. So shall we try catching a falling cherry blossom petals now? Or next spring perhaps? We shouldn’t lose hope eh.

The ending, it so kdrama kind of ending and I love it! Of course, of course, it could have been earlier than 5 years but well, Kwon Shi Hyun has to come back extra dashing as he did. But Soo Ji and See Jo’s ending became my favourite. See Joo from all that he did, he at least deserved a happy closure. It was good to see other characters and their relationships got their deserving closures as well.

Dislikes: Well, there was that scene when Tae Hee got so drunk, then started calling everyone Kwon Shi Hyun, got so clingy when he arrived… uhh couldn’t stand it! I know it’s a drama but for real, no guy won’t go back to you if you behave like that lol!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 152018
 

good witch kdramaSummary: Cha Do Hee, the model flight attendant of Donghae airlines gets into trouble and falls into coma forcing her identical twin, Cha Sun Hee to replace her in the job. Cha Sun Hee, while doing her sister’s job then meets top pilot Song Woo Jin and together, they work for the successful operation of OneAir. Cha Sun Hee gets the title “Good Witch” for being fair, positive, kind and resourceful; good traits that Song Woo Jin notices and eventually make him fall in love with her.

Trailer: Good Witch

Genre: Family, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 40 (30mins/episode)
Stars: Lee Da Hae as Cha Sun Hee / Cha Do Hee
Ryu Soo Young as Song Woo Jin
Ahn Woo Yeon as Oh Tae Yang

Likes: Honestly, I didn’t expect much but surprised how entertaining this drama actually was! It had a good share of comedic, melodramatic, thrilling and romantic scenes. Forty episode-long (30min/episode)  was a good length. It generously covered all important characters. We had a double performance by Lee Da Hae, which I thought was brilliant, but other characters surrounding her got decent exposures as well. I would even say, the top reason I love this is because it’s a character-rich drama. Everyone was important and was brilliant.

So let’s start…

Lee Da Hae as Cha Sun Hee / Cha Do Hee – I love Lee Da Hae in “My Girl” but after that drama, nothing great from her until “Good Witch”. I’m ecstatic for this awesome comeback! She definitely slayed her two characters here. When she does Cha Sun Hee, it’s sooo convincing she’s totally a different person from Cha Do Hee – the voice, the facial expression, the body language! In addition, Sun Hee or Do Hee, she was always looking gorgeous – so tall, slim with flawless skin, looked great in everything that she wore, really just like a Barbie doll! I’m impressed on this brilliant performance and I hope she gets more great projects like this one.

Ryu Soo Young as Song Woo Jin – At first, I wasn’t into him. Too matured-looking. But when the drama progressed, he was becoming more and more handsome. Yes matured but actually really handsome. I love the very traditional and conservative character of Song Woo Jin and how he was well suited to Cha Sun Hee’s character. Brilliant acting as well especially when he was hesitating to marry Cha Do Hee, knowing that his heart beat for someone else. Not to mention, so exceptional-looking in his blue suit and Top Gun sunglasses!

Bae Soo Bin as Bong Chun Dae – the infamous ex-husband of Cha Sun Hee who was lazy and even cheated on her for a long time while they married. Bae Soo Bin, really I’m not surprised, he is a brilliant actor. Seen him in several drama and he’s been always consistently good! Chun Dae is just another great role performed by him. I love the way he would look pitiful and pathetic in this drama. So annoyingly good!

Yoon Se Ah as Oh Tae Ri – the slap Queen! Wow as in wow! Hands down to this lady. She’ll probably bag my best female villain award at the end of the year ;).  Yoon Se Ah is about facial expression, she does it with ease. And well she can really slap in this drama.

Geum Bo Ra as Byun Ok Jung – Cha Sun Hee’s super annoying mother-in-law! Like her son, she was super annoyingly-good!

Lee Han Seo as Bong Cho Rong – and last but not the least, the super smart daughter of Cha Sun Hee, Bong Cho Rong! Mature and smart, sometimes even smarter than her mum. This child actress has a long way to go, she’s a natural.

 

This is one Korean drama that breaks some kdrama taboo so it was surprising however refreshing to watch some scenes especially for a partially romantic comedy drama. Divorce got acceptable, suicide was kind of reasonable and violence was a top show.

A lot of funny scenes throughout the show so prepare to giggle or even laugh hard!

The outfits were all well-fitted on everyone. From the flight attendants uniform to the Hanboks and engagement gowns and dresses. Outfits especially worn by Lee Da Hae and Yoon Se Ah were very fashionable. The two ladies were always looking fantastic!

Apatheia! I have to google that one up! So it refers to a state of mind in which one is not disturbed by the passions. Hm, who says, you don’t learn something from kdramas?

The romance between our top characters Cha Sun Hee and Song Woo Jin was so genuine and beautiful. I love their first kiss, the first date on the beach, the proposal and I’ll include the wedding though incomplete.

And I completely fell in love with the OST No More Tears! … Please no more kiss and no more cry…

Dislike: It might be too much to ask but they could have put more details on the church wedding. Where was the priest or even a minister? Don’t tell me Cho Rong would administer the wedding.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 152018
 

that man oh soo kdramaSummary: Oh Soo is a successful IT specialist but also the descendant of a family who was fated to tend a mysterious tree that releases magic pollens. Oh Soo, while trying to give a drink to somebody with pollen to fall in love, his police officer neighbor accidentally drank it. They fall in love with each other but one is put in danger, as it is the curse of the tree.

Trailer : That Man Oh Soo

Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Jong Hyun as Oh Soo
Kim So Eun as Seo Yoo Ri

Likes: I love the idea of a cupid tree. It gave the drama that whole msyterious feel. Like, you don’t know if the tree is going to love you or devour you. It was changing from being colourful to dark then back again. Pretty unpredictable. The set – the traditional house with the tree in the yard – was also quite charming!  Glad someone so handsome was living in it :).

Lee Jong Hyun looked great and his melancholic role here suited him well. I also liked his chemistry with Kim So Eun.

Kim So Eun has become a better actress since BOF. She looked pretty and well-toned as shown in the beginning when she was doing fitness. I like her bubbly role here. She didn’t seem to run out of something to say.

Kang Tae Oh as Kim Do Yun, the second lead. His being a secret chaebol didn’t help him getting the girl but he won my heart. He’s a good actor, very natural and charismatic.

The kiss. We had the first teaser on the first episode but the real one happened on the 9th episode. I was about to complain but the kiss was great so I’m good :). As I have mentioned above, the two top leads had a great chemistry so kissing scene was to look forward to.

Aside from our main couple, we’ve got here two supporting couples which were cute and entertaining. Honestly, it would have been completely boring without these diversions.

Dislikes: It was the most disconnected storyline I ever watched of a drama. Lacking a lot of explanations, like something just happened that way and this way. The pollen mystery hadn’t been explained properly until the middle of the drama. It was quite confusing. Even at the last episode, there was no clear explanation how he lost his memory and how the two leads reunited. So are we expected to come up with our speculations?

The story was quite slow and in the end, it failed to progress. The roles failed to progress as well. Such a pity because I had the impression that it had a great potential.

My Rating: 6.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Jan 112018
 

a-korean-odyssey kdramaSummary: Son Oh Gong, the monkey king is bound to protect Jin Seon Mi through a powerful bracelet called Geumganggo. The geumganggo has the power to enslave him by making him fall in love with the person who let him wear the bracelet and protect that person wholeheartedly. So Son Oh Gong has been following Jin Seon Mi around and protecting her from all evil spirits which are bothering her.

Trailer: A Korean Odyssey

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Horror
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong
Cha Seung Won as King Wooma
Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Sun Mi
Lee Hong Ki as P.K
Jang Kwang as Yoon Dae Sik
Lee El as Ma Ji Young

Likes: The Story – at first it was confusing and the storyline was somewhat chaotic. I didn’t have a background of the original so I was quite lost. The beginning was like Alice in Wonderland with ghosts, evil spirits, demons, then even came a zombie. It was like a fantasy-horror roller-coaster! Lost but quite enjoying the adventure. Later on, our leading man was clear – handsome, mischievous, powerful – well, basically a god. Our leading lady, the girl in distress  didn’t and leave our handsome god a choice but to protect and love her. With that, I was happy, we’re back in a kdrama world, lol!

The Characters and the Cast – It took me a while to get used to the characters and understand how important and powerful each one of them as most of them were immortals but as soon as I got the hang of it, everything made more sense.

  • Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong –  he is definitely most handsome in this role! I think he did so well as the rude monkey always teasing his girl but then always giving in to her. Among LSK’s kdrama, this is the first one he really connected and had an awesome chemistry with his leading lady which made him more handsome. I love how arrogant, angry, rude and hot-tempered Son Oh Gong was! A change to our normal sweet and polite kdrama leading man.
  • Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Sun Mi – She’s always pretty but she never really had a proper chemistry with his leading men in the past, maybe because of those strong and brave roles she was in. However, as Jin Seon Mi, Oh Yeon So became like a little girl who was a having a crush on someone older. She was more vulnerable which suits nicely with Son Oh Gong’s rough character. Her moments with Son Oh Gong were always something to watch for.
  • Cha Seung Won as Ma Wang – this guy is not just tall and handsome but a good actor as well. Cha Seung Won didn’t disappoint me as the vain, powerful, funny but carries sadness in his heart – Ma Wang, the bull King. Cha Seung Won’s acting was commendable, he would go from funny, quirky to sad. All with impressive facial expressions!
  • Lee Hong Ki as P.K – the naughty and mischievous Dwaeji! Suits Lee Hong Ki so well!
  • Lee El as Ma Ji Young – I love her, she’s gorgeous and she can act too!

The Kissing Scenes – Is it me or they’re very generous with kissing scenes these days. After I’m Not a Robot, this drama comes next to having an elaborate kissing scene this year. Not that I’m complaining, I LOVE IT! Bring in some more of these scenes! Our 2 top leads did a great job! They looked good and in love when they kissed, very convincing ;). I specially like the kiss at the bookshop. It was the famous reactivation kiss!

Bromance – my favourite is the bromance between Son Oh Gong and Ma Wang. It’s like they don’t like each but they like each other. They were so cute to watch especially when it comes to Son Oh Gong’s coat which he always hung on Ma Wang’s bull statue. The latter would get annoyed but then later missed him when there was no one anymore doing that.

The OST – I so love the song When I Saw You! Check out the rest of the OST as well.

Bizarre Stuff – The Winter General and the Summer Fairy were one person! It was more bizarre than the black dragon! Honestly, it took me a while to realize that haha. Also, the rotting smell of Bu Ja was successfully conveyed (at least to me) by how rotting she looked. Great acting and great job makeup artists!

The Outfits – This has a high probability in bagging the best in outfits/costume award which I’ll give later this year. Everyone looked good in their well-fitted outfits! I can imagine a lot of money went to this one.

The Ending – since the start of the show, the ending was always pointing to a sad one. However, I like  how I got my consolations. I can deal with that ending! It’s all good then :).

Dislike – the only complain I have here is how Son Oh Gong was pushed into that super “rich” character. It was unnecessary. I found it trying hard somehow.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Dec 302017
 

im not a robot kdramaSummary: When the robot Aji 3 wasn’t at all ready to do its job and its creators desperately needed to deliver it to the new owner, they come up with an idea to hire someone who looks like the robot and for the meantime do its function. And that someone is Jo Ji Ah, whose current job is to secure limited edition toys and items for her clients. She has to pretend as the newly finished robot to Kim Min Kyu who happened to be one of her former clients.

Trailer: I’m Not A Robot

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Yoo Seung Ho as Kim Min Kyoo
Chae Soo Bin as Jo Ji Ah / Aji 3
Uhm Ki Joon as Hong Baek Kyoon

Likes: I soooo love this drama for so many cute reasons which will be enumerated later below :). Main thing… it’s the first drama this year that made me sooo happy, excited and in love! If these three reasons are present especially the last one, I normally don’t see any flaw. It’s what everybody calls,  “blinded by love”,  lol!

Yes, I love everything!!! From the…

Top Leads – the chemistry between our 2 top leads is insurmountable. From the start to finish, it was overwhelming! I love Yoo Seung Ho’s acting. He’s not just a pretty face but he knows his craft so well. He’s all emotions and I always got carried away by his acting, haha! I also couldn’t ignore how handsome he was in this drama. Gone are the days when he was all cute. He now turned into a very handsome leading man. As to our girl, Chae Soo Bin, I love her bubbly character here. She never overdid her acting which normally turns out annoying with some. She was a perfect match with Yoo Seung Ho. Just love both of them!

The kissing scenes – the greatest kissing scenes are from those who had a really good chemistry and our top couple had it so expect these scenes to send you to the moon :)! What I love most is the generosity to produce more than two top kissing scenes in one drama. Oh, I enjoyed them all! My favourite, of course, was the kitchen kiss! It was also the longest ;).

The umbrella – it was the most important prop! It was important for him and for her… and later for both. It was part of their love story. This prop made it till the last scene. Can someone tell me where I can buy one?

The heart lamps – not as important as the umbrella and I actually didn’t see how it would replace SMS, emails… but I thought they were really cute and they somehow match the cheesiness of the story :).

The heart books – so corny of Aji 3 but couldn’t help but love it too! This was the heart Aji 3 / Jo Ji Ah made by rearranging the books on the bookshelf so they would look like a big heart. Awww!

My favourite quotes – “This is the perfect moment when you kiss.” – Aji 3 “My heart is itchy, it’s about to sprout!” – Kim Min Kyu. Sooo cheesy but loved them all!

The rest of the cast – everyone was good and funny and I specially loved it that additional love teams were created. It was great seeing the professor finally started noticing Pie. Sun Hye, Ji Ah’s bestfriend was interested with Ssan Ip. Even Ri El showed a probability dating Hyoo Chul.

Sun Hye, the dating expert – I love her! She was funny, an additional icing to the already delicious cake.

The Winter Wonderland – I don’t like cold but I couldn’t help liking Kim Mim Kyu’s place turned into a winter wonderland. The snow-covered garden with those properly-groomed trees and bushes looked so amazingly beautiful and romantic.

Some tiny references – Was Kim Min Kyu’s house, the popular Go Jun Pyo’s house in BOF? And I couldn’t help noticing the W kissing scene on TV!

Epilogue – that “2-year-later” epilogue is a big bonus for a 16-episode drama! I love epilogues, though short but they tell more.

And the ending – well, couldn’t ask for more satisfying ending. It was well-done and most importantly, it made me so happy!

Dislikes: I was so in love, no dislikes or whatsoever, lol!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

 

Fanmade Video:

I’m Not A Robot Highlights

Dec 302017
 

money flower kdramaSummary: Kang Pil Joo, the most capable lawyer of one of the biggest and most powerful and influential Chong-ah group has been waiting for that crucial moment to take over the company. But he’s got competitions! Lots of them, all very powerful and influential. Since he’s very determined, he is willing to do everything including giving up the woman he loves.

Trailer: Money Flower

Genre: Romance, Political
Episodes: 24
Stars: Jang Hyuk as Kang Pil Joo
Park Se Young as Na Mo Hyun
Jang Seung Jo as Jang Boo Chun
Han So Hee as Yoo Seo Won

Likes: How can I resist a wonderful drama with Jang Hyuk but putting my man aside, Money Flower is one exemplary drama about people who are driven by greed. People who think they can control everything with money. We’ve got here a fantastic story with equally fantastic cast. The outcome is simply breathtaking, heart-pounding, heartbreaking, full of surprises and emotions. This is one top-notch drama in pulling threads. Whoever has the most money can control more. Interesting as well as entertaining!

Why breathtaking? Look out for those scenes like the one at the bird sanctuary where Kang Pil Joo was observing the girl he loves but was ready to give her away. The Jung Mal Ran scene as she was entering the room to meet the father of her future daughter-in-law. The revelation and bowing scene by Kang Pil Joo to the honorary chairmain finally revealing himself as the eldest grandchild. This drama is full of these breathtaking moments so brace yourself!

Why heart-pounding? Ah yes it did to mine, a lot! Heart-pounding moments are those moments which are… almost. Yes, almost. Almost-stabbed, almost-strangulated, almost-poisoned, almost-died! But we also have almost-kissed, almost-runaway with him, almost-happy ever after?

Why heartbreaking? Ugh, yes the heartbreaks! Lots of ’em too! Our top leads suffered a lot from this. Kang Pil Jo, basically, since he was little as he lost everyone around him. Na Mo Hyun, what a heartbreak when you’re given away by the man you love!!!

Why full of surprises and emotions? There’s no doubt for these. We’ve got incredible cliffhangers, crazy revelations (equates to “I’m your father Luke!”), turning of events and characters… crazy rollercoaster ride but fun!

Okay, now to our cast. This is also one top-notched cast. I love Jang Hyuk to begin with. I love his sad facial expression throughout the drama. He’s so handsome even when he’s sad. Park Se Hyung, is a wonderful actress. She did well in her character. But 3 actors caught my attention…

Jang Seung Jo as Jang Boo Chun – I was surprised to see how great this young actor was. Very natural! He switches from each emotion to another with ease. Naturally talented!

Lee Mi Sook as Jung Mal Ran – This lady is not just beautiful but a brilliant actress as well. In her character as Jung Mal Ran, she portrayed a classy, rich, controlling woman whose mere ambition is for her son to take over the family’s business. She was excellently ruthless!

Lee Soon Jae as Jang Gook Hwan – This veteran actor is no veteran for nothing! He was awesome as the honorary chairman of Chong-ah, the founder, the father of them all! Even at his age, he was wise, powerful, influential and very ruthless.

Additional icing to the cake…

  • I love the bitching between Boo Cheon and Yeo Cheon.
  • The bromance between Kang Pil Joo and Boo Cheon.
  • The OST is worth checking out!
  • The Jang House is worth checking out too! It’s called Gyeongwonjae Ambassador Incheon – it’s a hotel!
  • Jung Mal Ran’s classy outfits! She wore them all well.

The ending? I love how it ended! I was prepared and I think it was reasonable.

Dislikes: Nothing worth mentioning.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Nov 092017
 

Black kdramaSummary: Grim reaper #444 is after an apprentice who wants to live again using someone else’s body. The only way to capture the runaway apprentice is also possessing someone’s dead body. Grim reaper suddenly has a new identity and after meeting a girl who sees shadows of death, he’s becoming more and more human.

Trailer: Black

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Crime
Episodes: 16
Stars: Song Seung Hun as Black
Go Ah Ra as Kang Ha Ram
Kim Dong Joon as Oh Man Soo
Lee El as Yoon Soo Wan

Likes: I always wanted to watch something different from the usual romantic comedy so I picked this one without knowing the level of “grim”-ness this drama had to offer. So, what a surprise! I liked it that it went beyond the usual expectations. Of course, it started as something intriguing, sometimes cute, sometimes funny, oftentimes sexy (thanks to the leading man of this drama who was consistently sexy-looking in black suit)!

The drama was at first vague and had lots of disconnected plots. Very confusing! But every new episode shed light to the some few initial confusions in the first episodes. As the drama developed, it gave answers to a lot of questions until all the puzzles were solved. This type of drama, you definitely have to pay close attention to everything. You miss a piece, you won’t be able to solve the puzzle. So, very challenging and therefore a reason to like it.

I also like the consistency on the mood. Although, there were some light moments but the mood was gray, dark and somewhat heavy. As if there was something… something more shocking that is bound to unravel.

A twist-filled story. If you like twists, this one’s for you! I would get shocked all the time something unexpected happens. I was like… “Omo, she actually did that!” or “What, that’s him all the time!” (complete with ghost bumps!). And when you think you’re done with one shocking revelation, there comes another one.

I like the emotional ending, how Black tried to bring closure to everything. Sad moments but good ones! It ain’t called BLACK for nothing!

Comic reliefs were plenty but my favourite are the detectives especially when they tried to reenact the rape scene. That short-legged grandpa got some waxing in no time!!! LOL!

The leads…

Song Seung Hun as Black – so sexy and handsome in black suit! I don’t think I can top that first statement, lol!

Go Ah Ra as Kang Ha Ram – Go Ah Ra’s acting is always not bad. This type of role: clumsy, a bit ignorant, suits her pretty well.

Dislikes: I like Go Ah Ra as I just mentioned above but she couldn’t always establish a good chemistry with her leading man. All so good with the acting but I always miss that romantic excitement.

All were good with the ending except for this one annoying glitch. I really don’t understand how Black managed to appear in the end after receiving that maximum punishment! Duh! Of course, no further explanation given because it was the very ending.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

 

This drama made it to the Top 15 Kdrama in 2017. Watch video…

Top 15 Kdrama 2017

Oct 192017
 

while-you-were-sleeping kdramaSummary: Nam Hong Joo dreams a lot about what is going to happen in the future and that includes deaths of people around her including herself. She is trying to prevent such unfortunate events to happen but unsuccessful until she meets Jung Jae Chan, a prosecutor who just moved to her neighbourhood.

Trailer: While You Were Sleeping
Genre: Fantasy, Legal, Romance
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan
Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Joo
Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yoo Bum
Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak
Go Sung Hee as Shin Hee Min

Likes: A pretty simple love story turned complex with all the branching stories and twists which are related to one another. Every episode always ended with a surprise twist making it hard to wait for the next one. Every legal case was an own thriving, though short but rich substory. So what was my favourite case-story? I loved Do Hak Young’s case, the guy who was accused of killing the professional archer. It was mind boggling, full of emotions and we’ve got our handsome prosecutor siding with him and the equally handsome police officer defending him.

I like the concept of dreaming the future happenings of someone that once saved your life though it has its consequences. But in the drama, I’m glad they take the consequences in a lighter way like seeing how dirty the person lives when they are alone :).

The melodrama, comedy, fantasy, legal and romance genre-combination in this drama is well-balanced. Not too sad, not too silly, not too unreal, not too serious and not too cheesy. Just right!

The cast. What can I say, this drama is this year’s Lee Jong Suk’s anticipated. I was definitely waiting for it. So of course…

Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan – our handsome, a bit clumsy, newb prosecutor is here to make your heart ladies, thump :)! Although his prosecutor character is not his best, he still did a great job. As expected his kiss is a talent. I always get carried away when this guy kisses his leading ladies. Suzy you’re sooo lucky! And yes his tear-jerker scenes were excellent!

Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Joo – hm, not a big fan of her but she did her best. I think this is the first more mature role I’ve ever seen of her and I must say, she exerted effort to fulfill it.

Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yoo Bum – I’m surprised but this guy was brilliant! He’s a natural, a very good actor. He took the role of the sneaky, corrupted lawyer with ease. Hands down! He has a bright future in acting.

Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak – damn, he’s so fine in uniform! At times handsome, at times cute, brave and smart but unfortunately didn’t get the girl but gives us girls impression, he’s available! Haha!

Kim Won Hae as Choi Dam Dong – honorable mention to this guy who’s always brilliant in every role he takes. He’s a must-watch in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon!

Kim So Hyun cameo – love her! She’s a grown up lady now and a brilliant actress. Short role here but she made an impact.

Kissing scenes! Watching Lee Jong Suk kisses his leading ladies is the icing of his drama cakes. I’m glad there were plenty of icing on this one.

I shouldn’t forget, that green umbrella! It’s been with us viewers from the beginning to end :). A nice, twisty touch!

The bitter-sweet ending. As I mentioned above, it’s a well-balanced drama. The last episode has its share of sadness and happiness. I like how it ended, it was good.

Dislikes: Well, although Suzy tried her best here, I didn’t see much chemistry between her and Lee Jong Suk. In fact, she never established a good one with her leading men in the past as well.

I like how Lee Sang Yeob acted his role but the role itself was quite off. For someone who was smart and intelligent would go down to killing not just another person but his ex-girlfriend to correct his past mistakes, hm…

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Sep 282017
 

temperature of love kdramaSummary: Lee Hyun Soo is an aspiring drama script writer who falls in love with a younger aspiring chef Ohn Jung Sun. They like each other but both want to pursue their careers. Hyun Soo goes on to become a popular writer and Jung Sun finally starts his own restaurant. Five years later, they meet again and fall in love once more and go through a very challenging relationship. Will they overcome it all?

Trailer: Temperature of Love
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Seo Hyun Jin as Lee Hyun Soo
Yang Se Jong as Ohn Jung Sun
Kim Jae Wook as Park Jung Woo
Jo Bo Ah as Ji Hong Ah

Likes: Well-written and well-researched script. The details from management (Park Jung Woo’s world), the restaurant (Ohn Jung Sun’s world) to the script-writing world of our heroine, Lee Hyun Soo, were very clearly presented. The main characters and roles were having depth because of their very rich background.

Ohn Jung Sun’ World – the restaurant. Cooking was obviously life for this man. He did it with passion and he took pride in it. He was so detailed with everything that it was so inspiring to watch. The restaurant, especially the kitchen, where all the delicious things happened was an oasis for Jung Sun, away from his troubled past.

Lee Hyun Soo’s World – the movie and drama. Hyun Soo’s struggle with people in the industry was very well presented. It definitely not an easy world. That frustration when she was failing and had no power over her own work, most of us surely can relate to that.  The entertainment industry can be a really cruel world.

Park Jung Woo’s World – the management. I love how they show how challenging this world could be. Although he was successful and had many connections, and knew how to deal with everything and everyone business-related, he struggled to separate that from a normal life which is naturally capable of a healthy relationship, not always a business deal.

I also love the character development, not just the main leads but even the supporting, smaller roles. It was apparent in the end that everyone changed and matured and was able to accept and let go.

The chemistry was daebak!!! Seo Hyun Jin and Yang Se Jung’s chemistry on screen was absolutely top. It feels like watching 2 real lovers having their romantic moments, quarrels, misunderstandings and whatnots. They were so natural! Are these 2 probably dating? Hm, who knows…

The three main cast…

Seo Hyun Jin as Lee Hyun Soo – I like this girl. She’s not over-acting. Her charisma is awesome! As Lee Hyun Soo, she perfectly nailed it.

Yang Se Jong as Ohn Jung Sun – Where was he hiding all this time. This guy can act! What a talent! He nailed Ohn Jung Sun’s character pretty well.

Kim Jae Wook as Park Jung Woo – Oh my Taepunyim! I bleed for you! Kim Jae Wook, I applaud you for improving a lot! Gone are those days when facial expression was non evident. As Park Jung Woo, you displayed different emotions. You were far from being awkward. You were simply awesome! Yes, I’m ready to watch you in a leading role!!

Just the small stuff…

  •  The parents’ meeting was so awkward I almost fell off my chair laughing
  •  The beautiful bridge scene in Yeosu
  •  Those caramel candies looked so yummy, will make some myself
  •  Park Shin Hye’s cameo
  •  I want those lunchboxes
  •  Flower boys in Good Soup’s kitchen

The Title is endearing. The Temperature of Love. It simply captures the essence of whole drama.

The Ending was just right. I love how everyone gathered for that very special moment. It was so harmonious. And of course, not to forget the 2 other loveteams, Kyung and Hong Ah’s that also reached a sweet conclusion.

Dislikes: The most aggressive ad placement goes to Hotels Combined. Please ask jakkanim next time to come up with a better script integrating your ads. Thank you.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 172017
 

the king-loves kdramaSummary: The crown prince of Goryeo falls in love with Eun San even before he realized she’s the daughter of the richest man of Goryeo. With all the power he has, would he go to great lengths to have her eventhough he knows she has fallen for Wang Rin, his bestfriend.

Trailer: The King Loves
Genre: Period, Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Im Shi Wan as Wang Won
Im Yoon Ah as Eun San
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Rin
Oh Min Suk as Song In

Likes: I like this drama since start to finish although my heart was slowly breaking towards the end! So many reasons to love the show and I will try to enumerate the really relevant ones…

  • Goryeo Era – I only saw a few drama based on this period but the world is as beautiful as the Joseon era. The royal clothing and accessories were more intricate and generous on gold, definitely an attention getter. I’m pretty sure, the costume designers overdid it a bit but all the wardrobes in this drama were so perfect to look at. The royals looked every inch like royalties, the nobles were full of nobility, the ladies were so graceful and the men were irrisistibly so handsome!
  • Cast – This is one of the obvious reasons why praise this drama. It’s loaded with oh-so-brilliant actors!!! Let me begin with the top leads…

Im Shi Wan – omo, he’s not just super cute, he can actually act! I love his charisma in this drama. I was for Crown Prince from the beginning till the end that’s why my heart is still totally broken as of this writing :(. Im Shi Wan (mark my word), will be one of the most bankable leading men in kdrama.

Hong Jong Hyun – his character here as Wang Rin; a quiet, loyal and bestfriend to the crown prince suits him better than his villainous character in Moon Lover. He was tall, handsome and dashing even beating our crown prince a few notches when it comes to the looks department.

Im Yoon Ah – ah she’s cute. I can’t resist watching a drama where she’s in. She gave justice to a character who was the subject of affection of both our top gorgeous leading men.

Oh Min Suk as Song In – Awesome villain! He was sooo annoyingly gooood!

Jang Young Nam as Queen Jangmok – I love the queen how she was trying to do her best to protect her son. Her last moment was unbearably dramatic and heartbreaking. She did a great job!

Honorable mentions are the King, Queen Mu and Crown Princess. Everyone did a great job even those who had the-not-so important roles.

  • The Story – I’ve read that it’s based from a novel so a lots of people predicted who the girl would end with but I think the most important is how well the story was adapted into a drama. I love the story. It was well-told, bitter-sweet story of true love, loyalty and friendship.
  • The King Loves OST – I recommend listening to the songs from this drama. They are so beautiful!
  • Beautiful Scenes – Throughout the entire drama, I’ve seen so beautiful moments, some connotes love, friendships, happiness but a few of sadness – sad but still beautiful. I love that pretty scene of the 3 of them together in the mountain full of pink flowers and I love the farewell scene when crown prince was standing next to that famous giant tree, looking at San who was with Rin from the far saying his final goodbye. Wahhh! Tear-jerking!
  • The Ending – Although it didn’t go how I wanted it, after I’ve calmed down from being brokenhearted, I did some thinking and I realized it was better that it ended that way. Wahhh (again)! I love the narration at the end, like a great story told and I love how the Love of the Crown Prince (later King) was highlighted. It gives an answer as to why the title is “The King Loves”!

Dislikes: Faux spring flowers were just everywhere. They quite overdid this part. Sometimes, everything looked so fake.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 172017
 

reunited-worlds kdramaSummary: Sung Hye Sung died when he was in high school and his special friend, Jung Jung Won blamed herself for that. 12 years later Sung Hye Sung comes back to the living world and looks for his family and friends who have all aged 12 years older. He is reunited with Jung Jung Won who is now working as an assistant at a restaurant.

Trailer: Reunited Worlds
Genre: Fantasy, Melodrama, Mystery
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Lee Yun Hee as Jung Jung Won
Yeo Jin Goo as Sung Hye Sung
Ahn Jae Hyun as Cha Min Joon

Likes: Interesting story! Someone actually came back to life and didn’t age a bit! The plot makes one curious… why is that, what happens now and how long is that gonna last. At least, those were the questions that bugged me all the time as I was watching the show.

I love the flashback setting… countryside, high school life, simple living, riding bikes, young love… simply very relaxing to watch. I like the young Jung Jung Won… pretty, a bit flirty and sparks a good of chemistry with Hye Sung! The 12 years ago flashbacks were given much weight which were vital foundation to the present-day story.

The love of Hye Sung and Jung Won defied age and worlds. I think this was the most important message of the story. Their love story was very touching and it seemed to  go on just like the ol’ Titanic couple :).

The mystery on the death of Yang Chul was nicely unraveled giving me another good reason to watch this drama. Thrilling enough to keep me hooked.

Noona-love is new to me and loving it. That’s all thanks to Yeo Jin Goo‘s confident acting. Very good acting and not at all intimated considering he was next to Lee Yun Hee. Definitely, a very talented young man.

I like a lot of characters here but I love Shin Ho Bang and Hong Jin Joo the most! The comical relief of the show! I liked it when it would get melodramatic then this couple would come up with something funny like the unforgetable “brazilian waxing!”. So funny!

Ahn Jae Hyun as Cha Min Joon – although awkward sometimes, I still like him. I love his voice. His quiet and lonely character here is not his best but good to see him trying out a different role.

The ending, although it was bitter-sweet, I liked it! Well, I couldn’t think of a better way to end it, so it was good. The epilogue was a bonus!

Dislikes: Lee Yun Hee was not as fierce as her other roles in the past. Was it her acting or her character that was dull?

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 132017
 

bride of the water god kdramaSummary: Habaek, the water god, leaves the realms of the gods for the human world to look for the divine stones. He then meets So Ah, a psychiatrist who is the descendant of the servants of the gods. While looking for the stones and staying at her place, the 2 fall in love with each other.

Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Nam Joo Hyuk as Ha Baek
Shin Se Kyung as So Ah
Im Ju Hwan as Hoo Ye
Krystal Jung as Moo Ra
Gong Myung as Bi Ryum

Likes: It was exciting to have yet another fantasy drama this year. I love the setting and the characters. The 2 worlds looked great! It started with showing some details of the realm of the gods with Habaek himself in his godly appearance. It was followed by the introduction to the human world and what could be prettier than a cherry blossom naturally-decorated Seoul :).

After some impressive intro to both world, we got a taste of Habaek’s on and off power in the human world. I thought that rescue scene: Habaek rescuing So Ah from a fall, looked awesome. I got very excited and waited for more scenes like that.

I love Habaek! I think the character was very charming. He might have lost his power but he kept his charm. His looks was charming so as the way he spoke. I loved it when he talked seriously but always came out funny like when he said, “A guy can’t love without a car” or “Candies shouldn’t be eaten at once”. And how can I forget his description of the mug he gave to his girl, “This is me (referring to the guy on the mug) and this is you (pointing to the dog on the mug which represents So Ah). And of course (even if he overdid it a bit), I love all his shirtless scenes :).

Best actor in this drama was Im Ju Hwan, hands down! He upstaged everyone! And all I thought, the director was simply bad making most actors here looked quite sloppy. But hey how come there was one who really stood out! Im Ju Hwan did really great. In the end, he was the only I was looking forward to watch. This guy deserves a leading role next time!

Shin Se Kyung was also great. Her acting put Nam Joo Hyuk in a bad light. She all had the emotions going but always unreciprocated.

Forget the acting although she wasn’t that bad but  Krystal Jung probably had the best part for trying out all those gorgeous outfits! Well, she gave them all justice as she has the body for them. The entire drama was like a runway for her.

OST is love! Bride of the Water God OST.

The sunset and bride scenes at the end were both lovely. Habaek and So Ah looked really good together!

Dislikes: The storyline was a mess. A lot of informations were lacking and/or unsupported. I have the impression that some were left for the audience to figure out or the writers simply expected us to read the manhwa.

Bad acting everywhere. Aside from the 2 excellent actors in this drama I mentioned above, the rest were so-so. But will have to concentrate on Nam Joo Hyuk (sorry fans), he was very lacking. There was no facial expression! It’s awkward to watch that while Shin Se Kyung was giving it her all, everytime the camera shifted to Nam Joo Hyuk, nothing as in nothing. It hurt to watch. There’s still a room for improvement, no rush for top lead roles if you’re not yet ready. Nam Joo Hyuk, you were very promising in Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo.

The ending, wahhh! So poor. No one bothers to improve anything. It was like… Ok folks, not doing well in the ratings, let’s just get it over and done with. I thought it would compete with Goblin but nahhh!

But because of Im Ju Hwan’s performance, I’m still giving it a…

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 062017
 

fight for my way kdramaSummary: Ko Dong Man and Choi Ae Ra are childhood friends who are both there for each other during difficult times. As they failed to fulfill their childhood dreams, they’ve tried to do unexciting jobs to feed themselves which left both of them unhappy and discontented. So when the chance came to do it right, they grabbed the opportunity.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Seo Joon as Ko Dong Man
Kim Ji Won as Choi Ae Ra
Ahn Jae Hong as Kim Joo Man
Song Ha Yoon as Baek Sul Hee

Likes: Although it’s a typical bestfriend-love kind of story, I can’t hide the fact that I like these 2 bestfriends! They’re super good looking, great in acting and the chemistry is super top! The 2 complemented each other in acting and looks. And they were very comfortable with each other’s company.

Park Seo Joon is sexiest in this role! Hands down. Just look at that body! Who says Korean men can’t be buffed. I like his role here, the not so smart Ko Dong Man but a martial arts genius.

Kim Ji Won  is super good! Very pretty and when it comes to acting, she’s a natural. She’s one of those very promising female leads in Korean TV. Her role as Cho Ae Ra, although didn’t match her pretty face, she simply did it with ease.

Very good supporting couple story! I was always interested as to what will happen to our Joo Man and Sul Hee as much as I was looking forward to our Dong Man and Ae Ra. The supporting couple had a very well-done, one of the most elaborated supporting story in my history of kdrama addiction :).

I love the friendships, the bromance and (womance)? Is there such a word? Ae Ra has Sul Hee, Dong Man has Joo Man. The 4 are really close friends. But wait, we also have Dong Man and coachinim! The latter even threatens our top leads’ romance :).

Dong  Man’s command in the English language was awesome! Tap! Tap! No Tap! Yes Tap! Lol! Oh well, as long as John Karellas understood everything.

BTS’s Fire as Dong Man’s intro music whenever he would enter the ring. I thought that was cool!

I love the flashbacks when they were still young. It gives clarity to some loose ends.

I like it that our Nam Il villa’s ahjumma ended up as someone very important. Give’s the story a nice twist.

I thought the scene of both fathers hiding inside the ahjumma’s cabinet was the funniest :)).

I was missing some wedding scenes but the proposal was lovely! It will do, it will do.

Dislikes: I just didn’t get the thing with the flippy cellphone. And the ahjumma had cellphone already at that time. When was that 25 years ago?

Nam Il 2 is too handsome to have a very small role. I was expecting more.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 062017
 

My-Sassy-Girl kdramaSummary: Gyun Woo, after coming back from Qing as a scholar lands on a job as the crown prince’s teacher. He meets a not-so-sassy, drunk but pretty lady in the streets of the capital only to find out later that she’s the princess Hye Myung. The princess has been trying to find out if her mother, the ousted queen is still alive. Gyun Woo tries to help her but finds out later he did a great mistake in the past that will cause their relationship to crumble.

Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 32 (30-min episodes)
Stars: Joo Won as Gyun Woo
Oh Yeon Seo as Princess Hye Myung
Lee Jung Shin as Kang Joon Young
Kim Yoon Hye as Jung Da Yun

Likes: It’s period drama but not the serious ones. I love how they made it look like the modern times for instance…

  • Gyun Woo pictured in the beginning as the fashionista from Joseon and popular scholar in Qing.
  • Classy cafes and restaurants in the capital where the nobles and their wives and kids hang out. The nobles’ wives talk about the latest bag fashion and the daughters talk about the eligible bachelors in the town.
  • The bookstore! I love the bookstore with famous novels like Boys Over Flowers, My Lover from the Stars, Secret Garden and some more titles from popular kdramas.
  • The rich girls’ nail makeover hangout.
  • Those annoying pretty boys law enforcers who keep bugging Lady Da Yun.
  • The shoes! Pretty shoes in the streets of Joseon and the rich ladies have a collection of them.
  • The prince of Qing! He was far from looking like someone from Qing but who cares, he looked so good and looked like from a foreign land!
  • Even gangsters are well-organized like the present-time Korean mafia.
  • Use of rings to propose!

Some funny and cute moments but my favourite was when the princess was caught by Gyun Woo’s parents and sister slept over at Gyun’s Woo’s room. She wasn’t so sassy afterall!

We have great-looking leads! I love both of them. Joo Won, his looks and height complements the super beautiful Oh Yeon Soo!

Lee Jung Shin, it’s good to see him trying another drama genre. Although more workshop and practice for his acting skills, he has a great 2nd lead potential.

Great actress award goes to Yoon Se Ah, the annoying queen in this drama. Her facial expressions, dialogues and body languages show how professional she is.

From all period dramas I’d watched so far, this one has the sweetest Queen mum (the queen dowager, mum of the king).

Towards the end, we had 2 great story twists. One is the sad fate of Joo Myung and the Queen. The other one is Gyun Woo’s lost memory coming back and shedding light to the events of the past.

Great, flashy costumes!

Beautiful bridge scene and proposal as ending!

Dislikes: Some of the sets looked so made up like the garden of the princess. It looks like they decorated it with fake flowers.

Yes we have 2 gorgeous-looking leads but the chemistry, hm… not so blown-away.

The ending. Yes, very pretty bridge scene but no proper epilogue just lots of flashbacks. Quite poor.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jun 082017
 

suspicious partner kdramaSummary: Noh Ji Wook is a prosecutor who lost his position for helping a former lawyer intern, Eun Bong Hee acquitted from her case of killing her boyfriend, son of the District Attorney. The two then work together run a private law firm and get to defend a guy who would be the answer to all puzzles and capturing him would put everything back in place.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Thriller, Legal
Episodes: 40 (30-min episodes)
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Noh Ji Wook
Nam Ji Hyun as Eun Bong Hee
Choi Tae Joon as Ji Eun Hyuk
Nara as Cha Yoo Jung

Likes: The genres thrown into this drama are surprisingly complementing each other. The combination of romance, comedy, thriller and legal was well-balanced coming up with a quite satisfying show.

I love that aside from the romance building up between the lead actors, there was some serious legal cases to solve. And I’m not just talking about one but several cases. These independent stories that normally ends each episode kept the whole show interesting. My personal favorite was about that guy who can see the future, who was always in legal trouble by trying stop future crime. He then predicted that 2 people who were present in the lawyer’s office that time will die. I thought that was funny how it freaked out everyone!

We’ve got 4 good-looking leads!

Ji Chang Wook is always a personal favourite. I thought he would be boring as a prosecutor or lawyer but he proved that wrong. Super sexy in his prosecutor outfit! He prosecuted and defended  like a pro! And as usual, very irresistible to the ladies! How can you resist the way he stares at you girl?!

Nam Ji Hyun looks pretty although wasn’t really into her coloured hair. Her character was funny and bubbly which match the quite reserved Noh Ji Wook acted by Ji Chang Wook.

Choi Tae Joon was very handsome and cute as Eun Hyuk and I think his chemistry with Nara was excellent even surpassing that of the top leads.

Nara is super sexy. Her face, her body even her acting was natural. She did an awesome job!

I almost cried when Secretary Bang almost died! He was one of those useful and funny side characters together with Byun Young Hee, Ji Wook’s adoptive dad. Na Ji Hae, Bong Hee’s friend from law school also falls into this category.

But I think the star of the show is Kim Hyung Kyu who gave justice to the character of Hyun Soo, our villain in this drama! His acting was just superb that sometimes overshadowing our top leads. Hyun Soo’s character was so well-crafted that any actor who would give justice to him will definitely shine. Therefore a shoutout to Kim Hyung Kyu, boy you did great job in this drama! I won’t be surprised to see you more in the future!

Glad that Hyun Soo’s character already ended in the second to the last episode (Hyun Soo stole too much of the show) and the story concentrated back again with the top leads and how it would end with them. Ji Wook and Bong Hee had enough time at the end to draw everyone’s attention back to their love story. And I think it ended well.

Dislikes: What a waste of Kim Hong Fa in this drama. His character, the District Attorney Jang Moo Young didn’t really show how good he is as an actor. He was super awesome as Kang Yu Taek in Whisper!

Super obvious ad placement by Papa John’s Pizza!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 272017
 

my secret romance kdramaSummary: Lee Yoo Mi, a nutritionist who just got a job at a company cafeteria finds out that the company’s director, Cha Jin Wook is the guy she once had a one-night stand with. On the other hand, Cha Jin Wook is happy to see her again as he didn’t really forget her after what happened to the 2 of them.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 13
Stars: Sung Hoon as Cha Jin Wook
Song Ji Eun as Lee Yoo Mi
Kim Jae Young as Jung Hyun Tae
Jung Da Sol as Joo Hye Ri

Likes: The typical setup brings me back memories of good old kdramas, the likes of My Girl, Coffee Prince and Only You! It’s predictable but couldn’t stop watching it. It’s the same old story just with different actors, different set and I would say less conservative.

Leads and Support

Uber sexy and good-looking leads. Sung Hoon and Song Ji Eun really look great together. Their chemistry on screen was over the top. They were very comfortable with each other (gives you a suspicion that they might be dating in real life, who knows!). It’s good to see Sung Hoon as the leading man finally. For once he’s got the looks (which was really emphasized throughout the entire drama) and his acting wasn’t too bad though it could still improve. Song Ji Eun was very pretty! Her character Lee Yoo Mi didn’t bring out the best of her acting skills but she definitely fit in the pretty, cute, sexy, pitiful Lee Yoo Mi character qualification.

Supporting actor, Kim Jae Young looks good as well but his acting was still a bit awkward. More practice and he could land on a top lead role soon. Jung Da Sol on the other hand was excellent! She did Joo Hye Ri’s character with ease.

Overall, all our top actors were great-looking as if they just came out of the comic pages.

Romantic Set

I’m not talking about the company’s cafeteria or Hyun Tae’s cafe but the coastal set of the drama. I’ve been wondering what the name of that rocky beach where the 2 love birds had their first date? And yes glad google gave me the answer. It’s the beautiful Jajakdo beach! The coastal drive was fantastic as well, it looked almost like the Californian Pacific Coast! And that hotel where the wedding was held in the beginning and the last episode, the overlooking view of the blue sea was wonderful and romantic! They did an excellent wedding set here not just once but twice.

Kissing Scenes

Unlike old dramas where leads are overly shy with their kisses, all the kissing scenes here looked so real! I think the number of kissing scenes outnumbered the number of episodes of the show! Who am I to complain? Great kissing scenes, looked unedited as well. Sung Hoon looked like he has to prove he’s one of the great kissers which he quite nailed. My favorite was when he asked her to carry the plates and when her two hands were occupied, he just bowed on her and kissed her helplessly. Eottoke? What are you gonna do girl? Melt? But try not to break the plates!


I love the comic version in the beginning of every episode. Our characters all looked polished and perfect. It’s nice to see that it’s not that much different in the real life. They all really looked comic-like!

Ending is what I’d hoped for following the typical story model. All is good, everyone found their happiness and although I wasn’t sure if it was their own wedding, it’s great to see our top characters following their hearts. Cheesy but happy!

Dislikes: A few episodes when it was just about breaking up and being together was impossible! I mean a few episodes for a 13-episode drama is quite long! I didn’t see a reason why she (once again) left him in the car on that beach only to look for him in a scooter the next day.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 272017
 

man to man kdramaSummary: Ghost agent Kim Sul Woo is on a mission to get all three wooden carvings which each hides a key that will unlock a secret room owned by the deceased chairman of the powerful Songsan Group. To get the first carving, he has to go undercover as the bodyguard of a Hallyu star Yeo Woon Kwang whom later becomes a good and trusted friend. 

Genre: Action, Thriller, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Hae Jin as Kim Sul Woo
Kim Min Jung as Cha Do Ha
Park Sung Woong as Yeo Woon Kwang
Yun Jung Hoon as Mo Seung Jae
Chae Jung Ahn as Song Mi Eun
Jung Man Shik as Lee Dong Hyun

Likes: The action part is awesome! It’s like watching old James Bond movies where James was always well-dressed, with lady-killer looks, in perfect form, super wise and quick! Park Hae Jin as Kim Sul Woo, our ghost agent in this drama is just perfect for the role. That face, that stature and that voice, almost like a real agent.

Impressive and heart-stopping action scenes like the car scene, sniper and mission impossible scenes. We’ve got James Bond meet Ethan Hunt kind of scenes here!

Aside from awesome action scenes, this drama is full of bromances. Sul Woo, the agent and Woon Kwang, the actor had a very good chemistry. I love it when Woon Kwang would call Sul Woo, braa derr (with his very Korean accent!). Sul Woo also had a great braa derrs in Lee Dong-hyun, the prosecutor and Jang Tae-ho, his boss.

Missions are challenging, kept me hooked and although the riddles became too complicated to follow sometimes, there was ample amount of comedic reliefs.

A lot of known good actors in this drama so it was hard to guess who the hidden antagonist was. Everyone was great in their roles even the cameos were commendable. Popular cameos here were of Song Joong Ki as a bank teller and Nam Goong Min as an actor. It was hard to miss these 2!

I’m jealous of Cha Do Ha, she’s got 2 reliable oppas! One is a wealthy, famous hallyu star who’s with her at all times and he’s got the hottest NIS ghost agent Sul Woo, who became her life saviour and protector!

I like some of the story twists here like the revelation of Song Mi Eun’s identity (unexpected!) and that of the NIS director. The latter was solved through a riddle (tricky!).

The beauty in this is the closure of all important characters. Our Sul Woo, going back to being a ghost agent but always coming back to his love, Cha Do Ha. Woon Kwang has a bitter sweet ending with his lady love. Song Mi Eun decided to stick with her family. Dong Hyun after a fatal truck attack, recovered and was honored a medal of honor by none-other-than Jang Tae Ho himself, the boss of the mission. And of course those bad guys who deserve jail are really in jail. Yay!

Dislikes: No matter how I see it, after careful observation and consideration (and I was patiently waiting for it to happen!), the chemistry between leads here is just really poor. Sorry but they could have chosen another actress.

Obviously there was no Subway placement but KFC! Obviously, lots of fried chicken in the show!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 132017
 

whisper kdramaSummary: Shin Young Joo is a police officer who is trying to prove the innocence of his father for being accused as the murderer of his own friend. She then meets judge Lee Dong Jun and wants to take revenge on him for making a false ruling to her father’s case. To prove her fathers innocence, she is about to fight the who’s who in the biggest law firm Taebaek but of course only if she collaborates with Lee Dong Jun.

Genre: Political, Romance, Legal
Episodes: 17
Stars: Lee Sang Yoon as Lee Dong Joon
Lee Bo Young as Shin Young Joo
Kwon Yool as Kang Jung Il
Park Se Young as Choi Soo Yun

Likes: Political war in its finest! It was just like shooting each other with tactics and defending one’s self with more tactics! It was a battle to watch and thank goodness I’m not in that battlefield. It’s one of the best well-written script. I’m no lawyer but I could tell the writers had done a lot of research to make the story real or close to being real.

So many good actors here, it is indeed packed! But will focus on the main cast…

Lee Bo Young – another cute but tough role. Like her real-life husband, she delivers well in this kind of role. Although the role of Shin Young Joo was an impossible all-rounder, she made her way from being a tough policewoman to a smart secretary and back to being a police officer all with grace.

Lee Sang Yoon – always has this worried facial expression that leaves his forehead wrinkled a lot. Well it fits well with his character in this drama, a young judge who has a bag of trouble to save his own career. And omo, how can I not mention he looks soo great in suit! So tall and handsome!

Kwon Yool – he nailed it here, bravo! The best actor in this drama hands down. He really proves here he’s more than just a pretty and cute face. I will always remember the very confident Kang Jung Il… his voice, his diction, his super smart moves, but above all his weakness to that one girl he loves.

Park Se Young – ah she was great too! The role of Choi Soo Yun, that girl who brought Kang Jung Il down, was a sure challenge. For once she had to be beautiful, powerful, smart and sneaky. Well done girl!

The best love team, I have to be honest was Kang Jung Il and Choi Soo Yun. Their love was like Romeo and Juliet! It was so tragic! Painfully good! They had to give up each other to save oneself. Choi Soo Yun got him in the end when he allowed himself to waver. Poor Jung Il, he could have ended as the overall winner, Taebaek and all.

Special mention to Taebaek’s founders Choi Il Hwan and Kang Yu Taek, the mighty and powerful! Acting by these two was just superb!

Honestly, it took me a while to realize why it’s called Whisper. If you observe, they always whisper to one another everytime one wants to bring the other one down. It was like whisking a summary of the great plan to the other person without telling the latter the detail. That becomes the torture and makes the latter filled with anxiety.

The music is so good and powerful. Always fitted the setting: Whisper OST

That moment when Shin Young Joo was reinstated as a police officer and that moment when Lee Dong Joon entered the CEO office as the CEO of Taebaek. The moments when we see light at the end of the tunnel. Yay, winning!

And that moment when our lady police officer finally handcuffed our Lee Dong Jun! Of course there’s gonna be a kiss! There was a kiss!

The final Finale ending, lol! but I loved it, even just the sound of it! Here, we have a closure for everything  – how everyone got sentenced to prison (of course this is a lawyer drama after all). All good! But wait, who was that super gorgeous lady prosecutor?! (Got distracted there for a bit 🙂 ).

Dislikes: It got draggy a bit in a few earlier episodes and yes 2 kissing scenes? The first one wasn’t even real.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 132017
 

tunnel kdramaSummary: Park Kwang Ho, a detective in the 80’s tried to solve a series of murder cases in his hometown but when he was about to catch the culprit in a tunnel where the last murder took place, he was transported 30 years later where he still tried desperately to solve the case with the hope of getting transported back to the past.

Genre: Time-travel, Crime, Thriller
Episodes: 16
Stars: Choi Jin Hyuk as Park Kwang Ho
Lee Yoo Young as Shin Jae Yi
Yoon Hyun Min as Kim Sun Jae

Like: Another time-travel goodness! This time with some murder cases to be solved. I like the way it started. We got all characters thrown into our faces in the beginning leaving us the question “Who’s who?” We’re trying to speculate who’s the murderer, who’s the child, we came up with some theories, some guesses; am I not right? I like it! The story-line makes us all feel like detectives! It’s very engaging.

I like Choi Jin Hyuk’s more mature role here. I think it suits him well so as the 80’s leather jacket and buggy pants! Although his face looks too polished for the 80’s (he should have avoided facials for a couple of months before taking this role 😉 ), he definitely had the right attitude. Job well done!

Miss profiler aka daughter of our detective hero looked very stiff to the point of being creepy robotic but I ended up liking her. I was always looking forward to her insights when solving cases. And liked her more when she developed some chemistry with Kim Sun Jae, although Sun Jae mostly looked more made up than her (lipgloss!)

The comedy part of the show is a good diversion to its serious genres. Seriously how are you gonna treat a sunbae who looks very maknae in all angles?! Eottoke?

The mystery part was  a definite mind-boggler! Lots of questions up until the last episodes. Of course, I was most curious on what’s the 2 murderers killing motives.

Mok Jin Woo – serial murderer hiding in the light, looked totally normal, even sounded very wise, a terrific talker, father-figure, good friend, good listener – fantastic charisma! I was sooo curious what his motive was! The making of the villain for this drama was awesome! The writers put a lot of thought into that role. And of course a big hand of applause to Kim Min Sang for bringing that role into life.

Epic scene when Mok Jin Woo met Jung Ho Young in prison. Here’s a fight between who’s the best and justifiable serial killer.

The way the writers integrate the lessons of Professor Shin Jae Yi at the uni into the real scenerio is I think very educational (that if you paid much attention).

Nerve-wracking final episode. The chase, the bait, the gamble and yes finally, Kim Sun Jae personally handcuffed his mother’s murderer! What a relief but what? Our Park Kwang Ho going back to the past?

Dislike: Park Kwang Ho going back to the past raised lots of very important questions?  So would that mean Ji Hye won’t be growing up as an orphan? That would also mean Park Kwang Ho would wait for 30 years to solve the case? Hm, how is this working out? I think it would have been better if he didn’t go back to the past so the story that happens in the future won’t have the possibility of changing. Paradoxes alert here!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 092017
 

Summary: Do Bong Soon possesses super power that is only passed down the women in her family. She has the strength to stop moving vehicles or move heavy obstacles, can crush and bend anything with her bare hands, can fight strong and trained gangsters but  doesn’t have the ability to control her powers until she meets Ainsoft CEO, Ahn Min Hyuk. With her desire to work as a game developer at Ainsoft, she takes the offer to be the bodyguard of the CEO.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Bo Young as Do Bong Soon
Park Hyung Sik as Ahn Min Hyuk
Ji Soo as Gook Doo

Likes: What can I say… I like everything in this drama! It’s super fun to watch when the…

  • Story is a cute romantic comedy but mixed with some crime-solving mystery. A romantic comedy with Park Hyun Sik is most-awaited but adding a well-thought crime story on the side adds icing on the already-delicious cake!
  • Leading man is Park Hyung Sik! I’ve been waiting for him to get the top lead. He’s super charming! And with his previous top performances like in Hwarang, he’d become one of the new anticipated leading men in kdrama. I think the CEO role, Ahn Min Hyuk secured him a place in our heart (at least he’s in mine). I loved his character here, and of course his swagger!
  • Leading lady is super cute but not annoying. First time to watch Park Bo Young and I’m loving her! She’s not just cute, she also knows her craft. Do Bong Soon role suits this lady pretty well!
  • Chemistry is over the top! Oh my gosh, I was giggling all the time. Our 2 lovebirds were just fun to watch! The sparks were everywhere! I totally love the first kiss on the beach. I thought it would turn out cheesy but it really wasn’t. The piano kiss was also daebak! How about the almost-kiss at Do Bong Soon’s room which got interrupted by her brother, that was super funny! And last but not the least, the wedding kiss!
  • Supporting lead is such a waste (in a good way)! Gook Doo oh Gook Doo, why oh why?! Oh well, I bet I’ll see him as lead next.
  • Thugs and colleagues are super funny! I just couldn’t stop laughing at everything. Where do I start… the gangster boss who always tried to look bossy but drank the poo wine or one of his subordinates who first got beaten up by Bong Soon, then got beaten up by Gook Do then got beaten up again losing his teeth and breaking most parts of the body. How about the office with the always awkward secretary Gong but I think nothing beats Dong-Pyung, he was the best!
  • Dong-Pyung kills it! Yes he did and for that I have to give the best actor award in this drama to this guy (which real actor name, I don’t know haha). And he even did 2 roles, the other one is the “beaten-up thug”. He did awesome!
  • Villain is super handsome! Yes he is and he can even pass as a model with that physique and well-chiseled face but well, he opted to be an actor, a villain to our super Bong Soon. Surely, everyone will remember him.
  • Catching the dangerous villain becomes super fun! I love Do Bong Soon and the boys’ plan in catching the elusive Kim Jang Hyun. With police Gook Do chasing him through ship containers and Min Hyuk following him with a flying drone, and of course Bong Soon moving heavy containers to trap him. Finally, checkmate!
  • Pink hoodie becomes a sign of super strength! I bet, I bet… super fans will be wearing the pink hoodie. Love how it represented our petite but strong woman, Do Bong Soon!
  • Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon loves Jo In Sung! I so love her for loving my beloved Jo In Sung! It’s funny how she sets her screensaver to Jo In Sung  and Min Hyuk would change it to his own photo :). Jealousy so cute!
  • OST is as upbeat as the drama! I’m gonna miss Super Power Girl!
  • Bonus scenes are cute, funny and over the top! I’ve got to give it to the Romeo and Juliet scene. Lomeo oh Lomeo! Lol!
  • Cameos are super funny! Yoon Sang Hyun as Charles Go was I think the best!
  • Ending is all what we wanted! What can be better to a proposal under the cherry blossoms but then we still get to see the wedding and when you thought it’s over, here still comes the babies!

Dislikes: I can’t think of any right now. I’m still enjoying it!

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Fanmade Video:

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Highlights

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Feb 142017
 

tomorrow-with-you kdramaSummary: Yoo So Joon, a time-traveler made his fortune through real estate by investing on properties that are gonna be a hit in the future. When he thought the ability to time-travel gives him all the success that he’s raking, it also gives him the chance to see his grim future, an early death. In order to avoid that, he takes the advice of a fellow time-traveler to marry Song Ma Rin, a former child star and a struggling photographer.

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Time-travel
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Je Hoon as Yoo So Joon
Shin Min Ah as Song Ma Rin
Kim Ye Won as Lee Gun Sook
Chae Dong Hyun as Hwang Bi Seo

Likes: I’m getting addicted to time-travel and I enjoyed this one… a lot… especially towards the end. The first episodes left me confused, with all the unexplained situations and branching stories waiting to be picked up at a later episode. Had to be careful and watch out for any paradoxes. That would make it easy to mess everything up. But at the later episodes, when things were starting to unravel, it all made sense.

Beautiful love story that sprung from a twisted fate. The what ifs and what nots. Do we have to change our fate if we have the ability to or just let it be because once you meddle, you might actually mess everything up. In this one, still love conquers all (well, a kdrama afterall!). If you love each other beyond your own time, your love will survive! Cheesy part but I like it!

I love the atmosphere of the drama. It had this silent, less colorful feel throughout the entire show. It’s like watching a quirky Japanese movie (not so quirky, just before you say weird).

Lee Je Hoon and Shin Min Ah’s chemistry was undoubtedly strong. As if these 2 were a real couple. They were very comfortable with each other. This makes it really enjoyable to watch. Kissing scenes were top!

Though the couple fights were a bit repetitive, it was made realistic. Sometimes too realistic that Song Ma Rin became so annoying and Yoo So Joon became too much of a liar.

I love the wedding scene. I thought it was a beautiful wedding… in the rain, with the yellow umbrella, Ma Rin beaming with happiness and So Joon with pride and confidence.

Did I say I love the main couple? Yes they were terrific but love the supporting couple too, Ki Doong and Se Young, both So Joon’s bestfriends. And I’m glad there was enough story about how their love developed and how they ended up together in the end. I thought, if the writers won’t give me a happy ending for the main couple, I could settle for the support.

Villains are really important and this one had a great one. Baek Hyun Jin as Kim Yong Jin was brilliant! His voice alone was already villainous! Good character development.

Good ad placement for Ohri Ramen, don’t you think? Hm, futuristic taste, must be really good!

We have a glimpse of the looks of the future smart phones and they look really cool!

Last 2 episodes were so thrilling! Bitter-sweet ending with a realistic epilogue!

Dislikes: It slowed down in the first episodes. I was close to getting bored. No answers to mystery, fights kept on repeating, characters getting annoying. Oh please, I thought, don’t waste an excellent cast! Happy that they didn’t :).

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 142017
 

Defendant kdramaSummary: Park Jeong Woo is a Seoul prosecutor who is after one of the twin sons of the chairman of Chamyung group, Cha Min Ho. In order to avoid arrest, Cha Min Ho kills his brother Cha Seon Ho and disguises to live as the latter. With Cha Min Ho’s power and connection, he frames Park Jeong Woo and sends him to prison. While trying to recover his memory in prison, Park Jeong Woo meets inmates who help and join him eventually escape prison to prove his innocence.

Genre: Thriller, Legal
Episodes: 18
Stars: Ji Sung as Park Jeong Woo
Uhm Ki Joon as Cha Sun Ho / Cha Min Ho
Kwon Yoo Ri as Seo Eun Hye
Oh Chang Suk as Kang Jun Hyuk

Likes: The best thriller drama this year, hands down! Great plot, character-riched story brought to life by awesome actors!

Plot
I love the way it started. Park Jeong Woo, already in prison accused of killing his wife and daughter. We don’t know what happened and we’re curious to find out! Villain was always one step ahead, our main guy keeps on forgetting his memory, it was frustrating but little by little we see some hope.

Characters
Though our top characters Park Jeong Woo and Cha Min Ho/ Cha Seon Ho are already awesome, I love the fact that the writers also put importance to minor ones. So it wasn’t just the 2 all the time, we get background stories about friend inmates, prison warden and guards, the prosecutors, people connected to Chamyung group, Park Jeong Woo’s in laws, Yeon Hee and her revenge, Seo Eun Hye and her lawyer dream,  and how all these minor characters were intricately connected. It was never boring to watch!

Actors
Ji Sung is definitely the best choice for this drama. This is his genre. Brilliant already as he always was in his past roles, Ji Sung as Park Jeong Woo shows off his flexibility in acting, changing from a dignified, tough, brave prosecutor to a hopeless death-row prisoner, a determined escapee then at the end back to his confident prosecutor self.

Uhm Ki Joon is a big surprise. He was okay-ish in Dream High 1 but really impressed by him portraying 2 crucial roles in this drama. From Cha Seon Ho, the respectable Chamyung group heir to Cha Min Ho, the psychotic and merciless brother. He delivered really well and a real match to our Ji Sung!


I think the most thrilling part of this drama was the prison break! It was a breathtaking scene.

Funny moments when…

  • Cha Min Ho got caught by the lie detector test which he initially suggested.
  • Prison inmates dancing to a kpop girl group song.
  • Optimus Shin Chul Shik helped Park Jeong Woo

One of the best thrilling instrumental music. Check out Defendant OST.

Character sacrifice to make the story more believable – death of Ji Soo (Park Seong Woo’s wife) and Lee Sung Kyu (inmate).

Male prosecutor, former bff of Park Jeong Woo, Kang Jun Hyuk is prettier than our lady lawyer Seo Eun Hye haha!

Shin Rin Ah portraying the role of Park Ha Yeon, Park Jeong Woo’s daughter is very promising. Watch out for her!

I love the ending! At first I expected to be disappointed that the drama got extended by 2 episodes. This normally doesn’t come out good but it was just enough time to have a proper closure for everyone. The inmates reunion at the end was awesome! Cha Min Ho finally paying for everything that he did. Our Park Jeong Woo, recovering well from his loss and back as a fierce prosecutor – only investigating those their seniors prohibit them to investage. Love the very last scene!

Dislikes: Some obvious ad placement like the car (was it Hyundai?). That was when they did the dumptruck-car chase. And yes Subway again! Lots of subway sandwiches in the drama ;).

There seems to be only one psychiatrist/psychogolist in Korea haha!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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