Preview: Oh Yoon Seo has to save her dying acting career by taking a lawyer role in a drama by a famous scriptwriter so she agrees to the scriptwriter’s condition that she will become a secretary in a law firm to prepare for the role properly. There she meets top lawyer, cold-hearted and slow with women, Kwon Jung Rok who becomes her boss. “So happy for this reunion! Really good and funny start. First episode making fun on Descendants of the Sun was quite hilarious!”
Preview: A young, handsome chief editor of a big publishing company has some unfinished business with his first love. Now that she’s divorced, broke, starting from the bottom and even living in his house for the time being, will our chief editor has a chance or will he forever be her little brother. I am more than curious to find out! Lee Jong Suk is sooo handsome here, I must admit. Looking forward to a better chemistry though.
Summary: The throne has put some weight on the King of Joseon so he badly needs some rest and orders a clown, who just looks like him, to take over the throne. However, the clown turns out to be a better king! The king’s most trusted person turns away from him and chooses the clown to lead the nation. However, the secret didn’t come unnoticed. The powerful opposition wants the clown be removed from the throne.
Genre: Period, Romance
Stars: Yeo Jin Goo as Ha Sun / King Lee Hun
Lee Se Young as Queen Yoo So Woon
Kim Sang Kyung as Lee Gyoo
Likes: The Story. How likely that this would happen? And no one barely noticed? Just in a kdrama perhaps. But who doesn’t love the idea of a clown, who is a king look-a-like takes the throne until he was done with it! Pretty neat, right? Holes and logic aside, I love the fact that a mere clown successfully ruled as King, turned those people loyal to the real King to be even more loyal to him, made the queen fall in love with him, outwitted opposition’s brilliant moves to remove him from the throne (of course by the help of a few who believed in him), approved laws which benefited the common people and so on and so forth. It went smoothly like that in the first 15 episodes. I love it when the hero is winning all the time no matter what cunning plans to destroy him. I love that Ha Sun, our clown-turned-King always got away with everything. He and Haksan, the Chief Royal Secretary always had a solution to any trouble. They were always a step ahead of their opponents. I couldn’t help but always cheer whenever they were winning! But I knew payback time would come and it damn came I liked it or not. Still a really good story!
Cinematography was awesome! Like most period kdramas I watched, there’s a big emphasis on cinematography. Although it wasn’t as good Mr Sunshine’s, they still did a pretty good job. A lot of remarkable scenes but since I’m always drawn to romance, my top favourite was when the King professed his feeling to the Queen on that cold night and it snowed and yes, I’ve got my first kiss! If I have to go for a sadder one, how about that scene with the real King on the beach with Haksan who was pouring him with poisoned drink. Oh the scenery was perfect but that brought so much sadness :-(. I just loved picture-perfect scenes and this drama was very rich of them.
The Cast. Oh everyone’s brilliant but I’ve got to mention the top ones…
Yeo Jin Goo as Ha Sun and King Lee Hun – his most brilliant performance to date! Yeo Jin Goo has been always brilliant even when he was still a child actor (seen him first in The Moon that Embraces the Sun as the young king) but his double performance here was the best so far! I love him as Ha Sun, the clown and later the remarkable king but I love him more as the crazy King Lee Hun. The latter was I think the more challenging role. Crazy, full of pain, lost, powerful, a very sad character and my dear Yeo Jin Goo portrayed that so well.
Lee Se Young as Queen Yoo So Woon – one of the most beautiful queens in a period drama. The character exuded calmness, uprightness and nobility and Lee See Young did so well here. At least now, I can stop thinking of her as the decaying zombie (A Korean Odyssey).
Kim Sang Kyung as Lee Gyoo – the Chief Royal secretary was so admirable that I just fell in love! I love the character but got to love the actor for a brilliant performance! This guy doesn’t need to try hard to act, he’s a natural. He can let his tears roll down his cheeks without overworking his face. What a talent really!
Other Remarkable Characters. Aside from the top ones I mentioned above, how can I forget the caring and loyal Eunuch Jo, the greedy Shin Chi Soo, the avenging Queen Dowager, the ambitious Prince Jin Pyung Gun, the beautiful Woon Shim, the brave and loyal bodyguard Jang Moo Young and the smart Joo Ho Kul.
The Ending. How would I describe it? It was painful, sad, hopeful and happy. I think I pretty much said it all.
Dislikes: Hm, the justification why it took Ha Sun a long time to come back wasn’t satisfying.
Summary: Goo Hae Ra, a small-time shoe maker in Busan approaches Tae In Joon for a purpose. She makes him fall in love with her to avenge her sister who is in coma for years. However, the way to vengeance is never easy. She meets powerful people who she doesn’t have a clue, could be of help to her or the reason for her downfall.
Stars: Lee Min Jung as Goo Hae Ra
Joo Sang Wook as Tae In Joon
So Yi Hyun as Cha Soo Hyun
Lee Ki Woo as Jin Tae Oh
Likes: It’s a story of love, deceit, power, status, inconsolable anger and vengeance! It’s a minefield of emotions! You can easily get caught in this chaos and get hooked to it.
I love the style. Very quiet, very serious, not so big in background music (that I already even forgot the OST). Oh wait, let me rephrase, they do background music at the very important scene like the first kiss (with the chorus of Fates and Furies OST … I’m thinking of you…lalala…). Very good, very powerful!
Watched this to see the loveteam Lee Min Jung and Jo Sang Wook who were together in a popular romcom some years ago, Cunning Sexy Lady. Chemistry is still there, I don’t know if it’s from the story, but there’s not much of it. Still enough though to get through the whole drama. Both are still looking great. In fact everyone looked great! Credits to the costume designers especially the thought you poured into coming up with gorgeous business outfits.
If top leads are good-looking, the supporting are equally the same. So Yi Hyun and Lee Ki Woo are eye candies! So Yi Hyun especially is not just looking gorgeous but a top-notched actress. Too beautiful and talented! Her role here shows she can do pretty much everything.
Other antagonists roles were handled pretty well with other veteran actors in this show. The story would have been incomplete without the evil stepmother and brother! Don’t you agree?!
- love the chemistry between Tae Jung Min and Kang Eui Gun
- loving Busan accent!
- Kim Chang Soo, love this guy! He’s always there to give answers to everything 😉
- and of course the mystery of Kim Chang Soo (the twist)
I love the ending. I mean who doesn’t like a happy ending after all those heartaches and tears as if there’s no forgiveness left in this world but in the end, our top leads reunite! Back to where they’ve met first (of course with perfect background). No fireworks though but we’ve got the sea covered ;-).
The ending was good and happy but what I like from it most was the twist in the end. I din’t expect that, or was I just not paying much attention. Anyway, surprised and contented by the story twist. As if it served as a seasoning to an already good dish.
Dislikes: The beginning was a bomb but it diffused somewhere in the middle (must admit, it became boring and draggy). Fortunately, a saving bomb exploded at the end.
Summary: Yoo Jin Woo, a CEO of an investing company travels to Spain for a business and gets hold of a mysterious game worth investing millions but little did he know that he’ll get suck into the game. He finds help from Jung Hee Joo, a hostel owner who happens to be the sister of the game developer.
Likes: It took me until the 4th episode to get really into it but yes it was worth the wait because since then I couldn’t stop watching. Waiting for the next 2 episodes the following week was so much torture! It was that addictive!
The storyline was quite a mess, got to admit that, but if you pay attention to the explanation at the start of every following episode, you’ll get a grasp of what’s going on or what went on the previous episode. I think there’s an artistic attempt on the storyline but just came out always a bit chaotic. Just pay attention and you’ll be fine :-).
Getting into the game genre was new to me. It was a strange kdrama topic but got hooked as soon as I understood how it worked. Of course, couldn’t help notice a lot of logic holes but holes aside, it was a heart-pounding, thrilling game!
The chemistry came later but it did come, thank you! I thought I would never see Hyun Bin as a likeable man. Finally, he’s back. It’s been a long while oppa! Glad he was paired with Park Shin Hye.
Story – The Ingredients. Definitely an ambitious attempt to combine…
AI – the game idea was awesome although it’s hard to imagine it in reality filling streets and corners with strange gamers trying to hit someone who’s not there.
TRAVEL – Spain’s definitely on my bucketlist now, just look at that beautiful Grand Alhambra Palace, mesmerizing! I love the atmosphere of the place, it was a great intro to the connection that was building between the leads.
MUSIC – we’re going classic with this one. I knew the tune but never knew the title Memories of Alhambra by Francisco de Asís Tárrega. My association to this music in the future will be Hyun Bin haha :-).
POPULAR LEADS – I never had doubts with Park Shin Hye but with Hyun Bin’s last kdrama flop, I was fervently hoping this would be a good come back for him. Well, it bloody should be. This was more focused on Hyun Bin’s character. With this, Hyun Bin oppa is back on my list of top kdrama actor. To be fair, he also really did well. All those silent crying at the very end was very convincing. I’m missing him already :(.
ROMANCE & HORROR – It was romantic at times and scary most of the time. Rare combination for me to watch but just worked out well.
Story – The Crumbs. There were some bits and pieces that make this drama remarkable…
EMMA – she was like an anti-virus. Stabbing bugs with a dagger. So exotic Emma!
OST – Check it out! It’s as powerful as the drama itself… Memories of the Alhambra OST.
Park Shin Hye fluent in Espanol!
Marco looks like G-Dragon, isn’t he?
Cool usernames: ZINU, City Hunter…
The Kiss! It’s a crumb because it was just once.
Dislikes: Swarmed by ads! They tried to integrate them in the story but there were just too many of them. Too obvious! Hello Breitling, Swarovski, Subway… to name a few.
LOGIC HOLES, the big ones! I could ignore the small ones but the big ones, NO. What are they thinking, we won’t notice?
The Ending. I’m still bitter about this. They could have made it more satisfying, really?
But because this made my heart raced and longed for more every week, I will still give it a…
Summary: Present day Korea monarchy with the emperor marrying a commoner, Oh Sunny, to hide his flaws and crimes. Oh Sunny, a small-time musical actress and a huge fan of the emperor, becomes the empress and suddenly gets in the middle of the chaos inside the palace.
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Stars: Jang Na Ra as Oh Sunny
Choi Jin Hyuk as Na Wang Shik (Imperial Family’s Bodyguard)
Shin Sung Rok as Lee Hyuk (Emperor)
Lee Elliya as Min Yoo Ra
Shin Eun Kyung as Lee Hyuk’s mother
Likes: Love the plot! We get the chance to see how the Korean monarch would have looked like in the present – well it looked as chaotic as that of an ancient monarch. Everyone wanted to get hold of that top position and would do everything to get it.
It’s not so serious monarch drama. A bit of comedy has been added as well so it was actually fun to watch. Sometimes though, it was hard to tell when the story is still a joke or it’s becoming serious. Thin line!
I love the costumes and how the costume designers preserved the traditional designs on hanboks but would totally looked modern. I specially love the emperor’s costumes like the intricate golden embroidery on his outfits that commanded rank, power and wealth! It’s also nice to see the modern outfits of the royal servants. Prim and proper just like the old ones.
Top cast! We’ve got Jang Na Ra and Choi Jin Hyuk for the main roles and the supporting are brilliant actors as well! Shin Sung Ruk is awesome, such a good actor. And I’ve got to add Shin Eun Kyung and Lee Elliya who were both so brilliant in their annoying roles.
Remarkable Roles! Who’s my favourite? Let’s see…
Oh Sunny – the small time theatre actress, daughter of a fried chicken restaurant owner, who was used by the emperor as the perfect alibi for his crime. She took the palace by storm and became a favourite not just by the people but by the grand empress dowager who later bequeathed her wealth to the young empress. After so many attempts to kick her out of the palace dead or alive, she survived slowly unraveling the truth behind the deaths in the palace. Later on, the emperor fell for her but it’s a bit too late.
Na Wang Shik – this got to be my favourite transformation! I mean yeah from a big, fat guy with a heavy accent to a super handsome, good-built guy who looks pretty much like Choi Jin Hyuk! Oh wait, it’s Choi Jin Hyuk everyone! I love it! It was like a fairy godmother waved her wand and ta raaan… I must just have missed that fairy. But yes, Na Wang Shik, survived after getting hit with a bullet in the head and determined to take revenge on the emperor for his mother’s death.
Emperor Lee Hyuk – I love this guy! He’s got to be my favourite! Why? Because he’s sexy when he’s evil and he’s cute when he’s not, lol! I even love his voice. I was rooting for him at the end especially taken Na Wang Shik out of the equation. I thought there was hope! Anyway, he made his mark. He was so kingly in those outfits, shared sweet moments with the empress, tried his best to be her knight in shining armour and he actually had a change of heart.
Min Yu Ra – this girl was a leech, a very pretty leech. She bullied everyone, she changed sides a lots, she was heartless, ruthless but turned out to have a very pitiful story. After getting dump, tortured, chased out, she survived! Such a tough lady!
Empress Dowager – greedy for power and wealth that she would even sacrifice her own children in return. So heartless, vain and down right crazy! To stay in power, she had to control everything and she was damn good at it. But got to admit she was also funny especially when things don’t go her way.
The Ending. I’ve got to settle with it just like that. I think it’s the best way to end it anyway. The closure was good except for one thing, and that’ll go to dislikes.
Dislikes: Na Wang Shik just didn’t show up anymore then after browsing the net for an answer, realized that Choi Jin Hyuk couldn’t do the last four episodes due to scheduling conflict! Wutt! He was supposed to be the main lead! That was disappointing.
The drama was still extended by four episodes and I found it already draggy when I was still half-way! The story kept going back and forth.
Conclusion: Even if it became draggy and the main lead was no show in the last episodes, the plot was great and the roles were brilliant, so I give it a…
Summary: A former NIS agent, Terius, who is in hiding is trying to shed light to his failed operation in Poland years ago. In order to connect the dots, he approaches his neighbour Go Ae Rin whose husband’s murder is related to the case he is investigating. Terius becomes the babysitter of Ae Rin twin kids.
Genre: Romance, Action, Mystery
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: So Ji Sub as Kim Bon / Terius
Jung In Sun as Go Ae Rin
Son Ho Joon as Jin Yong Tae
Im Se Mi as Yoo Ji Yeon
Likes: You can never go wrong with an action-filled, mission impossible-like and, cute and funny drama with the (still) hot and sexy So Ji Sub. Love the action scenes, the cool cars, the cool agents in their cool black suits, even the villains are cool and the cool mums (with one dad) in the neighbourhood! Nothing serious like James Bond or Ethan Hawke but our protagonist, Kim Bon alias TERIUS is as cool and even has soft spot for kids, in other words, a good babysitter! A very lovable character.
So Ji Sub as Kim Bon / Terius – secret agent suits him well. He looked great and sexy in black suit and even hotter driving those cool cars. And he’s the total charmer when he’s with kids!
Jung In Sun as Go Ae Rin – very natural acting as a mum of twins. The bubbly character looked like an easy task for her. Although, I was missing the romantic scenes between her and Kim Bon, she would have had a really good chemistry with her leading man.
Son Ho Joon as Jin Yong Tae – I love this guy. Very natural as well. Funny even without exerting much effort. I love the bromance between him and So Ji Sub. They looked like a great team.
It might not be a new story but there was an obvious effort on it. The mystery that surrounded the whole story was complex. It involved a lot of people, a lot of props and I’m sure a big budget to bring the entire set to Poland. The latter, was an awesome choice for a mission impossible set. But even the local sets and scenes were impressive like the car chase with the bridge scene where our cool Terius jumped off.
Ae Rin’s twins are awesome! Great actors in such a young age! They were so relaxed and sweet especially with the main character. That nose to nose greeting was sooo cute!
The feisty mums and a dad group also known as KIS (Kingcastle Information System). was hilarious but a great support. Everyone has special traits as well as flaws but they always look after each other.
I was rooting for the budding love between Yoo Ji Yeon and Ra Do Woo. They just look cute together :-).
Some cameos but my favourite was Yoon Sang Hyun as the surgeon brother of the lady agent, Yoo Ji Yeon. He’s always very chatty which is his trademark and always liked him for that.
Was curious about that music Terius was always playing on disc. It’s Norah Jones’ Sleepless Nights! Awesome voice!
The Mojito Ending! I love it! No romance but hints of possible ones which is good enough considering the background of the main characters. Also there were hints of future impossible missions together so all good!
Dislikes: Flooded with ad placement like the very obvious Tifanny & Co, Rosa K and Quiznos. Although the writer tried hard to integrate Rosa K (those bags) in the story, it would have been okay without them at all.
This drama made it to the Top 15 Kdrama in 2018. Watch video…
Summary: Lee Soo Yeon is physically disabled but able to live a normal life with the help of extra-ordinary machines which are attached to his limbs. However, they start malfuntioning when he falls in love with a colleague, Han Yeo Reum. The two are both working in Incheon Airport where a lot of interesting stories are happening.
Likes: I definitely love the main story of Lee Soo Yeon and Han Yeo Reum. How they met the first time, how rough was the beginning when they started working together, how they fell in love, how they struggled with their relationship and how they got through the hard times. The chemistry is top with these two. They suddenly made Incheon Airport a romantic place (just like Namsan Tower).
The top leads are great! Lee Je Hoon is a brilliant actor (not just handsome but he can really act). I love his role here… seemingly awkward to the people around him and also anxious of any commitment but that super strength he got from the machine made him look like Iron Man! He did so well in this role. As for Chae Soo Bin, she’s always the bubbly girl, a very good support to LJH’s role. Best is the chemistry of these two!
Although it’s a clear big ad placement for the Incheon Airport, it’s nice to see how it functions everyday and to see which team is responsible for which job. The sub-stories might be made-up but it’s like that in real life… every sector and every person has a story to tell.
Every episode has a short side story which is really a good addition to the main one. Each side story normally ends every episode so there’s always a new one to look forward to. They definitely keep you interested.
I love the supporting love story of the security couple. I found these two so cute together! A spin-off perhaps?
Kim Ji Soo still looks great for her age! She has this cute face but her roles are always the serious ones just like this one. She was also the best dressed in this drama, always looking elegant in her office outfits!
Lee Dong Gun still looks handsome! His height is always a plus. It’s good to see him take a good supporting role where he can show off his acting talent rather than force himself in a lead role which is not so challenging.
The ending with epilogue! One year later… I love this kind of ending. Somehow whatever problem existing gets solved after a year or two or even 5.
Dislikes: Did I miss something or what? Did Han Yeo Reum’s dad die? It wasn’t clear for a role which was important for both leads.
Summary: Choi Yoo Jin was born in Korea to a slave parents. When his parents got killed from trying to escape from their master, he was lucky to make it far away and alive. He made it to the US and became an American soldier. He was then later assigned to Joseon for a mission then met the love of his life, ironically, a noble woman, Lady Go Ae Shin.
Genre: Period, Romance
Stars: Lee Byung Hun as Choi Yoo Jin / Eugene Choi
Kim Tae Ri as Go Ae Shin
Yoo Yun Suk as Goo Dong Mae
Kim Min Jung as Hee Na
Byun Yo Han as Kim Hee Sung
Likes: Beautiful story, top-notch cinematography and a brilliant cast! These are my main points to like this drama.
Tragically beautiful story – it has a Shakespeare feel to it, definitely. If you can’t stand Shakespeare, don’t watch this. I just love how this guy fled his own country in past for being unwanted and went back getting attracted to a person whose like, he who despised most. Sounds like Romeo and Juliet, eh? Nevertheless went to such length of sacrificing everything he had to help her and her cause. His story together with others were beautifully told in this drama so yes, a must watch.
Impressive cinematography – a great scriptwriter paired with an equally great director, the outcome is a masterpiece! Every episode was a masterpiece especially when it comes to cinematography. Everything was picture-perfect! Lovely sceneries integrated beautifully in the story. A feast for the eyes!
Brilliant cast – yes, everyone was awesome! Let me begin with…
Lee Byung Hun as Eugene Choi – far from his usual sexy aura, LBH displayed calmness (but still) with a handsome face. He was a total good boy. He was the perfect guy for the lady if not because of his background. He looked great in uniform and a plus when he was riding a horse. I love his quiet personality and his eloquence when getting challenge. His fighting meter is high as he was good with guns!
Kim Tae Ri as Go Ae Shin – very young-looking for her role but I really love her voice. She had the command when she spoke which was perfect for her noble lady role. She always looked so pro when she held guns. Always looking beautiful and untouchable as a lady in Hanbok and mysterious in a black coat and hat.
Yoo Yun Suk as Goo Dong Mae – he was basically fearless, looked sexy in yukata and double samurai swords, the long hair rocked too. Of all the men having eyes on Lady Ae Sin, he had the most chemistry with her. Look at this guy who would kill just like that (blood splashing everywhere) then would look at a girl with an impossible longing that even just watching her from afar or touching her dress would be enough.
Kim Min Jung as Hee Na – the tigress hotel lady who had powerful connections that even the emperor was just a phone call away. Kind and generous to others in need but was not lucky with parents and lovelife. I love her strong personality, her fights, her honesty and loyalty. Kim Min Jung is a good actress but of all her roles that I’ve watch, this one is my favourite.
Byun Yo Han as Kim Hee Sung – he had this positive disposition in life despite the hopelessness of the situation. He too was fighting but using the means that he was good at, writing. I love Byun Yo Han’s handsome face and his smile. He always gave a brighter mood whenever the situation became gloomy.
More bits and reasons to love the drama:
- the awesome bromance between the three men: Eugene Choi, Goo Dong Mae and Kim Hee Sung
- the impressive costumes
- the set (with the tram and everything else)
- the sceneries (the frozen river, the woods, the sea…)
- the languages spoken in this drama (Joseon, Japanese, English, even French)
- very good integration of sponsor (Paris Baguette)
- how the title Mr Sunshine was explained
- the cute misunderstanding of what LOVE is 🙂
- how true it was to the conservativeness of those time
- love the effects especially the explosion of the Glory Hotel – it was a Bang!
- the Mr. Sunshine OST
Dislikes: I had too kdrama hopes with the ending and I was disappointed.
Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Ri are both brilliant actors but the chemistry between them two was just poor. As I mentioned above, she had a better chemistry with Yoo Yun Suk.
Summary: 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 period both of them start falling for each other.
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
Ye Ji Won as Jennifer
Likes: A surprisingly wonderful drama! I just love everything about it. It was entertaining from start to finish, it never lost it’s momentum. Simply awesome!
The Story. It was unique. At least I never had this one before. Now, our girl waking up 13 years later after falling into coma. Scared of her own looks as she became older and also couldn’t find her relatives who used to live with her before. Tragic, right? But wait! Here comes our guy who is the new owner of the girl’s house, has some psychological problem of his own and is cold to everyone, but he let our girl stay in the house for a month until she finds her relatives. Cupid came in and you know what happens when this one meddles in. And then, with some twist and that, viola, they actually already knew each other before :-). Hm, something like that but of course the story was beautifully told. Really, must watch!
The Cast. Can’t get any better. I love everyone!
Shin Hye Sun as Woo Seo Ri – she was a surprise. Didn’t expect her to be the main lead but she deserves to be the main lead! She did really well as the childish, innocent, 17-year-old Woo Seo Ri. And her chemistry with Yang Se Jong was awesome. To look 30 but appear 17 and in love for the first time was the challenge in this role and she nailed it.
Yang Se Jong as Gong Woo Jin – oh how I love this guy but I should rate him on how he did in this drama. And yes, he is consistently good! I love his facial expressions especially when he looked at someone with admiration. Omo, omo, I melted several times! And he can cry too, even without trying too hard. Definitely a great actor! This kind of role: melancholic, OC and cold always seems perfect for him but I believe he can do other roles too – with flying colours.
Ahn Hyo Sup as Yoo Chan – the athlete body suits Ahn Hyo Sup perfectly. He is tall and obviously he trained hard for those muscles too. I love Yoo Chan, he’s a very energetic, lively and positive character. He basically lit up the whole show. And of course his famed motto, DON’T THINK, FEEL is next best thing to FIGHTING!
Ye Ji Won as Jennifer – Oh Jennifer, definitely the star of the show! The outfit, the quotes, the cooking. Definitely, BY JENNIFER! Credit to Ye Ji Won for bringing this awesome character to life. Jennifer was just too cool and likeable!
Secret Ingredients. I think the overall positive energy that this drama conveys contributed hugely to its success. That energy was everywhere and in every character and most of all in every group: the new family that was created in the house, the rowing team, the design team. It was very beautiful to watch. And the other secret ingredient is a credit that goes to the director and the camera people for having this technique of focusing too close to the person’s face, revealing details like sweats, pimples, breathing, etc, making us viewers hear and feel what the subjects are going through. I thought that was brilliant! One good example of this was the main leads’ first kiss. To be able to convey that exact feeling and emotions during that scene was just fantastic!
The Ending. Such a beautiful ending. I don’t want to go into details but I just wanna say it was very well done, hands down!
Dislikes: I just don’t understand why the aunt kept the money all those years but didn’t pay for Woo Seo Ri hospitalization. A minor setback but can be ignored.
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.
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.
Summary: 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.
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.
Summary: 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.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Office
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 ;).
Summary: Love guru / toy gallery director, Hoon Nam meets a matchmaker, Jung Eum who is struggling to make a match! In exchange for a toy that Hoon Nam had been looking for, he strikes a deal with Jung Eum to help her with her list of undateables. As the two opposites work together, they start to find themselves attracted to each other.
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
Likes: Another cute romantic comedy with Hwang Jung Eum. You either like her or hate her but I do like her – her crazy acting and her dramas. She always comes out unlikeable and unpretty at start but as every of her drama progresses, she always becomes more likeable and prettier. This character development is kind of unexpected in all dramas of hers and this one is no exception. Hwang Jung Eum trademark it is and I like it!
Of course I was pretty excited that my crazy girl was being paired by the sexy Nam Goong Min. The two had an undeniable good chemistry. Nam Goong Min’s character really suits him well. Super sexy indeed! And credit to his stylist and wardrobe team for bringing out the sexiness in him :-).
The main couple’s love story was cute and simple but could have come out boring without the side stories of the undateables plus the stories of our supporting couples and the drama of both families. The substories were all nicely laid out without compromise.
Of all the undateables, which one was my favourite? Of course it’s Kim So Wool and Oh Doo Ri’s story. They were undoubtedly the stars of the undateables making it from the beginning to the end. I love the country setting where these two officially spent time with each other. And their love story spanned till the altar with a minor setback when the ring didn’t fit. I thought that was hilarious.
I’m happy with the fact that our beloved best friend / supporting male lead, Choi Joon Soo didn’t end up empty handed. I would have been sad. Although his future wasn’t so clear with Soo Ji, a possibility was hinted. So I’m good with that.
In the end, everyone was happy – either it’s finding the partner in life, or realizing their mistakes and immaturity, or letting go, or finding one own self and peace of mind, or making a decision to love wholeheartedly, or finally changing that overused blazer! There was a happy conclusion to everything and I think that was satisfying.
Word of this kdrama: Obliviate! Meaning to forget, commit to oblivion.
Dislikes: Nothing much to mention.
Summary: 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.
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.
Summary: 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.
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)…
- If you wish to swallow a demon, you must swallow its horns too.
- 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.
Summary: 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.
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.
Summary: 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.
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!
Summary: 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.
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.
Summary: 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.
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
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.
Summary: 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.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Horror
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.
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.
Summary: 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.
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!
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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.
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!
Summary: 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.
Genre: Romance, Political
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.
Summary: 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.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Crime
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!
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.
This drama made it to the Top 15 Kdrama in 2017. Watch video…
Summary: 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…
Summary: 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
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.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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?
Summary: 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
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!
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…
Summary: 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.
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.