Beyond Evil

beyond evil kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: A story of two fearless police inspectors who tries to catch a serial killer. As they are uncovering the identity of the killer,  they find more people link to his one unsolved crime. That makes both question who the real monster is.

Trailer: Beyond Evil

Genre: Thriller, Detective
Episodes: 16
Stars: Shin Ha Kyun as Lee Dong Sik
Yeo Jin Goo as Han Joo Won




Likes: Detective, serial-killer mystery is my cup of tea so this one was a treat! And it’s a great one at that. When I started watching the first episodes, the whole series was almost done. So I don’t have to wait for a week for 2 new episodes to air. I could watch straight away! Which was good so I could focus on the story. And yeah this is such a brilliant story covered in intricate web of mysteries. This didn’t end with the capture and death of the serial killer. It went on and like me, you’ll be surprised!

Consistently good. Every episode was great. It was always a teaser. It makes you suspect everyone. It makes you try to solve the puzzle on your own. It was so engaging.

Cliffhangers. And of course it always end with a really good cliffhanger which makes you want for more! I have a 1-episode per night watching rule and this series made me watch 2 in one night! Soo good that it’s bad 🤭.

The OST. Even the soundtrack is awesome. It adds to every suspense. I especially like the one with the guitar by Ha Guen Young & Very Berry. The main song is also sooo good, Timeless! Or  just listen to the complete Beyond Evil OST.



The brilliant cast. It’s rare to see a lot of stand out characters in one show. It’s normally focused on the leads and their roles. In this drama, you’ve got to keep up with every character because they’re just as important as the leading men. Everyone was brilliant which makes this drama a gem.

The leads. But these 2 were beyond awesome…

Shin Ha Kyun as Lee Dong Sik – Oh my gosh, I find him gorgeous! Is it the age, the wrinkles, the messy hair, the voice, the crazy smile, him wearing the uniform, maybe all combined! He is such a fine actor. I love him here as Lee Dong Sik, a police officer who almost lost all hopes finding his missing twin sister. And on the road to finding her, he realizes people very close to him have got something to do with her death. He had to hang on to the last strand of his sanity. Very well portrayed Shin Ha Kyun, love this guy!

Yeo Jin Goo as Han Joo Won – I’ve been watching this guy since he was this young crown prince in an older period kdrama. He had great potentials back then! He turned out to be one of the best young kdrama actors and he’s been consistent through the years. I knew he would do good… no actually great here. I wasn’t disappointed! As Han Joo Won, he showed arrogance from being well-educated and well to do. He realized the hard way he could only learn and understand people and situations from experience. He was a junior of Lee Dong Sik, loathed him at first but ended up teaming up with him. This just shows, a young Yeo Jin Goo could be as competent as the veteran Shin Ha Kyun. Well done!



In addition, these two acting – especially when they were bickering were a scene to behold! Their characters were so good with words. No one would want to back down and they could go on forever. Just love these two!

The big arrest. I thought that was very dramatic with all those gun pointing and missed shooting. It was nerve-racking!

The sentimental arrest. The very last scene (I’m not gonna mentioned who got arrested), it was moving. Made me cry too 😥.

The epilogue. I was so happy to see what happened a couple of years later. It was short but that was enough. It was a good closure.

Dislikes: Nothing to dislike. It was great from start to finish!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

Vincenzo

vincenzo kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: After adopted at age 8, Vincenzo lives with a Mafia family in Italy and becomes a trusted consigliere. He is good at what he does but after his Italian mafia father dies, he flies back to Korea for a personal mission. He meets Hong Cha Young, a lawyer, gets to work with her and eventually falls in love with her. “Super hot Song Joong Ki in Italian suits!”

Trailer: Vincenzo

Genre: Action, Black Comedy, Legal
Episodes: 20
Stars: Song Joong Ki as Vincenzo Casano
Jeon Yeo Bin as Hong Cha Young
TaecYeon as Jang Joon Woo

Sisyphus: The Myth

sisyphus kdramaSummary: Han Tae Sul is a rich, genius engineer who owns Quantum and Time, a successful company in Korea. After a plane accident, he discovers traces that leads to his brother’s death. While investigating, he meets Kang Seo Hae, an elite soldier from the future who travels back in time to help him.

Trailer: Sisyphus: The Myth

Genre: Science Fiction, Time-Travel, Fantasy, Mystery
Episodes: 16
Stars: Cho Seung Woo as Han Tae Sul
Park Shin Hye as Kang Seo Hae




Likes: It’s a time-travel drama, of course I would like it, no matter how confusing the story develops. Time-travel intrigues me, how people could possibly travel in time, how they could change the past (or could they actually really change the past?). In Sisyphus, there was only traveling back in time. This is where our young Seo Hae from the future travels back to save a genius engineer named Han Tae Sul.

Complex storytelling. Well, if I had to tell the story my way, all of the concealed mysteries would be revealed untimely. I kind of like how they did it here. We started with a girl from the future traveling to the past to meet a guy she would have to save. While the story goes on in the past, there would flashbacks of the events that happened so far to the girl in the future. At the same time, the guy would also have flashbacks of his life in the past, revealing gradually the mysteries, giving answers to our whys. Honestly, it was hard to follow but glad I was able to keep up with it.

Post-apocalyptic future. This kind of scenes in movies usually puts me in a sullen mood. Surprisingly, this one didn’t. The post-apocalyptic Seoul mostly covered in overgrowth only shows how people in the past were serious about beauty and pop culture. Wasn’t that obvious with the ruins of an Innisfree (South Korean cosmetic) shop and an old BTS poster. In addition to that, the craze on theme parks! It reminds us people that life now is awesome!

So many plot twists. I was like, “Ah that’s why”, all the time! Like I first started asking, why the mum wasn’t with them in the future? How did Seo Hae get hold of that diary? Why’s the broker stuck with working with the downloader? Why’s the chairman helping Sigma? Who is Sigma anyway?



That intro sound. I really like that scratchy radio signal sound at the beginning of every episode. It creates that eerie, alien-like atmosphere.

Favourite quote: “It’s not important where they come from, it’s when they come from”.

The cast. So many talented actors in this show. Of course you need them for challenging characters like Sigma, the chairman, Seo Hae’s dad, the broker and more. But the top leads really made me watch this…

Park Shin Hye as Kang Seo Hae – I don’t miss any Park Shin Hye’s drama. She’s a good actress and she chooses her drama well – always worth-watching. As Kang Seo Hae, she did a lot of action, which is refreshing to see. I love all those running on the roofs, jumping from the bridge, hanging through a rope, punching, kicking and shooting with her cute, pink gun.

Cho Seung Woo as Han Tae Sul – There was an old drama that I watched where Cho Seung Woo was in, and I instantly liked him there, so I got excited to see him in Sisyphus paired with no other than Park Shin Hye. I like him as Han Tae Sul, he’s cute with his humour and sarcasm. And I think he really looked good on that magazine cover.

The moral. Whatever you do, you can’t change anything.  I should have known early on from the title 🙂



Dislikes: Really? Sigma survived the nuclear explosion because he sealed his windows with a masking tape? Really?

Sun, the friend of Seo Hae who keeps helping her, didn’t really have any other use aside from that. He had this striking presence  (maybe because he looks like Lee Sang Yoon), so I was kind of expecting something surprising from his role, but nothing really.

Of all the plot holes, I most question the banana. Why Seo Hae did not know how to peel a banana?!  She ate it with skin! As if she hadn’t seen a banana before! She was already 9 when the war broke. She could already even ride a bike! But still doesn’t know what a banana is 🤔?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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L.U.C.A.: The Beginning

luca kdramaSummary: Ji Oh is a person with special strength and power but he doesn’t know who he really is and where he comes from.  He is always running away from a group of people who try to capture him. He then meets Go Reum, a female police officer who recognizes him as the boy who her parents brought home in the past. Go Reum thinks Ji Oh is a piece of the puzzle that can solve the mystery of her parents’ disappearance.

Trailer: L.U.C.A.: The Beginning

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Detective, Action
Episodes: 12
Stars: Kim Rae Won as Ji Oh
Lee Da Hee as Goo Reum
Kim Sung Oh as Yi Son




Likes: Action-packed drama all throughout! Watched the first episode and I got hooked. There was right away huge explosions, crazy chases and bloody fights, and it didn’t stop there. This is a short 12-episode drama that would feed your whole year action craving!

A bit of educational stuff. WTH is LUCA? Well, it stands for Last Universal Common Ancestor – the common origin of humans, animals, plants, bacteria and more. The drama is trying to show how powerful one could be if you possess those genetic information of the LUCA, like the information of an eel which has the ability to produce electricity. That’s how our Z0 / Ji Oh came into being. Ah, this made me do some research eh :).

Liked the sci-fi, mystery and some detective works all combined in this drama. Although it was more of a science fiction, the detective part made me really hold on to it. Our lady detective here looked good and capable of doing some hard actions.

Very realistic. Aside from the very good action scenes, the details are impressive! The focus on consistent lighting (mostly dark like dungeon), sound (like when someone gets hit on the head), the blood, the sweat – was superb! Definitely, some Tarantino moments there!

The top leads. I love Kim Rae Won playing as Ji Oh. I don’t think someone else could have done it better than him. I read somewhere that Ji Chang Wook was first offered the role but really, Ji Chang Wook for this somber role? Nope! Kim Rae Won has this perfect look to be Ji Oh. I think it’s the eyes. He could look so pitiful at one moment and spiteful at the next.

Lee Da Hee as Goo Reum, I thought she was too pretty for a rough role. If you ignore the pretty face, she actually has a tall, sturdy and strong body, perfect for action. I lost count how many times she got punched on the face or got hit on the head, she would always get up.

Ji Oh vs Captain Lee never-ending fight. It’s like watching karate movies with those never-ending karate scenes. No one dies! I find that entertaining :).



Wedding scene. I thought this added a bit of flowery, bright touch to this quite dark drama. The couple Ji Oh and Goo Reum looked so cute, happy and in love during their wedding.

Favourite dialogue:

Ji Oh: “I’m not a complete human being anyway”!

Goo Reum: “That’s why I liked you, because you were incomplete, because I could fill that void”.

Ending. Since it is just the beginning, it definitely suggests a continuation. Would I watch it? Maybe.

Dislikes: The story got kind of lost mid way. There was too much bloodshed that didn’t make sense anymore.

Too heartbreaking. There were just scenes that involve mum and baby that I couldn’t take. Sad and dark.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Secret Royal Inspector

secret royal inspector kdramaSummary: Set in the Joseon era, Sung Yi Kyum is appointed as the new Secret Royal Inspector after the previous inspector had gone missing. His job is to investigate corrupt activities by government officials in the far provinces. Sung Yi Kyum is accompanied by his entourage which include Hong Da In, a female inspector and Park Chun Sam, his loyal servant.

Trailer: Secret Royal Inspector

Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy, Detective
Episodes: 16
Stars: L as Sung Yi Kyum
Nara as Hong Da In
Lee Yi Kyung Park Chun Sam



Likes: It was a double treat for me, a period and a detective drama in one! I’ve been deprived of period dramas last year and got really excited for my first one this year. Secret royal inspector – fascinating to learn that they have such special position during the Joseon era. Loved the title and the challenging work and responsibility that came with it. That was the time when people travel on foot, and on best scenario, by horse. The adventures that awaited the royal inspector and his entourage were exciting but also always accompanied by danger. This drama showed how in the olden days, police detectives were like – just courage, a bit of wit, maybe lots of humour and with very little resources, they’re able to solve crimes and expose corruptions. Definitely fun to watch!

Different crimes. The number of crimes that our secret royal inspector had to handle were ample. The show never got boring because of these problems, related or not. I especially loved the case of the dead women of the village they were just passing by. It’s always exciting, at least for me, to start another case after solving one.

Beautiful Hanboks. Since this was in Joseon era, our royal inspector wore the traditional Hanboks. Of course others too but I was too glued on our handsome inspector and his outfits. Loved the Hanboks he wore and I think L did them justice. And I might add the beautiful Nara who looked gorgeous in Hanboks too.

The Secret Royal Inspector and his entourage.

L as Sung Yi Kyum – Finally, I fell for L! It could be his looks. He definitely looked more mature and manly here and also I think the inspector role suited him so well. He amazingly balanced his being noble and being funny in this drama. And he’s so buffed too! Maybe that’s why he looked so good in his Hanboks :). Also loved his Joseon accent!

Nara as Hong Da In – although her face didn’t fit well in the era, Nara as Hong Da In was awesome. So chatty, courageous and her tenacity brought her to interesting and challenging adventures, at the same made her special to the royal inspector’s heart.

Lee Yi Kyung Park Chun Sam – love his loyalty towards his master. Funny and very chatty, Chun Sam was the comical relief of the show.

Top chemistry. Sung Yi Kyum and Hong Da In had this undeniable chemistry that although they only had that one kissing scene, it was everything! I watched it over and over again :)!

Favourite allies. Love it that the Royal Secretary (acted by Ahn Nae Sang, who’s one of my favourite veteran actors) was on the good side. He normally comes out as the antagonist. Another favourite ally was Royal Guard Choi! He was somehow cute and tall that made him looked great in Hanbok.



Awesome OST. Love listening to the tracks, a combination of thriller/action/period tunes. Check out Secret Royal Inspector OST.

Exciting later episodes. I must admit, the first episodes bored me out and I almost gave up on it. Don’t stop! Keep watching as it gets better and better.

Ending. With the success rate of the show, they can keep going as what was being hinted out in the ending. More cases to be solved and more adventures ahead for our Secret Royal Inspector and his entourage!

Dislikes: As what I mentioned above, the first 6 episodes were kind of boring. Lots of cliches, I knew what was coming. Glad it improved after that.

The lighting and makeup were just off. Too much light on the actors’ faces especially that it’s a period drama. Makeup was also too thick in my opinion.

I love Nara but her very pretty face didn’t suit well with the period. That same goes to Jo Soo Min who played Sunae. Too pretty for Joseon era! Not saying the girls were not pretty back then but more traditional beauties I believe.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Mr. Queen

mr queen kdramaSummary: In the modern times, the soul of a male chef finds its way into the body of a Joseon royalty, Queen Cheorin. He has to live in the palace as the newly crowned queen who has to deal with her new husband, King Cheoljong. Luckily, the king becomes fond of the queen’s new personality and even gets fascinated of her use of the future vocabularies. They become close and support each other against the powerful families that tried to harm them both which are headed by the queen and grand queen dowager.

Trailer: Mr. Queen

Genre: Period, Comedy, Fantasy, Kings & Princes
Episodes: 20
Stars: Shin Hye Sun as Kim So Yong / Queen Cheorin
Kim Jung Hyun as Lee Won Bum / King Cheoljong
Sul In Ah as Jo Hwa Jin (King Cheoljong’s concubine)



Likes: Such a light-hearted, downright funny, colourful historical drama packed with action, twists and talented, good-looking cast. Enjoyed every episode of it and glad they stretched it to 20, with each episode longer than an hour. My period drama craving this year has been almost satisfied but won’t complain if there will be more coming ahead especially with this caliber.

Brilliant story. Whoever came up with it should get an award for making all of its fans laugh and forget our daily miseries. A male celebrity chef stuck in a female body and not just anyone’s but a royal in Joseon era. I was so curious how it would turn out. And absolutely impressed how the story broke boundaries and at the same time keeping it traditional.

Colourful costumes. The attention to costume details was superb. I love all those gorgeous Mama outfits! The colour, the material, the embroideries! Queen Cheorin wasn’t the only one privileged to wear those royal Hanboks, we also had the Queen Dowager, Grand Queen Dowager and even Jo Hwa Jin, a royal concubine, who were all looking grand in their respective Hanboks. And not to mention those lovely and intricate hair accessories they all wore! King Cheoljong’s royal attire wasn’t lagging behind. He had quite a showdown actually. From the red robe (he would normally wear inside the palace), purple (when visiting Queen Cheorin at her home), black ensemble (fighting and hunting mode), noble man (when he was undercover) and those sexy nighties for those special nights ;-).

The Joseon era set. I was again taken back in time to this fascinating world where electricity, cars and concrete roads were non-existent. I love the palace. Glad they put a lot of effort on the different sets inside the palace. From the King’s Hall, Queen’s Chamber, Concubine Jo’s Villa, Grand Queen’s palace, Queen Dowager’s place of worship, to the royal library and of course the most important, the royal kitchen. Like the costumes, they put a lot of attention to details.

Man trap in a woman’s body. Jang Bong Hwan, a playboy chef suddenly trapped in a queen of Joseon’s body was the most entertaining plot I have this year! I will always remember “No Touching”, the moment when he was having his mentruation, his first kiss and night with the King, when he was flirting with the other concubines, his first time with embroidery. Nevertheless, he remained what he was good in doing and that was cooking, he was the master of the royal kitchen!

The Queen’s charm. Who would not fall in love with the queen with her knowledge of unknown-to-that-era vocabs (that the King made an entire dictionary of her language), her unrefined manners, her sweetness to her court ladies, her mastery in the kitchen (after all he came up with Mac Donaldu, Fortune Jelly and Yongsu potato), her wits using k-food and k-beauty to win allies, her tactical knowledge on battles and fights. King Cheoljong was such a lucky man!



Favourite Queen’s Vocabs. “No touching”, of course, is number one! I also like “anti-fan”, “all-in”, “lotto” and “brunch!” She always made my day!

Brilliant Cast. This drama is packed with good actors. The leads were already daebak so as the support. The antagonists were brilliant, from the Grand Queen (played by Bae Jong Ok), her brother Kim Jwa Geun (played by Kim Tae Woo) down to those scheming government officials. But let me go through the list of lead cast and their roles…

Shin Hye Sun as Kim So Yong / Queen Cheorin – She’s done it again! Shin Hye Sun is such an amazing actress. Her role here is so funny and she’d done it with ease. She seems to be a naturally funny person. Love seeing her as queen for once. Her beauty is regal fits perfectly as queen of Joseon. Her Jang Bong Hwan character won everyone’s heart even the King’s.

Kim Jung Hyun as Lee Won Bum / King Cheoljong – I’m glad Kim Jung Jyun landed a lead role after Crash Landing On You. As the gentle King Cheoljong in this drama, he looked somewhat different but always dashing in his royal robes and outfits. I love his voice especially when he talks to the queen. His chemistry with Shin Hye Sun was undeniably top!

Sul In Ah as Jo Hwa Jin – this girl is so pretty! She looked amazing in her royal hanboks especially that orange ensemble. Fighting with the queen over the king’s affection was somehow cute especially when she lost her temper and shot an arrow on the queen’s head.

Choi Jin Hyuk as Jang Bong Hwan – I think Choi Jin Hyuk found his genre, and that’s comedy! After Zombie Detective, then this. This guy definitely knows how to make everyone laugh.



The OST. Loving the full Mr. Queen OST but Here I Am is my favourite.

The Ending. I knew the show would come to an end and I was worried they would mess it up but it came out okay. Okay but not great. Refer below…

Dislikes: Like King Cheoljong in the last part, I miss Jang Bong Hwan’s personality in the Queen.

Kim Byung In, the queen’s famous cousin was so annoying with his entitlement. Good thing he was able to redeem himself at the last hour.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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True Beauty

true-beauty kdramaSummary: Im Joo Kyung is a high school student who has been bullied for her looks until she found a way of how to make herself pretty by wearing makeup. Suddenly, everyone adores her but one guy from her school knows her secret. That’s Lee Soo Ho, a cold-hearted but very smart and handsome student who happens to be in Im Joo Kyung’s class.

Trailer: True Beauty

Genre: Romantic Comedy, School, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Episodes: 16
Stars: Moon Ga Young as Im Joo Kyung
Cha Eun Woo as Lee Soo Ho
Hwang In Yup as Han Seo Joon
Park Yoo Na as Kang Soo Jin




Likes: I rarely watch school dramas as nothing could just compare to my first love, Boys Over Flowers. But seeing how gorgeous the top leads are in this one, I went for it. Glad I did as this brought me back straight to high school days. Oh those struggles with the pimples, having real friends, divine crushes and of course solving those tough algebra problems. Lucky,  I wasn’t bullied at school but bullying is real and it happens to a lot of students anywhere so I thought this drama brings hope to those who are in the same boat. I love our main girl, Im Joo Kyung’s determination and gut to survive at school. Her, striving for survival made her discover her true calling which is a talent for make up. This drama simply tells us to value what we are good at, nurture it and put it to use. Im Joo Kyung’s story is cute and truly inspiring.

Gorgeous cast. I must admit these four are drop-dead gorgeous!

Moon Ga Young as Im Joo Kyung – I already like this girl since The Great Seducer. As not-so-bright Im Joo Kyung, Moon Ga Young has proven she can take a completely different role and be awesome at it. Loved Im Joo Kyung’s dumb-like innocence, it’s so cute. The way she cried over Soo Ho and roar-teased Han Seo Jun, she was just adorable!

Cha Eun Woo as Lee Soo Ho – perfect-looking from any angle, Cha Eun Woo’s beauty is another level! As the smart, rich and handsome Lee Soo Ho, he was an odd match for our main girl but as the saying goes, opposites do attract. Soo Ho, despite his coldness managed to be super cute with his Eottoke song!

Hwang In Yup as Han Seo Joon – this guy was just cool! Cool outfits, cool voice, cool dancing! Can’t get over his Okey Dokey performance. Love you Han Seo Joon! Rawrrrr!

Park Yoo Na as Kang Soo Jin – I find this girl really beautiful like an Asian Angelina Jolie. I love her as the perfect friend turned enemy turned friend again, Kang Soo Jin.

Undeniable chemistry. Im Joo Kyung’s chemistry with both Lee Soo Ho and Han Seo Jun was great. She connected well with Soo Hoo of course but she also made some swaying moments with Han Seo Jun. It made me confused who to choose!

Eottoke Song VS. Okey Dokey! Cute and cool, both awesomely performed! But if I have to choose only one, it’s gonna be Okey Dokey Yo, is that true, Yes!



Top Bromance. How can you not love the bromance between Lee Soo Ho and Han Seo Joon? It was solid! Funniest moment was when these two got into an accident and hospitalized. Seo Jun had to help Soo Ho feed and the other way around when going to the toilet. Only true bro would do that for each other 🙂

School and uniform. Saebom school building looks like a university in Europe, it’s gorgeous!  Looked it up and it’s actually Yonsei University – Sinchon Campus. It looks really beautiful especially in autumn when those ivy leaves turn red which are perfectly matching Saebom’s school uniform. Our top leads looked great in uniform, all of them!

Extra love teams. So many actually but I think these three are worth mentioning…

Im Joo Kyung’s older sister and their homeroom teacher – I love how the story gave so much importance to these two lovebirds. Two opposing personalities – the sister’s boyish character meets super gentle and romantic teacher.

Im Joo Kyung younger brother and Han Seo Joon’s sister – they are so cute too! The relentless personality of the younger brother lead to a promising budding relationship.

So Ah and Yoo Tae Hoon (Im Joo Kyung’s classmates) – they make you cringe but hey their high schoolers, they do things like that :). After all Tae Hoon was the original performer of the Eottoke Song.

OST! Bringing back memories with its youthful True Beauty OST!



Comic Shop Ending. I love how they close the story by going back to where it all started, the Prince Comics. Love the place, such a paradise for comic lovers like me.

Dislikes: Lots of cliche but this is always true to all school dramas so it’s kind of okay.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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