Nov 092017
 

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

Trailer: Black

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The leads…

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

 

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

Top 15 Kdrama 2017

Aug 172017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 062017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great, flashy costumes!

Beautiful bridge scene and proposal as ending!

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

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

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

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 272017
 

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

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

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

Leads and Support

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

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

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

Romantic Set

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

Kissing Scenes

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


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

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

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

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 272017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Sep 222016
 

moonlight-drawn-by-clouds_Summary: Hong Ra On, the daughter of Hong Gyong Nae, the leader of a famous uprising during the Joseon era had to live a life as a man in order to hide her true identity. She didn’t have any idea though until she got reunited with her mother. Meanwhile, she passed the screening for eunuchs out of sheer lack and became the favorite servant of the crown prince who consequently fell in love with her.

Genre: Period, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Bo Gum as Lee Yeong (later Crown Prince Hyomyeong)
Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Ra On
Jin Young as Kim Yoon Sung
Chae Soo Bin as Jo Ha Yeon (later Crown Princess Jo)
Kwak Dong Yun as Kim Byung Yun

Likes: It’s refreshing to see young and pretty faces in a period drama. Kim Yoo Jung is kind of a veteran for me as she was in the famous The Moon that Embraces the Sun which I particularly love. She has grown into a really beautiful lady befitting a crown prince’s love. Her pretty face and smile doesn’t get unnoticed that it becomes hard to believe how he could actually pass as a man in this drama. But of course, not to be taken seriously as it is not a serious period drama afterall. Park Bo Gum, on the other hand is a fresh face for me but lo and behold what a handsome fresh face you’ve got there your Majesty! Definitely, one of the most handsome crown princes in a period drama. I guess now, everyone wants a piece of our BoGummy, hello girls?

Two more handsome guys in this drama who deserves special mentions and that’s Jin Young and Kwak Dong Yun! Jin Young as Kim Yoon Sung is from the powerful Kim clan who loves painting and became an official in the palace. He took noticed of our pretty Ra On even though dressed-up as a noble man and started liking her and to the very end offering his life to protect hers (so tragic huh). And as expected died handsomely and heroically! Yoon Sung also holds the award for best dressed in this drama. His Hanboks are just too beautiful! Kwak Dong Yun as Kim Byung Yun was the special guard of the crown prince. Always dressed in black, excellent in fighting and disappearing in the dark, his bromance with the prince wouldn’t easily die thus he escaped death himself!

I always love that scene when the guy would about to confess his true feelings (woman or not) then finds out he actually doesn’t have to worry. Crown prince’s facial expression seeing Ra On wearing a dress was a thumbs up as if his heart skipped beating for a moment. Moments like this is the most awaited part when it comes to dramas with a cross-dressing heroine!

First kiss in the garden was awesome! With all that waist-grabbing and eunuch hat falling down.

I could melt at the prince’s stare. Library scenes are my favorites. These 2 lovebirds gets really close but they just actually stare and tease each other and yet that send us some giggles, right?

There were a lot of cheesy scenes that I thought don’t even belong to a period drama but surprisingly I like the one with the bracelets. When the crown prince bought two bracelets, one he would later wear and the other one give to his lady love, Ra On. It’s just cute!

Impressive chubby face makeup of the princess Myung Eun. She was very entertaining as well.

The ending was definitely happy.

Dislikes: Ending happy but too hard to believe it would happen in that era and that our main leads would really end up with each other given their different statuses. This drama comes as very confusing because it looks like in the olden days but behaves otherwise. The script was definitely written to cater to young audiences who don’t have much exposure to period drama. It’s good introduction though. But for people who fell in love with the real deal, we’re just missing the tragic and dark parts, the excellent politicking, the heartbreaks, the cruel reality of that time. This was too colourful, too playful and most times too cheesy.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Sep 152016
 

cinderellaand4knightsSummary: Eun Ha Won is a student who got kicked out from her own home and didn’t have much of a choice but to grab an offer from the Chairman of Haneul Group which is to live in the Sky House together with the famous Kang cousins (the Chairman’s grandsons) and fulfill some important tasks given to her by the chairman himself.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Kang Ji Woon
Ahn Jae Hyun as Kang Hyun Min
Park So Dam as Eun Ha Won
Lee Jung Shin as Kang Seo Woo
Choi Min as Lee Yoon Sung
Son Na Eun as Park Hye Ji

Likes: Seriously, the story is not really important here. It’s all about the boys! Yes I repeat it’s all about the pretty boys in this drama! It’s a Cinderella story alright but I’ll get to her later. Let’s talk about the Kang cousins first…

Kang Ji Won (Jung Il Woo) – tough mechanic, rides a motorbike,  very pretty and rich! He’s an orphan so he’s the guy who seems to suffer the most emotionally. Has an unrequited love for his cousin, Kang Hyun Min’s first love Hye Ji so basically you just wanna hug and tell him to give up all his sufferings and come to you haha.

Kang Hyun Min (Ahn Jae Hyun) – trying to appear like a playboy all the time to cover up his love for Hye Ji. He drives hot cars, hotter than his chicks! His cocky attitude is more charming than annoying. Playful like a child but extremely gifted with a supermodel face! He knows that he’s rich and he’s definitely not afraid to show it off.

Kang Seo Woo (Lee Jung Shin) – our sweet and kind musician but everyone knows those are never enough to win your girl. He’s quite romantic doing his confession through a song. It made the girl feel loved? No, in this case actually awkward as she was into someone else. It was always poor Seo Woo. But wait, among the 3, he’s the one I’ve got a crush on! Not the character though but the artist Lee Jung Shin of CNBLUE.  Been waiting for him to be in dramas like the other members. My wish had been heared! Thank you!

Eun Ha Won (Park So Dam) – our Cinderella! Not the prettiest. Also not the tallest but you’ll love her like how the cousins love her in this drama. Hard-working, sincere and has the ability to lead and love, she won the heart of everyone especially her preferred Kang cousin Ji Won.

Chemistry! Kang Hyun Min and Hye Ji have the best chemistry but our leads Kang Ji Won and Eun Ha Won are not much behind especially at the end when the story became more focused on these two.

So generous with kissing scenes. Though our leads’ first kissing scene occurred in a much later episode, more were given at the end. Sky Ranch and stairway kissing scenes were my absolute favorites!

Sky House is over the top! It’s befitting our 3 pretty princes although I thought it lacked proper security haha.

Quite thrilling last episodes when grandpa and Ji Won had to go into liver surgery while Hyun Min tried to win the votes of shareholders against grandpa losing his position as chairman.

Lovely twist! When Ji Won and Ha Won found out that they had met before during their mothers’ funeral. Their love got supported by undeniable fate!

Love the OST! Check out…
For You by BTOB

Only One by ZIA

I Believe by Younha

My Romeo by Jessi

I just love the ending. Everyone had a  happy closure. Finally a blessing from the powerful grandpa to our Ji Won and Ha Won. The quite childish Hyun Min taking responsibility over his love. Seo Woo back into what he actually loves most, busking. Secretary Yoon Sung’s decision to protect the company. Grandpa’s successful surgery and him making-up with his ex-wife (cute scene). Of course, picnic reunion as ending.

Dislikes: The boys sometimes are obviously wearing too much lipstick. Too much! They’re sooo pretty already.

Though the story shouldn’t be taken seriously, minimal exaggeration of annoying characters should have been applied. Like Ha Won to be less nagging, step daughter and mother less annoying, fake father less stupid…

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 182016
 

Uncontrollably-Fond kdramaSummary: Shin Joon Young, a top actor but diagnosed with a terminal illness is trying to fix everything in his life that he messed up. That’s including his ill-fated relationship with Noh Eul, a former schoolmate he likes but ended up broke and struggling to find a project as a documentary producer.

Genre: Melodrama
Episodes: 20
Stars: Kim Woo Bin as Shin Joon Young
Bae Suzy as Noh Eul
Im Joo Hwan as Choi Ji Tae
Im Joo Eun as Yoon Jung Eun

Likes: I knew since I watched the first 2 episodes that the main character would die. It was written all over it. They didn’t make it a secret which was great. I was so prepared! The whole drama was about how Shin Joon Young would make amends with everyone especially with the one he greatly owed and loved, Noh Eul. Second was to make amends with his own mother who was deeply hurt when he exchanged law school into acting. There were a lot to solve before our Joon Young would go in peace and though it was extremely sad :(, he did a great job, did it wonderfully and finally died beautifully. Thus if there was something you should be curious to ask before watching is, how did our character die? And how his loved one accepted his fate?

Another thing that’s lovable in this drama is its picturesque scenes. A great inspiration to hobby photographers like me. My favorites are… (click on photos to enlarge it)

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The cast and the characters they portray:

Kim Woo Bin as Shin Joon Young – I love KWB. He’s super gorgeous, and those huge supermodel portraits which adorned his equally gorgeous home in this drama don’t lie. He is so handsome that he’s too intimidating to watch :). I think he did great portraying his role. His looks over qualified and acting-wise is good though he still has to work more on acting as a gentle character. Being tough and looking tough and cool are no problem though.

Bae Suzy as Noh Eul – there were only few scenes when I liked her and I think most of the things I want to say about her will go under my dislikes.

Im Joo Hwan as Choi Ji Tae – I love this guy too. A really good competition for KWB. Although not as handsome, Im Joo Hwan looks super smart and charming. His face is very expressive, definitely he knows his craft.

Im Joo Eun as Yoon Jung Eun – she’s a gorgeous actress. Bae Suzy next to her looks like a girl. And she had a better chemistry with KWB in this drama. Just see the kiss.

Since this drama is mostly about Kim Woo Bin’s character Shin Joon Young who was dying, it was great to see him transformed realistically from a very healthy and handsome young man to a thinner, paler looking sick person in the end.

I will have to say, the ending was quite beautiful. Joon Young did his first and last bucket list. There’s a short epilogue that shows how everyone’s doing after a year. I’m pretty contented.

Dislikes: I was never a fan of Bae Suzy in dramas but her as Noh Eul is the most annoying female main character I ever had to watch. She was lacking facial expression and shouting and screaming was so getting on my nerves. Her chemistry with Kim Woo Bin was very poor. I didn’t see a spark at all.

Though I was warned from the very beginning that this would be a sad one, it left me in a depressed mood for days. I can’t just take too much.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

May 182016
 

beautiful gong shim kdramaSummary: Gong Shim seems to be the unluckiest girl with no proper job, an easy target for bullies and also lacking in the looks department. She meets 2 guys who are becoming her defenders. One is a lawyer who’s renting her rooftop room and the other one is an heir. She’s falling in love with the lawyer who she thinks is a simple guy but turns out to be someone else.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Nam Goong Min as Ahn Dan Tae
Min Ah as Gong Shim
Ohn Joo Wan as Suk Joon Soo
Seo Hyo Rim as Gong Mi

Likes: It’s a light-hearted drama with genuinely great leads. I love Nam Goong Min! His role here is not the usual creepy and super sexy but sexy nevertheless. Min Ah as Gong Shim is a pleasant surprise. She did so well for a kpop idol. She gave edge to her Gong Shim character (the way she looks, talks and walks.) A natural talent indeed.

Also the chemistry between leads was top and instant. I love watching them both. Eventhough there weren’t many kissing scenes but everytime our leads were together, they show an amazing chemistry!

You could rely on some funny moments. Entertaining side kicks, jokes, surprising scenes.

The outfits were quite realistic. Gong Shim’s wardrobe was very well thought of and consistent. Same with  Ahn Dan Tae’s outfits. They both looked like commoners (0f course until Gong Shim got really pretty and begun dressing sexy and Ahn Dan Tae started wearing suits).

Moms’ fights and dads’ bromance! Love the scene when Gong Shim’s mom slammed Joon Soo’s mom on the floor and both dads found out they were both member of a fan club during their younger years.

I love Joon Soo and his unrequited love. Too bad Gong Shim wasn’t just into him but he’s got my precious Ji Hoo’s award (I  will make this award official soon so watch out for it).

The ending was quite cliche but totally loved it! Gong Shim turning into a beautiful swan (with proper hair and sexier outfit) is a sight to behold. The typical one year after without communication turned out alright.

Dislikes: A lot of holes with all that kidnapping story. Too weak.

Joon Soo turning against his own uncle and mother was unimaginable.

Gong Mi, Gong Shims sister didn’t come too strong in the end.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

May 122016
 

entertainer kdramaSummary: Shin Suk Ho, a former manager of talents at a top entertainment company hit rock bottom after serving a year in prison. He then founded Mango Entertainment and formed a band called Entertainer. The vocalist Jo Ha Neul happened to be the brother of Suk Ho’s close friend who was a great talent himself. Together with some of his closest friends from the industry, Suk Ho worked hard to put Entertainer band into the limelight.

Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 18
Stars: Ji Sung as Shin Suk Ho
Hyeri as Jung Geu Rin
Kang Min Hyuk as Jo Ha Neul
Chae Jung Ahn as Yeo Min Joo

Likes: It’s good to see a favorite again! Ji Sung is  no doubt a great actor. His role in this drama is a bit different from his previous projects – a hectic, sly, good with words, workaholic manager, depressed but even then still a good leader  (his life was kind of messy) – but as usual Ji Sung did it so well, in fact without him in this drama, it would have been really boring. And I have to mention, this guy can cry even without trying so hard. There’s lots of scenes in this drama to prove that. So guys get those kleenex ready!

Entertainer band consists of really cute guys. Ha Neul is tall and handsome, Kyle is super funny, Jae Hoon is a total cutie and Yun Soo is charismatic. The style of songs the band played is somehow similar to CNBlue which is probably not a coincidence considering Kang Min Hyuk (CNBlue’s drummer) is playing Ha Neul.

First time to see Busan featured in a drama. It’s been always Jeju Island. Busan looked less busy than Seoul and the water views were beautiful especially outside Ha Neul’s waterside home.

That song Go Ahead, Cry is just beautiful. Sad but beautiful.

This has a series of seriously heavy drama moments. Everyone seemed to have a sad story so as I’ve said, have your Kleenex ready. Have a good cry.

Popular cameos: Park Shin Hye was there shortly and Seo Kang Joon as Kyle’s friend.

Though it wasn’t the focus, I love the romance between Suk Ho and Geu Rin and the story of that green (rhymes with Geu Rin) umbrella and how it might shed some light as to where their story is leading in the end.

Everyone’s story has a closure in this drama. After all the heavy drama, you’ve got a time to laugh and smile in the end.

The award moment in the end when all 4 members of the band were on the red carpet… in their tuxedos…all groomed… walking in slow mo… then stopped and ask their boss (Suk Ho) to join them. All 5 of them then continued the slow mo, red carpet moment! Quite cheesy but loved it :).

Dislikes: Kang Min Hyuk looks handsome and tall but his mouth was a bit disturbing especially when he cries. His face sometimes lack emotions. He definitely needs more acting workshop.

Storylines were too good to be true. There were times I’d say… REALLY???

I think the script and its execution is below par for an actor like Ji Sung.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 212016
 

please come back mister kdramaSummary: 2 souls were having unfinished business in the world of the living and were granted to come back in two different bodies. The salesperson Kim Young Soo came back as a handsome guy who eventually became the boss of the place where he used to work. On the other hand,  Han Gi Tak who used to be a tough guy came back as beautiful woman.

Genre: Melodrama, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim In Kwon as Kim Young Soo
Rain as Lee Hae Joon
Kim Soo Ro as Han Ki Tak
Oh Yeon Seo as Han Hong Nan
Lee Min Jung as Shin Da Hye
Lee Ha Nui as Song Yi Yeon

Likes: It fits the 2 genres perfectly, a comedy and a melodrama which is just the right mixture of fun and sadness.

Though I’m not a big fan of Rain’s acting, it’s hard to ignore his presence. This guy is tall, buffed and sexy! Since he’s tall, everyone else is tall even the ladies…

The ladies woohooo! I’ve never seen such high concentration of talented and gorgeous ladies in one drama. Let’s start with…

Oh Yeon Seo as Han Hong Nan – OYS is a doll! Just perfect! She’s tall, with a vavavoom body and a very pretty face.  In fact it was hard to see her as a guy (as her role is a guy who came back from the dead). Nevertheless, she did well with her tough, gangster moves and voice.

Lee Ha Nui as Song Yi Yeon – I love this lady, she’s just beautiful and talented. Possesses a perfect body like OYS and has a natural talent for crying. Her role as a depressed had-been actress suits her well.

Lee Min Jung as Shin Da Hye – everyone will melt with her puppy-eyes. Our third leading lady has the simple and modest look but also beautiful and talented like the 2 mentioned above.

And I praise all the ladies above for their catwalk skills!

There were so many funny moments in the show but what I like best is when there’s one, this song plays… Feel Alive by Topp Dogg! It has this western feel to it and I always associate it to the good guys or the ladies winning.

It’s fun watching every episode ends with a short scene where the real Lee Hae Joon (played by Rain) and his pilot got stranded in an island after their plane crashed.

Finding out who the real sister of Han Gi Tak was a great twist.

Loved that short flashback in the end where Da Hye and Kim Young Soo met when they were younger. Sad fate for everyone but it’s good to know our 2 souls had a good closure.

Dislikes: Overused SBS building as a set for dramas. It’s hard not to recognize and ignore those corridors. Seen them a lot before.

I really like those massage chairs and I wish I will have one soon but bending the story of a drama to showcase these products or any product in general is just lame. At least make it not too obvious!

I was desperately hoping for a romantic happy ending. I shouldn’t have had.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Oct 082015
 

she was pretty kdramaSummary: Kim Hye Jin was happy to hear from her old friend Ji Sung Joon. Remembering him as the chubby boy from school, she was surprised to see him as a handsome, successful man. Ji Sung Joon on the other hand remembered her as the pretty girl and thought she would even look prettier in the present. Unfortunately it wasn’t the case.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Hwang Jung Eum as Kim Hye Jin
Park Seo Joon as Ji Sung Joon
Go Joon Hee as Min Ha Ri
Choi Shi Won as Kim Shin Hyuk

Likes: I was glad to see Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon as a couple in this drama. Though these 2 were kind of siblings in Kill Me, Heal Me, the guy’s interest on her made me wish to see them together in another drama. It seemed my wish had been heard. There was obviously a good chemistry between the leads though Park Seo Joon appears to be much younger than Hwang Jung Eum. The bubbly character of Kim Hye Jin suited to that cold personality of Ji Sung Joon which made it comfortable to watch.

Si Won oh Si Won! It’s great to see another idol in a drama. Si Won delivered pretty well. His transformation from the scruffy look reporter to the very handsome author TEN was definitely MOST (magazine)-like! His looks, acting, command in the English language, I’m pretty sure I’ll be seeing him more in the future. Furthermore, his character in this drama had been made the “big lose”. Such a waste Si Won got dumped! Something like that… The one that got away but not to worry he’ll have his own drama next time :).

Hug and kissing scene on the hospital bed was a heart-stopping one.

Kim Hye Jin’s look transformation was worth the wait. It took it 8 episodes to finally see her pretty but she turned really pretty and more likeable.

It was cute to mention Super Junior while focusing the camera on Si Won’s face.

The lady boss got to be the funniest character in this drama. Her outfits were outrageous so as her Italian accent. It was always very entertaining to watch her.

The ending was cliche so as the whole drama actually but there’s something about cliches that I like. No surprises. I got the ending that I like… wedding scene and an elaborate epilogue that was even showing a beautiful offspring.

Dislikes: It was hard to watch the 2 main leads unlikeable characters in the beginning. Kim Hye Jin was just too loud and Ji Sung Joon was such an ass.

I like Park Seo Joon but he’s no Ji Sung. He was a bit lacking when it comes to acting.

In one of the scenes, Hari was doing yoga with too much makeup. Hm…

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 012015
 

high society kdramaSummary: Jang Yoon Ha is a chaebol trying to find what she really likes so she took a job in a supermarket and blended well with the common people. She found a good friend in Ji Yi who worked with her. Soon these two ladies will find love with men having opposite backgrounds as theirs.

Genre: Romance, Family
Episodes: 16
Stars: UEE as Jang Yoon Ha
Sung Joon as Choi Joon Ki
Park Hyung shik as Yoo Chang Soo
Im Ji Yun as Lee Ji Yi

Likes: The classic! Brings me back memories of BOF. Just this time both genders are rich and their partners, the opposite.

The cast! Aren’t they all towering! It’s not realistic but isn’t it good to see great-looking leads like these.

UEE looks great paired with Sung Joon!

Park Hyun Shik is a bankable chaebol star. He was great portraying Chang Soo. Could right away give Gu Jun Pyo a run for his money. Paired with someone bubbly, poor but with a skilled heart, Ji Yi; this love team was an instant hit!

I love the story of the scorpion and the frog! Let’s both die together in love!

The bromance of Joon Ki and Chang Soo! Are there still friendships like that left?

The mum characters that I like are…

Yoon Ha’s mum – she was a crumbling fierceness but remained classy.

Joon Ki’s mum – so  sweet and understanding. The mum you want to have.

Chang Soo’s mum – trying to be a tyrant mum but ended up giving in to her son’s wish. Yay, chaebol mum accepting our poor girl Ji Yi.

I love the scene… Chang Soo’s mum changing her heart and trying to convince Ji Yi to date her son. I thought it was the cutest!

Of course I love the ending and was looking forward to the epilogue. Glad they granted my wish. Everyone’s happy and in love :).

Dislikes: I just didn’t feel the chemistry between UEE and Sung Joon. It’s true they look great together but there was no spark between these 2.

I didn’t really grasp the issues between Yoon Ha’s siblings. The disappearance of the brother and his fight with the older sister.

The bitter reality between Yoon Ha’s parents. Unrepairable relationship!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 102015
 

sensory couple kdramaSummary: After a tragic accident, Choi Eun Sul later known as Oh Cho Rim lost her memory but gained something extra-ordinary in return. Her one eye turned colourful and she could see smell through it. She later crossed paths with the young policeman Choi Moo Gak and helped him solved crime cases using her ability to see smell.

Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Thriller
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoochun as Choi Moo Gak
Shin Se kyung as Choi Eun Sul / Oh Cho Rim
Nam Goong Min as Kwon Jae Hee
Yoon Jin Seo as Yum Mi

Likes: It’s refreshing to watch something a bit different. I love how they visualize smell… all those cute icons floating in the air :).

Two funny and bubbly main characters are great addition to what’s already an interesting plot. It’s great to see Yoochun doing something funny again. I think it suits him better than doing serious roles. Nothing to dislike about Shin Se Kyung. I think she’s a great actress and she did a good job portraying Oh Cho Rim.

Though I love the 2 main characters, the supporting roles and the actors themselves are no small time. Nam Goong Min is wow in this drama! Watch and you’ll find out why :)! Yoon Jin Seo, I thought I’ve seen that lovely face before. Oh yeah I was right, she was in my favorite “Old Boy”.

I love crime solving stories. It’s no Sherlock Holmes but it’s a good break from my usual kdrama love stories. They put much thought on each murder case which made an episode interesting to watch.

The police force was very entertaining. I like that guy who had a Russian girlfriend. Him saying her name was always cute.

I like how the lives of our 2 main characters entertwined. Sure, it was tragic but these 2 made a way to be together in the end.

Dislikes: There were just scenes that I found silly. Like practicing and performing that skit. Once would have been okay but I think they did it thrice. It was too much!

Some obvious clue that there might still be trouble. Underestimating Nam Goong Min’s creepy character. Of course he’s Kwon Jae Hee, the very handsome, hot, sexy, celebrity chef in the drama. He won’t die that easily.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 032015
 

Blood kdramaSummary: Park Ji Sang is a popular surgeon who just started working at Taemin Cancer Hospital. He’s young, good-looking but he keeps a secret. He’s a vampire! Son of both infected parents, one of its kind. Ji Sang meets Yoo Ri Ta, the heiress of Taemin and also a surgeon. Together, they’ll find a way how to stop the scientific experiment that is being conducted in the hospital.

Genre: Medical, Fantasy, Romance
Episodes: 20
Stars: Ahn Jae Hyun as Park Ji Sang
Koo Hye Sun as Yoo Ri Ta
Ji Jin Hee as Lee Jae Wook
Jung Hae In as as Joo Hyun Woo

Likes: The whole story wasn’t that bad and thanks to a very good director for a very snappy execution of the script. I would have gotten bored if it wasn’t fast-paced. Well vampires do move very fast :).

The notable side characters or cases in the hospital like the little girl Na Jung, Sister Sylvia, the father who had liver cancer whose wish was to walk her daughter to the altar on her wedding day and the secret of the chairman and lady director. I may have missed some more but my point is there was some diversion that made the whole show less boring.

The chemistry between the leads wasn’t that bad. It was awkward at first but it was justified by their kiss.

Koo Hye Sun, I just love her. She has improved a lot since her BOF days! That pale skin of hers is vampiristic! (Though she wasn’t the vampire).

The villain’s acting is superb! It made the lead’s lack-of very obvious.

I lurve LUVVY! I want one too! Omo, omo… And I love his creator too, Hyun Woo! He was always energetic, bubbly and happy.

I love the OST. It gives the vampire chills but at the same staying true to kdrama :).

The ending that I like though I didn’t understand how he made it… the Kochenia epilogue!

Dislikes: Ahn Jae Hyun, I know his looks could pass as a vampire but the acting was just too poor. He needs to practice more on his facial expression. It didn’t help that he was surrounded by good actors and even a good director couldn’t hide his lacking. He’s got potentials but too early to be a lead star.

The ending that I didn’t like… why oh why they have to kill Hyun Woo! Now LUVVY is an orphan. Eottoki!

And that stupid move of Ji Sang to avenge Hyun Woo, leaving Ri Ta behind and ended up being cornered by the vampire director. Argh, so annoying!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Feb 172015
 

mr back kdramaSummary: After accidentally taking a meteor, Choi Go Bong, an old, rich man who owns several hotels turned into a young man in his 30s and called himself Choi Shin Hyung. He then fell in love with the young Eun Ha Soo who works in his hotel. As Choi Shin Young, he has to deal with love and company matters pretending to be the illigitimate son of the old Choi Go Bong.

Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Shin Ha Kyun as Choi Go Bong / Choi Shin Hyung
Jang Nara as Eun Ha Soo
Lee Joon as Choi Dae Han
Park Ye Jin as Hong Ji Yoon

Likes: It’s a very cute and sweet love story between an old man in a young man’s body and a young lady. This is
what you get when you have an old suitor; a conservative but sweet confession, you’ll be called names like Milky Way, you get to watch his favorite old movie and how about a cherry blossom in winter?

Shin Ha Kyun, I thought he looked too old for Jang Na Ra, who has a very baby face but after a few episodes, I
became a fan of these two. I love their Koong koong da moments!

Love those funny moments like when Choi Shin Hyung acted like the real Choi Go Bong in the house and exposing his siblings dirty secrets right in front of their noses. The revenge elevator scare was funny as well!

MBLAQ in the house! Lee Joon as Choi Dae Han. Though he looked too young to be the rival, it’s good to see an idol in a drama.

The christmas tree is so worth mentioning. Maybe the largest and most beautiful home christmas tree I’ve seen in a kdrama.

Dislikes: The ending wasn’t well thought of. I found it very lousy to just end it like that. Was the scriptwriter became too lazy to think of a great ending? What was that? What happened? After he became old again, he disappeared without a trace? What? Then he was found 1 year later as a young man with amnesia. Nah!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Feb 172015
 

my secret hotel kdramaSummary: After her failed marriage in Las Vegas, Nam Sang Hyo got back on her feet working as a wedding planner for the wedding department of Secret Hotel, a well known hotel in Korea. She unfortunately bumped into his ex-husband who was a groom-to-be to a wealthy heir and an important client of the hotel. She herself was hopeful to find love again in the person of her very good-looking boss.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Mystery
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoo In Na as Nam Sang Hyo
Nam Goong Min as Jo Sung Gyum
Jin Yi Han as Goo Hae Young
Lee Young Eun as Yeo Eun Joo

Likes: Though the intriguing background of the love between Nam Sang Hyo and her ex Goo Hae Young was promising, it was the thrilling case of murder that definitely captured my attention. And it did till the end. The secret was unfolding slowly and carefully without giving a hint that could spoil it. At the end, you would say, ahh that’s why. I love this murder-solving case in a drama, it reminds me of a Japanese movie called The Murder of the Inugami clan.

Among the 2 guys, I would definitely go for Jo Sung Gyum. He was too handsome, rich, smart and yeah, the body, too sexy! Such a waste he didn’t end up with our girl.

I thought the competition between Nam Sang Hyo and Yeo Eun Jo fighting over their handsome boss was funny and understandable considering the guy was such a great catch.

Dislikes: I so love Jin Yi Han in Empress Ki, reason why I watched this drama but unfortunately I don’t like
his character here. He was just way too annoying and yeah such a jerk. Though the writer tried to save that annoying character by throwing some flashbacks, the damage had been done. He was just too dislikeable.

Since Nam Sang Hyo ended up with her jerk of a husband and how trying hard the writer had to bend the story line so these 2 would be together, the love story part of this drama became unbearable.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Feb 172015
 

the night watchman kdramaSummary: Secretly, the old king gathered some men to guard the land from ghosts or evil spirits. These men are called the Night Watchmen! When the King died, the job of the Night Watchmen also ended. Meanwhile, Prince Lee Rin, who can see ghosts and the original heir to the throne found a journal of a Night Watchman. While searching for answers he met Do Ha and Jo Sang Hun, a former Nightwatchman.

Genre: Period, Fantasy, Romance, Action
Episodes: 24
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Lee Rin
Go Sung Hee as Do Ha
Jung Yoon Ho as Moo Suk
Seo Ye Ji as Park Soo Ryun

Likes: I love the historic setting and the ghost theme of this drama. It was fun to watch something different for a while. The beginning was that big battle between the old King and the water Dragon which was about to attack a helpless lady Shaman. Pulling a Genghis Khan attack, the King shot the Dragon with an arrow putting the latter to sleep. Great scene, great start!

It’s good to watch Jung Il Woo again! That nose, that chin, that face!

An idol in the house in the person Jung Yoon Ho of TVXQ. Surprised by his acting, not bad.

Seo Ye Ji, a promising young actress. I’ll watch out for this lady.

Favorite comical reliefs: the friendly ghosts who were following prince Lee Rin and the Inn hostess who had a crush
on the blacksmith. They made the show not so dark and grimmy.

And not to forget Sadam. You’ll never forget his face after watching the whole drama. Great villain.

Dislikes: Go Sung Hee, sorry but she was just really bad in acting. I tried to ignore it in the beginning hoping she would get better in the later episodes but dang she was so consistent! Her poor acting didn’t help with improving the chemistry between her and Jung Il Woo making the ending so awkward. Supposed to be a special moment, a reunion of 2 important characters that just didn’t appeal at all to me.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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May 292014
 

3 days kdramaSummary: After saving the President of South Korea from an assassination, Han Tae Kyung, a secret agent is finding out more dirty secrets of the people behind the assassination. Together with some others who remained loyal to the President, they’ll all work to have the master mind captured.

Genre: Action, Thriller, Melodrama, Political, Romance, Crime
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Yoo Chun as Han Tae Kyung
Son Hyun Joo as Lee Dong Whi
Park Ha Sun as Yoon Bo Won
So Yi Hyun as Lee Cha Young
Choi Won Young as Kim Do Jin
Yoon Je Moon as Shin Kyu Jin
Jang Hyun Sung as Ham Bong Soo

Likes: Great action from the most well-dressed and best looking secret agents in the world. Forget about the agents protecting the American Presidents :), they probably have to work  on the fittings of their suits first. This is kdrama afterall, it’s expected and well it’s really fun to watch how well-groomed Korean agents are. From the hair, the suits, the shoes, the casual attire, all perfect! Even when they were laying on the ground dead.

Looks like a big budget with lots of explosions! Makes it more realistic.

Great villain! I’d say so. He was pissing me off big time really. Thanks to the actor, Choi Won Young for doing a great job. His facial expressions were the best.

The President’s face always shows this emotion which I can’t help but sympatize with him. Another great acting!

I love the lady constable, I think she’s beautiful. Her beauty suits with the role. Not so cute, not so pretty.

The ending was quite bloody but glad it ended up nicely.

Dislikes: I like PYC but not in this kind of drama. I hope he’ll do sageuk soon.

A desperate attempt to have a love story between our main agent and the lady constable. Hm, really there’s no need to.

So Yi Hyun as Lee Cha Young is too pretty for the role. It’s soo distracting to have that prettiness working for the secret agency.

The story wasn’t that bad, just having lots of holes. And always what a waste of bombs. Exploding where there’s no one  getting hurt.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

May 222014
 

cunning single lady kdramaSummary: After 3 years from getting divorced, Na Ae Ra found out that her ex-husband has become successful and is currently the CEO of his own IT company. In order to get his attention, she grabbed a job as an intern at his company.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Min Jung as Na Ae Ra
Joo Sang Wook as Cha Jung Woo
Kim Kyu Ri as Gook Yeo Jin
Seo Kang Joon as Gook Seung Hyun

 

Likes: Chemistry! Lee Min Jung and Joo Sang Wook’s chemistry was undeniably strong and so as the characters they were playing. Lee Min Jung’s character Na Ae Ra clicked with both men. So no matter who she’d end up to, I would see it as a happy end. Of course I was leaning towards the CEO but Seung Hyun got really handsome when he later became the Director ;).

Lee Min Jung is hot and sexy in this drama! She looks great with long hair but the short do reminds me of her Ha Jae Kyung character in BOF, pretty and smart!

Joo Sang Wook as leading man of course! I’ve watched That Fool and Good Doctor and I thought I really want to see him as the lead. Although his character transformation here was a bit over the top, it really was fun watching him as the perfect-looking CEO. I always wondered what he would wear next ;).

It definitely is a romantic comedy. It brought some giggles on this cold, winter days!

I’ve watched a variety of kdrama genre the past months but watching a typical kdrama (romcom) with a happy ending brings me back to those days when I just started. This was really the type I liked to watch in the beginning. It’s good but… (refer to dislikes)

Dislikes: Yes it’s good but it can get really boring. You already know what’s coming or what’s going to happen next. There’s no challenge and thrill.

The presence of annoying relatives always irritates me. Leads take all the blame when relatives do something stupid.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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May 052014
 

emergency couple kdramaSummary: After some years, a divorced couple meet each other  as medical interns in the same hospital. Both have to fulfill their dreams, find peace and maybe love in the chaotic ER world.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Medical
Episodes: 21
Stars: Song Ji Hyo as Oh Jin Hee
Choi Jin Hyuk as Oh Chang Min
Lee Pil Mo as Gook Chun Soo
Choi Yeo Jin as Shim Ji Hye
Clara as Han Ah Reum

Likes: Divorced couple falling back in love again seems to be the trend this year. It’s different from the usual, I like it! Korea is definitely breaking free from the conservative and traditional ways, which is not all bad if in the end it’s for the best of the individual. Aside from divorce, this drama also shows a strong single mom and a confident young intern characters which again a sign of an open-minded society.

Lots of funny moments! It’s more comedy than the serious ER drama.

Was looking forward to a Choi Jin Hyuk-lead drama after watching Gu Family Book and The Heirs.

I love Chun Soo’s character and I think Lee Pil Mo did a great job portraying him! He’s this brilliant doctor who’s just all work,very private, cold but then became soo cute when he’s falling in love!

I think Shim Ji Hye is just great! Very confident in acting!

Certified happy ending! I think it’s the kind of ending everyone loves.

Dislikes: I just didn’t really warm up to Song Ji Hyo and the character Oh Jin Hee eventhough she got prettier in the end. Then of course the chemistry between her and Choi Jin Hyuk wasn’t really there.

Why is it always attractive to guys in dramas when the ladies drink too much?!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

May 052014
 

god's gift kdramaSummary: 2 people went back in time exactly 14 days before the death of their loved ones. One is a mother who will try to save  her daughter from getting murdered and the other one is the brother of a prisoner who’s going to be hung.

Genre: Action, Melodrama, Crime, Thriller, Time-travel
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Bo Young as Kim Soo Hyun
Cho Seung Woo as Ki Dong Chan
Kim Tae Woo as Han Ji Hoon
Jung Gyu Woon as Hyun Woo Jin
Kim Yoo Bin as Han Sa Byul

Likes: I love time-travel, it’s always interesting. So interesting I stopped watching the other drama I was watching with this one to see quickly what would happen in the end.

Every episode is a thrill! New mysteries kept pouring in and you just can’t stop to watch. Great cliffhangers as well!

That emotion throughout the drama that has been successfully carried out so parents like me feel the same thing when losing a child or about to lose one. So moms out there, watch your kids like a hawk!

Best acting goes to Lee Bo Young and Cho Seung Woo! I got to like LBY from I Hear your Voice, she was great in her role as a lawyer. In this drama, she proves to be a great actress by portraying a totally different character, that of a desperate parent trying to save her child. And Cho Seung Woo, what can I say, you’ll love him as an actor but you’ll love him more in his character as Dong Chan! He was great!

Dislikes: I got spoilt watching the great villains of Empress Ki that I found the ones in this drama to be mediocre, not scary at all. Though it took time to know who the perpetrators were, revelation didn’t really make an impact.

It was a pain to watch Jung Gyu Woon act. Pretty face but lacking facial expression, so dull.

There were so many annoying situations in this drama like, why do you keep leaving your daughter with someone if you know she’s gonna die, argh!

I really don’t understand why Dong Chan died?! Yes I think he died (sorry fans).  Okay let’s say he really had to die but they could have at least give a good explanation! If the child survived, he really didn’t  have a reason to die in the end. Tah no sense at all!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 042014
 

Summary: Nam Da Jung, a reporter frthe prime minister and i kdramaom a tabloid magazine meets path with the future prime minister of Korea. These odd pair has to get married for convenience, for Nam Da Jung to make her father happy and for the Kwon Yul, to avoid scandal.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 17
Stars: Lee Bum Soo as Kwon Yul
Im Yoon Ah as Nam Da Jung
Chae Jung Ahn as Seo Hye Joo
Yoon Shi Yoon as Kang In Ho
Ryu Jin as Park Joon Ki

Likes: This reminds me of the Sound of Music! Not as good but funny and cute.

Funny, cute even corny scenes! You have to bear them all. This is what it’s all about. Forget about politics, it’s just an excuse.

Great cast! I love Im Yoon Ah and love her long curly hair, it hides her very long neck! Though not so familiar with Lee Bum but I’ve grown fond of him as the drama continued. Chae Jung Ah, it’s been a while since I’ve seen her (last was Coffee Prince) but she’s still gorgeous and love her outfits in this drama. Yoon Shi Yoon, that cute face I can’t forget, truly a flower boy!

I love kdramas which mentions famous stories. This one has 1001 nights. Secret Garden has Alice in Wonderland and I think That Winter, the Wind Blows mentioned The Little Prince!

It was finally getting interesting towards the end. Those few episodes, I really started liking The Prime Minister. And glad there was an interesting twist, that made it worth sticking until the final episode.

I like the ending. Everyone ended up happy with their choices.

Dislikes:  Nam Da Jung’s character was so annoying especially in the beginning. It was almost unbearable.

Impossible circumstances! Doesn’t give you a feeling of hope it would happen in reality.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 032014
 

the heirs kdramaSummary: Kim Tan, a handsome, cool young guy and heir to the biggest corporate group in Korea aka Chaebol falls in love with the simple Eun Sang, daughter of their housemaid.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, School, Melodrama, Teens
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan
Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang
Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young Do
Krystal Jung as Lee Bo Na
Kim Ji Won as Rachel Yoo
Kang Min Hyuk as Yoon Chan Young
Kang Ha Neul as Lee Hyo Shin
Park Hyung Shik as Jo Myung Soo
Jun Soo Jin as Kang Ye Sol
Choi Jin Hyuk as Kim Won

Likes: I won’t say no to another Lee Min Ho! Plus it’s Park Shin Hye as the leading lady.

Huge intro! Hollywood, mansion, car, rich californian lifestyle… it was exciting!

Eye candies! So many of them.

One kissing scene that I really like, they didn’t hesitate!

Favorite characters award goes to Lee Bo Na – rich, cute, pretty and she delivered her dialogues pretty well. Another one goes to the mom of Kim Tan, she was the star of the show.

Why Choi Young Do? Hah, the bad boy image, the looks, the hairstyle, the ride, the hotel and he always looks terrific in his outfits!

Why Kim Tan? Got to admit, I’m not yet over the Jun Pyo syndrome plus the surfing board, the car (at least when he was in LA), the top Chaebol label and yeah he fought for the girl that he liked.

Dislikes: It was overhyped! The story is just average… poor girl meets Chaebol, father disapproves and so on and so forth. It was lacking good side stories that could keep the excitement. What a waste of characters, there were plenty of them like what happened to Rachel, she started very strong. How about the pair Bo Na and Chan Young? Choi Young didn’t end up as the great Ji Hoo (BOF). The story became draggy very early because it was too focused on the 2 leads.

The ending? I was hoping for a good epilogue that could save it all but unfortunately none.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

heartstrings kdramaSummary: Simple girl meets hearthrob of school, fell in love with him but he liked someone else. In the end, they both found their places but had to deal with personal issues.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Teens, School
Episodes: 15
Stars: Jung Yong Hwa as Lee Shin
Park Shin Hye as Lee Kyu Won
Song Chang Ui as Kim Suk Hyun
So Yi Hyun as Jung Yoon Soo
Woo Ri as Han Hee Joo
Kang Min Hyuk as Yeo Joon
Lee Hyun Jin as Hyun Ki Young
Im Se Mi as Cha Bo Woon

Likes: It’s a very likeable story! Unknown girl and popular guy at school getting together. How did it happen?! Yep, you always want to hear the story.

I love the main characters! The good-looking Lee Shin who plays guitar, snobbish especially with girls who like him but sincere when he likes someone. The bubbly, cute Lee Kyu Won who plays Gayageum and works hard to achieve what she likes to do. Both have strong personalities, they just suit each other.

I really like Park Shin Hye and I think of all her dramas I watched, this one is my favorite. She was great here and she looks good with all the hairstyles! The short and wavy one suits her best!

I’m so glad Jung Yong Hwa’s acting improved compared to when he was in You’re Beautiful.
Still more rooms for improvement but he did a great job here. He’s sooo handsome! The character suits him well.

Another special mention, Kang Min Hyuk! Boy, you can act! I guess I’ll be seeing you more in the future!

I’ve got to give credit to the stylist. Well done! Love how you dressed the 2 main characters but the best dressed award goes to So Yi Hyun!

All characters in the story have been given importance. There was a good balance. I will always remember the grandpa, Lee Shin’s dad, Boo Woon, Sa Rang, Yeo Joon and more!

Dislikes: The falling in love part was done in the early episodes. I was still halfway watching it and the 2 leads were going steady already. So as expected, they had to break up just before the ending but you know, they could have at least come up with a good reason why they couldn’t be together for a year. Anyway, just a smalll thing.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

dream high 1 kdramaSummary: A story about a group of students at Kirin High who inspite of individual shortcomings tried their best to achieve their dreams of becoming stars.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, School, Teens
Episodes: 16
Stars: Bae Suzy as Go Hye Mi
Kim Soo Hyun as Song Sam Dong
Taecyeon as Hyun Shi Hyuk
Ham Eun Jung as Yoon Baek Hee
Jang Woo Young as Jason
IU as Kim Pil Sook

Likes: I desperately needed a teenie drama after Bridal Mask. There I got it!

I started being a fan of kpop, oh well, not too long ago! I’m glad I am otherwise I won’t have really enjoyed this. It felt like an insider to be able to identify all these idols, lol! I’m loving 2PM right now so it was really perfect timing to watch!

Of course, I enjoyed the music! I love Dream High, very catchy! I especially liked the performance of Genie (Girls Generation), got me soo excited! I never thought it’s one of the girls’ older songs :).

The love teams made me giggle! Let’s start with Jason and Pil Sook! They were just adorably cute! The karaoke date, the lollipop, the post-its! Another favorite is Teacher Kang and Shi! I love how teacher Shi transformed from being strict and terrorizing into a cute (wearing floral hair clip) and in love person.

Kim So Hyun! So this was the drama that made you big. I watched The Moon that Embraces the Sun first so I already knew how good he is. He looked very young and thin here but he definitely delivered!

Taecyeon is simply sexy!!!

The story is good even with this kind of ending, it’s still good!

Dislikes: No matter how I put it, the ending was sad. It made me sad when I went to bed, then made me sad again when I woke up :(. First I thought Ji Guk will end up with Hye Mi. Okay they didn’t but I got over that quickly. I still have Sam Dong but boy Sam Dong left and pursued his dream! And if I got it right, it’s already 2018 and he hasn’t been back yet. Oh *sob*!

What happen to the kiss of Hye Mi and Ji Guk inside the ferris wheel. Dang I thought these 2 would really end up together!

Characters that annoyed me! Sorry Hye Mi but you were really annoying in the beginning. Baek Hee too when she was trying to act as the victim (vs Hye Mi) so other students would sympatize with her. And they could just leave out Hye Mi’s dad!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

flower boy next door kdramaSummary: A girl who’s been living in her own world, away from the crowd and the noise of the city is surrounded by these handsome, young men who later helped her see the outside world again.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Teens
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Shin Hye as Go Dok Mi
Yoon Shi Yoon as Enrique Geum
Kim Ji Hoon as Oh Jin Rak
Park Soo Jin as Cha Do Hwi
Go Kyung Pyo as Oh Dong Hoon
Mizuta Kouki as Watanabe
Kim Jung San as Han Tae Joon

Likes: Cute, sweet, light and funny! Just what I needed to watch after a serious period drama.

I love the cast especially the 2 leads! They’re both super cute! Though I fell for Kim Ji Hoon’s character, I think the 2 leads are still the best pair.

The ending was awesome! I love it when there’s closure to most of the characters’ stories (not just the leads). Super happy that Oh Jin Rak found another similar girl. I was sad for him all the time until the ending.

2 kissing scenes, yay! First one was okay. Second one was awesome! It wasn’t just me but Go Dok Mi was also feeling Enrique’s dark hair!

Oh the eyes of Yoon Shi Yoon! I see Lee Jun Ki in those eyes but the acting is so Jung Il Woo.

Make a sentence out of I’m Sorry, Thank You and I Love You! I thought that scene would be too cheesy but sooo love it! We should make confessions like that too!

Right Now! was always one of my favorite phrases!

Dislikes: Watching the drama made me always freeze! It looks so cold in Korea.

What happened to Go Dok Mi’s original crush?! He just disappreared. I miss Hippo too :(.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

cheongdamdong alice kdramaSummary: Brokenhearted and penniless, Han Se Kyung desperately wanted to enter Cheongdamdong no matter what it takes. She had her biggest chance when she met the president of a huge fashion brand.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Shi Hoo as Cha Seung Jo
Moon Geun Young as Han Se Kyung
So Yi Hyun as Seo Yoon Joo
Kim Ji Suk as Tommy Hong
Kim Yoo Ri as Shin In Hwa

Likes: The story was well done! I like the way how the Cinderella got twisted with Alice in Wonderland story.

Fashion, fashion and more fashion! Everyone looked great specially Cha Seung Jo in that bear coat! Not to forget Seo Yoon Joo and Shin In Hwa’s outfits! These ladies always look intimadating!

I love the 2 leads! Great chemistry. Though I always see Moon Geun Young as a little girl, the character of Park Shi Hoo which was childish just perfectly fits with her babyface.

Now a fan of Park Shi Hoo! He got really handsome towards the end!

I was always impressed how the character of Han Se Kyung comes up with something sensible to say. Always fighting girl!

Great supporting characters!

I love how it ended! A bit awkward in the kissing scene but I was happy with how they solve that “Prove your love!” problem.

Dislikes: What happened to Tommy Hong’s character? He started quite black but he got soft and turned white in the end :).

Only 2 kissing scenes and the second one was even a bit awkward!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

a gentleman's dignity kdramaSummary: A story of 4 good friends in their 40’s struggling with their relationships with women and trying to keep their friendship and dignity as they age.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Jang Dong Gun as Kim Do Jin
Kim Ha Neul as Seo Yi Soo
Kim Soo Ro as Im Tae San
Kim Min Jong as Choi Yoon
Lee Jong Hyuk as Lee Jung Rok
Yoon Se Ah as Hong Se Ra
Kim Jung Nan as Kim Min Sook
Yoon Jin Yi as Im Me Ah Ri
Lee Jong Hyun as Colin

Likes: 4 love stories in one drama!
And my favorite loveteam was Atty. Choi Yoon and Im Me Ah Ri. Just love these two!
Happy endings with a wedding scene from my fave loveteam!
Great cast! Everyone was just so good!
Good and elaborate dialogues!
Who are those 2 good-looking highschoolers?? Make more dramas please!
Happy drama! Just what I needed to see after a melo!

Dislikes: The character of Seo Yi Seo was just so annoying. She was getting drunk a lot!
Chemistry between Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ha Neul was poor. I was more excited with the other loveteams.
The proposal at the end was quite cheesy, sorry.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 272014
 

faith kdramaSummary: A female plastic surgeon in the present was kidnapped by a Woodalchi general from the Goryeo era as per command by the King in order to save the wounded and dying Queen. The doctor was stuck in that world of conflict and politicking between the King and his enemies but found herself liking and falling in love with the General.

Genre: Romance, Time-travel, Period, Medical, Fantasy
Episodes: 24
Stars: Lee Min Ho as Choi Young
Kim Hee Sun as Yoo Eun Soo
Yoo Oh Sung as Ki Cheol, the freezing prince
Lee Philip as Jang Bin
Ryu Duk Hwan as King Gong Min
Park Se Young as Princess Nogook
Park Yoon Jae as Duk Heung, the poison prince

Likes: Lee Min Ho in period drama, I was really curious and excited!
I love how they introduced characters in the beginning using animation!
The time-travel mystery was solved properly. It made sense in the end!
Got to love the 2 villains: the Freezing and Poison Princes!
Commendable acting of the young prince!
The romance between the King and Queen. These 2 were just too cute!
OST is great! “Carry On” by Ali is my favorite!
I love the ending! Hands down! It compensates everything what it was lacking of.

Dislikes:  Costumes, makeup and styling didn’t just fit the period drama. They all look so flawless! The warriors look always spotless and our doctor lady was always sporting a perfect hairstyle that all Gangnam ladies would be jealous of, lol!

The drama was too stretched that some parts became redundant towards the end. Could have ended at episode 20 or even 16.

Honestly, I didn’t feel any chemistry between the main actors. The lack of was saved by the King and Queen.

The Great Doctor’s character, that very frantic Eun Soo especially in the beginning, I didn’t like her at all.

And omo, not to forget when they killed the character of Dr Jang Bin played by Lee Philip, they didn’t even show a corpse or something. Frustrating! They could just have dressed someone else to look like him lying there dead. I knew they killed his character because of an accident but just a disappointment how they killed him. So he wasn’t important at all. Sad.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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