Aug 152019
 

rookie historian kdramaSummary: Our girl Hae Ryung tries to become a historian avoiding her fate to get married to a noble man. She comes across Prince Lee Rim who is writing romantic novels anonymously. After she passed the exam as a historian, she starts as an apprentice in the palace. She finds out that the romantic novel author is actually a prince.

Trailer : Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung

Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 40
Stars: Shin Se Kyung as Goo Hae Ryung
Cha Eun Woo as Lee Rim



Likes: Well, for once, very educational. Historians were not really given emphasis in other historical kdramas I watched in the past. I didn’t have any idea that they were that important. Moreover, the confidentiality of the records was a big deal. No one even the King could read what had been written. These records could even ruin any King’s reputation for future generations hence historians were fairly feared.

Another learning point for me was the smallpox prevention by vaccinating cow pus on a healthy person. Well, I thought they made that one up but no, it was really done before. Interesting!

Love the emphasis on reading and medical advancements on that era. Impressive!

I would also say that picking a historian, much more a female one, was an ambitious choice of kdrama character. I have to give credit to Shin Se Kyung for doing an awesome job portraying a newb historian who was very curious, smart, fearless and independent. Goo Hae Ryung was a very likeable character, she was fun to watch! And of all Shin Se Kyung’s kdramas I watched before, this was the first one she had a remarkable chemistry with her male lead. So to sum it up, Historians might come as a boring subject but with the right recipe like a strong main character, a good and not too serious historical storyline, top chemistry, colourful costumes… we’ve got a kdrama success there!

Our perfectly handsome male lead was no doubt an eye candy. Cha Eun Woo was just sooo gorgeous! Perfect face, tall, flawless skin, he was so pretty, even prettier than the female lead!  He also looked great in all his prince wardrobes. Such a dashing prince, he was! However, he wasn’t all the looks. This pretty face can cry. So impressed on his crying scene, he really let it all out.

Supporting actors were all great! Special mentions goes to the crown prince, Min Gyu – one of the senior historians, the King, the Queen Dowager and the funny eunuch Heo Sam Bo!

All episodes had awesome cliffhangers. So hard to control myself watching the next one. This always come inconvenient when the time on the clock shows midnight already. Good thing, I could always look forward to the next one.

The first kiss! Ahhh, soo goood! Specially with the line, “I hope you live for a long time and be the owner of my heart.” Omo, omo, omo!



I even love the heartbreaking breakup! Cha Eun Woo, although young and new in kdrama, proved himself capable of being the top lead. He did so well on the breakup scene. Of course, Shin Se Kyung too, but she’s veteran you know.

The ending. Oh, I love how they all maintained and pursued what they wanted to do.

Dislikes: Some lovey dovey scenes in the palace ground seemed impossible without those watchful eyes especially during those times. Maybe too much sometimes.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

May 162019
 

abyss kdramaSummary: Go Se Yun and Cha Min are good friends. They both died and were revived though the power of the Abyss. Although they’re up and alive, their looks are different from before. Together, they’ll try to live knowing each other’s secret and hand in hand solve the murder case behind Go Se Yun’s death.

Trailer: Abyss

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Legal, Fantasy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Bo Young as Go Se Yun
Kim Sa Rang as Go Se Yun (before death)
Ahn Hyo Sup as Cha Min
Ahn Se Ha as Cha Min (before death)
Lee Sung Jae as Oh Young Chul



Likes: Unusual story that involved dying and resurrecting with the use of a big marble-looking object called the Abyss. I was willing to plunge into it obviously. Although there were some holes in the story since the start and left unanswered questions, I found it cute, charming, funny and I admire the effort on the gruesomeness part of the story. Yes, not the usual combination and that’s what made it interesting.

Park Bo Young as Go Se Yun – she was great! Park Bo Young seems to like strong woman roles and what can I say, it suited her very well. It’s also admirable of her to take a role which is actually making fun a bit of her looks.

Ahn Hyo Sup as Cha Min – he really looked so good here! I’ve been comparing his looks from Thirty but Seventeen, he had grown so handsome! I’ve been wondering if he had plastic surgery but I think not, just maybe a bit made up in this drama. His Cha Min role was a more mature one which he also delivered well.

The chemistry. This is one of the points that I extra like in this drama. Never mind the hollowness of the story when the leads had an amazing chemistry. Park Bo Young is for sure older than Ahn Hyo Sup but that didn’t affect the spark. It was having lots of sparks in fact!

The kissing scenes. And because of that chemistry, the kissing scenes were cute and awesome! It was never awkward.

The villain. I thought Oh Young Chul was brilliant! The first episodes were interesting because of him.

Supporting couple. Detective Park Dong Chul and Lawyer Lee Mi Do cheesy scenes were ice breakers. I love this couple! They were always there for our top leads.



The OST. I especially love Shalalalala. Funny scenes normally has this as background music. Fallin and Into the Abyss are also great to listen to.

The Ending. This had my tears flowing, it better be a happy ending. And I think they heard me.

Dislikes: The second to the last episode was quite cheesy but still bearable to watch.

Hae Jin’s screaming was really irritating.

Seo Ji Uk was sill lacking as villain.

Shameless ad placement. Hello Tous and Dyson.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 112019
 

haechi kdramaSummary: Set during the Joseon era, Prince Lee Geum wants to gain power by claiming the throne in order to reform the Saheonbu, which is the office responsible for monitoring government administration and officials. Together with a few who have a high sense for justice, he uncovers crimes and corruption by royals and high officials and makes history to be the first king close to the people.

Trailer: Haechi

Genre: Period, Action
Episodes: 48 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Lee Geum
Kwon Yul as Park Moon Soo
Go Ah Ra as Yeo Ji
Park Hoon as Dal Moon



Likes: This drama was definitely made to make Jung Il Woo looked good all the time! It’s not that I don’t like it, in the opposite, I immensely enjoyed how he looked majestic all the time. All those dazzling costumes fitting for a crown prince and later, the king; were mesmerizing! Paired with Jung Il Woo’s flawless face and conceited smirk, there was no way I would miss this drama every week :-).

Jung Il Woo as Lee Geum – although I would say, his perfect face wasn’t so perfect for the role, he did try his best to be that great king. Most of his scenes were dramatic, always trying to squeeze a tear or two but in the end it was always mansae for him. In everything he did, he was perfect… perfect poise, smile, side view, back view, sitting, standing, walking, riding a horse, shooting bows… it was soo Jung Il Woo and I love him for that!

Kwon Yul as Park Moon Soo – as the above’s opposite, Kwon Yul delivers Park Moon Soo’s character very well. I wasn’t surprised at all as I’ve watched Whisper and he was brilliant there. As Park Moon Soo, he was completely a different person. Always perfect for any role, this guy.

Park Hoon as Dal Moon – oh my, when I saw him I thought he really looked familiar then I realized he was the ghost ex-friend of Hyun Bin in Memories of the Alhambra! Good to see him well and alive in this drama :-). He has a handsome face and his role here suits him very well.

Lee Kyung Young as Min Jin Hun – I think my favourite character in this drama. He was the leader of the political party Noron who was at first against Prince Lee Geum’s enthronement. Highly intelligent and respected and followed by his subordinates and expected to be the force behind the new king’s downfall. Then the character twist I wasn’t expecting at all, he supported the King’s decision without abandoning his principles.

The Bromance. The strongest bond was between the king and Park Moon Soo but the bond between the king and Dal Moon wasn’t also falling behind. Bromance was everywhere in the Saheonbu, it was fun to watch! Even the bond between the two leaders of Noron and Soron political parties was so admirable.

The Costumes. I’m pretty sure these took a big share of the budget. Very impressive and detailed! The King alone, how many costumes did he had to show off?! Starting when he was installed as the crown prince, wow so much details on the outfit! Then he had his hunting costume, his war costume, archery, nobleman and not to mention the red king costume!



The Villains. We’ve got Wi Byung Joo (former Saheonbu’s top officer), Yi In-jwa (leader of the rebellion) and Lee Tan (aka Mil Poong Gun). These are the three worth mentioning. I love the justifications how they’ve become greedy for power and  ultimately become the threats for the throne.

The Love Triangle. It’s got to be the tragic end to the wanna-be royal pair Youn  Young and Mil Poong Gun, while Dal Moon, no matter what Youn Young did, would love her till the end!

The Ending. I must admit it became cheesy but I think it suited Jung Il Woo pretty well :-).

Dislikes: I didn’t like how the character of Yeo Ji changed. From Saheonbu officer to what, a court lady?! She was awesome in that officer role. That made her the lady that his Majesty was attracted to. Changing from the fierce Saheonbu uniform to that plain court lady outfit, come on! Her character was so lost. I wanted to see the brave warrior Yeo Ji! And yeah, she wanted to be in the palace to protect him? What does she think of the king’s elite guards, useless? I’m utterly disappointed.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Jan 102019
 

fates and fury kdramaSummary: Goo Hae Ra, a small-time shoe maker in Busan approaches Tae In Joon for a purpose. She makes him fall in love with her to avenge her sister who is in coma for years. However, the way to vengeance is never easy. She meets powerful people who she doesn’t have a clue, could be of help to her or the reason for her downfall.

Trailer: Fates and Furies

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 40
Stars: Lee Min Jung as Goo Hae Ra
Joo Sang Wook as Tae In Joon
So Yi Hyun as Cha Soo Hyun
Lee Ki Woo as Jin Tae Oh




Likes: It’s a story of love, deceit, power, status, inconsolable anger and vengeance! It’s a minefield of emotions! You can easily get caught in this chaos and get hooked to it.

I love the style. Very quiet, very serious, not so big in background music (that I already even forgot the OST). Oh wait, let me rephrase, they do background music at the very important scene like the first kiss (with the chorus of Fates and Furies OST … I’m thinking of you…lalala…). Very good, very powerful!

Watched this to see the loveteam Lee Min Jung and Jo Sang Wook who were together in a popular romcom some years ago, Cunning Sexy Lady. Chemistry is still there, I don’t know if it’s from the story, but there’s not much of it. Still enough though to get through the whole drama. Both are still looking great. In fact everyone looked great! Credits to the costume designers especially the thought you poured into coming up with gorgeous business outfits.

If top leads are good-looking, the supporting are equally the same. So Yi Hyun and Lee Ki Woo are eye candies! So Yi Hyun especially is not just looking gorgeous but a top-notched actress. Too beautiful and talented! Her role here shows she can do pretty much everything.

Other antagonists roles were handled pretty well with other veteran actors in this show. The story would have been incomplete without the evil stepmother and brother! Don’t you agree?!



Favourite crumbs…

  • love the chemistry between Tae Jung Min and Kang Eui Gun
  • loving Busan accent!
  • Kim Chang Soo, love this guy! He’s always there to give answers to everything 😉
  • and of course the mystery of Kim Chang Soo (the twist)

I love the ending. I mean who doesn’t like a happy ending after all those heartaches and tears as if there’s no forgiveness left in this world but in the end, our top leads reunite! Back to where they’ve met first (of course with perfect background). No fireworks though but we’ve got the sea covered ;-).

The ending was good and happy but what I like from it most was the twist in the end. I din’t expect that, or was I just not paying much attention. Anyway, surprised and contented by the story twist. As if it served as a seasoning to an already good dish.

Dislikes: The beginning was a bomb but it diffused somewhere in the middle (must admit, it became boring and draggy). Fortunately, a saving bomb exploded at the end.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Dec 072018
 

the last empress kdramaSummary: Present day Korea monarchy with the emperor marrying a commoner, Oh Sunny, to hide his flaws and crimes. Oh Sunny, a small-time musical actress and a huge fan of the emperor, becomes the empress and suddenly gets in the middle of the chaos inside the palace.

Trailer: The Last Empress

Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 48
Stars: Jang Na Ra as Oh Sunny
Choi Jin Hyuk as Na Wang Shik (Imperial Family’s Bodyguard)
Shin Sung Rok as Lee Hyuk (Emperor)
Lee Elliya as Min Yoo Ra
Shin Eun Kyung as Lee Hyuk’s mother




Likes: Love the plot! We get the chance to see how the Korean monarch would have looked like in the present – well it looked as chaotic as that of an ancient monarch. Everyone wanted to get hold of that top position and would do everything to get it.

It’s not so serious monarch drama. A bit of comedy has been added as well so it was actually fun to watch. Sometimes though, it was hard to tell when the story is still a joke or it’s becoming serious. Thin line!

I love the costumes and how the costume designers preserved the traditional designs on hanboks but would totally looked modern. I specially love the emperor’s costumes like the intricate golden embroidery on his outfits that commanded rank, power and wealth! It’s also nice to see the modern outfits of the royal servants. Prim and proper just like the old ones.

Top cast! We’ve got Jang Na Ra and Choi Jin Hyuk for the main roles and the supporting are brilliant actors as well! Shin Sung Ruk is awesome, such a good actor. And I’ve got to add Shin Eun Kyung and Lee Elliya who were both so brilliant in their annoying roles.

Remarkable Roles! Who’s my favourite? Let’s see…

Oh Sunny – the small time theatre actress, daughter of a fried chicken restaurant owner, who was used by the emperor as the perfect alibi for his crime. She took the palace by storm and became a favourite not just by the people but by the grand empress dowager who later bequeathed her wealth to the young empress. After so many attempts to kick her out of the palace dead or alive, she survived slowly unraveling the truth behind the deaths in the palace. Later on, the emperor fell for her but it’s a bit too late.

Na Wang Shik – this got to be my favourite transformation! I mean yeah from a big, fat guy with a heavy accent to a super handsome, good-built guy  who looks pretty much like Choi Jin Hyuk! Oh wait, it’s Choi Jin Hyuk everyone! I love it! It was like a fairy godmother waved her wand and ta raaan… I must just have missed that fairy. But yes, Na Wang Shik, survived after getting hit with a bullet in the head and determined to take revenge on the emperor for his mother’s death.

Emperor Lee Hyuk – I love this guy! He’s got to be my favourite! Why? Because he’s sexy when he’s evil and he’s cute when he’s not, lol! I even love his voice. I was rooting for him at the end especially taken Na Wang Shik out of the equation. I thought there was hope! Anyway, he made his mark. He was so kingly in those outfits, shared sweet moments with the empress, tried his best to be her knight in shining armour and he actually had a change of heart.



Min Yu Ra – this girl was a leech, a very pretty leech. She bullied everyone, she changed sides a lots, she was heartless, ruthless but turned out to have a very pitiful story. After getting dump, tortured, chased out, she survived! Such a tough lady!

Empress Dowager – greedy for power and wealth that she would even sacrifice her own children in return. So heartless, vain and down right crazy! To stay in power, she had to control everything and she was damn good at it.  But got to admit she was also funny especially when things don’t go her way.

The Ending. I’ve got to settle with it just like that. I think it’s the best way to end it anyway. The closure was good except for one thing, and that’ll go to dislikes.

Dislikes: Na Wang Shik just didn’t show up anymore then after browsing the net for an answer, realized that Choi Jin Hyuk couldn’t do the last four episodes due to scheduling conflict! Wutt! He was supposed to be the main lead! That was disappointing.

The drama was still extended by four episodes and I found it already draggy when I was still half-way! The story kept going back and forth.

Conclusion: Even if it became draggy and the main lead was no show in the last episodes, the plot was great and the roles were brilliant, so I give it a…

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Nov 172018
 

Terius Behind Me kdramaSummary: A former NIS agent, Terius, who is in hiding is trying to shed light to his failed operation in Poland years ago. In order to connect the dots, he approaches his neighbour Go Ae Rin whose husband’s murder is related to the case he is investigating. Terius becomes the babysitter of Ae Rin twin kids.

Trailer: Terius Behind Me

Genre: Romance, Action, Mystery
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: So Ji Sub as Kim Bon / Terius
Jung In Sun as Go Ae Rin
Son Ho Joon as Jin Yong Tae
Im Se Mi as Yoo Ji Yeon

Likes: You can never go wrong with an action-filled, mission impossible-like and, cute and funny drama with the (still) hot and sexy So Ji Sub. Love the action scenes, the cool cars, the cool agents in their cool black suits, even the villains are cool and the cool mums (with one dad) in the neighbourhood! Nothing serious like James Bond or Ethan Hawke but our protagonist, Kim Bon alias TERIUS is as cool and even has soft spot for kids, in other words, a good babysitter! A very lovable character.

So Ji Sub as Kim Bon / Terius – secret agent suits him well. He looked great and sexy in black suit and even hotter driving those cool cars. And he’s the total charmer when he’s with kids!

Jung In Sun as Go Ae Rin – very natural acting as a mum of twins. The bubbly character looked like an easy task for her. Although, I was missing the romantic scenes between her and Kim Bon, she would have had a really good chemistry with her leading man.

Son Ho Joon as Jin Yong Tae – I love this guy. Very natural as well. Funny even without exerting much effort. I love the bromance between him and So Ji Sub. They looked like a great team.

It might not be a new story but there was an obvious effort on it. The mystery that surrounded the whole story was complex. It involved a lot of people, a lot of props and I’m sure a big budget to bring the entire set to Poland. The latter, was an awesome choice for a mission impossible set. But even the local sets and scenes were impressive like the car chase with the bridge scene where our cool Terius jumped off.


Ae Rin’s twins are awesome! Great actors in such a young age! They were so relaxed and sweet especially with the main character. That nose to nose greeting was sooo cute!

The feisty mums and a dad group also known as KIS (Kingcastle Information System). was hilarious but a great support. Everyone has special traits as well as flaws but they always look after each other.

I was rooting for the budding love between Yoo Ji Yeon and Ra Do Woo. They just look cute together :-).

Some cameos but my favourite was Yoon Sang Hyun as the surgeon brother of the lady agent, Yoo Ji Yeon. He’s always very chatty which is his trademark and always liked him for that.

Was curious about that music Terius was always playing on disc. It’s Norah Jones’ Sleepless Nights! Awesome voice!

The Mojito Ending! I love it! No romance but hints of possible ones which is good enough considering the background of the main characters. Also there were hints of future impossible missions together so all good!

Dislikes: Flooded with ad placement like the very obvious Tifanny & Co, Rosa K  and Quiznos. Although the writer tried hard to integrate Rosa K (those bags) in the story, it would have been okay without them at all.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

 

This drama made it to the Top 15 Kdrama in 2018. Watch video…

Top 15 Kdrama 2018

Nov 032018
 

where stars land kdramaSummary: Lee Soo Yeon is physically disabled but able to live a normal life with the help of extra-ordinary machines which are attached to his limbs. However, they start malfuntioning when he falls in love with a colleague, Han Yeo Reum. The two are both working in Incheon Airport where a lot of interesting stories are happening.

Trailer: Where Stars Land

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Lee Je Hoon as Lee Soo Yeon
Chae Soo Bin as Han Yeo Reum
Lee Dong Gun as Seo In Woo
Kim Ji Soo as Yang Seo Koon



Likes: I definitely love the main story of Lee Soo Yeon and Han Yeo Reum. How they met the first time, how rough was the beginning when they started working together, how they fell in love, how they struggled with their relationship and how they got through the hard times. The chemistry is top with these two. They suddenly made Incheon Airport a romantic place (just like Namsan Tower).

The top leads are great! Lee Je Hoon is a brilliant actor (not just handsome but he can really act). I love his role here… seemingly awkward to the people around him and also anxious of any commitment but that super strength he got from the machine made him look like Iron Man! He did so well in this role. As for Chae Soo Bin, she’s always the bubbly girl, a very good support to LJH’s role. Best is the chemistry of these two!

Although it’s a clear big ad placement for the Incheon Airport, it’s  nice to see how it functions everyday and to see which team is responsible for which job. The sub-stories might be made-up but it’s like that in real life… every sector and every person has a story to tell.

Every episode has a short side story which is really a good addition to the main one. Each side story normally ends every episode so there’s always a new one to look forward to. They definitely keep you interested.

I love the supporting love story of the security couple. I found these two so cute together! A spin-off perhaps?



Kim Ji Soo still looks great for her age! She has this cute face but her roles are always the serious ones just like this one. She was also the best dressed in this drama, always looking elegant in her office outfits!

Lee Dong Gun still looks handsome! His height is always a plus. It’s good to see him take a good supporting role where he can show off his acting talent rather than force himself in a lead role which is not so challenging.

The ending with epilogue! One year later… I love this kind of ending. Somehow whatever problem existing gets solved after a year or two or even 5.

Dislikes: Did I miss something or what? Did Han Yeo Reum’s dad die? It wasn’t clear for a role which was important for both leads.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Sep 272018
 

Summary: Choi Yoo Jin was born in Korea to a slave parents. When his parents got killed from trying to escape from their master, he was lucky to make it far away and alive. He made it to the US and became an American soldier. He was then later assigned to Joseon for a mission then met the love of his life, ironically, a noble woman, Lady Go Ae Shin.

Trailer: Mr. Sunshine

Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 24
Stars: Lee Byung Hun as Choi Yoo Jin / Eugene Choi
Kim Tae Ri as Go Ae Shin
Yoo Yun Suk as Goo Dong Mae
Kim Min Jung as Hee Na
Byun Yo Han as Kim Hee Sung



Likes: Beautiful story, top-notch cinematography and a brilliant cast! These are my main points to like this drama.

Tragically beautiful story – it has a Shakespeare feel to it, definitely. If you can’t stand Shakespeare, don’t watch this. I just love how this guy fled his own country in past for being unwanted and went back getting attracted to a person whose like, he who despised most. Sounds like Romeo and Juliet, eh? Nevertheless went to such length of sacrificing everything he had to help her and her cause. His story together with others were beautifully told in this drama so yes, a must watch.

Impressive cinematography –  a great scriptwriter paired with an equally great director, the outcome is a masterpiece! Every episode was a masterpiece especially when it comes to cinematography. Everything was picture-perfect! Lovely sceneries integrated beautifully in the story. A feast for the eyes!

Brilliant cast – yes, everyone was awesome! Let me begin with…

Lee Byung Hun as Eugene Choi – far from his usual sexy aura, LBH displayed calmness (but still) with a handsome face. He was a total good boy. He was the perfect guy for the lady if not because of his background. He looked great in uniform and a plus when he was riding a horse. I love his quiet personality and his eloquence when getting challenge. His fighting meter is high as he was good with guns!

Kim Tae Ri as Go Ae Shin – very young-looking for her role but I really love her voice. She had the command when she spoke which was perfect for her noble lady role. She always looked so pro when she held guns. Always looking beautiful and untouchable as a lady in Hanbok and mysterious in a black coat and hat.

Yoo Yun Suk as Goo Dong Mae – he was basically fearless, looked sexy in yukata and double samurai swords, the long hair rocked too. Of all the men having eyes on Lady Ae Sin, he had the most chemistry with her. Look at this guy who would kill just like that (blood splashing everywhere) then would look at a girl with an impossible longing that even just watching her from afar or touching her dress would be enough.

Kim Min Jung as Hee Na – the tigress hotel lady who had powerful connections that even the emperor was just a phone call away. Kind and generous to others in need but was not lucky with parents and lovelife. I love her strong personality, her fights, her honesty and loyalty. Kim Min Jung is a  good actress but of all her roles that I’ve watch, this one is my favourite.



Byun Yo Han as Kim Hee Sung – he had this positive disposition in life despite the hopelessness of the situation. He too was fighting but using the means that he was good at, writing. I love Byun Yo Han’s handsome face and his smile. He always gave a brighter mood whenever the situation became gloomy.

More bits and reasons to love the drama:

  • the awesome bromance between the three men: Eugene Choi, Goo Dong Mae and Kim Hee Sung
  • the impressive costumes
  • the set (with the tram and everything else)
  • the sceneries (the frozen river, the woods, the sea…)
  • the languages spoken in this drama (Joseon, Japanese, English, even French)
  • very good integration of sponsor (Paris Baguette)
  • how the title Mr Sunshine was explained
  • the cute misunderstanding of what LOVE is 🙂
  • how true it was to the conservativeness of those time
  • love the effects especially the explosion of the Glory Hotel – it was a Bang!
  • the Mr. Sunshine OST

Dislikes: I had too kdrama hopes with the ending and I was disappointed.

Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Ri are both brilliant actors but the chemistry between them two was just poor. As I mentioned above, she had a better chemistry with Yoo Yun Suk.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 022018
 

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

Trailer: Meteor Garden 2018

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Jun 142018
 

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

Trailer: Wok Of Love

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




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

Let’s dissect each one of them…

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Dislikes: The ending was obviously shortened.

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

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

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Apr 192018
 

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

Trailer: Switch: Change the World

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




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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 202018
 

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

Trailer: The Great Seducer

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




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

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

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

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

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

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



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

I quite enjoyed the OST! Specially the intrumental ones!

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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Sep 282017
 

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

The three main cast…

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

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

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



Just the small stuff…

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 062017
 

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jun 082017
 

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

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



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

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

We’ve got 4 good-looking leads!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Super obvious ad placement by Papa John’s Pizza!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 132017
 

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 142017
 

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jan 062017
 

Summary: Queen Ji So of Silla Kingdom founds Hwarang in order to protect her son, the young King Jin Heung. Hwarang is a group of beautiful, young men train to be warriors. But the king joins the group incognito and meets Sun Woo, a strong and determined warrior and leader who jumped from his peasant to a half-breed status. Both fall in love with Ah Ro, a storyteller and a doctor.

Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 20
Stars: Park Seo Joon as Moo Myung / Sun Woo
Go Ah Ra as Ah Ro
Park Hyung Shik as Sam Maek Jong (later King Jinheung of Silla)
Choi Min Ho as Su Ho
Do Ji Han as Ban Ryu
Jo Yoon Woo as Yeo Wool
Kim Tae Hyung (V) as Han Sung
Kim Hyun Joon as Dan Se




Likes: Lots and lots of pretty boys in one drama, omo omo!  Why do I love Hwarang, I dare enumerate…

  • pretty, flawless faces!
  • their gorgeous, well-groomed long hairs and eyebrows!
  • beautiful bodies!
  • fantastic outfits!
  • oozing with nobility!
  • swordsmanship and horsemanship!
  • and last but not the least… loyalty and bromance!

My favorite Hwarangs…

Sun Woo – the leader! this guy is tough and strong, pretty determined to learn and blend despite adversity, naturally a great leader, honest and faithful to his love and his calling.

Sam Maek Jong – the king incognito! he appeared mysteriously confident in the beginning, has a very pretty face, educated, great with sword and archery but kind of lost to shine when he kept on to conceal his identity.

Su Ho – the playboy! His face speaks the desire to please women :). He even tried his charm on the Queen. He talks a lot, he confronts a lot but actually very friendly.

Ban Ryu – the snob! Very particular with his status and ambition but lost his desire to be evil when he chose to be with his lady love.

Yeo Wool & Han Sung – the cutest and the prettiest (hands down)!

My favorite side characters…

Master Ui Hwa – chief of Hwarang for his lecture full of ancient wisdom, for his humour and for his rice cakes (makes me want to try them too)!

Prince of Baekje – for his arrogance and his sexy accent :)!

Pa Oh – for his unconditional loyalty to the king!

The Silla World is pretty cool as what was portrayed in this drama. Though in the later episodes, the drama was set mainly inside the Hwarang’s house, the introduction didn’t fail to show the bars, the restaurants, the busy alleys, the soccer stadium, the shops – just like in the modern world. Very vibrant!

Ah Ro vs Princess Sook Myung – I like Ah Ro, she was a good storyteller but her beauty was just off. I’m not saying she isn’t pretty but her beauty just didn’t suit Silla time well. Princess Mook Myung on the other hand was every inch like a princess, the way she presented herself and the way she spoke.

Ah Ro – Sun Woo &  Ban Ryu – Soo Yun’s KISS – Poor Ah Ro and Sun Woo, very little chemistry. Them being fake siblings didn’t help either. Ban Ryu and Soo Yun’s kiss is the winner! These 2 should have a spin-off!

The ending had some epic scenes…

  • I love Sun Woo’s confrontation with Jin Heung in front of the throne.
  • Hwarang declaring their loyalty to King Jin Heung. Mansae, mansae man mansae!
  • King Jin Heung’s coronation. (Look at the ravishing king with those golden crown and accesories!!!)
  • Queen Ji So’s last moment. (With the love of her life!)
  • The never-ending display of bromance sealed with a final horseride! Just beautiful!





Dislikes: I have to mourn Han Sung’s death :(. I just have to think, he probably went for a concert tour :).

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 182016
 

doctors kdramaSummary: Hye Jung, a girl with a tough character meets her Mr. Right who happens to be her highschool teacher. After the death of her grandmother who was everything to her, she took the more challenging path and became a neurological surgeon which then lead her the way to reunite with her highschool teacher who is after leaving his teaching profession went back to being a doctor.

Genre: Medical, Romance
Episodes: 20
Stars: Kim Rae Won as Hong Ji Hong
Park Shin Hye as Yoo Hye Jung
Yoon Kyun Sang as Jung Yoon Do
Lee Sung Kyung as Jin Seo Woo




Likes: A more mature role for Park Shin Hye. It’s great to see her grow up with her character here as Hye Jung. Though the drama started when Hye Jung was still in highschool, she was already ahead of her classmates when it comes to maturity. Hye Jung’s painful family experience made her the tough girl she already was. When she became a surgeon, her career-lady character came out but managed to remain tough. In short, Hye Jung’s character development was very well architected throughout the drama; from the young, troubled teen to a surgeon and to someone who would equal the maturity of Ji Hong, the highschool teacher she fell in love with. Park Shin Hye’s performance was impressive! I always see her as cute, teeny actress but in this drama, she became a different person. Her outfits as well were very well chosen to suit her character. Well done!

Ji Hong, the love interest of Hye Jung. He was very charming. Older but charming. Obviously there is this undeniable attraction to older men especially when they show independence, intellect and responsibility. I understand Hye Jung for falling for him. Kim Rae Won (the actor), though not the most handsome was very well suited to play the character.

The chemistry between the leads was undeniably great. Take note there were only a handful kissing scenes throughout the drama but each time these two kissed, it gave me goosebumps. Sparks, sparks everywhere!

Impressive action scene in the beginning when Hye Jung had to fight some goons in the hospital. I doubt there is really a surgeon like that but well, the scene was quite entertaining. She even had to kick asses in highheels!

I love that reunion scene when finally Ji Hong is coming back to Korea and Hye Jung is already a surgeon. He arrived in an emergency helicopter while Hye Jung was waiting at the rooftop of the hospital. While being stunned for seeing him after a long time, he asked her… “Are you married? Do you have a boyfriend? … Then we’re set. ” I feel the stuttering answers of our girl! Whoah!

There were 20 episodes and if it was just really about these two lovebirds it would have been so boring. Luckily there were really great side stories. We have the unrequited love of Yoon Do, the developing romance of Seo Woo, Hye Jung’s family drama, Ji Hong’s dad and some elaborated hospital cases.  Hospital dramas like…

  • the heartbreaking case of a father with 2 sick kids who both needed surgery. (cameo: Nam Goong Min)
  • our practicing Kang Soo who was experiencing blackouts which was caused by a tumor in the head
  • the mother in coma who bore the baby until the baby is old enough to survive outside the womb. Bittersweet!
  • Presidents Jin’s nerve-racking spinal surgery

A well-balanced ending. Neither so cold nor cheesy. Neither so sad nor happy. But had a good amount of suspense with a proper closure to everything. Our girl Hye Jung got the apology, the “thank you” and the love that she deserved.




Dislikes: Are they really wearing highheels in the hospitals??? This disturbed me somehow.

After that exciting lead character reunion, it got a bit boring but I advise you to just hold on to it if you wanna see a great ending.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 212016
 

jackpot kdramaSummary: 2 princes of Joseon separated from birth but later reunited through their love for gambling. Baek Dae Gil and prince Yeoning also later joined hands to catch the untouchable Yi In Jwa. Both son of the fierce King Sukjong, Baek Dae Gil became the people’s man and prince Yeoning after some power struggles later became King Yeongju.

Genre: Period
Episodes: 24
Stars: Jang Geun Suk as Baek Dae Gil
Yeo Jin Goo as Prince Yeoning later King Yoengjo
Jun Kwang Ryul as Lee In Jwa
Choi Min Soo as King Sookjong
Im Ji Yun as Dam Seo




Likes: Another beautiful period drama with great cast, lovely costumes, intricate story of brotherly love, struggle for power, greed, revenge, politics and impressive swordmanship.

From its well-chosen cast, I would pick 4 favorites and they are…

Jang Geun Suk as Baek Dae Gil – JGS prepared a lot for this role. Though his face is not too Joseon, but he definitely had some Joseon accent going on. The first episodes, he went through some tough scenes like being covered even buried in mud. His training scenes with the master was great. He looked like he could really cut a falling petal blind-folded or shoot an arrow through a hole of a penny. Those scenes were so daebak!

Yeo Jin Goo as Prince Yeoning and later King Yeongju – if I wanna imagine how a really good-looking Joseon royal would look like then it’s the face of Yeo Jin Goo. He always looks good, acts great and speaks really well in period drama.

Choi Min Soo  as King Sukjong – if I had to have a crush from this drama then it’s this guy. Wow, the real King Sukjong must have been so intimidatingly handsome, fierce like a tiger and wise like several kings put together.  Choi Min Soo definitely did a astounding job!

Jun Kwang Ryul as Yi In Jwa – I have to give the best actor award to this guy. He was just amazingly good in acting. He could portray hatred in calmness, greed in leadership and great wisdom in politics. He was the last powerful villain standing and had to meet his most painful end.

Impressive and beautiful training scenes of Baek Dae Gil by the master Kim Chae Gun. Cutting of falling petals, perfectly shooting and fending arrows and flawless swordmanship. They remind me of old Jackie Chan movies.

Lots of impressive sword fights throughout the drama but my favorite is Kim Chae Gun vs Hwan Jin Ki.

I have to mention the costumes. They looked wonderful and realistic. Beautiful and colorful palace outfits, from the royals down to the guards and servants. The common people, slaves and rebels were dressed realistically.

The props and extras on the set were generously provided that make for example a coronation of a king looked so real. The atmosphere, the colors and the people around make the whole scene beautiful to watch.

Baek Dae Gil’s awesome first meeting… with the brother prince Yeoning, with the father King Sukjong (Sukjong looking at him scrutinizing his looks) and with the mother Suk Bin Choe.

Yi In Jwa and King Sukjong outwitting each other’s plans. These 2 characters are the great minds of this drama.

The gambler villains that Baek Dae Gil had to fight and defeat were great addition to the characters.

Tragic endings, lots of them. It’s the beauty of a period drama.

The bromance between the 2 princes was immortalize in the last scene. Such a beautiful closure to a seemingly tragic last episode.




Dislikes: Jang Geun Suk, a good actor but his face is really not for period drama.

The acting in the last 2 episodes became slow and awkward. As if they change the director. It also became cheesy. Hm, who’s fault was that.

Not much romance going on in this drama. (where are the females?!)

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 092016
 

neighborhood hero kdramaSummary: A former agent, Baek Shi Yoon who just came out of prison is trying to find out who was responsible for the death of his close friend and colleague while doing their last operation together in Macau. While plotting his revenge he’s become the protector of his current neighborhood and befriended with ex-agents so as with other people who later become a big help to realizing his goal.

Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Shi Hoo as Baek Shi Yoon
Jo Sung Ha as Im Tae Ho
Lee Soo Hyuk as Choi Chan Gyoo
Kwon Yoo Ri as Bae Jung Yeon
Yoon Tae Young as Yoon Sang Min
Jung Man Shik as Jung Soo Hyuk




Likes: It’s great to see Park Shi Hoo making this successful comeback after his much-talked scandal. Though a bit slim, he looks real good and has a well-toned body to show off. So not too surprised to see him half-naked a lot in this drama.

Packed with great actors! This drama wasn’t just about Park Shi Hoo and his role but also all the other members of the cast who delivered excellent performance to their roles. These following men and their roles basically made up this great drama…

Ahn Suk Hwan as Park Sun Hoo – he’s undoubtedly the best actor here. His role as a sneaky, big-talker boss doesn’t go unnoticed in the first few episodes. His facial expressions are so good, it always wanted me to hit his face ;).

Lee Soo Hyuk as Choi Chan Kyoo – I always thought of him as the handsome vampire in the Scholar Who Walk the Night but seeing Lee Soo Hyuk pulled off his character here is a change of impression. This guy can take any role. Loved seeing him here wearing a police uniform.

Jo Sung Ha as Im Tae Ho – his common policeman role in this drama who’s easily getting swayed by money due family concerns is I think his best performance so far.

Jung Man Shik as Jung Soo Hyuk – big guy, easy, calm and best accessory of the most powerful received the most unfortunate ending.

Yoon Tae Young as Yoon Sang Min – he’s got the face, the over-all look of a handsome villain who can fight! Driven by greed and ambition, his darkest moment was to get rid of his own bestfriend.

The New York Study Group – these powerful, rich, well-dressed and not so bad-looking men are to watchout for. I love the atmosphere when these men are around.

A James Bond and a neighborhood hero theme makes an action-filled drama – lots of action from our very well-dressed former agent. And since our hero is well-dressed, you can expect the villains to be the same. Fighting eye candies! Aja!

Levels of villains! Our hero thinks he’s fighting the right guy only to find out he’s just level 0 and there are more powerful people behind the whole thing. Of course in level 0, our hero can fight using his fists but on a higher level, there’s got to be some politics involved. It’s great to see how our guy gets through all this opponent levels.

The shadow / hero effect! How about wearing those H hats. In the end, everyone looked great wearing one. And if only we could solve problems like that in real life.

Hurrah for epilogue! I get to see Chan Kyoo wearing his police unirform for real. And a confirmation that our original hero didn’t leave us for good.




Dislikes: What was our Hero thinking? Sending the memoirs to mum’s preschool. It’s endangering his mum and all the kids in there. Not so thoughtful.

Writer Bae’s nagging character was getting so annoying. She was worse than the actual girlfriend.

Our hero getting out and back in the hospital. Was that to stretch the show so it could reach its 16th episode?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jan 142016
 

moorim school kdramaSummary: Moorim school is not an ordinary school. It’s hidden and protected by a seal in the depth of the forest so not just everyone could enter. But one day, someone broke the seal and the person who was deemed responsible is a famous idol seeking to cure himself from a physical suffering. He then meets other students and developed a close relationship to them.

Genre: School, Fantasy, Action, Teens
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Hyun Woo as Yoon Shi Woo
Hong Bin as Wang Chi Ang
Seo Ye Ji as Sim Soon Duk
Jung Yoo Jin as Hwang Sun Ah




Likes: Having a teenie, action and school drama in one is definitely new and I enjoyed it a lot. I love the school setting, reminds me of my school days and it reminds me well of one of my favorite school dramas, Boys Over Flowers. Not only that, they even use the same place (as seen in BOF) as the entrance hall of the school. I also like the choice of the leading cast. They’re all good-looking (your typical crushes in highschool, definitely!) and tough (convincingly able to fight)!

Lee Hyun Woo as Yoon Shi Woo – he was a total hottie and a G-dragon deadringer! He totally nailed the idol look. Loved his blonde haircolor in the first few episodes. He was the absolute highschool crush.

Hong Bin as Wang Chi Ang – this idol (in real life) wasn’t bad at all though there were moments when his face looked too frozen. His character was funny and he pulled that off pretty well. I don’t wonder why he was half-naked a lot, he definitely had the body to show off.

Seo Ye Ji as Sim Soon Duk – I loved her already in a previous drama but my first time to see her as the leading lady. Pretty like Arielle (the mermaid) and also simple like her character Soon Duk.

Jung Yoo Jin as Hwang Sun Ah – she’s got to be my favorite. Her beauty is cool and her acting has improved a lot. Action drama could just be the right genre for her.

This drama features a very beautiful birch tree forest as pictured above. Something to see when you’re in Korea.

Love the OST, Alive – powerful and catchy and just realized it’s by VIXX! Aja boys!

Lots of foreigners who could speak perfect Korean in this drama. Just impressive.

Cute  and cool scenes like the scooter ride, dressed-up party exam, Soon Duk saving Wang Chiang in the sea hence her nickname Arielle, Yoon Shi Woo and Wang Chiang fights and the Moorim peak challenge.

The best-looking of them all is of course the dean! He always looked good in his suits, even in winter coats.

I loved the first kiss! Shi Woo made the girl’s knee absolutely weak!




Dislikes: I was disappointed to see Shi Woo’s hair turned black. I know it was necessary for the change of character but I had a big crush on the blonde idol wahhh!

Too much drama and face offs in the last episodes. It became a bit draggy towards the end. Thankfully, the drama had only 16 episodes.

They pulled off a Kungfu Panda ending. “There’s no secret ingredient” kind of ending.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Nov 192015
 

oh my venus kdramaSummary: Kang Joo Eun, a lawyer who’s on the heavy side due to her hypothyroidism met famous personal trainer of star Kim Young Ho on the flight from the US back to Korea. She took the chance to get help from him in order to lose some weight especially after her breakup with her long-time boyfriend. Working with her coach was finding more about him; his past and his current responsibility as the heir of Gahong group.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: So Ji Sub as Kim Young Ho
Shin Min Ah as Kang Joo Eun
Jung Gyu Woon as Im Woo Shik
Yoo In Young as Oh Soo Jin




Likes:  It’s good to see another romantic comedy with big stars like So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah. They looked great together! Shin Min Ah’s character Kang Joo Eun was funny and easy. She always tried to stay positive and worked hard for everything.  On the other hand, So Ji Sub’s character Kim Young Ho was very serious and his way of life was strict discipline and planning. It’s good to see these 2 main characters complement each other. Furthermore, the chemistry between the two was undoubtedly strong. They were so comfortable with each other. It’s cute to see the girl being more aggressive and flirty then the guy being more reserved.

Those fatty masks were so well done especially Oh Soo Jin’s! I think the girls were so cute looking chubby. Chubby Kang Joo Eun was very cute though she lost that pretty dimple.

Epic meeting at the police station! I enjoyed this part very much. Ex-boyfriend protecting his ex-girlfriend, ex-boyfriend’s current girl came to a rescue, ex-girlfriend’s future boyfriend came to testify. It was so twisted, it was awesome.

These drama has lots of great moments. Let’s take a look at my favorites…

  • The umbrella-kiss moment – so that was Kim Young Ho’s taste of life. As coffee with cream to the chubby Kang Joo Eun.
  • Meeting coachinim at Ayang Bridge moment – girl running towards sexy coach waiting with open arms!
  • Boarding-departure moments – when one escapes one’s world, off to the other’s.
  • Sexy moments – we get lots of these when our 2 main leads are oozing with sexiness.
  • Pat-pat moments – letting go.
  • Meeting the family moments – awkward!
  • Proposal moment – our Kim Young Ho pulled a great proposal his girl truly deserved.

Supporting cast is awesome! Starting with the supporting leads, they were the main leads’ serious competition. Im Woo Shik and Oh Soo Jin can actually do a spin off. Other characters who made good impression were Snake and Ji Woong (truly Hyungs), Snake’s persistent girl, chairwoman/grandma who was always looking fierce, Young Ho’s assistant who always looked stiff but best supporting actor award, I’m giving it to the angry uncle-in-law!

Leading man in this drama is definitely the total dream guy! Trainer of Stars (given to have a sexy body), heir to Gahong group (rich boy), can do DIY treatment (a doctor), very helpful of others in need (a savior), can knit (a pink scarf for his girl) and last but not the least, can pull off an awesome proposal (lucky girl).

Ending with a promising wedding and short epilogue revealing an extravagant gift for grandma!




Dislikes: The leading men’s outfit especially the suits are not so impressive. Young Ho’s were always looking to big for him and had too much padding, he looked like an asthmatic person. Woo Shik’s suit prints were such eye sores!

So Ji Sub looks too thin, too tired and too pale in this drama. Far from the very sexy So Ji Sub in The Master’s Sun. He’s still sexy but not as sexy.

Awkward family meeting. Kang Joo Eun overdid it during her first family visit. They just could have omitted that part. It was too painful to watch.

Last episode was just lots of flashbacks!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Oct 082015
 

the merchant gaekju 2015 kdramaSummary: Cheon Bong Sam, a son of a former merchant started from scratch after his father died. He honed his business skills when he started to work at a stable. From there with personal and business trials that never left his side, he worked his way to the top as one of the most influential businessmen during his time.

Genre: Romance, Period
Episodes: 41
Stars: Jang Hyuk as Cheon Bong Sam
Yoo Oh Sung as Gil So Gae
Kim Min Jung as Mae Wol
Han Chae Ah as Jo So Sa




Likes: World of merchants Joseon style! That for sure was a new sub genre for me.  It’s interesting to see how they do business and trade during that time. Tough world to survive but already there was ambition, passion, determination, ethics even tradition from these hard-working pioneers.

I love the costumes and the realistic setting. From the hats, sandals, clothing of the peddlers to the traditional hanboks of the wealthier merchants. The markets looked convincingly real and the stable looked appropriately right with the tough guys living at the place.

Though it’s heavily focused on business, it’s got its fair share of love and tragedy. The love of our merchant for the most beautiful woman in their world and how that happiness was taken from him. This side story was essential in keeping the interest in the whole business thing :).

Formidable characters and the actors who took the roles. Definitely an impressive performance by everyone. Let’s start with…

Jang Hyuk as Cheon Bong Sam– if the great merchant was really handsome then JH was a great choice. A wise character with an excellent business skills. Tough stable guy but became softhearted for the lady he loved. A great leader like his father who always protected his flock. It sounds too good to be true, right? Let’s just say he didn’t get or acquired everything but he always ended up victorious.

Lee Duk Hwa as Shin Suk Joo – LDH is a great actor and portraying the smart and powerful Shin Suk Joo is an addition to his very attractive resume. I love how his character who started at the top dropped vertically after he met his lady love curse.

Yoo Oh Sung as Gil So Gae – he was annoying from the very beginning and he stayed like that until his very end.

Kim Min Jung as Mae Wol – her love for Cheon Bong Sam was deadly. She’s gonna be remembered as the ex-peddler, ex-pristess who almost got what she wanted but didn’t.

Lee Dal Hyung as Choi Dol – I’m giving him the best actor award for his topnotch performance as Bong Sam’s close friend who was quite slow for his age but the most loyal and was willing to sacrifice himself for his friend. It was heartbreaking to let him go.

I love all the dramatic character-ending in this drama. The ending of Shin Suk Joo with the setting sun. The terrifying death of Jo So, Bong sam’s wife. The sad but heroic ending of Choi Dol. The fate of Gil So Gae which was like his father’s. All tragic but makes me remember them more!

All Bong Sam’s speeches in this drama were very touching. He could easily start a rebellion at that time through his powerful speeches but in the end, his being a great speaker was used to teach his young followers how to be a great merchant themselves.




Dislikes: Too long for this kind of theme.

Sometimes women were so perfectly made up, it doesn’t look like Joseon era.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 032015
 

shine or go crazy kdramaSummary: Prince Wang So known as the cursed prince was destined to be the successor to the 1st king’s throne but only if he would get married to a princess that would serve as his light and guide to be a true leader. Without knowing, he married a former princess who has that fate but right away separated from her without even seeing her face. After a few years, their paths had crossed again and began to fall in love.

Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 24
Stars: Jang Hyuk as Wang So
Oh Yeon Seo as Shin Yool
Lee Ha Nui as Hwang Bo Yeo Won
Im Ju Hwan as Wang Wook




Likes: I always love a historic setting and seeing Jang Hyuk in prince costumes makes me always swoon. SWOON! Love sageuk and love Jang Hyuk!

The story got me hooked from the very beginning. Characters were well introduced – who’s the good guy – what are his potentials, who are the baddies – what bad things are they capabale of doing… made me interested in each one of them right away. Well done!

Too many pretty faces in this drama. Not that I’m complaining, in fact, that made me always look forward to another episode.

As mentioned in my pre-review, the chemistry between Wang So and Shin Yool was overwhelming. 2 great looking leads who very well complemented each other.

That interesting showcase of powerplay seen in most sageuk drama is once again in this one and I just loved it! How can they all be beautifully sneaky?

Excellent sword-fighting scenes! But when it comes to fight, my favorite is the princes’ tournament. This is where the
ladies are hooked (right?).

The characters, let’s dissect the top ones…

Prince Wang So – very well portrayed by Jang Hyuk who I think lost weight to exactly look like a poor swordsman then later, an old king (barely recognized him but he was still sexy). I love how Wang So fell in love, changing from a very focused leader to a child-like personality and I love how he would stare at his lady love. To top it all, he was funny, strong and brave!

Shin Yool – I always wonder how this delicate and beautiful being survived in that era. Yes delicate, beautiful, smart and very wise. She was just too lovable. No wonder why princes and generals were smitten by this beauty.

Prince Wang Wook – Oh dear, though he was competing against Wang So, he was definitely a top contender. Towering, good-looking, can fight but seems gentle and every inch a prince, a proud prince [swoon]. I love the music that’s being played everytime Wang Wook is in the scene, it’s light with a tinge of sadness.

Princess Yeo Won – I like the lady. She wasn’t the typical evil other princess but a beautiful, politically motivated, smart and powerful person. She was definitely giving it a fight to be on top. No nonsense. Just no love life for her, it was the price she was willing to pay.

Everyone else did a great job. Special mention to Wang Sik Ryum (the evil uncle), the brother king, Seo Won (sad for his tragic ending though) and to my favorite, Shin Yool’s brother who was funny though always causing trouble.




Dislikes: I don’t really like the ending. No matter how I think of it, it was a sad one. Realistically, Wang Wook would choose to be king (like how it was shown) and sacrifice his love and ended up as an old king who always longed for his lady love (as shown how he kept those memorabilias in his secret room). But what I don’t like most is to confuse viewers with a “there might be a happy ending” scene. I just don’t understand the very last scene. Was that a “what if” or he really lived as a king and went to see her from time to time??? For me, it’s either a Titanic ending or not, nothing in between.

I was disappointed how that battle ended up. They were talking about an army so big but couldn’t show that much. As what Shrek says, “You and what army?” Sorry but I expected an epic battle scene.

They could have been more creative with the title. It just doesn’t sound sageuk.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 172015
 

pinocchio kdramaSummary: After the tragic loss of his parents, a young Ki Ha Myung decided to live by another name Choi Dal Po after being adopted by the person who saved him from the waters. He then met his foster parent’s granddaughter who happened to be the daughter of the reporter who framed his family. Later on, he became a news reporter himself to avenge his family.

Genre: Romance, Family
Episodes: 20
Stars: Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha
Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po / Ki Ha Myung
Kim Young Kwang as Seo Bum Jo
Lee Yoo Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae




Likes: Interesting to see what’s going on behind all the news we can see on TV, what’s left of the truth after all the manipulation. News is a powerful medium, it should be handled with care and responsibility. This is a drama which sheds light and understanding of the media, what should be taken seriously and what should be ignored.

It’s a great script by the same scriptwriter who did “I Hear Your Voice”.

I love the chemistry between Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk, better that Park Shin Hye being paired with Lee Min Ho!

Lee Jong Suk fits the role perfectly with his very “sincere” looks. Not much of a fun of his looks but for the role,
he was perfect.

Love the first kissing scene! Background looks cold but the two made it looked really cozy :). Though I think their lips must have gotten frozen together :).

Other special characters that I really like are…
Song Cha Ok – mother of Choi In Ha and news anchor of MSC. She was ruthless but can’t deny the elegance of this lady. She always looked and appeared perfect.

Choi Gong Pil – foster father of Choi Dal Po and grandfather of Choi In Ha. Super funny and loving, it’s easy to undertstand why it’s hard to leave him.

Park Ro Sa – the Chairman! She was the villain character that made this show so interesting. The actress is always to watch for. She always give justice to her characters.

Cameo by Yoon Sang Hyun as lawyer Cha Gwan Woo! Knowing this drama was written by “I Hear My Voice” scriptwriter, making it a parallel story.

I love the ending. It shows what happened later to the most important characters. Definitely a good closure.




Dislikes: It became draggy and melodramatic somewhere between 14th to 18th epeisodes. I got bored. It was hard to finish even just 1 episode. I know they all can cry but there were times when it was just too much crying.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 122015
 

its okay thats love kdramaSummary: Jang Jae Yul, a famous novelist and radio DJ who’s sufferring from a personality disorder meets Ji Hae Soo, a psychiatrist. The 2 had to live together with other 2 guys in a house which is owned by Jang Jae Yul. For Ji Hae Soo, falling in love with someone who can be her patient was the biggest challenge. Helped by other professional psychiatrist friends, the 2 will have a chance to pursuit a normal relationship.

Genre: Melodrama, Romantic Comedy, Medical
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jo In Sung as Jang Jae Yul
Gong Hyo Jin as Ji Hae Soo
Lee Kwang Soo as Park Soo Kwang
Sung Dong Il as Jo Dong Min




Likes: The drama has a serious medical topic but done greatly to appeal to viewers who are into romance. In other words, medical-romance combined nicely topped with 2 of the best actors in Korea.

Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Gin’s dramas are always to watch for. They seem to be very skilled in choosing dramas where they truly shine and this is one example of that.

Jo In Sung – remains one the sexiest korean actor for me. His sleek, tall figure; pretty face and excellent acting makes him one.
Gong Hyo Gin – this lady though not the prettiest has the charisma on screen. She’ll make you love her.

For those who want to have a good cry, this one’s for you. Great drama moments thanks to the leads.

Presence of good comical reliefs makes the drama light and bearable.

Happy ending for everyone!

Dislikes: There were just moments when it was making me so sad. Not much of a crying-drama person.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 072014
 

joseon gunman kdramaSummary: Park Yoon Kang, a fugitive who came back from Japan to Joseon to avenge his father’s death to a gunman. He then became a gunman himself to hunt the people connected to his father’s killing.

Genre: Period, Melodrama, Action, Romance
Episodes: 22
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Park Yoon Kang
Nam Sang Mi as Jung Soo In
Jun Hye Bin as Choi Hye Won
Han Joo Wan as Kim Ho Kyung
Yoo Oh Sung as Choi Won Shin




Likes: The fact that it’s sageuk and the fact that it has Lee Joon Ki in it!

An interesting sageuk plot. It’s interesting to see the transition of how Joseon fought war, from swords to guns. The idea of introducing it to a conservative society was indeed sparkling a huge debate but the hypocrisy of the conservatives, using gunmen to protect them from being up in power, just showed that the use of guns was unstoppable!

Let’s get back to my favorite Lee Joon Ki. Though I love seeing him in Hanbok (korean traditional costume), he just looks extra sexy and cool in suit especially in that era when everyone was wearing Hanbok. Pretty face as usual and he always doesn’t disappoint :). And a great plus, he can speak Japanese! That definitely adds to the sexiness and coolness points!

I love seeing Yoo Oh Sung again, the great villain in Faith (with Lee Min Ho)! Though his character here seems to be quiet, there’s no denial, he’s still a great actor. He had the looks of a determined hunter, the original gunman!

The gun exhibition! I know it was a bit overdone but isn’t it too cool to see Lee Joon Ki turns the gun around his finger before firing! Makes me always smile :).

Poor Ho Kyung! My Yoon Ji Hoo in this drama. He’s just too likeable.

The ending wasn’t that bad. It was obvious there was no way to beat the king but would have been sad to kill the lead. I was glad to see the leading character changed into a people’s hero and though I love the Hanbok and suit looks of Lee Joon Ki, it was interesting to see him long-haired and bearded in the end.
Dislikes: The leading lady is pretty but Lee Joon Ki is prettier. It’s always hard to find a pair for him.

So In’s character was too weak for Park Yoon Kang. I found Hye Won more suitable for him.

Drama-overkill sometimes. Too much crying and talking before shooting.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jun 202014
 

angel eyes kdramaSummary:  The story of a blind girl who gained back her eyesight but lost her first love. After 12 years, he was back and she was in love with him again but dark secrets would stop them from being together.

Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Medical, Family
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Sang Yoon as as Park Dong Joo
Koo Hye Sun as Yoon Soo Wan
Kim Ji Suk as Kang Ji Woon
Jung Jin Young as Yoon Jae Bum
Jung Ae Ri as Oh Young Ji
Seung Ri as Teddy Seo




Likes: If you like a good cry then this drama is for you. It’s definitely one of the best melodrama I’ve watched so far. The story was sad, no maybe even tragic and that was well-conveyed to the audience. Plus Koo Hye Sun’s crying was always convincing, you just want to cry with her. Lee Sang Yoon, aside from his admirable looks (height, very proportional body and a handsome face with a dimple) is really great in crying too. These 2 leads were convincingly good on being sad :).

I thought this drama was getting draggy but I think it’s actually made that way. Everything was so detailed, from the prologue (2 episodes with the young Dong Joo and Soo Wan and these youngs characters were from time to time appearing throughout the drama), the main story and to the epilogue which was 1.5 episode long. As if writers explained in detail what pain and heartache really are and they would want you to understand that.

The “what if story”! As I’ve said it was too detailed they even show what would happen if … All happy and my favorite is of course the wedding scene!

I love the characters of the 2 leads (so as the actors). It’s good that they got great young actors who are comparable (to the main leads) to portray the young Dong Joo and Soo Wan. Young Soo Wan especially looks like young Koo Hye Sun.

As for the other guy, Kim Ji Suk looks great here. He definitely gave Lee Sang Yoon a good competition. Hm, 2 great guys competing for our good old Jan Di, huh!

The presence of Seungri! It’s always fantastic baby! He was definitely the best comical relief in this drama.

It’s good to see another island getting featured. A good break from our favorite Jeju.

Not necessary but I’d like to mention I really like Soo Wan’s lovely house! From the story, it’s understandable why she doesn’t like to go back. Too many sad memories.

Love the OST specially the “run run running to you” song :). Couldn’t help but sang-a-long everytime it was played.

Dislikes: The ending. I would like it just a little bit different.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

Summary: Park Soo Ha, a high schoi hear your voice kdramaol student is looking for the woman who once helped him put the man who killed his father into jail. He then realized she became a lawyer and went to meet her. With his ability to read people’s mind, he’s trying to protect her from now newly released killer of his dad.  

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Episodes: 18
Stars: Lee Bo Young as Jang Hye Sung
Lee Jong Suk as Park Soo Ha
Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Kwan Woo
Lee Da Hee as Seo Do Yun



Likes: Good story! Lawyer-themed so I expected interesting cases to be solved. There were of course like what I expected but it also has its own main and important case which involved our brave leading characters. It was a thrill to watch it till end.

This is another noona-love drama I like. It was good to watch it with You Who Came from the Stars which is (guess what) a noona-love drama as well. It seems to be the trend in 2013 and it gives us (all within noona-age bracket) some hopes. Lol!

Another superpower drama. The other one is alien alright, this one is hearing thoughts!

Lee Bo Young – first time to see her in a drama. She definitely did give justice portraying

Jang Hye Sung. She has a cute and young face which helped me accept the fact she would end up with the young guy :).

Lee Jong Suk – hm definitely a cute guy! But was he too thin? I swear I won’t fit in hos skinny pants!

Yoon Sang Hyun – I like him here. I liked him as Oska in Secret Garden but a lawyer seems to suit him well.

Lee Da Hee – She’s just gorgeous! She always looks very intimidating. And yeah she can also act!

Though the lawyer-theme can become so serious, there were some comical relief that made it easier to watch especially to viewers like me who can’t stand heavy drama. Oh wait, I was actually able to stand them! They were really good heavy drama moments.

I have to mention the cameo of the popular lawyer Choi Yoon of A Gentleman’s Dignity. Love to see him again!

It was a good ending! I like the kiss!




Dislikes: There were some annoying scenes that I didn’t like. It was too stupid for it to happen!

The villain became soo draggy with his intention to kill. But well, we won’t have a drama, right?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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