Dec 082016
 

goblin kdramaSummary: Kim Shin, a brave warrior during the Goryeo era and was a loyal servant to his king met his end at the hand of his master. Due to the number of people he had killed in the battlefield, he was punished and was given the task of a Goblin, fulfilling desperate people’s wishes and for the punishment, he will live in a very long time and will get to see people close to him die before him. Due to his fervent request, the divinity gave him a chance by providing him a wife who is destined to end his misery.

Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Gong Yoo as Kim Shin
Lee Dong Wook as Wang Yeo
Kim Go Eun as Ji Eun Tak
Yoo In Na as Kim Sun / Sunny

Likes: A totally wonderful fantasy drama with countless beautiful scenes! Aside from its remarkable fantasy genre, the writer made a perfect balance of melodrama and comedy in one – really, a job well done! Expect to cry, laugh, fall in love and be in awe when watching it.

Beautiful scenes and sets. From the wonderful world of Goryeo kingdom, beautiful autumn scenes of Quebec, mystical Goblin’s secret garden to the classy interior of the Goblin’s house, the creators of this drama obviously put an effort on the details of the sets.

Fantastic story. Romanticizing the legend of the Goblin except that our Goblin is a very handsome man who doesn’t age but is stuck with a curse to live forever and see everyone dies. Of course our Goblin finds the love of his life but has to stick to having that curse – he will have to see her love go. Sounds sad, isn’t it?  But  it isn’t. That’s the one making this drama fantastic. The creators manage to give us hope without being too corny.

Remarkable characters. Everyone here has a story and is following their fate but everyone’s fate is intricately intertwined. In the end, past life or next, everyone is still very much connected. Moreover, I love the combination of Goblin and Grim reaper. They totally made a great team. And I love that these characters are not really grim but charming and funny. I thought it was a brilliant idea!

The love teams. We have 2 great love teams here and not to forget with very important backgrounds.

Kim Shin & Ji Eun Tak – cute and giggle-worthy! This team brought happy and adventurous memories. I love how they spend their precious time together. The kiss scenes were great, I would rate it 8 out of 10 :).

Wang Yeo & Sunny – funny, sexy but sad! These 2 brought out lots of funny conversations and meetings. They also have an incredible chemistry. The kiss scene, though sad, I would rate it 9 out of 10!

The beautiful cast. Everyone’s good looking in this drama but I’ll focus on the main cast. Here I go…

Gong Yoo – finally my man is back!!! And his more handsome than his Coffee Prince days! Tall, gorgeous even with his sad Goblin’s face.

Kim Go Eun – first time to see her in a drama and I think she’s a natural. I like her cute acting, she never overdid it. She was likeable throughout the drama.

Lee Dong Wook – actually surprised to see him in a supporting role but after watching the drama, I understand why he took it. Also tall and handsome, and his role as grim reaper made him look mysterious.

Yoo In Na – super sexy as usual, flirty in a good way and very natural in acting.

The scary ghosts. They were everywhere as Ji Eun Tak could see them but the scariest of them all is Park Joong Won. He was the ultimate villain here!

The heart-warming OST. Beautiful tracks accompanying lovely, memorable, thrilling and even sad scenes of this drama. Worth checking out!

2 Bonus Scenes. Just add-ons really.

  • I thought the cinema scene was hilarious where our two main characters were watching “Train to Busan”, a horror movie with Gong Yoo in it :).
  • That scene when the Goblin and the Grim reaper made a mysterious catwalk after buying spring onions then greeting the viewers Happy New Year!

Sad but beautiful ending. I’m glad that the writers were true to the story. I had fully accepted the impending sad fate of the characters but I’m glad that it still ended beautifully. I thought it couldn’t have ended as beautiful as that. Bravo for a drama well done!

Dislikes: Minor thing but still worth mentioning. A lot of you might have not noticed it but I did. I just dislike the Subway and Tag Heuer not too well integrated product placements.

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

 

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Sep 152016
 

moonloversSummary: A girl in the present time gets transported to the Goryeo era after drowning in the river. She wakes up in the past as Lady Hae Soo, who’s related to the wife of the 8th Prince. Because of her status, she easily gets befriended with all the princes including the mysterious, scarfaced 4th prince who later claims the throne and becomes the 4th king of Goryeo, King Gwangjong.

Genre: Period, Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Wang So (4th Prince)
IU as Hae Soo
Kang Ha Neul as Wang Wook (8th Prince)
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Yo (3rd Prince)
Kim San Ho as Wang Mu (Crown Prince)
Yoon Sun Woo as Wang Won (9th Prince)
Byun Baek Hyun as Wang Hyun (10th Prince)
Nam Joo Hyuk as Wang Yoo (13th Prince)
Ji Soo as Wang Jung (14th Prince)

Likes: There so much to like about this drama but the main thing I think is the perfect balance between richness in characters (everyone is interesting), stories (everyone has each own story), picturesque setting, the heavier focus on the main couple and the bittersweet ending (it’s afterall the Goryeo era).

Now for the characters, I will focus on the princes (of course) and their relationship with our main lady Hae Soo…

Wang So (4th Prince) – though the first episodes were not much about him and Hae Soo but there were promising scenes already that he would be Hae Soo’s destiny. Take for example when he rescued her from falling off the bridge. Wang So wearing his famous mask, wearing black outfits all the time, riding his horse and known for his wolf stories exudes mystery and darkness. To top that all, he has his famous facial scar that no one would dare to look at and touch… except Hae Soo. That defines their connection and the chemistry between the two was undeniably great! He first fall for her, there was resistance from her as she was into someone else but isn’t this the best part! Their love was definitely  difficult. In order to keep the love, they would have to be separated. It’s tragic but it’s Goryeo era, it was kind of expected.

Wang Wook (8th prince) – if I were Hae Soo, in those circumstances, I would also fall in love with this prince. Wang Wook though married to Hae Soo’s cousin, had the looks, the intelligence, the calmness and the love he didn’t hesitate to offer. Aside from that, he was backed up by a very powerful family that could easily make him the successor of the throne. Hae Soo and Wang Wook had some beautiful scenes when they were falling in love like the walk on the snow, the meeting at the cave, the writing tutorial and more. But Wang Wook wasn’t the luckiest, he lost the throne and the woman he deeply desired.

Wang Mu (crown prince) – the crown prince entrusted Hae Soo with his important secret, his skin illness. Because Hae Soo came from the present, she had an idea about the illness and how to manage it. So when Wang Mu became king, Hae Soo became the Damiwon lady who was responsible for everything like tea and bath for the king

Wang Yo (3rd prince) – he rose to the throne by plotting an uprising and kicking Wang Mu out (by of course killing him). Wang Yo became insecure of who his real supporters were. He never liked Hae Soo but kept her as a bait for Wang So’s loyalty. He was the queen’s favorite son and him as the king was like a trophy for her. Good-looking (Big Bang TOP’s deadringer) but too greedy and lacking support, he failed to keep his position.

Wang Hyun (10th prince) – his playful attitude drew Hae Soo’s attention though their first meeting wasn’t really that pleasant. He was a boy at heart who loved toys, plays, games but started having a crush on Hae Soo. His dream of marrying Hae Soo didn’t realize when his father King Taejo married him off to the general’s daughter. He was of course sad but ended up in love with his wife till the end.

Wang Yoo (13th prince) – he was the only one who was into music and drawing, the artist. A good friend and confidante of Hae Soo. They were very close that even Wang So thought Hae Soo liked him. Wang Yoo became Wang So’s loyal people when the latter became king and Wang Yoo’s closeness to Hae Soo became deeper when she became friends with Woo Hee (Wang Yoo’s love interest).

Wang Jung (14th prince) – he was the most gentleman of them all. Having an unrequited love for Hae Soo, he waited until Hae Soo wanted to get out of the palace and took his chance to have her with him. He was the last man Hae Soo was with and the man Hae Soo entrusted his daughter to. A former general, tough and good in fighting, full blooded-brother of Wang So – the king, he chose in the end to live his life loving the lady he love most.

Wang Won (9th prince) – the sneakiest prince. He supported whoever was in power. He took for granted the love of a servant, Chae Ryung whom he manipulated to help him poison the bath of Wang Mu, the former King. Chae Ryung was like a sister to Hae Soo. Hae Soo was so devastated about her death punishment that she despised Wang Won so much that after her own death she left a will punishing Wang Won to his death.

The kisses! Who would forget Wang So’s forced kiss on Hae Soo and Hae Soo’s first-move kiss on Wang So? These 2 made me crazy!

Beautiful dating places of Wang So and Hae Soo. My favorites, the boat ride on that picturesque lake and the 2’s walking place which was adorned with giant trees. Just beautiful scenes!

Don’t forget the awesome OST! I love listening too all of the songs… check out Moon Lovers OST.

The costumes were daebak! They all looked good, the princes specially. Hae Soo’s lady outfits were really beautiful.

The ending! It’s bittersweet but I like it like that. There was a closure to every important story. As I see King Gwangjeong at the end acknowledging that the life of a king is afterall fleeting and vain, seriously I have to hold back my tears! It’s sad but I accepted it  as a beautiful sageuk ending. But come on, the ending screams part 2! Give it to the fans please! I’m one of those who wants to see both of them in the future.

Dislikes: Some scenes were too touchy to pass and some punishments were to weak for the Goryeo era.

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 122014
 

empress ki kdramaSummary: A marvelous story how a brave Seung Nyang who posed as a man in her country Koryo, later became the Empress of Yuan.

Genre: Period, Political, Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 50
Stars: Ha Ji Won as Ki Seung Nyang / Empress Ki
Joo Jin Mo as Wang Yoo
Ji Chang Wook as Ta Hwan

Likes: It has a very well written script and packed with interesting characters, plus great cast and direction, beautiful costumes and accessories, great OST and set in a rich Yuan and Koryo era. It’s a huge production, yes! But all the above mentioned are making it another great drama in my list. I thought 50-episode drama is too long but with this much details in the story, it had to be that long. There was not even a single draggy moment, it was just well done!

Favorite characters:
Seung Nyang – I love Seung Nyang! Brave, strong, talented, a femme warrior, defender of the young royals.  No wonder the princes fell for her even when she was still dressed as a man!

Lady Ki and Empress Ki – she was still fighting with sword every now and then, not to forget blinded Tanqishi in that very lady outfit but her strength was her influence! She just basically had everyone falling for her :). Let me count, hm the Emperor, the King of Koryo, even Tanqishi. She got a lot of people on her side which was obviously necessary to survive when you’re in a palace.

Emperor of Yuan – you’ve got to love him and hate him at the same time. He was so annoying when he’s this scared little puppy emperor but when he started to do something and act more emperorly, he was so adorable!

King of Koryo – what can I say, he’s the perfect husband! He’s so  good-looking, intelligent, can do sword-fight and he would even do everything for the woman he loves!

First Regent – he’s the perfect villain. Relaxed, cunning, smart, brave, a hero for another ruler but just got drowned in power. Sad to see him go.

Tanashiri – daughter of the 1st Regent so yes you want her gone because she becomes really dangerous but it’s also sad to see her go.

Empress Dowager – oh this lady is first an ally then she becomes a deadly opponent. All for power!

Tal Tal – forget about the emperor and king of Koryo, I would go for him all the way! His face, his voice his hair, his brain! He’s perfect!

Favorite Scene: though it’s obvious Seung Nyang would end up with the emperor (afterall the drama is called Empress Ki), there’s a scene (and it became my favorite scene) where I thought the 2 are the best couple. When Seung Nyang was assigned to protect the emperor when he was exiled in Koryo, they went for a horse ride on the beach. They raced and before the young emperor could lose, he jumped on Seung Nyang’s horse, riding with her until they fell in to the water. The scene was just so beautiful. I fell in love with the 2 right away. That was a deciding moment who she would ride with until the end.

One more thing I  like about this drama is that our Lady Ki had the 2 men ;). She loved them both and she had them both. No unrequited love here. It would have been such a waste otherwise :). So definitely not a Jun Pyo and Ji Hoo kind.

Dislikes: I said to myself, I have to prepare my heart for the ending but I was just really sad. To be Empress Ki, you have to have everyone (especially the bad) around you. But really no point if they’re all gone! But I think I was more sad that it had to end. Saying goodbye to all those wonderful characters and their (might be cruel) world.

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

secret kdramaSummary: A story of a woman who tries to keep a secret to save the man that she loves but ended up being unwanted by him in the end.

Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Hwang Jung Eum as Kang Yoo Jung
Ji Sung as Jo Min Hyuk
Bae Soo Bin as Ahn Do Hoon
Lee Da Hee as Shin Se Yeon

Likes:  I like everything about the drama; the plot, the cast, the direction, the ending – well done!

The plot – it’s a perfect balance of sadness, revenge, ambition and love. How the truth unravel in the end reminds me of a couple good HongKong movies I watched in the past which has a similar style of storyline. You wouldn’t miss to say, oh so that how it actually happened! Every episode is a thrill you don’t wanna miss.

The cast – well chosen! I just love the four of them. Hwang Jung Eum acted as the perfect victim. Ji Sung, oh Ji Sung (he’s hot!) was perfect immature Chaebol. Bae Soo Bin, he gets these creepy roles but suit him very well. Lee Da Hee, ah she always looked naturally rich!

The direction – for the acting to look very natural, it must be the doing of the so called director! Simply well done!

The ending – we get this story which is almost reality but has a sweet kdrama ending, ahhh! I’m actually used to have a HongKong thriller movie kind of ending but hey this is a kdrama afterall!

The most touching moment is about the son. How dare them writers touch the hearts of the moms?? Wahhh, I couldn’t help crying. But it was good, well researched or maybe the writers are moms as well :).

Perfect length of drama! I wouldn’t ask for an additional episode just to have a longer epilogue. It was perfect like that!

Dislikes: It’s hard to recall something I disliked. I think the likes outweighs it all.

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 242014
 

coffee prince kdramaSummary: A pizza delivery girl who’s always dressed up as boy met coffee prince, who really thought of her as a boy. He hired her to be a barista in his cafe but he started to get attracted to him/her.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoon Eun Hye as Go Eun Chan
Gong Yoo as Choi Han Kyul
Lee Sun Gyun as Choi Han Sung
Chae Jung Ahn as Han Yoo Joo

Likes: Huge fan of both Yeh and Gong Yoo!
Supporting actors are also great!
Love the story and just really well done!
Melting with the kissing scenes!
Great chemistry between leads!
Got to love coffee!

Dislikes: Short epilogue :(.

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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