Preview: A pro con man takes the role of a prosecutor in order to bust a drug ring that involves powerful people on top. “Funny and thrilling legal / action drama with the cute Jang Geun Suk in it – who’s taking 2 challenging roles to save the world. A must watch!
Preview: Yes Lee Da Hae is back! Finally, a good one from her this time. This story is about the humbler and nicer twin sister trying to solve the mystery of why her snobbish flight attendant twin got in trouble and now lying at the hospital in coma. So she tries to work and pretend as a flight attendant and meet a very picky pilot. “Funny drama with great and good-looking actors! Can’t wait for the next episodes!”
Summary: Son Oh Gong, the monkey king is bound to protect Jin Seon Mi through a powerful bracelet called Geumganggo. The geumganggo has the power to enslave him by making him fall in love with the person who let him wear the bracelet and protect that person wholeheartedly. So Son Oh Gong has been following Jin Seon Mi around and protecting her from all evil spirits which are bothering her.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Horror
Stars: Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong
Cha Seung Won as King Wooma
Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Sun Mi
Lee Hong Ki as P.K
Jang Kwang as Yoon Dae Sik
Lee El as Ma Ji Young
Likes: The Story – at first it was confusing and the storyline was somewhat chaotic. I didn’t have a background of the original so I was quite lost. The beginning was like Alice in Wonderland with ghosts, evil spirits, demons, then even came a zombie. It was like a fantasy-horror roller-coaster! Lost but quite enjoying the adventure. Later on, our leading man was clear – handsome, mischievous, powerful – well, basically a god. Our leading lady, the girl in distress didn’t and leave our handsome god a choice but to protect and love her. With that, I was happy, we’re back in a kdrama world, lol!
The Characters and the Cast – It took me a while to get used to the characters and understand how important and powerful each one of them as most of them were immortals but as soon as I got the hang of it, everything made more sense.
- Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong – he is definitely most handsome in this role! I think he did so well as the rude monkey always teasing his girl but then always giving in to her. Among LSK’s kdrama, this is the first one he really connected and had an awesome chemistry with his leading lady which made him more handsome. I love how arrogant, angry, rude and hot-tempered Son Oh Gong was! A change to our normal sweet and polite kdrama leading man.
- Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Sun Mi – She’s always pretty but she never really had a proper chemistry with his leading men in the past, maybe because of those strong and brave roles she was in. However, as Jin Seon Mi, Oh Yeon So became like a little girl who was a having a crush on someone older. She was more vulnerable which suits nicely with Son Oh Gong’s rough character. Her moments with Son Oh Gong were always something to watch for.
- Cha Seung Won as Ma Wang – this guy is not just tall and handsome but a good actor as well. Cha Seung Won didn’t disappoint me as the vain, powerful, funny but carries sadness in his heart – Ma Wang, the bull King. Cha Seung Won’s acting was commendable, he would go from funny, quirky to sad. All with impressive facial expressions!
- Lee Hong Ki as P.K – the naughty and mischievous Dwaeji! Suits Lee Hong Ki so well!
- Lee El as Ma Ji Young – I love her, she’s gorgeous and she can act too!
The Kissing Scenes – Is it me or they’re very generous with kissing scenes these days. After I’m Not a Robot, this drama comes next to having an elaborate kissing scene this year. Not that I’m complaining, I LOVE IT! Bring in some more of these scenes! Our 2 top leads did a great job! They looked good and in love when they kissed, very convincing ;). I specially like the kiss at the bookshop. It was the famous reactivation kiss!
Bromance – my favourite is the bromance between Son Oh Gong and Ma Wang. It’s like they don’t like each but they like each other. They were so cute to watch especially when it comes to Son Oh Gong’s coat which he always hung on Ma Wang’s bull statue. The latter would get annoyed but then later missed him when there was no one anymore doing that.
Bizarre Stuff – The Winter General and the Summer Fairy were one person! It was more bizarre than the black dragon! Honestly, it took me a while to realize that haha. Also, the rotting smell of Bu Ja was successfully conveyed (at least to me) by how rotting she looked. Great acting and great job makeup artists!
The Outfits – This has a high probability in bagging the best in outfits/costume award which I’ll give later this year. Everyone looked good in their well-fitted outfits! I can imagine a lot of money went to this one.
The Ending – since the start of the show, the ending was always pointing to a sad one. However, I like how I got my consolations. I can deal with that ending! It’s all good then :).
Dislike – the only complain I have here is how Son Oh Gong was pushed into that super “rich” character. It was unnecessary. I found it trying hard somehow.
Summary: Hong Ra On, the daughter of Hong Gyong Nae, the leader of a famous uprising during the Joseon era had to live a life as a man in order to hide her true identity. She didn’t have any idea though until she got reunited with her mother. Meanwhile, she passed the screening for eunuchs out of sheer lack and became the favorite servant of the crown prince who consequently fell in love with her.
Genre: Period, Romance, Comedy
Stars: Park Bo Gum as Lee Yeong (later Crown Prince Hyomyeong)
Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Ra On
Jin Young as Kim Yoon Sung
Chae Soo Bin as Jo Ha Yeon (later Crown Princess Jo)
Kwak Dong Yun as Kim Byung Yun
Likes: It’s refreshing to see young and pretty faces in a period drama. Kim Yoo Jung is kind of a veteran for me as she was in the famous The Moon that Embraces the Sun which I particularly love. She has grown into a really beautiful lady befitting a crown prince’s love. Her pretty face and smile doesn’t get unnoticed that it becomes hard to believe how he could actually pass as a man in this drama. But of course, not to be taken seriously as it is not a serious period drama afterall. Park Bo Gum, on the other hand is a fresh face for me but lo and behold what a handsome fresh face you’ve got there your Majesty! Definitely, one of the most handsome crown princes in a period drama. I guess now, everyone wants a piece of our BoGummy, hello girls?
Two more handsome guys in this drama who deserves special mentions and that’s Jin Young and Kwak Dong Yun! Jin Young as Kim Yoon Sung is from the powerful Kim clan who loves painting and became an official in the palace. He took noticed of our pretty Ra On even though dressed-up as a noble man and started liking her and to the very end offering his life to protect hers (so tragic huh). And as expected died handsomely and heroically! Yoon Sung also holds the award for best dressed in this drama. His Hanboks are just too beautiful! Kwak Dong Yun as Kim Byung Yun was the special guard of the crown prince. Always dressed in black, excellent in fighting and disappearing in the dark, his bromance with the prince wouldn’t easily die thus he escaped death himself!
I always love that scene when the guy would about to confess his true feelings (woman or not) then finds out he actually doesn’t have to worry. Crown prince’s facial expression seeing Ra On wearing a dress was a thumbs up as if his heart skipped beating for a moment. Moments like this is the most awaited part when it comes to dramas with a cross-dressing heroine!
First kiss in the garden was awesome! With all that waist-grabbing and eunuch hat falling down.
I could melt at the prince’s stare. Library scenes are my favorites. These 2 lovebirds gets really close but they just actually stare and tease each other and yet that send us some giggles, right?
There were a lot of cheesy scenes that I thought don’t even belong to a period drama but surprisingly I like the one with the bracelets. When the crown prince bought two bracelets, one he would later wear and the other one give to his lady love, Ra On. It’s just cute!
Impressive chubby face makeup of the princess Myung Eun. She was very entertaining as well.
The ending was definitely happy.
Dislikes: Ending happy but too hard to believe it would happen in that era and that our main leads would really end up with each other given their different statuses. This drama comes as very confusing because it looks like in the olden days but behaves otherwise. The script was definitely written to cater to young audiences who don’t have much exposure to period drama. It’s good introduction though. But for people who fell in love with the real deal, we’re just missing the tragic and dark parts, the excellent politicking, the heartbreaks, the cruel reality of that time. This was too colourful, too playful and most times too cheesy.
Summary: Shin Suk Ho, a former manager of talents at a top entertainment company hit rock bottom after serving a year in prison. He then founded Mango Entertainment and formed a band called Entertainer. The vocalist Jo Ha Neul happened to be the brother of Suk Ho’s close friend who was a great talent himself. Together with some of his closest friends from the industry, Suk Ho worked hard to put Entertainer band into the limelight.
Likes: It’s good to see a favorite again! Ji Sung is no doubt a great actor. His role in this drama is a bit different from his previous projects – a hectic, sly, good with words, workaholic manager, depressed but even then still a good leader (his life was kind of messy) – but as usual Ji Sung did it so well, in fact without him in this drama, it would have been really boring. And I have to mention, this guy can cry even without trying so hard. There’s lots of scenes in this drama to prove that. So guys get those kleenex ready!
Entertainer band consists of really cute guys. Ha Neul is tall and handsome, Kyle is super funny, Jae Hoon is a total cutie and Yun Soo is charismatic. The style of songs the band played is somehow similar to CNBlue which is probably not a coincidence considering Kang Min Hyuk (CNBlue’s drummer) is playing Ha Neul.
First time to see Busan featured in a drama. It’s been always Jeju Island. Busan looked less busy than Seoul and the water views were beautiful especially outside Ha Neul’s waterside home.
That song Go Ahead, Cry is just beautiful. Sad but beautiful.
This has a series of seriously heavy drama moments. Everyone seemed to have a sad story so as I’ve said, have your Kleenex ready. Have a good cry.
Popular cameos: Park Shin Hye was there shortly and Seo Kang Joon as Kyle’s friend.
Though it wasn’t the focus, I love the romance between Suk Ho and Geu Rin and the story of that green (rhymes with Geu Rin) umbrella and how it might shed some light as to where their story is leading in the end.
Everyone’s story has a closure in this drama. After all the heavy drama, you’ve got a time to laugh and smile in the end.
The award moment in the end when all 4 members of the band were on the red carpet… in their tuxedos…all groomed… walking in slow mo… then stopped and ask their boss (Suk Ho) to join them. All 5 of them then continued the slow mo, red carpet moment! Quite cheesy but loved it :).
Dislikes: Kang Min Hyuk looks handsome and tall but his mouth was a bit disturbing especially when he cries. His face sometimes lack emotions. He definitely needs more acting workshop.
Storylines were too good to be true. There were times I’d say… REALLY???
I think the script and its execution is below par for an actor like Ji Sung.
Summary: 2 souls were having unfinished business in the world of the living and were granted to come back in two different bodies. The salesperson Kim Young Soo came back as a handsome guy who eventually became the boss of the place where he used to work. On the other hand, Han Gi Tak who used to be a tough guy came back as beautiful woman.
Genre: Melodrama, Comedy
Stars: Kim In Kwon as Kim Young Soo
Rain as Lee Hae Joon
Kim Soo Ro as Han Ki Tak
Oh Yeon Seo as Han Hong Nan
Lee Min Jung as Shin Da Hye
Lee Ha Nui as Song Yi Yeon
Likes: It fits the 2 genres perfectly, a comedy and a melodrama which is just the right mixture of fun and sadness.
Though I’m not a big fan of Rain’s acting, it’s hard to ignore his presence. This guy is tall, buffed and sexy! Since he’s tall, everyone else is tall even the ladies…
The ladies woohooo! I’ve never seen such high concentration of talented and gorgeous ladies in one drama. Let’s start with…
Oh Yeon Seo as Han Hong Nan – OYS is a doll! Just perfect! She’s tall, with a vavavoom body and a very pretty face. In fact it was hard to see her as a guy (as her role is a guy who came back from the dead). Nevertheless, she did well with her tough, gangster moves and voice.
Lee Ha Nui as Song Yi Yeon – I love this lady, she’s just beautiful and talented. Possesses a perfect body like OYS and has a natural talent for crying. Her role as a depressed had-been actress suits her well.
Lee Min Jung as Shin Da Hye – everyone will melt with her puppy-eyes. Our third leading lady has the simple and modest look but also beautiful and talented like the 2 mentioned above.
And I praise all the ladies above for their catwalk skills!
There were so many funny moments in the show but what I like best is when there’s one, this song plays… Feel Alive by Topp Dogg! It has this western feel to it and I always associate it to the good guys or the ladies winning.
It’s fun watching every episode ends with a short scene where the real Lee Hae Joon (played by Rain) and his pilot got stranded in an island after their plane crashed.
Finding out who the real sister of Han Gi Tak was a great twist.
Loved that short flashback in the end where Da Hye and Kim Young Soo met when they were younger. Sad fate for everyone but it’s good to know our 2 souls had a good closure.
Dislikes: Overused SBS building as a set for dramas. It’s hard not to recognize and ignore those corridors. Seen them a lot before.
I really like those massage chairs and I wish I will have one soon but bending the story of a drama to showcase these products or any product in general is just lame. At least make it not too obvious!
I was desperately hoping for a romantic happy ending. I shouldn’t have had.
Likes: Very funny!
First season is really good!
A change from the usual kdrama!
Daniel Henney, hot guest!
Dislikes: Sad ending :(.