Preview: Kang Sun Hyuk does everything to acquire important business deals even if that would mean joining a special rescue team in order to get a good glimpse of Miryeong forest, which has a potential to be turned into a resort. He gets to share a house in Miryeong village with a surgical resident, Jung Young Jae, who got kicked out from a top hospital in Seoul because of an incident. “Love the set and the chemistry is not bad and you get to see shirtless Park Hae Jin!”
Preview: A lady constable from the countryside, Cha Soo Young, tries to join RIU using her special ability to memorize what she sees in detail, as her passport to get a job as a detective. She starts working with the lady head of RIU after her ability was being noticed. She is then introduced to a famous profiler, Oh Hyun Jae and gets her skills tested.
Summary: Dong Baek starts a new life with her son in a small town, opening a bar called Camellia. She is being criticized and bullied by her neighbours for the kind of livelihood she is having but that doesn’t stop a few people to admire and respect her. One of them is Hwang Yong Shik, a constable. His persistent character makes Dong Baek consider falling in love again.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Thriller, Crime
Stars: Gong Hyo Jin as Dong Baek
Kang Ha Neul as Hwang Yong Sik
Kim Ji Suk as Kang Jong Ryul
Likes: The Set. Countryside or a small town setting always comes underrated. First impression is always, it comes quite boring, no Seoul fashion and accent. But that actually made this drama special. Set in a town where everyone knows each other and for an outsider, would be quite hard to get integrated. It was a challenging situation for our Dong Baek, a single mum, who opened a bar in the town. It was hard for her to get accepted without the constant criticism and bullying. Interesting to see such a realistic setting.
The Story. The main story about Dong Baek, her past, present and possible future was already very nicely laid. What I was more impressed of was the detailed side stories of the other characters. And what was even more impressive was these side stories had their wonderful closure as well. We’ve got for example Hyang Mi’s, the Joker’s, Dongbaek’s mum’s stories. All with justifications why they live their lives like that.
The Cast. Such an impressive group of talents. Everyone did so well. Gong Hyo Jin’s performance was a different level, she was actually the character. Dong Baek is probably the best role she ever did and I found her really beautiful in this drama. Kang Ha Neul was just wow! What a talent! Still very young yet very talented. I was impressed with his performance here. It just proved that he’s not just a pretty face. He did so well with the accent too! And I’ve got to give credit to Kim Kang Hoon, who portrayed Pilgu, the son of Dongbaek. He was just sooo good! Watch out for this boy, he might end up like the likes of Yeo Jin Goo.
Ongsan Neighbourhood. It never got boring because of the Ahjummas of the neighbourhood. Of course there was the usual gossiping and bullying but above all that, there was camaraderie. In the end, the drama was warm and heartfelt because of the mutual trust among each other. It was very nice to watch.
Solving the Crime. I’m a huge fan of crime stories so the Joker part was a big bonus for me. The twist at the end came as a great surprise. I thought it was already over but it wasn’t. Well done!
The Endings. Yes plural because there were more than one. All side stories ended well and our main Dong Baek story closed nicely as well. And it even had an epilogue!
Dislikes: Thinking hard but nothing really.
Summary: Grim reaper #444 is after an apprentice who wants to live again using someone else’s body. The only way to capture the runaway apprentice is also possessing someone’s dead body. Grim reaper suddenly has a new identity and after meeting a girl who sees shadows of death, he’s becoming more and more human.
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Crime
Stars: Song Seung Hun as Black
Go Ah Ra as Kang Ha Ram
Kim Dong Joon as Oh Man Soo
Lee El as Yoon Soo Wan
Likes: I always wanted to watch something different from the usual romantic comedy so I picked this one without knowing the level of “grim”-ness this drama had to offer. So, what a surprise! I liked it that it went beyond the usual expectations. Of course, it started as something intriguing, sometimes cute, sometimes funny, oftentimes sexy (thanks to the leading man of this drama who was consistently sexy-looking in black suit)!
The drama was at first vague and had lots of disconnected plots. Very confusing! But every new episode shed light to the some few initial confusions in the first episodes. As the drama developed, it gave answers to a lot of questions until all the puzzles were solved. This type of drama, you definitely have to pay close attention to everything. You miss a piece, you won’t be able to solve the puzzle. So, very challenging and therefore a reason to like it.
I also like the consistency on the mood. Although, there were some light moments but the mood was gray, dark and somewhat heavy. As if there was something… something more shocking that is bound to unravel.
A twist-filled story. If you like twists, this one’s for you! I would get shocked all the time something unexpected happens. I was like… “Omo, she actually did that!” or “What, that’s him all the time!” (complete with ghost bumps!). And when you think you’re done with one shocking revelation, there comes another one.
I like the emotional ending, how Black tried to bring closure to everything. Sad moments but good ones! It ain’t called BLACK for nothing!
Comic reliefs were plenty but my favourite are the detectives especially when they tried to reenact the rape scene. That short-legged grandpa got some waxing in no time!!! LOL!
Song Seung Hun as Black – so sexy and handsome in black suit! I don’t think I can top that first statement, lol!
Go Ah Ra as Kang Ha Ram – Go Ah Ra’s acting is always not bad. This type of role: clumsy, a bit ignorant, suits her pretty well.
Dislikes: I like Go Ah Ra as I just mentioned above but she couldn’t always establish a good chemistry with her leading man. All so good with the acting but I always miss that romantic excitement.
All were good with the ending except for this one annoying glitch. I really don’t understand how Black managed to appear in the end after receiving that maximum punishment! Duh! Of course, no further explanation given because it was the very ending.
This drama made it to the Top 15 Kdrama in 2017. Watch video…
Summary: 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, Crime
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!
Summary: 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
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!
Summary: 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
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?
Summary: After a tragic accident, Choi Eun Sul later known as Oh Cho Rim lost her memory but gained something extra-ordinary in return. Her one eye turned colourful and she could see smell through it. She later crossed paths with the young policeman Choi Moo Gak and helped him solved crime cases using her ability to see smell.
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Thriller
Stars: Yoochun as Choi Moo Gak
Shin Se kyung as Choi Eun Sul / Oh Cho Rim
Nam Goong Min as Kwon Jae Hee
Yoon Jin Seo as Yum Mi
Likes: It’s refreshing to watch something a bit different. I love how they visualize smell… all those cute icons floating in the air :).
Two funny and bubbly main characters are great addition to what’s already an interesting plot. It’s great to see Yoochun doing something funny again. I think it suits him better than doing serious roles. Nothing to dislike about Shin Se Kyung. I think she’s a great actress and she did a good job portraying Oh Cho Rim.
Though I love the 2 main characters, the supporting roles and the actors themselves are no small time. Nam Goong Min is wow in this drama! Watch and you’ll find out why :)! Yoon Jin Seo, I thought I’ve seen that lovely face before. Oh yeah I was right, she was in my favorite “Old Boy”.
I love crime solving stories. It’s no Sherlock Holmes but it’s a good break from my usual kdrama love stories. They put much thought on each murder case which made an episode interesting to watch.
The police force was very entertaining. I like that guy who had a Russian girlfriend. Him saying her name was always cute.
I like how the lives of our 2 main characters entertwined. Sure, it was tragic but these 2 made a way to be together in the end.
Dislikes: There were just scenes that I found silly. Like practicing and performing that skit. Once would have been okay but I think they did it thrice. It was too much!
Some obvious clue that there might still be trouble. Underestimating Nam Goong Min’s creepy character. Of course he’s Kwon Jae Hee, the very handsome, hot, sexy, celebrity chef in the drama. He won’t die that easily.
Summary: After saving the President of South Korea from an assassination, Han Tae Kyung, a secret agent is finding out more dirty secrets of the people behind the assassination. Together with some others who remained loyal to the President, they’ll all work to have the master mind captured.
Genre: Action, Thriller, Melodrama, Political, Romance, Crime
Stars: Park Yoo Chun as Han Tae Kyung
Son Hyun Joo as Lee Dong Whi
Park Ha Sun as Yoon Bo Won
So Yi Hyun as Lee Cha Young
Choi Won Young as Kim Do Jin
Yoon Je Moon as Shin Kyu Jin
Jang Hyun Sung as Ham Bong Soo
Likes: Great action from the most well-dressed and best looking secret agents in the world. Forget about the agents protecting the American Presidents :), they probably have to work on the fittings of their suits first. This is kdrama afterall, it’s expected and well it’s really fun to watch how well-groomed Korean agents are. From the hair, the suits, the shoes, the casual attire, all perfect! Even when they were laying on the ground dead.
Looks like a big budget with lots of explosions! Makes it more realistic.
Great villain! I’d say so. He was pissing me off big time really. Thanks to the actor, Choi Won Young for doing a great job. His facial expressions were the best.
The President’s face always shows this emotion which I can’t help but sympatize with him. Another great acting!
I love the lady constable, I think she’s beautiful. Her beauty suits with the role. Not so cute, not so pretty.
The ending was quite bloody but glad it ended up nicely.
Dislikes: I like PYC but not in this kind of drama. I hope he’ll do sageuk soon.
A desperate attempt to have a love story between our main agent and the lady constable. Hm, really there’s no need to.
So Yi Hyun as Lee Cha Young is too pretty for the role. It’s soo distracting to have that prettiness working for the secret agency.
The story wasn’t that bad, just having lots of holes. And always what a waste of bombs. Exploding where there’s no one getting hurt.
Summary: 2 people went back in time exactly 14 days before the death of their loved ones. One is a mother who will try to save her daughter from getting murdered and the other one is the brother of a prisoner who’s going to be hung.
Genre: Action, Melodrama, Crime, Thriller, Time-travel
Stars: Lee Bo Young as Kim Soo Hyun
Cho Seung Woo as Ki Dong Chan
Kim Tae Woo as Han Ji Hoon
Jung Gyu Woon as Hyun Woo Jin
Kim Yoo Bin as Han Sa Byul
Likes: I love time-travel, it’s always interesting. So interesting I stopped watching the other drama I was watching with this one to see quickly what would happen in the end.
Every episode is a thrill! New mysteries kept pouring in and you just can’t stop to watch. Great cliffhangers as well!
That emotion throughout the drama that has been successfully carried out so parents like me feel the same thing when losing a child or about to lose one. So moms out there, watch your kids like a hawk!
Best acting goes to Lee Bo Young and Cho Seung Woo! I got to like LBY from I Hear your Voice, she was great in her role as a lawyer. In this drama, she proves to be a great actress by portraying a totally different character, that of a desperate parent trying to save her child. And Cho Seung Woo, what can I say, you’ll love him as an actor but you’ll love him more in his character as Dong Chan! He was great!
Dislikes: I got spoilt watching the great villains of Empress Ki that I found the ones in this drama to be mediocre, not scary at all. Though it took time to know who the perpetrators were, revelation didn’t really make an impact.
It was a pain to watch Jung Gyu Woon act. Pretty face but lacking facial expression, so dull.
There were so many annoying situations in this drama like, why do you keep leaving your daughter with someone if you know she’s gonna die, argh!
I really don’t understand why Dong Chan died?! Yes I think he died (sorry fans). Okay let’s say he really had to die but they could have at least give a good explanation! If the child survived, he really didn’t have a reason to die in the end. Tah no sense at all!
Summary: Park Soo Ha, a high school 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.
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?