Preview: Here comes the great casanova, trying to seduce another girl in order to please the girl he really likes. But what if he falls in love with the former and falls out with the latter? “Korean version of my favourite “Dangerous Liaisons”! First 2 episodes are good. Love the young cast and I see effort on the production. Looking forward to the next one”.
Summary: The crown prince of Goryeo falls in love with Eun San even before he realized she’s the daughter of the richest man of Goryeo. With all the power he has, would he go to great lengths to have her eventhough he knows she has fallen for Wang Rin, his bestfriend.
Likes: I like this drama since start to finish although my heart was slowly breaking towards the end! So many reasons to love the show and I will try to enumerate the really relevant ones…
- Goryeo Era – I only saw a few drama based on this period but the world is as beautiful as the Joseon era. The royal clothing and accessories were more intricate and generous on gold, definitely an attention getter. I’m pretty sure, the costume designers overdid it a bit but all the wardrobes in this drama were so perfect to look at. The royals looked every inch like royalties, the nobles were full of nobility, the ladies were so graceful and the men were irrisistibly so handsome!
- Cast – This is one of the obvious reasons why praise this drama. It’s loaded with oh-so-brilliant actors!!! Let me begin with the top leads…
Im Shi Wan – omo, he’s not just super cute, he can actually act! I love his charisma in this drama. I was for Crown Prince from the beginning till the end that’s why my heart is still totally broken as of this writing :(. Im Shi Wan (mark my word), will be one of the most bankable leading men in kdrama.
Hong Jong Hyun – his character here as Wang Rin; a quiet, loyal and bestfriend to the crown prince suits him better than his villainous character in Moon Lover. He was tall, handsome and dashing even beating our crown prince a few notches when it comes to the looks department.
Im Yoon Ah – ah she’s cute. I can’t resist watching a drama where she’s in. She gave justice to a character who was the subject of affection of both our top gorgeous leading men.
Oh Min Suk as Song In – Awesome villain! He was sooo annoyingly gooood!
Jang Young Nam as Queen Jangmok – I love the queen how she was trying to do her best to protect her son. Her last moment was unbearably dramatic and heartbreaking. She did a great job!
Honorable mentions are the King, Queen Mu and Crown Princess. Everyone did a great job even those who had the-not-so important roles.
- The Story – I’ve read that it’s based from a novel so a lots of people predicted who the girl would end with but I think the most important is how well the story was adapted into a drama. I love the story. It was well-told, bitter-sweet story of true love, loyalty and friendship.
- The King Loves OST – I recommend listening to the songs from this drama. They are so beautiful!
- Beautiful Scenes – Throughout the entire drama, I’ve seen so beautiful moments, some connotes love, friendships, happiness but a few of sadness – sad but still beautiful. I love that pretty scene of the 3 of them together in the mountain full of pink flowers and I love the farewell scene when crown prince was standing next to that famous giant tree, looking at San who was with Rin from the far saying his final goodbye. Wahhh! Tear-jerking!
- The Ending – Although it didn’t go how I wanted it, after I’ve calmed down from being brokenhearted, I did some thinking and I realized it was better that it ended that way. Wahhh (again)! I love the narration at the end, like a great story told and I love how the Love of the Crown Prince (later King) was highlighted. It gives an answer as to why the title is “The King Loves”!
Dislikes: Faux spring flowers were just everywhere. They quite overdid this part. Sometimes, everything looked so fake.
Summary: Sung Hye Sung died when he was in high school and his special friend, Jung Jung Won blamed herself for that. 12 years later Sung Hye Sung comes back to the living world and looks for his family and friends who have all aged 12 years older. He is reunited with Jung Jung Won who is now working as an assistant at a restaurant.
Likes: Interesting story! Someone actually came back to life and didn’t age a bit! The plot makes one curious… why is that, what happens now and how long is that gonna last. At least, those were the questions that bugged me all the time as I was watching the show.
I love the flashback setting… countryside, high school life, simple living, riding bikes, young love… simply very relaxing to watch. I like the young Jung Jung Won… pretty, a bit flirty and sparks a good of chemistry with Hye Sung! The 12 years ago flashbacks were given much weight which were vital foundation to the present-day story.
The love of Hye Sung and Jung Won defied age and worlds. I think this was the most important message of the story. Their love story was very touching and it seemed to go on just like the ol’ Titanic couple :).
The mystery on the death of Yang Chul was nicely unraveled giving me another good reason to watch this drama. Thrilling enough to keep me hooked.
Noona-love is new to me and loving it. That’s all thanks to Yeo Jin Goo‘s confident acting. Very good acting and not at all intimated considering he was next to Lee Yun Hee. Definitely, a very talented young man.
I like a lot of characters here but I love Shin Ho Bang and Hong Jin Joo the most! The comical relief of the show! I liked it when it would get melodramatic then this couple would come up with something funny like the unforgetable “brazilian waxing!”. So funny!
Ahn Jae Hyun as Cha Min Joon – although awkward sometimes, I still like him. I love his voice. His quiet and lonely character here is not his best but good to see him trying out a different role.
The ending, although it was bitter-sweet, I liked it! Well, I couldn’t think of a better way to end it, so it was good. The epilogue was a bonus!
Dislikes: Lee Yun Hee was not as fierce as her other roles in the past. Was it her acting or her character that was dull?
Summary: Kim Je Ha, a former soldier who is on the run after being framed, crosses path with the powerful Choi Yoo Jin, the wife of a presidential hopeful, Jang Se Joon. Je Ha witnesses one of Jang Se Joon’s affair thus ordered to be killed by Choi Yoo Jin but survives. Impressed by that, the latter then hires him to be one of her trusted bodyguards and gets an assignment to look after the secret daughter of Jang Se Joon.
Likes: 2 main reasons why I like this drama so much…
Movie-like production but has the typical kdrama romance to it. It’s really like watching a blockbuster-action film with its first episodes showing our buffed main lead with non-stop heart-stopping and impressive John Woo-like action scenes. Every fight scenes in this drama are worth watching credit to the awesome director and Ji Chang Wook who looks so professional in every fight. I also love the slow-mo effect of the most important kick or punch or the famous shooting from the car (Looked like Gone in 60 seconds with Angie. Yeah, that exact shooting scene). Even with all those cool scenes in this drama, the romance was always tailing. It didn’t matter if our main guy was surrounded by other males, he always couldn’t help caring for his girl. And it didn’t matter to be the most evil as long as our madam could keep her man next to her side. Love was a bit complicated in this drama but it didn’t mean it ain’t romantic.
A-list actors! Oh where do I begin because everyone was just so good. Let’s start with…
Ji Chang Wook – he’s tall, very handsome and I could see he really trained hard for this as shown in his very buffed physique. He’s a very good actor not just a pretty face. And the fact that he’s well-trained in martial arts, all his action / fighting scenes actually really look natural. Moreover, this guy has overwhelming charisma. He could easily build chemistry with whoever he’s paired with.
Song Yoon Ah – the coveted best actress award, I will definitely give to this lady. She was just awesome! She comes to you as a simple and beautiful housewife to a presidential candidate, but behind the curtain she was the most powerful, merciless and manipulative lady in the country. How Song Yoon Ah portrayed her role here is beyond impressive! Salute to this great actress.
Im Yoon Ah – pretty and tall and I love her innocent role in this drama. Innocent beauty seemed to have captured the heart of our K2. I have to give her that.
Jo Sung Ha – I always like his performances but here he captured my heart with his sneaky politician and playboy character. Beyond all those hatred, fights and plans to crush his wife, his character had a change of heart and stayed with her till the end. The ultimate politician playboy turned romantic!
Kim Gab Soo – of all his roles, I think Park Kwan Soo is the most remarkable. He mastered the character of a sneaky, greedy, cunning, manipulative but stayed quite stress-free politician. Interestingly, as an antagonist, he wasn’t someone I hated to see rather I always looked forward to what he was gonna do next.
The chemistry between Ji Chang Wook and Yoon Ah was top and surprisingly Ji Chang Wook and Song Yoon Ah’s chemistry was also great. I wouldn’t have minded if the latter pair ended up with each other :).
Kissing scenes were cute. I love the rooftop romance (although realistically it would have been freakin cold to hang out up there, but well anyway…)
Ladies, Ji Chang Wook is showing lots of skin here! Yes and it involved lots of wet fighting with other naked guys! Hurry, check it out!
Well-done cliffhanger scenes every end of each episode.
Even artificial intelligence has a very K(orean) to it. Though Mirror and Cloud Nine are all pretty cool, they also represents beauty and vanity ;).
A very meaningful, tragic but acceptable ending. To my heart’s delights, a short epilogue to give an end to other hanging sub-stories.
Dislikes: Although I like Im Yoon Ah, I just felt that her character failed to develop anymore further. She remained the lady in distress till the end. I wonder if the likes of K2 would still be interested after a while. Oh well…
Summary: Our surgeon heroine, Yun Joo went into the webtoon world to save the gorgeous and super rich Kang Chul of W webtoon series that her own father created. She was able to return to the real world but would always be summoned back especially when Kang Chul needed her.
Likes: I rarely give a perfect 10 but when I do it’s only given to the best of the best, to the most awesome, to the most heart-pounding, most nerve-wracking, most daebak kdrama I watched. This year, it’s happening again. This is the reason why I keep on watching knowing that one day, I will get to watch another masterpiece. W, this year is no doubt the best kdrama! But what makes it the best?
- the concept – I wouldn’t say it’s unique. Maybe this kind of story already existed in books or manga or comics or music videos (oh yes I know one and that’s the MV of A-ha Take on Me ) but in kdrama, it was my first time to watch it and it was very exciting!
- the worlds – the real colourful world and the fictional black and white comic world which were not so different from each other, well, except for the time.
- the characters – oh oh oh Kang Chul my love, why so handsome?! Yes Kang Chul, the rich, gorgeous guy in the comic has that effect on everyone that even a lady surgeon from the real world would be attracted to. Oh well, he was made that way by his creator, a simply perfect guy. And this perfect antagonist is paired by a pretty surgeon from the real world, Yun Joo who happened to save him when he was wounded and dying. A perfect heroine for our gorgeous hero!
- the actors – I love Lee Jong Suk playing as Kang Chul. His face looks like it just came out of a manga. Han Hyo Joo (though her acting needs more improvement), she is so pretty to pass as our perfect antagonist’s love interest.
- the storyline – great order of events and impressive twists that make every episode full of suspense and totally unpredictable.
- the length – 16-episode long is just perfect. No dragginess, no unnecessary extensions to suit sponsors.
- great villains – what makes a great story is the presence of a great villain and W has 2! First Oh Seong Moo, the creator of the novel W who became the protagonist of his own novel. Second one is Han Cheol, the politician inside the comic who was always after Kang Chul. 2 great actors but I would give the best actor award to Kim Eui Sung who played 2 characters Oh Seong Moo and the killer in webtoon.
- best kissing scenes – yes they were the best kissing scenes. Jong Suk oppa appears to be a great kisser. And I’m glad the writers were so generous to shower us viewers with these super exciting scenes. We’ve witnessed a surprised kiss, romantic, goodbye, hello and a sunset kiss. Thank you, very generous indeed.
- super cool scenes – lots of them! Will mention a few… Kang Chul riding a super hot red car, sad goodbye at the rooftop was even super cool, editing on-going happening in the comic world using the tablet, Kang Chul making it to the real world for the first time and so on and so forth…
- best comical relief – Park Soo Bong, the author’s assistant brought lots of laughters especially whenever he was scared. And Yun Joo’s boss in the hospital Heo Jung Do was also super hilarious even in a bossy way. It was a fantastic idea to mix comedy in a suspense drama. You know, when you’ve got this feeling when everything becomes creepy then our funny guys pop up, what a relief :).
- the OST – lovely songs played throughout the drama. Check out W OST playlist.
- the ending – I love it! It’s a sad-happy ending but I got over the sad part very quickly because of the awesome happy part!
Overall, I’m very much contented. Nothing to ask for, nothing I dislike. Even the promotional ads for KIA wasn’t an eyesore at all. It was the best ad in a kdrama I’ve ever seen. Great integration! Really very well done!
It’s a terrific drama and I highly recommend it to everyone. Enjoy watching!
Summary: Shin Joon Young, a top actor but diagnosed with a terminal illness is trying to fix everything in his life that he messed up. That’s including his ill-fated relationship with Noh Eul, a former schoolmate he likes but ended up broke and struggling to find a project as a documentary producer.
Likes: I knew since I watched the first 2 episodes that the main character would die. It was written all over it. They didn’t make it a secret which was great. I was so prepared! The whole drama was about how Shin Joon Young would make amends with everyone especially with the one he greatly owed and loved, Noh Eul. Second was to make amends with his own mother who was deeply hurt when he exchanged law school into acting. There were a lot to solve before our Joon Young would go in peace and though it was extremely sad :(, he did a great job, did it wonderfully and finally died beautifully. Thus if there was something you should be curious to ask before watching is, how did our character die? And how his loved one accepted his fate?
Another thing that’s lovable in this drama is its picturesque scenes. A great inspiration to hobby photographers like me. My favorites are… (click on photos to enlarge it)
The cast and the characters they portray:
Kim Woo Bin as Shin Joon Young – I love KWB. He’s super gorgeous, and those huge supermodel portraits which adorned his equally gorgeous home in this drama don’t lie. He is so handsome that he’s too intimidating to watch :). I think he did great portraying his role. His looks over qualified and acting-wise is good though he still has to work more on acting as a gentle character. Being tough and looking tough and cool are no problem though.
Bae Suzy as Noh Eul – there were only few scenes when I liked her and I think most of the things I want to say about her will go under my dislikes.
Im Joo Hwan as Choi Ji Tae – I love this guy too. A really good competition for KWB. Although not as handsome, Im Joo Hwan looks super smart and charming. His face is very expressive, definitely he knows his craft.
Im Joo Eun as Yoon Jung Eun – she’s a gorgeous actress. Bae Suzy next to her looks like a girl. And she had a better chemistry with KWB in this drama. Just see the kiss.
Since this drama is mostly about Kim Woo Bin’s character Shin Joon Young who was dying, it was great to see him transformed realistically from a very healthy and handsome young man to a thinner, paler looking sick person in the end.
I will have to say, the ending was quite beautiful. Joon Young did his first and last bucket list. There’s a short epilogue that shows how everyone’s doing after a year. I’m pretty contented.
Dislikes: I was never a fan of Bae Suzy in dramas but her as Noh Eul is the most annoying female main character I ever had to watch. She was lacking facial expression and shouting and screaming was so getting on my nerves. Her chemistry with Kim Woo Bin was very poor. I didn’t see a spark at all.
Though I was warned from the very beginning that this would be a sad one, it left me in a depressed mood for days. I can’t just take too much.
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.
Summary: Capt Yoo Shi Jin, a member of the Korean special force met the very pretty and talented surgeon Kang Mo Yun at the hospital where the latter was working. Trying to have a date with a soldier was almost impossible but their fate to be together got sealed when both were assigned in a far away, post-war country called Urk. Meanwhile the captain’s close comrade Sgt. Seo is having a complicated relationship with their commander’s daughter, Yoon Myung Joo.
Likes: Okay, where do I begin?! Let’s start with our leads… all 4 pretty and handsome leads!
Song Joong Ki – this is definitely his most popular role, hallyu-star worthy! He was well-toned, pretty as usual, playful and teasing and most of all, top-looking in uniform. You add the shades and the snubbish attitude, he definitely rocked in this drama!
Song Hye Kyo – very pretty but tough and smart. This lady has got what it takes to be the girlfriend of the Alpha company’s Big Boss! Even with her pretty face, she survived an earthquake and saved many in a not-so-friendly place.
Jin Goo – new face that left a big impression. The very charismatic Sgt Seo who has a complicated relationship with the general’s daughter (Take note of the last words. That can be pretty tough in the military). Great-looking in uniform, perfect complexion, serious face – almost like a soldier.
Kim Ji Won – another pretty leading lady. The general’s daughter. Sgt Seo object of affection. A uniformed surgeon. I can’t blame Sgt Seo for falling in love with her.
We have 2 teams, Shi Jin – Mo Yun team and Dae Young – Myung Joo team! So which team are you?!
Shi Jin & Mo Yun team – these 2 started unsure. They couldn’t make it to their dates due to Shi Jin’s military duty. In fact Mo Yun got stood up twice (which wasn’t actually too bad, it just made Shi Jin more attractive). But when they started going out, it involved beautiful sceneries and even dangerous minefields :). I would rate the couple’s chemistry 8 out of 10. They’re kissing scenes were always beautiful (with beautiful backdrops). My favorite was the last one of course when they were back at the shipwreck. Most dramatic moment was when Mo Yun found Shi Jin, covered in blood in an ambulance.
Dae Young & Myung Joo – hm complicated relationship. Her dad not in favor and that was a big problem but it made the two more inseparable. Friendship history as Myung Joo helped Dae Young at his ex’s wedding. Both are in uniforms which is favorable as both understand each other’s jobs well. Couple’s chemistry is 9 out of 10, a win for this couple. Their kissing scenes were always touching and dramatic (made me cry). Most dramatic moment was when Myung Joo was found to be positive with a virus and Dae Young rushed to hug her.
I have to mention how truly beautiful the sceneries were. Urk is a made-up place and it was in Greece where they shot most of the scenes. I would recommend to visit Greece as I’ve seen the place myself. Beautiful blue sky and water with fantastic lanscapes!
The most famous greeting in the military world that’s probably taking the civilian world by storm: Dankyeol! (which means unity or solidarity) It sounds very sexy now thanks to this drama :).
The OST is amazing! These are my favorites songs from the drama… enjoy!
You are my Everything by Gummy
Everytime by Chen (EXO) featuring Xpunch
Always by Yoon Mi Rae
Once Again by Mad Clown featuring Kim Na Young
Talk Love by K.Will
Great slow motion scenes like when the hospital team arrived in Urk and the Capt (who was really looking great in uniform plus sunglasses) and company showed up but Capt snubbed Mo Yun big time. Ouch!
Funniest moment is I think Yo Shi Jin who was thought to be a ghost by the lady doctor’s colleagues.
Heartbreaking moment – those goodbye letters were so cruel. Sob sob sob! Mo Yun got one and too bad she read it. Lucky for Myung Joo who insisted not to open hers.
Most patriotic moment – the flag retreat scene!
Great villain and hero awards go to Argus and our north korean warrior. Dankyeol!
Cameo by Lee Kwang Soo, Yoo Ah In and Red Velvet. At least these the famous personalities I know.
Call signs!!! Which one is your favorite? Piccolo, Snoopy, Yellow Tiger, Wolf, Big Boss or Beauty?
Even with 16 episodes only, they were somewhat running out of good stories and the mood was getting quite serious so it was really great that they could pull off a funny last episode. It made the soldiers happy and I think it made everyone happy too! And of course, we got our Red Velvet performance in the end.
Dislikes: They should say everything in Korean. It sounds cooler than Song Joong Ki trying to sound cool in English. It’s painful everytime that I always have to close my eyes.
Kang Mo Yun nags a lot. It was becoming a turn off.
Summary: Byun Ji Sook has that unfateful day when everything wasn’t just working for her and she had to choose between dying and living but had to wear a mask. She chose the latter and had to pay the price for being someone she’s not including breaking the hearts of those she loves most.
Likes: Interesting and very thrilling plot! Though it had some obvious holes in the story, the thrill just made up for them. A very good drama I definitely recommend.
Great casting. I love the lead actors starting with…
Soo Ae – very beautiful and a great actress. She nailed Byun Ji Sook’s character; scared but later became courageous, pretending but staying genuine, pretty and lovable. As Eun Ha, though it was short-lived, she was fierce, smart and elegant!
Jo Ji Hoon – his character was a bit lost in the beginning but he carried it well. He looked pretty much like on drugs ;). I love the way he would look at his wife, full of admiration and trust. And how he gets indecisive so not to show his real intentions. It was soo cute!
Yun Jung Hoon – oh how I hated his character, always plotting and scheming and brainwashing! Very convincing! Only shows the actor was great in what he was potraying.
Yoo In Young – how can you be so beautiful, tall, elegant and good in acting. She’s definitely a total package! Potraying Choi Mi Yun is an opposite to how she appears but still convincingly did it.
Undeniable great chemistry between Byun Ji Sook and Choi Min Woo. It was more between the characters than the actors.
I have to mention how everyone was well-dressed in this drama. Especially the ladies. Soo Ae shines with whatever she wore.
I love how they showed off how rich is really rich. The house, the cars, the parties, the servants in uniform, the hobbies, the clothes but a messed-up life ;). It’s cliche but still love it!
It’s a melodrama but manageable to watch. There’s more to it than just crying. I personally don’t like too much crying, it’s exhausting but this one is very-well balanced.
One that balanced it well was its funny scenes and the presence of some comical reliefs.
A good variety of places where they were shooting. Notable ones are the cliffs, in front of the city hall where the leads kissed, the forest where they went hunting, the vacation house and more. They bring reality to the story.
It ended well. After all the tragic things that happened, we got a happy ending. It ended with a good closure to everyone’s character. I’m happy with it!
Dislikes: As mentioned above, there were some obvious holes in the story just saved by a good amount of thrill.
Too obvious premonition! They were showing too much of what was going to happen. I just knew it!
Summary: 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.
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.
Genre: Period, Melodrama, Action, Romance
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.
Summary: Cha Jae Wan, the manager of Hotel Ciel had a dark past. He grew up being manipulated by a powerful man and only believing that his tragic beginning was caused by the owner of the hotel and that he has to avenge himself. After getting to know the heiress of the hotel, things started to change and painful truths slowly unfolded.
Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Stars: Lee Dong Wook as Cha Jae Wan
Lee Da Hae as Ah Mo Ne
Im Seul Ong as Sun Woo Hyun
Wang Ji Hye as Song Chae Kyung
Lee Duk Hwa as Lee Joong Goo
Kim Hae Sook as Baek Mi Nyeo
Jin Tae Hyun as Roman Lee
Likes: Highly anticipated reunion of my favorite My Girl leads. It’s been a while and these two didn’t age a bit.
The characters and their dirty secrets. I love the way they all got revealed in the end. It was a surprise for Cha Jae
Wan’s real father to know that he was actually the father. It was terrible for Jae Wan’s mother to know that he was actually his mother. And it was just tragic for the poor boy, Jae Wan to know who his both parents are. Terrible truth!
The setting. It has a very European feel and hotel looks very grand. Did some bits of research, it’s the Intercontinental Alpensia Resort.
Best actress award goes to Baek Mi Nyeo for giving justice to her challenging character. She always does so always
watch out for her.
So many pretty faces but Wang Ji Hye is a new found for me.
Have to give credit to the stylist. Everyone looked great but my favorite is the very classy style of Chae Kyung played by Wang Ji Hye.
Dislikes: I just didn’t feel the old chemistry between the leads. Was that because they both looked like frozen dolls?
Lee Dong Wook was too thin and Lee Da Hae looked so operated to me.
The atmosphere was dull. The hotel always looked empty. They could have added some more extras to have that realistic atmosphere of a popular and well-sought hotel.
Some annoying sidekicks. Shouldn’t have focused too much on them.
The ending was okay.
Summary: 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
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.
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!
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!
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.
Summary: Oh Soo, a notorious gambler is in big trouble and in order to save himself from the gangster boss and raise money to pay his debt, he’s posing as the long lost brother of a blind heiress whose name was also Oh Soo.
Likes: I didn’t have high expectations but after a few episodes, I got hooked! It has a very common story but I think what made it really addictive is the chemistry between the leads and their best acting talents in a melodrama. I just couldn’t wait what happens next to the two characters so 16 episodes was a swift!
Every episode has a great cliffhanger! Watch and you’ll know what I mean!
Love the OST! I specially love the background music which is being played when everything gets exciting.
Filled with lots of picture perfect scenes which make the whole drama so beautiful! My favorite is when Oh Soo brought Oh Young to the top of a snowy mountain and let her hear the nature’s bells. So touching! I thought I’m gonna fall in love with Oh Soo right at that moment :).
Jo In Sung – I love him in this drama! I was rooting he’d do a great job after watching Frozen Flower (must watch)!
Song Hye Kyo – girl, you didn’t age a bit! She still has a gorgeous face since Full House!
Great to see Kim Bum again and surprised he can really act ;)!
My favorite characters would be Secretary Wang – couldn’t hate her for what she did and of course Moo Chul – I’ll give him the best Hyung award :)!
I was ready for a very sad ending but still hoped for a happy one. I’m glad this drama granted me my wish! So yes, I love the ending! I watched the last episode over and over again, lol!
Dislikes: Lots of heartaches of course but glad I was in shape to take them all :).
Likes: It’s a new genre for me in kdrama world but since I used to watch Grey’s Anatomy before so I kind of expected similar dramatic and thrilling stories every episode. Yes I was right and these ones were also packed with great stories!
Very well chosen cast! Everyone was natural in their acting!
-Joo Won has improved a lot since Bridal Mask. Excellent portraying of an autistic character!
-Moon Chae Won is a natural. The strong, brilliant Cha Yoon Seo fits her well!
-Joo Sang Wook is sooo handsome! And his character makes him more handsome!!!
-Kim Min Seo is always consistent with her roles. Her character as Chae Kyung has great chemistry with Kim Do Han.
I like how the main characters developed slowly throughout the drama. Park Si On’s character development was remarkable. I also like the Chief of Pediatric who in the beginning was irritating but he turned out being likeable in the end.
My favorite patients were the puppy girl and In Hye. These 2 girls were great in acting and I love their stories and the ending.
Love couples in the hospital! I love the head and chubby nurse, they were funny – a comical relief in a serious hospital drama.
The ending was good and realistic. I love Park Si On’s speech after being accepted in the hospital as a full-pledged doctor with the closing “Thank you for loving me”. So touching!
And the epilogue! It was funny having Park Ki Woong (cameo) there. Oh I’m pretty sure they didn’t make fun of Bridal Mask ;).
Dislikes: Though the drama was packed with good stories, characters and actors, it’s still a melodrama. Lots of crying. I can’t stand watching 2 episodes in a row! Took me almost a month to finish it!
Too much shouting! I’m just wondering if it’s really like that in Korea. Seniors shouting at their juniors even in a hospital environment.
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.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, School, Melodrama, Teens
Stars: Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan
Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang
Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young Do
Krystal Jung as Lee Bo Na
Kim Ji Won as Rachel Yoo
Kang Min Hyuk as Yoon Chan Young
Kang Ha Neul as Lee Hyo Shin
Park Hyung Shik as Jo Myung Soo
Jun Soo Jin as Kang Ye Sol
Choi Jin Hyuk as Kim Won
Likes: I won’t say no to another Lee Min Ho! Plus it’s Park Shin Hye as the leading lady.
Huge intro! Hollywood, mansion, car, rich californian lifestyle… it was exciting!
Eye candies! So many of them.
One kissing scene that I really like, they didn’t hesitate!
Favorite characters award goes to Lee Bo Na – rich, cute, pretty and she delivered her dialogues pretty well. Another one goes to the mom of Kim Tan, she was the star of the show.
Why Choi Young Do? Hah, the bad boy image, the looks, the hairstyle, the ride, the hotel and he always looks terrific in his outfits!
Why Kim Tan? Got to admit, I’m not yet over the Jun Pyo syndrome plus the surfing board, the car (at least when he was in LA), the top Chaebol label and yeah he fought for the girl that he liked.
Dislikes: It was overhyped! The story is just average… poor girl meets Chaebol, father disapproves and so on and so forth. It was lacking good side stories that could keep the excitement. What a waste of characters, there were plenty of them like what happened to Rachel, she started very strong. How about the pair Bo Na and Chan Young? Choi Young didn’t end up as the great Ji Hoo (BOF). The story became draggy very early because it was too focused on the 2 leads.
The ending? I was hoping for a good epilogue that could save it all but unfortunately none.
Genre: Fantasy, Period, Melodrama, Romance
Lee Seung Ki as Choi Kang Chi
Bae Suzy as Dam Yeo Wool
Lee Sung Jae as Jo Gwan Woong
Jo Sung Ha as Dam Pyung Joon
Yoo Yun Suk as Park Tae Seo
Lee Yoo Bi as Park Chung Jo
Sung Joon as GonYi
Choi Jin Hyuk as Gu Wol Ryung
Yoon Se Ah as Ja Hong Myung
Lee Yeon Hee as Yoon Seo Hwa
Likes: Great story! Never one boring episode for me and I’m talking about all 24!
I always like period drama especially good ones and Gu Family Book belongs to that category. The story is rich!
Great cast! Plenty of really good actors here. I specially love the villain, Lee Sung Jae. I mean hands down, he was just great! Another one of my favorite is Choi Jin Hyuk aka Wol Ryung, father of KangChi. He was hot especially when he turned evil! Hm, I seem to like the bad ones :).
The dialogues were just sooo good especially between the Admiral and Lord Bi Jo! These 2 were always fun to watch.
I like the love story of Kang Chi and Yeo Wool but I think I was truly moved by the bittersweet love story of Kang Chi’s parents! Tragically good!
I’m happy to see Lee Seung Ki paired with someone younger. Finally!
Dislikes: Not sure of Bae Suzy. Somehow her acting wasn’t too period. Was it the accent?
The epilogue, hm. I like how it ended but somehow it was rushed. I was so spoiled with how they put details on the period scenes.
Summary: A story of a young love that blossomed between 2 teenagers who got separated by ugly circumstances. After 14 years, they meet again and while mysteries of the past are being solved, people around them are getting involved and hurt.
Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Stars: Yoon Eun Hye as Lee Su Yeon
Kim So Hyun as young Lee Su Yeon
Park Yoochun as Han Jung Woo
Yeo Jin Goo as young Han Jung Woo
Yoo Seung Ho as Kang Hyung Joon
Ahn Do Gyu as young Kang Hyung Joon
Likes: 3 of my favorites korean actors are here: YEH, Yoochun, Yoo Seung Ho!
I love the beginning… the introduction of the characters, the details and the superb acting of the child actors! It was very sincere. I could fell the sadness and the pain.
That kissing scene on the road! It was just beautiful! It wasn’t relevant though. I don’t know why they were in the middle of the road. Anyway, it was beautiful!
The wedding scene! It was a bit cheesy but well I’m a sucker for wedding scenes!
The ending! Somehow I expected this scene to happen. We go back to the time when they were young and Han Jung Woo returned the yellow umbrella and yes his young uncle was with him, even introduced him to Su Yeon. If everything went like that in the past, there wouldn’t have been suffering and pain, everyone would have been happy. But well, we won’t have this drama either :).
Dislikes: It was just bad story telling. I was so bored because there was barely nothing I don’t know. Please reveal the secrets like bombs!
Why’s everyone could just enter that huge house of Harry Borrison. The giant gate and the secret room just made no sense.
Yoochun oppa, the character Crazy Rabbit is not just for you! Please say no next time.
Talking of Crazy Rabbit character, why was it not introduced properly like you know show how great he is in solving cases and catching criminals. Just a short scene with actions and everything so we, the viewers have better understanding why other characters talk highly of Crazy Rabbit. What I remember when Crazy Rabbit appeared for the first time, he was drunk and singing out of tune in a karaoke bar! Total Fail.
Keeping the character of Kang Hyung Joon’s mom almost to the end without an effect to the story was just a waste. I expected she would still be relevant. Also the character of Kim Eun Jo, the daughter of Detective Kim who died earlier in the story, I thought there was still something from her character since I saw her as one of the leading actors as shown in the promotional photos.
And yeah, Han Tae Jun, father of Han Jung Woo, supposed to be the root of all evil here, what was that stupid move in the end, kidnapping Su Yeon that just got you imprisoned. Ah frustrating. And not to forget, the actor playing Han Tae Jun was just lacking some acting skills, sorry. Not scary and villain enough.
Summary: An innocent young man admits to the crime of his then girlfriend who dumped him for her own ambition. To take revenge, he takes advantage of the love of an heir to a large company who’s suffering from amnesia.
Likes: Song Joong Ki! I wanted to see another drama from him after watching Sunkyunkwan Scandal.
Good actors! First time to see Moon Chae Won, I love her!
I love the intro! SJK in black holding that watch plus a catchy background music!
Hands down to the stylist of this drama. Love the outfits specially Park Si Yeon’s!
The ending though lacking is not that bad!
Dislikes: Song Joong Ki’s character is not for him. Too melancholic for that beautiful face.
Song Joong Ki’s too young-looking for Moon Chae Won. Though I love both actors, the chemistry wasn’t just there, sorry.
They could have done better with the script. Too black and white! Hero’s too nice that he’s stupid and villain, too evil that she’s the smartest.
Heavily advertised Samsung Galaxy Note, lol!
Likes: Both leads are pretty! Lee Joon Ki competes well with Shin Min Ah’s beauty!
Martial arts skill of LJK is impressive!
LJK in Magistrate outfit makes me swoon!
Beautiful scenes especially with the flowers!
Very good script!
Happy about the ending!
Dislikes: The thing about period drama is there’s less kissing scenes. Have to live with wrist-grabbing a lot.
Some irritating sidekicks.
Confused with rapping background music ???
Likes: Lee Dong Wook oppa!
Leads look good together!
Dislikes: Terminal disease is tragic.
Though the ending is okay, it still made me sad.
Summary: A young woman who was set to marry soon got into a car accident leaving her in coma. She meets the grim reaper who gave her a second chance but in order for that to realize, she has to collect genuine tears in 49 days.
Genre: Melodrama, Fantasy, Romance
Stars: Lee Yo Won as Song Yi Kyung
Nam Gyu Ri as Shin Ji Hyun
Jo Hyun Jae as Han Kang
Bae Soo Bin as Kang Min Ho
Jung Il Woo as the grim reaper
Seo Ji Hye as Shin In Jung
Likes: Great actors!
Good story. Got me really hooked!
Unusual! It’s my first ghost drama!
Dislikes: Tragic and sad.
Not happy with the ending.
Likes: I like everything! Afterall this is my number 1 kdrama of all time :)… but let me enumerate…
Superb acting not just the leads but the supporting actors as well. It’s packed with good actors!
Great story with great twists!
Every episode is well done!
A good balance of comedy and heavy drama!
The oppas are my eye candies!
The ladies are rocking as well!
Closure to everything even the side characters’ stories!
Dislikes: That it has to end.
Likes: Story started good!
Lee Dong Gun!
Dislikes: Too much drama.