Mar 152018
 

good witch kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

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!”

Trailer: Good Witch

Genre: Family, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 40 (30mins/episode)
Stars: Lee Da Hae as Cha Sun Hee / Cha Do Hee
Ryu Soo Young as Song Woo Jin
Ahn Woo Yeon as Oh Tae Yang

Jan 112018
 

a-korean-odyssey kdramaSummary: 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.

Trailer: A Korean Odyssey

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Horror
Episodes: 20
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.

The OST – I so love the song When I Saw You! Check out the rest of the OST as well.

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.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Dec 302017
 

money flower kdramaSummary: Kang Pil Joo, the most capable lawyer of one of the biggest and most powerful and influential Chong-ah group has been waiting for that crucial moment to take over the company. But he’s got competitions! Lots of them, all very powerful and influential. Since he’s very determined, he is willing to do everything including giving up the woman he loves.

Trailer: Money Flower

Genre: Romance, Political
Episodes: 24
Stars: Jang Hyuk as Kang Pil Joo
Park Se Young as Na Mo Hyun
Jang Seung Jo as Jang Boo Chun
Han So Hee as Yoo Seo Won

Likes: How can I resist a wonderful drama with Jang Hyuk but putting my man aside, Money Flower is one exemplary drama about people who are driven by greed. People who think they can control everything with money. We’ve got here a fantastic story with equally fantastic cast. The outcome is simply breathtaking, heart-pounding, heartbreaking, full of surprises and emotions. This is one top-notch drama in pulling threads. Whoever has the most money can control more. Interesting as well as entertaining!

Why breathtaking? Look out for those scenes like the one at the bird sanctuary where Kang Pil Joo was observing the girl he loves but was ready to give her away. The Jung Mal Ran scene as she was entering the room to meet the father of her future daughter-in-law. The revelation and bowing scene by Kang Pil Joo to the honorary chairmain finally revealing himself as the eldest grandchild. This drama is full of these breathtaking moments so brace yourself!

Why heart-pounding? Ah yes it did to mine, a lot! Heart-pounding moments are those moments which are… almost. Yes, almost. Almost-stabbed, almost-strangulated, almost-poisoned, almost-died! But we also have almost-kissed, almost-runaway with him, almost-happy ever after?

Why heartbreaking? Ugh, yes the heartbreaks! Lots of ’em too! Our top leads suffered a lot from this. Kang Pil Jo, basically, since he was little as he lost everyone around him. Na Mo Hyun, what a heartbreak when you’re given away by the man you love!!!

Why full of surprises and emotions? There’s no doubt for these. We’ve got incredible cliffhangers, crazy revelations (equates to “I’m your father Luke!”), turning of events and characters… crazy rollercoaster ride but fun!

Okay, now to our cast. This is also one top-notched cast. I love Jang Hyuk to begin with. I love his sad facial expression throughout the drama. He’s so handsome even when he’s sad. Park Se Hyung, is a wonderful actress. She did well in her character. But 3 actors caught my attention…

Jang Seung Jo as Jang Boo Chun – I was surprised to see how great this young actor was. Very natural! He switches from each emotion to another with ease. Naturally talented!

Lee Mi Sook as Jung Mal Ran – This lady is not just beautiful but a brilliant actress as well. In her character as Jung Mal Ran, she portrayed a classy, rich, controlling woman whose mere ambition is for her son to take over the family’s business. She was excellently ruthless!

Lee Soon Jae as Jang Gook Hwan – This veteran actor is no veteran for nothing! He was awesome as the honorary chairman of Chong-ah, the founder, the father of them all! Even at his age, he was wise, powerful, influential and very ruthless.

Additional icing to the cake…

  • I love the bitching between Boo Cheon and Yeo Cheon.
  • The bromance between Kang Pil Joo and Boo Cheon.
  • The OST is worth checking out!
  • The Jang House is worth checking out too! It’s called Gyeongwonjae Ambassador Incheon – it’s a hotel!
  • Jung Mal Ran’s classy outfits! She wore them all well.

The ending? I love how it ended! I was prepared and I think it was reasonable.

Dislikes: Nothing worth mentioning.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Nov 092017
 

Black kdramaSummary: 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.

Trailer: Black

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Crime
Episodes: 16
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!

The leads…

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.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

 

This drama made it to the Top 15 Kdrama in 2017. Watch video…

Top 15 Kdrama 2017

Oct 192017
 

while-you-were-sleeping kdramaSummary: Nam Hong Joo dreams a lot about what is going to happen in the future and that includes deaths of people around her including herself. She is trying to prevent such unfortunate events to happen but unsuccessful until she meets Jung Jae Chan, a prosecutor who just moved to her neighbourhood.

Trailer: While You Were Sleeping
Genre: Fantasy, Legal, Romance
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan
Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Joo
Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yoo Bum
Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak
Go Sung Hee as Shin Hee Min

Likes: A pretty simple love story turned complex with all the branching stories and twists which are related to one another. Every episode always ended with a surprise twist making it hard to wait for the next one. Every legal case was an own thriving, though short but rich substory. So what was my favourite case-story? I loved Do Hak Young’s case, the guy who was accused of killing the professional archer. It was mind boggling, full of emotions and we’ve got our handsome prosecutor siding with him and the equally handsome police officer defending him.

I like the concept of dreaming the future happenings of someone that once saved your life though it has its consequences. But in the drama, I’m glad they take the consequences in a lighter way like seeing how dirty the person lives when they are alone :).

The melodrama, comedy, fantasy, legal and romance genre-combination in this drama is well-balanced. Not too sad, not too silly, not too unreal, not too serious and not too cheesy. Just right!

The cast. What can I say, this drama is this year’s Lee Jong Suk’s anticipated. I was definitely waiting for it. So of course…

Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan – our handsome, a bit clumsy, newb prosecutor is here to make your heart ladies, thump :)! Although his prosecutor character is not his best, he still did a great job. As expected his kiss is a talent. I always get carried away when this guy kisses his leading ladies. Suzy you’re sooo lucky! And yes his tear-jerker scenes were excellent!

Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Joo – hm, not a big fan of her but she did her best. I think this is the first more mature role I’ve ever seen of her and I must say, she exerted effort to fulfill it.

Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yoo Bum – I’m surprised but this guy was brilliant! He’s a natural, a very good actor. He took the role of the sneaky, corrupted lawyer with ease. Hands down! He has a bright future in acting.

Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak – damn, he’s so fine in uniform! At times handsome, at times cute, brave and smart but unfortunately didn’t get the girl but gives us girls impression, he’s available! Haha!

Kim Won Hae as Choi Dam Dong – honorable mention to this guy who’s always brilliant in every role he takes. He’s a must-watch in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon!

Kim So Hyun cameo – love her! She’s a grown up lady now and a brilliant actress. Short role here but she made an impact.

Kissing scenes! Watching Lee Jong Suk kisses his leading ladies is the icing of his drama cakes. I’m glad there were plenty of icing on this one.

I shouldn’t forget, that green umbrella! It’s been with us viewers from the beginning to end :). A nice, twisty touch!

The bitter-sweet ending. As I mentioned above, it’s a well-balanced drama. The last episode has its share of sadness and happiness. I like how it ended, it was good.

Dislikes: Well, although Suzy tried her best here, I didn’t see much chemistry between her and Lee Jong Suk. In fact, she never established a good one with her leading men in the past as well.

I like how Lee Sang Yeob acted his role but the role itself was quite off. For someone who was smart and intelligent would go down to killing not just another person but his ex-girlfriend to correct his past mistakes, hm…

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Sep 282017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The three main cast…

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

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

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

Just the small stuff…

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 172017
 

the king-loves kdramaSummary: 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.

Trailer: The King Loves
Genre: Period, Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Im Shi Wan as Wang Won
Im Yoon Ah as Eun San
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Rin
Oh Min Suk as Song In

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.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 272017
 

man to man kdramaSummary: Ghost agent Kim Sul Woo is on a mission to get all three wooden carvings which each hides a key that will unlock a secret room owned by the deceased chairman of the powerful Songsan Group. To get the first carving, he has to go undercover as the bodyguard of a Hallyu star Yeo Woon Kwang whom later becomes a good and trusted friend. 

Genre: Action, Thriller, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Hae Jin as Kim Sul Woo
Kim Min Jung as Cha Do Ha
Park Sung Woong as Yeo Woon Kwang
Yun Jung Hoon as Mo Seung Jae
Chae Jung Ahn as Song Mi Eun
Jung Man Shik as Lee Dong Hyun

Likes: The action part is awesome! It’s like watching old James Bond movies where James was always well-dressed, with lady-killer looks, in perfect form, super wise and quick! Park Hae Jin as Kim Sul Woo, our ghost agent in this drama is just perfect for the role. That face, that stature and that voice, almost like a real agent.

Impressive and heart-stopping action scenes like the car scene, sniper and mission impossible scenes. We’ve got James Bond meet Ethan Hunt kind of scenes here!

Aside from awesome action scenes, this drama is full of bromances. Sul Woo, the agent and Woon Kwang, the actor had a very good chemistry. I love it when Woon Kwang would call Sul Woo, braa derr (with his very Korean accent!). Sul Woo also had a great braa derrs in Lee Dong-hyun, the prosecutor and Jang Tae-ho, his boss.

Missions are challenging, kept me hooked and although the riddles became too complicated to follow sometimes, there was ample amount of comedic reliefs.

A lot of known good actors in this drama so it was hard to guess who the hidden antagonist was. Everyone was great in their roles even the cameos were commendable. Popular cameos here were of Song Joong Ki as a bank teller and Nam Goong Min as an actor. It was hard to miss these 2!

I’m jealous of Cha Do Ha, she’s got 2 reliable oppas! One is a wealthy, famous hallyu star who’s with her at all times and he’s got the hottest NIS ghost agent Sul Woo, who became her life saviour and protector!

I like some of the story twists here like the revelation of Song Mi Eun’s identity (unexpected!) and that of the NIS director. The latter was solved through a riddle (tricky!).

The beauty in this is the closure of all important characters. Our Sul Woo, going back to being a ghost agent but always coming back to his love, Cha Do Ha. Woon Kwang has a bitter sweet ending with his lady love. Song Mi Eun decided to stick with her family. Dong Hyun after a fatal truck attack, recovered and was honored a medal of honor by none-other-than Jang Tae Ho himself, the boss of the mission. And of course those bad guys who deserve jail are really in jail. Yay!

Dislikes: No matter how I see it, after careful observation and consideration (and I was patiently waiting for it to happen!), the chemistry between leads here is just really poor. Sorry but they could have chosen another actress.

Obviously there was no Subway placement but KFC! Obviously, lots of fried chicken in the show!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 132017
 

whisper kdramaSummary: Shin Young Joo is a police officer who is trying to prove the innocence of his father for being accused as the murderer of his own friend. She then meets judge Lee Dong Jun and wants to take revenge on him for making a false ruling to her father’s case. To prove her fathers innocence, she is about to fight the who’s who in the biggest law firm Taebaek but of course only if she collaborates with Lee Dong Jun.

Genre: Political, Romance, Legal
Episodes: 17
Stars: Lee Sang Yoon as Lee Dong Joon
Lee Bo Young as Shin Young Joo
Kwon Yool as Kang Jung Il
Park Se Young as Choi Soo Yun

Likes: Political war in its finest! It was just like shooting each other with tactics and defending one’s self with more tactics! It was a battle to watch and thank goodness I’m not in that battlefield. It’s one of the best well-written script. I’m no lawyer but I could tell the writers had done a lot of research to make the story real or close to being real.

So many good actors here, it is indeed packed! But will focus on the main cast…

Lee Bo Young – another cute but tough role. Like her real-life husband, she delivers well in this kind of role. Although the role of Shin Young Joo was an impossible all-rounder, she made her way from being a tough policewoman to a smart secretary and back to being a police officer all with grace.

Lee Sang Yoon – always has this worried facial expression that leaves his forehead wrinkled a lot. Well it fits well with his character in this drama, a young judge who has a bag of trouble to save his own career. And omo, how can I not mention he looks soo great in suit! So tall and handsome!

Kwon Yool – he nailed it here, bravo! The best actor in this drama hands down. He really proves here he’s more than just a pretty and cute face. I will always remember the very confident Kang Jung Il… his voice, his diction, his super smart moves, but above all his weakness to that one girl he loves.

Park Se Young – ah she was great too! The role of Choi Soo Yun, that girl who brought Kang Jung Il down, was a sure challenge. For once she had to be beautiful, powerful, smart and sneaky. Well done girl!

The best love team, I have to be honest was Kang Jung Il and Choi Soo Yun. Their love was like Romeo and Juliet! It was so tragic! Painfully good! They had to give up each other to save oneself. Choi Soo Yun got him in the end when he allowed himself to waver. Poor Jung Il, he could have ended as the overall winner, Taebaek and all.

Special mention to Taebaek’s founders Choi Il Hwan and Kang Yu Taek, the mighty and powerful! Acting by these two was just superb!

Honestly, it took me a while to realize why it’s called Whisper. If you observe, they always whisper to one another everytime one wants to bring the other one down. It was like whisking a summary of the great plan to the other person without telling the latter the detail. That becomes the torture and makes the latter filled with anxiety.

The music is so good and powerful. Always fitted the setting: Whisper OST

That moment when Shin Young Joo was reinstated as a police officer and that moment when Lee Dong Joon entered the CEO office as the CEO of Taebaek. The moments when we see light at the end of the tunnel. Yay, winning!

And that moment when our lady police officer finally handcuffed our Lee Dong Jun! Of course there’s gonna be a kiss! There was a kiss!

The final Finale ending, lol! but I loved it, even just the sound of it! Here, we have a closure for everything  – how everyone got sentenced to prison (of course this is a lawyer drama after all). All good! But wait, who was that super gorgeous lady prosecutor?! (Got distracted there for a bit 🙂 ).

Dislikes: It got draggy a bit in a few earlier episodes and yes 2 kissing scenes? The first one wasn’t even real.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 142017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jan 062017
 

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

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

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

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

My favorite Hwarangs…

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

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

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

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

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

My favorite side characters…

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

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

Pa Oh – for his unconditional loyalty to the king!

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

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

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

The ending had some epic scenes…

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Dec 082016
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Bonus Scenes. Just add-ons really.

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

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

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

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

 

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Sep 222016
 

moonlight-drawn-by-clouds_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
Episodes: 16
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.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Sep 152016
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 112016
 

W kdramaSummary: 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.

Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Thriller, Fantasy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Jong Suk as Kang Chul
Han Hyo Joo as Oh Yun Joo

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!

My Rating: 10 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 182016
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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May 122016
 

entertainer kdramaSummary: 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.

Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 18
Stars: Ji Sung as Shin Suk Ho
Hyeri as Jung Geu Rin
Kang Min Hyuk as Jo Ha Neul
Chae Jung Ahn as Yeo Min Joo

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.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 232016
 

Descendants-of-the-Sun kdramaSummary: 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.

Genre: Melodrama, Romance, Medical
Episodes: 16
Stars: Song Joong Ki as Capt. Yoo Shi Jin
Song Hye Kyo as Prof. Kang Mo Yun
Jin Goo as Senior Seo Dae Young
Kim Ji Won as Surgeon 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.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Oct 082015
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dislikes: Too long for this kind of theme.

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Sep 032015
 

yong pal kdramaSummary: To pay back his credit, Kim Tae Hyun, a resident surgeon at Han Shin hospital does house calls for injured gangsters which earned him the name Yong Pal. With the intention to get a secure position in the hospital, he gets himself involved in a big secret on the 12th floor which houses the sleeping chaebol heiress beauty, Han Yeo Jin.

Genre: Medical, Action, Romance
Episodes: 18
Stars: Joo Won as Kim Tae Hyun
Kim Tae Hee as Han Yeo Jin
Jo Hyun Jae as Han Do Joon
Chae Jung Ahn as Lee Chae Young

Likes:  It’s a terrific story and I love the fact that Joo Won took the lead. With his experience as a genius surgeon before, it was easy to associate him with another medical drama. Young, ambitous, talented and risk-taker Kim Tae Hyun is a character to fall in love with. That even the most beautiful sleeping princess would sleep no more :).

Talking of “the most beautiful”, I think this drama has the most beautiful leading lady I’ve ever seen (since it’s my first Kim Tae Hee drama ever, haha!). She really looks like a doll! How can one be so beautiful  even in their sleep! Angel-like in her long hair and fierce with a short hair. Just too perfect!

I love the music that’s being played everytime someone has to make a great entrance… It makes everyone looks so great and powerful and cool and good-looking and huge…. even on their burial.

Han Yeo Jin’s house is magnificient! It looks familiar though because it’s the same house in the “The Heirs”. In this drama, they put more details in the interior.

The sleeping beauty lab is a work of art! This has to come up very impressive as it would be the home of the most beautiful, rich, (powerful if awake) chaebol heiress.

I love Cynthia, the supermodel! Her presence was something. She would have overshadowed Han Yeo Jin’s character if she was there all the time :). It was a short role but glad to see her again in the last episode.

Some comical relief… how about our gangster support? Love them! Our gangster boss specially gave the whole drama a lighter mood.

Poor Han Do Joon but at least wifey had a change of heart for him.

Romantic windy hill scenes! And I got 2 of them.

How could you resist a million-dollar proposal from your very beautiful girlfriend? From an heiress to surgeon boyfriend… marry me, be my only heir and legal guardian… ahm of course  YES!

And I just love the ending. Teasing! I thought they would pull a nasty one, almost got me fooled. But it turned out to be awesome! With the come back of Cynthia and a young company, they pulled a very Yong Pal ending! Love, love, love!

Dislikes: Just some logic holes here… why would you hire that sly secretary who was with the enemy all along and put all your trust in him. It was just so annoying  watching him almost winning in the end.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 132015
 

Scholar Who Walks the Night kdramaSummary: Kim Sung Yeol together with his best friend, the crown prince Junghyun tried to get rid of Gwi, the vampire who was ruling the palace… but failed. He got bitten and turned into a vampire himself and went into hiding. After a century, he found the secret on how he could get rid of Gwi. With the help of the ruling royals and unfortunately with the woman he loves, he’ll take the battle that will end it all.

Genre: Period, Fantasy, Romance
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Kim Sung Yeol
Lee Yoo Bi as Jo Yang Sun
Shim Chang Min as Crown Prince Lee Yun
Kim So Eun as Choi Hye Ryung / Lee Myung Hee
Lee Soo Hyuk as Vampire Gwi
Jang Hee Jin as Soo Hyang

Likes: Vampire Overall Looks: These drama has the prettiest vampires I’ve ever seen! Kim Sung Yeol and Gwi turned Joseon into a runway. Who’s the fairest of these two? I’m always a fan of LJK (Kim Sung Yeol). Omo, omo, those looks could melt a million chocolate ladies, lol! Those eyes and his perfectly crafted face topped with a superb talent in martial arts. He’s a winner! Gwi (Lee Soo hyuk) is not lagging behind. Oh those curly long locks, sophisticated nose and a tall lean figure. Gwi’s gracefulness and power could always win the ladies.

The Voice:  It’s not that Kim Sung Yeol failed in this department. His voice was actually really sexy in this drama but I think Gwi won this part hands down. Gwi’s voice was absolutely shiver-worthy!

Best Dressed: I totally loved Kim Sung Yeol’s Hanboks especially the one with the flowers. Just sooo beautiful! But Gwi’s outfits were gorgeous as well. Long and flowing and dark! Suits his character very well.

The Characters: I just loved both! Kim Sung Yeol’s charm is his good-nature, his love, belief and loyalty. Gwi on the other hand is the power, strength and in the end his weakness.

The cast is well chosen. It’s good to see ChangMin here. Lee Yoo Bi though super cute didn’t really disappoint as the leading lady of LJK. Kim So Eun has improved a lot and Jang Hee Jin was just so pretty.

I love the OST. There’s a song that I particularly like and it was always played in the beginning when the leads were just falling in love. Then later on, played again shortly in the epilogue.

Vampire fights were awesome! Very well choreographed.

Kim Sung Yeol’s library was lovely! I could imagine the smell of all the books in there. It was very well thought. This is just one example of the production’s effort on details in this drama.

Though the chemistry between the leads wasn’t top, the first kiss was heart-stopping!

And that hair of Kim Sung Yeol’s bad vampire concience.

Dislikes: Argh that secret plan (recipe) wasn’t that clear! After a long time looking for it, they only got information on ingredients without the proper instruction. Hm, quite useless.

Crown Prince mum who was staying in the monastery was too made up haha! Sorry couldn’t help.

The ending wasn’t explained properly.  I just don’t understand why Kim Sung Yeol disappeared after defeating Gwi? And they pulled a Faith-like ending without much sense! Hello the tree!

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 012015
 

mask kdramaSummary: 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.

Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 20
Stars: Soo Ae as Byun Ji Sook / Eun Ha
Joo Ji Hoon as Choi Min Woo
Yun Jung Hoon as Min Suk Hoon
Yoo In Young as Choi Mi Yun

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!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 012015
 

high society kdramaSummary: Jang Yoon Ha is a chaebol trying to find what she really likes so she took a job in a supermarket and blended well with the common people. She found a good friend in Ji Yi who worked with her. Soon these two ladies will find love with men having opposite backgrounds as theirs.

Genre: Romance, Family
Episodes: 16
Stars: UEE as Jang Yoon Ha
Sung Joon as Choi Joon Ki
Park Hyung shik as Yoo Chang Soo
Im Ji Yun as Lee Ji Yi

Likes: The classic! Brings me back memories of BOF. Just this time both genders are rich and their partners, the opposite.

The cast! Aren’t they all towering! It’s not realistic but isn’t it good to see great-looking leads like these.

UEE looks great paired with Sung Joon!

Park Hyun Shik is a bankable chaebol star. He was great portraying Chang Soo. Could right away give Gu Jun Pyo a run for his money. Paired with someone bubbly, poor but with a skilled heart, Ji Yi; this love team was an instant hit!

I love the story of the scorpion and the frog! Let’s both die together in love!

The bromance of Joon Ki and Chang Soo! Are there still friendships like that left?

The mum characters that I like are…

Yoon Ha’s mum – she was a crumbling fierceness but remained classy.

Joon Ki’s mum – so  sweet and understanding. The mum you want to have.

Chang Soo’s mum – trying to be a tyrant mum but ended up giving in to her son’s wish. Yay, chaebol mum accepting our poor girl Ji Yi.

I love the scene… Chang Soo’s mum changing her heart and trying to convince Ji Yi to date her son. I thought it was the cutest!

Of course I love the ending and was looking forward to the epilogue. Glad they granted my wish. Everyone’s happy and in love :).

Dislikes: I just didn’t feel the chemistry between UEE and Sung Joon. It’s true they look great together but there was no spark between these 2.

I didn’t really grasp the issues between Yoon Ha’s siblings. The disappearance of the brother and his fight with the older sister.

The bitter reality between Yoon Ha’s parents. Unrepairable relationship!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

May 192015
 

orange marmalade kdramaSummary: A pretty young vampire, Ma Ri wanted to experience life with humans so she attended highschool where a smart and talented student Jung Jae Min also attends. They got along quickly for they’re both fond of music but Jae Min changed as soon as he learned that Ma Ri is a vampire.

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, School, Teens
Episodes: 12
Stars: Yeo Jin Goo as Jung Jae Min
Seol Hyun as Baek Ma Ri
Lee Jong Hyun as Han Shi Hoo
Gil Eun Hye as Jo Ah Ra

Likes: Concise and direct to the point! I’m glad they didn’t drag the story to fit more than 12 episodes. It was good that way.

Cute! Teenage vampire in love with teenage human and they made music and everyone seemed to be happy about it ;).

I’m liking the title “Orange Marmalade”.  It’s as sweet as the story.

But my favorite part is the Sageuk part though it’s hard for the 2 leads to end up together in that era. The vampiric atmosphere just suits well during those times. The storyline was also richer as if they put a lot of effort on it. So even if it just lasted for 5 episodes, it was those 5 episodes that matter most.

I like the songs the band was playing. They’re all very catchy.

Yeo Jin Goo has grown into a good-looking young man. He did great portraying the smart, talented and sometimes snubbish Jung Jae Min.

Seol Hyun is a sweet surprise. She hit the mark portraying the shy, innocent, isolated young vampire Ma Ri. Definitely a surprise from an idol.

Lee Jong Hyun has improved a lot. He had more facial expressions. Happy to see that very handsome face.

Learned a new term “vamming out”, vampire coming out!

I like the ending though it looked very much a cliche ;).

Dislikes: 1 episode per week! It’s hard to remember what had happened in the previous episode.

In comparison to the sageuk part, the present (school setting) was very lacking.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

May 142015
 

hwajung kdramaSummary: It’s a story of how Princess JungMyung, daughter of King Seonjo survived and lived through the reigns of 3 kings; King Gwanghae, King Injo and King Hyojong during her lifetime. With her powerful influence she managed to defeat strong political enemies like Lee Yi Chum, Kim Ja Jeom and Kang Joo Sun.

Genre: Period, Political, Romance
Episodes: 50
Stars: Cha Seung Won as Prince Gwanghae
Lee Yeon Hee as Princess Jungmyung
Kim Jae Won as King Injo
Seo Kang Joon as Hong Joo Won
Han Joo Wan as Kang In Woo
Jo Sung Ha as Kang Joo Sun
Jung Woong In as Lee Yi Chum
Jo Min Ki as Kim Ja Jeom

Likes: During the whole tenure of the drama, I’ve been going back and forth wikipedia and some other sites and blogs related to the historical background of the drama and I say they come very close to some historical facts and the existence of important characters throughout the drama.

Princess Jungmyung – though she really existed during the time, her fierce character as what was portrayed in the drama didn’t probably hold the truth. But as the ominous princess in the drama, she shone through an entire generation that spanned through reigns 3 kings. Her power and  influence that shake the most powerful political enemies and even kings themselves put her in a position that no female royalty could probably attain during that era. Her love story with then husband Hong Joo Won is a lovely kdrama touch in this serious splendid political drama.

Gwanghae vs King Injo – I’m all for Gwanghae. Though not even given the King title but he was definitely more reasonable than his successor.  He was always willing to sacrifice (specially his pride) all for the sake of his country and people’s safely. During his reign he achieved a lot and manage to avoid possible wars. King Injo on the other hand was portrayed in this drama as lacking, insecure and even cowardly.
Actors Cha Seung Won and Kim Jae Won are both superb choices for the roles.

Most powerful political enemies…

Kang Joo Sun – he’s got to be on top of this list for he was already active even Gwanghae’s time. Powerful and wealthy, former mayor and palace official, he controlled the businesses in Joseon. He had connections to Ming and later Qing. Owned several houses with private armies. This guy was definitely deadly!

Kim Ja Jeom – a master of manipulation. He made King Injo his puppet. Basically ruling the country during King Injo’s reign. He worked hand in hand with Jo Yeo Jung (Consort Jo) , definitely a deadly tandem!

Consort Jo – Joseon’s deadliest lady. Rumored to have poisoned crown prince Sohyeon, son of King Injo and the heir to the throne. A favorite of the King and Kim Ja Jeom behind her back, she could do whatever she wanted.

Lee Yi Chum – his greed for wealth and  political power lead him to do the deadliest acts. He was behind the murder of crown prince Yeongchang.

Kim Kae Shi – her words are valued by Gwanghae. She does everything, poison here and there just to keep her precious Gwanghae on the throne. She was the ears and eyes of the palace. She just knew everything!

This drama has lots of heavy crying moments. Not that I like crying but they were so well-acted and convincing, you get to appreciate the whole sad scenario.

Dramatic exits, lots of them too but the most memorable was King Injo’s. I thought he already died (death bed scene already shown) but next scene he still managed to scold his officials and officially declare Hyojong the next King!

Favorite quote: “Once you sit here, you will also suffocate from its weight.” King Injo to his son King Hyojong.

Ending is a justification why King Hyojong had a hard time ruling.  Always staying close to historical facts.

Dislikes: The last 2 episodes were weak.  It  lost its momentum though the ending was okay.

Dirturbing lighting. So disappointed with this. There were indoor scenes that appeared like a 50’s movie with too much lighting directly on the faces. Just poor.

They casted someone who looks like she had too much botox on the face. That doesn’t match Joseon era.

After 10 years…. then, after 8 years… the men just grew beared but didn’t get wrinkled. Our princess still looked the same 18 years later!

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 262015
 

Heard-It-Through-the-Grapevine kdramaSummary: Seo Beom, a bright, young student from a poor family got impregnated by her equally young boyfriend Han In Sang whose background she didn’t even know. She planned on raising the child alone until Han In Sang found out and right away wanted to take the responsibility. Seo Beom found herself suddenly introduced to a very powerful and rich family, very different from her own.

Genre: Family, Romance, Black Comedy
Episodes: 30
Stars: Yoo Joon Sang as Han Jung Ho
Yoo Ho Jung as Choi Yun Hee
Lee Joon as Han In Sang
Go Ah Sung as Seo Bom

Likes: It’s a very well-written script. What’s really impressive is to come up with something almost surreal but at the same time has that realistic feel. Anyone can easily imagine or even relate to the situation, that’s how realistic it was.

They paid so much attention to details. The houses of both families… This is how rich this family is and this is how the other family is struggling. The houses have characters that match those families living in them. It’s that kind of detail. And not to mention the wardrobe, if you pay attention to these, it can’t be missed.

I love the atmosphere. Almost silent. Not much music in the background. It makes the conversations more realistic, as if you’re just observing people talking.

I’ve got to give credit to the director and / or the producers for making everyone look like very good actors. Everyone came out very natural!

And talking about actors, Yoo Joon Sang along with Yoo Ho Jung are just great. I think they totally nailed their characters. I liked seeing Lee Joon once again. He was cute and adorable in this drama. Go Ah Sung is one of those promising young actresses, she was great! Love to see her again in another drama.

The rest of the actors and their characters were all awesome. Everyone was noteworthy!

The politics in this drama is awesome! I thought I would only see that in Sageuks. Oh lots of manipulations, all those thread pullings were so entertaining.

And of course it was funny! It’s a black comedy afterall. Every episode has always its funny moment and always accompanied by that funny music. You’ll know what I mean when you watch it :).

Dislikes: The consistency of keeping it simple left me wanting more on the ending. I know it started like that, it went on for 30 episodes like that but I was waiting for a bomb ending. Oh well I can’t have everything, can I?

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 032015
 

Blood kdramaSummary: Park Ji Sang is a popular surgeon who just started working at Taemin Cancer Hospital. He’s young, good-looking but he keeps a secret. He’s a vampire! Son of both infected parents, one of its kind. Ji Sang meets Yoo Ri Ta, the heiress of Taemin and also a surgeon. Together, they’ll find a way how to stop the scientific experiment that is being conducted in the hospital.

Genre: Medical, Fantasy, Romance
Episodes: 20
Stars: Ahn Jae Hyun as Park Ji Sang
Koo Hye Sun as Yoo Ri Ta
Ji Jin Hee as Lee Jae Wook
Jung Hae In as as Joo Hyun Woo

Likes: The whole story wasn’t that bad and thanks to a very good director for a very snappy execution of the script. I would have gotten bored if it wasn’t fast-paced. Well vampires do move very fast :).

The notable side characters or cases in the hospital like the little girl Na Jung, Sister Sylvia, the father who had liver cancer whose wish was to walk her daughter to the altar on her wedding day and the secret of the chairman and lady director. I may have missed some more but my point is there was some diversion that made the whole show less boring.

The chemistry between the leads wasn’t that bad. It was awkward at first but it was justified by their kiss.

Koo Hye Sun, I just love her. She has improved a lot since her BOF days! That pale skin of hers is vampiristic! (Though she wasn’t the vampire).

The villain’s acting is superb! It made the lead’s lack-of very obvious.

I lurve LUVVY! I want one too! Omo, omo… And I love his creator too, Hyun Woo! He was always energetic, bubbly and happy.

I love the OST. It gives the vampire chills but at the same staying true to kdrama :).

The ending that I like though I didn’t understand how he made it… the Kochenia epilogue!

Dislikes: Ahn Jae Hyun, I know his looks could pass as a vampire but the acting was just too poor. He needs to practice more on his facial expression. It didn’t help that he was surrounded by good actors and even a good director couldn’t hide his lacking. He’s got potentials but too early to be a lead star.

The ending that I didn’t like… why oh why they have to kill Hyun Woo! Now LUVVY is an orphan. Eottoki!

And that stupid move of Ji Sang to avenge Hyun Woo, leaving Ri Ta behind and ended up being cornered by the vampire director. Argh, so annoying!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 032015
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The characters, let’s dissect the top ones…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 032015
 

hyde jekyll and i kdramaSummary: Geo Seo Jin, an heir and the CEO of a theme park Wonderland is suffering from a multiple personality disorder. The other personality he possesses is called Robin, a very talented artist who always helps him whenever he’s in a difficult situation that could be triggered by his traumatic past. On the other hand, Jang Hana who works in the Wonderland circus got to know Robin and fell in love with him.

Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Hyun Bin as Goo Seo Jin / Robin
Han Ji Min as Jang Ha Na
Sung Joon as Yoon Tae Joo
Hyeri as Min Woo Jung

Likes: The most anticipated return of Hyun Bin to the small screen made everyone (I’m sure not just me) very excited! Love Hyun Bin! Who doesn’t?

Paired with Han Ji Min sealed it to be a great drama! (Wait, not too quick. Just read the dislikes below.)

No matter what happens, I still love the 2 leads. I think they’re great actors. Hyun Bin was great in portraying both Seo Jin and Robin that sometimes I forget that they’re the same actor. Same goes to Han Ji Min, she’s a melodrama princess.

Who would I choose? Hm, difficult question.

Seo Jin – I love his cold personality. Rich and cold to be precise :). I also prefer his looks (minus the glasses) more than Robin’s. And he get’s to wear suits all the time which is Hyun Bin’s specialty (as per Secret Garden experience).

Robin – I love the way he smiles, it’s contagious! His talent in drawing makes him sexy. His happiness is also contagious (at least before he became very sad). He’s just very likeable!

So who wins? At the end, I was leaning towards Robin. I think the show was made focused on Robin’s character before he disappered making him very special. A tragic love, a tragic ending (I was howling!).

I like the last 2 episodes. I think these were the only times when I got so serious watching it. Taking all the sadness the drama might bring in (so I had Kleenex by my side).

Have to mention how I like Hyeri. She was fun and cute. She’s got potentials, just need to be in a good drama.

Dislikes: Gosh, where do I begin? Simply said, a very bad script! How on earth did Hyun Bin fall for this. Now you have a bad script which was badly executed, how do you call that? A disaster! It was hard to watch, my heart was bleeding. These great actors looked like amateurs in this poor drama. Poor Hyun Bin oppa, I hope you do a followup soon!

So bad that it made the police look very stupid. They just couldn’t catch the psychiatrist. When they were close, they got hypnotized instead. So laughable!

Nothing much about the circus really? Aside from the Gorilla in the beginning. To make that kind of intro, it make viewers believe that there’s much to it. But nothing.

The drama reminds me of 3 great dramas which made this one not up to par…

Kill Me, Heal Me – for the multiple personalities disorder theme.
It’s Okay, That’s Love – for being a radio commentator.
Rooftop Prince – for disappearing in the end and for having Han Ji Min in it.

My Rating: 6.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Feb 172015
 

healer kdramaSummary: Healer is known in the business as the best night courier. Partnered with the best hacker, he was able to finish some difficult jobs including getting the real identity of a young reporter whom he later liked. He pretended to be a reporter himself to be on her side and together with their new boss, a famous newscaster, they work hard to divulge the illegal activities of a group lead by the so called Elder.

Genre: Romance, Action, Thriller
Episodes: 20
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Hoo / Healer
Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho
Park Min Young as Chae Young Shin

Likes: An action-packed drama with a very good script and under a wing of a good director, just daebak! It reminds
me a lot of City Hunter. Falls on the same action-romance genre and maybe because Ji Chang Wook looks like Lee Min Ho and also because Park Min Young was present.

Enjoyable thrilling scenes make it very addictive. Hard to wait for one week for 2 new episodes but I survived it :).

The outstanding cast! I’ll start with…
Ji Chang Wook – after watching Empress Ki, you’ll definitely ask more from this guy. Tall, handsome and taking the role as Healer makes him one of coolest actor in Korea. From an emperor to a mysterious night courier, his sexiness hasn’t gotten reduced a bit.

Yoo Ji Tae – this tall, handsome and charismatic lad is just all over the screen with his presence. Almost, I said almost upstaging Ji Chang Wook but luckily the scriptwriter didn’t force his character to rival Healer’s. But I would vote for him as the best in winter outfit. Soo good-looking even when covered up.

Park Min Young – I love this girl. She can always pulls off different roles. As the bubbly Chae Young Shin in this drama, she was very natural.

Characters for honorable mention…
Jo Min Ja – our realiable hacker who was always behind our hero
Kim Mook Shik – flawless public figure and loves the way he walks, it shows he’s on top of the hierarchy
Choi Myung Hee – brave lady deserves to be with her child once more
Ki Young Jae (old) – love his facial expression and voice, the original Healer

The chemistry between the leads was top! The 2 look like real sweethearts.

The OST was great but those who watched it would likely miss this song…
It’s a beautiful feeling what we’ve got deep inside
We’ve got a flame that will last forever
Together you and I

Chorus:
Oh my love, I’m all yours
And there will never be another one
Cause I’m internally yours

Ending was great! Concise but precise. The airport scene was just fantastic!

Dislikes: That it has to end! Missing Ji Chang Wook’s pretty face!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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