Preview: In order to impress her estranged, rich mum and sister, Seo Dal Mi quits her job to start her own business. She meets Nam Do San, the founder of NamSan Tech, who she thinks was her long time pen pal. “Surprisingly good chemistry between Bae Suzy and Nam Joo Hyuk!”
Summary: Choi Dae Hyun runs a convenience store and badly needs a part-timer to help him out. Jung Saet Byul applies for the job and she really works hard to improve the sales. Jung Saet Byul actually likes Choi Dae Hyun since they met 3 years ago. She was still a bad-ass highschool student back then and now that she is in college, she needs a part-time job and tries to work for the person that she has a crush on. “Cute love team!”
Likes: I like how they preserve the webcomic style of this drama. I didn’t read the webcomic but I can imagine how exciting that would be for the fans to have seen the characters come to life.
The Set. The story revolves around a convenience store and honestly my first impression was, it was only a huge promotion for the convenience store chain, GS25 but since it was based on a webcomic, I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Well, it gave us a closer look really on how convenience store operates and how these franchise owners work quite hard to keep them running.
The Stories. I like the main story that focuses on our main characters, Saet Byul and Dae Hyun. Even if Saet Byul has a long-time crush on her boss Dae Hyun, she still had to make him fall for her. And that was challenging as Dae Hyun still has his long-time girlfriend, who was rich, smart and pretty. However, Saet Byul and Dae Hyun’s similar personalities brought them closer together.
The story of the relationship between Dae Hyun and his girlfriend Yun Joo focuses on the differences in their personalities and family background that lead the two to separate. A Romeo and Juliet kind of fate.
Kang Ji Wook’s unrequitted love story. Our puppy just didn’t get the attention he wanted from Saet Byul. Even with his celebrity status, it just didn’t work on Saet Byul as she was busy admiring someone else.
The sisters story. Saet Byul trying to raise her almost same age sister, Eun Byul. No matter how hard it was and no matter how much they fought, they still ended up supporting each other when everything got tough.
Dae Hyun’s parents’ story. They fought a lot and Dae Hyun’s mum always thought it was a misfortune to have her kind of life but that changed everything when she realized her son doesn’t find her parents life that bad.
Raggae Boy and Geum Bi story! I loved these two, very funny. Theirs was a good comical relief. I was glad that every episode they always popped up. Always made my night.
To sum it up, aside from our main characters storyline, there were other more interesting ones. It never got boring.
Fast-paced. The show was pretty straight-forward. I didn’t find it draggy at all. It maybe because of the sub stories I mentioned above.
I miss the OST. Love the songs, they bring back drama memories! Backstreet Rookie OST
Beautiful Cast. I can’t get enough of their faces…
Kim Yoo Jung – she has grown into a really beautiful lady! Wow, she was still a child in my favourite The Moon that Embraces the Sun, I can’t believe it. And she is such a great actress too, not just a pretty face. Her giggly character here suits her a lot.
Han Sun Hwa – this girl is so pretty too! I’m impressed of her acting and presence. Definitely, a competition for Kim Yoo Jung.
Ji Chang Wook – he’s a good-looking guy I know so please don’t put too much lipstick on him. But great to see him back again.
Dislikes: The kiss? Did I miss it? I didn’t see any kissing at all, as in nothing! Why so stingy with kiss? I was so looking forward to it especially with leads like Ji Chang Wook and Kim Yoo Jung. Disappointing.
Summary: Kang Sun Hyuk does everything to acquire important business deals even if that would mean joining a special rescue team in order to get a good glimpse of Miryeong forest, which has a potential to be turned into a resort. He gets to share a house in Miryeong village with a surgical resident, Jung Young Jae, who got kicked out from a top hospital in Seoul because of an incident.
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Romantic Comedy
Stars: Park Hae Jin as Kang Sun Hyuk
Jo Bo Ah as Jung Young Jae
Jung Yun Joo as Oh Bo Mi
Noh Kwang Shik as Choi Chang
Likes: The main set which was Miryeong Forest was lush and green. It was beautiful and it set a very calming atmosphere which was perfect for the healing of two lost souls who were bound to work in the place. I love how the camera captured fantastic angles that made the forest looked enchanting, calming, relaxing, a breath of fresh air, a shelter, and since it’s a kdrama, a place to fall in love. Added to that, the drone shots were fantastic! A birds eyeview of the vast forest was just mesmerizing.
I love how they focused on bicycles as the main transport going in and out of the forest. I admit, there was something romantic about bikes but it wasn’t just a Korean drama thing, I thought it was perfectly matching with the main nature theme. Something that doesn’t contribute pollution whether it’s air or noise.
The two main characters were interesting. Both had trauma in the past that despite what they have achieved in the present, the past remains haunting them. The character development was definitely there but how it was achieved I would put it under dislikes.
Park Hae Jin was looking so good in this! He looked tall and handsome in suits. And how can I forget those naked scenes, what an eye candy! But wait, he wasn’t all looks, he did well in acting too. His tears were so convincing!
Jo Bo Ah was pretty and bubbly and there was definitely a good amount of chemistry between her and Park Hae Jin.
My favourite quotes from this drama:
- No matter how much time has passed, your mind dwells on the moments when you were hurt.
- That’s called wisdom, not cowardice. Because you acknowledge your limits.
Pretty deep but they make a lot of sense, agree?
The Kiss. I still can’t decide which one is my favourite, the stethoscope kiss or the kiss under the trees!
The Ending. I love endings that involves healing. I love it when nature heals after a storm or a fire. I love it more when mankind heals after trauma, loss and pain.
Dislikes: Although the character development was there, how it was achieved was messy. The storytelling in general was all over the place. There was a big effort to integrate their top sponsor which is Okada in the Philippines so they have to find a way how they could make scenes that include Okada – which wasn’t really that necessary for the main story.
Jo Bo Ah, although she’s quite pretty, I wasn’t really warming up to her acting. When she cries, tears running down her cheeks and all but she still looks like she’s smiling. I don’t know if it’s just me.
I mentioned above how I like the bicycles in the drama and how they promoted clean air. I find it unnecessary that our main guy was driving a sports car in the countryside. Not matching at all.
The ending. Yes, I love the healing part but it got so cheesy in some closures.
Summary: A South Korean heiress lands in North Korea by accident when she was paragliding. She is captured by a North Korean soldier who treats her well and helps her get out of the country safely. But the more time she spends longer with her captor, the more she is falling for him.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Stars: Hyun Bin as Ri Jung Hyuk
Son Ye Jin as Yoon Se Ri
Seo Ji Hye as Seo Dan (Jung Hyuk’s fiancée)
Kim Jung Hyun as Koo Seung Joon
Likes: A different impression. There are so many reasons to love this drama but for me the most important is how this drama gave a different impression of North Korea. Finally, we have something popular in the south which is humanizing the people of the north. It was good to see all sides even if they’re only possibilities.
The humour. I’ve got to say this is the funniest kdrama so far this year! Every episode always left me giggling. It’s good to see something that could have left so much tension to be sooo funny (especially that it involves the military). So many funny moments in this drama but my favourite would be when the North Korean soldiers under Capt. Ri Jung Hyuk went to the south to bring back their captain in one piece. Oh gosh, I couldn’t stop laughing from all those naive experiences in the south! Of course, it had a good share of crying moments but I would highly recommend it for something that will really make you laugh.
The contrasting sets. I’ve seen over a hundred kdramas so I’m used to how the sets taken in South Korea would look like. But to have two contrasting sets, first the North Korean sets then the South, I found that very interesting. How different these two countries are – pointing out the lacking and good in one and same with the other. The very basic lifestyle in a North Korean village stroke me as primitive but on the other hand, there was emphasis on camaraderie among each other. The advanced, stylish lifestyle of the South brought out estrangement but on the other hand, there was freedom.
Lessons about the North. What did I learn from this drama about the North? Ah, the accent! It must have been Hyun Bin’s doing but suddenly North Korean accent just became so sexy! Agree or disagree? How about those surprise house inspections. I thought, no way, but it actually made sense. The tapping was funny if you’re just watching it but if you’re actually there, that could be quite scary. How about power and connection? Serve and follow the powerful otherwise you’re dead meat. The traffic in Pyongyang is not at all bad, and that’s even the capital! And yes before it gets forgotten, bring some blankets and food in case trains get stranded for 12 hours!
The cast. Undoubtedly, we had an awesome cast, I love them all but will focus on the leads. Let’s start with…
Hyun Bin as Ri Jung Hyuk – so handsome in North Korean military uniform and he also did so well with the northern accent. No reason not to fall in love with Ri Jung Hyuk’s character, he might be stiff but a good and true person. I think Hyun Bin carried it so well.
Son Ye Jin as Yoon Se Ri – I love her in this drama – fierce, pretty, powerful and smart. She was awesome here. Her chemistry with Hyun Bin was top. Son Ye Jin, didn’t leave a good impression with me in Personal Taste (with Lee Min Ho). I had to drop that drama a long time ago, never finished it. It’s good to see her awesome in this one.
Seo Ji Hye as Seo Dan – oh my gosh, I love Seo Dan! I should have taken notes when Koo Seung Jun told her what he liked about her. That fierce, stylish North Korean lady. Love her stares! They were like lasers, lol! And isn’t she looking like Chanyeol of EXO? She could be his sister!
Kim Jung Hyun as Koo Seung Joon – First, I found him just good looking but when his character developed, I couldn’t help liking this guy. I bet this supporting role will bring Kim Jung Hyun to the top.
The kissing scenes. Ha! How I like a good one! But wait, I didn’t just get one but several and they were all great! Which one was my favourite, let me think… no, not the last one but the one outside the hospital! I thought that was so romantic!
Romanticising the demarcation lines. Well, after watching this drama, everyone will think romantic about those lines. Am I wrong? Oh, it’s already happening!
Important reference. I love the reference to Hyun Bin’s previous drama, Memories of the Alhambra! It was funny when the famous music of Memories of the Alhambra played when Hyun Bin’s character here, Ri Jung Hyuk was playing a computer game.
Cameo. Was that really Kim So Hyun? This just tells us that a new drama from him is dawning. Please, make it happen soon!
The ending. How would I say it. It pleased me and I guess most of you too. I’m glad they found a way to make it work despite the Romeo and Juliet kind of situation. And I love how they ended it where it all started, at the picturesque Switzerland.
Dislikes: It’s obvious how desperate they were to make that sudden paragliding scene. I know it looks cool and it justified that Yoon Se Ri was still alive, but it just didn’t make sense. How did she manage to get the parachute fixed suddenly, same with her paragliding outfit?
I was hoping and crossing fingers for the supporting love team but sadly someone had to be sacrificed.
I dislike very much when episodes don’t get shown on schedule. The excitement gets interrupted. It happened twice with this drama. But glad it didn’t take a month to continue.
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Summary: Dong Baek starts a new life with her son in a small town, opening a bar called Camellia. She is being criticized and bullied by her neighbours for the kind of livelihood she is having but that doesn’t stop a few people to admire and respect her. One of them is Hwang Yong Shik, a constable. His persistent character makes Dong Baek consider falling in love again.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Thriller, Crime
Stars: Gong Hyo Jin as Dong Baek
Kang Ha Neul as Hwang Yong Sik
Kim Ji Suk as Kang Jong Ryul
Likes: The Set. Countryside or a small town setting always comes underrated. First impression is always, it comes quite boring, no Seoul fashion and accent. But that actually made this drama special. Set in a town where everyone knows each other and for an outsider, would be quite hard to get integrated. It was a challenging situation for our Dong Baek, a single mum, who opened a bar in the town. It was hard for her to get accepted without the constant criticism and bullying. Interesting to see such a realistic setting.
The Story. The main story about Dong Baek, her past, present and possible future was already very nicely laid. What I was more impressed of was the detailed side stories of the other characters. And what was even more impressive was these side stories had their wonderful closure as well. We’ve got for example Hyang Mi’s, the Joker’s, Dongbaek’s mum’s stories. All with justifications why they live their lives like that.
The Cast. Such an impressive group of talents. Everyone did so well. Gong Hyo Jin’s performance was a different level, she was actually the character. Dong Baek is probably the best role she ever did and I found her really beautiful in this drama. Kang Ha Neul was just wow! What a talent! Still very young yet very talented. I was impressed with his performance here. It just proved that he’s not just a pretty face. He did so well with the accent too! And I’ve got to give credit to Kim Kang Hoon, who portrayed Pilgu, the son of Dongbaek. He was just sooo good! Watch out for this boy, he might end up like the likes of Yeo Jin Goo.
Ongsan Neighbourhood. It never got boring because of the Ahjummas of the neighbourhood. Of course there was the usual gossiping and bullying but above all that, there was camaraderie. In the end, the drama was warm and heartfelt because of the mutual trust among each other. It was very nice to watch.
Solving the Crime. I’m a huge fan of crime stories so the Joker part was a big bonus for me. The twist at the end came as a great surprise. I thought it was already over but it wasn’t. Well done!
The Endings. Yes plural because there were more than one. All side stories ended well and our main Dong Baek story closed nicely as well. And it even had an epilogue!
Dislikes: Thinking hard but nothing really.
Summary: Nokdu runs after a female assassin who almost killed his father and brother at their home in the island they used to live. He arrives in Hanyang and bumps into Dong Joo who is dressed up as a man and tries to assassinate the king. Nokdu, to pursue the assassin who tried to kill his family, dresses up as a woman and enters a Gisaeng house where he has to share room with one of the trainee Gisaengs, who happens to be Dong Joo.
Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy
Stars: Jang Dong Yoon as Jun Nok Du
Kim So Hyun as Dong Dong Joo
Kang Tae Oh as Cha Yul Moo
Song Gun Hee as Jun Hwang Tae
Likes: Jang Dong Yoon has to be my very top reason to like this drama. He so nailed Nokdu’s character who has to dress up as a woman and blend with the beautiful gisaengs and widows! Very pretty face, even prettier than Kim So Hyun (no offence to her fans)! Much more, his voice could pass for a woman’s! He was so beautiful in Hanbok even with very less makeup! Impressively, he didn’t have to try hard to look like a lady, he was naturally graceful. And doesn’t he look like Kim Soo Hyun from You Who Came from the Stars? Another plus point!
Another impressive cast that caught my attention was Kang Tae Oh. I’d seen him before in another drama and I thought he had a great potential. He proved it again here. No over-acting, he was naturally good. His facial expressions were just right. In his character as the grand prince, Cha Yul Moo, he was shifting between cunning and ambitious, and sincere and charismatic. Brilliant acting!
Kim So Hyun wasn’t that bad. Although she was lacking the umph as the desirable leading lady, she’s still a great talent. I would have wished her to look more lady-like like in Goblin.
Ah that little girl who has a very impressive country accent, I loved her talk! I didn’t want her to stop talking! She was very funny. And it wasn’t just the talking, she was actually really good in acting, with impressive facial expressions.
Some great scenes in the drama and that includes the saving of Dong Joo when he almost got killed in the raid of the widow village. I also liked the drunken master scene (reminds me of Jackie Chan). The fight scene of Nokdu and Cha Yul Moo at the bamboo forest. The swing moments! The picking of persimmons moment! The field of flowers!
I love the stunning and colourful costumes! The Hanboks were all so beautiful and everyone looked good in them.
Lastly, I got my epilogue and all the cheese that came with it :-)!
Dislikes: Everything looked overly perfect as if in a set.
Chemistry wasn’t the best.
The fighting part in the last episode became ridiculous with lots of interruptions and talking. Just too much talking!
Summary: Ma Dong Chan, a successful and handsome variety show producer goes overboard with his next project and that he himself will get into a freezing chamber to be frozen for 24 hours then he will get thawed and come back alive. The experiment should be a scientific breakthrough that will also benefit his career. He has to convince Go Mi Ran, a part-timer, to be his female counterpart in this freezing experiment. However, something went wrong and the two of them get thawed after 20 years.
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Ma Dong Chan
Won Jin Ah as Go Mi Ran
Yoon Se Ah as Na Ha Young
Likes: Cryonics, an interesting topic! Makes you think what if this actually is possible? I like it that the writer explored not just the positive effects but also the negative consequences when someone gets frozen for a very long time. Is it even possible to catch up with the trends and lifestyles when one becomes kind of obsolete. In this drama, they were easy with the top characters catching up pretty quickly but well yeah, it’s a kdrama afterall. That’s what we love about it, right?
I like our top leads! Of course I know Ji Chang Wook. I’ve been waiting for his comeback drama since his military discharge so an open-arms welcome to mah man. As usual, very handsome and good in his craft. I like his character, Ma Dong Chan, a talented director-producer who does things his way but I fell in love with him when he broke down when he almost lost the girl he loved. I think Ji Chang Wook did so well portraying all those sides. Won Jin Ah, on the other hand, was a newbie in my eyes. First time to see her in a drama and I would say she’s a great actress. Petite and pretty and quite natural in acting. Her chemistry with Ji Chang Wook was awesome!
Kissing scenes! I love the first kiss as it came as a surprise. Our 2 leads, as expected were professionals to deliver such a natural outcome. How about the shower kiss? Well, it was fun to watch, lol! See for yourself! The fact that the top leads had a top chemistry, it would follow that their kissing scenes would turned out great.
Supporting character, Na Ha Young. They did a great job choosing the actors to play the young and the old Na Ha Young. The two actresses are very much alike and both are good in acting. But I was just impressed a lot by Yoon Se Ah. She’s a great actress I know but in this drama she looked awesome! The hair, the makeup, the outfits, they all looked great on her!
It was one not-so-serious drama and I like it like that. Although there was some heavy drama in the end, it was mostly light and funny. Also, putting closures on sub stories and characters was a great plus. I like a lot of supporting characters and their stories in this drama and they all deserved that closure.
I’m a big fan of Got7 and was surprised to see Jin Young in a cameo role!
Ending. It was quite draggy towards the end but glad they came up with that freezing-again twist in the finale. A bit of drama but all good! It was a great show!
Dislikes: Never liked the villain. I thought he was trying too hard to be bad.
Lots of ad placement. Was that Fitbit? Longines was also there. But oh well, we need sponsors.
Summary: The Flower Crew, a matchmaking agency during the Joseon era has a task to marry an ordinary girl Gae Dong to a blacksmith named Lee Soo but the latter becomes king overnight and left his bride unknowing where he is and what he is up to. King Lee Soo asks help again from the Flower Crew to make Gae Dong a noble woman so it would be possible for him to marry her.
Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy
Stars: Kim Min Jae as Ma Hoon
Gong Seung Yun as Gae Ddong
Seo Ji Hoon as Lee Soo
Park Ji Hoon as Go Young Soo
Byun Woo Suk as Do Joon
Go Won Hee as Kang Ji Hwa
Likes: The era. Set in the Joseon era but made brighter and less serious especially by the presence of a marriage agency that was run by flower boys! Were they really existing or were they not? It doesn’t matter, having this as the center topic of a drama was a sure hit. I’m just impressed on how the writers made single marriage cases fitted on that time frame. Some were serious and some were not but again it doesn’t matter.
The costumes. Lovely hanbeoks in bright colours! You could tell, they had a big budget for the costumes. Our flower boys were always dressed very nicely, no reason not to standout. The ladies were equally dazzling. Beautiful traditional dresses worn and even the accessories were gorgeous.
The makeup. A huge emphasis on makeup during those times. Well, I guess they had the basics like lip color and blush. Most probably, all natural and plant-based ingredients. Even better! I love how Go Young Soo professionally applied makeup on his client Gae Ddong on her wedding day and how he transformed her into a noble-looking lady fit for a king.
Beautiful scenes. The drama was big on dreamy, beautiful scenes like the bridge scene with the lanterns – a love confession to one and a rejection to the other. Bittersweet! I love the kissing scene under the blossoming myrtle trees. Just lovely! How about the pottery-making scene? Ah that reminds me of Demi Moore’s Ghost. And I shouldn’t forget, the breakup-in-the-rain scene. Beautiful but heartbreaking!
The Flowers. Noticed the different flowers every episode that actually represents the general happenings of that episode. I thought, they were such lovely and thoughtful additions.
Camera Focus. I love how close the camera focuses on the faces. It highlights the gorgeous faces of the cast!
The Cast. And yes, talking about them, what a stunning, gorgeous cast we have here. Let’s start with our matchmaking agents…
Kim Min Jae as Ma Hoon – Although he was too baby-face for the role, I think he did an awesome job. I love his voice, I think that made up a lot for his baby face. He always sounded mature and sexy. There are still some rooms for improvement for him but Kim Min Jae has undeniably talent in acting and he’s one of the young ones to watch for.
Byun Woo Suk as Do Joon – Omo, he was super sexy in this drama! Didn’t watch any of his other dramas so I was quite taken aback by his beauty. He looked so damn hot in long straight hair and flowing pink hanbeok. Byun Woo Suk definitely nailed this character!
Park Ji Hoon as Go Young Soo – yes he’s an idol but I’m impressed with how he did so well in his character. He was able to channel that uncertain old Chil Nom character and became one of the talented matchmakers.
Seo Ji Hoon as Lee Soo – I don’t know how many times he got dumped in this drama but how could he always look adorable like a sad puppy everytime that happens. Seo Ji Hoon, such a promising young talent like Min Jae and very handsome too especially with the long hair (you know the blacksmith look).
Go Won Hee as Kang Ji Hwa – I like the character very much. Tough, firm, knows what she want-kind of lady. I especially like her chemistry with Do Joon. Quite worthy of a spin off!
OST. My favourite song from the drama… With You. Brings back memories!
Ending. Needless to say happy. It’s a not so serious Sageuk afterall! Lots of happy endings here so if you’re a sucker for happy endings then this one’s for you. And if you’re a sucker for epilogues too like me, this one got one!
Dislikes: I’m a bit sad for King Lee Soo :-(.
Summary: Go Se Yun and Cha Min are good friends. They both died and were revived though the power of the Abyss. Although they’re up and alive, their looks are different from before. Together, they’ll try to live knowing each other’s secret and hand in hand solve the murder case behind Go Se Yun’s death.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Legal, Fantasy
Stars: Park Bo Young as Go Se Yun
– Kim Sa Rang as Go Se Yun (before death)
Ahn Hyo Sup as Cha Min
– Ahn Se Ha as Cha Min (before death)
Lee Sung Jae as Oh Young Chul
Likes: Unusual story that involved dying and resurrecting with the use of a big marble-looking object called the Abyss. I was willing to plunge into it obviously. Although there were some holes in the story since the start and left unanswered questions, I found it cute, charming, funny and I admire the effort on the gruesomeness part of the story. Yes, not the usual combination and that’s what made it interesting.
Park Bo Young as Go Se Yun – she was great! Park Bo Young seems to like strong woman roles and what can I say, it suited her very well. It’s also admirable of her to take a role which is actually making fun a bit of her looks.
Ahn Hyo Sup as Cha Min – he really looked so good here! I’ve been comparing his looks from Thirty but Seventeen, he had grown so handsome! I’ve been wondering if he had plastic surgery but I think not, just maybe a bit made up in this drama. His Cha Min role was a more mature one which he also delivered well.
The chemistry. This is one of the points that I extra like in this drama. Never mind the hollowness of the story when the leads had an amazing chemistry. Park Bo Young is for sure older than Ahn Hyo Sup but that didn’t affect the spark. It was having lots of sparks in fact!
The kissing scenes. And because of that chemistry, the kissing scenes were cute and awesome! It was never awkward.
The villain. I thought Oh Young Chul was brilliant! The first episodes were interesting because of him.
Supporting couple. Detective Park Dong Chul and Lawyer Lee Mi Do cheesy scenes were ice breakers. I love this couple! They were always there for our top leads.
The OST. I especially love Shalalalala. Funny scenes normally has this as background music. Fallin and Into the Abyss are also great to listen to.
The Ending. This had my tears flowing, it better be a happy ending. And I think they heard me.
Dislikes: The second to the last episode was quite cheesy but still bearable to watch.
Hae Jin’s screaming was really irritating.
Seo Ji Uk was sill lacking as villain.
Shameless ad placement. Hello Tous and Dyson.
Summary: Sung Duk Mi is living two lives. She is a hard-working curator at an art gallery and at the same time pursuing her life as a fangirl as she is a die-hard fan of an idol named Shi Ahn. Things change when she meets the new director of the art gallery, Ryan Gold, who is slowly acknowledging her talent, personality and even her fangirling life.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Stars: Park Min Young as Sung Duk Mi
Kim Jae Wook as Ryan Gold
Ahn Bo Hyun as Nam Eun Ki
Likes: It was hard to resist another romcom with two big names in Korean drama. With the art gallery as the backdrop, it was promisingly artsy and gave us ideas and details how this kind of world works in the background. Definitely, another learning opportunity.
Park Min Young paired with Kim Jae Wook, I was absolutely looking forward to it! Both have previous successful projects under their sleeves especially Park Min Young, who had been a star in big kdramas in the past. Kim Jae Wook, on the other hand, it was my first time to see him in a lead role. My wish was granted, I was desperately waiting for him to grab a male leading role. I thought he was more than ready for it. However, how they did in their roles here was a different story. I would categorize Kim Jae Wook’s role as a “like”. Here’s to why…
Kim Jae Wook as Ryan Gold – He came out as the really cool and talented Ryan Gold at start and although that character didn’t last so long, Kim Jae Wook did so well in turning Ryan Gold as the melancholic, broken person who was once abandoned by his mum. He wasn’t perfect. There were time when he appeared unsure but boy he just looked sooo good the whole time. Got to give credit to the costume designer for dressing him up so well.
Chemistry wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t over the top but it wasn’t bad. The two leads carried this out well.
Generous with kissing scenes! Now come on, who wouldn’t like that?
Was it just me or Cha Shi Ahn was really cute? He was so cute and adorable that I got to dig up more about him. Voila! He’s a YG baby! Check out one of his MVs 해야해(heyahe). So cute!
I love the twists towards the end. It was so predictable in beginning that having some unexpected twists kind of caughtup with the dull mid-part of the drama.
I love the story and mystery behind Lee Sol’s paintings. It was a big plus in the storyline. I thought it was so touching to see them pieced together.
I so love Eun Gi! He might not have been as well-dressed as Ryan Gold but he was so genuine, he looked as hot as RG.
Dislikes: I unfortunately found Park Min Young’s character here very irritating. It didn’t suit her at all. You could tell she was trying hard but she always came out unnatural. I’m a fan of her since Sungkyunkwan Scandal and it’s the first time I dislike her in a drama. I also dislike some of her outfits! Those checkered and ruffled dresses were sooo tacky!
Cliffhangers were so misleading!
Too obvious Dyson and Baskin Robbins ad placement!
Ending got too corny.
Summary: Oh Yoon Seo has to save her dying acting career by taking a lawyer role in a drama by a famous scriptwriter so she agrees to the scriptwriter’s condition that she will become a secretary in a law firm to prepare for the role properly. There she meets top lawyer, cold-hearted and slow with women, Kwon Jung Rok who becomes her boss.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Office, Legal
Stars: Lee Dong Wook as Kwon Jung Rok
Yoo In Na as Oh Jin Shim / Oh Yoon Seo
Lee Sang Woo as Kim Se Won
Son Sung Yoon as Yoo Yeo Reum
Likes: How can I not like this drama? It’s romantic comedy and my most anticipated reunion of a power couple from my 2017 best kdrama Goblin. Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na’s top chemistry and their cliffhanging romance in Goblin has finally found its own show and damn YES, they deserve this show.
Yes, the chemistry in this drama is over the top! How can you not giggle when things become lovey-dovey with these two?! I love all the kissing scenes. So scream-worthy!
Lee Dong Wook as Kwon Jung Rok – a bit stiff as a lawyer or let me put it this way… he’s way too handsome for a lawyer :-). Tall and handsome and so good looking in suits. I like the cold personality, slow-witted when it comes to women, a bit awkward with romance… I think those made Lee Dong Wook so cute. I like him here as much as liked him in My Girl.
Yoo In Na as Oh Jin Shim / Oh Yoon Seo – oh my gosh, I just love this girl. Such a great actress! And her actress role here is too perfect for her. Funny, sweet, cute and sexy! And the bad acting was so well acted, I have to give her that :-). I loved the way she giggled and made everything pink. So adorable!
- Kwon Jung Rok and Oh Jin Shim / Oh Yoon Seo – okay, this one is the top no doubt. The office romance was sooo cute with all those hearty hearty post-its! And the best part was, it had to be a secret! The secret continued when she went back into acting and it was even more exciting. Of course the ups came with the downs but this couple was still the best.
- Kim Se Won and Yoo Yeo Reum – the romance in the prosecutors’ office! These two were subtle but boy I love the proposal bit!
- Choi Yoon Hyuk and Dan Moon Hee – ahh our lawyer couple, too opposite but attract! Definitely the best comical relief in this drama.
- Lee Doo Sub and Yang Eun Ji – the investigator and the secretary. I still wish there’s hope between these two. That unrequitted love of our dear Doo Sub shouldn’t go to waste.
Did someone notice the famous Descendants of the Sun scene? I just thought that it was hilarious with helicopter landing, the wind blowing, the shawl flying away, that moment… that moment, lol! You’re a kdrama fun if you recognize that.
That rich stalker was hot and scary but yes he was hot, lol! But I guess our Kwon Pyeonhosanim was way hotter especially when he approached that hot stalker and told him to “Stay away from my girl!” Oh, who will not fall in love with this damn hot lawyer.
How about dropping the “I love you” followed by a long kiss at a cold side walk on a winter’s night as an amend for that horrible breakup. Yay!!! I was cheering!
But the best actor award goes to Kim Yeong Tae, that guy who was accused of stabbing and killing the husband of a lady neighbour. He was just soooo good! And yes, there were some serious moments in this show too but Kim Yeong Tae moment was the best!
The ending was fabulous! Everyone looked gorgeous, of course, especially the top leads.
Dislikes: My fear always when a drama is too popular, ads become too much! The Chanel and that red ginseng thing were just “in your face ads”. Make it more subtle please!
Conclusion: With so many funny moments, undeniably awesome chemistry and just the right number of episodes, it makes this drama so enjoyable to watch, so I am giving it a…
Summary: Woo Seo Ri falls into a coma and wakes up 13 years later. She finds herself going back to her old home but now owned by Gong Woo Jin. She begs to be taken in by the new owner for a period of time until she finds her relatives but during that short period both of them start falling for each other.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Shin Hye Sun as Woo Seo Ri
Yang Se Jong as Gong Woo Jin
Ahn Hyo Sup as Yoo Chan
Ye Ji Won as Jennifer
Likes: A surprisingly wonderful drama! I just love everything about it. It was entertaining from start to finish, it never lost it’s momentum. Simply awesome!
The Story. It was unique. At least I never had this one before. Now, our girl waking up 13 years later after falling into coma. Scared of her own looks as she became older and also couldn’t find her relatives who used to live with her before. Tragic, right? But wait! Here comes our guy who is the new owner of the girl’s house, has some psychological problem of his own and is cold to everyone, but he let our girl stay in the house for a month until she finds her relatives. Cupid came in and you know what happens when this one meddles in. And then, with some twist and that, viola, they actually already knew each other before :-). Hm, something like that but of course the story was beautifully told. Really, must watch!
The Cast. Can’t get any better. I love everyone!
Shin Hye Sun as Woo Seo Ri – she was a surprise. Didn’t expect her to be the main lead but she deserves to be the main lead! She did really well as the childish, innocent, 17-year-old Woo Seo Ri. And her chemistry with Yang Se Jong was awesome. To look 30 but appear 17 and in love for the first time was the challenge in this role and she nailed it.
Yang Se Jong as Gong Woo Jin – oh how I love this guy but I should rate him on how he did in this drama. And yes, he is consistently good! I love his facial expressions especially when he looked at someone with admiration. Omo, omo, I melted several times! And he can cry too, even without trying too hard. Definitely a great actor! This kind of role: melancholic, OC and cold always seems perfect for him but I believe he can do other roles too – with flying colours.
Ahn Hyo Sup as Yoo Chan – the athlete body suits Ahn Hyo Sup perfectly. He is tall and obviously he trained hard for those muscles too. I love Yoo Chan, he’s a very energetic, lively and positive character. He basically lit up the whole show. And of course his famed motto, DON’T THINK, FEEL is next best thing to FIGHTING!
Ye Ji Won as Jennifer – Oh Jennifer, definitely the star of the show! The outfit, the quotes, the cooking. Definitely, BY JENNIFER! Credit to Ye Ji Won for bringing this awesome character to life. Jennifer was just too cool and likeable!
Secret Ingredients. I think the overall positive energy that this drama conveys contributed hugely to its success. That energy was everywhere and in every character and most of all in every group: the new family that was created in the house, the rowing team, the design team. It was very beautiful to watch. And the other secret ingredient is a credit that goes to the director and the camera people for having this technique of focusing too close to the person’s face, revealing details like sweats, pimples, breathing, etc, making us viewers hear and feel what the subjects are going through. I thought that was brilliant! One good example of this was the main leads’ first kiss. To be able to convey that exact feeling and emotions during that scene was just fantastic!
The Ending. Such a beautiful ending. I don’t want to go into details but I just wanna say it was very well done, hands down!
Dislikes: I just don’t understand why the aunt kept the money all those years but didn’t pay for Woo Seo Ri hospitalization. A minor setback but can be ignored.
Summary: Shancai, a new student at Mingde University meets the formidable F4. Those four snobs change her life instantly as she becomes the center of attention specially the leader of the group, Dao Mingsi. As Dao Ming Si starts to show interest in her, Shancai has her eyes only on the other F4 member, Hua Zelei. However, Dao Mingsi never gives up and continues to pursue her until she is slowly shifting her attention to him.
Likes: It’s the same storyline all over again but never got tired of Hana Yori Dango / Meteor Garden / Boys Over Flowers. It has a special place in my heart as BOF was my gateway to kdramaland. I love the anime version and BOF but Meteor Garden 2018 is not far off for being a favourite. Although I knew what I’ll have to go through, I was more than willing to go through it all once again… the meeting, the rejection, the falling in love, the breakups, the make ups, and the happy ending.
First off, I love the cast. They are all well-chosen. Let’s start with…
Shen Yue as Dong Shancai – she’s just perfect for the role – not overly pretty, simple, cute but tough and she’s simply a good actress. Her role comes annoying sometimes but she remains likeable throughout the drama. To be this simple-looking but had successfully established a good chemistry between her and the most good-looking members of the F4, Dao Mingsi and Hua Zelei; I would say that Shen Yue did an amazing job.
Dylan Wang as Dao Mingsi – two words – “really handsome”. Yes, he really is handsome and thankfully he did justice to Dao Mingsi’s character. I like his cool face, angry face, naughty face, scheming face, jealous face, being hurt face and most of all, his very in love face. Dylan Wang impressed me with lots of facial expressions but still has to work on a more convincing smile. Minor glitch but he was great!
Darren Chen as Hua Zelei – honestly, he can be mistaken as a girl. That face is so pretty and cute! And those dimples! At first, I thought he was too thin, weak and lacking aura but as the drama progresses, he started to grow in me. Well, I guess it’s been always like that, I always got fooled by Hua Zelei’s character. Great job Darren Chen for being a lovable Hua Zelei! You gave justice to that cute, weak (everyone thought of) but then actually the most mature character.
Connor Leong as Mei Zuo – super tall and thin and hard to ignore due to his choice of outfit :-). That’s Mei Zuo! I had to warm up to his looks but Mei Zuo’s character is so likeable. Young but mature and I love his honesty and humour. He looks fun to be with. Connor Leong, applause for you.
Caesar Wu as Xi Men – if I have to personally pick, I would go for Xi Men. Somehow he looked super sexy when he was drinking all those tea :-). Very charismatic! And he looked like the best kisser in the group! Xi Men all the way :-)! Caesar Wu of course did a great job here, he was someone hard to ignore. So tall and handsome.
I would love to mention everyone but it’s gonna be a long list so I’ll now shift to those favourite best moments that never got old…
- Dao Mingsi attacking Shancai at the stairs moment – he sure looked scary
- the waiting in the rain moment – want my lover to wait for me that long as well!
- being stuck in the elevator moment – I’m pretty sure scary as hell but when you’re with the person you like, it’s NOT
- the blizzard moment – love the fact that the blizzard looked real and our beloved Shancai and Dao Mingsi had to warm up each other in a remote cabin.
- Dao Mingsi coming to Sanya in a yacht moment – I’ll be elated too!
- the Dao Mingsi look-a-like cookie moment – looks yummy!
- the saving Shancai from thugs moment – oh my hero!
- the 520 roses moment – I’m sure it was just ad placement but it was cute
- sleeping in the same bedroom moments – It happened twice but nothing really happened
- the London Bridge moment – I thought my heart was crumpled as well
- the pineapple moment – everyone has to be inspired by something or someone
- the meteor moment – when Dao Mingsi confessed his love properly with a necklace that comes with a meteor pendant and he said to her, “I’ll not trade you for all the meteors in the sky”. Omo omo, I’m melting!
Kissing Scenes. Not bad, not bad really. Who would forget the first ever kiss when Shancai had to be treated in Dao Mingsi’s room. I also love that awkward birthday kiss. Shancai looked so nervous. The meteor moment kiss was great but I like the one best when Shancai stole a kiss on Dao Mingsi by pulling his necktie so he could lean closer to her face. Well, how about Shancai and Hua Zelei’s kiss on the beach. Sure it brought Dao Mingsi’s blood into boil! And Xi Men and Xiaoyou on the rooftop, that was awesome! And I mentioned above, Xi Men seemed to be the best kisser!
I love the OST. Can’t stop listening to it. Here’s a link… Meteor Garden 2018 OST.
Ending. I love the closures to the sub stories at the end and the fact that our beloved couple ended up with each other as we already knew. I’m glad they came up with a classy exit for Daoming Feng.
Dislikes: Smog in Shanghai ruined most of the daylight and night scenes but what can we do.
I don’t find London a romantic city at all. It looked sooo cold and wet. Even the actors looked like they were freezing there. It ruined the romance.
I’m pretty sure everyone noticed that this show is plagued with ad placements. Too many, just too many! I don’t wanna get started because it’s just gonna be a long list. It’s a pity because the story is close to the original but a lot of scenes got bent around to suit ads. Shameless really.
Caina’s love story was nice but it was just off the Meteor Garden storyline. It was unnecessary. And Mei Zuo got even dumped in this part. Not fun at all.
Cooking show where Shancai was a participant was supposed to help Shancai look good for Dao Mingsi’s mum but that didn’t even happen so I wonder if that was a promotion of an actual cooking show.
Last of all, they so messed up the ending. Why did they make it like cast credits in a play. And the never ending ad placement even in the ending. You’re supposed to be honeymooning but why wash your hair with a dandruff shampoo? Ugh, so annoying. I love Bishop Briggs – River but they just killed it with that dance performance by Dao Mingsi’s sister. I mean, I love Daoming Zhuang, I thought she was hot but that dance scene was unnecessary. And what’s with the street performer at the very end, everyone started singing with him then a lady joined them (must be the producer but why???). Yeah so messed up.
Summary: Secretary Kim, the very capable secretary of 9 years of the quite handsome but full of himself vice chairman Lee Young Joon is quitting and leaving the very handsome boss frustrated. She has 2 months to train her replacement and convince her boss to let go of her so she can finally find what she likes doing most.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Office
Stars: Park Seo Joon as Lee Young Joon
Park Min Young as Kim Mi So
Lee Tae Hwan as Lee Sung Yun
Likes: One of the dramas I was crazily waiting every week. Once in a while (if kdrama world allows it), I like to indulge myself into something eye candy -iesh with lots of cheese in it then topped with lots of laughing (sometimes crying) emojis! Why I like this one so much? Let me enumerate…
The LEADS! They are definitely my top reason. Even more than the story.
Park Seo Joon as Lee Young Joon – he looked so gorgeous and sexy here! This got to be my favourite Park Seo Joon’s role so far. Super eye candy – tall, handsome and dashing in every outfit. I must say, “AURA”! I love the cocky and narcissist character which made him always look perfect plus that determination that he would get everything that he wanted. He was by all means right at the end when he said, “You have this most eligible bachelor taken, thanks for getting me sold out”! Park Seo Joon’s hot bud is probably driving everyone nuts now! The director knows how to tease you girls. Look, how many scenes were there when you see him topless, gosh! Even that first night scene, he was the only one stripping! Oh well, when you have it, flaunt it, they say :).
Park Min Young as Kim Mi So – she is a doll! I mean how tiny is she to fit in those small-waisted office pencil skirts?! Kim Mi So character has to fit the perfect look of her boss so she had to look perfect as well. But damn, how perfect she really looked! Pretty face with proportional body and she rocked every office outfit she wore. Park Min Young is one top actress and this role was a break from her usual serious roles in the past. She always connects with her leading men and with Park Seo Joon, the chemistry is just so good.
The STORY! Well, it was this typical office romance or rich guy / poor girl kind of story but there was this semi dark twist to it which I really like. I think without it, it would have been quite boring. I like the flashbacks, the story that brought the two top characters to the present. I even like the child actors, they were quite good! It was well told which made the bond of the top characters more understandable. That, in combination with the rest, made it a really fun drama to watch.
Other small mentionable reasons:
- So generous with kissing scenes! I will never complain about this and with our hot, sexy, gorgeous top leads, I couldn’t have enough.
- With a 16-episode office romance drama, I’m glad they didn’t stick to filming inside the office all the time. Pretty good variations when it comes to set.
- I’ve got to give credit to the stylists and makeup artists. The outfits and makeup were top and I’m not just talking about the top leads’ but everyone. Everyone looked great! And if you need business attire ideas, watch this drama.
- Extra love teams! To get the focus away from the main characters, we had three extra love teams and I think these two extra teams were ice breakers!
- Love the cars! Hot leads, hot cars of course! It’s a Maserati overload!
- I love this non stop caramel promotion! I’ll try to make them myself. Soon!
- Kdrama fans would know this… Lee Young Joon’s glass house is the same Kim Joo Won’s house (Hyun Bin) in Secret Garden. Hm, memories. Definitely, place fitting a chaebol!
- Mi So’s rocker dad, I think he was funny :).
- If you love the OST like I do: What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim OST.
- This drama is big in picture perfect background. Referring to the big events at the very end. Lovely water backgrounds!
- To those who are suckers for good ending like me, this one’s a BIG one for us!
Dislikes: Brother wasn’t much of a competition. Handsome, yes, but lacking personality to compete with awesome Lee Young Joon!
That intimate moment when only the guy was undressing. Although I don’t complain about Park Seo Joon’s hot topless bud, it looked so awkward ;).
Summary: Love guru / toy gallery director, Hoon Nam meets a matchmaker, Jung Eum who is struggling to make a match! In exchange for a toy that Hoon Nam had been looking for, he strikes a deal with Jung Eum to help her with her list of undateables. As the two opposites work together, they start to find themselves attracted to each other.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Nam Goong Min as Hoon Nam
Hwang Jung Eum as Jung Eum
Choi Tae Joon as Choi Joon Soo
Likes: Another cute romantic comedy with Hwang Jung Eum. You either like her or hate her but I do like her – her crazy acting and her dramas. She always comes out unlikeable and unpretty at start but as every of her drama progresses, she always becomes more likeable and prettier. This character development is kind of unexpected in all dramas of hers and this one is no exception. Hwang Jung Eum trademark it is and I like it!
Of course I was pretty excited that my crazy girl was being paired by the sexy Nam Goong Min. The two had an undeniable good chemistry. Nam Goong Min’s character really suits him well. Super sexy indeed! And credit to his stylist and wardrobe team for bringing out the sexiness in him :-).
The main couple’s love story was cute and simple but could have come out boring without the side stories of the undateables plus the stories of our supporting couples and the drama of both families. The substories were all nicely laid out without compromise.
Of all the undateables, which one was my favourite? Of course it’s Kim So Wool and Oh Doo Ri’s story. They were undoubtedly the stars of the undateables making it from the beginning to the end. I love the country setting where these two officially spent time with each other. And their love story spanned till the altar with a minor setback when the ring didn’t fit. I thought that was hilarious.
I’m happy with the fact that our beloved best friend / supporting male lead, Choi Joon Soo didn’t end up empty handed. I would have been sad. Although his future wasn’t so clear with Soo Ji, a possibility was hinted. So I’m good with that.
In the end, everyone was happy – either it’s finding the partner in life, or realizing their mistakes and immaturity, or letting go, or finding one own self and peace of mind, or making a decision to love wholeheartedly, or finally changing that overused blazer! There was a happy conclusion to everything and I think that was satisfying.
Word of this kdrama: Obliviate! Meaning to forget, commit to oblivion.
Dislikes: Nothing much to mention.
Summary: Oh Soo is a successful IT specialist but also the descendant of a family who was fated to tend a mysterious tree that releases magic pollens. Oh Soo, while trying to give a drink to somebody with pollen to fall in love, his police officer neighbor accidentally drank it. They fall in love with each other but one is put in danger, as it is the curse of the tree.
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Stars: Lee Jong Hyun as Oh Soo
Kim So Eun as Seo Yoo Ri
Likes: I love the idea of a cupid tree. It gave the drama that whole msyterious feel. Like, you don’t know if the tree is going to love you or devour you. It was changing from being colourful to dark then back again. Pretty unpredictable. The set – the traditional house with the tree in the yard – was also quite charming! Glad someone so handsome was living in it :).
Lee Jong Hyun looked great and his melancholic role here suited him well. I also liked his chemistry with Kim So Eun.
Kim So Eun has become a better actress since BOF. She looked pretty and well-toned as shown in the beginning when she was doing fitness. I like her bubbly role here. She didn’t seem to run out of something to say.
Kang Tae Oh as Kim Do Yun, the second lead. His being a secret chaebol didn’t help him getting the girl but he won my heart. He’s a good actor, very natural and charismatic.
The kiss. We had the first teaser on the first episode but the real one happened on the 9th episode. I was about to complain but the kiss was great so I’m good :). As I have mentioned above, the two top leads had a great chemistry so kissing scene was to look forward to.
Aside from our main couple, we’ve got here two supporting couples which were cute and entertaining. Honestly, it would have been completely boring without these diversions.
Dislikes: It was the most disconnected storyline I ever watched of a drama. Lacking a lot of explanations, like something just happened that way and this way. The pollen mystery hadn’t been explained properly until the middle of the drama. It was quite confusing. Even at the last episode, there was no clear explanation how he lost his memory and how the two leads reunited. So are we expected to come up with our speculations?
The story was quite slow and in the end, it failed to progress. The roles failed to progress as well. Such a pity because I had the impression that it had a great potential.
Summary: When the robot Aji 3 wasn’t at all ready to do its job and its creators desperately needed to deliver it to the new owner, they come up with an idea to hire someone who looks like the robot and for the meantime do its function. And that someone is Jo Ji Ah, whose current job is to secure limited edition toys and items for her clients. She has to pretend as the newly finished robot to Kim Min Kyu who happened to be one of her former clients.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Science Fiction
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Yoo Seung Ho as Kim Min Kyoo
Chae Soo Bin as Jo Ji Ah / Aji 3
Uhm Ki Joon as Hong Baek Kyoon
Likes: I soooo love this drama for so many cute reasons which will be enumerated later below :). Main thing… it’s the first drama this year that made me sooo happy, excited and in love! If these three reasons are present especially the last one, I normally don’t see any flaw. It’s what everybody calls, “blinded by love”, lol!
Yes, I love everything!!! From the…
Top Leads – the chemistry between our 2 top leads is insurmountable. From the start to finish, it was overwhelming! I love Yoo Seung Ho’s acting. He’s not just a pretty face but he knows his craft so well. He’s all emotions and I always got carried away by his acting, haha! I also couldn’t ignore how handsome he was in this drama. Gone are the days when he was all cute. He now turned into a very handsome leading man. As to our girl, Chae Soo Bin, I love her bubbly character here. She never overdid her acting which normally turns out annoying with some. She was a perfect match with Yoo Seung Ho. Just love both of them!
The kissing scenes – the greatest kissing scenes are from those who had a really good chemistry and our top couple had it so expect these scenes to send you to the moon :)! What I love most is the generosity to produce more than two top kissing scenes in one drama. Oh, I enjoyed them all! My favourite, of course, was the kitchen kiss! It was also the longest ;).
The umbrella – it was the most important prop! It was important for him and for her… and later for both. It was part of their love story. This prop made it till the last scene. Can someone tell me where I can buy one?
The heart lamps – not as important as the umbrella and I actually didn’t see how it would replace SMS, emails… but I thought they were really cute and they somehow match the cheesiness of the story :).
The heart books – so corny of Aji 3 but couldn’t help but love it too! This was the heart Aji 3 / Jo Ji Ah made by rearranging the books on the bookshelf so they would look like a big heart. Awww!
My favourite quotes – “This is the perfect moment when you kiss.” – Aji 3 “My heart is itchy, it’s about to sprout!” – Kim Min Kyu. Sooo cheesy but loved them all!
The rest of the cast – everyone was good and funny and I specially loved it that additional love teams were created. It was great seeing the professor finally started noticing Pie. Sun Hye, Ji Ah’s bestfriend was interested with Ssan Ip. Even Ri El showed a probability dating Hyoo Chul.
Sun Hye, the dating expert – I love her! She was funny, an additional icing to the already delicious cake.
The Winter Wonderland – I don’t like cold but I couldn’t help liking Kim Mim Kyu’s place turned into a winter wonderland. The snow-covered garden with those properly-groomed trees and bushes looked so amazingly beautiful and romantic.
Epilogue – that “2-year-later” epilogue is a big bonus for a 16-episode drama! I love epilogues, though short but they tell more.
And the ending – well, couldn’t ask for more satisfying ending. It was well-done and most importantly, it made me so happy!
Dislikes: I was so in love, no dislikes or whatsoever, lol!
Summary: Habaek, the water god, leaves the realms of the gods for the human world to look for the divine stones. He then meets So Ah, a psychiatrist who is the descendant of the servants of the gods. While looking for the stones and staying at her place, the 2 fall in love with each other.
Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy
Stars: Nam Joo Hyuk as Ha Baek
Shin Se Kyung as So Ah
Im Ju Hwan as Hoo Ye
Krystal Jung as Moo Ra
Gong Myung as Bi Ryum
Likes: It was exciting to have yet another fantasy drama this year. I love the setting and the characters. The 2 worlds looked great! It started with showing some details of the realm of the gods with Habaek himself in his godly appearance. It was followed by the introduction to the human world and what could be prettier than a cherry blossom naturally-decorated Seoul :).
After some impressive intro to both world, we got a taste of Habaek’s on and off power in the human world. I thought that rescue scene: Habaek rescuing So Ah from a fall, looked awesome. I got very excited and waited for more scenes like that.
I love Habaek! I think the character was very charming. He might have lost his power but he kept his charm. His looks was charming so as the way he spoke. I loved it when he talked seriously but always came out funny like when he said, “A guy can’t love without a car” or “Candies shouldn’t be eaten at once”. And how can I forget his description of the mug he gave to his girl, “This is me (referring to the guy on the mug) and this is you (pointing to the dog on the mug which represents So Ah). And of course (even if he overdid it a bit), I love all his shirtless scenes :).
Best actor in this drama was Im Ju Hwan, hands down! He upstaged everyone! And all I thought, the director was simply bad making most actors here looked quite sloppy. But hey how come there was one who really stood out! Im Ju Hwan did really great. In the end, he was the only I was looking forward to watch. This guy deserves a leading role next time!
Forget the acting although she wasn’t that bad but Krystal Jung probably had the best part for trying out all those gorgeous outfits! Well, she gave them all justice as she has the body for them. The entire drama was like a runway for her.
OST is love! Bride of the Water God OST.
The sunset and bride scenes at the end were both lovely. Habaek and So Ah looked really good together!
Dislikes: The storyline was a mess. A lot of informations were lacking and/or unsupported. I have the impression that some were left for the audience to figure out or the writers simply expected us to read the manhwa.
Bad acting everywhere. Aside from the 2 excellent actors in this drama I mentioned above, the rest were so-so. But will have to concentrate on Nam Joo Hyuk (sorry fans), he was very lacking. There was no facial expression! It’s awkward to watch that while Shin Se Kyung was giving it her all, everytime the camera shifted to Nam Joo Hyuk, nothing as in nothing. It hurt to watch. There’s still a room for improvement, no rush for top lead roles if you’re not yet ready. Nam Joo Hyuk, you were very promising in Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo.
The ending, wahhh! So poor. No one bothers to improve anything. It was like… Ok folks, not doing well in the ratings, let’s just get it over and done with. I thought it would compete with Goblin but nahhh!
But because of Im Ju Hwan’s performance, I’m still giving it a…
Summary: Ko Dong Man and Choi Ae Ra are childhood friends who are both there for each other during difficult times. As they failed to fulfill their childhood dreams, they’ve tried to do unexciting jobs to feed themselves which left both of them unhappy and discontented. So when the chance came to do it right, they grabbed the opportunity.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Stars: Park Seo Joon as Ko Dong Man
Kim Ji Won as Choi Ae Ra
Ahn Jae Hong as Kim Joo Man
Song Ha Yoon as Baek Sul Hee
Likes: Although it’s a typical bestfriend-love kind of story, I can’t hide the fact that I like these 2 bestfriends! They’re super good looking, great in acting and the chemistry is super top! The 2 complemented each other in acting and looks. And they were very comfortable with each other’s company.
Park Seo Joon is sexiest in this role! Hands down. Just look at that body! Who says Korean men can’t be buffed. I like his role here, the not so smart Ko Dong Man but a martial arts genius.
Kim Ji Won is super good! Very pretty and when it comes to acting, she’s a natural. She’s one of those very promising female leads in Korean TV. Her role as Cho Ae Ra, although didn’t match her pretty face, she simply did it with ease.
Very good supporting couple story! I was always interested as to what will happen to our Joo Man and Sul Hee as much as I was looking forward to our Dong Man and Ae Ra. The supporting couple had a very well-done, one of the most elaborated supporting story in my history of kdrama addiction :).
I love the friendships, the bromance and (womance)? Is there such a word? Ae Ra has Sul Hee, Dong Man has Joo Man. The 4 are really close friends. But wait, we also have Dong Man and coachinim! The latter even threatens our top leads’ romance :).
Dong Man’s command in the English language was awesome! Tap! Tap! No Tap! Yes Tap! Lol! Oh well, as long as John Karellas understood everything.
BTS’s Fire as Dong Man’s intro music whenever he would enter the ring. I thought that was cool!
I love the flashbacks when they were still young. It gives clarity to some loose ends.
I like it that our Nam Il villa’s ahjumma ended up as someone very important. Give’s the story a nice twist.
I thought the scene of both fathers hiding inside the ahjumma’s cabinet was the funniest :)).
I was missing some wedding scenes but the proposal was lovely! It will do, it will do.
Dislikes: I just didn’t get the thing with the flippy cellphone. And the ahjumma had cellphone already at that time. When was that 25 years ago?
Nam Il 2 is too handsome to have a very small role. I was expecting more.
Summary: Gyun Woo, after coming back from Qing as a scholar lands on a job as the crown prince’s teacher. He meets a not-so-sassy, drunk but pretty lady in the streets of the capital only to find out later that she’s the princess Hye Myung. The princess has been trying to find out if her mother, the ousted queen is still alive. Gyun Woo tries to help her but finds out later he did a great mistake in the past that will cause their relationship to crumble.
Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 32 (30-min episodes)
Stars: Joo Won as Gyun Woo
Oh Yeon Seo as Princess Hye Myung
Lee Jung Shin as Kang Joon Young
Kim Yoon Hye as Jung Da Yun
Likes: It’s period drama but not the serious ones. I love how they made it look like the modern times for instance…
- Gyun Woo pictured in the beginning as the fashionista from Joseon and popular scholar in Qing.
- Classy cafes and restaurants in the capital where the nobles and their wives and kids hang out. The nobles’ wives talk about the latest bag fashion and the daughters talk about the eligible bachelors in the town.
- The bookstore! I love the bookstore with famous novels like Boys Over Flowers, My Lover from the Stars, Secret Garden and some more titles from popular kdramas.
- The rich girls’ nail makeover hangout.
- Those annoying pretty boys law enforcers who keep bugging Lady Da Yun.
- The shoes! Pretty shoes in the streets of Joseon and the rich ladies have a collection of them.
- The prince of Qing! He was far from looking like someone from Qing but who cares, he looked so good and looked like from a foreign land!
- Even gangsters are well-organized like the present-time Korean mafia.
- Use of rings to propose!
Some funny and cute moments but my favourite was when the princess was caught by Gyun Woo’s parents and sister slept over at Gyun’s Woo’s room. She wasn’t so sassy afterall!
We have great-looking leads! I love both of them. Joo Won, his looks and height complements the super beautiful Oh Yeon Soo!
Lee Jung Shin, it’s good to see him trying another drama genre. Although more workshop and practice for his acting skills, he has a great 2nd lead potential.
Great actress award goes to Yoon Se Ah, the annoying queen in this drama. Her facial expressions, dialogues and body languages show how professional she is.
From all period dramas I’d watched so far, this one has the sweetest Queen mum (the queen dowager, mum of the king).
Towards the end, we had 2 great story twists. One is the sad fate of Joo Myung and the Queen. The other one is Gyun Woo’s lost memory coming back and shedding light to the events of the past.
Great, flashy costumes!
Beautiful bridge scene and proposal as ending!
Dislikes: Some of the sets looked so made up like the garden of the princess. It looks like they decorated it with fake flowers.
Yes we have 2 gorgeous-looking leads but the chemistry, hm… not so blown-away.
The ending. Yes, very pretty bridge scene but no proper epilogue just lots of flashbacks. Quite poor.
Summary: Noh Ji Wook is a prosecutor who lost his position for helping a former lawyer intern, Eun Bong Hee acquitted from her case of killing her boyfriend, son of the District Attorney. The two then work together run a private law firm and get to defend a guy who would be the answer to all puzzles and capturing him would put everything back in place.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Thriller, Legal, Crime
Episodes: 40 (30-min episodes)
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Noh Ji Wook
Nam Ji Hyun as Eun Bong Hee
Choi Tae Joon as Ji Eun Hyuk
Nara as Cha Yoo Jung
Likes: The genres thrown into this drama are surprisingly complementing each other. The combination of romance, comedy, thriller and legal was well-balanced coming up with a quite satisfying show.
I love that aside from the romance building up between the lead actors, there was some serious legal cases to solve. And I’m not just talking about one but several cases. These independent stories that normally ends each episode kept the whole show interesting. My personal favorite was about that guy who can see the future, who was always in legal trouble by trying stop future crime. He then predicted that 2 people who were present in the lawyer’s office that time will die. I thought that was funny how it freaked out everyone!
We’ve got 4 good-looking leads!
Ji Chang Wook is always a personal favourite. I thought he would be boring as a prosecutor or lawyer but he proved that wrong. Super sexy in his prosecutor outfit! He prosecuted and defended like a pro! And as usual, very irresistible to the ladies! How can you resist the way he stares at you girl?!
Nam Ji Hyun looks pretty although wasn’t really into her coloured hair. Her character was funny and bubbly which match the quite reserved Noh Ji Wook acted by Ji Chang Wook.
Choi Tae Joon was very handsome and cute as Eun Hyuk and I think his chemistry with Nara was excellent even surpassing that of the top leads.
Nara is super sexy. Her face, her body even her acting was natural. She did an awesome job!
I almost cried when Secretary Bang almost died! He was one of those useful and funny side characters together with Byun Young Hee, Ji Wook’s adoptive dad. Na Ji Hae, Bong Hee’s friend from law school also falls into this category.
But I think the star of the show is Kim Hyung Kyu who gave justice to the character of Hyun Soo, our villain in this drama! His acting was just superb that sometimes overshadowing our top leads. Hyun Soo’s character was so well-crafted that any actor who would give justice to him will definitely shine. Therefore a shoutout to Kim Hyung Kyu, boy you did great job in this drama! I won’t be surprised to see you more in the future!
Glad that Hyun Soo’s character already ended in the second to the last episode (Hyun Soo stole too much of the show) and the story concentrated back again with the top leads and how it would end with them. Ji Wook and Bong Hee had enough time at the end to draw everyone’s attention back to their love story. And I think it ended well.
Dislikes: What a waste of Kim Hong Fa in this drama. His character, the District Attorney Jang Moo Young didn’t really show how good he is as an actor. He was super awesome as Kang Yu Taek in Whisper!
Super obvious ad placement by Papa John’s Pizza!
Summary: Lee Yoo Mi, a nutritionist who just got a job at a company cafeteria finds out that the company’s director, Cha Jin Wook is the guy she once had a one-night stand with. On the other hand, Cha Jin Wook is happy to see her again as he didn’t really forget her after what happened to the 2 of them.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Stars: Sung Hoon as Cha Jin Wook
Song Ji Eun as Lee Yoo Mi
Kim Jae Young as Jung Hyun Tae
Jung Da Sol as Joo Hye Ri
Likes: The typical setup brings me back memories of good old kdramas, the likes of My Girl, Coffee Prince and Only You! It’s predictable but couldn’t stop watching it. It’s the same old story just with different actors, different set and I would say less conservative.
Leads and Support
Uber sexy and good-looking leads. Sung Hoon and Song Ji Eun really look great together. Their chemistry on screen was over the top. They were very comfortable with each other (gives you a suspicion that they might be dating in real life, who knows!). It’s good to see Sung Hoon as the leading man finally. For once he’s got the looks (which was really emphasized throughout the entire drama) and his acting wasn’t too bad though it could still improve. Song Ji Eun was very pretty! Her character Lee Yoo Mi didn’t bring out the best of her acting skills but she definitely fit in the pretty, cute, sexy, pitiful Lee Yoo Mi character qualification.
Supporting actor, Kim Jae Young looks good as well but his acting was still a bit awkward. More practice and he could land on a top lead role soon. Jung Da Sol on the other hand was excellent! She did Joo Hye Ri’s character with ease.
Overall, all our top actors were great-looking as if they just came out of the comic pages.
I’m not talking about the company’s cafeteria or Hyun Tae’s cafe but the coastal set of the drama. I’ve been wondering what the name of that rocky beach where the 2 love birds had their first date? And yes glad google gave me the answer. It’s the beautiful Jajakdo beach! The coastal drive was fantastic as well, it looked almost like the Californian Pacific Coast! And that hotel where the wedding was held in the beginning and the last episode, the overlooking view of the blue sea was wonderful and romantic! They did an excellent wedding set here not just once but twice.
Unlike old dramas where leads are overly shy with their kisses, all the kissing scenes here looked so real! I think the number of kissing scenes outnumbered the number of episodes of the show! Who am I to complain? Great kissing scenes, looked unedited as well. Sung Hoon looked like he has to prove he’s one of the great kissers which he quite nailed. My favorite was when he asked her to carry the plates and when her two hands were occupied, he just bowed on her and kissed her helplessly. Eottoke? What are you gonna do girl? Melt? But try not to break the plates!
I love the comic version in the beginning of every episode. Our characters all looked polished and perfect. It’s nice to see that it’s not that much different in the real life. They all really looked comic-like!
Ending is what I’d hoped for following the typical story model. All is good, everyone found their happiness and although I wasn’t sure if it was their own wedding, it’s great to see our top characters following their hearts. Cheesy but happy!
Dislikes: A few episodes when it was just about breaking up and being together was impossible! I mean a few episodes for a 13-episode drama is quite long! I didn’t see a reason why she (once again) left him in the car on that beach only to look for him in a scooter the next day.
Summary: Do Bong Soon possesses super power that is only passed down the women in her family. She has the strength to stop moving vehicles or move heavy obstacles, can crush and bend anything with her bare hands, can fight strong and trained gangsters but doesn’t have the ability to control her powers until she meets Ainsoft CEO, Ahn Min Hyuk. With her desire to work as a game developer at Ainsoft, she takes the offer to be the bodyguard of the CEO.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
Stars: Park Bo Young as Do Bong Soon
Park Hyung Sik as Ahn Min Hyuk
Ji Soo as Gook Doo
Likes: What can I say… I like everything in this drama! It’s super fun to watch when the…
- Story is a cute romantic comedy but mixed with some crime-solving mystery. A romantic comedy with Park Hyun Sik is most-awaited but adding a well-thought crime story on the side adds icing on the already-delicious cake!
- Leading man is Park Hyung Sik! I’ve been waiting for him to get the top lead. He’s super charming! And with his previous top performances like in Hwarang, he’d become one of the new anticipated leading men in kdrama. I think the CEO role, Ahn Min Hyuk secured him a place in our heart (at least he’s in mine). I loved his character here, and of course his swagger!
- Leading lady is super cute but not annoying. First time to watch Park Bo Young and I’m loving her! She’s not just cute, she also knows her craft. Do Bong Soon role suits this lady pretty well!
- Chemistry is over the top! Oh my gosh, I was giggling all the time. Our 2 lovebirds were just fun to watch! The sparks were everywhere! I totally love the first kiss on the beach. I thought it would turn out cheesy but it really wasn’t. The piano kiss was also daebak! How about the almost-kiss at Do Bong Soon’s room which got interrupted by her brother, that was super funny! And last but not the least, the wedding kiss!
- Supporting lead is such a waste (in a good way)! Gook Doo oh Gook Doo, why oh why?! Oh well, I bet I’ll see him as lead next.
- Thugs and colleagues are super funny! I just couldn’t stop laughing at everything. Where do I start… the gangster boss who always tried to look bossy but drank the poo wine or one of his subordinates who first got beaten up by Bong Soon, then got beaten up by Gook Do then got beaten up again losing his teeth and breaking most parts of the body. How about the office with the always awkward secretary Gong but I think nothing beats Dong-Pyung, he was the best!
- Dong-Pyung kills it! Yes he did and for that I have to give the best actor award in this drama to this guy (which real actor name, I don’t know haha). And he even did 2 roles, the other one is the “beaten-up thug”. He did awesome!
- Villain is super handsome! Yes he is and he can even pass as a model with that physique and well-chiseled face but well, he opted to be an actor, a villain to our super Bong Soon. Surely, everyone will remember him.
- Catching the dangerous villain becomes super fun! I love Do Bong Soon and the boys’ plan in catching the elusive Kim Jang Hyun. With police Gook Do chasing him through ship containers and Min Hyuk following him with a flying drone, and of course Bong Soon moving heavy containers to trap him. Finally, checkmate!
- Pink hoodie becomes a sign of super strength! I bet, I bet… super fans will be wearing the pink hoodie. Love how it represented our petite but strong woman, Do Bong Soon!
- Strong Woman, Do Bong Soon loves Jo In Sung! I so love her for loving my beloved Jo In Sung! It’s funny how she sets her screensaver to Jo In Sung and Min Hyuk would change it to his own photo :). Jealousy so cute!
- OST is as upbeat as the drama! I’m gonna miss Super Power Girl!
- Bonus scenes are cute, funny and over the top! I’ve got to give it to the Romeo and Juliet scene. Lomeo oh Lomeo! Lol!
- Cameos are super funny! Yoon Sang Hyun as Charles Go was I think the best!
- Ending is all what we wanted! What can be better to a proposal under the cherry blossoms but then we still get to see the wedding and when you thought it’s over, here still comes the babies!
Dislikes: I can’t think of any right now. I’m still enjoying it!
Summary: Born in the present time as Shim Chung and Heo Joon Jae, this couple who had an ill-fated love in the past meet again and are destined to fall in love again. Since Sim Chung is a mermaid and has a limited time on land, she has to capture Heo Joon Jae’s heart so she could be loved by him in return and will make her stay on land possible. The couple is facing a possibility to repeat all things in the past including their sad end but will a happy ending possible this time?
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy
Stars: Jun Ji Hyun as Shim Chung
Lee Min Ho as Heo Joon Jae
Lee Hee Joon as Jo Nam Doo
Shin Won Ho as Tae Oh
Lee Ji Hoon as Heo Cha Hyun
Shin Hye Sun as Cha Shi Ah
Likes: This is another great fantasy drama to love this year! A mermaid falling in love with a human is sure will capture everyone’s attention but adding a parallel story which happened during the Joseon era which is slowly giving answers, unraveling the mystery of the present time adds to the mystic of the whole show. It’s simply a beautiful, quite well-done story-telling!
We’ve got two of the most sought actors in Korea doing the show so this makes its anticipation quite high. But how did they do? Quite well, I would say. Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun’s chemistry was just over the top! The two were relaxed and comfortable with each other. And both are extremely good-looking!
Lee Min Ho – though his English pronunciation is still the same, his Joseon accent has improved a lot. Gorgeous in whatever he wears in this drama, he had the chance to showcase his huge wardrobe. Of course, he looked prim and proper in his Joseon outfit but his fashionable outfits in the presents days were outrageous, he looked every inch a model! He’s obviously younger than the leading lady but he successfully able to develop that strong chemistry with her.
Jun Ji Hyun – she’s intimidatingly beautiful and fashionable! Very natural in acting as if she’s just acting herself. She’s quite funny as well but what impressed me more were her underwater scenes. Very graceful and comfortable in water. She might have used a double with the mermaid outfit but did obviously some water scenes. Impressive!
The breathtaking worlds we have in this drama…
The Joseon period – beautiful mountain and coastal sceneries but my most favorite is when they released the lanterns. It looks so romantic!
The underwater world of Sim Chung the mermaid – colourful corals and caves, the water world is just wonderful!
The Spanish charming towns – the first few episodes were shot in Spain showcasting the beauty of the place. Scenic coastal views, beaches, beautiful town architecture add to the romantic feel of the show.
The present Seoul – shot in winter season, a very cold Seoul becomes the place of our lovebirds. Namsan tower, skiing place, even the beach side is full of snow. Brrr, cold but ramained romantic, thanks to our hot couple!
The outfits! Everyone is very fashionable. Well-chosen outfits for every character. Lee Min Ho was very fashionable here especially that he had to change into several outfits due the nature of his job. But I was always looking forward to what Jun Ji Hyun was wearing. This lady can wear everything and will still look great!
The kiss scenes! All of them are good. I took note of them all and surprisingly always labeled it the first kiss. It’s how good every kiss was! But boy, that one french kiss that says all… so passionate, so sexy and so sad as it was saying goodbye. Never seen Lee Min Ho kissed like that.
Most funny scenes! I was mostly entertained by these two…
- Hae Joon Jae hearing whatever Sim Chung was thinking.
- Shi Ah thinking Tae Oh really is in love with her.
A family of villains! And they were great villains. Transcending their villainous fate from the Joseon period to the present day Seoul.
Happy ending. I’m glad Shi Ah had her happy ending after desperately chasing Hae Joon Jae for years. The notorious family of villain was brought to justice. Joon Jae finally reunited with his mum. And lastly, after 3 years, Sim Chung coming back healthy to her Joon Jae after recuperating under the sea.
Dislikes: It has uncanny similarity to Goblin. Too bad Goblin ended first so that kind of spoiled the ending for me.
Summary: Hong Na Ri, a beautiful flight stewardess goes home to her deceased mother’s house only to find out that it’s now owned by a guy Go Nan Gil, who lives there and runs the family dumpling business. She finds out that her mother married Go Nan Gil and he’s not just running the family business but also is the legal owner of the family’s house and land.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Stars: Soo Ae as Hong Na Ri
Kim Young Kwang as Go Nan Gil
Lee Soo Hyuk as Kwon Duk Bong
Jo Bo Ah as Do Yeo Joo
Likes: It started really well. Cast looked promising. Story, a typical crazy setup but intriguing. Provincial setting is a good break from Seoul. It looked sweet and I was up to finishing all 16 episodes of it.
Soo Ae is one of my favorite Korean actresses. She’s a brilliant actress. She can be cute, she can be serious without overacting. And above all her beauty is timeless. I don’t get tired of it at all. Her character as a stewardess in this drama brings out that elegance in her. She looked really great in her stewardess outfit.
The drama had the same feel like The Vineyard Man. Small town, but instead of a farmer, the guy is a dumpling chef, girl goes from city style to province, simple outfits, simple life, simple living but there was a possibility of big love.
Comical reliefs in this drama are not bad. I love Kwon Duk Shim! Though she could be really bratty, she was always cute whenever she sees the main guy, Go Nan Gil. Another one, Lee Yong Gyoo, one of the dumpling guys was also funny, chatty and a possible partner to our already cute Duk Shim!
Some beautiful scenes of the countryside we don’t normally get to see when the main set is in the city. Love the beach, the lake, the forest, the small town street scenes.
The ending was cute though kind of expected.
Dislikes: As I mentioned above, the drama started really well. I was very hopeful about it but after I think the 5th or 6th episode, there was not much improvement. It became really boring.
The chemistry of the main leads wasn’t that good. I love Soo Ae but pairing her with Kim Young Kwang just didn’t work. Young Kwang, though a promising young actor, just didn’t suit the character Go Nan Gil well. Too soft for a supposed to be tough character.
It was lacking good antagonists. It was lacking the challenge. It makes the show so dull.
Too many flashbacks! Was it because the show didn’t do well that they had to recycle a lot of previous scenes? The last episode were full of flashbacks, so bored that I had to forward a lot.
I haven’t given a low rating in a very long time but I guess I have to now…
Summary: Eun Ha Won is a student who got kicked out from her own home and didn’t have much of a choice but to grab an offer from the Chairman of Haneul Group which is to live in the Sky House together with the famous Kang cousins (the Chairman’s grandsons) and fulfill some important tasks given to her by the chairman himself.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Kang Ji Woon
Ahn Jae Hyun as Kang Hyun Min
Park So Dam as Eun Ha Won
Lee Jung Shin as Kang Seo Woo
Choi Min as Lee Yoon Sung
Son Na Eun as Park Hye Ji
Likes: Seriously, the story is not really important here. It’s all about the boys! Yes I repeat it’s all about the pretty boys in this drama! It’s a Cinderella story alright but I’ll get to her later. Let’s talk about the Kang cousins first…
Kang Ji Won (Jung Il Woo) – tough mechanic, rides a motorbike, very pretty and rich! He’s an orphan so he’s the guy who seems to suffer the most emotionally. Has an unrequited love for his cousin, Kang Hyun Min’s first love Hye Ji so basically you just wanna hug and tell him to give up all his sufferings and come to you haha.
Kang Hyun Min (Ahn Jae Hyun) – trying to appear like a playboy all the time to cover up his love for Hye Ji. He drives hot cars, hotter than his chicks! His cocky attitude is more charming than annoying. Playful like a child but extremely gifted with a supermodel face! He knows that he’s rich and he’s definitely not afraid to show it off.
Kang Seo Woo (Lee Jung Shin) – our sweet and kind musician but everyone knows those are never enough to win your girl. He’s quite romantic doing his confession through a song. It made the girl feel loved? No, in this case actually awkward as she was into someone else. It was always poor Seo Woo. But wait, among the 3, he’s the one I’ve got a crush on! Not the character though but the artist Lee Jung Shin of CNBLUE. Been waiting for him to be in dramas like the other members. My wish had been heared! Thank you!
Eun Ha Won (Park So Dam) – our Cinderella! Not the prettiest. Also not the tallest but you’ll love her like how the cousins love her in this drama. Hard-working, sincere and has the ability to lead and love, she won the heart of everyone especially her preferred Kang cousin Ji Won.
Chemistry! Kang Hyun Min and Hye Ji have the best chemistry but our leads Kang Ji Won and Eun Ha Won are not much behind especially at the end when the story became more focused on these two.
So generous with kissing scenes. Though our leads’ first kissing scene occurred in a much later episode, more were given at the end. Sky Ranch and stairway kissing scenes were my absolute favorites!
Sky House is over the top! It’s befitting our 3 pretty princes although I thought it lacked proper security haha.
Quite thrilling last episodes when grandpa and Ji Won had to go into liver surgery while Hyun Min tried to win the votes of shareholders against grandpa losing his position as chairman.
Lovely twist! When Ji Won and Ha Won found out that they had met before during their mothers’ funeral. Their love got supported by undeniable fate!
Love the OST! Check out…
For You by BTOB
I just love the ending. Everyone had a happy closure. Finally a blessing from the powerful grandpa to our Ji Won and Ha Won. The quite childish Hyun Min taking responsibility over his love. Seo Woo back into what he actually loves most, busking. Secretary Yoon Sung’s decision to protect the company. Grandpa’s successful surgery and him making-up with his ex-wife (cute scene). Of course, picnic reunion as ending.
Dislikes: The boys sometimes are obviously wearing too much lipstick. Too much! They’re sooo pretty already.
Though the story shouldn’t be taken seriously, minimal exaggeration of annoying characters should have been applied. Like Ha Won to be less nagging, step daughter and mother less annoying, fake father less stupid…
Summary: Gong Shim seems to be the unluckiest girl with no proper job, an easy target for bullies and also lacking in the looks department. She meets 2 guys who are becoming her defenders. One is a lawyer who’s renting her rooftop room and the other one is an heir. She’s falling in love with the lawyer who she thinks is a simple guy but turns out to be someone else.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Stars: Nam Goong Min as Ahn Dan Tae
Min Ah as Gong Shim
Ohn Joo Wan as Suk Joon Soo
Seo Hyo Rim as Gong Mi
Likes: It’s a light-hearted drama with genuinely great leads. I love Nam Goong Min! His role here is not the usual creepy and super sexy but sexy nevertheless. Min Ah as Gong Shim is a pleasant surprise. She did so well for a kpop idol. She gave edge to her Gong Shim character (the way she looks, talks and walks.) A natural talent indeed.
Also the chemistry between leads was top and instant. I love watching them both. Eventhough there weren’t many kissing scenes but everytime our leads were together, they show an amazing chemistry!
You could rely on some funny moments. Entertaining side kicks, jokes, surprising scenes.
The outfits were quite realistic. Gong Shim’s wardrobe was very well thought of and consistent. Same with Ahn Dan Tae’s outfits. They both looked like commoners (0f course until Gong Shim got really pretty and begun dressing sexy and Ahn Dan Tae started wearing suits).
Moms’ fights and dads’ bromance! Love the scene when Gong Shim’s mom slammed Joon Soo’s mom on the floor and both dads found out they were both member of a fan club during their younger years.
I love Joon Soo and his unrequited love. Too bad Gong Shim wasn’t just into him but he’s got my precious Ji Hoo’s award (I will make this award official soon so watch out for it).
The ending was quite cliche but totally loved it! Gong Shim turning into a beautiful swan (with proper hair and sexier outfit) is a sight to behold. The typical one year after without communication turned out alright.
Dislikes: A lot of holes with all that kidnapping story. Too weak.
Joon Soo turning against his own uncle and mother was unimaginable.
Gong Mi, Gong Shims sister didn’t come too strong in the end.
Summary: Kang Joo Eun, a lawyer who’s on the heavy side due to her hypothyroidism met famous personal trainer of star Kim Young Ho on the flight from the US back to Korea. She took the chance to get help from him in order to lose some weight especially after her breakup with her long-time boyfriend. Working with her coach was finding more about him; his past and his current responsibility as the heir of Gahong group.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Stars: So Ji Sub as Kim Young Ho
Shin Min Ah as Kang Joo Eun
Jung Gyu Woon as Im Woo Shik
Yoo In Young as Oh Soo Jin
Likes: It’s good to see another romantic comedy with big stars like So Ji Sub and Shin Min Ah. They looked great together! Shin Min Ah’s character Kang Joo Eun was funny and easy. She always tried to stay positive and worked hard for everything. On the other hand, So Ji Sub’s character Kim Young Ho was very serious and his way of life was strict discipline and planning. It’s good to see these 2 main characters complement each other. Furthermore, the chemistry between the two was undoubtedly strong. They were so comfortable with each other. It’s cute to see the girl being more aggressive and flirty then the guy being more reserved.
Those fatty masks were so well done especially Oh Soo Jin’s! I think the girls were so cute looking chubby. Chubby Kang Joo Eun was very cute though she lost that pretty dimple.
Epic meeting at the police station! I enjoyed this part very much. Ex-boyfriend protecting his ex-girlfriend, ex-boyfriend’s current girl came to a rescue, ex-girlfriend’s future boyfriend came to testify. It was so twisted, it was awesome.
These drama has lots of great moments. Let’s take a look at my favorites…
- The umbrella-kiss moment – so that was Kim Young Ho’s taste of life. As coffee with cream to the chubby Kang Joo Eun.
- Meeting coachinim at Ayang Bridge moment – girl running towards sexy coach waiting with open arms!
- Boarding-departure moments – when one escapes one’s world, off to the other’s.
- Sexy moments – we get lots of these when our 2 main leads are oozing with sexiness.
- Pat-pat moments – letting go.
- Meeting the family moments – awkward!
- Proposal moment – our Kim Young Ho pulled a great proposal his girl truly deserved.
Supporting cast is awesome! Starting with the supporting leads, they were the main leads’ serious competition. Im Woo Shik and Oh Soo Jin can actually do a spin off. Other characters who made good impression were Snake and Ji Woong (truly Hyungs), Snake’s persistent girl, chairwoman/grandma who was always looking fierce, Young Ho’s assistant who always looked stiff but best supporting actor award, I’m giving it to the angry uncle-in-law!
Leading man in this drama is definitely the total dream guy! Trainer of Stars (given to have a sexy body), heir to Gahong group (rich boy), can do DIY treatment (a doctor), very helpful of others in need (a savior), can knit (a pink scarf for his girl) and last but not the least, can pull off an awesome proposal (lucky girl).
Ending with a promising wedding and short epilogue revealing an extravagant gift for grandma!
Dislikes: The leading men’s outfit especially the suits are not so impressive. Young Ho’s were always looking to big for him and had too much padding, he looked like an asthmatic person. Woo Shik’s suit prints were such eye sores!
So Ji Sub looks too thin, too tired and too pale in this drama. Far from the very sexy So Ji Sub in The Master’s Sun. He’s still sexy but not as sexy.
Awkward family meeting. Kang Joo Eun overdid it during her first family visit. They just could have omitted that part. It was too painful to watch.
Last episode was just lots of flashbacks!
Summary: Kim Hye Jin was happy to hear from her old friend Ji Sung Joon. Remembering him as the chubby boy from school, she was surprised to see him as a handsome, successful man. Ji Sung Joon on the other hand remembered her as the pretty girl and thought she would even look prettier in the present. Unfortunately it wasn’t the case.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Stars: Hwang Jung Eum as Kim Hye Jin
Park Seo Joon as Ji Sung Joon
Go Joon Hee as Min Ha Ri
Choi Shi Won as Kim Shin Hyuk
Likes: I was glad to see Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon as a couple in this drama. Though these 2 were kind of siblings in Kill Me, Heal Me, the guy’s interest on her made me wish to see them together in another drama. It seemed my wish had been heard. There was obviously a good chemistry between the leads though Park Seo Joon appears to be much younger than Hwang Jung Eum. The bubbly character of Kim Hye Jin suited to that cold personality of Ji Sung Joon which made it comfortable to watch.
Si Won oh Si Won! It’s great to see another idol in a drama. Si Won delivered pretty well. His transformation from the scruffy look reporter to the very handsome author TEN was definitely MOST (magazine)-like! His looks, acting, command in the English language, I’m pretty sure I’ll be seeing him more in the future. Furthermore, his character in this drama had been made the “big lose”. Such a waste Si Won got dumped! Something like that… The one that got away but not to worry he’ll have his own drama next time :).
Hug and kissing scene on the hospital bed was a heart-stopping one.
Kim Hye Jin’s look transformation was worth the wait. It took it 8 episodes to finally see her pretty but she turned really pretty and more likeable.
It was cute to mention Super Junior while focusing the camera on Si Won’s face.
The lady boss got to be the funniest character in this drama. Her outfits were outrageous so as her Italian accent. It was always very entertaining to watch her.
The ending was cliche so as the whole drama actually but there’s something about cliches that I like. No surprises. I got the ending that I like… wedding scene and an elaborate epilogue that was even showing a beautiful offspring.
Dislikes: It was hard to watch the 2 main leads unlikeable characters in the beginning. Kim Hye Jin was just too loud and Ji Sung Joon was such an ass.
I like Park Seo Joon but he’s no Ji Sung. He was a bit lacking when it comes to acting.
In one of the scenes, Hari was doing yoga with too much makeup. Hm…
Summary: Oh Ha Na and Choi Won have been good friends and neighbours for 17 years. They’ve been through thick and thin and both had been in love with someone else and ended up brokenhearted. With the comeback of Oh Ha Na’s ex-boyfriend, Choi Won’s chance to express his real feelings to his bestfriend has gotten slim.
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Stars: Ha Ji Won as Oh Ha Na
Lee Jin Wook as Choi Won
Yoon Kyun Sang as Cha Seo Hoo
Choo Soo Hyun as Lee So Eun
Likes: Lead stars are my favorites! Always a fan of Ha Ji Won since Secret Garden. And Choi Won, I just couldn’t get enough of him from the Three Musketeers! They’re a very promising pair and their chemistry didn’t disappoint at all. This is specially proven at the 15th episodes.
I like the way the story was told. Lots of flashbacks from where the leads were still in highschool. It brings back some of my personal memories (not exactly though). I bet there are some of you who could relate as well :).
Our tall and handsome Yoon Kyun Sang as Cha Seo Hoo is a tough competition. He could have run easily with our girl!
For the working ladies, Oh Ha Na’s daily office outfits are something to consider. They seem to have put a lot of effort dressing her up (always looking great from head to toe). Definitely “dressing for success”.
The older loveteam (between the older pianist and Choi Won’s cousin) is a great icebreaker. These 2 were somehow cute together despite the ages. And having to end up with a baby together makes me like these lovebirds more!
I like the games of words… 1 + won, my one (Won), one (Ha Na) to one and I’m Lonely (which was supposed to be Rooney). Just cute!
To compensate for all the heartbreaks and the times the 2 leads didn’t spend with each other, I’m glad they pulled off a full episode of happy ending. The wedding and the baby news might be a big cliche but it just had to end like.
Dislikes: Though I like the actors, I didn’t really warm up to the characters. Oh Ha Na’s character just didn’t fit Ha Ji Won. Too girly, submissive and at times irritating. Where did my tough girl go? Choi Won’s character was also too pitiful! It was hard to see him got rejected by his girl, even got abandoned by his mum. Poor Choi Won! Wanted to adopt him at that instance!
Lee Jin Wook is too thin! He looks thinner than Ha Ji Won!
I understand it’s sponsored by Tandy (shoes) but they could have been subtle with the promotion. The show is obviously a big shoe promotion. Showing the workplace, the shops and Oh Ha Na (Ha Ji Won) wearing their shoes. It was too “in your face”!
At times, it just really gets boring.