Jan 142016
 

moorim school kdramaSummary: Moorim school is not an ordinary school. It’s hidden and protected by a seal in the depth of the forest so not just everyone could enter. But one day, someone broke the seal and the person who was deemed responsible is a famous idol seeking to cure himself from a physical suffering. He then meets other students and developed a close relationship to them.

Genre: School, Fantasy, Action, Teens
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Hyun Woo as Yoon Shi Woo
Hong Bin as Wang Chi Ang
Seo Ye Ji as Sim Soon Duk
Jung Yoo Jin as Hwang Sun Ah




Likes: Having a teenie, action and school drama in one is definitely new and I enjoyed it a lot. I love the school setting, reminds me of my school days and it reminds me well of one of my favorite school dramas, Boys Over Flowers. Not only that, they even use the same place (as seen in BOF) as the entrance hall of the school. I also like the choice of the leading cast. They’re all good-looking (your typical crushes in highschool, definitely!) and tough (convincingly able to fight)!

Lee Hyun Woo as Yoon Shi Woo – he was a total hottie and a G-dragon deadringer! He totally nailed the idol look. Loved his blonde haircolor in the first few episodes. He was the absolute highschool crush.

Hong Bin as Wang Chi Ang – this idol (in real life) wasn’t bad at all though there were moments when his face looked too frozen. His character was funny and he pulled that off pretty well. I don’t wonder why he was half-naked a lot, he definitely had the body to show off.

Seo Ye Ji as Sim Soon Duk – I loved her already in a previous drama but my first time to see her as the leading lady. Pretty like Arielle (the mermaid) and also simple like her character Soon Duk.

Jung Yoo Jin as Hwang Sun Ah – she’s got to be my favorite. Her beauty is cool and her acting has improved a lot. Action drama could just be the right genre for her.

This drama features a very beautiful birch tree forest as pictured above. Something to see when you’re in Korea.

Love the OST, Alive – powerful and catchy and just realized it’s by VIXX! Aja boys!

Lots of foreigners who could speak perfect Korean in this drama. Just impressive.

Cute  and cool scenes like the scooter ride, dressed-up party exam, Soon Duk saving Wang Chiang in the sea hence her nickname Arielle, Yoon Shi Woo and Wang Chiang fights and the Moorim peak challenge.

The best-looking of them all is of course the dean! He always looked good in his suits, even in winter coats.

I loved the first kiss! Shi Woo made the girl’s knee absolutely weak!




Dislikes: I was disappointed to see Shi Woo’s hair turned black. I know it was necessary for the change of character but I had a big crush on the blonde idol wahhh!

Too much drama and face offs in the last episodes. It became a bit draggy towards the end. Thankfully, the drama had only 16 episodes.

They pulled off a Kungfu Panda ending. “There’s no secret ingredient” kind of ending.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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May 192015
 

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 032014
 

the heirs kdramaSummary: Kim Tan, a handsome, cool young guy and heir to the biggest corporate group in Korea aka Chaebol falls in love with the simple Eun Sang, daughter of their housemaid.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, School, Melodrama, Teens
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan
Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang
Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young Do
Krystal Jung as Lee Bo Na
Kim Ji Won as Rachel Yoo
Kang Min Hyuk as Yoon Chan Young
Kang Ha Neul as Lee Hyo Shin
Park Hyung Shik as Jo Myung Soo
Jun Soo Jin as Kang Ye Sol
Choi Jin Hyuk as Kim Won




Likes: I won’t say no to another Lee Min Ho! Plus it’s Park Shin Hye as the leading lady.

Huge intro! Hollywood, mansion, car, rich californian lifestyle… it was exciting!

Eye candies! So many of them.

One kissing scene that I really like, they didn’t hesitate!

Favorite characters award goes to Lee Bo Na – rich, cute, pretty and she delivered her dialogues pretty well. Another one goes to the mom of Kim Tan, she was the star of the show.

Why Choi Young Do? Hah, the bad boy image, the looks, the hairstyle, the ride, the hotel and he always looks terrific in his outfits!

Why Kim Tan? Got to admit, I’m not yet over the Jun Pyo syndrome plus the surfing board, the car (at least when he was in LA), the top Chaebol label and yeah he fought for the girl that he liked.

Dislikes: It was overhyped! The story is just average… poor girl meets Chaebol, father disapproves and so on and so forth. It was lacking good side stories that could keep the excitement. What a waste of characters, there were plenty of them like what happened to Rachel, she started very strong. How about the pair Bo Na and Chan Young? Choi Young didn’t end up as the great Ji Hoo (BOF). The story became draggy very early because it was too focused on the 2 leads.

The ending? I was hoping for a good epilogue that could save it all but unfortunately none.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

ttbhSummary:  A story of a girl who pretended to be a boy so she could get into the school of her idol who’s dealing with YIP syndrome.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, School, Teens
Episodes: 16
Stars: Min Ho as Kang Tae Joon
Choi Seol Ri as Goo Jae Hee
Lee Hyun Woo as Cha Eun Kyul
Kim Ji Won as Seol Ha Na
Suh Joon Young as Ha Seung Ri
Kang Ha Neul as Joo Ji Chul
Hwang Kwang Hee as Song Jong Min




Likes: There were a number of moments when I found myself laughing a lot. Let’s see if I can remember a few, hm? Ah the ghost part (very funny!), the coach trying to impress other teacher with his veiny arms, Eun Kyul’s imagination, Seung Ri farting in front of Ha Na… and some more!

Good-looking and cute leads. Though the acting could still be improved, these 2 just looked great together!

I love Cha Eun Kyul, that cute, bubbly soccer player who fell for Jae Hee! He was a natural. And to top it all, he looks like that G-guy from Big Bang!

Kim Woo Bin was hot! When his character appeared on the show, suddenly all the other guys became less hot, lol! Sorry Min Ho.

I was impressed by the acting of the Jae Hee’s brother! He looked very Caucasian but he’s actually half Korean. I love the way he speaks Korean!

My favorite funny characters: the coach and the lipgloss guy!

Dislikes: Sorry but it wasn’t done well. If it wasn’t just for the funny parts, I don’t think I would last episode 4. They should have fired the scriptwriter, seriously.

Some poor dialogues and corny scenes.

The ending, hm, well the cheesiest!

My Rating: 6.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 032014
 

heartstrings kdramaSummary: Simple girl meets hearthrob of school, fell in love with him but he liked someone else. In the end, they both found their places but had to deal with personal issues.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Teens, School
Episodes: 15
Stars: Jung Yong Hwa as Lee Shin
Park Shin Hye as Lee Kyu Won
Song Chang Ui as Kim Suk Hyun
So Yi Hyun as Jung Yoon Soo
Woo Ri as Han Hee Joo
Kang Min Hyuk as Yeo Joon
Lee Hyun Jin as Hyun Ki Young
Im Se Mi as Cha Bo Woon




Likes: It’s a very likeable story! Unknown girl and popular guy at school getting together. How did it happen?! Yep, you always want to hear the story.

I love the main characters! The good-looking Lee Shin who plays guitar, snobbish especially with girls who like him but sincere when he likes someone. The bubbly, cute Lee Kyu Won who plays Gayageum and works hard to achieve what she likes to do. Both have strong personalities, they just suit each other.

I really like Park Shin Hye and I think of all her dramas I watched, this one is my favorite. She was great here and she looks good with all the hairstyles! The short and wavy one suits her best!

I’m so glad Jung Yong Hwa’s acting improved compared to when he was in You’re Beautiful.
Still more rooms for improvement but he did a great job here. He’s sooo handsome! The character suits him well.

Another special mention, Kang Min Hyuk! Boy, you can act! I guess I’ll be seeing you more in the future!

I’ve got to give credit to the stylist. Well done! Love how you dressed the 2 main characters but the best dressed award goes to So Yi Hyun!

All characters in the story have been given importance. There was a good balance. I will always remember the grandpa, Lee Shin’s dad, Boo Woon, Sa Rang, Yeo Joon and more!

Dislikes: The falling in love part was done in the early episodes. I was still halfway watching it and the 2 leads were going steady already. So as expected, they had to break up just before the ending but you know, they could have at least come up with a good reason why they couldn’t be together for a year. Anyway, just a smalll thing.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 242014
 

boys over flowersSummary: A poor girl got into a school for the rich and met the F4, the top rich guys. After some bullying, the leader of the F4 got interested in her but in the beginning she has a crush on the other one.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, School, Teens
Episodes: 24
Stars: Koo Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di
Lee Min Ho as Goo Joon Pyo
Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo
Kim Bum as So Yi Jung
Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin

Likes: My gateway kdrama!
Good looking oppas!
Over-the-top everything but liked it!
It got me traveled to Macau :)!

Dislikes: Jan Di is cute but sometimes annoying (or I’m just jealous, haha!)
Could have been a more elaborate epilogue.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 242014
 

goong s kdramaSummary: A story of a delivery boy who actually is a prince. While trying to prove everyone that he’s rightful to be one, he fell in love with a maid in the palace that made everything complicated.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Teens
Episodes: 20
Stars: Se7en as Lee Hoo
Heo Yi Jae as Yang Soon Ae
Kang Doo as Lee Joon
Park Shin Hye as Shin Sae Ryung

Likes: Se7en is cute!
Great acting Park Shin Hye!
Colorful costumes!

Dislikes: Too teeny drama.
Lead girl wasn’t good (sorry).

My Rating: 6.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 202014
 

sweet 18 kdramaSummary:  A young girl set to marry a guy older than her. Initially not liking each other because of differences but  fell in love in the end. The story continues with how they live their lives together, going through trials and problems.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Teens
Episodes: 16
Stars:  Han Ji Hye as Yoon Jung-Sook
Lee Dong Gun as Kwon Hyuk-Joon

Likes: Happy ending!
I love Lee Dong Gun!
Wedding scene!
Epilogue for a good wrap up!

Dislikes: Sometimes the lead girl annoys me.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)