Jul 012015
 

mask kdramaSummary: Byun Ji Sook has that unfateful day when everything wasn’t just working for her and she had to choose between dying and living but had to wear a mask. She chose the latter and had to pay the price for being someone she’s not including breaking the hearts of those she loves most.

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




Likes: Interesting and very thrilling plot! Though it had some obvious holes in the story, the thrill just made up for them. A very good drama I definitely recommend.

Great casting. I love the lead actors starting with…

Soo Ae – very beautiful and a great actress. She nailed Byun Ji Sook’s character; scared but later became courageous, pretending but staying genuine, pretty and lovable. As Eun Ha, though it was short-lived, she was fierce, smart and elegant!

Jo Ji Hoon – his character was a bit lost in the beginning but he carried it well. He looked pretty much like on drugs ;). I love the way he would look at his wife, full of admiration and trust. And how he gets indecisive so not to show his real intentions. It was soo cute!

Yun Jung Hoon – oh how I hated his character, always plotting and scheming and brainwashing! Very convincing! Only shows the actor was great in what he was potraying.

Yoo In Young – how can you be so beautiful, tall, elegant and good in acting. She’s definitely a total package! Potraying Choi Mi Yun is an opposite to how she appears but still convincingly did it.

Undeniable great chemistry between Byun Ji Sook and Choi Min Woo. It was more between the characters than the actors.

I have to mention how everyone was well-dressed in this drama. Especially the ladies. Soo Ae shines with whatever she wore.

I love how they showed off how rich is really rich. The house, the cars, the parties, the servants in uniform, the hobbies, the clothes but a messed-up life ;). It’s cliche but still love it!

It’s a melodrama but manageable to watch. There’s more to it than just crying. I personally don’t like too much crying, it’s exhausting but this one is very-well balanced.

One that balanced it well was its funny scenes and the presence of some comical reliefs.

A good variety of places where they were shooting. Notable ones are the cliffs, in front of the city hall where the leads kissed, the forest where they went hunting, the vacation house and more. They bring reality to the story.

It ended well. After all the tragic things that happened, we got a happy ending. It ended with a good closure to everyone’s character. I’m happy with it!




Dislikes: As mentioned above, there were some obvious holes in the story just saved by a good amount of thrill.

Too obvious premonition! They were showing too much of what was going to happen. I just knew it!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 172015
 

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 172015
 

pinocchio kdramaSummary: After the tragic loss of his parents, a young Ki Ha Myung decided to live by another name Choi Dal Po after being adopted by the person who saved him from the waters. He then met his foster parent’s granddaughter who happened to be the daughter of the reporter who framed his family. Later on, he became a news reporter himself to avenge his family.

Genre: Romance, Family
Episodes: 20
Stars: Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha
Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po / Ki Ha Myung
Kim Young Kwang as Seo Bum Jo
Lee Yoo Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae




Likes: Interesting to see what’s going on behind all the news we can see on TV, what’s left of the truth after all the manipulation. News is a powerful medium, it should be handled with care and responsibility. This is a drama which sheds light and understanding of the media, what should be taken seriously and what should be ignored.

It’s a great script by the same scriptwriter who did “I Hear Your Voice”.

I love the chemistry between Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk, better that Park Shin Hye being paired with Lee Min Ho!

Lee Jong Suk fits the role perfectly with his very “sincere” looks. Not much of a fun of his looks but for the role,
he was perfect.

Love the first kissing scene! Background looks cold but the two made it looked really cozy :). Though I think their lips must have gotten frozen together :).

Other special characters that I really like are…
Song Cha Ok – mother of Choi In Ha and news anchor of MSC. She was ruthless but can’t deny the elegance of this lady. She always looked and appeared perfect.

Choi Gong Pil – foster father of Choi Dal Po and grandfather of Choi In Ha. Super funny and loving, it’s easy to undertstand why it’s hard to leave him.

Park Ro Sa – the Chairman! She was the villain character that made this show so interesting. The actress is always to watch for. She always give justice to her characters.

Cameo by Yoon Sang Hyun as lawyer Cha Gwan Woo! Knowing this drama was written by “I Hear My Voice” scriptwriter, making it a parallel story.

I love the ending. It shows what happened later to the most important characters. Definitely a good closure.




Dislikes: It became draggy and melodramatic somewhere between 14th to 18th epeisodes. I got bored. It was hard to finish even just 1 episode. I know they all can cry but there were times when it was just too much crying.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 172015
 

the three musketeers kdramaSummary: Park Dal Hyang wished to be of serviced to the king so he worked hard to pass the exam in the capital. While in the capital, he met a group of noble-looking men who called themselves The Three Muskeeters. The leader of the group was actually the crown prince who Park Dal Hyang would later have a clash with but then after knowing the prince’s true intent, he would dedicate his service to him.

Genre: Period, Action, Romance, Political
Episodes: 12
Stars: Jung Yong Hwa as Park Dal Hyang
Lee Jin Wook as Crown Prince So Hyun
Yang Dong Geun as Heo Seung Po
Jung Hae In as Ahn Min Seo




Likes: The whole drama was short but good. Advantage of a short drama, it eliminates those unnecessary scenes that makes it draggy. Concise but to the point without eliminating the thrill.

Talking about thrills, the cliffhangers are really well done! Make you watch the next episode as soon as possible.

I was looking forward to another Jung Yong Hwa performance. He’s not yet that great but always working on it. Someone to watch out for. Still having a handsome face but in this drama my eyes were always glued on the prince lol!

The prince and the princess falling in love! I was so hooked on those episodes. I didn’t want them to end!

The fighting scenes are really good! Lots of Dal Hyang fighting moments but my favorites are Dal Hyang vs the Prince, Dal Hyang vs Yong Gol Dae

Season 1 ended so well and gave us a big cliffhanger. I can’t wait for season 2! I hope it’s as good or even better.

Dislikes: I was hoping it was truly the end of Mi Ryung but she seemed alive and kicking and ready for season 2.

Didn’t like Dal Hyang not finding a girl. I guess it was hard to top his first love but hoping he will have in season 2!

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 172015
 

the night watchman kdramaSummary: Secretly, the old king gathered some men to guard the land from ghosts or evil spirits. These men are called the Night Watchmen! When the King died, the job of the Night Watchmen also ended. Meanwhile, Prince Lee Rin, who can see ghosts and the original heir to the throne found a journal of a Night Watchman. While searching for answers he met Do Ha and Jo Sang Hun, a former Nightwatchman.

Genre: Period, Fantasy, Romance, Action
Episodes: 24
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Lee Rin
Go Sung Hee as Do Ha
Jung Yoon Ho as Moo Suk
Seo Ye Ji as Park Soo Ryun




Likes: I love the historic setting and the ghost theme of this drama. It was fun to watch something different for a while. The beginning was that big battle between the old King and the water Dragon which was about to attack a helpless lady Shaman. Pulling a Genghis Khan attack, the King shot the Dragon with an arrow putting the latter to sleep. Great scene, great start!

It’s good to watch Jung Il Woo again! That nose, that chin, that face!

An idol in the house in the person Jung Yoon Ho of TVXQ. Surprised by his acting, not bad.

Seo Ye Ji, a promising young actress. I’ll watch out for this lady.

Favorite comical reliefs: the friendly ghosts who were following prince Lee Rin and the Inn hostess who had a crush
on the blacksmith. They made the show not so dark and grimmy.

And not to forget Sadam. You’ll never forget his face after watching the whole drama. Great villain.

Dislikes: Go Sung Hee, sorry but she was just really bad in acting. I tried to ignore it in the beginning hoping she would get better in the later episodes but dang she was so consistent! Her poor acting didn’t help with improving the chemistry between her and Jung Il Woo making the ending so awkward. Supposed to be a special moment, a reunion of 2 important characters that just didn’t appeal at all to me.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 122015
 

its okay thats love kdramaSummary: Jang Jae Yul, a famous novelist and radio DJ who’s sufferring from a personality disorder meets Ji Hae Soo, a psychiatrist. The 2 had to live together with other 2 guys in a house which is owned by Jang Jae Yul. For Ji Hae Soo, falling in love with someone who can be her patient was the biggest challenge. Helped by other professional psychiatrist friends, the 2 will have a chance to pursuit a normal relationship.

Genre: Melodrama, Romantic Comedy, Medical
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jo In Sung as Jang Jae Yul
Gong Hyo Jin as Ji Hae Soo
Lee Kwang Soo as Park Soo Kwang
Sung Dong Il as Jo Dong Min




Likes: The drama has a serious medical topic but done greatly to appeal to viewers who are into romance. In other words, medical-romance combined nicely topped with 2 of the best actors in Korea.

Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Gin’s dramas are always to watch for. They seem to be very skilled in choosing dramas where they truly shine and this is one example of that.

Jo In Sung – remains one the sexiest korean actor for me. His sleek, tall figure; pretty face and excellent acting makes him one.
Gong Hyo Gin – this lady though not the prettiest has the charisma on screen. She’ll make you love her.

For those who want to have a good cry, this one’s for you. Great drama moments thanks to the leads.

Presence of good comical reliefs makes the drama light and bearable.

Happy ending for everyone!

Dislikes: There were just moments when it was making me so sad. Not much of a crying-drama person.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 122015
 

fated to love you kdramaSummary: Lee Gun, a chaebol who manages his family’s company wanted desperately to propose in Macau to his girlfriend but by fate he met Kim Mi Young, a shy secretary in a law firm back in Korea who was also in Macau for a trip. Mi Young got pregnant with Lee Gun’s child after one night of spending together. Lee Gun, after knowing that had to take Mi Young as his wife.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Jang Hyuk as Lee Gun
Jang Na Ra as Kim Mi Young
Wang Ji Won as Nam Se Ra
Choi Jin Hyuk as Daniel




Likes: I’m sure I’ve seen it before but this kind of story is something I would always watch over and over
again. Reminds me a lot of BOF. They’re the candies of dramas. Addictive, fun, teasing makes you swoon on the (male) leads and has a big production giving our girl that cinderella effect. Tis the reason why I watch kdrama, that one day I would be enjoying another entertaining show like this one.

Very, very attractive leads! Let’s start with…

Jang Hyuk – totally handsome and sexy! Yet another crush of mine :). Have you seen his nose? Perfectly crafted to match his sexy face haha! Actor aside, I love Lee Gun too. The way he laughs, cries and looks at his very shy wife. Wahh! I wanna have him! You saw how sexy he was when he was trying to be the endorser of his own shampoo, so hot! And that long hair, I wish he never had a haircut!

Jang Na Ra – pretty face that exudes innocence just perfect for her role as Mi Young. I love how Mi Young would adjust her eyeglasses while flickering her eyes. So natural.

Wang Ji Won – though her beauty is a bit too edgy for a ballerina, still a pretty face. I thought her role would turn
evil but she remained defeated.

Choi Jin Hyuk – tall, handsome and successful. Just the perfect rival for the almost perfect Lee Gun. Glad they picked someone who’s equally desirable :).

Lots of teasing moments which always ended up as cliffhangers. Always makes me watch the next one and the next…

Lots of funny moments! Prenatal class was top! Prenatal teacher who appears as different characters throughout the drama was a great comical relief.

Love the cameos of Clara and that another guy (probably famous sportsman) as the endorsers of shampoo.

Happy ending for everyone!




Dislikes: I found it a bit too trying hard to show that the two had a happy end. Could have done it without the kids.
It was somehow stiff in the end.

Jang Hyuk with short hair, not much my type. He still looks handsome with short hairdo but his long hair was an important feat. I mean just imagine Gu Jun Pyo without his long, curly locks.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 072014
 

joseon gunman kdramaSummary: Park Yoon Kang, a fugitive who came back from Japan to Joseon to avenge his father’s death to a gunman. He then became a gunman himself to hunt the people connected to his father’s killing.

Genre: Period, Melodrama, Action, Romance
Episodes: 22
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Park Yoon Kang
Nam Sang Mi as Jung Soo In
Jun Hye Bin as Choi Hye Won
Han Joo Wan as Kim Ho Kyung
Yoo Oh Sung as Choi Won Shin




Likes: The fact that it’s sageuk and the fact that it has Lee Joon Ki in it!

An interesting sageuk plot. It’s interesting to see the transition of how Joseon fought war, from swords to guns. The idea of introducing it to a conservative society was indeed sparkling a huge debate but the hypocrisy of the conservatives, using gunmen to protect them from being up in power, just showed that the use of guns was unstoppable!

Let’s get back to my favorite Lee Joon Ki. Though I love seeing him in Hanbok (korean traditional costume), he just looks extra sexy and cool in suit especially in that era when everyone was wearing Hanbok. Pretty face as usual and he always doesn’t disappoint :). And a great plus, he can speak Japanese! That definitely adds to the sexiness and coolness points!

I love seeing Yoo Oh Sung again, the great villain in Faith (with Lee Min Ho)! Though his character here seems to be quiet, there’s no denial, he’s still a great actor. He had the looks of a determined hunter, the original gunman!

The gun exhibition! I know it was a bit overdone but isn’t it too cool to see Lee Joon Ki turns the gun around his finger before firing! Makes me always smile :).

Poor Ho Kyung! My Yoon Ji Hoo in this drama. He’s just too likeable.

The ending wasn’t that bad. It was obvious there was no way to beat the king but would have been sad to kill the lead. I was glad to see the leading character changed into a people’s hero and though I love the Hanbok and suit looks of Lee Joon Ki, it was interesting to see him long-haired and bearded in the end.
Dislikes: The leading lady is pretty but Lee Joon Ki is prettier. It’s always hard to find a pair for him.

So In’s character was too weak for Park Yoon Kang. I found Hye Won more suitable for him.

Drama-overkill sometimes. Too much crying and talking before shooting.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 102014
 

you're all surrounded kdramaSummary: Four newly hired young detectives at Gangnam Police Station are making waves with solving difficult and exciting
cases. They’re under a very hard-working team leader who’s grooming them to be great detectives.

Genre: Action, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Seung Ki as Eun Dae Gu
Cha Seung Won as Seo Pan Suk
Go Ah Ra as Yeo Soo Sun
Ahn Jae Hyun as Park Tae Il
Park Jung Min as Ji Gook




Likes: The script – It’s a well-written one. You might have heard of the story several times but how it was told is the secret why this drama is sooo good. It’s packed with some interesting story twists which always comes as great surprises. Also I like the way each character and scene were justified and explained through random flashbacks. Made me always comment, ah that’s why. Definitely well done!

The actors – great cast though I was after Cha Seung Won who always doesn’t disappoint me with his sexiness, looks and natural acting; the others were also worth the mention. Lee Seung Ki – it always takes me a while to like him but in the end, I always do. Go Ah Ra – she definitely nails the character. Park Jung Min – cute and funny. Ahn Jae Hyun – I thought I would see him soon after Man from the Stars. Such a pretty face!

The director – The credit for the snappiness of this drama goes to the person who tells everyone what to do. Even if you have a great cast but if the directing is bad and makes the acting awkward, the drama comes out sloppy. Lee Seung Ki and Cha Seung Won are important enough to be under a wing of a good director.

I love the 2 main couples. Very well matched! Dae Gu and Soo Sun – cute, young, unpredictable love! Pan Suk and Sa Kyung – both sexy, divorced couple who are finding love again. With all the serious cases they have to solve, these characters will still definitely make you giddy.

Funny! There was always something funny. May it be the awkwardness between lovers and colleagues or the way Cha Seung Won laughs.

Notable villain. Gosh she was sooo annoying!

Other side stories that kept the drama interesting. These stories were also very well integrated.

Favorite scene: the funeral of the lady chief when everyone was wearing their uniforms. Cha Seung Won definitely stood out!!!

Just love the ending! Everything was good. Our legendary team leader still true to his profession even in the countryside :).




Dislikes: I just thought the way they caught the mastermind was silly. For someone who masterminded a perfect crime could fall for a simple confession in the end. Oh well, maybe it was really his time. He was getting annoying anyway.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jun 202014
 

angel eyes kdramaSummary:  The story of a blind girl who gained back her eyesight but lost her first love. After 12 years, he was back and she was in love with him again but dark secrets would stop them from being together.

Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Medical, Family
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Sang Yoon as as Park Dong Joo
Koo Hye Sun as Yoon Soo Wan
Kim Ji Suk as Kang Ji Woon
Jung Jin Young as Yoon Jae Bum
Jung Ae Ri as Oh Young Ji
Seung Ri as Teddy Seo




Likes: If you like a good cry then this drama is for you. It’s definitely one of the best melodrama I’ve watched so far. The story was sad, no maybe even tragic and that was well-conveyed to the audience. Plus Koo Hye Sun’s crying was always convincing, you just want to cry with her. Lee Sang Yoon, aside from his admirable looks (height, very proportional body and a handsome face with a dimple) is really great in crying too. These 2 leads were convincingly good on being sad :).

I thought this drama was getting draggy but I think it’s actually made that way. Everything was so detailed, from the prologue (2 episodes with the young Dong Joo and Soo Wan and these youngs characters were from time to time appearing throughout the drama), the main story and to the epilogue which was 1.5 episode long. As if writers explained in detail what pain and heartache really are and they would want you to understand that.

The “what if story”! As I’ve said it was too detailed they even show what would happen if … All happy and my favorite is of course the wedding scene!

I love the characters of the 2 leads (so as the actors). It’s good that they got great young actors who are comparable (to the main leads) to portray the young Dong Joo and Soo Wan. Young Soo Wan especially looks like young Koo Hye Sun.

As for the other guy, Kim Ji Suk looks great here. He definitely gave Lee Sang Yoon a good competition. Hm, 2 great guys competing for our good old Jan Di, huh!

The presence of Seungri! It’s always fantastic baby! He was definitely the best comical relief in this drama.

It’s good to see another island getting featured. A good break from our favorite Jeju.

Not necessary but I’d like to mention I really like Soo Wan’s lovely house! From the story, it’s understandable why she doesn’t like to go back. Too many sad memories.

Love the OST specially the “run run running to you” song :). Couldn’t help but sang-a-long everytime it was played.

Dislikes: The ending. I would like it just a little bit different.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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May 222014
 

cunning single lady kdramaSummary: After 3 years from getting divorced, Na Ae Ra found out that her ex-husband has become successful and is currently the CEO of his own IT company. In order to get his attention, she grabbed a job as an intern at his company.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Min Jung as Na Ae Ra
Joo Sang Wook as Cha Jung Woo
Kim Kyu Ri as Gook Yeo Jin
Seo Kang Joon as Gook Seung Hyun




Likes: Chemistry! Lee Min Jung and Joo Sang Wook’s chemistry was undeniably strong and so as the characters they were playing. Lee Min Jung’s character Na Ae Ra clicked with both men. So no matter who she’d end up to, I would see it as a happy end. Of course I was leaning towards the CEO but Seung Hyun got really handsome when he later became the Director ;).

Lee Min Jung is hot and sexy in this drama! She looks great with long hair but the short do reminds me of her Ha Jae Kyung character in BOF, pretty and smart!

Joo Sang Wook as leading man of course! I’ve watched That Fool and Good Doctor and I thought I really want to see him as the lead. Although his character transformation here was a bit over the top, it really was fun watching him as the perfect-looking CEO. I always wondered what he would wear next ;).

It definitely is a romantic comedy. It brought some giggles on this cold, winter days!

I’ve watched a variety of kdrama genre the past months but watching a typical kdrama (romcom) with a happy ending brings me back to those days when I just started. This was really the type I liked to watch in the beginning. It’s good but… (refer to dislikes)

Dislikes: Yes it’s good but it can get really boring. You already know what’s coming or what’s going to happen next. There’s no challenge and thrill.

The presence of annoying relatives always irritates me. Leads take all the blame when relatives do something stupid.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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