Nov 052016
 

the k2 kdramaSummary: Kim Je Ha, a former soldier who is on the run after being framed, crosses path with the powerful Choi Yoo Jin, the wife of a presidential hopeful, Jang Se Joon. Je Ha witnesses one of Jang Se Joon’s affair thus ordered to be killed by Choi Yoo Jin but survives. Impressed by that, the latter then hires him to be one of her trusted bodyguards and gets an assignment to look after the secret daughter of Jang Se Joon.

Genre: Action, Political, Melodrama
Episodes: 16
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Kim Je Ha
Song Yoon Ah as Choi Yoo Jin
Im Yoon Ah as Go Anna
Jo Sung Ha as Jang Se Joon
Kim Gab Soo as Park Kwan Soo

Likes: 2 main reasons why I like this drama so much…

Movie-like production but has the typical kdrama romance to it. It’s really like watching a blockbuster-action film with its first episodes showing our buffed main lead with non-stop heart-stopping and impressive John Woo-like action scenes. Every fight scenes in this drama are worth watching credit to the awesome director and Ji Chang Wook who looks so professional in every fight. I also love the slow-mo effect of the most important kick or punch or the famous shooting from the car (Looked like Gone in 60 seconds with Angie. Yeah, that exact shooting scene). Even with all those cool scenes in this drama, the romance was always tailing. It didn’t matter if our main guy was surrounded by other males, he always couldn’t help caring for his girl. And it didn’t matter to be the most evil as long as our madam could keep her man next to her side. Love was a bit complicated in this drama but it didn’t mean it ain’t romantic.

A-list actors! Oh where do I begin because everyone was just so good. Let’s start with…

Ji Chang Wook – he’s tall, very handsome and I could see he really trained hard for this as shown in his very buffed physique. He’s a very good actor not just a pretty face. And the fact that he’s well-trained in martial arts, all his action / fighting scenes actually really look natural. Moreover, this guy has overwhelming charisma. He could easily build chemistry with whoever he’s paired with.

Song Yoon Ah – the coveted best actress award, I will definitely give to this lady. She was just awesome! She comes to you as a simple and beautiful housewife to a presidential candidate, but behind the curtain she was the most powerful, merciless and manipulative lady in the country. How Song Yoon Ah portrayed her role here is beyond impressive! Salute to this great actress.

Im Yoon Ah – pretty and tall and I love her innocent role in this drama. Innocent beauty seemed to have captured the heart of our K2. I have to give her that.

Jo Sung Ha – I always like his performances but here he captured my heart with his sneaky politician and playboy character. Beyond all those hatred, fights and plans to crush his wife, his character had a change of heart and stayed with her till the end. The ultimate politician playboy turned romantic!

Kim Gab Soo – of all his roles, I think Park Kwan Soo is the most remarkable. He mastered the character of a sneaky, greedy, cunning, manipulative but stayed quite stress-free politician. Interestingly, as an antagonist, he wasn’t someone I hated to see rather I always looked forward to what he was gonna do next.

Moreover…

The chemistry between Ji Chang Wook and Yoon Ah was top and surprisingly Ji Chang Wook and Song Yoon Ah’s chemistry was also great. I wouldn’t have minded if the latter pair ended up with each other :).

Kissing scenes were cute. I love the rooftop romance (although realistically it would have been freakin cold to hang out up there, but well anyway…)

Ladies, Ji Chang Wook is showing lots of skin here! Yes and it involved lots of wet fighting with other naked guys! Hurry, check it out!

Well-done cliffhanger scenes every end of each episode.

Even artificial intelligence has a very K(orean) to it. Though Mirror and Cloud Nine are all pretty cool, they also represents beauty and vanity ;).

A very meaningful, tragic but acceptable ending. To my heart’s delights, a short epilogue to give an end to other hanging sub-stories.

Dislikes: Although I like Im Yoon Ah, I just felt that her character failed to develop anymore further. She remained the lady in distress till the end. I wonder if the likes of K2 would still be interested after a while. Oh well…

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Sep 152016
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Sep 152016
 

cinderellaand4knightsSummary: 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
Episodes: 16
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

Only One by ZIA

I Believe by Younha

My Romeo by Jessi

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…

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 112016
 

W kdramaSummary: Our surgeon heroine, Yun Joo went into the webtoon world to save the gorgeous and super rich Kang Chul of W webtoon series that her own father created. She was able to return to the real world but would always be summoned back especially when Kang Chul needed her.

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

Likes: I rarely give a perfect 10 but when I do it’s only given to the best of the best, to the most awesome, to the most heart-pounding, most nerve-wracking, most daebak kdrama I watched. This year, it’s  happening again. This is the reason why I keep on watching knowing that one day, I will get to watch another masterpiece. W, this year is no doubt the best kdrama! But what makes it the best?

  • the concept – I wouldn’t say it’s unique. Maybe this kind of story already existed in books or manga or comics or music videos (oh yes I know one and that’s the MV of A-ha Take on Me )  but in kdrama, it was my first time to watch it and it was very exciting!
  • the worlds – the real colourful world and the fictional black and white comic world which were not so different from each other, well, except for the time.
  • the characters – oh oh oh Kang Chul my love, why so handsome?! Yes Kang Chul, the rich, gorgeous guy in the comic has that effect on everyone that even a lady surgeon from the real world would be attracted to. Oh well, he was made that way by his creator, a simply perfect guy. And this perfect antagonist is paired by a pretty surgeon from the real world, Yun Joo who happened to save him when he was wounded and dying. A perfect heroine for our gorgeous hero!
  • the actors – I love Lee Jong Suk playing as Kang Chul. His face looks like it just came out of a manga. Han Hyo Joo (though her acting needs more improvement), she is so pretty to pass as our perfect antagonist’s love interest.
  • the storyline – great order of events and impressive twists that make every episode full of suspense and totally unpredictable.
  • the length – 16-episode long is just perfect. No dragginess, no unnecessary extensions to suit sponsors.
  • great villains – what makes a great story is the presence of a great villain and W has 2! First Oh Seong Moo, the creator of the novel W who became the protagonist of his own novel. Second one is Han Cheol, the politician inside the comic who was always after Kang Chul. 2 great actors but I would give the best actor award to Kim Eui Sung who played 2 characters Oh Seong Moo and the killer in webtoon.
  • best kissing scenes – yes they were the best kissing scenes. Jong Suk oppa appears to be a great kisser. And I’m glad the writers were so generous to shower us viewers with these super exciting scenes. We’ve witnessed a surprised kiss, romantic, goodbye, hello and a sunset kiss. Thank you, very generous indeed.
  • super cool scenes – lots of them! Will mention a few… Kang Chul riding a super hot red car, sad goodbye at the rooftop was even super cool, editing on-going happening in the comic world using the tablet, Kang Chul making it to the real world for the first time and so on and so forth…
  • best comical relief – Park Soo Bong, the author’s assistant brought lots of laughters especially whenever he was scared. And Yun Joo’s boss in the hospital Heo Jung Do was also super hilarious even in a bossy way. It was a fantastic idea to mix comedy in a suspense drama. You know, when you’ve got this feeling when everything becomes creepy then our funny guys pop up, what a relief :).
  • the OST – lovely songs played throughout the drama. Check out W OST playlist.
  • the ending – I love it! It’s a sad-happy ending but I got over the sad part very quickly because of the awesome happy part!

Overall, I’m very much contented. Nothing to ask for, nothing I dislike. Even the promotional ads for KIA wasn’t an eyesore at all. It  was the best ad in a kdrama I’ve ever seen. Great integration! Really very well done!

It’s a terrific drama and I highly recommend it to everyone. Enjoy watching!

My Rating: 10 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 182016
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 212016
 

jackpot kdramaSummary: 2 princes of Joseon separated from birth but later reunited through their love for gambling. Baek Dae Gil and prince Yeoning also later joined hands to catch the untouchable Yi In Jwa. Both son of the fierce King Sukjong, Baek Dae Gil became the people’s man and prince Yeoning after some power struggles later became King Yeongju.

Genre: Period
Episodes: 24
Stars: Jang Geun Suk as Baek Dae Gil
Yeo Jin Goo as Prince Yeoning later King Yoengjo
Jun Kwang Ryul as Lee In Jwa
Choi Min Soo as King Sookjong
Im Ji Yun as Dam Seo

Likes: Another beautiful period drama with great cast, lovely costumes, intricate story of brotherly love, struggle for power, greed, revenge, politics and impressive swordmanship.

From its well-chosen cast, I would pick 4 favorites and they are…

Jang Geun Suk as Baek Dae Gil – JGS prepared a lot for this role. Though his face is not too Joseon, but he definitely had some Joseon accent going on. The first episodes, he went through some tough scenes like being covered even buried in mud. His training scenes with the master was great. He looked like he could really cut a falling petal blind-folded or shoot an arrow through a hole of a penny. Those scenes were so daebak!

Yeo Jin Goo as Prince Yeoning and later King Yeongju – if I wanna imagine how a really good-looking Joseon royal would look like then it’s the face of Yeo Jin Goo. He always looks good, acts great and speaks really well in period drama.

Choi Min Soo  as King Sukjong – if I had to have a crush from this drama then it’s this guy. Wow, the real King Sukjong must have been so intimidatingly handsome, fierce like a tiger and wise like several kings put together.  Choi Min Soo definitely did a astounding job!

Jun Kwang Ryul as Yi In Jwa – I have to give the best actor award to this guy. He was just amazingly good in acting. He could portray hatred in calmness, greed in leadership and great wisdom in politics. He was the last powerful villain standing and had to meet his most painful end.

Impressive and beautiful training scenes of Baek Dae Gil by the master Kim Chae Gun. Cutting of falling petals, perfectly shooting and fending arrows and flawless swordmanship. They remind me of old Jackie Chan movies.

Lots of impressive sword fights throughout the drama but my favorite is Kim Chae Gun vs Hwan Jin Ki.

I have to mention the costumes. They looked wonderful and realistic. Beautiful and colorful palace outfits, from the royals down to the guards and servants. The common people, slaves and rebels were dressed realistically.

The props and extras on the set were generously provided that make for example a coronation of a king looked so real. The atmosphere, the colors and the people around make the whole scene beautiful to watch.

Baek Dae Gil’s awesome first meeting… with the brother prince Yeoning, with the father King Sukjong (Sukjong looking at him scrutinizing his looks) and with the mother Suk Bin Choe.

Yi In Jwa and King Sukjong outwitting each other’s plans. These 2 characters are the great minds of this drama.

The gambler villains that Baek Dae Gil had to fight and defeat were great addition to the characters.

Tragic endings, lots of them. It’s the beauty of a period drama.

The bromance between the 2 princes was immortalize in the last scene. Such a beautiful closure to a seemingly tragic last episode.

Dislikes: Jang Geun Suk, a good actor but his face is really not for period drama.

The acting in the last 2 episodes became slow and awkward. As if they change the director. It also became cheesy. Hm, who’s fault was that.

Not much romance going on in this drama. (where are the females?!)

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 232016
 

Descendants-of-the-Sun kdramaSummary: Capt Yoo Shi Jin, a member of the Korean special force met the very pretty and talented surgeon Kang Mo Yun at the hospital where the latter was working. Trying to have a date with a soldier was almost impossible but their fate to be together got sealed when both were assigned in a far away, post-war country called Urk. Meanwhile the captain’s close comrade Sgt. Seo is having a complicated relationship with their commander’s daughter, Yoon Myung Joo.

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

Likes: Okay, where do I begin?! Let’s start with our leads… all 4 pretty and handsome leads!

Song Joong Ki – this is definitely his most popular role, hallyu-star worthy! He was well-toned, pretty as usual, playful and teasing and most of all, top-looking in uniform. You add the shades and the snubbish attitude, he definitely rocked in this drama!

Song Hye Kyo – very pretty but tough and smart. This lady has got what it takes to be the girlfriend of the Alpha company’s Big Boss! Even with her pretty face, she survived an earthquake and saved many in a not-so-friendly place.

Jin Goo – new face that left a big impression. The very charismatic Sgt Seo who has a complicated relationship with the general’s daughter (Take note of the last words. That can be pretty tough in the military). Great-looking in uniform, perfect complexion, serious face – almost like a soldier.

Kim Ji Won – another pretty leading lady. The general’s daughter. Sgt Seo object of affection. A uniformed surgeon. I can’t blame Sgt Seo for falling in love with her.

We have 2 teams, Shi Jin – Mo Yun team and Dae Young – Myung Joo team! So which team are you?!

Shi Jin & Mo Yun team – these 2 started unsure. They couldn’t make it to their dates due to Shi Jin’s military duty. In fact Mo Yun got stood up twice (which wasn’t actually too bad, it just made Shi Jin more attractive). But when they started going out, it involved beautiful sceneries and even dangerous minefields :). I would rate the couple’s chemistry 8 out of 10. They’re kissing scenes were always beautiful (with beautiful backdrops). My favorite was the last one of course when they were back at the shipwreck.  Most dramatic moment was when Mo Yun found Shi Jin, covered in blood in an ambulance.

Dae Young & Myung Joo –  hm complicated relationship. Her dad not in favor and that was a big problem but it made the two more inseparable. Friendship history as Myung Joo helped Dae Young at his ex’s wedding. Both are in uniforms which is favorable as both understand each other’s jobs well. Couple’s chemistry is 9 out of 10, a win for this couple. Their kissing scenes were always touching and dramatic (made me cry). Most dramatic moment was when Myung Joo was found to be positive with a virus and Dae Young rushed to hug her.

I have to mention how truly beautiful the sceneries were. Urk is a made-up place and it was in Greece where they shot most of the scenes. I would recommend to visit Greece as I’ve seen the place myself. Beautiful blue sky and water with fantastic lanscapes!

The most famous greeting in the military world that’s probably taking the civilian world by storm: Dankyeol! (which means unity or solidarity) It sounds very sexy now thanks to this drama :).

The OST is amazing! These are my favorites songs from the drama… enjoy!
You are my Everything by Gummy
Everytime by Chen (EXO) featuring Xpunch
Always by Yoon Mi Rae
Once Again by Mad Clown featuring Kim Na Young
Talk Love by K.Will

Great slow motion scenes like when the hospital team arrived in Urk and the Capt (who was really looking great in uniform plus sunglasses) and company showed up but Capt snubbed Mo Yun big time. Ouch!

Funniest moment is I think Yo Shi Jin who was thought to be a ghost by the lady doctor’s colleagues.

Heartbreaking moment – those goodbye letters were so cruel. Sob sob sob! Mo Yun got one and too bad she read it. Lucky for Myung Joo who insisted not to open hers.

Most patriotic moment – the flag retreat scene!

Great villain and hero awards go to Argus and our north korean warrior. Dankyeol!

Cameo by Lee Kwang Soo,  Yoo Ah In and Red Velvet. At least these the famous personalities I know.

Call signs!!! Which one is your favorite? Piccolo, Snoopy, Yellow Tiger, Wolf, Big Boss or Beauty?

Even with 16 episodes only, they were somewhat running out of good stories and the mood was getting quite serious so it was really great that they could pull off a funny last episode. It made the soldiers happy and I think it made everyone happy too! And of course, we got our Red Velvet performance in the end.

Dislikes: They should say everything in Korean. It sounds cooler than Song Joong Ki trying to sound cool in English. It’s painful everytime that I always have to close my eyes.

Kang Mo Yun nags a lot. It was becoming a turn off.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 092016
 

neighborhood hero kdramaSummary: A former agent, Baek Shi Yoon who just came out of prison is trying to find out who was responsible for the death of his close friend and colleague while doing their last operation together in Macau. While plotting his revenge he’s become the protector of his current neighborhood and befriended with ex-agents so as with other people who later become a big help to realizing his goal.

Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Shi Hoo as Baek Shi Yoon
Jo Sung Ha as Im Tae Ho
Lee Soo Hyuk as Choi Chan Gyoo
Kwon Yoo Ri as Bae Jung Yeon
Yoon Tae Young as Yoon Sang Min
Jung Man Shik as Jung Soo Hyuk

Likes: It’s great to see Park Shi Hoo making this successful comeback after his much-talked scandal. Though a bit slim, he looks real good and has a well-toned body to show off. So not too surprised to see him half-naked a lot in this drama.

Packed with great actors! This drama wasn’t just about Park Shi Hoo and his role but also all the other members of the cast who delivered excellent performance to their roles. These following men and their roles basically made up this great drama…

Ahn Suk Hwan as Park Sun Hoo – he’s undoubtedly the best actor here. His role as a sneaky, big-talker boss doesn’t go unnoticed in the first few episodes. His facial expressions are so good, it always wanted me to hit his face ;).

Lee Soo Hyuk as Choi Chan Kyoo – I always thought of him as the handsome vampire in the Scholar Who Walk the Night but seeing Lee Soo Hyuk pulled off his character here is a change of impression. This guy can take any role. Loved seeing him here wearing a police uniform.

Jo Sung Ha as Im Tae Ho – his common policeman role in this drama who’s easily getting swayed by money due family concerns is I think his best performance so far.

Jung Man Shik as Jung Soo Hyuk – big guy, easy, calm and best accessory of the most powerful received the most unfortunate ending.

Yoon Tae Young as Yoon Sang Min – he’s got the face, the over-all look of a handsome villain who can fight! Driven by greed and ambition, his darkest moment was to get rid of his own bestfriend.

The New York Study Group – these powerful, rich, well-dressed and not so bad-looking men are to watchout for. I love the atmosphere when these men are around.

A James Bond and a neighborhood hero theme makes an action-filled drama – lots of action from our very well-dressed former agent. And since our hero is well-dressed, you can expect the villains to be the same. Fighting eye candies! Aja!

Levels of villains! Our hero thinks he’s fighting the right guy only to find out he’s just level 0 and there are more powerful people behind the whole thing. Of course in level 0, our hero can fight using his fists but on a higher level, there’s got to be some politics involved. It’s great to see how our guy gets through all this opponent levels.

The shadow / hero effect! How about wearing those H hats. In the end, everyone looked great wearing one. And if only we could solve problems like that in real life.

Hurrah for epilogue! I get to see Chan Kyoo wearing his police unirform for real. And a confirmation that our original hero didn’t leave us for good.

Dislikes: What was our Hero thinking? Sending the memoirs to mum’s preschool. It’s endangering his mum and all the kids in there. Not so thoughtful.

Writer Bae’s nagging character was getting so annoying. She was worse than the actual girlfriend.

Our hero getting out and back in the hospital. Was that to stretch the show so it could reach its 16th episode?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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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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Nov 192015
 

oh my venus kdramaSummary: 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
Episodes: 16
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!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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