Nov 092017
 

Black kdramaSummary: Grim reaper #444 is after an apprentice who wants to live again using someone else’s body. The only way to capture the runaway apprentice is also possessing someone’s dead body. Grim reaper suddenly has a new identity and after meeting a girl who sees shadows of death, he’s becoming more and more human.

Trailer: Black

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Crime
Episodes: 16
Stars: Song Seung Hun as Black
Go Ah Ra as Kang Ha Ram
Kim Dong Joon as Oh Man Soo
Lee El as Yoon Soo Wan



Likes: I always wanted to watch something different from the usual romantic comedy so I picked this one without knowing the level of “grim”-ness this drama had to offer. So, what a surprise! I liked it that it went beyond the usual expectations. Of course, it started as something intriguing, sometimes cute, sometimes funny, oftentimes sexy (thanks to the leading man of this drama who was consistently sexy-looking in black suit)!

The drama was at first vague and had lots of disconnected plots. Very confusing! But every new episode shed light to the some few initial confusions in the first episodes. As the drama developed, it gave answers to a lot of questions until all the puzzles were solved. This type of drama, you definitely have to pay close attention to everything. You miss a piece, you won’t be able to solve the puzzle. So, very challenging and therefore a reason to like it.

I also like the consistency on the mood. Although, there were some light moments but the mood was gray, dark and somewhat heavy. As if there was something… something more shocking that is bound to unravel.

A twist-filled story. If you like twists, this one’s for you! I would get shocked all the time something unexpected happens. I was like… “Omo, she actually did that!” or “What, that’s him all the time!” (complete with ghost bumps!). And when you think you’re done with one shocking revelation, there comes another one.

I like the emotional ending, how Black tried to bring closure to everything. Sad moments but good ones! It ain’t called BLACK for nothing!

Comic reliefs were plenty but my favourite are the detectives especially when they tried to reenact the rape scene. That short-legged grandpa got some waxing in no time!!! LOL!

The leads…

Song Seung Hun as Black – so sexy and handsome in black suit! I don’t think I can top that first statement, lol!

Go Ah Ra as Kang Ha Ram – Go Ah Ra’s acting is always not bad. This type of role: clumsy, a bit ignorant, suits her pretty well.




Dislikes: I like Go Ah Ra as I just mentioned above but she couldn’t always establish a good chemistry with her leading man. All so good with the acting but I always miss that romantic excitement.

All were good with the ending except for this one annoying glitch. I really don’t understand how Black managed to appear in the end after receiving that maximum punishment! Duh! Of course, no further explanation given because it was the very ending.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

 

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

Top 15 Kdrama 2017

Oct 192017
 

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Sep 282017
 

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

The three main cast…

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

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

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

Just the small stuff…

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

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

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




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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 172017
 

the king-loves kdramaSummary: The crown prince of Goryeo falls in love with Eun San even before he realized she’s the daughter of the richest man of Goryeo. With all the power he has, would he go to great lengths to have her eventhough he knows she has fallen for Wang Rin, his bestfriend.

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



Likes: I like this drama since start to finish although my heart was slowly breaking towards the end! So many reasons to love the show and I will try to enumerate the really relevant ones…

  • Goryeo Era – I only saw a few drama based on this period but the world is as beautiful as the Joseon era. The royal clothing and accessories were more intricate and generous on gold, definitely an attention getter. I’m pretty sure, the costume designers overdid it a bit but all the wardrobes in this drama were so perfect to look at. The royals looked every inch like royalties, the nobles were full of nobility, the ladies were so graceful and the men were irrisistibly so handsome!
  • Cast – This is one of the obvious reasons why praise this drama. It’s loaded with oh-so-brilliant actors!!! Let me begin with the top leads…

Im Shi Wan – omo, he’s not just super cute, he can actually act! I love his charisma in this drama. I was for Crown Prince from the beginning till the end that’s why my heart is still totally broken as of this writing :(. Im Shi Wan (mark my word), will be one of the most bankable leading men in kdrama.

Hong Jong Hyun – his character here as Wang Rin; a quiet, loyal and bestfriend to the crown prince suits him better than his villainous character in Moon Lover. He was tall, handsome and dashing even beating our crown prince a few notches when it comes to the looks department.

Im Yoon Ah – ah she’s cute. I can’t resist watching a drama where she’s in. She gave justice to a character who was the subject of affection of both our top gorgeous leading men.

Oh Min Suk as Song In – Awesome villain! He was sooo annoyingly gooood!

Jang Young Nam as Queen Jangmok – I love the queen how she was trying to do her best to protect her son. Her last moment was unbearably dramatic and heartbreaking. She did a great job!

Honorable mentions are the King, Queen Mu and Crown Princess. Everyone did a great job even those who had the-not-so important roles.

  • The Story – I’ve read that it’s based from a novel so a lots of people predicted who the girl would end with but I think the most important is how well the story was adapted into a drama. I love the story. It was well-told, bitter-sweet story of true love, loyalty and friendship.
  • The King Loves OST – I recommend listening to the songs from this drama. They are so beautiful!
  • Beautiful Scenes – Throughout the entire drama, I’ve seen so beautiful moments, some connotes love, friendships, happiness but a few of sadness – sad but still beautiful. I love that pretty scene of the 3 of them together in the mountain full of pink flowers and I love the farewell scene when crown prince was standing next to that famous giant tree, looking at San who was with Rin from the far saying his final goodbye. Wahhh! Tear-jerking!
  • The Ending – Although it didn’t go how I wanted it, after I’ve calmed down from being brokenhearted, I did some thinking and I realized it was better that it ended that way. Wahhh (again)! I love the narration at the end, like a great story told and I love how the Love of the Crown Prince (later King) was highlighted. It gives an answer as to why the title is “The King Loves”!





Dislikes: Faux spring flowers were just everywhere. They quite overdid this part. Sometimes, everything looked so fake.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Aug 172017
 

reunited-worlds kdramaSummary: Sung Hye Sung died when he was in high school and his special friend, Jung Jung Won blamed herself for that. 12 years later Sung Hye Sung comes back to the living world and looks for his family and friends who have all aged 12 years older. He is reunited with Jung Jung Won who is now working as an assistant at a restaurant.

Trailer: Reunited Worlds
Genre: Fantasy, Melodrama, Mystery
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Lee Yun Hee as Jung Jung Won
Yeo Jin Goo as Sung Hye Sung
Ahn Jae Hyun as Cha Min Joon



Likes: Interesting story! Someone actually came back to life and didn’t age a bit! The plot makes one curious… why is that, what happens now and how long is that gonna last. At least, those were the questions that bugged me all the time as I was watching the show.

I love the flashback setting… countryside, high school life, simple living, riding bikes, young love… simply very relaxing to watch. I like the young Jung Jung Won… pretty, a bit flirty and sparks a good of chemistry with Hye Sung! The 12 years ago flashbacks were given much weight which were vital foundation to the present-day story.

The love of Hye Sung and Jung Won defied age and worlds. I think this was the most important message of the story. Their love story was very touching and it seemed to  go on just like the ol’ Titanic couple :).

The mystery on the death of Yang Chul was nicely unraveled giving me another good reason to watch this drama. Thrilling enough to keep me hooked.

Noona-love is new to me and loving it. That’s all thanks to Yeo Jin Goo‘s confident acting. Very good acting and not at all intimated considering he was next to Lee Yun Hee. Definitely, a very talented young man.

I like a lot of characters here but I love Shin Ho Bang and Hong Jin Joo the most! The comical relief of the show! I liked it when it would get melodramatic then this couple would come up with something funny like the unforgetable “brazilian waxing!”. So funny!

Ahn Jae Hyun as Cha Min Joon – although awkward sometimes, I still like him. I love his voice. His quiet and lonely character here is not his best but good to see him trying out a different role.

The ending, although it was bitter-sweet, I liked it! Well, I couldn’t think of a better way to end it, so it was good. The epilogue was a bonus!




Dislikes: Lee Yun Hee was not as fierce as her other roles in the past. Was it her acting or her character that was dull?

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 062017
 

fight for my way kdramaSummary: 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
Episodes: 16
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.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jun 082017
 

suspicious partner kdramaSummary: 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
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!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 132017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 132017
 

tunnel kdramaSummary: Park Kwang Ho, a detective in the 80’s tried to solve a series of murder cases in his hometown but when he was about to catch the culprit in a tunnel where the last murder took place, he was transported 30 years later where he still tried desperately to solve the case with the hope of getting transported back to the past.

Genre: Time-travel, Crime, Thriller
Episodes: 16
Stars: Choi Jin Hyuk as Park Kwang Ho
Lee Yoo Young as Shin Jae Yi
Yoon Hyun Min as Kim Sun Jae

Like: Another time-travel goodness! This time with some murder cases to be solved. I like the way it started. We got all characters thrown into our faces in the beginning leaving us the question “Who’s who?” We’re trying to speculate who’s the murderer, who’s the child, we came up with some theories, some guesses; am I not right? I like it! The story-line makes us all feel like detectives! It’s very engaging.

I like Choi Jin Hyuk’s more mature role here. I think it suits him well so as the 80’s leather jacket and buggy pants! Although his face looks too polished for the 80’s (he should have avoided facials for a couple of months before taking this role 😉 ), he definitely had the right attitude. Job well done!

Miss profiler aka daughter of our detective hero looked very stiff to the point of being creepy robotic but I ended up liking her. I was always looking forward to her insights when solving cases. And liked her more when she developed some chemistry with Kim Sun Jae, although Sun Jae mostly looked more made up than her (lipgloss!)

The comedy part of the show is a good diversion to its serious genres. Seriously how are you gonna treat a sunbae who looks very maknae in all angles?! Eottoke?

The mystery part was  a definite mind-boggler! Lots of questions up until the last episodes. Of course, I was most curious on what’s the 2 murderers killing motives.

Mok Jin Woo – serial murderer hiding in the light, looked totally normal, even sounded very wise, a terrific talker, father-figure, good friend, good listener – fantastic charisma! I was sooo curious what his motive was! The making of the villain for this drama was awesome! The writers put a lot of thought into that role. And of course a big hand of applause to Kim Min Sang for bringing that role into life.

Epic scene when Mok Jin Woo met Jung Ho Young in prison. Here’s a fight between who’s the best and justifiable serial killer.

The way the writers integrate the lessons of Professor Shin Jae Yi at the uni into the real scenerio is I think very educational (that if you paid much attention).

Nerve-wracking final episode. The chase, the bait, the gamble and yes finally, Kim Sun Jae personally handcuffed his mother’s murderer! What a relief but what? Our Park Kwang Ho going back to the past?

Dislike: Park Kwang Ho going back to the past raised lots of very important questions?  So would that mean Ji Hye won’t be growing up as an orphan? That would also mean Park Kwang Ho would wait for 30 years to solve the case? Hm, how is this working out? I think it would have been better if he didn’t go back to the past so the story that happens in the future won’t have the possibility of changing. Paradoxes alert here!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 092017
 

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
Episodes: 16
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!

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Fanmade Video:

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Feb 142017
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 142017
 

Defendant kdramaSummary: Park Jeong Woo is a Seoul prosecutor who is after one of the twin sons of the chairman of Chamyung group, Cha Min Ho. In order to avoid arrest, Cha Min Ho kills his brother Cha Seon Ho and disguises to live as the latter. With Cha Min Ho’s power and connection, he frames Park Jeong Woo and sends him to prison. While trying to recover his memory in prison, Park Jeong Woo meets inmates who help and join him eventually escape prison to prove his innocence.

Genre: Thriller, Legal
Episodes: 18
Stars: Ji Sung as Park Jeong Woo
Uhm Ki Joon as Cha Sun Ho / Cha Min Ho
Kwon Yoo Ri as Seo Eun Hye
Oh Chang Suk as Kang Jun Hyuk

Likes: The best thriller drama this year, hands down! Great plot, character-riched story brought to life by awesome actors!

Plot
I love the way it started. Park Jeong Woo, already in prison accused of killing his wife and daughter. We don’t know what happened and we’re curious to find out! Villain was always one step ahead, our main guy keeps on forgetting his memory, it was frustrating but little by little we see some hope.

Characters
Though our top characters Park Jeong Woo and Cha Min Ho/ Cha Seon Ho are already awesome, I love the fact that the writers also put importance to minor ones. So it wasn’t just the 2 all the time, we get background stories about friend inmates, prison warden and guards, the prosecutors, people connected to Chamyung group, Park Jeong Woo’s in laws, Yeon Hee and her revenge, Seo Eun Hye and her lawyer dream,  and how all these minor characters were intricately connected. It was never boring to watch!

Actors
Ji Sung is definitely the best choice for this drama. This is his genre. Brilliant already as he always was in his past roles, Ji Sung as Park Jeong Woo shows off his flexibility in acting, changing from a dignified, tough, brave prosecutor to a hopeless death-row prisoner, a determined escapee then at the end back to his confident prosecutor self.

Uhm Ki Joon is a big surprise. He was okay-ish in Dream High 1 but really impressed by him portraying 2 crucial roles in this drama. From Cha Seon Ho, the respectable Chamyung group heir to Cha Min Ho, the psychotic and merciless brother. He delivered really well and a real match to our Ji Sung!


I think the most thrilling part of this drama was the prison break! It was a breathtaking scene.

Funny moments when…

  • Cha Min Ho got caught by the lie detector test which he initially suggested.
  • Prison inmates dancing to a kpop girl group song.
  • Optimus Shin Chul Shik helped Park Jeong Woo

One of the best thrilling instrumental music. Check out Defendant OST.

Character sacrifice to make the story more believable – death of Ji Soo (Park Seong Woo’s wife) and Lee Sung Kyu (inmate).

Male prosecutor, former bff of Park Jeong Woo, Kang Jun Hyuk is prettier than our lady lawyer Seo Eun Hye haha!

Shin Rin Ah portraying the role of Park Ha Yeon, Park Jeong Woo’s daughter is very promising. Watch out for her!

I love the ending! At first I expected to be disappointed that the drama got extended by 2 episodes. This normally doesn’t come out good but it was just enough time to have a proper closure for everyone. The inmates reunion at the end was awesome! Cha Min Ho finally paying for everything that he did. Our Park Jeong Woo, recovering well from his loss and back as a fierce prosecutor – only investigating those their seniors prohibit them to investage. Love the very last scene!

Dislikes: Some obvious ad placement like the car (was it Hyundai?). That was when they did the dumptruck-car chase. And yes Subway again! Lots of subway sandwiches in the drama ;).

There seems to be only one psychiatrist/psychogolist in Korea haha!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jan 062017
 

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

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

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

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

My favorite Hwarangs…

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

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

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

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

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

My favorite side characters…

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

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

Pa Oh – for his unconditional loyalty to the king!

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

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

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

The ending had some epic scenes…

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Dec 082016
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2 Bonus Scenes. Just add-ons really.

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

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

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

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

 

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Dec 012016
 

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
Episodes: 20
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.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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