Start-Up

start-up kdramaSummary: In order to impress her estranged, rich mum and sister, Seo Dal Mi quits her job to start her own business. She meets Nam Do San, the founder of NamSan Tech, who she thinks was her long time pen pal. They team up to join the hackathon for start ups which is run by a company called Sandbox.

Trailer: Start-Up

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Bae Suzy as Seo Dal Mi
Nam Joo Hyuk as Nam Do San
Kim Sun Ho as Han Ji Pyung
Kang Han Na as Won In Jae



Likes: Such a success! Why? It captures its audience through its young, dynamic, ambitious and innovative nature of start-ups. Although it’s not at all easy as it seemed, the drama came out very entertaining and inspiring. I like the love story that came with it, the family dramas behind the most important characters and especially that found friendship from someone unknown.

Family bond. As the saying goes, blood is thicker than water. It holds true for our main girl, Seo Dal Mi’s story. How her family got separated but in the end, they all put their past behind and started supporting each other.

The dream. This one’s for Nam Do San who didn’t even know how to dream until he meets the girl he fell in love with. He got himself into a very difficult situation that ironing it out seemed like a dream for him.

The pen pal. I personally love the pen pal story. There’s something special with writing letters. It connects people on a different and special level. Han Ji Pyeong became Seo Dal Mi’s first love and he also became everyone’s love. I hopelessly root for him :(.

The grandma of all. I would say, she was the source of all good things that happened later. She was also the connection between everyone important in the drama. I used a lot of tissue whenever this grandma appeared.

The girl on the swing. I love the background story of this girl. It brought up the importance of choosing Seo Dal Mi’s Dad. Also it’s such a meaningful representation of the Sandbox company.

Cherry blossoms. The beautiful beginning and end of a friendship was well represented by the blooming and falling of cherry flowers.



Tarzan. Knowing how Nam Do San explained to Seo Dal Mi how AI worked using Tarzan and Jane as examples, it made more sense to call the self-driving car, Tarzan. If you don’t know, then Tarzan would sound very cheesy.

Yeong Sil. It wasn’t just Han Ji Pyeong but we were all getting into this charming virtual assistant. Yeong Sil, what’s my love prediction today? Would I be money lucky? Help me decide! Love the voice, I knew he sounded so familiar!

Surprising cameos. Lee Bo Young looking gorgeous as she appeared in episode 10. But the best is when the voice of Yeong Sil came to life and Yeo Jin Goo appeared on the last episode! Yes Yeong Sil’s voice was Yoo Jin Goo’s!

Favourite quote: “You’re a cosmos. It’s not yet you’re time to bloom. Be patient for fall.”

Appealing intro. It helps make a good drama to have a great intro design and music. Well done!

Now the question, are you team…

Seo Dal Mi and Nam Do San – I love their chemistry and they look good together too. In the end I think our too smart but kind-hearted Nam Do San needed someone like Seo Dal Mi who could complement his personality. I see them as a better match.

Seo Dal Mi and Han Ji Pyeong – first love is first love no matter what. I love how Han Ji Pyeong had been a pillar to Seo Dal Mi even when they were still pen pals. He still remained until the end.

Our talented cast.

Bae Suzy as Seo Dal Mi – This is actually the first time that I totally like her. She was extra vibrant and pretty and I was loving the chemistry between her and Nam Joo Hyuk.

Nam Joo Hyuk as Nam Do San – he was awesome here! I was very impressed in his acting, much better than in the drama Bride of the Water God . His facial expressions were better. He could cry too. Loved his shy, not so confident and nerdy character and as I’ve mentioned above, his chemistry with Bae Suzy was great.



Kim Sun Ho as Han Ji Pyung – omo, I fell in love with the character and who wouldn’t be? The story was really working to Kim Sun Ho’s favor – so deserving for the second male syndrome award!

Kang Han Na as Won In Jae – tough character for this pretty lady and she did so well in it!

Ending with an epilogue. A more elaborate ending is still my favorite especially when it comes with an epilogue.

Dislikes: Sometimes I couldn’t overlook how easy it was for these start ups to climb up the ladder. I know it’s for entertainment purposes only but really, it’s never that easy to run a business, much more to be a successful company to the point of going public (being in the stock market). You won’t look young anymore, believe me.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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While You Were Sleeping

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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Uncontrollably Fond

Uncontrollably-Fond kdramaSummary: Shin Joon Young, a top actor but diagnosed with a terminal illness is trying to fix everything in his life that he messed up. That’s including his ill-fated relationship with Noh Eul, a former schoolmate he likes but ended up broke and struggling to find a project as a documentary producer.

Genre: Melodrama, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Episodes: 20
Stars: Kim Woo Bin as Shin Joon Young
Bae Suzy as Noh Eul
Im Joo Hwan as Choi Ji Tae
Im Joo Eun as Yoon Jung Eun




Likes: I knew since I watched the first 2 episodes that the main character would die. It was written all over it. They didn’t make it a secret which was great. I was so prepared! The whole drama was about how Shin Joon Young would make amends with everyone especially with the one he greatly owed and loved, Noh Eul. Second was to make amends with his own mother who was deeply hurt when he exchanged law school into acting. There were a lot to solve before our Joon Young would go in peace and though it was extremely sad :(, he did a great job, did it wonderfully and finally died beautifully. Thus if there was something you should be curious to ask before watching is, how did our character die? And how his loved one accepted his fate?

Another thing that’s lovable in this drama is its picturesque scenes. A great inspiration to hobby photographers like me. My favorites are… (click on photos to enlarge it)

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The cast and the characters they portray:

Kim Woo Bin as Shin Joon Young – I love KWB. He’s super gorgeous, and those huge supermodel portraits which adorned his equally gorgeous home in this drama don’t lie. He is so handsome that he’s too intimidating to watch :). I think he did great portraying his role. His looks over qualified and acting-wise is good though he still has to work more on acting as a gentle character. Being tough and looking tough and cool are no problem though.

Bae Suzy as Noh Eul – there were only few scenes when I liked her and I think most of the things I want to say about her will go under my dislikes.

Im Joo Hwan as Choi Ji Tae – I love this guy too. A really good competition for KWB. Although not as handsome, Im Joo Hwan looks super smart and charming. His face is very expressive, definitely he knows his craft.

Im Joo Eun as Yoon Jung Eun – she’s a gorgeous actress. Bae Suzy next to her looks like a girl. And she had a better chemistry with KWB in this drama. Just see the kiss.

Since this drama is mostly about Kim Woo Bin’s character Shin Joon Young who was dying, it was great to see him transformed realistically from a very healthy and handsome young man to a thinner, paler looking sick person in the end.

I will have to say, the ending was quite beautiful. Joon Young did his first and last bucket list. There’s a short epilogue that shows how everyone’s doing after a year. I’m pretty contented.




Dislikes: I was never a fan of Bae Suzy in dramas but her as Noh Eul is the most annoying female main character I ever had to watch. She was lacking facial expression and shouting and screaming was so getting on my nerves. Her chemistry with Kim Woo Bin was very poor. I didn’t see a spark at all.

Though I was warned from the very beginning that this would be a sad one, it left me in a depressed mood for days. I can’t just take too much.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Gu Family Book

gu family book kdramaSummary: The story follows the the life of KangChi, a half-human and half-mythical creature, who till the end tried to protect the people who were precious to him.

Genre: Fantasy, Period, Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 24
Stars:
Lee Seung Ki as Choi Kang Chi
Bae Suzy as Dam Yeo Wool
Lee Sung Jae as Jo Gwan Woong
Jo Sung Ha as Dam Pyung Joon
Yoo Yun Suk as Park Tae Seo
Lee Yoo Bi as Park Chung Jo
Sung Joon as GonYi
Choi Jin Hyuk as Gu Wol Ryung
Yoon Se Ah as Ja Hong Myung
Lee Yeon Hee as Yoon Seo Hwa




Likes: Great story! Never one boring episode for me and I’m talking about all 24!

I always like period drama especially good ones and Gu Family Book belongs to that category. The story is rich!

Great cast! Plenty of really good actors here. I specially love the villain, Lee Sung Jae. I mean hands down, he was just great! Another one of my favorite is Choi Jin Hyuk aka Wol Ryung, father of KangChi. He was hot especially when he turned evil! Hm, I seem to like the bad ones :).

The dialogues were just sooo good especially between the Admiral and Lord Bi Jo! These 2 were always fun to watch.

I like the love story of Kang Chi and Yeo Wool but I think I was truly moved by the bittersweet love story of Kang Chi’s parents! Tragically good!

I’m happy to see Lee Seung Ki paired with someone younger. Finally!

Dislikes: Not sure of Bae Suzy. Somehow her acting wasn’t too period. Was it the accent?

The epilogue, hm. I like how it ended but somehow it was rushed. I was so spoiled with how they put details on the period scenes.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Dream High 1

dream high 1 kdramaSummary: A story about a group of students at Kirin High who inspite of individual shortcomings tried their best to achieve their dreams of becoming stars.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, School, Teens
Episodes: 16
Stars: Bae Suzy as Go Hye Mi
Kim Soo Hyun as Song Sam Dong
Taecyeon as Hyun Shi Hyuk
Ham Eun Jung as Yoon Baek Hee
Jang Woo Young as Jason
IU as Kim Pil Sook




Likes: I desperately needed a teenie drama after Bridal Mask. There I got it!

I started being a fan of kpop, oh well, not too long ago! I’m glad I am otherwise I won’t have really enjoyed this. It felt like an insider to be able to identify all these idols, lol! I’m loving 2PM right now so it was really perfect timing to watch!

Of course, I enjoyed the music! I love Dream High, very catchy! I especially liked the performance of Genie (Girls Generation), got me soo excited! I never thought it’s one of the girls’ older songs :).

The love teams made me giggle! Let’s start with Jason and Pil Sook! They were just adorably cute! The karaoke date, the lollipop, the post-its! Another favorite is Teacher Kang and Shi! I love how teacher Shi transformed from being strict and terrorizing into a cute (wearing floral hair clip) and in love person.

Kim So Hyun! So this was the drama that made you big. I watched The Moon that Embraces the Sun first so I already knew how good he is. He looked very young and thin here but he definitely delivered!

Taecyeon is simply sexy!!!

The story is good even with this kind of ending, it’s still good!

Dislikes: No matter how I put it, the ending was sad. It made me sad when I went to bed, then made me sad again when I woke up :(. First I thought Ji Guk will end up with Hye Mi. Okay they didn’t but I got over that quickly. I still have Sam Dong but boy Sam Dong left and pursued his dream! And if I got it right, it’s already 2018 and he hasn’t been back yet. Oh *sob*!

What happen to the kiss of Hye Mi and Ji Guk inside the ferris wheel. Dang I thought these 2 would really end up together!

Characters that annoyed me! Sorry Hye Mi but you were really annoying in the beginning. Baek Hee too when she was trying to act as the victim (vs Hye Mi) so other students would sympatize with her. And they could just leave out Hye Mi’s dad!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Big

big kdramaSummary: A young guy came back to Korea according to his late mom’s wish. He met a young and charming lady teacher in his school but she was already engaged to marry a young doctor.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Gong Yoo as Seo Yoon Jae
Lee Min Jung as Gil Da Ran
Bae Suzy as Jang Ma Ri
Jang Hee Jin as Lee Se Young
Shin Won Ho as Kang Kyung Joon

Likes: Gong Yoo oppa, finally!
Funny moments!
Reminds me of Hello My Teacher!

Dislikes: Switching bodies, seen it before.
Heavily advertised Pororo.
Gong Yoo’s young character didn’t just suit him.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

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