Aug 132015
 

The Time We Were Not In Love kdramaSummary: Oh Ha Na and Choi Won have been good friends and neighbours for 17 years. They’ve been through thick and thin and both  had been in love with someone else and ended up brokenhearted. With the comeback of Oh Ha Na’s ex-boyfriend, Choi Won’s chance to express his real feelings to his bestfriend has gotten slim.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Ha Ji Won as Oh Ha Na
Lee Jin Wook as Choi Won
Yoon Kyun Sang as Cha Seo Hoo
Choo Soo Hyun as Lee So Eun




Likes: Lead stars are my favorites! Always a fan of Ha Ji Won since Secret Garden. And Choi Won, I just couldn’t get enough of him from the Three Musketeers! They’re a very promising pair and their chemistry didn’t disappoint at all. This is specially proven at the 15th episodes.

I like the way the story was told. Lots of flashbacks from where the leads were still in highschool. It brings back some of my personal memories (not exactly though). I bet there are some of you who could relate as well :).

Our tall and handsome Yoon Kyun Sang as Cha Seo Hoo is a tough competition. He could have run easily with our girl!

For the working ladies, Oh Ha Na’s daily office outfits are something to consider. They seem to have put a lot of effort dressing her up (always looking great from head to toe). Definitely “dressing for success”.

The older loveteam (between the older pianist and Choi Won’s cousin) is a great icebreaker. These 2 were somehow cute together despite the ages. And having to end up with a baby together makes me like these lovebirds more!

I like the games of words… 1 + won, my one (Won), one (Ha Na) to one and I’m Lonely (which was supposed to be Rooney). Just cute!

To compensate for all the heartbreaks and the times the 2 leads didn’t spend with each other, I’m glad they pulled off a full episode of happy ending. The wedding and the baby news might be a big cliche but it just had to end like.

Dislikes: Though I like the actors, I didn’t really warm up to the characters. Oh Ha Na’s character just didn’t fit Ha Ji Won. Too girly, submissive and at times irritating. Where did my tough girl go? Choi Won’s character was also too pitiful! It was hard to see him got rejected by his girl, even got abandoned by his mum. Poor Choi Won! Wanted to adopt him at that instance!

Lee Jin Wook is too thin! He looks thinner than Ha Ji Won!

I understand it’s sponsored by Tandy (shoes) but they could have been subtle with the promotion. The show is obviously a big shoe promotion. Showing the workplace, the shops and Oh Ha Na (Ha Ji Won) wearing their shoes. It was too “in your face”!

At times, it just really gets boring.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 122014
 

empress ki kdramaSummary: A marvelous story how a brave Seung Nyang who posed as a man in her country Koryo, later became the Empress of Yuan.

Genre: Period, Political, Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 50
Stars: Ha Ji Won as Ki Seung Nyang / Empress Ki
Joo Jin Mo as Wang Yoo
Ji Chang Wook as Ta Hwan




Likes: It has a very well written script and packed with interesting characters, plus great cast and direction, beautiful costumes and accessories, great OST and set in a rich Yuan and Koryo era. It’s a huge production, yes! But all the above mentioned are making it another great drama in my list. I thought 50-episode drama is too long but with this much details in the story, it had to be that long. There was not even a single draggy moment, it was just well done!

Favorite characters:
Seung Nyang – I love Seung Nyang! Brave, strong, talented, a femme warrior, defender of the young royals.  No wonder the princes fell for her even when she was still dressed as a man!

Lady Ki and Empress Ki – she was still fighting with sword every now and then, not to forget blinded Tanqishi in that very lady outfit but her strength was her influence! She just basically had everyone falling for her :). Let me count, hm the Emperor, the King of Koryo, even Tanqishi. She got a lot of people on her side which was obviously necessary to survive when you’re in a palace.

Emperor of Yuan – you’ve got to love him and hate him at the same time. He was so annoying when he’s this scared little puppy emperor but when he started to do something and act more emperorly, he was so adorable!

King of Koryo – what can I say, he’s the perfect husband! He’s so  good-looking, intelligent, can do sword-fight and he would even do everything for the woman he loves!

First Regent – he’s the perfect villain. Relaxed, cunning, smart, brave, a hero for another ruler but just got drowned in power. Sad to see him go.

Tanashiri – daughter of the 1st Regent so yes you want her gone because she becomes really dangerous but it’s also sad to see her go.

Empress Dowager – oh this lady is first an ally then she becomes a deadly opponent. All for power!

Tal Tal – forget about the emperor and king of Koryo, I would go for him all the way! His face, his voice his hair, his brain! He’s perfect!

Favorite Scene: though it’s obvious Seung Nyang would end up with the emperor (afterall the drama is called Empress Ki), there’s a scene (and it became my favorite scene) where I thought the 2 are the best couple. When Seung Nyang was assigned to protect the emperor when he was exiled in Koryo, they went for a horse ride on the beach. They raced and before the young emperor could lose, he jumped on Seung Nyang’s horse, riding with her until they fell in to the water. The scene was just so beautiful. I fell in love with the 2 right away. That was a deciding moment who she would ride with until the end.

One more thing I  like about this drama is that our Lady Ki had the 2 men ;). She loved them both and she had them both. No unrequited love here. It would have been such a waste otherwise :). So definitely not a Jun Pyo and Ji Hoo kind.




Dislikes: I said to myself, I have to prepare my heart for the ending but I was just really sad. To be Empress Ki, you have to have everyone (especially the bad) around you. But really no point if they’re all gone! But I think I was more sad that it had to end. Saying goodbye to all those wonderful characters and their (might be cruel) world.

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 252014
 

secret garden kdramaSummary: When an heir to a wealthy family falls in love with a stuntwoman, things are expected to get complicated. It gets even worse when these 2 switch bodies.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy, Melodrama
Episodes: 20
Stars: Hyun Bin as Kim Joo Won
Ha Ji Won as Gil Ra Im
Yoon Sang Hyun as Oska
Kim Sa Rang as Yoon Seul
Lee Philip as Im Jong Soo

Likes: I like everything! Afterall this is my number 1 kdrama of all time :)… but let me enumerate…
Superb acting not just the leads but the supporting actors as well. It’s packed with good actors!
Great story with great twists!
Every episode is well done!
A good balance of comedy and heavy drama!
The oppas are my eye candies!
The ladies are rocking as well!
Closure to everything even the side characters’ stories!

Dislikes: That it has to end.

My Rating: 10 stars! (10 as highest)

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