Jan 022020
 

crash landing on you kdramaSummary: A South Korean heiress lands in North Korea by accident when she was paragliding. She is captured by a North Korean soldier who treats her well and helps her get out of the country safely. But the more time she spends longer with her captor, the more she is falling for him.

Trailer: Crash Landing on You

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Hyun Bin as Ri Jung Hyuk
Son Ye Jin as Yoon Se Ri
Seo Ji Hye as Seo Dan (Jung Hyuk’s fiancée)
Kim Jung Hyun as Koo Seung Joon



Likes: A different impression. There are so many reasons to love this drama but for me the most important is how this drama gave a different impression of North Korea. Finally, we have something popular in the south which is humanizing the people of the north. It was good to see all sides even if they’re only possibilities.

The humour. I’ve got to say this is the funniest kdrama so far this year! Every episode always left me giggling. It’s good to see something that could have left so much tension to be sooo funny (especially that it involves the military). So many funny moments in this drama but my favourite would be when the North Korean soldiers under Capt. Ri Jung Hyuk went to the south to bring back their captain in one piece. Oh gosh, I couldn’t stop laughing from all those naive experiences in the south! Of course, it had a good share of crying moments but I would highly recommend it for something that will really make you laugh.

The contrasting sets. I’ve seen over a hundred kdramas so I’m used to how the sets taken in South Korea would look like. But to have two contrasting sets, first the North Korean sets then the South, I found that very interesting. How different these two countries are – pointing out the lacking and good in one and same with the other. The very basic lifestyle in a North Korean village stroke me as primitive but on the other hand, there was emphasis on camaraderie among each other. The advanced, stylish lifestyle of the South brought out estrangement but on the other hand, there was freedom.

Lessons about the North. What did I learn from this drama about the North? Ah, the accent! It must have been Hyun Bin’s doing but suddenly North Korean accent just became so sexy! Agree or disagree? How about those surprise house inspections. I thought, no way, but it actually made sense. The tapping was funny if you’re just watching it but if you’re actually there, that could be quite scary. How about power and connection? Serve and follow the powerful otherwise you’re dead meat. The traffic in Pyongyang is not at all bad, and that’s even the capital! And yes before it gets forgotten, bring some blankets and food in case trains get stranded for 12 hours!

The cast. Undoubtedly, we had an awesome cast, I love them all but will focus on the leads. Let’s start with…

Hyun Bin as Ri Jung Hyuk – so handsome in North Korean military uniform and he also did so well with the northern accent. No reason not to fall in love with Ri Jung Hyuk’s character,  he might be stiff but a good and true person. I think Hyun Bin carried it so well.

Son Ye Jin as Yoon Se Ri – I love her in this drama – fierce, pretty, powerful and smart. She was awesome here. Her chemistry with Hyun Bin was top. Son Ye Jin, didn’t leave a good impression with me in Personal Taste (with Lee Min Ho). I had to drop that drama a long time ago, never finished it. It’s good to see her awesome in this one.

Seo Ji Hye as Seo Dan – oh my gosh, I love Seo Dan! I should have taken notes when Koo Seung Jun told her what he liked about her. That fierce, stylish North Korean lady. Love her stares! They were like lasers, lol! And isn’t she looking like Chanyeol of EXO? She could be his sister!

Kim Jung Hyun as Koo Seung Joon – First, I found him just good looking but when his character developed, I couldn’t help liking this guy. I bet this supporting role will bring Kim Jung Hyun to the top.

The kissing scenes. Ha! How I like a good one! But wait, I didn’t just get one but several and they were all great! Which one was my favourite, let me think… no, not the last one but the one outside the hospital! I thought that was so romantic!

Romanticising the demarcation lines. Well, after watching this drama, everyone will think romantic about those lines. Am I wrong? Oh, it’s already happening!

Important reference. I love the reference to Hyun Bin’s previous drama, Memories of the Alhambra! It was funny when the famous music of Memories of the Alhambra played when Hyun Bin’s character here, Ri Jung Hyuk was playing a computer game.



Cameo. Was that really Kim So Hyun? This just tells us that a new drama from him is dawning. Please, make it happen soon!

The ending. How would I say it. It pleased me and I guess most of you too. I’m glad they found a way to make it work despite the Romeo and Juliet kind of situation. And I love how they ended it where it all started, at the picturesque Switzerland.

Dislikes: It’s obvious how desperate they were to make that sudden paragliding scene. I know it looks cool and it justified that Yoon Se Ri was still alive, but it just didn’t make sense. How did  she manage to get the parachute fixed suddenly, same with her paragliding outfit?

I was hoping and crossing fingers for the supporting love team but sadly someone had to be sacrificed.

I dislike very much when episodes don’t get shown on schedule. The excitement gets interrupted. It happened twice with this drama. But glad it didn’t take a month to continue.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Dec 132018
 

memories of the alhambra kdramaSummary: Yoo Jin Woo, a CEO of an investing company travels to Spain for a business and gets hold of a mysterious game worth investing millions but little did he know that he’ll get suck into the game. He finds help from Jung Hee Joo, a hostel owner who happens to be the sister of the game developer.

Trailers: Memories of the Alhambra

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Action
Episodes: 16
Stars: Hyun Bin as Yoo Jin Woo
Park Shin Hye as Jung Hee Joo




Likes: It took me until the 4th episode to get really into it but yes it was worth the wait because since then I couldn’t stop watching. Waiting for the next 2 episodes the following week was so much torture! It was that addictive!

The storyline was quite a mess, got to admit that, but if you pay attention to the explanation at the start of every following episode, you’ll get a grasp of what’s going on or what went on the previous episode. I think there’s an artistic attempt on the storyline but just came out always a bit chaotic. Just pay attention and you’ll be fine :-).

Getting into the game genre was new to me. It was a strange kdrama topic but got hooked as soon as I understood how it worked. Of course, couldn’t help notice a lot of logic holes but holes aside, it was a heart-pounding, thrilling game!

The chemistry came later but it did come, thank you! I thought I would never see Hyun Bin as a likeable man. Finally, he’s back. It’s been a long while oppa! Glad he was paired with Park Shin Hye.

Story – The Ingredients. Definitely an ambitious attempt to combine…

AI – the game idea was awesome although it’s hard to imagine it in reality filling streets and corners with strange gamers trying to hit someone who’s not there.

TRAVEL – Spain’s definitely on my bucketlist now, just look at that beautiful Grand Alhambra Palace, mesmerizing! I love the atmosphere of the place, it was a great intro to the connection that was building between the leads.

MUSIC – we’re going classic with this one. I knew the tune but never knew the title Memories of Alhambra by Francisco de Asís Tárrega. My association to this music in the future will be Hyun Bin haha :-).



POPULAR LEADS – I never had doubts with Park Shin Hye but with Hyun Bin’s last kdrama flop, I was fervently hoping this would be a good come back for him. Well, it bloody should be. This was more focused on Hyun Bin’s character. With this, Hyun Bin oppa is back on my list of top kdrama actor. To be fair, he also really did well. All those silent crying at the very end was very convincing. I’m missing him already :(.

ROMANCE & HORROR – It was romantic at times and scary most of the time. Rare combination for me to watch but just worked out well.

Story – The Crumbs. There were some bits and pieces that make this drama remarkable…

EMMA – she was like an anti-virus. Stabbing bugs with a dagger. So exotic Emma!

OST – Check it out! It’s as powerful as the drama itself… Memories of the Alhambra OST.

Park Shin Hye fluent in Espanol!

Marco looks like G-Dragon, isn’t he?

Cool usernames: ZINU, City Hunter…

The Kiss! It’s a crumb because it was just once.

Dislikes: Swarmed by ads! They tried to integrate them in the story but there were just too many of them. Too obvious! Hello Breitling, Swarovski, Subway… to name a few.

LOGIC HOLES, the big ones! I could ignore the small ones but the big ones, NO. What are they thinking, we won’t notice?

The Ending. I’m still bitter about this. They could have made it more satisfying, really?

But because this made my heart raced and longed for more every week, I will still give it a…

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 032015
 

hyde jekyll and i kdramaSummary: Geo Seo Jin, an heir and the CEO of a theme park Wonderland is suffering from a multiple personality disorder. The other personality he possesses is called Robin, a very talented artist who always helps him whenever he’s in a difficult situation that could be triggered by his traumatic past. On the other hand, Jang Hana who works in the Wonderland circus got to know Robin and fell in love with him.

Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Hyun Bin as Goo Seo Jin / Robin
Han Ji Min as Jang Ha Na
Sung Joon as Yoon Tae Joo
Hyeri as Min Woo Jung




Likes: The most anticipated return of Hyun Bin to the small screen made everyone (I’m sure not just me) very excited! Love Hyun Bin! Who doesn’t?

Paired with Han Ji Min sealed it to be a great drama! (Wait, not too quick. Just read the dislikes below.)

No matter what happens, I still love the 2 leads. I think they’re great actors. Hyun Bin was great in portraying both Seo Jin and Robin that sometimes I forget that they’re the same actor. Same goes to Han Ji Min, she’s a melodrama princess.

Who would I choose? Hm, difficult question.

Seo Jin – I love his cold personality. Rich and cold to be precise :). I also prefer his looks (minus the glasses) more than Robin’s. And he get’s to wear suits all the time which is Hyun Bin’s specialty (as per Secret Garden experience).

Robin – I love the way he smiles, it’s contagious! His talent in drawing makes him sexy. His happiness is also contagious (at least before he became very sad). He’s just very likeable!

So who wins? At the end, I was leaning towards Robin. I think the show was made focused on Robin’s character before he disappered making him very special. A tragic love, a tragic ending (I was howling!).

I like the last 2 episodes. I think these were the only times when I got so serious watching it. Taking all the sadness the drama might bring in (so I had Kleenex by my side).

Have to mention how I like Hyeri. She was fun and cute. She’s got potentials, just need to be in a good drama.

Dislikes: Gosh, where do I begin? Simply said, a very bad script! How on earth did Hyun Bin fall for this. Now you have a bad script which was badly executed, how do you call that? A disaster! It was hard to watch, my heart was bleeding. These great actors looked like amateurs in this poor drama. Poor Hyun Bin oppa, I hope you do a followup soon!

So bad that it made the police look very stupid. They just couldn’t catch the psychiatrist. When they were close, they got hypnotized instead. So laughable!

Nothing much about the circus really? Aside from the Gorilla in the beginning. To make that kind of intro, it make viewers believe that there’s much to it. But nothing.

The drama reminds me of 3 great dramas which made this one not up to par…

Kill Me, Heal Me – for the multiple personalities disorder theme.
It’s Okay, That’s Love – for being a radio commentator.
Rooftop Prince – for disappearing in the end and for having Han Ji Min in it.

My Rating: 6.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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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Mar 212014
 

my name is kim sam soonSummary: A heartbroken baker (the girl) found a job and a new love but things didn’t go well when the ex of the guy came back.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Sun Ah as Kim Sam-soon
Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin-heon
Jung Ryu Won as Yoo Hee-jin
Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim

Likes: I love the cast!
The oppas are hot!

Dislikes: Hyun Bin’s thick hair is a no!
Ryu Won is scary thin.
Lacking chemistry between 2 leads.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)