Apr 212016
 

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jul 012015
 

high society kdramaSummary: Jang Yoon Ha is a chaebol trying to find what she really likes so she took a job in a supermarket and blended well with the common people. She found a good friend in Ji Yi who worked with her. Soon these two ladies will find love with men having opposite backgrounds as theirs.

Genre: Romance, Family
Episodes: 16
Stars: UEE as Jang Yoon Ha
Sung Joon as Choi Joon Ki
Park Hyung shik as Yoo Chang Soo
Im Ji Yun as Lee Ji Yi




Likes: The classic! Brings me back memories of BOF. Just this time both genders are rich and their partners, the opposite.

The cast! Aren’t they all towering! It’s not realistic but isn’t it good to see great-looking leads like these.

UEE looks great paired with Sung Joon!

Park Hyun Shik is a bankable chaebol star. He was great portraying Chang Soo. Could right away give Gu Jun Pyo a run for his money. Paired with someone bubbly, poor but with a skilled heart, Ji Yi; this love team was an instant hit!

I love the story of the scorpion and the frog! Let’s both die together in love!

The bromance of Joon Ki and Chang Soo! Are there still friendships like that left?

The mum characters that I like are…

Yoon Ha’s mum – she was a crumbling fierceness but remained classy.

Joon Ki’s mum – so  sweet and understanding. The mum you want to have.

Chang Soo’s mum – trying to be a tyrant mum but ended up giving in to her son’s wish. Yay, chaebol mum accepting our poor girl Ji Yi.

I love the scene… Chang Soo’s mum changing her heart and trying to convince Ji Yi to date her son. I thought it was the cutest!

Of course I love the ending and was looking forward to the epilogue. Glad they granted my wish. Everyone’s happy and in love :).

Dislikes: I just didn’t feel the chemistry between UEE and Sung Joon. It’s true they look great together but there was no spark between these 2.

I didn’t really grasp the issues between Yoon Ha’s siblings. The disappearance of the brother and his fight with the older sister.

The bitter reality between Yoon Ha’s parents. Unrepairable relationship!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)