Nov 122020
 

the spy who loved me kdramaSummary: Kang Ah Reum is a wedding dress designer who used to be married to Jun Ji Hoon, who disguised himself as a travel writer but actually a spy. Kang Ah Reum never knew the true identity of her first husband. She then later marries Derek Hyun, who works as a diplomatic official but actually also a spy.

Trailer: The Spy Who Loved Me

Genre: Romance, Action
Episodes: 32
Stars: Eric as Jun Ji Hoon
Yoo In Na as Kang Ah Reum
Im Joo Hwan as Derek Hyun




Likes: I couldn’t remember watching a spy drama so far so having one was kind of exciting. I love Yoo In Na and I was also looking forward to see Im Joo Hwan. At least these two I know won’t disappoint me.

Jeju Island. I’m seeing more of Jeju Island these days and I like it! It reminds me of my early kdrama days when most popular dramas I watched was set in Jeju. The first two episodes of this drama were having Jeju island as its picturesque backdrop, reminiscing the time when our top characters were falling in love. And as soon as the couple settled down in Seoul, they fell out of love. So you see, Jeju is love!

Jun Ji Hoon vs. Derek Hyun, which husband are you?

Derek Hyun all the way! At least Derek had a valid reason to lie about his identity as he was connected with an industrial spy group which was wanted by the authority whereas Jun Ji Hyun, it wasn’t that necessary. Looks-wise, I’m biased here, as I have a big crush on Im Joo Hwan, just wasn’t into the the hair though. Derek was also looking better in suit as he was taller therefore looking more slender than Jun Ji Hoon. And of course, Derek’s character was to fall for. He was a bad spy but trying to change to the woman he loves.

Attractive Cast…

Eric as Jun Ji Hoon – first time to see Eric in a drama and he wasn’t that bad. Love his dancing gig on the first episode. He’s definitely got the moves, after all he’s a member of SHINHWA. He’s English was also great!

Yoo In Na as Kang Ah Reum – I love this girl, she’s a natural. She was always cute everytime she was torn between her two husbands. Jun Ji Hyun or Derek, she could easily establish a good chemistry with either of them.

Im Joo Hwan as Derek Hyun – Yes, I have a big crush on this dude but let’s be honest, he’s really also a great actor. He clearly stood out in this drama. Side by side with Eric, it was easy to tell who was better in acting.

The Good vs. the Bad team

Team Gulliver – I love this team especially their boss, Chief Ban Jin Min, he was so funny. Jun Ji Hoon and Seo Ra were hot! Young Goo was just adorable. And sad to see Kang Tae Ryong go in the end.

Team Helmes – the big boss was just too cool! She looked and acted cool all the time. That’s Derek’s mom for you, she was very impressive! Of course, the son comes after the mom… smart, handsome and cool! Right hand Tinker wasn’t lagging behind, with his looks he could be a model!



The Ending. Derek’s bitter-sweet ending wasn’t that bad. He maintained his coolness till the end. I even love his grey hair! As for Jun Ji Hoon and Kang Ah Reum, that 2 years-later epilogue was good enough to revive their connection.

Favourite Quote: “Bring yourself back to the happiest moment of you life.”

Dislikes: Eric looked way too tired! I know he’s a handsome man but he needs some sleep. He looked like a new parent.

Spy cliche: Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred. Hm, too trying hard to be Mr. Bond.

I really don’t understand why Kang Ah Reum, who’s a wedding dress designer suddenly became a tech expert, breaking into the lab and trying to retrieve some secret information. How was that possible? Was I missing something?

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Jul 182016
 

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)