Aug 172017
 

the king-loves kdramaSummary: The crown prince of Goryeo falls in love with Eun San even before he realized she’s the daughter of the richest man of Goryeo. With all the power he has, would he go to great lengths to have her eventhough he knows she has fallen for Wang Rin, his bestfriend.

Trailer: The King Loves
Genre: Period, Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Im Shi Wan as Wang Won
Im Yoon Ah as Eun San
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Rin
Oh Min Suk as Song In

Likes: I like this drama since start to finish although my heart was slowly breaking towards the end! So many reasons to love the show and I will try to enumerate the really relevant ones…

  • Goryeo Era – I only saw a few drama based on this period but the world is as beautiful as the Joseon era. The royal clothing and accessories were more intricate and generous on gold, definitely an attention getter. I’m pretty sure, the costume designers overdid it a bit but all the wardrobes in this drama were so perfect to look at. The royals looked every inch like royalties, the nobles were full of nobility, the ladies were so graceful and the men were irrisistibly so handsome!
  • Cast – This is one of the obvious reasons why praise this drama. It’s loaded with oh-so-brilliant actors!!! Let me begin with the top leads…

Im Shi Wan – omo, he’s not just super cute, he can actually act! I love his charisma in this drama. I was for Crown Prince from the beginning till the end that’s why my heart is still totally broken as of this writing :(. Im Shi Wan (mark my word), will be one of the most bankable leading men in kdrama.

Hong Jong Hyun – his character here as Wang Rin; a quiet, loyal and bestfriend to the crown prince suits him better than his villainous character in Moon Lover. He was tall, handsome and dashing even beating our crown prince a few notches when it comes to the looks department.

Im Yoon Ah – ah she’s cute. I can’t resist watching a drama where she’s in. She gave justice to a character who was the subject of affection of both our top gorgeous leading men.

Oh Min Suk as Song In – Awesome villain! He was sooo annoyingly gooood!

Jang Young Nam as Queen Jangmok – I love the queen how she was trying to do her best to protect her son. Her last moment was unbearably dramatic and heartbreaking. She did a great job!

Honorable mentions are the King, Queen Mu and Crown Princess. Everyone did a great job even those who had the-not-so important roles.

  • The Story – I’ve read that it’s based from a novel so a lots of people predicted who the girl would end with but I think the most important is how well the story was adapted into a drama. I love the story. It was well-told, bitter-sweet story of true love, loyalty and friendship.
  • The King Loves OST – I recommend listening to the songs from this drama. They are so beautiful!
  • Beautiful Scenes – Throughout the entire drama, I’ve seen so beautiful moments, some connotes love, friendships, happiness but a few of sadness – sad but still beautiful. I love that pretty scene of the 3 of them together in the mountain full of pink flowers and I love the farewell scene when crown prince was standing next to that famous giant tree, looking at San who was with Rin from the far saying his final goodbye. Wahhh! Tear-jerking!
  • The Ending – Although it didn’t go how I wanted it, after I’ve calmed down from being brokenhearted, I did some thinking and I realized it was better that it ended that way. Wahhh (again)! I love the narration at the end, like a great story told and I love how the Love of the Crown Prince (later King) was highlighted. It gives an answer as to why the title is “The King Loves”!

Dislikes: Faux spring flowers were just everywhere. They quite overdid this part. Sometimes, everything looked so fake.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Nov 052016
 

the k2 kdramaSummary: Kim Je Ha, a former soldier who is on the run after being framed, crosses path with the powerful Choi Yoo Jin, the wife of a presidential hopeful, Jang Se Joon. Je Ha witnesses one of Jang Se Joon’s affair thus ordered to be killed by Choi Yoo Jin but survives. Impressed by that, the latter then hires him to be one of her trusted bodyguards and gets an assignment to look after the secret daughter of Jang Se Joon.

Genre: Action, Political, Melodrama
Episodes: 16
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Kim Je Ha
Song Yoon Ah as Choi Yoo Jin
Im Yoon Ah as Go Anna
Jo Sung Ha as Jang Se Joon
Kim Gab Soo as Park Kwan Soo

Likes: 2 main reasons why I like this drama so much…

Movie-like production but has the typical kdrama romance to it. It’s really like watching a blockbuster-action film with its first episodes showing our buffed main lead with non-stop heart-stopping and impressive John Woo-like action scenes. Every fight scenes in this drama are worth watching credit to the awesome director and Ji Chang Wook who looks so professional in every fight. I also love the slow-mo effect of the most important kick or punch or the famous shooting from the car (Looked like Gone in 60 seconds with Angie. Yeah, that exact shooting scene). Even with all those cool scenes in this drama, the romance was always tailing. It didn’t matter if our main guy was surrounded by other males, he always couldn’t help caring for his girl. And it didn’t matter to be the most evil as long as our madam could keep her man next to her side. Love was a bit complicated in this drama but it didn’t mean it ain’t romantic.

A-list actors! Oh where do I begin because everyone was just so good. Let’s start with…

Ji Chang Wook – he’s tall, very handsome and I could see he really trained hard for this as shown in his very buffed physique. He’s a very good actor not just a pretty face. And the fact that he’s well-trained in martial arts, all his action / fighting scenes actually really look natural. Moreover, this guy has overwhelming charisma. He could easily build chemistry with whoever he’s paired with.

Song Yoon Ah – the coveted best actress award, I will definitely give to this lady. She was just awesome! She comes to you as a simple and beautiful housewife to a presidential candidate, but behind the curtain she was the most powerful, merciless and manipulative lady in the country. How Song Yoon Ah portrayed her role here is beyond impressive! Salute to this great actress.

Im Yoon Ah – pretty and tall and I love her innocent role in this drama. Innocent beauty seemed to have captured the heart of our K2. I have to give her that.

Jo Sung Ha – I always like his performances but here he captured my heart with his sneaky politician and playboy character. Beyond all those hatred, fights and plans to crush his wife, his character had a change of heart and stayed with her till the end. The ultimate politician playboy turned romantic!

Kim Gab Soo – of all his roles, I think Park Kwan Soo is the most remarkable. He mastered the character of a sneaky, greedy, cunning, manipulative but stayed quite stress-free politician. Interestingly, as an antagonist, he wasn’t someone I hated to see rather I always looked forward to what he was gonna do next.

Moreover…

The chemistry between Ji Chang Wook and Yoon Ah was top and surprisingly Ji Chang Wook and Song Yoon Ah’s chemistry was also great. I wouldn’t have minded if the latter pair ended up with each other :).

Kissing scenes were cute. I love the rooftop romance (although realistically it would have been freakin cold to hang out up there, but well anyway…)

Ladies, Ji Chang Wook is showing lots of skin here! Yes and it involved lots of wet fighting with other naked guys! Hurry, check it out!

Well-done cliffhanger scenes every end of each episode.

Even artificial intelligence has a very K(orean) to it. Though Mirror and Cloud Nine are all pretty cool, they also represents beauty and vanity ;).

A very meaningful, tragic but acceptable ending. To my heart’s delights, a short epilogue to give an end to other hanging sub-stories.

Dislikes: Although I like Im Yoon Ah, I just felt that her character failed to develop anymore further. She remained the lady in distress till the end. I wonder if the likes of K2 would still be interested after a while. Oh well…

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

Summary: Nam Da Jung, a reporter frthe prime minister and i kdramaom a tabloid magazine meets path with the future prime minister of Korea. These odd pair has to get married for convenience, for Nam Da Jung to make her father happy and for the Kwon Yul, to avoid scandal.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 17
Stars: Lee Bum Soo as Kwon Yul
Im Yoon Ah as Nam Da Jung
Chae Jung Ahn as Seo Hye Joo
Yoon Shi Yoon as Kang In Ho
Ryu Jin as Park Joon Ki

Likes: This reminds me of the Sound of Music! Not as good but funny and cute.

Funny, cute even corny scenes! You have to bear them all. This is what it’s all about. Forget about politics, it’s just an excuse.

Great cast! I love Im Yoon Ah and love her long curly hair, it hides her very long neck! Though not so familiar with Lee Bum but I’ve grown fond of him as the drama continued. Chae Jung Ah, it’s been a while since I’ve seen her (last was Coffee Prince) but she’s still gorgeous and love her outfits in this drama. Yoon Shi Yoon, that cute face I can’t forget, truly a flower boy!

I love kdramas which mentions famous stories. This one has 1001 nights. Secret Garden has Alice in Wonderland and I think That Winter, the Wind Blows mentioned The Little Prince!

It was finally getting interesting towards the end. Those few episodes, I really started liking The Prime Minister. And glad there was an interesting twist, that made it worth sticking until the final episode.

I like the ending. Everyone ended up happy with their choices.

Dislikes:  Nam Da Jung’s character was so annoying especially in the beginning. It was almost unbearable.

Impossible circumstances! Doesn’t give you a feeling of hope it would happen in reality.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 262014
 

love rain kdramaSummary: A love that got conceived when it rained in the 70s but due to circumstances, the persons involved didn’t live it. That same love found its way back again with the offspring in the present time.

Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Jang Geun Suk as Seo In Ha and Seo Joon
Im Yoon Ah as Kim Yoon Hee and Jung Ha Na
Kim Si Hoo as Lee Dong Wook and Lee Sun Ho
Jung Jin Young as Seo In Ha
Lee Mi Sook as Kim Yoon Hee

Likes: 2 love stories!
Lovely faces of JGS and Yoona! I also think Kim Si Hoo is cute!
Both leads did a good job protraying 2 different characters!
Great chemistry!
Kissing scenes are heart-stopping especially the fountain!
Wedding scene!
It makes me love rain!

Dislikes: Towards the end, the script kept on insisting to separate the 2 young leads that gives an impression of just stretching the whole show up to 20 episodes if it could have been finished with less. Just my impression.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 242014
 

cinderella man kdramaSummary: A poor man’s life changed when he agreed to switch with a rich man who fairly looks like him. Things became difficult when all the lies unraveled, hurting the person he loves most.

Genre: Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kwon Sang Woo as Oh Dae San
Im Yoon Ah as Seo Yeo Jin
Han Eun Jung as Jang Se Eun
Song Chang Ui as Lee Jae Min

Likes: KSW oppa!
You’ve got to have ambition ;)!

Dislikes: Yoona was too young for KSW.
Didn’t like Oh Dae San character.
1 kissing scene only?
Ending unsatisfactory.

My Rating: 6.5 stars! (10 as highest)