Aug 082019
 

hotel del luna kdramaSummary: Hotel del Luna is owned by Jang Man Wol who has been around for over a century, stuck in between the world of the living and the dead. Her hotel caters to the needs and wishes of those souls before they would proceed to the afterlife. Hotel del Luna gets a new manager who is a living human to manage all the paper works and other things which deals with the world of the living and he is no other than Goo Chang Sung, a well-sought manager in his field.

Trailer: Hotel del Luna

Genre: Fantasy
Episodes: 16
Stars: IU as Jang Man Wol
Yeo Jin Goo as Goo Chang Sung

Likes: Let me start with the story itself… Intriguing in the beginning, lots of loose ends, it was hard to say where it was going, background of the story was blurry then I was also questioning the chemistry between the two great leads but I think what kept me going was the various cases of the ghost guests of Hotel del Luna. Each story was interesting, funny and scary sometimes. When everything wasn’t so clear yet with the main story, these sub-stories pushed me to watch more and more episodes. Without those, I would have given up on the whole thing and missed all the sweet-bitter goodness that came later on, plus of course that cameo bonus that shaked the whole kdrama universe lol!

So among the sub stories, which one was my top favourite? Hm, so hard to choose. I like the story of the bride ghost and the twist that came with it but nothing came near the story of Sanchez and his girlfriend. Wahhh, I bawled my eyes out!

How about the main story, what to say about it, hm… so beautiful, so painful, so sad, so revenge-worthy that our main lady had to stay neither alive nor dead for a thousand of years just because of the grudges she’d been carrying in her heart. Such a wonderful, heartbreaking story of love, betrayal, resentment, anger and later on forgiveness and letting go. Everyone can learn from it!

Bitter-sweet torture, it’s quite addictive! And this drama is full of it! From beginning to end! If you can’t in any way stand such thing, I would advise you not to watch. Only for those who likes this kind of torture, lol!

The twists and cliffhangers were so good, it was so hard to wait another week for two more episodes.

Excellent outfits especially those worn by Man Wol! IU carried them all with such grace and beauty. I love the tiffany one! She looked adorable!

What a beautiful OST: nice mixture of happy and sad tunes… Hotel del Luna OST.

How about chemistry? Yes there was chemistry between our top leads but got to be honest, I think Man Weol had more chemistry with her first love!

And the brilliant cast…

IU as Jang Man Wol – Don’t be deceived by her baby face. She is a fierce one and deserved to be “the” Jang Man Wol! She looked so young but her voice was that of a grown up. Of course, a brilliant actress. She always get an A+ from me not just for her acting but also her choice of roles. Well, just like this one.

Yeo Jin Goo as Goo Chang Sung – love this guy, he’s consistently an awesome actor. And as Chan Sung, he was this firm personality who would always try to correct the stubborn boss. He looked like the type of guy who would sympathize with everyone including ghosts. And yes, have to mention that he was getting so handsome at the end! phew, I almost fell for the other guy!

Lee Do Hyun as Go Chung Myung – what a level up role for Lee Do Hyun and I’m glad he did so well. He was sooo handsome here! Really to fall in love with, just like Man Wol did. Looking forward to see him in a lead role.

The main staff of Hotel del Luna: Shin Jung Geun as Kim Seon Bi, Bae Hae Sun as Choi Seo Hee and Pyo Ji Hoon as Ji Hyun Joong, I love them all and their tear-jerking stories.

I shouldn’t forget the amazing supernatural beings, Mago and Grim Reaper! Seo Yi Sook who played Mago but like 6 different personalities of a diety, she was amazing!

The ending, as I’ve mentioned earlier, was bitter-sweet. But a great ending nevertheless. I wouldn’t ask for a different one. It was perfect that way.

Cameos! Lots of important guests here including Lee Jun Ki who was IU’s leading man in Moon Lovers – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo. But what shaked the kdrama world and made us begged for a season 2 was Kim Soo Hyun’s cameo at the very end! Ommo, ommo, please make it happen! Why’s KSH gone for too long, we’ve missed you dear! Please come back soon!

Dislikes: If I like the drama so much, my ability to remember dislikes is impaired :-).

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Sep 152016
 

moonloversSummary: A girl in the present time gets transported to the Goryeo era after drowning in the river. She wakes up in the past as Lady Hae Soo, who’s related to the wife of the 8th Prince. Because of her status, she easily gets befriended with all the princes including the mysterious, scarfaced 4th prince who later claims the throne and becomes the 4th king of Goryeo, King Gwangjong.

Genre: Period, Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Wang So (4th Prince)
IU as Hae Soo
Kang Ha Neul as Wang Wook (8th Prince)
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Yo (3rd Prince)
Kim San Ho as Wang Mu (Crown Prince)
Yoon Sun Woo as Wang Won (9th Prince)
Byun Baek Hyun as Wang Hyun (10th Prince)
Nam Joo Hyuk as Wang Yoo (13th Prince)
Ji Soo as Wang Jung (14th Prince)




Likes: There so much to like about this drama but the main thing I think is the perfect balance between richness in characters (everyone is interesting), stories (everyone has each own story), picturesque setting, the heavier focus on the main couple and the bittersweet ending (it’s afterall the Goryeo era).

Now for the characters, I will focus on the princes (of course) and their relationship with our main lady Hae Soo…

Wang So (4th Prince) – though the first episodes were not much about him and Hae Soo but there were promising scenes already that he would be Hae Soo’s destiny. Take for example when he rescued her from falling off the bridge. Wang So wearing his famous mask, wearing black outfits all the time, riding his horse and known for his wolf stories exudes mystery and darkness. To top that all, he has his famous facial scar that no one would dare to look at and touch… except Hae Soo. That defines their connection and the chemistry between the two was undeniably great! He first fall for her, there was resistance from her as she was into someone else but isn’t this the best part! Their love was definitely  difficult. In order to keep the love, they would have to be separated. It’s tragic but it’s Goryeo era, it was kind of expected.

Wang Wook (8th prince) – if I were Hae Soo, in those circumstances, I would also fall in love with this prince. Wang Wook though married to Hae Soo’s cousin, had the looks, the intelligence, the calmness and the love he didn’t hesitate to offer. Aside from that, he was backed up by a very powerful family that could easily make him the successor of the throne. Hae Soo and Wang Wook had some beautiful scenes when they were falling in love like the walk on the snow, the meeting at the cave, the writing tutorial and more. But Wang Wook wasn’t the luckiest, he lost the throne and the woman he deeply desired.

Wang Mu (crown prince) – the crown prince entrusted Hae Soo with his important secret, his skin illness. Because Hae Soo came from the present, she had an idea about the illness and how to manage it. So when Wang Mu became king, Hae Soo became the Damiwon lady who was responsible for everything like tea and bath for the king

Wang Yo (3rd prince) – he rose to the throne by plotting an uprising and kicking Wang Mu out (by of course killing him). Wang Yo became insecure of who his real supporters were. He never liked Hae Soo but kept her as a bait for Wang So’s loyalty. He was the queen’s favorite son and him as the king was like a trophy for her. Good-looking (Big Bang TOP’s deadringer) but too greedy and lacking support, he failed to keep his position.

Wang Hyun (10th prince) – his playful attitude drew Hae Soo’s attention though their first meeting wasn’t really that pleasant. He was a boy at heart who loved toys, plays, games but started having a crush on Hae Soo. His dream of marrying Hae Soo didn’t realize when his father King Taejo married him off to the general’s daughter. He was of course sad but ended up in love with his wife till the end.

Wang Yoo (13th prince) – he was the only one who was into music and drawing, the artist. A good friend and confidante of Hae Soo. They were very close that even Wang So thought Hae Soo liked him. Wang Yoo became Wang So’s loyal people when the latter became king and Wang Yoo’s closeness to Hae Soo became deeper when she became friends with Woo Hee (Wang Yoo’s love interest).

Wang Jung (14th prince) – he was the most gentleman of them all. Having an unrequited love for Hae Soo, he waited until Hae Soo wanted to get out of the palace and took his chance to have her with him. He was the last man Hae Soo was with and the man Hae Soo entrusted his daughter to. A former general, tough and good in fighting, full blooded-brother of Wang So – the king, he chose in the end to live his life loving the lady he love most.

Wang Won (9th prince) – the sneakiest prince. He supported whoever was in power. He took for granted the love of a servant, Chae Ryung whom he manipulated to help him poison the bath of Wang Mu, the former King. Chae Ryung was like a sister to Hae Soo. Hae Soo was so devastated about her death punishment that she despised Wang Won so much that after her own death she left a will punishing Wang Won to his death.

The kisses! Who would forget Wang So’s forced kiss on Hae Soo and Hae Soo’s first-move kiss on Wang So? These 2 made me crazy!

Beautiful dating places of Wang So and Hae Soo. My favorites, the boat ride on that picturesque lake and the 2’s walking place which was adorned with giant trees. Just beautiful scenes!

Don’t forget the awesome OST! I love listening too all of the songs… check out Moon Lovers OST.

The costumes were daebak! They all looked good, the princes specially. Hae Soo’s lady outfits were really beautiful.

The ending! It’s bittersweet but I like it like that. There was a closure to every important story. As I see King Gwangjeong at the end acknowledging that the life of a king is afterall fleeting and vain, seriously I have to hold back my tears! It’s sad but I accepted it  as a beautiful sageuk ending. But come on, the ending screams part 2! Give it to the fans please! I’m one of those who wants to see both of them in the future.




Dislikes: Some scenes were too touchy to pass and some punishments were to weak for the Goryeo era.

My Rating: 9.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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May 192015
 

producer kdramaSummary: Baek Seung Chan is a rookie producer in KBS. He’s learning his way how to be a successful producer but assigned in a team which is doing a long time show but not just raking the desired ratings anymore. He made friends with his seniors and became the interest of a famous pop star Cindy.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 12
Stars: Cha Tae Hyun as Ra Joon Mo
Kim Soo Hyun as Baek Seung Chan
Gong Hyo Jin as Tak Ye Ji
IU as Cindy




Likes:   It’s educational! Suddenly I’ve learned about what producers of a show are really doing behind the scenes. And of course not to forget all those people under him. The never ending politics and business behind every show. Are we making money? How’s the rating? How’s the censorship? Do we have a teaser to impress? Do we have interesting people in the show? Have we edited it well? Or captioned correctly? Hm, definitely, a learning experience.

But what I like more is the comparison of a production of a show to stories of each characters. Pay attention to the title of every episode.

The cast is awesome! Just looking at who’s in the show makes you think right away, this is gonna be big. We’ve got Kim Soo Hyun, Gong Hyo Jin, IU and Cha Tae Hyun! Let’s talk about each one…

Kim Soo Hyun – I always anticipate his next drama. He’s a great a actor and watching him here taking a different role only shows he’s not stereotyped to be just the handsome, rich, prowerful guy. He did pretty well!

Gong Hyo Jin – she’s always Gong Hyo Jin. It’s either you like her or not and I happen to like her a lot. She’s a pro, she’s very natural, no sign of intimidation.

IU – oh wow, she’s pretty as a doll here and I like her role as a bitchy and complicated popstar. And her voice, even when she’s only talking, is very sexy. Wait until you hear her sing.

Cha Tae Hyun – first time seeing him in a drama. He’s actually very charming!

If you pay close attention, plenty of cameos from well-known celebrities. Let me enumerate who I remembered most… Jang Hyuk, Lee Seung Ki, Sandara Park, Go Ah Ra and Seo Hyun!

The show was quite funny. Love the sexy Kim Da Jung, the HR lady and that mascular guy, Cindy’s manager and lots more.

One good thing about unrequited love… I love how Tak Ye Ji  would look at Ra Joon Mo, Beak Seung Chan would look at Tak Ye Ji and how Cindy would look at Baek Seung Chan!

I love the ending. It was very promising that my preferred pairs would end up with each other. So I’m happy :).




Dislikes: It was just 12 episodes but each one lasted for almost 2 hours. Too long for an episode. What’s wrong with coming up with an hour-episode and in return come up with a higher number of episodes.

There were just too much talking in the beginning that I first doubted it would be a good drama.

It was hard to watch Kim Soo Hyun getting rejected. Not so used to that!

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

pretty man kdramaSummary: Pretty man Dokgo Ma Te has to find a valuable password his deceased mother has left. He has to win over several women that could help him get to his goal.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Family
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jang Geun Suk as Dokgo Ma Te
IU as Kim Bo Tong
Lee Jang Woo as David Choi
Han Chae Young as Hong Yoo Ra




Likes: It’s unexpectedly good. This is my Cheongdamdong Alice of 2013! It has a good story line with unexpected twists! I thought it was just one of these cute dramas, more visuals than story but no I was wrong. This has both!

Talking of visuals, this  drama is indeed packed with pretty faces! The perfect face of Jang Geun Suk, the very cute IU, the handsome (with sexy voice) Lee Jang Woo and the gorgeous doll Han Chae Young!

I like the 10 characters of women that our pretty man Dokgo Ma Te has to conquer. I didn’t expect the last 3 specially the last one. It makes every episode interesting!

The ending is good. A closure to every important characters’ story without overdoing it.

I love David Choi! It was always heartbreaking to see him getting rejected so I’m glad he might end up with a glamping fanatic in the end.

Best acting award of course goes to the iron lady, MG queen, Na Hong Ran. I love her! She was just great!

Gigolo image suits JGS very well!
Oh how I missed JGS long hair, the one he sported in the 1st episodes. So pretty!

Dislikes:  Very little chemistry between JGS and IU. Sweet moments didn’t make me giddy much.

It was odd to see JGS cry in the last episode. It looked very forced. Sorry.

Heavily advertised Ferrino!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

dream high 1 kdramaSummary: A story about a group of students at Kirin High who inspite of individual shortcomings tried their best to achieve their dreams of becoming stars.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, School, Teens
Episodes: 16
Stars: Bae Suzy as Go Hye Mi
Kim Soo Hyun as Song Sam Dong
Taecyeon as Hyun Shi Hyuk
Ham Eun Jung as Yoon Baek Hee
Jang Woo Young as Jason
IU as Kim Pil Sook




Likes: I desperately needed a teenie drama after Bridal Mask. There I got it!

I started being a fan of kpop, oh well, not too long ago! I’m glad I am otherwise I won’t have really enjoyed this. It felt like an insider to be able to identify all these idols, lol! I’m loving 2PM right now so it was really perfect timing to watch!

Of course, I enjoyed the music! I love Dream High, very catchy! I especially liked the performance of Genie (Girls Generation), got me soo excited! I never thought it’s one of the girls’ older songs :).

The love teams made me giggle! Let’s start with Jason and Pil Sook! They were just adorably cute! The karaoke date, the lollipop, the post-its! Another favorite is Teacher Kang and Shi! I love how teacher Shi transformed from being strict and terrorizing into a cute (wearing floral hair clip) and in love person.

Kim So Hyun! So this was the drama that made you big. I watched The Moon that Embraces the Sun first so I already knew how good he is. He looked very young and thin here but he definitely delivered!

Taecyeon is simply sexy!!!

The story is good even with this kind of ending, it’s still good!

Dislikes: No matter how I put it, the ending was sad. It made me sad when I went to bed, then made me sad again when I woke up :(. First I thought Ji Guk will end up with Hye Mi. Okay they didn’t but I got over that quickly. I still have Sam Dong but boy Sam Dong left and pursued his dream! And if I got it right, it’s already 2018 and he hasn’t been back yet. Oh *sob*!

What happen to the kiss of Hye Mi and Ji Guk inside the ferris wheel. Dang I thought these 2 would really end up together!

Characters that annoyed me! Sorry Hye Mi but you were really annoying in the beginning. Baek Hee too when she was trying to act as the victim (vs Hye Mi) so other students would sympatize with her. And they could just leave out Hye Mi’s dad!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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