Preview: Ma Dong Chan, a successful and handsome variety show producer goes overboard with his next project and that he himself will get into a freezing chamber to be frozen for 24 hours then he will get thawed and come back alive. The experiment should be a scientific breakthrough that will also benefit his career. He has to convince Go Mi Ran, a part-timer, to be his female counterpart in this freezing experiment. However, something went wrong and the two of them get thawed after 20 years. “Welcome back Ji Chang Wook! I’ve missed your handsome face!”
Summary: Noh Ji Wook is a prosecutor who lost his position for helping a former lawyer intern, Eun Bong Hee acquitted from her case of killing her boyfriend, son of the District Attorney. The two then work together run a private law firm and get to defend a guy who would be the answer to all puzzles and capturing him would put everything back in place.
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Thriller, Legal
Episodes: 40 (30-min episodes)
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Noh Ji Wook
Nam Ji Hyun as Eun Bong Hee
Choi Tae Joon as Ji Eun Hyuk
Nara as Cha Yoo Jung
Likes: The genres thrown into this drama are surprisingly complementing each other. The combination of romance, comedy, thriller and legal was well-balanced coming up with a quite satisfying show.
I love that aside from the romance building up between the lead actors, there was some serious legal cases to solve. And I’m not just talking about one but several cases. These independent stories that normally ends each episode kept the whole show interesting. My personal favorite was about that guy who can see the future, who was always in legal trouble by trying stop future crime. He then predicted that 2 people who were present in the lawyer’s office that time will die. I thought that was funny how it freaked out everyone!
We’ve got 4 good-looking leads!
Ji Chang Wook is always a personal favourite. I thought he would be boring as a prosecutor or lawyer but he proved that wrong. Super sexy in his prosecutor outfit! He prosecuted and defended like a pro! And as usual, very irresistible to the ladies! How can you resist the way he stares at you girl?!
Nam Ji Hyun looks pretty although wasn’t really into her coloured hair. Her character was funny and bubbly which match the quite reserved Noh Ji Wook acted by Ji Chang Wook.
Choi Tae Joon was very handsome and cute as Eun Hyuk and I think his chemistry with Nara was excellent even surpassing that of the top leads.
Nara is super sexy. Her face, her body even her acting was natural. She did an awesome job!
I almost cried when Secretary Bang almost died! He was one of those useful and funny side characters together with Byun Young Hee, Ji Wook’s adoptive dad. Na Ji Hae, Bong Hee’s friend from law school also falls into this category.
But I think the star of the show is Kim Hyung Kyu who gave justice to the character of Hyun Soo, our villain in this drama! His acting was just superb that sometimes overshadowing our top leads. Hyun Soo’s character was so well-crafted that any actor who would give justice to him will definitely shine. Therefore a shoutout to Kim Hyung Kyu, boy you did great job in this drama! I won’t be surprised to see you more in the future!
Glad that Hyun Soo’s character already ended in the second to the last episode (Hyun Soo stole too much of the show) and the story concentrated back again with the top leads and how it would end with them. Ji Wook and Bong Hee had enough time at the end to draw everyone’s attention back to their love story. And I think it ended well.
Dislikes: What a waste of Kim Hong Fa in this drama. His character, the District Attorney Jang Moo Young didn’t really show how good he is as an actor. He was super awesome as Kang Yu Taek in Whisper!
Super obvious ad placement by Papa John’s Pizza!
Summary: Soo Jin, a receptionist at Lotte Department Store gets rewarded by a fairy/goddess for returning the latter’s lost item. Soo Jin’s birthday wish is to kiss someone but she doesn’t only get the chance to kiss one but seven very popular faces!
Genre: Web Drama
Stars: Lee Cho Hee as Min Soo Jin
Choi Ji Woo as Goddess
Lee Joon Ki as Church oppa
Park Hae Jin as Romantic Boss
Ji Chang Wook as Sexy secret agent
Kai as Charming Student
Taecyeon as Sweet rich guy
Lee Jong Suk as Famous Actor
Lee Min Ho as Free Spirit Traveler
Likes: It’s the shortest drama I have ever watched but the most popular-actor-packed one. It’s like a sweet treat during the holidays!
Let’s talk about the gorgeous oppas in this drama… starting with…
Lee Joon Ki – As usual in his best element… charismatic with a gorgeous face! He took the role of an IT millionaire who knew our girl Soo Jin when they were still young. Flaws, hm, IT millionaires don’t normally look as gorgeous like him and especially don’t pose in magazines like a pro model :).
Park Hae Jin – Very handsome, calm and he’s got the snob looks. He was Soo Jin’s workplace manager which is more realistic than the other roles. Of all of the oppas, he actually had the best chemistry with our girl. The almost-kissing scene was the least awkward of them all!
Ji Chang Wook – Always full of action and thrill, that’s our Chang Wook oppa. As a sexy, handsome and wounded agent, he rekindled romance with Soo Jin who was a former agent herself.
Kai – young, fresh and playful, Kai took the role of Soo Jin’s former language student. I love their chemistry! A real kiss would have been perfect when they were dancing.
Taecyeon – gorgeous, handsome face with a buffed physique! He took the role of a chaebol willing to give up everything for Soo Jin. I thought it was sweet! Taecyeon’s episode was the funniest with the future mother-in-law opposing the love between the 2!
Lee Jong Suk – ah this guy is just sexy! I think he was the most kissable of them all! Love his outfit and his charisma! Our Soo Jin, would have been suffering from weak knees near this guy. His role was a popular actor which made him more intimidating.
Lee Min Ho – last, most-awaited and a possible first kiss for our Soo Jin. He took the role of a travel book author who happened to drop by the store. But really, what happened to the first kiss?! Hm, the weakest of them all.
Lee Cho Hee as Min Soo Jin – finally our girl, Soo Jin! I like the fact that they have someone who’s not super pretty for the role. She was pretty enough, good comedienne and deserving at least one kiss from one of our gorgeous oppas (which never happened). She had the best chemistry with Park Hae Jin! Would watch a drama with the 2 of them in it.
Dislikes: I can’t dislike it for being short since it’s a webdrama and it’s supposed to be that way but I dislike it for being a heavy advertisement of Lotte Department Store.
Summary: 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
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.
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…
Summary: Healer is known in the business as the best night courier. Partnered with the best hacker, he was able to finish some difficult jobs including getting the real identity of a young reporter whom he later liked. He pretended to be a reporter himself to be on her side and together with their new boss, a famous newscaster, they work hard to divulge the illegal activities of a group lead by the so called Elder.
Genre: Romance, Action, Thriller
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Hoo / Healer
Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho
Park Min Young as Chae Young Shin
Likes: An action-packed drama with a very good script and under a wing of a good director, just daebak! It reminds
me a lot of City Hunter. Falls on the same action-romance genre and maybe because Ji Chang Wook looks like Lee Min Ho and also because Park Min Young was present.
Enjoyable thrilling scenes make it very addictive. Hard to wait for one week for 2 new episodes but I survived it :).
The outstanding cast! I’ll start with…
Ji Chang Wook – after watching Empress Ki, you’ll definitely ask more from this guy. Tall, handsome and taking the role as Healer makes him one of coolest actor in Korea. From an emperor to a mysterious night courier, his sexiness hasn’t gotten reduced a bit.
Yoo Ji Tae – this tall, handsome and charismatic lad is just all over the screen with his presence. Almost, I said almost upstaging Ji Chang Wook but luckily the scriptwriter didn’t force his character to rival Healer’s. But I would vote for him as the best in winter outfit. Soo good-looking even when covered up.
Park Min Young – I love this girl. She can always pulls off different roles. As the bubbly Chae Young Shin in this drama, she was very natural.
Characters for honorable mention…
Jo Min Ja – our realiable hacker who was always behind our hero
Kim Mook Shik – flawless public figure and loves the way he walks, it shows he’s on top of the hierarchy
Choi Myung Hee – brave lady deserves to be with her child once more
Ki Young Jae (old) – love his facial expression and voice, the original Healer
The chemistry between the leads was top! The 2 look like real sweethearts.
The OST was great but those who watched it would likely miss this song…
It’s a beautiful feeling what we’ve got deep inside
We’ve got a flame that will last forever
Together you and I
Oh my love, I’m all yours
And there will never be another one
Cause I’m internally yours
Ending was great! Concise but precise. The airport scene was just fantastic!
Dislikes: That it has to end! Missing Ji Chang Wook’s pretty face!
Genre: Period, Political, Melodrama, Romance
Stars: Ha Ji Won as Ki Seung Nyang / Empress Ki
Joo Jin Mo as Wang Yoo
Ji Chang Wook as Ta Hwan
Likes: It has a very well written script and packed with interesting characters, plus great cast and direction, beautiful costumes and accessories, great OST and set in a rich Yuan and Koryo era. It’s a huge production, yes! But all the above mentioned are making it another great drama in my list. I thought 50-episode drama is too long but with this much details in the story, it had to be that long. There was not even a single draggy moment, it was just well done!
Seung Nyang – I love Seung Nyang! Brave, strong, talented, a femme warrior, defender of the young royals. No wonder the princes fell for her even when she was still dressed as a man!
Lady Ki and Empress Ki – she was still fighting with sword every now and then, not to forget blinded Tanqishi in that very lady outfit but her strength was her influence! She just basically had everyone falling for her :). Let me count, hm the Emperor, the King of Koryo, even Tanqishi. She got a lot of people on her side which was obviously necessary to survive when you’re in a palace.
Emperor of Yuan – you’ve got to love him and hate him at the same time. He was so annoying when he’s this scared little puppy emperor but when he started to do something and act more emperorly, he was so adorable!
King of Koryo – what can I say, he’s the perfect husband! He’s so good-looking, intelligent, can do sword-fight and he would even do everything for the woman he loves!
First Regent – he’s the perfect villain. Relaxed, cunning, smart, brave, a hero for another ruler but just got drowned in power. Sad to see him go.
Tanashiri – daughter of the 1st Regent so yes you want her gone because she becomes really dangerous but it’s also sad to see her go.
Empress Dowager – oh this lady is first an ally then she becomes a deadly opponent. All for power!
Tal Tal – forget about the emperor and king of Koryo, I would go for him all the way! His face, his voice his hair, his brain! He’s perfect!
Favorite Scene: though it’s obvious Seung Nyang would end up with the emperor (afterall the drama is called Empress Ki), there’s a scene (and it became my favorite scene) where I thought the 2 are the best couple. When Seung Nyang was assigned to protect the emperor when he was exiled in Koryo, they went for a horse ride on the beach. They raced and before the young emperor could lose, he jumped on Seung Nyang’s horse, riding with her until they fell in to the water. The scene was just so beautiful. I fell in love with the 2 right away. That was a deciding moment who she would ride with until the end.
One more thing I like about this drama is that our Lady Ki had the 2 men ;). She loved them both and she had them both. No unrequited love here. It would have been such a waste otherwise :). So definitely not a Jun Pyo and Ji Hoo kind.
Dislikes: I said to myself, I have to prepare my heart for the ending but I was just really sad. To be Empress Ki, you have to have everyone (especially the bad) around you. But really no point if they’re all gone! But I think I was more sad that it had to end. Saying goodbye to all those wonderful characters and their (might be cruel) world.