Sep 032020
 

alice kdramaSummary: Park Jin Gyum is a police detective finding out about people traveling from the future through a place called Alice. The main purpose of Alice is to provide healing  for clients in the future who had some bad experiences in the past. So they get to travel back to fix it. While investigating, Park Jin Gyum meets a woman who totally looks like his dead mom.

Trailer: Alice

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Time-travel, Science Fiction, Romance
Episodes: 32
Stars: Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young
Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum
Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk
Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun
Kim Sang Ho as Go Hyung Suk
Choi Won Young as Suk Oh Won

Likes: It started so well! I love the action-packed first and second episodes. They gave a fantastic impression of this 16 episode- show that waiting for the next episodes was like a torture. It was fast-paced and very well done! I was filled with curiosity.

I love time-travel genre even though it confuses my already confused brain. Alice was clear from the beginning about parallel universes. So I thought, it would be like The King: Eternal Monarch. It was consistent for a couple of episodes and I was holding on to that.

The book of prophecy added to the mystery. I kind of like it although there was no need of it at the end. Everyone would figure out eventually what would happen. But yeah, the Alice in Wonderland thing was very mysterious to me :).

Mind-boggling twists! Lots of them in this drama. Some of them were shedding lights (love those kind) but some of them just led to confusion.

Love the cast!

Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum – he did a great job! And if I were to choose which was his best look: is it the 2010 highschooler Park Jin Gyum, the 2020 detective Park Jin Gyum or the old teacher/mastermind Park Jin Gyum? I would go for the old one! Joo Won looked great as an old man, no doubt about that! Talking about his acting skills, he was brilliant doing all three selves. He was even exceptional when he turned to a psycho, creepy highschooler.

Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young – what I like most about her was her voice and it fit nicely with her character as Park Sun Young, Park Jin Gyum’s mom. She did so well as the mom especially on her dying moments. I don’t know how many times she died, I lost count but yes every time she was dying, she was so convincing.

Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk – he’s such a good-looking guy and I wonder why I didn’t see him in other kdramas before. What’s even better is he can cry! Oh Min Hyuk ssi, my heart was torn seeing those tears.

Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun – I love her character as Kim Do Hyun… very chatty, caring, loyal and I wished so badly that she would end up with Park Jin Gyum. I thought the two looked cute together.

I commend the stylists in this drama for making everyone looked great. I kind of like the combination of heels and rolled-up pants, made the ladies look taller. Also loved Joo Won’s everyday detective look, simple but looked good on him. And he looked exceptionally handsome in that police uniform!

Talking about chemistry, there so much of it in this drama. I love the chemistry between Park Jin Gyum and Kim Do Yun, Tae Yi and Min Hyuk and even the police chief Go Hyung Suk and his wife. But Tae Yi and Park Jin Gyum, hm that’s one thing that would go to my dislike.

I love the OST! Here are five songs from this drama I love listening to right now… Alice OST. Love The Star best. Somehow, that song reminds me of the Faith OST where Kim Hee Sun also starred with Lee Min Ho.

Dislikes: The ending was so confusing! First, the story didn’t stick to its parralel-universes-rule which was clearly explained in the beginning. It ended up explaining the ending with a single timeline rule which was even not consistent. Like how come Park Jin Gyum, the architect did not even recognize professor Tae Yi considering she still looked like her mom. I don’t know but the ending sucks. What a disappointment. And the fact that the scriptwriters insisted till the very end on the romance between Park Jin Gyum and Tae Yi gives me creeps people. Excuse me, but she is still his mom, right?! Why insist on this Oedipus complex kind of scenario – creepy! I would have loved to see Do Yun ended up with Jin Gyum! They have more chemistry than the Tae Yi and Jin Gyum team.

And uh that shameless ad placement of a weight loss product Prof. Tae Yi was promoting, I couldn’t take that scene, it was just too much.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Jul 062017
 

My-Sassy-Girl kdramaSummary: Gyun Woo, after coming back from Qing as a scholar lands on a job as the crown prince’s teacher. He meets a not-so-sassy, drunk but pretty lady in the streets of the capital only to find out later that she’s the princess Hye Myung. The princess has been trying to find out if her mother, the ousted queen is still alive. Gyun Woo tries to help her but finds out later he did a great mistake in the past that will cause their relationship to crumble.

Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 32 (30-min episodes)
Stars: Joo Won as Gyun Woo
Oh Yeon Seo as Princess Hye Myung
Lee Jung Shin as Kang Joon Young
Kim Yoon Hye as Jung Da Yun



Likes: It’s period drama but not the serious ones. I love how they made it look like the modern times for instance…

  • Gyun Woo pictured in the beginning as the fashionista from Joseon and popular scholar in Qing.
  • Classy cafes and restaurants in the capital where the nobles and their wives and kids hang out. The nobles’ wives talk about the latest bag fashion and the daughters talk about the eligible bachelors in the town.
  • The bookstore! I love the bookstore with famous novels like Boys Over Flowers, My Lover from the Stars, Secret Garden and some more titles from popular kdramas.
  • The rich girls’ nail makeover hangout.
  • Those annoying pretty boys law enforcers who keep bugging Lady Da Yun.
  • The shoes! Pretty shoes in the streets of Joseon and the rich ladies have a collection of them.
  • The prince of Qing! He was far from looking like someone from Qing but who cares, he looked so good and looked like from a foreign land!
  • Even gangsters are well-organized like the present-time Korean mafia.
  • Use of rings to propose!

Some funny and cute moments but my favourite was when the princess was caught by Gyun Woo’s parents and sister slept over at Gyun’s Woo’s room. She wasn’t so sassy afterall!

We have great-looking leads! I love both of them. Joo Won, his looks and height complements the super beautiful Oh Yeon Soo!

Lee Jung Shin, it’s good to see him trying another drama genre. Although more workshop and practice for his acting skills, he has a great 2nd lead potential.

Great actress award goes to Yoon Se Ah, the annoying queen in this drama. Her facial expressions, dialogues and body languages show how professional she is.

From all period dramas I’d watched so far, this one has the sweetest Queen mum (the queen dowager, mum of the king).

Towards the end, we had 2 great story twists. One is the sad fate of Joo Myung and the Queen. The other one is Gyun Woo’s lost memory coming back and shedding light to the events of the past.

Great, flashy costumes!

Beautiful bridge scene and proposal as ending!




Dislikes: Some of the sets looked so made up like the garden of the princess. It looks like they decorated it with fake flowers.

Yes we have 2 gorgeous-looking leads but the chemistry, hm… not so blown-away.

The ending. Yes, very pretty bridge scene but no proper epilogue just lots of flashbacks. Quite poor.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Sep 032015
 

yong pal kdramaSummary: To pay back his credit, Kim Tae Hyun, a resident surgeon at Han Shin hospital does house calls for injured gangsters which earned him the name Yong Pal. With the intention to get a secure position in the hospital, he gets himself involved in a big secret on the 12th floor which houses the sleeping chaebol heiress beauty, Han Yeo Jin.

Genre: Medical, Action, Romance
Episodes: 18
Stars: Joo Won as Kim Tae Hyun
Kim Tae Hee as Han Yeo Jin
Jo Hyun Jae as Han Do Joon
Chae Jung Ahn as Lee Chae Young




Likes:  It’s a terrific story and I love the fact that Joo Won took the lead. With his experience as a genius surgeon before, it was easy to associate him with another medical drama. Young, ambitous, talented and risk-taker Kim Tae Hyun is a character to fall in love with. That even the most beautiful sleeping princess would sleep no more :).

Talking of “the most beautiful”, I think this drama has the most beautiful leading lady I’ve ever seen (since it’s my first Kim Tae Hee drama ever, haha!). She really looks like a doll! How can one be so beautiful  even in their sleep! Angel-like in her long hair and fierce with a short hair. Just too perfect!

I love the music that’s being played everytime someone has to make a great entrance… It makes everyone looks so great and powerful and cool and good-looking and huge…. even on their burial.

Han Yeo Jin’s house is magnificient! It looks familiar though because it’s the same house in the “The Heirs”. In this drama, they put more details in the interior.

The sleeping beauty lab is a work of art! This has to come up very impressive as it would be the home of the most beautiful, rich, (powerful if awake) chaebol heiress.

I love Cynthia, the supermodel! Her presence was something. She would have overshadowed Han Yeo Jin’s character if she was there all the time :). It was a short role but glad to see her again in the last episode.

Some comical relief… how about our gangster support? Love them! Our gangster boss specially gave the whole drama a lighter mood.

Poor Han Do Joon but at least wifey had a change of heart for him.

Romantic windy hill scenes! And I got 2 of them.

How could you resist a million-dollar proposal from your very beautiful girlfriend? From an heiress to surgeon boyfriend… marry me, be my only heir and legal guardian… ahm of course  YES!

And I just love the ending. Teasing! I thought they would pull a nasty one, almost got me fooled. But it turned out to be awesome! With the come back of Cynthia and a young company, they pulled a very Yong Pal ending! Love, love, love!




Dislikes: Just some logic holes here… why would you hire that sly secretary who was with the enemy all along and put all your trust in him. It was just so annoying  watching him almost winning in the end.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

good doctor kdramaSummary: Park Si On who has autism made it as practice surgeon in one of the best hospital in Korea. He had 6 months to prove he’s capable of being a good doctor.

Genre: Medical, Romance, Melodrama, Family
Episodes: 20
Stars: Joo Won as Park Shi On
Moon Chae Won as Cha Yoon Seo
Joo Sang Wook as Kim Do Han
Kim Min Seo as Yoo Chae Kyung




Likes: It’s a new genre for me in kdrama world but since I used to watch Grey’s Anatomy before so I kind of expected similar dramatic and thrilling stories every episode. Yes I was right and these ones were also packed with great stories!

Very well chosen cast! Everyone was natural in their acting!
-Joo Won has improved a lot since Bridal Mask. Excellent portraying of an autistic character!
-Moon Chae Won is a natural. The strong, brilliant Cha Yoon Seo  fits her well!
-Joo Sang Wook is sooo handsome! And his character makes him more handsome!!!
-Kim Min Seo is always consistent with her roles. Her character as Chae Kyung has great chemistry with Kim Do Han.

I like how the main characters developed slowly throughout the drama. Park Si On’s character development was remarkable. I also like the Chief of Pediatric who in the beginning was irritating but he turned out being likeable in the end.

My favorite patients were the puppy girl and In Hye. These 2 girls were great in acting and I love their stories and the ending.

Love couples in the hospital! I love the head and chubby nurse, they were funny – a comical relief in a serious hospital drama.

The ending was good and realistic. I love Park Si On’s speech after being accepted in the hospital as a full-pledged doctor with the closing “Thank you for loving me”. So touching!

And the epilogue! It was funny having Park Ki Woong (cameo) there. Oh I’m pretty sure they didn’t make fun of Bridal Mask ;).

Dislikes: Though the drama was packed with good stories, characters and actors, it’s still a melodrama. Lots of crying. I can’t stand watching 2 episodes in a row! Took me almost a month to finish it!

Too much shouting! I’m just wondering if it’s really like that in Korea. Seniors shouting at their juniors even in a hospital environment.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

bridal mask kdramaSummary: The story revolves around Lee Kang Too, a Korean during the Japanese regime in the 1930s who made it serving the imperial police. He ended up killing Bridal Mask, a mysterious freedom fighter who without his knowledge was actually his brother. With anguish and call for revenge he put on the mask.

Genre: Action, Period
Episodes: 28
Stars: Joo Won as Lee Kang To
Shin Hyun Joon as Lee Kang San
Jin Se Yun as Oh Mok Dan
Park Ki Woong as Kimura Shunji




Likes: Lots of good actors! You know it’s a good drama when familiar actors are packed up in one. But I have to specially mention Park Ki Woong for a job well done. He was definitely upstaging Joo Won! Sorry Joo Won’s fans but will make it up on my next stanza.

Joo Won is just gorgeous! He looks so tall all the time and gave justice to all the suits he wore and not to forget that hot Imperial police uniform!

I love the era! Of course minus the violence, injustice and suppression. People were very conscious about their looks, they dressed up really nicely.

The action scenes were always heart-pounding! I think they’re the best in this drama! They’re worth every slow motion! There was this one scene I ended up watching 4x because it was just really good!

And the music! Especially the one accompanying the action! It’s still playing in my head until now.

A few good twists in the story that keep me interested till the end!

This drama made me read history! I think that is good :).

Dislikes: The 2 main characters’ transition was too abrupt! I didn’t have time to digest it. Like it was hard for me to see Lee Kang To changed from that ruthless imperial police to suddenly someone who cares. Same with Shunji, from a very kind school teacher to the torturing and obsessive Superintindent! That made him soo creepy.

Somewhere in the middle, it got redundant. Lots of delaying but glad it recovered.

Ahm, and of course the ending! I knew there would be sacrifices but I didn’t expect much. It was too heavy for me. I’m actually not yet over it. I just wish the drama I’m currently watching will help me soon.

My Rating: 8.0 stars! (10 as highest) 

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