Apr 112019
 

haechi kdramaSummary: Set during the Joseon era, Prince Lee Geum wants to gain power by claiming the throne in order to reform the Saheonbu, which is the office responsible for monitoring government administration and officials. Together with a few who have a high sense for justice, he uncovers crimes and corruption by royals and high officials and makes history to be the first king close to the people.

Trailer: Haechi

Genre: Period, Action
Episodes: 48 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Lee Geum
Kwon Yul as Park Moon Soo
Go Ah Ra as Yeo Ji
Park Hoon as Dal Moon



Likes: This drama was definitely made to make Jung Il Woo looked good all the time! It’s not that I don’t like it, in the opposite, I immensely enjoyed how he looked majestic all the time. All those dazzling costumes fitting for a crown prince and later, the king; were mesmerizing! Paired with Jung Il Woo’s flawless face and conceited smirk, there was no way I would miss this drama every week :-).

Jung Il Woo as Lee Geum – although I would say, his perfect face wasn’t so perfect for the role, he did try his best to be that great king. Most of his scenes were dramatic, always trying to squeeze a tear or two but in the end it was always mansae for him. In everything he did, he was perfect… perfect poise, smile, side view, back view, sitting, standing, walking, riding a horse, shooting bows… it was soo Jung Il Woo and I love him for that!

Kwon Yul as Park Moon Soo – as the above’s opposite, Kwon Yul delivers Park Moon Soo’s character very well. I wasn’t surprised at all as I’ve watched Whisper and he was brilliant there. As Park Moon Soo, he was completely a different person. Always perfect for any role, this guy.

Park Hoon as Dal Moon – oh my, when I saw him I thought he really looked familiar then I realized he was the ghost ex-friend of Hyun Bin in Memories of the Alhambra! Good to see him well and alive in this drama :-). He has a handsome face and his role here suits him very well.

Lee Kyung Young as Min Jin Hun – I think my favourite character in this drama. He was the leader of the political party Noron who was at first against Prince Lee Geum’s enthronement. Highly intelligent and respected and followed by his subordinates and expected to be the force behind the new king’s downfall. Then the character twist I wasn’t expecting at all, he supported the King’s decision without abandoning his principles.

The Bromance. The strongest bond was between the king and Park Moon Soo but the bond between the king and Dal Moon wasn’t also falling behind. Bromance was everywhere in the Saheonbu, it was fun to watch! Even the bond between the two leaders of Noron and Soron political parties was so admirable.

The Costumes. I’m pretty sure these took a big share of the budget. Very impressive and detailed! The King alone, how many costumes did he had to show off?! Starting when he was installed as the crown prince, wow so much details on the outfit! Then he had his hunting costume, his war costume, archery, nobleman and not to mention the red king costume!



The Villains. We’ve got Wi Byung Joo (former Saheonbu’s top officer), Yi In-jwa (leader of the rebellion) and Lee Tan (aka Mil Poong Gun). These are the three worth mentioning. I love the justifications how they’ve become greedy for power and  ultimately become the threats for the throne.

The Love Triangle. It’s got to be the tragic end to the wanna-be royal pair Youn  Young and Mil Poong Gun, while Dal Moon, no matter what Youn Young did, would love her till the end!

The Ending. I must admit it became cheesy but I think it suited Jung Il Woo pretty well :-).

Dislikes: I didn’t like how the character of Yeo Ji changed. From Saheonbu officer to what, a court lady?! She was awesome in that officer role. That made her the lady that his Majesty was attracted to. Changing from the fierce Saheonbu uniform to that plain court lady outfit, come on! Her character was so lost. I wanted to see the brave warrior Yeo Ji! And yeah, she wanted to be in the palace to protect him? What does she think of the king’s elite guards, useless? I’m utterly disappointed.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Sep 152016
 

cinderellaand4knightsSummary: Eun Ha Won is a student who got kicked out from her own home and didn’t have much of a choice but to grab an offer from the Chairman of Haneul Group which is to live in the Sky House together with the famous Kang cousins (the Chairman’s grandsons) and fulfill some important tasks given to her by the chairman himself.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Kang Ji Woon
Ahn Jae Hyun as Kang Hyun Min
Park So Dam as Eun Ha Won
Lee Jung Shin as Kang Seo Woo
Choi Min as Lee Yoon Sung
Son Na Eun as Park Hye Ji




Likes: Seriously, the story is not really important here. It’s all about the boys! Yes I repeat it’s all about the pretty boys in this drama! It’s a Cinderella story alright but I’ll get to her later. Let’s talk about the Kang cousins first…

Kang Ji Won (Jung Il Woo) – tough mechanic, rides a motorbike,  very pretty and rich! He’s an orphan so he’s the guy who seems to suffer the most emotionally. Has an unrequited love for his cousin, Kang Hyun Min’s first love Hye Ji so basically you just wanna hug and tell him to give up all his sufferings and come to you haha.

Kang Hyun Min (Ahn Jae Hyun) – trying to appear like a playboy all the time to cover up his love for Hye Ji. He drives hot cars, hotter than his chicks! His cocky attitude is more charming than annoying. Playful like a child but extremely gifted with a supermodel face! He knows that he’s rich and he’s definitely not afraid to show it off.

Kang Seo Woo (Lee Jung Shin) – our sweet and kind musician but everyone knows those are never enough to win your girl. He’s quite romantic doing his confession through a song. It made the girl feel loved? No, in this case actually awkward as she was into someone else. It was always poor Seo Woo. But wait, among the 3, he’s the one I’ve got a crush on! Not the character though but the artist Lee Jung Shin of CNBLUE.  Been waiting for him to be in dramas like the other members. My wish had been heared! Thank you!

Eun Ha Won (Park So Dam) – our Cinderella! Not the prettiest. Also not the tallest but you’ll love her like how the cousins love her in this drama. Hard-working, sincere and has the ability to lead and love, she won the heart of everyone especially her preferred Kang cousin Ji Won.

Chemistry! Kang Hyun Min and Hye Ji have the best chemistry but our leads Kang Ji Won and Eun Ha Won are not much behind especially at the end when the story became more focused on these two.

So generous with kissing scenes. Though our leads’ first kissing scene occurred in a much later episode, more were given at the end. Sky Ranch and stairway kissing scenes were my absolute favorites!

Sky House is over the top! It’s befitting our 3 pretty princes although I thought it lacked proper security haha.

Quite thrilling last episodes when grandpa and Ji Won had to go into liver surgery while Hyun Min tried to win the votes of shareholders against grandpa losing his position as chairman.

Lovely twist! When Ji Won and Ha Won found out that they had met before during their mothers’ funeral. Their love got supported by undeniable fate!

Love the OST! Check out…
For You by BTOB

Only One by ZIA

I Believe by Younha

My Romeo by Jessi

I just love the ending. Everyone had a  happy closure. Finally a blessing from the powerful grandpa to our Ji Won and Ha Won. The quite childish Hyun Min taking responsibility over his love. Seo Woo back into what he actually loves most, busking. Secretary Yoon Sung’s decision to protect the company. Grandpa’s successful surgery and him making-up with his ex-wife (cute scene). Of course, picnic reunion as ending.




Dislikes: The boys sometimes are obviously wearing too much lipstick. Too much! They’re sooo pretty already.

Though the story shouldn’t be taken seriously, minimal exaggeration of annoying characters should have been applied. Like Ha Won to be less nagging, step daughter and mother less annoying, fake father less stupid…

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 172015
 

the night watchman kdramaSummary: Secretly, the old king gathered some men to guard the land from ghosts or evil spirits. These men are called the Night Watchmen! When the King died, the job of the Night Watchmen also ended. Meanwhile, Prince Lee Rin, who can see ghosts and the original heir to the throne found a journal of a Night Watchman. While searching for answers he met Do Ha and Jo Sang Hun, a former Nightwatchman.

Genre: Period, Fantasy, Romance, Action
Episodes: 24
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Lee Rin
Go Sung Hee as Do Ha
Jung Yoon Ho as Moo Suk
Seo Ye Ji as Park Soo Ryun




Likes: I love the historic setting and the ghost theme of this drama. It was fun to watch something different for a while. The beginning was that big battle between the old King and the water Dragon which was about to attack a helpless lady Shaman. Pulling a Genghis Khan attack, the King shot the Dragon with an arrow putting the latter to sleep. Great scene, great start!

It’s good to watch Jung Il Woo again! That nose, that chin, that face!

An idol in the house in the person Jung Yoon Ho of TVXQ. Surprised by his acting, not bad.

Seo Ye Ji, a promising young actress. I’ll watch out for this lady.

Favorite comical reliefs: the friendly ghosts who were following prince Lee Rin and the Inn hostess who had a crush
on the blacksmith. They made the show not so dark and grimmy.

And not to forget Sadam. You’ll never forget his face after watching the whole drama. Great villain.

Dislikes: Go Sung Hee, sorry but she was just really bad in acting. I tried to ignore it in the beginning hoping she would get better in the later episodes but dang she was so consistent! Her poor acting didn’t help with improving the chemistry between her and Jung Il Woo making the ending so awkward. Supposed to be a special moment, a reunion of 2 important characters that just didn’t appeal at all to me.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

the moon that embraces the sun kdramaSummary: Crown prince Lee Hwon was set to marry someone who he really likes and approved by his father, the King. A few people around him though just didn’t agree to that and tried all their might to get rid of the young crown princess.

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Period
Episodes: 20
Stars: Kim Soo Hyun as Lee Hwon
Han Ga In as Wol and Heo Yeon Woo
Jung Il Woo as Prince Yang Myung
Kim Min Seo as Yoon Bo Kyung




Likes: I love the script – the story and how it was told! Lots of surprises and unexpected moments for me!

I love the director (whoever it is), for making every episode worth watching by capturing every momentum of the story! I bet the scriptwriter of this drama was contented to work with you :).

I love the cast! Oh where do I begin… Well first I thought it was just Jung Il Woo but yeah I forgot his pretty face a lot every time Kim Soo Hyun was there :). Han Ga In is simply a good actress and Kim Min Seo, after seeing her as gisaeng in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, I was wishing I would see her more in the future. Not to forget the young actors, they were all great! I specially love the face of the young Yeon U, sooo pretty!

Great villains! Our main characters are nothing without them.

How other characters (aside from the main) developed and were never forgotten until the end. Everyone had their proper closure, happy or not.

Great chemistry between main leads. Even if they would just do wrist grabbing all the time, that would still make me giddy!

I’m happy for a long epilogue and an ending that brightens up my mood after the sad 2nd to the last episode.

Dislikes: A definite happy ending for our sun and moon but all the dying in the end was making me gloomy. My prince oh my prince, why did you sacrifice yourself! I would say Jung Il Woo stole the ending of the show!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 252014
 

Summary: A young49 days kdrama woman who was set to marry soon got into a car accident leaving her in coma. She meets the grim reaper who gave her a second chance but in order for that to realize, she has to collect genuine tears in 49 days.

Genre: Melodrama, Fantasy, Romance
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Yo Won as Song Yi Kyung
Nam Gyu Ri as Shin Ji Hyun
Jo Hyun Jae as Han Kang
Bae Soo Bin as Kang Min Ho
Jung Il Woo as the grim reaper
Seo Ji Hye as Shin In Jung

Likes: Great actors!
Good story. Got me really hooked!
Unusual! It’s my first ghost drama!

Dislikes: Tragic and sad.
Not happy with the ending.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 252014
 

take care of the young lady kdramaSummary: Born into a very wealthy family and heir to everything, a spoiled young lady could do whatever she wants. In order to monitor her doings, her grandfather assigned a bodyguard to take care of her.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoon Eun Hye as Kang Hye Na
Yoon Sang Hyun as Seo Dong Chan
Jung Il Woo as Lee Tae Yoon
Moon Chae Won as Yeo Eui Joo

Likes: Love YEH!
Lady equivalent of Jun Pyo!
Spoiled brat character suits Yeh!

Dislikes: Chemistry between leads is poor.
Didn’t like the character of Dong Chan. He was a bit irritating.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)