Oct 242019
 

tales of nokdu kdramaSummary: Nokdu runs after a female assassin who almost killed his father and brother at their home in the island they used to live. He arrives in Hanyang and bumps into Dong Joo who is dressed up as a man and tries to assassinate the king. Nokdu, to pursue the assassin who tried to kill his family, dresses up as a woman and enters a Gisaeng house where he has to share room with one of the trainee Gisaengs, who happens to be Dong Joo.

Trailer: The Tale of Nokdu

Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 32
Stars: Jang Dong Yoon as Jun Nok Du
Kim So Hyun as Dong Dong Joo
Kang Tae Oh as Cha Yul Moo
Song Gun Hee as Jun Hwang Tae



Likes: Jang Dong Yoon has to be my very top reason to like this drama. He so nailed Nokdu’s character who has to dress up as a woman and blend with the beautiful gisaengs and widows! Very pretty face, even prettier than Kim So Hyun (no offence to her fans)! Much more, his voice could pass for a woman’s! He was so beautiful in Hanbok even with very less makeup! Impressively, he didn’t have to try hard to look like a lady, he was naturally graceful. And doesn’t he look like Kim Soo Hyun from You Who Came from the Stars? Another plus point!

Another impressive cast that caught my attention was Kang Tae Oh. I’d seen him before in another drama and I thought he had a great potential. He proved it again here. No over-acting, he was naturally good. His facial expressions were just right. In his character as the grand prince, Cha Yul Moo, he was shifting between cunning and ambitious, and sincere and charismatic. Brilliant acting!

Kim So Hyun wasn’t that bad. Although she was lacking the umph as the desirable leading lady, she’s still a great talent. I would have wished her to look more lady-like like in Goblin.

Ah that little girl who has a very impressive country accent, I loved her talk! I didn’t want her to stop talking! She was very funny. And it wasn’t just the talking, she was actually really good in acting, with impressive facial expressions.

Some great scenes in the drama and that includes the saving of Dong Joo when he almost got killed in the raid of the widow village. I also liked the drunken master scene (reminds me of Jackie Chan). The fight scene of Nokdu and Cha Yul Moo at the bamboo forest. The swing moments! The picking of persimmons moment! The field of flowers!



I love the stunning and colourful costumes! The Hanboks were all so beautiful and everyone looked good in them.

Lastly, I got my epilogue and all the cheese that came with it :-)!

Dislikes: Everything looked overly perfect as if in a set.

Chemistry wasn’t the best.

The fighting part in the last episode became ridiculous with lots of interruptions and talking. Just too much talking!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Apr 032014
 

Summary: A story of a young love i miss you kdramathat blossomed between 2 teenagers who got separated by ugly circumstances. After 14 years, they meet again and while mysteries of the past are being solved, people around them are getting involved and hurt.

Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 21
Stars: Yoon Eun Hye as Lee Su Yeon
Kim So Hyun as young Lee Su Yeon
Park Yoochun as Han Jung Woo
Yeo Jin Goo as young Han Jung Woo
Yoo Seung Ho as Kang Hyung Joon
Ahn Do Gyu as young Kang Hyung Joon




Likes: 3 of my favorites korean actors are here: YEH, Yoochun, Yoo Seung Ho!

I love the beginning… the introduction of the characters, the details and the superb acting of the child actors! It was very sincere. I could fell the sadness and the pain.

That kissing scene on the road! It was just beautiful! It wasn’t relevant though. I don’t know why they were in the middle of the road. Anyway, it was beautiful!

The wedding scene! It was a bit cheesy but well I’m a sucker for wedding scenes!

The ending! Somehow I expected this scene to happen. We go back to the time when they were young and Han Jung Woo returned the yellow umbrella and yes his young uncle was with him, even introduced him to Su Yeon. If everything went like that in the past, there wouldn’t have been suffering and pain, everyone would have been happy. But well, we won’t have this drama either :).




Dislikes: It was just bad story telling. I was so bored because there was barely nothing I don’t know. Please reveal the secrets like bombs!

Why’s everyone could just enter that huge house of Harry Borrison. The giant gate and the secret room just made no sense.

Yoochun oppa, the character Crazy Rabbit is not just for you! Please say no next time.

Talking of Crazy Rabbit character, why was it not introduced properly like you know show how great he is in solving cases and catching criminals. Just a short scene with actions and everything so we, the viewers have better understanding why other characters talk highly of Crazy Rabbit. What I remember when Crazy Rabbit appeared for the first time, he was drunk and singing out of tune in a karaoke bar! Total Fail.

Keeping the character of Kang Hyung Joon’s mom almost to the end without an effect to the story was just a waste. I expected she would still be relevant. Also the character of Kim Eun Jo, the daughter of Detective Kim who died earlier in the story, I thought there was still something from her character since I saw her as one of the leading actors as shown in the promotional photos.

And yeah, Han Tae Jun, father of Han Jung Woo, supposed to be the root of all evil here, what was that stupid move in the end, kidnapping Su Yeon that just got you imprisoned. Ah frustrating. And not to forget, the actor playing Han Tae Jun was just lacking some acting skills, sorry. Not scary and villain enough.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

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