Mar 152018
 

good witch kdramaSummary: Cha Do Hee, the model flight attendant of Donghae airlines gets into trouble and falls into coma forcing her identical twin, Cha Sun Hee to replace her in the job. Cha Sun Hee, while doing her sister’s job then meets top pilot Song Woo Jin and together, they work for the successful operation of OneAir. Cha Sun Hee gets the title “Good Witch” for being fair, positive, kind and resourceful; good traits that Song Woo Jin notices and eventually make him fall in love with her.

Trailer: Good Witch

Genre: Family, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 40 (30mins/episode)
Stars: Lee Da Hae as Cha Sun Hee / Cha Do Hee
Ryu Soo Young as Song Woo Jin
Ahn Woo Yeon as Oh Tae Yang




Likes: Honestly, I didn’t expect much but surprised how entertaining this drama actually was! It had a good share of comedic, melodramatic, thrilling and romantic scenes. Forty episode-long (30min/episode)  was a good length. It generously covered all important characters. We had a double performance by Lee Da Hae, which I thought was brilliant, but other characters surrounding her got decent exposures as well. I would even say, the top reason I love this is because it’s a character-rich drama. Everyone was important and was brilliant.

So let’s start…

Lee Da Hae as Cha Sun Hee / Cha Do Hee – I love Lee Da Hae in “My Girl” but after that drama, nothing great from her until “Good Witch”. I’m ecstatic for this awesome comeback! She definitely slayed her two characters here. When she does Cha Sun Hee, it’s sooo convincing she’s totally a different person from Cha Do Hee – the voice, the facial expression, the body language! In addition, Sun Hee or Do Hee, she was always looking gorgeous – so tall, slim with flawless skin, looked great in everything that she wore, really just like a Barbie doll! I’m impressed on this brilliant performance and I hope she gets more great projects like this one.

Ryu Soo Young as Song Woo Jin – At first, I wasn’t into him. Too matured-looking. But when the drama progressed, he was becoming more and more handsome. Yes matured but actually really handsome. I love the very traditional and conservative character of Song Woo Jin and how he was well suited to Cha Sun Hee’s character. Brilliant acting as well especially when he was hesitating to marry Cha Do Hee, knowing that his heart beat for someone else. Not to mention, so exceptional-looking in his blue suit and Top Gun sunglasses!

Bae Soo Bin as Bong Chun Dae – the infamous ex-husband of Cha Sun Hee who was lazy and even cheated on her for a long time while they married. Bae Soo Bin, really I’m not surprised, he is a brilliant actor. Seen him in several drama and he’s been always consistently good! Chun Dae is just another great role performed by him. I love the way he would look pitiful and pathetic in this drama. So annoyingly good!

Yoon Se Ah as Oh Tae Ri – the slap Queen! Wow as in wow! Hands down to this lady. She’ll probably bag my best female villain award at the end of the year ;).  Yoon Se Ah is about facial expression, she does it with ease. And well she can really slap in this drama.

Geum Bo Ra as Byun Ok Jung – Cha Sun Hee’s super annoying mother-in-law! Like her son, she was super annoyingly-good!

Lee Han Seo as Bong Cho Rong – and last but not the least, the super smart daughter of Cha Sun Hee, Bong Cho Rong! Mature and smart, sometimes even smarter than her mum. This child actress has a long way to go, she’s a natural.

 

This is one Korean drama that breaks some kdrama taboo so it was surprising however refreshing to watch some scenes especially for a partially romantic comedy drama. Divorce got acceptable, suicide was kind of reasonable and violence was a top show.

A lot of funny scenes throughout the show so prepare to giggle or even laugh hard!

The outfits were all well-fitted on everyone. From the flight attendants uniform to the Hanboks and engagement gowns and dresses. Outfits especially worn by Lee Da Hae and Yoon Se Ah were very fashionable. The two ladies were always looking fantastic!

Apatheia! I have to google that one up! So it refers to a state of mind in which one is not disturbed by the passions. Hm, who says, you don’t learn something from kdramas?

The romance between our top characters Cha Sun Hee and Song Woo Jin was so genuine and beautiful. I love their first kiss, the first date on the beach, the proposal and I’ll include the wedding though incomplete.

And I completely fell in love with the OST No More Tears! … Please no more kiss and no more cry…




Dislike: It might be too much to ask but they could have put more details on the church wedding. Where was the priest or even a minister? Don’t tell me Cho Rong would administer the wedding.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Jul 102014
 

hotel king kdramaSummary: Cha Jae Wan, the manager of Hotel Ciel had a dark past. He grew up being manipulated by a powerful man and only believing that his tragic beginning was caused by the owner of the hotel and that he has to avenge himself. After getting to know the heiress of the hotel, things started to change and painful truths slowly unfolded.

Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 32
Stars: Lee Dong Wook as Cha Jae Wan
Lee Da Hae as Ah Mo Ne
Im Seul Ong as Sun Woo Hyun
Wang Ji Hye as Song Chae Kyung
Lee Duk Hwa as Lee Joong Goo
Kim Hae Sook as Baek Mi Nyeo
Jin Tae Hyun as Roman Lee

Likes: Highly anticipated reunion of my favorite My Girl leads. It’s been a while and these two didn’t age a bit.

The characters and their dirty secrets. I love the way they all got revealed in the end. It was a surprise for Cha Jae
Wan’s real father to know that he was actually the father. It was terrible for Jae Wan’s mother to know that he was actually his mother. And it was just tragic for the poor boy, Jae Wan to know who his both parents are. Terrible truth!

The setting. It has a very European feel and hotel looks very grand. Did some bits of research, it’s the Intercontinental Alpensia Resort.

Best actress award goes to Baek Mi Nyeo for giving justice to her challenging character. She always does so always
watch out for her.

So many pretty faces but Wang Ji Hye is a new found for me.

Have to give credit to the stylist. Everyone looked great but my favorite is the very classy style of Chae Kyung played by Wang Ji Hye.

Dislikes: I just didn’t feel the old chemistry between the leads. Was that because they both looked like frozen dolls?
Lee Dong Wook was too thin and Lee Da Hae looked so operated to me.

The atmosphere was dull. The hotel always looked empty. They could have added some more extras to have that realistic atmosphere of a popular and well-sought hotel.

Some annoying sidekicks. Shouldn’t have focused too much on them.

The ending was okay.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 212014
 

my girl kdramaSummary: A tour guide girl meets rich guy when the latter needed a translator to welcome his foreign guests. Things got complicated when rich guy hires girl to act as the lost granddaughter of his grandpa.

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Dong Wook as Seol Gong-chan
Lee Da Hae as Joo Yoo-rin
Lee Joon Ki as Seo Jung-woo
Park Si Yeon as Kim Seo-hyun

Likes: Love the oppas!
The ladies are gorgeous too!
I want to have mandarin or was that a tangerine orchard!
Poor girl, rich guy story!
Love the kissing scene!
Christmas setting with snow and everything!

Dislikes: Should have more kissing scenes.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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