Oct 192017
 

while-you-were-sleeping kdramaSummary: Nam Hong Joo dreams a lot about what is going to happen in the future and that includes deaths of people around her including herself. She is trying to prevent such unfortunate events to happen but unsuccessful until she meets Jung Jae Chan, a prosecutor who just moved to her neighbourhood.

Trailer: While You Were Sleeping
Genre: Fantasy, Legal, Romance
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan
Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Joo
Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yoo Bum
Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak
Go Sung Hee as Shin Hee Min



Likes: A pretty simple love story turned complex with all the branching stories and twists which are related to one another. Every episode always ended with a surprise twist making it hard to wait for the next one. Every legal case was an own thriving, though short but rich substory. So what was my favourite case-story? I loved Do Hak Young’s case, the guy who was accused of killing the professional archer. It was mind boggling, full of emotions and we’ve got our handsome prosecutor siding with him and the equally handsome police officer defending him.

I like the concept of dreaming the future happenings of someone that once saved your life though it has its consequences. But in the drama, I’m glad they take the consequences in a lighter way like seeing how dirty the person lives when they are alone :).

The melodrama, comedy, fantasy, legal and romance genre-combination in this drama is well-balanced. Not too sad, not too silly, not too unreal, not too serious and not too cheesy. Just right!

The cast. What can I say, this drama is this year’s Lee Jong Suk’s anticipated. I was definitely waiting for it. So of course…

Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan – our handsome, a bit clumsy, newb prosecutor is here to make your heart ladies, thump :)! Although his prosecutor character is not his best, he still did a great job. As expected his kiss is a talent. I always get carried away when this guy kisses his leading ladies. Suzy you’re sooo lucky! And yes his tear-jerker scenes were excellent!

Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Joo – hm, not a big fan of her but she did her best. I think this is the first more mature role I’ve ever seen of her and I must say, she exerted effort to fulfill it.

Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yoo Bum – I’m surprised but this guy was brilliant! He’s a natural, a very good actor. He took the role of the sneaky, corrupted lawyer with ease. Hands down! He has a bright future in acting.

Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak – damn, he’s so fine in uniform! At times handsome, at times cute, brave and smart but unfortunately didn’t get the girl but gives us girls impression, he’s available! Haha!

Kim Won Hae as Choi Dam Dong – honorable mention to this guy who’s always brilliant in every role he takes. He’s a must-watch in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon!

Kim So Hyun cameo – love her! She’s a grown up lady now and a brilliant actress. Short role here but she made an impact.

Kissing scenes! Watching Lee Jong Suk kisses his leading ladies is the icing of his drama cakes. I’m glad there were plenty of icing on this one.

I shouldn’t forget, that green umbrella! It’s been with us viewers from the beginning to end :). A nice, twisty touch!

The bitter-sweet ending. As I mentioned above, it’s a well-balanced drama. The last episode has its share of sadness and happiness. I like how it ended, it was good.




Dislikes: Well, although Suzy tried her best here, I didn’t see much chemistry between her and Lee Jong Suk. In fact, she never established a good one with her leading men in the past as well.

I like how Lee Sang Yeob acted his role but the role itself was quite off. For someone who was smart and intelligent would go down to killing not just another person but his ex-girlfriend to correct his past mistakes, hm…

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Jan 062017
 

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
Episodes: 8
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.

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

Aug 112016
 

W kdramaSummary: Our surgeon heroine, Yun Joo went into the webtoon world to save the gorgeous and super rich Kang Chul of W webtoon series that her own father created. She was able to return to the real world but would always be summoned back especially when Kang Chul needed her.

Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Thriller, Fantasy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Jong Suk as Kang Chul
Han Hyo Joo as Oh Yun Joo

Likes: I rarely give a perfect 10 but when I do it’s only given to the best of the best, to the most awesome, to the most heart-pounding, most nerve-wracking, most daebak kdrama I watched. This year, it’s  happening again. This is the reason why I keep on watching knowing that one day, I will get to watch another masterpiece. W, this year is no doubt the best kdrama! But what makes it the best?

  • the concept – I wouldn’t say it’s unique. Maybe this kind of story already existed in books or manga or comics or music videos (oh yes I know one and that’s the MV of A-ha Take on Me )  but in kdrama, it was my first time to watch it and it was very exciting!
  • the worlds – the real colourful world and the fictional black and white comic world which were not so different from each other, well, except for the time.
  • the characters – oh oh oh Kang Chul my love, why so handsome?! Yes Kang Chul, the rich, gorgeous guy in the comic has that effect on everyone that even a lady surgeon from the real world would be attracted to. Oh well, he was made that way by his creator, a simply perfect guy. And this perfect antagonist is paired by a pretty surgeon from the real world, Yun Joo who happened to save him when he was wounded and dying. A perfect heroine for our gorgeous hero!
  • the actors – I love Lee Jong Suk playing as Kang Chul. His face looks like it just came out of a manga. Han Hyo Joo (though her acting needs more improvement), she is so pretty to pass as our perfect antagonist’s love interest.
  • the storyline – great order of events and impressive twists that make every episode full of suspense and totally unpredictable.
  • the length – 16-episode long is just perfect. No dragginess, no unnecessary extensions to suit sponsors.
  • great villains – what makes a great story is the presence of a great villain and W has 2! First Oh Seong Moo, the creator of the novel W who became the protagonist of his own novel. Second one is Han Cheol, the politician inside the comic who was always after Kang Chul. 2 great actors but I would give the best actor award to Kim Eui Sung who played 2 characters Oh Seong Moo and the killer in webtoon.
  • best kissing scenes – yes they were the best kissing scenes. Jong Suk oppa appears to be a great kisser. And I’m glad the writers were so generous to shower us viewers with these super exciting scenes. We’ve witnessed a surprised kiss, romantic, goodbye, hello and a sunset kiss. Thank you, very generous indeed.
  • super cool scenes – lots of them! Will mention a few… Kang Chul riding a super hot red car, sad goodbye at the rooftop was even super cool, editing on-going happening in the comic world using the tablet, Kang Chul making it to the real world for the first time and so on and so forth…
  • best comical relief – Park Soo Bong, the author’s assistant brought lots of laughters especially whenever he was scared. And Yun Joo’s boss in the hospital Heo Jung Do was also super hilarious even in a bossy way. It was a fantastic idea to mix comedy in a suspense drama. You know, when you’ve got this feeling when everything becomes creepy then our funny guys pop up, what a relief :).
  • the OST – lovely songs played throughout the drama. Check out W OST playlist.
  • the ending – I love it! It’s a sad-happy ending but I got over the sad part very quickly because of the awesome happy part!

Overall, I’m very much contented. Nothing to ask for, nothing I dislike. Even the promotional ads for KIA wasn’t an eyesore at all. It  was the best ad in a kdrama I’ve ever seen. Great integration! Really very well done!

It’s a terrific drama and I highly recommend it to everyone. Enjoy watching!

My Rating: 10 stars! (10 as highest)

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Feb 172015
 

pinocchio kdramaSummary: After the tragic loss of his parents, a young Ki Ha Myung decided to live by another name Choi Dal Po after being adopted by the person who saved him from the waters. He then met his foster parent’s granddaughter who happened to be the daughter of the reporter who framed his family. Later on, he became a news reporter himself to avenge his family.

Genre: Romance, Family
Episodes: 20
Stars: Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha
Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po / Ki Ha Myung
Kim Young Kwang as Seo Bum Jo
Lee Yoo Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae

Likes: Interesting to see what’s going on behind all the news we can see on TV, what’s left of the truth after all the manipulation. News is a powerful medium, it should be handled with care and responsibility. This is a drama which sheds light and understanding of the media, what should be taken seriously and what should be ignored.

It’s a great script by the same scriptwriter who did “I Hear Your Voice”.

I love the chemistry between Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk, better that Park Shin Hye being paired with Lee Min Ho!

Lee Jong Suk fits the role perfectly with his very “sincere” looks. Not much of a fun of his looks but for the role,
he was perfect.

Love the first kissing scene! Background looks cold but the two made it looked really cozy :). Though I think their lips must have gotten frozen together :).

Other special characters that I really like are…
Song Cha Ok – mother of Choi In Ha and news anchor of MSC. She was ruthless but can’t deny the elegance of this lady. She always looked and appeared perfect.

Choi Gong Pil – foster father of Choi Dal Po and grandfather of Choi In Ha. Super funny and loving, it’s easy to undertstand why it’s hard to leave him.

Park Ro Sa – the Chairman! She was the villain character that made this show so interesting. The actress is always to watch for. She always give justice to her characters.

Cameo by Yoon Sang Hyun as lawyer Cha Gwan Woo! Knowing this drama was written by “I Hear My Voice” scriptwriter, making it a parallel story.

I love the ending. It shows what happened later to the most important characters. Definitely a good closure.

Dislikes: It became draggy and melodramatic somewhere between 14th to 18th epeisodes. I got bored. It was hard to finish even just 1 episode. I know they all can cry but there were times when it was just too much crying.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 042014
 

Summary: Park Soo Ha, a high schoi hear your voice kdramaol student is looking for the woman who once helped him put the man who killed his father into jail. He then realized she became a lawyer and went to meet her. With his ability to read people’s mind, he’s trying to protect her from now newly released killer of his dad.  

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy, Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Episodes: 18
Stars: Lee Bo Young as Jang Hye Sung
Lee Jong Suk as Park Soo Ha
Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Kwan Woo
Lee Da Hee as Seo Do Yun

Likes: Good story! Lawyer-themed so I expected interesting cases to be solved. There were of course like what I expected but it also has its own main and important case which involved our brave leading characters. It was a thrill to watch it till end.

This is another noona-love drama I like. It was good to watch it with You Who Came from the Stars which is (guess what) a noona-love drama as well. It seems to be the trend in 2013 and it gives us (all within noona-age bracket) some hopes. Lol!

Another superpower drama. The other one is alien alright, this one is hearing thoughts!

Lee Bo Young – first time to see her in a drama. She definitely did give justice portraying

Jang Hye Sung. She has a cute and young face which helped me accept the fact she would end up with the young guy :).

Lee Jong Suk – hm definitely a cute guy! But was he too thin? I swear I won’t fit in hos skinny pants!

Yoon Sang Hyun – I like him here. I liked him as Oska in Secret Garden but a lawyer seems to suit him well.

Lee Da Hee – She’s just gorgeous! She always looks very intimidating. And yeah she can also act!

Though the lawyer-theme can become so serious, there were some comical relief that made it easier to watch especially to viewers like me who can’t stand heavy drama. Oh wait, I was actually able to stand them! They were really good heavy drama moments.

I have to mention the cameo of the popular lawyer Choi Yoon of A Gentleman’s Dignity. Love to see him again!

It was a good ending! I like the kiss!

Dislikes: There were some annoying scenes that I didn’t like. It was too stupid for it to happen!

The villain became soo draggy with his intention to kill. But well, we won’t have a drama, right?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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