Jan 112018
 

a-korean-odyssey kdramaSummary: Son Oh Gong, the monkey king is bound to protect Jin Seon Mi through a powerful bracelet called Geumganggo. The geumganggo has the power to enslave him by making him fall in love with the person who let him wear the bracelet and protect that person wholeheartedly. So Son Oh Gong has been following Jin Seon Mi around and protecting her from all evil spirits which are bothering her.

Trailer: A Korean Odyssey

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Horror
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong
Cha Seung Won as King Wooma
Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Sun Mi
Lee Hong Ki as P.K
Jang Kwang as Yoon Dae Sik
Lee El as Ma Ji Young



Likes: The Story – at first it was confusing and the storyline was somewhat chaotic. I didn’t have a background of the original so I was quite lost. The beginning was like Alice in Wonderland with ghosts, evil spirits, demons, then even came a zombie. It was like a fantasy-horror roller-coaster! Lost but quite enjoying the adventure. Later on, our leading man was clear – handsome, mischievous, powerful – well, basically a god. Our leading lady, the girl in distress  didn’t and leave our handsome god a choice but to protect and love her. With that, I was happy, we’re back in a kdrama world, lol!

The Characters and the Cast – It took me a while to get used to the characters and understand how important and powerful each one of them as most of them were immortals but as soon as I got the hang of it, everything made more sense.

  • Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong –  he is definitely most handsome in this role! I think he did so well as the rude monkey always teasing his girl but then always giving in to her. Among LSK’s kdrama, this is the first one he really connected and had an awesome chemistry with his leading lady which made him more handsome. I love how arrogant, angry, rude and hot-tempered Son Oh Gong was! A change to our normal sweet and polite kdrama leading man.
  • Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Sun Mi – She’s always pretty but she never really had a proper chemistry with his leading men in the past, maybe because of those strong and brave roles she was in. However, as Jin Seon Mi, Oh Yeon So became like a little girl who was a having a crush on someone older. She was more vulnerable which suits nicely with Son Oh Gong’s rough character. Her moments with Son Oh Gong were always something to watch for.
  • Cha Seung Won as Ma Wang – this guy is not just tall and handsome but a good actor as well. Cha Seung Won didn’t disappoint me as the vain, powerful, funny but carries sadness in his heart – Ma Wang, the bull King. Cha Seung Won’s acting was commendable, he would go from funny, quirky to sad. All with impressive facial expressions!
  • Lee Hong Ki as P.K – the naughty and mischievous Dwaeji! Suits Lee Hong Ki so well!
  • Lee El as Ma Ji Young – I love her, she’s gorgeous and she can act too!

The Kissing Scenes – Is it me or they’re very generous with kissing scenes these days. After I’m Not a Robot, this drama comes next to having an elaborate kissing scene this year. Not that I’m complaining, I LOVE IT! Bring in some more of these scenes! Our 2 top leads did a great job! They looked good and in love when they kissed, very convincing ;). I specially like the kiss at the bookshop. It was the famous reactivation kiss!

Bromance – my favourite is the bromance between Son Oh Gong and Ma Wang. It’s like they don’t like each but they like each other. They were so cute to watch especially when it comes to Son Oh Gong’s coat which he always hung on Ma Wang’s bull statue. The latter would get annoyed but then later missed him when there was no one anymore doing that.

The OST – I so love the song When I Saw You! Check out the rest of the OST as well.

Bizarre Stuff – The Winter General and the Summer Fairy were one person! It was more bizarre than the black dragon! Honestly, it took me a while to realize that haha. Also, the rotting smell of Bu Ja was successfully conveyed (at least to me) by how rotting she looked. Great acting and great job makeup artists!

The Outfits – This has a high probability in bagging the best in outfits/costume award which I’ll give later this year. Everyone looked good in their well-fitted outfits! I can imagine a lot of money went to this one.

The Ending – since the start of the show, the ending was always pointing to a sad one. However, I like  how I got my consolations. I can deal with that ending! It’s all good then :).




Dislike – the only complain I have here is how Son Oh Gong was pushed into that super “rich” character. It was unnecessary. I found it trying hard somehow.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Jul 102014
 

you're all surrounded kdramaSummary: Four newly hired young detectives at Gangnam Police Station are making waves with solving difficult and exciting
cases. They’re under a very hard-working team leader who’s grooming them to be great detectives.

Genre: Action, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Seung Ki as Eun Dae Gu
Cha Seung Won as Seo Pan Suk
Go Ah Ra as Yeo Soo Sun
Ahn Jae Hyun as Park Tae Il
Park Jung Min as Ji Gook

Likes: The script – It’s a well-written one. You might have heard of the story several times but how it was told is the secret why this drama is sooo good. It’s packed with some interesting story twists which always comes as great surprises. Also I like the way each character and scene were justified and explained through random flashbacks. Made me always comment, ah that’s why. Definitely well done!

The actors – great cast though I was after Cha Seung Won who always doesn’t disappoint me with his sexiness, looks and natural acting; the others were also worth the mention. Lee Seung Ki – it always takes me a while to like him but in the end, I always do. Go Ah Ra – she definitely nails the character. Park Jung Min – cute and funny. Ahn Jae Hyun – I thought I would see him soon after Man from the Stars. Such a pretty face!

The director – The credit for the snappiness of this drama goes to the person who tells everyone what to do. Even if you have a great cast but if the directing is bad and makes the acting awkward, the drama comes out sloppy. Lee Seung Ki and Cha Seung Won are important enough to be under a wing of a good director.

I love the 2 main couples. Very well matched! Dae Gu and Soo Sun – cute, young, unpredictable love! Pan Suk and Sa Kyung – both sexy, divorced couple who are finding love again. With all the serious cases they have to solve, these characters will still definitely make you giddy.

Funny! There was always something funny. May it be the awkwardness between lovers and colleagues or the way Cha Seung Won laughs.

Notable villain. Gosh she was sooo annoying!

Other side stories that kept the drama interesting. These stories were also very well integrated.

Favorite scene: the funeral of the lady chief when everyone was wearing their uniforms. Cha Seung Won definitely stood out!!!

Just love the ending! Everything was good. Our legendary team leader still true to his profession even in the countryside :).

Dislikes: I just thought the way they caught the mastermind was silly. For someone who masterminded a perfect crime could fall for a simple confession in the end. Oh well, maybe it was really his time. He was getting annoying anyway.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Apr 032014
 

gu family book kdramaSummary: The story follows the the life of KangChi, a half-human and half-mythical creature, who till the end tried to protect the people who were precious to him.

Genre: Fantasy, Period, Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 24
Stars:
Lee Seung Ki as Choi Kang Chi
Bae Suzy as Dam Yeo Wool
Lee Sung Jae as Jo Gwan Woong
Jo Sung Ha as Dam Pyung Joon
Yoo Yun Suk as Park Tae Seo
Lee Yoo Bi as Park Chung Jo
Sung Joon as GonYi
Choi Jin Hyuk as Gu Wol Ryung
Yoon Se Ah as Ja Hong Myung
Lee Yeon Hee as Yoon Seo Hwa

Likes: Great story! Never one boring episode for me and I’m talking about all 24!

I always like period drama especially good ones and Gu Family Book belongs to that category. The story is rich!

Great cast! Plenty of really good actors here. I specially love the villain, Lee Sung Jae. I mean hands down, he was just great! Another one of my favorite is Choi Jin Hyuk aka Wol Ryung, father of KangChi. He was hot especially when he turned evil! Hm, I seem to like the bad ones :).

The dialogues were just sooo good especially between the Admiral and Lord Bi Jo! These 2 were always fun to watch.

I like the love story of Kang Chi and Yeo Wool but I think I was truly moved by the bittersweet love story of Kang Chi’s parents! Tragically good!

I’m happy to see Lee Seung Ki paired with someone younger. Finally!

Dislikes: Not sure of Bae Suzy. Somehow her acting wasn’t too period. Was it the accent?

The epilogue, hm. I like how it ended but somehow it was rushed. I was so spoiled with how they put details on the period scenes.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mar 252014
 

my girlfriend is a gumiho kdramaSummary: A gumiho (a nine-tailed fox) was released from being trapped for years in the painting. Once in the human world and no direction, she followed the guy who released her.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Seung Ki as Cha Tae Woong
Shin Min Ah as Gumiho
No Min Woo as Park Dong Joo
Park Soo Jin as Eun Hye In

Likes: Shin Min Ah is brilliant in this drama, no doubt!
Lots of funny and cute moments specially that of the aunt and the director!

Dislikes: Not really a fan of Lee Seung Ki (sorry).
No chemistry between leads.
Lee Seung Ki’s character was more like a boy here.
No Min Woo looks very gay. Couldn’t take him as “the” other guy

My Rating: 7 stars! (10 as highest)

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