Mr. Queen

mr queen kdramaSummary: In the modern times, the soul of a male chef finds its way into the body of a Joseon royalty, Queen Cheorin. He has to live in the palace as the newly crowned queen who has to deal with her new husband, King Cheoljong. Luckily, the king becomes fond of the queen’s new personality and even gets fascinated of her use of the future vocabularies. They become close and support each other against the powerful families that tried to harm them both which are headed by the queen and grand queen dowager.

Trailer: Mr. Queen

Genre: Period, Comedy, Fantasy, Kings & Princes
Episodes: 20
Stars: Shin Hye Sun as Kim So Yong / Queen Cheorin
Kim Jung Hyun as Lee Won Bum / King Cheoljong
Sul In Ah as Jo Hwa Jin (King Cheoljong’s concubine)



Likes: Such a light-hearted, downright funny, colourful historical drama packed with action, twists and talented, good-looking cast. Enjoyed every episode of it and glad they stretched it to 20, with each episode longer than an hour. My period drama craving this year has been almost satisfied but won’t complain if there will be more coming ahead especially with this caliber.

Brilliant story. Whoever came up with it should get an award for making all of its fans laugh and forget our daily miseries. A male celebrity chef stuck in a female body and not just anyone’s but a royal in Joseon era. I was so curious how it would turn out. And absolutely impressed how the story broke boundaries and at the same time keeping it traditional.

Colourful costumes. The attention to costume details was superb. I love all those gorgeous Mama outfits! The colour, the material, the embroideries! Queen Cheorin wasn’t the only one privileged to wear those royal Hanboks, we also had the Queen Dowager, Grand Queen Dowager and even Jo Hwa Jin, a royal concubine, who were all looking grand in their respective Hanboks. And not to mention those lovely and intricate hair accessories they all wore! King Cheoljong’s royal attire wasn’t lagging behind. He had quite a showdown actually. From the red robe (he would normally wear inside the palace), purple (when visiting Queen Cheorin at her home), black ensemble (fighting and hunting mode), noble man (when he was undercover) and those sexy nighties for those special nights ;-).

The Joseon era set. I was again taken back in time to this fascinating world where electricity, cars and concrete roads were non-existent. I love the palace. Glad they put a lot of effort on the different sets inside the palace. From the King’s Hall, Queen’s Chamber, Concubine Jo’s Villa, Grand Queen’s palace, Queen Dowager’s place of worship, to the royal library and of course the most important, the royal kitchen. Like the costumes, they put a lot of attention to details.

Man trap in a woman’s body. Jang Bong Hwan, a playboy chef suddenly trapped in a queen of Joseon’s body was the most entertaining plot I have this year! I will always remember “No Touching”, the moment when he was having his mentruation, his first kiss and night with the King, when he was flirting with the other concubines, his first time with embroidery. Nevertheless, he remained what he was good in doing and that was cooking, he was the master of the royal kitchen!

The Queen’s charm. Who would not fall in love with the queen with her knowledge of unknown-to-that-era vocabs (that the King made an entire dictionary of her language), her unrefined manners, her sweetness to her court ladies, her mastery in the kitchen (after all he came up with Mac Donaldu, Fortune Jelly and Yongsu potato), her wits using k-food and k-beauty to win allies, her tactical knowledge on battles and fights. King Cheoljong was such a lucky man!



Favourite Queen’s Vocabs. “No touching”, of course, is number one! I also like “anti-fan”, “all-in”, “lotto” and “brunch!” She always made my day!

Brilliant Cast. This drama is packed with good actors. The leads were already daebak so as the support. The antagonists were brilliant, from the Grand Queen (played by Bae Jong Ok), her brother Kim Jwa Geun (played by Kim Tae Woo) down to those scheming government officials. But let me go through the list of lead cast and their roles…

Shin Hye Sun as Kim So Yong / Queen Cheorin – She’s done it again! Shin Hye Sun is such an amazing actress. Her role here is so funny and she’d done it with ease. She seems to be a naturally funny person. Love seeing her as queen for once. Her beauty is regal fits perfectly as queen of Joseon. Her Jang Bong Hwan character won everyone’s heart even the King’s.

Kim Jung Hyun as Lee Won Bum / King Cheoljong – I’m glad Kim Jung Jyun landed a lead role after Crash Landing On You. As the gentle King Cheoljong in this drama, he looked somewhat different but always dashing in his royal robes and outfits. I love his voice especially when he talks to the queen. His chemistry with Shin Hye Sun was undeniably top!

Sul In Ah as Jo Hwa Jin – this girl is so pretty! She looked amazing in her royal hanboks especially that orange ensemble. Fighting with the queen over the king’s affection was somehow cute especially when she lost her temper and shot an arrow on the queen’s head.

Choi Jin Hyuk as Jang Bong Hwan – I think Choi Jin Hyuk found his genre, and that’s comedy! After Zombie Detective, then this. This guy definitely knows how to make everyone laugh.



The OST. Loving the full Mr. Queen OST but Here I Am is my favourite.

The Ending. I knew the show would come to an end and I was worried they would mess it up but it came out okay. Okay but not great. Refer below…

Dislikes: Like King Cheoljong in the last part, I miss Jang Bong Hwan’s personality in the Queen.

Kim Byung In, the queen’s famous cousin was so annoying with his entitlement. Good thing he was able to redeem himself at the last hour.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Angel’s Last Mission: Love

angels last missionSummary: An angel messes up his last mission. Instead of taking the soul of a ballerina, he saves her from the brink of death. He is given though another chance, a mission to make the ballerina fall in love. However she is one difficult soul and that gives our angel a hard time. In the end, she falls in love but no other than with the angel himself.

Trailer: Angel’s Last Mission: Love

Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 32
Stars: Shin Hye Sun as Lee Yun Seo
L as Dan
Lee Dong Gun as Ji Kang Woo
Kim Bo Mi as Geum Ni Na



Likes: What a wonderful and graceful intro with our prima ballerina on the spotlight and our gorgeous angel looking good on all-white flapping his wings going for his next mission. It looked such a very promising fantasy drama I had been waiting for. But how did it fair for me? Let’s find out…

Beautiful story on how the soul of a young boy who went to heaven early and became an angel got reunited with the girl he liked when he was still alive. Their fate got entangled when he couldn’t resist saving the girl from the brink of death. As a punishment, cute as it may sound, he became part human and make the girl fall in love with somebody. It’s just cute, really.

I love the cast! Shin Hye Sun was awesome! Her role in this drama… a bratty, rich heir slash prima ballerina fits her so well. I wonder if she really is a ballerina. There were some dancing scenes when she didn’t require a double. Her lean physique looked like a top ballerina to me and she was so looking great in all her outfits, so intimadatingly rich! Her facial expression was always good, always full of emotion.

L’s acting improved a lot although he’s not yet there but it’s good to see him as a main lead. He looked too young for Shin Hye Sun at start but his appearance towards the end kind of improved, making him looked more mature and handsome especially when he was sad.

Lee Dong Gun’s series of supporting leads gives him an edge again. Honestly, he had more chemistry with Shin Hye Sun here. Especially during the scenes when they were still together in the story. I thought he connected so well with her.

Kim Bo Mi wasn’t that bad. She could dance too but found her too thin. Well, that fits her role well as someone who has an eating disorder.

The kissing scenes. I’ve got to admit, some were awkward but I love the final kiss of life. I thought that was beautiful. L was not looking too nervous when he did that so it went really so well.

The saving scene. I held my breath when she fell and I held it even more when Kim Dan appeared as an angel catching her from that fall. It was a beautiful scene! Well, everytime his wings were out, it became exciting!

Giselle. I loved it that they were so detailed with the show. It wasn’t just all practice but they actually really did a good performance on stage.



Angel’s Last Mission: Love OST. Beautiful songs! You’ve got some sad tunes but remember the drama is not a romantic comedy.

Love the ending! I didn’t want to ask a lot questions but I liked how it ended. It was good. A great compensation for all the tears I shed for this drama.

Dislikes: I don’t totally agree with how the writer perceived how all this divine providence works. Misleading for Christians like me but tried to come up with an objective review anyway. Didn’t want to make it complicated, it’s a kdrama afterall.

Weak villains.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Thirty But Seventeen

thirty but seventeen kdramaSummary: Woo Seo Ri falls into a coma and wakes up 13 years later. She finds herself going back to her old home but now owned by Gong Woo Jin. She begs to be taken in by the new owner for a period of time until she finds her relatives but during that short period both of them start falling for each other.

Trailer: Thirty But Seventeen

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Shin Hye Sun as Woo Seo Ri
Yang Se Jong as Gong Woo Jin
Ahn Hyo Sup as Yoo Chan
Ye Ji Won as Jennifer



Likes: A surprisingly wonderful drama! I just love everything about it. It was entertaining from start to finish, it never lost it’s momentum. Simply awesome!

The Story. It was unique. At least I never had this one before. Now, our girl waking up 13 years later after falling into coma. Scared of her own looks as she became older and also couldn’t  find her relatives who used to live with her before. Tragic, right? But wait! Here comes our guy who is the new owner of the girl’s house, has some psychological problem of his own and is cold to everyone, but he let our girl stay in the house for a month until she finds her relatives. Cupid came in and you know what happens when this one meddles in. And then, with some twist and that, viola, they actually already knew each other before :-). Hm, something like that but of course the story was beautifully told. Really, must watch!

The Cast. Can’t get any better. I love everyone!

Shin Hye Sun as Woo Seo Ri – she was a surprise. Didn’t expect her to be the main lead but she deserves to be the main lead! She did really well as the childish, innocent, 17-year-old Woo Seo Ri. And her chemistry with Yang Se Jong was awesome. To look 30 but appear 17 and in love for the first time was the challenge in this role and she nailed it.

Yang Se Jong as Gong Woo Jin – oh how I love this guy but I should rate him on how he did in this drama. And yes, he is consistently good! I love his facial expressions especially when he looked at someone with admiration. Omo, omo, I melted several times! And he can cry too, even without trying too hard. Definitely a great actor! This kind of role: melancholic, OC and cold always seems perfect for him but I believe he can do other roles too – with flying colours.

Ahn Hyo Sup as Yoo Chan – the athlete body suits Ahn Hyo Sup perfectly. He is tall and obviously he trained hard for those muscles too. I love Yoo Chan, he’s a very energetic, lively and positive character. He basically lit up the whole show. And of course his famed motto, DON’T THINK, FEEL is next best thing to FIGHTING!

Ye Ji Won as Jennifer – Oh Jennifer, definitely the star of the show! The outfit, the quotes, the cooking. Definitely, BY JENNIFER! Credit to Ye Ji Won for bringing this awesome character to life. Jennifer was just too cool and likeable!



Secret Ingredients. I think the overall positive energy that this drama conveys contributed hugely to its success. That energy was everywhere and in every character and most of all in every group: the new family that was created in the house, the rowing team, the design team. It was very beautiful to watch. And the other secret ingredient is a credit that goes to the director and the camera people for having this technique of focusing too close to the person’s face, revealing details like sweats, pimples, breathing, etc, making us viewers hear and feel what the subjects are going through. I thought that was brilliant! One good example of this was the main leads’ first kiss. To be able to convey that exact feeling and emotions during that scene was just fantastic!

The Ending. Such a beautiful ending. I don’t want to go into details but I just wanna say it was very well done, hands down!

Dislikes: I just don’t understand why the aunt kept the money all those years but didn’t pay for Woo Seo Ri hospitalization. A minor setback but can be ignored.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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The Legend of the Blue Sea

Summary: Born in the present time as Shim Chung and Heo Joon Jae, this couple who had an ill-fated love in the past meet again and are destined to fall in love again. Since Sim Chung is a mermaid and has a limited time on land, she has to capture Heo Joon Jae’s heart so she could be loved by him in return and will make her stay on land possible. The couple is facing a possibility to  repeat all things in the past including their sad end but will a happy ending possible this time?

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Fantasy, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Episodes: 20
Stars: Jun Ji Hyun as Shim Chung
Lee Min Ho as Heo Joon Jae
Lee Hee Joon as Jo Nam Doo
Shin Won Ho as Tae Oh
Lee Ji Hoon as Heo Cha Hyun
Shin Hye Sun as Cha Shi Ah




Likes: This is another great fantasy drama to love this year! A mermaid falling in love with a human is sure will capture everyone’s attention but adding a parallel story which happened during the Joseon era which is slowly giving answers, unraveling the mystery of the present time adds to the mystic of the whole show. It’s simply a beautiful, quite well-done story-telling!

We’ve got two of the most sought actors in Korea doing the show so this makes its anticipation quite high. But how did they do? Quite well, I would say. Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun’s chemistry was just over the top! The two were relaxed and comfortable with each other. And both are extremely good-looking!

Lee Min Ho – though his English pronunciation is still the same, his Joseon accent has improved a lot. Gorgeous in whatever he wears in this drama, he had the chance to showcase his huge wardrobe. Of course, he looked prim and proper in his Joseon outfit but his fashionable outfits in the presents days were outrageous, he looked every inch a model! He’s obviously younger than the leading lady but he successfully able to develop that strong chemistry with her.

Jun Ji Hyun – she’s intimidatingly beautiful and fashionable! Very natural in acting as if she’s just acting herself. She’s quite funny as well but what impressed me more were her underwater scenes. Very graceful and comfortable in water. She might have used a double with the mermaid outfit but did obviously some water scenes. Impressive!

The breathtaking worlds we have in this drama…

The Joseon period – beautiful mountain and coastal sceneries but my most favorite is when they released the lanterns. It looks so romantic!

The underwater world of Sim Chung the mermaid – colourful corals and caves, the water world is just wonderful!

The Spanish charming towns – the first few episodes were shot in Spain showcasting the beauty of the place. Scenic coastal views, beaches, beautiful town architecture add to the romantic feel of the show.

The present Seoul – shot in winter season, a very cold Seoul becomes the place of our lovebirds. Namsan tower, skiing place, even the beach side is full of snow. Brrr, cold but ramained romantic, thanks to our hot couple!

The outfits! Everyone is very fashionable. Well-chosen outfits for every character. Lee Min Ho was very fashionable here especially that he had to change into several outfits due the nature of his job. But I was always looking forward to what Jun Ji Hyun was wearing. This lady can wear everything and will still look great!

The kiss scenes! All of them are good. I took note of them all and surprisingly always labeled it the first kiss. It’s how good every kiss was! But boy, that one french kiss that says all… so passionate, so sexy and so sad as it was saying goodbye. Never seen Lee Min Ho kissed like that.

Most funny scenes! I was mostly entertained by these two…

  • Hae Joon Jae hearing whatever Sim Chung was thinking.
  • Shi Ah thinking Tae Oh really is in love with her.

A family of villains! And they were great villains. Transcending their villainous fate from the Joseon period to the present day Seoul.

Happy ending. I’m glad Shi Ah had her happy ending after desperately chasing Hae Joon Jae for years. The notorious family of villain was brought to justice. Joon Jae finally reunited with his mum. And lastly, after 3 years, Sim Chung coming back healthy to her Joon Jae after recuperating under the sea.




Dislikes: It has uncanny similarity to Goblin. Too bad Goblin ended first so that kind of spoiled the ending for me.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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