Apr 232020
 

the king eternal monarch kdramaSummary: King Lee Gon of the Kingdom of Corea, a parallel world of the Republic of Korea, crosses dimension chasing after a person who he thinks was his savior when he was a little boy who was about to get killed. He finally meets Jung Tae Eul, a detective in the other world, who he thinks was his saviour but she doesn’t have a recollection of him. In his constant trip to the other side, King Lee Gon realizes the two worlds are messed up due to the doing of his traitor uncle Lee Rim. So he is finding a way to fix it.

Trailer: The King: Eternal Monarch

Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 32
Stars: Lee Min Ho as Lee Gon
Kim Go Eun as Jung Tae Eul / Luna
Woo Do Hwan as Jo Eun Sub / Jo Young
Kim Kyung Nam as Kang Shin Jae
Jung Eun Chae as Goo Seo Ryung
Lee Jung Jin as Lee Rim

Likes: I absolutely love this fantasy/romance with time-travel genre! Although I knew time-travel would always confuse me but I was willing and all ready to be confused before I started the first episode. And talking about it…

The first episode. That was a mysterious, intriguing and nerve-racking first episode. Everything was perfect! It started so well. I love the storytelling as if someone was reading a legend to me. “And so there once this legendary bamboo flute which allows the owner to travel between parallel worlds. Of course, because of its power, one soul wanted to get hold of it and use it for his plans and that to take control of different worlds and live almost immortal. Unfortunately or fortunately, the flute got snapped into two and he only got half of it. The other half went to our guy, the King!” That was a good introduction to a complicated storyline combined with a remarkable action scene when the crown prince was about to get killed but then shooting began and broke the glass roof. Following the shattered glass, came down the powdery snow onto the dead King and the hurt young crown prince. Yeah, what a scene!  I thougt it was brilliant!

The promising cast.

Lee Min Ho as Lee Gon – It was good to see LMH back in the drama world, I’ve missed him! Although, I know in my heart he’s not the best actor out there, he’s still a favourite of mine and it was good to see him taking the role of King Lee Gon of the Kingdom of Corea. He looked dashing in his kingly outfits and very knightly on his white horse, Maximus!

Kim Go Eun as Jung Tae Eul and Luna – I like both roles but my favourite is her Luna character – lonely, dark, sad, scary and even dying. Jung Tae Eul on the other hand was the likeable type – brave, smart, happier and healthier. I would say Kim Go Eun did well especially with Luna.

Woo Do Hwan as Jo Eun Sub / Jo Young – Woo Do Hwan was awesome! Upstaging the lead actor is definitely a feat. As Jo Young, the very handsome bodyguard of the King also known as the unbreakable sword, he could pass as the next Bond! But his Jo Eun Sub character would give Woo Do Han the best acting award. He totally pulled it off! Jo Eun Sub was such a funny guy with a very heavy Busan accent. The show was light-hearted because of him.

Kim Kyung Nam as Kang Shin Jae – He’s not your typical Korean cutie but omo this guy can act. I was very impressed with his crying moments.

Jung Eun Chae as Goo Seo Ryung – two words, intimidatingly beautiful! Young but she looked very mature in acting. The Prime Minister role suited her so well.

Lee Jung Jin as Lee Rim – oh this guy is a veteran, I could tell. Such a brilliant actor. I think the show would have struggled more without him as the villain.

Awesome OST & score. I love the score most, very powerful! But here’s a link to both OST and score… The King: Eternal Monarch OST + Score.

Set Design. There was an obvious effort on the sets but my favourite was the King’s office. That library / office was just impressive. Lee Gon always looked kingly in that room. Well done!

Costume Design. Of course, the king’s wardrobe was the best. I love his outfit when he went to see Jung Tae Eul for the first time and he didn’t have money so he had to sell the precious buttons on his coat. That was lovely coat! Runner up is the Prime Minister’s wardrobe.

Epic Scenes. Aside from the first episode’s epic scene, there were some more like the almost battle with Japan, the rescue of Jung Tae Eul on the streets of the kingdom headed by the king himself, the king’s New Year walk on a snowy night meeting Lee Rim  and everytime when the TIME stops.

The Ending. Not so bad actually. I was kind of getting ready for a sad or tragic ending. But it ended well, giving closures to most of the threads.

Dislikes: It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t a bad script, it was just simply poor execution of the script. After the first episode, it was a total mess. Confused the hell out of me! It took it until episode 11 to finally take off but even then I wasn’t completely satisfied. Such a waste, it could have been done better.

I’ve never seen so aggressive ad placements in my kdrama watching history. Really onto your face ads!  Too much chicken, milk tea, ginseng, coffee… and more! Ruin the whole thing.

So disturbed by Lee Min Ho’s perfectly done lips especially on the earlier episodes. Too much makeup!

The chemistry wasn’t just there.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Nov 282019
 

my country kdramaSummary: Set during the Goryeo Kingdom, two good friends separate as enemies and both become warriors trying to protect their country. Seo Hwi, who was the son of a former general, who was then accused of treason, has to serve Prince Jeongan in order to take his revenge against his friend’s father but then realizes that the cause of his own father’s death is Prince Jeongan himself.

Trailer: My Country

Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yang Se Jong as Seo Hwi
Woo Do Hwan as Nam Sun Ho
Kim Sul Hyun as Han Hee Jae
Jang Hyuk as Lee Bang Won (Taejong of Joseon)
Kim Young Chul as Lee Sung Gye
Ahn Nae Sang as Nam Jun



Likes: This drama delivered a very good first impression. The sets, cinematography, costumes, soundtrack and of course the brilliant cast! It was sooo good to see two of my favourites, Yang Se Jong and Woo Do Hwan  in a sageuk drama dressed in traditional Goryeo era costumes. Speaking the old language also added to their charismatic roles.

Love the fight scenes! So many of them but my favourites were always the duel between the bestfriends Seo Hwi and Nam Sun Ho. At least when Prince Jeongan (Jang Hyuk) didn’t draw his sword!

Cast worth talking about…

Yang Se Jong as Seo Hwi – it was refreshing to see Yang Se Jong in a sageuk role and it was understandable why he was picked to portray Seo Hwi. Yang Se Jong’s good boy face suits Seo Hwi well. He was perfect for that loyal servant and a very good friend role.

Woo Do Hwan as Nam Sun Ho – this guy has the perfect noble look. Loved his long, straight hair and his very handsome face. Also looked great in a warrior costume. Despite his status, Woo Do Hwan as Nam Sun ho was a sensitive soul and a very loyal friend.

Jang Hyuk as Lee Bang Won or Prince Jeongan – Although I loved both actors above but I think Jang Hyuk stole the show! He just dominated everything! He was every inch looking like a prince, a proud and ambitious one, who was also excellent in fighting and politics! I couldn’t help, I was fangirling! I loved how he would go around with his fan, waving it around. His long hair was so perfect for his so handsome face! And of course, the acting was as usual brilliant! It’s Jang Hyuk, y’all!

One of my favourite scenes of this drama is the confrontation between the King and Prince Jeongan. I thought the exchange of words was worse than any arrow or sword. And before it ended, the King shot an arrow through Prince Jeongan’s kept hair which all hang down, of course all in a princely fashion.

The chemistry here was between the male actors. We’ve got undeniable chemistry between the two bestfriends, Seo Hwi and Nam Sun Ho, then Seo Hwi and Prince Jeongan, then Nam Sun Ho and his loyal henchman, then Seo Hwi and his three good friends. They were inseparable!

I love the comical relief, the love story between Seo Hwi’s friends, Park Moon Bok and a beautiful gisaeng. These two were quite funny.



The ending as I expected ended between the undying love of two good friends. How sweet. And since it was a love triangle, the third party ended up in tears.

Dislikes: I wasn’t warming up to Kim Sul Hyun at all. Poor chemistry between her and Yang Se Jong.

The storyline was all over the place. There was a point when I would say there was no point in fighting anymore. Everyone was just lost, the characters were lost, they don’t know what they were fighting for.

This is the first sageuk I ever watched when characters don’t die after getting stabbed TROUGH with a sword a couple of times. Ahm, was I watching fantasy or what?

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Mar 202018
 

Tempted kdramaSummary: Kwon Shi Hyun would do everything to please Choi Soo Ji, the lady who he likes that when she asked him to seduce a girl, Eun Tae Hee, he did without hesitation. But while doing so, he falls in love with Tae Hee and puts his childhood friendship behind. More so, Kwon Si Hyun finds out his ill-fated connection with Tae Hee which makes it harder for him to pursue her.

Trailer: The Great Seducer

Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Woo Do Hwan as Kwon Shi Hyun
Joy as Eun Tae Hee
Moon Ga Young as Choi Soo Ji
Kim Min Jae as Lee Se Joo




Likes: I loved the different versions of this story made into movie / drama, from the “Dangerous Liaisons” with its impressive Rococo setting to the Holywood’s carefree and chaotic student life in “Cruel Intentions”. I was hoping to get my korean version of it in this drama and yes, I wasn’t disappointed. Since it’s the kdrama version, it wasn’t as tragic compared to its predecessors. The story: I will always love and never get tired of it. It never gets old, it’s like Boys Over Flower all over again for me. Will always watch a new version, lol!

There were some notable twists that adds curiosity to a simple romantic story. I also love the entertwined lives of each character in the drama. It was fun trying to solve all the puzzles.

The cast is awesome, so talented and very promising. Although I think everyone was good in this drama, I would focus on the main young cast which consist of…

Woo Do Hwan as Kwon Shi Hyun – Whoooah, that face! He looks so handsome and my super crush right now :). But can he act? An absolute YES! I was very impressed actually. He did so well portraying KWH, the cool, rich, handsome heir but behind the shiny facade, a lonely and sad young soul. I loved his voice, sooo sexy. The way he says “Yepeo” (pretty) is sooo adorable, it always felt like it was addressed to me, lol! And dang this guy can cry, so naturally! You’ll feel like crying with him all the time.

Joy as Eun Tae Hee  – The character wasn’t not as fierce as I hoped for. There were times when she was super clingy that it was so annoying to watch. But Joy as a kpopstar is so cute and sweet, it’s hard to ignore her. Eun Tae Hee’s character  turned out to be the two earlier mentioned plus genuine and independent. As a package, she deserved all of Kwon Shi Hyun’s attention.

Moon Ga Young as Choi Soo Ji – I love her! She’s not just a pretty face but a really good actress. She did Choi Soo Ji with ease, it was very pleasing to watch. The bratty, bitchy, princess-like character with a compassionate tinge and a love in music was the personality See Jo fell in love with.



Kim Min Jae as Lee Se Joo – at first I really pity this guy. It’s not that he’s not cool and handsome, he actually was but it was so sad to watch him only having eyes on Soo Ji who was into his bestfriend. Lee See Joo’s one sided-loving felt so real, you just wanna hug him. But hey, he wasn’t hopeless in the end!

I quite enjoyed the OST! Specially the intrumental ones!

I kind of miss drama that integrates cherry blossoms as part of the story. Glad that I have it back in this one. So shall we try catching a falling cherry blossom petals now? Or next spring perhaps? We shouldn’t lose hope eh.

The ending, it so kdrama kind of ending and I love it! Of course, of course, it could have been earlier than 5 years but well, Kwon Shi Hyun has to come back extra dashing as he did. But Soo Ji and See Jo’s ending became my favourite. See Joo from all that he did, he at least deserved a happy closure. It was good to see other characters and their relationships got their deserving closures as well.

Dislikes: Well, there was that scene when Tae Hee got so drunk, then started calling everyone Kwon Shi Hyun, got so clingy when he arrived… uhh couldn’t stand it! I know it’s a drama but for real, no guy won’t go back to you if you behave like that lol!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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