Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Extraordinary Attorney Woo kdramaSummary: Attorney Woo graduated with top honors but didn’t get hired right away because of her autism. She finally gets into a reputable law firm in the country and is now one of the rookie lawyers who is making a name for herself despite the fact that she is autistic and possesses some traits that could hinder her success.

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Genre: Legal, Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Eun Bin as Woo Young Woo
Kang Tae Oh as Lee Jun Ho
Kang Ki Young as Jung Myeong Seok
Ha Yoon Kyung as Choi Su Yeon
Joo Jong Hyuk as Kwon Min Woo



Likes: So many reasons to like this drama! It was highly entertaining with some sense of depth plus, I’ve got to say, artistic presentation. Definitely, one of my favourites this year! So, shall we go through the most important points…

Cute Intro. The intro itself is a treat! I love the scenes, the music, the whale and the editing of that short piece was simply awesome. I normally skip intros if they are not worth the time but this one, I would always watch. It just gave every episode a good and happy start.

Autism World. I know, it doesn’t represent all, but the show gave us an understanding about the word autism and the people affected by it, the autistic and the people around that person. It teaches us to be more emphatic towards them. Attorney Woo was of course exceptionally genius, but she represented hope and acceptance.

Case Stories. I love how well-crafted the stories behind every legal case were. They really made every episode interesting. They were a brilliant addition to the already-captivating romantic story between the leads. If I were to choose, I love the case they took in Jeju. Aside from showcasing the beauty of the island, it became the healing case for everyone, realizing what really matters in life. There was a lot of turning points like for the sick Attorney Jung, who discovered he had stage 3 stomach cancer. Attorney Kwon, the tactician, who had a change of heart. Unfortunately, a break up had happened but overall, it was a good trip and a good case.

The Awesome Cast. Everyone really did a great job!

Park Eun Bin as Woo Young Woo – she was brilliant as Attorney Woo! This lady can take any role and I thought last year’s The King’s Affection was her best, but looking at this drama, I think she topped that performance. She was immersed in this role! The facial expression, mannerism, the walk, the talk were perfectly mastered. Hands down for such a brilliant performance! I would love to see her more in the future!



Kang Tae Oh as Lee Jun Ho – finally, a leading man role for this handsome, charismatic, young man! Watching his past dramas, Kang Tae Oh was always undoubtedly a great actor. Though only taking supporting roles, he would always shine. As Lee Jun Ho, he was so admirable because of his kindness towards Attorney Woo. He would look at her with so much love. Who wouldn’t fall in love with this guy?

Kang Ki Young as Jung Myeong Seok – wow, I think this role will bring Kang Ki Yong to places. He was just awesome as Attorney Jung! I would want him as my mentor too! The passion in working as a lawyer was all written on his face! He looked great in suits too!

Jin Kyung as Tae Su Mi – I’ve got to mention this lady. She was so classy as Tae Su Mi, Attorney Woo’s mum! The way she talked, walked and dressed, just gorgeous! Her entrance to the court made everyone acknowledged her presence, just so much class and power!

Supporting Love Team. The budding romance between Attorney Won and Choi was so cute. These two were fighting like cat and dog from the very start. Slowly, at the end, they were getting closer. I knew it! Jeju island will do that to you, you know? Seen it all in past kdramas!

Attorney Woo’s Amazing Friends. I love how she managed to have great friends! The close friend from high school Dong Geu Ra Mi was a gem! Loud but super funny and he was like a big sister/protector to Attorney Woo. And my gosh, that viral “Woo to the Young to the Woo” replied by “Dong to the Geu to the Ra Mi”, was just amazing!

The other friend is Attorney Choi Su Yeon, from university who was always there for Attorney Woo. For her, Attorney Choi is “Spring Sunshine Su Yeon”! So sweet!



Quotable Quotes. They’re mostly by our dear Attorney Woo…

“If I were a whale, would my mum not have abandoned me?” – after she was talking about mommy whales never abandoning their babies during a hunt (heartbreaking 😢).

“You keep on popping in my head even if you’re not a whale.” – Attorney Woo to Jun Ho during her confession

“What you see isn’t everything. Don’t be blinded by what you can see. Keep in mind the essence of what lies beyond that.” – Abbot of Jeju temple

“I’m like a narwhal in a pod of Belugas. I live in a unfamiliar ocean with unfamiliar belugas. Because everyone’s different from me, it’s not easy to adjust, and there are lots of whales that hate me too. But it’s okay, because this is my life. Though my life is unusual and peculiar, it’s valuable and beautiful.” – Attorney Woo to her mum Tae Su Mi

The Ending. I really love the ending! They could have not done it any better. The last case with Attorney Woo’s half brother involved was the perfect wrapping up to her story. There was definitely reconciliation but never in a cheesy way. It was all well done! Such an awesome ending!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


Alchemy of Souls

alchemyof souls kdramaSummary: Jang Wook is the successor of a powerful mage family, the Jang. However, his energy source was closed by his own father preventing him to do magic. Jang Wook meets a girl Moo Duk, who has the soul of a powerful assasin and thinks she will be her master.

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Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Kings & Princes, Flower Boys, Magic, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Episodes: 20
Stars: Lee Jae Wook as Jang Wook
Jung So Min as Moo Duk Yi
Hwang Min Hyun as Seo Yool
Shin Seung Ho as Go Won (the crown prince)



Likes: I’ve been longing for a gooood fantasy drama in a while now, and I think my prayers have been answered by this. This drama didn’t just fed our lust for fantasy stories but all in one treat of period, supernatural, magic, and even comedy. It’s one big, fantastic show and it didn’t disappoint!

The Story. I’m a big fan of the Hong sisters’ style. This, one once again has that similar pattern to their previous work, Hotel de Luna. At times dark, at times funny, and it involved some soul swapping, although Hotel de Luna was more on ghost. I love the story of Alchemy of Souls, it’s somewhat unique and intriguing. And I love how the beginning of the show mainly focused on the background story. How detailed it was which made it clearer and gave all characters weights as the story progressed.

The World. The story is set in a fictional country called Daeho and it looked magical. I love the beautiful sceneries and of course the beautiful people that lived in it. I won’t complain about the men’s eyebrows being too perfect. I think they have blended so well with whole set up 😁. The old world was captivating and mesmerizing. You just want to be part of it.

The Costumes. They were gorgeous! A magical period setting showcased a more enhanced period costumes for everyone. The mages wore these robes that made them looked like above everyone else. Of course, the luxurious types were worn by the leading mages. The ladies dresses were beautiful and accessorized nicely. They wore jewelries just like in Silla Kingdom (at least the one I saw in another drama). Anyways, what I’m trying to say is there’s so much emphasis on the costumes which made this a truly top show.



The Awesome Effects. I’ve got to say, they really did a great job with this. The first scenes capturing Naksu at the frozen river was quite impressive, such iconic fighting scenes! I also love all the cloud effects when alchemy of souls is being performed. The fighting scenes doing Tansu, Chisu and all the Sus 😄 were captivating. So much power, magic and looking good!

Naksu & The Four Seasons Intro…

Naksu – the beautiful assasin called Naksu, for wherever she goes heads fall to the ground.

Jang Uk – the successor of the Jang family who is as dazzling as the winter snow.

Seo Yul – the genius of the Seo family who is as noble as the sunset in fall.

Park Dang Gu – the heir of the Park family who has the energy of a hot summer.

Jin Cho Yeon as Spring – the daughter of the Jin family who has the vitality of spring.

The BOF Vibe. I can definitely see a lot of Boys over Flowers here. Although our poor girl used to be a fighting goddess, she lost all of her power and became a damsel in distress. Naksu trapped in another body is rescued by the heir of the Jang family, Jang Uk, who’s of course rich and handsome. Then we have Seo Yul, another heir, not only genius but also good-looking, who happened to be Naksu’s first love. The crown prince who’s heir to the throne showing some liking to our girl but gets turned down a lot. Oh memories!

The Beautiful OST. Oh my, I’m missing the show just listening to the OST. The songs are beautiful with a tinge of sadness. Check it out Alchemy of Souls OST!

Words of the Heart. The poem was written by the founder and leader of Seongrim, Master Seo Gyeong, but not known to many it was a love letter for his beloved, the first Jinyowon leader, Jin Seol Ran.

“You can not grasp water, but it is inside the soil.
You can not touch fire, but it is inside the tree.
You can not hold the wind, but it is resting on the rock.
If you let them be, they will exist everywhere.
The faint, blue light makes me sigh.
My white breath turned into snow,
and tears I could not let them drop and hid them.
Despite knowing that they will fill up once again,
I am a fool who dares not shed a single tear.”



Gorgeous cast. Lots of eye candies here with some fighting skills…

Lee Jae Wook as Jang Wook – tall and slender and really good-looking in his robes, my gosh, Lee Jae Wook’s career has definitely lifted up. He always showed a great potential in his old dramas but I think as Jang Wook he’s in his road to being a Hallyu star.

Jung So Min as Moo Duk Yi – I never really warmed up to her in her past dramas, but as Moo Duk, she was perfect! Short but cute and if you look at her longer, she is actually really beautiful. I just wish she had more chemistry with Lee Jae Wook.

Hwang Min Hyun as Seo Yool – oh my gosh, such a pretty face! Seo Yool, the genius and the noble, whoah, who wouldn’t fall for him? Well, except Naksu, who had a change of heart. But to be fair Seo Yool has more chemistry with Moo Duk.

Shin Seung Ho as Go Won (the crown prince) – poor guy, he always gets rejected by Moo Duk, but I love his looks and personality. He’s haughty, yes, but he’s not evil. Oh well, let’s find out in season 2.

My Favourite Love Team. Well, it has to be between Park Jin, the Songrim leader and maidservant Kim. These two were a comical relief and they had such an impressive chemistry. Glad they had so many scenes together. Couldn’t stop laughing on how dense Park Jin was!

The ending. Well, it left everyone hanging but it was a good closure to the first season. When Moo Duk stabbed Jang Wook with the sword, I thought, oh no, is this going to have a tragic ending?! I hope not! I was kind of disappointed that it didn’t end but at the same time glad we have some hopes for a happy ending. Can’t wait for December!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


Twenty Five Twenty One

Twenty five twenty one kdramaSummary: Na Hee Do aspires to be a fencing champion. She has to transfer to a different high school to get more training. At 18, she meets Baek Yi Jin, 22, a hard-working guy who does a lot of part-time jobs. They become friends, then lovers, then see what happens when they turn twenty five and twenty one.

Trailer: Twenty Five Twenty One

Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Tae Ri as Na Hee Do
Nam Joo Hyuk as Baek Yi Jin
Bona as Koo Yoo Rim
Choi Hyun Wook as Moon Ji Woong



Likes: This is one of those kdramas that was just so well done. Such a wonderful story of love, friendship, support and relationship and all that comes with them, happiness, sadness, struggles, challenges, successes, failures and all.

The age. It’s so relatable because I was about Na Hee Do’s age during the turn of the century. All those stuff like comics, school uniform, school ground, friends hanging out a lot, eating, drinking, laughing, just simply having fun like you don’t have to worry about the future, my gosh, they all brought back memories of happy and carefree times. Then, there comes the crush, falling in love, having the first kiss, then comes the lapse in communication, then the breakup. So, we thought, oh well, that’s life. Then, we move on. This was also the time when we like to wear t-shirts a lot. That was our go-to outfit, even to the beach! I just love the beach outing in this drama. It was so like my time. It’s funny, because I always thought I grew up in that dull age 🤔. I come to think of it, and thanks to this drama too, it was not dull at all. It was fun, full of energy, challenging but we don’t break our head over things like we do now 😉. Really thanks to this, I get to look back to the past with a smile and pride and say hey, I grew up in that glorious age!

The characters. I was so impressed by the characters, they’re all very well-thought of.

Na Hee Do – I love her tenacity. She just didn’t give up being a fencer. She worked hard until she was level with her idol, isn’t that impressive! She was this fun, simple, a bit boyish, comics-fanatic, happiness comes from stickers kind of girl. She wasn’t the prettiest but exuded beauty and aura when she was fencing (this is why it’s easy to fall for varsity players ). She was also cute and funny, especially after her several confession attempts. My favourite was when she approached Baek Yi Jin thinking he was her online chat Injeolmi and said, “I have to have you.” 😊 Who wouldn’t fall for her, she was just too cute and likeable. And we’ve all got to thank Kim Tae Ri for bringing Na Hee Do to life. She did an amazing job! Such a great actress!



Baek Yi Jin – the amount of insults, embarrassments and treatment with contempt that this guy had to endure was no joke. I could feel his pain. And because of that pain, he wanted to make a difference for himself. If everyone works hard, he had to work even harder because he was just college dropout. Any career path would have been hard for him, but he worked harder to climb that ladder and I think he deserved where he was at the end. Well, at least the career side of things. I love Baek Yi Jin’s part in Na Hee Do’s life, bittersweet, maybe like Brad Pitt to Jennifer Aniston or Gwyneth Paltrow 😉. The way he would look at her with those puppy eyes, omo, omo, I melt! Credit to our handsome Nam Joo Hyuk for being our Baek Yi Jin. Well done!

Koo Yoo Rim – she was Na Hee Do’s happy ending and I just love the fact that they remained the best of friends after all those things. Koo Yoo Rim’s determination was very admirable. Her pain, struggles and sufferings because of poverty is something that a lot of us could relate to. I love her for loving her parents and sacrificing a lot for them. First time to see this idol Bo Na act and she is a very promising star. Watch out for her.

The Relationships. They always come as complicated. But hm, maybe not all. Some started simple then got complicated, others, the other way around, and sometimes it’s just smooth like butter!

Na Hee Do and Baek Yi Jin – I love how these two started. From strangers to acquaintances, then friends, then lovers, then wutt? Support from the distance? Okay, I’ll just accept that. The story on how they got closer as friends supporting each other on their lowest moments, then fell in love but started drifting apart, it broke my heart big time 😢! It’s so complicated. I just wish they both could have love, happiness and success all at once. But I guess that’s too much to ask.

Na Hee Do and her mum – I think Na Hee Do’s relationship with her mum had contributed to her break up with Baek Yi Jin. Her mum worked hard for her career missing out a lot on Na Hee Do growing up. Na Hee Do just doesn’t want another absentee loved one in her life. But I’m glad, in the end, these two ladies were able to fix  things up.

Na Hee Do and Koo Yoo Rim – I love their connection. It truly rooted from when they were still young. It might have been an insecurity thing from Koo Yoo Rim’s side when she lost against Na Hee Do when they were just starting, but definitely that was the connection. She started to dream to be the rival of Na Hee Do. Koo Yoo Rim made it to the top, and that made Na Hee Do dream too, and that someday she’ll be competing against Koo Yoo Rim. It took them a  while to be friends but they got there eventually, and what an amazing friendship they have! It was such a nerve-racking scene when they were competing for the gold medal in Madrid, and the embrace at the end made me tear up! Such an emotional scene!



Koo Yoo Rim and Moon Ji Woong – I admire these two for being strong for each other. Both young and in love but going through hardships together. I love that Ji Woong didn’t give up on Koo Yoo Rim, even when the latter tried to break up with him. Their goal was clear (especially from Ji Woong’s side), that they’ll be together no matter what. At the proposal, Ji Woong said, “It doesn’t matter where I come from. What matters is where I will go.”

Na Hee Do, Koo Yoo Rim, Baek Yi Jin, Moon Ji Woong and Ji Seung Wan – the bond between these friends was so strong and very admirable. I love how they hang out together – eat, drink, get drunk, talk, play games. It so brings back a lot of memories for me. I suddenly miss my childhood friends!

Collection of Quotes:

” Injeolmi, I have to have you.” – Na Hee Doo to Baek Yi Jin, mistaking him as her chat friend Injeomi 😍

“In the real world, you make an apology for the sake of everyone’s peace. It’s nothing personal. Society doesn’t care at all about an individual finding peace.” Sunbae giving Baek Yi Jin advice 👍

“”Wherever you are, I will make sure my support reaches you. I will go and reach you.” – Na Hee Do to Baek Yi Jin ❤️

“My support is not reaching him anymore.” – Na Hee Do to herself 😢

“We’re lovers only during the good times, and a burden to each other in the bad times.” Na Hee Do to Baek Yi Jin during the breakup 😢

“It doesn’t matter where I come from. What matters is where I will go.” – Moon Ji Woong proposing to Koo Yoo Rim 🥰



Handsome cameos. Choi Tae Joon (Park Shin Hye’s husband) as Na Hee Do’s ex-boyfriend came us a lovely surprise, especially that Baek Yi Jin was getting jealous of him. Kang Hoon (Red Sleeve) too, surprised us all when he appeared as Baek Yi Jin’s grown up younger brother, Baek Yi Hyun.

Unforgettable OST. I love all the songs that came with the drama. They match the 90’s mood, although they now leave a sting in my heart every time I listen to them. Here’s Twenty Five Twenty One OST!

Ending. I like the part where everyone finds their own closure. Na Hee Do, all grown-up, going back to the place where the most pain had happened. Baek Yi Jin, while retrieving his password after 20 years, reveals his answer to the question, Who’s your first love? In the end, I think it’s not how we grieve on the breakup but how we move on after it. Just like our Na Hee Do and Baek Yi Jin.

Dislikes: I’m still grieving though on the breakup! 😢😢😢

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


Red Sleeve

red sleeve kdramaSummary: Sung Duk Im is a court lady serving the crown prince of Joseon. Without knowing the real appearance of the prince, she’s been actually talking to him a handful of times while disguised as his teacher. The prince falls in love with Sung Duk Im and she later becomes his royal concubine.

Trailer: Red Sleeve

Genre: Period, Romance, Kings & Princes, Books
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Joon Ho as Lee San, later King Jeongjo
Lee Se Young as Sung Duk Im, later Royal Noble Consort Ui
Kang Hoon as Hong Duk Ro / Hong Kook Young




Likes: What made this show so successful is the focus on the romance between Lee San and Duk Im, from the beginning till the very end. All the other stuff, like Lee San’s struggle to get to the throne or his reign and Duk Im’s palace life were secondary (but still very-well covered) to that beautiful romance between these two characters. Well, no doubt this grabbed Kdramastowatch Best Romance award for 2021!

Best Romantic Scenes. Countless in this show but recalling the time when Lee San wasn’t allowed to get out of his chamber and Duk Im came to read the Book of Odes to him from the outside. That was one of the first strong connections, I think. Hm, how about the bath scene? That was crazy hot! And I always found it romantic when these two are bickering, which one time ended up with the first kiss! How about the first night? I won’t even go there 🤭.

Book of Odes Passage. “The north wind is cold, the falling snow is voluminous. If you love me, and are affectionate, with the one I love and who likes me, I’ll hold your hand and part with you.

The north wind is chilly, the falling snow is thick. If you are affectionate and love me, I’ll hold your hand and go back with you.”

Lots of good drama. The story is so rich that although we have the love story of Lee San and Duk Im as the main focus, we’ve got so many others to pay attention to. Like the relationship between Lee San and his grandfather King. I would call it tough love. The ties between Lee San and the Queen (later Queen Dowager), I would call that strong support. The relationship between the chief court lady and the grandfather King, I would call that resentment. The bond between Lee San and Hong Duk Ro, I would call that broken friendship. Then we’ve got the strong friendship and bond between Duk Im and her friends. She even told the king later, you’ve got everything, the country and your subjects, I’ve only got my friends. All these, made this show such an awesome drama! One can easily relate to each situation. And as viewers, we also felt the pain and the happiness.



Cinematography. This is my second for best cinematography. Just so many beautiful scenes and I just love how the camera would move around capturing every nice angles.

Costumes. The details they put on costume is commendable! Although the King’s robes and the Queens wardrobes were always grand and impressive, I love how they managed to give attention to the court ladies uniforms. The court ladies were vital in the story, so there was obviously a need to identify the ranking. Song Duk Im’s court lady uniform which was kept by her friend was later treasured by the king at the very end.

Favourite Quote: “Were you captivated by me or I was captivated by you?”

“Are we really talking about orange?” – Lee San to Duk Im

Top leads with the strongest chemistry.

Lee Joon Ho as Lee San, later King Jeongjo – my gosh I’m so in love with Joon Ho now 🤭! This idol already impressed me in Wok in Love. He is such a fine actor. He slayed the role of Lee San, later King Jeongjo! He was great as King, almost like Lee Duk Hwa’s performance but he was most adorable as someone who was so in love with a court lady. The longing in his looks. The facial expression when he gets angry at her (well for basically ignoring him). And yes the drama he had to endure at the very end. Well done Joo Ho!



Lee Se Young as Sung Duk Im, later Royal Noble Consort Ui – she looked very thin in the beginning that when she smiled, she didn’t look good at all. But when her character developed, she was getting more and more beautiful. I’ve seen a lot of her past dramas and I would say she always delivers. I love Sung Duk Im’s strong and resisting character, it suits Lee Se Young well. And my gosh this lady’s chemistry with Joon Ho was just top, hands down. Wish they would do another drama again.

Ending. I must admit I was taken aback. I didn’t do any research prior. I won’t say it’s completely sad because in the end they were reunited.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


Jirisan

jirisan kdramaSummary: Seo Yi Gang is one of the best rangers in Jirisan, a popular mountain in South Korea. She works with other rangers whose job is to rescue hikers who got lost or stranded in the mountain. Her team is joined by Kang Hyun Jo, a military academy graduate, who has a peculiar ability of seeing visions of death which occurs in the mountain.

Trailer: Jirisan

Genre: Action, Mystery, Serial Killer
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jun Ji Hyun as Seo Yi Gang
Joo Ji Hoon as Kang Hyun Jo



Likes: This didn’t get the rating that it deserved, but for me, there are just many reasons to like this drama…

The Story. I think the script was excellent, combining natural tragedies with man-made, trying to capture the beauty and mystery of the mountain, the different stories of the people living near it and the struggles and challenges of those who are guarding it. I especially loved the back-and-forth storytelling, constantly switching from year 2018 and 2020 and always leaving the best part for last.

The Beauty of Jirisan. The beauty of the mountain is insurmountable and I loved how the drama captured it all. From the picturesque view of the ranges, the unique pine tree forest, the tall cliffs, rocky water ways, and the beauty of it every season, when it’s covered with snow in winter or when wild flowers pop out in spring or when it turns red in fall. It was all breathtaking!

Awesome Cinematography. Yes, indeed! In fact it took Kdramastowatch best in cinematograhy award for 2021! They managed to capture all, the beauty, the mystery and the danger of the mountain.



Murder Mystery.  I’m a sucker for this so of course that made it all interesting for me. Seo Yi Gang who came back to work in a wheelchair had to solve a murder msytery and everyone close to her and whom she’s been working with suddenly became a suspect 🤔.

Ghost Mystery.  It even became more interesting when the one who knew the murderer is stuck in the beautiful Jirisan as a ghost. How did that happen? Anyway, he was such a handsome ghost but I would have been too sad if he ended up ghosting the place forever.

Cliffhangers. Very well done. Made me watch 2-3 episodes in a night! You just can’t stop watching. The storytelling was just too good!

The Cast. Well, very good actors in this show, no doubt!

Jun Ji Hyun as Seo Yi Gang – I loved how active and tough she was here. Such a beautiful lady ranger. Jun Ji Hyun always looks great in whatever outfit she puts on, even the ranger uniform! I also love her chemistry with Joo Ji Hun, was it friendly or romantic or both, they definitely had it!



Joo Ji Hoon as Kang Hyun Jo – loved the character, the hoobae! Not the difficult type of person, friendly and gets along with pretty much everyone. And of course handsome! I haven’t watched Joo Ji Hoon since Mask and I think being in this type of character was such a huge change. As I mentioned above, his chemistry with Jun Ji Hyun was great. I just wished they added more romance between these two characters.

Sung Dong Il as Jo Dae Jin, Oh Jung Se as Jung Goo Young, Jo Han Chul as Park Il Hae – I love these three actors, they always do great in their roles, but I think I was impressed most with Oh Jung Se’s performance when he lost his girlfriend from the flood. Such a heartbreaking scene!

Ending. I just loved how it ended! It wasn’t clear at all what would happen, until the very last episode. I was so glad they gave me that 1 year later epilogue! New year, new beginning with the very first sunrise in Jirisan peak! Just love it!

Dislikes: It could have done with a bit more romance!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


Mine

mine kdramaSummary: Seo Hee Soo is a former top actress who is now married to the second son of Hyowon Group. Her sister-in-law, Jung Seo Hyun, who is married to the first son, is a chaebol herself. These two women are trying to find their lost identities as they become part of a wealthy family.

Trailer: Mine

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Revenge, Chaebol
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Bo Young as Seo Hee Soo
Kim Seo Hyung as Jung Seo Hyun
Ok Ja Yeon as Kang Ja Kyung




Likes: Awesome story with equally awesome storytelling! What could I say, surprises were always mind-blowing! I couldn’t tell at all what was coming. All the mysteries surrounding each of our characters were so well plotted. You don’t know who’s telling the truth or why someone has to lie. Bottom line, the message was clear, beyond all those money, power and control, it was about bond, protection and what really matters most to each person.

The Mystery.  It all started in a typical fashion… We had one couple in this crazy rich family who seemed to be normal. Then, it started to get weird with the guy breaking the wife’s trust. It all ended up with the guy getting killed, but who killed him exactly, when everyone in the house wanted him dead?! Truly, the suspense in this drama was slaying!

The Women. I haven’t seen so many strong and gorgeous women in a kdrama like in this one. I just couldn’t get enough of our top 3…

Seo Hee Soo – what a pretty lady! Always well-dressed, and I thought she was the luckiest of them all. And yes because of that, she actually bore the most pain. I thought, this piece was perfect for Lee Bo Young. She always get these kind of melancholic roles. Of course, again, she nailed this one. Such a great actress. I love the scene when she had miscarriage. So convincing and heartbreaking!

Jung Seo Hyun – if I have a female crush then it’s got to be her! How could she look too gorgeous! Kim Seo Hyung so nailed this lesbian character. She had to exude that powerful, strong, boyish personality while maintaining her classy, motherly and leaderly role. I loved how she spoke with commanding tone and at some other point, how she looked like she’s at her breaking point with those eyes always ready to shed tears. Her, standing in front of that beautiful window represented a lot of things… power, class and at the same time confinement.

Kang Ja Kyung – another beautiful face! Ok Ja Yeon proved though that she’s not just a pretty face but a talent powerhouse. Her character transition from the sly tutor who wanted to have what she thought were hers, to a repentful woman who was willing to do everything including giving up her right to her biological son. Accepting and knowing where she stood was her ultimate redemption. I thought she looked gorgeous riding a horse.



The man – Han Ji Yong. He truly shone in this drama. Started as a perfect husband, father and a competent businessman. Beyond a handsome face, wealth and power, his inner core was so corrupted. His character development was quite dramatic. Lee Hyun Wook truly did a great job in this. He’s remarkable!

Camera movement. I really love how the camera moves from one walking person to the next. That continuity and fluidity is totally my style. The stills are also impressive, like the beautiful Jung Seo Hyun window scene.

The setting. That crazy huge property with 2 main houses is befitting the eccentric life of the rich. Heavily fortified with guards at the gate, maids buzzing around in uniforms, wide lawns that you need a transport to get around and our madames always dressed in gowns!

The beautiful and tragic loveteams.

Han Soo Hyeok & Kim Yoo Yeon – young love that defied all the rules. She’s a new maid in the house and he’s the young master, heir to a vast fortune. This could have been a typical rich guy, poor girl kdrama but it wasn’t just about them.

Seo Hee Soo & Han Ji Yong – how the two met was a beautiful love story. They became a powerful couple, Han Ji Yong, being considered as the next chairman of the Hwoyon Group and Seo Hee Seo, a former top actress. Things just didn’t go well with these two and I thought their end was the most tragic.

Jung Seo Hyun & as Noh Ah Rim – our gorgeous madame of the house Jung Seo Hyun being paired with the equally gorgeous and talented artist Noh Ah Rim. Their story was heartbreaking. A love that had to defy social barriers. Beautiful yet at some point tragic.



Episode’s titles. It’s a minor thing but I like this kind of details. It makes one episode an own mini drama. My favourite of course is the final one which was entitled, Glorious Women! Oh hell yeah, they all came out victorious and glorious!

The Ending. With all the tragedy in that household, we could pick up pieces and learn from them. I like how people protected each other, how they’re trying to heal, how they learn where to stand, how they realize their mistakes, how to fight for what they love and I think most importantly, how to get through that high wall, they themselves created.

Dislikes: When did Kopiko become “only for the rich” candy?  At least, that’s what they were implying… high oxygen level in the room (yep only for the rich), but wait kopiko?

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

Beyond Evil

beyond evil kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: A story of two fearless police inspectors who tries to catch a serial killer. As they are uncovering the identity of the killer,  they find more people link to his one unsolved crime. That makes both question who the real monster is.

Trailer: Beyond Evil

Genre: Thriller, Detective, Serial Killer
Episodes: 16
Stars: Shin Ha Kyun as Lee Dong Sik
Yeo Jin Goo as Han Joo Won




Likes: Detective, serial-killer mystery is my cup of tea so this one was a treat! And it’s a great one at that. When I started watching the first episodes, the whole series was almost done. So I don’t have to wait for a week for 2 new episodes to air. I could watch straight away! Which was good so I could focus on the story. And yeah this is such a brilliant story covered in intricate web of mysteries. This didn’t end with the capture and death of the serial killer. It went on and like me, you’ll be surprised!

Consistently good. Every episode was great. It was always a teaser. It makes you suspect everyone. It makes you try to solve the puzzle on your own. It was so engaging.

Cliffhangers. And of course it always end with a really good cliffhanger which makes you want for more! I have a 1-episode per night watching rule and this series made me watch 2 in one night! Soo good that it’s bad 🤭.

The OST. Even the soundtrack is awesome. It adds to every suspense. I especially like the one with the guitar by Ha Guen Young & Very Berry. The main song is also sooo good, Timeless! Or  just listen to the complete Beyond Evil OST.



The brilliant cast. It’s rare to see a lot of stand out characters in one show. It’s normally focused on the leads and their roles. In this drama, you’ve got to keep up with every character because they’re just as important as the leading men. Everyone was brilliant which makes this drama a gem.

The leads. But these 2 were beyond awesome…

Shin Ha Kyun as Lee Dong Sik – Oh my gosh, I find him gorgeous! Is it the age, the wrinkles, the messy hair, the voice, the crazy smile, him wearing the uniform, maybe all combined! He is such a fine actor. I love him here as Lee Dong Sik, a police officer who almost lost all hopes finding his missing twin sister. And on the road to finding her, he realizes people very close to him have got something to do with her death. He had to hang on to the last strand of his sanity. Very well portrayed Shin Ha Kyun, love this guy!

Yeo Jin Goo as Han Joo Won – I’ve been watching this guy since he was this young crown prince in an older period kdrama. He had great potentials back then! He turned out to be one of the best young kdrama actors and he’s been consistent through the years. I knew he would do good… no actually great here. I wasn’t disappointed! As Han Joo Won, he showed arrogance from being well-educated and well to do. He realized the hard way he could only learn and understand people and situations from experience. He was a junior of Lee Dong Sik, loathed him at first but ended up teaming up with him. This just shows, a young Yeo Jin Goo could be as competent as the veteran Shin Ha Kyun. Well done!



In addition, these two acting – especially when they were bickering were a scene to behold! Their characters were so good with words. No one would want to back down and they could go on forever. Just love these two!

The big arrest. I thought that was very dramatic with all those gun pointing and missed shooting. It was nerve-racking!

The sentimental arrest. The very last scene (I’m not gonna mentioned who got arrested), it was moving. Made me cry too 😥.

The epilogue. I was so happy to see what happened a couple of years later. It was short but that was enough. It was a good closure.

Dislikes: Nothing to dislike. It was great from start to finish!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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, Gender Bender, Food
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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Flower of Evil

flower of evil kdramaSummary: Cha Ji Won is a competent detective who is married to Baek Hee Sung, a metal craftsman who hides a dark secret. They have been living together peacefully with an adorable daughter. Cha Ji Won is clueless what kind of person her husband truly is but after a couple of incidents that involved him, she is slowly able to put the puzzle pieces together.

Trailer: Flower of Evil

Genre: Melodrama, Thriller, Crime, Detective, Serial Killer
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Do Hyun Soo / Baek Hee Jung
Moon Chae Won as Cha Ji Won
Jang Hee Jin as Do Hae Soo
Seo Hyun Woo as Kim Moo Jin




Likes: So many reasons for me to like this drama. Let me point them out one by one…

Love the story and how it was told. It was full of mystery since the first episode. It kind of started in the middle and from there went backwards to shed lights to characters and events. Like it all started with our main character tied down and drowning in the pool and a lady detective came rushing to rescue him. She seemed related to him. I was immediately hooked, questions running in my head… Why is he drowning? Why is she saving him? How are they related? And so on and so forth. All the answers to my questions were slowly answered in the next 15 episodes.  I was patiently waiting for those 2 episodes a week and it was always worth the wait. Indeed, a great show!

Detective-crime-romance genre. I’m already in with a detective genre. It goes hand in hand with crime but romance is a bonus! This is after all a korean drama. Somehow, it’s hard to separate romance from everything but I like it always when there’s a tinge of romance in everything. This drama ticks all three favourites for me and it was a satisfying show.

The Beautiful and Brilliant Cast. Everyone was impressive from the police force, the gangsters, the child actor, the foster parents, even the serial-killing victim but three were my most beautiful and favourites…

Lee Joon Ki as Do Hyun Soo / Baek Hee Sung – I’m always distracted by his beautiful face but he wasn’t all beauty here, he did so well as the ideal husband and father, Baek Hee Sung then later changing back to the calculating fugitive Do Hyun Soo. I admire the awkwardness, the tension, the fear, the drama, the chemistry between him and and Moon Chae Won.

Moon Chae Won as Cha Ji Won – Another beautiful being in this drama. Sometimes too beautiful as a detective, always sporting a perfect hairstyle. But Moon Chae Won as I’ve always known is not just a pretty face. This lass can act! She nailed her character Cha Ji Won here. And that chemistry between her and Lee Joon Ki was just top.

Kim Ji Hoon as Baek Hee Sung – He looked better in long hair! Even with his dark character here, there was no denying, he was so handsome! Kim Ji Hoon pretty nailed his character Baek Hee Sung. The way he talked and bit his nails and tied his hair, every inch a creepy person but remained so handsome. He was just brilliant!

The supporting love team (almost) and comic relief. It’s part melodrama with some serial-killing case that needed solving but I thought adding a character which would be a comic relief made the show not so intensely depressing. In this case it was Kim Moo Jin. He was funny and his love interest on Dae Hae Soo was just too cute.



The plot twists. Impressive! From finding out who the real accomplice was and the lost of memory at the end, it was all very entertaining.

Cliffhangers! Love those cliffhangers, they were all awesome and they always end with this song Flower of Evil Cliffhanger Song.

Flower of Evil OST. Super love the OST,  it’s awesome! They bring back memories of the drama.

That heart-breaking “I see dead people” moment. I cried watching this scene, it was just so heart-breaking when Do Hyun Soo couldn’t tell the difference if he’s seeing his wife really alive or he’s seeing her because she’s already dead. Wahhhh!!!

The kissing scenes. They were daebak! Thanks to the awesome chemistry between our leads.

That tear-jerking final episode! Very emotional but I sooo love it! And it gave and explanation as to why Do Hyun Soo named his workshop, The Place where the Morning Star Rests. Love the story behind it.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

its okay to not be okay kdramaSummary: Moon Kang Tae works as a psychiatric caregiver and also takes care of his grown up brother who has special needs. He is great at his job but he doesn’t stay long in one hospital or employer. Due to a childhood trauma, he moves around with his brother a lot. Moon Kang Tae meets Ko Moon Young, a popular, successful and eccentric kids book author. Ko Moon Young takes a liking to Moon Kang Tae and starts following him around.

Trailer: It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

Genre: Romance, Psychological, Countryside Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Kang Tae
Seo Ye Ji as Ko Moon Young
Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae




Likes: A beautifully-written story with much focus on details. I love the combination of  exceptional characters combined with intense psychological drama, with added series of literary masterpieces and illustrations in a much rural, coastal backdrop. It was unique in a way and such an enjoyable show to follow until the end.

The grotesque animation. I’m a huge fan of this part. It gave the whole drama a dark tone and at the same time retained some cuteness. Which was my exact whole impression of the non-animated part. A great introduction indeed.

The cursed castle. This impressive set was just perfect for the story. A princess is not a princess without a castle afterall. Eerie but perfect!

The featured books and stories. I love all the books and the amazing stories and the morals that came with it but I think The Zombie Kid left a special place in my heart. Moreoever, I also like the touching story of the two brothers who made sure the other has a sack of rice for his family.

The storytelling with its animated illustration. Illustrated stories are simply the best. There are people like me who are visual so I really enjoy illustrated books, much more animated illustrations!

The titles of each episode. Yes it was the book’s title and each episode’s story is a reflection of that in the book.

The sarcasm in Ko Moon Young’s Fairy tale Class. I enjoyed this bit. There’s so much truth in all of these…

What is a fairy tale?  It is a cruel fantasy that illustrates the brutality and violence of this world in a paradoxical manner.

Moral on Ugly Duckling – raising someone else’s child is unrewarding, so just look after your own.

Moral on The Little Mermaid – karma will bite you hard if you covet on an engaged man.

Conclusion: A fairy tale isn’t a hallucinogen that gives us hopes and dreams. It is a stimulant that makes us face reality.

The beautiful coastal, countryside. A break from the usual busy and crowded Seoul. I thought the psychiatric hospital’s location was a perfect place to those seeking emotional and psychological healing. Love the view of the ocean!

The OST. Love, love the beautiful OST: It’s Okay Not To Be Okay!

The Brilliant Cast…

Kim Soo Hyun as Moon Kang Tae – I know Kim Soo Hyun would always choose a good role and as Moon Kang Tae, his comeback role after his military, it was a sure winner for him. His downcast personality as Moon Kang Tae showed how well he could do with serious roles like this one. At first I thought he was too thin but I realized it was all part of it.



Seo Ye Ji as Ko Moon Young – no one could do this role better than Seo Yi Ji. She was hands down the best! I loved her voice, perfectly fitting her role as Ko Moon Young. I loved Ko Moon Young’s different looks: beautiful, sultry, eccentric, arrogant, intimidating – difficult with a beautiful and talented soul. She was every inch a character from a fairy tale, the one with the very tiny waist :)! Moreover, all the outfits she wore were gorgeous and suited her really well!

Oh Jung Se as Moon Sang Tae – I’ve got to give the best actor award to  Oh Jung Se for doing Moon Sang Tae soooo well! The acting was just brilliant, hands down. I loved how he mastered the mannerisms, the stutter when he talked, the way he walked and how he could portray that innocence of someone who living in his own world. Such a brilliant actor!

The Ending with a twist. I love how the brother whom everyone thought was someone everyone would take care of became the one protecting others.  I didn’t see that twist with the mum coming but what a  surprise! In the end, everyone found their peace, could move on and grow more.

Dislikes: I’m less a fan of psychological drama. Sometimes it’s too sad. It’s just that this one was too good to let it slip.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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