Vincenzo

vincenzo kdramaSummary: After adopted at age 8, Vincenzo lives with a Mafia family in Italy and becomes a trusted consigliere. He is good at what he does but after his Italian mafia father dies, he flies back to Korea for a personal mission. He meets Hong Cha Young, a lawyer, gets to work with her and eventually falls in love with her.

Trailer: Vincenzo

Genre: Action, Black Comedy, Legal, Revenge
Episodes: 20
Stars: Song Joong Ki as Vincenzo Casano
Jeon Yeo Bin as Hong Cha Young
TaecYeon as Jang Joon Woo



Likes: So far, this is the second black comedy drama on my watched list. Only the second, yes. It’s not that I don’t like this genre, dramas this kind don’t come very often. I was so thrilled to watch Vincenzo. It started off quite funny. It’s a mafia drama but I didn’t see it getting too dark especially with Song Joong Ki’s beautiful and gentle face. Vincenzo’s character development was gradual – stretched up to 20 episodes with over an hour per episode. I could just see at first, a very good-looking, well-dressed, well-groomed, young man who only gave an impression that you have to look awesome to be a mafia. Episodes later, Vincenzo became cunning. More episodes later, he was ready to kill, but you know our Vincenzo didn’t just kill. He had his way, his style and I warn you, Vincenzo delivered some chilling moments at the end.

Vincenzo styling. I won’t be surprised if the next trend in Korea will be dressing up like Vincenzo. Who would have thought an Asian would look so damn hot in classic Italian suits! And don’t forget the hairstyle! Pomade will surely make a comeback 😄.

Camera works and directing. I could see some Scorsese actions here. It was well done! I also like the focus on emotions both villains and Vincenzo himself. Capturing Vincenzo’s angriest face was everything, and he didn’t even say a word!

The Inzaghi moment. What was your favourite Deus ex machina moment? There were so many instances but my fave was when Inzaghi (the pigeon) saved Vincenzo from almost getting killed by other mafias. Oh, hail Inzhagi! Gave me such a chuckle. I’ll start feeding birds from now on.

Geumga Plaza Cassano family. I’m starting to miss all of them. So many comic reliefs in this drama, I’m glad. They were all funny but my fave is Vincenzo’s fan club leader.



Vincenzo and mum moment. I love that one on one moment but such a tear-jerker! I knew she would end up as a sacrificial lamb but glad she had a closure with her son.

Vincenzo as a gay lover. 110% passed as one! Poor gay chaebol / Mr. Banker who fell for Vincenzo’s charm. But you could also see why. He was so radiant in his outfit riding that horse.

Corn Salad. It’s actually far off but perhaps if you pronounce it the Korean way, corn salad will come close to consigliere!

2PM members cameo. 2PM’s Nickhun and Chansung appeared as mafias trying to kill each other on a TV drama Jang Joon Woo (Taecyeon) was watching. If you don’t know yet, Taecyeon is one of the members of kpop band 2PM.

The protagonist…

Song Joong Ki as Vincenzo Casano – I had doubts at first with Song Joong Ki as a mafia but damn he delivered! He always looked frail (maybe because he’s so fair-skinned) and skinny but he does fight scenes so well. Like he could really throw someone out of the window. He also does calm face really well. And was so impressed with his angriest look. Of course, he looked gorgeous in those Italian suits and love him when he speaks Italian especially when he curses.

Jeon Yeo Bin as Hong Cha Young – got to admit I found her annoying in the beginning but then realized she was just really true to her sleazy lawyer role. When Hong Cha Young changed sides, I started warming up to her. She was becoming prettier. She could still be annoying though if your her enemy and she had to be, as she was fighting against more annoying people.



The villains…

TaecYeon as Jang Joon Woo – Simply impressed. I remember him in Dream High 1, which was a long time ago, he was good but didn’t really leave a lasting impression. I’m glad he didn’t give up on acting because he was just smashing in his role here. He was simply psychopathic here! Awesome Taecyeon!

Kim Yeo Jin as Choi Myung Hee – I wasn’t surprise at all. Kim Yeo Jin is one of the really good veteran actors. As Choi Myung Hee, she was another level. My gosh, that lady was just sooo annoying!

Dislikes: The Swarovski ad placement was subtle but Kopiko was everywhere!

I was disappointed why Vincenzo didn’t take that chance to help Jang Han Suk stop Jang Joon Woo. They could have together stopped Jang Joon Woo from firing the gun and hitting Hong Cha Young and eventually killing Jang Han Suk. Vincenzo was just kind of frozen on his spot. For someone who was quick in reacting, he failed miserably there. Oh well, they desperately need a another sacrificial lamb.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

L.U.C.A.: The Beginning

luca kdramaSummary: Ji Oh is a person with special strength and power but he doesn’t know who he really is and where he comes from.  He is always running away from a group of people who try to capture him. He then meets Go Reum, a female police officer who recognizes him as the boy who her parents brought home in the past. Go Reum thinks Ji Oh is a piece of the puzzle that can solve the mystery of her parents’ disappearance.

Trailer: L.U.C.A.: The Beginning

Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Detective, Action
Episodes: 12
Stars: Kim Rae Won as Ji Oh
Lee Da Hee as Goo Reum
Kim Sung Oh as Yi Son




Likes: Action-packed drama all throughout! Watched the first episode and I got hooked. There was right away huge explosions, crazy chases and bloody fights, and it didn’t stop there. This is a short 12-episode drama that would feed your whole year action craving!

A bit of educational stuff. WTH is LUCA? Well, it stands for Last Universal Common Ancestor – the common origin of humans, animals, plants, bacteria and more. The drama is trying to show how powerful one could be if you possess those genetic information of the LUCA, like the information of an eel which has the ability to produce electricity. That’s how our Z0 / Ji Oh came into being. Ah, this made me do some research eh :).

Liked the sci-fi, mystery and some detective works all combined in this drama. Although it was more of a science fiction, the detective part made me really hold on to it. Our lady detective here looked good and capable of doing some hard actions.

Very realistic. Aside from the very good action scenes, the details are impressive! The focus on consistent lighting (mostly dark like dungeon), sound (like when someone gets hit on the head), the blood, the sweat – was superb! Definitely, some Tarantino moments there!

The top leads. I love Kim Rae Won playing as Ji Oh. I don’t think someone else could have done it better than him. I read somewhere that Ji Chang Wook was first offered the role but really, Ji Chang Wook for this somber role? Nope! Kim Rae Won has this perfect look to be Ji Oh. I think it’s the eyes. He could look so pitiful at one moment and spiteful at the next.

Lee Da Hee as Goo Reum, I thought she was too pretty for a rough role. If you ignore the pretty face, she actually has a tall, sturdy and strong body, perfect for action. I lost count how many times she got punched on the face or got hit on the head, she would always get up.

Ji Oh vs Captain Lee never-ending fight. It’s like watching karate movies with those never-ending karate scenes. No one dies! I find that entertaining :).



Wedding scene. I thought this added a bit of flowery, bright touch to this quite dark drama. The couple Ji Oh and Goo Reum looked so cute, happy and in love during their wedding.

Favourite dialogue:

Ji Oh: “I’m not a complete human being anyway”!

Goo Reum: “That’s why I liked you, because you were incomplete, because I could fill that void”.

Ending. Since it is just the beginning, it definitely suggests a continuation. Would I watch it? Maybe.

Dislikes: The story got kind of lost mid way. There was too much bloodshed that didn’t make sense anymore.

Too heartbreaking. There were just scenes that involve mum and baby that I couldn’t take. Sad and dark.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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The Spy Who Loved Me

the spy who loved me kdramaSummary: Kang Ah Reum is a wedding dress designer who used to be married to Jun Ji Hoon, who disguised himself as a travel writer but actually a spy. Kang Ah Reum never knew the true identity of her first husband. She then later marries Derek Hyun, who works as a diplomatic official but actually also a spy.

Trailer: The Spy Who Loved Me

Genre: Romance, Action
Episodes: 32
Stars: Eric as Jun Ji Hoon
Yoo In Na as Kang Ah Reum
Im Joo Hwan as Derek Hyun




Likes: I couldn’t remember watching a spy drama so far so having one was kind of exciting. I love Yoo In Na and I was also looking forward to see Im Joo Hwan. At least these two I know won’t disappoint me.

Jeju Island. I’m seeing more of Jeju Island these days and I like it! It reminds me of my early kdrama days when most popular dramas I watched was set in Jeju. The first two episodes of this drama were having Jeju island as its picturesque backdrop, reminiscing the time when our top characters were falling in love. And as soon as the couple settled down in Seoul, they fell out of love. So you see, Jeju is love!

Jun Ji Hoon vs. Derek Hyun, which husband are you?

Derek Hyun all the way! At least Derek had a valid reason to lie about his identity as he was connected with an industrial spy group which was wanted by the authority whereas Jun Ji Hyun, it wasn’t that necessary. Looks-wise, I’m biased here, as I have a big crush on Im Joo Hwan, just wasn’t into the the hair though. Derek was also looking better in suit as he was taller therefore looking more slender than Jun Ji Hoon. And of course, Derek’s character was to fall for. He was a bad spy but trying to change to the woman he loves.

Attractive Cast…

Eric as Jun Ji Hoon – first time to see Eric in a drama and he wasn’t that bad. Love his dancing gig on the first episode. He’s definitely got the moves, after all he’s a member of SHINHWA. He’s English was also great!

Yoo In Na as Kang Ah Reum – I love this girl, she’s a natural. She was always cute everytime she was torn between her two husbands. Jun Ji Hyun or Derek, she could easily establish a good chemistry with either of them.

Im Joo Hwan as Derek Hyun – Yes, I have a big crush on this dude but let’s be honest, he’s really also a great actor. He clearly stood out in this drama. Side by side with Eric, it was easy to tell who was better in acting.

The Good vs. the Bad team

Team Gulliver – I love this team especially their boss, Chief Ban Jin Min, he was so funny. Jun Ji Hoon and Seo Ra were hot! Young Goo was just adorable. And sad to see Kang Tae Ryong go in the end.

Team Helmes – the big boss was just too cool! She looked and acted cool all the time. That’s Derek’s mom for you, she was very impressive! Of course, the son comes after the mom… smart, handsome and cool! Right hand Tinker wasn’t lagging behind, with his looks he could be a model!



The Ending. Derek’s bitter-sweet ending wasn’t that bad. He maintained his coolness till the end. I even love his grey hair! As for Jun Ji Hoon and Kang Ah Reum, that 2 years-later epilogue was good enough to revive their connection.

Favourite Quote: “Bring yourself back to the happiest moment of you life.”

Dislikes: Eric looked way too tired! I know he’s a handsome man but he needs some sleep. He looked like a new parent.

Spy cliche: Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred. Hm, too trying hard to be Mr. Bond.

I really don’t understand why Kang Ah Reum, who’s a wedding dress designer suddenly became a tech expert, breaking into the lab and trying to retrieve some secret information. How was that possible? Was I missing something?

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

The Tale of the Nine-Tailed

th etale of the nine tailed kdramaSummary: Lee Yun is a thousand year old gumiho who used to be a mountain spirit who could control the air and the rain. In return for the reincarnation of his human first love, he gave up being the ruler of nature. Lee Yun now lives in the present world dedicating his life getting rid of evil spirits roaming around the human world. He meets Nam Ji Ah, a TV show producer, who totally looks like his past love.

Trailer: The Tale of the Nine-Tailed

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Action, Supernatural
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Dong Wook as Lee Yun
Jo Bo Ah as Nam Ji Ah
Kim Bum as Lee Rang
Kim Yong Ji as Yoo Ri




Likes: I’m always in for a good fantasy drama and I really liked how this one started. It had a “Goblin” feel to it. That tragic love story between a mountain spirit and a human girl and set thousands of years ago when the world was different. I love how good-looking our mountain spirit was, a nine-tailed fox who had power over his forest. Beautiful, untouched world which was set to be abandoned because of his love to a human girl.

Background stories. Kind of contented and satisfied with the throwbacks to that forgotten world. Not just the tragic love story of our hero Lee Yeon, who’s a nine-tailed fox but also his severed relationship with his half brother Lee Rang. I also liked the detailed background story of the existence of our villain, the Imoogi, who, later in the present kept on pestering our hero.

Foxly bromance. Lee Yeon and Lee Rang’s relationship was turbulent but no matter how bad it was, they would always end up rescuing each other. Love the brotherly chemistry between these two!  On the other hand, Lee Yeon’s bromance with his right hand Shin Joo was also something admirable.

Daebak first episode. I have to give that episode a ten! The introduction to the characters especially Lee Yeon, and how it was filled with daebak actions which made our hero looked super cool, definitely left me super excited!

Episode titles. Love the titles of each episode. They were creative and nicely summarizes the episode and gives a heads up on what’s going to happen.

The sister of King Hades. I just love her character, her world, her job – she was this stuck-up manager of the Afterlife Immigration Office, who has the power to decide when a human dies and lead him or her to the afterlife by crossing the Samdo river. Although she was that stuck-up, she also possessed a humanly character who is capable to love and grieve.

Love teams. Lee Yeon and the reincarnation of his first love, Nam Ji Ah – their story goes back to the ancient time which ended tragically but both got another chance in the present. Or Shin Joo, the right-hand fox of Lee Yeon who falls in love with the rescued Russian lady fox of Lee Rang, Yoo Ri. The second team is adorable too!



Bok Gil twist. This was a twist at the end and I didn’t see it coming. It surprised me, that’s why I really like it.

The Cast…

Lee Dong Wook as Lee Yun – I just couldn’t stop swooning  over his fox looks. This is definitely the sexiest looks Lee Dong Wook ever sported. I loved his reddish fox hair, his eyes when they gleamed, his  sexy smile and his slank figure! He could give Gong Yoo a run for his money when it comes to sword swinging!

Jo Bo Ah as Nam Ji Ah was her normal pretty self but did two challenging roles. I’m not such a big fan of her but her performance here is definitely a level higher than her past roles.

Kim Bum as Lee Rang – I liked Lee Rang’s character. Angry little brother who actually just wanted to be clingy and he had the most dramatic ending. It was good to see Kim Bum again! It’s been ages since I watched Boys Over Flowers!

Lee Tae Ri as Imoogi – I love this guy. I think he’s underrated. Glad he was given such an important role.

Dislikes: Honestly, I’m not a fan of Jo Bo Ah’s acting. I don’t know what it is but I never warmed up to her.

What was with the ending? It was confusing! I thought Lee Yeon turned human but what was with the wielding of sword???

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Alice

alice kdramaSummary: Park Jin Gyum is a police detective finding out about people traveling from the future through a place called Alice. The main purpose of Alice is to provide healing  for clients in the future who had some bad experiences in the past. So they get to travel back to fix it. While investigating, Park Jin Gyum meets a woman who totally looks like his dead mom.

Trailer: Alice

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Time-travel, Science Fiction, Romance
Episodes: 32
Stars: Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young
Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum
Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk
Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun
Kim Sang Ho as Go Hyung Suk
Choi Won Young as Suk Oh Won



Likes: It started so well! I love the action-packed first and second episodes. They gave a fantastic impression of this 16 episode- show that waiting for the next episodes was like a torture. It was fast-paced and very well done! I was filled with curiosity.

I love time-travel genre even though it confuses my already confused brain. Alice was clear from the beginning about parallel universes. So I thought, it would be like The King: Eternal Monarch. It was consistent for a couple of episodes and I was holding on to that.

The book of prophecy added to the mystery. I kind of like it although there was no need of it at the end. Everyone would figure out eventually what would happen. But yeah, the Alice in Wonderland thing was very mysterious to me :).

Mind-boggling twists! Lots of them in this drama. Some of them were shedding lights (love those kind) but some of them just led to confusion.

Love the cast!

Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum – he did a great job! And if I were to choose which was his best look: is it the 2010 highschooler Park Jin Gyum, the 2020 detective Park Jin Gyum or the old teacher/mastermind Park Jin Gyum? I would go for the old one! Joo Won looked great as an old man, no doubt about that! Talking about his acting skills, he was brilliant doing all three selves. He was even exceptional when he turned to a psycho, creepy highschooler.

Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young – what I like most about her was her voice and it fit nicely with her character as Park Sun Young, Park Jin Gyum’s mom. She did so well as the mom especially on her dying moments. I don’t know how many times she died, I lost count but yes every time she was dying, she was so convincing.

Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk – he’s such a good-looking guy and I wonder why I didn’t see him in other kdramas before. What’s even better is he can cry! Oh Min Hyuk ssi, my heart was torn seeing those tears.

Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun – I love her character as Kim Do Hyun… very chatty, caring, loyal and I wished so badly that she would end up with Park Jin Gyum. I thought the two looked cute together.

I commend the stylists in this drama for making everyone looked great. I kind of like the combination of heels and rolled-up pants, made the ladies look taller. Also loved Joo Won’s everyday detective look, simple but looked good on him. And he looked exceptionally handsome in that police uniform!

Talking about chemistry, there so much of it in this drama. I love the chemistry between Park Jin Gyum and Kim Do Yun, Tae Yi and Min Hyuk and even the police chief Go Hyung Suk and his wife. But Tae Yi and Park Jin Gyum, hm that’s one thing that would go to my dislike.



I love the OST! Here are five songs from this drama I love listening to right now… Alice OST. Love The Star best. Somehow, that song reminds me of the Faith OST where Kim Hee Sun also starred with Lee Min Ho.

Dislikes: The ending was so confusing! First, the story didn’t stick to its parallel-universes-rule which was clearly explained in the beginning. It ended up explaining the ending with a single timeline rule which was even not consistent. Like how come Park Jin Gyum, the architect did not even recognize professor Tae Yi considering she still looked like her mom. I don’t know but the ending sucks. What a disappointment. And the fact that the scriptwriters insisted till the very end on the romance between Park Jin Gyum and Tae Yi gives me creeps people. Excuse me, but she is still his mom, right?! Why insist on this Oedipus complex kind of scenario – creepy! I would have loved to see Do Yun ended up with Jin Gyum! They have more chemistry than the Tae Yi and Jin Gyum team.

And uh that shameless ad placement of a weight loss product Prof. Tae Yi was promoting, I couldn’t take that scene, it was just too much.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Haechi

haechi kdramaSummary: Set during the Joseon era, Prince Lee Geum wants to gain power by claiming the throne in order to reform the Saheonbu, which is the office responsible for monitoring government administration and officials. Together with a few who have a high sense for justice, he uncovers crimes and corruption by royals and high officials and makes history to be the first king close to the people.

Trailer: Haechi

Genre: Period, Action, Kings & Princes
Episodes: 48 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Lee Geum
Kwon Yul as Park Moon Soo
Go Ah Ra as Yeo Ji
Park Hoon as Dal Moon



Likes: This drama was definitely made to make Jung Il Woo looked good all the time! It’s not that I don’t like it, in the opposite, I immensely enjoyed how he looked majestic all the time. All those dazzling costumes fitting for a crown prince and later, the king; were mesmerizing! Paired with Jung Il Woo’s flawless face and conceited smirk, there was no way I would miss this drama every week :-).

Jung Il Woo as Lee Geum – although I would say, his perfect face wasn’t so perfect for the role, he did try his best to be that great king. Most of his scenes were dramatic, always trying to squeeze a tear or two but in the end it was always mansae for him. In everything he did, he was perfect… perfect poise, smile, side view, back view, sitting, standing, walking, riding a horse, shooting bows… it was soo Jung Il Woo and I love him for that!

Kwon Yul as Park Moon Soo – as the above’s opposite, Kwon Yul delivers Park Moon Soo’s character very well. I wasn’t surprised at all as I’ve watched Whisper and he was brilliant there. As Park Moon Soo, he was completely a different person. Always perfect for any role, this guy.

Park Hoon as Dal Moon – oh my, when I saw him I thought he really looked familiar then I realized he was the ghost ex-friend of Hyun Bin in Memories of the Alhambra! Good to see him well and alive in this drama :-). He has a handsome face and his role here suits him very well.

Lee Kyung Young as Min Jin Hun – I think my favourite character in this drama. He was the leader of the political party Noron who was at first against Prince Lee Geum’s enthronement. Highly intelligent and respected and followed by his subordinates and expected to be the force behind the new king’s downfall. Then the character twist I wasn’t expecting at all, he supported the King’s decision without abandoning his principles.

The Bromance. The strongest bond was between the king and Park Moon Soo but the bond between the king and Dal Moon wasn’t also falling behind. Bromance was everywhere in the Saheonbu, it was fun to watch! Even the bond between the two leaders of Noron and Soron political parties was so admirable.

The Costumes. I’m pretty sure these took a big share of the budget. Very impressive and detailed! The King alone, how many costumes did he had to show off?! Starting when he was installed as the crown prince, wow so much details on the outfit! Then he had his hunting costume, his war costume, archery, nobleman and not to mention the red king costume!



The Villains. We’ve got Wi Byung Joo (former Saheonbu’s top officer), Yi In-jwa (leader of the rebellion) and Lee Tan (aka Mil Poong Gun). These are the three worth mentioning. I love the justifications how they’ve become greedy for power and  ultimately become the threats for the throne.

The Love Triangle. It’s got to be the tragic end to the wanna-be royal pair Youn  Young and Mil Poong Gun, while Dal Moon, no matter what Youn Young did, would love her till the end!

The Ending. I must admit it became cheesy but I think it suited Jung Il Woo pretty well :-).

Dislikes: I didn’t like how the character of Yeo Ji changed. From Saheonbu officer to what, a court lady?! She was awesome in that officer role. That made her the lady that his Majesty was attracted to. Changing from the fierce Saheonbu uniform to that plain court lady outfit, come on! Her character was so lost. I wanted to see the brave warrior Yeo Ji! And yeah, she wanted to be in the palace to protect him? What does she think of the king’s elite guards, useless? I’m utterly disappointed.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Memories of the Alhambra

memories of the alhambra kdramaSummary: Yoo Jin Woo, a CEO of an investing company travels to Spain for a business and gets hold of a mysterious game worth investing millions but little did he know that he’ll get suck into the game. He finds help from Jung Hee Joo, a hostel owner who happens to be the sister of the game developer.

Trailers: Memories of the Alhambra

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Action
Episodes: 16
Stars: Hyun Bin as Yoo Jin Woo
Park Shin Hye as Jung Hee Joo




Likes: It took me until the 4th episode to get really into it but yes it was worth the wait because since then I couldn’t stop watching. Waiting for the next 2 episodes the following week was so much torture! It was that addictive!

The storyline was quite a mess, got to admit that, but if you pay attention to the explanation at the start of every following episode, you’ll get a grasp of what’s going on or what went on the previous episode. I think there’s an artistic attempt on the storyline but just came out always a bit chaotic. Just pay attention and you’ll be fine :-).

Getting into the game genre was new to me. It was a strange kdrama topic but got hooked as soon as I understood how it worked. Of course, couldn’t help notice a lot of logic holes but holes aside, it was a heart-pounding, thrilling game!

The chemistry came later but it did come, thank you! I thought I would never see Hyun Bin as a likeable man. Finally, he’s back. It’s been a long while oppa! Glad he was paired with Park Shin Hye.

Story – The Ingredients. Definitely an ambitious attempt to combine…

AI – the game idea was awesome although it’s hard to imagine it in reality filling streets and corners with strange gamers trying to hit someone who’s not there.

TRAVEL – Spain’s definitely on my bucketlist now, just look at that beautiful Grand Alhambra Palace, mesmerizing! I love the atmosphere of the place, it was a great intro to the connection that was building between the leads.

MUSIC – we’re going classic with this one. I knew the tune but never knew the title Memories of Alhambra by Francisco de AsĂ­s TĂĄrrega. My association to this music in the future will be Hyun Bin haha :-).



POPULAR LEADS – I never had doubts with Park Shin Hye but with Hyun Bin’s last kdrama flop, I was fervently hoping this would be a good come back for him. Well, it bloody should be. This was more focused on Hyun Bin’s character. With this, Hyun Bin oppa is back on my list of top kdrama actor. To be fair, he also really did well. All those silent crying at the very end was very convincing. I’m missing him already :(.

ROMANCE & HORROR – It was romantic at times and scary most of the time. Rare combination for me to watch but just worked out well.

Story – The Crumbs. There were some bits and pieces that make this drama remarkable…

EMMA – she was like an anti-virus. Stabbing bugs with a dagger. So exotic Emma!

OST – Check it out! It’s as powerful as the drama itself… Memories of the Alhambra OST.

Park Shin Hye fluent in Espanol!

Marco looks like G-Dragon, isn’t he?

Cool usernames: ZINU, City Hunter…

The Kiss! It’s a crumb because it was just once.

Dislikes: Swarmed by ads! They tried to integrate them in the story but there were just too many of them. Too obvious! Hello Breitling, Swarovski, Subway… to name a few.

LOGIC HOLES, the big ones! I could ignore the small ones but the big ones, NO. What are they thinking, we won’t notice?

The Ending. I’m still bitter about this. They could have made it more satisfying, really?

But because this made my heart raced and longed for more every week, I will still give it a…

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Terius Behind Me

Terius Behind Me kdramaSummary: A former NIS agent, Terius, who is in hiding is trying to shed light to his failed operation in Poland years ago. In order to connect the dots, he approaches his neighbour Go Ae Rin whose husband’s murder is related to the case he is investigating. Terius becomes the babysitter of Ae Rin twin kids.

Trailer: Terius Behind Me

Genre: Romance, Action, Thriller
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: So Ji Sub as Kim Bon / Terius
Jung In Sun as Go Ae Rin
Son Ho Joon as Jin Yong Tae
Im Se Mi as Yoo Ji Yeon

Likes: You can never go wrong with an action-filled, mission impossible-like and, cute and funny drama with the (still) hot and sexy So Ji Sub. Love the action scenes, the cool cars, the cool agents in their cool black suits, even the villains are cool and the cool mums (with one dad) in the neighbourhood! Nothing serious like James Bond or Ethan Hawke but our protagonist, Kim Bon alias TERIUS is as cool and even has soft spot for kids, in other words, a good babysitter! A very lovable character.

So Ji Sub as Kim Bon / Terius – secret agent suits him well. He looked great and sexy in black suit and even hotter driving those cool cars. And he’s the total charmer when he’s with kids!

Jung In Sun as Go Ae Rin – very natural acting as a mum of twins. The bubbly character looked like an easy task for her. Although, I was missing the romantic scenes between her and Kim Bon, she would have had a really good chemistry with her leading man.

Son Ho Joon as Jin Yong Tae – I love this guy. Very natural as well. Funny even without exerting much effort. I love the bromance between him and So Ji Sub. They looked like a great team.

It might not be a new story but there was an obvious effort on it. The mystery that surrounded the whole story was complex. It involved a lot of people, a lot of props and I’m sure a big budget to bring the entire set to Poland. The latter, was an awesome choice for a mission impossible set. But even the local sets and scenes were impressive like the car chase with the bridge scene where our cool Terius jumped off.


Ae Rin’s twins are awesome! Great actors in such a young age! They were so relaxed and sweet especially with the main character. That nose to nose greeting was sooo cute!

The feisty mums and a dad group also known as KIS (Kingcastle Information System). was hilarious but a great support. Everyone has special traits as well as flaws but they always look after each other.

I was rooting for the budding love between Yoo Ji Yeon and Ra Do Woo. They just look cute together :-).

Some cameos but my favourite was Yoon Sang Hyun as the surgeon brother of the lady agent, Yoo Ji Yeon. He’s always very chatty which is his trademark and always liked him for that.

Was curious about that music Terius was always playing on disc. It’s Norah Jones’ Sleepless Nights! Awesome voice!

The Mojito Ending! I love it! No romance but hints of possible ones which is good enough considering the background of the main characters. Also there were hints of future impossible missions together so all good!

Dislikes: Flooded with ad placement like the very obvious Tifanny & Co, Rosa K  and Quiznos. Although the writer tried hard to integrate Rosa K (those bags) in the story, it would have been okay without them at all.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

This drama made it to the Top 15 Kdrama in 2018. Watch video…

Top 15 Kdrama 2018

Man to Man

man to man kdramaSummary: Ghost agent Kim Sul Woo is on a mission to get all three wooden carvings which each hides a key that will unlock a secret room owned by the deceased chairman of the powerful Songsan Group. To get the first carving, he has to go undercover as the bodyguard of a Hallyu star Yeo Woon Kwang whom later becomes a good and trusted friend. 

Genre: Action, Thriller, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Hae Jin as Kim Sul Woo
Kim Min Jung as Cha Do Ha
Park Sung Woong as Yeo Woon Kwang
Yun Jung Hoon as Mo Seung Jae
Chae Jung Ahn as Song Mi Eun
Jung Man Shik as Lee Dong Hyun




Likes: The action part is awesome! It’s like watching old James Bond movies where James was always well-dressed, with lady-killer looks, in perfect form, super wise and quick! Park Hae Jin as Kim Sul Woo, our ghost agent in this drama is just perfect for the role. That face, that stature and that voice, almost like a real agent.

Impressive and heart-stopping action scenes like the car scene, sniper and mission impossible scenes. We’ve got James Bond meet Ethan Hunt kind of scenes here!

Aside from awesome action scenes, this drama is full of bromances. Sul Woo, the agent and Woon Kwang, the actor had a very good chemistry. I love it when Woon Kwang would call Sul Woo, braa derr (with his very Korean accent!). Sul Woo also had a great braa derrs in Lee Dong-hyun, the prosecutor and Jang Tae-ho, his boss.

Missions are challenging, kept me hooked and although the riddles became too complicated to follow sometimes, there was ample amount of comedic reliefs.

A lot of known good actors in this drama so it was hard to guess who the hidden antagonist was. Everyone was great in their roles even the cameos were commendable. Popular cameos here were of Song Joong Ki as a bank teller and Nam Goong Min as an actor. It was hard to miss these 2!

I’m jealous of Cha Do Ha, she’s got 2 reliable oppas! One is a wealthy, famous hallyu star who’s with her at all times and he’s got the hottest NIS ghost agent Sul Woo, who became her life saviour and protector!

I like some of the story twists here like the revelation of Song Mi Eun’s identity (unexpected!) and that of the NIS director. The latter was solved through a riddle (tricky!).

The beauty in this is the closure of all important characters. Our Sul Woo, going back to being a ghost agent but always coming back to his love, Cha Do Ha. Woon Kwang has a bitter sweet ending with his lady love. Song Mi Eun decided to stick with her family. Dong Hyun after a fatal truck attack, recovered and was honored a medal of honor by none-other-than Jang Tae Ho himself, the boss of the mission. And of course those bad guys who deserve jail are really in jail. Yay!




Dislikes: No matter how I see it, after careful observation and consideration (and I was patiently waiting for it to happen!), the chemistry between leads here is just really poor. Sorry but they could have chosen another actress.

Obviously there was no Subway placement but KFC! Obviously, lots of fried chicken in the show!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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The K2

the k2 kdramaSummary: Kim Je Ha, a former soldier who is on the run after being framed, crosses path with the powerful Choi Yoo Jin, the wife of a presidential hopeful, Jang Se Joon. Je Ha witnesses one of Jang Se Joon’s affair thus ordered to be killed by Choi Yoo Jin but survives. Impressed by that, the latter then hires him to be one of her trusted bodyguards and gets an assignment to look after the secret daughter of Jang Se Joon.

Genre: Action, Political, Melodrama
Episodes: 16
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Kim Je Ha
Song Yoon Ah as Choi Yoo Jin
Im Yoon Ah as Go Anna
Jo Sung Ha as Jang Se Joon
Kim Gab Soo as Park Kwan Soo




Likes: 2 main reasons why I like this drama so much…

Movie-like production but has the typical kdrama romance to it. It’s really like watching a blockbuster-action film with its first episodes showing our buffed main lead with non-stop heart-stopping and impressive John Woo-like action scenes. Every fight scenes in this drama are worth watching credit to the awesome director and Ji Chang Wook who looks so professional in every fight. I also love the slow-mo effect of the most important kick or punch or the famous shooting from the car (Looked like Gone in 60 seconds with Angie. Yeah, that exact shooting scene). Even with all those cool scenes in this drama, the romance was always tailing. It didn’t matter if our main guy was surrounded by other males, he always couldn’t help caring for his girl. And it didn’t matter to be the most evil as long as our madam could keep her man next to her side. Love was a bit complicated in this drama but it didn’t mean it ain’t romantic.

A-list actors! Oh where do I begin because everyone was just so good. Let’s start with…

Ji Chang Wook – he’s tall, very handsome and I could see he really trained hard for this as shown in his very buffed physique. He’s a very good actor not just a pretty face. And the fact that he’s well-trained in martial arts, all his action / fighting scenes actually really look natural. Moreover, this guy has overwhelming charisma. He could easily build chemistry with whoever he’s paired with.

Song Yoon Ah – the coveted best actress award, I will definitely give to this lady. She was just awesome! She comes to you as a simple and beautiful housewife to a presidential candidate, but behind the curtain she was the most powerful, merciless and manipulative lady in the country. How Song Yoon Ah portrayed her role here is beyond impressive! Salute to this great actress.

Im Yoon Ah – pretty and tall and I love her innocent role in this drama. Innocent beauty seemed to have captured the heart of our K2. I have to give her that.

Jo Sung Ha – I always like his performances but here he captured my heart with his sneaky politician and playboy character. Beyond all those hatred, fights and plans to crush his wife, his character had a change of heart and stayed with her till the end. The ultimate politician playboy turned romantic!

Kim Gab Soo – of all his roles, I think Park Kwan Soo is the most remarkable. He mastered the character of a sneaky, greedy, cunning, manipulative but stayed quite stress-free politician. Interestingly, as an antagonist, he wasn’t someone I hated to see rather I always looked forward to what he was gonna do next.

Moreover…

The chemistry between Ji Chang Wook and Yoon Ah was top and surprisingly Ji Chang Wook and Song Yoon Ah’s chemistry was also great. I wouldn’t have minded if the latter pair ended up with each other :).

Kissing scenes were cute. I love the rooftop romance (although realistically it would have been freakin cold to hang out up there, but well anyway…)

Ladies, Ji Chang Wook is showing lots of skin here! Yes and it involved lots of wet fighting with other naked guys! Hurry, check it out!

Well-done cliffhanger scenes every end of each episode.

Even artificial intelligence has a very K(orean) to it. Though Mirror and Cloud Nine are all pretty cool, they also represents beauty and vanity ;).

A very meaningful, tragic but acceptable ending. To my heart’s delights, a short epilogue to give an end to other hanging sub-stories.




Dislikes: Although I like Im Yoon Ah, I just felt that her character failed to develop anymore further. She remained the lady in distress till the end. I wonder if the likes of K2 would still be interested after a while. Oh well…

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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