Moving

moving kdramaSummary: Three students who attend the same high school have extra-ordinary abilities. Kim Bong Seok has the ability to fly. Jang Hui So has excellent athletic skills and the ability to heal quickly, and Lee Gang Hoon has some power and speed. They inherited these abilities from their extra-ordinary parents.

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Action, Supernatural, Romance, Webtoon
Episodes: 20
Stars: Ryoo Seung Ryong as Jang Ju Won
Han Hyo Joo as Lee Mi Hyun
Jo In Sung as Kim Doo Sik
Cha Tae Hyun as Jeon Gye Do
Ko Yoon Jung as Jang Hui So
Kim Do Hoon as Lee Gang Hoon



Likes: This wasn’t on my watch list until I saw a trailer and it had Han Hyo Joo and Jo In Sung in it. How did I even miss that? Glad I started watching, and yes I couldn’t stop anymore after a couple episodes. It was just so good! And that was even before the love story of Lee Mi Hyun and Kim Doo Sik.

Power Couple. Since I’m already talking about it, let’s just finish it up! There are several back stories in this drama, and they are the stories of the parents who possess superpowers. A lot them made it to the government’s secret agency as black agents. Lee Mi Hyun, a lady agent whose all four senses are magnified, meets elite black agent Kim Doo Sik, who has the ability to fly. I love the chemistry between these two. I love how an elite black agent became all giddy with the lady he liked. These power couple gave birth to a baby, who possessed both parents’ abilities. Of course, this black agent couple was portrayed by Han Hyo Joo and Jo In Sung. It was such a treat!

Their son, Kim Bong Seok, looked very ordinary but inherited his parents’ superpowers. He keeped it as a secret until he met a girl at school who also possess a superpower, and that’s the ability to not feel pain and to heal quickly. Her name is  Jang Hui So. Now, this girl is actually the daughter of another agent, who was close friends with Kim Bong Seok’s parents.

The Hulk. The story of the hulk is quite sad. Before Jang Ju Won became an agent, he was just a thug, considered as monster by many because of his ability to cut himself open without getting hurt. He met the love of his life, who was normal, and they gave birth to a baby girl, Jang Hui So. His wife died in an accident, and he couldn’t do anything about it, but raised their daughter alone and tried to be normal.



Protecting the Kids. These parents who have superpowers just wanted to live normal and in peace. They all went incognito to protect their kids. However, when their kids suddenly were in danger, they all came out to protect them. I love how Lee Mi Hyun went all out to protect Kim Bong Seok, Jang Ju Won to protect Jang Hui So and Lee Jae Man to protect Lee Gang Hoon. The scene was just too cool! They might be superheroes, but they’re also parents, and children, always do come first.

The bad men who were not that bad. I like how the characters of the North Korean agents were justified. Like the South Korean black agents, they just also wanted to live normally. However, in order to survive, they had to kill, to hunt and destroy. They had to follow orders, whether these orders make sense or not. It’s just pretty sad just how they were exploited for their power. In the end, the men on top, didn’t even care about them

The teacher. I love the character. Although his job was to find new talents, he eventually developed empathy. He started becoming like a true teacher, who would teach the kids and also become someone who the kids can rely on, just like their own parent.

Cliffhangers. I won’t be surprised if you’ll end up binge-watching this drama. The cliffhangers are sooo good, it’s always tempting to take a peek on the next episode.

Ending. I just love how it ended. I love the power couple reunion and the story for the young superheroes was kind of left open. Maybe the romance between our cute Bong Seok and pretty Hui So will continue, who knows!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


Family: The Unbreakable Bond

Family the unbreakable bond kdramaSummary: Kwon Do Hoon lives a double life. He is a spy working for the NIS and is a professional sniper. He is also a husband, married to Kang Yoo Ra and has a daughter, Kwon Min Seo. Little did he know that his wife also harbors a secret, and that’s about to get exposed with the arrival of a long-time acquaintance.

Trailer Family: The Unbreakable Bond

Genre: Action, Thriller, Comedy
Episodes: 12
Stars: Jang Hyuk as Kwon Do Hoon
Jang Na Ra as Kang Yoo Ra
Chae Jung An as Oh Cheon Ryeon
Kim Nam Hee as Jo Tae Koo



Likes: This is a very interesting show as it first appeared to be a wholesome, funny family drama, but then became darker as the it advanced. I like the family bond, we’ve got our adorable couple who are raising a young daughter. They’re very close to the husband’s family, which consists of the grandfather and the uncle who’s expecting a baby with the wife. Nobody knows that Kwon Do Hoon, who is the head of the family is a secret agent working for the National Intelligence Service, but the best surprise and twist is the background and dark past of his wife, Kang Yoo Ra, who always appears to be a simple and nice housewife and family person.

Cute intro. Who likes the intro as much as I do. It’s cute! I always watched it, it’s so good, I don’t skip. Check out the intro clip here.

The misleading cliches. There are a lot of cliches in this drama that will completely catch you unguarded. So, don’t trust the happy, unproblematic and forgiving looks. But this is what makes it interesting because you think you’ll know how it’ll end but things go different ways, and it’s a total surprise.

The chemistry. Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra’s chemistry is still there, although not as top compared to their Fated To Love You days. Jang Hyuk got a bit older but still looks fit. Jang Na Ra, on the other hand doesn’t seem to age a bit. She still has that youthful looks. Anyways, it’s great to watch one of my favourite kdrama couples together again in one project. Would continue supporting them even when they are much much older.

The fighting couple. The gun fight scene with our couple was the coolest. Who would have thought that the husband is a secret agent and the wife is an assassin. Fighting together to protect the most important thing for them, their family, was top priority. I think their chemistry was best shown during the fighting scenes.



Good supporting actors. I think the story would have been boring without the supporting characters, and glad to see some great actors taking the roles…

Chae Jung An as Oh Cheon Ryeon – Love this lady. Like Jang Na Ra, she also doesn’t seem to age. Known her in Coffee Prince a long time ago, and it’s so refreshing to see her in this drama as a tough, ass-kicking secret agent, even the lady boss of our top lead.

Kim Nam Hee as Jo Tae Koo – this guy is doing so well. After his remarkable role in Reborn Rich, here he is again with yet another good role, although I find his ending too sad.

Kang Yoo Ra’s secret OST. I fell in love with this song Nightmare by Kyuri, it’s just soooo good! And the lyrics fits so well with Kang Yoo Ra’s situation…

Somewhere in the desert of my heart
No one’s here but only you and I
Even if I stay inside a storm
I’ll be standing till the morning comes

Granddad’s marriage advice to Kwon Do Hoon. And yeah all men should learn from him. Here it goes… “I gave your mom my whole salary in an envelope. Your mom lost it on her way to the bank. She lost it but she got mad at me for it. Guess what I did. I told here, “It’s all my fault Shinae (the wife). If the envelope had been thick enough, it won’t have slipped and you wouldn’t have lost it. I’ll make sure it won’t happen again.” That how you should do it too.” 😄

Go Thailand. It’s always good to see kdramas going other places. Definitely, a breath of fresh air. And I love how our main leads met and fell in love in Thailand, and how they went back to the place to have closure. A bitter-sweet ending. Sweet for our lovely couple but definitely not for Uncle Taegu.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Taxi Driver 2

taxi driver 2 kdramaSummary: Kim Do Ki returns as a deluxe taxi driver for Rainbow Taxi Company, which offers a “revenge-call” service. Together with his previous co-workers, he performs revenge solutions for those who can’t do it for themselves.

Taxi Driver 2 Trailer

Genre: Action, Revenge, Webtoon
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Je Hoon as Kim Do Ki
Kim Eui Sung as Jang Sung Chul
Pyo Ye Jin as Ahn Go Eun
Jang Hyuk Jin as Choi Kyung Koo
Bae Yoo Ram as Park Jin Eon



Likes: I never thought Taxi Driver is this that good! I’m glad I decided to watch season 2, what an entertaining 16-episode show!

Addictive Intro Music. First thing first of course! The intro music is sooo lit! I always listen to it first before starting an episode. It is so good. It gives you that 80 techno vibe! Check it out… Taxi Driver 2 intro music!

The Taxi. When the music starts, then comes out the deluxe taxi. Our taxi driver drives this black, classic taxi whenever he’s in a mission to take revenge. How cool is that 😎.

The Taxi Driver. It’s good to see the handsome Lee Je Hoon once again in a drama and to see him as the cool guy here, hm, get me soo excited. Looked like he trained hard for this role, such a fit body and his fighting skills are impressive too! He was most handsome (in that gigolo look) when he tried to seduce Madam Lim, the Chinese lady mafia boss! Love Lee Je Joon in this drama for being serious and funny at the same time.



The Rainbow Taxi Team. The hardworking team lead by Jang Sung Chul, taepyonim and together with his skilled members topped by Kim Do Ki, the taxi driver, always delivered a worthy revenge plan for all their clients. I like seeing the team as a family, how close they were, just like brothers and sister, and the boss was their father.

The Revenge Cases. I like all the stories that required the revenge plots. Each of them are good. From that son who got rescued from Vietnam, that old lady who got scammed by an entertainer down to the last unexpected client, On Ha Joon himself. Each story was well-crafted, entertaining and mind-blowing! I also like how all the crimes were connected to one mastermind.

On Ha Joon’s tragic story. I honestly didn’t see that coming. I thought On Ha Joon will just end up as the bad guy. However, when it became clearer how he ended up with the mastermind and how he even killed his own father because of manipulation, he only wanted one thing, revenge and who else to call? Ghos…. nope nope, the Taxi Driver! Yes, that was the best twist in the drama and it was sooo good. That made the ending excellent!



The Villains are brilliant. If our protagonists are quite smart and capable, the villains are awesome too. Each case had a really good bad guy! Very well-thought of characters. Of course our top villains were the best. On Ha Jun was just too good!

The Ending. It was bittersweet but it was best that way. Everyone seemed happy with the outcome of the revenge plans. And our Rainbow Taxi team continues with their service!

Handsome cameo. Nam Goong Min’s cameo as Cheon Ji Hun pyeonhosa from One Dollar Lawyer was absolutely fun. I remember Lee Je Hoon did a cameo in that show earlier too. What a collab!

Dislikes: Lots of ad placements!

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Island

island kdramaSummary: Won Mi Ho is the only daughter of Daehan Group. She gets involved in a scandal and is sent by his dad to Jeju Island to lie low. When she arrives in Jeju, monsters start chasing and try to kill her. She is saved by a mysterious guy named Van thus she hired him as her bodyguard. She also meets Jo Han who is a priest and an expert in exorcism. Together, they will try to fight demons and evil spirits.

Island Trailer

Genre: Fantasy, Thriller, Action, Horror, Supernatural, Deity, Webtoon
Episodes: 6
Stars: Kim Nam Gil as Van
Lee Da Hee as Won Mi Ho
Cha Eun Woo as Father Jo Han
Sung Joon as Goong Tan



This is a short season with only 6 episodes, nevertheless action-packed and full of thrills. I love the back story, the past lives of our characters, how Van and Gong Tan became half demons and how Van is somehow forever connected to Won Mi Ho. Van and Mi Ho have particularly strong chemistry and in this season, even with only 6 episodes, I like how the two’s chemistry is fast building up.

Character introduction. We’ve got the basic covered here. Who’s who and who’s connected to whom.

Van is a half human and half demon who was created by the monks to fight demons. Van has been living for a very long time. He’s finally meeting the reincarnation of Won Seong (Won Mi Ho in present life), whom he killed in the past.

Won Mi Ho is the reincarnation of Won Seong, a protector of the island. Won Mi Ho is the only daughter of Daehan Group, so she’s rich and has everything but once she’s in Jeju Island, all the demons and evil spirits started chasing here. Of course, she doesn’t have any idea what her true power is, so for the time-being she’s being protected by Van.

Father Jo Han is a priest from Italy who has Korean roots. He is skilled in exorcism. He’s sent to a mission to Korea to protect  Won Mi Ho, who is believed to be the lady saint that would protect the world from evil.

Goong Tan is also another half demon. Van and him were transformed into half demons by the monks when they were still young by incorporating the blood of a pure demon into their blood streams. Goong Tan seems to have a different plan than his half-demon brother Van.



Action-packed. I love the fighting scenes. Van always came out cool with his dagger. Lots of leaping. Even Father Jo Han can leap like a spider. The chases were impressive. I love Lee Da Hee doing this. She’s very energetic and can run real fast.

History not repeating. Van apparently killed Won Mi Ho in the past. However, in the present, when he turned into a demon and attacked Won Mi Ho, he wasn’t able to stab her but stabbed himself instead. So, is this a hint of a happy ever after? I hope so! I really like these two together.

Hanging ending. Honestly, it’s hard to get a grasp of the story with just watching the first season. Too many questions left unanswered. We ended with the death of Father Jo Han’s long lost brother, who was controlled by Goong Tan to kill Won Mi Ho. The brother-turned-demon was killed by Van, once again saving Won Mi Ho from near-death. On the other hand, Goong Tan has plans for the future, and he seems eager to get rid of Won Mi Ho. I hope season 2 is just around the corner, can’t wait!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Again My Life

again-my-life kdramaSummary: Kim Hee Woo is a tough prosecutor who is after a very powerful person. He gets killed, but given another chance to live his life again to fight for justice and go after the same person who caused his death.

Again My Life Trailer

Genre: Fantasy, Crime, Action, Legal, Webtoon
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Kim Hee Woo
Lee Kyung Young as Jo Tae Seob
Kim Ji Eun as Kim Hee Ah
Jung Sang Hoon as Lee Min Soo




Likes: Love this kdrama from beginning to end. It’s like a piece of cake, so good, I wanted to enjoy it slowly. So what made it really great for me?

The mixed genre. I like how its reality got mixed with fantasy. It would have ended it right there, right then at the very first episode, but like our lead, we  were given a chance to see how it’s like to live life again, always being ahead of the game, always winning, but then still making us anxious when things are going wrong. I love Kim Hee Woo’s determination to go through the most difficult path, playing his cards in the game of politics to defeat one person who was on top of them all. Of course, it gave him an upper hand to know what was ahead, but still his path remained challenging and dangerous.

Impressive political drama. The pulling of strings, the strategies, the smart moves, the indefensible attacks, wow, it was like a war, no, in fact, it was a war! The assemblyman Jo Tae Sub had it all, hands down. He was definitely power! Everyone bowed to him. He controlled everything. He could see through people and the future. He was the absolute puppet master! Then, we have our young prosecutor Kim Hee Woo, who started doing what the master had been doing for years. So young and inexperienced, but knowledgeable and definitely knew how to play the game. Such a good fight!

Kim Hee Woo’s greatest strategy. It was I think investing time to befriend and learn from people. That was later on, his source of strength. Those people around him did not just hand him over resources, but they have become his army. They have fought for him. For example, I like his relationships with the old guy who was into real estate, the righteous chief prosecutor he met in his first assignment, the fight and fitness instructor, they have all become his mentors! His friends and acquaintances early on, they have been his great support and have paved his way to get to the top to defeat the ultimate enemy.

Kim Hee Woo’s three ladies. I was so torn between these 3, Kim Hee Ah, the Chunha Group heiress; Kim Han Mi, the pretty journalist; and Kim Kyu-ri, the brave lady prosecutor. Kim Hee Woo had a pretty good chemistry with all of them.



The 2 Powerful Elders. Just love the scenes between Jo Tae Sub and the chairman of Chunha, Kim Gun Young (dad of Kim Hee Ah). These type of people are just above normal, the way they talk, negotiate and even fight. It’s good to see two talented veteran actors handling the job, simply impressive!

Powerful OST.  I so love this song, Till the End and how it always find it’s way playing on the most thrilling scenes. Sooo good! Also check out the rest of Again My Life OST!

The awesome cast. This drama is hands down filled with talented actors, but I would only focus on two, and that’s…

Lee Joon Ki as Kim Hee Woo – Lee Joon Ki never failed to amaze me, he’s always worth the watch. This is another great drama from this guy. As Kim Hee Woo, I love his grit and perseverance to stand against a giant in power. He exuded intelligence (to get through law school and became a prosecutor), charm (to win over a lot of very important people including the ladies),  strength (to fist fight),  courage (to stand against the powerful) and luck (to live his life again).

Lee Kyung Young as Jo Tae Seob – oh my gosh, I love his guy, he’s just brilliant. So perfect choice for the role! I have watched some of his dramas in the past but this is where his acting really shone. As Jo Tae Sub, he was extremely powerful and this power, he worked meticulously for years to attain. Super wise and calculating. Calm and well-spoken. Impenetrable, unreadable, he always does the right move, he was scary, it was hard to win against this guy. And I think Lee Kyung Young was just awesome in the role, hands down.



Death and birth of power. The ending marks Joe Tae Sub’s downfall. Our hero Kim Hee Woo might not have brought him to justice the way he liked it, but the old guy got the punishment that he deserved. Being alone in that house, considered as the heart of power, with no one to assist him, was the death of him. Sad scene which was beautifully done!

And of course the bonus epilogue, the birth of new power, and a lady this time! What did she say as to why Jo Tae Sub didn’t succeed? It’s because he wanted everything, money and power! Whereas her, just wants the money.

Dislikes: Cringy ending with Kim Hee Woo finally marrying Kim Hee Ah and gathering everyone around including the other two ladies who obviously had a liking to him. This part could have been left out.

That stupid mistake Kim Hee Woo did that almost cost the life of his dear friend Park Sang Man.

KAHI ad placement all over the place!

My Rating: 8.5 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)


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, Deity
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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