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)

Heard It Through the Grapevine

Heard-It-Through-the-Grapevine kdramaSummary: Seo Beom, a bright, young student from a poor family got impregnated by her equally young boyfriend Han In Sang whose background she didn’t even know. She planned on raising the child alone until Han In Sang found out and right away wanted to take the responsibility. Seo Beom found herself suddenly introduced to a very powerful and rich family, very different from her own.

Genre: Family, Romance, Black Comedy
Episodes: 30
Stars: Yoo Joon Sang as Han Jung Ho
Yoo Ho Jung as Choi Yun Hee
Lee Joon as Han In Sang
Go Ah Sung as Seo Bom




Likes: It’s a very well-written script. What’s really impressive is to come up with something almost surreal but at the same time has that realistic feel. Anyone can easily imagine or even relate to the situation, that’s how realistic it was.

They paid so much attention to details. The houses of both families… This is how rich this family is and this is how the other family is struggling. The houses have characters that match those families living in them. It’s that kind of detail. And not to mention the wardrobe, if you pay attention to these, it can’t be missed.

I love the atmosphere. Almost silent. Not much music in the background. It makes the conversations more realistic, as if you’re just observing people talking.

I’ve got to give credit to the director and / or the producers for making everyone look like very good actors. Everyone came out very natural!

And talking about actors, Yoo Joon Sang along with Yoo Ho Jung are just great. I think they totally nailed their characters. I liked seeing Lee Joon once again. He was cute and adorable in this drama. Go Ah Sung is one of those promising young actresses, she was great! Love to see her again in another drama.

The rest of the actors and their characters were all awesome. Everyone was noteworthy!

The politics in this drama is awesome! I thought I would only see that in Sageuks. Oh lots of manipulations, all those thread pullings were so entertaining.

And of course it was funny! It’s a black comedy afterall. Every episode has always its funny moment and always accompanied by that funny music. You’ll know what I mean when you watch it :).

Dislikes: The consistency of keeping it simple left me wanting more on the ending. I know it started like that, it went on for 30 episodes like that but I was waiting for a bomb ending. Oh well I can’t have everything, can I?

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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