Record of Youth

record of youth kdramaSummary: Sa Hye Jun has been working as a model for 7 years but what he really wants is to become an actor. He is always compared to his close friend, Won Hae Hyo, who is also a model and comes from a rich family. Through their work, Sa Hye Jun and Won Hae Hyo  get acquainted with a professional makeup artist, Han Jung Ha, who is a huge fan of Sa Hye Jun.

Trailer: Record of Youth

Genre: Melodrama, Family, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Bo Gum as Sa Hye Joon
Park So Dam as Han Jung Ha
Byun Woo Suk as Won Hae Hyo




Likes: Such a heart-warming story about life and experiences. This one’s especially focused on family, love and ambition and how everyone achieved their success going through failures. I like how realistic the family settings are. The bickering, favoritism, how open family members are when it comes to criticizing each other, the tension, the awkwardness of Sa Hye Jun’s family was too realistic, I could even relate to them. Same with the rich family of Won Hye Hyo, how the mom managed and controlled her kids, the cold atmosphere when everyone is at the table, how empty that big house was and how actually lonely these rich people are. And not to forget the life of Han Jung Ha who came from a broken family.

Love the characters and their convictions. I’ll focus on the main three although I would say this is one of the most character-rich dramas I’ve ever watched.

Sa Hye Jun’s perseverance to become a successful actor was truly inspiring. He worked so hard to achieve his dreams despite the criticisms he had received. He had the ambition so big that would crash obstacles which come his way. And although he reached the top, he remained a humble guy. That all made this character so beautiful. I’m not a huge fan of Park Bo Gum but I know he can act and I’ve got to give it to him, he did so well as Sa Hye Jun. And added bonus, he can speak English so well! I’m impressed!

Han Jung Ha’s calm and focused personality was her charm. She was so likeable, drawing our two main male leads to her which was very understandable. She had the courage to shift career paths despite the risk but since it was following what she loved most, she tried to pursue it. Such an admirable and beautiful character too. Park So Dam (the actress) is cute but not overly pretty which is good for the character.

Won Hae Hyo exuded coolness and elegance all the time. Definitely a rich kid just by the look of him. He trotted the runway like a pro and his face could launch a thousand me, lol! I know I’m biased. I have a big crush on Byun Woo Suk since Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency. But his character here, though rich and handsome, was quite pitiful. I feel for him when he was losing his self-esteem, poor Hae Hyo :(.

Love the bromance between the three friends Sa Hye Jun, Won Hae Hyo and Jinu. Made me missed my childhood friends!



Chemistry between Park Bo Gum and Park So Dam wasn’t bad at all. I definitely love that kiss, it was full of affection. The two definitely nailed that moment.

Tear-jerker beautiful moment: Grandpa’s speech!

The featured library: Starfield Library would be on my top spots to visit in Seoul! Looked awesome!

It is a hip drama (design-wise and the focus on social media and acting industry). It’s about the lives of young people these days, their experiences and struggles. But what I like most about it was consistency to its theme, it was such a heart-warming show all though out.

And speaking of hip, the OST is too. Check out Record of Youth OST.

The list of awesome cameos in this drama is long! But my favorite was Park Seo Joon. He really looked like a close friend of Park Bo Gum here. They were so natural on screen. Seo Hyun Jin and Lee Sung Kyung as leading ladies of Sa Hye Jun in two separate dramas inside this drama also caught my attention.

I love how everyone followed the path that was best for them. Even if that means being drafted to the army :), at least for our two male leads. It goes to show that time fixes things. And since I’m a sucker for epilogues, two years later was a big bonus!

Dislikes: The Krispy Creme Donut ad was just too much. I could deal with the BMW and the Subway but the donut was too aggressive.

My Rating: 8.5 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
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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When My Love Blooms

when my love blooms kdramaSummary: Yoon Ji Soo is in her 40s and has a son from a divorced marriage. She is having a hard time as a single mom trying to raise her son and make a living as a piano teacher. After several years, she meets her first love unexpectedly. His name is Han Jae Hyun, his senior in college who she deeply admired and loved.

Trailer: When My Love Blooms

Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoo Ji Tae as Han Jae Hyun
Jin Young as Han Jae Hyun (20s)
Lee Bo Young as Yoon Ji Soo
Jeon So Nee as Yoon Ji Soo (20s)



Likes: Beautiful storytelling going back and forth the eventful past and the somewhat blurry present. I love the details of the 90’s set, it was very well researched. From the fashion, hairstyle, happenings, transportation down to those little gadgets like pagers, casette tapes / recorders and analog phones. I also like the emphasis on radio stations when you can request songs and leave messages for someone on air. I went to college in the 90’s so all those things bring back old memories. The heavy focus on the love story in the past, how Han Jae Hyun and Yoon Ji Soo met, how they fell in love, how they spent time together, how they shared the same convictions, how their love was being challenged and how they got separated, shed light on why these 2 souls deserve nothing else but being reunited. I like it, I thought it was beautifully told.

The powerful couples:

Jin Young as Han Jae Hyun and Jeon So Nee as Yoon Ji Soo – Two young souls in love, full of energy, life and dreams! I love the chemistry between these two, they really looked great together. I’m also impressed by the acting. This is probably Jin Young’s (Got7) first serious drama role and I would say he did great. Same with Jeon So Nee, new face in the drama world but her performance was top. She’s very pretty too!

Yoo Ji Tae as Han Jae Hyun and Lee Bo Young as Yoon Ji Soo – getting back to you first love in your 40’s after going through separate tough lives, honestly it’s hard to imagine :). But since it’s the very handsome Yoo Ji Tae and the always young-looking Lee Bo Young, it was imaginable! These two looked great together. Plus I have a big crush on Yoon Ji Tae, those smiles made me melt!

The most beautiful reunion – at the train station on that snowy night!  I’m not a big fan of snow. Even just the sight of it on tv makes me freeze but that scene at the train station emitted so much warmth. The hair of Yoon Ji Su when she was turning around to look at Han Jae Hyun – such a beautiful reminiscent of the young past.

Those most beautiful kissing scenes on the beach during sunset both by the young past and the older present. Well, one way to reignite the romance is reliving the beautiful past eh.

The lovely poem sent by the young Han Jae Hyun to the radio station:

The End of that Summer

The crape myrtle survived that summer. The tree didn’t crumble even after a series of storms. Like a shower of hail, I hung red flowers. That summer, I was in a middle of a storm. That summer, my despair bore red flowers like they were mocking me, but after several storms, they didn’t fall. When they fell, they clung and climbed up. The stubborn flowers of the fire-breathing crape myrtle covered a small garden with blood. And my despair vanished like magic.



The OST is perfect with the melo atmosphere… When My Love Blooms OST.

I normally dislike drama ad placement but those Samsung flip phones look really good!

Dislikes: It got quite boring towards the end. It was going back and forth in slow pace. Nothing much new going on, I was falling asleep most of the time.

There was closure on most threads but I found them so cringy especially the closing of the main characters. They could have done it without that.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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VIP

vip kdramaSummary: Park Sung Joon is the team leader of  the VIP department that caters to the needs and wants of the VIP clients of the department store he is working for. His wife Na Jung Sun works under him. Everything is going well until Na Jung Sun suspects him of having an affair with someone from the same team.

Trailer: VIP

Genre: Thriller, Melodrama, Revenge
Episodes: 32
Stars: Jang Na Ra as Na Jung Sun
Lee Sang Yoon as Park Sung Joon
Lee Chung Ah as Lee Hyun Ah
Kwak Sun Young as Song Mi Na
Pyo Ye Jin as Ohn Yoo Ri



Likes: I don’t normally watch melodrama but this was just so good to skip. First off, the script was just so well-written. Every character’s side of the story was justified. It was hard to judge who was at fault, who was guilty, who was innocent. In the end, they all had a story to tell and I think this was done so brilliantly and in so much details that you’ll be happy and content with the outcome.

Every side of the story… (at least the main characters)

Jang Na Ra as Na Jung Sun – she was this perfect wife, lucky wife. Successful, beautiful and had a loving husband by her side but things didn’t go so well. I was particularly in favour of her to take revenge but the character didn’t turn out to be all the way vengeful but realized that she may have contributed to the breakdown of her marriage. This was so far my favourite Jang Na Ra’s character in a kdrama!

Lee Sang Yoon as Park Sung Joon – when it became apparent that he was cheating, I just hated him. How could someone in a very secure relationship fall for someone else. It was too shallow! But of course without the justification. Good thing, his side was made clear as well. Lee Sang Yoon’s facial expression throughout the drama represented very well what the character was going through. He always had this gloomy look on his face.

Pyo Ye Jin as Ohn Yoo Ri – whoa I really couldn’t tell her true colours! She wasn’t downright evil and cunning and I wouldn’t also say she was innocent. I think she was just trying to survive in life and in love. I’m so impressed by the acting of Pyo Ye Jin, she has so much potential. Still very young but acting side by side with the big talents like Jang Na Ra.

Other characters like that of Lee Hyun Ah and Song Mi Na who played very important roles in relation to Na Jung Sun (our main lead) had their detailed shares of the story. It was just beautiful to know each one by heart – their strengths and weaknesses.

Cliffhangers. You’ve got to appreciate how they made you want to watch for more. So well done cliffhangers! Good thing, I watched this drama with all episodes aired already so I didn’t have to wait for a week.

The suspense. It was killing me! It was brilliant and I like it more that didn’t drag the whole cheating thing for too long but also focused on the justifications.



My favourite line: Join me in endless torment! – Na Jung Sun to husband Park Sung Joon. I thought, damn, you go girl! Bring him down, will ya?

The Ending. I love it! Rightfully so. For me, there was no better ending for the main characters than how they pulled it off here. It was good like that. It felt peaceful, no more anger, no more revenge, just acceptance and moving on. I also love the endings of the supporting characters. For a melodrama, I could consider this a happy ending for everyone.

Dislikes: It wasn’t that bad but they still managed to insert a Subway ad placement at the very end.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

This drama made it my Top 15 Kdrama 2019!

The Great Seducer

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

Trailer: The Great Seducer

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




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

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

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

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

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

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



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

I quite enjoyed the OST! Specially the intrumental ones!

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

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

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

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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The King Loves

the king-loves kdramaSummary: The crown prince of Goryeo falls in love with Eun San even before he realized she’s the daughter of the richest man of Goryeo. With all the power he has, would he go to great lengths to have her eventhough he knows she has fallen for Wang Rin, his bestfriend.

Trailer: The King Loves
Genre: Period, Romance, Melodrama, Kings & Princes
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Im Shi Wan as Wang Won
Im Yoon Ah as Eun San
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Rin
Oh Min Suk as Song In



Likes: I like this drama since start to finish although my heart was slowly breaking towards the end! So many reasons to love the show and I will try to enumerate the really relevant ones…

  • Goryeo Era – I only saw a few drama based on this period but the world is as beautiful as the Joseon era. The royal clothing and accessories were more intricate and generous on gold, definitely an attention getter. I’m pretty sure, the costume designers overdid it a bit but all the wardrobes in this drama were so perfect to look at. The royals looked every inch like royalties, the nobles were full of nobility, the ladies were so graceful and the men were irrisistibly so handsome!
  • Cast – This is one of the obvious reasons why praise this drama. It’s loaded with oh-so-brilliant actors!!! Let me begin with the top leads…

Im Shi Wan – omo, he’s not just super cute, he can actually act! I love his charisma in this drama. I was for Crown Prince from the beginning till the end that’s why my heart is still totally broken as of this writing :(. Im Shi Wan (mark my word), will be one of the most bankable leading men in kdrama.

Hong Jong Hyun – his character here as Wang Rin; a quiet, loyal and bestfriend to the crown prince suits him better than his villainous character in Moon Lover. He was tall, handsome and dashing even beating our crown prince a few notches when it comes to the looks department.

Im Yoon Ah – ah she’s cute. I can’t resist watching a drama where she’s in. She gave justice to a character who was the subject of affection of both our top gorgeous leading men.

Oh Min Suk as Song In – Awesome villain! He was sooo annoyingly gooood!

Jang Young Nam as Queen Jangmok – I love the queen how she was trying to do her best to protect her son. Her last moment was unbearably dramatic and heartbreaking. She did a great job!



Honorable mentions are the King, Queen Mu and Crown Princess. Everyone did a great job even those who had the-not-so important roles.

  • The Story – I’ve read that it’s based from a novel so a lots of people predicted who the girl would end with but I think the most important is how well the story was adapted into a drama. I love the story. It was well-told, bitter-sweet story of true love, loyalty and friendship.
  • The King Loves OST – I recommend listening to the songs from this drama. They are so beautiful!
  • Beautiful Scenes – Throughout the entire drama, I’ve seen so beautiful moments, some connotes love, friendships, happiness but a few of sadness – sad but still beautiful. I love that pretty scene of the 3 of them together in the mountain full of pink flowers and I love the farewell scene when crown prince was standing next to that famous giant tree, looking at San who was with Rin from the far saying his final goodbye. Wahhh! Tear-jerking!
  • The Ending – Although it didn’t go how I wanted it, after I’ve calmed down from being brokenhearted, I did some thinking and I realized it was better that it ended that way. Wahhh (again)! I love the narration at the end, like a great story told and I love how the Love of the Crown Prince (later King) was highlighted. It gives an answer as to why the title is “The King Loves”!

Dislikes: Faux spring flowers were just everywhere. They quite overdid this part. Sometimes, everything looked so fake.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Reunited Worlds

reunited-worlds kdramaSummary: Sung Hye Sung died when he was in high school and his special friend, Jung Jung Won blamed herself for that. 12 years later Sung Hye Sung comes back to the living world and looks for his family and friends who have all aged 12 years older. He is reunited with Jung Jung Won who is now working as an assistant at a restaurant.

Trailer: Reunited Worlds
Genre: Fantasy, Melodrama, Mystery, Supernatural
Episodes: 32 (35 minute per episode)
Stars: Lee Yun Hee as Jung Jung Won
Yeo Jin Goo as Sung Hye Sung
Ahn Jae Hyun as Cha Min Joon



Likes: Interesting story! Someone actually came back to life and didn’t age a bit! The plot makes one curious… why is that, what happens now and how long is that gonna last. At least, those were the questions that bugged me all the time as I was watching the show.

I love the flashback setting… countryside, high school life, simple living, riding bikes, young love… simply very relaxing to watch. I like the young Jung Jung Won… pretty, a bit flirty and sparks a good of chemistry with Hye Sung! The 12 years ago flashbacks were given much weight which were vital foundation to the present-day story.

The love of Hye Sung and Jung Won defied age and worlds. I think this was the most important message of the story. Their love story was very touching and it seemed to  go on just like the ol’ Titanic couple :).

The mystery on the death of Yang Chul was nicely unraveled giving me another good reason to watch this drama. Thrilling enough to keep me hooked.

Noona-love is new to me and loving it. That’s all thanks to Yeo Jin Goo‘s confident acting. Very good acting and not at all intimated considering he was next to Lee Yun Hee. Definitely, a very talented young man.

I like a lot of characters here but I love Shin Ho Bang and Hong Jin Joo the most! The comical relief of the show! I liked it when it would get melodramatic then this couple would come up with something funny like the unforgetable “brazilian waxing!”. So funny!

Ahn Jae Hyun as Cha Min Joon – although awkward sometimes, I still like him. I love his voice. His quiet and lonely character here is not his best but good to see him trying out a different role.



The ending, although it was bitter-sweet, I liked it! Well, I couldn’t think of a better way to end it, so it was good. The epilogue was a bonus!

Dislikes: Lee Yun Hee was not as fierce as her other roles in the past. Was it her acting or her character that was dull?

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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W

W kdramaSummary: Our surgeon heroine, Yun Joo went into the webtoon world to save the gorgeous and super rich Kang Chul of W webtoon series that her own father created. She was able to return to the real world but would always be summoned back especially when Kang Chul needed her.

Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Thriller, Fantasy, Supernatural
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Jong Suk as Kang Chul
Han Hyo Joo as Oh Yun Joo




Likes: I rarely give a perfect 10 but when I do it’s only given to the best of the best, to the most awesome, to the most heart-pounding, most nerve-wracking, most daebak kdrama I watched. This year, it’s  happening again. This is the reason why I keep on watching knowing that one day, I will get to watch another masterpiece. W, this year is no doubt the best kdrama! But what makes it the best?

  • the concept – I wouldn’t say it’s unique. Maybe this kind of story already existed in books or manga or comics or music videos (oh yes I know one and that’s the MV of A-ha Take on Me )  but in kdrama, it was my first time to watch it and it was very exciting!
  • the worlds – the real colourful world and the fictional black and white comic world which were not so different from each other, well, except for the time.
  • the characters – oh oh oh Kang Chul my love, why so handsome?! Yes Kang Chul, the rich, gorgeous guy in the comic has that effect on everyone that even a lady surgeon from the real world would be attracted to. Oh well, he was made that way by his creator, a simply perfect guy. And this perfect antagonist is paired by a pretty surgeon from the real world, Yun Joo who happened to save him when he was wounded and dying. A perfect heroine for our gorgeous hero!
  • the actors – I love Lee Jong Suk playing as Kang Chul. His face looks like it just came out of a manga. Han Hyo Joo (though her acting needs more improvement), she is so pretty to pass as our perfect antagonist’s love interest.
  • the storyline – great order of events and impressive twists that make every episode full of suspense and totally unpredictable.
  • the length – 16-episode long is just perfect. No dragginess, no unnecessary extensions to suit sponsors.
  • great villains – what makes a great story is the presence of a great villain and W has 2! First Oh Seong Moo, the creator of the novel W who became the protagonist of his own novel. Second one is Han Cheol, the politician inside the comic who was always after Kang Chul. 2 great actors but I would give the best actor award to Kim Eui Sung who played 2 characters Oh Seong Moo and the killer in webtoon.
  • best kissing scenes – yes they were the best kissing scenes. Jong Suk oppa appears to be a great kisser. And I’m glad the writers were so generous to shower us viewers with these super exciting scenes. We’ve witnessed a surprised kiss, romantic, goodbye, hello and a sunset kiss. Thank you, very generous indeed.
  • super cool scenes – lots of them! Will mention a few… Kang Chul riding a super hot red car, sad goodbye at the rooftop was even super cool, editing on-going happening in the comic world using the tablet, Kang Chul making it to the real world for the first time and so on and so forth…
  • best comical relief – Park Soo Bong, the author’s assistant brought lots of laughters especially whenever he was scared. And Yun Joo’s boss in the hospital Heo Jung Do was also super hilarious even in a bossy way. It was a fantastic idea to mix comedy in a suspense drama. You know, when you’ve got this feeling when everything becomes creepy then our funny guys pop up, what a relief :).
  • the OST – lovely songs played throughout the drama. Check out W OST playlist.
  • the ending – I love it! It’s a sad-happy ending but I got over the sad part very quickly because of the awesome happy part!





Overall, I’m very much contented. Nothing to ask for, nothing I dislike. Even the promotional ads for KIA wasn’t an eyesore at all. It  was the best ad in a kdrama I’ve ever seen. Great integration! Really very well done!

It’s a terrific drama and I highly recommend it to everyone. Enjoy watching!

My Rating: 10 stars! (10 as highest)

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Uncontrollably Fond

Uncontrollably-Fond kdramaSummary: Shin Joon Young, a top actor but diagnosed with a terminal illness is trying to fix everything in his life that he messed up. That’s including his ill-fated relationship with Noh Eul, a former schoolmate he likes but ended up broke and struggling to find a project as a documentary producer.

Genre: Melodrama, Rich Boy Poor Girl
Episodes: 20
Stars: Kim Woo Bin as Shin Joon Young
Bae Suzy as Noh Eul
Im Joo Hwan as Choi Ji Tae
Im Joo Eun as Yoon Jung Eun




Likes: I knew since I watched the first 2 episodes that the main character would die. It was written all over it. They didn’t make it a secret which was great. I was so prepared! The whole drama was about how Shin Joon Young would make amends with everyone especially with the one he greatly owed and loved, Noh Eul. Second was to make amends with his own mother who was deeply hurt when he exchanged law school into acting. There were a lot to solve before our Joon Young would go in peace and though it was extremely sad :(, he did a great job, did it wonderfully and finally died beautifully. Thus if there was something you should be curious to ask before watching is, how did our character die? And how his loved one accepted his fate?

Another thing that’s lovable in this drama is its picturesque scenes. A great inspiration to hobby photographers like me. My favorites are… (click on photos to enlarge it)

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The cast and the characters they portray:

Kim Woo Bin as Shin Joon Young – I love KWB. He’s super gorgeous, and those huge supermodel portraits which adorned his equally gorgeous home in this drama don’t lie. He is so handsome that he’s too intimidating to watch :). I think he did great portraying his role. His looks over qualified and acting-wise is good though he still has to work more on acting as a gentle character. Being tough and looking tough and cool are no problem though.

Bae Suzy as Noh Eul – there were only few scenes when I liked her and I think most of the things I want to say about her will go under my dislikes.

Im Joo Hwan as Choi Ji Tae – I love this guy too. A really good competition for KWB. Although not as handsome, Im Joo Hwan looks super smart and charming. His face is very expressive, definitely he knows his craft.

Im Joo Eun as Yoon Jung Eun – she’s a gorgeous actress. Bae Suzy next to her looks like a girl. And she had a better chemistry with KWB in this drama. Just see the kiss.

Since this drama is mostly about Kim Woo Bin’s character Shin Joon Young who was dying, it was great to see him transformed realistically from a very healthy and handsome young man to a thinner, paler looking sick person in the end.

I will have to say, the ending was quite beautiful. Joon Young did his first and last bucket list. There’s a short epilogue that shows how everyone’s doing after a year. I’m pretty contented.




Dislikes: I was never a fan of Bae Suzy in dramas but her as Noh Eul is the most annoying female main character I ever had to watch. She was lacking facial expression and shouting and screaming was so getting on my nerves. Her chemistry with Kim Woo Bin was very poor. I didn’t see a spark at all.

Though I was warned from the very beginning that this would be a sad one, it left me in a depressed mood for days. I can’t just take too much.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)