One Dollar Lawyer

one dollar lawyer kdramaSummary: Chun Ji Hun is a former prosecutor who  is now a lawyer and only asking one dollar for his legal fee. He is joined by Sa Ma Jang, his office assistant and Baek Ma Ri, a new lady lawyer.

One Dollar Lawyer Trailer

Genre: Legal, Comedy, Mystery
Episodes: 12
Stars: Nam Goong Min as Chun Ji Hoon
Kim Ji Eun as Baek Ma Ri
Choi Dae Hoon as Seo Min Hyuk




Likes: I watched this because of Nam Goong Min and I’m glad I did because like his other dramas, One Dollar Lawyer didn’t disappoint.

Nam Goong Min. Love this guy. He’s handsome and of course a brilliant actor! Taking the role of Chun Ji Hoon, who went from a serious prosecutor to a can’t-be-taken-seriously-lawyer, shows how versatile Nam Goong Min is as an actor. Chun Ji Hoon was a prosecutor who would do everything to go after corrupt officials even if that would mean his own dad. After 2 tragic losses, he decided to become a lawyer who only takes one dollar as payment and would always wear sunglasses. Funny guy as you look at him compared to his prosecutor days but he possesses a  great sense of social justice and compassion.

Why One Dollar? There’s a sad story behind the one-dollar fee and it’s got something to do with Chun Ji Hoon’s former fiancee who started the office. She helped Chun Ji Hoon get past his sad past only to leave him forever even before they got married. She left her famous law firm in order to start a practice that would help the ones who can’t afford a lawyer fee, thus only asking one-dollar. Chun Ji Hoon, devasted by the fiancee’s death, continued the good intention and he became the One-Dollar Lawyer.

Why the sunglasses? Chun Ji Hoon really looked cool on those but I think the real reason behind the glasses is to hide his grief. Instead of drowning in his grief like after his dad died, he decided to be on the happy, cool and crazy side but hide his grieving eyes with a pair of cool, dark sunglasses.



The cinematic style. I love the directing, how the camera moves and how it captures a lot of scenes, cinematic style. However, it has also an anime-like presentation. That could stem from its OST, as it sounds like you’re watching an anime. Check out One Dollar Lawyer OST here.

The One Dollar Lawyer style. I love the suits! I love the messy hairstyle! But I think, the really cool sunglasses got me! They look so classic and stylish! Tried to find out which sunglasses brand sponsored the drama but nothing came out of that. All in all, the styling of everyone was pretty good. They tried their best to make everyone look like in webtoon. Well done!

The interesting cases. Aside from the main storyline, we have different stories from the cases that our One Dollar lawyer had to handle. I like the case of Kim Min Jae, who had to confess of killing his parents to protect his sister and the reputation of his dad. Having to solve the case was such a bonus!



Lee Jee Hoon cameo. Surprised to see another handsome face. Lee Jee Hoon appeared as himself, a celebrity on the red carpet while our Chun Ji Hoon was making an arrest.

Ending. It feels like there’s going to be season 2 but I’m also good with how it ended. After solving the case of his father and fiancee’s deaths, Chun Ji Hoon once again, is on the go, only asking for one dollar for his fee. He’s like a modern-day superhero for a lot of desperate clients who are put on the edge.

Dislikes: I was kind of hoping a romance with Baek Ma Ri, but nothing really came out of it. Nam Goong Min is also suited more with non-romantic kdrama, but yeah, you’ll never know.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Little Women

little women kdramaSummary: Oh In Joo, Oh In Kyung and Oh In Hye are sisters who grew up poor. They get involved in a case that lead them to fight against the richest and most influential family in Korea.

Little Women Trailer

Genre: Family, Mystery
Episodes: 12
Stars: Kim Go Eun as Oh In Joo
Nam Ji Hyun as Oh In Kyung
Park Ji Hoo as Oh In Hye



Likes: I think what made me really watch this show was the promising cast. Just taking a look at the big names, we’ve got Kim Go Eun, Nam Ji Hyun, Wi Ha Joon and Uhm Ki Joon as main cast. Such a feast for a kdrama fan who’d seen these faces a number of times in the past. Of course, I had high expectations. Did it really hit the mark? That, I’ll talk about later in the bottom.

So, let’s take a look at the big names and their roles…

Kim Go Eun as Oh In Joo – I know she’s a great actress, but her role her kind of annoyed me a bit. She was so gullible. I wouldn’t say, stupid, but simply and annoyingly easy to get convinced. Anyway, Kim Go Eun did so well in portraying that.

Nam Ji Hyun as Oh In Kyung – I love In Kyung’s personality! She was tough and brave. She would always stand up to what she believed in and always ready to fight. Nam Ji Hyun’s chemistry with Kang Hoon was also awesome!

Park Ji Hoo as Oh In Hye – I wasn’t a fun of In Hye that much. I don’t like people getting swayed easily with living in mansion. However, I like the actress Park Ji Hoo. She’s a promising young star.



Wi Ha Joon as Choi Do Il – Wi Ha Joon helping Kim Go Eun solved mysteries gave a Squid Game vibe. The forever, mystery revealer! I love seeing him again, although I wished he had more chemistry with Kim Go Eun.

Uhm Ki Joon as Park Jae Sang – the villain role was written all over his face but I was so surprised how it ended with him. What a twist!

Uhm Ji Won as Won Sang Ah – our great villainess, the master puppeteer, the artist. She was so twisted but remain artistic with her ways. Brilliant acting by the lady!

The Story. I was definitely feeling a Squid Game vibe. Psychotic for sure and maybe because Wi Ha Joon was in it 😊. I like the web of mysteries, they were for sure interesting and kept me hooked all throughout. This is of course based on the novel Little Women, so it’s also about sisters who’d gone through difficult times in their lives. It’s a coming of age drama wrapped in psychotic mystery 😉.



The Mystery of the Orchid. I like the importance of the orchid in the show. Not only it was beautiful, but it was representative as well. So once one is not part of the orchid family, he or she becomes a loose orchid, meaning time to die. Of course, the orchid is managed by the main villainess, who’s I think was the star of the show.

The Main Villainess. Of course she was psychotic, but you’ve got to give her that. She was an artist. She wanted to give life to her art. What a twisted mind, but artistic as well.

Singapore with Love! It’s good to see kdrama travelling out again to film. Although, I always associate kdrama with Seoul but it’s good to see other beautiful cities as well.  Singapore was of course a great choice. Still wanna visit the place one day!

Cameo Surprise. One of the first episodes had Song Jong Ki cameo! What a treat! And what a great-looking sales person!

Dislikes: I think the cast was excellent, but the story was quite weak. I like the mysterious approach, the puzzles and everything, but so many loose ends. The plot was also quite messy, it was all over the place. Hard to keep up especially with so many characters in the story.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Link: Eat, Love, Kill

Link: Eat, Love, Kill KdramaSummary: Eun Gye Hoon is a respectable chef who used to share his emotion with his twin sister. That connection ended when the sister went missing and believed to have died. Eun Gye Hoon meets a girl called No Da Hyun whose feelings and emotions he could also feel just like his sister.

Link: Eat, Love, Kill Trailer

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Melodrama, Food, Psychological, Mystery, Serial Killer
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yeo Jin Goo as Eun Gye Hoon
Moon Ga Young as No Da Hyun




Likes: It’s an interesting combination of fantasy, romance, food and mystery drama. I like the storytelling, it uniquely blends all this genre together.

Fantasy. I guess feeling someone’s emotions fall into this category. Eun Gye Hoon feeling Noh Da Hyun’s emotions always left that surprised reaction on his face. It must have been a truly daunting experience feeling someone’s fear and anxiety. However, I like the connection and the true reason why they had that link.

Romance. I find these two cute. The chemistry wasn’t that strong but they just look great together. It’s was nice to see that although the characters were ill fated, the attraction was strong enough to stay and protect each other until the end.

Food. I thought I won’t see that restaurant open at all! Anyway, all the testing menu and food Eun Gye Hoon prepared for Noh Da Hyun, especially when she could not sleep, were all mouth-watering! We all wish to have a partner who can cook, don’t we?



Mystery. It was nerve-racking as everyone was a potential suspect. But love how it came out. The real culprit was really that someone you least expected. The title of the episode was called “An Ordinary Evil”, revealing the killer’s identity.

Episode Titles. And yeah since we’re just at it, all episode titles were very well-thought of and truly represents the happenings of every episode. Link, The Connection; Lies; Confession; Cheesy, But Destiny; The Child Returns; Fluttering; Poke; The Children of Jiwhadong, Don’t Turn Around; The Red Gate; The Witness, The Premonition; Mom’s Secret; An Ordinary Evil; The Link and Eat, Love, Kill.

Scary and Funny. I like how they managed to make this show scary and at the same time funny. The fact that there’s someone stalking you and the killer of long time ago is still out there, that’s pretty scary. But we’ve got scenes like the mom and the grandma carrying tools around ready to hit someone when their daughter / granddaughter is in danger. Scenes like Eun Gye Hoon’s friend coming inside the restaurant on inconvenient situations. Or both scary and funny like Lee Jin Geun being put in the fridge, then able to escape only to be hit by a taxi. He survived after that and still able to blackmail the taxi driver.



The Top Leads.

Yeo Jin Goo as Eun Gye Hoon – I love Yeo Jin Goo! I’ve watched this guy grow up in kdramas. He is consistently a brilliant actor. As Eun Gye Hoon, I could feel his pain, guilt and loneliness. His face was painted like that. Then he fell in love, and love was there trying hard to thrive in the midst of pain, guilt and loneliness. Seeing the different emotions pouring out of him, even not his own, was brilliant. This guy can cry, even without trying hard. He’s so natural!

Moon Ga Young as No Da Hyun – such a pretty face! I don’t doubt her talent in acting, she’s quite good too. Her tears were just flowing naturally all the time. Not much effort there. I just don’t feel a strong chemistry between her and Yeo Jin Goo.

Ending. I love how all story lines had reached a decent closure. I especially like the happy endings. There were also background stories which shed light to a lot of things like the story of Noh Da Hyun’s grandma. As for our lead characters, it just shows that not all grim pasts can darken the path to happiness and love.

Dislikes: I really don’t understand why Noh Da Hyun kept on walking on dark alleys at night, even after being stalked. That just didn’t make sense!

Chemistry wasn’t that strong.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Crazy Love

crazy love kdramaSummary: Noh Go Jin is the top Math instructor and the CEO of GOTOP, a learning institute in Korea. He pretends he has amnesia due to a lot of death threats he had received. His secretary Lee Shin Ah, who has a grudge on Noh Go Jin for being a mean boss, pretends she is his fiancee thinking he doesn’t remember anything.

Crazy Love Trailer

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Boss Romance, Rich Boy Poor Girl, Mystery, Detective, Revenge
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Jae Wook as Noh Go Jin
Krystal Jung as Lee Shin Ah
Ha Jun as Oh Se Ki
Yoo In Young as Baek Soo Young



Likes: Something that I really miss when this drama ended was its intro music, Ra ta ta ta! Made me always excited when I would start another exciting episode. Actually, let’s check it out again, here it is Crazy Love Intro!

Boss Romance. I just started this list for the love of all kdramas that involve falling in love with, well usually tough, even bully, but of course handsome or pretty bosses. This is just one example and our lead Kim Jae Wook, lived up to our expectations!

Top Leads with awesome visuals.

Kim Jae Wook as Noh Go Jin – oh my gosh the role was so annoying in the beginning. It was so hard to fall for this conceited character. However, as we advanced to later episodes, there was clearly a development to his character, thank  goodness! Kim Jae Wook did great as Noh Go Jin, despite some awkward scenes. He just looked great on all those suits and extra sexy driving his blue Audi R8. I was definitely sold! His chemistry with Krystal was surprisingly amazing! I just love that kiss he gave her when she was on the ladder, looked very genuine!



Krystal Jung as Lee Shin Ah – Krystal is no doubt a great actor. She’s one of those ex idols who can actually really act. Her sister Tiffany, tried the same route, but sorry she wasn’t as good. Krystal as Lee Shin Ah was a natural. She took the role with ease. When it comes to visuals, Kim Jae Wook and her complemented each other so well. As I’ve mentioned above, their chemistry was quite strong. And yeah, she even sung!

Ha Jun as Oh Se Ki – I love this guy. He always spoke so well and was such a good actor. Oh Se Ki and Noh Go Jin’s brotherly bond in the drama was impressive and convincing, so the two of them drifting apart at some point, made me really sad.

Yoo In Young as Baek Soo Young – I haven’t seen her in a while and it was great seeing this amazingly beautiful face again in kdrama world. Her character here didn’t do her villainous acting capability justice. I had seen better but anyway, just glad to see her back.

Impressive office interiors. There was one thing I really noticed in this drama, the impressive offices! First, I love Noh Go Jin’s office… the white board, the books all over the place, it just suited our genius CEO well! Second, Park Yang Tae’s (Ilpum Edu CEO) more traditional, mature but still stylish. I specifically loved his black door, it was very chic! Lasty, Baek Soo Young’s so pretty, feminine and very stylish office. I just loved how the production paid attention to these details.



Impossible Love. At the start, love between our top leads Noh Go Jin and Lee Shin Ah was really nowhere in sight. The bickering between these two looked sooo convincing. As the show progressed, we were seeing possibilities and chemistry. The story also got more interesting, which unsurprisingly made its rating higher.

Impossible Career. I love how it ended with Lee Shin Ah living the impossible dream she had for a long time. She just didn’t give up becoming a teacher and her hard work paid off in the end. What was also impressive is that she chose another institution to work at, and her boyfriend supported her for that, although he knew he would lose such a talent.

Cherry Blossom Ending. It seems to be a trend but I still like it. It was such a beautiful scene and yeah, I love the rings! The couple also had one of the best wedding photos ever!

Dislikes: Desperate to promote that Kahi beauty stick!

My Rating: 8 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)


The Devil Judge

the devil judge kdramaSummary: Kang Yo Han is a trial judge best known as the Devil Judge, who punishes the mighty rich and powerful through a trial which is broadcasted nationwide. He has his own way of winning the game of justice and he is unstoppable and he resists control from the top power in the country.

Trailer: The Devil Judge

Genre: Legal, Mystery, Revenge
Episodes: 16
Stars: Ji Sung as Kang Yo Han
Kim Min Jung as Jung Sun Ah
Jin Young as Kim Ga On
Park Gyu Young as Yoon Soo Hyun




Likes: Another great and intense drama with no other than Ji Sung, my favourite! Set in a dystopian Korea, a devil judge tries to put the powerful in a situation where they would lose everything they work hard for. The control for power, manipulation and influence by all parties were quite entertaining. It was like watching a game. When you lose in the game, that could mean losing money, your position and even the people dearest to you. I love how our Devil Judge was always likely to win. He always had his way and he always come out as the winner.

Awesome cast! I totally enjoyed the outpour of talented actors in this drama!

Ji Sung as Kang Yo Han – I had no doubt this is gonna be a great performance from Ji Sung. And yes, I was again right! He was awesome as the Devil Judge. He perfected that haughty look of someone in power that could knockdown the most powerful in the country. Great acting, always handsome, and even as a judge, super sexy!

Kim Min Jung as Jung Sun Ah – oh dear, she was terrific! That controlling, powerful personality was written all over her. I love the character, especially how she started and how she became the power that she wanted to be. I love how she admired Kang Yo Han. Toxic but her own way of admiration.

Jin Young as Kim Ga On – he’s come a long long way, our kpop idol Jin Young. Such a great opportunity to be acting next to Ji Sung. But he proved himself worthy. That young judge Kim Ga On was so naive, so much to learn, especially whom to trust. Tragic to lose the love of his life!



Park Gyu Young as Yoon Soo Hyun – love her beauty and her voice! And as the character Soo Hyun, love how she would tease Ga On, asking him always to marry her.

All those powerful personalities like the president, first lady, the justice minister, chairman of Minbo Group, Chairman Seo of the Foundation, Chairman of Saram Media, they were all awesome!

Cute chemistry. I don’t know with you but I find Ga On and Elijah’s chemistry really good. The two were just adorable! Elijah is pretty. Wait a couple of years, and she will be the next IT kdrama girl. Remember her name Jeon Chae-Eun.

Young Kang Yo Han. Another promising star is the boy who portrayed the young Kang Yo Han. Such a pretty boy. I’ll wait for him too :-), name is Moon Woo-Jin.



Powerful OST.  For a kdrama with so much power involved, is worthy of a powerful OST. Here’s The Devil Judge OST.

Favourite Quote: “The most evil is the self-pity of the powerful!”

Defendant memories. When Kang Yo Han was sent into prison and started wearing the prison uniform, it definitely brought back Defendant memories. You should watch this other Ji Sung masterpiece. So good too!

Ending. Our Devil Judge always win. Love the ending!

Dislikes: Nothing to mention.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Mine

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

Trailer: Mine

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




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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

The beautiful and tragic loveteams.

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

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

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



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

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

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

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

Sisyphus: The Myth

sisyphus kdramaSummary: Han Tae Sul is a rich, genius engineer who owns Quantum and Time, a successful company in Korea. After a plane accident, he discovers traces that leads to his brother’s death. While investigating, he meets Kang Seo Hae, an elite soldier from the future who travels back in time to help him.

Trailer: Sisyphus: The Myth

Genre: Science Fiction, Time-Travel, Fantasy, Mystery, Chaebol
Episodes: 16
Stars: Cho Seung Woo as Han Tae Sul
Park Shin Hye as Kang Seo Hae




Likes: It’s a time-travel drama, of course I would like it, no matter how confusing the story develops. Time-travel intrigues me, how people could possibly travel in time, how they could change the past (or could they actually really change the past?). In Sisyphus, there was only traveling back in time. This is where our young Seo Hae from the future travels back to save a genius engineer named Han Tae Sul.

Complex storytelling. Well, if I had to tell the story my way, all of the concealed mysteries would be revealed untimely. I kind of like how they did it here. We started with a girl from the future traveling to the past to meet a guy she would have to save. While the story goes on in the past, there would flashbacks of the events that happened so far to the girl in the future. At the same time, the guy would also have flashbacks of his life in the past, revealing gradually the mysteries, giving answers to our whys. Honestly, it was hard to follow but glad I was able to keep up with it.

Post-apocalyptic future. This kind of scenes in movies usually puts me in a sullen mood. Surprisingly, this one didn’t. The post-apocalyptic Seoul mostly covered in overgrowth only shows how people in the past were serious about beauty and pop culture. Wasn’t that obvious with the ruins of an Innisfree (South Korean cosmetic) shop and an old BTS poster. In addition to that, the craze on theme parks! It reminds us people that life now is awesome!

So many plot twists. I was like, “Ah that’s why”, all the time! Like I first started asking, why the mum wasn’t with them in the future? How did Seo Hae get hold of that diary? Why’s the broker stuck with working with the downloader? Why’s the chairman helping Sigma? Who is Sigma anyway?



That intro sound. I really like that scratchy radio signal sound at the beginning of every episode. It creates that eerie, alien-like atmosphere.

Favourite quote: “It’s not important where they come from, it’s when they come from”.

The cast. So many talented actors in this show. Of course you need them for challenging characters like Sigma, the chairman, Seo Hae’s dad, the broker and more. But the top leads really made me watch this…

Park Shin Hye as Kang Seo Hae – I don’t miss any Park Shin Hye’s drama. She’s a good actress and she chooses her drama well – always worth-watching. As Kang Seo Hae, she did a lot of action, which is refreshing to see. I love all those running on the roofs, jumping from the bridge, hanging through a rope, punching, kicking and shooting with her cute, pink gun.

Cho Seung Woo as Han Tae Sul – There was an old drama that I watched where Cho Seung Woo was in, and I instantly liked him there, so I got excited to see him in Sisyphus paired with no other than Park Shin Hye. I like him as Han Tae Sul, he’s cute with his humour and sarcasm. And I think he really looked good on that magazine cover.

The moral. Whatever you do, you can’t change anything.  I should have known early on from the title 🙂



Dislikes: Really? Sigma survived the nuclear explosion because he sealed his windows with a masking tape? Really?

Sun, the friend of Seo Hae who keeps helping her, didn’t really have any other use aside from that. He had this striking presence  (maybe because he looks like Lee Sang Yoon), so I was kind of expecting something surprising from his role, but nothing really.

Of all the plot holes, I most question the banana. Why Seo Hae did not know how to peel a banana?!  She ate it with skin! As if she hadn’t seen a banana before! She was already 9 when the war broke. She could already even ride a bike! But still doesn’t know what a banana is 🤔?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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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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Zombie Detective

zombie detective kdramaSummary: Kim Moo Young had been living in a village as a zombie for the past two years and learned how to move and act like a real live person. He moves to the city and takes over the identity of a dead detective. While starting his detective work, he meets Gong Sun Ji, who takes an interest working as a detective assistant.

Trailer: Zombie Detective

Genre: Mystery, Horror, Comedy, Detective, Supernatural, Boss Romance
Episodes: 24
Stars: Choi Jin Hyuk as Kim Moo Young
Park Joo Hyun as Gong Sun Ji
Kwon Hwa Woon as Cha Do Hyun




Likes: Short but downright hilarious and entertaining. Story was very compact, no dilly dally, just straight to the point.

I love the zombie intro! That realization when Kim Moo Young became a zombie and how ridiculously slow he was. And on top of that, he couldn’t even speak! What a frustrating situation interpreted in a funny way. Of course love the determination that came with it. It was like Rocky training to be a boxing champion or  Kung Fu Panda training to be the dragon warrior! A slow zombie training to move like a real and quick human by running on a treadmill and learning how to speak before finally moving to the city.

The two mysteries that gave answers as to why our zombie existed. The first part gave clarity as to why Kim Moo Young died. He had been curious about his past life and how he ended up dead. The second part was focused on how he became undead. Who was responsible for it, that Kim Moo Young himself  wanted to know badly. Therefore, becoming a zombie detective was the best way to solve the mysteries.

The ending with an epilogue. One year later what happened to the story. I love the hint of Kim Moo Young going back to detective work, the hopeful news that there might be a way to zombies becoming human again and of course, a possible romance between our zombie lead and his former assistant. Love the Halloween Party dress up at the end. Thought Choi Jin Hyuk looked really hot in his costume!

I always dislike ad placement but the BB Cream well placed ad was something I could live with.

Good job for putting such effort coming up with creative titles for every episode.

LOL for these funny scenes…

  • That part when they were making a parody of Boys Over Flowers and that famous “Almost Paradise” OST played in the background!
  • When our zombie was trying to learn the ways of the living by watching kdramas!
  • The fight between our zombie and the wild boar!
  • Joseon Zombie vs Chinese Zombie!
  • Non-stop funny moments from the rival neighboring detectives, Lee Sung Rok and Wang Wei!
  • The blossoming love between Wang Wei and the tripe lady!

Our main leads…

Choi Jin Hyuk as Kim Moo Young – this role suits Choi Jin Hyuk much better. Love seeing him in a light, funny character. Being a zombie, he actually looked convincing. And everytime he put on his BB cream, he turned into this very handsome detective!



Park Joo Hyun as Gong Sun Ji – it took a while to warm up to her but eventually when her character was less annoying and frantic, she turned out to be so much likeable. Love her bridal costume at the Halloween Party.

Dislikes: Was enjoying it too much, I don’t remember anything to dislike about it.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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