Under the Queen’s Umbrella

under the queen's umbrella kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: Queen Hwa Ryeong does everything in her might to protect all her children from the predators in the palace. After the tragic death of her eldest son, the crown prince, she tries her best to keep her position as queen to protect the remaining grand princes who are in danger of getting killed once a different prince will become the new crown prince.

Under the Queen’s Umbrella Trailer

Genre: Period, Kings & Princes, Family
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Hye Soo as Queen Im Hwa Ryeong
Choi Won Young as King Lee Ho
Kim Hae Sook as Queen Dowager
Bae In Hyuk as Crown Prince
Moon Sang Min as Grand Prince Seongnam
Yoon Sang Hyeon as Grand Prince Muan
Yoo Seon Ho as Grand Prince Gyeseong
Park Ha Joon as Grand Prince Ilyoung

Poong, The Joseon Psychiatrist

poong the joseon psychiatrist kdramaSummary: Yoo Se Poong is a genius doctor and works at the palace but he gets blame for the death of the king. He has to leave Hanyang with a trauma that makes him unable to do acupuncture anymore. He then meets a town doctor who becomes his teacher and a widow who becomes his student.

Poong, The Joseon Psychiatrist Trailer

Genre: Period, Medical, Psychological
Episodes: 12
Stars: Kim Min Jae as Yoo Se Poong
Kim Hyang Gi as Seo Eun Woo
Kim Sang Kyung as Gye Ji Han




Likes: I love the theme of the drama. A psychiatrist during the Joseon era treating people who were sick in the mind and in the heart. I’m always curious how it was like in the olden days, just like how my grandma would tell stories during her times. I like how they made this one so light-hearted despite the psychological theme. It was funny, so relatable and family-focused, that you just wanted to be part of it. Such a heartwarming show!

Medical cases. Every episode focused on someone who has a medical condition, and that becomes the topic. Expanding the storyline  by taking on different cases makes every episode richer. And our leads trying to solve and treat every condition, dealing with difficult people in the process, was quite an adventure.

The plague. Seeing how the people in the past would handle epidemic is quite interesting. Harsher definitely. It made me think how lucky we are to be living now. We might have to go through strict lockdowns but at least we don’t get burned alive in quarantine. But that’s how it was like before. Cure was difficult to find. It was definitely a scarier time. And the psychological effect on people was pretty apparent too. However, what made it so different is that people in the past worked a lot as families. Hurdles like health or poverty were overcame a lot by being together.

The family. As I’ve mentioned above, family was very important. The Gyesu Village clinic family was such a happy one. They were not all blood-related but they were a family. I loved the warmth in that clinic. They help each other to treat the sick, they eat together, they joke with each other, protect each member, they all work happily for a common goal.



Our dear cast…

Kim Min Jae as Yoo Se Poong – I loved seeing Kim Min Jae in period dramas, this suits him so well. As a genius doctor who fell from grace due to his involvement in the death of the previous king, he did great! I like his haughty character, who’s also soft-hearted when it comes to people in need and those who are family to him. Just got to love the guy!

Kim Hyang Gi as Seo Eun Woo – she’s not the prettiest but she really fits well in this era. But the more I watched her, the more beautiful she had become. I also like her chemistry with Kim Mim Jae. Although, they were both too coy in this season, I just loved watching them together and I look forward for more romantic scenes next season.

Kim Sang Kyung as Gye Ji Han – I love this guy, he’s great! I like his father figure role here. He’s basically the head of the Gyesu Clinic and the robin hood of the village. He was very funny especially when he met the King but unaware he was the king, he gave him his honest diagnoses 😄.

Veteran’s cameo. Seeing veteran actor Ahn Nae Sang, who took the role of the previous king who died of poisoning in the first episode and Jang Hyun Sung, who took the role of Poong’s father,  and also died in the second episode, I thought, wow, we’ve got big actors here, this show would be promising.

Ending. The story of the poisoning of the king has been resolved and the bad guys had paid for it with their lives. Now we’ll move on. Having a second season seems to be a trend this year. Oh well, good news to us fans, we’ll be seeing more of Poong’s medical adventure. Hopefully, more romance too.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Moonshine

moonshine kdramaSummary: Nam Young has just passed the national service exam and becomes an officer for the Saheonbu, which cracks down on people who breaks the alcohol prohibition. He comes across Kang Ro Seo, a poor girl who originally hailed from a noble family. And because of poverty, Kang Ro Seo starts brewing alcohol to make a living.

Trailer: Moonshine

Genre: Period, Romance, King & Princes
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yoo Seung Ho as Nam Young
Hye Ri as Kang Ro Seo
Byun Woo Suk as Lee Pyo
Kang Mi Na as Han Ae Jin



Likes:  I always say, I learned a lot from kdramas, in fact, I still do. Honestly, I didn’t have any idea what moonshine mean 🤔. Well, it sounded very romantic. You know Moonshine, sounds very close to The Moon that Embraces the Sun, Moon Lover – Scarlet Heart or Moonlight Drawn by Clouds 😊. And they’re all period romance dramas too! To my surprise, it means “smuggled alcohol”. There you go, another lesson learnt from my favourite vice of all times, watching kdramas! Who says, you don’t learn a thing from it, I learnt tons! Anyway, Moonshine wasn’t all about alcohol (although, there was a lot of emphasis on how sweet it tastes), there was also romance, comedy, some detective work and of course, the complex politics. It was just like a cocktail!

Very colourful too! The costumes and props were popping in colours!. I love the beautiful Hanboks, the romantic lanterns and the never-ending spring blossoms everywhere (although sometimes they already appear too fake).

Our main leads chemistry wasn’t that strong but I love both actors…

Yoo Seung Ho as Nam Young – his eyes are always very charismatic, and he’s acting is always good. Here, as an upright civil servant, he appeared so cute instead of scary.

Hye Ri as Kang Ro Seo – I love Hye Ri’s simple look. I think it suited Kang Ro Seo’s character a lot. Hye Ri’s Joseon accent is commendable. She really sounded like from an old era.



Our supporting leads are cute!

Byun Woo Suk as Lee Pyo – this guy is just sooo handsome! He sort of upstaged Yoo Seung Ho from the looks department. And he was the crown prince!

Kang Mi Na as Han Ae Jin – she was just too cute! Love the character too… bold, brave and tenacious! Very admirable! No wonder the prince fell for her in the end.

There were other notable characters in the drama like Sim Heon, the merchant and Woon Sim, the gisaeng and their tragic love story. Of course, our two powerful villains, the Chief Royal Secretary and the Chief State Councilor. Our comedic reliefs, Gye Ssssang Mok and Hwang So Yoo. And I also love the young queen, who despite the age, showed maturity, wisdom and courage.

Dislikes: The story was draggy. I got really so bored. And the ending was quite cheesy too.

They tried to have some mysteries going on but they were too vague. Solving those mysteries was merely lucky guesses.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Red Sleeve

red sleeve kdramaSummary: Sung Duk Im is a court lady serving the crown prince of Joseon. Without knowing the real appearance of the prince, she’s been actually talking to him a handful of times while disguised as his teacher. The prince falls in love with Sung Duk Im and she later becomes his royal concubine.

Trailer: Red Sleeve

Genre: Period, Romance, Kings & Princes, Books
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Joon Ho as Lee San, later King Jeongjo
Lee Se Young as Sung Duk Im, later Royal Noble Consort Ui
Kang Hoon as Hong Duk Ro / Hong Kook Young




Likes: What made this show so successful is the focus on the romance between Lee San and Duk Im, from the beginning till the very end. All the other stuff, like Lee San’s struggle to get to the throne or his reign and Duk Im’s palace life were secondary (but still very-well covered) to that beautiful romance between these two characters. Well, no doubt this grabbed Kdramastowatch Best Romance award for 2021!

Best Romantic Scenes. Countless in this show but recalling the time when Lee San wasn’t allowed to get out of his chamber and Duk Im came to read the Book of Odes to him from the outside. That was one of the first strong connections, I think. Hm, how about the bath scene? That was crazy hot! And I always found it romantic when these two are bickering, which one time ended up with the first kiss! How about the first night? I won’t even go there 🤭.

Book of Odes Passage. “The north wind is cold, the falling snow is voluminous. If you love me, and are affectionate, with the one I love and who likes me, I’ll hold your hand and part with you.

The north wind is chilly, the falling snow is thick. If you are affectionate and love me, I’ll hold your hand and go back with you.”

Lots of good drama. The story is so rich that although we have the love story of Lee San and Duk Im as the main focus, we’ve got so many others to pay attention to. Like the relationship between Lee San and his grandfather King. I would call it tough love. The ties between Lee San and the Queen (later Queen Dowager), I would call that strong support. The relationship between the chief court lady and the grandfather King, I would call that resentment. The bond between Lee San and Hong Duk Ro, I would call that broken friendship. Then we’ve got the strong friendship and bond between Duk Im and her friends. She even told the king later, you’ve got everything, the country and your subjects, I’ve only got my friends. All these, made this show such an awesome drama! One can easily relate to each situation. And as viewers, we also felt the pain and the happiness.



Cinematography. This is my second for best cinematography. Just so many beautiful scenes and I just love how the camera would move around capturing every nice angles.

Costumes. The details they put on costume is commendable! Although the King’s robes and the Queens wardrobes were always grand and impressive, I love how they managed to give attention to the court ladies uniforms. The court ladies were vital in the story, so there was obviously a need to identify the ranking. Song Duk Im’s court lady uniform which was kept by her friend was later treasured by the king at the very end.

Favourite Quote: “Were you captivated by me or I was captivated by you?”

“Are we really talking about orange?” – Lee San to Duk Im

Top leads with the strongest chemistry.

Lee Joon Ho as Lee San, later King Jeongjo – my gosh I’m so in love with Joon Ho now 🤭! This idol already impressed me in Wok in Love. He is such a fine actor. He slayed the role of Lee San, later King Jeongjo! He was great as King, almost like Lee Duk Hwa’s performance but he was most adorable as someone who was so in love with a court lady. The longing in his looks. The facial expression when he gets angry at her (well for basically ignoring him). And yes the drama he had to endure at the very end. Well done Joo Ho!



Lee Se Young as Sung Duk Im, later Royal Noble Consort Ui – she looked very thin in the beginning that when she smiled, she didn’t look good at all. But when her character developed, she was getting more and more beautiful. I’ve seen a lot of her past dramas and I would say she always delivers. I love Sung Duk Im’s strong and resisting character, it suits Lee Se Young well. And my gosh this lady’s chemistry with Joon Ho was just top, hands down. Wish they would do another drama again.

Ending. I must admit I was taken aback. I didn’t do any research prior. I won’t say it’s completely sad because in the end they were reunited.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


The King’s Affection

the kings affection kdramaSummary: King Lee Hwi has a big secret. She’s a girl who has to live as a king to replace her crown prince twin brother who got killed for pretending to be her. Things get complicated when the king’s new teacher happens to be the guy she once liked.

Trailer: The King’s Affection

Genre:  Period, Romance, Gender Bender, Kings & Princes, Flower Boys
Episodes: 20
Stars: Park Eun Bin as Lee Hwi
Ro Woon as Jung Ji Woon
Nam Yoon Soo as Lee Hyun / Prince Jaeun
Choi Byung Chan as Kim Ga On
Bae Yoon Kyung as Shin So Eun



Likes: Another gender bender favourite, this time taking the role of the king of Joseon himself. A very tricky situation and I thought at first this would come out too shabby, but thanks to the brilliant cast, especially Park Eun Bin, who did such an amazing job as King Lee Hwi! Accompanied by a detailed story of love, friendship, family and loyalty, and with a great focus on character development, this drama exceeded my expectation.

Background story. We had 2 long episodes of how the whole switch had happened and I love how detailed the story was about the young crown prince and his twin sister. It involved many beautiful scenes in the past, but it didn’t end without the heartbreaking ones. This well-told background story clearly gave us a good understanding of the later King’s challenges and sufferings.

I love the girl who took the role of the young crown prince and Dam-i. She was brilliant! Really good casting as I couldn’t even tell if she was a boy or a girl. Her acting skills are quite impressive for such a young age.



Brilliant Cast. As mentioned above, even the young actor was pretty good. Let’s take a look at the rest…

Park Eun Bin as Lee Hwi – Hands down to this lady for being so awesome in this role! In fact, she took our KdramastoWatch 2021 best actress award. She very well deserved that! She commanded strength, courage, power, intelligence and above all beauty. Park Eun Bin managed to be handsome and beautiful at the same time, and I thought that was very impressive. I loved her voice too, not too feminine, could really get away with being a man. Her shooting arrows, sword-fighting, horseback riding, saving someone from tripping may it be a gentleman or a lady, made my poor heart flutter so much 😂.

Ro Woon as Jung Ji Woon – I’m starting to like Ro Woon but to match Park Eun Bin’s height, they could have casted someone a bit shorter. In fairness to Ro Woon, he was quite cute here and he had a good chemistry with Park Eun Bin.

Nam Yoon Soo as Lee Hyun / Prince Jaeun – oh my our poor second lead who of course didn’t up with the lady but at least he got the throne in the end. I like Nam Yoon Soo’s very friendly face. And as Prince Jaeun, his loyalty, love and friendship to the lady king was very commendable.



Animated Intro. You might not have noticed how beautiful this animated intro is, so please check it out here. It’s short but somehow it captures the king’s journey at one glance. Such a pretty watercolour art too!

Undeniably fitting OST.  I just thought the song was perfect for the drama! The romance is there but you can also feel the pain, the longing, and the sadness. Check out One and Only by Lyn, this will bring you back memories.

Favourite Quotes: “A good rain knows its season right.”

“Until the end of my days, my life would have been filled with nothing more than meaningless attempts to stay alive. What king of a life would that be?” -King Lee Hwi

Ending: Loved the epilogue! How beautiful she had become with that hairpin on her hair!

Dislikes: They should stop casting too caucasian-looking-Koreans for historical drama. Their looks just don’t suit well in this era.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Red Sky

red sky kdramaSummary: Hong Chun Gi is a female painter during the Joseon era, who is able to enter Gyungbokgung Palace. Her fate is entwined with Ha Ram, a man who lost his sight but knows how to read the skies and constellations.

Trailer: Red Sky

Genre:  Period, Romance, Fantasy, Kings & Princes
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Chun Gi
Ahn Hyo Sup as Ha Ram
Gong Myung as Grand Prince Yangmyeong
Kwak Si-yang as Grand Prince Juhyang



Likes: First Impression – beautiful and dreamy! It’s a period drama but the production was clear from the beginning that there’s no historical relevance thus more focused on that dreamy, romantic, fantasy world. There were so many beautiful scenes like my favourite peach orchard, the kiss by the water, the kite flying, the meeting at the pavilion, the sky watching and that heart-thumping palanquin ride!

Gods and Deities. I love how the drama started with the background story of the feuding gods. Although it’s animated, it’s nice to have some visuals of what happened in the past. I mentioned this too in My Roommate is a Gumiho, as they did a similar thing. This additional feature makes the story richer and it really helps expand the imagination (especially for those like me who totally needs some visual help). The drama was generous enough introducing us to the likes of Samshin, the Tiger god and Ma Wang.

Painting Details. Impressed how detailed the drama was when it comes to the paintings, especially how the portrait of the king was made. From the first draft to the outlining and coloring. The focus on the brush strokes was remarkable too. The painting competition was also fun to watch, with how each artist came up with their own interpretation of the themes. Indeed, one’s expression is unique.



Cheon Gi and Ha Ram’s destiny. So, it was all written in the sky then :-)? Anyway, I still like how these two were meant for each other, that even prince YangMyeong didn’t stand a chance. How the two met when they were young was already somehow romantic. The girl couldn’t see but the boy could. When they met again, the lady could see but the gentleman couldn’t. What a mean fate! It was all the goddess fault! Good thing, they were both rewarded in the end, so all good, I’m not bitter anymore.

Gorgeous leads! And you will have to agree with me :-).

Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Chun Gi – this girl is a sageuk queen. She was in the popular The Moon that Embraces the Sun and Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, all with those dreamy titles! I love seeing her in Hanboks, they make her look even more beautiful. As Hong Chun Gi, she did so well in that drama when she lost her eyesight again, just before she would finish the final painting of the king.

Ahn Hyo Sup as Ha Ram – this guy is tall which made him look so good in Hanboks too! And goodness gracious, have you guys seen that part when he was working out shirtless? How can a blind man look so hot like that?! And the red eyes suited him so well too! Ahn Hyo Sup has definitely come a long way from being an idol. He’s handsome and he’s tall with a sexy body to boot. I wish him more great projects to come.

Funniest scene. That moment when Ha Ram, possessed by Ma Wang, went to Cheon Gi’s room to claim her eyes. When that failed to happen, the two ended up sleeping in the same room. Ha Ram went out with only his night clothes and Cheon Gi tried to cover him with her skirt, in which innocence was somehow hard to prove :-).



Dreamy OST. It’s very sageuk romantic, love it! Here’s Red Sky OST. I especially love Is It Me by Baekhyun!

The Ending. Just love endings with epilogues. And they were very generous with it. And yeah, glad to see Kim Yoo Jung kissing his leading man properly. All so grown-up now!

Dislikes: I know the peach orchard was so beautiful like that, but couldn’t help noticing the trees having fruits and flowers at the same time. As far as I know, the flowers will turn into fruits so the two can’t exist at the same time.

They got so lazy with Prince Juhyang who was in prison, that even after 5 years, he still looked the same. Didn’t age, didn’t grow more beard, didn’t get skinny and dirty. Oh well, thought no one would notice.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Bossam: Steal the Fate

bossam kdramaSummary: Ba Woo is a poor person who does Bossam to make a living. Bossam was a custom in Joseon period, in which a bachelor who missed marrying, would secretly wrapped a widow in a blanket and make her his wife. On one of Ba Woo’s Bossam jobs, he accidentally abducted princess Soo Kyung, a virgin widow and the daughter-in-law of the powerful Lee Yi Chum.

Trailer: Bossam: Steal the Fate

Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 20
Stars: Jung Il Woo as Ba Woo
Kwon Yoo Ri as Princess Soo Kyung
Shin Hyun Soo as Lee Dae Yup

Likes: The start was good! A poor man’s fate took a drastic turn when he accidentally abducted a princess! Well, it was how he made a living putting that old Joseon tradition, Bossam, into the limelight. I thought it was funny, the circumstantial meeting of our lead characters and how their feelings developed through whatever situations they were in.

The intro looked artistically vintage and romantic! Just beautiful! In fact I never skipped one in all 20 episodes!

The OST was very fitting! Very similar to Arang‘s OST. It brings you back to that old age of struggle, sacrifice and protection for the one you love. Check it out, Bossam’s OST!

The Hanboks were just gorgeous! Of course, the most colourful and attractive were of the nobles. Ba Woo, when his noble status was restored, he suddenly looked dashing in Hanboks. Lee Dae Yup, maybe because of his height, looked extra ravishing, however.

The Cast…

Jung Il Woo as Ba Woo – I must admit, he didn’t really looked that good as a peasant. I was always used to his sophisticated roles and looks. He started warming up to me when he got his noble status back but still disliked his moustache.

Kwon Yoo Ri as Princess Soo Kyung – I loved her beauty! Her face was so serene and fitting for that era. Her voice was calming and her command in the Joseon language and accent was outstanding! The role was just perfect for her! And yeah, she looked gorgeous in Hanboks!

Shin Hyun Soo as Lee Dae Yup – such a  handsome guy. Again fitting for Joseon. And I thought he had more chemistry with the princess.

Lots of important characters which brings me back memories of Hwajung – a superb political, period kdrama. It was indeed a tumultuous era.

The ending was a beautiful closure to that whirlwind but romantic start. I love the beach and the sunset, and the two souls who in the end managed to change their fates.

Dislikes: The romance part got lost from all those political twists. I wished they focused more on the romance. I’ve watched Hwajung and this one was no comparison when it comes to the political portrayal of that era. So I thought, at least the romance would be great but not really.

It was dragging too long. I got really bored. It took me a while to finish all 20 episodes.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Secret Royal Inspector

secret royal inspector kdramaSummary: Set in the Joseon era, Sung Yi Kyum is appointed as the new Secret Royal Inspector after the previous inspector had gone missing. His job is to investigate corrupt activities by government officials in the far provinces. Sung Yi Kyum is accompanied by his entourage which include Hong Da In, a female inspector and Park Chun Sam, his loyal servant.

Trailer: Secret Royal Inspector

Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy, Detective
Episodes: 16
Stars: L as Sung Yi Kyum
Nara as Hong Da In
Lee Yi Kyung Park Chun Sam



Likes: It was a double treat for me, a period and a detective drama in one! I’ve been deprived of period dramas last year and got really excited for my first one this year. Secret royal inspector – fascinating to learn that they have such special position during the Joseon era. Loved the title and the challenging work and responsibility that came with it. That was the time when people travel on foot, and on best scenario, by horse. The adventures that awaited the royal inspector and his entourage were exciting but also always accompanied by danger. This drama showed how in the olden days, police detectives were like – just courage, a bit of wit, maybe lots of humour and with very little resources, they’re able to solve crimes and expose corruptions. Definitely fun to watch!

Different crimes. The number of crimes that our secret royal inspector had to handle were ample. The show never got boring because of these problems, related or not. I especially loved the case of the dead women of the village they were just passing by. It’s always exciting, at least for me, to start another case after solving one.

Beautiful Hanboks. Since this was in Joseon era, our royal inspector wore the traditional Hanboks. Of course others too but I was too glued on our handsome inspector and his outfits. Loved the Hanboks he wore and I think L did them justice. And I might add the beautiful Nara who looked gorgeous in Hanboks too.

The Secret Royal Inspector and his entourage.

L as Sung Yi Kyum – Finally, I fell for L! It could be his looks. He definitely looked more mature and manly here and also I think the inspector role suited him so well. He amazingly balanced his being noble and being funny in this drama. And he’s so buffed too! Maybe that’s why he looked so good in his Hanboks :). Also loved his Joseon accent!

Nara as Hong Da In – although her face didn’t fit well in the era, Nara as Hong Da In was awesome. So chatty, courageous and her tenacity brought her to interesting and challenging adventures, at the same made her special to the royal inspector’s heart.

Lee Yi Kyung Park Chun Sam – love his loyalty towards his master. Funny and very chatty, Chun Sam was the comical relief of the show.

Top chemistry. Sung Yi Kyum and Hong Da In had this undeniable chemistry that although they only had that one kissing scene, it was everything! I watched it over and over again :)!

Favourite allies. Love it that the Royal Secretary (acted by Ahn Nae Sang, who’s one of my favourite veteran actors) was on the good side. He normally comes out as the antagonist. Another favourite ally was Royal Guard Choi! He was somehow cute and tall that made him looked great in Hanbok.



Awesome OST. Love listening to the tracks, a combination of thriller/action/period tunes. Check out Secret Royal Inspector OST.

Exciting later episodes. I must admit, the first episodes bored me out and I almost gave up on it. Don’t stop! Keep watching as it gets better and better.

Ending. With the success rate of the show, they can keep going as what was being hinted out in the ending. More cases to be solved and more adventures ahead for our Secret Royal Inspector and his entourage!

Dislikes: As what I mentioned above, the first 6 episodes were kind of boring. Lots of cliches, I knew what was coming. Glad it improved after that.

The lighting and makeup were just off. Too much light on the actors’ faces especially that it’s a period drama. Makeup was also too thick in my opinion.

I love Nara but her very pretty face didn’t suit well with the period. That same goes to Jo Soo Min who played Sunae. Too pretty for Joseon era! Not saying the girls were not pretty back then but more traditional beauties I believe.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Mr. Queen

mr queen kdramaSummary: In the modern times, the soul of a male chef finds its way into the body of a Joseon royalty, Queen Cheorin. He has to live in the palace as the newly crowned queen who has to deal with her new husband, King Cheoljong. Luckily, the king becomes fond of the queen’s new personality and even gets fascinated of her use of the future vocabularies. They become close and support each other against the powerful families that tried to harm them both which are headed by the queen and grand queen dowager.

Trailer: Mr. Queen

Genre: Period, Comedy, Fantasy, Kings & Princes, Gender Bender, Food
Episodes: 20
Stars: Shin Hye Sun as Kim So Yong / Queen Cheorin
Kim Jung Hyun as Lee Won Bum / King Cheoljong
Sul In Ah as Jo Hwa Jin (King Cheoljong’s concubine)



Likes: Such a light-hearted, downright funny, colourful historical drama packed with action, twists and talented, good-looking cast. Enjoyed every episode of it and glad they stretched it to 20, with each episode longer than an hour. My period drama craving this year has been almost satisfied but won’t complain if there will be more coming ahead especially with this caliber.

Brilliant story. Whoever came up with it should get an award for making all of its fans laugh and forget our daily miseries. A male celebrity chef stuck in a female body and not just anyone’s but a royal in Joseon era. I was so curious how it would turn out. And absolutely impressed how the story broke boundaries and at the same time keeping it traditional.

Colourful costumes. The attention to costume details was superb. I love all those gorgeous Mama outfits! The colour, the material, the embroideries! Queen Cheorin wasn’t the only one privileged to wear those royal Hanboks, we also had the Queen Dowager, Grand Queen Dowager and even Jo Hwa Jin, a royal concubine, who were all looking grand in their respective Hanboks. And not to mention those lovely and intricate hair accessories they all wore! King Cheoljong’s royal attire wasn’t lagging behind. He had quite a showdown actually. From the red robe (he would normally wear inside the palace), purple (when visiting Queen Cheorin at her home), black ensemble (fighting and hunting mode), noble man (when he was undercover) and those sexy nighties for those special nights ;-).

The Joseon era set. I was again taken back in time to this fascinating world where electricity, cars and concrete roads were non-existent. I love the palace. Glad they put a lot of effort on the different sets inside the palace. From the King’s Hall, Queen’s Chamber, Concubine Jo’s Villa, Grand Queen’s palace, Queen Dowager’s place of worship, to the royal library and of course the most important, the royal kitchen. Like the costumes, they put a lot of attention to details.

Man trap in a woman’s body. Jang Bong Hwan, a playboy chef suddenly trapped in a queen of Joseon’s body was the most entertaining plot I have this year! I will always remember “No Touching”, the moment when he was having his mentruation, his first kiss and night with the King, when he was flirting with the other concubines, his first time with embroidery. Nevertheless, he remained what he was good in doing and that was cooking, he was the master of the royal kitchen!

The Queen’s charm. Who would not fall in love with the queen with her knowledge of unknown-to-that-era vocabs (that the King made an entire dictionary of her language), her unrefined manners, her sweetness to her court ladies, her mastery in the kitchen (after all he came up with Mac Donaldu, Fortune Jelly and Yongsu potato), her wits using k-food and k-beauty to win allies, her tactical knowledge on battles and fights. King Cheoljong was such a lucky man!



Favourite Queen’s Vocabs. “No touching”, of course, is number one! I also like “anti-fan”, “all-in”, “lotto” and “brunch!” She always made my day!

Brilliant Cast. This drama is packed with good actors. The leads were already daebak so as the support. The antagonists were brilliant, from the Grand Queen (played by Bae Jong Ok), her brother Kim Jwa Geun (played by Kim Tae Woo) down to those scheming government officials. But let me go through the list of lead cast and their roles…

Shin Hye Sun as Kim So Yong / Queen Cheorin – She’s done it again! Shin Hye Sun is such an amazing actress. Her role here is so funny and she’d done it with ease. She seems to be a naturally funny person. Love seeing her as queen for once. Her beauty is regal fits perfectly as queen of Joseon. Her Jang Bong Hwan character won everyone’s heart even the King’s.

Kim Jung Hyun as Lee Won Bum / King Cheoljong – I’m glad Kim Jung Jyun landed a lead role after Crash Landing On You. As the gentle King Cheoljong in this drama, he looked somewhat different but always dashing in his royal robes and outfits. I love his voice especially when he talks to the queen. His chemistry with Shin Hye Sun was undeniably top!

Sul In Ah as Jo Hwa Jin – this girl is so pretty! She looked amazing in her royal hanboks especially that orange ensemble. Fighting with the queen over the king’s affection was somehow cute especially when she lost her temper and shot an arrow on the queen’s head.

Choi Jin Hyuk as Jang Bong Hwan – I think Choi Jin Hyuk found his genre, and that’s comedy! After Zombie Detective, then this. This guy definitely knows how to make everyone laugh.



The OST. Loving the full Mr. Queen OST but Here I Am is my favourite.

The Ending. I knew the show would come to an end and I was worried they would mess it up but it came out okay. Okay but not great. Refer below…

Dislikes: Like King Cheoljong in the last part, I miss Jang Bong Hwan’s personality in the Queen.

Kim Byung In, the queen’s famous cousin was so annoying with his entitlement. Good thing he was able to redeem himself at the last hour.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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My Country

my country kdramaSummary: Set during the Goryeo Kingdom, two good friends separate as enemies and both become warriors trying to protect their country. Seo Hwi, who was the son of a former general, who was then accused of treason, has to serve Prince Jeongan in order to take his revenge against his friend’s father but then realizes that the cause of his own father’s death is Prince Jeongan himself.

Trailer: My Country

Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Yang Se Jong as Seo Hwi
Woo Do Hwan as Nam Sun Ho
Kim Sul Hyun as Han Hee Jae
Jang Hyuk as Lee Bang Won (Taejong of Joseon)
Kim Young Chul as Lee Sung Gye
Ahn Nae Sang as Nam Jun



Likes: This drama delivered a very good first impression. The sets, cinematography, costumes, soundtrack and of course the brilliant cast! It was sooo good to see two of my favourites, Yang Se Jong and Woo Do Hwan  in a sageuk drama dressed in traditional Goryeo era costumes. Speaking the old language also added to their charismatic roles.

Love the fight scenes! So many of them but my favourites were always the duel between the bestfriends Seo Hwi and Nam Sun Ho. At least when Prince Jeongan (Jang Hyuk) didn’t draw his sword!

Cast worth talking about…

Yang Se Jong as Seo Hwi – it was refreshing to see Yang Se Jong in a sageuk role and it was understandable why he was picked to portray Seo Hwi. Yang Se Jong’s good boy face suits Seo Hwi well. He was perfect for that loyal servant and a very good friend role.

Woo Do Hwan as Nam Sun Ho – this guy has the perfect noble look. Loved his long, straight hair and his very handsome face. Also looked great in a warrior costume. Despite his status, Woo Do Hwan as Nam Sun ho was a sensitive soul and a very loyal friend.

Jang Hyuk as Lee Bang Won or Prince Jeongan – Although I loved both actors above but I think Jang Hyuk stole the show! He just dominated everything! He was every inch looking like a prince, a proud and ambitious one, who was also excellent in fighting and politics! I couldn’t help, I was fangirling! I loved how he would go around with his fan, waving it around. His long hair was so perfect for his so handsome face! And of course, the acting was as usual brilliant! It’s Jang Hyuk, y’all!

One of my favourite scenes of this drama is the confrontation between the King and Prince Jeongan. I thought the exchange of words was worse than any arrow or sword. And before it ended, the King shot an arrow through Prince Jeongan’s kept hair which all hang down, of course all in a princely fashion.

The chemistry here was between the male actors. We’ve got undeniable chemistry between the two bestfriends, Seo Hwi and Nam Sun Ho, then Seo Hwi and Prince Jeongan, then Nam Sun Ho and his loyal henchman, then Seo Hwi and his three good friends. They were inseparable!

I love the comical relief, the love story between Seo Hwi’s friends, Park Moon Bok and a beautiful gisaeng. These two were quite funny.



The ending as I expected ended between the undying love of two good friends. How sweet. And since it was a love triangle, the third party ended up in tears.

Dislikes: I wasn’t warming up to Kim Sul Hyun at all. Poor chemistry between her and Yang Se Jong.

The storyline was all over the place. There was a point when I would say there was no point in fighting anymore. Everyone was just lost, the characters were lost, they don’t know what they were fighting for.

This is the first sageuk I ever watched when characters don’t die after getting stabbed TROUGH with a sword a couple of times. Ahm, was I watching fantasy or what?

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)