Preview: Yoon Hye Jin is a dentist who lost her job in Seoul. She visits a coastal town, Gongjin, and decides to put up her own dental clinic. There, she meets handyman, Hong Doo Sik, who does all sorts of job, and is known in the entire town. “Gorgeous top leads and a drama set in a beautiful, laid-back coastal town!”
Summary: 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.
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.
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.
Summary: Im Joo Kyung is a high school student who has been bullied for her looks until she found a way of how to make herself pretty by wearing makeup. Suddenly, everyone adores her but one guy from her school knows her secret. That’s Lee Soo Ho, a cold-hearted but very smart and handsome student who happens to be in Im Joo Kyung’s class.
Likes: I rarely watch school dramas as nothing could just compare to my first love, Boys Over Flowers. But seeing how gorgeous the top leads are in this one, I went for it. Glad I did as this brought me back straight to high school days. Oh those struggles with the pimples, having real friends, divine crushes and of course solving those tough algebra problems. Lucky, I wasn’t bullied at school but bullying is real and it happens to a lot of students anywhere so I thought this drama brings hope to those who are in the same boat. I love our main girl, Im Joo Kyung’s determination and gut to survive at school. Her, striving for survival made her discover her true calling which is a talent for make up. This drama simply tells us to value what we are good at, nurture it and put it to use. Im Joo Kyung’s story is cute and truly inspiring.
Gorgeous cast. I must admit these four are drop-dead gorgeous!
Moon Ga Young as Im Joo Kyung – I already like this girl since The Great Seducer. As not-so-bright Im Joo Kyung, Moon Ga Young has proven she can take a completely different role and be awesome at it. Loved Im Joo Kyung’s dumb-like innocence, it’s so cute. The way she cried over Soo Ho and roar-teased Han Seo Jun, she was just adorable!
Cha Eun Woo as Lee Soo Ho – perfect-looking from any angle, Cha Eun Woo’s beauty is another level! As the smart, rich and handsome Lee Soo Ho, he was an odd match for our main girl but as the saying goes, opposites do attract. Soo Ho, despite his coldness managed to be super cute with his Eottoke song!
Hwang In Yup as Han Seo Joon – this guy was just cool! Cool outfits, cool voice, cool dancing! Can’t get over his Okey Dokey performance. Love you Han Seo Joon! Rawrrrr!
Park Yoo Na as Kang Soo Jin – I find this girl really beautiful like an Asian Angelina Jolie. I love her as the perfect friend turned enemy turned friend again, Kang Soo Jin.
Undeniable chemistry. Im Joo Kyung’s chemistry with both Lee Soo Ho and Han Seo Jun was great. She connected well with Soo Hoo of course but she also made some swaying moments with Han Seo Jun. It made me confused who to choose!
Eottoke Song VS. Okey Dokey! Cute and cool, both awesomely performed! But if I have to choose only one, it’s gonna be Okey Dokey Yo, is that true, Yes!
Top Bromance. How can you not love the bromance between Lee Soo Ho and Han Seo Joon? It was solid! Funniest moment was when these two got into an accident and hospitalized. Seo Jun had to help Soo Ho feed and the other way around when going to the toilet. Only true bro would do that for each other 🙂
School and uniform. Saebom school building looks like a university in Europe, it’s gorgeous! Looked it up and it’s actually Yonsei University – Sinchon Campus. It looks really beautiful especially in autumn when those ivy leaves turn red which are perfectly matching Saebom’s school uniform. Our top leads looked great in uniform, all of them!
Extra love teams. So many actually but I think these three are worth mentioning…
Im Joo Kyung’s older sister and their homeroom teacher – I love how the story gave so much importance to these two lovebirds. Two opposing personalities – the sister’s boyish character meets super gentle and romantic teacher.
Im Joo Kyung younger brother and Han Seo Joon’s sister – they are so cute too! The relentless personality of the younger brother lead to a promising budding relationship.
So Ah and Yoo Tae Hoon (Im Joo Kyung’s classmates) – they make you cringe but hey their high schoolers, they do things like that :). After all Tae Hoon was the original performer of the Eottoke Song.
Summary: Choi Dae Hyun runs a convenience store and badly needs a part-timer to help him out. Jung Saet Byul applies for the job and she really works hard to improve the sales. Jung Saet Byul actually likes Choi Dae Hyun since they met 3 years ago. She was still a bad-ass highschool student back then and now that she is in college, she needs a part-time job and tries to work for the person that she has a crush on. “Cute love team!”
Likes: I like how they preserve the webcomic style of this drama. I didn’t read the webcomic but I can imagine how exciting that would be for the fans to have seen the characters come to life.
The Set. The story revolves around a convenience store and honestly my first impression was, it was only a huge promotion for the convenience store chain, GS25 but since it was based on a webcomic, I gave it the benefit of the doubt. Well, it gave us a closer look really on how convenience store operates and how these franchise owners work quite hard to keep them running.
The Stories. I like the main story that focuses on our main characters, Saet Byul and Dae Hyun. Even if Saet Byul has a long-time crush on her boss Dae Hyun, she still had to make him fall for her. And that was challenging as Dae Hyun still has his long-time girlfriend, who was rich, smart and pretty. However, Saet Byul and Dae Hyun’s similar personalities brought them closer together.
The story of the relationship between Dae Hyun and his girlfriend Yun Joo focuses on the differences in their personalities and family background that lead the two to separate. A Romeo and Juliet kind of fate.
Kang Ji Wook’s unrequitted love story. Our puppy just didn’t get the attention he wanted from Saet Byul. Even with his celebrity status, it just didn’t work on Saet Byul as she was busy admiring someone else.
The sisters story. Saet Byul trying to raise her almost same age sister, Eun Byul. No matter how hard it was and no matter how much they fought, they still ended up supporting each other when everything got tough.
Dae Hyun’s parents’ story. They fought a lot and Dae Hyun’s mum always thought it was a misfortune to have her kind of life but that changed everything when she realized her son doesn’t find her parents life that bad.
Raggae Boy and Geum Bi story! I loved these two, very funny. Theirs was a good comical relief. I was glad that every episode they always popped up. Always made my night.
To sum it up, aside from our main characters storyline, there were other more interesting ones. It never got boring.
Fast-paced. The show was pretty straight-forward. I didn’t find it draggy at all. It maybe because of the sub stories I mentioned above.
Beautiful Cast. I can’t get enough of their faces…
Kim Yoo Jung – she has grown into a really beautiful lady! Wow, she was still a child in my favourite The Moon that Embraces the Sun, I can’t believe it. And she is such a great actress too, not just a pretty face. Her giggly character here suits her a lot.
Han Sun Hwa – this girl is so pretty too! I’m impressed of her acting and presence. Definitely, a competition for Kim Yoo Jung.
Ji Chang Wook – he’s a good-looking guy I know so please don’t put too much lipstick on him. But great to see him back again.
Dislikes: The kiss? Did I miss it? I didn’t see any kissing at all, as in nothing! Why so stingy with kiss? I was so looking forward to it especially with leads like Ji Chang Wook and Kim Yoo Jung. Disappointing.
Summary: Kang Sun Hyuk does everything to acquire important business deals even if that would mean joining a special rescue team in order to get a good glimpse of Miryeong forest, which has a potential to be turned into a resort. He gets to share a house in Miryeong village with a surgical resident, Jung Young Jae, who got kicked out from a top hospital in Seoul because of an incident.
Likes: The main set which was Miryeong Forest was lush and green. It was beautiful and it set a very calming atmosphere which was perfect for the healing of two lost souls who were bound to work in the place. I love how the camera captured fantastic angles that made the forest looked enchanting, calming, relaxing, a breath of fresh air, a shelter, and since it’s a kdrama, a place to fall in love. Added to that, the drone shots were fantastic! A birds eyeview of the vast forest was just mesmerizing.
I love how they focused on bicycles as the main transport going in and out of the forest. I admit, there was something romantic about bikes but it wasn’t just a Korean drama thing, I thought it was perfectly matching with the main nature theme. Something that doesn’t contribute pollution whether it’s air or noise.
The two main characters were interesting. Both had trauma in the past that despite what they have achieved in the present, the past remains haunting them. The character development was definitely there but how it was achieved I would put it under dislikes.
Park Hae Jin was looking so good in this! He looked tall and handsome in suits. And how can I forget those naked scenes, what an eye candy! But wait, he wasn’t all looks, he did well in acting too. His tears were so convincing!
Jo Bo Ah was pretty and bubbly and there was definitely a good amount of chemistry between her and Park Hae Jin.
Jung Yun Joo & Noh Kwang Shik were such a cute couple that sometimes I like watching these two than the top leads, hm, sometimes. Excellent acting as well even for just supporting roles.
My favourite quotes from this drama:
No matter how much time has passed, your mind dwells on the moments when you were hurt.
That’s called wisdom, not cowardice. Because you acknowledge your limits.
Pretty deep but they make a lot of sense, agree?
The Kiss. I still can’t decide which one is my favourite, the stethoscope kiss or the kiss under the trees!
The Ending. I love endings that involves healing. I love it when nature heals after a storm or a fire. I love it more when mankind heals after trauma, loss and pain.
Dislikes: Although the character development was there, how it was achieved was messy. The storytelling in general was all over the place. There was a big effort to integrate their top sponsor which is Okada in the Philippines so they have to find a way how they could make scenes that include Okada – which wasn’t really that necessary for the main story.
Jo Bo Ah, although she’s quite pretty, I wasn’t really warming up to her acting. When she cries, tears running down her cheeks and all but she still looks like she’s smiling. I don’t know if it’s just me.
I mentioned above how I like the bicycles in the drama and how they promoted clean air. I find it unnecessary that our main guy was driving a sports car in the countryside. Not matching at all.
The ending. Yes, I love the healing part but it got so cheesy in some closures.
Summary: A South Korean heiress lands in North Korea by accident when she was paragliding. She is captured by a North Korean soldier who treats her well and helps her get out of the country safely. But the more time she spends longer with her captor, the more she is falling for him.
Likes:A different impression. There are so many reasons to love this drama but for me the most important is how this drama gave a different impression of North Korea. Finally, we have something popular in the south which is humanizing the people of the north. It was good to see all sides even if they’re only possibilities.
The humour. I’ve got to say this is the funniest kdrama so far this year! Every episode always left me giggling. It’s good to see something that could have left so much tension to be sooo funny (especially that it involves the military). So many funny moments in this drama but my favourite would be when the North Korean soldiers under Capt. Ri Jung Hyuk went to the south to bring back their captain in one piece. Oh gosh, I couldn’t stop laughing from all those naive experiences in the south! Of course, it had a good share of crying moments but I would highly recommend it for something that will really make you laugh.
The contrasting sets. I’ve seen over a hundred kdramas so I’m used to how the sets taken in South Korea would look like. But to have two contrasting sets, first the North Korean sets then the South, I found that very interesting. How different these two countries are – pointing out the lacking and good in one and same with the other. The very basic lifestyle in a North Korean village stroke me as primitive but on the other hand, there was emphasis on camaraderie among each other. The advanced, stylish lifestyle of the South brought out estrangement but on the other hand, there was freedom.
Lessons about the North. What did I learn from this drama about the North? Ah, the accent! It must have been Hyun Bin’s doing but suddenly North Korean accent just became so sexy! Agree or disagree? How about those surprise house inspections. I thought, no way, but it actually made sense. The tapping was funny if you’re just watching it but if you’re actually there, that could be quite scary. How about power and connection? Serve and follow the powerful otherwise you’re dead meat. The traffic in Pyongyang is not at all bad, and that’s even the capital! And yes before it gets forgotten, bring some blankets and food in case trains get stranded for 12 hours!
The cast. Undoubtedly, we had an awesome cast, I love them all but will focus on the leads. Let’s start with…
Hyun Bin as Ri Jung Hyuk – so handsome in North Korean military uniform and he also did so well with the northern accent. No reason not to fall in love with Ri Jung Hyuk’s character, he might be stiff but a good and true person. I think Hyun Bin carried it so well.
Son Ye Jin as Yoon Se Ri – I love her in this drama – fierce, pretty, powerful and smart. She was awesome here. Her chemistry with Hyun Bin was top. Son Ye Jin, didn’t leave a good impression with me in Personal Taste (with Lee Min Ho). I had to drop that drama a long time ago, never finished it. It’s good to see her awesome in this one.
Seo Ji Hye as Seo Dan – oh my gosh, I love Seo Dan! I should have taken notes when Koo Seung Jun told her what he liked about her. That fierce, stylish North Korean lady. Love her stares! They were like lasers, lol! And isn’t she looking like Chanyeol of EXO? She could be his sister!
Kim Jung Hyun as Koo Seung Joon – First, I found him just good looking but when his character developed, I couldn’t help liking this guy. I bet this supporting role will bring Kim Jung Hyun to the top.
The kissing scenes. Ha! How I like a good one! But wait, I didn’t just get one but several and they were all great! Which one was my favourite, let me think… no, not the last one but the one outside the hospital! I thought that was so romantic!
Romanticising the demarcation lines. Well, after watching this drama, everyone will think romantic about those lines. Am I wrong? Oh, it’s already happening!
Important reference. I love the reference to Hyun Bin’s previous drama, Memories of the Alhambra! It was funny when the famous music of Memories of the Alhambra played when Hyun Bin’s character here, Ri Jung Hyuk was playing a computer game.
Cameo. Was that really Kim So Hyun? This just tells us that a new drama from him is dawning. Please, make it happen soon!
The ending. How would I say it. It pleased me and I guess most of you too. I’m glad they found a way to make it work despite the Romeo and Juliet kind of situation. And I love how they ended it where it all started, at the picturesque Switzerland.
Dislikes: It’s obvious how desperate they were to make that sudden paragliding scene. I know it looks cool and it justified that Yoon Se Ri was still alive, but it just didn’t make sense. How did she manage to get the parachute fixed suddenly, same with her paragliding outfit?
I was hoping and crossing fingers for the supporting love team but sadly someone had to be sacrificed.
I dislike very much when episodes don’t get shown on schedule. The excitement gets interrupted. It happened twice with this drama. But glad it didn’t take a month to continue.
Summary: Dong Baek starts a new life with her son in a small town, opening a bar called Camellia. She is being criticized and bullied by her neighbours for the kind of livelihood she is having but that doesn’t stop a few people to admire and respect her. One of them is Hwang Yong Shik, a constable. His persistent character makes Dong Baek consider falling in love again.
Likes:The Set. Countryside or a small town setting always comes underrated. First impression is always, it comes quite boring, no Seoul fashion and accent. But that actually made this drama special. Set in a town where everyone knows each other and for an outsider, would be quite hard to get integrated. It was a challenging situation for our Dong Baek, a single mum, who opened a bar in the town. It was hard for her to get accepted without the constant criticism and bullying. Interesting to see such a realistic setting.
The Story. The main story about Dong Baek, her past, present and possible future was already very nicely laid. What I was more impressed of was the detailed side stories of the other characters. And what was even more impressive was these side stories had their wonderful closure as well. We’ve got for example Hyang Mi’s, the Joker’s, Dongbaek’s mum’s stories. All with justifications why they live their lives like that.
The Cast. Such an impressive group of talents. Everyone did so well. Gong Hyo Jin’s performance was a different level, she was actually the character. Dong Baek is probably the best role she ever did and I found her really beautiful in this drama. Kang Ha Neul was just wow! What a talent! Still very young yet very talented. I was impressed with his performance here. It just proved that he’s not just a pretty face. He did so well with the accent too! And I’ve got to give credit to Kim Kang Hoon, who portrayed Pilgu, the son of Dongbaek. He was just sooo good! Watch out for this boy, he might end up like the likes of Yeo Jin Goo.
Ongsan Neighbourhood. It never got boring because of the Ahjummas of the neighbourhood. Of course there was the usual gossiping and bullying but above all that, there was camaraderie. In the end, the drama was warm and heartfelt because of the mutual trust among each other. It was very nice to watch.
Solving the Crime. I’m a huge fan of crime stories so the Joker part was a big bonus for me. The twist at the end came as a great surprise. I thought it was already over but it wasn’t. Well done!
The Endings. Yes plural because there were more than one. All side stories ended well and our main Dong Baek story closed nicely as well. And it even had an epilogue!
Summary: Nokdu runs after a female assassin who almost killed his father and brother at their home in the island they used to live. He arrives in Hanyang and bumps into Dong Joo who is dressed up as a man and tries to assassinate the king. Nokdu, to pursue the assassin who tried to kill his family, dresses up as a woman and enters a Gisaeng house where he has to share room with one of the trainee Gisaengs, who happens to be Dong Joo.
Likes: Jang Dong Yoon has to be my very top reason to like this drama. He so nailed Nokdu’s character who has to dress up as a woman and blend with the beautiful gisaengs and widows! Very pretty face, even prettier than Kim So Hyun (no offence to her fans)! Much more, his voice could pass for a woman’s! He was so beautiful in Hanbok even with very less makeup! Impressively, he didn’t have to try hard to look like a lady, he was naturally graceful. And doesn’t he look like Kim Soo Hyun from You Who Came from the Stars? Another plus point!
Another impressive cast that caught my attention was Kang Tae Oh. I’d seen him before in another drama and I thought he had a great potential. He proved it again here. No over-acting, he was naturally good. His facial expressions were just right. In his character as the grand prince, Cha Yul Moo, he was shifting between cunning and ambitious, and sincere and charismatic. Brilliant acting!
Kim So Hyun wasn’t that bad. Although she was lacking the umph as the desirable leading lady, she’s still a great talent. I would have wished her to look more lady-like like in Goblin.
Ah that little girl who has a very impressive country accent, I loved her talk! I didn’t want her to stop talking! She was very funny. And it wasn’t just the talking, she was actually really good in acting, with impressive facial expressions.
Some great scenes in the drama and that includes the saving of Dong Joo when he almost got killed in the raid of the widow village. I also liked the drunken master scene (reminds me of Jackie Chan). The fight scene of Nokdu and Cha Yul Moo at the bamboo forest. The swing moments! The picking of persimmons moment! The field of flowers!
I love the stunning and colourful costumes! The Hanboks were all so beautiful and everyone looked good in them.
Lastly, I got my epilogue and all the cheese that came with it :-)!
Dislikes: Everything looked overly perfect as if in a set.
Chemistry wasn’t the best.
The fighting part in the last episode became ridiculous with lots of interruptions and talking. Just too much talking!
Summary: Ma Dong Chan, a successful and handsome variety show producer goes overboard with his next project and that he himself will get into a freezing chamber to be frozen for 24 hours then he will get thawed and come back alive. The experiment should be a scientific breakthrough that will also benefit his career. He has to convince Go Mi Ran, a part-timer, to be his female counterpart in this freezing experiment. However, something went wrong and the two of them get thawed after 20 years.
Likes: Cryonics, an interesting topic! Makes you think what if this actually is possible? I like it that the writer explored not just the positive effects but also the negative consequences when someone gets frozen for a very long time. Is it even possible to catch up with the trends and lifestyles when one becomes kind of obsolete. In this drama, they were easy with the top characters catching up pretty quickly but well yeah, it’s a kdrama afterall. That’s what we love about it, right?
I like our top leads! Of course I know Ji Chang Wook. I’ve been waiting for his comeback drama since his military discharge so an open-arms welcome to mah man. As usual, very handsome and good in his craft. I like his character, Ma Dong Chan, a talented director-producer who does things his way but I fell in love with him when he broke down when he almost lost the girl he loved. I think Ji Chang Wook did so well portraying all those sides. Won Jin Ah, on the other hand, was a newbie in my eyes. First time to see her in a drama and I would say she’s a great actress. Petite and pretty and quite natural in acting. Her chemistry with Ji Chang Wook was awesome!
Kissing scenes! I love the first kiss as it came as a surprise. Our 2 leads, as expected were professionals to deliver such a natural outcome. How about the shower kiss? Well, it was fun to watch, lol! See for yourself! The fact that the top leads had a top chemistry, it would follow that their kissing scenes would turned out great.
Supporting character, Na Ha Young. They did a great job choosing the actors to play the young and the old Na Ha Young. The two actresses are very much alike and both are good in acting. But I was just impressed a lot by Yoon Se Ah. She’s a great actress I know but in this drama she looked awesome! The hair, the makeup, the outfits, they all looked great on her!
It was one not-so-serious drama and I like it like that. Although there was some heavy drama in the end, it was mostly light and funny. Also, putting closures on sub stories and characters was a great plus. I like a lot of supporting characters and their stories in this drama and they all deserved that closure.
I’m a big fan of Got7 and was surprised to see Jin Young in a cameo role!
Ending. It was quite draggy towards the end but glad they came up with that freezing-again twist in the finale. A bit of drama but all good! It was a great show!
Dislikes: Never liked the villain. I thought he was trying too hard to be bad.
Lots of ad placement. Was that Fitbit? Longines was also there. But oh well, we need sponsors.
Summary: The Flower Crew, a matchmaking agency during the Joseon era has a task to marry an ordinary girl Gae Dong to a blacksmith named Lee Soo but the latter becomes king overnight and left his bride unknowing where he is and what he is up to. King Lee Soo asks help again from the Flower Crew to make Gae Dong a noble woman so it would be possible for him to marry her.
Likes:The era. Set in the Joseon era but made brighter and less serious especially by the presence of a marriage agency that was run by flower boys! Were they really existing or were they not? It doesn’t matter, having this as the center topic of a drama was a sure hit. I’m just impressed on how the writers made single marriage cases fitted on that time frame. Some were serious and some were not but again it doesn’t matter.
The costumes. Lovely hanbeoks in bright colours! You could tell, they had a big budget for the costumes. Our flower boys were always dressed very nicely, no reason not to standout. The ladies were equally dazzling. Beautiful traditional dresses worn and even the accessories were gorgeous.
The makeup. A huge emphasis on makeup during those times. Well, I guess they had the basics like lip color and blush. Most probably, all natural and plant-based ingredients. Even better! I love how Go Young Soo professionally applied makeup on his client Gae Ddong on her wedding day and how he transformed her into a noble-looking lady fit for a king.
Beautiful scenes. The drama was big on dreamy, beautiful scenes like the bridge scene with the lanterns – a love confession to one and a rejection to the other. Bittersweet! I love the kissing scene under the blossoming myrtle trees. Just lovely! How about the pottery-making scene? Ah that reminds me of Demi Moore’s Ghost. And I shouldn’t forget, the breakup-in-the-rain scene. Beautiful but heartbreaking!
The Flowers. Noticed the different flowers every episode that actually represents the general happenings of that episode. I thought, they were such lovely and thoughtful additions.
Camera Focus. I love how close the camera focuses on the faces. It highlights the gorgeous faces of the cast!
The Cast. And yes, talking about them, what a stunning, gorgeous cast we have here. Let’s start with our matchmaking agents…
Kim Min Jae as Ma Hoon – Although he was too baby-face for the role, I think he did an awesome job. I love his voice, I think that made up a lot for his baby face. He always sounded mature and sexy. There are still some rooms for improvement for him but Kim Min Jae has undeniably talent in acting and he’s one of the young ones to watch for.
Byun Woo Suk as Do Joon – Omo, he was super sexy in this drama! Didn’t watch any of his other dramas so I was quite taken aback by his beauty. He looked so damn hot in long straight hair and flowing pink hanbeok. Byun Woo Suk definitely nailed this character!
Park Ji Hoon as Go Young Soo – yes he’s an idol but I’m impressed with how he did so well in his character. He was able to channel that uncertain old Chil Nom character and became one of the talented matchmakers.
Seo Ji Hoon as Lee Soo – I don’t know how many times he got dumped in this drama but how could he always look adorable like a sad puppy everytime that happens. Seo Ji Hoon, such a promising young talent like Min Jae and very handsome too especially with the long hair (you know the blacksmith look).
Gong Seung Yun as Gae Ddong – I love Gong Seung Yun since Are You Human Too? Although her characters like Gae Ddong always start as somewhat annoying, she always managed to pull it off.
Go Won Hee as Kang Ji Hwa – I like the character very much. Tough, firm, knows what she want-kind of lady. I especially like her chemistry with Do Joon. Quite worthy of a spin off!
OST. My favourite song from the drama… With You. Brings back memories!
Ending. Needless to say happy. It’s a not so serious Sageuk afterall! Lots of happy endings here so if you’re a sucker for happy endings then this one’s for you. And if you’re a sucker for epilogues too like me, this one got one!