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
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)

Beyond Evil

beyond evil kdramaOngoing drama. Still watching.

Preview: A story of two fearless police inspectors who tries to catch a serial killer. As they are uncovering the identity of the killer,  they find more people link to his one unsolved crime. That makes both question who the real monster is.

Trailer: Beyond Evil

Genre: Thriller, Detective
Episodes: 16
Stars: Shin Ha Kyun as Lee Dong Sik
Yeo Jin Goo as Han Joo Won




Likes: Detective, serial-killer mystery is my cup of tea so this one was a treat! And it’s a great one at that. When I started watching the first episodes, the whole series was almost done. So I don’t have to wait for a week for 2 new episodes to air. I could watch straight away! Which was good so I could focus on the story. And yeah this is such a brilliant story covered in intricate web of mysteries. This didn’t end with the capture and death of the serial killer. It went on and like me, you’ll be surprised!

Consistently good. Every episode was great. It was always a teaser. It makes you suspect everyone. It makes you try to solve the puzzle on your own. It was so engaging.

Cliffhangers. And of course it always end with a really good cliffhanger which makes you want for more! I have a 1-episode per night watching rule and this series made me watch 2 in one night! Soo good that it’s bad 🤭.

The OST. Even the soundtrack is awesome. It adds to every suspense. I especially like the one with the guitar by Ha Guen Young & Very Berry. The main song is also sooo good, Timeless! Or  just listen to the complete Beyond Evil OST.



The brilliant cast. It’s rare to see a lot of stand out characters in one show. It’s normally focused on the leads and their roles. In this drama, you’ve got to keep up with every character because they’re just as important as the leading men. Everyone was brilliant which makes this drama a gem.

The leads. But these 2 were beyond awesome…

Shin Ha Kyun as Lee Dong Sik – Oh my gosh, I find him gorgeous! Is it the age, the wrinkles, the messy hair, the voice, the crazy smile, him wearing the uniform, maybe all combined! He is such a fine actor. I love him here as Lee Dong Sik, a police officer who almost lost all hopes finding his missing twin sister. And on the road to finding her, he realizes people very close to him have got something to do with her death. He had to hang on to the last strand of his sanity. Very well portrayed Shin Ha Kyun, love this guy!

Yeo Jin Goo as Han Joo Won – I’ve been watching this guy since he was this young crown prince in an older period kdrama. He had great potentials back then! He turned out to be one of the best young kdrama actors and he’s been consistent through the years. I knew he would do good… no actually great here. I wasn’t disappointed! As Han Joo Won, he showed arrogance from being well-educated and well to do. He realized the hard way he could only learn and understand people and situations from experience. He was a junior of Lee Dong Sik, loathed him at first but ended up teaming up with him. This just shows, a young Yeo Jin Goo could be as competent as the veteran Shin Ha Kyun. Well done!



In addition, these two acting – especially when they were bickering were a scene to behold! Their characters were so good with words. No one would want to back down and they could go on forever. Just love these two!

The big arrest. I thought that was very dramatic with all those gun pointing and missed shooting. It was nerve-racking!

The sentimental arrest. The very last scene (I’m not gonna mentioned who got arrested), it was moving. Made me cry too 😥.

The epilogue. I was so happy to see what happened a couple of years later. It was short but that was enough. It was a good closure.

Dislikes: Nothing to dislike. It was great from start to finish!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

Alice

alice kdramaSummary: Park Jin Gyum is a police detective finding out about people traveling from the future through a place called Alice. The main purpose of Alice is to provide healing  for clients in the future who had some bad experiences in the past. So they get to travel back to fix it. While investigating, Park Jin Gyum meets a woman who totally looks like his dead mom.

Trailer: Alice

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Thriller, Time-travel, Science Fiction, Romance
Episodes: 32
Stars: Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young
Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum
Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk
Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun
Kim Sang Ho as Go Hyung Suk
Choi Won Young as Suk Oh Won



Likes: It started so well! I love the action-packed first and second episodes. They gave a fantastic impression of this 16 episode- show that waiting for the next episodes was like a torture. It was fast-paced and very well done! I was filled with curiosity.

I love time-travel genre even though it confuses my already confused brain. Alice was clear from the beginning about parallel universes. So I thought, it would be like The King: Eternal Monarch. It was consistent for a couple of episodes and I was holding on to that.

The book of prophecy added to the mystery. I kind of like it although there was no need of it at the end. Everyone would figure out eventually what would happen. But yeah, the Alice in Wonderland thing was very mysterious to me :).

Mind-boggling twists! Lots of them in this drama. Some of them were shedding lights (love those kind) but some of them just led to confusion.

Love the cast!

Joo Won as Park Jin Gyum – he did a great job! And if I were to choose which was his best look: is it the 2010 highschooler Park Jin Gyum, the 2020 detective Park Jin Gyum or the old teacher/mastermind Park Jin Gyum? I would go for the old one! Joo Won looked great as an old man, no doubt about that! Talking about his acting skills, he was brilliant doing all three selves. He was even exceptional when he turned to a psycho, creepy highschooler.

Kim Hee Sun as Yoon Tae Yi / Park Sun Young – what I like most about her was her voice and it fit nicely with her character as Park Sun Young, Park Jin Gyum’s mom. She did so well as the mom especially on her dying moments. I don’t know how many times she died, I lost count but yes every time she was dying, she was so convincing.

Kwak Shi Yang as Yoo Min Hyuk – he’s such a good-looking guy and I wonder why I didn’t see him in other kdramas before. What’s even better is he can cry! Oh Min Hyuk ssi, my heart was torn seeing those tears.

Lee Da In as Kim Do Yun – I love her character as Kim Do Hyun… very chatty, caring, loyal and I wished so badly that she would end up with Park Jin Gyum. I thought the two looked cute together.

I commend the stylists in this drama for making everyone looked great. I kind of like the combination of heels and rolled-up pants, made the ladies look taller. Also loved Joo Won’s everyday detective look, simple but looked good on him. And he looked exceptionally handsome in that police uniform!

Talking about chemistry, there so much of it in this drama. I love the chemistry between Park Jin Gyum and Kim Do Yun, Tae Yi and Min Hyuk and even the police chief Go Hyung Suk and his wife. But Tae Yi and Park Jin Gyum, hm that’s one thing that would go to my dislike.



I love the OST! Here are five songs from this drama I love listening to right now… Alice OST. Love The Star best. Somehow, that song reminds me of the Faith OST where Kim Hee Sun also starred with Lee Min Ho.

Dislikes: The ending was so confusing! First, the story didn’t stick to its parallel-universes-rule which was clearly explained in the beginning. It ended up explaining the ending with a single timeline rule which was even not consistent. Like how come Park Jin Gyum, the architect did not even recognize professor Tae Yi considering she still looked like her mom. I don’t know but the ending sucks. What a disappointment. And the fact that the scriptwriters insisted till the very end on the romance between Park Jin Gyum and Tae Yi gives me creeps people. Excuse me, but she is still his mom, right?! Why insist on this Oedipus complex kind of scenario – creepy! I would have loved to see Do Yun ended up with Jin Gyum! They have more chemistry than the Tae Yi and Jin Gyum team.

And uh that shameless ad placement of a weight loss product Prof. Tae Yi was promoting, I couldn’t take that scene, it was just too much.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Flower of Evil

flower of evil kdramaSummary: Cha Ji Won is a competent detective who is married to Baek Hee Sung, a metal craftsman who hides a dark secret. They have been living together peacefully with an adorable daughter. Cha Ji Won is clueless what kind of person her husband truly is but after a couple of incidents that involved him, she is slowly able to put the puzzle pieces together.

Trailer: Flower of Evil

Genre: Melodrama, Thriller, Crime, Detective
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Joon Ki as Do Hyun Soo / Baek Hee Jung
Moon Chae Won as Cha Ji Won
Jang Hee Jin as Do Hae Soo
Seo Hyun Woo as Kim Moo Jin




Likes: So many reasons for me to like this drama. Let me point them out one by one…

Love the story and how it was told. It was full of mystery since the first episode. It kind of started in the middle and from there went backwards to shed lights to characters and events. Like it all started with our main character tied down and drowning in the pool and a lady detective came rushing to rescue him. She seemed related to him. I was immediately hooked, questions running in my head… Why is he drowning? Why is she saving him? How are they related? And so on and so forth. All the answers to my questions were slowly answered in the next 15 episodes.  I was patiently waiting for those 2 episodes a week and it was always worth the wait. Indeed, a great show!

Detective-crime-romance genre. I’m already in with a detective genre. It goes hand in hand with crime but romance is a bonus! This is after all a korean drama. Somehow, it’s hard to separate romance from everything but I like it always when there’s a tinge of romance in everything. This drama ticks all three favourites for me and it was a satisfying show.

The Beautiful and Brilliant Cast. Everyone was impressive from the police force, the gangsters, the child actor, the foster parents, even the serial-killing victim but three were my most beautiful and favourites…

Lee Joon Ki as Do Hyun Soo / Baek Hee Sung – I’m always distracted by his beautiful face but he wasn’t all beauty here, he did so well as the ideal husband and father, Baek Hee Sung then later changing back to the calculating fugitive Do Hyun Soo. I admire the awkwardness, the tension, the fear, the drama, the chemistry between him and and Moon Chae Won.

Moon Chae Won as Cha Ji Won – Another beautiful being in this drama. Sometimes too beautiful as a detective, always sporting a perfect hairstyle. But Moon Chae Won as I’ve always known is not just a pretty face. This lass can act! She nailed her character Cha Ji Won here. And that chemistry between her and Lee Joon Ki was just top.

Kim Ji Hoon as Baek Hee Sung – He looked better in long hair! Even with his dark character here, there was no denying, he was so handsome! Kim Ji Hoon pretty nailed his character Baek Hee Sung. The way he talked and bit his nails and tied his hair, every inch a creepy person but remained so handsome. He was just brilliant!

The supporting love team (almost) and comic relief. It’s part melodrama with some serial-killing case that needed solving but I thought adding a character which would be a comic relief made the show not so intensely depressing. In this case it was Kim Moo Jin. He was funny and his love interest on Dae Hae Soo was just too cute.



The plot twists. Impressive! From finding out who the real accomplice was and the lost of memory at the end, it was all very entertaining.

Cliffhangers! Love those cliffhangers, they were all awesome and they always end with this song Flower of Evil Cliffhanger Song.

Flower of Evil OST. Super love the OST,  it’s awesome! They bring back memories of the drama.

That heart-breaking “I see dead people” moment. I cried watching this scene, it was just so heart-breaking when Do Hyun Soo couldn’t tell the difference if he’s seeing his wife really alive or he’s seeing her because she’s already dead. Wahhhh!!!

The kissing scenes. They were daebak! Thanks to the awesome chemistry between our leads.

That tear-jerking final episode! Very emotional but I sooo love it! And it gave and explanation as to why Do Hyun Soo named his workshop, The Place where the Morning Star Rests. Love the story behind it.

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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The World of the Married

The-World-of-the-Married kdramaSummary: Ji Sun Woo is a successful doctor and she seems to have everything including a happy marriage and family but she realizes that all around her is full of lies and she painfully discovers one after the other including her husband’s infidelity.

Trailer: The World of the Married

Genre: Romance, Thriller, Revenge
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Hee Ae as Ji Sun Woo
Park Hae Joon as Lee Tae Oh
Park Sun Young as Ko Ye Rim
Kim Young Min as Son Je Hyuk
Han So Hee as Yeo Da Kyung


Likes: This drama was an underdog. Taking down the likes of “The King: Eternal Monarch”. It wasn’t even on my list of to watch dramas but the rating was just impressive that I was tempted to take a peek. And yes, a one episode peek was all I needed to keep watching until the end.

The nerve-racking first episode. The storytelling / script  was impressive and how it was all (the past happy times, the present and the revelation) compressed in one episode coming up with a bomb pilot episode.  You just need to watch the first one and you’ll be hooked for sure.

Paying attention to details. I’ve got to commend the director for doing a great job. This kind of show where most of the time emotions are involved, you’ve got to be really good in capturing feelings and atmosphere. The focus on facial expressions was very well done, and in combination with great lines and dialogues, everyone looked brilliant in acting. Moreover the sets are well laid out and designed to produce the most desired atmosphere.

A long episode with a bomb. Have you noticed an episode is over an hour long. It’s like 1hr and 20mins if I’m not mistaken. It’s quite long that I always ended up staying late at night but nothing to complain about as it made the story more elaborate that they could plant a bomb in it. Every episode has this explosion scene, always my most-awaited.

The OST. The tracks sound sad but befitting such a sorrowful drama. Check out The World of the Married OST! I also like the intrumental music especially the one playing everytime something interesting is happening. Check out the end The World of the Married Intrumental OST!

The brilliant acting. This follows when the show has a brilliant director normally. Everyone did a fantastic job!

Kim Hee Ae as Ji Sun Woo – you’ve got to give it to her, she was the star of the show. The Ji Sun Woo character was a combination of an independent, successful, strong and brave woman who despite having to go through a family trauma, managed to have control of her own life, marriage and family, and even after the fallout of her marriage, managed to stay well-composed. It was when Ji Sun Woo finally brokedown and let out a good cry that I thought I was in for a good outpouring of emotions too. Kim Hee Ae, I would say, got my vote for the best actress award this year.

Park Hae Joon as Lee Tae Oh – another interesting character and Park Hae Joon nailed it. At times, sexy but most of the times, despicable. But no matter how much you hate him, after a while you’ll pity him. That was exactly the reason why the relationship with his ex wife Ji Sun Woo never ended. Lee Tae Oh, until the end was oblivious of the fact how much hurt he had caused people around him.

Han So Hee as Yeo Da Kyung – I always thought Han So Hee is pretty. I’ve seen her in a couple of dramas before but was never really impressed of her acting. Well, except this one! As a mistress Yeo Da Kyung, she exuded youthful beauty that could tempt any man in the planet and was determined to put a leash on that man she wanted to be with. Later as Mrs. Lee Tae Oh, she was controling and cunning but always maintained composure and patience. I commend Han So Hee for playing the role of Yeo Da Kyung so well. This was her best performance so far. She wasn’t just pretty but could actually act brilliantly.



The other married couple. I like how the story gave attention to another marriage which was in the brink of extinction. The Ye Rim and Je Hyuk story was a beautiful addition to yet another tragic married life. Like Lee Tae Oh and Ji Sun Woo’s story, theirs also highlighted the reasons why and why not these two souls could be together.

Jun Jin Seo as Lee Joon Young. This boy has a bright future ahead. He looks good and and acts good. I would watch out for him. In a couple of years, I’d like to see him in a leading role.

Most epic moment. Got to be Ji Sun Woo’s entrance to the shooting range to join the lady’s club. I thought she was too cool in maroon leather coat with a gun in her hands!

Well dressed cast. Like Ji Sun Woo’s slaying outfit above, she was the whole time clad in gorgeous outfit throughout the show. The rest of the cast wasn’t left behind. Everyone was well-dressed!

The End. Actually, I couldn’t think of a better ending than how it ended. I wanna leave it like that, it was perfect that way. There was realization on everyone, they’ve got to make the best choice out of all, and only that, they would find peace and happiness and in Ji Sun Woo’s part, forgiveness from the one she loves the most.

Dislikes: There were some over- the- top situations, maybe not even possible in real life but hey it’s a kdrama afterall.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Tell Me What You Saw

tell me what you saw kdramaSummary: A lady constable from the countryside, Cha Soo Young, tries to join RIU using her special ability to memorize what she sees in detail, as her passport to get a job as a detective. She starts working with the lady head of RIU after her ability was being noticed. She is then introduced to a famous profiler, Oh Hyun Jae and gets her skills tested.

Trailer: Tell Me What You Saw

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Detective, Revenge
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jang Hyuk as Oh Hyun Jae
Choi Soo Young as Cha Soo Young
Jin Seo Yeon as Hwang Hwa Young
Jang Hyun Sung as Choi Hyung Pil
Ryu Seung Soo as Yang Man Soo



Likes: It’s quite a dark drama but it was sooo good I was hooked till the end! Why? Let’s dissect this…

The crime, detective genre. I’m a huge fan of this type of drama especially if it’s done well. And this one is worth watching. It will leave you on a dark, scary mood but if you’re a fan, it’s satisfying.

The small crime cases surrounding the main one. I like those related and independent stories that had their own puzzles to solve. They’re like mini bonuses, it kept the excitement going.

The main story and the main villain. Although it took a while to get to that part and to get to him, the last episodes were quite thrillling and definitely worth the wait. It was good to see how everything unraveled, how questions got their answers.

The links. I like how most of the things were interconnected, not all, but most of them. Our main cast’s past stories were all pointing to the main villain which justified the desire to catch the GUY.

The heinous killings. Although most sensitive parts were censored but most scenes were detailed, almost realistic.

The atmosphere. Quite consistent with this throughout the drama. Dark and scary moods.

The brilliant cast. What could I say? Everyone did so well!

For once, I’m a huge fan of Jang Hyuk. I watched most of his dramas. He was just so cool and deep in this one. Loved the hair, the scar, the martial arts skills, the outfit and the way he talked. He was his very character, Oh Hyun Jae, the profiler.

Choi Soo Young, I’m quite impressed with her. I’ve watched one of her dramas before and I knew she was good but I think her portrayal of Cha Soo Young, the detective, was her best performance yet. It’s refreshing to see a former kpop idol (of girl band, Girls’ Generation) does a detective character! Impressed!

Jin Seo Yeon has a beautiful face but she turned it into a fierce one fitting her detective character Hwang Hwa Young. Lots of fighting and dark experiences for this fierce lady in this drama. I don’t know but I have this feeling that she felt more for Oh Hyun Jae here than just mere friendship.

Special mention to the main villain of this drama, he was quite good! All the time I was thinking of someone else. Well done!



The road to finale. Well, it was bloody. I was getting ready to lose more people from the good side but glad they left the best ones for me.

The finale. The suspense was on in full, it was nerve-racking. Lots of fighting and more blood. It was the final showdown! I like how it ended and I even still got an epilogue.

Dislikes: I found the connection of the main villain and his close friends to be a bit overboard. Could you actually really manipulate other people to kill others then kill themselves? Hm…

The kdrama lover in me was hopelessly waiting for a bit of romance but my dream got shuttered haha. Oh well, there was a little hint at the end or is it just what I wanted to believe?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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VIP

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

Trailer: VIP

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

This drama made it my Top 15 Kdrama 2019!

When the Camellia Blooms

when the camellia blooms kdramaSummary: 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.

Trailer: When the Camellia Blooms

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Thriller, Crime, Detective
Episodes: 40
Stars: Gong Hyo Jin as Dong Baek
Kang Ha Neul as Hwang Yong Sik
Kim Ji Suk as Kang Jong Ryul



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!

Dislikes: Thinking hard but nothing really.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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Terius Behind Me

Terius Behind Me kdramaSummary: A former NIS agent, Terius, who is in hiding is trying to shed light to his failed operation in Poland years ago. In order to connect the dots, he approaches his neighbour Go Ae Rin whose husband’s murder is related to the case he is investigating. Terius becomes the babysitter of Ae Rin twin kids.

Trailer: Terius Behind Me

Genre: Romance, Action, Thriller
Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode)
Stars: So Ji Sub as Kim Bon / Terius
Jung In Sun as Go Ae Rin
Son Ho Joon as Jin Yong Tae
Im Se Mi as Yoo Ji Yeon

Likes: You can never go wrong with an action-filled, mission impossible-like and, cute and funny drama with the (still) hot and sexy So Ji Sub. Love the action scenes, the cool cars, the cool agents in their cool black suits, even the villains are cool and the cool mums (with one dad) in the neighbourhood! Nothing serious like James Bond or Ethan Hawke but our protagonist, Kim Bon alias TERIUS is as cool and even has soft spot for kids, in other words, a good babysitter! A very lovable character.

So Ji Sub as Kim Bon / Terius – secret agent suits him well. He looked great and sexy in black suit and even hotter driving those cool cars. And he’s the total charmer when he’s with kids!

Jung In Sun as Go Ae Rin – very natural acting as a mum of twins. The bubbly character looked like an easy task for her. Although, I was missing the romantic scenes between her and Kim Bon, she would have had a really good chemistry with her leading man.

Son Ho Joon as Jin Yong Tae – I love this guy. Very natural as well. Funny even without exerting much effort. I love the bromance between him and So Ji Sub. They looked like a great team.

It might not be a new story but there was an obvious effort on it. The mystery that surrounded the whole story was complex. It involved a lot of people, a lot of props and I’m sure a big budget to bring the entire set to Poland. The latter, was an awesome choice for a mission impossible set. But even the local sets and scenes were impressive like the car chase with the bridge scene where our cool Terius jumped off.


Ae Rin’s twins are awesome! Great actors in such a young age! They were so relaxed and sweet especially with the main character. That nose to nose greeting was sooo cute!

The feisty mums and a dad group also known as KIS (Kingcastle Information System). was hilarious but a great support. Everyone has special traits as well as flaws but they always look after each other.

I was rooting for the budding love between Yoo Ji Yeon and Ra Do Woo. They just look cute together :-).

Some cameos but my favourite was Yoon Sang Hyun as the surgeon brother of the lady agent, Yoo Ji Yeon. He’s always very chatty which is his trademark and always liked him for that.

Was curious about that music Terius was always playing on disc. It’s Norah Jones’ Sleepless Nights! Awesome voice!

The Mojito Ending! I love it! No romance but hints of possible ones which is good enough considering the background of the main characters. Also there were hints of future impossible missions together so all good!

Dislikes: Flooded with ad placement like the very obvious Tifanny & Co, Rosa K  and Quiznos. Although the writer tried hard to integrate Rosa K (those bags) in the story, it would have been okay without them at all.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

This drama made it to the Top 15 Kdrama in 2018. Watch video…

Top 15 Kdrama 2018

Black

Black kdramaSummary: Grim reaper #444 is after an apprentice who wants to live again using someone else’s body. The only way to capture the runaway apprentice is also possessing someone’s dead body. Grim reaper suddenly has a new identity and after meeting a girl who sees shadows of death, he’s becoming more and more human.

Trailer: Black

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Thriller, Crime, Supernatural
Episodes: 16
Stars: Song Seung Hun as Black
Go Ah Ra as Kang Ha Ram
Kim Dong Joon as Oh Man Soo
Lee El as Yoon Soo Wan



Likes: I always wanted to watch something different from the usual romantic comedy so I picked this one without knowing the level of “grim”-ness this drama had to offer. So, what a surprise! I liked it that it went beyond the usual expectations. Of course, it started as something intriguing, sometimes cute, sometimes funny, oftentimes sexy (thanks to the leading man of this drama who was consistently sexy-looking in black suit)!

The drama was at first vague and had lots of disconnected plots. Very confusing! But every new episode shed light to the some few initial confusions in the first episodes. As the drama developed, it gave answers to a lot of questions until all the puzzles were solved. This type of drama, you definitely have to pay close attention to everything. You miss a piece, you won’t be able to solve the puzzle. So, very challenging and therefore a reason to like it.

I also like the consistency on the mood. Although, there were some light moments but the mood was gray, dark and somewhat heavy. As if there was something… something more shocking that is bound to unravel.

A twist-filled story. If you like twists, this one’s for you! I would get shocked all the time something unexpected happens. I was like… “Omo, she actually did that!” or “What, that’s him all the time!” (complete with ghost bumps!). And when you think you’re done with one shocking revelation, there comes another one.

I like the emotional ending, how Black tried to bring closure to everything. Sad moments but good ones! It ain’t called BLACK for nothing!

Comic reliefs were plenty but my favourite are the detectives especially when they tried to reenact the rape scene. That short-legged grandpa got some waxing in no time!!! LOL!

The leads…

Song Seung Hun as Black – so sexy and handsome in black suit! I don’t think I can top that first statement, lol!

Go Ah Ra as Kang Ha Ram – Go Ah Ra’s acting is always not bad. This type of role: clumsy, a bit ignorant, suits her pretty well.



Dislikes: I like Go Ah Ra as I just mentioned above but she couldn’t always establish a good chemistry with her leading man. All so good with the acting but I always miss that romantic excitement.

All were good with the ending except for this one annoying glitch. I really don’t understand how Black managed to appear in the end after receiving that maximum punishment! Duh! Of course, no further explanation given because it was the very ending.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

This drama made it to the Top 15 Kdrama in 2017. Watch video…

Top 15 Kdrama 2017