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
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)


Jirisan

jirisan kdramaSummary: Seo Yi Gang is one of the best rangers in Jirisan, a popular mountain in South Korea. She works with other rangers whose job is to rescue hikers who got lost or stranded in the mountain. Her team is joined by Kang Hyun Jo, a military academy graduate, who has a peculiar ability of seeing visions of death which occurs in the mountain.

Trailer: Jirisan

Genre: Action, Mystery
Episodes: 16
Stars: Jun Ji Hyun as Seo Yi Gang
Joo Ji Hoon as Kang Hyun Jo



Likes: This didn’t get the rating that it deserved, but for me, there are just many reasons to like this drama…

The Story. I think the script was excellent, combining natural tragedies with man-made, trying to capture the beauty and mystery of the mountain, the different stories of the people living near it and the struggles and challenges of those who are guarding it. I especially loved the back-and-forth storytelling, constantly switching from year 2018 and 2020 and always leaving the best part for last.

The Beauty of Jirisan. The beauty of the mountain is insurmountable and I loved how the drama captured it all. From the picturesque view of the ranges, the unique pine tree forest, the tall cliffs, rocky water ways, and the beauty of it every season, when it’s covered with snow in winter or when wild flowers pop out in spring or when it turns red in fall. It was all breathtaking!

Awesome Cinematography. Yes, indeed! In fact it took Kdramastowatch best in cinematograhy award for 2021! They managed to capture all, the beauty, the mystery and the danger of the mountain.



Murder Mystery.  I’m a sucker for this so of course that made it all interesting for me. Seo Yi Gang who came back to work in a wheelchair had to solve a murder msytery and everyone close to her and whom she’s been working with suddenly became a suspect 🤔.

Ghost Mystery.  It even became more interesting when the one who knew the murderer is stuck in the beautiful Jirisan as a ghost. How did that happen? Anyway, he was such a handsome ghost but I would have been too sad if he ended up ghosting the place forever.

Cliffhangers. Very well done. Made me watch 2-3 episodes in a night! You just can’t stop watching. The storytelling was just too good!

The Cast. Well, very good actors in this show, no doubt!

Jun Ji Hyun as Seo Yi Gang – I loved how active and tough she was here. Such a beautiful lady ranger. Jun Ji Hyun always looks great in whatever outfit she puts on, even the ranger uniform! I also love her chemistry with Joo Ji Hun, was it friendly or romantic or both, they definitely had it!



Joo Ji Hoon as Kang Hyun Jo – loved the character, the hoobae! Not the difficult type of person, friendly and gets along with pretty much everyone. And of course handsome! I haven’t watched Joo Ji Hoon since Mask and I think being in this type of character was such a huge change. As I mentioned above, his chemistry with Jun Ji Hyun was great. I just wished they added more romance between these two characters.

Sung Dong Il as Jo Dae Jin, Oh Jung Se as Jung Goo Young, Jo Han Chul as Park Il Hae – I love these three actors, they always do great in their roles, but I think I was impressed most with Oh Jung Se’s performance when he lost his girlfriend from the flood. Such a heartbreaking scene!

Ending. I just loved how it ended! It wasn’t clear at all what would happen, until the very last episode. I was so glad they gave me that 1 year later epilogue! New year, new beginning with the very first sunrise in Jirisan peak! Just love it!

Dislikes: It could have done with a bit more romance!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)


The 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)


Dali and the Cocky Prince

Dali and the Cocky Prince KdramaSummary: By mistake, Jin Moo Hak meets Kim Da Li in the Netherlands and makes a connection with her. He had no idea, she is from a prestigious Korean family. They meet again in Korea, Da Li struggling to save the family’s museum from collapsing. Jin Moo Hak tries his best to be of help to her.

Trailer: Dali and the Cocky Prince

Genre:  Romantic Comedy, Chaebol
Episodes: 16
Stars: Kim Min Jae as Jin Moo Hak
Park Gyu Young as Kim Dal Ri
Kwon Yool as Jang Tae Jin
Yeon Woo as Ahn Chak Hee
Hwang Hee as Joo Won Tak



Likes: I just love the fact that Dali and Moo Hak’s love story revolves around art and art appreciation. I love art and I like going to museums, and I thought of it sometimes as a romantic place. Art museums in kdrama have been a set to famous romantic dramas in the past like Secret Garden, Her Private Life and even the house of the very rich in Mine. Museums command vastness, space, special light and of course contains the curated, precious art. It is such a special place.

Art effects. I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but at the end of every episode the scene becomes a piece of art, like a beautiful oil painting. Such a nice and relevant touch! And for those who are curious which Modigliani’s painting was featured on the first episode, it’s the Jeanne Hébuterne with Hat and Necklace. The famous Dance in the Country by Renoir was also the inspiration of the drama’s official poster. It’s art all over the place!

Opposite attracts. The character of Dali, who grew up loving art and became an expert of it, was the total opposite of Jin Moo Hak, who grew up focused on making money and was uncultured in matters concerning art. Dali always commanded class and poise inspite of the financial challenges she was facing. She was a good person to begin with. Jin Moo Hak , although greedy to earn more money, uncultured, tacky and could be vulgar with his language, was also a genuine person. In the end, he made Dali laugh, feel protected and loved.



The cast. The top three are just artsy as their characters…

Kim Min Jae as Jin Moo Hak – his tacky appearance was one thing but no one can deny he’s got a young and handsome face. I thought Kim Min Jae looks like Yeo Jin Goo but he was nowhere looking like the latter in this drama. I was seeing a lot of Song Joong Ki in him here.

Park Gyu Young as Kim Dal Ri – My gosh, I thought this role was just perfect for her. She perfected the look of a prestigious family’s daughter. Always classy and poised! I also love her beauty, she looked so delicate just like the art pieces.

Kwon Yool as Jang Tae Jin – I always like Kwon Yool. He’s such a brilliant actor. I first noticed him in Whisper and I thought this chaebol badass role suited him so well. I am so glad to see him in this role again! He rocked as Jang Tae Jin! So handsome, so cold, so rich, so powerful, so badass!



Wardrobe design. Yes, it’s commendable! The outfits worn by our Dali and Moo Hak in the Netherlands when they first met were simply gorgeous! Of course I like all the dresses worn by Dali. They were very well-thought of and rightfully fit an heiress. Jin Moo Hak was also looking great in suit but I couldn’t take my eyes off Jang Tae Jin. He just looked so handsome in his outfits!

Playful and happy OST. I miss listening to the songs of the drama. They  always uplifted my mood. Here’s Dali and the Cocky Prince OST!

Ending. I got my 1 year later epilogue so I’m happy 😊.

Dislike: Minor, but I find Kim Min Jae too young-looking for his role.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


One the Woman

one the woman kdramaSummary: Jo Yeon Joo is a prosecutor who gets into an accident. She wakes up not remembering who she was and is mistaken to be the 2nd daughter-in-law of a rich and powerful family, Kang Mi Na, who just looks like her.

Trailer: One the Woman

Genre:  Romantic Comedy, Chaebol
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Ha Nee as Kang Mi Na / Jo Yeon Joo
Lee Sang Yoon as Han Seung Wook
Lee Won Keun as Ahn Yoo Jun
Jin Seo Yeon as Han Seong Hye



Likes: Lee Ha Nee is definitely the wonder woman of the show! She was everything – she was very funny to begin with, I love her acting skills, her facial expressions are impressive, she’s tall and gorgeous and always looked great in her outfits, I even love her voice – from the thug-like to the chaebol-like tone, her long gorgeous hair is something to be envious about both curly and straight, her knowledge in several languages including Thai is impressive. I would say she gave both Kang Mi Na and Jo Yeon Joo’s characters justice. I especially love Jo Yeon Joo, the prosecutor, as she was super cool and was so skilled in fighting.

Funny Jo Yeon Joo Quote. “I want million and billions not in my probiotic but in my cash!” 😄

Favourite Quotes: “Walls turned sideways are bridges.”

“Once we love someone, we don’t get disappointed in them that easily.”

Tall Men. Oh well, since Lee Ha Nee is quite tall, it was just fitting to have her three tall and handsome leading men…

Lee Sang Yoon as Han Seung Wook – he is a model as seen in his well-proportioned built. After VIP, I’m glad he resurrected his good-boy image as the chaebol Seung Wook and love interest of our Jo Yeon Joo. These two really look great together.

Lee Won Keun as Ahn Yoo Jun – so tall and cute! This hoobae wants his prosecutor noona but our first leading man was to quick to get her. Anyway, his loyalty belongs to his noona all the way to the end. Very admirable!

Song Won Suk as Han Sung Woon – the powerless chaebol ex-husband! He might have been lacking but his looks wasn’t lagging behind.



Gorgeous outfits. It involved dressing up the very rich, and I would say the stylist did an awesome job. Loved Kang Mi Na / Jo Yeon Joo’s outfits, especially that floral dress she wore when she kissed Seung Wook. Han Seong Hye too had an impressive wardrobe, not to mention her notably, gorgeous earrings!

Veteran actors. Lots of them here and it made the show more worthwhile to watch as you can never go wrong with Jun Gook Hwan, Na Young Hee, Kim Chang Wan and Ye Soo Jung. Surprised to see the old maid played by Ye Soo Jung wearing tight jeans and high heels, she looked so fashionable!

Jo Yeon Joo as a bully. How do you bully back your senior when he’s mean to you? Call him Ahhh jhwoo shiii! 😄

Most awaited epilogue. After all the drama, my favourite part came… One year later…

Dislikes: The twist with Kang Mi Na changing her face wasn’t really believable especially that she wasn’t able to retain her deep voice.

The ending was giving more importance in living abroad than staying in their beloved Korea. More loyalty to Korea please!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Yumi’s Cells

yumi's cells kdramaSummary: Kim Yoo Mi is an ordinary office worker, shy and introverted, and who also has her love cell in coma because of a failed relationship three years ago. Her other brain cells are working hard but they all agree they miss Yumi’s  love cell most.

Trailer: Yumi’s Cells

Genre:  Romantic Comedy, Psychological
Episodes: 14
Stars: Kim Go Eun as Kim Yoo Mi
Ahn Bo Hyun as Goo Woong
Lee Yoo Bi as Ruby
Park Ji Hyun as Seo Sae Yi
Jin Young as Yoo Bobby
Choi Min Ho as Wook



Likes: Oh my gosh, Yumi’s cells are just too cute! And there are so many of them, all  impressively visualized! Although they’re all representations of what was going on Yumi’s head, they were accurate and totally relatable. I just couldn’t stop saying, “That is sooo true!” It’s amazing to see the cells as this tiny people running and doing their respective jobs inside our brain. If a cell is forgotten or not given importance, they die, just like what happened to photo cell or writer cell, but they can also get resurrected. I like how our brain is visualized as a village, with its village folks doing their duties.

Yumi’s Cells. I love all her cells working together but her brain was obviously dominated by love, reason, hunger, emotion and fashion. Her love cell was her number one. Yumi was capable of loving someone and putting that someone on top of her priority list. To watch her and her cell’s journey as she started dating Woong was truly fun. There was these roller coaster of emotion, which was of course well-portrayed by “emotion cell”. The time when her giant “hunger cell” shrunk and lost its appetite. Her “reason cell” panicking what to do when he’s out of reason. Her “fashion cell” making sure she wore the best during her dates. And of course “love cell” coming back to life after years-long of coma.

Woong’s Cells. He’s also got reason, love, but I remember Lustsaurus most, lol! Woong’s village has fewer cells than Yumi, well maybe because he runs on algorithm a lot. King Sullen had a cameo and he was so cute!

The first kiss. How could I forget that when there was some waist-grabbing involved.

The chemistry. Kim Yoo Mi and Go Woong chemistry was awesome. Love how she would stare at him whenever he’s shirtless 😍.

The OST. I just love the song Like a Star! Beautiful song!



Awesome cast. And we’ve got 2 idols as support…

Kim Go Eun as Kim Yoo Mi – Kim Go Eun did it again! I understand why she’s very much liked by a popular writer. Her ability to give her character justice is undeniable. Here as Yu Mi, she was this girl who closed her heart to love for a while but unexpectedly fell in love with someone who was not even her type.

Ahn Bo Hyun as Goo Woong – I never thought of Ahn Bo Hyun in romantic comedy, let alone the leading man. But surprisingly, he did so well and I’m already liking this guy. As Goo Woong, I love his awkwardness and sometime stiffness. He always appeared rough but he was a gentle soul.

Minho of kpop group Shinee and Jin Young of Got7 – it makes me happy to see this two idols! Jin Young specially is totally rocking the kdrama world!

Dislikes: Not sure of the ending. Hoping for a season 2 as it’s obviously to be continued.

My Rating: 8 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)


Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

hometown cha cha cha kdramaSummary:  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 as Chief Hong.

Trailer: Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Countryside Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars:  Shin Min Ah as Yoon Hye Jin
Kim Sun Ho as Hong Doo Sik
Lee Sang Yi as Ji Sung Hyun



Likes: Such a heartwarming little drama set in a laid-back coastal town, showcasing the townspeople’s daily life; their livelihood, community, camaraderie and a closer look into their personal happiness and struggles. I come from such town so I could totally relate to a lot of situations, especially the gossiping part :-)!

Beautiful Gongjin. Shooting outside Seoul seems a trend these days. Not complaining at all, on the opposite! Love how kdrama promotes local places, especially the coastal areas, which are undoubtedly full of charm. I just fell in love with Gongjin… but wait, oh Gongjin is a fictional town, lol! The place is actually Pohang, South Korea. It does exist, that’s good news! So, we can still check out that prominent, red lighthouse. It really does stand out. I just love the seaside set. I could almost smell the salty and seaweed-smelling air.

The Love Story. How cute is that when our little Hye Jin and Doo Sik already met at the same town long time ago. Those two souls were simply destined to be together, but not without trials and challenges. The characters, in the beginning, were clashing! Hye Jin and Doo Sik were two opposing personalities. One couldn’t let go of her city lifestyle and ambition, while the other one was just happy with what he has around him in the town. I love how the two got together in the end without giving up what matters to them. It’s called compromise! When you love, you compromise and if every relationship has this as its base, then we’ll end up like our Hye Jin and Doo Sik too!



Character-rich Drama. I’m not just talking about the top characters, Hye Jin and Doo Sik, but the supporting as well. Everyone’s character was well-crafted and all had a story to tell. Behind the happy, normal facade of everyone’s life has the struggle and pain that lie within. Hye Jin – the dentist, Doo Sik – the handyman, Gam Ri – the caring grandmother, Cheo Jae – the singer, Hwa Jung – the desperate ex-wife, Nam Suk – the queen of gossip and more. I love all of them and I feel for everyone who’s having a hard time right now saying goodbye to all these remarkable characters.

The Cast. Very well chosen! I love Shin Min Ah, since a very long time, like My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, kind of time. She’s just lovable. Kim Sun Ho captured my heart since Start-Up. I just really hope he gets through this scandal he’s facing right now. We have a lot of veterans in the show like Kim Young-ok who played as Kim Gam-ri and Jo Han-cheol as Oh Cheon-jae, making this drama so solid and worth-watching.

The Catchy Intro. Noticed the animated intro in the beginning of every episode? Love it! Very well done! And of course, it’s accompanied by that La La La Song (Romantic Sunday). Made me always sit back and relax and watch the new episode.

Daebak Confession. How could I forget our girl finally confessing her feelings… Hye Jin to Du Sik: “My feelings keep inflating my heart and it could burst at any second.” Oh la la! And followed by a kisssss! Yay!



The Proposal. Omo, the shoe idea was genius! Just poor Doo Sik, Hye Jin beat him to it, lol!

The Ending. A lovely balance between sad and happy, and the future would remain the same. But at least our couple was facing it with a positive attitude.

Hye Jin: “I’ll be at the front of the boat making sure you have a clear path.”

Doo Sik: “The sea won’t always be this gentle though. We will be met with wind and waves. And even typhoons will come our way.”

Hye Jin: “So what if we get wet soaked in the rain? Who cares if the wind blows a bit, when we’re in the same boat.”

Dislikes: I’m really trying to get used to ad placement, because, you know, everyone has to earn a living and I really want kdrama to live on for a long time but I can’t help getting agitated if it gets too much. On the final episode, they had to create special segments just so they could run ads one last time. Shameless!

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)


The Witch’s Diner

the witch's diner kdramaSummary: The Witch’s Diner is run by the witch Jo Hee Ra and it serves food that grant wishes in return for something. Her assistant Jung Jin is the first customer to try the witch’s food and fulfills her revenge wish. Jung Jin works in the diner and would always try to warn the new customers that there’s a hefty price in exchange for their wishes.

Trailer: The Witch’s Diner

Genre: Fantasy, Food, Supernatural
Episodes: 8
Stars: Song Ji Hyo as Jo Hee Ra
Nam Ji Hyun as Jung Jin
Chae Jung Hyeop as Lee Gil Yong



Likes: The theme. At times it’s dark, it’s funny and it has delicious food! It just caught my attention right away and started watching it. The details on the food making were superb! Make you drool and hungry! I was especially craving the steaks!

The opening. I always enjoyed this part. Love the music and the animation. It’s full of mystic and magic. Check it out… The Witch’s Diner Opening.

Main story. I wasn’t expecting that much and was surprised by its depth. How things unraveled like the true identity of our main witch and her apprentice. I love the mystery behind the characters. It really didn’t look what it seemed. I also love the focus on two mothers – one giving birth and one raising the child, very similar to Mine. That makes one message clear, it doesn’t matter who does who, they were both mothers to the child. I found that very touching.

Mini stories. I enjoyed those short stories by the people who ate the food at the Witch’s Diner. What were their wishes? I was always curious if they were at all worth losing an arm or a liver or an eyesight. And the moral of every story is that how their loss of something gives them another thing that makes them truly happy. I really like that!



Witchy cast

Song Ji Hyo as Jo Hee Ra – Love this witch! Tall, beautiful and stylish! I love her commanding presence, it lights up when she enters the room. It was also great to see her act as the young Joo Hee Ra. You couldn’t really tell with the age.

Nam Ji Hyun as Jung Jin – It’s good to see this girl after a long time. I like her, she’s a natural. Funny and bubbly too.

Chae Jung Hyeop as Lee Gil Yong – very convincing as a high school student. I was really rooting for him to be with Jung Jin in the end. They looked great together.

The ending. How Jung Jin embraced her fate at the end was I think courageous and beautiful. It didn’t just free her mom but also herself.

Epilogue bonus. I’m glad they gave Gil Yong the reward that he deserved. Passed on the baton!



Dislikes: Sorry no romance.

8 episodes were too short. They could have more mini stories.

Jung Jin’s wardrobe and styling were hideous but at least they made her look so pretty at the very end.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

The Devil Judge

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

Trailer: The Devil Judge

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




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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Dislikes: Nothing to mention.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)