Bossam: Steal the Fate

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

Trailer: Bossam: Steal the Fate

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

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

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

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

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

The Cast…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)

Defendant

Defendant kdramaSummary: Park Jeong Woo is a Seoul prosecutor who is after one of the twin sons of the chairman of Chamyung group, Cha Min Ho. In order to avoid arrest, Cha Min Ho kills his brother Cha Seon Ho and disguises to live as the latter. With Cha Min Ho’s power and connection, he frames Park Jeong Woo and sends him to prison. While trying to recover his memory in prison, Park Jeong Woo meets inmates who help and join him eventually escape prison to prove his innocence.

Genre: Thriller, Legal, Revenge, Chaebol
Episodes: 18
Stars: Ji Sung as Park Jeong Woo
Uhm Ki Joon as Cha Sun Ho / Cha Min Ho
Kwon Yoo Ri as Seo Eun Hye
Oh Chang Suk as Kang Jun Hyuk




Likes: The best thriller drama this year, hands down! Great plot, character-riched story brought to life by awesome actors!

Plot
I love the way it started. Park Jeong Woo, already in prison accused of killing his wife and daughter. We don’t know what happened and we’re curious to find out! Villain was always one step ahead, our main guy keeps on forgetting his memory, it was frustrating but little by little we see some hope.

Characters
Though our top characters Park Jeong Woo and Cha Min Ho/ Cha Seon Ho are already awesome, I love the fact that the writers also put importance to minor ones. So it wasn’t just the 2 all the time, we get background stories about friend inmates, prison warden and guards, the prosecutors, people connected to Chamyung group, Park Jeong Woo’s in laws, Yeon Hee and her revenge, Seo Eun Hye and her lawyer dream,  and how all these minor characters were intricately connected. It was never boring to watch!

Actors
Ji Sung is definitely the best choice for this drama. This is his genre. Brilliant already as he always was in his past roles, Ji Sung as Park Jeong Woo shows off his flexibility in acting, changing from a dignified, tough, brave prosecutor to a hopeless death-row prisoner, a determined escapee then at the end back to his confident prosecutor self.

Uhm Ki Joon is a big surprise. He was okay-ish in Dream High 1 but really impressed by him portraying 2 crucial roles in this drama. From Cha Seon Ho, the respectable Chamyung group heir to Cha Min Ho, the psychotic and merciless brother. He delivered really well and a real match to our Ji Sung!


I think the most thrilling part of this drama was the prison break! It was a breathtaking scene.

Funny moments when…

  • Cha Min Ho got caught by the lie detector test which he initially suggested.
  • Prison inmates dancing to a kpop girl group song.
  • Optimus Shin Chul Shik helped Park Jeong Woo

One of the best thrilling instrumental music. Check out Defendant OST.

Character sacrifice to make the story more believable – death of Ji Soo (Park Seong Woo’s wife) and Lee Sung Kyu (inmate).

Male prosecutor, former bff of Park Jeong Woo, Kang Jun Hyuk is prettier than our lady lawyer Seo Eun Hye haha!

Shin Rin Ah portraying the role of Park Ha Yeon, Park Jeong Woo’s daughter is very promising. Watch out for her!

I love the ending! At first I expected to be disappointed that the drama got extended by 2 episodes. This normally doesn’t come out good but it was just enough time to have a proper closure for everyone. The inmates reunion at the end was awesome! Cha Min Ho finally paying for everything that he did. Our Park Jeong Woo, recovering well from his loss and back as a fierce prosecutor – only investigating those their seniors prohibit them to investage. Love the very last scene!




Dislikes: Some obvious ad placement like the car (was it Hyundai?). That was when they did the dumptruck-car chase. And yes Subway again! Lots of subway sandwiches in the drama ;).

There seems to be only one psychiatrist/psychogolist in Korea haha!

My Rating: 9 stars! (10 as highest)

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Neighborhood Hero

neighborhood hero kdramaSummary: A former agent, Baek Shi Yoon who just came out of prison is trying to find out who was responsible for the death of his close friend and colleague while doing their last operation together in Macau. While plotting his revenge he’s become the protector of his current neighborhood and befriended with ex-agents so as with other people who later become a big help to realizing his goal.

Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Revenge
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Shi Hoo as Baek Shi Yoon
Jo Sung Ha as Im Tae Ho
Lee Soo Hyuk as Choi Chan Gyoo
Kwon Yoo Ri as Bae Jung Yeon
Yoon Tae Young as Yoon Sang Min
Jung Man Shik as Jung Soo Hyuk




Likes: It’s great to see Park Shi Hoo making this successful comeback after his much-talked scandal. Though a bit slim, he looks real good and has a well-toned body to show off. So not too surprised to see him half-naked a lot in this drama.

Packed with great actors! This drama wasn’t just about Park Shi Hoo and his role but also all the other members of the cast who delivered excellent performance to their roles. These following men and their roles basically made up this great drama…

Ahn Suk Hwan as Park Sun Hoo – he’s undoubtedly the best actor here. His role as a sneaky, big-talker boss doesn’t go unnoticed in the first few episodes. His facial expressions are so good, it always wanted me to hit his face ;).

Lee Soo Hyuk as Choi Chan Kyoo – I always thought of him as the handsome vampire in the Scholar Who Walk the Night but seeing Lee Soo Hyuk pulled off his character here is a change of impression. This guy can take any role. Loved seeing him here wearing a police uniform.

Jo Sung Ha as Im Tae Ho – his common policeman role in this drama who’s easily getting swayed by money due family concerns is I think his best performance so far.

Jung Man Shik as Jung Soo Hyuk – big guy, easy, calm and best accessory of the most powerful received the most unfortunate ending.

Yoon Tae Young as Yoon Sang Min – he’s got the face, the over-all look of a handsome villain who can fight! Driven by greed and ambition, his darkest moment was to get rid of his own bestfriend.

The New York Study Group – these powerful, rich, well-dressed and not so bad-looking men are to watchout for. I love the atmosphere when these men are around.

A James Bond and a neighborhood hero theme makes an action-filled drama – lots of action from our very well-dressed former agent. And since our hero is well-dressed, you can expect the villains to be the same. Fighting eye candies! Aja!

Levels of villains! Our hero thinks he’s fighting the right guy only to find out he’s just level 0 and there are more powerful people behind the whole thing. Of course in level 0, our hero can fight using his fists but on a higher level, there’s got to be some politics involved. It’s great to see how our guy gets through all this opponent levels.

The shadow / hero effect! How about wearing those H hats. In the end, everyone looked great wearing one. And if only we could solve problems like that in real life.

Hurrah for epilogue! I get to see Chan Kyoo wearing his police unirform for real. And a confirmation that our original hero didn’t leave us for good.




Dislikes: What was our Hero thinking? Sending the memoirs to mum’s preschool. It’s endangering his mum and all the kids in there. Not so thoughtful.

Writer Bae’s nagging character was getting so annoying. She was worse than the actual girlfriend.

Our hero getting out and back in the hospital. Was that to stretch the show so it could reach its 16th episode?

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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