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, Food
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)


Whisper

whisper kdramaSummary: Shin Young Joo is a police officer who is trying to prove the innocence of his father for being accused as the murderer of his own friend. She then meets judge Lee Dong Jun and wants to take revenge on him for making a false ruling to her father’s case. To prove her fathers innocence, she is about to fight the who’s who in the biggest law firm Taebaek but of course only if she collaborates with Lee Dong Jun.

Genre: Political, Romance, Legal, Revenge, Chaebol
Episodes: 17
Stars: Lee Sang Yoon as Lee Dong Joon
Lee Bo Young as Shin Young Joo
Kwon Yool as Kang Jung Il
Park Se Young as Choi Soo Yun




Likes: Political war in its finest! It was just like shooting each other with tactics and defending one’s self with more tactics! It was a battle to watch and thank goodness I’m not in that battlefield. It’s one of the best well-written script. I’m no lawyer but I could tell the writers had done a lot of research to make the story real or close to being real.

So many good actors here, it is indeed packed! But will focus on the main cast…

Lee Bo Young – another cute but tough role. Like her real-life husband, she delivers well in this kind of role. Although the role of Shin Young Joo was an impossible all-rounder, she made her way from being a tough policewoman to a smart secretary and back to being a police officer all with grace.

Lee Sang Yoon – always has this worried facial expression that leaves his forehead wrinkled a lot. Well it fits well with his character in this drama, a young judge who has a bag of trouble to save his own career. And omo, how can I not mention he looks soo great in suit! So tall and handsome!

Kwon Yool – he nailed it here, bravo! The best actor in this drama hands down. He really proves here he’s more than just a pretty and cute face. I will always remember the very confident Kang Jung Il… his voice, his diction, his super smart moves, but above all his weakness to that one girl he loves.

Park Se Young – ah she was great too! The role of Choi Soo Yun, that girl who brought Kang Jung Il down, was a sure challenge. For once she had to be beautiful, powerful, smart and sneaky. Well done girl!

The best love team, I have to be honest was Kang Jung Il and Choi Soo Yun. Their love was like Romeo and Juliet! It was so tragic! Painfully good! They had to give up each other to save oneself. Choi Soo Yun got him in the end when he allowed himself to waver. Poor Jung Il, he could have ended as the overall winner, Taebaek and all.

Special mention to Taebaek’s founders Choi Il Hwan and Kang Yu Taek, the mighty and powerful! Acting by these two was just superb!

Honestly, it took me a while to realize why it’s called Whisper. If you observe, they always whisper to one another everytime one wants to bring the other one down. It was like whisking a summary of the great plan to the other person without telling the latter the detail. That becomes the torture and makes the latter filled with anxiety.

The music is so good and powerful. Always fitted the setting: Whisper OST

That moment when Shin Young Joo was reinstated as a police officer and that moment when Lee Dong Joon entered the CEO office as the CEO of Taebaek. The moments when we see light at the end of the tunnel. Yay, winning!

And that moment when our lady police officer finally handcuffed our Lee Dong Jun! Of course there’s gonna be a kiss! There was a kiss!

The final Finale ending, lol! but I loved it, even just the sound of it! Here, we have a closure for everything  – how everyone got sentenced to prison (of course this is a lawyer drama after all). All good! But wait, who was that super gorgeous lady prosecutor?! (Got distracted there for a bit 🙂 ).




Dislikes: It got draggy a bit in a few earlier episodes and yes 2 kissing scenes? The first one wasn’t even real.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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