Bulgasal: Immortal Souls

bulgasal kdramaSummary: Dan Hwal has lived for 600 years as a Bulgasal, a mythical creature who feeds off human blood and is cursed with immortality. He became a Bulgasal when the previous Bulgasal killed him and stole his soul, and is currently living as a human, who dies and gets reincarnated over and over again. Dan Hwal wants to claim his soul back so he’s been chasing a woman called Min Sang Woon, who’s the cause of his misery.

Trailer: Bulgasal: Immortal Souls

Genre: Fantasy, Supernatural
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Jin Wook as Dan Hwal
Kwon Na Ra as Min Sang Woon
Lee Joon as Ok Eul Tae
Gong Seung Yeon as Dan Sol




Likes: Just love this kind of storytelling, when the scenes keep switching from present to past to gradually shed light to the current gloomy setting. In this drama, they’ve been detailed with what happened during different periods. There was the Goryeo era, early Joseon, then Joseon during the Japanese invasion,  also I think year 2006 and of course, the present. It’s amazing to see the same place in different times, totally different worlds.The change in costumes, the hairstyles and location sets were very well-thought of. I just love Dan Hwal’s look during the Japanese invasion.

Cinematic experience. I’m very impressed with a lot beautiful and brilliantly shot scenes. My favourite is when Dan Hwal and Ming Sang Woon were next to that field with an amazing sunset as the backdrop. The details on the grasses, the colour of the sun and the silhouette of these two souls starting to remember each other. Just beautiful!

Different monsters. They definitely added extra challenge to Dan Hwal’s goal, although, he was also confused most of the time who his allies were. The other monsters served as obstacles to get to the biggest monster of them all, which was Ok Eul Tae.



Impressive makeup. I especially love Ok Eul Tae’s makeup when he slowly turned into an old guy. Pitiful and scary at the same time!

The twists. It was so difficult to understand at first, only the very last two episodes when it finally unraveled, who the original Bulgasals were. And of course their tragic story, which lasted for several hundred of years to  fix.

The cast…

Lee Jin Wook as Dan Hwal – fell in love with his hair ❤️. He looked extra good during Joseon’s Japanese invasion, especially the hair and the kimono. Also love his warrior look during the Goryeo period.

Kwon Na Ra as Min Sang Woon – so beautiful as the Bulgasal lady in red! As Min Sang Woon, she was this chatty and trustful person, who was so drawn to Dan Hwal, which was explained at the end.

Lee Joon as Ok Eul Tae – I’m most impressed by Lee Joon’s acting here. He was just brilliant. His voice, expression and mannerisms gave Ok Eul Tae’s character the edge. Ok Eul Tae gave an impression that he was the good person, and that was somehow always convincing. Well done Lee Joon for such an awesome performance.



Gong Seung Yeon as Dan Sol – I was surprised she took the supporting role, but although she was in a supporting role, you can’t deny her dominating presence. Gong Seung Yeon is such a beauty with beautiful speaking eyes.

The Power Ladies. Kwon Na Ra and Gong Seung Yeon in one frame is just blinding. Two gorgeous ladies (both top leads material) as sisters in one show, I just can’t get over that.

The Ending. We had two epilogues! One was 8 months later… The other one was 50 years later. I’m so glad the scriptwriters put an end to it.

Dislikes: The chemistry between Lee Jin Wook and Kwon Na Ra wasn’t that strong. I wish they had more time together after the final revelation.

The drama was a bit draggy at some points. It was going back and forth without any relevant progress.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)


Heard It Through the Grapevine

Heard-It-Through-the-Grapevine kdramaSummary: Seo Beom, a bright, young student from a poor family got impregnated by her equally young boyfriend Han In Sang whose background she didn’t even know. She planned on raising the child alone until Han In Sang found out and right away wanted to take the responsibility. Seo Beom found herself suddenly introduced to a very powerful and rich family, very different from her own.

Genre: Family, Romance, Black Comedy, Chaebol
Episodes: 30
Stars: Yoo Joon Sang as Han Jung Ho
Yoo Ho Jung as Choi Yun Hee
Lee Joon as Han In Sang
Go Ah Sung as Seo Bom




Likes: It’s a very well-written script. What’s really impressive is to come up with something almost surreal but at the same time has that realistic feel. Anyone can easily imagine or even relate to the situation, that’s how realistic it was.

They paid so much attention to details. The houses of both families… This is how rich this family is and this is how the other family is struggling. The houses have characters that match those families living in them. It’s that kind of detail. And not to mention the wardrobe, if you pay attention to these, it can’t be missed.

I love the atmosphere. Almost silent. Not much music in the background. It makes the conversations more realistic, as if you’re just observing people talking.

I’ve got to give credit to the director and / or the producers for making everyone look like very good actors. Everyone came out very natural!

And talking about actors, Yoo Joon Sang along with Yoo Ho Jung are just great. I think they totally nailed their characters. I liked seeing Lee Joon once again. He was cute and adorable in this drama. Go Ah Sung is one of those promising young actresses, she was great! Love to see her again in another drama.

The rest of the actors and their characters were all awesome. Everyone was noteworthy!

The politics in this drama is awesome! I thought I would only see that in Sageuks. Oh lots of manipulations, all those thread pullings were so entertaining.

And of course it was funny! It’s a black comedy afterall. Every episode has always its funny moment and always accompanied by that funny music. You’ll know what I mean when you watch it :).

Dislikes: The consistency of keeping it simple left me wanting more on the ending. I know it started like that, it went on for 30 episodes like that but I was waiting for a bomb ending. Oh well I can’t have everything, can I?

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Mr. Back

mr back kdramaSummary: After accidentally taking a meteor, Choi Go Bong, an old, rich man who owns several hotels turned into a young man in his 30s and called himself Choi Shin Hyung. He then fell in love with the young Eun Ha Soo who works in his hotel. As Choi Shin Young, he has to deal with love and company matters pretending to be the illegitimate son of the old Choi Go Bong.

Genre: Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Rich Boy Poor Girl, Chaebol, Boss Romance
Episodes: 16
Stars: Shin Ha Kyun as Choi Go Bong / Choi Shin Hyung
Jang Nara as Eun Ha Soo
Lee Joon as Choi Dae Han
Park Ye Jin as Hong Ji Yoon




Likes: It’s a very cute and sweet love story between an old man in a young man’s body and a young lady. This is
what you get when you have an old suitor; a conservative but sweet confession, you’ll be called names like Milky Way, you get to watch his favorite old movie and how about a cherry blossom in winter?

Shin Ha Kyun, I thought he looked too old for Jang Na Ra, who has a very baby face but after a few episodes, I
became a fan of these two. I love their Koong koong da moments!

Love those funny moments like when Choi Shin Hyung acted like the real Choi Go Bong in the house and exposing his siblings dirty secrets right in front of their noses. The revenge elevator scare was funny as well!

MBLAQ in the house! Lee Joon as Choi Dae Han. Though he looked too young to be the rival, it’s good to see an idol in a drama.

The christmas tree is so worth mentioning. Maybe the largest and most beautiful home christmas tree I’ve seen in a kdrama.

Dislikes: The ending wasn’t well thought of. I found it very lousy to just end it like that. Was the scriptwriter became too lazy to think of a great ending? What was that? What happened? After he became old again, he disappeared without a trace? What? Then he was found 1 year later as a young man with amnesia. Nah!

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)