Shooting Stars

shooting stars kdramaSummary: Gong Tae Sung and Oh Han Byul know each other since they were in college. Tae Sung becomes a popular actor and Han Byul works as a PR team leader at the agency where Tae Sung is signed with. These two have a love and hate relationship.

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Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 16
Stars: Lee Sung Kyung as Oh Han Byul
Kim Young Dae as Gong Tae Sung
Yoon Jong Hoon as Kang Yoo Sung



Likes: This drama gives us a peek on how these talent agencies work. It’s interesting how they find talents, groom them and handle them. Moreover, how they clean up after these said talents mess up. It’s a million dollar business and there’s a lot of work to be done!

The Actors. They’re the most obvious people in the industry because they’re the one appearing on films, ads and interviews. They’re the stars! They’re beautiful, shining stars, giving the impression that they’re reachable and having a twinkling happy life, but oftentimes they’re not. Gong Tae Sung, our main character’s story in this drama is like that. Such a big star but lonely! Even having a girlfriend was such a challenge.

The Talent Managers. These people are admirable due to the fact that their job is not the easiest, especially when they’re handling a difficult talent. They might work behind the scene but they do work a lot. They have a wide range of job to do, from the discovering of talent, grooming and handling them.  One needs a lot patience and passion to be a manager of a star. In this drama, I love Kang Yu Sung’s dedication and passion for his work. I think he was the “perfect manager” example. He was like a friend, a parent, and a bodyguard to his talents.

The PR Manager and her Team. This team can get really busy depending on how well-behaved the stars are. They’re the ultimate cleaner. They clean up the mess of stars, may it be scandals, rumours, gossips, and even just honest mistakes. Like the talent managers, they work behind the scene but they do a lot. They do a lot for one goal, and that’s to make their stars shine.



The Starforce Office. I like how they made it have that family and team vibe. Real entertainment office might not be as friendly as that but Starforce was all about working together in harmony. Everyone seemed to get along with each other. I love the camaraderie of the show.

Multiple loveteams. Who’s your favourite?

Oh Han Byul and Gong Tae Sung – They look great together but just lacking chemistry, don’t you think? But I just love how that friendship they have since college blossomed into a real relationship. They were always near yet so far. It took it a long time to get there, but they made it in the end.

Kang Yoo Sung and Park Ho Young – Okay, I love these two. I think this team had the best chemistry. They were always so cute together. But best was when Ho Young made that confession. Lol, Yoo Sung’s face was just priceless!

Jo Ki Ppeum and Do Soo Hyuk – The romance was a bit too late but I like their chemistry. Their personalities were just a match,  a bit stiff but both professional in their line of work.

Yuna and Jae Hyun – the cat and mouse but ended up marrying each other. I love their wedding, it was a great end to the show.

Byun Jung Yeol and Hong Bo In – these two were also so cute! Not so much cheesiness but Byun Jung Yeol (Tae Sung’s driver/manager) is just adorable.



Ending. It was a bit cringy with all our love teams being with each other. But it made it a happy and fun ending. I also like the Jeju setting. Glad kdramas are going back to Jeju once again.

Dislikes: Kim Young Dae wasn’t ready as top lead. He was very lacking. His acting wasn’t at par with Lee Sung Kyung. He’s definitely has the looks and maybe in a couple of years, with more workshops, I’ll be ready to watch him again.

Poor story. Nothing much between the main characters that they had to introduce a couple more love teams to keep it interesting. It was such a struggle to finish this drama.

My Rating: 7.5 stars! (10 as highest)


Doctors

doctors kdramaSummary: Hye Jung, a girl with a tough character meets her Mr. Right who happens to be her highschool teacher. After the death of her grandmother who was everything to her, she took the more challenging path and became a neurological surgeon which then lead her the way to reunite with her highschool teacher who is after leaving his teaching profession went back to being a doctor.

Genre: Medical, Romance
Episodes: 20
Stars: Kim Rae Won as Hong Ji Hong
Park Shin Hye as Yoo Hye Jung
Yoon Kyun Sang as Jung Yoon Do
Lee Sung Kyung as Jin Seo Woo




Likes: A more mature role for Park Shin Hye. It’s great to see her grow up with her character here as Hye Jung. Though the drama started when Hye Jung was still in highschool, she was already ahead of her classmates when it comes to maturity. Hye Jung’s painful family experience made her the tough girl she already was. When she became a surgeon, her career-lady character came out but managed to remain tough. In short, Hye Jung’s character development was very well architected throughout the drama; from the young, troubled teen to a surgeon and to someone who would equal the maturity of Ji Hong, the highschool teacher she fell in love with. Park Shin Hye’s performance was impressive! I always see her as cute, teeny actress but in this drama, she became a different person. Her outfits as well were very well chosen to suit her character. Well done!

Ji Hong, the love interest of Hye Jung. He was very charming. Older but charming. Obviously there is this undeniable attraction to older men especially when they show independence, intellect and responsibility. I understand Hye Jung for falling for him. Kim Rae Won (the actor), though not the most handsome was very well suited to play the character.

The chemistry between the leads was undeniably great. Take note there were only a handful kissing scenes throughout the drama but each time these two kissed, it gave me goosebumps. Sparks, sparks everywhere!

Impressive action scene in the beginning when Hye Jung had to fight some goons in the hospital. I doubt there is really a surgeon like that but well, the scene was quite entertaining. She even had to kick asses in highheels!

I love that reunion scene when finally Ji Hong is coming back to Korea and Hye Jung is already a surgeon. He arrived in an emergency helicopter while Hye Jung was waiting at the rooftop of the hospital. While being stunned for seeing him after a long time, he asked her… “Are you married? Do you have a boyfriend? … Then we’re set. ” I feel the stuttering answers of our girl! Whoah!

There were 20 episodes and if it was just really about these two lovebirds it would have been so boring. Luckily there were really great side stories. We have the unrequited love of Yoon Do, the developing romance of Seo Woo, Hye Jung’s family drama, Ji Hong’s dad and some elaborated hospital cases.  Hospital dramas like…

  • the heartbreaking case of a father with 2 sick kids who both needed surgery. (cameo: Nam Goong Min)
  • our practicing Kang Soo who was experiencing blackouts which was caused by a tumor in the head
  • the mother in coma who bore the baby until the baby is old enough to survive outside the womb. Bittersweet!
  • Presidents Jin’s nerve-racking spinal surgery

A well-balanced ending. Neither so cold nor cheesy. Neither so sad nor happy. But had a good amount of suspense with a proper closure to everything. Our girl Hye Jung got the apology, the “thank you” and the love that she deserved.




Dislikes: Are they really wearing highheels in the hospitals??? This disturbed me somehow.

After that exciting lead character reunion, it got a bit boring but I advise you to just hold on to it if you wanna see a great ending.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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