Secret Royal Inspector

secret royal inspector kdramaSummary: Set in the Joseon era, Sung Yi Kyum is appointed as the new Secret Royal Inspector after the previous inspector had gone missing. His job is to investigate corrupt activities by government officials in the far provinces. Sung Yi Kyum is accompanied by his entourage which include Hong Da In, a female inspector and Park Chun Sam, his loyal servant.

Trailer: Secret Royal Inspector

Genre: Period, Romantic Comedy, Detective
Episodes: 16
Stars: L as Sung Yi Kyum
Nara as Hong Da In
Lee Yi Kyung Park Chun Sam



Likes: It was a double treat for me, a period and a detective drama in one! I’ve been deprived of period dramas last year and got really excited for my first one this year. Secret royal inspector – fascinating to learn that they have such special position during the Joseon era. Loved the title and the challenging work and responsibility that came with it. That was the time when people travel on foot, and on best scenario, by horse. The adventures that awaited the royal inspector and his entourage were exciting but also always accompanied by danger. This drama showed how in the olden days, police detectives were like – just courage, a bit of wit, maybe lots of humour and with very little resources, they’re able to solve crimes and expose corruptions. Definitely fun to watch!

Different crimes. The number of crimes that our secret royal inspector had to handle were ample. The show never got boring because of these problems, related or not. I especially loved the case of the dead women of the village they were just passing by. It’s always exciting, at least for me, to start another case after solving one.

Beautiful Hanboks. Since this was in Joseon era, our royal inspector wore the traditional Hanboks. Of course others too but I was too glued on our handsome inspector and his outfits. Loved the Hanboks he wore and I think L did them justice. And I might add the beautiful Nara who looked gorgeous in Hanboks too.

The Secret Royal Inspector and his entourage.

L as Sung Yi Kyum – Finally, I fell for L! It could be his looks. He definitely looked more mature and manly here and also I think the inspector role suited him so well. He amazingly balanced his being noble and being funny in this drama. And he’s so buffed too! Maybe that’s why he looked so good in his Hanboks :). Also loved his Joseon accent!

Nara as Hong Da In – although her face didn’t fit well in the era, Nara as Hong Da In was awesome. So chatty, courageous and her tenacity brought her to interesting and challenging adventures, at the same made her special to the royal inspector’s heart.

Lee Yi Kyung Park Chun Sam – love his loyalty towards his master. Funny and very chatty, Chun Sam was the comical relief of the show.

Top chemistry. Sung Yi Kyum and Hong Da In had this undeniable chemistry that although they only had that one kissing scene, it was everything! I watched it over and over again :)!

Favourite allies. Love it that the Royal Secretary (acted by Ahn Nae Sang, who’s one of my favourite veteran actors) was on the good side. He normally comes out as the antagonist. Another favourite ally was Royal Guard Choi! He was somehow cute and tall that made him looked great in Hanbok.



Awesome OST. Love listening to the tracks, a combination of thriller/action/period tunes. Check out Secret Royal Inspector OST.

Exciting later episodes. I must admit, the first episodes bored me out and I almost gave up on it. Don’t stop! Keep watching as it gets better and better.

Ending. With the success rate of the show, they can keep going as what was being hinted out in the ending. More cases to be solved and more adventures ahead for our Secret Royal Inspector and his entourage!

Dislikes: As what I mentioned above, the first 6 episodes were kind of boring. Lots of cliches, I knew what was coming. Glad it improved after that.

The lighting and makeup were just off. Too much light on the actors’ faces especially that it’s a period drama. Makeup was also too thick in my opinion.

I love Nara but her very pretty face didn’t suit well with the period. That same goes to Jo Soo Min who played Sunae. Too pretty for Joseon era! Not saying the girls were not pretty back then but more traditional beauties I believe.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

Itaewon Class

itaewon class kdramaSummary: Park Sae Royi, after losing his father and who did not get justice from it, promises himself to take revenge against the people who did him wrong. After some years serving in prison and later working very hard to raise some money, he finally manages to own a pub in Itaewon, an area in Seoul popular for its nightlife and restaurants.

Trailer: Itaewon Class

Genre: Romance, Revenge
Episodes: 16
Stars: Park Seo Joon as Park Sae Royi
Kim Da Mi as Jo Yi Seo
Yoo Jae Myung as Jang Dae Hee
Nara as Oh Soo Ah



Likes: The story was great! It had a revenge theme with a tinge of romance. I like how it all started, from the time when our main guy, Park Sae Royi, was still in highschool, how he met his first love, how he was challenged by the powerful, how he lost his dad and how his life crumbled after that. The foundation of revenge was clear and strong. I loved how the story developed from that main foundation. The determination of our main guy to be successful in order to get back to the people who hurt him – what a way to get his revenge.

Character development. Everyone in the beginning was just a nobody but I love how the writers focused on the character development and I’m not just talking about Park Sae Royi’s, the main character of the drama but all the others as well. Like how it became clearer how powerful Jang Dae Hee was, how Ma Hyumi became the most popular transgender chef, how Jo Yi Seo fell in love with Park Sae Ro Yi, how Soo Ah faded in Park Sae Royi’s eyes, how Geun So became greedy with power or how Jeung Gun turned into a messed up person. There were a lot of characters but I ended up knowing each of them by heart. Everyone was well-justified.

The name Itaewon Class. How did they come up with it, I wondered that myself because it wasn’t explained until the other half of the full drama. So don’t be impatient, wait and it will be explained later.

Itaewon. I’ve had dramas before focused on other popular areas in Seoul like Cheondamdong but never heard of Itaewon. Itaewon means freedom according to the drama and it’s good to know that there’s such a vibrant and multicultural place in Seoul with lots of restaurants and pubs. Thus, it was a great idea to add a foreigner in the main cast. Toni spoke Korean fluently, well done!

The awesome cast! Who are they…

Park Seo Joon as Park Sae Royi – this was his best performance yet. His character was serious, firm, determined and proud so there were times when he had to deal with things like flirting and he suddenly turned awkward. Park Seo Joon portrayed this so well. It’s good to see him doing some serious roles.

Kim Da Mi as Jo Yi Seo – cute and obnoxious, she was a natural! I also like her coolness. Her outfit, hair, the way she walked and talked, witty and smart, young and head over heels for Par Sae Royi. You’ll despise her at first but you’ll fall in love with her later on.

Yoo Jae Myung as Jang Dae Hee – this guy is a veteran. His acting was flawless. I liked him when he was very powerful but I love his acting more when he was going down. Gosh, that final crying was impressive!

Nara as Oh Soo Ah – she is pretty like a doll and like other former idols, she found her talent in acting. She was quite good! I think the chemistry between her and Park Seo Joon was really great.

The outfits. Got to credit the costume designer for the cast’s outfits, well done! I especially love Soo Ah’s executive outfits, Jo Yi Seo’s very cool leather jackets, Jang Dae Hee’s traditional clothes, Ma Hyumi’s pretty outfits and Park Sae Royi’s loose, relaxed but cool clothing.



Love the OST. The tracks were so well-integrated with the drama. I especially like Gaho – Start Over.

Finale. I love it!!! There were closures on pretty much everyone. It felt like I could sleep properly after that.

Cameo. And yes closure with a great cameo at the end, hello Park Bo Gum!

Dislikes: I think there was a soar in rating towards the end of the drama because there was an obvious crowding of ad placements. Hello Tifanny, Mercedes Benz, Samsung… too many to handle. But got to give them credit on how they integrated Montblanc so well at the start.

My Rating: 8.5 stars! (10 as highest)

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Suspicious Partner

suspicious partner kdramaSummary: Noh Ji Wook is a prosecutor who lost his position for helping a former lawyer intern, Eun Bong Hee acquitted from her case of killing her boyfriend, son of the District Attorney. The two then work together run a private law firm and get to defend a guy who would be the answer to all puzzles and capturing him would put everything back in place.

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Thriller, Legal, Crime, Detective
Episodes: 40 (30-min episodes)
Stars: Ji Chang Wook as Noh Ji Wook
Nam Ji Hyun as Eun Bong Hee
Choi Tae Joon as Ji Eun Hyuk
Nara as Cha Yoo Jung



Likes: The genres thrown into this drama are surprisingly complementing each other. The combination of romance, comedy, thriller and legal was well-balanced coming up with a quite satisfying show.

I love that aside from the romance building up between the lead actors, there was some serious legal cases to solve. And I’m not just talking about one but several cases. These independent stories that normally ends each episode kept the whole show interesting. My personal favorite was about that guy who can see the future, who was always in legal trouble by trying stop future crime. He then predicted that 2 people who were present in the lawyer’s office that time will die. I thought that was funny how it freaked out everyone!

We’ve got 4 good-looking leads!

Ji Chang Wook is always a personal favourite. I thought he would be boring as a prosecutor or lawyer but he proved that wrong. Super sexy in his prosecutor outfit! He prosecuted and defended  like a pro! And as usual, very irresistible to the ladies! How can you resist the way he stares at you girl?!

Nam Ji Hyun looks pretty although wasn’t really into her coloured hair. Her character was funny and bubbly which match the quite reserved Noh Ji Wook acted by Ji Chang Wook.

Choi Tae Joon was very handsome and cute as Eun Hyuk and I think his chemistry with Nara was excellent even surpassing that of the top leads.

Nara is super sexy. Her face, her body even her acting was natural. She did an awesome job!

I almost cried when Secretary Bang almost died! He was one of those useful and funny side characters together with Byun Young Hee, Ji Wook’s adoptive dad. Na Ji Hae, Bong Hee’s friend from law school also falls into this category.

But I think the star of the show is Kim Hyung Kyu who gave justice to the character of Hyun Soo, our villain in this drama! His acting was just superb that sometimes overshadowing our top leads. Hyun Soo’s character was so well-crafted that any actor who would give justice to him will definitely shine. Therefore a shoutout to Kim Hyung Kyu, boy you did great job in this drama! I won’t be surprised to see you more in the future!

Glad that Hyun Soo’s character already ended in the second to the last episode (Hyun Soo stole too much of the show) and the story concentrated back again with the top leads and how it would end with them. Ji Wook and Bong Hee had enough time at the end to draw everyone’s attention back to their love story. And I think it ended well.




Dislikes: What a waste of Kim Hong Fa in this drama. His character, the District Attorney Jang Moo Young didn’t really show how good he is as an actor. He was super awesome as Kang Yu Taek in Whisper!

Super obvious ad placement by Papa John’s Pizza!

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)

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