Kdrama reviews

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1. “HEARTSTRINGS” “넌 내게 반헸어”

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Yesss…My first kdrama was “Heartstrings”. I don’t really remember exactly how I stumbled upon it but I’m certainly glad I did. This drama will always have a special place in my fangirl heart because this drama introduced me to CNBLUE, a band I absolutely love, and Park Shin Hye, who became one of my favourite actresses. Not to forget that with this drama the addiction of kdramas began.

To say that this drama is perfect was easy when I finished watching it but now that I have seen many other dramas…not so easy. The acting could have been better and some of the actors could have been replaced with better ones but come to think of it I would’t change anything or replace anybody because I don’t know if it’s about me or that it was my f i r s t kdrama but it’s good in it’s own way. The story is pretty interesting and refreshing. It’s fun and very appropriate for teenagers.

One thing that makes me forget all the mistakes this drama has is the soundtrack. It’s freaking AMAZING! I can honestly say that this soundtrack is still my favourite soundtrack’s of a kdrama. It made me do research about the musicians and that’s how I found out about CNBLUE. And my all time favourite OST song is “Because I Miss You”. That song is so beautiful and Yonghwa sings it with so much emotion that every time I listen to it, it just brings tears to my eyes.

So I give this drama 7 points out of 10. I would give it 6 but it is my first drama ever so it’s very special to me.

I would recommend this drama if you love music, specially band music and are looking for a fun and a refreshing drama to watch.

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Cast:

Jung Yong Hwa as Lee Shin

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Park Shin Hye as Lee Gyu Won

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Song Chang Eui as Kim Suk Hyun

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So Yi Hyun as Jung Yoon Soo

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Kang Min Hyuk as Yeo Joon Hee

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Woori as Han Hee Joo

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2. “BOYS OVER FLOWERS” “꽃보다 남자” 

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“Boys Over Flowers” was the second drama that I watched. Even I couldn’t get pass that drama that I believe is one of those that you watch in the beginning of getting into kdramas. At that time I really enjoyed watching it although some of the characters (leads) were annoying and the story line was very cliché and it took me a while to realise how bad it really was.

The characters were incredible stupid (especially the lead characters) which made them reallllllllly annoying but I have to admit that the other side characters were pretty good…This was a drama where I really wanted the third male character to end up with the lead female character. So this drama was the first one to introduce me to the “third-male-character-syndrome” or whatever it’s called. I always wonder why is it that there is always two guys swooning over one girl…

I definitely wouldn´t watch it again but I would recommend it to those people who are new to the kdrama world because then you see how good the new dramas really are…well it did the trick for me. Besides, those really hot male actors make this drama bearable to watch. So basically you watch this drama because to drool over hot boys and to see Lee Min Ho’s horrible locks that you’ll learn to like.

CAST:

Ku Hye Sun as Jan Di

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Lee Min Ho as Goo Jun Pyo

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Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo

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Kim Sang Bum as So Yi Jung

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Kim Joon as Song Won Bin

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Kim So Eun as Chu Ga Eul

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3. “MY PRINCESS” “마이 프린세스”

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My third drama…”My Princess”….Kim Tae Hee and Song Seung Hun… I remember having THE biggest crush on Song Seung Hun even though he is much older than I am but at that time I didn’t care. Later on I realised on my own, yes on my own that I am a little bit too young for him and I was okay with that because I started to ship him for the very first time. Kim Tae Hee and Song Seung Hun or the Honey Couple was the first ship that sailed due to my delusional mind. I was very new to the ‘shipping’ thing so I believed every word somebody said about the couple I was rooting for and well you now how this ship ends. It sank hard when Kim Tae Hee and Rain confirmed that they are seeing each other. But I’ve moved on…

About the drama…well I liked it when I was watching it and I have to say I like it now also. Not love it but it wasn’t a bad drama. It was a light drama with no hardcore drama elements in it like memory loss or huge time jumps. The story line was cliché but the hint of comedy and drama kept it from turning too cheesy. The only thing that I would have to complain is about the relationship between Lee Seol and Park Hae Young. It was too high school level for me. It especially showed from the kiss scenes because they were sloppy and awkward to watch. However, I really liked the ending and the ending kiss scene was better. I would say college level but still better.

Would I recommend this drama? Yes, if you like all those countless remakes of Cinderella then I believe that you will definitely like this drama. Think of this as korean Cinderella. And instead of watching a half and an hour movie you get 16 episodes.

Cast:

Kim Tae Hee as Lee Seol

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Song Seung Hun as Park Hae Young

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Park Ye Jin as Oh Yoon Joo

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Ryu Soo Young as Nam Jung Woo

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4. “PANDA AND HEDGEHOG” “판다양과 고슴도치”

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Soo the next drama I have watched, is another comedy/romance type of drama “Panda and Hedgehog”. I admit, I started watching this drama because of Donghae (he’s my bias from SJ) and I ended up enjoying this drama. It wasn’t something remarkable but I was surprised that Donghae can act pretty well. And it had food in it. Do I even have to say something more? It has Food! Every episode made my mouth water so I warn you not to watch this drama with an empty stomach.

At the beginning I wasn’t sure what the story line would be but it becomes predictable later on. The characters were very lively and fun. This drama had the best bromance ever!! The relationship between Donghae’s character and the character’s grandfather was soooo heart-warming and hilarious. Definitely the best couple in this drama. And Choi Jin Hyuk character’s sister was so badass and freaking hilarious. Those three characters made me like this drama so much.

I didn’t hate the lead female character because she was cute and the actress was perfect for this kind of a drama but the relationship between her character and Donghae’s character kinda let me down. Yes they had lovey-dovey moments but I don’t know…there was something missing. Or maybe the bromance took over the drama and over-shadowed the love relationship. Of course the story was also very important but it’s just me.

Overall I enjoyed this drama and was thouroughly entertained. I recommend this drama to people who like food especially sweets and who likes a good bromance instead of a super-lovey-dovey relationship.

Cast:

Lee Donghae as Go Seung Ji

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Yoon Seung Ah as Pan Da Yang

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Choi Jin Hyuk as Choi Won Il

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Yoo So Young as Kang Eun Bi

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5. “CITY HUNTER” “시티헌터”

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This drama was my favourite for a long time and it still is one of my favourites. It showed Lee Min Ho in a completely new light for me. I wasn’t expecting that from him because he had made quite an expression to me with his ridiculous hair and high school attitude. Gone were the perm and the attitude. He showed me, I tell you. He showed me that my prejudice against him were completely wrong. It just came out of nowwhere for me. His acting was great and his action scenes..wheww..hot.

Oh my, I really enjoyed watching this drama. I cried when the characters did, I laughed when the uncle acted like a fool, I rooted for Lee Min Ho when he was kicking everyone’s butt.. I just went through an emotional roller-coaster. I loved the story line, I liked the action scenes (Lee Min Ho, I hope you get the chance to show your action skills more often in the future). My only complaint is that the ending did not have an ending kiss. Like I was waiting for it you know…. And Kim Nana was sometimes too clingy for my liking but that’s okay. She redeemed herself with the badass fighting skills.

Ahhh.. I really need to watch this drama again. Where do I find the time to do that is beyond me. Oh well.. This is a drama I definitely recommend. I’m pretty sure everyone is going to like it if you’re not somebody who doesn’t like violence at all then I take my words back. After watching this drama, Lee Min Ho became my favourite koren actor. Go Lee Min Ho!!

Cast:

Lee Min Ho as Lee Yoon Sung/Poochai/Johnny/John Lee

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Park Min Young as Kim Na Na

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Lee Joon Hyuk as Kim Young Joo

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Kim Sang Joon as Lee Jin Pyo/Stevie Lee

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Hwang Sun Hee as Jin Sae Hee

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Goo Ha Ra as Choi Da Hye

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6. “FLOWER BOY NEXT DOOR” “이웃집 꽃미남”

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This drama was really funny and I absolutely liked every minute of it. I usually don’t like man characters who act childish and female leads who are too shy to stand up for themselves but this drama…I don’t know how they did it but they made me like those characters. I think it’s because how the characters developed and the funny little incidents they had with each other.

Of course the actors had an important part also so I would like to point out that Yoon Shi Yoon was made for this character…I mean he played his part so believably and that’s one of the factors that makes a drama good for me. If the actors do not portray their characters believably then I just can’t watch the drama. It doesn’t matter how good the storyline is or how handsome the actor is…I just can’t watch it. But Yoon Shi Yoon and Park Shin Hye did an amazing job.

Also the storyline was pretty original (for me it was) and the funny incidents had me laughing on the floor. I just really liked this drama! Also the ending kiss is really something to look forward to. I don’t know how many times I have replayed it. Yoon Shi Yoon really knows how to kiss!! *opens youtube to watch the kiss again* Like wow..the best kiss where Park Shin Hye has had!

It’s just very heartwarming drama and I can’t imagine somebody not liking this. I really recommend this drama to everyone! I can’t think of anything bad to say about this drama. And I really want that panda hat!!!

Cast:

Park Shin Hye as Go Dok Mi

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Yoon Shi Yoon as Enrique Geum

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Kim Ji Hoon as Oh Jin Rak

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Park Soo Jin as Cha Do Hwi

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Go Kyung Pyo as Oh Dong Hoon

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Kim Seul Gi as Kim Seul Gi

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7. “FAITH” “신의” “The Great Doctor”

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“Faith” was the first historical drama I watched. I almost didn’t watch it because I usually don’t like historical kind of dramas but for the sake of seeing Lee Min Ho again in a drama, I decided to give it a try. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.

It had an interesting storyline and I liked the female character Yoo Eun Soo too. I always like characters who stand up for themselves and are not always helpless. And Lee Min Ho proved again that he is indeed a great actor and his action scenes were awesome of course. The chemistry between them was there and I really enjoyed watching them sharing those intimate moments.

I really liked the story and it had those twists that I was not expecting. What put me a little off was the ‘superpowers’ or ‘magical powers’ (whatever you want to call them) they had. But I got used to them but still it was a little bit weird for me. What also made me hesitant to watch this drama at first was the fact that it was about time travelling. Back then I was not a huge fan of that kind of fiction. Now I love watching dramas that have some supernatural elemtents in them and I have to thank this drama for changing my mind.

So I personally really liked this drama. I would recommend it to all Lee Min Ho fans and kdrama lovers who like a strong female character. Also Lee Min Ho really kicks butt in here…warrior style…long hair style…HOT long hair style.

Cast:

Lee Min Ho as General Choi Young

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Kim Hee Sun as Yoo Eun Soo

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Yoo Oh Sung as Ki Chul

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Ryu Deok Hwan as King Gongmin

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Park Se Young as Queen Noguk

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Phillip Lee as Jang Bin

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Sung Hoon as Chun Eum Ja

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8. “When a Man Falls in Love” “남자가 사랑할때”

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What can I say about this drama?  Confused the fudge out of me. Frustrating to watch. I started watching this drama because of Song Seung Hun and I hoped that I would grow to like it but I have to admit that I continued to watch it to see how ridiculous it would get and how it would end. I believe everybody who watched this drama got frustrated with this drama at least once.

The female character Mi Do was annoying as hell. Like she changed her mind for who knows how many times. Also Song Seung Hun’s character was such a brick sometimes. How can you force yourself on a woman like that? Dude, learn to give the woman her space! Although he was pushy and possessive, it didn’t give Mi Do a reason to cheat on him. He should have just said it to his face that he likes someone else. Even if that someone else is his best friend’s brother. But no, she just had to hang on to those two men…ugh I really disliked her.

And do characters in a kdrama  never talk with each other?? If they did then a lot of misunderstandings could have been prevented from happening. It’s like the characters learn to talk to each other and in the end they FINALLY listen to others than themselves and learn the truth. Okay, not every drama is like that but this particular drama had every cliché scenario playing out: memory loss, lead characters near death experience, huge misunderstandings, love triangle, time jump. And the writers just kept throwing every single soap opera scenario at us.

The characters were all a little too extreme for me. The crazy brother/best friend took the crazy to another level, being all delusional and making his own creepy world in is head. Han Tae Sang showed how being posessive is really done. Seo Mi Do was just a confused b*tch if you ask me. Lee Jae Hee thought too much into everything and wow, he was really easy to manipulate. I don’t really remember all the characters but I do remeber JB’s character that I actually liked.

The only good thing I remember is the characters’ music preferences. Who doesn’t love Queen? That was the only positive thing about this drama that I can remember. Well, maybe the shirt ripping scene too. Seung Hun looked really hot doing that! Whewww…

Too old I know.

Okay, that was my opinion.

Cast:

Song Seung Hun as Han Tae Sang

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Shin Se Kyung as Seo Mi Do

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Chae Jung An as Baek Seung Joo

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Yeon Woo Jin as Lee Jae Hee

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9. “THE THOUSANDTH MAN” “천번째 남자”

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“The Thousandth Man” is a drama I started watching because of Nam Woohyun who is my ultimate bias (to let you know). The drama turned out to be entertaining. It was a short drama with only 8 episodes therefore the story was fast paced. It was about love, sacrifice, family and believing in yourself. The added humour lightened it up because without it the drama would have been a melodrama because the story was really heartbreaking.

I have to talk about Woohyun….I was really surprised because he can act. Although he played himself (kind of) he looked really natural in front of the camera and I think that he is capable of taking up a bigger role. Not the lead but a supporting role. I believe he has talent and I’m not onlt saying it because he is my bias but I really mean it.

I also liked the other characters and like I have mentioned before I really like strong female characters and Goo Mi Jin was another example. She did what she believed was right and even her family couldn’t change her mind. Kang Ye Won played the role perfectly. Overall the characters made this drama really fun and they didn’t go overboard with it.

I personally recommend this drama but I’m not sure if everybody is going to like it. I know that Inspirits like myself will like it because of the Infinite references Woohyun makes and Namu’s abs are to die for…

Cast:

Kang Ye Won as Goo Mi Jin

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Lee Chun Hee as Kim Eung Suk

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Jun Mi Sun as Goo Mi Sun

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Hyo Min as Goo Mi Mo

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Nam Woo Hyun as Nam Woo Hyun

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10. “DATING AGENCY: CYRANO” “연애조작단; 시라노”

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I started watching this drama with no expectations at all because an idol played the lead character and I didn’t really know what to think of Sooyoung that time. I was not into SNSD that time so I didn’t know anything about her.
Another thing that gained my attention was the age cap between Sooyoung and Jonghyuk. For me it’s important for the lead characters to have chemistry and I was kind of worried if they would have it and show it on screen.

I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked this drama. Sooyoung’s acting was not bad at all and I found myself really liking her character. What made me happier was that the chemistry between Sooyoung and Jonghyuk was there. I was shipping their characters from the first episode till the very end.

As for the story, it was very light and enjoyable. I really liked those side stories and how the main characters made everybody’s wishes come true. They planned everything down to the last detail. Lee Honghyuk’s character reminded me of Sherlock because of how he could foresee every move and come up with the perfect plans.

If I had complain about something it would be the ending which I feel could have done better. I don’t know if I was the only one who got a little confused and lost with the story towards the ending. Also this drama is not very original as it’s based on a movie “Cyrano Agency”.

Other than that I still recommend this drama. It made me laugh and cry (maybe that’s because it’s ridiculously easy to make me cry) and it has its own twists. Oh, and look out for the kissing scene at the end…loved it.

Cast:

Lee Jong Hyuk as Seo Byung Hoon

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Choi Soo Young as Gong Min Young

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Lee Chun Hee as Cha Seung Pyo, “Master”

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Hong Jong Hyun as Moo Jin

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Joo Yoon Woo as Do Arang

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11. “I CAN HEAR YOUR VOICE” “너의 목소리가 들려”

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Now begins the period of time when I was extremely busy with preparing for exams, taking care of my house because I was home alone due to my parents going on a business trip, and then I was working part time…My life was chaotic. And because of my lack of time I only watched dramas that were running at the time. My “to-watch” list was growing longer and longer and it still is. I hope to get back on track in the summer. Anyways, back to the drama.

I absolutely loved it. The story was original, the cast was perfect. I think every actor played their role perfectly. Lee Bo Young is one of my favourite actresses; Lee Jong Suk is so cute and dangerous at the same time and I’m absolutely scared of Jung Woong In now. I loved how the characters developed and how the events played out. I just have to thank the drama makers for casting perfect actors/actresses. Even the child actors were great. I was really impressed.

This drama had right amount of everything in it: suspense, drama, romance, humour. Even the extra episodes didn’t ruin it. In fact, I can’t imagine how the writers would have ended the drama without the two extra episodes. Although the drama was amazing and the cast was perfect I did found some mistakes in it. There were a few loopholes in the storyline. Like Park Soo Ha said that he can read someone’s mind when he can see that someone’s eyes but when he hears Min Joon Gook’s thoughts in the court house he is nowhere near him. But I’ll let it slide because the acting really makes up for every little mistake there is.

If you haven’t seen this drama then I strongly recommend it. It’s one of my favourite dramas and It’s going to blow you away but beware do not watch it when you have to wake up early in the morning. Yes, this is one of those dramas.

Cast:

Lee Bo Young as Jang Hye Sung
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Lee Jong Suk as Park Soo Ha
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Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Gwan Woo
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Lee Da Hee as Seo Do Yeon
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Jung Woon In as Min Joon Gook
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12. “MASTER’S SUN” “주군의 태양”

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No doubt is this one of the must-see dramas of 2013 and I think that there are only very few who haven’t seen this romcom. Maybe they are too scared to watch it but I can assure you that the romance and comedy will make you forget all about those scary faces you’ll encounter throughout the drama.

I have to admit that I didn’t watch it right when it came because I was just watching “Who Are You” which also had the same scenario where the girl can see ghosts and then stuff goes on and it really disappointed me therefore I didn’t really think that “Master’s Sun” would be better. Then I discovered that Myungsoo or L, how you want to call him, was acting in that drama and well I decided to give it a try and boy am I glad I did.

I love horror movies and everything scary but add romance and comedy, you’ll get a great kdrama. The ghost scenes were scary enough to make me jump and creep me out a little and I really loved those side stories the ghosts had. Also So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin were absolutely great on-screen and off-screen. Another couple I couldn’t help but ship. 😀

This drama made me love So Ji Sub and SoGong couple, showed me Seo In Guk’s talent, so thank you Myungsoo/L for acting in this drama because if you hadn’t then maybe I wouldn’t be writing about this drama. Truly recommend this drama for all of those who haven’t seen it.

Cast:

Gong Hyo Jin as Tae Gong Shil/Tae Yang
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So Ji Sub as Joo Joong Won
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Seo In Guk as Kang Woo
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Kim Yoo Ri as Tae Yi Ryung
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13. “MONSTAR” “몬스타”

I have mixed feelings about this drama. I really liked the musical numbers and how the songs were rearranged. It kind of reminded of “Glee” and let me tell you, I really like Glee, well the first two-three seasons. But at the same time that the storyline of this drama could have been better.

I got it at the end that this drama concentrated on the students’ psychological wounds and how music helped them to heal them but the way it was shown thorough the story, it sometimes made me confused. It felt like that there was a story going on too but then it just ended like that leaving the story unfinished… Gaaah I hate open endings.

As for the acting I feel that Junhyung was too inexperienced as an actor but I totally get why he was chosen because of his wide musical knowledge. I’m not saying he can’t act but for the leading role and for this kind of drama, where the focus is on feelings and emotions I feel like he was not the best choice. I’m not so sure about the other actors because they are all unfamiliar to me but with this drama they didn’t impress me much with their acting.

The only thing that I really liked about this drama was indeed the music. I’m a musician myself and I always like to watch musical performances and this drama had many of those. I was very impressed by the vocals and even how the actors imitated to play the instruments was good to watch. I’m talking about the part where Kang Ha Neul plays the cello.

I’m not sure if this drama is for everyone but I would watch it for the musical numbers.

Cast:

Yong Jun Hyung as Yoon Seol Chan
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Ha Yeon Soo as Min Se Yi
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Kang Ha Neul as Jung Sun Woo
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Kim Min Young as Sim Eun Ha
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Da Hee as Kim Na Na
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14. “GOOD DOCTOR” “굿 닥터”

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I was utterly touched by this drama. I was really impressed with the acting and the story. I think that there was not an episode where I didn’t cry. The story was original and really heart-warming.

The main focus was not on the romance between Park Shi On and Cha Yoon Seo. This drama showed how we can pursue our dreams even when it seems impossible to do so. It really made me think about how autistic people get on with their lives and how we could help them. We just have to open our eyes and spot those people; try to understand them and not ignore them like they’re not normal. They already know that they’re different and they don’t need us to remind them of that. So this drama taught me a lot and made me open my eyes more.

This drama wouldn’t have been this good without the great acting. I mean Joo Won was really amazing with portraying his character. He deserves every award he received for this role. Of course every actor was great but he definitely made an ever lasting impression.

I really recommend this drama to everyone but if you expect to see a serious love story then I hope you’ll be satisfied with a cute and childish romance. I hope you’ll go watch it because of the remarkable acting and message.

Cast:

Joo Won as Park Shi On
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Moon Chae Won as Cha Yoon Seo
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Joo Sang Wook as Kim Do Han
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Kim Hyun Soo as Na In Hae
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15. “GHOST/PHANTOM” “유령”

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I watched this drama because at the time I was seriously obsessed with So Ji Sub. After “Masters’s Sun” I was smitten by his looks, personality but later on I realised my “So Ji Sub mania” was kind of creepy because he is a lot older than me. I decided to watch this So Ji Sub drama to put an end to my obsession.

I think this drama had a very interesting storyline and made me think about a lot of things. It showed how much the society really depends on technology and the Internet. I mean everything is controlled via computers and with only a press of a button one could play such kind of havoc that the result could/will be disastrous. Also it showed how easy it is to gain access to somebody’s computer with hacking through wifi, good hacking skills, typing with the speed of lightning…. I was scared to use my computer for two week after watching this drama because I was totally convinced that somebody was definitely watching me through my web cam because my life is so interesting and filled with shocking events that somebody is bound to know every thing I do…wait, what? Anyway, technology is scary I tell you! Well I’m scared of being watched.

All that aside I was not really satisfied with the flow of the story. I felt that they dragged it too much. I mean every time the investigators or the ‘good guys’, the cyber team got on to the right path the writers just brought them back to the beginning and that happened like gazillion times. However, the story was interesting enough to keep me hooked and of course So Ji Sub in a suit is definitely worth my time.

In conclusion I’d say that this drama had great potential for great ratings but the story  dragged on too much. I still recommend this drama to everyone who are interested in action/mystery/crime/ dramas and it’s a must see for anyone who likes a well-groomed So Ji Sub. 😉

Cast:

So Ji Sub as Kim Woo Hyun/Park Ki Young
Kim Woo Hyun

Lee Yeon Hee as Yoo Kang Mi
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Song Ha Yoon as Choi Seung Yeon
Choi Seung Yeon

Kwak Do Won as Kwon Hyuk Joo
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16. “THE HEIRS” “왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그무게를 곈뎨라 ㅡ 상속자들”

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I bet that everyone who are drawn in to the drama world didn’t get past this drama “The Heirs” . This was THE highly anticipated drama of 2013 with a long list of star actors and idols. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited for it. I mean Park Shin Hye, Lee Min Ho, Kim Woo Bin in a same drama? Who wouldn’t watch that? And of course Kang Min Hyuk (huge CNBLUE fan here), Krystal, Park Hyung Sik just added more looks to the good-looking trio.

When I first heard about the cast I was really really excited but as I read about the storyline…I was really really let down. I mean another high school drama? Boys Over Flowers 2? For Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye and Kim Woo Bin it’s definitely the time to move on from high school as they barely pass as college students. The cast was really impressive but was it really necessary to bring them together for another drama filled with high school drama and rich people with attitudes?

Okay, I built a bridge and got over it. I decided to wait and see the drama before I get too judgemental. I got to admit it wasn’t a sequel to “Boys Over Flowers” which is a good thing but at the same time it didn’t have anything special. It did have this American feel to it as it was partly filmed in LA (I think) and the American actors almost ruined this drama with their horrible acting. I mean seriously who casted them? Were they blind? No offence though.. But yeah, even the acting of Korean actors gave off this American feel. So that’s was what kept me interested.

It didn’t suck but I wouldn’t watch it again although some bits were seriously hilarious. Park Hyung Sik made my day several times. Also Kang Min Hyuk and Krystal were soooo adorable. I couldn’t help but to start shipping them. But still I just can’t get over it that it wasn’t anything new story wise. This scenario is overused in my opinion. I don’t know why Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho took this role because they have so much potential. That’s why I’m disappointed.

I recommend this drama to those who want to erase the image of Lee Min Ho in “Boys Over Flowers” because he has a lot better hairstyle here. No perm!! Hurray! The kiss scene(s) is(are) intense also but Park Shin Hye really needs to learn how to enjoy a kiss because she looked like she was hurting and I know it can’t be true because come on…Lee Min Ho is the one kissing you!! So you better be enjoying it girl!

Cast:

Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan
Kim Tan

Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang
Cha Eun Sang

Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young Do
Choi Young Do

Kang Min Hyuk as Yoon Chan Young
Yoon Chan Young

Krystal Jung as Lee Bo Na
Lee Bo Na

Kim Ji Won as Rachel Yoo
Rachel Yoo

Choi Jin Hyuk as Kim Won
Kim Won

Kang Ha Neul as Lee Hyo Shin
Lee Hyo Shin

Park Hyung Sik as Jo Myung Soo
Jo Myung Soo

Lim Ju Eun as Jeon Hyun Joo
Jeon Hyun Soo

Kim Sung Ryoung as Han Ki Ae
Han Ki Ae

Jeon Soo Jin as Kang Ye Sol
Kang Ye Sol

17. “MAN FROM THE STAR” “별에서 온 그대”

You-Who-Came-From-the-Stars-Poster1

Finally I get to write about this drama that had me crying, laughing and spazzing so hard that my parents started to question my sanity. I have never been so invested in a drama. The amount of sleeping hours I sacrificed for this drama is ridiculous. Thank you coffee for existing because I couldn’t have survived without you.

This is no doubt one of my favourite dramas if not my ultimate favourite. Everything about it was perfect. I loved the plot, I loved the characters, the actors who played the characters. The story was so unique and kept me on my toes until the end. The ending was also not what I was expecting but still a very good ending. So there was nothing disappointing story wise.

The cast couldn’t be more perfect, like extremely drool worthy and talented cast. This drama will definitely make Kim Soo Hyun a girl’s dream guy and Jun Ji Hyun a guy’s wet dream (because damn..I want to look like that when I’m thirty-something). Also I can never look at Shin Sung Rok and not be scared or feel like running ever again. He is forever a villain in my eyes.

However, I do find one negative point about this drama. I mean it was hard to find but yes it’s there. There are just too many unofficial English titles for this drama. Like seriously, choose one and make it official. It’s that simple. “Man From The Stars”, “My Love From The Star”, “Man From The Star”, “My Love Who Came From The Star(s)”…Seriously??? Okay like an Estonian saying “Heal poisil mitu nime” (“Good boy has many names”), this drama is indeed good.

I hope that there will be many dramas that are as good as this was. Right now there’s no like really, REALLY good dramas running that would grab me like MFTS did. I’m desperate for more dramas like this and I just hope that something good comes up soon. This goes on my must-see list…wait, I don’t have one…

The Cast:

Jun Ji Hyun as Cheon Song Yi
Cheon Song Yi

Kim Soo Hyun as Do Min Joon
Do Min Joon

Park Hae Jin as Lee Hwi Kyung
Lee Hwi Kyung

Shin Sung Rok as Lee Jae Kyung
Lee Jae Kyung

Yoo In Na as Yoo Se Mi
Yoo Se Mi

18. “BIG” “빅”

Big

The next drama on my watched list is “Big”. I don’t really remember why I chose to watch this drama but I’m glad I did.

There were some things that annoyed me like Suzy’s character. She was just too obsessive and annoying. It was to the point where I started to hate Suzy herself but now I have now calmed down and I still love her. Also there was too much push-and-pull going on. Every time things were going good somebody always had a change of heart.

Although this drama was far from perfect I still enjoyed watching it. Why? Because it had a good storyline (fantasy is my weakness), it had noona-dongsaeng love, it was funny and cute, it had Gong Yoo (that body tho) and it had steamy kiss scenes. These good things were enough to keep me hooked and I’m glad I watched it now when all the episodes are available and not when it aired.

Also for me the ending was just perfect. They didn’t show the face of Gyung Joon and I’m just okay with it. For me it would have been too weird if Gyung Joon who through most of the drama had Gong Yoo’s face came back and boom he’s Shin Won Ho. Am I the only one who got so used to Gong Yoo? I know Gyung Joon was supposed to be a teenager but Shin Won Ho looks too young maybe?? Or I just liked seeing Gong Yoo more…

Also we don’t know if in the end they end together or not. We see them meet again but what happens next is also left to our imagination. I loved it. 🙂

Cast:

Gong Yoo as Seo Joon Jae/Kang Gyung Joon
Seo Joon Jae

Lee Min Jung as Gil Da Ran
Gil Da Ran

Bae Suzy as Jang Ma Ri
Jang Ma Ri

Jang Hee Jin as Lee Se Young
Lee Se Young

Shin Won Ho as Kang Gyung Joon
Kang Gyung Joon

19. “GOD’S GIFT – 14 DAYS” “신의 선물 – 14일”

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This drama really moved me with its storyline. I applaud Lee Bo Young and Cho Seung Woo for their amazing acting skills. I applaud every actor that acted in this drama. I was seriously into this drama and the mystery elements got me cracking my brains out together with the characters. I guessed some things right but the ending left me dumbfounded.

I usually like open endings but this ending was just too much for me to handle. I loved Ki Dong Chan and I hoped they would solve the crime and get a happy ending they deserve. But nooo… the writers just had to play the cruelest plot twist I have ever experienced. After seeing the end I seriously stared at my computer screen thinking that I’ve been pranked….Like they seriously did that?? I seriously witnessed that??

Anyways I was a mess. So after just staring at the computer screen for ten minutes, I decided to convince myself that the story goes on like this: Kim Soo Hyun saved Ki Dong Chan and Saet Byul, forgave Dong Chan and he became the neighborhood oppa to Saet Byul. Ki Dong Chan and Kim Soo Hyun will not develop feelings for each other because I really liked how they were as friends. SO in my point of view, this drama ended HAPPILY and everyone SURVIVED. Period.

It was really nice to see a drama without any romance. Again, the acting was great. Lee Bo Young amazed me again with her acting skills and I got to know another great actor Cho Seung Woo. Why are all good male actors so handsome and why can’t I be older? And his singing blew me away. It wasn’t awkward to watch at all. Another good watch!

Cast:

Lee Bo Young as Kim Soo Hyun
Kim Soo Hyun

Cho Seung Woo as Ki Dong Chan
Ki Dong Chan

Kim Tae Woo as Han Ji Hoon
Han Ji Hoon

Jung Gyu Woon as Hyun Woo Jin
Hyun Woo Jin

Kim Yoo Bin as Han Saet Byul
Han Saet Byul

20. “CUNNING SINGLE LADY” “앙큼한 돌싱녀”

Cunning Single Lady

This drama brought a good change into my drama-catch-up-nights. I really enjoy watching these kind of dramas: fun, light and no mysteries. I can just relax and let the drama come to me. Personally, I really like these kind of storylines where an old couple accidentally meet again and then they rediscover their love, make up, have babies, live happily.

What made this drama even better was the great cast. It’s always nice to see the two lead characters have chemistry and Lee Min Jun and Joo Sang Wook were definitely not lacking in that apartment. Now Seo Kang Joon….Seo freaking Kang Joon! Where did he come from? Where has he been all my life? Where can I get one? I mean, his acting was pretty good for a rookie and he can play the piano….he can play the freaking piano guys. I’m a sucker for guys who can play the piano (or the cello). I need one of him. NOW.

Alright, now that my emotions are all here for everyone to see, why stop? Kook.Yeo.Jin. That annoying little b… I understand she had a difficult past and all that shit but why do you have to be so freaking clingy and annoying? Honestly, she pissed me off so much that I was slapping her through my laptop screen every time she appeared there. The whole Kook family (Sorry, Kang Joon) pretty much made me rip my hair off (not literally though, I’d be bald) because that was some really messed up sh*t they did there to their own family members and to the lead characters. At least karma got them.

So this drama is a really good rom-com and I reallllllly recommend it to all who need some of it into their drama lives. But beware of Seo Kang Joon. Without yourself knowing, he will make his way into your dreams…Damn him.

Cast:

Lee Min Jun as Na Ae Ra
Na Ae Ra

Joo Sang Wook as Cha Jung Woo
Cha Jung Woo

Kim Gyu Ri as Kook Yeo Jin
Kook Yeo Jin

Seo Kang Joon as Kook Seung Hyun
Kook Seung Hyun

Kim Myung Soo/L as Gil Yo Han
Gil Yo Han

21. “DOCTOR STRANGER” “닥터 이방인”

Doctor Stranger

Although I’m not good with blood and injuries, I decided to watch another medical drama. To be completely honest then Lee Jong Suk made me watch it. I have mixed feelings about this drama. The storyline seemed pretty unique but the execution was not satisfactory.

The cast was quite good. I especially enjoyed Kang So Ra’s and of course Lee Jong Suk’s acting. But the story was confusing and not as impressive as I imagined. The start was promising but after a while it started to turn into a makjang. Luckily it didn’t fully reach that point but there were some really cliché scenes that made me roll my eyes.

It had its good sides, like I was really impressed with Bora’s acting and the humorous characters helped to keep this drama from going totally makjang. Also watching Lee Jong Suk is always a plus and it did have a happy ending. I recommend this drama if you don’t have anything else to watch. It’s not a must-see for me but not the worst drama I have seen.

Cast:

Lee Jong Suk as Park Hoon
Park Hoon

Jin Se Yeon as Song Jae Hee/Han Seung Hee
Son Jae Hee

Park Hae Jin as Han Jae Joon/Lee Sung Hoon
Han Jae Joon

Kang So Ra as Oh Soo Hyun
Oh Soo Hyun

22. “HOTEL KING” “호텔킹”

Hotel King

Oh man…this was a total makjang. It had the potential of being a great drama…. But the writers just ruined the plot with putting every cliché I can think of into the drama. Why would you do that? You have Lee Da Hae and Lee Dong Wook and you give them the shittiest script ever? Are you insane?

They were the reason I kept watching this drama because they had some serious chemistry. Hands down The Best on-screen couple I’ve ever seen. No doubt about it. There were some really interesting off-screen images and clips of them and by interesting I mean them being really, really adorable and comfy with each other. Get married, okay? =D

I just can’t imagine why the writers did this to them…., to us. Why throw in every possible cliché there is? It would have been great if they would have focused more on Lee Dong Wook’s character trying to become the so called “Hotel King”. But his whole cliché filled life was shown to us instead and the Hotel was just a background. The title should have been something like “The King of Miserable past”, “The I Have Awful Parents”, “My Parents Want to Kill Me but I Don’t Know Who They Are” or just “Hotel Queen” because in the end he DIDN’T fudging get the hotel. How disappointing.

However, I liked the little side stories with the hotel staff and visitors and I would have loved to see more Lee Dong Wook in action. He looked so hot being in control of everything that had to do with the hotel. Gosh, he was mouthwatering. And Lee Da Hae just made me want to crawl in a hole and never come back. She’s just too perfect in every way possible. Soooo if you like makjang dramas then this is perfect for you because at least it has great actors with amazing chemistry. Also shirtless Lee Dong Wook will brighten your mood. 😉

Cast:

Lee Dong Wook as Cha Jae Won/Jayden/Hyun Woo
Cha Jae Won

Lee Da Hae as Ah Mo Ne
Ah Mo Ne

Im Seulong as Sun Woo Hyu
Sun Woo Hyun

Wang Ji Hye as Song Chae Kyung
Song Chae Kyung

Kim Hae Sook as Baek Mi Nyeo
Baek Mi Nyeo

23. “FATED TO LOVE YOU” “운명처럼 널 사랑해”

fated to love you

“Fated To Love You” is definitely the best romcom of this year. It’s My favorite romance comedy drama to date. That’s all I have to say. Also this picture describes me so well when I was watching this (credits to donnapie who’s awesome btw):

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Jang Nara and Jang Hyuk, I applaud thezüm for the amazing acting. They portrayed every emotion so beautifully and naturally that I was crying while watching almost every episode. I just love this drama so much. Jang Nara’s character is the kindest and cutest one in the kdrama history. She was perfect for this role and Jang Hyuk just killed it with his humorous laugh and that dorkiness. Now I want him to be the father of my child or somebody just like him. I miss his laugh!!!

Thank you writernim for this amazing drama. It was an emotional roller coaster but it was worth every tear. Thank you the incredible cast for being perfect. Thank you Ailee for singing this amazing OST song (check it out “Goodbye My Love”). I’m definitely going to watch this again and again.

However, I would have loved to see more of how Jang Hyuk’s character would have acted when his wife was giving birth. I bet that would have been hilarious and heart-warming. I TOTALLY recommend this drama but you’re going to be a crying mess. You have been warned.

Cast:

Jang Hyuk as Lee Gun
Lee Gun

Jang Nara as Kim Mi Young/Ellie Kim
Kim Mi Young

Choi Jin Hyuk as Daniel Pitt
Daniel Pitt

Wang Ji Won as Kang Sera
Kang Sera

24. “IT’S OKAY, THAT’S LOVE” “괜찮아, 사랑이야”

It's Okay, That's Love

If you haven’t seen this drama then what are you waiting for. Go and watch it now! This is hands down my favorite kdrama of all time. I swear it made kdrama history. It set the record for the most kisses in one drama and most “I did not see that coming” moments. Also it had a storyline that was so unpredictable and well-written. I’ve never seen a drama like this before which talks about mental illnesses on this level, also it was so realistic that I almost forgot I was watching a Korean drama. It had a western feel to it but not in a bad way. It made it more refreshing and unique.

I loved the cast and I couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the characters. I was surprised by D.O’s acting because he was crazy good. I’m not even kidding when I say that I would have mistaken him as a professional actor had I not known who he was (it’s almost impossible not to know him). In my opinion he deserves every rookie award and I can’t wait to see what he’s up to next. As for Gong Hyo Jin and Jo In Sung I have absolutely nothing negative to say about them either. The chemistry was there, they played the characters really well. I’ve got to give it to Jo In Sung. It’s not easy to play a mentally ill person but he did it surprisingly well.

Lee Kwang Soo did an amazing job as well. I just have to mention him because it’s my first time seeing him in a drama acting. I didn’t expect him to be this good! 😀 I’m sorry I underestimated you. Never again, The Great Kwang Soo 🙂

Also this drama had the best OST of 2014. The songs fitted really well with the story and helped setting the right mood. Definitely worth a listen. Soooooo…This drama is nearly perfect. I absolutely love it and I truly recommend it for everyone. 🙂

Cast:

Jo In Sung as Jang Jae Yeol
Jang Jae Yeol

Gong Hyo Jin as Ji Hae Soo
Ji Hae Soo

Sung Dong Il as Jo Dong Min
Jo Dong Min

Lee Kwang Soo as Park Soo Kwang
Park Soo Kwang

Do Kyung Soo/D.O. as Han Kang Woo
Han Kang Woo

25. “SURPLUS PRINCESS” “잉여공주”

Surplus Princess

This drama shows the true life of a fangirl. Too bad it got cut because I truly enjoyed this miniseries. I was laughing every episode. The story was interesting, however, the love triangle was a bit disappointing. The second-male lead had better chemistry with the leading character than the male lead so the lead female’s change of heart didn’t seem convincing at all. I did love the side stories of the other characters living in the share-house. Also the parodies were very well done, I seriously loved them.

The lead female character reminded me a little bit of myself. 😛 She didn’t hold back when she was trying to get closer to her crush. I specially loved the underwater kiss which involved ass grabbing and some tongue action. 😉 Finally a kiss that looked realistic, how I imagine a fan would kiss her crush when she got a chance. Also, thank you “Surplus Princess” for showing us how ‘delicious’ Song Jae Rim’s ‘apple’ butt is. Seriously that butt is superb. And Oh Joo Wan’s back…hot damn. Two very hot rookies right here:

song jae rim's butt         Oh Joo Wan's back

It’s a very funny drama, although it didn’t have the best ratings I still recommend it. It’s great watch when you just want to have a good laugh and you like this silly kind of humor.

Cast:

Jo Bo Ah as Kim Ha Ni/Aileen
Kim Ha Ni

Oh Joo Wan as Lee Hyun Myung
Lee Hyun Myung

Song Jae Rim as Kwon Shi Kyung
Kwon Shi Kyung

Park Ji Soo as Yoon Jin Ah
Yoon Jin Ah

 

26. “THE THREE MUSKETEERS””삼총사”

The Three Musketeers

I think it was a pretty good idea to take one of the classical stories and make it into a Korean historical drama. I’m going to be honest and say that I started watching this because of Yonghwa. I’m not a really big fan of historical dramas, I haven’t even watched “Moon that Embraces the Sun” which is a shocker because I’m a huge fan of Kim Soo Hyun. I have this wall between me and historical dramas and I don’t know how to break it..

So that’s why I didn’t expect it to be this good or to keep me interested. It was really well done! I loved how this drama had everything: action, romance, mystery, and humor. The story was interesting and didn’t drag on. Plus the bromance between the ‘musketeers’ was captured really well. I must say Yonghwa’s acting keeps getting better and better, especially in this drama he showed his best and I have no complaints. Keep up the good work 😉

I seriously loved the Crown Princess. She was so cute and precious when she was caught in awkward and funny situations. Then the Crown Prince’s ‘guards or ‘musketeer’ buddies (don’t know how to call them) couldn’t have been more hilarious than they already were. I truly wish I had them as my drinking buddies.

Now this drama was supposed to have three seasons with 12 episodes per season but got canceled after the 12 episodes. I’m really disappointed about that. This was like one of the few historical dramas I have truly liked and I would have definitely watched it ‘til the end. Curse you whoever is responsible for the cancelation. I will come and haunt you in your dreams!! I guess I’m back to ignoring the historical dramas…

Cast:

Jung Yonghwa as Park Dal Hyang
Park Dal Hyang

Lee Jin Wook as Crown Prince Sohyeon
Crown Prince Sohyeon

Yang Dong Geun as Heo Seung Po
Ho Seung Po

Jung Hae In as Ahn Min Seo
Ah Min Seo

Seo Hyun Jin as Crown Princess Kang Yoon Seo
Kang Yoon Seo

Yoo In Young as Jo Mi Ryung
Jo Mi Ryung

 

27. “LIAR GAME” “라이어 게임”

Liar Game

If you liked “Phantom” with So Ji Sub or “God’s Gift – 14 Days” with Lee Bo Young or any dramas where mind games and action don’t let the romance bloom between any of the characters, then you are going to love this drama. “Liar Game” gives you the most mind f’ck situations and Sherlock-styled solutions in a Korean drama.

Honestly, Shin Sung Rok’s character Kang Do Young doesn’t fall far behind from Andrew Scott’s Jim Moriarty in terms of making you feel uncomfortable with their dangerous gaze or just with the evilness. In addition, you have Lee Sang Yoon playing Ha Woo Jin, the character with a permanent stoic expression and the ability to solve any riddle or problem on the spot (like Sherlock..no?). However, they change it up. Not that I’m complaining about the similar characters because Sherlock is my favorite TV show ever.

Kim So Eun’s character Nam Da Jung is like a breath of fresh air among the crazy characters although sometimes a bit too naïve but, in my opinion, it makes this show a bit lighter and easier to digest. I imagine that without her character this drama could have become too serious and too deep for the public including me because we wouldn’t have anybody to relate to. I mean having two psychopaths playing mind games would have made me feel plain stupid so I appreciated the female character with normal IQ.

Now what I am curious about is where is the season 2 that was hinted in the end? It’s not okay to tease us like that. There were some talks in the news that there will be another season but I don’t remember whether they cancelled it or what happened that we still haven’t got another 12 episodes. I have given up hope now since it has been so long therefore, I am disappointed in the ending. I don’t like to be given false hope.

I think it is an amazing drama where you have to think along and pay attention to everything. The actors are amazing, the characters are awesome and the story is great. It loses points only because of the ending. SO if you like mystery, riddles, Sherlock then this is the drama for you.

PS! I’m even more scared of Shin Sung Rok..like “My Love from the Stars” was not enough..

Cast:

Kim So Eun as Nam Da Jung

Nam Da Jung

Lee Sang Yoon as Ha Woo Jin

Ha Woo Jin

Shin Sung Rok as Kang Do Young

Kang Do Young

 

28. “PINOCCHIO” “피노키오”

Pinocchio

Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye. Put these two together and I’m immediately sold. They are the reason I chose to watch “Pinocchio”. Now I liked this drama: the acting was good, the chemistry between the leads was there, there was comedy and there was mystery. However, I feel like it didn’t have anything special about it.

The story was kind of predictable? I mean there were good bits but as the story moved on..I could tell already how it was going to end. The coincidences tired me out pretty quickly as well and I was not caught off guard with anything, therefore, I just kept on watching it because the acting and the comedy was good.

I really liked the chemistry between Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye. I guess Jong Suk is a better kisser because I was surprised at how good the kissing scenes were. Shin Hye looked like she was actually enjoying them instead of looking like she’s in pain. Lee Yu Bi’s cute drunk scenes were a good comic relief. She’s freaking adorable! The ending was also cute. Got to see Park Shin Hye in a wedding gown and feel bad about myself because she is absolutely gorgeous. I just can’t help but feel a bit let down story wise. Maybe that’s just me.

If you need something to watch while waiting for the subbed episodes of your favorite drama then “Pinocchio” is a good choice. However, don’t get your hopes too high because of the lead actors. It’s just a normal drama without mind blowing plot twists. You will enjoy the acting and romance though.

Cast:

Lee Jong Suk as Choi Dal Po/Ki Ha Myung

Choi Dal Po

Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha

Choi In Ha

Kim Young Kwan as Seo Beom Jo

Seo Beom Jo

Lee Yu Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae

Yoon Yoo Rae

 

29. “BIRTH OF A BEAUTY” “미녀의 탄생”

birth-of-a-beauty

“Birth of a Beauty” is that kind of a drama you watch and forget. It is entertaining to watch as it is a comedy and there are some really funny parts. It also has a lot of drama which almost made this drama a ‘makjang’.

The plot is really ‘Korean’ and what I mean by that is how this drama endorses plastic surgery. I was left with the impression that with plastic surgery you cannot only change one’s looks but also their character. It was like when you’re fat you can be humiliated and stepped on and when you’re pretty and thin you have the guts to face those bullies and ‘rule the world’ thus HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY (it can pass as an ad for it). It’s so stereotypic and I hate that, makes me wonder how shallow people can be. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against plastic surgery but promoting it as an only option to get your life together…please, how little must you think of yourself?

What saved this drama from “Hotel King’s” fate was the comedy. The funny comical parts were well executed and well placed. It made the plot that is not so original, worth watching and made you look forward to those bits. The mystery part was kind of ‘meh’ for me. I could predict what was going to happen regarding the ‘revenge’ part, therefore it did not give anything to the drama nor did it take away from it.

Joo Sang Wook and Han Ye Seul nailed it with the comedy and their chemistry was also on-point. Jung Gyu Woon and Wang Ji Hye made quite the couple, you can’t help but dislike them, therefore I would say they did their job well. I feel like Ha Jae Suk got played big time. I wish she had more scenes where she could have showed the badass side of Sa Geum Ran. She only got to play the victim but I’m sure she would have nailed the strong female character. (I wish she could have kimchi slapped the mother-in-law or the husband. #JusticeforHaJaeSuk)

In the end, it is an okay drama. It’s very stereotypical and predictable, however, the comedy keeps it alive somehow. If you want to watch something light or are looking for a drama to play in the background then it’s a good choice.

Cast:

Joo Sang Wook as Han Tae Hee

han-tae-hee

Han Ye Seul as Sara/Sa Geum Ran

sara

Jung Gyu Woon as Lee Gang Joon

lee-gang-joon

Wang Ji Hye as Gyo Chae Yeon

gyo-chae-yeon

Han Sang Jin as Han Min Hyeok

han-min-hyeok

Ha Jae Suk as Sa Geum Ran

sa-geum-ran

 

30. “HEALER” “힐러”

healer

“Healer” became my favorite action drama after seeing the first two episodes. It’s one of those dramas that you can watch multiple times and not get tired of. I’m not going to lie, I’ve watched this drama from start to finish three times and I could watch it again. And don’t rewatch dramas often.

For starters, the plot is original and well thought out. Yes, there are some convenient ‘coincidences’ that just ‘happen magically’ but I’ve watched too many kdramas that I’m almost immune to them and let’s be real, it wouldn’t be a kdrama without them. The plot is structured so well that the mystery remains a mystery even for the viewers until the end. The action scenes are well choreographed and shot amazingly that I was watching them with my mouth open most of the time. And the romance, ohmerghawwd, the romance is so good. I turned giddy watching every romantic scene because they were great. I like that the romance is not overpowering. In the end, I still feel like I watched an action drama.

I had never heard of Ji Chang Wook before and I felt like I’ve been missing out on a lot. This dude is talented, like really talented. He is FIT, he can sing, he can ACT (world knows how many times I’ve repeated the scene with his teacher at the end of ep 10). It’s safe to say I’ve become a fan. I didn’t have any expectations regarding Park Min Young but I was impressed with her acting as well. Also, the character fit well with her and she nailed Chae Young Shin.

What impressed me the most was the chemistry between Ji Chang Wook and Park Min Young. I loved every second. Ji Chang Wook knows how to KISS! (add that to his many talents) And I’m glad Park Min Young measured up to his lip-locking skills. Their chemistry made the romance believable and a joy to watch.

I truly enjoyed this drama. It has a plot with no noticeable plot holes, well-made action scenes, great chemistry, great acting and an addictive OST. It became one of my favorite dramas and I’m confident you’ll like it too.

Cast:

Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Ho

seo-jung-ho

Park Min Young as Chae Young Shin

chae-young-shin

Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho

kim-moon-ho

 

31. “THE GIRL WHO CAN SEE SMELLS” 냄새를 보는 소녀”

the-girl-who-can-see-smells

I started watching “The Girl Who Sees Smells” because of its weird title and continued to watch it because of its quirky characters. I don’t know how or why somebody thought of the idea of seeing smells but it actually worked. I was also surprised.

The plot is really unique and quirky but also quite mysterious and thrilling. The jokes are quite ‘Korean’ which I think adds to the quirkiness of the drama. The seriousness of the mystery doesn’t let the drama to become a total mess of mixed humor. The writers really know how to heighten the suspense and then leave you hanging.

Namkoong Min really knows how to play a villain. He has this ability to change his facial expressions in a second and it will give you the chills. I truly enjoyed his performance and cannot wait to see what he does next. Park Yoo Chun managed to impress me. He can act quite well for an idol and he did not make anything awkward but played his part quite believably even though his character was anything but realistic. It is always a miss or hit with Shin Se Kyung for me. She was amazing in “Tazza 2” but I hated her in “When a Man Loves”, therefore, I had low expectations. However, she was actually not that bad in this. Honestly, I thought she was not capable of pulling off this weird character but she proved me wrong.

Don’t ignore this drama because it has a weird title. It is something special in terms of uniqueness and its comedy. Even though it is not on my must-see list, it’s still quite entertaining and thrilling to watch. If you like weird comedy and mystery then go for it.

Cast:

Park Yoo Chun as Choi Moo Gak
choi-moo-gak

Shin Se Kyung as Oh Cho Rim/Choi Eun Seol
oh-cho-rim

Nam Goong Min as Kwon Jae Hee
kwon-jae-hee

Yoon Jin Seo as Yeom Mi
yeom-mi

 

32. “PRODUCER” “프로듀사”

producer

I had big expectations going into this drama. I mean how can you not with names like Gong Hyo Jin, Cha Tae Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun? However, I also have to confess something. I haven’t seen the last episode of “Producer”. The reason being simple: it is boring.

I hate that I find this drama boring because the cast is superb but the plot is just not doing them justice. The pacing of the plot is slow, anticlimactic, and somewhat pointless. It had a promising start and I think that’s why I managed to pull through the 11 episodes. But nothing was happening with the plot. What makes me even sadder is that there was some great potential to spice up the plot and make something happen but the writers didn’t do it. There was no visible character development, the little romance was going nowhere, and the point of the drama completely bypassed me. It could just be me who missed it or maybe the moral of the drama is in the last episode that I didn’t watch.

I’m going to keep this review short since I didn’t actually finish the drama. Let me know whether the last episode is worth watching and I’ll do it. Right now, I am not impressed with this drama.

Cast:

Cha Tae Hyun as Ra Joon Mo

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Gong Hyo Jin as Tak Ye Jin

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Kim Soo Hyun as Baek Seung Chan

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IU as Cindy

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33. “YONG PAL” “용팔이”

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Another drama I had high hopes for. I was ready for Kim Tae Hee and Joo Won to rock my drama world. I was hoping for a mindblowing action-romance drama. I was let down once again.

It starts out great. The plot is set-up well, it peaks your interest, Joo Won works his magic; I was hooked. Then as the episodes went on, I started to wonder, what is Kim Tae Hee’s purpose in this drama. She’s an excellent actress but she is only sleeping in this drama. And when she finally wakes up the plot turns the drama into a ‘makjang’. I still continued to watch it because the beginning is really good and I was hoping the ending somehow saves the whole thing. However, in the end, it feels like the writers had a great idea but had no clue how to develop it. The last episode was just ‘meh’.

Joo Won is great; he is amazing in everything. I have no complaints with him. I wish I had seen more variety in Kim Tae Hee’s acting. She only had one role: act sick. And she had to play sick till the end. I’m not kidding when I say till the VERY END. She is much more capable than that, I only wish the writers would have realized what she can actually do.

As you can see I’m not very amazed by this drama. The beginning is good and all but I’m so disappointed with the second half of the drama. Watch it for Joo Won, its the only reason I can think of.

Cast:

Joo Won as Kim Tae Hyun
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Kim Tae Hee as Han Yeo Jin
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Jo Hyun Jae as Han Do Joon
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Chae Jung An as Lee Chae Young
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34. “CHEESE IN THE TRAP” “치즈인더트랩”

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I haven’t read the “Cheese in the Trap” webtoon thus I had no idea what to expect from this drama. There was a big hype around this drama, which is why I decided to give it a go.

The plot is…interesting. It is relatable and funny but then sometimes it suddenly takes very dark turns. It has a lot of twists which sometimes are predictable but other times you really don’t know what to believe. And I really liked that I was taken aback by the turn of events.
I know there was this up rage about the ending. I was mad at it as well at first but I understand why they did it like that and I’m completely fine with it (the author of the manhwa didn’t want the drama’s ending to be similar to the webtoon’s, therefore they had to do something different). I have come to like the open ending a lot. Makes you work your own imagination on how the story will go on. And it is a very good promotion for the webtoon by making people interested on how that will end.

The cast was really good. Kim Go Eun nailed her role; she is one of my new favorites based on this performance.
Seo Kang Joon is forever my favorite flower boy. I love when the writers use actor’s talents and in this case, how they used Kang Joon’s piano playing skills. Simply put he is amazing.
I want to applaud Lee Sung Kyung for this extraordinary and magnificent performance. She is quickly becoming my favorite actress on this kdrama land. She took the money-crazed bitch role to a whole new level. I’m truly in love with Sung Kyung.
With Park Hae Jin I’m a bit torn. Maybe it’s the character that was supposed to be this serious and emotionless because he seemed a bit too manhwa-like. It was as if he just stepped out of a webtoon and it did not seem to go well with the other realistic and totally relatable characters. Maybe it’s just me and he nailed the role but I just can’t quite figure out whether I like his performance in this drama or not. I guess I need to read the manhwa to figure that out.

I truly recommend this drama. It is light but it is unexcitingly dark at times and it is relatable (yes, I like relatable stuff). Just be warned that the ending might not be what you are expecting but still the story makes up for it.

Cast:

Park Hae Jin as Yoo Jung
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Kim Go Eun as Hong Seol
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Seo Kang Joon as Baek In Ho
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Lee Sung Kyung as Baek In Ha
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Park Min Ji as Jang Bo Ra
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Nam Joo Hyuk as Kwon Eun Taek
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