The Girl Who Can See….Smells?

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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
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Shin Se Kyung as Oh Cho Rim/Choi Eun Seol
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Nam Goong Min as Kwon Jae Hee
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Yoon Jin Seo as Yeom Mi
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Action packed “Healer”

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“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
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Park Min Young as Chae Young Shin
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Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho
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“Birth of a Beauty” – ad for plastic surgery

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“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
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Han Ye Seul as Sara/Sa Geum Ran
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Jung Gyu Woon as Lee Gang Joon
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Wang Ji Hye as Gyo Chae Yeon
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Han Sang Jin as Han Min Hyeok
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Ha Jae Suk as Sa Geum Ran
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“Pinocchio”

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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

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Park Shin Hye as Choi In Ha

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Kim Young Kwan as Seo Beom Jo

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Lee Yu Bi as Yoon Yoo Rae

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“Liar Game” with a hint of Sherlock

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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

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Lee Sang Yoon as Ha Woo Jin

Ha Woo Jin

Shin Sung Rok as Kang Do Young

Kang Do Young

“The Three Musketeers” Korean edition

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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
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Lee Jin Wook as Crown Prince Sohyeon
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Yang Dong Geun as Heo Seung Po
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Jung Hae In as Ahn Min Seo
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Seo Hyun Jin as Crown Princess Kang Yoon Seo
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Yoo In Young as Jo Mi Ryung
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Healer ep 10 *spoilers*

If you haven’t seen “Healer” ep 10 then I warn you. This post contains spoilers. sooooo *SPOILER ALERT* Go watch it and then come back 🙂

I just had to write about this particular episode mainly because of Ji Chang Wook.
Where the hell did he come from??? Why haven’t I heard of him before??? Can I have one?

I’m seriously enjoying this drama and I’m amazed by his acting skills. He plays the character so well. And I didn’t even know him. Then I stumble upon this drama and baaam (in Joon Hyung’s voice) there he is.

Why I picked this episode 10 is because of one scene where Ji Chang Wook’s character confronts his father’s friend and asks for answers. The emotion when he says that he has nothing to live for and is afraid he’s going to end up committing a suicide like his dad….speechless. I’ve replayed that scene many times. I was truly blown away. The angst and anger feels so real and not awkward at all. I mean if it would have been another actor, I don’t know if it would have been that good.

It’s definitely my most memorable scenes of that drama and I’ve got my eye on Ji Chang Wook now. What an actor. Gosh. Good-looking too.

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