Korean Drama Review KOB

King of baking (2010) 面包王子金卓求

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Action

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 10/10  No. of times I watched it: 2

king of baking

starring Yoon Shi Yoon as Kim Tak Goo, Eugene as Shin Yoo Kyung, Lee Young Ah as Yang Mi Sun and Joo Won as Gu Ma Jun.
Plot: Kim Tak Goo is the eldest son of Goo In Jong, the president of Samhwa Enterprise, a legend in the baking industry. Although he is an extremely talented baker and seemed destined to succeed his father as president, Goo In Jong’s family plotted to rob him of his inheritance because he was born to In Jong’s mistress. Tak Goo’s determination to become number one in the baking industry drives him to rebuild his career from scratch despite the many trials and tests he faces.

Zoom into characters: Tak Gu drops out from elementary school and fights his way with one thought in mind: to find his long lost mother. The amazing thing is he got a unique sense of smell which can tell when fermentation is finished so that bread can be baked to their best. He finally finds the kidnapper in a bakery and his life start afresh as he starts to wash his hands in flour instead. Yoo Kyung is Tak Gu’s first love and will break up with Tak Gu as she is blinded by revenge against the lady of Samhwa Enterprise. Mi Sun likes to bake cake more than bread. She will help Tak Gu along the way as he learns about baking bread from scratch.

His determination is what keeps the drama going. Scenes to look forward to include the trial when he is being tied to another competitor and they have to make sure the rope does not come off or they are eliminated from the competition. Teamwork has been developed after this trial and they can bathe, work and sleep without inconvenience. He also has to overcome his phobia of fire after being burnt once. He has to pass the tests of making the most filling bread, most amusing bread and happiest bread. Most filling does not mean putting lots of fillings into it. Hunger is the best sauce for food. The test for making the most filling bread actually tests if the person cares for others, whereas most amusing bread actually tests if a person is creative and embraces challenges. The happiest bread is what a baker will make everyday.

There is still prejudice against females. Females are less likely to be the boss of the company. Goo In Jong does not allow her eldest daughter to learn about the business and only allow sons to learn and follow him when he visits the company. Hence, his daughter has to start from the bottom of the company and work her way up. Education is able to change a person’s life. Even if one is not born in a rich family that does not mean one cannot succeed. I feel that this is the best drama Yoon Shi Yoon acted in so far with a good portrayal of the mixed feelings his character feels. Joo Won acted as the bad guy quite well and Yoon Shi Yoon’s character’s competitor. He acted so well that I dislike his character when I seldom dislike the bad guys. Haha. He is able to express anger through his eyes alone.

Why you should watch: Will regret if you do not watch this! It is a content-rich drama with a heartwarming storyline which does not focus on romance. It will make one want for more after watching one episode as you will want to know what happens next. I enjoy watching the many tests and trials Tak Gu faces at Pal Bong Bakery where he competes to make the best bread for each test.

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MV+Favourite osts: Hope is a dream that doesn’t sleep by Jo KyuHyun

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Korean Drama Review 9TTT

Nine times time travel (2013) 九回時間旅行

Genre: Time-travel, Romance, Mystery

Enjoyment: 8/10  Pace: 7/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

nine time time travel nine time time travel

starring Lee Jin Wook as Park Sun Woo and Jo Yoon Hee as Joo Min Young.
Plot: Another time-travel drama. Sun Woo is a workaholic who ends up getting a brain tumor. His colleague, Min Young has a crush on him for many years but he did not accept her love until he discovered his illness and decided to live life in a new way. He was also given 9 chances to travel to the past as his brother wanted to change the past and bring happiness to their family again. His mother suffered a blow in the past and had dementia. His brother died trying to find incense sticks that can help the holder travel to the past for 30 minutes. As he travels to the past, he unravels  a mystery related to his family that happened 20 years ago. He even treats his brain tumor in the process and died twice in his time travelling yet managed to survive.

Zoom into characters: Sun Woo is a good worker but poor when it comes to love. He ignores and rejects Min Young who repeatedly confessed to him. He finally changed his mind after he was diagnosed with deadly illness. Min Young is a bright and cheerful girl who does not give up on Sun Woo. As Sun Woo continues to change the past, he realises more things and learns to treasure Min Young.

He even made his lover into his niece after one of the time-travels. Happiness can be simple yet difficult to get at times. The definition of happiness can change as time goes. As long as we have what we treasure, happiness can be felt. To me, time-travelling may make one realise things they did not know. At the same time, most things cannot be changed and things are always back to square one. One should not always stay in the past. The past cannot be changed. One should live the present well and plan for the future instead.

Why you should watch: This drama is not really a must-watch for me but more like one to kill time. Maybe because of the time-travelling trend in 2012. I watched it simply to add one more drama into my collection. It is something like tidbits. To me, normal meals are important as compared to tidbits but they can be eaten to add joy in life. The ending was unexpected.

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Korean Drama Review Good Doctor

Good Doctor (2013) 良医

Genre: Medical, Romance

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

good doctor

starring Joo Won as Park Shi On and Moon Chae Won as Cha Yoon Seo.
Plot: An interesting and touching drama about an autistic child whose dream was to be a pedeatrician (treats children). As Shi On can see the internal body of a person in 3D, he can easily find the fault in the child’s body and thus has a medical talent. His talent was spotted by a doctor who nurtured him and recommend him to a hospital.  At first, everyone thinks that he is a robot without his own thinking. However, after a while they learnt a lot from him and he also grew to become a better person who can socialise with others.

Zoom into characters: Shi On is an autistic person who grew up being bullied by other children and abused by his own father. He later loses his brother who is the only one that gives him mental support and his mother who has no choice but to abandon him. He always dream to become a pedeatrician and has a medical talent. He causes much trouble in the hospital at 1st as he is unable to adjust to the rules and regulations. Yoon Seo is a pedeatrician who graduated with good grade and does what she thinks is right. As both do what they think is right in a different way, they will realise their goals as a pedeatrician  is actually similar.

Patients should be cared for with a heart, not just a mind on how to make money. Doctors have to be flexible and think about the best for the patients. When one asks the question of how to become a good doctor, it shows that the person is actually a good doctor. Doctors are not religious men. They have to be rational and are not supposed to give a patient false hope or guarantee. How I wish I have Shi On’s brain! He can memorise everything he read before and combine all the information to help him find out the cause.

The most touching case to me is a child singer called Kim Gyu Hyun(ep8-9). He is good at high voice but gets throat infection which may hinder his singing career and make him unable to join the Germany prestigious choir which his mother is determined to help him achieve. After he goes for surgery, he may not be able to sing high notes anymore which he has been doing before he even starts talking. Actually, his dream was not to join the prestigious choir but to sing to those that really need his songs. His dreams are dashed and his mother is just trying to postpone the surgery until they reach Germany, ignoring his agony. Children do have their own thoughts which sometimes parents who only think for their children’s future may neglect.

Why you should watch: Joo Won acted as an autistic doctor very well. There are many different cases of children involved and I enjoyed watching it. The amazing part is his medical talent that he has despite his weakness. I especially enjoyed the 1st episode of this drama. If you cannot decide whether to watch, just watch the 1st episode and you will be able to decide.

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MV+Favourite osts: How come you don’t know by Kim Jong Kook

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Korean Drama Review SH

Suspicious Housekeeper (2013) 奇怪管家

Genre: Mystery, Family

Enjoyment: 9/10 at the start 8/10 reaching the end  Pace: 7/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

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starring Choi Ji Woo as Park Bok Nyeo, Lee Sung Jae as Eun Sang Chul and 4 children in Eun Sang Chul’s family.
Kim So Hyun as Eun Han Kyul (1st Child)
Chae Sang Woo as Eun Doo Kyul (2nd Child)
Nam Da Reum as Eun Se Kyul (3rd Child)
Kang Ji Woo  as Eun Hye Kyul (4th Child)
Plot: After Sang Chul’s wife passed away, Sang Chul employed a housekeeper to take care of his children and make the house clean and tidy. As the rumour goes, the housekeeper can and will do anything the employer says, even murder. She can do anything such as magic tricks, juggling and even cooking food with the same taste as what their mother used to cook. Despite her cool demeanor, she helped the children and Sang Chul in many ways by giving valuable advice.

Zoom into characters: Sang Chul is a breadwinner who seldom spends time with his children and has a secret affair. He does not know how to take care of the children and is too busy to tidy  the house so he employs a housekeeper. Bok Nyeo has a sad past and is told not to smile by her mother-in-law who thinks that she killed her husband and son. She is very capable and acts as the mother of the children while being the housekeeper. The children are depressed and their lives are turned upside down after their mother passed away. With the housekeeper’s help, they are able to continue their lives as normal and pursue their dreams.

It is a drama that keeps me captivated especially at the start.  Unlike the sad dramas which Choi Ji Woo acted in the past which my mother enjoyed, she acted very well in this one with a completely different character: stiff and cold. I learn some things from it. One should not give up on her dreams. One would rather give up his dreams than cheat. Family is important. A way to unite a family is when one member goes missing and they have to search for that person. Parents are only parents if they fulfill their duty. No matter how bad parents are, children will always see them as parents and hope for their love, care and guidance.

Why you should watch: The mysterious nature of this drama will keep one hooked onto it. The housekeeper can do anything and everything which impresses me. Not really a must-watch but if you like dramas about family, then this one is for you.

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Korean Drama Review FBND

Flowerboy next door (2013) 邻家花美男

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Enjoyment: 8/10  Pace: 7/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

      

starring Park Shin Hye as Go Dok Mi and Yoon Shi Yoon as Enrique Geum.
Next Door Flowerboys
Kim Ji Hoon as Oh Jin Rok
Go Kyung Pyo as Oh Dong Hoon
Mizuta Kouki as Watanabe
Kim Jung San as Han Tae Joon

Plot:The starting is different from many other dramas as Dok Mi follows the person downstairs in the next block. Whatever he does, she follows, ranging from brushing teeth to eating breakfast. Even the time she wakes up is the same as him. Dok Mi’s neighbours are flowerboys too. One is from Japan who goes around the world to learn cuisines, another is a manhwa artist. Dok Mi is a reserved person who seldom goes out of her house. One day, she was caught spying by lively Enrique and her life changes as a result as he insists on bringing her outdoor. Enrique is a creative director who works in the game industry. They seem to have their own way of reading each others mind.

Zoom into characters: Enrique is an enthusiastic person who becomes rich at a young age after becoming a creative director who works in the game industry. While he creates games to add colours to peoples’ lives, he also has to bear the criticism people throw at him for causing addiction. Dok Mi is a writer but is afraid to socialise with others due to her past and does not like to go out of her house. She has a warm personality but is unable to overcome her phobia. After Enrique barges into her life, her life changes for the better.

I learn that we should not always stay at home or alone. It is always good to socialise and make friends. If one is doing something to the extent that he/she does not want others to know, it is known as addiction. When the relationship between parents and children become distant, parents may blame video games. Are parents totally not to blame for a distant relationship? Video games are just for entertainment. They are not supposed to bring harm to the player. It depends on how one uses it.

Why you should watch: This was one of the dramas I finished very quickly in about 2 days. Watched at first due to Yoon Shi Yoon’s ability to act serious and “cute”/ lively. You will know what I mean after watching this drama. It was a fun drama indeed. It was good enough to keep me captivated. Fun drama about the world of writing and game industry.

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Favourite osts: Ready Merry Go by Romantic Punch 

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Korean Drama Review GFB

Gu Family Book (2013) / Kang Chi the beginning 九家之书

Genre: Fantasy,  Historical, Romance

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 10/10  No. of times I watched it: 2

    

starring Lee Seung Ki as Choi Kang Chi and Bae Suzy as Dam Yeo Wool .
Plot: Choi Kang Chi  is born as a half-human-half-mythical-creature and abandoned. His father is the guardian god of Jiri mountains while his mother is a human. His father saved his mother and their story began as they fell in love with each other. Little did they know their love will turn into a tragic love ending with his father turning into an evil spirit. The story of Choi Kang Chi and Dam Yeo Wool started as they were fated to meet each other by a cherry tree. Like his father, he did not manage to become a complete human as his bracelet came off before he turned 20 years old. Will Choi Kang Chi follow his father’s footsteps as he tries to obtain the Gu Family book to become human? Will their story turn out to be a tragic love as predicted by the fortune teller?

Zoom into characters: Kang Chi is a sincere but playful person who stands up for the citizens who are being treated unfairly. His life was going smoothly until his bracelet was cut off and he became a monster, killing many with his sharp claws. After that, he has to learn to prevent himself from changing into a monster when his bracelet is taken off and learn to gain other’s trust. Yeo Wool practises martial arts but cannot find a soulmate. After meeting Kang Chi, she bravely decides to follow her fate and not avoid it. She is one of the few who accepts Kang Chi as his true half-human half-monster self.

On top of the tragedy Kang Chi faces, his adoptive family’s inn was being snatched away. The lord who adopted him was killed and he was framed as murderer. Someone who he treats as brother was put under hypnosis to kill Kang Chi whenever he could. The adoptive family’s daughter was sold to the gisaeng house. I didn’t really like the parts on gisaeng. I am touched by the scene that Yeo Wool can still hold Kang Chi’s hand after he turned into a monster with claws. The interesting part is his parents did return after all… Kang Chi always saves the day when needed, helping them defeat the bad guy.

One of the important figures in this drama said that there are many humans that act less like human yet Kang Chi sincerely wants to become human so he looks forward to what kind of human Kang Chi wants to become. How does the word humane come about? Does it mean that being human means one is compassionate? Is that why humans harm others and the environment? I hope to become a person that people respect, lead a meaningful life and spread kindness in my society.

Why you should watch: I am always attracted to dramas by Lee Seung Gi! You will know why after you watched it. Lee Seung Gi’s second fantasy drama and it is still awesome! This time, he acts as the mythical creature instead. I am fascinated by the mythical and human part in this drama and the characters are developed well as the drama goes along. As one watches it, one will be drawn into it. The cutting at the back of the episodes are good and makes one feel like watching another episode.

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MV+Favourite osts: Whole album   Love hurts by Lee Sang Gon 

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Korean Drama Review IHYV

I hear your voice (2013) 听见你的声音

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Comedy, Thriller, Crime, Mystery

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 10/10  No. of times I watched it: 2

ihyv   i hear your voice

starring Lee Jong Suk as Park Soo Ha and Lee Bo Young as Jang Hye Sung.
Kim So Hyun as Jang Hye Sung (young)
Goo Seung Hyun as Soo Ha (child)
Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Kwan Woo
Lee Da Hee as Seo Do Yeon
Jung Min Ah as Do Yeon (young)
Jung Woong In as Min Joon Gook

Plot: Park Soo Ha played by Lee Jongsuk is a character to look forward to. He can read people’s mind due to a car accident which is useful at the same time cruel to him. Some treats him as a monster. To make things worse, the murderer actually uses Soo Ha’s ability to his advantage and is constantly finding chance to hurt them after he is released from jail. As Hye Sung bravely stood up as a witness when he was young and helped catch the murderer of Soo Ha’s father, Soo Ha is grateful and promised her that he will protect her from the killer when he is released from jail in the future. He will help Hye Sung become a good public defender and has an overly enthusiastic public defender, Kwan Woo, as a love rival.

Zoom into characters: Soo Ha is a high school boy who searches high and low for Hye Sung who he wants to protect and finally finds her. However, she is not what he thinks she is. She has become a sloppy, petty and irresponsible public defender and defend the defendants for the sake of defending them. Hye Sung does not believe in the defendants and only work with evidence. Soo Ha who can read the defendants’ mind helps her change and win cases. Hye Sung becomes dependent on Soo Ha until Soo Ha gets into trouble and she has to stand up on her own feet to prove Soo Ha’s innocence. Do Yeon is a prosecutor who is Hye Sung’s friend+enemy and is actually adopted into a rich family after her adoptive father made a grave mistake as the judge for her father’s case. Although once a police officer, Kwan Woo makes a capable and enthusiastic public defender who believes completely in the defendants and has to learn a painful lesson when his defendant, Joon Gook, (after killing Hye Sung’s mother) lied to him which led to his acquittal.

A lawyer/public defender should not trust a defendant completely (what Kwan Woo did), yet cannot assume what the defendant said is a lie due to evidence just aiming to make the sentence lighter (what Hye Sung did). People will leave a person who did bad things yet do not repent (Do Yeon’s adoptive father). Once a person murders someone, even if the person is the victim, he will turn into a murderer. It is not worth having a crime record for revenge. I would not want to hear people’s thoughts. Ignorance is indeed a blessing at times. Thoughts may not be always good and may be unintentional when one is angry. It would be bad if people are hurt by these unintentional thoughts. The evil guy, Joon Gook, in this drama keeps it going too. While he tries to harm them many times to seek revenge, their relationship improves. I feel a bit sorry for the evil guy as he lost his mother, wife and child. However, he should have treasured his remaining loved ones when he can and not let hatred blind his eyes.

Why you should watch: Another drama that I “chased”(watched faster than it can be produced). Watching this due to the attractive plot: reading people’s minds. There are many twists (trust me) and learning points in this drama. The plot is good and different due to the fantasy part. There are many different crime cases involved while Soo Ha is helping Hye Sung. It is interesting to see how the lawyers defend for each case. The child actors are very good and set the foundation of the story. Lee Jong Suk and Lee Bo Young acted well and the overly enthusiastic lawyer acted by Yoon Sang Hyun added liveliness to the drama. Lee Jong Suk’s character in this drama is amazing! You will not regret watching!

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MV+ Favourite osts: Whole album  Every Single Day by Echo

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Korean Drama Review IOM

Incarnation of money (2013) 钱的化身

Genre: Melodrama, Romance, Comedy, Mystery

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

starring Kang Ji Hwan as Lee Cha Don and Hwang Jung Eum as Bok Jae In.
Plot: Bok Jae In (Hwang Jung Eum) plays the fat daughter of a loan shark who saved Cha Don and has a crush on Cha Don. She later goes for plastic surgery to change her looks. Meanwhile, Lee Cha Don (Kang Ji Hwan) was from a rich family. His father was betrayed and killed by his trusted subordinate and his mother was framed for murder. One day, he happens to find out the truth and a car “accident” occurs. Hence, he loses his memory and gains a special memorising ability. He thus becomes a prosecutor who loves money and meets his enemy/murderer of his father who is a high rank prosecutor. For money, he decides to help a woman (his mother) locked in the psychiatric ward to claim money left behind by a rich man, without knowing he is actually related to the dead rich man. He slowly uncovers the truth of his past and plots to takes revenge.

Zoom into characters: Cha Don grows to love money due to his family background. Cha Don has good memorizing skills after the accident. He was able to return to Jae In’s house just by memorizing the names of the shops he passed by. However, he did not want to live in Jae In’s house and decides to go to the orphanage. Despite growing up in the orphanage, he is optimistic and always trying to earn money. Jae In is a fat girl who undergoes surgery so as not to be looked down upon by others. She has good skills in handling money. Cha Don will gradually fall in love with her even though he makes use of her once.

A revenge story focusing on money. I feel happy that he did not execute his revenge using violence or murder and the group of evil people are punished. His love for money does help him after all. Funny scenes include Cha Don literally acting crazy to sneak into the mental hospital to find his mother and his friend funny acting when he goes to the place as a weird cleaner to help Cha Don up.

I learn a lot about the importance of money after seeing this drama. Money can change other peoples’ life so does power. If one does not use it well, one will inflict harm on others. The rich man said something in the drama that leaves a deep impression. Rich people do not have to work as hard, they just have to know how to make money grow by itself and know how to make use of hardworking people who studied hard to obtain a good degree. Is it true? This makes me feel that obtaining a degree is not as important. However, in this competitive society, can one survive without good qualification? Besides that, one must not be too greedy and learn to forgive and forget.

Why you should watch: A bit typical for those that watch a lot of Korean dramas. If you would ask why you should not miss it, I think it is simply due to its ability to bind the word “humorous” and “touching” together. Watching this at first due to Kang Ji Hwan with his ability to add humour to the scenes but finds out that the plot is good! There is a twist after he regained his memory and plots for revenge.

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