Monthly Archives: November 2014

Korean Drama Review Cinderella Man

 Cinderella Man (2009) 男版灰姑娘

Genre: Romance, Switch

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

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starring Kwon Sang Woo as Oh Dae San / Lee Joon Hee and Yoona as Seo Yeo Jin.
Plot: Dae San and Joon Hee are separated at birth as the rich family snatches the child once he was born without knowing that the mother actually had twins. Even though their time of arrival on Earth is just a few minutes difference, they lead a very different life. Joon Hee leads a luxurious but lonely life while Dae San leads a poor but fulfilling life.
Seo Yeo Jin, Dae San’s lover, studies at a fashion design school in Paris but returns to Korea after her life is turned upside down when her father dies. She is very hardworking and talented in design but faces many difficulties as she tries to make her designs accepted and used. Joon Hee has heart problem and needs to go for operation at another country. He meets his identical twin one day and decides to pay Dae San to replace him for the time being. Dae San happily agrees as he is in need of the money (for Yeo Jin I think). This changes Dae San’s life as he struggles to meet the requirement of two people’s life. As people around him starts to think that he is a swindler, will Yeo Jin still believe him as the one who went through thick and thin with her?

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MV+Favourite osts: I thought you were mine by Shin Seung Hoon and  I cannot mention that I love you by Ok Juh-yeon

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Random recommendations for long historical dramas

If you are looking for a long historical drama to watch, I would highly recommend Jumong and Dong Yi. They leave the deepest impression on me + I am satisfied with the endings+ there are many twists here and there + I watched them a few times without feeling sick of it. Both is about the journey of the main character as he/she encounters setback and achieves a lot to become a better them. Both lose many things and have to use their wits to survive. Although they may become person of high rank, they still care about the poor citizens in the country.

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For Jumong, there are many battles which he has to win as the drama goes. As a prince, he is immature at the start and has two stepbrothers that cannot wait to get rid of him. He gains his extraordinary arrow shooting ability from his blind birth father who has excellent martial arts skills but is kept in jail due to his past involvement in revolution. He stumbles and falls and creates a lot of trouble. However, with the help of 3 friends who were once mere robbers and many others, he becomes a capable leader and forms a new country.

         jumong and s                Jumong14  Jumong’s first wife and child

Jumong’s first lover and second wife (after he thought his first wife is dead)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For Dong Yi, she is a sensible and intelligent girl but her family is from a secret group that helps the poor escape. The group is framed for murder of the nobles which caused her to lose her whole family except her brother’s closest friend which she calls brother. She survives on her own and finally meets up with her long lost brother. She solves many mysteries in the palace and overcomes many difficulties to become the King’s favourite concubine. This drama is on a sadder tone which makes it heartwarming.

     

                                                       

In addition, you can consider Jejoongwon which is about the story of a butcher, one of the lowest rank in the society then becomes a physician out of coincidence with his great skills at sewing and cutting. Yeon Jung Hoon plays a nobleman who gives up his status to be a physician while Hwang Jung has to hide his status. Hwang Jung (Park Yong-woo) is a butcher’s son who becomes a physician while Yoo Seok Ran (Han Hye-jin) enters Jejoongwon as an interpreter but takes on medical training to become a physician. He falls in love with a girl from a noble family. I don’t think  (don’t really remember) the ending is bad. It is interesting to see the butcher who cuts beef daily is able to do western surgery (cutting up a person) well due to his skills. While Hwang Jung is a caring physician, Yeon Jung Hoon’s character just wants to be the best.

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There is still a social hierarchy and people think that people of the low rank have no right to learn or practise medicine. An interesting scene is when Hwang Jung does a blood transfusion to save his love one of higher status and he is surprised that there is no such thing as blood of lower status.

Click here to watch Jumong (81 episodes).

Click here to watch Dong Yi (60 episodes).

Click here to watch Jejoongwon (36 episodes).

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Long series Korean Drama Review Wang’s family

King’s family / Wang’s family (2013) 王氏家族

Enjoyment: 8/10

wang family

The Wang family faces a number of challenges: elitism; discrimination; children moving back home after living on their own during colleges; the power dynamics between husband, wife and family; and decisions about when to marry and have a baby given the financial difficulties in today’s Korean society. The first daughter had married into a well-off family, but after they went bankrupt she and the family had to move back to her parents’ home. The second daughter is also having financial difficulties as her husband is jobless, while the third daughter suddenly decided to quit her job. How will the family manage to survive such obstacles?

Did not expect it to be that engaging even though I do not watch every episode. I like the second daughter’s part of the drama the most and I support the couple the most. Her husband makes the most significant change, from poor to rich to even poorer. Although he has a lawyer degree, he does not put it to good use and the family income is mostly from his wife. They finally managed to buy a house due to his wife’s effort. Although her husband is always looked down by her family, he always stands up for his wife. They are still a loving couple (with cute children) until her husband finally gets a job and he has an extra-marital affair, blinded by money. Finally, he gets chased out and becomes a beggar after being discovered for stealing things from the rich lady’s house to save his wife. In the end, he becomes a househusband and it is his turn to look out in case his wife has an extra-marital affair. I loved the romance between the couple the most. I admire the second daughter. She is able to achieve many things from scratch with her own hard work. I really dislike how their mother treats the second daughter. She does the most to help their family anytime but their mother only treats her badly, even causing her miscarriage of her 3rd child.

I also liked the third daughter part. Although the pace is a bit slow in the development of their relationship, I enjoyed the competitions she participated in which is set up by her father-in-law who hates her. Her lover is the most good looking in this drama to me. Haha. However, he does not really make a good husband in my opinion, especially at the start. He seems to be unable to help the third daughter with her relationship with his father and fails to realise his birth mother’s ulterior motive.

 

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Angel Eyes quotes (Korean Drama)

Like when the siren rings and my body runs out after it, when I think of him, it’s like that – my heart automatically beats for him.

~Yoon Soo Wan

 

Whether I believe or not, it is not important to me anymore.

No matter how painful it get, let’s never be apart, let’s never separate again.

~Park Dong Joo

 

To me, Soo Wan is not just a girl. She was like a compass for my life. She’s the one that taught me what kind of doctor I should be.

~Kang Ji Woon

Korean Drama Review Who are you 2008

Who are you? (2008) 你是谁 ?

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Comedy, Spiritual

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

who are u 2008

starring Yoon Kye Sang as Cha Seung Hyo and Go Ah Ra as Son Young In, Kang Nam Gil as Son Il Gun.
Plot: Cha Seung Hyo is an abandoned child who gets adopted in the United States and grows up to be a cold hearted person and stickler for cleanliness. Son Il Gun is a father who died, but he left things unfinished with his daughter. In order to make sure that his daughter is provided for, he controls Seung Hyo’s body for three hours a day for 49 days. He buys his daughter the things he couldn’t do when he was alive with Seung Hyo’s money. Il Gun’s daughter, Young In, is a quick-tempered girl who meets Seung Hyo during her part-time job. At first, she has a bad impression of him but she gradually starts to fall for the lonely Seung Hyo who is unable to open up to anyone else because of his bitter past. As Seung Hyo gets involved with II Gun’s affair, he starts to put himself in danger at the same time learns to show care for others.

Seung Hyo was supposed to die after a car accident which many people hoped for. However, Young In’s father begs the grim reaper to give him more time. Therefore, he is allowed to use Seung Hyo’s body.

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Korean Drama Review MS

The Master’s Sun (2013) 主君的太陽

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy

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

master sun

starring So Ji Sub as Joo Joong Won / Joo-goon, L @ Kim Myung Soo as Joong Won (young) and Gong Hyo Jin as Tae Gong Shil / Tae-yang. Other casts: Seo In Guk as Kang Woo and Kim Yoo Ri as Tae Yi Ryung.
Plot:
 
The story is being touted as a “soul healing” drama that brings together very different types of people: one who can see and hear things that no one else in the world can and another who only hears and see things he wants to. Joong Won hopes to find the ransom (necklace) his kidnappers in the past took with Gong Shil’s ability while Gong Shil needs him to “breathe”. As Joo Joong Won starts to believe in Tae Gong Shil’s claim of being able to see ghosts and gets involved in her world, these two people will grow together in faith and in character.

Zoom into characters: Joo Joong Won (So Ji Sub) is a miserly, greedy and conceited CEO of Kingdom (shopping mall+hotel?), who measures all human relationships through money. He was kidnapped in the past and the kidnapper forced him to read books to show that he is still alive which caused his inability (phobia) to read Korean characters. He is filled with hatred as his girlfriend was involved in the kidnapping. Meanwhile, Tae Gong Shil (Gong Hyo Jin) who is able to see ghosts after an accident live in misery as she not only cannot sleep well at night, but also cannot walk around freely for fear of seeing them. Joong Won is like a life saver to her as the ghosts disappear whenever she touches him. Kang Woo is someone who has a crush on Gong Shil but is afraid of ghost related things (haha, did not expect it). He tries to overcome his fear so that he can protect Gong Shil. As time goes by, he falls in love with Kingdom’s model, Tae Yi Ryung, who is always eager to win his heart.

MV+ Favourite osts: Crazy Of You by Hyorin (SISTAR)

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