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Korean Drama Review Inheritors

 Inheritors/Heirs (2013) 繼承者

Genre: High School, Romance, Comedy

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 7/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

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starring Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan, Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang, Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young Do, Krystal Jung as Lee Bo Na, Kim Ji Won as Rachel Yoo, Kang Min Hyuk as Yoon Chan Young, Kang Ha Neul as Lee Hyo Shin, Park Hyung Shik as Jo Myung Soo

Finally finished watching this… I am not sure why but this drama just does not seem to catch my attention. Liked the development of the  relationship between Tan and Eun Sung, especially at the start. As it goes, it is interesting to watch the Hyo Shin+Rachel couple and Bo Na+Chan Young couple. There are many funny moments like Bo Na confessed (to Chan Young) without knowing the broadcast light is switched on and let the whole school including Chan Young hear it. It is funny when Tan uses Eun Sung’s SNS account to praise himself. It is fun to watch when Eun Sung’s mother uses being mute as an advantage when working for Tan’s mother. She can cancel the words she has written if it is inappropriate to prevent Tan’s mother from seeing it. This prevents her from getting fired because of any rudeness. Unlike Tan’s brother who only thinks of the company, Tan only aims to protect his loved ones. I wonder if it is a good choice for Tan to give up the company, especially since he is not that good at studying (maybe he did not try hard enough).

If it is me, I do not think I can survive the many part-time jobs Eun Sung does. Looks like the more things one has the more burden one feels. The heirs of different big corporations do not have such a good life afterall. For example, Hyo Shin does not have the freedom of choosing to study film instead of law. He thinks that his life is suffocating and survives by eating sleeping pills and seeking psychological help. The outline drawing of a dead person seen in a crime scene on their school ground truly reflects the grave situation the heirs may face.

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MV+ Favourite osts: I’m saying by Lee Hong Ki and Love is the moment by Changmin

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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

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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.

It is funny that Kang Woo is afraid of ghost-related things when he is a high rank security official. It is also fun to watch when Yi Ryung tries very hard to win Kang Woo’s heart. She even indirectly shows him (with herself as example) how to win Gong Shil’s heart when it is a one-sided love which makes herself angry. Liked how Joong Won always tell Gong Shil to “get lost” with that repeated hand signal. I feel sorry for Gong Shil as she is always chased around by ghosts who need a favour and she has no way of getting rid of them. Because of that, she loses her jobs, friends and people think that she is crazy. I guess it is good to be normal? Being special means more responsibility.

Each case is quite heartwarming, especially the “four friends” case and the “dog and soldier” case. 3 of the friends think that the fourth friend is a burden who causes a lot of trouble to them. At the end, they decide not to hang out with her and talk bad about her behind her back. With tears in her eyes due to their “betrayal”, she ends up in a car accident and loses her life. However, she does not blame them and still remembers the drinks each of them likes to drink. She only hopes that they can continue to live well without her. The soldier has no choice but to put his army dog to death and cannot pull through his army days without his dog so he decides to commit suicide. Joong Won is deeply involved in this case which he tries to imitate Gong Shil when talking about the ghost dog which he cannot see.

The most frightening and spooky ghost to me(almost cannot sleep at night) is the one with 1 shoe on. When Gong Shil took her other shoe, she was chasing her down with blood dripping on the floor. Loved the moment when Joong Won decides to turn back and protect her at that time when she covers her head with her hands in desperation. The most “loveable” ghost is the trash can ghost as he often gives his response to Joong Won who cannot see him by flipping the can and patching up their relationship by making sure that the necklace Joong Won wants to give to Gong Shil (by putting near the ghost) is not taken by others. It is funny when Gong Shil is possessed by ghosts when she is drunk and Joong Won has to deal with them.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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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MV+Favourite osts: Twilight by Yoo Sung Eun

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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 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.

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.

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MV+ Favourite osts: You are the love by Seo In Young

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Korean Drama Review 2 Weeks

Two weeks (2013) 两周

Genre: Action, Romance, Crime, Thriller

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

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starring  Lee Joon Ki as Jang Tae San and Park Ha Sun as Seo In Hye and Lee Chae Mi as Seo Soo Jin (Tae San’s daughter).

Lee Joon Ki is very good at acting in action and historical dramas! The daughter of Tae San is very cute and optimistic which makes the viewer hope that Tae San will survive the ordeal. Tae San helped many people as he seek refuge in those peoples’ houses like helping them catch chicken, repairing the burglar alarm, give birth… A murderer who does not seem like a murderer. Overcome by emotions, his love rival is actually a detective who does not believe he is being framed and makes his 2 weeks more difficult.

Looks like blood is thicker than water? Soo Jin seems to like Tae San more than his rival who treats her very well. One who is good will always do good things. It is difficult to change one’s nature. Bad guys will just continue to carry out evil deeds while good guys who did bad deeds are because they are facing difficulty. Whenever Tae San wants to give up, imaginary Soo Jin always appears and guides him along the way. A mouse can also bite a cat when it is desperate. This applies in this drama. The bad guys think that they can always make use of Tae San who is not cunning and intelligent. Little do they know that there are times when a person who is desperate and determine can also hinder their plans and escape from their clutches.

MV+Favourite osts: Run by Nell

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