Happy new year, though it is a little late! Hope that you have done what you wanted to do last year! I finished The Tale of Nokdu and dropped Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency and Extraordinary You towards the end. Feel like I entered another kdrama drought… Because of the fantasy kdrama drought, I am even watching one long China historical drama. I usually avoid long China historical drama…
Doing this by memory.
Hotel Del Luna (2019) 德魯納酒店
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Comedy, Horror
Enjoyment: 10/10 Pace: 9/10, 8/10 towards the end No. of times I watched it: 1
starring IU as Jang Man Wol, Kim Kyu Ri as Man Wol (Child), Yeo Jin Goo as Goo Chang Sung
– Kim Kang Hoon as Goo Chang Sung (child), Shin Jung Geun as Kim Seon Bi, Bae Hae Sun as Choi Seo Hee, Pyo Ji Hoon as Ji Hyun Joong, Kang Mi Na as Kim Yoo Na (high school student), Lee Do Hyun as Go Chung Myung, Lee Tae Sun as Yeon Woo/Detective Park Young Soo, Park Yoo Na as Princess Song Hwa/Lee Mi Ra, Jo Hyun Chul as Sanchez, Seo Eun Soo as Veronica, Nam Da Reum as well spirit
So happy to get a hold of this fantasy drama when there is a lack of fantasy dramas. The poster is creepy but anyway I watched some horror fantasy dramas in the past so I felt that it should be manageable for me to watch. Dropped this drama towards the end for some time as we couldnt see the connection between Chang Sung and Man Wol in the past and cant accept that the deities are causing an innocent person to suffer when Chung Myung is still “alive”. Luckily we went back to watch it haha and we accepted that Man Wol will never forgive Chung Myung and get back together with him, therefore the need for another character. Plus, it will be too much of a torture for Man Wol if Chang Sung is the reincarnated Chung Myung.
Loved the fantasy! Liked how the hotel (in the modern times) and guest house (in the historical time period) for ghosts can appear and build to its original state/height on its own at night. Liked how Man Wol has supernatural power. Enjoyed watching the different ghosts that come to the hotel and their stories. Liked how the ghosts can go to the hotel to do what they didnt manage to do or what they were deprived of when they were alive. It feels relieving. It is funny how the ghosts that died from overwork faint easily. My sister wants to go there and live if she dies haha. Liked how there is an outdoor pool that is like a beach and a sky lounge on a high floor. Liked how Man Wol can call to adjust the time at the beach (dont need to wait for sunset) and the strength of the currents. It is cool how the lift in the hotel has no wire ropes. Liked how the lift looks magical. Enjoyed watching the different deities/Magos (?) that specialise in different areas. Disliked the one that is involved in punishment. Felt that she is unreasonable. Liked how the well spirit adds humour to the drama, making Chang Sung drenched, flooding the whole hotel, and giving back Chang Sung the medicine he threw away, thinking it is important to Chang Sung. Thought that Ji Won who goes after Chang Sung will become a frightening evil spirit but it is just like that…
Liked IU’s acting a lot in this drama! Liked IU’s acting in Dream High and am happy to see her acting again. Felt that she carved many layers into the character Man Wol. On the surface, there is her superiority and side which makes others fear her, and her comical and immature side. From within, there is her maturity, pain, resentment, and cynicism. Liked the character Man Wol. Liked how Man Wol is powerful and smart. It is funny how she is a spendthrift. She owns so many cars, wines, and luxurious goods. Laughed while watching Chang Sung cut down her expenses while he is the manager of the hotel and prevent her from over-charging the clients, and Man Wol’s expressions when he does that. It is funny how Man Wol has an idol that loves to eat and often challenges Chang Sung to eat the whole food in one bite. It is funny how she gives excuses for visiting food places but she actually visits because her idol visited that place. Also laughed at how she gives ridiculous excuses to meet Chang Sung. Liked how full moon represents Man Wol. Liked the character Chang Sung. He is kind-hearted (sometimes overly kind-hearted), smart, and adaptable. He is able to catch on quickly to what is happening, for example, when Man Wol and her hotel staff want to get rid of him when they know that he may endanger Man Wol’s life. Although he is kind-hearted, he makes sure to let people/ghosts know that he can give them back many times more than what he received. Felt that Yeo Jin Goo’s crying scene at the bus-stop (?) could have been better.
Liked the development of relationship between Man Wol and Chang Sung. At the start, Chang Sung is afraid of Man Wol and seeks every opportunity to escape from her. Man Wol struck a deal with Chang Sung’s father that he will give her his son after 20 years in exchange for his life. Chang Sung’s father told him to escape from her before he passed away. Liked how Man Wol sends flowers to him every birthday to remind them of the deal haha, causing more fear in Chang Sung. It is funny how Man Wol threatens to kim him a few times when he refuses to be the next manager of the hotel. It is funny how Chang Sung is afraid of ghosts and seeks protection from Man Wol after Man Wol gives him the ability to see ghosts. Liked how the trust between them develops as the drama goes and they seek to protect each other. Chang Sung trusts that Man Wol will be there for him when he needs it and Man Wol is able to confide her inner feelings to Chang Sung. Chang Sung protects Man Wol from taking revenge and disappearing and Man Wol protects him from danger. Loved the scene where they sit at the beach and Man Wol says that she is sad that the ocean looks more beautiful now than when she was alone earlier. Can feel the sadness of past loss in this scene. I feel that there is something lacking in the chemistry between Man Wol and Chang Sung and I feel that it is either due to Yeo Jin Goo’s acting or the character Chang Sung. Maybe it is due to the imbalance of capability of the characters, one is too strong, one is a lot weaker in comparison?
Liked the sad scenes in the drama. The 2 scenes that managed to make me cry is Sanchez and his girlfriend’s last meeting at the sky lounge of the hotel and the father and son’s dream call. It is so sad for Sanchez as he and his girlfriend are so in love but they cant be together due to the girlfriend passing away due to a car accident. The price that he has to pay to visit the hotel is too big. I would rather he not know about the truth of the hotel and keep thinking that Chang Sung works at a small and lousy hotel. For the father and young son who passed away due to a car accident, the father chooses to go into the dream of the driver to say that it was not totally his fault and they forgive him instead of going into the dream of his wife. As he only can make one call, he forgoes his last chance to bid farewell to his wife. It was touching that he chooses to relieve the driver of his guilt so that the driver can move on instead of talking to his loved one one last time.
Liked the friendship between Sanchez and Chang Sung. They understand each other well and provide support for the other when needed. Liked how Sanchez is smart and rich, even though he does not look like it. Loved the connection and relationship between Yeon Woo and Man Wol. In the historical time period, Yeon Woo sacrifices his life and ensures that Man Wol will be alive by making a deal with Chung Myung. But sadly, he does not know that Man Wol will not want to live if he dies. In the modern times, there is still a connection between them as reincarnated Yeon Woo feels a surge of sadness and tears drop from his eyes when he sees Man Wol. The connection between them is sad but beautiful. I understand that Princess Song Hwa and Chung Myung caused the deaths of Man Wol’s subordinates due to them each trying to protect certain people but too bad they lose something important as a result. Liked the chemistry between Chung Myung and Man Wol and the love story between them in the historical time period. It is funny how the enemies in the past life, Yeon Woo and Princess Song Hwa, end up together in the modern times. Found Mi Ra annoying when she clings on Chang Sung.
Liked the hotel staff and their sad stories. Felt that Pyo Ji Hoon is good-looking as the drama goes, especially with his fringe down haha. Liked the development of relationship between Hyun Joong and Yoo Na. Yoo Na caused the death of a girl she bullies and the dead girl becomes a ghost and possesses her body. Liked how Hyun Joong protects her, for example, catching her to prevent her from falling down the stairs and protecting her from other ghosts’ harm when she became weak. Only she can see Hyun Joong since she is actually a ghost unless Hyun Joong uses some power to appear for some time. It was fun watching her being excited about getting Hyun Joong’s phone number. It is funny when her schoolmates are afraid of some of the weird encounters around her caused by Hyun Joong. Loved the scene where Hyun Joong helps Yoo Na play the piano to get rid of suspicion that Yoo Na is being possessed by a ghost. This scene is lovely and sad at the same time. Hyun Joong is reminded of the happy moments in his past in this scene. Liked how it ends with Hyun Joong’s tear dropping on Yoo Na’s hand and him leaving quickly and silently. It is interesting how Hyun Joong loves school so much haha. It is sad that Yoo Na cant leave with him towards the end.
Sry for the spoiler. Wanted a happy ending, for example, Chang Sung and Man Wol meeting in the next life, but I think I can accept the sad ending. Liked how Chang Sung chooses to give away the medicine Man Wol begged from one of the deities which will make him unable to see ghosts again. This evokes a mixed feeling of sadness, longing, and acceptance as Chang Sung chooses to be constantly reminded of Man Wol who is gone when seeing those other beings instead of gradually forgetting about their existence.
This drama is of a sadder tone. Liked the many twists. The pace decreases a little towards the end.
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