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Coffee house (2010)  咖啡馆

Genre: Writing, Comedy, Romance

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

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starring Kang Ji Hwan as Lee Jin Soo, Park Si Yeon as Seo Eun Young and Ham Eun Jung as Kang Seung Yeon.

Jin Soo is one of the weirdest characters I have ever seen so far. He sharpens all his pencils by knife until a certain sharpness before he is satisfied. Besides that, he brews coffee like a master. There is a certain time of the year that his ears will become oversensitive and he can hear voices from far away, making it difficult for him to sleep. When he is bored or stressed, he will start playing dominoes. He often escapes from events prepared by Eun Young at the last minute or disappears for a period of time without contact. His character is always contradicting and he is quick to lie. Despite him being a writer, he actually studied in a medical school. The most funny torture given to Seung Yeon to me is Seung Yeon hula-hooping while trying to pick up a phone on the ground/ table.

I was fooled by the name of the drama. I thought that it will be focusing on coffee but it is not really about that. The coffee house is just owned by the publishing company. Haha. I wanted Seung Yeon to end up with Jin Soo as she is more of the one who changes him. Although she thinks things too simply, she can easily cooperate with Jin Soo and change Jin Soo’s mood. The only reason that may make me change my mind is that Eun Young knows more about Jin Soo since she is his long-time friend.

 

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MV+ Favourite osts: Coffee house MV and I don’t want to know goodbye by Hwang Ji Hyun

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Random recommendations for historical dramas with sad endings

Another 3 historical dramas to consider. If you are just looking for a good plot, you can try Hong Gil Dong, Iljimae and Queen Seonduk. Although these 3 leave a deep impression on me, I am not very satisfied with the ending.

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starring  Kang Ji Hwan as Hong Gil Dong and Sung Yu Ri as Heo Lee Nok.
Hong Gil Dong is a robinhood story with many action scenes involved. Hong Gil-dong is the illegitimate son of a minister. He is very bright and smart but was told that he could not accomplish anything in this world, due to his illegitimate status. Heo Yi-nok is an upbeat, naive and carefree girl. She meets and befriends Gil-dong. Yi-nok has a past she is unaware of: she does not know that her real parents were murdered. She eventually develops feelings for Gil-dong. Lee Chang-hwi is planning a revolution, in which he tries to overthrow the king and takes his place as he believes he is the rightful king of Joseon. He coincidentally bumps into both Gil-dong and Yi-nok. He forges an alliance with Gil-dong which helps him. At the end, there is a struggle between Hong Gil Dong Group and the king as Hong Gil Dong aims to have equality among the people while the king does not.

Iljimae  No. of times I watched: 3

starring Lee Joon Ki as Iljimae / Yong / Lee Geom and Han Hyo Joo as Eun Chae.

His family is framed for treason and the whole family was executed as a result. He managed to escape death and loses his memory. Hence, he is being adopted by his stepbrother’s (once) family. Character by Lee Jun Ki who left behind a painting depicting a plum tree branch to make his mark after robbing corrupted government officials to give to the poor has clever ways of going in and out of the king’s palace and disguising himself.  While he robs to give to the poor, he gets nearer to the truth he has been searching for. The picture on the sword which kills his father will eventually lead him to the person who killed his father. He falls in love with the girl whose father framed his family. Park Shi Ho’s character is involved in the deed to frame the family. To prevent his son from being silenced, his mother lies that he is that family’s son. Thus, Park Shi Ho’s character becomes Eun Chae’s stepbrother. Character by Park Shi Ho, his stepbrother, will be hot on his heels as an official in that era, without knowing the person he is catching is actually related to him.

Lee Joon Ki’s role in this drama as Iljimae is very cool! The starting is really sad but it becomes a thriller after that. As Iljimae, he commits crime cleverly and only leaves a painting behind. Liked how his adoptive father teaches him how to pick-lock and be like a professional thief. The interesting thing is he has an intelligent stepbrother who is an official after his every move. Although his stepbrother misses him each time, he is still able to figure out what Iljimae did and gets one step closer to solving who did it. I feel that the stepbrothers are both very pitiful. Park Shi Ho’s character taken in as an illegitimate son (his mother saved him by saying he is that noble’s son after he was almost silenced for a deed)  is very lonely and not treated like other family members. Iljimae lost his whole family after they are framed and has to try to survive on his own without getting caught. Too bad there is no good ending in this drama for Iljimae… Despite the ending, it is highly recommended!

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starring Lee Yo Won as Princess Duk Man, later Queen Seon Duk, Ko Hyun Jung as Lady Mi Shil, Uhm Tae Woong as Kim Yoo Shin, Park Ye Jin as Princess Chun Myung and Kim Nam Gil as Bi Dam (King Jinji and Mi Shil’s son).
Queen Seonduk will be about the life of Princess Duk Man who was later known as Queen Seon Duk, the first Queen of Silla. As the queen has girl twins, a prophecy leads to her abandonment as a baby. After an unconventional childhood in the Taklamakan Desert, Deokman eventually returns to Silla disguised as a boy and trains as a Nangdo. There, she joins forces with her twin sister and the naive commander Kim Yushin to oppose the villainous Lady Mishil, a royal concubine and high-ranking official who will stop at nothing to rule Silla herself.

Liked how the plot is as Duk Man goes through hardship which makes her stronger and a better person to oppose Lady Mishil with her bravery and quick-witted planning. She even went for a battle as a Nangdo. Duk Mun is an amazing character whose sincerity even makes rain fall on a place with drought and quick-wittedness helps her escape death many times. Kim Yushin’s skills in fighting is more on strength than tactic as he just practises hitting something hard many times without real skills. However, it does pay off afterall… I especially liked the character Bi Dam who is Mishil’s son. He is mischievous but very good at fighting and is able to fool Mishil as he is really difficult to read. Mishil is really the calmest bad guy I have ever seen. Haha. Even though the storyline is very interesting and captivating, I did not like the ending as Bi Dam betrays Queen Seonduk in the end.

Click here to watch Hong Gil Dong (24 episodes).

Click here to watch Iljimae (20 episodes).

Click here to watch Queen Seonduk (62 episodes).

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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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