aka 닥터 이방인
main actors/actresses: Lee Jongsuk, Park Haejin, Jin Seyeon, Kang Sora
description: Park Cheol is a doctor at Myung Woo Hospital that is testifying against the hospital in a malpractice suit. Suddenly, he is sent to North Korea to save their leader with a heart operation. His son, Park Hoon (Lee Jongsuk) is used as leverage. When Cheol and Hoon are on their way back into South Korea, they are pulled off the road to be killed, but the general keeps them alive and makes them North Korean citizens. After Park Cheol is shot many years later, Park Hoon attempts to escape the North by applying for asylum at the South Korean embassy in Hungary along with his first love, Song Jae-hee (Jin Seyeon). The are locked out of the embassy and the later events end up in Hoon losing his love. Two years later, in South Korea, Hoon is still searching for Jae-hee. When delivering water to Myung Woo hospital, Hoon, against his better judgement, operates and saves a patient. There he meets Han Jae-joon (Park Haejin) and Oh Soo-hyun (Kang Sora)… and Han Seung-hee (Jin Seyeon) who is identical to Jae-hee.
review: This drama made me cry within the first half-hour. The overall story was really heartbreaking and although no one can relate to it, it was very well done and you could always feel the way the characters were feeling. The cast was amazing. Lee Jongsuk is a great actor and so is Park Haejin. For most of the series I was on Hoon’s side, but I found myself always feeling sympathy for Jae-joon and ended up rooting for him and Soo-hyun. However, I never shipped Hoon and Jae-hee after they were in South Korea. They were super cute in the North, but I wasn’t really fond of Seung-hee/Jae-hee. Although I didn’t ship them, the ending was really cute, but the last two episodes had to be the worst. Sorry. Anyway, really awesome drama and I’d watch it again! I recommend it!
Lie to Me
aka 내게 거짓말을 해봐
main actors/actresses: Yoon Eunhye, Kang Jihwan, Sung Joon, Cho Younhee, Hong Soohyun, Ryu Seungsoo
description: Gong Ah-jung (Yoon Eunhye) is in her late 20’s and is always asked when she’s going to get married. Having not met someone since the girl who she thought was her best friend, Yoo So-ran (Hong Soohyun), stole her crush, Chun Jae-bum (Ryu Seungsoo), she lies about having gotten married already. A huge misunderstanding takes place and rumors start to spread that Hyun Ki-joon (Kang Jihwan) had married a Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Gong Ah-jung. With the help of Hyun Sang-hee, Ki-joon’s brother, Ah-jung successfully tricks her friends into thinking her and Ki-joon are married.
review: This drama was pretty cute. I love Yoon Eunhye so I decided to watch it when I saw it on Netflix. It’s a pretty good watch overall, but gets boring at certain points and the end of the second last episode and the last episode were kinda stupid. After all they’ve been through Ah-jung is just going to give up like that? Unbelievable, but totally expected from a Kdrama (no offense). I guess directors like to follow the status quo. Whatever. Overall, as I said, it was a pretty good drama. I love that the kisses were real and I loved the chemistry between Ki-joon and Ah-jung. I think the back story between Ki-joon and Yoon-joo was kinda unnescessary. I wouldn’t recommend this drama to people that are experienced Drama viewers. I think it’s better for beginners. LOL
Sly and Single Again
aka 앙큼한 돌싱녀 / Cunning Single Lady
genre: romantic comedy
actors/actresses: Lee Minjung, Joo Sangwook, Kim Gyuri, Seo Kangjun
description: Na Ae-ra (Lee Minjung) marries Cha Jung-woo (Joo Sangwook) in hopes that he will give her a comfortable life, but he unexpectedly quits his job and attempts to start his own business. Na Ae-ra works to support herself, her husband and her husbands business, but it takes its toll on her and they get divorced. Years later Jung-woo becomes the CEO of DonTalk, a popular messaging app company. In order to get back at him for what he’s done to her, Ae-ra gets a job at his company where she meets Gook Seung-hyun (Seo Kangjun), her fellow intern and finds that Jung-woo is close with a woman, Gook Yeo-jin (Kim Gyuri).
review: Like many other dramas, it stuck to its theme and original story well. The emotions conveyed by both actors were wonderful and their back stories were also great. Unfortunately like many other dramas, I shipped the couple that was never meant to be. I’m not hating though. When Ae-ra and Jung-woo got back together it was adorable. I didn’t like how Yeo-jin was so dramatic, but I guess I should give her the benefit of the doubt because of what she went through. I wish they went deeper into Yeo-jin and Seung-hyun’s back stories because a lot of the things that happened with them were left unexplained. Other than these things and the way it kind of dragged on, it was a pretty good drama.
A Werewolf Boy
genre: romance, fantasy, award winning
main actors/actresses: Song Joongki, Park Boyoung
description: A mother moves with her older daughter (Park Bo-Young) and younger daughter (Kim Hyang-Gi) to a large home in the country side. The older daughter suffers from a lung ailment and her doctor advised the family to move out into the country side. The home is provided by Ji-Tae (Yoo Yeon-Seok), the son of a business partner who worked with their deceased father.
While the family gets acclimated to their new surroundings, the older daughter makes a remarkable discovery. Within a locked room in the barn lives a wild boy (Song Joong-Ki).
review: This movie is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while, in both Korean and English. It’s so cute and heart warming yet so sad and depressing at the same time. It puts you through this roller coaster of emotions. They take you from being curious to happy to angry to sad to sadder to glad and back again. It’s an amazing movie and definitely deserved the awards it got. I’ll be looking for more Song Joongki too! He may have barely spoke, but he played his role so damn well!
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Bride of the Century
aka 백년의 신부 / 100 Years Bride
genre: romantic comedy, fantasy
main actors/actresses: Yang Jinsung, Lee Hongki
description: Na Doo-rim (Yang Jinsung) poses as Jang Yi-kyung (Yang Jinsung) when Yi-kyung runs away from being Choi Kang-ju’s (Lee Hongki) wife. The problem? The first wife of the Choi family’s first son is cursed to die.
review: OMG. I absolutely love this drama. It was funny, suspenseful, fluffy and cute, creepy and down right psychotic (at times). There was never a moment where I wanted to skip forward. I was always hanging on the edge of my seat to see what happened next. The cliff hangers were awesome (even though I actually hate them) and caused me to stay up to the ungodly hours of the morning watching. The chemistry between Hongki and Jinsung is amazing (I mean, have you seen them off camera? They’re totally adorable!) and I couldn’t have asked for a better cast. Everyone fit their role perfectly and I have to give my applause to Yang Jinsung for playing two polar opposite characters to a tee. I loved the scenes where she had to show a lot of emotion. Although there were times were she seemed a little pathetic (give it up to Korean dramas for allowing a girl to defend herself in the beginning and then render completely useless in the end -.-), I still liked her acting very much. As for Hongki. This is the first drama I’ve completed with him in it after You’re Beautiful. I tried watching his Japanese one, but couldn’t get through it. He’s really matured and grown into an acting style that suits him. He played the role really well, despite my doubt when I read the character synopsis. Congrats and I hope this drama wins some awards!
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genre: medical, romantic comedy
main actors/actresses: Song Jihyo, Choi Jinhyuk, Lee Pilmo, Choi Yeojin, Clara
description: Oh Chang-min (Choi Jinhyuk) and Oh Jin-hee (Song Jihyo) decide, at a young age and despite Chang-min’s family’s strong opposition, to get married. Unfortunately, their marriage life was terrible and they blamed each other for everything wrong in their lives. After a long day, they fight and finally decide to get a divorce. Years later, a mutual friend gets married and they meet there. Little did they know that they have both gone back to medical school and completed the intership exam. They become interns in the ER of the same hospital under the supervision of Gook Chun-soo (Lee Pilmo) and Shim Ji-hye (Choi Yeojin).
review: As soon as I saw Song Jihyo and Choi Jinhyuk were going to be in a drama together, I followed the news regarding it immediately. I will say that this drama did not disappoint. It was very good, but it followed a generic story-line. Even still, I enjoyed it immensely. Jihyo and Jinhyuk’s on screen chemistry is undeniable. They’re really cute together. (Sorry for the lack of enthusiasm… I’m writing this a couple days after I finished it.) I didn’t like how right after everything happened with Chang-min’s father Jin-hee came running into Chang-min’s arms. I wish they had been more gradual. It was almost like a switch went off and she went straight from liking Cheon-soo to Chang-min. It wasn’t fluid enough for me. But the comedy in the show made up for what it lacked. Through all of the comedy and cool doctor stuff, you can barely pick out the bad things. It’s overall a great drama and I recommend it. (Especially for newbies! It’s a great starter drama!)
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aka 下一站，幸福 / Next Stop, Happiness
genre: romance, melodrama, comedy
main actors/actresses: Ady An, VanNess Wu, Chris Wu, Tiffany Hsu
description: Ren Guang-xi (Vanness Wu) is a womanizer with money, but a troubled past. Until he meets Liang Mu-cheng (Ady An). After many encounters, the two fall in love, but when Guang-xi is diagnosed with a brain tumor things go wrong and Mu-cheng leaves Taipei without him.
review: THIS DRAMA IS AMAZING. OHMYGOD. I think, basing purely on content, this is my favourite drama so far. The story is so beautiful, heartbreaking, and heartwarming, frustrating and it just gets you completely hooked. There was nothing I didn’t like about the story. Little things like, “why does Mu Cheng always have the same hairstyles?” I swear she had the same one for the first couple eps then she changed, but kept it like that for the next couple and just kept doing that. But in the end, none of it matters. I cried. I smiled. I laughed. I yelled. I hyperventilated. I thrashed around on my bed like a fish out of water. There was so much fluff in this drama, but it was dramatic and realistic too. If you don’t watch this drama, you’re wrong. It’s so amazingly put together. And hello? Vanness Wu? Total babe. (His smile is the fucking best, I swear.) And that ending?!?! He’s such a cheeky little bastard (but I loved it). Amazing ending. Amazing drama. WATCH THIS DRAMA. DROP EVERYTHING ELSE AND WATCH IT. NOW.
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aka 상속자들 / The Inheiritors
genre: teen romance, romantic comedy, fluff
main actors/actresses: Park Shinhye, Lee Minho, Kim Woobin
description: Depicts the friendships and love lives of young, rich heirs and Cha Eun-sang (Park Shinhye), who is considered ordinary and comes from a poor family.
review: (When I first heard of this drama, I was really hoping Shinhye would be playing a heir too.) I’m sorry, but I didn’t really like this drama all that much. The cast was mind blowing, but for a while there, the only things keeping me watching were Myung-soo, Young-do and Won. I loved Eun-sang’s mom, she was so cute and I loved her relationship with Tan’s mother. The thing I really didn’t like was the whole on again-off again feel to Eun-sang and Tan’s relationship. I also think Bo-na was just an annoying extra near the beginning and she really only came through near the end. Speaking of the ending, it kinda sucked. Tan’s wish was so cute, but I hated the way the suspense built up and up and then the storyline just dropped off the face of the planet. The whole thing about the dead body drawing is adorable. I recommend it other than my own opinion. It’s a good drama, I just didn’t really like it personally.
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Marry Him If You Dare
aka 미래의 선택
genre: sci fi, romantic comedy
main actors/actresses: Yoon Eunhye, Jung Yonghwa, Lee Donggun, Choi Myounggil
description: Is about the love and work of people who work in a broadcasting station. A woman, who works as a writer at the broadcasting station goes back in time and meets herself in the past. The woman gives advice to herself in the past..
review: (Excuse my review, I’m writing it quite a while after I finished it.) I loved it! Not just because Yonghwa was one of the main cast, but the story was so cute and the way all the characters interacted with each other was so cute. I didn’t really like the way things were really scattered. I mean, new things were just popping up everywhere, or the fact that the guy(s) that were following the future Mi-rae were only fully introduced right at the end of the drama. Other than those things, I loved it. Kim Shin’s character was so endearing and Se-joo was amazing! I didn’t really like how Mi-rae pawed after Kim Shin like a puppy for a while there, but she was still really relatable and so empowering. I recommend it. Now, I don’t want to ruin the ending for you so I won’t say how the end goes, but I’ll just let you know that I really liked it. It was more about the self-journey than it was about the romance. It was great. Though, a traditionalist may not like it.
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genre: crime, action, romance
main actors/actresses: Lee Byunghun, Kim Taehee, Jeong Junho
description: Two NSS agents, Hyun-jun (Lee Byunghun) and Sa-woo (Jung Junho), who were sworn brothers, both fall for their team leader Seung-hee (Kim Taehee). Seung-hee and Hyun-jun fall in love leaving Sa-woo as a third wheel. On a mission in Hungary, Vice Director Baek-san (Kim Youngchul), sends Hyun-jun on a solo mission. After completing his mission, he is wounded and refused help. Hyun-jun is later betrayed by Sa-woo. Seung-hee attempted to help Hyun-jun escape Hungary, but an explosion separated them and they are both misled by those around them and made to believe that the other is dead. Hyun-jun vows revenge on those who betrayed him and his struggle only becomes harder when an anonymous voice tells him about the secret society “IRIS.” When Hyun-jun returns to Korea, the two Korea’s are setting a summit date and possible unification of the Korean peninsula, but the group “IRIS” intend on stopping the summit.
review: HOLY FUCK. (Excuse my language.) BUT OHMYGOD. This drama is just a train wreck of emotions. Everything is twisted and wrong but so right. I loved (most) of the characters and actors/actresses. I will admit though… I REALLY didn’t like Seung-hee when she was all “Bella Swan” obsessed with finding (in Bella’s case it’s seeing) him that she was uber pathetic. I shipped Seon-hwa with Hyun-jun most of the time, but if was on and off brotp type thing (if you know what I mean). I wish TOP had more lines. He probably didn’t reach 50 lines the WHOLE drama. Also, sometimes the flash backs or lovey-dovey scenes were unecessary and/or too long. Other than those small things that peeved me, I absolutely loved it. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this drama, but not for people who are just starting to get into dramas. It’s too crazy and it messes with your feels too much for a rookie drama watcher to handle…. You’d probably combust.
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