Tag: KDrama 2018

Witch’s Love (KDrama Review & Summary)

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Witch’s Love (KDrama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Romance, Supernatural, mystery
  • Date Released: July 2018
  • KDrama: 12 Episodes

Cast:

  • Yoon So-Hee as Kang Cho-Hong
  • Hyun Woo as Ma Sung-Tae
  • Lee Hong-Bin as Hwang Jae-Wook
  • Kim Young-Ok as Maeng Ye-Soon
  • Go Soo-Hee as Jo Aeng-Doo

This is quite a cute classic drama of love triangle between a rice man, a poor girl and equally poor man, who’s got potential.

Anyway, the girl is a witch who lived in an old building with her two grandmothers.

Cho Hong delivers the take-out order from their rice-soup restaurant, which is highly patronised by the rich and the not quite so well off.  There is always a queue when the restaurant is opened for business.

If you are not aware of their situation, you would think that they are raking in the money.  An ambitious bank clerk thought so too and seduced Cho Hong into going out with him.  But he found out that it was, in fact, the opposite,  The witches needed the money to pay rent for their restaurant as a trusted employee stole the deeds to their house/restaurant and sold it own before his death.  The ultimate buyer was Sun Tae, a CEO in a large company.

He has a history with the house, 25 years ago, he was kidnapped and taken to the house, but over the years his memory of the even was no longer clear, although he continuously having nightmares in relation to it.

Cho Hong wanted to know what happened to the money and her grandmothers asked her if she hadn’t noticed that they dine like kings and queens with only the best gourmet food washed down by Dom Perignon.

They never had a need for money before as they thought they ‘owned’ the house/restaurant.

Cho Hong had a traumatic experience when she found out that her boyfriend was sleeping with another woman.  Her distress resulted in her losing her witch power.  Without out her time is limited and she will lose her looks.

She went to another witch who practices black magic.  She was told that she can reverse what happened to her and get her power if she meets a man who loves her truly, her fated man.

Almost at the same instance, she met the CEO who moved in into the house/restaurant as they can’t pay the rent.

She also has gotten to know more of the customer who always orders a larger than normal portion but not too big.  He was a webtoon writer and he told her that he knew her way back from school.  She used to help him out with the bullies and told she was an angel.

Now to get her power back she has to have a kiss with her fated,  She is now officially dating the CEO, who she kissed a number of times.  She later found out that the effect of the kiss from your fated should be instantaneous.

When she finally got her power again she was elated but then became worried because she found out that the Webtoon man gave her a mouth to mouth resuscitation when she collapsed and her heart stopped beating.

Who is her fated?

 

 

 

 

Mr Sunshine (KDrama Review & Summary)

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Drama

  • Genre: Historical, Adventure, Drama
  • Date Released: July 2018
  • KDrama: 24 Episodes

Cast

  • Lee Byung-Hun as Eugene Choi
  • Kim Tae Ri as Go Ae Shin
  • Yoo Yeon-Seok as Goo Dong Mae
  • Kim Min-Jung as Hee-Na
  • Byun Yo-Han as Kim Hee-Sung

This drama has a good pedigree.  The scriptwriter as well as the director have worked together before in a couple of masterpieces: Goblin and Descendants of the Sun.

This drama has a very sumptuous feel about it even from episode one.  In fact this drama is comparable to BBC’s dramas.  The cinematography is fantastic. It is like watching a film; a film like like the Titanic 🙂  I supposed, the lead is an A lister, Lee Byung Hun, popular in Korean films and dramas who had made a mark in a few Hollywood blockbuster movies.

Anyway the story started in June 1871, during the 8th year of Gojong’s Reign.

An ambitious minister visited another minister’s house.  The ambitious minister (AM) has an eye for the ladies and he fancied the girl serving them their drinks.

The host minister tried to discourage the AM by tempting him with a promise of a virginal girl, he mentioned that the girl who just served them was already married.  But the AM said that he wanted  the married servant.

It so happened that the husband of the girl heard what was going on.  So they tried to run away but failed.  Their master did not have an ounce of pity for them.  He ordered that the husband be rolled in a mat and then beaten to his death, while the wife will be taken and be given to the ambitious minister.  At that same time the six years old son of the couple arrived at the scene.  In front of the child his parents are being beaten, the minister ordered that the boy is beaten to death as well.   The wife jumped next to the pregnant daughter of the minister and quickly took the woman’s lethal looking hair ornament and pointed it to the woman’s neck.

She told her young son to run, to go.  In desperation, the pregnant woman who was being threatened that her big belly will be stabbed as well if they don’t let the boy go, threw her jade token to the boy and told the boy to go and ordered that no one should run after him.

When the boy was out of sight, his mother let go of the pregnant woman and she jumped into her death in a well.

At that time, Joseon (Korea) had few American ships on its shore.  The American visit quickly resulted in a bloody skirmish killing around 300 Koreans.

Even at a young age, the six years old boy knew that he had no future in Joseon, the way things were.

He managed to stow away in a ship sailing back to America.

His life in America did not improve immediately.  He became a victim of feral young white thugs loitering the street.

When he was about 10, miraculously surviving on his own, he saw soldiers of all colours, marching and looking dignified.  The seed was sown, he wanted to be one.

These are the initiating forces that would affect his return to his old homeland as a high-ranking military of the American arm forces.

Episode 2

It looks like Ae Shin has inherited her mother’s strong woman’s genes.  Ae Shin was not satisfied with just being a well to do submissive wife.  She wanted adventure.  When she told her grandad that she would rather die than be inconspicuous little mouse, her grandad told her to die.

And she did try by holding a hunger strike which lasted a few days until her grandad had someone take her into the mountains.  She thought she was going to be killed but it turned out her grandad had instructed someone to teach her how to fight, how to fire a gone.

She met Eugene Choi while she was on a mission to assassinate an American, who was working for the Japanese army.

The American was duly assassinated but she was not a lone gunman.  There was another.  It was Eugene Choi.

These episodes now introduces a main characters.

Kim Min Jung looks so lovely in a Japanese kimono ( far from that horrid severe fringe girl from Man to Man drama)

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (Kdrama Review)

What’s Wrong With Secreatary Kim? poster

Drama

  • Genre: Romance, Office Romance, Comedy, Mystery
  • Date Released: June 2018
  • KDrama: 16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Park Seo Joon as Lee Young-Joon
  • Park Min-Young as Kim Mi-so
  • Lee Tae-Hwan as Lee Sung-yeon (Brother of Lee Young Joon)
  • Kim Byeong-ok as Chairman Lee (Father)
  • Kim Hye Ok as Madame Choi (Mother)
  • Kang Ki-young as Park Yoo-sik

 

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (Kdrama Review)

Episode 1

This is a classic love story of a boss and his secretary.

I have to admit I already love it based from the first episode and I can’t wait for more.

Kim Mi-So, or as she started thinking of herself as Secretary Kim, has been working for Lee Young-joon for nine years.  She lives and breaths Lee Young-joon.

Lee Young Joon is tall and very handsome, very particular with his suits and looks good in it and he is also the vice president of Yoomyoung Group.

But Lee Young Joon is on another level of vanity.  He is narcissistic.  He is so in love with himself that there is no place for any love-interest in his life.

He doesn’t touch any woman and certainly does not allow them to touch him.  He thinks that he is perfection in himself.

He was quite satisfied with his lot; with life and his work.

That is until a bombshell of a news has just blown up.

His most trusted and dependable secretary of nine years, the only one who can come within inches of himself, had handed in her notice to resign.

What is wrong with Secretary Kim?, this he asked himself and his best-friend, Park Yoo-Sik?

Park Yoo Sik, is a young president of his own company and  is Young Joon’s confidant.  Yoo Sik encourages Young Joon of his self-delusion of his perceived utter perfection. (To be fair, Young Joon is actually gorgeous 🙂 ) Between them they agreed that probably Secretary Kim is after a  promotion.

Young Joon was not the only one who was concerned about Secretary Kim’s resignation.  His parents as well were rather anxious.  They both know that their son is very exacting and hard to work with.

They are also rather perturbed that Young Joon is not showing any interest in women.

There was a funny scene when Madame Choi (mother) quizzing Secretary Kim if her son is… is… is …is… is  …. to which Secretary Kim rescued her and replied that Lee Young Joon is not gay.

I love the parents in this story.  They are chill and encouraging these two to get together and give them grandbabies.

Anyway, Secretary Kim went to the bank to settle the last bit of her father’s debts.  She signed the document as Secretary Kim rather than her name Kim Mi So.  This incident only made her more determined to quit her job and get herself a life.

Despite Young Joon promising Secretary Kim a payrise, promotion as a director,  she wouldn’t budge with her decision.  She said she has had no outside life from the office for nine years.  She is now 29 years old and she wanted to get married and have a baby.  She doesn’t want to be alone in later life.

He promised her that he will never fire her from her position, ever!  She was aghast with the suggestion.

So Young Joon is back with Yoo Sik, blue sky thinking, thinking outside the box, and everything else.  🙂 Finally they’ve decided that Secretary Kim is secretly inlove with Young Joon and can’t take the number of women who wanted to be with Young-joon.

As a last resort and in desperation, Young Joon blurted to Secretary Kim one night when he went to see her that he would marry her.

Awwww so cute  I love everything so far in this drama.  Chill parents, clueless bromance, feisty and pretty lead girl and handsome but deluded lead man.  Perfect!


Secretary Kim thought that Young Joon was drunk.  Of course she refused his proposal.

She told him that he was not her type.

Young Joon can’t comprehend her statement that he wasn’t her type.  He is perfection!

He is now playing games with Secretary Kim.  Making the other ‘new hire’ Secretary Kim to attend to him.

Kim Mi So was at first startled but she does really want to leave and look for her long ago ‘crush’!


Episode 3

This episode is super sweet.  If you are romantic at heart, you will have a permanent smile the entire time while watching this episode.

As an extra bonus, there is a shirtless scene by Park Seo Joon showing how buff he is.  Total eye candy.

The bromance with Lee Young Joon and Mr Park is so cute.

We get a little clue why Lee Young Joon was rather dysfunctional.  Mi So may have met him when he was only nine years old and she was five.  He might have been the boy who was kidnapped.  Lee Young Joon is rather phobic of cable ties and when Kim Mi So tried to removed his sock to apply some ice on his sprained ankle, she say a scarring which looked like a result of being bind tightly previously.

Anyway a new character has just been introduced.  He is a famous international author called Morpheus and he might be the brother of Lee Young Joon who does not get on with.

The romance between Kim Mi So and Lee Young Joon is heating up.

Episode 4

From now on I am going to be madly in love … with you.

  • Lee Young Joon to a surprised Kim Mi So

This episode is another sweet one.

Park Min Young is such a beautiful actress, with such a lovely warm smile.  She easily lights up the screen whenever she smiles.

In this episode we get a glimpse of the animosity between Lee Young Joon and elder his brother Lee Seong Yun (Morpheus).  Seong Yun has decided to forgive Young Joon, who was not having it.  Instead they ended up fighting.

Young Joon ended up going to Kim Mi So’s house and there he decided to fall in love with her, deeply.

But it doesn’t look like that it would be smooth sailing as Seong Yun was attracted to Kim Mi So at first sight!

Episode 5

It is started really well all of three minutes and then back steps into their shells again.  Lee Young Joon declaration of last episode that he will be madly in love with her, well he took it back.  He said that he read and memorised it from a book.

So back to square one. It was so cute though but midway, they had a huge misunderstanding in what would be their first date.

Morpheus turned up and was giving Mi So his signed latest book when Young Joon interrupted and snatched the book back from Mi So and gave it back to Morpheus.

This dark feelings ruined their date and Mi So ended up going home early.

She then told Young Joon never to stir her up again.

She had a change of heart though when she found out that Morpheus was the brother Young Joon was having nightmares about.  The person that he doesn’t get on with.  She realised that he was not upset with her but the resentment was directed to Morpheus.

Young Joon then confessed to her that he wanted to stir her up again.  They had a fleeting kiss which catapulted Mi So to the other side of the room.  Strange!

Episode 6

Young Joon bent down to MiSo, who was sitting on a swivelling chair, for a kiss.  But before he could deepen the kiss, he suddenly remembered something disconcerting from his past, it was so disturbing that he inadvertently pushed MiSo, who went careering across the room on a swivelling chair.

So this romantic scene ended in hurt and embarrassment on both side and further misunderstanding.

But they were really beginning to be into each other so before too long they were again spending time with each other.

MiSo has also been digging into a kidnapping case that occurred when she was five years old.  She remembered being locked in a room with a boy slightly older than her and he really looked after her.

What happened was still a mystery to be revealed.  She thought the boy may have been Young Joon but he confirmed that it was his brother that got kidnapped.

She is now utterly confused as she had been looking for that kind boy, her first love.

There is mystery in this drama, not just a straight-forward romance.

Episode 7-8

I have to say that the side characters in this drama are well rounded with their own cute stories.

I particularly like the growing crush Miss Bong  has on Mr Yang.  She used to growl at him all the time but during an away day/team building weekend, where Miss Bong wore silicon breast padding that ended up flying out of her chest and into the ground, Mr Yang very chivalrously threw his jacket over it to avoid further embarrassment for Miss Bong.  Suddenly she saw him under a new light.

As to Young Joon and Kim Mi So, they had a long heart to heart talk during the team building break.

Young Joon cut to the chase saying that they both had been flirting with one another and would like it to make it official that they are dating.

The only problem was that every time they try to kiss, he gets a horrific memory of the past.

Episode 9

They finally had their first kiss.  Young Joon can’t kiss MiSo but she took the initiative and the rest is history.

Young Joon clarified their situation, that they are officially dating. So cute.

Their initial interaction was awkward at first especially at work.  When Young Joon started being more proactive with the admin duties such as photocopying his own documents and making his own tea, MiSo was not best pleased.

They had a heart to heart where Young Joon said that he knew that he was a bad boss but he doesn’t want to be a bad boyfriend, to which MiSo said that in the office, she wanted to be his secretary rather than his girlfriend.

I love this drama.  The characters have well rounded role.  I particularly like the new PA who just moved house near to where the company accountant was living.

The accountant was unbelievably frugal that it was so hilarious especially when he said to the PA that if she orders a take out. she should give half of it to him to avoid food wastage.

The PA was so touched when he gave her a handful of his cherry tomatoes he was growing lovingly in his roof garden.

As a token of her thanks she packed half of her take-out and handed it to him.

He said that perhaps when she next order, she should order crispy chicken, etc.  She was so annoyed how ungrateful he was being.  🙂

Anyway the end of this episode hint that Young Joon might be the boy MiSo knew when she was young afterall.

Episode 10

This episode is hilarious and heartwarming.

There were a couple of surprise guests.  Lee Min Ki and Jung So Min had a cameo appearance as parents to Kim Mi So.  That was a refreshing treat.  Lee Min Ki and Jung So Min almost reprised their role in Because This is My First Life, complete with the their drama OST.

Mi So fainted at a conference but she intoned first that she finally remembers what happened all those years ago.

Episode 11

What happened during the kidnapping was much too much for a child of 8 years old to bear and yet despite his young age he still chose to protect a 5-year old girl. These children were Young Joon and Kim Mi So.

The kidnapper was a woman who wore red lipstick and red high heels.  The woman suffered from mental breakdown as her partner had her abort their child and left her.

She knew that she was  in a lot of trouble kidnapping kids, especially someone from a rich family.  She hanged herself in front of the watching Young Joon.

Poor Lee Sung Yeon, his brother though! So sad.

 

Are You Human Too? (KDrama Review)

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  • Genre: Sci-Fi, Family, Robotics, Melodrama, Romance, AI
  • Date Released: 4 June 2018
  • KDrama: 18 episodes

Cast:

  • Seo Kang-joon as Nam Shin / Nam Shin III
  • Gong Seung-yeon as Kang So-bong
  • Lee Joon-hyuk as Ji Young-hoon
  • Park Hwan-hee as Seo Ye-na
  • Kim Sung-ryung as Oh Ro-ra
  • Yu Oh-seong as Seo Jong-gil

This drama reminds me of a couple of American dramas: Haley Joel Osment’ AI and Halley Berry’s Extant.

It is about a robot used as a substitute for a child, who is yet to be born or who is  incapacitated.

Seo Kang-Joon plays both Nam Shin and Nam Shin III.

Nam Shin was a chaebol, a third generation heir to a conglomerate, who unfortunately became ill.  Rather auspicious for the family, the mother is  brilliant and who happens to be leading a research top scientists on artificial intelligence.  Before anyone could spell Bicentennial Man, Oh Ro-ra (the mother) had an android built to replace her comatose son.  And he was called Nam Shin III

This move was to ensure that her son’s position as the heir is not jeopardize.

Well that is the synopsis that I can gather.  I have  yet to see the first episode as it is not subbed in English yet!

Watch this space.

Are You Human Too? (KDrama Review)

Episode 1-2

I am really loving this drama!

It is about a very rich man, who can’t accept that his son married a fairly ordinary woman (well not rich anyway).

To initiate reconciliation, the son went to visit his rich father, leaving his young son with his wife, who is a brilliant scientist researching robotics.

The next time his wife heard anything about him was when the father-in-law’s thuggish minions came and forcibly took her seven year old son, Nam Sin.  When she asked why the father-in-law wanted her son when he did not bother with them before, she was given a death certificate and was told that her husband took his own life and was already cremated.

She was devastated and absolutely heartbroken.

She went to beg her father-in-law to return her son to her but when she got to see her son, he told her that he liked where he was and would much prefer to stay with his grandpa.  The boy secretly made a deal with his authoritarian grandfather that he will stay with him, provided that his grandpa will not harm his mother.

She couldn’t take this turn of events and yet knew that she won’t be able to do anything against the powerful father-in-law.


A year later, she was now living in the Czech Republic and she had created an android who was a replica of her seven year old son.  She called the young robot, Nam Sin 1.

She taught him the number 1 rule “Hug those who are crying”

A few years more had passed. Nam Sin 2 was born, who is a replica of her now 16 years old son.

In 2015, she again updated Nam Sin 2 to a 3-Generation.

Nam Sin 3 is strong and more agile as well as having acquired human characteristics.  He is protective of his mother.


The human Nam Sin is all grown up.  He was spoiled and absolutely hated his grandfather’s guts.

He made a scandalous commotion in order to distract his many bodyguards to be able to get away for a while.  He had been secretly looking for his mother and found that she is now living in the Czech Republic.


Unfortunately someone was tailing him all the way to the Czech Republic.  One of his grandfather’s minions, who had a lofty idea of becoming the next CEO of the company ordered that Nam Sin should be disposed off.


Coincidentally Nam Sin III and his ‘Mother’ with uncle David (another scientist) went to visit the market.

Nam Sin III was absolutely entranced with the vibrancy of the place.  He was just about to go back to the car, to his waiting mother when he noticed a man, across the road, looking exactly like him.

He was so curious that he started crossing the road to go to this man.  Of course the man he saw was Nam Sin, who was curious as well and started to meet Nam Sin III but a van plowed into Nam Sin.  He was left bleeding in the middle of the road much to the shock and horror of Nam Sin III


This ‘accident’ was also witnessed by mother, who was shocked and worried to find her long ‘lost’ son all bloodied and crumpled on the road.

David, the scientist friend, took Nam Sin III away from the scene immediately to avoid attention.

 

 

 

Miss Hammurabi (KDrama) Review & Summary

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Miss Hammurabi (Miseu Hammurabi) is based on a novel by Moon Yoo-Seok, who is the scriptwriter for this drama.

  • Genre: Legal, Romance
  • Date Released: 21 May 2018 – 10 July 2018
  • KDrama: 16 Episodes

Cast:

  • Go Ara as Park cha Oh-reum
  • Kim Myung-soo (L) as Im Ba-reun
  • Sung Dong-il as Han Se-sang
  • Ryu Deok-hwan as Jung Bo-wang
  • Lee Elijah as Lee Do-yeon (super efficient office Manager)
  • Lee Tae-sung as Min Yong-joon

Parkcha Oh-Reum is in her mid-20s, a rookie judge, who is passionate and idealistic.

She is also a rabid feminist.

I supposed the title Miss Hammurabi pertains to Park Cha Oh-reum particular brand of justice for all.

Hammurabi was a Babylonian king, who in his lifetime, created a set of codes that the people in his growing empire must abide to.

Miss Hammurabi (KDrama) Review & Summary

 

I love it and I hate some parts of it.

I love all the scenes with L,  he is stunning to look at :); he carries a suit pretty well.  His acting is also good.  There is poignancy in his looks as he comes to terms how the world we lived in is not perfect and to live with it and try not to contribute to its further corruption.

I heard this drama was pre-produced; it means all the episodes have been made.  It is, therefore, too late to make adjustments here and there.

Anyway, Im Ba Reum is a super-intelligent guy who has a slight anti-social tendencies.  He doesn’t pander to anyone, thus he comes across as rather arrogant.

He’s from a poor background; his father got dismissed from his job without much notice, hence the father turned to drink and the little money they had, we would lend to friends when he was drunk.

His mother supports the family by selling insurance and everything else.  But her income was not enough to keep the creditors at bay, including their landlady who told them to pay their rent and gave notice that there will also be an increase.

I personally thought that as a judge, even when he is only a young one, will bring in a lot of income.  Apparently not.  The real money is in being a lawyer.

Anyway, Im Ba Reum would have had the high income if he wanted to but at his young age, he is still very idealistic.  He abhors corruptions and doesn’t want to be part of it.

When he was in high school, though he was handsome and mega-intelligent, he was not a popular kid.  He did not go for every girl that came his way.

But there was a girl in his book club that he liked.  That girl was Park Cha Oh-Reum.  She was into piano playing.  He liked her but he was from a poor background while she was chauffeur driven to school.

Twelve years on…

They met again as colleagues, both on their first day.

Im Ba Reum was a transferee from another district court.

Park Cha Oh Reum was a newbie judge.  But apparently even more brilliant than Im Ba Reum.  She home-schooled herself and then took the bar and topped it in her region.

I quite like the girl, Park Cha oh-reum, to start with but she start grating on my nerves after a while.  Her ultra feminism is rather off-putting (I am saying this as a woman my self).  She is all for strong women and yet over emotional the next.  You cannot have it both ways, not on both extremes anyway.  The middle ground is always the best, strong, compassionate and yet logical.

I hope her character improves in the next episodes and tone down her so ‘in your face’ brand of hysterical feminism.


This drama is getting more interesting with different cases being judged.

Some scenes are rather uncomfortably maudlin.  There was that case of a young man, who was mentally incapable, who was accidentally singed in the face with a metal grill in a restaurant.  The singe did not leave a mark physically but it left him emotionally disturbed.

The owner of the restaurant was ex-marine and he ended up crying in court, the judges ended up crying in court, the security guards ended up crying, the people watching the proceeding inside the court ended up crying as well.  The entire courtroom was flooded with tears.

I felt like crying myself because what I was watching was too stupidly sentimental. It’s naff.  It’s so out of character. This drama, if not careful, will die by its own hand from over sentimentality.


There was also that case of another judge who was a female.  (The judges work in groups of three, comprising of a right judge who sits on the right, the chief judge who sits in the middle and the left judge who sits on the left)

Anyway the chief judge in this group was very ambitious, though he was not one of those brilliant judges who topped the bar or passed it the first time.  He is one who work diligently.  His ascent to the chief judge position was mainly due to his kiss-assing and riding on the back of his junior judges.

He work them like a horse.  He delegated much of his work to them and get abusive when he doesn’t get what he wanted.

Anyway his left judge, a female, was so frightened to reveal to him that she was on her stage of pregnancy.  She was working too hard but getting her work done below par and she was abused for it.  She was contemplating jumping off the building one day but Park Cha On Reum just happened to materialise.  Due to the woman’s level of stress, she miscarried her baby and was obviously desolate.

Park Cha On Reum made it her mission to gather signatures to expel the woman’s chief judge.

Here is what I find ridiculous, Park cha On reum gets involved with everything, every unpolitically correct instances.  If there is an issue, she was there sniffing.  She was friendly towards everybody, including the cleaners.  She was often seen having coffees with them.

How can she have the time?  The female judge is almost killing herself with overwork. Even Im Im Ba-Reum was work too hard. While Park Cha On Reum has too much time involving herself with every issue that’s going?!!!

And I find her annoying!

Thank goodness for Im Ba-Reum!

Handsome Guy and Jung Eum (KDrama) Review & Summary

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Drama

  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Noona
  • Date Released: May 2018
  • KDrama: 32  Episode

 

Cast:

  • Hwang Jung Eum as Yoo Jung Eum
  • Nam Goong Min as Kang Hoon Nam
  • Choi Tae-Joon as Choi Joon-Soo
  • Oh Yoon Ah as Coach Yang
  • Jo Dal Hwan as Charlie
  • Jung Moon Sung as Yook Ryong
  • Nam Kyung Eup as Kang Jung Do
  • Shim Hye Jin as Go Eun Nim
  • Lee Moon Shik as Yoo Seung Ryul
  • Lee Joo Yeon as Soo Ji
  • Jung Young Joo as Oh Doo-ri
  • Kim Kwang-kyu as Kim So-Wool

Quick Synopsis:

It is a story about a man who is a bit of a love guru but is not interested in a relationship for himself. Added to his is a woman, who had a bitter split with an ex-boyfriend, thus giving up on relationship herself but now works as a love match counselor.

Handsome Guy and Jung Eum (KDrama) Review & Summary

Episode 1-2

I am so glad Hwang Jung Eum is back in the small screen.  I’ve missed this girl.

These two first episodes were fun but not good enough for a riveting watch.  It is too zany and noisy and the dialogues were a quick fire, I can’t keep up with reading the subtitles, especially watching it at almost midnight here in the UK.

Anyway from what I can gather, Jung Eum was a former sports woman, who does diving.  During a competition, she received a break-up text from her boyfriend.  With wet hair and still in her swimsuit, covered by a trenchcoat, she went to the airport pleading with her boyfriend not to leave.

Her boyfriend had made up his mind and can’t be persuaded.  The scene ended up in chaos.

This was part witnessed by Kang Hoon Nam, who just shook his head rather knowingly, thinking that the girl was doing it all wrong to entice her boyfriend to stay.

Five years later.

Jung Eum stopped diving and had developed a phobia with water. Instead she now works as a counselor in a matchmaking agency.

She was tasked to sign up a rich woman, whose father was prepared to give a million to the agency if his daughter is married off.

The woman was about to sign the contract when someone else produced another contract.  The other party was Hoon Nam.

Jung Eum was asked to wait outside, where she saw her client signing the contract with Hoon Nam.

She followed Hoon Nam when he left and was really annoyed with him.

As soon as she got to the office, she was told off by her manager for just leaving their client.  She was told that the client was waiting to sign the contract but Jung Eum just left.

Jung Eum learned that the contract the client signed with Hoon Nam has to do with exhibiting her many Hair Hair dolls in Hoon Nam Toys Studio.

Jung Eum was so down in the dumps but her childhood friend, Joon Soo was there to cheer her up.

Jung Eum and Hoon Nam seemed to bump with each all the time, including when her diving coach which she signed on to their agency got cheated on with the man she met.  Coach Yang jumped off the bridge and Jung Eum pushed Hoon Nam to the water to rescue the coach.  In the end the coach rescued Hoon Nam and Jung Eum had to give him a mouth to mouth resuscitation.

They both stared at one another …… for the next episode. 🙂

Episode 3-4

Jung Eum was tasked to concentrate in finding better-halves for the undateables.  This proved to be near impossible.

She needed help. Her best friend Joon Soo, showed her a magazine where there is a column from a love guru.

And the love guru happened to be Hoon Nam.  The same Hoon Nam, she promised never to meet again.

Episode 5-10

This drama has finally settled, I mean the characters have calm down, especially Hwang Jung Eum.  She is now back into her versatile self (just adore her!).

I am loving this drama.  It is 30 minutes (or so) per episode and it so engaging that you just let each episode flow into the next, hence I am recapping/reviewing 5-10 at once. 🙂

Anyway there was always that little attraction between Hoon Nam and Jung Eum as soon as they ‘met’.  So it was not hard for Jung Eum to convinced Hoon Nam, in the guise of the love guru, to help her match up all her undatable clients.

Their corroboration does not only match up her clients but it seems they are forming a bond themselves.

There was a scene where they shared some rather torrid kissing.  It was for research rather than romantic, but of course it ended up being romantic.

Apparently Hoon Nam was an expert kisser, not only in the technique but how to tell the love history of the woman he was kissing.

After kissing Jung Eum, he told her that she was in a one-sided love and then got dumped five years ago.  Jung Eum remembered the painful experience.

What she doesn’t know was that Hoon Nam witnessed her boyfriend dumping her all those years ago when it happened in a very public area of the airport.

The first undateable Jung Eum to match up was a beautiful girl who suffers from face blindness.

The second one is more interesting and very Mills&Boons-like story about an heiress and a farmer.  But they have got more depths than the paperbacks.  The heiress is not the size zero beauty and the hero is not the tall, dark and handsome eye candy.  Nope the heiress is a spoilt adjumma who is voluptuous and the potential lover was a balding farmer.

But they have loads of chemistry and hoping that they get together.

Yep this drama is so cute but I do feel for the second male lead, who is adorably in love, but hasn’t  mentally thought or accepted it yet, with Jung Eum.  They grew up together and they know each other inside and out and care for one another as siblings and as I said, Choi Joon-soo is now feeling more romantic towards Jung Eum, who doesn’t notice it at all.

Love this drama…

Episode 11

This is just over an half hour of utter cuteness.  Joon So and Jung Eum were stranded in the mountains.  Hoon Nam lost his car key while they were planting potatoes.

The scene with the fireflies was magical. They were flying high with wonder with the glow bugs until Jung Eum said that she wished she was there with someone she loves.  They fell to earth with a thud!

Episode12

Jung Eum lied to Joon So about being stranded and spending the night in the mountain with Hoon Nam.

Unfortunately he found out and he was a bit upset with Jung Eum.  But no matter how upset he was he cannot deny her when she makes one of her request.

Yook Ryong asked Hoon Nam why he was pandering to Jung Eum, when she obviously does not really like him.

Hoon Nam made a bet with Yook Ryong that he can seduce Jung Eum and then dump her. 🙁

Episode 13

Hoon Nam operation seduction of Jung Eum had started.  But it looks like he was the one being seduced as he was feeling rather proprietorial of Jung Eum especially when she came to his place with Joon So in tow.  Joon So was very familiar with Jung Eum and Hoon Nam was not liking it.

It looks like Hoon Nam and Jung Eum had met when they were children.

There is mystery here

The standout scene in this episode is the neckerchief. Hoon Nam tied the scarf on Jung Eum’s neck to keep her warm.

When Joon So saw it, he took it and used it himself as it was really a man’s scarf.

When Hoon Nam saw it on Joon So, he said the scarf was his and it was returned to him.  The next time Hoon Nam saw Jung Eum, he tied it again around her neck and said not to give it away because it was his.  Awwww

Episode 14 – 15

There was that Korean girl, a surfer from Australia, who almost aborted the growing attraction between Jung Eum and Hoon Nam.

Jung Eum and Hoon Nam are now officially going out together, poor Joon Soo.

Her father is not too well, Joon soo had to take him to the hospital.

Episode 16 -17

This is a bittersweet episode.  Joon Soo finally made Jung Eum realised that he was more into her that just best friends. It was really really sad, I felt for him so much, I surprised myself, I actually had a little cry.

It looks like Jung Eum’s dad and Hoon Nam’s father knew each other well in the past.

In episode 17, Hoon Nam had moved in and rented a room at Jung Eum’s compound.  Joon Soo is doing everything so the couple can’t be alone.

Episode 18

Jung Eum found out that Hoon Nam made a bet to seduce her and then dump her.

Episode 19

Jung Eum told Hoon Nam that she wanted to break up.  She told him that she really liked him.

Episode 20

Hoon Nam did everything to change Jung Eum mind’s about breaking up but the lady is not for turning.  He even applied all his advice to his strategy but they were all fails!

Episode 21 – 22

Hoon Nam won’t accept the break-up.  He is using the Tin-Man missing heart to see Jung Eum all the time.  He said that it is alright that the heart is still missing at least this gives him every opportunity to see her – until forever. He is so cute.

This episode showed more of the background of Hoon Nam as a child.  His mother was one of his father’s women.

His mother left him in a restaurant as she was meeting Jung Eum’s father as he was a childhood hood friend.    But on the way, his mother met an accident.

He then grew up with his stepmother, who was rather kind to him, while his father continued on his merry ways.

Episode 23-25

Hoon Nam met up again with Jung Eum’s father to introduced himself as a suitor, potential marriage partner.

He found out however that Jung Eum’s dad absolutely hate Congressman Kang Jung Do, not knowing that he was Hoon Nam’s father.

Jung Eum finally squared it with Joon Soo that they could only be friends as she is now going out with Hoon Nam.

 

 

 

 

 

About Time (KDrama) Review & Summary

About Time poster

About Time

Drama

  • Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Supernatural
  • Date Released: May 2018
  • KDrama: 16 Episodes
  • OST

Cast:

  • Lee Sang-yoon as Lee Do-ha
  • Lee Sung-kyung as Choi Michaela
  • Kim Dong-jun as Jo Jae-yoo (Musical Director)
  • Im Se-mi as Bae Soo-bong (‘Fiancee’)
  • Han Seung-yeon as Jeon Sung-hee (MiKa’s Best Friend)
  • Rowoon as Choi Wee-jin (MiKa’s Brother)
  • Kim Hae-sook as Oh So-nyeo (MiKa’s Mother figure friend who can see her digital clock tattoo)
  • Na Young-hee as Jin Ra-hee (MiKa’s Mother)
  • Jung Dong-hwan as Lee Seon-moon (Do Ha’s Father)
  • Kim Sa-hee as Kim Hye-young
  • Jung Moon Sung as Yoon Do San (Do Ha’s illegitimate middle brother)

Apparently this story centres around Michaela Choi, a musical actress, who possesses a supernatural ability to see how long a person can live.


 

About Time (KDrama) Review & Summary

Episode 1 & 2

First few minutes of the first episode showed Micahaela or MiKa being involved in a motorway pile up.  She walked through the chaos and we see people she passed by showing a digital time invisibly tattooed on their arms (only MiKa can see these and of course us the viewers LOL)

There was a couple where they seemed to be okey one minute and the next we can see the husband on the point of death as his digital tattoo says he has 00:00:004:50.  MiKa just stood watching as the clock moved to 00:00:00:00 and the man dies.

We then find out that Mika’s time clock showed that she only have 165 days left.


She was just leaving an older woman friend she was visiting in the hospital when she was knocked down by a car.

The car happened to be driven by Lee Do Ha, a chaebol, who suffers from anxiety attacks.

MiKa is a musical actress.  She was on her way to her audition when this minor car accident occurred.  Do Ha insisted on taking her to the emergency ward for treatment.  Fearing that she would be late, she asked Do Ha to give her a lift but ended up driving the car herself, and she was a very accomplished driver as well, worthy of Formula 1.

During the audition, she was impressive.  She had the voice, the skill, the look, but she was deemed lacking in depths when it comes to emotion about being in love.

She was asked to choose someone from the audience to seduce.  She spied Do Ha, who was looking for her as she mistakenly took his car keys.  She kissed him but he was so annoyed.

The next time they saw one another was in China.  Do Ha had been challenged to do extreme sport like scuba diving.  Do Ha was a bit nervous about the whole thing as panic attack and extreme sport do not really go together.

It so happened that MiKa was in between theatre jobs and was part-timing as a scuba diver trainer.

During the diving, it all went well initially until they had to come up to the surface.  Everyone was accounted for except for Do Ha, who was in the middle of an anxiety attack in the bottom of the sea.  MiKa jumped into the water to save him.

The next scene was seeing him again and she noticed that her digital tattoo clock had stopped.  She then found out that every time she sees him or be near him, her clock stops.

She had, therefore, made her mission to stalk him, get a job that would entail being near him and in the end, she offered herself on a plate to him.

Do Ha actually has an unofficial girlfriend/fiancee but he was now beginning to waver towards Mika.


Episode 3-4

Awww Do Ha was reluctantly attracted to Mi Ka.   He took stock of MiKa’s begging him to be near him so he hired her to be his personal driver.

As much as he was becoming more and more into MiKa, she was nonchalant about him.

However, Do Ha got it into his head that if he is with MiKa all the time, he will lose interest with her after three months as per his records with the things that he becomes obsessed with.

Mika found out that her digital tattooed clock does not only cease to tick when she’s near Do Ha, when she touches him, she actually gain time.

The end of the episode has the ‘fiancee’ treating MiKa like the hired help that she was, which annoyed Do Ha.  He was also upset with MiKa for having no pride and allowing the ‘fiancee’ to ‘belittle’ her.

He then confessed to MiKa that he likes her, he said he will kiss her, hug her and sleep with her until he gets tired of her and if she knows what is good for her, she should run away now.


Episode 5-7

MiKa said that she was ok with the kissing, the hugging and sleeping together but when it really came down to it, she went shy.

There was an incident when a mentally disturbed man burst in into Do Ha’s session with his friend psychiatrist.  The man was armed with a knife, which he was brandishing to MiKa and ended up stabbing DoHa instead who heroically stood in front of Mika.

When Do Ha quizzed her about her presence in the clinic as well, she confessed about her digital clock tattoo.  She then tried to prove to him the authenticity of her ‘power’.

Do Ha said he believed her and convinced her to move in with him, which she did with such alacrity.  Actually, she lives with Do Ha and his older brother, who was a travel writer.

MiKa did not always know or see her own digital tattoo.  She first saw it when she was out and about with her best friend.  She then bumps into someone (it was Do Ha) and then she noticed her clock which at first showed that she had a year to live.

Anyway at first Mika and Do Ha were finding living together giddily exciting.  But their happiness did not last long as there was the matter about the ‘fiancee’ whom Mika feels rather guilty about.  Then came Do Ha’s first love on the scene.

She was a Broadway star, who will be the lead of the show, where MiKa will be her understudy.

This is not all, she also had an encounter with the half-naked Do San.  She saw that he only has 29 days to live.

It was traumatic when she had to tell Do Ha what she found out about the brother.


Episode 8

This episode is a rather gentle tragedy which will make you cry so much.  Do San spent the last days of his life trying to build bridges with his family, who treated him as an outsider until the end, except for Do Ha.

As he lies dying in bed beside Do Ha, Do San told him to not hate the family.

This episode also sees MiKa finally finding out that Do Ha has almost 61 years to live yet.  As she was near him, she noticed that she is getting a lifeline from him.  His time is decreasing while hers is increasing.

Episode 9 -10

MiKa felt so guilty taking away time from Do Ha’s lifespan that she broke up with him.  She decided to go back home only to see that her immature mother found her savings account books.

MiKa had been working diligently to save money for her mother and brother in view of her impending death.

The mother, not knowing of Mika’s secret death date, went on a spending spree.  Buying an expensive handbag and food including delicious macaroons. (Actually, I too would buy bags LOL)

Obviously, MiKa was upset and frustrated with her irresponsible parent.

Meanwhile, Do Ha refuses to accept MiKa’s decision to walk away.

MiKa was then forced to tell him a lie that she never really loved him and that she was only there to increase her lifespan.

Do Ha still won’t give up.  In the end MiKa used some drastic measure.  She directly appeals to his sense of what is right.  She told him the opposite of what was happening.  She said that being with him is shortening her life.  He was killing her.

She declared that when they first got together, he was prolonging her life, adding seconds, minute, hours, days to her lifespan.  But somehow this changed and she is no losing time by being with him.  These are all lies, of course, to ensure that he doesn’t go near her anymore.

Episode 11

I have to admit that I had a literal ‘about time’ moment with this episode.  It was so boring, a non-happening one, so watching it was like watching a kettle boils.

There were no stand out scenes; what I can remember was going to and pro into the timeline on the bottom of the screen to see how many more minutes I have to waste my evening on.  🙂  sad!

This episode was an hour of utter nonsense.  It is obviously a filler to make up for the ultimate 16.

The thing though is I am losing sympathy with MiKa.  What is she living for anyway?  Her mother and brother are a waste of space.  And she can’t fall in love with Do Ha.  So what is her life all about?  Just waiting to expire miserably?  Way to go Mika!!!

Why not take a chance?  Do Ha must be in his 30s  already and it seems he is destined to live for just over 60 years more.  He will be in his 90s. Why not stay with him for at least 6 months to a year and give him the time of his life and in so doing MiKa can enjoy herself as well.

Instead, she is living her last few months in utter misery and discontent and she was rubbing the feeling to DoHa.

If this a melodrama then it was not dramatic enough.  I would probably need to pinch myself very hard to produce tears, but why would I when I am at the point of dying from ennui.

Honestly, the only really watchable character in this episode was the old lady in the nursing home and she was not in the drama long enough.

I hope the next episodes are so much better.

Episode 12

Su Bong had a haircut and doing everything to force Do Ha to marry her.

Do Ha have had it with the business of the business.

The director was being such a diva, he thinks everything should be done absolutely according to his way including taking his time choosing the main lead in the musical.  He then said the lead will be chosen from the group already training under him.

Do Ha was annoyed, delay means money wasted.  He was also particularly concerned about the unknown lead. An unknown won’t sell tickets.

Do Ha finally had enough and called a meeting.  He asked the staff and actors to choose, whether to leave with the director or stay with him.  He also told his Chinese partner that he won’t be doing business with someone he doesn’t trust as the Chinese been blowing hot and cold.

This episode ended with the obituary of the kind nice lady from the hospice.  MiKa was in bits!

Episode 13

The grieving MiKa met Do Ha at the doorway where the wake for Oh So-nyeo was being held.

To their surprise Oh So-Nyeo was still very much alive.  She said that she wanted a fun funeral she can participate in, meet all her friends and hear their kind words before she actually passes on.

Do Ha finally found out that Mika was rather economical with the truth.  He knew that being with him doesn’t really affect her in a negative way.  MIKa told DoHa what his life-clock was.  MiKa, however, refused to tell him that being with him meant that her time clock was increasing by stealing his time from his lifespan.

Episode 14

MiKa won the lead role for the musical.

It was also the pre-wedding lunch between Do Ha and Su Bong’s family.  It was the traditional ‘meeting of the elders’.  Do Ha was late and told them that it seemed he was not clear enough with Su Bong about not wanting to marry her.

After so many confrontations, Do Ha said that he can’t leave Mika because she will die without him and without Mika, he would not want to live either.

Su Bong was pushed to the very brink, she asked him what about her, she can’t live without him.  She went to the rooftop with the intention of jumping.

Episode 15

Su Bong did not jump as Do Ha grabbed her at the last minute.

Su Bong finally realised that she’s too good for Do Ha.  She went to meet with him and returned all the rings that he gave her with his marriage proposals over the years.

Mi Ka had a very successful first show.  Everyone was there and proud of her.  Even Su Bong was there and finally told her to be the best so that it would be less irritating to know that she was dumped in favour of a nobody.

MiKa moved in with Do Ha as they promised to each other before the start of the musical.

To be less obsessed with the amount of time left, Do Ha wore a hoodie all the time to hide his life clock when he was with MiKa and he bound Mika’s wrist to prevent her looking at hers.

But during the first opportunity that she got, she untied the band and saw that her time was increasing exponentially.

Episode 16

Happy Ending but at this point you just want the whole drama to be over.   The leads, both multi-awarded good actors, do not have that sizzling chemistry that could make a mediocre script effervescent.

Do Ha, I thought had more ‘presence’ when he was with Su Bong.

Anyway, it took being on the precipice of death for both Do Ha and MiKa to be together.

They both survived a near-fatal accident.

MiKa left Do Ha again to protect him but her mother finally found out about the truth.  Her daughter had left home to die alone.

After having a heart to heart with MiKa, she then went to Do Ha and begged him to do whatever he can to prevent Mika from dying.

And there in the middle of a busy road, they had their emotional encounter.  Mika was near breaking point watching her life clock gaining all the years that Do Ha should be having.  As Do Ha was losing every minute of his lifespan a large van came careering towards him and MiKa.

It looked like they were both a goner.

But MiKa woke up in the hospital with her life clock gone and her first visitor was a smiling Do Ha.

And they live happily ever,  fated from when they were both children over an earlier car accident.

The ending really is bland.

The End

 

Partners For Justice (KDrama) Review & Summary

Investigation Couple poster

AKA as Investigation Couple

Genre: Forensic, Law. Legal

Date Released: May 2018

KDrama: 32 episodes

Cast:

  • Jung Jae-Young as Baek Beom
  • Jung Yoo Mi as Eun Sol
  • Lee Yi Khung as Cha Soo Ho
  • Park Eun Seok as Kang Hyun
  • Staphanie Lee as Stellar Hwang

Baek Beom and and Eun Sol have to pull their resources together to solve heinous crimes.

The couple are polar opposites.  Baek Beom is taciturn and self-contained and had a 10 years experience in forensic work at the National Forensic Service.

Eun Sol, on the other hand is a little princess, from moneyed background.  She is cheerful but still a newbie prosecutor.  She is quite bright though, so bright that she could have become a judge rather than a prosecutor.


Partners For Justice (KDrama) Review & Summary

Episode 1 & 2

So far so good.  The first five minutes hook you in immediately.

The first time Baek Beom and Eun Sol met was over a body of a woman beaten to death, which was believed to be by her husband.

Eun Sol showed her ignorance of forensic protocols by moving the body without using protective gloves and disposable overshoes.  She was harshly told off by Baek Beom, the medical examiner.  Telling her that she could have compromised the result of the forensic.  She was then taken by the police to get her fingerprints in order to eliminate her prints from the forensic.

Baek Beom started the autopsy on the dead woman.  He was visibly upset when he found out that she was pregnant.

There was a flashback of him and his wife being involved in a car accident.  He was thrown off the car while his pregnant wife perished when the car blew up in flames.

Dont trust anyone, not even dead bodies!

That must be the mantra of a good pathologist.

The second episode was a make or break for the career of newbie, Eun Sol.  She was prosecuting the husband of the beaten dead woman but Baek Beom was a star witness for the alleged assailant.

Baek Beom declared that the beating had nothing to do with the wife’s death.  It was an accidental death brought about by a cocktail of drugs she was taking.

Episode 3 & 4
There is more camaraderie between Baek Beom and Eun Sol., I like this drama because it is believable in the sense that just because you wanted things to happen according to your preconceived notion, it doesn’t mean it will go your way as in Eun Sol’s case.

She wanted the husband to be punished for his wife death but in the end he really did not do it as proven by forensic.

In episode 4, is another story involving a adopted brother of three sisters. The adopted brother inherited the bulk of money from the family. Despite being dead for three years, his wife took it upon herself to impregnate herself with the dead husband’s frozen sperm cells.

The three sisters where up in arms because it would mean the money would go to the baby as willed by their father.

The wife had the body dug up, against the sisters’ wishes, for DNA purposes. Baek Beom found anomalies with the body. It had some contusions which are suspicious.  He sought the help of Eun Sol to get an emergency warrant, before the sisters create havoc.

Episode 5-8

The wife is the culprit!  She almost killed Eun Sol, who got badly injured.

She was then being forced by her parents to hand in her notice at work and marry a chaebol, who was going to give her three million dollars as a dowry.

As she refused, her father asked her to leave without taking anything with her.  She then had to surrender all the credit cards to him.

By accident, she ended up renting an officetel next door to Baek Beom.

The next case is more personal involving someone working closely with their cases.

My only gripe about this drama is the leading lady.  She is so full on.  She is good at her job but somehow I find her annoying. Tone down a bit and give her a bit more common sense when it comes to the forensic investigations.

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