Review: Shine or Go Crazy (빛나거나 미치거나)

This one is my first non-fantasy historical drama. It sure was a wonderful experience

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Genre:
Historical, Romance
Synopsis:
Wang So (Jang Hyuk) is sent to the hills to live alone after he was deemed as the unlucky prince who brought death to the royal family. Years later the current King and the founder of the Goryeo Dynasty wants Wang So to inherit the throne one day and in order to do so he needs the power of the Hwang family and hence comes the royal wedding to Hwang Bo Yeo Won (Lee Ha Nui). What no one knows is that the prince is already married to (though it was a fake marriage) Shin Yool (Oh Yeon Seo) the last princess of Balhae. Prince Wang Wook (Im Joo Hwan) is brother of Princess Hwang Bo Yeo Won and half-brother of Prince Wang So who wants the throne for himself. How does Wang So who has no greed for the throne survive the greedy attacks from Wank Shik Ryeom (Wang So’s Uncle played Lee Duk Hwa) and Wang Wook, will he ever get together with his first bride whose face he has not seen and will he save Goryeo Kingdom is what this drama tells.

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The Plus Factor:
History can tend to be boring. Power struggle can be even more boring. But this drama made a job of making the power struggle less boring and got me into it. There I was sitting in front of the computer and cheering Prince Wang So.
Hanbok (traditional Korean Attire) is really beautiful no doubt but this drama increased by love for hanbok. The costumes were colorful and beautifully made especially those worn by Lee Ha Nui who looked really pretty and so was Oh Yeon Seo.
I was reluctant to watch this drama because I had an aversion for Oh Yeon Seo after her appearance in We Got Married but got to admit she did well in the acting department. Cant leave out the others when it comes to acting. Jang Hyuk needs no words he is a seasoned actor. My favourite Im Joo Hwan was amazing I couldn’t hate him even when I had to.
I liked two songs from the OST and that was ‘Person I Miss’ by Song Ji Eun of Secret and ‘So I Love You’ by Ailee.

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The Minus Factor:
Few episodes were little drag-gy but that can’t be helped when you are dealing with history, can we? The end was a little ambiguous.

My Rating
8.5/10. Minus 0.5 for the end.

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Review: Blood (블러드)

Was having lot of hope for this one and was eagerly waiting for the broadcast but was very disappointed.

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Genre:

Vampire, Romance

Synopsis:

Park Ji Sang (An Jae Hyun) is a vampire by birth. Both his parents were vampires murdered by their ambitious friend. Yoo Ri Ta (Gu Hye Sun) is the little girl Park saved few years back. She is the one who gave him the courage to live among humans. Ji Sang and his friend Joo Hyun Woo (Jung Hae In) come to Korea tracking few vampire related information. Ji Sang starts working as a doctor in Taemin Cancer Hospital. Lee Jae Wook (Ji Jin Hee) who killed Ji Sang’s parents is conducting a research on the vampire virus at the hospital using poor people to test his medicines. Yoo Rita and Park Ji Sang along with few others try to save the patients from this deadly experiment. Do they succeed in their mission is what this drama tells about.

The Plus Factor:

Any supernatural story gains a point from me always. Vampire dramas are no exception. But other than that I am not able to think of any good thing about this drama. This is Ahn Jae Hyun’s first drama as a lead. He really did a good job playing a vampire. His looks actually helped him fit into the vampire character. Joo Hyun Woo is a well written character and Jung Hae In did an amazing job as well. The drama also featured a cute robot called Luvvy. It was almost a character in the drama with its wit and cuteness.

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The Minus Factor:

As I was saying in my previous post about Persevere Gu Hae Ra, this drama to dragged a lot. They could have wrapped it in like 16 episodes. That would have actually saved this drama. Gu Hye Sun’s acting was unbearable during the first few episodes. Then she got better and I too got used to her acting.

My Rating

6.5/10. At least Persevere Gu Hae Ra had good OST. So minus 0.5.

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Review: Persevere Gu Hae Ra (칠전팔기, 구해라)

Delaying this review by more than a month because there was nothing much to talk about this one.

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Genre:

Music, Romance

Synopsis:

Three friends, Gu Hae Ra (Min Hyo Rin), Kang Se Chan (B1A4’sJin Young) and Kang se Jong (Kwak Shi Yang) dream of becoming singers. They participate in an audition program. There they meet Henry (Super Junior M’s Henry), Lee Woo Ri (Yoo Sung Eun) and Jang Goon(Ulala Session’s Park Kwang Seon). Due to certain events they are forced to quit the show. Kang Se JOng is taken as a trainee in an entertainment company. Things become rough between the three friends because of this event. Kang Se Chan decides to put things straight and goes to meet his brother Se Jong but loses his life in an accident. Gu Hae Ra finds Se Chan’s diary and sees a bucket list. One of his wish is to get back together with his friends from the audition program and become singers. She decides to fulfill his dream with the help of Ray (also played by Jin Young) the long lost twin brother of Se Chan. How they succeed in the cruel entertainment industry when a big man is trying to stamp them with all his means is what this drama tells.

The Plus Factor:

Just one thing. This drama lived up to its name of being a musical. The re-made songs were really AWESOME. I actually watched the drama only to get to know of good songs. The supporting characters Henry, Lee Woo Ri and Jang Goon brought a nice breeze to the otherwise dry drama. Yoo Seung Eun has a wonderful voice and i loved all the songs she sang in this drama.

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The Minus Factor:

They dragged the love triangle more than necessary. The plot was going in circles around the same thing for a long time. So it was actually boring.

My Rating

7/10. Would have rated it lower if not for the songs.