Review: Master’s Sun (주군의 태양)

This was one of the best dramas of 2013. After a flop show by the Hong Sisters in Big they made a wonderful comeback through Master’s Sun.

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Genre:

Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

 Synopsis:

Tae Gong Shil, fondly called Taeyang played by Gong Hyo Jin started seeing ghosts after a road accident.  As the usual ghost-seeing characters she is pestered by ghosts asking her to fulfill their wishes. On one such detour to help a grandma ghost she meets our hero Joo Joong Won a.k.a Joogun played by So Ji Sub. He is the CEO of Kingdom Group but like our usual drama heroes is cold-hearted but he has this strange power that whenever our heroine touches him the ghosts around her vanish. Hence she decides to stick to him to escape from the pestering ghosts. Together they deal with many ghosts, solve their problems and help them rest in peace. Joong Won is dealing with a trauma due to a kidnapping incident during his school days. The culprit behind this kidnapping took a diamond necklace as a ransom and Joong Won is determined to get it back with the help of Taeyang . Does he solve the mystery behind his kidnapping 15 years back and in the process how he falls in love with our heroine is what this story tells.

The Plus Factor:

I liked the ghost of the week concept. It was like story within the main story. Short but meaningful. Joogun’s character development was also great. Being the one with tightly shut heart, the slow process of opening his heart to a clumsy girl like Taeyang was heart-warming. I was sort of cheering for him from day one. The supporting role Tae Yi Ryung played by Kim Yoo Ri was a cute character. The usual supporting roles tend to disrupt the relationship between the leads but she was trying to get them together though for her own selfish reasons it was good to see a difference for once. The male supporting role played by Seo In Guk too was good to see. As a big fan of him since Reply 1997 days was great to see him play a handsome security chief. And about the OST I personally loved all the songs. Most favourite would be Yoon Mirae’s Touch Love. Touch love is basically the OST of the year. Also loved Last One by Yoomi.

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The Minus Factor:

In the last few episodes we went on a circle and few drama clichés like the heroine going abroad and then coming back. Other than that it was perfect

My Rating

A minus one for the unnecessary cliche.

9/10

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Review: Heirs (상속자들)

Been neglecting my blog for a long time, and it’s time to come back. Heirs, was probably the most expected drama of 2013. But did it live up to the expectations? I learnt many life lessons from it but still it didn’t live up all the hype.

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Genre:

Romance, Friendship and Business

 

Synopsis:

So we have Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan and his half-brother Kim Won played by Choi Jin Hyuk. The are the heirs to Jeguk Group. They maybe be multi-millionaires but it all come with a price. Kim Won cant show his love for his brother nor can he show his love for his girlfriend fearing that he will lose in the power struggle. On the other hand Kim Tan unlike his brother is willing to give up everything just for love. And the love of his life is Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye), the daughter of the maid in Kim Tan’s house. There are MANY more supporting characters each with their own set of problems. Let me just list them out.

1.      Choi Young Do (Kim Woo Bin)-Once best friends with Kim Tan. The School bully whom I hated at first but later on he ending up breaking my heart.

2.      Lee Boo Na (Krystal) & Yoon Chan Young (Kang Min Hyuk)- The cutest couple of k-drama land.

3.      Lee Hyo Shin (kang Han Eul)- A senior who wants to live his life the way he feels is right.

4.      Yoo Rachel-Kim Tan’s Fiance. One twisted character she is but actualy is a rich girl who doesn’t know how to express herself.

5.      Jo Myung Soo (Hyun Shik)-The class clown. Somehow i felt they didn’t give a significant role in the story. He was just around.

What Heirs tries to tell us is ‘He Who Wishes To Wear the Crown, Bear the Weight’.

The Plus Factor:

The Friendship, bromance and sibling love were the three elements that helped me watch this one. Though the drama as a whole was not that impressive every episode had scenes which touched my heart and made me smile. The OST was beyond awesome. It had many songs but each one was excellent. My personal favourites were Moment by 2AM’s Changmin, Love Is by Bromance and In the name of love by VIXX’s Ken. Should also talk about Lee Bo Na and Yoon Chan Young couple, they are really the cutest couple ever !! Also I wonder how Kim Woo Bin is always a part of the bromance of the year. Last year it was him and Lee Jong Seok in School 2013 and this year it is him and Lee Min Ho. (Not that am complaining.)

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The Minus Factor:

20 epsiodes was too much I felt. The first few episodes were bit dragging. They lingered in California and in Young do’s bullying longer than it deserved. There were many fillers. Many scenes that did not add anything to the story but since these scenes were either cute or heart touching I didn’t really hate them. Heirs achieved 20+% viewership rating which is an impressive score but if hadn’t been for the star cast I don’t think it would have done so well. All the actors are the current heart-throbs Lee Min Ho, Choi Jin Hyuk, Kang Han Eul, Kim Woo Bin, Hyun Shik and Park Shin Hye. I myself was first attracted because of the cast.

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My Rating

I was really confused about rating this one. From a fan’s point of view I did enjoy this one thanks to the cuteness and star cast but from a 3rd person point of view, the story and way it was told lacked a lot. Thus it is either a 7 or 8. Ok let’s settle with

7.5/10

P.S. I mentioned that I learnt many life lessons from Heirs, one of them is ‘He Who Wishes To Wear the Crown, Bear the Weight’. What it means is if you want something like love, fame or money you need to bear the weight or troubles that come along with them. I don’t know whether the life of millionaires are as portrayed by the drama but if it is so I’d rather be poor. Honestly !

Review: Nine: Nine Times Time Travel (나인: 아홉 번의 시간여행)

Yet another time travelling drama! I didn’t have much expectation for this one because too many time travel dramas came out last year. But reviews by fellow k-drama fans were full of praises for this one. I immediately got excited but had to keep in control till my exams got over and on the 1st day of the vacation started this drama. Finished it the next day! Should I say more?

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Genre:

Mystery, Romance, Fantasy

 

Synopsis:

Park Sun Woo (Lee Jin Wook) is a reporter whose elder brother died in the Himalayas. He learns that his brother was in search of something and that happens to be a Time-Traveler. The time-traveler is in the form of incense sticks which when lighted allows a person to go back 20 years and stay there for 30 minutes before returning to the present. Sun Woo decides to fulfill his brother’s dream of changing the past. But changing the past is something which changes the future too and a series of events follow. Ultimately did our hero manage to change the past and does it without altering the future is what this drama tells.

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The Plus Factor:

It will keep you glued. Even when going to bed I was trying to solve the mystery but I couldn’t. The writer is a Genius. I wonder how he managed to write a drama that tickles our brain! It’s been 2 months since I finished it but still awestruck by everything about it. The time travel was from 2012 to 1992. And the 1992’s Sun Won played by ZE:A’s Park Hyun Shik was an awesome character. The supporting cast too did a great job. Especially Sun Woo’s friend Dr. Han Young Hoon’s (Lee Seung Jun) reaction everytime he comes to know about a shocking piece of information were hilarious. Somehow this drama pulled the right strings for me. It was perfect in every way.  Queen Inhyun’s Man was also a time travel drama which went on well until it reached that logic less ending. But this drama had the best ending a drama can ever have (at least for me). And another reason to like this drama is because few scenes were shot in Nepal my neighboring country. (I know it’s childish but for fans like me in whose country K-world is not known it feels great to know a Korean drama crew was so close yet so far!)

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The Minus Factor:

Maybe I was too busy focusing on the drama and the mystery I didn’t have enough space in my mind to listen to the music but still I didn’t find the OST very impressing.

My Rating

10/10  And into my Top 5 list.

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My Opinion: Top 5 Multi-talented Actors

To begin with, this is just my opinion and NOT the actual list of Multi-talented actors. I have included only actors whom I know, so if I have left out any multi-talented actor do let me know.  It would be fair only if I choose actors with a steady acting career hence Idol Singers will not feature in this list.

 5. Ji Hyun Woo

I saw Ji Hyun Woo-the actor, in Queen Inhyun’s Man. He has also played the lead role in dramas like A Thousand Kisses (2011), The Birth of the Rich(2010), Invincible Lee Pyung Kang(2009) and many more. I later found out that he is a member of the Korean indie rock band ‘The Nuts’. The band is still active though Hyun Woo is not a part of it. He has 5 Albums to his name as a member of ‘The Nuts’ and has also contributed to the OST of his dramas like Merry Mary, My Sweet Soul and Old Miss Diary. He has also released a self-composed Single album titled ‘Crescendo’ in 2011. That’s it about Ji Hyun Woo-the musician. He has also been the MC of Invincible Youth 2 and Music Bank (2005) and also a Radio DJ. If you consider kissing as a talent, he is the most talented!

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4. Joo Won 

Who knew Gaksital could sing? I didn’t .I was surprised when I found a video of him singing ‘Those Magic changes’ for the Musical ‘Grease’. In one word he was ‘AWESOME’. Later I found that even before acting in dramas he was a musical actor which explains why he is so talented. He has also contributed to the OST of his dramas like Baker King, Kim Tak Goo (2010), Gaksital (2012) and 7th Grade Civil Servant (2013). He is also part of the variety show 1 Night 2 Days. Wish he would song more.

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3. Jang Geun Suk

He has the looks, he can act and can sing what more do you need from a guy? He has a long acting career starting from 2001 and has starred in dramas like Beethoven Virus, Hong Gil Dong (2008), You are Beautiful (2009), Mary stayed out all night (2010) and Love Rain (2012). He has contributed to the OST of most of his dramas and is also successful as a singer in Japan having released 2 albums. I personally love his voice and wish he would debut as a singer in Korea. We can say that he has writing talent too because during Mary stayed out all night there were rumors that he changed the script of the last few episodes. If that is true we have writer Jang Geun Suk too!!  (Though I am not sure whether he makes a good writer).

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2. Micky Yoochun

I know Yoochun is an idol singer and many of you might ask me how he is in this list. But as I said I chose those with a steady acting career and you’ve got to agree this guy has it. He has a handful of successful and popular dramas starting with the latest Missing you (2013), Rooftop Prince (2012), Miss Ripley (2011), Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010) and a few more. As a singer he needs no introduction. He was the member of one of the most popular K-pop groups DBSK/TVXQ and now a member of JYJ. I am not a big DBSK/JYJ fan but I was totally blown over by the songs ‘In Heaven’ by JYJ and ‘Doushite’ by DBSK. This guy is surely an amazing singer. He has also written a few songs for both DBSK and JYJ.

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1.     Lee Seung Gi

A singer, actor and MC, Lee Seung Gi has been successful in all the 3 categories. He debuted as a singer with the song ‘Because you are my girl’ way back in 2004 which was an instant hit. Almost all his songs are popular and he has a long list of awards. Newcomer award, excellence award, solo artist award, popularity award, drama artist award (PHEW) so on and on. His duet song ‘Smile Boy’ with figure-skater Kim Yuna became the official 2010 FIFA World Cup commercial song in South Korea. His first drama as a lead is Shining Inheritance (2009). Followed by which he has had successful dramas like My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (2010), King2Hearts(2012) and the currently airing Gu Family Book (2013). He was also a part of the 1st season of the variety show 1 night 2 Days and the MC of the popular talk show ‘Strong Heart (2009-2012). There are many artist who have been in all the 3 categories (singing, acting and MC) but Lee Seung GI is the one who excelled in it.

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Special Mention 

Hyun Bin-Another great actor but has just one song to his name which is ‘That Man’ from Secret Garden. But this one song was enough to make me a fan of Hyun Bin-the singer

 And that’s it. What do you think? Are there more multi-talented artists out there? Or does anyone in this list does not deserve to be there. Do let me know !

My Opinion: Top 5 Pretty Faces (꽃미남)

5. Song Jong Ki

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal is where I first saw this pretty boy. And that particular drama had a whole bunch of pretty boys like Park Yoo Chun and Yoo Ah In but the one who caught my eyes was Song Jong Ki. He was a supporting character but I was waiting for him to come on screen. Then I saw him in the variety show Running Man and was pretty impressed with him there too. Beauty and Brain-that was his image in Running Man. Then came Innocent Man. Honestly , in this one there were times I saw the pretty face Jong Ki but because of his shady character couldn’t look at him as a pretty boy.

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4.  Yoo Seung Ho

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   Saw him first in God of Study. He was a Teen at that time. Even now he is teen. Kiddo is just 19 now !! (Noona Fan here!!). But the next two dramas that I saw him in, he played characters that were too old for his actual age. In Arang and the Magistrate he played the role of ‘infinity’ year old Jade Emperor, in simpler terms-Heaven’s Keeper. In the next one, that is, Missing You, he played a 20+ year old guy. A very mature role but he did a good job. I fell for the teen-Yoo Seung Ho and fell for the grown up man-Yoo Seung Ho too. Beauty and Talent-that is what Yoo Seung Ho is for me.

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3. Jang Geun Suk

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This guy needs no introduction, I guess. With the title ‘Asia Prince’, he was the first actor that I fell for, thanks to, You are Beautiful. Strangely all the dramas that I have seen him in, he plays the handsome guy character-You are Beautiful, Mary stayed out all Night and Love Rain. Beauty and Skills is what best describes Geun Suk. Skilled- as a singer.  Not bad-as an actor.

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2. Jung Il Woo

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SCHEDULER. That is what I will call him for the rest of my life. His role in 49 Days impressed me that much. Can a girl fall for a grim reaper? Yes she can! If the reaper we are talking about is Jung Il Woo. Ironically, the next drama that I saw him in was ‘Flower Boy’ Ramyun shop. Yes, I started that drama because of him. And thanks to him I was introduced to Sageuk (Historical Dramas). Saw ‘The Moon that Embraces the Sun’ just for him and ended up giving low rating for it because they killed him. Yes, I am a super fan girl J. Beauty and Attractiveness is what Scheduler is.

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1.  No Min Woo

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Even before I start writing I smile like a fool and No Min Woo’s song ‘Trap’ from My Girlfriend is a Gumiho OST starts playing in my head. He is one villain that I didn’t hate seeing. To be honest I wanted to see more of him. But sadly he hasn’t done that many lead roles and in the one that he was the lead, they spoiled his pretty looks with that HORRIBLE hair-style. Heard the he went to some African country to do service. Beauty and Good-heart that is what No Min Woo is. And he is the Ultimate Pretty Boy.

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Completed: 100 Dramas

On March 20th 2013 I achieved something. Nothing great. On that day I completed my 100th drama. HURRAY !! MANSE!!!  만세!! It took exactly 2 and a half years to accomplish this. And 2 and a half years back I never thought I would come this far. And the 100 dramas include 73 Korean Dramas, 17 Taiwanese dramas and 10 Japanese Dramas.

My First Korean Drama- You are my Destiny

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From 1st to 100th: The things that have changed

  1. From Hoobae to Sunbae (From Junior to Senior)

The memories of being a newbie drama watcher are still fresh. After finishing my first k-drama I didn’t know what to do next. Which drama to watch? Where to watch? I was so lost. But now I can tell you the list of currently airing dramas, the ones that are getting high ratings and the ones which are scheduled to be aired soon. I am in a position to guide a newbie watcher. Tell them which drama to watch and which not to watch, provide them links if they can’t find and give them information about their favourite stars etc.  A proud sunbae!

2. Not Alone

Fans from countries where K-dramas are well known wouldn’t be able to understand this but for fans like me who are in a country where you are the only one to like k-dramas among your friends it is really difficult. To be frank you feel like a loner (*Singing CNBLUE’s I’m a Loner*), with no one to talk to about your likes. Now k-pop and k-drama are getting more popular in my country and I am no longer a loner. That and I have succeeded in making a few of my friends familiar with drama world so not lonely anymore. (*Singing MJ’s You are Not alone*)

First Taiwanese Drama- It started with a Kiss

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3. Korean as part of my talk

There were times when I used to mute the audio and watch the drama because even with the audio on nothing is going make sense. But now I watch few shows without English subtitles thanks to the little Korean I have managed to learn through these years. And no more disappointment even if my favourite show is not being subbed, just watch it without the subs. I can enjoy singing songs because now I understand what I am singing. In college you need to have code words that only you and your friends understand so that it is easy to talk without others knowing whom you are talking about. And thanks my Korean obsession code words have become easy to make. Just translate whatever you want to call them to Korean.  I no longer say ‘Oh My God’. I say ‘OMO’ in Korean style! And there are many other words that have made way into my daily vocabulary.

4. Introduction to K-pop and variety shows

Well this is one thing that almost all k-drama lovers will experience. If you  love the dramas then automatically you will somehow be pulled to the music. Not only through the OST’s but also through the actors since many actors are singers too. And now that you have gone to the music world you will find out that your favourite singer is a guest in some show and you will definitely watch it and there comes your introduction to variety shows. This is how I went about. Any kind of sequence is possible. Ultimately you will end up knowing about all the three.

First Japanese Drama-Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge

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5. Pulling your friends to k-world

As I said before I managed to introduce a few of my friends to Korean.  I tell them some drama’s story during free time, share with them songs I love etc.

6. Forgetting my country’s dramas and music

This may not happen to many. But as of now I don’t know much about the new movies or songs of my country because I have totally lost interest in them. I was not that into my country’s music and movies even before k-world came but at least I knew the famous ones. But now I seriously don’t know what’s going on. Though this may sound bad, I couldn’t help it. K-dramas and music are really too good. I can also say that they fit my taste/preference.

100th Drama- Vampire Prosecutor 2

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There are many more dramas to come and who knows how much I will change when I reach the 200th drama. Maybe I may never reach 200 dramas because I might get bored of dramas by then. Whatever the future is, as of now I must stop writing and get back to my 101st soon.

Review: Flower Boy Next Door (이웃집 꽃미남

I have seen tons of romance dramas but never one like this one.

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Genre:

Romance, Comedy

Synopsis:

Go Dok Mi (Park Shin Hye) has a past which made her fear the world. She loves being at home and hates to have any kind of contact with people. Oh Jin Rak/Oh Jae Won (Kim Ji Hoon) is a webtoon writer living next door to Dok Mi and in love with her. One day Enrique Geum (Yoon Si Yoon) a famous game designer comes to Dok Mi and Jin Rak’s neighborhood and starts living there. He meets Dok Mi and tries his best to make her face the world. Does Dok Mi finally forget her past and come out of her shell? Is it the power of love that helped her? If yes, who is the one whom she falls in love with? Is what this drama tells.

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The Plus Factor:

As I said in the beginning never have I seen a romance drama like this one. The whole concept was different. There have been many drama where one of the leads may be an arrogant one and love changes them. But this is the first drama that I have seen which involves helping a person fight a trauma. You can clearly see changes in Dok Mi as each episode proceeds. From being the girl who hates even getting things delivered to her house because then she would have to face the delivery man (yes, she was in that bad state) she turned to girl brave enough to ask the man she loves to go for a trip. Dok Mi is a editor who edits other’s books so she does have literature talent which is also shown through her diaries. Her diary entries really inspired me to write a diary and also made me understand that a diary is not only for writing everyday happenings but it is also friend to share your thoughts with. Every episode i was curious to know what she writes in her diary.

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The Minus Factor:

Episode 13-15. This is where the drama fell. I said before that this drama was special and different but episode 13-15 it became just an average drama with the usual story, the usual twist and the usual lie. It was bad to the extent where I didn’t even have the urge to watch the final episode. But I heard that the final episode was good so I ended up watching it. And yes the final episode was good, so were the first 12 episodes. But 13-15 were so sour that I forgot the sweetness of the 12 episodes. It is a relief that at least the final episode brought back the sweetness.

My Rating

This is the first time I have been so confused in rating a drama. I don’t want to give it a 9 neither do I want to give it 8. So somewhere in the middle 8.5/10 .

Why did you mix 3 parts of sourness with 13 parts of sweetness?

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