KDramas

Reviews: 2012

Category

Best: Mawang, Slingshot, Joseon X-files, Damo, Giant

Confusing: 90 Days to Love, A Love to Kill, Secret Garden, Style, 9-tailed Fox

Crack: Coffee Prince, Sunkyunkwan Scandal, Boys Over Flowers, You’re Beautiful, Oh My Venus

Disappointing: City Hunter, Wild Romance, Soulmate, Personal Taste, Mary Stayed Out All Night

Favorite: What Star Are You From?, Crazy for You, BIG, La Dolce Vita, Nine

Family: Smile You, Assorted Gems, Unexpected You

Poignant: Flowers of My Life, 9ends 2outs, Alone in Love, It’s Ok, It’s Love*

Saguek: The Princess’ Man, Hong Gil Dong, Conspiracy in the Court, Hwang Jin Yi, Tree With Deep Roots, Six Flying Dragons

Supernatural/Fantasy: Faith, Vampire Prosecutor 

Stories: BIG, Resurrection, Cain and Abel

Waste of Time: Gong 2, We are Dating Now, One Fine Day, Exhibition of Firework, Powerful Opponents

Worst: ATHENA, Witch Amusement, My Sweet Seoul, Temptation of An Angel, Take Care of Agassi

Actors

All Time Favorites: Kim Gab Soo, Jung Kwan Ryul, Go Hyun Jung, Cha Seung Won,

Seasoned(M): Choi Il Hwa, Jin Gook Hwan, Kil Young Woo, Jung Bo Suk

Seasoned(F): Kim Hye Ok, Kim Young Ae

Mature(M): Kim Seung Woo, Lee Jung Jae, Hwang Ji Min, Eom Ki Joon, Uhm Tae Woong

Mature(F):Shin Eun Gyung, Oh Yeon Soo, Lee Mi Yeon, Kim Sun Ah, Kang Hye Jung

Established(M): Jang Hyuk, So Ji Sub, Kim Sang Woo, Kim Rae Won , Jo Hyun Jae

Established(F): Gong Hyo Jin, Lee Yo Won, Shin Min Ah, Moon Geun Young, Son Ye Jin

Upcoming(M): Yoon Kye Sang, Jang Geun Suk, Kim Jae Wook, Kim Nam Gil, Yoo Ah In

Upcoming(F): Lee Si Young, Seo Woo

Young(M): Kim Soo Hyun, Lee Seung Ho, Lee Min Ho, Jung Il Woo,

Young(F): Kim So Eun, Shim Eun Kyung, Nam Ji Hyun, Kim Yoo Jung

Guilty Pleasure(M): Eric Mun, Oh Ji Ho, Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook, Lee Dong Gun

Guilty Pleasure(F): Eugene, Ha Ji Min, Lee Yoon Ji, Yoon Eun Hye, Han Ye Seul, Park Shin Hye

Just ‘Cause: Kim Min Jong, Park Sang Min

Idols: Mickey Yoo-chun

Ost

Coffee Prince

Chuno

Secret Garden

Soulmate

Princess’ Man

Characters

Villian: Jo Pil Yeon(Jung Bo Suk) Giant

MLead: Choi Seung Hee(Kim Rae Won): What Star are You From?,  Han Kyul(Gong Yoo)- Coffee Prince, Jung Shi-hyun”The Doctor”(Jung Kyung-ho)Heartless City

Lead/Villian: Oh Seung Ha( Joo Ji Hoon) Mawang, Chae Do Woo(Kim Kang Woo) Story of a Man, Lee Dae-gil (Jang Hyuk) Chuno, Jang Joon-hyuk(Lee Myung-min) White Tower

Third: Bidam(Kim Nam Gil) Queen Seon Duk, Moon Jae Shin(Yoo Ah In) Sungkyunkwan Scandal

FLead: Couple or Trouble: Na Sangshil(Han Ye Seul), La Dolce Vita: Yoon Hye Jin(Oh Yeon Soo), History of a Salaryman: Yeo Chi(Jung Ryu Won)

15 thoughts on “KDramas”

  1. eh??? I came, I came xD
    I’m trasuachieumua @ d-addict xD. I received your message and came here immediately xD. Really eager to watch all of your entries xD. Please write more and more xD. I will send this link to my mother, she loves to read your comment in TsukiKoi’s topic too xD.

    I share my Kdramas list here for fun xD
    I must admit that I watch a lot of Kdramas but I rarely like them. I don’t know why, but I enjoy the old time Kdramas more than the recent, such as Sandglass, Yellow daysy… And I especially love 2 dramas in the category “slice of life”: Alone in love and World Withins.

    My list end here xD.

    About your list: (:P)

    I want to watch “Mawang” and “9 ends 2 out” but have not yet :P. I heard from many friends that these drama was very good. Look foward to them ^^v.

    “A love to kill” has a beautiful opening, but the rest after that make me feel bored T_T. “Secret garden” have interesting conversations and the character of Huyn Bin was remakable, but I felt disappointed with the story in the last half of this drama. I just watched “Coffee prince”, “Pasta”, “You’re beautiful”, “Personal Taste”, and “Mary stayed blah blah” for fun, so I don’t know what to comment xD.
    Ah, I’m addicted to Lee Seon Kyun after “Coffee Prince” and “Pasta” xD.

    Hehe, a long comment xD.

    Long ago, I always thought that I love and hate many things, and this way was good, but now, I realize that each people or each thing (like a film, a book, a song) in this world has its own valuable. Maybe with someone it’s not the best, but with others it’s. So I really love to read comments of films, books or songs that I don’t like, in some case, after read those comments I understand their meaning and fall in love with them. So please don’t irritate with my comment xD, I hope that after reading your list I can watch dramas that I don’t like and find that it was interesting than I thought ^^v.

    Thanks for this entry :P.

    Happy to see you again after a long time :P.

    p/s: I’m not good at English so please forgive me if I made mistakes or something like that :P.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you read my entries and post your thoughts. I’ll be looking for your mom’s comments as well. I’ll be posting recaps and my 30 day challenge in the coming weeks so look forward to it. Hopefully you’ll have some thoughts on my drama picks.
      I definitely understand your thoughts towards dramas. Most dramas I like, though they can be very disappointing. Its always good to get the perspective of others. Sometimes it solidifies your own and gives you more to think about.

  2. I’m watching La Dolce Vita now xD.
    Such a beautiful and sad drama ;_;. I fell in love with it for the first ep and from then.

    I’m still busy (so I can’t comment as long as I really want T_T) but can keep this so I go there to let you know :P.

    If you have time, please write about this drama xD. I always fall in love with your commentary and analyses 😛

    1. OMO! I’ve missed you! And great minds think alike! I’m so glad you’re watching cause my drama buddy and I are actually rewatching that drama right now. I’ve decided there’s just something about LDW in Japan… Anyway, I actually might talk about this drama soon as well. I was thinking about it. Thank you for the encouragement! Enjoy the drama. Maybe there will be a post sometime in the near future 😉

      1. I’ve missed you too 😛
        (By the way, your avatar is Kimura Takuya-san ne? xD
        If it’s right, I will go on crazy xD –
        Do you hear the NEWS about Ayase taking the heroine role in his upcoming drama of TBS xD)

        I watched La Dolce Vita because being impressed by Lee Dong Wook’s acting in Scent of a woman (and I enjoyed Scent of a woman, too, nice drama with good plot and good acting ^.^). But I immediately fell in love with Oh Yoen Soo after watching the first ep, how can she be so beautiful and elegant like this @.@? Then after the first 5 eps I fell in love with the whole itself (all the character, all the plot, all the scenes…).

        It took a long time for me to watch such a gorgeous, heart-breaking drama like this one. After Suna no Utsuwa, I watched many drama and there’s not one drama that can be beautiful and at the same time be sad, so sad like this ;_;

        I’ve just finish ep 11. I’m curious about the character of LDW :D. I fell in love with his eyes, unsteady and melancholy as if all the sadness in this world was confined in it.
        Jung Bo Suk and Park Si Yoen did a good job too xD. I fell in love with all of them.

        unnichan (can I call you this :P?) I watched La Dolce Vita and the first time in my life, I understand what’s the meaning of the word “bittersweet” :P. Maybe I will take the wrong meaning, who knows? But it’s the first time I understand the word itself, I live 20 years in this world and never give careful consideration about it :D.

        I watched this drama and felt like crying many time with many tiny details.

        Totally sinking in it :P.

      2. Yes that is K-san(my drama buddy and I pinned him that). It’s one of my fav pics. No, I didn’t know about Ayase. Hmm. We’ll see then. I’m not sure how I feel about that but I liked her opposite him in Hero so we’ll see.

        And I absolutely love LDV. It was also SoaW that made me want to go back and rewatch it, because LDW was wonderful in that drama as well. My drama buddy and I marathoned it after it came out and she loves happy endings so she didn’t love it as much as I but she suggested we rewatch it and I jumped at the chance. Yes, the drama is bittersweet and it’s so real and tangible it lives with you and digs under your skin. I’ve been thinking about recapping it, but I just don’t know. It’s a pretty had drama to approach because every moment is so valuable and it uses flashbacks and inner thoughts as it’s main vehicle of character reveal.

        The drama truly becomes apart of you. It’s a show that you never forget. And you’re also right Jung Bo Suk and Park Si Yeon were a nice addition. Bo Suk actually got my attention in this drama but it was Giant where I fell in love with him. Si Yeon on the other hand is beautiful but as an actress I wasn’t convinced until Coffee House. Not that her acting has been bad until then but more that I just didn’t quite relate with her.

        And don’t worry about you’re English. I’m sure you are improving daily. Plus I understand you just fine 🙂

  3. I’ve just finished La Dolce Vita a few days ago, ;_;
    I deeply fall in love with this drama ;_;.
    How can they make a beautiful film like this ;_; It’s so touching. I cried in the last ep T_T. This drama is really good T_T.
    But I have confused a little, unnichan, I just wonder why the clothes that Jun Soo wore in the first ep when he lied in the ground in the rain and the clothes which he wore when he jumped from Seong Gu apartment in the final ep is different @.@
    The first I thought that the flash-back in the first ep was such a normal scene, but after finished watching, I thought that this scene was the imagination of the detective. And then, he wore different clothes because the writer want to show that he’s not really die, or at least to show the feeling that maybe he’s not really die. They do this by not showing his last moments.
    The black and white scene in the first ep was just the imagination of the detective, about how Jun Soo died. And then the detective said “There is no illusion, just truth.” But in the final ep, he said a different sentence “Maybe I was old that I came to belive that fantasy. Maybe Jun Soo didn’t die.”
    I found it realy strange so I thouht I should ask you :P. As I fall in love with your thought about Tsuki no Koibito xD.

    1. I am so glad you liked it. I loved it!
      As for your question: I understand what you are talking about. I haven’t checked it out but I think I have an inkling of thinking something about that as well. But who knows. I may have just chalked it up to sloppy follow through. I will, however check it out. I just started rewatching this drama and I’m toying with recapping it, cause it’s another drama I think I’d love to chat about. Not sure though. After watching the first couple eps I think I’ll have to approach the ‘caps differently. Anywho, all that to say, do you mind if I answer your question a little later? Either I’ll watch the ep (in isolation), finish the drama, recap the drama or all three… I’m not sure yet. But I will get back to you ok?

      1. Long time no see xD
        I just was so busy that I didn’t reply to you immediately and then I forgot all the things I wanted to say T_T
        sure I will wait for you, I love to read your thoughts so there is no reason to be in a hurry ^^v

        How have you been recently? Are you fine? I read your currently watching list and want to watch what you’re watching too :P.

        I watched the first 2 eps of Soredemo Ikite Yuku, I really love this drama but I don’t have time so I haven’t finished it yet T_T

    1. Lol. So can I consider you an ATHENA fan? Aw, that’s kind of you. I wasn’t.

      To me, there was nothing good about ATHENA except the chemistry between Lee Jia and Cha Seung won. I was disappointed early on but muddled through till the end for some of my favorite actors that were unilaterally wasted on that drama.

      Like every drama, I’m sure there are plenty of people that would disagree but the this drama equals trash in my drama diary. It was the worst drama of 2012. Now, there are other dramas I didn’t like, certainly, (possibly more than I liked last year) but that thing was a stinker.

      I always find it interesting how with some dramas you need consistency and cohesion, while with others you are readily able to believe it’s setup, regardless of how nonsensical. ATHENA never made me love it (shoot, like it!). Not the characters, the world, the story.The biggest issue being story, story, story. Then character likability and chemistry.

      I personally don’t consider myself a hard or harsh drama critic. I like what I like, suspend reality and that’s that, but in some cases… I’d truly have to have a lobotomy to enjoy it.

      1. LOL 😄 U make it sound helpless, the drama I mean.
        But at least U’ve managed to survive till the end 😉
        Yeah…, Cha Seung Won, no one can resist his irresistible charm ><
        Glad to hear it from a different point of view. 😉
        After all, I'm still an Athena fan! 😄

  4. Wow!!
    You added My sweet Seoul to the worsts :O It’s one of the best k-dramas I’ve ever seen, although the 1/2 last part is not good as the begining :D.

    I have just finished Glowing she and watching Sweet buns now. Somehow I watch k-dramas and just wish that we have the same language and I can talk with you more :P. To tell you my thoughts about the film and to ask about your thought.

    Hehe. I guest I really like you as a friend ^^.

    1. Lol. Yea I saw MSS when it aired and hated it. Still do. Glad someone liked it though. As you watch shows you just come to the conclusion some dramas just aren’t for you. Somehow you miss the point or it rubs you wrongly. Either way, what the creators wanted didn’t resonate. At times, I’m annoyed by this cause I wasted my time watching it, but others, I just accept and move on.

      And anytime you want to stop in and chat, please do!!! I can decipher well or you can write in Vietnamese(am I right?) and I’ll try Goggle translate. Lol! I don’t mind. I consider us buddies too! I’d love to hear from you more. Don’t feel intimidated 😉

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