Kdrama Recommendations: Melodrama

This one is for the audience who is looking for something a little more on the serious side. Here are just a few of my favorite kdramas that have a little more…..well, drama. Enjoy:)

1. It’s Okay, That’s Love

Synopsis: While living in the same house a mystery writer and a psychiatrist begin to heal each others psychological wounds.
Ok just bring out the tissues right now because you are going to need them. Trust me. I haven’t cried this hard for a drama in a looooong time. If you don’t shed at least one tear while watching this then I think it’s safe to say that you have no soul and are empty inside.
Just kidding!… ok not really.
This drama stars Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin. While Gong Hyo Jin was the main reason I watched this drama (love her!), I have to say that Jo In Sung’s acting in this drama was what really won me over. I have never seen any of his work before so I was putting my hopes in that it was a Gong Hyo Jin drama, but I’m now officially his fan.
Another big reason why I watched this drama was because I heard Lee Kwang Soo was in it. For those who don’t know Lee Kwang Soo is a comedian/actor most famous for his role in Running Man. He’s hilarious and I’ve seen a few things with him in it but they were all comedy based. I was very curious to see him in a more serious role as he was playing a man with Tourette syndrome.
But besides the actors I think the biggest props would have to be for the writers of this drama. The premise itself is really unheard of in dramas. It touches on issues that are very rarely seen in dramas and it sheds light on the ugly side of human thinking.
I give this drama 5 stars and a standing ovation. It’s one that will surely  end up in your list of favorites 🙂

2. Doctor Stranger

Synopsis: A genius doctor escapes from North Korea and ends up working in a prestigious hospital in South Korea where he vows to make enough money to rescue his true love who was kidnapped.

Aaaand cue the dramatic violin music!

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Lol sorry little boy but I had too.

Ok so the only reason why I watched this drama was because it starred Lee Jong Suk. I normally tend to stay away from melodramas but I became a fan after watching him in I Hear Your Voice. The boy has some serious acting chops.

This kdrama is by no means light hearted so be prepared for some dark stuff. I mean you can basically tell at a glance: hospitals+ North Korea+ politics≠ romantic comedy. But besides it being filled with dark scenes, the drama itself was very intriguing to me. The whole thing is very action packed so it does keep you entertained the majority of the time.

My biggest problem with this drama is with the female lead: Jin Se Yun. Her acting irritated me throughout the entire thing. It just wasn’t as good as Lee Jong Suk’s and that destroyed it for me. This was one of those dramas where I was rooting for the second lead but we all know how that goes…:(

But all in all it is a good drama in my opinion. Definitely worth the watch.

3. Secret Love Affair

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Synopsis: A sophisticated arts foundation director ends up falling into a relationship with a gifted pianist despite being married and having a big age gap.

Ok let me just warn you that this drama is for a mature audience only. And no I don’t mean that there are sexual scenes in there. What I meant was that only a mature audience would appreciate this drama. I would say a good starting point would be 20 years old or older.

There is very little comedy involved and it deals with a lot of emotional/psychological human issues. The thing that I found most refreshing was that it didn’t try to hide the bad side of humans. No one is a good person 100% of the time nor is anyone bad 100% of the time.

The acting is superb and the leads have very good chemistry despite there being a huge age difference. <<<(cough Prime minister and I take notes cough)

It’s a good watch and has really good classical music in it. Highly recommend it.

 

Well there you have it, a couple of my favorite melodramas. What genre should I do next? Let me know what you guys think in the comments below! Thanks:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Impression: Secret Love Affair

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So I have recently picked up a new kdrama to watch called Secret Love Affair. It’s a given with its name but just to give you guys a few more information about it I’ll give you guys a short synopsis. It’s about 2 adults having an affair which threatens to destroy both their lives. One a successful arts foundation director(in her 40’s I believe) and the other a gifted piano prodigy in his 20’s.

Just by reading the description it piqued my interest. Very few kdramas have affairs in it to begin with and this one revolves around it. What’s even crazier is that they throw in a huge age gap as well. Didn’t know how they were going to make that work, but it got me very curious.

I have just finished watching episode 3 and all I have to say is “wow”. It has gone far beyond my expectations. My biggest concern for this drama was that I didn’t want them to make their relationship just about sex. I have seen many Korean movies with similar concept and they are mostly based on physical attraction. No real chemistry just raging hormones. But so far that isn’t he case in this drama. You can really tell the leads have this amazing connection through music and it’s really amazing to watch.

What really blew me away was the main male lead’s (Yoo Ah In) acting. His emotions when he plays the piano are spot on and the passion that he portrays toward the female lead (Kim Hee Ae) is very believable.

I don’t want to start spoiling things so I’ll stop here for now. All that I have left to say is that if you haven’t watched it yet you definitely should give it a try. I’m hooked!

To Re-watch or not to Re-watch?

Why the shower scene you ask? Because this post is about making a decision. Guys do all the thinking in the shower in kdramas:)

Why the shower scene you ask? Because this post is about making a decision. Guys do all the thinking in the shower in kdramas:)

That is the question that has been constantly plaguing my mind lately. I’m sure I’m not alone either. As a fellow kdrama addict it’s a given that we are sometimes faced with the decision to either start a new drama or re-watch one of our favorites. Sure, it might be easy to re-watch an old favorite when nothing new catches our attention but this isn’t necessarily the best choice.

Let me explain.

For many of us kdrama fans, there are always certain dramas that hold a special place in our hearts. It could be because of certain scenes, favorite characters, or maybe just a well written story. Whatever the case, we have our favorites. And as time goes on, sometimes you get the urge to re-watch some of these, but I just want to point out that this decision needs to be made with caution.

Some memories are better left as beautiful memories!

I have chosen to re-watch a couple of my favorite dramas without giving it much thought and have acquired a handful of tainted memories as a result. What I mean is that these dramas that I’ve thought so high of at first are not as I remembered them to be.

Since I have already seen them, I knew what was going to happen so I found myself paying more attention to the other parts of the drama. I kept getting disappointed with what I found. The OST wasn’t up to par, some scenes were cut short or too long, the drama started to drag. These were just some of the comments that popped into my head as I re-watched some of my favorites.

To sum up my thoughts, I really regret re-watching my favorites. My beautiful memory has become now become fuzzy. Sometimes to the point where I ask myself why I even liked it so much in the first place.

So for all of you guys who are tempted to re-watch an old favorite my advice would be to skip it. If you want it to remain as your favorite at least. Sometimes a good memory is better left at just that…a memory.
What do you guys think? Have you ever re-watched a drama and still loved it as much as you did the first time? Leave your comments below!

Kdrama Recommendations: Romantic Comedy

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I don’t know where this is from but doesn’t it just scream Romantic Comedy?

First off I would like to thank Aimee for giving me the idea to recommend a couple of my favorite kdramas by genre.

Today I’ll be doing rom coms since those are my favorites. Some are still airing, but I will specify which ones as I know some of you don’t like to wait a whole week for new episodes. Also keep in mind these are in no particular order and spoiler free! Enjoy!

1. My Love From Another Star

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Synopsis: An alien gets dropped off on earth during the Joseon era to study life on the planet. While he is there he falls in love with a widow and unfortunately has to witness her tragic death. 400 years later he comes across a Hallyu star who turns out to be his lost loves reincarnation.

Now as most of you who read my other posts can guess, I absolutely love this drama. Everything about it is just amazing to me. The writing, actors, production, etc. This drama has gained huge ratings and tons of fans, and they are well deserved. The romantic story between the leads is amazing, every episode will give you something to laugh at, and the villain will give you the chills. What more can you ask for?

At first I was a little hesitant to start this drama. I mean the whole plot sounds a little wacky to work, but it does! And beautifully I might add. I also wasn’t particularly fond of the actors, which play a big role in which dramas I choose. I’ve never seen Jeon Ji Hyun in anything and the only big role that I’ve seen Kim Soo Hyun in is as the lead in Dream High. I even found his character extremely annoying.

Even with all these hesitations I decided to give it a shot. And I’m so glad I did:) The actors do an amazing job of portraying their characters and you will fall in love with each and every one of them. My favorite is Cheon Song Yi. Let me warn you though, she will seem a little annoying at first but trust me she will grow on you quick.

That being said you will not regret watching this. Trust me just watch it:)

2. Emergency Couple (still airing)

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Synopsis: A divorced couple is brought together in the emergency room where they are both interns in the same hospital.

This drama is like the Korean version of Greys Anatomy. The whole reason I decided to pick up this drama is because of my love for the 2 leads. I love both Song Ji Hyo and Choi Jin Hyuk. They are both amazing actors and I was really looking forward to seeing Jin Hyuk with a less serious character. I really hope he gets more of these kinds of characters because I absolutely fell in love with the man because of his character in this drama.

Emergency couple is absolutely hilarious. Some scenes aren’t the usual type of comedy you normal see in kdramas either. Ughh I’m struggling not to say this since I want this to be spoiler free, but just watch out for the CPR scene. When you watch it you’ll know what I’m talking about;) I was left in tears! (of laughter just to clarify lol)

The special effects team is nothing to laugh at either. Since the setting is in a hospital of course there are going to be some gory scenes but I didn’t expect them to be that great since it was a comedy. I was pleasantly surprised though. The patient’s wounds look very realistic and I end up learning a little about the medical field with each episode. So I guess it’s also educational?

Anyways a very good drama so far. Strongly recommend it.

3. Answer Me 1994

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Synopsis: Answer Me 1994 is a sequel to the earlier kdrama Answer Me 1997. As in the previous drama, the story is set in the 90’s around a group of friends as they discover friendships, hardships, and love.

Again I was putting this drama off for a while. But this time it was for a more shallow reason….their clothes. “Did you seriously just say that?” you ask. Why yes, yes I did. I mean look at them! I’m not a fan of 90’s fashion and seeing these beautiful actors in those horrendous rags they call clothes was not something I was looking forward to.

But with seeing all the good reviews it has been getting I decided to pick it up. Again so glad I did:)

Go Ah Ra’s character has completely stolen my heart. This is the first work I have seen her in and she has made me a fan within the first episode. She really becomes Na Jung and the rest of the cast is nothing to laugh at either. Well actually I take that back….I can’t really say that since they are all freaking hilarious but you know what I mean.

This drama is what they are refering to when they say “laughter is the best medicine”.  Just be warned the love triangle guessing game will a bit frustrating, but other than that great drama.

4. Flower Boy Ramen Shop

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Synopsis: A university student is studying for her civil service exam in hopes of becoming a teacher. She starts working at an all boys high school as a student teacher and piques the interest of  Cha Chi Soo: an arrogant heir to a huge conglomerate. When her father dies she is left to run his ramen shop with the man he left it to. Cha Chi Soo along with 2 others end up working there as well and love/comedy ensues!

Stars Jung Il Woo. Enough said…moving on!

Ok not really. As much as I think that should be enough reason for anyone to watch a drama….a lot of you don’t know who he is. What a shame:( So I guess I’ll give a couple more reasons to watch this drama for those few who are unlucky enough to not have come across this gift to mankind.

Let me start by stating the fact that this is a noona romance. For those who don’t know, it means a younger guy older girl relationship. But for those who don’t like these types of romances don’t cross it off your list just yet. Yes, I found it a little creepy as well that a high school student and university student were interested in each other, but the way they came across it worked really well. It’s not creepy at all, trust me.

Our lead female character is another reason to watch this. Lee Chung Ah is amazeballs. She’s strong, speaks her mind, and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Oh and she’s also freaking hilarious. I’m tempted to re-watch this for a 3rd time as I’m typing this. It’s that good people!

Needless to say you will love all the characters in this drama. Well almost….my exception would be Kim Ba Wool’s girlfriend. I just wanted to drop kick her the whole time.

5. Greatest Love

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Synopsis: An ex girl group member whose popularity has plummeted and the most popular action star in Korea end up falling in love.

If you are a fan of the Hong Sisters then this drama is right up your alley. I would say that this is one of their best works in my opinion and has become one of my favorites.

I don’t really know what to say about this drama other than it’s a really cute story and Cha Seung Won’s performance will leave you laughing/crying. Although I initially came her because of Gong Hyo Jin, Seung Won’s character is the one who stole my heart. Ding dong!<<<you’ll get it when you watch it:) And you must!

These are just a couple of my rom com faves. I’ll do more next post or a different genre. Leave any comments below!:)

Prime Minister and I

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Gosh where do I begin with this drama. And no, I don’t mean that in a good way. I mean that in the “I seriously don’t know where to start with my list of complaints” way.

I know a lot of people are going to hate me for saying this but I’m going to say it anyways.

I ABSOLUTELY HATED THIS DRAMA.

Over the last couple of months I have been keeping up with this drama in hopes that it would get better. Every week I would pray and hope for something worth watching. About halfway through though, I realized my prayers were in vain (sigh).

I was disappointed to say the least. I’m not going to lie though, I did enjoy the fist couple of episodes. It seemed like a light hearted and fun drama. Nothing too crazy like all these melodramas that seem to be popping out of nowhere. It was like a breath of fresh air at first. Let me accentuate the AT FIRST.

The drama starts out just like every other kdrama romantic comedy: lead male is successful, handsome, and has a tough exterior; lead female is beautiful, works hard at her job, and gets into trouble easily. My complaining begins around the 5th episode.

Now, as kdramas progress I expect to see a growth in the characters and their relationships. Of course not all at once, but something has to be happening to indicate that they are progressing. The whole story line was just, mmm what’s the right word, BLAH. Yes, I said blah. Everything that happened in the drama, even the supposedly big revelations, were just so boring. I blame the writers for this part. They made the characters have absolutely no passion. Like whatsoever!

Take the 2nd male lead for example. Normally, this character is supposed to be very passionate and emotional, especially towards the lead female. There’s supposed to be a love triangle between him, the lead female, and the lead male. But nope, well at least not one worth mentioning. You can tell Director Kang(2nd male lead) had huge feelings for Da Jung(lead female), but he gave up right when he found out she had feelings for the prime minister. I mean who does that? He didn’t even put up a good fight or anything. His feelings went from liking Da Jung, to even trying to keep her and the prime minister together. It’s such a shame. I felt like this character had the most potential.

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^^^^Yoon Shi Yoon, best actor in this drama by far!

And then we have our main leads. My god I felt like rubbing my socks on the carpet created more sparks than these two did! There was absolutely no chemistry between them. Again I blame whoever was in charge of casting. I mean did they seriously think 2 people with a 20 year age gap was going to mesh well onscreen? Although there are some people who are together with that age difference, but the majority of people aren’t attracted to people with that much of an age gap. It could have worked if they had 2 amazing actors but we are talking about Im Yoon Ah here. I can’t speak for Lee Bum Soo as I haven’t seen much of his work, but in my opinion Yoon Ah isn’t that great of an actress. She’s beautiful I’ll give you that, but her performances never “wowed” me. They were always just “eh”.

My last complaint would have to be on the so called romantic relationship. Again, I blame the damn writers. Through out the whole drama I can’t recall one good kiss scene. It was all a whole bunch of elementary lip butting. It even took them work to just hold hands! My god even the high school dramas are better than this. I would let it slide for younger audiences but this is a 40 year old man we are talking about. With kids! The man has experienced it all and yet he can’t even move his lips and inch-_- In my opinion, Da Jung and Director Kang had way more chemistry together. I don’t think she ever looked as happy through out the entire drama then she was with Director Kang. I mean, just look.

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I could go on and on about how bad this drama is but that would take me all night. Instead I’ll just leave it at that.
What did you guys think of this drama? Did you hate it as much as I did? Did you love it and hate me for writing this? Let me know in the comments below!:)

My Love From Another Star: Episode 16-19 Discussion

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Episode 16 picks up right when Min Joon pulls out his romantic alien moves and lights up the whole set on top of lifting Song Yi into the air. I mean jeez can they get any cheesier. Anyways with that scene aside, of course Min Joon gets sick right after he kisses her.
Fast forward a little bit and you’ll come to my favorite scene in this episode. The scene where Song Yi’s brother and Min Joon bond. It is such a cute scene. I always thought her brother was nothing like her, but it turns out his personality is the same. He turns from an angry and jealous little brother to having grown a man crush on Min Joon.

This episode also has a tear jerker scene. Song Yi finally put an end to his one sided love. The poor guy couldn’t even take hearing the words so he asked her not to say it out loud:’( Although I felt bad I’m so glad Song Yi wasn’t dumb enough to pull the whole “he risked his life now I have to stay with him” stunt. I would have seriously punched my screen.
The rest of the episode just consisted of Min Joon and Song Yi waiting for her scene on set. While they were waiting Min Joon decides to have a little fun with his powers. Song Yi was having a blast dominating Go Stop, with a little help from Min Joon of course.
And with all the fun they were having, it’s a shame the episode had to end on a sad note. Min Joon finally told Song Yi that he had to leave in a month:/ No lie, my eyes were completely swollen the next day from crying so much T_T
Episode 17 continues on that sad note with Song Yi and Min Joon drinking their sadness away. Poor Min Joon was so devastated he caused a whole power outage to down town Seoul! This whole situation causes a whole bittersweet ending. The bright side is that Song Yi and Min Joon decide to spend their time together anyways, but the bad side is that Min Joon ends up deciding to stay with her even though he could possibly die.
Now to catch up with our villain’s situation. So far Hee Kyung has found out all about his brother’s evil ways. He even managed to rescue his brother’s ex-wife from the mental hospital she was trapped in.
But of course, Hee Kyung’s discovery now puts him on Jae Kyung’s hit list. He would have killed him if it wasn’t for Min Joon swooping in to rescue him. The whole scene gets caught on camera which gets them enough evidence to arrest him. In seconds they are all swarmed with cameras all around. Jae Kyung makes his last attempt to hurt Min Joon by telling him that Song Yi has been poisoned. Min Joon of course uses his powers regardless of who’s watching to save her. He succeeds and spends the rest of the day with her somewhere on a romantic island. He even proposes to her at the end! It was such a sweet scene but Song Yi regrettably had to tell him to leave. She would rather have him be able to exist somewhere than him die on earth. Ughhhhh why do they make me cry so much! T_T I don’t think there is any more water left in my body!

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And with that, comes the end of episode 19. I really, really, really don’t want this drama to end!! Next week will be the finale! Noooo, not yet I’m not ready:’(

How do you guys think this drama will end? Will he leave? Stay? Come back? Leave your comments below!:)

My Love From Another Star: Episode 9-15 Discussion

Ok so we left off last time when Song Yi and Min Joon had their first kiss. Episode 9 starts off with an extremely sick alien. I mean the guy practically dies. Who knew our indestructible alien’s only weakness was a little saliva? Very original too I might add. Although it sucked that he got so sick, Song Yi playing nurse was just adorable.

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And that’s pretty much all that happens in episode 9. Nothing too surprising, just Song Yi entertaining us as usual.

The next episode on the other hand is where we get all the “dun dun dun!” moments. First off, Song Yi starts to get very suspicious of Min Joon. She finds fragments of her car in his trash can and questions him about it, but of course he denies yet again. Our cops also make a huge discovery. They find out Yoo Ra had a boyfriend; not only that but she was also pregnant! Damn our villain even killed his own kid.

Now as for our 2 lovers, Song Yi finally admits she likes Min Joon. And what do you think he does? Yep, you guessed it. He acts like he doesn’t care as usual.

The most dramatic moment  comes right at the end when Min Joon finally reveals himself in front of Jae Kyung. I just love it when he said “I told you. You cannot kill me.” Muhahah total badass right there! Jae Kyung’s face when he disappeared was hilarious. He was completely dumbfounded.

And of course with every attempt to be cool, something goes wrong. Min Joon unfortunately gets shot by the tranquilizer gun and is sick for a little bit. A little later Song Yi tries her best to relay her feeling to Min Joon but he coldly turns her down, not without stopping time to kiss her of course:) This huge rejection causes Song Yi to spiral into the most hilarious drunk behavior I have ever seen. No lie this scene had me rolling!

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Unfortunately, this episode took a sad turn when our alien got ran over at the end:(

He goes on recovering for about half of the next episode. While he was recovering, Min Joon had the sweetest dream of Song Yi’s and his future together. It was so heartbreaking when he tried to scare her off in the end by revealing himself. But all his efforts were pointless, Song Yi didn’t care about him being an alien one bit. She kept trying until he coldly turned her down yet again. She later tries to get her mind off of him by taking on a role in an action movie.

Episode 14 is where our villain made a huge mistake. Song Yi and Hee Kyung end at the hospital. Jae Kyung tried to kill Song Yi by cutting her cable while she was doing a stunt, but luckily Hee Kyung caught her in time to save her from dying. This as you can imagine drives Min Joon crazy. To the point where he throws Jae Kyung off the building! Unfortunately he doesn’t kill him:/ Too bad, it would have been a pretty epic scene.

Because of this most of episode 15 is spent in the hospital. Song Yi ends up ok but Hee Kyung got hurt more. While he’s in there, he learns about his brother’s true evil ways.

For the final scene Do Min Joon and Song Yi are alone on the set of the movie she is in. He finally gives up trying to fight his feelings and pulls her in for a kiss. Although it was a cute scene, I found the part when he had her floating in the air pretty hilarious. I mean I get what they were trying to do but it just looked so ridiculous.

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Leave your comments below! Episodes 16-19 will be up by tomorrow:)