As Bong Soon acknowledged her gift fully, she devoted her time and effort in improving her power through Min Hyuk’s training. Slowly but surely her love connection is branching to an unfamiliar face away from her one sided love.
Sweet and sent me to self-realizations for a day… Actually this drama got me because of Park Shi Hoo, didn’t read reviews about it which I normally do. I’m just hopelessly in love with him so I just want to stare at his face even if I will not watch the story itself. *giggles But I love how this drama turned out to be and there are lot of relationship ideas that were pointed out so prettily.
My general perception on Hwang Tae Hee’s story is that of a woman forced to find her happiness, eventually getting it, but realizing that it was not the bliss she was supposed to have. Her overcoming of setbacks and her guts to prove her worth is what you really call a success story, no big fortune presented, just achieving what she deserved and what she worked hard for.
Hwang Tae Hee worked as a distant team leader in an ad agency. She met Bong Joon Soo in the same company and married him, but her main rival worked her way to strain their marriage. She was forced to leave the company when her fate was manipulated by the Ad director, but after a few years, she was able to join the company again. Just as her marriage was on the rocks and her career was in deep struggle, Goo Yong Shik, the chaebol son of the company she’s working with came in her life, and stood as her invisible butterfly wings.
Ain’t this woman so lucky? She got another second chance in love, and that second chance was 10 times better than her former love.
Hwang Tae Hee will be one of my favorite heroines. It’s quite long so no chance that I stalked it online. There were minimal lapses maybe because of the stretch of the story. When I looked back I think it would have been better if it was not too long because the story itself was simply laid so extending it and adding unnecessary arc was safe but not really helping the story. At any rate though, it was a worth watching narrative.
If there’s a first love drama that warmed my heart recently, it would be the story of a man’s unrequited romance to a woman who was kept being separated to him by fate. Beloved Eun Dong narrated a love story so blissful and agonizing like it came straight from a classic love novel.
The love couple met when they were young and became each other’s puppy love, they met again in college where they formally entered a relationship, but the girl, Eun Dong who dreamt of being an actress met an accident and was separated to him again. He soon became a top actor and in his quest to find his true love, he commisioned a ghost writer to bring to life his love story. Eun Dong who suffered from amnesia took the job and while writing the book, flashes of her memory came back and realized the lies her current disabled husband and adopted father did to her.
But claiming the love that was deprived of them by the villains was no easy task as they faced the controversy of Eun Dong being married legally. To make the matter worse, Eun Dong revealed that her son is Hyun Soo’s, but his son is already attached to the father he was with while growing up.
Divided in 3 parts, Eun Dong and Hyun Soo’s story moved steady from that sweet young love to the complicated re-owning of the diverted romance in a way where I was so affected by the enduring commitment of Hyun Soo to love only one woman in his life. I have never seen someone like him in kdramaland. I mean most of the boys surely did love their girls the best way they can, but his painstaking story to be with the girl he loves, left my heart on a painful twinge. Having a villain that was wheelchair bound and acted selfish because of love has had me on a dilemma as well if I will hate or understand his pain.
The conflict having been Eun Dong already married while the lead man fervently waited for her was mind agonizing. It was a test of justifying what you’ve been through to lose your greatest love and will you be happy if you reclaim your love that is not yours by law anymore. The love triangle were all in a helpless state trying to break out from that suffocating bind, but in the end true love paved a way to free them all of the burden.
“Beloved Eun Dong” has a very strong narrative which will put the audience on a trance in finding a solution for everyone to be happy. It taught a lesson that love involves two people loving each other the best way they can and not how the people around them understands it. It will perfectly soothe and evoke your heart because it will make you reminisce the casualties of failed relationships and the bliss of fighting for what you think is rightfully yours. This drama will remind you of your greatest love and will prove to you how love is meant to be, when you work for it to happen.
Hail to the grandmother of kdramas with cross-dressing heroines. This is a follow up hit for Yoon Eun Hye and the drama that made me look at Gong Yoo as an oppa. *wink “Coffee Prince” developed in a feel good manner where the lead man battled out the possibility of his affection to a fellow guy not knowing that the heroine was a real woman in disguise.
Coffee Prince cemented my growing fondness towards Yoon Eun Hye. *giggles I liked her in Goong, and I like her even more here. The music was so refreshing and the cast interaction was also dynamic.
It was something new when it was aired hence the rave because we saw an unconventional romance between a strong-willed heroine who has to pretend she was a man to secure a job in a coffee shop for her family.
The scenes where Gong Yoo was trying to reconcile his feelings with a guy come what may were hilariously interpreted and will definitely put a smile on your face. It was so cute that Gong Yoo’s character disregarded everything and was okay to admit that he could possibly be a homosexual due to his growing feelings on his pretending-to-be-a-man lead girl.
This cross-dressing heroine and coffee shop owner’s love ride slayed the ratings with the unique premise on how their romance was imagined. It is also one of those dramas where the lead man was presented as someone who wanted to fulfill his woman’s dreams first because that’s one the best definitions of love a man can gift her woman.
This is a must-watch grandpa classic that will not lose its appeal even after a few years from go by. How the love grew between the lead characters was simply laid and yet so affecting and definitive. If you are currently having a bitter heart because of a failed relationship it can surely disarm you and walk you through appreciating love again.
Hyun Bin + Ha Ji Won = I’m a happy camper! 🙂 The drama woke up my inability of falling in love again with a fictional character Kim Joo Won. Engaging and strong performance by the characters, amusing screenplay and a story that will linger and can work as a coping pill to boredom or heartbreak. I had high expectations about this team up, and they did not fail me. Sunny characters, a twist worth of de Maupassant, and an endearing-classic-my-mom-doesn’t-like-you-but-i-love-you love story.
The pairing of two of my favorite Korean actors does not need any effort to convince me to stay glued at it. Endearing and heart flutters can be felt everywhere. And even if there were some faulty, unnecessary plot, the acting prowess and the chemistry of the lead couple can suffice whatever there may be lacking in the story. This is a classic example of the lead couple bringing the best to one another.
This body-swapping stunt woman and chaebol love story exceeded everyone’s expectations in nailing an experimental supernatural love story. “Secret Garden” showed a heroine with unfazed attitude who fell in love with a rich man who did everything to make her love him too.
Now that I remember the “rain twist”. There’s something about rain that makes it a recurring twist in kdrama stories as projected in Goblin, My GF is a Gumiho and Secret Garden. Anyway, I loved Hyun Bin here more than his stint in Samsoon probably because I am more inclined to unusually imagined story premise.
The sparkling tracksuit, the sweet sit-up kiss and coffee kiss, the hilarious body swap, and Hyun Bin’s melting gaze were some of the things that I remember most about “Secret Garden”. It was a breather from generic romcoms with its perfect blending of fantasy and romance and with its main love couple’s reversal of roles having a strong heroine and a weak-hearted but charming lead man.
“Secret Garden” is your drama to see when you want a kdrama marathon vacation. It played well in keeping its excitement stable and hit a love progression where the viewers were left all cheering for it to happen. The fantasy body-switching plot was a brilliant addition to keep the story interesting, but the strength of how the love couple communicated or should I say bicker along the way eventually realizing they were both rendered by the love bind they threw at each other unconsciously was the hook factor that is why it was a hit when it was airing.
A rite of passage kdrama for kdrama-addicts, make sure to include this in your watchlist if you have not seen it yet.
A serving of a North Korean spy who got entangled emotionally with a South Korean top actor needed nothing else to convince me in watching it. The hilarious interaction between them with North Korean puns and comic reliefs were reasons why I was on kdrama high when I was watching it. I like North Korean crossing over the border stories that’s why, and making an adorable premise of seducing a top Korean actor by a North Korean lady spy, well you do not need any conviction.
The endearing eye-candy Kang-woo and the equally loveable and charming Myung-wol were the source of a few weeks of bliss and cheerfulness for me when I was watching “Myungwol the Spy”. I panicked on the Han Ye Seul ruckus because she fits the character well I can’t imagine bringing a different actress to finish the production. The sort-of-chaos that happened during the airing of this drama didn’t stop me from being immersed on the characters and the funny, exciting, full of twist story. . Since rom-com dramas is a basic driver of dramaland popularity, it’s hard to generate a love story of a man and a woman that you haven’t seen, heard or read before. True there may have been love stories about spies, but the crisp and outlandish Myungwol took me by surprise, and I just love surprises.
This dandy show was oozing with cute couple bickerings. The premise of having the heroine protecting the leading man was a breather on the usual vulnerable leading ladies needing a chaebol-in-the-shining-armor to rescue them. There’s an equally lovable second lead on the side too which makes the love ride all the more exciting.
In accordance to her military order, a North Korean spy, Myungwol, infiltrated South Korea in her goal to seduce Hallyu supahstar Kang-Woo so he could defect to North Korea as part of their military plan to kill hallyuwave (yep i know it was weird). Her persistence will pay off but her true intention will make or break an impossible love affair which her heart willingly taken.
This is one of the perkiest romcoms you will see given the dynamics of a strong heroine for her character as a spy incognito, and the top actor with immense hubris who fell in love with his protector. It will leave you laughing and asking for more. This is one romcom spectacle you should not miss as it will really bombard you with laughing fit. A perfect kdrama for weekend binge-watching. -jediprincess♡♡♡
Hello Again Ma Hye Ri! Albeit the conflict centering to the hero’s revenge to his lead girl’s father, this drama has been one of my favorites with how it navigated to bringing in the love couple slowly and then shattering them into pieces after the revelations.
But in the end though, love prevails and while the hero had his own strong convictions with his retaliation, he let himself be swayed and let go of his pain to be with the woman he loves. The “confrontation-kiss-scene” brought me to the edge of ever after and had me promised myself I will vow to be a single if it’s not Park Si Hoo that I’m gonna marry with.. *wink
Surprisingly sweet, comforting and a lead actor to drool and you can use as a calming pill. More than safe storyline and will get you hooked when you least expected it. Intricately woven narrative with great lines and superbly layered sequence build up plus effectively personified characters who made me swoon over their commitment to their portrayals. Given the heavy conflict, it surprisingly started flashy and breezy where character development for our heroine was a back story.
Give it a visit if you are tired with the romcoms airing these days. I assure you it will be a nice stay.
One of my favorite behind-bickering-they-love-each-other couples. An appealing love ride between initially annoyed to each other couple who were forced to be together for the princess training conflict.
The long lost last princess of Korea was found and to prepare her for her royal duties, the grandson of a rich family who nurtured the royal family’s wealth prepped her up in facing her new responsibilities. Think Princess Diaries + Pretty Woman. This is the first bribe I got from both the actors to notice them and they were successful in forming a cheery love story.
The modern day princess themed drama did not give me the “my-girl-ish” kind of fondness, but there are really moments that I was able to painfully and delightfully relate to the characters.
The long lost princess of Korea will embark on re-claiming the honor of her royal family in the modern times, but it will not be easy owing to her need to prove her worth as a princess to her country and the evident rivals determined to stop the Monarchy’s re-emergence. She has to rely between the devil and the deep blue sea to fulfill the responsibility laid on her hands.
This drama has been Kim Tae Hee’s way of saying sorry to me after I saw her movie Grand Prix. (Pardon me, I’m having a Princess moment here… *giggles) Also, this is my favorite Sung Seong Heon oppa’s performance to date. Kim Tae Hee proved she can do the light, cutesy and classy character in this story.
Sassy couple fights, well rendered sweet hero display, and the mischievous yet vulnerable princess… These are some of the reasons why this love tale was pleasing and captivating. It managed to give depth to the princess-dark-knight love premise without losing the focal character conflict of the story and maintaining the bliss of the romantic element of the narrative.
“My Princess” is that drama you watch with your girlfriends on a pyjama night when you don’t want to talk about work and love problems and just want to rest and feel each other’s presence. Sweetly made for a woman who loves freely as it can be.
There were lots of bright tones here and there which I can say compensated to some dry moments and knots that were loosely conspicuous in a kdrama addict’s eye. The doting scenes melted me and made me craved for more so some scenes that are really unnecessary were left forgotten and forgiven. Your typical I’m-here-to-protect-you-love-story but with a twist.
We had a vulnerable lead girl who was betrayed by her bestfriend after seducing her ex-boyfriend and an architect lead man on a mission to redeem his father’s lost glory by analyzing a house designed by a legendary architect who is the lead girl’s father. Our lead girl mistook her hero as homosexual and let him board in her house but then later on, they both developed feelings toward each other.
The cute twist of the heroine misconceiving her lead man to be homosexual plus the cohabitation ride that slowly but surely built up the romance, this is the drama that secured Lee Min Ho a slot on my radar as I enjoyed their story immensely.
There are a lot of love and life lessons for women to learn on this drama as Gae In provided her insights on how focusing on personal dreams should come first before frustrations. A must watch Lee Min Ho drama to add on your plate if you have just recently started liking him.
Why it made my favorite list is because even if I refrain from weak heroines, the romance was sweet and fulfilling in the sense that the lead girl redeemed herself through her hero’s encouragement to become a better version of herself, while the hero learned to step back and appreciate the people around him instead of keeping all his woes alone.
“Personal Taste” is a melo-romcom hybrid that ran heartfelt scenes through the lead girl’s personal issues and yet her sojourn to overcome her struggles were pieces of comic picture frames and sassy interactions shared with her hero. It is a tale that I watched over and over again and I still get to enjoy leering at their romance bloomed at my very eyes. A classic romcom prototype with adorable love couple, easy storyline and a box full of sweetness. –jediprincess♡♡♡
Another cross-dressing heroine drama in our list but this time with a twist. Wanting to be a nun, our lead girl had to pretend as a man to help her twin brother who will be launched as a member of a hot boy band but fell on a coma prior to his debut.
Having spent most of her time in the convent Mi Nam worked hard to adapt in a new world of cohabiting with her fellow band members.
“You’re Beautiful” was brimming with witty humor and sweet scenes which propelled its run to a strong fanbase. I think this is also was the start of me stalking Hong sisters.
Perky and fast-paced storyline, well written script and fresh sweet moments at it’s best. You have to prepare yourself for a second-lead syndrome, not that Jang Geun Seok was not good, but because Jung Yong Hwa was equally spectacular and he made an impressive showing to shake the official love pairing.
Looking back this is still my favorite Park Shin Hye drama because she displayed a memorable heroine that was naive but refreshing, vulnerable and persevering. With 3 men battling for the lead girl’s attention and parading their skills regardless if it’s awkward or not, it was a cheerful stay watching the heroes bleed love hearts to get noticed. “You’re Beautiful” is that one drama that would make you realize how beautiful it is to fall in love without any reasons, and to just follow the pure unadulterated adoration you feel for that someone.
really think Hyun Bin was given by Heavenly Father to me, and until now I still have that illusion. *giggles He is that actor whose gaze can make me so mesmerized and drool of what it feels like to be with him, in short I was meant for him, and it’s a sad one sided fictional love. Sam Soon is an addictive drama, subconsciously and in the real world. The writing and the weight of the story was justified by the endearing couple. It something which will nudge you of what you have experienced at some point sometime in your realtionship.
Eugene as Ji Eun Soo
Ji Sung as Kang Hyun Woo
Lee Bo Young as Yoon Soo Jin
Ryu Soo Young as Jung Tae Min
Eun Soo (Eugene) is a pure but unsophisticated woman who runs a small resort inn with her father. Eun Soo is just an ordinary girl, but her life changes when she meets a man (Ji Sung) who lost his memory. She took care of him, and eventually love blossoms so they got married. But Hyung Woo disappeared and left Eun Soo wondering why. When they meet again, Hyung Woo who recovered his memory was not able to recognize Eun Soo.
SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME QUICK REVIEW
Eugene is an actress who works best in utilizing her emotions. I have watched almost all her movies and dramas. What’s good about her is that she easily adapts to the character and do justice with it.
Memory loss has been one of the favorite twists in romance stories, and in this narrative they were able to execute it without making me change another drama to watch considering the languid tone.
It was slow paced, but the transitions are very strong especially on the confrontation scenes. The screenplay was well written and was delivered in a way that pierced my heart without any apology.
A beautiful moving story of finding love and falling in love all over again to the same person. This is like a love story taken out of your favorite romance novel, but with a more pronounced lingering effect. Deeply moving… fascinating characters… A spell binding story. –jediprincess
Being a self-confessed fan of the Hong sisters, I really enjoyed the supernatural-mythical-romantic elements in this narrative. One of the most remembered couple I guess in Kdramaland. I was already a Shin Min Ah fan even before, and her light and natural take on her character made me love her even more. Beautiful, never a dull moment and will always be on your top favorites.
This supernatural spectacle fused with local urban legend brought a heroine like no other and a lead man who took whatever it takes just to be with the woman he loved.
Fusing Korean folklore to a modern lovestory was notched perfectly by chilsung cider addicted Mi Ho and her action star wanna-be lead guy. When a nine-tailed fox was released from a painting she was imprisoned to, she sealed a deal with a free spirited rich guy who does not have any dream but to become an action star. The two worked on their dreams of becoming an actor star as well as blending to the human world, and soon enough they fell in love with each other.
The fantasy and reality mixture of the story was what kept it engrossing and Shin Min Ah’s gumiho character perked up the drama all throughout. You can never go wrong giving a chance to this drama because it will give you varied emotions leaning to the positive side. The love fulfilment though hindered with the supernatural bead that would sacrifice one or the other from the main love couple gave me a dilemma when it was airing.
The arresting face and portrayal of Shin Min Ah made Mi Ho one of my all-time favorite kdrama characters. Hong sisters blended the supernatural and folklore premise in this drama in an innovative approach to complement the modern setting.
This is where I first saw the reversal of roles for the lead couple. The always curious heroine took charge in taking care of her lead man in the most part of the story.
The quirky interaction of the lead couple until reaching the eventual love zone was something you would root for while you are watching the narrative. Serve yourself chips and soda on a rainy day and be enthralled at this buoyant and bewitching romance story.
The sweetheart that made me cross Han River and indulge myself to the yellow dramas is this Lee Dong Wook drama, and it was also where I first fell in love with him. *blush Lee Da Hae justifying her perky role plus you-can’t-help-but-feel-giddy over romantic scenes, this is a drama that should be watch by Korean addict newbies as a rite of passage for true kdrama fans. lol
“My Girl” was part of the drama selections that I watched when I had my first heartbreak and it brought me back to living, even now it is a sure cure if you are feeling a bit sullen. *chuckles “My Girl” is your prototype Korean rom-com in the sense that it targets the viewers’ emotions through the placement of sweet scenes and heart-wrenching i-have-to-forget-you crying frames.
Geol Chan, a son from a rich family took in a con-woman to pretend as his long lost cousin to appease his sick grandfather. He was prepared to deal with the repercussions of the lie, but was caught off guard when he started falling in love with her.
The strong second leads supported well the romantic development by playing well the annoying ex-girlfriend, and the how-could-you-not-love-him second lead man.
“My Girl” had a consistently addictive run and nicely done closure credit to the adorable heroine and her chemistry with the workaholic chaebol lead man. I think this is where I first saw that lead-man-following-drunk-lead-girl scene which became a guaranteed signature scene on rom-coms.
All throughout the plot, the characters were upbeat and the story was engrossing even when the love conflict was tangled with equally challenging second leads. My Girl was a very patient drama when it comes to fulfilling the love promise of the story, and that’s why it was even more special.
This is one of those dramas that I watched a few times in a year for my own traditional kdrama celebration, and if I’m under major emotional stress, typically another failed relationship or when my favorite basketball team didn’t get the championship again.
Crown Prince Lee Shin and Crown Princess Chae-gyung’s love story is the typical I-was-not-meaning-to-fall-for-you-but-I-fell-anyway romance. You will love how the marriage for convenience and ancestor’s promise to marry their future descendants paved the way to one of Korea’s most endeared romance tale of young love.
The first episodes introduced us to the characters and prepared us to switch and familiarize ourselves between modern times and palace life. Chae-gyung is your usual high school girl and her fate changes when due to financial problems she succumbed to an arranged marriage to Korea’s modern time Crown Prince for her to save her family from financial problems. Lee Shin who was rejected when he proposed to his girlfriend Min Hyo-rin agreed to the marriage talk which originated from his late grandfather’s wish to marry his descendant to the descendant of a palace worker who saved his life, who turned out to be Chae-gyung’s grandfather. On their wedding day, Hyo-rin was trying to reach her ballerina dream, changed her intention and realized too late that she wanted Lee Shin more than anything in her life.
Chae-gyung entered the Palace and proceeded with her princess training while she often bickered with Lee Shin. Eventually though and without realizing it, she soon found herself falling in love with him, which she tried to restrict because she knew he liked Hyo-rin. The second male lead completing the love quadrangle is Prince Yul, who was Prince Shin’s cousin, and who eventually grew fond of the princess. He was supposed to become the Crown Prince if not for the death of his father.
The main conflicts I say would be the how the lead couples had the difficulty of admitting their teue feelings to each other and the quest to prove who really deserved the throne per Yul’s mother’s obsession.
What I loved here is I saw how the loved progressed from nothing at all to “I want you to be always beside me” kind of adoration. They matured as the romance grew, and they grew as the romance matured. The heart-felt lines were superbly delivered and left me feeling the pain and the bliss at that moment.
There were a few lag time and scenes that were not really necessary and were just there to fill up the minutes, but like a package, it’s so pretty outside, you have to take time to unwrap it and feel happy at what a beautiful gift it was. It’s the same thing with Goong, it slowly moves, but then it will leave you breathless in depicting a stunning and heartfelt love picture.
I still get heart flutters on that scene after Lee Shin’s Thailand escapade with the ex-gf when the princess confronted the ex and she fainted and then Lee Shin carried her and nursed her back to life. And that love admittance back hug scene after the fire conflict… I remembered how I was holding my teddy bear’s hand and swaying it like crazy because I was so elated that at last they finally realized they loved each other for real. *giggles
Any princess story appeals to most girls right away. With a distant and yet secretly warm prince portrayed nicely by Joo Ji Hoon oppa, I can’t help but love the nines on the clouds of high when I was watching Lee Shin and Chae Kyung’s royal love story.
My pillows suffered a lot of strangulation on the emotional and heart fluttering scenes. Actually Goong had mostly melodramatic tones, but it was neutralized by the lead girl’s vibrant presence and optimism to survive in the arranged marriage she was forced to take for the sake of her family.
This is one youth drama you should not miss as it is one of the kdrama staple classics. -jediprincess♡♡♡
Kim Rae Won as Kim Byung Soo
Yoon So Yi as Suh Young Chae
Yum Jung Ah as Cho Yi Na
Kim Sung Soo as Park Hee Soo
Byung-Soo and Young-Chae grew up together ever since they were little. They shared everything and have been helping one another to reach their dreams. They end up working in a film company. The film company is owned by Yi Na, who has been jealous of how the young couple’s happy life has been. She plotted a way to take Byung Soo’s attention, and was able to successfully take him from Young Chae. Young Chae then married Hee Soo, which shared a relationship with Yi Na from the past. How can you force someone to love you? How can you take back the one you love? These are questions that this drama will amswer. Intriguing and heartfelt, this is a melodrama staple from kdrama classics, you should find time to watch.
Say You Love Me Quick Review
The reason why I like Kim Rae Won is because he can easily adapt to whatever character is fivem to him. He can be cocky, funny, and smart. In this drama, he was the typical boy-next-door. The guy who protects his girl and will not let his love suffer, but was put on a situation where his vulnerabilities as a man caused him to hurt the woman he truly loved.
The “fire and ice” scenes here were very nice. Whenever the couple fight, to say sorry, one would say “ice”, to forgive the other, one should say “fire”. Whenever the girl is upset, she also needs to rub Rae Won’s head. Those scenes are so sweet because the narrative was keen in establishing the depth of connection the main couple had to justify why deserve each other in the future after failing the forced relationships they had to endure.
A lot of people can share the pain of the story. They were able to come up with a story without roses and romance, but treachery and pain, and yet it was appealing because of the realistic approach.
I was so furious with Yi Na… I pity Young Chae… The role portryals were very effective, but it was still Rae Won oppa’s stunning presentation that stimulated me in finishing this tale no matter how saddening it has been most of the time on its run. –jediprincess♡♡♡
Kim Rae Won as Kim Hyun-woo
Kim Tae Hee as Lee Soo-in
Lee Jung Jin as Hong Jung-min
Kim Min as Yoo Jin-ah
Love Story in Harvard portrays the dream and love pursued by foreign students studying in Harvard. It demonstrates bright, hard-working, and romantic characters and storylines.
A young love story set at the famed Ivy League school in the United States. Kim Hyun Woo (Kim Rae Won), a 1st year law student at Harvard Law, enters into a rivalry with classmate Hong Jung Min (Lee Jung Jin) for the affections of beautiful medical student Lee Soo In (Kim Tae Hee). The two men are both from prestigious families, while Soo In is from a poor family. Can the trio resolve their romantic differences and chase their dreams at the same time?
Love Story in Harvard Quick Review
I love the script of this drama. I love how they select the scenes of the stories. It stand outs in the typical korean romantic drama because of the sharpness and reality it portrays. School set dramas typically sells, but I grew fond of it because I was in college when it was airing then so I can pretty much relate.
Kim Rae won is a favorite of mine when it comes to character portrayal. He always own the character he played and make it memorable and distinct to the rest of roles he took. Whatever you give him, he will surely deliver. I’m a sucker on finding-a-lost-love-and-realizing-the-love-is-still-there-drama so regardless of minimal inconsistencies and out of the context scenes, the fluidity and realistic appeal of the romantic elements were enough for me to put this on my favorite list.
It’s a modern love story with no pretense, and just pure bliss and understanding of how love may not work at some point of your life, because it could be waiting to be fulfilled at another time.
Kim Jung Hwa as Kim Da Hyun
Kang Dong Won as Lee Jae In
SYNOPSIS: (source drama wiki)
Kim Da Hyun (Kim Jung Hwa), is a young and sincere middle school teacher, who has little interest in money. She is also extremely warm-hearted and loves to help other people. When she helps carry an elderly man’s belongings from the train to another location, the elderly man is extremely thankful. This grandfather turns out to be the extremely rich owner of a well known conglomerate. His grandson, Lee Jae In (Kang Dong Won), is a quick-tempered businessman who rivals his grandfather, but in an almost comical way. In an order to “tame” his favorite grandson, the grandfather agrees to give his entire fortune to the person who marries Kim Jung Hwa, therefore forcing Kang to meet the girl whom his grandfather chose. Although at first Kim and Kang don’t get along because of Kang’s extremely cute but bad temper, their arguments bring them closer together. Kang starts to get jealous when Kim’s fellow teacher starts liking her too. Through the clever conditions that Kang’s grandfather makes, Kang starts a relationship he does not look forward too. However, what looked like a relationship that would 99% not work out, turns out to be the “perfect” match, the 1% chance.
1% of Anything Review
I first saw Kang Dong Won in “Wolf’s Temptations” movie, and I have already noticed that rough character suits him best. This is the only drama of Kim Jung Hwa that I’ve watched so far, but the lady is endearing and charming.
The storyline is simple and what’s good about it is they were able to execute it’s simplicity without making it look so dragging. The interaction of the love couple was charmingly cute thanks to their extreme personalities.
This is a nice “date drama” to watch. It tackles the many possibilities of love and how can it sway you to something you’ve never done before.
The lead actor really made a good effort to keep it moving and charming.
Bi as Lee Young Jae
Song Hye Kyo as Han Ji Eun
Han Eun Jung as Kang Hye Won
Kim Sung Soo as Yoo Min Hyuk
SYNOPSIS – (source: drama wiki)
Han Ji Eun (Song Hye Kyo) is a naive writer who got swindled out of everything she owned including her house by her best friends. Stranded in China, She managed to borrow money from an actor Lee Young Jae (Bi – Rain) to return to Korea. On her return, she found out that her house was bought by Lee Young Jae. In an attempt to get her possessions back, she entered in a contract marriage with Young Jae for one year. In spite of losing all, Ji Eun manages to be cheerful and takes things in strike and the business relationship between the two becomes personal as they start to rely and care for each other.
Full House Quick Review
Powerhouse couple Song Hye Kyo and Rain made this drama famous around Asia. The story is a bit simple but because they portrayed their characters well, it brought out the refreshing, sassy vibe of the drama. Their constant arguments, insensitivity and romantic moments are classic elements of dramas that will make you skip sleeping.
The modern Cinderella story of an aspiring scriptwriter and a famous actor who were forced to cohabitate when the former’s friends sold the house she inherited from her father. We get a contract marriage plot in this love story which pushed the romance between a man and a woman who seemed unlikely to fall in love with each other.
The bickering scenes and the eventual falling in love were the strongest points of Full House. The feel good premise still make me pick this drama when I don’t have anything on my plate to watch.
* Lee Byung Hun as Suh Tae-poong
* Song Seung Hun as Suh Ji-suk
* Kim Ha Neul as Jin Soo-ha
* Jo Min Soo as Suh Chan-joo
* Jun Ji Hyun as Suh Yoon-joo
* Kang Sung Yun as Suh Moon-joo
* Han Go Eun as Chae Rim
* Cha Tae Hyun as Ha Sin-yeop
* Jo Jae Hyun as Jo Pil-doo
Suh Tae-poong, (Lee Byung Hun), is a baseball player, who lost his sisters and brother. Tae-poong searches his whole life for his three sisters and brother. When he finally finds his oldest sister and brother, he was not recognized because he wasn’t their real family. When Ji-suk’s mom and Tae-poong’s dad got married, Tae-poong wasn’t the product of the marriage, he was the product of the before marriage. The story goes on to have everyone find each other and realize that “family will always be family”
This drama starred top Korean actors in their early years. It will make you realize how the depth of their acting abilities propelled the promising careers they have right now in kdramaland.
A family-oriented drama that will make you appreciate your family even more. It will delve in your emotions and will surely make you cry.
I’m not really into a weep fest type of drama because I’m a cry baby but I can’t help but finish it because I was rooting for the happiness of all the characters.
The moving and heart-tugging story will tire out the emotional veins in your body so considered you have been notified. This is a classic melo drama that will still mock the modern melos today due to its unrestrained and affecting delivery of the narrative through the actors heartfelt renditions.
This politics based romance drama crawled in my heart without me realizing it. It beat the regular favorites Coffee Prince, Goong and even My Lovely Samsoon to get to the top of my list, because it’s not your conventional drama with cushioned and frosted romance.
It is a love story where the prince did not rescue his damsel in distress, but pushed her to be brave and resolve things on her own. With an uncomplicated premise, the writing was exceptionally thought provoking for women experiencing challenges in finding their worth not in the standard of what the society dictates but on the dreams they have as a woman.
A memorable performance for Kim Sun Ah and Cha Seung Won with a bonus heartfelt love story on the side.
Almost Paradise… Yay! This is Lee Min Ho’s breakthrough performance that swept hallyuland like a storm during its run. Finally adapting the famous Japanese manga, the Korean version gave a pretty depiction of the rich-boy-poor-girl love story by projecting an elaborated presentation of the wealth disparity of the main love couple. Sprinkling it with the flower boy bromance and their side love stories cemented a victorious run for this youth drama.
“Boys over Flowers” is a great initiating drama to welcome you in kdramaland. It is feel-good, buoyant and everything sweet perfect on movie marathon sessions and rainy days. When it was aired in Korea, it was like the anticipation of Harry Potter book 7 for me, I’m so excited of Wednesdays because I get to watch it. Teen romance bliss and angst at fairly done sequences.
This manga based drama swept my heart when it was adapted by Taiwan TV back when I was in my college days. It was so popular and introduced me to my first fictional love Dau Ming Si. To say that I have expectations of it when Korea took it for their own production was an understatement, nevertheless I say they presented it well and good, that I went back to being in my teens, and even watching it in raw videos every week while it was airing.
What made it different from the rest of the remakes done was it stayed on the original context of young and sweet high school love as opposed to Taiwan’s college setting. The Japan version I don’t really like that much I only liked the second lead. On that note, “Boys Over Flowers” presented a strong battle between the main and second lead in claiming the lead girl’s heart.
It may not be perfect because of the moments when the drama has to ride its popularity so additional fragments were added but it was definitely one beautiful romance that will remind us of our first love, school crush and being young and full of dreams.
Blooming actors on their break out roles. Lots of heart fluttering moments. Perfect for Kdrama newbies. Optimum hook factor. A perfect inclusion for a kdrama starter pack. These are some reasons why you can invest time on these boys to feel young love again.
I want to bask in Bong Soon and Min Hyuk’s romance, but this drama is about Do Bong Soon and her life and love journey so I’m willing to wait for the fan service in the future episodes. We got the blackmailer reveal and Bong Soon’s training camp’s continuation. If the sparks in the training is already like that, fireworks are expected in the near future. Gook Doo and his team still struggled in the case and he is having a dejected mood as he is finally admitting the one great love he ignored.
Hitting the 6th episode calls for the story to reassure and engross the audience by turns so I’m happy that love plots and conflicts are settling in and building to a more solid frame. Gook Doo and his team worked on the leads to pin the psycho. Bong Soon came to terms with how she can use her gift through Min Hyuk’s encouragement. Min Hyuk and Gook Do were starting to see her in a romantic kind of light. And we get a late frame surprise that I did not ask to arrive early.
Bong Soon’s encounter with the psycho warranted her boss and her one-sided love to work on her protection. Neighborhood psycho almost kidnapped Kyung Shim for his new victim, but Bong Soon came in time to stop him.
Obviously Gook Doo keeps Bong Soon in his heart, why he did not make a move to go beyond the friend zone is one o those things we should look forward to. I like how our creepy conflict functions as a neutralizer to the witty and slapstick comedy we are being high so far.This love triangle premise is slowly breaking my heart, and it has not even happened yet. I just can’t bear to think of it.