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and the Pink Lightsaber goes too… (Abby’s 2012 Korean Drama Picks) Part 2 of My Year-end Korean Drama Review

Last year, I started on looking back and giving my hard-earned thank you’s for these dramas and characters I really liked.  I never thought of a name, just your regular, year-end awards something, and then since my world wide web name calls for it, I guess I would have to acquiesce.  This will be my First Pink Lightsaber year-end appreciation day.  Let’s roll in my 2012 DRAMA FAVORITES.

PS:  My Basis for Choosing… Well, let’s just say if I will be asked about these dramas in 2 or 5 years, I will still remember everything about them.

 

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♥  HISTORY OF THE SALARYMAN – I watched Yoo Bang and Yeo Chi just as I was running out of time this year, and the splendid story and cheeky characters has earned an applaud from me.  This is the most DARING and the SNAPPIEST Drama this year.

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♥ OPERATION PROPOSAL – No matter how many times Baek Ho made me joined him in his “renovatio spree”, I remained faithful and intertwined in this I-realized-too-late-I-love-you-please-give-me-a-chance-to-prove-we-are-meant-to-be-kind-of-love.  This is the most TIME-DEFYING Romance Drama this year for me.

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♥  A GENTLEMAN”S DIGNITY – This blow-up F4 swept me off my feet with their unmatched friendship and opening anecdotes.  The wit, humor and love maturity was ever present until its culmination.  This is the Most FULFILLING Romance Drama and the Best Ensemble Cast this year.

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♥ GHOST – Riveting and Stimulating, GHOST was able to put me on an addictive level while stalking it.  This is the Most THRILLING and SMARTLY WRITTEN drama this year.

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♥ FAITH – Although slowly-paced the lingering effect of the romance, the villains and the story itself won my heart in a slow but surely and no looking back manner.  This is the Most HEARTFELT ROMANCE drama this year.

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♥  QUEEN IN HYUN’S MAN – Drawing a well-pieced plot and nailing the best time-traveling trick from the time voyaging drama pack this year, Queen In Hyun’s Man Abby’s Man was an exceptional love yarn that made me giddy-ish, girly-ish and princess-ish.  This is the Most MEMORABLE and SUPERBLY WRITTEN Romance this year.

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♥ FIVE FINGERS – I felt like I was in a trance while my usual romantic self enjoyed my favorite dysfunctional family ever. Five Fingers has managed to surprise me with the retaliation battle among the characters.  This is the Most FEISTY drama and the Most WELL-ACTED Drama this year.

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♥  ANSWER ME, 1997 – Nostalgic and a sure humor pill, Answer Me, 1997 sent me back to memory lane reliving the sweet feel of falling in love for the first time.  This is the Most CHEERFUL Romance Drama this year.

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♥  KING 2 HEARTS – The situation that brought Hang Ah and her Prince took a “now or never approach” and elevated to a strong commitment because of the efficiency of the villain.  This is the Most POLISHED Drama this year.

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♥ ROOFTOP PRINCE – Addictive and very pleasant to watch, my Joseon Beatles replica made me root for them throughout the story.  Park Ha, Prince Lee Gak and the 3 Adorable sidekicks have given me so many laughter and induced plenty of love sighs.  This is the Most REFRESHING Romance Drama this year.

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♥ THE MOON THAT EMBRACES THE SUN – It was a bracing romance that played and won over fate.  It was not that perfect but was very persistent in what it was trying to achieve.  This is the Most FATED and FULFILLING Romance this year.

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♥ GAKSITAL – A bromance defying all bromance invented… Gaksital stripped me of my feminine lines and has made me at the end of my seat because of its thrilling pace, engrossing mise-en-scene and resonating characters.  This is the BEST WRITTEN and DIRECTED drama this year.

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And Now Here’s to the Winners of Pink Lightsaber

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FAVORITE SUPPORTING MALE ACTORS

Eun Shi-kyung in King 2 Hearts

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Jo Eun Sung in I do, I do

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FAVORITE FEMALE SUPPORTING ACTRESSES

Kim Dong Ah in Wild Romance

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Im Me Ah Ri in A Gentleman’s Dignity

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BEST SCENE-STEALER CHARACTERS

The Three Musketeers of Prince Lee Gak in Rooftop Prince

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HALL-OF-FAMER-CHARACTERS

Kim Bong Gu in King 2 Hearts

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Chae Young Ra in Five Fingers

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FAVORITE KICK-ASS CHARACTERS

Kim Woo Hyun in Ghost

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Baek Yeo Chi in History of the Salaryman

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FAVORITE FEEL-GOOD CHARACTER

Arang in Arang and the Magistrate

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Kang San in May Queen

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FAVORITE BLUSH-INDUCING CHARACTER

Jung Jae Hyuk in Fashion King

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Lee Ja Ha in King 2 Hearts

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FAVORITE CUDDLY BEAR CHARACTER

Park Moo Yul in Wild Romance

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FAVORITE LOVE-YOU-HATE-YOU CHARACTER

Kim Kyung Tak in Dr. Jin

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Yoo In Ha in Five Fingers

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Shunji Kimura in Gaksital

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FAVORITE LEAD MAN KISSER

Seo Joon in Love Rain

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Kim Boong Do in Queen In Hyun’s Man

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FAVORITE I-WANT-TO-SEE-YOU-IN-MY-DREAMS-CHARACTER

Choi Young in Faith

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BEST FIGHT SCENES

Gaksital

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FAVORITE BROMANCE

Shunji and Kang-to in Bridal Mask

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F4 in A Gentleman’s Dignity

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FAVORITE ROM-COM COUPLES

Park Ha and Lee Gak in Rooftop Prince

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Sung Shi Won and Yoon Yoon Jae in Answer Me, 1997

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FAVORITE UNYIELDING ROMANCE

Kang Baek Ho to Ham Yi Seul in Operation Proposal

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Choi Young and Yoo Eun Soo in Faith

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FAVORITE PICTURE PERFECT ROMANCE

So Yi Soo and Kim Do Jin in A Gentleman’s Dignity

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Choi Hee Jin and Kim Boong Do in Queen In Hyun’s Man

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FAVORITE VILLAINS

Jo Hyun Min in Ghost

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Ki Chul in Faith

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FAVORITE STORY

Queen In Hyun’s Man

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FAVORITE SCREENPLAY

A Gentleman’s Dignity

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BEST EDITING

King 2 Hearts

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FAVORITE ENSEMBLE CAST

A Gentleman’s Dignity

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Five Fingers

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BEST IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

Love Rain

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BEST DIRECTING

Queen In Hyun’s Man

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King 2 Hearts

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FAVORITE DRAMA

Queen In Hyun’s Man

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Gaksital

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FAVORITE CHOCOLATEY-SWEET DRAMA

A Gentleman’s Dignity

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FAVORITE TEARS-AND-BLISS DRAMA

Five Fingers

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FAVORITE PERIOD DRAMA

Faith

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FAVORITE TIME TRAVELING DRAMA

Queen In Hyun’s Man

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Operation Proposal

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FAVORITE TEAR INDUCING CHARACTER

Yoo Ji Ho in Five Fingers

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Eun Shi Kyung in King 2 Hearts

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FAVORITE SEE-HOW-MUCH-I-LOVE-YOU-SCENE

The Skin-care Gifts to Hang Ah in King 2 Hearts

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The Beach Painting Gift to Park Ha in Rooftop Prince

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FAVORITE COTTON-CANDY DARLING SCENE

Lee Tae Sung painting Go So Ra’s finger nails in Haeundae Lovers

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FAVORITE DRAMA ONE LINER

“I’ve never felt this way before” in Haeundae Lovers

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BEST KISS

Love Rain Fountain Kiss

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Queen In Hyun’s Man Neck-tie-tip-toe Kiss

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BEST LOVE DECLARATION SCENE

Jo Eun Sung stethoscope Will you marry me? scene in I Do I Do

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Ki-Joong and Dong-Bi’s Common Law Marriage Scene in Can We Get Married

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BEST FINALE EPISODE

King 2 Hearts

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Ghost

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FAVORITE LEAD ACTRESS

Kim Hang Ah in King 2 Hearts

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Chun Hae Joo in May Queen

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FAVORITE LEAD ACTOR

Kang Ma Ru in Innocent Man

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Lee Kang To in Gaksital

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FAVORITE DRAMA CHARACTERS

General Choi Young in Faith

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Kim Boong Do in Queen In Hyun’s Man

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Sung Shi Won in Answer Me, 1997

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It was so hard deciding on what I should pick, but I will stick to my simple rating rule.  My final stop for this year-end review, I’m hoping to accomplish before the year literally say goodbye.  

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The Sweetest Scandal at Sungkyunkwan

 
 
If Hogwarts has “Hall of Prophecy” I have my very own “Hall of Abby”… This is where I placed my drama hall-of-famers… drama pills that can resurrect me from unnecessary melancholy or can clear my decision-making ability when it comes to love surfing.  I present you “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” – the drama that changed my belief that sageuk presentations are not fun.  A bromance-filled tale incorporating a touch of traditional Korean history and way of living made the series so riveting, you will find yourself insatiable with the charm it has cast upon you… 
 
 
 
 

 

Sungkyunkwan Scandal was a Hana Kimi-Boys-Over-Flower-fusion set in the Joseon era.  Bearing the weight of being the bread winner of her family after her father’s death and because her younger brother was sickly, Kim Yeon-hee has assumed her sick brother’s identity and has been working as a scribe in a book store.   

 

 

When financial constraint hit their family, she temporarily choked her personal convictions, and agreed to sit on the entrance exam on behalf of an aspiring Sungkyunkwan student, but another aspiring upright Sungkyunkwan scholar learned of her intentions and moved by her interesting character, he managed to have her entered the school which was then exclusive for boys.  From then her adventures in making a stand and enforcing “girl power” while hiding her true identity has stirred an addictive story full of love, determination and friendship.

 

 

Yoon-hee’s warm, clever and pleasant personality has earned her a niche in the school and has made her friends with the rebel senior students Jae-shin and his rich-trendsetter-bestfriend  Goo Yong-ha.  These four completed one of the most quirkiest-you-can’t-help-but-swoon-quartet I have ever gazed on.  Their exploits will make you crave for more of them while they play on your TV screen.

 

 

Together with the all-knowing-debonair Goo Yong Ha, reliable-strong willed Moon Jae-shin and determination induced and smart-ish Lee Sun Joon, they will help the King in his quest to build a nation that will value the nurturing of potentials of each individual as well as the equality of each person that was not evident at that time.

 

 
 
The main conflicts of the story surrounded on political issues happening in their time, as these Sungkyunkwan scholars were vouched by the King to help him in his vision of a new Joseon era.   Aside from the obvious hana-kimi conflict of Yoon-hee’s trapped identity, the rest of the boys’ struggled due to their social status woes and loyalty to the King.
 
 
 
 
This was the first fusion sageuk drama that appealed to my wandering love veins. Another F4 spectacle where the hotties sported their traditional looks in a so endearing way. These debonairs were all the girl can ask for and more.
 
 
 
I’m not a fan of sageuk drama prior to watching SKKS.  A girl-pretending-a-boy-because-of-an-urgent reason is not something new for me as well, but I was blown away by the progress of the story and the build up of the love yarn.  I can’t help but love this drama each episode I was watching.  It was so addictive and full of ardent sentiments, and I was even surprised to have felt that way considering I denounced it first when I learned of what the setting was, but hey, I ate my words and it hit me big time with the sweetest vengeance.  
 
 

 

This is where I suffered the most mind-boggling Second-Lead-Man syndrome, in the end the second-lead prevailed.  I’m just a girl… I’m weak… and a stubborn Yoo Ah In, who can transform to a night-Robinhood-lazy-by-day-Rebel, and not to add that he’s really knight-in-shining-armor hot… what am I supposed to do?  Even by just standing there, he’s really making me sigh and wishing and hoping and making me think of a lot of things I can do with him.  Pardon me, I got so engrossed when I talk of Moon Jae Shin, who wouldn’t?  Not that the lead man was not appealing.   He was, he suited perfectly in the love entanglement, I just have a thing for “bad guys” you see they love deeper and you always remember how they loved.

 

 

This is a kind of school life every girl wished for, having three gorgeous men as your friends and even two fighting for your heart.  Despite the political strain conflict, what I loved most on Sungkyunkwan was that it was full of optimism and the bravery of the characters stood alone making each of their portrayals worth remembering. 

 

 

The heart fluttering scenes which were set in a not so modern way got me swooning and giddy-ish I would have made a boyfriend right there and then around that time because of so much love vibes I got from the adorable lead couple and the one-sided romance of Jae-shin. 

 

 

This is a perky period drama oozing with vibrancy and resonance.  Considering the setting was in traditional times, they were able to execute love melting and love sighing scenes while studying in the library, getting stranded inside a wooden elevator, and all the rest of those happy moments shared by the Sungkyunkwan Scholars. 

 

 

The romantic scenes laid were the kind of sweet moments that when you tell your friends, you get transported back to the moment when you were actually watching it. *promise  This is really a darling to spend your time on.  This is a kdrama addiction trigger that might catch you off guard… consider you’re forewarned.  –jediprincess♡♡♡