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Korean Drama Review Index.

6 Aug

Let’s make this real easy. I’m going to rate these dramas just like high school. I mean, like this…

F   – Absolutely Horrible. No Redeeming Qualities Whatsoever. I’m Ashamed To Think I Watched This.

D   – Slightly More Tolerable. It Didn’t Make Me Want To Barf. I Wouldn’t Necessarily Want To Watch It Again, Though.

C   – Average. Not Good But Not Bad Either. I Wouldn’t Write Blog Entries About It.

B   – Definitely Above Average. I Love This.

A+++  – A Masterpiece. Bravo! No, Brava! I’ve Never Been More Happy In My Life.

Simple, huh?

I might find it hard to classify a drama so I’ll use plus(+) and minus(-) signs to make clear exactly what I mean. I’ll explain, don’t worry.

1% of Anything  –  C

18 vs. 29  –  C+

9 End 2 Outs  –  C+

All About Eve  –  A

Assorted Gems  –  C-

Bad Couple  –  C

Bad Family  –  C-

Beautiful Days  –  B+

Boys Before Flowers  –  D

Call of the Country  – Not Yet Watched

Cinderella’s Sister  –  Not Yet Watched

Coffee Prince  –  A-

Dal Ja’s Spring  –  B+

Delightful Girl Choon-hyang  –  B+

Don’t Ask Me About the Past  –  C

Don’t Hesitate  –  Not Yet Watched

Family’s Honor –  A++

Full House  –  C

Golden Bride  –  B+

Golden Era of Daughters in Law  –  C

Good Job, Good Job  –  F

Goodbye Solo  –  Not Yet Watched

Green Rose  –  C+

In Soon is Pretty  –  C

Last Scandal  –  C+

Love in Heaven/ Dear Heaven  –  B-

Love Letter  –  D-

Love Marriage  –  C-

Love Story in Harvard  –  B

Loving You a Thousand Times  –  C

My Girl  –  B

My Life’s Golden Age  –  C-

My Lovely Sam Soon  –  C+

Oh My Lady  –  Not Yet Watched

Pasta  –  C+

Personal Taste  –  Not Yet Watched

Princess Lulu  –  C+

Prosecutor Princess  –  Not Yet Watched

Really Really Like You  –  D+

Resurrection/ Rebirth  –  A

Save the Last Dance for Me  –  B+

Shinning Inheritance  –  C

Smile, You  –  C

Star’s Lovers  –  C-

Stars Falling From the Sky  –  C

Surgeon Bong Dal Hee  –  B-

Sweet 18  –  B-

Take Care of the Young Lady  –  F

Temptation of Wife  –  F

Thank You  –  C+

The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry  –  B+

The World That They Live In  –  C

Time Between Dog and Wolf  –  C+

Wedding  –  C

What Star Did You Come From  –  C

What’s Up, Fox?  –  C-

When It’s At Night  –  C-

Who Are You?  –  D

Wonderful Life  –  D

You’re Beautiful  –  B+

Millie’s Korean Drama Ratings… Part 1

15 Apr

TITLE OF DRAMA:  You’re Beautiful.

MY RATINGS:  B+     <[Definitely Above Average. I Love This!>

WHO’S IN IT:  Jang Geun Suk, Park Shin Hye, Lee Hong Ki, Jung Yong Hwa.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT:    The management company of the idol group A.N.JELL insisted on adding a new singer to the group as the lead vocal, Tae Kyung’s voice was hurting. However,the new member, Mi Nam, had to go to the States to repair a botched eye job just before signing the contract. His agent came up with the idea of having his twin sister, Mi Nyu,to stand in for him and pretend that she was her brother. The two of them grew up in an orphanage and Mi Nyu, who was all set to become a nun, agreed to this charade as she didn’t want to spoil her brother’s chance of fame which would make it easier to look for their mother. (d-addicts.com).

MY TAKE:  This drama makes me feel all warmy and fuzzy inside. I loved the characters, the plot, the acting. The main guys clothes? Maybe not so much. However, once I got over the feminine-like clothes on guys, I really enjoyed this drama. I’ve already rewatched it about five more times. It’s great!

MY ADVICE : Must watch. Will not regret it!

TITLE OF DRAMA:   Dal Ja’s Spring.

MY RATINGS:   B+       <Definitely Above Average. I Love This!>

WHO’S IN IT: Chae Rim, Lee Min Ki, Lee Hyun Woo, Lee Hye Young, Gong Hyung Jin.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: ‘Dalja’s Spring’ is the story of Dalja, a 33-year old single at a crossroad of whether to remain single or get married before she gets older. The drama aims to comically and candidly portray the reality and undying pursuit of romance of a thirty something single woman. d-addicts.com

MY TAKE :    What can I say about this drama? Hilarious. Heartwarming. Beautiful plot about life. Engaging characters. Overall, this is just a joy to watch. The ending is a bit touch-and-go, a little iffy, methink. But if you’re willing to overlook unnecessary separation(at least, in my opinion), then this drama is absolutely for you.

MY ADVICE :  If you have to watch a drama about women in their thirties, watch this one!

TITLE OF DRAMA : The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry.

MY RATINGS : B+   <Definitely Above Average. I Love This!>

WHO’S IN IT : Park Jin Hee, Uhm Ji Won, Wang Bit Na, Kim Bum, Choi Chul Ho, Lee Pil Mo and Park Ji Young.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT :    This drama depicts lives of three women who are closing one chapter of their life and entering the next. Lee Shin Young (Park Jin Hee), Jung Da Jung (Uhm Ji Won) and Kim Boo Ki (Wang Bit Na) are three women in their 30s whose romantic relationships have faltered due to their career ambitions, but find themselves given a chance to make a fresh start.

MY TAKE : Very enjoyable and pleasant ride. Mostly because that ever-present angst is only limited to the last two episodes. I watched 14 episodes straight without that niggling sense of dread in the pit of my stomach…

MY ADVICE : Watch if you are in a laughing mood…

TITLE OF DRAMA : Family’s Honor

MY RATINGS : A++     <A Masterpiece. Bravo! No, Brava! I’ve Never Been More Happy In My Life…>

WHO’S IN IT : Yoon Jung Hee, Park Shi Hoo, Lee Hyun Jin.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT :   Ha Dan Ah (Yoon Jung Hee) is very dignified and beautiful yet she also had a sad life. Dan Ah was married in her 20’s, but her husband died in a car accident during their honeymoon. She will be pursued by two men, a man from a rich family, Lee Kang Suk (Park Shi Hoo) and a man who is younger than her, Jung Hyun Kyu (Lee Hyun Jin). The drama chronicles how the Ha Family upholds their aristocratic reputation.

MY TAKE :  If you want to know how I feel about this drama, go read my full review on it…

TITLE OF DRAMA : Assorted Gems.

MY RATINGS : C-    <Average. Not Good But Not Bad Either. I Wouldn’t Write Blog Entries About It…>

WHO’S IN IT :  Go Na Eun, So Yi Hyun, Lee Hyun Jin, Lee II Min, Lee Tae Gon

WHAT’S IT ABOUT :    The four siblings in the Gung family were named after precious jewels: eldest daughter Bi Chwi (Jade), eldest son San Ho (Coral), second daughter Ryu Bi (Ruby), and the youngest son, Ho Bak (Amber). Like an assortment of beautiful gems, their colours may clash and their sharp edges chip away at each other.  Assorted Gems tells the story of the different lives of the family members and how they learn from their clashes to find the perfect balance.

MY TAKE : One of those dramas that start out really strong and promising but just dwindle to nothingness by the end of the drama. Without the last 10 episodes this would have been a solid B drama for me. The only reason this is not a D or F is because I have a huge crush on Lee Tae Gon from his Dear Heaven days…

MY ADVICE :  Watch if you’re prepared to make up your own ending…

TITLE OF DRAMA : Golden Bride

MY RATINGS : B+   <Definitely Above Average. I Love This!>

WHO’S IN IT :  Lee Young Ah, Song Chang Ui, Choi Yeo Jin, Song Jong Ho.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT :    Jin Joo is a half Korean and Vietnamese girl who marries a Korean man, Kang Jun Woo, in order to come to Korea to look for her biological father who abandoned her. The drama is not only about her searching for her dad but also about the cultural differences between her and her husband’s family.

MY TAKE :  There’s just something about this drama that I love. It’s slow and builds up the relationships between characters really well. It’s a bit draggy at times but I think that helps out in the long run. I’ve heard people complain that the drama focuses too much on the main characters. Me, on the other had, loved that focus. All too many dramas focus too much on the side characters (who aren’t even important to the main story) and end up not telling much of the story of the main characters. Plus, Jin Joo and Jin Woo’s relationship is too cute for words. So… big win for me.

MY ADVICE : Watch if you want an ideallic  love story without too much angst.

TITLE OF DRAMA :  My Life’s Golden Age

MY RATINGS : C+    <Not Good But Not Bad Either. I Wouldn’t Write Blog Entries About It…>

WHO’S IN IT :  Moon So Ri, Lee So Yeon, Jin Yi Han, Shin Sung Rok, Lee Jong Won.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT :   The drama revolves around three siblings, their parents, marriage, and re-marriage.

Family’s Honor…

14 Apr

Okay, this is one of those dramas that you overlook for a long time and then one day, due to acute boredom, you decide to take a whack at it. And then, BAM!. Just like that. You fall in love. Maybe not so much for you, but for me, that’s exactly how it happened. Once I watched it, I could not stop rewatching. Sadly, it’s also one of those dramas that didn’t enjoy popularity. And no matter how much people watch it now, it will always be known as one of those dramas…

Title: Family’s Honor

Also known as: Glory of the Family

Episodes: 54

(Don’t let the 54 episodes deter you. You will wish it was 100 eps. I promise.)

Plot: Ha Dan Ah is very dignified and beautiful yet she also had a sad life. Dan Ah was married in her 20’s, but her husband died in a car accident during their honeymoon. She will be pursued by two men, a man from a rich family, Lee Kang Suk ( and a man who is younger than her, Jung Hyun Kyu . The drama chronicles how the Ha Family upholds their aristocratic reputation.

This description from d-addicts.com doesn’t do this drama nearly enough justice. You’ll understand why as we go along. Okay, so I’m going to review the couples first.
Ahh, the sweetest couple. This brings back so many memories…

Han Dan Ah and Lee Kang Suk ( Yoon Jung Hee and Park Shi Hoo respectively) are seriously one of the main characters with the best chemistry I have ever seen. Of all the relationships in this drama, this isthe most fascinating one to me. Perhaps that is a direct result of them being the main characters. Or maybe I am supposed to find them fascinating. Whatever the reason is, I find that this relationship isportrayed in a very realistic way. We have all come across or know of someone who found it hard to move on after the death of a loved one. I admit, sometimes I feel like if I died, I wouldn’t want my loved ones to move on and get on with life easily. Call me selfish, but I wouldn’t want them to move on at all. However, the situation with Dan Ah is quite different. A lot of times I felt like, “Enough already! Get over it!” (That’s horrible, i know). And before I’m lynched,  I do have reasons for feeling that way.

First, Dan Ah had barely known her deceased husband. You see, it was one of these arranged marriages and she and the guy had just met each other a couple of times before they got hitched. That hardly spells eternal love to me. Maybe it does to you?

Second, the marriage was consummated before he died. This is one of those gray areas. I personally feel that if a marriage is not consummated, it doesn’t qualify as a real marriage. The law must agree with me because unconsummated marriages can be annulled quite easily.

Third, it has been 10 long years already! Okay, so let;s just say Dan Ah did feel affection, or even loved her late husband. Isn’t it too much to ask that she grieve for this person her whole life? 10 years is no joke.

Nonetheless, regardless of how I feel about the whole situation, Dan Ah obviously had different ideas and reasons for how she lived. She felt guilty for living while her husband dies. And this is where I’m inclined to agree with her to some degree. He would have lived if he hadn’t turned her side of the car away from the oncoming car. That was one of the most selfless things a person could do and obviously, he deserved more than to be forgotten easily. But here’s the thing. Dan Ah wanted to live her whole life in gratitude to him by not getting involved with anyone.

This is where Lee Kang Suk enters the picture…  And let the record indicate that he is by no means a good person. He’s ruthless, wicked,emotionless, manipulative, and feels no guilt in taking businesses away from people. That’s how he was raised. But also, he’s honest(he tells you he’s ruthless and wicked upfront) and handsome. At first glance, it’s hard to see how these two people, who have nothing in common, will connect. Kang Suk, who’s only good and kind to his family, and Dan Ah, who has “universal good-doer” stamped on her forehead. Where’s the attraction?

I’ll Start Here…

14 Apr

There are a lot of dramas that I feel have been sadly neglected in favor of the newer, trendier dramas. I believe it’s my duty to bring these poor, ignored masterpieces(at least, they are to me) to the forefront. Since I’ve watched a lot more Korean dramas than either Japanese or Taiwanese dramas, I’ll begin with Korean dramas…