Korean, Korean Drama

4 in 1: Feast on Korean Dramas

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been blogging more about books and Kpop these past few months and you may seem to think that I’m completely neglecting the other quarter of what this blog is for – Korean dramas. Well, no. I haven’t. I do watch Kdramas whenever I have free time but just didn’t have enough time to write a blog post or reviews about it. But now that I have, you might just be in for a treat. In this post, I’ve decided to talk about dramas that fit into four of my categories: 1) Finished, 2) On-Going Dramas, 3) Currently doing a marathon and 4) Highly Anticipated Dramas. So you see, this is bound to be an explosion of Korean drama titles that you might want to list down some and watch it for yourself.

Let’s get started, shall we?

FINISHED

Finally, I was able to finish MBC and Naver’s Three Color Fantasy series. It’s actually a three-part series with a total of six episodes each. It consists of the titles: The Universe’s Star, Queen of the Ring and Romance Full of Life. Based on its series title, Three Color Fantasy, the genre of this drama is fantasy and so things deemed impossible to happen – happens and brought in the excitement in all three stories. I knew about this drama because of Kim Jun Myeon’s (Suho of EXO) involvement in the first part, The Universe’s Star. Even watched it when it started airing and just decided to catch up on the other two on a latter date.

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The Universe’s Star

The Universe’s Star follows through the story of singer-songwriter, Woo Joo (Kim Jun Myeon), and Byul (Ji Woo) – a Grim Reaper.

When you think about Grim Reapers, you’ll probably picture them out as all serious and all business characters or be reminded of Lee Dong Wook’s portrayal in Goblin. But SotU injected its own fun spin to it. Can you imagine a Grim Reaper who fangirls as well? Yes, you’ve read it right. Before being a Grim Reaper, Byul is a typical student and teenager who fangirls over idols and Woo Joo is her ultimate love. On her way to school, she met an accident and died. UnLuckily for her, she wasn’t directly sent to heaven but dying resulted in to her being one of the Grim Reapers. Byul’s current status definitely didn’t diminish and change her fangirl ways. We are treated with hilarious scenes of Byul wearing her Grim Reaper attire going to Woo Joo’s location, holding a light stick and the production taking it further by incorporating a scene wherein they are participating in a concert ticketing. Fangirls can definitely relate to those scenarios.

You may ask, what’s the main task of being a Grim Reaper? Well they have the ins and outs on who will be the next ones to die and they are responsible into fetching and guiding them. So basically they are all over the place – hospitals or wherever these dying people are. One day, it became the talk among the Grim Reapers that Woo Joo is scheduled to die and the “VIPs” are already waiting for him. Byul, the ultimate Woo Joo fangirl, overhears it and planned to not let it happen.

That’s where their lives starts to get tangled!

I badly want to write a review for this (I’ll probably do) because I do want to delve more into the things that made me love it and which parts I think it’s lacking. Try to keep tabs on my blog for it, though.

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Screencap from Queen of the Ring

I utterly have no idea what the plot for Queen of the Ring is when I started watching it. I just went along with it and learned that it touches one of my weaknesses when it comes to tropes – modelesque and popular guy x simple girl who’s head over heels towards him.

Queen of the Ring is a story about a girl, Nan Hee (Kim Seul Gi), who thinks that she’s as plain as a girl could be. Yet harbors this huge crush towards Se Gun (Ahn Hyo Seop), the popular guy. She’s frustrated and ultimately blamed her mother for her plain physical appearance. In turn, her mother gives her a ring owned by her great great great (nth) grandmother.

It’s not just an ordinary one but as funny and unbelievable it might seem, the ring actually possesses some kind of magic.

For the magic to work, all Nan Hee has to do is make the guy she’s in love with place the said ring on her finger. Poof, and she’ll be beautiful in the eyes of that person. So she ropes Se Gun into meeting her for a drink by telling him that there will be another girl who’s coming along with them. While waiting for their non-existent companion for the evening, Nan Hee tells Se Gun that the unpopular girl in front of him will be gone soon, showed him the ring and asked him to put it on her finger.

But there’s a downside to this. Se Gun won’t see her. Instead she will be replaced with the girl of his dreams. Every time they meet-up, she must wear that ring or else she’ll just be Nan Hee in his eyes. So things get messy and complicated for Nan Hee.

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Screencap from Romance Full of Life

Romance Full of Life centers on So In Sung (Yoon Shi Yoon) who once again fails in his police examination and making it as his 8th time to fail the said exam. At the same day, he gets dumped by his girlfriend, Wang So Ra (Cho Soo Hyang). The following days he loses his job and dorm due to not being be able to pay for his rent. He wallows in sadness, brokenness and in deep pity for himself.

To turn things around, he decided to participate in “Experiment Full of Life” wherein he only has to drink a test medicine and he’ll be compensated with quite a good sum of money. It’s a risk to take with not knowing what the possible side effects might be but In Sung went through it.

Luckily for In Sung, he experienced the good side effect of the medicine and resulting for his senses, capabilities and skills to be enhanced. You may say that he turned into heartthrob and superhero. He can freely do anything he craves to do.

But what will happen to him once the effects of the medicine wears off? Or once his newly enhanced skills are gone?

I won’t talk more about the events that transpired in all three stories because I might spoil you. But overall, Three Color Fantasy was an okay drama. I wished it was extended or for the three stories to be just a regular drama because they really have some nice plots going on in there. Imagine if they were given more episodes, I bet the story and the characters will be thoroughly fleshed out and not given the audience a whiplash with all the changes in them. But in any case, I still think MBC and Naver still achieved their goal to produce a short drama that will make viewers genuinely feel and think things over in their mind. No matter how few and short the episodes were for the entire series, they were still able to get their stories and life lessons across their audiences.


ON-GOING DRAMAS

 

C_9bsw_VYAA7-HRNot a Korean drama but I’m currently watching the Thai-remake of the popular classic, Goong (Princess Hours). If you haven’t watched the original version and got no idea with the plot, here’s what’s posted on MyDramaList: “The plot takes place in Bhutin, a fictitious country. Crown Prince In and Kaning get married due to a promise between both of their families. Before getting married to Kaning, Prince In had a close friend who is close enough to be called his “girlfriend” named Minnie. He has asked Minnie for her hand in marriage, but Minnie rejected him. Minnie now regrets doing so, and want Prince In back. Also, the former Crown princess also wants the throne back for her son, Prince In’s cousin. But as Prince In and Kaning spend time together every day they begin to understand each other more and develop feelings for each other. How will Prince In and Kaning’s love story unfold?”

Princess Hours is one of my all time favorite Korean dramas and so when I came across the news that they’re making a Thai version, I started anticipating for it already. At that time, I think they were just done with the casting and doing preparations for the shoot. But it still got me excited. When shooting commenced, photos from the set surfaced online and teasers poured, I’m all hyped for it.

Princess Hours Thailand started airing last April 25th and has a current standing of seven episodes released as I’m writing this post. To be honest, I had a hard time getting used to how Thai sounds like maybe it’s because I’ve been so attuned to Koreans. It’s a whole lot of weird to my ears. But not to worry since I’m slowly getting accustomed to it as I watch this.

Is it just me or the pacing of this Thai remake is faster compared to the original one? Or I just have to refresh myself? Also, the story line seems to move a bit more smoothly. Kudos to the set designer because of their top class and lovely setting which completely gives off the whole royal vibe. I wonder how much they’ve spent into filming in those locations.

At times the acting becomes a little bit to cringey for my taste but how it was shot somewhat saves it. Though, I enjoyed watching Ungsumalynn Sirapatsakmetha (Pattie) as Khaning because of her priceless and funny expressions. I’m just hoping that as we get deeper into the story their acting becomes more stimulating and will make me feel for them like what the Korean version did to me.

One thing noticeable from the start was the killer chemistry between the leads, Pattie and Phiangphor Sarasathapheng (Tao). Yes, they’re both visually appealing but that’s not mostly it. When I look at them together, I just get kilig feels and makes me want to ship them. So other than watching it because it’s Princess Hours, I’m mainly curious and keen on observing these two. Also a big reason as to why I’m sticking into watching this.

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My Secret Romance is an on-going Korean drama in OCN cable network that I have yet to watch. I think it is scheduled to end two weeks from now and so I must go through nine episodes to catch up. From the comments of my Facebook friends saying that it’s super fun, I’m sure I’ll breeze through the entire drama. I’m also seeing photos of the guy spending time with a kid, is he his son? I’m curious.

Here’s the plot posted in its Wikipedia page: “Jin-wook (Sung Hoon) and Yoo-mi (Song Ji Eun) meet at a Gangwon-do resort and get caught up in a series of misunderstandings and accidents. Yoo-mi was charmed by Jin-wook’s sly and playful personality, and they unexpectedly spend the night together. However, Yoo-mi disappears in the morning, leaving Jin-wook feeling perplexed and irrationally angry.

Three years later, the two meet again when Yoo-mi becomes a nutritionist at the company cafeteria where Jin-wook works. They pretend to not recognize each other, while fighting their attraction for each other. Finally Yoo mi admits that she remembers the incident. Jin-wook asks her the reason why she left him and she replies that it was just a one night stand.”

Watch the teaser for My Secret Romance here.


CURRENTLY DOING A MARATHON

 

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“Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) was born with superhuman strength. Her strength is hereditary and passed along only to the women in her family. Her dream is to create a video game with herself as the main character. She desperately wants to become a willowy and elegant woman, which is the ideal type of her crush, In Gook-du (Ji Soo), a police officer. Thanks to her strength, she gets the job of a bodyguard, to a rich heir Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik), the CEO of a gaming company, Ainsoft. Contrary to Gook-du, Min-hyuk is an odd man who is playful, a little spoiled, and has no regard for rules, and dislikes policemen. He has recently received anonymous threats, blackmails, and has even been stalked at an occasion.

One day, a series of kidnapping cases break in Dobong-dong, the district Bong-soon lives in, and she is determined to catch the culprit after her friend was targeted. Under the help and training from Min-hyuk, she manages to control her strength to use it for good causes.”

I know a lot of you already finished Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and joined the online hype when it was still an on-going drama. I was quite busy during that time and so I wasn’t that engaged to watch it. A few days back I randomly remembered this and decided to give it a shot. As I’m writing this, I’m currently done watching Episodes 1 to 9 and will resume my marathon tonight or through the weekends. I’m enjoying it so much because of Bo Young and Hyung Sik. I love their chemistry and how funny their characters are. Gosh, it’s really lighthearted when the story focuses on them.

But do not to be fooled because there are some disturbing and scary elements to this drama. The reason why I have to stop watching it at night time: the kidnapping cases, the crazy suspect and the sound effects are just too much for my heart. I swear, those scenes are eerily creepy. I cannot wait to find out how Bong Soon will use her power and help to solve this case. Also on how things will fair between her, Min Hyuk and Gook Du.


HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DRAMAS (as of now)

 

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Poster for Fight For My Way
  • Fight For My Way starring Kim Ji Won, Park Seo Joon, Ahn Jae Hong and Song Ha Yoon. Wikipedia says that it’s a “story about young adults with third-rate specs just struggling to survive, and the blossoming romance between the two immature friends Go Dong Nam (Park Seo Joon) and Choi Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won) whose childish dynamic hasn’t changed despite reaching adulthood.” 

I’ve been waiting for Ji Won to star in a drama ever since Descendants of the Sun ended. Even hoping for her and Jin Goo to work together once again but knowing how Korean drama pairing works, it’s pretty impossible. But I’m glad Ji Won took her time in accepting and working for a new drama since she landed a pretty good one. Fight For My Way’s plot is promising and I know a lot of viewers will be able to relate to it. Ji Won and Seo Joon’s chemistry looks interesting. I don’t know but ever since they’ve been confirmed for this drama, I instantly saw that they would make a great pair and mesh well with each other. And basing it from the teasers, my early thoughts have been proven to be correct.

Go watch the cute and funny teasers for Fight For My Way.

Teaser 1 | Teaser 2 | Teaser 3 | Teaser 4

It airs on May 22nd.

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BTS photos of Kai as Si Kyung
  • Andante starring EXO’s Kai and Kim Jin Kyung. As Soompi stated, “Andante is a pre-produced drama that shares the story of Si Kyung, a kid from the city who transfers to a high school in the countryside. As he takes on various unfamiliar experiences, he grows and learns about the true meaning of life and love.”.

Actor Kim Jong In will rise once Andante airs and I’m so excited for it! KBS released three hilarious, weird and heart-warming teasers for Andante, go watch it!

Teaser 1 | Teaser 2 | Teaser 3

  • Bride of the Water God starring Nam Joo Hyuk, Shin Se Kyung and Krystal Jung. It is scheduled to air in mid-July as a Monday – Tuesday drama. Soompi says that “Bride of the Water God is a fantasy romantic comedy drama that is a spin-off version of the manhwa of the same name. The spin-off sets the drama in modern day Seoul and will feature a new set-up.”

I’m curious on how they’re going to pull this off and how they’ll incorporate the “Bride of the Water God” elements in their modern day Seoul setting.

  • While You Were Sleeping starring Lee Jong Suk and Bae Suzy. This drama is scheduled for release in the second half of 2017. In Wikipedia it says that the story will revolve around, “Nam Hong Joo (Bae Suzy) who can see unfortunate events in her dreams and a prosecutor Jung Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk) who does everything he can to prevent the woman’s dream from coming true.”

Lee Jong Suk is known for picking dramas with insanely good plots + director Oh Choong Hwan (My Love from the Star) and scriptwriter Park Hye Ryun (I Can Hear Your Voice and Pinocchio), makes me have high expectations for this drama. But really, just by reading the plot you can already feel that the story is bound to be mind-boggling and extremely impressive. Ha, please don’t let me down.

This post has taken quite a lengthy run. I hope you’re still with me up until this point and at least enjoyed and noted some of the titles. I had fun writing this and so I’ll probably keep this format to update you every now and then about my latest Korean drama activities. What do you think? Is it a good idea or meh?

Regarding the highly anticipated dramas, I’m sure there are other to be released dramas with great plots but those that I’ve mentioned were just the ones that are currently at the top of my head. If you know more and would want to suggest, please do comment below. Also, do you have any titles that you’d love to suggest for me to do a marathon of? Don’t be shy to comment or talk to me through Twitter, @fandomlybookish.

Thank you for reading!

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