Monday, April 1, 2013

FAVORITE KOREAN TV DRAMAS PART 1

THESE ARE THE LIST OF KOREAN DRAMAS I VIEWED & REWATCHED IN 2013 THAT I AM RECOMMENDING. I HAVE WATCHED TONS OF KOREAN DRAMAS IN THE PAST BUT NOT ALL OF THEM ARE QUITE INTERESTING. 

I CANNOT GIVE OUT TOO MUCH OF A COMMENT REGARDING ANY PRODUCTION FLAWS BECAUSE MOST OF THE TV SERIES IN EVERY COUNTRY ALWAYS HAVE FLAWS.  IT IS ONLY THE PRODUCTION PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE PRODUCERS, DIRECTORS, AND WRITERS WOULD KNOW WHY. 

DESPITE OF THE FLAWS, IT IS BETTER TO ENJOY THE STORIES INSTEAD.

SOON :





Age of Feeling (Hangul감격시대RRGam-gyeog-si-dae) is an upcoming South Korean television series starring Kim Hyun-joongIm Soo-hyang and Kim So-eun. Based on themanhwa by Bang Hak-gi (published daily by Sportsseoul from June 1985 to June 1988), it depicts the loves, friendships and patriotism of young Korean independence fighters in1930s Shanghai.


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Photo: [Important to those who lives in Los Angeles Area] The Heirs (in production)

Super excited (okay kind of hyperventilating) that The Heirs is filming in Malibu. Super sad that there is an anorexically slim chance of getting any background work on this project since I’m Asian. And they probably want to show that the main characters have non-Asian friends in the U.S  But goddammit, I am holding onto that slim chance right now.

Here’s the casting notice I got:

THE HEIRS
Miniseries
Prod. Comp.: Korea Film Co.
SAG-AFTRA
This is a Korean Miniseries, only parts of it will be filmed in the US. There is no travel to Korea.

[ JAKE ]
Male, Caucasian-40-50, Womanizer, Boyfriend of main female character. SEEKING A RECOGNIZABLE NAME. Cameo role

[ GARY ]
Male, Caucasian-18-20 (Plays 17-18yrs old)High School student. Good Looking, tan, druggie surfer dude. SEEKING A RECOGNIZABLE NAME

[ JESSE ]
Female, Caucasian-18-20 (Plays 17-18yrs old) Typical California Beauty, Beach Loving (Tropicana) girl.

[ PROFESSOR CONNERY ]
Male, Caucasian 40-60, Typical high school teacher.

[ MICHAEL CLARK ]
Male, 35-45 African American, Police officer, Tough, by the book, Withered.

[ CHRIS GIRLFRIEND ]
Female 20-30 Caucasian, Blond,board wilh life (Featured role with lines)

[ SAM ]
Male 18-20 Hispanic, Hip hop Kid (Featured role with lines)

[ JACK ]
: Male 40 Caucasian, Hotel Manager, Lean, distinguished, yuppie like type

[ CHO ]
Male/Female 30-40,Japanese, High class party goer. (Feature role with Lines)[ ZACK ]
Male 20 Caucasian, Tammy boyfriend, Muscular (Feature role with lines)
[ DIRK ]
Male 20 African American, Good Looking, (Featured role with lines)

[ CUSTOMERS IN BAR ]
Male 30-40 Any ethnicity, Featured roles with lines.

Submitted for the role of Cho. Brushing up on my Japanese as soon as I hit “publish”.

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Photo: [INFORMATIONS] THE HEIRS filming location in L.A

When: Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013
Description:  THE HEIRS
UNDER PERMIT: F00068691
LOCATION: 506 S Grand Ave
PREP DATE(S): N/A
FILMING DATE(S): 09/11/2013
FILMING HOUR(S): 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM 
Source.
 
Finally some actual information about Heirs filming in LA. This address is the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, though who knows if it is indoors or outdoors filming, and you may want to expect standing outside and not seeing anything. >.>
Please Read more here➡http://fuckyeahtheheirs.tumblr.com/post/60663823207/the-heirs-filming-in-l-a
Thanks for the informations @fyeahtheheirs [twitter]




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THE MOON EMBRACING THE SUN













Moon Embracing the Sun (Hangul해를 품은 달RRHaereul Pum-eun Dal, also known as The Sun and the Moon) is a 2012 South Korean historical television drama series, starring Kim Soo-hyunHan Ga-inJung Il-woo and Kim Min-seo.

The series is adapted from the novel of the same name written by Jung Eun-gwol and directed by Kim Do-hoon and Lee Seong-jun. It tells of a secret, poignant love story between a fictional king of the Joseon Dynasty and a female shaman against the backdrop of Korean traditional palace; and the conflicts and conspiracy of vying political powers.

The series won for Best Drama and Best Actor in the television category at the 2012 Baeksang Arts Awards, and multiple awards at 2012 MBC Drama Awards, including Drama of the Year.

PLOT

Thirteen-year-old Heo Yeon-woo, the daughter of a high-ranking official, accompanies her mother to the royal palace to attend her brother, Heo Yeom's civil service examination congratulatory ceremony. By chance, she meets Crown Prince Lee Hwon in the midst of escaping to see his older half brother, Prince Yang-myung. They fall in love and Heo is chosen as the Crown Princess of Joseon.
The elder brother of the prince also loves Heo Yeon-woo.
However the Dowager Queen secretly orders her death; in order to install Yoon Bo-gyeong, the daughter of a family clan, as Crown Princess in order to gain more power for herself. She orders head shaman Jang Nok-yeong of Royal Star Mansion (Royal Astrology House) to cast a spell on Yeon-woo to stricken her with an unknown sickness. Nok-young unknown to the Dowager Queen has promised her friend Ari, whom Yeon-woo's mother had saved before she was born, to protect her. Nok-young secretly visits Yeon-woo's father and give him some special potion for her ill daughter so she can die in peace.
After dying, Yeon-woo is resurrected from her grave, but loses her memories. All believe her to be dead, including the Crown Prince Lee Hwon, who loves her and whom she was to marry.
Eight years later, Yeon-woo returns as a shaman named Wol (meaning moon). She has not been forgotten by those she left behind, and her fate is still intertwined with Hwon, who is now the king. She must contend with the current Queen of Joseon, the Queen's Father, and the Queen Dowager in order to reclaim her rightful place as Queen of Joseon. Meanwhile the young king fights against time to investigate the death of his love after seeing the grown up Wol before the dark force from the powerful political gangs who want him removed.

Cast

Kim Soo-hyun / Yeo Jin-goo (15 years old) as Crown Prince / King Lee Hwon (李暄)
'Sun reaching for the moon': Destined to be the first Sun, he experiences love for the first time when he meets Yeon-woo; unfortunately she suddenly falls ill and dies. Eight years later he becomes a King who hardly smiles. One day, he encounters a shaman who resembles Yeon-woo. Naming her Wol, he starts to have doubts on her death and decides to investigate.
Han Ga-in / Kim Yoo-jung (13 years old) as Heo Yeon-woo (许烟雨) / shaman Wol (月)
'Moon embracing the sun': Destined to be the first Moon, she was born in the interim of Ari's execution. The daughter of a noble family who is gaining power in the royal court, who is smart, bright and well-loved. Chosen as the Crown Princess, she mysteriously fell ill and passed away before the royal wedding ceremony. Just when she was believed to be dead, she was saved by Jang Nok-young, the head shaman upon the request from her late friend Ari. However, Yeon-woo lost all her memories. Eight years later, she returns to the palace as a shaman, who is named Wol by Lee Hwon. Lee Hwon must decide if he loves Yeon Woo or the female shaman Wol.
Jung Il-woo / Lee Min-ho (not the popular Lee Min Ho) (teen Yang-myung) as Prince Yang-myung (阳明)
'Overshadowed by the sun': The second Sun, he is the elder half brother of Lee Hwon. He always seems to be unfairly treated by his father, King Seongjo, however his father reveals that while Yang Myung is still his beloved son, he is treated harshly to protect Lee Hwon. Seemingly a carefree man while he is fiercely loyal to those he loves, he has to struggle between his long, unrequited love for Yeon-woo and his brotherhood with Lee Hwon.
Kim Min-seo / Kim So-hyun (young Bo-kyung) as Yoon Bo-kyung (尹宝静)
The second moon who enters the palace as a playmate for Princess Minhwa. She was used as a tool by the Dowager Queen to achieve more power by trying to make her the Crown Princess, which was successful after Yeon-woo's supposed death. Later, she became Lee Hwon’s queen. Although she loves Lee Hwon all her life, Lee Hwon loves Heo Yeon Woo deep inside.

AVERAGE OVERALL RATING IN KOREA:  45%

International broadcast


In March 2012, the drama's broadcast rights were sold to eight Asian countries, including Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.



Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominationResult
2012
48th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Drama (Television)Moon Embracing the SunWon
Best Actor (Television)Kim Soo-hyunWon
Best New Actor (Television)Yeo Jin-gooNominated
Best New Actress (Television)Kim Yoo-jungNominated
Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best Original Soundtrack"Back in Time" - LynNominated
18th Shanghai Television Festival
Magnolia Awards
Silver Award of Best Foreign TV SeriesMoon Embracing the SunWon
MBC Drama Awards
Drama of the YearMoon Embracing the SunWon
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a MiniseriesKim Soo-hyunWon
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a MiniseriesHan Ga-inWon
Best Child ActorYeo Jin-gooWon
Best Child ActressKim Yoo-jungWon
Kim So-hyunWon
Golden Acting Award, Actress in a MiniseriesYang Mi-kyungWon
Writer of the YearJin Soo-wanWon
Popularity AwardKim Soo-hyunWon

















My Take:

One of the Very Best Love Stories you will never forget!

What else can I say?  I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THIS STORY STARTING FROM THE FIRST EPISODE UNTIL THE END!  Are you ready to fall in love this way? YOU SHOULD BE!!! What is it that I like about the story?  EVERYTHING including the characters !!! How should I rate the story? 100% PERFECT!!! and PERFECT ACTING, too!!!

GET READY TO BUY THE DVD and you will never, ever regret watching it!  Marathon viewing --- that's what you should do!!!


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I CAN HEAR YOUR VOICE  ( I HEAR YOUR VOICE)
















I Can Hear Your Voice (Hangul너의 목소리가 들려RRNeoui Moksoriga Deulryeo) is a 2013 South Korean television series starringLee Bo-youngLee Jong-suk, and Yoon Sang-hyun.

Plot

The series is a combination of courtroom drama and romantic comedy with elements of fantasy. After overcoming poverty and a difficult childhood, Jang Hye-sung (Lee Bo-young) becomes a lawyer, specifically a public defender, but she is pragmatic, self-preserving and jaded. Her life changes when she encounters Park Soo-ha (Lee Jong-suk), a high school boy with the supernatural ability to read other people's thoughts by looking into their eyes, and cop-turned-lawyer Cha Gwan-woo (Yoon Sang-hyun) who is cheerful and idealistic, though a bit of a dork. 
Soo-ha gained his mind-reading ability after witnessing his father getting murdered ten years ago. His father's death had initially been dismissed as a car accident until Hye-sung, then a high school girl (Kim So-hyun), gave decisive testimony in court despite the killer's threats (Jung Woong-in), and Soo-ha has been searching for her ever since. As Hye-sung works with Soo-ha and Gwan-woo, she gradually lets go of her pursuit of money and glory. Together, this unlikely team use unconventional methods on their cases, proving that while sometimes justice is blind to a fault, she can still hear your voice.

Main characters

  • Lee Bo-young as Lawyer Jang Hye-sung / Kim So-hyun (18 years old) as young Hye-sung - She’s a daughter of a poor, loving mother, and worked very hard in school to become a lawyer. After being falsely accused of causing the firework incident, she gets expelled from high school. After witnessing Park Soo-ha's father's death, she acts as a witness. Eventually, she meets Soo Ha ten years later who is an intelligent senior high school student.
  • Lee Jong-suk as Park Soo-ha / Goo Seung-hyun (9 years old) as young Soo-ha - He receives a secret ability of being able to read people's minds by seeing their eyes after witnessing his father's death. After Jang Hye-sung testifies in court, he swore that he would protect and guard her if he ever meet her again. 10 years later, he meets Jang Hye-Sung, now a public defender.
  • Yoon Sang-hyun as Lawyer Cha Gwan-woo - He is a silly, goofy, though intelligent public defender. He helps Jang Hye-sung and later develops a crush on her.
  • Lee Da-hee as Prosecutor Seo Do-yeon / Jung Min-ah (18 years old) as young Do-yeon - She’s a capable prosecutor and comes from elite family, her father is a judge and her mother is a doctor. She pushed herself to be a perfect woman as she wants to be a perfect daughter for her parents. Hye-sung was her rival in the high school. She almost lost her sight when a firework exploded and she believed that Hye-sung caused that accident although Hyesung denied it strongly.

OVERALL RATING IN KORE :  20.7%


My Take: 

Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young-Save the Last Dance) and Cha Gwan Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun-My Fair Lady) are public defenders (public attorneys) who take on the toughest cases with less than 1% chance of winning.  

Defender Jang Hye Sung is a bold, sassy character with a prickly edge and a sharp tongue; while Cha Gwan Woo, formerly a very good cop now a defending lawyer who has got the swag and intellect to catch a thief and even to defend a criminal in the court of justice. 

Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk)  who has the ability to hear people's thoughts. He teams up with the two lawyers with different personalities and charisma in court to investigate cases, and he is described as the quintessential man-boy: confusingly both manly and boyish, and mysteriously charming. With a promise to protect Lawyer Jang from a criminal who keeps haunting them, his savior whom he had searched for ten (10) years, and loves her with all his heart, eventhough he is 9 years younger than her. 

If I said that "The Moon Embracing the Sun" is the best drama I have watched with excellent performances by all the cast & the story line is great, I meant it. 

And after watching "I Can Hear Your Voice",  from start of the episode until the end of the entire story, it was never boring.  Every scene is interesting and impressive.

Great acting by the cast, all-in-one comedy, a little of the action, CUTE LOVE STORY, and you will smile all throughout the story.  The chemistry of  Park Soo Ha and Jang Hye Sung makes your heart flutter.  TWO THUMBS UP!!!  I LOVE IT!!!

HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!


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WHEN A MAN FALLS IN LOVE



When a Man Falls in Love (Hangul남자가 사랑할 때RRNamjaga Saranghal Ddae) is a 2013 South Korean television series, starring Song Seung-heonShin Se-kyungChae Jung-an, and Yeon Woo-jin. The story revolves around a world-weary gangster as his love life intertwines with three others, and how the course of their lives changes entirely based on one moment of fevered passion.

Cast

Tae-sang is a thug, a cold-hearted loan shark who survives his boss's betrayal and steps up from right-hand man to head of the gang. Then he falls in love for the first time, and leaves it all behind in the name of love, morphing into a successful businessman.
A hardworking young woman who comes from a poor family.
The ex-girlfriend of Tae-sang's old mob boss, who is in love with Tae-sang.
A confident young man who's used to winning at everything. Tae-sang supported him through post secondary education but his friendship with Tae-sang turns to rivalry when both are in love with Mi-do.

International Broadcast

ChannelCountryDebut dateFinale dateNo. of EpisodesBroadcast date & time
ABS-CBNPhilippines PhilippinesNovember 18, 2013TBATBAMonday-Friday, 10:00pm - 10:45pm






My Take: 

How does a Real Man fall in love?

Han Tae Sang is a man who used to work for a gangster (Loan Sharks) but changed his course of life seven (7) years later and lived as a rich, successful businessman.  He has remained to be very kind and down to earth.  But despite being successful, he is lonely as he lives by himself in a very big mansion.  He may have been living alone but he has two friends who stick with him through thick or thin.  

And the one thing that he can be relied upon is his fidelity -- when he falls in love, it is only to one girl, whom he waited for seven (7) years, and who becomes his inspiration to be a better man. She is, by the way, more than 10 years younger than him.

He does not know how to court a girl or make a girl fall in love with him.  But he will do anything and will give anything to her to make her happy.  Even if the girl is unsure of her feelings for him.  

I got teary eyed in some episodes especially when it comes to family relationships. The story also shows the relationship among brothers, that they can be thoughtful and caring for each other. 

You will fall in love with the handsome Han Tae Sang!

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JANG OK JUNG, Live in Love

ang Ok-jung, Living by Love (Hangul장옥정, 사랑에 살다RRJang Ok-jeong, Sarang-e salda) is a 2013 South Korean historical television series, starring Kim Tae-heeYoo Ah-inHong Soo-hyun and Jae Hee. It is about Jang Ok-jung, the real name of Jang Hui-bin, a royal concubine during the Joseon Dynasty who became infamous for her hunger for power and ruthless plotting before she was sentenced to death. Based on the 2008 chick lit novel by Choi Jung-mi, it is a reinterpretation of Jang Hui-bin's life, as a woman involved in fashion design and cosmetics-making in the Joseon Dynasty.

Cast


Supporting cast

  • Lee Hyo-jung - Min Yoo-joong
  • Kim Seo-ra - Lady Yoon, Ok-jung's mother
  • Go Young-bin - Jang Hee-jae
  • Kim Ha-eun - Queen Ingyeong

Based on Korean History:

Lady Jang Hui-bin, the Royal Noble Consort Hui of the Indong Jang clan (3 November 1659– 9 November 1701) is one of the best known royal concubines of the Joseon Dynasty.

Biography

Her personal name was Jang Ok-jeong ([[Hangul]]: 장옥정, [[Hanja]]: 張玉貞). She was the daughter of Jang Hyeong (Hangul: 장형, Hanja: 張炯) and his second wife Lady Yun of the Papyeong Yun clan. She is widely thought to be one of the most beautiful women in Joseon Dynasty, and her beauty was mentioned in the Annals. She belonged to chungin class or middle class and came from a long line of interpretes.
Ok-jeong became a lady-in-waiting to Queen Dowager Jangnyeol (King Injo's second queen) at the recommendation of Prince Dongpyeong (King Sukjong's first cousin once removed). After a visit with his step-great-grandmother (Queen Dowager Jangryeol), King Sukjong saw her and gave her the rank of favored sang-goong, which meant she had been favored for the king but since she and her family belonged to the contrary faction, Soron, the Queen Mother (mother of King Sukjong) who belonged to Noron, afraid of the influence she could have on the king, expelled her from Palace. She stayed out of the palace until 1683 when Queen Mother died and Queen Inhyeon (Sukjong Lawful wife) allowed her to come back. In 1686, she became Sukjong'S concubine with the title of Suk-Won(숙원, 淑媛). In 1688, she was elevated to So-Ui (소의, 昭儀) after giving birth to a son (the future King Gyeongjong) in the same year Queen Inhyeon was exiled. After this, in 1688, she was elevated again to the rank of Bin ( 빈, 嬪), with the prefix "Hui", meaning "beautiful". Then she was elevated to the position of Queen. It created a bloody dispute upheaval known as the Gisa Hwanguk.
During this time, Sukjong was relieved to have an heir to his throne, hence Sukjong wanted to give his eldest son, the title of Crown Prince. But this was impossible since he was born from a concubine, Sukjong asked Queen Inhyeon to adopt Jang Hui-Bin's child, a common procedure at the time. However, Queen Inhyeon was still young at 21 years old at the time of Gyeongjong's birth. This action was opposed by the Court that the promotion was inappropriate. Queen Inhyeonrefused to adopt Gyeongjong as her own son, and was demoted from her position due to the political machinations of the time. This dispute led to not only the queen's removal but also a purge by banishment and poisoning of government officials of the Seoin, killed of the Noron leader and the banished and later death of Queen Father, that is known as Gisa Sahwa upheaval. Consort Jang Hui-Bin was promoted to a position as Queen as a result of these changes as the Namin faction came to power in the court.
Later, in 1694, Jang Hui-Bin lost favor of the king.  (Book East Asia: A Cultural, Social, and Political History, 3rd pag. 255) The King was disgusted by the Namin faction and the power the Jang family was gaining and tried to drive Jang Hui-Bin out. He had also started favoring Lady Choe (Later Choi Suk Bin) mother of Yeoninggeum (Future King Yeongjo) and an open supporter of the deposed Queen, he started to take steps to depose Jang. First, he banished the brother of the Queen and leaders of her party. Then, to save face, he brought Queen Inhyeon. Queen Inhyeon was first moved to a small palace in Andong, and then to the Mulberry Palace before finally returning to the main palace itself.
Jang Ok Jung, formerly the Queen Consort, was demoted to back to the rank of Hui-Bin. One of her servants stole a name tag used for identification purposes during the Joseon Dynasty from the Noron leader's slave and buried it next to Jang Hui-Bin's father's grave to suggest witchcraft by using a fetish that had been involved in the Noron's rise to prominence. After some investigating, the king discovered the ruse and had several court advisers killed or banished.
In 1701, Queen Inhyeon died of an unknown disease. Some historiographers believe that she was actually poisoned but it is not confirmed. The registers show that SukJong found Jang Hui-Bin in her room with a shaman priestess cursing the Queen and making merry over having her death with black magic. In spite of her being the mother of Crown Prince and the many pleads of her faction for forgiveness, the king sentenced her and all her companions to death, including her brother and mother. In his rage, the King investigated and killed her relatives and supporters. Her party petitioned the King to forgive her, but the King killed the leaders of Soron (her political faction) in response -- 1700 people died as result of the incident.  The courtiers that were against to give her poison for cause of the crown prince stability were exiled. (cite Women in Korean History Pag.109-111) After this, on the seventh day of the tenth month in the twenty-seventh year of his reign (7 November 1701), Sukjong passed a decree prohibiting concubines from being allowed to become Queens Consort in the future. Jang Hui-Bin died by poison on 9 November (the 10th day of the 10th lunar Month) 1701 at Chwi Seon Dang, her royal residence inside Changdeok Palace. She was 42 years old.
Jang Hui-Bin was known for her greed of power, wanting the queen title and a story in which she is said to have severely wounded her son (then the Crown Prince (future King Gyeongjong)) making it impossible for him to produce an heir.
She was buried in Daebinmyo tomb (myo tombs are given to commoners and low ranked people) in Seooreung (Address: 334-92, Seooreung-ro, Deogyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do). Originally entombed in Munhyeong-ri Opo-myeon Gwangju-gun Gyeonggi-do, she was moved to Daebinmyo in June 1969. Her memorial tablet was enshrined in Daebingung at Chilgung or "Palace of 7 Royal Concubine".
Nevertheless, as the mother of the Crown Prince, she was given the posthumous title "Lady Oksan, Great Concubine of the Palace; Prefectural Great Concubine of the Indong Jang clan".

Trivia

Jang's Mother, Lady Yun

Jang Hui-bin's mother, Lady Yun was from the Papyeong Yun clan. The Papyeong (파평/坡平) Yoon clan, which has its seat in Papyeong-myeon, Paju City, is the most well-known Yun clan. Several Papyeong Yoon women became queens during the early Joseon Dynasty, includes :
  • Queen Jeonghui of the Papyeong Yun clan (정희왕후 윤씨) - Queen Consort of King Sejo.
  • Queen Munjeong of the Papyeong Yun clan (문정왕후 윤씨) - Queen Consort of King Jungjong.
The clan's founding ancestor is General Yun Sin-dal, who assisted Wanggeon in founding the Goryeo Dynasty.

Jang's Tomb: Daebinmyo

Daebinmyo is a myo type tomb. Myo tombs are given to commoners and low rank people. She was originally entombed in Munhyeong-ri Opo-myeon Gwangju-gun Gyeonggi-do but was moved to its current location in June 1969, because the government was trying to expand the city and her tomb was in the way. Jang Hui-bin's tomb, Daebinmyo, was relocated at Seooreung tombs where Myeongreung is (명릉; reung refers to Kings and Queens tombs) and contains the tombs of King SukjongQueen Inhyeon, and Queen Inwon. Behind the tomb is a large rock and a pine tree has broken through the rock to grow. There is speculation that this reveals that Jang Hui-bin's ki (energy) was, and still is, very strong. Some Korean websites report that because Jang Hui-bin was such a strong woman there is a belief that if young single women who want a boyfriend visit Jang Hui-bin's tomb and pay a tribute, they will soon find love.











My Take:

Let me tell you my experience while watching this drama.  As much as I really wanted to watch this again, I could not because it hurts my heart and I do not want to feel the same feeling after watching it for the first time. I still recommend that you watch this drama.  You will not forget the story. 

I had mixed emotions while watching it. During the first 2 eps, my heartbeat was stabilized. Then during the first 10 eps, my heart was beating with excitement. Then it started to intensify and became critical due to anger during  ep 11 to 19. Then it calmed, stabilized again, until it stopped beating. My heart dropped suddenly, THEN I CRIED. That's the feeling of watching this drama. OK JUNG was not really the bad person, she's actually the victim.  I love the love story she shared with the King.   

JANG OK JUNG, Live by love 2013 is showing the true story of a beautiful fashion designer who became the only high ranking concubine, and later became the Queen and much loved by the Joseon Dynasty King, Sukjong. 

I think the writer of The Moon Embracing the Sun took Jang Ok Jung's real life story as an inspiration. Contrary to what others thought of her and what had been recorded, she was really a very kind person. In fact, after the historians had studied her true nature, in 1969, her tomb was transferred next to King Sukjong and Queen Inhyeon. (No one knows the real life events under King Sukjong's rule. There were unrecorded events which the early koreans during the olden times would not want to reveal for political reasons and under the palace rule. Nevertheless, this drama gives a beautiful impression of the love story of the King and Jang Ok Jung a.k.a Lady Hee Bin).

The story of Jang Ok Jung had been on television with diff versions that started i guess in the 1960's.  I have been meaning to find out the real story of Jang Ok Jung or Lady Hee Bin and as expected, the people outside the palace did not know the real happenings inside the palace.  And since there had been so many people in the palace who might be against Ok Jung because of class difference and for belonging to a different faction, they tried to destroy her reputation by revealing false accusations about her. I believe, then, that the historical records could be incomplete or were unconfirmed events.


As the Trivia has mentioned:  She was originally entombed in Munhyeong-ri Opo-myeon Gwangju-gun Gyeonggi-do but was moved to its current location in June 1969, because the government was trying to expand the city and her tomb was in the way. Jang Hui-bin's tomb, Daebinmyo, was relocated at Seooreung tombs where Myeongreung is (명릉; reung refers to Kings and Queens tombs) and contains the tombs of King Sukjong, Queen Inhyeon, and Queen Inwon.  If Ok Jung was really a bad person, then why in 1969, would her tomb be moved next to the King and Queen? The government in the 70's could have moved it to another place if they are to follow the Joseon Law of King Sukjong. 

But regardless of the real events, i still believe that it was a very meaningful love story for both the King and Ok Jung. And I believe that Jang OK Jung is really a good person whom King Sukjong had loved sincerely. 



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THE KING 2 HEARTS






































King 2 Hearts

The King 2 Hearts (Hangul더킹 투하츠) is a 2012 South Korean television series, starring Ha Ji-won and Lee Seung-gi in the leading roles. It is about a South Korean crown prince who falls in love with a North Korean special agent.

Set in an alternate reality, modern-day South Korea is governed by a constitutional monarchy descended from the Joseon Dynasty. Lee Jae-ha (Lee Seung-gi) is a handsome yet materialistic crown prince who doesn't care about politics and feels total reluctance to being the second in line to the throne. Lee Jae-kang (Lee Sung-min), the current king, tricked him into joining a joint military collaboration with North Korea as a means to help "make him grow up".
Meanwhile, Kim Hang-ah (Ha Ji-won) is a North Korean Special Forces Officer who is also the daughter of a North Korean military high command official. Both Jae-ha and Hang-ah meet at the joint military training, a crucial part in establishing friendly relations between the two separate countries. Although the two met each other with a fiery disposition, Jae-ha unwittingly sparks a friendship with Hang-ah and he subsequently falls in love with her. Soon, an arranged marriage is set up between the two and they eventually become engaged. While they attempt to set their differences aside and build a growing relationship, things suddenly take a turn for the worse when King Jae-kang and his wife were assassinated in cold blood by the devious Club M, who are led by John Meyer/Kim Bong-gu (Yoon Je-moon), a mysterious magician who wishes to remove the Royal Family and rule in their stead. Now crowned the new King of South Korea, Jae-ha must learn to be responsible and protect the country before it is too late.

Winner!
Seoul International Drama AwardsOutstanding Korean Drama (Silver Bird Prize)                  
           

My Take: 

The BEST, BEST, BEST Korean Drama I have ever watched this year 2013! (This is not the common K-drama that you see with love triangles, or when a man or a woman feels so down is not in his/her right mind just crosses the street or walks along the pedestrian lane slowly and would almost get hit by a vehicle, etc.) This is the kind of drama where all actors are so great in acting. 


Lee Seung-gi   is the BEST, BEST ACTOR in this Korean drama for me!  His acting is so superb!  His facial expressions, his control of emotions in the given scenes, his control of tone of voice, and natural acting ability. He is a combination of the Philippine's John Lloyd Cruz and Jericho Rosales!  He deserves more best actor awards only for this drama! Now, that's what I call ---real acting!

Ha Ji Won is so good in her acting, too, and also in her fight moves! The character is so perfect on her!

The story is SO NICE, NICE, NICE FROM EPISODE 1 UP TO THE LAST EPISODE --- PROMISE! There are funny scenes, action, drama, and of course, love-love-love!  There are terrorism involve and the involvement of the royal family.  There is the involvement of foreign nationals, too and you will hear the Korean lead actors speak English as well. 

I especially like the brother-to-brother relationship of the King (the older brother of Lee Ja Hae, and Lee Ja Hae (Lee Seung-gi).  The King loves his younger brother so much and he understands Lee Ja Hae that he knows his younger brother's capabilities and who he is as a person. 

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VAMPIRE PROSECUTOR


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Vampire Prosecutor (Hangul뱀파이어 검사RRBaempaieo Geomsa) is a 2011 South Korean television series, starring Yeon Jung-hoon, Lee Won-jong, Lee Young-ah and Kim Joo-young. The crime procedural drama tells the story of a prosecutor who hides his identity of being a vampire and solves crimes with his special powers.


Plot

Min Tae-yeon isn't your typical prosecutor. He has the uncanny ability to tell where the victim of his cases died, and how they died based on their blood's smell and taste. Only some people know that Tae-yeon is actually a vampire, and he drinks blood sold on the black market in the posh bars of Seoul. Along with detective Hwang Soon-bum, rookie prosecutor Yoo Jung-in and intern Choi Dong-man, they solve murder cases, and each time Tae-yeon uses his "powers" to find leads on cases that seem unsolvable. But the one thing he can't solve is the identity of the vampire who turned him seven years ago. And Jung-in soon becomes suspicious of Tae-yeon's "questionable" tactics in solving cases...

Cast



Reception

The series topped its timeslot for 11 consecutive weeks, and recorded a peak of 4% viewership ratings, the highest for a Korean cable drama in 2011.
It was exported to several foreign countries, including Japan.

The Second Season was shown on September 2012,


My Take: 

THIS IS THE KIND OF VAMPIRE MYSTERY CASE-ISSUE STORIES I LIKE.  The series is very engaging and I would not want to miss any episode because it is really interesting.  It is not a scary drama but it with more action scenes on the part of Yeon Jung Hoon.  He is really very good at fighting and I am so impressed.  I would say that he is one of the best action stars in the Korean Entertainment Industry. 

I am looking forward to watch the second season of this drama.  The first season is already addicting, how much more the second season.  I think this is the continuation of the first.  And by this time, he may be having a good relationship with his co-prosecutor, Lee Yong Ah. 

Vampire Prosecutor should have been aired under any of the biggest Korean networks instead of being shown in Korean cable which is OCN.  This would have gotten a much higher rating if shown on local tv channel. 

Trivia:  Actor Yeon Jung Hoon is the husband of Han Ga In, the lead actress in The Moon Embraces the Sun.


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WHO ARE YOU










A ghost romance story about Yang Si Ohn (So Yi Hyun), a woman who is able to see spirits after waking up from a 6-year long coma and Cha Gun Woo (Ok Taecyeon), a man who only believes in solid evidence. The two detectives come to understand each other as they try to help the spirits attached to objects at a lost-and-found center rest in peace.
This drama will feature a love triangle between spirits and humans. Si Ohn′s dead boyfriend Lee Hyung Joon (Kim Jae Wook) will appear as a spirit, perfecting the supernatural romance. Hyung Joon was an elite member of the police force, but lost his life following an unfortunate accident.
Detective Shi-On (So E-Hyun) can see things that ordinary people can not. With her warm-heart, she tries to help ghosts that have unfairly arrived in their situations due to their complicated stories. Meanwhile, Detective Shi-On's partner, Detective Gun-Woo (TaecYeon) only believes in what he can see and touch. The two detectives solve cases related to the lost & found center.

Cast

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My Take:

I have been meaning to get the DVD of this drama but I was having second thoughts because I thought that it was not good.  Had I recognized that Taecyeon (rapper of 2PM boy group) was one of the leading men, I would have bought it immediately. 

While watching the first episode of the drama, I became so impressed! It is like watching a movie. There is a suspense, mystery, and a little bit of horror because of So Yi Hyun's (Yang Si Ohn) ability to see spirits. I did not get bored with the story in every episode because there is something that needs to be solved through clues and connections.  What is nice about this and the reason also that this is not boring is because the real connection of the leads to the victim and the culprit has been opened in the earlier episodes so the story is always progressing. I also like the surprise on Lee Hyung Joon (Kim Jae Wook)  side.

Hunks like Taecyeon and Kim Jae Wook make this story more interesting to watch. And So Yi Hyun is so pretty; I used to see her as the bad girl in other series.  Not bad for her portraying a lead character. 

Taecyeon is a better actor now and I like his built, his fight movements (BRAVO because it is very manly; need not be well poised and not stiff), and while Kim Jae Wook, (I first saw him in Coffee Prince), has become more good looking. 

I RECOMMEND THIS DRAMA!  Another of TVN's success. Hurry and grab the DVD and do not miss it. 


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SECRET GARDEN

 


















MY TAKE:


All the sweetness in the world were shown by this guy here.  He really knows how to make a woman feel so much loved and so much cared for.  His way of showing his endearment in the scenes will take you aback, will surprise you, will make you feel giddy (too much), and will make you immediately smile (so much)!!

Hyun Bin is such a good actor that he seemed not acting while he had been so sweet to Ha Ji Won in all the scenes in the drama. 

Ha Ji Won is considered the Lara Croft of Korea because of her ability to do action. 

The tandem of these lovebirds on screen makes most of the followers wish that their relationship flourish even off screen.

Hyun Bin was also the lead actor in the famed I Love Kim Sam Soom tv drama.

I applaud the Writer and the Director of the series!!


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ARANG & THE MAGISTRATE







Arang and the Magistrate (Hangul아랑사또전Hanja阿娘使道傳RR:Arangsatojeon; also known as Tale of Arang) is a 2012 South Korean historical television drama, starring Lee Joon-giShin Min-ah and Yeon Woo-jin. The period horror-romance is based on the folklore of Arang, who died unjustly and returns as a ghost in order to reveal the circumstances surrounding her death.

Plot

A nobleman named Kim Eun-oh (Lee Joon-gi) comes to town searching for his mother after hearing a rumor that she is staying at the village of Miryang. He has the special ability to see spirits, but pretends he doesn't because he gets annoyed when spirits come up to him asking for a favor.

Arang (Shin Min-ah) has lost all her memories when she became a ghost and is unable to rest in peace until she finds out how she ended up dead. However, after appearing to three magistrates, none of them survive the fright of seeing her. When she finds out that Eun-oh is able to see her, she begs for his help.
At first, Eun-oh rejects her request. However he changes his mind after seeing that Arang is somehow in possession of the hairpin that he gave his mother at their last meeting. He believes that if he helps her, Arang will regain her memories and give him information about his mother. He exasperatedly (then affectionately) nicknames her “Amnesia” and as the town's newly installed magistrate, he teams up with her to investigate the circumstances surrounding her death, which may involve the mysterious nobleman Joo-wal and have supernatural ramifications.





Cast

The drama is based on famous folklore, as most ghost stories are: During the Joseon era in the city of Miryang, Arang was the pure, beautiful, goodhearted daughter of a magistrate. She grew up without a mother and was raised by a wicked caretaker who conspired to have her raped and ruined by a servant, Baekga. He attacked and she resisted, so he stabbed and killed her, and left her body to rot in the woods. Her father, the magistrate, just believed that she dishonorably eloped with a man and so resigned his position swathed in shame. Thus the legend goes that every time a new magistrate comes to Miryang to fill the position, Arang’s vengeful ghost shows up to tell him her story and he flees in terror. But one day a new magistrate comes to town — a young man by the name of Lee Sang-sa. Arang appears to him like every other magistrate before him, but this man doesn’t flee, and instead sympathizes with Arang, and promises to find her killer and avenge her death. Lee Sang-sa has Baekga seized and executed, and thereafter, Arang's spirit ceased to trouble the town.

Awards


My Take: 

Lee Joon Gi was the second lead actor in My Girl in 2006 and lead actor in Iljimae 1 in 2008, and also the main actor in action - drama  "2 Weeks".

This is new to me when it comes to a Korean period tv drama.  It was nicely done and very interesting. I like the way Lee Jung Ki do his fight moves, HE IS SOOO GOOD!   I remember when he was the second lead in My Girl, he was cute and young then but he was not that good at showing off his fight moves, and I even poke on his running then!  But now, WOW! He is sooo good in this series and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you watch this.  You will not get bored nor get disappointed because gradually it will give you mystery every now and then that you would like to find out more how it will be resolved and who is involved!

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CHEOMDANG-DOM ALICE (ALICE IN WONDERLAND/ALICE IN 
CHEOMDANG-DOM)

Cheongdam-dong Alice (Hangul청담동 앨리스Hanja清潭洞愛麗絲RRCheongdamdong Aelliseu) is a 2012 South Korean television series, starring Moon Geun-youngPark Si-hooSo Yi-hyun and Kim Ji-seok. It is about a young woman's "journey" to Cheongdam-dong ― one of the wealthiest areas in southern Seoul ― by seducing a second-generation chaebol into marriage.

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Plot

Han Se-kyung (Moon Geun-young) believed in l'effort est ma force, meaning "hard work is my strength." The aspiring fashion designer couldn't afford to study overseas, but won many local design contests and mastered French on her own.
After much struggling, Se-kyung finally lands a job as a designer at GN Fashion, an apparel company in ritzy, image-consciousCheongdam-dong (a small, insular, and particularly posh neighborhood in Seoul's Gangnam District). She is stunned to find out, however, that her actual job is being a personal assistant to the president's wife ― who turns out to be her high school classmate and rival Seo Yoon-joo (So Yi-hyun).
She slowly begins to lose her positive outlook toward the world when her father's small bakery closes down after losing customers to larger retailers. Se-kyung's boyfriend of six years (Namgoong Min), who has to pay his sick mother's medical bills, runs away with her savings.
What she says completely shatters Se-kyung's life philosophy rooted in hard work and consistent effort. Upon this despairing realization, Se-kyung changes her life's course. Seeing how Yoon-joo's life has changed compared to her own, Se-kyung decides to do exactly the same thing: marry a rich man. She enlists Yoon-joo's help and embarks on the project to become a "Cheongdam-dong daughter in-law," a term referring to stylish young married women of the upper crust living in that wealthy neighborhood. Her bitter disillusionment leads her to seduce Jean Thierry Cha (Park Si-hoo), the youngest CEO in the luxury-brand industry. Cha, whose real name is Cha Seung-jo, harbors a petty side and is determined to get back at the people who has hurt him in the past. And despite his line of business, he feels a strong hatred towards women who marry for money and are obsessed with designer labels. Seung-jo falls for the genuine, idealistic Se-kyung, but not knowing this, she gives up being the person she wanted to be, and decides to live like those she once despised.

Cast and Characters

Han Se-kyung is an optimistic girl living her life with the belief that "hard work is my strength." After countless job interviews, she finally gets hired by an apparel company. But not as a designer; instead, she becomes an errand girl for the president's wife. This makes her rethink her past and makes her determined to change her future.
The Korean president of Artemis, a famous luxury brand. Although he was born into a rich family, he is estranged from his father and built his company based on his own hard work. He says he will never trust women again after getting hurt by one; actually, he desires true love more than anybody else.
Ever since she was a young girl, Seo Yoon-joo had wanted to enter Cheongdam-dong. After using several methods, she finally becomes a "Cheongdam-dong daughter-in-law." She was once Han Se-kyung's rival in high school, and used to be jealous of her.
A famous Korean designer, who moonlights as a matchmaker for upper crust families. At first, he schemes against Han Se-kyung for ruining his plans for an arranged marriage between Cha Seung-jo and Shin In-hwa. But later he admires her tenacity and helps her.

OVERALL RATINGS IN KOREA :  
The series finale recorded its highest ratings with a viewership of 16.6 percent nationwide, and an average of 18.6 percent in the Seoul National Capital Area.


My Take: 

Park Shi Hoo, that ever handsome, fit bachelor that I also have a crush on, is truly a very good actor. He can really make his eyes obviously red from shedding off tears. And his famous sad expression will clearly show that the scene is serious. And I was surprised seeing the comedy side of him. Hohoho!  These hunky men in their late 30s (Ji Sung, Park Shi Hoo, Song Seung Hon) can also do comedy and they can pull that off naturally. 

I like the story and felt the jiddity.  Oh my gosh, Park Shi Hoo, still the perfect model for Levi's (since his earlier years).  There is a scene where he took a photo of himself and sent it to his girlfriend (Alice).  What to do? What to do? What to do? If I had a picture of him in my wallet and cellphone, I will fall in love with him, head over heels, everyday. 


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PROTECT THE BOSS










Protect the Boss (Hangul보스를 지켜라RRBoseureul Jikyeora) is a 2011 South Korean workplace romantic comedy television seriesstarring Choi Kang-heeJi SungKim JaejoongWang Ji-hye, and Park Yeong-gyu. It aired on SBS from August 3 to September 29, 2011.

Plot

Cha Ji-heon (Ji Sung) is an incredibly immature young man who is useless at his job as a director at DN Group, where the chairman is his father (Park Yeong-gyu). Ji-heon has a longstanding rivalry in work and love with cousin Cha Mu-won (Kim Jaejoong), as Mu-won is a mature, hardworking, and seemingly perfect executive, and the two both have a romantic history with Seo Na-yoon (Wang Ji-hye). Spunky and tough Noh Eun-seol (Choi Kang-hee) is struggling to find full-time work because of her juvenile delinquent record and poor academic background. After giving the hiring directors a piece of her mind during a job interview at DN Group, she is surprised to find herself hired by Mu-won (who was captivated by her interview) to be the secretary to Ji-heon. Determined not to be fired from her first professional job, Eun-seol works diligently at putting up with Ji-heon's childishness and keeping him in check. As their working relationship progresses, they earn each others' trust and friendship, and Eun-seol helps Ji-heon deal with his phobias and prove himself capable of becoming DN Group's successor. Things get more complicated when Ji-heon and Mu-won both fall for Eun-seol, who doesn't want to get mixed up with either of them... or does she?

OVERALL RATING IN SOUTH KOREA :  14.1 % &  SEOUL : 17.2% 

MY TAKE: 

I love a fresh story line.  Like Cheomdam-dong Alice and Who Are You, these were some of the freshest Korean drama stories I have seen and I felt detaching myself from seeing the common scenarios in their stories.  Protect the Boss is about a grown man who is agoraphobic or afraid of crowd or people, thus, making him childish when dealing with realities and responsibilities.  It is a good thing that he was able to find a secretary who helped him overcome his problems and sort out issues for him soche can prove that he is capable of succeeding his Father's company. 

I have never seen Ji Sung act like this in this kind of role.  He looked silly and funny whenever he tries to escape from corporate meetings and from his father's presence.


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ILJIMAE 1


Iljimae (Hangul일지매Hanja一枝梅RRIl-Ji-Mae, literally One blossom branch, also known as Il-Ji-Mae: The Phantom Thief) is a 2008 South Korean historical action television drama series, starring Lee Joon-gi in the title role of Iljimae, Han Hyo-jooLee Young-ahand Park Si-hoo. It is loosely based on a comic strip Iljimae, published between 1975 and 1977, by Ko Woo-yung that was based on a Chinese folklore from the Ming dynasty about a masked Robin Hood-esque character during the Joseon era.

There have been several versions of this story, which first appeared in two Ming dynasty novels, including a 1994 Hong Kong film, a 2005 TVB series and a 2011 Chinese television series, called The Vigilantes In Masks.
MBC bought the rights to the comic strip for their adaptation, hence the SBS version features an original storyline. Lee is the second Korean actor to play the hero following Jang Dong-gun in 1993 and followed by Jung Il-woo for MBC's The Return of Iljimae in 2009.
In the story of Iljimae, Lee Gyeom (Lee Joon-gi) is the son of a virtuous nobleman Lee Won-ho, a trustworthy supporter and brother to the king and a central member of the secret organization Cheonwoohoe, composed of important nobles and with the king as their leader. He lives peacefully in a house with many plum trees with his wife, daughter, and son. However, the king has a conversation with a blind fortunes teller. Looking at Lee Won-ho's home, the blind man states that he sees a person who is as bright as the sun, and will be adored by the people. The king kills Lee Won-ho as he believes that 'two suns cannot exist on the same sky'. Gyeom witnesses the incident from the inside of a safe where his father hid him. Later, he is saved and adopted by a retired thief, Swe Dol, after he becomes stricken with amnesia due to the shock of losing his father and being forced to throw a rock at his mother's head to prove that he was not the son. 13 years later, Gyeom, now called Yong, starts to regain his memories and begins to search for his older sister, Yeon, only to see her being sentenced and hanged.
The murder of his older sister leaves Gyeom seeking revenge. With the emblem on the killer's sword he remembers from 13 years ago his only clue, he swears that he will find the one who killed his father and murdered his older sister. To find the sword and its owner, he disguises himself as Iljimae and breaks into the nobles' estates.[Iljimae is a mysterious, black-swathed thief who robs corrupt government officials and gives to the poor. He steals not only material treasures but also people, be they wrongfully held prisoners or criminals hiding from judgment. At the scene of each robbery, he leaves a small painting of a branch of red plum blossoms called a "mae hwa". (His name reflects this act: il means "one", ji means "branch" and mae means "plum tree".) The citizens support Iljimae while the king and the nobility try to catch him and find his identity.] During the course of his actions, he winds up fighting not only for himself, but also for the people; and so he becomes a fighter for the common people, jumping into action whenever the people are oppressed and wrongly exploited for the sake of the nobles, thus becoming adored by the people and one villager goes far enough to state "He is our sun!". At the core of his motives though, he still desires to find the person who destroyed his family, and bring justice to them.

Main Cast
  • Lee Joon-gi as Gyeom/Yong/Iljimae - A no-good, lazy gangster by day but a mysterious thief who protects the citizens when the night comes.
  • Han Hyo-joo as Eun Chae - A lovely and kind girl of noble birth who seems to be fated both for and against Gyeom.
  • Lee Young-ah as Bong Soon - A funny, silly swindler who was orphaned as a girl and also is connected to Gyeom's past.
  • Park Si-hoo as Cha Dol/Shi Hoo - Once a poor boy, he was told at the age of nine that his father was actually his adopted father. He is sent to his "real father", Magistrate Byun Shik, and becomes Eun Chae's half-brother and an Imperial Guard. However, Magistrate Byun Shik is not his real father. He and Iljimae have the same real birth father, Lee Won Ho. His dream is to catch Iljimae so that he can finally become a nobleman.

OVERALL RATING IN KOREA:  23.2%

International Broadcast

  • Japan - So-net TV began broadcasting the series on November 24, 2008 along with other dramas. Hallyu channel Mnet began re-airing the series starting August 25, 2009 for its third run in total on Japanese television.

Awards

2008 SBS Drama Awards

My Take:

Iljimae vs. The Return of Iljimae

I like the first  Iljimae version because when it comes to the fighting scenes, the stunts are very good.  I know that the actors had to wear harness whenever they need to jump and  turn and move in the air but they were able to show that the harness never seemed to be attached to their clothings as they moved swiftly from one direction to another. 

Though the other episodes seem to be making the story longer since there were stories there that need not be. I know that it is just a way to extend the episodes but it would make the viewer get bored, so instead might skip some of the episodes and get to the right ones that will keep the viewers' curiosity move on.  Anyways, I enjoyed the entire  story in general and continued to watch the other unnecessary episodes. Eventhough I understood what had happened to Iljimae and how he lived after that last fight,  I still disliked the last part because the production should have made it clear how Iljimae's life had been other than making him continue his journey and mission.  I thought that after watching the last episode, he still did not become successful in overthrowing the King from his position, but somehow changed the lives of the people he cared about. 

The Return of Iljimae, I got annoyed during the first 6 episodes and to add annoyance to my viewing pleasure, I hate it that there was a narrator that still had to narrate or describe the charaters' feelings, behaviour, or what they were thinking.  It was like making me a little kid that listens to someone reading fairytales to me from a book!  And the production was not good at first.  It was like, yeah, a storybook character that came to life. 


The Return of Iljimae is a Chinese folklore. Unlike in the first version of Iljimae, the second one shows how Iljimae had obtained his fighting skills as he travels around the world unexpectedly and meets these characters that would help him with his skills.  I got interested in the story (and really waited for it) when Iljimae's last adventure was in Japan and met Rye (Sandara Park).  And it is a good thing that the narrator did not have to appear all the time.  So from Episode 7, Iljimae began his mission in Joseon  (as what they call it before during that dynasty in Korea).   What I also do not like is the way they flow with the harness--- it was Chinese - like, and it was obvious that they were being lifted by a harness!

If it is not for Jung Il-Woo (who happened to be very good in his fighting moves and stunts despite the presence of stuntmen who acted double for him), whose handsome appeal makes it more interesting to finish The Return of Iljimae.  He really looks like a very handsome Chinese guy, who completes the image of this version.  (If he was pure Chinese, well then, he would have been the ONLY handsome Chinese in the world!)


Notice these kids in 2008 as Iljimae and Eun Chae?  They were the same kids who are now in their teens in the TV Drama "The Moon That Embraces the Sun" in 2012  as the young King and the Crown Princess/Shaman.

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DREAM HIGH 1





Dream High (Korean드림하이) is a South Korean television series broadcast by KBS in 2011. It features miss A's SuzyKim Soo-hyunT-ara's EunjungIU and 2PM (Taecyeonand Wooyoung).

The drama was popular among teenagers, and brought in Korean viewership ratings in the 18 to 20 percent range during its two-month run. 



Plot

Six students at Kirin High School have the dream of becoming K-pop idols. During their school years, they learn how to develop their singing, songwriting and dancing skills while undergoing personal growth. They also go through their love life and start to develop feelings for each other. Each one of the students has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, but they strive to debut with the support and guidance of each other.


Cast

Main

Kirin Teachers
  • Uhm Ki-joon as Kang Oh-hyuk
  • Lee Yoon-ji as Shi Kyung-jin
  • Park Jin-young as Yang Jin-man
  • Lee Byung-joon as Principal Shi Bum-soo
  • Lee Yoon-mi as Maeng Seung-hee
  • Baek Won-kil as Gong Min-chul
  • Bae Yong-joon as President Jung Ha-myung 
  • Joo Young-hoon as the composing teacher 

Cameo


International broadcast
  • Japan: Tokyo Broadcasting System - 29 July 2011
  • Philippines: ABS-CBN - 16 April to 15 June 2012
  • Vietnam: HTV2
  • Malaysia: 8TV
  • Indonesia: Indosiar
  • Singapore: E City
  • Kazakhstan: El Arna
  • Peru: Panamericana Televisión
  • Taiwan: ETTV Variety
  • Turkey: TRT - 14 January to 3 March 2012
  • Thailand: CH7
  • Romania: Euforia TV
  • Middle East: MBC 4 - 25 August 2013
  • Italy: Super! - 2 September 2013

AWARDS:


1.  On October 5, 2011, Japan's daily paper Sankei Sports reported that Dream High was handed the grand prize and Hallyu award at the SKY PerfecTV! Awards which took place in Tokyo.
2.  On October 24, 2011, Dream High was given the Special Award for Foreign Drama at the 5th International Drama Festival held in Tokyo.
3. On December 31, 2011, Dream High won the following at the KBS Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Lee Yoon-ji; Best New Actor and Popularity Award for Kim Soo-hyun; Best New Actress for Suzy; and Best Couple Award for Kim Soo-hyun and Suzy.
4.  On May 10, 2012, Dream High was honored at the Rose d'Or, the global entertainment television festival ceremony which took place at Lucerne, Switzerland. It won the Golden Rose under the Youth category, the first ever Korean production to do so.

5.  On March 7, 2013, Dream High was honored as the Best Foreign Soap Opera at the 2013 USTv Students Choice Award in the Philippines, it is an annual awarding ceremony that recognized excellence and Christian values in Philippine television programs and personalities. The awards were based on UST students’ preferences survey that accounts for Roman Catholic values. (UST or University of the Philippines is one of the oldest Universities in the Philippines since the Spanish Era.)









































My Take:

What can I say, I LOVE IT!  

The story of each teenage student in Kirin Arts Academy with individual talents and goals.  They all dream of becoming famous one day in the entertainment industry as they compete with the other students' capabilities while they struggle in surviving with their own destiny, and personal issues. 


Just like the cast in Monstar, the voices of the cast in Dream High are all remarkable. The edge of Dream  High is that its settings or outside locations are not limited to just school and their place of rehearsals. The location settings are in different places, and they even went to Japan to perform, showcasing their singing and dancing skills, and they really worked as a group. It is fun to watch them because they perform Korean Pop. Unlike in Monstar, what I hear mostly is Acoustic Pop but I never doubted the cast's remarkable voices, too as they sang live. 


Dream High was not boring to watch because the teachers were really very funny especially JYP himself, the manager and owner of JYP entertainment that handles KPOP superstars 2PM, 2AM, Miss A, etc.


Guess what, I also cried in one of the scenes in the story.  It was when Marco Song could not sing on stage because of his disability, but Kelly Goo helped him out so he could be able to sing well on stage. Song Sam-Dong's (Marco Song) voice is very nice! And he and Suzy sing with a very nice blending together.


Oh, the love story among friends, Go Hye-Mi (Kelly Goo), Song Sam-dong (Marco Song), and Hyun Shi-hyuk (Gino Hyun). You will want the two (2) guys to end up with Kelly but of course, you will have to select only one.  Who among the two will win Kelly's heart?


And the best friend of Kelly who turned into a bad girl after passing the Kirin auditions. She will do what it takes to become famous and become better than Kelly.

The story has so much lessons to learn for the young ones to follow and remember as they follow their dreams.



Highly Recommended!



Note:  Just like in Monstar, the ending is not a disappointment, though, but will leave you surprised and wish for more. 


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MONSTAR

Monstar (Hangul몬스타RRMonseuta) is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Yong Jun-hyungHa Yeon-soo, and Kang Ha-neul.  It aired on music channel Mnet (and simultaneously on tvN). The drama is about how a group of teenagers are healed through the power of music.

Plot

Seol-chan, a member of Korea's most popular K-pop boy band Men in Black, is provoked into pushing one of his crazy fans, and when that goes viral, his reputation plummets. As damage control, his agency tells him to quietly attend school for a while. Meanwhile, Se-yi, a new transfer student from New Zealand, draws attention in the school for both her talent and oddness. Misunderstandings occur between Seol-chan, Se-yi and their other classmates. But in the midst of all the chaos, these students find a common interest which connects them to each other... music. Every character has his or her own untold stories, which have had significant impact in their lives. But as they gather together to sing and play the music they love, they learn to soothe the pain inside them, and to open each person's heart to one another.

Cast

Main Cast


Monstar Members (acoustic pop, acoustic rock, pop rock, upbeat pop, ballad)

  • Kim Min-young as Shim Eun-ha
  • Park Kyu-sun as Cha Do-nam
  • Kang Ui-shik as Park Kyu-dong

All For One Members (classical music)

  • Moon Yong-suk as Ma Joon-hee
  • Kim Yoo-hyun as Ma Hyo-rin
  • Yoon Jong-hoon as Shin Jae-rok







Yong Jun Hyung as Yoon Seol Chan



Kang Ha Neul as Jung Sun Woo



Ha Yeon Soo as Min Se Yi




Da Hee as Kim Nana


Kim Min Young as Shim Eun Ha


Park Kyu Sun as Cha Do-Nam



Kang Ui Shik as Park Kyu Dong



Moon Yong Suk as Ma Joon




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My Take:

While watching the first episode, I thought that I wanted to pause for a while and continue watching it on my free time since this is a story about high school students, I thought it would be a boring story. But as I attempted to shut the dvd player, I could not help but become interested in watching the next episode, and then the next, and the next. Then I just made up my mind, I would pursue with the viewing marathon. 

This drama is about a group of high school students in their sophomore year who are coping with their struggles in their family relationships and passion.  Each of them has to bring out their own individuality and come to terms with their past through music and the value of friendship. 

Seol Chan (Yong Jun Hyung) is a Kpop Idol from the male group Men In Black (in character). Because he had been involved in some random scandals, his agency obligated him to attend school so that he would appear as a good role model. But while he is in school, with every simple misbehavior and simple misunderstanding in some scenarios, those students who are his fans would immediately take photos using their cellphones and in a flash would already become viral on the internet. 

Their homeroom teacher, who happens to be the auntie of  Min Se Yi (Ha Yeon Soo) gives a music evaluation of her students. The purpose of this, too, is to look for perfect performers for the event that will be held in their school.  Every student in her class can perform solo or in duet, or in group.  Seol Chan has selected Se Yi as his partner after hearing her singing duet with Park Kyu Dong (Kang Ui Sik) in their class. Because Se Yi dislikes Seol Chan for his attitude of being full of himself, she prefers to be in partnership with Jung Sun Woo (Kang Ha Neul), the class president and a member of All for One.  But Seol Chan will not just let her reject him, instead, he brought his portable gadget with recorded instruments and practiced with Se Yi and Sun Woo.  Their homeroom teacher eyes All For One group as first choice but the leader of the group declines the invitation. 

In order to keep me from telling everything for the sake of those who have not yet seen the drama, I will park here. But, in every episode, it is nice to see the cast singing, letting you listen to their live singing vocals and their skill in playing different kinds of instruments which I admire. Especially Ha Neul who plays the bass, cello, guitar, and piano. Mostly they sing acoustic pop, acoustic rock, pop rock, upbeat pop, and ballad. The members of the singing group in school called ColorBar have really done a great job performing.  I also admire the children who portrayed as the younger versions of the cast because they are so talented.  

Since they are still in their teens, we cannot be sure if their real feelings for each other will be forever. Seol Chan may remain in the entertainment industry for a long time and may have difficulty having "Time" for Se Yi and hold on to her while fans mob him whenever they see him.  Sun Woo, on the other hand, may always be by Se Yi's side because he is the type of person who is a dutiful son, intelligent, very talented, who is a one-woman man and really proves his sincerity with his feelings for Se Yi. 

This is the second drama from TVN (the other was the Queen and I) that I appreciated though the last part just left me hanging on how the life of each character and their feelings and relationship with each other turned out to be. Maybe there will still be a part 2. Despite of this, I highly recommend that you watch this drama.  It was beautifully made.


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PROSECUTOR PRINCESS






Prosecutor Princess is a South Korean drama broadcast by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) in 2010.

Synopsis

Ma Hye Ri is a woman with an excellent memory and ability to focus, which allowed her to pass the bar exam with ease. Despite her talents, she is more interested in being fashionable and dislikes hard work so she is far from being an ideal prosecutor and has doubts about her suitability for her job. Through her conflicts with senior colleagues and struggles with difficult cases; however, Hye Ri gradually matures into a brilliant prosecutor with a sense of duty and justice.

Cast

Ma Hye-ri (played by Kim So-yeon)

Junior Prosecutor, Midland Prosecutor's Office. Daughter of CEO Ma of Dongbang [Eastern] Architecture.
Beauty like an actress' and a body that would make a movie star cry! Passed the Bar Exam in one shot. Graduated from the Judicial Research and Training Institute with top grades. The envy of all parents in South Korea.
Raised as the precious daughter of an affluent family. Under her mother's maintenance, she studied as her mother told her to, and got good grades without any goals or personal worries, eventually entering a law college. She has an IQ of 168, plus excellent concentration and memorization skills.
Her hobbies are shopping, skincare, and body maintenance. She knows when all the new name-brand lines come out, and if she sees pretty clothes or accessories, she absolutely has to buy them. At one point, she thought her calling was fashion and transferred to Fashion Design, but her father caught her; she had to return to law in order to avoid being kicked out of the house.
Between her wealthy upbringing and hiring as a prosecutor, she has never had the chance to feel scared or altruistic, or to experience society. A flower in a greenhouse.
She has a simple, direct personality; she'd rather die than do something she doesn't want to do. She can't stand bothersome tasks, especially if they are physically tiring.
So, how is she as a Prosecutor of the Republic of Korea? Sense of duty? Sense of justice? What are those? For her, her position is just another asset that reflects her awesomeness, and all she has to do is prosecute as she was taught.

Principal Attorney, Haneul ["sky/or heaven"] Law Offices
Has an unusual resume—graduated from an American university, then came to Korea to take the bar exam and became a lawyer. Runs the law firm "Haneul," which houses outsiders who can't deal with the realities of the legal profession in Korea. There are many rumors about his origins, but no one really knows his past.
Sharp appearance, sophisticated style. Recklessly confident and appropriately pompous. But sometimes, he is a trashy delinquent, and sneaky as well, but not so much that people hate him for it. His cute playfulness and laugh are his trademarks! It takes a lot of get him angry.
On the outside, he is brilliant and fair…but he has a chilling dark side.
He is tenacious, meticulous, and good at reading people's minds. He stops at nothing to win his clients' lawsuits, and is not above blackmailing people who deserve it. On the other hand, he is tender and warm toward innocent underdogs. He acts as legal aid or pro bono attorney on behalf of the powerless.
A man whose personality changes like a chameleon. Just why does In-woo hide his true self and hang around Hye-ri?

Chief Prosecutor of Ma Hye-ri's office
Tall and handsome, this attractive man is called "The Gregory Peck of the Prosecutor World." He is capable, cold, cynical, and harsh.
He lost his wife to cancer 3 years ago, and has a 7-year-old daughter. He is more traumatized by his wife's death than one would think. While he worked like a crazy man at the prosecutorial profession, which he found fun because of his boiling-hot sense of justice and passion, his wife supported him quietly. She allowed her disease to progress too much, and he couldn't even be at her deathbed.
Th profession of prosecutor, which is so intense that he had to give up his personal life…in his heart, he carries remorse that he can't let anyone else see.
He is grateful to Prosecutor Jin and her mother for raising his daughter safely, but he hasn't noticed Jin Jeong-seon's feelings for him. He treasures her as a trustworthy junior colleague.
He is severe and cold with Hye-ri, who looks a lot like his wife but doesn't act like her at all. However, he also understands Hye-ri who, lacking passion for prosecution, treats it as just another job.
So when everyone gives up on Hye-ri, he gives her an opportunity. When that makes Hye-ri fall for him and she makes advances, he resists. But as she charges him uncalculatingly, there comes a time when he accepts her feelings.
However…the deeper his relationship with Hye-ri becomes, the more regret he feels about Jin Jeong-seon. And watching Hye-ri suffer over In-woo, he learns a truth that he wasn't able to comprehend before…

Overall Rating in Korea :  10.4%


International Broadcast

Japan

My Take: 
Knowing that Ma Hye Ri has a very high IQ, who can buy anything she wants at an instant, with a sexy body and admired by men, she becomes the envy of a lot of women.  Though her own opinion makes sense, and she can do whatever she likes, you will still get annoyed by her naivete --- and stupidity.  Despite all those admirable qualities that she has, she still gets misunderstood.  That is because she is always full of herself, and what only matters to her is her own happiness and preferences --- and her appearance.
Because she is intelligent, she was able to pass law and the bar exam and because of her academic records, she was hired by the best law firm in Korea. However, Ma Hye Ri loves to shop, to spend for anything she fancies anytime of the day, to party every night, and does not care about how other people feel. There are times when her officemates do not take her seriously and tries to find fault in her, clients would not believe her as a good prosecutor because of the way she dresses --- very colorful, always in mini-skirts, and wearing branded high heels shoes.  She is like a child that when being challenged and motivated, her drive and determination to succeed come out in order to prove her detractors wrong. Thanks to the two men around her who always believe in her capabilities that helped her open her eyes to the reality of the prosecutors' life: it is not easy, and it is not a glamorous career.  
The series was adapted from the movie Legally Blonde but since it is in a tv series, the storyline is different from the original American movie. 
This is a romantic comedy series, so different from the other rom-com that I see because there are cases that had been injected which is interesting more than the common love triangle romance of the three leads. As I was watching the character Ma Hye Ri, it is true that I also got affected by her naivete and stupidity-- I became annoyed with her. But there is a reason behind why she has become like that. 
I also was intrigued by Seo In Woo  and his connection with Ma Hye Ri's family.  Seo In Woo, the handsome lawyer who is smart and dashing.  He patiently helps Ma Hye Ri become a very good prosecutor, he understands Ma Hye Ri, and he accepts her for who she is.  
And the shoes! I soooo love the shoes that Ma Hye Ri wears in the series!! And her condo apartment! I love it!  The most that I like? Her walk in closet and everything in it!!!
Watch this series and you will not feel bored! Those who would like to kow the basics of Prosecution 101, and you might want to become like Ma Hye Ri ---  Go and Good Luck!










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THE INNOCENT MAN / NICE GUY




































The Innocent Man (Hangul세상 어디에도 없는 착한 남자RRSesang Eodiedo Eobneun Chakan Namja; lit. "A Nice/Kind/Gentle/Good-hearted/Pure/Innocent Man the Likes of Which You Couldn't Possibly Find Anywhere in this World"; also known asNice Guy), is a 2012 South Korean television series. Starring Song Joong-kiMoon Chae-won and Park Si-yeon, it is a dark melodrama involving betrayal, revenge and romance.

Plot

Smart and promising medical student  Kang Ma-ru (Song Joong-ki) has been in love all his life with his slightly older next-door neighbor Han Jae-hee (Park Si-yeon), a television reporter.  He is an adoring boyfriend and she always considered Ma-ru her home.  But when her situation takes a turn for the worse and Jae-hee becomes desperate to escape poverty, she meets a man who changes everything—a rich CEO who introduces her to a life of comfort. So she turns her back on Ma-ru, choosing money over love.
The brutal betrayal leaves Ma-ru fractured—not just angry, but a completely changed man. A few years later, Ma-ru is now 30 years old and works as a bartender and gigolo, no longer a "nice guy." He then meets Seo Eun-gi (Moon Chae-won), a young chaebol heiress who's being groomed to take over her father's conglomerate. Eun-gi is cold and calculating, business-savvy, and raised by her father to never show emotion to anyone. But Ma-ru intrigues her, and she becomes curious until she can’t stop thinking about him.
Ma-ru decides to take advantage of her as a pawn in his plans for revenge,  and Eun-gi falls in love with him, not knowing that he’s using her to get back at his ex Jae-hee, who happens to be Eun-gi's young, gold-digging stepmother.Just when Ma-ru is beginning to genuinely care for Eun-gi, she finds out the truth and they break up. But a car accident causes Eun-gi to lose her memory, and she enters Ma-ru's life again.

Main Cast

Supporting Cast



Overall Rating in Korea Nationwide:  20%

International Broadcast


Ratings (Philippines)

The series is ranked number one in its timeslot in Mega Manila, according to AGB Nielsen Philippines; but ranked second nationwide according to Kantar Media Philippines.

Awards and Nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResultRef.
2012Korean Culture and Entertainment AwardsTop Excellence Award, ActorSong Joong-kiWon
K-Drama Star Awards
Top Excellence Award, ActorSong Joong-kiWon
KBS Drama Awards
Best Couple AwardSong Joong-ki and Moon Chae-wonWon
Netizens' AwardMoon Chae-wonWon
Song Joong-kiWon
Top Excellence Award, ActressMoon Chae-wonWon
Top Excellence Award, ActorSong Joong-kiWon
2013
Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actress (TV)Lee Yu-biNominated
Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Booming Star - FemaleLee Yu-biNominated
Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean DramaThe Innocent ManNominated

Outstanding Korean ActorSong Joong-kiNominated
Outstanding Korean ActressMoon Chae-wonNominated
Outstanding Korean Drama OST"Love is like a Snowflake" - JunsuNominated

"Really" - Song Joong-kiNominated

My Take: 

This drama is the best when I watched it during my viewing marathon. I have come to like the story in the beginning and upon seeing the lead actor's plans for revenge,  I became interested in knowing what will happen each time Kang Maru (Song Joong-Ki) succeeds. But it annoys me whenever he does foolish decisions for the sake of the only one he loved who would do nothing but to implicate him to her bad motives.
I could even guess what would happen in the middle of the story and I was right. I have also guessed what would happen in the end but I will park from here for now because I would like to put a suspense here in order for those who have not seen the drama would not be given a spoiler.  One of the best Korean drama I HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I love, love, love, loooovvveee the drama!!! 
Looking at Song Joong-Ki, he resembles Kim Hyun Joong (how he looked after boys over flowers not how he looks at present.) He really is so charming, and with that simple smile that he does, he becomes more cuter. 
The actress portraying the role of a stepmother in The Innocent Man is Park Si-Yeon , who also played the role of a popular tennis player in the romantic comedy light drama, My Girl with Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae.



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GU FAMILY BOOK, The Beginning / 
 THE LOVE STORY OF KANG CHI










































GU FAMILY BOOK, The Beginning of Kang Chi (2013)

A story about a half man-half monster who is searching for a centuries-old book that according to gumiho (Fox) legend, contains the secret to becoming human. 

Cast

  • Lee Seung-gi as Choi Kang-chi - A half-man, half-gumiho who longs to become fully human. He originally had a one-sided love for Chung Jo, but soon slowly fell in love with Yeo-Wool.
  • Suzy as Dam Yeo-wool - A martial arts instructor at her father's school, she is particularly skilled with a bow and arrow. When she was younger, Kang-chi saved her from being attacked by a dog and she never forgot about him. She then falls in love with him when they meet again. She also accepts Kang-chi for who he is inside even though he is a divine creature that many people are afraid of.
  • Lee Sung-jae as Jo Gwan-woong - A villainous nobleman. He lusted after Seo-hwa, then framed and killed her father, destroying many lives. He is now the mastermind behind a string of murders and a traitorous plan against Joseon, and hunts down Kang-chi.
  • Sung Joon as Gon - He has a one-sided love for Yeo-wool, for whom he serves as bodyguard. He also has a bickering relationship with Kang-chi.
  • Yoo Yeon-seok as Park Tae-seo - He is a cool-headed, responsible scholar who helps his father Mu-sol run their inn. He comes under a curse that makes him think Kang-chi murdered his father, testing the bonds of their friendship and brotherhood.
  • Lee Yu-bi as Park Chung-jo[24] - Kang-chi's first love. When they were younger, she used to be selfish, knowing that Kang-chi liked her. But after a family tragedy, she is forced to become a gisaeng and realizes her feelings for him.


INTERNATIONAL BROADCAST:

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MY TAKE:  

OH MY GOODNESS!  OH MY GOODNESS!  OH MY GOODNESS!!!  THE STORY IS SO BEAUTIFUL!  VERY BEAUTIFUL! VERY, VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!  It was like watching a movie and it was beautifully done!  I love, love, love the story!  The storyline is so, soo, soooo amazing! 

This is what I surely highly recommend!  I do not get to watch this kind of drama that should be made for a movie! 

The special effects, the whole setting, the storyline, the cast --- everything is so well done!  No loopholes (maybe not obvious), nothing boring nor shallow, nothing dragging nor unexciting! To be able to answer your anxiousness how a certain situation came up in an episode, there is always a backstory. 

I may have mentioned that there are no loopholes, however, I am always curious about the kind of laws and political policies that Korea had in every dynasty.  Because as I was watching Faith and The Story of Kang Chi, it was taking so long to ever capture the culprit or mastermind eventhough the evidences are already obvious and there are witnesses.  For example in The Story of Kang Chi, the culprit was never summoned to imperial court for the injustices that occurred in those towns or provinces affected by the cruelty of the culprit; there were no reports that reached the Palace nor an investigation which should have been done to obtain evidences and present to court.  I wanted to see more special effects or perhaps magical effects which Kang Chi could have done since he is half a Mythical Creature. And since Kang Chi's father came back to life as an evil spirit, I was expecting that there could be more dark effects, etc.  Maybe it is how the story really goes-- hehe.  Despite of that, I still like the story itself. 

Better than FAITH! From Episode I moving forward, I am just so impressed and it will never be forgotten! 

I salute the staff and crew! The Directors, the producers, the cast, and everyone else who made these remarkable breakthrough that exist in the Korean film/ TV  production.

Those who have not seen the tv series should go and grab a DVD copy with very good English subtitles or depending on your language.  Do the viewing marathon for 2-3 days perhaps and you will finish this drama leaving a smile on your faces. 

International Broadcast

ChannelCountryDebut dateFinale dateBroadcast date & timeInfo
ABS-CBNPhilippinesPhilippinesAugust 19, 2013TBAMonday-Friday, 5:00pmThis Series will be Premiered in the Philippines under The Title Of "The Love Story Of Kangchi". Sabay Natin by Daniel Padilla will be the Philippine OST of this drama

Awards and Nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResult
2013Mnet 20's Choice Awards20's Drama Star - MaleLee Seung-giNominated
20's Drama Star - FemaleSuzyWon
20's Booming Star - FemaleLee Yu-biNominated
8th Seoul International Drama AwardsOutstanding Korean DramaGu Family BookPending
Outstanding Korean ActressSuzyPending
Outstanding Korean OSTSpring Rain - Baek Ji YoungPending
Don't Forget Me - SuzyPending



Ratings:

It has reached an average of 18% viewership in Korea from the start of it's airing up to the last episode. 


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QUEEN AND I  /  QUEEN  IN-HYUN'S MAN










Reel to real-life romance

On June 7 after the last broadcast, the production held a special fan meeting to celebrate the ending of the drama. During the cast interviews, Ji Hyun-woo made a surprise public declaration that he was in love with co-star Yoo In-na, shocking fans and press alike. This sparked a media frenzy in the following days, during which their agencies remained mum on the issue and the two stars lay low, except for a reassuring message to his fans that Ji posted on Twitter on June 11. After gossip website Sportsseoul.com photographed the couple together on a midnight date at a park in Bundang,Gyeonggi, where Yoo lives, Yoo confirmed their relationship on her radio show the next day, June 18. She said, "We decided that he will stop being In-hyun’s Man and instead, start being Yoo In-na’s Man."






















Queen In-hyun's Man (Hangul인현왕후의 남자RRIn Hyeon-wanghu-ui Namja) is a 2012 South Korean fantasy-romance-action-historical drama television series, starring Ji Hyun-woo and Yoo In-na

The story centers around obscure actress Choi Hee-jin (played by Yoo In-na, in her first leading role) who falls in love with Kim Boong-do (played by Ji Hyun-woo), a time-traveling scholar from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) who jumps 300 years into the future to the 21st century.

Year 1694, Joseon Dynasty: Kim Boong-do (Ji Hyun-woo) is a noble-born scholar and his family's sole survivor after they were massacred in a conspiracy. Boong-do supports the reinstatement of Queen In-hyun, who was deposed due to scheming by royal concubineLady Jang.
Year 2012, modern-day Seoul: Choi Hee-jin (Yoo In-na), an unsuccessful actress, lands her big break when she is cast as Queen In-hyun in the television drama "New Jang Heebin". Due to a mysterious talisman, Boong-do time-travels to 2012, where he crosses paths with Hee-jin and falls in love. 

A romantic comedy drama about a classic scholar who arrives 300 years into the modern times from the Chosun through time warp and meets a delinquent actress.

Cast

  • Ji Hyun-woo - Kim Boong-do
  • Yoo In-na - Choi Hee-jin
  • Kim Jin-woo - Han Dong-min, Hee-jin's ex-boyfriend
  • Ga Deuk-hee - Jo Soo-kyung, Hee-jin's friend and manager
  • Jin Ye-sol - Yoon-wol

International Broadcast

 Philippines from April to June 2012


My Take:

QUEEN AND I.  I really, really like the story.  Very good cinematography (I was like watching a movie). Very good story.  The actor moves well during fight scenes.  I like the way the fight scenes went, even if there was a stunt man or not, Ji Hyun Woo did a very good job on his part.  

It is like the story of Lee Min Ho's "Faith" but the difference is that the leading man time travels back and forth from the Joseon period to modern day. He is an ordinary man and a romantic guy whenever he is staying in the modern day world with a girl that he learns to love, but he becomes a higher official, a scholar, the palace's savior, and a fugitive whenever he goes back to his dynasty. 

I was even expecting for loopholes in this story but there was none or maybe it was not obvious.  I was also expecting that I would get bored because the leading man always time travels, but I did not.  I became interested more and more. I like it that it is not corny, dragging, nor boring. 

I am beginning to learn Korea's history due to the random stories and scenes that TV Korean productions are showing based on true Korean history through Faith and Queen and I. 

The actor is a combination of  Lee Min Ho and Rain.  He is as tall as Lee Min Ho, with the same City Hunter haircut, and with resemblance to the Korean singer, Rain; though he is not as handsome as Lee Min Ho but he is appealing. And the actress is cute in her own way. 

A nice love story. I recommend that you watch it  --- go, go, go and watch it!!!


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MY PRINCESS


















My Princess (Hangul마이 프린세스) is a 2011 South Korean romantic comedy television series, starring Kim Tae-heeSong Seung-hunPark Ye-jin and Ryu Soo-young.

An ordinary college student, Lee Seol (Kim Tae-hee), finds out she's a princess and the great-granddaughter of the Joseon Dynasty's last Emperor, Emperor Sunjong. The grandson of Daehan Group, Park Hae-young (Song Seung-hun), is put in charge of educating Seol on proper etiquette in order for her to fulfill her role. However, Hae-young is put in a precarious situation when he finds himself drawn to Seol, the girl who will take away his inheritance if the monarchy is restored.

Cast


Rating: 

Reached an average rating of 17% viewership in Korea until the last episode.



My Take: 

This is a cute love story.  Kim Tae Hee as Lee Seol or Lizette is perfect acting as a childish, easy go lucky girl opposite her leading man, Song Seung Hun as Park Hae Young or Ethan who is mature and smart, and handsome. 

With the story itself, I got interested because of the secrets that Ethan's grandfather was holding for more than 20 years. Since I had put so much of time watching this drama in marathon, I was expecting a secret that was heavy or serious in order that my time will not be wasted waiting for the answers  despite my sleepiness which I had to control just so I could finish the drama. So far, the secret was not a disappointment.  

The secret could have already been revealed in between those 10 episodes but again, in order to understand that when dramas are being extended, the climax has to be withheld for a time eventhough there is already the chance to reveal it. In the long run, I still like this story. 

And Kim Tae Hee's outfits really fit her charming face.  She dresses up like Anne Curtis, one of the top Filipino actresses.  Both actresses choose clothes that really shows their feminity. 


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SCENT OF A WOMAN








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SCENT OF A WOMAN

"Scent of a Woman" is a romantic-melodrama that depicts the life of a 30'ish woman who works as a low-level clerk. She works hard, but lives her life without much joy. She then learns that she is dying. The woman decides to travel aboard to find happiness ...
Lee Yeon-Jae (Kim Sun-A) works at travel agency Line Tour as an under-appreciated assistant. She's often belittled, sexually harassed, & tasked to do menial jobs by her boss, but she never stands up for herself, fearing for her job. Lee Yeon-Jae supports her mother and without her job, believes she won't be able to get married.

One day, because of a car accident, Lee Yeon-Jae goes to the hospital. There she meets Dr. Chae Eun-Suk (Uhm Ki-Joon). As children, Yeon-Jae and Eun-Suk were friends, but Eun-Suk now acts as if he does not know her. Dr. Eun-Suk informs Yeon-Jae that she has a tumor and needs another examination. Yeon-Jae goes back to the company and asks for a day off to get the medical examination. Instead of getting the day off, Yeon-Jae is assigned to be a guide for high profile client Andy Wilson.

Kang Ji-Wook (Lee Dong-Wook) is the only son of Line Tour's company president. He is good looking, physically fit, rich and the successor to the company, but he isn't excited by anything. His father planned his marriage to Im Se-Kyung (Seo Hyo-Rim), the daughter of conglomerate Seo-Jin. Im Se-Kyung is beautiful, but highly arrogant. She's the one who arranged for musician Andy Wilson's one day tour.


My Take:  

Lee Dong Wook has always been my favorite eversince My Girl (Korean). He has been very good in his acting when I was watching him in Perfect Partners where he played the role of a very good, confident, gigolo, funny, but witty  Lawyer. 

A woman, Lee Yeon Jae, is given the grim prognosis that she only has a short time left to live. She decides to quit her job at a travel agency and live her life to the fullest. Honestly, I was not very thrilled with their partnership.  If it was a different actress, maybe, I would have this feeling of excitement in the story while watching it. 

I am yet to watch Scent of a Woman so I cannot give my review on this -- not just yet. 


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THAT WINTER THE WIND BLOWS




THAT WINTER THE WIND BLOWS

That Winter, the Wind Blows (Hangul그 겨울, 바람이 분다RRGeu Gyeo-ul, Baram-i Bunda) is a 2013 South Korean romantic melodrama television series starring Zo In-sung,Song Hye-kyoKim Bum and Jung Eun-ji

Story of a   gambler and con man (played by Zo) pretends to be the long-lost brother of a blind heiress (played by Song), but these two damaged people come to find the true meaning of love after meeting each other.

This marked Zo In-sung's first television series in eight years since Spring Day in 2005, as well as his first acting project since being discharged from mandatory military service.  Zo said, "When I first decided to do it, I saw the script and felt it was worth a go. But the more I read it, the more I felt that if I didn’t do it right, it would be a total disaster," further explaining that there was a "huge gap between reading the script and acting it out."

Song said about her role as a blind woman, "Because my character cannot see, I am unable to make eye contact with In-sung and can only see how it plays out when I monitor the scenes afterwards. I must rely on his voice and his voice carries enough emotional weight for it to work."  Regarding criticism about her characterization, she said, "Many asked why blind people would wear high heels and makeup, even eyeliner. But when I visited facilities for the blind and asked them, they told me that they also wear makeup and colorful clothing."

International Broadcast

  • Singapore Singapore : One Channel - The broadcast rights were purchased by Singapore immediately after the drama's premiere in February. It is unusual for dramas to be sold and shown overseas before it had finished its original run in Korea. The premiere episode on March 13, 2013 surpassed its target rating of one percent.

  • Philippines Philippines : ABS-CBN - Currently on air from July 8, 2013 - August 30, 2013, on Mondays to Fridays at 10:15 p.m, replacing Kdrama, Missing You.
  • Japan - scheduled to air in August
  • Malaysia

Cast

Jo In-sung as Oh Soo - An orphan who doesn't care about anything after the death of his first love, he becomes a high-class gambler and playboy. Desperate to find money to repay a debt or forfeit his own life, he becomes a con artist who sets sights on a new target: Oh Young, pretending to be her long-lost brother.

  • Song Hye-kyo as Oh Young - She became estranged from her mother and older brother when her parents divorced when she was a child. Now legally blind, she is the sole heiress to a giant conglomerate after her father passes away.
  • Kim Bum as Park Jin-sung - Soo's best friend and right-hand man. Loyal and hot-headed, Jin-sung dreams of scraping up enough money to buy his father an organic cattle farm.
  • Jung Eun-ji as Moon Hee-sun - Younger sister of Hee-joo, Soo's first love. Hee-sun is a quirky, tomboyish girl with a deep fondness for flowers. Though Hee-sun tries to despise Soo after he leaves Hee-joo, she finds that she cannot, and instead helps him in his scheme.
  • Bae Jong-ok as Wang Hye-ji - Officially a secretary, she runs the company and is Young's caretaker.
  • Kim Tae-woo as Jo Moo-chul - A gangster, with past ties to Soo, Jin-sung, and Hee-sun.
  • Kim Kyu-cheol as Jang Sung - Family lawyer of the Oh's.
  • Kim Young-hoon as Lee Myung-ho - Young's fiance.


Awards and Nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominationResult
2013
49th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Director (Television)Kim Kyu-taeWon
Best Actress (Television)Song Hye-kyoNominated
19th Shanghai Television Festival
Silver Award for Best Foreign TV SeriesThat Winter, the Wind BlowsWon
7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Drama Star - MaleZo In-sungNominated
20's Drama Star - FemaleSong Hye-kyoNominated

My Take:

I just do not like the ending of this drama because I did not get why Xander had to be stabbed by his friend, how he survived that night while Yonna was having her eye surgery in order for her to see.  Then suddenly Xander began living as a waiter in a nice coffee shop, etc.  It also confused me while observing Yonna, she was acting like she was still blind but sometimes her body responds as a normal person who can already see...

It did not tackle why Xander's friend had to stab him. And Xander did not have his friend imprisoned...

In other words, well... I do not like the ending at all. Period. All this time that you are watching and following the story but in the end, yeah, it is a happy ending but confusing. 

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TO THE BEAUTIFUL YOU (a.k.a  HANA KIMI (Taiwan))











  



   
  


  

  
  



TO THE BEAUTIFUL YOU (2013)


The series centers on Goo Jae-hee (Choi Sulli), a Korean girl who lives in the United States. One day, she sees a track and field competition on TV, and becomes attracted to one of the high jump competitors, Kang Tae-joon (Choi Minho). She begins to idolize the young athlete and eventually transfers to Korea to attend the same school that Tae-joon attends after he suffers an accident that could potentially end his career. There is a catch, however: Tae-joon attends an all-boys high school and Jae-hee must disguise herself as a boy to enter.



Main CAST

ActorDrama characterManga characterCharacteristics
Choi MinhoKang Tae-joon (Paul John Kang)Izumi SanoHe is a high jump athlete who holds the best record in the World Junior Championship. He receives love from fangirls for his outstanding looks that match his national representative rank. He is dull and only says what he wants to, and he does not show much interest for the fangirls that follow him. After he injured himself and knew he'd still be disabled even if he recovered, he announced he wouldn't high jump any more. He later regains his lost laughter after meeting his new roommate, Jae-hee, who he eventually falls in love with.
Sulli ChoiGoo Jae-hee/Jay Dawson (JC Goo)Mizuki AshiyaRelocated to the US when she was five, she was amazed when she saw Kang Tae-joon in a high jump competition. Determined to see him, she masqueraded as a male student to transfer to all-boy Genie High School. (Sulli, known for her feminine look and long hair, cut 60 cm of her hair for the role in the drama.)
Lee Hyun-wooCha Eun-gyeol (Lyndon Cha)Shuichi NakatsuHe is a charming soccer player who likes to joke and very active. He is the mood creator wherever he goes. Even though he has many people around him because of his outstanding skill and looks, he has never been in love. He initially was sure that he likes a girl, but when he realizes that he likes Jae-hee, he gets completely confused and begins to doubt his sexuality. He was also angry and upset when he finds out that Jae Hee was lying to him (that she was a boy).


International Broadcast 

 Philippines

  • Channel: ABS-CBN
  • It broadcast from April 15, 2013 to June 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm for 49 episodes

My Take: 

I have watched this series first before the Taiwanse version Hana Kim.  I have found this Korean drama more with weight because of the clear storyline compared to Hana Kimi. The edge of Hana Kimi, however, is the funny parts which Jiro Wang was able to pull off and which Ella Chen was able to show her best foot forward when it comes to acting boyish. 

Both versions are cute and good.   And this is where Choi Minho had elevated himself as the next Korean idol.


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FAITH








FAITH 2012  (To be shown on ABS-CBN this 2013)


















The taglines for the show: "Fantasy and history will meet. Person and person will meet. Person and heaven will meet."



Faith (also known as The Great Doctor) is a 2012 South Korean fusion fantasy-historical-medical television series broadcast by SBSIt is about a modern-day plastic surgeon (Kim Hee-sun) who gets kidnapped and travels back in time to the Goryeo period, 700 years in the past. There, she meets and falls in love with a warrior who is the leader of the royal guard (Lee Min-ho).

Cast and Characters

Lee Min-ho - General Choi Young
In the mid-1300s, approximately 1351, Choi Young is a bodyguard to King Gongmin of the Goryeo Dynasty. He is 29 years old and has no regrets in life, no ambition for women or money, and whose hobby is sleeping. Because he lives a life of no regret and gave up on love to be an unflinching warrior, he's not afraid of death. He is the brave captain of the Woodalchi warriors and loyal to the king. Choi Young believes that people who do not fear death need not spin their wheels scheming, so he takes that to the extreme — he's a warrior with a brain who has the ability to strategize and attack head-on.

Kim Hee-sun - Yoo Eun-soo
A 33-year old plastic surgeon in the year 2012. Eun-soo was originally a general surgeon, but quickly found that it was an overworked, under-paid profession and jumped ship to plastic surgery. Her dream is to someday open her own practice. But one day a strange man she thinks is dressed as a drama extra kidnaps her... and takes her back to the Goryeo era. In Goryeo, she is believed to be the apprentice of the famous Chinese surgeon Hwata, sent from heaven.

Awards

2012 Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards
2012 SBS Drama Awards

International Broadcast

Due to the pan-Asian popularity of lead actor Lee Min-ho, Faith was sold to 6 Asian countries including Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia, with 90% of the total pre-sales amount of ₩4 billion coming from Japan.
The series began airing in Japan on December 15, 2012 on smartphone channel NOTTV.
It is currently available in the United States on the Hulu service.

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CITY HUNTER





CITY HUNTER (2011)

City Hunter is a 2011 South Korean television drama series starringLee Min-hoPark Min-youngLee Joon-hyukKim Sang-joongKim Sang-hoHwang Sun-heeGoo Ha-raChun Ho-jin and Lee Kwang-soo.  It is based on the Japanese manga series City Hunter written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo.

Plot

In 1983, the South Korean president and his delegates are visiting Burma when a bomb planted by North Korean agents explodes, killing some high-ranking officials. This historical event is called the Rangoon bombing (also known as the Rangoon incident). To strike back, five South Korean officials plan a covert operation, codenamed "Operation Cleansweep," to enter North Korea and kill several top members of the North's high command. Lee Jin-pyo and Park Moo-yul, two Presidential Security Service bodyguards and best friends who were present at the bombing, organize a 21-man team for the mission. However, as the team wreaks havoc in Pyongyang, the five officials abort the plan to avoid an international crisis if the mission is discovered. Their major concern is that the United States will withdraw its nuclear protection if the mission is made public, in light of Seoul's official declaration that it will not retaliate.
The operation is successful, but as the troops swim out from Nampo to an ROK Navysubmarine assigned for their extraction, snipers aboard the submarine open fire on them. An already injured Park sacrifices his life to save Lee. Lee swims back to shore and returns to South Korea, where he finds out that the assault team's service and personal records have been erased.
Vowing to avenge his fallen comrades, Jin-pyo kidnaps Moo-yul's infant son. He flees to the Golden Triangle to raise the child as his own and trains the boy intensively in combat. Following an attack on a village they are living in, Jin-pyo confesses his long-term plan for revenge to the child, Lee Yoon-sung.
Seven years later, after successfully finishing his college years and attaining a doctorate in the United States at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yoon-sung returns to South Korea to fulfill his adoptive father's plan for revenge. He enters the Blue House as anIT expert under the National Communication Network Team. He is warned by Jin-pyo not to trust anyone and never fall in love, as doing so will put the people around him in danger.
While working at the Blue House, the plot takes off after Lee meets bodyguard Kim Na-na. Eventually Na-na helps him to take revenge, as they discover that they have the same goal in mind. Problems occur as Jin-pyo's revenge plot unfolds, especially when Lee defies his surrogate father at several occasions as they try to identify and kill the officials, known as the "Council of Five."

Cast

(Notes: Names in parentheses appear in the Philippine-aired version)
  • Lee Min-ho as Lee Yoon-sung/Buchai (Johnny Lee)
The show's titular character, codenamed "City Hunter", Yoon-sung's ultimate goal is to avenge his father's killers. Using the identity of a Korean-American teenager, who is later revealed to have died several years before, he assumes a double life by graduating fromMIT with a doctorate degree and lands a job at South Korea's presidential palace. The job would lead to him to cross paths with presidential bodyguard Kim Na-na, with whom he falls in love.
Na-na was forced to fend for herself at an early age after her mother was killed in a drunk driving accident and her father went comatose. Her exceptional skills in martial arts eventually earns her an assignment with the Presidential Security Service. During her time as a bodyguard, she falls in love with Lee Yoon-sung and eventually discovers his real identity. She steps down from the Blue House in the epilogue.

An intelligent prosecutor, Kim Young-joo possesses a strong sense of justice, even against the corrupt politicians of South Korea. He is a son of one of the officials who ordered the 1983 operation. He is a constant rival of the City Hunter by working towards the same goals under legal cover, and tries to figure out his identity at the same time. Young-joo dies trying to arrest Chun Jae-man in the penultimate episode.

Reception

The series has received positive reviews.
Lee Min-ho's role netted him the Special Drama Top Prize plum at the 2011 SBS Drama Awards, as well as an endorser for the Hyundai Veloster in China. He would later be recognized by the Seoul Prosecutor's Office as an "Honorable Prosecutor" in a ceremony on January 4, 2012.
In between December 2011 and January 2012, the Asian-American Donor Program partnered with the Transplant Informers blog to run a special raffle for a full DVD boxed set of the series, as part of an awareness campaign for bone-marrow transplants. The promotion was held to recognize the show's authentic depiction of a bone-marrow transplant (when Yoon-sung had to donate some for his mother).


International Broadcast

Before the series aired the broadcast rights were exported to several countries such as the U.S., Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam. At the time other countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Bulgaria, the Philippines, and Kazakhstan were also actively seeking to acquire the dramas broadcast rights.

  •  Philippines - The ABS-CBN network aired the show dubbed in Tagalog during primetime from January 23, 2012 to April 13, 2012. A rerun, called "City Hunter Returns," aired in the network's "Kapamilya Gold" afternoon program lineup from July 9, 2012 to September 7, 2012.
  •  JapanFuji TV from February 6 to 29, 2012 five episodes a week for an hour at 2pm. The series aired in Japan in the same time-slot as Lee Min-Ho's previous drama "Personal Taste" which was airing on TBS.  The series was then rerun again starting March 29th 2012 on cable channel BS Fuji on Tuesdays at 7pm.

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PERFECT TASTE (Philippines : PERFECT MATCH) 2010

Personal Taste (Hangul개인의 취향Hanja凱茵取向RRKaeinui ChwihyangMR:Kaein-ŭi Ch‘wihyang; lit. "Kae-in's Taste" or "Kae-in's Preference"; also known asPersonal Preference) is a 2010 South Korean television series, starring Son Ye-jin and Lee Min-ho. It is adapted from Lee Se-in's 2007 novel of the same name about a furniture designer, Park Kae-in, who lives together with architect Jeon Jin-ho under the mistaken assumption that he's gay.



Awards

  • 2010 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actor - Lee Min-ho
  • 2010 GyaO! Awards (Japan): Best/Most Shared Foreign Drama - Personal Taste


International Broadcast

Despite middling ratings in Korea, overseas rights to Personal Taste were sold to Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, and the Philippines.
In Japan, the series aired on TBS beginning February 16, 2012; it shared the same timeslot with another Lee Min-ho drama City Hunter, which was airing on Fuji TV.

Overall Rating in Korea : 13%

My Take: 

In this drama, you will always laugh in every scene because of the comedic acting of the actors-actresses in every episode.  It is very interesting to watch, not dragging, not corny, and not superficial. Worth watching! Two Thumbs Up!

They are really a perfect match in these tv series.


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SAVE THE LAST DANCE



   


SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME (2004)

My Take : 

I especially like this drama-romance series.  The actors here are always shedding bucket of tears, full of emotions, and interesting scenes.


This story is quite realistic, I would give 10 points each to the writer, director, and the actors.  They were all great. I am hoping to find great works from these writer and director someday.  This is the kind of stories Koreans should always be making (storyline should be different from this, of course) when romance-drama is concerned.

I also love the theme song. And Eugene's singing voice is fresh.

By the way, only in 2007 that Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young started dating.  And on September 2013, they tied the knot. 


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Save the Last Dance for Me (Hangul: 마지막 춤은 나와 함께; RR: Majimak Chumeun Nawa Hamkke) is a South Korean television series that aired on SBS from October 23, 2004 to January 2, 2005 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:45 for 20 episodes. Starring Eugene,[1] Ji Sung, Ryu Soo-young and Lee Bo-young, the drama revolves around two lovers who doesn't let amnesia get in the way of their romance.

Plot

Hyun-woo (Ji Sung) is the reluctant future successor of his father's chemical company and engaged to be married to Soo-jin (Lee Bo-young). Eun-soo (Eugene) lives a simple life, running a bed and breakfast with her elderly father. Their two lives collide one fateful night when after a failed attempt on his life, Hyun-woo loses his memory in a car accident. Discovered on the roadside by Eun-soo and her father, they take him in and nurse him back to health. Over the course of his recovery, Eun-soo and Hyun-woo (whom she has named "Baek Chang-ho") fall in love.

On the day of their engagement, Eun-soo's father passes away. Following another attempt on Hyun-woo's life and a resulting accident, Hyun-woo regains his original memory but forgets the year he spent with Eun-soo. He leaves Eun-soo and seek out his past life.

Eun-soo is determined to find her lost love and travels to the city where she meets Hyun-woo again. Slowly Hyun-woo falls in love with Eun-soo again. A close confidant of Hyun-woo, Tae-min is revealed as a traitor seeking to gain control of Hyun-woo's company. Tae-min is ultimately exposed and Hyun-woo regains ownership of the company.

In a final desperate attempt to get revenge on Hyun-woo, Tae-min tries to run him over, but instead of Hyun-woo showing up, Eun-soo does. This accident paralyzes her from the waist down. Refusing to be a burden to Hyun-woo, Eun-soo disappears and works as a teacher at a home for disabled children. Until one day, Hyun-woo sees a familiar drawing, and after a year of searching, he finds Eun-soo and the lovers reunite. The final credits show Eun-soo slowly learning to walk again with Hyun-woo's assistance.

Cast
Eugene as Ji Eun-soo
Eun-soo falls in love with Hyun-woo while helping him recover his memory and they were engaged to be married before he vanishes. She searches for him and works in his company, determined to try to get him to remember the time he spent with her.
Ji Sung as Kang Hyun-woo
Hyun-woo is the heir to a large Korean conglomerate. He loses his memory after a failed attempt on his life by Tae-min, a rival who wants control of the company. He is affectionately called "Baek Chang-ho" by Eun-soo when he could not recall his name.
Ryu Soo-young as Jung Tae-min
Tae-min is a confidante of Hyun-woo's father. He is loyal to the family and is a hardworking guy but there's more to him than meets the eye. Every decision he makes is a ploy to deceive Hyun-woo's family in order to take control of the company. He falls in love with Eun-soo in the middle of the drama.
Lee Bo-young as Yoon Soo-jin
Soo-jin was Hyun-woo's fiancee-to-be. Even after the "death" of Hyun-woo, she's still devoted to him and waited for his return. At first she was nice and caring, until Eun-soo steps into the picture which drove Soo-jin to the point where she tries to commit suicide.

Extended cast

  • Lee Hye-young as Kang Hyung-jung
  • Kim Mu-saeng as Chairman Kang
  • Kim Young-ran as Ms. Park
  • Park In-hwan as Eun-soo's father
  • Kim Min-jung as Ms. Oh
  • Kim Min-joo as Ahn Jang-mi
  • Ahn Sun-young as Choo Sun-young
  • Suh Kyung Suk as Park Ho-jin
  • Kim Hong-pyo as Choi Suk-koo
  • Kang Ji-hwan as Shin Jung-kyu
  • Shin Kwi-sik as Yoon Ui-won
  • Kim Hyung-ja as Ms. Son Yoo Rim
  • Kim Byung-ki as Joo Sa-rang

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MY GIRL
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MY GIRL (2006)













My Take: 

After the very first Korean TV Series, The Truth, that boarded the Philippine Television through ABS-CBN, this is the second but one of the Best Korean TV Series in Romance-Comedy setting that I have come to love and will never be forgotten.  I have also cried and got affected by the scenes where the grandfather had forced both leads to separate after finding the truth to what they had planned in order to save the grandfather's life. The reason why I became affected was because I had been following the story so much and had loved their chemistry that I had put myself in their shoes. 

I could really feel the heartbreak and longing for each other  of the two lead characters.  It made me cry, too.


And that one special kiss the male lead gave the female lead caught me by surprise! Hehe!


My Girl (마이걸; Mai Geol) was a popular South Korea television series produced by the Seoul Broadcasting System, that ran from late 2005 to early 2006. With the popularity of Lee Joon-gi and the appearances of Jae Hee and Han Chae Young (both from another successful drama, Delightful Girl Choon Hyang), it remained on the Top Ten, even til this day.

The story starts with Yoo Rin rushing to the airport. She is helping her friend delay a flight so that the tourists of her friend will not miss their flight. Out of ideas, she plays a damsel in distress, who is apparently mourning her impending death and her dying wish to see her boyfriend who is apparently on the flight. And so after much crying and the entire airport empathizing with her, she gets to get on board the plane to look for her boyfriend who never really existed. As she walks, she realizes she cannot find anyone and pretends to faint.
Alas, she faints beside the seat of our male lead, Seol Gongchan, who knows a liar when he sees one. Although their first encounter is weird, it doesn't leave much of an impression in each other's mind.

Later, however, when Gongchan has to entertain a bunch of Chinese visitors and realizes he has no translator, he engages the services of Yoo Rin coincidentally and through Yoorin, his potential Chinese investors have a great time at the L'Avenuel Hotel branch in Jeju, and Yoorin has much credit to claim for it.

After a series of comical events including Yoorin staying at his hotel lodge without paying, and Yoorin selling his hotel fruit-yard's oranges to make a small profit (to clear her father's debts again), Gongchan's impression of Yoo Rin is one of a cheat and he would want to do anything to distance himself from her.

But then word from mainland Korea is that his grandfather is dying and at his bedside, Seol Woong, through his respirator, can only meekly repeat that he must not and cannot die until he sees his granddaughter again.

Driven by desperation and his love for his grandfather, Gongchan will do anything to ease his burden. When pointed out by his secretary that Yoo Rin bears a resemblance to his aunt, Gongchan hatches a plan to pass off Yoo Rin as his grandfather's long-lost granddaughter whilst he carries on searching for the real one.

Yoo Rin, who is desperate for money to repay her father's debt, is unwilling to do the job as it involves lying to a dying man, something that she staunchly refuses to do. But when Seol Gongchan desperately begs her and she realizes she is somewhat indebted to him for not bringing her to the police after her little business in his hotel, she caves in and pretends to the long-lost granddaughter.

And so things seem to be going well, with the search for Gongchan's long-lost cousin making progress and perhaps more importantly, the improvement of Gongchan's grandfather's conditions thanks to Yoo Rin. As Yoo Rin spends more time with Gongchan's family, she gets showered with the love she never received as a child and finds herself drawn to Gongchan. She finds herself changing from the liar that she once was to a person who tries to tell the truth when she can. She knows all too well that her one-sided love will never materialize as the difference in social status between Gongchan and herself is too big.

But unknown to her, Gongchan is also slowly being drawn to her...


CAST
  • Lee Da-hae as Joo Yoo Rin - a tour guide in a small company in charge of running mini tours in the Jeju Island of South Korea. Her father is a gambling addict, but despite all the debts that he runs up, Yoo Rin always finds a way to help repay them. She leads a below-average life but is happy as long as she has her dad around her. Because of her father's gambling ways, she has had to move from country to country whenever her father runs from one place to another to avoid their debtors. This has in turn brought her the ability to converse fluently in Chinese and Japanese, which are of great help as a tour guide whenever she has to entertain tourists from China and Japan.
  • Lee Dong-wook as Seol Gong Chan - the only heir of the owner of L'Avenuel Hotel, which is one of the top hotels in Korea. His grandfather, Seol Woong, charges him with the duty of finding his granddaughter, who is also Gongchan's cousin. Seol Woong had disowned his own daughter, Gongchan's aunt, when she decided to marry a man not of his choice. However, when Seol Woong had a change of heart and wished to accept his daughter back, an earthquake struck where his daughter lived, and since then, he has lost all contact with his kin and perhaps the chance to make amends for his own stubbornness, to take care of his granddaughter and hopefully make things right.
  • Lee Joon-gi as Seo Jung Woo - the son of one of the main shareholders of L'Avenuel Hotel and also the best friend of Seol Gongchan. Unlike Gongchan who is responsible and hardworking, Jung Woong is a flirt who is known to have many girlfriends.
  • Park Si-yeon as Kim Se Hyun - the girlfriend of Seol Gongchan. A rising star in the tennis world, she returns to Korea to look for Gongchan as she cannot forget him.

Ratings:

It has reached 17% viewership rating from the start that it was aired up to the last episode.



2008 REMAKE (FILIPINO VERSION)

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ABS-CBN has bought the rights to remake the series, also titled My Girl. It premiered on May 26, 2008 and ended on September 5, 2008. It starred Kim Chiu as Jasmine Estocapio (Joo Yoo Rin), Gerald Anderson as Julian Abueva (Seol Gong Chan), Enchong Dee as Nico Legaspi (Seo Jung Woo) and Niña Jose as Anika Ramirez (Kim Se Hyun).


The Filipino remake was shown in Taiwan & Malaysia.

The story starts with Jasmine, a girl working with her two friends, Christine and Jeffery, as guides for Chinese tourists, to earn money for her and her father Chito, who always gambles. One day he scores big time at a horse race; however he and Jasmine got robbed and Chito can no longer pay a gangster for his borrowed money. He overhears one day that he is a useless father and he leaves.

Jasmine and Julian first meet on an airplane. Jasmine is at the airport waiting for Christine and Jeffrey to arrive with their tour group. As a way of stalling, Jasmine acts as though her true love is on the plane and says that she wants to tell him how she feels before he leaves. Meanwhile, Julian is on his way to Cebu in search of his long-lost cousin, Hannah. Jasmine bumps into an old lady and accidentally falls onto the lap of Julian, making it the first time they ever see each other.

Julian is introduced as the new president of his grandfather's Amana Hotels. He had a girlfriend (Anika) who had refused his proposal for engagement to pursue her career as a beauty queen.

After Jasmine and Julian's paths are crossed, Jasmine becomes a Chinese translator for Julian. Apparently, his next project is building another hotel in China. When Jasmine earns enough money, she sends away her father into hiding, while she handles the problems made by her father. After a while, Julian resumes his search for his long-lost cousin Hannah. When he sees the resemblance between Jasmine and Hannah, he's forced to ask Jasmine to pretend to be his cousin so that his grandfather's last wish can be fulfilled. So therefore, they both are bound in a lie where no one in Julian's family can know the truth. Soon as Jasmine and Julian begin to get closer, Nico and Annika begin to suspect that something more is going on between the two.

They soon Found out the truth about Jasmine and Julian when they overhear from other people. Niko keeps it a secret but lets Jasmine and Julian know that he knows about the secret. But Anika confronts Julian about it, and when Anika cannot stand it anymore, she yells at Jasmine and tells John and Lolo Greg the truth. After Jasmine is confronted, they tell her to leave and go far away from Julian. Jasmine decides to go to Baguio to live with her father. As Julian drives home from the airport, he has no idea what happened until he was confronted by Greg. Julian threatens to leave the family but Greg has a heart attack so Julian stays.
Hannah is found and is soon reunited with her family. Everyone knows this but Julian because if Julian found out, then he would be searching for Jasmine. As Julian returns home expectantly, he sees Hannah and finds out that she is his cousin. Julian leaves the family and searches out for Jasmine. As he found Jasmine, he tries to make her stay with him. Jasmine is really headstrong and does not allow it until she finally gives in.

When everything seems normal again, Greg calls Jasmine and threatens her to leave Julian which she does.

Julian follows her everywhere and does not give up on it. Jasmine wants Julian to give up so she devises a plan to get Anika to have her as a target and as a liar to the whole family. Julian decides to leave for America then. Greg decides to give Jasmine another chance for them because he does not want Julian to leave, so he asks Jasmine to chase him. Julian planned not to leave and to start over so he pretends to go on the plane and stays in Nico's house for a day. Jasmine then believes that she is too late and Julian is gone.

Nico decides to bring them back together so he brings Jasmine to Julian's house and after that, they get married.

Cast

CastCharacterSummary
Kim ChiuJasmine Estocapio (Joo Yoo Rin)She is from Cebu. She speaks Tagalog and Chinese. Streetsmart and optimistic, she manages to always get her and her father out of trouble. After pretending to be Hannah for Julian's sake, she falls in love with him. But Nico falls in love with Jasmine too. When the secret spills out what will happen??
Gerald AndersonJulian Abueva (Seol Gong Chan)A workolic who tries very hard to please those he cares about. Upon meeting Jasmine, Julian's life will get turned upside down, but for that he will fall head over heels in love with her.
Enchong DeeNico Legaspi (Seo Jung Woo)With his charm and irresistible good looks, Niko can make any girl fall in love with him, except for the one girl ( Jasmine) who truly captured his heart. Upon meeting her, he will discover that there's more to life than just the pleasure of women. However as he discovers Jasmine's true identity, he will also find out her love for his best best friend Julian.

| Niña Jose || Anika Ramirez (Kim Se Hyun) || A beauty queen who is Julian's ex-girlfriend. They broke up when she decided to leave him after winning a beauty pageant rather than getting married to him. She still continues to hope for Julian to love her again. Anika has strong feelings for Julian and is counting on getting him back, no matter what comes in her way. |- |}


Support Cast

CastCharacterSummary
Alex GonzagaChristineIf worse comes to worst, Christine is someone whom Jasmine can depend on whenever she’s in trouble. Aside from being a tour guide like Jasmine, Christine also works as a beautician/hairstylist in her mother’s salon parlor. Christine is looking for someone special.
Ronaldo ValdezGregory "Greg" AbuevaA self-made millionaire who had made cruel decisions in the past. Now that he’s suffering from a serious ailment, he wants to correct his mistakes by asking Julian to find his long-lost granddaughter: Hannah
Bing LoyzagaBel AbuevaShe’s the only one her father could count on ever since her elder sister eloped with a poor man. Because of her unwavering dedication to their family, she ends up becoming a spinster who dotes on her nephew, Julian.
Lito PimentelChito EstocapioA widower who raises his daughter Jasmine the best way he knows. His lack of education, however, forces him to rely on gambling as a means of income. But because he often loses, he ends up running to Jasmine for help.
DJ DuranoJohnAside from being a loyal bodyguard/driver of Lolo Greg, he is also an aspiring sculptor who keeps his talent a secret. His stature in life stops him from revealing his long-hidden feelings for Auntie Bel.
Kaye BrosasTessie LegaspiHer late husband was Lolo Greg’s business partner in their hotel chains. This company vice president is an ambitious woman who desperately wants to take over the presidency of the business.
Regine AngelesShielaShe is Julian’s ever-efficient executive assistant and confidante in his search for his long-lost cousin. As her family’s breadwinner, her job is really important to her.
David ChuaJeffreyHe is Christine's twin brother, as well as Jasmine’s close friend. This certified nerd undergoes a makeover when he meets Sheila and develops a huge crush on her.


Extended Cast

CastCharacterSummary
Nicole UysiusengHannah Abueva/Miranda CastroShe is the long-lost grand daughter of Greg Abueva, the millionaire owner of the hotel. She is the cousin of Julian. She is staying with her step auntie named Nena, until Chito unveils the truth about who she really is.
Robi DomingoVincentA rich guy who met Hannah in school, also the cousin of Samboy. He owns the auto-repair shop where Samboy currently works. He is also in love with Hannah.
Josef ElizaldeSamboyHe is the so called enemy of Tita Nena because he was courting Hannah although he is a clumsy boy who has no money and yet, he still pursues his love for Hannah.
Keanna ReevesNenaHannah's step aunt who is taking care of her while her step parents are abroad. She dislikes Samboy.
Malou CrisologoTildeThe Mother of Cristine and Jeffrey.

Reception

The Pinoy version of the hit Korean drama series, My Girl, starring Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson, premiered May 26, 2008. It became the number one show of ABS-CBN and ranked no. 4 in Mega Manila.

Soundtrack

ABS-CBN via Star Records Philippines released the "My Girl: The Original Teleserye Soundtrack" featuring its carrier single "Sabihin Mo Na" revived by Pinoy Dream Academy alumna Yeng Constantino originally sung by Top Suzara. The album also includes "Crazy Love (Chinese version)" performed by Kim Chiu, a duet of "Sabihin Mo Na" by Kim and Gerald, "My Girl" by Sam Milby, "Gulo, Hilo, Lito," by ex-Moonstar 88 vocalist Acel Van Ommen and others.
Here is the complete tracklist:
  1. My Girl by Sam Milby
  2. Sabihin Mo Na by Yeng Constantino
  3. Crazy Love (Chinese Version) by Kim Chiu
  4. Gulo, Hilo, Lito by Acel van Ommen
  5. Kahit 'Di Mo Napapansin by Richard Poon
  6. Pusong Lito by Kim Chiu
  7. Sabihin Mo Na by Kim Chiu & Gerald Anderson

International Broadcast of the Filipino Version

In Malaysia, My Girl (Filipino Version) is broadcasted on TV3 (Malaysia) with Malaysian Subtitles every Tuesday to Thursday every 10:00am- 11:00am (MST).  

Was also shown in Taiwan.


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GREEN ROSE


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GREEN ROSE  (2005)








Green Rose (Hangul: 그린로즈; RR: Geurinrojeu) is a 2005 South Korean television series that aired on SBS from March 19 to May 29, 2005 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:45 for 22 episodes. Starring Go Soo, Lee Da-hae, Lee Jong-hyuk and Kim Seo-hyung, Green Rose interweaves romance into a story of revenge to offer a fascinating drama.[1]


STORY  LINE

Lee Jung-hyun (Go Soo) and Oh Soo-ah (Lee Da-hae) are living a normal life as a couple until it is revealed that Soo-ah is actually the daughter of Oh Byung-moo, chairman of SR Electronics, the very company he works at. Shocked and hurt that Soo-ah wasn't honest with him, Jung-hyun tries to break up with her but she convinces him to give their relationship another chance. One night, Jung-hyun is summoned to the chairman's vacation house. Inside, Jung-hyun finds the chairman and the housekeeper both on the floor, the former unconscious and the latter dead. When Jung-hyun attempts to carry the chairman out of the house, a fire is started and Jung-hyun is knocked out. After the evidence points to Jung-hyun as the main suspect, he is sentenced to life imprisonment. To give his son a chance to get out of jail and prove his innocence, his mother kills herself. Cornered by policemen and the SWAT team after a long and exhausting car chase, Jung-hyun jumps off a bridge.

Believed to be dead by everyone, he flees to Shanghai, China where he struggles to survive. He suffers much, homeless and begging from strangers or scavenging garbage cans for food. Time passes and he meets a Korean man named Lee Choon-bok (Park Sang-myun) who eventually becomes his good friend and guardian who takes good care of him. He also finds Cha Yoo-ran (Kim Seo-hyung), the chairman's secretary and ex-lover of SR Director Shin Hyun-tae (Lee Jong-hyuk). Yoo-ran decides to help him after Shin orders some men to dispatch her. Under the guidance of Chen Daren, a Chinese business tycoon whose life he and his friends had saved from an assassination attempt, Jung-hyun develops acute business skills and becomes chairman of Super Digital Enterprise, a large Chinese company. After three years, he (under the alias Zhang Zhongyuan), Yoo-ran and Choon-bok return to Korea to help him discover the truth and punish the people who framed him. Soo-ah, who is dating Shin Hyun-tae upon his return, immediately sees through his Zhang Zhongyuan facade and recognizes him as Jung-hyun himself. With the help of Soo-ah, Choon-bok and his best friend Seo Jun-moo (Sunwoo Jae-duk), he discovers that Shin is the person who tried to kill Soo-ah's father. Secretly desiring Soo-ah for years, he also framed Jung-hyun to have her all to himself. Director Seo, who witnessed the crime, is the man who had hit Jung-hyun on the head and attempted to kill the chairman as well. In the end, Jung-hyun is able to successfully clear his name and Director Seo and Shin commit suicide. He and Soo-ah happily reunite.

Cast

Extended cast

  • Sunwoo Jae-duk as Seo Jun-moo
  • Jung Sang-hoon as Kim Dong-wook
  • Zhang Kang'er as Chen Daren
  • Park Sang-myun as Lee Choon-bok
  • Han Jin-hee as Chairman Oh Byung-moo
  • Seo Jin-ah as Hong So-ra
  • Lee Won-jae as Yoo Kwang-il
  • Sung Dong-il as Jung Taek-soo
  • Kang Shin-il as Investigator Jo
  • Choi Sang-hoon as Prosecutor Oh
  • Yoo Jung-ki as Prison Guard Ahn
  • Jang Hoon as Investigator Kim
  • Lee Seung-ho as Chief Judge
  • Byeon Hee-bong as Prosecutor
  • Jung Hye-sun as Han Myung-sook
  • Kim Ji-young as Park Soon-nyeo

 

2011 The Philippines' Remake

The Philippines produced their own version of this series, which aired on ABS-CBN in 2011. The remake starred Jericho Rosales as Jerome Delgado (Lee Jung-hyun/Zhang Zhongyuan), Anne Curtis as Angela Tuazon (Oh Soo-ah), Jake Cuenca as Edward Fuentebuella (Shin Hyun-tae) and Alessandra de Rossi as Geena Rallos (Cha Yoo-ran).

Jerome Delgado has been offered the dream job that has also been the part of his life Jerome becomes part of the SR group of companys in this predicament he will meet Angela Tuazon a young woman who he meets in his new environment. Both come from different worlds and circumstances but after a fateful business ride turns into a disaster as their cargo truck breaks down the two find themselves getting to know each other after a night in the woods. Jerome and Angela fall in love but beyond peoples beliefs and personal wants and needs the two will go through obstacles leaving Jerome framed up in a situation he did not even plan or know of, as Angela fights hard to believe that their love can go beyond the threats will Jerome escape the prejudices and pains of a crime he never commit.

A Beautiful new tale of a story of how far one will go to reclaim the love, name, and honor, that goes beyond existence.


Cast and Characters

Main cast

Supporting cast

  • Susan Africa as Linda Reyes-Delgado
  • Gardo Versoza as David Tobias
  • Ricardo Cepeda as Ricardo Tuazon
  • Leo Rialp as Lito Cruz
  • Janus Del Prado as Johnson Bayoran
  • Simon Ibarra as Ruben Torillo
  • Ping Medina as Ariel Fernandez
  • Kitkat as Mara
  • Smokey Manaloto as Nelson de Guia

Extended cast

  • Edgar Sandalo as Freddie Ramos
  • Jong Cuenco as Atty. Fidel Santos
  • Menggie Cobarrubias as Atty. Rogelio Yumul
  • Raymond Concepcion as Atty. Roberto Plata
  • Raymond Lim as Nestor Castor
  • Gio Marcelo as Juanito Limbaga
  • Greggy Santos as Francis
  • Pica Lozano as Joseph
  • Andrei Garcia as Bullet
  • Joyce So as Lingling

Special participation

  • Albert Martinez as Darren Lee
  • Carla Guevarra as Sofia Tuazon
  • Froilan Sales as Danny Crisostomo
  • Gilette Sandico as Nelia Parcon-Crisostomo
  • Veyda Inoval as Young Angela
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COFFEE PRINCE






My Take : If I were to work in this coffee shop, I would surely be staying longer.  Working with this handsome and funny men will always make your days happy.


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The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (Hangul: 커피프린스 1호점; Hanja: 咖啡王子1號店; also known as Coffee Prince) is a 2007 South Korean television drama starring Yoon Eun-hye, Gong Yoo, Lee Sun-gyun and Chae Jung-an. Based on the novel of the same name written by Lee Sun-mi, the hit series aired in South Korea on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) from July 2 to August 28, 2007 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 17 episodes.  The drama is an unlikely romance between a tomboyish woman pretending to be a man and a young food empire mogul. It contains "pseudo-homoerotic" elements, because the man does not initially know of the tomboy's true gender.

Choi Han-gyul (Gong Yoo) is a third generation son of a food chaebol. He has never had a job and does not care for responsibility. Han-gyul is hung up on his first love, Han Yoo-joo (Chae Jung-an), and certainly doesn't want to get married despite his family's requests. On the other hand, Go Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye) is a 24-year-old tomboy who is often mistaken for a guy. She takes up every job possible: Taekwondo teacher, waitress, food delivery, and has the responsibility of taking care of her childish, spendthrift mother and trouble-making younger sister. When Han-gyul and Eun-chan meet, he, not knowing that she is a girl, decides to hire her to pretend to be his gay lover so that he can escape the blind dates arranged by his grandmother.

Meanwhile, Han-gyul's cousin, Choi Han-seong (Lee Sun-gyun), is an established music producer and his ex-girlfriend, Han Yoo-joo, is a famous artist who studied in New York. The two were lovers for about 8 years, but their relationship ended when Yoo-joo left Han-seong for another man. Two years after they separate, their paths cross again when she returns to Seoul. Han-seong is initially angry at her, but he succumbs to his lingering feelings and they start to date again.

After getting an ultimatum from his grandmother, Han-gyul takes over a rundown old coffee shop, later renamed "Coffee Prince," to prove that he's capable, both to his grandmother and to Yoo-joo. In order to attract female customers, he only hires good-looking male employees. Eun-chan, desperate for money, continues to hide her gender to get a job at Coffee Prince.

Eun-chan also become friends with Han-seong, and she is initially attracted to him because of his kindness. Han-seong also enjoys spending time with her, and an impulsive kiss that he gives her causes him and Yoo-joo to break up for a short time.

Soon, feelings start to develop between Eun-chan and Han-gyul. Because he's unaware that she is a woman, he starts to question his sexuality and is thrown into turmoil. When he discovers her secret, he feels hurt and betrayed. However, he eventually forgives her and they begin to date. They face strong opposition from his family due to her family’s lower status, but when Han-gyul's grandmother meets Eun-chan, she is impressed by her independence and ambition. She helps pay for Eun-chan to study in Italy to become a barista. After two years of a long-distance relationship, a more stylish Eun-chan returns to Korea and Han-gyul.

Cast

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
2008 20th Korea PD (Production Director) Awards
  • Best TV Drama
2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards
  • Best TV Actress: Yoon Eun-hye
  • Best New TV Director: Lee Yoon-jung
2007 MBC Drama Awards

Remake

In 2012, the TV series was remade in Thailand,  and the Philippines (Coffee Prince).


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MY FAIR LADY




My Fair Lady (Hangul: 요조숙녀) is a South Korean television drama produced and first broadcast by SBS in 2003. Yojo Lady has a total of 16 episodes in this series, and is a remake of the Japanese drama series Yamatonadeshiko (Fuji Television, 2000).

The show began with Min Kyung, a fresh high school graduate. She worked in a liquor restaurant to pay off her father's gambling debt. However, Min Kyung borrowed some money and ran away, hoping to find a rich man as her spouse.

Min Kyung was seen working as a stewardess at Korean Airlines three years later. She was known for being materialistic, especially for the men she chose. During this time, she frequently had blind dates with two or three men at a time, many of whom were her co-workers.

Min Kyung fell in love with Young Ho on one blind date. Min Kyung mistook Young Ho for a member of the Yacht Club, an association that only allows the richest people in South Korea to join.

Young Ho is the son of a poor family that made a living selling rice cakes, and worked to pay off debts left behind by his late stepfather. In the blind date Young Ho fell in love with Min Kyung, because she looked exactly like his dead girlfriend. Min Kyung later learnt about his background and returned to Dongku, her old boyfriend. Dongku made a wedding proposal during this interim.

In the course of time, Min Kyung realised that happiness does not necessarily come in money, and eventually returned to Young Ho. This results in jealousy and hatred in Dongku, who is unable to overcome feelings on seeing Min Kyung and Young Ho dating.

A jealous Dongku wanted to lay his hands on Young Ho upon learning that Young Ho wanted to be employed in his father's company (who was working as a boss with another partner). Dongku took his revenge by beating up Young Ho in a carpark, as an "agreement" to receive a job in the company. Young Ho later encountered more difficulties from Dongku before he worked as a low-profile worker upon attaining a job.

Dongku's father, whose partner is a co-boss of the electronics company, is the illegitimate father of Young Ho, so Young Ho was conceived out of wedlock. (The drama never showed Young Ho realised that the co-boss (Dongku's father's working partner) is his biological father.)

Young Ho's father observed his diligence and decided to give Young Ho a chance to prove his worth in comparison with Dongku. Young Ho's father announced that there would be a fair competition from the two men to prove their worth and decide the heir to the company.

As a rival of Young Ho, Dongku feared that his capability was inferior to that of Young Ho's. Furthermore, Dongku was jealous for having Min Kyung being engaged with Young Ho. To discredit Young Ho as best he could, he used unfair methods through forgery involving bank accounts, as a cover-up to deceive Young Ho's father.

Young Ho's father discovered the fraud done by Dongku and his father. He contacted Dongku's father, and condemned him. Young Ho's father also threatened to help Young Ho and proclaim him as heir unanimously if Dongku and his father continued with their unfair deeds.

That same night, Young Ho's father met Min Kyung's father. Dongku's father, who was drunk, knocked down the duo as they were talking to each other and crossing the road. Dongku was seen rushing and persuaded his father to escape while he called for an ambulance.

The duo were sent to the hospital. Young Ho's father was seriously injured and was in a coma. A respirator was used to assist with his respiration. Min Kyung's father sustained relatively lighter injuries.
Dongku used this opportunity to gain advantage over Young Ho in the competition to become the heir, with his father's help. Young Ho, on the other hand, was having a hard time struggling to compete against Dongku and his acts of sabotage.

Young Ho's father was seen waking up when Min Kyung came to visit him. He could not talk, but was conscious of the environment around him. Later, he instructed Min Kyung to lend Young Ho a helping hand by recruiting him into the company. Friends and relatives who later visited him thought that he was in a coma, but was in fact conscious. Later, he was sent away to a countryside villa to rest. As he was transported into the ambulance, he feigned a coma as Dongku was at his side. This was to allow him to surprise Dongku and his father when he struck at the last moment, and to expose their atrocities.

Young Ho's father was injured in the accident and subsequently used a wheelchair, needing Min Kyung's help for mobility during her occasional and secretive visits. During these visits, Young Ho's father would give instructions to Min Kyung on helping Young Ho. In one occasion, Min Kyung looked rather disappointed when she learnt that chances of Young Ho's father being able to walk again were very slim.

The day came when the heir of the company would be declared. Young Ho, who was working hard to put in his final efforts of the competition, felt hopeless as he foresaw the fact that Dongku's father would declare Dongku as heir. Young Ho's father, on the other hand, waited in his car for the opportunity to expose Dongku's father's atrocities.

Dongku's father was talking with his client over the phone when Young Ho's father walked in. Shocked, Dongku's father quickly hung up the phone, as Young Ho's father confidently talked about the events leading to the drunken accident. Young Ho's father showed a tape that recorded a conversation concerning the usage of fraud to discredit Young Ho. Using the hit-and-run accident as an excuse, he told Dongku's father to resign from the company at the heir declaration meeting, on the same day at six o'clock, or else his plot would be exposed and he would then be handed over to the police.

Young Ho was shocked when he saw his father at the meeting. Young Ho was declared to be the heir of the company and both Dongku and his father announced their resignations.

Young Ho instead wished to fulfill his long-time dream of becoming an astronomer and announced his intention of resigning as boss in order to become a full-time astronomer, after working for a few months. With the consent of his father, Young Ho took up astronomy at a space observation centre in Australia. He later married Min Kyung, and was seen swearing their wedding vows in front of a Christian priest.

Cast

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ONLY YOU 


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Only You is a Korean television series produced and broadcast by SBS in early 2005. It is the only Korean drama shot in Italy. It features Jo Hyun-jae and Han Chae-young as the main protagonists. It was first aired in South Korea starting June 4, 2005.

Eun Jae (Han Chae Young) is a very stubborn and proud girl who has a passion for cooking. Because she does not have an interest in studying, she runs away to Italy before she graduates from high school to enroll in a cooking school. Her high school friend, who loves her dearly and shares her passion for cooking, comes along with her.

Han Yi-joon (Jo Hyun Jae) is from a wealthy family who owns a large hotel and various restaurants. He travels to Italy in search of his mother that abandoned his family when he was young and there he runs into Eun Jae. Coincidentally, Eun Jae had also been seeking the mother, who happens to be a chef, to learn the secrets to making great pasta. Both chance upon the mother just as she was about to get remarried to an Italian. She comforts Yi-Joon, who is distraught over his mother's remarriage, and they spend the night together. She ends up pregnant and has to give up her dream - but does not tell Yi-Joon.

Six years later, they have all returned to live in Korea - Eun Jae working low paying cooking jobs, Yi-Joon taking over the operations of his family's restaurant, and Eun Jae's friend working as a chef for one of the restaurants owned by Yi-Joon and financially supporting Eun Jae's family, including the child born out of wedlock, because they have fallen on hard times. Yi-Joon still has feelings for Eun Jae and they run into each other just as he is looking for a new chef for his restaurant–with her in mind. Soon Hyeon who is a family friend of Yi-joon is in love with him and tries to confess her feelings to him.


MAIN CAST

The lead female protagonist, Eun Jae is headstrong and independent who becomes a single mother after a one night stand with Yi Joon.
The lead male protagonist, Yi Joon is Jin Sol's father after a one night stand. He finds it very difficult to articulate his feelings to Eun Jae.
Hyun Sung is Eun Jae's best friend who always has had feelings for her.
An orphan who grew up with Yi Joon and who secretly loves him.



2009 REMAKE (FILIPINO VERSION)


The 2009 Philippine remake starred Angel Locsin and Sam Milby in the lead roles, with supporting cast members Diether Ocampo, Iya Villania and Dimples Romana. For its overseas location (Italy in the original series), the cast and crew filmed in Seoul, South Korea.

Only You on ABS-CBN premiered with a 39.2% rating based on the Kantar Media/TNS National Households TV Audience Measurement.[7] The show won its timeslot and took #2 spot in primetime behind the 40.1% rating of May Bukas Pa, a show also produced by ABS-CBN. The show's finale registered a nationwide average of 39.8% in the TV Ratings based on Kantar Media/TNS National Households data.



STORY LINE

Despite her mother's protests, Jillian (Angel Locsin) pursues her dream of becoming a chef by joining a cooking contest where she gets a chance to study culinary arts in different Asian countries. Before anyone can stop her, she is already on her way to South Korea with her long-time best friend, Jonathan (Diether Ocampo). But it soon becomes clear to her that skill alone is not enough to make her pass such a difficult course. So in her desperate attempt to succeed and create a good life for her family, she goes in search for a woman who can teach her a winning recipe.

Then she crosses paths with TJ (Sam Milby), an arrogant, wealthy businessman who is looking for his mother, the same woman Jillian is after. They hardly get along yet they eventually end up having a one-night stand as Jillian momentarily makes him forget about his worries about his mom's second marriage. They go their separate ways the next morning after a misunderstanding. It's only later on that Jillian finds out that she's pregnant, which means that she can't continue her studies. Then a twist of fate brings them together again in the Philippines six years after that fateful encounter abroad.

Main cast

Supporting cast

  • Tirso Cruz III as Theodore "Teddy" Javier Sr.
  • Dimples Romana as Dina Javier
  • Bing Pimentel as Erika Javier
  • Irma Adlawan as Corazon "Cora" Mendoza
  • Vice Ganda as Bicky Tio
  • Al Tantay as Fernando "Nanding" Mendoza/Ramon
  • Dick Israel as Rodolfo "Rod" Sembrano/Elvis
  • Ella Cruz as Andrea Mendoza
  • Elijah Magundayao as Joshua Mendoza Javier
  • Candy Pangilinan as Chef Minnie

Extended cast

  • Melanie Marquez as Ms. Palmira Lapuz
  • Franzen Fajardo as Aji
  • Justin Cuyugan as Vince Lapuz III
  • JC Cuadrado as Derek
  • Gabe Mercado as Boyet Marcos
  • Carla Humphries as Agnes Aguire
  • Jose Sarasola as George
  • Matt Ranillo III as Victor Vasquez

Guest cast


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FULL HOUSE

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Full House (Hangul풀하우스RRPul-hauseu) is a 2004 South Korean television series starring RainSong Hye-kyoHan Eun-jeong and Kim Sung-soo. Based on the manhwa Full House by Woon Soo-yoon, the romantic comedy series aired on KBS2.

Han Ji-eun, an aspiring scriptwriter, lives in a house called "Full House" built by her late father. One day, her two best friends trick her into believing she has won a free vacation. While she is away, they sell her house. On the plane, she meets a famous actor named Lee Young-jae. Through comedic events, they get acquainted during her vacation and when she returns, she discovers her house has been sold to him.
Though they don't get along with each other, as she is messy and he has a bad temper and likes cleanliness, they agreed to live with each other. At first, Ji-eun works as his maid in order to buy her house back, but because of Young-jae's wish to make the love of his life and Kang Hye-won jealous, they get married. They set up a contract for the marriage to last six months. During that time, complications arise and Ji-Eun and Young-Jae become attracted to each other.

KOREA VIEWERSHIP RATINGS:  42%

Filming locations

The location of the titled house, Full House, is a house built specially for the series. It is located in the Gwangyeok-si area of Incheon, near Incheon International Airport, and is a ten-minute boat ride from Sammok Harbor. The house, made mostly of wood, cost approximately the equivalent of one million USD to built. The beach front property looks out onto open waters. Nearby sightseeing locations include Jogak (sculpture) Park on Modo Island; a bridge connects these two islands.
The first episode was shot in Shanghai near The Bund. In later episodes some parts were filmed in Thailand.

International broadcast

The series also aired in China, Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, İndonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Australia, Singapore, A.B.D, India and Sri Lanka.

Awards


My Take:

I watched the series only because I like Rain (because of his coolness and manliness, and as a very good performer) and Song Hye- Kyo (That Winter The Wind Blows) because I wanted to pretend that I look like her (hohoho!). 

I honestly love the house that was specially built only for the series.  I wonder who owns it now!

The story is actually full of noise in the house (hahaha!).  Only until it had ended that I only realized that the story is just that  -- If you are going to watch it non stop (marathon viewing), you will get tired and will become deaf because of the constant nagging and loud voices (shouting) that I always hear.  

What I also did not like to see was when Rain had to act like a little cute boy; though he was really cute in the series but he did not seem suited for that cute little boy acting. Good thing this only happened in the end of the story. 


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