Hello everyone. I know a lot of you has been waiting for me to post an update for Korean dramas. I truly apologize for not posting anything for the longest time. I have been busy since I moved to the US. The funny part, though I haven’t posted an update yet, but I have been watching Korean dramas since I got here. Without further ado, here’s the second part of my list. Click here to check out my first (long!) list if you still haven’t.
P.S. I always write my short reviews in a simple way. It’s always based on how I feel about the dramas. If you can’t see a drama listed in here, either I haven’t posted it yet, or I haven’t watched it yet, or I just simply don’t like that drama.
Gong Yoo as Kim Shin (939 years old, goblin)
Kim Go Eun as Ji Eun Tak (19, human bride)
Lee Dong Wook as Wang Yeo (late 30s, grim reaper)
Yoo In Na as Kim Sun / Sunny (mid-late 20s)
Yook Sung Jae as Yoo Duk Hwa (mid-late 20s)
My Short Review: THIS! If you haven’t watched this yet, please do! Goblin definitely made it to my number one spot of my favorite Korean dramas of all time. I don’t have any complaints at all, it’s perfect even with its flaws. The plot, cinematography, the chemistry between the cast, the bromance, and of course, I love how it doesn’t have a cringe-worthy love triangle. I truly love the writer of this drama, Kim Eun Sook. She is also the one who penned Descendants of the Sun, The Heirs, A Gentleman's Dignity, Secret Garden, and Lovers in Paris which happened to be all my favorites.
WEIGHLIFTING FAIRY KIM BOK JOO
Lee Sung Kyung as Kim Bok Joo
Nam Joo Hyuk as Jung Joon Hyung
Kyung Soo Jin as Song Shi Ho
Lee Jae Yoon as Jung Jae Yi
My Short Review: I cried so much when this show ended. This truly hits a home run. Such a feel-good journey from start to finish, and with a perfect happy ending. I love how the storyline tackles topics that most of us have been through at one time or another – first love, one sided love, breaking up/heartbreak, fighting with friends, a sick family member, and more. These things are what most of us are experiencing on daily basis. Cast wise, I can’t express enough how wonderful I thought the acting was, not just the main leads, but all the actors in this drama truly gave life to their roles. The chemistry between them, Lee Sung-kyung and Nam Joo-hyuk, is too damn real! I truly wish they would date in real life. Haha! I could honestly go on and on about how awe-mazing this drama is, and never run out of positive things to say. If you haven’t watched this yet, please do!
LEGEND OF THE BLUE SEA
Jun Ji Hyun as Se Hwa / Shim Chung (mermaid)
Lee Min Ho as Kim Dam Ryung / Heo Joon Jae (27, conman)
Lee Hee Joon as Jo Nam Doo (31, golfer conman)
Shin Won Ho as Tae Oh (25, hacker conman)
My Short Review: Lee Min Ho had me with that French kiss! #YahBoiKnowHowTokiss! Haha Sorry, but that’s always my complaint about every drama. They just don’t kiss properly. Lol Anyways, the story is about the fateful love between a skilled conman and a mermaid. Unlike the Little Mermaid story, this one has a happy ending. The series wasn't perfect, but I had fun watching it. It has been a pleasantly funny ride from episode one till its finale. The writing was good. I like the clever twists and plot reversals. And of course, I can’t deny that the chemistry between the cast was awesome.
ROMANTIC DOCTOR, TEACHER KIM
Han Suk Kyu as Teacher Kim / Bu Yong Joo
Yoo Yun Suk as Kang Dong Joo
Seo Hyun Jin as Yoon Seo Jung
My Short Review: This drama stole and warmed my heart. Han Suk Kyu played his character so well as a Romantic Doctor. His expressions/reactions when delivering his lines made such a compelling and wonderful character. I learned so much from this drama. There weren’t many love-storyline scenes between Seo-jung/Dong-joo, but I think that’s what makes them more interesting. The relationship between the two helps maintain the balance between drama and comedy. And I thought the show finished their love story well. Also, props to the writer for giving some heartwarming storylines to each character.
SHOPPING KING LOUIE
Seo In Guk as Louie / Kang Ji Sung
Nam Ji Hyun as Go Bok Shil
Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Joong Won
Im Se Mi as Baek Ma Ri
My Short Review: Light and feel-good. A simple but beautiful love story, not the typical against all odds which happened to be a-must in Kdrama. I started watching this out of curiosity, with not much expectation at all, but soon I found myself giggling and falling in love with this wonderful drama. All the feelings and characters in the story were so genuine and no one felt unreal or one-dimensional. I am also impressed by how incredibly detailed the storytelling was. Even the smallest detail has an impact to the storyline. Give this drama a try, you won’t regret it.
LET’S FIGHT GHOST
Ok Taecyeon as Park Bong Pal (23)
Kim So Hyun as Kim Hyun Ji (19/24)
Kwon Yool as Joo Hye Sung (31)
My Short Review: This drama was unexpectedly good. I initially thought that this will just be another boring ghost story. I watched this because of Kim So-hyun, as when it comes to acting she never disappoints me. But to my surprise, this show turns out to be a gem, it was more than just the usual rom-com. I laugh out loud, and I even cried. The storyline was delivered perfectly. Special effects were good, very well planned storytelling, and of course, the characterization was excellent. Even the cameos, they were all so good. Each episode came with a surprise, and the ending was fitting for the show. It wasn’t all a neat little bow but it works for me! TVN truly proves that they sure do make good dramas.
BEAUTIFUL GONG SHIM
Nam Goong Min as Ahn Dan Tae (32)
Bang Min Ah as Gong Shim (24)
Ohn Joo Wan as Suk Joon Soo (28)
Seo Hyo Rim as Gong Mi (28)
My Short Review: A cute drama. Cute and innocent characters. There are plot holes, but I can't deny that this drama had me smiling all the way through to the end. I love how the storylines are all tied up, and the main characters got their happy ending. Though it's not perfect, but this drama is a gem.
W- TWO WORLDS
Lee Jong Suk as Kang Chul
Han Hyo Joo as Oh Yun Joo
My Short Review: I love this drama because of Lee Jong Suk. But too bad I can only give this 8/10. Two Worlds wasn’t able to keep the amazing storyline for long. The beginning was mind-blowing but at the end, I had many questions in mind that wasn’t answered. Anyway, regardless of the plot holes, this drama is still one of those that I would still recommend watching.
Ji Chang Wook as Kim Je Ha (K2)
Song Yoon Ah as Choi Yoo Jin
Im Yoon Ah as Go Anna
Jo Sung Ha as Jang Se Joon
My Short Review: This is not a rom-com but I thought I’d add this here as I love this drama. I watched this because of Ji Chang Wook, but it’s Song Yoon Ah’s character that draw me to stay. Choi Yoo Jin’s character was evil, but damn, I love her. I even hoped that Ji Chang Wook’s character would fall in love with her. She needs that love. I have a lot of unanswered questions about the main characters, but still, I think this drama was worth my time.
MOON LOVERS: SCARLET HEART RYEO
Lee Joon Ki as Wang So, later King Gwangjong (4th Prince)
IU as Go Ha Jin / Hae Soo
Kang Ha Neul as Wang Wook, later King Daejong (8th Prince)
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Yo, later King Jungjong (3rd Prince)
Kim San Ho as Wang Mu, later King Hyejong (1st Prince)
Yoon Sun Woo as Wang Won, later Crown Prince Hyoeun (9th Prince)
Byun Baek Hyun as Wang Eun, later Prince Gwangjoowon (10th Prince)
Nam Joo Hyuk as Wang Wook / Baek Ah, later King Ahnjong (13th Prince)
Ji Soo as Wang Jung, later Vice King Moonwon (14th Prince)
My Short Review: This drama is what we call, a beautiful mess. Too many plot holes, too many unanswered questions, I wasn’t happy with the ending, but all in all – I had fun watching this. Though the storytelling was horrible and I cried buckets of tears, I still think that this drama has a special place in my heart. This will always be one of the dramas that I truly adored.
HWARANG: THE BEGINNING
Park Seo Joon as Moo Myung / Sun Woo
Go Ah Ra as Kim Ah Ro
Park Hyung Shik as Kim Sam Maek Jong / Kim Ji Dwi
My Short Story: I watch this show for the good-looking guys and bromance. Yes, I just said that. That was the reason I watched it as I gave up on the lousy storytelling along the way. But to be fair, the cast gave their best in playing their roles. I wish them all good luck and hopefully they will get a much better project in the future, with a strong and interesting storyline.
CINDERELLA AND THE FOUR KNIGHTS
Jung Il Woo as Kang Ji Woon (20)
Ahn Jae Hyun as Kang Hyun Min (20)
Park So Dam as Eun Ha Won (20)
Lee Jung Shin as Kang Seo Woo (20)
Choi Min as Lee Yoon Sung (25)
Son Na Eun as Park Hye Ji (20)
My Short Review: I added this in my list because even though there are so many plot holes in this drama, I think I also had a little fun. Plus you get to see handsome faces on your screen.