Joo Joong Won is the stingy and greedy CEO of Kingdom, a conglomerate that includes a major department store and hotel. He meets the gloomy Tae Gong Shil, who started seeing ghosts after an accident. Their lives take a new turn as they work together to deal with the terror and sadness brought about by the spirits, while delving into a kidnapping incident in Joong Won’s past. And unknowingly, they fell in love with each other.
Excerpted from: My Dramalist
Words from Me:
The Hong Sisters outdid themselves, again. For a creepy-horror-romcom-drama genre, Master’s Sun was awesome. I am not crazy on horror themed shows but horror mixed with comedy and romantic scenes? I’m sure I have a huge space for something like that to fit into my scheduled drama watching. Truth be told, I am not a So Ji Sub or Gong Hyo Jin fan. I only watched this because of a friend’s recommendation and out of sheer curiosity, then after checking it out, this is what I get: Pure satisfaction for the year of 2013. That year’s drama season had a lot of good drama’s to offer. I can’t believe they are making good Kdrama’s again after the drama slump from 2012.
This drama’s story line isn’t very original, however the characters are very interesting and although plot lines are freaking full of cliches as what the Hong Sister’s usually do with their drama’s… the heck! It doesn’t matter because they use all cliche stuff in their full potential. Episode 1 was a strong entry for this drama and as for a sucker of romcom, it hooked me so much I had to watch episode per episode, week by week. Which is very unusual of me because I usually watch a drama when it’s done airing and all episode/subtitles are out. The last time I did that was when Hana Yori Dango was aired in Japan and that was the year 2007! So this drama is dear to my heart because I felt the potential from episode 1 and it never disappointed me until episode 16. However that specific episode sort of felt like a filler that’s why I had to rate it an over all of 9/10. BUT! Episode 17 made up for it so their’s no point in worrying for just one episode.
The characters were very solid, I loved the mannerism Ji-sub came up for his character Joo Joong-won. He had that hand gestures which I find rather appealing for the type of guy he was portraying. An egoistic rich guy who cares less as for whatever happens in the world as long as he gets his money, he’s okay with everything else. Though he’s like this, he has a weakness and that’s dyslexia. He couldn’t even read his name but that doesn’t mean he can’t function as a big time boss, because he still could. There’s a reason behind his problem and that’s something to look forward to in this drama. Then there’s Gong Hyo-jin, she was very convincing and really catchy as Tae Gong-shil nicknamed Taeyang, the counter part for Joo Joong-won. There’s a good reason why she stuck herself with him like a glue and she also thinks he’s pretty special, that one of a kind person whom she couldn’t get away from not because he’s rich or good looking but because of that specific reason which is a clincher for the show. Without it, there’s no story at all. I totally love the way Taeyang clings on Joong-won as if her life depends on it, well it actually sort of does. Although within the drama there were sudden shifts in her character. I am not referring to the times she was possessed, I’m talking about when she’s being the strong/angry type of Taeyang and not the seemingly sweet-naive-candy type of Taeyang. There were sudden changes in her character’s attitude and it was pretty annoying because it felt like she was getting out of character. I think I had to find that fault in the writers or director, it was a bit frustrating to see the sudden changes. I think that if her character was the soft one – it has to be consistent all through out. If they were going to make her strong… that personality had to stick-like in what they did to episodes 16 and 17. But when her character shifted to a strong one in around episode 11 then revert to her old self at episode 12, it was a bit confusing. If you get what I mean… and because of that I had to give another 9/10 for the story because the character is based on that.
There were supporting casts that also shined through in this drama and that was Seo In Guk as Kang Woo, he’s the security guy who falls for the weird Taeyang. He’s so cute in this drama because even if he’s trying to act all cool in front of the woman he likes, he also has a weakness and it has something to do with what usually chases after Tae Yang. Then there’s the girl who was full of insecurity even though she’s a popular actress, she hates the fact that she was being compared to Tae Yang when they were younger and her surname doesn’t help because her name is Tae Yi Ryeong which was acted by Kim Yoo Ri. This actress is so pretty and had so much potential that she was able to deliver her character spot on. Her character was someone I could have easily hated and loved at the same time. Lastly there are the two cute kids who live in the same building with Taeyang. I can’t get enough of them because I always enjoy the conversation they have with her. Lee Seung Mo and Lee Seung Joon were portrayed by child actors Lee Do Hyun and Hong Eun Taek. Both children have so much acting skill and they look so natural that I hope they grow up to become popular stars in the future.
Now that being said and done, I have to give compliments for the music, because it was catchy and unforgettable. It’s like nostalgia sticks to the music and as for the re-watch value, I say… HELL YEAH! I am going to watch it over and over again, never mind those ghost infested scenes since they aren’t really scary if I don’t think too much about it. If someone out there is a fan of romcom and of the Hong Sister’s writing style, I am highly recommending this drama. It’s going to be worth it.