The Producers (Korean Drama 2015)

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Drama Rating: 7/10

The story revolves around four people: Ra Jun Mo, a veteran variety show PD who has 10 years of experience under his belt but has no notable show under his name whatsoever. Tak Ye Jin, a music show PD who entered the business at the same time as Jun Mo. the producers 01Initially she was a timid person but as the harsh environment caught up to her, her personality has changed completely to one who doesn’t care what anyone thinks and instead voice out her own thoughts without thinking of the repercussions. Baek Sung Chan is a young rookie PD who can be a promising prosecutor but instead left the field to become part of the broadcasting team due to personal reasons. Cindy, a young top celebrity who has been in the entertainment business for a decade is deemed to be the ice princess of the country because she’s known to be a snotty person who doesn’t like to get close to anyone.

These characters have their own careers and lives to be busy about but because they are in the same company, it’s unavoidable for them to meet. Aside that, they also have their own personal history with each other that interlinked them together. Through these people, the show will give the audience a glimpse of the things that occurs behind the scenes of the entertainment business like work politics, relationships, friendship and love.

The casting was great, however story wise… it was so-so. I think 12 episodes for this drama was a bit too short.

the producers 02The actors played their characters well, it was surprising to find Kim Soo Hyun going back to his usual character and that is the dorky love stricken type of guy. Then there is IU, who I may say I have taken a keen interest and biased liking due to her previous drama character in “Dream High”. As for Gong Hyo-Jin and Cha Tae-Hyun… these guys are veterans. What more can I say about them except that they have superb skills in acting? All these combined, I was still left hanging all throughout the drama. I have this the producers 11nagging thought, “This is it? After all those 12 episodes, this is it? Where are the accomplishments?”, I was left unsatisfied and that was a bit sad. It was rather short, they could have added at least 4 or 5 more episodes to give fulfillment to each of the main characters, to their careers and over all life. Setting those aside – I did like the ending, although it felt a bit rushed at least there was closure for the characters, but then again I still wish there were more episodes to elaborate on what happened after. I seriously wanted to see snippets of “2 days and 1 night” but sadly they didn’t show us anything more than what they wanted to.

Over all it was a fun series, nothing dramatic or too funny. It’s all light and entertaining, though it’s not something that entirely left a mark in my drama watching career. I would recommend it to pass the time but not a priority choice for watching. If there are fans on any of the main characters, then I highly suggest this drama – to indulge on the eye candy.

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The Master’s Sun (Korean Drama 2013)

Synopsis:

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.

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Excerpted from: My Dramalist

Words from Me:

The Hong Sisters outdid themselves, again. For a creepy-horror-romcom-drama genre, Master's Sun ep03.avi_003784784.pngMaster’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.

Master's Sun ep06.avi_000257090The 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,Master's Sun ep04.avi_000155955 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.

 

Pasta (Korean Drama 2010)

Synopsis:

Seo Yoo Kyung is an aspiring chef while Choi Hyun Wook is the head chef with a very bad personality. He hates female cooks so he tries his best to remove all women from his kitchen. However, despite everything he does, Yoo Kyung is the most resilient person he has ever met. She’s the kind of person who never gives up no matter the kind of hardship thus making him drawn to her despite his utter dislike for women.

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Words from Me:

The main story wasn’t much to begin with. Head chef falls in love with one of his co-worker who is a dimwit when it comes to cooking good pasta. The truth is, this drama could have ended at 10 episodes but the producers just had to prolong it and make the story go around in circles, like a merry go round with nothing really exciting happening on the show. They did try to make it exciting by adding good looking casts in the kitchen, but that isn’t enough for me to like it. It was predictable and just made me hungry with all the cooking they did.

pasta11_13This is the kind of drama I would watch just for the sake of finishing it. I wish I could have enjoyed it as much as other people did, but I just can’t. I have this affinity for the male lead character. He’s trying to be a complete jerk by shouting all over the place but it’s not really working. It just makes him annoying. The only redeeming character I like is the female lead. Her life alone makes the whole drama more interesting. Being the daughter of a man who owns a small Chinese restaurant and basically earns ep3_13nothing much has the gall to dream of becoming a professional chef. Without any other culinary experience, she embarked into the hellish kitchen of Le Sfera and worked as a kitchen assistant for a couple of years until finally she gets the chance to hold the pan, but then a new chef comes in and took away that opportunity just because he has an attitude and huge distaste with female chefs. Despite that, she dogged her way back into holding that precious pan she’s been aiming for and incidentally made that evil chef fall for her in the process.

The supporting casts in this drama may have been a bit helpful in making the seriesPastaE0621-30-40 more bearable because there are a couple of eye candies who entered into the drama around episode two. The original La Sfera chefs though doesn’t have that appealing look that’s pleasing in the eye. What made them seem memorable is the way they complained behind the head chef’s back none stop, they’re not even that good looking which Pasta-8made it more irritating to watch, thus making them unforgettable. There’s also the second leads who made a bit of an impact at the later half of the drama, but in my opinion we could all do without having them in the picture. I do get they are supposed to be vital in the story line however, they seem more like a filler to me since the story mainly revolved around the two main character who was always in the kitchen bickering at each other.

I have nothing against the actors because setting the drama’s story line aside, I totally love the two main leads. Lee Sun Kyun is a great actor from what I’ve seen him in the pasta10-00021dramas Coffee Prince and Triple, while Gong Hyo Jin is simply pure love. She may not be the best looking actress in Kdrama land, but believe me when I say that she’s one stunning actress when they dress her up real good. One of my favorite drama’s she’s acted in was Master’s Sun. She also usually has great chemistry with her co-stars, which is the case here in this drama. I just wish that the male lead character had a better character substance because there could be more into that head chef than trying to act as an almighty being.

There was nothing much remarkable about the OST and I wouldn’t rewatch this for the life of me because it’s a complete waste of time. I wouldn’t recommend it, but if someone is looking for a recommendation about food or kitchen settings in Kdramas, this could be one but just forget about the story line.

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