Moon Embracing the Sun (Korean Drama 2012)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

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Heo Yeon Woo belongs to a noble family and is a daughter of a high-ranking official. For the first time at the age of thirteen, she was able to enter the palace when she attended her older brother’s civil service examination congratulatory ceremony. Coincidentally, she meets Crown Prince Lee Hwon during the event and they get in all kinds of mishaps. Eventually the two of them falls in love and by chance, Yeon Woo was also chosen as the Crown Princess as she was seen to be fit for the Crown Prince.

KYJ_1Prior to getting married, wicked intents were being plotted against the Yeon Woo since the Queen Dowager wanted the Crown Prince to marry someone from her own family clan to be able to secure her power within the palace. Thus she orders a shaman to cast a spell that can kill Yeon Woo from an unknown illness. Fortunately, the shaman tried to save Yeon Woo from an eminent and was able to bring her back to life, but with dire consequences. Yeon Woo was able to come back to life but she had lost all her memories thus she was given a new identity, she became a shaman named Wol.

After eight years, Wol shows up in the palace shocking Prince Lee Hwon as she brings back all the precious memories of his lost love. To his curiosity, he started investigating what exactly happened to Yeon Woo and who Wol is and where she came from. Not knowing that he was racing against time because there were conspiracies within the palace walls which was set to bring down the royal family. 

This series is a fantasy-sageuk fusion with lots of drama, intrigue, secrecy, sorcery and a mix of law defying love story. In short it has all the elements a proper kdrama should have and would definitely suit both the young and the old. What made this drama appealing is the fact that the premise is a love story between two young children who grew up still in love with each other regardless of the hardships they have gone through. Even though politics brought them apart, their love was still able to surpass all odds. It defied the malicious intents of the people around, prophecy made by shamans and yes… even death.

Man… I don’t know what the writer had taken while writing the story plot, but everything the two main lead went through was quite unimaginable specially during the Joseon era. Though there were still quite a few loopholes, they are still forgivable since there is nothing such as a perfect story in drama land.

The characters in this drama were never wasted. Not even the supporting roles. Each of them had vital reasons to be on screen because you never know that this person may be the reason why both main leads were able to survive.

Music wise, it was a memorable one for me. It had this old and modern type of background tune which makes the scenes more cute, emotional, dangerous, eerie and memorable. I am definitely recommending this drama no matter what their genre preference is and I will also re-watch this in the when all the new sageuk dramas have failed my expectations.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.
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Dream High (Korean Drama 2011)

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Drama Rating: 8/10

Go Hye Mi is a talented singer who attends in a prestigious school that focuses in Dream High (18)classical music, however she had to quit her dream because her father could no longer support her high class education. As her life turns upside down, she was forced to enter Kirin Art High School to pay off her father’s debt along with several conditions: she has to convince two other students to attend the same school. One of the student is named Song Sam Dream High (7)Dong, a country bumpkin who knows nothing of the real world but has a gifted voice. The other student is Jin Guk, a problematic child who seeks the acknowledgement of his father, the Mayor of the district. Hye Mi has one female friend, Yoon Baek Hee – she also dreams of being a musical artist but due to her low self esteem and timid personality, she tends to be overshadowed by Hye Mi who is brash and outspoken. They became rivals due to an Dream High (3)audition which caused a rift in their friendship. Along the way, they encounter Kim Pil Sook – a shy girl with a beautiful voice and a big body. She usually tries to blend into the background due to being self conscious of her body weight but Jason, a boy who used to live overseas tends to put her in the limelight.

Amidst the struggle of these students, they all have the same dream and that is to become a successful artist in the entertainment industry.

 

This is a musical drama in which I dared myself to watch to see if I could stomach in a couple of kids singing pop songs and dancing around some stage. To my surprise, it wasn’t the crappy show that I expected. The pilot episode starts off with showing a top artist who is called “K” by the crowd. Of course the face and body is not revealed but a simple detail such as a necklace is the only clue as to who this person could be. Thus, a mystery factor and a guessing game is ensured throughout the drama. I liked this bit, because during the show’s run – that necklace was passed from one person to another. I had my own biases and bets as to who K actually could be and though I ended up being wrong, it was fun until it lasted because not knowing who’s going to end up being the best was part of the thrill in watching the show.

Dream High (10)Some of the acting may have been a bit off with some of the characters which I presume is their first time to be cast in a drama, but still, the overall delivery and concept of Dream High was far from what I anticipated. It was better than what I imagined and was a heartwarming show after all. I grew to love the main characters and their quirks. My most favorite would be Pil Sook who was acted by IU. I can’t believe that her career would skyrocket after this drama because she has become such a big star now that she gets to snag lead roles. I feel like a mom who’s proud of her daughter’s achievements.

The colors and cinematography all throughout was eye catching and the characters were as colorful in their own life story that it brought out the goodness of the series.

I have more thoughts about this drama but it’s not going to be much fun of a watch, if I pinpoint every detail. I am definitely recommending this for those unbiased people who want to check out the pop-culture-industry of Korea. Music wise, it was alright since I’m not much of a K-pop fan BUT I love IU’s rendition of Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.

 

 

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.

 

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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