The Heirs (Korean Drama 2013)

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Drama Rating: 7/10

Kim Tan is the heir to Empire Group who has been sent to study abroad in the U.S. In reality it’s a form of exile, as his elder half-brother back home schemes to take over the family business. While in the States, Kim Tan meets Cha Eun Sang, who arrived from Korea in search of her older sister. He feels himself falling for her, never realizing that she’s the daughter of his family’s housekeeper. When his fiancée Rachel Yoo arrives to bring him back to Korea, his heart is torn between love and duty.

Excerpted from: My Dramalist

Sorry, I’m too lazy to make a summary myself as this is an old drama that I’m really not that fond of. However, on the other hand – I do like the fact that most of the actors in this drama are now big shots and are popular in their own name. Most of them are now lead actors in movies or dramas. Thanks to The Heirs, they’ve all shot up to stardom.

The Heirs 12.jpgOne thing that actually made me watch this drama was the glamour. It reminded me so much of Boys Before Flowers just without the theatrics of over acting good looking boys. Not that this show is short of good looking guys, its actually the contrary. There’s just the absence of humor because this drama has too much angst and is money driven that eventually it became too tiring to watch. Viewing this drama felt like my brain cells would deteriorate anytime because I don’t even have to think over about the situations… I could count my hair and I would still be able to follow on with the plot line and predict what’s going to happen.

The Heirs 01.jpgThe story was very typical. Rich boy falls in love with poor girl and vice versa. So what made this interesting to watch? Well honestly it’s not the story because that had me lost in the middle of the series. What actually made me continue on watching were the characters. I was very much invested in each of their character development that I couldn’t help but finish the drama because of them. Yes the male lead Kim Tan was a mopey teenager with so much daddy issues while our female lead did nothing but cry her eyes out on all the bad things that has ever happened to her. Yet, there I was… patiently waiting for their progress, thinking that maybe something drastic would happen in their lives and their characters would evolve on that awaited change but unfortunately – The Heirs failed me big time.

One thing that this drama did right for me though was casting Kim Woo-bin. It was my first time to see him in a drama and I fell in love with the bad boy image of his character that I had a hard time moving on from his role. I had a bad dose of second lead syndrome because of him.

Music wise, there was nothing note worthy but it did add to the onscreen chemistry, so I have nothing against it. I would recommend this drama for the Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo-bin fans out there. But over all… this isn’t going to be in my list of must watch drama of 2013.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE CREDITS TO THE OWNER.
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Legend of the Blue Sea (Korean Drama 2016)

 

Drama Rating: 8/10

This drama is about a mermaid who falls in love with an ordinary man.

푸른 바다의 전설.E03.161123.720p-NEXT.mp4_000057190There are two timelines in the show, one is during the Joseon era and the other during the present time, both timeline is interconnected for it is believed that history repeats itself no matter the lifetime is. In the past, a mermaid and a noble man fell in love with each other but society dictated that it was forbidden. Their love was deemed to be a doomed fate, however both will try their everything to go against all odds. In the 푸른 바다의 전설.E02.161117.720p-NEXT.mp4_002843640present, another mermaid – one who seems to be reincarnated from the past, meets a peculiar con artist who is more than what he seems and falls in love with him. She goes to all kinds of trouble to find him and when they finally meet again, fate seems to turn its wheels back into motion for the two lovers who were destined for each other from the very beginning.

This drama definitely has a lot to offer. I have been putting off on watching this drama for a long time because I heard a lot of people say it wasn’t that good and that there should be a season two. As for me, I think the drama was wrapped up pretty well… there’s just some scenes I couldn’t agree with how they decided to end it which I will talk 푸른 바다의 전설.E01.161116.720p-NEXT.mp4_000357156about in a spoiler tag later. Over all it was a good watch, I loved the twists the story has given me at the end and how everyone was able to move forward with their lives. Also, there’s that part in which a person’s past is intertwined with the present person. I liked that part, because no matter how they turn away from their true selves, their actual personality and principles eventually takes care of them – damning fate and destiny.

Another thing that I liked about it was the backstory of the main lead guy, Heo Joon Jae acted by Lee Min Ho. When I read the synopsis of the drama, I was initially turned off by 푸른 바다의 전설.E01.161116.720p-NEXT.mp4_000949348the fact that the main guy was a con-artist. Since there weren’t much explanation on what his character is about other than that, my interest in the story as a whole got downsized and thus this drama was set aside for basically three years. What I didn’t expect though was his history until I’ve finally watched it. I like how interesting his life was and why he became a con-artist in the first place, despite having a family back ground such as his. There were a lot of things going on around his life that it made things more complicated and fascinating to watch. Then add up a strong, beautiful mermaid into his life, well… I’ll just say that it was a very exciting show to watch.

푸른 바다의 전설.E01.161116.720p-NEXT.mp4_001793591Honestly, Jun Ji Hyun stole the limelight of the show. Yes, Lee Min Ho was really good looking but Ji Hyun was spectacular here that she definitely overshadowed Min Ho. Her character as a mermaid was ethereal but when she turned into a human, she was seriously lovable with all the funny antics and crazy quirks she learned along the way. I also love the name they gave her, it was so appropriate in many levels. On a side note, the other supporting casts were awesome as well. They added color to the show and made things more complicated with their own story. Their lives intertwined so perfectly from the past and the present that everything makes sense up to the very end.

Cinematography was breathe taking and I like the 푸른 바다의 전설.E02.161117.720p-NEXT.mp4_002845108fact that the production wasn’t cheap. They were able to afford to shoot overseas and make everything look so darn beautiful. The OST on the other hand was something that I could have set aside. It wasn’t as memorable as it should be but it was enough to put emotions on the scenes. Over all it was a good watch. I’m glad I picked it up and would definitely recommend it to those who likes mermaids, fantasy love story and happy endings.

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The major thing I didn’t like about this show was the memory loss. When Shim Chung decided to erase everyone’s memory before she left to recuperate back into the sea, it was a really stupid move. Why erase everyone’s memory when she’s going back to them again? She should have been honest in the first place that she had to heal for a couple of years and when she’s finally alright, she will return to them. They would have waited for her no matter what. When she erased their memories, it left a hole in their hearts and there were remnants of her that everyone couldn’t figure out. That’s the most disappointing part of the drama which the writers caused. I’m betting they did it to have at least another problem up to the very end of the episode which was very unnecessary.

Personal Taste (Korean Drama 2010)

Drama Rating: 8/10

Jeon Jin Ho is an architect who dreams of making it big in the industry but somehow luck wasn’t on his side or rather, he didn’t have good connections. In some kind of twisted fate, he meets the naïve Park Gae In by accident in the bus and gets accused of being a Personal Taste Ep 08.avi_002269636pervert. They didn’t know that their lives will become intertwined when Gae In, the daughter of a famous architect gets dumped by her boyfriend for her best friend Kim In Hee who was also her housemate. In these series of unfortunate events in her life, the worst of all was when her debt from the bank was nearing its due date and her co-worker robbed her of her hard earned money. Thus she started looking for a housemate to at least pay her initial debt. Coincidentally Jin Ho wanted to see the interior of the Personal Taste Ep 08.avi_002276443house that Gae In lives in which her father has designed and sneak a peek at the blueprint of the house. Therefor he asked if he could rent the room which Gae In was subletting. With a couple of misunderstanding and some urging from Lee Yeong Seon who’s Gae In’s other best friend, she allowed Jin Ho to stay in her place all the while thinking he was gay. At a certain point, things get tricky when Jin Ho starts to fall for Gae In despite her naivety, brash attitude and unwomanly ways while on the other hand Gae In is also falling for Jin Ho despite the fact that she thinks he’s gay.

This is a really hilarious drama with conflicting emotions to watch. Why? It’s so hard to believe that Lee Min Ho’s character was supposed to a homosexual and that an older man in this drama legitimately liked him with the thought of him as one. The mishaps on how he has to keep his ruse on for the entirety of the drama brought me tears of laughter. There’s the plus point for the supporting actors too, since without them, the comedy wouldn’t be as effective.

Anyways, putting that aside, there’s another reason that made me watch this: Son Ye Jin.

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Yes… the epic melodrama actress. I really wanted to see how she would fare being in a drama romcom. I’ve only seen her once in a rom-com-horror movie with Lee Min Ki, but in a drama, this was a first. I’ve always seen her in melodramatic roles but still, she totally nailed the character of Park Gae In. Though she’s gotten older and her beauty pretty much disappeared in this drama, just because her character’s personality was supposed to be tomboyish and scruffy due to her type of work which was woodcraft, I still love her to bits. Another reason I watched this drama was no other than Lee Min Ho. I know a lot of female Kdrama lovers have been into him one or another in their drama lives and truth be told I’m actually one of them for approximately 7 years ago. It’s probably because of that eye candy, the smile, the tallness, the oozing hotness and fashion sense… that’s all Lee Min Ho in this drama in which he pretends to be gay. I can’t believe he was able to pull off this character despite his manliness.

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The series was quite funny due to its main concept: guy pretends to be gay, girl accepts guy whole heartedly because of his sexual orientation but ends up falling for him and having mixed feelings because she believes he is gay, then the guy falls for the girl but can’t really love her because he’s supposed to be gay. With this as your core plot, there were a lot of things that could happen and eventually it did happen. The only downerPersonal Taste Ep 02.avi_000149516 side of this is when we get to the last 3 episodes and this becomes too serious for my taste. I was sort of disappointed on how they inserted additional conflict to the story along with a twist, when the main conflict – guy pretending to be a gay – was already interesting enough. The twist wasn’t even that strong to make an impact in the whole story line. Just to say. Also there’s the back stabber bestfriend-boyfriend drama all throughout the series which was very much annoying.

All in all, setting those disappointing factors aside, I still end up loving the drama and would recommend it whole heartedly along with the cute memorable OST to listen from.