Iris (Korean Drama 2009)

iris

Drama Rating: 7/10

Kim Hyun Joon and Jin Sa Woo are close friends who are both best in their military skills, they are then recruited into the NSS (National Security System) a top secret organization comprised of elite agents which does covert missions for the Koreaniris2-00111 government. During their time in NSS, both men falls in love with the beautiful and yet feisty profiler agent named Choi Seung Hee, however she only reciprocated Hyun Joon’s affection which pushed Sa Woo on the sidelines. When Hyun Joon was assigned on a mission to Hungary, he became severely wounded but was able to escape. Upon his return, he learned that he was set up and was betrayed by his friend Hyun Joon. He was then taken into custody as a criminal and is due for interrogation and jail time. Seung Hee tried to help him escape but one thing led to iris20-00023another and both were torn apart by a bombing incident which led Seung Hee to believe that Hyun Joon died. On the other hand, Hyun Joon was saved by complete strangers who introduced themselves to be a part of another secret organization named IRIS. Hyun Joon fled to another country under a different identity, when he came back to Korea he was set out for revenge against the people who wanted him dead in the guise of  aiding the people who wants to stop the reunification of South and North Korea.

Basically Iris is like a taste of ALIAS, the American series which starred Jennifer Garner, the difference is that this drama is in male form with a downer story line and bitter ending. I’ll start off with what I loved about this drama and that will be Lee Byung Hun and 582391624_origKim Tae-hee. They made this series worth watching because of their sizzling hot chemistry, kick ass action scenes and those witty dialogues which made this drama a household name. As for the supporting cast, I have fallen in love with the antagonist! Why is T.O.P. one heck of a slick villain?!? This was the first drama which I’ve seen him in and he was awesome in it. He can hold a gun to my head and I probably wouldn’t care just like the lady he’s together with during his undercover mission.

Then there’s the back drop setting in which they actually went to different countries to shoot realistic and proper locations which was a huge plus point for the series. What really made it a recommendable drama was the action scenes. As I have mentioned earlier it was like ALIAS,  it was kick ass and butt full of action. The fight scenes were eye popping that it was hard for me to think that it wasn’t a movie but instead a drama. They outdid themselves in the choreography with the fight sequence, battle gear and stunts. That’s why I am recommending it whole heartedly, plus not to forget the judo moves and gun shots. There were also a lot of run-for-your-life-while-bleeding-on-the-left-side-of-your-gut-crazed-looks while guns are aimed dead-on skulls. Even dying with blood stricken tears streaming down the face looked darn good and didn’t seem upsetting to watch.

As for the story line, it did start off great along with heavy action scenes but it just lost me along episode 5 up until it was about to end. It got all messy for the wrong reasons and the twists weren’t enough to put fire on my ass and say, “Gaaaaad… that was awesome”. The romance wasn’t enough to salvage that even though they had a really good concept for the romantic part in the whole series. So I’m leaving the story line behind with all my rants at the backroom because other factors made the drama a good one for its genre. Pushing all negative factors about the plot, I simply don’t care anymore as long as I get one full hour of action.

 

Photos are not mine. Credits to the owner.

Queen Seon Duk (Korean Drama 2009)

Synopsis:

The series begins at the end of King Jinheung’s reign and continues until the end of Queen Seondeok’s reign. Deokman was born as one of the twin daughters of King Jinpyeong and Queen Maya, but due to a prophecy, King Jinpyeong had to send his daughter away from the palace with the help of his clumsy but loyal servant Seohwa, in order to save Queen Maya from being ousted by Mishil, whose ambition was to become Queen. Seohwa raised Deokman as if she were her own, but a turn of events eventually led Deokman into finding out her real identity – only to be abandoned once again by her family in order to save the throne from Mishil’s hand, with the exception of her twin sister Cheonmyeon, who ended up losing her life while trying to help Deokman escape. Out of hatred, Deokman set out to take back what was taken from her and avenge her sister by bringing Mishil down and becoming the first female king of Silla with the help of her trusted friend, Yushin and troubled rogue Bidam, who eventually led a rebellion near the end of her reign.

Excerpted from: Wikipedia

seon8

Words from Me:

I wasn’t actually planning on watching this drama but my parents started it when it was aired in our local channel back in 2010 since they loved saguek. This is the second long running sageuk drama I’ve ever seen, next to Dae Jang Geum. Since this was depicted from Korea’s own history, I tried to research a bit while I was watching the whole thing. That’s when I discovered that the drama was very far from reality or even from its original history. Just like Dae Jang Geum, it was altered a lot.

The drama’s setting was when Silla (post Goryeo period and pre Jeoson period) was a broken country, it was during 57 BCE–935 CE within the Korean timeline. I’m a bit confused with regards to Korean history since there are a lot of Kingdoms that has risen before it was known as Jeoson which was the most popular setting for saguek dramas and has the most historical documentation in Korean history. There were so few historical records pre-Jeoson period so the drama producers had to do with what they have. During that time, Silla was always at war with its neighboring countries and at the same time had internal conflicts within its own regions. People were still ignorant about science and had firm belief in myths. The main character Seon Duk or first known as Deokman was born during those times of conquering kingdoms and ignorance. She had to be separated with the royal family right after birth due to the nation’s cruel beliefs . It was then, a prophecy was given that a chosen one will unite the kingdom of Silla. Though, never in their wildest dreams did they think it would be a Queen and a twin nonetheless. Twins were actually seen as an abomination back in those days that’s why one of the twins was supposed to be killed but instead, that specific twin was stowed away by the kings’s faithful servant, who grew up as Deokman. That’s why Deokman’s journey from being a poor traveler, to a soldier then finally to being a queen called Seon Duk was an epic one. During her growth, she had a handful of help from different people she get to meet along the way. Her perseverance, wit and loyalty has touched people’s heart around her and because of this, they become loyal to her in return.

What I liked about the drama was the political conflicts in every aspect. The more problem there is on the top of the ladder, the larger the problem becomes at the bottom. Politics has always been a mar in society due to the scoundrels who take advantage of their power. It’s sad that if one person tries to be righteous in his ways, a flock would try to bring him down. Solving political problems was never easy to begin with, but this drama, even the antagonist named Mishil had the same thoughts as on how to control the government properly. She was one of the reasons why I liked this drama, I had this love-hate relationship with her character because the even though she is the bad guy, she had good intentions for the betterment of the country but unfortunately she executed her awesome plans horribly which turned the table around in favor for the Seon Duk. Though Mishil is very much witty like Seon Duk she chose the fastest way to conquer and make people follow and that’s fear. By killing anyone who gets in her way, she got to do what she had to do. The show got more interesting because two great female minds collided head on with their own tactics.

Inserted along the way is a love triangle within the story line. I can’t believe that the producers just wouldn’t let romance get away in sageuk dramas! In the story,  there is the ever loyal Kim Yu Shin from Seon Duk’s childhood days to her puberty up until she was the queen and then later on comes in the feisty Bidam. This part of the story isn’t your average love story, there were so many twist and turns that in the end it just made me pull out my hair and cry out loud for all the things these three people had to go through. I had laid out my cards for Bidam when his character came up, but my heart was just torn into pieces because of him.

I am recommending this drama, because it is a good watch. An eye opener when it comes to political aspects. It made me think how the rulers of my country are running things behind the scene. The actors were also top notch, they portrayed their roles with superb acting skills that it’s hard not get carried away. OST was also unforgettable as they have used different music scores to accentuate important scenes. I may rewatch this drama in the future if only to see Bidam’s character once again.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.

Triple (Korean Drama 2009)

Synopsis:

This drama is about a female figure skater, Lee Haru, who is hoping to make it big. Her life gets complicated when she reunites with her non-blood related step-brother, Shin Hwal, after many years of being separated. Hwal’s father and Haru’s mother died tragically in a car accident. Hwal and his friends; Hae Yoon, Hyun Tae, and Sang Hee all work at the same ad agency. While Haru is trying to make her dreams come true, she unintentionally brings together her skating coach, Choi Soo In, and Hwal together. Haru starts developing feelings for Hwal but things are complicated further as Soo In is her brother’s estranged wife.

fullsizephoto89061

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

Words from Me:

The drama seemed to have a promising start… but it gradually made me want to tear my hair out in frustration. Why? There were those moments where Haru and Shin Hwal had this brother-sister affection but has to be marred by Haru’s other intentions which eventually puts a rift to their sibling affections.

I leave my hatred to the writers. There could have been MORE to this drama. They have all the means in the world to evolve the story line into an epic something!

The main characters were all solid ones, portrayed by great actors and yet it flopped and killed my heart in the end. I couldn’t say that I feel the same emptiness for the supporting cast because, I find liking the story of the supporting cast more than the main ones.

triple16-00016There were two consistent things that I liked in this drama. One, it was having Song Joong Ki as Ji Poong Ho. I love his persistence and his pure heart of a character. There are so many lines that he said to Haru but this one, I like best: “It doesn’t matter if you don’t love me. I’ll keep on loving you anyway.” How could not the girl fall for someone like that? Geez… the guy’s devotion all through out the drama was no joke even if you brought that to real life. I guess that’s the hard reality of being the second lead guy. Two, was the lovely music all through out. If it wasn’t for the music, this drama would have turned out more draggy that it seemed. It was a joy to listen to and the artists that mostly sang my favorite songs in the OST were Zitten and Tearliner.

Over all, I have a love-hate relationship with this drama because there were some elements in Triple that were in the mediocre level. The word I could use for this drama is disappointing. Since that’s what I was left feeling after finishing all 16 episodes and not having luck at my side when it comes to my coupled shipping. So don’t expect me to recommend this… although, I would recommend the sound track for easy listening.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.