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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Empress Ki (Korean Drama 2013)

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Drama Rating: 8/10

This drama is adapted from the life of Empress Ki, a woman who was neither from the Mongols or Han Chinese descent but instead came from a small kingdom in the Far East called Goryeo which is presently known as Korea. During the Yuan Dynasty, she held immense power and prestige that she’s known in East Asia and East Europe as a tyrant queen.

1wgQdfBefore she was an empress, she was known as Ki Seung Nyang. From childhood up to being a woman, she had lived a harsh life. However her previous experiences were nothing compared to the day she became a Gungnyeo – a woman from Goryeo who is offered as a palace woman or concubine for the Mongol Emperor. Despite being brought to another country as a slave against her will, she was able to survive through her wit and perseverance. Eventually, Ta Hwan also known as Toghon Temür the Mongol Emperor falls in love with her not knowing that she was engaged to a Goryeo Prince named Wang Yoo. Due to palace conflicts and her political ambitions, she had to chose between love and survival.

I have this habit of checking out drama’s because of the cast and this drama did not fail me. Ha Ji Won’s acting as per usual, was flawless. I did have high hopes about the script/story during the initial episodes up to the middle part, but the entire show left me with a bitter aftertaste kind of ending. Why did the writers have to put an open-endedQJXJWf ending for the viewers when they could have just wrapped it up simply with a simple choice? It could have ended nicely when she finally became an empress because it was, after all the ultimate goal. What disappointed me was that every 10 to 15 episode the plot line changes and the story shifts its focus on something else aside from the previous problem on hand. That was really annoying, because when they go back to the initial conflict, there were more loopholes into the story which could not be addressed but instead it will be piled up with more issues to cover up the initial problem. Basically it’s a merry-go-round of never ending dispute – which is the norm in politics, only this one was badly portrayed in a drama. If it was me, I would have stuck with the romantic plot line instead of the political side of the story.

Another thing I have to take note of… I could have loved both kings – Yuan and Goryeo alike but instead I fell in love with Taltal, Governor Bayan’s right hand and nephew. Sometimes I day dream that he and Seung Nyang would actually end up together instead of the power driven-infused kings. Their tandem by the end of the drama was more in place than her link with the kings. I did somehow root her to the Yuan King because they had so much onscreen chemistry but decided against it during the later episodes.

As for the OST, the music was timely and I couldn’t ask for a better sound track for it. The visuals in this drama was awesome by the way. I have already re-watched several scenes from random episodes just because I liked the cinematography and the kick-ass fight scenes and archery of our heroine. Over all I would recommend this to watchers who are into saguek and palace-warlord-politics conspiracy, but let me warn you! This drama may seem to have a romantic story line, yet it isn’t the main theme and it might even disappoint in the end.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.

You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin (Korean Drama 2013)

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Drama Rating: 7/10

Lee Soon Shin is the youngest member of her family and it seems as if nothing ever goes right for her. Despite being different from her two sisters, she has a bright personality and an optimistic view in life. Her ultimate goal and dream is to become a part of the entertainment industry but she always ends up being conned, until one day a You're the Best Lee Soon Shin (9)guy named Shin Joon Ho gives her an opportunity and a legitimate offer which turns her life upside down. Joon Ho is a cold, ambitious and calculative man but when he starts to get involved with Soon Shin, his attitude changed little by little. He starts to warm up to her despite the circumstances in which lead him to scout her as an artist.

During Soon Shin’s time with Joon Ho as a budding artist, a family tragedy occurs and long forgotten secrets are revealed that almost tears the Lee family apart.You're the Best Lee Soon Shin (6)

Man… this drama was long.

For a 50 episode drama, there were still a lot of loop holes which got me scratching my head in a WTF manner.

Why can’t the script writers make a solid character out of Lee Soon Shin? There was so much potential into the character which was instead wasted into having her in a constant inner turmoil and misunderstanding with her family. She kept on bailing out on her manager, then at work, then at her family. Watching her be like this was quite You're the Best Lee Soon Shin (11)confusing because she’s supposed to be the strong protagonist and this is supposed to be her story but instead her character felt faded. The supporting roles were so much more interesting to me than hers. Then there’s also the main lead guy, Shin Joon Ho. I felt the same way for him like Lee Soon Shin, why did the guy have to run around and try fixing things but end up empty handed? He tries, but never really gets to resolve anything. These main characters are sad… their story are being much overshadowed by other elements. I blame the writers for this.

What made this show bearable to watch are the actors. If it hadn’t been for IU and Jo Jung Suk as the main roles I wouldn’t have the patience to finish this drama but since You're the Best Lee Soon Shin (12)they are my bias and there were a lot of cute scenes (not just on the main leads but as well on the other characters), that made me rethink of dropping the drama. The supporting roles were quite interesting as well. They have brought balance to the story and made it watchable. The families were such a mess, but the three sister’s different characters really brought this drama to life so I guess it is still worth the watch.

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I couldn’t say that this drama was great, but I would have to admit it was a good watch if you could get past the circling theme with long dragging plot lines full of cliche. It was an average drama, it made me laugh-cry-hate-love the characters but at the end of the day it’s not something I would want to brag about or recommend to people. It’s more of a drama that would let me pass time until I finish downloading that specific drama I have been pegging to watch. When watching this drama, be mentally prepared that Lee Soon Shin’s character isn’t actually the best because the supporting roles were better.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.