Encounter (Korean Drama 2018)


Drama Rating: 9/10

Cha Soo Hyun went on a business trip in Cuba and coincidentally meets the kind and free spirited Kim Jin Hyuk in a series of unexpected events. They spent a couple of hours together to make the most of Cuba’s beautiful atmosphere. It was a trip that both of them would never forget but at the same time, they both knew that it would simply remain as a beautiful memory as they finally part ways.

Back in Korea, Jin Hyuk finds out that Soo Hyun is the CEO of the hotel he had applied for and got accepted in. He also realized that she was a divorcee and a daughter of a congressman. Despite all these things, he fell in love with her unconditionally while Soo Hyun was swept along with his ideals and passion. Thus making her fall for him in ways she never intended to.

I have written my first impression bout this drama and now that I have finally finished it, I could say that watching all 16 episodes was worth my time. The romance and the drama had the right mix along with subtle comic dialogues occasionally thrown here and there. There are a lot of elements that I love about this drama and I need to break them out, one at a time.

First the story line – it would seem like the average makjang theme with a foreshadow ofEncounter ep01.mp4_001702333.png rich parents trying to control the lives of their full grown children, however it doesn’t really focus on that and I’m really thankful to the writers for thinking otherwise. What made the story line unique was the act of pure love between a simple young man who falls in love for the first time and a woman who has been through so much that she is too afraid to love at all. I like how pure love worked for these two characters because usually this kind of set up is reserved to high school or teenybopper leads whose dealing with young love for the first time. To have something like this for middle aged people, it’s very unusual but worked pretty well for me and most of its audience.

As for the characters – I’d like to initially mention Cha Soo Hyun which was acted by Song Hye Kyo, for a woman who is rich and divorced, I would have thought she would be Encounter ep01.mp4_001616915fearless… but no. She is the complete opposite of that. She has too many inhibitions and reasons for holding back that she couldn’t live her life freely as she’s supposed to be. That’s why when she meets the free spirited Kim Jin Hyuk starring Park Bo Gum, he’s like a breath of fresh air for her. His character brought her back to her past self whom she tried to forget and bury. In some ways, Soo Hyun is a pitiable woman but somehow she emerges as a stronger person from all the trials and tribulations thanks to Jin Hyuk’s support. Due to their encounter, she was able to transform from a crawling caterpillar still bound in her cocoon to a magnificent butterfly. As problematic as Soo Hyun’s character may be, Jin Hyuk on the other hand is the polar opposite. He was young, good Encounter ep01.mp4_000747413looking and had such a bright personality that it was too easy to love him. Everyone around him seems to brighten up somehow whenever he’s around. It’s as if he has a circumference of magically filled happy aura that can envelope other people who are only a few meters away from him. Another thing about his personality is that he rarely thinks ill of other people, he also is the forgiving type and when he loves, he does it whole heartedly not thinking of himself but only the condition of his partner. In other words, he’s the perfect kind of mine… I mean MAN. Where on earth can a person be this perfect??? Yes. Of course, only in Kdrama world can we find someone such as the likes of him.

Other characters worth mentioning are the supposedly villains of the drama, the mothers. In makjang strewn filled drama, mothers tend to be the epitome of evil. TheyEncounter ep03.mp4_000272171 always ruin their children’s lives and this drama is no exception to that. What I liked about their characters though is that they are so effective in their roles that they automatically become the people I love to hate. Kim Hwa Jin acted by Cha Hwa Yun, one of the veteran actresses in Korea was the very image of a controlling ajumma. She’s simply can’t get enough that she even wants to eat the life out of her son and her ex-daughter in law. To think that her son has already divorced, yet she still wanted to be in control of Soo Encounter ep06.mp4_000994493Hyun through legal machinations. She’s the kind of woman who deviously schemes behind the scenes to make the lives of the people around her miserable. That’s how her character is through and through. Jin Mi Ok, on the other hand is a bit tamer but still an utter control freak when it comes to her daughter. Nam Ki Ae who acted Soo Hyun’s mother was perfect for the role. She’s the type who usually plays the bitchy mother or an utterly helpless one. Here though, she’s the kind of mother who had an awesome background as a reported and a great dream of being the first wife of the president. Thus she keeps pushing her husband to stay in politics and let her daughter suffer in the hands of a wretched household. I have so much animosity with her character but I like the fact that Encounter ep11.mp4_003482712Soo Hyun loved her unconditionally despite how her mother treats her because of those big ambitions. Last mother to mention is Joo Yeon Ja, Kim Jin Hyuk’s mother played by Baek Ji Won. She’s not in the same category as the previous mom’s I have mentioned because she’s actually the opposite. Yeon Ja is a loving mother and cares for the family the most, which is one of the nice things in this drama. She’s also soft spoken and always has a smile on her face, yet there’s something about her that makes her personality a strong one. I wouldn’t want to mention it to avoid spoilers, but she’s one the characters to really look forward to.

Other supporting characters that made the main ones shine – Jung Woo Seok, the second lead guy acted by Jang Seung Jo. There are so many layers of manliness from this guy’s character but I feel that it was utterly wasted with all the decisions he made which Encounter ep03.mp4_002603167.pngeventually made Soo Hyun unhappy. Their relationship could have been a promising one if he was just earnest with her from the beginning and didn’t hold back anything because of his mother. I would have even rooted for him if I could, but in the end Jin Hyuk’s sincerity over took Seung Jo’s hesitations thus keeping him at the losing end. Another character I love is Nam Myung Shik, Soo Hyun’s driver and one of her father’s best friends. Go Chang Seok was perfect for this role, he’s a chubby meddlesome guy who only wants best for Soo Hyun as long as it makes her happy. I like the fact that he butts in Encounter ep08.mp4_002893090.pngher life so she can spend more time with Jin Hyuk than necessary. He’s such a charming character that I’d like to have him as my uncle! There are also other characters I’d like to write about, like Soo Hyun’s secretary and Jin Hyuk’s brother and best friends but it would make this article too much about characters and might over shadow the main point of this blog. So I’m struggling to limit myself up to here.

Over all this drama was amazing. It wasn’t action packed or even raced my heart as if it would explode in excitement, but every episode kept me on my toes with anticipation. I liked the overall pacing of the drama as it was a roller coaster ride of deep heartwarming emotions that only I could get from a romantic love story. Everything in this drama, from start to finish seemed to be from a point of view of a true artist because the cinematography was so beautiful that a simple thing could look unique and out of the ordinary. The OST was also great because it added a dramatic touch to a viewer’s heart that it complimented well with the visuals. I would probably rewatch this in the future when I start missing Park Bo Gum’s character as the perfect boyfriend.


First Impressions: Encounter (Korean Drama 2018)

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I thought of writing my first impressions on dramas which piqued my interest on the get go. Meaning from the moment it was announced and to the moment I have started the first episode. This may not be a regular segment from this blog but I hope the readers would enjoy my thoughts.

For those who have no idea what the drama is about, here’s a link to read about the synopsis and the characters: Read Encounter at Mydramalist.com

To be honest, I was not a big fan of the pairing but I totally love Song Hye Kyo and Park Bo Gum. It’s just that the noona thing doesn’t work well for me for these two since Hye Kyo is basically a newly wedded woman while Bo Gum is currently the Oppa of KDrama woman fans these days and he’s pretty much close with Kyo’s hubby, Song Joong Ki. Seeing them together during the press conference and drama posters felt weird. Anyway,DsggpUFWsAAwGnS I had to throw out that repulsive feeling out of me and swallowed all precautions that told me I might not like this drama. I’m glad I did, because the actors were professionals and they did their best to portray the characters that they have to. I guess I can say that I have finally matured as a viewer. After years of watching different drama series, I have learned to like a show as it is, regardless of biases or an actor’s personal history. Initially, I did start watching Kdrama without knowing about the actor’s background. However, these days, information is so accessible that a star’s image can be marred by their personal history that their hard work is simply put aside. Therefore, I’m going back to my roots and enjoy shows as they come along.

Now about the drama – although it was very slow on the uptake, the entire cinematography was beautiful. The first episode screamed at me with its beauty. Cuba may look dirty and dingy if you search it in the internet, but with great video panning and cinematography skills, it became a picturesque place. Third world countries does have the best and worst places there could ever be. Another thing that I loved about the first episode was the back shots. Everything started with a back shot of Cha Soo Hyun wherein the video showed how she started from being a politician’s young daughter up to the time she got divorced but became successful. Then add up the back shots of Kim Jin Hyuk and the ones he had together with Soo Hyun, they looked very much artistic. I like the way the scenes were done and to be introduced in such a way was a smart idea to lessen all the fuss about the characters with unnecessary screen time. Kudos to whoever conceptualized that.

A story line between star crossed lovers is not an original one and more on the cliché-makjang type of Kdrama but the way that the actors were able to deliver those simple conversations with a subtle nonchalant smile plus the unintentional skinship, everything went quite well. The main characters drew me into their charm and their palpable onscreen chemistry. Park Bo GUm seriously can release big amounts of pheromones with just a simple smile. Gaaaaad… I’d like to know what his parents fed him while growing up to become such a great guy like that. As for Song Hye Kyo, next to the shining guy, she does seem look older and yet still beautiful. I love the way she age beautifully. It suits her unlike other artists I know. Both artists were able to portray their character well enough that I don’t feel icky or weird while watching them but instead look forward to the next episode.

I also have high hopes to the sub characters who I think would be an essential part of the story, ie. Cha Soo Hyun’s secretary. She’s pretty uptight and yet when she’s off work, she could be quite snarky and definitely not a pushover. I’m definitely looking for her character growth along with the rest of the cast. I wasn’t expecting to like the drama but I’m pretty surprised that I’m drawn into it and hopefully things get more interesting when these two get back in Korea and not become too draggy like most melodrama usually end up to.


To.Jenny (Korean Drama 2018)

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Drama Rating: 8/10

Park Jung Min is a great singer and song-writer however he can’t sing properly in front To Jenny Ep.01.mp4_000107031of a crowd due to a traumatic experience back in middle school. Years later after that incident, he could only sing in front of his 10 year old sister Ok Hee and his best friends Yum Dae Sung and Kim Min Bong. His ultimate dream was to sing and write songs just like his deceased father, but he ended up working behind the counter of a convenience store. Kwon Na Ra on the other hand is known as the school’s beauty back in high school. There were a lot of talent agencies who recruited her To Jenny Ep.02.mp4_003381792back then, that’s when she joined Mocha girls and made a debut with a screen name called Jenny. Years later, the group failed to make it popular in the entertainment industry and was only able to perform once in public. Despite the failure, she was able to stay in the agency and kept training until a better break comes along. However, the chairman advised her to change her music strategy by singing solo instead, To Jenny Ep.01.mp4_002143568if she still can’t make it by then they’ll be cutting her out of the company. By some twist of fate, Na Ra meets Jung Min in the convenience store where he works and he was ecstatic to meet his high school crush again. When the door of opportunity came knocking towards Jung Min in the guise of Na Ra needing his help to teach her to play the guitar, he immediately grabbed it to get closer to her.

The story may seem shallow at some angle but it had a nice message to deliver. The main characters who were acted by Kim Sang Chul and Jung Chae Yeon were both cute. They had their own personal problems to deal with and were able to overcome them throughTo Jenny Ep.01.mp4_000275500 the help of each other. Jung Min’s character was a failure of a guy but despite that, he still harbored romantic feelings for Na Ra for quite a long time and he just couldn’t give up on his dream even though he has a stage fright. The fact that they were able to meet again after all those years and become close to each other was a miracle if it was based on Jung Min’s standards, but for anyone else who’s around, they’d know that Jung Min made a real effort. Aside from the two main characters, I think the real character that shined through this drama was Park Ok Hee To Jenny Ep.01.mp4_000099056portrayed by Choi Yoo Ri. The kid was so adorable I’d love to take her home and make her my sister instead! She’s a smart ass in her young age and it seems like she’s the older sibling between her and Jung Min, even though their age gap is very much obvious. But the way she conversed with her older brother and the advice she gave him about dating was hilarious. It became a must that I give her that 1 point in my rating. Initially it was supposed to be 7/10, but then I remembered Ok Hee, it became an 8/10 and she totally deserved that single point in my rating. I hope she grows up to be like Kim Yoo Jung and Kim Soo Hyun who started as child actresses too and made it big time as adults in the entertainment industry.

As for the entirety of the drama, there were only two episodes that’s why it was a fun watch until it lasted. I wanted more from it but there’s just so much that 2 hours can offer. What I enjoyed in the drama was the music. I guess it was made by the writer and producers with lots and lots of singing in their heads. Not that I minded, the songs which were also made into the drama’s OST, made the drama a good watch. Overall I’d recommend this show for those who are into a short time drama fill, comedy and a lot of singing.


My ID is Gangnam Beauty (Korean Drama 2018)

Drama Rating: 7/10

The drama is about a college student named Kang Mirae who thought that she could move on with her life while facing everyone with her chin up if she had plastic surgery. Ever since she was a child up until middle school, she had always been bullied for her looks and because of that, she had zero self-esteem and confidence. Then the plastic surgery happened and this actually made her feel more confident… at first. However, as soon as people learned about her real face, the bullying started once again and was labeled Gangnam Beauty. Adding up to her embarrassment, she meets Do Kyung Suk, the cold and aloof guy who knew her right away even after she had completely changed her face. That’s when her life takes a different turn as she slowly gets involved with him.

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This drama had so much promise but as I have reached episode 5, it kind of went stale and that’s how I also felt when I finally finished it. I didn’t even feel the need to watch the drama in one go. For a college drama with psychological aspects, I unconsciously feat-13-690x400compared it to the drama Cheese in the Trap and that’s why My ID is Gangnam Beauty became a disappointment. It was probably the lackluster of the main characters or the lack of attention on the supporting ones or maybe both. I wanted something much more from Kang Mirae and Do Kyung Suk as well as Oh Hyun Jung, Mirae’s best friend and Yeon Woo Young, the college assistant teacher. There was so much material to work on their characters but they have solely focused more about beauty and the romance of the main characters that the drama had missed a great drama in the making.

What I did like about this drama was the portrayal of the actors. Im Soo Hyang wasfullsizephoto990930 effective as Mirae since she was able to act as someone who had undergone a complete facial make over through plastic surgery. The way she always lowered her head as if she didn’t deserve anything in the world or didn’t have the right to love anyone clenched my heart and made me root for her. I like her sudden outbursts and the way she fought her way through bullies. I personally think that people with low confidence should be more like her. To be able to stand up to anyone who tries to belittle them whether it be in a small way. I also particularly like her parents. They made Mirae’s life more colorful since her mom supported her with the plastic surgery while her father was vehemently against it. I definitely enjoyed their screen time. Then there’s Cha Eun Woo as Do Kyung Sook, who EUNWOO5looks like a sculpted creature because he’s so darned good looking. The role was definitely perfect for him because beauty defines this guy, even his mother Na Hye Seong who was portrayed by Park Joo Mi. They definitely suited each other as the perfect mother and son with great genes. Both of them had strong personalities and seemed aloof but are pretty much caring for the people they love. The story that revolved around the Do family was quite interesting and made the drama more bearable to watch, because the college scenes were a bit… meh. Then, I get to Oh Hyun Jung and Yeon Woo Young’s character which were portrayed by Do Hee and Kwak Dong Yeon. I specifically like them because of the actors. They had so much promise for this drama but it felt like both of them were wasted. Hyung Jung could do so much in this drama but bts045she was simply left to be the sidekick who had special affections for someone but couldn’t even resolve her feelings properly. Woo Young on the other hand was left to be the guy who seems to be like a knight in a shining armor and ready to save a damsel in distress, but that’s it. Nothing more. His character was left wasted like that. Though he was able to fess up his feelings to the person he likes and help out when someone was in trouble, I felt thwarted. I wanted more. That’s far as they could go, what else can a simple viewer like me do? Oh… before I DnRqtnDUcAAZ7L9forget there’s also the most annoying and yet pitiful character in the whole drama and that’s Hyeon Soo Ah, the main antagonist in this drama. Jo Woo Ri was able to portray her character perfectly, it’s too hard not to hate her and yet feel bad for her at the same time. Soo Ah knows she’s beautiful and that’s her main armor in trying to make all the guys fall for her but that’s just the vain side of her. The other side will be later revealed but I couldn’t say she didn’t deserve that because she did but still… things couldn’t have escalated if she just behaved herself properly.

The OST though is another thing, I loved it. All of it. It’s worth saving in the phone just like what I did. Over all the drama was enjoyable but lacked a lot of aspects as I have mentioned. I wouldn’t recommend it to those who wanted something more serious because this drama isn’t like that. It’s a romantic comedy that mainly touches the topic of beauty, plastic surgery, college life and bits of family conflicts.

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Terius Behind Me (Korean Drama 2018)

Drama Rating: 8/10

A former NCIS agent named Kim Bon went into hiding due to betrayal and conspiracies. He lost his loved one because of this and started investigating covertly to reveal the truth behind his lover’s death. While undercover, his path crossed unexpectedly with a housewife named Go Ae Rin. Amidst their own circumstances, fate brought them together as Ae Rin suddenly lost her husband to the same organization Bon was investigating. In between all the secrets and hidden identity, Ae Rin’s twins becomes attached to Bon as he volunteered to become their baby sitter to secretly protect the family and solve the mystery behind the organization called Gold Clover.

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I love this series for so many reasons and yet I was also disappointed due to several ones which I couldn’t let go. Number one reason why I love it? So Ji Sub. Yep. The guy my husband got pissed off because I had him in my screen saver. I guess my hubby had a valid reason… the Ji Sub is just too hot to be ignored from a house wife’s phone. My hubby’s rightful spot was probably threatened. LMAO! I was totally laughing my ass out when I found out he was jealous about it. I still can’t help but laugh whenever I remember it. *grins from ear to ear*

Terius Behind ep03-04.mp4_000129429The story mainly revolves around his character Kim Bon, code name: Terius. I find his name really funny and appropriate for this drama because his name is slightly similar to James Bond. They actually pronounce it the same in Korea, which is a good pun since Bon is also an undercover agent. I like the fact that his character is so lovable despite being bad ass. He’s also too serious for his own good but whenever he’s with Ae Rin and her family his personality changes like a flipped coin. He becomes relaxed and smiles more often especially when the twins starts to play with him. His own story though is too sad because there are times in the scenes where he doesn’t eat or sleep properly, yet when he finally got involved in Ae Rin’s life, he was able to eat her simple homemade meal and infullsizephoto994206.jpg the scene he looked really moved and happy.  Meanwhile, Ae Rin who was acted by Jung In Sun has this seemingly naïve character who’s become a burnt out housewife  struggling to find a job and provide for her family. Underneath it all, she’s a trustworthy person whom everyone can count on when needed. She also has a lot of hidden talents, which comes out in times of need. She’s like one of those characters from the movie Side Kick. I totally love her and could relate to the fact that she’s a house wife but still manages to be a cool mom despite all the problems that is hurled towards her. Aside their portrayal, In Sun and Ji Sub’s romantic chemistry wasn’t as palpable as I want it to be, but as their characters would allow it, they worked great together.

Other side characters worth mentioning are the KIS officers and the NCIS agents. KISSecretTerrius_E1314_00262 means King-Castle Information System, who are a bunch of mothers + a stay at home father who lives at the same apartment building and has their own way of sharing information with the use a chat app. I think that using the app in the drama was a way of promoting it to the public like the use of bags, make up, clothes and cars all throughout the series. That aside, the uncanny characters that actually ran KIS are Shim Eun Ha, the president of the organization who seems to know everything and anything that’s going on within King Castle. She was portrayed by Kim Yeo Jin who is one of the veteran actresses who does great with acting sad and happy roles. Then there’s Bong Sun Mi portrayed by Jung Shi Ah who seems to be such a ditzy person that suspects her partner of having an affair and also has some kind of inferiority complex with Ae Rin but she still stands out because she’s always there when needed. Lastly there’s Kim Sang Ryul acted by Kang Ki Young, one of my favorite supporting actors and is a very effective comedian. He’s such a joy to watch since he gives balance to Kim Bon who’s always too serious for everyone’s liking. I think this drama wouldn’t be such an effective action-comedy if not for them. They made photo1007605.jpgit more special with their own personal touch of innocence since they have no idea what was really going on around them. They also have their own story to tell which will be revealed on the later parts of the drama. That, by the way surprised and caught me off guard. There were hints about it initially in the drama, Terius Behind ep01-02.mp4_000954220but I wasn’t able to predict the actual situation of these people. As for the NCIS agents, Yoo Ji Yeon and Ra Do Woo portrayed by Im Se Mi and Kim Sung Joo, looked really cute together. They have their own quirks and unrequited love. That’s why their tandem is spot on and I wouldn’t want anyone else to act their roles. Ji Terius Behind ep01-02.mp4_003166466Yeon can kick ass whenever she wants to and she sports that short hair as if it was really meant for her. Ra Doo on the other hand is tech savvy and knows his stuff. I’m quite impressed with the things he does specially with the stickers! This part is something to look forward to. Heh! Oh… I have to insert Jin Yong Tae the con man and Kwon Young Shil who were acted by Son Ho Jun and Seo Yi Sook. Their characters are pretty interesting and vague at first but they definitely have a lot to offer up to the very end of the drama.

Overall this drama was action packed, suspenseful and funny all at the same time. It may have its light side but it’s a bit hard to pin-point the character that will or will not die. The OST was also cute and memorable. I really dig the music part during those suspenseful moments and when Kim Bon interacts with the children. The things that disappointed me though were a couple of loop holes in the drama and the unsatisfactory ending just in my part because I had other expectations. There’s a spoiler below if anyone would want to know about the details. Setting that aside, I did enjoy this drama very much and looked forward to each episode. Maybe I just missed So Ji Sub in comedy, but anyhow… this drama was worth it.

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The loophole was about Kim Bon’s character. I think his skill as an agent was a bit lacking, even though he’s known as one of the best in NCIS, he still got chucked by a housewife. I’m guessing he got rusty with all the running he has to do? But still… he gets shot too often and also, living in a building with a bunch of house wives and yet he was able to keep his secret identity from them was really weird. His identity was so easy to discover since in the drama, the women are known to be nosy. Then there’s the ending, it was so vague whether Ae Rin and Bon ended up going out with each other. It could have been implied that Bon really liked her with the way he gets all jealous and worked up for her sake, but for Ae Rin, her feelings weren’t as transparent as it should be. Although she did say she missed Bon when they were drinking mojito at Namsan tower, but that’s not as good as saying “I like you”, so the romance kind of got stuck there and I was left wanting for more. That’s all. Despite these stuff though, I like the mystery factor. I had my hunch as who the real bad guy was, but the death on some of the characters and the characters that survived, I wasn’t really expecting that. Kudos to this drama for keeping me on my toes!


Mr. Sunshine (Korean Drama 2018)


During the 1871 Shinmiyangyo- U.S. expedition to Korea, a young slave boy from Jeoson fled to America to escape his bitter fate from the hands of a noble family. When this boy grew up, he was sent back to Jeoson by the American government which he served as a soldier to be assigned as a commission officer and as a secret agent. From there he falls in love with a noble woman while harboring feelings of revenge for the family who was responsible for the loss of his parents.

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The setting of this drama was during the transition of Korea from Jeoson to the modern era and probably closing on to becoming a democratic nation. Story wise it was full of fictional characters and settings but was also somehow mixed with bits of truth here and there. I haven’t researched much about Korea’s history in regards with the drama’s time table because I didn’t want to compare fiction to reality. I have this thing about getting disappointed when I’ve set my expectations already. The drama was also filled with wit, thanks to the writer who seemed to enjoy on sneaking in a couple of funny moments using words to make a comical scene out of this serious drama, but a huge thanks should be given to the actors who were able to deliver these humorous lines. They were able to lighten the drama atmosphere by inserting some comic relief.

Setting that aside, I love the fact that this drama was dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives for their own nation. Though the drama summary seemed to revolve around two people who fell in love against all odds, there is a deeper meaning beyond the romance and that’s patriotism. Most of the lead characters in this drama weren’t keen in protecting their own country, except for one. They didn’t even want to get involved with anything that pertains to Jeoson, however, as time passed by and the situation got worse, these characters cross paths with each other and are eventually thrown into the chaos. The only lead character that was so sure of protecting Jeoson was Go Ae-Shin, a nobleMr. Sunshine ep10.mp4_004261294 woman with a high status and was bound to marry a man with the same standing in life. This steadfast character was portrayed by Kim Tae-Ri which she gave so much justice for. Ae-Shin is a stubborn woman with an amusing personality at times. Due to her all-knowing attitude, she seems to put herself in a pinch and ends up embarrassing herself in the end. Despite this little quirk in her character, she’s a woman who can wield a gun and shoot anyone spot on, that’s why she was chosen by the rebels whom they call themselves “The Righteous Army” to become their sniper. Her counterpart in this drama was Yoo Jin Choi/Eugene Choi performed by the hallyu veteran Mr. Sunshine ep10.mp4_004254954actor Lee Byung Hun. He was the servant boy who ran away from his country to avoid being killed. He had his own sheer of bad luck and dire circumstances that he ended up being an American citizen only to return to his birth county as an American soldier with big responsibilities. Unfortunately he fell in love. Yoo Jin could have lived a peaceful life as an American commander stationed in Jeoson, but no… he didn’t choose that kind of life because he decided to fall in love and choose the sappy path of romance and bits of revenge. I won’t say more about his character because it would be a big spoiler if I do, but I’d like to add that Byung Hun nailed his character. He may not be my favorite in this drama nonetheless he did a perfect job as Eugene Choi, he was able to speak English fluently with very little Korean accent, also adding up the fact that he can converse in Japanese was another feat that made me like him more than Ae Shin.

I have listed three other characters in this drama that is worth mentioning. First is myMr. Sunshine ep10.mp4_002111378 most favorite character – Gu Dong Mae also known as Ishida Sho. He was acted by Yoo Yeon Seok, he’s also one of my favorite Korean actors. The reason why I love his character is that he’s a total ladies man! He has this nonchalant way of helping out ladies in distress in a very cool way. Dong Mae was a son of a butcher and back in Jeoson days, being a butcher means being in the lowest ranks of commoners and more like equal to a slave. He lived like a dog when he was a young boy and resented everyone even Ae Shin who tried to help him escape during a certain incident, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t grateful because he was. He also have this weird way of showing his love, he does hateful things to aggravate the person he likes so as she wouldn’t forget him and that his memory will embed in her mind forever. He’s the typical bad boy who can kill anyone with his shiny-sharp cherry blossom sword and yet go through an unrequited love. The second character in my list is the hotel Mr. Sunshine ep15.mp4_001524758owner Kudo Hina who was once called Lee Yang Hwa. When she was a young girl, she was sold off by her own father to marry a rich but old Japanese man. Her character is quite peculiar because she does things on her own pace and she also has all kinds of agenda in her plate, but one thing is for sure, she’s a strong willed woman who cares for other people despite how feisty she is. With the kind of personality she has, I’d bet she’d bite off anyone who would mess with her. Just the kind of woman I’d like to be friends with. The last character in my list is Kim Hui Seong and he was personified by Byun Yo Han in an epic way. Hui Seong hasMr. Sunshine ep16.mp4_000128962 deep ties with Yoo Jin and Ae Shin, since his family was the one that made Yoo Jin’s life a living hell in Jeoson and he was pre-engaged by his grandfather to Ae Shin. I love how his character evolved up to the end. At first, he may seem like an easy go lucky like kind of person but underneath it all, he wanted to be of use in more ways than one. Another thing that I liked is how Yo Han was able to sparkle between the charismatic guys, Yoo Jin and Dong Mae. I find myself looking forward for the trio’s scenes together because they always end up with such witty and funny lines.

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All in all, everything in this drama looked beautiful, the actors and the back ground setting was a highlight of its own. I also have this thing for cinematography and those Mr. Sunshine ep20.mp4_003823890back shots which looks so good in screen captures. The drama also didn’t shy on killing those seemingly important characters in the middle of the show which totally tore my heart into pieces and made me anticipate who’s going to die next. It may have a bittersweet ending but it’s not about that, because the drama is about the journey and the sacrifices one has to make for the bigger picture and for those they love. By the way, OST was so good I had it running inside my head days after I’ve finished the drama. I felt happy and sad every time I hear the songs. TvN once again made a popular drama that would stay in the hearts of people who’ve seen it. I’m definitely recommending this for those who love watching historical dramas with heroic tendencies.

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? (Korean Drama 2018)


Secretary Kim Mi So has been working under a narcissistic boss named Lee Young Joon for nine years. One day she decided to quit her job and inform her boss about it. When it dawned to her boss that she really was going to resign despite his appraisal offers, he became restless. He couldn’t stand the fact that she’s leaving him after all those years they have been working together. This is when he offered her marriage instead so as he could keep his secretary by his side forever. Despite the offer, Kim Mi So still won’t budge on her decision thus she had to render sixty days of work prior to leaving her job. Within those days, Lee Young Joon has plans on wooing his secretary back into his life.

Words from Me:

This drama is a manwha adaptation and since I haven’t read that version yet, I don’t have any comparisons to make. I’m just glad that I wasn’t disappointed with the hype from this series and I would definitely read the manwah soon.

What I like about this show is that it’s light and fluffy despite the mystery factor.  Yes, there is a mystery factor in this romcom genre series, that’s Kdrama land for you! The mysterious part of the drama has something to do with both the main character’s past, way back when they were still children. Whats.Wrong.with.Secretary.Kim.E02.mp4_003738101I won’t talk about it because that would be a total spoiler. All I could say is that this part of the series is one of the things I look forward to when I was watching it. There’s this kind of thrill in not knowing what really happened in the past. Although I already had some vague ideas about the scenarios for every upcoming episode since the plot is pretty much predictable, it’s still nice to know if what I had in my mind would actually coincide with what’s going to be shown on screen. I credit this skill thanks to all the KDramas I’ve watched for the past fifteen years which makes current dramas predictable, but in spite of that I still enjoy watching them. Aside that factor, the romance between the main leads was such an overkill but nonetheless I still dig it. The comedic side of this drama certainly got me. There were scenarios that did not need any dialogue since the actions were enough to keep myself from laughing my heart out. The only thing I found annoying in this drama was the length. They could have cut it shorter into 12 episodes since episodes 13-16 became redundant. Whats.Wrong.with.Secretary.Kim.E02.mp4_002832863The frustrating thing about romcom is the push and pull thing between the main characters which always becomes an endless cycle throughout the series, in this case it lasted until episode 15 and could have been resolved at episode 10, same with the main problem of the story. It would sort of feel a bit tiring to watch until the end if not for eye candy on screen, namely actor Park Seo Joon just because I’m biased like that.

Setting that aside, the story is very much entertaining because of the characters. The female lead Kim Mi So is such a badass when it comes to decision making. Having a nine year experience working for a boss such as Young Joon would probably make any other person a nitpicker and perfectionist. Her character wouldn’t be like that if she hasn’t gone through a lot since she was a young child, like giving up going to college and instead work as a secretary for her sisters to finish their studies and become doctors, then there’s also the issue with her father who’s always in debt. However, no matter what comes her way she’s able to deal with it head on.  Whats.Wrong.with.Secretary.Kim.E04.mp4_001540906Her relationship with her sisters are so cute too, their thing as a family is to always go out for samyeopsal as a way to bond and have family time. On the other hand there is her counterpart Young Joon. Despite his negative description in the synopsis, he really needs a break because beneath the narcissist-smart-assed-perfectionist kind of person is a competent, soft, caring and considerate guy. His real character would be shown throughout the series. Therefore if female viewers couldn’t fall in love with the character after finishing the drama, I don’t know what’s wrong with the world anymore. Whats.Wrong.with.Secretary.Kim.E07.mp4_000718350As for his family back ground though, Young Joon’s family is a bit complicated but his parents are so cute when they dote on him. There’s also the older brother Lee Sung Yeon acted by Lee Tae Hwan who seems a bit mysterious but has a bad relationship with Young Joon. There’s always this tension between them every time they are in the same room.

Anyway, as I was saying, the characters are definitely lovable even the supporting ones. I totally love the office atmosphere and the workers. The fact that they are all silly when their boss is not around makes them look like a bunch of incompetent fools, but really… they are supposed to be good workers since they work directly under Young Joon. Whats.Wrong.with.Secretary.Kim.E01.mp4_000983582I have two notable side characters in this drama which gave more color to the drama as their own side story shined all throughout the series.  Bong Sera performed by Hwang Bora who seemed to live her life as a great actress for comedy. I like how she overacts on any situation since that kind of acting style suits her. Whats.Wrong.with.Secretary.Kim.E05.mp4_003448945Then there’s Park Yoo Shik the ever loyal friend who is Young Joon’s best friend played by Kang Ki Young. I like how his character balanced Young Joon’s serious side. He made things look funny along with some dramatic antics and other product references he inserted throughout the episodes.

The OST was also cute and I would probably still remember it in the near future. I would recommend this to those who would like to watch something that would make them laugh without thinking too much and to those who are fans of Park Min Young and Park Seo Joon like me!