Korean Drama to Watch – Kingdom 킹덤

I don’t know what’s with zombies but every time I see a drama or a movie I seem to enjoy it so much – even with all the gore, blood and brains. Truth be told I’m very uncomfortable at the sight of real blood but with zombie films/drama I don’t really mind.

So when Netflix released Kingdom 킹덤 I was excited because it was a drama about zombies!

Finally Korea you’re doing it!!!

As of writing this blog I have seen it and it did not disappoint me as it was like watching Walking Dead’s sageuk 사극 (historical drama) version.

Netflix Kingdom is drama set in the Joseon era. A king has suddenly acquired small pox and has been rumored to be dead. His son, the crown prince, has been accused of treason wanting to overthrow his father’s position to claim it as his own. Desperate to visit his father, the Crown Prince Lee Chang sneaks into he King’s chambers one night only to find an ghastly figure resembling a monster. Curious and determined to uncover the what is happening, he travels to Dongnae to look for the doctor who came to treat his father’s illness.

Why should you watch it:

1. It’s a Saguek Zombie drama

Although I watch a lot of romcoms and slice of life dramas, sagueks are my favorite. If you are like me – who adores traditional dramas and if you like zombies then this drama has the right recipe for you. Like I mentioned earlier in the post – it felt like watching Walking Dead the saguek version. Of course don’t expect the story to be like the Walking Dead. This saguek zombie drama has a story of it’s own.

On a side note, this genre (zombie saguek) has never really been explored that much in Korea. To the best of my memory, the only drama/movie I can think of is Rampant. Train to Busan was indeed zombie themed but sageuk zombies are more fun and definitely scarier! It’s refreshing to see Korean dramas venturing into genres like this – times are definitely changing.

 

2. The Writer is Kim Eun Hee

A lot of people don’t really pay attention to who wrote dramas. But after so many years of watching dramas I’ve placed a value on writers and their works. Kim Eun Sook (who wrote Secret Garden, Goblin and Descendants of the Sun) and the Hong Sisters (My Girl, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and Hwayugi) are my top 2 favorite writers of all time. My top 3 writer is Kim Eun Hee. I’ve been a fan since I saw the drama Sign (2011) and I loved her work more when I saw Signal. She’s not really a romcom / romance writer but her stories are very engaging and keep you hanging until the last moment.

After you watch Kingdom I recommend you watching Signal.
I am anticipating her popularity as a writer will be on a rise because of this drama.

 

3. The Actors – need I say more.

Allow me to post the posters of the actors here…

Joo Ji Hoon 주지훈 

Aw my crown prince Lee Shin. Princess Hours was his first leading role – his acting that time was far from amazing. However through the years he has greatly improved. His expressions are definitely better and they convey more emotions now.

Bae Doo Na 배두나

I first saw her in a Hot Potato 고백 Confession MV. Then she caught my eye in Host and Cloud Altas. Then she became my favorite character in Sense8. I couldn’t imagine someone else playing her character Seobi in this drama. She fit the role and I love her even more.

Ryu Seung-ryong 류승룡

In the whole Kdrama world, he is my favorite anti-hero! I am not sure if I am describing it properly but to me he looks like a villain but deep inside he is just a kind guy with a big heart. First time I saw him was in the move My Love. If you’ve been wondering where you saw him, he was the dad in the movies Miracle in Cell No. 7 and Psychokinesis.

 

4. It’s quite short for a Korean drama

Typical Korean dramas last for 16 – 24 episodes. Kdrama fans are quite used to this. But if you are a first time Kdrama watcher, you might be a little put off by how long it is. Kingdom on the other hand is pretty short for a kdrama – it’s only 6 episodes long. You’re not investing a lot of time to watching this drama. It’s pretty short — but spoiler alert — you definitely have to wait for Season 2!

 

5. It’s on Netflix!

Yep! If you have been subscribed to this service, this drama was produced by Netflix. And for that thank you Netflix for bringing this drama to life and for making us wait for Season 2! Hahaha… By the way I wasn’t paid in anyway to promote Netflix but I am glad that this service exists and that they have recently been adding a lot of Asian titles to their site. It feeds Asian addiction to users like me.

 

Overall this drama did exceed my expectations and I do recommend it to Kdrama fans. You cannot not watch it – or you’re missing a lot!

credits: Netflix + Netflix@yt + as tagged

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Flower Boy Next Door’s Last Week

I can’t believe it!!! This is week is the last week of Flower Boy Next Door (이웃집 꽃미남).

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I wouldn’t get to see Ke-Geum or Go Kyung Pyo who exactly looks and sounds like Choi Siwon!

I know I haven’t posted much on the blog but I religiously watch out for this drama… well maybe i don’t have time to watch all 40 minutes of it, but I do watch out for the recaps! Yes, I am still busy but i succumb to one indulgence, which is this drama.

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I love this drama! It’s the last installment of TVN’s Flower Boy Series. Oh TVN, you’re a cable channel but your dramas are so wonderful! The drama PD’s they have are absolute geniuses! Most of their dramas are hits on my book, especially the Flower Boy series. There is not one that I did not like. I like this because it’s something that is very easy to watch, yet it’s something that is close to reality. I like that they do not follow the usual rich chaebol falls in love with a poor girl story line (though there is a chaebol in the story but it’s not following the same pattern). I like that they aren’t afraid to deal with an issues that are real and that really happen and I like that they throw a story line to incorporate a lesson which most teens can relate to.

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Park Shin Hye and Yoon Shi Yoon could’ve fooled me to thinking they were really together! haha that’s how their chemistry works! I think, this is the best pairing Yoon Shi Yoon has had over the years. I really liked him in Kim Tak Goo.. In Me Too, Flower, he was funny but looked so young for the character. But this one, I could swear he is the perfect person to play Ke-guem!!!  I also love Park Shin Hye here. I think is the the best drama that I have seen her in. I love that she can Go Gok Mi’s character come to life. And Go Kyung Pyo… from the time I saw him on SNL where he played Siwon doppelgänger I like him. And now after Flower Boy Next Door, I totally think he sound the same as Siwon!!! Someone to look forward too.. and his acting is not that bad either.

That all said, I am going to be sad when this drama ends tomorrow. I hope I can find another as fun and deep as this drama.

Thank you Dok Mi, Ke Geum, Dong Hoon and Jin Rak for adding color to Monday and Tuesday drama. TVN keep this good dramas coming!!

Bonus, bonus!!! KE GEUM’S PANDA DANCE! Now who wouldn’t love this drama!!!

**credits: CJENMUSIC@yt + JE Kim@yt + as tagged

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Yoon Eun Hye’s Goong Fashion

I was watching Goong the other day. Though I have noticed it a long time ago when I first saw Goong, I am just posting it now. I Super Love the clothes that Yoon Eun Hye wears in the drama.

When looking at her dresses in the drama, you have to remember that this drama was made in the late part of 2005 and was shown in early 2006. So the Hallyu fashion today is very different from the Hallyu fashion at that time. But I love the pieces that she wore especially the hanboks. I think watching this drama was the first time I saw I saw the fusion hanbok style.

I want to do screencaps but I’m too lazy to do them, so instead I will post most of the official pics from the drama as well as pictures I found while lurking in the internet.

So tell me which one is your favorite?

I remember wanting a Korean school uniform because of this drama! 

These were the Hanboks she wore

These two were my favorites

Compilations of what she wore (i did not compile it so credits to whoever did it :))

And did last but not least.. I so love these shoes!!!

If you have more pictures to share, please write it in the comments below 🙂 Thank you!

** credits: as tagged (pictures are not mine) + afspot.net

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Recommended Drama: Queen In Hyun’s Man

When I watch Korean dramas, I usually wait for the drama to be finished before I watch it. I prefer to do drama marathons where I sit in front of a computer all night until the wee hours of the morning to finish one drama. It’s a hard habit to break. There are only a handful drama where I wait for the subtitles each week whilst refreshing my computer to make sure the files are already up!

And this drama is one of those. Too bad it ended.

But if you haven’t watched it yet I really recommend Queen In Hyun’s Man.

The story 

 Our hero is Kim Boong Do is a scholar from the Joseon Dynasty who supports Queen Inhyun. Our heroine is Kim Hee Jin, an up and coming actress who has just been casted for a role of Queen In Hyun for a TV drama. Boong Do  has a talisman given by one of his servants. At the brink of his death, the talisman saves him and transports him to the present 21st century where he meets Hee Jin. Hee Jin becomes his tour guide in modern day Seoul. Thus begins a romantic story for our time traveler and our heroine.

(Like always, no spoilers will be placed in this post!)

The actors:

Ji Hyun Woo

I’ve known about him from the Nuts as a guitarist. But I absolutely loved him in this drama, or maybe his character in this drama as Kim Boong Do the scholar. I think he perfected that certain smile when he sees Hee Jin.

Yoo In Na

She plays Hee Jin. Apparently, this is her first time to be the leading lady, and I have to say she did good with it. I am especially impressed with the way she does all those sad scenes like when she had to cry from all the pain in the hospital! You go girl!

Why I liked it?

This drama was made by TVN. Though it’s a cable channel in Korea, this channel makes really good dramas. Who could forget Joseon X Files, or Flower Boy Ramyun Shop? This is another daebak hit from them.

Currently, there are a lot of dramas with the time traveling theme that have been shown like Rooftop Prince and the recently shown Dr. Jin. I have followed Rooftop Prince but not as I did Queen In Hyun’s Man (QIHM from this point). I was somehow fascinated with the story of QIHM more than all the other time traveling dramas. Maybe because it was combining a sageuk with a modern drama that I liked so much. This drama did a pretty good job with traveling from one period to another and linking both the stories in such a way that we would have believed its true (loved it when the annals changed as events of the future and the past changed). A well deserved thumbs up for the writers of the drama (though they could have done a wee bit better with the ending, especially the part when the Boong Do’s phone’s battery was still ok even after a year. Whoever invented that phone?)

But this drama is about men-boong, a Korean slang that means it surprises you a whole lot! And it did. It’s one of the best things about the drama, you never know what will happen because of all those surprises! Definitely very very good!

The actors  have a very good chemistry on camera. It was like seeing two real love birds! It was so sweet watching both of them have a date or doing their scenes together. Both were well played! And Soo Kyung is a best friend a lot of girls would want. She maybe nagging you too much but she’s a friend who’s there to protect you at all cost!

Also, the action scenes in this drama were noteworthy! Omona! I felt my heart stop in some of those scenes! And it’s not even because of Boong Do but because of the action! Bring it on!

Over all, if you are looking to watch one of them time travel themed dramas, I think this is your best bet!

Now I wish it never ended 🙂

**credits: as tagged

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Go Jun Pyo vs. City Hunter (fanmade video)

This is so cool! Though I think this has been posted somewhere else.. but it’s so cool!

It’s Go Jun Pyo vs. City Hunter… well at least in a fan made video… the video title is Hunter Over Flowers.

I was actually brought to this video because of a post from Dramabeans (one of the best sources for drama info and recaps!). The video was actually about Fashion King (Yoo Ah In) and Rooftop Prince (JYJ’s Yoochun). And then I saw this! As you can see its a video of Lee Min Ho playing 2 different characters from 2 different dramas. And one word for this video — EPIC!!!

If I didn’t know better I would think this was a preview for another drama! Can you imagine Go Jun Pyo and City Hunter are twins and are about to Kill each other?? Now this is a drama I want to check out! Love it!!!  The video is actually edited by  wjrghk007 from a naver blog and was reuploaded on youtube. The video I posted has the English subs. And for the editing, this is hands down a really good one!

Don’t you think so??

**credits: blog.naver.com/wjrghk007 + shiareagy6thalbum@yt

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Recommended Drama – My Name Is Kim Sam Soon

If you are curious about watching a Korean drama but you don’t know which Korean drama to start off with, I would recommend you to watch My Name is Kim Sam Soon (내 이름은 김삼순).

The Story

Its a story about a girl, Kim Sam Soon, in her 30’s who has just been dumped by her boyfriend on Christmas Eve. She goes crying and eventually ends up in the men’s bathroom where she met her future boss, Hyun Jin Heon, the owner of Bon Apetit. Their first meeting is not a friendly one, but little did she know that she would be working for him as the pastry chef of his restaurant. Jin Heon’s mom is continuing to pester him about getting married so he contracted Sam Soon to be his girlfriend. Later on, they both develop feelings for one another, but things get complicated when Jin Heon’s ex-girlfriend came home. Will both Sam Soon and Jin Heon end up together?? Ok.. so I wrote this synopsis myself because I don’t want to spoil the fun of watching the drama 🙂 Although we do know what happens to most romcom (romantic comedy), let’s just pretend not to know!

The Actors…

Kim Sun Ah

This is probably the best role she has ever done! She’s very very convincing..

Hyun Bin

This drama was in 2005, thus this drama was way before Secret Garden.Though we all loved him in Secret Garden, he was pretty good here for a new actor.

Jung Ryeo Won

I super love this girl. She’s one of those who made a successful cross over from being in a girl group to being an actress, she is just absolutely talented! Though this is one of her early dramas. But if you watch most of her works now, you’d be really amazed by her — try watching My Girlfriend has Two Faces.

Daniel Henney

 One word! HOT! ahaha I saw Daniel Henney for the first time after watching this drama and I never stopped adoring him! He is so handsome! kk ok… i’ll stop now before I start typing about how handsome he is.. but he is so handsome, isn’t he??

Why I Like It?

Honestly, this is not  the first drama that I have seen, but if I were to watch Kdrama’s all over again, I’d love to start with this. Most of the other dramas that I watched before this were all melodramas with a heavy theme. But this just hit the right spot, with me thinking at times “Why do you keep breaking my heart” or laughing like crazy. It was fun and light but with a story of its own. I guess that’s what I miss watching in romcoms. Some romcoms now just don’t have the flare of the old ones like Samsooni, Full House, Goong or Coffee Prince. To me they will always be classics.

As this drama was made in 2005, I love the fact that they made a story that many would realize and understand. In Korea its a big deal for a woman when they reach 30 and they’re not married or if they do not have a family. I am not Korean, but my Korean friends who are in their 30s have this dilemma. For most of us its just an age, but apparently there, women feel like they are old and there is that pressure to find your match before you get any older. Women also there feel that the older they are, the lesser will be the chance for them to get married. And if the pressure from the age is not enough, parents and relatives ask them when will they get married. My friend hates going to her hometown because of this pressure! To me, I think this drama made girls understand that women in their 30s still do have a chance and that they can still be beautiful!

Kim Sun Ah was at her best in this drama. She was very very effective as 30 year old chubby loveless girl. And what amazes me is that she had to put on some weight to play this girl. She’s a pro.  I have to say this is Kim Sun Ah’s drama and she will forever be remembered as Kim Sam Soon! Even now, when I see her, I always associate her as Samsooni! That’s how faboulous she is!

But if you watch this drama.. please remember that this was made in 2005, so it doesn’t have all the new gadgets and high fashion of the dramas now..

The OST

 This drama also had one of the most unforgettable songs! It was this drama that made Clazziquai (Alex, Horan and Dj Clazzi) popular in the mainstream Kpop music. Here are 2 of the songs from the drama which you might have heard before.

Be My Love (first part) and She Is

Picture Spam! Don’t you just love this drama!

So if you’re looking for a good Kdrama to start  your Hallyu addiction, My Name is Kim Sam Soon will be a good one!

**credits: dramabeans.com + ashin103@yt + as tagged

Recommended Drama – Flower Boy Ramyun Shop

Ok so I haven’t recommended something in a long time.. but I have to write about this before I get stuck up again with lots of work related stuff to do! And because the drama is still airing.

Actually though I am not posting a lot of articles in the blog I have been up to date with the dramas, though not so much with Kpop and variety shows anymore. And this drama is what I’ve been looking forward to see every week!

Most of the dramas I watch are from the big Korean stations, I don’t usually watch dramas on Korean cable because they’re not so much popular. I think the only cable dramas I watched were Manny and Joseon X files. With Korean dramas I tend to stick with the mainstream ones. But I started to watch this out of the whim for the ever so popular Scheduler from 49 Days. Yes, because of the Jung Il Woo, I watched Flower Boy Ramyun Shop!

I’ve always like him since I saw Nae Sarang (My Love) the movie he starred with Lee Yeon Ji among others. He used to have little baby fat that time though, but he was cute. I didn’t even know who the other characters were, except for Lee Ki Woo. This is his come back drama after enlisting for the military — but I only remember him from the movie The Classic.

Flower Boy Ramyun shop is a story about a girl, Yang Eun Bi who struggles through passing a civil service exam. While her fortune about her exams told, the fortuneteller says she will be meeting the one destined for her and she will hear bells when she does. One day, she accidentally meets a handsome but arrogant Cha Chi Soo and she hears bells. Eventually she ends up asking him to date, only to find out (to her humiliation) that he is still in high school. Later we find out that Eunbi’s dad has a ramyun shop but she does not inherit it but instead was given to her dad to a lazy Choi Kang Hyuk. And so Eunbi ends up working for Kang Hyuk and so does Cha Chi Soo.

I actually thought that this was another simple drama, with a story line that contained a lot of cliches, but as I watch the story unfold, its full of twists that I would never have guessed. The script is also commendable as it gives you an excited and giddy feeling thinking about someone you love. I think it’s story, though some parts I’ve seen in other dramas already, has a lot of depth to it. It’s not just seeing a bunch of flower boys and screaming your heart out. Every week I couldn’t wait what’s going to happen next. They’ve got me anticipating for the next episode.

And the biggest plus in the drama for me is Lee Ki Woo!! Like I said I faintly remember him in The Classic. He was the guy who married the heroines mom. But I think the army did good to him! I knew he always has a towering body like a gentle giant, but he looks absolutely fantastic in this drama! And he fits the role perfectly. Yang Eunbi.. if you don’t want the pillar can I have him instead! I love that his character is the dependable man who seems to be lazy on the outside, but in fact is so calculating and smart on the inside!  I want a man like that! ^_^

This drama isn’t a boring one as there are a lot of jokes and characters that make it a nice show to watch. The sub characters add a little more flavor to the ramyun that the main actors have cooked. If this was my ramyun I would give it a 4.5 out of 5… The 0.5  deduction is because there are some cliches that are there.. some twists that I could have guessed but kudos to the writers for giving a new light to it.

This ramyun is better served hot so as a sample, I give you a song from the OST. It’s called Loving Loving by Yoon Sae Ha.

And as a side dish I give you some pic spam of Lee Ki Woo!!! kk 🙂

**credits: AsianDream2018@yt + dramabeans.com (for the screen caps) + as tagged

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I’ll Protect You – JYJ Jaejoong (OST Protect the Boss)

I’ve been busy ever since I moved to another country. I’m kind of adjusting until now, but I guess I will be fine.. and I have my kdramas to accompany me.

A friend of mine has been bugging me to watch the drama Protect the Boss 보스를 지켜라. I have not really watched it because I was stuck on watching You’ve Fallen for Me and then Can’t Lose. I have to admit I wasn’t keen in watching Can’t Lose but I had to make an exception because of Choi Ji Woo. I know she’s not getting any younger, but to me she is one of the best Korean actresses. I loved her since I saw Honesty.

So while I’m here, and since I have some time to spare.. and because my curiosity got me, I decided to download Protect the Boss. I don’t really download dramas as I prefer watching them online. But I gave an exception to this one after seeing the firt episode. Yup that’s right, after I saw it I was hooked!  But before I do talk non stop about it, here is a song from the OST I’d like to share. It’s called I’ll Protect You by JYJ Jaejoong.

Ok I have to admit, I am not much of a fan for Jaejoong’s voice, but I absolutely love this song. And every time I hear it being played on the drama, I love it! This is maybe just like Jaejoong singing Insa (from A Millionaire’s First Love). This is just the right OST for the drama.

Like I said, I am really hooked!! I love every minute of Protect the Boss, though I’ve only seen about 6 episodes from the time of writing this. Sometimes I wish I can just stay home and do nothing but watch it until I reach the recent episodes, but I can’t do that.. sigh. Anyway.. why do I like this drama, it’s very light hearted and so far it’s fast paced! kk

I like the way Ji Sung acts as the immature boss who hides the fact that he has panic disorder.. Look at this!! And I think the elevator scenes where his dad beats him up are so hilarious!!


Jaejoong also looks good here, though well maybe he’s just not my type, but the Cassies who like him would fall for him and his character. I love how they fashioned him as the mysterious cousin who gets into childish fights with the immature boss.

And of course, what’s not to love about No Eun Seol (Choi Kang Hee). I love love her character!!! I love that they made her a punk! kk A very beautiful punk! kk Actually I liked her in My Love (movie), she had such a bubbly character there. I think she is a very versatile actress…

I can’t really tell if this is a must see drama or not. I haven’t watched half of the released episodes yet. But I do say that I am enjoying every minute of it! To my friend its as the same level as Coffee Prince. And believe me, that friend likes that drama.. so I guess it’s worth seeing.

So I guess I’d better end here and continue watching the drama!

**credits: oumae27@yt

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Junsu (JYJ) on Scent of a Woman

I have been watching 3 dramas recently – Heartstrings, Myungwol the Spy and Scent of a Woman. It has been the talk of the town that Junsu (JYJ) is going to make a cameo appearance on Scent of a Woman and he did that last week!

Junsu played a singer whom Kim Sunah‘s character really adored. Because she wanted to watch his fan meeting, she sent several entries using different names of people to increase her chances of getting picked for the fan meeting. And she did get picked and eventually landed a date with him because of the entry that she sent… Here is the video from the episode (watch it before it gets removed).

Do I smell a drama with Junsu starring in it? I mean it could be a possibility, since Jaejoong and Yoochun have already done several dramas. Maybe Junsu’s up next..

This cameo appearance really had me laughing, because at one time during the dinner, they couldn’t help but use Junsu’s duck butt as a joke!! Oh Junsu! kk I miss that! We also got to hear him sing Intoxication and see him dance it of course. And he also sings You Are So Beautiful which is part of the OST of Scent of a Woman. OMG if this happens to me I would really be on cloud nine.. kk dream on!

Anyway… if you were a fan of Kim Sunah in My Name is Kim Sam Soon (oh my favorite Samsooni), I would recommend this drama. And Lee Dongwook (the guy from My Girl) stars in it too. 🙂

*credits:  JjYcJs@yt

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