To the Beautiful You is a South Korean drama that is your typical gender bender drama. It stars Sulli of f(x), Minho of SHINee, Kim Jiwon who appeared in the Heirs, Lee Hyun Woo, and even Onew of SHINee makes a cameo appearance. The drama is set around a girl, Gu Jae Hee (Sulli) who leaves America to meet her idol, Kang Tae Joon (Minho) and watch him high jump again after rumors of an injury that could end his career have been circulated around. The problem, however, is that Kang Tae Joon attends an all boys school, so to be by his side, Gu Jae Hee cuts her hair and poses as a boy.
Following the typical gender bender genre, Kang Tae Joon finds out early on and there's a guy, Cha Eun Gyul (Hyun Woo) that falls in love with Jae Hee but thinks that she's a guy therefore making him confused. There are many things that happen within this drama but I won't bore you with the details. If you really want to know what happens throughout the series, go watch it. If you really want an episode by episode review, I might do that at a later point and time.
The theme throughout this drama seems to be healing. There are three different instances where it is mentioned that people who are in the top spot of their sport get injured and then make a comeback. Healing is an important theme to focus on because while everyone is working on healing themselves, Gu Jae Hee is essentially suffocating herself and making herself more and more sick with the bandage around her chest.
The ending is a little weird, I'm going to get into it, so here is where those who haven't watched it yet should stop reading.
In the end, Gu Jae Hee is found out by her entire dorm and she is forced to return to America. She spends one last day with Kang Tae Joon. This scene is very typical in k-dramas. There is always, it seems, a scene at the end when a character is leaving. This scene usually includes a montage of the two hanging out, enjoying a last day together. One of the characters doesn't know it's the last day, but just goes along with it. There's usually a sunset somewhere in the scene to symbolize the ending of a relationship. Then the scene ends with the main character acting all reminiscent and saying things they normally wouldn't say.
Along with this scene, the drama ends with Gu Jae Hee returning to America and Kang Tae Joon making the jump, which shouldn't have worked. All these emotional things getting in the way of his jumping ability, but when he finds out the one girl he loves is leaving Korea he's still able to make the jump? It just doesn't add up right. And one theme of the show was “remaining by my side”. How does this convey this theme correctly? It doesn't. It says that you need to remain by my side in order for things to turn out right. She leaves, things still turn out right. I get what they were trying to do. They were attempting to prove that you don't need certain things in order to succeed, but it was just inconsistent with the rest of the series.
A year later, Gu Jae Hee, in California, receives a video email from Cha Eun Gyul that reveals the endings for many of the main characters. I'm really glad they all seemed to have good endings. But Cha Eun Gyul kind of had a sad ending. I mean, yeah he scored a goal in his game, but compared to Kang Tae Joon, that's nothing. Speaking of Tae Joon, he walks up right after she's done watching the video. They embrace and that's the end of the show. I personally hate it when dramas do this. They spend all this time panning over a sad Gu Jae Hee in the dorm room when they could be developing the story more. The fact that the epilogue happened with 3 minutes left in the show makes me upset. They ended things well, but I want to know if Seol Han Na goes back into gymnastics, I want to know what happened after the interview with Kang Tae Joon at Nationals. There are so many things I would have loved to know that they could have easily made an entire additional episode from. And the fact that Tae Joon and Jae Hee hug at the end seems to me like the ending of an episode, not the ending of a series, but that's just me.
Okay, so now that I'm done with my ranting overall I thought this was a good drama that kept my attention throughout. There are other dramas that I've watched that keep my attention about half of the time, so this was a very good drama. This definitely wasn't my favorite drama. It's probably not even my favorite gender bender drama. I mean, the instant Tae Joon saw Jae Hee in the shower with a towel wrapped around her entire body, how did he not know she was a girl? It was a good drama though and I enjoyed it. It definitely makes me want to watch more Sulli dramas and Minho dramas. Well, do you like this drama? What's your thoughts on gender bender dramas? Let me know what you think about all of this? Did you like the ending?
There is definite SPOILERS in this post, however, since it's so new and this is the first episode, I wouldn't worry too much. Unless you want to watch it first, there's no need to worry.
Descendants of the Sun is the first k-drama of its kind. This drama was filmed in full prior to being aired. Most dramas film two or three episodes before airing and therefore can undergo the scrutiny of the public and netizens. The fact that they are doing this and the success of this drama could determine the fate of k-dramas in the future. It seems that Descendants of the Sun had a good viewership and is continuing to receive that good viewership.
The first episode has been out for about 24 hours and the second episode has aired. The first episode plays on some much needed action in dramas and comedy as well. The episode starts out with a group of Korean soldiers outside the DMZ. Two soldiers walk into the DMZ without any armor or guns, just knives. A fight breaks out within and it seems to be revealed that one of the men in the DMZ is the brother of one soldier that walks in.
The scene cuts and two men are sitting in a carnival, attempting to win a prize with one of those shooting games. A lady screams that a boy has robbed her. The two men go out into the street and shoot the kid with the toy guns causing him to wreck his motorcycle. They fix up the boy and call the 119 (911, but in Korea).
Again, the scene cuts to the two men sitting at a table. One man, Yoo Shi Jin, receives a call and the other man tells him to refuse it. His offer for him to refuse the call is to give Yoo Shi Jin the number of his cousin, upon which he realizes the kid stole his phone.
In the hospital, the kid is being examined and flees. Nurse Kang Mo Yeon notices him hobbling outside and chases him down. They bring him back in and he flees once again. At this point, Yoo Shi Jin and his friend enter the hospital to try and retrieve the phone. Nurse Mo Yeon denies access to the phone. The men leave the hospital and find the kid from the motorcycle accident beaten up in an alley by a gang. Seo Dae Young, Yoo Shi Jin's friend offers them money if they can take his wallet. The two proceed to beat up the entire gang.
Back in the hospital, the two men bring the kid back in, beaten near to death. He is treated and Shi Jin falls in love with Mo Yeon. Their identity is confirmed by Yoon Myung Ju, a fellow classmate of Mo Yeon in school and the two men in their academy. Yoo Shi Jin asks the nurse to treat him for his gunshot wound that opened up during the fight with the gang. She stitches him up.
The next day, Shi Jin returns to the hospital to get treated but sees Mo Yeon rushing a man that is bleeding to death into surgery. Kang Mo Yeon calls Shi Jin after the surgery and they agree to meet up.
Just before they are to meet up, there is a report on the news about two UN workers being abducted. Shi Jin receives a call and gives his location. He leaves for the roof and Mo Yeon calls him and meets him on the roof. He explains that he has to leave for a mission. Mo Yeon promises to go with him to a movie the next weekend.
The scene then cuts to inside the helicopter. The men, all in their uniforms, tear their dog tags off and question why they are doing that. It is mentioned that when they die, their bodies need to remain unidentified.
That's the end of the episode. I won't do this for every episode, but this seemed to be a very historical moment for k-dramas. What did you think of the pilot episode of Descendants of the Sun? Did you enjoy it or did you think it was cliché? Let me know in the comments section below.
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This is an update about the k-drama series "Moorim School". There will be spoilers. If you haven't watched it yet, or are behind, proceed to a different page.
Moorim School is a Korean drama that first aired early this year. It has been turning heads and grabbing attention of many netizens and fans everywhere. At first, it was considered to only be having 16 episodes, but as it turns out the show will continue on with 20 episodes. The drama follows two protagonists Yoon Shi Woo, a K-pop idol who has been suffering from hearing loss and Wang Chi Ang, the heir to a large Chinese company.
Yoon Shi Woo is suffering from loss of hearing and decides to take some time off from being an idol. He performs one last concert where a light fixture falls, nearly killing him, but he is able to stop it and then is knocked out of the way by Hwang Seon Ah, a fangirl. She tells him about Moorim School.
Trying to impress his father, Wang Chi Ang will do anything, however, one day he is kidnapped and forced to attend Moorim School. He tries to escape and falls off a cliff into water below and is rescued by Shim Soon Deok, a poor girl attending Moorim School against her father's wishes.
Chi Ang agrees to go with Soon Deok to Moorim because he's fallen in love with her. Quickly things escalate because the idol, Shi Woo, whose concert Chi Ang's company sponsered, shows up. Chi Ang and Shi Woo show animosity towards one another and get in several fights. This leads to their expulsion from the school, unless they will travel to Moorim Peak and retrieve the school marking.
The two travel up Moorim Peak and along the way become really close. They abandon their mission when Chi Ang, without a shoe, suffers from his foot bleeding and the pains from walking on it for days.
They are both granted permission to stay at Moorim. However, midterms are right around the corner and Chi Ang and Shi Woo are determined to make it to the advanced level.
They all do very well during their midterms, but they get poisoned while at a party thrown by the dean. They wake up in a locked cell and are informed that a fire will soon break out. They all attempt to flee but Yeop Jung leaves without them and locks their exit. They decidedly leave through a window and down the side of the building. They all make it back and Seon Ah comes in first place.
All seems well at Moorim for a while until the school goes on a retreat into Seoul and Soon Deok is kidnapped being mistaken for Seon Ah. Chi Ang enters the building where Soon Deok is being held and fights off a group of people but gets slashed across the stomach. Seon Ah calls for help. Meanwhile, Soon Deok is being taken elsewhere and Shi Woo rescues her by driving a motorcycle into the kidnappers' car.
Soon Deok stay with Chi Ang as he recovers and soon after they return to Moorim. Dean Hwang announces that there will be the Moorim Competition early this year and that it will include outsiders and Moorim alumni.
That's where I'm going to conclude this k-drama update. Watch the episodes to get caught up and look out for the next 10 episodes. Episode 11 and 12 are already available with subs. Thanks for the support!
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Love Rain is a South Korean drama from 2012 set in the 70s and in present time. This powerful drama stars Im Yoona of Girls’ Generation, Jang Keun-suk, and Kim Shi-hoo. The story seems to take from the idea of the Korean film, The Classic. The idea is that there is a couple in the past that struggles to stay together because of the male leads’ friend. Year later, the next generation struggles to keep their love alive. There’s a lot of things I liked about this drama, but also things I need to nitpick at.
The story begins with Seo In Ha, an artist at a Hangook University that falls in love with Kim Yoon Hee. He says to have fallen in love with her in just 3 seconds. He tries to see her as often as he can without being weird about it. A little while later, In Ha’s friend, Dong Wook also seems to have fallen in love with a girl. As later revealed, it is the same girl. However, Yoon Hee is more attracted to In Ha rather than Dong Wook. There is all sorts of messes going on here because Hye Jung, a friend of In Ha’s and Dong Wook’s likes In Ha and another friend Chang Mo likes Hye Jung. It turns out that Yoon Hee has TB and has to leave to the states to undergo surgeries that may help extend her life. She leaves both the men in her life that love her and travels to the U.S.
A generation later, Seo Joon, a professional photographer, bumps into Jung Ha Na. While in Japan, it turns out that Seo Joon has acquired Ha Na’s phone and she continuously bugs him to meet so that she can retrieve her phone. After several occasions of trying to get her phone back, she breaks into his hotel room and steals it but not before leaving the place trashed. When he comes back to the rooms with a one night stand, Ha Na doesn’t know what to do since she’s locked inside of the hotel room with this couple. She is discovered and is dragged with Seo Joon to go see the Diamond Snow, a phenomenon that only occurs at sunrise in the winter. The legends say that whoever goes to see the Diamond Snow together will fall in love.
They eventually fall in love with each other, but soon after, they discover that each other’s parents are those that fell in love years before and are soon reuniting. After being together for maybe a week, the young couple decides to break up for the sake of their parents. Seo In Ha, Seo Joon’s father, proposes to Kim Yoon Hee, Ha Na’s mother. While they are preparing the wedding plans, Ha Na and Seo Joon both fall into a great depression. This part of the show I feel was a little too extended. You can see that In Ha and Yoon Hee are regretting their decision, especially since Hye Jung, In Ha’s ex-wife is so involved on splitting the two up. They decide to break up but wait a while before they tell the kids.
After telling the kids that they broke up, Kim Yoon Hee learns that she is going blind and has about a year left of her vision. Seo Joon tells Ha Na, after they had gotten back together, that he’s leaving for New York to work in an elite photo studio. But when he learns that his father is going with Yoon Hee to America, he decides to stay. Ha Na ends up going to America for two months. This is the part that really confuses me. Hye Jung, Seo Joon’s mother, was before so determined to split of In Ha and Yoon Hee and Seo Joon and Ha Na, but after the return of Ha Na, she seems very excited to have Ha Na there. It doesn’t quite make sense. Why would she go from irritated by this girl to welcoming her in her house?
In the end, everyone is telling Seo Joon to marry Ha Na. He proposes to her after showing her a slideshow of their memories together, including the Diamond Snow. They get married and that ends the show.
I really liked this drama especially since The Classic is one of my favorite Korean films. I do feel like they copied pretty much the same idea and theme and everything about it. In fact, if I’m not mistaken there was a big lawsuit against the company that produced Love Rain. I liked it, but I kind of wish that the sorrow scenes would have been cut out because near the end of the show, about 75% of the episodes was them just crying. That’s not what I’m into k-dramas for. I like the emotion but seriously 45 minutes of crying? Another thing is I wish they would have just cut the drama a bit shorter. I’m all about dramas going on for a while especially when I love the characters, but this drama seemed to lose traction. Also, I wish the ending wasn’t so weird. I like that they got married but they seemed to be fighting in the “one year later” mark. It’s like there was this great romantic world and a year later everything changed, including Seo Joon’s mother. And I wish they would spend more time on the wedding scene. These dramas all build up to the idea of marriage and then cut it right at the marriage scene. I like how Playful Kiss did it because they had them actually get married and enjoy their honeymoon. Although there are things wrong with the ending of Playful Kiss I’m not going to get into. Even so, that was a much better ending than this one. Work on getting your crap together, drama companies.
Anyway, that’s my review of Love Rain. I enjoyed it quite a lot and I loved actually watching a drama that has Yoona in it. If any of you know SNSD is my bias group. Thanks for reading. What did you think of this drama? Did you like it? What’s your favorite dramas? Maybe I’ll watch one of them if you suggest some. Thanks again.
Secret Garden is a 2010 South Korean drama starring Ha Ji-won, Hyun-bin, Yoon Sang-hyun, and Kim Sa-rang. The drama followed the life of Gil Ra-im, a girl who has made her life into a stunt double for movies and television shows. She is infatuated by Hallyu star, Oska. Her life slowly and confusingly gets entangled with that of Kim Joo-won, the heir of the notorious wealthy Moon family. He is a perfectionist that has a seeming fear of elevators.
Gil Ra-im is working hard at her job as a stunt double, when she gets injured on the job. Kim Joo-won, who is there for actress Park Chae-rin, sees Ra-im get injured and takes her to the hospital. Kim Joo-won tries to get back into Ra-im’s life again through various means. When Ra-im wins a trip with Oska, a famous Hallyu star, and her crush, Joo-won decides to tag along. During the trip, they decide to do a bike relay and Ra-im gets lost with Joo-won in a mysterious jungle. They stumble upon a house and eat food from the secretive lady that runs the place. The lady offers them alcohol bottle, made by herself. As they return to their lodging, the two can’t seem to fall asleep, so they both drink the alcohol. The next day, they wake up with their bodies switched. He is the CEO in his families business and she is a stunt double actor and to see them switch places is funny. She signs his documents with hearts and cutesy stuff while he rejects her fighting scenes.
There is always a mother who gets in the way, and this drama is no exception. Kim Joo-won’s mother hates the idea of him getting close to a poor girl and tries to intervene. Later on his mother finds out that Gil Ra-im’s father is the fireman that saved Kim Joo-won’s life years earlier in an elevator fire. The ending is very strange. Kim Joo-won and Gil Ra-im hold each other in the mortuary where her father’s ashes are.
Sorry, it’s been a while since I’ve actually seen this drama so if I got any of my facts wrong, please do correct them. I enjoyed this drama, but more towards the end because it became more intense near the end. The beginning took me months to watch for some reason. It’s not my favorite drama, but it is definitely one that every k-drama fan should watch. Thanks for reading this again.
You’re Beautiful is a 2009 South Korean drama starring Park Shin Hye, Jang Keun Suk, Lee Hong Gi and Jung Yong Hwa. Two of the cast members are part of k-pop bands CNBlue and FT Island. The story follows Go Minyeo, a nun-in-training that covers for her twin brother Go Minam, who is in the hospital in America. She has to pretend to be her brother and play in the legendary band, A.N.Jell.
Go Minyeo, also known as Gemma, is taken from her nunnery when Mr. Ma and Miss Wang recruit her to play the role of her twin brother, Go Minam, until he recovers in the hospital. Reluctantly, she agrees and cuts her hair and puts on boy clothes to convince the members of the band A.N.Jell that she is in fact Go Minam. She passes the first test and becomes welcome into the group by all the member except the cold Hwang Taekyung. As time goes on, Kang Shinwoo discovers she is a woman as does Hwang Taekyung. The two develop feelings throughout the show for Go Minyeo and end up fighting for her. Jeremy, the fourth member of the band, seems oblivious to the fact that Minam is in fact a girl, but rather thinks he is becoming gay and falling in love with a guy.
As the plot goes on, Yoo He Yi, a famous and beautiful actress, finds herself falling for Hwang Taekyung more and more. She eventually finds out that Minam is a girl and blackmails Taekyung into dating her to hide the group’s secret. Towards the end, their manager wants to have an exclusive interview with both Go Minam and Go Minyeo, so to distract from that, the director sends Go Minam, Kang Shinwoo, and Jeremy to Japan to pretend like they are involved with a press conference. Go Minyeo, at this point, decides that she is going to go to Africa to help a fellow nun. The group returns to Korea and meets up with the real Go Minam.
A reporter who has been following Go Minyeo and accusing her of being a girl, walks up to Go Minam, convinced that he is Minyeo and is embarrassed when he is not a girl. Hwang Taekyung goes to Japan to try to convince Go Minyeo to stay, but she refuses. Throughout all of this, Hwang Taekyung’s mother had stolen songs from Lee Sujin, Go Minyeo’s mother and lied that her father had abandoned Lee Sujin to be with her, but the truth was that Go Minyeo’s father never loved Taekyung’s mother. Go Minyeo returns to Korea and runs into Mr. Ma again who needs Minyeo to pose as her brother for one more time. Taekyung and Shinwoo discover her identity straight away. She tells Taekyung that she is leaving but shows up for their concert before deciding to leave for good. Taekyung sings a song for Minyeo and asks her to come out of the darkness and into the light so that he can see her. Shinwoo then turns off the stage lights and turns the house lights on so that Taekyung can see Minyeo. They embrace and he tells her “I will only say this every day for the rest of my life, so listen carefully. I love you.” This is an alteration on a phrase he said earlier in the drama, “I will only say this once, so listen carefully. I like you.” The drama ends with them standing on the roof together in the dark of night talking about her plans to go to Africa and how he will wait for her and be her brightest star.
I really liked this drama a lot. It’s definitely not my favorite, but it’s a good one. I highly suggest anyone to watch this drama because it has a good story that is slightly different than that of “Coffee Prince”. They both share a similar feature, a girl posing as a boy, but this is a good one. My next drama review will either be “Secret Garden” or “Love Rain”, which I’m currently watching. Thanks for bearing with me and reading all the way to the end.
Pinocchio is a 2014 Korean drama aired on SBS from November 12, 2014 to January 15, 2015. The show contained 20 episodes of about an hour each. The plot of this drama is about a family that is torn apart when a reporter, Sung Cha Ok, reported the family’s father and husband to have run away after the incident of a chemical fire in a waste factory. He was accused of running away rather than facing the charges. This lie caused the brother to disappear and the mother and younger brother to commit suicide. However, years later, Ki Ha Myung survived and was adopted by a grandfather who thought his son had come back after being dead for 40 years. Ki Ha Myung took on the identity of Choi Dal Po. On the other side, Choi In Ha, the daughter of Reporter Sung Cha Ok and a victim of the Pinocchio syndrome; a syndrome that causes a person to hiccup whenever they lie. She is an aspiring reporter, but moves out after her father and mother get a divorce. Mr. Choi and In Ha live with Choi Dal Po and the grandfather. Dal Po finds out that In Ha’s mother is the reporter that destroyed his family and therefore holds a grudge against In Ha and her mother. However, as time passes, he can’t hold back his feelings for her. They both decide to become reporters and tell the truth.
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Choi Dal Po and Choi In Ha go through the training program to become reporters at opposing stations, YGN and MSC. Soon after joining the teams, the case from 13 years earlier comes back to life. The case that surrounds Choi Dal Po and haunts him forever. Meanwhile, Ki Jae Myung, Choi Dal Po’s brother commits three murders and finds himself feeling guiltier each day. The case opens up and tries to find the guilty men that are responsible for the death of Ki Ho Sang, however, because of the murders, they can’t find them. The cell phone of the responsible person is tracked and found to have made contact with Choi Dal Po’s brother. Choi Dal Po eventually reveals himself as Ki Ha Myung, Jae Myung’s little brother and tells his Hyung to turn himself into the police. He refuses to but after seeing that Dal Po wants to give the revenge to Sung Cha Ok as much as he does, he agrees. Ki Jae Myung agrees to an interview with Sung Cha Ok and confesses to murdering three people on MSC News. He then tells the world to tune into YGN News to find out the rest of the story.
I thought that was quite clever. Reporter Sung Cha Ok, Park Ro Sa, Ki Ha Myung, and Choi In Ha struggle for the next several episodes in holding positions over one another. Later, an unknown person walks into YGN Newsroom and tries to attack Ki Ha Myung, when he fails, he then goes to MSC News and attacks Choi In Ha and Sung Cha Ok. The boy is put away in jail and the truth comes out that Park Ro Sa, fellow reporter Seo Bum Jo’s mother, was behind the attack as a warning to MSC News to not report anything about her connection behind the lies in the news for the past 14 years. Sung Cha Ok decides to leave her work and takes the fall as a whistleblower for her own company, MSC. After she hands over vital information to Ki Ha Myung, she asks him to get a friend of theirs, Ahn Chan Soo, to file a suit of defamation against Sung Cha Ok. This gets Reporter Sung in front of the microphone after having her position taken away from her. She tells the truth about shifting the focus from the purpose behind the fire 14 years ago to Fireman Ki Ho Sang. Park Ro Sa eventually gets put in jail after her son lies in telling that he is the one that sent the killer after Choi In Ha, Ki Ha Myung, and Reporter Sung. Having her son in jail drives Park Ro Sa mad and she confesses to everything. The show ends a year later with everyone in higher positions and with Choi In Ha and Ki Ha Myung shopping for their wedding clothes.
This drama was fantastic. Unlike many dramas, it kept me watching and wanting to watch more, even at 3 am. The storyline in this drama was well thought out and overall just brilliant. However, I am disappointed in one thing at the very end. Yoon Yu Rae, a fellow reporter of Ki Ha Myung seems to think that their Captain likes her, but she’s unsure. I don’t know if it actually explains what happens to them. I may have missed it, but that last connection we see them have is when Yoon Yu Rae gets drunk after getting yelled at by her Captain. She drinks too much and it is revealed that the captain was bringing her into the newsroom to sleep. That doesn’t really answer my question of do they end up together. In the end, it shows Yoon Yu Rae fixing her hairband, a trait of Nosy Jang, a rebellious reporter. However, overall I have to give this drama a 9.25/10 for creativity, style, cast, and intrigue.
Each individual category will be ranked as follows:
Creativity – 9/10
Style – 8/10
Cast – 10/10
Intrigue – 10/10
Kdramas are an important part of K culture, and therefore I use this section of my website to give my overview and review of certain Kdramas I have watched. I am really bad at keeping this segment up to date, but I try.