I Remember You [2015]

I_Remember_You_promotional_posterAlternative Title: Hello Monster
Hangul: 너를 기억해
No. of episodes: 16
Running time: 70 minutes
Release: June 22, 2015 – August 11, 2015

Seo In-guk as Lee Hyeon / David Lee
Jang Na-ra as Cha Ji-ahn
Choi Won-young as Lee Joon-ho / Lee Joon-young
Park Bo-gum as Jung Sun-ho / Lee Min
Lee Chun-hee as Kang Eun-hyuk
Jun Kwang-ryul as Lee Joong-min

Plot (wikipedia):
Genius profiler Lee Hyun returns home to Korea after something from a case he’s been sent triggers a memory he thought he’d lost forever. Unbeknownst to him, one of his team members, Detective Cha Ji-an, has been investigating him for some time. She is aware that his father was murdered and his brother disappeared under mysterious circumstances involving a criminal named Lee Joon Young — whom they both want found and incarcerated. Each seeks to unravel the other, unaware that they’ve been drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse by a master player and that both truth and evil are closer and far more twisted than they think.

I Say…

Hurray for 2016! I’m back & I promise or at least do my best to blog again. My first drama for 2015 is I Remember You.

You can tell it got me hooked right? I Remember You is one of the Korean dramas I have been trying to find time to see last year but can’t due to various reasons. Thanks to the long holiday vacation I’ve had time to catch up with my dramas and books. Now on to what I think about the series.

In writing I still haven’t checked its viewership status but maybe it went well. Psychopath dramas are all over Korea. They could be used to it. Romance is just a subplot and the drama focused on the growth and characteristics of a psychopath. It’s kind of messed up how they think but they’re brilliant people. How can they imagine so many ways to kill people? Freaky but yeah, wow. Sorry about that. Cha Ji Ahn & Lee Hyeon didn’t get too mushy but you’ll know that there’s this spark that ignited the kind of relationship they have. They’re living their lives & taking care of each other while playing mind games with murderers.

Next, the way their policemen think. They’re not perfect ones since they commit mistakes and get involved in crimes themselves. But their coordination is good… at least TL Kang’s unit.

Lastly, how come all victims get stabbed? I came up with a theory, that maybe guns are limited in Korea & that it is a sure ball if you stab the victim instead of shooting them. It is safe to say that I Remember You is quite good, not just because of Seo In Guk. It successfully unlocked my psychopathic tendencies.

Review: K-drama: Lie To Me [2011]


Hangul: Nae-ge Geo-jit-mal-eul Hae-bwa

Cast: Kang Ji-hwan as Hyeon Gi-Joon
Eun Eun Hae as Gong Ah-Jeong

Episodes: 16

Directed by: Kim Soo-ryong,Kwon Hyeok-chan

Synopsis (hancinema):
A romantic comedy about a woman in her mid 20s lying that she was forced into marriage and then thing that happen after that.

I Say…

Passable. It was off with a good start but then it somehow stopped picking up in the middle. Usually Korean dramas keep you hanging til the end, where anything can take place beyond your expectation. But this one just got longer and longer. But don’t be mistaken that I didn’t like it, it’s just that I was looking for something present in Full House and My Girl. I just thin the story didn’t last that long.

As expected of Yoon Eun Hae, her bubbly acting gave life to the series. She and Kang Ji-hwan have that chemistry so I proceed to finish all 16 episodes. Kang Ji-hwan deserved the best newcomer award for this. Keep up the good job oppa… You’ll go a long way from here on.

By the way, soundtrack is good! Lovin Ice Cream and Ppeon-ppeon-han geo-jin-mal are the cutest tracks! Kang Ji-hwan’s Lovin’ Ice Cream version is a good one too. Better than the original 🙂

The subs were bad for the copy I have so definitely I’ll watch out for the highlights I did not quite understand on our local channel.

Probably my favorite scene in the series. This made me cry… I just felt Ah Jeong’s pain. 😦

Review: Which Star Are You From [2006]

Alternative Titles: Which Star Did You Come From; What Star Are You From
Screenplay by: Jeong Yoo-jeong (정유정)
Directed by: Pyo Min-soo (표민수)
No. of Episodes: 16
Airing Date in Korea: 2006. 03. 13 ~ 2006. 05. 02

Jeong Ryeo Won as Kim Bok-shil/Lee Hye Su/Lee Hae-rim
Kim Rae Won as Choi Seung-hee
Park Shi-hoo as Han Jeong-hoon
Kang Jeong Hwa as Yoon Mi hyoon


Plot: [MBC Global]
A countryside girl who grew up on a hillside village in Kangwon-do is later found out to be the daughter of a rich family in Kangnam. How lucky! Overnight she has realized every person’s fantasy. But is she really happy? Is she truthfully happy? The goal of this drama is to show how characters that seem like they would never be able to truly communicate with each other start to look at the world from inside the other person’s shoes; the process of how they face difficulties with each other but learn to understand and communicate; the process of how they heal their pain and find themselves. And finally of how they discover in a fun and touching way that everyone in the world, including themselves, can be a hero. Whether you have a lot or not, whether you had a great education or not, whether you’re old or young, whether you have found true love or not…life can still be so lonely and tiring. Becoming an adult means opening yourself to others by finding out that life’s lonely journey isn’t only about you. Those who know this are the ones that can taste the true happiness of love. In the end, everyone’s happiness comes from within their own heart. Our wish is that all people living in this desolate and gray civilization will be able to feel true warmth and happiness spreading through their hearts.

I Say…

Finally, I got to finish watching all the episodes left. This drama reminded me of Full House at one point because they have certain similarities though this one’s a bit too shallow. It was really unclear to me why the mother hates Choi Seung-hee so much even during the time he was still going out with her elder daughter. I found the mother’s behavior very irritating. She’s just too stubborn to be a mother to her own child she hasn’t been with for 20 years. Another character I didn’t like that much would have to be the cousin. I cannot understand too, what her real intention and feelings are towards people involved in the story. Like, is she good or bad…who’s she faithful to? Then she gradually disappears without even giving enough twist to the story.

On the other hand, I love the shift from drama to comedy. There’s a lot of that in more than 16 hours span. A lot of them of course, involved the two characters. Once again, KRW proved that he is a versatile actor. He’s effortless, making all those funny actions whenever he’s with Jeong Ryeo Won. I wonder if they will have a follow up drama in the future.

Wrapping up, I must say that it’s nice enough not to disappoint you. Up to the very end it will surely leave you feeling so in love. There’s no need to worry about mushy scenes because they’re too comic to be mushy. So if you want some shallow love story, see this one and enjoy.

Review: My Girl [2005]

My GirlKorean Title: Ma-i-geol
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2005-Dec-14 to 2006-Feb-02
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Production Credits:
Chief Producer:
Kim Young Sup
Producer: Bae Tae Sup
Screenwriter: Hong Jung Eun / Hong Mi Ran
Director: Jun Ki Sang
Asst. Director: Park Soo Chul

Lee Dong Wook as Seol Gong-chan
Lee Da Hee as Joo Yoo-rin
Lee Joon Ki as Seo Jung-woong
Park Si Yeon as Kim Seo-hyun

When Gong-chan (Lee Dong-wook) meets the lively and beautiful Yu-rin (Lee Da-hae), he finds out that she has connections to his missing cousin, who his grandfather has been searching for a long time. He asks Yu-rin to lie about being his long missing cousin until he can find his real cousin. She says yes, but soon their feelings for each other get in the way of their plans. Gong-chan’s friend Jung-woo (Lee Joon Ki) falls for Yu-rin while Gong-chan’s ex girlfriend, Seo-hyun (Park Si Yeon), who is a pro tennis player, tries to win him back. Will the two ever tell each other how they feel? Will Gong-chan ever find his real cousin?

I Say…

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the series but I’ll do the review anyway. My excitement towards the plot hasn’t changed.

photo12008In the same line with certified high-rating Korean series like Full House (2004) and Goong (2006), My Girl was also taken from a manhwa. For me, it looks like it has become a trend among producers nowadays, bringing to life black and white characters only alive in the minds of its readers. Being so, the actors should have more motivation to act beautifully so as not to disappoint, first and foremost, the followers of the said manhwa. Now what do I think about My Girl? Well, as I have mentioned from a previous blog entry, I found the show pretty amusing, because I haven’t really seen Lee Da Hee act the way she did here. I haven’t seen Green Rose and I hated her role in Sweet 18, so I was surprised in her My Girl performance as Joo Yoo Rin. Well, I suddenly imagined Song Hye Gyo and thought that she could play “dumber” than Lee Da Hee. I don’t have anything against Lee Da Hee, I just thought “what if”, and I think Song Hye Gyo could’ve been a better Joo Yoo Rin.

Her leading men are both very handsome, especially Lee Jun Ki who could pass as a girl. My relatives were crazy for Lee Dong Wook-oppa, finding him reason to watch it every night when it was still on prime time TV.

I also thought that the show only hit the button because it was new and [Filipino] viewers like sensational shows, most especially dramas. But I watched it after the My Girl “wave” and found out that it’s good and not just tolerable.

Review: Full House [2004]

Full HouseKorean Title: Pool Ha-woo-seu
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2004-Jul-14 to 2004-Sept-02
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:00

Bi (Rain) as Lee Young Jae
Song Hye Gyo as Han Ji Eun
Han Eun Jung as Kang Hye Won
Kim Sung Soo as Yoo Min Hyuk

Summary [tour2korea.com]:

Han Ji-eun lives alone in the house that she inherits from her parents. Her parents named the property ‘Full House.’ She has two close friends who end up selling the house behind her back to Lee Young-jae. Through a series of incidents, the two make a contract to marry, so that Ji-eun can stay in the house that her parents built. Although not in love with each other when they marry, a love between them develops slowly over time. The feelings of love are constantly interrupted by Gang Hye- won, Young-jae’s love interest for quite some time and by Yu Min-hyeok, a man that Han ji -eun likes.

I Say…

There’s no such thing as a perfect couple or perfect marriage. There are also down times even though married couples are contented with their married life. And here are two people, proving that there is no exception from that rule. Han Ji-eun and Lee Young Jae, bound by contract.

They’re not the ideal couple, but you’ll surely learn so much from them as their story deepens. There are a lot of “love lessons” to be learned as Ji-eun cries and Young Jae keeps denying his actual feelings for the woman who is just his wife by contract.

photo3417The whole thing was based on a manhwa, and we all know how these reading materials can shout out so many emotions. But sad to say there were also a lot of things about the manhwa that wasn’t adapted by the drama. The reason is simple, and it is to provide the viewers a different angle of the story. One more thing, if they were too faithful to the manhwa they’re not going to be able to give it an identity. Of course, apart from the fact that it will be too dynamic for a 16 episode series.

As for the cast, who could’ve predicted that Bi and Song Hye Gyo will blow the house down with their acting? Before Full House, both artists were seen on heavy dramas: Sangdoo for Bi and the famous Autumn in my Heart for Song Hye Gyo. Teaming up for Full House with a lighter and more comic theme just showcased their acting skills even more. I think that Song Hye Gyo makes a pretty good comedienne despite being the weakling she was on her famous drama. Same goes for Bi, who’s actually a serious actor. These two just complement each other. They have no doubt, created a pair no one in the face of Korean drama will forget.

No matter how many times I watch Full House I’ll never get tired of it. I will always laugh and cry for all the lessons learned from it.

Review: Princess Hours [2006]

GoongAlternative Title: The Palace
Playdate: Jan. 11, 2006 – March 30, 2006
Director: Hwang In-roi
Screenplay: In Eun-ah
Original Manhwa: Park So-Hee
Broadcast (Korea): MBC

Lee Shin (crown prince): Joo Ji Hoon
Shin Chae-kyung (commoner): Yoon Eun Hye
Lee Yool (prince): Kim Jung Hoon
Min Hyo-rin: Song Ji Hyo

Synopsis: (from tour2korea.com)
Chae-kyeong is an ordinary art high school student. One day, she hears totally unexpected news that, based on her grandfather’s will, she must marry the unemotional Crown Prince Lee Shin who attends the same high school. Free-spirited Chae-kyeong resists the proposal, but reluctantly marries him to help her debt-ridden family. As she struggles to adapt herself to the proper manners and royal duties of palace life and to her disagreeable husband, Lee Shin’s sentimental cousin and second-in-line to the throne Yul steps into her life. She feels like she can rely on Yul to help her, but can’t help worrying about her haughty, cold-hearted husband.

To help bridge this gap, the senior members of the royal family take some special measures to get them to spend the night together. Along the way, you will encounter numerous delightful episodes among the cute and lively Chae-kyeong, the cold heartthrob Lee Shin, the handsome, down-to-earth Yul, the perfect ballerina Hyo- rin who just can’t get over Lee Shin, and all the other members of the royal family. Will the Crowned Princess, Chae-kyeong be up to the challenges of royal life? Come and join us as these wonderful tales of the crown princess unfold.

I Say…
As told by the synopsis, it really has an interesting plot. I was attracted to the fictional monarchy thing because it’s been a long time since Korea was governed by royalty. I also took interest in the conflicting image of the characters (well at least for me). The meanies turn out to be good while the innocent ones were actually plotting not-so nice things in the future. I also believe that the events were quite fast and not all beginnings were clearly explained or connected to the last scene of the previous episode.

Both Joo Ji Hoon-oppa and Kim Jung Hoon-oppa were impressive, they were never stiff from the beginnning and it was surprising they could cry well. No complaints on Yoon Eun-hye’s portrayal of Shin Chae-Kyeong as well, since she was wacky and pretty. She is so well dressed as well. She carried herself like a real princess, if I may add. But between Ji Hoon-oppa and Jung Hoon-oppa I want to say that the later is a bit more prince-like. I am not complaining that he didn’t play Shin, as I’ve said he best suits to be Yool. Whenever he is in a situation or scene that he needs to look hurt you could really see the expression in his face.
The set and the wardrobe…both two thumbs up. Even extravagant, in my opinion. Princess Hours, definitely was given ample budget [1.5 billion won]. Return on investment was surely claimed for it was such a big hit not only in Asia but also in the US.

In conclusion, Princess Hours is a must see. Just don’t disappoint yourself with the ending. And watch out for the really cute Alfred! I think he will make your heart melt! =)

My favorite scenes:
-Chae-kyeong throwing a shoe on Shin’s back
– Driving Lessons with Shin
– Chae-kyeong plays with Alfred
-Yool cries on Demimama’s shoulder