walkwithheroes: [Strange Heroes] (Look After Her)
The Great Doctor/Faith started this week on SBS. I wasn't really looking forward to it, but I was interested in checking it out. After watching the first two episodes, my snap judgement on it is: it has some flaws, but it's a good drama. Basically the story is about a modern day surgeon who is brought back 660 years in time by a general, in order to save a Queen.

It's tagline: Fantasy and history will meet. Person and person will meet. Person and heaven will meet. - Sounds exciting and life changing!

The summary from dramawiki is as follows:

Yoo Eun Soo (Kim Hee Sun) is a 33-year old plastic surgeon in the year 2012. She was originally a general surgeon, but quickly found that it was an overworked, under-paid profession and jumped ship to plastic surgery. Her dream is to someday open her own practice. But one day, Choi Young (Lee Min Ho) kidnaps her and takes her back to the Goryeo era because needing her medical skills. Their love story spans centuries but also warring beliefs. He gave up on love to be an unflinching warrior.


Spoilerish thoughts on the first two episodes )


The Great Doctor, also known as Faith airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on SBS in Korea. If interested, you can check it out(legally and with English subtitles) at Viki or Drama Fever
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Dream High] Notice You)
I've just finished the Korean drama Spy Myung Wol. It was a drama with many behind the scenes issues. It was a drama that changed its tone from "spy rom-com" to "melodrama-comedy-romance". SMW could have been a hot-mess, and indeed, it had its weaknesses. But, for all it's faults - and it had some - it was an enjoyable drama. The leads (all four) had wonderful chemistry and that came through.


More spoiler-filled thoughts )




Finally: I'm glad I watched this drama. Yes, it had plot-holes and it had some (okay, a lot of) issues, and the last three episodes dragged - but it was still very enjoyable. I really loved it and I loved the chemistry between Eric and HYS. Overall, I would rec this drama to any fans of the four leads and to fans of rom-coms or darker rom-comes.



I give this drama a 7.5/10. Or a B-.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Roses] Under Our Red Umberella)
I had planned to watch more shows than I'm actually watching; however, this season has been so good and filled with such brilliance that I had to cut some out. And, I'm still behind! I just thought I'd discuss what I'm watching and why I'm watching it.

More shows from Japan )


I know there are more dramas I should be watching (The Princess' Man; the new Hana Kimi; etc), but I'm so full of dramas that they may have to wait.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Z] You Were My First Love)
I have watched the first four episodes of the new Korean drama, Spy Myung Wol. The basic story, as listed on dramawiki, is this: a North Korean spy is given a mission; marry a top Hallyu star and have him defect to North Korea.


The mission is just as insane and weird as it sounds. Why go through all the trouble of marrying him? Didn't Kim Jong-il once kidnap stars to make a Korean film industry? I guess it has more power and makes them look better if the actor comes over on his own. Or something.The truth is, the marriage plan is just to cover ) Yes, the overall plot of the drama is silly and out of left field, but that hardly matters.

The real gold in this drama is the interactions between the four main characters and the stories that are forming between them. There is major back story with Myung Wol and Ryu - who seem to go way back, but try to act as professionally as possible. Then, there is Kang Woo and In Ah - they're co-stars and have known each other for at least five years; she has a major thing for him, too. Now, you have MW trying to get KW to fall in love with her. And, IA and Ryu are circling each other - she is majorly put out that he is totally unaffected by her. There are so many ways this love square could go. Already there are several new feelings bubbling to the surface. I can't wait to see where these love triangles go.


The verdict for this drama: it is awesome. Yes, the main plot is weird, but it works somehow. I think a lot of the awesomeness of this drama is the chemistry between the four leads and their interactions. I could just watch them all day.


Episodes 1-4 are out; and subtitles for all four episodes are available. The drama airs on Monday and Tuesday and is sixteen episodes long.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Film] Me to You)
Firstly, I want to give all my American f-listers a Happy 4th. I think it's become too crazy, but even I ate the hotdogs and the red, white, and blue strawberry shortcake.

Secondly, Myung Wol the Spy has several stills out - it looks like a fun drama with a bit of angst thrown in. Is it July 11th yet?

Thirdly, I'm suddenly looking forward to the weekend drama A Thousand Kisses because of the secondary cast: Kim So Eun (Boys Before Flowers) has been added as the leading lady's (Seo Young Hee) younger sister. She's also in love with Ryu Jin's character (Summer Scent, Loving You a Thousand Times). And Ryu Jin's character may or may not be the ex-husband of Seo Young Hee's character. How juicy!

Fourthly, a new Korean drama has been announced - Forget Me Not and the leading man is rumored to be Song Seung-Heon (East of Eden, My Princess). Also, the drama will be written by Kim Soo-Hyun, who wrote the weekend drama hits Life is Beautiful and Mom Has Grown Horns.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([My Lucky Star] First Date)
What am I thinking of watching this summer? Well, aside from my guilty pleasure, True Blood, I'm watching several Asian dramas. . .

This summer season is all about cross dressers and crazy family situations )

This list isl tentative and will depend on if the shows are subtitled and if they are available for download. I'll probably watch the first and second episode of each show (again, if there are subs), but since this list is long, I'll drop anything that doesn't grab me from the go. Though, I may re-pick up the ones that don't grab me, after they finish airing.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Rainbow Romance] Kiss the Girl)
I've now seen the first episode (or more) of most of the dramas I wanted to see. I thought I'd share some thoughts on each drama. So far I have to say that the drama season is going well.


Romantic and cliched dramas )


So - so far I'm really enjoying this drama season!
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Jungle Fish 2] Just a Girl)
It's May Madness!

After months of crime dramas, serious dramas, melodramas, teen dramas, family dramas, etc - trendy romantic comedies are back in full force on Korean television. The month of May is full of new trendy romantic comedies, each more trendy than the last. I've watched three of these dramas and thought I'd give some spoiler filled thoughts.


Cliche after cliche )


The rom-com madness will continue in June. Later this month, some romantic dramas will also appear. It's a great time to be a fan of romantic dramas.
walkwithheroes: [Hong Gil Dong] ([Gloria] Follow You Home)
You've Fallen For Me aka Festival aka Heartstrings, the romantic musical drama (also called a "youth melodrama") that airs this June, just got more interesting. It's about a girl (played by Park Shin Hye) whose from a prestigious family - majoring in traditional Korean instruments at a local music university. She goes to a concert and falls for a cold rocker (Jung Yong Hwa), whose only interested in music. As it turns out, the two go to the same school. Lee Kyu Won falls for Lee Shin at first sight, but he's already in love with one of the instructors at the university, a dance instructor called Jung Yoon Soo.


I've been a bit wishy-washy on this drama, because he basically played himself in You're Beautiful; and PSH can bring it with drama, but goes into the "overly cute/trying to hard" side of things when she does straight-comedy. That said, I think this drama just went up on my 'Want to Check Out' list because the secondary female lead has been casted - and its So Yi Hyun (Gloria, Swallow the Sun, Resurrection, etc) - whom I'm very fond of. I first saw her in Gloria, and really loved her there. So, I went back and checked out her earlier stuff. She's an actress that I think deserves more roles. Plus, Song Chang Ui (Life is Beautiful, Golden Bride, etc) will be the second male lead, a drama producer, whose found success on Broadway.


Jung Yong Hwa's character will have a crush on So Yi Hyun's professor. Park Shin Hye's character will have a crush on Jung Yong Hwa's character. I'm really hoping the writer lets SYH's character and SCU's character have a romance, whole the two kiddies have their romance. Because, I don't want to see two grown people (a 27 year old woman and a 32 year old man) in serious love triangles with their students.


So - loving the secondary leads because I know they are a great actor/actress. Little worried about the "youth melodrama" tag and a bit worried that PSH and JYH can lead a drama like this one.

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