To Watch:

Kim Da Som as Oh In Young
Go Doo Shim as Yang Choon Ja
Ryu Soo Young as Cha Myung Suk
Kwak Hee Sung as Cha Dong Suk, Choon Ja’s second son
Kim Yoon Seo as Kim Se Mi, Choon Ja’s second daughter-in-law
Kim Sung Hwan as Cha Il Goo, Choon Ja’s husband
Park Woong as Cha Joo Bok, Choon Ja’s father-in-law
Son Eun Seo as Cha Young Ah, Choonja’s daughter
Ki Tae Young as Kang Jun Su, Choong Ja’s son-in-law
Kim Bo Yun as Jang Mi Hee, Jun Su’s mother
Baek Ok Dam as Lee Ha Ji

Comedy, Romance, Family

Oh In Young is the leader of a fading idol group. As a result of her dropping popularity and overall performance, the CEO of the entertainment company Kang Jun Su gives her one last chance to recover. He sends her to Yang Choon Ja’s home to film a reality TV show about being the “Daughter-in-law” of the family. Initially Oh In Young despises her fake “Mother-in-law” with a vengeance and tries to quit, but her desire to remain in the entertainment industry keeps pushing her on. Choon Ja does not get along with her fake “Daughter-in-law” as well. She constantly gives her a hard time and can never see her as the wife to her eldest son, Cha Myung Suk. The story also follows the ups and downs of the other family members of the household including Choon Ja’s father, daughter, and son.

What happens when In Young and Myung Suk begin to develop feelings for each other? What will happen when these warm feelings of having a family hit In Young at the core?

The drama was very short and sweet. It was very formulaic and predictable but I had a lot of fun watching it none-the-less. I’m normally not one to finish comedies, but I think this drama had a good balance of drama and humor to keep me engrossed. Even though In Young and Myung Suk and Choon Ja had a lot of the camera time, I felt like the creators of the drama spent a good amount of time covering the stories of the side members of the family, almost as intensely as a daily drama would. For the most part I focused on the main story line so I had skipped over some of the side story lines as I did not find them that interesting and sometimes almost weird.

To be honest I’m not certain that this was a great drama, but I sure had a great time watching it. I won’t say the acting was spectacular, but I was really loving Kim Da Som’s performance. She had a really great all around character and she rose from adversity into the entertainment industry (and you all might know by now I’m a sucker for strong-willed female leads). Throughout the drama we really see her true character through her interactions with the other family members. It’s so touching because she really cares about the people and she really loves Myung Suk. She is always genuine and even though she isn’t the smartest girl on the block, she has a high level of empathy and she is also a talented taster. I would have loved to see that point developed more in the drama as opposed to showing more side stories. I wouldn’t have minded at all if they had run the 12 episodes into 16 episodes.

The other characters in the drama all did a great job. The story line with Jang Mi Hee just got plain weird and a little scary. They took “Momma’s boy” to an extreme. Thankfully that plot line got resolved otherwise I would have had a bruise on my forehead. I wasn’t impressed by Ryu Soo Young’s performance. He played the typical nice guy eldest son mama’s boy with a nerdy twist, but he actually didn’t seem very nerdy beyond the fact that he loved to spew math references all the time, which I don’t think is normal for math geniuses. They are usually more introverted but I guess the professor part explained that.

Overall it was Da Som who sold the show. I loved watching her. She had a very human side to her and yet she was full of genuine compassion and always said what was on her mind. If you want a quick drama to skim through, I would definitely recommend this one. If you usually like to watch the whole thing through, there might be a lot of formulaic story line to muddle through. The show definitely started off a little quirky and more comedic, but as it progressed it got increasingly more serious and meaningful.



The K2


To Watch:

Ji Chang Wook as Kim Je Ha
Choi Seung Hoon (최승훈) as child Kim Je Ha
Song Yoon Ah as Choi Yoo Jin
Im Yoon Ah as Go Anna
Lee Yoo Joo (이유주) as child Go Anna
Jo Sung Ha as Jang Se Joon
Kim Gab Soo as Park Kwan Soo
Lee Jung Jin as Choi Sung Won
Shin Dong Mi as Kim Dong Mi

Action, Political, Revenge

The presidential election is just around the corner and politician Jang Se Joon and his wife Choi Yoo Jin are gunning for the candidacy. Little do we know that Choi Yoo Jin is holding Jang Se Joon’s daughter as a hostage to control her husband.

Kim Je Ha is a soldier abandoned by his country and a mercenary for hire overseas, but due to political conspiracy, is forced to live on the run. He tries to live his life simply but an incident with Jang Se Joon and Park Kwan Soo tosses Je Ha back into a life of danger and revenge.

What will happen when Jang Se Joon’s daughter Go Anna returns to Korea? Will Anna discover the truth behind her real mother’s death? Will Je Ha find his revenge or will he will he choose to protect Anna?

Recently there has really been a down trend of Korean dramas capturing my interest, but I saw K2 get released on DramaFever and instantly loved it. Okay, I’ll be honest, actually I saw that Im Yoon Ah was casted to play a role and I just had to watch it. I was a huge fan of her in Prime Minister & I and was intrigued and a bit excited by the action/melodramatic premise of the show. I’ve heard great things about Ji Chang Wook lately but I never quite could finish watching his shows: Tornado Girl, Baek Dong Soo, and Smile Dong Hae.

In the end however, it was Song Yoon Ah’s performance as the cruel and calculating Choi Yoo Jin that really captured my attention. Song Yoon Ah played her part perfectly and by the end of the drama we come to see that she is only human, driven to extreme circumstances to protect what she believed most important. The sheer amount of emotion she conveyed in every scene was absolutely amazing. A slight change in her eyes, a subtle curve or tremble in the mouth, these all came together seamlessly. This is not to degrade the performance of the other cast members. Ji Chang Wook, Jo Sung Ha, and also Im Yoon Ah also complemented each other brilliantly. Mad props for Kim Gab Soo who plays the conniving assemblyman. He was by far one of the best politicians I have ever seen in a Korean Drama. His antics always made me chuckle but the best part about it is that it’s not meant to be comedic but rather a more unique and fresh way of portraying his corrupt and two-faced nature.

I couldn’t quite see the character that Im Yoon Ah was supposed to be. Her child hood trauma seemed to play into the story often but I couldn’t quite see it reflected in her character and her behavior. She didn’t seem as socially awkward as someone would have been had they undergone the same experiences she did, but she did play a consistent character at least in the sense of how she wanted to portray Anna. I felt like she was very naive for someone who had been controlled all her life, especially when Choi Yoo Jin’s brother Choi Sung Won tried to use her. By the way all the Choi Yoo Jin and Choi Sung Won scenes were brilliant as well. They made such a great pair of bickering siblings. All their words had deeper meanings and every conversation was like a battle of wits.

The music, action scenes, and overall progress of the drama were well put together, and if you are a fan of any of the cast members, this drama is definitely a sure win. There were indeed many places where I did not enjoy but that was mostly the story development in the final episode, which I explain later but read it only if you don’t mind the spoiler. The drama as a whole keeps you in suspense, and at a certain point, I can’t remember exactly when, but I started to root for Choi Yoo Jin. She became a character we could all relate to in some aspect, and even though she was ruthless she had her reasons.

I think if you just watch the drama for it’s action and superb acting you will enjoy the show immensely, but the overall story had some inconsistencies and annoyances that wanted to make me bang my head on a table.


Spoilers Stop Reading Here & Skip to the Rating
Probably my greatest gripes about this drama is how the show ended and also how Kim Je Ha’s character fell in love with Anna so quickly. Kim Je Ha has sort of a bodyguard complex. He is a protector of the innocent and the weak and has a compassionate heart toward those who are kind to him, but I couldn’t fully believe that he could fall in love with a woman just by watching her in security cameras.

The last episode of the drama almost made it seem like they were trying to create an epic finish but instead failed epically to deliver a believable ending. Just to be clear I will list them out.

1. Why didn’t they just drag out the bomb and dropped it into the elevator?
2. They could have rolled Choi Yoo Jin out of Cloud9 easily.
3. Why didn’t Je Ha bring backup into the underground basement at JSS.
4. Why did Se Joon and the Yoo Jin’s secretary come into Cloud9 without weapons?

So many things just didn’t make sense. I understand the writer has more experience and probably had a reason for doing everything but this is how I would have ended the drama.

1. Drag the bomb into the elevator and drop it down to explode harmlessly underground.
2. Choi Yoo Jin survives and becomes a real mother to Anna, who forgives her.
3. Se Joon becomes president and becomes a wise leader and treats Yoo Jin better.
4. Bring down the JB group.

I didn’t think that Yoo Jin had to die. I think the drama had set her up in a position near the end to redeem herself, and Se Joon too.

Episodes 1-15: 4.7/5.0
Episode 16: 2.0/5.0


To Watch:

Lee Joon as Yoon San
Oh Jung Se as Yong Goo Hyung
Oh Hee Joon as young Goo Hyung (ep6)
Lee Se Young as Han Gyeo Wool
Lee Chung Ah as Yo Na / Eun Hye
Jo Bok Rae as Kang Tae Woo
Kim Yoon Hye as Jung Yoo Jin
Ahn Se Ha as Detective Park
Kim Ki Moo as Doctor Hwang
Jei as Se Ra
Choi Gwi Hwa as Jang Tae Shik
Kim Young Jae as Kim Gyung Soo
Choi Song Hyun as Seo Seung Hee

Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Supernatural

A tragic past. Yoon San, an ex-police trainee, was betrayed by those he thought he could trust, and almost paid the price with his life. After the incident, Yoon San joins his friend and mentor Goo Hyung and work on small cases as private detectives.

The pair start getting requests for very strange and gruesome cases that start to connect with their pasts. On one particular case they meet Han Gyeo Wool and due to unforeseen consequences, they end up taking her in and she helps them on their cases.

What happens when Yoon San and Goo Hyung’s dark past begins to resurface? How does the existence of vampires begin to play into these crimes? What happens when Yoon San begins to realize that he has supernatural powers?

Review: (warning possible spoilers)
The suspense, the character development, and also the overall production quality of this drama really kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved this show. That’s not to say it was perfect by any means, but I was really drawn in. There are certain plot holes and story logic that didn’t always make sense to me, but hey, it’s a vampire drama they can surely get away with anything.

The character development between all the major players including Yo Na was really heartfelt. There were so many scenes with spectacular performances from Lee Chung Ah, Goo Hyung, and sometimes Lee Se Young. Expressions of anger, disbelief, cruelty, and even redemption and sadness were all so moving. Lee Joon as Yoon San didn’t really work for me, as his acting seemed very two dimensional at best, but I guess he wanted to play that way by incorporating his character’s past into his expressions. Lee Chung Ah plays the evil mastermind but is still able to portray the remnants of her “humanity”. Lee Se Young also plays a very limited expression role as sort of the aloof but bad ass character, but she does so with such great expressions especially with her eyes and sass.

The story itself was probably the weakest part of this drama. I felt like the drama started off well with individual cases in each episode, but just sort of dropped off into episodes mainly about the overall story line. I really liked the individual cases a lot, but they probably cut that short due to the 12 episode length of this drama. You can ALMOST never go wrong with vampires. Dark, broody, and that struggle against feeding never gets old. I would love to see a season two and finally see Yoon San hook up with Gyeo Wool.

Overall a fun, dark drama with a chemistry filled cast and awesome music. 🙂



To Watch

Mirei Kiritani as Tokita Mayuko
Mao Daichi as Nanjo Mayumi
Mayuko Kawakita as Kouno Yuri
Ken Kaito as Saruhashi Jin
Wakana Sakai as Nishizawa Mizuki
Masako Chiba
Dori Sakurada
Nicole Ishida

Drama, Clothing, Coming of Age

A young country girl Mayuko Tokita, obsessed with silk fibers, starts a new job at the custom-lingerie shop “Emotion.” There she meets her new boss Mayumi Nanjo as well as an odd assortment of employees. This drama follows the growth of Mayuko, both as a designer and as a person.

For many many years, Mayumi Nanjo has been defining the lingerie fashion of Japan and the very definition of what is “beautiful.” What happens when her world is challenged from every direction? Will her Emotion brand be able to survive the turbulent and ever-evolving fashion world?

As Mayuko quickly learns all aspects of lingerie design and the operations of the business, how will her own ideas and aspirations grow and play out?

It seems that I’ve been away from dramas for quite some time, or more accurately I haven’t been able to finish any dramas for quite some time. Either I lose interest quickly or there just isn’t something out there that I can watch completely.

Atelier brings back fond memories of binge watching a drama. I have to say, Netflix got it right. I’ve actually been quite impressed with Netflix originals: House of Cards, Daredevil, Chef’s Table, Marco Polo. The quality, the story, the acting; everything in Atelier comes together for an amazing production.

Mayuko Tokita, our leading character, puts on an amazing performance across from boss, Mayumi Nanjo, who also puts on an equally amazing show. Throughout the series, we grow to respect both of them and to cheer them on. They must succeed they must they must…we chant in our heads as obstacles pop out one after another. Mirei Kiritani is able to portray her transformation from a simple and idealistic country girl into a mature and ambitious woman. I’m now a new fan of hers! There are so many scenes where we feel her sadness and disappointment, and also scenes where we laugh at her hilarious antics and her thinking aloud. Though much older, Mao Daichi puts on a flawless performance of an eccentric designer boss. She’s able to capture the strong-willed yet compassionate nature of her character so well that we are able to learn so much about her through her actions and interactions with each of the other characters.

In addition to our leading ladies, the rest of the cast and crew really bring the Emotion to life. There is a wealth of character development that we don’t often find in dramas these days and the messages that each character conveys is perfectly done.

Probably what impressed me the most in Atelier is it’s depth of dialogue. The sheer amount of emotion portrayed by all of the actors and actresses complements the dialogue with a vivid sense of realism, showing us the true nature of our humanity. The story itself was pretty typical, but even predictable as it was, it nudges us with teary moments and also bursts of joy and hopeful smiles.

I’ve watched many Japanese dramas in all the years I’ve been a drama fan, but the quality of this production was probably one of the best I’ve seen. The camera work, the set design, the lighting, the casting are all superb.



To Watch:
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Kitagawa Keiko as Sasaki Rena
Kawaguchi Haruna as Minemori Kotoha
Miura Takahiro as Kubozuka Yuma
Dean Fujioka as Kirishima Sota
Ito Masayuki as Doi Shuzo
Rokkaku Shinji as Saeki Yuji
Takayama Yuko as Ine Ryoko
Shibuya Kento (渋谷謙人) as Hasebe Noriyasu
Sakata Masanobu as Funase Takashi
Yoshine Kyoko as Sasaki Sakura
Yajima Kenichi as Sasaki Katsunori
Miyata Sanae as Sasaki Azusa
Aijima Kazuyuki as Bando Shiro
Nakamura Yuri as Oda Ayane
Satoi Kenta as Fujito Toshihisa
Yusuke Santamaria as Abiru Yoshinori
Takaoka Saki as Yabuki Yoko
Iura Arata as Suma Yasuomi
Okada Yoshinori as Okao Shinya

Mystery, Thriller, Detective

After losing her sister years ago at the hands of a murdering stalker, Sasaki Rena vows to find the private detective who provided the killer with in-depth information about her sister. Left with thoughts of revenge and a broken family, Sasaki Rena devotes her life to learning the ways of private detectives and bringing the corrupt ones to justice…usually in her own way, which often included blood and bruises.

Sasaki Rena is a smart detective and also a capable fighter. Her life spirals more and more into danger as she gets closer to the truth about the private detective behind her sister’s murder. Along the way, she befriends a new detective at her firm as well as a inquisitive cop. What will happen as Rena discovers more secrets about her new partner Minemori Kotoha? As Sasaki Rena closes in on the mysterious detective, will she be able to survive all the attempts on her life? Will those responsible for her sister’s death finally be brought to justice?

I literally could not wait for the next episodes to come out. The actress playing Sasaki Rena, Kitagawa Keiko, played her role very well. She definitely looked the part and was 110% badass. I personally liked this drama a lot because she portrayed the type of character that I love watching. The cast was amazing and always had me guessing who could be bad and who was good. The story had twists that kept me wondering what would come next. There were also a few emotional scenes which I loved a lot too. The story wasn’t very realistic but I still thought it was very nicely written. There was always something going on and there was a lot of action. Also, by letting Keiko not always succeed helped give her a more interesting and dynamic character. Ultimately she does change for the better.

If you are looking for a quick rush with a kick-butt female lead, I highly recommend this drama.



To Watch:

Han Hye Jin as Seo Jung Eun
Kim So Hyun as young Jung Eun
Joo Sang Wook as Lee Young Jo
Lee Min Ho as young Young Jo
Kim Min Jung as Han Yoo Kyung
Yoon Jung Eun as young Yoo Kyung
Seo Do Young as Choi Kang Woo

Extended Cast
Cha Hwa Yun as Yoon Myung Ja / Lee Ae Rin
Kim Ha Eun as Yang Mi Ryun
Song Ok Sook as Kim Kye Soon
Choi Jae Won as Park Han Soo
Kim Dong Young as young Han Soo
Jung Ui Kap as Lee Young Gook
Park Ji Il as Choi Jong Dal
Ahn Seung Hoon (안승훈) as Yoon Myung Goo
Lee Mi Young as Soon Geum
Kim Soo Hyun (김수현) as Seo Han Byul

Melodrama, Romance, Family

The story begins following the lives of two best friends Jung Eun and Yoo Kyung. Jung Eun is an orphan who dreams of becoming an actress so that her birth mother can find her. Yoo Kyung lives with her adoptive mother who agrees to keep her because her birth mother pays her a lot of money. Just for fun, the two girls make a video depicting Jung Eun as the daughter of a famous actress, Lee Ae Rin. Little did they know that Ae Rin would be inevitably tied to their futures. Due to an incident where Yoo Kyung was bullied by some boys on the street, Jung Eun and Yoo Kyung lost contact with each other on bad terms.

More than ten years later Jung Eun and Yoo Kyung meet again. Jung Eun is a struggling small time actress while Yoo Kyung is now a well known producer and writer from the states. Yoo Kyung still harbors anger toward Jung Eun and blocks her at every turn, including in love. Jung Eun met Young Jo when they were younger and has always considered him her guardian angel. When she discovers him again he is already with Yoo Kyung. Kang Woo is a movie director who falls in love with Jung Eun. Yoo Kyung has Young Jo’s daughter without his knowledge but because of some misunderstandings, decides to abandon her baby. Jung Eun decides to raise the girl and take care of a sickly Lee Ae Rin.

In a clash of fates, Jung Eun, Yoo Kyung, Lee Ae Rin, and Young Jo struggle to survive in the world of movie-making and corporate politics. What will happen when both Jung Eun and Yoo Kyung find the identities of their birth mothers? How long can Lee Ae Rin and Jung Eun keep the secret of Yoo Kyung’s daughter, Han Byul? Will Jung Eun ever fulfill her dream of becoming a lead actress?

Using just one sentence to sum up the drama I would say the cast was absolutely phenomenal. Thorn Birds is the best melodrama I have watched in years. Actually I watched this one around the time that it was first broadcasted about two years ago but never got around to writing a review to it. In the last few days I had the opportunity to watch it again as I’ve been having some Han Hye Jin withdrawal.

Hye Jin plays the character of Jung Eun, a woman who dreams of finding her mother by becoming a famous actress. Throughout the drama we see her strength, compassion, and self-sacrifice. I don’t need to remind you that these types of heroines are my favorite. In reality, I don’t think most women in their right mind would have done the same things that Jung Eun was able to accomplish but I think her character was well rounded to portray a more realistic view. Through her emotions the audience could see the struggles she had in order to reach her decisions. Really great acting all around by the main cast and the supporting cast. There were sufficient moments of comic relief and as usual a good dose of crying from every character. Every melo scene really hit the emotions right. Kim Min Jung has also been on my list of great actresses since I saw her for the first time in Fashion 70’s. She really carries a lot of the emotional weigh in this drama as the most conflicted and dynamic character. At the end of the drama she is the one with the biggest character change.

I normally don’t analyze the content of the drama itself but for Thorn Birds I definitely want to add a few comments I had about the overall script. If you have the stomach for a lot of tears, I highly recommend this drama for it’s portrayal of family struggles, the bond between a mother and daughter (blood related or not), and also it’s inference toward good work ethics and value of money. I think Hye Jin really captures her role well as she falls into single motherhood. There are an abundance of values that we can draw out from this drama if you actually pay attention to the plot. All of the characters are very human and we see that over time all of the cast are changed in some way.


A lot of the dramas that I have watched have ended very awkwardly or very rushed that we always want to know more of what and why things happened the way it did. In Thorn Birds, I felt that it was one of the more satisfying endings I have ever seen in a drama and it really ties everything together very nicely. The ending is quite endearing and puts a nice bow tie on that last episode.



To Watch: Heartless City Dramafever

Jung Kyung Ho as Jung Shi Hyun
Nam Gyu Ri as Yoon Soo Min
Lee Jae Yoon as Ji Hyung Min
Son Chang Min as Min Hong Ki
Kim Yoo Mi as Lee Jin Sook

Choi Moo Sung as Moon Duk Bae
Yoon Hyun Min as Kim Hyun Soo
Go Na Eun as Lee Kyung Mi
Kim Hyo Sun as Eun Soo
Jung Soo Young as Oh Jung Yun
Jung Ji Soon as Director Jo
Kim Byung Ok as Jeo Wool / Scale
Jung Moon Sung as Ki Chul

Romance, Crime, Thriller

Jung Shi Hyun meets Lee Kyung Mi for the first time at a church orphanage and they grow up to be close to each other. Shi Hyun is the son of a brothel girl and never knew his father. Lee Kyung Mi becomes a cop because of Shi Hyun, in order to make the world a better place, a place where innocents like Shi Hyun’s mother would not have died of drug overdosing. Who would have known that the key drug distributor in the city was none other than Shi Hyun, nicknamed “Doctor’s Son.” As a ploy to root out “Doctor’s Son” and other members of the gang responsible for putting the drugs onto the street, Lee Kyung Mi is shot and killed while undercover, and all the evidence point toward “Doctor’s Son.”

Lee Kyung Mi’s fiance and team leader, Ji Hyung Min vows to find Kyung Mi’s killer no matter what. Lee Kyung Mi’s younger sister from the orphanage, Yoon Soo Min, is also sent undercover into the criminal world in order to find “Doctor’s Son” and those responsible for killing Kyung Mi. She could never have imagined that she would fall in love with Shi Hyun.

I can’t even begin to express how utterly beautiful this drama is. Once again these network dramas amaze me with their quality and cast. The first thing about this drama that I can think about that really hit me was the cinematography and feeling. The music set the mood perfectly and a lot of the OST songs were awesome! The pacing was perfect for this type of criminal thriller and the acting was solid all around. All of the recurring cast members played their parts well. Special shout outs go to Choi Moo Sung as Moon Duk Bae, Jung Ji Soon as Director Jo, and Kim Byung Ok as Scale. They really got into their roles and became distinctive key players in bringing the drama to life. I’ve never been a big fan of Nam Gyu Ri’s acting but she held her own as her acting style just really fit into this character. Just the overall intensity of the acting in this drama really sunk this for the home run.

The plot of the drama itself sometimes seemed repetitive and non-nonsensical, but hey, it’s a crime thriller, the main characters are allowed to almost die more than three times. Sometimes the time in this drama seemed to pass quickly and sometimes it just felt like one night was as long as two days. I feel a bit bad about Nam Gyu Ri’s character as she got written in as a girl who can’t even really defend herself while Kyung Mi obviously had more fighting skill. It would have been way more interesting had Yoon Soo Min kicked just a little more ass! I liked the story progression for the most part and it kept me on my toes guessing who was related to who. The ending was what threw me off a little bit and I think the writers definitely went a little bit over board on revealing the villains (I won’t spoil anything now.)

I highly recommend this drama if you are into the whole gangster genre and love watching ladies in very very stylish clothing. I managed to watch the drama all the way through without skipping and ended up enjoying it immensely.