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To Watch: Heartless City Dramafever

Cast:
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

Genre:
Romance, Crime, Thriller

Plot:
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.

Review:
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.

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Rating:
4.8/5.0

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Cast:
Song Chang Ui as Jang Joon Ha
Lee Sang Yoon as Kim Woo Bin
Kim Yoo Mi as Shin Young Joo
Jun Hye Bin as No Se Ra

Genre:
Law, Drama

Plot:
Young law student Jang Joon Ha fails the BAR exam that day, but who would have known that on that fateful night, his girlfriend would be murdered. At first Jang Hoon Ha is the murder suspect, but his brother takes the fall instead and goes to prison for life.

In order to prove his brother’s innocence and also find the real killer, Joon Ha studies even harder for the the BAR exam and eventually enters law school to become a prosecutor. During his schooling, Joon Ha meets Kim Woo Bin, the son of a famous prosecutor, Shin Young Joo, and also the daughter of a large lawyer firm No Se Ra.

How will the lives of these potential prosecutors and lawyers intertwine? How long can Kim Woo Bin hide as Joon Ha gets closer and closer to the truth? Shin Young Joo has always loved Woo Bin, but does he feel the same way and what will happen to their relationship when she learns of Joon Ha’s brother and the murder?

Review:
My first impression of this drama was a bit skeptical, as it did not receive as much hype in the fan world than compared to many other dramas. Because Jung Hye Bin was playing one of the lead roles, I felt that taking a peek at a few episodes wouldn’t hurt. I was amazed to find a very solid drama. The production, acting, and cinematography of the drama was no less than any other. I can’t say the same for the plot, however, as it was not very believable and much too coincidental. The way that the director and cast execute the plot made it more sustainable and I am able to say that even with such a cliche and unbelievable story, they were able to make an interesting and touching drama. There were many parts of the drama that really left impressions on me.

It is quite interesting to watch Song Chang Ui grow as an actor. The first time I noticed him was in Golden Bride and then I found that he was also in Wedding with Jang Nara. Now, he was the lead of his own drama. Lee Sang Yoon who plays the antagonist also does a nice job. He portrayed his character very nicely. As for the mature and adult cast, I felt each one was nicely chosen and acted out. I would not have minded more romance between Jang Joon Ha and another female lead, but it was not necessary. Se Ra’s sudden change of heart and also her feelings for Woo Bin are quite transient and I couldn’t really see the depth in her character but she is very very beautiful. I forgive her haha. Kim Yoo Mi was great as usual and really had a unique personality for her character. I almost couldn’t tell it was her and then when I wrote this review I noticed that I saw her name somewhere. After looking it up I remembered she was the antagonist in Country Princess.

The music was good and the overall production was nicely done. All in all, the production quality pulled up the plot line so I still rate it well.

Rating:
4.3/5.0

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Cast:
Bae Doo Na as Lee Eun Hee
Shin Sung Woo as Suh In Woo
Kim Yoo Mi as Lee Keum Hee
Kang Dong Won as Min Ji Hoon
Kim Hae Sook as Kim Kil Nyeo (Eun Hee and Keum Hee’s mother)
Kim Sung Kyum as Kim Hoe Jang (grandfather, Chairman of Tae Sung Group)
Lee Hee Jung as Kim Eun-soo (Eun Hee’s cousin)
Lee Hye Sook as President Yoon Ji Sook of Tae Sung Foods (Eun Hee’s aunt)

Genre:
Romance, Melodrama?

Plot:
Because of family circumstances, a pregnant woman ends up near death in a rural town. A man finds her and brings her home and coincidentally, his own wife is about to give birth as well. Together, both women give birth to baby girls only seconds apart, but unfortunately the strange women dies right after giving birth.

Eun Hee and Keum Hee grow up in the poor rural area never knowing the truth about their birth. Eun Hee is social and lively while her older sister Keum Hee is quiet and studious. Their parents tell them that they are twins, but they are so different from each other. Keum Hee’s mother raises Eun Hee but always treats her as an extra piece of baggage. All the best always goes to Keum Hee. When their father befalls an accident, Keum Hee’s mom forces Eun Hee out of school so that they can better support Keum Hee to get into college.

What will happen when they find out that the poor strange women had been the wife of the owner of a large enterprise in Seoul? Keum Hee’s mother gives her own daughter to live a better life while the real princess is left in a life of hardship. Many years later, they all meet again and old secrets being to unfold as Keum Hee’s greed becomes more obsessive. Will the Chairman ever discover the truth? What if both sisters fell in love with the same men?

Review:
This was definitely a great drama but at the same time it was an extremely volatile roller coaster ride. I completely felt my emotions tossed around. There were many funny and uplifting moments but there were also many many sad scenes. Most of the sad and serious scenes involved crying and I guess after watching this drama, I feel it is necessary to commend Bae Doo Na, Kim Yoo Mi, and Kang Dong Won on their acting in terms of doing crying scenes. I was completely swayed and moved by their tears.

Bae Doo Na is not that pretty or beautiful and her voice is sometimes very annoying, but I can’t deny that she has talent on screen. It was a very difficult role to play and I think she played all the emotions and aspects of her character as best as any great actress could pull off. The male leads were alright but I have to say this drama was very heavily dependent on Bae Doo Na’s role. Shin Sung Woo did not impress me particularly but I guess his character suited his role as the comic relief. Other than that, he seems to act way too serious sometimes and it gets really old fast. The actress for Keum Hee does a great job as well. She really pulls off the cold and quiet antagonist really well and we find her losing herself near the end of the drama. It is clear that she feels guilty but she is so close to her goal. The doctor Ji Hoon was also a really great role but I felt that at sometimes he confused me as to what his emotions for either of the sister’s was. I really didn’t see what he was feeling at certain points and so I felt his love was very ambiguous and could never tell who he was loving more at the moment.

The story itself was kinda shady where some parts just didn’t make sense. I don’t want to spoil much but there are some things that happen that you ask yourself, “why is this happening.” “Why does this character have to agree to this only to get this or that?” I felt that there were many problems in the drama that went unresolved that I, or any other drama fanatic, would really like resolved. We come into contact with so many of the characters but we don’t see how things end with them. What happens to Keum Hee, Ji Hoon, Keum Hee’s mom? What happens to Kaine Foods and what happens to the inheritance. The ending was probably one of the worst korean drama endings I have ever watched.

If you are interested in a roller coater emotional journey, this is a great drama to watch, but if you into the eye candy cast then this is definitely not your cup of tea.

4.0/5.0

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