[Review] The Lonely, Shining God-Goblin – 쓸쓸하고 찬란하神-도깨비

THE BEAUTIFUL, SHINING FLOWER BOYS

Once a powerful warrior and the king’s confidant during the Goryeo Dynasty, Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is unfairly condemned as a traitor and executed.  Instead of dying, Kim Shin not only comes back to life but returns as an immortal goblin with a mystical sword stuck in his chest.  He continues to live for hundreds of years as the protector of souls but as he has lived all these years without love, he also suffers from depression and longs to end his life.  Legend says that only the goblin’s bride can remove the sword from his chest and give him the relief of death.

One fateful night, he saves a woman and her unborn child from death.  The unborn child becomes Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun).  She has the ability to see ghosts because of the goblin’s touch and yet, death continues to chase after her.

The Grim Reaper himself has his own demons as people only become reapers because they committed a grave sin when they were alive.  However, people who have become reapers are wiped of their memories and they must live their life ushering people to the afterlife.  The Grim Reaper inadvertently ends up becoming roommates with Shin and the unlikely pair form a unique bond.  He also meets Sunny (Yoo In Na), the bright, chic owner of the chicken restaurant and Eun Tak’s boss.  He is immediately intrigued by her but unsure why he feels the way he does.  All brought together by fate, the four figure out how to defeat a dark curse that looms over them.

Crush – Beautiful

크러쉬(Crush) – Beautiful

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End of the Year TV Report (2016): Part 2

I’m finally getting around to Part 2 of this review.  However, it looks like I won’t be able to complete Part 3 until after I return from vacation.

The rating system:

Must Watch – Eyes glued… To the chocolate abs.
Watch – Well, heeeey there good lookin’
Just OK – Mildly entertaining at times but I’m here for the pretty boys.
If you’re bored – Sorry, you’re pretty but I’m just not that into you.
Pass – You might be pretty but not that pretty enough

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End of the Year TV Report (2016): Part 1

I never seem to be getting any better at this procrastination thing.  But I’m officially done with all of my full-length reviews of 2016.  Here’s a better-late-than-never recap of the K-Drama year.

The rating system:

Must Watch – Watch and watch again.
Watch – Entertained.
Just OK – Just alright.  Nothing more, nothing less.
If you’re bored – It’s not the worst but that’s not a compliment either.
Pass – Not worth the time.

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[Review] Entourage – 안투라지

SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND

Based on the American series, Entourage goes behind-the-scenes of celebrity life and the entertainment business.  Cha Young Bin (Seo Kang Jun) is a rising star in South Korea and he navigates the high life with his three childhood friends, Cha Joon (Lee Kwang Soo), Lee Ho Jin (Park Jung Min) and Geobook (aka Turtle) (Lee Dong Hwi).

G2 – Young & Alive

지투(G2) – Young & Alive

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[Review] The Man Living in Our House – 우리집에 사는 남자

THE PUSH WITHOUT THE PULL OF ATTRACTION

After the death of her mother, Hong Na Ri (Soo Ae), returns to discover Go Nan Gil (Kim Young Kwang) living in her mother’s house.  He informs her that he was her mother’s husband, despite being three years younger than Na Ri, and is currently the owner of her mother’s house and the Hong Dumpling shop next door, which he inherited from his late wife.

The land where the house and shop are located on is a hotly disputed piece of real estate and Kwon Duk Bong (Lee Soo Hyuk) has been tasked by his father to take ownership of it in order to turn it into a holiday resort.  Things get complicated when he gets involved with the pair.

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[Review] This Week, My Wife’s Having an Affair – 이번주, 아내가 바람을 핍니다

COUPLES THERAPY

Do Hyun Woo (Lee Sun Kyun) is a television producer who has been married to his wife, Jung Soo Yeon (Song Ji Hyo), for seven years.  Despite believing that his marriage was impenetrable, he discovers that his wife may be on the verge of having an affair.

At first, he turns to his friends, Lawyer Choi Yoon Gi (Kim Hee Won) and Ahn Joon Young (Lee Sang Yeob) for advice as they are both married.  However, Yoon Gi is a serial cheater and savvy at finding ways from his wife, Eun Ah Ra (Ye Ji Won), from finding out.  Joon Young is also unhelpful as he always believed that Soo Yeon and Hyun were the picture perfect couple and the news of the infidelity takes an emotional toll on him.  And yet, Joon Young’s own life is full of mystery as he uses work as an excuse to get closer to a fellow colleague at work, the production crew’s main writer and divorcee, Kwon Bo Young (BoA).

To make matters worse, Do Hyun’s company is interested in making a new program all about wives who cheat on their husbands. At a loss about what to do, he turns to people on the internet for their perspective on the matter.

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[Review] On the Way to the Airport – 공항 가는 길

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER

Choi Soo Ah (Kim Ha Neul) is a busy flying from destination to destination as a flight attendant at Air Asia.  She’s married to Pilot Park Jin Suk (Shin Sung Rok) and together they have a daughter, Park Hyo Eun (Kim Hwan Hee).  Due to his rigid personality, he controls everything in their lives which includes sending Hyo Eun away to boarding school.

Though Hyo Eun initially hated the idea of being far away from home and her mother, she begins to enjoy life there because of her roommate, Annie Seo (Park Seo Yeon).  Because the two hit it off right away, it puts Soo Ah at ease despite being apart from her daughter.

Seo Do Woo (Lee Sang Yoon) is an architect and married to Kim Hye Won (Jang Hee Jin), a master in traditional crafts.  Like Soo Ah, Do Woo has a loving relationship with his stepdaughter, Annie.  When Annie dies suddenly from a tragic traffic accident, Do Woo and Soo Ah’s lives inadvertently become intertwined.  They begin to view their cold partners in a new light and find a connection to each other.

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