[Review] Hwarang: The Beginning – 화랑: 더 비기닝


After the death of the previous king, Queen Ji Soo (Kim Ji Soo) has been ruling the Silla Kingdom as regent in place of her young son, who she’s kept tucked away from enemies and assassins who are eager to seize power for themselves.  When Kim Sam Maek Jong (Park Hyung Shik) comes of age, he has grown weary of waiting for his mother to cede the regency.  In order to solidify their power, Queen Ji So creates an elite force made up of the sons of the noble families of Silla to cut across the existing power factions and bind their loyalties to the throne.  Despite Queen Ji So’s objections, Sam Maek Jong secretly enlists as a member as well as Moo Myung (Park Seo Joon), a commoner with a birth secret that even he’s not aware of.

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[Review] Detective Hong Gil Dong: Disappeared Village/Phantom Detective – 탐정 홍길동: 사라진 마을


Detective Hong Gil Dong (Lee Je Hoon) works at an illegal detective agency with his foster sister, President Hwang (Go Ah Ra).  Following the legacy of their late father, they work to take down the evil, corrupt people fo the world.  However, Hong Gil Dong has his own mystery that he wants to solve: find the killer who murdered mother and exact revenge on him.

It’s been 20 years since he witnessed Kim Byung Duk (Park Geun Hyung) kill his mother and he tracks him down to a small hut in the countryside.  Instead of finding Kim Byung Duk, he discovers that several men have kidnapped him and left behind his two young granddaughters, Kim Dong Yi (Noh Jung Eui) and Kim Mal Soon (Kim Ha Na).  He offers to help them find their grandfather not disclosing his own motives for the search but the two girls end up becoming his unlikeliest sidekicks.

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[Review] You’re All Surrounded – 너희들은 포위됐다


Seo Pan Suk (Cha Seung Won) is a hot-headed detective at the Gangnam Police Station who has becomes hardened over the years due to a case from 11 years ago. He and Detective Lee Eung Do must oversee 4 new recruits, Eun Dae Gu (Lee Seung Ki), Uh Soo Sun (Go Ah Ra), Park Tae Il (Ahn Jae Hyun) and Ji Gook (Park Jung Min). The rookies have joined the police force for varying personal and unbefitting reasons. Particularly Eun Dae Gu who seems to have something against Seo Pan Suk himself. Can he whip the rookies into shape to become respectable detectives?

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Just Bananas About: Week of 6/6/14

Well we only got one episode this week but I like that we got a lot of information to the questions we’ve been asking.  Boy, am I glad that You’re All Surrounded decided not to skirt around the Eun Dae Goo/Kim Ji Yong (Lee Seung Gi) issue.  It gets really awkward trying to ignore the giant elephant in the room especially not one but two main characters had their suspicions.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 5/9/14

Korea has now returned to regularly scheduled programming and there are some new dramas on that schedule. Here are some thoughts on the ones that I’m watching.

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[Review] Answer Me 1994 – 응답하라 1994

ARE YOU THERE 1994?  IT’S ME 1997.

Coming off the successful run of Answer Me 1997 is this drama about a group of college students living in Seoul.  They are from all over the country and go through the growing pains of adjusting to a big city but also maturing into adults.  They show explores the Korean fan culture and the social issues experienced by youth from 1994 and on.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 10/21/13

Waaaah, it’s here!  It’s finally here!  The much anticipated Answer Me 1994.  Or is that just me?  The drama airs biweekly on Fridays and Saturdays which is kind of a new format for me to get used to.  But anyways, I’m thrilled.

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