[Review] Voice – 보이스


Detective Moo Jin Hyuk’s (Jang Hyuk) life is changed forever on the night his wife is brutally murdered by a vicious serial killer. Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na) is a call center policewoman with the innate ability to hear sounds that no one else can pick up on.

She takes the call on that fateful night and in the process of investigating the scene, the killer also takes the life of Kwon Joo’s father, a cop on the beat.  Later, she testifies that the man who is put on trial is not the killer due to the strange noise she heard on the line that night, which angers Jin Hyuk.  Much later, she returns to the same precinct to create the Golden Time team, bringing together the call center and detectives in order solve crimes within a certain timeframe in order to save victims’ lives.  Despite initially rebuffing Kwon Joo’s offer, Jin Hyuk begins to accept the reality of her ability.  Together, they work to find the serial killer that has taken the lives of their loved ones.

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[Review] Fated to Love You – 운명처럼 널 사랑해


After a one-night stand that results in a pregnancy, everyone’s overlooked “post-it girl,” Kim Mi Young (Jang Na Ra) gets married to Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk), a chaebol heir. Though they initially are forced into marriage by their families, they grow to love each other. Based on the Taiwanese drama of the same name, the Korean drama reunites Jang Hyuk and Jang Na Ra 12 years after their first drama together.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/11/14

There were a lot of new dramas that began its run recently. A lot. On Wednesday and Thursday nights are busy with me watching all the dramas for the main three Korean broadcasters. And just because You’re All Surrounded is ending soon doesn’t mean that those nights will get any easier because I’m eager to take a peek at Gong Hyo Jin’s upcoming drama. Hopefully, I’ll get to that drama in a post at a later date but Joseon Gunman and Fated to Love You both took me off guard when it first started but I am liking the direction they’re both taking.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 6/10/13

Last week, I read this article in the Korean newspaper about how the men are trending on K-Variety television, at least for the new show on the airwaves.  With the exception of Ji Ah, Dad! Where Are You Going? features mostly sons with their fathers.  Jo Dal Hwan came into the national spotlight through Our Neighborhood Variety Show.  And the men on Real Men are giving us a behind the scenes look at military life whom I will be talking about in today’s post.  This week’s episodes introduces us to two new members to join the Real Men troop.

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[Review] Iris 2 – 아이리스 2


Iris 2 picks up where we leave off after the shocking finale of Iris 1.  Jung Yoo Gun (Jang Hyuk) investigates further into the shadowy, terrorist organization known as “Iris” and their mysterious leader, Mr Black.  Aiding him is Ji Soo Yeon (Lee Da Hae) and Seo Hyun Woo (Yoon Doo Joon).  North Korean agent Yoo Joong Won (Lee Bum Soo) thought he left his past behind but an old flame Kim Yeon Hwa (Im Soo Hyang) brings him back into the spy game.

I kinda knew the writing wasn’t going to be good for this drama, so why did I decide to watch it despite knowing that?  Iris 1 and Athena had some awesome, thrilling action sequences and because a lot of K-dramas tend to be romantic in nature whether comedic or melo, so as a reviewer I want to keep exposing myself to the differing genres.

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[Review] Tree with Deep Roots – 뿌리깊은 나무


The drama is based on the novel of the same name by Lee Jung Myung which focuses on a series of killings on the eve before the announcement of the Korean alphabet.  Kang Chae Yoon (Jang Hyuk) grows up to become a royal guard in order to get close to King Sejong (Han Suk Kyu) in order to assassinate him.

When Sejong’s scholars are murdered, Chae Yoon becomes a part of the investigation but soon finds himself embroiled in a bigger conspiracy.

The drama does take licenses with the history so I’m just going to mention some basic broad strokes.  A series of murders did happen right before the official release of the hangul alphabet.  It’s uncertain that these two events were directly tied with each other.  Aristocrats very much opposed the hangul alphabet.  Because of the discovery of the Hunmin Jeong-eum Haerye (The Proper Sounds for the Education of the People: Explanation and Examples) in 1940, we now know the creation process of the alphabet.  They used articulary phoenetics to create the consonents and they used yin and yang principles and vowel harmony to create the vowels.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 11/14/11

Woooooah.  It’s been a week of Keyser Sozes!

Last week’s 1 Night 2 Days had everyone scratching their heads and the previous week’s Tree With Deep Roots had people searching for the real identity of Jung Ki Joon.


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