[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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Just Bananas About: Week of 12/5/16

Goblin started its run on tvN this weekend and although it’s quite early, I’m impressed and optimistic about it.  Unlike Kim Eun Sook’s previous dramas, this one is a fantasy drama.  Sure, Secret Garden had fantasy elements but both of the main characters were human.  Unlike this drama, where there are gods mixing with humans who have superpowers.  The first two episodes clock in at an hour and a half each and I’m not sure if the subsequent episodes will follow suit but there was a lot of backstory that’s covered in the first two episodes.

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[Review] Mandate of Heaven: The Fugitive of Joseon – 천명 (天命) : 조선판 도망자 이야기

A RAGTAG CAST OF CHARACTERS

A royal physician, Choi Won (Lee Dong Wook), is mistakenly accused of poisoning King Joong Jung and killing a fellow royal physician.  On top of that, he faces the risk of losing his daughter, Rang (Kim Yoo Bin), from a fatal disease only he can cure and goes on the run in order to find evidence proving his innocence.

Also working in the royal court assisting the physicians is Hong Da In (Song Ji Hyo).  When she learns of his innocence, she makes the decision to help him and his ailing daughter.

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Mmmusings… – New MCs of Strong Heart

So the news of Lee Dong Wook taking over for Lee Seung Gi on Strong Heart has been circulating for awhile.  Now it’s been announced that Shin Dong Yup is going to be joining him.  (Actually 3 hours ago, one article stated that it hasn’t been fully confirmed yet so there are some conflicting reports.)

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[Review] Wild Romance – 난폭한 로맨스

WHO’S BEEN DRINKING THE KOOL-AID?

Star baseball player for the Red Dreamers Park Moo Yeol (Lee Dong Wook) and lifelong Blue Seagulls fan and bodyguard Lee Eun Jae (Lee Si Young) get off on the wrong foot right from the start.  When Moo Yeol’s life is threatened by a stalker, Eun Jae is hired to protect him but what do you get when you throw two people who hate each other together?

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[Review] Scent of a Woman – 여인의 향기

STRICTLY COME… PLAIN JANE DANCING

Lee Yeon Jae (Kim Sun Ah) is given a grim prognosis as she only has about 6 months to live before she succumbs to 4th stage gallbladder cancer. She decides to quit her thankless job at a travel agency and live her life to the fullest. During which she meets the chaebol and director (Lee Dong Wook) to the company and falls for him. Little does she know that her doctor/childhood friend, Dr. Chae Eun Seok (Uhm Ki Joon) has held a torch for her ever since they were little.

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