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

WEARING OUT THE FLOWER BOYS’ SPIRIT

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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Just Bananas About: Week of 6/19/17

Recently, I’ve been watching Fight My Way, starring Park Seo Joon and Kim Ji Won, as merely another fun, summer drama.  Honestly, I admit that I didn’t really take too much stock in the story as I found the premise a little predictable.  However last week, the drama’s plot took a turn for the better, mainly changing the dynamics of the four main characters.  The drama is about four childhood friends as they try to navigate the complicated world of young adult life while trying to achieve their dreams.

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[Review] She Was Pretty – 그녀는 예뻤다

IT WAS PRETTY

As kids, Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) was the pretty girl while Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon) was the fat kid with the low self-esteem.  He moves away and returns to Korea as a handsome and successful adult.  He becomes the new deputy chief editor of Most Magazine, a fashion periodical, and hopes to reconnect with his old friend and first love, Hye Jin.  Once a beauty and financially well-off, Hye Jin has face some hardships in her adolescent life.  When Sung Joon doesn’t recognize Hye Jin at first, she becomes embarrassed of her appearance and asks her attractive best friend, Min Ha Ri (Go Joon Hee) to pretend that she’s Hye Jin.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 10/23/15

There is usually a point I reach with most dramas when I get weary of the storyline and the choices the characters make. It’s the angsty point in the drama when the OTP sacrifice their feelings for one another for what seems like trivial reasons. For She Was Pretty, I’m delighted to see that that’s not the case. And thankfully, the baseball game did not make us wait another week to get our usual double dose of episodes.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 10/2/15

I realize that I wrote about She Was Pretty last week. However, I’m having major issues with the drama. Mainly that, I love it so much and don’t have the patience to wait another week before my next fix. I literally kept hitting refresh on my computer until Episode 6 was uploaded yesterday. Siiigh, why does next Wednesday seem so far away?

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Just Bananas About: Week of 9/25/15

I think I found my new favorite drama for the Fall.  It’s still veeery early in the game for She Was Pretty but I like that it’s from the same producer as Kill Me, Heal Me and even brought back together Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon.

While I thought her chemistry with Ji Sung was great in that drama, especially with Cha Do Hyun and the Shin Se Gi personalities, I also thought she had great chemistry with Park Seo Joon.  Although their characters were of no blood relation, the fact that they grew up as brother and sister was always a squicky, sticking point for me.

Here they play Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) and Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon), two elementary school friends who are each other’s first loves.  She was the class beauty while he was the fat kid.  Circumstances separated them while they were young but they never forgot each other.  Fast forward to the present, Hye Jin’s family has experienced some hard times and she’s got frizzy hair and rosacea, a trait she’s inherited from her dad.  On other hand, he’s grown up to be quite the hottie… with perfectly coifed hair.

Park Jin Young – 그녀는 예뻤다

박진영 – 그녀는 예뻤다

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[Review] Kill Me, Heal Me & Hyde, Jekyll, Me – 킬미, 힐미 & 하이드, 지킬, 나

THE BATTLE OF MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES

Kill Me, Heal Me is about the heir to a corporation, Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) who hides the fact that he suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Suffering from a traumatic childhood experience, he suffers lapses in memory and his personality is fractured into seven different personalities. He meets Oh Ri Jin (Hwang Jun Eum), a first-year psychiatric resident who helps treat him secretly.

However, her brother Oh Ri Ohn (Park Seo Joon), whom Do Hyun meets first and works secretly as a mystery novelist, has a particular interest in uncovering the secrets behind Do Hyun and his family.

Hyde, Jekyll, Me is about Goo Seo Jin (Hyun Bin), an Executive Director to a theme park. Jang Ha Na (Han Ji Min) works at the theme park’s circus. She meets Goo Seo Jin and immediately dislikes his cold, distant personality but falls for Robin who happens to be Seo Jin’s alternate personality.

Ha Na discovers that she’s met Robin in her past as the boy who saved her life when she fell from a bridge trying to save Seo Jin, little does she know that they are both embodied in the same body.  It was that incident in which Robin was born as the warm, sweet personality who saves lives as a hobby.

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