[Review] Descendants of the Sun – 태양의 후예


Captain Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) is part of an elite Special Forces Unit in which their highly classified missions help to keep the peace all over the globe.  Dr. Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) is a surgeon at a big Seoul hospital.  After a misunderstanding, Shi Jin and Mo Yeon fall for each other and begin to date but due to the demanding constraints of their jobs they decide to break up.

Eight months later, they both find themselves in the fictional country of Uruk on a peacekeeping mission.  They both get a chance to rediscover their feelings and understand their views on life.

Sergeant Major Seo Dae Young (Jin Goo) is also part of Shi Jin’s Special Forces Unit.  When he’s not busy trying to keep his best friend Shi Jin out of trouble, he pines for his ex-girlfriend Yoon Myung Joo (Kim Ji Won) who is an army doctor.  She also happens to be the daughter to his Lieutenant General who doesn’t like the fact that his daughter is in love with a soldier.  Instead of facing his dilemma head on, he avoids encountering Myung Joo every chance he gets even though he is madly in love with her.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 3/14/16

Happy Pi Day!  Which is always an excuse to have the other pie, but I digress.  Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of weekend dramas.  A new one that started up relatively recently is Marriage Contract with Lee Seo Jin and Uee.  It’s not a very unique story but I really like the cast so I’ve decided to give it a go.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 2/29/16

Happy Leap Year Day!  I’ve been waiting for the premiere of Writer Kim Eun Sook’s latest drama, Descendants of the Sun.  It marks Song Joong Ki’s return to TV since he finished his military service.  He’s paired with Song Hye Kyo in this romance drama that blossoms in a war-torn country.

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[Review] No Such Thing as Nice Guys – 세상 어디에도 없는 착한남자


Kang Maru (Song Joong Ki) gives up his career as a doctor for a woman he loves.  When Han Jae Hee (Park Si Yeon) accidentally kills a man, she asks Maru for help for fear of going to jail.  He takes the blame and serves the time while Jae Hee looks forward to marrying the CEO to a powerful company.  Feeling betrayed, Maru plots to get his revenge by romancing Seo Eun Ki (Moon Chae Won), Jae Hee’s step-daughter and successor to the company.

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[Review] Penny-Pinching Romance – 티끌모아 로맨스


What an appropriate movie for these economic times.  Chun Ji Woong (Song Joong Ki) is jobless and about to be homeless.  One day, he meets his neighbor, Gu Hong Shil (Han Ye Seul) who is extremely stingy and sells used stuff for money.

In order to double the return on a lucrative moneymaking opportunity, she pays the rent for Ji Woong’s rooftop apartment and gets him evicted.  She then allows him stay at her rooftop apartment to partner up with him on more moneymaking schemes.

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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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