[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] You From Another Star – 별에서 온 그대

I’M JUST A STARLET, STANDING IN FRONT OF AN ALIEN…

Do Min Joon (Kim Soo Hyun) is an alien who lands on Earth in 1609.  He lives through the next 400 years where he becomes a university professor and falls in love his conceited, next-door neighbor and Hallyu star, Chun Song Yi (Jun Ji Hyun).

Sung Shi Kyung – 너의 모든 순간 (Original) (Every Moment of You (Original))

성시경 – 너의 모든 순간 (Original)

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Just Bananas About: Week of 1/13/14

2014 is off to a good start in dramaland if You From Another Star is any indication.  We are almost at the halfway point and things are really heating up.  Plus, later updates on last night’s Golden Globes.

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[Review] Love Fiction – 러브 픽션

ADAPTING HIS LOVE LIFE

Joo Wol (Ha Jung Woo) is a writer who is suffering from writer’s block for his latest book.  After his friends advise him to find a girlfriend in order to cure his writer’s block, he meets Hee Jin (Gong Hyo Jin) at a book expo in Berlin and falls for her right away.  They meet several times and begin dating.  While Joo Wol is able to write again, he grows less attracted to Hee Jin.

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[Review] Queen In Hyun’s Man – 인현왕후의 남자

A MELO-ER ROOFTOP PRINCE MINUS THE JOSEON ENTOURAGE

Kim Boong Do (Ji Hyun Woo) fight to reinstate Queen In Hyun puts him in danger with Jang Hee Bin’s supporters.  A magical talisman allows him to travel 300 years into the future where he meets Choi Hee Jin (Yoo In Na), an actress who is hoping for a resurgence of her career when she lands the role as Queen In Hyun in a TV drama.

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Monkey Poo: Resuming Married Life

Aaah, finally some good news on MBC’s variety show We Got Married.  Looks like if all goes well, they’ll be airing new episodes this coming Saturday.  It’s still a little touch and go as they haven’t figured out the filming schedules yet for the new episodes but the PDs are working on it.  I think it means that perhaps we’ll get a new episode on Saturday but the airing of new episodes might get interrupted as the production staff tires to film new episodes with the couples amidst their busy schedules.  We’ll get to see Lee Teuk/Kang Sora and Lee Jang Woo/Ham Eun Jung returning as the couples. The scheduling might be a little difficult on Lee Jang Woo as he’s currently filming I Do, I Do with Kim Sun Ah.  In other WGM news, it looks like Yoo In Na was supposed to be part of one of the new couples that was replacing Park So Hyun/Kim Won Jun.

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