Japanese Dramas

My Latest Introduction into Japanese Dramas


I admit being late to the game! I started watching Korean dramas beginning in June, 2011. My first Japanese drama was not until Rich Man, Poor Woman last year during the summer. Since then, I’ve watched very few newer ones. However, at the beginning of the year, I came across a website called Seriesbrowser originally but alas like so many other streaming sites, they are gone. ; To my utter joy and amazement, this website had a large selection of mostly older Japanese dramas. I was in hog heaven! Here are some of the dramas that I’ve watched there that I though were simply amazing!

Beautiful Life (2000)

Stars:
Kimura Takuya as Okishima Shuji
Takako Tokiwa  as Machida Kyoko

Beautiful Life-Kyoko and Shuji’s romance is just one not to miss because it’s not the usual one and for that reason it’s worth watching. But be forewarned, it’s not your typical drama so don’t expect a typical ending but it was still absolutely beautiful one!!

Long Vacation (1996)

 Stars:
 Kimura Takuya as Hidetoshi Sena
Yamaguchi Tomoko  as Hayama Minami

This is definitely the oldest drama I’ve ever watched but I must say I felt right at home watching it. From the beginning to the end, I just loved the characters and their interactions. I think viewers of a certain age would appreciate this more than others. As I watched, it solidified my fandom with Kimura Takuya, what an actor. Imagine my surprise to see this was Yamaguchi Tomoko’s last role. I loved her character’s perkiness and willingness to bounce back after her break up. The supporting characters also brought so much to the drama. And thankfully totally devoid of the usual drama cliques!! I loved that the most about this drama!! Again, it’s not for everyone. Not one cell phone in the story!! It was great!

Keizoku 2: SPEC (2010)

  
 Stars:
Toda Erika  as Toma Saya
Kase Ryo as Sebumi Takeru

Only a science fiction fan would love and appreciate this drama! So if you are expecting anything else, stop watching! I absolutely loved this! As a fan of the drama, it had every aspect that us SciFi fans would be looking for; intrigue, lies, freaky characters and a story that you can follow. All is revealed as the episodes are watched. Again, if you are expecting romance, forget this! This was a SciFi fans freaking dream come true! My appreciation and love for Toda Erika has increase ten fold. It started with Liar Game and continues with this series! Kase Ryo as Sebumi-san; you now have a new fan!!

Summer Snow (2000)

Stars:
Hirosue Ryoko as Katase Yuki
Domoto Tsuyoshi as Shinoda Natsuo

Talk about bittersweet ending? I’m still drying the tears from my eyes. This was a well written and acted story. You could not help but be sucked into it from beginning to end. What I especially liked about this story, it was not a love between two characters of different backgrounds. What it was, was a story about a young man, Natsuo, who effortless brought up his two siblings and continued to run their family bike shop business. Being such a helpful person, it made sense that he would meet Yuki under these circumstances.

The love that Natsuo had not only for his brother and sister but also for his sister’s boyfriend is portrayed very well here. The absolute love for Yuki was amazing to watch as a slowly grew. The diving sequences were also well filmed. This was my first time seeing Domoto Tsuyoshi. Even though he was new to acting at the time this was filmed, his portrayal of Natsuo will be cemented to your mind. Hirosue Ryoko as Yuki was also a treat as I’d seen her before but again both actors did a hell of a job. Last but not least is the surprise of seeing an extremely young Oguri Shun! Such an accomplished actor he was even back then!

If there is one thing I can tell you, make sure you watch through the credits as the story continues and what ever sadness is left after the end, will be wiped away. This is why I feel Japanese dramas do an excellent job in making you feel better even with a sad ending.

Tatta Hitotsu no Koi (2006)

  Stars:
Kamenashi Kazuya as Kanzaki Hiroto
Ayase Haruka  as Tsukioka Nao
 

Tatta Hitotsu no Koi-A story of pure love between the son of a man who runs a ship repair factory beset with financial troubles and the well-bred daughter of a national jewelry chain store owner. The backdrop of the story is Yokohama. It was a pretty thorough love story from beginning to end. It went really quick. I loved it.

Buzzer Beat (2009)

Stars:
Yamashita Tomohisa as Kamiya Naoki
Kitagawa Keiko as Shirakawa Riko

There is something about a good sports drama! And this is definitely one!! I loved it from start to finish!! Yamashita Tomohisa has gained a new fan!! Naoki and Riko’s love story was so precious! Starting from heartbreak to acknowledging the love each of them had for the other as well as respecting the dreams for their future. Kitagawa Keiko as Riko was a treat. This was the first drama I have seen her in. I must say the more and more that I watch JDramas, the more and more that I like them and how the stories are clean and to the point! The silly season, thankfully lasts for 1/2 of an episode. And a handsome Yamashita Tomohisa sure doesn’t hurt!!

Good Luck! (2003)
Stars:
Kimura Takuya as Shinkai Hajime

A different kind of drama! In total JDrama fashion, this is a different type of drama about people in general and their daily lives. This centers around pilots and attendants of All Nippon Airlines. I love how in all Asian dramas, the terminology is defined for you. I also liked this drama because it focused on different human interest stories…from a man on a flight to save his business to a doctor trying to return to save a child.

The acting of Kimura Takuya as usual was great. I guess I have to say that I am an official fangirl of his!! Even though this is an older drama and it does not focus solely on romance, it is still a really, really great story! Well worth the 10 hours to watch!!


Friends (2002)
Stars:
Won Bin as Kim Ji Hoon

Fukada Kyoko as Tomoko

Talk about just four little episodes making a very special and powerful drama! As the first collaboration between Japan/Korea, it was very well done. Very well done. I fell in love with both characters of Ji Hoon and Tomoko. Admittedly, this was not my first experience with the lead actress, Fukada Kyoko. She has a way of embodying her character so fully that you can’t help but love her. 

And Woo Bin?!! Finally a drama of his that I could totally love!! His character Ji Hoon was so sweet and kind. Even the brief misunderstandings and interferences were tolerable but then that’s the difference between watching JDrama and KDrama, these periods are not drawn out for a ridiculous amount of time. I have to say the chemistry between these two was electric!! And guess what I learned watching this? Lee Dong Gun can SING!!

Hotaru no Hikari series 1, 2 and movie (2010-2012)

 Stars:
Ayase Haruka as Amemiya Hotaru
Fujiki Naohito as Takano Seiichi

Series 1: Overall this was good. It took awhile to really enjoy it. The interaction between the leads was interesting. But what made this different was they must have had intentions to make a second season from the beginning. When you watch it, you’ll understand. But here is what I learned…I am a himono-onna. Except for the extreme junkiness that is Amemiya, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a character like her before. She was fascinating to say the least. Takono was Takono from beginning to end. You start to see his interest in her a lot faster than you will see hers. It’s also funny who actually points out that interest. Even though I watched this from beginning to end, I think unless you are a fan of Fujiki Naohito or Ayase Haruka, true fans of both will really enjoy it!

Series 2: I’m probably different than the other reviewers, I LOVED this season!! I though it was funnier, the story was light and funny. Seiichi and Hotaru’s interactions were downright hysterical!! There were many times that I laughed senselessly. I got the gist of the min-conflicts that Hotaru had in her insecurities of being Seiichi’s future mate; I also understood his also because Hotaru was such a ditz!! I absolutely enjoyed them rolling on the floor! Goro..Goro..Goro will be embedded in my heart forever! I’m going home just so I do can do it too!!

The Movie: My take on the movie? Watch the dramas first and foremost. My complaint on the movie is that they spent too much time on Rio’s story. This movie would have been perfect if they blended her story in with Seiichi and Hotaru traveling and seeing the sights with her doing stupid stuff. There were some moments when it really was funny; especially when they went Goro..goro..goro down the stairs (you have to see the dramas to understand). The acting of the leads was still great. I fell in love with Seeichi (Buchon/Boss) even more because he was truly willing to accept her as she was. Talk about oil and water, it is definitely these two but their love for each other is definitely true. Watch the movie only if you’ve seen the dramas and want to see more; however, be prepared to be a little disappointed. And the ending? C’mon, we deserve to see what happens next!! 

Kamisama Mou Sukoshi Dake (1998)

 Stars:
Kaneshiro Takeshi as Ishikawa Keigo
Fukada Kyoko as Kano Masaki

A tale for young ones to see what happens after that one misstep in life. Wow! What I love about Japanese drama is the absence of fluff and filler. This was a drama to tell a specific story. A story you don’t always see and truthfully, you go in not expecting a happy ending but guess what? As I watch the last moments and the scenes following the credits, I was not sad. This truly was a hell of a love story! And can I say Kaneshiro Takeshi is one handsome man!! Handsome!! I can re-watch just for him! Very good story. True to life.

Star no Koi (2001)

 Stars:
Kusanagi Tsuyoshi as Sosuke Nakata
Fujiwara Norika as Hikaruko Kirishima 

I am happily watching one after another of these early 2000’s Japanese dramas! This was truly a unique story and did remind you in some ways Notting Hill but the two lead actors we just wonderful together. I am slowly learning what I have been missing. Even though the romances are very toned down, I think the romance is stronger in just the conversations, the looks and the actors feelings as they portray them. I thoroughly enjoyed this drama from beginning to end. There was a time I wanted to choke Sousuke in his ultimate noble idiocy sacrifice but would this be any different than other dramas? I think not. But with only 11 episodes, it will be a quick but enjoyable watch.

Guilty Akuma to Keiyakushita Onna (2010)

Stars:
Tamaki Hiroshi as Mashima Takuro
Kanno Miho as Nogami Meiko



What money and power will do to a person! The absolutely depravity of the rich and power was amazingly told in this drama. This is a drama for those who like crime and police type dramas. To see what Meiko endured in losing her family as well as going to prison for killing them was unbelievable. Mashima tried his hardest to protect a woman he knew was guilty but he also recognized that the events were set in motion by a falsehood. 

This was truly an amazing story about revenge. And this was my very first Japanese revenge drama. From start to finish, I was riveted to the story. I couldn’t imagine what could possibly be the reason why her family was killed. When you see the reason at the end, you will be shocked. Bittersweet ending but after you watch the 11 episodes, it could not have ended any other way. EXCELLENT!!
  


This is just some of the many I’ve watched since discovering this sight. Needless to say, my PTW (plan to watch) list is HUGE with the addition of many more Japanese dramas on this website. Many notable mentions I’d like to list as they are unusual for me to watch are: Celeb to Binbo Taro (a comedy, let’s just say that),  Pride (another sports drama), and Itoshi Kimi E (a nice but sometimes annoying romance). I must say, if you like Kimura Takuya,  Yamashita Tomohisa, Kamenashi Kazuya, or Ayase Haruka, there is A LOT of their dramas there! A LOT!!

Dramas Still to Watch:

Antique
BOSS
Change
Code Blue
Galileo
Gokusen
Hana Yori Dango
HERO
Hidarime Tantei EYE
Kagi no Kakatta Heya
Kimi wa Petto 

Just to name a few! Yes, my list is LONG!







 

 

My Top 15 Favorite Dramas

My Top 15 Favorite Dramas
As a newbie to Asian Dramas (since May 2011), I have grown to love and pretty much extensively watch only dramas and movies from Japan, Argentina, Philippines, Taiwan, China, and S. Korea. My drama watching is so extensive that I’ve turned off cable and purchased a 32″ Google TV for my bedroom. The corner of my bed has a permanent dent because its my normal watching spot. Here are my top 15 (in no particular order) and a brief review.
Incarnation of Money
Okay, sorry folks, this was the BEST so far this year, 2013!! It is so rare that you can watch a drama from beginning to end and never, I say NEVER be bored!! This drama went from funny, to serious, back to funny without a hitch in the story!!

Kang Ji Hwan, I now have a totally worship of his acting ability. Sure, I had liked him in various movies and have watched a couple of dramas that were watchable but in this he totally shined as a consummate actor! He showed us joy, laughter, happiness, and even sadness very effectively! He is truly a comic genius.

Hwang Jung Eum, I was already in love with her and my love affair will just continue! Her portrayal as Jae In was hysterical! I enjoyed watching her transform from the unsure of herself daughter of a powerful woman to a woman willing to do anything to save her man.

I could list all of the cast at this point to espouse about their great acting but let’s just say, the right actors were picked and they did their jobs!! Everyone was great!

Overall, if you have not watched this, you must!!

 

New Tales of a Gisaeng
Mind Blown!! What can I say about this drama! Family dramas are probably the ones I watch the least; however, I have been very fortunately in watching some of the best and this is definitely one of them! Im Soo Hyang as Sa Ran and Sung Hoon as Da Mo, if you don’t fall in love with this couple, you’re immune to love! I cannot even say I hated a character; even Da Mo’s crazy father has his endearing characteristics! 
My one complaint is the possession storyline, that could have been dropped and condensed this drama below 50 episodes. But what I did like about this drama was that you got to explore their relationship from start, to dating, to heartache, to marriage and finally children! A complete story!! 
What is absolutely amazing is that this was Sung Hoon’s first drama ever!! Sure, he starts out the typical chaebol, spoiled brat but his transformation is like no other. Sure, you are going to look at the 52 episodes and say, this is too long but to give you an idea how well the acting is, just watch the last 10 minutes of episode 33. I guarantee in those 10 minute, you will want to watch the other 51 hours and 40 minute; guarantee!! I call those 10 min my emotionally stunned moments!! Only one other drama has ever affected me the same; one!!  

Thank You
A lot of people probably never heard of this. This was my first exposure to Jang Hyuk! The fact that the subject matter covered (HIV) also contributed to this being an amazing story! I fell in love with the young child actor,Seo Shin-Ae who played the young daughter, Lee Bom, was simply amazing! I am truly going to watch her career! 
The story covered every aspect of a person with HIV living in Korea; the fear of being found out; the attitudes of people when they do; the suffering a patient, especially a young child. Couple this with a seriously tortured soul (Jang Hyuk’s character Min Gi-Seo) added to the phenomenal acting displayed. I cannot forget Kong Hyo-Jin who plays the mother, Lee Young-Shin. Whose story consisted not only of a single parenthood but raising a child with an illness! Amazing story and amazing acting! Made me a lifetime fan of Jang Hyuk!

49 Days
This drama introduced me to another genre, the melodrama and I’ve been in love with them since. Call me a glutton for punishment. I love the stories and I loved this one in particular. It not only introduced me to the genre but also to a whole new group of actors I’d never seen before as I was relatively new to watching Korean Dramas. I was so impressed with not only Lee Yon Won, who played the tortured character, Song Yi Kyung but also to Jung Il Woo as the Scheduler. It increased my appreciation for Bae Soo Bin who I’d last seen in Shining Inheritance. After watching this drama, I cried for days! Only complaint was the ending!
Mars
One thing I can say about Taiwanese dramas and I’m just going to put it out there, they tend to do romances better than Korean dramas. Sure, there are exceptions but the more that I watch, the more that I come to this conclusion. This was a GREAT story from start to finish!! 21 episodes and I was never bored!! It took us from the very start of a relationship, to the end. It shows the conflict, very well done as well as the happy times! 
The chemistry between the two leads, Barbie Hsu and Vic Zhou, off the charts!! The protagonists were many but unlike Korean dramas, those story lines were not dragged out to the end, I hate that!! I especially liked how the secondary characters, Da Ye and Qing Mei were portrayed. We got to watch their story and relationship evolve and you can’t help but love that too!! This drama deserves high ratings and I will definitely be re-watching it and recommending it to my drama buddies!! If you want a really, well-done romance to watch, this is it! Guarantee!!
Time Between Dog and Wolf
I had an ajumma crush on Lee Jun Ki after watching Iljimae and wanted to see everything he had starred in, both dramas and movies. I came across this on Netflix. I watched the first disc from Netflix and immediately went and ordered the entire drama! I’ve never done this before. Never have I been swept into a drama so thoroughly that I immediately wanted to own it! 
The action, superb; the story, excellent; the acting, phenomenal! I became an obsessed fan of LJK after this. This drama is on my computer, iPad so it travels with me. There are very few moments where this drama is uninteresting. It takes you to Korea and Thailand; showing you the darker sides very well. I was hoping when LJK returned from service he would do another action drama but because I have total faith in his acting ability, I am looking forward to whatever he does in the future. I don’t want to give away any plot lines in this review, let’s just say I highly recommend this to all, you will not be disappointed! 

Bridal Mask (Gaksital)
I cannot believe I actually never wrote a review for this! This is a rare occurence!! This will be considered a modern epic drama. What is amazing about this drama is that it starts to lure you in from episode 1 and continues until the end. The cinematography and action sequences are off the charts!

The story is very suspenseful. This was one of the few dramas for 2012 that I waited with bated breath for the episode to be subbed and as soon as it was, I watched it, sometimes twice! The only weakness in this drama for me was the romance. This drama was definitely about the bromance between Kimura Shunji and Lee Kangto. Their relationship was so important to the drama, you sometimes forgot about Mok Dan and her relationship with the male leads.
I think this will remain one of my top dramas for awhile.

Autumn’s Concerto
 
Autumn’s Concerto; a Taiwanese drama, my first romantic one! I watched on viki, mysoju and any site I could find it! It was that addicting! It made me a Vanness Wu fan! And let’s not forget little Xiao Xiao Bin, who was the absolutely STAR of the show! Little Xiao and his interactions with both Vanness and Ady was amazing for a child, at the time only 5 years old! It was really hard to marathon this as dramafever was only uploading 1-2 episodes a week. The love story between the two leads was great at the beginning. After the story shift in the middle, the story became all about their child, Xiao Le. He was so amazing and such a great addition to the story, who cared about the adults!!
Giant
Oh my goodness, I don’t know where to start. This was truly the first drama, more modern that represented to me as an epic! Sure, there have been sageuks that I could name but this was the first slightly modern drama that truly showed you a complete story. I especially loved the child actors here as their portrayal helped catapult the adult actors tremendously! 
All of them, not going to just mention one, all did a great job. The story was the best. It helped the viewer to not only understand the politics of the time in S. Korea but also how those same politics (and politicians) could be manipulated for personal gain. Do I think it was an exaggeration? No! Was I shocked and bothered sometimes by it? You’re damn right! Even though this drama focuses mainly on the construction business; I’d have to classify it as a political drama more so! 
The acting by all the cast was stellar. Note worthy performances has to be given to all of the main cast which I would include the secondary cast under that same umbrella; Lee Bum So, Park Jin Hee, Joo Sang Wook, Hwang Jung Eum, Park Sang Min and especially most props to Jung Bo Suk, who play our sadistic leader of the baddies, Jo Pil Yeon. 
Of all of the dramas I’ve watched, I have to say the romance that developed between secondary characters, Min Woo and Mi Ju was absolutely one of the best! As they fell in like, then love, then hate (maybe); you felt every emotion with them! I found their romance more convincing and heartfelt than the leads. So much so, you prayed for a happy ending, who cares. But the writers did an excellent job in grabbing our emotions, attention and making you invest a lot of time to watch this. I highly recommend this!!
 


Secret Garden
My first Ha Ji Won and Hyun Bin drama! What an introduction to these two! I can truthfully say I’ve watched this several times when the new dramas just did not interest me at all. I loved their interactions with each. I’m always a sucker for a romance devoid of love triangles. Sure, Jong Soo (Lee Philip) liked Ra Im but it was definitely not reciprocated! Granted, this was one of the many typical chaebol son in love with the poor girl but what made this different was he recognized his feelings a lot earlier than she did. But of course, in Korean drama fashion, he had one of the worse mothers we can encounter in these dramas. And unlike most dramas, she never really redeemed herself in our minds. She is hardcore right until the end. Definitely one of my favorite romances.
The Princess’s Man
TPM effect is alive and well! I have lost count the number of times I have watched this very well put together drama! Every time I watch it, I end up marathon watching until the end. The acting was amazing! 
I was already impressed with Park Shi Hoo but his portrayal of this tortured soul was beyond amazing! Moon Chae Won’s portrayal of not a wilted flower but of a very strong and determined young woman willing to do anything to protect her man; outstanding! The secondary romance between the crowned princess and Jong, you will become totally vested with that relationship also. This rates higher than a 10! It comes highly recommended!
Gloria
Okay, this is one of favorite dramas! It was my first drama over 50 episodes that I marathon watched. I loss sleep, barely ate, you name it. This was my first introduction to Bae Doo Na as I started watching this because of Suh Ji Suk! I fell instantly in love with Doo Na’s portrayal of Gloria. Not to forget about Suh Ji Suk as Kang Suk.
 I thought the chemistry between the two was magnetic! I was also surprised by the secondary romance between Dong Ah (Lee Chun Hee) and Yoon Seo (So Yi Hyun). Even though the main couple’s relationship was not totally resolved until the end, I felt the story was absolutely fun to watch. One of the best scenes is when Kang Suk serenades Jin Jin when she thinks he no longer likes her. It is one of the most romantic scenes EVER!! 
As this is a melodrama, beware, there are some seriously twisted moments that make you want to wretch your hair out; but overall, this is one of the best! And it is the only 50+ drama that I have re-watched from start to finish.
Can You Hear My Heart?
My first drama over 24 episodes became one of the best dramas I’d ever seen for 2011! I’ve lost count how many times I’ve watched this since the first time watching it! The acting was superb by both the child actors as well as the adults! I became a fan for life to the principal actors, Nam Goong Min, Kim Jae Won, and Hwang Jung Eum; couldn’t wait to watch other dramas/movies with them as characters. Everything about this drama is wonderful! You watch a romance that started as children continue to grow as adults with little conflict in relations to how they feel about each other.
 The stories about each of the characters is amazing. The supporting actors Lee Hye Young, Jung Bo Suk and Yoon Yeo Jeong is amazing! There are so many aspects of this drama which are very good. From the acting, cinematography and music; no stone was left unturned and the writers made sure that the story flowed! What else can I say without giving details except, this is a must-see! 
King 2Hearts
I, like a lot of people really wasn’t sure that this would work. With the 8 year age difference between the two leads, I really did not think they could pull it off. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised. Not only was the romance of Hang Ah and Jae Ha effective, but this was one of those dramas where a lot of viewers took more interest in the secondary couple of Eun Si Kyung and Lee Jae Shin. What a romance story, that could have been a drama by itself!! Overall, this still remains one of my favorites because it simply was fun to watch and again, a rare occurrence in Korean dramas where there is no outside interference in the love relationship!


Queen In Hyun’s Man
No, its not Rooftop Prince, its nothing like it. Don’t be fooled by the basic story. The bar for romantic comedies has now been set sky high! The tears shed by both Boong Do and Hee Jin will resonant with the viewer. One step in sync as the the song says, same sky same place. 
The ending is perfect for the story and the premise of time-travel. Its a tale of love and a deep relationship! WOW! I may never look at another romantic comedy drama again the same! It will be hard to match or exceed this perfectly well crafted romance. It’s not surprising that the actors developed true feelings for each other after filming this, not hard to believe as their emotions as they played their roles was pitch perfect! BRAVO!!! ENCORE!! I wait for this writing team’s next project! This truly is a perfect production!  Best romance for 2012!

Boys Over Flowers
Who can forget their first drama?! This was mine and will always remain on my favorite list as it introduced me to Korean Drama! Not because of the acting or any love for the characters but simply because it did make me a fan and totally curious about other dramas.

Links to my Movie Reviews on koreandramareviews

Links to my Movie Reviews 



                                                                            Sector 7 (2012)

 

 Tidal Wave/Haeundae (2009)


A Better Tomorrow (2010)

The Thieves (2012)

 Stars:
Kang Ji Hwan as Cha Chul-Soo 
Sung Yu-Ri as Ko Young-Jae
Lee Soo-Hyuk as Kim Sun-Ho 
Kim Young-Kwang as Han Seung-Woo 
Shin Jung-Keun as Detective Yoo
  
Stars:
Lee Jun Ki (Kang Jin Woo)
Lee Yo Won (Park Shin Ae)
Kim Sang Kyung (Kang Min Woo)
 
Stars:
Jeong Jin Yeong (King Yeonsan)
Lee Jun Ki (Gong Gil)
Kam Woo Sung (Jang Seng)
  
Stars:
Lee Mun Shik (Jang Ga Pil)
Lee Jun Ki (Gong Gil)
Stars:
Lee Jun Ki (Kim Min)
Miyazaki Aoi (Sasaki Nanae)

My Tutor Friend 2 

Stars:
Lee Chung Ah (Junko)
Park Ki Woong (Jong-man)

Romantic Island 

Stars:
Eugene (Ya Ga Young)
Lee Sun Gyun (Kim Jae Hyuk)
Lee Min Ki (Lee Jong Hwan)
Lee Soo Kyung (Choi Soo Jin (Alice)) 
Lee Il Hwa (Yoon Suk) 
Lee Moon Sik (Joong-Sik)
 

Descendants of Hong Gil Dong

Stars:
Kim Soo Ro (Lee Jeong Min)
Lee Bum Soo (Hong Mu hyeok)
Lee Si Young (Song Hyeon hwa) 

Sunny

Stars:
Kim Min Young (Kim Jang Mi (teen))
Jin Hee Kyung (Ha Chun Hwa) 
Kang So Ra (Ha Chun Hwa (teen)) 
Shim Eun Kyung (Lim Na Mi (teen)) 
Hong Jin Hee (Hwang Jin Hee) 
Park Jin Joo (Hwang Jin Hee (teen)) 

Once Upon A Time in Corea

Stars:
Park Yong Woo (Kanemura / Bong-gu)
Lee Bo Young (Haruko / Choona-Ja)

A Moment to Remember 

Stars:
Son Ye Jin (Su-jin)
Jung Woo Sung (Cheol Su)
 
Lump of Sugar

Stars:
Lim Su Jeong (Shi Eun)
 
Spring Bears Love 

Stars:
Bae Doo Na (Jung Hyun Jae)
Kim Nam Jin (Lee Dong Ha)

Postman to Heaven

Stars:
Han Hyo Joo (Ha Na)
Kim Jae Joong (Jae Joon) 
 

I Am King

Stars:
Joo Ji Hoon (Grand Prince Chungnyeong / Slave Deok Chil)
Kim Soo Ro (Warrior Hwang Goo)
Byun Hee Bong (Shin Ik Yeok)  

Baby and I

Stars:
Jang Geun Suk (Joon Soo)
Moon Mason (Han U Ram) 
Song Ha Yoon (Kim Byeol) 

Love Me Not

 Stars:
Moon Geun Young (Ryu Min)
Kim Ju Hyuk (Julian) 

What I’m Watching Now…

Three Weeks

Three Weeks

The story revolves around a woman who can see ghosts and a man who tries to protect her, and is described as a drama with horror and romantic elements infused together. So Ji Sub plays the miserly, greedy, and conceited CEO Joo Joong Won, who measures all human relationships through money. Gong Hyo Jin will play the melancholy and tearful assistant Tae Gong Shil, who is able to see ghosts after an accident and thus suffers from insomnia.
Stars
So Ji Sub as Joo Joong Won
Gong Hyo Jin as Tae Gong Sil
Seo In Guk as Kang Woo
Kim Yoo Ri as Tae Yi Ryeong
What do I like about it: I don’t do horror unless forced to. But this is MAD fun to watch!! Hyo Jin js seriously playing her role as Gong Sil!! She is hilariously funny!! Ji Sub, well, playing an arrogant ass is not exactly a stretch for him but he is making it fun!
Master’s Sun
The story revolves around a woman who can see ghosts and a man who tries to protect her, and is described as a drama with horror and romantic elements infused together.
Stars:

So Ji Sub as Joo Joong Won
Gong Hyo Jin as Tae Kong Sil
Seo In Guk as Kang Woo
Park Hee Bon as Tae Gong Ri
What do I like about it: Haven’t started it yet but it only took two names to be in the cast: So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin! That’s enough for me!!

Goddess of Fire, Jeongi
The series is about Baek Pa Seon’s life and love. She was the first and the best female potter in the Joseon Dynasty period. After she got kidnapped to Japan during a war, she demonstrated the superiority of Joseon potters in Japan. Depending on how well it is made, it can be as popular as Dae Jang Geum, which was very popular all over the world.

Stars:
Moon Geun Young as Yoo Jeong
Lee Sang Yoon as Prince Gwanghae
Kim Bum as Kim Tae Do
What do I like about it: It’s all about Moon Geun Young for me! She is the reason I am watching this. Sometimes you can’t help being a fan and as a fan you will watch anything by a favorite actor!

 

Crazy Love

This drama tells the story of a woman who meets the love of her life at the most desperate time.

Stars:
Park Sun Young as Yoon Mi So
Go Se Won as Seo Kyung Soo

What do I like about it: I just have this weird side to me! I absolutely love revenge stories! I tend to gravitate to them. After Glass Mask, I knew there was no longer a limit to the number of episodes I’m willing to watch. Even though I have not really watch enough episodes to really gave an opinion, the story definitely has peeked my intense. Mi So is such a wallflower wife right now, I can’t wait to see a transformation in her character! And Kyung Soo’s character is not much different than hers. Saddled with a mentally deranged wife? It will be interesting to see how he escapes.

Gu Am Heo Joon 

 The drama will tell the life story of Heo Joon, from dramatic childhood to royal physician. He became a court physician during the reign of King Seonjo (latter half of the 16th century), and went on to write what would become the defining text of traditional Korean medicine. The groundbreaking thing about it at the time was that he wrote it in Hangul, so that medicine could be understood and learned by commoners, as was his hope.

Stars:
Kim Ju Hyuk as Heo Joon
Park Jin Hee  as Ye Jin
Nam Goong Min as Yoo Do Ji
Park Eun Bin as Da Hee

What do I like about it: What is not to love about two of my favorite drama genres combined into one drama. Heo Jun is based on a real person in history. Even though this is a daily drama with 100 episodes, I can tell you that so far, it has been extremely interesting with an excellent cast. Kim Ju Hyuk, I’ve not liked a role since the movie, “Love Me Not”. Another thing I like about this drama is that the lead character, Heo Joon has already established a relationship with his wife in the drama, Da Hee. The only romantic entanglement is with Ye Jin and Do Ji. Nam Goong Min is excelling as the evil, jealous Do Jin. So far, there is nothing lovable about him or his family.

 

Golden Empire
This drama is about the power struggle between three people in one chaebol empire during the turbulent era of Korean finance in the early 1990s for 20 years. Jang Tae Joo is the man who will build up his so-called empire of gold from nothing and raises his little sister, Jang Hee Joo, on his own after their father dies. He fall in love with Choi Seo Yoon, chaebol heiress. But his biggest rival is her older brother Choi Min Jae.
 
Stars:

Go Soo  as Jang Tae-Joo

Lee Yo Won as Choi Seo-yoon

Son Hyun Joo as Choi Min-Jae   
What do I like about it: The premise of this kind of reminds me of Giant, an absolute favorite of mine. What brought me to watch the story is definitely Lee Yo Won. Not too much that I’ve not like of hers. Go Soo, I’ve only seen him in movies and what I’ve seen was very, very good!

 

I Summon You, Gold!

A family drama that defines marriage and family; and trick and truth; about middle class people. It will tell about the reality of a middle class family and their money problems, as well as love and marriage. Mong Hee and Yoo Na (both played by Han Ji Hye) are two different woman who look exactly the same. Jung Mong Hee,Jung is the woman who dreams of becoming a jewelry designer while operating a small accessories stand and is cheerful and hopeful. She dreams of being a jewelry designer. On the other hand, Yoo Na is a cold modern woman who is a daughter of a rich family.

Park Hyun Soo is the CEO of a large jewelry company, owned by his parents while constantly compete with his brother, Park Hyun Joon, for the CEO position. Park Hyun Soo is going through a divorce from his ex-wife, Yoo Na. He will meet and fall in love with Mong Hee who looks exactly like his ex-wife. Sung Eun as the antagonist to Jung Mong Hee, is a successful jewelry designer and she is married to Park Hyun Joon who is the second son in the family business.

Stars:
Han Ji-Hye as Jung Mong-Hee/Yoo-Na
Yeon Jeong-Hun as Park Hyun-Soo
Lee Tae Sung as Park Hyun Joon
Lee Soo Kyung  as Sung Eun
Park Seo Joon as Park Hyun Tae
Baek Jin Hee as Jung Mong Hyun

What do I like about it: Okay, the Park family make dysfunctional family look like nothing! The younger Park sons are so hateful to each other! Poor Hyun Soo! He gets dumped on by his ex-wife as well as his father! The family dynamics of this rich family is CRAZY!! Three sons, three mothers!! And top that off with a SUPER domineering father! What else do you need to now! So far, it is a lot of fun!

Bravo My Life/Ugly Alert

People, who have different lives, become a family because of their parents. They sometimes look down on other family members and jealous of other family members. Through all of this, they get to understand each other and cure their wounds. A man, in particular, goes through infinite sacrifices.

Stars:
Im Joo Hwan as Gong Joon Soo
Kang So Ra as Na Do Hee
Choi Yoon Young as Gong Jin Joo
Choi Tae Joon as Gong Hyeon Seok
Shin So Yool as Shin Joo Yeong
Seol Hyun as Gong Na Ri
Kim Young Hoon as Han Seo

 What do I like about it: Im Joo Hwan was the main reason why I wanted to watch this. I’ve been saying for awhile that he needed to have his leading role drama! So far, it is very good! His character, Joon Soo, is probably one of the sweetest, wronged person you’ll ever see in a drama. His love for his family of siblings cannot be compared. His story has got to be one of the saddest but his heart is so pure. The romance between Joon Soo and Do Hee, so far, is very cute. Sure, there is definitely going to be some interference from other characters, especially his step brother, Hyeon Seok and BY Group attorney, Han Seo who basically thinks he owns Do Hee. So the arrogant butt in this story, for once, is not the lead. The female is a strong, let me say it again, STRONG female!
     
Other non-Korean dramas: Seinaru Kaibutsutachi (or Sacred Monsters on viki). This is a wild medical drama! Who knew surrogacy was illegal in Japan!

 

Plan to Watch Next


The Queen’s Classroom-Two of my favorite little ladies are in it; Kim Sae Ron and Seo Shin Ae!