What I’m Watching, August 2014 Edition

It has been a very long time since I last posted what I am watching. Drama watching this year has been all over the place. Newest dramas to be watching this year are the Thai Lakorn ones. Thanks to MyDramaList.com and their inclusion of dramas from Thailand, that really became my gateway into the world.

Admittedly, the first Thai lakorn I posted about wasn’t the first one I completed. I started watching them in May and have now completed 10 to include 1 series (Hearts of the Mountains-4 dramas) and working on a second (Gentleman of Jutathep-2 of 5 dramas complete). Two of the dramas are dailies that I am watching along with my fellow daily drama lover, Nelly and we are loving them! As you can see, I have just about every type of drama on my currently watching list: Korean, Japanese, Thai, and Spanish), I am truly an international watcher!

You Don't Know Women

You Don’t Know Women

Kim Ji Ho as Lee Min Jung
Lee Kyung Jin as Han Pyung Ja
Goo Seung Hyun as Lee Sa Rang (Min Jung’s son)
Im Ho as Kang Sung Chan
Chae Min Seo as Oh Yoo Ran
Moon Ji Eun as Oh Kyung Ran
Im Ye Jin as Jang Geum Sook
Lee Jung Gil as Kang Gyo Jang

Epsiodes: 120

What do I like about it: This has been my go-to drama for awhile since receiving it from a good friend on twitter. Thanks, Nayong! Like most daily dramas, it has the slow periods but it has been slowly building steam for the last few episodes that I watched. I love the leads. I’ve been waiting for Go Se Won role after the dismay disappointment of Crazy Love. I am currently loving Kim Ji Ho in Wonderful Days (which ends this weekend). I love dramas that feature the strong woman. The woman that survives adversary and turns around to laugh in the faces of those that caused the most pain to her. Granted, I’m still in the infancy of the drama but from what I heard, it will continue to show promise.

Joseon Gunman

Joseon Gunman

Lee Joon Ki as Park Yoon Kang/Hanjo
Nam Sang Mi as Jung Soo In
Jun Hye Bin as Choi Hye Won
Han Joo Wan as Kim Ho Kyung
Yoo Oh Sung as Choi Won Shin

Episodes: 22

What do I like about it: So far so good! As a BIG fan of Lee Joon Ki, he is not disappointing me when it comes to this genre. The man excels when it comes to action and saguek dramas. 14 episodes in, he has still kept me interested. I admit that again, the romance and chemistry between Joon Ki and Nam Sang Mi isn’t bowling me over with enthusiasm but I have the same complaint as I did when they starred together in Time Between Dog and Wolf; I’m just not feeling the love! But overlooking that, it really is a great drama with a wonderful supporting cast.

Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan

Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan

Mario Maurer as Onizuka Takeshi
Taew Nataporn as Praedow (Seiko)
Nadech Kugimiya as Onizuka Ryu
Job Niti Samutkojorn as Kazuma
Au Tanakorn Posayanon as Sasaki Koji
Phanudet Watanasuchart as Masato
Sawit Tetphuwanon as Sasaki Taro
Pat Napapa Thantrakul as Mizawa Aiko
Saranyoo Prachakrit as Mizawa Satoshi
Dom Haetrakul as Mizawa Renki
Deaw Suriyon Aroonwattanakul as Sato Kenichi
Urassaya Sperbund as Takahachi Mayumi

Episodes: 15

What do I like about it: I am a fan of the period dramas. Even though this isn’t one, it gives you that look and feel of stepping back into time. The costuming is sensational! The women and men in kimonos are just absolutely stunning! The colors and the fabrics, no words can describe. I especially love the acting and some of the actors. This is my 3d Yadech (Nadech/Yaya) drama so I am looking forward to the next installment to come. I am new to Mario but he is leaving a good impression with me so I definitely will be adding some of his other dramas to my extensively long PTW list. Aiko, the lead, Takeshi’s fiancee is probably one of the most crazily jealous bitches you will see in a drama! I swear! I’ve seen some crazy women before but she truly is now on the top of my list. I can’t wait to see this actress in a lighter role. One thing I’ve noticed about Thai dramas, you see an actor as a good guy (or girl) or bad guy; and play the roles effectively!!

Only Love (2014)

Only Love (2014)

Seo Ha Joon as Kim Tae Yang
Im Se Mi as Choi Yoo Ri
Lee Kyu Han as Choi Jae Min
Nam Bo Ra as Kim Saet Byul
Yoon Jong Hoon as Kim Woo Joo
Kim Ye Won as Hong Mi Rae
Jung Sung Mo as Kim Sang Bae
Song Ok Sook as Oh Mal Sook
Yoon So Jung as Yang Yang Soon
Jung Hye Sun as Woo Jum Soon
Han Seo Jin as Kim Soo Ah
Kil Yong Woo as Choi Dong Joon
Lee Eung Kyung as Lee Young Ran
Lee Hyun Wook as Choi Yoo Bin
Seo Woo Rim as Kang Min Ja
No Young Kook as Choi Myung Joon
Oh Mi Hee as Jung Sook Hee
Lee Jung Eun as Park Soon Ja

Episodes: 120

What do I like about it: This man, right here is worth watching this drama alone. Even though this is a drama about three distinct couples that are facing unsurmountable obstacles that are blocking their relationship, there are some seriously funny moments to remember and watch. The relationship between Jae Min and Saet Byul is the best! It is safe to say that their growth as a couple in love is the most interesting because not only do you have poor girl/rich guy but poor single mother girl! Yeah, it is going to be fun! The lead couple, while interesting, their problems are mostly manufactured by the horrible families they are in. The grand mothers are worst! Then throw in a mother who not only abandons her son but turns around and makes her step daughter’s love life miserable. But admittedly, it was fun watching her do it! The actress playing the step mother is well known to us that watched Angel’s Revenge faithfully for months! Man, she plays crazy well!! Alas, this little gem is not being subbed; however, through the grace of a decent script and wonderful soompi posters, the gist of each episodes are clear. Be assured, this won’t be the last time you hear from me on this drama. We are fast approaching the 1/2 way point; my drama thoughts to come!

The Night Watchman's Journal

The Night Watchman’s Journal

Jung Il Woo as Lee Rin
Jung Yoon Ho as Moo Suk
Go Sung Hee as Do Ha
Seo Ye Ji as Park Soo Ryun
Kim Heung Soo as Prince Ki San
Choi Won Young as King Hae Jong

Episodes: 20

What do I like about it: Okay, we are only two episodes in and I’m really hoping that this goes the same way as the first two episodes that were amazing. What I am not hoping is that the drama fizzle for me like Gu Family Book did, sorry fans, it didn’t do anything for me! The cast at the beginning gave us the backstory. I read a lot of negative comments about the CGI but for a weekly drama and we know how limited these dramas budgets are, I thought the CGI was remarkable and am looking forward to even more in the future. Next week starts the adults. I’m really hoping that this drama does what Woo Chi sadly failed to do: thoroughly entertaining me!

Khun Chai Pawornruj

Khun Chai Pawornruj

Pope Tanawat Wattanaputi as Khun Chai Pawornruj/Khun Chai Ruj
Mew Nittha Jirayungyurn as Khun Ying Rasa/ Than Ying Wanrasa
Bovy Atma Chewanitphan as Waddao
Nong Thana Chatborirak as Pakorn

Episodes: 13

What do I like about it: This is the 2d drama of a series of 5. This is actually the 3rd one I’ve watched and I must say it is the best one I’ve watched. Since I started watching Thai lakorns, this series was recommended but I was told the last 2-3 were the best. Admittedly, I have to agree. Even though I wasn’t a big fan of the 3d one, I did like the acting. But this one, the lead guy is such a sweetheart. He is the only son of a concubine and he really has taken to heart the actions of a care-giver to his half brothers.

I love the brothers and their relationship with him. I love one of the grand mothers; I’m not sure of the second one because she has picked the strangest woman to be his bride and I’m seriously trying to understand her logic. Both leads are technically engaged so it will be interesting to watch them extricate themselves from these arrangements. All of the actors are totally unknown to me but what do you expect? This is only my 11 Thai lakorn ever!! But as lakorn remind me so much of the old harlequin style books I so loved many, many years ago, I’ve gravitated to them totally.

History of a Salaryman

History of a Salaryman

Lee Bum Soo as Yoo Bang
Jung Ryeo Won as Baek Yeo Chi
Jung Gyu Woon as Choi Hang Woo
Hong Soo Hyun as Cha Woo Hee
Lee Duk Hwa as Jin Si Hwang
Lee Ki Young as Park Bum Jeung
Kim Il Woo as Jang Ryang
Kim Suh Hyung as Mo Ga Bi

Episodes: 22

What do I like about it: I am watching this again with my Facebook pals on the Operation: KDrama Chat. We watch various dramas, 2 episode a week and discuss them with each other. Not the same as sitting with a buddy and watching but just as satisfying as you get to hear what other have to say. I know, I saw this before. But there is nothing wrong with watching a great drama over and over again. This is a great drama! Loved it the first time, made me a BIG fan of Lee Bum Soo and especially of Jung Ryeo Won! These two together had great chemistry together and talk about funny, funny, funny!

Hero (2001)
Kimura Takuya as Kuryu Kohei
Matsu Takako as Amamiya Maiko
Otsuka Nene as Nakamura Misuzu
Abe Hiroshi as Shibayama Mitsugu
Katsumura Masanobu as Egami Tatsuo
Kohinata Fumiyo as Suetsugu Takayuki
Yashima Norito as Endo Kenji

Episodes: 11

What do I like about it: This has to be my 9-10 Kimura drama! I believe I have most of them on my PTW list and I am determined to finish this before I start Hero 2 that is currently airing. So far, it is not bad for a typical legal drama. I am slowly working through the episodes. This is the third time seeing Kimura/Matsu together in a drama. So far, so good.

Glorious Day

Glorious Day

Lee Sang Woo as Seo Jae Woo
Park Se Young as Jung Da Jung
Kim Mi Sook as Han Song Jung
Son Chang Min as Nam Gong Young
Kim Hyung Kyu as Seo In Woo
Hwang Woo Seul Hye as Jung Da Ae
Go Woo Ri as Jung Da In
Hong Bin as Yoo Ji Ho
Choi Bool Am as Kim Chul Soo
Na Moon Hee as Lee Soon Ok
Kang Suk Woo as Seo Min Shik
Lee Mi Young as Kim Shin Ae
Jung Man Shik as Kang Hyun Bin
Kwak Shi Yang as Jung Hee Joo

Episodes: 50

What do I like about it: Family drama number 2 that has restored my love for the genre! This has been a dismal year for family dramas this year (for me). Up until now, I have dropped so many, been totally dissatisfied or totally disgusted with the family dramas I’ve watched this year. But Glorious Day with its wonderful cast and amazing chemistry between the lead couple of Da Jung and Jae Woo to keep you coming back over and over again. Up to episode 30 and of course it was dragged here and there but overall the drama has been solid. Let’s hope it continues. With Wonderful Days ending this weekend, my weekends will be mighty lonely!

Cheongdamdong Scandal

Cheongdamdong Scandal

Choi Jung Yoon as Eun Hyun Soo
Lee Joong Moon as Jang Seo Joon
Kang Sung Min as Bok Soo Ho
Seo Eun Chae as Nam Joo Na
Im Sung Uhn as Lee Jae Ni
Ban Hyo Jung as Mrs. Jang
Lee Hye Eun as So Jung
Kim Seung Hwan as Joon Kyu
Uhm Bo Yong as Cho Won
Lee Hye Sun> as Kang Bok Hee
Kim Jung Woon as Bok Kyung Ho
Yoo Ji In as Choi Se Ran
Im Ha Ryong as Nam Jae Bok

Episodes: 120

What do I like about it: Again, another daily drama that is not being subbed but thanks to the many loyal fans of the dailies on soompi as well as pretty easy conversations to follow within the drama, the strong cast and writing is definitely holding my interest. We are still in the early stages but a lot has happened that we are looking forward to more. The lead, Hyun Soo is definitely a damsel in distress. She has a wonderful relationship with her chaebol husband, Soo Ho.

They have been desperately trying to have a baby for the last 2 years of their 3 year marriage. Unbeknownst to her, her no so loving mother in law has been slipping in birth control pills in her daily pill regiment that is supposed to be helping her get pregnant, not prevent her. In addition, her spoiled, slightly nasty sister in law, Jae Ni knows exactly what the mother in law is doing but uses this knowledge to her benefit.
The other characters, especially Seo Joon has the hots for Hyun Soo who he believes is his first love from childhood but little does he know that she is married. In the wings is his friend, Joo Na who is crazy as a loon! Not only she thinks she is in love with Seo Joon but she literally thinks that she possesses him. Talk about an obsession?!! As she get crazier, I expect it to get even more interesting. Not sure how many ways a man can say “I’m just not interested in you that way” and you get it!

Bitter Blood
Sato Takeru as Sahara Natsuki
Watabe Atsuro as Shimao Akimura
Kutsuna Shiori as Maeda Hitomi
Fukikoshi Mitsuru as Inaki Toshifumi
Tanaka Tetsushi as Koga Hisashi
Minagawa Sarutoki as Togashi Kaoru
KEIJI as Takano Koji

Episodes: 11

What do I like about it: This was a surprise! I’m not sure what I expected but one thing for sure, I wasn’t prepared for the humor. As Sato and Watabe are playing estranged father/son, I wasn’t expecting to laugh at times.

So far, it has been really good. Sahara is about as far remove from his father, Shimao in every way: personality, wardrobe and way of thinking. Abandoned by his father after his parent’s divorce, his animosity towards his father was expected. Together as partners, you can imagine the scenes. 4 episodes in, it is pretty decent watch.

Una Maid En Manhattan

Una Maid En Manhattan

Eugenio Siler as Cristobal Parker
Litzy as Maritza Lujan
Vanessa Villela as Sara Montero
Paulo Quevedo as Víctor Mendoza
Liz Gallardo as Leticia Robles
Tina Romero as Carmen Moreno
Ismael La Rosa as Tito
Juan Pablo Llano as Bruno Rivera
Maricella González as Calixta Melendez
Anna Sobero as Marcela Villa
Maite Embil as Belinda Delgado
Karina Mora as Yaya Mendoza
Jeimy Osorio as Tanya Taylor
Jorge Hernández as Estanislao
Jorge Eduardo García as Lalo Lujan
Henry Zakka as Amador Hill

Episodes: 161

What do I like about it: I’ve been watching this drama for like forever. With 161 episodes in total and each episode is over 1 hr long, it will be awhile before I finish. I’m still working on season 2 while Dramafever is now uploading season 3 so I am so behind now! The beauty of this drama, the minute I pick it up, I literally am entranced for at least 1-2 days watching it. I’m only to episode 47 but I love the lead couple of Cristobal and Maritza. They have good chemistry and Eugenio Siler is definitely a handsome man to watch. Okay, maybe I’m watching for him. I admit it. But it is a great go to drama and one day I’ll be writing that final review once I reach episode 161. Okay, I’m way behind now! Dramafever has 90 episodes available!!

Plan to Watch Next
3 Musketeers – I don’t think I’ve missed one movie, series ever of this story. I am interested to see the Korean take on this age old story; one of my favorites. Great cast and with it being on tVN network, I am really looking forward to this!
Hotel King – Everyone had good things to say about this. I’m only a passing fan of Lee Dong Wook because I definitely have a win/lose relationship with his dramas but the biggest preventer has been Lee Da Hae. I’ve never liked her as an actress but I’m putting in big faith of my loyal drama watchers that are insisting that I watch this for the lead couple’s chemistry alone. We will see.
Mother’s Garden – By hook or crook, even though I’ve patiently waited for subs that never appeared, I will watch this drama. I loved Choi Tae Joon in Ugly Alert, looking forward to getting a better impression of Jung Yoo Mi after hating her with a thousand passions in Rooftop Prince.
Roy Fun Tawan Duerd – Rising Sun 2 with my favorite Thai lakorn couple, Nadech/Yaya. Enough said.

It’s funny when I look back at my last Plan to Watch list, I finished nor watched any of them! Sad!

3 thoughts on “What I’m Watching, August 2014 Edition

  1. You know, I am so glad you are watching AND enjoying my personal favorite Jutathep story. I am brought to tears each time I watch it (and yes, I’ve seen it more than twice). There is no one like Ruj!
    The Rising Sun is my crack right now. It’s much better than I imagined (had no narrative expectations) and it’s perfectly cast. As always, I’m in love with Mario and Taew. They are one of my all time favorite Thai OTPs along with Pope and Mew. Love Yadech too, just not in my Top 5. “Raeng” roles, I’ve come to learn, are an art form that most cultures don’t laud but lakorn has carved them a niche, I’ve come to admire. [I liken it to my adoration of villains.] And Nat’s Aiko is psycho but she’s doing a decent job. She’s written pretty well, for I loved ep7’s “ahha” moment.

    As for the other dramas, you are definitely watching a mixed bag as far as acting and narrative standard and caliber. Some underrated gems. Good for you! Watabe-san, Kimura and Lee Bum-soo?! Girl!! Salaryman was such a wonderful dark comedy.

    • Yes, Ruj is definitely turning into my favorite brother so far and this is definitely my favorite of the series. I really have high hopes for the last two because more than one person said they loved the younger brothers’ story the most. I am also loving the Rising Sun series. The love story between Takeshi and Seiko is so sweet and loving! I’ll be looking forward to watching more Maro and Taew; suggestions are welcome. I’m still relatively new to lakorn; only one slap/kiss finished under my belt and another I’m slowly watching but it has been rough (Sawan Biang). Check out my list of favorites. Its a work in progress, give me time, my PTW list is FULL of Thai lakorn dramas to watch!!

      • I don’t like to pump hopes, therefore, all I’ll say about the Brothers is that for me, each had his own charm. My favorite and best love story (imo) will always be Ruj but it’s not the best overall drama nor is he my favorite brother.
        The last two are worth the watch; one for its cinematography and soundtrack and the other for direction and compelling storytelling. The score was pretty great on that one too.

        As for suggestions there’s a drama I started that reminded me of you, however it’s just begun so I’m waiting a few weeks to recommend. Also check out my website, in my side panel, I have a section “Little Lakorn Lookbook” where I give my two cents on the Lakorns I’m currently watching. You might get some more ideas there.
        I hope to do a lakorn review this year… Or a Top5. We’ll see. I’m actually keeping track (or trying to) so it’s highly possible.

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