It's All About The KDramas

by - Friday, July 29, 2016

Welcome to my latest obsession! This post is all about KDramas! Hope you all enjoy, it definitely is a long one <3 

Descendants of The Sun

Some relationships are fated, despite the challenges of time and place. Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki), the leader of a Special Forces unit, meets trauma surgeon Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) in a hospital emergency room after Shi Jin and his second-in-command, Seo Dae Young (Jin Goo), chase down a thief on their day off. Shi Jin is immediately smitten with Mo Yeon, and he asks her out on a date. 

But Shi Jin keeps getting called to duty when he is with Mo Yeon, and the two also realize that they have conflicting views about human life (he will kill to protect his country and she has to save lives at all costs). They decide to break off their budding relationship as a result. Dae Young also tries to break off his relationship with Army doctor Yoon Myeong Ju (Kim Ji Won) because her father, Lt. General Yoon (Kang Shin Il), thinks Shi Jin is a better match for his daughter. 

Shi Jin and Dae Young are then deployed to the fictional war-torn country of Urk on a long-term assignment of helping the United Nations keep peace in the area. After repeatedly being passed over for a promotion because of her lack of connections, Mo Yeon gives up performing surgeries, loosening her principles somewhat to become a celebrity TV doctor and caring for VIP patients at the hospital. But when she refuses the sexual advances of the hospital chairman, Mo Yeon is picked to lead a medical team to staff a clinic in Urk! There, Mo Yeon unexpectedly reconnects with Shi Jin.


This was the first KDrama I watched. Arden Cho mentioned it in one of her youtube videos, and that was the start of my love for KDrama. DOTS is a lovely show to start your KDrama journey with. One thing I really loved about it is how the full story is shown in less than 20 episodes, which is definitely from the American dramas. Korean dramas get straight to the point, and I really enjoyed that. This show was so beautiful, the love and the feels that you get from watching this show is so lovely. I can guarantee that this show will make you laugh, smile, and make you cry. There is action, and you do get to see "war" based scenes, but it's not revolved around it so don't let that put you off. Korean dramas are great at portraying love, and you will be satisfied with watching this drama. DOTS would certainly be a show I would watch again and again.


What can an event that happened decades ago have to do with three people who seemingly have nothing in common? Kim Moon Ho (Yoo Ji Tae) is a popular broadcast reporter for a major news organization. Chae Young Shin (Park Min Young) is a reporter for a second-rate tabloid news website. Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang Wook) is a mysterious errand boy known by the code name “Healer.” When these three people are brought together, they go on an unusual journey to discover what happened years ago when a group of friends operated an illegal broadcasting station, and they try to help the people affected by the event. Can their quest to learn the truth about the past somehow help them to discover their future fates? 


I think this show is one of my ultimate favorite ones. I love shows that have got to do with undercover, love, and mystery. This show in the beginning does get confusing but once you get to know the characters more, and where and who they came from, you will just understand. When I was watching this show, I just didn't want to stop, and Healer is one of them shows. You get so hooked with the mysteries and get so engrossed in to knowing more, that you don't want to stop watching it. There are characters that you will hate to bits, and characters that you just adore. The portrayal of relationship and love in this drama is so shown so well. You just get happy seeing them. If you are into action, adventure, mystery, and love then this drama is filled with it. It honestly sucked when I was done with watching the show, because you just want more!

Sassy Go Go

Kang Yeon Doo (Jung Eunji) is an average sophomore who attends a highly competitive high school. She is the leader of Real King, the school’s dance group that clashes with the White Tigers, the school’s academic club reserved for the students in the top 5% led by the school’s number one student, Kim Yeol (Lee Won Keun). 

While her childhood friend Ha Dong Jae (N) struggles to overcome his physical contact disability, another student, Kwon Soo Ah (Chae Soo Bin) threatens both Real King and the White Tigers unless the two clubs form a cheerleading team to boost her resume. Kim Yeol is forced to lead the White Tigers into cheerleading to help his best friend Seo Ha Joon (Ji Soo), and his sincerity convinces Yeon Doo to do the same. Under the guidance of teachers, the team learns to overcome differences and become friends in the midst of immense parental pressure and preparation for their regional competition.


Sassy Go Go is your typical yet not so typical high school drama. I did enjoy watching this drama, however my love for it isn't the same as DOTS or Healer. There were a lot of dramas in Sassy Go Go, and if you are someone that can put up with it then this show will be fine for you. I will warn you that there is a love triangle, and that usually puts me off a lot, but for some reason for this show, I actually would rather have the main actress with the other guy (If you watch the show, you will understand who I am talking about). However I did like the outcome of the drama, the characters are pretty crazy, and your opinions on them will vary because of their lives are etc. So if you are looking for a show that is quite light, relateable, crazy then this may just be the one.

Oh My Venus

When you go from the top of the pecking order in the looks department in high school and then fall to the bottom in adulthood, is it possible to get back on top? Kang Joo Eun (Shin Min Ah) was envied by every girl and desired by every boy in high school as the Daejeon Venus because of her pretty face and killer figure. Despite coming from a poor family, Joo Eun was determined to go to law school and become an attorney. At age 33, she has achieved her professional goals and has been in a stable relationship with her high school boyfriend, Im Woo Sik (Jung Gyu Woon), for 15 years. But she has let herself go over the years and is now overweight and often disregarded and overlooked by society and her coworkers. On the plane ride back from a quick business trip to the United States, Joo Eun has an embarrassing run-in with Kim Yeong Ho (So Ji Sub) and his two sidekicks, Jang Joon Seong (Sung Hoon) and Kim Ji Woong (Henry). 

Yeong Ho is a celebrity personal trainer who is involved in a scandal in the United States and forced to flee to Korea until things cool down. But his wealthy family has other plans for him. As soon as they discover that he is back in Korea, his grandmother appoints Yeong Ho as the new president of the family medical services company and prevents him from returning to the States. A lost purse causes Young Ho to reconnect with Joo Eun and witness another personal embarrassment for Joo Eun in the aftermath of being dumped by Woo Sik and finding out that he has been dating her new boss, Oh Soo Jin (Yoo In Young). As it seems to become a habit for Yeong Ho to bail Joo Eun out of trouble, can he also help her to reclaim her former looks?


I really like this show. It's relatable to any girl and guy, simply because it shows some struggles that both sex goes through. This show gives you the laughs and smiles. What attracted me to watch the show was because I wanted to see the journey of Joo Eun, and whether she was going to be able to reach her goal. Weirdly, there are characters that you will dislike, but not to the point that you wished they didn't exist in the show. Each individuals have their own reasons for their decisions, although you will come to hate them at some point. You will feel sympathy/empathy, for some. Definitely a show I would watch again.

Kill Me, Heal Me

The human body is capable of all sorts of things to survive difficult situations. Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) is a third-generation business heir who developed dissociative identity disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) in the aftermath of several life-threatening traumatic events. He tries to regain control over his life with the help of Oh Ri Jin (Hwang Jung Eum), a first-year psychiatric resident who helps him secretly. But Ri Jin’s twin brother, Oh Ri On (Park Seo Joon), is a writer who is determined to uncover the unscrupulous lives of the rich and starts following Do Hyun around. Can Do Hyun take control over his condition before one of his seven personalities takes control over him instead?


What a show! Honestly, this show is so good! No wonder it was given the rating of 9.8/10 on Viki. The way the mental health of Cha Do Hyun was dealt was good. Really good. It shows how someone goes through it by themselves, and how by having someone know about it too could really help. I for certain, can't forget the show because of all the emotions that goes through you each episode. When you see all the personalities come out in their own time, it's freaking amazing, because you just enjoy the variety of personality that is portrayed. The thrill to keep on watching is there, and that is amazing. There isn't a point in the show that you are let down (well I wasn't). The acting by the cast was great! A must, must watch!


When a man is framed for a murder, it changes the course of his son’s life forever. Seo Jae Hyuk (Jun Kwang Ryul) is convicted of a murder that he did not commit. His son, Seo Jin Woo (Yoo Seung Ho), watches helplessly as his father is sent to prison and put on death row. Using his super memory (a condition known as hyperthymesia that allows him to recall every detail of his life), Jin Woo becomes a lawyer so that he can someday prove his father’s innocence. He reconnects with Lee In Ah (Park Min Young), a childhood classmate who is now a young prosecutor, and she is determined to help Jin Woo. But things get complicated when Jae Hyuk develops Alzheimer’s disease and begins to think he actually committed the murder, and then Jin Woo starts to exhibit symptoms of Alzheimer’s as well. Can Jin Woo beat the clock and save his father before his memories fail him?


This is a show that I would consider was alright. The girl from Healer is the main female lead and it was lovely seeing again because she was one damn great actress. The plot was interesting, and it's what made me want to keep on watching. Oh! The villian in the show makes your blood boil because of his lack of emotions. First half of the show will make you laugh a bit, but the second half does get serious. This show is filled with drama's one after another, and it's good because it doesn't focus too much on the main track although they are all linked to one another. Remember, would be a show I might watch once in a while. 


A devoted woman makes the ultimate sacrifice for her boyfriend, only to learn that love doesn’t always conquer all. Yoo Jung (Hwang Jung Eum) is a sweet, upbeat person who has always stuck by her boyfriend, Ahn Do Hoon (Bae Soo Bin), all through school as he cared for a disabled father. But Do Hoon gets into a car accident that results in the death of a woman. Unable to face her boyfriend having to go to jail for a hit-and-run accident, the self-sacrificing Yoo Jung takes the blame for the accident and serves time in prison in his place. Min Hyuk (Ji Sung), a cold-hearted heir to a business empire, had just begun to open his heart to a woman when she is killed in the hit-and-run accident. Years later, he is engaged to Shin Se Yeon (Lee Da Hee), a congressman’s daughter. Can Yoo Jung and Min Hyuk mend their wounded hearts and discover the real meaning of love?


Do you see any cast members from another show I previously mentioned. Yeah! The two lead cast members from "Kill Me, Heal Me" are in this show too. If you lovelies enjoy that show, then you got to watch this show too. The whole story line on "true love"/"real love" is shown really well. There is a point in "Secret", that makes you so sad and even cry. It was really nice to see Jung Eum play a women that is so strong yet weak when it comes to love. Her performance was mind blowing. Plus after reading the synopsis, I really wanted to see whether Jung Eum and Ji Sung will be together in this show too, and well if you want to know too, then you got watch this hehe! The plot progress in the beginning is quite slow, and it would have been better if it was fast forwarded, but nonetheless it makes you want to continue watching. 

She Was Pretty

Can you over-romanticize a cherished memory from childhood? Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon) was a shy, porky kid who was constantly teased by the other kids for his rotund shape. When he transfers to a new school in fifth grade and meets Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum), the prettiest, most popular girl in school, his life turns around. The kind-hearted Hye Jin becomes his only friend and protector — and they become each other’s first love. But then everything changes when Sung Joon’s family immigrates to the United States and then Hye Jin’s father’s business goes downhill, plunging her family from their previous wealthy lifestyle. But that’s not all! Hye Jin’s beautiful looks initially took after her mother. But as soon as Hye Jin hits puberty, her father’s genetic skin condition takes hold and leaves her with reddish facial scars that makes her resemble a raccoon. 

Fifteen years later, Sung Joon is a whole new person — dashing and handsome and a successful art director — who is transferred from New York to the Seoul office of “The Most” fashion magazine to work as the deputy chief editor. He tries to find his childhood friend, Hye Jin, again. But embarrassed by her current unglamorous appearance, Hye Jin passes off her best friend, the stunning Min Ha Ri (Go Jun Hee), as herself. But when Hye Jin is suddenly transferred to the magazine department at her new job to work as in intern under Sung Joon, how much longer can she keep her true identity a secret?


This is similar to "Oh My Venus" in terms of appearance being a factor, however this takes it more into the love story side. It's pretty sweet, and once again I loved seeing Jung Eum in this drama. The way the story unfolded was beautiful. However expect Korean drama's to do this to you. In this show too, I also didn't mind Hye Jin being with a different male character. Honestly this whole Korean drama period of mines, is surprising, because no matter what drama I watch I would, most of the time, ship the two main leads together, because of course that's how it's meant to usually be. But when watching these Korean drama's I find myself often shipping them with someone else. The plot twists in the drama are gooood. I loved them. And it was interesting to see them coming out in the middle and ending of the drama. Quick thing, Korean women are stunning!!!

Can You Hear My Heart?

Family relationships can be complicated and tortured. Bong Woo Ri (Hwang Jung Eum) is a loving, dutiful daughter who does her best to accommodate the needs of her deaf mother and mentally challenged stepfather. After a tragedy that takes the life of her mother, Woo Ri’s stepbrother, Bong Ma Roo (Namgoong Min), leaves after promising to come back but never does. As Woo Ri grows up and searches for her stepbrother, she meets Cha Dong Joo (Kim Jae Won), a young man from a wealthy family who is tortured by family secrets that he witnessed as a boy. 

Although Dong Joo lost his hearing in a childhood accident, he has learned to compensate for his disability so that he can keep his deafness a secret from those around him. Dong Joo and Woo Ri learn that they are connected by Ma Roo, who has taken on a new identity as Jang Joon Ha. How will the three reconcile their unexpected connection? 


Such a coincidence how the two lead female actress were in "She Was Pretty". I think I am obsessed with Jung Eum! This drama was 30 episodes long! From all the Korean drama's I've watched this must be the only one I've come across that is this long, it's freaking crazy. What I will say about this drama is that it's absolutely mental. You will go through such a phase, that you may want to even give up on the show half way through. My younger sister did, and I had to convince her so hard to keep on watching since she wasn't to far from the end. Honestly this show could have been completed within 15-20 episodes, the extra's were not needed. Having said that when it did come to an end, I was sad, simply because I was so emotionally invested that it was upsetting to have it finished. I don't know whether I would be able to go through all that again, maybe in a couple of years but not straight away. The characters, well all I will say is that they are confusing, the whole plot is confusing and you will understand properly after a while. But you won't be able to fully hate a character in the drama besides one of them.. You will known who, when you watch it hehe! 


Is it better to be a small fish in a big pond or a big fish in a small pond? Shin Suk Ho (Ji Sung) worked as a director at a major entertainment company, managing the hottest names in the music business. Due to circumstances, he branches out on his own to form his own small entertainment company. As he tries to regain his status as a successful manager to the stars, he brings together Seo Jae Hoon (L.Joe), Kayle (Gong Myung) and Na Yun Soo (Lee Tae Sun) to form a new music band. Does Suk Ho have what it takes to make his band a success and become a big fish in a big pond? 


Lastly, this is the latest drama I just finished watching. Definitely enjoyed it. It was nice to have something light after all the dramas. Entertainer sure did make me laugh so much and that's what I loved. There were issues in the show, but it was nice to see how quick they were resolved. One thing about the drama I will say was the romance side of the drama was not needed beside one relationship (don't want to spoil anything). I feel this drama didn't need to push the romantic side, instead it would have been just as amazing without it. However it is a lovely drama, and I would watch it again! 


Overall what have I got to say about Korean drama's is that they are outstanding. I love it, I honestly have swayed from American drama's to Korean, simply because I love how it's just a couple of episodes. The plot is straightforward.. maybe not as straightforward for Can You Hear My Heart, but generally they are. The OST (Original Sound Tracks) used in the dramas are freaking beautiful. I have a playlist with Korean musics, especially from DOTS, Healer, Entertainer, and Kill Me, Heal Me. They are so melodious, and the lyrics are just so touching! And the fashion! Oh gosh, I think I'm going to follow some Korean Fashion Instagram accounts, or check them out on Pinterest because it's gorgeous! To watch any of these show, you can access them on the site called Viki. I am so thankful for this site because it's 99-100% translated, so it's amazing. Leave your comments down below, on anything Korean, the shows (whether you've watched it or not), and if you want to see more! 

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