Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best Korean Dramas of 2013

Annyeong! It has been a hot minute since I've posted last, but here I am sharing my year's Korean drama-watching work. This year there was a good assortment of dramas to suit viewers' varying taste buds. This year also featured some of the most hyped Kdramas ever (Gu Family Book and The Heirs). Even though I found some great dramas to watch in 2013, not every drama was watchable. So, look forward to my "The Worst Korean Dramas of 2013" list in a few days. But, let's get back to positivity and celebration for now. Here's to an even better year for dramas in 2014!

5. That Winter, the Wind Blows

Jo In Sung and Song Hye Kyo
That Winter, the Wind Blows was the first, what I consider, "blockbuster" drama of the year. It features Jo In Sung, Song Hye Kyo, Jung Eun Ji, and Kim Bum. The music was divine (download the OST here), the aesthetic was soft and breathtaking, and this drama, while not the best of the year, was never dull. Read my full review here.

4. Good Doctor

Joo Won and Moon Chae Won
Good Doctor fills the void of feel good medical drama better than any I've seen before. The chemistry between Joo Won and Moon Chae Won made the fact that Park Shi Won (Joo Won) was autistic seem like just another obstacle that any couple faces. I am pretty sure that I cried at least once during each of the 20 episodes of this sweet drama.

3. The Heirs

Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan and Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sung

When I first started watching The Heirs/ The Inheritors, I was in disbelief. I had a hard time accepting that Lee Min Ho was still playing a high school kid (he's 26 now!). I was also put off by the strange scenes that they filmed in California. I decided to let my skepticism go, though, and allow the story to wash over me. This drama is a blatant combination of all things that viewers want to see, rich kids, love triangles, birth secrets, Cinderella story, coming-of-age, I could go on for pages. What I think makes this drama great, though, is that the actors managed to shine through the achingly cliche plot lines and dialogue to show us genuine feeling and the pain that comes with transitioning from childhood to adulthood no matter how rich or poor you are. Also, the sheer volume of popular Korean actors is enough to make my list, The Heirs had Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin, Kang Min Hyuk, Krystal Jung, Choi Jin Hyuk, Lim Ju Eun, Kim Ji Won, and Kang Ha Neul... MIND BLOWN.

2. Heartless City

Jung Kyung Ho and Nam Gyu Ri
Heartless City/ Cruel City was the drama that I looked forward to watching the most every week while it aired. It was the most exciting and sexiest drama of the year, in my opinion. It wasn't, though, an epic romance drama. There was a strong connection between the two leads Jung Kyung Ho and Nam Gyu Ri, but it seemed more like a plot-driving relationship than an a heart-wrenching love like the one from my number 1 drama of the year. Read my full review of Heartless City here.

1. Secret

Hwang Jung Eum and Ji Sung
Ahhh yes, Secret Love, what year of drama isn't complete without a high-intensity melodrama? My year certainly wouldn't have felt complete without Secret. Hwang Jung Eum pulled off her best performance yet as the wronged Kang Yoo Jung who lost years of her life in prison, her son, and her bright-eyed optimism. Yet, she was able to love again and make the best decision for herself and her child. I just loved this drama and it's fast moving action and romance.

What were your favorites?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Ok Taecyeon: The Hottest Dork

Basic info

Name: Ok Taecyeon
Date of Birth: December 27th 1988
Location: Born in Busan, Korea moved to Massachusetts, and then back to Korea
Languages: Korean, English, and Japanese
Profession: Actor, Singer, Model, Dancer, Composer, Songwriter
Debut: 2008

If you've watched We Got Married: Global Edition, then, like me, you may have noticed Ok Taecyeon's dorkiness. He has a very cautious and logical approach to things, and he is easily embarrassed. At first I thought it might just be an act because just about everything else about WGMGE seemed so scripted and planned, but since he held so strong to that trait all the way through the series, I would like to think he's at least a bit like in the show. On the flip side of his geekiness is the greased up sex god that comes out when he's performing with 2PM or working modelling jobs.

source: Mens Health

I think his drama persona is so different from his musical persona that I wonder who the true Taecyeon is. Either way, I think that his acting in Dream High and in Who Are You is great, and I want to see more of his acting in the future. Also, we got a taste of his music and lyric writing talents in WGMGE and I was impressed by that. A man who can write a good love song is very attractive.

Taecyeon with Gui Gui in We Got Married Global Edition


Who Are You (2013)
99 Days with the Superstar (2011)
Dream High (2011)
Cinderella's Sister (2010)


Marriage Blue (2013)


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Best Korean Drama Jobs and Careers

Have you ever wanted to live like your favorite Korean drama heroes and heroines? Well, I'm about to let you in on the secret: you have to get the right job! In Kdrama land certain jobs will land you closer to crush and enemy than any others. Let's review your options. (I will mention plot points from the dramas below, but none of them will ruin the overall experience of the show for anyone who hasn't watched these dramas yet, so I won't call them spoilers. I consider them safe.)

1. The food/milk delivery person

This worked remarkably well for Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) in Coffe Prince. While she was delivering food, she sneaked a peek at a naked Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo). Also, when she had her stint as a milk delivery girl, she captured the heart of Han Kyul's cousin Han Sung (Lee Sun Kyun). Eun Chan actually had many jobs including: barista at Han Kyul's coffe shop, taekwondo instructor, and she also sewed eyes on dolls. Let this be a lesson ladies, the more odd jobs you work, the closer you are to finding your soulmate!

other examples: Can You Hear My Heart?, Shining Inheritance

Monday, September 2, 2013

Song Joong Ki, I Can Wait 2 Years For You

Song Joong Ki as Chul Soo in A Werewolf Boy
Because our beloved Song Joong Ki has left for his mandatory 2-year military service, I decided to write my first profile in my new blog format about him. I have included a resume above with SJK's basic info and his projects (read below for a text version of his projects with links). While he's on a hiatus from making new movies and/or dramas for the next two years, we can all comfort ourselves by watching his previous work. Even if you've already seen everything he's been in, there's no harm in repeat watching, right? Also, you can listen to "Really" and "The Water is Wide" every night before you go to sleep. I strongly recommend his most recent drama Innocent Man if you haven't watched it yet. Of his movies A Werewolf Boy is great if you are looking to cry, and Penny Pinchers is hilarious and sweet. My Friday review this week will be of Penny Pinchers, so look forward to that.

Return to us safely, Joong Ki-yah!

photo source

Sunday, September 1, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 30 A Kdrama that made you so sad

Day 30: A Kdrama which made you so sad

Im Su Jeong and So Ji Sub in I'm Sorry, I Love You
Happy 100th post, and 30th day of the Kdrama challenge! Thank you for reading my blog.

Wow I'm Sorry, I Love You is sad. From episode one there is a dark cloud hovering over the entire cast. It's the type of drama that fits well with the style of Korean dramas from 2004, but wouldn't work as well now. I won't reveal any important plot points to spoil it for those that haven't seen it yet (which you should if you haven't), but there is pain, desperation, and tragedy hiding around every corner in this drama. Even though So Ji Sub's performance was emotional here, I like his role and performance in Master's Sun much more. His beautiful face and smooth voice are more suited to a sassy business man than a crazy hobo. Watch I'm Sorry, I Love You free and subtitled on DramaFever

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 29 A Kdrama that made you so happy

Day 29 A Kdrama that made you so happy

George Hu and Annie Chen in Love Around
I know it's not a Korean drama, but the Taiwanese drama Love Around never fails to leave me with the warm and fuzzies. The legendary romantic chemistry between George and Annie is put on max for this drama because the show is basically all about the progression of their relationship from friends to lovers. It also features multiple other adorable ships. This drama is all smiles and no tears. It's a great way to escape the drudgery of daily life. Watch Love Around free and subtitled on DramaFever

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 28 A Kdrama Not Loved By Many That You Seem to Like

Day 28: A Kdrama not loved by many That you seem to like

Yoon Eun Hye and Oh Man Seok in The Vineyard Man
The Vineyard Man is one of my favorite Yoon Eun Hye dramas (along with Coffee Prince), but I feel like it is underrated. I'm not sure if it's because it's old (from 2006) or because it's set in the country and focuses on farming so it's not set in Seoul like most Korean dramas. Either way, it's a beautiful, sad, funny, and romantic drama. I know there are others out there like me who enjoyed it, but I think there are many more drama fans who should give it a chance. The chemistry between the two leads is hot, and the country backdrop is gorgeous. Watch The Vineyard Man free and subtitled on DramaFever

Thursday, August 29, 2013

COMING SOON! Kdrama Therapy: Korean Drama Blog Makeover

Kim Seul Gi in Flower Boy Next Door
I am currently brainstorming content for this blog. I plan to create a new more consistent format with a schedule for myself so that I can post regularly.

I want to start my new format on September 2nd. I plan to post in the schedule below:

Mondays: Actor/Musical Performer(s)/Other(?) Profiles
These will be shorter posts focusing on specific people or groups. These are some ideas for people I want to write about: Lee Seung Gi, Lee Min Ho, Moon Chae Won, Song Joong Ki, Zo In Sung, Lee Jun Ki, Bae Suzy, Taecyeon, Shin Min Ah, Joo Won, So Ji Sub, Kong Hyo Jin, Song hye Kyo, Kim Seul Gi, Jung Eun Ji, Choi Min Ho...

Whenever I write a profile, I plan to follow it with a tumblr spam of that person/group on my tumblr blog

Wednesdays: Lists/Updates
These posts will vary in length depending on the content. I would like to create more drama lists or post updates like upcoming dramas, etc. Some ideas: Worst dramas, worst couples, Best drama of the summer, Kdrama jobs, Kdrama truths, Best Villains, most evil families, best/worst fashion, Best secondary couples, best I love you's, best friends, best fights,...

Fridays: Reviews
These posts will be longer, and I will try to review dramas and movies. I doubt that I will post a review every week, but that's the goal. These posts may be final reviews or reviews of specific episodes. Because I have been watching primarily currently airing dramas lately, I won't always have finished a drama to write about.

I will continue to post screen caps and quick updates on my Facebook page and, of course, reblog K stuff on tumblr, both of which feed to my twitter! OMOOO, what am I getting myself into?

I am mostly posting this so that I feel a bit of accountability to actually follow through with it, but I also want feedback. Any suggestions for content that you would like to see in any of these categories?

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 27 A Kdrama Loved by Many That You Don't Seem to Like

Day 27: A Kdrama Loved by Many That You Don't Seem to Like

Lee Da Hee, Cha Kwan Woo, Lee Bo Young, Lee Jong Suk in I Hear Your Voice
There have been a few dramas that I didn't quite enjoy as much as the general Kdrama-loving population, but the most recent instance of this is I Hear Your Voice. I really tried to like this drama, and I even watched 16 of the 18 episodes. I was determined to finish it and write a review about it, but I just kept playing Candy Crush instead of paying attention, so I decided I couldn't, in good conscience, write a review if I didn't truly watch it. It's strange because I love Lee Jong Suk, just like most everyone else, but I just couldn't fathom a ship between him and Lee Bo Young. There are some couples that I just cannot accept. Sure, there were moments that I did enjoy this drama. Sometimes it was funny, sad, or exciting, but I never really got into it. Watch I Hear Your Voice free and subtitled on DramaFever

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 26 Your Recently Finished Kdrama

Day 26: Your Recently Finished Kdrama

Top: Son Ye Jin and Kim Nam Gil in Shark Lower: Son Ye Jin in Shark Finale
The most recent Korean drama that I finished is Shark (Don't Look Back: the Legend of Orpheus). See my full review (HERE). It was a drama that I was conflicted about in some spots, but I thought it ended just right. I know others do not agree, but that's the spice of life. Watch Shark free and subtitled on DramaFever

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 25 Your First Jdrama

Day 25: Your First Jdrama

Japanese dramas are a very different world from Korean dramas. The characters, plots, settings, and relationships are much more exaggerated and fantastical, but, in some ways, almost more realist than Kdramas because it's so blatantly obvious that it's not supposed to be true life. Anyway, to get to the point of this post, the first Japanese drama that I watched was Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge on dramacrazy.net which is now drama dramacrazy.eu. It is a crazy yet sweet drama about a very weird goth girl and the flower boys that lived with her in a giant mansion. Watch it on dramacrazy

Friday, August 16, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 24 Your Worst Couple

Day 24: Your Worst Couple

Jung Yu Mi and Lee Jin Wook in I Need Romance 2012

When I first started watching I Need Romance 2012, I was in love with it. It had a bit of sexuality, a lot of comedy, and that fun Sex and the City feel. Unfortunately, I felt like the main couple took an awful turn during the last half of the drama. Joo Yeol Mae's character started basically two-timing with the sweet coffee shop guy (Kim Ji Suk) while she was still in love with her childhood friend (Lee Jin Wook). I never felt the chemistry between Jin Wook and Yu Mi, and I was strongly against them ending up together. They made a horrible couple because they didn't seem to understand what the other wanted. When the big reveal about Suk Hyun's fear of being sick came out, I was hoping she wouldn't run to him out of pity, but I felt like she did. I ended up watching this drama until the end, and I was disappointed with how it was resolved. Watch I Need Romance 2012 on DramaFever

Thursday, August 15, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 23 Your Favorite Couple

Day 23: Your Favorite Couple

Well, back in February, I wrote a post listing my favorite couples (read it here). My FAVORITE FAVORITE FAVORITE Korean drama couple is Shin Min Ah and Lee Sung Gi as Cha Dae Woong and Mi Ho in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. Read the post I mentioned above for more of my favorite couples along with demonstrative YouTube videos. Watch these adorable Kdrama couples on DramaFever

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 22 Your Worst Actress

Day 22: Your Worst Actress

Moon Geun Young
Maybe I haven't watched enough of Moon Geun Young's dramas to really give her a chance, but since I have to pick someone as my least favorite Korean drama actress, I choose her. I recognize her cuteness, but I mostly just find her annoying. Mary Stayed out All Night was just such a strange drama to me, and her acting, voice, and general demeanor rubbed me the wrong way. I still need to watch Painter of the Wind, and I've heard it's great, so maybe that will change my mind. Watch Moon Geun Young on DramaFever

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 21 Your Worst Actor

Day 21: Your Worst Actor

Kim Hyun Joong in Boys Over Flowers
Kim Hyun Joong in Barefoot Friends

It's time to drop a little bit of hate, but I'll explain it, so don't worry. Kim Hyun Joong is my least favorite Korean drama actor for two reasons Boys Over Flowers and Playful Kiss. His acting style just does not suit my taste. Yes, he has heavenly good looks, but when he's on screen that's all he is good for. He is too stoic and unemotional to draw me in. Now, cut to Kim Hyun Joong in the variety show Barefoot Friends, and I love him now. He is so much more mature and handsome with the short haircut, and his personalty really shines through. OK, he's still a fairly conservative guy, but at least we get to see a glimmer of the playfulness that was missing from his drama acting. Watch Barefoot Friends, Boys Over Flowers, and Playful Kiss on DramaFever

Monday, August 12, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 20 Your Favorite Actress

Day 20: Your Favorite Actress

Yoon Eun Hye in I Miss You
Shin Min Ah in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

This one is a little harder for me to decide on than my favorite Korean actor. So, I choose the two ladies that I love the most: Yoon Eun Hye and Shin Min Ah. To start, Yoon Eun Hye is a goddess, and I even wrote a post titled that (read it here). As for Shin Min Ah, she is in two of my most beloved Kdramas: My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and Arang and the Magistrate. Obviously they are both extremely beautiful in different ways, and they possess the talents to mesmerize, but they are also very funny and sweet in a down-to-earth-way. Watch Yoon Eun Hye and Shin Min Ah's dramas on DramaFever

Sunday, August 11, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 19 Your Favorite Actor

Day 19: Your Favorite Actor

Lee Min Ho in Faith
Imja!!! Well, there isn't much to think about for day 19. Lee Min Ho is definitely me favorite Korean actor. It's not just his acting skills that draw me in; his whole persona is magnetic. He is beyond gorgeous, he has cute quirks, he can sing, he can act, he is tall, he has a great speaking voice... the list really goes on and on. My favorite drama of his is Personal Taste. He is hilarious as a prickly character who tries to act cool on the outside, but is actually very soft and gentle inside. He is perfection! Watch Lee Min Ho in Boys Over Flowers, City Hunter, Personal Taste, and Faith on DramaFever

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 18

Day 18: The Worst Kdrama You've Watched Until the End

Moon Chae Won and Choi Jin Hyuk in It's Okay Daddy's Girl
Oh Boy, this is a tough one. I will choose It's Okay Daddy's Girl as the worst Korean drama I've watched all the way through. Honestly, I kept waiting for it get good, so I continued to watch episode after episode. When the final episode came, I felt pretty dumb for wasting my time on this one. I think the worst part about it is that it has some great Korean actors including Moon Chae Won, Choi Jin Hyuk, and Super Junior's Lee Dong Hae. And when I first started it, I thought, "wow, Moon Chae Won and Choi Jin Hyuk would make a hot couple." Sadly, though, their relationship development was severely lacking. Also, I was really grossed out when we found out the Kang Sung's character was the father of the girl who had lived her whole life thinking she was his little sister. I just can't with this drama, I really can't. Watch it, if you dare, free and subtitled on DramaFever

Monday, August 5, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 17

Day 17: A Kdrama you've watched more than once

Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye in Coffee Prince
Yes, I am a repeater, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. When something is AMAZING, why would I only watch it once? I will add, though, that sometimes I get really jealous when I think about people who are watching my favorite Kdramas for the first time. I will never get to have that experience again with those dramas. That strong, emotional, almost crazy reaction to watching a drama the first time and really loving it, I only hope that I can find more dramas in the future that affect me the same.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 16

Day 16: A Kdrama you started but couldn't finish

Well, there have been a few that I just couldn't get through. Some of them I spent a lot of time watching, but just gave up due to where the story was leading. Others I knew from the beginning that it just wasn't going to work out. Below I listed the dramas that I can think of that I started and couldn't finish with the amount of episodes that I watched. The one of these that I may finish someday is Glass Mask. I spent a lot of time watching the 70 episodes that I did, so I should probably see it to the end, right?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 15

Day 15: Your Favorite Ending

My favorite ending is hard to choose, it's not that there are a lot of Korean dramas that have great finales (because they usually don't do justice to the rest of the series), but there are a handful that have magnificent endings. I will have to choose the end of Ice Adonis (Yellow Boots). I cried bucketfuls from sadness, happiness, relief and exhaustion. First of all, making to the last episode is an achievement because this drama is 100 episodes long, but the finale is so gratifying that it is worth the struggle. The end is all about forgiveness, love, and justice. The evil Yoo Ra got what she deserved while the kind Yeon Hwa was rewarded with peace and happiness. Watch Ice Adonis free and subtitled on DramaFever

Friday, August 2, 2013

The Best Korean Drama Bromances

The love story between a male and female lead in a Korean drama can cause overwhelming feels and emotional attachment, but what about the unwavering love between two male characters? Not necessarily in a gay way (though it sometimes might border on homosexual, and not that it's a bad thing, either), but a pure love that forms between our favorite beautiful Korean actors. Kdrama bromances aren't hard to find, but some stand out as being especially funny, sweet, long standing or passionate.

1st Bromance: Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin in School 2013

Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin
As two rough-and-tumble high school boys, Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo Bin, blew me away. Their chemistry was on fire, and they were the only real romance in School 2013. Who didn't tear up when they decided to be friends again? What a beautiful bromance. Watch School 2013 free and subtitled on DramaFever

Shark (Don't Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus) Final Episode 20 Review

Son Ye Jin as Jo Hae Woo and Kim Nam Gil as Han Yi Soo
Watch Shark (Don't Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus) final episode 20 free and subtitled on DramaFever

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30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 14

Day 14: Your Favorite Kiss

This is still my favorite kiss, yes, I'm referring to the "game over" kiss from episode 11 of Personal Taste. After a heartfelt confession from Son Ye Jin's character Gae In, Lee Min Ho's character Jin Ho marches right up to her with his long, sexy legs, and he kisses in a super dramatic and romantic fashion. The music, the spinning camera angles, the shocked looks on the by standers faces make this scene so perfect and unforgettable. Watch Personal Taste free and subtitled on DramaFever

Thursday, August 1, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 13

Day 13: Your Favorite "I love you"

My favorite "I love you" happened in Rooftop Prince when Park Ha texted "I love you" to Lee Gak by mistake. She proceeded to try to bury his phone in the ground so he wouldn't see it. He did, of course, end up seeing it, and then things began to shift in his mind.... OK STOP. I'm getting sad just thinking about it. This drama is just so amazing in every way. If haven't already, you can watch Rooftop Prince free and subtitled on DramaFever

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 12

Day 12: Your Favorite Story

Arang and the Magistrate had a really amazing story. The romance was electric, the mystery was thrilling, there were also funny parts and scary parts. From the beginning all the way to the final episode, it was a great story. As Kdrama fans, we all know that a drama can be really solid and then have a shit ending. Arang's ending was hopeful, romantic, and unusual. Also, the supernatural elements were done very well and didn't become cheesy. Even though this is a sageuk drama, I was never bored. Watch Arang and the Magistrate free and subtitled on DramaFever

Heartless City (Cruel City) Final Episode 20 Review

Nam Gyu Ri as Han Soo Min and Jung Kyung Ho as Jung Shi Hyun
I'm going to call this as the best Korean drama of 2013 so far. I was getting a bit worried because there were no dramas that were jumping out at me as REALLY great this year. Some were good, some were OK, and others were lame. Heartless City (Cruel City) changed the scene. It had a dirty side to it that is missing from many melodramatic Korean dramas. Sometimes when they try to be dark, it just comes off as boring or, worse yet, cheesy. Watch Heartless City free and subtitles on DramaFever

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

We Got Married: Global Edition Final Episode 15 Review

We Got Married: Global Edition is a sweet reality show centered on two couples who are pretending to be married. This is the global edition because the female half of each couple is from a different country than the guys, who are both from Korea. Watch it free and subtitled on DramaFever

Friday, July 12, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 11

Day 11: Your Favorite Dialogue

Seo In Guk as Yoon Yoon Jae and Jung Eun Ji as Sung Shi Won
OK, I'm glad this is the last day for lines/dialogue because I'm not good at remembering quotes from shows especially when I'm reading and not hearing it. Anyway, basically all of Reply 1997 is my favorite dialogue. The comedic scenes were quick and smart while the dramatic scenes were emotional and sincere. This drama had a realistic aspect to the characters, story, and script that made it special. Definitely one of my favorite dramas of 2012. Watch Reply 1997 subtitled and free on DramaFever.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 10

Day 10: Your Favorite Line/s by a Female Third Wheel

Lee Yoo Bi as Park Chung Jo 
Generally I hate the third wheel female characters in Kdramas. They are often selfish, jealous, depressing, or insane. I usually want them to just go away and leave my ship alone. Rarely, though, a third wheel female will come along who is reasonable, strong-willed, and understanding of the main couple's affection. Park Chung Jo played by Lee Yoo Bi in Gu Family Book is the latter kind of third wheel. She went through hell. She lost most of her family, was forced to become a gisaeng, and had to sleep with the evil bastard that killed her parents. She persevered, though, and even had the decency to step out of the way of Kang Chi and Yeo Wool's relationship. My favorite quote by Chung Jo from the final episode of Gu Family Book: 
"The first love helps one grow, and the last love completes the person."

Watch Gu Family Book free and subtitled on DramaFever

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Where to Watch Asian Dramas Online

Sadly, the video hosting site dramacrazy.net exists no longer. It was a great place to find thousands of dramas, movies, variety shows, etc. However, there are other sites out there where you can watch your Korean, Taiwanese, Japanese and other Asian dramas with subtitles and raw for free or paid. Here is a list of links to some drama sites to watch online or to download dramas. I personally use the first three sites most frequently.
UPDATE!!!! Dramacrazy is back! It has moved to Dramacrazy.eu

Saturday, July 6, 2013

New Taiwanese Drama: Love Around Episodes 3 & 4 Reviews

George Hu and Annie Chen
So far I think Love Around is super cute and pretty funny, but it's not my favorite drama of this year so far. I really love the pairing of George Hu and Annie Chen, though. I think I need to watch Love, Now once it's fully subbed in English on Viki. Read my full reviews of episodes 3 and 4 of Love Around on the DramaFever blog. Click here for episode 3 and click here for episode 4.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Gu Family Book Final Episode 24 Review

Bae Soo Ji (Suzy) as Dam Yeo Wool and Lee Seung Gi as Choi Kang Chi
So, before this drama began airing, I was thinking Lee Seung Gi + Gumiho = LOVE because my all time favorite drama is My girlfriend is a Gumiho which he stars in as the male lead. After watching the first 5 episodes of Gu Family Book, I wasn't convinced of Suzy and Seung Gi as a couple, and I was getting bored of this show. Overall, I am glad I got encouragement from my tumblr followers and finished this drama because it was damn good entertainment. It's not the best supernatural infused drama out there, but it has some redeeming qualities.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 9

Day 09: Your Favorite Line/s by a Male Third Wheel

Lee Hong Ki as Jeremy
I felt so bad for Jeremy in You're Beautiful when he was rejected by Go Mi Nam (Park Shin Hye). My favorite lines from a male third wheel character happened after he found out Mi Nam is actually a girl, but she still doesn't like him. Of the three guys that liked Mi Nam, Jeremy was the only one who went a majority of the drama thinking she was a guy. He cared about her no matter her gender, but was admittedly relieved when he discovered her female identity. See my favorite quote of his below. Watch You're Beautiful subtitled and free on DramaFever

Gu Family Book OST

Gu Family Book is a fusion of many different drama genres. It's a combination of Saguek, romantic comedy, action and adventure, supernatural, girl mistaken as boy (for a few episodes), and melodrama. I plan on discussing this drama more in depth for my final review next week, but for now, I present you with the beautiful OST. The songs features in this drama capture its epicness quite well, and they add sweet romance to already emotional scenes. This OST is separated into 8 parts with 2 special albums as well. Click on the links below to download the music. Enjoy!

Album info

Artist: Various
Language: Korean
Genre: OST
Release Date: April 8th - June 18th 2013

New Taiwanese Drama: Love Around Episode 2 Review

George Hu and Annie Chen
Well, I am currently writing for the Shark and Love Around Drama Clubs on DramaFever's blog. If you want to get the low-down on the 2nd episode of the new Taiwanese drama Love Around starring the swoon-worthy George Hu and the adorable Annie Chen, visit the post here.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

30 Day KDrama Challenge: Day 8

Day 8: Favorite Line(s) by a Female Lead Character

Moon Chae Won as Seo Eun Gi
Oh god, I'm getting choked up just thinking about this scene. My favorite lines from a female lead character are the ones in Seo Eun Gi's monologue during episode7 of Nice Guy. The scene I'm referring to happens after Eun Gi breaks free from her house imprisonment to confess her love to Ma Ru who was beaten upon Jae Hee's order. In that moment I forgot that I was watching a scripted TV show. I felt as if I was witnessing someone pouring out their heart with complete sincerity. Eun Gi was seeking love so desperately because of the lack of affection from her father that when she found Kang Ma Ru, she let her guard down and become completely vulnerable. What a great scene. Watch Nice Guy (Innocent Man) subtitled and free on DramaFever

Monday, June 17, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 7

Day 7: Your Favorite Line(s) by a Male Lead Character

Honestly, I am not good at remembering lines and quotes (especially when I am reading it instead of hearing it), so I will talk about a drama that had a lot of good lines in it. I think Lee Min Ho's character Jeon Jin Ho had quite a dew funny lines in Personal Taste. Both times I have watched this drama, I LOLed during the scenes when Jin Ho was teaching Gae In (Son Ye Jin) how to be a woman. She is such a hopeless slob, and he is such an uptight prima donna that he has to use some brutal tactics from his "gay" arsenal to instruct her.
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

30 Day Kdrama Challenge: Day 6

Day 6: Your Favorite Song From a Kdrama OST

I think my favorite song from an OST, for right now anyway, is "Winter Love" by The One from That Winter, the Wind Blows. I also LOOOOVE Shin Min Ah's "Sha La La" from the My Girlfriend is a Gumiho OST. There are so many, though, that it's hard to pinpoint just one. It really depends on my mood. I also really love the opening and closing themes of the Taiwanese drama Summer Fever, both of them are performed by Gui Gui.


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