Oh My Ghost (2015)

Director: Yoo Je-won
Writer: Yang Hee-seung, Yang Seo-yoon
Stars: Park Bo-young, Jo Jung-suk, Lim Ju-hwan, Kim Seul-gie

Na Bong-Sun works as an assistant chef. Because of her timid personality and low self-esteem, she doesn’t have any friends. Since she was a child, she has been able to ghosts because of her shaman grandmother. One day, she becomes possessed by seductress ghost Shin Soon-Ae.

Kang Sun-Woo is a star chef. Na Bong-Sun has a secret crush on him. He is good looking and confident as a chef. Even though he is popular with women, he has yet to get over his ex-girlfriend. He begins to notice Na Bong-Sun after her sudden change.

 

Oh My Ghost is more of a drama than comedy. However, I had fun watching it because of the cooking. I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook good so watching features about food is always a go for me. Aside from that, I enjoyed watching this one because it renders a “realistic” feel. Yeah, it’s a fantasy, but how the characters were portrayed and how the scenes (the employees go drinking every night after work, they constantly badmouth their boss but they don’t leave work, etc). Somehow, I was able to relate to them.

There are also a lot of funny quips.

Hwarang (2016-2017)

Director: Yoon Sung-sik, Kim Yeong-jo
Writer: Park Eun-yeong
Stars: Park Seo-joon, Go A-ra, Park Hyung-sik

Revolves around an elite group of male youth called Hwarang who grow through passion and love in Seorabeol, the capital of the Kingdom of Silla.

★★★☆

Basically, Hwarang is a group of beautiful men that were supposed to look after Silla’s future. The plots also revolved around ‘half-breed siblings’ rejecting royal siblings.

Why see this drama?

  1. There are lots of beautiful men. They really are beautiful I felt insecure whenever they all get together.
  2. These beautiful men always bath together.
  3. They also love playing in the water–while doing the laundry, other work, and even when just resting by the creek–they tend to want to get wet whenever they are near a body of water.
  4. Of course, they have to have a k-pop performance–old Korea style boyband dance.
  5. Out of the three dramas I saw so far starring Park Seo-joon, I think this is the one where he performed best.
  6. I love the concept of the drama. The vibe/feel is similar with Love in the Moonlight. It’s light, cool, fashionable.

Goblin (2016-2017)

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Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

Directors: Lee Eung-bok, Kwon Hyuk-chan, Yoon Jong-ho
Writer: Kim Eun-sook
Stars: Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na, Yook Sung-jae

Kim Shin is an immortal goblin (Dokkaebi 도깨비) and protector of souls. He lives with an amnesiac grim reaper (Jeoseung-saja 저승사자), who is in charge of taking deceased souls. Together, they see the dead off into the afterlife. One day Kim Shin meets a girl, Ji Eun-tak, who has a special ability to see ghosts, and is destined to be his bride and return him to ashes.

★★★✮☆

I really loved the first few episodes. This is the other series that started my addiction on Korean drama (the other one being “The Legend of the Blue Sea“). However, it became dragging as the story went on. I also think the ending was weak, from a very strong opening.Still, I’d recommend this for:

Still, I’d recommend this for:

  1. Winter fashion (the two male leads are rich so expect high-end fashion statements)
  2. Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook’s bromance (ang gu-gwapo besh)

  1. beautiful settings (this series also maximized Korea’s natural beauty by picking scenic places)

Kill Me, Heal Me (2015)

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Director: Kim Jin-man, Kim Dae-jin
Writer: Jin Soo-wan
Stars: Ji Sung, Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon

Cha Do Hyun returns to Korea after years of living in the US to claim Seung Jin Group, a huge corporation owned by his family. Unknown to his family, Do Hyun has Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personality disorder). During stressful situations, he shifts into seven different personalities. Because he couldn’t go back yet to America because of his job at the company, he hires Oh Ri Jin as his secret psychiatrist.

★★★★☆

This easily became among my favorite Korean dramas. If the seven different personalities won’t entertain you, I don’t know what will. Ji Sung is daebak! He was able to pull off all the 7 characters each with a distinct personality.

The geek in you will enjoy this series as it also tries to educate about DID by providing definitions and explanations for jargons and other unfamiliar words/phrases/terminologies.

This scene practically urged me to finally see it (my friends have been telling me about this drama, but I brushed it off thinking it was something else). Probably everyone’s favorite scene:

I also love this scene where Cha Do Hyun and Oh Ri Jin were riding a snowflake train and they were writing their thoughts on postcards and hang them on the train.

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She Was Pretty (2015)

 

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Geunyeoneun Yeppeodda

Director: Jung Dae-yoon
Writer: Jo Sung-hee
Stars: Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon, Go Joon-hee, Choi Si-won

When Ji Sung-Joon was young, he was ugly. As he grew up, he began to have an attractive appearance. When Kim Hye-Jin was young, she was pretty. As she grew up, she became ugly. Ji Sung-Joon tries to find his first love.

★★★✮☆

A series reminiscent of Betty La Fea. A friend recommended when I said I now only want to see feel-good Korean drama after watching Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. It’s a pretty cute office drama, the overall aesthetics is also worth mentioning (as it should be because it’s a series set around a fashion magazine after all).

Watch it for:

1. its quirkiness (kulitan)

2. Choi Si-Won

3. (office) fashion 4. beautiful/cute settings

4. beautiful/cute settings

My Annoying Brother (2016)

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Hyeong (original title)

Director: Soo-Kyung Kwon
Stars: Kyung-soo Do, Jung-suk Jo, Shin-hye Park

Doo-Sik gets paroled from prison thanks to his younger brother Doo-Young. Doo-Young is a promising judo athlete, who became blind after damaging his optic nerves in an international competition. After 15 years, Doo-Sik suddenly appears in front of Doo-Young and they begin to live together.

★★★☆☆

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016-2017)

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Yeokdoyojeong Gim Bokju (original title)

Director: Oh Hyun-jong
Writer: Yang Hee-seung
Stars: Lee Song-Kyoung, Nam Joo-Hyuk Nam

A coming-of-age story about a group of college athletes who are fighting for their dreams, experiencing and finding love in the process, and growing every step of the way.

★★★✮☆ 

An all feel-good series from the start ’til the end about school, friendships, first loves and heartbreaks, with lots of college kilig scenes in each episode. This will probably take you back to the memories of your high school/college love.

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The story deviated from the usual rich-poor love story, or the story between two popular kids in school, or the one where the one of the protagonists turns beautiful/handsome after being turned down, and so forth. Joon Young and Book Joo’s is a love story which blossomed from friendship. Yung gwapo ang naghahabol dito besh, maiba lang.

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This series also maximized Korea’s beauty in autumn and spring by shooting in scenic places. Even the cafes and restaurants featured in the series are very youthful and hipster.

All the characters are very loveable. There are no villains. Si Joon Young lang ang petty dito, petty ng issues. :p Pero ang gwapo ni oppa!