Series

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.
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Series

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!