Doctor Stranger is a 2014 medical drama starring rising star Lee Jong Suk; forever second lead Park Hae Jin; beautiful Kang So Ra and fairly new and young actress Jin Se Yeon. The drama garners attention not only because of the main casts, but also the supporting casts such as Kim Sang Joong, Chun Ho Jin, Kim Sang Ho, Choi Jung Woo etc. and famous director, Jin Hyuk, who has previously directed a few popular dramas.
I think what lure me to try out this drama is definitely the love I have for Lee Jong Suk. He was great in School 2013 and I Hear Your Voice, so I anticipated more good stuff from him. I also like Park Hae Jin because who doesn’t love Lee Hwi Kyung in My Love From The Stars? Then there is Jin Hyuk who directed one of my favourite dramas – City Hunter, and because of him, the ahjussi actors from City Hunter also joined the show. I definitely couldn’t say no anymore once I found out Kim Sang Joong will make the guest appearance, too!
A New Leaf was a gift from drama god when I was in search for good dramas; there was a lack of gripping dramas during those times, and I was dying for something good. I hadn’t planned on watching this one when it was first announced, or when the trailers were released. I wasn’t enthuasiatic about it; mainly because I wasn’t interested in Kim Myung Min, or the storyline. I also thought it would be extreeeeemely melodramatic. Boy, was I so wrong!
Seriously, I am glad I pick this drama up and gave it a chance. I love the dynamics between the actors! The show has great, solid main casts; they all gave a well-balanced and stable performance. Kim Sang Joong was absolutely awesome in his role. Oh Jung Se once again made a deep impression in his supporting role and lastly, Kim Myung Min – how he portrayed a wooden, dull, monotonous and expressionless person into a multi-faceted, and layered character so interesting to watch is beyond me – *clap* *clap* *clap*
Alice’s Thorn (or better known as Alice no Toge) is one of the latest spring season J-dramas starring Ueno Juri and Odagiri Joe that has come to an end last week. It tells the tale of the female protagonist embarking on a journey of revenge, and seeking justice from the people responsible for her father’s death 15 years ago.
It was a drama anticipated by me and Ueno’s fans when her return to the small screen has been announced. The idea of seeing the bubbly and 4D Ueno Juri challenging such a dark and cold character was intriguing, especially if you love her as that quirky, weird and comical Nodame in Nodame Cantabile. Thus, I jumped into this drama in hope to be mesmerised by Ueno Juri’s again.
BORDER – the spring season J-drama starring Oguri Shun whereby he is a cop who gained the ability to see ghosts. I remembered giving it a negative in the first impression post, but change my mind when I tried episode 2. I then decided to trial a few more to be sure I’m not missing out on a good drama.
SBS drama God’s Gift – 14 Days starring Jo Seung Woo, Lee Bo Young, Jung Gyeo Woon, Kim Tae Woo and Kim Yoo Bin have successfully ended on April 22. We, the viewers, finally get our truth and mysteries solved. Hurray to my brain \(^o^)/
It is a pity that God’s Gift – 14 Days is not as well-received locally as I expected since I think they do have a very captivating script, but they have strong competition against Empress Ki where so far it has been leading in the Monday – Tuesday time slot against all other TV stations.
My Love From The Stars (also known as You Who Came From The Stars) starts us off a good year in K-drama land with Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun. When the drama premiered, it received a rating of 17% for its first episode due to the fact that the story started off really strong and captivating with excellent special effects. It then gradually increases and ended with 29.6% for its finale.
My Love From The Stars has captured a lot attention before airing because it is the first comeback drama after 14 years from A-list actress Jeon Ji Hyun, and it is the second time that she and Kim Soo Hyun work together after the most talked about on-screen kiss they shared in the hit movie The Thieves (Jeon Ji Hyun doesn’t do kissing scenes and she has only ever done it with Hugh Jackman and Kim Soo Hyun). We also have Kim Soo Hyun who happens to I-don’t-know-for-sure-what but possibly a good eye for projects, or probably saved the universe in his past life that so far any projects he is in, it becomes a big hit and garners fantastic TV ratings in Korea. Continue reading
Japanese drama has been in a slump for me in the past couple of years. I was getting really bored with the recycling of 3 main drama themes that the Japanese love so much i.e. medical, police and mystery. Every seasons I’d try to pick a few to watch but it was getting difficult and be captivated by the storyline. However, thank god this winter season we have Amami Yuki in Kinkyu Torishirabeshitsu (also known as Emergency Interrogation Room).
Amami Yuki has always been a well-known and talented actress in Japan and even though she does have one or two misses e.g. the past 2 dramas before this one (Kekkon Shinai and Kaeru no Oujo-sama), I have always enjoyed most of her projects. Perhaps Amami Yuki has been type-casted to always play a strong character, however, that is what I like and enjoy most from her performances. I love watching her go head-to-head with her opponents and feel the intensity flaring up on-screen; Kinkyu Torishirabeshitsu gives me exactly what I want.