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2015 to 2016

i wasn’t able to watch a lot of kdramas during this period because I was preoccupied and busy with work. plus my hard drive crashed so lost a huge files of dramas. but some of the dramas i watched during this period were:

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Miss Korea

  • Title: 미스코리아 / Miseu Koria
  • Genre: Drama, romance, comedy, family
  • Episodes: 20
  • Broadcast network: MBC
  • Broadcast period: 2013-Dec-18 to 2014-Feb-26
  • Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 22:00

Synopsis A drama set in 1997, depicts a story of office men who try to make Oh Ji Young Miss Korea, in order to save their cosmetic company from bankruptcy. Oh Ji Young is elevator girl who was the most popular girl back in high school also the best looking girl in the neighborhood.

Main Cast: Lee Yun Hee, Lee Sun Kyun, Lee Ki Woo, Lee Mi Sook, Go Sung Hee, Song Sun Mi, Lee Sung Min

Short review: Most of the time the episodes are sad but i loved the whole culture about beauty pageants! first time to watch Lee Yeon Hee- wow she’s so tall and pretty! Lee Sun Kyun is still Mr Chep to me (lol) and why does Lee Ki Woo always play the second lead that’s semi-nice and semi-ass? the guy from Misaeng (who is the gangster) – i hate him for being so bad to Sunhyun but i could understand where he’s coming from. if he didn’t get his money he gets beaten up by his boss. i didn’t really like his relationship with the short haired girl, coz it’s too brutal and i was distracted by her face. Lee Mi Sook is so beautiful! overall i liked everyone even the villains (except for Lee Ki Woo) because they were able to show their backgrounds and why they act that way so you can’t really hate them and instead hope each got their own happy ending.

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Birth of A Beauty

  • Title: 미녀의 탄생 / Minyeoui Tansaeng
  • Genre: Romance, comedy
  • Episodes: 21
  • Broadcast network: SBS
  • Broadcast period: 2014-Nov-01 to 2015-Jan-11
  • Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:55

Synopsis A romantic comedy about the revenge, love, and success of beautiful woman with the personality of an ajumma. It will tell the story of a woman who is transformed after plastic surgery and diets, and the man, who made her that way. Han Tae Hee is the heir of a large company. He is suffering from a broken heart syndrome due to a psychological shock. To get the woman he loves back, he completely changes an unattractive and overweight ajumma Sa Geum Ran to beautiful Sa Ra. In the process, Han Tae Hee falls in love with Sa Ra.

Main Cast: Joo Sang Wook, Han Ye Seul, Jung Gyu Woon, Wang Ji Hye

Short review: I loved Han Ye Seul in her old drama with Oh Ji Ho (Fantasy Couple). It’s nice to see her onscreen again. Most of the time she’s crazy coz she is half nice half vengeful – i really wanted her to get her revenge but sometimes get annoyed at her trying to be sweet attitude. the guy is handsome like a more manlier version of Song Seung Hun – i love his character – so sweet and supportive and resourceful. but at the end of the day, did he really love her as her or because she’s pretty? i guess we will never know. the point is he never left her and proved to her he loves her. i first watched Jung Gyu Won in Dr. Champ opposite Kim So Yeon – it also one of those nice feel good romances. Unfortunately i watched Birth of a Beauty right after Oh My Venus so now everytime i see Jung Gyu Woo i want to smash his smug face (lol i’m sorry). but seriously he must be good if he is able to portray really awful characters (though most of the time the writers dont give enough storyline to elicit empathy for his stupid actions). so he married a fat ugly but super nice lady to get her money then dumped her a “pretty” but evil girl. that’s what you call karma. they really deserved each other! Wang Ji Hye is pretty when she smiles but looks so bitchy in most of the dramas i’ve watched her.

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Cinderella and the Four Knights 

  • Title: 신데렐라와 네 명의 기사 / Sinderellawa Ne Myeongui Gisa
  • Genre: Romance, comedy
  • Episodes: 16
  • Broadcast network: tvN
  • Broadcast period: 2016-Aug-12 to 2016-Oct-01
  • Air time: Friday & Saturday 23:00

Synopsis The story about Eun Ha Won, a bright but lonely girl abused by her stepmother and stepsister who, in order to pursue her dream, left home and ends up living in a big mansion together with three Kang cousins and their bodyguard.

Main Cast: Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun, Park So Dam, Lee Jung Shin, Choi Min, Son Na EunShort review: What a waste of talent! it started really well until Eun Ha Won moved to the house and the story got stuck. Park So Dam was hella cute and Jung Il Woo is still as cute and hot kisser as he was in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop – thought i wish he starts picking meatier roles because he is being left out by Kim Soohyun, Lee Jongsuk, even Song Joongki and Park Bo gum! Kang Hyun Min started as a fun character when he was all arrogant but then got depressed and angsty in the middle to the last part – and we dont really understand why he is so cold to Hyeji. On the other hand, Hyeji is such an awful person! i dont know if it’s because Naeun is a terrible actress or there really wasn’t much she could do with the awful script they gave her. she kept pushing herself to Hyunmin and kept using Jiwoon and hurting Hawon in the process. The show also felt pretty similar to Park Shinhye’s old drama with Jang Geun Suk (back when he was still hot and manly) called “You’re beautiful”, where all the guys in the band had a crush on the lead. Kinda like Lee Jung shin as the shy singer vs Lee Hongki’s character except You’re beautiful was a better drama.

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Doctors

  • Title: 닥터스 / Dakteoseu
  • Also known as: Doctor Crush
  • Genre: Romance, comedy, drama, medical
  • Episodes: 20
  • Broadcast network: SBS
  • Broadcast period: 2016-Jun-20 to 2016-Aug-23
  • Air time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00

Synopsis Yoo Hye Jung was a tough bully in school with a prickly personality and always goes wayward. She had many scars from her childhood and through self-preservation, Hye Jung keeps her heart shut away from other people. However, she changes after meeting her mentor Hong Ji Hong who plays a key role in transforming her life from a helpless gangster to a compassionate doctor.

Main Cast: Kim Rae Won, Park Shin Hye, Yoon Kyun Sang, Lee Sung KyungShort review: While Park Shin Hye has never been one of those amazing actress, i love watching her (except for her juvenile roles). I chose this one since it’s a big step for her to choose a more mature character (she’s not in high school and she’s a doctor!) and she is paired with Kim Raewon (woohoo.. one of the old time korean drama stars that i liked aside from Ji sung and Jang Hyuk). i was skeptical on their pairing because he is obviously older than her but somehow they made it work (well, barely since it still felt a little like brother-sister to me sometimes as the guy was more affectionate than the girl). i was ready to hate Yun Kyunsang’s character but ended up liking him for being nice and pure (and with a sweet smile). Gahh hated Lee Sungkyung’s character here because she kept blaming other people for her own problems, but i’m glad she became a better person in the end. There wasn’t much “doctor thing” happening in this show, just some old revenge plot which didn’t really go down well.

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Let’s Fight Ghost

  • Title: 싸우자 귀신아 / Ssauja Gwisina
  • Also known as: Bring It On, Ghost
  • Genre: Fantasy, comedy, romance
  • Episodes: 16
  • Broadcast network: tvN
  • Broadcast period: 2016-Jul-11 to 2016-Aug-30
  • Air time: Monday & Tuesday 23:00

Synopsis: Hyun Ji is a wandering ghost who died when she was 19-year-old. One day she meets an exorcist named Bong Pal. They team up to listen and solve the problems of various ghosts so that they can rest peacefully.

Main Cast: Ok Taecyeon, Kim So Hyun, Kwon Yool

Short review: Somehow i feel like the plot was done before (i just can’t remember which show or film – spoiler – that she wasn’t dead, just in a coma), but this show was still (juvenile) fun to watch (well, sometimes a little scary and dark). i’m not a fan of Taecyeon (ever since he fought with Jay Park after the 2pm scandal) and he is a bad actor but i watched the show because i thought it looked scary and cute (with the loveable and pretty Kim So Hyun). There were some episodes that were scary and I loved the whole mystery about who So Hyun’s character was and why she’s a ghost. Taecyeon wasnt that bad here though he still needs more practice when the scene is a drama. the two ghostbusters were annoying (well mostly the leader is annoying, but the other guy was so cute, esp his crush on So Hyun). I feel bad for the Uncle because he seems to only have one pair of clothes (lol and always dirty) and he seems to have lost his touch, but I like that he doted on Taecyeon like his own son. Kwon Yool looked so angelic but gahhh when he stares, it’s really so evil.

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Ghost Seeing Detective Cheoyong Season 1

  • Title: 귀신보는 형사, 처용 / Gwishinboneun Hyungsa, Cheo Yong
  • Also known as: Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo Yong / Detective Cheo Yong Who Sees Ghosts
  • Genre: Horror, mystery, crime, thriller, action
  • Broadcast network: OCN
  • Episodes: 10
  • Broadcast period: 2014-Feb-09 to 2014-Apr-06
  • Air time: Sunday 23:00

Synopsis Yoon Cheo Yong is a detective who can see and hear ghosts from the day he was born. He solves mysteries and cases along with tough female detective Ha Sun Woo and a high school student ghost Han Na Young.

Main Cast: Oh Ji Ho, Oh Ji Eun, Jun Hyo Sung

Short review: Oh Ji Ho is always fun to watch! the show didn’t really explain how he got his special ability and i thought while he is a loner, he could have told his partner what was happening early on (like why she keeps getting black outs and her friend ghost). The story about the villain/evil spirit was really scary – i didnt watch the second season yet – so not sure if there’s a continuation or this is a whole new story with new characters. Oh and I love Hyosung! she’s so cute (though sometimes annoying whenever she just go and take over the detective’s body.

Other series I started but did not finish:

Angry Mom – i started watching the first 2 episodes but stopped since i thought it was too dark. and while i’m not a mother and i know how fierce a mother’s love can be, i just thought the acting of Kim Hee Sun was too much and too over the top. she so does not look like a high schooler! not sure if i’ll continue watching this.

Twenty Again – i didn’t finish this drama because it was boring and i’m sorry but everytime i look at Choi Ji Woo’s face, she always looks so pitiful and her character was as pitiful as her face. i also didn’t like the lead guy, thought he was too arrogant when Choi Ji Woo’s character was so nice to him.

There! i think i’m almost up to date. i also started watching Discovery of Romance but stopped at 3 episodes, it’s a nice show but i started watching Laurel Tree Tailors and got hooked (at 54 episodes! lol!) i’m on episode 20 so i may try writing my thoughts starting episode 20 until the end.

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we are dating now eps 1-3

originally written in Jan 2015. unfortunately, while i was able to watch the entire drama (and loved it), i wasn’t able to finish writing my review. so here’s a snippet of the first 3 episodes. this one’s an oldie but a goodie.

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Title: 지금은 연애중 / Jigeumeun Yeonaejung / We Are Dating Now
Chinese Title : 正在恋爱中
Also known as: Dating Now
Genre: Drama, romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2002-Jan-16 to 2002-Mar-07
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 9:55 PM

Synopsis

Ho-Jung is a cute, naive girl who often falls head over heals with the wrong guys. Both Ho-Jung and Kyu-In, her neighbor, are idealistic about love. They start off on the wrong foot and treats each other as if they were siblings, constantly fighting. Ho-Jung’s friend Cha Hee has a thing for Kyu-In and Ho-Jung later realizes that she too has feelings for him. Ho-Jae, Ho-Jung’s brother, is a player, who has good physical features. Things start to get complicated for Ho-Jae when he falls for Ho-Jung’s friend Soo-Ji, who does not have a physical appeal but has a good personality and intelligence.

Cast

Chae Rim as Yoon Ho-jung
So Ji Sub as Choi Kyo-in
Choi Yoon Young as Kang Cha-hee
Kwon Sang Woo as Yoon Ho-jae

I absolutely adore chae rim and when you add kwon sang woo and so ji sub in the cast, the show is a must watch. Im talking the 2004 drama we are dating now. Nice to watch the good old dramas when the story is simple but relatable. Its also fun seeing their fashion back in the days plus the pager haha. And watching these huge hallyu stars when they were just rookie actors are entertaining. So here i go with my review.

Ep 1-2
Ho jung is cute and charming cant believe the guys dont like her. And why cant the guys just tell her straight that they like someone instead of telling her lies? Kyu in – now theres a nice guy. He may look mean but hes got a good heart. Seems like he fell in love with ho jung at first sight. And so funny that she hates him all because he ratted her out to her mom when she begged him not too. Since then theyve been like dog and cat..seems like all he does is catch her at the worse times..when she has boy problems. And yet there he goes still pining for her. I feel sad seeing him watching her wait for hyun min the law student all the while knowing hes got someone else. I also dont know why he wont just tell her about hyunmin jerk and put her out of her misery? Su ji may not be pretty but shes rich and really nice. I wish she had more confidence in herself  or maybe cha hee should teach her a thing or two about fashion. Im hoping she ends up with pretty boy hyo jae. I teally like cha hee shes so cool and in the drama you can also see that pretty girls have their own problems too. So hojung finally studied and passed the exam all thanks to mean teacher kyu in. But then she finally found out the truth about hyun min and broke up. Hojung feels sad and is now scared of loving someone. I would too if i had two lousy jerks cheat on me.

Ep3
We see hojung 2 years later with short hair and someone is creepily taking pictures of her at work and at work. Later he makes a grand gesture by making strangers give her roses. When they finally met im as at loss for words as hojung. He wanted to make it special but damn youre a complete stranger and stalking her is not good strategy. Eventually he wins her over by helping her at work and in school and by befriending her friends. He is a bit jealous of kyu in which is weird since he is dating cha hee. I know a guy that
Goes all out may just well be crazy and i was right! No sooner has hojung accepted him and he begins to show his true colors. Like forcing her to kiss him on her bday? And telling her what hair style or getting enraged at kyu in and fighting with her old boss? Wow this guy is seriously psycho. I canr believe hojung fell for another loser!! The last bit with him forcing her to go to paris and going crazy at her oarents hiuse was half scary half hilarious!! Hope he finally lets her go. In surprised that kyu in likes cha hee. Seems he likes ho jung but i thiught his male pride is making him be with cha hee. But that sweet moment at the seoul tower looks like he likes her back. Lets see how it goes. On the other hand hojae is still his playful self but is being really mean to suji for playing with her heart. I really hope he falls deep in love with her. She may not be pretty but she is nice and rich and understands him.isnt that what he wants?

Ao far having fun watching the show. How i wish kyu in and ho jung gets together soon

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i hear your voice eps 8-15

originally written in August 2014 and November 2014

Episode 8

-i thought joongook can fool do yeon with his story.. Im glad that do yeon is smart a d told him that she was also a witness to the crime
– when hyesung finally realizes er kast conversation with her mom.. The scene was heartbreaking!!
-oh no gwanwoo.. Do not fall for joongook’s lies!!!
-i feel bad for gwanwoo. I know hes just doing his job but damn can you see you’re hurting hyosung?
-im impressed by hyosung’s heart and spirit and bravery. Fight on!! pls do yeon help her!! Oh maybe do yeon’s daddy can help too!
– lawyer cha is really good but i wished he didnt he display it now.. What happens now that he gets acquitted? Will he still come for hyosung? And even the kid? How come the verdict is still one month away? Guess they have time.
-haha only a kid will thank gwanwoo because now he has a chance with hyosung!
-they finally go to their aquarium date. Nice to see sooha being a mature guy, walking away and telling hyoaung to wait and accept gwanwoo. And i admit it is quite cool of him to grab her and kiss her.. That surely made hyosung thin of him more as a man now.
I still not sold on the noona romance. It would have been more believable if he was in college. I really feel that theyre better off as close senior-junior rship. But lets see how the writers can take their rship to the next level.

btw, here’s a shot of Hyesung’s pretty home

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Episode 9
-so its one month later and the verdict will be announced soon.. And it’s not guilty!! Where will the story go next?
-interestingly.. Whats the story about the cellmate, do yeon and dad? Maybe the dad atole the cellmate’s daughter who is now.. Do yeon??
-gwanwoo finally reads the case from 10years ago and realizes what he has juat done.. He made his work a priority and didnt protect hyosung.
– oh no. The terrorizing starts now!! No wait its the kid.. Whats his plan? To put out the scent on joongook or to force joongook to face him first?
– that fight scene.. Omggg he didnt up stabbing hyosung!! And joongook stabs the kid!! Feels like romeo and juliet. Kid almost suffocates him but eventually released him to save hyosung. This just keepa getting better!! And now  gwanwoo finally sees joongook’s true colors and they get a witness! But how will they explain that the knife is sooha’s.. Oh wait joongook also has fine prints on it when he stabbed the kid.
-and joongook is back as a suspect. And cha resigns. He shoukd have done that the minute he was assigned to the joongook case. I dont understand lawyer shin at all!!
– hmmm did joongook cut off his hand and is oretending to be dead??
-it’s now one yr later and hyosung is back to her old “who cares” self and do yeons hair is longer! Gwanwoo is working in a jimjilbang. So whats lawyer shin gonna do? And will do yeon help bring her fire back?
– and they finally find Sooha!! Wait what.?!? HE HAS AMNESIA??? really??

Episode 10
The episode started slow, mostly to re introduce the people back to the story. I love that do yeon and huesung ate fighting fairly in the courtroom, without any malice. I love that cha and the team are helping hyesung defend sooha. I love how the episode showed both sides – their strategy to dispute each other’s evidence. And i love how while the story is unfolding infront of the jury, we see sooha slowly regaining his memory.. But not eniught to really know what happened that fateful night. The twist at the end wasnt really a twist as from the start i thought that with joon guk being very calculating, he could pull this kind of scheme and get away with it.buy let’s see how the story goes..

Episode 11
Ohhh right… Hwang dal jeong and min joonguk were cellmates!!! Ouch.. Do yeon using joonguk’s acquittal as her closing statement really hits home but i dont think it’s good analogy when there are fewer evidence this time around. Love hyesung’s rebuttal. I believe it really could go either way depending on which side you interpret. And yes innocent until proven guilty makes more sense than guilty until proven innocent because this shows our belief that humans are naturally good. And i like how  jang finally understood why cha did what he did during her moms mirder trial. She should have been more convincing proving joonguk’s guilt and since they didnt, they lost. And lets admit it.. Isnt that also the point of a trial? It’s not whos guilty or innocent but whose lawyer is better at presenting the case.
Hmm. Suspicious ahjumma why did she report sooha? Who made her report him?
Still so curious about doyeons dad and hwang dal jeong… Maybe doyeons dad was the one his wife had an affair with???
Aww i feel bad for cha.. You really cant force yourself to like someone when you dont, no matter how great a guy he is
Haha funny hyesung is avoiding sooha! Wonder why.. Because she is falling for him? Or doesnt want the burden of being near him thus would rather cut ties and move on? I prolly would do the same but not as harsh. And yes use your brains.. pls choose cha instead!!!
Omg.. Of course joonguk is back terrorizing the reporter!!
Nooooo….so she really likes sooha!!!! Arghhhh!! As a kid or as a man???? Dang!! (yes thats how much i disagree despite loving this show!!)

Episode 12
Im glad that both doyeon and cha are competent enough to start piecing the puzzle even coming from different angles. Joonguk strikes again.. Killing the witness. Hope he doesnt find the oyher truck driver!!
Doyeon and hyesung drunk are funny.. And we see them confronting ad talking about their past.
Lastly we see sooha regaining his memory of both his part and that night with joon gook.. And another thing that ive been wondering since episode one.. “Why did joon gook kill sooha’s dad?” Also gets answered. And another emotional scene between sooha and joon gook at the end! And his ability to hear people’s thoughts is back!

episode 13
so soo ha’s hearing ability is back and hes hiding it from girl. hate how he thinks he can protect her by hiding things from her. noble but naive.
im really curious abt the former judge hwang dal joong. did he steal his daughter ?
the cute effort to keep girl and boy together (eg. fake cockroach) is getting corny. its like trying to force audience that he is a man and capable of protecting her. i think she is feeling attachment not love. ugh.
hmm is soo ha thinking of becoming a cop?
hwang dal joongs wife is alive? interesting. feel bad for him for being in jail for 26yrs.if i were the lawyer i will help him get his justice! maybe its the former judge who is habing the affair with his wife because he is so guilty.
girl vs girl in the court room. don’t they have any other lawyers and public defenders? why do they always have to be in court together?
so min joon gook is back prank calling the girls house. feels like rehashing the previous episodes and just qaiting for the last episodes for the climax.
so funny guu asking favor from jang. haha.
oh she hwang dal joongs wife gave their daughter to the judge (should be do yeon) as payment for putting the husband in jail? i think any jury will understand why he would try to stab his wife.
min joon gook reminds me of kim tae woo from god. haha. there he goes being creepy again.
oohh so what seo dae seok feels is guilt and he got blackmailed to take in the daughter.
omg! lawyer cha and joon gook! i love joon gook he is so cool and brave.
soo ha finally reveals he regained his memory and ability.

episode 14
so did joon gook tell the full story to lawyer cha? oh he did so now even lawyer cha kniws and hea hiding the story.
argh why wont sooha tell thw whole truth to hyesong!! and that puppy dog thing is so irritating
so she finally tells her she likes him too. and im glad shes mature enough about it. but still seeing them together romantically makes me cringe esp since they try to make it too innocent.
im excited to watch the jury trial of hwang dal joong.
nice how hyesong still thinks of her friend and how this will all  affect her. argh i dont like the dad even if he was blackmailed he shouldnt be like that.
how boys dont know abt girls. the more u hide the more she will get angry if she later finds out. why do they always eat at the same places? haha
i pity Do yeon. id rather learn it from a friend than in court in front of everyone
yay she finally wants to tell the truth to do yeon

episode 15
of course do yeon is gonna go crazy and bitchslap hyesong haha.
omg for the first time i feel for do yeon. she must be so shocked to find out the truth.
last episode she didnt want to say anything for fear that do yeon will get her lofe shaken up. but now shes on fire she cant see how mich do yeon is hurting from all this. a touching moment when soo ha heard do yeons thoughts about her father.. which was exactly how he felt when he found out the truth from joon gook.
and i love the parallellism of do yeona story to soohas dilemma. now he has to decide if hes going to be honest or not. very risky move but being honest is better than betraying someones trust.
so true lawyer cha is so mature i also dont understand what hyesong saw in sooha!!!!
we finally get to slowly see what happened between soohas dad and joongook that atarted all this.
so stubborn to the end, do yeon’s dad
loving the whole trial. we finally see do yeon break down and acknowledge her real dad.

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i hear your voice eps 1-6

originally written in July 2014

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I Hear Your Voice

Title: 너의 목소리가 들려 / Neoui Moksoriga Deulryeo
Also known as: I Can Hear Your Voice
Genre: Romance, supernatural, thriller, law, mystery
Episodes: 18
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2013-Jun-05 to 2013-Aug-01
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 22:00
Original Soundtrack: I Hear Your Voice OST

Synopsis
A thriller courtroom drama with fantasy and romantic comedy elements. It will depict the story of Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young), a bold, sassy, thick-faced, comical, and materialistic public defender who becomes a lawyer after overcoming poverty and painful memories from her childhood, comes to realizations about society and justice after meeting Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk), a 19-year-old boy who reads other people’s thoughts and Cha Kwan Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun), an innocent lawyer who lives a disciplined life. Jang Hye Sung is actually Soo Ha’s first love after she gave a decisive testimony on his father’s murder case 10 years ago and Soo Ha promised to protect her from the killer’s threats. Meanwhile, Cha Kwan Woo is Jang Hye Sung’s fellow lawyer who is a cheerful and idealistic former cop even though his character a bit slow, he is nice and pleasant with a firm idea of his principles and justice. Together they will team up to to find the justice in the courtroom and solve the toughest cases with less than 1% chance of winning.

Main Cast
Lee Bo Young as Jang Hye Sung
Kim So Hyun as young Hye Sung
Lee Jong Suk as Park Soo Ha
Goo Seung Hyun as child Soo Ha
Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Kwan Woo
Lee Da Hee as Seo Do Yeon / Hwang Ga Yeon
Jung Min Ah as young Do Yeon

I heard good reviews about this drama and this was the breakthrough drama for both lee bo young and lee jong suk. Finally was in the mood to watch this show this week.

Episode 1
Wow what a great first episode! We get to see soo ha and hyosung now and flashbacks about what happened in the past. It also showed their personality and how they became what they are now. I also like how sooha has an ability to read minds. I know there is going to be a noona dongseng romance.. This one im not quite sure it looks a bit creepy but let’s see how they would develop the story. Im also quite interested to see how the plot will move as the criminal will be released soon. And wonder what role will the other lawyer play. The acting is top notch, the pacing is fast the story is riveting!

Episode 2
I love the twist! Who would hve thought the two girls will meet again and both have become lawyers and on opposite sides? The case is interesting and serves as a good way for sooha and hyosung to meet.her office seems to be lighthearted, lawyer shin maybe tough now but I’m sure he will be a great mentor to hyosung. Gwanwoo is still a bumbling guy wonder how he can help her or if he will be a second lead? Now let’s see if hyosung is a great public defender or not!

Episode 3
I thought the case would be light but it was a good way to send a strong message against bullying. Sooha’s crush is kinda cute and him being able to read minds and help hyosung is a nice way to develop their relationship. Gwanwoo and hyosung pretending to be high school students were funny. Nice to finally see the office root for hyosung.oh no killer is out and has started his revenge against hyosung! The thing about the phone at the end is creepy!! Not sure how min joongook’s cellmate will fit into the story as sinduk is his Lawyer. Doyeon is still the same as she was when they were young will we get to see her more in the next couple of episodes? And i love how hyosung is back as tough as ever! Maybe now she can stop hiding and start living her life!

Great show, really loving it so far! Good mix of fun, drama, suspense and heart! For the remaining episodes, i decided to write my thoughts while watching it live.

Episode 4
– Haha sooha’s illusion and fantasy of hyosung totally shattered after seeing her at home.
– Love how seungbin and hyosung are now friends.
– The creepiest one is a guy who seems to be good but is really dangerous.
– Sorry but lee jongsuk looks really weird.. Like a duck!
– Hyosung zipping her jacket all the way up her face looks too funny!

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– The case about the twins is interesting. Im sure there is a way to tell them apart.
– Brave move for sooha to befriend the killer. Odd killer cant remember sooha but remebers hyosung clearly. Oh wait now killer knows sooha!
– Cute team dinner scene and hyosung is a funny drunk! Im a little disappointed that hyosung is being portrayed to be an average lawyer. Or maybe it’s because we havent seen her full potential. Awww is hyosung started to crush on lawyer cha? 🙂
– I also love the relationship between hyosung and her mom.
– And lastly, love the ost!
– Shet!! Hyosung finally knows that joongook is out and will most likely come after her!! I feel bad for her like i wanted to go to her and stay with her. But she still doesnt know who sooha is!
– Shet again! Joongook confronts sooha and taunts him to hit him. And hyosung finally knows the truth about sooha! I think they are going to make a great team!
– The actor playing the killer is quite effective!
– I love how fast paced the story is going, keeps up on our toed and at the edge of our seats. There are no dragging moments and suspense just keeps building!

Episode 5
– Having 2 cops as friends/allies i guess can be good for them though i dont know how comoetent they are. Haha. Nice plot.. Now theyre stuck pretending to live together.i love her house! It’s as messy as mine 🙂
– The two lawyers are so cute. At first i thought lawyer cha is such a pansy goody goody now he seems so sweet and earnest!
– Hahaha so hyosung’s mom is trying to set them up without their knowing?!? Lol!!
– Sooha finally realizes he still likes hyosung.
– Ahh killer is too smart!! Oh no he’s going for her mom!! Noooooo! Umma don’t hire that bastard!!!
– I wish hyosung would rely on her skills than sooha. I would respect her more.
– The other guy in the office is such a cutie!
– Do yeon is such a mean bitch ugh!!
– I like how the case went. Forces do yeon to find evidence to charge the real killer. I think it’s the nice twin who killed the guy. Or maybe they were faking it?!? Argh!!! That ending looks like the twins planned to kill the guy! But why? Who is that guy ?
Another great episode!!

Episode 6
– I like the mini flashbacks.. Shows us a bit of what happened after the case and what sooha went thru. But i hope we also get a glimpse of hyosung’s life during that period.
– Great plan by do yeon! Hope they catch those smug looking twins!!
– Wait i didnt understand what lawyer said to hyosung abt being a lawyer instead of a public defender.. Let me rewind that part again. Oh i thought the crying girl was the wife.. Didnt realize she was one of the twin’s gf!! Hmm maybe a public defender is abt defending your client at your best even if he is guilty yet she exposed the twins so she wasn’t acting out of their best interests. Good point! But it’s better to do something right than ignore the wrongdoing.
– Aww mom is so nice to joongook. Hope his cold heart melts and later changes his mind abt killing hyosung!
– Lol pretty embarrassing to have someone read your thoughts esp if it’s about them!
– Mmm the jjajangmyun looks tasty! And the seolleongtang!! And im loving hyosung’s hair and green outfit!

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– Oh so we finally hear the reason why they killed the guy.. Because he raped the gf!! Aww if she had known, she could have defended them better. Lesson learned for hyosung!
– Wow lawyer cha looks so handsome!! 🙂 nooooo.. Why did u just leave him like that? You could have just signalled him to wait so he wont misunderstand !!
– Urg those cops are dumb!! I hope they serve their purpose in the later episodes!
– Ohhh kid vs hot lawyer!!
– I like hyosung’s advice to sooha. Two wrongs dont make a right. Dont fix a mistake with another mistake. Wait… So did sooha really take the gun??
– On the other hand we see killer’s dilemma.. Accepting the mom’s bday food or continuing his revenge?
– The director made a great choice shooting the last scene together so we see how they both feel now.

Episode 7
– ok sometimes it’s fun when you don’t need to speak and the person can read your mind
– dont understand the point of showing the three judges all the time! Aside from comic relief
– pity cute assistant torn between the three lawyers haha
– wonder what the case abt the old man and how it will be resolved
– hyesung is visiting her mom! Will joongook show up?! Ha! He broke the cctv in front of the chicken store!
-aww lawyer cha is so nice!!! Why cant hyosung like him instead of the kid??
-didnt realize the role of public defenders.. Is it really like that in real life? But the show is portraying them as if theyre so selfless and nice. On the other hand, its a good wake up call to hyosung to do better in her job
– i think i love team dinner scenes the best! Always so funny yet the dialogue abt law and morals are worth listening to. Is it normal for public defenders, prosecutors and judges to always meet and discuss and havr lunches too?
-oh kid looks spiffy in a suit. But if hes an orphan where does he get his money?
-is there only one prosecutor? How sad ofr do yeon to always keep losing. Haha. And why is hyosung so shocked when gwanwoo hugged her? Lol now he is kissing her hands.. Haha so smooth. I like him now!!! Poor kid in reality theres no way and adult woman will like a high school kid. Seriously!
-oohh killer finally clicked the link now they can find out where he lives!! OMGGGGG!!! Scared for the mom.. Hope nothing happens to her!! If he kills the mom i will hunti him down muself!!! Mom seems like she is saying goodbye huhuhuhu 😦 the scene between mom and killer.. HYESUNG MOM IS THE COOLEST!!
-oh no.. Killer really killed mom!!!
Now i get why this show was so popular!! Just so good!!

Here’s a song from the drama

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rich man poor woman eps 5-11 (end)

originally posted in April 2014.

episode 5

looks like makoto and hyuga went on a field trip. it’s nice to see a story progression on how a system or a project is built from the concept to the testing and the problems related to it like servers, funding, etc. i also liked seeing hyuga the young entrepreneur and aoyama the old entrepreneur meet – hyuga can learn a thing or two from him. i like how makoto is always there supporting him and giving him (or reminding him?) a fresh perspective – i dont think hyuga has a lot of confidantes in the office, except for asahina.

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speaking of asahina, he is slowly turning into the bad friend i was fearing him to be. the first few episodes we saw him being such a good friend and mentor but suddenly, because of that one thing sakuragi said in the second episode about him being a coward who never fails, he is now harboring plans to put down hyuga.. now i wonder how long he has been stirring in jealousy and harboring such thoughts about hyuga. when hyuga proposed selling his shares i immediately knew that was asahina’s plan to become a major shareholder and force him out.. but what’s the point? he would get the company but hyuga is the heart and soul of the company. i doubt if asahina is a genius enough to take over or maybe he just wants to prove to hyuga that he bested him? as for hyuga, that would be a huge blow to him, being betrayed by a good friend and losing the company but then so what? he can just put up another company — im sure all the employees would gladly leave asahina and follow him.. i guess his only problem would be funding. but if a person is good and he creates a good product then success and money will eventually follow him.

i still dont know about yoko – i still think she is nothing but an extra person that hyuga interacts with.. i also dont know how he feels about her.. does he like her or is he attracted to her? what about makoto? does he think of makoto only as his cute annoying secretary / toy to play with?

episode 6

asahina suddenly confessing to makoto..is it a ruse or is it for real? to me it feels forced.. and a little creepy. at first i like yoko and her forwardness to hyuga.. now it just feels desperate. i feel bad for hyuga.. and you can see that when he feels sad his thoughts are of makoto.. i guess he’s starting to feel something for her? i hope? 🙂 i would like to see how the writers will handle the whole personal info leak story – will this drag on until he discovers it was asahina?

episode 7

big things happened in this episode. finally, asahina stopped manipulating from behind the scenes and started fighting hyuga face to face like a man – even though the way he did it is still from behind, at least now that it’s all out in the open, the battle can start. the show doesn’t really give us a hint of what asahina is plotting so kinda hard to determine what he is doing – at first, seems like he got hyuga moved to VP role but then at the last part, hyuga announced that he was not only stepping down as president, but also quitting the company – is that what asahina originally wanted? or he’s also surprised/ecstatic by this surprising move?

also, im glad that sakuragi called hyuga to warn him about asahina. you can really see that if you treat a person well, they will repay that favor in kindness too. i dont know why yamagami decided to side with asahina, i was hoping he was the sane one who will side with hyuga.

again im saying that hyuga may have left the company and asahina got next innovation, but how is he confident that he can bring next innovation to the next level when the real brain is gone? he does have the personal file project – and i guess hyuga can’t take it with him since it is next innovation’s project now.

i love how makoto is so sweet and really wants to stay beside hyuga but sometimes i want to smack some sense into her. she always misses her interviw for hyuga. girl – if he wants you, he will come to you so just focus on your work. and in the first part of the episode during dinner and when makoto and hyuga were walking.. hyuga may not speak much but his eyes and actions betray his feelings. oguri is such a great actor! plus, i feel that hyuga likes her, he just doesn’t want to make a move now.. just like he told makoto.. to focus on herself first.

about yoko..i understand she is torn between her brother and hyuga.. if it were me i probably would have a hard time.. protect your brother or tell your crush about your brother’s evil plans? and i think the cute sous chef likes yoko 🙂

episode 8

what a sad episode! the ultimate betrayal by asahina and the humiliation hyuga faced in front of the staff made me cry. i want hyuga to rise up and crush asahina!!! and i was a little happy that yoko slapped her brother infront of everyone! and for makoto to reject asahina. i love how makoto is so cheerful and sunshiney and she made the cutest and sweetest love confession. now hyuga can you please kiss her?

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episode 9

guess this episode was needed to see how hyuga will start from scratch and how makoto will help / transform him to become a better person.

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episode 10

so cute to see hyuga agonize and miss makoto — guess this was needed for hyuga to be able to sort out his feelings for her.

i wish it was makoto who was with hyuga when he met his mom but it was funny to see him in makoto’s family’s restaurant and her family is talking about him. and i guess this was a continuation of when yoko and hyuga met on a train years ago (and their closure). i still believe yoko as a character was not necessary at all (except to provide a fake rival for makoto)

im not sure why and i dont agree with hyuga going back to next innovation but i guess the moral of the story is being able to forgive asahina and that their friendship is strong. i do feel bad about wonder wall team (those who trusted and followed hyuga ended up with sakuragi). if hyuga has to come back to next innovation, i want to see the board of directors and shareholders grovel and beg him to come back!

lastly, i agree that makoto needs to work away from him – so that she can find her own happiness and forge her own career path. but ggrrrr!!! i didn’t even realize that when hyuga told her that he is now looking for someone else, that makoto will think of asahina! i guess same with hyuga and when she told hyuga that she’s working for the lab, he decided not to correct her. arggh!!! i was shouting on the screen at hyuga and telling him to go back and run after makoto and tell her he loves her! they can still be together even if they’re working in different companies!!!

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episode 11

perfect way to wrap up the series!
toru is back as head of next innovation, joins hands with ji tech to save the company like what asahina wanted, asahina and toru are friends again, yoko and asahina reconciles and the only thing left is for toru to finally confess his feelings to makoto.
i understand makoto.. she wants to know where she stands with toru and toru does not know how to show his feelings. for the first few minutes when he blew up at makoto for going to brazil and insulting her job, argh i wanted to tell him no, but im glad he immediately called up makoto to apologize. and it’s so nice that everytime there is something he feels happy about, makoto is the first one he calls up.
the confession at the airport is so cute and heartfelt.. they are so adorable together!

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so toru’s team is back at next innovation.. so what happened to wonder wall? a year and 9 months later we see asahina is back too and it was a heartfelt moment.. i still dont know what to think of this but the writer wants a happy ending and i guess im fine with it. and the surprise when makoto comes back is so wonderful!!

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overall, this was a great show! im so glad i took the time to watch this! and this will definitely go into my favorites list!

can’t wait to watch the SP!