Tuesday, 8 January 2013

2012 Korean Drama watch

Posted by Carrie Ang
With the overwhelming amount of dramas and movies that came out every year, nowadays bet there's more of a choice to choose from. Not sure of how many dramas that I've already watched??! But..just..maybe I can start track down those I've watched within 2012 year! =D
Well..from the list I would say it should be more dramas that are from KBS than other station...Still a good watch. Enjoy browsing~♥

Below are the dramas I watched in the year of 2012!~♥

49 Days [A must Watch ★★★★★★★★★☆]
Review: A "soul switching" drama with an unique twist to it. It's regarding a woman whom faced with death when met with an accident, but given a chance to live if she can collect 3 sincere tears shed from other people who are not biological related to her. All characters are linked to each other with makes this destiny/fate of them unimaginable by us. Nice heart-wreaking story line. 

Title: 49일 / 49 Days
Genre: Fantasy drama, romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: SBS 
Broadcast period: 2011-Mar-16  to 2011-May-19 (Completed)
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 
The story is about a woman who falls into a coma after a car accident. To revive, the Death Scheduler gives her 49 days to convince three people (apart from her parents) to shed genuine/sincere tears for her. To fulfil her mission, she enters the body of another woman.

Big [A must Watch ★★★★★★★★★☆]
Review: A-must watch for Gong Yoo's fans. Really a typical Korean plot feel where two bodies switch souls. And also the writer's inability to tied up loose end which left viewers with a open ending..just dangling there. Despite these flaw, it's still a Big warm drama as BIG delivers many sweet adorable moment by our macho hot Gong Yoo and Min Jung! Their sweet chemistry was the reason I still think that tie the whole drama together. Was also impressed with Suzy's acting too! Given that she's from a idol group, her act even surpass some of her seniors in the acting industries. Without a doubt she's the nation "first lover". A Big clap to the BIG team.

Title: 빅 / Big
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2012-June-04 to 2012-July-24 (Completed)
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
18 years old Kang Kyung Joon (Shin Won Ho)’s spirit suddenly becomes transplanted in the body of 30 years old Seo Yoon Jae (Gong Yoo). Seo Yoon Jae is a successful doctor and engaged to high school teacher Gil Da Ran (Lee Min Jung). Gil Da Ran just so happens to be the teacher of 18 years old Kang Kyung Joon.
Jang Ma Ri (Bae Suzy) is a girl who love Kang Kyung Joon (Shin Won Ho) and try any effort to escape Kang Kyung Joon’s spirit from Seo Yoon Jae’s body.

Bridal Mask [A must Watch ★★★★★★★☆]
Review: One word sum it all~ Impress! I was really impress with Joo Won's acting! His acting has improved drastically from the last I saw him in Kim Tak Gu. Both the lead and all the supporting roles has exceed my expectation. Story line was amazing. Well only am depressed of the ending as the lead actress role is ended that way. If you loves action scenes & enjoy learning historical facts, then this drama is perfect as it portray their (Koreans) struggles for independence through tough times. 

Title: 각시탈 / Gaksital / Bridal Mask
Also Known as: The Bride Mask, Doll Mask
Genre: Action
Episodes: 28
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2012-May-30 to 2012-Sep-06 (Completed)
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
This drama tells a story of two brothers who live in Seoul in the 1930s, oppressed under Japanese rule during one of the darkest periods of Korea’s history.
Lee Kang To (Joo Won), the younger brother, is a rising star in the police force and works with the Japanese police to capture ‘Bridal Mask’ a mysterious freedom fighter who fights for independence wearing a traditional Korean bride’s mask. However, Kang To is unaware that his prey, ‘Bridal Mask’ is in fact his older brother, Lee Kang San (Shin Hyun Joon).
Kang To’s life is irrevocably changed after Kang San died. The death of his beloved older brother drives him to take up the bridal mask of his fallen brother and fulfil his dream of freeing Korea from Japanese rule.

Dr. Jin [☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆]
Review: Still Watching

Title: 닥터 진 / Dak-teo Jin
Also known as: 타임슬립 닥터 진 / Time Slip Dr. Jin
Genre: Period, Medical
Episodes: 22
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: 2012-May-26 to 2012-Aug (Completed)
Air Time: Saturday & Sunday 21:50 
Jin Hyuk is a genius neurosurgeon with a cold and severe attitude in his interactions with other people due to his personal pursuit of perfection. Through a mysterious power, Jin Hyuk finds himself transported back in time 150 years. He begins treating people there, but the lack of necessary implements and rudimentary medical knowledge of the period forces him to seek new ways to aid the sick. Through this challenging process, Jin Hyuk eventually becomes a genuine doctor. 

Dream High 2 [Good Watch ★★★★★★★★☆]
Review: Not bad. For me, DH1 still exceeds this in every aspects. Still a good watch if you are into K-pop, as it features mostly on real idols in this show. Rookies like Ailee, JB & Jr. from JJ Project, Hyorin from Sistar, etc.. JYP is in Season 2 as well. This drama will be JJ Project's debut stage. Yay!! Hehe..can't help it as I'm the biggest JYPE fan. I love the whole JYP Nation. ♥ Not to mention, the OSTs are super cute, JYP actually wrote B in less then 10min & well its a hit. No surprise there as he is so talented. Ohya, Yenny from Wonder Girls also wrote one & sang it for Dream High 2 - Hello to Myself! 
Download the OST >> HERE

Title: 드림하이 / Dream High 2
Genre: School, Drama, Comedy, Romance 
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2012-Jan-30 to 2012-Mar-20 (Completed)
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
In Season 2, Kirin Arts High School has fallen from its top arts academy status into dire financial straits and is in danger of closing. This season follows a new group of students after the previous group graduated.
The school is taken over by OZ Entertainment Agency, who transfers their own idol stars over to the school to avoid the law that prohibits underage entertainers from performing after 10pm. Competition arises between the troubled students of Kirin and the newly transferred idols from OZ.

Haeundae Lovers [★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆]
Review: Am disappointed with the overall story line. Feels like an amateur acting to me. Maybe it's due to the overwhelming usage of Gyeongsang dialect (Busan dialect). Their pitch & tone varies so much that sometime I felt like they are singing out of tune. LOLX.. A typical happily ever after ending for all. On the other hand, the only thing excites me are the beautiful scenery of Busan!

Title: 해운대 연인들 / Haeundae Lovers
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2012-Aug-06 to 2012-Sep-25 (Completed)
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
“Haeundae Lovers” is a romantic comedy happening in Haeundae (Busan) that tells the story of Lee Tae Sung (Kim Kang Woo), a prosecutor who loses his memory and becomes involved with gangsters. He then meets and falls in love with Go So Ra (Jo Yeo Jung), who is the daughter of a gangster. Meanwhile, Lee Se Na (Nam Gyu Ri) will play the role of Lee Tae Sung’s fiance and also the daughter of the Minister of Justice.

I do, I do [Good Watch ★★★★★★★★☆☆]
Review: Recommend it cause I'm a Kim Sun Ah's fan! At first glance, she really does shock me not due to her amazing acting skill (which is fabulous)  but her ability to gain & loose so much weight in a short time frame. Her character in I do is completely the opposite of Sam soon, figure wise is a complete turn-over! Her figure is amazing at her age. As for the plot, a refreshing modern twist based on shoe-designers' walk of life. 

Title: 아이두 아이두 / I Do, I Do
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2012-May-30 to 2012-July-19 (Completed)
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
A drama based on an original comic. Hwang Ji An (Kim Sun Ah) is a successful mid-30′s career woman (Director in shoe company) with a bright future ahead until she gets into an “accident” one night with the company new employed young male co-worker, Park Tae Kang (Lee Jang Woo) who used to be a fake shoe maker and always ready to run away whenever police raids. Her life and career gets thrown in chaos upon learning that she has became pregnant with his child.
Her strongest rival, Yeom Na Ri (Im Soo Hyang) takes the chance of that moment to overthrow her company position while she meets again with her old love, Jo Eun Sung (Park Gun Hyung) who has became her Gynaecologist.

Innocent Man [A must Watch ★★★★★★★★★☆]
Review: Wow! I must, each time after I've finish with each episode, it will definitely leave a tingling feeling of wanting more. Eventhou this drama revolves around more antagonist characters then good ones, still the drama is not entirely dark. Song Joong Ki's acting has grown tremendously, a more mature & manly look.

Title: 세상 어디에도 없는 차칸남자 / Innocent Man
Also Known as: The Nice Guy Never Seen Before / No Such Thing As Nice Guys
Previously Known as: 차칸남자 / Nice Guy
Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2012-Sept-12 to 2012-Nov-15 (Completed)
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
The drama is a melodrama which depicts the story of a man called Kang Ma Roo (Song Joong Ki) who has been hurt by a woman he loves called Han Jae Hee (Park Si Yeon) and how he continues his own life by using several women. He sacrificed his well being for his girlfriend only to be dumped by her for another man. Then, he sets off to take revenge on her with the help of his best friend. He approaches Seo Eun Gi (Moon Chae Won), the daughter of the chaebol group executive who lost her memory in order to execute his revenge.

Love Rain [A must Watch ★★★★★★★★★☆]
Review: Ooppss sorry for the spoiler pic! hehe... But I just love the chemistry between those two! Simply lovely ♥ The show begins with the 70's retro feel where both the characters mum & dad's puppy love days during college. Sorry to say, I do feel bored at the beginning of the show, but as the show progress to the current modern 21st century, it started to capture my attention. Well, that's cause I prefer the 21st century look on Jang Keun Suk rather then his 70s look. Look so retro..totally not my style..haha. From the love story plot till the OST for this drama are all well written. Every love scene was simply lovely with heart-warming scene and the sacrifices that they had to endure across father & son, mother & daughter.

Title: 사랑비 / Sa-rang-bi
Also known as: Love Rain
Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2012-Mar-26 to 2012-May-29 (Completed)
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
"Love Rain" depicts a 1970's pure love and a love from the present day at the same time. It shows how the offsprings of a previous ill-fated couple, who met in the 1970s, managed to meet and fall in love. Seo In Ha and Kim Yoon Hee, a art student and a shy beauty, met and fell in love with each other during college in the 1970s but unfortunately their love was fated to never be. Now in the present 21st century Korea, Seo In Ha's son, Seo Joon (a liberal photographer) meets and falls in with the daughter of Kim Yoon Hee, Jung Ha Na, a cheerful and energetic girl who's personality is different from her mother's. Will their love for each other keep them together or will they have to face the same fate as their parents?

Man From the Equator [Good Watch ★★★★★★★★☆]
Review: I do enjoy the younger version of the characters more than their older version of them played by Uhm Tae Woong & Joon Hyuk thou. Maybe its due to those young aspiring actors' abilities to portray their role so perfectly at their young age. Tae Woong exceptional performance in portraying a blind's man characteristic was so well shown on screen. But, the chemistry between Tae Woong and his love interest is just plain awkward. Story wise, it's well written with betrayal as the main focus of the story. Overall still consider an exciting piece.

Title: 적도의 남자 / The Equator Man
Also Known as: Man From the Equator
Genre: melodrama
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2012-March-21 to 2012-May-24 (Completed)
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
A typical mellow story about two men with boiling passion who fight against their destiny.
Kim Sun Woo (Uhm Tae Woong) was sent to the orphanage after his father was killed. His childhood best friend Lee Jang Il (Lee Joon Hyuk) was born in a poor family but eventually works his way up and became a prosecutor. However, his thirst for success leads him to betray Sun Woo. Confronting his intense, Sun Woo turns himself into a successful businessman.
This drama also known as the male version of Women of the Sun.

My Daughter Seo Young
Review: Still Watching (On-going)

Title: 내 딸 서영이 / Nae Ddal Seoyoungi
Also known as: Seo Young, My Daughter
Genre: Family, melodrama, romance
Episodes: 50
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2012-Sep-15 to TBA
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 19:55
This drama will tell the story of a father who separates with his daughter, their love, hate and reconciliation. Seo Young (Lee Bo Young) is a tough woman who tries to escape the harsh life of poverty with a strong passion to gain success, overcome her lower status and rise in society. On the road to fullfill her dream, she cuts ties with her poor family and incompetent father (Chun Ho Jin) who still love his daughter despite her bitterness.

My Husband Got a Family [Good Watch ★★★★★★★★☆]
Review: A heart-warming family drama for the whole family to enjoy. Or maybe I'm just a sucker for long winded family dramas. Hehe.. Not just from me, but this is also one of the top rating family drama in 2012 with a rating of 49.6% - which is alot! And did you know that Nam Joo unnie's actual husband is also the one & only Kim Seung Woo from 2days1night & Win-Win. You must have notice him in this drama as well. Best Cameo of him ever! Ohya..Seung Woo did also brought his 2days1night members on the show. Kim Jong Min, Cha Tae Hyun & Sung Shi Kyung brief appearance really brighten up the atmosphere. Ohya, not to mention my favourite drummer (from CN Blue) Min Hyuk is also one of the cast of this drama. 

Title: 넝쿨째 굴러온 당신 / Unexpected You
Also Known as:My Husband Got a Family
Genre: Family
Episodes: 58 
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2012-Feb-25 to 2012-Sep-09 (Completed)
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 19:55
This drama tells the story of TV drama director Yoon Hee (Kim Nam Joo) and Surgeon Gwi Nam (Yoo Joon Sang) after they get married but meets her unbelievable mother-in-law (Yoon Yeo Jung).

Ohlala Couple [Good Watch ★★★★★★★☆]
Review: Okay piece if you are into comedic drama. Not so fond of the overall casting, and Kim Jung Eun's acting to me feels fake especially when she laughs out loud. 

Title: 울랄라 부부 / Ohlala Couple
Also Known as: Oohlala Spouses
Genre: Family, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2012-Oct-01 to 2012-Nov-20 (Completed)
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
This drama about a couple, Go Soo Nam (Shin Hyun Joon) and Na Yeo Ok (Kim Jung Eun) who are about to seal their divorce paper after 12 years of marriage when their souls suddenly switched while at the court.

Princess Man [A must Watch ★★★★★★★★★☆]
Review: Yes, it's basically a Korean version of the Classic Romeo & Juliet. I'll let the awards speaks for itself. This drama has won the 2011 Best couple, Top excellence & popularity award for both leading actor & actress, Excellence award for mid-length & lastly it won the 2012 48th Baeksang award for best directing. So the expectation for this drama is quite high! Well, basically I fell in love with Moon Chae Won acting. Gonna be trill for her next leading role in Innocent Man!

Title: 공주의 남자 / Princess Man
Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 24
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2011-Jul-20 to 2011-Oct-06 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
A tragic love story between the daughter of Prince Suyang and grandson of Kim Jong Seo. The son of Kim Jongseo, Seungyoo, is a handsome and wise man who carries a noble quality. Princess Seryeong, a daughter of King Sejo, aka prince Sooyang, is a cheerful, lively lady with a strong curiosity and bold personality. They fall in love instantly but later they find out that their parents are sworn enemies. It's a Chosun dynasty version of “Romeo and Juliet”. 

Rooftop Prince [A must Watch ★★★★★★★★★☆]
Review: Still Watching

Title: 옥탑방 왕세자 / Rooftop Prince
Also known as: Attic Prince
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Romance, Time-Travel
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2012-Mar-21 to 2012-May-24 (Completed)
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday Night 21:55
‘Rooftop Prince’ has themes of time-travel.

Joseon era (300 years ago)

Lee Gak (Micky Yoochun) is the Crown Prince. When he is ready to marry, Lee Gak wants to marry a beautiful woman. Bu Yong (Han Ji Min) and Hwa Yong (Jung Yoo Mi) are sisters. Hwa Yong, the older sister wants to marry Crown Prince Lee Gak, but her father makes it clear that younger sister Bu Yong will marry the Crown Prince. Hwa Yong is so upset, she uses an an iron to burn Bu Yong’s face, pretending it was an accident. Now, Bu Yong carries a big scar on her face. Eventually, older sister Hwa Yong marries Crown Prince Lee Gak. Time passes and are now adults. Younger sister Bu Yong is now a smart woman, good with needlework. Older sister Hwa Yong is uneasy that her husband, Crown Prince Lee Gak, and Bu Young get along well. One day, Crown Prince Lee Gak wakes up in the early morning. He finds that Hwa Yong is not next to him. He feels something strange about the situation and calls for an eunuch. At this time, an eunuch comes running to the Crown Prince and informs him that Hwa Yong is found dead in a pond. Lee Gak suspects that his wife’s death is not by accident. He puts together a team to investigate his wife’s death. When the team awaits to interview a witness, a group of assassins appears and chases them. Crown Prince Lee Gak and his men are chased to the edge of a cliff. The group jumps off the cliff. The Prince from the Joseon era travels to the future with his entourage Song Man Bo (Lee Min Ho), Woo Yong Sul (Jung Suk Won) and Do Chi San (Choi Woo Shik).

Seoul 2012

When Park Ha (Han Ji Min) was young, her father remarried and Park Ha gained older step-sister Se Na (Jung Yoo Mi). When their parents left for work, older step-sister Se Na despised having to take care of her younger sister. One day, while younger sister Park Ha sleeps inside a truck, the truck suddenly departs. Even though Se Na sees the truck leaving, she turns around and pretends that it isn’t happening. Time passes, younger sister Park Ha is now living in America. While, Park Ha sells fruits as a sidewalk vendor, Yong Tae Yong (Micky Yoochun) sees her and feels a connection with Park Ha. Yong Tae Moo (Lee Tae Sung) appears in front of Yong Tae Young. They are cousins. The following day, the two men boards a yacht. While the boat is sailing, they have a small fight and Yong Tae Yong falls into the water. His cousin doesn’t attempt to save Yong Tae Yong and actually attempts to hide evidence that he was there. He then jumps into the water and swims away. At this time, younger sister Park Ha receives a phone call that her family has been located in South Korea. Park Ha travels to South Korea and learns that her father has just passed away. At her father’s funeral, Park Ha meets her step-mother and older step-sister Se Na. Park Ha has no memory of how she was separated from her family. Park Ha settles down in Seoul. One night, when she comes back to her rooftop room, she discovers four men, in Korean traditional clothing, sitting in her room..

Stars and Moon for You [Good Watch ★★★★★★★☆]
Review: Simply love the story line. Eventhou I'm not entirely a fan of those typical "old-man" minded thinking that some Korean folks are still practising till these days. To them, the eldest in the family are assumed to be obligated to take care of their younger siblings, can't go against their elders in any way. To them, this is a must rather then leaving them the sense of appreciation if the child has perform their part right. Really loves the brothers characters played in the drama, but not that grumpy, narrowed-minded dad of them. Hehe..

Title: 별도 달도 따줄게 / I’ll Give You The Stars and The Moon
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 100+ 
Broadcast network: KBS1
Broadcast period: 2012-May-07 (Completed)
Air time: Monday to Friday 20:25
A drama about a man who has a trauma from his younger days and a woman who loves this man.

The Moon Embracing the Sun [A must Watch ★★★★★★★★★★]
Review: Both child actors played their role so perfectly to my view. A very heart-breaking warm story that touches the hearts of many. The drama is not like the other typical slow moving drama, where the plot started slow & ended quite a drag. This Drama started with a perfect momentum from the very beginning while sustained the impact till the end. That's what makes the drama so exciting. Highly recommended.

Title: 해를 품은 달 / Haereul Poomeun Dal
Also known as: The Sun and the Moon
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Period
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: 2012-Jan-04 to 2012-Mar-15 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 
The story of the secret love between Lee Hwon, a fictional king of Joseon, and Wol, a female shaman.

Wild Romance [★★★★★☆]
Review: This drama is consider a flop for my taste, ermm well the ratings seems to agree with that too. I just think that its a bad timing as it had to compete with other over-rated competing rival dramas at the time, for eg. Moon embracing the Sun. The plot are not well written, quite on the sluggish end. A typical predictable drama. Acting wise, I'm used to Si-Young girly act; too used to it till this boyish character of her don't seem to suit her. Hard for me to digest her character. Well, rumours has it that since the drama did badly with the initial ratings, they had to bring Jessica in. But I guess even a famous person like her could not save it. Well its still a rumour, don't take it seriously here.

Title: 난폭한 로맨스 / Wild Romance
Also Known as: Aggressive Romance
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2012-Jan-04 to 2012-Feb-23 (Completed)
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
This drama tells a love story between a baseball player and a female guard who is a former judo athlete.

Will Update soon in another post on the other K-dramas that I've watched later.....


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