First Impression: Taxi Driver

We have a new justice-seeking team in K-dramaland. Drama Profile Title: Taxi Driver / Deluxe Taxi (literal title)Main Cast: Lee Je-hoon, Esom, Kim Eui-sungWriter: Park Joon-woo (Doctor Detective)PD: Oh Sang-ho (Fabricated City – movie)Timeslot: Friday and Saturday / 22:00HNetwork: SBSEpisodes: 16Genre: Action-crime Plot Synopsis: Based on a webtoon of The Deluxe Taxi by Carlos and…

Sisyphus: The Myth | Series Review

“Even if there’s no future, just come and find me.” When I was asked whether JTBC’s 10th-anniversary special drama was any good, I told them they could give it a try for themselves because I wasn’t sure how exactly what to feel in the premiere week. Everything looks good – the cast is great, the…

In Spotlight: Shin Hyun-been Filmography

Most of us are familiar with Shin Hyun-been through her role as Jang Gyeo-ul in the 2020 hit series, Hospital Playlist. But she’s been in the biz for quite some time before she was cast as this cold yet charming GS resident. Shin Hyun-been is an art theory major from the Korea National University of…

Love Alarm Season 2 | Series Review

Back in 2019, we witnessed the story of Kim Jo-jo (Kim So-hyun) and how she experienced the exciting moments of being young and in love and at the same time how that same love carved another wound in her already scarred heart.  The second season of this webtoon-adaptation starts with that – Kim Jo-jo as…

The Curious Ahjumma: Strong Female Characters

A decade or so ago, female K-drama characters are usually described as friendly, lovely, and bubbly. While those with bolder personalities are called spunky and sassy. But they are never described as strong. It was as if the word ‘strong’ is reserved for male leads alone.  Yes, we do have what we call the Strong…

First Impression: Navillera

Drama Profile Title: NavilleraMain Cast: Park In-hwan, Song Kang, Na Moon-hee, Hong Seung-heeWriter: Lee Eun-mi (Tunnel)PD: Han Dong-hwa (Miss Lee)Timeslot: Monday and Tuesday / 21:00HNetwork: tvNEpisodes: 12Genre: Dramedy Plot Synopsis: Based on a webtoon of the same title, Navillera follows 70-years-old Shim Deok-chul, who wants to pursue his life-long dream of learning ballet. Together with…

K-Drama Rewind: Princess Hours

One of the first K-dramas that captured my heart is Princess Hours or Goong. This fairy-tale-like coming-of-age romance series isn’t perfect but there’s a lot of things about it that made it a classic and iconic K-drama. It had beautiful cinematography, an escapist yet relatable storyline, and characters who are easy to fall in love…

First Impression: Mouse

Drama Profile Title: Mouse Main Cast: Lee Seung-gi, Lee Hee-jun, Park Ju-hyun, Kyung Soo-jin Writer: Choi Ran (Black, God’s Gift – 14 Days) PD: Choi Joon-bae (Come and Hug Me, The King's Daughter, Soo Baek-Hyang) Timeslot: Wednesday and Thursday / 22:30H Network: tvN Episodes: 20 Genre: Crime Thriller Plot Synopsis:  Mouse’s story started with Go…

Live On x A Love So Beautiful | Series Review

It’s been a while since I’ve last written a comparative review with two seemingly similar yet different K-drama. In this edition, I’ve decided to talk about the recent high-school set short series, Live On and A Love So Beautiful. Similarities The first obvious similarity between these two series is their setting. The stories both happen…

First Impression: River Where The Moon Rises

Drama Profile Title: River Where The Moon RisesMain Cast: Kim So-hyun, Ji Soo, Lee Ji-hoon, Choi Yu-hwaWriter: Han Ji-hoon (Woman of 9.9 Billion)PD: Yoon Seong-sik (King Maker: The Change of Destiny)Timeslot: Monday and Tuesday / 21:30HNetwork: KBSEpisodes: 20Genre: Historical Plot Synopsis:  Based on the 2010 novel Princess Pyeonggang, the series follows the story of Goguryeo…

Queen Cheorin | Series Review

This series is a strong contender for my favorite K-drama for 2021. It’s like a Hanjeongsik or a full course meal that satiate all of my K-drama cravings. The Amuse-bouche: Jang Bong-hwan goes to Joseon Premiere weeks are like amuse-bouche of a full course meal. It’s made to amuse and intrigued us and to simply…

In Spotlight: Ok Taecyeon Filmography

Ok Taecyeon first stole our hearts as the rapper of the beastly-dols, 2PM, back in 2008. He stood out among the flower-boy-filled idol industry with his strapping physique. He was ‘sangnamja’ through and through. But after debuting as an actor in 2010, Taecyeon proved that he has more to offer. Since then, he has been…

The Curious Ahjumma: The Anatomy of Great OTPs

Telling a romance story is a bit complicated than one might seem to think. There’s a lot of elements to consider like the trope the writer would use, the setting, the narration style, and the most critical element is the main pairing itself. The other elements wouldn’t be useful if the main couple is in…

K-Culture: Andong Kim Clan

Watching sageuk will make you realize that some people in the Palace court are much more powerful than the King himself. From influential kingmakers to powerful military families, these controlling figures usually ump the drama in historical series. One recent example is the manipulative Andong Kim Clan in the Shin Hye-sun-starrer Queen Cheorin (also known…