Secret Garden


시크릿 가든

Cast:

  • Hyun Bin as Kim Joo Won
  • Ha Ji Won as Gil Ra Im
  • Yoon Sang Hyun as Choi Woo Young/Oska (Joo Won’s cousin)
  • Kim Sa Rang as Yoon Seul
  • Lee Philip as Im Jong Soo

Year: 2010-2011

Episodes: 22 (60 minutes) + 1 Special Episode

Ratings: 26.8%

OST:

  • That Woman by Baek Ji Young
  • Here I Am by 4Men &  Mei
  • Watching by Yoon Sang Hyun
  • Appear by Kim Bum Soo
  • That Man by Baek Ji Young
  • Scar by Bois
  • Reason by 4Men
  • I Can’t by Mei
  • Here I Am by Yoon Sang Hyun
  • That Man by Hyun Bin
  • Appear by Yoari
  • You Are My Sping by Sung Si Kyung
  • You Are My Everything by Jeon Ha Yun
  • A Woman by Bebe Mignon
  • Tear Stains by Oscar
  • Liar by Oscar

Story/Synopsis:

The drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin), a seemingly perfect man yet with certain arrogance and childishness in him, and Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won), a stuntwoman whose beauty and body are the object of envy of top actresses. One day they went deep into the mountains and entered a strange house. A strange grandmother offered them chocolate to eat. The next day they found themselves changing bodies.

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The World That They Live In


그들이 사는 세상/ Worlds Within / The World That We Live In

Cast:

  • Hyun Bin as Jung Ji Oh (Director)
  • Song Hye Kyo as Joo Joon Young (Director)
  • Uhm Ki Joon as Song Gyu Ho (Director)
  • Seo Hyo Rim as Jang Hae Jin (Rookie Actress)
  • Lee Joon Hyuk as Lee Joon Gi (Joon Young’s ex-boyfriend)
  • Cha Soo Yun as Lee Yeon Hee (Ji Oh’s ex-girlfriend)

Year: 2008

Episodes: 16 (60 minutes)

Ratings: around 6

OST

Story/Synopsis:

This drama is about the process of a television drama production. Jung Ji Oh is a charismatic drama PD whereas Joo Joon Young is a direct and confident PD. (This is the cheap synopsis from DramaWiki… Writing a complete one would be too complicated because there are so many stories going at the same time. However, if you read the review, I believe that you’ll understand the story better…)

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King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo


제빵왕 김탁구 / Jeppangwang Kim Tak Goo / Baker King, Kim Tak Goo / Bread, Love and Dreams / 面包王金卓求

Cast:

  • Yoon Shi Yoon as Kim Tak Goo
  • Eugene as Shin Yoo Kyung
  • Joo Won as Goo Ma Jun
  • Lee Young Ah as Jang Mi Sun

Year: 2010

Episodes: 30 (60 minutes)

Ratings: Peak=50.8%, Avg=38.6%

Ending: End of the Day (하루의 끝에) by V.O.S

Story/Synopsis:

Kim Tak Goo is the eldest son of Goo Il Jong, the president of GeoSeong Enterprise, a legend in the baking industry. Although he is an extremely talented baker and seemed destined to succeed his father as president, Goo Il Jong’s family plotted to rob him of his inheritance because he was born to Il Jong’s mistress, a maid at his household. However, due to complicated circumstances, Tak Goo’s mother, Kim Mi Sun has been kidnapped and then, disappeared from the world. Tak Goo‘s determination to find his lost mother and to become number one in the baking industry drives him to rebuild his career from scratch despite the many trials he faces.

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That Love Comes


欢迎爱光临 / Huan Ying Ai Guang Lin / Welcome Love (direct Translation)

Cast:

  • Joe Cheng as Xia Tian (Summer)
  • Li Fei Er as Ye Zi
  • Emma Pei as Flora
  • Sun Jian as Wang Bao Qiang

Year: 2010

Episodes: 12 (30 minutes)

Opening: Dear Stranger (亲爱陌生人) Della Ding

Ending: Thank You for Being Wonderful (谢谢你的美好) by Yen-J

Story/Synopsis:

Ye Zi is a girl working at a convenience store in a big city. She has to support her family – her brother’s school fees and her late father’s debts. The day that she was finally going to be free of loans, a fashion photographer who recently came out of a 7 years-old relationship, Xia Tian, unintentionally steps in the store. With her head elsewhere, Ye Zi gave him the wrong change and the error almost crushed her dreams of living her own life. Fortunately, Xia Tian noticed and came back and slowly, the distance between them decreases. They each start to influence each other, but they still do live in different worlds. How will they figure this out?

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80%

 

Joe Cheng is back! Maybe it’s me, but I find that he changed a bit. I don’t know, maybe it’s his acting or something, but it doesn’t feel like the same. Probably because I’m way too used to seeing him with Ariel Lin :P. Well anyways! Starting off with the story. I guess it’s a pretty epic story. I think I could predict almost everything that could’ve happened in the drama already. It totally fits in the stereotyped drama skeleton. It’s not a bad thing, I guess, but I think I would’ve preferred if there was something more unique and original about it.

As always, his acting is just … non criticizeable. And he has this cute smile when he does smile. Okay, that was unrelated. Anyways, nothing to say about on this side of the story. On the other hand, I feel that both the main and supporting female leads were somewhat … inexperienced. Ye Zi, although she did a good job in portraying that lively and cute girl that has to support the rest of her family thus leading a pretty hard world, her passion and love is not that well expressed. Even when she is afraid, scared or sad, I still feel that it’s acting. Flora too, but she just gives off a cold feeling. I don’t know why, maybe it’s because of her character, but I mean, when she is supposed to be warm and caring (like the times when she used to date with Xia Tian), it was warm alright, but there was this fresh cold layer beyond her happiness. I don’t know if this is making sense to you. If you haven’t watched the drama, you probably are completely confused with what I just tried (and epically failed) to explain.

It’s a very very very veryyy short drama! 12 episodes of 30 minutes? That’s like … 6 episodes of Korean dramas; 8 episodes of Japanese drama. So short! I don’t really like short dramas, because although they don’t have enough time to develop some utterly complicated and dramatic stories, I feel that they don’t have enough time to present the characters deeply enough.

 

 

Essbee’s Opinion

76%

It was a really simple love story. Of course, the drama was really short, so the development between the characters was pretty fast. I just find everything really simple. Yes, they have breakups, but they don’t die over it. The second female character is annoying, but we don’t want to kill her. The girl is naive, but not stupid. Anyways… Everything just seemed so easy going.

Joe Cheng is an awesome actor, nothing else to express. Li Fei Er is also really pretty, she has this pureness that I really like. It’s hard to present the characters because the  drama was so short, but to make it short, they were all significant characters.

It’s enjoyable and refreshing. It let me understand the passion of photography. Two beautiful song supported this online drama.

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My Name is Kim Sam Soon


내 이름은 김삼순 / Nae I-reum-eun Kim Sam-soon / My Lovely Sam Soon

Cast:

  • Kim Sun Ah as Kim Sam-soon
  • Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin-heon
  • Jung Ryu Won as Yoo Hee-jin
  • Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim

Year: 2005

Episodes: 16 (60 minutes)

Ratings: 39.6% (Seoul); 37.6 (Nationwide)

Opening: Be My Love by Clazziquai

Ending: She Is by Clazziquai

Story/Synopsis:

Kim Sam Soon is a baker who has a talent in making pastries and cakes. On Christmas Eve, she caught her boyfriend, Min Hyun Woo, cheating on her and she breaks up with him. On that same night, she accidentally went into the men’s restroom and met Hyun Jin Hun, a somewhat callous fellow but sometimes considerate guy. By sheer coincidence, Jin Hun needs a baker for his restaurant Bon Appetit and Sam Soon is unemployed. Sam Soon is hired as the restaurant’s chief baker and the two fight like cat and dog. Nevertheless, they started to have feelings for each other and Sam Soon agreed to act as Jin Hun’s girlfriend so his mother would leave him alone. Things got complicated when Jin Hun’s ex-girlfriend Yoo Hee Jin came back from the States, intending to win him back.

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Marry Me, Mary!


매리는 외박중 / Maerineun Oebakjoong / Mary Stayed Out All Night

Cast:

  • Moon Geun Young as Wi Mae Ri
  • Jang Geun Suk as Kang Moo Kyul
  • Kim Jae Wook as Byun Jung In
  • Kim Hyo Jin as Seo Joon

Year: 2010

Episodes: 16 (60 mins)

Ratings: undetermined

OST:

  • 부탁해, My Bus! by Jang Geun Suk
  • Tell me your love! by TRAX
  • Superstar by Seungyeon from KARA

Story/Synopsis:

Kim’s Jung-in character is a “perfect” guy with the kdrama triple threat of brains, beauty, and money, with whom Mary has been betrothed since childhood. Complications arise when she meets Mu-gyul,a free-spirited hippie/indie rock singer character. The other contender for Mary’s hand in marriage is entertainment agency CEO, Jung In, who is a Korean by blood, Japanese in mind, and American in style.

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Gloomy Salad Days


死神少女 / Si Shen Shao Nu

Cast:

  • Serena Fang as Du (Death Girl)
  • Aaron Yan as Shen Qi

Year: 2010

Episodes: 20 (45 minutes)

Opening: Gloomy Salad Days by Wan Fang

Ending: Du by Wan Fang

Story/Synopsis:

This drama involves 12 different stories which happened to teenagers, taken from real life social cases. The review will present more in detail what kind of situations there are. If you want specific summary, click here.

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