Category Archives: K-Dramas

Kill Me, Heal Me

Genre: romance, comedy

Episodes: 20

Main actresses: Hwang Jung Eum, Kim Yoo Ri

Main actors: Ji Sung, Park Seo Joon, Oh Min Seok

Story: Oh Ri Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) is a 1st year psychology resident at one of Seouls larger University hospitals. Full of energy, positive attitude and a loving supportive family behind her is she trying to live every day to its fullest. Her life’s pretty neat and well going – until she meets chaebol son Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) in a rather uncommon setup, that is. First convinced that he’s joking with her, than concluding that he’s weird is she later on discovering the heartbreaking truth behind that young man’s unconventional behavior: Cha Do Hyun suffers from a condition called multiple personality disorder which ripped his mind into seven personalities, each one with their own little quirks and preferences, who appear and disappear on a whim whenever he’s under a lot of stress. Through connections and different circumstances, Oh Ri Jin becomes Cha Do Hyun’s secret doctor and together they begin to unravel the truth behind Cha Do Hyun’s mental condition while simultaneously getting to know each other better and better…

Trailer:

Own opinion: I can honestly say that this is one of the most unusual Korean dramas I’ve ever watched. ūüėÄ

Ji Sung has been one of my favorite actors ever since “New Heart” and never disappointed me when it came to professionalism or acting skills ( – picking the wrong drama is a different story, though) and he surely didn’t do so in “Kill Me, Heal Me”. This drama was one of the most talked about in the year 2015 and for a good reason: Ji Sung had to portrait seven completely different characters within one story line, sometimes several of those characters in one episode, while still connecting them to one main personality at the same time. His approach to Cha Do Hyun’s suffering has impressed the South Korean acting industry deeply, not to mention all the viewers in Korea as well as overseas. Ji Sung managed to draw a clear line between each personality, making us fall in love with him seven times in a row, each time for a different character trade and reason.

“Kill Me, Heal Me” is a romantic comedy that will surely make you laugh out loud in one second and cry like a baby the next one. The dilemma of having to deal with seven different forms of the person you fell in love with is also beautifully played by Hwang Jung Eum, an actress whom I came to love more and more over the years. Her “Oh Ri Jin” is a main female lead I could easily get on board with, both funny and sensible in all the right places while maintaining the core of what makes her who she is throughout the story.

One of the most interesting experiences for the viewer during “Kill Me, Heal Me” has to be the unusual dilemma of what makes a person who he/she is, however. If you fall in love with a person who suffers from multiple personality disorder, which personality do you actually fall for? Are they bits and pieces of what makes the person whole or completely different characters who have nothing to do with each other? If so, than which of those personalities is “the real one”? How can you know? And what happens when one personality disappears – does it become a normal character trade or just vanish? Is it an actual problem when one personality becomes jealous of another? …

PS:¬†Park Seo Joon portraits Oh Ri Jin’s brother ‘Oh Ri On’ who’s an author and extremely charming yet dorky fellow who (hilariously) becomes the love interest for one of Cha Do Hyun’s personalities. ūüėÄ

Rating: 10 / 10! I loved the unusual approach of the story line as well as Ji Sung’s formidable performance here. ‚̧ I fell in love with each and every of his seven displayed personalities and was thrilled by the rather deep background story we got. Awesome drama!

Nooow, enough talking and without further adieu I present to you: Cha Do Hyun’s personalities~

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The Great Queen Seondeok

Genre: historical

Episodes: 62 + 1 special episode

Main actresses: Lee Yo Won, Ko Hyun Jung, Park Ye Jin

Main actors: Uhm Tae Woong, Kim Nam Gil, Jeon No Min, Jung Woong In, Ahn Kil Kang, Yoo Seung Ho…

(Sorry, but this is endless! There are way too many main actors in this drama! xDD )

Story: Deokman (Lee Yo Won) is born as the second twin to the king and queen of Silla in Korea. A famous prophecy¬†had it that the moment royal twins are born bad luck¬†will fall upon the kingdom and¬†endanger¬†every¬†citizen. To safe their two daughters from being murdered, the parents decided to send Deokman far away to have her live a normal life while their other princess¬†Cheon-Myeong (Park Ye Jin) will stay in the palace. So Deokman grew up knowing nothing about her real family whatsover but eventually finds out later on. She comes back to Silla to face her destiny – and her greatest enemie ever: Mishil (Ko Hyun Jung), the most influential¬†court lady who has about half the palace under her control. Luckily, Deokman doesn’t have to fight for her right place all alone: Always at her side is the strong and loyal warrior Kim Yushin (Uhm Tae Woong) who’d do anything to help and protect her. Later on, the mysterious and kind of funny guy Bidam (Kim Nam Gil) joins them out of¬†curiosity but soon after becomes a trustworthy and lovely companion. Watch the path¬†of a woman who’ll have to go through many hardships before finally being the¬†first female ruler in¬†Korean history by using intelligence, trust and inner strength as her weapons of choice.

Okay, I can’t find even one video which could describe this dramas awesomeness without showing too much spoilers so I decided to let you listen to the main OST:

Own opinion: One word –¬†EPIC!!!

Please don’t let yourself be discouraged by this dramas length. I also started watching this with the clear intention of never finishing it without skipping half of the episodes but I was unexpectedly wrong.

“Queen Seon Duk” is the most epic drama I’ve ever watched. Let alone the fact that the history behind the plot and most of the characters is true: The acting, music, costumes, action scenes, landscaping and details are enchanting, to say the least. I got sucked into this drama like dust into a brand new vacuum cleaner. ūüėČ

I loved the development of the main heroine from a somewhat vulgar teen to a strong and independent queen by fighting a seemly lost battle. Deokman fails more often than she succeeds at the beginning of her path – which shows not only great realism as well as determination to pull through but also her amazing talent to gain strength out of a loss. “Queen Seon Duk” is, ultimately, not about birthright but about experience, what you make of it, how it shapes you and if you’re willing to fight for what is right – even if it means sacrificing something else. This drama presents you with a whole new universe of Korean history and maybe it’s because it is so long or detailed or emotionally surrounding but once it’s over you’ll feel its loss on a level of losing a home.

My favorite part, however, is forever Bidam. He is and always will be my most beloved drama character of all times. Beautifully twisted and torn, funny and dangerous, pitiful and creepy is he “Queen Seon Duk”s secret weapon. Fans were amazed by Kim Nam Gil’s display of his character, a guy so deep that he hits you directly where it hurts and leaves a scar that’ll never stop tearing at your insides. Bidam is, ultimately, the reason why I came to love this story so much. Kim Nam Gil became my favorite actor and, to this day, I still re-watch his most memorable scenes in “Queen Seon Duk” over and over again. I guess it’s the very blurry line of what makes a human being good and/ or bad that Kim Nam Gil’s interpretation of Bidam draws which makes him so captivating.

All in all, “Queen Seon Duk” is a drama classic; THE historical drama out of all historical dramas ever. It’s one of those stories that, if you haven’t watched it yet, will make you only half a Korean drama lover. 1. Because of the history behind the story (You ought to know that part of Korean history, pal!); 2. because of the actors (Half of today’s main actors played the child versions of the main characters here and the other half is today’s pool of veteran actors and actresses. I swear, you’ll recognize every face in that drama!); 3. because of its popularity (The scale of detail in this drama, really! It’s breathtaking!).

Rating: 10 / 10. I really don’t have anything else to say to this other than epic.

The Devil / Lucifer

Genre: melodrama, mystery, revenge, crime, thriller

Episodes: 20

Main actors: Joo Ji Hoon, Uhm Tae Woong

Main actress: Shin Min Ah

Story:¬†Kang Oh Soo (Uhm Tae Woong) is a homicide detective full of passionate force and righteous ideals, fighting crimes wherever and however he can. One day he hits a dead end in a series of seemingly unrelated murders and, though full of doubts, seeks the help of a young woman named Seo Hae In (Shin Min Ah) who claims to possess psychometric abilities. ¬†As they begin to unravel the relations between the murder victims, defense attorney Oh Seung Ha (Joo Ji Hoon) makes his entrance; a stoic and mysterious young man who, despite all prior judgments, turns out to be all politeness – though he suddenly appears just about everywhere with connections to just about everyone…

What started out as a relatively normal homicide investigation, however, soon turns its ugly head and leads the main characters down a gory path to their most well hidden and darkest secrets. What makes us human? What is good and what is evil – and who decides between the two? Where’s the difference between a black and a white lie when both mean that you speak the untruth? A resentment, well fed and nurtured for the last twelve years, begins to dig a whole, begins to throw the curtain of revenge over their hearts and opens the gates to hell…

Opening:

Own opinion: A story √† la “The Count of Monte Christo”. “The Devil” is no happy-go-lucky, let’s-chill-out-with-popcorn kind of drama, that’s for sure. Digging into the depth of human beings, their minds, emotions and reasoning behind their doings is this plot presenting its audience some irritatingly smart and provocative questions and dilemmas.

I came upon this drama by coincidence. No one has ever spoken to me about it nor have I ever seen it being mentioned in any kind of Korean drama blog. It seems to be one of the industries “underdogs” – which’s not only a shame but full on¬†incomprehensible. “The Devil” took me on a ride that was both uncomfortable and thrilling – a mix of emotions I’m not really used to, that’s for sure. The whole story tricked me into falling for the devil without me realizing it – to then later on reveal it in such a way that it made me sickeningly aware of how damn deep I’m already standing in the shit that were once my morals and believes. And I loved it!

Uhm Tae Woong does an awesome job at displaying the personality of Kang Oh Soo; a character so twisted, conflicted and at the same time hypocritically ignorant that he ultimately falls pray to his own principles. Shin Min Ah is charming, as she’s always been, and I loved the character development she went through because it had a beautifully natural flow but also maintained the basis of who Seo Hae In was and always will be as a person. Joo Ji Hoon, however, was the one that truly took me by force. His Oh Seung Ha is such a distressingly weird composition of a complex human being, both lovely and questionable, that I found myself constantly drawn to him while simultaneously being afraid of what I might find if I come too close.

What I admired about the story is that it is not only provocative in its message and smart in its order of revelations but also presuming that the viewer isn’t a fool (A fact other dramas seemly depend on.). If you watch each episode with the right amount of awareness, you will find hints and clues to what is truly going on very early in the run-time of the show – a discovery the story depends on, actually, as it urges you to find out one truth as soon as possible so that you may dig out even darker secrets and lies beyond that first layer of (what might be) the core of the problem. I know that my description may sound a little bit cryptic and philosophical – it’s kind of hard to describe this drama without spoiling anything – but then again, it¬†is cryptic and philosophical so I guess my phrasing fits the bill here. ūüėČ

Rating: 10 / 10. (Just a reminder: The rating is purely subjective and under no circumstances a valuable measurement! I tend to like melodramas about revenges a lot so of course I’ll find something like “The Devil” very entertaining. You may hate it all you want, however. ^^)

PS: The Japanese version is called “Maou”. I didn’t find it as good as the Korean one though.