Category Archives: Comedy

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~

Secret Garden

Genre: romance, comedy

Episodes: 20 + 1 special episode

Main actresses: Ha Ji Won, Kim Sa Rang

Main actors: Hyun Bin, Yoon Sang Hyun, Lee Philip, Lee Jong Suk

Story:¬†Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin) is the¬†rich, arrogant and eccentric CEO of a big department store,¬†overflowing with selfishness and egoism while looking down on everyone else besides his mother. Living in a special house complex¬†with no one else around him is his only joy fighting¬†with neighbor and pop star Oska (Yoon Sang Hyun) who also happens to be his cousin.¬†One day Oska asks Joo Won to meet up with a certain¬†actress he had an affair with to buy her secrecy about this matter. Even though he’s not really thrilled about this request Joo Won accepts and takes that actress to a hotel room to talk with her… only that he didn’t bring the real one but her stunt double: Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won), a really pretty girl with a¬†glamorous body who’s humble and hardworking but unfortunately¬†poor and NOT an actress! Besides Ra Im being all sassy and totally not lady-like feels Joo Won strangely attracted¬†to that absolutely-not-his-type-of-a-woman stunt double. He kind of starts to stalk her and besides her attempts to ignore him¬†is it simply impossible for Ra Im to stop her heart from beating faster when Joo Won is around.

This love story could be so simple… if not for a certain magical drink which makes them switch their bodies!¬†Hilarious: Gil Ra Im’s in fact a great fan of Joo Wons cousin Oska and while having switched their bodies getting sometimes a little bit too close to her favorite Idol. ūüėČ

Trailer:

And because the first video seemed a little too melodramatic here a second one:

Own opinion: A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!! Simply and easily awesome! This drama has everything a great korean drama needs to have… and even a bit more. ūüėČ

First of all: I love the cast! Hyun Bin is one great peace of an eye candy and the fact that he’s an excellent actor’s surely out of the question, right? After everything he’s already done so far… ūüėČ ‚̧

Plus Ha Ji Won is one of the best actresses South Korea has to¬†offer – last but not least because she’s doing most of the action scenes herself since she doesn’t really like stunt doubles. The¬†chemistry between her and Hyun Bin’s great and their emotions breathtakingly credible!

Yoon Sang Hyun as the funny and clueless yet super lovely pop star “Oska” (who can’t really sing) makes the whole plot even¬†more entertaining! His story turns out to be quite a piece of perfection after Lee Jong Suk¬†enters the drama: Our little flower boy is playing a gay musician named “Han Tae Sun”¬†who seems to have a pretty serious crush¬†on Oska. Funny about the whole thing’s Tae Suns hilarious way of not even bothering to hide his feelings. And even though Oska’s clearly not into guys are these two developing a strange yet absolutely adorable¬†friendship between each other.

I really like “Secret Garden” and I know that almost everyone who watched it will agree with me on this one: It’s awesome! It’s hilarious, romantic, action packed, thrilling, melodramatic, sad, cute, has great background music… everything a good drama has to¬†be and has to have! There is, nonetheless, one thing bothering me: It could’ve been a perfectly realistic story (well, at least for Korean¬†circumstances) if not for the whole – and in my eyes really¬†unnecessary – body changing thing. I mean: Yeah, it makes them understand each other better but honestly? I don’t think they need better understanding. Kim Joo Won likes Gil Ra Im from the first moment he lays his eyes on her. I’m pretty sure he already loves her at the end of the very first episode. And it’s not like it takes¬†her any longer to feel attracted to him, too. I think they would’ve understand each other perfectly fine even without¬†switching bodies. But well, that’s just my opinion. ūüôā

Rating: 9 / 10. Like I said: I don’t understand why they had to bring up a body-change in an otherwise perfectly awesome drama. But that’s just one point so please don’t mind. If you haven’t watched “Secret Garden” till now then be sure to catch up ASAP! You’ll miss something great if you don’t!

Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Genre: historical, romance, gender-bender

Episodes: 20

Main actress: Park Min Young

Main actors: Park Yoo Chun (nickname “Micky”/member of boy group JYJ and former member of TVXQ), Song Joong Ki, Yoo Ah In

Story:¬†Set during the Joseon Dynasty revolves this drama around three young handsome guys and a¬†girl disguised as one of them at the¬†Sungkyunkwan University, their hardships, love and friendships. Kim Yun Hee (Park Min Young) is a rather smart and¬†independent woman who’s working for her family since her ill brother is forced to remain in the house. She¬†studies hard and determined, is good natured and strong-willed. As the entrance exam for the famous Sungkyunkwan University comes closer and her brother’s still confined to his sick-bed is she brave enough to disguise herself as a man and take his place at the men-only national exam. There she meets intelligent and well educated Lee Seon Joon (Park Yoo Chun) who’s a good family background and rich parents. Even though their characters don’t seem to suit each other are they becoming friends and pass the exam. At school both of them¬†coincidentally get to share a room together. Problem number one: How’s Yun Hee going to keep her identity a secret? Problem number two: Playboy and womanizer Gu Yong Ha (Song Joong Ki)¬†immediately discovers her secret at the very first meeting because… well, because he’s awesome and knows when he has a girl in front of him – and when not. Nevertheless, he decides that it’s better to keep it to himself and just have some fun watching this absurd situation. Problem number three: Troublemaker Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah In) also discovers her identity but instead of revealing Yun Hee as a woman is he being silent about it because he falls for her. Problem number four and by far the biggest one: Yun Hee starts to develop some feelings for Seon Joon – who returns them but still thinks she’s a guy.

Own opinion: Was it my first historical drama? I think so. Well, whatever: It’s great! Funny, romantic, dramatic, thrilling, cute – it doesn’t miss a single thing.

I love the topic about a woman trying to do something in a world ruled by men. She’s actually putting herself in great danger by being disguised as a man because back then it was a big disgrace to do something like that. That Yun Hee’s actually smarter than many guys makes it even more interesting and her strong-willed character’s totally cool and admirable!

The best thing about the whole drama, however, is the relationshop between Gu Yong Ha and Moon Jae Shin. Bromance alert! Gosh, their friendship – and I think it turned out to be a little more than just that – is to die for! Song Joong Kis “Yong Ha” is funny, absolutely adorable and made me totally fall in love with him. Yoo Ah Ins “Jae Shin” is heartwarmingly¬†grumpy and shy and made me laugh out loud everytime he appeared on screen. The moments when they both interact with each other are the best parts in general! Side info:¬†This man-man couple was so famous that they even won an award together – totally unexpected! So darn funny! =D

 

I don’t know what to say more about this drama. It’s great! Perfect! The main couple’s really pretty and even though Park Min Young doesn’t look like guy at all is her acting top notch to compensate that. The costumes are great, the music nice and the whole¬†atmosphere fresh and lovely.

Rating: 9 1/2 points out of 10. Like I said: It’s perfect but somehow, as great as it may be, I can’t place it in the same line with the 10-point-dramas I’ve in mind. Sorry.

PS: By the way, the Sungkyunkwan University still exists and is really famous for being one of the best institutions in South Korea.