Category Archives: Historical

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. 😉

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.

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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.

Gu Family Book

Genre: historical, fantasy, romance

Episodes: 24

Main actresses: Bae Suzy (maknae in girl group “MissA”), Lee Yoo Bi, Jung Hye Young

Main actors: Lee Seung Gi, Yoo Yeon Seok, Lee Sung Jae, Choi Jin Hyuk, Sung Joon

Story: Choi Kang Chi (Lee Seung Gi) is a young and spirited guy full of truth and happiness who tries to please everyone who’s dear to him. Even though he was a foundling coincidentally discovered while floating down a river in a basket is the man who found him like a real father to him and Kang Chi a good natured child. Unfortunately, struggles and agony are awaiting him on his future path as he finds out about who – or better: what – he truly is: A Gumiho. A so called Nine-taled-fox. Well, at least half-gumiho since his father was a divine creature but his mother a normal human being. As it may be, Kang Chi doesn’t want to accept this fate hence goes on his journey to find the “Gu Family Book” which contains a way to become a complete human. On his path the strong and skilled martial arts master Dam Yeo Wool (Bae Suzy) – whom he mistakes for a guy – and her (adorable ❤ ) bodyguard Gun (Sung Joon) join him to find what Kang Chi desperately searches for. And while he’s still trying to fight the “monster” in himself is he constantly making new trustful friends.

Trailer:

Own opinion: I’m going to be honest with you – I started watching this drama because of Choi Jin Hyuk. I really like him for being such a great, talented and emotional actor ( plus I totally adore his face 😉 ) and his performance in “Gu Family Book” has once more proven what he’s truly capable of – which’s making me cry rivers over and over again everytime he appears on screen! Let me tell you that this is something really difficult to do since I hardly cry over fictional people and their fictional problems in a fictional world. But sometimes… sometimes there’s something which pierces right through my heart and just won’t let go – no matter what. Something I can’t grab or explain. Something which makes me weak and teary without me knowing why or how. Something which makes me so emotional as if I would experience these situations myself. Choi Jin Hyuks character is such a thing.

Truth to be told the main story didn’t thrill me at all. Yes, Lee Seung Gi’s acting’s superb and his “Choi Kang Chi” really an adorable guy who truly deserves happiness. Suzys acting skills improved since “Dream High” even though I just can’t bring myself to like her – but I like her character here. Great woman! Strong, pretty and determind to trust Kang Chi no matter what – so cool! But the rest?

What made this drama watchable was its cuteness. Between all those heartbreaking tragic scenes is still enough to smile and be happy over. Especially Sung Joons character “Gun” made me laugh out loud almost every episode. So darn adorable! =D And even though the main people slowly changed their personalities from naive and clueless to strong and clever some things remained the same – which made the whole drama so much more enjoyable.

Just a warning: Be sure to prepare enough tissues for the 2nd, 21st and 22nd episode. I’ve read some comments below those videos and trust me: I was not the only one swimming in an ocean of tears! The story of Kang Chi’s parents is so much more emotional and heartbreaking than the actual one that it would’ve been drama enough for me to just watch their scenes. Choi Jin Hyuks character’s the complete embodiment of the word “pitiable”! I was crying without being able to stop and I totally didn’t care. So great!

Rating: 8 1/2 points out of 10. Even though I was more drawn to the side story of Kang Chi’s parents than to Kang Chi himself do I know that this drama is truly a great one! It’s thrilling, emotional, dramatic, funny, romantic, sad and everything else you could wish for in the historical genre. The action scenes are okay and the costumes really nice even though Suzys attire remained too clean during the whole story if you ask me. What made this drama something outstanding was the background music – which contributed a large part to my crying-sessions – and the acting skills of everyone involved.

But one last thing which really bothered me was the ending: WHAT THE HELL?! -.- Seriously??? Ouh, that’s so cheesy!

PS: Choi Jin Hyuks character was originally not planned to play such a big role I think. It was because everyone loved him so dearly after the first two episodes that the PD-nims and directors didn’t have another choice but to bring him back again! Thanks god!!!! ❤