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Healer

Genre: action, thriller, romance, comedy

Episodes: 20

Main actresses: Park Min Young, Kim Mi Kyung

Main actors: Ji Chang Wook, Yoo Ji Tae

Story: The job of a night courier is not only dangerous and oftentimes highly illegal but also a place where one must be able to fight and stand up for himself in every situation. Strong and beast like Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang Wook), codename “Healer”, is the most famous night errand guy in Seoul and its neighbourhood who only accepts the toughest jobs with the highest payment. One day, popular broadcasting reporter Kim Moon Ho (Yoo Ji Tae) hires the “Healer” to find and protect a certain person for him. Seo Jung Hoo has to go undercover and disguises himself as clumsy and shy news reporter “Bong Soo” to find a job at a news company. There, he not only meets Kim Moon Ho himself but also a girl named Chae Young Shin (Park Min Young), an enthusiastic, strong willed and good hearted person with the goal to become the most famous broadcasting reporter in South Korea! And while Sung Hoo’s desperately trying to perfect his act as “Bong Soo” is his real business – the night courier job – slowly starting to draw its dingy circles arround him…

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Own opinion: MUST WATCH!!! I can’t believe I’m saying this but… “Healer” really did what none other drama was able to do until now: It shoved my second favourite drama “Bad Guy” out of its place! O.o I mean: I LOVE “Bad Guy” since Kim Nam Gil is my favourite actor and the genre of melodramas basically my most beloved one… but “Healer”… really now… what’s this? What did you do to me?! XDD

Whoever created the story, whoever directed the scenes and whoever casted the actors and actresses for this one… I so want to thank them for doing their job perfectly perfect even to the tiniest detail! The action scenes are awesomely cool; the music harmonizes with every word spoken, every look given and every move made in such a breathtaking way that one wonders which genius might be behind this work of art; the acting by every main character is so intriguing that my feelings got all mixed up since I could hardly decide for whom I should root!

There’s not even one single person I disliked to the point of hate but so many lovable people that there was not one dull moment during the show. Wherever and at whomever the drama focused didn’t matter for I was excited at each and every story on its own! I watched “Healer” weeks ago but I’m still kind of enchanted by its perfectness… so impressive! ❤

Ji Chang Wook as “Seo Jung Hoo” a.k.a. “Bong Soo” did such an awesome performance by displaying so many different layers of a person in just one moment that I wondered how the hell he was still as unfamous as any other random actor in SK before “Healer”! Acting a cool, foreclosed and mysterious guy like Seo Jung Hoo who’s undercover acting as clumsy, warm hearted and friendly “Bong Soo” who, sometimes, has to go undercover as well and act like a sophisticated and realiable chaebol but still display certain character traits of Bong Soo must’ve been a really difficult task to do! Still, Ji Chang Wook mastered this job like he’s never done anything else and so great at that that I was really able to see all three “characters” he’s displaying in one of these awesome undercover-undercover-mission moments!

Plus I really love the way how randomly normal Seo Jung Hoo is at home! 😀 Normally, especially main guys in kdramas tend to be overly perfect and would walk around in a suit even when they bake or cook. Not so this time – the oh-so-cool Healer is not only eating simple microwave food (which doesn’t look healthy, by the way) but also lazily lying around in grey and worn out sweatpants with some comfortable shirts and simple slippers. XDD Sooo cute!

Park Min Young on the other hand was already one of the most beloved South Korean actresses even before “Healer” which’s why her doing a perfect job was to be expected. She’s infamous for always picking projects which later on turn out to be absolutely brilliant and successful; and so she did again with this one! I love her “Chae Young-Shin” in the drama because this girl is neither annoyingly weak nor uncertain of her feelings or unreasonably unforgiving. She’s simply to die for cute and funny! >.<

Rating: 10 / 10 – When something’s as perfect as “Healer” we should recognize it and give it the love it deserves! 😉

 

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.