Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Best Korean Drama of 2013 / 2014 (Must Watch)


My Current Favorites and New K-Dramas of 2013

***Note: Some reviews may contain spoilers and are highlighted in black. Happy watching!!!

My Current Favorites and New K-Dramas of 2014

My Lover From The Stars (来自星星的你) You Came From the Stars / You Who Came From The Stars / You From Another Star / My Love From Another Star
My Lover From The Stars (来自星星的你)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Title: 별에서 온 그대 / Byeoleseo On Geudae
Also known as: You Came From the Stars / You Who Came From The Stars / You From Another Star / My Love From Another Star
Previously known as: 별에서 온 남자 / Byeoleseo On Namja (Man From the Stars)
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Melodrama
Episodes: 21
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 2013-Dec-18 to 2014-Feb-27 (Completed)

Cast:
Jun Ji Hyun as Chun Song Yi
Kim Soo Hyun as Do Min Joon
Park Hae Jin as Lee Hwi Kyung
Yoo In Na as Yoo Se Mi

Synopsis:
Do Min Joon is an alien who came to earth in 1609 and lands in the Joseon era, then lives through the next four hundred years to the present day where he works as university professor and falls in love with a haughty top hallyu actress, Chun Song Yi.

Best Korean Drama of 2013


The Heirs 왕관을 쓰려는자, 그무게를 견뎌라 - 상속자들 / Wangkwaneul Sseuryeoneunja, Geumoogereul Gyeondyeora - Sangsokjadeul
The Heirs (继承者们)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Review: Mad, mad love!!! I'm so madly in love with "The Heirs", as if my heart's beating in the rhythm of the plots. A bit exaggerating, I know, but you'll get what I mean once you start watching the first episode. It keeps you go on and on!!! Simply captivating and adrenaline rushing, the love chemistry between Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) and Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye). It moved me to tears watching episode 17 and 18 *heart breaks*
 
Title: 왕관을 쓰려는자, 그무게를 견뎌라 - 상속자들 / Wangkwaneul Sseuryeoneunja, Geumoogereul Gyeondyeora - Sangsokjadeul
Also known as: The Inheritors / The One Trying to Wear the Crown, Withstands the Weight - The Heirs
Genre: Romance, Youth, School, Melodrama, Comedy
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Period: 2013-Oct-09 to 2013-Dec-12 (Completed)

Cast:
Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan
Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang
Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young Do
Krystal Jung (f(x)) as Lee Bo Na

Synopsis:
A romantic comedy about high school students living in top 1% high society, learning about love and friendship. Things get turned topsy turvy when the students end up getting tangled with a girl from lower class who is the heir of "poverty", and romance unfolds.

Flower Boy Next Door (邻家花美男) /  이웃집 꽃미남
Flower Boy Next Door (邻家花美男)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Review: The "Me Too, Flower!" and "King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo" actor returns in another fun-filled, humorous rom-com series with chubby bubbly Park Shin Hye. Yay for me as I really like Yoon Shi Yoon ❤ He is such a delicious eye candy on the screen. I enjoyed watching most of the scenes though the storyline may be rather cliché at points. They gave me a really good laugh with barely any dull moments =) By the way, who else here think that Kim Ji Hoon resembles the HK actor Raymond Lam? At certain angles only perhaps.

Title: 이웃집 꽃미남 / Yiootjib Kkotminam
Also known as: My Neighbor Flower Boy / The Pretty Boy Next Door / My Flower Boy Neighbor
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Period: 2013-Jan-07 to 2013-Feb-26 (Completed)

Cast:
Park Shin Hye as Go Dok Mi
Yoon Shi Yoon as Enrique Geum
Kim Ji Hoon as Oh Jin Rak / Oh Jae Won
Park Soo Jin as Cha Do Hwi

Synopsis:
A romantic comedy about a girl named Go Dok Mi who locks her self in her ′tower′ from the world, is caught spying on the man living next door by Enrique Geum.

Chengodam-Dong Alice (清潭洞愛麗絲) /  청담동 앨리스 / Cheongdamdong Aelliseu
Cheongdam-Dong Alice (清潭洞爱丽丝)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Review: First, my heart was captured by the charisma of Han Se Kyung (the female lead). She's bold, she's genuine and I really admired that until the whole alice-in-wonderland-story grown to disappoint me. I dislike her transformation, it kinda ruined the concept of a fairytale in my opinion. But, I'd would still recommend this to you because I'm a big fan of Park Shi Hoo. His cuteness, every funny movement and facial expression of his simply melted my heart.

Title: 청담동 앨리스 / Cheongdamdong Aelliseu
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast period: 2012-Dec-01 to 2013-Jan-27 (Completed)

Cast:
Moon Geun Young as Han Se Kyung
Park Shi Hoo as Cha Seung Jo / Jean Thierry Cha
So Yi Hyun as Seo Yoon Joo
Kim Ji Suk as Tommy Hong

Synopsis:
Han Se Kyung (Moon Geun Young) is a talented young designer who lives each day with the motto "Strive for your dream to succeed". Until she met Cha Seung Jo (Park Shi Hoo) a president of a luxury brand shop in Cheongdam-dong who will change her life.

Gu Family Book (九家之书)
Gu Family Book (九家之书)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Title: 구가의 서 (九家의 書) / Googauiseo
Also known as: Ancient Medical Book / The Writings of Nine Houses / Book of the House of Gu / Kang Chi, the Beginning
Genre: Fantasy, Human, Melodrama, Historical, Romance
Episodes: 24
Broadcast Period: 2013-Apr-08 to 2013-Jun-25 (Completed)

Cast:
Lee Seung Ki as Choi Kang Chi
Bae Suzy as Dam Yeo Wool
Lee Sung Jae as Jo Kwan Woong
Jo Sung Ha as Dam Pyung Joon

Synopsis:
A melodrama epic about the great deal of trouble Choi Kang Chi, born as a half-human-half-mythical-creature, who goes through in order to become human and a story of Choi Kang Chi’s journey of struggling in order to live more like a human than anyone else despite not being able to become human.

Choi Kang Chi (Lee Seung Ki) was raised by the Choi family after having been picked up from the river. Choi Kang Chi is the son of Goo Wol Ryung (Choi Jin Hyuk), the guardian spirit of Jiri Mountain, and Yoon Seo Hwa (Lee Yeon Hee), his human mother. Kang Chi is an outspoken character who’s full of curiosity. He realizes that he’s a half-human-half-beast through a certain incident and starts living his second life.

Dam Yeo Wool (Bae Suzy) is a master of martial arts and archery. Yeo Wool is an upright character who really values the Three Bonds and Five Relationships in Confucianism, and becomes an instructor at a martial arts center at a young age.

The Thousandth Man (第一千个男人) 천번째 남자 / Chunbunjjae Namja
The Thousandth Man (第一千个男人)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Review: A short, light-hearted sitcom which can be easily finished within just one day. I was captured by the moving romance between Mi Jin (a nine-tailed fox) and Eung Suk (a human), it gave me goosebumps and heartache sometimes. Personally, I favor episode 3 the most!!! The love-story between Mi Jin and her high-school lover, Min Kyu, so touching!

Title: 천번째 남자 / Chunbunjjae Namja
Also known as: One Thousandth Man / A Thousand Man
Genre: Romance, Sitcom, Fantasy, Melodrama
Episodes: 8
Broadcast Period: 2012-Aug-17 to 2012-Oct-12 (Completed)

Cast:
Kang Ye Won as Goo Mi Jin
Lee Chun Hee as Kim Eung Suk
Jun Mi Sun as Goo Mi Sun
Hyo Min as Goo Mi Mo

Synopsis:
A fantasy sitcom about a “gumiho” (nine-tailed fox) who can only become human if she eats 1000 human male livers. After consuming 999 male livers, she tries to find the last liver of the male who truly loves her.

That Winter, The Wind Blows (那个冬天,起风了) 그 겨울, 바람이 분다 / Geu Gyeo-wool, Barami Boonda
That Winter, The Wind Blows (那年冬天,起风了)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Review: It's a poignant love-story between a "brother" and a visually impaired sister. When facing death, they found love and reasons to live through each other. Very addictive plots (you wouldn't wanna miss it) plus good acting from both leads, but it just wasn't nose running, eye tearingly good enough to me. 

Title: 그 겨울, 바람이 분다 / Geu Gyeo-wool, Barami Boonda
Also known as: Wind Blows in the Winter
Genre: Melodrama, Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 2013-Feb-13 to 2013-Apr-03 (Completed)

Cast:
Jo In Sung as Oh Soo
Song Hye Kyo as Oh Young
Kim Bum as Park Jin Sung
Jung Eun Ji as Moon Hee Sun

Synopsis:
A melodrama about a man and a blind woman who don’t believe in love. Oh Soo is an orphan who is left heartbroken later in life after his first love passes away and comes to lead a goal-less life as a high stakes gambler. Oh Young is a lonely heiress who feels she must look after others and herself after her parents get divorced and she finds herself becoming visually impaired. The two will come to find the true meaning of love after meeting each other.

P.S. Do check out my previous post about Best Korean Drama of 2010 / 2011 / 2012 if you still haven't came across it =)

38 comments:

  1. Christina, give a try to Gu Family Book and You're the best Lee Soon Shin....i am loving both of them :)

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    1. Gu family book is sooo AWESOME!!!!I LOVE IT!!<3

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    2. Hi there, thanks for the recommendation! I'm up to the third episode of Gu Family Book now =)

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  2. hi, sharing k-drama i love what your doing. i wish i could see some of this old drama you mentioned on your previous must watch blog. i have seen nice guy, i miss you, love rain, cheongdamdong Alice, flower boy next door etc, and i must say i enjoyed all of them especially nice guy and love rain. i can't begin to tell you the trouble i had to go thru to get those drama via an online drama selling site(mallkee)from HK all the way to my country south Africa. pls recommend a site were i can just download this dramas. thanks

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    1. Hi, I'm glad that you appreciate what I've been doing here ;) I can recommend you several websites to download but they're in Chinese and Chinese subbed. Let me know if you're still interested.

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    2. asiatorrents.me but currently you can't register it's only by invitation though sometimes they open registration during weekends.

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  3. Ah christina i love this site <3 with your help i was able to watch such beautiful dramas. i would ve never found them on my own :-)

    maybe you can help me a little more? im searching for korean or japanese or chinese romantic movies but with a happy end. i dont like those with a main character dead or where they cant find together. life sucks enough so at least my movies should be full of fluffy love haha

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    1. Thank you =)) I totally agree with you!!! But I'm more like a drama series person actually, so I really have no idea what movies to recommend you, sorry.

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  4. gu family book,when a man loves,nail shop paris
    my current favourite is monstar even though it just started hahah

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  5. I was really waiting for your 2013 k-dorama's review, Chris! And I'm glad you finally made it! For me, you're the most recommended reviewer ever!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much for your patience =)

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  6. I have to say, I mainly rely on your k-drama lists to see what I should watch next. <3. You probably have one of the best lists out there. I made a what-I-should-watch-next list of dramas for me, and I have a LOT catching up to do.

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  7. Have you watched Reply 1997 or School 2013? They're both so good!!! Seriously I love both of those dramas, you should give them a try if you haven't already! :D

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    1. Nope, I haven't watched School 2013 but I did watch Reply 1997 'til the 5th episode and I stopped already =S

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  8. I gave Fashion King and Flower Boy Next Door to my wife as a present and SHE LOVES IT VERY MUCH! Thanks for your recommendation, Sis. Now I'll try Cheongdam-Dong Alice right away!

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  9. how about "THE WINTER THE WIND BLOWS". i recommend it to you. Nice portrayal of the actor/actress, story line,.

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm done watching all the episodes today!!!

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  10. You should try 'Goddess of fire Jung Yi'!

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  11. You got to watch I hear your voice! It is really awesome :)

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    1. Definitely recommend I Hear Your Voice! I'm dissatisfied with many dramas but this one is really good.

      I'm currently watching Two Weeks which is pretty good! But it's at episode 4 at the moment.

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  12. Omg... You should DEFINITELY watch Good Doctor and Master's Sun...

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  13. Time travel nine times and I hear your voice!

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  14. I Hear Your Voice is the Best....

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    1. Wow, seems like a big hit to me! Will surely check it out once I've done watching "Scandal".

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  15. Love your blog! Master's sun is another great drama of 2013. Give it try; you won't regret it ^_^

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  16. good doctor is the best
    joo won from gaksital and chae won from nice guy act very good
    watch it and you'll fall in love with it

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  17. try watching Good Doctor :D.. it is really good :))))

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  18. Secret is the best!! i think it is going to end up as my favorite drama of 2013!

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  19. I'm loving Marry him if you dare, you should check it out!!

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  20. I loved "that winter the wind blows"!!! My current favorites are "the heirs" and "who are you" addictive series

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    1. Yay! I'm downloading the first episode of "The Heirs" =D

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    2. Hi where do you download kdramas?? :)

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  21. i think you need to add secret i think it's the best drama of 2013 and there is also Heirs i like it too :)

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  22. I think you should add secret it's the best drama of 2013 <3 <3 <3

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  23. The Master's Sun is also a best drama, it has a happy ending..there are many korean dramas airing this year, some are finished and some are ongoing. Ongoing dramas that are the best now are the following: Empress Ki 50, Bel Ami , Prime Minister and I, Golden Rainbow and the My Love from Another Star that replaces 'The Heirs".

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  24. I love cunning single lady. chemistry between the two leads. romantic comedy that can make you laugh and cry.

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Dear readers,

Thanks for all your lovely comments and continual visits.
Hope I'll see you again soon! (✿◠‿◠)

xoxo,
Christina

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