Kdrama Thoughts: The Lonely, Shining Goblin


Another great drama has wrapped up its final episode and kdrama folks are bawling over. Like who wouldn’t be?

Goblin: The Lonely and Great god (aka The Lonely, Shining Goblin)

This is the story of Kim Shin, a mighty general of Goryeo Dynasty who was turned into an immortal goblin after a jealous young king had him killed. His “curse” will only be lifted if he can find the goblin’s bride; who is said to be the only being who can remove the sword (that killed him) from his chest. Therefore, ending his immortality to finally rest in peace. In the modern times, he lives with an amnesiac grim reaper who is in charge of taking deceased souls. One day he meets Ji Eun Tak, his destined bride who will return him to ashes and finally end his immortal life.

It really gets to me when I see another wonderful drama come to its end. I should be use to it by now, but Goblin is definitely a kdrama worth more than 16 episodes. I guess when the drama’s screen writer, Kim Eun-sook, who happens to be the same writer of other successful dramas like Lovers in Paris, Secret Garden, the Heirs and Descendants of the Sun; we shouldn’t really be so surprised.

I can’t even sum up how amazing this drama was so let me break it down to you in this way.

GREAT CASTS and CHEMISTRY

I love the casts of this drama. When you put two high-profile actors and a great actress like Kim Go-eun, you know that you’re watching something epic. The actors delivered as expected and the chemistry was great. I was at first skeptical of the pairing of Gong Yoo (Goblin) and Kim Go-eun (Goblin’s Bride), but I think it must be due to the age difference of the two, but after watching the first episode, I knew it was going to be fine. Kim Go-eun has charmed me with her spontanoues “saranghaeyos” and cute, innocent smiles.

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Also, it is Gong Yoo’s first time again in a kdrama after quite some time. And after watching Train to Busan, I just need more Gong Yoo in my life!

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How cute is this gif??? :p

On the other hand, Lee Dong-wook’s (Grim Reaper) emotional scenes with Yoo In Na (reincarnated sister of Goblin) is so compelling; I cried buckets because of them.  Their tragic love story is a knife through the heart. They are in dire need of a happy ending!

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They did had a happy ending by the way. Thank you kdrama gods! ❤

STORYLINE

Like I’ve said before, I love kdramas because of the unique stories they were able to create and Goblin is definitely one of those stories. Who would ever think to put a Goblin and a Grim Reaper together and reveal, as the story progresses, a mind-boggling reason of why that came to be?

It’s fate guys! Kdramas are riddled in that thing called fate and it’s just awesome! Only in kdramaland peeps!

BROMANCE

There is no bromance like the Goblin and the Grim Reaper. Some of this drama’s great moments is when these two adorkable men get at each other. Their love-hate relationship is the cutest. I’d probably not mind shipping them instead. Ha!

I just can’t with the banters!

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The hugs…

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… the double entendres. :p

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And who could forget this epic scene?

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

What better way than to show pictures?

Are you convinced yet? 😀

SOUNDTRACK

I never really focus too much on sound tracks when I watch kdramas. If I notice a song I like, it’s usually just that one song or two. However, I would download the whole soundtrack of this drama in a heartbeat! That’s how beautiful I think the songs are.

Now let me leave this all for you to enjoy. ❤

Disclaimer: All gifs are not mine. credits to all owners.

Kdrama Thoughts: (MOON LOVERS) Scarlet Heart Ryeo


Has it been a week now? I guess it has. A week since one of my favorite Kdrama of 2016 ended. For most people who know me, watching Korean drama is one of my guilty pleasures; my constant escape from reality apart from reading. I just can’t seem to get enough of Kdramas since they offer a lot of unique stories that I usually don’t see in Philippine telenovelas. Don’t hate me, but I’m just not into love teams, which is usually the norm in Philippine television.

So let me get back to my current favorite Kdrama and that is Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (what a mouthful) which aired from August 29, 2016 to November 1, 2016 on SBS every Monday and Tuesday for 20 episodes. It was based on the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua, which was also adapted last 2011 into a television series in China by the title Scarlet Heart.

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Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo or widely known as Scarlet Heart is the story of a 21st century woman named Go Ha-jin (played by Lee Ji-Eun/IU), who during a total eclipse of the sun, was transported back in time to Goryeo Dynasty. There she wakes up in the body of Hae Soo, and meets the many royal princes of the ruling Wang family.

Initially, she falls in love with the gentle and warm 8th Prince Wang Wook (Kang Ha-neul), but later had change of heart when she fell in love with the fearsome 4th Prince, Wang So (Lee Joon-gi) who hides his face behind a mask. Meanwhile, as rivalry and politics ensue among the princes in a fight for the throne, Hae Soo finds herself unwittingly caught between it all.

I started watching this series because of Lee Joon-Gi, like who wouldn’t watch this because of Lee Joon-Gi? This guy is just consistently great as an actor and has always been stellar in his performance even if not all his dramas are as successful when it comes to ratings.

Speaking of ratings, it was unfortunate that Scarlet Heart Ryeo did not do so well domestically in Korea, which I’m going to lay the blame with it’s competition Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (love that drama too) which aired at the same time; however, that was not the case with the international community where Scarlet Heart Ryeo was well received. And it’s true that by the time Moonlight Drawn by Clouds ended, Scarlet Heart Ryeo was able to achieve a major boost in ratings; gaining it’s last episode a double-digit rating.

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As I’ve said, this drama has become one of my favorites and also the only sageuk I’ve watched this year. I always fall in love with stories of a broken hero being mended by the love of a fair maiden. There’s just something romantic about that for me. So story-wise I was already hooked.

As for the characters, I was pleased with how well most of the actors and actresses delivered their parts. The chemistry is certainly there with each character and the tension and expressions are spot-on. Though I honestly wasn’t so impressed with Lee Ji-eun (Hae Soo); it felt like she was being eaten alive by everybody else with her acting. I think her looking great beside Lee Joon-gi saved her. That probably sounds harsh but Kang Han-Na (Yeon-hwa) did way better in her scenes than Lee Ji-eun (Hae Soo). I think I was only able to appreciate her character in the last two episodes. I did cry in her final moments even though I hate the way her character’s mind works. How can a supposedly 21st century woman who traveled back in time be so close-minded to the one who she says is the love of her life? Yes, that may sound confusing to those who haven’t watch it, but I won’t go much into detail. I highly recommend everyone to go see this series. 😀

Cinematography is great by the way; except for the overuse of close ups, which is kind of bothersome at times. There’s just too many in just one episode, imagine that in 20!

Overall, the drama has it’s own share of shortcomings and issues when it comes to the flow of the story, but the characters are compelling and you’ll hate, cry, laugh and go through a roller coaster of emotions with all of them. A highly recommended drama.

Kdrama Thoughts: W-Two Worlds


W-Two Worlds has finally wrapped it’s final episode last September 14, 2016 after almost 2 months of airing on MBC. W-Two Worlds, in general, was well-received especially by international fans. It was said to be one of the most watched Korean dramas of 2016.

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For those who have not watched this fusion of fantasy and reality kdrama, the story follows a Cardiothoracic surgeon Oh Yeon Joo (Han Hyo Joo) whose father is the famous manhwa creator of the popular webtoon “W”. One day, her father went missing and as she hurries to his workspace, a mysterious hand from the monitor where his father creates his masterpiece pulled her in. She was then taken to a different dimension where his father’s main character in his webtoon, Kang Chul, comes to life.

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I was really impressed with this kdrama. It was a unique, refreshing and exciting concept and I was totally hooked. I really applaud korean writers for their amazing creativity and their passion to produce such a story. When Oh Yeon Joo travels between worlds, the transitions between the webtoon world and the real world  was just flawless. Cinematography was excellent!

Unfortunately, by the time we get to episode 9, after Kang Chul lost all his memories of Oh Yeon Joo, the story went downhill for me. It was still interesting though, and I still watch it when a subbed version is uploaded online, but the lure of the story was not the same. I tend to skip on some parts I find dragging or sometimes I’ll be watching it while simultaneously browsing Facebook on my phone. It just wasn’t the same anymore. I really miss the interactions between flirty Kang Chul and the charmingly silly Oh Yeon Joo. The story has become more of a suspense kdrama and we are left with a lot of Oh Yeon Joo’s tears and a very bloody Kang Chul.

It’s distressing to see a story starting off so strong then ending on just an okay note. Yes, the ending was just okay. It could be deemed perfect for the characters… them getting their happily ever after, however; it was a disappointing ending for an impressive opening.

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But then again, it is still one of the most watched Kdrama this year and still worth the watch. The drama was well casted with great actors. Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo had such great chemistry and delivered their part seamlessly. Kim Eui-sung, who played Oh Sung-moo aka Oh Yeon Joo’s father was fantastic in his creepiness. Even the sidekicks and those with lesser roles stood out for me as well. Thus, a still highly recommended kdrama for everyone. ❤