Do you sometimes look for a drama and dismiss it because you judged it based on the thumbnail image? A few months ago I was looking for a drama to watch and came across Rooftop Prince. At the time I dismissed it because I thought it looked kind of odd and I assumed it was something it was not.
I later changed my mind since other super fans were saying it was really good. I then had it in the back of my mind as something that I should watch at some point.
So time went by, and I still hadn’t watched it. Well, I finally watched it. I finally watched and, well…. if you’ve seen it I think you know how I feel. It’s pretty amazing.
Rooftop prince brought me on a roller coaster of emotions. I was glued to the screen. I laughed, I cried, I yelled at the villains, called them names, grasps my hands tightly and inched towards the screen when there was a sweet moment between the main characters. It’s sad, it’s beautiful, it’s hilarious, poetic, symbolic and moving.
I don’t really have anything I can compare it too, except I despised the villains the same way I despised the mother in Secret Garden.. but in fact, I hated them more.
So here are some aspects about this drama I fell in love with:
This Original Sound track was beautiful, mystical and sad. It fit perfectly with the story. I think I’m going to have the one tune stuck in my head for probably at least a week.
The Joseon Power Rangers:
- Joseon Power Rangers (as nicknamed on Viki)
These group of men that travel from Joseon are hilarious. It’s really quite amusing to watch them adapt to modern life, and equally funny to watch them return to Joseon after experiencing the perks of modern day.
The coloured track suits they wore towards the beginning of the series were hilarious. I loved them all equally and they provided much needed comic relief in an extremely intense story.
So the men from the Joseon era, including the prince try and love this dish. It looks pretty tasty. Now I just need to find a good recipe for it and try it.
I always like it when dramas include some kind of symbolism or forshadowment. In this case it was the Lotus Flower. If you look up Lotus Flower, it really is quite an amazing flower. I thought this tied in very nicely with the story.
Villains of Rooftop Prince, I applaud you. Not for your wicked ways, but rather for your acting skills. Who would have thought that sweet and goofy Bong Joon-Gu from Playful kiss played by Lee Tae-Sung would be the epitome of evil as Yong Tae-Moo in Rooftop Prince. I kept despising him and had to remind myself that he is acting. When an actor has made me forget that he is acting, he has truly done his job as an actor. Lee Tae-Sung, you are very talented in my books. I’ll have to look out for more dramas that you have been in.
Fantastic performance as well from Jung Yoo-Mi as Hong Se-Na and Hwa-Yong. I think this was a very difficult role to play because the changes her character went through had to be believable, and it was. She made me scream at the TV a lot, and I think she received a lot of abuse from other viewers as well when they watched it.
The Lead Characters:
All I can say is Wow. I loved these two. Park Yoo-Chun as Lee Kak and Yong Tae-Yond and Han Ji-Min as Park Ha and Boo-Yong. They made this drama top notch. Their chemistry was beautiful and the sadness of their circumstances was almost unbearable at times. They had so many tender moments and great arguing moments. Wow… There’s nothing more I can say about them. It’s a feeling I cannot express with words. I loved them. I can’t imagine any other actors playing these roles. They were these characters.
The eyes that bear the soul:
I found the eyes of the characters very intense in this drama. You could see someone’s feelings through their eyes.
Hong Se-Na: Guilty eyes
Yong-Tae-Moo: Eyes of evil intent
Park Yoo-Chun/Yong Tae-Yong and Park Ha/Boo-Yong: Eyes of love and sorrow
Oh My.. Melodrama! If you like melodrama, and romance this is a great drama for sure. There are so many twist, reveals and surprises.
If you haven’t watched this yet, I suggest you check it out, but prepare yourself mentally. If you’ve already seen it, I’d love to hear what you think. Were you satisfied with the ending? How did you enterpret the ending?
I give this drama 5/5