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My Favorite Kdrama Kisses

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I’m a hopeless romantic. I admit, Kdrama kisses are a big part of my infatuation with Kdramas, and Asian Dramas in general. Often, however, it’s not so much the kiss itself, but the slow development of love between two characters.

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Very intense “Almost Kiss, moment”

There are also some really fantastic dramas such as “Thank you” pictured above where there aren’t long drawn out open mouth kisses, but it really doesn’t matter because the drama is so fantastic and the chemistry between the characters is already very apparent. They don’t even kiss in the above gif, and my heart still swoons.

I can’t say I’m a big fan of the open-eyed “Oh my gosh! He just kisses me kiss”. These tend to be frequent, but you do also often get some pretty good kisses as well.

Here’s my list of some of my favorite kdrama kisses

This list is not complete, because it’s based off of dramas that I’ve seen I’ve watched. There are still tones of dramas I want to watch and lots of great drama kisses yet to discover.

I was going to place these kisses in order that I preferred, but I gave up, so there’s no real order to them.

Without any further ado, here’s my list of drama kisses – Hope you enjoy!

My Name is Kim Sam Soon -“She kisses him kiss”

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Kim Sun-ah and Hyun Bin in My name is Kim Sam Soon

Coffee Prince “I don’t care if you are a man or alien kiss”

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Yoon Eun-hye and Gong Yoo in Coffee Prince

Sungkyunkwan Scandal “Out goes the candle Kiss”.

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Park Min-young and Park Yoochun in Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Please note: This isn’t the sexiest kiss, but the connotation is there. I thought it was really cute, humorous and funny.

Master’s Sun “Possessed by a ghost Kiss”

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So Ji-sub and Gong Hyo-jin in Master’s Sun

Lie to me “Cola Kiss”

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Yoon Eun-Hye and Kang Ji-hwan in Lie to me

Playful Kiss “Kiss in the rain”

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Jung So-min and Kim Hyun-joong in Playful Kiss

Rooftop Prince “Wedding Goodbye Kiss”

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Park Yoochun and Han Ji-min in Rooftop Prince

I must say, this kiss is super sad, but really beautiful.

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop “Outside kiss”

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Lee Chung-ah and Jung Il-woo in Flower Boy Ramyun Shop

I didn’t really find him all that attractive in this drama. He looked a little too feminine for my liking, HOWEVER (big however) I LOVE when he kisses her here and how he takes control. It was very manly.

The World that they live in “Carrying you to bed kiss”

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Song Hye-kyo and Hyun Bin in the World that they live in

Goong Kiss “Stay by my side kiss”

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Yoon Eun-hye and Ju Ji-hoon in Goong (Princess Hours)

Coffee Prince “If you come in I’m not letting you go home kiss”

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Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-hye in Coffee Prince

The Greatest Love “Out of the window kiss”

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Cha Seung-won and Gong Hyo-jin in The Greatest Love

Some dramas that I liked, but felt had weak kisses that could have been better:

The Snow Queen
Boys Over Flowers

And here are some bonus kisses, just for fun:

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Suzy (Bae Su Ji) and Gong Yoo share a brief awkward kiss in Big

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Hilarious moment between Hyun Bin and Yoon Sang-hyun in Secret Garden

What were some of your favorite Asian drama kisses? What are your favorite type of Kdrama/Asian drama kisses? Please do share!

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Mmmmm Cola!

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Is The Greatest Love worth watching? “Ding Dong!”

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Thanks to a recommendation, I decided to check out the Kdrama “The Greatest Love”. This drama was hilarious. The main male lead had the funniest laugh, was sort of eccentric and just plain funny.

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I really liked the fact that the lead characters weren’t really young. Being 29, I’m not really into the whole young flower boy look. I much prefer, a more mature looking man (although in this case, his character wasn’t really mature).

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The plot line is basically a former pop star, Gu Ae-jung played by Gong Hyo-jin whose been plagued by bad rumors, gets mixed up with a very famous, arrogant movie star named Dokko Jin played by Cha Seung-won.

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Their interactions are pretty funny, but this is also really a very beautiful love story. It did have some intense moments as well, where I really didn’t know what was going to happen next.

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Overall, I’d say it was one of the funniest dramas I’ve personally seen. In the first episode alone I laughed so much.

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Check it out if you haven’t seen it. Let me know your thoughts if you have.

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Final thought: Adorable kids make good dramas better

My rating: 4.7/5

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My thoughts after watching Rooftop Prince

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Rooftop Prince

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:

The OST:
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)
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.

The Omurice:

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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.

The Symbolism:

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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.

The Villains:

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.

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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

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Yong-Tae-Moo: Eyes of evil intent

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Park Yoo-Chun/Yong Tae-Yong and Park Ha/Boo-Yong: Eyes of love and sorrow

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The Melodrama:

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

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Subtle ways Kdramas are influencing my life!

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So I watch a lot of Kdrama. Here are some subtle ways Kdramas are influencing my life and behavior. 

1) I changed my ringtone to Gil Ra Im’s ringtone in Secret Garden. Whenever I get a message, I like to say “Munja wa shong! Munja wa shong!”

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Gil Ra Im’s ringtone from Secret garden

2) I constantly have an OST (original sound track) stuck in my head. Currently I have the Master’s Sun OST stuck in my head. 

3) When People are trying hard at something or need encouragement, I want to yell out their name and say “Fighting!”

Jang Keun-Suk Fighting!

Jang Keun-Suk Fighting!

4) I want to call people “ajusshi, ajumma, oppa, noona…

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5) Whenever I don’t want to answer the phone, I pull out the battery just because 🙂

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6) I crave noodles and want to eat with chopsticks. I also want Korean food.. Now! 🙂

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Have you noticed if your behavior or way of thinking have been influenced by Kdramas? If so, please do share 🙂

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Kdramas, twdramas and Jdramas quick rating

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Hello everyone,

Boys Over Flowers

Boys Over Flowers – Which version of the manga Hana Yori Dango did you prefer?

I wanted to let you know what I’ve watched so far and give these shows a quick rating.  I would like to review these dramas more thoroughly at a later date (for those that I haven’t yet reviewed).

Feel free to let me know if you have any recommendations as I’m always wondering what to watch next. I watch a combination of newer dramas and older ones.

Kdramas
Big 3.8/5
Boys Over Flowers 4.8/5
Coffee Prince 5/5
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop 4/5
Goong (Princess Hours) 4.5/5

Goong (Princess Hours)

Great Fashion and Traditional Costumes in Goong

King of Dramas 4/5
Master’s Sun 4.5/5
Panda and Hedgehog 3.8/5
Pasta 4/5
Personal Preference (Personal Taste) 4/5
Playful Kiss 3.8/5
My name is Kim Sam Soon 5/5
Oh! My Lady 4.5/5

Oh! My lady

For a cute drama, watch Oh! My lady

Secret Garden 5/5
The Snow Queen 4/5

The snow queen

The Snow Queen, Heartbreaking yet pure love

Tawainese Dramas

Autumn’s Concerto 5/5

Autumn's Concerto

One of my favourite Dramas, Autumn’s Concerto

Meteor Garden* 4/5
Skip Beat! (TV Series) 4/5
Ti Amo Chocolate 4/5

Japanese Dramas
Hana yori Dango* 4/5
Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo* 4/5
Switch Girl* 3/5

Switch Girl

Have you seen Switch Girl?

Currently watching
Biscuit Teacher Star Candy (aka Hello My Teacher) 4/5 (I’m liking this more as I keep watching)
Miss Korea 3/5
Heirs 4/5

Dramas I’ve started but haven’t finished
A Thousand Kisses 3/5

A Thousand Kisses

A thousand Kisses, complicated Love with many obstacles

The World that they live in (aka World’s Within) 3/5
When a Man Loves 3/5
Marry Him if You Dare 3/5
Ireland 1/5
Flower Boy Next Door 4/5

Dramas I plan on watching
Rooftop Prince
Inspiring Generation
Reply 1997
Reply 1994
I hear your voice
The Prime Minister and I
Golden Rainbow
It Started with a Kiss
Pretty Man
Full House
Greatest Love
My Girl
Ghost
Empress Qi
Love Rain
Gu Family Book

Looking at this list, there’s a lot of dramas that I started but stopped watching. Let me know if you think some of them are worth revisiting.

Thanks for reading!

*Tawainese and Japanese Dramas that I have marked with a star are ones I have yet to finish.

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My Thoughts on the 2005 Kdrama Biscuit Teacher Star Candy

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So I started watching the 2005 Kdrama Biscuit Teacher Star Candy (aka: Hello My Teacher) two nights ago. Even though this is an older drama, I wanted to watch it because it stars Gong Hyo-jin and Gong Yoo. Gong Hyo-jin (from Pasta and Master’s Sun) and Gong Yoo (Coffee Prince and Big) are two of my very favorite Kdrama and Korean Movie Stars. 

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Biscuit Teacher Star Candy (aka Hello My Teacher)

I haven’t finished watching this yet, so I’ll probably follow up on it and comment some more when I’m done. My opinion on the drama may also change since I’m only about 7 episodes in at the moment. 

What it’s about: Na Bo-ri (Gong Hyo-jin) is a 25-year-old woman who wants to be a teacher at the high school she was kicked out of so she can work side by side with her longtime high school crush, the art teacher Ji Hyun-woo (Kim Da-hyun). To become a teacher at that school, she has to make sure Park Tae-in (Gong Yoo), stays out of trouble. Tae-in, is a lonely 20-year-old youth, who is a trouble maker, but also very popular. 

The cast and the acting: So Far, I’m not disappointed by the performances of the lead characters. As usual, they are fantastic. Gong Yoo is just wow, as always. He looks so handsome and makes you want to cry in moments where he is sad. Gong Yoo always makes me feel what he feels. He emerges himself into his characters to the point that I forget he’s acting. The character he plays has many layers. On the surface, he looks like an arrogant trouble maker but very quickly we discover he’s very lonely and has suffered a lot of hurt and abuse. 

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Student and Teacher

I can’t ever say anything negative about Gong Hyo-jin. She also becomes the roll she plays. She’s a very professional actress and I never notice her coming out of character. Even though this was back in 2005, she was still a seasoned professional.

It’s Pretty Funny: 
Some scenes really make me laugh. It has a good balance between drama and just plain hilarity. Some of it can be pretty ridiculous. There’s one scene where Na Bo-ri dresses up and dances and it’s pretty funny. 

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Who will she end up with? Her High School Teacher who has always been her love crush or her student?

I want to know what happens: I don’t want to get into any spoilers, so I’ll be careful to try not to reveal too much in case you haven’t seen it yet. What I will say is, I see a love triangle forming and I can’t tell at this point who she will end up with. Normally I would say she’ll end up with Gong Yoo’s character, whoever, he’s supposed to be a high school student so I’m not sure. 

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Na Bo-ri and Park Tae-in

It’s a little corny and exaggerated: This isn’t really terrible though. It can be quite comical, but some of the fighting and scenarios are not very realistic. 

The OST is not that strong compared to some other dramas: I say this, but it is starting to grow on me. I can’t be too hard on it though, because it’s an older show.

If I were to rate it now, I’ll say 3.8/5 but this might change depending on how the drama develops. Have you seen this drama? What did you think of it? Let me know your thoughts!

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The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince

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The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince

I was trying to decide which drama I would like to review next out of all the one’s I’ve watched and I chose Coffee Prince. The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince is a must see for those who haven’t had the opportunity to watch it yet.

Choi Han-gyul (played by Gong Yoo) develops a strong bond with Go Eun-chan (played by Yoon Eun-hye). Han-gyul thinks that Eun-chan is a guy (but in fact she is a tomboy to support her family). Overtime, Han-gyul’s attraction to Eun-chan grows as her struggles with his sexuality, thinking that he might be gay since he’s attracted to someone he believes to be male. There relationship goes through many ups and does as he uncovers his true feelings.

Why I love this drama:

1) Han-gyul’s inner struggle with accepting his feelings is heart wrenching. You can really feel his pain and doubts. Gong Yoo’s acting is flawless in this drama. You want to cry with him (and you just might). He brings so much more to this drama than just good looks. I must add that Gong Yoo is my favorite Korean Actor. After watching this, I immediately sought out dramas and movies that he has been in.

2) Eun-chan is believable as a guy, but feminine and beautiful at the same time. I’ve seen gender bender dramas where the female lead was not believable as a male. Eun-chan’s beauty shines but you can still picture her as a male since she plays the tom boy roll so well. This was the first drama I had seen her in, and I seriously respect her as an actress. This drama would not have been the same without her in this roll.

3) The supporting cast is very strong is this drama. They are funny and charming. I loved all the other Princes and there is something so sexy about Lee Sun-kyun’s deep voice as he plays Chi Han-seong, the charming cousin to Han-gyul. I also really thought the Grandma in this drama was great, even though at times she could be very frustrating.

4) Character Chemistry: The chemistry between the main characters was above par. Some of the best chemistry I’ve seen in Kdramas.

5) The Coffee Shop: Watching this made me want to drink coffee there. The transformation the shop goes through is pretty impressive. I really like the painting on the wall as well. The shop is very inviting and I wanted to walk through the door, order a cappuccino while being served by one of the Coffee Shop Princes.

This drama has the perfect balance between romance and heartache, comedy and heart-wrench. Let me know what you thought of it!

I give this drama 5/5

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Master’s Sun

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Master's Sun

I finished watching the Master’s Sun last night. I highly recommend you watch this if you haven’t seen it. I really enjoyed it. I have to admit; I really hesitated about watching this drama. My reason for avoiding it was that I really don’t like horror. I decided to give it a try because I’ve heard and read really positive things about it online. I’m so glad I didn’t overlook it in the end. I LOVE Gong Hyo-jin’s acting. I really feel she is an exceptional actress. Her portrayal of Tae Gong-shil was completely believable. This was not an easy roll to play either in my opinion. I thought So Ji-sub also did a great job as Joo Jоong-won. His hand gestures were the best. It added a level of comedy and ease.

4.5/5

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