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Kdramadreamer Top 10 List: Favorite Male Second Leads

Fun Articles, Kdrama, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Melodrama

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So, as drama fans, we all know that the male second lead doesn’t stand a chance. We spot the male second lead by episode 1, or even before by looking at a poster or thumbnail for the show. Even though the male second lead is often nicer, he’s not going to get the girl. Why? It’s just how it is. Usually he doesn’t speak up when he should and gets put in the friend zone. Plus, often but not always, the male second lead getting the girl would contradict the poor girl – arrogant rich boy story line. Now, this is a generalization, and there are exceptions, but it is a common theme.

Without further ado, here’s my list of top ten male second leads. I’m not saying I prefer them to the male lead, but I’m saying if the male lead wasn’t in the picture, that the male second lead would definitely be suitable for our main actress.

10. Goong (Princess Hours) – Lee Yul played by Kim Jeong-Hoon

Goong was one of the first dramas I had watched. I was still naive at the time, and didn’t catch on that the male second is doomed from the beginning. For the first half, I actually really like Lee Yul better and thought he was the better catch. As the show went on I changed my mind.

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9. The Heirs – Choi Young-Do played by Kim Woo-Bin

Choi Young-Do sort of break the mold for male second leads a bit, or falls into a sub category maybe. He’s not the stereotypical “nice” second lead. He’s pretty horrible at first, more what you would expect from the male lead. Either way, he has some very sweet moments. I like how he would watch her quietly. Very cute.

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8. The Master’s Sun – Kang-Woo played by Seo In-Guk

Sun Kang-Woo is keeping an eye on Tae Kong-Sil (Gong Hyo-Gin) and Joo Joong-Won (So Ji Sub) at first, but by the time he’s ready to express his feelings properly and truthfully, it’s too late.

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7. Pasta – Kim San played by Alex

Kim San has been in love with Seo Yoo-Kyung (Gong Hyo-Gin) for years, but never confessed? It’s a shame he missed his chance because he really pretty wonderful. He would leave her images of a bloomed cactus consistently on her locker, but for some reason never had the courage to tell her. Well, he didn’t tell her he was the owner of the restaurant either. He waited too long and missed his shot.

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6. Playful Kiss – Bong Joon-Gu played Lee Tae-Seong

Okay yes; he’s dorky and has crazy hair, but he was also very sweet and his hair does get better.

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5. The Greatest Love – Yoon Pil-Joo played by Yoon Kye-Sang

Oh, smexy Dr. He almost has the girl. I mean, she likes him, they’re on a reality show similar to the bachlorette and yet she still slips through his fingers. You just can’t beat Dok Ko-Jin!

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4. Coffee Prince –  Choi Han-Sung played by Lee Sun-Kyun

So, in the end I do think that Choi Han-Gyul (Gong Yoo) was a better match for Ko Eun-Chan Yoon Eun-Hye, but she did have some really sweet moments with Choi Han-Sung. I like that he sees her as a woman from the beginning. They have a great friendship, but it wasn’t mean to be.

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3. Flower Boy Ramyun Shop – Choi Gang-Hyuk played by Lee Ki-Woo

Omo, omo, omo! Choi Gang-Hyuk is so adorable! I think he’s the most attractive out of the two and I think it’s hilarious how he falls asleep anywhere and everywhere. Sorry… You are too nice. Classic case of nice boys finish last (I don’t like that saying).

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2. Boys Over Flowers – Yoon Ji Hoo played by Kim Hyun Joong

What didn’t he do for her? Yoon Ji Hoo was pretty much perfect in every way and very dedicated to Geum Jan-Di (Ku Hye-Seon). This was tough for me, because I really felt like both male characters were equally well suited for her.

The heart wants what the heart wants.

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1. Sungkyunkwan Scandal – Moon Jae-Shin played by Yoo Ah-In

Hiccup!!!! Oh, he’s cute and adorable. I love how he gets so nervous around around her and hiccups even before he even knows she’s a girl. He protects her and she really has a great relationship with him. The thing is, she doesn’t have a clue how he feels. You’d think she’d notice but she’s oblivious.

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I’d love to hear your list of favorite male second leads. Please feel free to share.

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Dance of the Dragon Quick Review

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A few days ago I watched the Korean 2008 Movie Dance of the Dragon. I usually enjoy dance movies no matter the genre. I can’t say I really liked this movie very much though. It wasn’t bad, I just felt it could have been better.

Quick Synopsis: Kwan (Jang Hyuk) has wanted to become a ballroom dancer ever since he was a child and saw a performance with his mother. Emi (Fann Wong) sees that he has potential even though he has never been professionally trained and has a lot to learn. Her partner Cheng (Jason Scott Lee) is immediately jealous Kwan.

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My Thoughts:

So, it was a little strange for me when I started watching this, and saw Jang Hyuk in this role. He played it very well, but it was so different then anything else I had seen him in. It took me maybe 20 minutes to get used to him in this role, but as always, he played it well. He was so graceful as he moved. I thought this was also a very brave movie to take on seeing that most of the dialogue was in English. He did very well in this, and had to rely a lot more on his facial expressions since there didn’t seem to be a whole lot of dialogue.

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I didn’t mind the lack of dialogue, except that it made the story pretty slow and drag a bit. I thought there were some very sweet moments between Kwan and Emi but it didn’t really progress much. The story made the attraction apparent, but she was with someone else so they were careful not to cross that line. They were very sweet together, and I thought there dancing together was lovely.

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Cheng’s character was very frustrating. I found he was very jealous before he really even had a right to be. He seems to only drive Kwan and Emi closer together. Cheng was jealous, overbearing, aggressive and controlling (not the kind of man you would want if you ask me).

Final thoughts:

The acting was good but the story could have been a little more developed. I would have liked it more with a less open ended ending.

Overall 2.5/5

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“Please Teach Me English” Korean Movie Review

Kdrama, Korean movie, Romantic Comedy

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So, I’ve been watching Chuno, and it’s intense to say the least, so I needed to temporarily switch gears into something light-hearted and short. Since I’m enjoying my Jang Hyuk obsession right now, I thought I should check out this 2003 Romantic Comedy “Please Teach Me English”.

Now, I didn’t have high expectations when I made the decision to watch this movie. I read some reviews on it and I actually held off watching it because it didn’t seem like it was all that popular or great. 

I try to be objective with reviews, but I must admit, I’m quite bias. If I like an actor, or director, I tend to turn a blind eye at some obvious flaws. Anyways, I’ll try to make the review fair, but everyone will have different opinions in the end.

Quick Sypnopsis: Na Young-ju and Mun-su are both taking the same English class to learn to speak English. Na Young-ju ends up liking Mun-su, who seems more interested in their blonde-haired English teacher than her. 

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My thoughts:

So, I actually thought this movie was pretty cute. Yes, it’s exaggerated, but I thought it was pretty funny. It has that over the top, somewhat embarrassing sense of humor. Na Young-ju (the female lead played by Lee Na-young) does some pretty weird things where I cringed and sorta sank down into my seat thinking “Oh my gosh… what is she doing now!? Stop embarrassing yourself girl!”. I really liked this character. She was in fact my favorite character in this movie. She was awkward, embarrassing (yes I know… I’ve used this word three times already) and a crazy stalker, but very entertaining. Now, the only other thing I’ve seen this actress in, was the Kdrama “Ireland”. Ireland was the worst Kdrama I have ever seen. I couldn’t finish it. It was really weird and poorly done in my opinion. So, I wasn’t crazy about this actress, but I thought she was pretty good in this movie. 

I think I liked her because I’ve sometimes felt like her (in a less exaggerated sense). Have you ever felt like you blend in a crowd, like there’s nothing that really sets you apart? Or have you ever liked someone, only to see him ogle over someone else? Have you ever felt plain and boring? Well, this is how she feels – and yet she is anything but normal! She’s pretty eccentric if you ask me, but that’s what makes her unique and I think one of the reasons that the male lead changes his opinion of her.

Now, about Jang Hyuk’s character, Mun-su. Hahaha! Mun-su’s a playaaa! Well, Hmm! Sort of a player. Let’s call him an unsuccessful player. He’s all talk, but in the first half of the movie he’s chasing after skirts, mostly that of their English teacher. It’s pretty cool to me to watch him in a comedic sort of role. He does it pretty well, although I generally prefer to see him in more serious roles. To me, his acting was convincing, I found his change of heart believable, however, I thought it could have been transitioned better in the script. One moment, he was trying to avoid the main girl, and next thing, he’s looking at her and getting jealous that she’s getting drunk with some other guy. It reminded me of Baek Seung-jo in Playful Kiss, when he realizes his feelings for Oh-Han-ni. It’s like both male leads were taking for granted that some girl liked them, but the moment she wasn’t there, they were both like “Where did you go!?”

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Additional things I liked about this movie:

1) I liked it when they were learning English. It was really cute how they would speak English.

2) I really liked the little cartoon drawings of the main character as well.

3) I thought it was funny how she kept losing her shoes and he was a shoe salesman. I’m not sure why I liked this, but I thought it was comical. I mean, who keeps losing their shoes – Really? Maybe they were too big. 

Anyway, if you’ve been watching a lot of intense dramas lately, or sad movies where someone dies, why not have a change of pace and check out this movie? It may not be the best movie you’ve ever seen, but you may just find it enjoyable! I did.

My Rating: 3/5

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Kdrama Tazza Review

Action, Kdrama, Melodrama, Romantic Melodrama

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After watching Thank you, I decided I want to watch a bunch of Jang Hyuk dramas and movies. I think he’s a really great actor (and he’s incredibly sexy and adorable). I had a hard time deciding which Jang Hyuk drama I wanted to watch next. After reading up on various dramas, I decided to start with Tazza for my next Jang-Hyuk drama.

For those of you that really like romance, there’s still a romance story, but it’s not the main focus, however it does come into play. Jang Hyuk is in love with this girl he met as a child, and is reunited with her again when he’s a teenager, then again 3 years after that.

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The plot line is complex, with many interesting character dynamics, secrets, intertwined relationships and ill fates.

Making the decision to watch this drama was stepping out of my drama watching comfort zone. I had been sticking to mainly romantic comedies lately, but from the dramas I’d researched from him they weren’t really very many.

I’m so glad I decided to give this drama a try. I’ve decided as well, that the genre doesn’t mater so much to me as long as there’s really good acting and a great script.

Here’s a quick Synopsis **This italicized portion contains spoilers**:

Go-Ni (Jang Hyuk) is seeking revenge on Kye Dong-Chun (Jang Won-Young) and wants to get back at him by becoming a great Tazza (High-roller, card hustler). Go-Ni lost all his mother’s money to Dong-Chun in a game of Go-stop while he was trying to help his friend Young-Min (Kim Min-Jun). He later seeks revenge against Ah-gwi (Kim Kap-Soo) who was responsible for his father’s death. Sadly, he finds out his closest friend Young-Min is responsible for many of his misfortunes, one of which being the death of his Uncle (his father’s best friend, Dae-ho played by Lee Ki-Young). He vows to get revenge on Young-Min as well, who as also becomes a Tazza. On top of all this, Go-Ni is in love with Nan-Suk  (Han Ye-Seul). Young-Min is also in love with Nan-Suk. Nan-Suk has been working as a Hustler to repay her brother’s debt. Her brother lost everything gambling against Young-Min.

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The cast in this drama was great. Not only was Jang Hyuk’s performance top notch, but there’s a really strong supporting cast in this drama. I really like the actor who plays Ah-gwi (Kim Kap-Soo). This man is a veteran acting pro. If you watch a lot of Kdramas, I’m sure you have seen him before, if not many times.

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I also really liked his second hand man, Kye Dong-Chun played by Jang Won-Young. I didn’t like his roll in Miss Korea, and even though he still has a pretty horrible character in this drama, I cannot deny the fact that he is a really great actor.  I thought his character was interesting. He plays a villain who has apparent weaknesses, yet I had moments where I pitied him even though he’s a jerk (and I don’t really like him!).

Jang hyuk’s gambling buddy, Go Kwang-ryeol played by Son Hyun-Joo who was also in Coffee Prince was also really good in this drama.

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This drama has a lot of great action scenes and really interesting gambling scenes. I thought the card games they played with the Hwatu cards seemed really neat (now the questions is where to I get these!). I was at the edge at my seat sometimes wondering who was bluffing and who would win. What I also liked, is even though there are many high rollers in this drama, they don’t glorify gambling. The drama illustrates the many sides of gambling. The winning big, the losing everything and the fact that know matter how much you win, you will never satisfied. The lesson I took away from this drama is that greed breeds more greed, and revenge breeds more revenge.

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Jang Hyuk’s character is really interesting. He’s in many ways a bad ass, but with a great heart as he struggles to deal with a desire to get revenge. It’s really fun to watch his skills develop as a gambler as well.

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Now, let’s talk more about Jang Hyuk!:

I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with him now. I really think he’s an extremely talented actor with great versatility. On top of that, he’s so unbelievably sexy. He not only has a great body, but he has the most adorable face and the best facial expressions. He cries a lot in this drama and his crying is so well done. There’s so much variety to his crying. I love how sometimes, he tries to hold back his tears but other times he can’t. You see him fighting the tears back as they roll down his face as he’s overcome with emotion. This, in my opinion takes some serious talent. Forget the eye drops here. When he cries you can tell he’s completely submerged into his character.

His portrayal of Go-Ni shows, love, compassion, feelings of revenge, hatred, greed, sorrow, impatience, sometimes patience, suffering, fear, remorse, gentleness and strength. So, as you can see, this character has many layers, and yet while watching, I completely loved him. Go-Ni can was often quite transparent wearing his heart on his sleeve. He does work on this, getting better at hiding his feeling as he tries to improve his gambling skills.

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I was also rooting for him whenever he’d gamble. In some ways he reminded me of Jesse Pinkman from Breaking bad who was a really great person, but was caught up in a life that didn’t suit his pure, gentle, loving heart.

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I really liked the intro and music in this drama. It really suited the drama well and had me dancing every time the intro game on.

Closing comments:

This was an excellent drama that I really feel is worth watching. The acting was really good and the storyline keeps you interested as well as the intense gambling scenes. It was a little odd that Jang-Hyuk was supposed to be a high-school student, and then it shows him three years later. But despite the fact he played this role when he was really in his 30’s, I couldn’t imagine another person in this role. Also, His character goes through a lot, so it’s normal that he would have to grow up quickly and seem more mature. His fiery personality also makes him a little more believable as a man in his early 20’s. I kind of wished there were a few more Hwatu gambling scenes towards the end because I enjoyed them so much. I understand why they didn’t however. They became so good at hustling, they were doing it even outside of any gambling match.

The ending was really good and satisfying, and there was a lesson to be learned among-st the madness.

I Loved it! My rating: 4.9/5

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Korean Valentine’s Day

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I really liked this post. How are you planning on celebrating Valentine’s day tomorrow? Any ideas on what Kdrama you will watch? For a romantic comedy I would suggest The Greatest Love. If you want to get your boyfriend or husband watching with you, maybe try the Master’s Sun. Let me know if you have any suggestions of romantic Korean movies. I tend to find movies where someone ends up dying (not ideal for Valentine’s day!)

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Autumn’s Concerto – A heartfelt love story, Taiwanese drama

Melodrama, Romantic Melodrama, Taiwanese drama

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I haven’t seen very many Taiwanese dramas, but Autumn’s Concerto is one that I have watched and loved. It’s my favorite Taiwanese drama, and actually one of my very favorite Asian dramas of all time. It is definitely in my top 3 list. This drama is sexy, sad, heartfelt and challenges the notion of love.

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Here’s the Sypnopsis
**May Contain Spoilers. Read with caution**

Ren Guang Xi (played by Van ness Wu) is an arrogant law student from a “seemingly” wealthy family. Liang Mu Cheng (played by Ady An) is a poor and her father died when she was young. She has been struggling to survive with her stepmother. Her stepmother’s boyfriend sexually harasses her and spies on her, making her life one full of fear. Guang Xi and Mu Cheng meet and have a volatile relationship at first but end up falling in love.

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Well, it turns out Guang Xi has a brain tumor and will likely die if he doesn’t get a specialized operation that only one specific surgeon can conduct. To make sure that Guang Xi gets the operation that he needs, Mu Cheng agrees to never see him again once he goes in for the operation as per the wish of his mother. I don’t want to give out too many spoilers, so I won’t elaborate much more, but after his operation he loses his past memories (dun, dun, duuun! Amnesia!!! NOooooo!!!!).

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Liang Mu Cheng is pregnant with Ren Guang’s Xi’s child and ends up having their child and moves out of town to start over. Fate so has it that they reunite years later, but he doesn’t remember her or know that it’s his child. At this point he is engaged to someone else. On top of it, right before his operation he experienced a really, really traumatic experience, in which, when he recalls, will he be able to forgive her… (Dun dun duuuun!!)

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Yes, the story is extremely melodramatic, but in a good way. The acting is some of the very best I’ve seen. The story really pulls you in, and even though the story is crazy, the reaction of many of the characters is still believable.

This drama is how I discovered Van ness Wu, an American born Taiwanese actor. I watched an interview with Van ness Wu where he discusses how he really struggled with this role at first. I was surprised because you can’t tell at all. He said it was difficult to play a lawyer and I guess his Mandarin wasn’t the strong at the time (I couldn’t tell). I just remember I kept thinking “Wow, his acting is so good!” I was totally impressed. He also seems like a really cool person from other interviews I’ve watched. He has a very strong faith, is a great singer, and he’s a designer with his own jewlery line, 3.V.O.7.

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Ady An is a great actress as well. She’s so beautiful and pushes her true love away thinking she’s protecting him. It’s pretty hard to watch, and I couldn’t help but get frustrated with her at times (I mean, how could you not tell Guang Xi about his son!). Poor Ren Guang Xi; everyone is keeping things from him and he has no idea.

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Xiao Xiao Bin is an amazing little young actor in this drama. He’s just about the cutest thing ever and it breaks your heart when you seen him cry. In the drama he has diabetes. He wants a father so badly and immediately bonds with Guang Xi calling him his alien daddy (neither of them realizing that they are biologically father and son).

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I cried a lot in this drama. It can be very sad, but there’s hope of a happy ending at the end of each episode when the closing theme song shows the family together, living like a family, very happy. The OST in this drama is great too. The ending theme song is the best.

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Now, I didn’t include Autumn’s Concerto in my recent post of best drama kisses, because the list only consisted of Kdramas. This drama however has some of the very best kisses in it. There’s no holding back. The kisses are very real, passionate and hot. I feel it shows more how people actually kiss when they are in love.

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If you don’t watch Taiwanese dramas, but enjoy romantic melodramas this is a great place to start. Not only is it a beautiful and challenging love story, but it also adds in “family” which makes it unforgettable.

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Have you seen this drama? What did you think? Let me know your thoughts and if you haven’t seen it yet, watch it!!

My drama rating: 5/5

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Kdrama “Thank you” quick review

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Genre: Melodrama, Romance, Comedy

Hello my drama watching friends. I’ve been silent in the world of blogging recently because I’ve been in complete Kdrama focus watching mode. I finished watching the 2007 drama “Thank you” about 3 hours ago. It’s been an intense past 4 days.

I really, really enjoyed this drama. First of all, it introduced my to my newest crush, Jang Hyuk. Oh wow, was he great. Now I’m going to have to find more dramas, and movies he’s been in (so please let me know if you have any recommendations).

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I guess one of the things I liked the most about this drama was the heartfelt story which goes hand in hand with these amazing characters that make the story.

So basically this little girl, Lee Bom played by Seo Shin Ae is infected with HIV/AIDS due to a doctor’s unintentional mistake. The doctor carries this guilt, and her dying wish to her Dr. boyfriend, Min Ki Seo played by Jang Hyuk is that he tells the mother of the little girl (Lee Young Shin played by Gong Hyo Jin) that she is sorry for her mistake. After she passes away due to cancer, fate has it that he ends up meeting the family again, and basically falls in the love with the whole family.

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I loved the grandpa is this drama (Mr. Lee played by Shin Goo). He was so adorable and a fantastic actor I must add. He had dementia, and as a result wasn’t sure what was going on most of the time, but he remembered certain people and had very interesting nicknames for them. I also loved his obsession with choco pies.

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The sweet little Lee Bom was also a wonderful actress. It made me smile when she would sing and dance and I would feel so sad when she was upset and would cry.

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Jang Hyuk and Gong Hyo-jin were very fun to watch interact. He was often very harsh at times, but you could see as time went on how he changed, and how he had a huge heart and so much love for her. Basically, he would do anything for her and her family. They became the most important thing in his life.

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She did a really convincing job at trying to hold back her feelings for him. You could tell her heart was swaying, but she kept trying to pull away from him because her situation was a very complicated one and she didn’t want to burden him or for him to be nice to her out of pity.

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I was pretty furious at times watching this to think how cruel and ignorant people can be when it comes to someone being infected with HIV/AIDS. I think it’s good though that this drama provoked these kind of emotions. There’s a beautiful underlining message in this drama. It’s so much more than just a love story. It goes beyond “They’re in love” and really focuses on choosing to see the world in a beautiful way despite circumstance and misfortune and holding on tightly to those you love.

I absolutely love it. This is a drama I’m going to think about for a long time. It also has really good re-watch value.

Quick rating 4.98/5

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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
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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:

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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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