Invincible Lee Pyung KangAir Date: Nov. 09 (Mon. + Tues.)Casting: Nam Sang Mi (Gourmet, Sweet Spy), Ji Hyun Woo (My Sweet City, My Precious Child), ( Seo Do Young (Spring Waltz, Unstoppable Marriage), Cha Ye Ryun (Style, Star’s Lover), Park Ki Woong (A Man’s Story, Love Marriage).
Summary: Lee Pyung Kang’s father unfortunately met with an untimely death before completing his ambitious work as a golf course designer. Pyung Kang came to terms with the reality as she supports the family. Eight years later, Pyung Kang who wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps to become a golf course designer, she does chores at a resort town where she meets Ohn Dal, the owner’s eldest son. Ohn Dal’s charismatic father Pyung On demands him to pass the semi-pro qualification test in a month. When he fails to make it, Ohn Dal is told that he will be removed from the inheritance list due to his incompetence. Ohn Dal and Pyung Kang, who are on bad terms with each other from the first time they met, join hands. And Pyung Kang’s journey to taming the spoiled heir finally begins!
Opinion: The cast is scattered with some rising stars, others that have tried and failed and some veterans, manly Nam Sang Mi. I’m not quite sure what to expect out of this drama, though there is a lot of room for another cliche drama. I have a fairly good impression of Nam Sang Mi and Park Ki Woong, so it’s sort of a if-I-have-a-lot-of-time kind of drama for me.
Air Date: Oct.14 (Mon. +Tues.)
Casting: Kim Tae Hee (Love Story in Harvard), Lee Byun Hun (All In, Beautiful Days), Jung Joon Ho (The Last Scandal), Kim Seung Woo (Queen of Housewives, How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor) T.O.P.
Summary:Kim Hyun Joon (Lee Byun Hun) is an assassin who belongs to a top secret organization known as the “NSS” whereas T.O.P is an assassin who works in another secret organization located in the United States called “IRIS” and was ordered to kill Hyun Joon. Seung Hee (Kim Tae Hee) is a psychological analyst who plays an important role in bring Hyun Joon into the “NSS.” Jin Sa Woo is Hyun Joon’s colleague and falls in love with Seung Hee as well but keeps this to himself.
Opinion: This has been a oh-I-want-to-watch-but-afraid-to-be-disappointed drama. For one, the casting is filled with celebrities, not exactly the best actors and actresses. Now, Big Bang fans don’t come and machine gun me for saying this, but T.O.P. should really not be speaking English, or in his can more of a Konglish. Kim Tae Hee is a similar story. She’s got the looks, but Love Story in Harvard showed that she had a way to go, but that was years ago and I hope that she picked up some times in the last couple years. I mean, you can’t be a CF model forever. The main actor Lee Byun Hun is another reason hindering me from watching. Yea, given he’s not a bad actor, but I’m not in for a whole bunch of flying through the air and drastic matrix-style shooting, the whole time being able to see the string holding him in the air. So I would recommend this drama for the risky watcher as I have gotten extreme reviews, from excellent to the equivalent of turd.
Air Date: Nov. 18 (Wed. + Thurs.)
Casting: Lee Joon Ki (Time Between Dog and Wolf, My Girl), Yoon So Yi (City of Glass, Tell Me You Love Me), Uhm Ki Joon (Good Job, Good Job, The World that They Live In)
Summary: Hero is the story of Korea’s top reporters and ordinary citizens fighting against the society elite’s abuse of power. Jin Do Hyuk is a clever and talented reporter who ends up living a life of recklessness and despair when the woman he loved dies. He later decides to start a new life by helping other victims of society’s crimes, becoming a modern hero who battles against the non-ethical.
Opinion: The casting is fairly strong, and given, I’m not a huge fan of Lee Joon Ki, but I’m trying to give this drama a fair chance based on the some what originality of the plot. As you know, the main girl casting has just changed so, I’d give some slack for some awkwardness during the filming given that they’re isn’t much time for a second take. Definitely something to look out for :)
Unstoppable High Kick Season 2
Air Date: Sept. 7 (Mon. to Friday)
Casting: Because of the size of the casting, I’ll just let you have the honor of checking Drama Wiki
Summary: Shin Se Kyung and Shin Shin Ae (Seo Shin Ae) are a pair of sisters who came to work as maids in Foodstuff company President, Lee Sun Jae’s house after their debt-ridden father ‘Shin Dal Ho’ (Jung Seok Yong) runs away leaving them to fend for themselves. Due to the sisters living their lives in the mountains, everything in the city (outside world) are both new and curious for them specially for the younger sister ‘Shin Ae’. Living together with President Lee are his daughter ‘Lee Hyun Kyung’, Son in-law ‘Jung Bo Suk’, Doctor to-be son ‘Lee Ji Hun’, grandson ‘Jung Jun Hyuk’ who is a highschool student and grand-daughter ‘Jung Hae Ri’. Jun Hyuk’s school deen ‘Kim Ja Ok’ is in love with President Lee who is widowed.
Opinion: Honestly, I’m weary of this drama just because it is a sequel. I have never seen a sequel to a movie or drama, American, Korean, whatever that has been as good as the first. Obviously, the producers are afraid of this too, by throwing in the old grandparents couple back into the casting and having the old members have cameos. If you check the casting, you’ll see lots of emerging singing/actors/people I don’t even know why they are acting. As you can tell there just random people in the casting as if the producer and director literally chose people off the street. Nonetheless, the ratings prove that the drama has kept it steady at around 17-19%, so I’d give it a shot if you’re just dying to taste some Unstoppable High Kick flavor.
Enjoy Life/Let’s Not Divorce
Air Date: Oct. 26 (Mon. to Friday)
Casting: Kim Yoo Mi (I Love You, Don’t Cry, Scale of Providence), Lee Tae Sung (9 End 2 Outs, Time Between Dog and Wolf), Hong Eun Hee (Golden Bride), Kwon Oh Joong (Gourmet, Match Made in Heaven), Lee Min Woo (Hometown Legends, Pure 19)
Summary: A couple who are in a stage of weariness due to economic difficulties are at the verge of divorce. However, they take a step back out of love.
Opinion: Flat out, I could probably tell you how this drama will end. Veteran drama watchers can tell from the summary how the drama will end, but then again 99% of the time you know how the drama’s gonna end, unless it’s Beethoven Virus (that drama continues to batter my mind). I’m not so fond of the main actors and actress, but I love the supporting cast. Strong supportive cast maybe able to cover for the weak main acting. Another attempt to bring failed stars to the top. Eh not exactly number one on my list, but something to browse in free time.
Will It Snow at Christmas?
Air Date: Dec. (Wed. + Thurs.)
Casting: Go Soo (Green Rose), Han Ye Seul (Tazza, Couple or Trouble), Sun Woo Sun (Queen of Housewives)
Summary: Go Soo plays a man who was brought up by his grandmother in difficult circumstances and shows an “intelligent, masculine appeal.” His character had shared a young love with the girl played by Han Ye-seul, but through “sad circumstances,” they were forced to separate. She is the daughter of a famed doctor of Oriental medicine in a small village, although she’s always being compared to and passed over for her smarter, brighter older brother. She and Go Soo eventually reunite in their fateful love as adults.
Opinion: Ok. I have to say that I love Go Soo and liked his character in Green Rose and Marrying a Millionaire. Yea, they had flaws and I maybe too traditional minded as he does play very traditional roles, but I just love him. So naturally, this is one of my top priorities. The plot is a regular cake with some sprinkles, but Han Ye Seul was excellent in Couple or Trouble (still one of those classics, and one of the last). Given Tazza was as flop, but there’s always a bad apple. I highly recommend this as just something to watch to get some butterflies in your stomach along with some hot chocolate.
Air Date: Oct-07 (Wed. + Thurs.)
Casting: Jang Geun Suk (Beethoven Virus), Park Shin Hye (Tree of Heaven), Lee Hong Ki, Jung Yong Hwa
Summary: Tae Kyung and On Yu are in search of a new member for their idol group, A.N.JELL. However, Mi Nam suffers an injury at the last moment. So Mi Nyu, his twin sister, is asked to step in for her brother. The rest of the drama follows the behind-the-scenes life of an idol group.
Opinion: I must be truthful about this drama. After seeing the posters for this drama, I thought it would be a failure mostly because Lee Hong Ki, another singer turned actor, and Jang Geun Suk and his girlish hairstyle. In addition, Park Shin Hye hasn’t been one of my favorite actresses, actually she’s really not on the likable list. But after watching since episode 7 or so, I was surprised by the talent, especially Lee Hong Ki who plays a go-lucky character. Jung Yong Hwa also does a good job playing the hunk that makes you always wonder why is playing the supporting role.
Loving You A Thousand Times
Air Date: Aug. 29 (Sat. + Sunday)
Casting: Lee So Kyung (Great Lawyers of Korea), Jung Gyu Woon (Hateful, But Once Again), Ryu Jin (Capital Scandal), Lee Si Young (Hong Yeon Hee)
Summary: Baek Jae Hoon and his wife, Lee Sun Young, desperately try to conceive a child but are unsuccessful. They turn to their last option, surrogacy, and this is where Go Eun Nim comes in. She is their surrogate mother carrying their child but things become complicated when she later falls in love with Jae Hoon’s younger brother, Kang Ho.
Opinion: Yes. I know what you’re thinking. Another tear jerker. Yes, it is. But, I think that Lee So Kyung has really stepped up her acting in this drama and her voice isn’t as glass-breaking as usual. Jung Gyu Woon plays a similar role that he had in Hateful But Once Again and I think he does a good job of it. Ryu Jin. After Capital Scandal, I’m constantly wondering why he’s always the bad, corrupted characters. The guy is an angel. But nonetheless, he does an excellent job of acting. Lee Si Yong, I’m not so fond of, just because her characters makes me feel like I’m dragging my feet with the whole affair thing (oops!) and I know it’s gonna circle for the whole drama and poof! be gone in the last three episodes. She’s also the linchpin for the oh-it’s-a-small-world business. So, if you want some dramatic music and those dun dun dun moments where characters learn that their in love with their long lost sister or that they have some fatal cancer, it’s a good drama.
Air Date: Sep. 26 (Sat. + Sunday)
Casting: Lee Ming Jung (Boys Before Flowers), Lee Chun Hee(Family Outing, Only You), Jung Kyung Ho (I’m Sorry I Love You, Ja Myung Go)
Summary: Seo Jung In is the second daughter of a chaebol family, whose family suddenly meets financial ruin. She is dumped by her husband, Lee Han Se, after their wedding ceremony when his family finds out about her family’s financial problems. Her family is then left with no other alternative but to move in with their longtime chauffeur’s family. The once rich and spoiled daughter and her family must now learn how to adjust to life as commoners in the Kang household.
Opinion: Aaaaand, I left the best for last. It is a little long, around 50 episodes, but if it keeps going as it has been, it’ll be worth all 50 episodes and I’ll be rooting for extensions. Probably from the entire Kkotnam cast Lee Ming Jung is doing the best. Kim So Eun did a fairly good drama, but I felt it fall apart at the end. And the stars of the drama are still traveling around and milking the drama that aired 7 months ago and going to the Philippines to shoot CF with models. Of course. But anyways, this drama is just filled with so many subplots and stories added with humor. No complications, and a maybe an ounce of drag, but you can’t have a drama without dragging. Lee Ming Jung Jung Kyung Ho play their characters well and their chemistry is great. Lee Chun Hee. I love seeing him especially since he stopped filming Family Outing and I love his counterpart (who you will just have to watch and see) from Family Honor. This is probably one of my favorite dramas of all time so far and I highly HIGHLY recommend :D