I love Korean Dramas. There. I said it. I have a subscription to Dramafever and Viki because…why not? Korean Dramas are amazing. There’s always a beginning and an end – each show is about 16 to 20 episodes long. Most of the time, the writers have the entire script for all episodes before shooting begins, so there’s never an ending that just peters out (I’m looking at you Lost). Sometimes they fail at the ending, but most of the time they wrap it up nice and neatly.
With all this said, there are tropes that are found in almost every Korean Drama.
Chaebols – A chaebol is an insanely rich person that usually owns some huge conglomerate in Seoul. They are always good looking, arrogant, rude, self-entitled, but most of all they are looking for someone to fill the empty void in their heart. Enter the poor sassy girl.
I love that tvN uploads highlights (above) and even behind the scenes videos (below!) of some of their dramas.
This drama holds so much meaning for me because not only do I love Standing Egg, Coffee Boy, and many other Korean indie bands (#인디밴드사랑), I am feeling the woes of my age and it is just such a relatable drama.
To be honest, I actually enjoyed the drama! I didn’t think I’d like it because I wasn’t sure about 박규리 Park Gyu Ri‘s acting, but I won’t say everyone’s acting is exactly good in this drama, hahaha. The storyline isn’t fantastic, but it’s really not that bad of a fluff drama, giving me all these feels. xD It ended with a twist that felt a little awkward though.
With all the stress lately, I like that I didn’t have to think much while watching the drama. I’m curious about what happened to 전지후 Jeon Ji Hu though. His last production was in 2014?! Where did he go?
I kind of had some sort of high expectations for this drama; not just because I’ve liked Park Shin Hye since forever, but also because I read that she did her fight scenes without a stunt double. How amazing!
What wasn’t amazing was the rest of this drama’s plot. -_- The only thing that kept me watching was the other couples instead. Moon Ji In was a fantastic supporting role to Park Shin Hye, Yoon Gyun Sang left the deepest impression on me in this drama as compared to his other dramas because his character was just so adorable and Kim Min Seok’s character with his satoori and bromance with his brother. :3 I was also annoyed that Ji Soo’s character just disappeared in the middle without a proper ending – I was curious about his family!
What’s sad is that the ending was also really boring for me. :/
I started liking 주지훈 Ju Ji Hoon after first watching him in 궁 Goong, which is also one of my top favourite Korean dramas. He has been acting in more films than dramas, and medical dramas are not really my style, so the last drama I saw him in was 키친 Kitchen. That was pretty good too.
He’s absolutely fantastic in this drama. (I didn’t like his hair at first. I’m glad it changed later on, lol.) It’s 30 episodes long and I was doubtful when I first started because I like things short and sweet and it’s not the type of drama I’d usually watch, but I’ve already breezed past 14 episodes without feeling bored. It brings you on an emotional roller coaster ride. I got annoyed a lot of the time by the evil characters, but it’s typical of such dramas. I like it so far though.
DailyBap Rating (for now): 3.8/5
[EDIT 17 Feb ’15] So I finished the drama, and my rating remains the same. Whilst it was captivating, there were parts that were predictable, and parts that were surprising, but the ending really threw me off; I’m not sure I quite like it. Apparently they filmed two endings and the cast weren’t informed of which one would air. I’m pretty interested in the other ending, wish I could watch it too!
When I first found out about this drama, I thought it was about ghosts, lol. Hey, 유령 translates to ghost! …as well as apparition and phantom, but ghost is the most common translation.
I didn’t really read through the synopsis, so I only found out it wasn’t anything ghost related when I started watching it yesterday. Though I’ve always marathoned through dramas, I was really captivated with this one since I’ve always been interested in crime and technology type shows; I used to marathon through American crime shows like CSI, Criminal Minds, Bones, Cold Case, etc. before I got sucked into the Korean scene. xD
Of course, everything is dramatised, since that’s what draws the audience in. However, 유령 was filled with a good proportion of drama and suspense with nicely timed twists and turns (though some parts could’ve been improved).
As for the two main leads, 소지섭 was great as usual, but whilst I liked 이연희 in 파라다이스 목장, I’m not sure about her acting here. She pales in comparison to 소지섭 and even some of the supporting actors. Everyone did a good job though.
It started out interesting, but the more I watched, the more it pissed me off. How many more times can he regret and go back and forth?!?! Though the middle was really repetitive and annoying, I’m glad I stuck till the end. The last few episodes were good, with a nice little twist. I liked the ending. ^^
I also loved that J. Rabbit made a cameo appearance, and that there was a mention of Seung Ho’s very first movie, The Way Home! That was a cute touch. ^^