Wednesday, September 30, 2015

[Drama Recap] She Was Pretty: Episode 5

On the fifth episode of the MBC drama "She Was Pretty", Hye-jin tries to get into Sung-joon’s room to get her phone. After she finds it, she doesn’t notice that Sung-joon is starting to wake up. He asks what she’s doing. Hye-jin speaks out some random words and tries to clean up the mess she made of the puzzle.When she leaves, she accidentally wears one of his shoes.

Ha-ri meets Sung-joon at the gym and he drives her home. During the car ride Sung-joon gets excited when a song he likes comes on the radio. He sings along in a simultaneously hilarious and adorable manner that makes Ha-ri laugh.

At home Hye-jin asks about Ha-ri’s long workout took tonight, and Ha-ri is confused.

Sung-joon meets Hye-jin in the same elevator again and they give each other strange glares but Sung-joon notices a bandage on Hye-jin’s hand and he starts to ask about the glass thing but then then elevator opens.

Shin-hyukknows about Hye-jin's secret to at least one person. Shin-hyuk assumes she’s keeping the secret because of the boss/employee imbalance, but she says she’s not the popular, smart, beautiful girl Sung-joon remembers anymore.

When she tells him she used to be pretty, Shin-hyuk says in a quiet voice, “You still are, now.”
She tells Shin-hyuk that from now on he can think of her as his little sister, and she’ll treat him as an oppa.
Sung-joon happens to drive past just as Hye-jin is feeding Shin-hyuk some veggie wrap, and watches them for a long moment with a strange expression. He drives away looking unsettled, while Shin-hyuk asks what Hye-jin will do if Sung-joon recognizes her. She tells him that won’t happen, because Sung-joon thinks his first love is someone else.

At the gym Ha-ri watches the door, hoping that Sung-joon will show up but instead she meets Shin-hyuk.

On her bus heading home, Hye-jin sees Sung-joon collapse in the middle of the street. He has difficulty breathing when he saw a car accident due to the rain. Hye-jin sees the nearby accident and knows exactly what’s happening. She takes off her hoodie and holds it over both of them, telling Sung-joon, "Don't look there. Nothing happened. Nothing will happen". She soothingly repeats that it will be okay, and Sung-joon finally turns his face to her.

Sung-joon kneels in the street staring at Hye-jin. He remembers this exact situation when they were children, when Hye-jin had promised to be his umbrella from now on.

Seong-joon recalled the Hye-jin who had done the same thing in the past and called her by her name.

He reaches up to caress her face, whispering, “Hye-jin-ah…” and Hye-jin’s eyes widen.

Neither Sung-joon nor Hye-jin notices the truck barreling down on them.

[Ratings] "Yong Pal" 17th episode

On 30th September 2015, the 17th episode of SBS Wed and Thurs drama "Yong Pal" recorded 18.4% (highest ratings compared to other dramas at the same air time) but lower than its previous episodes.

Meanwhile MBC "She Was Pretty" recorded 10.7%, KBS 2TV drama "The Merchant: Gaekju 2015" recorded only 6%.

Source Nielsen Korea and HanCinema.

[Drama Recap] Yong Pal: Episode 17

In the seventeenth episode of Wed & Thurs SBS drama "Yong Pal", Kim Tae-hyeon (Joo Won) appears in the first screen with happy moments. He has returned to his old house and opened a clinic.He now lives with his younger sister, back from the US who is now healthy and happy, and a guard Sang Chul from Yeo Jin's house (she assigns this guy to protect Kim Tae-hyeon).

Doo Chul, the old gangster is one of the clinic’s shareholders, he’s now also a community leader of this town. Tae Hyu keeps taking care of the children at the church in town and Chae Young helps him with bathing the kids and she seems really happy.But as the drama continues we know she's into some revenge against Yeo Jin.

As for  Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) she's been not very well since Tae-hyeon left. She has some physical and mental health problems and she misses him. At the moment she entered the house she is fainted because of seeing hallucinating of Do Joon smiling at the stairs.

Secretary Min seems very pleased about it. He is planning something evil.

Tae Hyun is having a reunion with, his "fan" nurse, the chief  nurse, and Doo Chul with beer and lots of laughter! He’s finally happy with everything but also thinks of  Yeo Jin who is staring at him in her car and is about to open the car door to greet him but Chae Young shows up.

Tae Hyun learns that Yeo Jin is not well and he worries about that.Tae Hyun comes to the hospital to see her but pretends coming to see a friend and Yeo Jin lies that she has a meeting with the hospital’s director.

Yeo Jin is diagnosed with stress and fatigue. But the doctor has a suspicious smile, with the presence of secretary Min, they sure to have something to hide. Yeo Jin is in her 2nd stage of liver cancer

One of the housemaids in the mansion who is loyal to Chae Young put some drops in Yeo Jin’s water and informs Chae Young about Yeo Jin leaving the house. The chief housemaid advises Yeo Jin to see a doctor, whom she can trust, that is Tae Hyun.

Once Yeo Jin arrives at the clinic Chae Young shows up, invites to have a conversation in a car. Chae Young’s trying to convince her that Tae Hyun is happy with his own life now and she should leave him alone.

On her way home, Do Joon’s voice starts echoing again and she almost hit Tae Hyun. Tae Hyun takes her to his house. Tae Hyun names his clinic "1st Floor Clinic" and this is because of her!
Tae Hyun apologizes for not knowing about her health problems, but she lets him know that she will come down from the 13th floor. Han Yeo-jin says that she's coming back down from the thirteenth floor and asks if Tae Hyun accepts her and he says, "You already did". Then they kiss.

Secretary Min came to pick Yeo-jin up at the clinic. When she is back in the house, she drinks a cup of water and Secretary Min is smirking while staring at her doing that. The chief housemaid notices his suspicious reaction.She get informed that Yeo Jin has liver cancer and they let her know because they will have a new chairman but not Tae Hyun, they need the chief housemaid to help them with this.
Secretary Min comes to the company and informs that he will be in charge from now on. He wants every one to be back to their original position and limit their access to the computer system.

As for Yeo Jin, she has a peaceful morning the day after she met Tae Hyun but suddenly sees Do Joon sitting in front of her!

[Video] Lee Min Ho: Your Story – Official TVC for 2015 Korea Tourism – 70s

The video produced by by the Korean Tourism Organization has been viewed over 22,000,000 times on Youtube.

Lee Min-ho, being the face of Korea, is featured in the video. He is also going to expand his global influence by promoting the Pyangchang Winter Olympics in 2018 for the disabled.

The video shows the beauty of Korea in terms of nature with villages in Busan and Jeonju, the temples in Yeongju and the DDP Design Plaza in Dongdaemun...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

[Drama Recap] Mrs. Cop: Episode 18 (Finale)

In episode 16 of  SBS' Monday & Tuesday drama, 'Mrs. Cop', Young-jin goes to a store, but forgot her wallet, the staff there recognizes her as Ha-eun’s mom, they let her come back tomorrow and pay.

On her walk home, Young-jin is suddenly attacked from behind by a man and brings her into a deserted building, his strength is beyond her resistance.But Young-jin manages to fight back, she takes him down and wants to find out who assigns this guy to attack her. The guy pretends not to know Korean, Young-jin decides to have her men dig a hole and bury him!
He is panic and suddenly sreams "Wait" in Korean and surrenders.

Young-jin takes him back to the station but it's hard to know who is behind the whole thing because this is blind killing contract of the gang.

Young-jin visits President Kang, showing him a USB which Seung-woo gave her. Meanwhile , Secretary Yoon is nervous with the situation. President Kang is the person who orders killing
Young-jin and he's also the one who killed her father.

Secretary Yoon tells President Kang that Jae-won’s doctor and Prosecutor Go were arrested. They immediately contact Congressman Kim but receive no help.

President Kang tells Secretary Yoon to prepare his car in order to run away from the police.

Young-jin watches the CCTV, seeing Kang's escape and immediately orders a no-fly list.

Kang soon calls Lawyer Kim to tell her that he’ll be leaving the country soon, that she should help him. Do-young checks Lawyer Kim’s phone records and tries to relocate Kang's hideout.
Kang in fact is hiding while pretending he killed himself, he comes to see lawyer Kim and strangles her to death in a car.

Yeongjin encounters Kang Taeyoo while she is searching in a parking lot. They point their guns at each other and pull the trigger at the same time. Both of them are shot. Kang tries to kill Yeongjin with a knife. Yeongjin fires the last bullet to Kang and fainted.Kang Taeyoo dies and Yeongjin is saved.

In the end, the investigation team have a special promotion and ready for the next case.

Behind the scene:  On September 29th, Lee Da-he posted a group photo of the staff members on her personal Instagram expressing her feeling on finishing 'Mrs. Cop'. In the drama she played as Min Do-yeong, a member of Serious Crime Unit One.

[Drama Recap] Splendid Politics: Episode 50 (Finale)

On September 29th, 2015 MBC's drama "Splendid Politics" (aka  Hwajeong) broadcasted its final episode, with a total 50 episodes, marking as MBC 54th anniversary special drama project.

The drama reflects the meaning of the art of splendid politics, after achieving the final success against ill-will power, Lee Yeon-hee and Seo Kang-joon retired from politics in order to support the people. The long journey of 50 episodes has wrapped up with a happy ending.

Princess Jeongmyeong (Lee Yeon-hee) and her husband Hong Joowon (Seo Kang-joon) rejected King Hyojong's request to stay next to him and went to back to the firearm development center.

Kang Inwoo (Han Juwan) lost his life after shot by a bullet that his father Kang Jooseon (Jo Seong-ha) fired. Kang Jooseon, Kim Ja-jeom (Jo Min-ki), Lady Soyong Jo (Kim Min-seo) were punished one by one. After King Hyojong's ruling power became strong and stable, Jeongmyeong and Hong Joowon went back to the place they originally belonged to.

While King Hyojong wanted to have Jeongmyeong next to him, Jeongmyeong said, "I cannot follow your order to discuss the affairs of nation staying next to you" and "We're going to be your enemies from now on". Jeonmyeong explained to Hyojong, who was surprised by her words, "The power will lose its true meaning and change after all. There is no power meant for people.

Power should not be something like this originally" and "We are going to stand on the opposite side not next to you". She also mentioned the word, Hwajeong, splendid politics. The upright opposite power against the absolute power should co-exist and balance with each other. This is what Princess Jeongmyeong in the 50 episodes has been telling us about politics.

When Princess Jeongmyeong and Hong Joowon came back to the firearm development center, the two grabbed each other's hands and recollected their past memory in the place. The old story of the two when Joowon met Princess Jeongmyeon while he did not know she was a woman at the time brought smiles.

[Ratings] "Mrs. Cop" and "Splendid Politics" final episode

As being reported by Nielsen Korea, SBS's Monday & Tuesday drama "Mrs. Cop" final episode on the 29th September  recorded with 15.8%. "Six Flying Dragons" will come to broadcast next in place of "Mrs. Cop".

 MBC's drama "Splendid Politics" final episode (50)  ended with 7.8% also on broadcasted on 29th. New drama "Glamorous Temptation" will begin to broadcast on October 5 as a successor for "Splendid Politics" the same airtime.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Upcoming K-Drama "Neighborhood’s Hero" starring Yuri (SNSD)

Drama Title: Neighborhood’s Hero/동네의 영웅
Director: Kwak Jung-Hwan (Chuno, Conspiracy in the Court, Runaway Plan B, and Basketball)
Writer: Kim Gwan-Hoo
Duration: 20 episodes, filming begins October, 2015, to be broadcast in 2016.
Network: OCN

Park Si-Hoo - Baek Shi-Yoon
Cho Seong-Ha - Im Tae-Ho
Lee Soo-Hyuk - Choi Chan-Gyoo
Kwon Yuri (No Breathing, Fashion King) (SNSD) - Bae Jung-Yeon
Yoon Tae-Young - Yoon Sang-Min
Jeong Man-Sik - Jung Soo-Hyuk

Baek Shi-Yoon (played by Park Si-Hoo) casts as the leading man in the drama, is an ex-secret agent. He lives in a small neighborhood and runs a local bar called "Neighborhood"  and hides his own identity. While serving up customers, he comes to know his neighbors’ lives and their struggles.

Baek Shi-Yoon meets a young man (Jung Man-shik) who works for him and wants to become a police officer. Baek Shi-Yoon trains the young man as a secret agent and they fight together against evils that torture the lives of the people in the town and become neighborhood heroes.

Yuri plays the part of a writer, using Baek Shi-Yoon's bar as her writing office.

Yoon Tae-young, plays a Korean-American who grew up in a poor neighborhood and learned martial arts in order to defend himself and later becomes a mobster.

SNSD YoonA to cast in "Because It's the First Time"

SNSD's YoonA will be making a cameo in the upcoming drama titled 'Because It's the First Time'.

Korean Drama Title: 처음이라서. Chinese Title: 因為是第一次. The drama will be broadcasted on "Onstyle" starting on 08 October 2015, air time: Thursday 23:00. Pilot episode is on October 7. 

The drama also stars SHINee's Choi Minho, Park So Dam, Kim MinJae, Lee YiKyung

Yoon Tae Oh (Choi Min Ho) is a 20-something freshman in college, with free and relaxing personality. He hosts his close friends on his rooftops as their hideouts. Han Song Yi (Park So Dam) is his childhood friend whom he has begun to have feelings for. While another friend of his, Seo Ji An (Kim Min Jae) also starts to like Song Yi. And the love triangle begins.

Watch teaser below:

YoonA film making video:

Saturday, September 26, 2015

[Drama Recap] D-Day: Episode 3

The September 25th episode of JTBC's Friday & Saturday drama, "D-Day" showed Seoul hit by an earthquake.

 After the foreshock happened, citizens including Lee Hae-seong (Kim Yeong-kwang) and Jeong Ttol-mi (Jeong So-min) expressed their confusion.

When buildings started shaking shortly, people were engulfed by fear. When magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Seoul, building fell down and roads were destroyed, Seoul fell into chaos.

The scene of the N Seoul Tower falling down showed how horrifyingly the disaster hit the capital city.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

[Drama Recap] She was Pretty: Episode 4

In episode 4 of MBC's Wednesday & Thursday drama, 'The Was Pretty' on 24th September, Hwang Jeong-eum faced her first love.

Kim Sin-hyeok (Choi Si-won) tricked Kim Hyejin (Hwang Jeong-eum) to drive Ji Seong-joon (Park Seo-joon)'s car.

When Ji Seong-joon asked her, "Are you a good driver?", Kim Hyejin proudly said, "I passed written test as well as driving test by full mark".

While Ji Seong-joon's destination was Gimpo International Airport, Kim Hyejin drove towards Incheon International Airport because he did not communicate properly.

He blamed Kim Hyejin, 'You make mistake every time. What's wrong with you?" However, thanks to Kim Hyejin's quick wits, Ji Seong-joon could arrive at Gimpo Airport in time without any trouble.

Despite the good result, Ji Seong-joon vented his boiling anger towards her. Ji Seong-joon told Kim Hyejin, "Do you know who is the most incompetent one? Someone who works hard, but doesn't know how to do it well".

Ji Seong-joon of course still didn't recognize Kim Hyejin. And Kim Hyejin could not help feeling upset and disappointed.

Kim Hyejin refuted, "The one I hate the most is someone who doesn't want to listen and always looks down on people. If you had not ignored my questions and had not looked down on me every single time, this situation could have been avoided. I wanted to let you know about this for sure".

Although she tried to put up with the situation, she could not hide how disappointed she was. 

[Ratings] Yong Pal raised a bit

According to Nielsen Korea, SBS drama "Yong Pal" 16th episode recorded 20.2%. This is 0.2% more than the previous episode.

Summary: Han Yeo-jin (Kim Tae-hee) and Kim Tae-hyeon (Joo Won) broke up and went back to their places. Han Yeo-jin knew that Han Do-joon (Jo Hyeon-jae) was going to be killed by Chairman Choi's men but she didn't' do anything about it. When Tae-hyeon found out, he was furious, then he broke up with her. There are two more episodes to go.

KBS 2TV "The Merchant: Gaekju 2015" came in next with 5.9% and MBC "She Was Pretty" last with 9.9%.

[Drama Recap] She Was Pretty: Episode 3

On the third episode of MBC's Wednesday & Thursday drama, "She Was Pretty", Kim Hyejin (Hwang Jeong-eum), who was being treated like a nuisance in the editorial team of Most, has made 180 degree change.

Because Kim Hyejin made mistakes occasionally while working for the editorial team of Most, she had been treated poorly by the entire team including Ji Seong-joon (Park Seo-joon). When Kim Hyejin complained about this to her best friend Min Ha-ri (Ko Joon-hee), Min Ha-ri gave Kim Hyejin her affectionate yet straightforward advice that Kim Hyejin only complained without even studying fashion.

 Although Kim Hyejin said, "Why can't you be on my side", she started studying fashion. When the editor Kim Ra-ra asked Kim Hyejin to bring over a fringe skirt, she knew what it was and brought it to the editor without hesitation.

Kim Hyejin felt so happy with the satisfying warm smile by Kim Ra-ra. Also when Kim Hyejin could understand fashion jargons during the team meeting, she thought, "I can understand all those extraterrestrial words now".

[Drama Recap] The Merchant: Gaekju 2015 (Episode 1-5)

Read drama wiki and sypnosis here:

Episode 1: Cheon Bong-sam (played by Jo Hyeon-do) and his father Cheon Oh-soo (Kim Seung-soo) left to Qing Dynasty to sell trepang (dried sea cucumbers) . They go with a group merchants . When they are walking along the edge of a cliff, Bong-sam and Oh-soo slips and are trying to hold on to rope. Although other people try save them, Oh-soo has to let go the rope off his hands in order to save his son. Bong-sam sees his father falling and sreams "Father".

Episode 2: Gil Sang-moon (played by Lee Won-jong) is the head of Cheon Family Inn is cheated by  Kim Hak-joon (played by Kim Hak-cheol). Kim Hak-joon is a cunning man, he wants to take over Cheon Family Inn and the life of Cheon Bong-sam's father (owner of the Cheon Family Inn).

Gil Sang-moon declines to support Kim Hak-joon, he is trapped to be caught by Qing soldiers and  tortured. Kim Hak-joon forced Gil Sang-moon to point Cheon Oh-soo as an opium smuggler but Gil Sang-moon is loyal. He says he is the only one who is responsible for the transportation of opium. His false confession causes him taking poison to death.

Episode 3: Kim Hak-joon (played by Kim Hak-cheol) wants to take over Chunga Inn so he plots a false scenarios to frame Cheon Oh-soo (Kim Seung-soo) (the Chunga Inn 's owner) for Gil So-gae's (Park Gun-tae) crime and smuggling opium.

Cheon So-rae (played by Seo Ji-hee) is Cheon Oh-soo's daughter comes back to the Inn and hears that the owner of the Inn has changed. She meets Kim Hak-joon inside the Inn,she then introduces herself and asks who he is. Kim Hak-joon  doesn't respond. They both yell at each other "Who are you and why are you acting like the owner of this inn?"

Episode 4:
Adult Cheon Bong-sam (played by Jo Hyeon-do). Before, Cheon Bong-sam wanted to join Dongmong-cheong  to become a peddler but he was rejected Cheon Bong-sam because he was too young. 10 years later he has become an adult (this episode shows off his muscles :))

Cheon Bong-sam tries to find his older sister Cheon So-rye (played by Seo Ji-hee) after he hears about Cheon Family Inn through Song Man-chi (played by Park Sang-myeon).

Episode 5:  Jo Seong-joon tells Cheon Bong-sam to sell off 3 cows in 10 days. However, Cheon Bong-sam is hurt after he was hit by an old man while selling cows. He tells the old man, "You may need this cow in this village. Your daughter and wife over there aren't cows. Why are you going to make them work? Please buy the cow".

(to be continued)

[Ratings] The Merchant: Gaekju 2015" rated 6.9%

KBS 2TV drama "The Merchant: Gaekju 2015" recorded 6.9%.

SBS "Yong Pal" 15th episode recorded 20% and MBC "She Was Pretty" came in next  8.5%.


Title: 풍선껌 / Bubblegum
Chinese Title: 泡泡糖
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Broadcast network: tvN
Episodes: 16 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast period: 2015-Oct-26 to 2015-Dec-15
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 23:00

Set within the backdrop of a hospital and a radio station. Four people with different problems get together and become happier.

Reply 1988

Title: 응답하라 1988 / Reply 1988
Chinese Title: 請回答1988
Also known as: Answer to 1988 / Answer Me 1988
Genre: Family, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 20 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2015-Oct-30 to 2016-Jan-02
Air time: Friday & Saturday 08:40pm
Related Series: Reply Series

A heartwarming family drama set in the year of 1988. The story will focus on three families living under the same roof.
1988 was a big year in South Korea. It was the year of the Seoul Olympics, the 1988 College Festival and for the first time in many years, Koreans could travel outside of South Korea. Not only was 1988 a big year in the world of news, education and sports, it was a big year for music in general and K-Pop in particular. In fact, 1988 was the year that Lee Soo Man achieved his dream of giving South Korea a taste of MTV style dance and music through the creation of SM Entertainment. Cho Yong Pil (“Mona Lisa”), Kim Wan Sun (“Too Lonely to Dance Alone”) and Lee Moon Se (“Sunset Glow”) were riding high in the music world. So it’s no surprise that Reply’s third season would focus in on such a monumental year as 1988.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

[Ratings] Splendid Politics" recorded 10.5%

MBC drama "Splendid Politics" recorded 10.5%.

KBS 2TV "The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law" rated 5.2% and SBS "Mrs. Cop": 14.6% .

Monday, September 21, 2015

[Drama Recap] Last: Episode 16 (Final)

The news talks about the Director Choi’s illegal investment of the Mi Rae City project, Heung-sam is happy to hear this news, asking Mi-joo to pack him a change of clothes for being brought in by the prosecution office.

Heung-sam is finally released from his interrogation by the prosecutors office (aw, the disappointed look he gives his brother on the way out makes me actually feel bad for the puppy-face Se-hoon). Back in his penthouse, the sounds of the Vienna Boys Choir begin to soothe him as Tae-ho tells him that it will be contractually impossible to get enough investment for the Mi Rae City project to continue.

In retaliation, now that Han Joong Group’s stocks have taken a nose-dive thanks to the recent scandal, Heung-sam plans to buy as many as possible while they’re still dirt cheap. Tae-ho points out that you need money to buy stocks, and even if they used up every cent Heung-sam has, it won’t be enough to out-buy President Yoon and his son. Heung-sam just chuckles, because he’s got another source of stocks in Jung-min, his brother’s girlfriend.

Tae-ho still doesn’t think Heung-sam has enough funds to put his plan into action — he’ll still need at least 140 billion won. But Heung-sam isn’t worried. After all, he’s still got his connections.
Or at least a connection with a loan shark who agrees to give the money (at an outrageous interest rate) provided that Heung-sam puts up everything he owns as collateral. Since that isn’t much, he also requests Heung-sam to put himself up as collateral.

But Heung-sam confidently signs the agreement, although his confidence sags slightly afterwards when Tae-ho points out that if he fails, Heung-sam will lose everything he’s worked so hard for all these years. As for Tae-ho, he’s not afraid — he’s already hit rock bottom, so this is his last chance to get his life back.

Praying Mantis is still alive (whew!), lying on the floor of the abandoned factory, his hands tied behind his back. When Heung-sam stops by, Praying Mantis asks Heung-sam for another chance.

While Tae-ho and his band of merry men set their plan in motion, Heung-sam drinks alone with Mi-joo. She wonders why Heung-sam doesn’t seem nervous about gambling with so much money.

He still needs her help, though, to see the plan through to the end. Tae-ho knows too much, so he’ll have to be eliminated. He orders her to spike Tae-ho’s drink tomorrow — and Praying Mantis will take care of the rest.

That night, Mi-joo visits Tae-ho. He has a passport and airplane tickets, but he hasn’t yet told Nara that he’s leaving. He says he doesn’t have the right to say “good-bye.”

As they get ready, Tae-ho quietly tells Young-chil to put the same fake stock program on Heung-sam’s computer. That’s the easy part — the hard part will be getting out of the building if Heung-sam finds out the truth.

The stock markets open, and the men stare intently at the chart as their plan begins. They’re not the only ones — Se-hoon is keeping an eye on the charts, as is President Yoon. The stocks shouldn’t be rising this quickly before Han Joong Group announced their revitalization plan. He orders Jung-min to look into it.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Hae-jin, and Foreman Oh go to their respective financial offices, each with a dozen homeless men in tow, ready to take out loans against the stocks that had been purchased under their names. Despite how the men look, there’s no denying that they’re customers, and so the financial offices start processing the loans.

Heung-sam is exultant that their plan is working, since according to his computer, the stocks are jumping through the roof. The clock ticks down until the market closes, and the second it does, Heung-sam cheers. His life-long goal to destroy everything of President Yoon’s has finally come to fruition. Or so he thinks, because he’s not the only one celebrating as Hae-jin, the Chairman, and Foreman Oh have reunited, and all the men now carry full bags of money.

Mi-joo and Praying Mantis arrive at the penthouse just as Young-chil scurries away, and Heung-sam says that it’s perfect timing for a celebratory drink, and it will taste all the sweeter being poured by the beautiful Mi-joo.

As Mi-joo readies the drinks and, under Praying Mantis’s watchful gaze, pours a capsule of white powder into one of the glasses, Heung-sam tells Tae-ho that he’s must be very unlucky to have ended up in Seoul Station and met Heung-sam. Yet he somehow managed to turn it all around by becoming Heung-sam’s right-hand man, so perhaps he’s exceedingly talented.

Tae-ho says it has nothing to do with talent or luck — it’s simply survival instinct. That instinct had better kick in soon, since Mi-joo hands him his glass and, after toasting with Heung-sam, he downs the drink in one gulp.

Leaning back and sipping his drug-free drink, Heung-sam asks Tae-ho if he remembers when he first came to meet him, and discovered that in order to avoid the fox, he’d climbed into the tiger’s cave.

Under Mi-joo’s reproachful gaze, Heung-sam nonchalantly asks if she wants to rebuke him. She simply says that she did as she was ordered, then stands up to take her leave. Heung-sam tells her that it’s now all over, and she’s the only one left for him. She turns back, quietly affirming that yes, it’s all over.

At a stoplight, a van pulls up alongside Praying Mantis. It’s Hae-jin and Foreman Oh, and Hae-jin waves to get Praying Mantis’s attention, revealing that he was the one of the masked men who’d taken President Choi. It’s just a distraction, though, to allow the totally-not-drugged-after-all Tae-ho to grab Praying Mantis from behind.

He’s angry that Mi-joo used a fake drug, and warns him that Tae-ho will die by his hands for betraying his boss. Except he’s no match for Tae-ho’s strangle-hold and Hae-jin’s knock-out punch to his head.

A happy Heung-sam reports to his brother about the success of his plan, but Se-hoon yells at him that it was an utter failure — they’re totally wiped out. Heung-sam rushes to check his bank account (or, rather, the many accounts he used by taking the homeless men’s IDs), but none of the passwords work.

Praying Mantis arrives, and when he sees the hallway littered with the dead bodies of the homeless men who were there to protect Heung-sam, he rushes in, screaming for Heung-sam. Rage fills his eyes, and he easily takes out one of the thugs, grabbing a discarded knife to use as a weapon.

But they’ve all got knives, and they know how to use them. When Praying Mantis sees one of the thugs attempt to attack Heung-sam, he flings himself in front of the knife, taking it in his stomach. He still manages to fight off the man, but soon another thug puts a knife in his back.

The man who’d been so deadly with a knife succumbs to the blade himself as another thug twists a knife into his stomach, and Heung-sam furiously beats the thug to a bloody pulp. He then rushes to Praying Mantis, embracing the bloody man in his arms. Ever the loyal servant, Praying Mantis’s last words are “I’m sorry.”

Heung-sam does not take his death well, and orders Poison Snake and Crocodile to get Tae-ho. They proceed to hunt him down, destroying the office and Jong-gu’s bus. But Tae-ho is with his men in an abandoned factory, making sure that the homeless men they used today are far enough away (and have enough money) to avoid Heung-sam’s wrath.

But Tae-ho also knows Heung-sam won’t last long, since the same greed that made it so easy for Heung-sam to destroy President Jung is the same greed that will destroy him, too.

After realizing that Mi-joo has disappeared, too, Heung-sam is more determined than ever to ferret out Tae-ho. But instead of trying to find him, they’ll make him come to them by using Nara as bait. He sends Poison Snake to the free clinic to kidnap her.
At the airport, Tae-ho waits for his flight to New York when Mi-joo finds him.

As she stands to leave, Mi-joo admits that she misjudged him. She originally thought Tae-ho was like Heung-sam, but now she realizes that he’s more like Jong-gu, who couldn’t leave when he had the chance and instead, like a fool, returned to Seoul Station.

The conflicted Tae-ho finally makes his decision, tossing his passport and plane tickets in the trash as he resolutely walks away.

But Heung-sam’s got a single-track mind and is determined to focus his revenge on Tae-ho. He knocks Se-hoon down with a punch to the face when he tries to intervene, angrily yelling that yes, he’s crazy, because you have to be crazy to become Seoul Station’s Number One.

Meanwhile, the homeless men are having an out-and-out brawl. It’s utter chaos as they fight each other, but it looks like a pretty even fight (and possibly even beneficial to Hae-jin and the rest) until Heung-sam arrives with Poison Snake and his men, all of whom who are armed with pipes and wooden sticks.

Heung-sam watches quietly as Poison Snake and his men beat up the other homeless men, easily overcoming them. They drag Hae-jin to Heung-sam, since they know he’s closest with Tae-ho, forcing him to kneel down. He asks Hae-jin where Tae-ho is, and Hae-jin stubbornly tells him Tae-ho is long gone, sarcastically telling him to take his pick of countries.

Even when Heung-sam stabs him in the leg, Hae-jin refuses to answer. But it doesn’t matter anyway, because Tae-ho finally arrives, yelling out Heung-sam’s name. Heung-sam greets him, telling him that’s the Tae-ho he knows. Tae-ho challenges him to a fight, saying they should end it right here and now. All the man step back to form a ring around them, and without hesitation, Tae-ho and Heung-sam begin their battle.

Foreman Oh and Young-chil find Nara in one of the nearby buildings, and they easily take out her “guards.” She’s astonished to discover that Tae-ho returned, and even more worried when she realizes he’s fighting Heung-sam.

It’s raining buckets as Nara pushes her way through the circle to see Heung-sam and Tae-ho brutally fighting each other. They’re fairly evenly matched — those injuries Heung-sam endured at the hands of Chairman Wang’s men put him on the same level as Tae-ho.

Police sirens make the men panic, and most of them scatter so they won’t be taken to jail. But Poison Snake is loyal to Heung-sam, just as Hae-jin, Foreman Oh, Young-chil, Nara, and others are loyal to Tae-ho, and they stay behind.

Exhausted and bleeding, Tae-ho and Heung-sam lay gasping on the ground as the police cars drive up. Tae-ho says that it’s time for both of them to give up, but Heung-sam reaches for a knife, taking a few swings until he has Tae-ho pinned on the ground.

The policemen yell at him to drop the knife or they’ll shoot, but Heung-sam tells Tae-ho that he doesn’t regret what he did — he only regrets what he wasn’t able to do. He raises the knife, telling Tae-ho “Let’s succeed in our next plan,” but before he can lower the knife, the policemen shoot him in the chest.

As Heung-sam collapses, dying from the gunshot wounds the images of his lifelong pursuit of revenge flash over the vinyl record he holds so dear.

A year later, Tae-ho sits in jail, reading a letter from Nara who updates him on all the goings-on of everyone. Young-chil returned to college; the Chairman now lives in a recuperation hospital, but still occasionally wanders by Seoul Station handing out “checks;” Hae-jin and Foreman Oh went into business together selling produce from a truck; and Grandma got to keep her restaurant.
As for Nara, she’s still working long hours at the clinic. She doesn’t understand why Tae-ho refuses any visitors, and even though she knows that he won’t answer her letter, she still wonders what he’ll be up to once he’s freed next year.

The next summer, Tae-ho is released from jail. Nara finds him standing on top of a rooftop, staring down at Seoul Station, and, much like their first meeting, she cheerfully asks to serve him a meal, for free :)

[Drama Recap] Mrs. Cop: Episode 15

On the 15th episode of SBS' Monday & Tuesday drama, 'Mrs. Cop', Han Jin-woo (Son Ho-joon) and Min Do-yeong (Lee Da-hee) spent a night together in a minbak hostel.

 Han Jin-woo and Min Do-yeong continued with their investigation to build completely sufficient grounds to arrest Kang Tae-yoo (Son Byeong-ho). The two went to Seocheon in Chungnam to meet Kwon Seong-cheol.

 However, they could not find the suspect. As a result, Han Jin-woo and Min Do-yeong became to spend a night together in a minbak hostel.

When Han Jin-woo was going to sleep outside in their car, Min Do-yeong told him, "Why? Is it because you might end up having sex with me? Come in and sleep inside. It wouldn't make me feel comfortable with my sleeping inside alone if you sleep out there".

The two became to sleep in a same room together. Han Jin-woo talked to her, "You're not sleeping yet? Do you feel uncomfortable because of me?" The two, who had crush on each other, could not fall asleep easily because their hearts didn't want to stop fluttering.

The viewers were happy to watch the sweet vibes between the two.

[Drama Recap] The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law: Episode 11

On the 11th episode of KBS 2TV's Monday & Tuesday drama, 'The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law', Cha Yeong-ah (Son Eun-seo) announced to Gang Joon-soo (Ki Tae-yeong) that she wanted a divorce.

Kang Joon-soo was upset when he found out that his wife Cha Yeong-ah had decided to move to a rural area for her workplace.

Cha Yeong-ah said, "I didn't tell you in advance because you would stop me". Kang Joon-soo said, "While you already knew, you applied for the transfer? Did you want a divorce or something?"

Cha Yeong-ah told Kang Joon-soo, "You're right. Let's get divorced. I can't withstand any longer between you and your mother. Just let me go".

 Cha Yeong-ah finally announced she wanted a divorce after all while she had been being treated shamefully between her mother-in-law Jang Mihee (Kim Bo-yeon) and Kang Joon-soo, who was her dutiful son.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

[Drama Recap] D-Day: Episode 1

On the first episode of JTBC's new Friday & Saturday drama, "D-Day" (18th Sept) appearing the conflict between Lee Hae-seong (Kim Yeong-kwang)'s team in emergency room and Park Gun (Lee Kyeong-yeong) and Han Woo-jin (Ha Seok-jin)'s robotic surgery team.

Lee Hae-seong focused on saving people's life while Park Gun's priority was the profitability for the hospital. Lee Hae-seong stepped to do a surgery for a patient although the survival possibility was low.

He yelled at his fellow doctor, who announced a death prematurely, and saved the patient's life when the projected survival rate was as low as 10%. Park Gun transferred Lee Hae-seong, who was working as such, to Hangang Mirae hospital, of which working environment was inferior. His mother, a coma patient, also was transferred along with him. He was put in charge of colonoscopy instead of surgeries, which was his specialty.

Lee Hae-seong refused to apologize although Park Gun offered that he would cancel the transfer. The contrary attitude also was seen in Jeong Ttol-mi (Jeong So-min) and Park Ji-na (Yoon Joo-hee)'s case. Jeong Ttol-mi, who was working in a hospital in Busan, came to Seoul and went to Han River to take a look at the scenery.

Park Ji-na was exercising in a park alongside Han River at the time. When a cyclist got hit by a car, Park Ji-na ran to the emergency situation and led the first aid treatment. She asked for help she was Jeong Ttol-mi in doctor's gown.

When transferring the patient in Jeong Ttol-mi's ambulance, the patient started showing the symptoms of pneumothorax. Jeong Ttol-mi hesitated to do the required emergency treatment because she did not have any experience with such symptoms. Park Ji-na treated the symptoms and the patient overcame the critical situation.

Han Woo-jin became mad when he heard about what Park Ji-na did for the patient. Park Ji-na decided to resign because she did not want to cause any trouble to the emergency room medical team.

Lee Hae-seong was upset with Jeong Ttol-mi because Park Ji-na treated the patient on behalf of Jeong Ttol-mi. He blamed Jeong Ttol-mi for not having behaved like a doctor. Lee Hae-seong and Park Ji-na, who shared the same ideas on medical practice, had a meal together later on. At the time, an earthquake happened all of sudden.

[Ratings] All About My Mom" recorded 27%

KBS 2TV drama "All About My Mom" recorded 27%.

This is 4.5% more than the previous episode and 0.4% higher than the record set on the 13th.

Meanwhile, MBC "Mother" recorded 16.7%, "My Daughter, Geum Sa-Wol" 17.9% and SBS "I Have a Lover" 6.6%.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

[Drama Recap] D-Day: Episode 2

In episode 2, Hye-sung pulls Ji-na away from the crash, the place fills with injured people.Hye-sung approaches Ddol-mi and start treating patients.

Captain Choi’s minion, Woo-sung (Hye-sung’s brother) finds a woman covered in metal rods. Ji-na decides to ride in the ambulance with the woman. Woo-sung offers to clean up the scene and encounters Hye-sung . Woo-sung gives him the cold shoulder blaming him for their parents' incidents to his brother. Hye-sung hits his brother in the face and walks away.

Woo-jin seems to be the only doctor available to treat the patients, but he suggests to transfer the patients to other hospitals with the right resources. Ji-na confronts him him and calls him a coward.

Ji-na and Ddol-mi are forced to look for another hospital. Hye-sung receives a call from Ddol-mi about their patient being rejected from all the nearby hospitals. He orders her to bring the patient to Han River Mirae Hospital where he is treating the patient.

Chief Kang turns on the TV and sees the news of the accident. She receives a call from the hospital asking her for help. Chief Kang arrives at the hospital and asks the intern why there aren’t more patients in the hospital, and he explains that Woo-jin rejects emergency surgery.

Hye-sung and his team successfully save the patients. Hye-sung’s being interviewed by reporters. Director Lee, Woo-jin, and the Mirae ER watch the interview with Hye-sung saying that the patients were rejected from Mirae Hospital because the doctors think of their medical career other than the patient’s life.

The president wants Director Lee to take Hye-sung to his position to build a better hospital.

Hye-sung and Ddol-mi go outside to observe the bright and colorful sky today. Suddenly, the ground and everything start shaking and cracking. The buildings start to fall. Hye-sung immediately grabs Ddol-mi before the earthquake destroys everything.

Because It’s the First Time

Title: 처음이라서 / Because It’s the First Time
Chinese Title: 因為是第一次
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Melodrama
Episodes: 8 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: Onstyle
Broadcast period: 2015-Oct-08
Air time: Thursday 23:00

Yoon Tae Oh (Choi Min Ho) is 20-years-old and a freshman in college. He has a freewheeling personality. Tae Oh has been friends with Han Song Yi (Park So Dam) since they were little. Now, he begins to have feelings for Song Yi. She has a bright and positive personality. Meanwhile, Tae Oh has a friend, Seo Ji Ahn (Kim Min Jae), who is well-behaved and exemplary. A love triangle brews between these three people.

Sassy Go Go

Drama Title: 발칙하게 고고 / Balchikhage Gogo
English: Sassy Go Go/ Cheeky Go Go/ Insolently Go Go /Cheer Up!
Chinese Title: 無理的前進
Genre: Romance, Youth, School, Teen
Episodes: 12
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2015-Oct-05 to 2015-Nov-24
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00
Original Soundtrack: Sassy, Go Go OSTDirectors: Lee Eun Jin
Screenwriters: Yoon Soo Jung

The drama is about a high school cheer leading spirit with the friendships and loves of youths despite the harsh and competitive educational environment.

Kang Yeon Doo (Jung Eun Ji) is the leader of the cheer team-squad in a high school in South Korea. She is a popular, active and honest . She is  great with cheering activities but is low ranked by her status in her school where only the smartest ones attend.

Other casts:
Lee Won Geun as Kim Yeol, the school’s top-ranked student
Chae Soo Bin as Kwon Soo Ah, a student whose mother has her whole life road-mapped for her
Cha Hak Yun as Ha Dong Jae

[Drama Recap] Assembly: Final Episode

On the final episode of KBS 2TV's "Assembly", Jin Sang-pil (Jeong Jae-yeong) made his dream come true on achieving ideal politics that he has been pursuing steadily and In-gyeong (Song Yoon-ah) became an assemblywoman.

While the president exercised his veto against Bae Dal-soo's bill per request from Choon-seob (Park Yeong-gyoo), In-gyeong (Song Yoon-ah) as well as the legislature also confirmed there's zero possibility in proposing the bill for consideration again.

Sang-pil held a press conference to cope with the situation. He told the reporters, "I thought an assemblyman is someone who makes a law. If a law that has already passed the legislation would turn into scrapes of paper, then I shouldn't be an assemblyman. I'm resigning as an assemblyman by the end of this week". He asked for support so that Bae Dal-soo bill would be proposed for legislation again and he could vote for it before he resign.

Do-hyeon (Jang Hyeon-seong) unexpectedly supported Sang-pil. He said, "Bae Dal-soo bill made me return to my original intentions". He also thanked Jin Sang-pil. And the bill finally was passed for legislation.

The aftermath was huge.

Choon-seob and assemblyman Kang were expelled from their party. In-gyeong finally became an assemblywoman. While In-gyeong entered the National Assembly and Sang-pil cheered for her, the drama ended leaving some memorable lingering thoughts behind.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

[Drama Recap] Assembly: Episode 19

On the 19th episode of KBS 2TV's "Assembly", despite Choon-seop (Park Yeong-gyoo) and Do-hyeon (Jang Hyeon-seong)'s objection, Sang-pil (Jeong Jae-yeong) could make Bae Dal-soo's law pass the National Assembly.

Choon-seop clearly expressed his objection against Bae Dal-soo's law, which is to give a second chance to the defeated, who had done their best.

He called in all the party members trying to make the law fail in passing the assembly. And his avatar, assembly man Kang supported the objection insisting that the investment into corporates would be more helpful for revitalizing the economics.

Sang-pil said "I agree with the opinion, however I cannot agree with your saying that supporting the people in need is like pouring water on thirsty soil. Why do you call helping the rich an investment and helping the poor an expense?"

Sang-pil continued on, "I'm not saying we should help the athletes who were defeated because they did not do their best. I'm saying we should embrace those who were defeated even though they tried their best".

Thanks to his efforts, Bae Dal-soo's law passed the National Assembly.

Monday, September 14, 2015

[Drama Recap] Koinaka: Episode 8

During the festival at the hospital Shota proposes to Akari, he tells her to meet him at the fireworks in their town and give him her answer. Aoi witnesses the whole thing and decides to retreat.
Once again Aoi’s inferiority syndrome comes back. He loves Akari, but he prefers for her, to have a man with a career like Shota. I’m so tired of Aoi being a chicken. But for some reason I can’t get to dislike his character. He decides to give the tickets Mariko gave him to his sister and  Kouhei. His troubles with the work and the competition takes place at most of the episode.

Akari considers Shota’s proposal and she doesn’t know what to do. What a tough luck having two hot guys waiting for you, just kidding. The reason she doesn’t deny Shota, is because he has changed and seeing that she realises his feelings for her were always sincere. Plus they have been together for five years, I understand how difficult this is.

But I don’t excuse her behaviour. She goes to Shota’s place just to make him decide for her. Aoi is all the things that were mentioned earlier, but it’s unfair putting the stress in somebody else. Akari should make up her mind alone. If she wants Aoi she should go for him, not wait for his confession to be determined about her love.  

Aoi let’s her go and the day she visits the hospital to say goodbye to the little girl she was tutoring, Shota gives her the tickets for the train. Aoi after he has a talk with his sister, sends a message to Akari, telling her to come at the day of the competition, which is the same day with the firework’s festival.

Shota goes out with the girl, who didn’t leave the best impression at first, she seemed a bit evil. But she was protecting Shota. She wants to confess to him, when they are together, but he gives a speech about how Akari is the only one for him. There goes his chance of having a cute girlfriend when Akari leaves him for Aoi in the last episode (because this is probably what is going to happen).
Aoi is uneasy because he doesn’t see Akari in the auditorium, but what a surprise she finally shows up, during Aoi’s presentation.

Aoi presents the design of  the house Akari told him to make for her during their childhood. After his presentation ends Akari leaves and when Aoi calls her, he hears the announcer, that says the train for their hometown is going to leave. Akari says goodbye. Back to the competition Aoi wins and when one of the judges asks him what inspired him for that house, he starts explain how he made it for that girl meaning Akari. When the judge tells him that this girl must be special for him, he realises he has to go after her and leaves all of a sudden. How many episodes have I watched Aoi rushing out of a place, running to Akari, he needs to go to the next Olympics after so much running.
The episode end with the peak of the love triangle, who is Akari going to choose?

[Ratings] Mrs. Cop, Splendid Politics & The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law

SBS's drama "Mrs. Cop" recorded 12.6% on the 14th of September . This is 0.2% lower than the previous episode while MBC's drama "Splendid Politics" recorded 8.1% and KBS 2TV "The Eccentric Daughter-in-Law" rated 4.3% accordingly.

"Mrs. Cop" seems to rank higher than the other two with relatively good ratings.

Love Cells (Season 2)

Title: 연애세포 시즌2 / Love Cells (Season 2)
Chinese Title: 恋爱细胞 2
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Episodes: 12 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: NAVER tvcast
Broadcast period: 2015-Sep-14 to 2015-Oct-01
Air time: Monday to Thursday
Related Series: Love Cells

This Web drama is based on the popular Webtoon “Love Cells“ by “김명현 (Kim Myung Hyun)” which was published from 2010-July-21 to 2010-Sep-22.
In this bitter sweet love story, Navi (Kim Yoo Jung) acts like a navigation of love relationship. She leads the way for the main characters to piece their long lost memories of love together.

Friday, September 11, 2015

[Ratings] "Yong Pal" rated 19.1%

SBS drama: "Yong Pal" 12th episode recorded 19.1%., which is 0.2% lower than the 11th episode.

MBC "Scholar Who Walks the Night" and KBS 2TV "Assembly" rated 7.7% and 6.0% accordingly.

The Village: Achiara’s Secret

Title: 마을-아치아라의 비밀 / The Village: Achiara’s Secret
Chinese Title: 村莊: 阿雉阿拉的祕密
Genre: Thriller, Mistery
Episodes: 16 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2015-Sep-30 to 2015-Nov-19
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Achiara is a quiet, peaceful village with hardly any crime. But on her first day of school there, language instructor Kim So Yoon (Moon Geun Young) discovers a buried corpse. As the townspeople speculate on the identity of the dead person and the reason she was killed, Kim So Yoon and Police Officer Park Woo Jae (Yook Sung Jae) becomes determined to uncover the truth.

Monday, September 7, 2015

[Drama Recap] All About My Mom: Episode 7

On the 7th episode of KBS 2TV's weekend drama, 'All About My Mom' Lee Jin-ae (Yoo Jin) cleared the false charge against her.

On this day, Lee Jin-ae found out that Manager Yang leaked confidential information to prepare hospital fees for his sick wife. Lee Jin-ae went to Im San-ok (Ko Doo-sim) and asked her to make pine nut porridge. She brought the porridge to Manager Yang's wife at the hospital.

Manager Yang decided to surrender himself and the false charge against Lee Jin-ae was cleared. Lee Jin-ae cried when she heard about this. Manager Yang sent her a text message saying 'My wife says the pine nut porriage was really good. Thank you for giving me the time so I could decide to surrender. I'm really sorry".

Hwang Yeong-seon (Kim Mi-Sook) went to see Lee Jin-ae to apologize.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Merchant: Gaekju 2015

Drama Title: 장사의 신 – 객주 2015 (Jangsaui sin - Gaekju 2015)

English: The Merchant: Gaekju 2015/The God of Trade: Gaekju 2015/God of Commerce: Gaekju 2015

Chinese Title: 生意之神 – 客主2015

Previously known as: 객주 (The Innkeeper)  Based on Gaekju ten-volume novel featured in daily newspaper "The Seoul Shinmun" from June 1979 to February 1983 written by Kim Joo-youn.
Genre: History, Period, Romance

Written by Jung Sung-hee, Lee Han-ho
Directed by Kim Jong-sun

Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2015-September-23 to 2015-November-12
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 22:00


A drama that tells the story of tradesmen in the late years of the Joseon era. A man named Chun Bong-sam (played by Jang Hyuk), the descendant of a merchant family Cheon Family Inn, starts his business honestly, become a wealthy merchant, dealing with the bureaucratic powers/unfair corrupt tactics and shapes the way that business should be done in his time.

Other casts:
Han Chae-ah as Jo So-sa, has a one-sided love with Jang Hyuk
Kim Min-jung as Mae-wol , a woman who dresses as a man to peddle goods
Yu Oh-seong as Gil So-gae, known as king of commerce

She Was Pretty

Title: 그녀는 예뻤다 / She Was Pretty
Chinese Title: 她真漂亮
Also known as: She Was Beautiful
Genre: Romance, comedy
Episodes: 16 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2015-Sep-16 to 2015-Nov-05
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 22:00

A romantic comedy about two past acquaintances who meet again after they went through reversal fortunes and appearances.
Kim Hye Jin (Hwang Jung Eum) was a very pretty girl from a rich family. After her family’s publishing company went bankrupt and her father died, she experienced hardships and then lost her beauty too. Meanwhile, Ji Sung Joon (Park Seo Joon) was an unattractive boy with low self-esteem, but grows up as a handsome man and successful editor.

Six Flying Dragons

Title: 육룡이 나르샤 / Six Flying Dragons
Chinese Title: 六龍飛天
Genre: Historical, Politics
Episodes: 50 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2015-Oct-05 to 2016-March-22
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00

“Six Flying Dragons” is a Period drama depicts the ambitions and success stories of 6 people around Prince Lee Bang Won (Yoo Ah In).
This drama also depicts the ideological and political conflict between Prince Lee Bang Won and Jung Do Jeon (Kim Myung Min) who is the man instrumental in helping King Taejo (Chun Ho Jin) to establish the fledgling Joseon nation. Jung Do Jeon wants a country ruled by ministers, while Lee Bang Won wants absolute power.
Prince Lee Bang Won later become King TaeJong who was the third king in the Joseon Dynasty. He helped his father King Taejo to establish the Joseon Dynasty.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

[Drama Recap] Assembly: Episode 15

On the September 3rd episode of KSB 2TV's Wednesday & Thursday drama, "Assembly", Jin Sang-pil (Jeong Jae-yeong) decided to appear at the court voluntarily, while he had been falsely charged for accepting bribery.

Hong Chanmi (Kim Seo-hyeong) stepped up to save him. While Jin Sang-pil was exchanging greeting with the staff in his office before he would turn himself to the court, Hong Chanmi showed up.

Hong Chanmi told Jin Sang-pil, "Now that you are about to beard the lion in his den, who is your guard" and "I want to introduce you a good lawyer". Jin Sang-pil asked who it was. She responded, "It's me, Hong Chanmi, if you don't mind".

[Drama Recap] Koinaka: Episode 6

In episode 5, in this episode the redemption of Shota continues. He confesses to Aoi, that he stole the manga and the letter. He went to his place to meet Akari and because of that they ended up together. Aoi is pretty much startled, his kind soul can’t accept someone could do something like that, still he leaves him be, since he is the better person.
He then continues with his second victim Akari. Admitting his terrible actions and trying out his new good self he wishes her good luck with her teacher’s exam.
Am I buying Shota’s new version? I don’t. If the writers wanted to sell me the new improved Shota, then they shouldn’t have made him so bad to begin with. No matter how much he regrets it, what he did was terrible and he kept it for so many years. Plus he is the one who brought Aoi back to their lives just to reassure Akari wants him and to show off his relationship. 
There is another character that gets improved in this episode and that is Aoi. Finally he becomes determined going after the things he wants. In the last episodes I was a bit annoyed of how Aoi would always keep his feelings back. Now he wants Akari and does something for it.
Akari seems to want the same thing, it’s just for the time she needs to focus on the teacher’s exam, where she succeeds and because of that Aoi says he will prepare dinner at his house to celebrate.
Akari meets Kouhei and he tells her, that despite the things Shota has done, he was the one who supported her for this exam all these years and he should know the results. Akari decides to go meet Shota before going to Aoi’s house. He calls Aoi tells him the truth and that she is going to make it on time for their dinner.
Akari has some things to say to Shota. It feels like the last words from her side. It’s understandable, I told you what I think of Shota earlier. But from Akari’s  side, she was with that person for five years if I’m correct. We didn’t witness the relationship in the drama, since we started five years later, but they were together for all this time and Shota was by her side, it was a sick love still it was love.
And because we are still on episode 6 and this drama has 9 episodes, things can’t keep going smoothly. Akari being at the hospital goes to visit the little girl she has been teaching and at that time she gets worse. Akari leaves her bag in her room where the doctors are and they tell her to wait outside. Her mobile is in the bag, she doesn’t take Aoi’s calls, who has been waiting. The episode ends with a worried Akari for her student in the hospital and a disappointed Aoi who had prepared wonderful food and cake for her.
What is going to happen next, what do you want to happen?

[Ratings] "Yong Pal" recorded 17.4%

SBS drama "Yong Pal" episode 10th, recorded 17.4% which is 0.4% lower than the previous episode. The percentage has dropped about 3% compared to last week.

 MBC "Scholar Who Walks the Night" and KBS 2TV "Assembly" rated 7.9% and 6.0%.

 Nielsen Korea

[Drama Recap] Twenty Again: Episode 3

In this episode "Twenty Again", Min-soo and Hye-mi started seeing each other secretly.

Min-soo was shocked to confirm Woo-cheol was attending the same school. It's because Woo-cheol once had signed a paper promising he would enlist in the army, if he would date someone during school. This was also one of the reasons why Min-soo had refused to attend the same school with No-ra.

On this day, Hye-mi asked him why he wrote such a letter. Min-soo responded, "Would I have written the letter if I had known I would meet you? I did not know I would meet someone like you".

Min-soo continued on to suggest secret dating, "If we spend time together all throughout each weekend, then it would not make much difference from now". He showed off his manly side as her boyfriend.

Glamorous Temptation

Drama Title: 화려한 유혹 / Hwaryeohan Yuhok
Chinese Title: 華麗的誘惑
Previously known as: 그들의 성채 / Their Fortress
English translation: Glamorous Temptation/ Dazzling Temptation / Fancy Seduction / Brilliant Seduction/Glorious Temptation
Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 50
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2015-Oct-05 to 2016-March-22
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00
Original Soundtrack: Glamorous Temptation OST
Successor of  drama "Hwajung." 
Director: Kim Sang Hyup
Screenwriter: Son Young Mok
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

This drama tells the story of 3 main characters: one woman who has a tough fate, aother woman who is jealous of her and a man who plans to take a revenge.

Joo Sang Wook as Jin Hyeong Woo
Nam Joo Hyuk as teen Jin Hyeong Woo
Choi Kang Hee as Shin Eun Soo, playing a mother for the first time in her acting career.
Kim Sae Ron as teen Shin Eun Soo
Cha Ye Ryun as Kang Il Joo
Kim Bo Ra as teen Kang Il Joo
Jung Jin Young as Kang Seok Hyun
Kim Byung Se as Hyeong Woo's father
Na Young Hee as Hyeong Woo's mother
Jung In Gi as Eun Soo's father
Kim Mi Kyung as Eun Soo's mother
Park Jung Ah as Lee Se Young


Title: 디 데이 / D-Day
Genre: Fantasy, Medical
Episodes: 20 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: jTBC
Broadcast period: 2015-Sep-18 to 2015-Nov-21
Air time: Friday & Saturday 20:40

When a natural disaster strikes Seoul, a team of medical doctors and emergency personnel struggle to deal with its aftermath.