Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Best Korean Drama of 2010 and 2011 (Must Watch)

These are some of the Korean drama I've watched in the past few months, which I think best (as romantic as fairy tales yet pretty funny and hilarious at times) and definitely worth sharing with people who enjoy K-drama as much as I do. And if you really love and enjoy watching them :)

My Current Favorites and New Korean Dramas of 2012

The Moon That Embraces the Sun / 해를 품은 달 / Haereul Poomeun Dal
The Moon That Embraces the Sun (拥抱太阳的月亮)

Comment: Just finish watching the first two episodes. The beginning was a bit boring but just bare with it so that you wouldn't miss the story. Episode two is getting interesting, will see how it goes in the coming episodes.

Title: 해를 품은 달 / Haereul Poomeun Dal
Also known as: The Moon Embracing the Sun / The Sun and the Moon
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Period
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: 2012-Jan-04 to 2012-Mar-?? (Currently Showing)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 

Cast:
Kim Soo Hyun as Lee Hwon
Han Ga In as Wol / Heo Yeon Woo
Jung Il Woo as Prince Yang Myung
Kim Min Seo as Yoon Bo Kyung 

Synopsis:
The story of the secret love between Lee Hwon, a fictional king of Joseon, and Wol, a female shaman. 

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Best Korean Drama of 2011

The episode 1 of the most anticipated Korean drama of 2011 has finally released on Jan 3rd (just yesterday). I'm very much looking forward for Kim Hyun Joong's special appearance in "Dream High"!!!

Kim Hyun Joong "Dream High" Special Appearance
Dream High
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Download Dream High OST
Watch Dream High Online

Comment: It was like watching a bunch of teen idols showing off their talents, not up to Glee's (the American musical comedy-drama series) standards but still very much entertaining. I admire IU's talents at this very young age of her. She caught my attention when she first picked up the guitar and sang with her angelic voice. Wooyoung and her made such a cute couple together.

Title: 드림하이 / Dream High
Genre: School, romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2011-Jan-03 to 2011-Feb-28 (Completed)
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Cast:
Kim Soo Hyun as Song Sam Dong
Taecyeon (2 PM) as Jin Guk
Suzy (Miss A) as Go Hye Mi
Ham Eun Jung (T-ara) as Yoon Baek Hee
Wooyoung (2 PM) as Jason 
IU as Kim Pil Sook 

Synopsis
"Dream High" takes place at Kirin High School of Art and follows the lives of students as they aspire to become superstars. Song Sam-Dong (Kim Soo-Hyun) lives in the country side and dreams of becoming an owner of a stock farm. He falls in love with Ko Hye-Mi (Bae Suji) at first sight and follows her to Kirin High School of Art. There he discovers his genius like musical talent. Jin-Gook (TaecYeon) is a gifted dancer, but a troubled student at school. The director of Kirin High School of Art ((Bae Yong-Jun)) recommends to Jin-Gook to enroll at his school. There, Jin-Gook's talents blossom and he now dreams of becoming a global star. Exchange student Jason (Wooyoung) comes to Kirin High after receiving the top score for new applicants. He comes from abroad and shows outstanding skills as a dancer. Ko Hye-Mi (Bae Suji) is the most popular girl at Kirin High. She carries herself as a confident girl, but inside hides a sad past. She dreamed of becoming a world renown classical vocalist, but after the collapse of her family she had no choice but to enter Kirin High School of Art. She is loved by Song Sam-Dong and Jin-Gook. Yoon Becky (Eun Jung) looks up to Ko Hye-Mi, who appears to have everything. They soon become rivals. Eria (Yoon Young-Ah) is a popular teen star. She enters Kirin High School of Art and becomes the object of admiration by her peers. She looks forward to having a "regular" school life. 

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Watch My Princess / 마이 프린세스 Online
My Princess (我的公主)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Download My Princess OST
Watch My Princess Online

Title: 마이 프린세스 / My Princess 
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: 2011-Jan-05 to 2011-Feb-24 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Cast:
Song Seung Hun as Park Hae Young
Kim Tae Hee as Lee Seol
Park Ye Jin as Oh Yoon Joo
Ryu Soo Young as Nam Jung Woo

Synopsis:
As a small girl, Lee Seol had a dream of becoming a princess. She's an orphan, and has been adopted when she was 5: since then, she had to work hard to make it into university, where she fell in love with one of her lecturer. This lecturer will later find out that lee Seol is actually a princess (a real princess).

Her sister gets jealous and tries to steal Lee Seol's place by winning Park Hae Young's heart.

Park Hae Young is a diplomat in charge of teaching Lee Seol what a princess has to know. He's the heir of a big company's CEO, ang graduated from Ivy League University: He's considered a a modern prince. He's nice to Lee Seol when other people are around, changes his behavior as soon as they're alone. Yet, he's somehow moved by this simple girl, who wants to talk to the citizen with her heart, and is more concerned about saving archeological treasures than learning how to dance.

Park Hae Young is surprised when his rich grandfather decides to return all the money he has earned to the community. Does it make sense? What are his reasons for doing that?


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49 Days Korean Drama
49 Days (49日)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★★☆
Watch 49 Days Online
Download 49 Days OST 

Comment: The best K-drama in 2011 I've ever watched so far with extraordinarily addictive and interesting storyline!!! I got hooked up as soon as I started the first episode. The story of the unconditional and irrevocable love between the characters was like a magnet that would gravitate a strong force causing you to spend all day chasing the episodes, one after another and eventually came to a conclusion that the ending was not something you expected it to be.

Title: 49일 / 49 Il
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Episodes: TBA
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 2011-Mar-16 to 2011-May-19 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Cast
Lee Yo Won as Song Yi Kyung
Nam Gyu Ri as Shin Ji Hyun
Jo Hyun Jae as Han Kang
Bae Soo Bin as Kang Min Ho
Jung Il Woo as Scheduler

Synopsis:
A young woman named Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to be married with her fiancé, but her perfect life is shattered in a car accident that left her in a coma. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. In order to do this, she borrows the body of Yi Kyung, a part-time employee at a convenience store.

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Lie to Me (2011) Korean Drama
Lie To Me (对我说谎试试)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Watch Lie To Me Online

Comment: Loved and enjoyed the storyline as much as I did for "Coffee House", great acting from both the male and female leads too! But, the excitement of the storyline faded away towards the ending, so did my heart. Things seemed to be predictable and not so interesting anymore when the couple finally got together. 

Title: 내게 거짓말을 해봐 / Naege Geojitmaleul Haebwa
Also known as: Try Lying to Me
Previously known as: 달콤한 스캔들 / Sweet Scandal
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 2011-May-09 to 2011-Jun-28 (Completed)
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55 

Cast:
Yoon Eun Hye as Gong Ah Jung
Kang Ji Hwan as Hyun Ki Joon
Sung Joon as Hyun Sang Hee
Jo Yoon Hee as Oh Yoon Joo

Synopsis:
Gong Ah Jung, a level 5 Ministry of Culture official, gets entangled in a web of lies when she mistakenly lies that she's married to Hyun Ki Joon, a hotel manager from an affluent family. Their relationship is further complicated when Ki Joon's ex-fiancée and a close friend of his brother's, Oh Yoon Joo, reappears in his life. 

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Can You Hear My Heart Korean Drama 2011
Can You Hear My Heart (你听见我的心吗)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★★☆
Watch Can You Hear My Heart Online

Title: 내 마음이 들리니 / Nae Maeumi Deulrini 
Also known as: Do You Hear My Heart 
Genre: Romance, Drama 
Episodes: 30 
Broadcast Network: MBC 
Broadcast Period: 2011-Apr-02 to 2011-Jul-10 (Completed)
Air Time: Saturday & Sunday 21:45

Cast: 
Lee Bo Young as Kang Jae Mi 
Lee Tae Sung as Byun Dong Woo 
Jin Yi Han as Han Jung Soo

Synopsis:
The love story of Cha Dong Joo, a man who's been rendered deaf after an accident but pretends he can hear, and Bong Woo Ri, a woman who's intelligent but pretends she's dim-witted to protect the dignity of her mentally handicapped father.

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Baby-faced Beauty  / Youthful Beauty / Pretty Young Woman
Baby-Faced Beauty (童颜美女)

Title: 동안미녀 / Dongan Minyeo
Also known as: Youthful Beauty / Pretty Young Woman
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2011-May-02 to 2011-Jul-05 (Completed)
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55 

Cast:
Jang Na Ra as Lee So Young
Choi Daniel as Choi Jin Wook
Ryu Jin as Ji Seung Il
Kim Min Seo as Kang Yoon Seo 

Synopsis:
The story of Lee So Young, a 34-year-old woman who's saddled with family debt and only has a high school qualifications, but dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Her youthful appearance is her only advantage; she is mistaken for a 25-year-old university graduate and subsequently lands her dream job when she's hired by a fashion design company, where she meets Choi Jin Wook, a man who looks more mature than his young age. 

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City Hunter (Korean Drama 2011)
City Hunter (城市猎人)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★★☆
Watch City Hunter Online

Comment: First episode was boring but once you get rid of it, you're pretty much entertained by the rest of the episodes.

Title: 시티헌터 / City Hunter
Genre: Action, Romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 2011-May-25 to 2011-Jul-28 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Cast:
Lee Min Ho as Lee Yoon Sung
Park Min Young as Kim Na Na
Lee Joon Hyuk as Kim Young Jo
Hwang Sun Hee as Jin Soo Hee
Goo Ha Ra as Choi Da Hye 

Synopsis:
The story takes place in Seoul, 2011. Lee Yoon Sung is a talented MIT-graduate who's working on the international communications team at the Blue House. He encounters dangerous situations while solving a variety of cases, both big and small, for people who need his help, and eventually becomes a "city hunter." 

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You've Fallen For Me / Heartstrings
You've Fallen For Me / Heartstrings (你为我着迷 / 你迷上我)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Watch You've Fallen For Me / Heartstrings Online

Comment: Big love to the young and talented Jung Yong Hwa! His singing and acting never failed to impress me. I'm so glad to finally see him taking the lead role in this drama, playing both the acoustic and electronic guitars so handsomely.

Title: 넌 내게 반했어 / Neon Naege Banhaesseo
Previously known as: 페스티벌 / Festival
Genre: Romance, Music
Episodes: 15
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: 2011-Jun-29 to 2011-Aug-18 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 

Cast:
Jung Yong Hwa as Lee Shin
Park Shin Hye as Lee Kyu Won
Song Chang Ui as Kim Suk Hyun
So Yi Hyun as Jung Yoon Soo 

Synopsis:
Lee Shin is a university student majoring in modern music. He is also the vocalist and guitarist of the band "The Stupid." Shin is known for his good looks and strong passion for music, but in reality he is cold, lacks interest in anything unrelated to music and has neither dreams nor plans for the future. He initially likes Jung Yoon Soo, a dance professor at university, but this all changes when he meets Lee Kyu Won.

Lee Kyu Won is a bright and outgoing student who was born into a prestigious family and is majoring in traditional Korean instruments, especially the gayageum. Kyu Won's grandfather, Lee Dong Gun, is one of the top 3 traditional musicians of his age and his biggest wish is to see his granddaughter become a traditional music prodigy. Trying to live up to her grandfather's expectations, Kyu Won immerses herself in training and becomes a university student who knows nothing outside of her studies. As her friends are fans of "The Stupid", she was forced to go to the band's concert with them. There she saw Lee Shin performing live, and is immediately captivated by him. 


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The Princess' Man / 공주의 남자 / Gongjooeui Namja
The Princess' Man (公主的男人)

Title: 공주의 남자 / Gongjooeui Namja
Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 24
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2011-Jul-20 to 2011-Oct-06 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 

Cast:
Moon Chae Won as Lee Se Ryung
Park Shi Hoo as Kim Seung Yoo
Song Jong Ho as Shin Myun
Hong Soo Hyun as Princess Kyung Hye 

Synopsis:
A tragic love story between the daughter of Prince Suyang and grandson of Kim Jong Seo. The son of Kim Jongseo, Seungyoo, is a handsome and wise man who carries a noble quality. Princess Seryeong, a daughter of King Sejo, aka prince Sooyang, is a cheerful, lively lady with a strong curiosity and bold personality. They fall in love instantly but later they find out that their parents are sworn enemies. It's a Chosun dynasty version of “Romeo and Juliet”. 

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Man of Honor / 荣光的在仁 / Young Kwang's Jae In / Glory Jane
Man of Honor (荣光的在仁)

Title: 영광의 재인 / Youngkwangeui Jaein
Also known as: Young Kwang's Jae In / Glory Jane
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 24
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2011-Oct-12 to 2011-Dec-28 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 

Cast:
Chun Jung Myung as Kim Young Kwang
Park Min Young as Yoon Jae In
Lee Jang Woo as Seo In Woo

Synopsis:
Yoon Jae In is a struggling young woman who dreams of becoming a nurse. She meets Kim Young Kwang at the hospital when he sustains injures. Kim Young Kwang is a baseball player who used to be hotshot hitter but got demoted to second string. As they struggling to overcome their fates, they find love. 

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Flower Boy Ramyun Shop
Flower Boy Ramyun Shop (花美男拉面馆)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★★☆
Watch Flower Boy Ramyum Shop Online

Comment: 100% heartfelt ♥ Definitely, absolutely, undeniably the BEST romance comedy of 2011 that you couldn't afford to miss out!!! Every single episode moves and touches my heart so deeply. I think I'm falling in love...

Title: 꽃미남 라면가게 / Kkotminam Ramyeongage
Also known as: Flower Boy Ramen Shop
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2011-Oct-31 to 2011-Dec-20 (Completed)
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 23:00 

Cast:
Jung Il Woo as Cha Chi Soo
Lee Chung Ah
Lee Ki Woo as Choi Kang Hyuk
Kim Ye Won 

Synopsis:
This romantic comedy deals with "pretty boys," who with good looks and individuality, operate a ramen shop with lively college girls and experience the happenings of daily life. 

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Best Korean Drama of 2010 

오! 마이 레이디 / Oh! My Lady
Oh! My Lady
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Download Oh! My Lady OST 

Title: 오! 마이 레이디 / Oh! My Lady
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 2010-Mar-22 to 2010-May-11 (Completed)
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 20:55

Cast:
Chae Rim as Yoon Gae Hwa
Choi Si Won (Super Junior) as Sung Min Woo
Lee Hyun Woo as Yoo Shi Joon
Park Han Byul as Hong Yoo Ra

Synopsis:
A spunky 35-year-old housewife, Yoon Gae Hwa, takes on the job of manager to prickly top star Sung Min Woo in order to earn enough money to regain custody of her child from her ex-husband. Romantic hijinks and hilarity ensues when they find themselves in an awkward living situation as Min Woo pays Gae Hwa to take care of his daughter, Ye Eun. 

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Prosecutor Princess / 검사 프린세스 / Geomsa Princess
Prosecutor Princess (检察官公主)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Download Prosecutor Princess OST

Title: 검사 프린세스 / Geomsa Princess
Previously known as: 검사 마타하리 / Prosecutor Mata Hari
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 2010-Mar-31 to 2010-May-20 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesdays & Thursdays 21:55

Cast:
Kim So Yeon as Ma Hye Ri
Park Shi Hoo as Seo In Woo
Han Jung Soo as Yoon Se Joon
Choi Song Hyun as Jin Jung Sun

Synopsis:
Ma Hye Ri is a woman with an excellent memory and ability to focus, which allowed her to pass the bar exam with ease. Despite her talents, she is more interested in being fashionable and dislikes hard work so she is far from being an ideal prosecutor and has doubts about her suitability for her job. Through her conflicts with senior colleagues and struggles with difficult cases, however, Hye Ri gradually matures into a brilliant prosecutor with a sense of duty and justice. 

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Personal Preference / Personal Taste
Personal Preference (个人趣向)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Download Personal Preference OST
  
Comment: Honestly, I didn't quite like his role in "Boys Over Flowers" when acting as Goo Jun Pyo, the F4 leader with curly hair and stuff, but I did enjoy seeing his more mature and manly act in "Personal Taste".

Title: 개인의 취향 / Kaeinui Chwihyang
Also known as: Kae In's Taste / Personal Taste
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: 2010-Mar-31 to 2010-May-20 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Cast:
Son Ye Jin as Park Kae In
Lee Min Ho as Jeon Jin Ho
Kim Ji Suk as Han Chang Ryul
Wang Ji Hye as Kim In Hee

Synopsis:
Jeon Jin Ho is a straight guy who pretends to be gay in order to become Park Kae In's roommate. His hobbies include organization and ironing, and he’s known for his stoic poker face. He’s a stickler for cleanliness, but he also has a talent for figuring out a women’s feelings. Kae In is very trusting even though she has a habit of being betrayed. However that doesn't stop her from giving people the benefit of doubt and Jin Ho is no different. How will Kae In react when she finds out that her gay roommate is not actually gay at all and that he has fallen for her? 

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Cinderella's Sister / Cinderella's Stepsister / A Modern Story of Revenge  
Cinderella's Sister (灰姑娘的姐姐)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★★☆
Download Cinderella's Sister OST

Comment: A story with exaggerated emotions (lots of tears and crying, screaming and fighting), stereotypical characters, and interpersonal (between loved ones) conflicts. It makes your heart sore watching them hurting the people who love and care for them the most, separated from each other.

Title: 신데렐라 언니 / Cinderella Unni
Also known as: Cinderella's Stepsister / A Modern Story of Revenge
Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2010-Mar-31 to 2010-Jun-03 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Cast:
Moon Geun Young as Song Eun Jo
Seo Woo as Goo Hyo Sun
Chun Jung Myung as Hong Ki Hoon
Taecyeon (2 PM) as Han Jung Woo

Synopsis:
A modern day adaptation of Cinderella with a twist as our Cinderella, Goo Hyo Sun, is loved by everyone whereas her stepsister, Eun Jo, has a dark past and struggles with the fact that her mother starts to care more for Hyo Sun than her.

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Coffee House / Page One
Coffee House (咖啡屋)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Download Coffee House OST
Watch Coffee House Online

Comment: I would say that Kang Ji Hwan's role as Lee Jin Soo is the most significant attraction in "Coffee House". Despite the sweet smile of the 33 year-old that could melt every girl's heart, the drama also has a great and addictive story line that makes you burst into laughter or even tears.

Title: 커피하우스 / Coffee House
Previously known as: 페이지 원 / Page One
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 18
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 2010-May-17 to 2010-Jul-27 (Completed)
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 20:55

Cast:
Kang Ji Hwan as Lee Jin Soo
Park Si Yeon as Seo Eun Young
Ham Eun Jung (T-ara) as Kang Seung Yeon
Jung Woong In as Han Ji Won

Synopsis:
Lee Jin Soo made it big after writing several thriller novels and establishing himself as a talented novelist. He works for Seo Eun Young, the owner of the biggest publishing company in Korea, and has a long-time friendship with her. Jin Soo has lots of fans, especially female ones, and he seems to be the perfect match for any woman... but what no one knows is that he is actually a bit weird and sarcastic, has lots of strange habits, and holds a dark secret. The one who has to cope with him and his habits is his secretary, Kang Seung Yeon, who begged him for this job to become a pro instead of the below-average girl that she really is. On top of that, there is also the return of Han Ji Won, Eun Young's ex-fiance, whom she despises. Ji Won tries to win Eun Young back, but she has her eyes set on Jin Soo.

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal (成均馆绯闻)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (成均馆绯闻)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Comment: This is awesome!!! If you've already finished watching "You're Beautiful" and desperately looking for something similar, then I'm pleased to let you know that "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" is just the right dose of cuteness and sweetness for you.   

Title: 성균관 스캔들 / Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Genre: Period, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2010-Aug-30 to 2010-Nov-02 (Completed)
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Cast:
Micky Yoochun as Lee Sun Joon
Park Min Young as Kim Yoon Hee
Song Joong Ki as Goo Yong Ha
Yoo Ah In as Moon Jae Shin 

Synopsis:
Sungkyunkwan Scandal is set in Sungkyunkwan University in the late Joseon era during the reign of King Jeongjo, revolving around the exploits and love stories of four youths. When her younger brother's illness worsens and their family is in danger of being evicted from their house for lack of money, Kim Yoon Hee enters the school under his name, disguised as a boy in her desperation to support him. There, she becomes friends with the intelligent and upright Lee Sun Joon, the playboy Goo Yong Ha and rebellious Moon Jae Shin. 

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Mischievous Kiss / Playful Kiss,/ Naughty Kiss
Mischievous Kiss (恶作剧之吻)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Download Mischievous Kiss OST
Watch Mischievous Kiss Online
Watch Mischievous Kiss (Special Youtube Version) Online 
  
Comment: The visual effect and everything about his drama is so dreamy and impossibly beautiful, really loved it. In fact, Kim Hyun Joong did do a better job playing his role in "Playful Kiss" than "Boys Over Flowers" this time. But what about a deeper and more emotionally driven character for him in the future?

Title: 장난스런 키스 / Jangnanseureon Kiss
Also known as: Playful Kiss, Naughty Kiss
Genre: Romance, School
Episodes: 16 + 7 SP (Youtube version)
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: 2010-Sep-01 to 2010-Oct-21 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Cast:
Kim Hyun Joong (SS501) as Baek Seung Jo
Jung So Min as Oh Ha Ni
Lee Tae Sung as Bong Joon Gu
Lee Si Young as Yoon He Ra 

Synopsis:
Based on the popular manga, Oh Ha Ni is a clumsy student who falls for the perfectionist, Baek Seung Jo. However, Seung Jo is indifferent towards her and rejects her love. When Ha Ni's house collapses, she and her father moves into his long-time friend's house. It turns out that Seung Jo is the friend's son and Ha Ni is given the opportunity to be near the guy she loves. Will she be able to move Seung Jo's heart?

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Mary Stayed Out All Night / Marry Me, Mary!
Mary Stayed Out All Night (玛丽外宿中)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆
Download Mary Stayed Out All Night OST

Comment: This would be the second time seeing Jang Geun Suk playing the role as a band vocalist and guitar player in a drama, after "You're Beautiful" in 2009. The two roles are pretty much similar, with the exclusion of him being in a rock band rather than an idol group this time. I personally liked Kim Jae Wook's acting in "Mary Stayed Out All Night" and that was the main and only reason that kept me going with the drama.

Title: 매리는 외박중 / Maerineun Oebakjoong
Also known as: Marry Me, Mary!
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2010-Nov-08 to 2010-Dec-28 (Completed)
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Cast:
Moon Geun Young as Wi Mae Ri
Jang Geun Suk as Kang Moo Kyul
Kim Jae Wook as Byun Jung In
Kim Hyo Jin as Seo Joon 

Synopsis:
Wi Mae Ri is the cheerful, pragmatic daughter of a failed businessman who had grown used to being constantly on the move to escape from debtors. She becomes fast friends with the free-spirited indie singer Kang Moo Kyul when she nearly ran him over in a car. Meanwhile, her father Wi Dae Han is saved from his debtors by his old friend, Jung Suk, who had just returned from considerable success in the Japanese entertainment industry. Jung Suk, who had harboured a secret love for Mae Ri's mother, sets up a deal with Dae Han to have Mae Ri marry his son, Jung In. In her desperate to escape this predicament, Mae Ri begs Moo Kyul to pose as her husband, and finds herself in even more trouble than before when her father proposes a 100-day period in which she has to divide her time equally between Moo Kyul and Jung In, after which she has to decide who to marry.

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My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox / My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox (我的女友是九尾狐)

Title: 내 여자친구는 구미호 / Nae Yeojachinguneun Gumiho
Also known as: My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 2010-Aug-11 to 2010-Sep-30 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Cast:
Lee Seung Ki as Cha Dae Woong
Shin Min Ah as Gumiho
No Min Woo as Park Dong Joo
Park Soo Jin as Eun Hye In

Synopsis:
On one day after Cha Dae Woong ran away from his grandfather, he accidentally freed a nine-tailed fox who was closed in a painting for about 500 years. He didn't realize what he has done, until the Gumiho (nine-tailed fox),who took the form of a beautiful woman, appeared in front of him. Dae Woong was really frightened that he ran away from her and fell on the riverbank.Since he was severely injured, Gumiho came to save him and gave him her most precious bead to share with him the mystic fox' strength, as she owes him her freedom. Gumiho then asked him if he can help her become human and how to act like one. In return, she allowed him to use her bead for him to shoot for his dream action movie despite his body's severe condition. As time goes by, their mutual relationship grew deeper as they start to fall for each other. 

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Secret Garden Korean Drama
Secret Garden (秘密花园)

Title: 시크릿 가든 / Secret Garden
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Melodrama
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 2010-Nov-13 to 2011-Jan-16 (Completed)
Air Time: Saturday & Sunday 21:45

Cast:
Hyun Bin as Kim Joo Won
Ha Ji Won as Gil Ra Im
Yoon Sang Hyun as Choi Woo Young / Oska (Joo Won's cousin)
Kim Sa Rang as Yoon Seul

Synopsis:
The drama tells the story of Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin), an arrogant and eccentric CEO who maintains the image of seeming perfection, and Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won), a poor and humble stunt woman whose beauty and body are the object of envy amongst top actresses. Their accidental meeting, when Joo Won mistakes Ra Im for actress Park Chae Rin, marks the beginning of a tense, bickering relationship, through which Joo Won tries to hide a growing attraction to Ra Im that both confuses and disturbs him. To complicate matters further, a strange sequence of events results in them swapping bodies. 

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Best Korean Drama of 2009

Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers (花样男子)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Watch Boys Over Flowers Online
Download Boys Over Flowers OST

Title: 꽃보다 남자 / Kgotboda Namja
Also known as: Boys Before Flowers 
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 25
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2009-Jan-05 to 2009-Mar-31 (Completed)
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55 

Cast:
Lee Min Ho as Gu Jun Pyo
Kim Hyun Joong (SS501) as Yoon Ji Hoo
Ku Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di
Kim Bum as So Yi Jeong
Kim Joon (T-Max) as Song Woo Bin 

Synopsis:
Jan Di is an average girl whose family owns a dry cleaning store located near the luxurious and well known Shin Hwa College. Jan Di meets the four richest and most spoiled boys known as the F4. After saving a boy from jumping off the roof of Shinhwa High School, she is admitted into the school on a swimming scholarship. Jan Di tries to avoid confrontation with the F4 at all cost because she knows what happens to those that stand against them. However, when Jan Di's friend, Oh Min Ji, accidentally gets ice cream on the leader of the F4's shoes, she's forced to declare war on the leader of the F4, Goo Joon Pyo. What will happen though, when she falls in love with someone from the F4 and Goo Joon Pyo start feeling something for her too? Will the love triangle disrupt F4 and change their lives forever? 

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My Fair Lady (拜托小姐) 아가씨를 부탁해
My Fair Lady (拜托小姐)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Comment: The motivation of me watching this is all from Jung Il Woo. I couldn't help but to find some other drama series that he once acted in (besides "49 Days"), while waiting for the "Flower Boy Ramyun Shop" episodes to release every week. Lovely soundtracks but not Jung Il Woo's role as Lee Tae Yoon. I would rather see him acting as Seo Dong Chan.

Title: 아가씨를 부탁해 / Agassireul Pputakae
Also known as: Take Care of Agassi / Take Care of My Lady / My Fair Lady
Previously known as: 레이디 캐슬 / Lady Castle
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2009-Aug-19 to 2009-Oct-08 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Cast:
Yoon Eun Hye as Kang Hye Na 
Yoon Sang Hyun as Seo Dong Chan 
Jung Il Woo as Lee Tae Yoon 
Moon Chae Won as Yeo Eui Joo 

Synopsis: 
Kang Hye-na, the only successor of Kang-san Group, is the owner of the ‘Lady Castle’ and lives a ‘princess-like’ life with her servants. Hye-na’s parents died from a plane accident and her grandfather brought her up. Hye-na is strong-headed and selfish, whose world revolves around her because she could not experience the warmth of a family whilst growing up. One day, she comes across Dong-chan when she is carelessly driving and knocks into Dong-chan's truck in which he is shipping flowers. She knocks out a bunch of flowers from his truck so Dong-chan goes to complain. She refuses to apologize but just gives him money. She drives away although Dong-chan isn't satisfied. He chases after her and eventually cuts her of at the end of a road. Kang Hye-na ignores this and just drives straight into his truck. As a consequence of this he makes Hye-na do community service, kidnaps her, and appears in front of her as the new household manager. Hye-na makes every effort to throw him out from the Castle, but Dong-chan refuses to budge.

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You're Beautiful / He's Beautiful / You're Handsome
You're Beautiful (原來是美男)
Ratings: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
Download You're Beautiful OST

Comment: You're Beautiful or more commonly known as Go Mi Nam (the lead female character) or A.N.JELL (the band's name), is one of my most favorite Korean drama of all time. I love all the soundtracks and the members of A.N.JELL, especially Kang Shin Woo (Jung Yong Hwa from C.N. Blue). Although the broadcast period was somewhere at the end of 2009, but still I'd like to include it into the list since it was such a wonderful drama that you would never wanna miss out!

Title: 미남이시네요 / Minami Shineyo
Also known as: He's Beautiful / You're Handsome
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Network: SBS
Broadcast Period: 2009-Oct-07 to 2009-Nov-26 (Completed)
Air Time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Cast:
Jang Geun Suk as Hwang Tae Kyung (A.N.JELL)
Kang Soo Han as Young Tae Kyung 
Park Shin Hye as Go Mi Nam (Male) / Go Mi Nyu (Female) (A.N.JELL)
Lee Hong Ki (F.T. Island) as Kang On Yu / Jeremy (A.N.JELL)
Jung Yong Hwa (C.N. Blue) as Kang Shin Woo (A.N.JELL)

Synopsis:
The management company of the idol group A.N.JELL insisted on adding a new singer to the group as the lead vocal, Tae Kyung's voice was hurting. However,the new member, Mi Nam, had to go to the States to repair a botched eye job just before signing the contract. His agent came up with the idea of having his twin sister, Mi Nyu,to stand in for him and pretend that she was her brother. The two of them grew up in an orphanage and Mi Nyu, who was all set to become a nun, agreed to this charade as she didn't want to spoil her brother's chance of fame which would make it easier to look for their mother.
Source: DramaWiki+http://christinayy.blogspot.com

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