Korean Dramarathon #1

Korean Dramas, Arang and the Magistrate, Padam Padam, The Painter of the Wind, Bad Love

  1. Arang and the Magistrate
    Starring Lee Joon Ki and Shin Min Ah. A paranormal sort of love affair between an amnesiac ghost who was reborn as an immortal with expiration date (LOL) and a government official who has an uncanny ability to see the invisible — think I-see-dead-people kind of ability =P.I enjoyed this drama. It wasn’t perfect but I liked it nevertheless. It’s nice to learn about the Korean beliefs on afterlife in a very entertaining way. Acting-wise, the actors did well and I appreciate the fact that Lee Joon Ki does most of his action stunts. 🙂 One obvious amiss though, prolly an editing error, there’s this scene inside the cave where you see a glimpse of a steel ladder which evidently should not be existing during those olden days. Heehee.
  2. Padam Padam… The Sound of His and Her Heartbeats
    Starring Jung Woo Sung, Han Ji Min and Kim Bum. Tells the story of an ex-con who gets another shot at life not only once but thrice thanks to a man claiming to be his guardian angel.This drama felt like a very long movie to me. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not. Lol. I love that it has that movie-ish look and feel but at the same time I kept on wondering when it’ll be over. Lol. The story dragged at some point but that didn’t stop me from watching. Actually, there are a lot of things I liked about this drama — The cinematography was amazing. The actors performed so good acting-wise, you’ll feel a tug on your heartstrings. The beautifully written lines/dialogues that’ll get you into thinking. And let’s not forget the bromance which I think was the thing I liked and loved most about this drama.
  3. The Painter of the Wind
    Starring Moon Geun-young and Park Shin Yang. Tells the story of a young talented woman disguised as a man to pursue a career as painter in a time where women weren’t allowed to take any profession and a genius painter who took her under his wings not knowing her real identity.I enjoyed this drama despite the obvious age difference between the leads. Surprisingly, the two main leads actually have an on screen chemistry that works. And boy, Moon Guen-young sure did a superb job acting as the cross-dresser Yoon Bok. Love her! I’m definitely a fan. 🙂 The ending was a bit of a let down though. It could’ve been a happy one but why end it like that. Sigh.
  4. Bad Love
    Starring Kwon Sang Woo, Lee Yo Won and Kim Sung Soo. Tells the complicated love story of a woman torn between two men — a married man and a man who just got out from a very traumatic relationship. This drama started out good. The story was controversial so I was hooked immediately. Then suddenly it got boring. I kept watching though because I love Kwon Sang Woo and his acting was commendable. But eventually, I still got tired of the never-ending push and pull sort of relationship between the leads that I decided to skipped several episodes and just watched the final episode. The story dragged on far too long that I just really want to get over with it. At least, the drama ended on a happy note.

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