Category Archive: K-drama Culture

Review Guidelines

My reviews will be split into the following:

Title: (In Korean Hangul and English)
Type: Movie, TV show, Banjun, etc.
Genre: The category of what kind of drama it is, comedy, romance, etc.
Cast: (Hangul where available with Romaja)
Basic Plot Summary:
(Summary of the Plot without Spoilers.)
Hormones: (What Hormone-related things there are, does not affect the rating.)
Popularity: (What popularity there there is, does not affect the rating.)
Music: (How good the music score is.)
Acting: (Who delivered, who didn’t, etc.)
Visuals: (Color use, camera angles, etc.)
Direction: (If the Directorwas any good, his influence, etc.)
Story: (How good the writing was, as supposed to the other elements.)
The Good: (The good things about the Drama)
The Bad: (Things that needed to be improved.)
Why Watch it:
(Why would one would want to watch it, or who.)
Things to Watch for: (Special moments in this drama, games, etc.)
Overview: (Overview and summary of the review.)
Rating: (Overall rating.)

Why am I doing it this way? Because it’s annoying to see Oh my God, I hated her because the person she played was evil. Does that mean the acting was good or Bad? Being able to separate hormones, from acting, from the character they play is critical. People will comment on the music score, but then can’t separate it from the overall visuals and effect used. In this way you’ll be able to sort the type of drama it is, and if it’ll appeal to you, even if it doesn’t appeal to me.

K-Drama List + Ratings

Random Ratings
+ = Watch at least first episode/required watching.
heartthrob= Heart throbs
$= Popular in the US ONLY
₩= Popular in Korea

Dramas:
위대한 유산/ Great Inheritance Rating: ★★★★☆
하이에나 / Hyena Rating: ★★★★★ (19+)
일지매 / Iljimae Rating: ★★★★☆
밤이면 밤마다/ When It’s Night Rating: ★★★★★
대~한민국 변호사 / The Lawyers of South Korea (See review for translation reasoning) Rating: ★★★☆☆
홍길동 / Hong Gil Dong Rating: ★★★★★
칼잡이 오수정 / Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung/Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung Rating: ★★★★★
9회말 2아웃 / 9 End 2 Outs Rating: ★★★★★
대장금/Dae Jang Geum Rating: ★★★★★ $
황진이 /Hwang Jin Yi Rating: ★★★★★ $
여우야 뭐하니/yeouya mo hani/What’s up Fox Rating: ★★★★★ $
포도밭 그사나이 / Podopat Geusanai/The Vineyard Man Rating: ★★★★★ $
환상의 커플/Fantasy Couple Rating: ★★★★★ $ (My pick for 2006)
18 v. 29 Rating: ★★★★★
낭랑18세 / Nang Rang 18 Seh/Sweet 18 Rating: ★★★★★
춘향 / Kwae-geol Choon-hyang/My Sassy Girl Chun Hyang Rating: ★★★★★
마이걸 / Mai geol/My Girl (kind of a sequel to the former) Rating: ★★★★★ $
내 이름은 김삼순 / Nae I-reum-eun Kim Sam-soon/My Name is Kim Sam Soon Rating: ★★★★★ $ (Worth the hype)
명랑소녀 성공기 / Myung-rang So-nyu Sung-gong Gi/Bright Girl’s Success Story Rating: ★★★★★
불량가족 / Bulryang Gajok /Bad Family Rating: ★★★★★
경성스캔들 / Capital Scandal Rating: ★★★½☆ (I couldn’t finish, review explains why)
궁 (宮)/Goong Rating: ★★★★★ + heartthrob $
이산/Yi San Rating: ★★★★☆
진짜진짜좋아해 / Jinjja Jinjja Joahae/I Really Really Like You (Not to everyone’s taste) Rating: ★★★★☆
커피프린스 1호점 / Coffee Prince 1hojeon/The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince Rating: ★★★★☆ $ heartthrob
불량커플 / Bad Couple Rating: ★★★½☆ (Starts out well, loses steam).
불량주부 / Bulryang Jooboo Bad Housewife Rating: ★★★½☆
연애시대 / Yeon-ae-si-dae/Alone in Love Rating: ★★★½☆
백설공주 / Baekseol Gongju/Taste Sweet Love Rating: ★★★½☆
フレンズ / 프렌즈/Friends (2002) Rating: ★★★½☆ (learn about Korean and Japanese relations first–not a first drama)
파리의연인 / Pari eh Yunin/Lovers in Paris Rating: ★★★½☆
내 사랑 팥쥐/Ne Sarang P’at’zzi/My Love Patzzi Rating: ★★★½☆
1%의 어떤 것 / 1% eh uh ddun gut/1% of Anything Rating: ★★★½☆
봄의 왈츠 / Bom-ui Wal-cheu/Spring Waltz Rating: ★★★½☆ $ (Mostly for sets)
달콤한스파이 / Talcoman Supai/Sweet Spy Rating: ★★★½☆
Auction House Rating: ★★★½☆ (Good filler drama)
Legend of Hyang Dan Rating: ★★★½☆ (Good 2 episode filler drama)
서동요 / Seodongyo Rating: ★★★☆☆
불꽃놀이 / Bool-kkot-nol-i/Exhibition of Fireworks Rating: ★★★☆☆
웨딩 / We-ding/Wedding Rating: ★★★☆☆ (Filler drama)
옥탑방 고양이 / Oktapbang Goyangee/Attic Cat Rating: ★★★☆☆
오! 필승 봉순영/Oh! Pil Seung, Bong Soon Young Rating: ★★★☆☆
러브스토리 인 하버드 / Leobeu Seutori in Habeodeu/Love Story in Harvard Rating: ★★★☆☆
풀하우스 / Pool Hawooseu/Full House heartthrob $ Rating: ★★★☆☆
온리유 / On-ri Yu/Only You Rating: ★★★☆☆
지금은 연애중 / Jigeumeun Yeonaejung/We’re Dating Now Rating: ★★★☆☆
백만장자와 결혼하기 / baekmanjangjawa gyeolhonhagi/To Marry a Millionaire Rating: ★★★☆☆
넌 어느 별에서 왔니 / Neon Eoneu Byeoleseo Wassni?/Which Star Did You Come From? Rating: ★★★☆☆
신입사원 / Shin-ip Sa-won/Super Rookie heartthrob Rating: ★★★☆☆
형수님은 열아홉 / Hyung-soonim eun Yeolahhop Yego/My Sister in Law is 19 (Get past the first 2 episodes) Rating: ★★★☆☆
외과의사 봉달희/Surgeon Bong Dal Hee (Cut the family crap and it’s a good drama) Rating: ★★★☆☆
게임의 여왕/Queen of the Game heartthrob(God, why oh Why) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
오버 더 레인보우 / Obeo Deo Reinbou/Over the Rainbow (the dance one) heartthrob Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
황태자의 첫사랑 / Hwang taeja ui Cheot Sarang/Prince’s First Love (pretty faces, no story)heart throbRating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Movies:
내생애 최악의 남자/The Worst Guy Ever Rating: ★★★★★
무영검 (無影劍)/Shadowless Sword Rating: ★★★★★
여선생 vs 여제자/Love Rivals Rating: ★★★★★
영어완전정복/Please Teach Me English Rating: ★★★★★
도마뱀/domabaem/Love Phobic Rating: ★★★★★
빈집/Bin-jip/3 Iron Rating: ★★★★★
친절한 금자씨/Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Rating: ★★★★★
야수와 미녀/The Beast and the Beauty Rating: ★★★★★
여고과담/Yeogo goedam/Whispering Corridors Rating: ★★★★★
아라한 장풍 대작전/Arahan Rating: ★★★★★
번지점프를 하다 Beonjijeompeureul hada/Bungee Jumping of Their Own Rating: ★★★★★
왕의 남자/Wangeui Namja/The King and The Clown Rating: ★★★★★
늑대의 유혹/Temptation of Wolves Rating: ★★★★★
내 여자친구를 소개합니다 Nae yeojachingureul sogae hamnida/Windstruck Rating: ★★★★★
내 사랑 싸가지/Nae sarang ssagaji/100 Day With Mr. Arrogant Rating: ★★★★★
에스다이어리/S Diary Rating: ★★★★★
내 남자의 로맨스/How To Keep My Love Rating: ★★★★★
역전에 산다/Reversal of Fortune Rating: ★★★★★
미녀는 괴로워/200 Pounds of Beauty Rating: ★★★★☆ (mainly degraded due to the message about plastic surgery)
키스할까요/Kis-hal kkayo/First Kiss Rating: ★★★½☆
청춘만화/Youth Comic Rating: ★★★½☆
그 놈은 멋있었다/He Was Cool Rating: ★★★½☆
시월애/Si-wol-ae/Il Mare Rating: ★★★½☆
클래식/The Classic Rating: ★★★½☆
신부수업/Love, So Divine Rating: ★★★½☆
연애소설/Lover’s Concerto Rating: ★★★½☆
B형 남자친구/My Boyfriend is Type-B Rating: ★★★☆☆
어린신부/Eolin Sinboo/My Little Bride Rating: ★★★☆☆
4인용 식탁/The Uninvited Rating: ★★★½☆
기다리미쳐/Going Crazy Waiting Rating: ★★★½☆
백만장자의 첫사랑/Millionaire’s First Love Rating: ★★★☆☆
황진이/Hwang Jin Yi (movie 2007) =(

Banjun:
DBSK Banjun Drama TheaterRating: ★★★★★
Bi/Rain Banjun Rating: ★★★★★

Ditched
New Heart (I know I ditched it halfway through the first episode… but I knew where it was going.) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Lovers (Lagged and then some more. quit three times.) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
러브홀릭/Loveholic (lagged, disappointing since I like Kangta’s music.) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
I’m Sorry I Love You (Unrealistic treatment of adoption.) +$ Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
겨울연가/Winter Sonata (Couldn’t stomach it.) +$ Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Diary of June (Yawn) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Bodyguard (lagged) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Damo (lagged) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Love that Will Not be Stopped by Anyone (lagged)Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Stairway to Heaven $ (There were jokes in the NG that the actors had to cry at least 3 times a day… uhh… no) Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Thorn Birds Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

How I Judge Dramas

1. Story over Hormones.
2. Story over Hype.
3. Originality of Ideas and Inspiration.
4. Characterization.
5. Pretty Face, No Story = DITCH!!
6. No judging until ditched or seen through.
7. I will not gage other dramas by Full House, Goong, or actors by the faces they have. Dramas will be judged by story and actors by acting.

I like comedy over the melodramatic dramas. I find the melodramatic ones frustrating. That said there are a few I do like. (Crying Out Love in the Center of the Earth–awesome [J-drama though])