K-Drama Review: Master’s Sun

Master’s Sun: My Drama-Crack this year.

This is a ghost story and romantic comedy.  I don’t do ghost stories, but I did two with K-dramas this year because… why?  Well, this one, because Hong Sisters.

The ghosts are horribly disturbing, macabre, and gruesome- they get better as the series continues, or else I just got used to them (other people said they were boring- but as I said, I do not do ghost stories). The romantic comedy is hysterically funny.  It’s the Hong sisters, y’all, the Hong Sisters. If you don’t know what that means- look:

Big (KBS2, 2012)
The Greatest Love (MBC, 2011)
My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (SBS, 2010)
You’re Beautiful (SBS, 2009)
Hong Gil-dong (KBS2, 2008)
Couple or Trouble (MBC, 2006)
My Girl (SBS, 2005-2006)
Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang (KBS2, 2005)

I have seen all of the above and enjoyed them all, except Big, which I hated.  Couple or Trouble was also not a big favorite, but I really loved all the others, and two of them are on my top 10 list.

The-Master’s-Sun12IOW, it means wit, humour, heart, and really interesting characters.  It also means I am actually watching a ghost story voluntarily.  I just close my eyes a lot with the ghosts.

I also like all three of the leads- both the males and the wonderful  Gong Hyo Jin, who starred in Pasta and Greatest Love as well.

Every episode fires on all cylinders, hits all my sweet spots, and leaves me anxiously waiting for the next installment.  I really, really like this one.

Finished.  Ahhhhh.  It did get a little slow toward the end, and there is a strange and totally unnecessary side plot that was completely dispensable.  The Hong sisters often seem to have trouble wrapping up their dramas while keeping the same level of entertaining wit and spark that they have at the beginning, and the same is true here, but still.  I am glad I watched it. It was fun, although definitely PG13.  Jo Si Sub was new to me, and I went and hunted up a lot of his older movies and dramas.  He was fabulous.

I liked this one so well that half way through it I went back and started watching it again just to savor the moments. I was really glad I did, because there are many little reveals about the wayTae Yang affects Jae Gun and how he really feels about Tae Yang from the very beginning- they are easy to miss when you have to read the subs, but they are obviously there.

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Shows I am currently watching but haven’t finished yet are described here.

Dramas I’ve completed, recommend, and reviewed: see here.

K-Dramas I almost liked– most of these are just darker than I usually prefer. Some are just flawed.

Things to know when watching a K-drama

More Things To Know

Addiction, and why I like K-dramas

You might be watching a K-Drama if….

Where to get your fix: Sites where you can find subtitled K-dramas (and dramas from other countries, as well. I’ve watched a handful of J-dramas (Japanese) and TW (Taiwanese) dramas.

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  1. teachergirl
    Posted October 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    I loved this too! The Hong Sisters are hit or miss for me so I was a bit wary going in. But it was so much fun. If it was a book, it would have been one I couldn’t put down and stayed up late to finish. I’ll probably watch this again at some point, which for me is the mark of a good drama.

    I really liked that Taeyang’s female competition was for the second lead. Meddling, interfering second leading ladies really get on my nerves. But Little Sun (can’t remember her name) was fun to watch and provided good humor.

    The ghosts freaked me out at first – I also do not do ghost stories. But I think they got less creepy as the series went on. I wish they would have given more story to the coffee ghost. I was always hoping we’d get to know him a bit more.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted October 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

      I agree. Coffee ghost really grew on me.

  2. Kelvin
    Posted March 28, 2018 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    I am looking for a korean drama, I dont remember the name. It is about a man who was raised in an orphanage centre and his father is a rich person who met his mother in minings. They came to know each other when the man saw the paintings of his father containing her mothers old photo. The man falls in love with a girl whom her father was killed by the mans father.

    • Headmistress
      Posted March 28, 2018 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      Sorry, I don’t recognize it. But I don’t watch k-dramas that have a sad ending, and this one sounds kind of makjaeng.

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