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.
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.
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
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.