W aka W – Two Worlds (2016)
starring: Lee Jung-suk, Han Hyo-joo, Jung Yoo-jin, Lee Tae-hwan, Kim Eui-sung
I had been wanting to watch this since it was being released and did not know why I delayed to do so. It was so interesting! The show starts us out in a story about a young man who won a gold medal for shooting in the Olympics. When he is convicted of a crime of murdering his own family a few years later, the story quickly switches over to a woman who is training to become a doctor. Shortly after (in the first episode), she gets sucked into her father’s manhwa (comic book). For a long time she has enjoyed the stories in his long extended series called W. Basically two worlds have now collided which has led to some real life situations. This was a unique take for certain about dimensions, love, speculation, family devotion, and a lot of drama.
content: a bunch of blood and some violence that is not explicit, someone tries to kill themselves, kissing, some sexual innuendos, a woman is presumably naked (though we don’t see any of it other than her shoulders), scary imagery (not for kids), and some bad language (mainly the ba word)
Legend of the Blue Sea (2017)
starring: Jeon Ji Hyun, Lee Min-ho, Lee Hee-joon, Shin Hye-sun, Shin Won-ho, Sung Dong-il , Lee Ji-hoon, Shim Yi-young
Hello tears. I don’t think I have shed over a show since sobbing over Goblin (remember, it took me a few months before I could even watch a show afterwards). Tears means higher ratings.
Think The Little Mermaid meets Korean folklore brought to modern day life. It is all included in this beautiful story. A mermaid (who’s shoulders are the only thing bare on her) is caught by a lord of power in ancient Korea. A young officer is the only one who shows her kindness. They have a story that unfolds throughout the entire show.
Fast forward to today, there is a con artist man who is gaining wealth from people using some unique tactics. He meets some girl who can’t speak and seems to find himself constantly helping her out. Although this is just the first episode, there is so much depth (and hilarity) throughout the entire story! I laughed so many times while watching this. The leading lady made me laugh a lot in My Love From Another Star too! The way the two leads worked together was brilliant.
content: some bad language, deceit, torture assumed, some blood and crime activities including murders, a woman’s bare shoulders are shown regularly, a young woman is living in the same home as a guy (never any signs of sex, but they are in bed fully clothed and covered)
While You Were Sleeping (2017)
starring: Lee Jung-suk, Bae Suzy, Lee Sang-yeob, Jung Hae-in, Ko Sung-hee, Kim Won-hae
I know, I keep watching so many shows with Lee Jung-suk, but his acting is amazing and he is always in the best stories. In this show, the leading lady has dreams that tell the future. They are always coming true. She tries to warn people about things that might even kill them, but something always happens anyway. It gets too upsetting for her when they happen more frequently than ever.
When she comes in contact with her neighbor across the street, it turns out he ends up having a really horrific dream about her that scares him so much that he starts to try to watch out for her. He wants to stop his dream from coming true. In doing this, the two of them end up having their paths crossing regularly. They truly want to help others and one another and end up forming a great bond.
This was really sweet and had funny parts to it too. I feel badly because I saw another show that Suzy was in that ended a few months ago, which I did not enjoy enough to post about on my blog (there are several I don’t mentioned here, unfortunately). She makes up for it in this! She’s also has come a long way since Dream High!
content: kissing, murder, deceit, kidnapping, bad language, and blood shown
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2017)
starring: Lee Sung Kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk, Cho Hye Jung, Choi Moo Sung, Kyung Soo Jin, Ahn Kil Kang, Jang Young Nam, Lee Joo Young, Lee Jae Yoon
I love learning about the underdog sports that people in the US don’t necessarily think of as sports when asked about favorites. The two main characters in this show are a weightlifter and a swimmer. Each of them have their own passions for their sport and have their own difficulties. They also knew each other in their childhood and come face to face with remembering the other.
What I absolutely love about this is that it shows how easy and natural it is for people to fall in love with their best friend or someone they’ve known since childhood. This was the most affectionate series I have seen which I appreciate because it reminded me of how my husband and I first acted around each other once we started dating after being friends for a while.
I think the only problem I have with this series is that they make it seem like the main character, in being a weight lifter, is not really pretty and as if she is chubby when she really is thin but they put a little bit of padding on her but she still looked so thin that way hahahaha. I wish they actually got someone who is naturally muscular and make it more realistic in that sense. They got a beautiful skinny girl instead to play someone who should be thicker. I mean, I have seen real Korean weight lifters who are not skinny!
content: characters get drunk, kissing, some bad language, someone punches another, there is deceit and people doing some mean drama stuff, talk about ghosts, there is talk about eating disorders and about people having children out of wedlock.