You Who Came from the Stars Straight to My Heart

You Who Came from the Stars Review

Before I start writing about my review on this drama, I’ll just let out a little <giggle>. No, a huge one rather!>.< Kim Soo Hyun oppa! Wah!

tumblr_mvws0a7MTu1qkpkkwo1_250 Calm down. Calm down. … …. Okay, I’ll start on my review. Haha! Sorry, I just can’t help it. Whenever I remember something about this drama, it makes me feel all giddy inside. Haha! Here it goes… really. It has been more than a year since I last watched a Korean drama that really made a huge impact on me. It was a medical drama entitled Brain. Seriously, I thought Koreans were running out of good stories to produce. That’s what I thought before I watched this.

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You Who Came from the Star

Let’s start with the cast:

Kim Soo Hyun a.k.a Do Min Joon Do Min Joon I first saw Kim Soo Hyun in Dream High and I didn’t budge about him–not even a bit. I don’t find him charming in that drama. Though, yeah, he’s pretty talented. BUT, it’s different in My Love from Another Star. He’s different. He’s gone matured. Do Min Joon is an alien who came from a far, far away star who’s also gifted with supernatural powers, which he concealed so he can live an unnoticed, normal life as human. He doesn’t want to relate with humans that much because he knows he’ll soon leave anyway. To avoid being questioned because his appearance does not change, he had to fake his death every 10 years. He’s been a scholar, soldier, doctor, lawyer, etc. and lastly a professor. He had acquired great wealth, not to mention the great learning having lived for 400 years. He’s smart. He’s conceited. He’s absolutely good-looking (obviously). He’s every Korean male lead you can ask for. After watching this drama, I really see him as an alien. Lol.

(Trivia: First, I read that it was Kim Soo Hyun who personally called Jun Ji Hyun to accept the role. But actually, as per research, it was actually Jun Ji Hyun who called Kim Soo Hyun to accept the role because they became close in their movie The Thieves. She just called him and said, “let’s do this!” Thank you, Jun Ji Hyun! haha)

Jun Ji Hyun a.k.a Cheon Song Yi Cheon Song Yi Oh I’m such a fan! I actually watched this drama because of her. Cheon Song Yi is Korea’s top star. She started as a child actress until she became the superstar. She’s got the beauty and talent; however, being a top star, she’s gifted with rudeness too. Haha! Having started as a child star, she’s also not that smart, though her dialogs prove her cleverness. She’s a little psychotic, but clever when she has to. Actually, what I loved most about her is that she’s not afraid to make a mess of herself. She’s that confident. That’s why I think she’s just perfect for this role. I couldn’t think of anyone who can do this better than her. (Trivia: I read that the role was really meant for her. The writers/director also couldn’t think of anyone who would fit in the role aside from her. She’s just perfect!)

Park Hae Jin a.k.a. Lee Hwi Kyung Lee Hwi Kyung   Lee Hwi Kyung is probably one of the best third parties out there. He’s neither annoying nor obsessed though it’s clear that he loves Song Yi so much. 15 years of waiting? Isn’t it enough proof that he loves her?! He’s a chaebol, a son to one of Korea’s wealthiest families. He’s a little careless and cool. He’s very kind, but childish. He fell in love with Song Yi when they were still high school students when Song Yi was the only one who did not like him. Song Yi kept on rejecting him, but still, he waited. He remained as a friend while waiting for her.

Yoo In Na a.k.a Yoo Se Mi Yoo Se Mi   I find Yoo In Na pretty cute in Secret Garden and Queen In Hyun’s Man. It suits her very well. So I was a little skeptic when I start seeing her real character as Yoo Se Mi. Yoo Se Mi is Cheon Song Yi’s frenemy—pretending to be Song Yi’s bestfriend, but in fact, she’s a jealous/bitter backstabbing friend. She’s always the supporting cast while Song Yi is the star. Worse is she likes Hwi Kyung from the start. These 2 things caused her envy Song Yi so much. Though, she’s not that annoying here. She’s actually more of a pathetic frenemy, not someone you will hate to the bones.

Story: 400 years ago, a spaceship landed on earth, where a gorgeous alien came from. Upon landing on earth, he saved a 15-year old widow who was about to fall off a cliff. They became friends, but something tragic happened that led to his unwanted stay here on earth. you who came from the star 5 For the past 4 centuries, he tried living a normal life as possible. Though, he does not relate with humans that much because he can’t mix blood with them. Also, for the reason that even the people he helped in the past accused him of this and that once they found out about his supernatural powers. So, he just withdrew.

Finally, the one thing he’s been waiting for years will happen. In 3 months, their spaceship that travels only every 400 years is arriving on earth. Now, he can finally go home—to that faraway star. Until one ordinary day, something that will disturb his peaceful stay on earth happened. Cheon Song Yi, Korea’s top star, moved in next to his apartment.

Cheon Song Yi, oozing with her superstar ego, accused Do Min Joon of being a stalker upon their first meeting. That same night, Song Yi sang aloud (and badly) to release her stress because of her haters and because Do Min Joon has a supernatural hearing power, he heard her even though her unit is sound proofed. He got so irritated that he suddenly went out to scold her. And the war started.

After a series of embarrassing posts on social media, the netizens noticed that she is not going to school although enrolled. It created a huge issue that she was sent to school immediately only to find out that the man she accused of being a stalker is her professor. And this is where THEIR story began. you who came from the star 6 Do Min Joon might not have wanted it (at first), but he was always to the rescue whenever Cheon Song Yi creates a mess (which is usually). He stands as her doctor, professor, lawyer, and her Manager Do. She even lived in his house for a couple of days when this huge issue hits. She’s not aware as well why he’s the first one she thinks of whenever she’s in trouble. Soooo sweet!:) ihuycj When Cheon Song Yi’s life got in danger because of Hwi Kyung’s psychotic brother, this is when Do Min Joon really protects her with his utmost. you who came from the stars At the same time, he was starting to like her. Or did he like her from the start? >.< BUT because he only has 3 months left, he had to avoid the feeling that’s slowly growing between them. Though, what can he do? As his lawyer friend/father figure told him, “I can settle your wealth but not your heart.”>.< So he tried pushing her away, but Song Yi is persistent. I loved Song Yi’s bravery to admit her feelings.:) cheon song yi confession He’s been a ghost bodyguard to her, protecting her even when she doesn’t know it, guarding her even at the risk of his own existence.

Favorite scenes: Jun Ji Hyun is really funny!:D Cheon Song Yi 2 Cheon Song Yi 3 MyLoveFromBigHeadStar3 MyLoveFromBigHeadStar4 you who came from the stars 3 Do Min Joon’s cute moments when he’s tamed by Song Yi.>.< do min joon 3 do min joon 4 do min joon 5 do min joon 7 images (1) The heartbreaking moments.:'( 7Gft9e9 my love from another star 5 you who came from the stars 2 The sweetest moments.>.<

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This, i think, is my most favorite scene ever! Hahah

do min joon 1 images maxresdefault star9-00036 Review: I just love this drama soooo much! The story is just like the combination of many Korean dramas, but they pull all the elements very well. For the cast, shocks! It’s perfect especially Jun Ji Hyun as Cheon Song Yi. I just couldn’t think of anyone who can do this better than her–messing with herself while staying gorgeous is her specialty. tumblr_mze8t1OGAX1rodmblo5_250 About Kim Soo Hyun, they just created another heartthrob in him. He looks really gorgeous in this drama. It’s like that his turning more gorgeous in every episode. I love when he cries moreover when he smirks!>.< You-Who-Came-From-the-Stars-image-you-who-came-from-the-stars-36435713-500-200 What I like most about this drama is the story could be a little childish and monotonous, but they proved me wrong, very wrong. Having an alien as the male lead did not appeal to me at first. Lol I thought there will be a lot of exaggerated special effects and out-of-this world scenes. 😀 This drama excelled in comedy and romance without being too melodramatic. I mean it’s just the right dose, but the feeling is really obvious. How can a young man and a married woman have that kind of amazing chemistry? >.< It seems that they are just so comfortable with each other or they’re just that good. This drama made me think, “oh no Jun Ji Hyun, why did you marry that early?” Also, I believe Kim Soo Hyun has gone matured here. He’s no longer the young guy whom I didn’t notice at Dream High. Haha! Kim Soo Hyun just changed my perspective about aliens.:D

Every episode just keeps on getting better. There’s not a single boring episode. All are hilarious at the same time romantic.:) The ending, of course, they left me asking for more, but they made the ending acceptable. I meant brilliant. I didn’t think of that. Am I the only one who didn’t?:D

The soundtracks are also awesome. I’m listening to them while writing this review. Haha

This Korean Drama is just one of the best. The story may not be that original but they owned it. Kim Soo Hyun is now Do Min Jun oppa and Jun Ji Hyun is now Cheon Song Yi-eonni.:) And most of all, the aliens now are heartthrobs. Haha!

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To end this review, my rating for this drama is 9.9 out of 10. Thumbs-up! Must-watch!:D Goodbye, Manager Do!:'(

kim soo hyun crying Next on the list is the Master’s Sun.:)

Brain – Korean Drama Review

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Brain! Brain! Brain! You just occupied my wandering brain that wanted to rest. 🙂

How do I start writing about this fantastic drama? I couldn’t think of the exact word to describe this one. Anyway, to start with, we just finished our project at work so I’m a glorious bum for an entire week.:) After an exhausting project, I managed to have my free time to enjoy my favorite hobby – and that’s watching Korean dramas. Too bad I ran out of dramas to watch. Actually, I’m a bit disappointed with Korean dramas nowadays, some are just incomparable to their previous works. I browsed for some good dramas, but couldn’t find any. I’m not in the mood for heavy dramas nor romantic ones. I just wanted something different.

Then I saw this drama so-called Brain. I haven’t heard of it before. The main actor, at first glance, does not appeal to me at all. I tried browsing for the reviews, and I found out that it’s a great work. So… I decided to try it! Anyway, I’ve always been a fan of medical dramas since I really admire doctors. They look smart and neat!lol

Meet The Doctors:

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Dr. Lee Gang Hun, portrayed by the Legendary actor Shin Ha Kyun, is an outrageously arrogant neurosurgeon in Chunha University. He’s a perfectionist, ambitious, but…. a genius young neurosurgeon whom everyone hates. Technically, he is Mr. I-Know-It-Better-Than-Anyone-Else. He is embarrassed of being poor so he neglects his loving mother and sister. He has a past that he wants to cover up with his achievements. Proving he’s the best, he always competes with his fellow doctor and former classmate who was born with everything, Dr. Seo Joon-Suk (Jo Dong Hyeok).

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Dr. Yoon Ji-Hye is a kind and warm-hearted, however a careless neurosurgeon. She is hardworking but often commits errors in her practice. She hates Dr. Lee Gang Hun due to his arrogance. However, as time passes by, she saw Lee Gang Hun as someone who needs help. She tried to help him until she fell in love with him.

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Professor Kim Sang Chul is the best neurosurgeon in South Korea. He’s a great doctor in terms of his skills and his treatment to his patients. He is very kind, which Lee Gang Hun finds as hypocrisy. Like Lee Gang Hun, he has a past that he buried but when he met Lee Gang Hun, all those nightmares start coming back to his life.

Here it goes…

Surprisingly, the first episode already hooked me up. The surgeries are nerve-wrecking! Come to think of it, I am not a fan of bloody things. I just can’t look at it. But because I find this drama really interesting, I swallowed it up and focused my entire attention to it.

The story is just typical. It has neither too complicated twists nor fairy tale romance – it’s plainly about the lives of these surgeons inside the hospital. That’s why this drama is just brilliant. They managed to pin the viewers with its simplicity. Every episode is dragging, you will not get bored. It’s actually fast paced. Issues are here and there, but are solved the next day. I also love that there’s no annoying third party involved.

The music whenever they have a surgery is really heart-thumping. My goodness, I’m even praying that the patient wouldn’t die!lol This is how this drama affects me. What I also love the most is when Dr. Lee prepares for his surgery! He’s really gorgeous when he does that scrubbing thing and when he enters the OR with his hands up. waaaahhhhh!!! Can’t believe a 40 year-old actor would make me feel this way! >.< He is indeed oozing with appeal and intelligence when he’s in his gown. Yes, admit it, he’s not the best-looking Korean actor out there, but his role as a doctor just gave him a hundredfold share of appeal.

I remembered first seeing him in one vampire movie before when he’s a geeky freak (lol you won’t believe it’s also him) and in Welcome to Dongmakgol where…. oh well I barely noticed him there. If I didn’t watch this drama, I wouldn’t have realized it was him. It’s also funny when he flips off his gown to show his arrogance and when he wants to walk to show off.

Aside from those physical facts, I love his wit. But I really hate his arrogance. He’s too ambitious that he can sacrifice his pride for it. Actually he’s already annoying because of his ultra-magnetic-super-sonic arrogance!:D He’s always full of grudge that’s why he seldom smiles. And when he does…. >.<

Out of all these stresses they show inside the hospital, what a breath of fresh air is the slight romance between Dr. Lee Gang Hun and Yoon Ji-Hye. It is very minimal, but sweet and simple. Who wouldn’t want to see how this conceited doctor acts when he’s in love? It’s really cute when he’s pretending not to care and keeping his blossoming feelings inside. >.<

Aside from the romance, applause for the lead actors for delivering such great performances. I admire them because they seem to really study how doctors move. It’s effortless. Anyway, I’ll just mention the performance of Professor Kim Sang Chul and of course, Shin Ha Kyun as Lee Gang Hun. Lee Gang Hun just made me angry, tremble, and cried A LOT! His eyes convey it all since it’s his character to keep his emotions inside. I can feel the pain when that tragic moment (not to spoil) happened. When he cried, I cried the more!lol Also, when he’s being humiliated and he’s trying not to cry, I really pity him. When he screams, I got scared!

I still have a lot of things to say with regard to this drama, but I’ve decided to make it short and leave the rest to those who watched and who will watch this drama. All in all, Brain is fantastic! A masterpiece yet to be uncovered. I just don’t know why this is not so popular. Maybe because it’s not a romantic drama and it has no big stars to start with? Oh well, it’s really a waste not to watch it. Now, this is one of my favorites! Ahm, in terms of medical drama, then this is the best for me.:)

I just wanna tell Shin Ha Kyun, if you can read this… I am now your fan!:D

Great job to all casts and crew of Brain! Applause. I hope there’s a part 2! The ending left me asking for more… 😥

Bye bye Shin Ha Kyun! Till your next work of art!:D

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My overall rating for Brain is 10 out of 10.

The Princess’ Man is… My Man :)

The Princess’ Man Review

Park Shi Hoo’s Excellence

I’ve been seeing the posters of this drama online before I was convinced to watch it. At first I was hesitant. The characters do not seem appealing to me especially Park Shi Hoo. Sorry Park Shi Hoo fans! But like I said, it was before I watched this drama.^_^ Another reason is because of Moon Chae Won. I still can’t forgive her wickedness in Shining Inheritance. lol just kidding!:)

I ran out of Korean dramas to watch that’s how I got convinced by a friend to watch this and to my surprise…

This drama is really beautiful! The first episodes seem not fitting though because of the exaggerated effects they used for a historical drama. Nonetheless, this is indeed a gem.

As far as the story is concerned, The Princess’ Man is like Asia’s Romeo & Juliet. It depicts the very deep passion the main leads have for each other. Their love is just so pure – that thing that would make you wonder if such love really exist…. A love that could conquer everything.

One thing I love about Korean dramas is how they show the process when people fall in love. It’s not always a whirlwind romance. In this drama, they will make you feel how their love developed from a simple crush. It was very sweet and romantic – utterly pure.

The Characters:

I will just review those who made impression on me.:)

Park Shi Hoo is really excellent in portraying his role as Kim Seung Yoo. From the conceited but light character he has, he turned into a real monster with his heart full of hate for those who killed his family. Well, his face tells it all. How he exploded into anger is really excellent. He’s really a great actor, I said. He’ll make you feel when he’s trembling in suppressing his kept anger. Excellent job Park Shi Hoo!:)

Oh, he looks more handsome when he turned into that monster! lol that black-ninja-costume really suits him well than when he’s still a neat professor..:)

*giggles >.<

Moon Chae Won is also surprising in this drama. Oh well, what can I say, it is already given that her character as Lee Se Ryung is really great. How she’s not a damsel in distress who’s always waiting to be rescued and how she is willing to risk even her life for the sake of what is right is really appealing to me. And she portrayed it very well. Good job Moon Chae Won!:)

Last but not the least is Kim Young Chul as Prince Suyang.

lol! I think I was the only one who liked him. Oh well, I don’t like his character, but his performance is really great! How come they’ve come up with the best artists for this drama!? Perfect choices.

Kim Young Chul has really an atrocious character in this drama, but at the same time, he’s a loving father to Lee Se Ryung. How he showed both of these sides, that’s for you to know. That’s why I admired his performance.:)

The Plot:

The Princess’ Man is just a very complicated drama with political obstructions. Those obstructions hinder Se Ryung and  Seung Yoo’s love story since they belong to opposing clans. Their love story is just so painful that I lost a lot of tears watching this drama. 😥 Actually, it took me a long time to get over this drama. I believe even the others were surprised how this drama came up to be that good. As in I wasn’t really expecting anything since I was just watching it as a past time. But I got hooked up to the point that I’m getting angry with the antagonists’ greed for power and how the people and the situation around the leads were also not helping but breaking them apart.

Drama Clips:

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The Soundtrack:

Of course it’s Baek Ji Young, one of Korea’s best singers!:)

You’ll realize how much they love each other more. ❤ This is the english translation to some part of their ost – I Love You, Too

Even when tomorrow comes I love you

I love you more than yesterday

Without being able to express what’s in my heart

Again today I love you

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Even when I see you I miss you

Even when we’re together I’m lonely

I don’t see an end to this one-sided love

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I only love you…

To its entirety, this drama is really awesome. I’m not a fan of tragic dramas but I loved this one, I really do. I would like to watch it again, it’s just that I still have to prepare my heart.lol

So as for you, if you want to watch The Princess’ Man, prepare to cry a lot but fall in love as well.:)

For The Princess’ Man, my rating is 9.9 out of 10. 

That .01 is a deduction for making me cry so hard and for not inserting more happy moments.:)

Anyway, I highly recommend The Princess’ Man!

Saranghae Park Shi Hoo, oppa!:)