Arang and The Magistrate Review

Could have been….

Oh well, what can I say with this drama? Hmmm… This drama could have been one great hit. The story is there, the humor is there, and the characters? OMG! They cast 2 of SK’s finest celebrities. But, what happened?

Based on my point of view, the writers might have tooooooooooooooooo many ideas to fit in a 20-episode drama. The first few episodes are hilarious, then it went drama, romantic, sci-fi, action, thriller, and then what? Well, there’s nothing wrong with using all genres in one drama, but the problem is they were not able to sue them very well. There are loopholes and questions left unanswered everywhere.

The Magistrate’s mother took over almost the entire story. I’m thinking, this is not entitled The Magistrate and His Mother, right? Arang is just peeking in and out of the picture. It’s just so saddening because I really admire South Korea when it comes to complicated twists like web, however in the end, they are able to make clean endings with questions answered and you will just say, “Oh, so that’s why.” Arang and The Magistrate lacks in that sense.

Another thing is the issue of the Jade emperor. Excuse me Yoo Seung Ho. Although I really really like you a lot, I have to be honest with my review!:D His plans and so-called wisdom does not make sense at all. Or should I say, he was not able to justify the wisdom needed for a Jade emperor. Well, it’s not about Yoo Seung Ho in particular, it’s regarding his role. It could have been brilliant!

There’s only one scene that I really love here because it’s so sweet – and that’s when the Magistrate is getting Arang’s measurements. That’s all!;)

I’m not sure what really happened, but seems like the production decided to do this and that. Unfortunately, it didn’t end great.

My rating for this drama is 4.9 out of 10.

Disclaimer: This is just my personal review in Arang and The Magistrate

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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

***

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!:)