Boys Over Flowers – 2009

17 07 2011

So what is the appeal? What made millions of us fly into a tizzy over this series? I am in the process of re-watching it and I can honestly say that it still remains a mystery. Yet I am still drawn to it and continue to wish for things about the series because you do become so invested in the characters. Lee Min Ho just draws you in, but after 3 episodes I know he hasn’t even really begun to work his magic.

I asked a friend of mine to watch it as well, so she just started and I am hoping her objective opinion will give me some new insights into this crazy crack addiction we call BOF.

Episode 4…. Now we are getting somewhere.  They say goodbye to Ji Hoo, but we get to say hello to some quality time with Jun Pyo.  WooHoooo!  Just minutes into the episode he does the beloved scene of leaning toward Jan Di at the car and telling her some unheard statement.  Oh to know what he said!! Love this and basically my feeling is that if you make it to this point in the series, buckle your seat belt because you won’t be able to stop now.

As we leave episode 4 how could it get better, oh yes, how about a romantic “save me” moment to start ep 5 followed by a scenario all women dream of… being taken first on a shopping spree than a private jet whisks you and your best friend away to a beautiful paradise.  We won’t mention the weird choice of clothing for both Joon Pyo or Jan Di… ha.

While in Caledonia we get to enjoy the beautiful scenery and I love the tension that builds between the characters.  Let’s try and erase the image of the volleyball scene.  Not only are the outfits beyond bad, but clearly this wasn’t any of the boys better sports.

Oh the betrayal – how could Jan Di or Ji Hoo do that to Jun Pyo?  I was ready to throttle them both into the ocean.

Ji Hoo and Jan Di date…. I love the expression on Hyun Joong’s face when he gets dissed on his kiss attempt.  Perfect.  Ha.

By episode 7 things are finally all working out and then Jan Di starts avoiding Jun Pyo… why?

In episode 9 we finally get the kiss we have been waiting for… Jan Di finally doesn’t turn away.  Geesh about time.

The best kiss of the entire series comes in ep 10 in the street.  I love Lee Min Ho’s walk.  Makes me want to rip off his coat.

Then we get to the modeling stuff… ugh!  I wish they would have skipped this, but whatever…

Basically, you really get caught up, but things start to unravel to some extent in the second half of the series.  Though I continued the addiction in full force, I wished for more with every episode.

And here is the biggest gripe, I hate the ending.  why… why…why… they could have just had her and him have one happy moment in the end to finish a beautiful story, but no… she slowly creeps to him on the beach.  This ridiculously handsome, wealthy man that has been waiting 4 yrs comes with ring in hand and you just smirk.  Ugh!! why couldn’t they have given me something, anything, but no.  Just this stupid scene.

Anyway, overall this is an addictive series and the best of the Jap, Taiwanese or Korean versions… I have seen both Hana Yori Dango and Meteor Garden.  Each series has its strengths.  BOF has the best male lead though HYD’s Matsumoto would be a close second, he has that same odd appeal.  My favorite female lead goes to HYD, Makino is my favorite female lead of the three by far.  She is totally adorable and by far the least annoying.  Even Meteor Garden has some fun features and I the best theme song, but of the three it gets the most slow and is more outdated.

As one of the first series I watched it definitely solidified my love of k-dramas ad despite quite a few missteps it still sits relatively high on my favorite Kdramas of all time list.





Stairway to Heaven – 2003

19 06 2011

I know I am going way back with this one, but it was on several other peoples Best K Drama lists.  So I dove in one warm evening, wishing I had the new episodes of Greatest Love, but whatever, I was pleasantly surprised the first episode was filled with such evil characters I couldn’t help but be a bit mesmerized.   The classic retelling of Cinderella even more so than Shining Inheritance.  The second episode really excited me because I thought Yes!  Cinderalla should have had a 2nd man in it.  A good but disconnected step brother that connected to Cinderella and one who helped to save her too.

I loved the characters all played by their young counterpart… Park Shin Hye (of YB fame) Baek Sung Hyun, and Lee Wan.  I was less excited by the adult version of the characters.  My least favorite was Choi Ji Woo as Jung Suh.  She screamed entirely toooooo much.  By the 10th episode she seriously made me want to turn it off.  As compassionate as I felt for her, I just couldn’t take her constant screaming.  Shin Hyun Joon as Tae Hwa was interesting, but he has such a unique look and feel that he didn’t seem to match the younger version I already had fallen for.  It wasn’t until the end of the series that he really came back around for me and I really liked him.  Kwon Sang Woo as Song Ju was great and seemed to match up to his youth version most closely.

I feel like I spent too much time with the childhood version of these characters, so I wanted the adult versions to match up.  I found it distracting the entire series and really frustrating, especially with Jung Suh… they can’t use Park Shin Hye who is so distinct and then replace her with a girl that doesn’t have the same look and feel.  Argh!!!

Plus this was made in 2003 so I don’t know if that is why, but the other two big huge complaints would be that….

1.  They needed to edit…. Seriously the chase or find scenes were way, way too long.  I could go to the bathroom and make a meal before someone would find someone they were looking for.  They had a flashback or 3 every episode…. argh.  I could go on and on and on.  I’ve never fastforwarded through as much of a series as I did this one.  Now that may lead you to the question, then why didn’t you just stop watching?  Well, because I did want to know how it would turn out.  Seriously the first few episodes were so good that you couldn’t just walk away from the characters, but at the same time, I kept wishinng this series was like 12 episodes rather than the torturous 20.

2.  Lots of bad technical stuff.  I counted atleast 5 times that the boom mics were visible.  Really, this is rank amateur stuff.

Overall, I can see why people liked this, and yes it is emotional, whether you want to be involved or not, I cried buckets of tears through this series.  But in the end, I wish I hadn’t started it…. way too sad, way too long, and way miscast!

Grade: D





My Girlfriend is a Gumiho – 2010

30 05 2011

Aka.. My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox,  내 여자친구는 구미호or  Nae Yeojachinguneun Gumiho is the latest from the Hong Sisters.  After their last show, You’re Beautiful, I had high expectations.  That is probably terribly unfair to this cute and fun show.   This was light hearted fair and didn’t have me racing to the next episode, but I did enjoy the series and once again loved Lee Seung Gi, although he was better near the end and showed more depth both as a character and an actor.  I got a little tired of his cute good guy act and can’t wait for him to eventually take a role that really shows his acting chops.

This is the first time I’ve seen Shin Min Ah although I had heard of her from the T.O.P. girlfriend rumors awhile back.  She is very cute and though I grew to like her I wasn’t blown away by her as an actor or character.  I think she could have gone farther with the scary Gumiho stuff, but kept it all pretty tame and he big cry scene made me cringe instead of cry, but she is very cute and had some definite charm.

No Min Woo, of Pasta fame also had his second showing for me here.  It was great to see him in an expanded role and he was cute as ever. I can’t lie, he made Hyun Joong seem like an actor of depth and deep feeling, so wooden isn’t even strong enough but occasionally you could just glimpse something beneath the surface that gives me lots of hope for future roles.  I could never totally get a handle on who he was in this drama, not really a second man, not a villian.  Maybe he didn’t know either and that is why he just stood with a hollow look most of the time.  And he is much more attractive when he shakes off the perfect structure of hair and makeup and you can actually see him as a person come through.  Anyway, here’s hoping to see more of him in the future.

My favorite character was Sung Dong Il, as the director.  He was hilarious and super funny.

If you like Hong Sisters dramas, you will no doubt like this too.  It was cute and enjoyable, probably just a notch under Sungkyun Kwan Scandal for me.  It just felt like the Hong Sisters hadn’t quite thought through who these characters were and what they were bringing to the story rather than it being story driven with some cute moments and characters thrown in. Overall Grade B.





The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry – 2010

28 05 2011

It took me a really long time to finish this series, which frankly is never a good sign.  I thought it would be a light Korean version of Sex and the City or friends type genre, but it just wasn’t that fun. Basically 3 single women and a small cast of men that weren’t that impressive either.  Frankly I would take the guy from episode 1 that proposed to her.

Kim Bum of Boys Over Flowers fame starred in this and though he was likeable he didn’t do much for me.  Actually he should have, I loved his dark brooding wardrobe and style, but he just misses it for me.  He reminds me of an American Keanu Reeves, kinda rat like eyes.  His face is too tiny, I prefer a man with big broad features, more the jumong variety.

Anyway, though I know lots of people really liked this series but for me it barely registered a meh.  Plus I’m an old fashioned girl, so I wasn’t crazy about the May/December romances.

I’d give it a 4 out of 10 and tell you to skip it.





White Tower – 2007

19 03 2011

I just finished the 1st eight episodes of White Tower and was totally into this heavy medical drama.  It was at times riviting and at times a bit slow, but overall I am enjoying it!  Basically any series that has Kim Myung Min (of Beethoven Virus) and Lee Sun Gyun (of Pasta, My Sweet City, & Coffee Prince) as the leads is a winner for me.  I love both of these actors and if you have read my comments on any of the series they are in I have no trouble going on and on about them.  I have only seen Kim Myung Min in Beethoven Virus so I have a lot of respect for him after seeing him in another role and completely embodying it.  He was more dynamic in White Tower but just as commanding.  Lee Sun Gyun was more muted and this wasn’t my favorite role for him.  Even his glorious voice made little impact here.

In the first 8 episodes they complete an entire story and left me very satisfied, but just at that moment of comfort they flip the script and make my Dr. Jang the arrogant bad guy.  Noooooo, I don’t want him to be the bad guy.  Oh you writers, how could you do that and then you want to flip the script again….. argh!!!!

Overall, this was a good medical/legal drama; almost no romance, and very little humor but gritty and enthralling.  I would give this a solid B.

So here is my big complaint though!  argh!  I hated Dr. Lee’s daughter, I was annoyed by her political activism, basically a spoiled rich girl that wants to fight for the poor.  boo hooo, whatever.  She pushed that girl into the lawsuit but herself had nothing to lose if they failed, which you know initially they did and it tore up that family.  She kept pushing and kept pushing Do Young, Dr. Yeom and Nurse Yoo.  The victim should have settled, she would have won a monetary settlement and everyone else would have been spared the emotional distress of the courtroom battle.  I know – maybe it isn’t right to feel that way because her husband did die a horrible death and it was completely due to negligence, but oh I wanted to hit her and her stupid hair and tooth.  argh!

Here’s an adorable clip of KMM with his family, his son is beyond cute!





Queen of Reversals 2010

16 03 2011

I made several entries as I watched this series; so here they are all together.  Definitely big, huge spoilers included so if you don’t want to know what happens, stop reading now.  

I just watched the first episode of the Queen of Reversals and I really liked it.  For a 1st episode it moved fast, drew me in and kept me interested.  Jung Jun Ho from IRIS was really cute, even though I liked him in Iris I wasn’t head over heels for him, but I liked him immediately in this series.  Kim Nam Joo the lead was interesting, I am totally intrigued by her nude color lipstick.  Looks great on her, makes me want to run out and buy a tube, but I doubt it would look good on me.  I have not seen Queen of Housewives, but will add to my list and have read that you don’t need to have seen it to enjoy this series.  Chae Jung Ahn from Coffee Prince was evil in the first episode and I already love seeing her out of the nicey nice role she played in Coffee Prince.  Though the first few episodes were hardly unpredictable and had many of the expected twists and turns… but what has made this special so far is that what can take another series a whole season takes place in an episode or two…so far I’m loving it.  About time we mention Park Shi Hoo!  I have seen him in Il Jimae and What Planet are you from.  He was a bit flat in both roles, but some excellent eye candy.  I am looking forward to seeing him in a meatier role and seeing if he has acting chops.

Okay, things slowed down for a bite, but are starting to heat back up by episode 7.  My next stop is episode 16 – okay…. so the dance routine by Park Shi Hoo, um can I just say omo…. I was equal parts embarrassed, laughing, and thoroughly attracted to him all in the same moment.  I’m still embarrassed thinking about it upon reflection now… I almost could have been okay, but the shirt rip at the end, almost did me in.. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.  Maybe this is a lost in translation thing (and don’t get me wrong, he looked hot) but wow… I’m not sure that translated well, was it supposed to be funny?  Plus I can’t stop myself, of course, he looked like Rain and danced to Usher, so I’ve decided to call him Rusher… ha, ha, ha…

Kim Chang Wan, who plays the guy with cancer is awesome!! His performance was so touching and endearing.  He was also in Il Jimae and he is also in White Tower, which I am watching now.  Just love this guy, character actor and can completely change from role to role.

Okay, so not to be so brief on such a long series, but it was really good.  I loved all the main actors, loved the supporting actors, loved the villains, loved it!  The story was cohesive and didn’t trail too far off course – yes it had some slow points and meandered near the end for awhile, (you could tell the series went on extension) they were stretching for all they could and then the last episode seemed weirdly sped up.  They jump a year and plop the whole back story of that year on you in the first few minutes.   Plus I really thought that Tae Hee and Jun Soo were going to end up together.  Not that I didn’t want her with Yong Shik, I guess it isn’t often that you see a series in Korea or America where the initial couple seem like they are going to get back together for 30 episodes and then they don’t.  But I have to say it was refreshing to see the #2 guy actually get the girl.  I guess that expectation in the back of my head made it a little hard to really be happy for Tae Hee and Yong Shik in the end.  I needed more closure earlier for Tae Hee and Jun Soo; before the very last episode would have been nice.  I was fairly confused with the first few minutes of that last episode.  And Yeo Jin should have ended up with that cop, he was cute and he spoke such good english.  They could have introduced someone new for Jun Soo.   Whatever, it was fine, everyone was happy.  That being said and despite all the good things about it, it just fell a little flat for me.  Overall it was a great cast and a good story; started out stronger than it finished.  Grade – B+
P.S. I personally thought Park Shi Hoo was great as a lead.  Totally engaging, can’t really comment on his acting because he is so stinking cute who cares.  I would gladly sign up for another 31 episodes of him ;-O  and I also want to mention that Kim Nam Joo is one lucky girl, she is married to Kim Seung Woo, the hot guy who played the North Korean in IRIS… wow, they make a blistering couple.  Anyway, I also realized that I never posted my comments on IRIS, so I am pulling those out and trying to finish them up as well.





Playful Kiss 2010

24 11 2010

Playful Kiss is a remake or based on a previous Japanese version called Itazura na Kiss (1996) and was preceded by It Started with a Kiss which was the Taiwanese version (2005).  The Korean version stars Kim Hyun Joong (SS501 & BOF) and Jung So Min.

So I will confess that I couldn’t help but have a “thing” for Kim Hyun Joong after BOF.  I have to make excuses so here goes… BOF was one of the first k-dramas I watched and so I guess I was just surprised to see such a good looking cast.  We all know it wasn’t like an amazing drama or great acting, but I was the typical addict.   I laughed when I saw the first F4 scene, who are these silly looking boys, but then it happened that magical draw I still can’t explain.  Kim Hyun Joong, was so wooden in that role, but irresistably cute that I guess most people either loved him or hated him.  After BOF I saw Hyun Joong in We Got Married (some of the episodes) and various interviews, commercials and SS501 stuff and he is a really interesting personality.  After the BOF success I didn’t like that he seemed a little too overexposed and a bit full of himself, so I was ready to be critical of him in this role.  That being said, despite a wooden performance and a lot of one note – I still liked him (darn it!) and really liked that he seemed more comfortable with the romantic lead stuff (minus the honeymoon scene).  What is it about Hyun Joong that pulls you in?? argh!!!

Okay, beyond that, what really saved this series for me was Jung So Min and many of the supporting cast.  Jung So Min was so cute and engaging and lovable even when I thought her character was being stupid I was still pulling for her.  I just liked her and her acting helped Kim Hyun Joong as well.

Lee Si Young, who was the friend that was obsessed with Jun Pyo in Boys Over Flowers is the 2nd girl in this series and she was hard to recognize because she is much thinner.  I just want to add here that she may be a lot thinner, but I think it took something away from her, she was less attractive here than in BOF.  She was a good 2nd girl though and I liked that her ending was a happy one.

The 2nd man was Joon Gu played by Lee Tae Sung and he is awfully cute.  I didn’t love who they matched him with in the end, but he was great as the 2nd man and I can’t wait to see him in a different role.

And could the mom be cuter?!?! She was awesome! Love her and she’s gorgeous.

I have read criticism for the teddy bear scenes (being similar to Goong), but I think if they work than they can become a trademark for that writing team or director or whomever is responsible.  I liked it and it didn’t bother me at all that it had been done before, still cute.

By episode 12 I am tired of the dick act from Baek Seung Jo.  Where did the spark go?   Though I know no one in their right mind would -you could almost skip ep 7-12… Then things get back on track…

The honeymoon… – seriously-… I don’t care how much you have had to drink nor if the neighbors are over late, aren’t you going to get things “done” if you are newly married.  Whatever… when they finally make it to the bed… hmmm.  My feeling is it could have been hotter.  The matching jammies though cute, were a damper to the hot aspect and though the other kisses were totally hot and made Hyun Joong look like he knows what he is doing, the actual bed scene was weak, maybe it was the way they shot it but I loved his line, “I can’t wait any longer” but I just didn’t feel the heat… The rain scene was so good that I’ll let this slide though.

Two final notes… Regarding the hair… Kim Hyun Joong, started out straight – for me this was a nod to the BOF’s look, then went curly, cute but a bit too curly for me… maybe if he was a run your hands through your hair kind of guy I would like it better… but in the end was the best, he wore it in between, straight but not as perfect.  And finally, if you really liked the series or either of the leads YouTube has additional short episodes on line.  They are cute and give a slightly warmer side to the dick that is Baek Sung Jo.

Overall Grade B+ – wasn’t a deep story with many layers, but I like that it was just about this couple getting together and wasn’t distracted by too much other plot.





Jumong or Chumong K drama 2006

23 10 2010

I am apparently stuck in 2006.  Just finished Jumong and already started Playful Kiss and Goong (which was also released in 2006).  But let’s stay on track…

Jumong is a sweeping historical drama and one for a fan of the genre not to be missed.

What was good!

1.  The lead actors and many of the supporting actors were excellent.

Song Il Guk(Kuk) who plays Jumong is awesome.  He did a nice job aging through the project.

Han Hye Jin, formerly of Be Strong Geum Soon, was wonderful as the female lead.

Song Ji Hyo, who plays Jumong’s wife was also very good, she is also in Goong so 2006 was a busy year for this girl.

2.  The sweeping historical story was interesting and frustrating and kept me yelling (in my head) at the characters.  I could have used some more Hae MoSu because his character drew you in and held you and basically he was (spoiler alert) blind and dead before I was ready for him to go.  His scenes with Lady Yuhwa were the most romantic of the series.  I also hated and loved Emperor Kumwa.  For those of you who have already seen this series you know what I mean.  I was so ticked at him for being a wuss and not just choosing to stand with Jumong.  I hated him for killing Lady YuhWa and letting Tae So get away with killing Hae MoSu.  Argh!!! But in the end I felt so much compassion for him and cried when he died.

What wasn’t as good…

1.  Won Ki Joon, or Prince YounPo.  I hate to say this because I did like him, but he should be in American soaps for sure.  He used that singular “something” smells bad expression so much I couldn’t help but laugh.  Totally reminded me of Joey in Friends when he talks about his method acting.  And truthfully I got bored of Tae So being somewhat one note as well.

2.  I don’t know if it is even fair to say this, but it is long… really, really long.  It felt like 4 seasons or chapters and really a viewer could stop at any one of those points and watch something lighter and then come back to it, but I didn’t know that and I think at some point around episode 50-60 it started feeling long.  There were definite times when it dragged or too much set up, but you always knew it was bringing you somewhere else.

3.  Biggest Complaint – No Romance!!! As I mentioned before the scenes between Hae Mo Su and Lady Yuhwa were as hot as it got and that wasn’t enough for me.  Especially when you consider the hot poster shot between JuMong and So Suh No which is part of what got me interested in the series.  But there wasn’t much chemistry really shown between them.  More in the beginning, but I would have liked to see them with some tension and chemistry.

Park Kyoung Hway played Bu Bun No, one of the soldiers who switches from Puro to Tamul Army and I swear he is Lee Seo Jin (the lead from Lovers) twin brother.  When he first appeared I had to look it up to find out if Lee Seo Jin was in this.  Does anyone else think they are secret twins?  or is it just me?

Overall this was a great series, I would highly recommend it to any historical drama lovers!  The story does suck you in and you spend so much time with the characters that you get really frustrated and emotionally moved by them.  I give this an A-, the minus because it can drag, some soap opera acting and not enough romance.

I know this is a short commentary for such a long series, but really there is no way to really tackle this series without just watching it, but I welcome any comments to open discussion on the series.





Lovers – K drama 2006

4 10 2010

Sorry I have been MIA for awhile.  I am currently watching Jumong, at ep 51 right now.

But to Lovers… hmmm, well….

Lovers

Lovers

My first impressions were not so good… I’m not into the super beefy build of lead male (Lee Seo Jin) and I wasn’t really attracted to Kim Jung Eun the female lead either.  The 2nd man on the show though is the Music exec from You’re Beautiful, Jung Chan.

I’m in ep 5 and though I wasn’t sure in the beginning and of course, I don’t know where this is headed, but this feels like it has a lot of potential.  I really liked how Mi Joo (Kim Jung Eun) already told Sae Young (Jung Chan) that she wouldn’t see him because she didn’t want to get involved between the two of them.  So far it has my attention.

I’m to ep 17 and unfortunately I am over the lead actress, her eyes bug me and geez could they be more watery.  She hardly actually cries, they just pool in her eyes.  Weird… just really weird, take for example Kim Kyu Ri as Park Yu Jin, she is beautiful – doesn’t have weird eyes and when she cries the tears actually fall naturally out of her eyes.  I actually really liked her in this series.  Speaking of like… the male lead (Lee Seo Jin) has actually grown on me and I didn’t think that was possible.  But overall this late in the series, I am wishing it was 16 episodes or maybe 12 considering the parts that I cared about or was interested in could have been wrapped up in 12 episodes.

Okay, so I finished the series, I think the last ep was a blur, I just wasn’t interested anymore, I didn’t even care if they got together.  Totally wishing that Kang Jae would go back to Yu Jin, atleast she is pretty when she cries.

Grade C-

Gossip – So the two leads, Lee Seo Jin and Kim Jung Eun dated after the filming for approx 2 yrs.  This is just from var sources and rumors, so not official, but here goes what I heard.  Basically Lee Seo Jin called her out of the blue one day and broke up with her.  Then Kim Jung Eun got on some talk show and said that it was like taking a bullet, she didn’t see it coming at all and was really upset.  Lee Seo Jin went to China or somewhere for several months and then came back.   Rumors that he broke up with her because his mother didn’t approve, but who knows.  Seems like the sentiment is that many Koreans are upset with Lee Seo Jin, but frankly I’m glad he is moving on.  Pretty crying is essential for a long term relationship. Ha!





Beethoven Virus 2008

29 08 2010

Beethoven Virus starring Kim Myung Min, Jang Geun Suk, and Lee Ji Ah

A different type of series, more about the story as a whole, and less relationship based.  If you love Classical music or any of the leads this is probably worth watching.  Kim Myung Min was amazing as the lead and his performance excellent.   The series undulated for me in the sense that it would build and then wrap up and then start again, build, and wrap up.  I was  disappointed with the ending, as it left a ton hanging.  I was so glad to see Kim Myung Min and he commands the screen when he wants -that was the best part of this series and fun to watch.

Ep. 7 had a good “almost kiss” and by episode 9 I was ready to take up the violin and join an orchestra.  Unfortunately, this series didn’t come to more of a peak for me.  I loved the feel of the world this series created and was really into it for awhile, but it just never got going beyond the middle of the series.

Though I loved Jang Geun Suk in You’re Beautiful and though I casually like him in Beethoven’s Virus, I would hardly notice him in comparison to Kim Myung Min.  It is weird to see how much he paled in any scene to Kim Myung Min.  KMM’s Kang Gun Woo was so powerful and perfect.  He actually reminds me a lot of the role Jang Geun Suk played in You’re Beautiful and anyone would by lying to say JGS didn’t take some inspiration from KMM for YB.   Basically hard and arrogant on the outside, yet warm and yummy inside.  It has been said that Kim Myung Min created a sensation in Korea referred to as Kang Ma Eh Syndrome and earned him fresh acclaim from critics and viewers.  I can believe that and will definitely look forward to seeing him in a different role in future (*update – just started White Tower and am enjoying KMM in the role of a surgeon).

Here are my complaints –

  1. Jan Geun Suk’s Kang Gun Woo started out distant, was not friendly or warm.  But as the series went on he was a total pussy cat.  This seemed like a pretty big inconsistency.  I can’t believe he would ever reject Du Ru Mi in the beginning if you look at his character through the rest of the series.
  2. No payoff – (spoiler alert) Basically there was no big payoff romantically or a showdown between the Gun Woo’s.  Yes, we saw the transformation of Maestro Kang Gun Woo and his performance as I have said repeatedly was amazing, but he never really gave us a payoff with Du Ru Mi, Gun Woo or “the little orchestra that could”.  The scene in the studio where she is laying on the floor was nice, but he didn’t really admit his feelings for her.  This was a bummer, I really liked when he had that moment with Young Kang Gun Woo and hugged him, but they left me hanging with Du Ru Mi she was still losing her hearing and she wasn’t getting any love from the Maestro.. wtf?
  3. Once again I was unfortunately disappointed with the ending.  Though I get the deeper meaning that no matter the adversity the love of the music is the greater purpose, but still I am left feeling like I missed the main course.  I kept thinking that the whole series would lead up to something big that never came. Other than Maestro’s transformation everyone was left in limbo.

So I would give this a grade of B- only because Kim Myung Min’s performance outweighed everything else about this.

Please leave a comment if you have any thoughts on the ending or why in general K dramas often have disappointing endings or if I am just missing something I didn’t get.  Thank you!