I've wanted to practice my Korean as I am amazingly rusty which I was sad to find out. Since coming back to the U.K I have had little or no exchange with the language so it became patchy. This has done wonders for me, so in fact this has been a labor of love.
ALL IN (2003)- The absolute original for me. In 2003 i sat and watched it in Seoul as i was already trying to learn the language. Its beauty was so deep that their was no language barrier involved. It spoke to the romantic in you and took you along with it. I then brought it home and made my husband do the same years later. It has the original handsome guy of all in it Lee Byung-Hun and the story is just...oh man your in for a journey but its worth it. It has everything in it. The innocent beauty and the rugged bad boy separated so many times its agonizing but they always find their way back to each other...so many first looks it breaks your heart!!
It is inspired by the life of professional poker player Jimmy Cha and starred Lee Byung-Hun (swooooon) in a story about one mans rise through the fiercely competitive world of casino gambling as he clashes with his rivals over money, success and love. YOU MUST WATCH THIS!
FALLING FOR INNOCENCE - (2015) HOLY PANTS..this one...This one gave me a heavenly muse in the form of Jung Kyung Ho. This guy needs to rule the acting world and pretty fast too. SO versatile a method that you feel for his anguish and understand his intentions and almost wish for him to find this new life even though he is a complete mentalist arse-hat..But his life is about to change in the form of a loyal and feisty secretary, Kim Soon Jung.
here is the official blurb...
"Can you personality and perspective on life change after getting a new heart? Kang Min Ho (Jung Kyung Ho) has been through a difficult time when his father suddenly died and his fathers company was taken over by his uncle and he was kicked out. But after he undergoes a heart transplant, Min Ho begins to learn what teh meaning of true happiness and love is, especially after he begins to fall for his secretary, Kim Soon Jung (Kim So Yeon). But when Joon Hee (Yoon Hyun Min) also falls for Soon Jung, will Mon Ho have to fight for what he really wants?"
TOMORROWS CANTIBLE - (2014) ...one word...ORABANG!!!!
This is one of the most amazing feel good TV shows i have ever watched. Its absolutely bat shit insane but scores a home run for the nerds and eccentric gals like us out there!
Here is the blurb bit!
"Yoo-Jin (Joo Won) is a university student majoring in piano. He has a world famous pianist father, exceptional music talent and attractive appearance, but his one weakness is that he can't ride in an airplane or boat due to a childhood trauma. Because of his phobia, Yoo-Jin is unable to travel to Europe to learn conducting even though he badly wants to become a conductor.
One day, Yoo-Jin gets drunk and falls asleep on the doorstep of Nae-Il (Shim Eun-Kyung). She lives next door to Yoo-Jin. The next morning, he wakes up and finds himself in a room full of trash and he sees Nae-Il. Nae-Il falls in love with him and follows him around. Nae-Il is also a piano major and takes lessons from Professor Ahn Gun-Sung (Namgung Yeon). Yoo-Jin is soon assigned to take lessons from Professor Ahn Gun-Sung as well. His arrogance has led him to take lessons from Professor Ahn Gun-Sung rather than Professor Do Gang-Jae (Lee Byung-Joon) who is renown for instructing many famous pianists. Professor Ahn Gun-Sung then assigns Yoo-Jin to perform a piano duet with Nae-Il. At first, Yoo-Jin insists that Nae-Il follows his instructions, but he soon changes and accepts her way to play the piano.
Yoo-Jin then hears that world-famous conductor Franz Stresemann (Baek Yoon-Sik) will be coming to his university. Yoo-Jin is ecstatic, because he can learn from Franz Stresemann without going to Europe. Yoo-Jin is unaware though that Franz Stresemann dislikes his father and his famous childhood musical instructor Vieira."
HEIRS - (2015) Ok so we are starting at the back here. This was the first in what has become a solidified full on love affair with Lee Min Ho for me. If you start here BEWARE..it will probably end that way for you too. That boy can do the teary eyed, good haired ass kicking sad-face like NO ONE...NO ONE!!!...but seriously the hair..
Min Ho plays Kim Tan, a privileged spoilt boy exiled by his family for being a bastard in a power play war. He is sent abroad where he comes across a fellow Korean girl who finds herself stranded. He puts his guard down and falls for her and whilst she knows that as she is poor she should remember her place and stay away but often dreams of the days she spent with him in the states. As fate has it her mother is the housemaid of his mother in Korea and they soon find themselves back in each others lives when he is called back to Korea by his father, Destined to be together they need to break down the walls put their by their social standings and families. Its a beautiful story played beautifully by the now well seasoned Lee Min Ho.
A great young cast brought this together and it also introduced me to Kim Woo-Bin who is on my "watch" list now. you will love it.
AND MIN-HO HAS AMAZING HAIR!
BOYS OVER FLOWERS - (2009) The original was Japanese but for me..this is the upmost Korean Drama there will ever be. Its life changing and yes once again it has Lee Min Ho in. Hair not so great this time but those sad ass kicking eyes are out.
“Boys Over Flowers” is one of the biggest Korean drama hits of our time, sweeping ratings and awards across Asia in 2009 and 2010. This Korean take on the popular Japanese manga of the same name tackles complex issues involving outcasts, socio-economic disparity, family, love and friendship. Jan Di is my inner spirit animal and i will adore her forever! She is an average girl whose family owns a dry cleaning store located near the luxurious and well-known Shin Hwa High School.
"After saving a boy from jumping off the roof of Shin Hwa High School, Jan Di is admitted into the school on a swimming scholarship. At school, Jan Di tries to avoid confrontation with the four richest and most spoiled boys known as the F4, because she knows what happens to those that stand up against them. However, when Jan Di's friend, Oh Min Ji, accidentally gets ice cream on the F4 leader’s shoes, she is forced to declare war on the leader of the F4, Goo Joon Pyo. What will happen, though, when she falls in love with someone from the F4 and Goo Joon Pyo starts developing feelings for her, too? Will the love triangle disrupt the F4 and change their lives forever? "
Lets take a moment to talk about Gu Joon Pyo. Oh my goodness, this poor bunny. You will attach yourself to him whole heartily for all his flaws you understand why they are there especially with his bitch mother. Jan Di comes to adore him and fight for him and if they had more time you would have seen the ending we all know would happen. Still worth the journey though..BEAUTIFUL!
FAITH - (The Great Doctor 2012) Brings us on to our next Lee Min Ho outing. A perido Drama set 700 years ago in Goryeo.
"A modern-day surgeon is kidnapped and taken back 700 years to the Goryeo Dynasty in Korean history. Admiral Choi Young, a warrior, abducts Dr. Eun Soo and returns to his time period so that the doctor can save the injured Princess No Guk. Can Dr. Eun Soo do what is being asked of her and return to her own time period? Or will she have faith in her heart and stay in the past to help the king become a better ruler who cares for and heals his people?"
An amazingly heart warming story that grabs all the comedy of the 20th century and combines it with the beauty of the Goryeo dynasty. The set, costumes and actors are absolutely sublime and the fight sequences are outstanding. This is a great little watch and in my opinion miles better then outlander...plus..Lee Min Ho hair is back to amazeballs quality.
City Hunter (2011) - Ok, so don't get sad this is out last Lee Min Ho for a while as that guy is BUSY! but..you will all be pleased to know..the hair is on form as is the action sequences and script.
If your a fan of the comic you will know City Hunter and whilst it isn't strictly sticking to canon its a great start for him. Lee Min Hos future as an action star has to be complete in this as we await the Bounty Hunter film due this year.
"This intense, beautifully shot romantic thriller loosely based on a manga of the same name by Tsukasa Hojo, is a revenge drama done right. In 1983, 21 South Korean military operatives are sent into North Korea on a secret mission. After completing their mission, they are executed by their own side in a government cover-up. The sole survivor, Lee Jin Pyo, watches as his closest friend dies beside him. Taking his friend's son under his wing, Jin Pyo raises him as his own and trains him with one goal: to take revenge on the men responsible for this massacre. Some twenty years later, a brilliant young man joins the international communications team of the Blue House (Korea's White House). Lee Yoon Sung has but one mission in mind: to find and bring down the five men responsible for the murder of his father. To do so, he must hide his identity and fighting skills to infiltrate the government. During his quest for revenge, however, he also enacts justice, and is given the nickname City Hunter by the populace, who knows only of a shadowy figure exposing corruption in their city. Torn between his surrogate father's drive for vengeance and the innocent girl he loves, Yoon Sung must fight to survive, and choose the path he will take."
I still have so much to get through but for now, if you looking for a new addiction you MUST try out these listed above!