Take Care of the Young Lady

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Cast: Yoon Eun Hye | Yoon Sang Hyun | Jung Il Woo | Moon Chae Won

Also known as: 아기씨를 부탁해 (Korean title), Lady Castle, My Fair Lady

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Kang Hye Na (YEH) is the rich young heiress of the Kangsan Group and beloved granddaughter of President Kang. She’s known for being spoiled, ill-tempered, and for constantly firing the butlers that her grandfather hires to watch over her. Seo Dong Chan (Yoon Sang Hyun) used to work at a host club and struggles both with debt and trying to outrun the bad rep chasing him. He lives with his mother’s friend and her daughter, Yeo Eui Joo (Moon Chae Won). He  treasures them as though they were related to him by blood, but Eui Joo has a one-sided crush on him. While hiding from gangsters who want their loan back, he accidentally meets President Kang. Dong Chan suddenly finds himself hired as Hye Na’s new butler.  She tries everything she can to get rid of him, but Dong Chan isn’t moved at all. After knocking down every suitor, Hye Na finds herself knocked down by the suave Attorney Lee Tae Yoon (Jung Il Woo), who hates the spoiled princess type of woman the most. Dong Chan gives her lessons on how to win Tae Yoon’s heart while finding that he himself is being won over by Hye Na.

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My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

Cast: Lee Seung Gi | Shin Min Ah | No Min Woo | Park Su Jin

 Cha Dae Woong (Lee Seung Gi) is a student at an action school, raised by his wealthy grandfather and aunt. While his grandfather would like nothing more than for Dae Woong to marry quickly and give him grandchildren, Dae Woong himself only wants to play! His life changes forever when he visits a shrine and sees a painting of a gumiho (nine-tailed fox), whom a monk tells him was imprisoned there by the Three-god Grandmother. Suddenly there is a thunderstorm, and Dae Woong’s phone runs out of battery. Yet he is startled when a mysterious voice talks to him and tells him to draw nine tails on the fox in the painting. She tells him that she’s the gumiho in the painting, and was released thanks to him! Before he leaves the temple’s grounds, Dae Woong injures himself badly. Sensing his impending doom and wanting to repay him for her freedom, Mi Ho gives him her fox bead, which will keep him alive. He tries to get rid of her, but Mi Ho follows him all the way to Seoul. What will Dae Woong do with a 500-year-old myth following him around and always begging for meat?!

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Marry Me, Mary!

Cast: Jang Geun Suk | Moon Geun Young | Kim Jae Wook |Kim Hyo Jin

Wi Mae Ri (Moon Geun Young) is a young woman living with her widowed father. The two of them spend their time running away from loan sharks, and Mae Ri has even given up university in order to find a job and help her father.  Mae Ri accidentally hits the beautiful indie musician, Kang Moo Kyul (Jang Geun Suk). Meanwhile, an old family friend returns to Korea from Japan and wants to betroth his son, Byun Jung In (Kim Jae Wook) to Mae Ri! Moo Kyul’s ex-girlfriend Seo Joon (Kim Hyo Jin) shows up and becomes the lead actress in Jung In’s drama, but will only be his friend if Mu Kyul is single!

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Secret Garden

Cast: Hyun Bin | Ha Ji Won |Yoon Sang Hyun | Kim Sa Rang

Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin) is the CEO of LOEL Department store and lives a life in want of nothing. To him, everyone else is just that – nothing. His older cousin, Choi Woo Young, is a Hallyu star known as Oska. When Joo Won is asked to pick up an actress for fear of her making a scandal, he makes a mistake and picks up her stunt double Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won) instead. Ra Im is a hardcore Oska fan, but is unaware that he and Joo Won are related. Ra Im wins a romantic getaway with Oska in Jejudo, the location of the music video Oska’s old flame Yoon Seul (Kim Sa Rang) is directing. The cousins and Ra Im make a bet and have a bike race. Ra Im gets lost, and Joo Won goes looking for her. They stumble into a strange restaurant and are given medicinal alcohol that causes them to switch bodies!

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He Who Can’t Get Married

Since childhood, I’ve been alone. I had my own way of doing things and didn’t experience things like loneliness. – Joo Jae Hee

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Starring: Ji Jin Hee, Uhm Jung Hwa, Kim So Eun, Yoo Ah In, Yang Jung Ah

Joo Jae Hee (Ji Jin Hee) is anarchitect in his 40s who hates people and marriage. Only two people outside of his family are able to put up with his insufferable personality: his colleague Yun Ki Ran (Yang Jung Ah), and Park Hyun Kyu (Yoo Ah In), the intern at his office. When he suddenly falls to the floor of his apartment, his pretty new neighbor Jung Yoo Jin (Kim So Eun) takes him to the hospital. There, he meets the docile Dr. Moon Jung Jang, also 40 and unwed. These 5 people are haphazardly thrown together for a hilarious adventure as quirky as Joo Jae Hee himself!

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The Art of Seduction

“Seduction isn’t an art – it’s a science.” – Min Joon

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Starring: Son Yeh Jin, Song Il Gook

If the quote above the picture is the very first line in the movie, why didn’t you name it The Science of Seduction? Anyway, it seemed like an interesting concept, so I decided to check it out. I was very pleased to find Hyun Young in it as well. She was the chick that chased after Dal Gun in Bad Family, and she’s got a very recognizable sort of squeaky voice. Not to mention that her round face gives her a bit of a look. In any case, she’s hilarious. She was ditzy in Bad Family, and she’s a bit spicier as the best friend of the female lead.

Han Ji Won (Son Yeh Jin) and Seo Min-joon (Song Il Gook) are dating gurus. Both have an established and foolproof strategy to make the opposite sex fall for them…and it works every time! But when one sets eye on the other, they are shocked to find that their methods no longer work! The pros have met their match, and now it’s a battle to see who gives up and gives in first!

Ji Won is a private bank accountant, so she deals with rich people all the time. One of her most loyal customers buries his money in his farmland – all the size of football fields. It’s cruel but funny how she leads him on (he has an obvious crush on her, despite being much older). Her method is to act cute and innocent. His method is to portray the tortured widower who needs someone to relieve his pain.

This is true romantic comedy, especially when you get into their heads. Since both have their pride at stake, they imagine this battle of wits as a historical battle between warriors (expect running on water and swordfights!) Though if you asked me, it totally looked like Ji Won had the upper hand. But you know, I like it when I get to witness one half of a couple become hopelessly devoted. There’s a strange and funny twist at the end, too! I dare you to imagine yourselves in that situation and then tell me how you’d feel!

Overall, witty and funny with a pinch of romance without being overtly sweet.

Rating: 3/5

The Beast and the Beauty

The classic tale with a hilarious spin!

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Starring: Ryu Seung Bum, Shin Min Ah, Kim Kang Woo

I don’t know about you guys, but Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie, period.  That being said, it wasn’t hard to figure that I’d love this movie, too. It is perhaps the funniest Asian movie I have seen to date!

Koo Dong-gun (Ryu Seung Bum) is a voice actor who is not exactly ideal in appearance. He lies to his blind girlfriend, Jang Hae-joo (Shin Min Ah) about what he looks like, and she imagines him to be her dashing prince charming. But when she finds a doctor who can give her sight back, hilarity ensues. Hae-joo runs into a policeman named Tak Jun-ha (Kim Kang Woo), who happens to be the high-school friend Dong-gun thought of when describing himself to her. He is embarrased by his true appearance and hides, but will the beast be unleashed when he discovers that Jun-ha has feelings for Hae-joo?

This is tagged as being Romantic Comedy when it’s really more like comedy that happens to be romantic. It’s seriously hilarious. Dong-gun is lovable from start to finish, despite being unconfident in himself. He makes hilarious excuses for not being able to visit Hee-joo. Hawaii was the running theme between them. Also funny is how Dong-gun inadvertently befriends a thug (Ahn Kil Kang) from the gang Jun-ha is after; he is present until the end of the movie, being even more hilarious than Dong-gun himself.

This movie is the type that I will always like, no matter what form in comes in: the type where it is realized that love goes behind physical appearance (among other things). It’s a story where the attractive guy doesn’t get the girl. And I rather like that. Even if the girl manages to be slightly naive, she manages to both be as pure as a Disney princess, but with that familiar firecracker temper often found in the females of Korean dramas.

Definite thumbs up for consistent laughs!

Rating: 3.5/5

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Cast*: Kuninaka Ryoko, Uchida Asahi

*As this is a drama I have previously reviewed, you may view the original post for the original cast. Only new cast members will be posted here.

The pain begins all over again. Oh, the things I do for Mizushima Hiro…who is MARRIED, by the way! To the girl who sings the ending song  for this drama, no less! And she’s my age. WEIRD. Back on task: Night is back! What will this do to the relationship that Soshi painstakingly built with Riiko?

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