Korean Drama Update for August 2015

Playful Kiss Korean Drama - Kim Hyun Joong and Jung So Min

August is over, and it has been a average month drama wise.  Of course, not every month can be fabulous.  I had some disappointments, but also had some pleasant surprises.  Here are the dramas that succeeded and the dramas that failed.  I completed four dramas this month, one currently airing, two classics, and one mini drama:

Mask Korean DramaMask

I was a bit underwhelmed by Mask.  There was a lot of hype surrounding it, and I was ready for some over the top melodrama.  For me, it didn’t quite live up to the excitement that the rest of the fandom seemed to be experiencing.  It took about six episodes for me to even get into the drama.  After that, Mask was interesting, but I failed to connect with any of the characters on a deep level. Although I did enjoy some of the couple moments later on.  It always felt like this drama should be amazing, but it seemed to lack something.  So overall, it was a decent watch, but something I probably will not be revisiting. (Mask Full Review)

Playful Kiss Korean Drama - Kim Hyun Joong and Jung So MinPlayful Kiss

I have had this drama on my watch list for a while now, and I finally got around to watching it!  The drama was light and cute with a pleasant feel to it.  Jung So Min was adorable as Oh Ha Ni.  The faces she made were hilarious, and she truly was the highlight of the drama.  Baek Sung Jo was pretty cold and emotionless for the bulk of the drama, although I certainly enjoyed the little moments where he let his feelings show through.  It was also nice to see our characters go through high school and college together over a several year period.  Don’t expect anything grand or different with Playful Kiss, but just enjoy the laid back feel and the little world it creates for you to experience. (Playful Kiss Full Review)

School 2013 - Lee Jong Suk and Kim Woo BinSchool 2013

Basically, I was very disappointed with School 2013.  It is an extremely popular drama that I had only heard rave reviews for, and I was also looking forward to the much talked about “bromance” between Nam Soon and Heung Soo.  I felt that the drama focused too much on the teachers and school politics.  It really saddens me that Nam Soon and Heung Soo had so little screen time.  I was completely invested when they were on screen, and they were simply amazing.  But for the bulk of the drama I was so bored.  The amazingness of Nam Soon and Heung Soo simply wasn’t enough to overshadow the flaws in the drama for me.  Hopefully, you are in the majority, and you enjoyed this drama. (School 2013 Full Review)

Kang Goo's Story Korean Drama - Lee Dong Wook and Park Joo MiKang Goo’s Story

This two episode mini melodrama packed a lot into the small amount of time it had to work with.  It had a sort of melancholy feel to it, but moments of hope helped to lighten the mood.  This drama had gorgeous visuals throughout, which added a nice backdrop to our ill fated love story.  Lee Dong Wook was wonderful as Kyung Tae, and it was amazing to watch him step up to take care of his deceased friend’s family.  Overall, it was an enjoyable drama, but make sure to have the tissues handy! (Kang Goo’s Story Full Review)

There you have it.  Was it a good month for you?  What dramas did you watch?

For the month of September, I hope to complete Scholar Who Walks the Night, Hidden Identity, and Padam Padam.

Happy drama watching to everyone!

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7 Responses to Korean Drama Update for August 2015

  1. joybran2015 says:

    I used to dislike Lee Dong Wook because I had such an extreme Second Lead Syndrome when I watched My Girl. However, I became a fan from watching Scent of a Woman. Thanks for the recommendation of Kang Goo’s Story. I just watched it and enjoyed it very much.


    • Kay says:

      I’m glad you liked Kang Goo’s Story. I thought it was a nice little find.

      I really like Lee Dong Wook. Amazingly, the first thing I saw him in was Blade Man, lol. I thought he was hilarious and perfect for the role. I loved the first 2/3 of the drama, but it got a bit draggy at the end. It’s not everyone’s comedy style, but it was right up my alley.

      I want to see Scent of a Woman, but I have been nervous that it would be way too sad. I can actually handle some pretty sad stuff, but I usually prefer it to hit at least halfway through a drama. I didn’t know how I would feel about the girl being terminal from the start. Did you find it super emotional throughout or were there enough happier parts to lighten the mood?


      • joybran2015 says:

        I don’t like downer dramas, which I thought it would be, so I was surprised how positive and uplifting a story about a terminal cancer could be. This is a beautiful love story and Lee Dong Wook is better than anything else I have seen him in. I think you will love it.

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        • Kay says:

          I may just have to move that toward the top of my watch list then. It really just depends how the situation is handled. Thank You is a drama that deals with a very depressing subject throughout, yet it is one of the most heartwarming dramas I have seen. I was prepared for that to be a real downer, but it turned out to be quite charming and beautiful. Hopefully, Scent of a Woman is a bit like that, and I certainly would enjoy seeing Lee Dong Wook again 🙂


  2. joybran2015 says:

    I liked Thank You, but I liked Scent of a Woman even more.


  3. Julyana says:

    I watched and re-watched Scent of a Woman. The first 1/2 of this series has such strong chemistry between the 2 leading actor & actress.

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    • Kay says:

      That’s what I have heard. And I really like Lee Dong Wook. Hopefully, I can watch Scent of a Woman really soon, because it sounds like I will love it 🙂


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