Korean Drama Review – Personal Taste

Hey you!
I’m back with another drama review. This one is also  a Lee MinHo starrer with Son YeJin as his co-actor and the leading lady. It has a rather unique plot and I was immediately hooked onto it. Its known as Personal Taste or Personal Preference. This show revolves around the 2 characters, JinHo and GaeIn. JinHo is an architect and GaeIn is a furniture designer. They both stumble into each other, one fine morning. But as fate would have it, they get off on the wrong foot. Later when JinHo realizes that GaeIn is the key to his  success, he decides to reconcile. He pretends to be gay in order to rent a room at GaeIn’s house.
On the other hand, our protagonist here, is dealing with a bad breakup. In her depressed and pitiful state, albeit a little hesitantly, she agrees to lease the room to JinHo. Oblivious to JinHo’s ulterior motive, GaeIn begins to get comfortable with him.  When JinHo (somewhat drawn to her) decides to help get revenge on Chang Ryul (her ex) she agrees. Amidst all the scheming and the etiquette lessons (that GaeIn obviously needs to transform into a swan),  the obvious happens. They begin to have feelings for each other. What will happen when they finally acknowledge their feelings? How long will JinHo be able to keep up the gay pretence?

I grew really fond of this drama since the first episode. It was hilarious from the beginning. There is no beating around the bush or dragging out scenes. The first few times they meet, their constant bickering was really amusing to watch. GaeIn is a clumsy, tomboyish, sensitive and innocent person. She forms strong bonds and gets attached to people  easily. And so when JinHo is even a little late coming back from work, she gets all tensed and worked up. Pacing in the house, sitting out on the steps. And a typical JinHo would snub her for being so “weak hearted and clingy”. But we all know, secretly he was quite pleased that a girl would do all this for him. He can’t hide that from us viewers and die-hard fans 😉

On to the other characters, we have Han Chang Ryul played by Kim Ji Seok. He appears to have a very charming personality apart from the fact that he dumps GaeIn for her bestfriend. Yet I somehow sympathise with him (idk why..). Maybe it has something to do with the super sweet smile of his. In the drama, he seems to be the kind of well brought up, mannered gentleman. So let’s set aside his mistakes for awhile 😀
Then we have Kim In Hee (Wang Ji Hye), a very very very bad person! I strongly detest that character. Cause more than a hundred times, I’ve wanted to yank her hair  for being so evil-queen like. The way she manipulates her words to get what she wants is just UN-BELIEVABLE! :O She’s the character that obviously causes all the trouble throughout the season. Butting into matters that don’t involve her and just simply being mean down to the core. 

Anyhow it is a drama DEFINITELY worth watching atleast once! You MUST! 😀 I believe I’m a little late for saying that. Probably the whole world has seen it and I’m the last person? 😛 Anyone out there? Not seen it yet? 😀

Ratings – 8.5/10



Korean Drama Review — Boys Over Flowers

Hey people! How have you all been doing? 🙂
So I am back with another k-drama review. Please enjoy it!

Boys Over Flowers is a show that revolves around the prestigious Shinwa High School’s  popular group known as the F4 (Flower Four?). This group consists of 4 very rich, very spoilt and extremely good looking boys (Goo Jun Pyo, Yoon Ji Hoo, Song Woo Bin, So Yi Jung) who consider themselves high and mighty (above all in the school). But when newcomer Geum Jan Di doesn’t comply to their orders and doesn’t submit to their torture, these boys are left bewildered! Never having seen such a courageous and upright person, leader of the pack – Jun Pyo, becomes fascinated with her and soon develops a soft spot.  Alas! The sensitive Ji Hoo is also looking out for gutsy Jan Di and they seemed to have formed a strong bond. Will Jun Pyo be able to get through to her before Ji Hoo sweeps her off her feet?!

From the first episode, I fell in love with this show. I mean, what’s not to love?! I keep wondering how lucky they are for having cast these 4 guys. Each of them is absolutely stunning! I think the TRP for the drama catapulted mainly because of the actors and the line of plot they chose!
Lee Min Ho plays the part of arrogant, egoistic Jun Pyo, perfectly. Kim Hyun Joong has nailed the part of charismatic Ji Hoo especially since in a report I read him saying he is totally different from the character. Kim Joon fit the role of Woo Bin well, though I wish they’d shown more about his life. I’d look forward to those moments when he’d go all “Yo Yo Man!” 😀 And Kim Bum couldn’t have done better justice to role of aesthetic Yi Jung. I have seen some of the bloopers and he seemed like a very humorous guy as in he would crack up in between shots. It always made me laugh. Moving on to the one girl who turned their lives upside down 😛 Geum Jan Di. She is a very strong willed character, a brave-heart one could say. She is the kind of girl who wouldn’t deal with any nonsense and believes in standing up for what is right no matter the cost. Ku Hye Sun totally kicked butt as Jan Di. She is fierce and also very amiable. Her bold nature makes her stand out in the crowd. There are times when she is caught between the 2 friends (Jun Pyo and Ji Hoo) but at end she knows where she belongs. Chu Ga Eul is Jan Di’s best friend and falls for Yi Jung. For love, she is ready to go to any extent (in a positive way!). She helps out Yi Jung as much as she can.

The storyline is absolutely wonderful! Its based on a manga and I hear, there are several versions of it in different languages. I wish they would have avoided the love triangle. Its does no justice to anyone! There were quite a few times I wanted to shake Jan Di and be like “make up your mind woman!!” 😛
I didn’t think I would say this, but I can totally watch the show all over again! Its that amazing! And there were times when the boys would swoop in to save Jan Di from trouble – I totally got into cheerleader mode, screaming and hooting. My 2nd favourite couple(1st being  Jun Pyo and Jan Di ofcourse) is Ga Eul and Yi Jung (right). They are just so adorable together. Not much action there but at the end we come to know they have decided to stick together and that’s great! She would make a very caring girlfriend.

Overall, just mind-blowing and very addicting. As the 2nd k-drama, I’m glad I chose this one! Hope you watch it.. if you haven’t already! 😀

Rating – 5 stars!!