Pensif – Korean shows/movie list…

Sometimes I miss my home. As you probably already know, I am not actually Korean. However, I grew up in Seoul. This crazy, amazing city is the place I became myself…so sometimes I miss my home. Although I don’t get to visit much, I try and reconnect by eating plenty of Korean food and now thanks to the internet…I can watch Korean dramas. Korean dramas are very popular throughout Asia and have spread to Europe and America so you should probably be watching them too ๐Ÿ™‚

My Korean has diminished over the years so I still need the subtitles but I often know enough to look away for a bit or realize when the translation hasn’t quite captured the meaning. I love the little nuanced parts of Korean culture. I love to see places I have been, hearing the words that are so familiar and seeing all the places I never got to go (chejudo/์ œ์ฃผ๋„!!)
This is a list for my own memory and fun…

TV ROMANTIC DRAMA SERIES

Secret Garden ์‹œํฌ๋ฆฟ ๊ฐ€๋“ 
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The first drama I watched. It is pretty much considered a classic and probably a great place to start for anyone wanting to jump in. This one I really enjoyed because of the mysticism and the story. It is very sweet and a little strange.

Boys over Flowers ๊ฝƒ๋ณด๋‹ค ๋‚จ์ž
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Oh my…Boys Over Flowers…This is the drama that made the first, giant splash everywhere. It is the quintessential Korean drama. And it has ์ด๋ฏผํ˜ธ (E Min Ho)…oh ์ด๋ฏผํ˜ธ…sigh ์ด๋ฏผํ˜ธ. I am way to old to be obsessed with anything or anyone (I had a small LOTR and Harry Potter problem) but I can’t help it. He may not be the best looking person and he has the WORST hair in this series but there is just something about him. I don’t even always like his characters but he is just charming with a little swagger. Ku Hye Sun (๊ตฌํ˜œ์„ ) was darling in this series. The last few episodes take a weird turn and I was just a little “done” with these twists so I gave it 4.5 stars but there is something about this series. It is hard not to watch it in an all consuming marathon…

The Heirs ์ƒ์†์ž๋“ค(์™•๊ด€์„ ์“ฐ๋ ค๋Š” ์ž, ๊ทธ ๋ฌด๊ฒŒ๋ฅผ ๊ฒฌ๋ŽŒ๋ผ โ€“ ์ƒ์†์ž๋“ค)
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Oh my ์ด๋ฏผํ˜ธ…My motivation to watch this was, of course, Mr. E Min Ho. It was a great series. Predictable…following the pattern of many Korean dramas but fun and sweet. ์ด๋ฏผํ˜ธ’s hair was better in this one ๐Ÿ™‚

Personal Taste ๊ฐœ์ธ์˜ ์ทจํ–ฅ
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Another drama featuring ์ด๋ฏผํ˜ธ. So, I of course watched it as soon as I could. I didn’t love this one. It was cute and fun. I like E Min Ho’s character in this drama. Both E Min Ho and Son Ye-jin (์†์˜ˆ์ง„) were good in this series but…I don’t know?

Coffee Prince ์ปคํ”ผํ”„๋ฆฐ์Šค
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I really tried to like this series. I just couldn’t…the storyline was too forced. I realize a common plot in Korean drama’s is to have misunderstandings and people who appear different than they are but…it was too much for me this time. It was still fun and cute but not as good as most for me…

Goodbye Wife ๊ตฟ๋ฐ”์ด ๋งˆ๋ˆŒ
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I liked this series but in some way it also made me sad. I know…they always end good but it was a hard storyline for me…

Full House Take 2 ํ’€ํ•˜์šฐ์Šค ํ…Œ์ดํฌ 2
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It took awhile but eventually I really began to enjoy this one. It has its flaws but it was okay…

You Are Beautiful ๋ฏธ๋‚จ์ด์‹œ๋„ค์š”
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After making my way through all of E Min Ho’s drama’s, I watched a few that weren’t quite “obsession worthy.” Then came this series. I really liked it. The story wasn’t forced and it was fun.

Fated to Love You ์šด๋ช…์ฒ˜๋Ÿผ ๋„ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ•ด
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I can’t decide if I love this one or not…….

Pinocchio ํ”ผ๋…ธํ‚ค์˜ค
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Watch it…really good. A lot of really great actors. Interesting story with lots of heart…

Good Doctor ๊ตฟ ๋‹ฅํ„ฐ
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This is another one that I love but feel like has flaws. I don’t know…there are some amazing aspects and parts of this series and then there are parts that just don’t jive with me…

It’s Okay, That’s Love ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•„, ์‚ฌ๋ž‘์ด์•ผ
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This is a great series. It has a little more “sex” talk than many other dramas but it really good.

Cunning Single Lady ์•™ํผํ•œ ๋Œ์‹ฑ๋…€
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I really like both the actress and actor in this show from other kdrama’s. It was a fun, a little crazy…

Goddess of Marriage ๊ฒฐํ˜ผ์˜ ์—ฌ์‹ 
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Really…this one of those series that I almost don’t know what to think. In some ways it is really good. An interesting glimpse into a lot of aspects of Korean culture that I don’t think American’s really understand. Although this is, of course, over dramatized, these are culture standards that are still active and often prevalent in Korea. It is a little distressing to see…

In Need of Romance ๋กœ๋งจ์Šค๊ฐ€ ํ•„์š”ํ•ด
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Definitely a TV-14 (possibly higher). I really didn’t love this series and yet part of me did like it. I didn’t like the actress who played the main character. She bothered me…

 

TV ACTION DRAMA SERIES

City Hunter ์‹œํ‹ฐํ—Œํ„ฐ
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MOVIES

Love 911
Cyrano Agency

 

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