Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bad Guy

Spellcasted by ♣Ashes♣ at 10:05 AM 0 comments
나쁜남자 [坏小子], Gun Wook (Kim Nam Gil 김남길 [金南佶]) plots revenge against the Haeshin Group, a large corporation to whom Tae Sung (Kim Jae Wook) is the heir.We later find out, he was taken into the family when they believed he was the illegitimate son but when results come out, it reports that he was switched with a another child so the family kicks him out of house, he is orphaned when his original parents get into a car crash while picking up the son.Moon Jae-in is a ambitious woman, her goals in life are to be favored by her boss, the wife of the Haeshin group and to make Tae-sung fall in love with her. Gun Wook and Jae-in eventually fall in love.
Ashes: Oh! Why is Kim Nam Gil 김남길 [金南佶] soOoOOOoo darn sexy, charisma & ULTIMATE baddie in this Kdrama. I simply like his cool handsome look here. ;)

My Rating : ★★★★ / ★★★★★

Episodes: 17
Genre: Thriller, melodrama, mystery
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 26 May 2010 to 05 August 2010
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Source: Bad Guy@Wikipedia

Queen Seon Deok

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선덕여왕 [善德女王], Deokman (Lee Yo-won [이요원]) was born a twin but was abandoned as a baby and sent to a place far away by her father, King Jinpyeong in order to protect her from being killed by an influenced royal court lady, Mishil (Ko Hyun Jung [고현정]) who tries to snatch away the throne from the royal successor.Deokman was later brought back to the Silla palace, where she joined forces with her twin sister Princess Cheonmyong to oppose Mishil. However, Mishil devised sinister plans to have the two Silla princesses exiled from the kingdom, and in a secretive battle, Princess Cheonmyong was accidentally killed.But Princess Deokman shrewdly enlisted the help of General Kim Yusin and eliminated her archenemy Mishil. She then became Queen Seon Deok, the first female ruler of the Silla kingdom. This drama is about a story of a beautiful queen, who has to give up her love to save the people and thus, leaving behind many brilliant achievements.
Wind Flower [바람꽃] by IU & 예송. Which do you prefer? I can't make a choice coz both IU & 예송 sang it beautifully with a lot of feeling in it. :)

Wind Flower (바람꽃) lyrics in English Translation

If I turn my back on like this
If I disappear like this
I wouldn't come into bloom
If I just look at you like this
It might be good to live while closing my eyes

Without looking, I see you
Without listening, I hear you
Like a wind flower which revived by your breathing

I wish to reach you, but I couldn't
I wish to hug you, but I couldn't
Your fingertips reach my heart

Will you know, after long long night?
The love smiling in tears

I wish to have you, but I couldn't
I wish to reach you, but I couldn't
Like a wind flower which revived in your heart

Without looking, I see you
Without listening, I hear you
Getting scattered in the wind
Getting scattered into your heart

Ashes: Although there's many war scenes, this is really a nice, beautiful & sad historical kdrama. Especially the part on Deokman & Bidam.Bidam (Kim Nam Gil) is the only character I 'fell' in love in this drama. I remembered him from the kdrama 'Be Strong Geum Soon' where he appeared for only a few episodes and die in an accident in the drama. Didn't expect to see such excellent acting skill by Kim Nam Gil in 'Queen Seon Duk'Let me do a little intro on Kim Nam Gil (김남길/金南佶). He was born on 13 March 1981, height 184cm, weight 70kg & zodiac sign Pisces. Completed his education in Myeong Ji Cheon University. He was previously known as Lee Han (이한). Kim Nam Gil was admitted to the army camp in Nonsan on July 15 for 4 weeks of basic military training and will serve as a public service worker at Gangnam-gu office according to the selective service system. He joined the army after starring in the MBC TV series "Queen Seon Deok" and after his popularity soared in SBS TV Series Bad Guy (나쁜 남자) which I am watching at the moment. ;)According to South Korean media reports, Kim Nam Gil who is currently serving in the armed forces, will be entering as a student in South Korea University of Foreign Studies Department of Chinese Internet Campus. Kim Nam Gil economic official of the company's external message said Kim Nam Gil is admitted and will start his academic semester on March. He will use his extra time while serving the public to learn Chinese.

My Rating : ★★★★ / ★★★★★

Episodes: 62
Broadcast network: MBC
Tagline: The one who secures the people will acquire the world and rule the ages
Genre: Historical Drama
Broadcast period: 25 May Aug 2009 to 22 Dec 2009
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
Source: Queen Seon Deok@DramaWiki & Queen Seon Deok@Wikipedia

Athena: Goddess of War

Spellcasted by ♣Ashes♣ at 9:58 AM 0 comments
아테나:전쟁의 여신 [雅典娜:战争女神], the story begins around the same time as Iris, when Hyun-Jun is being hunted down by North Korean agents and branded a traitor while in Budapest. South Korean (SK) President Jo, expressed interest in advancing nuclear technology to lead the world with the most advanced and cost effective energy source of the century. To do this, he enlisted Dr. Kwon (a black-ops agent) to help retrieve a defecting North Korean scientist, Dr. Kim.

Dr. Kwon accepted the mission, but it was nearly ruined by an Athena team, led by Son Hyeok (Cha Seung Won [차승원]). Ultimately, Dr. Kwon managed to secured Dr. Kim's retrieval, but he was caught himself by Son Hyeok and tortured for information. Son Hyeok was supposed to kill Dr. Kwon, but he let him live out of momentary mercy. Three years after those events, President Jo re-enlisted Dr. Kwon to serve as the director of the new counter-terrorism task force, NTS (National Anti-Terror Service), to protect SK's future from aggressive foreign enemies trying to steal Dr. Kim's nuclear technology.

After Dr. Kwon arrived to be part of NTS, his old rival, Son Hyeok, had returned to SK as the new director of DIS (a US intelligence agency). At the same time, SK NIS (National Intelligence Service) agent Jung-Woo (Jung Woo Sung [정우성]) recently transferred to NTS to become their top agent. Unknown to everyone, Son Hyeok is a double-agent between DIS and Athena (an organization of influential people that controls the world's resources for their fortunes). With the help of another Athena double-agent, Yoon Hye-In (Soo Ae [박수애]), she infiltrated NTS and supplied Son-Hyeok with inside information about their activities. In a major grab for Dr. Kim's technology, both NTS and Athena had thwarted and countered each other in a high-stakes game of controlling the next great power resource.

Willing to do anything to gain the upper-hand for Athena, Son Hyeok had President Jo's daughter, Soo-Young (Lee Bo-young), kidnapped in Italy and used her as ransom to gain Dr. Kim. However, Jung-Woo rescued Soo-Young. To throw off Athena, Jung-Woo helped fake Dr. Kim's death to prevent them from trying any further, but that deception was exposed. Athena recovered Dr. Kim and forced him to complete his project for Athena instead.NTS later found out Dr. Kim was kept in a secret facility in Japan. To avoid making their intel known, Jung-Woo was dispatched under false pretenses as a body guard for pop star, BoA, to make it seem their cover wasn't exposed. In NTS's quest to find Dr. Kim, they failed to rescue him, but NTS managed to recover a crucial component to Dr. Kim's technology and Athena wants it back. Using Jung-Woo's feelings for Hye-In against him, Athena faked a hostage situation that blackmailed Jung-Woo to return the component for Hye-In. However, that was thwarted as well, but at the price of Dr. Kim's life.

Fortunately, Dr. Kim managed to complete enough of his work that other scientists could complete it without him. Before he died though, he also secretly left a code that revealed NK's full nuclear capabilities; it prompted President Jo to speed-up peace negotiations between NK, but it was a rough process as NK found out they harbored Dr. Kim and they intervened against both sides. During this time, all the things Hye-In had done for Athena created a crisis of loyalty and ethics for Hye-In. She is loyal to Son Hyeok, but also developed feelings for Jung-Woo. With Athena's new goal of destroying the nuclear project before completion, Hye-In struggles to balance between orders from Athena and keeping Jung-Woo alive.

After Son-Hyeok's Athena affiliations was exposed, he was arrested by NTS for questioning. However, Athena agents recovered him and he's now planning to kill President Jo. During this time, Jung-Woo figured out Hye-In is an agent for Athena, but due to his love for her, he allowed her to escape NTS. However, because of her activities related to Son Hyeok, she was implicated along with his actions. Because Athena questions Hye-In's loyalties, she was confined, but she managed to inform Jung-Woo of President Jo's impending danger. Later Hye-In gets arrested is and held inside NTS. She eventually chose to defect from Athena and aided NTS to stop Son-Hyeok.

With so many failures, Son-Hyeok was stripped of his rank in Athena and his men replaced with a new team. Athena is aware of the problems Hye-In caused; she was also marked for death. Unwilling to allow Hye-In die, Son Hyeok and his team killed their replacements and gone rogue. Driven by his hatred, he sees NTS (especially Jung-Woo) as destroyers of his ambitions for power and taking away Hye-In; he used all his abilities to destroy them all.

In a final endgame mission, Son Hyeok and his rogue team infiltrated NTS. They disabled the facility using an EMP device and tried to kill as many NTS agents as possible. Although many NTS agents were killed, Jung-Woo, Director Kwon, and Hye-In managed to defeat them. In a showdown between Son-Hyeok and Jung-Woo, Jung-Woo was proven the better fighter, but Son-Hyeok stopped him at gun point. Hye-In intervened to stop Son-Hyeok, but he couldn't stop. Therefore, Hye-In shoots Son-Hyeok. Hye-In tried to kill herself to end the madness, but Son-Hyeok wanted her to live. Soon, Son-Hyeok died while Hye-In survives. After recovering from her injuries, Hye-In was given amnesty and she left South Korea. One year later, Jung-Woo left NTS to be with Hye-In in New Zealand. He found and surprised her in Auckland, where he hopes to start a happy chapter with her. The drama ends with the main couple smiling at each other.

널 사랑한다 [I Love You] by Park Hyo Shin

내려놔요 [Let Me Go] by Brown Eyed Soul

사랑해요 [I Love You] by TaeYeon SNSD

Ashes: I don't really fancy Athena:Goddess of War such storyline but all because Cha Seung Won [차승원] is in this kdrama AND I have to watch it. He is darn sexy, charisma & ULTIMATE baddie in the drama instead of cute. But... ... ... I like that!!!
I am so looking forward to the next Kdrama by Cha Seung Won's City Hall [시티홀]. ;)

My Rating : ★★★ / ★★★★★

Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 13 Dec 2010 to 21 Feb 2011
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
Source: Athena:Goddess of War@Wikipedia

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