KBS2 Drama

KBS2 Drama "The King's Face" Episode 18 Review and Full Video

By: Dramafever

KBS2 Drama The King's Face Episode 18 Review and Full Video

Fresh blood has been brought onscreen in the form of the hilarious, life-filled Lim Ji-gyoo. He colors all the scenes he"s in with humor, which doesn"t fit the current tone of the show. It does, however, liven up "The King"s Face".

Lim Ji-gyoo plays Heo Gyun, a Joseon merchant who has traveled the lands north of Joseon, Manchuria and the Ming Empires, gathering information and making friends. His character is a font of knowledge of the world outside Joseon as well as a quirky sidekick to Gwanghae"s hero. It pits him against Gwanghae"s trusty eunuch, Young-soo, as number one sidekick, and that is just fun. Lim always plays the most entertaining sidekicks.

Aside from the face, Ga-hee is settling into court life and the court is struggling to acclimate to her. Lady Kim, the head consort, is insanely jealous of her replacement. As the mother of four sons, she aspires for one of them to be king. Since Sinseong passed, her eyes are now set on Jungwon who is cunning and set to avenge his mother"s humiliation at being pushed aside for Ga-hee. He is more dangerous than Sinseong was and hopefully that"ll make him more interesting than Sinseong and Imhae, the two brothers who were in line to push Gwanghae from the throne. Imhae is still pathetic and dimwitted. He is like a royal placeholder for the bloodline and nothing more. Despite the fact that he is historically inane, such a character can still be used better than he has been. The introduction of Jungwon into the running has made Imhae less useless.

Then there is the streak of jealousy running through the "The King"s Face". The king is jealous of any time that Ga-hee spends with any other men, which only means its a matter of time before he discovers her relationship with Gwanghae. Lady Kim is jealous of Ga-hee as the favored concubine. Im-hae is jealous of Jung-won as the favored son. As political tensions rise, they fan the flames of jealousy. The tension is a breeding ground for jealousy.

The foreign relations are bolstering the intrigue of "The King"s Face". Again, this show"s dependence on the historical prestige of the story of Gwanghae is frightening. It has very little intrinsic motivation. Give me more.

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KBS2 Drama

KBS2 Drama "The King's Face" Episode 17 Review and Full Video

By: Dramabeans

 KBS2 Drama The King's Face Episode 17 Full Video

This episode of "The King"s Face" vacillated between good and boring. The scenes that showed antagonism between the main characters had impact while the more romantic scenes were exceedingly dull.

Romance between Gwanghae and Ga-hee has been nothing more than longing stares and soulful ballads. There is little to show a romantic connection between them so this episode had to flashback to their one, stale kiss in order to spice up their chemistry. When Gwanghae discovers that Ga-hee has become his father"s concubine, the scene is so anticlimactic that it was humorous. It lacked the gravity that it should"ve had because there was no real romantic buildup and the anticipation that preceded her ultimate decision was drawn out for far too long. When Gwanghae passed out from the shock, it seemed like overkill - to put it mildly, it was ridiculous.

What is interesting about Ga-hee"s decision to become the king"s concubine is that it puts her at direct odds with Do-chi. They have opposite goals: he wishes to destroy Gwanghae; she wishes to help him to the throne. But they both made similar journeys along difficult paths to come to the inside of the palace. They began as friends and ended up as enemies. I want to see how their former relationship colors their new one. That would add much needed depth to their storylines.

King Seonjo has, as of late, been making more appearances, showing that he is a coward and letting other people take on his responsibilities for him. Pitting this weak king against Gwanghae"s magnetic personality is one of the inherent literary beauties of the story. What makes the king strong is those around him; what makes Gwanghae strong is his spirit. The juxtaposition of the two family members and enemies is something the show seems to be using. The king allows Do-chi to do his dirty work; the prince does his work himself. Involving Ga-hee as the king"s concubine may change the dynamic between father and son; it should, but the writing in this show hasn"t been strong enough or consistent enough for me to expect it.

Do-chi and Gwanghae"s rivalry is a good one. They have loaded conversations that grow into action. The scenes between them are purposeful and engaging. On the other hand, there are strange, disjointed scenes that depict what Gwanghae"s men are doing in Manchuria. These don"t have much impact at all. In fact, it would"ve been better to narrate them than to spend the time and money filming them.

With Ga-hee in the palace, "The King"s Face" enters its third stage. I"ve lost hope that the quality will improve. I can only hope that the import of the original story is able to carry it through.

Written by: Raine from "Raine"s Dichotomy"

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SBS Drama

SBS Drama "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 5 Full Video

Added episode 5 for the Korean drama "Hyde, Jekyll and I"

"Hyde, Jekyll and I" (2015)

Directed by Jo Yeong-gwang

Written by Kim Ji-woon-II

Network : SBS

Cast members: Hyeon Bin, Han Ji-min, Seong Joon, Hyeri, Lee Seung-joon, Han Sang-jin,...

Number of episodes: 20 episodes

Time slot: Wednesday - Thursday at 22:00

Formerly known as "Jekyll and I" (ji-kil-gwa na, 지킬과 나)

Synopsis A drama about man with a double personality and a woman's tri-romance.

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2015/01/21

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MBC Drama

MBC Drama "Shine or Go Crazy" Episode 6 Full Video

MBC Drama Shine or Go Crazy Episode 6 Full Video

Added episode 6 for the Korean drama "Shine or Go Crazy"

"Shine or Go Crazy" (2014)

Directed by Son Hyeong-seok, Yoon Ji-hoon

Written by Kim Seon-mi-I, Kwon In-chan

Network : MBC

With Jang Hyeok, Oh Yeon-seo, Lee Honey, Im Joo-hwan, Lee Deok-hwa, Ryoo Seung-soo,...

Number of episode: 24 episodes

Time slot: Monday - Tuesday at 22:00

Synopsis A fantasy romance that takes place within a palace between cursed emperor Wang So and an abandoned princess named Sin Yool.

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2015/01/19

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SBS Drama

SBS Drama "Punch" Episode 15 Full Video

SBS Drama Punch Episode 15 Full Video

Added episode 15 for the Korean drama "Punch - Drama"

"Punch - Drama" (2014)

Directed by Lee Myeong-woo

Written by Park Kyeong-soo

Network : SBS

With Kim Rae-won, Kim Ah-joong, Jo Jae-hyeon, Seo Ji-hye, On Joo-wan, Choi Myeong-gil,...

Time slot: Monday - Tuesday at 22:00

Synopsis The recordings from the last 6 months of Park Jeong-hwan, an investigations command chief from the Supreme Prosecutor's Office. This man says goodbye to life as he crosses a world that he"ll never return from.

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2014/12/15

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SBS Drama

SBS Drama "Punch" Episode 11 Full Video

SBS Drama Punch Episode 11 Full Video

In that same vein, Kang-jae isn't often shown with his family, but even as a villain he is pitiable and relatable when his family is used as a bargaining tool by Jung-hwan. A villain that can make a viewer feel undecided despite the incredible amount of evils he has committed is well crafted indeed.

I must mention a particular moment with Tae-joon when he dismisses Kang-jae from his service and drinks both beers alone. Up until that point he has always dined with another, be friend or foe. Now his corruption has isolated him.

Overall, "Punch - Drama" keeps me guessing. It keeps the mystery and anticipation high and gives us a main character who I can get behind. Jung-hwan wasn"t a hero. Not even close. But as time moves on, he gets a little closer to being one. He grows. The people around him grow and change. I look forward to seeing what curveball the drama throws next. Bring it on!

"Punch - Drama" is directed by Lee Myeong-woo, written by Park Kyeong-soo and Yoon Soo-jeong, and features Kim Rae-won, Kim Ah-joong, Jo Jae-hyeon, and Seo Ji-hye.

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SBS Drama

SBS Drama "Punch" Episode 14 Full Video

SBS Drama Punch Episode 14 Full Video

Added episode 14 for the Korean drama "Punch - Drama"

"Punch - Drama" (2014)

Directed by Lee Myeong-woo

Written by Park Kyeong-soo

Network : SBS

Cast members: Kim Rae-won, Kim Ah-joong, Jo Jae-hyeon, Seo Ji-hye, On Joo-wan, Choi Myeong-gil,...

Time slot: Monday - Tuesday at 22:00

Synopsi:s The recordings from the last 6 months of Park Jeong-hwan, an investigations command chief from the Supreme Prosecutor"s Office. This man says goodbye to life as he crosses a world that he"ll never return from.

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2014/12/15

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KBS2 Drama

KBS2 Drama "The King's Face" Episode 15 Review & Full Movie

By: Dramafever

KBS2 Drama The King's Face Episode 15 ReviewFull Movie

Episode 15 was, by far, the strongest episode of the drama. It brought together history, character development, and a large,exciting event that acted as an impetus for further development.

That event is the reclamation of Hanyang, what is now Seoul, from the Japanese. It is paired with the tragic death of Gwanghae"s younger brother, and the king"s inability to extricate himself from his greed. It highlights Gwanghae"s intelligence and his ability to bring people together and overcome nearly insurmountable odds. Unlike his father, King Seonjo, Gwanghae was able to inspire people to help him, and this episode best shows a plausible way in which the crown prince could"ve done that. He throws himself into the thick of things, using his quick wits to win small, decisive victories over the Japanese and keep them at bay.

The way this episode is put together is exactly what I"ve been asking for since Gwanghae was made the crown prince. It had forward motion, intrigue, and history that was woven into the plotline, not just dictated over maps. Sinseong"s death was poignant, but not as powerful as it should"ve been. Even though he and his mother, Lady Kim, were painted as the bad guys, had their relationship been more empathetically portrayed, the death would"ve carried beyond the scenes it was directly a part of.

Another part of the episode I enjoyed was that it fleshed out the Japanese and made them more than mindless invaders. They searched for precious Korean treasures and kidnapped ceramicists to take back to Japan. Porcelain was a precious commodity back then and the forced importation of Korean ceramicists greatly boosted Japanese art and economy. It"s a really important point to include. I hope that the Japanese continue to be developed to be more than just cackling, blade-swinging invaders.

As for Ga-hee and Do-chi, they are two characters who have partially fallen off the grid. The writer only makes use of them as pawns. They are no longer strategic parts of the plot or interesting characters in and of themselves. I"d like to see Do-chi"s downward spiral developed (are you noticing a pattern?) beyond simple steps towards his goal. He needs psychological dilemma; interactions with more than one or two people. This is a recurring issue with "The King"s Face", wonderful setup, and little follow through. Any time serious development is necessary it is avoided by including pointless plotting, or with copout voiceovers.

Written by: Raine from "Raine"s Dichotomy"

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"The King"s Face" is directed by Cha Yeong-hoon and Yoon Seong-sik, written by Lee Hyang-hee and Yoon Soo-jeong, and features Seo In-guk, Jo Yoon-hee, Lee Seong-jae, and Sin Seong-rok.

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SBS Drama

SBS Drama "Hyde, Jekyll and I" Episode 4 Full Video

Added episode 4 for the Korean drama "Hyde, Jekyll and I"

"Hyde, Jekyll and I" (2015)

Directed by Jo Yeong-gwang

Written by Kim Ji-woon-II

Network : SBS

Cast members: Hyeon Bin, Han Ji-min, Seong Joon, Hyeri, Lee Seung-joon, Han Sang-jin,...

Number of episodes: 20 episodes

Time slot: Wednesday - Thursday at 22:00

Formerly known as "Jekyll and I" (ji-kil-gwa na, 지킬과 나) Synopsis A drama about man with a double personality and a woman"s tri-romance.

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2015/01/21

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