Sungkyunkwan Scandal 성균관 스캔들(2010)

Sungkyunkwan Scandal (Hangul: 성균관 스캔들) is a 2010 South Korean historical drama revolving around the fortunes and misfortunes of a  girl who masks herself as a young man while going to Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty’s most noteworthy educational foundation, where no ladies were permitted. The show is based on Jung Eun-gwol‘s top rated 2007 novel The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars, featuring Park Min-Young, Park Yoochun, Yoo Ah-in, and Song Joong-ki.

The story starts when Kim Yoon-hee (Park Min-Young) disguises herself as her sibling, Kim Yoon-shik, with a specific end goal to bring home the bacon for her family in a traditional society that does not permit females to be instructed nor utilized. She handles various jobs that requires strong writing skills , chiefly at a neighborhood book shop, before she gets offered an opportunity to build her profit by turning into a substitute test-taker (which is illegal business) for the approaching examination in the prestigious Sungkyunkwan. She is caught red-handed by the upright Lee Sun-joon (Park Yoochun), who later recognizes Yoon-hee‘s abilities, and even encourages her to join that legendary institute. There, she must hold on for the unending mistreatment of upperclassman Gu Yong-ha (Song Joong-ki), endure the consistent mood swings of room mate Moon Jae-shin (Yoo Ah-in), abstain from getting on bad terms with the strict scholar body president Ha In-soo (Jun Tae-soo), keep her greatest secret from being uncovered, and at the same time attempt to restrain her developing affections for Lee Sun-joon.
























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Master’s Sun주군의 태양 (2013)

Master’s Sun (Hangul: 주군의 태양;jugun-ui Taeyang) is a 2013 South Korean horror-romantic TV series featuring Gong Hyo-jin and So Ji Sub. A fan of the American series “Ghost Whisperer” would definitely relate to this drama.

Joo Joong-won (So Ji-sub) is a stingy CEO of Kingdom, an aggregate that incorporates a significant retail store and inn,is depicted as a narcissistic, haughty, aggressive, and cash driven businessperson, who puts a cost on every relationship. The trauma of a kidnapping incident when he was more youthful has washed away all his sense of trust in anyone around him. He meets the melancholic Tae Gong-shil (Gong Hyo-jin), was once splendid and sunny, who began seeing ghosts after a car accident.They consistently frequent her, some needing her to satisfy their last wishes, others simply frightening her. Gong-shil turns into a pariah, unable to hold down work and experiencing sleep deprivation. Presently bleak and effectively moved to tears, she fills in as a cleaning woman at Kingdom shopping center. At that point she uncovers that the phantoms vanish at whatever point she touches the organization’s president, Joong-won, the most egotistical man she’s ever known. She starts working for him as his secretary (in name), and to the advantage of Joong-won, after taking in Gong-shil’s otherworldly capability, he keeps her close him, planning to utilize her to correspond with his dead sweetheart Hee-joo in finding the ₩10 billion payment paid as Joong-won’s mother’s precious stone neckband. Their lives take another turn as they cooperate to manage the dread and trouble achieved by these apparitions. While digging into the sad memory of the kidnapping incident in Joong-won’s past,he grows closer to Gong-shil, and starts acquiring a new prospective of the things that really matter in life.





















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City Hunter 시티헌터 (2011)

City Hunter 시티헌터 is a 2011 South Korean TV show featuring Lee Min-ho, Park Min-Young. It is based on the Japanese manga City Hunter by Tsukasa Hojo.

In 1983, the South Korean president and his representatives were going to Burma when a shell planted by North Korean executors blasts, slaughtering some high-positioned authorities. This incident is known as the Rangoon bombing (aka Rangoon incident). To strike back, five South Korean authorities arrange a secret operation, code-named “Operation Clean Sweep,” to enter North Korea and murder a few top parts of the North’s high authorities. Lee Jin-pyo and Park Moo-yul, two Presidential Security Service bodyguards and closest  companions who were available at the bombarding, sort out a 21-man group for the mission. Be that as it may, as the group wreaks ruin in Pyongyang, the five authorities prematurely end the plan to evade a worldwide crisis if the mission is uncovered. Their significant concern is that the United States will withdraw its atomic security if the mission is made open, in light of Seoul’s authority announcement that it won’t counter that attack.

The mission was a success, yet -sadly – as the troops swim out from Nampo to a ROK Navy submarine appointed for their home-return, snipers on board their motherland’s submarine shot them dead. An effectively harmed Park yields his life to spare Lee. Lee swims over to shore and comes back to South Korea, where he figures out that the attack group’s administration and individual records have been deleted.
Determined to vindicate his fallen comrades, Jin-pyo kidnaps Moo-yul‘s newborn child. He escapes to the Golden Triangle to raise the kid as his own and trains him in battling skills. After a strike on a town they were inhabiting, Jin-pyo admits his long haul plan for vengeance to the kid, Lee Yoon-sung.

Seven years after the fact, after effectively completing his school years and accomplishing a doctorate in the United States at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yoon-sung comes back to South Korea to satisfy his foster father’s revenge. He enters the Blue House as an IT master under the National Communication Network Team. He is cautioned by Jin-pyo not to trust anybody and never to love a woman, as doing so will put those beloved ones around him in peril.

While working at the Blue House, the plot takes off after Lee meets bodyguard Kim Na-na. In the end Na-na helps him to take revenge, as they find that they have the same objective at the top of the priority list. Issues happen as Jin-pyo‘s vengeance plot unfolds, particularly when Lee challenges his surrogate father at a few events as they attempt to recognize and execute the authorities, known as the “Council of Five.”













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Gu Family Book 구가의 서 (2013)

After their aristocrat father is unreasonably blamed for being a deceiver and murdered, Yoon Seo-hwa, her more youthful sibling Jung-yoon and their servant, Dam are sent to a gisaeng house (“gibang”). Declining to act as a gisaeng, Seo-hwa concurs in the wake of seeing the ruthless demolishing of her sibling. It is soon affirmed that her first “benefactor” will be none other than Jo Gwan-woong, the same man who sold out and executed her father. Before reaching him, Dam swaps garments with her so she can flee amidst the night, while Dam is attacked by Gwan-woong, who sends men to discover Seo-hwa.

Meanwhile, Gu Wol-ryung (an enchanted woodland defender and gumiho) notices an aggravation in the backwoods and discovers Seo-hwa who has passed out . He secures her from Gwan-woong’s men by uncovering his magical forces. When Seo-hwa gains consciousness, she falls in love with him too and weds him after knowing that both Dam and Jung-yoon were ready to flee and are protected. In reality, Jung-yoon had been hanged, while Dam had committed suicide. Wol-ryung, unable to let her know the truth, could not as well let her know that he was a gumiho.

 Wol-ryung seeks Soo-jung ( a fortuneteller with various mysterious knowledge and skills) to help him to turn into a human so as to be with Seo-hwa. To become one, he must live 100 days without turning into his actual gumiho form, without taking a life (creature or human), and must not help anybody that needs support. In case that he falls flat, he’ll lose any possibility of regularly getting human, and as a punishment for not keeping the Gu Family Book conditions, he will turn into a devil for the following thousand years. Wol-ryung struggles to abide by these conditions, however one day, Gwan-woong’s men find Seo-hwa alone in the woodland. Wol-ryung races to help her, and uncovers his actual structure, slaughtering the warriors. Seo-hwa, alarmed by his hideous gumiho appearance, abandons him, and he is later executed by the noble trooper Dam Pyeong-joon, who had been told that the gumiho was killing innocents. Seo-hwa soon finds that she is pregnant with Wol-ryung’s kid and conceives a child. Understanding that the infant isn’t a creature like his father and sincerely mourning her disloyalty to Wol-ryung, Seo-hwa places her child in a bushel, and lets it float into the river not far from where minister Park Mu-sol was spending his morning with his family along the river’s side. She then defies Gwan-woong, yet is executed.

The baby is then found and embraced by the nobel Park Mu-sol.He grows up as Choi Kang-chi, apparently the child of Lord Park’s servant Choi. However, he is raised as a member of the Park crew. Despite the fact that Mu-sol’s wife Lady Yoon (Kim Hee-jung) never warmed up to him, Lord Park cherishes Kang-chi like his own  child, and he is near the kins Tae-seo and Chung-jo, whom he adores despite the fact that she is promised to another man. Kang-chi is infamous in the town as a troublemaker, however he is great hearted and faithful, and adored by the servants at the Hundred Year Inn, which the Park family runs.

 On the other hand, Jo Gwan-woong comes back to the town. He has some intelligence that the well off Lord Park has concealed fortune inside the Hundred Year Inn, and in his plan to assume control over the hotel, Lord Park is executed protecting Kang-chi. Gwan-woong tosses Tae-seo and his mother behind bars, and Chung-jo is sold to the gibang and persuaded by the head gisaeng, Chun Soo-ryun, to survive.

In the mean time, Gwan-woong gets charmed by Kang-chi and his apparently super-human quality. He utilizes mystery to place Tae-seo under a condemnation (hypnosis) that makes him accept that it was Kang-chi who killed his father and brought on the family disaster.

 Dam Yeo-wool and Gon had been dispatched to the town by her father, now-martial arts skill master -Dam Pyeong-joon, to explore a series of homicides they think Gwan-woong is answerable for. Yeo-wool runs into Kang-chi: in light of the way she’s dressed and her expertise in martial arts and bows and arrows, he at first confuses her for a man. Yeo-wool witnesses the occasions that encounters the Park family, and intuitively helps Kang-chi when he is chased by Gwan-woong’s troopers. Throughout a battle, a trooper cuts off Kang-chi’s beaded arm ornament, which was utilized to hold his forces. Kang-chi converts into a half-human-half-monster and effortlessly vanquishes his foes. Sojung (the fortuneteller) later educates Kang-chi reality regarding his starting points, including the supernatural and tricky Gu Family Book, which holds the mystery to getting to be completely human.

 Kang-chi is protected from a capital punishment and taken under the wing of Yi Sun-sin, a maritime leader. Yi Sun-sin, Master Dam, and the late Lord Park were a piece of a mystery aggregation securing the Joseon country against remote intrusion. Yi places Kang-chi in the combative technique school run by Master Dam, and there he is prepared physically and rationally and figures out how to control his conversions. Kang-chi and Yeo-wool fall head over heels in love. Be that as it may, a few hindrances stay in their direction: the proceeding villainy of Gwan-woong; the learning that it was Yeo-wool’s father who executed Kang-chi’s father; the return of Wol-ryung, who has transformed into a spirit sucking devil with no memories who must be murdered by his child; and Sojung’s ominous words that Yeo-wool is destined to die in the event that she stays by the side of the man she meets underneath the peach bloom tree under a crescent moon, which is none other than Kang-chi himself.


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Winter Sonata

Winter Sonata was probably the first k-drama watched by the majority of those who became k-drama addicts.

Typically, set in a high school love-theme, the sweet and innocent Yoo-jin falls in love with the newly transferred mysterious Joon-sang whose mathematical abilities and loner behaviour arises the curiosity of both teachers and students.

The love triangle plot then develops as Yoo-jin childhood’s best friend Sang-hyeok feels conquered by his platonic love to Yoo-jin and starts to question Joon-sang’s intention.

Joon-sang – son to a famous single-mom musician – is secretly searching for his biological father whom he doubts to be Sang-hyeok’s father (a smart math teacher at some college). The reason for his doubts is an old torn picture of his mom posing arm in arm with Sang-hyeok’s father, her school-time friend. This adds to the unease between Joon-sang and Sang-hyeok; for Joon-sang, Sang-hyeok could be the lucky boy who took his father from him; he could very possibly be his father’s son who was favored and beside which his father decided to stay and raise well.

The twist of events begins when Joon-sang gets into a car accident that leaves him in a coma after which he loses all his memories of his past life. His mom, who has been tortured every day by her son’s search for his unknown dad and his accusing words that subtly blames her for his shame of beginning an illegitimate son, is driven to fake his death and takes him away to the States, where she sets a whole new life for him with a new identity and a new name Min-hyeong. This deceitful act was rendered successful by the help of her psychologist friend who brainwashed Joon-sang’s faded memory and created a new one for him to recall.

Ten years later, Joon-sang becomes a successful architect who runs a company of his own. Ironically, his multi-national company seeks business in Korea, where Yoo-jin herself is a successful architect working on a project for Joon-sang’s company. Once they encounter each other, Yoo-jin is in a state of awe, that leads her to put off her engagement, and eventually cancel her marriage to her best friend Sang-hyeok who has been by her side for ten years now.

Tension arises when the relationship between Joon-sang’s mom and Sang-hyeok’s father is revealed. Joon-sang discovers that Yoo-jin’s deceased father had been a friend of his mom as well; he also recalls some conversation he had with his mom when she had declared to him that his father was a man she loved truly, but he left her and married someone else, and then died. Like fire, the shocking news that Joon-sang is Yoo-jin’s half-brother spreads all over damaging the hearts of not only Joon-sang and Yoo-jin but also their families and close friends. Luckily, Sang-hyeok’s father (who was in love with Joon-sang’s  mom and has memories of their intimate relationship together ) is intrigued by this news; he wonders how Yoo-jin and Joo-sang are of the same age, although Joon-sang’s mother should have had conceived her baby earlier than Yoo-jin’s mom. After applying for a DNA test, the results were happy news to Joon-sang and Yoo-jin; Joon-sang was in fact his son; he was Sanghyeok’s half-brother after all. However, this update was really bad news for Sang-hyeok and his mom, the reason why Yoo-jin and Joon-sang could not stay together, for they decided to stand up for all the damage they caused and take responsibility for the hearts that got broken because of them. Sadly,  Joon-sang had known of a tumor he had. He had to undergo a critical surgery that was going to either take his life,or take his eye-sight. Years later, Joon-sang – now blind – is reunited with Yoo-jin again after she coincidentally visits a house she found in some magazine that was just like that house that he has once promised to build.


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