KDrama: 5 Reasons to Anticipate My Sassy Girl (2017)

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Okay, at first I wasn’t too excited from this 2017 My Sassy Girl remake, but then I heard some things (particularly this list of 5) that’s making me all pumped for this to air. It’s coming out in a few days on May 29th btw.

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Reason #1 is obvious, three words: Moon Joo Won. If you don’t know, check out Bridal Mask, 7th Grade Civil Servant, Good Doctor. In my personal opinion though, just the thought of seeing his perfect face on my laptop screen is enough reason to want to watch this. However, I can say with confidence that this guy is not only a pretty face, he proved himself good with his deeper works (Bridal Mask, again).

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Reason #2 is also quite obvious: Oh Yeon Seo. I first saw her acting in Come Back Mister and no other words can describe her other than, she is da bomb. This chick is uber hilarious, like I’m tripping. She is also super beautiful and she fits the word sassy to the freaking T, so yass yass yassss.

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This remake is not just any old remake, it’s a remake where they’re changing the time period~ ooh plot twist. The original movie was set in the modern times, but this time around we get to see the romcom unfold in the Josoen Dynasty. So what does this mean? Only prettier costumes, more scenic sets, and ofc the addition of palace drama dundundun

The fact that the main girl is suppose to be all sassy and forward, makes her all the more a sore thumb sticking out in the conservative time period, I just cannot wait to see the Joseon pple’s face ^_^

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The teaser that came out like 10 days ago got me all excited. I already see hints of the perfect mix of humor, romance, action, suspense, and feeeels.

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Moon Joo Won with spectacles? I approve the look
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Well, she looks like she’s havin’ fun

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This is the heart-moving synopsis I found online for My Sassy Girl:

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You see those last few words that I highlighted above? Yea, can’t fcking wait to see that happen.

My impression on this Kdrama- it’s going to be a complete and utter riot. I’m still stuck in my little Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms world, so it’s been real hard watching anything new, let alone finishing any dramas. Hopefully, My Sassy Girl is the answer to this drama death valley I’ve been stuck in for the past month.

Some additional visuals~

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The KDramas of Summer 2015

As Summer officially drew to a close, I thought I would take this time to pay my tributes to the Kdramas that have kept me entertained during my 3 months of summer vacation. Let the summer drama recap start!

*Please note that there is no specific reasoning behind the ordering of this list. I wrote my list as I remembered the dramas that I have watched.*

Producer:

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Cast: I was compelled to watch Producer because of the star-studded cast. They had one of my all time favorite actresses, Gong Hyo Jin, the trending Kim Soo Hyun, and IU for the mains.

Plot: The drama has a nice plot going, where a guy starts working for a big Korean broadcasting station and he works with his team to save a dying variety show, 2 Days & 1 Night. It’s a compact 12 episode drama.

Rating: Producer gave off a very different feel from the typical Kdramas because they broke the third wall very often. The characters spoke directly to the camera very often as if they were expressing themselves to the audience. This is very similar to the American TV series, The Office, or like the small clips at the end of the episodes of You Who Came from the Stars. Despite the cast and unique layout, I have to admit that Producer did not live up to its hype and the awards that it had won. Compared to some of the better dramas out there, Producer felt a little lacking and it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly where. 7/10

Warm and Cozy:

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Cast: Another drama with a very compelling cast, Kang Sora, Yoon Yeon Sook (who is the main male lead of a drama for the first time, so I am hella excited), B1A4’s Jin Young. Also, there are cameos from So Ji Sub and SNSD’s Seohyun.

Plot: A girl is fired from her job and looses her life savings because it was foolishly spent on a rundown cottage on Jeju Island. She moves to Jeju in hopes of making over the cottage into a successful cafe. The restaurant across from her cottage is owned by a playboy chaebol and he offers to help the penny-less girl because he is under the impression that she only has a few more months to live from terminal illness.

Rating: This is a very light 16 episode romcom with your typical lover’s quarrels in the beginning and then the gradual process of realizing that they are in actually madly in love. It’s a bit disappointing because I had higher expectations for a Hong Sisters’ drama. It did not meet the level of the other Hong Sisters dramas, like You’re Beautiful, The Greatest Love, or Master’s Sun for me. I would recommend this if you are looking something light and silly to pass time. 7.5/10

The Time That We Were Not in Love:

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Cast: Ha Ji Won (Yassss, I loved this girl since her Secret Garden days), Lee Jin Wook, Yoon Gyun Sang, and Infinite’s L- all 3 of them are such cuties, so if you are all in for the eye-candy give this drama a go.

Plot: A girl and a boy has been very close friends since their childhood. They hold feelings for each other, but they just never had the proper timing to start a romantic relationship. These 16 episodes will show you their romantic journey.

Rating: The drama had a very nice start and it was filled with its share of sweet and romantic moments. Towards the latter half of the drama, I disliked the main girl for being indecisive, pabo, and dragging shit out. Like, where’s my strong and kickass Ha Ji Won at?5.5/10

Scholar Who Walks the Night:

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Cast: Lee Joong Ki (need I say more? no, I didn’t think so ❤ ❤ ❤ ), TVXQ’s Changmin, Lee Soo Hyuk, Lee Hyun Woon, Lee Yoo Bi, Kim So Eun. Again, an amazing lineup of eye-candy.

Plot: A man has the people that he cares about the most taken away and is turned into a vampire by a evil under-lord vampire. Many many many years pass by and the man is still plotting a way to over turn the power of the evil under-lord vampire. He meets and receives the help of a boy who is actually a girl in disguise.

Rating: I have yet to finished the 20 episodes, but it’s completely all because of my time restraints and nothing to do with the drama itself. There is a lot of action and strong feels interlaced into the drama. Also, I feel the need to point out Joong Ki’s overly done vampire make-up…why, Kdrama make-up artist, how could you? Like it was fine for the drama poster, but for whole scenes and episodes of smokey eye make-up and blood-red tinted lips on Joong Ki- I reject!  8/10

EXO Next Door:

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Cast: EXO (as a EXO fan I couldn’t pass up this short series), Moon Ga Young (so jealous of this girl, she must of saved a village in her past life or something)

Plot: EXO has moved in next door to a EXO fangirl, who becomes their house-cleaner. The EXO members have been experiencing bad luck and the band leader is here to find his good luck charm to break the curse. The band leader shares childhood memories with the fangirl next door, but she doesn’t remember.

Rating: Expect to see exactly what you would from a short series about a K-pop group moving in next door. A lot of silliness and cheesiness. Each 16 episodes ranges about 10 minutes. I enjoyed it because each episode cracked me up and it passed my time enjoyably. The thing I loved the most from this series was the interactions between Sehun and the fangirl’s brother. They were comedy gold *wipes my tears from extreme laughter*. 8.6/10

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Hello Monster/I Remember You:

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Cast: Jang Na Ra, Seo In Guk, Lee Chun Hee, Park Bo Gum, EXO’s DO. I’m not sure if the trend is apparent to you guys yet, but I like dramas with good-looking casts.

Plot: A boy is seen as a monster in his father eyes. His father is murdered and his little brother goes missing. When the boy grows up, he is determined to find his father’s murderer and his little brother. He joins team with the police force, where his past stalker/secret admirer is coincidentally apart of as a detective.

Rating: Hello Monster is one of the better summer dramas that aired and it had the perfect mixture of thrill, mystery, suspense, romance, and comedy. This dramas is definitely a yes! 8.8/10

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Of course, there are plenty more summer 2015 dramas other than the ones I have listed above. Below are the dramas that I couldn’t get myself to finish or have’t gotten around to starting. I didn’t given them a numerical ratings because I felt that I have not watched enough or am too biased to give one. If only I can be a full-time professional drama-watcher, so I can watch everything and give my truthful rating to viewers.

High Society:

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Cast: Afterschool’s Uee, Sung Joon, ZE:A’s Park Hyung Sik.

Plot: This drama had a pretty interesting plot that resembled a little bit of The Heirs. A second generation chaebol girl is disguised as a part-time employee of a supermarket. She begins to have feelings for the manager of the supermarket who seems like a wealthy, hardworking, and smart man. The supermarket manager is actually not wealthy, but is setting his eyes on the chaebol girl because he wants to be a part of the high society.

The cast is a very nice-looking bunch. The reason why I didn’t get around to watching more episodes was because I really didn’t like that the main guy was, to put it frankly, a gold digger.

Oh My Ghostess:

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Cast: Park Bo Young, Kim Suel Gi, Cho Jung Seok, Lim Ju Hwan.

Plot: A girl is a assistant cook that can see ghosts and gets possessed by a seductive women ghost. While possessed by the ghost, the girl seduces the chef who she has always admired against her will.

I’ve heard amazing things about this drama and I like Park Bo Young, so I would definitely give this one a go once I free up more time.

(Update: I’ve gotten around to watching Oh My Ghostess and finished and have no regrets, except for not watching this earlier. I give this gem a 8.9/10)

Mask:

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Cast: Soo Ae, Joo Ji Hoon, Yeon Jeong Hun, Infinite’s Zoya, Yo Yoon Woo.

Plot: A woman in financial difficulty lives as a wealthy women that looks just like her. A chaebol finds that the women is different from other wealthy women and begins falling for her.

This is another drama that I heard had raving reviews, so I have already place it on my To-Watch-List.

(Update: I marathoned Mask in 5 days and I suggest you all to hurry and do the same. I give this game changer a 9.3/10)

Orange Marmalade:

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Cast: Yeo Jin Goo, AOA’s Seol Hyun, CNBlue’s Lee Jong Hyun.

Plot: In a world where vampires and human co-exist, a vampire girl pretends to be a human. She falls in love with a human, but she can’t be with him because he hates vampires for killing his entire family.

The treatment that the second lead received was just so heartbreaking that I couldn’t continue watching. Also, around the middle, they time switched the series to the historical period. That’s exactly where I stopped and placed this series on my abandoned list.

Yong Pal:

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Cast: Moon Joo Won, Kim Tae Hee, Stephanie Lee.

Plot: A resident surgeon secretly takes on private patients that are criminals to make money in order to save up to treat his little sister’s illness. The hospital chief discovers the resident’s secret and blackmails him into caring for a VIP patient, who the hospital is intentionally putting in a coma state. The resident grows feelings for the VIP patient and tries to rescue her.

This drama started off great with medical suspense and all, and I just ❤ ❤ ❤ Moon Joo Won. However, I just couldn’t get myself to see the main girl in a favorable light. Sometimes you just don’t like someone for no reason at all and this is one of those times for me. Thus, I dropped the series when the main couple got together.

Sensory Couple/The Girl Who Sees Smells:

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Cast: JYJ’s Yoo Chun, Shin Se Kyung, Nam Gung Min.

Plot: Due to a murder case, a man looses his younger sister, as well as his sense to feel pain. A woman, also a victim of the same murder case, survives the attack, but wakes up with the ability to see smells. She uses her ability to help the man, who became a cop, in solving his cases.

I have only watched the first episode of Sensory Couple and I get the feeling that this will be a very cute and funny drama. I might pick this up again.

Who Are You: School 2015:

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Cast: Kim So Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk, BToB’s Sung Jae,

Plot: A popular girl at a prestigious private school goes missing and looses her memory. No one knows that she did not loose her memory, but that she is actually just a look-alike, whose own life consists of severe bullying.

I just wasn’t feeling the plot for this one. Maybe I’ve watched too much identity-switching dramas and I need a new plot to work with.

I hope that you found my review of the summer 2015 dramas enlightening and keep in mind that all of these are my opinions. We all have different tastes in dramas, like my friend and I- I love the dramas that she hates and I hate the dramas that she loves.

Let me know what you guys think!

KDrama Review: Birth of a Beauty

It’s really easy for me to start a drama, but it’s an entirely different story for me to finish a drama (especially if it starts dragging, which most dramas like doing after the half-way point). Each time I finish a series, I feel a sense of accomplishment. After-all, I did invest 16 to 20 hours of my precious time and feels into it. On the other hand, I also feel a tiny bit of sadness and regret to have finished a series because after the 16 to 20 hours I have spent with it, I get emotionally attached to the characters. However, I have heard that I am not the only one that gets emotionally attached to dramas, so that means I’m not completely cray cray. In conclusion, dramas play a very bittersweet role in my life, but nonetheless, I appreciate it for helping me pass the little free time that I have.

Now, on to more important matters at hand, my most recent accomplishment:

Birth of a Beauty

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Let’s start off with a brief synopsis:

Overweight, kind-hearted Sa Geum Ran married into a well-to-do family, but her husband Lee Kang Joon has spent the past seven years in the United States for his business, while Geum Ran has lived with her evil mother- and sister-in-laws. Geum Ran learns that Kang Joon has returned home and, not only has he been having a secret affair, he wants a divorce. Devastated, she drives off and gets into a car accident. Everyone thinks that she is dead, when in fact she has survived. After secret plastic surgery and weight-loss, the now beautiful Geum Ran is ready to ruin her ex-husband and his mistress with her new identity.

The cast was on point, the ost was great, and the storyline was off the wall. I watched this drama as it aired weekly, but I dropped it momentarily (for like 2 weeks) due to the following reasons:

– Episodes 17 to 19 was where this drama started dragging. I think this drama was initially intended to be just 18 episodes, but some Kdrama masters decided that it would be a nice idea to extend it to 21 episodes. And the writers thought these 3 extra episodes was to be used to piss off the viewers because that’s exactly what it did.

– Finals week

– Work

– And finals week

I was still able to finish the series around a week after their final episode aired. I picked up this drama again mainly for the reason being that I really enjoy the chemistry and sweet interactions between the main couple, Joo Sang Wook and Han Ye Seul. They made a kick-ass team in terms of working together to get their revenge on the bad guys. I was also anticipating when the drama villains fail their evil plans (and there was quite a few of them that needed a taste of their own medicine).

To top it all off, I really didn’t mind seeing Joo Sang Wook’s handsome face on my screen (hehe ❤ ).

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Throughout the drama, female lead Han Ye Seul donned some cute ass outfits, except for that red sequin dress she wore to an event in episode 14. For such a significant event, I would have expected the stylist to give her a prettier dress. I normally don’t fashion patrol, but the sequins, the collar (ALSO SEQUINED), the belt, and the fit was altogether just too much for my weak soul.

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Besides that one dress, I adored everything else that she wore and, even though some outfits may have been on the strange side, she pulled it off completely. I also loved the cute little purses/clutches she accessorized with; and look at her killer heels- like, damn gurl, you rocked them cuz I would have fell on my face after one step.capture

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And like all classic romcom dramas, the ending was a nice, happy, well-round one.Overall, I would definitely recommend this drama and I give it a 8/10. It made me laugh at the hilarity of the situations that came up and the plot is definitely an interesting one. Let me know what you thought of this one! 🙂

5 Reasons to Anticipate Hyde, Jekyll, and Me

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1. The plot

The male lead has 2 personalities, one is very cold and rude, while the other one is very nice and happy. I speculate that the multiple personality plots are a current trend in SK right now (yes, I’m eyeing you- Kill me, Heal Me), but I don’t mind. Especially if Hyun Bin is the male lead, which by all means go ahead with this weird trend. I am looking forward to this love triangle- Hyun Bin, Hyun Bin, and Han Ji Min. How perfect would this world be with multiple Hyun Bins!

2. The cast

Just look at all these cuties that going to be in this drama.

Hyun Bin : I finally get to see this perfect human in a romcom drama which has been ages- like, I’m talking Secret Garden era.

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Han Ji Min: How can one not fall in love with this actress from her role in Rooftop Prince??

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Sung Joon: Loved him in Lie to Me, Shut Up Flower Boy Band, Can We Get Married, Gu Family Book, I Need Romance 3, and Discovery of Romance– which is almost basically everything he is was ever in.

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Hyeri: I am typically not very fond of female idols (sometimes male idols, too) getting their feet wet in acting too. Idk, maybe because they tend to be the cutesy, helpless, main-lead-stealing characters. But I find Hyeri really cute, especially with her Seonam Girls High School Investigators role, so here is another positive to the drama.

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Han Sang Jin: I am giving this guy a second chance because I really enjoyed Birth of a Beauty and when I saw his character in it, I thought to myself- he can actually be considered good looking in a baby-face sorta way if he wasn’t so evil. He better not be the bad guy this time around. Do not disappoint me, Han Sang Jin.

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Lee Won Guen: The cute guy in the first few episodes of The Moon Embraces the Sun. He’s like attacking me with his eye smile ❤ *dies*

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Kwak Hee Sung: Never seen or heard of this guy before. He’s suppose to be some sort of bodyguard in the drama and who doesn’t like a hot bodyguard? No one.

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3. The promotional posters and drama stills

These images alone are making me eager for the air date with their comical and romantic feels. Ugh, I can’t even right now- next reason, quick.

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4. The teasers

I can already feel the chemistry between the leads and I’m just anticipating how great everything about this drama is going to be, from Hyun Bin with his cold, city-guy glasses to Hyun Bin in his expensive business suits.

5. Han Ji Min’s hair

The long orange-red wavy hair with a middle part looks perfect on Han Ji Min, which, in my own personal opinion, looks 100 times better than her Rooftop Prince cut. Look at the difference:

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I’m just relieved that I don’t have to hope for that point in the drama where everyone gets a hairstyle change, so that that I no longer have to stare at weird hair for 2 hours a week.

Like Yoon Eun Hye’s curly mop in Marry Him If You Dare (like, wtf was her hair stylist thinking?? Did they really think this was going to roll over fine with the viewers??):

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And the 2 leads of Full House Take 2– just no, fck no, not acceptable at all:19

But these 2, I forgive, because they changed their bad hair ways pretty early on in the series:

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  Yes, hair is important to me even though I, myself, might not have perfect hair everyday.

8 Supporting Male Actors That Needs Their Own Drama ASAP

Cutting to the point and starting the list right away since the title pretty much explains itself. After the first 3, there’s basically no particular order and I’m just listing at they come to mind.

1. Kim Woo Bin

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This guy has been in a ton dramas that I have watched (Vampire Idol, A Gentleman’s Dignity, To the Beautiful You, School 2013, Heirs, and Love Cells), but never once was he the official male lead that ends up with the female lead T.T This guy needs to be given his own drama and preferably a romantic comedy because I think this guy can do comedy (especially with those brows of his).

(Update: The guy finally got his own drama, Uncontrollably Fond, but I wasn’t too fond of it. The drama leans on the sad side, while I was hoping he would be in something more uplifting. But I ain’t complaining, I’ll take what I can get for now.)

2. Shin Sung Rok

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I first saw him in You Who Came From the Stars, where he is cast as the evil and sinister murderer, whom I hated (but I have to admit that he is one of the handsomer villains that I have seen around). However, the moment I saw him in Trot Lovers, where his character is a complete opposite from his previous role, I fell in love ❤ I went into depression when I realized that Shin Sung Rok and the female lead will never be. I was happy to hear news that he was cast in The Liar Game and The King’s Face, but I was so disappointed that he was not the lead in either that I just could not bring myself to watch them. I can no longer bear with this guy not being the male lead anymore. Kdrama producers and writers, please bring me out of this depression already and give him a little love!!

3. Song Jae Rim

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I know he was the (surprise) male lead in Nail Shop Paris, but to my defense that is not a real drama. It had like, what, 12 episodes and the plot was more focused on the nail shop client’s personal life problems (dammn, they were hella nosy) than the lead’s romance. Also, I got so accustomed to the female lead in man disguise that she started to look like a cross-dressing guy when she was in normal attire. I’m also 99% certain that the writers were high as they wrote the script because they started incorporating supernatural stuff.

Song Jae Rim has a face that is too beautiful to not be the male lead and his eye smile makes me dead ❤ If the female lead doesn’t want him, I will gladly take him!! GLADLY!!!

(Update: He got the male lead role in Unkind Women, but I just wasn’t feeling the plot, you know? Like I just wasn’t feeling it. And Thumping Spike doesn’t count because everyone knows that web dramas are way too short to fulfill our screen time requirement of his perfect face.)

4. Kim Jae Wook

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This guy played such sad sad roles in Marry Me, Mary and Who Are You. He was a chaebol missing fatherly love, forced to marry a random girl in one drama and then a ghost who died right before getting married in another. I would like to see him as a happy male lead one day.

5. Yoo Yeon Seok

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I hated his guts in The Werewolf Boy, but he was such a cutie in Reply 1994 and just plain smoldering in Hyolyn’s One Way Love mv. How can I not grow to love him?? As his reward for playing more moral characters than his werewolf boy character, I deem him more than worthy to be a male lead of a Kdrama.

(Update: I’m happy to announce that he finally got out of the second lead zone with Warm and Cozy AND he continues rocking his main lead roles in Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim.)

6. Lee Hyun Woo

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This guy is a human puppy. I want to spoil him and his adorable eye-smile. He has proved his acting in Secretly Greatly, now go give him a drama where he can play the male lead for.

(Update: Yassss, Moorim school.)

7. Lee Kwang Soo

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I will watch anything with this guy in it because he is just too hilarious for his own good in a dorky way. If he ever is the male lead, it better be for a comedy because I can’t take this guy seriously for like 99% of the time.

(Update: Kwang Soo got the main role in Puck!, but the drama is too real and sad for me. Like I said, I am a comedy girl. You can imagine how ecstatic I was when he was cast as the main role for The Sound of Your Heart. This show literally had me laughing my ass off. My only complaint is that the drama was way too short- Really? 5 episodes? What were the producers thinking?)

8. Ahn Jae Hyun

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Saw him in Man From the Stars and fell in love, so now he needs to have his own drama or I will go crazy. Another reason that this guy should get his own drama is his face- I would watch anything that promises his face to be seen on the screen. I have no problem admitting that I am a very superficial person.

(Update: Blood, I always thought Ahn Jae Hyun would make a perfect vampire with his white skin and red lips. It’s like the producers/writers read my mind.)

Of course, I probably left out a ton of other actors that deserves to be a male lead of a drama. Feel free to let me know in your comments.

(Update: 6 out of 8 of the actors can be knocked off the list, Hoorah! Com’on, Shin Sung Rok and Kim Jae Wook, where you guys at? I’m just waiting for you two.)