12 July 2018

Aibou Season 11 Review

Title: Aibou Season 11
AKA: Partner Season 11
Genre: Action, Crime, Police
Broadcast period: 2012-Oct to 2013-Mar
Cast: Mizutani Yukata and Narimiya Hiroki.

This is the 11th season of the popular Japanese drama “Partners”.
While staying in China with his girlfriend Kai Toru (Narimiya Hiroki) is contemplating about a visit he had made to the Japanese ambassador, where a death had occurred. He runs into Sugishita Ukyo (Mizutani Yukata), who introduces himself as a police officer, and so does Toru. Though Toru finds him annoying, his attention shifts to another man he had met at the ambassador’s house. He confronts him, much to Sugishita’s interest, and notices that there seems to be much more about the case, than your regular death.
After arriving in japan, Ukyo finds out that Toru is the son of the Deputy Commissioner, though the Deputy Commissioner refuses to acknowledge Toru and/or his position as a police officer. Due to his odd and curious nature Sugishita decides to ask Toru more about the case in China, and the two unknowingly become partners while investigating the case…

I’ve been having this drama on my computer for some time now, as I was hoping the other 10 seasons would have subs, so I could watch them before this one. Unfortunately, as many other older Japanese dramas, this will not be the case. So, I decided to start it, and I did feel as if I missed a whole lot of the backstory. I really felt there was something I did not understand, or that I was missing something that was supposed to make fans go “aha!” or something like that. But I guess I’ll never find out.
That said, this drama is really great. I found it interesting and equal to the American crime tv shows. Of course, this was very Japanese, but that did not make it bad. Unless you prefer the American version that is.
I enjoyed the comedy, and I enjoyed the contrasting partnership. But sometimes I did scratch my head, as in I wondered how and why thing happen. Also, the solving part was confusing, but you would get used to it later on.
All in all, a nice time pass, and interesting cop drama.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts

08 July 2018

A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three Movie Review

Title: A Chinese Odyssey Part Three
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Folklore, Action
Release Date: September 14, 2016
Origin: China
Cast: Han Geng, Tiffany Tang, Jacky Wu Jing and Karen Mok.

This is the third movie in the franchise, and a different twist to the original ending of part two.
After getting a hold of Pandoras Box, Zi Xia (Tiffany Tang) uses it to see into the future, of how she and Joker (Han Geng) are going to be in the future, only to witness her own death. When returning, she tries to read Jokers heart, and finds out that if he falls in love with her, she is bound to die, but might have a different fate if he returns to Bak Jing Jing (Karen Mok). This leads her to look for Jing Jing, who not only doesn’t believe Zi Xia, but refuses to accept Joker as the Monkey King.
As a last resort she decides to look for the Bull King (Zhang Chao) and marry him, in order to make Joker forget about her, but Joker who already has fallen for Zi Xia, saves her and ends up in a fight with the Bull King. During all this, the Longevity Monk (Jacky Wu Jing) finds Joker, to tell him about his identity. At the same time, the Monkey Kings arch enemy the Six Ears Monkey (Han Geng), with the Jade Emperor, try to take down the possible rebirth of the Monkey King…

To tell the truth, Han Geng was the reason I opted to watch this trilogy. I had seen that the third instalment had Han Geng as the lead, which is why I watched the entire thing. Though I have to say Han Geng was amazing, in portrayal of the monkey king, and the imitation of Stephen Chow, which by the way was flawless. The cameos were great too, and I gotta admit, I enjoyed this movie, though I was hoping for something different. It wasn’t necessarily boring, but I wasn’t totally into it, as the storyline was a bit… the same? I mean, I get it’s the third instalment, and we are doing the entire “retelling of the second movie”, but I honestly felt, I could’ve done without this movie.
So, all in all, an enjoyable movie, but noting out of the ordinary.

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

07 July 2018

Mystery Queen Review

Title: Mystery Queen 2
AKA: Queen of Mystery 2
Genre: Mystery, Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast period: 2018-Feb to 2018-Apr
Cast: Choi Kang Hee, Kwong Sang Woo, Lee Da Hee and Park Byung Eun.

This drama continues where the last left off.
Yoo Seol Ok (Choi Kang Hee) got divorced from her prosecutor husband, and now lives with her best friend Kim Kyung Min (Kim Hyun Sook). The two are both trying to get into the police academy, though Seol Ok still helps Ha Wan Seung (Kwong Sang Woo) with cases during her free time. Unfortunately, Seol Ok isn’t able to make the cut for the academy, even though Kyung Min does. And while trying to study and/or find places to do so, she gets involved in several cases - which she, with Wan Seung, tries t solve.
During a case they encounter Jung Hee Yeon (Lee Da Hee), who runs several cake shops around Seoul. Though her personality is nice and very likeable, there seems to be a deeper truth behind her interest in Wan Sung... 

After watching season one, I was intrigued to watch this season, since I felt the previous one had been lacking a lot of different things. I like that they tried to make the love story of these two with a sense of humor, unfortunately that became boring half way through, and I lost interest. Even the “jealousy” parts were boring, though I admit, I laughed at them. I like that we were introduced to the families of the characters, and I like that they added new characters that recurred. Though the main story was boring - the thing with Wan Seungs past - the small stories were alright. Truth be told, this drama isn’t memorable. It has funny moments, but fails, if you ask me, in the serious parts, and has a bad story line.
My verdict is the same as I mentioned in the first season: this drama is okay, with decent acting.

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

06 July 2018

In His Chart 2 Movie Review

Title: In His Chart 2
AKA: Kamisama no Karute 2
Genre: Drama, Family
Release Date: March 21, 2014
Origin: Japan
Cast: Sakurai Sho, Miyazaki Aoi and Fujiwara Tatsuya.

This sequel continues few months later than where the first movie left off.
Kurihara Ichito (Sakurai Sho) works at Honjo Hospital and is still famous for never turning down a patient during his night watch. His wife Kurihara Haruna (Miyazaki Aoi) is heavily pregnant, expecting to give birth soon, but that doesn’t change the doctors working hours, nor the dynamic of the couple. During a conference Kurihara meets his college friend Shindo Tatsuya (Fujiwara Tatsuya), known as a “Tokyo elite”, though he for unknown reasons transfers to the town hospital, Honjo Hospital.  At first Kurihara rejoices, but soon butts heads with him, as Shindo seems to care less about the hospital and the patients, and more about leaving earlier than everyone else.
That changes when one of their senpais becomes a patient: the two begin to question what it means to be an “excellent” doctor, and how to balance between work/patients and family/home life…

Having watched the first movie some time back, I could still remember the feeling I had then, while watching this one. It did remind me of the original, but it also felt a bit “newer” compared to the original. Of course, that has something to do with Fujiwaras characters entry, but still, the rest felt more comprehendible, as the first one was a bit more unrelatable. I guess this one could be categorized as ‘closer to home’, since it’s easier to identify with the loss of someone we know, rather than losing a patient.
Sakurai was good as usual, so was Miyazaki, and I really liked Fujiwaras portrayal of his character, even though was a supporting character - he really felt more like an equal to the lead. So, nice co-acting from both.
All in all, a good movie with fine acting.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

04 July 2018

Triangle Review

Title: Triangle
Genre: Family, Romance, Action, Crime
Episodes: 26
Broadcast period: 2014-May to 2014-Jul
Cast: Kim Jae Joong, Lee Bum Soo, Im Si Wan, Baek Jin Hee and Oh Yeon Soo.

This drama follows three brothers, separated as children, spread to different walks of life, and reunited by fate.
Jang Dong Soo (Lee Bum Soo) is a cop with a horrible temperament. As a child, he was separated by his younger brothers, which he feels guilty about. After another failed arrest on mobster Go Bok Tae, questions about his mental health arise, and profiler/psychologist Hwang Shin Hye (Oh Yeon Soo) is asked to asses it. The two had known each other in the past, and he had lived with her family after loosing his siblings.
At the same time, Heo Young Dal (Kim Jae Joong) a jobless gambler, devotes most of his time spending money, he had blackmailed from older women, on gambling. After being busted by Dong Soo, he is reluctantly put to work as an informant, to smoke out Go Bok Tae.
One evening Young Dal meets and falls for Oh Jung Hee (Baek Jin Hee), who works a dealer. There the two also meet Yoon Yong Ha (Im Si Wan), the adopted son of a rich CEO. Soon Yong Ha starts to get interested in Jung Hee, and a dislike for Young Dal.
As their lives entwine, fate decides to play a cruel joke on them, and the three become enemies…

In the past I’ve been complaining about too coincidental situations and relationships, but this time around, I didn’t feel annoyed at the fact that the three brothers “happened” to meet each other like they did. And I think it is because you know it from the start, so you are just expecting it. You wait till they finally share screen together, and hope they’ll know who the other one is. This made the “coincidence” seem less like a coincidence, but more like actual fate. I like that the three had different, some more realistic than the other, reactions to the fact that they are related. The three male leads are alright, though the main focus is Jae Joong - everyone loves an underdog - and most of the screen time belongs to him. But you still get the other stories. I didn’t like how little the females were involved, basically just for the love story aspect (three-way love story) and a little bit of the memory part, else there were useless.
The amount of gambling in this drama just bores me. I guess some people find it interesting, but for the average viewer who has no interest in it, I almost fell asleep. And it just took way too much time.
So all in all, an alright drama that focuses too much on gambling, and too little on the females…

☆☆☆ / 3 stars out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

24 June 2018

Misty Review

Title: Misty
Genre: Drama, Suspense, Mystery
Episodes: 16
Broadcast period: 2018-Feb to 2018-Mar
Cast: Kim Nam Joo, Ji Jin Hee, Jeon Hye Jin, Im Tae Kyung and Go Joon.

Go Hye Ran (Kim Nam Joo) is the top announcer, famous for her beauty and ability to stay relevant for seven years. This has taken a toll on her marriage with her husband Kang Tae Wook (Ji Jin Hee), a prosecutor from a wealthy family. The two rarely talk, and only stay together because of the title.
When her boss pressures her to step down, to have a younger announcer fill the seat, Hye Ran is given the last opportunity to save the seat, by doing a special on the famous American-Korean golfer Lee Jae Young (Go Joon). But when she meets him, she realizes that he is her past lover she had left, right before marrying Tae Wook. Jae Young has a vendetta against Hye Ran and to make matters worse, he is now married to her childhood friend Seo Eun Joo (Jeon Hye Jin).
Bewildered by the situation, unwilling to let out a scandal, afraid to ruin her position, and determined to keep her position, she decides to work with Jae Young, even if it means to be terrorized by him.
But when he is found dead, all evidence points to Hye Ran, so Tae Wook decides to defend her - and everything is turned upside down…

When I first heard about this drama, I really liked the premise, and it seemed to be a bit different than the usual k-dramas out there. Though I finished it, and I kind of did watch it because of the story, I didn’t expect it to be so dark and quite frankly twisted. The entire thing was made in dark colors, and the characters were much complicated than your usual k-drama. Unfortunately, that didn’t make this drama better, it just made seem like a spiral of cruelty and sorrow. You are not aware of this while watching it, but by the ending depression sinks in, as it really is a gloomy drama. The drama does give you small hopes along the way, only to crash in the end… And God I disliked the ending. Not because the ending was bad, but how it was executed…
Acting wise: good, even though it’s the first time watching Kim Nam Joo act, so I have nothing to compare it with.
So all in all, do I recommend? I don’t really know - not something I would watch again…

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

12 June 2018

Keiji Ballerino 2016 SP Review

Title: Keiji Ballerino
AKA: Inspector Ballerino/Detective Ballerino
Genre: Crime, Comedy
Air date: 1 January 2016
Cast: Nakajima Yuto, Takashima Masahiro and Nagasaku Hiromi.

Usushima Kurumi (Nakajima Yuto) dreamt of becoming a ballerino, but due to his age and stature, he decided to become a detective, when he became awestruck by a police officer saving a life. On his first day at the job, he is assigned to partner up with a senior detective, Washio Takao (Takashima Masahiro). Even though Kurumi isn’t a ballerino by occupation, he keeps his posture straight and gesture on point, which annoys the ruff and stern partner. The two initially have different views on life and work, they soon find middle ground, as they are assigned a case, where assailants attack certain doctors, but are unable to remember what had happened during the offense.
This leads them to seek help from a therapist Shimpei Azusa (Nagasaku Hiromi) that specializes in hypnosis, and soon they find themselves in the world of hypnosis and past lives…

I know the summary is confusing, which the special is by the way, but if you go with the flow, the drama kind of has a decent pace. Though there is a fine line between the ridiculousness and the seriousness, it has a very good storyline. I don’t favor re-birth and past lives stories, but I didn’t mind this one. I did get confused, because there really are many things happening in 1,5 hours, but it’s alright, as it does ‘hold your hand’ during it all.  Acting wise, great: Nakajima is a superb actor, I mean he was believable, from beginning till end…
So, do I recommend it? Yeah, if you are interested in a different kind of journey, this is most definitely an interesting watch…

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

10 June 2018

Marumo no Okite 2014 SP Review

Title: Marumo no Okite 2014 Special
AKA: The Tradition of Malmo
Genre: Family, Comedy
Air date: 28 September 2014
Theme song: “Maru Maru Mori Mori!” by Kaoru to Yuki, Tama ni Mook
Cast: Abe Sadao, Ashida Mana and Suzuki Fuku.

Three years has passed since Kaoru (Ashida Mana) and Tomoki (Suzuki Fuku) moved in with Mamoru (Abe Sadao), and both Kaoru and Tomoki are now 5th graders. Kaoru dreams of becoming an idol and is popular with her classmates, and Tomoki loves insects and reads about them constantly. When a fellow female classmate shows interest in Tomoki’s books, Tomoki decides to ask Mamoru for advice. Also, Mamoru helps enroll Kaoru in “idol training school”, an afterschool where kids take classes to become future idols, though it is very expensive. At work he gets opportunities to follow his creative style and travel abroad, but Mamoru is not sure of what he wants, as he can’t leave the children.
At the same time their mother returns, wanting to live with them again. This leads to Mamoru being unsure about the children’s future; whether he is with them, because they need him, or is it because he needs them…

I love this drama, and this family. The dynamic is amazing, and the characters are so well written, you can just enjoy it. The acting is on point, and the family relations are relatable, which makes it a great watch. Even though I felt the overall dilemma was a bit “recycled”, it was alright. It has funny moments, and sad moments as well, but for me the most enjoyable part was watching the family interact.
So all in all, a fine special, with good acting!

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

02 June 2018

Cinderella Man Review

Title: Cinderella Man
Genre: Romance, Chaebol, Melodrama
Episodes: 16
Broadcast period: 2009-Apr to 2009-Jun
Cast: Kwon Sang Woo, Yoona, Song Chang Eui and Han Eun Jung.

Oh Dae San (Kwon Sang Woo) sells clothes at a market, and dreams of turning his little store in to a big clothing line. He is smart and talkative which helps him when he need to butter up to customers and other salespeople. When a fellow store keeper, from the same market, falls ill, the daughter Seo Yoo Jin (Yoona) of the store keeper returns from Paris, only to have him pass away shortly. Due to the financial issues, and partly to blame for the financial issues, Dae San decides to help Yoo Jin and her mother get on their feet again. This leads Yoo Jin and Dae San to become close.
At the same time Dae San meets Lee Joon Hee (Kwon Sang Woo), a rich chaebol of a fashion empire, who looks exactly alike him. Joon Hee asks Dae San to impersonate him for a week, so he can leave the business without having to worry about his competitor and cousin Lee Jae Min taking his place.
Due to his natural ability to do business, Dae San becomes a bother to Jae Min. And when Jae Min befriends Yoo Jin, the empire doesn’t become the only thing they each fight for…

This drama was one of those I downloaded ages ago, but never really got around to watch. Besides it being almost 10 years old, I gotta say it’s alright. Though I felt it was very cliché and had the unnecessary jealousy. I mean most of the dramas that are like this one, are so male dominant. The lead actress only serves as the love interest for the two male characters, and to be honest both are boring love stories.  And the fact that it was Yoona, didn’t make the character better. The casting was also mediocre, mainly because the characters were 2 dimensional - even the male lead who did try but failed.
Besides that, I kind of enjoyed the storyline, though it was very cliché. I do like a badass revenge plot, but it must be well crafted - and this one is alright.
So, all in all an alright drama, to watch because of the story and not romance.

☆☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

22 May 2018

Massage Tantei Joe Review

Title: Massage Tantei Joe
AKA: Massage Detective Joe
Genre: Suspense, Comedy
Episodes: 12
Broadcast period: 2017-Apr to 2017-Jul
Theme song: Otsukare Sankusu by Nakamaru Yuichi
Cast: Nakamaru Yuichi, Koshiba Fuka, Baisho Mitsuko, Wada Masato and Ozawa Yukiyoshi.

“Until now, there have been countless kinds of detective. A primary school detective with the brain of an adult, a high school detective with a famous grandfather, a really interesting scientist, furthermore, housemaids, antiquarians, people with memory loss or music mania, a lawyer who uses even a 0.1% chance. No good concept for a detective has been left out. But, against all common sense, now a new type of detective was born.” (Intro of episodes)
Yabukihara Joe (Nakamaru Yuichi) is shy and has a fear of human eye-contact, but he is an amazing masseur. He works in a small clinic, with three other masseurs and their boss. After being pulled in to a case, while doing a massage, he starts helping the police solve crimes, by massage the suspects. Due to his talent, he is able to notice small movements in muscles - whether they are tense or not - but also hurts, pain and even heartbeats. As he helps solve cases, there is a sudden interest in him, by unknown people - and they seem to have to do something with his fathers disappearance as well… 

Considering the fact that I stumbled upon this drama, and that I had no idea this was out there, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This drama is another typical half comedy half serious Japanese drama, which I had no problem finishing - actually did it in one evening! Though I gotta emphasize, it isn’t a serious drama. It has moments, but the idea of the drama is to make you laugh, and entertain, which it does.
Nakamaru is fun and I love seeing him act, also the rest of the cast made it very interesting. The overall interaction and screenplay was very decent, even though the massaging sounds were a bit too much…
Okay! All in all, a nice drama that entertained me, and was not a waste of time at all!

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

18 May 2018

Jyuui-san Jiken Desuyo Review

Title: Jyuui-san Jiken Desuyo
AKA: Is there a Vet in the House?
Genre: Family, Comedy
Episodes: 12
Broadcast period: 2014-Jul to 2014-Sept
Cast: Jinnai Takanori, Yoshimoto Miyu, Nogiwa Yoko and Makita Tetsuya.

In the Shiba family there are 3 members: Shiba Hanae (Nogiwa Yoko), Shiba Kentaro (Jinnai Takanori) and Shiba Hinako (Yoshimoto Miyu). Even though all of them share the same surname, none of them are related to blood. Kentaro was adopted by Hanaes husband, and after her husband had passed, he stayed her son. Hinako was adopted by Kentaro, when a friend of his had abandoned Hinako, and at her 15th birthday, he told her that she was adopted, but could decide on her own whether she wanted to annul it or stay as a Shiba, which she wanted. The family runs a vet clinic, where Hanae is the nurse and Kentaro is the vet. One day a bulldog is left abandoned in front of the clinic and they decide to keep it, increasing the family number.
They help people who have family trouble, and usually, if the lady-in-need is pretty, Kentaro falls head over heels - and decides to help with all his ability. This gives the rest of the family a headache, but nonetheless they help too.

When I read about this drama years ago, I thought I would’ve been a nice family drama. The idea of a vet and a family running it sounded interesting, and I felt as if it had potential. That it did, the potential part. I don’t even know where to start… The whole drama was just a miss. It wasn’t emotional, funny, or even interesting. The family didn’t seem close, the running jokes weren’t funny at all, and the storyline with the father/family helping random customers was so boring, I didn’t feel anything while watching. The only reason for my 2 stars rating is because of the quality, of screenplay. And some of the side stories where good to be honest.
All in all, I would not recommend, unless the humor (reminds me of Unubore Deka) is your type.

☆☆ / 2 out of 5 stars
♥ / 1 out of 5 hearts

27 April 2018

Marumo no Okite Review

Title: Marumo no Okite
AKA: The Tradition of Malmo
Genre: Family, Comedy
Episodes: 11
Broadcast period: 2011-Apr to 2011-Jul
Theme song: “Maru Maru Mori Mori!” by Kaoru to Yuki, Tama ni Mook
Cast: Abe Sadao, Ashida Mana and Suzuki Fuku.

Takaki Mamoru (Abe Sadao) a bachelor living in a one-room apartment, doesn’t have much in life - especially after he gets transferred to Customer Service branch, even though he has potential in other areas.
When his high school friend Sasakura passes away suddenly, Mamoru meets the friends two children, the twins Sasakura Kaoru (Ashida Mana) and Sasakura Tomoki (Suzuki Fuku). While alive Sasakura had emphasized that he would like the children to be together as they had always been inseparable, but the family members, unable to have their own children and the twins in the house, decide to separate the two. Soon enough the two become depressed and start running away from home. This is where Mamoru decides to take in the twins and decides to help them enter school as well as helping the cope with the loss of their father.
While the trio start getting used to each other, Tomoki finds a stray dog, who happens to be able to talk, and for some reason it helps the family in dealing with emotional scars and issues…

I became a fan of Abe Sadao after watching him in the Iryu series, so when I noticed this drama, I simply had to watch it. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, since it was the only drama of his that had a different character, other than the one from Iryu - that I have watched. To put it simply, he is officially one of my favorite actors now. Putting aside the classic storyline, and the amazing kid actors, Abe Sadao is absolutely believable in this character - I really can’t explain why, but he embodied Mamoru perfectly. Almost as if the character was made for him. (LOL) The storyline was good too, though at first, I was thrown off by the dog being able to talk… But later it kind of made sense to me. It is very cute, and I sort of felt happy about it later on.
So to sum up: a cute drama with great acting.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

26 April 2018

The Immortal Admiral Yi Soon Shin Review

Title: The Immortal Admiral Yi Soon Shin
AKA: Immortal Admiral Yi Sun Shin
Genre: Period, Historical
Episodes: 104
Broadcast period: 2004-Sept to 20044-Aug
Cast: Kim Myung Min, Choi Jae Sung, Lee Jae Ryung, Choi Chul Ho and many others..

This drama is the biopic of the great admiral Yi Soon Shin, from his childhood till his death.
Yi Soon Shin (Kim Myung Min) was born as a poor noble, due to his grandfather being convicted as a traitor, which leads to his family being labelled for generations. Being book-smart and intelligent, Soon Shin has together with his two best friends Won Kyun (Choi Jae Sung) and Yoo Sung Ryung (Lee Jae Ryung) made a promise to apply for scholar positions at Sunkyungkwan, but due to the lack wealth and reputation, he decides to change paths, and becomes a soldier.
In the army Soon Shin goes through ups and downs, and while noticing the increase of Japanese pirates, he investigates, and discovers that the “pirates” aren’t pirates but actual militia, the Japanese Navy. Terrified of the possibilities and man power of the Japanese Navy, Soon Shin tries to get help from the ‘higher ups’ but is dismissed. This doesn’t stop Yi Soon Shin, and he decides to get help in order to become the admiral of the Joseon Navy, so that he can prepare for possible invasions. This doesn’t lie good with the higher ups, the king and even his best friend, as they see him as a man trying to get power. Soon enough the Japanese attack, and while rooting for a Joseon win, the public start to see Soon Shin in a better light than their own king - which doesn’t lie well with the shallow king…

This is another one of the most popular heroes of Korean history, and probably one of the most liked one too. The best part for me was that it almost fit the ‘real’ story perfectly (almost), but another good part is that it was very exciting to watch - there were things happening quite often. There was storytelling, but not in the boring kind of way. That said, 104 episodes is a lot! Even if you love every character and love the story, it seriously is long. Even if you binge it, it takes a lot of time. I remember when I was at the last episode and they showed the entire storyline, it seriously felt like it was years ago. And I do think it took me a week or so… and I was binging… The casting was perfect: Kim Myung Min is great as Yi Soon Shin, and his voice just fits like a glove.
The bad part is though the makeup and wigs/fake beards… It really looked fake. Also the ‘wars’ looked very cheap - I don’t know if it because its from 2004, but you could see that some scenes were used more than once, and the “turtle ship” was also filmed from different angles, so you would think there were more than one. Besides that (actually not something I spend much time thinking about), it was a really good watch.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥½ / 4½ out of 5 hearts