Another year of dramas has come and gone.
Here are my top picks from 2016. Happy New Year, y’all.
Cheese In The Trap
Cheese In The Trap was a breath of fresh air, with a solid ensemble cast, a unique tone, and more of a darker slice-of-life perspective on college life. Kim Go Eun is ever the diligent and trusty heroine. Seo Kang Joon lights up the screen like none of his previous roles before, and Lee Sung Kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk, Park Hae Jin, Yoon Ji Won and even Ji Yoon Ho have excellent performances that round out the cast.
Ooh, Memory was so good. I’ll watch anything with Lee Sung Min, if Misaeng was any indicator. Memory was riveting, from beginning to end. Lee Sung Min is a renowned attorney who realizes his world is about to crumble and discovers the corruption upon which his career was founded. Cast includes Lee Ki Woo, Kim Ji Soo, Junho, Park Jin Hee, Yoon So Hee, Yeo Hui Hyeon. (Bonus: that kiss scene.)
I’ll follow all the Bleak Night boys ’til the ends of the earth, it seems.
Lee Je Hoon co-stars in Signal with Kim Hye Soo and Cho Jin Woong. Incredible performances from all three leading actors. Park Hae Young (Lee Je Hoon) receives radio transmissions from the past from a fellow gumshoe (Cho Jin Woong) from some of the most heinous murders in history. The show was so well received it had people buzzing about a sequel. And hello Cho Jin Woong, ’cause if ya didn’t know, now ya know. For more info, check out my review here.
It is Reply 1988, which will come as no surprise, that I’ll look upon with genuine love. It’s what dramas are supposed to be, with a stellar cast, well-written storylines, and distinctive characters. Though some may be preoccupied with the opposing lovelines, the incredible drama had so many amazing moments so thoughtfully constructed that you’d be hard pressed to find a better way to spend your time than with Duk Seon, Jung Pal, Sun Woo, Taek, and Dong Ryong. It’ll warm up the coldest of evenings. Especially when you fall for Ryu Jun Yeol 27 times.
The Korean remake of Entourage was slick, fun, and had a vibrant energy to it. It was interesting to see the take on the Korean entertainment industry, after the original HBO version had such a clearly defined portrait of Hollywood. You might be inclined to compare cast members between the two versions, but the drama truly does stand on its own, and has its own truckload of cameos to boast (bonus: behind-the-scenes video). Plus, we’ve got another Bleak Night boy to track. Seo Kang Joon, Lee Kwang Soo, Lee Dong Hwi, Park Jung Min, and Cho Jin Woong are perfectly cast.