Tag: Han Hye Jin

Thorn Birds: Episodes 1-2

Let’s try an experiment, shall we? Let’s follow the drama’s lead and begin this recap backwards, from the end of Episode 2 rather than the start of Episode 1. Let’s start with a scene to make your hair stand on end. Your jaw drops, your eyes bulge (which is de rigueur in this drama); you… Read More ›

Mid-Year Report Card (Part 2)

Okay! Now that we’ve sussed out the best/worst kdrama offerings for the first half of this year, it’s time to check out the lead performances and everyone’s favorite topic: the OTPs!

Jejoongwon (Part 3): Supporting cast and characters

The above image shows you two of my most-loved characters in Jejoongwon. One of them should be instantly familiar to many of you; the other you might not have seen before, because he’s newly arrived in Korea and this is his first time on Korean TV. Together they form part of what is undeniably one… Read More ›

Jejoongwon (Part 2): Lead cast and characters

As I explained in Part 1 of this review, Jejoongwon recreates events in the late Joseon dynasty which led to the founding of the country’s first Western-style hospital. Many of its characters are based on people who lived through those events, whose names remain unchanged in the drama. Despite sticking fairly close to the annals,… Read More ›

Jejoongwon (Part 1): The history

“If I had a thousand lives to give, Korea should have them all.” Tears stung my eyes when I read the above epitaph. I had just finished another episode of Jejoongwon (SBS 2010) and was poking around the Internet, gobbling up every bit of information I could find on the historical facts behind the drama…. Read More ›