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City Hunter is by FAR, the best K-drama of this genre to come out of Korean productions. The opening episode is filmed like a movie - the quality is superlative and maintains that standard to the final episode. The story of City Hunter is a prequel to the famous manga it's based on - and what a story it is! Lee Min Ho is beyond superlative in his portrayal of Yi Sung, This role has garnered him well-deserved top awards. He's finally reached true leading-man status, displaying strength, sensitivity and a moral core. The other actors are all top notch, not a weak link to be seen. The action is well-paced, directing is tight, writing is on-point. There's NEVER a lag from episode to episode. There's humor and tears, revenge and redemption. And a terrific bonus? LMH and his NaNa were dating in real life! There's no need to question the chemistry between these two - it's there on the screen! Don't miss this one! Added: 10/1/11 Korean 2011 Drama Awards = LMH BEST ACTOR for City Hunter!!
WBDS is a superlative sageuk. This is a story involving two generations of master swordsmen and young wannabes. It is riveting storytelling describing love, loyalty, devotion and treachery. The over-riding question of this sageuk is one of fate. Does one allow it to dictate your path or do you carve a new destination for yourself? The storytelling is fluid, the pace rapid - no lagging in mid-episodes. Spectacular locations, great special effects, fun and agile sword fights and a good amount of wry humor thrown in keeps this sageuk from being overly dark. The two boys are eye-candy and likable - the older cast are spot-on in delivering the goods. Choi Min Soo, in particular, just eats the scenery. The role of Chun the Sky Lord was absolutely tailored for him - he's crazy-good in this! Watch this - WBDS is terrific and the OST? Kick-ass! Added: WBDS is being extended to 29 episodes. Ep. 30 is a compilation and cast interviews.
If you're debating about watching your first sageuk, this is the one to see. It has everything - a STELLAR cast, fabulous location shoots, wonderful costuming, romance, BROmance, epic battles, good writing and sure directing. You need to commit, tho. It's around 51 episodes long, but every episode pushes the plot forward with not much plot redundancy. Choi Su Jong turns in his usual epic performance. EotS MADE Song Il-guk's career - dude is made for sagueks. Su Ae is just lovely, despite being locked into the sageuk female characterization, she can really emote. Prepare for the ending - grab your tissue box, and enjoy! This is an important hallmark sageuk for your personal roster of K-drama viewing.