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My Sassy Girl: Episodes 1-2

This is going to be so much fun! My Sassy Girl premiered with promises of hijinks and fun chemistry (much like the original movie), but it’s definitely a new spin, with the story being set in Joseon. Though we do get a heavier backstory initially, the tone of the show shifts as we enter the lives of our two leads. They get tangled in each other’s lives from their very first hilarious meeting, and it’s a promising start for all the laughs and romance sure to come.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

On a dark and stormy night, the ministers of the palace kneel outside of the king’s quarters, pleading for him to take action. Inside, KING HWIJONG (Son Chang-min) tells his pregnant queen not to worry as he vows to protect her.

Wearing his battle armor, Minister JUNG KI-JOON (Jung Woong-in) meets with the king’s mother and tells her that the queen’s child is not of royal blood — the child belongs to Prince Chuseong, he claims. She refuses to believe him, but when he claims to have a witness to the queen’s treason, she looks conflicted.

While all this is happening, another group of soldiers ride their horses urgently to try stop the impending scheme.

Minister Jung barges into the king’s quarters with his soldiers and announces that they will take the queen for committing treason. The king tries to protect his queen, but the minister shows him a written poster accusing the queen of destroying the king, the people, and the nation. And now with approval granted by the king’s mother, the queen dowager, they have the power to take the queen.

The queen is dragged outside, where she confronts Minister Jung, asking if he’s not afraid of the heavens for committing such an evil deed. He smiles and tells her that soon, the world will fear him more than the heavens. With that, he signals his minions to drag the queen into the palanquin.

But before she’s taken away, a young princess runs toward them, yelling for her mother. The queen tries to comfort her crying daughter with a smile and tells her to take care of her father and grandmother.

She pulls her daughter into one last hug before they’re pulled away from each other. The princess bites the hand of her captor and tries to chase after her mother, but the palace doors close before she can make it. She falls to the ground crying and utterly devastated.

The soldiers on horseback continue to race to stop the scheme, but they’re stalled by a dangerous looking trap that obstructs their path. Then, a wave of arrows fly toward them before they’re besieged by enemies. The leaders of the two sides come face to face, and it becomes clear that the attackers are traitors. The loyal warrior inflicts a painful injury on the head traitor’s right eye, but we don’t know if either of them survive the bout.

King Hwijong walks into his mother’s room, still in disbelief as he asks how she could dethrone his beloved queen. His mother can’t seem to face him, and he yells with uncontainable anger and betrayal.

Minister Jung meets with a royal concubine (Yoon Se-ah) and thanks her for helping him convince the queen dowager. She reminds him of his promise to make her the queen, but Minister Jung immediately raises his sword to her neck. He asks how he can trust that she won’t betray him once she rises up to the throne, so she bows down to his feet as a sign of her submission. He approves with a smug look.

As the queen and her entourage reach the bamboo forest, we hear Minister Jung’s order (in voiceover) for his men to slay the queen once outside the city. The leading lackey nods to his minions, who then proceed to slaughter the queen’s servants. And just as they’re about to murder the queen, a bamboo stick pierces the lackey.

The culprit comes out of the forest, and it’s the loyal warrior from the earlier battle. He swiftly kills his enemies and walks toward the palanquin to retrieve the queen, only to stop in surprise when he hears a baby’s cries coming from inside.

The king and Minister Jung watch Prince Chuseong’s house burn, and the king looks infuriated by the threat to his power that the prince supposedly represented. Then, the loyal warrior arrives with the baby strapped to his body, and the soldiers surround him as he approaches the king. The king demands to know if the rumors are true, and we can now confirm that this loyal warrior is Prince Chuseong (cameo by Kim Min-joon).

On his knees, Prince Chuseong urges the king not to believe the traitors’ scheme. He accepts death as punishment for losing the trust of the king and for failing to stop the traitors, but he insists that the king behold the queen’s sincerity. He offers the child to the king and reveals that the queen died while giving birth to the nation’s successor, the royal son.

The king drops his sword and immediately grabs his child. Minister Jung orders for the traitor prince to be arrested, and the prince bows to the king before following the orders. As he walks away, he tells the minister that he will come back to punish them, dead or alive.

At the palace, the princess tries to comfort her crying baby brother with a doll that their mother made. She tells her baby brother that their mother will return soon while she looks longingly at the doll. Outside the room, the king watches with a conflicted expression.

Minister Jung asks the king about his decision regarding Prince Chuseong, and the king has decided to charge the prince for treason. But as for the child, he will keep him in line for the throne. Minister Jung tries to object about the son of a dethroned queen becoming the king’s successor, but the king says that he will implement a ban for the next hundred years which will prohibit anyone from discussing the queen’s dethronement. He’s ready to harshly punish anyone who breaks this rule and fight anyone who opposes this law.

Minister Jung clearly disapproves, but he tells the king that he’s merely a loyal servant. He agrees to follow the king’s orders, and the king looks relieved.

Ten years later. A ship sails through the calm waters of the ocean, and we focus on a scholar who is returning from three years of studying abroad in the Qing Empire. This is Gyun Woo (Joo-won), and he reflects on his meaningful time abroad, during which he learned about himself and his potential. He smiles as he notices the women behind him fawning over him, and we take a brief look back at his time abroad.

At his institution, Gyun Woo’s peers (and the emperor) applauded his lecture, and in the marketplace, the women fought over paintings with Gyun Woo’s face on it. But since his face was painted on almost every piece of merchandise at the market as though he were some sort of celebrity, he would be aggressively chased by women eager to get a look at him.

Back in the present, Gyun Woo tells us that he returns to Joseon with ambitious dreams, but his suave line is cut off—twice—by the ship hitting rocks as it approaches the shore (ha, it’s even funnier with the dog in his hand). At last, he finally steps off the ship and tells Teacher Gyun (his dog) that this is Joseon.

A voice calls for her orabeoni, and Gyun Woo turns to find his younger sister, GYUN HEE (Jung Da-bin). He greets her in Mandarin, and she calls him out for being pretentious.

When he sees his parents approaching, he hands Teacher Gyun, his beloved pet dog, to his sister, who doesn’t look too pleased by the squishy-faced creature. Gyun Woo’s mother (Jang Young-nam) warmly greets her son, but his father, GYUN PIL-HYUNG (Jo Hee-bong) rushes them along, since the king is waiting.

Accompanied by his father, Gyun Woo meets with King Hwijong, who showers him with praises. Gyun Woo reciprocates the praises by thanking the king for considering him a national treasure. He humbly promises to work hard in any position offered to him, and the king grants him a special space to recover from his travels until he’s summoned back to court.

That night, he celebrates with his friends and shows off a method he learned for a special kind of cocktail (basically a soju bomb) that he picked up in Qing. He explains how he got the the name: “do” for the ceramic, “mi” for the collapse, and “no” for the wave. In other words, shot glasses that fall like a wave, aka Domino Shots (pfft).

His friend suspects that Gyun Woo only played around when he went abroad, but Gyun Woo says that one can’t become great without a balance, so he worked hard and played hard. Gyun Woo’s friends nudge him to put in a good word for the rest of them, but he says that power is transient, like petals in the wind. Ha, he really is pretentious.

He tells his friends to drink up as another party rolls up to greet him. The group is led by PARK CHANG-HUI (Kwak Hee-sung), who treats Gyun Woo like a rival. Chang-hui’s friends brag about his appointment to a government position, but Gyun Woo loftily responds by praising Chang-hui’s father for pulling the strings for his son, who failed the civil service exam twice, even with a paid proxy.

Those words clearly sting, and Chang-hui warns him about gaining so much of the king’s attention, since all that attention may come around the bite him. But Gyun Woo shuts him down by telling him to work hard, since losing a position he didn’t earn would be terribly embarrassing. Chang-hui tries to keep his composure, and he tells Gyun Woo to watch out for who’ll slip first before walking away.

Gyun Woo and his friends chuckle at his incompetent rival, and they raise their glasses. But Gyun Woo stops them to introduce the second most popular drink he learned about: the whirly shot. He grabs the glass and swirls the liquid inside to create a cyclone-like effect, once again impressing his friends.

As Gyun Woo drunkenly walks home, he approaches a well-dressed young woman (Oh Yeon-seo) at a bridge, and he stares as she looks longingly at the water down below. They pass each other silently, but she suddenly trips and almost falls over the bridge.

Luckily, Gyun Woo catches her just in time, and she sees her hero’s face as he lifts her back up. They face each other in close proximity, and it seems like a romantic moment… until she burps, loudly, in his face. Gyun Woo looks disgusted as he fans away the smell, but the woman — who we’ll come to know as PRINCESS HYEMYEONG — drunkenly walks away.

As he watches the princess walk off, Gyun Woo comments that Joseon has changed a lot since he’s last been around. As he walks onward, he spots a jade ring at his feet. He picks it up and looks back, but the princess is already gone. He stores it in his sleeve and continues on his way.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

At the palanquin/Joseon cab station, a worker advertises rides for his customers but ignores the request of an elderly man. When the worker offers to arrange a ride for the elderly man if he pays twice the rate, the elderly man argues that the offer is unfair, so the worker pushes the man aside.

The elderly man falls to the ground, and an angry woman yells at the worker. It’s a still-drunk Princess Hyemyeong, and she impulsively smacks the rude carriage worker across the head. Ouch.

A very drunk Princess Hyemyeong scolds the worker for treating the elderly man unfairly, but the worker argues back that a drunk woman shouldn’t act so rashly in public. The worker grabs her arm when she tries to smack him again, so she kicks him instead. Enraged by her actions, the worker orders his minions to hold her hostage, and he sleazily asks if she wants another drink with him.

Then, from behind, Gyun Woo intervenes. The worker assumes that the two are lovers, but he clarifies that he’s just a scholar who can’t stand injustice. He lists the offenses that the worker could be charged for — assault and overcharging — and men let Hyemyeong go.

Gyun Woo approaches her and asks if she’s okay, and she responds by throwing up on him in a very long, very slow-motion moment, as everyone freezes and/or tries to get out of range. He and everyone around him are disgusted, and then, Hyemyeong proceeds to faint.

Gyun Woo piggybacks Hyemyeong into the Joseon equivalent of a motel, and of course, the owner claims that they only have the most expensive room left. The owner gives Gyun Woo an accusatory and knowing look, but Gyun Woo insists that he’s just going to put her in bed and leave.

After struggling upstairs with Hyemyeong on his back, Gyun Woo throws her on the bed. For a moment, he stares at her with interest, but then he takes a sniff and gags a little.

Meanwhile, a mysterious figure in black looks up at the motel room from outside.

Gyun Woo angrily washes his outer garment and looks incredulously at the soundly sleeping Hyemyeong. He hangs his garment to dry when he notices that the sleeping princess has a bit of vomit left on the tie of her hanbok.

He hesitates, but ultimately decides to try clean off the vomit by carefully flicking it off. But then, the drunk princess wakes up, and from her perspective, she sees a man in his undergarments trying to pull at her hanbok tie, so she punches him square in the face.

Gyun Woo insists that she’s misunderstanding the situation, but she doesn’t listen to him. She pulls him into a chokehold and repeatedly punches his head, calling him a pervert all the while. And when he escapes, she proceeds to throw anything and everything she can get her hands on.

Hearing the banging from down below, the motel owner comments that he was right — never in his twenty years of running this motel has he seen a man just leave. Ha, misunderstandings all around.

After throwing everything she can find, the angry princess looks around the room for anything else. Her eyes fixate on the teapot, and Gyun Woo’s eyes widen when he sees her reach for it.

She grabs it before he can, and he immediately cowers away and closes his eyes, expecting the worst. Hyemyeong raises the tea pot to swing, but then, she begins to gag a little. (And HA, Gyun Woo begins to gag in response.) It looks like she’s about to throw up again, but she collapses to the ground instead.

Gyun Woo looks up to find Hyemyeong unconscious on the ground, and he quickly tries to retreat in fear. Before he leaves, he throws a sheet on the sleeping(?) princess and heads out. But he’s met with the mysterious figure in black at the door, and she blows an unknown white powder into his face. Gyun Woo tries to wave it away, but whatever it is causes him to fall unconscious.

When Gyun Woo wakes up, he finds himself surrounded by criminals in jail. They shame him for attempted assault on a woman, but from the corner, another prisoner says that attempted assault and fraud are both crimes all the same. He reveals to Gyun Woo that the other criminals are famous thieves who are known to sell stolen goods and commit fraud.

Then, the man notices the white powder on Gyun Woo’s face and examines it closely, but Gyun Woo is called to face his charges before he can ask about the mysterious white powder.

The jailer asks for Gyun Woo’s identity tag, but Gyun Woo refuses to comply because he’s been falsely accused. The jailer doesn’t believe him and accusingly asks about the powder on his face. From the cell, the outspoken prisoner reveals that the white powder is an anesthetic, surprising both Gyun Woo and the jailer.

Gyun Woo and the helpful prisoner are released from jail, and the man says that Hanyang is now full of gold diggers who use anesthetics to trap people. He advises Gyun Woo to think lightly of his bad luck, but Gyun Woo coldly responds that he’ll take care of his own business. Still, he’s thankful for the help and asks the man for his name. He whimsically responds that he’s the rustling spring breeze, and he’s not exactly lying — his name is CHOON POONG (Shim Hyung-tak), which literally translates to “spring wind.”

Choon Poong is greeted by two women who rush to him with their frivolous worries. They ask how he was captured again for bilking a gibang and offer to pour him extra alcohol when he comes to their place. He clearly loves the attention and walks off with a woman on each arm.

Gyun Woo sneaks back into his home after his all-nighter, but he’s caught by his parents. His mother immediately stands by her son’s side as his father advises Gyun Woo to avoid actions that may cause bad rumors and to act righteously. Gyun Woo respectfully accepts the advice, and his mother tries to hurry her husband off to work.

Gyun Woo’s sister, Gyun Hee, is in the middle of searching her brother’s room when he walks in. She notices his dirty garments, which is uncharacteristic of him, and she asks for her gift.

She opens up a painting collection containing only his likenesses, and she angrily asks how he could bring back portraits of himself as presents for his family. He says that they’re rare commodities in Qing, but she demands that he hand over her real present. Gyun Woo ignores her request and says he’s tired, and she storms out of his room.

Sitting on his bed, Gyun Woo thinks about his unfortunate encounters with the drunk princess as he tries to convince himself to forget them. But then, he remembers how she beat him up and becomes incredibly irate, now unable to forget the shame.

The princess is woken by her eunuch servant in the palace, who is ready with honey water to help with her hangover. Her guard (the mysterious figure who blew the white powder anesthetic at Gyun Woo) tells her that the pervert was sent to jail. Her servant freaks out and says that he will punish the pervert himself, but then he realizes that he can’t, because he needs to keep the princess’s outing a secret.

But it looks like the secret is out, as we see a factory of underground printmakers making posters with pictures of the princess’s nightly escapes from the palace. Overnight, the posters are spread throughout the city, and Minister Jung looks over one with a pleased look on his face.

The next morning, the people see the posters, causing rumors to spread like wildfire. King Hwijong also receives a poster, which accuses him of being lousy at his job and of being uninterested in his people — and now, the princess escaping the palace every night makes him look even worse. Gyun Woo’s father, Minister Gyun, advises the king to address the false rumors right away, but Minister Jung argues that denying these claims may make him look guiltier.

Alternatively, Minister Jung advises the king to divert the attention and disprove the rumors by setting up a marriage for the princess. Minister Gyun is against the idea, and the king agrees that this matter will require more careful thought.

The king discusses the options with his mother, who favors the idea of marriage for the princess. She suggests the scholar who just returned from his time abroad, but the king says that Gyun Woo is destined to do great work for the nation, not to be the princess’s future partner.

QUEEN PARK (former the royal concubine) offers her suggestion, but the king coldly tells her that she’s overstepping her boundaries, and she immediately apologizes as she glares ever so slightly at the king.

The young prince dozes off during his studies and quickly claims he was wide awake when a voice calls out his name. But it’s just his older sister, Princess Hyemyeong, with the doll made by their mother. They play Joseon soccer outside, and Hyemyeong sets up the assist for her brother to shoot the ball. But when the prince trips on the ball, Queen Park rushes out onto the field and makes a scene of overreacting to the simple fall.

The prince is escorted back to his room, and the queen confronts Hyemyeong for distracting the prince from his studies. Hyemyeong says that freedom and playing are important and fitting for the prince’s age, but Queen Park says that the prince is too important for those things when he’s the heir to the throne.

On that note, Hyemyeong says that coddling the prince will not create a strong heir, and Queen Park accusingly asks if she’s trying to lecture her. The queen mentions the news of the princess’s nightly outings dampening the king’s reputation, and that quickly silences Hyemyeong.

As Hyemyeong walks through the palace with her entourage, her eunuch servant, YOUNG-SHIN, gossips about how the queen spoils the prince to lift her moods. Hyemyeong hits and kicks him to make him stop, flinging her shoe in the process. A guard picks up the shoe, and he’s familiar to the bunch — it’s KANG JOON-YOUNG (Lee Jung-shin).

Joon-young walks up to Hyemyeong with her shoe and slips it on her foot like a proper knight in shining armor. She tells him to stop acting so cool and serious, and he breaks the mood by asking about her outing last night. Whoops.

Her entourage gives them space to talk, and Hyemyeong says that he must have gotten the wrong information. He tells her that it’s been three years and that she should stop now, and something about those words dampens her playful mood, though we don’t know why.

Hyemyeong mindlessly skips rocks at the pond, with Eunuch Young-shin assuring her that Joon-young was just worried while her female guard, BYUL (Taemi), hands her the rocks. But then, Hyemyeong suddenly remembers something from last night and starts patting her dress, looking for a lost object.

Hyemyeong searches her room with Young-shin and Byul, but they come up empty. She think back to where she could have placed this precious object, and then her eyes flicker with realization.

Meanwhile, Gyun Woo walks through the marketplace, asking vendors if they recognize the painted face of the princess. They shake their heads, and he continues to search while Hyemyeong makes an accusation: “It was that pervert.”

 
COMMENTS

What a delightful beginning to the series. This first episode was a great balance of comedy, intrigue, and some light hijinks to get the ball rolling. And the character introductions were woven into the story, so nothing felt too forced. The directorial choices and comedic timing were really on point throughout, and I think that elevated a lot of the hilarity.

Every time a moment felt marginally romantic, there would be a quick record-scratching moment to follow — a burp, vomit, or stench that would ruin any potential for romantic developments. Of course, I expect that to gradually change as we move forward with the romance, but right now, I am loving how disjointed and confusing the relationship is between Gyun Woo and Hyemyeong.

While the show is loosely based off of the movie, I don’t think this is a clear remake of the movie. For starters, this is a fusion sageuk, and I think that this genre grants the show a lot of flexibility in how much they want to base their stories and scenes on the movie. I think it was a smart choice to remake the movie in this genre, because it’s different enough but also allows for a modern twist — like with the domino shots — or some references to the original content.

At first, I thought the sageuk element was too weird for an adaptation, but I’m pretty pleased with the result, because it really does stand on its own. Even character-wise, Joo-won mentioned talking to Cha Tae-hyun about his role, but there was very little advice that Cha Tae-hyun could offer —
because fundamentally, the two characters are different. I’m glad that this show is aiming to be more of an independent production, but at the same time, why name it after the movie? I’m arguing on both sides here, but in the end, it’s a fine balance.

I admit that I had some expectations for the show (how could you not with Joo Won as the lead?), and I’m relieved to report that they’ve been met with promises of more funny misunderstandings and a deeper backstory to add dimension to our sassy gal. Even with all the drama and bad decisions regarding the casting process for the female lead, I think Oh Yeon-seo was a good choice. She has great comedic timing and a commitment to making her scenes feel full of life.

She often stretches the boundaries of her character, but it always feels rooted and organic. I’m looking forward to more of her comedic chops as well as her dramatic potential — a balance that was showcased nicely in Come Back, Ajusshi. I think she’ll be carrying most of the comedy, but Joo-won’s opposite personality makes their combo even funnier. I can’t wait to see more of their chemistry in the next episodes.

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What fun! All the meta hints had me in stitches. I can't remember the last time I saw Joo Won in something funny (Tomorrow Cantabile?), but this looks like it'll be good!

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*waves at rentenmann*

So good to see you here, Chingu!

Like you, I've been looking forward to seeing Joo Won in something funny. Fingers crossed that he and Gyun Sabu leave us in stitches. ;-)

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*waves back* @pakalanapikake, hello!!!

I've been watching a ton of dramas lately, but make it to the recaps kind of late in the game. Good to see you here, too!!!

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Metas? Were there metas that I missed? What are you hinting at lol? But I do wonder why the china scenes meant :S.

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Unless I mixed up my dramas, Joo Won's character asked for copies of books called "My Love From the Stars" and "Scandal in Sungkyunkwan", but the bookseller told him they're​ sold out. It was in the first episode when he was still in China, I believe. I forgot the other things he mentions, which had me giggling.

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I felt I should stop thinking about "My Sassy Girl" and just think of it as "Sassy Sageuk"

I don't know if i like enough YET to follow through or save for a marathon. I'll give it juuuust one more episode because I'm currently too swamped with Real Life. The colors are so pretty and sparkly, though. ^_^

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@2 Lessa May 30, 2017 at 8:17 PM:

I've been thinking of it as MY SASSY [JOSEON] GIRL, although MY SASSY PRINCESS might be more accurate. ;-)

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this episode was just so...gleeful..in its tone. I loved Joo Wan as the Qing returned dandy. And the princess...i love how she's so in your face yet we catch glimpses of hidden depths. i cant wait for the next episode.

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If this was a real sageuk she would be put in a rice chest instead of Prince Sado.

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LOL. I have to admit I'm having a hard time connecting with the princess, I hope they don't go too far with the "sassy girl" definition because the princess is a little too rough for my taste.

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The princess really threw me off...I felt this drama should be named "The Gross Girl"...she was crude, closed-minded, and really off-putting! Liked everyone else and usually love fusion sageuk's; however, this one hasn't got my affection yet. Will give it a few more episodes and hope for the best.

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Ikr. I'm trying not to take this show too seriously, but the utter lack of realism still keeps throwing me off.

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agreed! and even the make up the princess has on is so weird.. eyebrows and lips? it just bothered me along with just how unrealistic it was even for a fusion saguek!

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Oh Yeon-seo's makeup artist should've been fired. Her foundation looks cakey especially around the eyes but it doesn't cover her dark circles. Her makeup ages her.

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It's the plastic surgery, it's quite shallow I know but this is also why I can't see Ji Chang Wook in saeguk.

Not saying I'm anti PS (I LOVE JCW) but yea, it makes them looks off in saegukland.

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What do you mean "it's the plastic surgery"? Their eyes are too big?

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LOL even it is because of PS, there's always a way to make it less obvious. That's why there is make up artist. In this drama, I agree with @Elle her MUA should be fired. Actually not only makeup, everything looks so cheap & underbudget.

OK maybe I don't actually understand your meaning, but in what perspective PS and sageuk are related? Because of the eyebrow? Lips?

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Plastic surgery (or could be just filler) makes their face looks more modern, if it makes sense? The lips looks unnatural like when you look at Hwang Jung Eum, with perhaps botox for face lift. And I agree that the make up artist can do a better job, her eyebrow color is a bit too bold. I remember Kim Yoo Jung has the prettiest tiny eyebrow in Moonlight with the nicest shade of light brown/grey. I am bit obsessed with make up so sometimes these things really caught my eyes ?

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I am sorry for saying this, but Park Min Young also did PS but she still looks regal and dignified in sageuk attire. I don't think it has something to do with PS, but agree for some actors -I also don't think their look fit for sageuk drama. Such as Gong Hyo Jin, Jun Ji Hyun (although there was part of sageuk in her recent drama but nothing impressive imo), Lee Jong Suk, etc etc.

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Rather than plastic surgery, I'd say they don't look as good in traditional clothing. Now I kind of get why beauty standards keep varying over time. Sometimes it depends not only your facial features but also on how well you wear certain clothes and hairstyles pertaining to certain eras as well. YSO looks fab in the CITT movie, despite being a tad too old for a college student, but still fabulous, as well as in Come Back Mister, but if she and I were living in Joseon I might not have considered her a beauty at that time. Same goes for a few other actresses. PMY wears hanbok extremely well, and she did PS too, so I don't think PS is the main or only problem.

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drama was fun! so happy that it was able to deliver and hope that it will continue to do so!

is it just me or does oh yeo seo somewhat resembles kim tae hee in some angles. she kinda reminded me of kim tae hee in jak ok jung, visual wise.

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This was SO much fun! Joo won as the handsome scholar who doesn't shy away from his beauty and the obscene arrogant princess are too too good together. But why do I think the princess is behaving like this on purpose. Does she have a political agenda ? Anyhow, as expected OSY is the best arrogant princess ever especially after having seen saeguk princesses being all prim and proper

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I think yes. She doesn't seem to be a spoiled-brat trouble maker princess. She looks like she is highly intelligent by herself, but doing this purposely maybe to hide something.

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Really? Then I wish they showed us bits of it. Not only is she very successful at throwing off her political opponents, she is throwing off viewers as well.

I would so much love a smartass princess who is pretending to be crazy. However, they need to give us glimpse of that.

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They have showed a bit that she has a wise thinking. For eg - when she asked the Prince to play, and when the Queen was angry with her, her respond was kinda wise in my opinion. In short, she didn't asked the Prince to play just because she was boring or had nothing else to do. Also the scene with the Lieutenant, there was something happened in the last 3 years that could caused her to act like that. That's my presumption, first epi was just a little too slapstick that what we saw only the trouble maker princess.

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Yeah, I guessed it was too much that these little things completely flew past me.

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@Sera The Ms Temper May 31, 2017 at 3:16 AM:

Also the scene with the Lieutenant, there was something happened in the last 3 years that could caused her to act like that.

I'm betting on that, too. Gyun Woo was on his way to China at the time, if not already there, and would not have heard about whatever happened. That's assuming that anyone outside the Inner Court would have been privy to it.

I'm willing to bet that there's a broken heart involved, but how that came about remains to be seen. I suspect that someone dear to the Princess met a tragic end. Given the earlier scheming of ministers Jung and Park, it could have been politically motivated. We'll just have to wait and see.

One of the charms of the original film was the way in which the motivation for The Girl's outrageous behavior was revealed. In that respect, it was not too different from the root causes of Oh Hae-young's binge-drinking and off-putting shenanigans that concealed a deeply wounded (and flawed) character who went from being a doormat to a deeply passionate person who made the commitment to herself to go for broke when she fell in love.

I'd really like the Princess to be more than a caricature. Such character development takes time and at least one foil whose presence sets up the conditions for self-disclosure. I'm hoping that we get to the vulnerable marshmallow beneath the hard-boiled exterior sooner rather than later.

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@pakalanapikake I think we will get to that direction, hopefully the writing will be nice. She already have a scar when she was little, and maybe something more happened in 3 years ago. Maybe her first love? I have a bit more patient to wait for 2-3 weeks to see her character's development.

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So according to this show;

Joo Won : first hallyu ever.

Lol, this indeed seems like a fun show. By the way Lee Jung Shin looks good here.

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i didnt know he was in this show so when he came up looking so good in that uniform I actually screamed "WHAT?!" and then proceeded to admire the pretty

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Is this the pattern going forward--i.e., two episode recaps at once?

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SBS and MBC split their episodes into 30-minute halves, so we're getting two episodes a night, four episodes per week. This recap is for the full hour/episodes 1 and 2. It's the same for Suspicious Partner, Ruler, and Lookout.

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No, it is only for the dramas that are affected by the new format MBC and SBS are adopting. They now have advertisements in the middle of a one hour slot, and decided to treat the front half of the show and the later half hour as different episodes. So these two episodes air back-to-back and are half hour each. Basically, it is just a numbering issue.

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To add to the confusion, DramaFever isn't splitting the eps. These are posted up there as a full length(1 hour) ep. 1. I wonder how many people complained about the new format to make that change?

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Since this was preproduced, Dramafever was probably given the episodes before they split them. There are some short pieces of scenes that are different between the DF version and the broadcast version as well.

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I like it!!
However... I read that this drama receives negative response from k-viewers. People also commented that OYS overacts, a bully etc... And the costumes for Qing Dynasty were not right... (Apparently the chinese emperor was wearing hanfu etc)

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Yeah, the Chinese Emperor was wearing the wrong clothes for the time period.

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Thank you for pointing this out! I was going to comment on the Qing Dynasty part, the villagers (especially the ladies) were not wearing the correct clothes nor was the emperor like you said. I do think on few parts OYS facial expressions were more exaggerated but her acting didn't put me off.

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None of the Qing dynasty costumes were right. Even the hanfu were from different dynasties. What a travesty and insult to Chinese culture.

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I was expecting this drama to be really horrible after reading the overwhelmingly negative k-netz comments, but it's actually pretty decent. The backstory is compelling, and the more serious beats work pretty well.

HOWEVER

I do think the comedy is overdone. The vomit scene gag lasted a tad too long, and I'm not a fan of belching/vomiting/farting as comedy so I cringed throughout the scene. I felt some of the jokes didn't land well, and I'm not sure what to feel about the Princess being all quick to use her fists.

Also, this drama has some of the worst hanboks I've seen in recent years. Lol

But all in all, this show could improve. The execution could've been smoother and the comedy could've been more seamless, but it's not terrible. I kind of feel bad that it's getting universally panned when k-netz were more forgiving of Hwarang, which IMO had worse execution of its fusion/modern-ish aspects.

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Agreed on hanbok comments! I thought I was the only one to have such thought so I plan to keep it to myself and just deal with it. But the yellow hanbok that the princess wore in the rain upon the Queen disposal looks so cheap..

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I'm calling it the McDonald's hanbok.

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Rather than cheap, I just thought all the colors were all horribly matched and too bright and glaring! Every time someone came out with a bright hanbok colors or wrongly matched colors, I had to calm myself down, seriously, I might throw up like the princess if they keep forcing those colors down my throat.

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I agree about the vomit scene. It was a bit too much.

But what did you think about all the pop culture references?

Also, yes, I found this show more fun than Hwarang, and maybe K-netz wanted a more serious sageuk?

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A lot of them went over my head, to be honest.

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To me ir looks like a contemporary drama cosplaying sageuk.
Also, at the very beginning, I had to minimise my player to make sure that I am watching the correct show. It was nothing that looked as comedy there.
I am not sure that I am going to finish it, especially with the current offer. Too many good dramas to pick instead.

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I feel the same way. There's too many good dramas to watch this summer instead of wasting time on one that's just ok. I've never seen the original movie the show is based on so maybe my expectations were too high. I didn't find any of the hi-jinks/comedy funny and the Princess comes off dramatic and annoying to me. Even though I won't be watching further I hope everyone else enjoys it.

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Out of all the hanboks, I like OYS's sleeping garment the most LOL. Light pink hue with white brocade ^.^ ... such a contrast to their super bright colorful shiny daylight wear.

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Couldn't agree more! I don't know what they were thinking while other sageuk dramas (MDBC, Ruler, 7 Day queen - from promo pics at least) attempt to make the most beautiful hanboks!

And being drunk and vomiting is overused for K-drama jokes. It is actually disgusting and not funny IMO.

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Lol I admit I got spoiled by sheer beauty of the costumes in Moonlight, and it looks like SDQ is using the same designer. The hanboks in Sassy Girl look tacky in comparison.

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LOL at the hanbok comment. This drama has among the worst hanbok I have ever seen, especially what Oh Yeon Seo's wearing. I thought what Yoon Soo Hoo wears in Ruler is the worst, but no Oh Yeon Seo is a lot worse.

I don't mind with the bright colour - to suit with her character maybe, but take it for eg what Kim Tae Hee worn in Jang Ok Jung. Her hanbok mostly bright and loud but still looks pretty. If this is live in shooting, there is always a chance for the change, but since this is pre-produced, I don't know if it right to hope the costume will be better.

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I think the lighting also contribute to the whole look of the hanboks. I felt they just enhanced all the bright color like in the photo filter app so it would just pop up like that. And one thing that seriously bothered me a lot, when the queen was pregnant why the bump was WAY too up or is it just me that feels that way ??

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Hahahaha I didn't pay attention to that part. Oh yes, I think they could work on some lighting editing so the brightness can be lesser. It won't save the whole look but at least better than nothing.

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Did anyone notice they used AC/DC's 'Back in Black' with traditional instruments during the prison scene for Gyeon Woo?

Also the rather obvious 'Chariots of Fire'in Episode 4.

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The colors and costumes for this show is all so gorgeous!! The scene with his little sister talking to DaYeon and the lotus flowers in the background....so gorgeous.

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@11 Thaipeppa May 30, 2017 at 9:41 PM:

Yes!! That scene with the lotuses was gorgeous. My kind of botanical eyecandy. ;-)

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Yeah, I think the bright/sort of almost garish colors and costumes are an intentional choice-- very stylized and over the top kind of like Moulin Rouge. I'm liking it.

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I was surprised by the overwhelming bad review from knetz cos when i watch the first two eps, i laugh out a lot.
The female lead is indeed insane (in a good way). I think we also gonna see her vulnerable side soon...

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The colour used in their outfit really beautiful along with the embroidery. But I was not entertained by the princess act. She was rude, loud and inconsiderate. I just can't understand many things that she done.

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I had so much fun watching this drama. Here's to hoping it will continue to be fun for the rest of its run ?

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Okay, I was waiting for the recap so I can set/curb my expectations and it looks like I didn't have to because this sounds delightful! Thank you, @dramallama!

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I want to love this. I really, really, really do - but, so far, it's just too silly and weird for words. I've always had a hard time with slapstick though, so it's no surprise this makes me cringe. I love Joo Won and Oh Yeon-seo rose to the top of my favorite actress list after Please Come Back Mister, so I will probably stick with it, but GAH! I'm having to remind myself that Shine or Go Crazy did the same overdone slapstick in the beginning and I almost gave up before falling in love with it. Sassy Girl is so opposite to Ruler: Master of the Mask in all its serious glory that the contrast is jarring. I can see why Koreans might not like this because they take their Sageuks seriously. I confess I must agree with them.

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My Sassy Girl is opposite to Ruler only in that Ruler started with a bang whereas I have almost no words for MSG. However, both shows could be more similar than they appear. The writers are new and while new can be mean refreshing, it's not the case in this nor in Ruler.
Ruler has a plot with more and bigger holes than a slice of Swiss cheese. MSG seemed to have some sort of plot but the hijinks overshadow everything else.
I want a very awesome saeguk and a good comedy, not necessarily in one drama. I don't think either drama is the answer. Gonna dial down my expectation for SDQ because that too is by a new writer. 3rd time lucky? Hopefully.

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Ruler - sageuk melodrama
My Sassy Girl - sageuk romcom

These two are definitely giving different vibes.

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I feel you. This is on my list because of Joo Won but I had to drop it. I think it's the comedy that I can't handle. I love and lol'ed watching SWDBS (minus Baek-tak's scenes) but the crazy comedy here feels off. I don't mind the jokes being modern but it just feels a little too much for my taste.

On the bright side, a slot on my list opened for Duel and I couldn't be happier.

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>because they take their Sageuks seriously

Rather than this, I actually think the "sassy girl character" in dramas is uhm an old concept? So as the slapstick comedy. It's not even about the idea of remaking a classic movie. The characters are just so 2000's imo.

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yeay !!
first saeguk drama of Joo Won while he left for military service
hopefully this drama will bring more laugh till last episode

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It was a pleasure to my eyes watching Joo Won on-screen after such a long time, aww his cutest dimples.
I ain't a fan of gross comedy, show please give me some clean comedy and I kept feeling the tragedy/danger that is going to loom over both the princess and Gyun Woo, if he were to marry her. I thought this would be a light fun sageuk (like first few episodes of Moonlight) but this also seems to be a political one.

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After Gaksital, I so wanted Joo Won to be a badass swordsman in a saeguk. I never imagine his first saeguk would turn out to be like this. Maybe I am being too pessimistic after just one episode. I'll just wait to see if by some miracle, it becomes better.

By the way, was this drama originally intended for the Chinese audience? I supposed it was because it was planned before THAAD. The Qing costumes reminded me of Fu Manchu, I wonder is this Korea getting back at China?

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actually the Qinh emperor custome and headgear is wrong...how can the custome director made such a silly mistake...I was really stunted the custome folks made this kind of mistake????

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Thanks for the recap, dramallama! I've been looking forward to this debut. Joo Won is a sight for sore eyes.

The dethronement scenes were done well, and looked like they belonged in SEVEN DAY QUEEN. They were a great way to introduce various villains, and also to set up the princess' back story.

Thinking back on the 2001 movie, I've got a handle on the significance of the missing jade ring.

There are some terrific veteran actors in the cast. Jung Woong-In and Kim Byung-Ok are dandy as scheming ministers. We even have a KING'S DAUGHTER reunion with the latter and Choi Ro-Woon. The young fella stole every scene he was in as Kuchon's adopted non-son. I'm thrilled to see him in this show as the young Prince.

As for the inebriated up-chucking, I could only stand so much of it in the original film, and hope that it tones down. Give me more screwball repartee (and Confucian zingers?), and less assault and battery. But do keep up the absurdity, please. I want to see more of Gyun Sabu, too. He's "doggone cute" in his Chinese finery. ;-)

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The dethronement scenes were done well, and looked like they belonged in SEVEN DAY QUEEN.

My exact thought when it opened with the dethronement scenes. The king loved the queen so much, the king couldn't protect the queen, and the queen was dethroned. I really, really loved the backstory and thought it was set up nicely, with just enough conflicts, nothing too overdone or puzzling as opposed to Ruler, which raised more questions and had plot holes. And I loved Kim Min-jun's short cameo, his scenes were impactful and I was sad to see him gone.

I'm not much of a fan of the tonal shift in later parts and thought they could have toned down the comedy a wee bit more. And as much as I love Oh Yeon-seo, the princess is not doing it for me. I hope her character gets a bit more serious later, because I honestly couldn't relate to her at all.

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@maryxiah May 31, 2017 at 2:48 AM:

And I loved Kim Min-jun's short cameo, his scenes were impactful and I was sad to see him gone.

Dang! I finally got around to watching DAMO a couple of weeks ago -- and didn't realize that Kim Min-jun had played the heroine's long-lost brother. He was terrific in that role. His turn in this drama was top-notch, and set a truly heroic tone. He made the king look really pathetic in comparison.

It's not often a woldo (polearm with moon blade) is used in sageuk, although maybe I just haven't seen enough productions. CHUNO and THE KING'S DAUGHTER are the only other Korean dramas I've seen that had them, IIRC. There may have been a few in SHAOLIN TEMPLE, which I also finally got around to watching recently. (Highly recommended, BTW.)

Has anyone else noticed Olympic Wall-Jumping as the latest women's sport in Joseon-era dramas? Saimdang engaged in it, too. It's amazing what some folks will do to get a gander at fine art. ;-)

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I haven't watched Damo, I tend not to check out dated productions. I've mainly watched Kim Min-jun in modern dramas, but he fit it just right in this drama, I wish we could have seen more of him. I agree that his short scene made the king looked pathetic in comparison. He barely spoke, but he made every word counts.

I don't usually take notice of the weaponry as I'm not into action, but I do have to agree it's rare, I don't usually see it in sageuk and I watched a few in recent years. Kim Min-jun holding that moon blade was so badass, so mesmerizing.

Shaolin temple? I used to watch a lot of Shaolin movies but I don't remember them anymore.

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SHAOLIN TEMPLE was Jet Li's film debut. ;-)

I wasn't into kung fu movies back then. But after watching enough sageuk in the past few years, I've come to appreciate well-done swordfights, etc. Yu Chenghui, the real-life martial artist who played the villain in SHAOLIN TEMPLE, was simply magnificent. It was his film debut, too.

I've been watching some older dramas and films, and enjoy the different vibe and filming techniques compared to what's being produced nowadays. ;-)

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Meant to say that if you are a Kim Min-jun and enjoyed his performance in MY SASSY GIRL, you owe it to yourself to watch DAMO. Really. ;-)

*fans self*

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I'm gonna give ep 3-4 another chance, but sadly I might have to pass on this one, as I do not usually like this kind of tone in my entertainment (it's just a bit too silly).

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The first epi was honestly had some overdone jokes. But overall it wasn't so bad, although not good either. The costumes are too bright as well. I signed up for some fun (and of course mainly because of the main leads) , so I am not freaking care about the lack of realisms etc. If we want to watch real sageuk, this definitely not the one.

I don't know about the knetizens' responds, but for first two epi (or 4 epi) , the rating was decent. Off to watch 2nd epi.

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It looks like Sung-Shik has traveled through the Tunnel to the past :P
I was hoping for a light and breezy watch like MDBC but this is too weird for my taste. It feels like the actors are cosplaying and the few events in the first episode try to recreate the scenes from the movie but during Joseon era. I would still watch this for a few more episodes before deciding anything. If they tone down on the slapstick comedy and try not to manufacture too strange, comedic for the sake of comedy events, it would be fun to watch the show.

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I am reading that people didn't like the scene where she vomited and I agree that that scene is overused in dramas. But if I remember correctly in the movie "My Sassy Girl" isn't that how they met? I believe he found her drunk,passed out (asleep) and when he tried to help she vomited on him. He had to take her to a motel because he didn't know where she lived and he had to take a shower.
My guess is that they kept that scene because it was in the original story.
Anyway I still have to finish ep 1, Thanks for the recap dramallama :)

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I think it's good that they want to keep parts of the original, but if they are doing that, they also need to be aware of what works and what's not. At the end of the day, the original was done years ago, and the gag done before isn't giving the same impact in 2017 -which is why I think most of us see it as overused and overdone.

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I also think that the vomit scene took way too long time.. I thought I was the only one which thought that it was kinda gross. I even checked that which she vomitted whether it looked real when the scene was paused and that thing was up in the air between the leads. Ahh.. eek

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This is the only place where I read positive comments about this drama, both from the recaper and the commentators. Over at Koala's, most comments are negative and so do the comments from the K-netz.

I don't normally agree with K-netz but I am totally with them over my feelings for "My Sassy Girl". I did not plan to watch it but it happened to air same time as Korea on local cable tv so I took the liberty to check it out.

The dethroning of the queen was quite well done but I lost interest in the show very fast. I don't like the princess at all. Yes, I know she is zany but it was totally overdone that she came across as a bully. And I don't enjoy the performance by Oh Yeon Seo. She overacted and I cringed watching her most of the time.

I gave this drama a fair try and forced myself to watch episode 2. Sad to say, I don't like what had been served so far - the comedy feels slapstick, the characters are plain annoying, the plot is rather dull. So most likely, I won't care to tune it for coming episodes.

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The K-netz negativity for this show is overwhelming. I suspect there's more than meets the eye.

I don't disagree with their comments per se but they have been waxing lyrical about other shows which to me are quite as bad as this one. So I don't see much objectivity in their opinions.

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I don't quite get you. What happened with LotBS? You mean knetz panned it but it was loved here?

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Yeah. Only Dramabeans had positive comments for LotBS. I was curious and watched it and I agreed with Knetz more. People here honestly have more tolerance for bad shows. Plus, the difference in opinion may be down to cultural differences rather than there's "more that meets the eye" which suggests that the responses were somehow manipulated. I mean, that's just thinking too much.

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Oooh...I wasn't aware that LotBS wasn't well like by Knetz.
By Dramabeans, do you mean the recappers or beanies? Or both? I still think beanies are a varied lot, this is one place which I can read comments from both end of the spectrum. In others, they tend to be skewed towards either end. The sites where these knetz comments come from belonged to that category.

I think cultural differences and something so close to home is probably what irked them. But there's also much bad publicity surrounding this drama for example the casting issue, remake of their beloved icon etc.

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Yes I am sad to have to agree with your comment.

I haven't seen OYS's work before so this is my first time seeing her acting. Sad to say, I am not impressed. I can't relate to her at all. I think one can be sassy and charming, but that's not the thing I found in OYS's character here. I have to confess that there were quite a number of times I thought how it would have been if the person who had originally won the role was in this show instead of the pretty OYS. I kept wondering that.

JW is always my puppy so despite all the negative things mentioned, I'm just going to watch this for his sake (well, for the second male lead as well since I used to like CNBLUE for a time in the past). Hopefully, the princess character gets more relatable and likable. If not, it's going to be so meh.

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If you are curious about the original actress who was supposed to be in this drama, she is currently as one of the main leads in Unni Is Alive (SBS weekend drama). I don't particularly impress with this actress in this drama, her acting is OK but when you put her with senior actors, she looks quite plain and green. But I rather say it is her character that is more plain, and not that interesting.If she is playing the Princess, maybe the comedic part can be toned down than what Oh Yeon Seo did.

Oh Yeon Seo was awesome in Comeback Mister, and without her, I think CBA could be boring and maybe less ppl will watch it. But her vibes is more like sassy, but less charm. I also think she suits modern drama more than sageuk.

Someone who can be a sassy princess yet charming & not seem rude, Seo Hyun Jin (she's already too good for this drama, but just for eg), Baek Jin Hee, Lee Yoo Bi, Kim Seul Gi (I am not sure if she can do good in sageuk or not since Splash Love was too short to judge), or I could have been biased to say this, but Kim So Eun could do well in this role.

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Kim Seul Gi could be a bit loud too and I think she toned it down in Splash Love and it fits the melancholy tone of the show. I don't know if it was her decision (to changer her “swearing comedian“ image) or the PD's but I feel like a good PD should be able to direct this because the actors themselves may not realize if they have overacted. I remember Shim Eun Kyung being horribly loud and child-like in the first few episodes of Nodame and after receiving netizens' critics, she toned it down and the drama becomes a lot better to watch. Her, OYS (and also Lee Je Hoon who faced similar criticism in Signal) are good actors so it's a bit sad to hear that netizens don't like OYS so far, and being pre-produced obviously they can't change anything now.

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I agree. OYS was awesome in Comeback Mister.

I don't think it's OYS's fault. it doesn't matter who plays this character. I highly doubt anyone would be able to make it work, not even JJH even though she was the iconic original sassy girl. Times have changed.

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Times have changed or maybe some audiences just dislike this kind of character, especially in the few first epi. Jun Ji Hyun in MLFAS was quite sassy in my opinion, at first can't really connected with her as well. But later on,
she was the main reason for me to finish this drama.

Like @boomboompow said, there were some other actors have been criticised for a quite similar character, regardless good actors or not. Recent eg Park Hye Soo in Introvert Boss. I don't know about knetizens, but I also read some international viewers stopped watching Chicago Typewriter because of Yoo Ah In's character in the beginning.

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I haven't seen any of OYS's work before, as mentioned, so it's good to hear that many beanies agree that she did well in other dramas. Because without this kind of comments, I already have quite a negative impression about she herself as an actress. To be discrete, I also think that perhaps it's not her fault that the character is so annoying and quite rude and definitely not the one I would root for (at least at this point).

In my opinion, I think that there are two main problems in this show - The first one is the script - many scenes were just like came out of nowhere, and the second one is the overacting of the female lead which should have been resulted from the will to copy that of the original MSG (movie).

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I think JJH's character in MLFAS wasn't so bad. I actually didn't mind her at all although I generally dislike such characters. However, I can't say the same for JJH in LOTBS. I couldn't take the character in that one.
I dropped CT after the first 2 eps. I tried to read recap and jump into it. It wasn't because of YAI, just couldn't connect with the drama.

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Oh Yeon-seo was impressive in Shine or Go Crazy. I think maybe that's why the production chose to go with her as their sassy girl. She can be sassy and fun, it's just that I think the writing for the princess here failed her. I'm hoping they do tone down the comedy or the princess' wild side in the later episodes.

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Oh Yeon-Seo can be sassy even without trying. She simply has that in her aura and mannerism. even in quiet moments.
I'd blame the script and the PD's emphasis on recycling and dragging out the dated slapsticks and concepts. Looks like they're trying too hard.

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I dont like it. It is far to messy for me and they seems to overact a lot. And since we get so many sageuk dramas from last year, MSG's costumes.... did the stylist bought it at discount? I haven't had complaint about sageuk costumes for so long, so the cheap looking costumes taken me by surprise tbh. Probably will watch the next ep if I have any time to spare but I won't watch it live.

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Had a mix reaction on this one. The episodes gave me lots of whiplash moments. I liked the beginning even though it's the direct opposite of romcom LOL. The princess doesn't annoy me as much, but I do wish she could balance out that thin line of being sassy and being notoriously rude. The humor on the other hand, hmmm was a bit slapstic to my liking. Imho if this was shown few years ago when slapstic is the trend, I probably would like it LOL. But these days, I prefer my comedy to be tad milder, and wiser. Will wait till next week before deciding whether to keep this or to marathon it later.

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I love love love Joowon and his character here. I'm watching this mainly for him.

Oh Yeonseo's character is a different story though. I personally think the princess can get a little too ridiculous at times that I just end up cringing and thinking "she's so horrible/mean." It gets really bad when she's with Gyunwoo or when she's with her servants. I don't want to see her in that light. I want to root for her, not hate her.

We are just 2 episodes in so I'm expecting to see more depth from her character. We'll obviously dive deeper into her past and personality and see why she has become such a person. I'm excited.

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I have to put My Sassy Girl the movie out of my mind. It is not very healthy for my sanity to keep comparing these two, despite the adoption of title and events. The original My Sassy Girl was one of the first k-movie I have ever watched, and it was a big success elsewhere as well. The original movie started off with Gyun Woo being an ordinary-faced, lazy scholar who doesnt drink that much, vs Sassy Girl being this beeeeautiful, temperamental drunkard. Them being together is ironic.

But this joseon sassy girl is different.

New Gyun Woo is not vulnerable. He is an idol. He is a charming, confident, accomplished scholar who is used to being swarmed by girls. A contrast to the original Gyun Woo who is lame and hilarious to be dragged around by our Sassy Girl.

I honestly dont know how the new pairing will fit. For one thing, for now, I cant see new Gyun Woo being dragged around by Sassy Girl. He is not in love with her, he's not afraid of her, and he does not want anything from her as well. So...the interaction between them should be something new). Interaction in ep1-2 still feels awkward for me. The funny still feels forced (a tad though). But it is not that bad, actually. It still has good things too.

But I will stick around for another 2 eps to see how it will turned out.

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it's also important to keep in mind that The Girl's character carried the movie, complemented well by Gyun-woo. I feel like Joo-won's role will be the one carrying the girl in this drama, and I don't know how it will work.

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I haven't seen the eps yet or read the recaps. But from what I understand from your comment, it seems like they made 'My Sassy Boy' ; the opposite version of the original movie. Can't wait to enjoy it!

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The girl is still the sassy one in this drama. It's just that in the original, Gyun-woo was a pathetic loser, and effectively reacted to The Girl's craziness. The Girl's story was the one that moved the story forward, not much of the Gyun-woo.

Joo-won here is the complete opposite of the movie version. So while it is still entitled "My Sassy Girl" and the girl has her own craziness, I felt like Joo-won's character and story will be the one moving the entire drama forward and not the girl.

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I have nothing against the actors but this show isn't clicking for me. It feels too comical. I hope it goes well but for now I'm going to be taking a break probably like Gyun Woo did......and return after three episodes or weeks or months

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I avoid seguk dramas for personal reasons. But I don't think my withdrawing strength will be enough to avoid this one. How can I miss my first kdrama crush's drama!...

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Wow! It's been so long since i've seen Taemi on screen. She was so impressive in "The Kick" and "Healer". I thought she quit acting.

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Hands up, I will drop this one. The tone, the comedy, basically everything is too weird for me and I must agree that the costumes are not very nice to look at. Compared to Ruler or Moonlight Drawn by Clouds'. I'm gonna stick with Fight My Way for my Mon-Tue drama.

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What makes the characters 2000ish? I must be getting too old. :) Is it because it's not something we'd do in 2017?

Don't get me wrong, I don't love the drama anymore than the next person. I actually am very blah when it comes to Joowon. Just haven't really liked any of his dramas - although I don't doubt his acting abilities. OSY - I have seen her in CBA and Shine or Go Crazy. I liked her ok in that - more neither like nor dislike.

I didn't really expect to like this drama and I just haven't really connected with any kdramas for awhile so I just watched it to see what it was like. The premise sounds interesting. I did not like MSG the movie. But I do like sagueks with a modern type of twist. I thought ep 1-2 was ok. It definitely went overboard on the comical parts. The princess is really rough. I will only forgive her for her behavior if it's part of some grand plan to keep her enemies at bay or protect those she loves. If she's just being selfish, entitled and immature... it will be harder to forgive her although I expect that her character will experience some growth throughout the drama. i agree that she does not look as regal as PMY. But she is also just a princess and not the queen. Regardless, I agree that OSY's look in this drama isn't her best. SOGC - I thought she was fine.

JW's character is just another typical male lead. I like that kind of lead as long as they change later on. I think whether or not I can tolerate him will depend on how JW portrays the role. In terms of writing, it's a bit choppy. I went back and watched the 3 minute trailer and there are definitely more serious parts to come. So as long as they bring some balance to ridiculous day 1 episode - there is still some hope.

Maybe I was just not watching closely enough - but I didn't notice the big difference in the wardrobe as others did. Maybe it's low budget... although I thought the teasers were well done. No red flags at least that screamed low budget. I definitely have seen several kdramas that screamed low budget and this isn't one of them.

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Did the writer mixed up Ching Dynasty and Qin Dynasty? This Ching emperor here is wearing costume from another dynasty. And the cap that Joo Won wore when meeting the emperor, why would he wear a white cap?? It's like a funeral cap.

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On second thought, it could be the costume team's issue, not the writer.

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The female guard is from healer right.....finally got to see her...

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Jung Dabin's so old now...T_T

The only other drama that I've seen with her in is a "Wonderful Life" from 2005 and that completely destroyed me. XD

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Although I like kickass girl theme, I feel bad for the poor hero...

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Thanks for the recap, dramaland!

The backstory was interesting, just to get an idea of the political powers at play.

Haha! GW on the boat with the dog looked so funny, especially when he was interrupted several times. I quite like his whole family and it's good to see these familiar faces in this show. Joowon's Mandarin isn't bad. Was surprised he had to speak so many lines.

Domino soju bombs!! ???

LOL at the first encounter between the leads. Definitely not the most pleasant and the princess is nothing like a princess. XD

The whole slo-mo barfing scene was quite funny, especially seeing everyone's reactions. And the motel hijinks just caused lots of misunderstanding and it's easy to think how HM is gonna interpret all this. =P

I love the relationship between the princess and the young prince. JY being the knight in shining armour is to be expected. Looking forward to more of his scenes. Byul and YS by HM's side often creates a funny image--three people who seem so different and being on the same team would surely bring us some amusing moments.

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haven't watched it yet, but the recap sounds interesting. :)

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I was so "??!!!!" when he got off the ship with his sunglasses and souvenirs. XD

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Oh yes, and the finely dressed Pekingese! Can't forget that lil fella!

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Please how can i Download These and any other korean series

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