This week I’m recommending what could very well be my all-time favorite K-Drama, though to be honest, I’m not sure I’m ready to commit to one singular dramas as the best ever. However, if I ever were ready to make such a commitment, The Master’s Sun would definitely be at the top of my list of candidates because it is absolutely fantastic!
Originally on SBS from August – October, 2013, The Master’s Sun is the most recent work of the Hong Sisters which, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know exactly how I feel about them. (They’re my favorite drama writers of all-time, and yes, I am ready to make that commitment.) As one would expect from the Hong Sisters, The Master’s Sun is a romantic dramedy in which a down-and-out heroine by the name of Tae Gong Sil (Gong Hyo Jin) who meets and eventually falls for a rich yet wounded jerk of a CEO by the name of Joo Joong Won (So Ji Sub). While at first glance this may sound like any other romantic comedy out there, the Hong Sisters gave The Master’s Sun a definite twist by adding a fantastic element of horror that immediately takes this drama from ordinary to extraordinary.
You see, Tae Gong Sil isn’t any ordinary girl. Years ago she suffered a serious, life-threatening injury and when she finally recovered, she realized she could see ghosts. As if the ability to see ghosts wasn’t bad enough, these spirits are drawn to Gong Sil and frequently beg her to help them find peace in the afterlife. Literally haunted by countless ghosts, Gong Sil’s once successful and promising life has crumbled into a desperate struggle to find peace in a never-ending nightmare. It’s during one of these missions to help the unsettled deceased that Gong Sil stumbles upon Joo Joong Won and makes a surprising discovery. For some unexplained reason, the slightest touch of Joong Won makes the ghosts around Gong Sil instantly disappear. As you can imagine, finding a way to escape the relentless requests of the dead is like finding an oasis in the desert for Gong Sil and she immediately clings to her new-found peace. Of course Joong Won isn’t happy to be Gong Sil’s new obsession but he decides to keep her around once he realizes Gong Sil’s oddities may be able to help him solve a mystery that’s been plaguing him for years.
I’d honestly love nothing more than to dive into the ins and outs, plot twists and side characters of this drama because they’re all just as interesting as the main characters and story-line but I don’t have time to write a novel right now and I really hate spoiling dramas for those who haven’t seem them yet so I’ll stop here. Let me just say that The Master’s Sun is seriously one of the best dramas I’ve ever watched. The chemistry between Gong Sil and Joong Won is fantastic and their relationship as the story progresses is such that you find yourself cracking up and swooning all at the same time. The second lead, a serious head of security with a soft spot for the sweetly crazy Gong sil, Kang Woo (Seo In Guk), is adorable. The side characters range from sweet to sassy to down-right creepy and the ghosts themselves have such interesting stories to tell that you never really find yourself hitting that mid-drama slump. (You know, what I’m talking about right? When you reach that point in the drama where you could just skip all of the drama and get to the good stuff at the end…) When you add to all of that a slight element of horror that isn’t often seen in K-dramas, well, you’ve got yourself an instant winner.
For those of you who may have put off watching The Master’s Sun because it seems “too scary.” Let me reassure you, it’s not. The ghosts are only slightly creepy, when they’re first introduced, but they quickly shed their scary form and become nothing more than a silent supporting character that you can’t help feeling a bit sorry for and sometimes, you even find yourself cheering for them. If that’s not enough to convince you to give this drama a shot, let me just say that the interaction between Gong Sil and Joong Won is so fantastic that you quickly forget that they’ve been forced together by a bunch of ghosts. In fact, there will come a time, as you’re watching this drama, that you’ll find yourself wishing a ghost would suddenly appear, just to see how Gond Sil will react with Joong Won around. Oh! It’s so fantastic!
Moving on… The Master’s Sun is certainly a drama worthy of your time, whether you’ve watched it before or not. Personally, I’ve watched this drama multiple times and I’m still not tired of it. I love the combination of creepy, funny and adorable and I think this may be the best drama the Hong Sisters have written to date. I know it’s certainly one of my favorites but I’m terribly biased when it comes to the Hong Sisters so that might not be saying much. As always, I’d love to hear what you thought of the The Master’s Sun so be sure to leave me a comment below!