Review

K-Drama Time Machine: So Ji Sub & Gong Hyo Jin Shine In “The Master’s Sun”

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Five years ago So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin gifted us with The Master’s Sun, an adorable love story that would remind you why it is worth to become a K-drama fan.

In the sea of dramas where stories are usually woven from the rich-boy-poor-girl love affair or the male-pretending-lead-girl, a you-and-me-against-the-ghosts love story hit all the romantic nerves of drama fans with its comic spooky vibes.

The Master's Sun

Title: The Master’s Sun
Distributor: SBS
Theme: Romance, Comedy, Thriller
Length: 17 Episodes
Broadcast Date: 07 Aug 2013 – 03 Oct 2017
Main Leads: So Ji Sub, Gong Hyo Jin
Highlights: Refreshing & Polished Rom-Com, Zesty Narrative
Oh No Moments: Lengthening Kick
Overall Rating: 
Rewatch Value: 
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The Hong sisters made sure to be back with a cotton candy vengeance after the disappointing stint in Big. They have created the perfect lead man and heroine to score a romance frequently seen in K-dramaland and yet watching them together would make you ask for MORE.

The Master’s Sun brings the rich-boy-plain-girl romance in a whole new level as Tae-yang and Joong-won fully understand the extent of how much emotions they can invest in each other. So refreshingly done and yet so polished.

The Master's Sun

Quick Recap

A once promising student, Tae Gong-shil was called “Tae-yang” [Miss Tae, a word pun on ‘sun’ and ‘miss’  – ed.] when she was studying because of her brilliant mind, but she unfortunately meets an accident and wakes up to a creepy ability of seeing wandering spirits. For years, it causes her to live a hard life as ghost after ghost comes to ask favors for their souls to be at peace. Alcohol intoxication is also a no-no because a spirit can take over her body if she’s drunk. She lives as if waking up in a hospital, a jail or even a tomb is but normal, until she meets the person who will change her life.

A rich conglomerate businessman, Joo Joong-won has only been living to make his affluent self even richer. Having an estranged relationship with his father because of a trauma from his past, he has built a cold exterior that no one can get through… until he meets Tae-yang.

The Master's Sun

In one of Tae-yang’s spirit-favor-operation, she hitches at Joong-won’s car when his driver is blinded by lightning. Not really wanting to give a ride to the weird girl in that stormy night, Joong-won is forced to oblige when she fearfully screams as a ghost appeares before her. They stop at a place to calm down the frightened Tae-yang, and when a ghost tries to chase her, she realizes that when she touches Joong-won, the ghost vanishes.

Having found a way to shelter herself from the spirit attacks, she decides to work at Joong-won’s mall as a cleaning lady. Tae-yang’s ghost-seeing ability has put her in situations that makes her interact with snob Joong-won when he needs her help for a land he intends to buy. Without him realizing it, Joong-won falls in love with her because of their casper-ish adventures. Although Tae-yang feels the same way, her woes of putting him in danger because of her strange ability hinders her in staying in his arms.

The Master's Sun

Why You Should Watch It If You Haven’t

Although there’s a lengthening kick in the final stretch, The Master’s Sun has given a lot of elating moments and back-to-when-I-had-my-first-love heart fluttering reminiscence. In a way the calculated but not false-hope promising story pace has made me join the lead love couple in discovering the reasons why they fell in love with each other, alongside why they are in denial and scared to admit it.

A romantic comedy needs a “hook factor” to keep a loyal following. When you have a stubborn romantic lead man who with-and-without amnesia knows how to claim the heart of the woman he loves and a heroine who struggles in confusion to the path on how she is supposed to love her man, it will give you a love tale full of acceptance and understanding.

The Master's Sun

When I learned that So Ji Sub oppa will be in this drama, it was already a done deal for me even if it would turn out bad. So seeing him make those boyish smiles, mischievous smiles, flirty smiles, melting smiles and all the rest of the smiles and grins he made in the drama healed me and made and see life in a bright light with hearts perpetually floating in the air.

The on-screen chemistry with Gong Hyo Jin really worked out well. Her chameleon demeanor easily creates a vibrant, lasting character that complements the love tale prince. I gasped, blushed, giggled and cried over the love admittance push-and-pull and jedi-mindtricking by the lead love couple.

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The Master’s Sun has always been consistent with its cliff-hangers. It is so caffeinated like that feeling when you are in the beginning of a relationship, and you don’t want a night to end and yet you want another day to begin.

The Master's Sun

All throughout the series, they have established the main conflict involving Hee-joo while inserting those other ghost cases in building up the circumstances that help in making Joong-won and Tae-yang get closer and that sweet finale episode seals their beautiful romance with a passionate kiss.

True, there were some insertions which were never explained, but Joong-won has made me just disregard those lapses. The supporting cast and the side love stories are also neatly included and they didn’t pull a make-believe transition towards its finale. While it goes to the amnesia cliché, it didn’t make it look like the story is stuck somewhere. It goes strong in portraying how even without his memories of her, his connection with her is somehow still intact and his reflexes helping him to fathom what and who he was supposed to be missing.

The Master’s Sun nicely blended the romance which showed the love pairing growing together while understanding why they both need each other. It impresses with life and love lessons on how being in a relationship is not half-loving yourself and half-loving the other person. It should be loving the person with all you can.


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About the writer

abbyinhallyuland reads and sleeps a lot when she is not traveling. Her calendar reminders are mostly K-Drama broadcast schedules and birthdays of her favorite Korean actors. Promoting watching K-Dramas as stress therapy is her life advocacy. She is fond of Spencer Reid, Kenshin Himura, Starwars saga, Haruki Murakami and Hunter x Hunter.

Favorite Korean Dramas: Reply 1988, Nine, Misaeng, Gaksital, Discovery of Love, Because This is My First Life, Descendants of the Sun, My Love from the Star, Healer, Punch, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Princess Hours, The Greatest Love, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, and City Hunter

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