K-DRAMA REVIEW: Descendants of the Sun // military setting & two of the best couples i’ve ever seen in a kdrama

DescendantsoftheSunTitle: Descendants of the Sun
Hangul: 태양의 후예
Network: KBS
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcasting Dates: February 24 – April 22, 2016
Language: Korean
Source: Watched on Netflix

Synopsis: A love story develops between Captain Yoo Shi Jin, from South Korean Special Forces and Doctor Kang Mo Yeon, who works as a Surgeon at Haesung Hospital in Seoul. They will find themselves in the middle of great events and deadly dangers, both in their Motherland and in the fictitious, war-torn country of Urk.




AHHHHH!!!! You guys!!!! I finally finished it!!!!


It took me months but I finally finished this drama. Not by any means because it wasn’t good, but I started by watching it with Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile, and then we both got super busy and didn’t watch it. Finally a few weeks ago I decided that I’d finish it on my own.

I found this drama to be one of the most gripping, heart-wrenching dramas I’ve ever watched. One second you’re laughing, the next you’re bawling your eyes out, and then you’re so angry you want to reach your hand through the screen and choke one of the characters.

This drama gave me all of the feels. Seriously I was very close to crying various times and my heart hurt so much. What did I do to deserve such pain?? Getting shot would honestly have hurt less.

this scene hurt so much

The chemistry between the main leads was undeniable. Knowing that the actors got married in real life just made it better. They’re so cute!! Their constant bantering and cuteness had me squealing like a good K-Drama should.

I also really loved the second main couple. Their relationship was so complex and I was rooting for them until the very last second. They had so much angst and I just wanted everything to be okay with them because they really deserved it.

i was practically screaming at the tv during this scene

There was also a surprisingly large usage of English in this drama. Usually I don’t have my K-Dramas very loud since I read the subtitles and don’t need to hear the words they say (though it does help when I want to learn Korean) so I kept on having to turn the volume up when I realized they started speaking English haha.

Speaking of which, the English-speaking actors were very cringe-y to watch. It’s a K-Drama so I didn’t expect any in the first place but their acting bothered me nonetheless.

Despite that, this has definitely become one of my favorite K-Dramas. I would recommend it to newbies to the genre since it’s on the more realistic side of the K-Drama spectrum. The acting is also wonderful and the fighting sequences are my favorite (though I was wanting more of them). My mom even liked this drama and watched a few episodes with me, which just shows how great it is.


My Rating: 5 Stars

I would highly recommend this drama to just about anyone. There’s a great balance between romance and action and you’ll be hanging on the edge of your seat to know what happens next.

i loved this scene it was hilarious

Where To Watch:

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11 thoughts on “K-DRAMA REVIEW: Descendants of the Sun // military setting & two of the best couples i’ve ever seen in a kdrama

  1. I ummm… FEEL LIKE A PROUD MOMMY THAT YOU ACTUALLY, FINALLY FINISHED THIS!!!! I’m so glad you ended up loving this show. Reading your review is making me want to rewatch it again!! Aaarg!! I hope I can asap, it was by far the beeeeeest K-Drama ever!! Loved your review!! ❤

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  2. I LOVE this show… the second leads were actors I hadn’t watched before and I fell in love and watched her in Fight My Way. I was so excited to see the leads had gotten married. This is his BEST role as he was beefing whenever he was with her… even more than normal. I love the two of them apart too so I’ve seen them both a couple times! ♥️

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    1. Oh I didn’t know she was in Fight My Way! That’s a drama I’ve been meaning to get to, actually. I haven’t seen either of them in anything else so I don’t know what they’re like in any other roles haha but I should definitely watching something else that they were in.

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  3. YAY! You finished it! Sorry that we couldn’t finish together…sigh. I haven’t watched kdrama stuff in quite some time (this tends to happen though so I’m not worried 😛 I binge and then take a break hahaha). I’m glad to see that you gave it 5 stars though, and will have to finish it once I start watching kdramas again because of that 😉

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    1. You definitely need to finish it once you’re off your kdrama break! It gets soooooo goood!!! Even my mom and a family friend got invested in it haha! 😀

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