Ruler: Master of The Mask OST and BGM

Ruler: Master of the Mask or Emperor: Owner of the Mask is my latest watched drama. It is a drama I have been waiting for since a long time ago after both @wow_kimsohyun (as Han Ga Eun) and Yoo Seung Ho (as crown Prince Lee Sun) confirmed as the main leads.

Both were talented child actor/actress and consider young also successful in the Kdrama industry. In terms of acting, they are known as masters of melodrama who could portray emotional scene very well. Hence, both acting is not disappointing at all throughout the drama.

Their acting is a top notch. They don’t have to speak through words. Their eyes, facial expression, and gesture told us all. Not to mention, both visual are absolutely beautiful and handsome.

I also love almost all the supporting cast, be it a protagonist or antagonist. They have their own background story which unfortunately uncovered for only 20 episode drama. From a pitiful Lee Sun, a strong Hwa Goon, a hateful Dae Mok, a smart Woo Boo, a cool Chung Woon, funny Moo Ha, a badass Mae Chang, an irritating Tae Ho, a mysterious Gon, a cutie Kko Mool and many more.The story is kinda heavy, not typical lighthearted, romance, or melodrama that easy to digest as we watched. And this is not, a romance drama that circle on the 2 main leads only (like most of the drama nowadays).

This is a drama about the journey of a pure and innocent crown prince (Seja) to become a true king, a true ruler, a true emperor for his people. But, that is exactly what makes this drama interesting to watch and wait for. The angst is almost in every episodes that make me cringe at the end of it.

Eventhough many viewers comment about the plot hole or undeveloped character and many things, but it’s not enough to make me drop this drama halfway.

Despite of this drama controversy regarding the writing, the directing, also editing, I decide to enjoy the show till the end and support all of the cast and production team who have been working so hard for 7 month during 3 season. They all have done a seriously great job till the end.

After all, it is not an easy task to write, moreover, to write such a deep meaningful historical drama script for only 20 episode (as far as I watch this kind of historical drama, it always more than 20 episodes). And, trust me, the drama is amazing in the beginning, a little bit draggy in the middle, but it is getting better to the end with a satisfying ending.

The cinematography is beyond word, breathtakingly beautiful, especially if @wow_kimsohyun and  Yoo Seung Ho are in one frame, they are oozing with charming aura. So many scenes that look as beautiful as a painting, surreal. I can not even decide which I like best since it is too many.

The OST involve many artists and more than I expected. They were all good and ear catching and somehow connected to the emotion in each scene. Even the BGM and the sound effect are worth listening because they are very fit to every scene in the drama.  Kudos to the sound director and music director, which make me post the list here. My favorite are songs by Hwang Chi Yeol, K. Will, Hwan Hee, Kim Yeon Ji, and Suran.

Last, this is definitely one of my favorite historical drama, alongside The Moon that Embrace The Sun, Jewel in the palace, Jumong, and The Legend. This drama could have been more than all of those dramas. It have potential to be one. The story idea, the cast, the cinematography, the sound, the music, even the dialogues (lines) are consider high quality. If, just if, the story development is much better.

But hey, there is no perfect drama. A drama can not pleased every viewers. Furthermore, it is only 20 episode historical drama, which apparently is not enough. But one thing for sure. This drama definitely deserved awards.

1. Yang Yo Seob (BEAST) – Couldn’t cry because I’m a man (Ruler OST Part 1)

2. Yang Yo Seob (BEAST) – Couldn’t cry because I’m a man (inst.)

3. Bolbbalgan4 – You and me from the start (Ruler OST Part 2)

4. Bolbbalgan4 – You and me from the start (inst.)

5. Hwang Chi Yeol – Even A Little While (Ruler OST Part 3)

6. Hwang Chi Yeol – Even A Little While (inst.)

7. Kei (Lovelyz) – Star And Sun (Ruler OST Part 4)

8. Kei (Lovelyz) – Star And Sun (inst.)

9. Kim Yeon Ji – Between Seasons (Ruler OST Part 5)

10. Kim Yeon Ji – Between Seasons (inst.)

11. Kim Na Young – I’m OK (Ruler OST Part 6)

12. Kim Na Young – I’m OK (inst.)

13. Yang Yo Seob – Tree (Ruler OST Part 7)

14. Yang Yo Seob – Tree (inst.)

15. K. Will – The Person I Love (Ruler OST Part 8)

16. K. Will – The Person I Love (inst.)

17. Hwan Hee – Shine (Ruler OST Part 9)

18. Hwan Hee – Shine (inst.)

19. Seo Young Eun –  Flowing down my cheeks (Ruler OST Part 10)

20. Seo Young Eun –  Flowing down my cheeks (inst.)

21. Gavy NJ – Affection/ Love (Ruler  OST Part 11)

22. Gavy NJ – Affection/ Love (inst.)

23. Zia – Though I want you (Ruler OST Part 12)

24. Zia – Though I want you (inst.)

25. Kim Greem – One person (Ruler OST Part 13)

26. Kim Greem – One person (inst.)

27. L (INFINITE) – It’s Okay Even If It’s Not Me•„ (Ruler OST Part 14)

28. L (INFINITE) – It’s Okay Even If It’s Not Me•„ (inst.)

29. Suran – Water Orchid (Ruler OST Part 15)

30. Suran – Water Orchid (inst.)

31. Kim So Hyun – Can’t You Hear My Heart (Ruler OST Part 16)

32. Kim So Hyun – Can’t You Hear My Heart (inst.)

33. U Sung Eun – Hidden tears (Ruler Part 17)

34. U Sung Eun – Hidden tears (inst.)

35. Heo Young Saeng (SS301) –  Look at you (Ruler OST Part 18)

36. Heo Young Saeng (SS301) –  Look at you (inst.)

 

37. Han Ga Eun theme (Piano cover by Nickey Piano)

38. Princess’s sadness (piano cover by Nickey Piano)

39. Opening music

40. Be worried (BGM)

41. Sad (BGM)

42. V.A. – Monarch Main title (ins.)

43. V.A. – Anger Behind The Mask (inst.)

44. V.A. – Chaotic Tension (inst.)

45. V.A. – Battle for Blood (inst.)

46. V.A. – Toxic flower (inst.)

47. V.A. – Monarch Pizz Comic (inst.)

48. V.A. – Ga Eun Sonata (inst.)

49. V.A. – Destiny Waltz (inst.)

50. V.A. – Advance of the Monarch (inst.)

51. V.A. – Situation (inst.)

52. V.A. – Strong strike (inst.)

53. V.A. – The Beginning Of The Fate (inst.)

54. V.A. – Ramification (inst.)

55. V.A. – Decision (inst.)

56. V.A. – Bright mind (inst.)

57. V.A. – Rattle (inst.)

58. V.A. – Love of the Monarch (inst.)

59. V.A. – The space of secret (inst.)

60. V.A. – Longing (inst.)

61. V.A. – Conspiracy (inst.)

 

62. V.A. – Carrying out (inst.)

63. V.A. – Pain hearts (inst.)

64. V.A. – Kingdom’s gate (inst.)

 

 

 

 

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Chicago Typewriter OST and BGM

After survived from a challenging week, I reward myself by watching ongoing kdrama. Currently obsessed with Chicago Typewriter which is very underrated, IMHO. This drama is superb. It definitely will be one of the best drama in my list. So, please bare with me. I’m going to rant a lot over this drama.
At first, I was curious about Im Soo Jung (@soojunglim_) who comeback to dramaland after 13 years off. She is so great in I’m Sorry I Love You also …Ing and many other movies. Yoo Ah In (@hongsick) also draws my attention since he always play a challenging character, meaningful if I may say. Just look at his previous work such as Sungkyungkwan ScandalFashion King, Jang Ok Jung. There is also Go Kyung Pyo (@kopular) which left good impression on me after Flower Boy Next Door and Reply 1988.

After I watch the first few episodes. I realized it is such a great drama, an unpredictable one.

The storyline. It is mostly about life of a writer but they deliver it in a very interesting way. The idea of using past (Korea in 1930) and present time as setting for their story is something that I rarely seen in kdrama world. Since ‘writer’ is the big theme of the drama, they spoiled me with many book reference, writer reference, beautiful book cafe, inspiring book quotes, and last but not least, amazing privat library of writers. Me, as a bookworm myself, could not ask for more. Books is everywhere.

The cast. I was amazed on how @hongsick perfectly portrayed the eccentric brassy filthy rich writer #hansejoo in the present time and a mysterious poised #seohwiyoung in the past as if they were two character portrayed by 2 different actor. Not to mention the deep, genuine, and cutest bromance with his literally ‘ghost’writer @kopular . The love line with @soojunglim_ which is more than just ‘cheesy’ romance. Add with an eccentric, funny, and random editor played by the #goblin secretary. All I can say, they are the best cast for this drama. .

The OST. Oh my, TVN always provides great OSTs, including this one. All OST and background music are perfectly connect to the story. So far, my favorites is Satellite by SaltNPaper also one from SG.Wannabe.

Last, I love how they include mystery, writer issues, publishing issues, politic issues, world problem, pop culture, fashion, and art in this drama without too dramatize or exaggerate.

So here are some of the OST:

1. SALTNPAPER – Satellite

2. CeeLo – Better Late Than Never [episode 1, during Han Se Joo book fansign in Chicago)

3. Celine Dion – Power of love [episode 1, the scene when the dog run to Jeon Seol instead of Se Joo]

4. Benny Goodman – Sing, Sing, Sing [episode 2, music for dancing scene of the trio in Carpe Diem]

5. Nam In Su – Impressive days [episode 2, the song that the trio sing while walking together]

6. Ruth Etting – All of me [episode 3, the record that Shin Hyul played)

7. Blooming Memories – Baek Ye Rin [episode 3]

8. The Platters – Only you [episode 4, when Bang Jin met Yoo Jin Oh]

9.  Park Dan Ma – Wind [Episode 5, Su Yeon sang in Carpe Diem]

10. Park Dan Ma – Wind [Episode 5, Im Soo Jung Version]

11. Writing Our Stories – SG. Wannabe [ending episode 5]

12. Broccoli, you too – Unless give damage to others [episode 7, Se Joo and his editor at the cafe]

13. Be My Light – Kevin Oh [episode 7]

14. Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream [episode 8, when Jeon Seol and Tae Min in the café]

15. Boni Pueri (Czech Boy Choir) – Come with me

16. Boni Pueri (Czech Boy Choir) – Time walk

17. Various Artist – Remember The Novel We Wrote That Day (inst.)

18. Various Artist – Time Travel (inst.)

19. Various Artist – Main title (inst.)

20. Various Artist – Aim the Gun (inst.)

21. Various Artist – Han Se Ju and Jeon Seol theme (inst.)

22. Various Artist – Ghostwriter Yoo Jin Oh (inst.)

 

 

 

Goodbye Mr. Black List of OST

After Descendants of The Sun (DOTS) ended, I practically move on to other dramas. Fortunately, there is this one drama I watch along with  the DOTS. Which none other than Goodbye Mr. Black. Eventhough the drama is quite off radar or I may say underrated, but somehow I was curious enough to make me continue watching it I watched it silently because everyone eyes, heart, and soul was in DOTS.

Furthermore, this drama is a comeback drama for Moon Chae Won, one of actress that I fond of after watched The Princess’s man, Good Doctor, and Innocent Man. Ah, it also have Song Jae Rim in it and Im Se Mi, so yeah, I like them too.

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This drama is based on the original Manhwa/Webtoon called Goodbye Mr. Black.” by Hwang Mi Na which was first published in 1983. The comic is motivated by French author Alexandre Dumas’s novel “The Count of Monte Cristo“.

After saw their first few episodes, I kinda liked it although not as far as crazy about it or ‘baper’ in Indonesian Language. It got me hook, at least until now. And the OST, off course I like the OST. That is why I decided to write this post. Especially the OST Part 4 which I kept replayed in my playlist along with CITT OST and DOTS OST.

So, here are some of the OST that captured my heart * tsaaah *

1. Baek Ji Young – Goodbye [OST Part 1]

2. Baek Ji Young – Goodbye [OST Part 1] – instrumental

3. Bae Su Jung – Walking In Place [OST Part 3]

4. Bae Su Jung – Walking In Place [OST Part 3] – instrumental

5. Song Yu Bin – Perhaps This Is… [OST Part 3]

6. Song Yu Bin – Perhaps This Is… [OST Part 3] – instrumental

7. 2BIC – Bear [OST Part 4]

8. 2BIC – Bear [OST Part 4] – instrumental