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"The Master's Sun" Delivers Strong First Episodes

BY Joan MacDonald | Aug 08, 2013 01:26 PM EDT


The new drama “Master’s Sun,” starring So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin, started out strong this week with its first episodes earning 13.6 percent of the time slot’s viewers. The opening episodes of the rom-com horror drama were both funny and scary. Gong Hyo Jin’s character is terrorized by visions of the departed but the way she finds of alleviating the visitations is funny. In that episode she discovers that any time she is touching So Ji Sub’s character, the ghosts will leave her alone. Since being next to him means a vacation from ghostly visits and a chance to sleep peacefully, she does not ever want to leave his side. He does not believe in ghosts and thinks she is crazy.
Gong Hyo Jin, the star of “Pasta” and “The Greatest Love,” makes a very likeable heroine. So Ji Sub, the star of “Phantom” and “What Happened in Bali,” plays a man so arrogant that you want to see him taken down a notch. It’s not an unusual kdrama premise but visits by ghosts keep it interesting. The first episodes’ ratings were a worthy follow-up to “I Hear Your Voice” which reached as high as 23.1 percent in the ratings.
The unusual comedy was written by the Hong Sisters, who created the hits “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho,” “You’re Beautiful,” “Hong Gil Dong,” “Big” and “Greatest Love.” It also stars Superstar K winner Seo In Guk and Kim Yoo Ri, who was last seen in “Cheomdamdung Alice.”
Competing dramas “Two Weeks” and “The Blade and the Petal” did not even come close to the ratings reached by “Master’s Sun.” “Two Weeks,” starring Lee Jun Ki, Kim So Yeon and Park Ha Sun, reached 7.5 percent. “The Blade and the Petal” reached 6.3 percent.
“Two Weeks” is the story of a man who lives an aimless life until he discovers he has a daughter and she is terminally ill. He can give her a life-saving transplant, which also gives his life meaning. But before he can do help his daughter, he is unjustly accused of murder and has to run.
“The Blade and the Petal is a historical drama, the story of the relationship between a princess and the son of the man who killed her father. The story of star-crossed lovers doomed by political intrigue stars Uhm Tae Woong, Kim Ok Bin and Choi Min Soo.


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