REVIEW: Master’s Sun (2013)


I will not go as far as to say that Big led me to believe that I won’t get a decent drama from my favorite writers, the Hong Sisters, anymore. But yeah, I kept my expectations low and I’m so happy to announce that they are back on track with giving one of the most charming dramas of 2013 with Master’s Sun. It is a sweet and zippy take on the favorite theme of the year aka ghost seers with a magical couple at its centre who make it work like a dream with their natural charisma and perfect wavelength with each other.

Master’s Sun is a love story between a woman who can see ghosts and a man who can help her to get rid of this unwanted ability whenever….he touches her. Ha. Now that premise itself brings a bundle of speculations regarding the comic and romantic shenanigans that can arrive.


The drama contains an episodic ghost-of-the-day approach and yet, it never looks stilted as there is a seamless progress in our couple’s relationship as well as individual growth and the stories act as catalyst for that. Not only the stories trigger hilarious moments, but also are poignant in a bittersweet way. Then there is also a back story involving mystery elements regarding our hero and his first love. The struggle of our heroine to be in her own world or let our hero enter her own completely different world with all risks involved completes the basic outline of Master’s Sun.

But the show is more about the endearing couple than the story. The way they come together due to each other’s needs, the gradual falling in love and finally learning to understand each other, has that magical touch which is simply effervescent. I just love the way they look at each other or how they make a simple gesture of holding hands supremely romantic. I loved their frank and funny interactions. So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo Jin shine as they play off each other and give a new meaning to the word chemistry. They don’t have any annoyingly bickering relation as she is calmer while he is a bit of a jerk. I liked the transformation of our hero throughout the series from a money-minded arrogant businessman to a caring and adorable person, all the while maintaining his basic nature. Similarly, our heroine is full of warmth and composure but is strong as well. She also learns with time to be comfortable with her power.


As is the case with all Hong Sisters dramas, Master’s Sun is embedded with metaphors, which I have to admit were not fully comprehensible at times but then I love them nevertheless as the wordplay really is funny. The show also subverts the dramaland stereotypes ranging from first loves to candy heroines to amnesia.

Master’s Sun is breezy and beautifully directed with a soothing background score. It works at a relaxed pace but never drags. There are some great characters. Firstly, secretary Kim, who acts cupid for our OTP and he is simply awesome from start to finish. We also have second set of couple and I’m so glad that they got together at last. They provide some of the cutest moments of the show. Then, we have our hero’s uncle and aunt plus our heroine’s sister and her boyfriend who also get space to give comic bits. I liked that we didn’t have any completely negative people here except of course the main villain of our story. The neighbourhood kids were cute as a button. There were even some cute ghosts and the one which need a special mention was the trash can ghost whose scenes with So Ji Sub were a delight to watch. There were never any scenes where I had to fast forward and enjoyed every little scene/ character.


The main conflict was not all that interesting but it was mainly because we just loved our OTP so much that everything seemed dim in front of them. The pace of Master’s Sun slowed down in the last two episodes but that is understandable as it got extended. Even then, I didn’t feel that anything was added inconveniently or was incongruous. The ending was pitch perfect, giving complete satisfaction.

Gong Hyo Jin is effortlessly brilliant and luminous, and establishes a lively and warm rapport with her costars as well as viewers. The surprise ingredient is So Ji Sub who is outstanding in every frame. He is so adorable, handsome, charismatic and has one of the most beautiful hands!! Seo In Guk is cute and performs well. Kim Yoo Ri showcased a good balance of being a bit greyish but in a totally harmless way. The drama has superb supporting cast with Choi Jung Woo giving a stellar performance.

The bottom line: Master’s Sun is a delightful show with two amazing actors who are amazing together. Love them.

My Rating: 9 out of 10.


20 thoughts on “REVIEW: Master’s Sun (2013)

  1. Caitlyn

    Yeah, it was great the way Joong Won changed while still staying true to his initial personality. The way he patted himself on the back and congratulated himself for being straight forward with his feelings was adorable. He was like “I just told someone I love them. I’m awesome”, lol.

    It was so nice not to hate anyone. Granted, I think i started watching this coming off the back of You’re The Best Lee Soon Shin, who had the most hateful grandmother in all the world, lol. But still, with Master’s Sun, everyone was pretty decent, so there wasn’t anyone that had you screaming at the screen “die you bitch die!”

    1. snow_white Post author

      Except for the main culprit, everyone was pretty decent…
      I thought maybe his uncle or Yi-ryung will do some evil deeds but they all turned out pretty good and yay for that..

  2. DDee

    So true about how everything that didn’t have anything to do with the OTP was like, meh. I really couldn’t really be interested in the twins for example, because I kinda sensed that it wasn’t going to go anywhere too. I did feel the pace slowed in the end because I was getting a little bit frustrated–like hello, Gong Shil, are you blind, and deaf?? But I realised that it was just because I wanted them to get together so I can get my feels, whereas the characters needed the time to come to terms with their relationship. Patience is not my strong suit.

    So thank goodness the ending was satisfying. All I really wanted in the end was for them to get at least one decent date, and I got that and more! Plus Joong Won in his bowtie–BONUS! How cute was he?? Hands down, couple of the year these two. Maybe one of the best pairings ever in my book. I lub them!

    1. snow_white Post author

      Aww….he was the cutest thing in that last date scene….didn’t know that So Ji Sub had that side in him….
      Yes…they are the best couple…they just bring a smile on my face everytime I see them together… 🙂
      And I was getting frustrated too when Gong Shil was running away…but then the pay offs were great and so I’m satisfied….just wanted their kiss to be more passionate…haha 😉

      1. DDee

        I know, me too! I was so hoping we’d get some sexy lip action but as someone pointed out, Hong sisters do sweet, not passionate. Ah well, I’m not complaining! There was soooo much cuteness to make up for it.

        1. snow_white Post author

          Absolutely….no complaints…the cuteness was awesome!!

          oh right…their shows tend to be cuter…..Best Love and My Girl did have some
          more passionate ones compared to their rest….

  3. brightfotini

    I liked the fact that both our main leads matured and changed but at the same time stayed true to themselves too..
    This couple was truly a pleasure to watch. Both Gong Hyo Jin and So Ji Sub did an excellent job and their chemistry was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!.
    And I think that the side stories, meaning the ghost stories and the main one with the twins were just a way for our heroes to move on. They played their part in bonding these two and making them understand each other. So even though some of them weren’t so interesting I still appreciate them.
    And I loved all the cuteness in the last episode(but also throughout the drama) but I would also want more passionate kisses. I would be ok with kisses like in The Greatest Love but still I was ok because of the cuteness.. 🙂

    1. snow_white Post author

      yes….I wanted their kisses to be more passionate…just like Best Love or even My Girl (both Hong Sisters shows)….but the cuteness was satisfying to a great degree… complaints 🙂
      the ghost stories were short and were meant to act as catalyst….I’m glad the drama didn’t spend much time on them..

      1. brightfotini

        Yes yes it was a wise to move for these stories to be rather short. They palyed their part so..
        And I mentioned the Greatest love because it was a Hong Sisters drama. But at least they were better than the ones in You’re beautiful, which weren’t kisses! But I think it also has to do with the director.. Still though I liked them.. 🙂

        1. snow_white Post author

          The director of MS did City Hunter and it had a very passionate kiss 😉
          But yeah…it’s the mixture of everything….maybe they also consider the viewers groups….

          1. brightfotini

            I haven’t watched City Hunter.. i know I know.. Probably should although I’m quite spoiled on that one too.
            And yes I think the final result is a mixture of everything, writing, directing etc. 🙂

  4. kaiaraia

    I had a lot of fun watching this! And So Ji Sub in his colorful suits and hanging pants, fabulous!

    I love Jo Joong Won especially when he was expressing his love for Tae Gong Shil. He was very honest and matter-of-factually, never cheesy or smitten. Wait, its like he’s expressionless expressing his emotions! Hahaha, how ironic. I just find the wrinkled forehead a little excessive.

    1. snow_white Post author

      I also liked the non conventional character of So Ji Sub….he was really adorable….

      LOL @ he’s expressionless expressing his emotions 😀
      SO true….

  5. Girlnextdoor

    “Master’s sun is a delightful show with two amazing actors who are amazing together. ”
    I absolutely agree. I’m currently re-running this drama since I’m on break and I have never felt so giddy over a OTP like these SJS/JJW & GHJ/TGS. Not only chemistry is felt in the drama but off screen as well like the interviews and bts’s. Whenever they are together they really light up the scene.. It’s magical.
    The master’s sun is also the very few dramas I have been able to watch without fast-forwarding. The supporting actors are equally as entertaining, and the ghost episodes are touching and sometimes heart-wrenching. Although there are plot holes that can be identified, the otp really make up for it. Definitely one of the amazing, light dramas of 2013 and one of the best OTP I’ve seen in awhile. Thanks for the review 🙂 .

    1. snow_white Post author

      Thanks a lot for the comment 🙂
      I felt so giddy with SJS and GHJ in Master’s Sun….I root them for real life as well!!
      Agree with everything you mentioned….they are indeed the best couple of 2013…

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