Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Korean Drama Formidable Rivals (Powerful Opponents)




I have just started watching this latest Korean Drama starring my favourite actress Chae Rim on Starhub Channel 173 KBS World. The drama is currently broadcasting in Korea from April to Jun 2008. The second episode was so funny and it is definitely a must watch drama for Korean Drama and Chae Rim fans!


Chae Rim stars as Cha Young Jin, who is the first female to ever work as a bodyguard in the Presidential resident, Chungwadae. The role of a bodyguard is a refreshing change for Chae Rim since her last role in Dalja's Spring as a woman who was undecisive in love. With the Blue House (Korean presidential residence) set as the drama's background, Formidable Rivals revolves around the lives of presidential bodyguards and offers a fascinating rare look into the inner workings of presidential affairs.


Young Jin and Ryu Gwan Pil (Lee Jong Hyuk) work as bodyguards assigned to watch over the president’s son, Kang Soo Ho (Lee Jin Wook). They are assigned to guard Soo Ho for 15 months. It turns out that there was some sort of deep connection between Gwan Pil and the President's family. Some things bad happened in the past which led to Gwan Pil leaving suddenly 8 years ago.
















31 comments:

yusi said...

I'm Arabic from Dubai but I love korean drama, and this one looks attractive and very interesting
as for the first 2 episodes I rate it 9.5 out of 10
my best scene when chin met Sohu for the first time & when she met the president
amazing, keep up the good work

ultraNgel said...

hi!

i had watched 2 of d episodes @ KBS World (Chnl 303 Astro) & luv it. Now, m lookg 4 d dvd/vcd ..but still can't found @ any stores

Lady Jan said...

Dear Ultrangel,

dun think the dvd/vcd set would be out so soon coz drama still showing in Korea. Might take awhile. However u can also watch the drama online at:

http://www.mysoju.com/powerful-opponents-kangjeok/
(English subtitles)

http://www.xiaoli.cc/video/detail/1770
(Chinese subtitles)


Hope the info is useful to you :> have fun watching the drama!

Kuromi said...

Happen to find my way to your blog by chance. I love Korean dramas..currently following "Formidable Rivals" fervently...hehhe...and I'm a huge My Melody fan...love your blog! =)

PSVJinzo said...

I finish watching the chapter "trust or not" (5 I guess)
I really love this K-drama and its ver interesting.
I love Chae Rim...she is so cute ^^

Lady Jan said...

Thanks for all the comments :> I'm only at episode 10, long way to go. Was distracted by another interesting drama , "On Air". Now gonna concentrate on watching Chae Rim's drama. I'm hoping that she would be with Gwanpil as he is so cool and they look quite cute together.

PSVJinzo said...

Finish watching father, is father episode...so nice...when Chae Rim appears with the black dress...so beautiful ^^

What I dont like is to wait a entire week to follow the drama xD

Lady Jan: does it get interesting in the next 4 chapters?

Yes, i hope she stays with GwanPil :)

BTW, nice Blog

Lady Jan said...

Dear PSVJinzo,

thanks for your comments. Keep watching the drama, guaranteed you would not be disappointed, would get more interesting :> My favourite is episode 15 where Gwanpil finally shows that he does like Young Jin....stay tuned!

Anonymous said...

what happens at the end
who does chae young jin pair up with
its confusing

Lady Jan said...

Hi,

i came across this blog (http://hanfever.wordpress.com/2008/06/04/powerful-opponents-does-it-have-a-powerful-ending/) that gives a very detailed summary about the ending and also the blogger's view of who Youngjin ended with. You may wish to take alook. I personally feel that the open ending would enable me to imagine my own preferred ending (which is of course Youngjin ending up with Gwanpil :->)

pratikshya93 said...

i have just started seeing this can i see the vid on net anywhere thanx a lot for the pics i loved them. by the way i am frm india and i love korean dramas. i used to watch likable or not and now m watching bodyguard, formidable rivals, women under the sun and my beloved children. i would like to b frends wid you

Lady Jan said...

Dear Prati,

you can go to this website: http://www.mysoju.com/powerful-opponents-kangjeok/
to watch the drama. I'm happy to get to know friends with the same interests and do watch the other dramas that i recommended in my blog. I'm sure you would also enjoy watching the dramas as i do :>

prati said...

thanx for the link.i am hoping that i will start a new blog wid all the pics of koreandramas and i hope you will help me

Anonymous said...

I love this Drama.It was so intresting!I'm so sad that it ended.Can anyone tell me the name of the opening song

Lady Jan said...

Hi,

the name of the opening song is Ji Kyuh Jool Ge (Feat. Henry) - Lee Shin Sung. Those interested in the OST can get it from this 2 blogs: http://koreanentertainmentlovers.blogspot.com/2008/05/powerful-opponents-ost.html

or

http://koreandramamv.blogspot.com/2008/06/powerful-opponents.html

boon said...

hi... i am from india...this drama rocks...actually i started to see this drama when i came to my home on holiday break...but i could not finis it...coz my college was reopened... the character "cha gwan pil" rocks... i have only two wish that you should fulfill...to know the ending...i.e.,how the story ends...

Lady Jan said...

Hi Boon,

To find out the ending, you can go to another entry on my blog:
http://ladyjansneverland.blogspot.com/2008/06/korean-drama-formidable-rivalspowerful.html
or you can watch the drama online at: http://www.mysoju.com/powerful-opponents-kangjeok/

boon said...

thanks a lot... is there is any DVD set available now for this drama...

pratikshya said...

madaboutbookshttp://kbsdramafansite.blogspot.com/
VISIT MY BLOG TOO

boon said...

I want to have complete DVD set of this drama... i don wan to miss this drama... iam from india... please help me...

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Gigi said...

hi! i saw your site and find it interesting and marked as my favourite.

elisa said...

Hi everyone, I just finished watching ep 15 and I can't find 16 anywhere can someone help. I either need to be able to download it or stream it with english subs


thanks

chelzee said...

hi! i love your blog .. and this formidable rivals, i love watching it.. but in our country it airs so short just 30 minutes .. and i need to wait so long.. any suggestion site to watch this? .. except mysoju.com, it says there that videos are not uploaded .. well tnx!! i'll keep in touch ..

Lady Jan said...

Hi thanks for your comments. Sorry i can't find other sources to watch online except mysoju and tuduo which only offers Chinese subtitles.

Anonymous said...

hi! this series is now airing in the Philippines. and i happen to watch it. i can say that it is nice. :)
can you please tell me to whom will chae rim end up with? i'm really curious. :)

Anonymous said...

just love this drama nice

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