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The Legend of the Blue Sea Cast and Review

Korean Dram: The legend of the Blue Sea

The Legend of the Blue Sea is a Korean Drama from the SBS Network. It was directed by Jin Hyeok and written by Park Ji-Eun.


  • Name: The Legend of the Blue Sea
  • Hangul: 푸른 바다의 전설
  • Episodes: 20
  • Network: SBS
  • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Release Date: November 16, 2016
  • Final Episode date: January 25th, 2017

The Legend of the Blue Sea Cast

  • Jun Ji Hyun: Shim Cheong and Se Wa
  • Lee Min Ho: Heo Joon Jae and Kim Dam Ryeong

The Legend of the Blue Sea Synopsis

The Legend of the Blue Sea tells the story of a nobleman called Kim Dam Ryeong who falls in love with a mermaid (Se Wa) who rescued him when he was drowning as a young boy. Unfortunately, some of the influential people of the village, blinded by their greed, try to imprison the mermaid so that they can use her to make a fortune. The nobleman is able to set her free but they both get murdered when the villagers set a final trap to capture Se Wa and Kim Dam Ryeong comes to her rescue.

Thankfully, their love story does not end there. The nobleman is reincarnated at Heo Joon Jae, a modern-day conman who defrauds people, and Se Wa is again reincarnated as a mermaid who later is named Shim Cheong. Heo Joon Jae and Shim Cheong meet by chance and quickly start to develop deep feelings for one another. But just when they start looking forward to exploring those feelings, Heo Joon Jae realizes that history is repeating itself and they may be headed towards another possible deadly fate. In order to be together in this lifetime, they will have to figure out a way to change the outcome of the story this time around.

Supporting Cast

  • Lee Hee Joon: Jo Nam Doo
  • g Dong Il: Ma Dae Young
  • Sung Dong Il: Ma Dae Young
  • Lee Ji Hoon: Heo Chi Hyun
  • Shin Hye Sun: Cha Shi Ah
  • Oh Yeon-A – Kang Seo-Hee (young) / Mr. Yang’s concubine
  • Choi Kwon – Yak-Sun
  • Ko Kyu-Pil – Han Sung-Tae
  • Lee Ho-Jae – Professor Jin / old fisherman
  • Park Ji-Il – Department Head Choi / Choi Kwon

The Legend of the Blue Sea Trailer

The Legend of the Blue Sea Review

Kdrama/korean Dram: The legend of the Blue Sea

When I first heard about The Legend of the Blue Sea story, I thought to myself this is the kind of Kdramas I live for and I fully expected to fall love in love with it. It is a solid fantasy drama but it also has a little bit of everything: Romance, comedy, and even some action scenes. To top it all off, the main leads are Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun. What more can a girl ask for? So did it live up to my expectations? Yes and no.

What worked?

Like I said, having Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun as the leads, I was expecting fireworks when it comes to their chemistry. Instead, I got a lot of sparks. Don’t get me wrong, they had good chemistry, but some of the romantic scenes were a little off. I could not fully get into it. If you have already seen My Love from Another Star, you will understand what I mean. If you have not, watch it now!

The other actors did really well and help enrich the show. I enjoyed Jun Ji Hyun’s scenes with the beggar played by Hong Jin Kyung and Yoo Na played by Shin Rin Ah. Lee Hee Joon was great and kept me focused on his character almost util the end.

What did not worked?

The concept for the show was really good you get to learn a lot about mermaid folklore. However many times, I felt that the story was dragging and I was tempted to fast forward through some scenes. To be honest, this series could have easily been a 16 to 18 episode drama and nothing would have been lost.

A lot of the scenes focused on the villains but did not add much to the plotline. The villains were not really scary and their plan pretty mediocre. Also, the writer did a poor job of explaining why Ma Dae Young and Kang Seo Hee (Heo Joon Jae’s stepmother) became so evil.

One of the best parts of watching Kdramas is listening to the OST. There is usually one or two songs that stand out and make me want to play them on repeat. I doubt you will find one in this show. None of the songs were memorable.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this was a really good drama but it was not great. Considering what the writers and the directors had to work with in terms of casts and story concept, I expected more.

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