Monstar (2013)

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Seol Chan, a member of Korea's most popular K-pop boy band Men in Black, is provoked into pushing one of his crazy fans, and when that goes viral, his reputation plummets. As damage control, his agency tells him to quietly attend school for a while. Meanwhile, Se Yi, a new transfer student from New Zealand, draws attention in the school for both her talent and oddness. Misunderstandings occur between Seol Chan, Se read moreYi, and their other classmates. But in the midst of all the chaos, these students find a common interest which connects them to each other: music. As they gather together to sing and play the music they love, they learn to soothe the pain inside them, and to open each of their souls.

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Aug 9, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I love musicals, and music based dramas, thus my main reason for watching. If you want to hear great music, THIS is the drama of 2013 for it! The greatest thing about Monstar is the OST (though I hope they give us more songs for purchase).

Summary: The acting was good, and surprisingly so with many "newbies" to drama acting. It was nice to see scenes of musicians playing instruments and actually read more know how to play them... very refreshing. The music, as mentioned before, is top notch. There is a piano duet of J. Pachelbel's Canon that is amazing, as well as a haunting version of Nocturne with just guitar and cello that sticks with you. The story is the weakest link of the drama, which is likely why it was only 12 episodes. It wasn't a bad story, but light and lacking true depth as a drama. This could be best labeled as a light romantic musical drama, but does have entertainment value.

Details: There isn't much to put in the details without spoilers, but I can say that you will likely purchase the OST if you love music. Watching "new" actors was also nice, it gives me a few more people to put on my list of "ones to watch". I have to give a special mention to GLAM's DaHee because her role was awesome and she played it well. I fell in love with her character the most and she just tended to steal scenes when she was in them.

Rewatch value is listed as high as it is because the music will make me watch this again since the OST doesn't include all of it. Should they make all the music spots available for purchase, it would go down I think.
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Mar 1, 2014
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0

I started watching Monstar only cause I was curious on Junhyung's acting skills,but after watching the first episode I found my self wanting to watch more.The story is a simple one but the characters are intresting.
Junhyung did a great job with his sassy acting and Dahee really captures the moody feeling.No need to mention Kang Ha Neul's charisma (he alone,can be the reason to watch the show :P).I wasn't read more very satisfied with the main lead,not Ha Se Yoon's acting ,but Min Se Yi as a character.
The other three members of the drama's "team" are kind of cliche,but the actors did a good work as supporting roles.
This drama isn't a master piece but its definetly GOOD.I was watching it while it was on going and I found myself anticipating to watch the next episodes,that means someone did a good job ;P
If you're looking for an easy going drama to keep you compnay in your free time and leave you with a good feeling this is the one.
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Both dramas are music and friendship. Young people trying their best to find their place in this world. Innocent & sweet.
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both dramas are similar in the sense that both the mains are going to a music school and play some sort of instrument.
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    kamigate 7 days ago

    man i really liked the drama

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    Nisha Feb 25, 2015

    well for me it was a drama which was like enjoy the ride but don't focus to much on how this ride will end.... it is kind of unfinished in my eyes.... but i still liked it because some scenes were so amazing...
    the songs..the feels...the acting.... i enjoyed them a lot :)
    it was not perfect but it doesn't have to be....
    but there is one question which doesn't go out of my mind. why is this drama called monstar? can someone explain it to me?

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      I think the ending was like that because I read some where that there was supposed to be a second season to it but Da Hee (Nana) was sent to jail this year so it won't be happening anytime soon or maybe there isn't going to be a second season at all.

      I honestly had a love hate relationship with this drama haha

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      Nisha Mar 16, 2015

      oh reall that's a pity :( because now it is not really finished nor continued....
      oh, i read about da hee... she was really good in her role -.- well wasted talent i guess... that is really bad luck for those who wanted a better ending i guess. with a second season it would have had maybe one...
      haha yeah? hahah

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    Haine-tan Feb 6, 2015

    To be honest the enjoyment almost hit zerp >_> It had a potential but everything else was a bit "boring" and dragging sometimes

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    MisaKai Jan 17, 2015

    color bar win or lose? that final was O__O

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      bLoodYThoughtS Feb 1, 2015

      as what she says "Guess!" .. it's up to you who do you want to win ...

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    jellyfishdrama Dec 16, 2014
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    Jeah Boyles Nov 25, 2014

    how can i watch it??

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    Jelena96 Nov 4, 2014

    I don't get the end .__.

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    alice Oct 18, 2014

    i love the cast but the history sucks

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    abracadabra Oct 8, 2014

    The drama soundtrack is the best part of it. Everything else was... hmmm. The story had great potential, but most of it remained unclear. Also, the bunch of interesting characters were undeveloped, useless ... They should, at least, make some kind of epilogue... About acting skills - main couple was the weakest point, especially the idol guy...

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    pantouflard Sep 28, 2014

    or how Kim Na Na is too cool and Jung Sun Woo too blind

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    JustTrish Sep 22, 2014

    It started out so good! The show had me tight in its grip but then it fell flat. I'm disappointed in what could have been.

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    dramalovvV Sep 20, 2014

    I like this drama's soundtrack. Kim na na and jung sun woo is my favourite caracter!

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    Dramacity Aug 24, 2014

    Kim Na Na was my favourite character here<3 ^^

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    serena2001 Aug 24, 2014

    Im curious they used men in black and thier logo but not any of the band members or (if they were still trainees) anyone know why?

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    meganjoy12 May 13, 2014

    I just rewatched this and man its just as amazing the second time. I will for sure watch this again, its a drama you can rewatch over and over.


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    South Korea
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    May 17, 2013 to Aug 2, 2013
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    1 hr. 25 min.


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    7.5 (scored by 4,892 users)
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