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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7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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Oct 3, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
The basic plot of this show isn't very new or special - the high school setting has been used so much and having an idol star as a character isn't new either.

The show started off really well, and I really loved some of the endings of the episodes. Each character has his/her chance in the spotlight, where we get to find out more about their mysterious backstories. Unfortunately, there are also read more some plot holes and befuddling character behaviour that don't get explained or resolved by the end of the show. Actually, because each show ranged from 80-90 minutes, the 12-episode length (shorter than normal) does not explain why these holes could not be resolved properly. Some parts of the story towards the end moved so slowly that I got a bit bored.

Junhyung (of B2ST fame) did a surprisingly good job portraying his idol star character. Ha Yeon Soo is now the Next Big Thing, and Kang Haneul, you are such a HOTTIE. The ensemble cast as a whole makes for a cute watch, but it's the characters' stories that are compelling.

Any rewatch value would probably come from the funny and "d'awww" moments of reconciliation and bromance.

I love the music in this show - to date I didn't know Korean music had such a rich history of meaningful songs and diverse artists and bands. And there were some very sweet songs written for this show. For a show centred on music, it sure delivered on its soundtrack!

Overall a cute watch but not groundbreaking.
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9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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Feb 28, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
as most reviews stated: don't expect much from the story, it's not a disappointment either!

before watching this, know that what your about to watch is something closer to "America's got talent" with a cute high school story, some adorable idols, any many many great songs!

The Actors did a decent job in my opinion, considering that most of them are rookies, but they portrayed good characters I think.

if you're into read more Kpop and music, then I can grantee that you're gonna enjoy this show. but if you're looking for a rom-com with a great plot, then this isn't your cup of tea.
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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 Apr 19, 2015

    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 5,128 users)
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