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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Aug 3, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
This has a huge group of talented young people. If they are all truly playing the instruments and singing, then they deserve props for that. I'm not a big fan of high school dramas, but I have watched a few. This puts most of them to shame in the music department. The story is pretty typical for a high school drama...bullies, childhood traumas, first love,etc. However, it was directed like a musical read more and I enjoyed that. I can't post about the parts I liked, because we aren't supposed to post spoilers. Bummer!!! ;-)

Ha Yeon Soo as Se Yi and Da Hee as NaNa were my favorites. However, I liked all the actors and I thought they all did an excellent job.

The music is outstanding!!! You should watch this drama for that alone.

I will probably rewatch this at some point.

I recommend this drama for all ages.
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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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Both dramas are about the main character's passion for music. Monstar seems to have a slight dark side to the plot that later resolves itself.
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The plot for both dramas are similar, about a couple who loses one another and in the end grow to love one another again. It's a drama worth watching, lot's of laughs and tears. And to top it off, a lot of idol actors too. Come on! Who would turn down Winner's Kang Seung Yoon?You'd be crazy if you did.
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    HarshaMaria 10 days ago

    I loved it at the begining ,but started getting a bit bored, but completed it neverthless.Overall a good watch.

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    Rashmi Feb 20, 2017

    i'm repeating all the episodes again and again and again .. loved every single person in this drama.. they acted like hell well ..BIG FAN .. n the way they presented those popular songs .. DEABAK .. one of my best musicals EVER

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    Lifunia Oct 8, 2016
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    keznaa Aug 27, 2016 - edited

    Any recommendations for a similar romance plot to this? I'm looking for a show where the MC doesn't know the love interest is famous. I loved that she moved to Korea and didn't know who he was. Either one where the famous person is keeping it secret on purpose or the MC just happens to not know who they were prior to meeting them. There's are a lot of movies and stuff in the west like this but I can't find any Asian dramas like that aside from this one

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      Sophilicity Mar 14, 2017

      Have you ever seen Ma Boy? It's a 3 episode drama, which revolves around a guy who dresses up as a girl to disguise his true identity aha

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    iNeedSomeJisoos Aug 25, 2016


    The romance is really cute in this and I really like the school-music aspect of it. Ha Yeon Soo's character (main lead) has a really nice personality; innocent/naive and kind.


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    Lifunia Jan 11, 2016

    Junhyung should really get to act in more dramas!

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    Sandra Nov 15, 2015 - edited

    I expected something like Glee but in Korean context, well produced, fun &light drama with good music. Didn't really deliver, but at least there was Kang Haneul and couple good songs :)

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    babybreaths Nov 7, 2015 - edited

    So, Kang Ha Neul is second lead?

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    Miyuu Aug 31, 2015

    LOVE this Drama

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    NWSW Aug 30, 2015 - edited

    this drama was extremely dull
    like I'm a person who if they start a drama they always end it no matter what
    but thank god it was only 12 episodes or I would have dropped it

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    Eva Novalin Jul 20, 2015

    Yong jun hyung looks like rafael smash <3 ^_^

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    maral Jul 12, 2015

    I loved it...

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    Alekwang Jul 5, 2015

    Should I watch it? why?

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    kamigate Apr 19, 2015 - edited

    man i really liked the drama

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    Nisha Feb 25, 2015 - edited

    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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      Introvertdramafinatic Mar 14, 2015

      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 - edited

      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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      I haven't seen the drama yet but I think it is called monstar as in my star. mon is my in french.

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      Nisha Nov 6, 2015

      oh yeah you're right!

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      Melia Apr 16, 2016

      몬스타 (the Korean title) literally means "monster." It's either a spelling error or a play on words monster/star. In the last or second to last episode, there is a mention of "monster," but I can't quite recall what the context was now.


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


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    7.4 (scored by 7,162 users)
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