• Drama: Shine or Go Crazy
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Jan 19, 2015 - Apr 7, 2015
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Network: MBC
  • Duration: 1 hr. 5 min.
  • Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older


  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 2,186 users)
  • Ranked: #1883
  • Popularity: #645
  • Watchers: 5,570

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Watchers 2,186

Wang So, a Goryeo prince, was born with the name, “Shine.” Shin Yul is a woman hailing from the Balhae kingdom and believed to have the powers of an oracle. A prince who suffered vile remarks because of a cursed prophecy finds himself attracted to a former princess from a fallen kingdom who faces death because of her fate to become the light of another kingdom. Their love is at a point of either shining or flaming out.
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  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Jan 19, 2015 - Apr 7, 2015
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Network: MBC
  • Duration: 1 hr. 5 min.
  • Score: 7.7 (scored by 2,186 users)
  • Ranked: #1883
  • Popularity: #645
  • Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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20 people found this review helpful
Apr 9, 2015
24 of 24 episodes seen
Completed 6
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 1.5
Why is it that TV & film writers feel the need to make drastic changes to the source material whose popularity provided the reason to make the drama? I'm talking major PLOT changes - especially endings! Which brings us to this drama.
I enjoyed the beginnings - quirky, good cast, interesting storyline, et al. I found that as the story progressed it did somewhat lose track of the beginnings, but not terribly, and the main love affair kept on track very nicely. It differed enough from the real history of this king that I didn't worry about the kids (shown in the first episode) too much & just wondered about the resolution.
Well. What resolution, I ask myself after finishing this? What happened? How? I don't know. I highly suggest one NOT watch the last 10 minutes of the final episode. Make up your own ending & watch the credits roll. Go read the book, which has a satisfying, logical ending. Don't expect to have any questions answered by this sageuk :(

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34 people found this review helpful
Apr 7, 2015
24 of 24 episodes seen
Completed 9
Overall 4.0
Story 3.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
OMG...just skip everything and only watch the romance between the leads and even then you should stop watching at:40:15 of the last episode. This writer just ticked me off with that ending. I lowered the score 1 point for it alone. The rest of the story is just political and the other characters are stupid and annoying (well, except Shin Yool's people). I think the plot of the story is interesting. It is the writers execution of the plot that is the problem. It is like the writer wasn't sure where the story should go and had a hard time incorporating all the story lines so that it was smooth. Also, character development and change are common, but somewhere around episode 20 some of the characters changed to the point that it wasn't believable. Although, I guess love can make you do strange things. Also, the writer totally wasted a character. I was so mad that I almost gave this drama a 1. One thing the writer got right was the last "fight". It was the one thing the writer kept true to the story line and to Wang So's character.

This drama has some over acting from all the actors, but I think that they were directed to act that way. Other wise why would they all be overly dramatic? Then there are some well acted parts like diamonds in the rough.

I am a Jang Hyuk fan and I believe he gave the performance that was expected of him as Prince Wang So. Regardless of the directing he is still handsome, funny, serious, and sincere as needed. A lot of people say that Oh Yeon Seo has had too much plastic surgery. Maybe she has, but it seems that she has no problem expressing her emotions and I enjoyed her character as Shin Yool. That is where it stops. Lee Ha Nui as Yeo Won was just too wooden and even when she cried it seemed insincere. Her back story make since as to why the character would be cold, etc, but there is a difference between that and Pinocchio. Im Joo Hwan failed miserably as Wang Wook. His acting was really bad and he mostly looked like he was in drag. He is no rival to Jang Hyuk that is for sure.

There is some music that I liked.

I will never ever rewatch this.

I do not recommend this to anyone. Not even sageuk lovers.

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