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Mok Ha has always dreamt of becoming a singer. During middle school, however, she ends up on a deserted island where she manages to survive alone for over fifteen years. When she's finally rescued, she must adjust to a world that has changed dramatically in her absence. While learning to navigate the complex social dynamics of modern society, Mok Ha is determined to achieve her dream of becoming a singer—and she will stop at nothing to make it happen. (Source: MyDramaList) Edit Translation

  • English
  • ภาษาไทย
  • Arabic
  • Українська
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct 28, 2023 - Dec 3, 2023
  • Aired On: Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Netflix TVING tvN
  • Duration: 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Score: 8.5 (scored by 16,451 users)
  • Ranked: #594
  • Popularity: #382
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Completed
Coolforthesummer
129 people found this review helpful
Oct 30, 2023
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
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From Island Solitude to Stage Spotlight : Castaway Diva's Resonant Tale of Music and Resilience


Castaway Diva, directed by Oh Choong Hwan and written by Park Hye Ryun, is a musical melodrama that intricately unfolds the journey of Seo Mokha, a girl striving to become a diva after her return to normal life from an uninhabited island.

Mokha, with her sole dream of singing alongside her idol Ranjoo faces a devastating setback when stranded on an uninhabited island for 15 years. The narrative unfolds as she returns and embarks on her quest to become a diva.
Upon her return Mokha's reality shatters upon discovering her idol Ranjoo has become a washed up diva, no longer in the limelight and forgotten by the audience. Ranjoo's decline is attributed to various factors including a damaged voice and betrayal by her loyal manager, Lee Seojin.
Mokha's journey is interwoven with the rediscovery of her childhood sweetheart Kiho, revealing shocking truths about his family's struggles during her absence. The show intricately crafts well written characters, each serving as the hero of their own story, reflecting a keen attention to detail.

Seo Mokha's character is finely nuanced, with the writer paying meticulous attention to small details. The portrayal effectively conveys her detachment from the real world during her years on the island. The writer skillfully employs parallels between her island life and her struggles in the real world, adding depth to the character. Park Eunbin's portrayal captures Mokha's 15 year disconnect convincingly.

Ranjoo, the washed-up idol, undergoes a compelling character arc, blending selfishness and selflessness. Her decision to choose Mokha over her own career, despite using her for lipsyncing, showcases a complex and well developed character. Kim Hyojin's performance impeccably captures the essence of Ranjoo's character.

Kiho/Bogeol stands out as one of the most captivating characters in the series, captivating viewers with his kindness and selflessness towards Mokha. His sacrifice and relentless search for her on various islands highlight his extraordinary dedication. In facing a situation reminiscent of Mokha's past abuse, he chooses her well being over his own, ensuring her dreams remain intact despite the harsh reality. Chae Jong Hyeop's portrayal brings an innocence and charm befitting this endearing character.

Woohak emerges as a personal favorite, a protective elder brother to Kiho/Bogeol. While Kiho shields Mokha's dreams, Woohak safeguards Kiho from their abusive father even losing his memory in the process. Despite harboring feelings for Mokha, he gracefully steps aside upon discovering Kiho and Mokha's destined connection prioritizing their well being. Woohak's character development, transitioning from a carefree individual to a protective brother, adds depth to the narrative. Cha Hak Yeon's portrayal skillfully navigates the complexities of Woohak's character.

Lee Seojin remains a complex figure throughout the series, oscillating between moments of goodness while caring for Ranjoo and instances of greed, hindering her career. Kim Jooheon's seasoned performance adds depth to this intricate role.

Other impactful characters include the Kang Family, particularly Papa Kang, whose angelic presence resonates. The portrayal of abusive father Jung Bong Wan is chilling with the actor excelling in depicting the character's disturbing obsession with his son Kiho. Eun Morae a rival of Mokha adds a gray shade to the narrative, not entirely negative. Manager Park Young Kwan, initially despised undergoes a transformative backstory that makes his story arc one of my favorites in this well written drama

This show stands out for its exceptional cinematography creating an immersive experience that makes you feel the proximity to the sea. The vibrant color grading enhances the visual appeal offering a truly pleasing watching experience.

In the music department, the show excels with outstanding OSTs. Park Eun Bin's vocals stand out as she not only delivers the best performances but can rival idols with her exceptional voice.

In summary, Castaway Diva emerges as one of the best dramas of the year, seamlessly blending genres like romance, life, melodrama and mystery. Its creative and well written storytelling deserves a solid 10/10.

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Ongoing 12/12
sooba
62 people found this review helpful
Oct 30, 2023
12 of 12 episodes seen
Ongoing 3
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
This review may contain spoilers

Hands down to child actors.

The drama is off to a good start because of their exceptional performance. Hats off to them.


"You were right. If you wish for something, one way or another, it
will come true day. And it will happen in unexpected way."


Yall...okay but bogeols eyes when he saw mokha while hugging woohak after they found her

i need his pov for this!! why do i feel like his inner dialogue is saying that "mokha is alive/ i finally found mokha" but he cant take a step coz hes feelin guilty



aaaahhh idkkkkk i am so excited to watch the coming episodessss!!

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Details

  • Drama: Castaway Diva
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct 28, 2023 - Dec 3, 2023
  • Aired On: Saturday, Sunday
  • Original Network: Netflix, TVING, tvN
  • Duration: 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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  • Score: 8.5 (scored by 16,451 users)
  • Ranked: #594
  • Popularity: #382
  • Watchers: 33,372

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