Goblin – Drama – Review

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Every life is touched by a deity at least once…


Kim Shin is a Goblin who is cursed with immortality and uses his powers to help others. He lives together with a Grim Reaper who has amnesia and can’t remember his past. To end his immortality, Shin must search for a human bride who can pull out the sword in his chest and return him to ashes. He meets Ji Eun Tak, a high school student who, despite her painful reality, remains optimistic and ends up falling in love with the Goblin. She works with Sunny, the owner of a small chicken restaurant, who is a bright and attractive girl, loved by all men. However, when she meets the Grim Reaper, she finds her reality beginning to change.

Native and/or alternative titles: 도깨비, 쓸쓸하고 찬란한-도깨비; 프린스 메이커; 도깨비가 간다; Dokkaebi
Year: 2016
Countries: South Korea
Languages: Korean
Genre: Supernatural, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance, Melodrama, Suspense
Director: Lee Eung Bok
Writer: Kim Eun Sook
Cast: Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun, Lee Dong Wook, Yoo In Na, Yook Sun Jae, Lee El


I think most people who have seen Goblin would agree with me when I say that this drama attracts you like metal to a magnet. Not only does it have a great cast but also a brilliant and absolutely stunning cinematography and background music. Even though if you dig deep, this drama like any other Korean drama is riddled with the generic clichés, on the whole, it is quite refreshing and an invigorating drama. At times the drama seems to be stuck in the mid few episodes but I honestly appreciated and loved the side stories shown especially the love story of The Grim Reaper and Sunny. Sunny was by far one of my favourite characters in this drama, she seemed to fill every frame with this undeniable energy and emotion that you can’t help but be attracted to her personality. Ji Eun Tak was another incredible aura in the entire drama; her acting was fresh and authentic in my opinion. The relationship between the Goblin and Grim Reaper was so bittersweet, it was wonderful to see it bloom and every moment was precious.

Even though I sing so many praises of Goblin, I personally feel that there were a lot of plot-holes in the drama. The circumstances and story behind the Goryeo characters was not built up well and seemed very abrupt and shabbily put together. I personally still cannot understand why Kim Shin had to bear such a harsh punishment? I don’t think that his sins were that extreme or immoral for someone in that period; if his sins were considered so heavily immoral then there should be a lot of Goblins around. I have a lot more such questions but I risk letting out spoilers if I indulge in them here. None-the-less, Goblin is definitely a drama worth watching at least once!

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A Korea-phile by nature~ Love everything Asian and originally from India. Fluent in Korean language and knows Chinese language as well. Has Masters in East Asian Studies (with special interest in Korean culture and politics)

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