Review of Korean series – Hotel Del Luna


Hotel Del Luna is a South Korean television series which was released in the year 2019 and aired on the tv channel tvN. It's ranked as the eighth highest rated Korean drama in the drama industry. The show is about a hotel for ghosts, starring Lee Ji Eun (widely known as IU) as the hotel owner and Yeo Jin Goo as the hotel manager. It's written by the scriptwriter pair Hong Jung Eun and Hong Mi Ran, widely known as Hong sisters and has 16 episodes.

Introduction

Hotel Del Luna is a fantasy television series which includes a great amount of comedy and a little touch of horror. It was aired on tvN from 13th July 2019 to 1st September 2019 and made an impact on the audience due to its visual presentation and the storyline. It is about a Hotel which gives the services only for ghosts which tells the backline story of the current hotel owner and her revenge. In the past, the hotel was originally named as the Guest House of Moon.

Cast

The main roles are played by both IU and Yeo Jin Goo. IU is known as Jang Man Wol who is a beautiful owner of the Hotel Del Luna for the past 1300 years. Formerly she was a wandering thief during Goryeo dynasty. The deities forced her to be the owner of Hotel Del Luna as a punishment for her sins from the time. Yeo Jin Goo is known as Ku Chan Seong who is the human general manager of the Hotel Del Luna with an educational qualification of MBA from Harvard University. Initially, he was selected as an assistant manager in a reputed Hotel in South Korea. He had to resign from there to join in Hotel Del Luna due to his father's promise to Jang Man Wol. The immediate supporting roles are Shin Jung Geun as Kim Seon Bi (Bartender at Hotel Del Luna), Bae Hae Sun as Choi Seo Hee (Housekeeping head of Hotel Del Luna), Pyo Ji Hoon as Ji Hyun Joong (Receptionist of Hotel Del Luna), Kang Min Na as Kim Yoo Na (4th Choice for General Manager and Ji Hyun's lover).

Summary

Jang Man Wol was punished for her sins which she committed 1300 years ago for being a murderer by the Deity named Mago who has many forms of appearances. The punishment was to run a guest house for ghosts. The guest house was originally named as Guesthouse of Moon before Man Wol's ownership. Currently, it is known as Hotel Del Luna. The hotel locates wherever Jang Man Wol goes. Which means she is stuck with the Hotel. She can't deny it or escape from it. There is a Moon tree which is a dried-up tree without leaves situates at the center of the hotel which represents none other than Jang Man Wol's life. She is a greedy, cold and suspicious soul yet a reasonable and practical one. For the establishment of the hotel, she appoints human general managers so that she can deal with human money from the real world. When years pass, deities plan for Jang Man Wol to send her peacefully to the afterlife through a new human general manager Ku Chan Seong.

When Ku Chan Seong shows up, things take an interesting turn in the series. He was a normal human being who needs to be the general manager of the Hotel Del Luna due to his father's promise to Jang Man Wol. When he refuses, Man Wol gives him a special gift for his birthday. A gift of vision to see ghosts all around him. So that the only place he can work in becomes the ghost hotel. Anyway, he adapts with his new ability sooner and everyone loves Chan Seong. Eventually, Man Wol falls in love with the General Manager as per deities' plan. Thus, the old and dead Moon tree regenerated with leaves and flowers. Ku Chan Seong leads Man Wol to her worst nightmares from the past. The people who are murdered because of her and murdered by her. Chan Seong helps her to get rid of her inner grudge and resentments. She becomes a pure soul who can move to the afterlife without any regrets from the real world and promise each other to meet in the upcoming lives.

Rating

  • 8.4/10 - IMDb
  • 8.9/10 - MyDramaList
  • 9.8/10 – Viki


My Take On The Series

I really enjoyed watching the series. Jang Man Wol's back story was the major attraction of the story in my point of view which took my imagination to another level. Hong sisters did a wonderful job writing the storyline with a lot of humour intake. The character named Jang Man Wol was a badass. She overpowered with confidence. And for that last episode, there was a hidden surprise treat for all the audience. A cameo entry of a well-known actor in the Korean industry. Hence wishing for a sequel.


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