Korean Drama Review RW

Yay! I finally finished my final few assignments and now left a few weeks before school ends for the term.

Reunited worlds (2017) 再次相遇的世界

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 2

starring Lee Yun Hee as Jung Jung Won, Jung Chae Yun as Jung Jung Won (young), Yeo Jin Goo as Sung Hye Sung, Ahn Jae Hyun as Cha Min Joon

Love this drama! Nowadays, it seems like it is the crime season. So many crime dramas which is not my cup of tea haha. I always prefer comedy, romance, fantasy. And maybe action sometimes. Sigh but just have to get hold of whatever nice drama I can.

Started watching this due to Yeo Jin Goo haha. Due to the misleading summary I saw of the drama about two childhood friends suddenly having great age difference and meeting each other, I thought it wont be good and didn’t have much expectations of it. At first, my sister didn’t want to watch it due to the summary but luckily I tried it and then persuaded her to watch haha. After half way through, we ended up watching faster than it is being screened.

This drama starts out very sad with Hae Sung’s death and his relationships with his friends and family. The atmosphere at the start of the drama effectively brings out the dark, foreboding, sad feeling. Even when he returns, I still can feel the sadness lingering as I know he will never return for good. This drama is similar to those spiritual dramas that even though they get to return and possess somebody’s body, we know they will have to leave one day after settling what they have to.

  

Yeo Jin Goo acted well as Hae Sung (as expected haha). Despite him being younger than most of the other actors and actresses, his portrayal of being their friends and elder brother is good! He also portrayed Hae Sung’s conflicted and mixed feelings well.

The relationship between Hae Sung and Jung Won is convincing and fun, and I was touched when Hae Sung tells Jung Won that his death is not her fault and not to “run away” anymore.

          

Loved Hae Sung’s interaction with each of his siblings that have distinct characteristics, both heartwarming, and heartbreaking towards the end. It is sad that the separated siblings are finally reunited due to Hae Sung but he cant stay. Liked the portrayal of each of his friends too. It was funny when the people first see him return, especially those who faint or keep running away from him thinking he is a ghost such as Hae Chul and Ho Bang. It is cool that Hae Sung has special abilities such as being able to see and hear things from far away, having excellent taste and being very strong which is quite useful for him to eavesdrop, pursue his passions and punish people who bullied his siblings (haha).

It is funny how Min Joon is unlucky like Jung Won (if I didn’t remember wrongly) or more unlucky than her, getting into serious accidents when with her. I expected Min Joon to end up with Jung Won as Hae Sung comes back to put everything back to its right position, including helping Jung Won forget him and move on. Perhaps they wanted to show how Hae Sung deserves to be remembered and cannot be replaced but I think if Hae Sung manages to match-make the two and still be remembered by Jung Won and kept in the corner of her heart, his sacrifice would be more filled with selfless love in addition to the sorrow.

Favourite MVs+osts: Sad Heart by SE O

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Random Long Series Korean Drama Reviews My daughter Geum Sa Wol&Still Loving You

Woah. Finally have a bit of time for blogging…, used much of my free time watching dramas and shows. And I am just procrastinating something now so making use of some procrastinating time to write hahaha.

I was glancing through long series drama My Daughter Geum Sa Wol as my mother was watching it on Channel U. This drama uses architecture as the theme. Typical of long series dramas, there is a hidden daughter and the mother treats her own daughter badly without knowing. And then there is the so-called lead couple that should not get together since the father of the guy ruined the family of the mother of the girl. Sa Wol, Oh Wol and Hye Sung were good friends at the orphanage until Hye Sung becomes blinded by greed and fear.

The more irritating villain that kind of angers me is actually not the evil man that caused lots of deaths but the insecure girl that causes misunderstandings, and tells lies wherever she goes just to get what she wants. If only she could be satisfied with what she has, her misery and others’ misery will be greatly reduced. But then the plot would not have been able to run and many truths may be left undiscovered… She must have had a hard time living in fear of being abandoned or exposed but that is just an excuse for her actions. Felt that Se Hoon is too good for the insecure evil Hye Sung haha. She is too lucky as an evil second lead, considering all the things she receives despite all the bad deeds she does.  (By the way, I didn’t put any pic of her haha)

   
Sa Wol-Chan Bin couple

Liked the characters in the drama such as Sa Wol, Chan Bin, Se Hoon, Oh Wol, Oh Wol’s father, Oh Wol’s children that are portrayed well.


Oh Wol’s father and his son, Se Hoon

I felt tears in my eyes when I was watching Oh Wol’s father shouting her daughter’s name at the site of the collapsed building meant for the orphanage children. As he was poor, he left his daughter at the orphanage and intends to pick her up once he earns enough money to be able to support both his children at the same time. Little does he know that the “good” building he wants her to stay in for 1 day actually collapses before he could fetch her home.


Child-like Oh Wol comforting Sa Wol

I especially liked how Song Ha-yoon expressed Oh Wol, especially when she becomes child-like after an accident indirectly caused by Hye Sung.

I feel sad for Hye Sung’s kind adoptive mother who is being kept in the dark about important things. She does not know that the child her husband so persistently wants to adopt is “his own” child.

I was surprised when I see Yoo Jae Suk In this drama haha…hahaha. Although the revenge plot in this drama is interesting, it isn’t a drama I would want to chase. I think I only watched about 1/2 here and there of the whole drama+last few episodes to save the agony.

I also happen to browse through Still Loving You which is quite cute&sweet haha. Was randomly browsing through YouTube and suddenly pressed into an episode…

    

The starting of the drama is hilarious when Soo Ho first started to learn cooking so that he can work for his rich father’s food company. Love the lead couple and their chemistry! The plot is kind of cliché but I like how the lead couple’s love thrives throughout the drama. They actually married quite early in a long drama and their married life is just too perfect haha. Like how Soo Ho stands up for Eun Soo and trusts her all the time. I was expecting some conflicts but looks like there isn’t much after they got together or is it I was not patient enough to watch till there? After some time, the drama plot becomes quite dull so I didn’t manage to watch the whole thing episode by episode.

Liked how the characters grow and mature, especially the Soo-Hyun-Bitna couple haha.  

Another interesting major conflict in this drama is how Soo Ho’s sister, a doctor, wants to marry a single father who is raising a pair of twins.

That’s all. Time to go back to my dull “long series drama” life…

China Drama Review I love my president though he is a psycho

        

It is actually a short drama with only 10 episodes haha but warning: last episode still not subbed if I am not wrong. Luckily I know Chinese haha if not I surely cannot wait for so long… Quite a good drama though in the middle somewhere when the couple is separated and with some misunderstandings, it becomes a bit slow paced. Haha, it is already a short drama, by right I shouldn’t feel the slow-paced part isn’t it? The background family issues intrigued me at the start but towards the end, made me bored and I skipped through it but will go back to re-watch it one day. As usual, I love the psychology aspect in it! I liked how the headstrong lead characters depend on each other and provide each other with warmth, despite how both of them come from dysfunctional families and lack certain things. Shall not give too much spoiler!

Hello!

Yay! Finally back to my favourite design. All orange and nice haha! Hopefully nothing bad happens to our blog after now. Unfortunately I may not have that much time to write the posts of the blog since university started but I will surely try my best to post something whenever I can!

Let me finalise my status again:

Kdramas finished but no review done: Let’s fight ghost, Hwarang-the beginning, Liar and his lover
Just finished: Third-rate my way
Still watching: Bride of the water god/Reunited worlds

China Dramas finished: 不一样的美男子 Buyiyangdemeinanzi 1 & 2, Boss and me, Master Devil dont kiss me 1&2, Whirlwind girl
China Web Drama Finding Soul (Review will be written by Joyous JY)

I finished China Drama I love my president though he is a psycho but I am just not satisfied that I speed watched some parts so will go back and re-watch it haha.

For Taiwanese Dramas, I still haven’t finished the full review for Love Cuisine and dropped Murphy law of love.

Somehow dropped towards the end:
Cheese in the Trap, Man living in the house, Legend of the blue sea, Goblin, My Secret Romance

So sad that no Singapore Dramas attract me nowadays. Still waiting…

~Lucky JM

China Drama Review Love O2O

     

starring Yang Yang as Xiao Nai and Zheng Shuang as Bei Weiwei

Although Love O2O is quite interesting at the start but I start to lose interest in it after some time. Despite that, I still continued watching until I finish it as I just want to continue seeing the lead couple haha. Their chemistry is good! Another reason I carried on watching is because it is relatable, with the student life, specifically university life as background.

Until about first half of the drama, I was intrigued by how the students can make characters that represents themselves in the games, and it is as if the real them manage to go into the computer games. The computer game becomes very much alive in this drama and people in the form of characters can have feelings, build relationships “physically” or communicate with each other in the game. It is an interesting perspective as nowadays many real life couples are formed through computer games haha. I laughed a lot at how Xiao Nai’s three buddies make jokes playfully or tease each other behind the scene or get excited when communicating in the game with Xiao Nai’s new found bride, Weiwei. Enjoyed watching the process of how Xiao Nai pursues Weiwei from online to offline, and enjoyed Weiwei’s reactions and character.

However, after some time the plot doesn’t attract me anymore as it is just about typical days in the university life, and how the relationships further develop, then going into company life. There isn’t much climax and I just look forward to seeing Xiao Nai and Weiwei. Managed to enjoy some romance here and there for the second half of the drama that made me think “Hmmm how nice to have such a boyfriend that is smart, confident, ambitious, working hard for his dream, cool, handsome, thoughtful, reliable, able to protect you well…” If I didnt remember wrongly, I remember him saying that nothing needs to be resolved with conflict which is so good, and I agree with it haha. But because he seems too perfect, it is also a little unreal. Maybe to some, he may seem too cold?

It is fun watching how Xiao Nai is competitive and his face suddenly becomes dark when knowing about a love rival like the basketball match with the guy I don’t really like throughout the drama. I don’t think that guy deserves Weiwei’s best friend haha. Although he is good with languages, he is so incapable in relationships, causing so many unnecessary misunderstandings. I feel that Xiao Nai and Weiwei in the drama are compatible in terms of looks and intellect haha!

The three buddies of Xiao Nai still continue to add humour to the drama and I feel that they all look good-looking haha, and they have distinct qualities that make them funny and likeable. I am touched by how they are loyal to Xiao Nai accepting him totally, and being at his back all the time, including working for his company no matter how other companies try to scout them.

Korean Drama Review SWDBS

Oh no, I just realise I dont have much time to write reviews since school started. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon was a fun watch though it wasnt as good as I thought it will be.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017) 大力女子都奉順

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Action, Suspense

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

        

starring Park Bo Young as Do Bong Soon, Park Hyung Sik as Ahn Min Hyuk, Ji Soo as In Gook Doo, Ahn Woo Yeon as Do Bong Ki (Bong Soon’s twin brother)

Plot: Great strength is passed down from the older generations through the females in the family and thus Do Bong Soon inherited her strength from her mother. Do Bong Soon is unemployed but has a passion for creating games, and her life changes when she becomes the bodyguard of CEO of Ainsoft, a company that produces games.

It is cool to see Do Bong Soon in action as she beats up the bad guys and uses her strength for good. It is funny that her brother is a doctor and has an increased amount of workload due to her. I laughed a lot when watching how the bad guys are shocked by her strength, especially the superior who asked her to carry 10 boxes and shocked that she carried them all at once or him trying to bully her, the newbie, but ends up being stuck under the table she pushed, as well as her chicken fight with Ahn Min Hyuk’s secretary, and her wrist fight with Ahn Min Hyuk.

Liked the interaction between Do Bong Soon and Ahn Min Hyuk, ranging from cheery, cheesy to depressing and serious, and I can feel the “zap” when their eyes meet haha. Enjoyed how Ahn Min Hyuk sees Do Bong Soon’s true value, cherishes her and helps her improve unlike Do Bong Soon’s crush, Guk Doo. People may feel a pity for Guk Doo since he realises too late that he likes her but too bad, once you miss the timing, it is too late haha. Actually, is it right or good to hide your true self from your crush, and only present what you think is the best side of yourself when he/she is around?

I actually was expecting more from the background story of rich Ahn Min Hyuk being threatened, and his life is in danger since he has enemies who are jealous of him or want to seek revenge on him but his case is resolved so quickly, and the plot ends up focusing on the kidnapping case in Dobong-dong which made me like the drama less. Like there are other ways to show Do Bong Soon’s development from strong to vulnerable to strong… Because of how the plot goes, the purpose of Do Bong Soon being a bodyguard is not totally fulfillled.

Liked Park Hyung Sik’s acting, and how he portrays his vulnerability at the start and his ability to protect others towards the end. Park Bo Young is cute haha. However, towards the end, it feels that there is too much balance between the roles: Ahn Min Hyuk and Do Bong Soon. Do Bong Soon is supposed to be the main character but the focus is shifted more to Ahn Min Hyuk which makes the theme somehow fuzzy.

Why you should watch: Love the cast especially Park Bo Young and Park Hyung Sik, as well as the relationship development between all the characters!

Favourite MVs+osts: You are my Garden by Jeong Eun Ji

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Random thoughts and Showtime Reviews

Here is a random thought post and a small random navigation around the blog. 🙂

We have Apink’s Showtime, Exo’s Showtime and Infinite’s Showtime at our blog, written by my sister who likes variety shows. She especially likes these 3 kpop groups. I like Infinite too haha…, surprisingly the only kpop group that I like, maybe because I mostly only hear kdrama osts rather than kpop groups’ songs. I watched the first episode of Infinite’s Showtime with her and it is really good haha, the car driving session is so heartwarming!

I heard from my sister last time that she was quite sad that Exo is somehow separated now. She likes them as a whole. Many groups seem to be changing such as Beast too, another group she likes. I think she watched whichever showtimes there are already, just that she only wrote certain episodes for those 3. Since she manages to write a few episode reviews for each showtime, enjoy if you like these kpop groups!

Click here for Apink’s Showtime reviews.

Click here for Exo’s Showtime reviews.

Click here for Infinite’s Showtime reviews.

You can find them under Showtime page bar too!

I even see her quickly finishing up all the Weekly Idol episodes, sometimes still complaining that there are not enough episodes or some being unable to watch. Recently, she showed me the X2 speed dance, random play dance and some high pitch voice competition in Weekly Idol which are funny. When I check the number of Weekly Idol episodes today, I am shocked to see that there are so many, almost similar to the number of running man episodes. :O

For Running Man, I think I only finished every of the first 100 episodes which are entertaining. I especially like those with a story in the background or those that include a mission that has to be carried out before the whole team is caught by the chasers. I also like the museums or historical sites that they visit while carrying out missions. For the first 100 episodes, what I can still remember and laugh at until now are the parts like Gary’s peaceful expressions in pictures no matter how chaotic the photo-taking process is, the rain in the first episode that cover their self-introduction especially Lee Gwang Soo’s- the unlucky one, and the Yoomes Bond episodes. For the rest after 100, when my sister watched every week I just slot in whenever I am free. Of course, I watched the episodes with my favourite actors in them haha… I got to know many different groups and people I would not have known if I didnt watch Running Man. After Running Man change its members, my sister did not watch it much anymore and I also did not get exposed to it anymore haha. Enjoyed the days Running Man episodes made me laughed and made me stay up late to “chase” them.

~Lucky JM

Taiwanese Drama Quick Review Love Cuisine

     

Didnt expect much from this drama as the lead actor didnt look good looking.. haha…erm… and the first episode just somehow left an impression of blandness and old, especially due to the colour effects. And also just felt a bit ridiculous with the mermaid chasing human scene in the first episode.

However, it becomes better and better as the lead actor’s character becomes distinct which makes him more and more good looking haha. Besides that, the conflicts within and between students stick out well in this drama.

Enjoyed how Han Jie has such good ability in his cooking throughout the drama and how he conducts his hell-like strict training for the students. Liked how Xiao Rou cares for her students, being able to deal with all kinds of students: catching Ma Chong Sheng whenever he tries to skip school to work, and being able to understand and advise the arrogant Wang Mai Zhi who comes from a rich family.

          

Full review coming out soon~

Hi!

Hopefully this adjustment to our blog works~

The changes are as such:

For now, Korean web drama page is an overview of all the dramas we, especially Joyous JY watched, and will not include the reviews. Reviews will be found in posts instead.

At the foot of the blog on home page, there will be a category column to help you all navigate to the posts you may be interested in.

For other dramas and shows, we are still adjusting and experimenting to see if we should focus on pages or posts.

 

My current status:

Finished:

Korean Dramas: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Hwarang the beginning, Liar and his lover (speed watched, want to watch more slowly haha), Let’s fight ghost, Shopping king Louie

China Dramas: 不一样的美男子 Buyiyangdemeinanzi 1 & 2, Boss and me, Master Devil dont kiss me 1&2, Whirlwind girl, Love O2O (speed watched)

China Web Drama Finding Soul (Review will be written by Joyous JY)

 

Somehow dropped towards the end:

Cheese in the Trap, Man living in the house, Legend of the blue sea, Goblin

 

Still watching hehe:

Love cuisine (Taiwanese)
I love my president though he is a psycho (China)
My Secret Romance (Korean)
Could have added Singapore drama The Lead to this list but too bad dropped it haha.

~Lucky JM

Singapore Drama Quick Review 真探

Just finished watching this sg drama. Finally come across a sg drama worth watching! Nowadays, the plots of sg dramas just dont captivate me. After this drama, I may dig out some old ones to watch.

Wanted to watch a crime drama but then I dont want those that are too solemn or serious, and just nice this drama is portrayed in a less dark manner and make murder cases less haunting for me haha. This may be a disadvantage for sg dramas if compared to crime dramas from other countries haha. For my case, I just had fun relaxingly seeing how cases are analysed.

Will let you know again when I finish the full review!