Love Alarm (2019)

Love Alarm (2019)

Cast: Kim So Hyun as Kim Jojo, Song Kang as Hwang Sun Oh, Jung Ga-ram as Lee Hye-young

Episodes: 8

Recommendation: 6/10

My Own Review:

Apologies if the review is not super accurate as I watched part of the drama and skimmed through part of the drama.

I watched this drama because I wanted to know how the Love Alarm Application actually works and how it is actually being used in the drama. I personally quite like how the Love Alarm Application is able to let me know whether I love someone and whether the someone loves me or not (as long as there are only 2 of us in the 10 metre radius). Just like how Kim Jojo and Hwang Sun Oh rings each other’s love alarm when only the 2 of them are together. But I feel that my alarm being ringed by someone I do not know can be quite creepy as well. I would prefer the love alarm only ringing if it is a mutual love (since the aim of this application should be telling each other that they love each other and form a couple).

I like how the drama not only use the application to form couples but also let people confirm that they do not love for each other. This is evident from Kim Jojo and her ex-boyfriend being able to confirm that they do not love each other with the application. But actually without the application, it is quite obvious that they do not even love each other as her ex-boyfriend does not even share sorrows with her and Kim Jojo does not even trust her ex-boyfriend enough to share her sorrows with him. However, this application gave a concrete evidence that they do not love each other and helped Kim Jojo to end this bad relationship.

Spoiler: For some time, Kim Jojo actually installed another application to prevent ringing Hwang Sun Oh’s love alarm despite her still liking him. I felt very upset by that and I am unable to accept it as she did that just because she felt small and scared the more she date him (if I am not wrong). She used the Love Alarm Application to show that she does not like him anymore. It was so heart-breaking at the moment. But the most heart-breaking thing is Hwang Sun Oh’s alarm will always and only ring for Kim Jojo even if Kim Jojo does not ring his alarm anymore. The contrast of them always ringing each other’s alarm to confirm their love makes it even more sad.

However, the reason why I gave 6/10 is because the parts that I want it fast is slow and the parts that I want is slow is fast.

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China Drama Review Whirlwind Girl 旋风少女

My sister and I happened to rewatch some parts of this drama due to a lack of dramas to watch nowadays so I decided to quickly write this review before it gets postponed to dont know when.
(Sigh, such a serious lack of dramas to watch since the change in trend of genre of kdramas. Felt that the scriptwriting for kdramas in general has deteriorated, even though many people seem to still enjoy them. China modern dramas are still not good enough to replace kdramas at the moment. Used to enjoy sg dramas in the past but based on the trailers nowadays, I feel that the target audience has narrowed. I guess there is nothing I can do but be more understanding towards my drama friend…)

Dropped Abyss, The Secret Life of My Secretary, Search: WWW at the first few episodes. Currently finishing up Angel’s Last Mission: Love and finished watching Perfume. Hopefully I can finish Angel’s Last Mission: Love as my sister dropped it at the 3rd last episode. Just finished watching Super Star Academy which my sister recommended me. It is quite a good watch. Currently watching Debut china drama which my sister recommended me. More or less finished scanning through About is Love, The Night of the Comet, From Survivor to Healer (Didnt watch middle part), My Poseidon, and Go Go Squid which do not have plots that are good enough but I have my own reasons for scanning through them. Started on Hotel Del Luna which is good.

Doing this by memory.

Whirlwind Girl (2015) 旋风少女

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 3

 

starring Hu Bingqing as Qi Baicao, Yang Yang as Ruo Bai, Chen Xiang as Fang Tinghao, Bai Jingting as Yu Chuyuan, Zhao Yuannuan as Fang Tingyi, Yang Tailang as Shen Bo, Leo Wu as Hu Yifeng, Tan Songyun as Fan Xiaoying, Li Ze as Wu Xiuda, Yu Haoyang as Wu Xiuqin, Yu Tinger as Qu Guangya, Jiang Yiyi as Kim Min-joo, Zhang Xueying as Li En-xiu, Jang Tae-hoon as Min Shenghao

Happened to come across this drama due to becoming a fan of Yang Yang after watching him in Love O2O. This drama is a lot better than Love O2O to me and Yang Yang’s character is totally different here. Wanted to dismiss this drama when I started it as I feel that the personal monologue in the first episode is weird. Luckily, I didnt. Once I got past that, I couldnt stop watching.

The thing that stands out in this drama is Ruo Bai’s selfless love. He doesnt need Bai Cao to reciprocate his love at all and doesnt even want Bai Cao to know how much he does/has done for her. Liked how Ruo Bai likes to write calligraphy. And it is interesting how it is used to show his frustration and anger once and also shows how much he sacrifices for Bai Cao in the scene that he had to use newspapers instead of his usual calligraphy paper to help pay for her training expenses at the academy. Touched by Ruo Bai’s love for Bai Cao, especially towards the end when he chooses to help Bai Cao (because it is the critical time in her Taekwondo journey) instead of caring about his own health or when he risks his life to plead with the culprit to tell the truth that Bai Cao’s master/Taekwondo teacher did not use drug for his competition. I dont think such a person exists in the world and it is also not that good in a relationship as one person is giving too much and the other is not giving enough but I liked the character a lot and it shows unconditional love very well. My sister is so angry at him and wants to scold him for his foolishness at the 2nd time she watched it with me haha.

Chased this drama due to the Taekwondo competitions. Ruo Bai is a very good coach and he manages to guide Bai Cao not only in her trainings, but also in competitions to help her improve and develop and make good use of her strengths so that she can win in competitions. Enjoyed watching how there are many different types of interesting opponents whom Bai Cao needs to find out their weaknesses and beat. Enjoyed watching the cool stunts performed by Bai Cao during competitions.

Liked the character Bai Cao. Her loyalty to her Taekwondo master/teacher shines in this drama. Although Guang Ya, the Taekwondo master’s biological daughter, draws a line with him after the drug incident, Bai Cao never changes how she treats him and her belief that he is innocent never wavered. She also refuses to change her master even though that can lead to a better future in Taekwondo. Liked how she has great strength due to practice even though she didnt undergo any Taekwondo training. Felt that she looks a lot more cool than Ruo Bai when doing the Taekwondo moves haha. Liked the soft toy that she carries around. It looks like a grass which kind of represents her. Enjoyed watching her growth as she becomes better and better at Taekwondo. Liked how Bai Cao respects Chu Yuan’s decision to never do Taekwondo again without question and even prevents the battle between Ting Hao and Chu Yuan.

Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Bai Cao and Ruo Bai. Liked the interactions between Ruo Bai and Bai Cao, even though most of the sweet interactions happen without the knowledge of the other party (as mentioned above about unconditional love). For example, a sweet but funny scene is where Ruo Bai secretly unlocks the gate for Bai Cao to enter as she comes back late/after curfew time but she jumps over the wall (?) despite receiving the note from under the gate. Liked watching Ruo Bai’s smiles haha.

Felt neutral about the character Chu Yuan. The good part of the character and the bad part of the character balances out haha. Liked how he is caring and gentle, and how he has a background story of being very good at Taekwondo but quits due to various reasons. However, he did not firmly reject Ting Yi and caused harm to Bai Cao so he is not good enough for Bai Cao to me. Plus, there is always a right timing for something and he loses his chance to be with Bai Cao due to him leaving. Even if he comes back and is sure of his feelings for Bai Cao, it is too late haha.

Liked the character Ting Hao. He is a good brother to Ting Yi and a good friend to Bai Cao and later a good friend to Ruo Bai. It is cool that he is good at Taekwondo. It is funny how Ting Hao starts to like Bai Cao after he pulls her into his car through the ceiling to prevent her from getting hit by his sport car. It is funny how he tries to hide his identity and gets closer to Bai Cao. Laughed at the ridiculously (?) funny methods he uses to confess his love for Bai Cao like pouring flower petals through a drone (?), and singing to Bai Cao with a band in front of many. Although he is immature and doesnt care about Bai Cao’s feelings at the start, he gradually becomes a more understanding person. It is good that he is so rich haha. Liked it when he uses his wealth for good purposes like the phone and tracking device he gives Bai Cao when she goes overseas and they come to good use when she really is separated from the others on the street as she went to catch a thief. It is funny how he always wants to compete with Chu Yuan or whoever he deems worthy. Later on, when he finds out about what Ruo Bai did for Bai Cao without letting her know, he hints to Bai Cao about it and gives up pursuing Bai Cao. Liked how he is a good friend to Ruo Bai towards the end when he forces and personally brings Ruo Bai to go for check-up and consultation, even though Ruo Bai is too stubborn and didnt go for treatment at the end. My sister liked the character more the second time we watched it together. May become a fan of Chen Xiang after this drama.

Liked the characters Xiao Ying and Yi Feng. Liked how Xiao Ying is so cheery and bubbly. She adds quite a lot of humour to the drama. Liked how she is such a loyal friend to Bai Cao. It is funny how Yi Feng is often seen yawning. Liked how Yi Feng is good at Taekwondo. Liked the friendship between Yi Feng and Ruo Bai. It was fun to watch the interactions between Xiao Ying and Yi Feng. Liked the development of the relationship and the chemistry between them, even though they didnt become a couple at this season and Xiao Ying likes Ruo Bai initially. May become Leo Wu’s/Wu Lei’s or Tan Songyun’s fan after this drama.

Liked the acting by the cast! Liked how there are many heartwarming and touching scenes in this drama and I could feel tears in my eyes several times. For example, when Xiao Ying kneels in the rain with Bai Cao to stop her from continue doing so, when Xiao Ying brings Bai Cao to her house and say that Bai Cao can depend on her, when Bai Cao cheers for Guang Ya during Guang Ya’s competition even though she was forced to leave that Taekwando team before that. It is funny how Min Joo always wants to challenge Bai Cao haha. It is funny how young Min Joo is immature but strong and Sheng Hao, her senior, has to try to keep her under control. Liked En Xiu who is cool and elegant. This is one of the few times that an actress can attract me without many scenes. Liked her interactions with Bai Cao, Ting Hao, Chu Yuan, and Min Joo. Enjoyed watching the interactions among people in Song Bai Taekwondo Center. Didnt like Ting Yi, the biased coach, Quan Sheng Taekwondo Center people and a little dont like Guang Ya. Liked how there is an analyst who is Ting Hao’s friend.

Currently watching Yang Yang’s new drama The King’s Avatar.

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Benefits of watching dramas

I have heard some people say that watching dramas is useless and there are some that wonder why people would watch dramas so I decided to write a post about it to answer them once and for all. Besides entertaining and making one experience various emotions like happiness and sadness, watching dramas provides life benefits.

Dramas help us
1) Become better people

-We learn to make better decisions.
Seeing the consequences of certain decisions prevents us from making the same decisions.
E.g. We should not say mean things and break up because we have a terminal illness or some problems that cant be resolved that happens often in dramas. The other party has the right to know the truth and it is better to face it together. If the other party wants to leave after you say the truth, you can let the person leave then. Sacrificing yourself for another’s happiness doesnt make you a hero if you harm the person in the process.
E.g. The importance of being courageous to avoid regrets
E.g. Dont pick up broken pieces of glass. I realised I have the temptation to do so too haha.

-We learn not to jump to conclusions.
Misunderstandings often happen in dramas because characters jump to conclusions. However, it is often revealed that there are other sides to the story and what u see may not be everything, what u think happened may not have happened. Besides making us think twice and find out more before coming to a conclusion, dramas make us more understanding towards others. There may be another side to the story of others that we dont know of.

-We can develop a better moral compass.
For eg., we should not harm others physically and mentally no matter what, we should take responsibility for our actions and correct our mistakes as soon as possible, we should stand up for what is right

2) Gain knowledge, broaden our horizons

-We can learn about various industries
Dramas have different settings and each of them usually focuses on a certain industry. Scriptwriters and drama producers probably did a lot of research on the industries they want to focus on so we will be able to gain insights into the industries just by watching dramas. It is interesting to learn about various industries without the need to personally work in them.
E.g. Medical industry, floral industry, fashion industry, food industry, media industry, architecture industry, crime related and legal industry, writing industry and many more

-We can learn ideas to be more romantic
No harm having more romance in a relationship/future relationship, isnt it?

-Dramas are perfect places for people-watching
I dont like to watch people in real life but I like to do so when watching dramas. When watching dramas, I can gain awareness of the motivations behind why characters act in a certain way and what actions will lead to what consequences. Most characters who do bad deeds are not hateful as there are reasons why they did what they did. Some characters who are foolish may make me angry but I am happy to see them grow and change. For characters who are talented, confident, and smart, I can learn a lot from them.

3) Reflect on life lessons

We can mature faster if we see dramas in a different light. If you are just on the surface admiring good-looking people (which I do too) and only seeing romantic scenes, then you are missing out on the reflective nature of dramas. I like how dramas make us reflect and they can be our life teachers.
E.g. Some dramas teach the importance of time and how we should make good use of it. Is it better to have a short period of time of bliss and be with people you like or not at all to prevent more sufferings later on?
E.g. Is it better to go after what society wants you to do or to go after what you want to do? Is it better to go after what society desires or to accept yourself for who you are?
E.g. Are people/living things who are different as harmful as they seem? Are people who are the same harmless?

To conclude, people may have a hobby for various reasons. There is no such thing as a useless hobby (as long as u dont harm others and urself) so we should respect whatever people like to do. Anyway, if you dont watch dramas, you are actually missing out on a lot without you knowing haha.

~Lucky JM

Dropped Korean Drama Review Still 17

Thirty but Seventeen/Still 17 (2018) 雖然30但仍17

starring Shin Hye Sun as Woo Seo Ri, Park Shi Eun as Seo Ri (teen), Yang Se Jong as Gong Woo Jin, Yoon Chan Young as Woo Jin (teen), Ahn Hyo Sup as Yoo Chan, Ye Ji Won as Jennifer,  Yoon Sun Woo as Kim Hyung Tae, Wang Suk Hyun as Hyung Tae (teen)

Watched here and there for this drama.

For Still 17, the big flaw that cant be ignored is the same as Where Stars Land which is that Woo Jin loses his distinct characteristics after some episodes. Liked how Woo Jin is weird, how he is a workaholic and how he doesnt care about what people think. Enjoyed watching how he goes around measuring things with a measuring tape. Liked the miniatures he makes. Liked the interactions among the characters in this drama. Enjoyed watching the development of relationship between Seo Ri and Woo Jin and how Seo Ri slowly breaks the ice. Liked the story of young Woo Jin and Seo Ri. Liked the characters, Seo Ri, Jennifer, the 3 rowers, and Woo Jin’s colleague, and superior. Liked the more light-hearted feeling in this drama and the comedy scenes. It is a pity for Seo Ri’s doctor friend who sacrifices so much for Seo Ri after Seo Ri’s accident but doesnt become her lover. I guess the way to interpret this is that life isnt fair. Doesnt mean that if you do a lot, you will get what you want. There are many factors that can get in the way. Liked the relationship between Woo Jin and Chan, especially towards the end when he hugs Woo Jin (like when they were young) when Woo Jin cries and guards outside Woo Jin’s door to prevent Woo Jin from leaving him again. Woo Jin’s and Seo Ri’s emotional struggles could have been reasons for me to continue watching this drama but unfortunately they werent good enough to sustain my interest. It will be unfair to the other dramas that I dropped if I write a long review for this drama so I am not going to do so.

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Scanned through Korean Drama Review WSL

Doing this by memory. Finished scanning through it at around December 2018.

Where Stars Land/Fox Bride Star (2018) 狐狸新娘星

starring Lee Je Hoon as Lee Soo Yeon, Nam Da Reum as Soo Yeon (young), Chae Soo Bin as Han Yeo Reum, Lee Dong Gun as Seo In Woo, Kim Ji Soo as Yang Seo Koon, Lee Sung Wook as Choi Moo Ja, Kim Kyung Nam as Oh Dae Ki, Lee Soo Kyung as Na Young Joo, Ro Woon as Go Eun Sub

The pace for this drama is very good for the first few episodes until Soo Yeon’s confession scene. Chased this drama until there. There are many emergencies at the airport and I enjoyed watching how the staff deals with the situations. It is interesting to know about the happenings at the airport. Felt that Soo Yeon’s emotional struggle shines through in this drama. However, it was a pity that the distinct characteristics of the character Soo Yeon is gone after the confession scene.

Liked how Soo Yeon just wants to live a normal life and how he is strict towards his subordinate and frank at the start. There are many behaviours he has that makes him different from the norm and I enjoyed watching that. For example, the reason why he chooses to work at the airport is because he can hide in the many people there and just focus on doing his duties, he doesnt answer his superiors and even questions if he has to do what he is being told to do, he is quick-witted and good at dealing with emergencies or difficult people. Liked how he is portrayed as Yeo Reum’s superhero at the start, saving Yeo Reum twice with his quick moves and metallic arm. It is cool when he does so. This is the reason why I started watching this drama. It is cool how his metallic arm can bend metal poles and lift cars and it is funny how he breaks things easily when he knocks into them. Laughed at the scene where the water dispenser breaks apart some time after his “attempt” to repair it. It was painful to watch when he starts to lose control of his metalllic arm and when the metallic arm starts to attract magnetic objects and he has to pull himself from the objects.

It is fine if Soo Yeon compromises a little here and there due to Yeo Reum’s influences but his whole character seems to change after the confession scene which to me, is a flaw that cant be ignored in this drama. Liked the chemistry and tension between Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum which are just nice in their relationship. It is funny how the dust robot cleaner follows Soo Yeon and even ships Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum once. Liked how Yeo Reum is compassionate. However, was unable to relate to her emotional struggles. Liked the scene where Yeo Reum thanks Soo Yeon for saving her in the past, no matter he remembers her or not.

Liked how this drama delves into the topic of disability. Liked how Soo Yeon’s emotional struggle was portrayed. His fear of drawing people’s attention and how he thinks that people can hurt him just by looking is well-portrayed (cant remember exactly). Liked the scene where Soo Yeon decides to tell Yeo Reum the truth about himself by meeting her on a wheelchair. That scene left a deep impression on me as he falls from his wheelchair down the steps while trying to get his phone (?) and had difficulty getting up, which nicely shows the struggles he faces due to the disability. However, they should have let Yeo Reum be with the disabled Soo Yeon at least for some time to show that Yeo Reum can accept his disability as a part of him.

Another highlight of this drama is the security team couple. Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between them. Liked how Dae Ki manages to find out many things about Young Joo which she tried to hide. Liked how Dae Ki says that he doesnt like puppy faces but likes cat faces. It is such an accurate description and it is so sweet haha. Liked both of the characters and their interactions with Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum.

Liked the friendship between Eun Sub and Yeo Reum. Liked Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum’s superior who stands up for them when needed and assures them that she is there to help them if they make mistakes. Could have had more depth in the relationship between her and the security superior.

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我的奇妙男友2之恋恋不忘 My Amazing Boyfriend 2 quotes (China Drama)

薛灵乔:

“这不是一场梦。生命中出现的每一个人都有他的使命。因为小福星,我重新回到了你身边。因为云臻,你认识了叶美笑。因为白露,我们体验了初为人父人母的幸福。热热闹闹终会过去。平静安稳的一生才是我希望拥有的。小福星的使命已经完成了,所以他走了。田净植,对不起,是我让你变成了没有安全感的人,总担心着某一天我会再离开。
我再也不会离开你了。”  (ep 24)

“第一,无论家里发生多大的事情,夫妻要同心,不要影响夫妻关系。第二,无论家里发生多大的事情,都要好好吃饭,不能拿自己的身体开玩笑。第三,无论家里发生多大的事情,都交给老公就好了。你老公是超级人类。如果是连你老公都解决不了的事情,那你也解决不了,而且你老公既要担心你,还要担心家里的事,不觉得很可怜吗?” (ep 33)

 

田净植:

“我还能有什么办法。我只能把他从我的人生中慢慢地剔除。对他来说,一辈子很长。但是对我来说,一辈子很短。我再爱他,我也想过好这一辈子,我蹉跎不起啊。” (ep 18)

“美笑,你说现在这样的幸福我真的能够抓得紧吗?喜欢的人,可爱的儿子,家庭和睦,总觉得有点不真实呢。” (ep 37)

 

云臻:

“这世界上本来就是有不同的人。有些人有远大理想,不甘于现状,比如你。有些人正直正义,坚持自己的原则,比如房东大哥。还有些人勇于牺牲奉献,比如蝙蝠妹妹。那当然也会有我这种喜欢吃喝玩乐,不喜欢被束缚的人。但即使如此,我生而为人,也是懂得知恩图报的。” (ep 33)

“作为你的男朋友,我真的很不负责任,总是让你伤心。不过,这是最后一次了。说不定这也不是坏事。跟我在一起那么辛苦,我大概再活八百年也不会成熟,永远都是这个不争气的样子。这样的我竟然被你这么好的女孩子看上,我一定是世界上最幸运的人。可惜,我没有这个运气。我真的好想再陪你几十年。你这么好看,老了也会很好看。想到这么好看的叶美笑以后要嫁给别人,我真是忌妒得快疯了。不行,一想到会这样,我真想立刻跑回家算了。
反正,叶美笑你记住,这辈子你可以出轨,但下辈子被我云臻预定了。” (ep 34)

 

叶美笑:

“幸福就像这个气球。你摊开手心,它就在你手里。你握得太紧,反而会两手空空。” (ep 37)

China Drama Review My Amazing Boyfriend 2 我的奇妙男友2

My Amazing Boyfriend 2 (2019) 我的奇妙男友2之恋恋不忘

Enjoyment: 8.5/10

starring Mike Angelo as Xue Ling Qiao, Yu Esther/Yu Shu Xin as Tian Jing Zhi, Chen Lu Yuan as Xue Chang An, Li Ge Yang as Yun Zhen, Tian Yi Tong as Ye Mei Xiao, Fingal Fu as Li Yan Zhi, Aro Yang as Feng Dong Dong / Feng Re Re, Yang Zhi Ying as Bai Lu, Miles Wei as Dr. Jiang/Jiang Yi Heng

Wasnt interested in starting this drama when it was screening. Then, my sister decided to watch it so we tried it together. We dropped it after a few episodes as my sister felt that Yu Shu Xin is trying too hard to imitate how the previous lead actress acted Tian Jing Zhi. She also found her too crazy haha.

After that, we somehow finished scanning through this drama separately. I finished watching this drama at around end May. My reason was I was too bored at that time haha. And this drama was kind of worth the time.  Felt that the characters are distinct and well-portrayed. This drama has enough of what makes a good drama with elements such as well-written characters throughout, romance, friendships, heartwarming scenes, sad scenes, and comedy scenes. However, the pace is too slow for me. From around 1/4-1/2 way, I keep thinking “Why is this drama so long?”. I skipped through the crime-related parts which mostly involve the character Yan Zhi from Season 1 but it is still too long. Anyway, felt sad for him.  Although Xue Ling Qiao saves him with his blood in season 1, he has to watch Xue Ling Qiao get together with Tian Jing Zhi and it doesnt seem like he will like someone else. I didnt really watch My Amazing Boyfriend Season 1, only sneak peeked into it.

Liked the interactions between Xue Ling Qiao (XLQ, Ling Qiao sounds funny haha) and Tian Jing Zhi (Jing Zhi). It is funny how Jing Zhi has sleeping disorder and can fall asleep anytime and anywhere. Enjoyed watching how XLQ cares for Jing Zhi. For eg, showing looks of concern, protecting her from harm, cooking big meals for her, researching information on pregnancy, carrying her home/to her bed when she falls asleep somewhere else. One of the scenes that left a deep impression on me is the scene where XLQ gets to know that Jing Zhi may be harmed and goes searching for her at night. After knowing that she went to Mei Xiao’s house, it is funny how he rang the doorbells of all the units in the block as Mei Xiao’s house happens to be at the highest (?) level and he didnt know haha. Liked the 3 (?) rules XLQ sets in their relationship, cant remember exactly what they are. Had fun watching them bicker and watching XLQ’s jealousy scenes. Laughed a lot at the treadmill scene where XLQ spoils the treadmill. Felt hungry when watching Jing Zhi eating a big meal and it is nice how XLQ sits there patiently or cooks for her. Felt that their relationship could have been better with a little more feelings of romance and tension.

Liked the acting by the cast! Especially liked Yu Shu Xin’s acting and Li Ge Yang’s acting. Felt that Yu Shu Xin acted well in both comedy scenes and sad scenes. Laughed a lot at the scenes at the start of the drama where Jing Zhi thought that XLQ is part of her dream and did many weird things. Liked the many different hats Jing Zhi wears haha. Unexpectedly cried at the scene where she tells her parents that XLQ’s lifetime is very long while her lifetime is very short while XLQ and Bai Lu are listening downstairs. My tears just flow out of my eyes without thinking. I was surprised and watched the scene a few times to check haha. One of the highlights of My Amazing Boyfriend 2 is Yun Zhen acted by Li Ge Yang. Liked how there is depth in the character. There are many different sides to the character, the happy-go-lucky side, immature side, mischievous and playful side, lonely side, determined side, loyal side. Liked how he likes to hang from chandelier haha. Felt that it was a strange but cool entrance when I saw it the first time. Felt sad for him when he sacrificed himself to save Bai Lu, and Jing Zhi and XLQ’s child. His last messages to all of them were touching and heartbreaking, especially the one to Mei Xiao. Felt heartwarming and a wave of happiness when he is revived towards the end (Sry for the spoiler). May become his fan after this drama.

   

XLQ and Jing Zhi’s child, Chang An, is cute! Chang An is another hightlight of the drama.  Liked how he can appear in Jing Zhi’s dreams before he was born, saying his thoughts in an indirect way and saving her life once. Those scenes left a deep impression on me as a mixture of feelings is evoked each time. It is funny how he is too mature for his age and it was fun watching his interactions with his parents. Liked how he is so smart.

 

Liked the development of relationship and the chemistry between Yun Zhen and Mei Xiao. Yun Zhen is a playboy but after he dates Mei Xiao, she clings onto him. Because of that, Yun Zhen avoids her, hides from her and escapes whenever he sees her or knows that she is coming. It is funny how Mei Xiao never fails to ask whoever that dates Yun Zhen “How much money do you want to leave Yun Zhen?”. Liked the background story between young Mei Xiao and Yun Zhen which Yun Zhen comes to realise towards the end of the drama. This adds depth to their relationship. Liked how Mei Xiao is smart and cool, even guessing that Yun Zhen is someone that cant die which is uncommon in dramas haha. Young Mei Xiao is so cute and smart haha! However, the relationship between them is a bit bland since Yun Zhen is an unwilling party in the relationship until their 3rd (?) contract date which includes the raining scene. Felt that their bickering is not enough.

Enjoyed the fantasy parts. For example, how XLQ and Yun Zhen can run very fast and jump very high, how they can heal themselves, and how Bai Lu has photographic memory. It is cool to watch XLQ and Yun Zhen’s fighting scenes, even though it is expected that Yun Zhen will lose to XLQ eventually haha. Enjoyed watching the interactions among Feng Dong Dong, XLQ and Yun Zhen as they later live together in XLQ’s house and also the interactions among them and Jing Zhi, Mei Xiao, Bai Lu. It is funny how Bai Lu is poor at small talks haha. Dr Jiang/Yi Heng looks good-looking haha. Felt sad about Yi Heng’s past. Too bad there is no good ending for him. Liked the osts of the drama and was impressed that Yu Shu Xin sang the happy catchy song for the drama.

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I hate you Juliet (2019) Korean Web Drama

 

I hate you Juliet (2019)

Cast: Lee Hong Ki as Cha Yool, Jung Hye Sung as Goo Na Ra, Choi Woong as Bong Joon Mo, Moon Soo Bin as Lee Soo Ji, Kim Bo Mi as Lee Young Joo

Episodes: 18

Recommendation: 7/10

My own review:

Ignored this drama at first due to its posters haha but later on I happened to read the plot of the drama and it includes fantasy (Yool can hear Na Ra’s thoughts) so I decided to try it. Luckily I tried it haha.

Liked how the drama is set in the school setting which makes Yool more equal with the other students since he is already a celebrity. Laughed a lot in this drama, mostly due to Yool. For example, when he tries all ways to figure out the rule in order for him to hear Na Ra’s thoughts such as by spraying water at her, patting everyone’s heads etc. and Na Ra thinks it is because he received a strange role and he is practising acting. It is funny how Yool has such a poor sense of direction and gets lost easily. It was fun watching him when he is lost or his face when he awkwardly waits for people to direct him. It is funny how Na Ra is such a poor driver and also how she has a crush on Joon Mo and recites his personal details when people mention him or to confirm his identity. Liked how Yool comes off as straightforward but without any sense of arrogance. Yool’s past adds more depth to the character, though I felt that there could have been a better resolution to that eg., the mother apologising. Enjoyed watching the interactions between Yool and Na Ra, and also among the group of students. Felt that the transition of relationship between Yool and Na Ra from friends to lovers was too abrupt and wasnt done properly.

The interaction between Soo Ji and her father is interesting. The story between Yool’s mother and Na Ra’s mother is funny. I am not sure how the drama fits its name since I dont see any hatred at all or how the plot relates to the story of Romeo and Juliet.

Had looked out for Lee Hong Ki’s drama since Bride of the Century and was happy that this drama was good enough. Want to see Lee Hong Ki act more cold guy/bad boy roles haha.

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Korean Drama Review HIP

He Is Psychometric/ That Psychometric Guy (2019) 會讀心術的那小子

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Comedy, Melodrama, Crime, Family

Enjoyment: 10/10, 9/10 due to creepiness  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

 

starring Park Jin Young as Lee Ahn, Shin Ye Eun as Yoon Jae In, Kim Da Som as Eun Ji Soo, Kim Kwon as Kang Sung Mo, Jo Byung Kyu as Kang Sung Mo (young), Noh Jong Hyun as Lee Dae Bong (Lee Ahn’s best friend), Go Yoon Jung as Kim So Hyun (Jae In’s childhood friend), Lee Seung Joon as Kang Geun Tae

After such a long wait since Are you human too, I was so happy that there is finally a nice fantasy kdrama to enjoy haha. Finished this drama on the week that the last episode was screened.

Liked the fantasy a lot! Ahn can read people’s memories whenever he has skin contact with them and later on he is better at reading memories of the previous user when touching objects as well. The memories are those that evoke a lot of feelings. Liked how the fantasy not only makes the drama more interesting and helps in plot development, but also increases the intensity of emotions in some scenes. For example, the happy feeling Ahn feels when he repeatedly touches the hospital curtains he mischievously wrapped Jae In in, the sad feeling when he touches the soft toy dog his parents who passed away gave him, pain when he realises Jae In’s father is the murderer that caused the death of his parents and goes into a street filled with people with memories that portray atrocious deeds. It is interesting that Jae In can use Ahn’s ability to convey messages to him. While the ability to read people’s memories is a torture to Ahn, it later on helps him in many ways like exposing lies and saving people. Looks like an ability is a double edge sword?

Liked how Ahn likes to and is good at jumping from high places with a perfect landing like from rooftops or over the school gate. It is cool when he does so haha. It is also cool how he is so good at fighting. Park Jin Young acted well for the character. Was impressed by his acting in the scene in the first episode where the teacher was talking to him about expulsion and he switched so quickly from fooling around and joking to sad to joking to sad. Could feel that his happy-go-lucky nature and foolishness on the surface are used to cover his inner sadness at times. It is funny how he is poor at language and people around him have to correct him or explain to him and sometimes they just dont bother to explain and choose to ignore (if i didnt remember wrongly). My sister who likes GOT7 feels that Park Jin Young is cute when he acts unlike his another image as a kpop idol. Liked how Jae In is good at everything, including fighting.

Liked how the high school setting for the first few episodes sets a solid background and impression of the 4 characters. Liked the friendship between Ahn and Dae Bong and the background story between them. Dae Bong seems foolish but is actually smarter than Ahn haha. It is funny how Dae Bong only cares about the girl he likes and makes a big deal out of it when talking to Ahn. It is lucky how Dae Bong and Ahn dont need to look for jobs haha. Dae Bong has a super rich father and he can work at any gas/petrol station his father owns. Ahn has a prosecutor adoptive brother that supports him haha. Felt that Dae Bong’s relationship with So Hyun adds tidbit to the drama haha. It feels lighter than the other romantic relationships in the drama. It was fun to watch how “simple-minded” Dae Bong gradually breaks the ice of So Hyun who has a lot of pride.

 

Liked how Park Jin Young and Shin Ye Eun each portrayed their characters’ emotional struggles well. Felt sad for Jae In who has to suffer as her father is known to be the murderer, especially since her father is actually not the murderer. Enjoyed watching Ahn’s growth as he becomes more mature, and better at using his ability and dealing with issues. Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Ahn and Jae In. It was fun watching their interactions as partners in crime or partners in solving cases, tutee and tutor, and lovers later. It is funny how Jae In mistakes him as a pervert at the start but shockingly asks him to shake her hand or do more to read her when she knows of his ability.  Felt that the sweetness in their relationship is mostly due to Ahn haha, for example when he says that he will read and face her past with her, and take all her bad memories and only give her good memories. It is probably because Jae In is the more independent type of person and is more emotionally distanced due to her past unlike Ahn who still has a layer of naivety in him. It is funny how Ahn’s ability affects their relationship, for example how Ahn tries his best to avoid touching her and Jae In closing her eyes while bathing once in case Ahn reads it.

Liked the portrayal of relationship between Ahn and Sung Mo before the plot twist. Sung Mo saved Ahn when they were young as seen at the start of the drama. Was touched at the scene where Sung Mo comes back to the orphanage to pick Ahn up after both of them have grown up and asks if Ahn has waited for a long time. The dog is cute haha. Ahn picks up the dog at the same time Sung Mo returns and it nicely shows how both were abandoned but picked up. Liked the designs of their rooms after they moved house. It nicely shows the personalities of Ahn and Sung Mo. My sister praised the designs of the rooms and it was funny how we later found out that Ahn was the one who chose that “creepy” picture for Sung Mo’s room haha. Liked their interactions as Sung Mo challenges Ahn to read him and how Sung Mo acts as Ahn’s guardian, looking out for him, guiding him and helping him improve. And how Ahn thinks that he can help Sung Mo with his troubles. It is funny how Ji Soo and her friend attempt to rely on Ahn’s ability when they reach dead ends in the investigation (and it didnt turn out well at the start), much to Sung Mo’s disapproval at the start.

Writing on behalf of my sister for this paragraph. My sister who hardly gives recommendation rating of 10/10 for a drama gives this drama 10/10 as she feels that this drama evokes many feelings in her and she especially likes the character, Sung Mo, which is complex and well-portrayed. From the start of the drama, my sister can feel that he is someone who is not optimum in understanding or feeling emotions (he seems to be able to feel emotions but also seems to be not able to do that at the same time) and she liked Kim Kwon’s acting for portraying it well from the start. My sister already expected the plot twist about Sung Mo. There are people who dont like the plot twist and want a happy ending for all but it is good how the plot develops in this manner which portrays the harsh truth, pain, and darkness in this world well (I think so too). For people who think that Sung Mo is creepy, dont forget who is the creepy one. It is Sung Mo’s father who doesnt feel remorse to the end. It is not only killing people that is unforgiveable. In desperate situations, people dont even know what they would do and they may already have caused irreversible harm to others in the past without knowing it (I think so too).

For me, I dont quite understand why Ahn and Ji Soo feel sad about Sung Mo’s past (as a child). It is only possible to feel that sad for someone if you can relate to that person’s sadness and pain based on your own past experiences or you can jump into his/her shoes which I dont think is possible for me, Ahn or Ji Soo for this scenario. I wont be able to empathise with Sung Mo. The most I can do is probably just accept him and his past which is a pity how Ahn could not. You cant change the past already but if the relationship is strong enough, there is no reason not to accept him as his friend or family even after knowing what he did. Probably the relationship between Ahn and Sung Mo isnt strong enough? There are too many “accomplices” in the Yeongseong Apartment case so they cant totally blame Sung Mo for the effect of the whole incident.

Liked the interactions and development of relationship between Ji Soo and Sung Mo. I can subtly feel that Sung Mo likes Ji Soo even though it is ambiguous at times and misleading when he smiles when thinking about Jae In. Didnt like the character Sung Mo as much as my sister, felt quite neutral about him. Probably didnt like Kim Da Som’s character, Ji Soo, as much as other people as I happened to watch her as the villain in Band of Sisters/Unni is alive before this drama and the impact of that was quite great. Liked how Ji Soo is persistent not only when working on unsolvable police cases, but also when testing Sung Mo’s feelings, and urging Sung Mo to trust her and lean on her if he needs it. It was fun to watch Ji Soo feeling extremely delighted when Sung Mo indirectly says that she is someone he cherishes and when he tries to protect her by telling her not to dig deeper for the cases haha. Touched by how much Ji Soo is willing to give Sung Mo, how she patiently waits for Sung Mo despite him not being able to reciprocate her love, and later on how she urges him to stop and turn back when she is on the verge of death. 

Sry for the spoiler here. Ji Soo’s death was sad. And surprisingly, I felt the saddest when it is the flashback of Ji Soo’s friend, the forensic scientist, even though it is the shortest. Park Jin Young’s crying scene could have been better, not sure if it is due to the angle he was being filmed from? It is too bad that Ji Soo’s father only steps up after her death. He chose to protect what is important to him but loses what is precious and irreplaceble. There was actually no turning back for Sung Mo by then but it was sad that Ji Soo’s death increases the intensity of his misery and pain. Looks like Sung Mo’s life is just about losing more and more things… Not sure why but when I am writing this review I feel sadder than when I was watching the drama haha…Maybe I am starting to understand the underlying layer of this part of the drama as I write about it? Or is it due to my sister’s explanation haha?

Felt that everything fits nicely in this drama and there is nice closure for the characters. The background music is quite impactful, especially the creepy instrumental one that gives me chill whenever I hear it. I cant remember if I chased this drama or not haha. The pace was a little slow at the middle but the overall pace is quite good. The drama is creepy and morbid at times and I usually drop crime-related dramas but the fantasy is good enough for me to continue watching it. Liked how the drama starts each episode revealing some parts of the past of Ahn, Sung Mo, and Jae In. Felt that it is a more creative way and also a better way than just flashbacks as it adds more substance to the plot. Special mentions to (writing the characters instead) Jae In’s senior, a police officer who is disgusting but interesting, Jae In’s aunt who stays by her side and has her own sad story, Jae In’s father, and Ji Soo’s subordinate who adds humour to the drama. I guess it is a breakthrough for Lee Seung Joon as I usually see him as nice characters and he reminds me of a secretary role.

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China Drama Review Long for you 2 我与你的光年距离Ⅱ

Such a long drama drought haha, especially for kdrama.

Long for you 2 (2018-2019) 我与你的光年距离Ⅱ

Enjoyment: 9.5/10  Pace: 9/10, 8/10 sometimes  No. of times I watched it: 1

   

starring Riley Wang/Wang Yi Lun as Ye Gu, Xu Xiao Nuo as Xia Xi, Zhang Bai Jia as Yao Xin, Wan Yan Luo Rong as Xia Yi Chen, Zhao Huan Ran as Gu Ning, Zhen Shu Huan as Xiao You

Finished this drama at around end March. Didnt feel like watching this drama at first as I saw some videos of it on instagram and the scenes were typical. After some time, my sister watched the first few episodes of this drama and found it watchable. She told me about the plot and I watched the drama with her after that. Luckily, I didnt miss it.

Liked the fantasy in the drama (as usual haha) such as teleportation.

The parts where Xia Xi can summon Ye Gu to her location whenever she feels fear after his tear dropped onto her pendant feels like Goblin. But I guess the difference for those parts is that Ye Gu is unhappy about her summoning him, especially at the start, but Goblin is usually happy about it and anticipates and prepares for it. Besides, Xia Xi just needs to feel fear and Ye Gu will be summoned. Enjoyed watching Ye Gu completing missions as a time messenger. His missions are usually to prevent people from dying or getting injured when they are not supposed to die/get injured. It is funny that for the 2 times Yang Mu, the villain, is involved, Ye Gu’s mission is to cause a person’s death when the person could have lived. It is cool how he uses his supernatural power to turn back or stop time and make certain changes to obtain the outcome that matches the mission. It is funny how he has to improvise. The mission that left the deepest impression on me is the one where he doesnt have his supernatural power but he still had to continue with the mission and he uses his own body to save a boy from getting into a car accident.

The ways that Ye Gu appears every time Xia Xi is in danger, ranging from smaller issues like falling down and being afraid of bugs to life threatening situations, are very cool haha! All his entrances to the scenes are well-executed and are nicely combined with his face that shows no feelings. Xia Xi gets into so many accidents haha… It is funny how there is one time that Xia Xi was sleeping and dreaming that she needs to prevent her food from being stolen or eaten and summoned Ye Gu to her house. Liked the scenery when they go into some time gap space that looks like galaxy.

Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Ye Gu and Xia Xi. It is funny how Xia Xi is not affected by Ye Gu’s supernatural power and is amused when she sees him completing his missions. She calls him rude once when he points at her face, attempting to erase her memories but to no avail. It is fun to watch how Xia Xi finds Ye Gu’s identity funny but cool. Liked the characters, Xia Xi and Ye Gu. Xia Xi is cheerful but with a sense of loneliness. It was fun watching Xia Xi purposely watching a horror movie at home to summon Ye Gu and her delighted face when he appears. Xia Xi plays the active role and is often keen to interact with Ye Gu, helping in the development of their relationship. Ye Gu, on the other hand, doesnt express much feelings but is slowly being affected by Xia Xi. Ye Gu plays the role of a protector both in front of Xia Xi and silently behind such as making important decisions without her knowing. The similarity between the two is the loneliness both feel. Ye Gu doesnt make friends and build relationships due to how he lives an ever-lasting life and Xia Xi lives under the roof of a family who adopted her as the son knocked her down. Liked the part when Xia Xi moves to Ye Gu’s house as she cant stand her adoptive mother’s discrimination against her anymore. Can feel the joy and simple bliss in them. Felt that Wang Yi Lun looks more good-looking when he doesnt smile (or doesnt smile too widely) haha…One of the characteristics of Ye Gu that left a deep impression on me (and I found it funny) is that he sometimes just leaves when he wants to for example, when Yi Chen asks him a ridiculous question, he doesnt reply and just walks off. And this characteristic adds more sadness to the scene where he meets Xia Xi for the last time and (if I didnt remember wrongly) Xia Xi replies to what he said and turns back only to realise he is not there anymore.

 

Liked how Ye Gu’s butler is cute. It is funny that Gu Ning buys everything that Xiao You promotes in the home shopping channel. Liked his interactions with Ye Gu. Ye Gu is cold towards him at first but they gradually become more of friends than just servant and master. Admired how he is persistent in his love pursuit. His relationship with Xiao You shows that everything is possible haha. Liked the character Yi Chen, Xia Xi’s adoptive brother, as he adds humour to the drama. Laughed at the scenes where he is amused the first time he sees Ye Gu teleporting, and when he tries to understand the type of guy Yao Xin likes and imitates Ye Gu. Liked the interactions between Xia Xi and Yi Chen such as the playful ones and when they provide support for each other. It is seldom that the second male lead snatches the second female lead and it is good to watch Yi Chen doing that haha. It is funny how Yi Chen moves to Ye Gu’s house too to protect Xia Xi from Ye Gu. It is nice how Xia Xi’s adoptive brother and father treat her like family despite how they are not biologically related. Admired Xiao You’s fighting spirit when she chases her dream and how she treasures and makes good use of every opportunity she can get. Liked how she tries to help Xia Xi get together with Ye Gu towards the end. Felt that Yao Xin’s punishment is too light. She commits such a great evil deed and shows no remorse for so long but still gets to live and be with Yi Chen…(Sry for the spoiler) Liked the acting by the cast!

The plot that involves life and death situations gives the drama a layer of grimness. The company related plot is quite boring to me haha. Felt that this drama lacks enough tension and suspense to make me chase it but overall still good enough.

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