Drama Review Romance in the Rain

I chanced upon this drama quite randomly after becoming Leo Ku’s (古巨基) fan haha.🙂

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What makes me feel that I am watching a good drama is when I see Zhao Wei’s character, Yiping. The character Yiping adds depth to the plot as she is rebellious and strong-willed and aims to take revenge on the family that abandoned her mother and her. She would rather be honest and beaten by her father than plead for money lowly. Her first meeting with Shuhuan on the rainy day is such a nice scene but anyway Shuhuan actually has the ulterior motive of trying to dig out information of her relation with the high power Lu Family. Impressed by how Shuhuan is so patient and understanding and manages to change her so much. Enjoyed their chemistry and how Shuhuan seeks to protect and defend her when she is working at some nightclub as a singer. The scene when Shuhuan jumps out of the gift box as Yiping’s present to surprise her is perfect! (the funny part is that it is his friend’s (Dufei) idea and Dufei gave ducks as present to the girl he is pursuing) Liked how Leo Ku portrays Shuhuan’s occasional emotional turmoil as well, nicely carving in some flaws and vulnerability into his character.

However, it becomes a bit slow in pace in between as Shuhuan and Yiping’s relationship keeps breaking and one of them, mostly Shuhuan, has to mend the relationship. Despite that, its plot is still the classic type for an about 50 episodes drama depicting the tumultuous times in China, mostly romance and family but including some war scenes towards the end. The ending is pretty awkward by the way, you will know if you manage to sustain that long haha. Thankful that there are good endings for all couples!

Liked how Shuhuan and his friend, Dufei, collects news at all cost: fighting off bodyguards or gangsters, running on the top of trams etc. When the newsroom is flooded with animals by “helpful” people due to the report of an old lady trying to find her cat, it was so disastrous and funny seeing them trying very hard to save the place and get rid of animals, including snakes, monkeys and flying hens. It is funny how Shuhuan seems so perfect and is in contrast to his best friend, Dufei, who is so clumsy. Most if not all of my laughter due to this drama is caused by Dufei. His mishaps are just too much, such as falling on nails, falling off horses and his spectacles alone caused much misfortune, especially when he cant find them.  I am happy for Dufei when he finally succeeds in getting the girl he likes after all his persistent trial and error, and accidents. Liked how his girl’s kiss becomes his painkiller when he is injured in wartime and there is no Anaesthesia left.

Surprised that I will like the character Er Hao a lot in this drama as well. He is the eldest child of the 9th wife in the Lu Family. At first, I just regard him as Shuhuan and Dufei’s good friend but as the drama goes, he keeps capturing my attention. Not just his good looks haha… His role becomes more and more major towards the end as he attempts to heal his ex-girlfriend who is trapped in the past after losing their child and at the same time puts in effort to secure his relationship with his current girlfriend. It was heartwarming how he re-enacts their past happy memories, especially the memory where he has to chase the tram until the ex-girlfriend remembers and pulls him onboard. It is so hard to assure his girlfriend when he seems like he may fall for the previous girl again as he reconjures such beautiful memories but his ability to remain loyal and maintain his relationship with his girlfriend (with the help of his friends) is just admirable.

Random drama quick reviews!

Hi, everyone! I still have two more examination papers but since I have a bit of time before the next paper I shall write a quick review of the dramas I watched so far.
~Dramas are really good stress relievers and medicine for the brain when we are fighting with examinations. But when overused, you may be overdosed. Lucky JM
Haha random quote time!

I finished watching W- 2 worlds and Let’s fight ghost long ago as well as kind of browsed through Shopping King Louie and I think I may write full reviews of them after my examinations are over. However, it will take me some time to recall what I watched haha.

I enjoyed both W and Let’s fight ghost with the nice chemistry as well as the plots, especially the intriguing plot in W which involves such creativity by employing metafiction.w
After watching W, my sister comes up with the crazy idea that maybe we are living in a book and someone is probably controlling our lives. Perhaps we should try to develop our free will and do the things that we want instead of letting the author determine our lives with his storyline? Haha. Liked Han Hyo Joo’s reactions a lot in W. Imagine meeting the fiction character you loved or idolised by simply landing in their fiction world or them coming out unexpectedly from the book hehe. Liked how Lee Jong Suk expresses his character’s emotional struggle.

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Really liked Taecyeon and Kim So Hyun in Let’s fight ghost. I know that Kim So Hyun is really good at acting and people may think that (besides the age gap) it is not suitable for Taecyeon to act alongside her but I just like how Taecyeon portrays his characters, making me root for him such as in Dream High.  Enjoyed watching Taecyeon’s character, Bong Pal, change after he meets Kim So Hyun’s character, the persistent and cute ghost.

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I had high expectations for Shopping King Louie with its cast and plot but it didnt meet my expectations haha. I like losing memory dramas but somehow this drama didnt make me enjoy it as much as I thought I would and the plot seems rather dull. Haeundae Lover was so much better for me. If the plot involved something like Louie and Bok Sil succeeding in creating their own brand with Louie’s capability to discern products, then gaining recognition despite not having his memory, and even managing to threaten the existence of Goldline, his grandmother’s company that his uncle managed to steal from him, it would be an interesting watch. There is just not enough conflict in this drama with the villains giving in too easily and Louie seems like a good-for-nothing that only knows how to spend money by shopping and pursue love. Perhaps if you want to watch a rom-com drama with little evil and all good you can try this haha.

Moving away from Korean Dramas, I had a sneak peak into You can be an angel too 2 and Fire up and found both not suitable for me.

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Fire up is a drama to recognise the contribution of criminals in the society and call for people to be more accepting towards them. The plot seems fine but I just didnt want to see repeated couple (from 3 wishes) played by Thomas Ong and Huang Biren again haha. When watching it, it also gives me the feeling of Run, Jung Mi, a long series korean drama that was on Channel U around that period of time so it didnt pique my curiosity much.

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I liked Rebecca Lim and Bryan Wong’s acting in You can be an angel too 2 but them alone cannot sustain my interest without Elvin Ng and Sheila Sim from the previous season. Xu Bin acts well as the nice guy and nurse that is in charge of sending people off in their last part of their life journey, and it seems like his acting has improved🙂. However, I didnt like the love triangle between him, Carrie Wong and Aloysius Pang. Although I am more of a fan of Aloysius Pang than Xu Bin, I just could not get myself to like Aloysius Pang’s character in this drama even though I know his character is just following the plot of going into a path he will regret later on. If Thomas Ong appeared more often in this drama, I would have considered watching the whole drama but he appears less than half the time. So, I guess I will be dropping it. At least I gave it a chance…

Besides, I suddenly went to watch a Chinese drama called Romance in the Rain which is a well-known drama long time ago in 2001.  After watching “I am a Singer Season 3”, I suddenly become a fan of Leo Ku, 古巨基. Haha…and next thing of course is to source out his dramas, expected of a drama fan. I was a bit disappointed when he has limited dramas but I still managed to find the one that he was most well-known for so yay I found it!

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It is an around 50 episodes long drama and it was a bit draggy somewhere in between but overall I liked the plot and the cast. This drama is something like the tumultuous times in China due to the Japanese trying to conquer China as well. Zhao Wei, whom I know has a great reputation in acting, acted very well in it and it is so nice to see her in action since I seldom watch Chinese Drama.

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Her character, Liping, has a strong personality and has bad relationships with her powerful father who married the 9th wife after her mother, and neglecting her mother and her as a result. Shuhuan (Leo Ku) is a news reporter who seems perfect from his great fighting skills to his eloquence in speaking. When both characters meet, at first Shuhuan wanted to dig out news from her about her family background but soon he starts to fall for her, defend her in many occasions, and help her patch up her relationship with her family (her father side).

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(Lots to write and still quite fresh in memory so To be Continued in full Romance in the Rain review)

Train To Busan(2016)

Train To Busan(2016)

Cast: Gong Yoo, Kim Soo Ahn, Ma Dong Seok, Jung Yumi, Cha Woo Shik, So Hee

Review: Gong Yoo’s character was the father of Kim Soo Ahn’s character. During the girl’s birthday, the girl wanted to go Busan to meet his mother. They board on the train going towards Busan and that was when there was a zombie outbreak in Seoul(which was actually caused by Gong Yoo’s character’s company). Gong Yoo’s character and the passengers were trapped in the train and tried to escape from the zombies by going to a safe place.

My Review: In this movie, it shows the reaction of a person during a desperate situation. Some sacrificed for their loved ones while some were selfish and only wanted to save themselves. There were many touching sacrifices in this movie, like Ma Dong Seok’s character. He sacrificed for the bunch of people and wanted Gong Yoo’s character to take good care of his wife. Without him, those people at the two cabins wont have been able to reunite. 

Was quite upset with the selfish person who caused so many unnecessary deaths. The scene when the two elderly women almost manage to reunite drives a strong wave of injustice, pity and sadness within me as they are so close (yet so far) to reuniting. Looks like what goes around comes around since the cabin who dont allow the survivors to enter eventually face their own set of misfortune.

Something I found funny about the movie is that the government threw zombies down from a helicopter to solve the outbreak. The contrast is so huge with people happy enjoying themselves and skateboarding, and suddenly it is raining zombies…

Anyway, I like the couples in this show-the young baseball couple and the parents-to-be couple. Gong Yoo’s character death was so sad but it shows how strong father love can be. His daughter’s scream for him was so heartbreaking and it makes me cry the few times I watched it. Gong Yoo is the happiest zombie I have ever seen. The ending with the girl singing the song meant for her father pulled at my heart and evoked a mild but effective sense of regret. Surprised that the pregnant woman can survive so long.

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After School: Lucky or Not Review

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After School: Lucky or Not

Cast: Kim So Eun, Seo Kang Joon, Kang Tae Oh, Gong Myung, Yoo II, Lee Tae Hwan

Recommended Ost: Hey U Come On by 5urprise, After School Luck or Not Ost Cut드라마툰 ‘방과 후 복불복’ OST 헬로비너스 – 어디있다 이제와 M/V

Review:

Kim So Eun was invited by the four boys to the Pick-A-Mission club as it was a wish made by Kang Tae Oh who passed away due to an illness. Kang Tae Oh and Seo Kang Joon both had a crush on Kim So Eun and Kang Tae Oh made a wish to Seo Kang Joon to not like Kim So Eun.

Kim So Eun decided to accept the invitation as it was the first time she got an invitation and she slowly become interested in the group as she wanted to find out why she was the only girl invited to the group. All of them did all sorts of mission until Kim So Eun found out the truth and the club disbanded. Kim So Eun then decided to reform the group

My review: Actually I had watched this show already but I forgot about it until somebody commented about it. I find the show hilarious as the guys are very funny and the missions they carry out are also funny. Also, I felt that the reason of why Kim So Eun was invited to the group was kind of expected. I felt that the ending should have kind of shown who went with Kim So Eun so that the plot will be more filled up. Overall it was still an okay drama.

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Touching You(2016) Review

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Cast: Taecyeon(2pm) as Do Jin Woo, Song Ha Yoon as Jin Hee Young

Episodes: 12

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Review: Do Jin Woo had a special talent of seeing the future when he touch people due to an incident when he was young and he was doing fortune telling job at his friend’s cafe. He had many satisfied customers and one of them wanted to become his girlfriend.

One day, Hee Young came to the cafe with her friend for fortune telling and ask when her boyfriend will propose to her. Through seeing her future, Do Jin Woo found out that she was going to fall from a stairs and might end up dying. Hee Young did not believe him and thought it was a lie.

As the cafe friend has a crush on Hee Young, he asked Do Jin Woo to save her by going to her part-time place to work and gave Jin Woo his drone in exchange for helping him.

Jin Woo tried to touch Hee Young so as to see the future. He bought Hee Young flat shoes, followed and saved Hee Young from being killed by a man. He started to like Hee Young. He thought that he was done rescuing Hee Young so he left the part-time job but he realised it was not the truth when they went on a fake couple date. Hee Young thought that Jin Woo was a bad person after that due to her boyfriend. But the bad person was actually Hee Young’s boyfriend as he was planning an insurance freud and wanted to kill Hee Young after a year  to get 1 billion dollar. 

Do Jin Woo got help from Hee Young’s friend, who came to believe him as the part where Jin Woo say that somebody came singing and dancing and confessing became true. He managed to save her and they went together.

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Running Man Ep 314 Review

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Running Man Ep 314 (guests: Hong Jong Hyun, Kang Ha Neul, Lee Joon Ki)

Picture credits to kshowonline.com

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Special!! Rm invited cast members from Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo. My sister did not expect that Lee Joon Ki will come to rm because she thinks that actors are busy. How I wish IU did come…

Guests were given advantages which increases their chance to win the rm members. Members will play games to prevent from being disqualified from the last mission and to obtain advantages which will be beneficial for the last mission. Through these games, I can see that Lee Joon Ki is a skillful actor who does not feel embarrassed while try to act his role as one of the princes. There was a mud battle for those people who did not perform as well for the mission where they had to use a hammer to take out the heart-shaped stickers on their head. Ji Suk Jin lost the mud battle and got disqualified but he became the dj of the last mission. The ones who did better get to do a shooting battle in the pool, where they have to shoot other’s name dolls. Jong Hyun had shown his remarkable skills in shooting(even when Lee Joon Ki rewinded time and they had to do the intense battle again)!!<3

The final mission is nametag elimination(I don’t remember what it is called so…) or they can sit on the pillow for three minutes to eliminate a person. Just like to say two particular parts. One is on Kang Gary eliminating Kang Ha Neul when he let his guards down and Kang Gary said that this is how you eliminate people but ended up getting eliminated by Kim Jong Kook, which brought Kang Ha Neul into laughter. Another part is when Jong Hyun stopped time to let the members dance for 2 minutes when he sat on the pillow. However, he have to sit on the pillow for 3 minutes to win. Anyway, Kim Jong Kook won and he was left out by the members.

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Singapore Drama Review 绝世好工

This will be my last drama post until December but my sister will continue her part of the blog. Thanks for the support! ~Lucky JM

The Dream Job (2016) 绝世好工

Genre: Family, Revenge, Romance, Business

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 8.5/10

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starring Hugo Ng as Zhang Qingdong, Shaun Chen as Zhang Junfeng, Jeanette Aw as Cheng Huishan, Rebecca Lim as Jiang Xinya, Zhang Zhenhuan as Zhang Lixing, Ian Fang as Lin Zijie, Sheila Sim as Yiqing, Bonnie as Xinya’s sister, Hong Ling as Xiaoxue

Plot: Many people harbour the hope of a ‘dream job’, one that pays well, offers great benefits, and with a boss who treats them like his own. A television commercial pops up, advertising three “exceptional job positions” – to act as the children of and help in the business of a mysterious wealthy businessman, Zhang Qingdong (Hugo Ng).  Despite many applications, the lawyer Li Junfeng (Shaun Chen) who is hired to coordinate the employment has already received orders to decide on financial advisor Cheng Huishan (Jeanette Aw), a doctor (but ends up choosing nurse Xinya), and a model-actor Lin Zijie (Ian Fang). With Qingdong’s only son, Zhang Lixing, they work to live amicably together to make their boss happy. However, Junfeng with revenge in mind and being unable to forgive his father for not staying loyal to his mother gains Qingdong’s trust and is out to destroy Qingdong’s happiness. It also turns out that Zijie and Huishan are Qingdong’s biological children. Will Qingdong be able to reunite with all of his children and die without any regret?

Greatly enjoyed the plot of using the offer of dream jobs to reunite with his children. Enjoyed how Hugo Ng acted as the father who is trying to make up for the time he did not manage to have to personally raise his children. His character is fun-loving and good at coming up with weird ideas or solutions. I wonder if he is a good father or not due to his womanising behaviour but at the same time there are the heartwarming scenes where he consoles or guides his children and hope for the best for each of them. It was fun to watch the selection process, especially the shocking (but funny) attack on Qingdong which aims to observe the participants’ reaction in times of danger if they are working for Qingdong. Even Junfeng is shocked by the sudden situation.

The children are very different in the way they behave which makes the process of them living together and working with each other more interesting to watch. Huishan is good at finance and capable in managing projects but she can be too stubborn and suspicious. Zijie is a carefree and creative person who likes to act and good at sweet-talking but he does not have much plan for the future and is overconfident. Lixing who spends the most time with their father is actually an adoptive child who thinks for his father and accepts the three people who are chosen by his father without a second thought. Xinya, although considered the outsider due to not having any blood relations to Qingdong, is well-liked by Qingdong for her compassion and her ability to nurse him. It is funny how their job scope includes being present on family day, going for morning exercises and even playing frisbee with Qingdong in the park. I laughed at how Huishan and Zijie do not like to be under the sun and overly prepare themselves with sunglasses and fans.

Felt heartbreaking at the touching scene when Junfeng finally gets to confront his father and let out all his hatred, sufferings and nightmares he endured without a father around. Shaun Chen portrays his character’s emotions well as well as how his character has two-sided: one with an ulterior motive and the side of kindness which is suppressed but sometimes unintentionally leaks out. Junfeng’s character of being observant and clever at manipulating people to suit his revenge plan adds more suspense and thrill to the family drama. I guess we should treasure family relationships when we can but would I be able to forgive family members if they make me go through so much hardships?

Enjoyed the development of relationship between Junfeng and Xinya. At first, I disliked how Xinya is willing to do anything for money but as the drama goes, her dedication to improve her sister’s health condition and her comfort provided when Junfeng needs it changes how I think about her. I also looked forward to scenes with Xinya’s sister, Xinling, and liked her growth as she changes from a despair person due to her handicap to a optimistic person who is eager to be able to walk again. It is nice to watch how she tries to match-make Junfeng and Xinya, and her excitement to have Junfeng as her brother-in-law.

Watched this drama due to Shaun Chen haha and of course the unusual plot of offering people with “dream jobs”. However, I felt that this drama is a bit slow in its pace towards the end. The crying scenes by Rebecca Lim and Shaun Chen could have looked better and more natural at the scene where Junfeng’s grandmother passed away haha. Special mentions to Sheila Sim and Hong Ling who acted well in this drama too even though I didnt write about them in this review. The ending rounded up the drama neatly and the children have a partner each. It is hilarious (but in a way acceptable) how they attempted to tie the ending to the start by making Junfeng give Xinya a dream job to become his wife. (I shall not give anymore spoilers haha.) Enjoyed it very much and was a bit sad to see it end.

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The dream job theme song

Running Man Ep 304 Review

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Running Man Ep 304 (guests: Park Shin Hye, Lee Sung Kyung, Yoon Kyun Sang, Kim Min Suk)

In this episode, Park Shin Hye, Lee Sung Kyung and Song Ji Hyo are queens and there is only one real king among the three queens. The guys have to guess who is the queen by using the hints given to them. In the last mission, they will then choose and follow their destined queen whom they think are the real queen. There are also two or three betrayal room, where there is a hint on the real queen. They can choose to go to another queen after betraying. Anyway, the funny thing about the hint is that the hint is ‘Crazy’.

Yoon Kyun Sang has been my idol since I watched ‘Pinocchio'(Korean Drama) and after this running man, I feel that his loyalty is remarkable. Although he knew that Song Ji Hyo was not the queen, he decided to follow her to the end. This made Song Ji Hyo very touched and she told him to go to the betrayal room so that he will not get a punishment. It was such a touching and hardwarming scene. As for Kim Min Hyuk, he betrayed Song Ji Hyo and ended up getting punishment, which Ji Hyo felt that it served him right.

Another funny part was that Kim Jong Kook told the guys not to betray Park Shin Hye or he will chop them into pieces(something like that) but he ended up betraying Park Shin Hye.

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Dream Knight Korean Web Drama Review

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Dream Knight(2015)

Cast: Song Ha Yoon , JB , Jr and other Got7 members

Episodes: 12

Recommended Ost: Forever Love By JB

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Review: Joo In Hyung’s  mother gave In Hyung four dolls when she was a little, which she named JB, Mark, Jackson and Youngjae. She liked JB the best among all the dolls. When her mother passed away, she shred tears of sadness on the dolls, which became his dream knights and came to live. One day, the four dream knights came to her house and wanted to sleep on her bed. She was shocked and tired to get them out of her house. One of the scenes was throwing a pail of water onto them. The four of them disappeared as knights cannot get in contact with water.So the dolls became wet too. Anyway, it should be around that part when she realised that they were the dolls.

Junior, Yugyeom and Bambam, which was once dream knights, were in a kpop group called Got and were students of the school. In Hyung is a fan of Jr. There was once when JB pushed In Hyung to Jr as he was upset In Hyung do not know who they are and it caused a scene. Many fans started disliking her. In Hyung wanted to join the dance competition as the winner will get to have a performance with Jr but she hurt her leg. The four knights try to teach and dance with her to make her the winner.

Jr realised that JB, Youngjae, Mark and Jackson may be knights and he asked Bambam and Yugyeom to test them, like if they have power or they will disappear in water. One funny part was when Yugyeom tried to get water on Youngjae but ended up spraying water on a lady. Haha.

After Jr knew they were knights, he told them that if In Hyung shred tears of happiness, they will be gone and if they want to live as humans, they had to betray their owner, which they did. However, JB did not want In Hyung to die as he love In Hyung and is willing to sacrifice himself.

Jr was not satisfied with the answer JB gave and tried doing many things like dating In Hyung to make him betray her but to no avail. But through this, In Hyung also knew that she likes JB as she went on a date and missed watching a concert with JB. So JB and In Hyung went on a date and the knights disappeared when she shred tears of happiness. And the ending is after some time or years(can’t remember), JB came back to find In Hyung.

My own review: I feel that Jr doing all this is only trying to prove himself correct that it was right to betray his owner. And I feel that this drama is quite sad because the four knights had to disappear and I feel that no matter who is gone, the party living will be sad. I would like to especially comment about a couple I ship, which is Jackson and Min. It is actually quite sad that he cannot go with Min because he had to sacrifice himself for In Hyung as well. This is one that I felt pity about as he cannot be with her.

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Korean Drama Review MOTW

This is my second last drama review until December as I have a very important life-determining examination approaching. Thanks everyone for your support! Hope that you enjoy visiting our blog. ~Lucky JM

Mirror of the Witch (2016) 魔女寶鑑

Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Dark magic

Enjoyment: 8/10  Pace: 8/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

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starring Yoon Shi Yoon as Heo Joon, Kim Sae Ron as Princess Seo Ri / Yun Hee, Yum Jung Ah as Shaman Hong Joo, Lee Sung Jae as Choi Hyun Seo, Kwak Shi Yang as Choi Poong Yeon,  Lee Yi Kyung as Yo Kwang, Min Do Hee as Soon Deuk

Plot: When Queen Shim (Jang Hee Jin) is unable to conceive, she visits the shaman Hong Joo (Yum Jung Ah). Hong Joo’s powerful black magic helps the Queen give birth to a twin boy and girl. However, the dark sorcery comes with a price: the twins are cursed but since Hong Joo can transfer the curse to one of them, Seo Ri is abandoned and ordered to be killed. Seo Ri is rescued by the father of Poong Yeon (Kwak Shi Yang) and Poong Yeon becomes her only friend as she grows up in hiding.

Zoom into characters:  Heo Joon is an illegitimate son of a noble and a slave. He is often bullied by his stepbrother because of his status. Heo Joon happens to chance upon Seo Ri’s house far in the woods and caught by Seo Ri as an intruder. They make friends thereafter. Seo Ri is unable to leave the hideout as the place protects her from activating the curse and Heo Joon keeps her company occasionally. On a festive day, Poong Yeon decides to defy his father’s wishes and let curious Seo Ri see the outside world for once. Her curse is thus activated and Hong Joo is able to locate her and send people to kill her. After a close escape from death, Seo Ri grows up as a witch with the help of Yo Kwang, all the while trying to figure out how to lift the evil curse on her. While saving Seo Ri, Heo Joon misses the departure time and his mother is killed by his stepbrother, leaving Heo Joon in grief and he plots revenge on his stepbrother.

Enjoyed Yoon Shi Yoon’s portrayal of Heo Joon! It has been some time since I see Yoon Shi Yoon’s acting and it is still good haha! He looks remarkably good in this drama as his character is not only smart, daring and determined but also with his unconditional love for Seo Ri. Liked how Heo Joon only sees Seo Ri as the inquisitive girl who he met in the deserted place no matter how much she changes or what she has become. Unlike Poong Yeon who only likes Seo Ri before her curse is activated, Heo Joon who sees her ghostly cursed self actually accepts her even though he is fearful of her horrifying appearance. Kim Sae Ron played her role very well too, gradually developing from her innocent self to a powerful person who can protect others and defend herself. Liked the chemistry between Seo Ri and Heo Joon, how they care for each other and support each other well.

As I like fantasy a lot, it was fun watching Heo Joon and Seo Ri making potions to fulfill people’s wishes. When people’s earnest wishes are granted, candles will be lit up and they will be closer to breaking the curse. There are many potions such as the intelligent potion that Heo Joon accidentally drank and it is so funny how the words are zooming into his head. Heo Joon also drank the potion for missing the dead and it is heartbreaking when he sees his mother for the last time. It was funny when Heo Joon ends up in Seo Ri’s hideout for the second time and caused such a mess, even burning her book of spell. Towards the end, it is moving and sad when Heo Joon and Seo Ri take it upon themselves to sacrifice for each other so that the other can survive.

Disliked the king who cannot do much and only think about guarding his position. Enjoyed the plot twist when Poong Yeon and his father take turn to be made use of by Hong Joo without them knowing, making it interesting to watch as the good people at times take the evil side, and cause more unexpected problems for Seo Ri. I liked Soon Deuk and Yo Kwang as individuals with a strong character rather than as a couple haha. Despite Soon Deuk being a female which is disadvantaged, she is able to survive well in such a time. Yo Kwang’s loyalty to Poong Yeon’s father is admirable. Despite Poong Yeon’s father turning evil, Yo Kwang still does not give up on him and try to make him come back to his senses.

There are many scenes in the dark which makes watching the drama a bit of a strain to the eye. My mother actually commented that the drama is scary and disturbing which may be a factor to consider when you decide if you want to watch. It was a nice closure for Hong Joo but the ending, especially for the lead couple is not acceptable to me.😦

Why you should watch: Enjoyed the plot, the touching moments, the twists and the development of the characters, especially Heo Joon and Seo Ri.

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Favourite MVs+ osts: Moon (Sadness) by Im Jung Hee