Korean Drama Review AKO

Watched this some time ago. Based on my instagram posts, it seems like I finished watching it about 2 months ago? Doing this by memory.

A Korean Odyssey/ Hwayugi (2017-2018) 花遊記

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Horror

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 9/10, 8/10 towards the end  No. of times I watched it: 1

 

starring Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong, Cha Seung Won as Ma Wang, Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Seon Mi, Kal So Won as Jin Seon Mi (young), Lee Hong Ki as Jeo Pal Gye/P.K, Jang Kwang as Yoon Dae Sik, Sung Hyuk as Winter General / Summer Fairy Ha, Kim Sung Oh as Lee Han Joo, Lee El as Ma Ji Young, Lee Se Young as Jung Se Ra / Jin Bu Ja / Bong Soon / Ah Sa Nyeo, One as peddler’s grandson

Plot: Jin Seon Mi can see ghosts from young and lives in horror everyday. One day, she meets Ma Wang and strikes a deal with Ma Wang to give her his powerful stick if she helps him get a fan in a place Son Oh Gong is imprisoned. In the process of getting the fan, Oh Gong says that he will protect her if she frees him and careful Seon Mi makes an unbreakable contract with him that he will come whenever she calls him. Mischievous Oh Gong is finally free but goes back on his words by taking his name out of her memory. Seon Mi, now left helpless in the horrifying world again, learns to defend herself and grows up to be a successful businesswoman in real estate as she gets rid of ghosts in buildings or fulfill their wishes so that they can leave in peace. Due to her destiny as Sam Jang, her blood has a strong scent and is well sought-after by evil spirits and demons. She ends up meeting the demons and they work together for their own individual purposes and also to prevent the world from being destroyed. In order to prevent Oh Gong from eating her, she listens to Ma Wang’s “advice” and attaches a geumganggo on him which makes him love her, and obey her orders (or else he will suffer the painful consequences). Son Oh Gong is a monkey demon/god, Ma Wang is a bull demon, Jeo Pal Gye is a pig demon, Ma Ji Young is a dog demon. Winter general and summer fairy share the same body to keep summer fairy alive. Yoon Dae Sik is a demon who owns a huge and well-known cell phone company and likes to do housework. Bu Ja is a corpse that was supposed to be buried but turns into a zombie by chance with Seon Mi’s blood.

It is some time since there was a drama that I felt like chasing and/or had nice fantasy so was happy to get a hold of this drama. Enjoyed watching the demons use their supernatural power. Liked the interactions between the demon characters, Seon Mi/Sam Jang and Seon Mi’s secretary. The demon characters are often teasing and fighting with each other yet they are loyal to each other, and help each other in real times of need. Found some of the evil spirits quite frightening, especially the one in the doll and the creepy slow moving zombie. It is interesting how Dae Sik likes to do housework and cook haha, good for the other demons! Was interesting to see how Sung Hyuk acted as demons of different gender.

Liked Son Oh Gong the most among the demons (partially because Lee Seung Gi is my most favourite Korean actor haha)! When I started this drama, it reminded me a bit of Gu Family Book except it was more grim. Happy that I finally get to see Lee Seung Gi in another drama. Loved the character, Oh Gong, who is intelligent, mischievous and powerful. It is cool when Oh Gong uses his supernatural power in life and death situations like to kill evil spirits to save Seon Mi or for own purposes such as impersonating others, and keeping an eye on someone (using his cute soft toy monkey) or to make scenes more romantic. Liked the development of relationship and chemistry (more towards the end) between Oh Gong and Seon Mi. Despite how Seon Mi hates Oh Gong for not fulfilling his promise and leaving her helpless in the horrifying world again, she believes in him and waits for him. It was fun to watch how Oh Gong changes from being an annoying betrayer, a predator, a forced bodyguard to eventually a true protector and lover of Seon Mi. Liked how Lee Seung Gi said the same line to Seon Mi “You are beautiful, because I love you.” many times with different feelings. Cried at the last time I heard it. Liked Oh Yeon Seo’s acting in this drama and she portrayed Seon Mi’s unbreakable fighting spirit and kind heart well. It was interesting to see the different types of evil spirits they get rid of together and alone.

Had mixed feelings towards Ma Wang as a character. Didnt like how Ma Wang seems to betray others easily after using them for his own benefits (except once (?) when Oh Gong’s life is at risk) but liked how Ma Wang is hilarious and adds plot twists to the drama. Cha Seung Won has more facial expressions than I thought which made me laugh a lot, especially when he is shocked by something or suffers from something like a stroke. Liked the interaction between him and his secretary, Secretary Ma, who is a loyal dog demon which after many years can be transformed to look like human. It is funny that Secretary Ma never fails to ask Ma Wang if she should kill that person whenever a person makes Ma Wang angry. Enjoyed watching how the two are in such good rapport most of the time and how they depended on each other.

Felt that there was great development in the character, Pal Gye, who is immature and a bit annoying at the start but loses the people he is close to towards the end of the drama. Didnt like how he is selfish and tries to save Bu Ja by attempting to feed her with Seon Mi or when he works with Ma Wang and tries to lock Oh Gong in a picture by getting rid of the exit. However, I enjoyed watching how he treats Bu Ja well with those tender eyes haha. Although he is foolish and is cheated a few times when trying to “save” Bu Ja which made me a bit annoyed, I liked his persistence and felt a lingering sadness as I know that it would not be possible for Bu Ja to survive for long. Liked how Lee Hong Ki portrayed Pal Gye’s emotional struggle and despair. It was especially sad when he cannot do anything about their deaths which both happen right in front of him, and it was a little heartbreaking when he says that he is the only one left in the photograph.

Lee Se Young’s acting shines through in this drama as she acted as the kind and naive zombie Bu Ja, and the cunning and powerful evil spirit Ah Sa Nyeo who possesses the body later on. She managed to leave a deep impression for both of her completely different characters and I felt sad for both of them. Special mentions to One (acting as the young adult who is often seen glued to his phone or selling his grandmother’s store’s magical items secretly to make money) and Kim Sung Oh (Seon Mi’s right-hand employee who is chicken-hearted) for acting well. The drama started out well but I feel that the plot becomes more bland towards the end (dealing with one last evil spirit for many episodes, and Oh Gong and Seon Mi wanting to sacrifice their lives for each other), and its emphasis on tragedy is a bit too strong for my liking.

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China Drama Review 我们的少年时代

Oh no! I have so much backlog. I still remember my friend saying that I would have to watch a lot of dramas (my part) and shows to sustain a drama and show review blog. But actually, I think I will always have a never-ending backlog as I usually jump into a few dramas before even writing about those I have finished watching and then I become too busy with other commitments to blog. It seems faster and easier to finish dramas than write reviews…

Watched this some time ago.

Boy Hood (2017) 我们的少年时代

  

starring Xue Zhi Qian as Tao Xi 陶西, Danson Tang as Bai Zhou 白舟, Li Xiao Lu as An Mi 安谧, Wang Jun Kai (王俊凯) as Wu Tong 邬童, Wang Yuan (王源) as Ban Xiao Song 班小松, Yi Yang Qian Xi as Yin Ke 尹柯, Song Zu Er as Sha Wan 沙婉, Zhang Zi Feng as Li Zi 栗梓, 李小胖 as Jiao Er 焦耳, 李俊濠 as Lu Tong 陆通

My sister asked me to watch this drama with her as it includes her favourite TF Boys and one of my most favourite singers, Xue Zhi Qian. She told me about how Xue Zhi Qian may be the main lead instead of the TF Boys and then she somehow forgot about the drama until one day during the holidays when we have lack of dramas to watch.

Zoom into characters: Tao Xi is a lazy baseball coach due to past traumatic experience regarding baseball which leaves him hurt and with regrets. The school team which he is leading is doing poorly and the team members have lost their vigour and fighting spirit. Ban Xiao Song is an exception as he cheers his team on and plays the game to his best ability, even though he himself forgets the competition date. When the school decides to disband the baseball team due to low school budget and lack of results from this after-school activity, Tao Xi readily agrees. Ban Xiao Song’s dream is to fulfill his father’s dream of doing well in baseball after seeing his father being defeated at the baseball field. He works hard to form a new baseball team and persuade Tao Xi to establish the after-school activity again. Wu Tong who is an excellent pitcher from an opposing school team happens to transfer to Xiao Song’ school and Xiao Song grabs the chance to start his tough recruiting mission. Since Wu Tong’s parents “divorce” and he lost contact with his mother, the relationship between Wu Tong and his father deteriorated. He lives alone and is sometimes followed by his father’s secretary. Yin Ke lives a restricted life and his time is managed and planned by his mother. Because of his mother, he quits baseball and immerses himself in drawing instead whenever he gets some extra time. An Mi’s education is sponsored by Tao Xi’s father and she works for him. Tao Xi’s father instructs her to make Tao Xi resign from being a teacher+coach. At first, she is keen in doing so but as she gets to know Tao Xi better, she starts to think twice about it.

It is quite a good watch! Liked the plot of the drama and we were chasing after most of the episodes. The drama starts out well and it is funny how the whole baseball team is sleeping, including Tao Xi, the coach. Xiao Song even has to call Tao Xi by phone to wake him up. Tao Xi’s handphone ringtone sounds like a siren haha. There are many hilarious scenes throughout the drama such as Xiao Song, Wu Tong being scared (thinking a small child is a ghost) while the three of them were catching a prankster in the school at night, An Mi’s ridiculously poor cooking skills and disastrous dishes that make me laugh non-stop just watching (or when I think about it another day). The funny scenes are nicely intertwined with the heartwarming scenes as the drama goes. An example of a heartwarming scene is the boys running and pushing Jiao Er towards the finishing line and Jiao Er refusing to give up the long distance run when he fell in order to ensure the whole class get A for Physical Education and Tao Xi does not have to resign. The ending with the baseball game and the individual member’s personal thoughts and reflection was a bit exaggerated but it is quite impactful and touching that I could feel some tears in my eyes.

Wang Yuan’s character has the most depth among the three in this drama while Wang Junkai’s character has the most depth in Finding Soul (as the AI who thought he is human). Loved Yi Yangqianxi’s character in both dramas haha: the intelligent guy (different types of intelligent guy in both dramas). Wang Yuan acted well in this drama to portray the character’s different sides: the loved child, lazy school student, passionate baseball team leader+player. He portrayed the character’s struggle, mixed emotions, and happiness well. Admired Xiao Song’s persistence in forming the baseball team from scratch, continuously improving himself, and cheering everyone on during trainings. It is so nice to be in a happy, loving family that offers not only material support, but also emotional support. Enjoyed the development of a solid friendship, as well as the interactions, among Xiao Song, Wu Tong and Yin Ke who have very different personalities. Wu Tong is portrayed as the cold person yet Yin Ke who is friendly and helpful is actually a cold and firm person on the inside. Wang Junkai seems to be challenging a tougher role this time and I felt that he did it well except how he expressed the anger of the character.

Xue Zhi Qian, as usual, is humorous and the role fits him well haha. He is good at making scenes naturally funny. He looks good with or without spectacles haha but looks slightly better with spectacles… It is cool when he catches the baseball without looking or when he shows his baseball related skills. Liked how he portrayed his happy-go-lucky, nonchalant character but also including a sense of sadness and pain from within at times. Enjoyed watching the sweet interaction between Tao Xi and Guo Guo, Tao Xi’s friend’s daughter, throughout the drama. Liked how Tao Xi takes care of her like his own daughter. It was fun to watch how Tao Xi deals with the mischievous and energetic Guo Guo. There was one time that Xiao Song, Wu Tong and Yin Ke have to take care of Guo Guo and they had a hard time, except Yin Ke who brings her to an amusement park. Liked the interaction between Tao Xi and his best friend, Bai Zhou, as they tease each other often and give each other support when needed. Liked the development of relationship between An Mi and Tao Xi from next-door enemies to superior-subordinate to colleagues to friends. However, to me, the romance between Tao Xi and An Mi feels unreal, need a bit more spark and more chemistry. Didnt like the parts when Tao Xi falls for a childcare/kindergarten teacher (?).

It was interesting to learn more about baseball. Liked the interaction between the students of the school. Especially liked the characters Jiao Er (enthusiastic person when spreading school news) and Lu Tong (narcissistic person with a follower) which engaged me and add humour to the drama. Shipped Xiao Song with a student he often argues with haha. When Tao Xi is forced to become the form teacher of the class, I liked how he is like a role model to the students (most of the time haha), giving them motivation to do well, teaching them valuable things such as teamwork, and guiding them when they need help. He is also observant and knows how to make good use of a student’s strengths, sometimes for his own benefits… Tao Xi’s father doesnt look like him or feel like his father haha which makes their relationship seem weird. It was a bit slow pace towards the end of the drama when the focus did not return to the baseball team for quite some time.

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Random thoughts Star Awards 2018

As usual, I looked forward to Star Awards and it is one of my anticipations of the year.

This year’s one is super cool, the stage, the lighting and the effects. However, it is shorter and there is also a little feeling of being more withdrawn from the audience. A bit sad that there are no funny skits this year but it is still nice to see idols there as a fan of many… Didnt really like the parts when they used words to describe a character nominated. After all, it is drama which is visual and the words felt technical, dead and sometimes overwhelming. And they should have shown video clips of the nominated characters before the actual day like the other years so that I can enjoy it many times on TV haha. That is actually my favourite part for Star Awards every year.

While looking through Star Awards, I also can see if I have missed out any good dramas, and When Duty Calls and Have a Little Faith caught my attention which I may consider watching. My sister says that she has lost interest in Star Awards since the people she is a fan of somehow got out of her list, mostly due to lack of acting in good dramas or in good roles. Luckily, I still have a sustainable list which is one of the reasons why I still watch sg dramas or Star Awards. It was nice to see Elvin Ng giving an award to another person since he has already attained Top 10 Most Popular Male Artiste Award 10 times but will miss the times he is nominated for something, and gets a chance to obtain an award and say a speech. Hopefully soon! Sadly, My Friends from Afar didnt win any award though I had hoped they would win something. Usually, the dramas I like a lot dont win much awards haha…for example Blessings, 3 Wishes. Nice to see Desmond Tan, Shaun Chen, Romeo Tan attaining awards! Rebecca Lim is really getting Best Actress Award for roles I thought she wouldnt haha but not going to complain since I am her fan. Andie Chen and Kate Pang’s child is cute haha. Nathan Hartono got quite an amount of screen time and it was nice to see him bouncing around and being immersed in his music (since Sing! China) like he is inviting us into his own music world. But actually i hoped that the artistes can sing their dramas’ theme songs haha.

Not sure why but there seems to be more heartwarming moments this year? Was funny and heartwarming when Jin Yin Ji was awarded her first Top 10 Most Popular Female Artiste Award after so many years of being an artiste. It was unexpected but not sure why there was so much commotion since there are always unexpected awardees for this, even for best supporting actress/actor or best actor/actress like last year. Sometimes, I am suspicious of how the judges choose the awardees for certain awards. But the good thing is that the recipients of the awards can be anyone…

Korean Drama Review IANAR

So busy with school work and other commitments recently that I dont have time to blog haha. Since there is a serious lack of dramas that attract me to watch nowadays, shall take some time to write a review. After kdramas move away from fantasy, I occasionally move to China (modern) drama and taiwanese drama but of course they are not enough. Sadly, sg dramas nowadays dont capture my attention too, dont have any that I watch the trailer and straightaway feel “I want to watch this”, maybe “Give me a million dollar” that is coming up next haha?

Once I saw that this drama is going to include Yoo Seung Ho and human allergy on dramabeans, I felt like watching it already and was waiting for it to be screened. It took “so long” for it to be confirmed and to be screened. Finished this drama some time ago and doing this by memory.

I am not a robot (2017-2018) 不是機器人啊

Genre: Science fiction, Romance, Comedy

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10, 8.5/10 towards the end  No. of times I watched it: 2

 

starring Yoo Seung Ho as Kim Min Kyu, Chae Soo Bin as Jo Ji Ah / Aji 3, Uhm Ki Joon as Hong Baek Kyun, Park Se Wan as Pie, Song Jae Ryong as Hok Tal, Kim Min Kyu as Ssan Ip, Kang Ki Young as Hwang Yoo Chul, Hwang Seung Eon as Ye Ri ElSeo Dong Won as Jo Jin Bae

Plot: Min Kyu seems to have it all: lots of money, a high position in his father’s (?) company but he lives an isolated life in a big house due to human allergy. Ji Ah has big dreams of inventing things to benefit people and help them solve their problems but things are not working out for her. Her brother is forcing her to take a full time job and wants her to return the money she lent from his wife for her inventions. She eventually leaves her brother’s house and gets a high-paying part-time job from her ex-boyfriend, Baek Kyun, whose dream is to invent robots beneficial to humans. He made a robot (that looks like Ji Ah) with many functions and wants Min Kyu and his company to invest in it but a part of the robot is accidentally damaged and he has no choice but to ask Ji Ah to be the substitute to be sent to Min Kyu’s house for inspection. The relationship between Min Kyu and the “robot” thus develops.

Enjoyed the chemistry, sweet interaction and the development of relationship between Min Kyu and Ji Ah when Ji Ah acts as the robot. It is funny how Min Kyu likes it when Aji 3 is in “friend mode”, scolding him and saying swear words haha. There are many hilarious scenes at the start like when they first met and Ji Ah acting as the robot was shocked to see him. It was fun to watch how Ji Ah responds to Min Kyu’s “difficult” assessment when there was a power cut and she could not connect with the real robot. It is surprising how Min Kyu doesnt realise that she is a human but I guess it could be due to his lack of interaction with humans. I could feel the warmth when Ji Ah pats him on the back when he was choked. Although the scene that the girl falls backwards and the guy supports her is quite cliche, it is well-used in this drama to portray Ji Ah’s feelings for Min Kyu. Liked how they give each other smiles, reassurance and support. Loved Ji Ah’s inventions (I wrote about in the instagram posts) which fit in nicely with the plot to make the scenes more romantic and beautiful.

My sister felt very sad when Min Kyu resets Aji 3, probably due to the other person not remembering anything after that and Min Kyu is the only one that remembers everything, happy or sad. I didnt feel totally sad as I know that the memory will still be present in Ji Ah, the person.

Became a fan of Yoo Seung Ho since I saw him acting in Arang and the Magistrate, not sure if I wrote it somewhere before. Is it unexpected haha? It was not the lead role but the role he played as the Jade Emperor in heaven was quite significant and I liked his acting. Felt that Yoo Seung Ho is really good at acting in melodrama since I saw him acting in melodramas I miss you and Remember-War of the sons. Somehow, even his romantic comedies have a touch of melodrama such as Operational Proposal and this drama. I dont think I feel sad or see characters feel so sad in other romantic comedies. (Just for your information, melodrama is characterized by a plot that appeals to the heightened emotions of the audience. Didnt know what it means in the past when I saw it appearing in some genres of dramas and thought it meant sad plots haha.)

Liked how Yoo Seung Ho displayed the character’s mixed emotions or conflicting emotions, for example when Min Kyu feels angry and pleased when Aji 3 patted his back when he was choked; feeling happy with Aji 3’s response and unhappy when thinking that Aji 3’s response is just robot programming; desperately wanting to train Aji 3 to be what it was before the resetting. Didnt know that a handshake can be so painful. When Min Kyu shakes hands with Ri El, his childhood crush, he knows he will suffer a serious allergic reaction but still forces himself to go through with it to show that he is normal. Chae Soo Bin acted well to portray Ji Ah’s conflicting feelings and her despair as she desires so much to say that she is not a robot and reciprocate her love and feelings for him but she cannot do so. She portrayed her character’s struggle to be an innovator+entrepreneur well and carved different qualities into Ji Ah, righteous, determined, creative, impulsive, optimistic.


It was interesting to see how Min Kyu treats his robots as his friends and helps them celebrate their birthdays haha. His house is really big. It’s good to be rich haha. My sister feels that if she is rich even if she is alone, it’s also ok as she can play all the facilities in the big house. Maybe I think so too? Since I am also an introvert like her who doesnt like to interact with people too much and rather have my own alone time.


The characters Hok Tal and Ssan Ip added humour to the drama such as when they wanted to have a swim in Min Kyu’s swimming pool and have a shock of their lives when they see him at the bottom of the pool staring at them haha. While they act like children, they are loyal people to whoever they follow and best buddies for each other. Liked the interaction between people of the Santa Maria team, Baek Kyun, Pie, Hok Tal and Ssan Ip. They are optimistic even in bad times and work together towards a common goal. Enjoyed how they gradually become closer to Min Kyu, not getting along well with Min Kyu at the start but slowly being allowed to enter his world and be his friends.The professor, Baek Kyun, is not suitable for Ji Ah since he is unable to see her strengths and help her fulfill her potential no matter how smart he is. He is better suited to Pie who has good rapport with him and understands the technical terms he uses.

Liked the interaction between Min Kyu and his loyal subordinate, Jin Bae. Because Jin Bae works for Min Kyu, he is ostracised by other people working in the company as Min Kyu is known for being a crazy person and firing any employee that he sees after he announces his arrival at the company, and they dont want to be seen taking Min Kyu’s side to be safe. It was funny when Jin Bae has to hide his face with a file when there is one time when Min Kyu almost loses his position at the company (if i didnt remember wrongly). It was fun to watch when Min Kyu almost cures his allergy and happily goes to the company to work, and those who sees him run away quickly in shock or they are in shock for being caught for bad-mouthing him. Nice to watch Min Kyu finally working at the company, walking freely, and eating lunch+being able to be at a close distance with Jin Bae. Liked how Jin Bae is such a loyal person to Min Kyu but i didnt like how he treats his sister poorly at the start of the drama with his pragmatic mindset, thinking she only has unrealistic dreams. It feels awkward when they realise Ji Ah’s brother is Jin Bae and Jin Bae seems a lot older than Min Kyu but taking orders from him haha.

It was a bit of a drag towards the end as it focuses more on company politics and there is the fall out between Ji Ah and Min Kyu after he realises that human Ji Ah was the robot and felt cheated.

Why you should watch: Enjoyed the acting by the cast (especially Yoo Seung Ho haha), the interesting plot, humour, and the pace of the drama (for 3/4 of it). The drama started out very well and I was chasing after it for 3/4 of it. Liked the perspective that the drama takes. May look out for Chae Soo Bin’s future dramas.

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Long Series Kdrama Review All about My Mum

All about my Mum (2015) 拜託了,媽媽

  

starring Eugene Kim as Lee Jin Ae, Lee Sang Woo as Kang Hoon Jae, Go Doo Shim as Im San Ok (Jin Ae’s mother), Kim Kap Soo as Lee Dong Chul (Jin Ae’s father), Oh Min Suk as Lee Hyung Kyu (Jin Ae’s older brother), Choi Tae Joon as Lee Hyung Soon (Jin Ae’s younger brother), Kim Mi Sook as Hwang Young Sun (Hoon Jae’s Mother), Jo Bo Ah as Jang Chae Ri, Son Yeo Eun as Sun Hye Joo

Slot in to watch this drama when my parents were watching it on Channel U. This drama started out interestingly about a family with three children who have distinct characteristics. The eldest son Hyung Kyu’s first appearance is hilarious, singing in the car in a funny manner. He is an arrogant lawyer and does not like his family background. The second child is a daughter, Jin Ae. She is independent and a career woman who hopes to earn enough money to move out of the house she calls hell. She is hardworking and manages to do well in her career with her quick-wittedness, even though she gave up studying in university for her elder brother (?). The youngest son is quite good-looking which my sister thinks so too haha. He is kind and good-natured but seen as useless as he is unable to earn a living (can’t remember why but he keeps switching jobs).

The mother dotes on the eldest son and is bias towards him, not giving as much attention to her other two children. For a moment, I thought that it is because Hyung Kyu is the adopted son haha as I saw in one drama where they treat the adopted son better than their real children. The father is a troublemaker who cannot find a stable job, and is always cheated by his friends to invest in weird things and lose money. What I like about the father is how he provides emotional support to his other 2 children despite how he often creates trouble for the family. Throughout the drama, I felt the mother could have treated the children more equally, at least in front of them, to prevent misunderstandings and hurting them unnecessarily.

The relationship between Jin Ae and Hoon Jae started out well. Liked their interaction and how Hoon Jae is sure about his love for Jin Ae and “aggressively” makes Jin Ae think twice about being single and follow her heart. However, I disliked how he lies and hides his family background and their relationship for so long that it complicates their relationship and causes poor relationship between his mother and her. If he wants to hide those things, he should have explained properly to his mother and Jin Ae to prevent both of them from being hurt when they find out. It is nice how he is good at repairing and making things which he did a lot in Jin Ae’s family’s house. It is funny how Jin Ae’ s mother calls him Nimble Lad and Jin Ae’s friend/senior calls him “Stuck out butt” haha… Liked how Hoon Jae builds relationships with Jin Ae’s family members one by one when he unexpectedly stays at their house. But too bad, the biggest obstacle is actually his own mother.

It was fun to watch the interaction between Chae Ri and Hyung Soon as their relationship develops. Hyung Soon pretends to be his rich doctor friend to help his friend go for a blind date which leads to trouble as he falls in love with a rich man’s daughter haha. Due to having outstanding siblings and he compares himself to them, he feels inferior and has low confidence of his ability. Because of that, it adds instability to the relationship between him and Chae Ri, and it was quite a drag when he chooses to let go of Chae Ri a few times. However, their interaction is sweet, especially at the start, and adds a light and cheery atmosphere to the drama with their immaturity.

Enjoyed the development of relationship between Hyung Kyu and Hye Joo for the first half of the drama as Hye Joo is able to make Hyung Kyu smile and do things he usually do not do such as acting kind haha. Also liked Hyung Kyu’s interaction with Hye Joo’s child at the start. However, as the drama goes, when Hye Joo becomes what Hyung Kyu only cares about and Hyung Kyu is unable to handle matters sensitively, I felt the relationship didn’t change Hyung Kyu much after all. Also didn’t like it when Hye Joo orders Chae Ri to do things when Chae Ri has to work earlier in the day and she herself does not have to.

It was sad when the three children’s mother found that she has a rare cancer and tries to keep it from her children and her husband. When Hyung Kyu knows, he feels so guilty that he couldn’t talk for a period of time. As he tries to marry a single mum despite opposition and argues with his mother about how her expectation is a burden to him, he caused harm to his mother. Felt that he could have been more grateful and nicer to his siblings throughout the drama. I felt especially sad when Jin Ae knows about it, and Jin Ae and her mother cried together. If her mother had given more love to Jin Ae, Jin Ae wouldn’t have held so much resentment, followed by her grief for the upcoming loss. When Dong Chul finds out, he starts helping out with more housework chores and tries to hide his emotions but to no avail haha. Although he may be a good father, I felt that he is not a good husband until towards the end, giving lots of suffering to his wife despite his ability to sweet-talk. Liked how the drama ended with so much bliss despite the sadness before.

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Longing Heart Korean Web Drama

Longing Heart

Longing Heart (2018)

Cast: Lee Jung Shin as Kang Shin Woo, – Seo Ji Hoon as Kang Shin Woo (young), Lee Yul Eum as Han Ji Soo

Episodes: 10

Recommendation: 7/10

My review: I am actually quite sick of watching this kind of drama where the main character goes back to its young past to change the future. However, I like how this drama is new and creative. Kang Shin Woo did not go back to his young self but went back to his past as a math teacher. I actually liked how the young Kang Shin Woo can send letters to his older self and how both Kang Shin Woos change the past and future together. Apart the drama being creative, I feel that the plot is still quite a normal drama plot. If you all like time travels and want a more creative one, I will like to recommend this drama to you.

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Random thoughts 7

Hello everyone! I have been busy recently so couldnt clear much of my backlog or write new reviews. Will put up a post once I am more free… For the past few months, I managed to edit the Korean Drama reviews King 2 Hearts, Gu Family Book and Operational Proposal to make them more “filling”.

Nowadays, sadly not many good Korean Dramas that attract me to watch. My happy time reduced haha. :/ Lucky for my sister, she still has some China Dramas to keep her entertained. I finished I am not a robot which kept me entertained. Then, I dashed through Boy Hood with my sister which is a fun watch with one of my favourite China singers in it. A Korean Odyssey started out well but I feel that the plot is getting more bland with not enough plot twists and its emphasis on tragedy is a bit too strong for my liking. The reason that I am not putting it aside is because I enjoy the interaction between the demon characters+Sam Jang+her secretary.

Doubtful victory started out very well but became quite a drag about halfway through. They could have focused more on Jong Sam’s talent and the detective team instead of political problems and struggles. Although the actors and actress acted well in Two Cops, the plot is too crime related which made me stop watching it after some time.

I (almost) finished watching Mind Matters which is a good watch with solid plot, and nice humour and acting. Liked how they dedicated a drama to mental illnesses to spread awareness about them. Mental illnesses are actually quite common but people somehow treat them like a taboo and feel fearful about people with such illnesses. Started watching because of Qi Yu Wu and end up liking the plot.

 

Just for collation

Finished but no review done

China Dramas: 不一样的美男子 Buyiyangdemeinanzi 2, Boss and me, Master Devil dont kiss me 1&2, Whirlwind girl, 我们的少年时代 Boy Hood

Korean Dramas: Let’s fight ghost/Hwarang-the beginning/ While you were sleeping/Goblin/I am not a robot

Long series Korean Dramas: All about my Mum (slot in when parents watched)

Singapore Dramas: Mind Matters (actually I am left with about 2 episodes)

Taiwanese Dramas: Love Cuisine full review (quick review done)

 

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Korean Drama Review NLJDH

Since one of my friends looked for my review of this drama and asked me about it when she could not find it, I may as well write it before I forget about the drama’s details haha. Doing this by memory.

Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho (2016) 鄰家律師趙德浩

Genre: Comedy, Family, Law, Crime

starring Park Shin Yang as Jo Deul Ho, Kang So Ra as Lee Eun Jo, Ryu Soo Young as Shin Ji Wook, Park Sol Mi as Jung Hae Gyung, Kim Gab Soo as Shin Young Il

I sneak peeked into it when my mother was watching and ended up watching the later episodes with her. The prosecutor, Deul Ho, is excellent at his job and has unusual ways of making the truth come to light haha, winning every case that he manages to get his hand on. For example, he throws a fake spider at the defendant to cut short his act of sitting in the wheelchair and acting ill to gain sympathy. After that, his life becomes a mess when he tries to prosecute a rich and powerful man, and he even becomes a beggar because of that. Sadly, the friend he made at that time was killed by the rich man’s son and burnt, and he somehow becomes a lawyer to defend the person who was framed for his friend’s murder. After that incident, he attempts to make a comeback and only takes on cases that is in relation to the rich man and his son to make them pay for the crimes they committed.

It is funny how every case/most of the cases throughout the drama are somehow linked to the rich man and son haha. They really committed so many crimes… Amazed when watching how Deul Ho wins each case by all means using unusual and creative methods, and ways a lawyer should not have done. For example, when defending the person who was framed for his friend’s murder, Deul Ho told the defendant to read what he witnessed from a script Deul Ho writes for the defendant which is not ethically right. However, as the defendant tries to memorise and read out the prepared script in court, he ends up remembering what he witnessed that night at court. It is satisfying to watch the rich man and his son’s anxious looks during or after each case, even though the rich man is still powerful enough to ensure his son and his “safety”. However, I feel that Deul Ho is quite biased, only focusing on cases that can cause harm to the rich man and son but I wont say that what he is doing is wrong since he only has a certain amount of time and attention and he cant possibly take every case.

It is interesting to watch the interaction between Deul Ho and his friend, a loan shark. At first, they meet as prosecutor and criminal. Somehow, the loan shark often commits many minor crimes or is being framed, and keeps going to see him to be prosecuted which is how their friendship developed. For most of the parts of the drama, his friend is the one giving him a place to live and giving him the help he needs to solve cases so it shows that we will never know who will help us in times of need haha. Enjoyed watching Deul Ho’s secretary’s exaggerated reactions and facial expressions, and the way she supports Deul Ho in whatever he does.

Liked the development of relationship between Deul Ho and Eun Jo. For a moment, I thought Eun Jo is his separated daughter that grows up to be a lawyer but that is not the case haha. At first, Eun Jo disapproves of his methods to defend the client when working with him but ends up forming an admiration for him, and eventually works with him after resigning from a law firm that mostly defends the rich and powerful (the law firm wanted to get rid of her for her mistake). Was hoping that she will end up with another prosecutor which is righteous but pressured by his father to help the rich man (not sure if that happens because I didnt manage to watch the last few episodes). He is often compared with Deul Ho by his father which makes him unhappy (happens often in dramas). Glad that he manages to see through the evil plans, and get out of his father’s control to do what is right towards the end. His father is an evil and cunning villain who pretends to be a follower of powerful people but is actually the mastermind.


Liked the interaction between Deul Ho and his young daughter which is heartwarming as they keep each other company, make each other happy, and the daughter gives good advice to her father. It is sad that they have to be separated after Deul Ho’s divorce with his wife. His wife wanted stability for her family, and also to protect her father’s law firm which makes me feel that she does not love Deul Ho enough haha. Glad that his wife and his wife’s father change towards the end if not I wont be rooting for the couple/family to reunite.

When I first saw the poster of the drama, I didnt feel like watching it due to lack of eye candies/actors and actresses I like but it turns out to be a thrilling ride with much unexpected humour and twists.

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Singapore Drama Review 知星人

Finally have a sg drama that attracts me haha! In 2017, maybe I missed out certain good dramas? I peaked into Home Truly, The Lead, Dream Coder but they didnt attract me.

My friends from afar (2017) 知星人

Genre: Family, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10

 

starring Shaun Chen as Yang Tiansheng, Carrie Wong as Chen Fengjiao, Paige Chua as Yang Tianning, Aloysius Pang as Chen Xianglin, Brandon Wong as Chen Xiaolong, Toh Xin Hui as Chen Qingxia, Yao Wenlong as Zhou Zhiqiang, Eelyn Kok as Xu Xinmei, Wang Yuqing as Yang Zhongyong, Sheila Sim as Queen

Plot: 4 aliens from Amikus arrive on Earth on a mission to find out whether they can migrate to Earth due to the pollution affecting their planet, as well as to find the traitor who did not return to Amikus and is now living among humans.

This drama is very funny at the start when the four of them first come to Earth and I laughed a lot. They find it fascinating walking on Earth and keep walking up and down the steps. It is also funny when Fengjiao forces Tiansheng to eat oranges as punishment for cheating them of their money and Tiansheng happily eats it until she forces him to eat the orange peels too… Besides that, they are shocked that there is a drink called Dinosaur and readily order it when asked by the person selling drink. It is hilarious when Tiansheng tries to frighten them by wearing a ghost wear and roller-skate into their house, and they just look closely and blankly at him. Tiansheng’s father pretends to be some China (?) zombie and scares a few neighbors but ends up being scared by his own reflection when Tiansheng shows him a mirror made me laugh my head off haha.

Enjoyed watching how the aliens have special abilities such as great strength, the ability to read mind, freeze people, fly, move things without touching, go into people’s dreams, heal, erase people’s memories. It is cool how they can fly, and sit in the air and play chess (?), and move the cups of water from the kitchen to bedroom with their power. It was romantic when Xianglin goes into Tianning’s dream and brings her to outerspace, and when Fengjiao makes snow fall for Tiansheng. Some of the scenes felt unreal to me though, not sure if it is because of the portrayal of the aliens or because of the background of the scenes. I was expecting that one of the people who had their memories erased will suffer negative consequences, especially Guanjun since he is young and his brain is still growing. If nothing happens after they erase a memory, it would seem like it is fine to erase people’s memory which is not morally right. If something happens to him, his mother will care about his health more than being concerned if he obtains excellent academic results which is a more meaningful plot twist to me.

Liked how each episode starts with a theme/topic of discussion as the aliens explore human behaviour, and I liked the cool and unique dance/workout only the aliens do though I missed some since I didnt watch from catch-up tv but straight from the television when it is being screened, and I was late to turn on the TV haha…Also liked the hand sign they show when answering leader Fengjiao. Liked the development of relationships between the Yang family and the aliens. It is funny that the Yang family’s 2 children who have very different personalities fall in love with the 2 aliens. Xianglin’s pregnancy scenes are interesting haha and it was fun watching a guy doing most of the things a typical pregnant woman would have done.

It is interesting how the aliens have to purposely take lessons from Leopard King (Tiansheng) to learn to lie haha. This makes me wonder if learning to lie is an essential life skill to survive on Earth and it is sad that this is the case. However, lying may be a good way to prevent unhappy happenings such as when using white lies? It is funny when the aliens criticise humans harshly at the start of the drama such as humans’ efficiency. Liked how Fengjiao is always actively trying to change people for the better which I secretly want to do too haha… People are indeed wasting too much food and it would be good if I can force people to eat their food up like Fengjiao… At the end of the drama, the aliens praise the goodness of humans which I think is not totally true. If the humans find out who they are, would they still treat them in the same way?

Enjoyed watching the interaction between the 4 aliens as they start to become a family and take care of one another, look out for one another, especially liked the interaction between Qingxia and Xiaolong. It was sad when Xiaolong is seriously injured and saying his final goodbyes. I could feel tears in my eyes when watching that scene. It was heartwarming when Qingxia calls Xiaolong “Dad” at his final moments even though she previously hates how “her father” is treating her more and more like a human child. About 1/2 of the times Singapore Dramas’ crying scenes cannot bring me in completely but that scene is well-executed with good acting and I can feel the emotions in that scene.

Managed to guess who the alien who betrayed them to live among humans is and felt a bit annoyed that they go one whole round suspecting and end up back where they started. Maybe I am nitpicking haha. Although I felt sorry for Zhiqiang’s predicament, it is too bad he has chosen to go on the wrong path. Felt that his mother could have trusted him more throughout the drama and not only at the good times. Feel that Yao Wenlong is acting more significant roles which is good haha…

Felt that the ending could have been better if there are more and longer scenes to portray Tiansheng’s longing as he waits for Fengjiao’s return instead of just flashing his flashback scenes so quickly. How can so many years of waiting be so bearable? Overall, it is a good watch, a meaningful drama with nice fantasy and humour, and great acting from the cast.

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Ruby Ruby Love Korean Web Drama

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Ruby Ruby Love (2017)

Cast: Seohyun as Ruby, Lee Chul Woo as Won Suk, Lee Yi Kyung as Na Ji Suk (CEO of a jewelry enterprise), Z.Hera as Yoo Bi Joo

Episodes: 5

Recommendation: 7/10

Review: This drama is about Ruby who is very good at designing jewelries and have a good eye for good jewelries. She has a social anxiety disorder and dislikes going to places that are unfamiliar. Ruby has a friend, Lee Chul Woo. He crushes on Ruby and regrets that Ruby cannot demonstrate her abilities because of her social anxiety. He works very hard to help her achieve her dreams and stay by her side when she needs it most.

Due to Ruby being good at designing jewelries, she won an award for her jewelries and had to attend an award ceremony. However, her social anxiety disorder was stopping her from attending the award ceremony. She was in a dilemma whether she should go for the award ceremony as it was an opportunity to promote her own jewelries.

When she was in a dilemma, she discovered a ring that allows her to be confident in front of others for three times for a few hours. She decided to use the ring so that she could receive the award confidently. In the award ceremony, she managed to meet her one year crush, Na Ji Suk, who is the CEO of a jewelry enterprise. Na Ji Suk decided to work with Ruby to make jewelries. Ruby used the ring again to go out with Na Ji Suk to do jewelry research and date with him.

Ruby designed a jewelry for a competition(do not know whether it is the correct information because I watched this some time ago). Yoo Bi Joo, Ruby’s rival since high school until now, shared Ruby’s jewelry design to the outside so that Ruby will lose the competition. Ruby had to find a new design for her jewelry in a rush and make it. While making the new design, Ruby will also find out that Lee Chul Woo actually likes her. Besides sharing Ruby’s design to the outside, Yoo Bi Joo also gave wrong information to Ruby about the time of the competition so that Ruby cannot use the ring to make herself confident in front of others. Ruby was troubled as she could not use the ring but love helped her to solve the problem and present to the judges in a confident way.

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