Random thoughts 8 and some recommendations

As my sister is busy, I have helped to complete the reviews for Three Colour Fantasy mini drama series since I happened to watch Romance full of life with her and glimpsed through The Universe’s Star when she was rewatching it. She has already written Queen of the Ring review.

The short reviews can be found at Korean Web Drama or Super Short Drama Series.

The Universe’s Star

Romance full of life

Maybe my sister will do her review for these dramas when she is free haha? Especially liked the fantasy in the 2 dramas. The way Byul in The Universe’s Star reacts and responds when she gets to know seconds (?) before Woo Joo is about to die each time left a deep impression on me. I liked the ending of the drama. Although the ending is sad, it nicely illustrates how time is precious, and no matter how much amount of time we are left with, we should cherish every moment and make every moment fulfilling and meaningful. Happy to see Yoon Shi Yoon in Romance full of life! He looks good in both hairstyles haha… Touched by the simple and heartwarming story in Romance full of life as we see how In Sung struggles with his desire to escape from being a failure and attempts to excel in life, and the drama ends nicely with So Ra’s “confession”. Trying not to give too much spoiler haha.

I feel that kdramas nowadays, besides moving away from fantasy, is going towards the bitter struggles and hardships trend haha. There seems to be higher intensity of pain and bitterness when struggles and hardships are portrayed. For example, Hospital Ship, Doubtful Victory, Come and Hug Me, Just between Lovers, The Great Seducer (I think). Even supposedly more light-hearted dramas like Are you human too and What’s wrong with Secretary Kim have such feelings lingering too.

Currently, I have put aside About Time (not enough plot development) and Ms Hammurabi (too crime-related) after some episodes. I am still watching Are you human too, What’s wrong with Secretary Kim with my sister. I have browsed through about 3/4 of Come and Hug me. I am browsing through Come and Hug me as it does not have enough plot content for me but the perspective it takes is interesting. I have tried Singapore Drama Gifted and dropped it haha. Was looking forward to it due to the trailer which portrayed complexity of and struggle in certain characters, and Elvin Ng acting in it but it is not as good as I expected.

I have scanned through the whole of China Drama Sweet Dreams and found it good enough to chase haha. Waiting to see if my sister wants to watch it with me… I am also starting on China Drama Ashes of Love. First time I am trying out a China Period/Historical Drama. I dont really like the plot of China Period/Historical Dramas as it is usually a combination of reincarnation and tragic love+sacrifice but I am trying this out due to becoming a fan of Deng Lun after seeing him in Sweet Dreams. Hope I can take the tragic parts later on…

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~Lucky JM

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Taiwanese Drama Review WTSYA

Randomly found this drama while searching for a drama to watch on google at a period of time with not enough kdramas.

Wish to see you again (2008) 這裡發現愛

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 8.5/10  No. of times I watched it: 2

starring Vic Chou as Xu Le (Ye Zi) 許樂 (葉子), Michelle Chen as Pan Neng Xian 潘能賢, Ken Zhu as Ding Yu Hao 丁雨豪, Kingone Wang as Ma Yong Rui/Xiao Ma 馬永睿, Terri Kwan as Lu Yi 陸怡

Plot: Xu Le (pen name: Ye Zi) is a best-selling author but recently has writer’s block and feels stuck when writing his next book. He finds many ways to get inspiration such as locking himself in a hotel room for many days, watching happy and sad movies, visiting an amusement park but to no avail. When in the hotel room, he managed to get some inspiration when holding an apple and a knife but Neng Xian, who works at the hotel, thought that he was going to commit suicide and broke his train of thoughts by allowing his manager into the hotel room and attempting to “save” him. Xu Le feels that she stole his inspiration and looks for her but is treated as a weirdo. One of Xu Le’s best friends, Xiao Ma, is Neng Xian’s superior and the brother of the chairman of the hotel. Neng Xian is fired for intruding into Xu Le’s room as he already told the hotel not to let anyone disturb him during his stay. Fortunately, she is in rapport with Xiao Ma (feeling that apples should be put at the corridors of each storey) and gets a chance to work as Xiao Ma’s assistant and she meets Xu Le again.

It is hilarious when the drama started. I skipped through whatever Xu Le does in the hotel room until the apple and knife scene haha. It is funny when he tries to act like what he is supposed to when watching the two opposite types of movies and is compared with other movie watchers who are really laughing or crying when he looks back; and when he sits the viking but feels nothing. It is also funny when he was cutting his steak halfway and suddenly thought of Neng Xian and takes the knife with him while going back to the hotel to search for her. People thought he was dangerous and assumed that he wanted to kill someone. After Neng Xian “took” his inspiration and he couldnt get it back, he becomes a taxi driver to continue looking for inspiration. It is fun to see him meeting different types of passengers and his reactions towards them.

Attracted to this drama as I felt that Xu Le is an interesting character who does unusual things and does not care about others’ opinions that much. For example, he adds tomato sauce to most food, saying that any food will be tasty because of that. When a magazine writer asks him for an interview he doesnt want to be part of, he totally doesnt cooperate and gives her a hard time. Liked Xu Le’s cool side when he says poetic phrases and when he is serious, and the other side with his awkwardness and sheepish smile. It is also interesting to see the life of an author since I aim to become one. Seems like writers are stereotyped to be eccentric haha?

Liked the development of relationship between Neng Xian and Xu Le. It is nice to see Xu Le start to approach Neng Xian, and they start to understand and care for each other even though he goes near her more to get inspiration at first. Liked how many white words and symbols appear magically on the screen whenever he gets inspiration. There is one time (left the deepest impression on me) when he touched her hand, and the words and symbols surround them and he speaks the phrases that pop into his head to her, making the scene romantic but too bad it is just for his novel haha. He is a blunt person who speaks his mind which causes a bumpy start to their friendship. For example, when she thanks him for helping her with a proposal she needs to come up with for her job, he just brushes her off saying it is not important. It is funny when he starts to contact her and does not know what to say on the phone or somehow using ginseng to come up with an excuse since her family opens a traditional chinese medicine clinic. Liked their chemistry, and their simple but sweet interactions as the drama goes.

It is interesting to see Neng Xian’s parents’ funny quarrelling or whole family quarrels which adds humour to the drama. Although some of the topics that they argue about or speak with their children about may make me feel unhappy if it happens in real life, I find it funny to see it in the drama. The quarrels portray the different personalities in the family well and it is fun to feel the lively family atmosphere. It is not that type of damaging disagreements that will cause an end to relationships but more like those senseless bickerings which portray closeness. It is funny how Neng Xian’s family likes to invite Xu Le to their house for a meal. Enjoyed watching Xu Le’s interaction with the noisy family of Neng Xian, especially when he stays at their house for a period of time suggested by Neng Xian’s father I think. He even has to play taichi with Neng Xian’s father early in the morning when he prefers to be in bed and accompany sociable Neng Xian’s mother to the market even though he hates dealing with the crowd.

There was a nice turning point towards the end when Xu Le cannot stand Neng Xian’s noisy and demanding family anymore, is faced with Neng Xian’s misunderstanding, and encounters a career crisis. Liked how Vic Chou portrayed how the character’s world is collapsing and his struggle as he retreats to silence and darkness instead of asking people for help, including Neng Xian. It is true that people used to solving their problems by themselves just need to be left alone and given some time to sort out their problems. Sometimes, others just cannot provide much help and it is best to patiently wait, and show that you are always by their side and ready if help is needed. Enjoyed watching Xu Le’s character growth in terms of dealing and communicating with people, and learning to love himself (he was an abandoned child/orphan).

Liked the portrayal of friendship between Xu Le, Xiao Ma and Ah Hao. The friendship is so long-lasting and I liked how they do not give up on each other no matter the situation the other is in. It is nice to watch how Xiao Ma and Ah Hao stood up for Xu Le when they were students and accepted him into their clique even though Xu Le seldom talked. My sister and I felt that this type of friendship is too good to be true haha. Liked Xiao Ma as a character, a person trying to be cheery while working under his strict brother, a nice superior, Xu Le’s supportive buddy, and a romantic pursuer of Lu Yi who was once Ah Hao’s girlfriend. Liked the character development of Xiao Ma, well-portrayed by Kingone Wang, as he goes from having it all to a so-called pathetic state. Rooted for his happiness towards the end.

Became a fan of Vic Chou after this drama. The pace was slow at times but I enjoyed this drama overall. May be too mature or more bland to some.

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Random thoughts Korea Trip

So happy that I managed to fulfill one of my life goals by visiting South Korea last week! Wanted to die there with no regrets haha but too good/bad I am back in Singapore again. Planned this trip with my sister for many months. Wanted to go in the winter season in January this year but my parents felt that it was too cold. This is my first time visiting Korea and I dont think I will be going there again for quite some time. The travelling time is too long for my liking and my ears hurt from the airplane flights.

Wanted to visit Korea largely due to Korean Dramas and Korean Variety Shows.

9 things I did that appear often in Kdramas or K variety shows:

1. Wore hairbands in amusement park+ 2. Rode carousel at Lotte World
 

3. Wore hanbok and walked around

4. Slept on the floor with hard pillow at a resort (ignore the soft pillow haha, it is misplaced)

5. Ate triangle kimbap

6. Stood at the bus stop

7. Played with the revolving doors

8. Ate street food: Fried fishcake and kimbap

9. Passed by Han River

Ate many Korean food like jajangmyeon (more bland and less meat than Sg’s), korean fried chicken (surprisingly not oily), 8 flavours meat, tteokbokki, korean pancake, hot stone pot bibimbap, seafood dinner with raw moving abalone, abalone porridge, ginseng chicken soup with glutinous rice and wine. Liked the vermicelli/glass noodles in soup meal the most! Got sick of kimchi, bbq food and seaweed soup as the days go.

 

Immersed in the beautiful scenery and cooling weather
 

  My sister brought Mr Buckwheat home!
Had a lot of fun haha. Hope that Korea continues to have good dramas if not my (our) happy time will be greatly reduced.

~Lucky JM

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.

A Korean Odyssey ost ig post 

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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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Boy Hood ost ig post

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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