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Since my review writing ability has improved yay and I can write a lot more now haha, I have decided to add on to reviews I am not satisfied with in the pages (eg Korean Dramas, Singapore Dramas and Taiwanese Dramas) rather than create new posts for now. Hopefully I can still remember the dramas that I have watched and am only writing the reviews later…

I am currently watching many dramas with my sister that havent finished screening. Dont know why but suddenly have so many dramas to watch. Must be the pure crime season slowly moving off…

Doubtful victory is a thriller and luckily, it has not finished screening if not I think my sister will feel like watching everything in one go. Even I myself is dashing through it and sometimes watching it when there are no subtitles. It is crime related but the ending of each episode and Yoon Kyun-sang’s acting just makes one want for more. Two cops is also crime related but the fantasy element of a con-artist’s soul being able to possess a righteous detective’s body is funny and captivating. I also liked the acting of Jo Jung-suk. Not sure if we are going to continue to watch Nothing to lose as the plot is not interesting enough even though the perspective of the drama from the point of view of a judge rather than lawyer or prosecutor is refreshing. I am not a robot is interesting and I am watching it because of Yoo Seung Ho. For sg dramas, I am watching My friends from afar and seeing if I missed out any good ones.

Just for collation

Finished but no review done

China Dramas: 不一样的美男子 Buyiyangdemeinanzi 1 & 2, Boss and me, Master Devil dont kiss me 1&2, Whirlwind girl

Korean Dramas: Let’s fight ghost/Hwarang-the beginning/ While you were sleeping/Romantic doctor/Goblin

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Korean Web Drama Last Minute Romance

Last Minute Romance (2017)

Cast: Han Seung Yeon as Baek Se, Lee Seo Won as Yoon Dong Joon / Ji Sul Woo(top star)

Episodes: 10

Recommendation: 8.5/10

My Review: This is the first time I have a dilemma on the recommendation points. I did not know whether I should give 8 points or 9 points so I decided to put 8.5 points. It is actually quite a normal plot. It was obvious that they will fall in love, it was obvious that the top star was definitely the complete opposite of Dong Joon and it was obvious and saddening that Baek Se will die regardless. However, I felt that the drama was good as it gave me different types of feeling. For example, I was sad because I knew Baek Se was going to die. It brought me laughter too because Dong Joon acting as the top star and Baek Se acting as the other lead was so cringy and funny. It feels sad that they could not end up together but it was quite a sweet love story to me.

A side note: The English subtitles of this drama was very difficult to read as they wrote some of the “he” into “she” and “she” into “he” and the subtitles were not very fluent.

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Korean Drama Review IB

Introverted boss (2017) 內向的老闆

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Family, Introversion

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

starring Yun Woo Jin as Eun Hwan Ki, Park Hye Soo as Chae Ro Woon, Yoon Park as Kang Woo Il and Gong Seung Yun as Eun Yi Soo

Zoom into characters: Hwan Ki is a mysterious introvert who works at the background at his father’s public relations company Brain as a Co-CEO with his best friend, Woo Il, who is always in public eye. Ro Woon has a cheery personality. She once worked in musicals but after her sister’s suicide, she becomes less outspoken at home, and starts to work at the public relation company to dig out the truth behind her sister’s death and to take revenge on the CEO that is rumoured to cause her sister’s death. Woo Il feels guilty for Ro Won’s sister’s death and is afraid that people will find out about it, wanting Hwan Ki to hide the truth. Yi Soo, Hwan Ki’s sister, wants to hold on to Woo Il by all means. Beneath her happy and innocent exterior, she is actually insecure, hurt, and ruthless.


Enjoyed how Yun Woo Jin portrays his character and the character’s emotional struggle! It was a bit exaggerating at the start, somehow his introversion is portrayed more as a mental disorder. As the drama goes, the character is intriguing and quite relatable to me. The shyness, thinking too much and being afraid to interact with people and express opinions: for example the scene where he is unable to tell the barber what hairstyle he wants to cut when he was young, are things I have experienced before or may still experience. It is funny whenever he has long self-dialogues and complicate things for himself before finally reaching a justifiable conclusion in his mind. Sometimes, when that happens, he misses the opportunity to speak haha. It is hilarious when he often dashes away in times of “crises”. I laughed the hardest at the scene about Ro Woon’s ugly face in the phone (watch it to find out). My sister finds his character the cutest of dramas she has seen haha.


Liked how his penthouse office is portrayed as dark and mysterious at the start: Hwan Ki in a black hoody, sharpening his pencils by using a knife in the dark, his whole cupboard filled with many different types of knifes haha when people open it. How convenient that Hwan Ki mostly lives at his penthouse office.


Enjoyed watching how the character, Hwan Ki, grows as he is forced by his father to lead a team of people with distinct characteristics: a mother whose work is affected by her children, a rich family’s son, a person overly critical about others’ work but not producing enough results, a quiet and sensitive person who is lacking in many areas. Most ought to be fired due to their lack of ability so they are sent there. Ro Woon is sent there by Woo Il who feels that her cheery personality can change Hwan Ki. At first, he cant even talk to his team properly or give presentations but slowly manages to join them in meeting, trips and gatherings. Liked how he eventually gains the respect of all his team members and helps them maximise their potential with his keen observation and listening ear. He also manages to gain the trust of his clients with his firm and quiet ways.

Liked how the relationship between Hwan Ki and Ro Woon develops as Hwan Ki opens up more and more to Ro Woon. I read some negative comments about Ro Woon as a character but to me, it was fun to watch her bubbly but reflective nature and her understanding towards Hwan Ki which helps him step out of his comfort zone and leads him to improvement. Impressed by Hwan Ki’s almost-to-be girlfriend who separated with Hwan Ki due to a misunderstanding. She is spontaneous and does not mind a fair competition with Ro Woon or giving up on Hwan Ki even though she knew Hwan Ki earlier and it is mainly Hwan Ki’s fault that they didnt end up together. How I wish most supporting characters are like that!

Woo Il and Yi soo’s relationship is small titbit to the drama and I am happy that they have resolved their relationship and make it a healthy one. Both of them have their strengths and weaknesses and it is nice watching how they play major roles in Hwan Ki’s life. Hwan Ki tries to protect them but sometimes creates more mess haha. From this, I learnt that even as observant introverts, we should not assume that we know everything and we should ask what others think before jumping to conclusion. Liked how Hwan Ki is close to his younger sister, Yi Soo, their sweet interaction and how he cooks delicious meals for her at his office hmmm. Wasnt totally convinced with Ro Woon’s sister’s suicide story but at the moment I cant think of something better that can replace it as Ro Woon’s sister’s story is a major piece in the plot development. :\

Why you should watch: Enjoyed watching this drama a lot! Didnt expect much from it at first due to negative comments about it and how it stopped screening for some time for changes to be made. Became a fan of Yun Woo Jin after this drama. Liked how they dedicated a drama to amplify characteristics of introverts who are often misunderstood in daily life. The characters are well portrayed and the pace is just nice, at least for 5/6 of it.

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Between Friendship👫and Love💑Korean Web Drama

Between Love and Friendship (2017)

Cast: Baek Soo-hee, Jaeho, Jo Hye-Won

Episodes: 8

Recommendation: 8/10

My review: I was really bored yesterday as I did not have a show to watch and I came across this web drama which is about two friends who are more than just friends but not lovers. What I really like about this drama is the sweet and short plot despite it being a very plain story plot of friends wanting to be lovers but do not know how to and how they got together in the end.

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KBS drama special episodes review

Hi everyone haha!

Due to a lack of dramas that can entertain me a week, I tried watching kbs drama specials with my sister but it didnt turn out too well haha… Every week, I wait for While you were sleeping to be screened. But I remember that when I chased I hear your voice, the anticipation feeling was higher. Tried Borg Mum but after a certain episode when Go Bong becomes extremely worried that he has fallen in love with a robot and escapes from the problem, it didnt attract me anymore. Black is too crime related and involves too much details, though its creepiness and grim are attractive. Even if I do continue, it will be a quick browse through. Hospital Ship, to my sister, is too mature for her liking. I am still continuing it myself mainly to see Kang Min Hyuk haha and the romance between the lead couple, even though I am not entertained enough by the drama.

Kbs drama special episodes I watched in one night

What is the ghost up to? (2015)

 

Liked Lee Joon’s acting since seeing him in Gap Dong and Vampire Detective though I didnt finish both as they are crime related dramas that didnt quite suit my taste. In this one episode, his character is quite funny with his hilarious angry outbursts or his crazy screaming when he sees the ghost haha. His girlfriend broke up with him and her reason/criticism haunts him. Although he does well academically, he seems crippled by her remarks and cannot get a job or move on well in life…until… one day, she returns and wants him to find her boyfriend. He is angry but pities her and decides to help her which leads to a surprise revelation. Shall not give too much spoiler haha. Towards the end, I actually felt tears flowing out of my eyes even though I skipped through certain parts in between towards the end. At the first time I watched, I was hit hard due to the words she wrote in her notes and the second time I watched with my sister that night, it was at the final “pop goes the weasel” part.

You can watch it in Youtube.

Next, I decided to watch something that looks nice on the cover.

If we were a season (KBS Drama special 2017 Episode 1)

Like the title haha! The development of the relationship of the lead characters is well portrayed from young to their high school days and nights, showing how they play or pass messages through a window between their houses from young to how they naturally watch out for each other in school. The scenery and weather fit nicely with the plot and beautifies the story. It is a typical love triangle story but I liked the lead couple’s acting and chemistry. Liked Jang Dong-Yoon here more than in School 2017. Jin Young’s character has no place in between them haha. My sister is a fan of Jin Young but she says he looks out of place as he doesnt even look like a high schooler, like the rest of them haha. She feels that when he jokes with Chae Soo Bin’s character, it felt cold instead of cheesy. I was quite baffled by the family background story towards the end. When I reached the ending, I felt like shouting at the screen “No…Why?!” :/

Things seem to be going downhill.

Finally, my last episode of the night

Waltzing Alone (KBS Drama special 2017 Episode 4)

When I looked at the title, I should have been warned. But unfortunately, when I browsed through YouTube quickly, none of the pictures or plots of other drama special episodes attracted me so I thought I should give it a try. Maybe it will turn out to be a beautiful heartwarming story?

The story especially at the start is beautiful but unfortunately it wasnt heartwarming but heartbreaking. The lingering regrets and heartbreaks of the episode, especially when they had their final breakdown, was hard to get rid of haha. And when I am writing this, the feeling is coming back aaahhhh. Loved the dancing of waltz (something I want to learn one day haha) as the theme throughout the episode, especially at the start where the scenes showed how the lead couple danced through life together, depicted through the different attires and locations as they dance and dance and dance. (Yeo Hoi-Hyeon looks more and more good looking as the episode goes haha.) It is romantic and whenever they dance or are in the waltz footwork they seem blissful, shielded from the harsh reality of the world.



However, the reality of the competitive corporate life and the pressure to get a permanent job soon catch up with both of them as they are rejected by one company after another. When they had to compete for the same job position, it turns out to be a cruel battle which could have been resolved if they decide to have a fair competition. 😦

Lesson learnt:  Not going to have too much kbs drama special in one dose since it is bound to affect my mood. Maybe once a month haha? Wonder if all of them end up sad? Haha, but I think I will stay away from them for a while…  If you are looking for a so-called movie or want to borrow something’s help to cry and release stress or just want to feel “stabbed” or give yourself a reason to be sad, maybe you can try them.

Korean Drama Review TRMW

Third-Rate/ Fight for my way (2017) 三流之路

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Family, Sports, Dream

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

starring Park Seo Joon as Ko Dong Man, Jo Yun Ho as Dong Man (child), Kim Ji Won as Choi Ae Ra, Lee Han Seo as Ae Ra (child), Ahn Jae Hong as Kim Joo Man, Song Ha Yoon as Baek Sul Hee

Zoom into characters: Dong Man excels in Taekwondo. However, since he helped someone cheat in a competition, he does not compete anymore and settles for a more average life as a pest control officer. Ae Ra has the potential to become a news anchor due to her talent in improvising and her passion for reporting but due to her academic results, she was rejected by many news stations and ends up as a receptionist at a department store. Joo Man seems to be leading the best life among the friends but no matter how hard he works and how good the results he obtained, he is still unable to further promote due to his lack of connection with those who are rich and have power. Because of that, he is unable to marry Sul Hee or even announce their relationship at work.

Wasn’t quite interested in watching this drama as the summary seems quite plain. But decided to watch it after reading in Dramabeans recap about Dong Man’s struggle to choose between winning the competition and money for his sister’s operation. This drama is like a portrayal of reality where life is tough and we may not be able to do what we want in life. My sister enjoyed watching the scenes when Dong Man does flying kicks at the villain but sadly there aren’t enough of those scenes haha.

fight for my way 1
Liked the development of relationship between Dong Man and Ae Ra who turn from best friends to boyfriend-girlfriend. Especially liked how Dong Man understands Ae Ra and is always there for her whenever she meets difficulty and trouble, including how he naturally shields her from others when she cries. Is it possible for people of opposite genders to remain best friends? The adding of a guy who tried to get back at Dong Man by dating Ae Ra is an unexpected plot twist. It helped both of them get in touch with their true feelings. I thought that he is just a random love rival but he has such underlying motive. Seems like usually those that have more are jealous of those with less. I guess if you keep comparing with others instead of looking at what you have, and keep hatred with you, you will only leave yourself in misery which is the outcome of that guy’s actions.

Liked Ae Ra’s fighting spirit and how she is confident about her ability no matter how others try to put her down. I feel that her father is a good supporter of her. Most parents would have asked her to face reality but he is always proud whenever his daughter has an opportunity to emcee, and when she is being rejected, he tells her that that stage is too small for her and she deserves a better stage. Dong Man also has similar fighting spirit when it comes to winning in Taekwondo. I was happy when he finally quits his job as his superior often freeloads off him and when things go wrong, puts the blame on him.

It was heartbreaking when Dong Man is severely injured in one round of competition with the coward villain competitor and still shouts that he wants to continue the match since he waited so long for it. However, I felt that Dong Man’s struggle did not shine throughout the drama as compared to Ae Ra’s one. Perhaps, because most of the time in the drama, Dong Man has either totally given up on his dream or he is winning competitions while Ae Ra has hope but has too many obstacles to overcome? I felt that there could be more struggles, touching moments and flashbacks for Dong Man throughout the drama and not just mainly towards the end.

fight for my way
This drama also examines the danger of sport careers felt deeply when Ae Ra cant bear to watch the Taekwondo matches that Dong Man is in and when Dong Man almost went deaf which makes me wonder if I will support people close to me if they want to pursue such careers? It is an interesting point of view as usually when watching such competitions in drama, I only think of wanting the person to win.

Liked the portrayal of the development of relationship between the 4 friends from young. It is so nice that the 4 friends live next door to each other, eat their breakfast together, set out for work each day together, even paying each other unexpected visits haha. Although I feel that Joo Man is quite incapable, at times he manages to “reclaim” himself when he stands up for Sul Hee, towards his family who bully Sul Hee, towards his superior, making me feel touched. Although the conflict between Joo Man and Sul Hee is nice titbit, I felt that it was a bit slow pace, and I liked the moments that show their devotion to each other more.

Felt that the coach is quite funny, selling sundae near areas Dong Man will pass by to persuade him to do Taekwondo again and many other actions he does. Admired how long he waited for Dong Man to return, believing that he will one day. Maybe because Dong Man’s success is his dream and his pathway to a stable income haha?

Why you should watch: The struggle and fighting spirit of the 4 main characters, especially the lead couple, kept me going.

Favourite MVs+osts: Ambiguous by Seo Eun Kwang, Lim Hyun Sik, Yook Sung Jae

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Nightmare Teacher (2016) Korean Web Drama

Nightmare Teacher Korean Web Drama (2016)

Cast: Uhm Ki Joon as Han Bong Goo, Kim So Hyun as Kang Ye Rim, Lee Min Hyuk as Seo Sang Woo

Episodes: 12

Recommendation: 7/10, 8/10 for creepiness

The creepiest part beside the teacher having different types of dark magical power is that when the students disappear, everyone in the class seems to forget that they exist.  There are always horrific side effects accompanying the benefits of the item the teacher offers to the students to satisfy their desire. Thankfully, Kim So Hyun’s character starts to realise what is happening in the class, partially due to Lee Min Hyuk’s character’s hobby of taking photographs, but she herself has to face her own horror test.

The item that left the deepest impression on me is the can of drink the teacher offered. When drinking it, the student’s memory improves dramatically and he starts to top his class in examinations and becomes regarded as smart. However, after some time, he starts to have to write down his own name, his friend’s name and home address on his hand as he starts to forget all the ‘minor’ details that are important to him.

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Korean Drama Review RW

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

Reunited worlds (2017) 再次相遇的世界

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Family

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 8/10  No. of times I watched it: 2

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

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

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

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

  

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

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

          

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

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

Favourite MVs+osts: Sad Heart by SE O

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

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

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

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

   
Sa Wol-Chan Bin couple

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


Oh Wol’s father and his son, Se Hoon

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


Child-like Oh Wol comforting Sa Wol

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

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

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

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

    

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

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

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

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

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