Singapore Drama Quick Review 真探

Just finished watching this sg drama. Finally come across a sg drama worth watching! Nowadays, the plots of sg dramas just dont captivate me. After this drama, I may dig out some old ones to watch.

Wanted to watch a crime drama but then I dont want those that are too solemn or serious, and just nice this drama is portrayed in a less dark manner and make murder cases less haunting for me haha. This may be a disadvantage for sg dramas if compared to crime dramas from other countries haha. For my case, I just had fun relaxingly seeing how cases are analysed.

Will let you know again when I finish the full review!

Hi again haha

I am back again. After much consideration, I have decided and told my sister that I will still be blogging even in this month. No matter what happens with Google, it should not affect whether I should blog or not.

After all, I started a blog with my sister to channel our favourite hobby- watching dramas into something productive, something that not only helps us with our writing skills, but also something that can help others, be shared with others. Even if there is just one person visiting our blog, I should still continue sharing. I wont be losing anything anyway.

So, before I become busy again, I will add on as many reviews as I can. Thanks again for the support for this blog! 🙂

~Lucky JM

hi

With some technical issues and a sudden plunge in the website’s statistics, my sister and I are trying to resolve it. Until it can be resolved, we will not be putting up any posts. Thank you for the support and we hope that we do not have to give up on the site!

But once it is resolved I will be putting up:

Korean Drama Review Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, Hwarang the beginning

China Drama Review 不一样的美男子 Buyiyangdemeinanzi 1 & 2 (try this out! you will be in for a surprise)

Singapore Drama Review Truth Seekers 真探 if I finish by then

And my sister will be putting up more Korean/China web drama reviews. 🙂

KBS special 2016 ep 4 review Home Sweet Home

Suddenly spotted this while watching KBS award ceremony as the leads were nominated. And thus, was attracted to watch this!

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It feels like a movie as it is just one episode so it is a quick watch for me, too short for my liking as I am not my sister haha. The overall feel of the episode, especially the start, is very dark as it deals with the female lead, a genius scientist, making a person she likes into a cyborg so she can live with him forever, and also distorts his past memory so he only remembers her and their happy times. At first, I was a bit curious yet disturbed by the female lead’s behaviour as she is not only mysterious but also scarily domineering. However, when more is revealed I feel sorry for the female lead who has to live her life in such misery. Liked Lee Sang-Yeob’s acting as the cyborg in this episode! Expected the ending and kind of satisfied with it. Shall not give any more spoiler…Watch it to know more!

Super quick review on what I have been doing

Oh no! My laziness is really stopping me from churning out reviews haha. There are so many things to do and when I have the time to sit down and rest, it is used to watch more dramas…

Currently, I finished watching Hwarang- the beginning which wasnt as good as how it started. Came out as a Park Hyung Sik fan. Too bad Park Seo Joon doesnt seem to fit having a historical person’s hairstyle if not I would have liked his character a lot more.

For Goblin, i am left with 2 episodes as I wanted Goblin to reincarnate and the others try to make him remember them which he totally deserves but then at the end, Goblin is still the one that suffers so much by being able to remember others who dont even remember him. Why is Goblin’s punishment so hugh? Does his crime really deserve such punishment haha?

Wanted to finish Legend of the blue sea but my sister said it was boring towards the end so I didnt manage to finish watching as I usually watch with her 😦 but will continue some day.

Will finish Hero sg drama review soon… For Singapore Dramas, I looked at Home Truly and Dream Coders but they didnt attract my attention so see how, maybe the next one?

Happily finished Back to 1989 Taiwanese Drama which is really a smooth and good watch although the plot about time travelling is quite common.

Starting out on Strong woman Do Bong Soon which will be a long and crazy wait, oh no!

Will definitely force myself to sit down to blog “properly” one day soon!

~Lucky JM

Singapore Web Drama Review 勾魂使者

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This is a pretty short drama consisting of just 8 episodes. Attracted to this drama because of Romeo Tan’s mysterious acting as a soul reaper in the trailer but end up liking Ian Fang’s character, Soul. His name totally matches this drama haha… How I wish Ian Fang (or maybe all the actors) has this hairstyle more often in dramas (am I being influenced by kdramas haha?).

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The background music really creeps me out but somehow this drama makes me feel that it is kind of unreal, no matter it is the detaching of the life strings attached to the person during death or how the people facing death can exchange their own death for another’s. It is fun to watch how Chief and Soul communicate without talking, and how they can be anything they want to be to get closer to their next assignment’s target.

Despite how morbid it is, it was a good and fast watch. The stories of the different characters are quite interesting as I can see how some are selfish while others bravely face death. Liked the line “Fulfill you wishes and accept death calmly” If I am really given a choice, I hope that by then, I have no regrets and can leave peacefully without any lingering feeling and be happy to be part of nature. (Sounds unlucky, especially since it is Chinese New Year haha?) This drama makes me think twice about life and realise the superficiality and hypocrisy in the world. Felt that Soul should not have searched for the truth behind his father’s death, seems quite fruitless and even becomes tragic but then this whole journey wouldnt have started without that.

Was moved when Shane Pow’s character’s younger brother so willingly offer to sacrifice for his immature elder brother despite how poorly he is being treated by everyone in that family. I unexpectedly feel tears in my eyes when watching that 2 episodes, when I see how naive and simple his mentally challenged brother is when he gives up his life for him and only wishes for his elder brother’s company for his remaining days, not fearing death and not even understanding what death totally means, as well as watching how guilty his elder brother is after his death. The child’s death is one of the most selfless one as the child only hopes for the parents to stop arguing, love each other like before and have another child that replaces her.

命运不是掌握在你手里,是掌握在我手里。
这世上除了医生和法官,可以很理所当然地说
“你快死了”,还有多少人可以?
还不快开工!

~Chief (Romeo Tan)

七天后,你将会死亡,
你有两个选择。第一,去完成你还没完成的心愿然后坦然接受死亡。第二,你可以找个你爱或爱你的人用他们的生命和你交换。

~Soul reapers

你真的认为我们勾魂使者配得到幸福吗?
再说,每个人对幸福的定义都不同。
如果 Yuna幸福,我也幸福。

~Soul (Soul should not have become a grim reaper 😦 )

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Random drama browsing review

My current status:
Man living in the house, Cheese in the trap- 2 more episodes left, no urge to watch
Those reviews that I havent wrote (W-2 worlds, Shopping King Louie, Let’s fight ghost) also no urge to write haha…
Currently watching: Legend of the blue sea, Goblin, Hwarang the beginning, God of noodles (heard that bad ending)
Hero sg drama-writing as soon as i can

The “good news” is I finished browsing through Jealousy Incarnate and Madame Antoine through recaps- Noonas over forks and Dramabeans! Did it so quickly i seem like i am staring at the phone all day.  I wouldnt have had so much patience to watch these two dramas if i watch it one episode at a time. Had a fun time just zooming through them. Since I browsed through them, the details may not be correct.

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As I love psychology a lot, this drama is quite relevant to me but somehow it just doesnt attract me as it is too slow pace for me and the whole drama just circles around an experiment (which involves 3 guys pursuing a girl) that Choi Soo Hyun (Sung Joon), a psychologist, conducts to prove that there is no such thing as everlasting or true love. There are many cases which makes it feel like a boring report by case since the main storyline is not strong enough for me.

However, what piqued my curiosity to start reading the recaps is when I heard of Soo Hyun’s behaviour of feeling pain when a droplet drops on his hand, likely due to past trauma despite being a psychologist himself. I like how Go Hye Rim(Han Ye Seul) is, so observant and sometimes even more effective in healing the clients than Soo Hyun who is more cold and professional. It is funny when she blabbers in French and acts like there is a spirit in her which surprisingly scares people to doing things she wants them to, and causes them to believe in her fortune telling. Liked how Soo Hyun starts to fall for Hye Rim as they start to trust each other and let their relationship grow. Funny when Hye Rim takes on the psychologist role towards the end. Felt happy at how Soo Hyun’s psychological problem is resolved totally with the help of Hye Rim.  Wonder if it is true that psychologists cant heal themselves?

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Next~ to Jealousy Incarnate! Randomly went to read the recaps since I have been curious about this drama for some time. It has 24 episodes and the storyline is too dry for me haha so I would have dropped it after watching a few episodes.

I thought that it is just about some news anchors, reporters, office politics type of drama but after reading the recaps, I realised that there is a sub-plot of a man fighting breast cancer which is totally unexpected… What really made me continue reading the recaps is how interesting the sub-plot is as Hwa Shin (Jo Jung Suk) furtively goes for his treatment in a clinic filled with women, wears post-operation bra after operation, uses Na Ri’s (Gong Hyo Jin) name to register for radiation appointments etc. It just feels awkward haha even though I didnt watch most of it but just read the recaps.

Looks like this drama does bring out its name perfectly as I can feel the strong and saddening jealousy (is it due to the recaper?) in Hwa Shin after introducing Na Ri who crushed on him for 3 years to his best friend and the two started dating since they have interest in each other. I wouldnt have wanted to watch that part as it is too filled with regrets and Hwa Shin further makes it worse for himself. It is funny how the best friends like the same person twice and the interesting part is that the previous girl likes Hwa Shin more even if it is a 49:51 ratio. Is it possible to love 2 people as much? The supporting lead, Jung Won (Go Kyung Pyo) actually looks more handsome than the lead, Hwa Shin, but as the drama goes I like Hwa Shin as a character more. It is fun to see how Hwa Shin has such high standard especially about his work (news anchor) which seems cool but sometimes suffocates people around him while Jung Won is quite perfect but is a “mama boy”.

Towards the end (sry for the spoiler), when Hwa Shin announces to the whole world through the news about the prejudice male breast cancer patients face and that he is a breast cancer patient, it is very cool and touching, and it neatly wraps up the whole struggle he faces, and at the same time shows that he can protect Na Ri in his own way when the whole company is spreading rumours about how Na Ri has breast cancer which will affect her future job opportunities. Liked the chemistry between the lead couple and how Hwa Shin changes from the receiving end of the love to the giving end. Dont know why Na Ri likes him with spectacles, he looks super old with them haha. Did jealousy due to his friend really sparked his feelings for Na Ri?

Thanks to recap writers! I would never have such patience to write recaps for each episode dutifully. Sometimes I wonder if reading recaps will cause people to miss out what is contained in the drama itself or they may choose the faster way out by reading instead of watching but for now I think that it helps me experience dramas that I wouldnt have been able to without recaps.

Mirror of the Witch quotes (Korean Drama)

They said it was a mistake for me to live but I am going to fight to survive to the very end.

~Heo Joon& Yeon Hui

During the time I spent working hard in order to save your life, I live solely for you. I wanted to become someone who would save the person I love.
All I have left are my sincere feelings of not wanting to die. I just hope that my sincerity is not lacking for your sake.

~Heo Joon

I hope you will be in just a little pain and miss me a bit. I will savour the days we spent together, days that we will never have again.
I am sure that if your memories of our time together translate themselves into an ardent enough longing, we will meet again.

~Yeon Hui

I thought that I have to protect you but I gave you more pain.
I thought I always have to be by your side no matter what and protect you.
I thought that was what would be best for you.
Because of my misguided sense of responsibility over you, I have put you in more danger.
Now, all I hope is that you will be happy.

~Poong Yeon

Drama Review Romance in the Rain

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

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

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

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

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

Random drama quick reviews!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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