People I know run from injustice and hurt others to protect themselves but you are different from the people I know.
A crush is not bad, it is painful.
~Shin Woo Hyun
Just say that it hurts when it hurts. Don’t lie.
Why are humans acting like that? They do what they don’t mean to.
~Lee Seul Bi
I seem to be becoming a monster but I can’t help it.
Leave when I let you. If not, I may hold you back.
~Hwang Sung Yeol
Love is to feel each other’s pain and even share each other’s pain.
~An angel who became human
Does love make your tears warm?
If you don’t wait, I will just have to wait for you to come back.
~Yang Tae Ho
I am sure it gets as warm as how much you love someone.
Friends can be potential enemies. Because they know too much about each other.
You can’t protect me, just protect yourself.
~Cha Eun Sung
Sometimes finding an excuse is helpful when you can’t bring up the courage.
Your enemies are not the ones who hold their sword against you.
They are the ones who stand by you with their daggers behind your back.
~Choi Young Do
God’s Gift – 14 Days (2014) 神的礼物－14天
Genre: Melodrama, Action, Crime, Thriller, Time-Travel
Enjoyment: 9/10 Pace: 9/10 No. of times I watched it: 1
starring Lee Bo Young as Kim Soo Hyun, Cho Seung Woo as Ki Dong Chan, Kim Tae Woo as Han Ji Hoon (Soo Hyun’s husband), Jung Gyu Woon as Hyun Woo Jin, Kim Yoo Bin as Han Saet Byul (Soo Hyun’s daughter).
Plot: Kim Soo Hyun (Lee Bo Young) travels back in time to bring her dead child, Han Saet Byul (Kim Yoo Bin) back to life. Han Ji Hoon (Kim Tae Woo) is her husband, a human rights lawyer who is passionate about his work. Meanwhile, Ki Dong Chan (Cho Seung Woo) is a private investigator who helps her when she goes back in time. Hyun Woo Jin (Jung Gyu Woon) is Kim Soo Hyun’s first love, a detective in the violent crimes division who is helping the kidnapper but at the same time ensuring Soo Hyun’s safety.
Zoom into characters: Soo Hyun was a strict mother, active in Saet Byul’s education. Since she gets a chance to live the last 14 days again after her child passed away, she focuses on saving her child and treasures every moment with her. Once a legend in the police, Dong Chan quits his job after he thinks he shot his nephew in a case. Dong Chan while saving Soo Hyun from her suicide attempt gets the chance to time-travel to rescue his elder brother from execution. Dong Chan stood up as a witness for his brother’s murder of his girlfriend without knowing his mentally challenged brother admits to the crime assuming that Dong Chan is the real murderer. Together, the 2 people who know what will happen next try to change the future.
Did not expect the 14 days time-travelling will turn out to be this fruitful. So many things that happened in the past which are left unnoticed are discovered in this time-travel. This makes me wonder if I miss anything around me and take things for what they are when they are not. Soo Hyun even finds out about her husband’s extra-marital affair which she did not notice before that. The family seems to be a lot happier with less worries before the time-travelling but I guess it is worth it in exchange for Saet Byul’s life. I wonder if Saet Byul’s education is not as important anymore since her life is more important. I don’t think this happens in the real world as it is normal for parents to expect their child to do well in their studies. Haha.
Soo Hyun is really fearless, even fighting personally with potential kidnappers of Saet Byul. This shows her strong mother’s love when her child’s death is approaching. It is funny how Soo Hyun is constantly paranoid about Saet Byul’s safety and repeats about Saet Byul’s death which no one believes her and thinks that she is crazy. It does seem to work as Saet Byul becomes more aware and did not fall straight into the kidnapper’s hands.
Liked Saet Byul’s relationship with Young Gyu, Dong Chan’s mentally challenged nephew. Young Gyu is Dong Chan’s brother’s adoptive son who becomes mentally challenged after being shot on the head by Woo Jin (but Dong Chan thought that he himself shot him). Saet Byul does not mind his disability and still treats him as her best friend. Young Gyu keeps his promise to protect Saet Byul in face of any danger.
Despite Dong Chan being more protective towards Soo Hyun and both of them sharing woes, I would have liked it more if there is more chemistry. Haha. It is sad that the real murderer of Dong Chan’s girlfriend actually indirectly forced his friends into being his accomplice and made their lives so miserable. Feel sorry for Dong Chan’s brother who did not do anything wrong yet spend years in prison for a brother who is sure his elder brother is the murderer just because he says so.
Why you should watch: It is really a thriller. It is fun to watch how they solve each mystery and come closer to preventing Seat Byul’s and Dong Chan’s brother’s death. It is interesting to see repeated events happening yet accompanying a twist. It is also a content-rich drama that does not focus on romance. If you like suspense, you should try it. It is a waste that the ending is so open-ended and a bit sudden to me. Liked how Soo Hyun and Dong Chan change for the better after time-travelling.
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MV+Favourite osts: Because it hurts by Sandeul (of B1A4)
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Coffee house (2010) 咖啡馆
Genre: Writing, Comedy, Romance
Enjoyment: 9/10 Pace: 8/10 No. of times I watched it: 1
Plot: Lee Jin Soo made it big after writing several thriller/crime novels and establishing himself as a talented novelist. He works for Seo Eun Young, the owner of the biggest publishing company in Korea and has a long-time friendship with her. Lee Jin Soo has lots of fans and people think that he is courteous but what no one knows is that he is actually weird and sarcastic. The one who has to cope with him and his habits is his secretary, Kang Seung Yeon, who begged him for this job to become a professional instead of the below-average girl that she really is.
Zoom into characters: The more Jin Soo is polite to someone, the more the person is a stranger or someone he dislikes. He is a famous novelist but he rejects any form of publicity such as autograph signing events. Jin Soo has a sad past and Eun Young helped Jin Soo continue living by making him write. After Eun Young is betrayed by her boyfriend, she starts to like Jin Soo who knows her well. Kang Seung Yeon does not have a good job and mans a cafe. She is suddenly employed as Jin Soo’s secretary but it is just her senior doing. Jin Soo does not say much but throws away the coffee she brewed and the pencils she sharpened behind her back, even making her translate a book downstairs so that he can concentrate. After Seung Yeon finds out, she promises to become the kind of secretary that Jin Soo is keen to hire, enduring all sorts of torture and gradually becomes attached to him.
Jin Soo is one of the weirdest characters I have ever seen so far. He sharpens all his pencils by knife until a certain sharpness before he is satisfied. Besides that, he brews coffee like a master. There is a certain time of the year that his ears will become oversensitive and he can hear voices from far away, making it difficult for him to sleep. When he is bored or stressed, he will start playing dominoes. He often escapes from events prepared by Eun Young at the last minute or disappears for a period of time without contact. His character is always contradicting and he is quick to lie. Despite him being a writer, he actually studied in a medical school. The most funny torture given to Seung Yeon to me is Seung Yeon hula-hooping while trying to pick up a phone on the ground/ table.
I was fooled by the name of the drama. I thought that it will be focusing on coffee but it is not really about that. The coffee house is just owned by the publishing company. Haha. I wanted Seung Yeon to end up with Jin Soo as she is more of the one who changes him. Although she thinks things too simply, she can easily cooperate with Jin Soo and change Jin Soo’s mood. The only reason that may make me change my mind is that Eun Young knows more about Jin Soo since she is his long-time friend.
Why you should watch: It is fun to see Jin Soo’s interaction with his secretary and how he changes into someone that is more considerate towards others. It is an engaging drama due to Jin Soo’s weird character and unexpected things he may do. Liked how Kang Ji Hwan portrayed his character(as usual). I watched this drama after seeing Park Si Yeon and Ham Eun Jung as evil supporting characters that I (slightly) dislike and wanted to skip it at first. To my surprise, they can act as well as good characters too. Haha.
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Inheritors/Heirs (2013) 繼承者
Genre: High School, Romance, Comedy
Enjoyment: 9/10 Pace: 7/10 No. of times I watched it: 1
starring Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan, Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang, Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young Do, Krystal Jung as Lee Bo Na, Kim Ji Won as Rachel Yoo, Kang Min Hyuk as Yoon Chan Young, Kang Ha Neul as Lee Hyo Shin, Park Hyung Shik as Jo Myung Soo
Plot: This drama follows a group of privileged, elite high school students as they are groomed to take over their families’ business empires. These wealthy students seem to have everything under control–except their love lives. Who said being a rich high school student with high status was easy?
Zoom into characters: Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho), an illegitimate son, is heir to the Empire Group sent to study abroad in the U.S. In reality, it’s a form of exile as his elder half-brother back home, Kim Won (Choi Jin Hyuk) schemes to takes over the family business. While in the States, Kim Tan bumps into Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye), who’s arrived from Korea in search of her older sister. He feels himself falling for her, never realizing that she is the daughter of his family’s housekeeper. Eun Sang has a mute mother and has many part-time jobs in the hope to let her mother live a better life. Choi Young Do who was once Tan’s best friend is a school bully who has many ways to pick on students who do not belong in this school meant for the rich. He bullies Eun Sung in school because of Tan but ends up liking her.
Finally finished watching this… I am not sure why but this drama just does not seem to catch my attention. Liked the development of the relationship between Tan and Eun Sung, especially at the start. As it goes, it is interesting to watch the Hyo Shin+Rachel couple and Bo Na+Chan Young couple. There are many funny moments like Bo Na confessed (to Chan Young) without knowing the broadcast light is switched on and let the whole school including Chan Young hear it. It is funny when Tan uses Eun Sung’s SNS account to praise himself. It is fun to watch when Eun Sung’s mother uses being mute as an advantage when working for Tan’s mother. She can cancel the words she has written if it is inappropriate to prevent Tan’s mother from seeing it. This prevents her from getting fired because of any rudeness. Unlike Tan’s brother who only thinks of the company, Tan only aims to protect his loved ones. I wonder if it is a good choice for Tan to give up the company, especially since he is not that good at studying (maybe he did not try hard enough).
If it is me, I do not think I can survive the many part-time jobs Eun Sung does. Looks like the more things one has the more burden one feels. The heirs of different big corporations do not have such a good life afterall. For example, Hyo Shin does not have the freedom of choosing to study film instead of law. He thinks that his life is suffocating and survives by eating sleeping pills and seeking psychological help. The outline drawing of a dead person seen in a crime scene on their school ground truly reflects the grave situation the heirs may face.
Why you should watch: It is a popular high school drama starring Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin, Choi Jin Hyuk, Kang Min Hyuk, Kang Ha Neul, Krystal Jung and many more. The pace for the lead couple is a bit slow to me towards the end, involving the usual battle against the rich guy’s father but it is still fun watching them at the start of their relationship. There are also other couples to look forward to.
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