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Hi! I am trying to stick to my at least 1 filled with words post per week but not sure if I can do it this week so here are some random sharing.

For Korean Dramas, I thought I would finish Blood (starring Koo Hye Sun and Ahn Jae Hyun) by this week but looks like it is not going to happen due to the morbid impending deaths of many people which is stopping me from advancing. Although more violent than I had expected, it is a good 2015 Korean Drama to consider. At least it kept me captivated and I waited for it each week tirelessly. You can also consider watching Girl who can see Smell (starring Shin Se Kyung and Park Yoo Chun) which is also a 2015 Korean Drama but I suggest that you keep it until it finish producing as it is a thriller and makes one addicted. Girl who can see Smell is about Oh Cho Rim who can see scents around her after a car accident and Choi Mu-gak who cannot feel or taste anything after his sister’s death. As Cho Rim helps Mu-gak solve crime and Mu-gak becomes her comedian stage partner, they start having feeling for each other. What they don’t know are who is the bar code serial killer who killed Cho Rim’s family and Mu-gak’s sister and Cho Rim is the only person who has seen the murderer.

For Singapore Dramas, I may be considering dropping Life is Beautiful as what attracted me to this drama is only Ya Hui’s character’s dieting process with a boyfriend who does not mind her being obese but wants her to slim down for her health. Ya Hui’s acting is quite good in this drama. Perhaps if there are more twists I would have continued watching. Or maybe it is just because there are not enough actors that I like in it. Haha. The drama is medical related which Chuyi (Rui En) makes a difference by promoting healthy lifestyle and influencing the people around her. Currently I am also watching Tiger Mum which seems interesting and is family-related. It is about a woman who is a tough prison warden trying to win the hearts of the 4 children of a widower whom she is dating. Each child has a very distinct trait and they may even seem problematic. The woman who is very good at handling people finds it a challenge worth taking while the man is happy that she is willing to accept his children, being not only his wife but their mother.

Looking forward to this week’s Singapore Star Awards Ceremony Part 2.

Gdnight!

Lucky JM

Korean Drama Review KMHM

Kill me heal me (2015)  杀了我,治愈我

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Medical, Mystery

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 2

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starring Ji Sung as Cha Do Hyun / Shin Se Gi / Ferry Park / Ahn Yo Sub / Ahn Yo Na / Nana / Mysterious X, Hwang Jung Eum as Oh Ri Jin and Park Seo Joon as Oh Ri On.

Plot: A romantic comedy about a third-generation billionaire with Dissociative Identity Disorder and a first-year Psychiatrist resident who treats him secretly. The “seven people” whom he created in his body began their battle to be the final dictator that will have control over his life.

Zoom into characters: Cha Do Hyun (Ji Sung) is the third generation of a chaebol family who suffers from multiple personality disorder after going through numerous life-threatening traumas. He tries to lead life normally and become the successor of the company with the help of a resident doctor, Oh Ri Jin (Hwang Jung Eum). Ri Jin herself lost some of her childhood memories which include Do Hyun. Meanwhile, Oh Ri On (Park Seo Joon) who becomes Oh Ri Jin’s twin brother is a genius writer. He has no choice but to keep his love for her to himself. He is determined to find out the secrets and stories of this third generation Chaebol and starts following him around to uncover them but unexpectedly forms an empathy for him instead.

Just a brief overview: Cha Do Hyun (the real person) is very rich and smart but lonely because of his medical condition. Shin Se Gi is a good fighter and the most dominating among all his other personalities. Most of the pain from Do Hyun’s childhood past falls on him so he is the strongest physically and mentally. 17 year old artistic and overly intelligent Ahn Yo Sub is the suicidal personality which will find all means to commit suicide. Ahn Yo Na is Yo Sub’s twin sister. She appears whenever Do Hyun is under great distress as she does not bear grudge. The only problem is that she will go around chasing idols like a crazy fan. Perry Park’s dream is to own a ship with his name on it. He enjoys making bombs and has a happy-go-lucky personality. Nana and X are personalities that are related to Ri Jin.

I personally like the Cha Do Hyun personality the most as he is more courteous and responsible unlike the others and I don’t want to root for a personality that will disappear. I will not deny that all the other personalities have their uniqueness and attractive points. Haha. It is interesting that the personalities relate to Do Hyun. For example, both Perry Park and Shin Se Gi are heavy drinkers just like Cha Do Hyun. Both Shin Se Gi and Cha Do Hyun uses the “watch” method at Ri Jin (you will know after you watch) to show the time that something significant starts. It is funny when Ri Jin first meets Se Gi and when Do Hyun thinks that she is a patient instead of a doctor.

It is hilarious when Yo Na is attracted to Ri On and starts chasing him with lots of love. It is very touching when Ri Jin tries very hard to deal with the different personalities with different methods, even calling out to Do Hyun to “resurface”. It is depressing that Do Hyun’s father unknowingly and indirectly forces the son he loves to split mentally just because of his own anger and incapability. Perry Park resembling his father is thus created as Do Hyun yearns for his loving father. I feel sorry for Ri On who does not stand a chance as he is Ri Jin’s brother and only feels miserable and conflicting feelings when seeing Ri Jin with Do Hyun.

Started watching this because of the interesting plot: 7 personality disorder. I am very fascinated by Ji Sung who acts all the different personalities very well, especially episode 9 where 3-4 of his personalities come out one by one. Watching this faster than it can be produced at first but slowed down because of my sister stopping me from watching it on television as she somehow dislikes the lead actress… Glad that I managed to continue. Surprisingly, this is the first drama with Ji Sung that I managed to finish completely.

Why you should watch: This drama is funny when the personality changes (especially when he is Yo Na) but at the same time saddening when Do Hyun is in despair. The plot is quite solid and I am satisfied with the reason for his medical condition, at least it is for someone and not because of the trauma he faces as I had expected. When the truth is finally out, it is so heartwarming and heartbreaking. The ending wraps the drama up nicely and gives time for the different personalities to say their farewells or express their gratitude to Ri Jin. Looks like I may become a fan of Park Seo Joon after this. Haha.

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Favourite MV+osts: Unspeakable Secret by Moon Myung Jin and Auditory Hallucination by Jang Jae In (Feat.NaShow) 

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Random recommendations for law related dramas

Law dramas one should not miss!

I hear your voice (2013) 听见你的声音

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starring Lee Jong Suk as Park Soo Ha, Goo Seung Hyun as Soo Ha (child)and Lee Bo Young as Jang Hye Sung, Kim So Hyun as Jang Hye Sung (young). Other casts: Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Kwan Woo, Lee Da Hee as Seo Do Yeon, Jung Min Ah as Do Yeon (young) and Jung Woong In as Min Joon Gook.

Zoom into characters: Soo Ha is a high school boy who searches high and low for Hye Sung who he wants to protect and finally finds her. However, she is not what he thinks she is. She has become a sloppy, petty and irresponsible public defender and defend the defendants for the sake of defending them. Hye Sung does not believe in the defendants and only work with evidence. Soo Ha who can read the defendants’ mind helps her change and win cases. Hye Sung becomes dependent on Soo Ha until Soo Ha gets into trouble and she has to stand up on her own feet to prove Soo Ha’s innocence. Do Yeon is a prosecutor who is Hye Sung’s friend+enemy and is actually adopted into a rich family after her adoptive father made a grave mistake as the judge for her father’s case. Although once a police officer, Kwan Woo makes a capable and enthusiastic public defender who believes completely in the defendants and has to learn a painful lesson when his defendant, Joon Gook, (after killing Hye Sung’s mother) lied to him which led to his acquittal.

Why you should watch: Another drama that I “chased”(watched faster than it can be produced). Watching this due to the attractive plot: reading people’s minds. There are many twists (trust me) and learning points in this drama. The plot is good and different due to the fantasy part. There are many different crime cases involved while Soo Ha is helping Hye Sung. It is interesting to see how the lawyers defend for each case. The child actors are very good and set the foundation of the story. Lee Jong Suk and Lee Bo Young acted well and the overly enthusiastic lawyer acted by Yoon Sang Hyun added liveliness to the drama. Lee Jong Suk’s character in this drama is amazing! You will not regret watching!

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Partner (2009) 伙伴

starring Kim Hyun Joo as Kang Eun Ho and Lee Dong Wook as Lee Tae Jo. The word ‘Partner’ takes a different meaning when it is used in law firm. Partners are the people who survived from the power struggle. They are executives who are on the top of the law firm pyramid. Enterprises are law firm’s partners. Law firms fight each other to become a partner of business. They struggle to be close to power and to become a slave of money. There are some lawyers who want be the partners of commoners as well. They are willing to be the spokesperson for the underprivileged. It is a story about partner; the one who is going to stay by your side and fight together in front of law.

Is there justice? Even if your family is the evil, will you defend them or fight for justice? If you are interested in law and cases, you can try this drama. Became a fan of Lee Dong Wook after watching this drama. Haha. Not only is it about law and justice, it includes a twist when Tae Jo’s lawyer family is involved in preventing the real criminals from being punished for deadly contamination of water. This case leads to the death of Eun Ho’s husband (Tae Jo’s friend as well) and many others. While Tae Jo knows that his family is in the wrong, he experiences the power struggle, helplessness, sorrow and even dilemma. On the other hand, it is not easy for Eun Ho to bring up a son as a single parent. Her goal to become a lawyer leads her to becoming Tae Jo’s assistant and eventually partner in upholding justice.

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Random recommendations for sad dramas

Sorry for any spoilers.

Snow Queen (2006) 雪之女王

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starring Hyun Bin as Han Tae Woong / Han Deuk Gu and Sung Yu Ri as Kim Bo Ra.
Plot: This is about a brilliant genius at Mathematics and a girl who had an incurable illness. Tae Woong’s best friend, Bo Ra’s brother actually wanted to recommend his own sister to him. Little does he knows that Tae Woong already met his sister when both of them were trying to escape from something in life. The girl had a crush on him and they decided to meet another day. On that day, Tae Woong beats his best friend, Jeong Kyu (Bo Ra’s brother) in an international Mathematics Olympiad, Jeong Kyu commits suicide. Therefore, he loses touch with her without finding out her name until they met again at a hospital. What will Tae Woong do when he knows that Bo Ra’s brother is Jeong Kyu?

Doing this by memory as I watched it long ago. It is a sad love. They long for each other yet cannot be together. If you hope to draw out tears, you can try this drama. Watching 49 days is more effective to me. Haha. My first drama with Hyun Bin and Sung Yu Ri in it and I liked how they portrayed their characters and was attracted to Hyun Bin’s acting.

The first depressing point is when Tae Woong’s best friend, Bo Ra’s brother, commits suicide because he did not accomplish great results in the Mathematics competition. Not only was he beaten by his best friend who got 1st (I think), but he also did not achieve top three in position. It is such a waste that he makes the decision of dying instead of facing it. That is the kind of stress faced by those who always achieve good results and when they fail, they are criticised by others and cannot accept it themselves.

The second depressing point is Tae Woong’s mourning for his friend. Because of that, he did not keep his promise of meeting Bo Ra before her major operation. I can feel that Bo Ra’s father dotes on Bo Ra’s brother more than her. She is happy that her father visits her at the hospital but it is actually because of his brother’s accident. Her brother’s accident also affects her as she is close to him. Tae Woong, despite being a Mathematics genius, did not continue to do Mathematics anymore.

The third depressing point is Tae Woong trying to hide his feelings after knowing that Bo Ra is his best friend’s sister. Finally, it is Bo Ra’s death. It is depressing for the father who loses both his children so early. To me, it is also as heartbreaking for Tae Woong who loses two people who he shares his sorrow and happiness with.

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49 days (2011)

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starring Lee Yo Won as Song Yi Kyung, Nam Gyu Ri as Shin Ji Hyun and Jo Hyun Jae as Han Kang.
Plot: A young woman named Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to be married with her fiancé but her perfect life is shattered in a car accident that left her in a coma. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. She thought that it would be a easy task but it is not. She has to borrow a living person’s body while she works out her way to survive. She will solve the mystery related to her family and discover the people who truly loves her.

One will realise nothing is more important than the love ones around us and to treasure them and appreciate what they did for us. The most amazing scene is the funeral scene where the grim reaper shows her that not all tears are genuine. Some are fake while others are for many other reasons.

Even though the ending is sad, the 49 days she went through is still worth it. If she did not go through it, she would not have known what his best friend and fiance have been planning behind her back. I feel that this drama has stirred much of my emotions. Ji Hyun is always hopeful with life and even tries to better the life of the woman whom she is using the body. It is heartbreaking that such a cheerful and optimistic person has to leave when she even obtains the three tears and a chance to live again. Although Yi Kyung wanted her to leave when she first became able to see her as a spirit, I am glad that Yi Kyung decides to help Ji Hyun out. I am touched when in the hospital room, Ji Hyun jumps out of Yi Kyung’s body to sing a song to her parents with the music in the background. Although she cannot be heard by her parents, it is her doings that moved me.

It is saddening that Han Kang did not manage to confess his love before the accident and has to lose her after the 49 days. Although he tries his best to help Ji Hyun in the 49 days after realising who she actually is, he still loses her eventually. Even the grim reaper’s story is so sad. He was going to propose to Yi Kyung but he passed away with regrets without clearing her misunderstandings of him. Hence, he became a grim reaper for 5 years(if i am not wrong) to say his last goodbye to Yi Kyung and help her move on in life.

Tears drawing sad drama. Especially as it comes to the end, I just cannot stop my tears from falling. The heartwarming scenes and the heartbreaking scenes are what made this drama so uniquely sad. First spirit related drama I watched and it leaves a deep impression. I still remember that it is quite disturbing to me at that time when her soul jumped out of her body. Haha. Lee Yo Won acted very well as the hopeful Ji Hyun and the Yi Kyung that has given up on life.

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