Monthly Archives: October 2017

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.

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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.

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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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