Category Archives: Random recommendations

Random recommendations: 3 fantasy Korean Dramas that I chased and are rewatchable

Randomly recommending some fantasy Korean Dramas I love a lot here.

1. You who came from the stars

   

I updated the review for this drama today since I just rewatched it haha.

Click here for the review.

2. Gu family book

       

Click here for Gu Family Book review.

Click here for Quick Picture Recap GFB.

3. I hear your voice

 

     

My review for this drama wasnt well written. May add on to it one day haha.

Click here for Quick Picture Recap IHYV.

I just realise these 3 dramas have nice backhug scenes haha…

Coming up next will be Mama fairy and the Woodcutter short review, What’s wrong with Secretary Kim (dropped drama) review, Lawless lawyer review, Where stars land review and Still 17 review (provided I finish scanning/watching it). Will write Goblin review one day.

~Lucky JM

Random thoughts 9: Dramas dropped+current schedule

Feeling a little bored haha so just going to write what I have been doing or will be doing.

My sister and I have been dropping many Korean Dramas these days, probably more than in the past? I plan to finish the reviews for Sweet Dreams and Ashes of Love by December(hopefully since I am a procrastinator). Sad that lack of dramas to chase.

Although there was quite some hype for My ID is Gangnam Beauty, we dropped it after the first episode haha. The male lead is quite good-looking but I guess that’s not enough to make us continue. After the mystery is uncovered in What’s wrong with Secretary Kim, the tension and suspense that captivated me to watch is gone and I felt like dropping it. The mystery seems to be holding up the drama and once it is gone, the attractive part of the drama seems to collapse with it. And we did drop it towards the end. Hopefully I can pick it up again.

More recent dramas such as Where stars land, Still 17, 100 days my prince, Devilish Joy, dont give me the motivation to chase or at least watch till the end.

My sister and I dropped Where stars land and Still 17 about 1/4 to half way. My sister dropped Where Stars Land after the confession scene while I managed to scan through most of it. The starting was very good and the pace and characters were great for both dramas but somehow after around 1/4 of it, the pace drops a lot and the characters lose their distinctive characteristics which attracted me. It is quite a waste. I will try to persist and finish these 2 if I can. Where stars land seems to be better than Still 17 as Lee Soo Yeon’s emotional struggle of wanting to lead a normal life consistently shines through in the drama. However, both lack interesting plot development and plot twists after 1/4 of it.

100 days my prince and Devilish Joy are dramas related to memory loss. I love dramas related to memory loss but the plot developments in these 2 dramas are not enough to attract me to watch it episode by episode. For Devilish Joy, I feel that it would have been better if the impact of memory loss felt each time Ma Sung loses his memory is greater and if there are more fun/comedy scenes related to the memory loss. Not sure if I am right since I didnt watch quite a lot of episodes. 100 days my prince’s plot does not seem interesting enough even though there are some attractive features such as the prince becoming a commoner but not acting like one after losing his memory and him marrying, living and interacting with a commoner that was actually once a noble lady.

Maybe I am just being fussy? Am I supposed to be contented and just watch those I can get my hands on since it is difficult to consistently include creative and completely new things in dramas? My sister and my preference for fantasy dramas is probably hard to meet? The trend has moved from fantasy to crime to probably hardship and suffering and it seems to be moving towards sci-fiction now.

Due to lack of fantasy dramas, I went back and watch Back to 1989 Taiwanese Drama and You who came from the stars kdrama haha… My sister and I tried When time stopped but the tone is quite grim. Not sure if we will continue. My sister suddenly felt like watching a law drama after a role play at school haha so we watched Lawless Lawyer. We finished about 3/4 of it then my sister found it getting boring so we put it aside for now. The only things that may keep me going in Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter are to find out who is Mama Fairy’s real husband and to watch the cat/tiger that can transform to human. For the newer dramas, I am considering Memories of the Alhambra and Clean With Passion For Now. My sister and I have watched the first episode for both. Memories of the Alhambra seems to be a sci-fiction drama about augmented reality. I suddenly have this weird+crazy thought that Chan Yeol’s character is killed by the game character he created after I read some comments about the drama. I laughed my way through most of the first episode of Clean With Passion For Now. Considering watching it but it doesnt have fantasy elements though, not sure if the pace will drop later.

On a side note, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by the instagram account. At first, I usually post around 7-8 posts per drama but after I learnt how to cut videos, I have double the number of posts to put. Usually I can finish posting about a drama shortly after a drama is completed but now it seems to be dragged since I have to arrange so many posts and have to arrange such that it is not always the same drama appearing. In the past, I only post 2 posts in around 6 days but now I seem to need to post 8 posts for 4 days and still cannot finish posting. :\ Feel that I am spending too much time on the instagram account and I wont be able to maintain the frequency of posting once school starts. Hope I can settle this before this month ends.

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~Lucky JM

My 10 most favourite Singapore Dramas till today

As I accidentally deleted most of my Singapore Drama posts, I may be posting some of them again but it will be exactly the same as the past posts (unless I have the free time to add more stuff haha).

I started watching Singapore Dramas since around 2010. My first drama (if I didnt remember wrongly) was Breakout and because of that, I became a fan of Elvin Ng after seeing him act as an autistic person. It was quite a “crazy” action-packed drama and most of the people got killed or died in that drama except Elvin Ng’s character and his girlfriend. That drama left a deep impression on me as it was quite a dark drama except Elvin Ng’s character and his girlfriend who seem to be separated by a layer of naivety and fortunately wasnt killed in all the “mess” haha…

If you have been to this blog before, you would have known that I watch not only Singapore Dramas, but also Korean Dramas, China Dramas (not as many as my sister), and Taiwanese Dramas (sometimes). Some people may say that Korean or China Dramas are a lot better than Singapore Dramas due to the acting (sometimes I think so too) and plot (nowadays hmm…) but I think that there are things that are uniquely good about Singapore Dramas. It is good that Singapore dramas dont use corruption or unfairness (if I didnt remember wrongly) as a base for most storylines which makes them more pleasant and comfortable to watch. I like Singapore’s school related dramas, maybe because it is more relatable and also more sincere and touching to me. There is usually little exaggeration for Sg dramas and romance is not totally the focus or not emphasised (can be both strength and weakness). Like the concept of family portrayed in Sg dramas. However, probably due to lack of actors and actresses, there is a high chance that the couple will be paired together again in another drama which leads to me not watching certain dramas as I already liked the couple in another drama/context.

These are highly recommended Singapore Dramas that I love. (Arranged according to year)

Doing this purely by memory.

1. Courage, Loyalty, Integrity, Fairness (2011) 警徽天职

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the Qi Yu Wu and Joanne Peh couple, and Elvin Ng and Romeo Tan’s friendship.

Liked Qi Yu Wu’s character as he is quiet, anti-social and different from the norm. And enjoyed how Joanne Peh’s character slowly breaks the ice.

Liked how Elvin Ng’s character is portrayed as carefree, lazy and does not care about anything. But there was a nice turning point when he starts to show that he does care about some things after all. When his best friend, Romeo Tan’s character, died in a stabbing attack, his emotional struggle was heartfelt. Romeo Tan’s character, on the other hand, works very hard to make it to the special force if I am not wrong.

2. Poetic Justice (2012) 微笑正义

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Dai Yang Tian haha, and the interesting plot of how news is made and the direct impact of news on people. Until now, I still remember Desmond Tan’s character’s funny love realisations and embarrassing pursuit of love in this drama. Liked how Rui En’s character is righteous. A similar kdrama, Pinocchio, is more emotion-provoking but this drama is still not replaceble to me.

3. Don’t Stop Believing (2012) 我们等你

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Elvin Ng’s character as a counsellor, his relationship with Felicia Chin, his interaction with the students, and the interaction between the students.

The relationship between the students are well-developed and I liked the background story of each student in the drama and their growth to become better people. Liked how Felicia Chin’s character is an overly enthusiastic teacher. Felicia Chin’s character had to slowly adjust her approach to better influence the students. Enjoyed how her relationship with Elvin Ng’s character develops. Enjoyed watching Elvin Ng’s character’s firm approach with the students.

4. Beyond (2013) X 元素

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the fantasy. Lots of unexpected types of nice fantasy that I didnt see in kdramas which is/was my best source for fantasy dramas. Liked Jeanette Aw’s acting in this drama.

5. The caregivers (2014) Missy 先生

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Thomas Ong’s portrayal of the job of a dedicated nurse. To me, this drama is better than You can be an angel too. It was nice to watch the development of relationship between a male nurse and a female doctor which is not commonly seen in dramas haha.

6. Blessings (2014) 祖先保佑

What left the deepest impression on me until today was Shaun Chen’s acting, the interesting plot of the ancestor accidentally time-travelling to the future and attempts to save the deteriorating family business after it lands in the hands of the descendents who have no interest in the business or are too lazy to hone their skills.

7. 3 wishes (2014) 三个愿望

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the dark portrayal of greed. After the first 3 wishes, there are negative and cruel side effects accompanying the realisation of a wish. Liked the concept of family in this drama.

8. Tiger Mum (2015) 虎妈来了

What left the deepest impression on me until today was the portrayal of family in this drama. Liked how the four children (acted by Julie Tan, Ian Fang, Aloysius Pang, Bonnie Loo) have distinct characteristics and how Huang Bi Ren’s character, Tiger Mum, deals with all of them separately, and eventually gains their acceptance and becomes their mum.

9. The Dream Job (2016) 绝世好工

What left the deepest impression on me until today was how cunning Shaun Chen’s character is in getting what he wants, Shaun Chen’s character’s emotional struggle, and how the rich man reunites his children by offering them the dream job of “acting as his children” (haha).

10.  Mind Matters (2018) 心。情 (Havent written the review, probably a few months later haha)

What I liked about it is its solid plot, its dedication to mental illnesses, and the good acting by Qi Yu Wu, Jessica Liu, Shane Pow, and Denise Camillia Tan, especially liked the Shane Pow and Denise Camillia Tan couple. First time seeing Qi Yu Wu acting comedy scenes haha.

 

Some of the full reviews can be found here.

 

Haha, feel like watching them again…

~Lucky JM

Random thoughts 8 and some recommendations

As my sister is busy, I have helped to complete the reviews for Three Colour Fantasy mini drama series since I happened to watch Romance full of life with her and glimpsed through The Universe’s Star when she was rewatching it. She has already written Queen of the Ring review.

The short reviews can be found at Korean Web Drama or Super Short Drama Series.

The Universe’s Star

Romance full of life

Maybe my sister will do her review for these dramas when she is free haha? Especially liked the fantasy in the 2 dramas. The way Byul in The Universe’s Star reacts and responds when she gets to know seconds (?) before Woo Joo is about to die each time left a deep impression on me. I liked the ending of the drama. Although the ending is sad, it nicely illustrates how time is precious, and no matter how much amount of time we are left with, we should cherish every moment and make every moment fulfilling and meaningful. Happy to see Yoon Shi Yoon in Romance full of life! He looks good in both hairstyles haha… Touched by the simple and heartwarming story in Romance full of life as we see how In Sung struggles with his desire to escape from being a failure and attempts to excel in life, and the drama ends nicely with So Ra’s “confession”. Trying not to give too much spoiler haha.

I feel that kdramas nowadays, besides moving away from fantasy, is going towards the bitter struggles and hardships trend haha. There seems to be higher intensity of pain and bitterness when struggles and hardships are portrayed. For example, Hospital Ship, Doubtful Victory, Come and Hug Me, Just between Lovers, The Great Seducer (I think). Even supposedly more light-hearted dramas like Are you human too and What’s wrong with Secretary Kim have such feelings lingering too.

Currently, I have put aside About Time (not enough plot development) and Ms Hammurabi (too crime-related) after some episodes. I am still watching Are you human too, What’s wrong with Secretary Kim with my sister. I have browsed through about 3/4 of Come and Hug me. I am browsing through Come and Hug me as it does not have enough plot content for me but the perspective it takes is interesting. I have tried Singapore Drama Gifted and dropped it haha. Was looking forward to it due to the trailer which portrayed complexity of and struggle in certain characters, and Elvin Ng acting in it but it is not as good as I expected.

I have scanned through the whole of China Drama Sweet Dreams and found it good enough to chase haha. Waiting to see if my sister wants to watch it with me… I am also starting on China Drama Ashes of Love. First time I am trying out a China Period/Historical Drama. I dont really like the plot of China Period/Historical Dramas as it is usually a combination of reincarnation and tragic love+sacrifice but I am trying this out due to becoming a fan of Deng Lun after seeing him in Sweet Dreams. Hope I can take the tragic parts later on…

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~Lucky JM

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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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

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.

madameantoine     madame-antoine-16-12

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.

jealousyincarnate     jealousyincarnate2

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.

Full reviews at Korean Dramas.

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.

Random recommendations for long series Korean Dramas

As a student and I do not have much time or patience to complete long series dramas, I do not watch all the episodes in the long series dramas but I still get the rough idea about what it is about. Recently, I have watched 2 long series dramas when my parents were watching and I found them quite good!

Giant (2010) 巨人

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starring Lee Bum Soo as Lee Kang Mo, Yeo Jin Goo as Kang Mo (teen), Park Jin Hee as Hwang Jung Yeon, Nam Ji Hyun as Jung Yeon (teen), Park Sang Min as Lee Sung Mo, Kim Soo Hyun as Sung Mo (teen), Joo Sang Wook as Jo Min Woo, Hwang Jung Eum as Lee Mi Joo, Park Ha Young as Mi Joo (child)

This drama tells the story of three siblings who grew up in the 1970’s. Lee Kang Mo, his older brother Sung Mo and younger sister Mi Joo were separated at a young age when their father was killed in a smuggling scheme and their mother also died subsequently. When they are able to reunite years later, they had all reached adulthood and are determined to exact revenge upon the people responsible for their misery.

It was very tragic when they separated, especially Kang Mo and Mi Joo. Really liked the character Kang Moo in this drama, from when he is young acted by Yeo Jin Goo to when he is an adult. He is very intelligent and mischievous. Because he has a brother he can rely on, he is not very hardworking and still can fool around without much serious consequence. Liked the plot development as Kang Mo later becomes his father’s best friend’s adoptive son after helping him solve a very serious problem and gradually sets his foundation in the construction industry. Disliked Jung Yeon’s stepbrother as he is good-for-nothing and greedy. Liked the development of the relationship between Jung Yeon and Kang Mo.

Was kind of surprised when I see Kim Soo Hyun in this drama but too bad his character is not the main character. I somehow predicted that his character will not be able to take revenge even though he knows who are their enemies and eventually dies (sry for the spoiler). It is funny that both Kang Mo and Mi Joo likes the (so called) enemies’ children. Jung Yeon’s father is partially to blame for the murder and he benefited from it. There is also a struggle when Kang Mo knows about what his adoptive father did. It is an enjoyable long series drama, especially when Kang Mo solves problems related to constructions and when he uses clever ways to do business.

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Jang Bo Ri is here (2014) 张宝利来了!

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starring Oh Yeon Seo as Jang Bo Ri, Yoo Eun Mi as Jang Bo Ri (child), Kim Ji Hoon as Lee Jae Hwa, Jung Yoon Suk as Lee Jae Hwa (child), Oh Chang Suk as Lee Jae Hee, Jo Hyun Do as Lee Jae Hee (child), Lee Yoo Ri as Yun Min Jung, Shin Soo Yun as Yun Min Jung (child)

This drama is about two families, two women, two mothers who have to deal with very unexpected surprise when their daughters’ identities changed overnight. Jang Bo Ri (Oh Yeon Seo) who grew up with her poor family suddenly becomes wealthy overnight after she discovers that she’s a daughter of a wealthy family. In contrary, Yun Min Jung (Lee Yoo Ri) suddenly has to adapt herself from living in luxury to her poor family.

Started to watch this drama as it is in Singapore’s channel u and my sister who likes Jung Yoon Suk since Good Doctor was drawn into watching it. After that, my whole family starts to become glued to it after my sister watches it online using smart television. It is a good long series drama and it does not drag a lot. Lee Yoo Ri really can act well as the bad guy haha. Liked the relationship between Jae Hwa and Bo Ri. Jae Hwa is even willing to accept Bo Ri’s adopted child as his own. Liked Jae Hwa and Bo Ri’s personality a lot. Towards the end, as Bo Ri has to deal with cunning Min Jung, she becomes more steel-hearted. Looks like we cannot be too kind when handling the bad guys. If not, we are bound to be bullied and pushed around. I also enjoyed the process of  Min Jung’s boyfriend taking revenge and his relationship with his daughter adopted by Bo Ri.

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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

ihyv       i hear your voice

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.

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Partner (2009) 伙伴

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: 49 days and Snow Queen

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?

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.

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