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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

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10  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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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…

Korean Drama Review SWDBS

Oh no, I just realise I dont have much time to write reviews since school started. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon was a fun watch though it wasnt as good as I thought it will be.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (2017) 大力女子都奉順

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Action, Suspense

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

        

starring Park Bo Young as Do Bong Soon, Park Hyung Sik as Ahn Min Hyuk, Ji Soo as In Gook Doo, Ahn Woo Yeon as Do Bong Ki (Bong Soon’s twin brother)

Plot: Great strength is passed down from the older generations through the females in the family and thus Do Bong Soon inherited her strength from her mother. Do Bong Soon is unemployed but has a passion for creating games, and her life changes when she becomes the bodyguard of CEO of Ainsoft, a company that produces games.

It is cool to see Do Bong Soon in action as she beats up the bad guys and uses her strength for good. It is funny that her brother is a doctor and has an increased amount of workload due to her. I laughed a lot when watching how the bad guys are shocked by her strength, especially the superior who asked her to carry 10 boxes and shocked that she carried them all at once or him trying to bully her, the newbie, but ends up being stuck under the table she pushed, as well as her chicken fight with Ahn Min Hyuk’s secretary, and her wrist fight with Ahn Min Hyuk.

Liked the interaction between Do Bong Soon and Ahn Min Hyuk, ranging from cheery, cheesy to depressing and serious, and I can feel the “zap” when their eyes meet haha. Enjoyed how Ahn Min Hyuk sees Do Bong Soon’s true value, cherishes her and helps her improve unlike Do Bong Soon’s crush, Guk Doo. People may feel a pity for Guk Doo since he realises too late that he likes her but too bad, once you miss the timing, it is too late haha. Actually, is it right or good to hide your true self from your crush, and only present what you think is the best side of yourself when he/she is around?

I actually was expecting more from the background story of rich Ahn Min Hyuk being threatened, and his life is in danger since he has enemies who are jealous of him or want to seek revenge on him but his case is resolved so quickly, and the plot ends up focusing on the kidnapping case in Dobong-dong which made me like the drama less. Like there are other ways to show Do Bong Soon’s development from strong to vulnerable to strong… Because of how the plot goes, the purpose of Do Bong Soon being a bodyguard is not totally fulfillled.

Liked Park Hyung Sik’s acting, and how he portrays his vulnerability at the start and his ability to protect others towards the end. Park Bo Young is cute haha. However, towards the end, it feels that there is too much balance between the roles: Ahn Min Hyuk and Do Bong Soon. Do Bong Soon is supposed to be the main character but the focus is shifted more to Ahn Min Hyuk which makes the theme somehow fuzzy.

Why you should watch: Love the cast especially Park Bo Young and Park Hyung Sik, as well as the relationship development between all the characters!

Favourite MVs+osts: You are my Garden by Jeong Eun Ji

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Taiwanese Drama Quick Review Love Cuisine

     

Didnt expect much from this drama as the lead actor didnt look good looking.. haha…erm… and the first episode just somehow left an impression of blandness and old, especially due to the colour effects. And also just felt a bit ridiculous with the mermaid chasing human scene in the first episode.

However, it becomes better and better as the lead actor’s character becomes distinct which makes him more and more good looking haha. Besides that, the conflicts within and between students stick out well in this drama.

Enjoyed how Han Jie has such good ability in his cooking throughout the drama and how he conducts his hell-like strict training for the students. Liked how Xiao Rou cares for her students, being able to deal with all kinds of students: catching Ma Chong Sheng whenever he tries to skip school to work, and being able to understand and advise the arrogant Wang Mai Zhi who comes from a rich family.

          

Full review coming out soon~

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!

Korean Drama Review W-2 worlds

W-2 worlds (2016) W-两个世界

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Metafiction, Suspense

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

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starring Lee Jong Suk as Kang Chul, Han Hyo Joo as Oh Yun Joo, Jung Yoo Jin as Yoon So Hee (Kang Chul’s secretary), Lee Tae Hwan as Seo Do Yoon (Kang Chul’s bodyguard), Kim Eui Sung as Oh Sung Moo (manhwa author/artist, Yun Joo’s father), Lee Shi Un as Park Soo Bong (Oh Sung Moo’s assistant)

Plot: The drama is about two people from two different worlds-the fiction and the real world. Cardiothoracic surgeon novice Oh Yun-joo (Han Hyo-joo) goes to her father’s office looking for him and ends up being pulled into the webtoon world that her father created. In the process, she saves a dying Kang Chul, becomes a main character in the webtoon, falls in love and works with Kang Chul to get rid of the villain so as to safely escape with him to the real world.

Zoom into characters: Kang Chul is framed for killing his whole family and lives a life of misery as an outcast who cannot even mourn for the loss of his family properly. It was so miserable for him that he decides to commit suicide according to the storyline. However, the story took for a turn when he refuses to obey the command of the author and hangs on for dear life. Because of that, a new-found will grows in him and he is determined to survive and catch the murderer of his family. From then on, Yun Joo’s father is flustered that he cannot control his webtoon characters and becomes fearful of his own creation. As Yun Joo reads her father’s webtoon, she likes Kang Chul more and more and empathises with him. Her world is turned upside down when she enters the webtoon time and again due to Kang Chul thinking about her since their first encounter and she has to figure out how to return to her world.

Although people may complain that it is too brain-cracking as it goes, I found it quite a fun watch and like most of the crazy things like the “rules” that can allow Yun Joo to go back to the real world, rules that can allow Kang Chul to travel to and fro the 2 worlds and many others that are slowly revealed. There are also some moments that I found ridiculously funny such as when Yun Joo’s father lose his face (sry for the spoiler), and is controlled by the murderer in the story or that Kang Chul can summon characters to the real world by thinking of them as well. Besides making me question if there is another dimension and whether I live in the real world haha, this drama also makes me wonder if authors have the right to control characters’ fate (especially giving tragic ending) just like how in real life people in power tend to influence the fate of the weak without caring about what they think.

Found it funny when Yun Joo’s father’s assistant, Soo Bong, becomes more and more fearful of his job since evil characters are coming to life. Enjoyed how this drama portrays how the fans react to fictional characters with Yun Joo’s superior always wanting to find out what will happen next in the webtoon or criticising the plot twist (caused by Yun Joo), and people being excited when they see Kang Chul in real life. Sounds familiar in real life? The faceless murderer in hood really is scary. Kim Eui Sung acted well as both Yun Joo’s protective father, and the shameless and cunning villain. Funny how Yun Joo and her father’s life are so dramatically messed up by a webtoon, and they cant even control the outcomes in the story which brings about life and death situations to them too.

Love the relationship built between Kang Chul and Yun Joo and their chemistry, my most favourite part of this drama! It was fun to watch how Kang Chul keep thinking of Yun Joo and summoning her to his world much to Yun Joo’s exasperation. Liked their romance from how it starts: Kang Chul thinking of Yun Joo as the key to his life while Yun Joo is such a fan, to their lovely marriage to save Yun Joo, to their fight together against the villain and sacrifices made towards the end. Especially liked how Kang Chul makes the effort to use a book which depicts different romantic scenes as a guide and asks Yun Joo to choose so that he can follow through with it, so clumsy but cheesy in expressing his love!

Felt heartbreaking for Yun Joo when Kang Chul summoned her even though he lost his memory, making her come to his world briefly when she is in his subconscious. Knew that no matter what Yoon Joo will somehow be dragged into his world… Finally, liked Han Hyo Joo’s excited reactions a lot, especially at the start of the drama as well as how Lee Jong Suk depicts his character’s emotional struggle which adds depth to the plot and make his defiance and depressing times more moving.

Why you should watch: It has a very refreshing storyline where we get to learn about how fiction is made: the main plot, the rules in the fiction world and the characters. It is so unconventional and interesting to give life as well as a voice to fictional characters. Watched this some time ago but I guess I was attracted by the plot, and the cast, Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo. Was I chasing each episode? Feel that I did. Cant really remember haha…

Favourite MVs+osts: Where are you by Jung Joon Young

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*Thanks to Devon that I can finish W review so early! If not, I may procrastinate until dont know when haha. Luckily I still remember most of the scenes in the drama. Hope u enjoy it!

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.

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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.

 

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

After School: Lucky or Not Review

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After School: Lucky or Not

Cast: Kim So Eun, Seo Kang Joon, Kang Tae Oh, Gong Myung, Yoo II, Lee Tae Hwan

Recommended Ost: Hey U Come On by 5urprise, After School Luck or Not Ost Cut드라마툰 ‘방과 후 복불복’ OST 헬로비너스 – 어디있다 이제와 M/V

Review:

Kim So Eun was invited by the four boys to the Pick-A-Mission club as it was a wish made by Kang Tae Oh who passed away due to an illness. Kang Tae Oh and Seo Kang Joon both had a crush on Kim So Eun and Kang Tae Oh made a wish to Seo Kang Joon to not like Kim So Eun.

Kim So Eun decided to accept the invitation as it was the first time she got an invitation and she slowly become interested in the group as she wanted to find out why she was the only girl invited to the group. All of them did all sorts of mission until Kim So Eun found out the truth and the club disbanded. Kim So Eun then decided to reform the group

My review: Actually I had watched this show already but I forgot about it until somebody commented about it. I find the show hilarious as the guys are very funny and the missions they carry out are also funny. Also, I felt that the reason of why Kim So Eun was invited to the group was kind of expected. I felt that the ending should have kind of shown who went with Kim So Eun so that the plot will be more filled up. Overall it was still an okay drama.

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Touching You(2016) Review

Touching You(2016)
Cast: Taecyeon(2pm) as Do Jin Woo, Song Ha Yoon as Jin Hee Young

Episodes: 12

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Review: Do Jin Woo had a special talent of seeing the future when he touch people due to an incident when he was young and he was doing fortune telling job at his friend’s cafe. He had many satisfied customers and one of them wanted to become his girlfriend.

One day, Hee Young came to the cafe with her friend for fortune telling and ask when her boyfriend will propose to her. Through seeing her future, Do Jin Woo found out that she was going to fall from a stairs and might end up dying. Hee Young did not believe him and thought it was a lie.

As the cafe friend has a crush on Hee Young, he asked Do Jin Woo to save her by going to her part-time place to work and gave Jin Woo his drone in exchange for helping him.

Jin Woo tried to touch Hee Young so as to see the future. He bought Hee Young flat shoes, followed and saved Hee Young from being killed by a man. He started to like Hee Young. He thought that he was done rescuing Hee Young so he left the part-time job but he realised it was not the truth when they went on a fake couple date. Hee Young thought that Jin Woo was a bad person after that due to her boyfriend. But the bad person was actually Hee Young’s boyfriend as he was planning an insurance freud and wanted to kill Hee Young after a year  to get 1 billion dollar. 

Do Jin Woo got help from Hee Young’s friend, who came to believe him as the part where Jin Woo say that somebody came singing and dancing and confessing became true. He managed to save her and they went together.

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