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Korean Drama Review What’s wrong with Secretary Kim

This review is quite late since I was considering if I should continue watching the last few episodes or not. Decided to write the review regardless before I forget the details or lack the motivation to write it. Just realise that there are a few dramas that I didnt write the review because I didnt manage to watch the last few episodes like Man living in the house, Legend of the blue sea, Cheese in the trap. I watched this drama until ep 14. There seems to be one episode towards the end that contain mostly kissing scenes (if i didnt remember wrongly) and I skipped through it. Doing this by memory.

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (2018) 金秘書為何那樣

Genre: Office, Romance, Comedy, Mystery

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 8.5/10 until last few episodes  No. of times I watched it: 1

starring Park Seo Joon as Lee Young Joon, Moon Woo Jin as Lee Young Joon (child), Park Min Young as Kim Mi So, Kim Ji Yoo as Kim Mi So (young), Lee Tae Hwan as Lee Sung Yeon, Kang Ki Young as Park Yoo Shik, Hwang Chan Sung as Ko Kwi Nam, Pyo Ye Jin as Kim Ji Ah, Hwang Bo Ra as Bong Se Ra, Kang Hong Suk as Yang Chul

Liked Park Seo Joon’s romantic comedies. Park Seo Joon is good at acting romantic comedies haha. Is he the rom-com prince? Cant remember the title? He is good at being somewhat cold and distant/high up (warming up to the female lead later on) and good at making scenes more romantic. Didnt feel bored quickly when watching She was pretty and this drama, even though a pure romantic comedy usually dont work out well for me. I guess romantic comedies that involve some company context have better plot development and include more plot twists. And another factor that will make me continue watching a rom-com drama or non-fantasy drama is that the characters cannot lose their distinct characteristics as the drama goes haha.

Liked the characters, Young Joon and Mi So a lot. Liked the acting of Park Seo Joon and Park Min Young. It is hilarious how Young Joon is so narcissistic, praising himself, his face and his brain. Liked how Young Joon is smart and confident of himself. It is fun to watch how Young Joon has high standards at work. For example, how he picks out a mistake his friend+subordinate makes and states the precise long string of numbers. His meetings are so intense for people working under him haha. Felt that it is good to have high standards at work but I guess some amount of stress will come along with it if it is me haha. Liked how Mi So is elegant, determined and confident. She is a very good assistant and secretary of Young Joon as she understands him well and can figure out what he needs quickly. She is also a good middleman between Young Joon and his subordinates, relaying his messages in a nicer way. Mi So’s shocked face looks fake and overdone but it nicely portrays the inner awkwardness she feels and a flaw of the seemingly perfect secretary. Liked how both are capable and good at many languages.

  

Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Young Joon and Mi So. The bickering and tension is just nice.

Enjoyed watching the perfect date that Young Joon plans for Mi So, including the amusement park rides, the dinner that Young Joon cuts the steak for Mi So, watching fireworks on a ship and ending with Young Joon giving a big soft toy to her. Young Joon manages to sneakily find out what Mi So wants to do for her dates and fulfill all the things she wrote haha! Because of that, she cant even date other people because when she compares the dates with Young Joon’s one, they seem a lot worse.

Felt that the characters, Young Joon and Mi So, are compatible. Liked how Mi So works with Young Joon’s narcissism well and even uses it to add value to a company’s project (ep 4 blackout scene) which shows how Mi So is able to accept this part of Young Joon and is in great rapport with him. Mi So is the only person that is able to tell Young Joon off and Young Joon only cares for Mi So. Both Young Joon and Mi So care a lot about not just doing the best but winning. Mi So helping Young Joon with his tie is romantic haha, even though I feel that it is overstepping the boundaries of a secretary…

Liked how there is nice transition in the relationship building. Liked how Young Joon starts pursuing Mi So once she wants to quit the job to do what she wants to do. Park Seo Joon nicely portrays his shock and fear of losing Mi So for the first time when she tells him that she wants to quit. This part shows a little of Young Joon’s helplessness and vulnerability unlike his usual confident self as he tries all ways to keep Mi So by his side. Another significant part is the fallout between Young Joon and Mi So. Young Joon tries to lower himself and do some of her secretary jobs for Mi So but it ends up backfiring as Mi So actually takes those small things she does with pride. Liked how the struggle was portrayed when Young Joon and Mi So try to adjust how they treat each other so that they are equal in the relationship. It is quite difficult to completely separate their roles at work versus when they are not but I liked how they make the effort. It is funny that after they had an argument, both of them choose to retreat and in their minds, they hope the other would read his/her mind that he/she wants to reconcile haha.

Liked the kiss scene where Mi So helps Young Joon overcome the fear that he feels whenever he closes his eyes. Felt that the scene was well-executed and a deeper emotional meaning was added to the kiss scene. It is funny how Young Joon can still answer people in his sleep haha. Liked how Young Joon and Mi So both portray their emotional struggle regarding a past traumatic event. Felt that Young Joon’s emotional struggle has a higher intensity. Dont think suffering and hardship are usually emphasised in rom-com dramas. Young Joon seems to only think for himself most of the time which makes his gentleman scenes more sweet haha. For example, how he tells Mi So to think for herself (if i didnt remember wrongly) or when he calms Mi So down and offers her a sweet when she sees spiders which she is fearful of or when he makes all his staff go for spa together to let the workaholic Mi So relax. It is nice that he tries to persuade her to stop uncovering the past to protect her from harm. Was touched that he prefers to carry the weight of the traumatic event all by himself (Sorry for spoiler). The comedy scenes are nicely intertwined with the romantic scenes in the drama.

Liked the friendship between Yoo Shik and Young Joon. Liked Kang Ki Young’s acting in this drama. And I just realised that he is actually in many dramas I watched haha. His roles in dramas are so different from one another. The character, Yoo Shik, adds a lot of humour to the drama. Liked how he gives dating advice to Young Joon and also assists him well at work. It is interesting how he is close friends with Young Joon haha. Probably because of his happy-go-lucky personality and how he is smart in his own ways? It is funny how Young Joon coldly suggests giving him more work when he is sad about his ex-wife and goes to Young Joon’s office to share his sorrow. Yoo Shik’s interaction with his secretary is funny. It is ridiculous how his secretary makes mistakes all the time and is clumsy. For example, mixing up the drinks and giving him her diet drink instead of his tonic drink.

The other couples and employees in the company are nice tidbits and are interesting to watch but I guess I didnt like the couples enough. The couples are the man with only one suit and many buttons+new Secretary Kim couple, the chauffeur secretary (?)+loud and cheery woman couple. Liked how the employees have distinct characteristics. It is fun to watch them interacting with each other and they add humour to the drama. I feel that there is nothing wrong with being poor. Even if people say that I did well despite my family background like in Gwi Nam’s case, I will just be proud of myself haha and not be affected negatively like Gwi Nam. Liked how Ji Ah and Se Ra stand up for Mi So when people talk negatively about her. Laughed a lot when watching the meeting at the company retreat (that Young Joon unexpectedly shows up at) as Young Joon asks the staff to use their facial expressions to portray their own vision for the company.

Liked the acting of the child actors/actresses which brings out the background story and the emotional struggle of the two lead characters well. Didnt like Sung Yeon as a character since he appears in the drama haha. Too bad that he is actually quite good-looking. Felt that there is not enough character development and emotional struggle for Sung Yeon. Could have added more depth into the relationship between Young Joon and Sung Yeon to make Sung Yeon more likable. Liked the concept of family in this drama.

I chased this drama due to the mystery in it. However, after the truth is uncovered, 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. Hope I can finish the last few episodes one day.

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Korean Drama Review Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter

I watched episodes 1-around 8 and last few episodes for this drama. Doing this by memory.

Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter (2018) 雞龍仙女傳

starring Moon Chae Won as Sun Ok Nam/ Mama fairy, Go Doo Shim as Sun Ok Nam (old), Yoon Hyun Min as Jung Yi Hyun, Seo Ji Hoon as Kim Geum, Kang Mi Na as Jeom Soon

Enjoyed the fantasy element in the drama! Watched this drama because of the fantasy. For example, how Jeom Soon, the tiger/cat, can transform into a girl, how Mama fairy can sometimes be seen as a young lady instead of a old lady, how Mama fairy can go into dreams and Mama fairy’s flower blooming power. Liked how Jeom Soon’s laptop and mouse can be kept into the scroll when Mama fairy and her daughter, Jeom Soon, travel. How convenient haha! I wish I can do that. The scenery wasnt beautiful enough in this drama though and some parts look a little fake…

Liked how this drama has distinct characters. Yi Hyun is a young and smart professor. It is funny how he doesnt believe in supernatural things and tries to use logic and Science to understand and explain what he experiences after they met Mama fairy. Yoon Hyun Min manages to add humour to the drama with his exaggerated acting and his character being scared easily haha.

  

Geum is a student currently taking his masters (?) and becomes Yi Hyun’s assistant. Seo Ji Hoon is quite good-looking in this drama. Dont remember seeing him in dramas in the past, even though my sister is already a fan of him before this drama.  May become a fan of him after this drama. Liked how Geum is cute, foolish, kind (to the extent of selfless) and clumsy. It is interesting how he is able to and likes to talk to animals. It is funny when his schoolmates say that he is weird+crazy and he wont get a girlfriend due to his fashion sense and how he only talks to bugs (if i didnt remember wrongly).

  

Liked how the relationship between Yi Hyun and Geum is portrayed in the drama. They live under one roof, look out for each other and care for each other. A scene that I laughed a lot is when Geum twisted/sprained his neck and cant bend his neck after he was hit by Mama fairy at the waterfall (which is a passageway that connects the mortal and immortal world). Felt sad for Geum when he likes Mama fairy but doesnt try to separate Mama fairy and Yi Hyun and suffers alone.

 

Liked how Jeom Soon is cute, simple-minded, straightforward and how she is always craving for meat haha. It was fun to watch when she transforms from human to cat and vice versa. It is interesting to watch her writing her erotic novel haha. Liked the mother and daughter relationship between Mama fairy and her. Moon Chae Won acted well with feelings of motherly love. It is funny how Mama fairy is poor at sewing pictures on clothes and Jeom Soon’s expressions when she sees them. Liked Mama fairy as a character and the actresses manage to make both the old her and young her likeable and I dont feel like I am seeing two different people. Liked how she is good at brewing coffee. Had fun watching the people’s expressions after they drink the coffee and some types of coffee have special effects. Liked how she is kind and simple-minded and is not bothered by others’ nasty remarks at all.

Felt that the clumsiness and foolishness of Geum is used well in this drama (not as well-used in Still 17 haha). It is just nice, not overused, and brings out the personality of the character well, making his character more likeable. It is also well utilised to magnify the different feelings Geum feels and helps evoke certain atmosphere. At first, I was rooting for Yi Hyun and Mama fairy since it seems to be more likely for Yi Hyun to be the reincarnated husband. But as the drama goes, I started to doubt it as Geum seems to have more screen time with Mama fairy than Yi Hyun. It is funny when Jeom Soon criticises Geum and praises him at the same time. For example, she says Geum is fun to be with, even though he is not humorous or that he took care of Mama fairy when she was sick but he is surprisingly dense.

The pace for this drama is quite slow as it goes which is why I didnt finish watching the whole of it. Some of the scenes are too cringy and some of the fantasy scenes dont look good enough. Just realise that nowadays I watch more dramas from tvn as compared to other channels haha. Wanted to write a short review of less than 500 words for this drama but it ends up becoming quite long…

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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

Go, Back Diary (2018) Korean Web Drama

Go, Back Diary (2018)

Cast: Kim Ye Ji as Lee Hyun Bi, Lee Jong Won as Do Jae Hyun

Episodes: 4

Recommendation: 6.5/10

My own review:

I feel that the scenarios in this drama are quite common. Examples are love at first sight, Lee Hyun Bi not liking her boyfriend’s childhood friend e.t.c.

Although it is typical, I gave a 6.5 mark as I liked the ending of the show, which leaves a strong impact on the audience. I will not tell you why is it an impact as it will be too much of a spoiler and you may give up on watching the drama before even starting. But I will tell you what is the ending part of the drama, which was how they promised each other that they will be together forever when they were teenagers.

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My Only Love Song (2017) Korean Web Drama

  

My Only Love Song(2017)

Episodes: 20

Cast: Lee Jong Hyun as On Dal, Gong Seung Yun as Sang Soo Jung, Lee Jae Jin as Byun Sam Yong, Kim Yeon Seo as Princess Pyunggang, Ahn Bo Hyun as Moo Myung

Recommendation: 8/10

My Own Review:

I watched this drama too long ago and went to re-watch the first few episodes but I cannot really seem to find the actual feeling I had previously. So I will just write what I remembered I felt in this drama and my current feeling of this drama.

When I first watched this drama, I remembered I laughed a lot as Sang Soo Jung was quite funny. Examples of scenes that are funny are when she scolded the cast, when she did a flying kick on the actress who was going to marry her boyfriend and when she thought that the historical period that she was in was an acting scene e.t.c. Although she is quite noisy, I do not feel that she was irritating as I feel that this is how the character is supposed to be. Gong Seung Yun did well in portraying Sang Soo Jung’s character.

One thing I liked about the drama is the historical drama car, boong boong. In the historical time period, the car only operates when On Dal is in the car. The car helped Sang Soo Jung and other people in the car to escape from danger and make On Dal and Princess Pyunggang meet. I feel that this car is quite meaningful and helpful at times and that is why I wrote about it.

Another thing I liked about the drama is Princess Pyunggang’s and Moo Myung’s communication method. Moo Myung does not talk at all in real life but he talks a lot in his brain. Only Princess Pyunggang knows what he is talking about. I wonder is this telepathy or something but I really liked how they could communicate in such a special way.

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A-teen (2018) Korean Web Drama

A-teen (2018)

Cast: Shin Ye Eun as Do Hana, Lee Na Eun as Kim Hana, Kim Soo Hyun as Yeo Bo Ram, Kim Dong Hee as Ha Min, Shin Seung Ho as Nam Shi Woo and Ryu Eui Hyun as Cha Gi Hyun

Recommendation: 4/10

Episodes: 24

My Own Review:

I feel that this drama is kind of typical as it just talking about a teenager’s life and what they can experience. Examples of some typical plots are a teenager having a crush on a friend, a teenager feeling left out as they were in a trio group, a teenager hiding the truth that she is from a poor family by saying that she is rich, a teenager who likes his tutor e.t.c.

Among all the typical story lines, I quite relate to the one which the teenager felt left out as they were in a trio group. This is because I am usually in that situation when I was in Secondary School. But at least the friends of this teenager does not really leave her out. It is just they do not really know her well.

The typical story line I liked best was the one that Cha Gi Hyun and Yeo Boram become a couple. Cha Gi Hyun liked Yeo Boram for a long time and did not confess her feelings as Yeo Boram was dating another guy at first. Yeo Boram’s boyfriend break up with her and another guy in the school started to pursue the love of Yeo Boram. This is when Cha Gi Hyun started to get jealous which made Yeo Boram know that he likes her.

I was going to give a 6/10 at first but the more I watch, the more I feel that it is typical. I feel that the drama will be better if they could put more funny elements as being a teenager should be more joyful.

Watch “A-teen” for the typical life of a teenager.

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Matching! Boys Archery (2016) Korean Web Drama

Matching! Boys Archery (2016)

Cast: Baek Chul Min as Joo Seung Joon, Seo Ji Hoon as Yoo Ji Wan, Kei as Hong Shi Ah, Kim Chang Hwan as Cha Min, Jo Jae Yun as Coach, Cha Ji Hoon as Ahn Kyun Nam, Cha Yeon Woo as Ahn Kyung Nam, Yong Woo as Jung Guk Dae

Episodes: 8

Recommendation: 5/10

Review:

Hong Shi Ah is a webtoon artist. After writing many webtoons, she came to have lack of inspiration for her drawing and her company is not happy with her work.  While she was chasing a group of students to reprimand them for bumping into her and causing her coffee to spill, she managed to find inspirations for her webtoon. The inspiration for her webtoon is a male archery club. She decided to become their archery club manager so that she can draw them and get ideas for her webtoon. But the archery club does not know her motive for being their archery club manager. Will they find out about her motive and how will they react after knowing it? To find out more on what happened in the drama, watch “Matching! Boys Archery Club”.

My Own Review: Not writing my own review as I feel that this drama has a very normal storyline and there is nothing special for me to say.

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No Time For Love (2018) Korean Web Drama

No Time For Love Korean Web Drama (2018)

Cast: (I am sorry I cannot really give you all the names of the cast as I am unsure what are their names)

Episodes: 8

Recommendation: 6+1/10 (added one because I feel that the drama is not that draggy and slow pace which is suitable for more impatient people like me)

My Own Review:

Haizzz…. It is really a drama drought these days and I cannot seem to find any dramas that are of my liking. So I randomly watched videos in Youtube and found this short drama. I like how this drama is not very draggy (as I am considered a more impatient person and dislike drags). But what I like most about this drama is that it shows the different perspectives of the characters and how they feel and think, which makes it kind of special. The characters seem to be sharing their little story to us, who are their audiences and this makes the audiences feel more close to them as we seem to understand them after hearing them out.

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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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