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Korean Drama Review AKO

Watched this some time ago. Based on my instagram posts, it seems like I finished watching it about 2 months ago? Doing this by memory.

A Korean Odyssey/ Hwayugi (2017-2018) 花遊記

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Horror

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 9/10, 8/10 towards the end  No. of times I watched it: 1

 

starring Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong, Cha Seung Won as Ma Wang, Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Seon Mi, Kal So Won as Jin Seon Mi (young), Lee Hong Ki as Jeo Pal Gye/P.K, Jang Kwang as Yoon Dae Sik, Sung Hyuk as Winter General / Summer Fairy Ha, Kim Sung Oh as Lee Han Joo, Lee El as Ma Ji Young, Lee Se Young as Jung Se Ra / Jin Bu Ja / Bong Soon / Ah Sa Nyeo, One as peddler’s grandson

Plot: Jin Seon Mi can see ghosts from young and lives in horror everyday. One day, she meets Ma Wang and strikes a deal with Ma Wang to give her his powerful stick if she helps him get a fan in a place Son Oh Gong is imprisoned. In the process of getting the fan, Oh Gong says that he will protect her if she frees him and careful Seon Mi makes an unbreakable contract with him that he will come whenever she calls him. Mischievous Oh Gong is finally free but goes back on his words by taking his name out of her memory. Seon Mi, now left helpless in the horrifying world again, learns to defend herself and grows up to be a successful businesswoman in real estate as she gets rid of ghosts in buildings or fulfill their wishes so that they can leave in peace. Due to her destiny as Sam Jang, her blood has a strong scent and is well sought-after by evil spirits and demons. She ends up meeting the demons and they work together for their own individual purposes and also to prevent the world from being destroyed. In order to prevent Oh Gong from eating her, she listens to Ma Wang’s “advice” and attaches a geumganggo on him which makes him love her, and obey her orders (or else he will suffer the painful consequences). Son Oh Gong is a monkey demon/god, Ma Wang is a bull demon, Jeo Pal Gye is a pig demon, Ma Ji Young is a dog demon. Winter general and summer fairy share the same body to keep summer fairy alive. Yoon Dae Sik is a demon who owns a huge and well-known cell phone company and likes to do housework. Bu Ja is a corpse that was supposed to be buried but turns into a zombie by chance with Seon Mi’s blood.

It is some time since there was a drama that I felt like chasing and/or had nice fantasy so was happy to get a hold of this drama. Enjoyed watching the demons use their supernatural power. Liked the interactions between the demon characters, Seon Mi/Sam Jang and Seon Mi’s secretary. The demon characters are often teasing and fighting with each other yet they are loyal to each other, and help each other in real times of need. Found some of the evil spirits quite frightening, especially the one in the doll and the creepy slow moving zombie. It is interesting how Dae Sik likes to do housework and cook haha, good for the other demons! Was interesting to see how Sung Hyuk acted as demons of different gender.

Liked Son Oh Gong the most among the demons (partially because Lee Seung Gi is my most favourite Korean actor haha)! When I started this drama, it reminded me a bit of Gu Family Book except it was more grim. Happy that I finally get to see Lee Seung Gi in another drama. Loved the character, Oh Gong, who is intelligent, mischievous and powerful. It is cool when Oh Gong uses his supernatural power in life and death situations like to kill evil spirits to save Seon Mi or for own purposes such as impersonating others, and keeping an eye on someone (using his cute soft toy monkey) or to make scenes more romantic. Liked the development of relationship and chemistry (more towards the end) between Oh Gong and Seon Mi. Despite how Seon Mi hates Oh Gong for not fulfilling his promise and leaving her helpless in the horrifying world again, she believes in him and waits for him. It was fun to watch how Oh Gong changes from being an annoying betrayer, a predator, a forced bodyguard to eventually a true protector and lover of Seon Mi. Liked how Lee Seung Gi said the same line to Seon Mi “You are beautiful, because I love you.” many times with different feelings. Cried at the last time I heard it. Liked Oh Yeon Seo’s acting in this drama and she portrayed Seon Mi’s unbreakable fighting spirit and kind heart well. It was interesting to see the different types of evil spirits they get rid of together and alone.

Had mixed feelings towards Ma Wang as a character. Didnt like how Ma Wang seems to betray others easily after using them for his own benefits (except once (?) when Oh Gong’s life is at risk) but liked how Ma Wang is hilarious and adds plot twists to the drama. Cha Seung Won has more facial expressions than I thought which made me laugh a lot, especially when he is shocked by something or suffers from something like a stroke. Liked the interaction between him and his secretary, Secretary Ma, who is a loyal dog demon which after many years can be transformed to look like human. It is funny that Secretary Ma never fails to ask Ma Wang if she should kill that person whenever a person makes Ma Wang angry. Enjoyed watching how the two are in such good rapport most of the time and how they depended on each other.

Felt that there was great development in the character, Pal Gye, who is immature and a bit annoying at the start but loses the people he is close to towards the end of the drama. Didnt like how he is selfish and tries to save Bu Ja by attempting to feed her with Seon Mi or when he works with Ma Wang and tries to lock Oh Gong in a picture by getting rid of the exit. However, I enjoyed watching how he treats Bu Ja well with those tender eyes haha. Although he is foolish and is cheated a few times when trying to “save” Bu Ja which made me a bit annoyed, I liked his persistence and felt a lingering sadness as I know that it would not be possible for Bu Ja to survive for long. Liked how Lee Hong Ki portrayed Pal Gye’s emotional struggle and despair. It was especially sad when he cannot do anything about their deaths which both happen right in front of him, and it was a little heartbreaking when he says that he is the only one left in the photograph.

Lee Se Young’s acting shines through in this drama as she acted as the kind and naive zombie Bu Ja, and the cunning and powerful evil spirit Ah Sa Nyeo who possesses the body later on. She managed to leave a deep impression for both of her completely different characters and I felt sad for both of them. Special mentions to One (acting as the young adult who is often seen glued to his phone or selling his grandmother’s store’s magical items secretly to make money) and Kim Sung Oh (Seon Mi’s right-hand employee who is chicken-hearted) for acting well. The drama started out well but I feel that the plot becomes more bland towards the end (dealing with one last evil spirit for many episodes, and Oh Gong and Seon Mi wanting to sacrifice their lives for each other), and its emphasis on tragedy is a bit too strong for my liking.

A Korean Odyssey ost ig post 

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Korean Drama Review IANAR

So busy with school work and other commitments recently that I dont have time to blog haha. Since there is a serious lack of dramas that attract me to watch nowadays, shall take some time to write a review. After kdramas move away from fantasy, I occasionally move to China (modern) drama and taiwanese drama but of course they are not enough. Sadly, sg dramas nowadays dont capture my attention too, dont have any that I watch the trailer and straightaway feel “I want to watch this”, maybe “Give me a million dollar” that is coming up next haha?

Once I saw that this drama is going to include Yoo Seung Ho and human allergy on dramabeans, I felt like watching it already and was waiting for it to be screened. It took “so long” for it to be confirmed and to be screened. Finished this drama some time ago and doing this by memory.

I am not a robot (2017-2018) 不是機器人啊

Genre: Science fiction, Romance, Comedy

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10, 8.5/10 towards the end  No. of times I watched it: 2

 

starring Yoo Seung Ho as Kim Min Kyu, Chae Soo Bin as Jo Ji Ah / Aji 3, Uhm Ki Joon as Hong Baek Kyun, Park Se Wan as Pie, Song Jae Ryong as Hok Tal, Kim Min Kyu as Ssan Ip, Kang Ki Young as Hwang Yoo Chul, Hwang Seung Eon as Ye Ri ElSeo Dong Won as Jo Jin Bae

Plot: Min Kyu seems to have it all: lots of money, a high position in his father’s (?) company but he lives an isolated life in a big house due to human allergy. Ji Ah has big dreams of inventing things to benefit people and help them solve their problems but things are not working out for her. Her brother is forcing her to take a full time job and wants her to return the money she lent from his wife for her inventions. She eventually leaves her brother’s house and gets a high-paying part-time job from her ex-boyfriend, Baek Kyun, whose dream is to invent robots beneficial to humans. He made a robot (that looks like Ji Ah) with many functions and wants Min Kyu and his company to invest in it but a part of the robot is accidentally damaged and he has no choice but to ask Ji Ah to be the substitute to be sent to Min Kyu’s house for inspection. The relationship between Min Kyu and the “robot” thus develops.

Enjoyed the chemistry, sweet interaction and the development of relationship between Min Kyu and Ji Ah when Ji Ah acts as the robot. It is funny how Min Kyu likes it when Aji 3 is in “friend mode”, scolding him and saying swear words haha. There are many hilarious scenes at the start like when they first met and Ji Ah acting as the robot was shocked to see him. It was fun to watch how Ji Ah responds to Min Kyu’s “difficult” assessment when there was a power cut and she could not connect with the real robot. It is surprising how Min Kyu doesnt realise that she is a human but I guess it could be due to his lack of interaction with humans. I could feel the warmth when Ji Ah pats him on the back when he was choked. Although the scene that the girl falls backwards and the guy supports her is quite cliche, it is well-used in this drama to portray Ji Ah’s feelings for Min Kyu. Liked how they give each other smiles, reassurance and support. Loved Ji Ah’s inventions (I wrote about in the instagram posts) which fit in nicely with the plot to make the scenes more romantic and beautiful.

My sister felt very sad when Min Kyu resets Aji 3, probably due to the other person not remembering anything after that and Min Kyu is the only one that remembers everything, happy or sad. I didnt feel totally sad as I know that the memory will still be present in Ji Ah, the person.

Became a fan of Yoo Seung Ho since I saw him acting in Arang and the Magistrate, not sure if I wrote it somewhere before. Is it unexpected haha? It was not the lead role but the role he played as the Jade Emperor in heaven was quite significant and I liked his acting. Felt that Yoo Seung Ho is really good at acting in melodrama since I saw him acting in melodramas I miss you and Remember-War of the sons. Somehow, even his romantic comedies have a touch of melodrama such as Operational Proposal and this drama. I dont think I feel sad or see characters feel so sad in other romantic comedies. (Just for your information, melodrama is characterized by a plot that appeals to the heightened emotions of the audience. Didnt know what it means in the past when I saw it appearing in some genres of dramas and thought it meant sad plots haha.)

Liked how Yoo Seung Ho displayed the character’s mixed emotions or conflicting emotions, for example when Min Kyu feels angry and pleased when Aji 3 patted his back when he was choked; feeling happy with Aji 3’s response and unhappy when thinking that Aji 3’s response is just robot programming; desperately wanting to train Aji 3 to be what it was before the resetting. Didnt know that a handshake can be so painful. When Min Kyu shakes hands with Ri El, his childhood crush, he knows he will suffer a serious allergic reaction but still forces himself to go through with it to show that he is normal. Chae Soo Bin acted well to portray Ji Ah’s conflicting feelings and her despair as she desires so much to say that she is not a robot and reciprocate her love and feelings for him but she cannot do so. She portrayed her character’s struggle to be an innovator+entrepreneur well and carved different qualities into Ji Ah, righteous, determined, creative, impulsive, optimistic.


It was interesting to see how Min Kyu treats his robots as his friends and helps them celebrate their birthdays haha. His house is really big. It’s good to be rich haha. My sister feels that if she is rich even if she is alone, it’s also ok as she can play all the facilities in the big house. Maybe I think so too? Since I am also an introvert like her who doesnt like to interact with people too much and rather have my own alone time.


The characters Hok Tal and Ssan Ip added humour to the drama such as when they wanted to have a swim in Min Kyu’s swimming pool and have a shock of their lives when they see him at the bottom of the pool staring at them haha. While they act like children, they are loyal people to whoever they follow and best buddies for each other. Liked the interaction between people of the Santa Maria team, Baek Kyun, Pie, Hok Tal and Ssan Ip. They are optimistic even in bad times and work together towards a common goal. Enjoyed how they gradually become closer to Min Kyu, not getting along well with Min Kyu at the start but slowly being allowed to enter his world and be his friends.The professor, Baek Kyun, is not suitable for Ji Ah since he is unable to see her strengths and help her fulfill her potential no matter how smart he is. He is better suited to Pie who has good rapport with him and understands the technical terms he uses.

Liked the interaction between Min Kyu and his loyal subordinate, Jin Bae. Because Jin Bae works for Min Kyu, he is ostracised by other people working in the company as Min Kyu is known for being a crazy person and firing any employee that he sees after he announces his arrival at the company, and they dont want to be seen taking Min Kyu’s side to be safe. It was funny when Jin Bae has to hide his face with a file when there is one time when Min Kyu almost loses his position at the company (if i didnt remember wrongly). It was fun to watch when Min Kyu almost cures his allergy and happily goes to the company to work, and those who sees him run away quickly in shock or they are in shock for being caught for bad-mouthing him. Nice to watch Min Kyu finally working at the company, walking freely, and eating lunch+being able to be at a close distance with Jin Bae. Liked how Jin Bae is such a loyal person to Min Kyu but i didnt like how he treats his sister poorly at the start of the drama with his pragmatic mindset, thinking she only has unrealistic dreams. It feels awkward when they realise Ji Ah’s brother is Jin Bae and Jin Bae seems a lot older than Min Kyu but taking orders from him haha.

It was a bit of a drag towards the end as it focuses more on company politics and there is the fall out between Ji Ah and Min Kyu after he realises that human Ji Ah was the robot and felt cheated.

Why you should watch: Enjoyed the acting by the cast (especially Yoo Seung Ho haha), the interesting plot, humour, and the pace of the drama (for 3/4 of it). The drama started out very well and I was chasing after it for 3/4 of it. Liked the perspective that the drama takes. May look out for Chae Soo Bin’s future dramas.

I am not a robot ost ig post 

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Long Series Kdrama Review All about My Mum

All about my Mum (2015) 拜託了,媽媽

  

starring Eugene Kim as Lee Jin Ae, Lee Sang Woo as Kang Hoon Jae, Go Doo Shim as Im San Ok (Jin Ae’s mother), Kim Kap Soo as Lee Dong Chul (Jin Ae’s father), Oh Min Suk as Lee Hyung Kyu (Jin Ae’s older brother), Choi Tae Joon as Lee Hyung Soon (Jin Ae’s younger brother), Kim Mi Sook as Hwang Young Sun (Hoon Jae’s Mother), Jo Bo Ah as Jang Chae Ri, Son Yeo Eun as Sun Hye Joo

Slot in to watch this drama when my parents were watching it on Channel U. This drama started out interestingly about a family with three children who have distinct characteristics. The eldest son Hyung Kyu’s first appearance is hilarious, singing in the car in a funny manner. He is an arrogant lawyer and does not like his family background. The second child is a daughter, Jin Ae. She is independent and a career woman who hopes to earn enough money to move out of the house she calls hell. She is hardworking and manages to do well in her career with her quick-wittedness, even though she gave up studying in university for her elder brother (?). The youngest son is quite good-looking which my sister thinks so too haha. He is kind and good-natured but seen as useless as he is unable to earn a living (can’t remember why but he keeps switching jobs).

The mother dotes on the eldest son and is bias towards him, not giving as much attention to her other two children. For a moment, I thought that it is because Hyung Kyu is the adopted son haha as I saw in one drama where they treat the adopted son better than their real children. The father is a troublemaker who cannot find a stable job, and is always cheated by his friends to invest in weird things and lose money. What I like about the father is how he provides emotional support to his other 2 children despite how he often creates trouble for the family. Throughout the drama, I felt the mother could have treated the children more equally, at least in front of them, to prevent misunderstandings and hurting them unnecessarily.

The relationship between Jin Ae and Hoon Jae started out well. Liked their interaction and how Hoon Jae is sure about his love for Jin Ae and “aggressively” makes Jin Ae think twice about being single and follow her heart. However, I disliked how he lies and hides his family background and their relationship for so long that it complicates their relationship and causes poor relationship between his mother and her. If he wants to hide those things, he should have explained properly to his mother and Jin Ae to prevent both of them from being hurt when they find out. It is nice how he is good at repairing and making things which he did a lot in Jin Ae’s family’s house. It is funny how Jin Ae’ s mother calls him Nimble Lad and Jin Ae’s friend/senior calls him “Stuck out butt” haha… Liked how Hoon Jae builds relationships with Jin Ae’s family members one by one when he unexpectedly stays at their house. But too bad, the biggest obstacle is actually his own mother.

It was fun to watch the interaction between Chae Ri and Hyung Soon as their relationship develops. Hyung Soon pretends to be his rich doctor friend to help his friend go for a blind date which leads to trouble as he falls in love with a rich man’s daughter haha. Due to having outstanding siblings and he compares himself to them, he feels inferior and has low confidence of his ability. Because of that, it adds instability to the relationship between him and Chae Ri, and it was quite a drag when he chooses to let go of Chae Ri a few times. However, their interaction is sweet, especially at the start, and adds a light and cheery atmosphere to the drama with their immaturity.

Enjoyed the development of relationship between Hyung Kyu and Hye Joo for the first half of the drama as Hye Joo is able to make Hyung Kyu smile and do things he usually do not do such as acting kind haha. Also liked Hyung Kyu’s interaction with Hye Joo’s child at the start. However, as the drama goes, when Hye Joo becomes what Hyung Kyu only cares about and Hyung Kyu is unable to handle matters sensitively, I felt the relationship didn’t change Hyung Kyu much after all. Also didn’t like it when Hye Joo orders Chae Ri to do things when Chae Ri has to work earlier in the day and she herself does not have to.

It was sad when the three children’s mother found that she has a rare cancer and tries to keep it from her children and her husband. When Hyung Kyu knows, he feels so guilty that he couldn’t talk for a period of time. As he tries to marry a single mum despite opposition and argues with his mother about how her expectation is a burden to him, he caused harm to his mother. Felt that he could have been more grateful and nicer to his siblings throughout the drama. I felt especially sad when Jin Ae knows about it, and Jin Ae and her mother cried together. If her mother had given more love to Jin Ae, Jin Ae wouldn’t have held so much resentment, followed by her grief for the upcoming loss. When Dong Chul finds out, he starts helping out with more housework chores and tries to hide his emotions but to no avail haha. Although he may be a good father, I felt that he is not a good husband until towards the end, giving lots of suffering to his wife despite his ability to sweet-talk. Liked how the drama ended with so much bliss despite the sadness before.

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Korean Drama Review NLJDH

Since one of my friends looked for my review of this drama and asked me about it when she could not find it, I may as well write it before I forget about the drama’s details haha. Doing this by memory.

Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho (2016) 鄰家律師趙德浩

Genre: Comedy, Family, Law, Crime

starring Park Shin Yang as Jo Deul Ho, Kang So Ra as Lee Eun Jo, Ryu Soo Young as Shin Ji Wook, Park Sol Mi as Jung Hae Gyung, Kim Gab Soo as Shin Young Il

I sneak peeked into it when my mother was watching and ended up watching the later episodes with her. The prosecutor, Deul Ho, is excellent at his job and has unusual ways of making the truth come to light haha, winning every case that he manages to get his hand on. For example, he throws a fake spider at the defendant to cut short his act of sitting in the wheelchair and acting ill to gain sympathy. After that, his life becomes a mess when he tries to prosecute a rich and powerful man, and he even becomes a beggar because of that. Sadly, the friend he made at that time was killed by the rich man’s son and burnt, and he somehow becomes a lawyer to defend the person who was framed for his friend’s murder. After that incident, he attempts to make a comeback and only takes on cases that is in relation to the rich man and his son to make them pay for the crimes they committed.

It is funny how every case/most of the cases throughout the drama are somehow linked to the rich man and son haha. They really committed so many crimes… Amazed when watching how Deul Ho wins each case by all means using unusual and creative methods, and ways a lawyer should not have done. For example, when defending the person who was framed for his friend’s murder, Deul Ho told the defendant to read what he witnessed from a script Deul Ho writes for the defendant which is not ethically right. However, as the defendant tries to memorise and read out the prepared script in court, he ends up remembering what he witnessed that night at court. It is satisfying to watch the rich man and his son’s anxious looks during or after each case, even though the rich man is still powerful enough to ensure his son and his “safety”. However, I feel that Deul Ho is quite biased, only focusing on cases that can cause harm to the rich man and son but I wont say that what he is doing is wrong since he only has a certain amount of time and attention and he cant possibly take every case.

It is interesting to watch the interaction between Deul Ho and his friend, a loan shark. At first, they meet as prosecutor and criminal. Somehow, the loan shark often commits many minor crimes or is being framed, and keeps going to see him to be prosecuted which is how their friendship developed. For most of the parts of the drama, his friend is the one giving him a place to live and giving him the help he needs to solve cases so it shows that we will never know who will help us in times of need haha. Enjoyed watching Deul Ho’s secretary’s exaggerated reactions and facial expressions, and the way she supports Deul Ho in whatever he does.

Liked the development of relationship between Deul Ho and Eun Jo. For a moment, I thought Eun Jo is his separated daughter that grows up to be a lawyer but that is not the case haha. At first, Eun Jo disapproves of his methods to defend the client when working with him but ends up forming an admiration for him, and eventually works with him after resigning from a law firm that mostly defends the rich and powerful (the law firm wanted to get rid of her for her mistake). Was hoping that she will end up with another prosecutor which is righteous but pressured by his father to help the rich man (not sure if that happens because I didnt manage to watch the last few episodes). He is often compared with Deul Ho by his father which makes him unhappy (happens often in dramas). Glad that he manages to see through the evil plans, and get out of his father’s control to do what is right towards the end. His father is an evil and cunning villain who pretends to be a follower of powerful people but is actually the mastermind.


Liked the interaction between Deul Ho and his young daughter which is heartwarming as they keep each other company, make each other happy, and the daughter gives good advice to her father. It is sad that they have to be separated after Deul Ho’s divorce with his wife. His wife wanted stability for her family, and also to protect her father’s law firm which makes me feel that she does not love Deul Ho enough haha. Glad that his wife and his wife’s father change towards the end if not I wont be rooting for the couple/family to reunite.

When I first saw the poster of the drama, I didnt feel like watching it due to lack of eye candies/actors and actresses I like but it turns out to be a thrilling ride with much unexpected humour and twists.

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Long Series Kdrama Review Cheongdamdong Scandal

Doing this review by memory.

Cheongdamdong Scandal (2014) 清潭洞丑闻

starring Choi Jung Yoon as Eun Hyun Soo, Kang Sung Min as Bok Soo Ho, Lee Joong Moon as Jang Seo Joon, Seo Eun Chae as Nam Joo Na, Im Sung Uhn as Lee Jae Ni, Kim Jung Woon as Bok Kyung Ho

As the couple Hyun Soo and Soo Ho started out as a loving couple, I expected that they will break up at the end of this long series drama which happens sadly. At first, I didnt quite want them to separate as Soo Ho manages to stay firm against his domineering mother to marry Hyun Soo and their marriage life is romantic but as he slowly loses the trust of Hyun Soo by lying to her later on, I guess the couple cannot last any longer. Too bad because the actor who acted as Soo Ho is quite good-looking haha… While Soo Ho’s mother seems to accept Hyun Soo and treat her like her own daughter, she is actually waiting for their divorce and giving her contraceptive pills disguised as nutrient pills to prevent them from having children. Because Hyun Soo’s mother is a single mother and was a maid (if I am not wrong), her mother-in-law just cannot accept her. She worked very hard to raise her two sons and become rich and wants her sons to marry people who match their family status, especially her elder son, Soo Ho. But of course, she will get her own retribution later for the bad deeds she did.

Liked the couple Seo Joon and Hyun Soo and the development of their relationship as the drama goes. Found how they first meet each other quite funny. If I didnt remember wrongly, Hyun Soo was singing to some child through the phone in the lift (both of them were in) to calm the child down and Seo Joon keeps thinking about it after that and laughing about it. They actually met in the past when they were children. The difference between Seo Joon and Soo Ho that I noticed is that Soo Ho has to have Hyun Soo by his side but Seo Joon does not need to “own” her. Seo Joon has a phobia of water after his mother drowns to save him and Hyun Soo is better able to comfort him than Joo Na who only wants to force him to like her. Eventually, she is even able to help him forget about his phobia seen in an incident that he jumps in the swimming pool when she is bullied by Joo Na and she is pushed in or accidentally slipped into the pool. Also enjoyed the interaction between Hyun Soo and her best friend who may be slow at catching on but provides refuge when she needs it.

Another couple that is memorable is the Jae Ni+Kyung Ho couple. They were arranged to marry by Kyung Ho+Soo Ho’s mother. Kyung Ho’s girlfriend and him were forced to be separated. Because of that, Kyung Ho holds resentment against his mother and is guilt-ridden towards his girlfriend. He makes friend with Hyun Soo and becomes close to her when they become in-laws. Hyun Soo makes him feel better when he feels suffocated in that house. He also admires Soo Ho for being able to go against their mother. Happy that he takes the advice of Hyun Soo and starts to make his arranged marriage filled with love. However, when that happens, sadly something bad happens to Kyung Ho (trying not to give spoiler) and I remembered being sad as it was quite a waste. I think after that, something happened to Jae Ni’s rich family and Kyung Ho+Soo Ho’s mother abandons her and she seeks to take revenge.

Wow, seeing how I can remember so much about this drama even though I watched it quite some time ago, it shows that this drama is quite content rich and have many memorable scenes that captivated me haha or is it because I just happened to have more time at that time to sit in front of the tv and watch haha?

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Korean Drama Review RDTK

Decided to write new reviews and edit old reviews at the same time haha… Hopefully I can clear most of my backlog before my school starts! *pant*

Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim (2016-2017) 浪漫醫生金師傅

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Hospital, Melodrama

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

starring Han Suk Kyu as Kim Sa Bu/ Master Kim, Yoo Yun Suk as Kang Dong Joo, Seo Hyun Jin as Yoon Seo Jung, Yang Se Jong as Do In Bum

Zoom into the characters: After Dong Joo’s father passes away, Dong Joo vows to be a doctor that can defeat the high-ranking doctor, President Do, with skills due to his belief that his father passes away as the high-ranking doctor chose to treat a rich patient instead of his father. However, he ends up doing what the high-rank ing doctor did by choosing to save a patient of high social status to climb the social ladder. Seo Jung, nicknamed “crazy whale”, is a highly skilled doctor at the emergency department who is very calm no matter the situation. Although she has a boyfriend already, she is wavered by Dong Joo and goes missing due to guilt after her boyfriend died in a car accident she was also in. Two of them meet again at Doldam Hospital after different setbacks. Master Kim was a former well-known doctor at the hospital both of them once worked at. After he failed to save his student and was rejected by the medical industry, he now holds on to romantic ideals about being a doctor. Towards the new recruits, he is critical and harsh but provides good guidance to them as the drama goes. Do In Bum is President Do’s son. Although he seems to have it all with his rich father and status, he is more recognised as President Do’s son than himself. He is skilled but sometimes lies to gain experience in operations he has not been involved previously.

Saw this drama’s previews on Channel U which caused me to remember how I dropped it after the first episode one day. I watched it out of curiosity due to reading somewhere that the drama has high rating since the actor that acts as Master Kim is in it. However, after I watched the first episode I found it too cheesy with Dong Joo’s sudden confession and their sudden kiss so I dropped it. Since my sister becomes curious about this drama too, we decided to try it together and we ended up finishing most of it before the first episode is screened on Channel U.

It is a meaningful drama with touching moments and it was fun to watch the many different types of cases at Doldam hospital. Happy that there are not many gross scenes and the surgery processes or clinical treatments are watchable haha (unlike in Hospital Ship which I finished watching 3/4). It is funny whenever it is Friday as there will be a sudden influx of patients which the doctors will have a hard time handling haha.

The cases that are most memorable to me are the multi-collision car accidents at the bend of the road and the lorry/truck hitting a group of cyclists that survived cancer:

Because of 2 young people who drink-drive happily (their drink-driving scene is hilarious) when the road is slippery due to snow, it causes many cars to collide after them as they are not able to see ahead at the bend of the road. There are several touching moments for that incident, especially when one of the casualties is the young daughter of a man trying to find fault with Master Kim under President Do’s orders. Master Kim saves her despite how her father does not allow the ban to be lifted even for his daughter. Liked how Master Kim is consistent in how he treats each patient as equal, and his conviction that in all circumstances, he should try his best to save the patients, no matter the patient is a rapist, the daughter of someone trying to ban him from medical practice, a rich chairman or a AIDS/HIV (?) patient.

Due to illness (?) of a lorry driver, he dozed off while driving and without knowing knocked into cyclists in a single file cycling on the road one by one. The cyclist who saw the lorry should have shouted for the others to avoid it instead of just blowing on the whistle. It is such a waste that they just survived the sufferings of cancer and end up in a fatal accident. This case provides insight to Dong Joo as a doctor too. Dong Joo ends up in a panic and almost wants to give up during the operation as the patient that he could not cure before transferring there had liver cancer too.


Enjoyed watching the interaction between the characters and the development of relationships in Doldam Hospital as more and more new members join them, including those from the big hospital that are there to cause troubles haha. Impressed by Master Kim’s surgical skills, and the ability of the hospital staff to make good use of outdated and poor medical equipment and devices at the start of the drama.

Liked the chemistry between Seo Jung and Dong Joo which is sustained from the start to the end of the drama. Felt that Seo Jung’s mental issues could have been better resolved, especially by including Dong Joo in the recovery process. Enjoyed watching Dong Joo’s growth and struggle as he detaches himself from hospital politics and becomes a true and more skilled doctor. It was heartfelt when he ignores his mother’s phone calls at a difficult time but at one of the times he answered, he is overwhelmed by emotions, and just cries into the phone and his mother just listens.  On a side note, my mother almost dropped this drama when Dong Joo is not at the centre of attention haha…

It is interesting how there is a voiceover mostly by Dong Joo which talks about reality or opinions of matters or the world throughout the drama. Enjoyed how the drama reflects on the purpose of being a doctor: to save patients or to earn more money and climb up the social ladder, as well as issues doctors face on a daily basis. In Doldam Hospital, it is possible to just save patients without caring too much about politics in the hospital. Actually, will the doctors feel that their job is fulfilling just saving patients 24h? Don’t doctors want a rest sometimes or a chance to supervise others in the job? Also felt that there is such great responsibility in this occupation and it becomes more of a duty than a job. On the other hand, it is interesting that the doctors feel more fulfilling when they have patients coming in which gives them a chance to carry out their job and exhibit their skills.

Why you should watch: It is a meaningful drama and I loved the acting of the cast, especially the Doldam Hospital team (Master Kim, Director Yoo, Manager Jang, Nurse Oh, Nurse Park, Anesthetist Nam, later on: Dr Dong Joo, Dr Seo Jung) each person with distinct and likeable personality and characteristics, and the 3 doctors (Dr Song, Dr In Bum, Dr Seo Jung’s friend) that end up being transferred there too.

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Korean Web Drama Last Minute Romance

Last Minute Romance (2017)

Cast: Han Seung Yeon as Baek Se, Lee Seo Won as Yoon Dong Joon / Ji Sul Woo(top star)

Episodes: 10

Recommendation: 8.5/10

My Review: This is the first time I have a dilemma on the recommendation points. I did not know whether I should give 8 points or 9 points so I decided to put 8.5 points. It is actually quite a normal plot. It was obvious that they will fall in love, it was obvious that the top star was definitely the complete opposite of Dong Joon and it was obvious and saddening that Baek Se will die regardless. However, I felt that the drama was good as it gave me different types of feeling. For example, I was sad because I knew Baek Se was going to die. It brought me laughter too because Dong Joon acting as the top star and Baek Se acting as the other lead was so cringy and funny. It feels sad that they could not end up together but it was quite a sweet love story to me.

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Korean Drama Review IB

Introverted boss (2017) 內向的老闆

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Family, Introversion

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

starring Yun Woo Jin as Eun Hwan Ki, Park Hye Soo as Chae Ro Woon, Yoon Park as Kang Woo Il and Gong Seung Yun as Eun Yi Soo

Zoom into characters: Hwan Ki is a mysterious introvert who works at the background at his father’s public relations company Brain as a Co-CEO with his best friend, Woo Il, who is always in public eye. Ro Woon has a cheery personality. She once worked in musicals but after her sister’s suicide, she becomes less outspoken at home, and starts to work at the public relation company to dig out the truth behind her sister’s death and to take revenge on the CEO that is rumoured to cause her sister’s death. Woo Il feels guilty for Ro Won’s sister’s death and is afraid that people will find out about it, wanting Hwan Ki to hide the truth. Yi Soo, Hwan Ki’s sister, wants to hold on to Woo Il by all means. Beneath her happy and innocent exterior, she is actually insecure, hurt, and ruthless.


Enjoyed how Yun Woo Jin portrays his character and the character’s emotional struggle! It was a bit exaggerating at the start, somehow his introversion is portrayed more as a mental disorder. As the drama goes, the character is intriguing and quite relatable to me. The shyness, thinking too much and being afraid to interact with people and express opinions: for example the scene where he is unable to tell the barber what hairstyle he wants to cut when he was young, are things I have experienced before or may still experience. It is funny whenever he has long self-dialogues and complicate things for himself before finally reaching a justifiable conclusion in his mind. Sometimes, when that happens, he misses the opportunity to speak haha. It is hilarious when he often dashes away in times of “crises”. I laughed the hardest at the scene about Ro Woon’s ugly face in the phone (watch it to find out). My sister finds his character the cutest of dramas she has seen haha.


Liked how his penthouse office is portrayed as dark and mysterious at the start: Hwan Ki in a black hoody, sharpening his pencils by using a knife in the dark, his whole cupboard filled with many different types of knifes haha when people open it. How convenient that Hwan Ki mostly lives at his penthouse office.


Enjoyed watching how the character, Hwan Ki, grows as he is forced by his father to lead a team of people with distinct characteristics: a mother whose work is affected by her children, a rich family’s son, a person overly critical about others’ work but not producing enough results, a quiet and sensitive person who is lacking in many areas. Most ought to be fired due to their lack of ability so they are sent there. Ro Woon is sent there by Woo Il who feels that her cheery personality can change Hwan Ki. At first, he cant even talk to his team properly or give presentations but slowly manages to join them in meeting, trips and gatherings. Liked how he eventually gains the respect of all his team members and helps them maximise their potential with his keen observation and listening ear. He also manages to gain the trust of his clients with his firm and quiet ways.

Liked how the relationship between Hwan Ki and Ro Woon develops as Hwan Ki opens up more and more to Ro Woon. I read some negative comments about Ro Woon as a character but to me, it was fun to watch her bubbly but reflective nature and her understanding towards Hwan Ki which helps him step out of his comfort zone and leads him to improvement. Impressed by Hwan Ki’s almost-to-be girlfriend who separated with Hwan Ki due to a misunderstanding. She is spontaneous and does not mind a fair competition with Ro Woon or giving up on Hwan Ki even though she knew Hwan Ki earlier and it is mainly Hwan Ki’s fault that they didnt end up together. How I wish most supporting characters are like that!

Woo Il and Yi soo’s relationship is small titbit to the drama and I am happy that they have resolved their relationship and make it a healthy one. Both of them have their strengths and weaknesses and it is nice watching how they play major roles in Hwan Ki’s life. Hwan Ki tries to protect them but sometimes creates more mess haha. From this, I learnt that even as observant introverts, we should not assume that we know everything and we should ask what others think before jumping to conclusion. Liked how Hwan Ki is close to his younger sister, Yi Soo, their sweet interaction and how he cooks delicious meals for her at his office hmmm. Wasnt totally convinced with Ro Woon’s sister’s suicide story but at the moment I cant think of something better that can replace it as Ro Woon’s sister’s story is a major piece in the plot development. :\

Why you should watch: Enjoyed watching this drama a lot! Didnt expect much from it at first due to negative comments about it and how it stopped screening for some time for changes to be made. Became a fan of Yun Woo Jin after this drama. Liked how they dedicated a drama to amplify characteristics of introverts who are often misunderstood in daily life. The characters are well portrayed and the pace is just nice, at least for 5/6 of it.

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