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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 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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Korean Drama Review AYHT

This post is delayed for quite some time. Finished this drama at around September this year. Finally have the time and motivation to sit down and write this review haha. Doing this by memory.

Are you human too? (2018) 你也是人類嗎?

Genre: Science-fiction, Mystery, Action, Romance, Family

Enjoyment: 9.5/10  Pace: 9/10, 8/10 towards the end  No. of times I watched it: 1

      

starring Seo Kang Joon as Nam Shin / Nam Shin III, Gong Seung Yun as Kang So Bong, Lee Joon Hyuk as Ji Young Hoon, Kim Sung Ryung as Oh Ro Ra (Nam Shin’s mother), Park Young Kyu as Nam Gun Ho, Choi Duk Moon as David, Kim Won Hae as Kang Jae Sik

The pace for this drama is very good at the start and I was watching faster than it can be screened but as it goes the pace becomes slower, though still at an acceptable pace to me. I like dramas where there are twins in it which confuse people in the drama and this fits well as Nam Shin III, the robot, and Nam Shin, the human, look alike even though they act in different ways.

Although the main character is a robot, there was a certain amount of intensity of feelings of suffering and pain evoked in the drama as the robot works to protect Nam Shin’s place until he returns, works to be accepted and to be treated as a person. My (cute) sister can be seen crying every episode haha… She feels sad that the robot is consistently so selfless, innocent and nice even when being treated badly by people around it. She is sad that the robot doesnt have feelings to truly understand that it is badly treated and defend itself or fight back. But after the drama, my sister realises that the feelings she feels in the drama is  just her own feelings, not how the robot would feel. It is better not to have feelings after all so you dont feel the unintentional harm others attempt to give you and be consistently what you want to be. Felt that the robot is ideal and this drama shines light on how bad humans actually are and in the process evokes feelings of hardships. From what I felt about this drama, the comedy or happy scenes although fewer (in comparison to sad scenes) wraps the drama nicely with a layer of light-hearted feeling.

I felt that the robot would make a nice friend haha. It is smart and I can gain knowledge while talking to it. It can help me with whatever I need help with. When I need comforting or a listening ear, there is someone who can listen to me patiently without dismissing me, saying things that make it worse or putting too much feelings into it. No feeling warmth is sometimes better than warmth given by people as people are subjective and more or less judging. Loved how the robot has many different functions such as hacking into systems and traffic lights, turning on/off lights without touching the switch, recommending the best place to eat, telling if the person is lying by holding his/her hand, imitating any action, locating people, saving people, checking if people are unwell etc.

 

Liked the development of relationship and the chemistry between So Bong and Nam Shin III. Unlike most robot dramas where the robot only loves and follows the instructions of the one person (the main lead) from the start, the relationship between So Bong and Nam Shin III is taken step by step. Nam Shin III gets to interact with people around him and build relationship and trust slowly with all of them, including So Bong. So Bong disliked Nam Shin III for some time after realising he is a robot and finally accepts him as he is, and later tells him not to live for others. Enjoyed their interactions as they become bodyguard and heir, owner and slave, friends and finally lovers and protectors of each other. Touched by the comfort Nam Shin III can give to the frightened So Bong when he saves her a few times and wraps his arms around her. Although he is a robot (or due to him being a naive robot), his words sometimes come out as more straightforward, heartwarming and sweeter than humans’ haha. Liked his smile, especially when he smiles at So Bong. Felt that it is sweet whenever So Bong calls him by “Tin Can”. It was cool and a little romantic when he covers So Bong’s eyes and turns on all the lights with his robot function in order to help So Bong find her mother’s necklace that she dropped in the pool. Felt sad at the scene where Nam Shin III helps her put on her mother’s necklace that she accidentally left behind and tells her he will go back to being people’s slave and “goodbye for real”.

Liked how there are human elements nicely carved into the robot’s relationship building. Although the person may reject being comforted, Nam Shin III still attempts to make the person open up to him in his way. When So Bong left him once, there was an error and the images and memories of her kept appearing just like when humans miss someone and keep thinking of the person. When his rule changed to protecting So Bong, his mother (the robot creator) felt that he is not listening to her instructions anymore just like how human parents feel when their child wants to be with someone they oppose haha. Liked the rule that he has to hug the person when he/she cries. It is sad at first as the mother uses it to seek comfort from her son that she cannot be with when Nam Shin III hugs her but as the drama goes, it is used well in the interaction between So Bong and Nam Shin III. This drama subtly makes me think of Nam Shin III as a person rather than just an object throughout it.

Liked Seo Kang Joon’s acting a lot in this drama! May become his fan because of that haha… He acted well as the carefree, happy and naive robot Nam Shin III and the lonely and sad Nam Shin who turned evil towards the end. His face looks totally different when acting as either of them, leaving no trace of the other character. Enjoyed the growth of Nam Shin III as he becomes more sensitive, becomes better at making judgement and decisions by himself, and is able to deal with the villains well. It is cool that he can say he is not human or he doesnt have a heart haha (maybe I am crazy but I dont really want to be human)! While I liked Nam Shin III and maybe aim to be as ideal as him, I felt sad for Nam Shin. It is understandable that he will turn evil as his mother used a substitute while he had to endure those many years alone. His mother should have thought of the consequences when she invented the robots. Liked the development of the character of the mother as she intends to just make use of the robots and throw them away afterwards but ends up developing feelings for Nam Shin III but her emotional struggle was not enough for me.

Liked Lee Joon Hyuk’s acting in this drama as Young Hoon. Enjoyed the interactions between Nam Shin III and Young Hoon as Young Hoon guides Nam Shin III to become more like Nam Shin. He seems to be quite a cold person when interacting with Nam Shin III and restricts Nam Shin III’s movements but ends up being amused by Nam Shin III, being touched by Nam Shin III’s words and actions, and sometimes being confused. Also liked the friendship between Nam Shin and Young Hoon. Although Young Hoon is seen as a lower social class than Nam Shin, especially by Nam Shin’s grandfather, Young Hoon is a good emotional support for Nam Shin and only thinks for the best of Nam Shin. Nam Shin treats Young Hoon as his best friend. Young Hoon’s emotional struggle about Nam Shin III as well as the dilemma when he is stuck between helping Nam Shin III and Nam Shin towards the end was well-portrayed.

It was fun to watch Nam Shin III’s interaction with his team at the company. When they discussed about him in the chat group that he was not in, he managed to use his function to look into their computers and answer all their questions much to their surprise. He also turns off their computers without touching them when it is time for lunch (if i didnt remember wrongly). Special mentions (just going to write the characters instead of the actors/actresses) to Nam Shin’s grandfather who is extremely scheming which leads to unexpected yet expected plot twists in the drama, David as Nam Shin III’s caring and supportive father but with a secret, So Bong’s father who dotes on So Bong and wont hesitate to fight for her. Didnt like the reporter who is So Bong’s good friend.

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