Mask (2015) 假面
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Melodrama
Enjoyment: 9/10 Pace: 9/10 No. of times I watched it: 2
starring Soo Ae as Byun Ji Sook / Eun Ha, Joo Ji Hoon as Choi Min Woo, Jun Jin Seo as Min Woo (young), Yun Jung Hoon as Min Suk Hoon, Yoo In Young as Choi Mi Yun
Liked the chemistry between the lead couple a lot! Enjoyed how they often repeat lines said by each other to show their care and concern and how cheesy they are at times. The relationship is extremely romantic as the drama progresses haha. I have a soft spot for dramas that involve marriage before there is real love. As I am someone who treasures relationships between family members, I just like dramas that try to work out love of the couple by letting them be family members first which is the case for this drama. It is fun to watch Min Woo slowly falling in love with Ji Sook, acting and saying things that he usually would not, like initiating to sing the birthday song for her and giving many excuses for not buying another bed or saying comically that he is emotional at night.
The scene that he carries her to the bed and his look when she wraps her arm around him is just perfect. Haha. Their divorce counselling is quite engaging. I liked how the twist is put in place with Ji Sook finally stepping up for Min Woo instead of continuing to follow Suk Hoon’s plan. Soo Ae acted the contrast in the character very well from weak and defenseless to being able to see through Suk Hoon’s plan, giving him a shocking retaliation. Liked the last episode but Min Woo and Ji Sook’s child does not look like them…haha.
Impressed by Suk Hoon who is such a good liar that is not even the least affected when he tell lies. This makes him such a powerful villain who can easily manipulate others even at the times that his lies are almost being detected or exposed. He does succeed in trying to ruin the family in a way. However, he also throws away his own happiness as a result. He could have lived a fulfilling life with Eun Ha whom he loves instead of using her as part of his revenge. It is a pity that Eun Ha passes away because of that. I feel sorry for Mi Yun who only yearns for Suk Hoon’s love. Her struggle in the drama to be happy and loved made her departure more heartfelt. Although I dislike her for indirectly leading to a few deaths, I liked how her character adds depth to the drama as she struggles to choose between protecting Suk Hoon and her half-brother, Min Woo.
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Favourite MVs+ osts: Only one day by Lyn Mask ost ig post
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Five fingers (2012) 五根手指
Genre: Romance, Melodrama, Music
Enjoyment: 8/10 Pace: 8/10 No. of times I watched it: 1
starring Joo Ji Hoon as Yoo Ji Ho, Kang Yi Suk as Yoo Ji Ho (Young), Chae Shi Ra as Chae Young Ran (In Ha’s mother), Ji Chang Wook as Yoo In Ha, Kim Ji Hoon as Yoo In Ha (Young), Jin Se Yun as Hong Da Mi, Kim Sung Kyung as Hong Da Mi (Young).
As my sister suggested watching a tragedy related drama, I decided to try this but it is not the childhood that is tragic for Ji Ho as I expected. I find In Ha more pitiful instead, especially before working together with his mother. At least Ji Ho grew up with all the (fake) love. In Ha has to go through all the torturous skin transplant operations to be able to play the piano again. Even so, he cannot use one of his fingers that was burnt too badly. Ji Chang Wook made his character someone I can sympathise with unlike other evil. However, I dislike how his character is so blinded by jealousy that he can’t see his mother’s love towards him or how Ji Ho treats him as a younger brother.
Thankfully, Joo Ji Hoon changes his hairstyle midway. Haha. Towards the end, Joo Ji Hoon’s character is now being labelled the most pitiful character in my sister’s list haha. What makes his character so pitiful is that he was hated by his very own mother and in the end becomes the enemy of her while taking revenge. He was genuinely good to both his stepmother and stepbrother but behind his back both are plotting how to get rid of him from their world both in business and music. It is funny how In Ha’s mother ends up picking him when she is trying to choose In Ha. In the fire (Ji Ho wearing In Ha’s pyjamas)and in the competition(Ji Ho uses 9 fingers at some points), she tries to save/pick what she thought is In Ha but fails twice. Wonder what it would be like if In Ha’s father is still alive after In Ha and Ji Ho grow up. Can’t imagine…
Nearing the end of the drama, I could feel tears building up in my eyes, starting from when In Ha’s mother starts to go blind after saving Ji Ho and In Ha realises it. That moment that each son realises the fact just tugs at my heart. The most moving scene was when In Ha’s mother who is already blind chases after Ji Ho’s car to finally utter a word of apology and beg for forgiveness but to fall off a cliff. Ji Ho does not even know it and drives off to the airport to leave the country to give his mother time to accept him as her son.
Favourite MVs+ osts: How Painful It Could Be by POSITION and Don`t love me by Lim Jeong Hee
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