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Korean Drama Review Perfume

Doing this by memory.

Perfume (2019) 香水

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Comedy, Family

Enjoyment: 10/10  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 2

  

starring Shin Sung Rok as Seo E Do, Go Won Hee as Min Ye Rin, Ha Jae Sook as Min Jae Hee, Kim Shi Ah as Min Jae Hee (child), Cha Ye Ryun as Han Ji Na, Kim Min Gyu as Yoon Min Suk, Jo Han Chul as Kim Tae Joon (Jae Hee’s husband), Kim Jin Kyung as Kim Jin Kyung (Jae Hee’s daughter), Kim Ki Doo as Park Joon Yong (Yi Do’s secretary)

Finished this drama at around July this year. Didnt know what to watch and happened to see the plot of this drama which includes a man with 52 phobias and 35 allergies. Didnt expect much from it but it turns out to be a good drama. Felt that Shin Sung Rok was only good for villain roles and I didnt really like him but this drama changed my view.

Liked how there is nice fantasy included in this drama about a older fat woman being able to transform into her pretty younger self 20 years ago (which she names Ye Rin) when she applies a magical perfume on herself. It is funny how there is lightning and thunder that come with each transformation, scaring people who are at that venue, especially E Do. Because of the magical perfume, she is able to have a second chance to do what she truly wants to do and pursue her dreams.

Liked the heartwarming scenes in the drama. Jae Hee’s emotional struggle is heartfelt. The background music together with her internal dialogues is touching and I can feel tears in my eyes once or twice. For example, when she gets a chance to be a substitute model as a model injured herself, she feels that she will have no regrets if she dies after that. Also, at one of the model training sessions where they go to a cliff to shout that they love themselves, she apologises to herself for treating herself as trouble when she already tries so hard to live her life.

Liked the comedy scenes and most of them are due to Shin Sung Rok. Knew that he is capable of them after having a peek into The Last Empress which I dropped. For example, a scene where he makes a big fuss about Ye Rin not washing her hair by immediately jumping up and spraying the whole living room with disinfectant (?), a scene where he jumps on a pogo stick on rainy days at midnight, frightening people at his company as they thought he is a one-legged ghost. Want to try the pogo stick one day haha. The competition between E Do and his half-brother, Min Suk, to win Ye Rin’s heart was funny and immature haha. For example, after Ye Rin says she loves money, E Do makes a dress with notes for her and Min Suk gives her a tissue box filled with notes. Then, she takes out all the money and gives them back and in the end, E Do snatches Min Suk’s money and they run around in E Do’s house because of that. It is funny how E Do’s mother cant remember his phobias and allergies and often offers him food he is allergic to or wear clothes with polka dots which will cause him panic attacks.

Enjoyed the development of relationship and chemistry between E Do and Ye Rin. Ye Rin can fit perfectly into the clothes that E Do makes which allowed her to be the substitute model for one event, leading to the first time they work together. After threatening E Do, she manages to work at his house as a housekeeper and after that becomes a model through E Do’s business partner. Liked how Ye Rin is accepting towards E Do’s phobias and allergies and how she can memorise all of them and make sure he is safe from those things. Liked how E Do helps her become a better model, giving her materials to use, helping with designs, helping her gain confidence, pointing out her mistakes. Ye Rin manages to inspire and help E Do get out of his designing slump once. It is funny how E Do always tells Ye Rin not to fall for him. Liked how it is shown that E Do can overcome some of his phobias when she is in danger and later some of his phobias are gone because of her. Liked how E Do is able to take good care of her when needed. When Ye Rin injured her arms, E Do learns how to cook to cook for her and also helps her wash her hair. Liked how E Do is sure of his feelings for Ye Rin and confesses his feelings to the media when he is pressured to say that she is just his housekeeper. It was heartbreaking when they sign an agreement that they will not be lovers and Ye Rin will leave after fulfilling what she wants to do (cant remember exactly) as Ye Rin may die when the perfume is used up.

Liked the characters E Do and Jae Hee/Ye Rin. Liked how E Do is an excellent clothes designer and how he can know people’s body sizes just by looking. It is funny how he has so many rules when people come to interview him and he expects people to remember all of them haha. It is funny how he tells people to get out of the place in 2.5s when he is angry and when he feels embarrassed. It is interesting how he is so knowledgeable and I dont know where he read all the weird things from. Besides how his character is hilarious and fun to watch, I am touched by how much he loves and is loyal to his first love. He recognises his first love no matter how her appearance changes and his love for her never changes. When he meets Jae Hee (without knowing she is Ye Rin), he is concerned about her and wants to help her lead a better life no matter she likes him or not. Liked how Ye Rin/Jae Hee is good at cleaning the place, even the dirtiest room can be sparkling clean after she cleans it up. Liked how she has licences for many types of cuisine and she shows her skills when she works at E Do’s house. Both Jae Hee and Ye Rin portrayed their love for Jin Kyung, Jae Hee’s daughter, well. Liked how the actresses portrayed the same emotional struggle felt well, and they felt like one person especially when that happens. Could have had other more obvious traits that are shared between Jae Hee and Ye Rin. Liked how Jae Hee/Ye Rin is a loyal fan of Min Suk, even being willing to pretend to be dating Min Suk so that his career wont be negatively affected. Liked how she is good at dealing with situations. Enjoyed watching how Jae Hee gets back at her husband after she becomes more confident.

My sister felt that it is possible for E Do to accept Jae Hee’s appearance readily due to him being fat in the past. Because E Do experienced life as a fat person before, that is probably why he can accept Jae Hee straightaway. I felt that the similarity between them is the insecurity they felt at certain point of their lives. Liked watching how they, especially Ye Rin/Jae Hee, overcome their insecurity and become more confident about themselves. It is cool and heartwarming how they made a promise in the past that E Do will design the clothes and Jae Hee will be his model and they manage to fulfill it after such a long time (sry for the spoiler).

Liked the interactions among E Do, Ji Na, Min Suk, Ye Rin, E Do’s secretary, and E Do&Min Suk’s mother individually and as groups. Felt that E Do’s secretary is quite good at doing background check. He finds out that Ye Rin is Jae Hee so fast haha. Liked how Ji Na helps Ye Rin pursue her dreams. Liked the background story between Min Suk and E Do. Liked the scene where Jae Hee makes an elaborate plan filled with dominoes to kill her husband haha. It was cool! Didnt like Jae Hee’s husband and a little dont like Jin Kyung. Although Jin Kyung lets her mother go to allow her to pursue her dreams, she still shows that she doesnt really respect what her mother wants. When Jae Hee wants to quit her job and go on vacation with her, Jin Kyung tells her not to do so. Didnt know that eating something one is allergic to can be a method to commit suicide. E Do attempts to eat walnut (?) to commit suicide and it is heartbreaking to watch.

The pace of this drama is good, even though the pace drops a little towards the end. This drama is actually better than Angel’s Last Mission: Love which was screened at the similar time period, even though it is not as popular.

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Dropped Korean Drama Review Still 17

Thirty but Seventeen/Still 17 (2018) 雖然30但仍17

starring Shin Hye Sun as Woo Seo Ri, Park Shi Eun as Seo Ri (teen), Yang Se Jong as Gong Woo Jin, Yoon Chan Young as Woo Jin (teen), Ahn Hyo Sup as Yoo Chan, Ye Ji Won as Jennifer,  Yoon Sun Woo as Kim Hyung Tae, Wang Suk Hyun as Hyung Tae (teen)

Watched here and there for this drama.

For Still 17, the big flaw that cant be ignored is the same as Where Stars Land which is that Woo Jin loses his distinct characteristics after some episodes. Liked how Woo Jin is weird, how he is a workaholic and how he doesnt care about what people think. Enjoyed watching how he goes around measuring everything with a measuring tape. Liked the miniatures he makes. Liked the interactions among the characters in this drama. Enjoyed watching the development of relationship between Seo Ri and Woo Jin and how Seo Ri slowly breaks the ice. Liked the story of young Woo Jin and Seo Ri. Liked the characters, Seo Ri, Jennifer, the 3 rowers, and Woo Jin’s colleague, and superior. Liked the more light-hearted feeling in this drama and the comedy scenes. It is a pity for Seo Ri’s doctor friend who sacrifices so much for Seo Ri after Seo Ri’s accident but doesnt become her lover. I guess the way to interpret this is that life isnt fair. Doesnt mean that if you do a lot, you will get what you want. There are many factors that can get in the way. Liked the relationship between Woo Jin and Chan, especially towards the end when he hugs Woo Jin (like when they were young) when Woo Jin cries and guards outside Woo Jin’s door to prevent Woo Jin from leaving him again. Woo Jin’s and Seo Ri’s emotional struggles could have been reasons for me to continue watching this drama but unfortunately they werent good enough to sustain my interest. It will be unfair to the other dramas that I dropped if I write a long review for this drama so I am not going to do so.

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Scanned through Korean Drama Review Where stars land WSL

Doing this by memory. Finished scanning through it at around December 2018.

Where Stars Land/Fox Bride Star (2018) 狐狸新娘星

starring Lee Je Hoon as Lee Soo Yeon, Nam Da Reum as Soo Yeon (young), Chae Soo Bin as Han Yeo Reum, Lee Dong Gun as Seo In Woo, Kim Ji Soo as Yang Seo Koon, Lee Sung Wook as Choi Moo Ja, Kim Kyung Nam as Oh Dae Ki, Lee Soo Kyung as Na Young Joo, Ro Woon as Go Eun Sub

The pace for this drama is very good for the first few episodes until Soo Yeon’s confession scene. Chased this drama until there. There are many emergencies at the airport and I enjoyed watching how the staff deals with the situations. It is interesting to know about the happenings at the airport. Felt that Soo Yeon’s emotional struggle shines through in this drama. However, it was a pity that the distinct characteristics of the character Soo Yeon is gone after the confession scene.

Liked how Soo Yeon just wants to live a normal life and how he is strict towards his subordinate and frank at the start. There are many behaviours he has that makes him different from the norm and I enjoyed watching that. For example, the reason why he chooses to work at the airport is because he can hide in the many people there and just focus on doing his duties, he doesnt answer his superiors and even questions if he has to do what he is being told to do, he is quick-witted and good at dealing with emergencies or difficult people. Liked how he is portrayed as Yeo Reum’s superhero at the start, saving Yeo Reum twice with his quick moves and metallic arm. It is cool when he does so. This is the reason why I started watching this drama. It is cool how his metallic arm can bend metal poles and lift cars and it is funny how he breaks things easily when he knocks into them. Laughed at the scene where the water dispenser breaks apart some time after his “attempt” to repair it. It was painful to watch when he starts to lose control of his metalllic arm and when the metallic arm starts to attract magnetic objects and he has to pull himself from the objects.

It is fine if Soo Yeon compromises a little here and there due to Yeo Reum’s influences but his whole character seems to change after the confession scene which to me, is a flaw that cant be ignored in this drama. Liked the chemistry and tension between Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum which are just nice in their relationship. It is funny how the dust robot cleaner follows Soo Yeon and even ships Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum once. Liked how Yeo Reum is compassionate. However, was unable to relate to her emotional struggles. Liked the scene where Yeo Reum thanks Soo Yeon for saving her in the past, no matter he remembers her or not.

Liked how this drama delves into the topic of disability. Liked how Soo Yeon’s emotional struggle was portrayed. His fear of drawing people’s attention and how he thinks that people can hurt him just by looking is well-portrayed (cant remember exactly). Liked the scene where Soo Yeon decides to tell Yeo Reum the truth about himself by meeting her on a wheelchair. That scene left a deep impression on me as he falls from his wheelchair down the steps while trying to get his phone (?) and had difficulty getting up, which nicely shows the struggles he faces due to the disability. However, they should have let Yeo Reum be with the disabled Soo Yeon at least for some time to show that Yeo Reum can accept his disability as a part of him.

Another highlight of this drama is the security team couple. Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between them. Liked how Dae Ki manages to find out many things about Young Joo which she tried to hide. Liked how Dae Ki says that he doesnt like puppy faces but likes cat faces. It is such an accurate description and it is so sweet haha. Liked both of the characters and their interactions with Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum.

Liked the friendship between Eun Sub and Yeo Reum. Liked Soo Yeon and Yeo Reum’s superior who stands up for them when needed and assures them that she is there to help them if they make mistakes. Could have had more depth in the relationship between her and the security superior.

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Korean Drama Review He is psychometric HIP

He Is Psychometric/ That Psychometric Guy (2019) 會讀心術的那小子

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Comedy, Melodrama, Crime, Family

Enjoyment: 10/10, 9/10 due to creepiness  Pace: 9/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

 

starring Park Jin Young as Lee Ahn, Shin Ye Eun as Yoon Jae In, Kim Da Som as Eun Ji Soo, Kim Kwon as Kang Sung Mo, Jo Byung Kyu as Kang Sung Mo (young), Noh Jong Hyun as Lee Dae Bong (Lee Ahn’s best friend), Go Yoon Jung as Kim So Hyun (Jae In’s childhood friend), Lee Seung Joon as Kang Geun Tae

After such a long wait since Are you human too, I was so happy that there is finally a nice fantasy kdrama to enjoy haha. Finished this drama on the week that the last episode was screened.

Liked the fantasy a lot! Ahn can read people’s memories whenever he has skin contact with them and later on he is better at reading memories of the previous user when touching objects as well. The memories are those that evoke a lot of feelings. Liked how the fantasy not only makes the drama more interesting and helps in plot development, but also increases the intensity of emotions in some scenes. For example, the happy feeling Ahn feels when he repeatedly touches the hospital curtains he mischievously wrapped Jae In in, the sad feeling when he touches the soft toy dog his parents who passed away gave him, pain when he realises Jae In’s father is the murderer that caused the death of his parents and goes into a street filled with people with memories that portray atrocious deeds. It is interesting that Jae In can use Ahn’s ability to convey messages to him. While the ability to read people’s memories is a torture to Ahn, it later on helps him in many ways like exposing lies and saving people. Looks like an ability is a double edge sword?

Liked how Ahn likes to and is good at jumping from high places with a perfect landing like from rooftops or over the school gate. It is cool when he does so haha. It is also cool how he is so good at fighting. Park Jin Young acted well for the character. Was impressed by his acting in the scene in the first episode where the teacher was talking to him about expulsion and he switched so quickly from fooling around and joking to sad to joking to sad. Could feel that his happy-go-lucky nature and foolishness on the surface are used to cover his inner sadness at times. It is funny how he is poor at language and people around him have to correct him or explain to him and sometimes they just dont bother to explain and choose to ignore (if i didnt remember wrongly). My sister who likes GOT7 feels that Park Jin Young is cute when he acts unlike his another image as a kpop idol. Liked how Jae In is good at everything, including fighting.

Liked how the high school setting for the first few episodes sets a solid background and impression of the 4 characters. Liked the friendship between Ahn and Dae Bong and the background story between them. Dae Bong seems foolish but is actually smarter than Ahn haha. It is funny how Dae Bong only cares about the girl he likes and makes a big deal out of it when talking to Ahn. It is lucky how Dae Bong and Ahn dont need to look for jobs haha. Dae Bong has a super rich father and he can work at any gas/petrol station his father owns. Ahn has a prosecutor adoptive brother that supports him haha. Felt that Dae Bong’s relationship with So Hyun adds tidbit to the drama haha. It feels lighter than the other romantic relationships in the drama. It was fun to watch how “simple-minded” Dae Bong gradually breaks the ice of So Hyun who has a lot of pride.

 

Liked how Park Jin Young and Shin Ye Eun each portrayed their characters’ emotional struggles well. Felt sad for Jae In who has to suffer as her father is known to be the murderer, especially since her father is actually not the murderer. Enjoyed watching Ahn’s growth as he becomes more mature, and better at using his ability and dealing with issues. Liked the development of relationship and chemistry between Ahn and Jae In. It was fun watching their interactions as partners in crime or partners in solving cases, tutee and tutor, and lovers later. It is funny how Jae In mistakes him as a pervert at the start but shockingly asks him to shake her hand or do more to read her when she knows of his ability.  Felt that the sweetness in their relationship is mostly due to Ahn haha, for example when he says that he will read and face her past with her, and take all her bad memories and only give her good memories. It is probably because Jae In is the more independent type of person and is more emotionally distanced due to her past unlike Ahn who still has a layer of naivety in him. It is funny how Ahn’s ability affects their relationship, for example how Ahn tries his best to avoid touching her and Jae In closing her eyes while bathing once in case Ahn reads it.

Liked the portrayal of relationship between Ahn and Sung Mo before the plot twist. Sung Mo saved Ahn when they were young as seen at the start of the drama. Was touched at the scene where Sung Mo comes back to the orphanage to pick Ahn up after both of them have grown up and asks if Ahn has waited for a long time. The dog is cute haha. Ahn picks up the dog at the same time Sung Mo returns and it nicely shows how both were abandoned but picked up. Liked the designs of their rooms after they moved house. It nicely shows the personalities of Ahn and Sung Mo. My sister praised the designs of the rooms and it was funny how we later found out that Ahn was the one who chose that “creepy” picture for Sung Mo’s room haha. Liked their interactions as Sung Mo challenges Ahn to read him and how Sung Mo acts as Ahn’s guardian, looking out for him, guiding him and helping him improve. And how Ahn thinks that he can help Sung Mo with his troubles. It is funny how Ji Soo and her friend attempt to rely on Ahn’s ability when they reach dead ends in the investigation (and it didnt turn out well at the start), much to Sung Mo’s disapproval at the start.

Writing on behalf of my sister for this paragraph. My sister who hardly gives recommendation rating of 10/10 for a drama gives this drama 10/10 as she feels that this drama evokes many feelings in her and she especially likes the character, Sung Mo, which is complex and well-portrayed. From the start of the drama, my sister can feel that he is someone who is not optimum in understanding or feeling emotions (he seems to be able to feel emotions but also seems to be not able to do that at the same time) and she liked Kim Kwon’s acting for portraying it well from the start. My sister already expected the plot twist about Sung Mo. There are people who dont like the plot twist and want a happy ending for all but it is good how the plot develops in this manner which portrays the harsh truth, pain, and darkness in this world well (I think so too). For people who think that Sung Mo is creepy, dont forget who is the creepy one. It is Sung Mo’s father who doesnt feel remorse to the end. It is not only killing people that is unforgiveable. In desperate situations, people dont even know what they would do and they may already have caused irreversible harm to others in the past without knowing it (I think so too).

For me, I dont quite understand why Ahn and Ji Soo feel sad about Sung Mo’s past (as a child). It is only possible to feel that sad for someone if you can relate to that person’s sadness and pain based on your own past experiences or you can jump into his/her shoes which I dont think is possible for me, Ahn or Ji Soo for this scenario. I wont be able to empathise with Sung Mo. The most I can do is probably just accept him and his past which is a pity how Ahn could not. You cant change the past already but if the relationship is strong enough, there is no reason not to accept him as his friend or family even after knowing what he did. Probably the relationship between Ahn and Sung Mo isnt strong enough? There are too many “accomplices” in the Yeongseong Apartment case so they cant totally blame Sung Mo for the effect of the whole incident.

Liked the interactions and development of relationship between Ji Soo and Sung Mo. I can subtly feel that Sung Mo likes Ji Soo even though it is ambiguous at times and misleading when he smiles when thinking about Jae In. Didnt like the character Sung Mo as much as my sister, felt quite neutral about him. Probably didnt like Kim Da Som’s character, Ji Soo, as much as other people as I happened to watch her as the villain in Band of Sisters/Unni is alive before this drama and the impact of that was quite great. Liked how Ji Soo is persistent not only when working on unsolvable police cases, but also when testing Sung Mo’s feelings, and urging Sung Mo to trust her and lean on her if he needs it. It was fun to watch Ji Soo feeling extremely delighted when Sung Mo indirectly says that she is someone he cherishes and when he tries to protect her by telling her not to dig deeper for the cases haha. Touched by how much Ji Soo is willing to give Sung Mo, how she patiently waits for Sung Mo despite him not being able to reciprocate her love, and later on how she urges him to stop and turn back when she is on the verge of death. 

Sry for the spoiler here. Ji Soo’s death was sad. And surprisingly, I felt the saddest when it is the flashback of Ji Soo’s friend, the forensic scientist, even though it is the shortest. Park Jin Young’s crying scene could have been better, not sure if it is due to the angle he was being filmed from? It is too bad that Ji Soo’s father only steps up after her death. He chose to protect what is important to him but loses what is precious and irreplaceble. There was actually no turning back for Sung Mo by then but it was sad that Ji Soo’s death increases the intensity of his misery and pain. Looks like Sung Mo’s life is just about losing more and more things… Not sure why but when I am writing this review I feel sadder than when I was watching the drama haha…Maybe I am starting to understand the underlying layer of this part of the drama as I write about it? Or is it due to my sister’s explanation haha?

Felt that everything fits nicely in this drama and there is nice closure for the characters. The background music is quite impactful, especially the creepy instrumental one that gives me chill whenever I hear it. I cant remember if I chased this drama or not haha. The pace was a little slow at the middle but the overall pace is quite good. The drama is creepy and morbid at times and I usually drop crime-related dramas but the fantasy is good enough for me to continue watching it. Liked how the drama starts each episode revealing some parts of the past of Ahn, Sung Mo, and Jae In. Felt that it is a more creative way and also a better way than just flashbacks as it adds more substance to the plot. Special mentions to (writing the characters instead) Jae In’s senior, a police officer who is disgusting but interesting, Jae In’s aunt who stays by her side and has her own sad story, Jae In’s father, and Ji Soo’s subordinate who adds humour to the drama. I guess it is a breakthrough for Lee Seung Joon as I usually see him as nice characters and he reminds me of a secretary role.

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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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Korean Drama Review While you were sleeping WYWS

Finished this drama about end of last year. Doing this by memory. Hope I get the details right haha. Finally have some free time to finish this up after much delay…

While you were sleeping (2017) 當你沉睡時

Genre: Fantasy, Law, Romance, Crime, Family

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

 

starring Lee Jong Suk as Jung Jae Chan, Nam Da Reum as Jung Jae Chan (young), Bae Suzy as Nam Hong Joo, Lee Sang Yeob as Lee Yoo Bum, Jung Hae In as Han Woo Tak

At first, I didnt think much of this drama as the title didnt attract me. But after seeing fantasy in the plot, I decided to try it with my sister who is a fan of Lee Jong Suk. It is interesting but I didnt chase after it as much as I thought I will as it goes. Compared to I hear your voice, this drama seems more bland haha. Fortunately, the fantasy element in this drama is sufficient to keep me going as I usually drop law/crime related dramas. It is quite a thriller, especially when they have to deal with life and death situations.

While they may be able to change certain future completely, it is interesting that there are future that just dont change no matter how hard they try or change slightly, and some become worse nightmares. Liked the clever plot twists in the drama where unforeseen circumstances can happen and one action can make a big difference. While some dreams that they dream about still come true, I liked how they can actually accept what will happen or think of ways to better respond to the event. Learnt that although some things will happen no matter what, it is our mindset and response that can change the outcomes associated. It is funny when the dreams also show daily life events instead of just serious or life and death events. For example, Hong Joo seeing Jae Chan’s daily life habits, and Jae Chan seeing Woo Tak hugging Hong Joo in his dream and run to prevent it.

Liked how the relationship between Jae Chan and Hong Joo started and developed. Jae Chan managed to prevent Hong Joo’s car (?) from hitting Woo Tak which prevented many negative consequences. The scene where Hong Joo hugs Jae Chan marks a nice start to their relationship with the nice scenery and just right atmosphere. After that, it is fun to watch Hong Joo think that Jae Chan likes her but is proved otherwise and when she tries all ways to recruit him to join her in preventing bad dreams from happening in real life. Liked the chemistry between them and how they become source of comfort and support for each other as the drama goes.

Enjoyed watching the solid characters, Jae Chan and Hong Joo, (portrayed by Lee Jong Suk and Bae Suzy) and how they respond to events. Liked how Hong Joo is headstrong and outstanding at work. It is hilarious when her capable superior is sometimes fearful of her. It is fun to watch her craziness and how her feelings are readily reflected on her face. Jae Chan, on the other hand, is less expressive, more cautious and less confident. It is fun to watch Jae Chan’s surprised, worried or flustered face. It is funny how he shows a confident self at the front but starts pulling his hair and beating himself up for what he said at the back. Admired how Jae Chan is very sure of what is right and wrong and is not wavered under pressure. Enjoyed watching how they become better at handling situations and their emotions.

Enjoyed watching how Jae Chan solves each case effectively even though he is slow and considered too careful by his colleagues and superior. Looked forward to how Jae Chan solves each difficult case in his own way. Liked how there seems to be moral lessons associated with each case. The case that left the deepest impression on me is the one that a writer’s assistant is killed by the writer. There is a moral dilemma as the writer’s assistant becomes brain-dead and can save 5(?) patients through organ transplantation but an autopsy is needed to find out the cause of his death and arrest the murderer. No matter Jae Chan choose autopsy or organ transplantation, there will be negative consequences associated and he will lose his job as a prosecutor. One of the patients that could be saved was Jae Chan’s colleague’s (a single mother) young son. Touched when she asked Jae Chan to go ahead with the autopsy while her prosecutor boyfriend violently objects, and she explains that as a parent, she would want to know the truth of her son’s death more than saving strangers.


Liked Jung Hae In’s acting in Blood and was thinking how come I didnt see him before but realised he is new haha. Happy to see him again but too bad he is the second lead. It is nice that his character, Woo Tak, chooses not to form the triangle love and prefers to just quietly be part of unrequited love. Felt that the secret Woo Tak keeps about himself is not that big after all. Expected it to be something big like his brother was the one that killed both Hong Joo and Jae Chan’s father or something that can potentially break the friendship between Hong Joo+Jae Chan and him. Fooled by all the tension haha, seems like it is not the first time this happens in drama… Liked how Jung Hae In portrayed the struggle his character faces.

Felt that Lee Sang Yeob acted well to portray the evil and selfish lawyer who is exceptionally good at finding loopholes in the law to defend his clients and telling lies. But too bad he is up against righteous, smart, and careful Jae Chan haha… Special mentions to Shin Jae Ha who acted as Jae Chan’s brother, the actors acting as Choi Dam Dong (preferred the younger him haha), the young actors acting as Jae Chan and Hong Joo, and the prosecutor team. Liked how the prosecutors all have different characteristics and I enjoyed watching their interaction with Jae Chan which includes much humour. Liked the background story of young Hong Joo and young Jae Chan, as well as the concept of family in the drama.

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Korean Drama Review I am not a robot 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

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.

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KBS drama special episodes review

Hi everyone haha!

Due to a lack of dramas that can entertain me a week, I tried watching kbs drama specials with my sister but it didnt turn out too well haha… Every week, I wait for While you were sleeping to be screened. But I remember that when I chased I hear your voice, the anticipation feeling was higher. Tried Borg Mum but after a certain episode when Go Bong becomes extremely worried that he has fallen in love with a robot and escapes from the problem, it didnt attract me anymore. Black is too crime related and involves too much details, though its creepiness and grim are attractive. Even if I do continue, it will be a quick browse through. Hospital Ship, to my sister, is too mature for her liking. I am still continuing it myself mainly to see Kang Min Hyuk haha and the romance between the lead couple, even though I am not entertained enough by the drama.

Kbs drama special episodes I watched in one night

What is the ghost up to? (2015)

 

Liked Lee Joon’s acting since seeing him in Gap Dong and Vampire Detective though I didnt finish both as they are crime related dramas that didnt quite suit my taste. In this one episode, his character is quite funny with his hilarious angry outbursts or his crazy screaming when he sees the ghost haha. His girlfriend broke up with him and her reason/criticism haunts him. Although he does well academically, he seems crippled by her remarks and cannot get a job or move on well in life…until… one day, she returns and wants him to find her boyfriend. He is angry but pities her and decides to help her which leads to a surprise revelation. Shall not give too much spoiler haha. Towards the end, I actually felt tears flowing out of my eyes even though I skipped through certain parts in between towards the end. At the first time I watched, I was hit hard due to the words she wrote in her notes and the second time I watched with my sister that night, it was at the final “pop goes the weasel” part.

You can watch it in Youtube.

Next, I decided to watch something that looks nice on the cover.

If we were a season (KBS Drama special 2017 Episode 1)

Like the title haha! The development of the relationship of the lead characters is well portrayed from young to their high school days and nights, showing how they play or pass messages through a window between their houses from young to how they naturally watch out for each other in school. The scenery and weather fit nicely with the plot and beautifies the story. It is a typical love triangle story but I liked the lead couple’s acting and chemistry. Liked Jang Dong-Yoon here more than in School 2017. Jin Young’s character has no place in between them haha. My sister is a fan of Jin Young but she says he looks out of place as he doesnt even look like a high schooler, like the rest of them haha. She feels that when he jokes with Chae Soo Bin’s character, it felt cold instead of cheesy. I was quite baffled by the family background story towards the end. When I reached the ending, I felt like shouting at the screen “No…Why?!” :/

Things seem to be going downhill.

Finally, my last episode of the night

Waltzing Alone (KBS Drama special 2017 Episode 4)

When I looked at the title, I should have been warned. But unfortunately, when I browsed through YouTube quickly, none of the pictures or plots of other drama special episodes attracted me so I thought I should give it a try. Maybe it will turn out to be a beautiful heartwarming story?

The story especially at the start is beautiful but unfortunately it wasnt heartwarming but heartbreaking. The lingering regrets and heartbreaks of the episode, especially when they had their final breakdown, was hard to get rid of haha. And when I am writing this, the feeling is coming back aaahhhh. Loved the dancing of waltz (something I want to learn one day haha) as the theme throughout the episode, especially at the start where the scenes showed how the lead couple danced through life together, depicted through the different attires and locations as they dance and dance and dance. (Yeo Hoi-Hyeon looks more and more good looking as the episode goes haha.) It is romantic and whenever they dance or are in the waltz footwork they seem blissful, shielded from the harsh reality of the world.



However, the reality of the competitive corporate life and the pressure to get a permanent job soon catch up with both of them as they are rejected by one company after another. When they had to compete for the same job position, it turns out to be a cruel battle which could have been resolved if they decide to have a fair competition. 😦

Lesson learnt:  Not going to have too much kbs drama special in one dose since it is bound to affect my mood. Maybe once a month haha? Wonder if all of them end up sad? Haha, but I think I will stay away from them for a while…  If you are looking for a so-called movie or want to borrow something’s help to cry and release stress or just want to feel “stabbed” or give yourself a reason to be sad, maybe you can try them.

Korean Drama Review Third-rate my way TRMW

Third-Rate/ Fight for my way (2017) 三流之路

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Family, Sports, Dream

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

starring Park Seo Joon as Ko Dong Man, Jo Yun Ho as Dong Man (child), Kim Ji Won as Choi Ae Ra, Lee Han Seo as Ae Ra (child), Ahn Jae Hong as Kim Joo Man, Song Ha Yoon as Baek Sul Hee

Wasn’t quite interested in watching this drama as the summary seems quite plain. But decided to watch it after reading in Dramabeans recap about Dong Man’s struggle to choose between winning the competition and money for his sister’s operation. This drama is like a portrayal of reality where life is tough and we may not be able to do what we want in life. My sister enjoyed watching the scenes when Dong Man does flying kicks at the villain but sadly there aren’t enough of those scenes haha.

fight for my way 1
Liked the development of relationship between Dong Man and Ae Ra who turn from best friends to boyfriend-girlfriend. Especially liked how Dong Man understands Ae Ra and is always there for her whenever she meets difficulty and trouble, including how he naturally shields her from others when she cries. Is it possible for people of opposite genders to remain best friends? The adding of a guy who tried to get back at Dong Man by dating Ae Ra is an unexpected plot twist. It helped both of them get in touch with their true feelings. I thought that he is just a random love rival but he has such underlying motive. Seems like usually those that have more are jealous of those with less. I guess if you keep comparing with others instead of looking at what you have, and keep hatred with you, you will only leave yourself in misery which is the outcome of that guy’s actions.

Liked Ae Ra’s fighting spirit and how she is confident about her ability no matter how others try to put her down. I feel that her father is a good supporter of her. Most parents would have asked her to face reality but he is always proud whenever his daughter has an opportunity to emcee, and when she is being rejected, he tells her that that stage is too small for her and she deserves a better stage. Dong Man also has similar fighting spirit when it comes to winning in Taekwondo. I was happy when he finally quits his job as his superior often freeloads off him and when things go wrong, puts the blame on him.

It was heartbreaking when Dong Man is severely injured in one round of competition with the coward villain competitor and still shouts that he wants to continue the match since he waited so long for it. However, I felt that Dong Man’s struggle did not shine throughout the drama as compared to Ae Ra’s one. Perhaps, because most of the time in the drama, Dong Man has either totally given up on his dream or he is winning competitions while Ae Ra has hope but has too many obstacles to overcome? I felt that there could be more struggles, touching moments and flashbacks for Dong Man throughout the drama and not just mainly towards the end.

fight for my way
This drama also examines the danger of sport careers felt deeply when Ae Ra cant bear to watch the Taekwondo matches that Dong Man is in and when Dong Man almost went deaf which makes me wonder if I will support people close to me if they want to pursue such careers? It is an interesting point of view as usually when watching such competitions in drama, I only think of wanting the person to win.

Liked the portrayal of the development of relationship between the 4 friends from young. It is so nice that the 4 friends live next door to each other, eat their breakfast together, set out for work each day together, even paying each other unexpected visits haha. Although I feel that Joo Man is quite incapable, at times he manages to “reclaim” himself when he stands up for Sul Hee, towards his family who bully Sul Hee, towards his superior, making me feel touched. Although the conflict between Joo Man and Sul Hee is nice titbit, I felt that it was a bit slow pace, and I liked the moments that show their devotion to each other more.

Felt that the coach is quite funny, selling sundae near areas Dong Man will pass by to persuade him to do Taekwondo again and many other actions he does. Admired how long he waited for Dong Man to return, believing that he will one day. Maybe because Dong Man’s success is his dream and his pathway to a stable income haha?

Why you should watch: The struggle and fighting spirit of the 4 main characters, especially the lead couple, kept me going.

Favourite MVs+osts: Ambiguous by Seo Eun Kwang, Lim Hyun Sik, Yook Sung Jae

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