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Korean Drama Review Hotel Del Luna HDL

Happy new year, though it is a little late! Hope that you have done what you wanted to do last year! I finished The Tale of Nokdu and dropped Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency and Extraordinary You towards the end. Feel like I entered another kdrama drought… Because of the fantasy kdrama drought, I am even watching one long China historical drama. I usually avoid long China historical drama…

Doing this by memory.

Hotel Del Luna (2019) 德魯納酒店

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Comedy, Horror

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

starring IU as Jang Man Wol, Kim Kyu Ri as Man Wol (Child), Yeo Jin Goo as Goo Chang Sung
Kim Kang Hoon as Goo Chang Sung (child), Shin Jung Geun as Kim Seon Bi, Bae Hae Sun as Choi Seo Hee, Pyo Ji Hoon as Ji Hyun Joong, Kang Mi Na as Kim Yoo Na (high school student), Lee Do Hyun as Go Chung Myung, Lee Tae Sun as Yeon Woo/Detective Park Young Soo, Park Yoo Na as Princess Song Hwa/Lee Mi Ra, Jo Hyun Chul as Sanchez, Seo Eun Soo as Veronica, Nam Da Reum as well spirit

So happy to get a hold of this fantasy drama when there is a lack of fantasy dramas. The poster is creepy but anyway I watched some horror fantasy dramas in the past so I felt that it should be manageable for me to watch. Dropped this drama towards the end for some time as we couldnt see the connection between Chang Sung and Man Wol in the past and cant accept that the deities are causing an innocent person to suffer when Chung Myung is still “alive”. Luckily we went back to watch it haha and we accepted that Man Wol will never forgive Chung Myung and get back together with him, therefore the need for another character. Plus, it will be too much of a torture for Man Wol if Chang Sung is the reincarnated Chung Myung. 

Loved the fantasy! Liked how the hotel (in the modern times) and guest house (in the historical time period) for ghosts can appear and build to its original state/height on its own at night. Liked how Man Wol has supernatural power. Enjoyed watching the different ghosts that come to the hotel and their stories. Liked how the ghosts can go to the hotel to do what they didnt manage to do or what they were deprived of when they were alive. It feels relieving. It is funny how the ghosts that died from overwork faint easily. My sister wants to go there and live if she dies haha. Liked how there is an outdoor pool that is like a beach and a sky lounge on a high floor. Liked how Man Wol can call to adjust the time at the beach (dont need to wait for sunset) and the strength of the currents. It is cool how the lift in the hotel has no wire ropes. Liked how the lift looks magical. Enjoyed watching the different deities/Magos (?) that specialise in different areas. Disliked the one that is involved in punishment. Felt that she is unreasonable. Liked how the well spirit adds humour to the drama, making Chang Sung drenched, flooding the whole hotel, and giving back Chang Sung the medicine he threw away, thinking it is important to Chang Sung. Thought that Ji Won who goes after Chang Sung will become a frightening evil spirit but it is just like that…

Liked IU’s acting a lot in this drama! Liked IU’s acting in Dream High and am happy to see her acting again. Felt that she carved many layers into the character Man Wol. On the surface, there is her superiority and side which makes others fear her, and her comical and immature side. From within, there is her maturity, pain, resentment, and cynicism. Liked the character Man Wol. Liked how Man Wol is powerful and smart. It is funny how she is a spendthrift. She owns so many cars, wines, and luxurious goods. Laughed while watching Chang Sung cut down her expenses while he is the manager of the hotel and prevent her from over-charging the clients, and Man Wol’s expressions when he does that. It is funny how Man Wol has an idol that loves to eat and often challenges Chang Sung to eat the whole food in one bite. It is funny how she gives excuses for visiting food places but she actually visits because her idol visited that place. Also laughed at how she gives ridiculous excuses to meet Chang Sung. Liked how full moon represents Man Wol. Liked the character Chang Sung. He is kind-hearted (sometimes overly kind-hearted), smart, and adaptable. He is able to catch on quickly to what is happening, for example, when Man Wol and her hotel staff want to get rid of him when they know that he may endanger Man Wol’s life. Although he is kind-hearted, he makes sure to let people/ghosts know that he can give them back many times more than what he received. Felt that Yeo Jin Goo’s crying scene at the bus-stop (?) could have been better.

Liked the development of relationship between Man Wol and Chang Sung. At the start, Chang Sung is afraid of Man Wol and seeks every opportunity to escape from her. Man Wol struck a deal with Chang Sung’s father that he will give her his son after 20 years in exchange for his life. Chang Sung’s father told him to escape from her before he passed away. Liked how Man Wol sends flowers to him every birthday to remind them of the deal haha, causing more fear in Chang Sung. It is funny how Man Wol threatens to kim him a few times when he refuses to be the next manager of the hotel. It is funny how Chang Sung is afraid of ghosts and seeks protection from Man Wol after Man Wol gives him the ability to see ghosts. Liked how the trust between them develops as the drama goes and they seek to protect each other. Chang Sung trusts that Man Wol will be there for him when he needs it and Man Wol is able to confide her inner feelings to Chang Sung. Chang Sung protects Man Wol from taking revenge and disappearing and Man Wol protects him from danger. Loved the scene where they sit at the beach and Man Wol says that she is sad that the ocean looks more beautiful now than when she was alone earlier. Can feel the sadness of past loss in this scene. I feel that there is something lacking in the chemistry between Man Wol and Chang Sung and I feel that it is either due to Yeo Jin Goo’s acting or the character Chang Sung. Maybe it is due to the imbalance of capability of the characters, one is too strong, one is a lot weaker in comparison?

Liked the sad scenes in the drama. The 2 scenes that managed to make me cry is Sanchez and his girlfriend’s last meeting at the sky lounge of the hotel and the father and son’s dream call. It is so sad for Sanchez as he and his girlfriend are so in love but they cant be together due to the girlfriend passing away due to a car accident. The price that he has to pay to visit the hotel is too big. I would rather he not know about the truth of the hotel and keep thinking that Chang Sung works at a small and lousy hotel. For the father and young son who passed away due to a car accident, the father chooses to go into the dream of the driver to say that it was not totally his fault and they forgive him instead of going into the dream of his wife. As he only can make one call, he forgoes his last chance to bid farewell to his wife. It was touching that he chooses to relieve the driver of his guilt so that the driver can move on instead of talking to his loved one one last time.

 

Liked the friendship between Sanchez and Chang Sung. They understand each other well and provide support for the other when needed. Liked how Sanchez is smart and rich, even though he does not look like it. Loved the connection and relationship between Yeon Woo and Man Wol. In the historical time period, Yeon Woo sacrifices his life and ensures that Man Wol will be alive by making a deal with Chung Myung. But sadly, he does not know that Man Wol will not want to live if he dies. In the modern times, there is still a connection between them as reincarnated Yeon Woo feels a surge of sadness and tears drop from his eyes when he sees Man Wol. The connection between them is sad but beautiful. I understand that Princess Song Hwa and Chung Myung caused the deaths of Man Wol’s subordinates due to them each trying to protect certain people but too bad they lose something important as a result. Liked the chemistry between Chung Myung and Man Wol and the love story between them in the historical time period. It is funny how the enemies in the past life, Yeon Woo and Princess Song Hwa, end up together in the modern times. Found Mi Ra annoying when she clings on Chang Sung.

Liked the hotel staff and their sad stories. Felt that Pyo Ji Hoon is good-looking as the drama goes, especially with his fringe down haha. Liked the development of relationship between Hyun Joong and Yoo Na. Yoo Na caused the death of a girl she bullies and the dead girl becomes a ghost and possesses her body. Liked how Hyun Joong protects her, for example, catching her to prevent her from falling down the stairs and protecting her from other ghosts’ harm when she became weak. Only she can see Hyun Joong since she is actually a ghost unless Hyun Joong uses some power to appear for some time. It was fun watching her being excited about getting Hyun Joong’s phone number. It is funny when her schoolmates are afraid of some of the weird encounters around her caused by Hyun Joong. Loved the scene where Hyun Joong helps Yoo Na play the piano to get rid of suspicion that Yoo Na is being possessed by a ghost. This scene is lovely and sad at the same time. Hyun Joong is reminded of the happy moments in his past in this scene. Liked how it ends with Hyun Joong’s tear dropping on Yoo Na’s hand and him leaving quickly and silently. It is interesting how Hyun Joong loves school so much haha. It is sad that Yoo Na cant leave with him towards the end.

Sry for the spoiler. Wanted a happy ending, for example, Chang Sung and Man Wol meeting in the next life, but I think I can accept the sad ending. Liked how Chang Sung chooses to give away the medicine Man Wol begged from one of the deities which will make him unable to see ghosts again. This evokes a mixed feeling of sadness, longing, and acceptance as Chang Sung chooses to be constantly reminded of Man Wol who is gone when seeing those other beings instead of gradually forgetting about their existence.

This drama is of a sadder tone. Liked the many twists. The pace decreases a little towards the end.

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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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Random thoughts 10

Currently, there is a kdrama drought even though my friend is enjoying her time watching The Last Empress. Or maybe there is a serious kdrama drought since Are you human too? My sister, as usual, is still having some China Dramas to watch. Dont know how she find so many China Dramas haha…

I am now spending some of my drama time watching the latest Running Man episodes and China variety shows like Run for time and Who’s the murderer. I watched until ep 8 for Clean with passion for now which is not too bad but probably not enough tension or interesting plot development to keep me going. I chased Memories of the Alhambra until episode 6 then the pace dropped quite a lot and I scanned through it. The light in your eyes doesnt seem to be going in the direction I wished it will. Liked the acting by Nam Joo Hyuk and Han Ji Min, and the fantasy. Liked Park Sun Ho’s acting in The Best Chicken but not really attracted to the plot haha. Watched 2 episodes of The Crowned Clown because of Yeo Jin Goo but the plot doesnt attract me. Dropped The Last Empress after the first episode. Thought there will be some fantasy involved but there isnt and it is more of a “high intensity” revenge story.

My sister and I just finished watching Long for you 2 China Drama together and it is considered good but I have to go back and watch the first few episodes since she watched those without me. Liked the fantasy in it! Watched episodes 11-14 for Emperors and me. The funny thing about this drama is that whenever the female lead time-travels to a historical time period, she brings back the emperor of that time period to the modern times. But this drama is a bit too brain-cracking for me and I dont feel like watching the scenes where the emperors try to get used to their new environment and fit into the modern times so I may not watch it. My sister and I started on Singapore Drama Hello from the other side as it has fantasy involved, even though it may be a bit morbid.

Hope I will get some motivation to write some reviews haha.

Just for collation

Finished but no review done

China Dramas: 不一样的美男子2 A different kind of pretty man 2, Boss and me, Master Devil dont kiss me 1&2, Whirlwind girl

Korean Dramas: Let’s fight ghost/Hwarang-the beginning/Goblin

Dropped/scanned through kdramas: Lawless lawyer/Where stars land/Still 17

Taiwanese Dramas: Love Cuisine full review (quick review done)/ Silence

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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 Are you human too 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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