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Long Series Kdrama Review Unni is Alive/Band of Sisters

Dropped Psychopath Diary, Catch the Ghost, and Class of Lies as they are crime-related. Felt that Catch the Ghost and Search: WWW have quite good first episodes but they dont make me feel like continuing the drama. Crash Landing on You’s plot is too mature for my liking. The first episode of Abyss was bad. The characters were not well-written such that the changing of bodies is meaningful. They could have made better use of the fantasy.

Doing this review by memory. Watched it some time ago.

Unni is Alive/Band of Sisters (2017) 姐姐还活着

Episodes: 68

 

starring Jang Seo Hee as Min Deul Re, Oh Yoon Ah as Kim Eun Hyang, Kim Joo Hyun as Kang Ha Ri, Lee Ji Hoon as Seol Ki Chan, Hong Dong Young as Ki Chan (child), Jo Yoon Woo as Goo Se Joon, Son Yeo Eun as Goo Se Kyung, Son Chang Min as Goo Pil Mo, Kim Soo Mi as Sa Gun Ja, Song Jong Ho as Jo Hwan Seung (Se Kyung’s husband), Kim Seung Han as Jo Yong Ha, Oh Ah Rin as Jin Hong Si, Kim Da Som as Yang Dal Hee, Ahn Nae Sang as Na Dae In, Hwang Young Hee as Goo Sang Mi

Ki Chan, acted by Lee Ji Hoon, is one of the worst male leads to be haha. He goes through so much suffering and ends up not even getting the girl (sry for the spoiler). Liked his acting. May become his fan after this drama. I felt that this drama evokes great amount of negative feeling in me and didnt even allow my mother to talk about it at first but ended up liking it towards the end due to the acting by the cast. Liked the portrayal of emotional struggles by the cast, especially Oh Yoon Ah. Felt that they can pull me in to feel the  emotions they are feeling. Felt sad at the scene where Eun Hyang’s mother passes away. Anyway, it will be too much agony for me if I were to watch this drama episode by episode. Even when I am writing this review, I can feel the negative feelings coming back.

Liked the comedy scenes. For example, Deul Re throwing a garbage bag filled with rubbish at Eun Hyang’s ex-husband and runs away with Eun Hyang without being seen, making Eun Hyang feel better. Also, Pil Mo bending down and squatting down when he sees Deul Re at the company so as not to expose his identity as the chairman and his subordinates walking with him and behind him all follow his actions. Laughed at the scene where Ki Chan’s adoptive mother walks off after Ki Chan was rude to her then returns to kick him at his bottom and scold him. Can feel Ki Chan’s mixed feeling of happiness and sadness at that scene.

Enjoyed watching how Deul Re, Pil Mo’s sister, and Ki Chan’s adoptive parents work together to gather evidence. It was fun to watch Ki Chan’s adoptive parents disguise themselves as all types of people for example, rich foreigners, policemen while they set traps for the bad guys to fall into. Liked how Deul Re is straightforward and says and does whatever she wants. It feels good watching haha, especially when she does it to the bad people. Her personality is opposite of Eun Hyang who is more reserved and tends to keep things to herself. Eun Hyang’s revenge for her dead child turns out “well” as she falls for Se Kyung’s husband and develops a good relationship with Se Kyung’s autistic (?) son. Touched when she saved Se Kyung’s child from a fire and was badly injured. She is more like the child’s mother than Se Kyung. Was moved when Se Kyung starts to care for her child and realises how bad of a mother she was. Liked watching Eun Hyang’s ex-husband pursuing her again but to no avail and ends up only being used by her for her revenge. It is funny how Eun Hyang’s ex-husband becomes scared of fire and goes around telling people not to use fire towards the end of the drama. Before that, he sets fire to houses of people he is unhappy with. I guess it is a nice punishment for him, especially since he works at a barbecue (?) place.

Glad that Ki Chan’s biological grandmother is still alive at the end of the drama (sry for the spoiler). Liked her surprise appearance. The housekeeper fed her things in replacement of her tonic drink to cause damage to her brain etc. so that she will die and cant be reunited with Ki Chan. Liked the relationship between Ki Chan and his grandmother. Liked how Ki Chan’s biological grandmother often feeds him food and treats him like her grandson, even though she doesnt know he is her grandson. I guess only the grandmother subconsciously recognises him. Pil Mo, Ki Chan’s biological father, treats him badly (typical in long series kdramas). Liked how the grandmother is smart and isnt harmed by the housekeeper, despite the many things the housekeeper plotted. Her son is completely fooled by the bad guys and believes in them. Too bad the housekeeper does so much for her son, Se Joon, but it is not what he wants. It is probably for her own greed and ambition. Liked how the grandmother still treats Se Joon as her grandson, even though he is later known as not being biologically related.

Liked the relationship between Ki Chan, Ha Ri, and his adoptive family. At the start, Ki Chan helps his adoptive brother pursue Ha Ri. Later on, he falls for Ha Ri (if I didnt remember wrongly), long after his adoptive brother passes away. I wonder if it is possible to fall for someone after being friends and in-laws while not having feelings for the person. I didnt watch enough of the part between Ha Ri and Ki Chan, and Ha Ri and Se Joon. Liked the scene where Ha Ri’s in-laws stand up for her when she is bullied and apologise (?) for treating her badly in the past. Liked how Ki Chan is smart and good at making cosmetic products. Liked how he perseveres despite his past failures.

Kim Da Som successfully makes me dislike her in this drama. Her character, Dal Hee, steals her ex-boyfriend’s (Ki Chan’s) things and ruins his career at the start. She does many bad deeds and doesnt even bat an eye when doing bad deeds, killing, and lying. She is worse than the housekeeper who is already quite bad. Even when I see her as a good person in He is Psychometric, I still cant like her haha. Liked Hong Si, Dal Hee’s young sister. She is cute. Liked how she manages to go against her sister towards the end. Dal Hee abandons her, threatens her from the first time they meet again, and attempts to force her to leave her adoptive family. Liked the relationship between Hong Si and Deul Re, and Hong Si and her adoptive parents (Ki Chan’s adoptive parents adopt her later on).

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