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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.

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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.

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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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Korean Drama Review Descendants of the sun DOTS

Descendants of the sun (2016) 太陽的後裔

Genre: Melodrama, Romance, Medical, Action

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

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starring Song Joong Ki as Yoo Shi Jin, Song Hye Kyo as Dr. Kang Mo Yeon, Jin Goo as Seo Dae Young, Kim Ji Won as Yoon Myung Joo

 

Liked how their characters are very distinct: Shi Jin being humorous, Mo Yeon being impulsive, Dae Young being rigid and Myung Joo going all out for love. It was unexpected that Shi Jin falls for Mo Yeon so fast haha which is good since the plot now focuses on whether they can accept each other’s jobs and differences. It was fun to watch Song Joong Ki (haha), especially when he tells jokes at many different occasions which adds lots of humour to the often serious atmosphere.

Liked the development of relationship between Dae Young and Myung Joo, and I am surprised by how the couple captures so much attention, even outshining the lead couple at times (didnt want to admit it haha). The touching scenes of separation (eg. the hug when Myung Joo is reaching Urk and Dae Young leaving) and the heartwarming scenes (eg. Dae Young talking with Myung Joo over the walkie talkie when she is infected by fatal virus) hammers the relationship nicely.

Although this drama is about military, I somehow didn’t feel worried for their safety and the impression given is that Dae Young and Shi Jin are invincible. The only part that I could feel Shi Jin’s vulnerability completely is the episode that he has to harden his heart and kill his past friend/comrade Argus with multiple shots. Argus was once an American soldier but now a money-minded person doing things against morality. At that part, Shi Jin’s emotional breakdown was heartfelt which was not frequently seen in this drama where he calmly and coolly handles all life and death situations. The relationship between Mo Yeon and Shi Jin reaches greater depth when their interaction is not only about saving each other’s lives literally but also how they support each other emotionally and offer comfort when another is down.

The earthquake scenes are the most gruesome among all scenes and I couldn’t really watch them. Thankfully, I didn’t get nightmare because of that haha. Towards the end, the scene that Mo Yeon’s friends in the hospital thought that they saw Shi Jin’s ghost when they see him through the video call is so funny. My sister likes that scene and we couldn’t stop laughing.

Favourite MVs+ osts: Once again by Mad Clown, Kim Na Young

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Korean Drama Review Inheritors

 Inheritors/Heirs (2013) 繼承者

Genre: High School, Romance, Comedy

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 7/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

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starring Lee Min Ho as Kim Tan, Park Shin Hye as Cha Eun Sang, Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young Do, Krystal Jung as Lee Bo Na, Kim Ji Won as Rachel Yoo, Kang Min Hyuk as Yoon Chan Young, Kang Ha Neul as Lee Hyo Shin, Park Hyung Shik as Jo Myung Soo

Finally finished watching this… I am not sure why but this drama just does not seem to catch my attention. Liked the development of the  relationship between Tan and Eun Sung, especially at the start. As it goes, it is interesting to watch the Hyo Shin+Rachel couple and Bo Na+Chan Young couple. There are many funny moments like Bo Na confessed (to Chan Young) without knowing the broadcast light is switched on and let the whole school including Chan Young hear it. It is funny when Tan uses Eun Sung’s SNS account to praise himself. It is fun to watch when Eun Sung’s mother uses being mute as an advantage when working for Tan’s mother. She can cancel the words she has written if it is inappropriate to prevent Tan’s mother from seeing it. This prevents her from getting fired because of any rudeness. Unlike Tan’s brother who only thinks of the company, Tan only aims to protect his loved ones. I wonder if it is a good choice for Tan to give up the company, especially since he is not that good at studying (maybe he did not try hard enough).

If it is me, I do not think I can survive the many part-time jobs Eun Sung does. Looks like the more things one has the more burden one feels. The heirs of different big corporations do not have such a good life afterall. For example, Hyo Shin does not have the freedom of choosing to study film instead of law. He thinks that his life is suffocating and survives by eating sleeping pills and seeking psychological help. The outline drawing of a dead person seen in a crime scene on their school ground truly reflects the grave situation the heirs may face.

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MV+ Favourite osts: I’m saying by Lee Hong Ki and Love is the moment by Changmin  Heirs ost ig post

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