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Nightmare Teacher (2016) Korean Web Drama

Nightmare Teacher Korean Web Drama (2016)

Cast: Uhm Ki Joon as Han Bong Goo, Kim So Hyun as Kang Ye Rim, Lee Min Hyuk as Seo Sang Woo

Episodes: 12

Recommendation: 7/10, 8/10 for creepiness

The creepiest part beside the teacher having different types of dark magical power is that when the students disappear, everyone in the class seems to forget that they exist.  There are always horrific side effects accompanying the benefits of the item the teacher offers to the students to satisfy their desire. Thankfully, Kim So Hyun’s character starts to realise what is happening in the class, partially due to Lee Min Hyuk’s character’s hobby of taking photographs, but she herself has to face her own horror test.

The item that left the deepest impression on me is the can of drink the teacher offered. When drinking it, the student’s memory improves dramatically and he starts to top his class in examinations and becomes regarded as smart. However, after some time, he starts to have to write down his own name, his friend’s name and home address on his hand as he starts to forget all the ‘minor’ details that are important to him.

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Random drama quick reviews!

Hi, everyone! I still have two more examination papers but since I have a bit of time before the next paper I shall write a quick review of the dramas I watched so far.
~Dramas are really good stress relievers and medicine for the brain when we are fighting with examinations. But when overused, you may be overdosed. Lucky JM
Haha random quote time!

I finished watching W- 2 worlds and Let’s fight ghost long ago as well as kind of browsed through Shopping King Louie and I think I may write full reviews of them after my examinations are over. However, it will take me some time to recall what I watched haha.

I enjoyed both W and Let’s fight ghost with the nice chemistry as well as the plots, especially the intriguing plot in W which involves such creativity by employing metafiction.w
After watching W, my sister comes up with the crazy idea that maybe we are living in a book and someone is probably controlling our lives. Perhaps we should try to develop our free will and do the things that we want instead of letting the author determine our lives with his storyline? Haha. Liked Han Hyo Joo’s reactions a lot in W. Imagine meeting the fiction character you loved or idolised by simply landing in their fiction world or them coming out unexpectedly from the book hehe. Liked how Lee Jong Suk expresses his character’s emotional struggle.

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Really liked Taecyeon and Kim So Hyun in Let’s fight ghost. I know that Kim So Hyun is really good at acting and people may think that (besides the age gap) it is not suitable for Taecyeon to act alongside her but I just like how Taecyeon portrays his characters, making me root for him such as in Dream High.  Enjoyed watching Taecyeon’s character, Bong Pal, change after he meets Kim So Hyun’s character, the persistent and cute ghost.

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I had high expectations for Shopping King Louie with its cast and plot but it didnt meet my expectations haha. I like losing memory dramas but somehow this drama didnt make me enjoy it as much as I thought I would and the plot seems rather dull. Haeundae Lover was so much better for me. If the plot involved something like Louie and Bok Sil succeeding in creating their own brand with Louie’s capability to discern products, then gaining recognition despite not having his memory, and even managing to threaten the existence of Goldline, his grandmother’s company that his uncle managed to steal from him, it would be an interesting watch. There is just not enough conflict in this drama with the villains giving in too easily and Louie seems like a good-for-nothing that only knows how to spend money by shopping and pursue love. Perhaps if you want to watch a rom-com drama with little evil and all good you can try this haha.

Moving away from Korean Dramas, I had a sneak peak into You can be an angel too 2 and Fire up and found both not suitable for me.

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Fire up is a drama to recognise the contribution of criminals in the society and call for people to be more accepting towards them. The plot seems fine but I just didnt want to see repeated couple (from 3 wishes) played by Thomas Ong and Huang Biren again haha. When watching it, it also gives me the feeling of Run, Jung Mi, a long series korean drama that was on Channel U around that period of time so it didnt pique my curiosity much.

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I liked Rebecca Lim and Bryan Wong’s acting in You can be an angel too 2 but them alone cannot sustain my interest without Elvin Ng and Sheila Sim from the previous season. Xu Bin acts well as the nice guy and nurse that is in charge of sending people off in their last part of their life journey, and it seems like his acting has improved :). However, I didnt like the love triangle between him, Carrie Wong and Aloysius Pang. Although I am more of a fan of Aloysius Pang than Xu Bin, I just could not get myself to like Aloysius Pang’s character in this drama even though I know his character is just following the plot of going into a path he will regret later on. If Thomas Ong appeared more often in this drama, I would have considered watching the whole drama but he appears less than half the time. So, I guess I will be dropping it. At least I gave it a chance…

Besides, I suddenly went to watch a Chinese drama called Romance in the Rain which is a well-known drama long time ago in 2001.  After watching “I am a Singer Season 3”, I suddenly become a fan of Leo Ku, 古巨基. Haha…and next thing of course is to source out his dramas, expected of a drama fan. I was a bit disappointed when he has limited dramas but I still managed to find the one that he was most well-known for so yay I found it!

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It is an around 50 episodes long drama and it was a bit draggy somewhere in between but overall I liked the plot and the cast. This drama is something like the tumultuous times in China due to the Japanese trying to conquer China as well. Zhao Wei, whom I know has a great reputation in acting, acted very well in it and it is so nice to see her in action since I seldom watch Chinese Drama.

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Her character, Liping, has a strong personality and has bad relationships with her powerful father who married the 9th wife after her mother, and neglecting her mother and her as a result. Shuhuan (Leo Ku) is a news reporter who seems perfect from his great fighting skills to his eloquence in speaking. When both characters meet, at first Shuhuan wanted to dig out news from her about her family background but soon he starts to fall for her, defend her in many occasions, and help her patch up her relationship with her family (her father side).

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(Lots to write and still quite fresh in memory so To be Continued in full Romance in the Rain review)

Page Turner Korean Drama Reviews

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Page Turner Korean Drama (2016)

Cast: Kim So Hyun as Yoon Yoo Seul, Ji Soo as Jung Cha Sik, Shin Jae Ha as Suh Jin Mok

Episodes: 3

Review: Yoon Yoo Seol is a girl who was driven by her mother to play the piano. Her mother taught Suh Jin Mok piano when he was young but he played like a machine. Her mother told him to play properly and he thinks that his playing was the same and was good. So he told his father to sack her. Yoo Seol was unhappy and played it the way her mother wanted him to play like. Her mother was shocked that Yoo Seol could play the piano when she did not learn piano. Her mother decided to make her into a pianist. However, it was not her wish. Although she won numerous awards, she was not happy. One day, she got into an accident and lost her sight forever. Her mother still wanted her to play piano despite her losing her eyesight, which made her want to commit suicide. Jun Mok felt very sorry because he prayed for her to be gone and now she really lost her eyesight. She was fortunate that she was saved by Jung Cha Sik from committing suicide.

Jung Cha Sik was a high jump player and loves high jump. Jung Cha Sik beat the school record of high jumping because he did not want the rich couple to look down at his mother. However, when he tried to jump higher, he hurt himself and could never jump again, which brought him into despair. He tired hard not to show his despair in front of his mother and almost wanted to commit suicide too and he sees Yoo Seol and managed to save her from suicide. Jung Cha Sik’s mother knew Cha Sik was in despair and tricked him by saying his father was a famous pianist, which made him practise piano really hard and went to the music school Yoo Seol was in and be her guide. He even wanted Yoo Seol to teach him how to play and enter a competition together. He bet with the other students that if he won the competition, they had to believe that his father is that pianist.

On the actual competition, he realises the truth that his father is not that pianist. He also could not play well so he gave the chance to Ju Mok to play with Yoo Seol. Cha Sik was sad about it and showed to his mother that he could play very well too as her son, which he did. All of them found their dreams and happiness at the same time.

Personal feelings: Weirdly I somehow ship Yoo Seol and Ju Mok because I can feel Ju Mok being sorry for her and trying to do things for her. However, I decided I shall not ship anyone because I think this show is not about couples but about finding happiness in one self. It was overall a nice show that made me cry the first episode and feel happy the last episode.

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Soo Yeon has low self-esteem due to her family background. She is often physically abused by her father.


Hyung Joon is involved in the older generation’s conflict for inheritance. He escapes with dogs hot on his heels and becomes physically disabled as a result.

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Soo Yeon lends an umbrella to Jung Woo, marking the start of their relationship.


Jung Woo finds Soo Yeon under the slide and  asks her to be his friend. He decides not to ignore her anymore even if she is known as a murderer’s daughter.


Known as a murderer’s daughter, Soo Yeon is treated as an outcast so is Jung Woo who is her friend.


Jung Woo teaches Soo Yeon a hand signal to forget her bad memories.


Jung Woo makes the light bulb work and they stand there staring at each other.

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Painful separation between lead couple.


Soo Yeon is rescued by Hyung Joon who wants to keep her by his side.


Zoe(Soo Yeon) and Harry(Hyung Joon) now share mutual dependence and they cannot live without the other.

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Zoe now knows who Jung Woo is.


After knowing Zoe met Jung Woo, Harry says that he will wait for her no matter how long it takes and Zoe claims that she hates Jung Woo.


Jung Woo suggests that they could be secret lovers.

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Harry meets Jung Woo regarding the murder of Nurse Hyemi who takes care of Hyung Joon when he is young. (if i am not wrong)


Harry now only has revenge in his mind.

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Soo Yeon discovers Jung Woo’s carving onto her own writing of “I miss you” on the wall and many other habits that show how much Jung Woo misses her.


Harry meets his mother finally but she has become mentally unwell and fails to recognise him.


Harry’s real identity is revealed and Soo Yeon realises Hyung Joon lied to her about not knowing anything about the past.

[Recap: I Miss You] Episode 17 - ′This is your punishment for never loving me once.′
Harry/ Hyung Joon has gone “crazy”. He is not on Soo Yeon’s side anymore and frames her for all the murder he committed.


Jung Woo protects Soo Yeon who is suspected for murder.


Dramatic scene where they are brought back to that day.


Hyung Joon shoots Jung Woo and commits suicide (he did not die though).


The couple finally got together.

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Soo Ha unexpectedly gains his mind-reading ability from this incident.


Min Joon Gook threatens to kill them and their family if they do not keep their mouths shut.


Hye Sung stood up as witness for Soo Ha’s father murder case. Hye Sung regrets it but Soo Ha promises her he will protect her.


Soo Ha finally finds her. She is now a public defender.


Soo Ha helps Hye Sung defend by reading peoples’ minds.


1st court case. Soo Ha’s friend, Go Sung Bin is framed for attempted murder.


Creepy scene where Hye Sung is about to find a phone in her house that keeps sending her message “I’ll be there.”


Intuition brings Soo Ha back to Hye Sung’s house but he has to fight off people who bear a grudge with him.


After making sure everything was fine, Soo Ha collapses.


Funny scene when Hye Sung does not want Soo Ha to read her mind.


Joon Gook is out from prison, pretending that he has turned over a new leaf. Joon Gook agitates Soo Ha, just by thinking the thoughts.


Soo Ha is arrested and Hye Sung gets him out as his guardian. Hye Sung now knows who Soo Ha is.



Soo Ha sees Hye Sung with Kwan Woo.


Twin court case. One of them is the murderer but both say that the other is the one.


Hye Sung makes Soo Ha promise that he will not do foolish things.


However…he plans to.


“Promise me that you won’t waste your life on hating other people.” Hye Sung’s mother’s last words before she is killed by Joon Gook.


Joon Gook pretends to commit suicide and acts pitiful, gaining Kwan Woo’s trust. Joon Gook is defended by Kwan Woo and is released.


Soo Ha’s goodbye.


Soo Ha tries to kill Joon Gook but Hye Sung finds out and uses her body to stop him.

Soo Ha leaves.
After sometime…Soo Ha is found but he lost his memory and mind reading ability.

Joon Gook’s left hand was found and Soo Ha is framed as murderer. Hye Sung and Kwan Woo fights for Soo Ha’s innocence.

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Hye Sung comes back for Soo Ha who has nowhere to go.


Soo Ha’s memory returns and he is touched that his innocence comes first before her worry that Joon Gook is alive. Soo Ha was trying to erase “his father is the bad guy” from his memory.


Hye Sung finds out that Soo Ha’s memory is back and he has been lying and reading her mind all the time. Soo Ha keeps his distance.


Hye Sung finally confesses her love for him.


Hye Sung is kidnapped!


Final face-off. Soo Ha: To be murderer or not?


Joon Gook knows that Soo Ha has police backing him up. Joon Gook thinks that he wants to commit suicide but actually he wants to pull Soo Ha down with him.


Soo Ha becomes police officer.

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I miss you (2012) 想你

Genre: Melodrama, Mystery

Enjoyment: 8/10  Pace: 7/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

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starring Yoon Eun Hye as Lee Soo Yeon, Kim So Hyun as Lee Soo Yeon (young) and Park Yoochun as Han Jung Woo, Yeo Jin Goo as Han Jung Woo (young).

Tragic start but good ending for the lead characters. It was too cruel for me to watch the separation of the lead couple so I just read about what happened. Hyung Joon plays a important role in the later part of the drama and is a character I feel sorry for. Hyung Joon is actually Jung Woo’s step uncle even though he is younger than Jung Woo. From young, he is forcefully separated from his mother as Jung Woo’s father prevents him from inheriting a huge fortune. He even becomes physically disabled as a result. He does no wrong yet misfortunes keeps befalling him. In the end, he loses everything even his mother and Soo Yeon.

People usually call this a second lead syndrome? The second lead leaves a deeper impression on me. He does not feel love since young so he also does not know how to feel compassionate. He has become a murderer since young age and it seems a second nature to him. Is it really because of his misfortune that he turns out this way? Will he be better if he was born in a family full of love? It is a waste that he places revenge as the priority.

Young Jung Woo and Soo Yeon make a sweet couple. Jung Woo teaches Soo Yeon a hand signal that can help her forget all her misfortunes. Learnt that bad memories should not be remembered and we should work towards creating good memories. I can feel how much joy Jung Woo brings to Soo Yeon’s life, giving her company and sharing her sorrow such as being an outcast with her: having rubbish thrown at them. While rain may not mean a good sign, rain in this drama helps Jung Woo and Soo Yeon meet and helps them reunite.

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Suspicious Housekeeper (2013) 奇怪管家

Genre: Mystery, Family

Enjoyment: 9/10 at the start 8/10 reaching the end  Pace: 7/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

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starring Choi Ji Woo as Park Bok Nyeo, Lee Sung Jae as Eun Sang Chul and 4 children in Eun Sang Chul’s family.
Kim So Hyun as Eun Han Kyul (1st Child)
Chae Sang Woo as Eun Doo Kyul (2nd Child)
Nam Da Reum as Eun Se Kyul (3rd Child)
Kang Ji Woo  as Eun Hye Kyul (4th Child)
Plot: After Sang Chul’s wife passed away, Sang Chul employed a housekeeper to take care of his children and make the house clean and tidy. As the rumour goes, the housekeeper can and will do anything the employer says, even murder. She can do anything such as magic tricks, juggling and even cooking food with the same taste as what their mother used to cook. Despite her cool demeanor, she helped the children and Sang Chul in many ways by giving valuable advice.

Zoom into characters: Sang Chul is a breadwinner who seldom spends time with his children and has a secret affair. He does not know how to take care of the children and is too busy to tidy  the house so he employs a housekeeper. Bok Nyeo has a sad past and is told not to smile by her mother-in-law who thinks that she killed her husband and son. She is very capable and acts as the mother of the children while being the housekeeper. The children are depressed and their lives are turned upside down after their mother passed away. With the housekeeper’s help, they are able to continue their lives as normal and pursue their dreams.

Why you should watch: The mysterious nature of this drama will keep one hooked onto it. The housekeeper can do anything and everything which impresses me. Not really a must-watch but if you like dramas about family, then this one is for you.

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I hear your voice (2013) 听见你的声音

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Comedy, Thriller, Crime, Mystery

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

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starring Lee Jong Suk as Park Soo Ha and Lee Bo Young as Jang Hye Sung.
Kim So Hyun as Jang Hye Sung (young)
Goo Seung Hyun as Soo Ha (child)
Yoon Sang Hyun as Cha Kwan Woo
Lee Da Hee as Seo Do Yeon
Jung Min Ah as Do Yeon (young)
Jung Woong In as Min Joon Gook

Plot: Park Soo Ha played by Lee Jongsuk is a character to look forward to. He can read people’s mind due to a car accident which is useful at the same time cruel to him. Some treats him as a monster. To make things worse, the murderer actually uses Soo Ha’s ability to his advantage and is constantly finding chance to hurt them after he is released from jail. As Hye Sung bravely stood up as a witness when he was young and helped catch the murderer of Soo Ha’s father, Soo Ha is grateful and promised her that he will protect her from the killer when he is released from jail in the future. He will help Hye Sung become a good public defender and has an overly enthusiastic public defender, Kwan Woo, as a love rival.

A lawyer/public defender should not trust a defendant completely (what Kwan Woo did), yet cannot assume what the defendant said is a lie due to evidence just aiming to make the sentence lighter (what Hye Sung did). People will leave a person who did bad things yet do not repent (Do Yeon’s adoptive father). Once a person murders someone, even if the person is the victim, he will turn into a murderer. It is not worth having a crime record for revenge. I would not want to hear people’s thoughts. Ignorance is indeed a blessing at times. Thoughts may not be always good and may be unintentional when one is angry. It would be bad if people are hurt by these unintentional thoughts. The evil guy, Joon Gook, in this drama keeps it going too. While he tries to harm them many times to seek revenge, their relationship improves. I feel a bit sorry for the evil guy as he lost his mother, wife and child. However, he should have treasured his remaining loved ones when he can and not let hatred blind his eyes

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