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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 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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Korean Drama Review 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 AKO

Watched this some time ago. Based on my instagram posts, it seems like I finished watching it about 2 months ago? Doing this by memory.

A Korean Odyssey/ Hwayugi (2017-2018) 花遊記

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Comedy, Horror

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

 

starring Lee Seung Ki as Son Oh Gong, Cha Seung Won as Ma Wang, Oh Yeon Seo as Jin Seon Mi, Kal So Won as Jin Seon Mi (young), Lee Hong Ki as Jeo Pal Gye/P.K, Jang Kwang as Yoon Dae Sik, Sung Hyuk as Winter General / Summer Fairy Ha, Kim Sung Oh as Lee Han Joo, Lee El as Ma Ji Young, Lee Se Young as Jung Se Ra / Jin Bu Ja / Bong Soon / Ah Sa Nyeo, One as peddler’s grandson

It is some time since there was a drama that I felt like chasing and/or had nice fantasy so was happy to get a hold of this drama. Enjoyed watching the demons use their supernatural power. Liked the interactions between the demon characters, Seon Mi/Sam Jang and Seon Mi’s secretary. The demon characters are often teasing and fighting with each other yet they are loyal to each other, and help each other in real times of need. Found some of the evil spirits quite frightening, especially the one in the doll and the creepy slow moving zombie. It is interesting how Dae Sik likes to do housework and cook haha, good for the other demons! Was interesting to see how Sung Hyuk acted as demons of different gender.

Liked Son Oh Gong the most among the demons (partially because Lee Seung Gi is my most favourite Korean actor haha)! When I started this drama, it reminded me a bit of Gu Family Book except it was more grim. Happy that I finally get to see Lee Seung Gi in another drama. Loved the character, Oh Gong, who is intelligent, mischievous and powerful. It is cool when Oh Gong uses his supernatural power in life and death situations like to kill evil spirits to save Seon Mi or for own purposes such as impersonating others, and keeping an eye on someone (using his cute soft toy monkey) or to make scenes more romantic. Liked the development of relationship and chemistry (more towards the end) between Oh Gong and Seon Mi. Despite how Seon Mi hates Oh Gong for not fulfilling his promise and leaving her helpless in the horrifying world again, she believes in him and waits for him. It was fun to watch how Oh Gong changes from being an annoying betrayer, a predator, a forced bodyguard to eventually a true protector and lover of Seon Mi. Liked how Lee Seung Gi said the same line to Seon Mi “You are beautiful, because I love you.” many times with different feelings. Cried at the last time I heard it. Liked Oh Yeon Seo’s acting in this drama and she portrayed Seon Mi’s unbreakable fighting spirit and kind heart well. It was interesting to see the different types of evil spirits they get rid of together and alone.

Had mixed feelings towards Ma Wang as a character. Didnt like how Ma Wang seems to betray others easily after using them for his own benefits (except once (?) when Oh Gong’s life is at risk) but liked how Ma Wang is hilarious and adds plot twists to the drama. Cha Seung Won has more facial expressions than I thought which made me laugh a lot, especially when he is shocked by something or suffers from something like a stroke. Liked the interaction between him and his secretary, Secretary Ma, who is a loyal dog demon which after many years can be transformed to look like human. It is funny that Secretary Ma never fails to ask Ma Wang if she should kill that person whenever a person makes Ma Wang angry. Enjoyed watching how the two are in such good rapport most of the time and how they depended on each other.

Felt that there was great development in the character, Pal Gye, who is immature and a bit annoying at the start but loses the people he is close to towards the end of the drama. Didnt like how he is selfish and tries to save Bu Ja by attempting to feed her with Seon Mi or when he works with Ma Wang and tries to lock Oh Gong in a picture by getting rid of the exit. However, I enjoyed watching how he treats Bu Ja well with those tender eyes haha. Although he is foolish and is cheated a few times when trying to “save” Bu Ja which made me a bit annoyed, I liked his persistence and felt a lingering sadness as I know that it would not be possible for Bu Ja to survive for long. Liked how Lee Hong Ki portrayed Pal Gye’s emotional struggle and despair. It was especially sad when he cannot do anything about their deaths which both happen right in front of him, and it was a little heartbreaking when he says that he is the only one left in the photograph.

Lee Se Young’s acting shines through in this drama as she acted as the kind and naive zombie Bu Ja, and the cunning and powerful evil spirit Ah Sa Nyeo who possesses the body later on. She managed to leave a deep impression for both of her completely different characters and I felt sad for both of them. Special mentions to One (acting as the young adult who is often seen glued to his phone or selling his grandmother’s store’s magical items secretly to make money) and Kim Sung Oh (Seon Mi’s right-hand employee who is chicken-hearted) for acting well. The drama started out well but I feel that the plot becomes more bland towards the end (dealing with one last evil spirit for many episodes, and Oh Gong and Seon Mi wanting to sacrifice their lives for each other), and its emphasis on tragedy is a bit too strong for my liking.

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Korean Drama Review 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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Long Series Kdrama Review All about My Mum

All about my Mum (2015) 拜託了,媽媽

  

starring Eugene Kim as Lee Jin Ae, Lee Sang Woo as Kang Hoon Jae, Go Doo Shim as Im San Ok (Jin Ae’s mother), Kim Kap Soo as Lee Dong Chul (Jin Ae’s father), Oh Min Suk as Lee Hyung Kyu (Jin Ae’s older brother), Choi Tae Joon as Lee Hyung Soon (Jin Ae’s younger brother), Kim Mi Sook as Hwang Young Sun (Hoon Jae’s Mother), Jo Bo Ah as Jang Chae Ri, Son Yeo Eun as Sun Hye Joo

Slot in to watch this drama when my parents were watching it on Channel U. This drama started out interestingly about a family with three children who have distinct characteristics. The eldest son Hyung Kyu’s first appearance is hilarious, singing in the car in a funny manner. He is an arrogant lawyer and does not like his family background. The second child is a daughter, Jin Ae. She is independent and a career woman who hopes to earn enough money to move out of the house she calls hell. She is hardworking and manages to do well in her career with her quick-wittedness, even though she gave up studying in university for her elder brother (?). The youngest son is quite good-looking which my sister thinks so too haha. He is kind and good-natured but seen as useless as he is unable to earn a living (can’t remember why but he keeps switching jobs).

The mother dotes on the eldest son and is bias towards him, not giving as much attention to her other two children. For a moment, I thought that it is because Hyung Kyu is the adopted son haha as I saw in one drama where they treat the adopted son better than their real children. The father is a troublemaker who cannot find a stable job, and is always cheated by his friends to invest in weird things and lose money. What I like about the father is how he provides emotional support to his other 2 children despite how he often creates trouble for the family. Throughout the drama, I felt the mother could have treated the children more equally, at least in front of them, to prevent misunderstandings and hurting them unnecessarily.

The relationship between Jin Ae and Hoon Jae started out well. Liked their interaction and how Hoon Jae is sure about his love for Jin Ae and “aggressively” makes Jin Ae think twice about being single and follow her heart. However, I disliked how he lies and hides his family background and their relationship for so long that it complicates their relationship and causes poor relationship between his mother and her. If he wants to hide those things, he should have explained properly to his mother and Jin Ae to prevent both of them from being hurt when they find out. It is nice how he is good at repairing and making things which he did a lot in Jin Ae’s family’s house. It is funny how Jin Ae’ s mother calls him Nimble Lad and Jin Ae’s friend/senior calls him “Stuck out butt” haha… Liked how Hoon Jae builds relationships with Jin Ae’s family members one by one when he unexpectedly stays at their house. But too bad, the biggest obstacle is actually his own mother.

It was fun to watch the interaction between Chae Ri and Hyung Soon as their relationship develops. Hyung Soon pretends to be his rich doctor friend to help his friend go for a blind date which leads to trouble as he falls in love with a rich man’s daughter haha. Due to having outstanding siblings and he compares himself to them, he feels inferior and has low confidence of his ability. Because of that, it adds instability to the relationship between him and Chae Ri, and it was quite a drag when he chooses to let go of Chae Ri a few times. However, their interaction is sweet, especially at the start, and adds a light and cheery atmosphere to the drama with their immaturity.

Enjoyed the development of relationship between Hyung Kyu and Hye Joo for the first half of the drama as Hye Joo is able to make Hyung Kyu smile and do things he usually do not do such as acting kind haha. Also liked Hyung Kyu’s interaction with Hye Joo’s child at the start. However, as the drama goes, when Hye Joo becomes what Hyung Kyu only cares about and Hyung Kyu is unable to handle matters sensitively, I felt the relationship didn’t change Hyung Kyu much after all. Also didn’t like it when Hye Joo orders Chae Ri to do things when Chae Ri has to work earlier in the day and she herself does not have to.

It was sad when the three children’s mother found that she has a rare cancer and tries to keep it from her children and her husband. When Hyung Kyu knows, he feels so guilty that he couldn’t talk for a period of time. As he tries to marry a single mum despite opposition and argues with his mother about how her expectation is a burden to him, he caused harm to his mother. Felt that he could have been more grateful and nicer to his siblings throughout the drama. I felt especially sad when Jin Ae knows about it, and Jin Ae and her mother cried together. If her mother had given more love to Jin Ae, Jin Ae wouldn’t have held so much resentment, followed by her grief for the upcoming loss. When Dong Chul finds out, he starts helping out with more housework chores and tries to hide his emotions but to no avail haha. Although he may be a good father, I felt that he is not a good husband until towards the end, giving lots of suffering to his wife despite his ability to sweet-talk. Liked how the drama ended with so much bliss despite the sadness before.

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Random thoughts 7

Hello everyone! I have been busy recently so couldnt clear much of my backlog or write new reviews. Will put up a post once I am more free… For the past few months, I managed to edit the Korean Drama reviews King 2 Hearts, Gu Family Book and Operational Proposal to make them more “filling”.

Nowadays, sadly not many good Korean Dramas that attract me to watch. My happy time reduced haha. :/ Lucky for my sister, she still has some China Dramas to keep her entertained. I finished I am not a robot which kept me entertained. Then, I dashed through Boy Hood with my sister which is a fun watch with one of my favourite China singers in it. A Korean Odyssey started out well but I feel that the plot is getting more bland with not enough plot twists and its emphasis on tragedy is a bit too strong for my liking. The reason that I am not putting it aside is because I enjoy the interaction between the demon characters+Sam Jang+her secretary.

Doubtful victory started out very well but became quite a drag about halfway through. They could have focused more on Jong Sam’s talent and the detective team instead of political problems and struggles. Although the actors and actress acted well in Two Cops, the plot is too crime related which made me stop watching it after some time.

I (almost) finished watching Mind Matters which is a good watch with solid plot, and nice humour and acting. Liked how they dedicated a drama to mental illnesses to spread awareness about them. Mental illnesses are actually quite common but people somehow treat them like a taboo and feel fearful about people with such illnesses. Started watching because of Qi Yu Wu and end up liking the plot.

 

Just for collation

Finished but no review done

China Dramas: 不一样的美男子 Buyiyangdemeinanzi 2, Boss and me, Master Devil dont kiss me 1&2, Whirlwind girl, 我们的少年时代 Boy Hood

Korean Dramas: Let’s fight ghost/Hwarang-the beginning/ While you were sleeping/Goblin/I am not a robot

Long series Korean Dramas: All about my Mum (slot in when parents watched)

Singapore Dramas: Mind Matters (actually I am left with about 2 episodes)

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

 

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Korean Drama Review NLJDH

Since one of my friends looked for my review of this drama and asked me about it when she could not find it, I may as well write it before I forget about the drama’s details haha. Doing this by memory.

Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul Ho (2016) 鄰家律師趙德浩

Genre: Comedy, Family, Law, Crime

starring Park Shin Yang as Jo Deul Ho, Kang So Ra as Lee Eun Jo, Ryu Soo Young as Shin Ji Wook, Park Sol Mi as Jung Hae Gyung, Kim Gab Soo as Shin Young Il

I sneak peeked into it when my mother was watching and ended up watching the later episodes with her. The prosecutor, Deul Ho, is excellent at his job and has unusual ways of making the truth come to light haha, winning every case that he manages to get his hand on. For example, he throws a fake spider at the defendant to cut short his act of sitting in the wheelchair and acting ill to gain sympathy. After that, his life becomes a mess when he tries to prosecute a rich and powerful man, and he even becomes a beggar because of that. Sadly, the friend he made at that time was killed by the rich man’s son and burnt, and he somehow becomes a lawyer to defend the person who was framed for his friend’s murder. After that incident, he attempts to make a comeback and only takes on cases that is in relation to the rich man and his son to make them pay for the crimes they committed.

It is funny how every case/most of the cases throughout the drama are somehow linked to the rich man and son haha. They really committed so many crimes… Amazed when watching how Deul Ho wins each case by all means using unusual and creative methods, and ways a lawyer should not have done. For example, when defending the person who was framed for his friend’s murder, Deul Ho told the defendant to read what he witnessed from a script Deul Ho writes for the defendant which is not ethically right. However, as the defendant tries to memorise and read out the prepared script in court, he ends up remembering what he witnessed that night at court. It is satisfying to watch the rich man and his son’s anxious looks during or after each case, even though the rich man is still powerful enough to ensure his son and his “safety”. However, I feel that Deul Ho is quite biased, only focusing on cases that can cause harm to the rich man and son but I wont say that what he is doing is wrong since he only has a certain amount of time and attention and he cant possibly take every case.

It is interesting to watch the interaction between Deul Ho and his friend, a loan shark. At first, they meet as prosecutor and criminal. Somehow, the loan shark often commits many minor crimes or is being framed, and keeps going to see him to be prosecuted which is how their friendship developed. For most of the parts of the drama, his friend is the one giving him a place to live and giving him the help he needs to solve cases so it shows that we will never know who will help us in times of need haha. Enjoyed watching Deul Ho’s secretary’s exaggerated reactions and facial expressions, and the way she supports Deul Ho in whatever he does.

Liked the development of relationship between Deul Ho and Eun Jo. For a moment, I thought Eun Jo is his separated daughter that grows up to be a lawyer but that is not the case haha. At first, Eun Jo disapproves of his methods to defend the client when working with him but ends up forming an admiration for him, and eventually works with him after resigning from a law firm that mostly defends the rich and powerful (the law firm wanted to get rid of her for her mistake). Was hoping that she will end up with another prosecutor which is righteous but pressured by his father to help the rich man (not sure if that happens because I didnt manage to watch the last few episodes). He is often compared with Deul Ho by his father which makes him unhappy (happens often in dramas). Glad that he manages to see through the evil plans, and get out of his father’s control to do what is right towards the end. His father is an evil and cunning villain who pretends to be a follower of powerful people but is actually the mastermind.


Liked the interaction between Deul Ho and his young daughter which is heartwarming as they keep each other company, make each other happy, and the daughter gives good advice to her father. It is sad that they have to be separated after Deul Ho’s divorce with his wife. His wife wanted stability for her family, and also to protect her father’s law firm which makes me feel that she does not love Deul Ho enough haha. Glad that his wife and his wife’s father change towards the end if not I wont be rooting for the couple/family to reunite.

When I first saw the poster of the drama, I didnt feel like watching it due to lack of eye candies/actors and actresses I like but it turns out to be a thrilling ride with much unexpected humour and twists.

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