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Korean Drama Review IB

Introverted boss (2017) 內向的老闆

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Family, Introversion

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

starring Yun Woo Jin as Eun Hwan Ki, Park Hye Soo as Chae Ro Woon, Yoon Park as Kang Woo Il and Gong Seung Yun as Eun Yi Soo

Zoom into characters: Hwan Ki is a mysterious introvert who works at the background at his father’s public relations company Brain as a Co-CEO with his best friend, Woo Il, who is always in public eye. Ro Woon has a cheery personality. She once worked in musicals but after her sister’s suicide, she becomes less outspoken at home, and starts to work at the public relation company to dig out the truth behind her sister’s death and to take revenge on the CEO that is rumoured to cause her sister’s death. Woo Il feels guilty for Ro Won’s sister’s death and is afraid that people will find out about it, wanting Hwan Ki to hide the truth. Yi Soo, Hwan Ki’s sister, wants to hold on to Woo Il by all means. Beneath her happy and innocent exterior, she is actually insecure, hurt, and ruthless.


Enjoyed how Yun Woo Jin portrays his character and the character’s emotional struggle! It was a bit exaggerating at the start, somehow his introversion is portrayed more as a mental disorder. As the drama goes, the character is intriguing and quite relatable to me. The shyness, thinking too much and being afraid to interact with people and express opinions: for example the scene where he is unable to tell the barber what hairstyle he wants to cut when he was young, are things I have experienced before or may still experience. It is funny whenever he has long self-dialogues and complicate things for himself before finally reaching a justifiable conclusion in his mind. Sometimes, when that happens, he misses the opportunity to speak haha. It is hilarious when he often dashes away in times of “crises”. I laughed the hardest at the scene about Ro Woon’s ugly face in the phone (watch it to find out). My sister finds his character the cutest of dramas she has seen haha.


Liked how his penthouse office is portrayed as dark and mysterious at the start: Hwan Ki in a black hoody, sharpening his pencils by using a knife in the dark, his whole cupboard filled with many different types of knifes haha when people open it. How convenient that Hwan Ki mostly lives at his penthouse office.


Enjoyed watching how the character, Hwan Ki, grows as he is forced by his father to lead a team of people with distinct characteristics: a mother whose work is affected by her children, a rich family’s son, a person overly critical about others’ work but not producing enough results, a quiet and sensitive person who is lacking in many areas. Most ought to be fired due to their lack of ability so they are sent there. Ro Woon is sent there by Woo Il who feels that her cheery personality can change Hwan Ki. At first, he cant even talk to his team properly or give presentations but slowly manages to join them in meeting, trips and gatherings. Liked how he eventually gains the respect of all his team members and helps them maximise their potential with his keen observation and listening ear. He also manages to gain the trust of his clients with his firm and quiet ways.

Liked how the relationship between Hwan Ki and Ro Woon develops as Hwan Ki opens up more and more to Ro Woon. I read some negative comments about Ro Woon as a character but to me, it was fun to watch her bubbly but reflective nature and her understanding towards Hwan Ki which helps him step out of his comfort zone and leads him to improvement. Impressed by Hwan Ki’s almost-to-be girlfriend who separated with Hwan Ki due to a misunderstanding. She is spontaneous and does not mind a fair competition with Ro Woon or giving up on Hwan Ki even though she knew Hwan Ki earlier and it is mainly Hwan Ki’s fault that they didnt end up together. How I wish most supporting characters are like that!

Woo Il and Yi soo’s relationship is small titbit to the drama and I am happy that they have resolved their relationship and make it a healthy one. Both of them have their strengths and weaknesses and it is nice watching how they play major roles in Hwan Ki’s life. Hwan Ki tries to protect them but sometimes creates more mess haha. From this, I learnt that even as observant introverts, we should not assume that we know everything and we should ask what others think before jumping to conclusion. Liked how Hwan Ki is close to his younger sister, Yi Soo, their sweet interaction and how he cooks delicious meals for her at his office hmmm. Wasnt totally convinced with Ro Woon’s sister’s suicide story but at the moment I cant think of something better that can replace it as Ro Woon’s sister’s story is a major piece in the plot development. :\

Why you should watch: Enjoyed watching this drama a lot! Didnt expect much from it at first due to negative comments about it and how it stopped screening for some time for changes to be made. Became a fan of Yun Woo Jin after this drama. Liked how they dedicated a drama to amplify characteristics of introverts who are often misunderstood in daily life. The characters are well portrayed and the pace is just nice, at least for 5/6 of it.

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Korean Drama Review MOTW

This is my second last drama review until December as I have a very important life-determining examination approaching. Thanks everyone for your support! Hope that you enjoy visiting our blog. ~Lucky JM

Mirror of the Witch (2016) 魔女寶鑑

Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Dark magic

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

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starring Yoon Shi Yoon as Heo Joon, Kim Sae Ron as Princess Seo Ri / Yun Hee, Yum Jung Ah as Shaman Hong Joo, Lee Sung Jae as Choi Hyun Seo, Kwak Shi Yang as Choi Poong Yeon,  Lee Yi Kyung as Yo Kwang, Min Do Hee as Soon Deuk

Enjoyed Yoon Shi Yoon’s portrayal of Heo Joon! It has been some time since I see Yoon Shi Yoon’s acting and it is still good haha! He looks remarkably good in this drama as his character is not only smart, daring and determined but also his unconditional love for Seo Ri. Liked how Heo Joon only sees Seo Ri as the inquisitive girl who he met in the deserted place no matter how much she changes or what she has become. Unlike Poong Yeon who only likes Seo Ri before her curse is activated, Heo Joon who sees her ghostly cursed self actually accepts her even though he is fearful of her horrifying appearance. Kim Sae Ron played her role very well too, gradually developing from her innocent self to a powerful person who can protect others and defend herself. Liked the chemistry between Seo Ri and Heo Joon, how they care for each other and support each other well.

As I like fantasy a lot, it was fun watching Heo Joon and Seo Ri making potions to fulfill people’s wishes. When people’s earnest wishes are granted, candles will be lit up and they will be closer to breaking the curse. There are many potions such as the intelligent potion that Heo Joon accidentally drank and it is so funny how the words are zooming into his head. Heo Joon also drank the potion for missing the dead and it is heartbreaking when he sees his mother for the last time. It was funny when Heo Joon ends up in Seo Ri’s hideout for the second time and caused such a mess, even burning her book of spell. Towards the end, it is moving and sad when Heo Joon and Seo Ri take it upon themselves to sacrifice for each other so that the other can survive.

Disliked the king who cannot do much and only think about guarding his position. Enjoyed the plot twist when Poong Yeon and his father take turn to be made use of by Hong Joo without them knowing, making it interesting to watch as the good people at times take the evil side, and cause more unexpected problems for Seo Ri. I liked Soon Deuk and Yo Kwang as individuals with a strong character rather than as a couple haha. Despite Soon Deuk being a female which is disadvantaged, she is able to survive well in such a time. Yo Kwang’s loyalty to Poong Yeon’s father is admirable. Despite Poong Yeon’s father turning evil, Yo Kwang still does not give up on him and try to make him come back to his senses.
There are many scenes in the dark which makes watching the drama a bit of a strain to the eye. My mother actually commented that the drama is scary and disturbing which may be a factor to consider when you decide if you want to watch. It was a nice closure for Hong Joo but the ending, especially for the lead couple is not acceptable to me. 😦

Favourite MVs+ osts: Moon (Sadness) by Im Jung Hee

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Korean Drama Review 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 RWOS

Remember-war of the sons (2015-2016) 记得儿子的战争

Genre: Melodrama, Crime, Thriller

Enjoyment: 9/10  Pace: 8/10  No. of times I watched it: 1

Remember_–_War_of_the_Son_(리멤버_–_아들의_전쟁)_Promotional_poster     war of the sons

starring Yoo Seung Ho as Seo Jin Woo, Park Min Young as Lee In Ah, Park Sung Woong as Park Dong Ho, Nam Goong Min as Nam Gyu Man, Jung Hye Sung as Nam Yeo Kyung

 

To me, Yoo Seung Ho and his ability made me watch this but what makes me continue watching is surprisingly Nam Goong Min who acted as the infamous Nam Gyu Man. Looks like it is difficult for Nam Goong Min to be remembered using a nice guy role(Can you hear my heart etc) and he seems to be killing all his evil roles well haha… His character in this drama is unbelievably insane and thinks that he is above the law. It is funny how he shows his anger with his exaggerated facial expression and it just makes me want to continue on to see how he will react when he meets another dead end caused by Jin Woo. Enjoyed how Jin Woo uses his intelligence and his memory to fight against seemingly invincible Nam Gyu Man.

At the start, it is very heartbreaking, especially since the mixed feelings are so well acted out by Yoo Seung Ho. Liked how Lee In Ah plays a more active role as the drama progresses. Liked the development between the lead couple, as well as the people working under Jin Woo in his law firm. One of the heartbreaking moments that touched me is when In Ah rebuts Gyu Man’s sister about what Gyu Man’s sister thought is a game actually ruins people’s lives.

Besides that, Gyu Man’s secretary and Dong Ho play a major role in this drama and show that it is tough to not support the people with power but it is still necessary to oppose them when it is right. Liked how Dong Ho win cases, especially being able to make Gyu Man speechless and compromise. However, it is a waste that he changes his mind about Jin Woo’s father’s case. Dong Ho’s relationship with Jin Woo adds depth to the drama plot as they have the chance of being a lawyer for each other and both of their loved ones passed away on the same day. Gyu Man’s secretary is really pitiful since Gyu Man, his friend, often vents his anger on him by using violence. It is good to see that he manages to make a true friend which is Dong Ho’s secretary haha. Can’t believe how he can tolerate Gyu Man for so long, especially since Gyu Man is not just his employer but also a friend.

Overall, the plot is not as good as I thought it will be though since Gyu Man and his rich father wins most of the time and can somehow escape from punishment. The worst part in my opinion is that he also gets Alzheimer… Perhaps the scriptwriter is trying to contrast the idea of memory-having too much and losing them but it is a waste that Jin Woo’s perfect memory ability does not shine through the drama and it could have been better made use of.

Favourite MVs+ osts: Cold by K. Will

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Korean Drama Review SWP

Long time no blog haha! Hope everyone has been well! Glad to be writing after a while. Has been quite busy and also due to not completely finishing one drama. My passion for dramas seems to be reignited in me again. Good to have this feel! Sometimes, when I am feeling troubled in my life or when I use dramas as a way to escape from reality, the thirst for dramas just isn’t that much and it doesn’t really make me feel fulfilled when watching.

~Lucky JM

She was pretty (2015)  她真漂亮

Genre: Romance, Comedy

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

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starring Hwang Jung Eum as Kim Hye Jin, Jung Da Bin as Hye Jin (young), Park Seo Joon as Ji Sung Joon, Yang Han Yeol as Sung Joon (young), Go Joon Hee as Min Ha Ri, Choi Shi Won as Kim Shin Hyuk

 

It is funny how Sung Joon is such a workaholic. He bangs into walls and even drinks from a vase instead of a cup due to his constant attention on his I pad. There is an unexpected post-trauma phobia Sung Joon has which I think is effectively used haha. Liked the scene where Hye Jin puts her jacket over their heads as she tried to calm him down in the rain. It linked very well to them when they were young. Enjoyed how Sung Joon grows to depend on others and how Hye Jin grows to be more confident about herself. Liked the chemistry between the couple. Fashion is definitely not what I am good at so I can relate to how Hye Jin can’t recognise the different brands and types of clothes when she is working for a fashion magazine company haha.

Besides the lead characters, I feel that Choi Si Won acted very well. His character is totally different from my normal impression of him haha. His character added lots of comedy to this drama and touching moments at the end of it. Liked Shin Hyuk’s happy-go-lucky personality and how he makes fun of people and jokes with them, especially when with Hye Jin. When I think about him mischievously waiting to see the other person’s reaction after he throws a toy spider at the person, it often makes me feel like laughing.

This drama also revolves around friendship, Ha Ri and Hye Jin+ Hye Jin and Sung Joon. Friends are indeed a huge influence in our lives. I liked how it is portrayed that even having one friend makes all the difference in life. You don’t have to have many people as friends. You just need that one true friend who will not leave you even if you are an outcast or looked down by others! The friendships are well developed within this drama. In addition, I am satisfied with the ending as it gives a very complete end.

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Favourite MVs+osts: You Don’t Know Me by Soyou (Sistar) & Brother Su

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Orange Marmalade (2015) 橘子果酱

Genre: School, Fantasy, Romance, Melodrama, Vampire

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

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starring Yeo Jin Goo as Jung Jae Min, Song Eui Joon as Jae Min (young), Seol Hyun as Baek Ma Ri, Lee Jong Hyun as Han Shi Hoo, Gil Eun Hye as Jo Ah Ra

 

Despite hearing that people dropped it because the drama did a ridiculous time-travelling etc, I still want to watch this drama because of Yeo Jin Goo! My sister was put off by Ma Ri continuously trying to suck Jae Min’s blood at the start and wanted to drop it until I decided to watch it with her and she changed her mind. In this drama, the vampires are not seen as powerful but rather the outsider that humans fear and hate. Because of that, they have to hide or move away whenever discovered. This makes me feel sorry for them and it seems like humans are the mean ones instead. It is difficult living while trying to fit in with others or be like them when you are not. Human’s unconscious behaviour due to subjective judgement can really harm others-humans or not.

Enjoyed the development of relationship between the lead couple no matter it is in the past life or in the present. In both times, Jae Min actually accepts her as a vampire despite his initial hate towards vampires. I can see the link between the past and present lives very well which I think makes the time-travelling effective after all. In addition, it is fun to watch mischievous Han Shi Hoo being Jae Min’s good friend in the past life. Liked watching Ma Ri’s present life family which adds humour and sweetness. The way Ma Ri mentions Jae Min’s sweet blood keeps making me think of Jae Min as fleshy and juicy haha…

Liked Jong Hyun’s acting in this drama as a rebellious person/vampire in the past and present life. He gives off the very charismatic feel and I like how he insists on his opinion. The scene that he tries to commit suicide the vampire way is so beautifully sad. Amazed by how the vampires pretend they are drinking other drinks such as wine, strawberry milk, or even tomato sauce when they are drinking “processed” blood. They will be punished/ arrested if they use their power even if it is to save humans which I found quite unfair. The power of vampire is really cool, especially how they zoom about in high speed.

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Favourite MVs+ osts: Whole album

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Hi!! Just a Random Review

Hello, everyone!! I had been missing for a very long time due to my busy schedule. I will try my best to write more reviews but I will be busy again during December and subsequently. I will try to catch up on my running man reviews as I write the short korean drama series and korean web drama reviews and even movies. I will be typing quite fast so please forgive me if I have spelling errors or even messy plotting. Also, as some of the running man episodes I had watched a long time ago, please forgive me if there are any missing plots. Thank you.

Let’s talk about more interesting things!!! I had been watching quite a lot of dramas. There are many awesome dramas like Sassy Go Go and many others. I will be writing on Running Man Ep 254 soon, which the guests of the episode are SNSD, Choi Min Ho and Hongman. That episode is so nice!!! You should consider watching it!! Lately, I also had been kind of addicted to a few kpop songs, like Day6jyp’s Congratulations and Got7’s If You Do. These songs are so nice!! Haha. I also have been managing the instagram account. Hope you all liked it. Thank you for reading this random review and have an enjoyable time reading our reviews!!! Goodbye and good night. zzz

–Joyous JY–

Falling For Challenge Korean Web Drama

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Falling For Challenge/Falling For Do Jeon Web Drama(2015)

Episodes: 6

Cast: Kim So Eun as Ban Hana and Xiumin(EXO) as Do Jeon

Recommended Ost: You are the One by Xiumin(EXO)

Review: Na Do Jeon is a timid but bright boy who works part-time as a Pierrot clown because he genuinely loves making people laugh and he is also being influenced by his father who is also a Pierrot clown. When his father die when Do Jeon was at a young age, he could only remember his father in the Pierrot clown suit as his father wore it most of the time. Na Do Jeon strongly believes that a clown should never talk. if not it will spoil the meaning of a clown. Ban Hana is a girl dreaming of starting her own food truck. She is also the president of the ‘One Plus’ hobby club, which the school wants to close. That club’s theme is to challenge something new. The first time she ran into Do Jeon was when she was being chased by a guy because she spilled water at his clothes while running a marathon. Xiumin managed to save her by directing that man into another place. Do Jeon also helped her another time when the director when he asked her if there was a new member in the club. Just nice Do Jeon walked past and he joined the club as such. In the club, they were supposed to do new challenges and Do Jeon and Ban Hana chose Pierrot. Their club learnt Pierrot from Do Jeon even though the other club members did not like it at first. However, during the day of performance, a young girl, who lived in the house that Do Jeon rented a room from, went missing after hearing that she was going to be sent to America. Do Jeon went to find her. The whole club also did not perform as they decided to find the girl. Fortunately, the girl just went to bought her grandfather medicine after hearing that he wants to send her to America to her parents because he was ill. This was so touching. So the club decided to put up a Pierrot show for the kids and they managed to revive the club ad go on TV as they did something meaningful as a challenge. Anyway, in this show, Do Jeon and Hana slowly liked each other and Hana made her first move by kissing Do Jeon on his cheeks. As she felt embarrassed due to confessing her love first, she said that the kiss was a mistake due to drinking. Do Jeon was so innocent and thought Hana rejected him. When Hana told him it was not like that, he realised the truth and said it was a new challenge for him through the camera. That is the end of the drama.

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Sassy Go Go Korean Drama

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Sassy Go Go Korean Drama(2015)

Episodes: 12

Cast: Jung Eun Ji as Kang Yeon Doo, Lee Won Geun as Kim Yeol, Ji Soo as Seo Ha Joon, Cha Ha Kyun as Ha Dong Jae, Chae Soo Bin as Kwon Soo Ah.

Recommended Ost: Shooting Stars by HanByulJadu by Turtles Fly and Flowers by Lizzy Feat. Kanto

 

My review:

This show has things that are used repeatedly, like the “One,…, Two…, Three, …” and “There are friends that will do things with you”, “There are teachers who will stand by you no matter what. Love it!!

And I love both Kim Yeol’s and Seo Ha Joon’s confession, with Kim Yeol, the cheesy fashion, Awwww, and Seo Ha Joon who used the gummy bear to express his feelings. Love it!!!

And I love the strawberry milk thingy. Because they used this as a plot. Like Ha Joon and Kim Yeol jealous about Kang Yeon Doo and Ha Dong Jae drinking that strawbeery milk, Kim Yeol wanting Kang Yeon Doo to drink banana milk to show that they are different and at the end, Kwon Soo Ah stealing the strawberry milk which was meant for Kang Yeon Doo.

I feel that this show is too short so there were some things that were closed pretty quickly, like how Kim Yeol decided to let his father and Kang Yeon Doo’s mother be together and how Seo Ha Joon decided to just let Kim Yeol have Kang Yeon Doo. Seo Ha Joon is too good for a man and a brother already, giving up Kang Yeon Doo instead of snatching from Kim Yeol, his bro.But anyway, I still ship Kim Yeol and Kang Yeon Doo but I pity Ha Joon. Hope Ji Soo gets a role where I can ship him all I want. But overall was good, just feeling that the last episode is a little rush.

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To Be Continued Web Drama

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To Be Continued(2015)

Cast: ASTRO and Kim Sae Ron

Episodes: 12

Recommended Ost: Innocent Love by ASTRO

Review: This drama is about Kim Sae Ron going back to the past to change the future of the Astro members.One day, there was a storm and Jheon Ah Rin(Kim Sae Ron) was sitting in a cab. A mysterious guy told Jheon Ah Rin(Kim Sae Ron) that if she manage to return to the past, what will she do. And when lightnings struck, she and another guy(one of the Astro members went back to the past when they were in high school. At that time, their Astro group was not very popular and they were struggling. Moon Bin was a very good dancer and he had a conflict with Cha Eun Woo(Lee Dong Min) and Jheon Ah Rin(Kim Sae Ron) has to try to resolve it. Kim Sae Ron continues to go back and forth between the past and future as she recreates the past to get them back in time. The past that they recreate will change the future of things and one thing Jheon Ah Rin(Kim Sae Ron) changed was letting Moon Bin who likes her to like her friend which likes him. How will she be able to change the future? It is to be continued…

My Own Feelings: I feel that this drama is completely in sync to its name because in the end when the Astro goes back to the future, it was still to be continued.

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