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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 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.

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Remember-war of the sons quotes (Korean Drama)

I was an attorney who could remember everything. It was my ability as well as my disability. Because of the memories, I was happy and sad at times. Although memories are lost, the fact that I existed does not.

The best compliment to be given from a lawyer to another lawyer is “Please represent me.”

~Seo Jin Woo

 

It is so easy to hate a powerless people. Can’t people see the truth?

Because of this trial that you consider to be a game, someone’s whole life has collapsed and his son’s too.

~Lee In Ah

 

Our deal is not over.

Don’t trust me anymore but have trust in my actions.

~Park Dong Ho

 

I am the law! I am Nam Gyu Man!

I will kill you! (haha)

~Nam Gyu Man

 

It isn’t your enemy that makes you lonely, it is your friends. I was very lonely because of you.

~Soo Beom to Gyu Man

2014 Korean Drama Ost

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Korean Drama Review Healer

Healer (2014) 治愈者

Genre: Thriller, Romance, Comedy, Action, Mystery

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

healer

starring Ji Chang Wook as Seo Jung Hoo / Healer, Yoo Ji Tae as Kim Moon Ho, Park Min Young as Chae Young Shin.

 

I am impressed with Jung Hoo’s extraordinary martial arts skills when fighting. He can even move from one place to another using the rooftops of buildings alone. He also has very outstanding disguise ability (haha), allowing him to sneak into places without being noticed. It is fun to watch the people’s expressions when they finally discover the real him. I especially liked the scene that he saves Young Shin from the crashing elevator. The background music and action are just perfect!

When Ji Chang Wook acts as coward Bong Soo, I almost thought he is like that due to lack of being with people. Haha. I did not expect that it is just a strong cover… It is quite funny that he is doing most of the protecting in face of danger yet make it seem like Young Shin is protecting him instead. He even fakes being upset because of the bugs infesting his house and pretends to vomit but steals a handcuff from the detective. Haha. I enjoyed watching Young Shin break out into weird dances or singing strange songs when she is upset.  How I wish I can learn how to pick-lock like Young Shin! I am glad when Young Shin finally finds out that Bong Soo is the night errand guy she has a crush on. The secret date that they only hold hands once without even looking at each other is just too short.

The hacker healer who helps Jung Hoo with his tasks adds humour into this drama. She is often mimicking other’s voice and enjoys her time alone in a room filled with computers. She is really good at hacking, even causing a train to stop from her room. She sends announcements by making characters go into Jung Hoo’s computer screen and talk. The spectacles that Jung Hoo wears as healer is very cool. He can connect it to the hacker healer’s computer and even uses them to read emails or take pictures.

It is tragic that among the friends only one, Moon Ho’s brother, does well. Perhaps if he did not betray, he will also face the same consequence as the others? He should have at least felt sorry for them (did he?) or tried to take revenge with his newly gained power and not just satisfy his greed. It is admirable that Moon Ho tries to uncover his brother’s bad deeds and pay back whatever he can such as helping to find the daughter of one of the friends. While he can just sit back and earn a lot of money with his brother’s “help”, he choose to do things that may make the world a better place.

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MV+Favourite osts: You by Ben  What my eyes say by Tei   Healer ost ig post 

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Getting more and more busy now. Hopefully I will have the time for another review soon.

Random recommendations for Action dramas

If you are looking for action dramas to watch, I would highly recommend Time between Dog and Wolf, City Hunter and Fugitive Plan B for now. You will not regret watching them!

time between DandW                      tbdw                                                                  tbdw2

starring Lee Joon Ki as Lee Soo Hyun / Kay and Nam Sang Mi as Soo Ji Woo.
In order to avenge his mother that was killed brutally by Thai criminal syndicate Cheongbang, Soo Hyun decided to take matters into his own hands in one of his operations and cause the failure of the police operation. After that, he becomes an undercover NIS agent after staging his death. Hiding his past, Soo Hyun infiltrates the Cheongbang with revenge in mind, leaving Ji Woo behind. Under the pseudo-name of Kay, he passes through the backstreets of Bangkok. What Soo Hyun didn’t know was Ji Woo, the one he loved, is the daughter of the same villain, who killed his mother and father. While he was protecting Ji Woo secretly as ordered, he saves her and ends up losing his memory. He started thinking he was a part of Cheongbang and helped them with their bad deeds. At the same time, his job was to protect Ji Woo and they met again.

Time between Dog and Wolf mixes action with losing memory well. No matter Soo Hyun is a police or he is a part of the gang, there is a lot of action involved. Lee Joon Ki acted very well in it, displaying the many emotions his character feels  from scared at first when things are related to the gang to happy when in love to hatred towards the gang to confident when he thinks he is part of the gang. He is also a good fighter. There are many twists in this drama which I enjoyed very much. It is funny when he rescues Ji Woo the first time and Ji Woo was so shocked as she thought that he was dead. He even gets a chance to date the same girl twice (as a good guy) before and after he loses his memory (as a bad guy).

fugitive plan b           fugitive plan b rain

During the Korean War, a vast amount of money disappeared. Now, some 60 years later, the money has reappeared, leading to a frantic chase across the globe. Jin Yi (Lee Na Young) is a seemingly innocent woman who has hidden motives for approaching Ji Woo (Bi), a detective. Her plans are complicated by an unexpected romance developing between them, as well as the numerous pursuers hot on their trail. Kieko (Uehara Takako) is a famous Japanese singer who also gets tangled up in a relationship with this man. Little do they know that her father Hiroki (Takenaka Naoto), apart from being a business man, is a powerful Yakuza. In this love triangle, who will finally win the love of Ji Woo?

Liked Rain’s acting in Fugitive Plan B. His character is very weird and funny even though he is good at making plans and fighting. As a detective, he seldom gets personally involved while he makes money but this time it is different. It is something like a escaping drama where the couple escapes many times from the police and the bad guys while thinking of their next step.  Ji Woo is always very confident while Jin Yi is brave and calculative. It is fun to watch how their plans work and how they escape danger each time while their relationship develop.

                                               city hunter 2

 city hunter 3           cityhunter19-00011

starring Lee Min Ho as Lee Yoon Sung / John Lee and Park Min Young as Kim Na Na.
For City Hunter, the story takes place in Seoul, 2011. Lee Yoon Sung is a talented MIT-graduate who works on the international communications team in the Blue House. He plans revenge on five politicians who caused his father’s death with his surrogate father Lee Jin Pyo and eventually becomes a “City Hunter.” In order to take revenge, he went through tough training. He is also able to use technology to help him show the world the evil deeds done by the politicians.

 It is amazing that he can use a bag as a parachute. One will be amazed by how he deals with situations and  his skills at fighting+escaping. It is a thriller and Lee Min Ho’s character is fascinating: the hero in disguise. He has to pretend he cannot fight in the Blue House during training even though he is very good at it. I am glad that he did not kill the politicians but expose their bad deeds unlike what his surrogate father would have done. The technology from the Blue House is really advanced. He can even use a spectacle to do recording.

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Korean Drama Review MOH

Man of honour/ Glory Jane (2011) 荣光的在仁

Genre: Comedy, Romance

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

starring Chun Jung Myung as Kim Young Kwang and Park Min Young as Yoon Jae In. Other casts: Lee Jang Woo as Seo In Woo.
Plot: Jae In’s father was actually the owner of a sports clothing company and Young Kwang’s father is actually his chauffeur. In Woo’s father is Jae In’s father working partner. When Jae In’s father realised that In Woo’s father committed a crime, Jae In’s father asked him to turn himself in. As they had a quarrel in the car, a car accident occurs. Without knowing, Young Kwang’s father accidentally saved In Woo’s father instead of his boss. From then on, In Woo’s father gives Young Kwang’s father money to make sure no one knows of it and takes over the company. On their way to the hospital, the car that Jae In and her mother were in overturned due to the slippery road and they are separated as a result.

Zoom into characters: Kim Young Kwang (Chun Jung Myung) is a baseball player on a minor league team, former 4th hitter of the major league team, an innocently confident man who never stops trying his best to re-live past glories. Yoon Jae In (Park Min Young) works as a nurse’s aide and  is a struggling young, cheery, bright girl who always maintains a positive attitude despite her poor background and dreams of becoming a nurse. She meets Kim Young Kwang at the hospital when he sustains injures. As they struggle to overcome their fates, they find love. Seo In Woo (Lee Jang Woo) is the future heir of a sports clothing company and also the clean-up hitter for the a professional baseball team that his father owns. He has a mental illness due to the stressful environment he is in which Jae In will help him overcome.

When In Woo had a nose injury, all the doctors treat him as he is rich while Young Kwang who sustained serious injury was ignored. Another example of reality and inequality. Young Kwang’s determination and Jae In’s optimism are something I want to emulate. Something to look forward to is the interviews and auditions carried out as all 3 of them apply/ are forced to enter a department in the company. They would have to pass each test to go to the next round. Tests include selling one’s goods to another, carrying bricks of the same worth as one’s desired salary and many others. The higher the salary, the more responsibility it comes with. One should only take what is sufficient and what they can afford. Not only objects, an idea can be sold too.

Not sure why Lee Jang Woo usually have curly hair when he is not the main lead and kind of straight hair when he is the lead. Haha. A waste that Jae In chooses to be a nurse instead of leading the company which she is also capable of. I guess one should find jobs related to our passion and interests and not one that is for the power and money.

Why you should watch: Not really a drama that keeps one glued to the screen but it lets one sees things from different perspectives. More about life than romance.

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MV+Favourite osts: Who You Are To Me by Hyorin  

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