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Long Series Kdrama Review Unni is Alive/Band of Sisters

Dropped Psychopath Diary, Catch the Ghost, and Class of Lies as they are crime-related. Felt that Catch the Ghost and Search: WWW have quite good first episodes but they dont make me feel like continuing the drama. Crash Landing on You’s plot is too mature for my liking. The first episode of Abyss was bad. The characters were not well-written such that the changing of bodies is meaningful. They could have made better use of the fantasy.

Doing this review by memory. Watched it some time ago.

Unni is Alive/Band of Sisters (2017) 姐姐还活着

Episodes: 68

 

starring Jang Seo Hee as Min Deul Re, Oh Yoon Ah as Kim Eun Hyang, Kim Joo Hyun as Kang Ha Ri, Lee Ji Hoon as Seol Ki Chan, Hong Dong Young as Ki Chan (child), Jo Yoon Woo as Goo Se Joon, Son Yeo Eun as Goo Se Kyung, Son Chang Min as Goo Pil Mo, Kim Soo Mi as Sa Gun Ja, Song Jong Ho as Jo Hwan Seung (Se Kyung’s husband), Kim Seung Han as Jo Yong Ha, Oh Ah Rin as Jin Hong Si, Kim Da Som as Yang Dal Hee, Ahn Nae Sang as Na Dae In, Hwang Young Hee as Goo Sang Mi

Ki Chan, acted by Lee Ji Hoon, is one of the worst male leads to be haha. He goes through so much suffering and ends up not even getting the girl (sry for the spoiler). Liked his acting. May become his fan after this drama. I felt that this drama evokes great amount of negative feeling in me and didnt even allow my mother to talk about it at first but ended up liking it towards the end due to the acting by the cast. Liked the portrayal of emotional struggles by the cast, especially Oh Yoon Ah. Felt that they can pull me in to feel the  emotions they are feeling. Felt sad at the scene where Eun Hyang’s mother passes away. Anyway, it will be too much agony for me if I were to watch this drama episode by episode. Even when I am writing this review, I can feel the negative feelings coming back.

Liked the comedy scenes. For example, Deul Re throwing a garbage bag filled with rubbish at Eun Hyang’s ex-husband and runs away with Eun Hyang without being seen, making Eun Hyang feel better. Also, Pil Mo bending down and squatting down when he sees Deul Re at the company so as not to expose his identity as the chairman and his subordinates walking with him and behind him all follow his actions. Laughed at the scene where Ki Chan’s adoptive mother walks off after Ki Chan was rude to her then returns to kick him at his bottom and scold him. Can feel Ki Chan’s mixed feeling of happiness and sadness at that scene.

Enjoyed watching how Deul Re, Pil Mo’s sister, and Ki Chan’s adoptive parents work together to gather evidence. It was fun to watch Ki Chan’s adoptive parents disguise themselves as all types of people for example, rich foreigners, policemen while they set traps for the bad guys to fall into. Liked how Deul Re is straightforward and says and does whatever she wants. It feels good watching haha, especially when she does it to the bad people. Her personality is opposite of Eun Hyang who is more reserved and tends to keep things to herself. Eun Hyang’s revenge for her dead child turns out “well” as she falls for Se Kyung’s husband and develops a good relationship with Se Kyung’s autistic (?) son. Touched when she saved Se Kyung’s child from a fire and was badly injured. She is more like the child’s mother than Se Kyung. Was moved when Se Kyung starts to care for her child and realises how bad of a mother she was. Liked watching Eun Hyang’s ex-husband pursuing her again but to no avail and ends up only being used by her for her revenge. It is funny how Eun Hyang’s ex-husband becomes scared of fire and goes around telling people not to use fire towards the end of the drama. Before that, he sets fire to houses of people he is unhappy with. I guess it is a nice punishment for him, especially since he works at a barbecue (?) place.

Glad that Ki Chan’s biological grandmother is still alive at the end of the drama (sry for the spoiler). Liked her surprise appearance. The housekeeper fed her things in replacement of her tonic drink to cause damage to her brain etc. so that she will die and cant be reunited with Ki Chan. Liked the relationship between Ki Chan and his grandmother. Liked how Ki Chan’s biological grandmother often feeds him food and treats him like her grandson, even though she doesnt know he is her grandson. I guess only the grandmother subconsciously recognises him. Pil Mo, Ki Chan’s biological father, treats him badly (typical in long series kdramas). Liked how the grandmother is smart and isnt harmed by the housekeeper, despite the many things the housekeeper plotted. Her son is completely fooled by the bad guys and believes in them. Too bad the housekeeper does so much for her son, Se Joon, but it is not what he wants. It is probably for her own greed and ambition. Liked how the grandmother still treats Se Joon as her grandson, even though he is later known as not being biologically related.

Liked the relationship between Ki Chan, Ha Ri, and his adoptive family. At the start, Ki Chan helps his adoptive brother pursue Ha Ri. Later on, he falls for Ha Ri (if I didnt remember wrongly), long after his adoptive brother passes away. I wonder if it is possible to fall for someone after being friends and in-laws while not having feelings for the person. I didnt watch enough of the part between Ha Ri and Ki Chan, and Ha Ri and Se Joon. Liked the scene where Ha Ri’s in-laws stand up for her when she is bullied and apologise (?) for treating her badly in the past. Liked how Ki Chan is smart and good at making cosmetic products. Liked how he perseveres despite his past failures.

Kim Da Som successfully makes me dislike her in this drama. Her character, Dal Hee, steals her ex-boyfriend’s (Ki Chan’s) things and ruins his career at the start. She does many bad deeds and doesnt even bat an eye when doing bad deeds, killing, and lying. She is worse than the housekeeper who is already quite bad. Even when I see her as a good person in He is Psychometric, I still cant like her haha. Liked Hong Si, Dal Hee’s young sister. She is cute. Liked how she manages to go against her sister towards the end. Dal Hee abandons her, threatens her from the first time they meet again, and attempts to force her to leave her adoptive family. Liked the relationship between Hong Si and Deul Re, and Hong Si and her adoptive parents (Ki Chan’s adoptive parents adopt her later on).

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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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