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Korean Drama Review A Korean Odyssey 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.

A Korean Odyssey ost ig post 

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Quick Picture Recap Bride of the century BOTC


A family curse is passed down: the first bride of the first son of the family will die.


Doo Rim’s 1st meeting with the ghost when she tries to save someone.


Yi Hyun notes the similarity between Doo Rim and his sister after she rescued him from a falling brick.


Kang Joo receives flowers from fiancee, Yi Kyung. Kang Joo has no feelings for her and treats her like his puppet.


Yi Kyung and her mother plots to make Doo Rim who resembles her the first bride of Kang Joo.


Roo Mi likes Kang Joo and cannot give up on him.


Doo Rim follows family ghost and saves a cat. She passes the cat to Kang Joo so that she can bury the mother cat (since Kang Joo does not have enough strength to shovel).


Doo Rim gets splashed by tomato on Kang Joo’s behalf.


Jin Joo prevents Doo Rim from being discovered that she cannot play the piano unlike Yi Kyung.


Doo Rim participates in a cake-eating contest to win a television for her grandmother but ends up making the headlines.


Kang Joo kisses Doo Rim in his brother’s concert.


Family ghost changes direction of signboards to make Doo Rim go back to Kang Joo.

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Doo Rim sprains her neck while washing her dirty clothes (caused by Kang Joo).

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Doo Rim climbs over the fence to avoid Kang Joo but is spotted.


Kang Joo watches a horror movie with Doo Rim in place of Yi Hyun to make up for misunderstanding her. Doo Rim watches it happily, not even knowing he is present.


Yi Kyung switches back with Doo Rim to play the piano for the children.


Doo Rim is about to leave and is glad to see Kang Joo one last time.


Kang Joo’s mother plans to make Roo Mi Kang Joo’s bride, thinking that the first bride will die.


Kang Joo angrily asks if it is true that his first bride will die. Family ghost appears. Seems like the family ghost takes care of young Kang Joo when he is ill or tired.


Kang Joo wants to break up with Doo Rim to protect her.


Doo Rim hugs Kang Joo from the back as she does not want him to leave her.

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They gather their courage and decide to face the future together.


Kang Joo realises that Yi Kyung is not the person he knows. He follows Doo Rim to the hospital where she takes good care of Yi Hyun who protected her from Yi Hyun’s stepmother’s attack.

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Kang Joo’s father’s first bride was killed by Kang Joo’s maternal grandmother after reading the first bride’s diary that the curse is not true.


Kang Joo confesses his love for Doo Rim in front of Doo Rim’s grandmother.


Out on a sauna date!


Family ghost’s history unfolds.


Kang Joo finally manages to find Doo Rim after she leaves to let Yi Kyung have a chance to start over.


Kang Joo pays his respect to Doo Rim’s grandmother.


Family ghost is happy that she finally gets her deserved offerings after 100 years as she helped to continue the family line. She plays with Kang Rim in the outhouse.

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Korean Drama Review Bride of the century BOTC

Bride of the century (2014) 百年新娘

Genre: Melodrama, Romance, Family, Fantasy, Comedy

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

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starring Yang Jin Sung as Na Doo Rim / Jang Yi kyung / Boon Yi and Lee Hong Ki as Choi Kang Joo. Other casts: Sung Hyuk as Jang Yi Hyun (Yi Kyung’s older brother/operations manager of Oh Sung Construction) and Park Jin Joo as Oh Jin Joo, Jang Ah Young as Lee Roo Mi and Kim Ah Young as Sung Joo Shin, family ghost.

In terms of characters, Yi Kyung and Doo Rim do not share much in common besides their love for their family. Doo Rim switches back and forth with Yi Kyung. One of the time is because Doo Rim does not know how to play the piano while Yi Kyung majors in piano. Doo Rim manages to escape once when her childhood friend Jin Joo splashes water on the piano to help her. Luckily, Jin Joo recognises her. Yi Kyung is also not able to do things Doo Rim is good at such as slicing fish. Not sure why no one realises the difference. It is fun to see when Yi Kyung is shocked to see the difference in Kang Joo, especially how he becomes worried about her. It is also hilarious to watch how Doo Rim amuses Kang Joo such as when she went for a cake-eating competition and tried to climb over the fence to enter Yi Kyung’s house to avoid Kang Joo.

At least, Yi Hyun does have a chance to confess his love for Doo Rim, not like some supporting characters who do not have a chance. Yi Hyun is a character I feel sorry for as he is the stepbrother of Yi Kyung and does not receive much love after his mother passed away while buying candles for his birthday cake. Although his stepmother trusts him, she often makes comments about his relation to them that hurts him. Doo Rim brings much joy to his life. Is it possible to like someone who looks like your blood-related sister?

Much to my amusement, the family ghost does a good job in match-making Kang Joo and Doo Rim! She drops a brick on Yi Hyun which helps Yi Hyun meet Doo Rim and note her similarity with his sister. Then, she changes the direction of the signboards and many others to make the relationship between Doo Rim and Kang Joo closer. It is weird that Doo Rim likes horror movie but I guess it fits this drama well. Haha. As the drama goes along, I found the ghost less and less frightening. While the first brides may pass the supernatural test, they may not pass the test of reality. People will still kill the bride when she is seen alive. The ghost’s history is quite unexpected as it stretches to 100 years ago and is related to reincarnation.

MV+ Favourite osts: What I wanted to say by Lee Hongki of FTISLAND and Into my heart by FTISLAND   BOTC ost ig post

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