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June/July 2019 Korean Dramas Review July 18, 2019

This past two months of Korean Dramas were pretty disappointing…

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The first drama that I had completed was Abyss which is about Cha Min is heir to a successful cosmetics company but the one catch is that he is ugly. He accidentally dies but somehow some aliens hit him as he is falling to his death so they give the mysterious marble called Abyss and they revive him and now has become handsome and looks nothing like how he used to. His old friend Go Se-Yeon is the opposite she is beautiful and she knows it, she is a prosecutor and is working on the case of a serial killer and gets caught up in deadly plans and Cha-Min is going to save her even if it means she can’t be beautiful anymore. The two of them team up to solve the mystery of the Abyss and serial killings.

 

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For the most part this drama kept me entertained and was pretty exciting and interesting through the whole drama. The concept felt somewhat new, be able to stop someone from dying, it really was an interesting concept to explore. I also liked the idea that your beauty depends on what your soul looks like, whether you are a good person. I wish that could be the same in real life! Although I didn’t really understand how Park Bo Young could be considered to not be good looking? I actually liked Bo Young’s looks better than the other version of Se-Yeon but whatever. There was the right amount of romance among the mystery and suspense in the drama that was enjoyable and thought it was perfect.
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The drama is not perfect and sometimes the way the characters would act could drive the audience a bit crazy sometimes! For example when Cha Min is on the run from the police he keeps using his credit card everywhere and when the police keep showing up where he is, he doesn’t understand that they are tracking his card. Also the many times they did things when there lives were being threatened and didn’t have proper protection. It just that sometimes the logic of the characters can get a bit frustrating but I could kinda brush it off as it is their character and sometimes in real life people under pressure can’t always think rationally and act the way you would think.

 

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Also the ending has some lacking logic and understanding of how things could happen. But at the same time I was happy about the ending and feel like it was good enough and made me content even if it isn’t completely explained. That being said there are probably many better dramas and that people could easily find a better one to watch but the lead characters carried the whole drama and I liked them. So this drama was interesting but the lack of explanation and mess with the logic left it feeling like it could have been better.

 

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The drama had effort but fell short with the story line.

 

 

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The second drama that I finished was Angel’s Last Mission: Love. This drama is about Dan who is an angel that is a bit of a troublemaker and is given his last mission which is to find true love for Yeon-Seo who is a blind, bitter, former ballerina who doesn’t believe in love and has had so many tragedies in her life. It stars Shin Hye-Sun and Kim Myung-Soo/ L and I thought it felt like an odd match because they seem like different ages even though in real life they are a few years apart. Shin Hye Sun does a very good job at acting and I think she was the reason that the drama went as well as it did. Kim Myung-Soo was good as well did a good job as being a playful angel but for some reason I didn’t buy the love between them that much. I feel like we didn’t get to see the process of them falling for each other completely, and again the story relies on the two of them having a childhood connection which is so overdone and tiring in all Korean dramas right now.

 

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I didn’t really like the whole mythology of the God and angel story in this drama and frankly it doesn’t make sense and I was unsure how we were supposed to feel about everything. The whole idea that angels could disappear for doing wrong things felt harsh and that a human could give life to an angel was just so confusing. I didn’t really understand Ji Kang-Woo’s story with his girlfriend and how she looks like Yeon-Seo it just was so weird and random. The deity doesn’t really make sense in the drama to me, I still not sure what Kim Dan was supposed to accomplish with the mission regarding Yeon-Seo since his choices seemed to be considered wrong. What was the real plan? What I really don’t understand is that why didn’t they just reunite in “paradise” instead of getting in trouble and worrying about dissipating. Honestly I hated the whole concept of the angels and deity and how awful all the rules and actions of everybody. The ending was just as nonsensical as the Abyss with the rules just being thrown out the window and they just decide whatever and do what they want.

 

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This drama did draw me in and cause me to be emotionally invested so it does tell me that the drama had some good elements and acting that played on my emotions, so it did have it’s moments. Honestly Dan was fun to watch with his playful and good natured self with the stern Yeon-Seo. It does have some mystery and suspense that does surprise me and catch me off guard. There are many elements that were done well because I found it interesting and was pretty interested to keep watching each episode. There was some sweet moments that made me believe in them as a couple even if it didn’t always hit me that way in the whole of the drama. The ending doesn’t really have logic but I was content with the things unfolded.

 

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It wasn’t a terrible drama but the mythology got really messy and took away from the drama.

 

 

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The third drama that I finished was One Spring Night. It was supposed to be a realistic looks at how couples are which I am not sure if they accomplished that goal. It is about Lee Jung-In a librarian who finds herself in a long term relationship with her boyfriend Kwon Ki-Seok and he has everything that on paper that would make a good husband but she meets Yoo Ji-Ho a pharmacist and a single Dad and she creates a connection with him and wonders if she should make a relationship with him. So I wouldn’t necessarily call this drama realistic because it seemed over the top in a lot of areas but if this really is the way that relationships work in South Korea that would make me sad.

 

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I would say that 70% of the men in this drama were horrible and seriously needed to get some professional help. I thought they should hand out restraining orders to most of the men in this drama because yikes their behavior was abominable most of the time. I think the father not taking the daughter’s sides bothered me quite a bit as well, that is just unacceptable to me. This does make Ji-Ho look really good at the same time and maybe they wanted him to shine. I would say this drama has a lot of over the top issues but at the same time they deal with it in a very subdued way that maybe makes it feel more believable.

 

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Honestly at the beginning I really didn’t care for the drama that much and it just feel mismatched and the OST felt very dated and it was just odd overall but it slowly grew on me and the music didn’t feel so jolting as I got used to it. At first I was really frustrated with Lee Jung-In because it felt like she was cheating and was being very wishy washy in her behavior and it bothered me but maybe it is a realistic response to someone trying to get out of a long relationship. I guess this drama went to different places that may feel uncomfortable because they wanted to show a better picture of how people tend to act and resolutions are not always clean and easy.

 

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The reason I wanted to watch this drama because of the fact that Ji-Ho was going to be a single dad and I thought that would be so great. I am sad that they didn’t show as much or focus on his relationship with Eun-Woo because I think that would have been so great. I didn’t realize that it was such a taboo thing in South Korea to be a single parent, I forget since in North America it isn’t something that would be that big of a deal since adoption is also prevalent  and a wonderful thing here. It made me sad that was considered something so terrible, I feel so sorry for the kids and how they would be treated by society! The ending felt very unresolved they didn’t deal with Jung-In’s dad and they didn’t update us on what was happening with her sisters or even Ji-Hoo’s friends. It just feels so unfinished but maybe that again is a fact of life, since life is messy and doesn’t have perfect endings. So I will say that I found this drama interesting and it grew on me over time.

 

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I think it was the better drama this month but it was slow and the ending was lacking.

 

 

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The last drama I watched was My Absolute Boyfriend which is a remake since there is a Japanese and Taiwanese versions but it was based of a Japanese manga. This drama is about Eom Da-Da who is a special effects make-up artist and she somehow accidentally gets wrangled into taking Young-Goo a boyfriend/dating robot for a little while and she agrees to take him in and hide their secret and meanwhile she is struggling after getting out of a serious relationship with her long-term boyfriend and takes advantage of Young-Goo to help get over her relationship.

 

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The first half of the drama was interesting and had some intrigue and interesting ideas but at a point I wanted to just stop watching this drama and found it tedious and boring. Honestly I am so over the whole human/robot love story. Seriously if I suggest watching another one please comment and tell me to just stop! I remember watching the Japanese version a long time ago and I remember thinking I liked it but I can’t remember much about it, so i thought I would like this one as well but I was wrong. Also the Japanese version I watched a long time ago and recently the Korean dramas have had a lot of robot dramas that I think I am just so sick of this topic as well. I will never be able to get over the whole robot never aging, can’t have children, breaks down, is not a human. I seriously could not take the drama seriously when Eom Da-Da would be all upset about Young-Goo and I just wanted to scream ITS A ROBOT PLEASE STOP. Maybe I am jaded and bitter already but it was just too much for me and all the sickly sweet moments just felt empty to me and boring. I can’t put my finger on what was missing but I just didn’t believe the love.

 

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The whole Diana plot thing was just so weird and random to me, although she may have been the most interesting character in the whole drama. Also this drama had too many episodes, it was just so unnecessary. The ratings were apparently bad for this drama as well. I also think I am tired of  Yeo Jin-Goo since this has been two bad dramas in a row for me, and now he is in the new Hotel De Luna which I am going to watch but man, this dude needs to take a break already. The ending is pretty awful as well since it leaves it open ended and confusing about what happened? Honestly I really didn’t care, I wish she would just find a new guy at this point and forget the rest of the men from this drama. So I simply wouldn’t recommend this drama, unless you love the whole robot love idea which I have discovered that I don’t…

 

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Upcoming Dramas

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1. Perfume- It is about a middle-aged housewife that has a weight problem and is dealing with a cheating husband and divorce. She miraculously gets a perfume that makes her young and beautiful again.
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2. Hotel Del Luna- Normally I don’t really like dramas about ghosts but it has IU in it so therefore I wanted to watch it. Again we get to see Yeo Jin Goo even though I feel like I need a break from him but whatever I hope it won’t be awful. It is about a woman that gets stuck at a hotel for ghosts for the last millennium and about Yeo Jin Goo who becomes the new manager.

 

 

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3. Mr. Temporary/ Undercover Teacher. I am also not a fan of Yoon Kyun Sang but I am willing to give it shot mainly because it is an OCN drama and I need a break from nauseating romance stories. It is about a Lawyer that only cares about money but with a murder case at a high school his reputation plummets and he decides to work as temporary teacher.

 

 

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4. Doctor John- This is a medical drama dealing with the subject of pain management. It will focus on trying to solve patient’s mysterious pain and will tackle it like a detective drama.

 

So I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and let me know which dramas you liked and which ones you plan on checking out next!

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Korean Drama Reviews April/May 2019 May 20, 2019

I only watched three dramas this time and I hope that there will be better dramas upcoming since I feel like there has been nothing special for a while.

 

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The first drama that I finished this month was Kill It which is an OCN Drama. I haven’t watched an OCN Drama for awhile since they have seemed to dark for me lately. Kill It really is no exception since the plot line is about Kim Soo-Hyun (Chang Ki-Yong, who was the bad guy in My Mister, who really stood out to me) who is working as a veterinarian and is secretly working as an elite assassin that wants to get out of the game but is being forced to kill to get information about his past and his family since he has lost his memory. The drama also stars Do Hyun-Jin (Nana) who is detective that working on the murder cases that Kim Soo-Hyun is making with his killings. They get to know each other in an innocent way but they are more connected in each other’s lives than they really understand.

 

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First of all this is an OCN Drama so if you are expecting there to be anything more than burning chemistry don’t even bother coming for any romance. They never highlight there being any romance and the endings are also a grab bag, you never know what you are going to get. I first of all wasn’t expecting there to be a good ending because how can you really go back from being an assassin, he wasn’t killing for anything more than money in general that was never going to work with the female lead being a detective who is living exactly opposite life. I couldn’t seem to reconcile this with my heart and head when getting into the story.

 

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It was a sad ending but I wasn’t devastated by it because it was beyond my expectations to even have a good ending with everyone happy. It was also the typical power/greed struggle where the rich are corrupted by bribing the upper powers and this theme is well used but I mean it make sense. The drama had some good mysteries to unravel and kept my brain thinking about them and trying to figure out how everything fits so I enjoyed that aspect of this drama. There was one part that never was addressed again and I wish they would have clarified more of the science of what they were doing. Also the blue eyes really never show up again in the drama and I really wished that he would have used his blue eyes when he was working as an assassin and then put in contacts when he was being a vet and regular guy. I think it would have been more interesting if they played around more with his blue eyes.

 

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It only had 12 episodes and I was fine with that, I prefer them to shorten a drama if they don’t need the extra episodes to tell the story. I feel like with Soo-Hyun’s character he doesn’t like to talk much his acting was great because you could tell exactly what he was thinking and feeling by his actions and expressions. It was interesting because of the moral quandary that was always coming up, he was killing but at the same time he was killing bad men that were doing more harm than anything. He had such a good heart when it came to his animals and people around him that he knew it would be hard for the people around him to accept what he was actually doing in secret. The fact that he had to meet Nana who is trying to catch him and he keeps having to shut her down but actually wants to help her. It just created a fascinating story line to watch.

 

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I think if you like watching OCN dramas where the romance is low but the fascinating/interesting plot lines are high, you will probably enjoy Kill It.

 

 

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The second drama that I finished was He Is Psychometric. This drama is about Lee An (Jin Young) has a special ability that when he touches a person he is able to read their memories and is even able to do with objects. He struggles because the images he sees affects how others see him and avoids using his ability except when he is asked by his hyung’s friend Eun Ji-Soo to use his psychometric powers on dead bodies to help try to see what the deceased saw before they died. His brother Kang Sung-Mo is Prosecutor and is the only one that he can’t use his psychometric abilities on and saved him from an apartment fire and is the only family he has left in the world. Yoon Jae-In also struggles after the apartment fire and she finds out about Lee An’s ability and doesn’t want him to see her past yet but she wants to help him develop his abilities.

 

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I thought this was a really interesting drama since I love fantasy story lines and this was well done drama all the way to the end. I was sad at the end of the drama though, but the writing was still fantastic. The plot twist had me completely shocked because I didn’t want to believe them but it really does keep you on your toes. People may disagree about the ending but it was consistent and made sense and I feel it would have been more unrealistic if it ended differently but dang it hurt my heart. It was a good heart pounding drama either for romance and thrilling action parts. If you want a bubblegum ending then I would avoid this drama. What I want from a drama is one that gets me thinking and draws me in and even if it isn’t exactly what I wanted it still kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me invested. Although all I could think throughout the drama was South Korea needs to get a Witness Protection Program.

 

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The acting was really good and the romance part was sweet and it had some good bromance in it as well. Other than the plot twists there wasn’t much I would have wanted changed with this drama. It was a dependable, interesting drama that I enjoyed. Parts of it made my heart hurt and I wish I could change the plot so that different things could have happened for all the characters but in the end I think this drama did a good job of playing with your emotions which kept me interested and invested in the drama.

 

 

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The Third drama that I finished watching was Welcome To Waikiki 2/ Eulachacha Waikiki Season 2 and this is the sequel to the the first season of the same name. Unfortunately the only original cast member from the first season running the guest house is Lee Joon-Ki (Lee Yi-Kyung). I don’t know if they were planning to have more of the original cast join them for the second season but Son Seung-Won who played Bong Doo-Sik is in jail for drunk driving and Kim Jung-Hyun who played Kang Dong-Goo is having health issues and already stepped down from another drama. So I think with all the issues they decided to keep Lee Joon-Ki as the anchor for the show and then give him all new cast mates to tell a new story.

 

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The new season is still about Lee Joon-Ki being an unpopular actor that is still trying to navigate the world of acting but this time he has one of his friends Kim Jung-Eun who is a high school friend that is also trying to become an actor. The guest house is run with him and his other high school friends Cha Woo-Sik who is trying to pursue a career as a singer and Kook Ki-Bong who is trying a baseball player who is trying to get out of the minor leagues.

 

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So the second season is really not as funny as the first season, it does a good job but their was way funnier situations and shenanigans that happened in the first season. It didn’t feel as fresh and I wasn’t laughing out loud like I did with the first season but it was still a decently funny drama. It still had some funny moments sprinkled throughout but I had higher expectations for this drama. I didn’t really care for the baseball storyline, there really wasn’t anything funny or had any good story lines come out of that aspect. Also I didn’t like it when they had Lee Joon-Ki become a stunt guy because again that didn’t really give much comedy to that. I think the beginning had a bit of a rocky start but it definitely started growing on me again and was sad to see it end already.

 

 

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Once the drama started going there was some pretty funny scenarios that happened like when Han Soo-Yeon was trying to be a reporter and the interviewee kept putting her to sleep. When Lee Joon-Ki gets stuck under the bed with the pervert and they develop a bromance with each other. One of the funniest moments was when Kook Ki-Bong is trying to get a job and his friend introduces him to multi level marketing (pyramid scheme) and they give up on him because they get frustrated explaining it to him and doesn’t believe in getting money just because other people sign up under him.

 

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I recommend this drama if you like comedies and even if it can be a little predictable and cheesy but it still fun and worth it !


Upcoming Dramas I will be watching:

  1. Abyss: This drama is about an unattractive man who has been in love with a prosecution lawyer for a long time dies from an accident and revived by the abyss but his soul on the inside was different than what he originally looked like and is able to also save the lawyer he has been in love with and is also revived in a physically different appearance.

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2. My Absolute Boyfriend: It is about a robot that is built for love and to be the ideal  boyfriend and somehow ends up with a special effects makeup artist who has just gotten out of a painful relationship.

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3. One Spring Night: It is about a relationship between a librarian and pharmacist and deal with the issues of marriage and long term relationship in a more realistic way.

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4. Angel’s Last Mission: Love: This drama is about a troublemaker angel who has to find love for a cold ballerina to be able to get back to heaven, but instead falls in love himself.

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February/March 2019 Korean Drama Reviews April 1, 2019

The first drama that I completed this time was The Crowned Clown/ The Man Who Became King. It is actually a remake of a movie called Masquerade which I have not seen. The story line is about a King who finds his doppelgänger who is a clown in the Joseon period. The King is in a time that has a lot of power struggles around the throne and he brings in this clown to take his place in case he is going to assassinated soon. The king “Yeo Jin-Goo” and his doppelgänger Ha-Seon have very different attitudes and beliefs and this becomes a struggle to discover who is the real king.

 

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I liked parts of this drama, it had some twists and turns and unexpected moments which was what kept me watching. I like how the focus was on the Ha-Seon as the King and his Chief Royal Secretary and the trust and respect that they were building with each other. I also liked his relationship with Eunuch Jo and how he was able to make everyone love and feel loved around him. I also enjoyed how Ha-Seon could get himself out of situations that were unexpected and he had to just bluff or figure out his own way to deal with the problems. It made you think about what exactly it means to be a King and what exactly he has the power to do and were he becomes powerless. It makes you think about what it means to be a good king and leader of the people compared to being a good person and following your own personal beliefs and whether he gets his hands dirty or people that follow him get their hands dirty.

 

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I for the most part did not think it was a great drama. I felt emotionally unattached for the most part and felt like the characters did not have enough depth. The story line with the real king looked more interesting and wished he would have had more a story in the drama. I also didn’t have any interest in the romance between Ha- Seon and the Queen it was boring and I didn’t feel the sparks or chemistry between them. Actually I found the Queen’s character strange with her different problems and how she was so focused on duty and was going to just end her life so easily all the time. I actually was more touched by the relationship with the Chief Royal Secretary and Ha-Seon and how things end with them.
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Also it always the same story line of the rich man in the government who is stealing from the people and causes problems because he is so powerful. I also felt like with the storyline they had so many missed chances of showing the problems of having someone replace the King. They could have played up more of him trying to replace and be this other person and it felt like everyone just believed him even though he had a completely different personality. I feel like the real King should have had more of a presence in the story and wished something else would have happened there. I also didn’t really like the ending I thought Ha-Seon made a disappointing choice and felt like he had done so much hard work and if things didn’t work out with what he decided, he could never reverse it and they would be stuck in a bad cycle.

 

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This drama was okay and was interesting enough but I was disappointed and felt like it had the potential to do much more.

 

 

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The second drama I finished this month is Romance is a Bonus Book/ How To Publish Love. This drama is about Cha Eun-Ho (Lee Jong-Suk) who is a young genius chief editor at his publishing company and is an accomplished writer. Kang Dan-Yi (Lee Na-Young) is a divorced mother who hasn’t been in the job field for many years. She has no money and nowhere to live and is unable to get a job because every company discriminates against her for leaving the marketing work force and won’t hire her because of the break she took to raise her child. She needs a job so she lies on her resume and applies at Cha Eun-Ho’s publishing company as they are old friends and they have to pretend that they don’t know each other.

 

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I really enjoyed this drama, the acting and writing of this drama was done really well. I thought that the writing of this drama was well done and I felt the characters were properly done and given depth. They weren’t just one note characters and they were able to grow and have a deeper story with more than one character. I was at first apprehensive with the older women and younger guy story line but I really enjoyed the two of them together. I mean it is pretty hard not to feel your heart flutter with Lee Jong Suk. I really liked Kang Dan-Yi’s character as well and really liked how they were friends since they were young and it just felt like it was right. I have to say this drama made me bawl my eyes out at the treatment of Kang Dan-Yi and it had nothing to do with romance or love lines which was unusual because usually the separation of love is what makes the audience want to cry but it was different this time.

 

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I also loved all the side characters and how they all had depth and different ways that they were struggling. I also really like it was based around a publishing company because I think it was interesting to learn more about how a book is published. I was always excited to watch a new episode and felt like it should have been longer.

 

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The one thing that bothered me a little bit was that Kang Dan-Yi has a daughter that is in school abroad and she gets mentioned a little in the beginning but is never mentioned again in the drama which I think was a little weird and it seemed like it was too much of a bother so they just ignored that fact. The fact that Kang Dan-Yi was treated so badly for returning to work made me really sad and I really hope this is embellished and isn’t really how women are treated in the workforce for coming back to work.

 

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I think this drama was the winner of the month and would choose this one as my favorite.

 

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The third drama that I completed this month was Spring Turns to Spring/ Spring Must Be Coming.The story is about Kim Bo- Mi (Lee Yu-Ri) an aspiring tv news anchorwoman who is selfish and only cares about her career. It also stars Lee Bom (Uhm Ji-Won) who was a actress but retired and is a content housewife to her husband who is a member of the National Assembly. They take a drug that causes the two of them to switch bodies on the spot and the timing is unknown and random. They have to live each others lives and try not to get caught by the people around them.

 

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This is a straight comedy drama and was really enjoyable to watch and see all the hi-jinks they get themselves into. I loved the lightheartedness of the drama but also had intense moments as well. I thought it was refreshing to not have a romance in this drama and keep it about family and friendship. The acting was soo good and you could always tell when the two of them switched bodies just by the way they were acting. It had a lot of funny moments that were sometimes subtle or sometimes more slapstick. I thought it was a good balance of keeping things funny and serious. There are some serious issues that get addressed like cheating romantically and politically.

 

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It had a good beginning, middle and end at times it may have gotten a bit repetitive but it was still worth it to keep watching. It felt like the episodes could have been cut a little bit shorter because it felt like it was dragging once in a while but for the most part it was a good light hearted drama that brightened my day.
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This was a fun drama that didn’t take itself too seriously and was charming.

 

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The last drama that I finished this month was Touch Your Heart/ Reach of Sincerity. I could never remember the name of this drama it felt so generic. The plot is a Oh Yoon-Seo (Yoo In-Na) is a disgraced actress for having been caught up in drug scandal rumours and is desiring to be able to work as an actress again. She is given an opportunity to get a role if she works as a lawyer’s secretary for a while to gain experience for the role since she is considered a poor actress. She goes to work for Kwon Jung-Rok (Lee Dong-Wook) as his secretary and he is considered a serious and boring guy that only knows how to work and Oh Yeon-Seo shakes up his world. The two of them are reunited since the drama Goblin so I think there was high expectations for their chemistry in this drama.

 

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I really liked some of the comedy in this drama especially with the staff at the law office and thought it had some good funny moments. I think the acting was pretty well done and the story had some interesting law cases that came into play, but I wished they had more of them and had a longer part in the drama.

 

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I didn’t really enjoy this drama that much, I think the writing of the drama was not done that well and the characters just didn’t feel right. I didn’t really find myself caring about the characters and at time I found Oh Yoon-Seo character kinda annoying and it just felt like there was something missing and the same went for Kwon Jung-Rok, I didn’t really find myself falling for his character and instead I just didn’t even care if they were together or not. I thought they should have focused more on the court cases since they were more interesting.

 

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I also think that they should have had more time spent on the stalker issue because that would had more of an interesting concept and it felt like it was wrapped up so simply. It’s a shame because I was excited to see the two of them reunite but I think the writing of the drama really prevented the two of them to shine the best they could and bring the chemistry that they had earlier and instead just felt forced and limited. I feel like if you want to check out a good romance from this month Romance is a Bonus Book was a better choice.

 

Upcoming Dramas

 

1.He-Is-Psychometric-02

 

He Is Pychometric- Lee Ahn is able to read peoples memories through his psychometric touch and wants to become someone that can help solve crimes but still needs help with figuring out and controlling his powers.

 

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Kill It – It is an OCN drama that is about a veterinarian who is an assassin who needs to complete a mission to find out more about his past and a Detective who is trying to solve murder cases and they seem unintentionally involved in each others lives.

 

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Eulachacha Waikiki Season 2- This is the second season with Lee Yi Kyung the only remaining actor from the first season. He is still running the guest house and is joined by his two high school friends and others that live at the guest house. I hope it will be as funny as the first season was..

 

I may pick up another drama but honestly I haven’t’ been very interested in any of the ones airing right now. Let me know if you are watching them and if there is another good one airing currently!!

 

December 2018/January 2019 Korean Drama Reviews January 23, 2019

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The first drama that I finished was Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter/Tale of Gyeryong Fairy. The story line is that Sun Ok-Nam (Moon Chae-Won) is a fairy during the Goryeo period and when she came down the waterfall on earth someone stole her fairy dress with wings and therefore could not go back to the fairy realm. She meets a woodcutter who she suspects stole her dress and they get married and have two kids but he meets an unfortunate end and she is left on earth for 699 years.

 

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 She thinks she meets her reincarnated husband when professor Jung Yi-Hun (Yoon Hyun-Min) and his assistant Kim Geum (Seo Ji-Hoon) find their coffee cafe on the mountain. She isn’t sure which one is her husband but decides to follow them back to Seoul to find out since both of them have no memories of their past selves. It is based on a webcomic which I have not read so I can’t really comment on how it was different or the same.

 

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This was a strange drama, the dynamics felt weird with the different age differences. The hypothesized mother, father, and child all seem to be close in age and it feels wrong when she changes to her old person form as fairy. The story is okay I guess, I mean I am so sick of reincarnation being the storyline. I don’t like or believe in reincarnation and I think it is a lazy technique in story telling and been so overdone in Korean dramas. For some reason I don’t particularly like Ok-Nam’s character in this drama, I don’t really know why but I found her kinda annoying with what she would do or act like especially when she can’t figure out who is her husband.

 

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There is some weird backstory with Jung Yi-Hun that felt kinda forced or didn’t come across the best with what exactly happened with him and his past. The ending was okay but I didn’t feel like it had that strong of an impact. They also had some weird other fairy story line that I didn’t really find the characters enduring or have much comic relief. Instead I found them annoying and the love line between the young guy and older fairy was just uncomfortable to me and I felt like their parts where too long. Also I wished that the fairy had more fun powers but it wasn’t that exciting with her just making coffee and talking to plants all the time. The CGI in the drama was far from the most advanced and well done, I did get used to after a while but I am sure they did not have a big budget for graphics. I mean for the cat they could have probably used a real one!

 

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What I liked about this drama was Kim Geum, his character was really enduring and sweet. I loved when he interacted with Jeom-Soon and thought it was really sweet. I also hung in their with this drama because I wanted to see what Jeom-Dol was inside his egg. I think that really was the best part of the drama when Jeom-Dol came out of his egg. Honestly I wanted to see more of the fairy realm because I love the fantasy part of the drama but they only showed a little bit. At least there was not too many plot holes or something unfinished except maybe with the whole Jeom-Dol and his part and the ability to go through time or something!? There is no ambiguous ending where you feel empty after watching so many episodes. It was a relatively good drama for trying to accomplish a fantasy genre with a limited budget.

 

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The second drama that I finished watching this month was Feel Good To Die/ Happy If You Died. The plot of the drama is Lee Roo-Da (Baek Jin-Hee) works under Baek Jin Sang (Kang Ji-Hwan) the manager of the advertising department. Baek Jin Sang is a terrible boss since he only sees life in black and white and doesn’t have any empathy for his fellow workers. He is rude and mean when he finds fault in others. Lee Roo-Da has a lot of anger against Baek Jin Sang and she wishes he would die and later on he gets hit by a truck and she wakes up realizing that she is reliving the same day over.

 

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This was an unpredictable drama it went from plot twists to filler episodes that got boring. I never knew if I was going to be bored or enthralled with each episode I watched. I was really disappointed at times when they had a chance to relive their day and use it to change what happened and try a different option. I feel like the characters did not use the time loop as effectively as I would have wanted them to use it, like if something went wrong why did they not try to solve the problem more efficiently by going back to starting the day. It didn’t always make sense to me why they did the things they way they did! The reason for the time loop and all that is a bit of a stretch with why it happened and how it all worked.

 

 

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Also at the beginning you will probably hate Baek Jin-Sang’s voice it is enough to make you want to stop watching the drama, but as he mellows out his voice also does the same. The whole business end of the drama got boring to me after a while and how to fight a big corporation was a used boring idea to me that felt like it got dragged out. Also the chemistry between the characters was really lacking it felt forced and apparently in the manhwa the love interest is completely different.

 

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I did find the different plot twists interesting and fun and honestly the character of Baek Jin-Sang was kinda fun and how he kept dying and Roo-Da trying to help him even though he didn’t understand what was happening was pretty entertaining. There was good, touching moments in this drama that felt right.

 

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The third drama that I watched was Coffee, Please Do Me A Favor/ Coffee, Please. This drama is about Hyun-Woo (Yong Joon-Hyung) a romantic webtoon writer without actually having any experience in love. His assistant Seul-Bi who is cute and chubby and is made fun of constantly by others about her appearance. She has a long time secret crush on Hyun-Woo. Seul-Bi gets a chance to drink magical coffee that turns her into the stereotypical beauty and takes Seul-Bi’s job with the name Oh Go-Woon.

 

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This drama does not have a good message to me, it does not celebrate body diversity and the harmful belief that you need to look a certain way to receive love. Seul-Bi gets a chance to change the way she looks and the man that she is in love with will finally be able to love her now. The funny thing is that I wanted to keep watching even though I knew it was not going to have an ending that I would agree with mentally. I can relate to the character of Seul-Bi and cannot deny that if I was given a chance to look different I would be able to say no and not indulge in that fantasy of having the perfect body. So I guess I wanted to keep watching to see if the drama would be able to redeem themselves and I found that they did not. The drama did get shortened it was originally supposed to have 16 episodes which is confusing because it was filmed in 2017 so I’m not sure how they could just cut out many episodes and still have an ending that made sense.

 

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What bothered me at the ending was it was a cop out, Seul-Bi “decides” she has to work on herself which is fine but that would be the most important message of the drama and they don’t really show us how miraculously she is supposed to love herself when the whole outside world is treating her like trash. Also it makes me sad that they don’t show her in a healthy, romantic relationship because I think not showing this still makes it feel stigmatized that if you aren’t skinny you can’t get a boyfriend. The more they show women of all types in relationships will bring more change in how people are treated. Another problem was the two different characters of Seul-Bi didn’t seem to match well and they seemed like different people and didn’t feel like they was a smooth continuation of the character between them. I found some of the acting to be over exaggerated but for the most part was fine.

 

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I have to say it was still an entertaining drama and it wasn’t too long since it was shortened, I did find it entertaining and really hoped that the ending would have been good. I enjoyed seeing Joon-Hyung again I really miss him in “its dangerous beyond the blankets” show. I enjoyed the other actors as well and found it funny and entertaining, there might have been a bit of overacting but it seemed to fit the mood of the drama. So if you can ignore the message of the drama I thought it was a nice fluffy drama.

 

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The fourth drama that I finished was Children Of Nobody/Red Moon Blue Sun. This drama is about Cha Woo-Kyung (Kim Sun-A) who is a child counsellor at a children’s centre. At the start she is pregnant with her second child and is content with her life. An accident happens and Woo-Kyung is forced to deal with things in her life she doesn’t understand. It also stars Kang Ji-Hun (Lee Yi-Kyung) who is detective and gets put on a case that deals with the death of a famous child abuser. He believes that even if someone is murdering a child abuser they need to be punished by the law. Through his cases he meets Woo-Kyung and coincidentally she keeps popping up in all of his cases.

 

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This is a dark drama especially because it is dealing with child abuse although I don’t think they really show any of the child abuse happening. It does have graphic scenes but I don’t think they are really with the children. But I don’t think it is overdone or takes away from the story line. First of all I loved watching this drama which is weird to say because it is dark but it was so intriguing and left me wondering all of the time. I was never bored with this drama and I continued to want to keep watching the next episode.

 

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The acting is so well done in this drama as well, I felt like I believed every character that came on the screen. I feel like it pushed your boundaries on what you think is morally right or wrong. There is good and evil in this drama but at times the lines seem to blur and you start to wonder what you really believe when it comes to suffering. I just love the complicated characters in this drama, everyone is complex and far from boring. There doesn’t seem to have all the usual drama tropes that you see in so many dramas. It felt fresh, exciting and the mystery always had me guessing and wanting more. I also found it interesting that there is no love lines, it feels refreshing and at the back of my mind I wanted to start coupling the characters out of habit but I am glad that they didn’t try to do that, because that was not what the drama is about!

 

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The problem that arose with this drama was the lighting, man there were many dark scenes that had me trying to adjust my screen so I could see what was happening. I get that it was supposed to be dark but I still want to be able to see the scene, it was somewhat distracting and took you out of the story. The other problem I had was it felt like I needed more time with Kang Ji-Hun the detective, I feel like he had a background story that was never acknowledged or had time to flesh it out. The ending is good but I feel like I needed more closure with the story and the characters. But overall if you like a good mystery/thriller I would suggest you watch this drama. Of all the dramas I watched this month I would definitely pick this one as my favorite!

 

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The last drama that i watched this month was Memories Of The Alhambra. This drama is about Yoo Jin-Woo (Hyun-Bin) who is the CEO of a large and impressive investment company. He seems to be a guy that is often misunderstood and hasn’t had to lean on anybody since he is self sufficient in every way. He gets a call from a video game creator asking him to buy his video game since he doesn’t want Jin-Woo’s rival and former friend to buy the game. Intrigued Jin-Woo hops on the next train to meet the creator in Granada Spain at an old hostel run by Jung Hee-Joo (Park Shin-Hye). Accidents happen and Hee-Joo and Jin-Woo fates get tangled together while Jin-Woo tries to figure out how to solve everything that has gone wrong.

 

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So when I first started watching I wasn’t totally sold on the story it took a couple of episodes for me to start enjoying this drama. This drama is about playing a video game that in some ways comes to life and stops being pretend and becomes real to the characters. I really liked this drama and thought it built some great momentum and suspense. I enjoyed Hyun Bin of course because he is a great actor and his character was so interesting. I think this drama illustrated some interesting points about mental health. It showed Jin-Woo struggling to keep himself sane inside a lawless and cruel game. I thought it did a great job of portraying struggles that other people may have had a hard time putting to words of how they feel when every one arounds them is telling them they are crazy. Also it does have some beautiful sites since they did go to Spain for the shooting of the drama. This drama felt fresh and exciting and I did enjoy most of it and the ride you go on while watching it.
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I have some complaints and that would be Jung Hee-Joo her character started to drive me crazy. She has very little purpose in this drama, she feels like a side kick and acts like a clueless, confused crying heroine that needs a man in her life to be complete. I simply did not understand her character she is faced with a crazy guy who everyone believes is crazy and mind you he is quite handsome but she choices to just accept him. She doesn’t even question all the weird things she sees him doing and I felt like come on that would never fly in real life. I would have loved it if she actually started playing the game and become a more interesting part of the story but instead she has to sit at home waiting for the guy to call her. The romance in the drama was utterly a waste of time and useless especially because it goes absolutely nowhere.

 

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The ending is so disappointing their is no reunion just left open ended. The logic of the game also is very shaky about where Hee-Joo’s brother is the whole time is never properly addressed. I feel like this drama had so much potential to become a well rounded drama if they would have put in a little more effort into story. They wasted a lot of time in the last episodes watching a scenario from one characters view and then re-watching it from another character, which felt wasteful and super unnecessary. The deaths in this drama felt just shocking like I hoped they could come back to life all the time! The writer made an interesting world for the characters and plot but the ending and love line were disappointing way to end this drama.

 

Upcoming Dramas

  1. Romance is a Bonus Book : It is about a genius writer and an editor who meets a lying copywriter who gets a job working under him. It sounds like a complete typical romance drama but I am a sucker for Lee Jong Suk!

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2. Spring Turns to Spring : It is about two women who do a body swap. This has been done a lot lately so I guess it is a theme this season. Not expecting too much from this but looks okay.

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3. The Crowned Clown: This drama is about a King and a commoner who look identical. The King decides to swap themselves because he feels like his life is being threatened. I have watched a few episodes and I didn’t really like the first one but it did get better but I don’t really care for all the politics that come with historical dramas! with who is going to control the King so I hope it will stay interesting!

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4. Touch Your Heart: This drama is about a lawyer and his secretary who is a former hallyu star who is in hiding after being in some tabloids but she really wants to get back into movies. We get to see Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na reunited from being in the Goblin together. Maybe they will get their happy ending in this drama!

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5. What’s Wrong, Poong Sang/ Live Or Die: I watched a few episodes and I have already dropped this drama. This drama feels so depressing and everything felt hopeless for all the characters. I honestly found all the characters unlikable and did not feel curious about their lives at all!

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October/November 2018 Korean Drama Reviews November 28, 2018

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The first drama I finished was 100 Days My Prince. The drama stars D.O as Won-deuk/Crown Prince and Nam Ji-Hyun as Hong-Shim. The story is about the crown prince and there is plot to kill him. He gets attacked and in the process he loses his memory and meets Hong-Shim and is forced to get married because of a law that he made.

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I feel like this was a decent drama, it had a good storyline and all the characters made sense also the motives were well thought out. There was a variety of characters and stories that were happening in the drama which made it more interesting. I was excited to see D.O. in a drama again and he didn’t disappoint! I think he made a great male lead.

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I think one thing that stuck in my mind after watching the drama and I enjoyed was getting to see D.O. dressed up as a Crown Prince and walking around being all smart and tsundere ! I thought he was really cool!

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The second drama that I watched was Devilish Joy. The story is about Gong Ma-Sung (Choi Jin-Hyuk) who is a neurologist doctor that meets a woman Joo Gi Bbeum (Song Ha-Yoon) who is a celebrity and they have a whirlwind romance one day and ends with Gong Ma-Sung ending up in a car accident and suffers with short-term memory loss that only allows his memory to last one day. It also stars Hoya from INFINITE who is Gong Ma-Sung’s cousin.

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I enjoyed the first couple of episodes because they were pretty exciting and interesting. I think there was pretty good chemistry between the leads and many kiss and romantic scenes between them which isn’t always the case. The height difference between them was kinda cute as well. The acting was good and believable it had a good balance of sad and happy moments between them. The ending was cute and it was an unexpected ending to what it felt like was going to happen.

joy2I did not really enjoy the storyline that much after a while. Someone had pointed out that the story was very much like Boys Over Flowers with a rich guy trying to help a poor girl especially when she is being bullied. I felt like yes the story wasn’t that fresh to me and I mean even in BOF there is memory loss for a part. Joo Gi-Bbeum even resembled Geum Jan-Di in BOF. I thought I would like this drama more than I actually did but I think what frustrated the most was Gong Ma-Sung’s illness. How could he function in an important job with that bad of a memory loss it would take me so long each day to catch up reading what you wrote every day. You would have to read more than just yesterday’s notes, life is more complex than that, you would have to review weeks and months of materials to get back each day and that would be exhausting. The ending bothers me because there is no rhyme or reason to when his condition worsens or can get better. I also found Joo Gi Bbeum character kinda annoying, her hair also really bothered me, the bangs were terrible and it looked like she was wearing a helmet. I found this drama hard to take seriously and didn’t really feel the pain the characters were feeling. I just found that I couldn’t connect very well to the story and the characters.

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One scene that stuck in my mind in after watching this drama was Gong Ma-Sung lifting Joo Gi-Bbeum up on the counter and kissing her. At least they had good chemistry together!

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The third drama that I finished watching was The Beauty Inside. The drama is about Han Se-Kye (Seo Hyun-Jin) who is famous actress but she has a secret she changes into a different person for a week every month and this has caused her to be misunderstood. It also stars Seo Do-Jae (Lee Min-Ki) who is an executive at an airline company that his grandfather owns. He suffers from a disability where he can’t recognize anyone’s faces and has to work hard to hide this secret. The meet each other and their secrets become revealed to each other.

beauty2I have to say that I really did enjoy this drama, at first I wasn’t so sure since I had watched the movie and thought it was interesting so I hoped that the drama was going to also be entertaining. I really enjoyed Han Se-Kye character and loved how strong and courageous in how she helped others and stuck to her beliefs and her acting was also very good. I actually didn’t mind the changes that they made to the story it actually felt more believable than the movie since she could still be herself for most of the story. I thought it was fun when she would change into different people, I think I would have liked to see her change more in the drama but overall I think it had a good flow. This drama also had some good comedic timing but also had some terribly sad scenes. It had a good range and I definitely was able to feel the emotion and connect to the characters, well at least I was able to connect with Han Se-Kye’s emotions. I have to mention that Lee Da-Hee (Kang Sa-Ra) who is Seo Do-Jae’s sister definitely shone in her role in the drama and I thought she had almost a striking look, I feel like she could have even been the lead role.

beauty1At first I really didn’t care for Seo Do-Jae’s character, he was so stiff and his personality seemed really boring. I don’t know why it didn’t feel like it really fit well in the story. He eventually did start to grow on me but the acting did feel really flat but I haven’t seen Seo Hyun-Jin in any other drama so I wasn’t sure if it was his acting or the character that I was struggling with but eventually I stopped noticing it as much. I was hoping that she would be able to find her Dad and see that he also struggled with the same problem, since it seemed like they wanted to mention him and that they might come back to it but nothing seemed to come of it. It just seemed weird that her mom almost made her father presence seemed mysterious. I mean if they didn’t want to get into what her dad was about, they could have just said he died or that he was a bad guy that didn’t want to take any responsibility. One thing I thought was kinda weird in the drama was the dog King Kang, she was kinda treated like a toy with the weird clothes and the unnatural placement of putting her on counters. It just seemed odd and the dog didn’t really act like a dog.

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I think if I could watch any drama this fall I would choose this drama to watch! I think what will stick in my mind after watching this drama is the friendship Han Se-Kye and how they comforted at the funeral! I thought it was very touching!beauty4

 

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The fourth drama that I finished watching was Fox Bride Star/Where Stars Land. The drama is about Lee Soo-Yeon (Lee Je-Hoon) a mysterious, smart, prestigious guy that keeps people at a distance that recently started working at the airport in Passenger Services. He meets Han Yeo-Reum (Chae Soo-Bin) who just got transferred to Passenger services and is considered clumsy, full of mistakes and lets her emotions overtake her leading to mishaps.

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I enjoyed this drama for the most part it was full of action and relationship focused. The drama had a pretty good pace and it didn’t feel like it was getting boring. It did a good job of giving all the different characters in the drama space to develop them a bit and because they had a lot of characters it was able to jump around without the story getting stale. I also like that there were secrets that we had to unravel as we watched. I think the chemistry was also pretty good, I know from watching Lee Je-Hoon that he is able to kiss well and thought he did a really good job of acting! I also like the whole fantasy part where he is given the power to use his arm and have a super strength that kept the story interesting.

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I have some issues with this drama, I think the biggest problem was the ending, there are issues that aren’t resolved and questions left unanswered. Also people have thought it was really strange why Lee Soo-Yeon’s face wasn’t being shown at the end of the drama. It just felt somewhat unnatural that Yeo-Reum was left out of the loop for so long and it just felt like it was a long way to end the drama. I also didn’t really care for Yeo-Reum’s character, at first they really were trying to make her ditzy and causing problems. In the beginning honestly I don’t know how she could have even solved some of the problems and it felt like unfair treatment. I also have to mention the whole Soo-Yeon not wanting to live his life in a wheelchair and how he would rather die. I felt like this was insensitive and after watching the drama life where Lee Dong Wook’s brother Seon-Woo was also treated badly because he was in a wheelchair. I feel like the Korean culture surrounding people in wheelchairs seems very unfair and disturbing and I am sure it is like this in other cultures as well and I wish dramas would encourage people to see people with disabilities in a better light.

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I think one moment that will stick with me is when Yeo-Reum tried to push Soo-Yeon up against the wall and he turned it around on her. I loved the innocent looks Soo-Yeon could give sometimes and then change it up. I also loved it when Soo-Yeon walks out with some lipstick on his lips unknowingly!

 

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The fifth drama that I finished was Room No. 9. This drama is about Eulji Hae-Yi (Kim Hee-Seon) who is becoming a very good lawyer that seems she will do anything to win her cases and is planning to become senior partner at the prestigious law firm she is working at. She has everything going for her and even a prestigious boyfriend Ki Yoo-Jin (Kim Young-Kwang) who is a doctor and is planning to become a hospital director. It also stars Jang Hwa-Sa (Kim Hae-Sook) who is a death row convict and Have-Yi meets her and through an incident their bodies are exchanged.

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This was a different drama, I wasn’t expecting much from it other than a break from all the romantic comedies. It was pretty exciting for the first couple of episodes because of the body switch. Things got slow and then would pick up again and then would get slow again. The pacing was a bit off for this drama but yet I would still want to keep watching. The mystery and the way it was portrayed was kinda confusing at first and how it could possibly happen and be pulled off. I also didn’t really love it when they switched bodies. I kinda found Jang Hwa-Sa in Hae-Yi’s body was kinda boring and I found myself missing the strong and dynamic real Hae-Yi and was glad when the switch was over. It is somewhat of a darker drama with not much love or romance in it which I was fine with.

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What I liked about the drama was the twists and turns and unexpected events. It was confusing but that probably was okay because it held my interest longer. I think the last couple of episodes and the beginning were better than the middle part of the drama. It was a completely satisfying ending although I think there could have been a bit more revenge for my liking or at least some shouting matches. I really wanted one of the characters to just let Young-Bae have it but no one really expressed their feelings to him directly or at least when they had all the power. I liked how the relationships the drama focused on was friendships and family and the importance of it. At first I couldn’t relate much to the characters, especially with the body switch but once they switched back and they showed better understanding of each other I found I could connect to the characters.

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I think the moment from this drama that will stick with me when Hae-Yi played along with Jang Hwa-Sa’s mother who has dementia and pretended to be Jang Hwa-Sa and reassure her that Jang Hwa-Sa is okay. It was just a great gesture!

The upcoming Dramas that I will be watching:

1. Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter: It is about a fairy who came down to earth and her winged clothing were taken and so she hasn’t been able to leave and go back to the fairy realm. Her husband who had them died and she has waited for the reincarnation of her husband to get them back. I have watched 6 episodes already and I am enjoying it quite a bit, I love fantasy dramas!

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2. Feel Good to Die: It is about an office worker who has a terribly annoying boss who has no social cues and she finds herself getting stuck in a time loop and comedically tries to stop it. I have watched a few episodes and I am enjoying it, it has comedy and also some seriousness.

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3.Children of Nobody: It is about a woman whose life falls apart because of an accident and about a children’s counselor who is also affected by the accident and a detective who gets involved. I am not really sure what it is about but it sounds interesting.

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4. Memories of the Alhambra: It is about a man who goes to Spain for business and meets a former guitarist and somehow their lives get entangled. This is a Park Shin Hye drama and I am kinda sceptical about it since I haven’t really enjoyed her latest dramas.

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5. Coffee, Please: It is about a pretty overweight woman who after drinking magic coffee becomes a beauty. It is also about a handsome webtoon writer who doesn’t believe in love and the woman has a crush on him. I hope this won’t be an offensive drama about people being overweight and if it is that I may drop it!Coffee-Please-01

 

August/September Korean Drama Reviews 2018 September 28, 2018

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The first korean drama that I finished this summer was ID: Gangnam Beauty/My ID is Gangnam Beauty based on a webtoon with the same name. I have not read the webtoon so I am sure people that have read it will feel differently about the drama. The story is about Kang Mi-Rae (Lim Soo Hyang) gets plastic surgery before entering college and is hoping to create a new and fresh start among her peers. Unexpectedly she meets Do Kyung-Seok (Cha Eun-Woo) who was her classmate in middle school and he recognizes her despite her plastic surgery. She discovers that College is still full of bullies and obstacles despite her pretty looking face.

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I think this drama started out strong with the different characters and the obstacles that Mi-Rae was forced to overcome and it really hooked people in. I have to say that people seemed to be a bit triggered by this drama of whether plastic surgery is good or bad. I think society feels like plastic surgery is something shameful and something you don’t talk about openly and yet people will do it because it makes them feel better. It is considered shameful because of the vanity of spending that much money on how you look. This must be a very prevalent topic in South Korea since they even have a name for people who get their faces done. By the end I really couldn’t tell if this drama was saying plastic surgery is good or bad. I think that Hyun Soo-A (Jo Woo-Ri) did a good job in acting out her role and was pulled in and got so mad at her. She played the innocent villain so well that it was frustratingly good.

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In the beginning I found it absolutely disgusting how women were being treated in this drama and was hard to watch. It did get better but still it was so wrong and treating women like objects just was unbearable. I found at some point I was getting annoyed at Kang Mi-Rae’s character, she was just so weak and only had a surprised look on her face most of the time. I just felt like her character became so uninspiring and I got bored with her actions and thoughts. I also found Do Kyung-Seok’s character a little boring because he was so cut and dry and facial expressions so stiff. I get that it was probably what he was supposed to act like but I found it odd and somewhat lacking chemistry at times. I also found his character a little unrealistic that he would have preferred her original face, I wish this was true but I just found it unbelievable and maybe because I have a heart of ice and have become a cynical through and through I just didn’t find it believable. The ending was pretty decent but it felt like there did not get to tell the whole story and it felt things were just left without a proper conclusion. This may be because it is originally a webtoon and I am unsure if it has even reached a conclusion.

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Overall it was a cute drama that will feel the need of wanting to watch a fun romantic comedy and still covers some intense topics and isn’t just fluff.

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The second drama I finished was Thirty But Seventeen/Still 17. The story is about Woo Seo-Ri (Shin Hye-Sun) a 17 year old who gets in a car accident and fall into a coma and wakes up 13 years later and has to adjust to becoming a 30 year old. It also stars Gong Woo-Jin (Yang Se-Jong) who is also 30 years old and has faced a trauma and works as set designer and tries his best not to get involved in other people’s business. The two of them become inter tangled into each other’s life and doesn’t know how to deal his feelings.

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I really liked the story line of this drama it felt somewhat fresh dealing with the problem of waking up a lot older and yet still feeling like a seventeen year old. It had a lot of humor and emotional moments that were truly enjoyable. It had a good full cast that really made it fun and interesting. I enjoyed the chemistry and the storyline although I think my favorite character was Seo-Ri she did a really good job in acting and the character was really well developed.

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The only thing was that I wished she would have found out about her past quicker instead of in the last episode I think the drama could have focused more on her and what happened to her friends and family instead of the romantic story line. I think the romance was very predictable so I don’t think it needed as much time as her storyline and past. I wish they would have done a love triangle between her doctor friend and Woo-Jin although that would be pretty predictable as well.

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30.pngOverall I think it was cute and enjoyable drama that had many funny and hilarious moments which was the best!It was a warm drama that made me feel good and satisfied when watching.

20180728_familiar_wife_coverThe third drama that I finished was Familiar Wife/Wife That I Know. It is about Joo Hyuk (Ji-Sung) who is unhappy in his marriage to Woo-Jin (Han Ji-Min). He is struggling at work and he is unhappy with Woo-Jin who is angered by everything he does and he becomes scared of her. He meets a man on the subway who gives him some coins and that he can go back in time and change his life.

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This was an interesting drama and it felt different in the way the story was being told. It feels hard to root for anybody because the characters seem unreliable and you don’t want them to be miserable. Mainly it is Joo-Hyuk that seems to keep making mistakes and you don’t know what he should do, I found it hard to root for him and Woo-Jin. It definitely plays on your feelings and it is confusing because it strays from the norm as the main character is at fault and isn’t blameless but instead is flawed. I guess you could say that it a more realistic version of a character that shows his weak and ugly side such as abandoning his wife and children for someone new. This made me feel very uncomfortable as a viewer. It is harder to see such harsh actions.

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I found it compelling even though there are parts I didn’t like but it is interesting watching someone get a second chance or more. I liked that it was different, and made me think a different way. Also being able to revisit the same story line a couple of times was interesting to see what changed or stayed the same. I did like the ending to the drama, I think they did a good job of wrapping it up and showing us how a relationship should work and how to be partners.

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I think it takes a couple of episodes to get into and it does away from good to less good, it is not really a romantic comedy. The middle of the drama got a bit slow and a bit redundant but it did pick up again.

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Overall it was a pretty interesting drama that seemed to show a unique perspective rarely shown in dramas. I think it was a pretty good ride in the end.

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The fourth drama that I watched was Life written by Lee Soo-Yeon who also was the writer for Stranger which was very good. I first thought that this was going to be about doctors and there patients but it really is not. It stars Ye Jin-Woo (Lee Dong-Wook) who is an emergency doctor and has a brother Ye Sun-Woo (Lee Kyu-Hyung) who is a paraplegic and is a doctor but is working in the health insurance evaluation. There are changes happening in the hospital with a company buying the the hospital and a new President Goo Seung-Hyo (Choo Seung-Woo). The new President wants to run the hospital like a business which is complete conflict of how doctors want to treat their patients. The drama focuses on the politics within the hospital. The power struggle is front and centre within this drama.

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Normally I wouldn’t find this subject matter very interesting or compelling but the writer brings so much depth to this drama. The bad guy is not just a bad guy he is also a good guy. People are not just bad or good. Sometimes bad guys do good things and sometimes good guys can do bad things. I think it focuses on the human condition and what drives everyone. Characters are not just one note they are treated as complex people that they are and some people may be surprised how interesting this drama can be.

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I did enjoy the characters in this drama and found myself being swept away when I would start watching. I sometimes didn’t always understand the fine details of the politics but I did get the gist of what was happening. I was happy that there was some love lines happening although I wasn’t expecting much from this writer. I really enjoyed the cinematography of this drama as well. I think it was well written and acted out wonderfully.

life2I was a little sad that I didn’t get to see Lee Dong-Wook being more of a doctor and treating patients but I was happy to see him act again! At times it was a bit hard to follow with the paperwork and what the politics were all about. I feel like the problems were not resolved so I’m wondering if they are wanting to donate second season since it seemed like a cliffhanger ending. If there is not a second season I feel like it was a bit of a strange ending.

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Overall it was a well written drama with interesting characters and good drama.

The dramas that I am watching next are:

  1. 100 days my prince: It is about a Prince that loses his memory and marries a peasant woman.

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2. Devilish Joy: Also a memory loss drama with a man that wakes up with no memory of the past day after an accident. He reunites with a woman that he loves and he has no memory of her.

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3. The Beauty Inside: It is about a top star woman who lives one week out of the month with a different appearance and a man that is unable to recognize anyone’s face except for hers.

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4. Where the stars land: It is about a man that is smart and mysterious working at the Incheon International airport and meets a clumsy woman also working at the airport.

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5. Room Number 9: It is a body swap drama, a lawyer changes places with a death row convict.

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