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Reviews on Korean and Asian Dramas

December-January 2016/2017 Korean Drama Reviews January 27, 2017

The First one was My Wife’s Having An Affair This Week. This drama was a remake of a Japanese drama. This story is about a producer for tv shows and he sees his wife’s text message about meeting at a hotel with a guy. The husband Do Hyun-Woo posts his problem in an online forum and he gets a lot of responses. He tries to work through the issues with the help of anonymous people online. This drama stars Lee Sun-Kyun as the husband and Song-Ji-Hyo as the wife.

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I wanted to watch this drama mainly because it stars Song Ji-Hyo and since I love running man I like watching her dramas. I have to say this was a pretty well made drama, I was actually surprised that I started to enjoy the drama. At first I found the husband to be really whiny and I was frustrated with listening to his inner dialogue but I start to understand him better and I really wanted to know where the story is going.

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I have never really thought much about affairs and how painful they can be and I think this drama really shows an honest and brutal picture of what affairs can be like. It really made me think and change my perspective on what divorce is like. There was also some interesting side characters that were funny and frustrating as well. If you are looking for a different kind of drama I would recommend this one, it highlighted different issues when it comes to being in relationships.
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The second drama was Sweet Stranger and Me/ Man Living At My House. This drama is abed on a webcomic. It is about Hong Na-Ri a flight attendant who has lost her mother and when she goes to her hometown 10 months later to visit her mother’s grave she meets a younger looking man. The man tells her that she is her step-father and that he had married his mother and he runs a small dumpling restaurant her mother owned.

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I really enjoyed the first 7 episodes or so with the whole hijinks that went with a younger man that she had to call stepfather. It was an interesting push and pull scenario going on but it seemed to all fizzle out after that. I started wishing that she was more interested in her neighborhood friend Kwon Duk-Bong!  I started becoming more interested in the side stories that the main story-line.

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Hong Na- Ri and her stepfather relationship was always ambiguous, they were kinda together sometimes and then not. I didn’t really like Hong Na-Ri’s character I found her kinda annoying after a while. I did like parts of this drama but I didn’t really enjoy it as a whole, I wouldn’t really recommend this drama, as there are better ones out there.

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The third drama that I finished was Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo. This drama stars Lee Sung-Kyung as Kim Bok-Joo and I just have to say that she really doesn’t look like a weight lifter, like no way that her small frame could even be a weight lifter! She even has to gain weight at some point and she doesn’t look like she gained any weight. She is also supposed to be considered not that attractive and I don’t think it is even possible to make her look unattractive!!

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She stars opposite Nam Joo-Hyuk as Joon-Hyung and I have loved him since Surplus Princess and he stars again as a swimmer just like Who Are You School 2015 and he of course suits that role perfectly! So the story line is that Bok-Joo is a weightlifter at college and she is happy being with her other weight lifting friends and she runs into Joon-Hyung and he recognizes her from his past and they reconnect. Meanwhile Bok-Joo meets someone else and starts to have feelings of love. To meet with this person could jeopardize her career as a weight lifter.

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This was a really great romantic comedy drama, I think it was really made well and I enjoyed all the characters. Some parts did not seem that believable but I really enjoyed the story line with a naive girl falling in love for the first time and all the fun times that were involved. I don’t really have any complaints for this drama except that it was too short, I would have been happier with more episodes. I would recommend this drama, it was a light hearted fun drama that I think anyone would enjoy.

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The fourth drama that I finished was Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim. I guess no one would be surprised that I watched this drama since it is a medical drama! This drama is about doctors and the romantic ideals that doctors need to take with them. It starts with Dr. Kang Dong-Joo who is a doctor and he meets his sunbae Yoon Seo-Jung and they have feelings for each other. They meet a few years later at a run down hospital because Dong-Joo is being punished for unsuccessfully completing a VIP patient surgery. He meets a quirky, talented doctor Master Kim and it is far from smooth sailing with each other.

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So this drama was apparently very popular in South Korea, which surprised me with other dramas going on but I really enjoyed this drama and it won a few SBS drama awards. It was a break from just having a romantic type drama. This drama tries to go deeper into the characters and try to make them think and test them about what they believe and why they are motivated to do what they do. It tries to push the boundaries on what is the correct way to handle a emergency situation. Master Kim is the head of the hospital and he pushes people but yet lets them make their own decisions, he has a very romantic ideals and sticks to them. I loved it when he smiled in the drama, it just warmed my heart.

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All the characters and actors were really good in this drama and every episode had you hooked. I would recommend this drama to anyone who likes medical dramas and enjoys an exciting drama!

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The fifth drama that I finished was Legend Of The Blue Sea which is about the fate between a man and a mermaid. The story line follows the love between a man and mermaid in the past and in the present. They are somehow interconnected and some characters become aware of the past. The man it follows is Joon-Jae(Lee Min Ho) and Sim Chung (Jun Ji-Hyun) as the mermaid. So there is a theme of reincarnation and it looks at the past and present.

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I found this drama to be pleasant and fun to watch, it was lighthearted and I was so happy to see Jun Ji-Hyun back on the screen! She is hilarious. I wanted to watch this drama because I knew it would be popular if Lee Min-Ho was in it, but I didn’t really think that he was that great. I really think Jun Ji-Hyun completely stole the show with her humorous ways!! I would recommend this drama and found the ending to be satisfying and enjoyable!

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 So after the first two episodes I felt confused by the characters intentions and the reasons for their choices. It was really explained why Sim Chung decided to surface from the ocean and wander into a random villa. I couldn’t really understand her motivation was it because she found this bracelet and it compelled her to surface? I am not sure and why was she had to erase Joon-Jae’s memories when she saved him the first time. She could have discussed it with him first and if she didn’t like the answers she gave him she could have erased his memories again. Well really she could have just erased the part where he saw her as a mermaid and then continue on as if nothing happened. So I found some inconsistencies with just some of the reasons and story lines. I know there was a director’s cut with some extras that apparently explained it better but I don’t really feel like watching the same episode twice with some extras, really who has got time for that!

 

 

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I really did enjoy the drama, it has some great side stories with all the characters! I really love the house that Joon-Jae had, it created such a fun atmosphere for the drama!! It had some touching moments, funny moments and scary moments! It had everything that made a great drama!!

 

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The sixth drama I finished watching was Goblin The Lonely and Great God. Well this was an intense drama, the kind of drama that made you really feel things! It is about Kim Shin (Gong-Yoo) who was an unbeatable General in ancient times, he is killed by having a sword through his chest by the King.  But because of his sins he becomes a Goblin with an immortal life and lives with a sword through his chest and the only way he can die is by finding the Goblin’s bride who is the only with the power to remove his sword. The goblin lives many years watching his servants die of old age and always feels the weight of life. Ji Eun-Tak (Kim Go-Eun) who a high schooler that sees ghosts and other things. She meets the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong-Wook) who is trying to find her because she is considered a lost soul. Ji Eun-Tak makes a wish on her birthday to the Goblin and when she blows out the candles he appears.

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So first of all, again this drama is about reincarnation which I really don’t like! I am against this belief but I didn’t take it seriously but I don’t like how they portray the idea of deities, it reminds me more of the temperamental Greek Gods. Also the rules of their world are sometimes hard to follow and I am not sure they always make sense. It just seems like the idea of reincarnation has been overdone this season with Legend of the Blue Sea on air at the same time. I mean I loved the acting in this drama, I love Gong-Yoo and really I have to watch Lee Dong-Wook and the two of them and their bromance was really the best. I would watch this drama again to see the two of them together!

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I also thought that Go-Eun was good and it took me an episode to recognize her from Cheese In The Trap because she looks so different in this drama! I thought she did really good playing opposite Gong-Yoo considering she seems a lot younger and more inexperienced them her counterpart.
This drama has many funny, sad, and heart wrenching moments and sometimes I was bawling so hard!! so warning if you are an emotional person this drama may break your heart a few times. I for the most part enjoyed the drama and it kept me thinking all the time about what was going to happen to the characters. It was more out of the box thinking drama which I did enjoy. I would recommend this drama if you like fantasy and romantic drama because for the most part I really did enjoy this drama!goblin2goblin1

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So one thing that I don’t quite get about the logics of this drama is that first of all when Kim Shin dies he wanders the desert but when Eun-Tak calls him out he is still a goblin. I thought that him being a goblin was a punishment or maybe having the sword gone is what the reward was for him. I don’t really get how he could still keep those powers after dying. Secondly if he never ages does that mean that Eun-Tak is going to get old and he will stay young, because that would still be sad for Kim Shin! To me what would make more sense is that when they die they would spend eternity together instead of trying to be reincarnated all the time. What happens when Eun-Tak has used up all of her 4 lives? Kim Shin will just be left alone on the earth alone forever? Also at the end when she comes back she looks exactly the same, but yet the Grim Reaper and Sunny both came back with different faces? Those were some things that bothered me with this drama. Also the memory forgetting tea, for the most part people have memories they want to retain so it doesn’t make sense to have to forget their lives.

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The first drama that I am watching is Hwarang: The Beginning. The drama is about the Kingdom of Silla and it follows Dog Bird(Park Seo Joon) as a peasant that through extraordinary circumstances becomes a part of the Queen’s men the Hwarang and it is full of influential young men and they compete with each other and are tested. I have watched a few episodes and it is full of good looking men!! so there is a lot of eye candy in this drama which is fun. Seo-Joon is a really good actor and I enjoy his acting in the drama. This seems like a more fun historical drama and I think it will be interesting.

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The second drama that I am watching is Introverted Boss. This drama is about a mysterious CEO Eun Hwan Ki who is in charge of the top public relations agency. He voids eye contact and doesn’t like to be seen and keeps out of the public. Chae Ro Woon begins working at Hwan Ki’s company and she has plans to reveal the problems with Hwan Ki. I have watched a couple of episodes and I think it has potential but I don’t know if there will be enough of a storyline for 20 episodes. I feel like it can be frustrating when the CEO keeps running away from people all the time. I feel like this drama may be only interesting for the first 10 episodes and then it may not interest me long enough.

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The third drama I plan to watch is Missing Nine. This drama is about 9 survivors of a plane crash on an island. There is a variety of people that end up on the island, boy band member, a girl group, an actor, bodyguard, entertainment reporter, and flight attendant. The group tries to survive after the plane crash. This looks like it could be interesting but I really hope that they don’t turn this into another LOST version. I don’t feel very convinced about this drama but I will still check it out.

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The fourth drama that I am going to check out is Chief Kim it is about Kim Sung Ryong (Nam Goong Min) is a skilled accountant for gangsters and he plans to embezzle money from another company but somehow along the way with working with other people at the business he starts to change his mind about embezzling. I don’t know if this will be a good drama but it looks like they have some fun characters. It looks like it could be fun even though I am not a huge fan of business politics but I will check it out

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October Korean/Japanese Drama Reviews 2016 November 15, 2016

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The first drama that I have finished is Love in the Moonlight/Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. This drama had 18 episodes and was completed on October 18, 2016. This apparently had become a really popular drama and had really good ratings. Honestly I am not sure why it became so popular, this drama kinda reminded me of To The Beautiful You in some ways. It seemed like a typical drama of a girl dressing up like a boy and then falls in love and of course has a rival that supports her. It had more interest with the aspect of the Court as the backdrop and all the politics that go along with that. I found the love story line a bit fluffy and for some reason it didn’t really reach to my heart. I think I would have preferred it more if they stuck with more of the comedy side of the story line instead of bringing in rebellion and death into it. I also think they did not explore more of the funny side of her being a eunuch and the trouble that it could cause and different funny scenarios. I did enjoy about the first 8 episodes but then I just didn’t find it making an impact on me. I am lots of people would disagree with me but I found it to be an okay drama not the best of the year or anything. I also found it hard because Scarlet Heart Ryeo was airing at the same time and I found this drama much more interesting and it was also a historical drama and this could cause some comparison. I found the ending to be okay but it didn’t leave me with a big impression. I did think the actors did a good job with their acting and I did enjoy the crown prince. I expected it to more a lighthearted comedy but was a bit surprised they went to a darker story line with rebellion and things so I mainly liked the first half of the drama. I also think that the moment with the characters fall in love but haven’t realized it, to be the best part of any drama!
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The second drama that I finished watching is a Japanese Drama called Please Love Me which is based on a manga which I haven’t read. I haven’t watched many J-dramas because they are harder to find and aren’t subbed very fast. I also find that they do a lot of crime and police dramas which don’t really interest me. I decided to watch this drama because it sounded interesting. It is about a 30-year-old woman who is jobless and has a problem of supporting men because they are good looking. She is easily convinced and therefore she is taken advantage of and has become to be in debt. She meets her ex-boss one day and he decides to help her in exchange she has to work at his cafe which he has newly opened. I have to say after watching a lot of K-dramas I am surprised about how J-dramas are more open about talking about sex when it is almost never mentioned in K-dramas. It is mentioned much more in this drama but nothing is ever shown. I find J-dramas are a bit lacking compared to K-dramas. It may be that they only have ten episodes to tell a story and often the episodes are even shorter. It can a bit more theatrical or cheesy as well but I don’t really mind after a while. I really liked the main leading lady as an actor I thought she did a really good job. This drama kept my interest and enjoyed a lighthearted drama.picture-12picture-11picture-9picture-10moon_lovers-ps-11

I really enjoyed Moon Lovers Scarlet Heart Ryeo. So this drama was one of the most exciting dramas I have watched lately.It had all the elements that I love in a drama.First of all it had fantasy,love triangles, tortured hero,so much mystery and intrigue. Something exciting was happening in every episode. It wasn’t a perfect drama and most particulary the ending was definitely disappointing. There is even a petition online to ask for a second season because they want more because of the unsatisfactory ending https://www.change.org/p/sbs-make-scarlet-heart-ryeo-season-2-possible. Apparently the drama didn’t become as popular as compared to an international success. I loved that there was such a large ensemble cast, it kept everything interesting and it was fun to see everyones relationship with each other. The problems with the ending stem from the fact that it is based on a book and there probably is more of a story that they could tell but just wasn’t sure how to fit everything in. I am not sure if they were thinking that they wanted to do a second season but the ending sure made it seem like they wanted to do more and so maybe they wanted to leave room for a second season. I find that there is rarely a second season in Korean dramas so I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for one.There were some unanswered questions that bothered me.

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SPOILER DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T FINISHED THE DRAMA!!

So first of all, things got confusing around the time when Woo-Hee committed suicide, I’m not really sure why she had to chose that option to stop the rebellion.

Second, it kinda bothered me that Hae-Soo didn’t let us see her find out she was pregnant and didn’t let us in on her plans with the baby.

Thirdly, the astronomer meets haesoo in present day and is he from the past? Does he have the memories from the past? I thought the astronomer was the bum she met before the eclipse!

Lastly, I am sad I can’t see what will happen to hae-soo next!!! Overall I think the acting was pretty good in this drama, I felt everyone was sincere in their acting and I was really impressed how every character was memorable and had so much depth. I really enjoyed my time watching this drama, even if you aren’t fond of historical drams I think everyone would find this one interesting.

The third drama that I finished was Hapi Mari a Japanese Drama based off of a manga. This drama aired in summer so it is a bit older but I find that it is harder to find subbed Japanese dramas. I read some of the manga so I was expecting more from this drama and I found it somewhat disappointing. The storyline is that Chiwa has a lot of debt from her father and a stranger offers to marry her and that he will pay her debt. Suprisingly it stars the same male lead as Please Love Me who is Dean Fujioka and it was interesting to watch him in different roles. This drama had a bit of a strange ending and took interesting turns. I didn’t love it like it really didn’t get fleshed out. I still found it entertaining but I don’t think I really felt like I was invested in the characters. It could be because the episodes are shorter or because there are less episodes so they have to fit a lot in a short time frame. It had an interesting concept but it fell a bit flat.

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The fourth drama I watched was an another Japanese Drama called Kounodori or Dr. Storks. This is a medical drama which I was always a fan of but this one is even more interesting because it follows ob-gyn doctors as they navigate the waters of pregnancy and births. I have to say that I learned a lot about babies and birth while watching this drama. This was a very well made drama and isn’t that gimmicky or silly. It is based off on the manga with the same title. It is about a doctor Sakura who also happens to be a well known pianist called Baby. I have to say though that the piano playing is a bit silly and doesn’t like very realistic but other than that I think it was a good drama. It follows the route of having new patients every time and emergencies come up and the staff have to also deal with the decisions of the patients. One thing that came up throughout the drama is that pregnancy isn’t a disease but yet doctors need to be involved and everything is unpredictable and sometimes it can be seen as a disease. There isn’t any romance in this drama it is more of a human drama. I wish there was a second season of this drama!picture-18picture-21picture-17

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The fifth drama that I watched was Shopping King Louis. This drama stars Seo In-Guk and he plays a rich heir that loses his memory and gets help from a girl from the country that has come to the city to look for her brother. This was a really good drama. I didn’t have much expectations for this drama and I thought that it was going to be really typical and not that much fun. I was wrong this is such a good romantic comedy. I really like that it was funny, the humor was really good in this drama. If you need a lighthearted drama this is a very good one. There are some serious parts to this drama too but I really loved Seo In-Guk in this drama, I wish I had someone like that in my life! lol!! Even the “bad” guys in this drama are not treated as evil instead they are treated like a human that made a mistake. Even the bad guys are pretty funny and humorous. I would say get past the first two episodes and you will be hooked on this drama.picture-6picture-8picture-7

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The drama I am watching now is My Wife’s Having an Affair This Week. This is about a guy who finds his wife’s text message saying that she is meeting up a man at a hotel and he doesn’t know what to do. I have watched a few episodes and you have to get past a couple of episodes to find it more interesting. I found the main guy somewhat whiny and annoying but I have grown to like this drama now and I am interested in how everything will turn out.
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The second drama is Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim which is about a doctor who wants to change the privileged hierarchy of the medical system after his father died and he met a wise doctor that encouraged him. He comes back as an adult to the same hospital and meets a female surgeon who he falls for and then loses contact with her. He later meets her in strange circumstances. I have only watched two episodes but I am already hooked on this drama. Again it is a medical drama which you may know by now is my favorite.

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The third drama I am watching now is Sweet Stranger and Me, which is about a woman who finds out her mother has passed away and her home and land has a young guy as the owner. She tries to find out his secrets and how he has gotten the land. I have to say the few episodes I have watched have been really fun and silly.

 

The fourth drama I want to watch is The Legend of the Blue Sea. This drama is about a mermaid from the Joseon era surviving in modern day. It also about a con artist. I mean it has mermaids I will be checking this one out for sure! Also it stars Lee Min Ho so I think it will draw a lot of viewers!

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The fifth drama I will be watching is Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. This drama is inspired by the life of real life South Korean Olympic weightlifter gold -medalist Jang Mi Ran. This drama focuses on college athletes who are fighting for their dreams. I think this will be a fun drama to watch!

Did you guys watch any of these dramas? Are you planning to watch any of these upcoming dramas? Any drama you think I should be watching?

 

August 2016 Korean Drama Review September 20, 2016

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The first drama I finished was Doctors with Park Shin Hye. I enjoyed the drama for a while but I kinda got bored with the revenge plot for Shin Hye. I also found her love story got boring after a while. The kisses were also super awkward. I did enjoy the medical side of the drama and the guest stars were pretty awesome. The side stories made me want to watch the next episodes and found that to keep the drama going. The ending didn’t leave me with a strong impression, the drama was okay, not great and I expected more from Shin Hye, her acting hasn’t really improved.I enjoyed the large cast and all the individual stories which made it much more interesting to me. It just felt like something was missing. I have to say the first couple of episodes were much more interesting because it started when she was younger and it felt more fun and entertaining. When it switched to her being a doctor and an adult it just felt their was something lacking in the story. Of course it had a love triangle but it didn’t really explore that fully and it fell a bit flat. There was some tension with her childhood friend but even that was kinda lame. So in conclusion it was an okay drama, not great or terrible just okay.

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The second drama I finished is Uncontrollably Fond. I would say if you don’t like horribly depressing dramas don’t even start this one. You probably can’t even count the number of times one of the main characters has a crying session. The last two episodes were unbearable because of all the sad scenes. The storyline falls a bit flat with again another revenge type plot. I wish they did more with the storyline tho make it more interesting. The love story gets boring with all its on and off moments that I can hardly keep up. I kept asking myself am I watching this if he has an incurable disease? I guess I had some secret hope that they would never let Woo Bin die, even in a drama! Woo Bin did a good job playing his depressing role with style. Suzy’s acting seemed a bit lacking for some reason, or else her character was not that interesting. I thought it was interesting that she seemed makeup less for most of the drama.I think they made her up for the last episode, maybe save her image at least for the end. This drama was also made ahead of time which is more unusual for dramas, so I thought it was going to be really good but I don’t think it really made that much of a difference to me. Overall if you don’t like depressing dramas stay clear of this one!

Picture 1The third drama I finished was W. This was a fascinating drama with the scifi and fantasy genre. Finally it felt like it was breath of fresh air when it came to fresh plots and interesting story lines. I liked how unpredictable this drama was, it just kept me guessing through the whole drama. I think that it was a bit to short to explain everything that happened. There was some logic flaws and confusing parts to this drama. That seems to happen in fantasy genres often though and I wasn’t particularly bothered by it maybe because I was well entertained by this drama. I loved that it would flip from a romance to a action to fantasy all in one episode. I also enjoyed how this drama would discuss the basics of what makes a story, it was an interesting dissection of what makes a good story. The characters were really fun and enjoyable, I have to say Jong-Suk really took the show, he plays his character so well. I can’t blame anyone for falling for him and his charms! Hyo-Joo is also really fun and is a bit quirky and fun in this drama. I got a bit tired of the dad and the killer in the storyline and found that a bit confusing. I really enjoyed this drama and I think it gave other dramas a hard time since it came out at the same time as Uncontrollably Fond. Everyone thought Uncontrollably Fond was going to do so well and then W sweeps in and takes number one spot. I think anyone would find this drama interesting and even if you don’t like sci-fi or fantasy that it would still be found enjoyable.

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I also watched an older Web Drama called Nightmare Teacher which is categorized under Mystery and Thriller category. It stars Kim So Hyun who was from Who Are You School 2015 and Lee Min Hyuk from Btob. It is about a teacher who comes in and gives students consultations and gives them solutions to their problems but always come at a price. After watching this drama I am still confused about this drama. I think it needed more time to explain how and why everything happened. I feel like I was left with many unanswered questions and I feel like it had the potential to be so much better. The episodes definitely have a formula each student gets two episodes and then moves to a different problem. I don’t understand what the teacher was trying to do? and I don’t understand the ending. Maybe you guys can watch it and explain it to me!? I think it could have been so much better but I find it fascinating and I still find myself thinking about this drama.

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I also finished an older korean drama Beautiful Gong Shim. I had wanted to watch this earlier but there were to many dramas going on at the same time. I wanted to watch it because it started Nam Gong-Min and I had been enjoying him in dramas lately although he was always playing the bad guy.In this drama he was playing a goofy romantic lead which made me interested to watch. This drama was a fun, light hearted, and comedic drama. I really enjoyed Minah from Girl’s Day she plays a girl who basically feels like the ugly duckling because her sister is beautiful and successful. I find her relatable and she is really cute. The minute she takes of her wig, she is really pretty so it isn’t super believable that she is thought of as ugly. I wish she could take of her wig earlier in the drama but oh well! There are some things that bother me like her sister storyline, it starts of strong as the manipulative sister but it just fizzles out at the end, it also bothers me that they don’t show the discovery of the two of them being sisters. The other thing that was strange was Gong-Min had this special power to see things in slow motion.I find it a strange addition to the story and not really sure if it is supposed to be going somewhere with it and it just is ignored. I would recommend this drama if you just need a light drama to make you smile.

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The new drama I am watching is Moonlight Drawn by Clouds which is another gender bender drama.A girl who has dressed like a boy since she was young is sold to be a eunuch in the palace.She gets the attention of the crown Prince but she is unaware of who she is so the antics continue. I at first was not convinced by this drama since the story line is nothing new but I really liked Park Bo Geum as the crown Prince and it was nice to see him in a different role after reply 1988. This seems like a fun drama so far.

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The second drama I am watching is Moon Lovers Scarlet Heart Ryeo. This drama is based off of a Chinese novel which had been adapted to a Chinese drama before. I have not looked anything up because I don’t want to know the ending yet. I first of all have to say I have really missed IU in dramas!I am happy that she had made a comeback! The storyline is very busy with many characters.Basically it is like a reverse harem IU is surrounded by good looking men which all like her!  IU is taken from modern time to Goryeo time period and she had no idea why or how anything works. I am enjoying this drama way to much! It is do fun and addicting,I think this one will become very popular.

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The third drama I want to watch is Shopping King Louie. This drama is about a young rich heir that lives life frivolously because he has lost his memories and a girl that will change his ways. This drama seems pretty stereotypical but I think I will still check it out!

What other dramas are you checking out that you think I should be too?

 

 

 

 

July Drama Reviews 2016 July 8, 2016

It felt like a long spring/summer for dramas so far and I finally finished the last batch of dramas to review. The first one that I have finished was Goodbye Mr. Black. This was a long drama or at least it felt really long. I have to tell you it was nothing like the movie the Count of Monte Cristo which made me quite disappointed. I wanted an awesome revenge plot and all I got was a lackluster slightly revenge plot. The romance in the drama was also not that touching or interesting to me. I started shipping the minor characters which I thought was a bit sad. I mean I don’t need romance to enjoy a drama but the other story line of the drawn out revenge plot was too long. I really had hoped for more in this drama but it wasn’t the worst but it wasn’t the great either, it was just kinda meh!

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The second drama I watched was Jackpot which I have to say I really did enjoy. If you have been reading my blog you will notice I haven’t really ever done historical dramas so this was really the first one that I tried out. I have to see this was a legitimate historical drama, you feel like you got a history lesson while watching this drama. It is based on historical facts but obviously there are parts to it that are not historically correct. At first I was a little bit like what does gambling have to do with anything seems like a pointless story line but when I really thought about it, in the political sense and in the palace, everything is a gamble. You are gambling on people all the time with you put your trust in. You need to know who is manipulating the game and see through everyone’s intentions which is true in politics and gambling. I have to say I really decided to watch this drama because Jang Keun-Suk was in it and I really just missed his face, lol but he did an awesome job and the drama obviously pushed his acting skills and I was impressed with him. I also really loved the first king who was just awesome! All the actors were great in this drama and I actually really enjoyed this drama. If you are looking for a good love line you will be disappointed. There is really little focus on love in this drama I mean at one point I didn’t even realize that the older son was married! Women are not a huge part of this story line. I enjoyed this drama and I would recommend it to anyone who love the historical dramas especially!!

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The third drama I have finished is Refresh Man! Sigh! there were some problems with this drama. First of all a character did a blackface and pretended to be black and go into a store and make it seem like he wanted a product as a way to boost sales. In one way he wasn’t doing it to make it seem like black people were bad but it was a racist thing to do. I really think that was a bad move and the character in the  drama is told by his boss that he shouldn’t have done that but because it got popular on youtube then it was okay. So I definitely think there has been outrage because of this and this contributed to the drama being cut down in episodes, also the low ratings contributed. I have to say I got tired of this drama, it just was lacking in story line or maybe I am tired of Aaron Yan playing a boss and then being tsundrere to the girl he likes. I enjoyed Just You and everything else seems like a cheap copy. I also found all the characters cheesy but not really endearing either. I wouldn’t really recommend this drama.

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The fourth drama I finished was Entertainer. It is about  Suk-Ho(Ji-Sung) a manager who loses everything including the famous boy group he wanted to take with him when he wants to start his own entrainment company.  He recruits Ha-Neul who (Min-Hyuk) who is good at singing but was accused of sexual harassment and is placed on probation. His sister Geu-Rin (Hyeri) is trying to take care of him and eventually becomes the manager to the band. This drama has a lot of big names in there Ji-Sung who’s last drama was Kill Me, Heal Me which was impressive.  Min-Hyuk from Heirs. Hyeri who was last in Reply 1988 which I absolutely loved. I expected quite a bit from this drama with all the great actors but sadly it seemed like it was missing something. I found the characters lacking something I didn’t really love any of them. I didn’t really love Hyeri, she played the kinda ditzy girl but I didn’t really find it endearing.  The lovelines in this drama were completely bizarre and from what it seemed most people were not happy with that. I kept waiting for this drama to pick up and it kinda did but the second half was really sad and it will make you cry for a couple of episodes! The ending wasn’t horrible it was okay and maybe a bit predictable but it was satisfying enough for me. It was a disappointing drama but it wasn’t horrible or anything, I think I just had larger expectations.

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The first drama that I am watching is Uncontrollably Fond which is a bit different because this drama was full produced before airing which is different from the live-shoot production that most Korean dramas follow. The writers won’t be able to change anything depending on the audience which is why some dramas get a bit off script. This drama stars Joong Young(Woo Bin) and Noh Eul (Suzy) which I think is just a good match of actors. It is about a couple who got separated from childhood due to a bad relationship. They are able to meet again later in life when Joon Young is a top actor and Suzy is a documentary producer. She has to convince Joong Young to do the documentary. I have only watched the first episode so far and it wasn’t the most exciting first episode of a drama but I am hoping that it will pick up. I think it has the potential of being a depressing drama but I hope that it won’t have to go to that story line.

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The second drama for Summer I am watching is Doctors. This story is about Hye-Jung(Shin Hye) a highschool student who was tough bully and only got into trouble with a troubled past. She meets her mentor Ji Hong (Rae Won) who plays a role in transforming her life from being troubled to becoming a great doctor. Again I chose this drama because I missed Shin-Hye in dramas and I also love medical dramas, not sure why though! So far after a couple of episodes it is really interesting and of course it has a bit of forbidden relationship vibe going on in this drama which is always fun. Of course there will be a love triangle which may be slightly predictable but oh well! I am finding this drama fun so far.

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The third drama that I going to watch is W-Two Worlds. It will only start July 20th but I plan to watch it. It is about a couple who live in the same era but in different worlds. Oh Yun Joo (Han Hyo Joo) is a surgeon whose father is a famous comic book creator and he goes missing one day and as she goes to find him she finds Kang Chul( (Lee Jong Suk) bathed in blood. She is kidnapped by him and taken to a different dimension. I love sci-fi genres and this seems like it will be really interesting. The idea seems really cool and I hope they will be able to execute this drama properly.

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What dramas are you planning to watch this summer? Or what were your opinions on these dramas if you have watched them?

 

 

Ghost in the Shell Controversy April 18, 2016

Filed under: extra — sighilovekdramas @ 3:35 pm

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Here is a link to an article discussing the controversy if you want more information.

http://www.zimbio.com/Screen+News/articles/lC4xdn3FBlw/Producers+Reportedly+Considered+Making+Scarlett

So I just wanted to comment on this controversy as I keep seeing it in the news.I just want to talk about the controversy in the new hollywood remake movie for Ghost in the Shell. This is a live action remake of the anime. First of all I have not watched the anime but this does make me want to watch it. It is one of the most popular anime’s ever and the producers have cast Scarlett Johnansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi who is Japanese in the story. They even considered thinking of digitally altering her to look more Asian, apparently this isn’t true but who really knows. As an Asian actor in America I could not imagine how frustrating it is, the few roles that even have Japanese characters are not even given to you. I just think this is crazy after all that has happened at the Oscars with the boycott because of the lack of roles and oscar nominations for African Americans and other races. For some reason they only focused on African Americans where meanwhile Asians were not even given a mention. Here is a movie where they could help change the way people see Asians by making an amazing anime and making it authentic and they instead dismiss this chance and give the role to white person again.

I think the main problems with this is because it has happened so many times before where movies just cast white people as other races, and frankly it is disrespectful and it has never helped a movie before. It becomes a joke and no one takes it seriously. I really hope the director changes his mind and casts someone that is better suited for the role.

 

March Korean Drama Reviews 2016 March 25, 2016

So I finally finished Bromance a Taiwanese Drama that only got aired once a week so it takes a lot longer to finish as a drama. I was pleasantly surprised with this drama because for one thing I usually find that they are far too long and things get dragged out, which did happen a bit but not to the extent with some other dramas. I was really shocked at the chemistry in this drama and there are a few steamy scenes that caught me really off guard because it was so unexpected. I thought that it was actually really well done and the storyline pretty much made sense except for the whole part of her dressing like a man because a quack fortune teller told them to do so! At times I really thought Pi Yanou could have been a man with the way she looked and at other times it wasn’t super believable but overall they did a good job with the gender bender theme! I think this was a really enjoyable drama that has a lot of fun in it, although I wished she changed back into a girl a lot earlier in the drama.10

I also finished My Little Lover which is a Japanese Drama and had a hard time with finding subs for this drama. Thankfully Viki did sub it and so if you want to watch it, that is a good place. Well this drama was not the best, I really didn’t think it would be as it seemed a bit gimmicky. A girl turning into the one inch princess. It wasn’t terrible but I had a hard time getting myself to finish the series. Again I wish she would have gone back to normal earlier in the drama and found it got a bit repetitive of the problems she faced while being small. I just thought it would be an interesting drama but I found myself feeling disappointed with this drama.

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The third drama I finished was Remember. This was a crazy drama and it did have some problems as the number of episodes kept changing. Boy this is a roller coaster of a drama, I never knew that I could feel so depressed and on edge after watching some episodes in this drama. Honestly this drama had so many problems with the storyline especially his dad with Alzheimer’s being sent to jail and the problems with the lack of evidence and everything. Despite that it was a fun drama to watch and the drama and intrigue was interesting. Also I don’t love Lawyer dramas but I have to say for the first time I think I learned something about court. I didn’t connect that great with the main loveline and didn’t really have a whole lot of interest in them and didn’t feel like I connected with their emotions. I seriously loved Park Dong-Ho the most, I loved his accent in this drama and he just so charismatic in this drama. Also another great reason to watch this drama is to check out Nam Goong Min acting in this drama, I loved watching him in We Got Married and he is seriously a crazy good actor in this drama. I didn’t think I would even enjoy this drama that much and it turns out I was wrong. It not the best lawyer drama out there but it sure is interesting!

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I just finished Cheese In The Trap. Honestly I had such high hopes for this drama since I have been following the Webcomic for a while and was actually really surprised they were going to make a drama of it. I was worried about the ending since I knew the webcomic hasn’t been finished. Seriously though why do they pick up comics and manga as a show and the story isn’t even completed, like it is the worst idea. So the ending will disappoint you, no matter how you look at it. You become so invested in every decision that the characters make and the ending just feels like they wrote it off and it feels like a mess. It would be different if they would continue to do another series of it when the comic would finish the story but we will never get to see anymore and that is why it is so frustrating. I mean always having all endings wrapped up may seem cliche and not realistic or edgy or something but I still find it really disappointing. I think this drama needed more episodes and it just felt so wrong! At least we still have the webcomic that is continuing to make up for it!

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I also just finished Moorim School. Now they at least gave us an ending that wouldn’t leave us feeling so unsatisfied. This drama really wasn’t that great but I think what saved this drama was the good looking boys, and it had Hong-Bin from Vixx, so fans probably supported it. This drama too was supposed to have more episodes but it got shortened. I found the storyline to be somewhat redundant and silly at times. Frankly this drama had way too many flashbacks and a lot of cliche moments. I didn’t hate it but I wasn’t that good at all. It was a bit strange with the secret powers and chintamani key or something. It was not well written at all but if you don’t mind things like that you might enjoy it.

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The dramas that I am checking out next are Goodbye Mr. Black which is supposed to be about a man who is in the Navy and goes through some friend’s betrayal and is supposed to be a bit like the count of monte cristo which is a movie that I love! and He has to go into a fake marriage to hide his identity. Sounds like it could be a great drama if it is done properly!! Here’s hoping!

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The second drama I am going to check out is Jackpot starring Jang Keun-Suk so I pretty much have to watch it now! This is of course a period drama which genre I don’t think I have watched before! So the story is that he is a gambler and a prince and is forced to live as a commoner so he wants to take revenge of the King by using his gambling skills. I hope that it will be interesting enough to watch 24 episodes worth of!!!photo704477

The third drama I will be watching is Refresh Man which of course stars Aaron Yan who has been the star in so many of the Taiwanese Dramas that I have watched. I hope I will not find it redundant because I have watched so much of him but I sure hope it will be good. The storyline is that Aaron has a childhood friend Yu Tang who competed with him in school and always did better than him. When grows up the tables are turned and he becomes a CEO and she becomes his secretary. Then tension between the two of them sounds pretty exciting! I hope this will be a fun drama!!

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