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February/March 2018 Korean Drama Reviews March 27, 2018

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The first drama that I finished was Mother/Call Me Mother which a Korean drama remake of the Japanese drama also called Mother. The premise of the story is that there is a young girl named Hye-Na (Heo Yool) who is being abused by her mother and her boyfriend and she meets her temporary teacher Soo-Jin (Lee Bo-Young) who gets involved with another teacher when they see signs of the abuse. They follow the book but Soo-Jin does not seem interested in getting involved since her position is only temporary but she starts seeing Hye-Na wondering the streets alone and she decides that she will become Hye-Na’s mother.

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When I first started watching I didn’t have many thoughts on this drama I thought it will be pretty straightforward a woman and child running from the law and did not think it was going to have so much depth. I have not watched the Japanese version so I have no idea about the differences in the drama but I really enjoyed this drama. The acting is amazing in this drama and all the characters feel so authentic and I never got to the part where I thought it was boring. There are many times where I was shocked that the child actor could act that well it really blew my mind. She was dealing with such serious issues like abuse and abandonment and all the emotions she had to portray, she really stole the show in this drama. It is such an interesting drama the way that it made you think about right and wrong and the grey areas in life.

The focus is also on mother and daughter relationships and sometimes you can really only understand the love your mother has for you until you become one yourself. Sometimes you also get to choose who your mother and that an adopted mother is no less a mother than the one that gave birth to you. It tackles the mother daughter relationship in such an interesting and through provoking way. It also highlights the difference between a good mother and a bad mother and that you don’t need to be stuck even if your mother was not a good one. It also focused on the idea of adoption and what that means which is a good lesson for anyone to learn about! I thought it was going to be mainly a mystery/suspense drama and I really didn’t expect the emotional side and I basically cried my way through the last two episodes. I really think you watch any drama this year that this would be one to watch!

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The only complaint is the strange love line in the drama, I don’t really understand what they were trying to accomplish with it and it seemed unnecessary if they didn’t want to really want to have a love story in the drama. I felt like embrace the love or don’t have that in there and in the end they wanted to highlight the relationship of Soo-Jin and Hye-Na. Other than that I really liked the twists and turns of this drama and I am happy that I watched this drama.

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The second drama that I finished was Cross and the plot of the drama is that it stars Kang In-Kyu (Ko Gyung-Pyo) who is trying to solve the murder of his father 13 years ago when is father was harvested for his organs. Kang-In Kyu wants to take revenge on the people who are running the illegal organ trade and starts with taking a job as a doctor at the prison where the murderer Kim Hyeong-Beom(Heo Sung-Tae) is imprisoned.

 

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I can’t say that I am a fan of Ko Gyung-Pyo not that I dislike him for any reason but I do not like him as the lead in this drama. To me it always sounds like he has his mouth full when he talks or he has like a sad, lost puppy dog stare when his upset and he is for pretty much all of this drama. I do not like him in a serious role I think happy go lucky characters would better suit him. I decide to watch it because it is a medical drama and I thought the revenge genre could be interesting but I was wrong I did not enjoy it that much. It just seemed like an odd drama they had have an eye condition that gave him almost supernatural sight and it just seemed like this weird added thing that you would forget about. Then there was this thing where he was trying to take revenge but the way he was doing it was so obvious and they always made him into a reckless “hero” where he kept trying to get the bad guys but it was stupid because he was trying to do it alone. Then there was the controversy with Cho Jae-Hyun the actor who played Go Jung-Hoon who was the adoptive father of Kang In-Kyu and his mentor. In real life Cho Jae-Hyun is accused of sexual misconduct or assault in his past and he was pulled from the drama and I think they did okay resolving it in the drama but for sure it had impact on the overall story of the drama and they had to change things around in the story.

cross2At times I found myself bored and I really not caring about all the issues. They also tried to do some romance and it was just kinda weird and it feels like don’t bother if you don’t want to commit to it but I don’t the audience will really care either way. Also they really pushed their coffee sponsor and I am sorry but you do not look cool drinking coffee out of a can, it is just didn’t look good and really took you out of the story when they show that coffee. I feel like there was just a lack of depth with the characters and it just feels like all the characters where superficial but I just found myself not connecting with the characters or the story. The bad guy even felt strange the way he acted it just didn’t seem to really hit me the way it should have. I feel like there have been better dramas who deal with revenge and this was not one of them.

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I did like that this drama did work on the issue of the illegal organ trade which I am sure does exist and that I hope that it brings more awareness to this issue. I wouldn’t recommend this drama unless you love some of the actors in the drama or you love revenge dramas. I think there are better revenge or medical dramas to watch then this one.

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The third drama that I finished watching was Radio Romance which stars Song Geu-Rim (Kim So-Hyun) who works as an assistant radio program writer and she gets pulled into PD Lee Gang’s (YoonPark) crazy scheme to try to get a top star Ji Soo-Ho (Yoon Doo-Joon) to become the DJ of his new radio program he is putting together but the catch is that Song Geu-Rim has to convince a top star to do a daily radio program and then she would get to be the main writer. Geu-Rim has loved the radio since the time her mother became blind and it became something that they would enjoy listening together. The problem also is that she is not the most talented when it comes to writing but she has the passion to keep pursuing it to become better.

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So this drama had a strong beginning it looked like it was going to be a fun drama but somehow the story became a bit boring around the 10th episode where it just kinda lost steam. I wonder if it was because the love line developed too quickly and then it is hard to keep it interesting if the love is developed. Also I felt like there was a lack of chemistry between Geu-Rim and Soo-Ho, I just didn’t feel the butterflies between the two of them. Their kisses were also mainly pecks and that just made it feel like chemistry was lacking and I mean I think even in the last episode they were still just pecking each other on the mouth and looking surprised. I wish they would have focused more on creating the radio program and having more special guests and just giving the story more than just the love story. I think this drama was having trouble finding a balance with the love story and adding other characters to the drama. I wish they would have done more with the crazy PD, I think he was the most interesting character and they just didn’t use him to his full potential. I think the only thing that kept it interesting was the backstory and the mystery with that.

 

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I did enjoy getting to watch Doo-Joon I didn’t realize that he was in Highlight or used to be Beast Idol group. There was something about his voice that I could just listen to forever so he kept me watching. There were great parts in this drama when they highlighted different people on the radio show and I have to say I really enjoyed Jin Tae-Ri (Yura) in this drama, she played an awesome nemesis in the drama and honestly I think she would have been a more interesting if she was a lead character. The other side characters looked interesting as well and I wished they would have let others shine in the drama more.

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I think this was a decent romance drama that is not super complicated this drama fits the bill. It has the fluff and romance and the handsome rich man that will sweep the commoner off of her feet!

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The fourth drama is Welcome to Waikiki/ Eulachacha Waikiki which I currently haven’t finished yet since it was supposed to be 16 episodes but was so good they have changed it to 20 episodes. I don’t think anything in the last couple of episodes could change my mind about how awesomely funny this drama is! The storyline is that there are three friends who run a a guest house in Itaweon and they are having trouble getting guests and face bankruptcy. One day they find a mysterious baby and decide to take care of her until her mother comes back. It stars Kang Dong-Goo (Kim Jung -Hyun) who wants to become a film director one day and takes photos for a living. It also stars Lee Joon-Ki (Lee Yi-Kyung) who wants to become an actor and takes jobs being extras and other small roles. The third friend is Bong Doo-Sik (Son Seung-Won) who is the scene writer. They all want to make a film together one day when they would have the money.

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This drama is pure comedy and has only gotten funnier as the episodes go on. Their is some romance between the characters but that really isn’t the highlight of the drama. It is the funny scenarios and misunderstandings that happen to them that really make it hilarious. It kinda reminds me of The Sound Of My Heart, it has the same feeling of comedy which was also a great comedy. It just has so many clever moments and I mean who doesn’t enjoy laughing.

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The first episode I was questioning the humor a bit like it took time for me to adjust but after the second episode I was completely hooked on this drama and I am sure I will be missing this drama when it is over. All the characters are so funny but I know Kang Dong-Goo and his facial looks can get a little bit old after a while but he is still so funny and I don’t really mind. I would really recommend this drama if you like to comedy. Even if you don’t this drama will make you enjoy comedies! It is just so relatable to the average person when nothing will go right for you and you get stuck in a bad place! It has warmth, comedy and honesty at times and I highly recommend this drama!!

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Also Baby Sol is soo adorable and I love how she smiles at everyone! I think this could even be a good drama to introduce to people that don’t watch korean dramas because everyone likes to laugh!

The dramas that I want to check out next:

  1. Live: This drama is about the lives of police officers. I have watched the first episode and it looks really interesting. It is being aired on netflix so I think it is affecting the subbing in this drama and the subs are not coming out very fast.

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2. My Mister: Honestly this drama seems weird and I am checking it out because of IU to be honest. It is about three middle-aged brothers who are having a hard time and somehow they are going to help each other heal each other’s wounds.

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3. A Poem a Day: It is about the lives of people who work at the hospital who work as physical therapists, radiologists, nurses etc. It is about a physical therapist who wanted to become a poet but due to her poor family background she studies to become a physical therapist and also about another trainee in physical therapy who wanted to become a doctor but because of his grades he had to change.

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4. Switch: Change the World: This is a legal drama about a man who is a swindler who is smart enough to pass the bar exam but he couldn’t become a prosecutor so he decides to make criminal pay for crimes that prosecutors did not.

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Korean Drama August/September 2017 Reviews September 20, 2017

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The first drama that I finished was Bride of Habaek/ Bride of the Water God. This is a fantasy/romance drama that was loosely based on the Manhwa of the same title. The story line is that a Water God Ha Baek (Nam Joo Hyuk) comes to Earth as part of a mission of finding some stones that that he can become King and he meets Yoon So-A who is a psychiatrist and unknown to her she is a his servant. He loses his powers without warning and he has to rely on So-A to help him fulfill his tasks.

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I did like some things in the drama and that was the acting was pretty good from the cast. I especially thought Lim Ju-Hwan did an excellent job of acting and liked watching him on screen. I also liked the side story of Shin Ja-Ya and Secretary Min and how she would go to him for help and he was so cold to her. It was maybe the best story line of the whole drama for me! I think the beginning was a bit more interesting to me, I liked it also when the plants started talking to So-A . Of course Nam Joo-Hyuk is a good actor but I found his character really flat and boring and didn’t find him terribly appealing to me but I don’t think it was really his fault. Not much else made an impression on me.

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The things I did not like about this drama is how where they took the story, the whole point of the having him be a god is that he has powers and they took them away for the entire drama, what a waste to me! Frankly I was a fine if the two of them were separated I didn’t really feel the love between them? not sure if it was a lack of chemistry or what but I really didn’t care that much! Even the other hardships for So-A I found I wasn’t that touched or really cared a whole lot. I found myself not getting that emotionally invested int this drama. I really think the original story would have been much better or if they would had the story play out in the world of the gods instead of on earth. I know that people were really annoyed by Krystal and they thought she was annoying. I didn’t mind her that much as an actor but seriously she was always pulling up on some long dress to even walk which started bothering me for some reason!

This is a disappointment of a drama to me, I really expected more and so I wouldn’t recommend this drama to watch.

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The second drama that I finished was School 2017. I wanted to watch this drama because it is kinda a part of a series and I watched Who Are You: School 2015 and I really enjoyed it and I thought that this would also be an interesting one. This drama is about a school that is full of corruption from the top starting with the Director to even the bottom with the teachers and students. It is about Ra Eun-Ho (Kim Se-Jeong) who is actually from a girl group Gugudan and is her debut into acting. Ra Eun-Ho is on the bottom of the grades and she struggles with wanting to get into university. The principal plays dirty by posting every one’s marks and only lets those with higher marks have privileges and the family of rich students are treated differently by the teachers. A mystery person called X comes and starts making things right by unveiling all of the corruption done by the school and Ra Eun-Ho gets swept up into the trouble and has a hard time convincing others of her innocence. Hyun Tae-Woon takes pity on Eun-Ho and he tries to help her.

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If this is how Korean schools are actually like that is really sad and scary for students! I think it is odd to think that people could own schools because where I am from that is not really done. I guess there are some private schools but I would think that it would be owned by more than one person. Anyway first of all there is a lot of talk of expulsions and that made me wonder why they just didn’t transfer to another school and maybe go to a public school owned by the government rather than an individual.

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What I enjoyed about the drama is first of all I really enjoyed  Eun- Ho (Se-Jeong’s) performance, I wouldn’t have guessed that she had not acted before, I really found her loveable and adorable. Secondly I really liked Tae-Woon (Jung-Hyun) as a character and I could totally fall for a guy like that! The whole tough guy that really wants to protect his girl! I liked that they are addressing the problems of corruption in schools and how intense the student’s feel about their grades. The school culture in Korea seems really unbearable and I hope that it will change for them. I think it was a pretty good coming of age story that shows the struggles of friendships, love and loyalty.

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What I didn’t like about the drama was that the whole X thing got a bit boring and uninteresting. The unfairness of the school just gets frustrating after a while and a bit redundant. It felt like they revealed the mystery too soon and then it lost some of the suspense of the drama.

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Overall it was a pretty decent school drama and it was pretty enjoyable.

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The third drama that I finished was The King Loves. It stars Won (Siwan) as the crown prince of Goryeo and Wang Rin(Hong Jong-Hyun) who is is best friend that are inseperable. They witness a horrible event and that is where they meet Eun-San (Yoona) who is daughter of the richest merchant in Goryeo. This is the start of the love triangle that could finally split up the two friends.

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First of all I feel like even though it is a historical drama again I felt like it was bit different than the usual struggle for the throne. I don’t think I have watched a drama based on Goryeo and how there was a struggle between the Yuan dynasty and Goryeo. It was an interesting conflict of the King of Goryeo was so affected by Yuan and that he had less power then his son because Won was the grandson of Yuan’s emperor. It was just an interesting dynamic that I felt was a bit fresh. I also really liked the clothing from this time period and thought it was interesting with Eun-San (Yoona) would wear men clothing, it just was interesting and I enjoyed seeing a different kind of heroine.

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I was also pleasantly surprised with Yoona as an actress because I haven’t watched her in a drama before but I thought she did a decent job in this role. I feel like they portrayed most women with a bit more fierceness and character than most dramas. They were not women that needed to be saved but they made their own choices and mistakes and were going to live with them. They were not living as women that needed to be saved all the time, I mean it does happen but they were fierce and demanded more from the people around them. Of course it is a typical love triangle that happens in the drama but at the same time everything seems up in the air all of the time of who is going to end up being the couple. It was a lot less obvious then some dramas of who is going to end up with who which I liked because I like to be kept guessing in a drama. But I feel like this drama was really not trying to glorify falling in love and actually it felt like falling in love was actually terrible because someone is always going to lose. It seemed like Eun-San didn’t want to pick anyone because she knew she would break up such a beautiful friendship and probably would have avoided it if she could have.

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Some things that I didn’t like about the drama was first of all the ending, not sure why it had to end that way and it seemed unclear about what really happened. I guess I prefer to have a clear ending instead of an ambiguous one. The whole political side of it gets a bit hazy like not sure why this is happening and not really sure what is trying to be accomplished. It annoyed me that Wang Lin always had to be the one to sacrifice things like I feel like that type of character is unrealistic. I don’t think I can say to many bad things about this drama I feel like it was satisfying enough. For a love triangle story that showcases a great friendship I think it did the story justice. I think some people may not like that San doesn’t seem to clarify her feelings throughout the drama leaves viewers wanting more of a commitment to either of the men. I think at the same time that was the point she was valuing friendship and cherishing those feelings first, to me I can understand those sentiments.

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I didn’t expect to much from this drama and I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

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I finally finished Man Who Dies to Live which has been hard to find with English subs. It might be easier to find now but it was sure delayed for subs and there has been the outrage because it was considered to be appropriating Muslim religion and culture. The biggest problem seemed to be in the first episode with Muslim women wearing something like a head covering and then wearing bikinis and there seemed to be other problems with how they portrayed the clothing of women. I agree this was completely a ridiculous representation of Muslims country but I don’t think they were trying to be malicious and evil by doing this. It was just a lack of sensitivity and they responded by pulling the scenes in repeat broadcasts and said they would makes sure to be more careful. Watching American television religion is made fun of a lot and I don’t agree with that being made fun of either but I personally would stop watching it if I felt offended and that is fine. I just don’t think you can force companies from stopping it from being made because that is taking away rights from people and forcing them not to have freedom of speech, but again this is just my opinion.

I thought I wouldn’t be able to watch the show because no one wanted to sub it either because of the outrage. The thing is that this drama is also a comedy so I think people would have realized that this isn’t going to be a super accurate representation of anyone or anything. I really wanted to watch it because of the cast, Choi Min-Soo always puts on a good show and I was excited to see Shin Sung-Rok in a drama again. The premise of the show also was interesting it is about Choi Min-Soo went to the Middle East Bodantia a fictional country and became a Count and became very rich. He finds out he has a daughter that he never knew about so he goes back to South Korea to find her or else he will be in trouble. Lee Ji-Young (Gang Ye-Won) has been struggling with trying to start a writing career and not to mention her unhelpful husband Kang Ho-Rim (Shin Sung-Rok) who only confuses things by getting involved with another woman.

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This drama I really didn’t expect much from and was just thinking that it will be a light-hearted comedy and I was pretty much correct. It feels like more of a sitcom feeling and it had an exaggerated acting feel to it. I was really surprised that Choi Min-Soo had to overact so much in this drama and the foreign language of the drama was kinda painful. I thought that it was a bit over the top the characters and I didn’t care for that too much. Also I didn’t really understand how the Abdallah character was supposed to be from the Middle East, he looks very Korean to me. The story seemed like it was going to be going somewhere for a while but then the ending was really bizarre. It seemed like they may have left it open-ended in case they would get to do a second season but I doubt that because it had so much trouble already and wasn’t well received from it’s international audience. So I can’t figure out why they ended it the way they did because it was neither funny nor did it seem to fit the mood of the drama. I was also sad that Sung-Rok had to play a character that was so frustrating.

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Even though Choi Min-Soo seemed to be over the top I still thought he had a really strong presence and played the part of a Count pretty good. It was still fun to see him in a drama again, I still remember when he was on Running Man and scared the pants off of the members because he was such an intense hunter for name tags! He is just fun to watch on the screen and I think he was the one that saved this drama. There were a few touching moments and funny moments that were fun to watch. I am happy that it was subbed and that I did get to watch a funny drama that was focused more on the family story line instead of only a romantic one. The best thing about this drama was the cast.

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I wasn’t the worst drama but it definitely wasn’t the best, it was unique in it’s own way.

I also picked up a variety show called “It’s Dangerous Beyond the Blankets”. I have to say I loved this show, it is only 3 episodes so I think it was a pilot program that was testing the waters. I think with the MBC’s strike even if it does get picked up it won’t be continuing for a while. I still really enjoyed the few episodes that have aired. The premise that these group of celebrities are considered homebodies and introverts and they go on vacation together and even pick up a hobby or two. They don’t tell them what they should do or say, it is up to them but they do set up things for them if they want or try to help them try new things. It stars Lee Sang Woo, Yong Jun Hyung, Park Jae Joung, Kang Daniel, Xiumin. It is hilarious how awkward they are and how much they don’t want to do things. I find it so relatable like how anxious they are to meet each other and how they have nothing to say to each other. I found myself smiling and laughing a lot in the episode. It is just interesting to see them do things together and even if they are not the best at breaking the silence they don’t give up. I highly recommend this show if you are looking for something funny and different from other variety shows!dangerous-3.pngdangerous2dangerous.png

I am watching a few dramas right now but it seems like most of them have ended and there doesn’t seem to be many that are catching my eye right now. Let me know what you are watching right now and think is a good drama or show!

  1. Deserving of the Name- I am currently loving it right now!

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2. Borg Mom- Haven’t started but I am planning on watching it now!

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3. Hospital Ship- Seems like it is having conflicting reviews, I think people are expecting more from it because of Ji-Won but I watched her last drama and this one is more interesting. I don’t mind it because I find doctor dramas interesting!

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End of July 2017 Korean Dramas August 16, 2017

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I finished two dramas at the end of July and I am getting around to reviewing them now.

The first one is called Queen for Seven Days/ Seven Day Queen. The story is based on some historical figures but I am assuming that most of the story embellished. So right off the hop you get to pretty much see the end. It’s in the title that Shin Chae-Kyung is going to be Queen for only seven days but what happens to her after that is unclear. The pretty much show right away that she is being dragged off and the drama starts with a heavy heart knowing that it will be a painful ending. But you soon forget that as it then starts with Shin Chae-Kyung and Prince Jin-Seong as children. I have to say that the child actors to a fabulous job of acting and I really enjoyed them. As adults Yeon Woo-Jin takes over the role of the Prince and I have to say that his transition was more jarring to me. I have seen him recently in “Introverted Boss” and maybe that is why I found it hard? I don’t know it’s not like I don’t like him, I just found that his personality didn’t seem to be quite the same as the earlier version of the prince. Lee Dong-Gun plays the King who does a good job of portraying him I was really surprised and almost didn’t recognize him from “Supper Daddy Yeol”. A part of me always wanted to root for him in this drama.

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The story is about Chae-Kyung who lives in the countryside because her parent’s don’t want her getting involved with the Royal family as her dad is the right hand minister to the King. Chae-Kyung as a young girl goes back home and meets the Prince and the King through strange circumstances and becomes entertained in their lives. It is a complicated story and is really easy to get hooked into the story.

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The story seemed really interesting to me even though it seemed to be sad and I was always rooting for a good ending. This drama always kept surprising me and I really enjoyed it even though the ending was so sad. I cried really hard at the end and for reasons that I wasn’t even expecting. I think the last drama that made me cry that much was “Goblin”.

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The second drama I finished was Stranger/ Secret Forest. I wasn’t expecting to watch this drama as I am not the biggest fan of crime and police dramas but it seemed to have some interesting elements. It is about a prosecutor Hwang Shi-Mok who as a child had brain surgery because he couldn’t handle all the stimulus around him and know is left him lacking in the area of emotion. This also allows him to stay righteous and not partake in corruption and bribery. He one day comes across a murder scene and he gets involved with what becomes one of his biggest cases ever. In the process he meets Police Lieutenant Han Yeo-Jin who becomes kinda like a partner to him in solving the case.

secret2The acting is very good in this drama I really love watching Cho Seung-Woo as Hwang Shi-Mok, his intelligence and his acting is so good, I felt like I could watch him forever. The actual case that he has to solve seemed to get a bit confusing for me at times especially when they would say a lot of names and trying to get them all straight. Also I really know nothing about prosecutors and how they work, so that part can get a bit dry every so often. Also there pretty much no romance in this drama, but I love how the characters interact regardless of that. Also the ending felt like there needs to be a second season so I don’t know if it is possible?

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This is a great drama with some great plot twists so I always seemed to find myself waiting every week to watch the new episodes. Although I wish they would have delved deeper into his condition of his brain and what exactly happened there? I feel like there needs to be another season to develop the characters some more. Same with the Lieutenant Han Yeo-Jin it feels like I need to know more about her and why she loves drawing. I want to know more about her past and how she has ended up where she is, I feel like I am still curious about the characters which is why it feels like the characters are not done with yet.

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I would recommend this drama if you love any crime and mystery stories that delve into the human condition.

The Dramas I am currently watching are:

  1. Bride Of The Water God: This is nothing like the manhwa and so I am disappointed with it. I was expecting more from this one.

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2. School 2017: Typical school drama and lots of mystery and intrigue to go with it.

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3. Man Who Dies To Live: Well hopefully someone will actually sub this drama. I would still like to check it out. I think the controversy over it is so blown out of proportion.

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4. The King Loves: Pretty good so far even though it is the typical love triangle.

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5. Deserving of the name: Okay I have watched two episodes and I think it is funny and interesting!

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6. Save Me: Oh this is an intense and crazy drama! I don’t know if I will be able to make it through!

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June-July 2017 Korean Drama Reviews July 19, 2017

  1. Circle/ Two Worlds

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The first drama that I finished watching was “Circle: Two Worlds Connected.” It stars (Yeo Jin-Goo) as Kim Woo-Jin who has a twin Kim Beom-Gyoon who is currently obsessed with finding a woman who he thinks is an alien and Woo-Jin is trying to keep his brother balanced because he just got out of jail. Then the story splits off into the 2037 where there is a detective named Kim Joon-Hyuk who is trying to figure out how to get into this other “world” where there is no crimes and everyone’s emotions are controlled. So the episodes are split into two shared between the present and the future. There is a lot that happens and I don’t want to give anything away because I really liked this drama and I think that it is a worthwhile drama to watch.

circle3 I personally love the futuristic shows where you can explore the different situations that aren’t possible right now but I like that it makes you think. It has such an interesting mystery and story line that I was never bored and I felt like I could never get enough because they would split the episodes so it always left me wanting more. I feel like Yeo Jin-Goo is starting to get really popular in drama these days! He has such a low unique voice that makes hims sound so manly! There was also a newcomer (Kong Seung-Yeon) who is Han Jung-Yeon and I recognized her from “We Got Married” and so I was pleasantly surprised with her acting skills and I really enjoyed her performance.

circle4I think that this drama could have done a lot more with it but it only has 12 episodes and I feel like the ending was a bit rushed or unfinished. I have to say I wasn’t that happy with the ending, it felt kinda resolved but I didn’t like the turn of events and wished for a different ending. Overall I think this is one of the best futuristic dramas that I have ever watched. I would recommend this drama I think the acting is perfect and the story is really fun ride to go on!

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2. Lookout/The Guardians

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The second drama that I finished was “Lookout/The Guardians”. I really wanted to watch this drama because (Lee Si-Young) who played Jo Soo-Ji was starring in it! I really like her from her past works and I think she is really cool and she hasn’t been in much lately. I was also impressed with (Kim Young-Kwang) Jang Do-Han and chose to watch this drama. This drama had 32 episodes but they were half an hour and shown back to back. So basically it still had about the same as usual the 16 episodes. This drama is about trying to fight corruption which is a topic in almost every drama it feels like! Jo Soo-Ji becomes a fugitive and this is her fight to win against the corruption. It also stars Key from Shinee and I have to say I loved his character, he is just so loveable! So this story mixes detectives, prosecutors and politicians.

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I think this was a very well done drama and I always enjoyed every episode. I also have to say this drama had an awesome sound track that just fit the episodes and got you really excited. Although the last couple of episodes at the end they played a song and I still haven’t been able to find it! Does anyone know what the song is? I think that this was so interesting trying unweave all the stories of this drama. I have to say that the ending was sad so I warned you! but I would still have watched it even if I had known. It is a thrilling drama series and I think that it will keep you interested. I would recommend this drama if you like this genre, I have to warn you there is very little romance!

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I think this drama did okay in the ratings and I think this drama was one that started to gain more viewers as it went along and things started heating up. I have to say the high schooler thing was a bit strange that he could basically fight with adults and do things that are a bit too advanced but I just went with it! Also I found it problematic with Do-Han’s father and what he did, he still isn’t an innocent person in the end. I understand the circumstances but yet not really. For the most part I really enjoyed this drama!

3. My Sassy Girl

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The third drama that I finished was My Sassy Girl which is based off of the korean movie with the same title. I have not seen any My Sassy Girl movie or dramas or anything. I had no expectations when coming into this drama although I was expecting it to be good because it seems like that movie gets referenced a lot in other shows. The plot is that it is set in the Joseon Dynasty period and is about Gyun-Woo (Joo-Won) who is a scholar and a Princess who is quite sassy and good and getting into trouble.

sassy2Basically it seems to start off with the plot of the movie with this sassy girl causing misunderstandings and making Gyun-Woo’s life hard by getting him involved with her. It seems like at the beginning they did try to make it like the movie but it seems to stray with that and it became a much more serious drama and I found that it lacked the funny story line. Although in the original movie I think what probably worked was that Cha Tae-Hyun Jun Ji-Hyun and exceptional comedy actors and I am sure that is why the movie did so well. On the other handI do not find Joo-Won to be very funny and found him to be kinda bland in this role. I know that it seemed like people were complaining about the princess (Oh Yeon-Soo) and that her acting was to over the top and that she was annoying. I personally didn’t that it was that bad and I didn’t think that was the worst part of the whole drama.

sassy3Personally I didn’t really like this drama that much, I mean it wasn’t terrible but I found myself not being very invested emotionally in the drama. There were a lot of emotional type scenes in the drama but I didn’t tear much at all in this drama. I felt very disconnected to the characters and wasn’t that upset about the things that happened. It felt like this was a typical drama and I didn’t feel like anything special or different was brought into it. I didn’t care much for Gyun-Woo’s character it just felt very bland. I also thought the character of the head guard (Jung-Shin) was strange and it was like he was supposed to be part of a very weak love triangle. I had really hoped for more in this drama but in the end it just seemed a bit typical. I think the ratings weren’t bad for this drama so maybe I have become a bit jaded but this drama didn’t do to much for me! Compared to other dramas airing I would choose others to watch.

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Dramas that I am watching and plan to watch

1.Queen For Seven Days- This drama from the first moment warns  you that this will not have a happy ending and yet there is a tiny little part of me that is hoping that it won’t end that way!

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2. Secret Forest: This drama is again about corruption, prosecutors and detectives. I don’t know why but I like this drama. I don’t always understand everything that is going on and the motives of others but the actors are just so good at playing the characters that I keep coming back for more! It seems like an unlikely drama to pick up but it is really well done so far!

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3. Bride Of The Water God: So I have read some of the manhwa and this drama is nothing like it, I wasn’t expecting to be so different from it! I can see fans of the manhwa getting pretty angry over this but I have to say I feel disappointed by this drama so far! I was really expecting something else!

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4. The King Who Loves- I feel like this drama is getting the most hype because it stars  Hong Jong-Hyun and Im Yoon-Ah. It is about the Crown Prince, his childhood friend and a beautiful wealthy woman. It is basically about their love triangle. I hope that it won’t be to typical!

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5. School 2017- This looks like a typical high school drama but I feel since I have watched the past ones that I will watch this one too!

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6. The Man Who Dies To Live: So this is a family comedy drama and it stars Shin Sung Rok which is another reason to check it out! It also stars Choi Min Soo and he comes back from the Middle East to Korea and tries to reconnect with his daughter.

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May 2017 Korean Drama Reviews May 22, 2017

Filed under: Reviews — sighilovekdramas @ 3:42 pm
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The first drama that I finished was Radiant Office and the only familiar faces in this drama is Lee Dong-Hwi from Reply 1988 and Han Sun-Hwa from the girl drop Secret. This drama is about a jobless woman Eun Ho-Won who is trying her best to become am employee at a company. She fall into despair and jumps into the Han River wanting to die. She ends being saved and while in the emergency room she overhears the doctors talking about a patient that has a fatal disease and she escapes the hospital. She doesn’t have money and she makes friends with two other people escaping the emergency room and they are unsure who the doctor is talking about. Eun Ho-Won manages to get a temporary job in the meantime and she decides to give it her all despite knowing whether or not she has a fatal disease. 

So first of all this is not much of a romantic drama if that is what you were expecting, there is some romance but it is not the focus. The characters all kinda fun and I find the actor playing Eun Ho-Won refreshing and I liked the boldness her character portrayed. It is an office setting drama which I feel like I have watched a lot lately but it was still fun and interesting. This drama has a good sense of humour throughout and I really looked forward to watching this drama. I really liked the whole mystery aspect of the drama with not knowing who is dying and just seeing the misunderstandings happening from this problem. I also really liked that they tried to address the problem with how women are treated in the workplace. I liked first of all they admitted there is a problem with a glass ceiling for women, that they do not get to positions that they deserve because they are women. They also didn’t try to portray it in a completely unrealistic way. There were a lot of aspects that I enjoyed about the drama.

I do have some problems with this drama in respect to how they addressed suicide. Eun Ho-Won attempted suicide and she did not get any psychological treatment. They just treated it as she didn’t get the job she wanted so it was just because of that. Suicide is not a physical problem it is a mental problem. It needs to be addressed in a responsible and careful way. Even when other people found out about this it wasn’t like anyone came and talked to her about it. I mean if something bad happened again who is to say she wouldn’t try attempt something like this again. It just bothers me that she had no aftereffects of her acts. I mean at the very least they should have checked her  out for depression or anything psychological. I just don’t think the drama was sending a very responsible idea about suicide, especially because South Korea has a problem with students committing suicide. I just wish they would have addressed this issue in a more of a serious way.

Overall I think this was a pretty fun drama even though there are a few dark issues that come along with it.

The second drama that I finished was The Liar And His Lover which is originally based on a manga called “Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru” and has also been made into a Japanese Movie. This drama stars Lee Hyun-Woo who was in Moorim School and To The Beautiful You. When I first started watching this drama I almost thought that he was Park Bo Gum, maybe it was the way his hair was styled in this drama. The leading lady is Joy from Red Velvet which surprised me since she has not acted before and she got the lead. The drama is all about singing so it makes sense since she can sing but it was taking a risk with no acting experience. Sung Joo is also in the drama and he is from the boy band UNIQ. This drama is about  Kang Han-Kyeol (Hyun-Woo) who is a talented composer for one of the biggest bands in music Crude Play. His identity is kept a secret but he is the one that writes all their music. He meets Yoon So-Rim (Joy) who has a gifted voice and wants to become a singer with her band. They meet by chance and Hyun-Woo borrows her phone to record a new song he is making. She falls in love with him and his song and wants to try to help him in any way possible. He forgets to delete his song off of her phone and he has to keep meeting up with her to convince her to delete it.

I have to say I really did not like at least the first 2 episodes, there was too much singing and it just felt corny. I also found it boring and it reminded me a bit of the drama Entertainer which I was terribly impressed with either. It did get a bit better after that but it still wasn’t that exciting of a drama to me. I didn’t really like Joy’s acting in this drama, it felt forced especially with the storyline of her having to be madly in love with Han-Kyeol. I guess I didn’t like their relationship that much and I didn’t really like him in the drama either. Something just didn’t flow that well for me with this drama I guess it felt amateurish. Maybe because it felt unrealistic and not in a fun fantasy way just the relationships and even the story line of the band crude play not playing instruments. I guess it felt like nothing fresh was being brought to this drama. That is maybe too harsh but this was not the best drama of the month for me. I thought parts of it were cute and it made me a little bit curious but overall it was very much a teen drama.

I did like that it dealt with some issues in the music industry and what it means to be an idol, singer or a band. How authentic do you need to be to be loved by others unconditionally. I think they could have gone much deeper in these issues and found it a bit disappointing that everything gets glossed over and quickly wrapped up. I guess they were following a storyline since it has been made from a manga so I guess they were following a set storyline. Maybe the Japanese movie is better? I don’t know but after this drama I have no desire to watch the movie or read the manga. I have to say I feel bad for Lee Hyun-Woo, I wish he could get a drama that was going to do well. I don’t think it is his acting is that bad!

Overall I think this drama would be a pass, I think there are better music industry dramas out there to watch!

The third drama that I finished was Tunnel which is about a Detective Park Gwang-Ho (Choi Jin-Hyuk) in 1986 that is trying to catch a serial killer in a tunnel and when he gets to the other side he is in present day. He doesn’t know why he is in the present day but he thinks that he must be here to solve the mystery of the serial killer and it has been 30 years. It also stars Kim Sun-Jae (Yoon Hyun-Min) who is a fellow detective.


I wasn’t really wanting to watch this drama because I don’t really care for police stories I feel like that area has really been overdone. I mean I don’t mind if a drama has some of it in it, but when the whole drama is about it I feel hesitant to watch it. Since this drama has a time traveling element I thought it could be more interesting and I am sure glad that I decided to watch it. I also wasn’t that excited to watch Choi Jin-Hyuk, I don’t know why I don’t really like him? Maybe it is his growly voice or just his acting, I just don’t really like him that much? But he was okay with him in this drama maybe because it wasn’t focused on a love line at all?

This drama I think has been the best one for this month for me, it is really interesting how they told the story and I found the criminal psychology aspect of this drama fascinating. I have to say that it was frustrating that the police couldn’t pin the person to the crime very easily and made me wonder if it was that hard in real life? I think they did a good job in being more realistic in the story then some dramas even though it was a fantasy drama. The time traveling was a bit strange in how that worked and the rules weren’t terribly logical. The ending made me slightly confused because the current place he was in would completely change when he would go back in time. It seems a bit counter productive and I would think that they would have talked more about the time traveling in the drama but it is almost pushed aside. They also had some filler episodes where they would solve a murder mystery per episode which seemed a bit predictable type of conducting an episode.

For the most part I enjoyed watching this drama although it was a bit dark with so many murders and dealing with psychopaths. I would recommend this drama to anyone that enjoys watching police shows and mysteries. There really is not much romance in this drama and it reminded me of the show Criminal Minds except with time traveling.! But seriously this drama was really a good mystery to follow and really made you think. I even liked the ending which can be hard with time traveling because things don’t always make sense.

I am currently watching:

Chicago Typewriter: This is ending soon and I think it has been a pretty interesting drama even if I don’t care for ghosts and past lives and such.

Man To Man: I feel like this drama was a disappointment, I don’t see that much bromance and instead it is all spy stuff and the characters don’t have that much chemistry. I was hoping for more humor and silly story lines instead it is serious and stiff.

The Dramas that I plan to watch next are:

Circle

Lookout

My Sassy Girl

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Seven Day Queen

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April 2017 Korean Drama Reviews April 19, 2017

Filed under: Reviews — sighilovekdramas @ 5:26 pm
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The first drama that i finished this month is Tomorrow With You. It is about a man who is able to time travel by taking the subway. What So-Joon is finding that his future is looking bad and he needs to take some drastic measures to change and avoid problems in his future. He thinks that Song Ma-Rin will able to help his change his future.

 

I have to say this drama is very different from other dramas that I have watched. It took a few episodes to get into it and I found I was intrigued by it but there was something that felt hopeless or depressing. It felt like it was more of a realistic view of relationships and how if they are not built on a good foundation it will crumble. I felt that So-Joon felt like a very unstable main character, at least in the beginning, it seemed like he was selfish and unwilling to change character. But not in the usual way of showing a tsundere character. He didn’t seem to be changed by Ma-Rin and I felt myself questioning if he will ever love her.

The drama did get better as time went on and I did find myself enjoying it. I loved the time travel as the background, of course at times things did get confusing and I even found myself questioning the logistics of how things happened. One other thing that was different about this drama was that it was a lot more mature then most dramas. There are bed scenes and the fact they are a married couple that changes the dynamic.

The drama at times feels like nothing is going to go right and there is not way to change the future but I have to say I did like the ending and how everything turned out. I liked it because it made me think and it was interesting to have the pieces fit together at the end. I love this type of style of drama with a bit of fantasy put into the mix. I would recommend this drama but I have to warn you it might take a few episodes to get into it and expect it to be an intense drama.

The second drama that I finished was Chief Kim/ Good Manager. This drama is about  Sung-Ryong (Nam Gong-Min) who is an accountant who used to manage money for gang but he gets an opportunity to work for a huge company and he at first wants to try to get everything out of the company but instead he starts changing and become a crusader against corruption.

So first of all, I have really started enjoying Nam Gong-Min in dramas. I like it especially when he does comedy because he has hilarious expressions. This drama was hilarious and it got really good ratings in South Korea. I think it was one of the top dramas. I can see why since it was so entertaining. It also stars Lee Joon-Ho (2PM) as Gong-Min’s rival in the company, they have an awesome rapport in the drama.

One thing that this drama does not have is romance which to me is a nice break from other dramas that are so romance heavy. I also didn’t think that accounting could actually make an interesting premise of a drama but I was wrong they made it interesting. It was the little man fighting the corrupted big man story. There are so many funny moments and I really enjoyed watching every week.

They also had really cool drawing animations at the end of the episode which I thought was really unique. The bromance/rivalry between Gong-Min and Joon-Ho really shined in this drama and I think that it was really well done. I would recommend this one and hope that everyone will check it out!

 

 

The third drama that I finished was Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon. This drama is a bout a Bong-Soon who was born with superhuman strength just like every woman in her family. She gets into trouble with a local gang that attacks her and she meets Min Hyuk (Park Hyung-Sik) and he recruits her as his bodyguard after seeing her use her powers.Bong-Soon finds out later he is the CEO of the video game company she was trying to get into. There is also crimes against women taking place in Bong-Soon’s neighborhood and she wants to use her power to stop it.

 This drama I was expecting to be really gimmicky and unbelievable and maybe too silly. I was wrong maybe the first episode or two were a bit silly but after that it was really fun. It is a bit of a slapstick comedy but it was funny and enjoyable to watch. At the same time there is a serious story line of kidnapping in the background that pulls you in and the silliness turns into seriousness. I think it has a really good amount of balance between everything.

This drama I was expecting to be really gimmicky and unbelievable and maybe too silly. I was wrong maybe the first episode or two were a bit silly but after that it was really fun. It is a bit of a slapstick comedy but it was funny and enjoyable to watch. At the same time there is a serious story line of kidnapping in the background that pulls you in and the silliness turns into seriousness. I think it has a really good amount of balance between everything. I really enjoyed seeing Park Hyung-Shik again because he was just in Hwarang. I was happy that he got to play the lead and have a different kind of character. There are many characters that were funny and it is just so much fun to watch a tiny girl have super strong powers! I love all the scenarios that she gets into! I would recommend this for a light and fun comedy that have some heart fluttering moments!

So what dramas did you think were a hit this month??

The ones that I am currently watching are:

Chicago Typewriter: I have enjoyed the first few episodes so far, but it a bit odd, not sure what I think of it yet.

The Lover and His Lover: I really didn’t like the first couple of episodes, it felt like a musical and maybe I just did not enjoy all the singing. Also it seems kinda sappy and unrealistic. I can’t say I really like it but I will keep watching.

Radiant Office: I find the situations funny and it is really fun to watch. I am enjoying it so far!

The Tunnel: I didn’t think I would like it but I am enjoying it, again it is a time traveling drama which has been done but it is an interesting plot with him in the future trying to get back to the past.

Dramas I plan to watch:
-Man to Man : Looks like it will be a hilarious drama!