sigh i love kdramas

Reviews on Korean and Asian Dramas

Korean Drama August/September 2017 Reviews September 20, 2017

Bride-of-the-Water-God-05

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.

bride-3-e1505943462970.pngOkay first of all I am so disappointed about this drama, I was really anticipating the manhwa come to life with the fantasy of the water god and otherworldly story lines happening. I haven’t read the whole manhwa but they pretty much ignore the entire premise of the manhwa they shouldn’t have even bothered using the title of the manhwa because it is pretty misleading. I thought that well if they do the story well that it wouldn’t bother me but I found the storyline kinda boring and I didn’t find myself cheering for the couple.

bride2.png

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.

bride1.png

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.

School-2017-05

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.

school-4.png

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.

school3.png

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.

school2.png

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.

giphy

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

The-King-Loves-04

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.

king2.png

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.

king-4.png

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.

king3.png

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.

giphy1

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

Man-Who-Dies-to-Live-04

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.

dies2.png

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.

dies3.png

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.

dies1.png

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!

name

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

Borg-Mom-02

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!

Hospital-Ship-04

Advertisements
 

End of July 2017 Korean Dramas August 16, 2017

Filed under: 2017 Reviews — sighilovekdramas @ 2:59 pm
Tags: , , , , , , ,

Seven-Day-Queen-03

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.

72

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.

7-67-5

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”.

74I wasn’t expecting too much from this drama but I was pleasantly surprised of the journey that I went on with this drama. I guess the heart ache is more interesting to me than the easy love stories that don’t seem to exist in real life. So I would recommend this drama as a great historical drama that always kept me on my toes and my emotions on a roller coaster.

Secret-Forest-03

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?

secret1

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.

giphy

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.

Bride-of-the-Water-God-05

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

School-2017-05

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.

Man-Who-Dies-to-Live-04

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

The-King-Loves-04

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

name

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

Save

 

October Korean/Japanese Drama Reviews 2016 November 15, 2016

moonlight-drawn-by-clouds-official-drama-poster

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!
picture-2picture-1

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.

picture-4

picture-3picture-5

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.

picture-13picture-15picture-16

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

250px-shopping_king_louie_poster

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

my-wifes-having-an-affair-this-week-05

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.
romantic-doctor-teacher-kim-04

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.

sweet-stranger-and-me-01

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!

weightlifting-fairy-kim-bok-joo-04

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?