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June/July 2019 Korean Dramas Review July 18, 2019

This past two months of Korean Dramas were pretty disappointing…

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Upcoming Dramas

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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Korean Drama Reviews April/May 2019 May 20, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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


Upcoming Dramas I will be watching:

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

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

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

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

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October/November 2018 Korean Drama Reviews November 28, 2018

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

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

100I found that it was a bit slow, the amnesia part felt long and somewhat dragged out with regaining his memory. I think that the drama had a few cliche moments with the amnesia, revenge and just the whole I want to control the King and choose who I want to put on the throne. The ending was a bit lacking for me, I wanted to see what the two of them together would look like, I feel like I didn’t get a full picture of how their regular life between the two of them was going to feel like, it felt unsatisfying. I mean with the amount of time they had they should have finished better. I felt like the drama didn’t offer me anything that hasn’t already been put out there. It wasn’t the worst but it was far from the best historical type dramas already made.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

The upcoming Dramas that I will be watching:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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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-June 2017 Korean Drama Reviews June 20, 2017

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I finished watching two dramas earlier this month, the first one is Chicago Typewriter. So first of all this was a fantasy drama with a ghost and past lives. I typically stay away from such things but it looked interesting and I wanted to see Yoo Ah-In in a drama again, the last one that I watched was Fashion King with him in it and it was truly terrible. He has a really distinct growly voice and I wonder now if it is because of cigarettes? I really hope that he has quit smoking and that it isn’t affecting his health.

Chicago Typewriter is about Han Se-Joo who is in the present time a successful celebrity writer and his work is beloved. He acquires a typewriter that he found in Chicago and he soon finds his life has become complicated and that he has gotten involved in more that he wanted to. Jeon-Seol who is Se-Joo’s biggest fan gets to meet him and their lives become entangled and they both begin to see visions of their past lives which is intertwined and is in the era of the 1930’s where they were living in turbulent times with the Japanese ruling over Korea at that time. They slowly learn of their past lives and try to figure out what happened to them.

I really enjoyed watching all these actors and characters and I know that some people have complained that the show was to slow moving and that nothing was happening for the first half. But I think there was plenty in the story line to keep you interested the whole time. There are mysteries that slowly get unraveled and always keeping you guessing about what happened in the past. I like being able to compare the past and present and see how the characters were related.

In the first half of the drama I found Se-Joo to be yelling and angry all the time which was slightly annoying to me and kinda turned me off. Thankfully he turns into a nicer person and stops yelling all the time. I thought the chemistry was good between the actors and was finding myself really enjoying the drama.

I also found it interesting to learn about how the Japanese had taken over Korea and how hard those times were. I wish they would have gotten into the history a bit more and how it affected the country and how Korea got rid of the Japanese regime. I would have liked to see a bit more history and significance in the drama.

Overall I thought this was a well made drama and it was very emotional at the end of the drama which made me cry! It is a bit of an open ended drama but I was satisfied with the ending. I would recommend this drama if you like a mystery with some fantasy!

The second drama that I finished was Man To Man. I was really surprised when I started watching this drama because the plot line made it seem like the story was about a bromance between a celebrity and his bodyguard. It did not say much about the story and so I was expecting it to be more of a comedy. I was also excited to see Park Hae-Jin in a drama again, still love him from “Family Outing.” The storyline was more about a secret agent who needs to go undercover as a celebrity’s bodyguard so that he can use him to get into a party to steal a wooden statue. The story is much more about secret agents and CEO abusing their power and making bribes. Their is some romance more between Hae-Jin and Do-Ha who is the manager to the celebrity.

I felt like they tried to use the bromance gimmick and that was like for one episode and then just kinda disregarded that story line which I thought was weird when they tried to make it seem like it was the focus. I thought Park Hae-Jin was playing the same role from Cheese in the Trap, he was just a stoic handsome guy and he didn’t show much emotion. I didn’t really care for the chemistry between him and Do-Ha. I think I preferred it between him and the celebrity more than the romantic couple. I also thought Hae-Jin’s face looked a bit strange in this drama, like he had some weird wrinkles in his chin and face. I thought it was weird?

At least the secret agent part of it wasn’t terribly unrealistic and actually found it interesting after a while and was wondering why the wooden statues are so important! I know that there was a lot of complaints about Do-Ha and how she wasn’t attractive and that they didn’t like her. I don’t think that was the problem, she was a fine actress but I think it was the characters that they were being forced to play. I think because Hae-Jin was so stoic and Do-Ha wasn’t this incredibly bubbly and over the top girl character which is usually the case, people didn’t like her. I personally didn’t mind that she wasn’t over the top and played a more realistic character was not a bad thing. I think it was the storyline that was the problem. I think they were having a hard time balancing all the different factors that they put into the story.

I did not enjoy this drama that much but if you are bored and want to watch something this would do, and it is nice because it is on Netflix. I really didn’t like the ending, I didn’t really get the point of it? It just seemed strange and I didn’t really get what was happening?