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February/March 2018 Korean Drama Reviews March 27, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The dramas that I want to check out next:

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

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

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

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

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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?

 

April 2017 Korean Drama Reviews April 19, 2017

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

The ones that I am currently watching are:

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

March 2017 Korean Dramas Review March 16, 2017

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The First series that finished was Hwarang/ Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth which was a historical Korean Drama. It was about The Queen creating a Hwarang in the Kingdom of Silla as a way to protect the King. The problem is that in Silla is that King became a King when he was too young and so the Queen had to reign as regent instead and she sent away the King. She is trying to protect the throne for him but she also doesn’t want to give it up either. Then comes in the story of a peasant that gets his way into the city and is also drafted into the Hwarang with all the other rich nobles.

 

This drama started off pretty strongly with the premise and it was a fun drama. It stars Park Seo-Joon and Go-Ara, Park Hyung-Sik, Minho. It has a lot of good actors and it was a large ensemble cast that will always keep everything interesting. It again it the typical drama in the way of the fight over the throne and duty which is common. It has a weird thread with a brother and sister romance that seemed strange. The ending was okay I almost expected more from the drama. I found Go-Ara kinda annoying as the main female character she was always crying or pouting her face. I really couldn’t sympathize with her at all in the drama.

I am a little surprised that Seo-Joon would do this drama, I don’t know why but it seemed a little bit childish for him? I don’t know he obviously carried the drama but the other actors seemed a lot younger. I personally don’t like Minho that much but he did okay, less annoying then I thought he would be. This drama had moments that I really enjoyed and it did keep me interested.

The second series that I finished was Missing Nine which was about an entertainment company plane went down and crashed and 9 people end up on a deserted island together and they try to survive. So I was initially apprehensive to watch a deserted island drama as the last one I watched was Lost and I really hated what they did with that tv show. Thankfully this drama had a purpose and everything was explained. So this drama was really captivating for the first while Bong-Hee ends up back in Korea and she has no memory of what has happened. They had been missing for a few months and she is the only survivor and they want to unravel her memories so they can find where the rest of the survivors are.

So they jump from the present and into the past when she was on the island. I really love this type of story telling because it keeps things interesting and you get curious. This is an awesome set of actors, I have to say Choi Tae-Joon did a great job in his role, he was really believable. I also have to warn you there is a lot of violence more than the average drama I have watched.  I have to say this isn’t really a love story, the focus is not on that which I found refreshing from the average drama! I also loved Joon-Oh and Bong-Hee they were funny together and I loved their friendship. Joon-Oh’s character is really interesting as he wants to help others even if he can’t and even if he has to sacrifice himself.

The later episodes I don’t enjoy as much but I still want to watch to see how things will be resolved. There are surprised along the way! I have to say the ending is sooooo lame! It was like they weren’t expecting they were going to have to wrap it up in that episode so they crappily threw it together! It completely glazed over all the bad things that have happened! Overall this was a unique drama with the background being an island and for the most part I enjoyed it!

The third drama that I finished Introverted Boss/ My Shy Boss. It is about a CEO of a PR company who is introverted and shy so he can’t work well with his employees and is unable to properly communicate with people. His friend  Woo-II is the face of the company and always cleans up after him. Ro-Woon begins working at the company and it is her mission to expose the CEO and show everybody who he really is and in the process exact her revenge on him and the company. 

So this drama just finished and it was an interesting concept. We don’t often see men being introverted and shy and still being portrayed as a leading man. I think it shed some light on what it feels like to be an introverted and the pressure of trying to balance all the thoughts they have before they can speak what they feel. I am introverted so I could relate to this drama easily. It is interesting because there is also a mystery over a suicide that happened in the company and it slowly unravels over the drama.

The one major problem with the drama is the reason for the suicide, it really doesn’t make sense to me and the reasoning behind the suicide just doesn’t fit. People don’t take their own lives over what they portrayed it to be, I don’t think people take life that easily unless they truly have a mental illness. That really bothered me when watching and it just felt wrong. Again the last episode felt a bit weird and somewhat thrown together. But for the most part I enjoyed the story and the characters and think it was an interesting drama despite it’s faults.

 

So what dramas did you guys check out this month? The ones this time seemed to have low ratings which surprised me in some ways!

The ones that I am currently watching are:

-Chief Kim

-Strong Woman Do Bong Soo

-Tomorrow With You

 

The upcoming ones I think I will check out are:
-Radiant Office

-The Liar and His Lover

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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