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Reviews on Korean and Asian Dramas

March Korean Drama Reviews 2016 March 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November Dramas 2015 November 21, 2015

I finished She Was Pretty and I have to say it was an awesome drama! It was my favorite one this fall. It has twists and turns and I have to say was pretty fulfilling. I would really suggest if you watch any drama this fall or winter to watch She Was Pretty! It was so much fun and I have to say that Si Won really surprised me with his acting skills! It is worth it just to watch him act!

I also finished Sassy Go Go or Cheer Up. I liked this drama as well even though it was pretty much a typical high school drama but I was okay with that. I am a little tired of Eun Ji playing those type of roles I would like to see her doing other things. All I can say is I really hope that students don’t have to be living like that and dealing with those things in high school!

I am currently watching Because It’s The First Time. It is about a group of friends that live in the same neighborhood and are at college age. Tae-Oh as Min Ho is the lead and is in love with his childhood friend Song-Yi and he doesn’t want to believe it and so is pushing his feelings down. It is a bright drama with interesting characters and it is only on once a week and is shorter than other dramas. I enjoy the interactions between the characters and have been pleasantly surprised by this drama. I think it may have a more realistic bent on relationships and hardships of being a twenty year old.

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The second drama I am watching is Bubblegum with Dong-Wook as the lead Ri-Hwan. I have to say I wanted to watch this drama because of him since I loved him a lot in Roommates. It is about Ri-Hwan who is an eastern doctor and his childhood friend Haeng-Ah who grew up with him like a sister because her parents died. It is a struggle to discover their true feelings with others getting in the way. This drama is a bit slower but hopefully it will pick up. I find Dong-Wook’s character not as lovable as I would like but it’s okay. I don’t think this will be the most exciting story and may be a bit more typical but I think it will still be enjoyable.4 5 6

The third drama I picked up is Reply 1988, I have only watched one episode so far, so I am still unsure if I will like this drama. The drama is about five families that live on the same street. The focus seems to be on the Seoul Olympics this year and a bit of a tribute to that year. It seems like this will be an interesting drama because there is a lot of people that the storyline can focus on. It seems like the main focus will be on the kids from the families but there is still a lot of focus on the parents too. Maybe it would strike more a chord if you grew up in the 80’s and also have been from Korea. I will keep sticking with this drama because it seems like it will be heartwarming.7 8 9

The fourth drama I am watching is a Taiwanese Drama called Bromance. The storyline is about Pi Ya Nuo who when she was born was told her fortune and that since she was born a girl she would not survive childhood unless she would live a as a boy for the next 25 years. So now that she is going to be 26 she has to decide whether she will continue as a boy or change to a girl. She also saves Zi Feng who is a powerful man and becomes his sworn brother which complicates her life. So this a typical girl dressed up a boy drama to some extent. I have to say all that craziness is still fun no matter how many times it has been done. Again since it is a Taiwanese drama there is some overacting that is involved. I hope it will not be dragged out too long as I find some of their dramas have the tendency to do so. I am pleasantly surprised by this drama and Ya Nuo actually seems pretty convincing as a boy compared to other girls. It is a fun drama and I am enjoying the fun of it.

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I am also checking out a Japanese Drama  My Little Lover. Again I have only watched the first episode but it looks like an amusing drama. It is about Horikiri a girl who has a childhood friend who is her neighbor Minami. They are in high school and have grown apart and one day when she is upset about this she wishes she could go back to when they were friends. Instead she becomes 15 cm tall and is found by Minami. It looks like a fun drama but it seems a bit cheesy and unrealistic but that is what makes it a charming drama. I feel like Jdramas don’t get as much love so I hope everyone can check this drama out!

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Dramas I am Currently Watching for Spring 2015 April 21, 2015

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I just wanted to do a quick review on all the dramas that I am watching right and I am currently in the middle of!

1st of all I am currently watching Super Daddy Yeol which is apparently based on a webtoon which I have not read. It is about a doctor Mi-Rae who I personally find to be really pretty has a daughter and she is diagnosed with cancer. She seeks out her 1st love to help make him into a father for his daughter. I have to say the acting in this drama is really well done. There is not a lot of over acting and I have to say the child actor is really believable and really does her part justice in the drama. Even though the subject matter seems really dark and depressing this drama has not really portrayed that yet! I am really curious to see how this drama is going to end with happiness or in utter disaster. The director is also the same as the one who did marriage not dating and jang mi even makes an appearance in this drama. I have to say I definitely recognized the sound effects which I almost kinda like, it adds the humorous quality in the drama! I am currently enjoying this drama but the only downside is that their is a bit of focus on baseball which is not the most interesting subject matter to me, but it is well balanced that I don’t mind it.
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The second drama I am watching is The Girl Who Can See Smells. This drama is also based off of a webcomic. It is starring some bigger known actors like Shin Se Kyung and Yoochun, also Nam Goong Min. I don’t want to say too much but it is about a girl who survives an accident and wakes up with anmesia and is able to see smells. She helps a cop who is wanting to investigate his own sisters death and uses this girls ability to help him with solving crimes. I have to say that this drama subject is really dark with alot of murders happening in this drama already. I really love the fantasy part where Oh Cho Rim is able to see smells and is interesting to see her solving crimes. This drama is not only dark but it is a comedy and really makes it lovable. I really like fantasy dramas and this one is really interesting with the mysteries even if it can be a bit dark but I think it is really enjoyable!

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The third drama that I am following is Falling For Innocence. This drama is about Kang Min Ho who wants to take revenge on his uncle for taking over the company when his dad died. He is dying and needs a heart transplant. Soon Jung a secretary in his uncles company gets involved in his business and has to help him. I wasn’t sure if I would like this drama because it seems like there is a lot of political themes in this drama but it is really interesting. There is a mysterious quality to this drama and have been sucked into this one as well.  Out of all the dramas I have watched so far I have cried the most watching this one! I felt my heart breaking while watching this one. I would definitely recommend this one as well, I find it very interesting so far!

 

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The fourth drama I have just started watching is My Unfortunate Boyfriend. I have to be honest I mostly checked this drama out because No Min Woo is in it and I enjoyed him in Full House 2. I have to say his character is soo different I wouldn’t have recognized him if I had not known it was him. He is an airhead that loves flowers and gets caught up with Yoo Ji Na who is trying to fake it until she makes it in the company they are both working for. So the overacting in this drama is a bit much and very exaggerated way of telling this story but it is still charming in its own way. This is a good drama to just stop thinking and just enjoy the slapstick comedy! It is very silly but lots of fun!
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The fifth drama I am following is Murphy’s Law of Love which is a Taiwanese drama unlike the others which are Korean dramas. This is about Xiao-Tong who thinks she has been cursed with Murphy’s Law which means anything that can go wrong will go wrong. She is considered a love doctor and is a psychiatrist that works for a online dating company. She meets Jai-Wei who is the opposite and runs a party planning company to end divorce in a party so they can end it gracefully and be able to move on. These two are clashing and the romcom continues on! I have to say that Taiwanese dramas seem to have a pattern when they do all their romcoms. You always know who she is ending up with and they make it obvious with the beginning credits. Their is always a love triangle with another guy and she is always really unaware of it. I have to say the male lead Danson Tang really reminds me of Aaron Yan from Just You. I don’t love this drama mainly because it is way too predictable which almost makes me a little sad. If you like Taiwanese dramas then this new one will satisfy your need for a happy ending.
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These are the dramas that I am currently watching!

What are you currently watching? Is anyone also enjoying these dramas or other ones I am not following? and if so which ones are your favorites this spring?

 

I Will Promise You…. Fabulous Boys… Taiwanese Drama Review September 9, 2013

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I watched the Taiwan series Fabulous Boys which is a remake of the Korean drama You’re Beautiful. The Taiwan version had 13 episodes so it was more compact than the Korean one but I have to say it did not feel rushed at all.

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I have watched the Korean version, but it was a couple of years ago so I am pretty fuzzy on the details of the drama so I do not know how close the Taiwan version did come, but from what I could recall the Taiwan version has the main plot details in it. It does not stray to far from the Korean version. I felt that they could have strayed more if they wanted to just to make it more their own but even without that it was still good.

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I thought before watching that there was no one that would be able to follow Jang Keun Suk/ Hwang Tae Kyung, but I was wrong Jiro Wang/ Huang Tai Jing did an awesome job in that role and was very impressed. Although Cheng Yu Xi/Gao Mei Nan I found to be a bit lacking in her acting or it felt like she was overacting and it would become a bit ridiculous, I found that it was endearing but would get tiring after a while.  The other members of A.N. JELL did amazing as well and found them all to be good looking and I did not mind their acting. I think since this is a remake I cannot fairly evaluate it because it is a story I have already seen and it is obviously hard to not compare this version to the Korean version. I think I would have been more excited by this drama if I had seen it first.

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What I liked about this version is that it was shorter and was not dragged out as long because it did feel like 13 episodes was long enough. I have to say the kissing was really good in this drama, it felt really natural. I am not sure why in the Korean dramas they always have to look so surprised and they act like it is almost against their will. I mean if they don’t like it they can push them off and if they do they can enjoy the kiss. I like how they did add some of their own details such as Liu Xin Ning forcing Tai Jing to be her girlfriend and involved her more in the story line. They did add their own little touches which I enjoyed. The guys are all good looking so that doesn’t hurt either.

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Some things I did not enjoy about the drama was I missed the exciting part in the Korean drama where the media tried to reveal that he was a she but the twins had already changed places. That was such an exciting part I do not know why they wouldn’t have done the same in this version. I think that the Korean one had more comedy or sense of humor in it and found that the Taiwan one to be a bit lacking, or I just did not find it funny.

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Overall if you are a fan of You’re Beautiful you may want to watch this drama out of curiosity like me and it will be enjoyable but you will be comparing them. If you haven’t watched the Korean version I think that this is an interesting and fun drama to watch so I recommend it either way. It can be a little corny, so if you can look past it I think it is a wonderful drama to watch.