DUEL (K-drama 2017)

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"Duel is a thriller about a detective who gets tangled up in a shocking incident after meeting a clone. They will have to battle each other to survive."

I really enjoyed being a part of this hunting thriller, I was one of those who waited weekly just to watch this complex and dense story about human cloning and a sort of cure-for-all vaccine. Science always makes me feel awkward for a drama,  but not this one, it has a various flavor. The plot is decently engaging with obvious flaws, sensible fight scenes and sad moments that will capture your heart.

Hands down also for the amazing performance conveyed byYang Se Jong.It wasn’t easy to portray one face with two-opposite characters as a barely new actor. He definitely showcases his acting ability in here. Hugs forJung Jae-Young, who's been the best father in this show, no doubt about his diverse talent too.

Bittersweet I may say for the finale, I feel like my mission is done too. "Chasing" has ended with closure, villains went to hell and another new life will begin as human.

Verdict: 9/10

 

RULER: MASTER OF THE MASK

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In the 1700's, Crown Prince Lee Sun (Yoo Seung-Ho) fights against Pyunsoo group. Pyunsoo is an organization that has accumulated power and wealth through privatizing water all over Joseon. Crown Prince Lee Sun becomes a hope for the people who suffer. Ga-Eun is the woman Crown Prince Lee Sun loves and she helps grow as a ruler.

Master of the Mask is like a roller coaster ride, the story takes you up to intensity, then drag you down with regret and suddenly knocks you off to happiness.  To sum things up, the plot is not perfect at all, it has a high and low point. The cinematography is superb for the historical setting and because it's an all-star cast, this show was favored and impossible not to watch.

The finale was tied up neatly and will give you an approving look while witnessing our main lead achieved his dreams and hopes.  Just bear some loopholes for certain episodes, but in the end, you would never regret of watching it.

Verdict: 8/10

 

 

SUSPICIOUS PARTNERS (K-drama 2017)

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I give 10/10 to my Ji Chang Wook. He's totally hot as grumpy and quick tempered prosecutor who hated by lawyers and most of the criminals.

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8/10 for Nam Ji-Hyun who was able to present the character of Bong-Hee as a feisty lawyer despite being accused as a murderer and experience a lot of trouble in life and in love.

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The smartest villain for the 2nd quarter of the year goes to Dong-Ha. Without a doubt, I'll give you my 10/10.  You deserve it because I really hate you for being so clever and vicious on your crime.

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To halabeonimLee Dek Hwa, my goodness, I hope you will be my grandpa. For the entire episodes, you make me laugh. You were the ice breaker of the group. I can't imagine you without in this show, it might bore me. 10/10

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I hope I have a friend like you who is very loyal and supportive. I hated you when you almost ignore your own feelings for the sake of friendship and for the happiness of others.  8/10

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Jang Hyuk-Jin, I almost cried when I thought you will die on this show (sorry spoiler). You are the father of the group. Quite dependable and very supportive. Everyone cried when you are struggling to survive in the midst of your death. 8/10

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To the ladies who are the cheater in this drama, good job. I never disliked you at all because you set some flavors to our main cast's relationship. It's difficult to hate you both because you were gorgeous and resemblance to all women who need to be understood and loved. 8/10.

Plot:  About Noh Ji-wook (Ji Chang-wook), a prosecutor and Eun Bong-hee (Nam Ji-hyun), a prosecutor trainee and how they work together on a mysterious case involving a sly psychopath murderer.Verdict: 8/10

FIGHT FOR MY WAY (K-drama 2017)

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Fight for my way is a kind of drama which you can totally relate. It has the story of our very own which we walked every day with struggles, failures, and achievement in our lives. It features, the chances to attain what has missed by giving up on our dreams and love. It's good to be true that after all, it's not too late to have what we want.

I like all the cast in this drama, it suits them all. The individual characters have their own stories to tell in their own limelight. What I like is their friendship bond, you'd wish you grew up with them too.

Overall, this drama is refreshing to watch. They were all cute and entertaining.

Verdict: 8/10

 

Main Cast:

Park Seo-joon as Ko Dong-man

Kim Ji-won as Choi Ae-raAhn Jae-hong as Kim Joo-man

Song Ha-yoon as Baek Seol-hee

 

VETERAN (K-movie 2015)

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Detective Seo Do-cheol is tough and merciless when it comes to crime. But while investigating a high-profile case, Seo finds out that arrogant young millionaire Jo Tae-oh — the third-generation heir to powerful conglomerate Sinjin Group — is pulling some strings behind the scenes. However, no matter how rigorously Seo's team pursues him, Jo always escapes with the help of his wealth and connections.

Veteran is nerve-racking in the way it masterfully mixes hardcore action, allows a brief post for a comic break, then resumes the suspense. I feel like this movie creates a new Jackie Chan chic. It was fun, poignant and has a full blown-out combat thrill with good cops and bad asses.

All the characters in this movie are not wasted. They made the story even more appealing, especially Yoo Ah In who did a great job of portraying a ruthless spoiled sociopathic heir vs. Hwang Jung Min, the hilarious and stubborn cop. Watching them fight head to head was very impressive since they have noted that "no police has ever touched one of the super rich."  You'll see how this two brutally fight with each other.

This movie has its all own blast of style and swagger. It showcases the unjust system in the world that always presenting to us, but with perfect rhythm.

Verdict: 9/10 

 

 

 

 

EMPRESS KI (Kdrama-2013)

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Empress Ki tells the story of Ki Sung Nyang (Ha Ji Won) who rises from nothing to marry Emperor Ta Hwan (Ji Chang Wook) and become Empress of the Yuan Empire.  She also gets involved in a love triangle with the Emperor and King Wang Yu of Goryeo (Joo Jin Mo).

Finally, I was able to say goodbye to this drama. I was struggling to finish the 51 episodes, because of my schedules, so for me, this is quite a victory.  Empress Ki is just like the other sageuk or historical drama, the imperfections were evident, however, you will love them, hate them, cry for them, they will use your emotions to storm away from the reality and you just have to swim against the tide because it engulfs you totally.

Empress Ki will bring you to Joseon period where power was a survival, loyalty was indispensable, revenge resonates hope and love became a sacrifice. Different characters go through many struggles, a bulk of villainous charm driven into more occurrence of intensity. It was very well structured.

The visuals are no joke in this drama. A wide parade array of colors and styles in their costumes will fill your eyes. The plot was epic, one of a kind. It was beautifully filmed with gorgeous cinematography.

I recommend you to watch this drama and don’t be scared off by the long episodes, you will enjoy the bits of it.

Verdict: 10/10

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THE CRUCIBLE (K-movie 2011)

This movie is based on real events from the harrowing life story of a special school for the hearing-impaired students in Gwangju Inhwa School, South Korea.

Shocking details has been revealed of their systematic beatings and rapes both girls and boys. It’s honestly impossible to watch this movie without feeling fury and hopeless because those children face an uphill battle for justice.  It shows a brutal reality of cronyism, corruption and merely act of evil.

If you’re going to watch this movie, be ready to hate, to cry and offer prayers to all those who are victims of sexual abuse and injustice.

 

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Verdict: 10/10

MAN TO MAN (K-drama 2017)

5bsajinjaryo5d_maentumaenman_x_man_poseuteo_0I would admit I watched this drama because of Park Hae Jin.  I really like his cold, mysterious, and poker face in all sort of his dramas. Well, in real life, this kind of personality always caught my attention. I find it challenging to deal with them.

Back to the story, this show is all about a ghost agent who is skilled enough to do undercover works in any aspects of his missions.  One of his current tasks is to disguise as a bodyguard to one of the most popular actor Yeo Woon-Gwang (Park Sung-Woong).  Despite his purpose, he was able to experience a warm relationship with him and the rest of the gangs which will become his strength and weakness.

For 16 episodes, you will enjoy the different elements of the story, despite discovering some hiccups along the way, the show could keep you on edge. A parcel of actions, tactics, humor and a no chemistry love affair will surely give you a chunk of interest and admiration.

Verdict: 8/10

 

CHICAGO TYPEWRITER (K-drama-2017)

 

From the moment I saw the trailer in this drama, I know I would love it.

The story is all about three friends who lived under Japanese rule in the 1930’s as young revolutionaries and they reincarnated to infuse in the present times. As they put all their memories from pieces to pieces, it unfolds the beautiful story of happiness and sadness of love, patriotism, and comradeship.

Chicago typewriter is excellently written and amazingly executed by all the actors.  Yoo Ah-in has again flourished in creating another life character, you will definitely love him from past 87 years.

Until the last episode of the show, it was still beautiful.  So many scenes that were so poignant, delicate and heart-wrenching. Be ready for the arrow to hit your heart, and while you are mending your broken heart, listen to their original sound track.

Enjoy!

Verdict: 10/10

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BAD GUYS (K-drama 2014)

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Bad guys are forming a team of “top criminals” to catch other criminals. How interesting, right?

This drama is full of bad guys and bad ass which packs strings of big punches and blood. The plot is quite complex, well what do we expect of people that have their own criminal cases, creating a squad immediately, while judging and suspecting one another? it must a chaos, right?

Bad guys will kick you a bickering and rivalry among the criminals and eventually see them becoming a team.  With a whirlwind story, a twist and a drama, you will definitely like this one.

Verdict: 8/10

MY SECRET ROMANCE (K-drama 2017)

This drama started so well and dragged to the end. The plot has the potential to be decent enough if they were able to develop the story line.  There are so many flashbacks and pointless scenes that were skipped-worthy and some emotions circled by inconsistency.

One point for the visuals in this drama. Second points to the sizzling first scene on the first episode. And the rest, it’s up to you to find.

Verdict: 6/10

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Cha Jin-Wook (Sung Hoon) is a son from a wealthy family. His family runs a large company. Cha Jin-Wook only pursues short term love. He meets Lee Yoo-Mi (Song Ji-Eun) and changes. Lee Yoo-Mi has never had a boyfriend before.

The Admiral: Roaring Currents

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12 Battleships against a fleet of 330. One man against all odds. Sounds too good to be true, right? But yes, this movie depicts from one of the greatest naval battles in Korea history which they stand last against the Japanese navy during the Imjin war in the Joseon Dynasty.

The Admiral Yi Sun-sin was a Korean naval commander who was well-respected for his exemplary conduct on and off the battlefield. He’s one of few Admirals in world history who remained undefeated.  In this movie, you will see how he implored some actual strategy to win and how he takes the lead in difficult moments.

I know I was a little bit late to watch this movie, but I’m glad I was able to.  This film is perfection for human perseverance and bravery.  They have an excellent cast, astounding production, and a good tribute to the valiant Koreans.

Verdict: 10/10

 

ODE TO MY FATHER – K-movie

 

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Cast: Hwang Jung-Min / Kim Yunjin / Oh Dal-Su

This movie became my favorite instantly, it’s perfect.

The cinematography is absolutely stunning. The plot is flawlessly well written. The transition between the present and the past is executed purely.  It takes you to some of the big parts of Korean history.

I think I cried for an hour and my heart tugs at my heartstrings.  I was into this man’s extraordinary life throughout scenes of laughing and weeping.

This movie is truly an epic.Beautiful.

Verdict: 10/10

 

A MAN AND A WOMAN -Kmovie

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Cast: Jeon Do-Yeon / Gong Yoo

A chance encounters with two people who are not free to love, who met at the right place but at the wrong time.

A one night stand that develops into something deeper.

Sweet and intimate moments you will never forget.

This movie showcases a piece of real life. Maybe this is not for everyone.  Maybe most of us would not understand.

As our protagonist struggle to follow their heart’s desire, you will realize the path is very difficult.  There are some sacrifices you have to swallow hard because, at the end of the day, it’s not just about you anymore.

A man and a woman is beautifully made. There are only a few dialogues, but everything is well conveyed.  A very emotional conflict of harsh reality.

Verdict: 9/10

TUNNEL-2017

Traveling through the tunnel was such a long journey, but nothing to worry, it provides you a comfortable seat while enjoying the mystery and suspense throughout your trip.

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This drama is about a dedicated detective who times travel and found himself in the year 2017 after chasing and failed to capture the serial killer.  He was stuck in the future and no way to return him to the 80’s unless he can solve the case and find the real murderer.

Tunnel offers you quite a lot of elements blended with crime mystery, suspense, action, comedic and love.  A strong and excellent characters portrayals by brilliant cast makes the drama more compelling and nail biting.   The plot is reasonably decent with a perfect delight of warmness and integrity.

Kudos to our hardworking detectives, I truly enjoyed the ride!

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Verdict: 10/10

THE LIAR and HIS LOVER

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I’m not going to lie. I really don’t like this drama in the Korean version.

I love musical drama, but in here, the music seems to become exhausted because conflict is an integral part of the plot, it was overloaded to handle.

For the first few episodes, it was fun to watch, but then they failed the consistency to set back the settings of what a musical drama should be.  The balance of melody has been turned off and the harmony vanished by adversities.

Only this drama showcase an enjoyable music list and fresh faces. Aside from that, nothing stands.

Verdict: 6/10

THE CLASSIC.

The Classic was just beautiful. 

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Timeless and Universal.

The beautiful scenery of the Korean countryside along with the nostalgic and poignant mood brought the film into very classical and portrays kinds of emotional appeals.

A beautiful journey from the past;  about first love memorable moments, friendship, sacrifices, and fate.

The modern tale which brings the story together.

The fair share of laughter and tears.  

The character chemistry and acting execution are terrific.

The plot is simple, but it connects itself to your memory.

A movie that should be watched, it will bawl your eyes out at the end.

Verdict: 9/10

THE MAN FROM NOWHERE

Oh man! I truly enjoyed this movie. One of the best parts of it is the visual of our protagonist. Won Bin looks so cool with his bloody and dirty looks, sexy with his deep and gruff voice, his moves when fighting, especially shooting without even looking, his eyes carry with different expressions and madness that seems to explode anytime. All of these are quite enough to keep your eyes on the screen that you don’t want to go anywhere else.

The man from nowhere is a solid Korean crime thriller that was able to display the emotional, vicious and awesome action choreography. It has a sweet and a great storyline. Here is a man without an unexpected mission, who came from a tragic past, trying to hide from society,  but needs to save a young girl who thinks of him as a good ahjussi.

This movie has definitely a class of its own. It turns out to be a solid one. It has a 100 % rating on Rotten Tomatoes too, and one of the highest grossing films in S. Korea.

The cinematography was excellent and focused.  You could see every detail they wanted to show within the frame plus the villains are quite compelling with their maddening characters.

I believe everything is likable in this movie, you will surely enjoy it.

Verdict: 10/10

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PS PARTNER (K-movie)

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Yoon-Jung (Kim A-Joong) accidentally calls a stranger, instead of her boyfriend, and has phone sex with the unknown man. When Yoon-Jung’s relationship with her boyfriend turns sour, Yoon-Jung meets Hyun-Seung (Ji Sung), the stranger she had phone sex with.

I never expected another daring, naughty adults romantic comedy from Korean movie (after Sex is Zero and Frozen flowers).  PS partner is a sexy comedy loaded with great humor, steamy kisses and bed scenes and gray color conversations.

No worries, the plot has a good balance of romance and comedy. You will never get bored because this movie offers something new plus with great casting.

Enjoy!

Verdict: 9/10