Category Archives: ASIAN DRAMA & MOVIES

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

SUNNY (K-movie 2011)

 

Here’s a sunny movie as the sunniest story of all time.

An infectious, sassy film about friendship with heart and humor. A survival of relationship that gives a nostalgic range of comfort and acceptance.

I truly enjoyed the show. It will make you laugh, cry and laugh again for merely two hours of the show.  It has a large cast of characters from both teens and adults, but they were able to distinguish, develop and elaborate each of them. All the cast are in the great form of their performances.

The script is flawlessly balanced, along with the strong visuals of colorful fashion, excellent pop songs and the switches between the past and present was amusingly taken.

A must watch movie that earned as one of the highest grossing films in South Korea.

Verdict: 10/10

 

 

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

POSTMAN FROM HEAVEN

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What would you feel when there is a chance that you could send a letter to heaven to someone you care, or hate or miss? I think that would be comforting for us who was left behind in this world. How good it must be if we can send letters of longing for our loved ones even though they are already departed.

In this wonderful movie, it tells the story of JaeJoon (Hero JaeJoong), an angel messenger that delivers letters of people to their deceased loved ones. He is known as Postman to Heaven who is visible to those only who suffer the loss of someone they loved.  When our Postmaster met HaNa (Han HyoJoo), a young woman who sent letters to her deceased boyfriend with bitterness and hired her to be his assistant, things start to get complicated.

This movie is gentle, simply performed, yet very profound one. The plot is well written and inimitable with sentimental message, with attractive sceneries especially the green fields where the mailbox is, is just breathtaking.  The unexpected U-turn of the story will make you cry and smile.

Surely, this movie is a gift.

Verdict: 10/10

THE WINNERS! (53rd Baeksang Arts Awards)

Congratulations to my bae Gong Yoo for winning the best actor award for his amazing performance in Goblin.  You are one of the best!

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I know right? You’re gonna win! Congratulations to Seo Hyun Jin as the best actress from drama Another Oh hae young.  You made me cry in that show!

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And here it goes Goblin who take home the GRAND PRIZE AWARD! You are the best of the best!

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Always (K-movie)

Here are five reasons you need to watch this movie.

1. A tear-jerker melodrama.

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Gives an air of nostalgia and plenty of sweet and heartwarming moments.

2.  Best performances and perfect chemistry.

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So Ji-Sub (Cheol-Min) and Han Hyo-Joo (Jung-Hwa ) acting characterization is on top. The blind, sweet girl meets the tough guy with complex characters. They evolve together and turned to be a perfect lover.

3. Unexpected plot twist

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You will never guess until the back story shown.  Life has a cruel sense of humor.

4. The art of photography and camera work are captivating.  

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It gives you the warmth and the pain through some sentimental shots.

5.  This movie gives you the chill that “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

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Verdict: 10/10

STRONG WOMAN DO BONG SOON

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This show is to be watched and enjoyed while being okay to overlook the plot flaws. In my K-drama land, as long as I enjoy it and pull me out from the real world, then I forgive the imperfections.

Do Bong-Soon (Park Bo-Young) and An Min-Hyuk (Park Hyung -Sik) made the show over the top of cuteness and loveliness. It was effortless to love them and join their journey to experience the romance, power and dark thrills rounded to their lives.

I wouldn’t deny I was hooked from episode 1 and I feel the Oof from my heart when it has ended. Actually, I don’t find the plot exceptional, heroine genres is far from unique, I suppose. But they nailed it. They got it all when they depict their characters and act seems so real. Park Bo Young acting is still excellent, and you’ll gonna love our gentle Park Hyung Sik polished charm of what truly man should behave when in love.

Enjoy the drama!

Verdict: 10/10

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THE BEAUTY INSIDE (K-movie)

Love has many faces. Would you be able to date somebody who changed appearance every day? Can you love enough?

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Furniture designer Woo-jin wakes up in a different body every day, regardless of age, gender and nationality. Sometimes he’s a man, a woman, old, young, or even a foreigner. He’s the same person on the inside, but on the outside, he’s always someone new. Looking at a different face in the mirror every morning is hard for him to get used to.

The only constant in his life is the girl he loves, Yi-soo, who knows his secret and loves him anyway. Each time he transforms, Woo-jin must figure out how to reunite with Yi-soo.

This movie is based on Every Day written by David Levithan.

This film shows a mystical element, but focus on the reality of what TRUE LOVE must be. The story is polished emotionally, inoffensive in any ways. You will wrestle with the protagonist heartaches, inner war struggles, undying fidelity, and submission. The story is an inspiration to all, it makes you think, it makes you judge between what shows on the outside and what is on the inside.

Apart from the plot is unique, you will appreciate various transitions of the actors hired to portray Woo-Jin. Character development is surprising and the twist will lurk you on your seat. The cinematography and Photography are stunning too. The acting is marvelous, it gives you chills and goose bumps.

Verdict: 10/10

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“The only thing I can’t endure is being without you.”

Time Renegades (K-Movie)

2016031500111621587_11983: Ji Hwan, a high school music teacher, is soon to wed his colleague and girlfriend, Yoon Jeong. Yoon Jeong becomes involved in a case and Ji Hwan attempts to protect her. Moments later, he is fighting for his life after he is stabbed by a mugger. 2015: Police detective Geon Woo is shot by a suspect. The two men who live 30 years apart, fight for their lives on the same day, at the same hospital. As they come back from the brink of death, the two men begin to see through each other’s eyes in their dreams. Gun Woo learns about a case that took place in the past from Ji Hwan. Gun Woo also meets So Eun and, together, they go after the case that took place in the past.

Solid plot and unique concept.

The Cinematography is beautiful.

Distinct characters are elaborated.

Amazing performances from all the cast.

Two timelines for 80’s and 21st century.

Great Love Story.

 

Verdict: 10/10

 

 

 

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