My Mister (K-drama 2018)

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My Mister tells the story of three middle-aged brothers, who are enduring the weight of their lives, and a strong, cold woman, who has been living a hard life of her own, as they come together in healing each other’s past scars.

My Ahjussi got me hooked since the first episode. It might not favor everyone’s taste, but it was one of the best drama I have ever seen. Perhaps you might be wondering what is appealing about to see the roughness and truth of life, but in this drama, it will lift and encourage you to choose a life according to your own definitions of living and happiness.

One of the strengths of this drama is the characters portrays each of the protagonists. The way the emotions and frustrations executed are all flawless. It was so deep that you will cry and sympathize with them.  All the supporting characters steal some moment too, the sense of community and loyalty has been build up to make the story warm amidst the struggles.

The plot is so well-written, the story is consistent and unpredictable. The relationship between the two leads is extraordinary, nothing is overdone and offensive. The concepts of love, family, and marriage depict the sense of reality in a very delicate matter, and that’s what I really like about.

While watching this drama, I realized that my life is somehow far better to compare, and I am thankful for that. Yes, it’s okay to be lonely and pitiful, everyone has this dark hour of battle. And when we fall into the hard time sides of our life, let’s think, “it’s okay, it’s no big deal, hang in there until I’ll find comfort for myself.”

Verdict: 10/10

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A POEM A DAY (K-drama 2018)

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The story follows a group of physical therapists, nurses, radiological technologists, and trainees. Ye Jae-Wook works as a physical therapist and also teaches in the same field. He begins to work as a team leader at a hospital. Woo Bo-Young has been working as a physical therapist for 3 years. She wanted to become a poet, but due to her poor family background, she studied to become a physical therapist. Shin Min-Ho is a trainee, but he isn’t interested in physical therapy. His grades weren’t good enough for medical school and his parents, who are both doctors, made him study physical therapy.

A poem a day express with meaningful poetry while reflecting the lives of the ordinary people. While this drama shows as a slice of life, there is also a kind of humor where you can define the personality of every character presented.

I’d like to share some beautiful poems the represent the lives of our Protagonist.

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Bo Young is kind and thoughtful. She loves poetry and wanted to study literature in college, but decided to be a physical therapist. She’s good and devoted to her job, but because she’s only a contractual worker, some good opportunities just fended off.

“Where is the flower that blooms without shaking?
Any of the beautiful flowers of this world
All bloom while being shaken.
They shake on stems that grow upright.
Where is the love that grows without shaking?
Where is the life that goes without being soaked?”

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Dr. Ye is a skilled famous physical therapist. He’s known as an “advice machine”. He is distant and cold. He is Bo Young’s current love interest.

“It only rained after you left.
The rain turned into heavy rain
and I pictured you sitting on the bus with an upset expression on your face.
I felt my heart becoming sore.
There are times when people can’t be comforted by words.

It only rained after you left,
In every street corner where I send you off.”

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Min Hoo is one of the trainees in the hospital; rich, brat and immature. He was Bo Young past love.

“I was happy because I met you
And I also suffered because I met you.
When I tossed and turned in bed while hugging a body
That no longer had feelings for me.

As I watched the tree and flowers gradually part ways
It was difficult to stand beside the tree.
It’s like watching yourself become a cruel person.
I was happy because I met you
And I also suffered for a long time because of you.”

Some people would think this drama is boring and has the usual thing, but definitely not. There are a lot of things to be learned. You will meet people who have the good heart despite being misunderstood and will gain some lessons of love and dedication.

Verdict: 9.5/10

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“There is nothing special in poems. It only contains our lives that are the least bit spectacular.”

LAUGHTER IN WAIKIKI (K-drama 2018)

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Kang Dong-Goo (Kim Jung-Hyun) dreams of becoming a movie director, but he is cynical due to bad luck. Cheon Joon-Ki (Lee Yi-Kyung) wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an actor, but he is now just a minor actor. Bong-Doo-Sik (Son Seung-Won) came to Seoul to become a scenario writer, but things have not been easy for him.

These 3 men run the guest house Waikiki in Itaewon, South Korea. Their guest house is facing bankruptcy and then a mysterious baby and single mother appear at Waikiki.

Laughter in Waikiki makes me hihihi. I am not exaggerating, but the comedy element in this drama is definitely at its best. From start, I was grinning and crying from too much laughing, it has been my momentary aide from stress and bad moods.

I liked the story, not just the comedy but the ordinary life they were trying to portray. Though it is not that deep to ponder, still it touches everyone’s issue how to have dreams and achieve it while struggling to be a better person both of their personal and professional lives. It feels like everyone changed without losing themselves. I would say the chemistry between the entire cast is a splendid plus with the most adorable baby (Sol).

The finale wrapped up with positivity. With no huge story twist, the sense of the characters and the quality of humor was maintained. Thank you Waikiki for the laughter!

Verdict: 9/10

RETURN (K-drama 2018)

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Choi Ja Hye is a famous television lawyer and Dok Go Yeong is a hot-tempered detective. Ja Hye is hired to defend a member of a chaebol family, but the pair ends up working together on the murder case, where the suspects are all friends in the elite class.

This drama started the question “who did it?” and the thrill began when everyone is a suspect as the case was initiated. One of the elements that I liked is the number of people who are involved with a decent progress of their own styles. They really have a despicable cast of characters which highlighted the sensibility of the story.

Return is a quite typical investigation story, at first, but became madness and suspenseful one. At the moment you might be thought that you have the clear picture of everything, but the elements of twist and turns bring you into turmoil, a pit of lies, heartbreak, betrayals, and murder. It shows the aftermath of every decision they made and how each comes with a responsibility.

For those who can handle violence, I would love to recommend this drama. No doubt for intensity and thriller, it will give you chills.

Verdict: 9/10

CROSS (K-drama 2018)

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A man becomes a doctor that uses medical practices to kill in order to get revenge on the person who brutally murdered his father.

Honestly, I never expected anything exceptional in this drama. Nowadays,  the thought of going to deal with “revenge” story is a little bit of tedious. However, after watching some few episodes, I find the story well fast-paced and full of suspense with solid performances from the main characters and of course a villain that you would really like to hate.

Along with the unexpected side, the sense of hunger for revenge cracked the opportunities to reveal big secrets behind and torn between saving people while sacrificing instances. This drama deals how to bring justice, to forgive, to accept the things that cannot be redone, to be strong from painful experiences.

When people made you suffer and took away the important people in your life, how would you like to be at peace? Put them behind the bars while justice serves or slay them with your naked hands?

This drama will answer everything.

Verdict: 8/10

MOTHER (K-drama 2018)

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Hye Na, the young girl, is abused by her mother Ja Young. Although she is not okay, she tells other people she is alright. However, Soo Jin, a temporary teacher at Hye Na’s elementary school, becomes aware of her situation and impulsive decision to kidnap and become her mother.

“There are people who think that a woman becomes a mother only when she gives birth to a child. But A woman becomes a mother when she gives all of her to an existence smaller than her.”

Are you a good mom? how does it take to become a good one? Is it enough to call you a mom just after giving birth? Is your love enough to sustain and nurture your children’s emotions?

This drama is absolutely amazing, beautiful and brilliant. From episode one to the finale, it gives me a roller coaster of emotions. The message is for everyone to know about Child abuse and the aftermath. It really puts you into perspective.

Standing ovation for all the cast. Their acting is beyond amazing. What a breathtaking performances of their characters that will touch you down to your core. I like the twist and turns at every point and how I feel refresh after a good long cry.

A must watch drama. Verdict: 10/10

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“A long time ago, there was a baby rabbit that wanted to run away. “Mom, I’m going to run away.” When the baby rabbit said that, the mother rabbit said, “If you run away, I’ll come after you Because you are my cute child.” Then, the baby rabbit said.”Then, I’ll become a fish and swim away.” Then, the mother rabbit said, “If you become a fish, I’ll become a fisherman and Bam! I’ll catch you.”

HWAYUGI -KOREAN ODYSSEY (2017-2018)

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A self-serving mythical creature’s bid for invincibility backfires when he finds himself at the mercy of a woman who can see otherworldly spirits. Son Oh Gong and King Woo Ma are in conflict with each other and they look for a true light in a dark world where evils exist everywhere. Adapted from the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West,” but reinterprets the story into the present day and has romantic-fantasy twist.

This drama started with so much uniqueness because of the ravishing concept.  It has a mix of comedy, horror, love story and magic. The story is original and with a massive cast of actors gives a big plus in this drama. The actings are quite decent when it comes portraying their own characters. I like the two lead actors connection with each other, their presence highlighted the drama and the mix of seriousness and drolling are all well matched.

Korean Odyssey has the potential to be an ideal drama if the character of Seon-mihas emphasized lavishly but I feel dismayed. Her story seriously focuses on being in-love which became totally boring as the episodes pass.  They could have explored the mystery as what they have trying to fill and made her character more impressive to remember.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty things about this show, it’s really hard not to watch but just like the rest, it has its own flaws. Despite, I truly enjoy the ride especially when it comes to feelings, friendship, decision making, sacrifices and a little twist of fate, this show is absolutely fantastic.

You better watch it.

Verdict: 9/10

JUST BETWEEN LOVERS

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Lee Gang Doo (Lee Joon-Ho) dreamed of becoming a soccer player, but an accident ended those dreams. His father died in the accident and he broke his leg. Gang-Doo spent 3 years in rehab. Now, he doesn’t have anything and just wastes his days. Gang-Doo then meets Ha Moon Soo.
Moon Soo (Won Jin-A) makes architecture models, she also endured an accident that killed her younger sibling. Moreover, she has suffered from the guilt that she survived. She has lived her life earnestly while suppressing her feelings. After meeting Gang Doo, Moon Soo begins to express her hidden feelings.

Just between lovers is an excellent drama, with a lot of emotions. It played completely my heart by showing the tragic events of our protagonist and their connection to the other characters as well.  They have approached the love in a realistic manner where a kind of relationship you will fall for. It was delicate where two people grow individually and together.

The storyline hit me for sure, feeling all sorts of sentiments. The cinematography was beautifully combined with alluring OST.

Character-wise, it was deeply developed, never leave any small details to emphasize the intent. There weren’t really any “good or bad” characters. They just simply describe kinds of people struggling with life and their fears and that what makes the story more compelling.

Acting-wise, for both relatively amateur, it was beyond expectation. Their chemistry also was perfect, they just totally killed it emphasizing their vulnerability and sincerity.

A must watch drama, a real melodrama actually. I cried but ended up incredibly in love.

Verdict: 10/10

“Because we survived… it’s a relief.”

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“I really like right now—when today is becoming tomorrow and not much is going on.”

 

TWO COPS (Kdrama 2017)

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Cha Dong-Tak is a detective in pursuit of justice. A swindler’s spirit takes possession of his body. The detective and swindler’s spirit cooperate to solve cases. The detective falls in love with a reporter.

Two Cops is about an upright detective Cha Dong-Tak (Cho Jung-Seok) who ends up having his body possessed by the spirit of a con artist Gong Soo-Chang (Kim Sun-Ho). Two souls swapping in one body delivered some fresh air in the story and the mystery behind it becomes the ultimate reason for me to finish the series.

Story-wise, it was not so bad and not so really good.  It was engaging in the early episodes, became little draggy and boring in the middle, but got better towards the finale.

Acting-wise, there is no doubt about our two cops.  Their characterization is quite appealing and fun to watch. They bromance from hate to love is admirable and the teamwork was created fundamentally. I believe most of the viewers enjoyed more of their bromance relationship than with the female lead.

Two cops is a decent drama to watch, much the lessons to learn about to mend fences and be a better person.

Verdict: 8/10

Last Minute Romance (Web-drama 2017)

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Baek-Se (Han Seung-Yeon) lives an ordinary life. She is a big fan of a top star. One day, Baek-Se is diagnosed with a terminal disease and she doesn’t have much time left to live. She decides to have a contract date with Dong-Joon (Lee Seo-Won) who looks just like the top star she likes.

The sweetest two hours of my life. This drama is super cute and emotional. Though it was short, the plot combines everything you needed; fun, happiness, sadness and acceptance, it was wrapped up well. Yet it would really hit your heart, but this drama portrays how life really is. It is heartwarming and heartbreaking.

I like the characters and enjoyed the chemistry between the two leads. I was kinda touched by the friendship that one friend is enough who will be by your side during the hardest times in life. Overall, this drama is entertaining and it ends realistically.

What I don’t like this drama is very short  🙂

Verdict: 9/10

BECAUSE THIS IS MY FIRST LIFE (K-drama 2017)

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Nam Se Hee is a single man in his late 30’s. He has chosen to not marry. He owns his home, but he owes a lot on his mortgage.

Yoon Ji Ho is a single woman in her early 30’s. She does not own a home and envies those that do. She has given up on dating due to her financial struggles. Yoon Ji Ho begins to live at Nam Se Hee’s house. They become housemates.

I simply love this drama. It felt so surprisingly fresh in so many ways. I find most of the realizations are sensible and mature.  I like the chemistry of the main actors, where the cold fact Nam Se Hee (Lee Min-Ki) and the naive dreamer Yoon Ji Ho (Jung So-Min) face together with their differences and how they compromise the complications of their “marriage contract”.  They have played their roles dramatically which made me want to have both of their characters in my life; being naive and realistic.

I could still feel the intensity and emotions they have held for each other in a long time and just burst out of nowhere when they couldn’t control it anymore. There are some cliché monologue, metaphors and thought-provoking lines that will rip your heart and made you think for a minute.

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This drama offers also the other side love stories. We have here Soo Ji’s (Esom) rebel character,  incapable to commit a relationship except for physical attachment, where Mr. Ma (Park Byung-Eun is the ideal guy who wants to have a normal relationship with her.

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Sim Won Seok (Kim Min-Suk) and Yang Ho Rang (Kim Ga-Eun) portray are the most relatable characters as couples who love each other very much but have struggled to learn each other’s wants.  They have to embark on a course of decision making of what is more important in their relationship.

I love the OST too. It entwines so well in every dialogue and helps the tone of the drama more credible and touching.

The plot is awesome, though it became slow in the middle of the episodes, still turned out its best, why? because it was full of moments that people could relate to. There is no alien feelings, its all about needing to love and be loved.

Of course, who will forget this adorable cat who stole my heart through the series? Woori knows everything that had happened between the two main leads inside the house! wink wink! 

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Verdict: 10/10

BLACK (K-drama 2017)

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A drama about the angel of death that lives in the human body and falls in love with a woman. His love is against the rules of heaven and ultimately the death angel will be erased from everyone’s memories.

Black (Song Seung-Heon) is a detective possessed by a death angel. Ha Ram (Go Ara) is a girl who can see the shadows of death. Both are united to save people from death, breaking all the rules of heaven.

BLACK is the master of a plot twist. They turned the puzzle on your head which makes it so compelling and at the same time, you gonna hate it for its craziness and complexity. See, got a mixed feeling of this thrilling drama, but I just couldn’t ignore it.

In this drama, you have to pay close attention, because the story is lying not into the obvious up front, but there are more of deeper events, connections, and people that are going to reveal as the episodes turned into beautiful messiness. Meaning, there are a lot of things and people to keep track in every episode and when you thought everything is gonna to be solved, boom! another twist will appear.

I love everything about it; the story, the actors, and even their plot holes. Even with the flaws, it is one of the best stories I have ever watched. The complex and the intertwined storyline makes the ride worth watching. It’s a thrilling adventure for me more than just a viewer, I feel like I was part of the show, solving the mysteries with them.

Be Black, be thrilled.

Verdict: 9/10

ROOFTOP PRINCE (K-drama 2012)

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After the death of the Crown Prince Lee Kak’s wife, the Crown Prince transports 300 years into the future and arrives in 21st century Seoul, South Korea with his retainers. In the present day Seoul, the Crown Prince meets Joo Se-Na, who has an uncanny resemblance to his deceased Princess.

Rooftop Prince has always been my FIRST LOVE.

The story is indeed full of surprises, u-turns and even revelations that would soak your heart with excitement and attention. Happy scenes are overwhelming too, it was full of passion, sweet and the romance was epic.

I would love to take some notes of the scenes that I think is poignant and unforgettable.

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The Crown Prince and his gang.
The time when the Joseon boys time traveled from 300 years back to modern life.  It was all then started their various misadventures.
Who would forget this funny scene inside the elevator? It was so hilarious!
The two people brought by FATE even it would take a hundred years.

  He was looking lovingly, right at her, while in the same moment, she was stunned speechless as she watched him fade in and out of sight.

This got me right in the heart.

Some people say that the ending is vague, as they let the viewers find their own thoughts and conclusion. For me, Although the Prince thought his mission was to solve the princess’ murder, it was really to meet Park Ha in another dimension. The story has just ended up really being about the love between a Joseon prince and his true love lady.

I would love to watch this drama again.

Verdict: 10/10

Love Rain (K-drama 2012)

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It’s love at first sight when Seo In-ha (Jang Keun-suk) and Kim Yoon-hee (Im Yoon-ah) meet as shy university students in the seventies. It takes time for the hesitant pair to finally voice their feelings, but circumstances beyond their control send them down different paths. In 2012, In-ha (Jung Jin-young) is now unhappily married to Baek Hye-jung, one of Yoon-hee’s former best friends. He has never gotten over his first love, and when he runs into Yoon-hee (Lee Mi-sook) after so many years, the two reconcile and look forward to making up for lost time.

In-ha’s son Seo Joon (Jang Keun-suk) is a photographer, and he bumps into Yoon-hee’s daughter Jung Ha-na (Im Yoon-ah) by chance. Unlike her mother, Ha-na is a cheerful and vivacious girl, and though they initially find each other troublesome, even as they argue, they can’t help but be drawn to each other. Gradually their feelings develop, and Joon and Ha-na fall in love.Unaware that their children are dating each other, Seo In-ha (Jung Jin-young) and Kim Yoon-hee (Lee Mi-sook) announce that they are getting married, which will make Joon and Ha-na step-siblings. As both couples deal with the shock, Joon and Ha-na struggle with sacrificing their love for their parents’ long-aborted happiness

Love Rain starts very well and ends with a satisfactory appeal.

The setting from 1970’s, the customs, the hair, the clothing is fantastically perfect for me. Jumping to the year 2012, the storyline made me smile. Despite the low rating presented and negative reviews, for me, It has a warming style and quite nostalgic. What I like about this drama is the romantic excitement from several episodes which gladdens my heart and tickled my bone. This matters to me most.

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Love always has two different sides – sadness and happiness.

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Overall, I enjoyed the show a lot and definitely recommend it for you to watch. I love rain and I love you.

Verdict: 8/10

I Miss You (K-drama 2012)

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My first Korean drama that I have never expected to be a teary filled ride.

“I miss you” is an emotional story with very serious issues and ended up too much tragedy. There were too many complications to handle and I feel like carrying the burdens too while watching it.

I don’t consider the plot amazingly written, but the chemistry between the actors, the portrayed characters, the cinematography, and costumes are all wonderfully set. I wouldn’t watch this drama again because of this excessive emotional ride I had to experience, but overall, it was still good and the finale was pretty satisfying, everyone deserves a new life.

Verdict: 8/10

PLAYFUL KISS (K-drama 2010)

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Based on the popular manga, Oh Ha Ni is a clumsy student who falls for the perfectionist, Baek Seung Jo. However, Seung Jo is indifferent towards her and rejects her love. When Ha Ni’s house collapses, she and her father move into his long-time friend’s house. It turns out that Seung Jo is the friend’s son and Ha Ni is given the opportunity to be near the guy she loves.

There really isn’t much I can say about this drama other than the plot is shallow, but the characters were fun and cute. I think it was enough to justify the show when you expressly enjoyed only the pretty faces of the actors.

In this drama, all you can do is just sit back, don’t mind the empty shell of the story, feel the spirit of being young at heart and enjoy some of the exciting lovely moments.

Verdict: 7/10

GO BACK COUPLE (K-drama 2017)

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Choi Ban Do(Son Ho-Jun) and Ma Jin Joo(Jang Nara) are both 38-years-old and a married couple. Choi Ban Do has been burdened with being the breadwinner and Ma Jin Joo is a housewife with low self-esteem. Even though they loved each other when they married, they now hate each other. They both regret marrying at such a young age. The couple travels through time and finds themselves as 20-year-old university students when they met for the first time.

This travel drama is not like an ordinary one where you had to travel back in the past and change your future. Unexpectedly, the approach was beautifully realistic. As we all know, the struggles and challenges of marriage are not as simple as we think, there is always a possibility of sad endings, and in this drama, they stress out the painful reality of it and chances to resolve the relationship in a very truthful manner.

The story hits me right in my heart. In the best way, it gives a  whirlwind of emotion. It has everything from romance, family, friendship, and comedy.  Every character plays a significant role that gives appeal to the viewers.  Most importantly, this drama shows a high quality of lessons to be learned; to know your value, communication and family lives.

Verdict: 10/10

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WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING (K-drama 2017)

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A supernatural romance about a woman who can see the future in her dreams, and a prosecutor who fights to stop these future events from happening. The heroine has dreams about unfortunate events that will happen to other people, and the hero is a prosecutor who runs around trying to prevent her tragic visions from coming true.

Plot – I like the originality of the story.  I believed that the Writer knew exactly what she wanted to do with this drama. The thread of the story-line, the inserts of flashbacks, the major twist, the justice system, the romance which was not overbearing and the everyday life conflicts have been linked and incorporated in well-paced timed.

Characters – I am not surprised how Lee Jong-Suk portrays his character as a rookie prosecutor. He’s always been typecast in this field, so acting wise, he’s still the same; good and effective, I have nothing to complain.

I was totally surprised by Bae Suzy. Honestly, I don’t buy her acting skills, but in this drama, she perfectly acted out of her character. Her story was complexly written because she has to deal with tragedy and fear, and in fairness, she absolutely has done a good job.

Jung Hae-In, my god, his character was loved by everyone and I love him too more than Lee and Suzy. He is charming and loyal second lead that you will never ever hate. He doesn’t have to act all the way because his smiles and innocent look compels his character with outstanding morals despite uncertainties.

Lee Sang-Yeob , the main villain who truly highlighted his character to the end.  Every action of his greediness and wickedness makes so much sense on how the story drives into perfection.

The cinematography was astounding. Music was quite good. The chemistry of the two main leads is refreshing. Character development was consistent.

Since this drama has the element of fantasy, there some plot holes that have never explained which serves as the ground of understanding where was the fantasy begins and how it will end.

Nevertheless, this drama is one of the best. It gives us the message about the choices we made in our lives and how it affects to people around us. It signifies also the lesson that help begets help. The best and easiest way to help is to be of help.

Verdict: 9/10

REPLY 1988 (K-drama) 2015

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Five childhood friends, who all live in the same Ssangmundong neighborhood of Seoul, lean on each other to survive their challenging teen years and set a path for their futures.

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Sung Deok Sun (Hyeri) struggles for attention as the middle child in her poor family while also carrying the burden of her 989th ranking in school. She is everyone’s trusted gal who shares her bright personality to all and shows her caring nature.

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Jung-Hwan (Ryoo Joon-Yeol) is the second son of the Kim family. His brother Jung Bong was born with a weak heart, so he decided to help him fulfill his dream, whatever that might be. As a typical teen, he grumbles and complains a lot, and it will take time to convinced him to say yes. He can’t seem to empathize and is always blunt with his words, but he has a good heart and always loyal to his family and friends.

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Sun-Woo(Ko Gyung-Pyo)is a model student at the school, good son and good brother at home. Sun-Woo’s mother has raised him and his younger sister alone after his father passed away.  Became a man of his house, he’s quite dependable, mature and responsible among his friends. He always tries to do right by everyone. He is considered as the ideal son of the neighborhood.

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Ryu Dong Ryong(Lee Dong-Hwi)is a geek who knows more about girls and life than the rest of his friends, but his poor academic score prevents him from being able to go to college. Though he is not an achiever academically, he is the wisest of all.  He’s the neighborhood counselor and the joker of the group.

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Choi Taek (Park Bo-Gum) is a famous BADUK player known as Master Choi, god to the world. But for his friends, he is simply as an idiot in Ssangmundong. Since he dropped out of school, Duk-Sun, Jung-Hwan, Sun-Woo and Dong-Ryong are his only friends.  They protected him as their National Treasure. They always shield him as the youngest one, the baby, and no one could touch and hurt him.

“That might be why youth is beautiful. Because it shines, blindingly bright at a brilliant short moment. But you can never go back to it.”

Certainly, we couldn’t return to our youth because everything just passes by and ages. And this drama makes you remember everything. It has this certain charm where you can always feel that you are part of their family household, that their parents are yours. You grew up with them lurking with memories of good and bad times. In that neighborhood, you waited for your secret crush to pass by,  dreaming of your first love, the walls that witness your first hug, first kiss, and even your first heartbreak.

In this drama, I have cried, laughed and fell in love instantly. I missed my family, my childhood friends, my all old memories.  Though I can still go back to my street where I grew up old, I cannot find the same faces, the familiar laughter, the nooks and corner where we used to play and the arguments we have solved. What has just left in that old street is the warm feeling of nostalgia, the sense of belongingness and the image of my precious child and youth memories.

Reply 1988 is a perfect drama for me. It tackles not only about the journey of their friendship but it showed problems of their families facing every day, the ups and downs of their lives. They truly emphasized the relationship between the parents and children and every emotion was raw and genuine.

Characters are perfect in this drama, truly are the heart of the entire show. Each of them is written well with so much thought.  They all have distinct personalities that are real and allows you to relate.

The Plot is uniquely presented in one setting and yet the development is spontaneous.  It does not become boring or trite, it’s not draggy at all. It was just so enjoyable to watch slowly while savoring each of their laughter and tears.

If you’d love to watch a drama about family and friendship, this surely is for you.  I recommend it with a full blast of assurance that you will totally get a whipped of laughter, tears and bittersweet aftertaste.

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“The reason I miss that time and that street is not only because I miss my younger self. It is because my parents’ youth, my friends’ youth – the youth of everything I loved was in that place. I regret not bidding a final farewell to the surrounding of my youth that can never be brought back together again. To the things that have already gone, to the time I can’t return to… I bid my belated farewell. Goodbye, my youth. Goodbye, Ssangmun-dong” – Deok Sun

Verdict: 10/10

HOSPITAL SHIP (K-drama) 2017

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A story about young doctors that provide medical care to the locals who live in rural villages via hospital ship that sails around the little islands.

Main Cast: Ha Ji-won as Song Eun-Jae / Kang Min-hyuk as Kwak Hyun Lee Seo-won as Kim Jae-geol / Kim In-sik as Cha Joon-young.

I really like the premise of this drama; the adrenaline and the setup, as well as the introduction of the characters, were quite interesting. I cannot ignore the excitement for the whole team in the ship and was looking forward to their very own adventure.

However, forty episodes (30 mins. per episode) were too long for this drama, my excitement dies after facing some major flaws; unmoving short love triangle, the unnecessary comeback of retard ex-lover, and some hospital politics.  I would love to like the story if they just concentrate more about life on the ship which will accomplish the story itself to be unique and appealing.

Good points are; beautiful settings of the sea and island, their service for elderly patients, family matters resolved, the friendship, teamwork and pretty faces.

The hospital ship is now to disembark. Thank you.

Verdict: 8/10