STRONGEST DELIVERY MAN (K-drama 2017)

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Choi Kang Soo is a deliveryman. In spite of his humble beginnings, Choi Kang Soo is fearless and gives it all in everything he does. Lee Dan Ah is another delivery worker. She hates her current socioeconomic status so much that she, like many young people, calls her country “Hell Joseon.” Together, Choi Kang Soo and Lee Dan Ah have a budding competition and romance in their quest for glory. They compete to conquer life but, as our two delivery workers soon learn, being the strongest does not guarantee success.

Strongest Delivery is not a solid drama, however, you will enjoy the relaxing mode of the show. The plot shows the hitches of what is in the outside world and how does our young adult react themselves to beat the uncertainty, competition, and problems realistically.

You will definitely know the life and struggles of our deliverymen, that this job for them is not a laidback at all. It might change your mindset and appreciate what you have right now. It indicates also that no matter how strong you are, there is no guarantee to have an instant success, you might still stumble and face your endpoint, nevertheless, second chances are evident. You can still go on.

Characters development in this drama was profound. The love chemistry from our main leads are not the superb, but for the second leads are quite enjoyable to watch. A lot of motorcycles in this drama, and of course let’s be nice to our deliverymen because at some point they make our purchasing life easier, and just like us, they are working so hard to have a decent life.

Verdict: 8/5

 

 

 

 

 

THE KING IN LOVE (K-drama 2017)

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Drama series is set during the Kingdom of Goryeo.

Won, the crown prince of Goryeo, has a pretty appearance, but he also a lust for conquest. He is best friends with Rin who is a son of a royal family and his bodyguard. When beautiful San, the daughter of the richest man, appears in front of the two young men, the three become good friends, but things change after Won and Rin both fall in love with San.

When I remember this drama, I will think of as bittersweet.  A kind of drama suffered from political conflicts, a love triangle, and friendship that has been defied all the odds.

The plot is nothing extraordinary to compare, but the execution was great. The actor’s portrayals are convincible at any rate. The cinematography and the ost are also beautiful. Though they have all these positive points, I didn’t feel any emotional connections and I was wondering how I finished this drama without whining.

Nonetheless, if you want a  period drama with the right amount of conflict, not so scary villains, plain romance, anticipated plot, beautiful scenery, and faces, then the story of king’s in love will suit your taste.

Verdict: 8/10

 

 

 

REUNITED WORLDS (K-drama 2017)

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Twelve years, after dying in a car accident, Sung Hae Sung (Yeo Jin Goo) suddenly appears alive and well not having aged a day. With the help of his friends and his childhood love Jong Won (Lee Yeon-Hee), Hae Sung sets out to make things right for his family and solve the mysteries surrounding his death and resurrection.

Reunited Worlds is far from a perfect drama. Though the plot was quite stimulating, along with the way it became sluggish with flaws and inconsistencies. I was about to drop it honestly, but then I want to know how it would end, hoping a spark might light up before the whole episode turned into a merely passing show.

What I like in this drama is the beautiful message about love, friendship, and family.  As our main lead resurrected to solve the mystery of his death, he has to help his siblings to be reunited too.  

The finale didn’t stand up as I expected, but it was good enough.  The writer must be very generous to give them all redemption.

Yeo Jin Goo acting is astonishing and flawless.

I like the friendship between the six friends, their relationship is warm and very supportive of each other.

 I don’t find any chemistry of our lovey-dovey.  Lee Yeon Hee’s acting is dry and flimsy.

Verdict: 7/10

 

 

 

 

 

FABRICATED CITY (K-movie 2017)

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In real life, Kwon Yoo (JI Chang-wook) is unemployed, but in the virtual game world he is the best leader. Kwon Yoo is then framed for a murder. With the help of hacker Yeo-Wool (SHIM Eun-kyung), he tries to uncover the truth behind the murder case.

This movie is a stylish action packed with engaging, spot-on characters, good pacing, amazing visuals and a balance of boggling thrills and likely predictable plot.

I can’t imagine our world will be as easy to fabricate the truth.

A must watch movie.

Verdict: 9/10

 

THE MERCILESS (K-Movie 2017)

Jae-ho (Sol Kyung-gu), who aims to become the number one in a crime organization, gets to build-Vup trust with Hyun-su (Im Si-wan), an ambitious newbie in the prison. While they try to take over the organization after the prison release, their ulterior motives start to emerge.

This movie is all about the violent underworld of gangsters, moles, and cops where the plot evolves in friendship and betrayal between a prisoner leader and a new inmate.

The two leads team up to take over a gang when they will be out of the prison. As the story progress to the reality of their goal, unspoken tensions became burning and you will never sure who’s got the upper hand at the end.

With the great charisma of the two leads, I wasn’t able to feel the stomach-churning scenarios, maybe I was used to it when it comes to Korea action movie. The cinematography is stunning and the action sequences impressively were done.  The essence of the plot is collective, but the great deal is, it was well presented and executed.

 

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71: Into the Fire (K-Movie 2010)

This movie is a WOW.

The film is based on a true story of a group of 71 undertrained and under-armed, outgunned student-soldiers of South Korea during the Korean War, who were mostly killed on August 11, 1950, during the Battle of P’ohang-dong. For 11 hours, they defended the local P’ohang girls’ middle school, a strategic point for safeguarding the struggling Nakdong River perimeter, from an attack by overwhelming North Korean forces, specifically the feared 766th Unit.

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I like war movies. But into the fire is not just a combat epic, but it makes you feel nationalistic. Aside from the awesome stage battle sequences, marvelous shots, the tragic and comic and classical cinematography style, the story marks the essence of courage, pride, brotherly love, and self-sacrifice.

The film shows us how people struggle to fight, live and die in war.  The 71 students have the different background with each story to tell. As they have exposed from the horrors of war, they fought for a common reason. Indeed, they became a real soldier as they stand on the ground together while trusting on their own knowledge to form a defense system to protect their field.

The pace of storytelling is almost faultless. Character development is exceptional.  Great acting is highlighted. You can feel the sense of willpower and desperation throughout the film, the triumph over sadness, the life offered for a great cause.

A must watch movie that was amazingly heartbreaking and beautiful.

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Verdict: 10/10

 

 

 

 

FINDING MR. DESTINY (Kmovies 2015)

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A woman named Seo Ji-Woo (Lim Soo-Jung) traveled to India and met her first true love Kim Jong-Ok. Since that time Ji-Woo can’t forget her first love. She then turns to the company of “Finding Your First True Love Company” to help track down Kim Jong-Ok.

Han Gi-Joon (Gong Yoo) started “Finding Your First True Love Company” and he takes on Seo Ji-Woo as the company’s first client. The pair travel all over Korea to find Seo Ji-Woo’s first love and & in the process Han Gi-Joon finds himself falling in love with his first client.

A movie that is about tracking down a long-lost love and found a new love unexpectedly. The plot is nothing extraordinary, but it was Gong Yoo that made it considerable to watch. A little bit of confusion about the first love character since they have both used same face with the main lead.

The plus point in this movie is; the chemistry’s blended well. The cinematography was excellent. Flashbacks location was taken from India, so some scenes are filled with warm hues and bright colors that are fresh for our eyes.

An overall great movie to unwind after long days of work.

Verdict: 7/10

 

WEDNESDAY 3:30 PM (K-webdrama)

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This drama was overloaded with cuteness from the plot down to our main cast.  If you are looking for a romance to fill in, this definitely will do a good job for you. 

When our protagonist dumped by her boyfriend exactly 3:30 PM, her long time childhood friend was in the rescue to lift up her spirit and made a project called Wednesday 3:30 pm.

This drama will make you smile through out the whole episode. It features a beautiful morality about love and friendship.  The chemistry is superb, full of charisma and the scenery was astounding.  And I liked the concept of their Wednesday project, it’s out of ordinary.

If you want to watch something cute, uncomplicated and quick, this mini drama is for you.

Verdict: 10/10

 

 

Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (2016 K-movie)

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Four young kids, including Sung-Min (Lee Hyo-Je) and Soo-Rin (Shin Eun-Soo), take a trip to the mountain together. They plan to sneak into a restricted area to watch a planned explosion. The next day, Soo-Rin is the only one found. A few days later, Sung-Min (Gang Dong-Won) appears again, but he is not the same 13-year-old boy. Sung-Min is now adult.

This movie is a marvel to watch. It gives you a room to breathe your imaginations and experiences the mysterious fantasy that you have never been watched before.  The plot is so original and has most unique ways of portraying the concept of time; where you hope you could turn back the clock, but the reality is you can only move forward.  I feel this show has the theory of fatalism where we are powerless to do anything other than what we actually do.

The film has a lot of flavors as it deals with the matters of friendship, trust, and love.  It has a number of supernatural situations too, but at the same time, it touches the reality when it comes to emotional and psychological issues.  The two brilliant main cast never failed to seize their characters and upheld it to the end. You will love them, pity them and walked with them in their journey that is full of mystery.

For those who are skeptics, many holes in the story might be discerned, but for those who are willing to come into this kind of world, then prepare for heart breaking, a little joy moment and an ending which you opts for.

Verdict 10/10

 

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Main Cast:

Gang Dong-Won

Shin Eun-Soo

Lee Hyo-Je

THE BEST HIT (K-drama 2017)

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Sad to say, the best hit has never had the chance to get a high rate till the show has ended. But why did I completed the 16 series? Since it was very light and cute, I found myself enjoying it without expecting lavish and never made a complaint.  I just went with the flow.

Honestly, there is a big potential in this drama if it was just presented with direction, surprising twist and turns and more discoveries to our leads.  Though this drama has the concept of time travel, the lack of story development has been scored.  Few questions left unanswered and it’s up to you to analyze the whole thing or you can just go on with your life.

What I enjoyed most in this drama are all the fresh faces of the whole cast. Music was very best too. Love theme? Nah I don’t buy it. Friendship bonding? a big yes. Family relationship? a plus-plus.

So if you want to watch this drama, go on and enjoy. Just don’t expect too much because you might not get the best hit.

Verdict: 8/10

 

 

 

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