CRIMINAL MINDS (K-drama 2017)

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The drama follows a group of highly trained profilers in the fictional National Criminal Investigation (NCI) team who track down criminals to solve cases. The drama is based on the American television series Criminal Minds.

While some of the viewers couldn’t stop comparing this drama from the original series, I have had no expectations at all. Honestly, this show has never been able to give the suspense and action that I have been looking for.  Yes, the team are quite competitive, the cases were interesting and the discussions about the minds and characters of all the involved criminals were appealing, but then I felt something was missing.

I think this drama lacks of emotions, their dialogues, the tone, it was all cold. The execution was totally sluggish and the character development was too flat maybe the reasons why I couldn’t get the hype of the story at all.

And I hate the Reaper episodes. He was a multi-talented murderer who uses both knives and guns, a wise hacker, a photographer who perfectly plans his crime. They emphasized an extraordinary criminal who is not easy to catch, but still, I just don’t buy it.

Only Lee Joon Gi made me stay. Even so, I have no regret that I finished the 20 episodes, I just didn’t enjoy it.

Verdict: 7/10

 

 

 

 

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

 

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 

 

 

 

 

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

SIGNAL (K-drama)

Don’t judge the drama by its cast, because surely you will miss something without even knowing the plot.  This is what I have learned from this drama SIGNAL.  I have ignored it several times because the cast are unfamiliar to me and I thought it’s not good enough, but then, when I gave it a try, I couldn’t barely stop myself to watch.

SIGNAL is a masterpiece. A solid, suspense, thrilling,  crime, action drama that you shouldn’t miss! The script is so well written, it shows different conflicted stories and how they were able to turn the table into something you never have expected.  This drama has its own “world”  and it will bring you there with so much anticipation.  Not even a single sequence you will regret, It has its own power to make your heart flutter.

The intermingled scenes from past and presents was so good that you would be able to fathom the consequences of changing its significant event.

The ACTING? it’s a WOW!

See it for yourself.

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“Desperate voice from the past sends clues to the present in Signal. That’s  how the drama best to describe it. “The series was inspired by the Hwaseong serial murders. A mysterious walkie talkie allows a detective in 1989 to communicate with a cold case profiler from 2015; with the power of fore and hindsight the two not only solve crimes but prevent them from ever taking place.

The cast

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“Park Hae-Young (Lee Je-Hoon) works as a criminal profiler and is also a police lieutenant. Even though he is a cop, he doesn’t trust cops due to his own past experience.  He became a profiler due to a painful incident he experienced as a young boy. He is an emotional and sensitive profiler. While leaving the police station, Hae-Young hears someone talking to him. He looks around to find a walkie-talkie. The man who is talking to Hae-Young is Detective Jae-Han (Cho Jin-Woong).”

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 “Detective Jae-Han (Cho Jin-Woong) is from the year 2000.  He is the most heart-melting detective I have ever seen. He is the true hero of the drama. He will stop at nothing to solve a case and willingly puts himself in jeopardy if it means he can bring justice.  You will not be able to see him in the present year with Park Hae-Young (Lee Je-Hoon)  because the story involves of saving him.”

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“(Kim Hye-Soo) Soo-Hyun plays an innocent rookie detective from the past and who was clearly in love with Detective Jae-Han (Cho Jin-Woong). In the present, she is a tough and hardened team leader to form a new cold case squad.

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All in all, it’s really one of the best dramas in 2016.

My verdict is 10/10, I can’t think of a more worthy rating than that.

Goodbye Mr. Black (K-drama)

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There’s no way I would miss this new drama, I’m a big fan of Lee Jin-Wook.  Aside from his deepest, most charming pair of eyes, he has always been a good actor.

This drama is based on comic “Goodbye Mr. Black” by Hwang Mi-Na (first published in 1983 by Songchun Cultural Publishers). The comic is motivated by French author Alexandre Dumas’s novel “The Count of Monte Cristo.”  about an officer of the Navy Special Operations Force (Cha Ji-Won) who falls into friend’s betrayal.”

What will happen to our  golden perfect boy who pushed to be on run and will return with vengeance? How he will become?

Let’s see.

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Morrim School (K-drama)

“The Moorim School isn’t focused solely on high academic scores. The school teaches its students virtues including honesty, faith, sacrifice and communication. The teachers and students at the school come from different countries and each have their own stories.”

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“Yoon Shi Woo (Lee Hyun Woo) is a troublemaker idol star who suffers a setback and finds himself shoved into this strange school to straighten out. Wang Chi Ang (Hong Bin) will be the roommate he strikes up a friendship with. He’s a rich kid with a carefree personality who was let in because of his powerful parents.Meanwhile, Sim Soon Duk (Seo Ye Ji) is a hardworking student who supports her blind father and has to attend Moorim in secret. Hwang Sun Ah (Jung Yoo Jin) is the daughter of the school’s president and Murim’s ace student.”

Main Cast

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I feel that this drama is a Korean version of Harry Potter, and I hope it would be. From episode 1 & 2, you can recognize that it wasn’t a typical school drama, and I enjoyed it so far. It was cool.

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Verdict: 8/10