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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 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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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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Tomorrow With You (K-drama)

Tomorrow with you is another time travel drama that is heartbreaking and beautifully written at the same time. It had one blast for doom, happiness, the rains, and rainbows.  It’s about saving whoever you love most, a roller coaster of leaping from the past to the future, change the original plans and face the consequences that filled with unbearable sadness.

I love time travel and no matter how mystifying the plot could be, I would still watch it. But this drama was not complicated as Nine Times Time Travel Yes, there are some hovels in the plot, but because of this captivating chemistry and the magnetic romance between the main couple, you wouldn’t mind at all.

Lee Je-Hoon as Yoo So-Joon is a CEO of a real estate company. He has the ability to travel through time via a subway. Song Ma-rin (Shin Min-A) works as a photographer and destined to meet an accident where Yoo So-Joon saved her, and later got involved with her life too.  These two will give you a ride to travel the emotional mundane of life, a real hitch of every couple do and experience.

Tomorrow with you shows us that we should live each moment in our life, to be true with our feelings and to less worry about our future by trusting the process in the present. No matter what we do, we can never tell what awaits us because life is peculiar and full of unwanted surprises.

I hope our tomorrow with someone we love brings real happiness in our life.

Verdict: 9/10

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The Legend of the Blue Sea (K-drama)

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Sometime during August 1598, newly appointed governor Dam Ryung (Lee Min-Ho) stays for a night at an inn run by Mr. Yang (Sung Dong-Il). During that evening, Mr. Yang shows Dam Ryung a captured mermaid named Sim Chung (Gianna Jun). Later that night, Dam Ryung releases her into the ocean and, before she swims away, Sim Chung reaches out her hand to Dam Ryung which he briefly holds.
In the present day, Joon-Jae (Lee Min-Ho) is a smooth-talking conman with magician like abilities. He works with Nam-Doo (Lee Hee-Joon) and Tae-O (Shin Won-Ho). For their next score, Joon-Jae impersonates a prosecutor and swindles a large amount of money from a wealthy suspect’s mother. Joon-Jae then travels abroad and stays at an oceanside resort. Meanwhile, Sim Chung is swept up in a tidal wave and washed ashore near the oceanside resort. She sees Joon-Jae.

This drama is like my comfort food; warm and familiar.

The legend of the blue sea managed to bring the characters into satisfying portrayal. The relationship of the two main leads stands out as the finest legend of sweetness and impressive fairytale.

Though we have Lee Min-Ho and Gianna Jun’s combined talent, the story writing has not become the perfect drama at all. It was predictable, and though there was an appearing of slight twist and turns, still there was no element of surprise. It was just so enjoyable and relaxing to watch, avoiding you not to be pestered with any inconsistencies that weighed down from numerous episodes.

The finale of the show seized with lots of emotions, apparently with goodbyes and reunions,  plus lots of love and kisses. They wrap-up all with perfections, giving everyone a happy and satisfying ending.

I’m pretty sure you will leave the screen with a big smile and a happy heart.

Verdict: 8/10

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SWEET STRANGER AND ME ( The Man Living in Our House) K-DRAMA

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Hong Na-Ri works as a flight attendant. Her mother passed away 10 months ago and she doesn’t have any other immediate family members. Hong Na-Ri returns to her hometown to visit her mother’s grave. There, she sees a young man at her mother’s grave. The man, Go Nan-Gil, introduces himself as her father. Before Hong Na-Ri’s mother died, she married Go Nan-Gil. He now lives at her mother’s house and runs the small dumpling restaurant that her mother ran.

The Finale, bow.

I can’t wait to end this drama not because it really interests me, but because I just don’t like it anymore.

Objectively, Sweet Stranger started out with so much potential. It was sweet and warm. The whole step-father setup was the main course of the plot, the show was well cast, and there was no doubt from the actors’ performances too, but just like the other dramas without a better plot, the story runs slow, was dragged and a lot of flashbacks which I believe was just shown to kill the time.

In fairness, what I like in some parts of the story is the mature relationship of our protagonist. The couple used to discuss their problems and issues, being honest with each other and trusting their relationship even though things got messed up and scary. I like the Hong dumpling store too, actually I love to eat dumplings. This must be enough.

Verdict: 7/10

 

ON THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT (K-drama 2016) Finale

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On the way to the airport augment a controversial discussion from the commentary boxes as an adultery themed show which is not appropriate to be exposed. Some passed their opinions how horrible it could be to support such kind of a drama. But wait? Have you seen the whole story before judging the book by its cover?

Well, I was officially sold by this drama, it was morally written and significantly more than just an affair. It deals with one of the major issues and crisis of our society which has been increasing rapidly – Marital Problems – that leads to family separation, annulment of marriage and or divorce.

Mind this that the show is not a lovey-dovey, but for those who are starved of affection, love, support, understanding, and connection to their spouses.  The plot is deeper; some episodes will make you uncomfortable, sympathizing what is not right, it would actually make you grin and tremble, you got stuck in the traffic of your own principles, try to toss stones at women who wanted to escape from misery, but eventually you will believe that there is more than of emotional attraction in this world, that there is limit of everything and the feeling alone of being together is unbearable.

On the way to the airport was well directed. Though everything is heightened with sensitivity, but it was carefully executed.  The cast performances are amazingly convincing, they are beautiful and sophisticated despite the controversial concept of it.

I recommend for you to watch this drama. It serves as an eye opener to everyone that marriage is not a bed of roses. It conveys that marriage comes with hiccups and sometimes hurricanes. It never asked us to be unfaithful to our partners when we are in the midst of difficulties, but helps us see the other way around; the cause and effect, the solutions and decisions.

On the way to the airport wanted to reminds us that we should always be affectionate, appreciative and respect our partners, and if problem comes, we should settle it by listening to each other woes and finding solutions. In case, it becomes hopeless, loveless and helpless, our heart will tell us what we need to do, and that we have the right to decide for our own happiness.

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Verdict: 9/10

Cast:

Kim Ha-Neul as Choi Soo-A

Lee Sang-Yoon as Seo Do-Woo

Shin Sung-Rok as Park Jin-Suk

Choi Yeo-Jin as Song Mi-Jin

Splash Splash Love (2015)

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Splash Splash Love – a fascinating Time-Travel Drama where the protagonist is mysteriously appeared in the Joseon Era, but only on rainy days.  This drama is different than the usual since it has only two episodes special, but of course it has all the elements you needed; a story packed with humor, romance, discovery, slight angst and family relationship.

The plot splash greatly like a documented timeline, it was well written, organized and dynamic. The characters portrayed by Yoon Doo Joon and Kim Seul Gi was well executed from simple, effortless, sparkly performances to captivating chemistry that is definitely fun to watch.

What I like about this drama is the major issue and focus of self-discovery. Jang Dan-Bi (Kim Seul-Gi) is an ordinary student from modern era suffering from stress and lack of self-esteem, while Lee Do (Yoon Doo-Joon) is a persistent King of Joseon, eager to learn and who convinced that math and science are the keys to develop his kingdom.

The adventure of Jang Dan-Bi comforted her to become useful and loved by King Lee, after all he who has learned to sacrifice his love by letting her back to the future.

Get ready to on-board with this drama, it will make you laugh and cry.

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I always find time travel drama as the best one though it will give you heartaches and loads of pain, but for this one, I don’t mind at all.

Verdict: 10/10

Go Ho’s Starry Night (2016)

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Do you want a good break from all K-drama’s heavy feelings and complicated story?  Then you need to watch this web drama Go Ho Starry Night.

This is a short, light rom-com drama that does not make you wince or annoyed. The plot is familiar, but with a realistic premise. The main characters are amazingly cute and their chemistry was superb. Just can’t stop smiling and giggling while I was watching the entire episodes.

You will feel relish with our sadist hot male lead Kang Tae Ho (Kim Young Kwang) who constantly pestering Go Ho (Kwon Yoo Ri) the one that he has been in-love secretly for four years.

Well, I will leave the rest of the story behind for you to watch and enjoy it.

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Verdict: 9/10

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds -Finale (K-drama)

love_in_the_moonlight-p1Moonlight Drawn By Clouds wasn’t a perfect drama, but it was loved and elevated by every one of its all parts. No wonder they had an unfailing high rating till the end, plus the cast were able to build a solid fundamental of popularity from this show.

The plot is apparently the same as other Sageuk  drama we are watching; a political and power struggles in the palace, society inequality, hateful villains and falling in love to someone you shouldn’t be. Nothing is new right? but what makes this drama special was the influence of our protagonists when it comes to their acting execution.

Park Bo-Gum as Lee Young (Crown Prince) acted greatly the moment you saw him on screen. He was able to express his feelings and emotions with his eyes, used different manifestation on his faces which reflects a kind of depth beyond the attractive look on his surface. Undeniably, he acted so well in this drama with his super pretty face.  I’m quite sure you can’t take your eyes off him.

Kim You-Jung as Hong Ra-On (Traitor’s daughter), even she disguised as a male, she still the most beautiful man in this drama, she was shining and brilliant too.  Though for the entire episodes, I have never thought her as man, but there’s no doubt of her acting skill, she’s always been consistent in every way around.

Jin Young as Kim Yoon-Sung, the  tender, daring and passionate person who falls in love with Hong Ra-On.   Though he struggled so much as part of Kim’s family who hungers for power and cause the royal family instability, he was able to follow the right shadow, though it leads him to his death.  Death of showing what it just by protecting the people you love.  Oh, he got me with his performance and charm.  He’s so convincing in his part.

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Honestly, I don’t feel the element of surprise in this drama. I was just enjoying the lighthearted plot, the simple development of each character, the magic charisma of our prince, the lovey-dovey and the sold romance of our protagonist. I was in heaven from episode one to ten, but just got bored in the middle because of the sluggish pacing of the story. The last two episodes hit me with excitement though it shows lops and trims, some questions to raised, but left buried.

They wrapped up the finale carefully and neatly. Covered carefully, for not giving space to welcome any fierce reactions from the viewers. Neatly, for the happy open ending, far from disappointments, but not too close to perfections.

After all, what we need is just a happy ending to satisfy our soul of imagination.

Thank you Moonlight for the ride full of fun and cheesy moments!

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Verdict: 8/10

W-Two Worlds (K-drama 2016) – FINALE

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When his eyes close and his bloody body falls, I panted my mouth with words of despair;

this couldn’t be “the end.”

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Why? Because watching W-Two worlds were beyond a mere imagination. It has a very unique concept, solid and unpredictable written script and of course excellent actors. What more could I ask for ? Nothing else, but a happy ending.

What would you do if you found out that there’s another world beyond a popular webtoon and that your character is some way connected to it? Are you going to enter the portal to seek the truth or you will only follow your maker’s decision to create his own pattern for your destiny?  Can you be able possibly use your power of choice out of confusion and unbelievable reality?

Well, our protagonist Kang Chul (Lee Jong-Suk) made a choice.  After he learned about the “other world”, he steps outside his planned destiny. In between the challenges, he rewrites his own story, depicting the right of choice to his own life, to live or to die.  Amidst of erroneous decisions and right tactics, this drama taught us that life is a series of choice and by our own choice we can only then define our own fate.

As this drama ended, I am satisfied that I made a good choice of my 16 hours+ with their journey. Some might be droning of the plot holes in the finale, but it never seems to me. W-two worlds is a time travel drama where it bends time, space and reality and I bent my understanding too.

Verdict: 9/10

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Kiss for Weekend

A man’s true  feeling comes out when he’s drunk!

 

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Happy Weekend!

 

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Doctors (K-drama)2016

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Doctors.  I was on the downhill of feeling tedious in this drama, but what keeps me going?

Well, the actors, especially Hong Ji-Hong (Kim Rae-Won), I really like the best part of his character; matured, charming, optimistic and rational. In fairness, most of the actors, even the cameo portrayed their characters well. Park Shin-Hye (Yoo Hye-Jung), no doubt, is superb. I think the cast have all managed to keep the drama going.

Despite the age gap of the main couple, they were suitable for each other. Their chemistry was captivating.

The sweet hugs, kisses and the way Yoo Hye-Jung and Hong Ji-Hong’s relationship developed from unfilled trust to maturity. I like the way they handle of comprising each others differences, opinions and sentiments.

The drama was great in the beginning, especially the delinquent character of Yoo Hye-Jung (Park Shin-Hye), a personality that holds the hard wall, reckless and quite, but tough, seldom smiled, but charming. However, after episode 6, I feel like the story line of every chapter were lack of clustering. It became plain, cliché, predictable and monotonous. Compare to other medical dramas, the story just conveys more on to political issues, family brawls and past struggles.

Though the finale didn’t leave me with a BANG, it’s still decent to know that everyone gets what they deserve, not a mere vengeance, but a total healing. Greediness will consume your simple happiness in a life full of disastrous controversy.

To those who can accept defeat, can let go of the past and respect the life of others can walk on ahead with hope waiting, hand in hand with someone you love.

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I don’t know since when I loved him. I don’t know since when I started loving him, but I have been loving him all along. When you meet the one, you forget when your love started.

– Yoo Hye-Jung

verdict: 8/10

Beautiful Mind (K-drama 2016)

Beautiful Mind. Beautiful story. Beautiful ending.

 

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I don’t know why this drama suffered from low ratings. I would say, it’s a hidden gem to be understood. Though they cut down the two episodes from 16 to 14 roughly, I didn’t expect it would wrap up well and timed. The finale was the full hit of bumpy rides with tears, laughter, hopes, forgiveness, retreat and reconciliation. Beautiful mind gave a sense of HUMANITY to appreciate life, MORALS, to believe what you can do for others and Norm ACCEPTANCE between what is unusual and not, for what you are and of becoming you to be.

I highly appreciated the amazing performance of our main protagonist Jang Hyuk, a genius neurosurgeon with zero sympathy or devour with social disorder.  You can see how he struggled his life to become one of us and to become a good doctor, despite how people treated him as a psychopath.

So, don’t be deceived by the ratings, the story is more original and captivating. It wouldn’t be perfect, but they have ended it with what truly mattered – the importance of humanity.

Verdict: 8/10

Remember & Imaginary Cat – Kdrama

Back to back for Yoo Seung-ho drama fever!. We missed him last year, but not anymore. After his come back from military service, two of his dramas are airing right now.

 

Remember –  War of the son

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Seo Jin-woo has the condition of Hyperthymesia which allows him to remember almost every day in perfect detail. To prove the innocence of his father, Jin-woo becomes a lawyer. He struggles to prove his father’s innocence who begins to lose his memory due to Alzheimer’s.

 

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Hyun Jong Hyun (Yoo Seung Ho) works part-time at the Naeil Bookstore, but his dream of being a successful webtoon writer has been hampered by his emotionally-wounded, self-centered personality. On one rainy day, he meets a kindred spirit, a stray cat he brings home and names Bok Gil. From then on, Bok Gil (voiced by Han Ye Ri) becomes his only confidant. Though she can’t offer advice, Bok Gil is a faithful source of comfort and support as he goes through difficult times. The story is told from both Hyun’s and Bok Gil’s differing points of view.

So, lets begin!

YONG – PAL (Korean drama)

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“Kim Tae-Hyun (Joo Won) is an excellent surgeon, but he is constantly harassed by debt collectors due to his younger sister. His younger sister requires expensive kidney dialysis. To make more money, he goes to see patients privately for a high fee. He doesn’t care whether these patients are criminals as long as they can pay him. Tae Hyun becomes a pawn in the chief’s priority of catering to VIP patients within the hospital. But his life changes when he meets Han Yeo Jin (Kim Tae-Hee), a chaebol heiress, who has been in a coma for three years.Tae Hyun helps Yeo Jin to wake from her sleep.”

Joo-Won is back the screen again! and Joo-Won means good drama!

Enjoy it.

Verdict: 9/10

THE TIMES WHERE WE ARE NOT IN LOVE (k-drama)

Have you fallen in love with your best friend? How long can you hide your feelings? 

This drama is all about it,  it is adapted from the 2011 Taiwanese drama, In Time with You. 

It’s all about two people who have been best friends for 17 years and each has been present for every milestone in each other’s life. Can they find love of their own or just fall with the other?

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Watch it and fall in love!

Verdict: 9/10

WARM & COZY (K-drama 2015)

Indeed, the drama is warm & cozy. It is a light hearted romantic comedy. There isn’t much of a plot, but I like the set of the characters. I feel like watching something where you don’t have to stress yourself thinking what will happen next, there’s just slightly bizarre of controversies.

One reason I like this drama is the beautiful landscape of Jeju Island, it makes me want to visit there! They feature the unique scenery & characteristics of the Island, including the way of living. I just miss living with greens, lakes, seas & fresh air.

If you want a story out of psychopath and heavy tears, then you better try to watch this and let yourself feel warm.

Verdict: 8/10

Nine Time Travel (2013 K-drama)

Nine Time Travel. I have learned that the remake rights of this drama were sold to a US production company. It means something, I think it just says; this drama is one of the best.

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Goodness, I find this guy Lee Jin-Wook so hot! I love the way he stares, the mocking and sheepish smile, his kisses and everything about him in this drama seems perfect for me. Though he was just nominated for the Grand prize and didn’t win, his overall acting abilities are just great. You can catch up with him in “The three musketeers” drama that had just ended a week ago.

Back to the show, the Nine time travel is a “fantasy/romance series about a man who finds nine magical incense sticks that allow him to travel 20 years back in time. He attempts to keep his family safe in order to change the world he lives in today. However, this is not without consequences of his actions in the past affects the lives of many in the present, including his.

I asked myself where I was for not seeing this drama last year? I couldn’t believe myself, I was about to miss it, but better late than never. Then I finished the 20 episodes for just less than 2 weeks. There was no moment where I don’t feel my heart beat race, so fast and kept on wondering what will happen next.

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(The present / the 20 years past Park Sun-Woo)

The story will give you a surprised at the right moment. It is deeply fascinating. It will keep your mind ponder, your heart wonder and eventually give you an answer that we can never change the past no matter what.

The ending gives us something to think about too. Some may say it gives them a headache, probably it has an open explanation on how the way you interpreted things.  The fact is, Time travel has his own rules. The show questions karma, morals, and consequences of our decisions and how it affects our lives or even the lives of the people around us.

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“I will just believe what I want to believe. And I will just the love the girl that I love.”

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“You cannot have everything that you want because there is more powerful beyond human capability which is God’s will.”

Verdict: 10/10

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