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

 

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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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

 

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

INTROVERTED BOSS (K-drama)

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I love the handsome, over-thinker, smart, perceptive, shy and introvert boss.  When you know him deeply, despite being an introverted person, he really cares and protects who dear to him. He managed to observe his employees and know their worth.

This drama received a mix comments of disappointment and acceptance. I honestly didn’t anticipate this one to watch, but found myself doing the marathon and finished it for three days without complaining. Yes, I have liked it.

There was so much to like about the introverted boss and so much to understand about his lonely life.  He spent years living in his own shell; protecting his weakness, hiding his strength, misunderstood his silence and trying to change his incapability to interact and face with people.

There are lots of kisses, internal monologues and flings in this drama that you would surely enjoy too.  It will give you comfort, that though you are different from the rest, there is always someone who will sincerely discover the real you and accept you for who you are.

Introverted boss finale is warm, sweet and the cutest.   It wraps up accordingly from where it falls and stands.

Verdict: 8/10

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Eun Hwan-Ki (Yeon Woo-Jin) is the CEO of a public relations company, but he is extremely shy. Due to his personality, even his employees do not know him well.

Chae Ro-Woon (Park Hye-Soo) begins work at Eun Hwan-Ki’s company. She is very energetic and receives recognition for her work, but her only interest is in CEO Eun Hwan-Ki. She plans to reveal who Eun Hwan-Ki really is.

 

 

HWARANG: The Poet Warrior Youth

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Drama series depicts the story of Hwarang (literally “Flowering Knights”) – an elite group of male youth in during the Kingdom of Silla.

What I like about this show is the beautiful faces of our flower boy warriors, certainly, it helps the show to look striking. However, good looks are not enough to make a drama good and convincing.

The plot would be much better if they were able to progress the story and not just partially divulged, then leaped to another situation and no follow up to what has been untold. I was expecting more fights, blood, and craziness, but never had the taste.  It wasn’t right for a historical drama to miss something like that.

Another weak point of the show is the romance sucked. Literally, I have never cared about it because there’s no element of chemistry thumping around for the leads. Bromance was quite fun, but the character development between the two was so slow.

Surprisingly, the finale wrapped up according to my expectations. Well, I never had high hopes, but they ended it on a high note. Though it wasn’t the best of the best, but it has its moments too,  enough to watch for a little entertainment.

Verdict: 7/10

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STAR OF THE UNIVERSE (K-web-drama)

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The story revolves around the romance between Woo-Joo (Suho) and Byul (Ji-Woo). Woo-Joo is a gifted singer-songwriter and Byul is an angel of death.

This web drama was far better than I had expected.

The plot was carefully laid without pushing you to understand everything that was going on.

It was my first time to watch the main leads; the acting was quite impressive and noticeable. Their chemistry was perfect too. The music and soundtracks played throughout the drama was captivating and gives a sense of highlighting emotions.

Star of the Universe is telling us to love those people who are still with us – alive and never took them for granted. We should give time to do the things that make us happy so that when we leave this life, we have no regrets.

The ending? I have mix emotions actually.

Verdict: 9/10

Romantic Doctor -Teacher Kim- Kdrama 2016

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“Boo Yong-Joo was a famous surgeon with the nickname of “Hand of God.” He suddenly disappeared and nobody knew exactly why. Boo Young-Joo is now as Teacher Kim and he calls himself the Romantic Doctor. He enjoys his life in seclusion.
Kang Dong-Joo became a doctor to win somebody over and Yoon Seo-Jung becomes a doctor to be recognized by somebody. After they meet Teacher Kim, they learn about life values and comfort from love.”

Honestly, medical dramas never failed to mesmerize me. I always respect those who value the lives of their patients and hated those who thinks only what they can get from them; either profit or glamor.

Romantic Doctor demonstrates this kind of scenarios in the medical world. The shows possessed with compassion and right prescriptions of righteousness and idealism. Some have a conflict characters which suffered a tragic downfall from their past, but eventually, they got to redeem.

This drama has one of the most heartwarming stories in 2016. I truly enjoyed the show!

Verdict: 9/10

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NIGHTMARE TEACHER (2016 -Finale)

Nightmare Teacher is a suspense web drama about self- instability and greediness. It showed that the “devil” (teacher) was playing with the student’s insecurities, weakness and problems, then use them to offer something that leaves no reason for them to reject. After getting what they want, there is no escape from the consequences.

The plot of this drama was quite interesting, but not totally outstanding. Acting was good and theme music is compelling. What I like about the story is the lesson that they are trying to imply; we need to face whatever issues we have in our life, we need to take the process as much as we can because there are no short cuts to real solutions of our problems.

Still, I recommend this web drama, but just don’t expect too much from it.

Verdict: 7/10

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The homeroom teacher of 2nd grade 3 class at Yosan Private High School had an accident and is hospitalised. Han Bong-Gu (Uhm Ki-Joon) now becomes the temporary 2nd grade 3 class homeroom teacher. He is mysterious figure. The teachers at the school know about him well, but he is not on the teaching staff list. Han Bong-Gu arouses the desires of each students and leads them into an illusory world.

The K2 (2016 Finale)

In this drama, the antagonist Song Yoon Ah (Choi Yoo-Jin) became the main character and the queen of the show. Her character was highlighted more compare to Ko An-Na (Yoona) who I think befitted only as a support in this show. With Song Yoon acting, there is no doubt about it, she is superb and convincing all along. You’re going to hate her, agree with her or pity her to the end. Ji Chang-Wook’s (Kim Je-Ha) character development left unsettled even his real name wasn’t revealed. However, thanks to his acting and fighting skills plus with his pretty face and puppy eyes, you can enjoy this drama from high to low.

The finale was exceptional, melodramatic, full of actions and twists. I had no idea how the farewell would end like since it was a roller coaster from the beginning. I cannot even guess who will win and lost in the games since no one was ever going to say the word “surrender.” Killing the villains without repent was different, it’s unorthodox way of letting their humanities sting to wretchedness.

K2 is not perfect at all. The rating was not good enough though the plot was very interesting and the acting was great.

What went wrong? Is it because the antagonist became the main character? Or the romance between Ji Chang-Wook and Yoona were not compelling? Or it’s just their fate?

Overall, it wasn’t a bad show, I even enjoy it. Just like the other dramas, it has their own strength and weakness. It has ups and down, but they own their identity and that is the K2.

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Verdict 8/10

Two Weeks (K-drama 2013)

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 A young man Tae-San (Lee Joon-Gi) discovers he is the father of an eight-year-old girl Soo-Jin (Lee Chae-Mi)  with leukemia and must donate his bone marrow to save her life while escaping from authorities for a crime he didn’t commit.

Two weeks have a jumpy roller coaster ride from start to finish. The protagonist’s character development is superb, he established all the way from being weak and futile person to a very committed and loving father who just wanted to protect his life to save the life of his daughter.

The story has a good balance of challenge and involvement, without difficulties to follow. The entire cast is pretty excellent too with terrific and realistic acting. Though there is some dreary part of the show, but then again, it was sheltered with heart wrenching-heartwarming father-daughter scenes.

Two weeks will beat up and beaten you down like a beacon’s life reality of survival and fervor to live. Indeed a  must watch drama.

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Verdict 9/10

Bring It On (Let’s Fight Ghost) – Kdrama 2016

Great!

Great storyline.
Great chemistry.
Great fights.
Great acting.
Great sidekicks.

Great ending for a great show.

This drama is a refined combination of horror, mysticism, action and romantic comedy. Without a doubt, you would never get jaded each chapter as they have managed to develop each character, presenting a well written and planned storytelling. The point is, not all horror-comedy drama will give fulfillment as same as LFG. They have never given predictable moment, which made you eager to wait for them every week.

Honestly, I still don’t want to end it, I must have really liked them, but the finale was remarkable for me to miss it. Episode 15 was awesome, they revealed everything behind the mystery. Episode 16 was actually the aftermath and closure, a proper ending for every character. For the romance, it was sweet, fun, light and concise.

So, this is it. I will never see them again next week, but surely, Let’s fight ghost is one of my favorites.

Verdict: 10/10

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“A cohabitation comedy about a ghost of a high school girl who has been dead for 5 years and an exorcist college boy with the ability to see and hear ghosts. What he’s discovered over the years is that he can touch them and fight them off, so when he’s in need of a part-time job and can’t find one that pays well enough, he starts putting ads online as an exorcist for hire. His ad: “Will face off with your ghosts. Chances of winning: virgin ghosts 80%, bachelor ghosts 40%, child ghosts 97%, the rest 50%.” One night he goes out on the job and faces off with a schoolgirl ghost, and during the fight, they accidentally kiss and sparks fly.”

Opps, credit to the two guys, they were all fun throughout the episodes.

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Boys Over Flowers (2009)

“Boys over Flowers is actually the 3rd live-action version of the story after the Taiwanese “Meteor Garden” and “Hana Yori Dango” from Japan. If you count the original Anime, then it’s a 4th outing on the small screen. This drama set at a famous high school for the super-wealthy, this is a puppy love story centered on a poor girl and the F4 gang of rich kids headed by the rough and fearless Jun-pyo Koo.”

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Boys over Flowers is one of the most well-known K-dramas and it is one of my favorites.  I spent so many sleepless nights in this show because I wanted to finish it in one blow. Obviously, that’s how exciting it was.

BOF depicted us the three things most important in our lives; Love, Friendship and Loyalty. The loyalty within the love of Jun pyo for Jandi in spite of having everything anyone could ever want and the friendship among the F4 and Jandi. The acting of portraying wealthy, hardworking middle class and villain maddening role are all best executed. The scenes were all filmed with dazzling views, amazing island, big rich houses, expensive cars, marvelous hotel and fashionable wardrobe. It makes me wish to become a rich brat girl.

The story line is completely wonderful, inspiring  and mind-blowing .Each of the characters is absolutely stunning. You better watch it, and you will find yourself laughing and crying.

Verdict 10/10.

Big (2012)

 

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Big is a Hong sisters comedy that illustrates the story of a struggling substitute teacher who is engaged to a doctor. Her fiancé becomes more distant a month before the wedding. Her fiancé and one of her student’s get into a car accident and the student finds himself in the other man’s body. Meanwhile, the student body is in a coma.

My expectations of this drama are too high that’s why I was really angry of the finale (Aaaaargh). It’s so disappointing until the end that they have missed the most important highlight; the swapping of the souls, the meeting of the two brothers and not even any final moment of  Da-ran with the real Kyung-joon.

However, to be calm, the plot is weird, unique and interesting.  It’s my first time in dramaland to see an exceptional story.  Big is still capable of greatness, maybe I am just too weak to handle the result.

 

Verdict: 8/10