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

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

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

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

Mood of the Day (K-movie 2016)

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By chance, a man and a woman meet on the KTX train and spend 24 hours in the unfamiliar city of Busan, South Korea.

One night stand is a typical story used in many dramas or movies, but in reality it will never serve a good baseline for any romantic relationship. That’s kind of the whole point. But in Mood of the Day, it drives you right into the actual scenes of the story, no confusion and no major complications.

The characters of our main cast and their relationships are developed at a great pace. I would say they’re very well much in their role. Though there are minor elements resulted in some cliché, I decided not to mind them because there’s a heartwarming scenes for all those who yearn for a bit of romance and love.

Aside from that, sceneries in this movie are no joke, it was all breathtaking. They captured the beauty of autumn perfectly in Busan. And take note, Yoo Yeon Seok is one of the best and hottest kissers among Korean actors. You will definitely enjoy seeing him kissing to Moon Chae-Won.

I recommend this movie for those who have no issue in life and just want to have a good mood for the day.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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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

MY SECRET ROMANCE (K-drama 2017)

This drama started so well and dragged to the end. The plot has the potential to be decent enough if they were able to develop the story line.  There are so many flashbacks and pointless scenes that were skipped-worthy and some emotions circled by inconsistency.

One point for the visuals in this drama. Second points to the sizzling first scene on the first episode. And the rest, it’s up to you to find.

Verdict: 6/10

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Cha Jin-Wook (Sung Hoon) is a son from a wealthy family. His family runs a large company. Cha Jin-Wook only pursues short term love. He meets Lee Yoo-Mi (Song Ji-Eun) and changes. Lee Yoo-Mi has never had a boyfriend before.

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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: 9/10