Series

Reply 1988 (2015-2016)

Eungdapara 1988

Director: Shin Won-ho
Writer: Lee Woo-jung
Stars: Lee Hye-ri, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, Ryu Jun-yeol, Lee Dong-hwi

Set in the year 1988, the drama revolves around five friends and their families living in the same neighborhood of Ssangmun-dong, Dobong District, Northern Seoul.

★★★✮☆

I started watching this earlier this year, but ended up stopping after 1 and a half episode because the truth is it bored me. I wanted to see it because the descriptions of the drama I read from the internet piqued my interest. It says there the drama shows the beginning of K-pop, thus I was sold. I was also curious why it gained a high rating during its airing, and I got that answer from the first episode alone. The drama probably brought a great deal of nostalgia among its viewers for its pop culture and its juxtaposition on real events. I swear I have learned so much about Korean culture and their ways after seeing this, much more than the over 10 romantic comedies I’ve seen in the past months.

Centralling on five friends living in the same neighborhood and growing knowing everything about each other, it will probably take you back to your own childhood as well, and the struggles of going to school, and growing up altogether.

Great plot, well-curated characters, superb acting, just the right mixture of drama and comedy, and a lot of life lessons.

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Series

Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (2017)

Him-ssen Yeo-ja Do Bong-soon (original title)

Do Bong-soon is a woman born with superhuman strength that comes from the long line of women possessing it. When Ahn Min Hyuk, the CEO of a gaming company, witnesses her strength, he hires her as his personal bodyguard.

★★★☆☆   Enjoyable

A series which is more of a comedy than romance. There are lots of funny scenes til the end.

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Series

EXO Next Door (2015)

Ji Yeon-hee is an extremely shy, introverted 23-year-old girl with zero dating experience and a tendency to blush when talking to someone she likes. One day, four young men move into the house right next door to Yeon-hee’s home, and to her surprise, they turn out to be Chanyeol, D.O., Baekhyun, and Sehun from her favorite boy band EXO, who are looking to lay low for a while. They hire her to clean their house part-time during the winter vacation and that’s when Yeon-hee found out that Chanyeol was her long lost childhood friend and crush “Chan” and is the grandson of the house owner. As the story goes on, Yeon-hee soon becomes involved in a love triangle with Chanyeol and D.O.

★★★✮☆

A feel-good and cute teen drama. I’m giving it a “super good” rating just because I enjoyed it because I like EXO haha. This web drama was created with a goal to feed the fans’ fantasies. Well, living next to their idols is probably every EXO-L’s dream. Had I been engrossed into Korean drama and Kpop earlier, this definitely would’ve been a great source of kilig for my younger self. Heck I’m now old, but this web drama still put a smile on my face.

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Built by penchant for brewed coffee, Sehun and Gwangsu’s friendship is #goal. One makes the coffee, and the other one drinks it.

It seemed to me that he characters of D.O. and Chanyeol in the drama and in real life seemed interchanged. Chanyeol is the masungit, while Kyungsoo is the charming one. Seriously, gurl, how can you resist this charm??

I just wished the other EXO members had more airtime as well.

Series

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)

Dalui Yeonin – Bobogyungsim Ryeo (original title)

Director: Kim Kyu-tae
Writer: Jo Yoon-young
Stars: Lee Joon-gi, Lee Ji-eun, Kang Ha-neul, Hong Jong-hyun

During a total solar eclipse, a 25-year-old 21st-century woman, Go Ha-jin, is transported back in time to Goryeo Dynasty. She wakes up in the year 941, in the body of Hae Soo and there, she encounters the many royal princes of the ruling Wang family. She initially falls in love with the gentle and warm 8th Prince Wang Wook, and later Wang So, the fearsome 4th Prince who hides his face behind a mask and is given the derogatory label “wolf dog.” Meanwhile, rivalry and politics ensue among the princes, in a fight for the throne, as Hae Soo finds herself unwittingly caught between it all.

★★✮☆☆

This drama didn’t really sit well with my taste I had to refrain from watching Korean dramas for a while to recover. It was that bad. I didn’t like it maybe because it’s quite a heavy, or maybe the plot was really bad. I heard this drama didn’t really do well in ratings when it aired. It’s only salvation was its cast which is composed of good looking people, haha.

I appreciated the main girl during the early episodes, when she was being strong and deviant and all.

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Sadly, when she fell in love, her character turned into one of those passive ladies in Korean dramas.

I lost all my motivations to finish it the moment Baekhyun’s character died. What. I love Bacon. And his character is very lovable.

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Series

Drinking Solo (2016)

Honsoolnamnyeo (original title)

Director: Choi Kyu-shik, Jung Hyung-gun
Writers: Myung Soo-hyun, Baek Seon-woo, Choi Bo-rim
Stars: Ha Seok-jin, Park Ha-sun

This drama is about the slice-of-life and daily activities around the teachers, students, staffs of a private institution that prepares for civil service exam around the area of Seoul’s Noryangjin. The characters like to drink alone after work for their own reasons. The story also depicts the romance between Jin Jung-suk and Park Ha-na. Jin Jung Suk is a good looking and professional star lecturer. Meanwhile, Park Ha-na is a rookie lecturer who struggles to survive in the private institute world.

★★★☆☆

There are several things that made me appreciate this series. Although, it feels like lacks something. Perhaps the element of drama.

I like the fact that the plot is quite simple. No complicated storylines. They just worked on a one major situation where the entire story revolves. And I also like the fact that the story doesn’t run for a long time, I mean, some of the episodes only revolved within a day.

I also like the fact that they are always drinking, and eating. They actually go out for drinks every.single.day. after work. And even on weekends. They even drink, at home, alone, after coming from a drinking session. Whoa. That was like my life few years back. :p

The features on food and drinks are glorious! One of these days I’d probably be blasting Blackpink, too, on my phone while eating Korean food or something. Can’t find a clip of that on Youtube. So here’s Key belting a ballad instead.

And of course, something we all can relate to.

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Series

Cheese in the Trap (2016)

Director: Lee Yoon-jung
Writer: Kim Nam-hee, Go Sun-hee
Stars: Park Hae-jin, Kim Go-eun, Seo Kang-joon

The drama focuses on the life and relationships of a group of university students, particularly the difficult relationship between Hong Seol and her senior Yoo Jung.

★★★✮☆

They’ve given much thought for this series, at least before the final episode (which kind of lacking or something). Overall, the series gives off an indie vibes–from the shots to the soundtrack. This series if reminiscent of the 90s coming-of-age serieses I used to watched. Very different from the Korean romantic-comedies/fantasies I’ve seen recently. This series wanted to show “real” life. Though I find it too dramatic to be real. Like, how come all those people who seem to all have mental issues come from a single department and whose lives are all entangled somehow. But anyway, I do agree on the realistic portrayal of school issues.

If you want a breather from the cheesy Kdramas, this one is for you. It’s very sensible, acting was great, and the soundtracks are pretty cool, too.

Series

Oh My Ghost (2015)

Director: Yoo Je-won
Writer: Yang Hee-seung, Yang Seo-yoon
Stars: Park Bo-young, Jo Jung-suk, Lim Ju-hwan, Kim Seul-gie

Na Bong-Sun works as an assistant chef. Because of her timid personality and low self-esteem, she doesn’t have any friends. Since she was a child, she has been able to ghosts because of her shaman grandmother. One day, she becomes possessed by seductress ghost Shin Soon-Ae.

Kang Sun-Woo is a star chef. Na Bong-Sun has a secret crush on him. He is good looking and confident as a chef. Even though he is popular with women, he has yet to get over his ex-girlfriend. He begins to notice Na Bong-Sun after her sudden change.

 

Oh My Ghost is more of a drama than comedy. However, I had fun watching it because of the cooking. I’ve always wanted to learn how to cook good so watching features about food is always a go for me. Aside from that, I enjoyed watching this one because it renders a “realistic” feel. Yeah, it’s a fantasy, but how the characters were portrayed and how the scenes (the employees go drinking every night after work, they constantly badmouth their boss but they don’t leave work, etc). Somehow, I was able to relate to them.

There are also a lot of funny quips.

 

 

 

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