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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Films

Coin Locker Girl (2015)

Cha-i-na-ta-un (original title)

Director: Han Jun-hee
Writer: Han Jun-hee
Stars: Kim Hye-su, Kim Go-eun, Park Bo-gum

A  new born girl is placed in a coin operated locker in the subway station. The girl is raised by a mother who is the boss for a loan shark group. Later, when the girl has grown into a teen, she carries out missions given to her by her mother.

★★★✮☆

A great plot that brought out an impeccable performance from the artists. Had I seen this film first, I never would’ve imagined Kim Go Eun as the Goblin’s bride.

Mind you the copy I watched had a really messed up subtitles, but I was so engrossed into it that I had to forced myself to understand the scenes just by reading their actions.

Films

Now You See Me 2 (2016)

Director: Jon M. Chu
Writer: Ed Solomon
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan

The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

★★★☆☆

Magic tricks never fail to amaze me. This one has several scenes that are worth replaying. However, I enjoyed the first movie more.

Films

So I Married an Anti-Fan (2016)

Director: Kim Jae-young
Screenplay: Kim Jae-young
Stars: Park Chanyeol, Yuan Shanshan, Seo Ju-hyun, Jiang Chao

About a female reporter who falls in love with a male celebrity after previously hating him and becoming an anti-fan, the polar opposite of a fan.

★★☆☆☆

First things first, they did not get married. At least in the movie; it wasn’t shown. So the title is misleading. I only watched this out of curiosity. I just wanted to see how Chanyeol acts. These days, I’m into mushy, cheesy Korean dramas that usually have happy endings so I figured this might just be another one of those. Indeed it is. However, this one has a lousy storyline. Parang whatever na lang isaksak natin sa pelikula para mabuo lang yung 1 hour 30 minutes ganyan. It actually started pretty well, it just wasn’t sustained. And the scenes leading toward the ending, I can’t even. Sige na, pwede na yan, tapusin na natin ito. Only if you have plenty of time to spare, maybe you’d consider this. Unless you are a fan of Chanyeol. Ang gwapo niya dyan, as in sa lahat ng eksena and fresh. Although, very newbie ang activing skills niya dito.

chanyeol
May streetdrinking din sa China (kung dun man yan kinunan)

Nag-enjoy lang ako nung una kasi yung copy na nakuha ko has 3 different subtitles–Mandarin, English, French.

Films

Salut d’Amour (2015)

Jang-su Sahng-hoe (original title)

Director: Kang Je-gyu
Stars: Park Geun-hyung, Youn Yuh-jung

Sung-chil is a grumpy 70-year-old man who lives alone and works part-time at the local supermarket. Jang-soo, owner of the supermarket and president of the city’s redevelopment project, has been trying in vain to get Sung-chil’s signature (he’s the last hold-out and the only reason for the project’s delay), but Sung-chil stubbornly refuses any change to his lifestyle. Then he meets his new neighbor Geum-nim, a feisty yet friendly elderly lady who runs the flower shop next door. Despite his age, Sung-chil is inexperienced and clumsy at romance so the entire town cheers him on and helps him court her. But Geum-nim’s daughter Min-jung disapproves of the relationship.

★★★✮☆ 

The film already caught me few seconds into the opening, which features a South Korea countryside.

At first I thought it’s one of those sappy melodramas set in the 80s or something. Little did I know that I was in for a wonderful surprise.

The plots isn’t that unique. I even referred to it as the Korean version of The Notebook, but Salut D’Amour has its own unique appeal and style. A lot of thought must have been given to this film as evident in the way the story was presented, and how visuals were utilized to make it even better. It makes you feel good and entertained at first, before it makes you curious, and crave for answers.

Add some unique flavoring c/o your Korean veteran actors. (I say veteran because I’ve seen some of the actors and actresses in other Korean dramas.) The characters were tailored in a way that you’ll love every single one of them.

That’s Chanyeol’s, though he’s just a minor character. (If you’re a fan of EXO.)

It’s one of those films that will make you laugh and cry, and think about life. CHAROT. Basta maganda siya.