Films

Unforgettable (2016)

Soonjung (original title)/Pure Love (literal title)

Director: Lee Eun-Hee
Writer: Han Chang-Hoon, Lee Eun-Hee
Stars: Kyung-soo Do, Kim So-Hyun

On a live music radio show, a letter arrives from the 23 years in the past. Through the letter, the first love and friendships of five friends are revealed.

★★★✮☆   Super Good

Masakit sa puso. Sobra. I was an emotional wreck after watching this film. I cried so hard I couldn’t fathom why. I’ve seen much sadder movies, but this one just hit something. Maybe because I was able to somehow relate to the story and the characters, and what they have to go through. The plot and the characters are well-woven, it is so good.

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Films

Penny Pinchers (2011)

Ti-kkeul-mo-a ro-maen-seu (original title)

Director & Writer: Kim Jung Hwan
Stars: Han Ye-seul Han, Song Joong-ki Song

Ji-woong is a loser who can’t find a job so he lies to his mom for money, but his mom abruptly cuts him off one day, and he becomes homeless. But that same day, salvation arrives in the form of Hong-sil who’s extremely stingy. Her hobby is visiting the bank to make savings deposits, and her specialty is selling empty glass bottles and old newspapers for cash. One day, her savings plans are brought to a screeching halt when she learns she needs a separate bank account under someone else’s name to reach her goal of 20 million dollars. That’s when Ji-woong comes into the picture.

★★★✮☆

This is a gem. I immensely enjoyed this movie because of the fact that I can relate to what the characters are going through. The female lead plays a character closest to my own situation.

And Joong-ki is extra-adorable here.

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.

Films

Seducing Mr. Perfect (2006)

Miseuteo Robin ggosigi (original title)

Director: Sang-woo Kim
Writers: Sang-woo Kim, Seon-mi Kim
Stars: Jeong-hwa Eom, Daniel Henney

A Korean company analyst rear-ends an American man’s car then discovers he’s her new boss. Unlucky at love, she begins to take romance lessons from him in order to seduce him.

★★★☆☆

Daniel Henney, the original oppa. This movie presents a rather serious theme beneath the facade of romantic-comedy. Although mababaw lang din siya. No gripping plot.

 

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.