Just Watched: Designated Survivor: 6o Days

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Honestly, I never thought of falling for Designated Survivor: 60 Days this much. I never heard of the original one until I started this drama. I am considering now after being so engrossed with the Korean version. I don’t do political drama and when I do, it mostly sageuk kind. So it is refreshing to watch modern politics in a drama. I was on the fence starting it but got super addicted as soon as I started the first episode. Never would I thought I would love it so much. I just completed the last episode and A and I cried because of the ending. I am hoping that this show will get a second season. But will it?

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Currently Watching: Misty

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I fell under Misty spell last week. I could not stop watching it the minute I landed back to the States. Well, that sounds so dramatic! But you get my point *laughs*. I have been yearning for a Kdrama that could give me satisfactory as Prison Playbook and Money FlowerAs you all know, Misty ended today. I haven’t seen the final two episodes and have been avoiding Twitter like plague. I really do not need any spoilers today.

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Taking A Dare! -Asian drama Style Day 6 to 10!

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We are back with PopDramatic‘s challenge again! I hope you enjoy our comments! And yes, we are bunch of serious watchers here!

Day 6: Your favorite older actors/actresses.

Me: I used to have a crush on Kang Nam Gil. He’s the perfect father figure for Oh Ha Ni on Playful Kiss (yes, I mentioned PK again!). But now I don’t have a crush on him but still enjoy him on my mini screen. But if you ask me for an actor older than me? It would be oppa Lee Seo Jin! No doubt in my mind… Mr. Dimples!!!! Wait! Ji Jin Hee oppa and Lee Sang Yoon! Ok, I should stop. I could add more!!!

Mari: Older??? like how old? If we are speaking older older, I would have to say Lee Soon-Jae, I adore him in many shows and then just full love him once I watched him be grumpy in Grandpas Over Flowers. Yes, he can be a grumpy old man but there’s a reason to it all. He wants to get things done! For a female, I would have to go with Kim Soo-Mi because she’s a doll! I never not liked a character she’s played in any show she’s been on.

Erl: I had to read this question over and over and then, in the end, I ask Nelly what does older pertains to. Are the actors that we literally can call oppa? (e. g. Ji Jin-hee) Otherwise is it the really seasoned older actors? (e. g. Lee Soon-Jae) Since I’m still confused, I’ll just put it like this: Favorite Oppa (s) – Ji Jin-hee,  Lee Seo-jin, Lee Beom-soo. Favorite Eonnie (s) – Choi Ji-woo, Kim Hee-ae. Favorite Older Actor (s) – Lee Soon-Jae, Jung Dong-hwan. Favorite Older Actress (s) – Kim Mi-Kyung, Youn Yuh-Jung.

Sada: Ko Hyun Jung (not too old), Kim Hae Sook, Kim Sang Joong, Bana Hyo Jung, Kim Mi Suk, Lee Sung Min…I am keeping this list short.

Day 7: Your favorite child actors/actresses.

Me: I like Kim So Hyun. She’s growing up to be one talented child actress. But  another child actress that missed the spotlight is Kim Hyang Gi. Where is she? The last drama I saw her in was The Queen’s Classroom with Kim Sae Ron, another superstar child actress. On the child actor side, besides Yeo Jin Goo, I also like Park Gun Tae. Hehe… too many favorites!

Mari: You can’t make me choose!!!!!!!!!!! I love them all! but if I had to go based on talent I would say Kim So-Hyun for female and Yeo Jin Goo for male. The rest I adore but acting chops levels on these two are amazing!

Erl: Well, since kids nowadays grow up too fast for poor old me to track, this is a bit tricky. Nevertheless, there’re these kids that are my absolute current favorite. For the child actor, it’s Lee Do-Hyun, I seriously adored the child in Prime Minister and I and Master’s Sun. For the child actress, it’s Kim Yoo-bin mostly because I’m a sucker for everything really, really cute.

Sada: This was very hard to answer because all kids I liked and support are grown ups now. Here are some new kids who look promising: Baek Seung Hwan, Kang Han Byul, Kim Dan Yul.

Day 8: Worst case of Second Lead Syndrome  you’ve experienced.

Me: I don’t recall if I have any…. Hmmmm *rubs chin*. I really can’t. Wait! Kang Shin Woo from the You’re Beautiful! I was head over heal with him! Sigh…

Mari: so many, I’m famous for constantly shipping the wrong couple. The most recent one was Kong Tae-Gwang in “School 2015” and everyone has been witness to the huge breakdown I had after “Reply 1994”  and my love for Chilbongi

Erl: My worst ever case of Second Lead Syndrome was Reply 1994 (Answer Me 1994), that was the worst, ever. God, the agony! I cried literally and figuratively watching that drama and my poor heart still aches for Chilbong until now. *sigh* 

Sada: Worst was in The Greatest Love, I can’t describe how wonderful  PilJoo was. Can I say Scheduler in 49 Days? Answer Me 1994 and Five Fingers, good boy & bad boy. Love Buffet, this drama is still puzzling to me…wae not Aaron?!!!!! Sunny happiness, because bro really deserved a panda hug.

Day 9: Drama scene that broke you.

Me: I can’t particularly remember it very well but it was with the young Yeon Woon and Dong Soo in Warrior Baek Dong Soon. Their bromance was off the chart! Dong Soo’s perseverance and determination in training with Yeon Woon was daebak!

Mari: there’s two that come to my mind in an instant. *spoilers!!!* The last episode of “Mama” where the older Han Geu-Roo reads a letter to his mom and thanks her for all she did for him. He is reading the letter in the same place we first meet them when he was a little boy. The tears would not stop flowing. Then the scene in “49 Days” where Song Lee-Kyung & Scheduler are together and he remembers what happen.The motorcycle accident, the ring.. ahhhh I can’t I’ll start crying again.

Erl: That confrontation scene in Flower Boys Next Door. *spoiler alert* Cha Do-Hwi (Park Soo-jin) wanted to know why Go Dok-mi (Park Shin-Hye) was being a recluse plus she wanted to “explain” why she did what she did in the past. She said she was not as strong as Dok-mi, she needs attention, friends, etc., then Dok-mi said, “Was I not enough? Even though it was just the two of us, I was okay with just you. Better than having ten or hundred other friends, I was perfectly happy with just you.” Yeah, just pass me the tissue box will you?

Sada: Tree With Deep Roots,ending…I cried like a baby. 49 Days, every episode of that drama was sad and packed with emotions, I can’t isolate anything…drama stands for itself. The King 2 Heart, the death of the king, LSG scene at the bridge…this drama had so many amazing emotional portraits it’s hard to choose just one.  What’s up, funeral, once again, starts and ends with OMSuk. 14 Days, ending, which will erase from my memory. I must put  Woman  here too…when she found she has cancer and everything that drama is, it deserves to be here. So many left out dramas…sawwy.

Day 10: Drama pairing that you didn’t think would have any chemistry, but they did.

Me: I recently started Lucky Romance and was skeptical on the pairing of Ryu Joon Yeol and Hwang Jung Eum. I thought they wouldn’t have the chemistry we are looking for. It turns out I am wrong. They are great together! Another unexpected pairing that has amazing chemistry, on and offline, is Ahn Jae-Hyun and Gu Hye-Seon. I may be biased but I enjoyed Blood so much! Another pairing I was skeptical was with Heart to Heart’s Choi Kang Hee and Chun Jung Myung.

Mari: Lee Bo-Young & Lee Jong-Suk in “I Hear Your Voice” and since they are now one of my favorite pairings, obviously I was wrong! King of puppies works with everyone

Erl: I would have to go with Ahn Jae-Hyun and Ku Hye-Sun in Blood. I was really skeptical of the pairing but look where this pair is now. 

Sada: Yoon Eun Hye & Kang Ji Hwan (Lie To Me), I had my doubts…but they proved me wrong…Cola kiss. Jung Woo Sung & Kim Bum (Padam, Padam) they had to be here. Come on, what are the odds. Ji Hyun Woo & Yoo In Na (Queen InHyun’s Man) no-one saw this coming, right?! Beside OTP amazing chemistry, good story, fantastic dramas overall, we had true love in the end. Didn’t last,  but still proves sparks we saw. Goo Soo & Lee Yo Won (Empire of Gold), never had a kiss but had brain “cookies”. Electricity around this couple lightened the room around them. Lee Bo Young & Lee Jong Suk  (I Hear Your Voice) enough chemistry to make Ji Sung oppa jealous, Jang Hyuk & Jang NaRa (Fated  To Love You), yey for the Snail couple. Absolute  love!!!!  Ha Ji Won &Lee Seung Gi absolutely stunning couple. I don’t know is it HJW ability to adapt or LSG to grow up, but they were amazing as the King and Queen.  Ji Sung & Hwang Jung Eum (Secret), don’t know what to say here…who didn’t see it, it should. P.A. Yoona & Park Seo Joon. Oppppaaaa!

Just Watched: Blood

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From one controversy drama post to another! Yes, I’m talking about Blood. When Bel and I discussed on Tweeter whether we should watch it, we received zero support. “Think twice before you watch it!” or “Go YouTube a scene clip and you will understand why this is a must NOT watch drama!” Oh, wow. The overwhelming of outrageous support took us by surprise. WE have heard how bad it was but ever since the article Drama Fever posted on the OTP’s real life love, our curiosity won over us. How can we not, right? We must judge it for ourselves!

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For the record, we completed Blood in three days! THREE DAYS!!!! And we kept our watch in secret (okay, my big mouth spilled it to a few people) and we continuously to tweet each other via DM. Bless the Twitter DM. And strangely, we were so absorbed in it and we kept telling each other that we cannot find the show painfully annoying nor uninteresting. Are we that ignorant? Or is it because we are so immune with overacting and overzealous in dailies that Blood turns out to be extraordinarily entertaining and acceptable?

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I asked Bel her opinion and this is what she has to say:

“A funny thing happened on the way NOT to this drama, Blood (2015). Not only did we ignore everyone’s opinion and watched in secret; but an amazing thing happened… We liked it!!! Mickey!!! We liked it! Okay, this is really not unusual, folks! My drop list is full of drams that people liked that I either hated, couldn’t finished or just blame didn’t understand the excitement for!

Here’s the strange thing about Blood. It really wasn’t a medical drama! At least, I never looked it as such! Brain is a medical drama! The Virus! Hell, even the crappy Medical Top Team was really a medical drama! Blood was simply about a man who finds himself affected by a disease and is searching for the cure. I admit that a lot of the supporting characters like Joo Hyun Woo truly added substance to this drama; however, we watched it in 3 days and I cannot say I was even, truly bored!”

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And there you have it, folks! Bel and I against the world! WE did it and happy to say we are completely satisfied with the drama! Tell us what it is about Blood that you dislike. Bel and I would love to hear it from you!

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Just Watched: Snow Lotus

LDSo… it’s almost the end of the year and I’m short of two sageuk dramas. Ack! But no fret, Snow Lotus to the rescue! Well, sorta… I decided to make a last minute adjustment to my 2015 resolution and thought part sageuk/part modern drama should be okay. Well, at least it still historical/fantasy kind. *giggle* I should just eat my words from now on *laughs* *sticks tongue out*.Snow-Lotus2Anyway, Snow Lotus arrived just in time before 2015 ends in 11 days. I got excited when Bel said she enjoyed the drama. Plus, with only 2 episodes, this special web drama is stunningly beautiful and well executed. Surprisingly, with the way the story lines were written, I didn’t expect they would able to convey the message to the audience. But well, well, well…  I’m super impressed. It is a great performance by the casts.Snow-Lotus1This fantasy webdrama is very interesting and unlike I’ve seen before. The story of modern life is parallel to the one that both OTPs have been dreaming. It is a very interesting concept in that both are curious of their dreams and not realizing that each other are dreaming nearly the same dream. In the dream life, he is a commoner and she came from the noble family, and her fiance is in between their love life. In present life, he is a super rich gaming CEO guy who uses his dream as his latest online game concept and hired her to transform his dream life into drawings. She was able to put his dream as he dreamed because she was part of the dream too! He was amazed and shocked by she was able to draw it as vividly as his dreams. Sadly, in the present life, their affairs was intervene by his fiance.resizeresize (1)What makes it different in dream and present life is that she crossed dress as a man and that’s how they are able to get closed whereas in the present life, she disguised himself as a man. He somehow felt different when he’s with her but couldn’t figure out her/his identity. Snow Lotus was too short. I wish it could have been longer. I love of this drama. The concept was awesome. I really wish we get to see more of this parallel life drama in future. seolryeonhwa3