Currently Watching: My Father is Strange

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There is something in KBS weekend world air! I’m not sure what it is but they have been applying the same formula for the past three weekend dramas. They hit a jackpot with Five Children. I then said the next drama will need to work harder to meet Five Children‘s success. Laurel Tree Tailors happened. First of all, what a title. The synopsis wasn’t attractive at all. Like Five Children, I did not watch it immediately. It took me several weeks to finally gave in.

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Currently Watching: Sweet 18

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I decided to go classic on my newest watch. I thought it’s time to give some love for Sweet 18 and see what’s the hype people have been talking about. Before I started, I was contemplating whether I would last until the end or quit half way through. Old dramas usually get on my nerves. I just don’t tolerate old bs and cheesy, and I also couldn’t stand old fashion. But so far, I have managed to watch it well. I don’t have much to complain except for few gangster moments. Also, seeing the actors at their early age makes me feel very, very old.

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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: Northern Line Limit, The Throne and The Classified File

You know I’m on work travel when all you see on today’s post are movies! Yeap, I was forced to watch them in order to stay awake on my flight. I kind of glad I did because the movies were wonderful. I even shed my precious tears!!!! So here are my quick two cents on the movies:

Northern Line Limit

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Bel had asked me to watch this movie before. I should have listened to her sooner. It’s a military movie! Anything military genre like, I’m in! (don’t remind me of DotS, okay?) Plus, Kim Moo Yeol and Jin Goo are in it. Based on true story, this movie was about the navy clash between the North and South Korea. Obviously, it was told from the South Korean side. The story mainly focused on the lives of the South Korean soldiers and how they fought against the sneaky North Korean. I cried at the end of the movie. It’s a war movie so death was inevitable but I loved how the movie portrayed the courage and high-spirited soldiers. They were so young and naive. Battle of Yeonpyeong was their first true battle and left a deep scar not only to them, but to the country. Overall, I enjoyed it. It was just a steady pace in the beginning but it picked up towards the end. If you love anything military-like movie, you would want to watch it. I wished I saw it with someone… I had so many questions. Well, I have summoned my husband and good friend to watch it so we can discuss the NK tactics *wink*.

The Throne

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This movie can be a little bit frustrating. The back and forth flashback annoyed me in the beginning and I was able to feel comfortable with it 30 minutes into it. The Throne was great. The King was painful to watch and so did the Crown Prince. The King expected a lot from the Crown Prince to take the thrown. But he was disappointed that his son was more into arts than governing the country. The Crown Prince blamed the King for not giving him the fatherly love he deserved. Basically, the movie lingers around father and son relationship. The Crown Prince was mad that his father did not celebrate his mom’s 60th birthday and threatened to kill him. The King charged his son for treason and asked him take his life. Well, the Crown Prince did not but he ended up dead anyway. The King killed his own son. How? You just have to watch it. This is a really good movie of how a son tried so hard to please his father and a father showed too much of his disappointment of his son to members of the palace. The struggle was hard to watch but I really thought it was acted well by Song Kang Ho and Yoo Ah In. Bravo! *claps*

The Classified File

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I hesitated to watch this movie. The synopsis was not interesting at all. I mean a fortune teller and a detective joint forces to find a missing girl? First of all, how could they possibly solve a kidnapping case? I did not start this movie until my last leg of flight. *giggle* I was running out of movie to watch! But, by the end of this movie, I was beating myself for not starting it sooner! Another true story that you must not miss! The detective really did not believe the fortune teller (I didn’t either) but by the end of this movie, he was impressed by how much the fortune teller’s reading and speculation has helped him with the case. They solved the missing case and worked together few years later again to solve another missing case with the same girl! This movie also showed that the police force in SK is truly corrupt. Well, as if we don’t know already, right? Anyway, this movie left me in tears. What is up with me and crying on the plane? *shakes head* You have to watch this movie. The detective and fortune teller were brilliant. They remain true friends until today. It’s a good hearty movie and seeing how dedicated they were to their work and families were truly admiring and rewarding. It gives a great sense that as long as you do your part, you will soon be recognized.

 

Currently Watching: Pinocchio

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I contemplated earlier on whether I should give Pinocchio a green light. I love Park Shin Hye so much. I love her sweet, innocent look and most of her characters she played were quirky. She’s my type of girl. But I had a set back with Pinocchio because I hate to hear comments about her kissing scene. Some called it her infamous “gold fish” kiss. Yes, she doesn’t know how to kiss as perfectly as Hollywood actresses but hey, I’m perfectly fine with it. She’s an actress and kissing is not her forte. Plus, just imagine if she does put her 110% effort in kissing her leading males, I don’t think she will survive today! She will be grilled! No, she will be tortured, abused, boycotted and slammed by the SK netizens. I do not want my girl to be treated like that. No, no, no…!

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However, Shin Hye was not THE only reason I shy away from Pinocchio. Beautiful casts is my other reason. I don’t want it to be another *shrugs* IDK…. Heirs? Anwyay, I started watching it last Saturday… Plex was down at the time and I was already current with all my drama watch. So I hold my breath and started Pinocchio. 6 hours later, I was convinced that this drama is the best I’ve seen in awhile. The plots are nice. The casts are great. The chemistry between all the casts and just the OTP are so spot on. I can feel the love in the air with all of them! Also, I love the color scheme. Very soft and soothing. Also, not to forget, it even gives me I Hear Your Voice (IHYV) vibe! Me likey! I’m very close to compare it with Pinocchio since I found that the writers are the same. And it does feel as if it is a continuation from one drama to another. But I do not want to go there… I want to be fair for Pinocchio and the cast. And now, at episode 20, this recently wrapped drama is awesome at all angles, whichever you look at it. I’m impressed by Lee Jong Suk more and more now. He is darn charming and acted his character well.

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The story started with a wrongfully accusation of death towards Fireman Ki. He and his crew responded to an explosion in a factory. He didn’t survive and his body was not found. Someone with a Pinocchio sydrome, a syndrome that will make a person hiccup when he or she lied. So this person mistaken for a passerby he saw on the street as the late Fireman Ki. Ki’s family in return was tormented by the media, especially by Reporter Sung, and accused Ki for various painful accusations. This wrongful accusations forced Ki’s wife to suicide. Her younger son, Ha Myung went missing too and was presumed dead as they found just one of his shoes on the cliff with his mom’s. It turns out, Ha Myung is alive and was adopted by a grandpa. Instead of going by his name, he disguised himself as Choi Dal Po.

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Fast forward, Dal Po grew up well. Though he is smart, he lay low in school and pretended he is useless and not able to learn. One day, he started to show off how smart he is by participating in a national TV quiz show with mostly aced students as contestants. The reason for him to come out is to see if he’s ready to be in a studio and eventually to take up his revenge on Reporter Sung. During the time he grow up, he met In Ha, his adopted father’s granddaughter. Though he love her a lot, she is Reporter Sung’s daughter. But he is not driven by the revenge but more of getting the things right and in order! I love Dal Po as he is not as nasty as I thought he would be but more of probing things to make the guilty parties voluntarily surrender. There are a lot of verbal information exchanged between the characters and they are not to be missed.

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I enjoy Pinocchio so much. The show is driven by moral. It’s very entertaining and suitable for young teens as well as adults. I love the message they brought in to this drama. And the best of all, there is no angst whatsoever. It is a light yet very rich drama. Pinocchio is a 20 episode drama and it is as good as I Hear Your Voice. I’m sad that I will finish this show in a few minutes time but dang, it’s worth my time. I highly recommend this to everyone.

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Currently Watching: Hotel King

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When I heard Lee Dong Wook was making a come back to the small screen, there were no words to describe how I felt at the time. Too happy. Too excited. Heart palpitates 200 beats per second. I could spazz all night just thinking of him. His bedroom eyes. His fairest skin of ’em all. His abs… Oh my god, his abs! And his perfect posture. *facepalm* Here I go again *laughs*. But you know I’m not alone in spazzing over this perfect creature, I know a lot of ladies too. And then I found out the leading lady is Lee Da Hae. A pure beauty with bad acting skill. Oh boy… I cringed so badly. Flashback of her in Miss Ripley (which I couldn’t finish it – sorry Micky!), My Girl and Chuno. Seriously, they could have get rid of her character in Chuno. I seriously don’t get her existence in that almost perfect show… She slowed down the show. Just give me the men and their chocolate abs *giggles*.

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For the longest time I was debating if I should start or skip Hotel King. But I love, love, love Dong Wook. I don’t care what people say about how bad his acting skill is. To me, if you compare him with Da Hae, he’s better! So I took drastic measure and told myself whatever… It’s for Dong Wook. Watch for Dong Wook. Live for Dong Wook. And so the journey began… It was June 1. It was my first day in Jakarta. Alone in my room. And guess what? I thought Da Hae wasn’t bad at all… She improved a little… But way better than I saw her in other dramas. But what’s up with that quirky, almost quacky voice she made??? Is that her interpretation of being cute? Errrrr… Sorry, Da Hae but you sounded ducky to me! Just speak properly for goodness sake!!!! *rolls eyes* ooooooh, sasaenghae *fist air*

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Hotel King is a melo-romcom revenge drama. Does this category exists? Sure it does! In my head it does *laughs*. Why? As I’m shaking my head rewinding the show from the first episode until episode 28, I found that the show was funny at the beginning and suddenly the drama took a sharp U-turn and became melo and revengy. Urgh, the show must thank me for still watching it. It wasn’t as painful as you think, but I hate it when I got lured by the romance and comedy and then the show turned all serious on me. I hate pulling a straight face on the characters that made me laugh since the beginning. I do feel cheated a bit… But I should have known better. The title says it all. Hotel King. It’s a business drama. Oh boy, what have I got myself into?

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Anyway, there is no turning back. I’ve invested all my emotions into this show and I’m happy to say, I am loving it! Yes, despite of what I have said earlier, I really care for this show. Every week I look forward for the latest episodes. The OTP is surprisingly very convincing. I ship them hard! Really, really hard! Cha Jae Wan is the hotel manager where Mo Ne’s late father used to own. Ah Mo Ne is the heiress where the hotel he’s working in. He’s a cold and arrogant yet a very confident manager. She’s a bubbly beauty who went back to Korea to save the legacy her dad had left. He thought she’s his sister. He’s trying to make her life miserable as a revenge thinking that her dad abandoned him. But when he found out that there is no blood relation between them, he felt relief. He became fond of her and she’s madly in love with him. At the same time, they both had to fight the man, Lee Joong Go, that raised him to become the man who he really is. It turns out, he’s been poisoned into thinking Mo Ne’s dad is his but turned out Joong Go is his dad! *cues horror song*

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So this kind of madness mess yet juicy plots lured me every time. Wait till you find out who is Jae Wan’s mother… *rolls eyes*. Pure evil! My only argument is how can a mother doesn’t recognize her own child all this while? Did she really believe her child is dead? Really? She sure lost her mother instinct. *shaking ma head* Of course when she showed up in my screen, I have nothing but hate. She was the mean biatch I wanted to slap so hard! But I hate to call her biatch (even though I did) since she pre-warned Mo Ne not to trust her. But ya know what I mean… The more you said to people not to trust you, the more people take it otherwise…  I have nothing against the actress to be honest and obviously she did a wonderful job! She convinced me to hate her.

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This week is the final week of Hotel King. My tablet has been cranky but you know I’m going to finish it as soon as the last two episodes are subbed. I think I’m going to finish it… The story can be weak at some part but it folded nicely. And for all I know, I only care that my OTP gets happy ending. They have awesome chemistry so I’m pretty sure they will. And as for you, if you are into business melo-romcom drama, this is a drama for you. Don’t feel intimidated by the word “business” coz they did not throw all sort of business technical term, it pretty much typical common sense plot. To be honest, I think you should give it a try… *shrugs* You might like it.

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