Currently Watching: A Life

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Medical drama is not my cup of tea. It’s not just the technical terms or the sight of blood that threw me off, but it also needs to be done in a fast pace manner. I don’t know, perhaps because I loved ER so much that any medical dramas that do not have the sense of urgency, I became bored of it. A Life is boring to me. I wanted an overwhelming and intense feeling when I watch the show and I do not get it with A Life. Granted the show focuses on surgeons at work and not the emergency room, I still find the pacing too damn slow *rolls eyes*.

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Just Watched: Erased, Seondal & Never Said Goodbye

Yeap, I’m on movie marathon again. Seriously, if not for Bel, I wouldn’t be watching these many movies. I have another movie to watch but currently, my son and I are too absorbed into Indiana Jones series. It will come later… But for now, here are my quick thoughts on the movie I just saw this week.

Erased

w3rprqm1_68a104_fErased feels like a time-traveled movie. This 2-hour show tells a story of Satoru, a manga artist by day with a part-time job as a pizza delivery guy. Satoru has this magnificent ability that I wish I have. He’s able to see what is going to happen and turn back the clock to prevent the incident from happening. Literally. Within seconds. But one day, he came home and found his mom was stabbed. He went back 18 years back to figure out who the killer that kills children in which one of the victims, Kayo, was his friend. When he thought he saved Kayo, he realized Kayo remains dead in the present life. He then went back again to figure out what happened. Would his second attempt of saving Kayo eventually saved his mom? This thriller movie is not suspenseful enough but brilliantly acted by Fujiwara Tatsuya, to my opinion. The children scenes were the best part of all. I wish I have the time to read the manga because I am sure not all of the stories get adapted to the movie. I’m a bit hesitant to recommend this drama, to be honest.

Seondal

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I can’t believe what I saw. This movie was hilarious from start to finish! Kudos to the person who wrote the novel that sparks the making of Seondal. I truly enjoyed it! My son and I laughed so hard this morning. This movie is about Seondal – Kim Seon Dal, that is. He cheated life once. With his good looks and partnered with few friends, he became the infamous swindler in the country. He’s able to steal many things and disguise himself as a eunuch, a king, a monk and even as a woman! Trust me, Seung Ho was beautiful as a woman! One day, he and his team decided to steal tobacco from a powerful and notorious merchant, Sung Dae Ryeon. This gets dirtier when on top of that, Chinese is involved in this corrupted trade. Seondal is no hero but being caught in between Dae Ryeon and the Chinese, he indirectly saved his country. The movie was predictable yet enjoyable. I highly recommend this movie!

Never Said Goodbye

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Lee Joon Gi in a Chinese movie? Sign me up! And he sounds good in Chinese! I could understand what he said, and not just mumbling the words. Never Said Goodbye was never on my radar until Bel put it up for me to watch. I did not know that Joon Gi would do Chinese movie. Since he’s currently famous as Scarface in Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, I don’t mind watching him in a different setting. And truly, Never Said Goodbye is different. Unlike the first two movies I saw, this love story is somewhat confusing. I’m not a fan of a flashback-style movie. The movie is about a Korean exchange student played by Joon Gi, who fell in love with Xiao You, a Shanghainese. The story started with how deeply in love they are but then something happened that prompted them to break up. It was his decision to do so and she could not understand why and her life went spiraling down since he left. And then the movie started to tell us the story of how they met, his life before her, her life before him, and also answered to why he wanted this breakup. It’s hard for me to recommend it since I’m not a fan of back-and-forth plots. Another odd thing is in the beginning, Joon Gi was speaking in Chinese. Later on, he speaks in Korean and the actress in Chinese. It reminds me of Love Me If You Dare. That’s a no-no for me… *sigh*

 

Currently Watching: Sumika Sumire

mainPlease Love the Useless Me ended and I’m totally sad. Bel knows I am sad. She is, too. As a replacement, she got us Sumika Sumire. This drama is meant to fill in the void and to wash away the bitterness that Love That Makes You Cry did to us. Either way, this is another Japanese drama I added to my watch list. I apologize if you’re upset that I’m not watching and blogging kdrama as frequent as I often do. It’s not that I’m losing interest, but at the moment none of the kdramas are grabbing me tightly. Well, *giggle* I lied. There is one that I’m watching and you’ll know which one I’m talking about once I blog it.

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Sumika Sumire wrapped its airing date three days ago and now I’m just waiting for the final two episodes to be released and subbed. As usual, this drama was never on my radar. The title itself was not really interesting but I’m curious what it is about. The synopsis sounded interesting. It’s going back to your younger self! It reminds me of 13 going on 30 (but in reverse)! It sounds fun, right? If you have seen Back to 20, you will understand it. I love this kind of premise! I’m always curious what would happen next. Heck, I wanna be in my 20s again!

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Sumi is a 65-year old spinster. With her mom’s passing, she started rewinding down and looking back how much she has lost her youth through working for the family business. On her way back from her mother’s funeral, she met Mashiro, a young and handsome college boy. Sumi blushes at the touch of his hands to hers. That night, she wished that she could be in love, going back to school and does all the things she had missed all over again. Well, her wish is Rei’s command. Rei is like a genie in the bottle except he’s a monstrous black cat trapped in a painting on a folded wall divider that has been kept for years. But of course, he does not appear as a cat. He appears like a regular man you would see on the street except he is always in black color attire. Rei granted Sumi’s dream and turned her into a 20-year old self again. But, there is a catch! Just like Cinderella, Sumi will turn back to her OLD self at 11pm and will stay OLD until 1 am. That two-hour window can be tough especially when Sumi is out to have fun!

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As a start, Rei changed her name to Sumire – to reflect her new (but not new) appearance. Sadly, Sumire’s mind does not change. She has difficulty mingling with the youngsters, she dresses conservatively, she talks like an old woman (after all, she is one mentally!), and she moves like a granny. It was a big adjustment for Sumi. Mashiro, the boy she met, immediately attracted to Sumire but he was stunned that everywhere she goes, or in whatever dying situation she is, he noticed that Rei is always around! She introduced Rei as her distance relative who is her protector. But Rei turns out to be overly protective of her.

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Sumire’s love with Mashiro blooms but when she found out that he’s suffering a terminal illness, she decided to give up her life for his. By giving up is to let him live with the magic Rei has given to her and quit being his girlfriend. When Mashiro founds out about what she did, her true self and Rei’s identity, he was dumbfounded. And guess what? That’s all I got up to episode 6. The preview to episode 7 was interesting. For a start, a massive 5 year time jump! Mashiro and Sumire decided to be friends (of course they did – I don’t think Mashiro would like to date a 65 year old woman!) and Sumire pursued her dream career! Rei disappeared but keeps Sumire within his sight.

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What do I expect for the next two episodes? I want to know how Sumire juggles her double life and wonders if she will ever finds love. I have this hunch that Rei is in love with Sumire. As for Mashiro, I don’t know if he will ever accept her since he’s seen the real Sumire (or Sumi). Can he be in love with a grandma? *pulls hair* I really don’t know. I left out one character in here. Yoshinogo is Rei’s fiancée. Like Rei, she too was trapped in the wall divider. I’m not quite sure her role in this drama but she certainly could smell Rei’s attachment with Sumire. This drama is only 8 episodes long. I think it is worth watching for the fun of it! The pace is nice. I’m curious how this drama is in manga since it is adapted from the same title. But who am I kidding? I rather watch than read manga… I’m lazy like that *winks*.

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Currently Watching: I’m Home

I'm_Home-p1Ever since I finished Ando Lloyd, I have this Kimura Takuya craving again. I’ve seen lots of his dramas growing up which I couldn’t name any of it now and he was one of my favorite Japanese actors back then. He remains great actor until today. And when I saw on his profile that he is the main lead for I’m Home, without hesitation, I immediately said yes! Also, for the first time in many months, I read the synopsis and really intrigued by the plots. It almost got me curious with the mystery behind the masks. Don’t you?

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Aaaah yes, another Japanese drama added to my list as well! *pats shoulder* I’m liking this challenge I put on to myself. I already have a theme for my 2016 drama watch resolution and I’m so excited to unveil it by the end of this year. But now, let’s focus on 2015 and my own success in keeping up with more Japanese dramas in general. Plus, now that I’ll be leaving for Tokyo in 3 days, I think I should pick up some Japanese for survival! So, back to I’m Home… Where do I begin? For a start, 6 episodes have aired and I have yet to watch episode 6. But I will soon! *wiggles brows* TV Asahi have yet to announce, or maybe they did *shrugs*, how many episodes are there for I’m Home but I suspect the typical number – about 11 to 12 episodes long.

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The story line seems simple to follow in the beginning and it feels very straight forward. Hisashi was nearly killed on his way home from his site work. The explosion in an energy plant had caused him coma for days and lost his memories of everything, including his family. Hence, the masks on his wife and son on the poster. But as the drama progress, a layer of mystery is unveiled episode by episode by episode. Hisashi was able to go back to work but he was downgraded from the #1 team to the last team in the company . Now, we don’t know how his lives were prior to the accident but it is intriguing that among things given to Hisashi after he was released from the hospital is a set of 10 keys. Hisashi doesn’t remember which doors these keys belong to… But the minute he’s at a door, he somehow knows which key to use. Interesting, right? He remembers some of his past life before his current marriage to Megumi. He discovered that he divorced his first wife 5 years ago to marry his current wife. How? He was in his ex-home doing the house chores (cleaning, cooking and ironing clothes) and his daughter walked in from school and told him about the divorce. *facepalm* Another day, he came to his best friend’s studio only to find out later that he stole Megumi from his bff! Well, that’s awkward! He also found himself one day sleeping in his old apartment which is now belongs to a new owner. Yikes! But one thing I like about Hisashi is that he doesn’t waste any time. He rather address the situation right away or seek out the truth instead of letting it slide. I like this attitude *thumbs up*. As  I’m Home progressing, I’m starting to feel suspicious on two characters. I’m curious to why these ladies are keeping their eyes so tightly on him. My first suspect is Megumi. She’s hiding something and I believe she’s the reason for his divorce. Another person is his colleague in his current (loser) department. She constantly reported Hisashi’s progress to the main boss. Why? *rubs chin* What do these people want from Hisashi?

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Initially, I thought that this is a family drama but it turns out to be a one mysterious puzzling drama. I dig mystery drama. So many layers that I have yet to see and I’m certainly looking forward to know what is going on. And I want to know why Hisashi couldn’t see his family’s face. There are a lot going on in this “peaceful” drama. The mood of this drama is so calm that you won’t feel the tension at all. Well, maybe a little… *shrugs*. This drama has a lot of potential and even my Japanese girlfriend, Maki, said the same thing. Well, we shall see! I highly recommend this drama if you are into Nancy Drew kind – but not too deep.

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