Currently Watching: The Bride of Habaek

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It was Erl that introduced me to The Bride of the Water God and I was quite taken by the story. I read it religiously before and I am still not done with it. While I was reading it, I even fantasized who should play Habaek. Obviously, I have forgotten all about it when the production cast Nam Joo Hyuk. I was unhappy with the news. I really liked him in Weightlifting Fairy but I simply could not see him as Habaek. Furthermore, I  have no faith with Shin Se Kyung. I am currently watching Six Flying Dragons and she’s doing well in this show but I don’t know what happened… She is back to being meh. As I expected, her colleagues and the director play a huge role in her character delivery.

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Taking A Dare! -Asian drama Style Day 1 to 5!

30 day challengeYes, I decided to take up on POPDramatic‘s 30-Day challenge. It looks fun, so why not? *wink*. And my guest bloggers, Mari and Erl, are participating, too! How awesome is that? *claps*. So check our answers out!

Day 1: Drama plotline that made you (or nearly made you) ragequit.

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Me: Miss Ripley! God that show drove me batshit crazy!!! I saw three episodes and raised my white flag! Hell no. Her constant lying irritated me so much. I just can’t watch her fooling both men! Sorry, I had to hate Lee Da Hae here because of her character!

Mari: If we are going with something that made me quit recently It would have to be
She was Pretty“. The main guy treated her like trash for almost 3/4’s of the drama. He belittles her, constantly screaming and calling her names. He made her cry so many times. Yet she forgives everything because he was “traumatized” as a kid and could not recognize his first love??? also Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!! the second lead ( Siwon! I miss you!) was perfect in his weird way!! I’m still so angry as I type this!!!

Erl: My pick would be Doctor Stranger. That was a real pain to watch and honestly I still have this leftover impulse to pull my hair whenever I think about that drama. Between the repeated desperate scenes involving falling from a bridge and not dying, everything is just all over the place. And I just can’t with Jin Se-yeon, I just can’t!

Day 2: Actor(s) that proved you wrong about their acting abilities.

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Me: I really dislike idol turns actor. But Big Bang’ TOP shot me down really good with his acting on Tazza – Hand of God. The man is brilliant! His casual acting is unreal! He definitely can act!

Mari:let’s see… If we have to pick actual “actors” and not Idols turned actors I would have to go with So Ji-Sub in “Master’s Sun“. His previous dramas that I seen left me questioning why he was doing something he seemed so bored doing( see “What Happen in Bali” and “MiSa“) so I was surprised and enjoyed his character so much in MS. 

Erl: Hmmm, the unexpected .. Well, I think I would have to go with Seung-Ri, another Big Bang member. I didn’t expect to enjoy his acting in Angel Eyes but I really did. He really provided a comic relief in that drama and boy, am I so relieved that he did!

Day 3: Actress(es) that proved you wrong about their acting abilities.

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Me: Shin Se-Kyung. I really like her in Blade Man! She improves a lot! But I don’t know her performance in Six Flying Dragons… Jang NaRa is another name came to mind. She was not my favorite until School 2013. From then on, she really fly…

Mari::I have 3!!!! Shin Se-Kyung in “The girl who sees smells” Go Ara in “Reply 1994” and Lee Yeon-Hee in “Miss Korea” the last 2 were always known for being gorgeous while their acting was painful but they did a great job in those shows. For Shin Se-Kyung we discovered that she should only do comedies. 

Erl: Shin Se-Kyung!!! I was really surprised by the amount of love that I felt for her in Girl Who See Smells, it’s crazy and I’m pretty biased with actresses.

Day 4: Corny drama soundtrack that you secretly love to listen to.

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Me: Guilty!!! Boys Over Flowers OST. You know the song… Almost Parrradisseeeeee! I secretly hate it yet love it. Sure, call me a hypocrite. I don’t care! Great, now I can hear the song in my head… *facepalm*

Mari: *scans her iTunes playlist* I have & still play some song from the following OSTs: Boys over Flowers, You’re Beautiful, Heartstrings, To The beautiful You & Master’s Sun

Erl: Okay, I guess I have to come clean. I really, really love to listen to the Heirs OST and whenever a friend I’m talking to says the word “moment” I always go.. ooh, ooh, ohh, love is the mommeeeent… And yeah, I leave them speechless.

Day 5: Guilty pleasure drama that you love to watch, even though you know it’s flawed.

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Me: Playful Kiss! The Korean version, of course! Please, do not remind me of KHJ’s choppy and woody acting! And don’t remind me of his stupid scandal! *rolls eyes* But I love watching it mainly for Oh Ha Ni! She reminds me of… ME!!!

Mari:You’re Beautiful“, “Heartstrings” and “To the beautiful You” I know they are terrible but they always make me smile 

Erl: I would have to go with You’re Beautiful and To the Beautiful You. I know, it’s flawed, completely flawed but it’s sinfully cheesy and delicious.

 

 

 

Currently Watching: The Girl Who Sees Scents

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Clearly, the title does not make any sense, right? Is this true? I mean is this syndrome exist? Trust me, I’d like to believe it is but deep down, I think it’s yet another kdrama creation of a new sickness. *shaking my head* I feel like I’m living in a bubble sometimes since I fall for it so easily. But nevertheless, I did fell for it and sort of deep in love with the show. However, there is one thing I’d like to point out… This is my second drama this year that has death in it! *gasp* I really did not expect it! Not at all… And the worse part was that the writers led us to believe that the person is the suspect of interest! *dun dun dun*. Heh, I didn’t buy it but all the watchers that commented on Viki did!

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Originally, I wasn’t planning on watching this drama. I thought I should devote more of my watch towards non-popular dramas such as daily dramas, Chinese dramas and oldies. But somehow the gravity from newer dramas is pretty strong!!! Like a bee drawn to flowers, I surrendered myself to The Girl Who Sees Scents. *giggles*. Did you like my mediocre implication of life? Oh yeah, I’m feeling a little philosophical… don’t mind me! Back to the drama, it is scheduled to end next week and I’m excited for it to end and move on to a new watch.

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The Girl Who Sees Scents has actually a deeper meaning than its title. It’s not only comedic, it also has the elements of thriller and supernatural. I wouldn’t say it is heavily romantic, but it has some cutesy moments that I think they are cho, cho cute! As the matter of fact, I adore the OTP. Shin Se Kyung has once again step up her acting game! After Blade Man, she definitely improves her gig really fast. I’m fast becoming her fan! *smiles* I’m glad it is her and not Suzy. Heh *shrugs* just saying *ducks from Suzy’s fans* As for Micky, the only drama of his I have yet to watch is 3 Days. I’m quite a fan of his acting even though I still think it can be improved a lot more. But at least, he is more agile in here. Good job, Micky!

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So what the show is all about? Oh Cho Rim woke up from her accident able to see scents! Yeah, that’s it! *giggles* *laughs hysterically*. Okay, okay… Let me add more to this to make it interesting. So it started with Detective Choi Moo Gak who lost his sister to bar code serial killer. Yeap, the killer put a bar code on his victims (he slit the victim’s wrist with a bar code using knife) *shudders*. Anyway, the killer mistakenly took Moo Gak’s sister, Choi Eun Seul, as the person of his interest. But in reality, the real Choi Eun Seul is Oh Cho Rim. Wae different name? Her parents were murdered by the bar code killer as well. In order to protect her, she was taken in by a retired police officer as his daughter and changed her identity to avoid the killer. But why did the killer wants to kill Oh Cho Rim? Hmmmm, let’s go back to Moo Gak. While Cho Rim could see scents, Moo Gak lost his ability to taste and feel after the death of his deongsaeng. If you give him a 150 Fahrenheit, super spicy food to him, he will gauge it in under 2 seconds! Moo Gak met Cho Rim unexpectedly when Cho Rim helped him to catch a robber. But this unexpected partnership made them grew fond of each other and eventually work together to sniff the bar code killer.

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At the end of episode 14, the killer has been exposed and found so I’m not sure how they are going to play around for the next two final episodes. What I love about the serial killer is that he is nothing what we would imagine a killer would be. But I wonder why he kills and why bar code? Pretty interesting style! And also, his method of keeping his victims for days before he kill them is pretty intriguing. He is a genius and using his victims death letter as his way of inspiration to move forward to kill more. He’s like breathing in into the life of his victims per se. Most viewers are drooling by the killer’s good looking and abs… Well, *scratches head shyly* me included! I hope the next two episodes will reveal who Oh Cho Rim is and why she is wanted by the serial killer. This drama is not too bad, although sometimes you will find yourself wondering what the hell are the writers thinking! Regardless though, The Girl Who Sees Scents is pretty entertaining and time flies when you’re watching entertaining drama! Thumbs up from me! Now shoo… go watch it!

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Currently Watching: Blade Man

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I have to be truly honest with you. Blade Man. The reason I watch it is because of Lee Dong Wook-ssi. But honestly though, I was pissed that he took another project when he just wrapped up with Hotel King not too long ago. On top of that, he is (is he still?) in Roommate, a Big Brother like variety show. Why is he doing this to himself? For money? To catch up with his career? Is he not tired? He accepted Hong Bin character after Ji Sung turned it down. When I heard this news, I got more skeptical. Can this man do as good as Ji Sung? We all know how Dong Wook is just an average actor. So to fill a character that was once written for Ji Sung, I was worried for this guy. Can he do a good job? Can he be THE Blade Man? *shrug* Yes, I had so many questions. So, so many!

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I cringed when I started with the first episode. Yes, I was afraid. I heard some good and some not so good responses on the Twitter. I remember, before I started the first episode, I prayed really, really hard so that the first episode would knock my socks off. 11 episodes later, the show impressed me in a huge way! I never thought that I’m gonna say this but I really, really, really LOVED it! Dong Wook look awfully pale though but that’s not the issue – he was able to pull this almost mental yet nerdy character quite flawlessly! And it turns out, for once, he is doing good at being a weirdo! *laughs* So when I was mentally imagining Ji Sung as Joo Hong Bin, I accepted the fact that I should quit with the comparison. But I did have another concern. Shin Se Kyung! I cringed as well. She hardly impressed me. I had trouble believing in her. I remembered Drama Fan told me how she was impressed by Se Kyung in Tree in Deep Roots. I appreciate her honesty and it is great to have that kind of conversation with someone because sometimes, another person can point out things that you and I may have missed it. The point is, I was disappointed by Se Kyung’s performance in Deep Roots, Fashion King and When A Man Loves. But I finally saw a rainbow in her in Blade Man! What happened? She finally stood up. Except for the way she cried, which I find it funny for some reason, I was impressed by her performance. She definitely received a good coaching from Blade Man‘s PD. What else could it be? But anyway, I’m feeling good and she has gained my trust again.

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Sadly though, Blade Man is in a stiff competition with other dramas – namely My Lovable Girl (my review is coming up soon) and My Spring Days (I decided not to watch it). At one point, the rating was below 6%. Yes, it was such a disappointment news to hear it. Wae? I do not know. Maybe K-netizens aren’t ready for a manhwa comedy meets super power drama. *sigh* I guess no one is watching Heroes in SK. Believe me netizens, Blade Man is the bomb. It is very entertaining, yo!

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Mmmmmkay, what can I say a little bit about Blade Man *rubbing her chin*. Hong Bin owned a successful game business. He is a gamer and hired nerdy gamers to develop new games for his company. But behind being a successful gamer, he leads a pain and sad life. This fantasy drama is about Hong Bin and his sad life. When he is sad and angry, the weather will turned gray and rainy and his body will sprout blades! It’s so weird! Besides that, he also have a sharp sense of smell. I’m telling you, the way this drama portrayed the scene is very manhwa-ish! I find it very, very, VERY entertaining! And then he met Song Se Dong. Se Dong and her team of 7 men are gamer underdog who recently hired by Hong Bin to develop games for him. Part of the hiring decision was made due to Se Dong. Hong Bin has this fascination of smell and his senses give that ultra sensagasm when he’s around her. Okay, I think I just got this backward. He got to know her when he ran into her in the airport, this can be seen from the first two episodes. Hong Bin met his son for the first time and he couldn’t get the boy to stop crying but Se Dong did. He then hired her as his son’s nanny in which later found out, she is a game developer and that’s how she got involved with his company. Phew. Sorry to Blade Man police patrol if I got this whole thing backward/forward or jumble up like bibimbap *facepalm*. Anyway, he started falling for her when he took her and his kid to see his ex-girlfriend’s parents. But he was feeling a little ashamed and confused since he couldn’t control his anger and ended up hurting the people he loves. The silver lining though in this drama is his PA, Secretary Ko. He continuously looking out for his boss no matter how much bruises and cuts he gotten when defending and protecting Hong Bin as Blade Man. The only setback in this drama is Hong Bin’s dad. The relationship this father and son have is completely ruined. I believe Se Dong position in this drama is to mend their relationship together, in which I started to see it now.

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This 20 episode drama is completely different that any kdrama I have seen. The key to success for Blade Man is to watch Hong Bin and his father get back together as a family. This is a really good message drama by using supernatural as medium for humor. So far, I’ve seen 13 episodes and I have 7 episodes to go. This currently airing drama is a hit among my Twitter chingus. I’m pleased with them and I’m pleased with Blade Man. This is a very unusual kdrama that turned out to be super duper awesome! It may not be a cup of tea for some but it is definitely my kind of cup of tea! I highly recommend Blade Man! Two thumbs up from me and I can’t wait to see the ending to this!

Currently Watching: A Tree with Deep Roots

roots1You all know I’m not a sageuk fan. I avoid and delay any good sageuk drama as long as I could. I get criticize by a few of my friends and tweeter friends about it too. Sure as a reviewer, I should not be picky and bias, right? Believe me, I come out with millions of reasons and excuses in my head when I don’t like something. When I’m running out of things to blame, this is the time I drag myself off the floor and decide which next drama will be my victim. As far as I know, my reviews on most sageuk drama are pretty decent (average to bad). Why? I don’t know *shifty eyes* I just prefer the present world we are living with… Yes, yes… I am picky. Call me whatever, sageuk drama bored me to death! I could count with fingers how many period drama I’ve seen in a year. Yup, it’s that bad. So why I finally decided to watch A Tree with Deep Roots? I have promised myself to watch it this month and I thought I could channel all my energy on this masterpiece while I’m on travel work. Well, my travel work didn’t happen (YAY!) but I’m left out with my promise. I hate to disappoint my own self so I went along with it. And then comes Jang Hyuk. THUNK! One gal asked if I based my choice on watching Roots solely on him? HEEEEELLLLLLLLLLL NO! Are you freaking kidding me? *cough cough giggle giggle* No, I swear. I’m not basing my choice on Jang-Hyuk oppa. Jinjja!

So really, the reason I’m drawn to this show is because of the history of the language itself. When I shared the synopsis of Roots with my hubby, he immediately disagree (but he didn’t refrain) with me from watching it. Why? He came from an excellent Chinese literature family background in which one must preserve the language no matter what. And he went on and on about how the Koreans are being disloyal to their ancestors by creating Hangul. I understand where he is coming from and I understand Lee Do’s, the King, decision as well. But if you know eastern history by hard, in which in my case I’m reminded by hubby all the time, changes to anything ancient are not easy and almost difficult to get support and commitment by others. They go through wars and meet up with all sort of discrimination and hatred before they get what they wanted. Similar case with the Roots. Lee Do tried to set a different example to his own people by setting up new and simplify characters with each character has its own sounds and tones. The Chinese characters will still be used but his intention was not widely accepted. For a king who is trying very hard to push his ideas out to the public, there will always be a force, mostly scholars, that against it. By this time I’m fully understood why the Great King (Lee Do’s father) still interfere with the King’s business. The Great King was all about preserving his own absolute power and wouldn’t tolerate a single revolutionist such as Lee Do.

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The Roots is not as complicated as it seems to be. The story is pretty direct but it requires you to be somewhat history savvy to understand Lee Do’s purpose to set themselves apart from the Chinese. History is brutal and death is inevitable when pursuing this kind of “happiness,” whatever it may seem. In this drama, the story is mostly about investigation of the secret group Hidden Roots and to discover why there were many death that links to the group and to the Great King. We all know by now anyone that opposed the king will be eliminated regardless of status. And if the king starts to distrust a person? A cut in the neck! *shudders*

OK, OK… Now, of to the best part! If you’re looking for romance, this is the section you want to read *nods*. The romance between Ddol Bok and Dam-Yi. A long lost childhood loveship separated by adult war, both kids grew up not far apart and met up later in life but unknowing to each other of their past. And both found each other again in an unfortunate situation. It was a sad-but-happy and happy-but-sad moment. Having said that, the romance is not the top priority in Roots. So when do you get to see it? Episode 13. How it started? Uhm hello, do you really want me to tell you? Let’s not, ya? Uhm by the way… Can I kill your mood for just this once? Just once? I wonder… I really do wonder if the romance is built up just for the drama or it actually took place? *overthinking it* Yup, yup *agree to self* I think the romance is fictional. Writers!

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If you decide to watch the Roots, pay very close attention to the details as it involves a lot of clues and evidences that I mostly missed. It took me awhile to get it and I was forced to rewatch several episodes to jolt my aging brain. There are lots of characters to remember as well but the story doesn’t have too many layers. Yes, it is crunchy but not makjang crunchy. Daenghida! This 24 episode drama is based on true event. So please don’t assume all of it are written accurately. This is a very rich historical drama nevertheless. The mysteries and the conspiracies will suck you in once you are exposed to the Hidden Roots. On top of that, I do want to a few things: superb writings, excellent acting and awesome OST. Expect greatness!

Would I recommend the Roots? I don’t know. Like I said, I’m no sageuk fan. I almost always say no no matter how good the premise is. If you like investigative history drama, this drama is for you. The acting is pretty dramatic and intense and you can tell each character contributed a significant testimonial to the history. What I like about the Roots? The investigative part. The way the Roots is presented made understanding the history much easier and more dimensional like than other typical period and history drama alike. Personally, it is a YES from me. There isn’t much action going on, at least by episode 12, but I’m hoping to see more action and more romance in the next 12 episodes. If you have not watch it, I highly recommend this drama. It is somewhat heavy so be prepared *coz I wasn’t*

While watching the Roots, I’m so drawn to this music. However I couldn’t find any except for this clip. If you find any, please let me know because it is soooooo beautiful.