Just Watched: Guardian of the Spirit II

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Oh.my.god! What a ride! This drama, a continuation from the first season Guardian of the Spirit, is better than the first one! I could not blog it while watching because I was totally invested in this season. As I was with the first season. This saga is too good to be missed. If you are a fan of taiga fantasy, this drama is for you. But really, if you haven’t seen the first season, you MUST watch it before you start on this one. Technically, you can still skip the first season but I feel it sets a tone for this season.

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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: Never Let Me Go

Never_Let_Me_Go-p1I am telling you, only Jdrama could come up with such unique drama. I’m giving up the plot this early so you would know how extraordinary and good Never Let Me Go is! It is a very scientific show without going through the science part. The kids are bred to sacrifice their body and organs. Yeap, they are clone like farm animals for human organs. This is not ethical but it is what it is. Very depressing, right? To make the matter worse, the kids were brainwashed by their caregivers into thinking that they are heading for the angelic path by giving up their organs (evidently their lives) to help those who need their help. However, there are more to life than just being an organ donor. Never Let Me Go tells a story of three friends that, after graduating and living knowing that they will have to sacrifice their bodies, they continuously to live and breathe like any regular human on this planet.extentionDoesn’t it scares you though? Besides the fact that being an organ donor, the story goes deeper and follows the lives of Kyoko, Miwa and Tomo. Tomo was somewhat a troubled and mentally slow kid and Kyoko was able to tame him down. Miwa is like a problem child but her problem does not surface clearly. She’s like a needy dog always wanting for an attention. Not having a parent really glues Miwa to Kyoko and Tomo. She smells something deeper between Tomo and Kyoko. Afraid of being left out, she manipulated Tomo into falling for her and Kyoko was shocked when they (mainly Miwa) announced that they are an item. So when the three moved out from their dorms into an adult cottage, Kyoko found herself puzzled and confused by their relationship as well as not knowing what would become of her life. Feeling lonely drove Kyoko to sleep with one of the early settlers (another organ donor who eventually became her boyfriend) and from that she slowly feeling alive.20160107225424

When her boyfriend left to his duty as a caregiver, Kyoko became lonely again. She went to see her other childhood friend, Manami, who live on a different cottage. She was surprised by how different their lives were. Manami not only started smoking, she actively pursue answers to the meaning of life. Kyoko began to think and understand the concept of being a human being, including standing up for her right. She self motivated herself daily to embrace what her future will be as well as to face Tomo with their unspoken love towards each other. Sadly Miwa caught in with their invisible relationship and manipulated Tomo to tell Kyoko that she’s basically a whore (for sleeping with a settler).  Kyoko then and there realized that she will never be with Tomo and decided to leave the cottage and surrender to be a caregiver (earlier than her assignment date). Worried, Miwa panicked and urged Kyoko to change her mind. She forced Tomo to save Kyoko but Tomo already shutting himself down. large

This love triangle between the three donors are common in our daily drama watch, so I am not a bit surprised. But the fact that Kyoko wondered herself whether it is right to be with Tomo put Never Let Me Go to a different perspective. We have to remember that these kids grew up with parents and have no basic knowledge of human relationship. Never Let Me Go is deep. The show itself is depressing but it is depressingly good! Right now, I do not know how long the series will be. This adapted drama from the same title is definitely a must watch drama! I highly recommend it if you decided to watch. My only fear in which most likely will be true *prays hard that it won’t be* is that the ending will be devastating to us *sad pouts*

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