Currently Watching: Hotel del Luna

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I was not keen on starting Hotel del Luna at first. Maybe because at the time, I was still recovering from my illness. And when I started watching the first episode, I did not get a good vibe. Not only it is because of Hong sisters’ drama, I feared that the drama reminded me of Goblin even though it was not written by them. Mimi from The Talking Cupboard pointed out to me of Master’s Sun instead and I immediately cannot deny the similarity. The glamorous set. The richness. The beautiful cast. The luxurious brands. Yup, I can’t deny this drama won my heart now. Either way, I feel that it is a marriage of two dramas which to be honest resulted in a very interesting and engaging fantasy drama.

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Currently Watching: My Absolute Boyfriend

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I went back and forth before starting My Absolute Boyfriend. On one hand, this drama offers Yeo Jin Goo. Yes, I said “offer” because I have seen clips of pure fan service to fan girls like me! But, on the other hand, this is a Japanese remake. I’ve seen the original version and the idea stuck in my head. I guess what I want to say is I’m afraid of the show getting butchered. Also, rarely would I read comments on MDL but I did this time. Some says the ex-boyfriend character is extremely annoying and his over-and-over stalking mode turns people off.

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Just Watched: The Crowned Clown

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Yes, YES, YESSSSSSSSSSSS I completed The Crowned Clown last week! Finally! And it really satisfied my hunger for a masterpiece! Believe me, I was tormented in India. Living a gypsy life really did not give me a room to squeeze in one episode. But you know what, it was worth the wait. This masterpiece demand my 100% view. The acting is absolutely brilliant! Yeo Jin Goo did an impressive job playing two characters as Ha Seon the clown and King Lee Hun. This chameleon made me hate yet love him at the same time. And as Ha Seon pretending to be King Lee Hun, Jin Goo did a fabulous job. Surely, one could tell that the King is suddenly mellow but it wasn’t the case in this drama. The only unrealistic part in The Crowned Clown.

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Currently Watching: Reunited Worlds

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I was surprised to find out that Yeo Jin Goo is on this show. I just completed Circle when I started Reunited Worlds. Watching this drama was a pure coincidence because I was bored and at the time, I needed a buffer drama while watching Six Flying Dragons with Mari. So I thought why not give it a try and if I don’t like the first episode (which basically two 30-minutes episodes) I could simply move on. No strings attached.

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Just Watched: Circle

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Circle was the most complicated drama I have seen this year. The reason I said it was that this drama was difficult to predict. Really drove me insane! I really could not piece out the puzzle until the last three episodes. Yeah, I think my brain was not able to keep up especially that in each episode, the story was told in two different years. The first 30 minutes focused on the present world while the last 30 minutes on the year 2037. It felt like watching two different stories in a drama. Thankfully, Orion and Drama Panda were available to explain exactly the story was.

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Currently Watching: The Royal Gambler aka Jackpot

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So I started my post and I forgot all about it… And since it was saved on my work laptop, I am not going to complain and decided to rewrite it. This post is definitely overdue. The Royal Gambler (aka Jackpot) has done airing and I placed this drama on hold because I wanted to finish blogging it before enjoying the last 5 episodes. I noticed that there are not many people on my Twitter timeline watching it. I wonder why… Is it because of Jang Geun Seuk? Or no one is interested in this drama? Hmmm… *rubs chin*

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Jackpot has been on my radar ever since I found out that Jang Geun Seuk is in it. I’m fond of his acting so I wanted to watch this because of him. I have never seen him  in sageuk drama and I thought this is my chance to see him before he gets enlisted. Seriously, I’m so thankful that I am because the story is captivating and awesome. I’m not a history buff so what I saw, sadly, I believe in it. I should check the fact but too lazy to do so *shrugs*. Anyway, I’m entertained by Jackpot. Every time I watch the show, I pray that the show will not end. I find it so amusing and interesting. Plus, I have never seen this side of Geun Seuk before. He really put his pretty face aside and not afraid to dive down into dirt and mud.

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This 24 episodes drama received an average rating of 8/10 on MDL. I am quite happy with that. The show did go a bit crazy and unrealistic midway but the performances by the casts remain top notch. Well, except for Im Ji Yeon. Her performance isn’t bad. I nicknamed her the second Jin Se Yeon *giggle*. Anyway, what I dislike about Jackpot is the repetitive plots. I know this is common among period drama but you know what, these directors need a wake-up call. Why? Repetitive plots bore us to death and it is not only waste our time, it resulted to some of us to drop the show! C’mon, PD-nim… Learn from it!

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*clears throat* now that’s out of my system, let’s focus a bit on the story. It was sad in the beginning. Dae Gil had a tough life. He was born premature and got thrown out of the palace because the King believe he was the cause of drought and believed that the boy is not his child. The Queen’s ex-husband took Dae Gil and raised him as his own thinking that Dae-Gil IS his own son. Pardon me if you got confused a bit because I totally skip the history between the Queen, the King, and the Queen’s ex-husband. Dae Gil life went mayhem as he was raised by his dad as a gambler. He won a few but lost too many. Dae Gil continuously challenged by Lee In Jwa. Dae Gil had to gamble his life and realized that In Jwa is correct all along. But deep down, he doubts In Jwa’s intention but unable to dodge him. For now.

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Meanwhile, In Jwa resented the King. Why? He believes the throne is his after what happened to his family. He uses Dam Seo and brainwashed her into thinking that the King caused the death of her father. In Jwa has a purpose. He keeps Dae Gil closer to him because he knows the boy’s royalty background. Right now, the combination of raising Dam Seo as an assassin, starting a fire between Dae Gil and Prince Yeo Ning, and keeping Dae Gil under the dark is In Jwa’s weapon to achieve his dream. To kill the King Suk Jong.

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See? What did I tell you? This show is fascinating had the writer and PD did not screw it up with repetitive and silly plots. But I would still recommend Jackpot. The story is very engaging. The performance is superb. The OST is wonderful! The cinematography is beautiful. To hear this from a saguek hater, Jackpot really is amazing. Again, I have to emphasize that Jang Geun Seuk’s performance is unbelievably great! The show may make no sense to you, so please be prepare if you decided to watch it. Overall, I highly recommend The Royal Gambler. *wipes sweat* Now if you excuse me, I’m going to finish this show. If you don’t hear from by Wednesday, you know I’m somewhere in the corner crying… T____T

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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!