Skip Beat! (Taiwanese Drama 2011)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

Gong Xi grew up with Bu Pu Shang’s family who managed a traditional inn by the58C country side. During the time she spent with his family she learned a lot of things and also fell in love with Bu Pu Shang, that’s why when he announced that he was running away from succeeding the business to pursuing the path of being a musician and a top idol instead. Gong Xi, being the naive girl that she was dropped everything including her chances of getting into college to follow the person she loves when he asked her to come with him to the city. She started working multiple jobs to support Bu Pu Shang’s goal and maxresdefault (1)when he was finally able to reach it, he discarded Gong Xi when she caught him with another woman. That’s when she found out that she was only used to help out with the living expenses and housework. As the realization dawned onto her that she had wasted her youth to a scoundrel like him, her whole world seem to crumble and love was replaced with wrath. Feeling betrayed and heart broken, she vowed to rise in the industry as a top actress who can surpass Bu Pu Shang and get the acknowledgement she had always wanted from him.

With a lot of effort, she was able to become part of LME talent agency which was the rival of Bu Po Shang’s company. When the president saw potential in Gong Xi he was amazed by her skills and honesty but was sad to learn that she has vowed never to love again – when in fact the president is a romantic guy who lives and breathes love, that’s why to turn things around, he gave Gong Xi a chance at being an actress. Gong Xitumblr_m08145tiDO1rqy5cqo1_500 who had zero experience in acting was given several conditions so that she could stay in the company. First, she had to join the “Love Me” department in which she was the pioneering member and she had to wear bright pink overalls during her work. He also assigned her to do all sorts of things for the company to help her grow as a person who can survive in the industry and at the same time learn about love all over again. Despite the menial tasks Gong Xi had to do to prove herself, she was winning the hearts of the people around her little by little and started to slowly become the top actress that she can be. In the process she also meets the famous actor Dun Helian whom Gong Xi was able to get close to due to work and for some certain reason, he starts to fall in love with her.

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Skip Beat Taiwanese drama version has a lot to offer. I initially watched this solely for Choi Siwon and no one else. I don’t even know who Donghae or Ivy Chen was prior to watching the show. This drama is based on a popular Manga which is still an on going series up to this day. Adding to this… I’ve also never heard of Skip Beat anime and manga at all when I started this drama!

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No flame throwing from fans please! I’m just being honest here.

What surprised me though, was how much it worked for me. I guess it’s a good thing that I have no idea that this was an adaptation – hence I had nothing to compare it with. Although, I did hesitate a bit when I learned there were a lot of CG effects where in F14things were faked. I have a bit of aversion in those things, but it wasn’t that bad and the story really hooked me up. The story line was awesome and it hit that funny spot in my brain. Not to forget those heart warming moments with regards to friendship and all those special ties with other people. I’m happy that the focus was not too much on the love story between a man and a woman but was more focused on friendship.

The actors were good in portraying their roles, it wasn’t that hard to be absorbed in their LoRhHDX7_o“acting within an act” that’s why it was really fun to watch. The drama made me appreciate the entertainment industry even more. The comedy was really funny as well and Ivy Chen’s character as Gong Xi was hilarious. She brought out unexpected fun in the whole duration of the series. I loved her special relationship with one of the girls, namely Jiang Nan Qin, whom she initially had a bad encounter with but due to circumstances they were able to work together and become friends. As for Siwon… I love watching his facial reactions and his hot choco-abs whenever it’s shown but what turned me off was the fact that his voice was off. That’s when I learned that when Taiwanese or Chinese dramas import actors, they usually dub their voices. In this case, Siwon’s voice was dubbed weirdly, they should at least have looked for a voice over who sounds like him. The same goes to Donghae. I do understand that both guys are Korean and they had to do this… but the least they could have done was do it nicely, right?

Setting that aside, this drama has become one of my favorite despite the mixed reactions from other people. Music wise – I got addicted to it and still listen to it up to now. I recall my favorite scenes inside my head whenever I hear the OST. As for re-watching, I have no idea how many times I have re-watched this show since 2011, I just don’t get tired of it and I am always hooked with watching my favorite scenes again and again. Over all this drama was fun fun fun. I would recommend it to people who liked the manga and anime. It had a lot of difference but at the same time, the essence of the story is still there that it didn’t leave me disappointed.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.
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Personal Taste (Korean Drama 2010)

Drama Rating: 8/10

Jeon Jin Ho is an architect who dreams of making it big in the industry but somehow luck wasn’t on his side or rather, he didn’t have good connections. In some kind of twisted fate, he meets the naïve Park Gae In by accident in the bus and gets accused of being a Personal Taste Ep 08.avi_002269636pervert. They didn’t know that their lives will become intertwined when Gae In, the daughter of a famous architect gets dumped by her boyfriend for her best friend Kim In Hee who was also her housemate. In these series of unfortunate events in her life, the worst of all was when her debt from the bank was nearing its due date and her co-worker robbed her of her hard earned money. Thus she started looking for a housemate to at least pay her initial debt. Coincidentally Jin Ho wanted to see the interior of the Personal Taste Ep 08.avi_002276443house that Gae In lives in which her father has designed and sneak a peek at the blueprint of the house. Therefor he asked if he could rent the room which Gae In was subletting. With a couple of misunderstanding and some urging from Lee Yeong Seon who’s Gae In’s other best friend, she allowed Jin Ho to stay in her place all the while thinking he was gay. At a certain point, things get tricky when Jin Ho starts to fall for Gae In despite her naivety, brash attitude and unwomanly ways while on the other hand Gae In is also falling for Jin Ho despite the fact that she thinks he’s gay.

This is a really hilarious drama with conflicting emotions to watch. Why? It’s so hard to believe that Lee Min Ho’s character was supposed to a homosexual and that an older man in this drama legitimately liked him with the thought of him as one. The mishaps on how he has to keep his ruse on for the entirety of the drama brought me tears of laughter. There’s the plus point for the supporting actors too, since without them, the comedy wouldn’t be as effective.

Anyways, putting that aside, there’s another reason that made me watch this: Son Ye Jin.

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Yes… the epic melodrama actress. I really wanted to see how she would fare being in a drama romcom. I’ve only seen her once in a rom-com-horror movie with Lee Min Ki, but in a drama, this was a first. I’ve always seen her in melodramatic roles but still, she totally nailed the character of Park Gae In. Though she’s gotten older and her beauty pretty much disappeared in this drama, just because her character’s personality was supposed to be tomboyish and scruffy due to her type of work which was woodcraft, I still love her to bits. Another reason I watched this drama was no other than Lee Min Ho. I know a lot of female Kdrama lovers have been into him one or another in their drama lives and truth be told I’m actually one of them for approximately 7 years ago. It’s probably because of that eye candy, the smile, the tallness, the oozing hotness and fashion sense… that’s all Lee Min Ho in this drama in which he pretends to be gay. I can’t believe he was able to pull off this character despite his manliness.

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The series was quite funny due to its main concept: guy pretends to be gay, girl accepts guy whole heartedly because of his sexual orientation but ends up falling for him and having mixed feelings because she believes he is gay, then the guy falls for the girl but can’t really love her because he’s supposed to be gay. With this as your core plot, there were a lot of things that could happen and eventually it did happen. The only downerPersonal Taste Ep 02.avi_000149516 side of this is when we get to the last 3 episodes and this becomes too serious for my taste. I was sort of disappointed on how they inserted additional conflict to the story along with a twist, when the main conflict – guy pretending to be a gay – was already interesting enough. The twist wasn’t even that strong to make an impact in the whole story line. Just to say. Also there’s the back stabber bestfriend-boyfriend drama all throughout the series which was very much annoying.

All in all, setting those disappointing factors aside, I still end up loving the drama and would recommend it whole heartedly along with the cute memorable OST to listen from.

My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (Korean Drama 2010)

Drama Rating: 10/10

Cha Dae Woong is a young mischievous man who ran away from this grandfather due to certain circumstances, in the process of his escape, he accidentally frees a Gumiho (nine-tailed fox) trapped in a painting for 500 years. It was too late when he realized what happened and in his fear, he also tried to run away from the creature which took theMy Girlfriend is a gumiho (6) form of a beautiful woman. However, he became severely injured and because the Gumiho was grateful for being set free by him, she saved his life by sharing her life force to him. After the incident, the Gumiho has stayed close by Dae Woong for the reason that she had to guard her bead – which was her life force and source of power that she had transferred to him. She also wanted to get by in the modern world and wanted to learn the ways of the people. As time passed by, no matter how annoyed Dae Woong is with the Gumiho’s constant presence, they both slowly start to fall for each other.

My Girlfriend is a gumiho (12)What I love about this drama is the prettiness of Shin Min Ah. It’s as if she doesn’t age at all or more like she keeps getting younger and younger as she grows older. If that even makes sense? Her role here is fresh and cute that I couldn’t take off my eyes on the screen because it’s too unbelievable even if she’s supposed to be a fox. Aside this, the story line is very very amusing. Episode per episode would just send you off smiling and laughing with all those hilarious moments the main characters gets into. This isn’t your My Girlfriend is a gumiho (3)typical romantic comedy where girl loves boy and boy falls for girl… it’s different because the girl is a fox and the boy is human. Then mix in different immortal beings of the world in the picture, like for example a goddess, a goblin and a human half goblin… yeah. Underworld creatures and immortals are invading the story line but it’s what makes it more interesting. Not to forget the OST, it adds to the whole concept of the drama: cuteness, hilarity and love in whatever kind of form.

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Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (Korean Drama 2016)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

Hong Ra On is a woman who disguised herself as a man named Hong Sam Nom due to personal reasons, she works in a performing troupe while selling her counseling expertise and ghost writing letters about love on the sidelines. Unknown to her, she has been writing for noble man who actually liked the princess and because of this, the Love in the Moonlight 23crown prince Lee Young aka Hyo Myeong read the letters and felt dubious about the whole courtship. He decided to meet the noble man by making an appointment to mean in the pretense that he is the princess but that man was too shy and scared that he begged Sam Nom to go in his stead. When the two met, one thing led to another and they both end up getting into a ditch, literally. After this incident, the prince has marked Sam Nom as an unforgettable person.

The second time they met was inside the palace when Ra On was sold to become a eunuch. When the prince found out about Ra On’s admission and caught her in the Love in the Moonlight 22middle of the night trying to sneak out and escape, he made sure that she will be able to pass through the test not knowing that the person he’s keeping an eye on to become a eunuch was actually a woman, while Ra On had no idea that he was the crown prince. When the politics inside the palace has intensified, the only person that prince Lee Young can trust were Kim Byung Yeon who was his body guard and Sam Nom his personal eunuch, who has eventually crawled into his heart. With all the things that’s happening, both the crowned prince and Ra On are drawn closer to each other day by day not noticing that they were slowly falling in love with each other.

This is such a cute sageuk drama for so many reasons. Despite mixed reviews from a lot of people, I gave it a high rating of 9 because I think the actors deserve that high point or rather the whole production deserves it. I do have my own complaints from the drama that’s why I’ve withheld that single point for my rant. I’ll be writing about my reasons for why it’s that good and why hold a measly point from the rating later on and will put some in spoiler.

First thing’s first… the reason I loved this drama were because of the actors. I’ve know Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung from a couple of dramas from the past, which I had no doubts they could portray their characters spot on and they didn’t disappoint in this drama. Both of them were so cute and had an amazing on screen chemistry that it soobin-4would be hard not to root for them. Oh and also Chae Soo Bin, I’ve seen her from the drama Sassy Go Go which I hated her character since she was the antagonist. Despite that, I liked her as an actress because she was effective in moving my emotions here and there. In this drama I’m happy that she didn’t end up as the bitchy girl who’s in love with the prince and would do anything to ruin the person he loves but instead, her character Love in the Moonlight 15was pure, even in her unrequited love, she had no ill intentions whatsoever. Despite knowing that she was alone on loving that one person whose heart can never belong to her, she still loved. I find her character sad because she had so many options but still… she remained true to her heart up to the very end. Aside from her, there are two characters Love in the Moonlight 09which I only got to know from this drama: Kim Yoon Sung and Kim Byung Yeon where were portrayed by Kwak Dong Yeon and Jung Jin Young. I had no idea who these two guys were but maaaaaaaaan… They were good. They’re not just the typical good looking flower boys in a saguek but they definitely deliver great fight scenes, emotional conversations and not to forget those smoldering eyes when they look seriously at something. I’m totally looking forward to the career growth of these two actors. I really think they are promising guys who deserve to be in a lead role someday.

Story wise, it was so-so. That’s one of the reasons why it’s not a perfect 10. I guess I am also biased with the actors that’s why whole drama was wonderful to watch. Another thing about the story, it’s just weird how the writer made Hong Ra On able to keep up the 5cf257ff-c822-472a-893b-cff6a1959d6druse of being a man inside the palace and even able to survive as a Eunuch for so long. Plus she was able to come in and out of the palace unnoticed with all the clothing disguise. That’s just too far fetched that it’s one of my complaints from this drama. Aside that, everything went well for me even the ending. The cinematography was also beautiful and full of royal themed and pastel colors. The different shades of pink was what mainly caught my eye since it’s also my favorite color, it definitely made an impact because it represented Hong Ra On and her feminine side. It’s also used in the hanboks she wore. The OST is worth downloading as well because its melody is so easy to listen to. PLUS! Park Bo Gum sang some of the songs in the drama. Overall I’m recommending this drama as a feel good watch.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.

*MAJOR SPOILERS*

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There are several scenes I like in the drama that I want to specify and share my thoughts with:

The scene where Ra On danced during the Ming Envoy’s visit. Since the main dancer mysteriously disappeared, Ra On had to step up and dance in her stead risking her life for the prince because the event was so important that it would tarnish the Royal family’s reputation. That’s how she wanted to protect him, even it meant she might get caught and die. It was a moving scene especially with the background music playing. The prince had this surprised look on his face and the dress that Ra On wore was breathtaking. It was a lovely hanbok that’s worth taking a screenshot of.

Click here for video: Dance Scene

Then there’s the part where in the prince finally realized that Sam Nom was actually a girl and that she was in fact very beautiful. Park Bo Gum had that fantastic expression on his face that only he alone could come up with, one that has a mixture of pain, relief and happiness. It was such a great scene to play over and over again.

Click here for video: Gender Reveal Scene

Lastly, there was the emotional death of Kim Yoon Sung. I loved the guy to bits even though he is a second lead because all he wanted was for Ra On to be safe and he made sure of that even at the cost of his life. He’s such a great character because of his noble kind of love, but it’s just too sad that he had to end up dead. I cried at this scene and at the same time was glad that the writer didn’t shy away from character death to one of the main cast.

Click here for video: Death of Kim Yoon Sung

The Royal Tailor (Korean Movie 2014)

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Movie Rating: 9/10

Dol Seok was a lowborn slave who raised to the ranks of head tailor in the royal palace.

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For 30 years he has worked with his hands until callouses has mangled his fingers, however it was known that he was the best tailor in the entire land. That was until he met Kong Jin, a vulgar man who makes clothes for gisaengs. One of the palace workers named Pan Soo had problems with his uniform and he requested Kong Jin to alter it. At first Kong Jin was hesitant to help him out because he only worked on Gisaeng’s clothing but his creativity and imagination couldn’t help expand his expertise that he was able to alter Pan Soo’s clothing better than what was expected. That’s how word went out about his work that he was recommended to the other palace workers until his name reached the Queen. She wanted to fix the king’s

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garment used for a special occasion and assigned the task to her maids. However, instead of fixing it, the clothing was burned and sought out the help of the head tailor, but he said it was beyond repair. That was how Kong Jin was called into the palace and sees the Queen for the first time that he was mesmerized and promised to repair the King’s garment for her. During this time, Dol Seok and Kong Jin forms an unlikely friendship, one that is mixed with respect and jealousy. As time pass by and Kong Jin’s works becomes more bold and daring, Joseon’s fashion slowly changed as women try to copy the Queen’s fashion trend. All the while rumors circulate in the palace that the Queen and her tailor are having an affair driving the King mad with jealousy, despite his indifference to his wife since the day they were married.

This movie is such a compelling watch even though it’s far from being perfect, I still do not understand why there are a lot of negative reviews about it. I’m not sure if the reviewers even understood the bigger picture of this show. This is the reason why I have put this movie aside for so long that it took me 4 years to check it out. I realized that I’ve read bad reviews about it that it’s a must that I make my own version to make sure people will not miss out on it.

First of all, the actors of this movie are veterans and they were really good. They actually did an awesome portrayal of their roles. I would like to start off with my favorite supporting actor in this film, which was Pan Soo who was acted by Ma Dong Seok.

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Because of him, there were a lot of comic relief despite the seriousness the movie had in store for the viewers. Thanks to him, the first quarter of this movie was a joy to watch. The next ones are Dol Seok and Kong Jin which was acted by Han Seok Kyu and Go Soo, their uncanny friendship which was brought by the love of making clothes was palpable that it was hard to feel bad when things had gone astray for the both of them. I especially liked how their dreams intertwined with each other and yet they both made different

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choices and the path that they took separately lead them to be what they were meant to become. The Queen and King, portrayed by Park Shin Hye and Yoo Yeon Seok suited the role, because the royal clothes certainly looked regal when they wore them. Their characters had their own backstory to tell, since their relationship prior to getting married seemed like a fairytale story but it was simply marred by power struggle and inferiority complex. The Queen and Kong Jin on the other hand, had this peculiar relationship as of a royalty and a subject but then since it was obvious that Kong Jin was smitten by the Queen, there is that very thin line that cannot be crossed between a married woman and a man. I would tell more about my thoughts regarding their

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characters but I will have to put it in a spoiler below, because it would reveal key points and major story plots from the movie. Oh, before I forget – I should mention one antagonist that really caught my attention because I totally wanted to bitch slap her character. Royal Concubine Soo Ui acted by Lee Yoo Bi was the kind of woman I would like to strangle due to her power hungry heart and her viciousness. For a royal concubine as ambitious as hers, I’d definitely want to see her fall from her power.

The cinematography of the movie was beautiful and colorful, though most scenes were

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shot inside the palace, what made it great were the clothes. There were all kinds of clothes ranging from the ones Gisaengs were wearing up to those in the royal court. As for the story line, it didn’t feel draggy or over the top, however some people felt that the film was a bit rushed. In my opinion, the pacing was alright and that everything that has transpired in the movie was as clear as it could be. The only thing I would have changed if it was up to me, was add more on the back story of several characters like the King and Kong Jin. I would have wanted to know them better if not because of the time restriction. It’s not that necessary though, since the story

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is about the current occurrences in the palace, the clothes they are wearing and how it moved and revolutionized fashion during that era. I know that not everyone cares much about their clothing ensemble or any trending fashion but it’s best to appreciate this film through Kong Jin. He’s the kind of person who loved clothes and has the guts to innovate and because of him, a lowly tailor during a time of heirarchy, was able to stir political power for the King and Queen.

Music wise, it felt like I was watching a saguek drama since most of them has a background music that felt like I was listening to Pansori music but other than that, music flow was great that it moved my emotions while I watched the show. I’m highly recommending this to those who like to watch saguek and those who love clothes.

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*MAJOR SPOILERS*

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Here are my thoughts about the main character’s relationship.

Dol Seok to Kong Jin – I love their relationship despite the self imposed rivalry for Dol Seok’s part. He is filled with awe and respect for Kong Jin’s work and yet he is also afraid and jealous because at the other side of the coin, he can be overthrown from his position, which actually happened because someone better came along. Though it was a bit vague if he remained as a head tailor in the palace, the fact that he was supposed to become a noble man in a couple of months. It was shown in the last scene that he was waiting at his home for the King’s royal decree which looked like it was not going to happen and yet he kept on waiting. It was sad that he did so much for the King but his loyalty was overshadowed by his limited talent and the King’s inferiority complex.

Kong Jin to Dol Seok – All he ever wanted was to make clothes for people, to make them look good and let them feel great about themselves. I love the way he respected Dol Seok because of his roots. Both of them were commoners, but Dol Seok was sought out by the King himself that it elevated his status among other people. However that’s not the main reason why Kong Jin liked him, it was because he knew that Dol Seok loved making clothes and that he had dedicated his whole life to making clothes. He knew that Dol Seok understood how he felt about the garments he made. Despite Kong Jin being eccentric and bold with his creations, he did not allow fear to consume him and so he still liked Dol Seok up to the very end even though he knew that he was about to die because Dol Seok make a copy-cat of his work. That particular scene when they were talking inside the jail was heart wrenching because despite how evil or mean Dol Seok seem to be, at the end when Kong Jin was gone and Dol Seok was burning Kong Jin’s remaining works, he found a nobleman’s garment that Kong Jin promised to make for him when he gets promoted. I think in that scene he realized how important Kong Jin was to him and the loss of a friend finally settled into his heart.

Kong Jin, the Queen and the King – During the early scenes when Kong Jin first met the Queen, it was implied how much he liked her as a woman and therefore she became his muse and inspiration. The proof was also the gold headdress that the Queen gave him as a gift for helping her out along with the message that he should give it to a woman he likes. Near the end of the movie, it was shown that he gave it back to her, implying that she was the one he liked. That’s why he made daring clothes for her not thinking what it would cost him. I like the huge difference between him and the King when it came to their personalities. Though the King loved the Queen, he could not let down his pride and come to her. It took a brilliant tailor to create an extravagant attire, the approval and appreciation of the Ming ambassadors and the failure of the opposing officials to humiliate the King before he went to seek the Queen but in the end it was too late. If my interpretations were right, the Queen did fall in love with Kong Jin because she accepted the hairpin and actually wore it. She also tried to save Kong Jin in her own way even though it was to no avail, at least she tried. She also mourned for his death using the handkerchief he gave her with an embroidery of her mother’s favorite flower.

The ending was beautiful despite the death of Kong Jin, it shows the impact of a man who moved the nation with his ideas and principles despite it being as simple as through clothes.

Iris (Korean Drama 2009)

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Drama Rating: 7/10

Kim Hyun Joon and Jin Sa Woo are close friends who are both best in their military skills, they are then recruited into the NSS (National Security System) a top secret organization comprised of elite agents which does covert missions for the Koreaniris2-00111 government. During their time in NSS, both men falls in love with the beautiful and yet feisty profiler agent named Choi Seung Hee, however she only reciprocated Hyun Joon’s affection which pushed Sa Woo on the sidelines. When Hyun Joon was assigned on a mission to Hungary, he became severely wounded but was able to escape. Upon his return, he learned that he was set up and was betrayed by his friend Hyun Joon. He was then taken into custody as a criminal and is due for interrogation and jail time. Seung Hee tried to help him escape but one thing led to iris20-00023another and both were torn apart by a bombing incident which led Seung Hee to believe that Hyun Joon died. On the other hand, Hyun Joon was saved by complete strangers who introduced themselves to be a part of another secret organization named IRIS. Hyun Joon fled to another country under a different identity, when he came back to Korea he was set out for revenge against the people who wanted him dead in the guise of  aiding the people who wants to stop the reunification of South and North Korea.

Basically Iris is like a taste of ALIAS, the American series which starred Jennifer Garner, the difference is that this drama is in male form with a downer story line and bitter ending. I’ll start off with what I loved about this drama and that will be Lee Byung Hun and 582391624_origKim Tae-hee. They made this series worth watching because of their sizzling hot chemistry, kick ass action scenes and those witty dialogues which made this drama a household name. As for the supporting cast, I have fallen in love with the antagonist! Why is T.O.P. one heck of a slick villain?!? This was the first drama which I’ve seen him in and he was awesome in it. He can hold a gun to my head and I probably wouldn’t care just like the lady he’s together with during his undercover mission.

Then there’s the back drop setting in which they actually went to different countries to shoot realistic and proper locations which was a huge plus point for the series. What really made it a recommendable drama was the action scenes. As I have mentioned earlier it was like ALIAS,  it was kick ass and butt full of action. The fight scenes were eye popping that it was hard for me to think that it wasn’t a movie but instead a drama. They outdid themselves in the choreography with the fight sequence, battle gear and stunts. That’s why I am recommending it whole heartedly, plus not to forget the judo moves and gun shots. There were also a lot of run-for-your-life-while-bleeding-on-the-left-side-of-your-gut-crazed-looks while guns are aimed dead-on skulls. Even dying with blood stricken tears streaming down the face looked darn good and didn’t seem upsetting to watch.

As for the story line, it did start off great along with heavy action scenes but it just lost me along episode 5 up until it was about to end. It got all messy for the wrong reasons and the twists weren’t enough to put fire on my ass and say, “Gaaaaad… that was awesome”. The romance wasn’t enough to salvage that even though they had a really good concept for the romantic part in the whole series. So I’m leaving the story line behind with all my rants at the backroom because other factors made the drama a good one for its genre. Pushing all negative factors about the plot, I simply don’t care anymore as long as I get one full hour of action.

 

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First Impressions: Encounter (Korean Drama 2018)

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I thought of writing my first impressions on dramas which piqued my interest on the get go. Meaning from the moment it was announced and to the moment I have started the first episode. This may not be a regular segment from this blog but I hope the readers would enjoy my thoughts.

For those who have no idea what the drama is about, here’s a link to read about the synopsis and the characters: Read Encounter at Mydramalist.com

To be honest, I was not a big fan of the pairing but I totally love Song Hye Kyo and Park Bo Gum. It’s just that the noona thing doesn’t work well for me for these two since Hye Kyo is basically a newly wedded woman while Bo Gum is currently the Oppa of KDrama woman fans these days and he’s pretty much close with Kyo’s hubby, Song Joong Ki. Seeing them together during the press conference and drama posters felt weird. Anyway,DsggpUFWsAAwGnS I had to throw out that repulsive feeling out of me and swallowed all precautions that told me I might not like this drama. I’m glad I did, because the actors were professionals and they did their best to portray the characters that they have to. I guess I can say that I have finally matured as a viewer. After years of watching different drama series, I have learned to like a show as it is, regardless of biases or an actor’s personal history. Initially, I did start watching Kdrama without knowing about the actor’s background. However, these days, information is so accessible that a star’s image can be marred by their personal history that their hard work is simply put aside. Therefore, I’m going back to my roots and enjoy shows as they come along.

Now about the drama – although it was very slow on the uptake, the entire cinematography was beautiful. The first episode screamed at me with its beauty. Cuba may look dirty and dingy if you search it in the internet, but with great video panning and cinematography skills, it became a picturesque place. Third world countries does have the best and worst places there could ever be. Another thing that I loved about the first episode was the back shots. Everything started with a back shot of Cha Soo Hyun wherein the video showed how she started from being a politician’s young daughter up to the time she got divorced but became successful. Then add up the back shots of Kim Jin Hyuk and the ones he had together with Soo Hyun, they looked very much artistic. I like the way the scenes were done and to be introduced in such a way was a smart idea to lessen all the fuss about the characters with unnecessary screen time. Kudos to whoever conceptualized that.

A story line between star crossed lovers is not an original one and more on the cliché-makjang type of Kdrama but the way that the actors were able to deliver those simple conversations with a subtle nonchalant smile plus the unintentional skinship, everything went quite well. The main characters drew me into their charm and their palpable onscreen chemistry. Park Bo GUm seriously can release big amounts of pheromones with just a simple smile. Gaaaaad… I’d like to know what his parents fed him while growing up to become such a great guy like that. As for Song Hye Kyo, next to the shining guy, she does seem look older and yet still beautiful. I love the way she age beautifully. It suits her unlike other artists I know. Both artists were able to portray their character well enough that I don’t feel icky or weird while watching them but instead look forward to the next episode.

I also have high hopes to the sub characters who I think would be an essential part of the story, ie. Cha Soo Hyun’s secretary. She’s pretty uptight and yet when she’s off work, she could be quite snarky and definitely not a pushover. I’m definitely looking for her character growth along with the rest of the cast. I wasn’t expecting to like the drama but I’m pretty surprised that I’m drawn into it and hopefully things get more interesting when these two get back in Korea and not become too draggy like most melodrama usually end up to.