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.

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*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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

To.Jenny (Korean Drama 2018)

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Drama Rating: 8/10

Park Jung Min is a great singer and song-writer however he can’t sing properly in front To Jenny Ep.01.mp4_000107031of a crowd due to a traumatic experience back in middle school. Years later after that incident, he could only sing in front of his 10 year old sister Ok Hee and his best friends Yum Dae Sung and Kim Min Bong. His ultimate dream was to sing and write songs just like his deceased father, but he ended up working behind the counter of a convenience store. Kwon Na Ra on the other hand is known as the school’s beauty back in high school. There were a lot of talent agencies who recruited her To Jenny Ep.02.mp4_003381792back then, that’s when she joined Mocha girls and made a debut with a screen name called Jenny. Years later, the group failed to make it popular in the entertainment industry and was only able to perform once in public. Despite the failure, she was able to stay in the agency and kept training until a better break comes along. However, the chairman advised her to change her music strategy by singing solo instead, To Jenny Ep.01.mp4_002143568if she still can’t make it by then they’ll be cutting her out of the company. By some twist of fate, Na Ra meets Jung Min in the convenience store where he works and he was ecstatic to meet his high school crush again. When the door of opportunity came knocking towards Jung Min in the guise of Na Ra needing his help to teach her to play the guitar, he immediately grabbed it to get closer to her.

The story may seem shallow at some angle but it had a nice message to deliver. The main characters who were acted by Kim Sang Chul and Jung Chae Yeon were both cute. They had their own personal problems to deal with and were able to overcome them throughTo Jenny Ep.01.mp4_000275500 the help of each other. Jung Min’s character was a failure of a guy but despite that, he still harbored romantic feelings for Na Ra for quite a long time and he just couldn’t give up on his dream even though he has a stage fright. The fact that they were able to meet again after all those years and become close to each other was a miracle if it was based on Jung Min’s standards, but for anyone else who’s around, they’d know that Jung Min made a real effort. Aside from the two main characters, I think the real character that shined through this drama was Park Ok Hee To Jenny Ep.01.mp4_000099056portrayed by Choi Yoo Ri. The kid was so adorable I’d love to take her home and make her my sister instead! She’s a smart ass in her young age and it seems like she’s the older sibling between her and Jung Min, even though their age gap is very much obvious. But the way she conversed with her older brother and the advice she gave him about dating was hilarious. It became a must that I give her that 1 point in my rating. Initially it was supposed to be 7/10, but then I remembered Ok Hee, it became an 8/10 and she totally deserved that single point in my rating. I hope she grows up to be like Kim Yoo Jung and Kim Soo Hyun who started as child actresses too and made it big time as adults in the entertainment industry.

As for the entirety of the drama, there were only two episodes that’s why it was a fun watch until it lasted. I wanted more from it but there’s just so much that 2 hours can offer. What I enjoyed in the drama was the music. I guess it was made by the writer and producers with lots and lots of singing in their heads. Not that I minded, the songs which were also made into the drama’s OST, made the drama a good watch. Overall I’d recommend this show for those who are into a short time drama fill, comedy and a lot of singing.

 

Cinderella’s Sister (Korean Drama 2011)

Drama Rating: 10/10

Song Kang Sook is a single mother who has a daughter named Eun Joo. She married a rich widower named Goo Dae Sung who also has a daughter called Yoo Sun. The two girls became step sisters during their teenage years. What Dae Sung wasn’t aware of was that Kang Sook had a difficult past with a bad reputation and she is also a gold digger who simply wants to improve her way of living and social status. However, she seem to genuinely love Dae Sung and Yoo Sun, probably even more than Eun Joo, her very own daughter. This is the main reason why Eun Joo resented her mother, adding the fact that she hated their way of surviving in the harsh world by leeching off from someone else’s money. Aside from her mother, Eun Joo also detested her step sister’s sunny personality who didn’t know what being poor and unloved meant since Yoo Sun grew up from a rich family with a lot of love from the people around her.

Eun Joo became cold to everyone due to moving from one place to another, never settling in. That’s why she tried hard to live unattached to the people who gets involved with her because she knew that she and her mother would have to leave sooner or later. The only thing she didn’t expect was that the Goo household was different. Her step father Dae Sung has shown her fatherly love and compassion which she never even dreamt of experiencing. For the first time in her life, she felt comforted from knowing that she finally had a legitimate father figure to look out for her despite her stubborn personality. Then one day, a tragedy happened triggered by lies and deceit which caused chaos in the family and threatened to tear each member apart.

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The title says “Cinderella” because it was depicted from the fairy tale’s premise of step sisters but the drama was very much different in every aspect. This drama was somewhat similar to Cinderella’s story but with a big twist, there was no glass slipper and Cinderella was not the highlight but instead, it was the step sister who shined

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through the whole series even though she was too sardonic to be understood by anyone. Plus there was all the makjang that the drama could offer – it was a big roller coaster ride of emotions. So what exactly made it similar to the original fairytale? There’s the not-so-evil step sister Song Eun Joo who was acted by Moon Geun Young and Cinderella who’s known as Goo Yoo Sun which was portrayed by Seo Woo, but aside that, nothing else is. These two characters are so vital in this drama since the story mainly revolved around them. Then insert the male lead and second one namely Chun Jung Myung and Ok Taec Yeon, things gets more interesting and complicated at the same time with these two men involved in the pretty ladies lives. There’s also Lee Mi Sook as Song Kang Sook and Goo Dae Sung as Kim Gab Soo.

These two characters who posed as the parents held so much meaning for this drama too. Without them, there wouldn’t be Eun Joo and Yoo Sun to begin with. Their lives would never have crossed in the twisted fashion that the writer had thought of if not for them. The parents had their own story to tell so as to pave way for the step sisters and that’s one part of this drama to look forward to.

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To be honest, what made me watch this in the first place was Moon Geun Young. I am biased like that when it comes to actresses I like. Then adding up how the writer depicted Eun Joo’s character, though dark and gloomy, the character held so much promise. Setting my bias aside – Geun Young did great justice acting as Eun Joo. Due to Eun Joo’s
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family history and social back ground, her bad personality simply justified her outward bitchiness. I really love the tough exterior that she exuded all throughout even though deep inside, she’s all marshmallows. Oh, and I’m not forgetting Hong Ki Hoon, the man who moved her heart and made her do things she don’t usually do. My favorite scene is when Ki Hoon asked Eun Joo to call his name because he loved hearing
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her say it. The way I write it here may seem nonsensical, but in the drama, it was a very moving scene worth replaying again and again. Another highlight scene about these two is when they firsts met and Ki Hoon pulled at Eun Joo’s hear pin making her beautiful lush hair fall dawn behind her as she ran away from him. There’s also Han Jung Woo, the second lead who is always lurking about Eun Joo, in a good way, since he had good intentions for her. It’s just too bad that the other guy had already marked his
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way into Eun Joo’s heart because Jung Woo would have been a great guy for her if not for Ki Hoon. Lastly, Goo Yoo Sun, she’s the type of character who gets too annoying because she’s the ultimate goody two shoes. It’s not that she’s pretending to be one but she’s innately like that and that’s pretty tiring to watch especially when I have invested myself in feeling all sad and melodramatic because of the main protagonist.

The music was also lovely especially in those very melodramatic moments in which I couldn’t help crying and say to myself, “Please please please stop hurting so badly already so I could stop crying for you”. This was my internal dialogue which ran through my mind all through out every episode for Eun Joo. Do take note that it has been 7 years since I last saw this drama but still… by far, this is one of the best melodramatic Korean series I have ever seen. I rated it 9/10 because though I loved it, there were some turn out in the story line which I disagree with and would have changed if it was up to me. That aside, I’m definitely recommending this to those who are into a cry-fest makjang drama. It’s probably best to prepare a bucket for those incoming tears if not, a box of tissue would do.

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My ID is Gangnam Beauty (Korean Drama 2018)

Drama Rating: 7/10

The drama is about a college student named Kang Mirae who thought that she could move on with her life while facing everyone with her chin up if she had plastic surgery. Ever since she was a child up until middle school, she had always been bullied for her looks and because of that, she had zero self-esteem and confidence. Then the plastic surgery happened and this actually made her feel more confident… at first. However, as soon as people learned about her real face, the bullying started once again and was labeled Gangnam Beauty. Adding up to her embarrassment, she meets Do Kyung Suk, the cold and aloof guy who knew her right away even after she had completely changed her face. That’s when her life takes a different turn as she slowly gets involved with him.

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This drama had so much promise but as I have reached episode 5, it kind of went stale and that’s how I also felt when I finally finished it. I didn’t even feel the need to watch the drama in one go. For a college drama with psychological aspects, I unconsciously feat-13-690x400compared it to the drama Cheese in the Trap and that’s why My ID is Gangnam Beauty became a disappointment. It was probably the lackluster of the main characters or the lack of attention on the supporting ones or maybe both. I wanted something much more from Kang Mirae and Do Kyung Suk as well as Oh Hyun Jung, Mirae’s best friend and Yeon Woo Young, the college assistant teacher. There was so much material to work on their characters but they have solely focused more about beauty and the romance of the main characters that the drama had missed a great drama in the making.

What I did like about this drama was the portrayal of the actors. Im Soo Hyang wasfullsizephoto990930 effective as Mirae since she was able to act as someone who had undergone a complete facial make over through plastic surgery. The way she always lowered her head as if she didn’t deserve anything in the world or didn’t have the right to love anyone clenched my heart and made me root for her. I like her sudden outbursts and the way she fought her way through bullies. I personally think that people with low confidence should be more like her. To be able to stand up to anyone who tries to belittle them whether it be in a small way. I also particularly like her parents. They made Mirae’s life more colorful since her mom supported her with the plastic surgery while her father was vehemently against it. I definitely enjoyed their screen time. Then there’s Cha Eun Woo as Do Kyung Sook, who EUNWOO5looks like a sculpted creature because he’s so darned good looking. The role was definitely perfect for him because beauty defines this guy, even his mother Na Hye Seong who was portrayed by Park Joo Mi. They definitely suited each other as the perfect mother and son with great genes. Both of them had strong personalities and seemed aloof but are pretty much caring for the people they love. The story that revolved around the Do family was quite interesting and made the drama more bearable to watch, because the college scenes were a bit… meh. Then, I get to Oh Hyun Jung and Yeon Woo Young’s character which were portrayed by Do Hee and Kwak Dong Yeon. I specifically like them because of the actors. They had so much promise for this drama but it felt like both of them were wasted. Hyung Jung could do so much in this drama but bts045she was simply left to be the sidekick who had special affections for someone but couldn’t even resolve her feelings properly. Woo Young on the other hand was left to be the guy who seems to be like a knight in a shining armor and ready to save a damsel in distress, but that’s it. Nothing more. His character was left wasted like that. Though he was able to fess up his feelings to the person he likes and help out when someone was in trouble, I felt thwarted. I wanted more. That’s far as they could go, what else can a simple viewer like me do? Oh… before I DnRqtnDUcAAZ7L9forget there’s also the most annoying and yet pitiful character in the whole drama and that’s Hyeon Soo Ah, the main antagonist in this drama. Jo Woo Ri was able to portray her character perfectly, it’s too hard not to hate her and yet feel bad for her at the same time. Soo Ah knows she’s beautiful and that’s her main armor in trying to make all the guys fall for her but that’s just the vain side of her. The other side will be later revealed but I couldn’t say she didn’t deserve that because she did but still… things couldn’t have escalated if she just behaved herself properly.

The OST though is another thing, I loved it. All of it. It’s worth saving in the phone just like what I did. Over all the drama was enjoyable but lacked a lot of aspects as I have mentioned. I wouldn’t recommend it to those who wanted something more serious because this drama isn’t like that. It’s a romantic comedy that mainly touches the topic of beauty, plastic surgery, college life and bits of family conflicts.

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