King 2 Hearts (Korean Drama 2012)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

The story line is about the unification of South and North Korea through an alliance, a marriage from a prestigious family from each country. Kim Hang Ah is the only daughter of the Deputy Minister of the North Korean Ministry of Unification, she is also part of North Korea’s military’s elite force. Despite having a tough exterior due to being a king 2 heartssoldier, she has dreams of finding her feminine side through a better half. When she encounters Lee Jae Ha, the easy go lucky prince of South Korea it seems like she had entered a nightmare. Both were engaged due to political reasons but somehow they find themselves drawn to each other and eventually fall in love. Though both have different outlook and positions in life, when they are cornered by the people around them and they only have each other to rely on, they both become an unstoppable couple.

This series was action packed mixed with romance, drama and politics. It had so many interesting elements which made me wish it could actually happen in real life, but then again, this is drama land and there are so many loopholes which I would rather not have in real life.

So now, let me proceed on dissecting this drama into two parts.

First off the action:

king-gun2I love watching Ha Ji Won kicking ass on screen. Whether it is in a movie or a drama I love seeing her as a strong, independent woman who can make men drop on her their knees with their balls shrinking from their behind. There’s no difference here, as Kim Hang Ah is a general’s daughter – strong willed, stubborn, military trained sniper/assassin and yet still smoking with femininity. She is a woman with a high caliber. Literally and figuratively speaking. Then there’s our male counter part Lee Seung Ki. This guy is awesome on screen. He’s not really good looking but man… he is oozing with charm and sex appeal, I don’t know where he gets it. I loved his character as Lee Jae Ha for several reasons – he is a dork, irresponsible and has an easy go lucky personality – which would make viewers think (what makes that likable?) but then these characteristics makes him normal and realisticTk2H15avi_002795362 in terms of being a rebellious prince – someone who is second in the throne. He had so much issues on hand but it gave his character so much room for improvement. If anyone does end up watching this, they’ll know what I mean. Setting these two main characters aside, I should not forget the supporting actors, the bad guys and the overall theatrics.

20120529_seoulbeats_king2heartsAnother character favorite of mine is Jo Jung Suk as Eun Shi Kyung. He suits the role as a national guard who protects the royalties. He was great in his portrayal and how he stands up to Lee Jae Ha’s being a pain in the ass to everyone. But what I liked most was his chemistry with the princess. The spoiled sister Lee Jae Shin acted by Lee Yoon Ji. She was awesome here, although initially her character is the happy spoiled princess she’s supposed to be, she actually becomes more than that and becomes a vital character in the drama. Finally we have Yoon Je Moon as Kim Bong Goo aka John Mayer. Gaaaad… king09-00026.jpgcan’t they think of a better name than that? Why name a bad guy after a singer? Anyway… aside from the cheesy namesake, his character was crazy as a bastard. He has a deep grudge against the royalties and has planned out everything up to the very last detail. I like the way he has portrayed his sick character, it was so believable and him being an antagonist works like magic.

Now let’s go with the Romance, Drama and Politics:

In every drama there is always the conflict of romance, but in every politics we seldom see romance as a highlight. Here these three elements are mixed together perfectly. Nothing is over shadowed. I wish I could talk more about that without spoiling the drama, but unfortunately it will be a spoiler, so I would rather not dwell in that. Hopefully someone out there would check this drama out to see how all drama elements were blended so well.

This drama is re-watchable since I like ass kicking and bickering from our main characters. The sound track was alright, it did match up with the scenes and was appropriate in every episode but it just did not stick into my head. Over all I highly recommend this drama for those who likes the genre I have mentioned on top.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.
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Princess Jellyfish (Japanese Movie 2014)

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Movie Rating: 8/10

Kurashita Tsukimi is a shy woman obsessed with jellyfish but has a talent for makingPrincess-Jellyfish-5-1024x576 things out of cloth. She lives in a dorm house along with other women who have their own quirks. They are somehow separated from society and mostly called an “Otaku” due to their specific hobbies. One day Tsukimi rescues Koibuchi Kuranosuke, a cross dresser whom she has mistaken as a real woman. When she took Kuranosuke to her home, things started to change little by little up until they are about to loose their house due to realtors trying to oust the neighborhood for business purposes. Kuranosuke tries to convince everyone to step up and urged Tsukimi to create something out of her obsession.

Watching this movie was like opening a plastic wrap with a bunch of gummy bears. It was sweet, colorful and full of fun.

657703The movie may seem nonsensical or rather another “Make Over” concept at first, but gradually, the fun starts when the cross dressing male lead Koibuchi Kuranosuke gets more involved with the female lead Kurashita Tsukimi and her housemates. I think that’s where the story line actually picks up. Kuragehime may not have a great romance aspect into it, but it does give hints as to whom the character’s heart actually belongs to. The portrayal of an Otaku in this film is also quite a bit over rated to my taste but then there’s Kuranosuke who by the way is trying to hide the fact that he is a male cross dressing as a female so as not to be hated by Tuskimi’s housemates who thinks he is a girl… so that actually became a redeemer factor for me. The story revolves around this simple story line made complicated by the characters themselves. Though there may be additional conflict inserts along the plot line, it didn’t give much impact to the overall feel of the film.

Acting wise, I really enjoyed the fact that the main lead is comfortable wearing female clothes and actually looks good in it. Compared to other cross dressed actors I’ve seen, Suda Masaki nailed his role, he never once looked like he was a trying-hard-wannabe-cross-dresser. It was fun watching him punch the air in excitement, dress up Mitzuki inPrincess_Jellyfish-008 pretty clothes and walk like a model while speaking in a male voice. The way he acted spelled FUN all over the place. Then there’s our female lead, Mitzuki. Nounen Rena who portrayed this character (with her glasses on) looked so much like Aoi Miyazaki from the Movie – Tada Kimi Wo Aishiteru. Sorry, I had to insert that because I really found the resemblance quite astounding! Aside from that detail, I found myself liking her character. It wasn’t as strong as the male lead, but it was cute enough to compliment Masaki along the way.

Princess-Jellyfish-1-1024x576As for the other supporting actresses, I found each characters lovable: Banba (afro girl), Mayaya (Bangs Girl), Chieko (Doll Girl) and Jiji (Old Man lover girl). The person who caught my attention though was the afro girl. I really find her fetish for trains a bit odd, but her other skills like photography, having a keen eye, attention to details… those things made her really interesting. Oh! Her BIG Afro wig was a big plus too. Aside from these girls, I will have to insert Kuranosuke’s brother – Shu Koibuchi and his ever faithful driver Yoshio Hanamori (played by my favorite Mokomichi Hayami-san!!!). Their tandem in this movie is funny, despite the over-acting in their part, I still find the slapstick comedy funny.

Music wise, I find it endearing and catchy, it also made me check out the band which was SEKAI NO OWARI. Ironically upon listening to their music they have the same feel as the American Band: Owl City, and when I did my research they already had a show together! That piece of information was really awesome. Another trivia about SEKAI NO OWARI, they are also the same band who sang the OST for Attack on Titans (but it’s such a shame the movie wasn’t up to my expectations).

Over all, this will be worth your time if your mood is into a feel-good-funny movie with bits and pieces about Otakus, Gender Bender and Fashion.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.

Her Private Life (Korean Drama 2019)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

Sung Doek Mi lives a double life as a successful art gallery curator and a full time fan girl Her Private Life ep01.mp4_002898528who’s popularly known online as Shi An is my Life. Though she’s famous in her online name, she does her fan-girling discreetly by covering her face while attending fan meets and concerts. In the midst of her fan-girling business, she Her Private Life ep01.mp4_001637902accidentally meets an important person she’s about to encounter in her real life… Ryan Gold. A renowned artist from New York who was recruited to become the new Director of Cheum Gallery which Deok Mi works as a curator. As both of them start working together, both clashed with their own opinions and judgement but as time went on things goes smoothly between them and they open up to each other little by little. Eventually they find themselves in the middle of a romantic endeavor. As they get closer to each other, their past is also slowly unraveled one by one.

This drama definitely nailed how fan-girling occurs, not only in Korea but in the whole world. A lot of people are wondering what runs through a fan’s head and this drama totally explains it. Though the fan-girling story line was only showed during the first few Her Private Life ep01.mp4_003339569episodes and was merely kept in the background halfway through to give way to the actual conflict of the drama, it was an enlightening watch. It would show how much money, time, effort and dedication a fan does for their idols. I may not be a full time fan of a specific idol or actor, but I had my fair share of being a KDRAMA fan altogether… so yeah. Definitely a big respect to these type of people specially when they restrict themselves to the “Look only and No touching” policy when it comes to fan-girling. Come to think of it, a lot of self-restraint has to be done when a fan-girl’s idol is right in front of them and they just want to touch that person but because of the said policy, they keep their hands to themselves and let that person pass by in peace. That’s got to be a looooooooot of will power.

Now back to my actual review.

I was thinking of the rating for this drama and ended up 1 point short. The reason for this is that the drama was far from perfect. The first few episodes somewhat gave me a Her Private Life ep08.mp4_002554451bland feeling, not because the focus was about fan-girling but it simply failed to make me feel excited. Up until episode 5 came out and followed up by episode 6, that’s when things simply made me anticipate the next episode. As to why I gave it a 9 instead of a 7, is because I give props of 2 points for the male lead. This is the first drama I’ve ever seen that had a perfect boyfriend-material-kind-of-leading-man. Therefore the name Ryan Gold is going to stick in my KDrama history, a name that has yet to be surpassed by someone who’s more than this guy. Well, a drama character of course, since a real life Ryan Gold is probably next to non-existent. I loved the drama dearly because of his character. He’s like a password because he’s the case sensitive type – he’s the kind of guy who would be thinking of other’s feelings and set aside his own. He’s very understanding beyond belief and he’s the type of guy who would swoon any woman off her feet. In Her Private Life ep05.mp4_002684248short, he’s too good to be true. Setting those aside, he does have his minor issues which I won’t dwell on since it’s going to be a spoiler but it’s what makes him an over all halfway realistic guy. Then there’s Deok Mi, a woman who has her own world and sometimes think that her idol is the center of everything. However… when she’s around Ryan Gold, she becomes an entirely different being. I would want to talk more of her character but I feel that it’s also supposed to be in a spoiler tag, so I’ll probably just simply leave it at that. What I’d like to emphasize on though are the actors who portrayed both Her Private Life ep05.mp4_002622886characters. Park Min Young as Sung Deok Mi was such an adorable actress and I couldn’t imagine having someone else play her part. She had perfect on screen chemistry with Kim Jae Wook, the guy who portrayed Ryan Gold. I usually refrain from watching behind the scenes because I hate comparing real life to drama world but here, I couldn’t help it. I wanted to know how their off screen chemistry was and when I watched it, they were both adorable and even did so much ad-lib for the drama. No wonder that their onscreen performance was so appealing, their actual selves were in sync with each other that acting along side each other was easy as pie. Not only that, everyone on set seems to have a great filming atmosphere that things were able to run accordingly. Even the director seemed to be happy in the midst of filming.

Her Private Life ep01.mp4_002514979As for the side characters, I love each and everyone of them. Even the previous chairman of Cheum Gallery Mrs. Eom who’s supposed to be an antagonist in this drama. I love how she’s always over the top with the way she speaks and dress but in the inside she’s simply a mom who cares so much for her daughter. There were two characters Her Private Life ep08.mp4_002903200.pngthough whom I initially disliked but learned to be amicable with in the long run. Nam Eun Gi and Artist Choi Da In were given the role of being such pricks. They’re the type of character that was supposed to love the main ones unconditionally but instead make their lives more complicated. But despite their Her Private Life ep05.mp4_001554386meddling ways, I’m glad they weren’t much of a hurdle for the main couple. There’s also the intern named Cindy, the sessaeng fan who’s the daughter of a chaebol namely Mrs. Eom. Despite her initial role of being an obsessive fan, I like the the fact that she had so much character growth thanks to Deok Mi and her family. I especially like her interaction with Eun Gi and a hint of something else at the end of the show. Then there’s Deok Mi’s ever faithful best friend. Lee Seon Joo a cafe owner with a rich father and was previously an avid fan girl just likeHer Private Life ep09.mp4_000440072Deok Mi but due to an early marriage because she got pregnant to a very adorable child, she became a mom and a cafe owner instead. Gaaaaaaaaad I love this woman and how she paved the way into her best friend’s love life. She’s not meddlesome but she definitely gives her all out support for her best friend and try as she can, fan-girls with Deok Her Private Life ep01.mp4_003337333Mi at the sidelines. I always look forward to their interaction together, they always look like they’re having fun even though they’re dissing some boys in the process. Then there’s Shi An, the KPop Idol who caught Deok Mi’s heart. There’s not much screen time from this cutie and he still have room to improve his acting but he did nail being an idol in this drama. Her Private Life ep09.mp4_001517182His interaction with Deok Mi and the rest of his fans did look genuine. Lastly, there’s Deok Mi’s parents. They may seem oddballs but both have big hearts and I can’t say anything more hence the spoilers. What I’d like to mention is how Kim Mi Kyung’s interaction with Park Min Young in the drama seemed real and palpable as if they have bonded together as a mother and daughter.

Overall it was a great show. It made me cry a lot by the end of the drama when the mysterious hints were finally revealed. There was an unexpected twist in the story and that totally set my emotions into berserk tears thanks to my hormones due to being pregnant, I just couldn’t contain myself to feel all the feels on behalf of Ryan Gold and Deok Mi. The OST is love love love and I would definitely recommend this drama to all those who are looking for a lot of FLUFF like literally rom-com-feeling-kind-of-fluff-with-lots-of-kissy-touchy-feels.