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!

*Ducks in a hole*
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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Korean Odyssey (Korean Drama 2017)

Synopsis:

This drama is also known as Hwayugi.

Jin Seon Mi is a human child who can see ghosts and other creatures beyond the sight of a normal person. Due to this, she was able to see and recognize a monster named Mawang in a guise of a human. She saw him drive away the ghosts who was chasing after her with the use of an umbrella. When Mawang realized that she can see him, he made her go to the marble mountains to retrieve something of importance and in exchange he will give his umbrella that Jin Seon Mi wanted from him so she can protect herself. However, instead of retrieving what Mawang requested, she accidentally released a different monster disguised as a human being. The monster called himself Son Oh Gong who was previously a deity equal to the heavens. In the process of releasing him, they exchanged a promise that Son Oh Gong will protect her if she calls out his name, but he tricked her by removing the memory of knowing his name and so he was able to get away from her.

Years later when Jin Seon Mi was in her 30’s, she has once again crossed paths with Mawang and Son Oh Gong. This time, she has become the “Samjang”, a human who has the scent of a lotus flower which could only be smelled by monsters. This makes her the ultimate human prey which makes a monster become strong with the taste of her blood and if they eat her, they become powerful as well.

Destiny made Seon Mi and Son Oh Gong meet for a higher purpose in the future but the deities never expected that the samjang would fall in love with the monster and so their story is told.

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Words from Me:

When my cousin recommended this drama and told me that it’s a really good show and worth the watch, I had some second thoughts since she said there was a catch, the show consists of monsters and supernatural beings that could be quite scary. But since I was able to survive the drama Master’s Sun, I was okay with this.

For a hyped drama such as Hwayugi, it definitely lived up to its expectations. This drama is totally my cup of tea because I love all elements of fantasy, action, drama, comedy and romance. The story isn’t lacking either and it never felt rushed. I also think that the script was well thought of because there are so many quotable quotes in this drama especially from Son Oh Gong. There might be bits of loop holes here and there in the storyline but it’s forgivable because the ending made it all seem senseless. Though the series was a typical horror-drama-romcom type wherein a human can see ghosts, monsters and other entities, the thing that set this drama aside from the rest was the execution of all the characters, including the supporting casts. The all the actors where really good and nobody looked too stiff. It was as if the roles where made for them.

 

A lot of people thought that the final episode felt like a cliff hanger or that it needs a second season, but for me, there is finality in the story between Jin Seon Mi and Son Oh Gong. If ever they plan on making a part two, I think it is going to be a different story all together. There were several things that surprised me upon watching this drama which I need to put under a spoiler tag (please see below of this post) because my thoughts are connected to major incidents that happened to the characters.

The cinematography was very pretty along with the OST. I would probably remember the songs and associate it with certain scenes from this drama if it gets played out of the blue on the radio or wherever. I would also re-watch this in the future if I forgot the details and wanted to be reminded of how cool the main characters where. Over all I’d rate this drama 9/10 and would highly recommend it to anyone who’s not a scaredycat.

 

*MAJOR SPOILERS* 

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One of the things I noted and got me confused was when the octopus prince named Ok Ryong inhibited a female body, an actress called Alice. It was really weird when he-Ok Ryong fell in love with PK just because the woman he’s possessed liked PK, the thought that his feelings got swayed simply because he was inside a woman was really a tricky thing. Because of that he gave up his life for him… so basically what he felt was really genuine, right? Another one is Summer Fairy, since she’s sharing General Winter’s body the guy had to cross-dress which is another taboo for Kdramas. We don’t usually see guys cross dressing in Kdrama world.

Finally, the scene when the main character died shocked me. Literally died and had no sense of being reincarnated soon. I know that Samjang is actually destined to die but usually, KDrama land makes the main characters survive or get into the cycle of reincarnation, ie. Goblin. Does this drama ring a bell?

The fact that the writer wasn’t shy to portray about LGBT or kill off main characters was a huge thing. Usually, KDramas try to pacify things and generalize to fit whatever seems alright for the viewers, however in this series, they just went on the roll and disregarded the norm. This was a great surprise and made the drama more appealing.