Uncontrollably Fond (Korean Drama 2016)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

No Eul comes from a poor family, her mother passed away at a young age while her father is merely a street vendor who tries his best to provide for her and her younger brother. Despite their financial ordeal they lived as a happy life. But one dayUF_Noh_Eul_01, their lives were shattered when No Eul saw her father get into a hit and run car accident. Though she had hard evidence to prove the guilty party, the person she was against had money and power which she doesn’t have. In the process of fighting for her father’s injustice, a series of unfortunate events happened to No Eul that sent her off in the hospital in a critical condition and incurring debts from her hospitalization. After her recovery, instead of throwing herself into despair, she pushed on with her life to provide for herself and her brother.

image.pngShin Joon Yeong is a popular actor who was once involved with No Eul when they were younger, however as his circumstances were dictated through his bloodline and the choices he made had dire consequences, he lived his life miserably even up to the height of his career. To top it all, he finds out that he had brain cancer and had only a few months to live. In the midst of his illness, he decided to do something drastic in his remaining life. That is to love unconditionally the one person he left behind and to right all the wrongs he has done.

I’m glad that I finally had the courage to watch this show. It was definitely a melodrama full of makjang moments, but at the same time it felt good to know that the drama producers were against all odds when it came to drama cliché. I mean there were those moments when I wanted to tear my hair out in frustration but at the same time I knew it was an essential part of the story. The conflict was enough to make things going until the very last episode. I even thought I have prepared myself for the worst but I still end up bawling my eyes out in different episodes here and there.

Suzy Bae did her best to portray No Eul, but I could somehow image a different actress in her shoes and still think they could pull it off. While Kim Woo Bin, definitely nailed his character. Joon Yeong wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t him. He did take on the role sincerely and looked like a dying actor at some point. To think that after the drama, he was diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Cancer was quite ironic. Nonetheless he was a splendid actor in this drama.

One of my favorite character was Joon Yeong’s mother. She was so keen on having herUncontrollablyFond7-00014 son become a lawyer-prosecutor that she failed to notice what exactly was happening to her son. It was sad that years were wasted on resentment instead of being together and loving each other as a real family. Their situation was one of the drama’s aspect that set the water works in me. I would have loved to see some more mother and son interaction but UncontrollablyFond7-00025I was left with a bittersweet conclusion for them. Other supporting actors that caught my eye were Im Ju Eun, she definitely pulled off the bitchy second lead who’s the spoiled daughter of a politician. I liked how I love to hate her and the fact that she makes everyone around her miserable despite being rich and pretty. Lastly, I like these two cute teenagers 0f4980d08638500da0cb78989b5dc086who find themselves drawn to each other and yet has a doomed love life after all the things they learn with both of their families. Lee Seo Won as Noh Jik and Ryu Won as Choi Ha Roo are such a cute pair. I wish there were more of their fluff in this drama because they seem to lighten the atmosphere whenever they both appear on screen.

Over all the drama is very melodramatic with all the heavy conflicts between characters. The writers did try to make things a bit light through the dialogue, but it wasn’t much of a help because in the end, I knew how everything was coming down. Despite it being a sad drama with a bittersweet ending, I’d still say that it was worth the watch. The cinematography was beautiful and the OST was pure love. I’m sharing a track below for those who are interested in listening to it. I’m also recommending this drama to those who likes watching makjang stuff, are into cryfest situations and with a little bit of fluff here and there.


A Little Braver by New Empire
PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.
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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.

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.