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
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Dream High (Korean Drama 2011)

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Drama Rating: 8/10

Go Hye Mi is a talented singer who attends in a prestigious school that focuses in Dream High (18)classical music, however she had to quit her dream because her father could no longer support her high class education. As her life turns upside down, she was forced to enter Kirin Art High School to pay off her father’s debt along with several conditions: she has to convince two other students to attend the same school. One of the student is named Song Sam Dream High (7)Dong, a country bumpkin who knows nothing of the real world but has a gifted voice. The other student is Jin Guk, a problematic child who seeks the acknowledgement of his father, the Mayor of the district. Hye Mi has one female friend, Yoon Baek Hee – she also dreams of being a musical artist but due to her low self esteem and timid personality, she tends to be overshadowed by Hye Mi who is brash and outspoken. They became rivals due to an Dream High (3)audition which caused a rift in their friendship. Along the way, they encounter Kim Pil Sook – a shy girl with a beautiful voice and a big body. She usually tries to blend into the background due to being self conscious of her body weight but Jason, a boy who used to live overseas tends to put her in the limelight.

Amidst the struggle of these students, they all have the same dream and that is to become a successful artist in the entertainment industry.

 

This is a musical drama in which I dared myself to watch to see if I could stomach in a couple of kids singing pop songs and dancing around some stage. To my surprise, it wasn’t the crappy show that I expected. The pilot episode starts off with showing a top artist who is called “K” by the crowd. Of course the face and body is not revealed but a simple detail such as a necklace is the only clue as to who this person could be. Thus, a mystery factor and a guessing game is ensured throughout the drama. I liked this bit, because during the show’s run – that necklace was passed from one person to another. I had my own biases and bets as to who K actually could be and though I ended up being wrong, it was fun until it lasted because not knowing who’s going to end up being the best was part of the thrill in watching the show.

Dream High (10)Some of the acting may have been a bit off with some of the characters which I presume is their first time to be cast in a drama, but still, the overall delivery and concept of Dream High was far from what I anticipated. It was better than what I imagined and was a heartwarming show after all. I grew to love the main characters and their quirks. My most favorite would be Pil Sook who was acted by IU. I can’t believe that her career would skyrocket after this drama because she has become such a big star now that she gets to snag lead roles. I feel like a mom who’s proud of her daughter’s achievements.

The colors and cinematography all throughout was eye catching and the characters were as colorful in their own life story that it brought out the goodness of the series.

I have more thoughts about this drama but it’s not going to be much fun of a watch, if I pinpoint every detail. I am definitely recommending this for those unbiased people who want to check out the pop-culture-industry of Korea. Music wise, it was alright since I’m not much of a K-pop fan BUT I love IU’s rendition of Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.

 

 

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