Love Forecast (Korean Movie 2015)

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Movie Rating: 9/10

Joon Soo is the kind of man who falls in head over heels, he gives his everything to the person he loves just to make her happy. Hyun Woo, on the other hand is an ambitious weather reporter who would do everything to make a name for herself in the industry she’s working at. Though she’s beautiful, she has a rowdy personality which turns off a lot of people in the long run. When these two best friends fall in love, things get really wild and complicated.

Words from Me:

The story line was quite simple but what really made this movie going for me was the fact that the main actors were good in portraying their characters. I’m saying this not as a fan because Lee Seung Gi is my bias, but because he really is good. Even Moon Chae Won, who I could care less of, did really well in this film. They really had a good chemistry going in every scene, it didn’t feel like they were trying too hard to be into their roles. It’s actually endearing to see them bicker, help each other out and eventually fill in the void of their own heart aches.

Music wise, it was a big help for important details in each scene but it was not something I couldn’t forget or get an LSS (Last Song Syndrome) from. I also have to confess that I re-watched the film again after seeing it, I just had to replay some parts which I found really eye catching, which I will be mentioning below.

Here were some key points in this film that I found really lovely:

Friendship of the main character – since I am a sucker for best friend themed film, the turn of events for me at the end was a plus point. I like the fact that both of them really cherished each other and counted on each other for consolation in their personal lives.

Back drop – the places where the main characters spend their time was really something worthy to take note of if ever I do get to visit Korea. I’m not much of a party person, but that club in which they spend their time drinking was pretty much awesome. I’ve never seen a club which had a theme of a bath house/disco bar. It was weird and yet it was working well. Then there’s those cozy apartments which belonged to the lead female and that house in which the main guy’s family lived. It shows the coziness of a korean living. Finally, Jeju Island. That beach back drop was really something indeed. I love how saturated blue the ocean was and the waves… it was something that could pull me into really visiting the island.

Ending – it was the average ending where two people reconcile and such, it was not outstanding and even border lines into cheesiness, but I loved the closure. I am delighted in a movie that gives proper closure to the main characters. It was cute and simple. And definitely something I enjoyed watching.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.
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Who Are You: School 2015 (Korean Drama 2015)

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Drama Rating: 9/10

Go Eun Byul is a strong willed young woman who mysteriously disappears and in her stead, a long lost identical twin sister named Lee Eun Bi accidentally steps into her life due to her lost memories. Eun Bi’s personality is the total opposite of Eun Byul and it showed when she started attending Sekang High School, a prestigious high school in Seoul’s Gangnam District. Things gets complicated when she gets involved with two guys she barely knows. Kong Tae Kwang, a rich and spoiled brat who has his own reasons for acting up and then there’s the ace of the swimming team Han Yi Han, Eun Byul’s best friend.

The thing I like most about this drama was the realism of what exactly occurs inside the classroom, beyond the test papers, assignments, extra-curricular activities, etc. School life may be different from a working environment, but status and socialization is the same everywhere. No matter the country or the culture. This drama brought life to that. I’ve watched all types of bullying in dramas – this drama is no different. There’s always a bad guy and a good guy, then the good guy triumphs over the bad guy. What made this drama a bit different are the additional conflicts which overlaps with the bullying and made things more interesting.

The story line may be a bit far-fetched, but the cast portrayed their roles pretty well, making the issues at hand seem more realistic. It was heart-warming and sad all at the same time. The romantic plot was a bit of a downer for me though because I was sort of rooting for the second lead guy. My second-lead-syndrome attacked once again halfway through of this drama. I really didn’t have a choice because the guy was too cute and too persistent. *sigh*

Setting that aside, I really liked School 2015 and might probably check out School 2013 because of this. Adding up to it was the music, it was something that really made the whole drama more memorable. Up until this moment, I could still hear the music inside my head, playing in the background.

I may re-watch this again in the future if I feel like relieving my high school days all over again, but for the moment, I am recommending it to those who likes watching dramas in a high school setting with more substance about a student’s school life and hardships.

PHOTOS ARE NOT MINE. CREDITS TO THE OWNER.

Orange Marmalade (Korean Drama 2015)

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Drama Rating: 7/10

Baek Ma Ri is a teenage vampire who wants nothing more than to be a normal high school girl. In the current world she lives in, humans and vampires co-exist with each other. Vampires are able to live under the sun due to the change in their diet, they should only drink animal blood. However due to their nature and history, they are still feared by humans and are considered as an outcast in the modern society because of the havoc that they have brought to humanity in the past.

Upon checking the previous reviews and comments, I realized not a lot of people liked this drama and had almost the same complaint. I would also have to admit that I was the same. I had to put the drama on hold for a long time before resuming it. I guess the first few episodes were pretty much disappointing compared to the original story line.

Do take note that this live action drama is VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE WEBTOON. If you are watching for that reason, beware and do not put your expectations too high.

If I would be rating this prior to the saguek part, it would probably have received a 5/10 for me. For the saguek period, I give it a 7/10. Post sageuk and after finishing the whole drama, I give it an 8/10 and here are my following reasons for the different ratings.

Pre-sageuk:

I felt that the drama was a bit draggy and had this vampire teenage angst going on, thenOM1-00239 not to forget that I have read the Webtoon version which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was pretty much hard not to compare, which I did throughout the episodes and had myself disappointed a lot of times. It might have been better if I haven’t read the webtoon first prior to watching the drama, unfortunately… the drama came 1 month after I have read the whole thing. But anyway, the first few episodes for me was blah. The fact that I wasn’t a fan of the lead guy did not help at all. The other cast members were pretty much new to me as well, except for the parents of the main characters who I think brought something in at the table with their pro-acting skills.

Sageuk:

I know a lot of people hated this part, but not me. I love sageuk and this was probablyOM5-00493a one of the reason why I continued on with the show, despite the fact that this was not even part of the original webtoon story line. I’m glad though that they included this, because if not, the drama would have probably ended at 6-8 episodes. This part explained a lot of things about the vampire community, the history of their diet and the treaty between normal humans and vampires. It had the cute, the romance and the exact heart breaking scenes you need in a drama to keep you moving forward. It also told the backdrop about the fate of the main characters.

Post Sageuk:

Initially, I didn’t feel like continuing on with the whole thing because I was alreadyOM3-00474a satisfied with the saguek part so I put this on hold for a few months, but I knew I had to finish this and so I did. There was this sort of dismal feeling on the first few minutes of episode 11, but the songs and bits of change in the story line made me push through. I guess the last 2 episodes were able to give closure to the whole story and I accepted it with a whole heart.

Other bits that made me like the drama:

Second Leads – I enjoyed the fact that the supporting characters had shifted in their attitude. The way the actors delivered it may not be perfect but they still definitely gave me the feels. Compared to the webtoon – the attitude change did happen and I’m really happy about that.

Music – it was cute, bubbly and left me with a good feeling. Seol Hyun and Lee Jong Hyun’s voice were pretty good. In each of their solo songs, I was caught in a bit of trance. I’d prefer rock anytime, but having to listen to their music gave me a different feeling all over.

Overall, I liked the drama and how it changed my mind on rating it. I don’t feel cheated at all that I watched the whole 12 episodes. I’m glad that I had a different perspective for this drama.

Photos are not mine. Credits to the owner.

The Producers (Korean Drama 2015)

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Drama Rating: 7/10

The story revolves around four people: Ra Jun Mo, a veteran variety show PD who has 10 years of experience under his belt but has no notable show under his name whatsoever. Tak Ye Jin, a music show PD who entered the business at the same time as Jun Mo. the producers 01Initially she was a timid person but as the harsh environment caught up to her, her personality has changed completely to one who doesn’t care what anyone thinks and instead voice out her own thoughts without thinking of the repercussions. Baek Sung Chan is a young rookie PD who can be a promising prosecutor but instead left the field to become part of the broadcasting team due to personal reasons. Cindy, a young top celebrity who has been in the entertainment business for a decade is deemed to be the ice princess of the country because she’s known to be a snotty person who doesn’t like to get close to anyone.

These characters have their own careers and lives to be busy about but because they are in the same company, it’s unavoidable for them to meet. Aside that, they also have their own personal history with each other that interlinked them together. Through these people, the show will give the audience a glimpse of the things that occurs behind the scenes of the entertainment business like work politics, relationships, friendship and love.

The casting was great, however story wise… it was so-so. I think 12 episodes for this drama was a bit too short.

the producers 02The actors played their characters well, it was surprising to find Kim Soo Hyun going back to his usual character and that is the dorky love stricken type of guy. Then there is IU, who I may say I have taken a keen interest and biased liking due to her previous drama character in “Dream High”. As for Gong Hyo-Jin and Cha Tae-Hyun… these guys are veterans. What more can I say about them except that they have superb skills in acting? All these combined, I was still left hanging all throughout the drama. I have this the producers 11nagging thought, “This is it? After all those 12 episodes, this is it? Where are the accomplishments?”, I was left unsatisfied and that was a bit sad. It was rather short, they could have added at least 4 or 5 more episodes to give fulfillment to each of the main characters, to their careers and over all life. Setting those aside – I did like the ending, although it felt a bit rushed at least there was closure for the characters, but then again I still wish there were more episodes to elaborate on what happened after. I seriously wanted to see snippets of “2 days and 1 night” but sadly they didn’t show us anything more than what they wanted to.

Over all it was a fun series, nothing dramatic or too funny. It’s all light and entertaining, though it’s not something that entirely left a mark in my drama watching career. I would recommend it to pass the time but not a priority choice for watching. If there are fans on any of the main characters, then I highly suggest this drama – to indulge on the eye candy.

Photos are not mine. Credits to the owner.