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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Legend of the Blue Sea (Korean Drama 2016)

 

Drama Rating: 8/10

This drama is about a mermaid who falls in love with an ordinary man.

푸른 바다의 전설.E03.161123.720p-NEXT.mp4_000057190There are two timelines in the show, one is during the Joseon era and the other during the present time, both timeline is interconnected for it is believed that history repeats itself no matter the lifetime is. In the past, a mermaid and a noble man fell in love with each other but society dictated that it was forbidden. Their love was deemed to be a doomed fate, however both will try their everything to go against all odds. In the 푸른 바다의 전설.E02.161117.720p-NEXT.mp4_002843640present, another mermaid – one who seems to be reincarnated from the past, meets a peculiar con artist who is more than what he seems and falls in love with him. She goes to all kinds of trouble to find him and when they finally meet again, fate seems to turn its wheels back into motion for the two lovers who were destined for each other from the very beginning.

This drama definitely has a lot to offer. I have been putting off on watching this drama for a long time because I heard a lot of people say it wasn’t that good and that there should be a season two. As for me, I think the drama was wrapped up pretty well… there’s just some scenes I couldn’t agree with how they decided to end it which I will talk 푸른 바다의 전설.E01.161116.720p-NEXT.mp4_000357156about in a spoiler tag later. Over all it was a good watch, I loved the twists the story has given me at the end and how everyone was able to move forward with their lives. Also, there’s that part in which a person’s past is intertwined with the present person. I liked that part, because no matter how they turn away from their true selves, their actual personality and principles eventually takes care of them – damning fate and destiny.

Another thing that I liked about it was the backstory of the main lead guy, Heo Joon Jae acted by Lee Min Ho. When I read the synopsis of the drama, I was initially turned off by 푸른 바다의 전설.E01.161116.720p-NEXT.mp4_000949348the fact that the main guy was a con-artist. Since there weren’t much explanation on what his character is about other than that, my interest in the story as a whole got downsized and thus this drama was set aside for basically three years. What I didn’t expect though was his history until I’ve finally watched it. I like how interesting his life was and why he became a con-artist in the first place, despite having a family back ground such as his. There were a lot of things going on around his life that it made things more complicated and fascinating to watch. Then add up a strong, beautiful mermaid into his life, well… I’ll just say that it was a very exciting show to watch.

푸른 바다의 전설.E01.161116.720p-NEXT.mp4_001793591Honestly, Jun Ji Hyun stole the limelight of the show. Yes, Lee Min Ho was really good looking but Ji Hyun was spectacular here that she definitely overshadowed Min Ho. Her character as a mermaid was ethereal but when she turned into a human, she was seriously lovable with all the funny antics and crazy quirks she learned along the way. I also love the name they gave her, it was so appropriate in many levels. On a side note, the other supporting casts were awesome as well. They added color to the show and made things more complicated with their own story. Their lives intertwined so perfectly from the past and the present that everything makes sense up to the very end.

Cinematography was breathe taking and I like the 푸른 바다의 전설.E02.161117.720p-NEXT.mp4_002845108fact that the production wasn’t cheap. They were able to afford to shoot overseas and make everything look so darn beautiful. The OST on the other hand was something that I could have set aside. It wasn’t as memorable as it should be but it was enough to put emotions on the scenes. Over all it was a good watch. I’m glad I picked it up and would definitely recommend it to those who likes mermaids, fantasy love story and happy endings.

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The major thing I didn’t like about this show was the memory loss. When Shim Chung decided to erase everyone’s memory before she left to recuperate back into the sea, it was a really stupid move. Why erase everyone’s memory when she’s going back to them again? She should have been honest in the first place that she had to heal for a couple of years and when she’s finally alright, she will return to them. They would have waited for her no matter what. When she erased their memories, it left a hole in their hearts and there were remnants of her that everyone couldn’t figure out. That’s the most disappointing part of the drama which the writers caused. I’m betting they did it to have at least another problem up to the very end of the episode which was very unnecessary.

Tomorrow I will Date with Yesterday’s You (Japanese Movie 2016)

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Movie Rating: 9/10

Based on the novel by Takafumi Nanatsuki – Boku wa Ashita, Kinou no Kimi to Date Suru (Tomorrow I will Date with Yesterday’s You) was made into a live action film starred by Fukushi Sota and Komatsu Nana. Their roles as Minamiya Takatoshi and Fukuju Emi are characters that would bring forth a love that transcends through time making romance itself not just a simple coincidence but an act of fate that the universe has conspired.

Takatoshi meets Emi in a train for the first time and yet he felt that he had fallen in love at first sight. Plucking the courage to ask her name and confess his feelings, he chased after her on the train platform and talked to her. After that fateful encounter, they began to date and spent their time together happily. One day Takatoshi discovers something about Emi, a secret that she has been keeping all along.

This movie reminds me of 50 first dates and The Tale of Benjamin Button but in a very different and more complicated way. That’s all I could say for a spoiler free introduction. I would write an indebt review about this, but the rest of my thoughts would be under the spoiler tag below.

Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday’s You is a compelling and poignant movie to be exact, definitely worth the 1 hour and 50 minutes of screen time. The first few part of the movie seemed very odd at first. Even the first scene would seem peculiar for a simple romantic movie but as I gradually continued to watch, everything started to make sense. The lead female character seemed to be shrouded in mystery while the male lead simply Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday’s You (2016).mp4_001018560looks hopelessly in love, but those things did not deter me from watching it because as boring as it may sound as I write about it in summary, the movie is very interesting. The pacing of the love story is a bit fast than the usual Japanese shows, which caught me off guard. I wasn’t really expecting a love confession at the get go, however it was a detrimental element in the whole point of the movie. So even though it seemed fast, there was a drawback… and that’s another part of the film that made it more fascinating.

Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday’s You (2016).mp4_001023940The characters portrayal of Fukushi Sota and Komatsu Nana as Minamiya Takatoshi and Fukuju Emi was great. It felt like they were made for the roles, their acting wasn’t over the top and made me feel connected to each person. They had this bittersweet way of acting that made me feel melancholic about their characters and yet the same time happy. I liked how Emi’s personality was bubbly and yet tears off as fast as a raindrop and there’s the seemingly clueless Takatoshi who’s simply too much in love to notice anything else Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday’s You (2016).mp4_002124374.pngabout his girlfriend. Aside these main characters, there’s that one special supporting character that’s worth mentioning – Kaminoyama Soichi , he’s one of Takatoshi’s sempai in the university and acts as his best friend and older brother. I liked the fact that he gives Takatoshi great advice in love and life. The guy acting this character, Higashide Masahiro is a veteran actor even though he looks young.

Overall the movie was a great watch. I loved the mystery factor and I did rewatch it immediately again because I wanted to pinpoint the clues that I had missed out during the duration of the film. Music wise it was alright, along with cinematography. Those things aren’t that much important to me though while I was watching because I was too engrossed with the characters that those two aspects of the movie simply made the whole thing better than it already was. It was like reading a book and I there’s great background music while the book had awesome pictures in it to give at least a good visual about what I am reading. I’m recommending this movie for those who are looking for a romantic watch mixed with mystery and pure love.

*MAJOR SPOILERS*

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Now… as I dive into details, I’m guessing that whoever is reading this would have watched the movie. IF NOT – I HIGHLY SUGGEST TO WATCH THE MOVIE FIRST. The point of the movie is the mystery aspect. The film would lose its purpose if the mystery is gone.

So the secret about Emi is that she lives in a different timeline than Takatoshi. It’s like being in a different dimension but once every five years, they are able to meet for 30 days when the moon turns full. Another complicated thing about their meeting is that Takatoshi lives in the future, while Emi lives in the past. Does that even make sense? It will be explained in the movie but I would like to put it here because I still can’t believe that I have been succumbed into watching a romantic movie that was actually mixed with fantasy and sci-fi. And that’s in a very subtle form. Anyway… Emi lives her days with Takatoshi backwards, meaning she forgets the day she spent her days with her boyfriend and she ages younger while Takatoshi lives his days forward, keeping all the memories of them together thus making the title of the movie a very literal and appropriate one. That’s why I compared it to 50 first dates because Emi forgets everything after a day, while in Benjamin Button he ages backwards which is the same as Emi.

It’s a two dimensional thing and having two star crossed lovers makes a bittersweet ending. However, despite that sad note of not being able to be together forever, at least fate gave them a chance to be together as lovers even for a short time. That’s the part that made me love this movie the most because it simply tells people to live at the moment and love while it actually lasts.