Category Archives: Korean Dramas and Movies

My Opinion on Fated to Love You (Korean) Episodes 13-20 (Final)

Fated to Love YouAfter what has been quite a long stretch, Fated to Love You finally ended its run. FTLY was a drama that I had high expectations for even before the drama started filming. I immediately perked up to the idea of it since I whole-heartedly enjoyed the original and I haven’t seen a Korean drama of this genre. I had quite high expectations for it since it is a remake of a drama which I really love. It might have been billed as a remake but it is so much more than just a remake. It forged realistic characters and really brought the storylines alive in way that was filled with charisma. While it does not stand out as a stellar or original drama, what I ultimately enjoyed the most about was its ability to establish itself as being more than just a mere remake. Continue reading

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My Opinion on Fated to Love You (Korean): First Impressions

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Popular Taiwanese drama Fated to Love You‘s Korean sister which also goes by the name of FTLY is having a hilarious but banger of a start. It is definitely living up to being a remake but it stands out as being more than just a remake. For me, to differentiate yourself from being a remake is one of the biggest factors to a good remake and even despite the fact that it is a remake, I like to take every drama as its own standalone representative because there are no two dramas which are the same; they might be similar but they are not the same. People who have already seen the original do not need to see another carbon copy just with a different cast. A remake is, on top of everything else, about differentiating yourself and adding your own sparkles to the original to really make it scream out uniqueness. It’s early days but FTLY seems to be doing this, maybe except for the carbon-copy of the title. I like what FTLY seems to be doing; it’s pulling bits and pieces from the original while adding in its own elements which all seem to be working for this remake. Continue reading

My Opinion on You From Another Star

I just sucked into watching this sucker of a baby (hehe) because of positive receptions all round that it received and I enjoyed it quite a lot actually. It was a nice watch and was a really enjoyable watching experience but it was definitely overrated. I haven’t laid my eyes on supernatural, mystical k-drama for quite a long time. In fact, I think the last one I saw was Secret Garden which has been quite a while now. Actually, I think it was I Hear Your Voice (AKA I Can Hear Your Voice) but that was barely scratching the supernatural theme. While You From Another Star (AKA My Love from the Star OR You Who Came from the Stars) covered a plot that didn’t seem to work all too well on paper, it proved the opposite on-screen. It’s a drama that’s light, fluffy and proved beyond boundaries the extent of love. It’s a beautiful watch and got your heart stirring each ep. Seemingly, it knew when and how to tug at your heart’s strings and making your emotions run wild. There were flaws but overall everything in this drama worked liked magic (kekeke). Continue reading

My Opinion on Cruel City

This was one cruel cruel cruel and heartless city indeed! Every ep of Cruel City (AKA Heartless City) was deliciously intriguing, filled with noir and above all else it was filled with lots and lots of intensity. I started this and then I left it on halt for a while before resuming it and essentially marathoning through the remaining eps. Despite all the stops and starts that I had with the drama, every time I resumed it there was always something about the drama that kept me wanting to stick around. Everything in the drama worked perfectly well together, though most credit would have to go to the sensational writing. This was a really well-written drama and best of all was the consistency from it. I loved the pacing of it; it was fast paced but very consistent from the start right through to the end. CC went above and beyond my expectations delivering a drama that was just so damn good. Continue reading

My Opinion on The Heirs

The most hyped up drama of the year, The Heirs (AKA The Inheritors) has finally come to an end and I am still learning to get my head around what these 20 eps were all about. It was a drama that tried really hard to reach into the depths of the ocean but could only remain on the shores. I was frustrated with the drama but yet I remained by its side, watching week after week. Week after week, I kept wanting push the drama forth and tell it present to me a story with substance and depth but in the end that was not what I got. For 20 eps, it was a drama that lacked the notion to chug forward into building a compelling drama. It had a central plot but within that plot there were a number of sideline storylines that were never fully developed. That ate away from the central plot, weakening it and the drama as a whole. The characters did grow but it was only ever so slightly. The steps that they took were baby steps that weren’t of any significant in showing the person that they have come to be. In fact, there wasn’t much of a difference from the characters that they were at the start of the drama to the characters at the end of the drama. In the end the drama drama only moved forward ever so slightly.  Continue reading

My Opinion on Two Weeks Episodes 15-16

Two Weeks” finally comes to an end after eight weeks and what a whirlwind of a ride it has been not only for us as avid watchers catching the drama week after week but also for our hero, Jang Tae San (Lee Jun Ki) who is risked his life to save his daughter, Seo Soo Jin (Lee Chae Mi). This was one of the better written dramas in recent viewing. The storyline was very solid from start right down to the finish line. It was very tightly-knitted and filled with action. There was not a point in the drama where the action plummeted; the drama successfully maintained a steady pace of intensity throughout its run. This intensity is what made catching the eps week after week so fun, because I knew that each week will bring about something very different, and it delivered! Continue reading

My Opinion on Two Weeks Episodes 9-14

It’s quite rare that you will find a drama that progressively gets narratively, emotionally and mentally better with subsequent eps. However, I have found it with Two Weeks; this drama ticks all these boxes and more. Each ep is filled with love, anxiety and curiosity. It really plays on your emotion because it keeps you in the loop of what is happening but it doesn’t give everything away entirely to leave you guessing and doubting. It constantly makes you worry about whether Jang Tae San (Lee Jun Ki) and Seo Soo Jin (Lee Chae Mi) will survive their ordeal despite knowing that they will survive. This is what really works well for the drama; it presents a sense of uncertainty despite leaving viewers knowing that the ending will be a happy one (hopefully). I just really like the play on emotions because it is one of the many many things that keeps viewers invested into the drama.  Continue reading

My Opinion on Two Weeks Episodes 3-8

Two Weeks just keeps getting better and better! I just love it, especially the pacing of it! It continues to mess with the normal pacing that everyone is used to with k-dramas by throwing in a good kick of highs and lows in every single ep. It is like a roller coaster ride, except with more extremity. There has yet to be one ep that has not triggered some sort of extreme emotion from me. The highs and lows come with great tension, filling you with nervousness and worry all at the same time. It also leaves you with great feeling seeing Jang Tae San (Lee Jun Ki) safe in the sense that he is safe from infection. I just really feel his character; I breath when he breathes, smiles when he smiles and laugh when he laughs. This drama doesn’t drive you to ship certain couples or watch them fall in love with each other; it drives on the survival journey that Tae San and Seo Soo Jin (Lee Chae Mi) are chasing after as well as the fight for justice that Park Jae Kyung (Kim So Yeon) has spent her life working towards. There is great satisfaction in watching as Tae San and Jae Kyung take steps leading them closer the reason for their persistence. Continue reading

My Opinion on Two Weeks: First Impressions

Oh this is good awesome spectacular terrific ground breakingly amazing! I absolutely love it! These first two eps really had me on the edge of my chair. It was very fast paced and really sets up the entire premise for the drama. It left me in awe and very eager for the next week to come! I just want more! From recent memory, the all of the k-dramas that I have picked up have quite the melo theme and they all involve some sort of murder and fugitive. Hehehehe, and with this drama it continues my trend.

The theme song/the anti-hero’s song is now my new music addiction. It’s currently on replay! Hehehehe!  Continue reading

My Opinion on I Hear Your Voice

I highly enjoyed this drama, and I am sure there are many people out there who enjoyed it just as much as I did, if not more. The South Koreans seem to agree with me because drama ratings sat in the mid-twenties throughout its run, and this is a remarkable achievement considering that anything in the twenties is considered amazing nowadays. It was amazing, and really worth the nine-weeks that I spent live-watching it week-to-week. Every ep really gripped me and only made me anticipate the next ep more and more! Not only was the storyline well developed, but the characters were given a rich background story really helped for the storyline to blossom. Together, the different drama elements helped to create a sensational drama. Continue reading