19 March 2017

Line Walker Review

Title: Line Walker
AKA: The Apostle
Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller, Police, Undercover
Episodes: 31
Broadcast period: 2014-Aug to 2014-Oct
Cast: Michael Miu, Charmaine Sheh, Raymond Lam, Sharon Chan, Benz Hui, Sammy Sum, Elena Kong, Oscar Leung and Toby Leung.

Cheuk Hoi (Michael Miu) is the chief inspector of CIB and a handler for undercover cops. One evening he gets a call from his friend and the superintendent Hong Sir, to meet him at a rooftop in downtown Hong Kong, only to witness Hong falling of the building. In his last breath, Hong Sir utters that there is a corrupt cop in the police force and that Cheuk Hoi must save his five undercover agents – whom he was a handler for.
Back at the CIB Cheuk Hoi notices that the computers had been hacked, but fortunately the information of the undercover agents had been deleted by Hong Sir. Unfortunately, this makes Cheuk Hoi’s job even harder.
By luck he manages to find one: Ting Siu Ka “Ding Jie” (Charmaine Sheh), an undercover cop working as masseuse. She collects intel from the customers: some of them are the girlfriends of goons.
After noticing that she has weird friendship with a lowly goon, Sit Ka Keung “Bao Seed” (Raymond Lam), he puts her on the task to become his underling as Hong Sirs agenda for his five undercover cops is to catch the famous Chum Foon Fei ”Foon Hei Gor” (Benz Hui): a mafia boss owning most of underground Hong Kong.
Now Ding Jie must find out where her fellow UCs are, and together with Cheuk Sir keep her and the UCS from being exposed…

It’s been a while since I’ve watched Cantonese dramas. Generally, it is because I have low expectations in terms of quality, which in my experience I have seen several of. This drama however is so good and intriguing that I didn’t care. In the first 20 episodes, I really didn’t care if things were badly made, everything else was so good! The characters were well written, the storyline was thrilling and the entire screenplay was believable. Yes. there was bad acting here and there, weird “coincidences” and there were some stupid things I couldn’t get my head around, but that didn’t ruin the overall drama. After episode 20, the drama gets confusing a bit, yet you want to continues – kind of a charm if you will. So, it doesn’t necessarily get bad, just unnecessarily long or ‘extended'.
I think I will always remember Line Walker as a drama I really enjoyed, so yes, I think I would recommend it.

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥½ / 4½ out of 5 hearts

04 March 2017

I'm Home Review

Title: I’m Home
Genre: Family, Drama, Suspense, Mystery
Episodes: 10
Broadcast period: 2015-Apr to 2015-Jun
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Ueto Aya, Tanaka Kei and Mizuno Miki

“About half a year ago, I was in an accident. I lost nearly 5 years of memories. Everything is a blur. But there is one thing for certain. My wife and kid's faces seems to be wearing masks in my eyes.” (intro)
After an accident, Ieji Hisashi (Kimura Takuya) wakes ups with partial amnesia unable to remember the past 5 years of his life. While spending 6 months in recovery, he finds out that the woman he used to be married to is his ex-wife and that he got re-married to Ieji Megumi (Ueto Aya) and they now have a son. To make matters worse he us unable to see the faces of his wife and child: he sees them wearing masks. After losing the top position at his job and being demoted, he finds himself unable to get his life back without his memories.
In his possession, he had a bundle of 10 keys, which he has no idea whom they belong – so he decides to trace back his memories and return the keys, unknowingly that his life isn't as simple as it looks...

Hmm, I am not sure I got the real suspense explained in the summary, but if you watch the first 10 minutes of this drama you’ll understand it immediately.
This drama is what me and Jenji call “A Takuya Drama”, meaning it is perfect for him and he just makes the character his, so you will be amazed no matter what. The thing about this is that he only appears once a year with a drama, and every time he does he either makes a “what is this” or a “dear God yes” types. So, having him do a “Takuya Drama” is very nice to experience. I have personally loved Ueta Aya since her first dramas, so having her in the role as a mother/house mother is quite the difference – and opposite Takuya even better. The only thing I was annoyed about was that they weren’t great in hiding the actress’s pregnancy. I mean I could see her bump - even if they tried with ‘movie magic’ to make it look like she’s not, I could tell (blame that on my years of TV watching). But the general audience wouldn’t necessarily notice.
The drama was great to watch, and very enjoyable. I felt his frustration and hers – and I liked how everything made sense at the end. So, this drama I most defiantly would call a great drama with a good story and superb acting.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

03 March 2017

Pandora Movie Review

Title: Pandora
Genre: Disaster, Thriller
Origin: Korea
Release date: December 7, 2016
Cast: Kim Nam Gil, Kim Joo Hyun, Jung Jin Young, Kim Young Ae, Moon Jung Hee and Kim Myung Min.

Kang Jae Hyuk (Kim Nam Gil) lives with his mother, sister-in-law and nephew in a small village in the outskirts of Daegu. The village has nuclear reactor next to the harbor, due to that no fish are in the water, hence no fishermen. The sole live hood of the workers in the village is power plant, which Jae Hyuk does as well and his girlfriend Yeon Joo (Kim Joo Hyun) who works at the power plant information center. He lost his father and older brother because of the plant, so he hates everything about it – including working there.
When an earthquake hits the village, everyone – including the president – is told that the quake didn’t affect the plant. But the reality of the consequence is much more severe and as Pyung Sub (Jung Jin Young) tries to warn everyone, unfortunately he is met by opposition.
Aware of what the nuclear plant is capable of Jae Hyuk wants to get home and save his family, but fate has different plans for him, as he is stuck with his fellow workers…

First of all I need to point out that I am a 'disaster movie'-fan, meaning I enjoy those adrenaline filled "gotta save everyone" thriller movies/dramas. There is just something about them that makes me ignore plot holes – so I sometimes rate them as great, but later realize how weak a plot or storylines they really have. Fortunately this movie had all: amazing storyline, great plot, loads of great screenplay and perfect acting. I don't think I have anything bad to day about this movie honestly. From the beginning to the very end it was perfectly paced and superbly executed. I think that due to the Fukushima incident this hits closer to home than older 'power plant situations' or stories, as they really are quite alike.
So do I recommend it? Yes! (Available on netflix 17th of March)

☆☆☆☆☆ / 5 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥½ / 4½ out of 5 hearts

19 February 2017

Naked Fireman Review

Title: Naked Fireman
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Mystery
Episodes: 4
Broadcast period: 2017-Jan to 2017-Jan
Cast: Lee Joon Hyuk, Jung In Sun, Jo Hee Bong, Park Hoon and Seo Jung Yeon.

Kang Chul Soo (Lee Joon Hyuk) is a firefighter known for his short temper and “don’t-care”-attitude towards the responsibilities of his job. But due to need of money he continues his job. His life takes a drastic turn when his mentor and hero Jang Gwang Ho (Lee Won Jong) collapses in front of him. Gwang Jong is soon forced to retire as he is diagnosed with an illness. Since they aren’t financially wealthy, the surgery that could possibly save his life, is out of reach. Knowing this fact Chul Soo tries to find a way to earn a lot of money, fast. Oh Sung Jin (Park Hoon), Chul Soos childhood friend, tells him about a job where he can earn 10.000$ in one week as a model, but he there is a catch: he has to go nude!
Han Jin Ah (Jung In Sun) is a wealthy heiress living as an artist. As a little girl, she lost both parents in a robbery where the house got burned down. She survived but has anxiety and is unable to remember the faithful night, except for a scar on the lower back of the assailant. So, she decides to hire men to model at the right age, so she can find the man she remembers, and bring justice to what he has done. But little does she know, the two have met before, and as it seems they were both affected by the same incident…

Considering this is a four-episode long drama, they managed to fill it up with a decent storyline. While watching, I had a point where I was glad it didn’t have more episodes, as I felt it would have been a draggy melodrama. But they managed to fill it up, so that there weren’t any unnecessary scenes, or dialogues. Almost felt like a movie, though not close to the standard. The cast was okay, though at times they left me unimpressed most of the time. The characters felt dry and dull, even though they had nice background stories. The only great acting is from Lee Won Jong, but his screen time is 15 min tops.
All this doesn’t ruin the overall suspense or storyline of the drama, so to sum up: a okay drama with an interesting plot.

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

13 February 2017

A Chinese Odyssey Part 2: Cinderella Movie Review

Title: A Chinese Odyssey Part 2 Cinderella
AKA: A Chinese Odyssey Part 2
Genre: Fantasy, Folklore, Action, Comedy
Origin: Hong Kong (China)
Release date: February 4, 1995
Cast: Stephen Chow, Ng Man Tat, Law Kar Ying, Yammie Lam, Athena Chu and Karen Mok.

After opening the Pandora’s Box and traveling back in time, Joker (Stephen Chow) has lost the Box to Zixia (Athena Chu) an immortal fairy. After becoming her servant, he by accident removes her sword out of its scabbard, and the fairy falls in love with him due to her promise to marry the one that pulls it out. Joker on the other hand refuses to accept his fate to become the Monkey King as he only wants the Box back so he can save Bak Jing Jing (Karen Mok). Him refusing her makes her leave him – with a broken heart.
In the past, he manages to interrupt Guan Yin’s judgment by saving his master (Law Kar Ying), and unfortunately send him through time. Now with no Box he tries to hide from the upcoming storm, and meets the Longevity Monk again – who has been travelling through time. Unfortunately, he has lost Pandora’s Box, and they get caught by the Bull King, also a demon, wanting to become immortal by eating the Monk. Now Joker needs to save himself so he can find the Box, but can he defy his fate of becoming the Monkey King?

This second part is a direct continuance from the first movie. The difference is that it introduces new characters, and focuses a bit more on the overall story rather than the characters. Not that it is a bad thing, but the characters become second to the story, which the first movie didn’t do. Though it felt more like a movie rather than an introduction. So, it progressed as a chronological story.
I did not mention in the other review about the acting as I didn’t know whether their acting was bad or good, due to the comedy and weirdness of the movie. But seeing this one I realized the acting was quite good. Even though the subtitles I had for the movie were horrible, I understood each character because of their movements. They were acting with their entire bodies! This made me enjoy the acting more.
The bad part of this movie which I didn’t notice in the first (I rarely notice things though), was the wires. I noticed the wires used to pull the actors in the air. The ones they use when the actors are supposed to jump really high (superpowers) or fly (again superpowers). It’s only a little part of the movie though, but still it made me facepalm myself.
So all in all: a funny and well-acted movie, with few technical issues.

☆☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts

12 February 2017

A Chinese Odyssey Part 1: Pandoras Box Movie Review

Title: A Chinese Odyssey Part 1 Pandora’s Box
AKA: A Chinese Odyssey Part 1
Genre: Fantasy, Folklore, Action, Comedy
Origin: Hong Kong (China)
Release date: January 21,1995
Cast: Stephen Chow, Ng Man Tat, Law Kar Ying, Yammie Lam and Karen Mok.

500 years ago, the Monkey King (Stephen Chow) commits a sin by stealing Pandora’s Box. He is punished by the Goddess of Mercy Guan Yi, and is caught to be executed. His master the Longevity Monk (Law Kar Ying), sacrifices himself to save his soul.
500 years later a lowlife outlaw leader called Joker (Stephen Chow) who lives with his group of robbers in a small hideout in the desert. When a young woman (Yammie Lam) arrives at their hideout, the men are shocked to find out that she is capable of martial arts, and she demands to stay at the hideout. Soon her equally strong sister Bak Jing Jing (Karen Mok) arrives, and they realize that they are surrounded by demons. Unaware that the two women are the demons, Joker falls in love with Bak Jing Jing. The two demons want to feast on the flesh of the Longevity Monk, as they become immortal if they do so.
Soon more demons arrive as they all have heard about the soon to come arrival of the Longevity Monk, who has been incarnated and is to meet the Monkey King, somewhere close to the robber’s hideout. Little do they all know, including Joker, that the Joker is the incarnation of the Monkey King and that fate has other plans for him…

As far as folklores go this movie is rather on the creative side. I am not the usual fan of folklore, but I do know my folklore as they do represent the culture of different times in history. The monkey king is one of those stories that go across Asia, where most Asians know the story. I don’t really remember the Monkey King becoming human at all – which I guess this movie tried to do so that there would be less dressing up as a Monkey and/or using the supernatural powers of the monkey king. Aside from the twist in the story, the other confusing thing is that the characters suddenly pop up. I got confused a few times, but then again, the characters are known to the folklore so if you know your creatures/monsters/ghosts, it won’t be that complicated. But if you don’t, you would be shaking your head and massaging your temples.
Besides that, the humor was so bad it was good. I mean I laughed at the ridiculousness and the silliness. I don’t usually enjoy movies like this, but it was okay to watch.
To sum up: a funny movie, with a hint of creativeness to an old folklore.

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts

29 January 2017

Oh My Geum Bi Review

Title: Oh My Geum Bi
AKA: My Fair Lady
Genre: Family, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast period: 2016-Nov to 2017-Jan
Cast: Heo Jung Eun, Oh Ji Ho, Park Jin Hee, Oh Yoon Ah and Lee Jee Hoon.

Mo Hwi Cheol (Oh Ji Ho) is a con artist without a single care of anyone but himself. When he is arrested for selling a fake painting to mob boss, his two partners are saved from the mob boss, but don’t know how to get him out. Not until Geum Bi knocks on their door. Yoo Geum Bi (Heo Jung Eun) is a 10-year-old girl who has been abandoned by her aunt, leaving her only with an address and a name to go to: Geum Bi’s father, Mo Hwi Cheol. After saving her father from jail time, Geum Bi starts living at Hwi Cheols House, much to his displease. While living there she manages to ruin one of their cons: a recluse rich heiress by the name of Ko Kang Hee (Park Jin Hee).
This creates another whirlwind in Hwi Cheols life, as he now must manage lying to Kang Hee and not having Geum Bi tell everyone the truth…

When I heard about this drama I was 100 percent sure that I would love it. And I was right.
It has all the good stuff in it: heartfelt story, great acting and most of all it is very real (as real as a drama can get). I like that they chose beginner father Oh Ji Ho for this role, as I would imagine him being that fatherly with his child in the future when she gets that age, which makes it even more cute.
As the female lead goes, I gotta say I don’t really recall her from other roles, so this was just another female lead doing the very typical Korean female lead kind of acting, and a very typical to be honest. I don’t really feel the Korean female actors have any variety of characters... They all seem alike. The little girl though, she was great! I was quite amazed while watching – though I can’t remember if I’d seen her before.
Anyways, I loved this drama and I would recommend it to anyone.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

Masked Prosecutor Review

Title: Masked Prosecutor
AKA: The Man in the Mask
Genre: Action, Comedy, Legal, Drama
Episodes: 16
Broadcast period: 2015-May to 2015-Jul
Cast: Joo Sang Wook, Kim Sun Ah, Uhm Ki Joon and Park Young Gyu.

Ha Dae Chul (Joo Sang Wook) is a corrupt prosecutor willing to look through things if he is payed for it. This makes him butt heads with Yoo Min Hee (Kim Sun Ah), a detective working on cases involving criminals Dae Chul is supposed to be prosecuting. But little does she know is that Dae Chul is a masked vigilante, making criminals confess and sends them to the police station. The truth is Dae Chul used to train wrestling at Min Hee’s Uncles gym, where he learned to wrestle to impress Min Hee. Then he meets his real father who tells him about his mother and how she betrayed him and Dae Chul to live a richer life with his father’s best friend.
This makes Dae Chul seek revenge by becoming a prosecutor, but due to his honest personality can’t let criminals go, so he becomes the masked prosecutor to bring them to justice…

Of all the Korean dramas, out there I was expecting (hoping) this would be more like the Japanese types of drama, and it does have all the elements, but Koreans just take themselves way to serious for it to be a funny and moral story. I understand what they were trying to do, and since they couldn’t keep it to the ‘masked vigilante prosecutor’ they tried to add another plot in the plot, making it more of 3 plot type of drama, all in one. Of course, as all other Korean dramas they have loads of sub plots, but they kind of die off, as well as the actual cases in police and prosecutor offices. I was expecting a light drama, but somehow ended up with another wannabe light version of makjang. I dunno why Koreans love birth secrets and revenge so much…
Anyways, the cast was fun, and to be fair I had a few laughs here and there, but else this drama is not really one of my favorites – even if I must say it grew on me.
So, all in all, an okay drama that I don’t think I wouldn’t recommend.

☆☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts

20 January 2017

AGAIN!! Review

Title: Again!
Genre: Time Travel, School, Comedy
Episodes: 10
Broadcast period: 2014-Jul to 2014-Oct
Cast: Fujii Ryusei, Hayami Akari, Kojima Fujiko, Kusumi Koharu and Okano Maya.

Imamura Kinichiro (Fuji Ryuseii) is high school senior with absolutely nothing to aspire to, and full of regrets for not being able to have great memories during his high school life. On the day of his graduation he by accident falls down some stairs together with Fujieda Akira (Okano Maya), and wakes up 3 years in the past, on the day of his freshman year of high school. Believing he can change his past, he decides to look for the one person he had been wanting to ask one question, all through his high school life. But when he finds out that the girl, Usami Yoshiko (Hayami Akari), he had remembered as someone he looked up to, is member of the cheer squad, he decides to find out what had made him look up to her in the past. At the same time, he and Akira try to find out why and how they ended up in the past…

This is one of those Japanese dramas that are lighthearted and funny, yet can bring forth a good message at the end. Even though the drama has many, maybe too many, silly points, the drama as a general is fun to watch is interesting. Though I must say I was at one point bored and annoyed, but that is a personal preference with these dramas, where I prefer the supporting actress with the lead. I know a lot of time I have it the opposite way, but the lead actress in this drama was unlikeable to say the least.
As a fan of time travel I will say this: the idea was quite intriguing. I didn’t understand how it happened but when it did I didn’t mind it. I was quite surprised by the idea of the means. Though if it had continued for more than 10 episodes I would have started questioning how and why, so thankfully it didn’t.
The acting was very b-rated and over the top, but still watchable.
So all in all, a fun and interesting drama, though not one of the great ones out there.

☆☆½ / 2½ out of 5 stars

♥♥½ / 2½ out of 5 stars

Botchan 2016 SP Review

Title: Botchan
Genre: Period, School
Broadcast date: January 3, 2016
Cast: Ninomiya Kazunari, Matsushita Nao, Furuta Arata, Yashima Norito, Mitsuhiro Oikawa and Yamamoto Koji.

Botchan (Ninomiya Kazunari) is a newly educated teacher who hates injustice and lies. After being offered a job far from his hometown, he is sent to a rural town. Here he meets several different characters, but is put in a pinch when he tells his honest opinion to the school’s vice-principle (Mitsuhiro Oikawa). Unlike every other teacher in the school, Botchan tells the truth, which leads to a fight of power versus honesty…

Sorry for the short summary, but this is one special that would ruin the entire thing if I spoiled too much.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Ninomiya in a drama – Yowakutemo Katemasu (2014) I think was the last, so having him do a TV SP is quite refreshing. But generally, any drama or movie he does is good, so I never hesitate to watch his dramas or movies.
This special is good as it doesn’t focus on disharmony of an institution but the chaos too much harmony can bring. I love that the setting is in the early 19’s, which gives it and form of discipline yet shows that children will always be children no matter the year. Nino does a great job, and so does the rest of the cast.
To sum up, the special is interesting and fun to watch, so I would recommend it to history and school drama fans.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥½ / 4½ out of 5 hearts

15 January 2017

The K2 Review

Title: The K2
Genre: Melodrama, Political, Action
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Period: Sep-2016 to Nov-2016
Cast: Ji Chang Wook, Song Yoon Ah, Im Yoon Ah, Jo Sung Ha, Jun Bae Soo, Kim Kap Soo, Lee Soon Won, Uhm Hye Ran, 

Kim Je Ha (Ji Chang Wook) is a former mercenary soldier for the PMC Blackstone. While in Iraq, he gets framed for the murder of his lover, a civilian. As a result, he runs away and becomes a fugitive. He returns to South Korea and by chance, gets offered to work as a bodyguard by Choi Yoo Jin (Song Yoon Ah), the owner of JSS Security Company and wife of the presidential candidate, Jang Se Joon (Jo Sung Ha). He accepts the job in exchange for resources that he needs in order to get his revenge on another presidential candidate, Park Kwan Soo (Kim Kap Soo), who previously ordered the killing of his lover. In the meantime, Kim Je Ha gets assigned to guard Go Anna (Im Yoon Ah), the hidden daughter of Jang Se Joon, whose life is always threatened because of Choi Yoo Jin, her stepmother. 

Yes, ladies and gentleman, Ji Chang Wook is back, with nothing less than quality acting with a sprinkle load of hotness. I’ll guide you through why you should watch this. First of all if you have watched Healer (another Ji Chang Wook Gem) you’ll know that his action scenes are professional, and apparently he stepped up his game in this drama, so expect some moves :b. Secondly: do I really need to say more? Yes, as you can read I am too biased on the actor to actually write a helpful review. At first I really didn’t want Ji Chang Wook, to team up with an idol-turned-actress, it’s not that’s she’s bad but she’s not good either. However, the villain in this story, Choi Yoo Jin, portrayed by Song Yoon Ah, really took the audience by storm. Her acting was crazy, at one time I literally got chilled put by her. She was really impressive, she even took the spotlight from JCW when in the same scene (yes, that’s how crazy good she was). The storyline was okay, it became a little dull at times, and the romance was a little too much at times, but the suspense and political game kept it up. To conclude: JCW Fighting

☆☆☆☆☆ / 5 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥♥ / 5 out of 5 hearts

Drinking Solo Review

Title: Drinking Solo
AKA: Let's Drink
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Period: Sep-2016 to Oct-2016
Cast: Ha Suk Jin, Park Ha Sun, Hwang Woo Seul Hye, Min Jin Woong, Kim Won Hae, Gong Myung, Key, Kim Dong Young, Jung Chae Yun,

Background of the drama is set around a private institute for people preparing for their civil service examinations in Noryangjin, Seoul, South Korea. Story depicts people drinking alcohol alone for different reasons and the romance between Jung Suk (Ha Seok Jin) and Shin Ib (Park Ha Sun). Jung Suk is an arrogant, but popular instructor and Shin Ib is a rookie instructor. She struggles to survive in the private institute world.

The best thing that happened in this drama is the chemistry between the trio students, that are attending the institute. The way they act really makes me want to be in their circle. Also, oh boy, the way I related to their problems. Being a student is hard these days :'D The main leads problem was the lack of chemistry. This drama had a slow start, but it gets better towards the end. Though, there are some parts i had to skip because it was kind of boring and irrelevant to me. In the beginning the title did concern me, was it only about drinking? or did it have more to it. Well, half of the drama is just repeatings, even if you skip it you won’t miss much. Overall this drama is a good one if you don't focus on the leads love story and the alcohol, but the trio: Lonelyboy, Dumb and dumber. 

☆☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥.5 / 2.5 out of 5 hearts

Jealousy Incarnation Review

Title: Jealousy Incarnation
AKA: Don’t dare to Dream
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Family, Drama
Episodes: 24
Broadcast Period: Aug-2016 to Nov-2016
Cast: Gong Hyo Jin, Jo Jung Suk, Go Kyung Po, Lee Mi Sook, Park Ji Young, Lee Sung Jae, Seo Ji Hye, Moon Ga Young, Ahn Woo Yeon,

Weather caster Pyo Na Ri (Gong Hyo Jin) and news anchor Lee Hwa Shin (Jo Jung Suk) are long-time colleagues at SBC broadcasting station. Pyo Na Ri has had a crush on Lee Hwa Shin three years ago but things change when she meets the perfect man Go Jung Won (Go Kyung Pyo), a chaebol heir and close friend of Lee Hwa Shin.
Meanwhile, Sung Sook (Lee Mi Sook) and Ja Young (Park Ji Young), who are rivals in both love and career, gets entangled with Kim Rak (Lee Sung Jae), a restaurant owner and landlord of the building where Pyo Na Ri lives.

The most bizarre drama I ever encountered. From the description alone you can’t possibly expect how this drama unfolds. I liked it though, despite it’s bizarreness, it portrays some problems in society that’s not being mentioned. This drama might be a way to direct some awareness into the situation. I loved all the characters, except one. I’m not a big feminist or anything, but the way Pyo Na Ri was portrayed, was really pathetic for us woman, I really didn’t enjoy that part, more likely on the verge of uncomfortable. However, I more than enjoyed the fight between the two male leads and their childish jealousy. This drama made me laugh so much I felt like I was watching a variety. All in all, a really weird, different, all-around hilarious, and thought provoking drama. 

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥(0.5) / 3.5 out of 5 hearts

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryou Review

Title: Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryou
Genre: Historical, Romance, Time-travel 
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Period: Aug-2016 to Nov-2016
Cast: Lee Jun Ki, IU, Kang Ha Neul, Hong Jong Hyun, Kim San Ho, Yoon Sun Woo, Byun Baek Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk, Ji Soo, 

During a total eclipse of the sun, a 25-year-old 21st century woman, Go Ha Jin (IU), is transported back in time to Goryeo Dynasty. She wakes up in the year 941, in the body of 16-year-old Hae Soo and there, she encounters the many royal princes of the ruling family. She initially falls in love with the gentle and warm 8th Prince Wang Wook (Kang Ha Neul), and later Wang So (Lee Joon Gi), the fearsome 4th Prince who hides his face behind a mask and is given the derogatory label "wolf dog". Meanwhile, rivalry and politics ensue among the princes, in a fight for the throne, as Hae Soo finds herself unwittingly caught between it all.

Throughout the drama I had a lot of problems with the plot, like major problems. One of them is the total neglecting of Go Ha jin/Hae su is from the future. We can’t really categorize this as a time-travelling drama, since the only factor about it is in the first episode where she went back in time. After that… NOTHING. Some other problems came along too, but somehow when I finished the drama, and started thinking about it, I couldn’t have felt more satisfied and in love with it. There is something about it, that kept me watching till the end, and got me hooked week after week, just waiting for a new episode. So yes, those problems I had just vanished after a while, and Moon Lovers got a special place in my heart. The actors were all so good! I loved them all, I had some problems with one of them (Ehm-Baekhyun-Ehm), but he matured throughout the drama and some character growths. Lee Jun Ki and IU became one of my favorite drama-couple this year, they had a magical chemistry that’s rare to find, maybe it’s all the tragic, dark and bloodthirsty surroundings that enhanced it all. This drama is also another drama I would recommend to everyone, saeguk fan or not! 

☆☆☆☆☆ / 5 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥♥ / 5 out of 5 hearts