10 May 2017

Dansui! Review

Title: Dansui!
AKA: Swim!
Genre: Sport, Webcomic
Episodes: 8
Broadcast period: 2017-Jan to 3017-Mar
Cast: Matsuda Ryo, Miyazaki Shunto, Hirose Tomoki and Anzai Shintaro

Sakaki Shuhei (Matsuda Ryo), Shinozuka Daiki (Miyazaki Shunto) and Fujikawa Reo (Anzai Shintaro) promised each other as kids that they would enter the elite private school Ryuuhou High School, so they could join their renowned swimming club. But not being able to live up to the school’s level, Shuhei isn’t offered a scholarship. Not wanting to abandon his friend Daiki joins Higashigaoka High School with Shuhei. Furious at his friends’ lack of drive, Reo decides to leave both behind and joins Ryuuhou. Making the trio become rivals.
After a few years, the swimming team in Higashigaoka always ends on last place, nevertheless all members enjoy swimming. That is until the team advising teacher calls in a former student, Kawasaki Ryoya (Hirose Tomoki): a gold medalist. Ryoya decides to train the guys so they can win the upcoming competition, but his training is harder than anything they expected…

I generally love Japanese sport dramas since they usually are high spirited, emotional and optimistic. It brings out your fighting spirit and makes you happy – most of the time. That is why I wanted to watch this drama even before it came out, but unfortunately it missed its mark. I know it is a webcomic, but they should have at least tried to add a little bit more of story to it. I mean the story doesn’t really progress, nor do the characters. And the ending was very vague. You would at least want an ending if not progression in storyline. I felt they tried too hard to do the typical “I-am-my-own-master” theme, but there were just too many unnecessary ‘speeches’ and yelling – as in trying to prove a point or something like that. I don’t know, I really was disappointed.
BUT! The quality of the drama is good. I mean I was surprised that they had all the facilities and extras, which made it watchable. Also, some of the acting was okay, considering they all are unknown names.
All in all, a watchable drama with a weak script.

☆☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥ / 2½ out of 5 hearts

09 May 2017

Goblin Review

Title: Goblin
AKA: Guardian
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Episodes: 16 + 3 SP
Broadcast Period: Dec-2016 to Jan-2017
Cast: Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun, Lee Dong Wook, Yoo In Na, Yook Sung Jae, Lee El, Jo Woo Jin, Park Hee Won, Kim Min Jae, Kim So Hyun

In ancient times, Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) is an unbeatable general in wars, but the young King (Kim Min Jae) is jealous of Kim Shin and kills him. Kim Shin becomes a Goblin, possessing an immortal life. At first he thinks that he is blessed, but he realizes that he is cursed. Closer to the present day, Kim Shin has waited 900 years for a human bride to end his immortal life. One night, he saves a dying pregnant woman (Park Hee Won) who is destined to die. Meanwhile, the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong Wook) is unable to find the dead pregnant woman. The woman gives birth to a baby girl named Ji Eun Tak (Kim Go Eun). 9 years later, Ji Eun Tak lives with her mother and is able to see ghosts. One night, her mother suddenly dies. On that night, she meets the Grim Reaper.
In the present day, Ji Eun Tak is a high school student. She still sees ghosts and hears their whisper of “Gobins bride”. She now lives with her aunt’s family, but she is mistreated by them. On her birthday, Ji Eun Tak sits by the sea with a lighted birthday cake. At that time, Kim Shin suddenly appears in front of her. Kim Shin does not know why, but he can hear her voice and appears in front of her against his will.

So 2016 ended and 2017 started with TvNs new record-breaking drama, Goblin. I have to say, it was one heck of an emotional drama. It’s ALL about emotions, it’s a simple story. Everything had a purpose, and it gradually expanded to a problem, and then the journey for the solution. So story-wise it’s good, but the action and excitement is missing. However, the key function (I personally think) is that the writers were depending on the viewers emotional needs. And by that I mean that the actors and actress’ for this drama, was carefully handpicked because it needed a lot of face-acting. Emotions had to be carefully delivered. And they did. I have never been so sad and so happy and excited for a drama as I was with this one. It’s right to say that I couldn’t get over it, a long time went by before I started on another drama. As great as it was, it still had its flaws. For me a lot of flashbacks ruins the storyline. I would rather they used an episode and just showed us the story what happens, it doesn’t have to be in the beginning, just so we see it one time and not a trillion times throughout the drama. Because the same scene from the past got repeated multiple times, then comes the next bit and etc etc. However a great watch, definitely going to watch it again when my heart is healed.

☆☆☆ (1/2) / 4(1/2) out of 5 stars
♥♥♥♥♥ / 5 out of 5 hearts

08 May 2017

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo Review

Title: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Genre: Romance, Sports, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Period: Nov-2016 to Jan-2017
Cast: Lee Sung Kyung, Nam Joo Hyuk, Kyung Soo Jin, Lee Jae Yoon, Jo Hye Jung,Choi Moo Sung, Jang Young Nam

Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) is a student in Haneol College of Physical Education. She has shown strength like no other since she was a child and was influenced by her former weightlifter father. She looks thoughtless at a first glance, but inside she’s as fragile as glass and has deep recognition.
Jung Joon Hyeong (Nam Joo Hyuk) is Kim Bok Joo’s best friend. He is a born swimmer but ever since he was disqualified from his first international event, he suffers from ‘start trauma’. Along with Kim Bok Joo, he overcomes his troubles and finds his dream and love.
Song Shi Ho (Kyung Soo Jin) is a rhythm gymnast who also attends Haneol College of Physical Education. She started gymnastics since she was 5 and won the Asian Games at the age of 18. She’s always been the best since then but mental pressure caused her to break up with Jung Joon Hyung and regret it.
This drama is inspired by the life of South Korean Olympic weightlifter gold-medalist Jang Mi Ran.

Sometime after I finished this drama, the dating news of Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk got out, and I just couldn’t believe how surreal it was. They had by far the BEST chemistry I’ve ever seen in a drama. Okay, I admit I might overreact to this, but I can’t remember a drama were I enjoyed the relationshippy part of a drama so much as this one. Everything else is good too, but you kind of only remember those 2. Lee Sung Kyung has definitely become one of my favorite actress’, she’s so real and talented.
A really nice drama about the hardships one may face on the road to success, especially while being in college. Storywise there could have been more in it, but I guess it’s one of those ‘no-major-plot-just-enjoy’ kind of dramas. One of those youth dramas I kind of dig lately. So, I'll definitely recommend this to anyone, despite what your preferences are, I'm sure you'll enjoy it and it will bring you joy.
Kim Bok Joo is SWAG! :)

☆☆☆☆/ 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim Review

Title: Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim
AKA: Romantic Doctor Kim
Genre: Medical, Melodrama, romance
Episodes: 20 + 1 SP
Broadcast Period: Nov-2016 to Jan-2017
Cast: Han Suk Kyu, Yoo Yeon Seok, Seo Hyun Jin,  Jin Kyung, Im Won Hee, Yang Se Jong, Choi Jin Ho,

Boo Yong Joo (Han Suk Kyu) is a genius and triple-board certified surgeon, who was once at the top of his field and used to work at Seoul’s top hospital, Geodae. After a traumatic incident, he disappears and changes his name to Kim Sa Bu (Teacher Kim) to work at a small hospital named Doldam, which is located at Gangwon Province. He guides Kang Dong Joo (Yoo Yeon Seok) and Yoon Seo Jeong (Seo Hyun Jin) to become great doctors there, teaches them to fight against power and money for the sake of patients.

I think this is the best medical drama I've ever watched. The ethical issues portrayed are excellent. Well, some are not that realistic but the story line itself is daebak! I loved how real everything felt, and how all the cases were at least somehow realistic. Medical dramas are my favorite genre, so for a change I actually looked every medical term up, so i learned alot, I could be a doctor and work alongside them. I love the character developement in this drama. Every single character had something to do in the drama, and the harmony between them was so good. The main couple was no joke either, they aced it. Yoo Yeon Seok and Seo Hyun Jin should stay in the medical field, and together! To sum it up, it had a little of everything, easy drama to fall in love with.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥½ / 4 ½ out of 5 hearts

23 April 2017

Introverted Boss Review

Title: Introverted Boss
AKA: Sensitive Boss
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast period: 2017-Jan to 2017-Mar
Cast: Yeon Woo Jin, Park Hye Soon, Yoon Park and Kong Sung Yeon.

Eun Hwan Ki (Yeon Woo Jin) is an introvert unable to look people in the eye. He has a hard time communicating, and spends a lot of time contemplating about what to say in order not to hurt people’s feelings. Due to that nature, being a CEO is impossible for him as he is unable to stand in front of a big crowd and say what is on his mind. His best friend Kang Il Woo (Yoon Park) on the other hand is an open and charismatic man, who does all the social interactions instead of Hwan Ki. Unfortunately, Hwan Ki is the more competent CEO, but due to his personality he is unable to show is, and Il Woo gets all the credit.
Chae Ro Woon (Park Hye Soo) is bubbly and outspoken theatrical actress. After her sister kills herself, she decides to start working at the company her sister worked in, to find out how and why her sister died. Her goal is to find the CEO for whom her sister worked, and outs him as a tyrant. After getting involved in an accident, she finds out that the CEO is Hwan Ki. So, she starts to work on her revenge, and due to Hwan Ki’s personality, everything he does makes him even more suspicious…

 I really liked this drama because of the theme – anxiety. It is something that is taboo in Korea, so them doing it in a sense of humor made it great to see. I laughed so much and I felt sad, so I believe that the drama represents it very well. Yeon Woo Jin is amazing in this drama, and he makes it so believable that I don’t think anyone else would have done such a great job. The rest do a superb job, which makes it even better.
Though I enjoyed the back story at the beginning, it started to get ridiculous later, and especially the twist at the end made me annoyed. Also, the final scene was cute, but just completely different than what this drama was supposed to be. I mean Chae Ro Woons character went a 360 degree – I don’t want to spoil, but it was just a complete change of character. Which made the overall irritating, and didn’t make sense.
Anyways, a funny, cute and well-acted drama that I would recommend!

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥½ / 3½ out of 5 hearts

21 April 2017

A LIFE Review

Title: A Life
AKA: A Life: A Love
Genre: Medical, Romance
Episodes: 10
Broadcast period: 2017-Jan to 2017-Mar
Cast: Kimura Takuya, Takeuchi Yuko, Matsuyama Kenichi and Kimura Fumino.

Okita Kazuaki (Kimura Takuya) is a well-known surgeon working in Seattle. He is called back to Japan to do a surgery on his old mentor and chief, who is the father of his ex-girlfriend Danjo Mifuyu (Takeuchi Yuko). Having left Japan suddenly 10 years ago, he and Mifuyu hadn’t had time to work on their relationship, so she had decided to accept a proposal from Masao (Asano Tadanobu), Kazuaki’s best friend.
After returning and finishing the surgery, Kazuaki can’t wait to go back, but is asked to stay by Masao. He is asked to stay to do a brain surgery on Mifuyu, as Masao himself believes he is unable to do surgery on a loved one. So, he asks Kazuaki to do it, since he doesn’t have feelings for Mifuyu anymore… or does he?

Okay, I had the hardest time writing this summary. After watching 10 episodes I realized that the main plot and storyline really does not look good on the screen. I don’t really understand what the purpose or where supposed growth in Kimuras character went? I thought he was a main character, but he felt like an overrated second lead. I don’t understand what the meaning of this drama is? I get that the acting was good, but I felt no evolving story. They tried to make it “interesting”, but I felt it was rather an unnecessary story to be told. Ive seen movies and dramas that work at a much slower pace, with less story, and yet I am so disappointed in this drama that not even the acting could make me recommend it.
I can’t even explain my ratings. I guess the only thing I can say is watch it, and judge for yourself.

☆☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

Voice (Kdrama) Review

Title: Voice
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Police, Action
Episodes: 16
Broadcast period: 2017-Jan to 2017-Mar
Cast: Jang Hyuk, Lee Ha Na, Baek Sung Hyun, Yesung, Son Eun Seo and Kim Jae Wook.

Moo Jin Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) is a detective with a horrible temper. He works at the crime unit, and is known as the “mad dog” because of his ability to track and see through a case. But that changes when his wife is found brutally murdered in an ally. Out of grief and anger, he refuses to go home untill he finds the murderer. The team manages to find a suspect, but because of an operator called Kang Kwon Joo (Lee Ha Na), who says that the killer is the same person who killed her father, the case is dismissed and the suspect flees the country.
Three years later Jin Hyuk is now a traffic cop, working odd hours. Kwon Joo who had been out of the country for all the time, returns to the police station with the idea of starting a “Golden Team”, meaning an operator sending out a team of detectives to save a 911-caller within 10 minutes of calling. Her ideal is having Jin Hyuk working with her. At first Jin Hyuk refuses, but after hearing the plea of the victim he decided to set out. The two slowly find out that they aren’t that different, and that they have a common goal: to find the one who murdered their loved ones…

Firstly, the drama is much more exciting than my summary, so if you went “ah that’s boring”, it is not!
This drama made me anxious, excited and thrilled for next weekend, so I could watch the next episode. This os an OCN drama, but compared to many other dramas, this one is so ‘real’ (with the blood and grotesque nature of people). Of course, a bit lacking here and there, but the TABOO about “being too violent”.
The acting was okay, though I am not a fan of Jang Hyuk’s acting. And the female actress was likewise, not great – just about average. The storyline and screenplay are both well-executed, so it isn’t as important about them, but occasionally is annoys you. As a general the drama is great. Most recommendable.

☆☆☆☆½/ 4½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

07 April 2017

Something About 1% Rewiev

Title: Something About 1%
AKA: 1% of Anything
Genre: Comedy, Romance, 
Episodes: 16 
Broadcast Period: Oct-2016 to Nov-2016
Cast: Ha Seok Jin, Jeon So Min, Joo Jin Mo, Lee Kan Hee, Lee Hae In, Kim Hyung Min, Kim Sun Hyuk,

Lee Jae In (Ha Seok Jin), a ruthless son from a wealthy family starts seeing an elementary school teacher, Kim Da Hyun (Jeon So Min) whom he has never seen before, on a  6 month contract engagement, so that he could inherit the asset as written on his grandfathers will. Thinking that Kim Da Hyun somehow tricked his grandfather so she could be a part of the inheritance, he’s determined to make her life miserable in those 6 months. 

One of my first kdramas in 2008 was the classic hit drama 1% of Anything. Therefor I of course had to watch this 2016 remake. I don’t remember the first one exactly, but they didn’t change much about the story, and for that I’m not going to compare them. First time in a while I managed to watch this drama in less than 2 days, a classic drama-marathon, and for a good reason. I just couldn’t take my eyes off of it, it was so well-done, amazing cast, beautiful cinematography and a lovely lead couple. What I liked most about it, was how down to earth the drama felt, and how it appealed to the audiences’ emotions. I just loved it for the simplicity of the drama. 

☆☆☆☆☆ / 5 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

The Man Living in our House Review


Title: The Man Living in our House 
AKA: Sweet Stranger and Me
Genre: Family, Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Period: Oct-2016 to Dec-2016
Cast: Soo Ae, Kim Young Kwang, Lee Soo Hyuk, Jo Bo Ah, Kim Ji Hoon, Kim Mi Sook, KimHa Kyun, Ji Yoon Ho,

Hong Na Ri (Soo Ae) is a middle-aged flight attendant who suddenly comes home to find her deceased mother's husband, Go Nan Gil (Kim Young Kwang), has decided to live in her house. The problem is her mothers husband is three years younger than Hong Na Ri. Go Nan Gil runs a dumpling shop inherited from his late wife, where the shop and Na Ris house are located on a hotly disputed land.

During this drama I had so much to say about it. I should have kept notes, because now that I have to write the review nothing comes to mind.
One thing for sure is that they really wanted it to be a suspense drama, but failed miserably. The first 10 episdodes they kept hinting at a dark secret that would throw our lead actress into some real distress. However the last 6 episodes instead of a big revelation of the past (which they make you really curious about), they just dodge the whole thing and trying to put an end to the story. For one thing it made me disappointed and another: what a huuuuge waste of time. While watching the drama it’s enjoyable, and you like seeing the lead actress tumbling through life and trying to figure out how to get out of her midlife crisis. The lead actor also did a splendid job as the step-father despite his young age. However, it’s only when you finish it, you feel incomplete and with so many unanswered questions. 

☆☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

Uncontrollably Fond Review

Title: Uncontrollably Fond
AKA: Recklessly Affectionate
Genre: Melodrama, Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Period: Jul-2016 to Sep-2016
Cast: Kim Woo Bin, Bae Suzy, Im Joo Hwan, Im Joo Eun, Jin Kyung, Choi Moo Sung, Hwang Jung Min, 

Shin Joon Young (Kim Woo-bin) and No Eul (Bae Suzy) were a couple who were separated during their teenage years due to an ill-fated relationship, but later meet each other in adulthood. Shin Joon Young is now a top actor/singer while No Eul is a documentary producer.
No Eul had a tough childhood; her father died in a hit-and-run prompting No Eul to quit school and make a living for her and her brother. Shin Joon Young, on the other hand, had his life planned out for him. His mother wanted him to become a prosecutor; to follow the footsteps of his estranged father, but an awful incident caused him to quit law school and become a singer/actor. The two reunite when No Eul is tasked to film Shin Joon Young's documentary. Joon Young initially gives No Eul a miserable time before finally agreeing to do the documentary and even plans to win her heart back.

Throughout the drama I was still reconsidering whether to continue watching or stop. So as you’re reading this review, you know that I managed to finish it ;)  What this drama did was wrapping up all the sad terms in kdramaland, and putting it in one drama. From the begining it broke my heart, and for that accomplishment I would give to Kim Woo Bins extraordinary acting skills. This story is tragic as hell. This is like Secret level melodrama. Here I was expecting light and fluffy, but within two episodes it already had two traumatic car accidents, one terminal illness, loan sharks, corrupt politicians, birth secrets, and star crossed love. This isn't at all what I thought it was going to be. I can’t put my finger on what it was that did it for me, but I know for sure what didn’t. Suzy. I just can’t take that idol-actress, and yes, I can’t call her an actress, because that wouldn’t be fair. The directors knew who to pair her up with, because she’s toootally overshadowed by Kim Woo Bin when they together. All in all this drama is not one of the best out there, although its a must-watch for Kim Woo Bin fans. 

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥ (1/2) / 2 (1/2) out of 5 hearts

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

Kamji’s Verdict
This was like the best four episodes squeezed out of 16 episode drama. It kept a good pace and wasn't draggy at all. Of course it would have been nice to see some more in depth character development and side plots, but I think this was sufficient. I'm already looking for more dramas by Lee Joon Hyuk, I remember him as the good prosecutor in City Hunter and how sad it was that he didn't have more dramas. Jung In Sun was a very suprising actress, the first scene I thought to myself how bad and stiff she was, but as soon as I was thinking that, she suddenly changed in my eyes, and I started to look for her more throughout the drama! By the end I was mesmerized by her, I sincerely hope that this project would be a stepping stone for her, so she could shine more in future projects. All in all, I loved it, and with no spoiler, I would like to say that my heart wasn’t strong enough for that plot twist in the end.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts