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

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds Review

Title: Moonlight Drawn by Clouds
AKA: Love in The Moonlight
Genre: Historical, Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 18
Broadcast Period: Aug-2016 to Oct-2016
Cast: Park Bo Gum, Kim Yoo Jung, Jin Young, Chae Soo Bin, Kwak Dong Yun, Kim Seung Soo, Jun Mi Sun, 

Hong Ra On (Kim Yoo Jung) is a young woman during the Joseon Dynasty who disguises herself as a man named Sam Nom to support herself by ghostwriting and giving relationship advice to lovelorn men. A love letter that Ra On writes for a client brings her in contact with Lee Yeong, who is the Crown Prince Hyo Myeong (Park Bo Gum), the first son of King Sunjo (Kim Seung Soo) and heir to the throne, as well as his trusted guard Kim Byung Yeon (Kwak Dong Yeon). Through a series of events, Ra On gets sold into the Royal Palace as a eunuch and is assigned to work for Royal Consort Soo Ki (Jun Mi Sun) and Princess Young Geun (Heo Jung Eun). Ra On becomes embroiled in a political power struggle with Queen Kim (Han Soo Yeon) and her father, Prime Minister Kim Hun (Chun Ho Jin), who somehow manage to keep King Sunjo in a perpetually weakened, hallucinogenic state. Prime Minister Kim is grooming his grandson, Kim Yoon Sung (Jinyoung), to take over the throne but that would put the young scholar in direct competition with his childhood friend, Lee Yeong, to become the next king. With Ra On and Byung Yeon by his side, can Lee Yeong fight the power-hungry ministers to claim his rightful place in history? 

This just became one of my favorite drama this year. 2016 has really brought alot of different kdramas, and i’m lovin’ it! And with those dramas, a lot of young, new and talented actors/actress’ are coming to the spotlight. The personal acting chemistry between Kim Yoo Jung as young, fearless and joyful Hong Ra On and Park Bo Gum as Crown Prince Lee Yeong is the heart of the drama. The youthfulness and impressive acting skills of Kim Yoo Jung ( who is only 17) interacting with equally talented Park Bo Gum (who is only 23) is a marvel that lingers in the mind long after we have turned off our computers. One thing this drama has teached me is that politics is a dirty dirty game, but our crown prince knew how to play it! I seriously loved everything about this drama, the acting, storyline, the directing and of course the OST! This is a drama I highly recommend, saeguk fan or not, this appeals to your every need ;)

☆☆☆☆☆ / 5 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥♥ / 5 out of 5 hearts

30 December 2016

On the Way to the Airport Review

Title: On The Way to The Airport
AKA: Road to the Airport
Genre: Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Period: Sep-2016 to Nov-2016
Cast: Kim Ha Neul, Lee Sang Yoon, Shin Sung Rok, Choi Yeo Jin, Jang Hee Jin, Kim Hwan Hee, 

A heart-warming story about two married individuals who meet by fate and become more involved in each other's lives. Choi Soo Ah (Kim Ha Neul) is an experienced AirAsia stewardess who is married to Park Jin Seok (Shin Sung Rok), a pilot who dominates every aspect of her and their daughter Park Hyo Eun's (Kim Hwan Hee) life. Despite protest, Jin Seok sends Hyo Eun to an international school in Malaysia where she meets Annie Seo/Seo Eun Woo, Seo Do Woo's (Lee Sang Yoon) daughter. Tragedy strikes when Annie dies while in an attempt to come back home and despite their denial, Soo Ah and Do Woo's lives get intertwined together.

How long has it been since I saw a drama that touched me in so many levels. Despite the plot hinting at an affair drama (which I hate the most, but end up watching anyway) it really is a story of pure yet forbidden love and also the complicated relationships of those who around them. This drama is absolutely different, modern, and deals with the affair storyline in a way that doesn't make you uncomfortable while giving you a realistic approach. The chemistry between the two leads is UHMAZING. The perfectly fitted OST was like a sprinkle of glimmer, that just made the drama more magical. I was head over heals after just the first episode. Kim Ha Neul, is such a beautiful, elegant and charismatic actress. I have loved all her work so far, she really is one of my favorites out there. A definitly all-around perfect drama for me.
☆☆☆☆☆ / 5 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥♥ / 5 out of 5 hearts

Wanted - The Reality Show Review

Title: Wanted – The Reality Show
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Period: Jun-2016 to Aug-2016
Cast: Kim Ah Jung, Ji Hyun Woo, Uhm Tae Woong, Park Hae Joon, Lee Moon Shik, Park Hyo Joo, Hun Hyo Sung, 

"Wanted" is a television program about a television program named "Wanted". In the course of this drama-within-a-drama, missions are assigned by some controlling intelligence, spawning an increasingly complex web of investigative reporting. In the course of these investigations, injustices are exposed. But the web of investigations is built upon "Wanted"'s purpose is the kidnapping and ransom of a child. Justice is embedded within a greater injustice. 

I really do not understand why this drama had such low ratings. Amazing drama. Very complex and suspenseful. An adult drama for adults who don't mind having to work a little to understand or figure out what is going on. The script  was very well done! There are of course some minor oversights, but don't really matter. The cast was amazing, everybody fits perfectly in the role. It is a smart drama, no unnecessary things included. It was really well prepared. So far I haven’t seen Kim Ah Joong in a drama, but she didn’t dissappoint, I liked the fresh aura from her.

☆☆☆½ / 3½ out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

Cinderella and Four Knights Review

Title: Cinderella and Four Knights
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Period: Aug-2016 to Oct-2016
Cast: Jung Il Woo, Park So Dam, Ahn Jae Hyun, Lee Jung Shin, Choi Min, Son Na Eun, Kim Yong Gun, Kim Hye Ri,

Eun Ha Won (Park So Dam) is in the third grade of high school. She hopes to become a teacher which her late mother always wished for. Ha Won has a bright personality and a strong set of morals, but she is unhappy at home. She's unattached from her father, step-mother and step-sister and also mistreated. Ha Won works various part-time jobs to pay for her upcoming university tuition fees. She knows she needs to make more money to pay for the storage of her mother's ashes at the cemetery. Meanwhile, Kang Ji Woon (Jung Il Woo), Kang Hyun Min (Ahn Jae Hyeon) and Kang Seo Woo (Lee Jung Shin) are spoiled cousins and live together in the mansion Sky House. With their different personalities. After various accidents Eun Ha Won ends up working part-time at the sky-house. 

Sorry for the dull plot description, but I felt like if I said more or left something else out, it wouldn’t make much sense. One of the reason are the writers, (yes I blame them), because what’s up with writers forgetting the plot halfway through the drama. This was a preproduction drama, so it can’t be the ratings that changed the scripts. I won’t say what it Is, because that would spoil the drama, but I tell you it’s annoying. Now the actors, Jung Il Woo, you are soon-to-be 30-ish, why play a 20-year-old? Some actors can pull it off, you were sadly not one of them. On the other hand, he had great chemistry with Park So Dam (and she did a great job herself), so let’s call it even! The whole cast were great EXCEPT one. The whole 16 episode drama, I kept wondering why, oh god why, cast Son Na Eun. She was so bad she hit a whole new record on bad acting. Maybe that’s the award she’s after. All in all, it’s a good drama, to use as a hangover cure after watching a really good drama. 

☆☆☆ / 3 out of 5 stars

♥♥ 0.5 / 2.5 out of 5 hearts

19 December 2016

Jang Yeong Sil Review

Title: Jang Yeong Sil
AKA: The Great Scientist Jang Yeong Sil
Genre: Historical, Period
Episodes: 24
Broadcast period: 2016-Jan to 2016-Mar
Cast: Song Il Gook, Kim Sang Kyung, Kim Young Chul, Park Sun Yeong and Kim Do Hyun.

Born Eun Bok, Jang Yeong Sil (Song Il Gook) was the son of a noble man and a giseng. Living as a low-class servant, Yeong Sil meets his father Jang Sung Hwi (Kim Myung Soo) as a youngster. His father notices his intellect and brightness, and decides to introduce him to the world of astronomy. Unfortunately, due to the change to Joseon from Goryeo, the government (and king) is very strict about the newly made rules. Sung Hwi realizes that his son will never be able to utilize his potential in the world of class difference and decides to leave him for Yeong Sils own good. This leaves a heartbroken Yeong Sil, but doesn’t ruin his love for astronomy.
While being hated, and envied by his former master Jang Hee Je (Lee Jee Hoon), Yeong Sil decides to work as a smith, only to be patronized by the magistrate.
Everything changes when Lee Hyun (Kim Do Hyun) one day notices Yeong Sils abilities and takes it to the king: at first King Taejong (Kim Young Chul) refuses the idea, but soon enough his son, Crown Prince Se Jong (Kim Sang Kyung), decides to work with him. This sparks hatred and jealousy from the noblemen, making life much harder for Yeong Sil…

One of my favorite stories from the Joseon period; the story of the genius slave dreaming of the stars. It is also the story of King Se Jong, but in this case his rise to power and all involved was pushed a bit back. Though I was annoyed at the invented character, the princess (Se Jongs sister), I was able to watch all of it with a smile.
The overall storyline was good, and quite close to the real story, of course there were a few dramatizations and a few things left out – but all in all close.
Casting Song Il Gook as the lead was good, but I still can’t imagine Jang Yeong Sil looking like him… But then again, he kind of felt right. I watched the King Se Jong drama a few years back, and I was a bit nervous to see who they would cast as Se Jong since the cast was superb last time, and to my amazement both Se Jong and Tae Jong were the exactly same actor! I don’t know how they did it, but thank God, they did! Made me enjoy it more.
So, to sum it up: a good story with a nice hint of historical correctness.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

18 December 2016

Second To Last Love Review

Title: Second to Last Love
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 20
Broadcast period: 2016-Jul to 2016-Oct
Cast: Kim Hee Ae, Ji Jin Hee, Kwak Si Yang, Kim Seul Gi, Jung Soo Young, Lee Soo Min and Park Sung Geun.

Kang Min Joo (Kim Hee Ae) is a top TV producer for SBC, famous for making a lot of dramas with great ratings. She is known to always get her way by persuasion and sweet talking her way out of situations.
Go Sang Shik (Ji Jin Hee) is a public employee and manager, working for the ‘tourism and environment’ part of his city, where the office works to make get tourists to visit the beautiful parts of the city. He is known to be honest and quite stoic, as well as too cautious and a sucker for rules.
When the SBC gets into trouble for copyrighting a story from a webtoonist, Min Joo is put on the spot to fix it, but the artist Go Mi Rye (Kim Seul Gi) refuses to be persuaded, unless Min Joo can persuade her brother. At the same time Min Joo is put in another spot, as the office of ‘tourism and environment’ refuses to let her film the series at the spot she had hoped. Trying to fix this, she gets on the wrong foot with the manager, who happens to be Sang Shik. Budding heads, the two want to avoid each other, but as fate has it Min Rye is the younger sister of Sang Shik, and Min Jo just happened to move next door to Sang Shik, who lives there with his entire family. To make matters worse, Sang Shiks family friend, who is also living with the family, starts to find a liking in Min Joo.
Though the two can’t seem to stand each other, they soon find out that they have a lot in common. And that their fates are even more entwined than anticipated…

This drama is one of the few types of dramas I usually don’t watch, but I guess the older you get your preference ages with you. It is one of those dramas focusing solely on the destiny and love story of the main couple, and while doing that questions several customs society throws at us. Of course, they add in different ages groups to compare those customs, so that the viewer can detect the differences.
I remember watching Kim Hee Ae in Mrs. Cop, so I had to see this one, and I did enjoy her acting. I generally enjoyed everyone in this drama since the actors were great. The story was well written, but I gotta say they did ruin a bit of it because of the extra episodes – which was a bit unnecessary. It made the drama longer, and a bit heavier.
All in all, a good drama for a mature audience.

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

03 November 2016

The Good Wife Review

Title: The Good Wife
AKA: His Scandal, Her Life
Genre: Legal, Political
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Period: Jul-2016 to Aug-2016
Cast: Jun Do Yun, Yoo Ji Tae, Yoon Kye Sang, Kim Seo Hyung, Nana, Lee Won Geun, Cha Soon Bae, 

The drama about a woman, Kim Hye Kyung (Jun Do Yun), who assumes responsibility for her family after her husband, Lee Tae Joon (Yoo Ji Tae), is thrown into prison after a very public scandal. Lee Tae Joon was a prosecutor with the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office who gets sent to prison and whose wife is then propelled to return to her former career as a lawyer to support her family.

An excellent drama. I haven’t watched the American version, so I’m not going to compare it to the original. For me this was a good drama. The legal aspect were not that hard to understand, and it was a nice mix between the cases and the wife’s problem. I had one problem though. The lead actress’ acting were a little stiff in my opinion. Maybe the problem is Jeon Do Yeon's eyes, she didn't change her expression from start to finish of this drama, her eyes showed sadness, even when she's happy. Talking about acting, Yoo Ji Tae! Wow, if eyes could kill, even though he was a villain in this drama, I couldn't help but be on his side. Another actor that took me by surprise: Nana! I loved them all but those two were my favorites!
All in all very satisfied with it. 

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ (1/2) / 3 (1/2) out of 5 hearts

Age of Youth Review

Title: Age of Youth
AKA: Hello, My Twenties!
Genre: Melodrama, Comedy, Romance, Mystery
Episodes: 12
Broadcast Period: Jul-2016 to Aug-2016
Cast: Han Ye Ri, Han Seung Yeon, Park Eun Bin, Ryu Hwa Young, Park Hye Soo, Yoon Park, Choi Duk Moon

University students Yoon Jin Myung (Han Ye Ri), Jung Ye Eun (Han Seung Yeon), Song Ji Won (Park Eun Bin), Kang Yi Na (Hwa Young) and Yoo Eun Jae (Park Hye Soo) share a house. Jin Myung is busy supporting herself financially and studying. She suffers from lack of sleep. Ye Eun is devoted to her boyfriend, she is clear about what she likes or not. Ji Won has a bright personality and likes to drink. Yi Na is popular due to her beautiful appearance. Eun Jae is timid, but she has an unique taste for men.

At first I thought this was a short peaceful drama empathizing how university students has it, but that’s only the cover. Underneath it lies a web of mysteries involving all the girls. his is not only a drama. They showed the real life. I likes it, I got me interested right away, and it was nice to get away from all the melodramas, and suffocating love stories. The screenplay and story evolved smoothly and the suspense was kept all the way till the end. So yes a very entertaining drama. 

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥ / 4 out of 5 hearts

W Review

Title: W
AKA: W Two Worlds
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Suspense, Melodrama
Episodes: 16
Broadcast Period: Jul-2016 to Sep-2016
Cast: Lee Jong Suk, Han Hyo Joo, Jung Yoo Jin, Lee Tae Hwan, Park Won Sang, Cha Kwang Soo,

What is real and what is made up? In a bizarre blurring of truth and fiction, Oh Yeon Joo (Han Hyo Joo) is a second-year cardiothoracic resident doctor whose father mysteriously disappears one day. Oh Sung Moo (Kim Eui Sung) writes the most popular webtoon series known as “W,” but his assistant artist, Park Soo Bong (Lee Shi Un), is in a panic because Sung Moo disappears on the day before he is supposed to finish the final episode of the webtoon. When Yeon Joo goes into her father’s drawing room to investigate, an unexplainable thing happens. A bloodied hand appears out of a tablet screen and pulls Yeon Joo onto a rooftop where Kang Cheol (Lee Jong Suk) is bleeding from a stab wound. Yeon Joo ends up saving Kang Cheol’s life, only to realize after the incident that Cheol is the main character of her father’s webtoon! The next day, Sung Moo just as mysteriously returns and is intent on writing the final episode of the webtoon and once again tries to kill off Kang Cheol. But when Yeon Joo tries to talk her father out of ending the series, she finds herself sucked back into the world of Kang Cheol.

Such a weird plot. I was schocked when I realized the webtoon aspect in it. First time I read it, I was so excited, because I thought it was some kind of 2 dimensions, like two worlds on the same planet (sci-fi stuff). As soon as I realized it was a webtoon world, it just didn’t work with me. I applaud the new fresh idea into kdrama world, but somehow I found it unfathomable. However the way it was filmed, and the drawing-style overlapping, was really enjoyable.
Regarding the love story of this drama. There were NO chemistry at all! I’m not sure why everyone were all over it, but seriously they did not manage to capture the essence of a relationship. I don’t know how I can explain this without spoiling anything. The love line came out of nowhere, and it progressed so quickly into “I’ll die without you”-love, that it made me feel awkward watching it. All in all, maybe some people liked it because of the acting (which were good), and all the romantic kiss scenes (this should have the award for most kisses in a drama), but I couldn’t enjoy it. 

☆☆☆☆ / 4 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥ / 3 out of 5 hearts

23 October 2016

Train to Busan Movie Review

Title: Train to Busan
AKA: Train for Busan
Genre: Action / Suspense / Thriller / Zombie
Origin: Korea
Release date: July 20, 2016
Cast: Gong Yoo, Jung Yoo Mi, Ma Dong Suk, Choi Woo Sik and Kim Soo Ah.

Seok Woo (Gong Yoo) is a divorcee, working as a fund manager. After getting divorced, he and his ex-wife share custody of their daughter Soo An (Kim Su An). Being a workaholic, Seok Woo usually leaves Soo An with his mother, and rarely has time for his daughter. When Soo An wants to go to Busan to celebrate her birthday at her mothers, Seok Woo has no other choice but go with her as he is afraid to let her take to train alone. At the same time, Seoul is havocked by mass riots, which the NEWS keep repeating.
After arriving on the KTX a woman collapses in front of the train attendant, who while trying to help her gets attacked by the woman, by getting her throat slit. Soon havoc begins on the train as the train attendant, who was presumed dead, gets up and starts attacking other passengers.
The noise wakes up the dazed off Seok Woo, noticing that Soo An is missing from her seat. While going towards the hall he notices people running and screaming, and soon realizes that people who get attacked and die, wake up as zombies. Now the remaining passengers can’t get out as the train runs on full speed, and are headed towards Busan…

I do apologize of the summary looks bleak at the end, I tried not spoil anything.
How on earth do I even explain this movie? I mean I had my fair share of Zombie movies AND TV Shows, but this one left me shocked and amazed. Though there are several moment I could complain about, I‘ve decided not to, because they don’t really ruin your overall experience of the movie. And honestly, I can pretend to know what I would do in those situations, but I bet I would be the first one to die anyways, so I am not going to act like a know-it-all. All actors involved are just perfect for each given role, though some annoyed me occasionally, I didn’t have time to dwell on it, since the pace is out of this world.
So, I recommend this 100%, as this is one of the best Korean movies ever, AND one of the great zombie movies of all time.

☆☆☆☆☆ / 5 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥♥ / 5 out of 5 hearts

Kamji’s Verdict:
Yes! Wow! What?
That’s how this movie left me. I can’t describe what this movie did to me. I’m not a big fan of zombie/ disaster movies, but this was more than that. I understand all the hype there was about it. The story, the acting (ALL of them!) and the details were so on point, I got shivers down my spine several times! Applause to all the zombie actors, damn they left me speechless. Gong Yoo definitely was the right pick, and that little girl playing his daughter needs an award right now!
I sincerely hated some of the characters and loved the others, but that just shows the quality of this drama. I don’t think I need to say more than, go watch it, if you’re one of the few that haven’t yet ;)

☆☆☆☆☆ / 5 out of 5 stars

♥♥♥♥♥ / 5 out of 5 hearts