Moorim School
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  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I recommend watching this drama if you are into: friendship/camaraderie, school-themed dramas, birth secrets, a bit of martial arts, supernatural abilities.

Story: The story's premise, subplots. over-all dialogue and pacing were balanced. It held me at the right amount of curiosity at what would happen next. While the main characters are gathered at Moorim School, the smaller plots are brought to fore simultaneously although piece by piece, step by step. Elements like read more romance, bromance, a little bit of action, trust and betrayal, friendship, love between a parent and his child -- these are what to expect in the story.

I think this deserves a 9 for the story only because it is, in my opinion, well-written.

Acting/Cast - I gave this a flat 7. Would have been an 8 however I can't ignore the fact that Hong Bin is a hit-and-miss. There are scenes where he can get pretty intense however for most of the time in the drama, I find that he is awkward with his facial expressions and gestures. (I sincerely hope he improves because he has potential.)

I make special mention of Wang Chi Ang's character because I felt he was more complex than Shi Woo. Whereas Shi Woo earlier formed his resolve and shifted from the hot-tempered idol to a calm savior mid-way through the drama, the character shift was a struggle for Chi Ang. His internal conflict was difficult to resolve because it involved his relationship with his father and friends, and his desperateness to feel accepted. However the execution certainly affected my watching experience in this case and even though the supporting cast were generally okay and the older cast (Prof Beop Gong, Wang Ha Oh, Shim Bong San, Dean Hwang and Chae Yoon -- they're all males and with the exception of the Prof Beop Gong, all four others are father figures).

Hyun Woo delivers the right feels for Shi Woo. although I felt that towards the last few episodes, Shi Woo took a backseat and Chi Ang became the closer.

Direction/Effects/Editing - I would have liked more martial arts. Fight scenes are so-so; don't expect epic choreographed ones. The best sparring I saw was the last one Shi Woo and Chi Ang had--it felt like they were letting all their frustrations out.

Ending episode was a good closure though and I mean for the much-discussed key and treasure.

Special Effects - not too many, and it was actually fine for me.
Editing - Had minor slips that could've been avoided but were noticeable in the drama. The dog/wolf and Soon Deok's wound!

The music is enjoyable and the main song is upbeat. Every time the piano intro played, you'd know you're in for a cliffhanger or something's going to go down or it's the end of the episode and the preview is up. ;)

Rewatch value - doesn't affect the overall rating. I seldom rewatch dramas!

Overall, still a good drama to watch!
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Beautiful Gong Shim
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45 minutes ago
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  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
a little bit boring in the middle of those episodes, but it's worth to continue the serial since the comedy scenes always make me laugh a lot. fyi, in every episodes, it has comedy scenes! <3
I guess it doesn't need to make this serial up to 20 eps, but I think the writer wanted to make the audience feel enjoyment by watching this movie, not only get curious by how the read more ending of movie will be.
Nam Gung Min as the main actor really make this film to be alive.
so, overall this serial is great! Worth it to get huge hype :D and high rate of course!
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Girls Love: Part 2
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  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I've watched it several times .. but the impact of miller to me is .... wahhhh!!!!! ^_^ I can't explain it .. :) My boyfriend is a lesbian that's why I am proud to miller and to all lesbian out there .. :)

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ritzy
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  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
How to start this review. I'm not sure how.

This drama doesn't really follow the typical set up with our leads. I won't say more than that so as not to spoil the story, but it's a good idea to not go into this one expecting things to play out a certain way.

I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing. It was certainly a very confusing and frustrating thing, because I've read more come to expect my dramas to play out in very specific ways. (That's probably due to my limited experience with Japanese dramas over Korean.) But I came to understand, and honestly quite like, the very conscious writing decision by the end. I could quibble over how I wanted to see more of a friendship develop between the leads, but honestly, I'm not particularly upset about it.

I just like seeing leads in dramas be cute together, lol.

I know from reading the comments on here that some people were disappointed with the ending, and I must say, I understand their frustrations. Because, well, I'm a little disappointed too. I'm not unhappy with the end pairing, because I honestly feel like it makes the most sense. I'm also happy with how all of the other potential suitors are treated and utilized in the story. I'm just not happy with the non-commital ending. You need to make a decision, writers. Yes or no.

That being said, I have very little in the way of other complaints. When the show turns heartfelt, the lessons are honest and true and hit you where it matters. When it tries to give dating advice, it's mostly all nonsense, lol. But it's those heartfelt lessons (and of course, all of the characters themselves) that make this drama worth watching. (And watching the dating advice mostly fall apart when applied is pretty funny too, lol.)

There's a time jump at the beginning of the last episode that I feel was pointless (and kind of jarring, if I'm honest), but I don't know if that's because of how it was utilized or because there was a bit of a pause between me watching episode 9 and then coming back to watch the last episode. It was only about 4 or 5 days, but it was enough time for me to no longer be in the same headspace as when I started the drama.

All in all, I mostly enjoyed this drama. I just wish the ending had been clearly defined. The drama brought us So close only to leave us hanging.

And I don't give tens for that.
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The King and the Clown
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6 hours ago
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  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
To be honest, I don't think a lot of people will grasp the magnitude of how powerful this movie is at first watch.

Heck when I first watched it I was all like &quot;HUH?&quot; and did not even both to watch closely. I would've rated it a 7-8 at first.

But on the second time around when I really paid attention, it was just so much more in depth and powerful than read more just friendship or love. The relations between the characters, the nature of each character, the impact that one character has on another, the emotions that flow through them and their actions...

I can't even explain it properly but just know that this movie did not become a huge Korean hit for no reason.
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A Werewolf Boy
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  • Overall 10
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Honestly it's just where I can't even rate it lower because the ending was too much for the heart ;___;

This is one of the movies where I'd like to call it a "cheat" movie, because in your head you know & can point out some flaws here and there, the simple storyline; but your heart just can't be harsh to it, and you just gotta cheat and give them a 10 read more anyways for the heart twinging ending ;___;

Their chemistry was just lovely as well; I would love to see Joong Ki & Bo Young act together again one day.

Of course everyone has their own opinions on the movie, but anyone that laughs at this movie for its ending is just too heartless.
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You Who Came from the Stars
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6 hours ago
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  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Story: the storyline was unique, that's for sure. Too bad the climatic moment slipped a little towards the end, and it became more melodramatic than dramatic.

Acting/Cast: Just perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better cast or acting. Soo Hyun & Ji Hyun were just amazing separately and wonderful together.

Music: I liked the music. LYn's "My Destiny" was soothing and suits the drama very well.

Rewatch Value: I would definitely read more watch the first like 10-15 episodes, but the last 5 episodes or so wasn't much of a rewatch value for me as it got a little slow

Overall: Overall it is still one of the better dramas that I really enjoyed watching. I would definitely recommend this drama for anyone that wants some some seriously funny, lighthearted, yet suspenseful drama.
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Sumika Sumire
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9 hours ago
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  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
This is one of my favorite Manga! They change a lot of some part of the story but its OK because I like this version. Sumi was so lucky to have Mashiro because he will do anything for his love I almost cry in the last ep.Gosh I tough Sumi will not going back being young. Very nice happy ending
I will put this drama on one of my favorite list :)
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My Boss, My Hero
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19 hours ago
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  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Just imagine, yakuza gangster who stutters, loves pudding so much that he would "jump" over a building just to get one, can't think clear for more than 90 seconds and is soo stupid that he can't decide which is bigger - 35 or 27. You can't? Well then get prepared, because if you decide to watch this drama, you'll see a yakuza like no other.

The story: Imagine the yakuza mentioned above, read more stuck in a high school crowded with full of themselves teenagers, and trying to act all innocent and friendly, while on the other hand wants to kick the butt of all his "classmates" and you have it. Nothing so much, really. In it's whole once again the main idea is to learn all the important aspects in life. What makes it nice is the presentation, and the comedy. Definitely the comedy, which believe me, is like nothing you've seen before.

The cast: Like it. Until a while ago I had difficulty imagining Nagase Tomoya as an actor, but he actually did a great job, so he has my compliments on his performance. You'll definitely fall in love with his dorky yakuza. Also, after having watched Kashii Yuu in some other roles, this is the first time I actually like her performance, so she is worth mentioning as well. Oh, and Kouki, he was cute and absolutely adorable as well.
The drama passes with high score for me, so my advice is to give it a try.
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GOTH
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by Plam
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19 hours ago
19 hours ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
If I have to be honest I'm a bit confused about my feelings concerning this movie. I've read the manga version of this story, long before coming across this live-action, so the plot is nothing new to me and yet I must admit I'm surprised I liked it so much, despite the fact that I wasn't really impressed with the manga to begin with. I'm quite late finding out there was a read more movie actually, considering that it has been years since I read the manga and yet when I saw it the urge to watch it was irresistible. And now I think I finally know what lacked in the manga and what was the reason for my unfavorable opinion about this story for so many years. It is the atmosphere. It is not a thing you hear very often, but yeah. The live-action of "Goth" really have a better atmosphere than its' manga version. The camera angles, the colors or even their absence on some of the scenes, together with the actor's play, overall presentation and music really managed to put some nice touches on the right places and "give life" to this story.
It really turned out to be a better movie than I've ever thought could come out of the manga with the same name. And I really can't believe I'm saying this, but I think this movie has managed to become one of my most favorite psychological horrors to date. (And I don't usually like such movies...)
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Rurouni Kenshin
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  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
Watched it! Finally! And... What can I say... Well, for starters when the movie was first announced along with the cast I was more than sure that I'm not going to like it, probably even hate it. Kenshin is one of my most, most favorite characters ever, and to be honest, as much as I like Sato Takeru, I just couldn't image him as Kenshin in any way possible. The same thought read more was, still is actually, even stronger when it comes to the rest of the cast, which, in my eyes, is just... the worst ever imaginable (Who did this ridiculous casting anyway?), and I had about a million doubts on how the fights will be presented, or what parts of the story they will take and how they will ruin it, probably, and so on, and so on... I had about a million reasons to hate it but still... This is Kenshin, so despite everything said I had to watch it and to my absolute astonishment this movie is actually much, much better than I ever expected it to be...
The colors and the music are just amazing. Everything looks much more realistic than I thought it will be. The battle scenes were just breathtaking, without too much special effects, but still spectacular in kind of realistic way. The story is a nice mesh-up of the arcs at the begging of the manga (Thank God, they didn't try to cover the whole manga!). The characters were put up nicely and had some part in the story, not just being there, only for the fans to see them... Also the biggest surprise was that Sato is actually a pretty good Kenshin. Much more good than I would have ever given him credit for... After the first few scenes I found myself even liking him as Kenshin quite a lot... Still surprised at that!
Still... the movie gets a 9 from me, because I still don't like the rest of the cast, but as a whole this is one really good live-action, so Kenshin fan or not, I would definitely recommend it.
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Attack on Titan
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  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 2.0
  • Acting/Cast 2.0
  • Music 3.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Hmm... So, if I say that I had no expectations about this movie, I will be lying. But I did try to keep them as low as possible, because, let's be honest, the story of Shingeki no Kyojin is next to impossible to portray in live-action, no matter what anyone is saying and we all know it. I doubt even one of the big Hollywood studios will be able to pull it read more of, so yeah... As a fan of both the series and manga, I tried to do my absolute best not to have expectations.
Sad truth is that the final product shows some signs that the staff involved at least tried to do something plausible. (When you have a story so impossible to portray you change it, okay. I get that.) But the way they tried to do it is just - laughable, or to say it simply it is like someone said - hey, let's just strip the story of everything that makes it genuine, put a few new characters, and take away all of the personality the few original characters have. The result - yet another love triangle story that just so happens to take place in a world full of man-eating creatures. (Yeah. This sentence basically summaries the whole movie. I am not kidding.)
And yeah, the staff really did try to create something plausible, because the movie is beautiful. The special effects are well done. The titans are almost believable, but to be honest the impact they could have made was totally lost because the characters in the story were the exact opposite. I could talk about how emotionless and blank-faced all of the cast is for hours, but I will limit myself only to Miura Haruma, who by the way I absolutely love, but even he (and how good he looks in the uniform) can't save this movie. In fact I think this is his worst role ever. Most of the time his Eren is just standing there looking hurt or blank-faced without any apparent reason for that. Not to mention that he spent almost the whole movie running from the titans, not fighting them. When we include the fact that everyone around him did almost the same, I think you get the picture.
I gave it a chance. I tried to think of something good to say , but what is there to like in a movie that made me laugh almost hysterically because of how ridiculous it was. I am rating it with 4.0, because as I said the movie is beautifully filmed and some of the scenes are well choreographed, but when you take it as whole the beauty is just not enough. So, yeah. I tried to expect basically nothing, but if I say that this movie is even worse than my lowest expectations I will not be lying. In fact, Haruma or not, this is just one of the worst live-action adaptations I have ever seen. And not because it doesn't follow the original story. But because it takes on original, out-of-the-box concept and replaces it with something stereotypical. Which is sad in a way, because they could have done so much better.
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Picnic
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21 hours ago
21 hours ago
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
Such a nice decision for Shunji Iwai to use walls as a symbol/metaphor than what it's normally being used for. Instead of walls being something that keeps these three main characters out, it becomes a way for them to see the world and experience freedom outside of the mental asylum.

Iwai's portrayal of mental illness is not wishy-washy nor is it romanticized. Instead, he gives us something real. These characters speak with read more the desire to be understood. Often, their words carry more than one meaning -- one that many misunderstand. When Satoru says, "Save me" while being strangled by blankets left to dry, he meant 1) literally save me 2) save me from this world and from myself. These little details are so nice and appreciated.

Picnic is a simple tale. With just an hour running team, Iwai embraces the cinematography with such beautiful visuals and light soundtrack, it tugs at your heartstrings. Despite being confined to wall within the walls, you feel like you are also exploring the world with the three main characters. Their stories are disturbing but that's precisely what makes it feel real. Carrying a picnic basket while watching the end of the world is such a simple act, it makes the "end of the world" feel as if it's just an every day thing.

While the theme of religion play here, I don't think Iwai is preaching. Instead, he gives the message that our life is dictated by us as much as we believe in God or not.

The final scene, black feathers contrast with the pink/yellow sun as it's about to set is so beautiful I will remember it forever.
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Like Father, Like Son
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21 hours ago
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  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
When it comes to storytelling and themes, Hirokazu Koreeda is my favorite; the little details and the feels. Arguably, Koreeda is also one of the most consistent directors out there. Like Father, Like Son is no exception as it bears Koreeda trademarks: familial themes, little details, young cast with incredible acting, framing and music, among others.

Like Father, Like Son is bittersweet tale that is jarred with the power and emotional bond read more of family. It takes into question: what makes a family? Is it blood or is it the bond? Is blood truly thicker than water? Swapped children is nothing new, it's a trope. But what Koreeda does is look into this issue in detail, explore it, strip its characters bare and allows the viewer to experience (and question) the responsibilities, the decisions and the identities made/done in the film.

It is a dramatic film but not one that drowns you in useless melodrama, not one that forces you to cry and not one that feeds you with cheesy lines as family. But instead, there is rawness, there is delicate emotions portrayed and more importantly, there is realness.

Again, Koreeda channels extraordinary young talents with the two boys -- Keita and Ryusei. Not only does the contrast between the two complement their differences but it also intensifies the differences of the two families. How will a carefree boy adapt to an independent, almost traditional life? How will an independent boy adapt to a non-traditional, carefree life? How will a work-oriented father bond with his energetic, non-traditional son? How will a fun-oriented father bond with his traditional, almost serious son?

These challenges show that the people who struggle in these circumstances are not adults alone, but also the children. Keita (his real life name) portrays Keita's cuteness with invisible strength and innocence. Shogen Hwang portrayed Ryusei's energy with utmost maturity and curiosity.

Masaharu Fukuyama portrays Ryota with a distant facade that eventually tears down while Jun Kunimura balances it out with her calm and honest personality. On the other side, Lily Franky portrayed the film's comic relief that wields undeniable wisdom of fatherhood to match Ryota's and is further complemented by Yoko Maki's gentleness and cheerfulness. Each and everyone of these actors portrayed their characters with unmatched performance.

It won Jury Prize in Cannes for a reason. And it has caught the eye of Spielberg for a reason.

Amazing cinematography with attention to details (e.g. Keita's hand made rose) that plays itself as something symbolic or important in the film. Not to mention the music pacing with the frames, such beautiful piano to listen to. And finally, the contrast of the close up from the adults' POV to the children and the long shots of the children's POV to the adults. These decisions, as a whole, make Koreeda truly a talented film maker.
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Our Little Sister
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21 hours ago
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  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Our Little Sister, comparing to Hirokazu Koreeda's other films, doesn't come quite as strong. Instead, Our Little Sister focuses on mere storytelling without an actual goal that it seems to want to achieve. Koreeda gives us a tale of sisters and their life after they adopt their half-sister from their father's extramarital affair. It's still about family but this time, it focuses more on sisterhood. But that's not to say that parenthood read more isn't as important. After all, it is the parents' decisions that led to what happens to the sisters.

It's subtle but as with Koreeda, it's nothing new: it's about the little details and the little things. I say that Our Little Sister doesn't come as strong because it's less sentimental and it's less melodramatic. The conflict here is not as jarring as say, Nobody Knows or Like Father Like Son. That's one aspect that makes it seem directionless but if you look at it from another way, maybe that's the intention: not to have such a big conflict (the fact that the sister is another woman's is the central conflict) but to just tell a story. And one that's still touching. As someone who doesn't have a sister (I have two brothers and the middle child), I felt the bonds of sisterhood even just a little.

Koreeda trademarks are still present: music pacing (this time, not much piano), long shots showing the beauty of the setting hence, not much close-up and the little details (e.g. the umerashi). Though this time, we don't have young actors (save for Hirose Suzu who is around 17 years old when she filmed this), but the cast including Haruna Ayase, Kaho, Masami Nagasawa (who was also in I Wish) still delivers incredible performances. All three of them were nominated in Japan Academy Award for their performances.

I actually liked the contrast between the four sisters, Ayase plays the eldest, the mother figure, Nagasawa plays the carefree, stylish one, Kaho plays the oddball, happy-go-lucky and Suzu plays the quiet, simple one. It's such a treat to watch all these different personalities go together and interact. There is undeniable chemistry between the four.

Suzu (who won Breakthrough Star in Japan Academy Award), a current rising young star, whose two TV dramas I've seen, can act but sincerity lacks (like her eyes, it's shallow, it doesn't speak the emotions, you get what I mean? Some call her a deadeye actor but she can cry alright) although here because it's less melodramatic, her character fits her well, comparatively speaking. (But with more roles being given to her currently and working with talented actors, perhaps it's bound to change.)

As with Koreeda, lines are so natural and everything flows so well. The cinematography is so beautiful and the beauty of the countryside has been highlighted in the film. It also competed for Palme d'Or at Cannes 2015 (Suzu at Cannes at 17!!)

Our Little Sister isn't bad, I enjoyed it for its simplicity and beautiful visuals. But perhaps its unsentimental approach makes it a lackluster watch compared to other heavy Koreeda's dramas. Indeed, it doesn't have the feels but it has a calming effect as you watch: the setting helps, and the natural acting helps. It won't break your heart but it will touch your heart.
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