37 minutes ago
37 minutes ago
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
Date is funny, sweet, deep and moving. The question of how do we know we are in love is probably asked by everyone at some point in their life. The question is answered from an individual perspective of life and what is important. Personally, I never ever dreamed of being in a relationship. Even when I was a child I did not fantasize about marriage nor did I play "house". Then one read more day after years of knowing the same people, but never meeting, I met my significant other. I fell hard and 14 years later we are still together. We were so straight forward with each other that some of this drama resonates true deep in my heart. The quotes and mathematics are also a great quirky characteristic touches. I really didn't care which character ended up with another character, because they were all likable. It is really a relaxing, interesting watch.

All of the actors were great. Anne Higashide was really cute as Yoriko. That duck face was too funny. She is so smart and despite appearance and her practical approach is very caring. When she upsets or hurts some one, it is obvious that she doesn't mean it. I would love to have a friend like Yoriko. At least I wouldn't have to second guess her motivation or friendship. Hiroki Hasegawa is also amazing. That funny strange smile Takumi has like he isn't used to smiling but is trying to express himself is perfect. I loved his character as some one that had a scar and like most of us are want to do we let it change our lives. I'm going to get a little personal here, because his character was most important to me on a personal level. As someone who has experience agoraphobia for months after I had a mental break down over a trauma, I can say that it can become a habit. Mostly because a person can become comfortable not facing a harsh world. I felt like my perspective of reality must be wrong and I was confused for a while between what was real and what wasn't. I thought that every one was lying to me and had other social anxiety issues. I went to counseling once a week for months until I could venture out into the world again. i don't know where I would be if I had not sought help. Maybe I would have been like Takumi. Anyway, I was really invested in the main characters.

The music was good.

I will probably rewatch this at some point.

I recommend this drama to everyone. It isn't action, thriller, murder, mystery, amnesia, lost family member, etc. type drama. However, the writing, character development, and humor over the question "what is love to me?" is worth the watch.
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Perseverance, Goo Hae Ra
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1 hour ago
1 hour ago
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
How do I start this review? I've seen so many mixed comments, it's not even funny.

Personally, I really enjoyed this drama. There were a few scenes I could have done without but I think they did a good job considering the other 12 episode musical drama I watched made me shake my damn head so many times at the ending. Like that ending didn't make sense to me. This one though, read more I think the way they tied up the loose ends in the story was enough for me. I think I know why some people thought it was a waste of time. i think it's a matter of preference. Some were expecting something, while I was sort of had an inkling of how it was going to end. (It's so hard to write a review without spoilers >_<)

The story:
It is not the best written story in k-drama land, but I think they were able to live up to their title. The story is about perseverance, about not giving up no matter how many times you fail. There were a few scenes that I could've done without but it gave me enough emotions that I liked too. The bromance, the relationships, family, I liked them.

The acting/cast:
I am not a big fan of Min HyoRin who plays the main protagonist, Gu HaeRa. She wouldn't be my first pick for the role. She was a bit lacking, in my opinion. But the 2 main guys though, Kwak ShiYang who plays Kang SeJong & Jung JinYoung who plays Kang SeChan/Ray, were pretty good at their roles. SeJong singing...I fell for him right away. I really liked their scenes. I love the other members of the Perseverance team. Lau Henry, who plays Henry, his awkwardness and sometimes tactless moments were too funny. Yoo Seung Eun, who plays Lee WooRi, her voice is just great. And ParK Kwang Seon did a great job at playing his character too.

The music:
I love, love love the music. If you don't like the story, just watch it for the performances. I just love all the songs. Yoo Seung Eun's cover of Jasmine Flower, Perseverance Team's cover of Sixth Sense, Yoo Seung Eun's "I Love You" and more.

Re-watch value:
Would I watch it again? I think so. I really love the performances and the story wasn't bad.

Overall:
9.5 It''s not perfect but it's not bad and I enjoyed it.
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A Werewolf Boy
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2 hours ago
2 hours ago
  • Overall 2.0
  • Story 3.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Werewolves are my thing. Always have been, even before they were cool. Back when people thought vampire books were stupid and looked at you like you just grew fangs. It took forever for decent werewolf stories to come out on the page. I still have yet to find a decent one on the screen. There's been some close ones, but none that have been what the werewolf deserves. (Yeah, I'm a super read more fan. We've all got our things.)

So for me "A Werewolf Boy" was torture. At this point I know it's popular and I'm in the low majority. So I'll keep it short. The werewolf mythology . . . wasn't there, and I don't care what anyone says. The story was lame and the romance was BAD. The fact that said Werewolf Boy was more like Dog Boy was painful. A boy that acts like a dog doesn't help to develop any kind of swooning, no. My reaction is to get that guy some serious help. Don't train him to be a dog, train him to be a person.

The overall plot was dull and by the time the credits rolled around I couldn't believe I forced myself to sit through it. I love campy monster movies . . . this wasn't that. It was just bad. Not the worst thing I've ever viewed. But I wished I had my time back. At least the werewolf could have been more Beauty and the Beast. Beautiful boy with a monster lurking there. A real monster, with real conflicts to add . . . to a rewritten script.
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Go Lala Go
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6 hours ago
6 hours ago
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 3.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
This story is pretty good, I understand why they made it into a drama!
Pros: Acting, really good use of English, cast chemistry, great premise, and no evil character to hate!
Cons: Character development, the plot does lots of fast forwarding, and plenty of holes needed to be filled, some supporting actors are meh
I have been meaning to watch this movie because I was watching the drama and its 30 episodes read more long so I needed to find out where this ship was going. I like the idea of a woman getting to prioritize her career and love life in the order that is important to her and not sacrifice either.
This movie attempts to show the conflict between Du Lala’s rising career and her budding romance and they do a fairly decent job. However, everything and I mean everything is rushed; plot advancement, character development, and story line are sped up using flash forwards and flash backs :( .
I would recommend this movie for people who like strong female leads and storybook romances, but I think the drama explores how the two main leads come together more thoroughly. Lastly although the story is supposed to be about Du Lala I found myself drawn to the other characters and wanted more of them.
If you plan to watch this watch the first 25 minutes and the last 10 before you commit to these 2 hours.
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Date - Koi to wa Donna Mono Kashira
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9 hours ago
9 hours ago
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
I'm giving this 10/10 because it's so very close to perfect that it would be petty to quibble. This Drama was a perfect romcom for me. Quirky leads who were still very human, and who both grew over the course of the Drama. More genuinely funny, literally laugh out loud moments than I could remember on just one watch, and a very believable love story, told with a particularly credible detour thrown read more in for good measure. There's effectively nothing to fault about this Drama, so if you like romcoms which are genuinely comedic, with a low-key romance, make a date to watch this superb series.
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Second Love
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11 hours ago
11 hours ago
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 4.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
I wasn’t going to write a review about this drama because of all the poor comments on it, however after fully watching it I thought I would say something.
I gave this a 7; and that is a reach- it is closer to a 6.7 and I will explain. The good points are seeing a grown up Kame-kun and watching his acting improve, seeing some shots from Germany, remembering why I don’t read more teach (those kids were bad!), and I really liked the music.
The negative qualities are a God-awful story line, Kame-kun’s bad German, Kyoko Fukada’s acting.
I appreciated this drama once I got to the end and found that the writers ended up telling a grow-up fairy tale about love. Of course none of the actions in this drama are even plausible for normal people, but that is why we love fairy tales because things magically occur.
As for the pink elephant in this review: the “sex “ scenes make no logical sense to the plot and to be honest they weren’t hot, loving or even comical. The sex scenes seem to be there for controversy… and to show that Kame-kun has lost weight but still has a fat face.
I recommend this drama for anyone who loves a good dose unrealistic fantasy in their dramas, who is a sucker for an against all odds love story and who has appreciation for the art of dance. (Kame-kun’s stunt double was putting in some work because everyone knows Kame is not the best dancer. And his dance scenes had plenty of face only and back shots lol.)
I believe that had the characters had a better story line, more episodes to develop the story and really bring out the issues of ageism and sexuality it would have been much better. A bad story line paired with a weak premise is something that apparently even Kame-kun cant sell.
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No Tears for the Dead
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by Myd
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14 hours ago
14 hours ago
  • Overall 6.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
A real ACTION movie ! Seriously If you're into those hollywood-like action tricks like : breaking the walls and being overshoot through the windows , amazing car accidents , shooting 100 people at the same time and then stepping on a flood of blood etc. I highly recommend it ! But ... If you're here cause you prefer asian-style movies with asian-style stories , please listen to my opinion !
Personally , read more I think this movie tried very hard to be a HOLLYWOOD-LIKE action movie and sometimes used English language for speaking where it wasn't actually needed !!! (e.g : why would two koreans speak English in Korea ?! ) Anyways , you're not watching a romance ! so don't wait so long for a love relationship between a killer and his next traget ... One of the things that made me disapointed about this move was first female lead ! I'm not against her acting (I'm not a fan either) BUT she really couldn't express her feelings as a mother who has lost her one and only daughter recently (or at least I couldn't feel her emotions) ! Through the movie , I kept looking at the time asking myself (how much does it take to be finished ?! should I play-forward ?! ) And I think the real reason for this feeling to the movie was the emotionless actings (specially those foregin actors who were aweful !) and the very slow progress of the story. I really wish they could direct it way much better and wouldn't let the movie to be filled of too many action scenes to get really intolerable !
Anyways , if you're a fan of action movies , watch it over times ! but If you care about the storyline like I do ... Just watch it once - twice to get the whole idea !
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Hyde, Jekyll, Me
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17 hours ago
17 hours ago
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
Unpopular opinion, but I have to say that I actually really enjoyed this drama. Whilst it wasn't perfect, it did keep me interested.


Intro:

This drama has had a lot of bad press, with rival multiple personality based drama Kill Me Heal Me starting a few weeks before this and being shown on the same two nights at the same times, that drama grabbed people's attentions in Korea, and throughout the rest read more of the world many already had their expectations of how they thought this drama should be, and so didn't appreciate Hyde, Jekyll, Me for the seperate drama it is.

I understand this comparison due to the dramas' certain themes, and it is human nature to search for comparisons when something is rather unique, not to mention airing at the same time anyway. With a story or situation that has been done many times before, people are less prone to making comparisons, if at all. However a drama centred around a character with dissociative identity disorder is rather rare.


Story developement:

Personally I'm really picky when it comes to enjoying and rating dramas. Many I find too straightforward, too predictable, and going by the same format, and that has been my main issue with some of the more highly rated, popular dramas lately. Whereas I like originality, unpredictable things happening in a drama, the story transforming in different ways to what is expected, and characters that develop well.

With this drama I liked how the story and events occuring adapted as it went on, which kept it from being predicatable as to what would happen next. I guess it was because the writers were having to change their original plans, due to the success of KMHM grabbing much of the audience for its specific timeslots, and I'd read they did a big rewrite around episode 8. However I found it worked well because of that, as I never knew where they were going with this series, and it kept me interested.

Whilst it did have its moments that weren't as good, such as an over-the-top beginning episode, and after several thrilling episodes at one point during the series, it did get slower in comparison for a while, and I think they should have expanded more on the darker aspects for longer, but nonentheless I soon got back into it, particularly when they started developing the story regarding Robin.


The popular issues that many have mentioned:

This issue regarding the personlity/character of Robin, has had a lot of people complaining about the writers having certain characters even consider that Robin is seperate to Seo Jin in any way. Whilst I agree that he technically isn't real, and only part of Seo Jin (a part obviously missing from his normal persona since they're so different), it is however, a good question about what makes us ourselves. Physically we have our own bodies, and in Robin's case he's a part of Seo Jin's, but other than that, what makes us ourselves are our general persona, our memories, our feelings, our interests, our talents, etc, so if those make us unique, would a different personality that has those seperately be almost like a seperate person in a way? Obviously a problem for the main personality themselves, but I love how in this series they gave the other personality more depth, made him more human, and didn't just use him for entertainment purposes, but rather as a seperate character.

Plus many complained that the script was bad and too illogical. Whilst I actually like certain things that stray from the logical norm in a drama and if done right they can really add to the drama well, however to be honest I didn't really find that much illogical about this series at all, other than a few action scenes at the beginning.

For example, one of the things several people were complaining about as being illogical was Soo Hyun and the grudge he held. However, I thought (without giving any spoilers) that it wasn't surprising considering what he went through, and it is drama after all. Also at least he had a reason, as in real life there have been so many cases of people commiting such terrible crimes for very little or even no reason, so really nothing is unbelievable in regards to this.

Also several people were complaining that in one of the episodes it was unrealistic that the police were slow to show up at the scene. Personally I thought they didn't show up any less quickly than any other drama would have done, as this worked well in order to build up the tension during the events that were happening. Plus any drama series with totally efficient police I'd actually regard as unrealistic anyway, and it certainly doesn't help build up the suspense in a drama if they're there straight away.

There was also another issue that others regarded illogical and unrealistic. I don't want to provide a spoiler so won't say what, but personally I thought it interesting how they explored the possibility that it could scarily go further than what is currently known at the moment. After all, this is drama not a documentary, and even documentaries sometimes explore possiblities based on theories.


Acting and Characters:

When it comes to the acting, I did agree with others that Han Ji Min definitely could have done with being more expressive, her character Ha Na would have been more likable had she done so, but I quite liked her nonetheless.

With Hyun Bin, this is the first time I've watched him in anything, and whilst my immediate reaction to the cold, selfish, obsessive, and somewhat inhuman Seo Jin was one of dislike and I was wondering how I was going to get into this drama with such a character, yet with his transformation into the totally lovely, warm, much more human personality, Robin, and particularly when Robin started getting more screen time, my opinion completely changed, which I think is fantastic as he really did well portraying the two vastly different personalities. I thought he did an especially good job when he had to act as one personality trying to pretend to be the other. Now that was something that took some really good acting to pull off correctly, and he did, it really came across as one pretending to be the other, without him transforming directly into that persona.

As for the other actors and characters, I particularly liked Lee Seung Jun as Kwon Yeong Chan (Seo Jin's long suffering but ever faithful secretary), I thought he was lovely and added various lighter and comedic moments to the series, as well as helping to keep Seo Jin's secret as much as possible.

Han Sang Jin as Ryu Seung Yeon (Executive Director of Wonder Group Hotel), and Lee Se Na as Choi Seo Hee (Secretary of Wonder Group) were both great as a kind of comedy duo as well, and rivals to Seo Jin.

Whilst I won't go into details about the other actors and characters, they all did well in their roles, several characters got more depth to them as the series went on, and others became more likable and made for some nice lighter moments.

My only issue with any acting/characters was regarding the leads and their love story, as they didn't really push it further enough, and there were times that the chemistry didn't come across as well as it should. However I come across this so often in dramas, and romance in a drama is not a high priority for me anyway. Although I must say there were several moments, particularly later in the series when the chemistry had improved.


The Setting:

I really liked the setting of the theme park and circus, it particularly added to certain moments, such as when Robin first appeared for longer near the beginning, it was so appropriate to his warm childlike personality, who like a fantasy action hero kept dashing out to save Ha Na. The beautiful lights in a section of the park were also a perfect addition to an early romantic scene.

The house Seo Jin lived was so appropriate to his personality, with it being so tidy and organised, with neutral shades, mostly conventional browns, black and white, and bachelor pad modern square furniture, all whilst being very grand and expensive, since he was a rich chaebol heir. However at the same time he had a beautiful sanctuary of a room, filled with plants, a fountain, candles and gentle lighting, a place where he could shed that uptight and director/businessman persona, and take some time out and calm himself, which also reflected that he wasn't just as he at first appeared, there was much more to him.


Music:

In regards to the music, whilst a lot of the songs seemed typical of the average Korean drama, they did go well with the events that were happening, and there were a few songs and instrumental pieces that were really nice. My favourite of the drama, was one particular instrumental track that had a sort of magical vibe to it, and really added to the scenes where it was used, I don't know what it was called but it was beautiful.


Rewatch value:

Whilst I'll rewatch films, it is rare I rewatch a TV drama series, and with this one I already have done.

Certain dramas are great the first time around but lose their appeal upon a rewatch particularly if the story is straightforward and/or the drama is mostly reliant on keeping the audience guessing in order to keep it interesting. However with those dramas, once the answer is known they generally aren't as good the next time around, unless the characters were particularly interesting.

With this series, because it was split into different sections, and the story came across more like it had been adapted as it went on, it made it so it was just as interesting the next time around, and I think it will still be just as enjoyable another time.

I also noticed I was even more into the characters upon the rewatch. Whilst I liked Robin a lot from about the 3rd episode onwards, and there were other characters I quite liked as well, others it took me longer to warm to, and so upon the rewatch I was liking those others much more as well from the start, and it therefore made it more enjoyable.


Overall:

To those who haven't yet given this drama a go, I definitely say don't let others' comments put you off this drama, and don't compare it to Kill Me Heal Me. Whilst they both centre around the issue of DID, and both have a dark story revolving how the main character ended up with a split personality, so it is easy to start comparing them putting one up against the other, they are both very different dramas otherwise.

With Hyde Jekyll Me, it is very much like the essence of a multiple personality, particularly as the tempo and the genres were always changing and adapting. Just like Seo Jin's two sides, it was much more serious and slower a drama during parts, but then suddenly livened up its pace, turning warm and feel good at other times. It was a drama unafraid to be really serious and delve into the dark storylines without breaking them with a bit of lightness or comedy, and had some great thrilling moments, whilst at the same time it did have its light and fluffy moments and scenes of comedy as well. Also like the two personalities, this drama could be cold at times, but then at others filled with emotion, and with so many beautiful moments.

It was also interesting and appropriate that since Hyde, Jekyll, Me was based on a webtoon, that they had a character (not mentioning who) as an author of a webtoon themself, and the freeze frames at the end of each episode had a comic book style about them with little excerpts of writing saying quotes or questions appropriate to the drama and/or the current events within those specific episodes. This was a nice little extra.

Overall, whilst it certainly is not for everyone's tastes, I thought it was a very enjoyable drama, and now actually one of my favourites. So I'd definitely recommend it, but advise to be open-minded when trying it out.
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May 18
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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20 hours ago
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  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I hate the 1980s period of Korean history so much but I find myself always watching or reading anything about it. I'm a masochist, am I not?!

The cast was another reason why I started this. The acting was superb in every single aspect. A heartbreaking story. You'll hate the whole existence after watching this.

You know those misanthropist moments when you feel ashamed being a human, watching this will leave you read more in that state again.

What is power? What is the power of politics that make people murder each other? What's politics that turn brothers against each other? What is a rebel? and who is the judge? Who's in the right and who's in the wrong? What's being a patriotic? Is standing for your people a crime? What's a human? What's humanity? Is life worth all the heartbreak we go through? Does anyone deserve to die? What about the people who stay behind? Who will heal their wounds?

2 hours of crying, 2 more days of depression; the result of watching this in the best scenario possible.

I will not re-watch it as long as I'm in my right mind. Won't recommend it for heartbroken people. Perfect portrayal of pain and human desperation.
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Hyde, Jekyll, Me
10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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20 hours ago
20 hours ago
  • Overall 1.0
  • Story 2.0
  • Acting/Cast 3.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
Rewatch Value is 0 because once was enough.
Story Value is 2 after all it's a drama with Binny.

First of all, many of us had to wait until the end to write a review not because we hoped the drama would improve, but because of the rules. Basically this drama was a mess and made me cringe from the very first back flip/somersault of Robin, to Ha Na’s bland, boring character read more that instead of carrying a bottle of water and a book in her backpack…she carried a rope.

I understand sometimes is difficult for the writing to understand where to go with the story, but given the storyline with DID, and Hyun Bin as the main lead I believed this drama had great potential. In this case the writers gave up after offering us on a plate a “dancing Gorilla”. Yes, I haven’t forgotten about THAT! I think from there they realized there was not more face to lose. And yet. The acting was bad, from Ha Jin Min emotionless face and bland personality, and her overuse “he he” guttural sound kind of laugh to Hyun Bin’s bad acting. He really couldn’t handle the two personalities, and maybe this project was too much for him to handle after the almost 2 years absence from acting. Probably if he was offered this role soon after Secret Garden we would have now a different result.

Normally when I watch a drama I start to care for the characters, in this case I didn’t. All the main characters were selfish and scheming, and they lack common sense even in their scheming.

I’ll summarize like this.
The way hypnosis was used is laughable.
The way the police force was used is laughable.
The actors did not buy the characters.
The audience did not buy the actors.
The script was bad, and the actors were not able to overcome the lack of good dialogues, with their acting abilities.
The music (which I believe is nice) was used to create emotions, but made the scenes even more bland and shallow.
I will not recommend you to watch this drama, especially if you are a fan of Hyun Bin and Han Jin Min, if you do you might be disappointed.
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Myung Wol the Spy
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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21 hours ago
21 hours ago
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 4.0
For the first 7 episodes I was hooked body and soul with this drama I was myself shocked. I had no previous plans to watch it and I picked it by chance. I was so glad I did. But that was it. After 8, it got boring. The love lines became so cheesy. There was so much dragging and such unrealistic and corny scenes and events. I barely managed to finish it; read more thanks to the superb acting of the two male leads.

Though the reason of the whole spying mission might sound ridiculous, judging by what happens in the Hallyu world, it's possible.

I loved and admired the acting of the male leads. Eric and Lee Jin Wook gave their all and impressed me. Even in the most cheesy scenes Eric would make it believable and romantic. Lee Jin Wook was the perfect spy. It suited him perfectly. I just loved him here.
While Han Ye Seul did a good job, she never impressed me. I don't know what exactly is the problem but I never get impressed. Liked her action scenes and independent personality (at the beginning of course, before falling in love and whatnot).

The action scenes were awesome at the beginning but then I grew tired of them. The OSTs were just great. Loved each one.

Though too optimistic a view, I liked the reconciliation idea between North and South. Comradeship and loyalty for the country were presented here. Comradeship and love won which I applauded. No matter what, the human comes first.

There was much dragging. Lee Duk Hwa got on my nerves awfully -he always does-. The whole thing about the book was not well-written. The drama is certainly not for a marathon.

I won't recommend or re-watch it again. Eric and LJW lovers would be able to tolerate it for the brilliant acting.
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The Spring Day of My Life
0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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1 day ago
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  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
It was a very emotionally deep drama. So prepare yourself. The actors were great. You can really feel their pain. The story was beautiful but I like watching light-hearted dramas, that's why I gave it a 7. I won't watch it again because it is just emotionally too heavy.
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Summer Fever
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
by Kar
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1 day ago
1 day ago
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 6.5
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
When I saw the first chapter, I immediately thought of the drama In a good way, and I was going to fill the void that this leave. Also because one of the actors plays a similar character in both series. Lego Li does not appear, but instead there George Hu, who is also cute!

It is a human drama, and family, youth, but mostly it is a trip to Kinmen. In fact read more throughout the drama almost nothing happens, or at least nothing relevant to the end. That makes it a little slow, because it is a drama to observe and accompany characters in a summer of their lives. Keep in mind that the central argument only runs until the end, and that may be bored along the drama, so I have to like this style of simple and enjoyable drama. Visually it is very beautiful. I recommend watching DramaFever version that has very good quality.

What I did not like: The behavior of Li Jing in the middle of the story, spoil the good vibes in the last days, and that makes me very angry. Also the character of Ah Kuan seems to suffer from a bad karma, he suffers too many misfortunes, at the end they see his stupid face. Makes me sad.

The end (spoiler): he was known! but anyway it's what you expect during all drama, see the last moments!! At this point the decision of the girl seems very questionable, but also think it's admirable. In the last chapters I had with a lump in my throat ... gave me very sad! but overall I liked it! the problem is in the last 10 minutes! It is impossible for me to accept the other twin, after having been familiar with Xiao Ting during the first 25 chapters. For me here they have ruined.

Cast: All actors are well into their characters, and the couple is adorable!

Music: The ost I do not particularly like, but has a song especially meaningful. A more music plays an important role in the drama!

I think the drama is far superior to the movie on which it is based, because it is more extended and with many more details.
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Tumbling
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
by Luly
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1 day ago
1 day ago
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.5
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 6.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.5
I sincerely did not think this drama was going to be so good when I decided to watch it. It has become one of my favorite sport dramas of all time. It's emotional and sincere in a very believable way, it allows you to understand where the characters are coming from and relate to them in a very successfully. Each story-line is compelling and they all come together really well, the cast read more did a fantastic job in every angle and I can't recommend it enough. It isn't just another sports drama, it spends enough time with the characters for you to understand their motivations and root with them till the end. Very emotional, very approachable and very relatable kind of drama, definitely more than what it seems at first.
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Paradise Kiss
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by Luly
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  • Overall 3.0
  • Story 5.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
I was extremely disappointed in this movie. Ai Yazawa is one of my favorite mangakas and her work has revolutionized shoujo manga as a whole, she focuses on characters and gives them a multi-dimensional take that creates complex relationships and realistic problematics. This movie took all of that away. They made a bland romantic comedy out of a complex and interesting story. By changing the ending, they let her settle with the read more person that Yazawa spent 5 volumes explaining in detail why she wasn't supposed to end with. They were bad for each other, very bad, and no matter how much they tried, they just were not good as a couple. This was never meant to be a cutesy romantic comedy, that's not what Yazawa writes, this was meant to be a manga about extremely different people with very complex walks of life coming to age and facing what lies ahead of high school. Yes, there is romance, but not in a fairy-tale happy-ending kind of way. Not to mention the aesthetic is way off and I saw more fashion in Runway Beat than I saw in this movie (I've seen cosplayers doing better renditions of that blue dress). I also believe the casting choices were very weird, casting an actor with the range of Yususke Yamamoto for a character that is extremely low-key and Osamu Mukai for a character that should be excessively over the top, I don’t know how that happened. I can only appreciate Shunji's performance as Isabella, who is my favorite character in the manga, and who should have had more time to develop herself as a transgender woman facing an unaccepting world, but Shunji did the best he could under the circumstances. I can understand that people who have never read Ai Yazawa could have enjoyed this, but I sincerely can’t look past what they did with a story that was so well written. Especially, after the NANA movies were so well-done, I was really expecting more. If you have read the manga and liked it, I recommend you watch this movie with a punching bag beside you. If you haven’t read the manga and loved this movie, the manga is probably not for you.
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