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Knight Flower
35 people found this review helpful
Jan 21, 2024
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 8.5

Raging comedic banter, battle and romance. I highly recommend!

Cho Yeo Hwa (Lee Ha Nee), lives as a dutiful widow by day and by night she's running across rooftops fighting criminals for the poor secretly. One night, she got into a chaotic fight, she landed in the arms of a palace guard, Park Soo Ho (Lee Jong-won). Unbeknownst to both, there’s a secret in the past left to be unfold. As Yeo Hwa continues living her lifestyle, Soo Ho keeps running into her, wanting to know who she really is… will she be able to keep her disguise?

This drama is consistently entertaining! While I expected the show to be as fun as it was, I didn’t expect to be immediately connected with our characters and their motivations. I love Yeo Hwa, her mother-in-law and her quirky friend, too. That she's widowed due to a tragic past, controlled by her mother-in-law and almost 100% locked inside her house, it all sounds depressing, but the storytelling is so so fresh. Also it's interesting to see like how our male lead, Soo Ho with his role to serve justice but he's bind by a lot of rules, while he sees this mysterious person just do it each night.

The intro and the epilogue scenes are A+! Each episode is meaningful with steady pacing. Interesting twists happened here and there. There's a whole lot of wuxia-style fight scenes; flying to the roof, hitting people by acorns, and I enjoyed a lot. The action scenes are funny, also the little gestures, sound effect, visual effect, they're all worked together perfectly. The romance is fun, low-stake, and heart-fluttering! Every romantic scene counts. Not much complicated intrigue until the last few episodes, where it was resolved but falters flat. Though so, the whole experience of my watching is truly entertaining!

-Feb 2024, Yovita
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The Kidnapping Day
17 people found this review helpful
Oct 18, 2023
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 4
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 9.5

It is too well done! Perfectly constructed, every episode is just amazing, go watch!

~In a desperate situation to pay for her daughter's surgery, Myung Joon kidnaps a sharp-witted girl Ro Hee. At that time, Ro Hee lost her memory so she does not recognize her kidnapper. Crisis starts when an incident happen to her real parents...

A snappy child-genius & a clumsy man with the warmest heart, together they are involved in various situations from kidnapping to an unassuming mystery. The story is solid with no filler scene, it’s refreshing, angsty, with a sprinkle of family melodrama. What’s stand out among the usual crime show is that it still set up a high stake, but it’s packed with comedy without it derails the plot. As a wannabe kidnapper, Myung Joon is not-criminally-minded. People and police are guessing his motives, but he is not-at-all pretentious. In contrast, Ro-hee is an intelligent 11-year-old, she shows no fear and confuses him. You’ll see who's in charge watching them together! Their relation is beyond the usual paternal-affection... More like two frenemies teasing each other's nerves. I can’t take their bickering seriously but that's why I'm loving this show! ? As dim-witted Myung Joon is, he's a tough cookie in all situations. There's a fast n furious-like car chase, following him fighting, flipping his body like a fish! ? ? His fighting skills are authentic! Hahaha… #iykyk

There's an intriguing story behind Ro Hee's amnesia and kidnapping. I won't spoil, but everyone who's involved with this is boiling my blood. Another pro, I often get frustrated if the investigation is pointless until last minute, but here police have agency; they busted people in act, clues and plot twists are dropped early on, keeping me on the edge of my seat. This show is marching strong way beyond all other 2023 dramas I’m watching and I'm so involved consistently to the finale.
Despite so many shows on my plan-to-watch list, I am already re-watching it

-Oct 2023, Yovita
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The Escape of the Seven: War for Survival
16 people found this review helpful
Nov 18, 2023
17 of 17 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 6.0

You either love it or hate it.

A girl disappears from the world due to an incident in which seven evil people are involved. Besides these sevens, there is/are(?) someone even more evil who is/are(?) way ahead of them. Throughout the chaotic, tech-savvy hijinks, the battle between villains ensues...

That premise sounds like a joke, but it actually quite accurate. I'm laughing at myself for starting and binging all 17 episodes in three days, it's a complete dramatic armageddon, which is satisfying to watch because I am in the mood for it. Even from the first episode, it is crazy and non-sense and just continues to be crazier and crazier... The characters are smart and dumb at the same time. Any minute now, they could get a heart attack and dies from screaming too loud. This is a kind of drama where you have to suspense your disbelief at all times. It is absolutely cheesy, problematic and very cruel in so many ways, but the pacing are so fast and entertaining, I was on board with it, probably because this is my first makjang experience and I'm still absorptive to it. It's quite stressful too and making me angry at times, but it also look ridiculously funny with the over-the-top acting and unrealistic plot points. For example, from the point where Uhm Ki Joon's character appear, this drama relies heavily on CGI, the CGI is overwhelmingly hologram-y. It looks strange that everything is too colorful and shiny. Also the costumes of these characters are like Halloween party. There’re few scenes that reminds me of Mission Impossible. #IYKYK

Aside from the makjang genre, I appreciate how this drama unapologetically fleshes out the ugly side of human nature, such as being an imposter, corrupted and opportunistic while destroying other people, including their own families. I would not recommend this to anyone, except if you want to escape from the reality, experience something unique and hedonic.

-Nov 2023, Yovita
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Evilive
12 people found this review helpful
Nov 8, 2023
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.0

Wow, the finale!!

A struggling lawyer with a secret dark side gets pulled into the dark world of a notorious criminal. But what leads him to the line of evil and will he survive the ordeal of events?

Evilive is a noir-themed kdrama with a dark vibe, focuses on the advent of online gambling. Those who love watching ambiguous characters dive deep into crime, with suspenseful and thrilling events will love watching it. I was rushing in head first without watching any trailer/teaser because I already know these men have proven themselves from their previous roles. Anyone who've watched them know how ‘good’ Shin Ha Kyun, Shin Jae Ha and Kim Young Kwang are when they are bad.

Evilive does not disappoint. The first scene bait is intriguing and you discover what really happen sooner than you think. They set up its character well: their inner struggle and what are at stakes, such as their family, marriage and most importantly... their moral values.

I was having a big fun with the friendships and bromance among our leads. Ha Kyun and Jae Ha's characters are supporting each other like siblings, while Ha Kyun's and Young Kwang's characters are like enemies to bromance relationships, they both don’t trust each other but they stick together throughout. My only nitpick is that cinematography and action are of mediocre quality, but it doesn't matter much as the premise is very strong, the plot has rarely any dull moment, the characters are peculiar, the storytelling takes you deep into the world of law, crime suspects and unexpected twists and turns, none of it disappoints... To enjoy the drama to the fullest, I recommend you to binge this.

-Nov 2023, Yovita
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My Lovely Liar
27 people found this review helpful
Sep 5, 2023
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 4
Overall 5.0
Story 4.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 2.0

Useless lies after useless lies - a fresh premise with a weak wrap up

Sol Hee uses her ability as a lie detector for the wealthy. However, being able to hear even the smallest lie caused a lot of trust issues within her relationships, so she doesn't have any interest in dating until a mysterious famous songwriter, Do Ha, moves in next door. She's impressed because he never lies, but little does she know about his dark secret. *Trigger warning; The plot has a darker undertone as it deals with toxic relationships, self-harm, and suicide.

Off to a strong start with instantly mystery with a sprinkling of supernatural. The premise is fresh & the leads are fun! The first 4 episodes are 100% binge-worthy! The writers are dropping breadcrumbs for multiple different storylines and I enjoyed. Sadly it's quickly become a drag with no suspense, only suspicion here and there. The reveal just happened like that... Unbelievable, underwhelming and anticlimactic. Useless lies.. -.- The Korean original title described it best.

The leads acting are just fine but I’m not blown away. The other character with whom I am emotionally invested is only the ex, because he looked ambiguous, but his story was just kind of brush briefly. The show also has funny moments, some are a bit over the top.

My persistently recurring issue; so many toxic female characters; Not only hysterical mothers, but I also think our female lead is inconsiderate, i.e. Why she's so bothered with his mask? “Have you not heard of COVID?". There are many reasons that he could wear a mask, why make it a big deal? I'm also not impressed by how they handle the male lead's backstory… I was waiting for a moment when they flesh-out these issues, but seems that the message is not fully concluded.

-Sept 2023, Yovita
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Last Twilight
19 people found this review helpful
Jan 26, 2024
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 6
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 6.0

Fun couple, emotionally engaging in most parts, they lost me a bit at the end.

Day (Sea Tawinan Anukoolprasert) was an aspiring athlete until his cornea was injured and told that he'd become blind eventually. While Day is living his days with his remaining sight, he meets Mhok (Jimmy Jitaraphol Potiwihok), who is hired by his mother to be his caretaker. Mhok and Day's moments together make them attached to each other, but their relationship gets really tough at some point.

"Last Twilight“ emphasizes the challenge of being in a relationship, rather than the obstacles in getting together. From how they portrayed Day and Mhok, it feels more of a character-driven story than plot-driven. As much an independent person he is, Mhok's past prevents him to fully express himself. Day is no 'damsel-in-distress' in his situation, but he often doubts his decisions through the ups and downs of their relationship.

Despite the somewhat sad premise, these two are fun and adorable. Another one that has my heart is Day's brother, Night. I enjoy his story and their brotherhood. The one I never understand is Day's mother. She is talking wise and all-knowing but her attitude is childish.

It was lovely except for the last quarter part, where the conflicts felt forced. They keeps showing us somewhat hopeful cliffhangers, but when we get to the actual scenes they felt underwhelming. At the last minute, they employed a trope I dislike before jumping to conclusion. The ending wasn't that satisfying but worked out pretty conveniently. Last note, this drama has a better than average production value (the editing and OST) as a Thai drama, I appreciate that.

-Jan 2024, Yovita
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Castaway Diva
42 people found this review helpful
Oct 30, 2023
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 4.0

it has such an interesting concept for the plot, but... :(

Mokha and Kiho are schoolmates who ended up supporting each other due to their dysfunctional family situations. Mokha dreams of becoming a singer since childhood, but failed to be one due to her abusive father, and she ends up surviving alone in a deserted island. When she's finally rescued, she has to adapt to this modern society that she has left for over 15 years, while keep pursuing her dream.

This first episode got me connected to Mokha and Kiho, it was sad but I love it, including Mokha being alone on a deserted island. My appreciation goes for the young actors, they were so good. Lee Re really looks like young Park Eun Bin and did very well. Moon Woo Jin is such a scene stealer in anywhere I've seen him in. I love his gaze and serious and empathetic looks. I wish there's more to their story, with the time jump and there's almost no island story, we moved on so fast that my emotional investment drops a lot. I find it hard to believe that she is so childlike, like a country-bumpkin in Seoul, and the show is trying to make me feel that way but it didn't feel genuine enough. I get that she doesn't have anyone to develop her social mannerism on the island, but her past-self is even more mature than her adult-self. What I enjoyed in the present time is when Mokha gets to actually connect with her idol and her plot with her idol. I like the Kang brotherhood moments as well, but even with those pros... the cons outweighed the pros; Her career journey should had been more highlighted, but that got sidetracked by a uninteresting love triangle. Another thing, I can give a pass to Mokha's acting but not to her reactions to the plot point reveal, that's just annoying because it seems so out of her character. It might be that the show is written as it airs? I'm not sure. it has such an interesting concept, but this show is just meh.

-Oct 2023, Yovita
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Moving
39 people found this review helpful
Sep 3, 2023
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 17
Overall 6.0
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 5.0

Violence galore lacking meanings and life lessons, too much side stories, good acting

UPDATE: I still think this non-linear storytelling doesn't work well for a 20-episode drama. Many characters were left underdeveloped, their back stories felt like unimportant side stories. I wish they'd cover the core story sufficiently here... So I'm not really looking forward for the 2nd Season.

I have mixed feelings about Moving, I found this action show to be unique and gripping although I do not gravitate to watch a superhero genre. I really enjoy the suspense and stake built within every episode; At any moment the storm is coming and the action really starts where anyone can die. The pacing is fine and what's great is that all the characters are given their moments to shine. Another pro is the CGI, they are great quality and really believable.

Moving spends a lot of episodes introducing us to its many characters and setting up the story. The first 7 episodes highlight the kids' superpowers and friendship while hinting to us that their powers might bring more trouble than they’re worth. It gives us glimpses of the mystery and danger to come. I love the healthy relationships between parents and children throughout the show. I also want Bong Seok to be happy, although I'm not completely sold on a romance between him and Hee Soo. While I appreciated the parents' stories as well, after the 13 episodes of our character's backstories, I still have very little attachment to most characters besides Bong Seok. They are not fully fleshed out. This is way too structured, by the time I get invested in these characters, their story is over already (@,@).

Watching the 2nd half have left me feeling bitter and it does not recover till the end. My main issue is that the writer and director purely highlight violence is romantic in these backstories. In a world dominated by conspiratorial and corrupt governments, the only way you can survive is by murder. Also, the portrayals of North Korean villains as monsters could have been more intriguing if they're written as more morally gray characters. Their superpower is used to kill, not for self-defense, and sorry to say, I really dislike it. If that's the case, then what's the difference between heroes and villains?

-Sept 2023, Yovita
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Ongoing 15/16
Love Song for Illusion
19 people found this review helpful
Jan 2, 2024
15 of 16 episodes seen
Ongoing 0
Overall 6.0
Story 5.5
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 4.0

drag drag dragg

Sajo Hyun (Park Jihoon) suffers from his father's tyranny and due to this upbringing, he develops another personality, who goes by the name Ak Hee. Yeon Wol (Hong Ye Ji) comes from a supportive family and she’s trained to be a fighter since young. Sajo and Yeon Wol shortly-met when Sajo's father did something evil to Yeon Wol's family, which led Yeon Wol to run for her life. 10 years later, Yeon Wol returns and ready to take a revenge.

The leads were introduced well, their childhood backstories set up the tension and stake. But once they grow up, I don't feel connection to them anymore and didn't feel any chemistry between Sajo Hyun and Yeon Wol, so sad :(. The palace intrigue are boring and I didn't get the comedy although I can see them trying. I was bored out of my mind seeing the king being drunk. When his arc was eventually resolved, plot moves along with another villain, whose storyline was annoying and dragggss.. dang!

The whole thing with Sajo and Ak Hee fighting in another dimension is weird and felt detached to the historical setting world. What kept me watching was solely to support Park Ji Hoon. Him as the fierce Ak Hee was exciting to watch and his actions kept me rooting for both him and Sajo Hyun's redemption. His duality acting was great, and he did the best he can despite my disappointment with the script and story execution. With one more episode to watch, I hope we get a satisfying finale and good ending for him.

-Feb 2024, Yovita
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Celebrity
20 people found this review helpful
Jul 1, 2023
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 4.0
Story 4.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 4.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

A boring and dissatisfying reveal

Celebrity follows the rise and fall in popularity of a celeb with humble beginnings. What really piques my interest is the mystery behind our female lead's statement that she is actually dead.

With a stellar cast and a promising trailer... I was anticipating a lot from this drama. Also, it's directed by Kim Chul Gyu who also directed Flower of Evil, which is one of my faves of all time). I would say the pacing is great: the writers are doing a really good job at dropping breadcrumbs for multiple different storylines. The camerawork is also very creative and I want to praise it as it enhances all the emotions going on.

But my overall impression is not positive. After I watched half of Celebrity, the story didn't build enough tension for me. The depictions of wealth and glamour were quite enjoyable, but they're visual fluff that just doesn't really appeal to me. I was getting whiplash with one episode that would be so painfully boring, and then the next episode I saw the glimmer of potential conflict, but it never like reached the point of solid storytelling. Also, I don't personally feel as connected with the lead character. She lacks the charm for me to feel sympathy or buy her motivation. I feel like there's a lot about her that I don't know. So I didn't get invested in her relationships with other characters as well.

The last two episodes of this show were quite a drag for me to get through. Even though the episodes are short (20-30 mins), I watch them like in 10-minute chunks. I found the ending so dissatisfying. I wasn't shocked by any of the reveals. I wasn't happy. I wasn't sad. I was pretty emotionless because I could see that the show was ending and I just didn't care.

-July 2023, Yovita
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The Good Bad Mother
12 people found this review helpful
Aug 10, 2023
14 of 14 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 6.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 2.0

I want to like this series, but I can't... She was a bad mother. Trigger warning parental abuse!

A single mother Young Sun raised her son Kang Ho with strict parenting despite her love for him. Kang Ho grew up and become a prosecutor while keeping his distance from his mother. An accident caused them to start a journey to heal their relationship together. The introduction with the cute pig running on a sunny day, is kind of misleading as to what was coming. I thought it was a very heartwarming cheerful family drama but it's not. Murder, trauma, and painful relationships.

The best part of this series is Lee Do Hyun as Kang Ho, he gives so many layers to his role. He went from a soft cinnamon roll to a cold-hearted prosecutor. He’s an actor that I always enjoy even if the drama he's in does not work for me. I am heartbroken for him, and this is not the first time I cried for his character. His moments with the twins are super lovely and believable. I love when they bicker together ?

The main problem that steals my enjoyment from watching is parental abuse. From the beginning, Young Sun really did horrible things to Kang Ho. She was strict, she was mean, with the intention of "I want you to be successful", or "I want you to be good in your school", She threw his food away before he finished eating because she thinks he'll get sleepy after eating. She threw his artwork away because he wasn't studying enough for her. Even after the accident, she still did horrible things. She knows that he's basically in a handicapped state like he can't even move his hand, but she left him to feed himself. I'm seeing Kang Ho... Oh, he’s so pitiful, he’s hungry and helpless, but she's so impatient, she took his food away when he can’t even hold his spoon. I truly believe that realistically, this will trigger an eating disorder. Also, she threw him into the river to force him to walk, again and again... and he was screaming for help from her. Why she learns no lesson at all? While I understand she just wants him to grow up well, I saw her behavior is abusive and hard to watch. What's worse is that the scenes are given bouncy funny music, but it's seriously not funny to me. I know it's fiction but the writer really went bad there. She really went back and forth, and the good part is not good enough to redeem herself, because what she's done is too much.

I was conflicted the whole time with the pig plot. Yes! Pig is such an integral part of the story. There's this narrative about how pigs are such clean animals, the only reason why they're dirty is how we treat them, they can only look down and not up and such... Young Sun was raising them lovingly, but I can’t deny the fact that these pigs are sold and slaughtered for food in the end, especially because they showed us when the pigs are going away from her farm several times. I feel uncomfortable about it.

Another thing that detached me from the series is the villagers. I don’t get what the villagers' roles are in the story, and there's a face mask lady who every time she appears on screen, annoys me. Lastly, I don't feel this drama stick to its' ending. They wrapped up everything but it was rushed and wrapped up really quickly.

-Aug 2023, Yovita
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Vigilante
14 people found this review helpful
Nov 8, 2023
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 6.0

Lots of satisfying punches

When Ji Young was a child, his mother was beaten, the criminal was caught but only receive light punishment. So when he grows up, he took revenge on him and continue beating other criminals on the weekends. He's known by public as the mysterious hooded vigilante.

Right from the get go, I see a proper action thriller of an underdog beating up criminal whom the justice system doesn't do justice of their crimes. The show is very fast-paced as the plot thickens by ep 3, becoming even more interesting beyond the main story of a mysterious Vigilante being hunted.

Kudos to Nam Joo Hyuk who is doing the heavy lifting carrying his character's inner struggle and action. He did a great job of showing us Ji Young’s motivations. We understand why he's doing this. It's hinting at neo noir genre because on one side he is supporting justice but also he's in murdering people, so isn't he evil or not? That's the aspect that makes me excited to find out what happens next. This show is very violent and vicious, but it is targeted to one on one combats not like chaotic crowd fighting. Another stand-out character for me is Cho Kang Ok. He provide the thrilling momentum throughout. The closure was quite simple and it’s a good thing! It concludes on a realistic and not-over the top note. I enjoyed it overall, just there's something minuscule off about the show as a whole for me and I can't put my finger on it. I love the premise, thrills and satisfying punches, then for some reasons when I leave it, I have no drive to talk about the plot besides thirst-trapping on Nam Joo Hyuk’s cool and badass actions.

-Nov 2023, Yovita
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Kill Me, Heal Me
7 people found this review helpful
Sep 3, 2023
20 of 20 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 8.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 7.5

Fun, heartbreaking, and unpredictable! It's the best guilty pleasure ∋━o(`∀´oメ)

When a psychiatrist Oh Rijin meet a man with dissociative identity disorder, Cha Do Hyeon, she gets fully occupied with each of his seven identities from a man-child troublemaker, an eccentric old man, to an obsessive fangirl. Before she realizes it, she falls in love with one of his egos.

This is a great mix of melodrama and romcom. It’s my go-to show whenever I need a good laugh. The story makes me sympathize with the characters without using cheap tricks. The three leads have the best chemistry! Above all, I'm blown away with not one, but seven characters of our male lead. Casting Ji Sung turned out to be a bullseye! His Baeksang is well deserved! It’s my intro to Ji Sung and I'm happy to be alive. His unpredictability draw me in more than the story does. Shin Se Gi, despite his toxic masculinity spreading, I always anticipate his next moves. And of course, when Yo Na strikes, I was losing myself laughing too much! I also love the OST, Auditory Hallucination.

Kill Me, Heal Me wasn’t without its flaws: the CGI looks messy and chaotic. I also don’t think they need to emphasize the make up and tattoos when he changes personality. I can recognize him changing without all those touch-ups, even from only his gaze. Another con is the repetitive flashbacks and how Ri Jin was bullied by her family. She has the heart of a saint and stubbornness to stick by him even when he was literally changing in front of her eyes, she deserves better! Overall… fun, heartbreaking, unpredictable! It's the best guilty pleasure! I think it’s also timeless, proven by how these funny scenes are still enjoyable to most.

-Sept 2023, Yovita
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Dream
7 people found this review helpful
Aug 16, 2023
Completed 0
Overall 4.0
Story 3.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 1.0

The lackluster script wasted these actors. I really was not enjoying it.

Dream is about a B-level soccer player, played by Park Seo Joon, who ends up ruining his public image upon assaulting a reporter. To redeem himself, he got a task to make a documentary where he coaches a soccer team of homeless men. IU is in charge as the director of this documentary and we quickly find out that she also doesn't want this job, which leads to some funny interactions between the two.

I only watch this because these two actors have such a good track record from my drama-watching experience, but I don't get emotionally attached to any of the characters. So the homeless soccer team members were there, and trying too hard to gain my sympathy, without showing any progression of our male lead's character arc. This movie was supposed to focus on him becoming grounded by the homeless men's backstories, and I was hoping by the presence of IU as the female director there will be more productive interaction between them as the leads.

I don't even understand the purpose of IU's character. Her character is pretty useless to the story and her mannerism is annoying. Overall, I think the script needs a more refine editing and make the characters a bit more interesting :/

-Aug 2023, Yovita
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Flower of Evil
7 people found this review helpful
Jul 17, 2023
16 of 16 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.5
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My perfect romance-mystery-horror drama

The simplest synopsis for Flower of Evil is about a husband who is hiding his true (evil?) nature from his detective wife. I love this drama for it gives the all-is-lost desperate moments, so dark that I couldn't think of how didn't think it would stick its' ending.

The show is full of twists and turns, each episode just constantly evolving and getting better. I was surprised by the plot twists throughout the overall plot, which doesn't happen very often as I do find the majority of K dramas to be quite predictable. The villains are very smart, they are three-dimensional and so creepy. The love story of this drama was something I was not expecting at all. The couple's chemistry is so great, I felt attached to them from the start and I was also feeling heartbroken when secrets started to unfold.

The entire cast is simply brilliant! Not to downplay anyone, but I really enjoy our male lead's character, even though he's kind of a psychopath and I was not sure exactly what his true intentions are halfway through the show, I find him incredibly capable, and caring and I'm fully rooting for him. He's been living as Baek Hee Sung for all these years, he does not emote naturally, he studies facial expressions so he knows how to fake it and manipulate people. But Lee Joon Gi really can emote, so well that he affects me viscerally. I can't not feel sad for him whenever he's desperate or crying.

The scenes are beautifully shot, and I can see there's a lot of care being put into the show. The OST and instrumentals really build the suspense, making it really addictive to watch the next episode. There are many crime-thriller K dramas, but until now I couldn't find any Kdrama that combines romance and thriller genres as well as this one.

# Spoiler alert!
I want to mention my favorite moments and opinions about the ending. So warning... Long gush ahead. This is the drama that you don't want to be spoiled, folks! If you haven't seen it, please please please go away because it's a show that can't be spoiled for you to enjoy the suspense and guessing game. Come later when you're done watching it :)

MY FAVORITE MOMENTS (contain spoiler):

First is when Chae Won finds out that his husband is the suspect in her case. Shaken about him deceiving her all these years, she asked him for a divorce already. She's been ignoring him all day but he misses him after a frustrating work day. At that moment, Do Hyeon Su is in the human trafficker's lair and she knows where he is because she's been tracking his location. She calls him because she misses him but she quickly senses that he might be in danger. So she asked him to answer her questions with either Yes/No. She asked him whether He needed help and asked him if he could come to her in one hour. Thankfully the human trafficker wasn't suspicious at all and more thankfully he really came running to her. At that moment, she broke down and embraced him. Ahh. that scene... T.T It was a little moment but I cried. I didn't know what would happen to them later, but at least they had that reunion together.

Another scene is when Hyeon Su is meeting with a human trafficker villain. At this point, Chae Won believes her husband is not a bad guy although she does not know whether or not he is guilty of murder yet, he still doesn't know that she knows. She keeps tracking him for his safety. She finds him in this human trafficker's lair is really in grave danger, hand tied to a door and the human trafficker is about to set the room on fire and burn him alive. She comes right on time with her gun pointing at the human trafficker's head and saves him. Then he goes right back and saves her because as soon as she saves him the human trafficker grabs her and tries to choke her. Then he almost kills the human trafficker and she stops him from killing the human trafficker and then she's saying to him "You need to leave! You need to run! As far away from here as possible because everyone is looking for you! They know who you are so you need to go far away." he's like "You know?" and she's like "Yes I know, I know everything" and instead of taking him in, she lets him escape and he drives away, and he's speeding away, but suddenly he stops on the street. He's trying to call her because he wants to hear her voice, he wants to talk to her, but she's not answering and he's losing it, he's crying and I start crying because seeing him crumbling down, I just can't hold my tears.

Then a taxi pulls in front of his car and comes to a sudden stop and she hops out of the taxi she's crying, he gets out of the car, he's crying he apologizes to her for hurting her. They have this desperate embrace and he says that he doesn't want to run, he just wants to go home and she takes him home and they have this amazing tearful kiss with them both knowing the truth for the first time. It feels like the biggest pivotal moment in the drama. It's like the release of a pressure valve, now the truth's out there are no secrets and she still loves him. I mean such a great love story, it lives rent-free in my mind.

Before we get to the end, I give my compliment for the ultimate villain, Kim Ji Hoon's character. He's truly creepy truly wicked. The way he suddenly reveals himself standing up from his wheelchair and shocking everybody, the way he smiles wickedly and bites his nails, and all the details that uniquely shape this character. Thank you Kim Ji Hoon for giving me a lasting performance. I'll never forget how you call your mom "Omma?"

My last favorite is in the finale when he's revealed as Do Hyeon Su and he is fighting desperately with the final villain he gets shot in the head and my first thought is "How are we going to survive this?" But he survived and got amnesia so he does not remember his wife or his child who both love him and miss him. While that's terrible, it's the best use of the amnesia trope ever because throughout this whole drama he has been questioning whether or not he is a psychopath. So with the amnesia, isn't it great for him to start fresh without all those doubtful memories of himself? And it proves that his heart still remembers her and Eun Ha. He didn't understand why he feels a longing for love when he was around her and I just freaking loved it!

I cried so hard at the resolution of this moment because at first, I did think, well OK, shit's over now, he's got amnesia, he doesn't remember his family but everybody's safe now, and the end. Fortunately, that emotional remembering and his courage to approach her back is sort of proofing himself that he is not his father, that he is his own person who can love and give love.

-July 2023, Yovita
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