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Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung
91 people found this review helpful
Sep 26, 2019
40 of 40 episodes seen
Completed 3
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 8.0
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I freely admit that I watched this Kdrama for Cha Eunwoo, first and foremost. I’m a fan, sue me. But it was also a very good drama. It started as a funny rom-com but soon it became so much more. It told the story of how Christianity first came to Korea, of vaccination and female emancipation… Very intriguing themes that you rarely see in historical Kdramas.

The relationship that I loved best was the romance between Prince Yi Rim and the female historian Goo Hae Ryung. He was 20, she was 26. He was romantic, she was realistic, even cynical. They both wanted to be free but where for her it meant being able to work and having a career, not just marrying and having kids, for him it meant literally getting out of the palace where he’s been held almost a prisoner his whole life long. It was so interesting!

And the second relationship that pushed all my buttons was the one between Prince Yi Rim and the Crown Prince, Yi Jin. Yi Jin was the closest family Yi Rim had. And for Yi Jin, his little brother was the only person in the whole world that he could really trust. He adored Yi Rim. I would go as far as saying that Yi Rim was the only person Yi Jin actually loved. And because of that, the twist with Yi Rim’s true identity hit Yi Jin so hard…

This is a really great drama that’s mainly about the meaning of family, how far you’re willing to go to protect your loved ones and how much you’re willing to sacrifice for your ambition. Both thumbs up from me!

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3 Will Be Free
24 people found this review helpful
Jan 25, 2020
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.5
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Neo: I love you both, equally and at the same time.

It was so very apparent how much Neo loved them both but especially the way he adored Shin was amazing. Because towards Miw he was very manly heroic and protective, the typical dashing hero, you know? But the way he… mellowed around Shin, his whole behavior simply softened. Like Shin said to Miw, “[Neo] gets my sensitivities and your abrasive loud mouth.” They obviously both gave him something he needed.

And the same went for Miw and Shin. They both loved Neo very much, that was their common ground but at the end of the series, it was obvious they started to feel something for each other, too. For Miw, both Neo and Shin were softer than her but differently so. Neo was more her equal so she could be brash with him -but she couldn’t be that way with Shin without feeling guilty. Shin was squishy and soft and so he made her softer, too. For Shin, both Neo and Miw were true and genuine, but whereas Neo was kind, Miw was brutally honest.

So, if you want to watch a genuine polyamory story, not a love triangle, then do watch 3 Will Be Free. Because their poly love is not just explicit - as in sex - but also discussed openly.

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Reunion 2: Mystery of the Abyss
17 people found this review helpful
Nov 6, 2022
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
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This movie is up there with TLT2 (the Neo Hou/Cheng Yi outing) as my favorite DMBJ thingy. No silly het romance of an unnecessary insert (I'm looking at you, Providence), just good old tentacles and Bromance - with the B being very silent.

Till this movie, Heihua did nothing for me. It didn't ring any bells, it left me cold and shrugging on the outskirts of this fandom. But Ji Chen and Ji Xiaobing as Hei Xiazi and Xiao Hua, respectively, did A Thing(TM) to my perception of this pairing. Like... wow.

This movie was everything I hoped for. Yeah, yeah, grave robbing (sorta), tentacled Cthulhu wannabe, that was all nice and whatnot. But the relationship between Hei Xiazi and Xiao Hua? That was perfection pure.

Like...

- when Xiao Hua first came to Hei Xiazi and Hei Xiazi learned why Xiao Hua was headed into the jungle - and then he stole Xiao Hua's ugly statuette and threw it into the pond to protect him.
- when Hei Xiazi paid the armed wannabe bandits to let Xiao Hua's expedition pass but he placed himself right next to Xiao Hua, just in case, to protect him from bullets.
- when Hei Xiazi was told that the cops found a dead body and he feared that it was Xiao Hua, remembering his words, "Are you not afraid that we will all die?"
- when Hei Xiazi immediately packed his things and ran to Xiao Hua's rescue.
- when Hei Xiazi realized that Xiao Hua was poisoned - well, the rest of the expedition too but them folks could just keel over and die for all he cared - and kept on checking on Xiao Hua for the rest of the movie every time Xiao Hua was sick or dizzy - Hei Xiazi's Look(TM) when he saw the insect sores on Xiao Hua's arm!
- when Hei Xiazi decided to open the sarcophagus, not really caring what was inside, just so Wannabe Cthulhu would stop killing Xiao Hua.
- when Wannabe Cthulhu smacked Xiao Hua off the platform and Hei Xiazi screamed with rage!
- when it looked like they might die after all and Hei Xiazi simply lay down next to Xiao Hua, fully intending to just expire together with him right then and there.
- when they escaped through the river and at some point, Hei Xiazi let his young fellow of a friend go, despite the boy being knocked out, to drag Xiao Hua up.
- when Hei Xiazi's young friend told him, "Why don't you go with [Xiao Hua]? He obviously cares about you a lot."
- when they then ran off together, doing unseemly things in Russia.

This movie just pushed all the right buttons when it came to whump. There wasn't just a lot of hurt, there was so much care on both sides. It's the most lasting impression of mine after watching this movie: they CARED for each other. They cared so much. You could truly feel the depth of affection they had for each other. Smitten, I was smitten!

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Zhang Gong Zhu Zai Shang
13 people found this review helpful
Apr 18, 2022
27 of 27 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
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Short (altogether not even an hour long) and cheaply made for an online platform like TikTok so don't expect a masterpiece. It's not. Because of its shortness and cheapness there isn't much space for character development or any kind of a deep story. But!

But it still pushed all my buttons because I was smitten with the relationship between the princess and her bodyguard. The power dynamic there was so very much up my alley that it made me do a shimmy in my seat!

She's definitely the one in control, both outside the bedroom AND inside it. Yes, they actually do have sex in this drama, a sight pretty much unseen in a Cdrama, I know. And not only that - she's the one in power and he definitely enjoys letting her do whatever she wants. And what a pretty toy he makes. And he suffers so very nicely in the vein of many Cdrama male leads, heh.

So, the story is nothing to write home about but their relationship? Wowza!

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Love Is More Than a Word
10 people found this review helpful
Jul 28, 2019
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
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What a great and actually gay drama. As in, Tao Mo & Gu She are really in love and they get their happy ending - and that’s why the Chinese censorship cut the drama from 28 eps to 12, which is why the beginning is rather slow and the last ep very rushed. Because the censors might’ve cut the show but the director and everyone involved still scrambled and did their best to give the viewers the book ending, the fairy tale ending for Tao Mo and Gu She. And the very last scene is one of the most touching, softest and sweetest thing I’ve seen in a Cdrama yet, hands down!

So yes, I can highly recommend the drama. There are scenes that drag a little - see above - but Tao Mo & Gu She and their love - their scenes in general, really, they range from touching to truly hilarious - are worth it. The actors’ chemistry is fantastic and they were in 3 dramas together already, twice playing lovers, so… Thumbs up from me, for sure!

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Vanguard
12 people found this review helpful
Nov 27, 2020
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 6.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 4.0
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It’s a Jackie Chan movie. And it’s a silly thing, sillier than usual, even for Jackie Chan. Seriously, there are CGI hyenas in it, I kid you not. But there’s also Yang Yang, so there is that, true.

And, gosh, action stuff really suits Yang Yang. Like really. He looked and moved like a real soldier. But even though his character was a bodyguard, he sure was the damsel in distress in this movie. First, the heroine shot him with a tranquilizer by mistake in the middle of a fight so when he got her away from the bad guys, she had to take care of him and get him to safety because, well, he fell asleep. And then, when they were attacked again, he got hit over the head protecting her and they were both captured. And then, he got put into a bomb vest, just for the kidnappers’ kicks. So... yeah. I guess the filmmakers realized that Yang Yang suffered nicely. Or something.

Overall, the movie is nothing to write home about. There’s just way too much CGI. Even most of the car chases are CGI. And because of that, the most adrenaline fueled scene is the one where Vanguard comes to save Yang Yang’s character and the girl because that’s mostly genuine, old-fashioned action. Too bad, it could’ve been a good one. Oh well...

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Gen Y
9 people found this review helpful
Jan 28, 2021
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 9.0
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.5
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Holy smokes, Gen Y is good! Because they have several seasons planned for this drama, they have the time to actually develop all the relationships. And they do it so well!

Mark & Kit are pretty much in the can, the resident Happy Couple(TM)! So I wonder what the drama has in store for them in S2, what will be the wrench that proverbial monkey will throw in. Because they seem as ridiculously happy and content as two peas in a pod at the moment. Suspicious, if you ask me!

Then the whole Pha/Wayu/Thanu/Phai quadrangle! Gosh, it’s so well developed. Pha who seemed as the perfect guy at first now seems almost threatening, that creepy music that started playing whenever Wayu received one of his gifts in the finale was, well, creepy! And Thanu is just so, so sweet! And Phai, too! But it’s this quadrangle that’s at the centre of the supernatural plot of memories sharing and fated soulmates. And it’s so intriguing! I have never, ever, ever seen this plot done before, fate giving someone two soulmates and telling them to deal with it.

(It’s interesting, though, that with Wayu, Thanu shared memories of the past. With Phai memories of the future. Similar but not the same.)

Then there’s Sandee who somehow, in some way fits into this quadrangle. Because Pon Thanapon and Bank Thanathip who play Phai and Sandee, respectively, played a couple in two dramas before already and even the ad at the end of the finale featured them together so... I would say Phai and Sandee are headed in the way of becoming a couple in the future, too? Probably? Maybe? The fact that Sandee kept asking Phai if Phai believed in destiny would suggests so. But... is Sandee actually a good guy or not? Because, boy, did he do some really shady stuff in this drama. While looking incredibly, amazingly, stunningly hot! (Sue me :P)

And Thong and Pok. Holy smokes! The naughty, naughty scene with them was one of the hottest things I’ve ever seen, hands down. The way Thong got off on Pok being so rough with him. Goodness gracious, he loved it. You know, for two newcomers, these actors were just stunning there. At first, their interaction in the drama seemed stilted but as we saw more of them, their chemistry got so much better and when that sex scene happened? Christ on a cracker! I can’t wait to see where S2 will take them.

Also Jack and Koh, the mystery of Padbok and Thanu etc. and so on, of course!

This drama is so, so good! The first half focused mainly on Mark and Kit and only laid very rough foundations for the “kids” that joined the university later on. But when they did, I actually knew them already so I was honestly interested in every single one of those pairings! That was such a smart writing. I loved it.

So yeah, this drama has humor but also real intrigue and you never know what direction it will take next. Amazing. It makes me want to go back to the very beginning and watch it all anew now that I know more or less what’s going on and learn more about the characters that I paid little attention to before. From me? Both thumbs up!

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The Lost Tomb 2
23 people found this review helpful
Aug 17, 2019
40 of 40 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 9.0
The best Wu Xie piece yet. Hands down. The casting, the chemistry among the main four actors, the writing, the cinematography, the haunting music, the sets… all of it was perfect! There was action, humor, friendship so wonderful it stole my heart… plethora of whump - but also affection among Wu Xie, Zhang Qiling and Wang Pangzi. Ah-mazing!

Even before this drama, I was a fan of Neo Hou but this cemented my opinion on him, that he isn’t just a pretty face but a great actor, too. He hit Wu Xie’s kind nature but also slight arrogance perfectly. I also came off this series a big fan of Cheng Yi which I didn’t expect at all. His aloof Zhang Qiling who always had the softest of looks for Wu Xie alone. And Zhang Boyu as Pangzi who finally threw all pretense of being in this for the money in the wind and just decided to stick around and be Wu Xie’s bodyguard because someone had to watch out of Mr. Naive…

Also, there was the maybe-maybe-not budding romance between Wu Xie and A Ning and unlike in the previous season, in this it pushed all my buttons. Because A Ning was so much harder than Wu Xie and also older yet she couldn’t help but grow so fond of him, despite herself. Wonderful.

Also #2, the whole current generation of the Nine Families, not just Wu Xie but also Xiao Hua, Xiu Xiu and the others! I loved that regardless of their parents’ or grandparents’ issues with each other, this generation stuck together and walked through fire together and they were all so very fond of each other.

And as much I’m not a fan of long flashback scenes, the one about Lt. Zhang in this drama was just wonderful. And heartbreaking. And spooky.

This series simply made me happy. I always looked forward to each and every new episode and the Iron Triangle’s mad adventures, underwater and in the hot jungle and in the snow covered mountains… Highly recommended, all thumbs up!

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We Best Love: Fighting Mr. 2nd
12 people found this review helpful
Apr 9, 2021
6 of 6 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 2.0
This drama… well, it was. That’s it. It just was. It’s not that I disliked it (even though the reason for why Gao Shi De didn’t contact Shu Yi for 5 whole years seemed like a conflict for conflict’s sake, honestly) and there were some very cute moments (mainly carried by the chemistry between the leads) but overall? Overall there was nothing that really stuck with me. I’m glad that I watched it but I’m also glad that I finished watching it and I can now move on to something else. It’s really hard to explain. After the first ep, I decided to wait till it was all out and watch it in one go in the hope that then it would grip me. Alas.

To sum it up? Several great scenes worth reblogging in gif form, as a whole nothing really special, though. But since it’s just 6 eps, each 30 or so min. long, give it a try and see for yourself? That would be my advice. Maybe you will love it.

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The Master Plan
9 people found this review helpful
Oct 20, 2021
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 7.0
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This is an amazing movie starring Iwata Takanori and Mackenyu. For me, it's as beautiful in its tragedy as Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning. I'm not going to talk about the plot because the slow unraveling of Makoto's "master plan" is the whole point of the movie, it's really well paced and it's better to go in unspoiled. What I am going to talk about is my heart, in itty bitty pieces...

This movie is also known under the title The End of the Tiny World and said tiny world is that of Iwata Takanori's Kida. Like he said to the girl he loved, Yocchi, "My world is really tiny. It's just me and you and Makoto." (Paraphrasing!) And the movie is about how his tiny world ended and he was left with nothing. It's heartbreaking.

And Iwata Takanori is mesmerizing to watch here. Seeing his Kida turn from a small town mechanic into a self-assured negotiator for the mob, to someone who pulls a gun and fires it without blinking, that's a thing to behold.

A truly unforgettable movie. Small, almost intimate yet unforgettable.

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Advance Bravely
7 people found this review helpful
Jun 23, 2020
30 of 30 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 4.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 2.0
The chemistry between the leads, Gong Jun & Xu Fen, was amazing and they were so incredibly natural at playing a couple. Their scenes were the highlight of this drama. That and the fights, the fights were awesome. But the rest... There was basically no overarching story, the secondary couples were way too weird and the sister was dumb as a lamp post... Yeah.

If you want to watch it for a string of pretty much unrelated but fun and domestic couple-y scenes and you don’t mind nonsensical a plot that goes pretty much nowhere and a really, but really stupid ending - seriously, it’s animated! *eye-roll* - then I would recommend this drama to you. But if you want to watch something actually plot-heavy and simple chemistry between actors isn’t enough for you, then I think you would be bored to death. I know I was whenever them two were not on-screen. In that case, I rec you to just look at the pretty gifs on Tumblr and avoid the series itself.

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The Great Battle
7 people found this review helpful
Mar 3, 2019
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 10
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The best Kmovie I've seen so far. The cinematography is excellent, the story engaging... but the main draw for me was and still is the fascinating relationship between General Yang and Sa Mool. Their characters, the way they go from antagonists to close friends over the course of the movie, is the reason why I keep going back and re-watching it over and over again. The chemistry between Jo In Sung and Nam Joo Hyuk is amazing and Nam Joo Hyuk is mesmerizing to watch in his part. No wonder he won so many awards for this movie.
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Seal of Love
8 people found this review helpful
Nov 4, 2022
24 of 24 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 6.5
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If I had to compare it to regular dramas, I would, of course, find it very lacking. But for a shorty short web series? Not bad, not bad at all.

Jing Yuan was so devilishly mischievous and so in love with Fusheng. Fusheng was all, "Oh, pretty men, gimme!" And Qing Chen was... well, a Victorian virgin ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This was pretty much a drama about a devil and an angel in love with a goddess but the devil actually had balls and the angel was a wishy-washy dude who wanted the cake and eat it, too.

It honestly felt like a fanfic where the writer couldn't be bothered with things like world building and broader storytelling and simply picked the "good" scenes they actually wanted to write about and bounced from one to another. Too bad. It could have been a great real drama.

PS: Li Fei suffers very nicely - and a lot in this drama. Also, his eyes sparkle so wonderfully when Jing Yuan goes around, spreading mayhem.

PSS: My favorite line? When Fusheng pummeled the girl who bullied her, actually pummeled her with her fists. Jing Yuan's reaction! "Tsk, so bloody... I like it!"

For what it's worth - and though it wasn't as good as The Killer Is Also Romantic, the best short web series I've seen so far - it was a actually good one.

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S.C.I
8 people found this review helpful
Jun 8, 2019
24 of 24 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 9.5
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Gosh, what a ride this series was. My favorite parts were definitely the Zhan Yao & Bai Yutong arcs - their scenes and arcs together and also Zhan Yao’s storyline with Zhao Jue - and then the Bai Chi & Zhao Zheng stuff because that was really hilarious. I didn’t like the bits about Bai Yutong’s sister and the pathologist guy.

I loved how much fun the leads had with the series, the BTS vids were funny as heck and Gao Hanyu & Ji Xiaobing seemed to click from the get-go. Thanks to that, their scenes together, Bai Yutong & Zhan Yao’s relationship, were all the deeper and funnier and sweeter, too.

And then there was Zhao Jue, of course. Every episode that he appeared in was a real treat. His creepiness, his darkness, his obsession with Zhan Yao! And the fact that Bai Yutong was very aware of it, of how dangerous Zhao Jue was and that Zhan Yao was somehow drawn to that guy… Such fascinating stuff!

I’m so glad that there’s going to be a second season and I really hope that they won’t mess it up. The teaser at the end of the final S1 episode was so very, very tantalizing! If they actually go in that direction, it will be a real treat!

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The Golden Eyes
8 people found this review helpful
May 18, 2019
56 of 56 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 10
I love this drama. I mean it. I love this drama. It’s the best Cdrama I’ve seen so far. I love it “as is”, not despite this or that, not as a guilty pleasure, no “I love it but…!” I love it, pure and simple.

I love the cinematography, I love the music, I love the locations. I love it all - but mainly the characters. Zhuang Rui, Feifei, Fuyun, Peng Fei, Binbing… and even the bad guys who are dangerous and sometimes downright creepy. But mainly, I adore Zhang Yixing’s Zhuang Rui. He’s incredibly smart and hardworking, kind and selfless, brave and full of integrity. And I love how he just… collects people and things along the way, but mostly people, broadening the circle of his friends and found family by trusting them fully - until he can’t, that is. And even then he still gives them a second chance to explain… And I just love him for it.

Also, if you love whump, then this drama is chock-full of it. Once the side-effects of Zhuang Rui’s golden eyes set in, it’s a real ride and Zhuang Rui becomes the Damsel in Distress™ of this series.

So, from my POV, I can wholeheartedly recommend this series. I adore it!

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